Monday, June 30, 2014

Yelp Art and a Bulu Box reveal & GIVEAWAY!

Do you guys use Yelp?  I do!  It has become synonymous for me with "Googling."  For example, "Where is a good bakery around here?"  "I don't know...let me Yelp it!"  What you all may not know is that I am a Yelp Elite, which is fancy for does lots of reviews.  Every once in a while, I get to go to special events such as grand openings etc.  You can read my reviews here.  Or you can apply to be an Elite here.

The last Event we went to I was allowed to bring a plus 1 and so of course I chose SD Dad!

The event was held at Distinction Gallery in Escondido, CA.

Why can I not stop doing the skinny arm???

We were treated to an Alice in Wonderland type of experience with every door opening up to a different artist (live creating) and an array of nibbles and libations.  First, the "Art!"

Took up a whole room!

Heading down the stairs!

Favorite Sculpture: "Selfie"

And Best All-Around Art: Woman on Toilet or my Doppelgänger!

Next up, the food.  The espresso gelato from EscoGelato was AMZING and creamy!  I highly recommend it!

I was beyond excited to see that my favorite special occasion restaurant, Vintana would be there.  They had delicious chicken fajita cups and I took a picture with the chef.  Because I am a food nerd!

Here are a few more pictures of the food.

Lemon Meringue tarts

Panna Cotta with pomegranate sauce

Nothing Bundt Cakes - White Chocolate (the best)

Flavor Chef - Elixir (non-alcoholic - BOO!)

Johnny Appleseed Dry Cider

Hungry Bear Sandwiches

Fruit Wine Company wine paired with cider - YUM!  I recommend the Mango.

In Mango flavor of course!

Then we were treated to a magnificent sunset!  We NEVER get to see a sunset!

I came home to a mailbox treat from Bulu Box!  

This is a monthly subscription box of 4-5 vitamins, supplements or fitness related items.  

You get a list of items and their use inside the box.  Here is a peek inside the box:

Roasted chickpeas?  YUM!  Quest Bar?  Happy Hour anti-hangover?  Raw Protein?  All-Natural Caffeinated Tea?  Awesome!  

I have a code you can use for 50% off a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription!  So here is what that would look like:
  • Offer: Monthly Subscription for $5 (regularly $10)
  • Offer: 3 Month Subscription for $15 (regularly $30)
  • Offer: 6 Month Subscription for $30 (regularly $60)
  • Offer: 12 Month Subscription for $55 (regularly $110)
That is only $5 a month for a box.  The Coupon Code is BULUGAN215.  I am also giving you a chance to win your own 3 - month subscription.

Here is what you have to do to win.  Share this Giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your own Blog or Pinterest and leave a comment with the link.  You can leave a DIFFERENT comment for every time you link up!  Please try to tag Running with SD Mom when you can.  The link to this Giveaway is

Contest runs 6/30/2014 to 7/14/14 at 11:59 P.M. PST
No purchase necessary.
1 winner will be randomly selected via a random number generator based on number of comments and link ups.
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Winner will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.
Contestants must comment in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified. If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.
Winner will be provided a free coupon code for a 3 month subscription.

Good luck and remember to use the coupon code even if you don't win.  Maybe even for a 1 month subscription.

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Fascinations - 6/27

Every Friday, I bring you a collection of things that have caught my attention this week.  Most likely it is gear because #imayhavearunninggearaddiction but it could be D or S!

1.  My very favorite thing is that my little baby graduated from preschool!  S will be a transitional kindergartner in 2 very short months.  Argh!  It should be illegal to make caps and gowns this cute right?!

2.  This skirt made by Belinda at Running Behind, LLC.  She has a million prints and the skirts have a super sweet ruffle on the back.  It doesn't have anything underneath so you would have to wear it with shorts, briefs or capris but think of the versatility.  You can check out her Facebook page here.  You can get your own here but a little birdie told me I would be having a GIVEAWAY of a skirt soon!

