Thursday, May 11, 2017

#455AmRunClub and a RunLites Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was sent a pair of RunLites for review and giveaway purposes but all opinions are my own.  I use these twice a week because I love them!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am part of a group of women calling ourselves the #455amRunClub!  Why?  Because we meet at 4:55 am to run.  This is for a number of reasons including getting to work/school on time.


There are a group of about 8 of us that show up at various times.  We usually have at least 3.  Safety in numbers in the dark and all.


We have all been using RunLites because it is usually dark until at least the finish.  We try to do at least a 5K every time we meet.  Have to make the early wake up worth it!


We explore our neighborhood.  And we run around the Bay.  And we do it together.  We hold each other accountable.


It is such a joy to have these women be my confidantes and catch up every single week at least twice a week.  That consistency is priceless!  And we stay safe and hands free by wearing the lights on our hands.  See how they work in this video:



They don't get hot and they are stylish!


So in honor of all that these women have come to mean to me, I am giving away a pair of RunLites for you to use when you want to run in the dark!  Enter on the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest runs 05/11/17 to 05/17/17 at 11:59 P.M. PST
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. 1 winner will be selected via Rafflecopter.  Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Must have a valid email address.  1 winner will get in stock RunLites as described above. Not redeemable for cash, no refunds and no cash back.
Winner(s) will be notified via email (if available) and/or blog post, and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
Contestants must comment on this blog post in order to win.
SD Mom not responsible for the failure of sponsor to deliver product or user error.

I am super excited to hear about what time you run!  And who you run with and which pair you would choose!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Friday, April 21, 2017

I am LuLa Obsessed with #LuLaRoe - Review & LuLa Cash #GIVEAWAY!

*insert dramatization here* In September 2016, my life (and wardrobe changed) when I met the beautiful and ever so stylish Emily Knight IN REAL LIFE!  She has graciously agreed to give you - my awesome readers - $50 in LuLa cash (for the uninitiated - cash to spend on LuLaRoe)!


At the time I met her, she was in something called the queue and was waiting to "onboard" some new clothes.  She explained it was something called LuLaRoe and it was a small business and they would have fantastic clothes.  And not just any clothes...comfortable, stylish, modest, and colorful.


So what is LuLaRoe?  According to Business Insider, "The company's design team makes about 400 new artworks for fabric each day that are then sewn on to about 5,000 garments, and every consultant has different inventory. So if you aren't the first to buy something, then you may never have another chance."  So, if you some across a print you like, snatch it!  Because there are only about 5000 pieces like it out there!

This is the beautiful and SUPER stylish Emily!

I love mixing and matching them.  I have so many favorite styles - I couldn't even pick a favorite.  But if you forced me to choose, I would say the Classic T ($35).  And the name is exactly perfect.  It is a Classic T you can pair with jeans, a skirt or even over another dress.


I also love the Cassie ($35).  It is a pencil skirt and what I wear most because it is perfect for work.  It comes in lots of great prints and solids.  So of course, I own way too many in both.


Then there is Julia ($45).  I love her because she is so versatile.  You can pair her with a Bianka ($28) (my favorite of the kimonos).


Or with a Perfect T ($36).


I made a YouTube video showing how to wear an over-sized Perfect with a Julia dress.



I just wore a different over-sized Perfect with a Cassie using the same technique.  I love this mint and pink print!


Then there is Carly ($55).  She is a super comfy dress you can wear over leggings or on it's own.


Oh and did I mention the Sarah ($70).  Sarah is a long duster and I love this mustard colored one!


Let's not forget the Joy vest ($60).  (I am wearing the Joy in the giveaway graphic - the bight able vest)  I love it paired with a Jill ($55) skirt (seen below)!


Oh and Madison ($46).  This is a twirly skirt but with pockets!  How fun is that?


And let's not forget the item that started it all...the leggings!  The best way to describe them is to say they are buttery soft.  And my daughter loves them.  For reference, she is a size 8 but can wear L/XL kids leggings or Tween leggings.