3.  This song!  I am sorry in advance if you can't get it out of your head like me.  Every time it comes on, I kick up my pace just a little bit more.  

Or try this:

4.  Remember my Bar Review?  Well, I picked a winner.  The Pure Organic bar in Chocolate Brownie.  Someone explain to me how they make dates and walnuts taste like a chocolate brownie?!  I bought mine at, wait for it, Trader Joe's!  (It is so all natural that I found a pretty good size walnut shell chunk in the bar)

5.  These tanks were actually supposed to go in a post about 3 weeks ago but I forgot.  So I hope Target still carries these super cute tanks with super cute slogans.  I like the "Excuses don't burn Calories."

What are you loving this week?  Anything I should try?

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wednesday GIVEAWAY Roundup

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday GIVEAWAY Roundup!  I go looking for GIVEAWAYS around the web and put them in one place so you don't have to.  As always, I am entering these GIVEAWAYS too!  So here we go!

1.  I love Nuun.  I know you love Nuun.  So, I am giving away some Nuun Energy on my blog.

Enter to win here.

2.  Lindsay at Fit and Awesome is giving away a fitness prize package as pictured here.

Enter to win here.

3.  Nikki at Grab your Kicks is giving away the ever popular and super tasty KIND bars!

Enter to win here.

4.  Sami at Go Go Mountain Girl is giving away an Urban Halo Headband!

Enter to win here.

5.  Susie at Suz Lyfe is celebrating a new job with a huge Chicago inspired prize package giveaway!

Enter to win here.

6.  Patty at No Guilt Life is giving away The Running Injury Recovery Program.  Haven't we all needed this at some point??

Enter to win here and read her review.

7.  Steffany at Run Steff Run is giving away a thin and wide headband from Sparkly Soul, Inc.  

Enter to win here.

8.  My friend Ryan at Real Run Ryan has 3 giveaways going on right now.  The first is for delicious Pro Bars.

Enter to win those here.

He also has a giveaway going for Mud Energy gels.

Enter to win here.

And finally, a Giveaway for Abloc Endurance Recovery Drink.

Enter to win here.

9.  Becky at Disney in your Day is giving away a "Will Run for Dole Whip" shirt perfect for your next Disney race!

Enter to win here.

10.  Erica at Erica Finds has THREE giveaways for you this week!  First, Dang Coconut Chips.  Hurry, this one ends TODAY!

Enter to win here.

She is also giving away BANDI belt or 2 headbands, a caricature and print from I Love to or a Bottlebark foam roller/water bottle combo.  

Enter to win that one here.

Finally, she is also giving away all natural candy from the Lovely Candy Co.

Enter to win that one here.

11.  Sharon at Mommy Runs It is giving away 2 prizes this week too.  The first is for a $35 gift card to Road ID.  Safety First!

Enter to win here.

She is also giving away a peak flow meter to those of you who run with asthma.

Enter to win here.

12.  Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner is giving away a Mino.  This is a really cool product you stick in your shoe and it tells you when to replace your shoes.

Enter to win here.

13.  Julie at Life Simply with Julie is giving away an entry to the Oregon Marathon!  How cool is that?  

Enter to win here.

14.  And finally, Nicole at a Fitful Focus is giving away Bani Bands!

Enter to win here.

Well, there you go.  14 bloggers, 19 amazing giveaways!  Which ones will you enter?  Come back here and let me know if you win!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Long Run routine and a Hydration GIVEAWAY!

Do you know what a Flat Runner is?  It is when you lay out your outfit for a race and take a picture so others can spot you at the race or run.  Well, for me, a Flat Runner is a part of every long run.  I lay out my outfits the night before.  And I mean everything from my Headsweats visor to my Crazy Compression socks to my Running Skirt.

Or this one...

I like to be much so that I prep all my nutrition needs for the race the night