So now, I am giving you a chance to win $50 in LuLa Cash to spend on Emily's inventory.

Enter on the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest runs 04/21/17 to 04/27/17 at 11:59 P.M. PST
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. 1 winner will be selected via Rafflecopter.  Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Must have a valid email address.  1 winner will get $50 LuLa cash to spend on Emily's shop as described above. No redeemable for cash, no refunds and no cash back.
Winner(s) will be notified via email (if available) and/or blog post, and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
Contestants must comment on this blog post in order to win.
SD Mom not responsible for the failure of sponsor to deliver product or user error.

So are you as obsessed with LuLaRoe as I am?  Which is your favorite style?  Do you know Emily?  You should!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Chicks on a Run Virtual Race and Gone for a Run team!

I am super excited to share that I have asked to be a member of the Virtual Run Team for Gone for a Run!  
And I get to start my stint with the Chicks on a Run Virtual 4 Miler!  

 

How do you run a virtual race?  Super easy!  Head over to the registration page and register for just $25!  

 
Gather up your running besties and run or walk four miles between April 13-19 wherever you want. What could be cuter than this colorful, gilttery Chicks On A Run medal?  

 

Once you sign up, you will be shipped your race packet which will include an authentic race bib and a large 4 inch Chicks On A Run medal featuring glitter detail.

You have the option of adding on fun items like socks, a magnet, underwear and this shirt for $12!  Steal!

 

Please be sure to share your race photos and recap at their Facebook page!

So will you join me on this one?  Super cute right?!  Best thing about this race?!  It's for a great cause!

 

 How awesome is that?!  What are you waiting for?  Sign up!

Disclaimer: I was given a comped entry for this race but all opinions are my own. 

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,

SD Mom

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

#Spring4prAna Mantra Pant Calypsa Top Review AND a prAna discount code!

If you have been reading this blog for more than a minute, you know how much I love prAna!  You can read about it here, here and here!  I wear a prAna item almost daily.  Today's post is about their spring line - specifically, the Mantra pants and the Calypsa top.

 
We really do have the best sunsets on the coast!  Something about the water meeting the colorful sky...The other night, I had the honor of attending an Epilepsy Foundation dinner to raise awareness and share fundraising ideas.  You may recognize the poster models?
 

 
And I wore the most comfortable pants in the world - Mantra. The Halle pant used to be my favorite but these are like butter!  Both of the items I received to try are made out of hemp. 



Why is this important?  Hemp is pretty awesome and you can read about it here.  Basically, it is super sustainable, doesn't need pesticides and it is drought resistant.


 
The pants have a draw string and are made out of hemp. The material doesn't feel stretchy but they are lightweight and move with you. Mantra pants have a relaxed fit and perfect for spring into summer because of their weight!

 
 
Yes, I did an impromptu photo shoot at the hotel where the event was being held. Haha!  Full disclosure: I have worn the pants at least 4 more times in various situations, including work!

Next, I was also sent the Calypsa top. It comes in three colors and is made of a thicker material. It is made out of organic cotton hemp stretch slub jersey blend (say that 6 times fast)!  The breakdown is 53% Hemp / 42% Organic Cotton / 5% Spandex. It even has a built in bra. So perfect for a hike but also for work!



Aren't the colors so pretty?


 
Here I have it paired with a cardigan. 


 
Here, I have matched it with my Jada jeans, also from prAna!



And even under a suit for work. Because of the heavier material, my shirt did not budge all day under the suit. It's one of my pet peeves when an under shirt doesn't stay put!  This shirt is soft and oh so comfortable!

There are a ton of new styles in their spring line I want to try including this skirt, this dress and this top (in lemongrass of course)!  But if you go check it out, and I hope you do, use code S4P17SDM for 15% off anything thru March 28!

On another note, if you feel compelled to donate to epilepsy in honor of my daughter, please donate to Serena's Crusaders here.  We thank you in advance!

Thank you prAna and Fit Approach for sending the pants and the top. All opinions remain my own!                       

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom                                                          

Monday, January 30, 2017

Check In: NY Resolutions and Premier Protein Bananas & Cream Announcement!

Remember when I told you my New Years Goals involved spending more time with my family?  Well, I want to report monthly with how I am doing with that!


But before I get to that, I want to tell you about the re-launch of the Premier Protein flavor - back by popular demand Bananas & Cream.


And how lucky that I saw it was on sale at Costco this week???  (may not be on sale anymore when you read this!  But it is still a great deal!)


You have to admit - that is a smoking' deal!  18 packs for just $19.99.  Better believe that SD Dad and I stocked up!


I have been having a blast spending time with my favorite two little people!  We did a 5K together - sharing what I love with the people I love.  I have been making my time with them count.  We went to Disneyland!  And of course, Premier Protein went along...perfect snack for a mom on the go!


I took D to a race expo!  And we took the cheesy bib pictures!  (speaking of which, I recommend the Hip Hop Run!  Best music ever!)


I have been managing to spend some time with myself for myself too!  The Premier Protein ready to drink definitely comes in handy on those along solo runs when I get HANGRY!


So, is the bananas and cream flavor any good?  umm...yeah!  Why do you think it is being reintroduced?  It definitely has a banana flavor but not too much and it is VERY sweet!


SD Dad has been using the drinks after his extra hard bike rides too!
Features:
  • 30 Grams of Protein
  • 1 Gram of Sugar
  • 3 Grams of Fat
  • 24 Vitamins and Minerals


So, tell me!  Have you stuck to your New Year's Resolutions?  I am so happy I have because family time is the greatest reward!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Premier Protein through my ambassadorship with Fitfluential.  All opinions are my own.

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Monday, January 16, 2017

#SDRW: SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK PREVIEW - HARLEY GRAY MISSION HILLS

Have you heard?  San Diego Restaurant Week is back and this time they are partnering up with the Girls Scouts!  Over a 180 restaurants participating and SD Dad and I got to try the SDRW menu at Mission Hill's own - Harley Gray!  (Please excuse the horrible pictures.  While the lighting was good for ambiance, it was terrible for pictures!)



From January 15 - 22nd, you can head to any of the participating restaurants and experience the best of what they have to offer for a set price.  $20, $30 or $40.  We were pumped to be paired up with local and super close by Harley Gray.  Their standard for RW is $20 with a couple of items that can be uncharged $5-10.  Lunch during SDRW is only $10!!!! What????



So, it was pouring when we headed out to try it!  But the warm welcome quickly made us forget.  We had an awesome server in Michael!  He had drinks to us ASAP!  SD Dad and I both had the Stone Ripper, San Diego Pale Ale ($8 / pint) as our choices,  If you haven't tried it yet, please do!  It is YUM!

We each started out with an appetizer.  SD Dad got the ceviche.



I had the interesting combo of watermelon, blue cheese and spring greens.  Delish!



For the main, SD Dad had the lick worthy Mahi Mahi in coconut curry sauce.



I had the perfectly coked blackened rib eye ($10 up charge) with the not over powering at all gorgonzola butter.  Served with asparagus and delicious mashed potatoes.



I have to say I was disappointed in their gluten free options for dinner.  My husband had the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich but I was left to have plain vanilla ice cream with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.  



I heard that last year they had a macaroon ice cream sandwich which WAS gluten free. I wish they still had that!



All in all, we had EXCELLENT service with Michael and the ambiance is super good.  



Wish drinks were a bit cheaper but they do have an awesome Happy Hour and Brunch on the weekends.  



So if you are looking for a new SDRW option, check out Harley Gray!  



For lunch, I want to try their Asian Chicken Salad.  And next time I do dinner there, I am trying the Porter Braised Short Ribs!  So good right?!

So where are you headed to for SDRW?  What is next on your list?  Tried Harley Gray yet?

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom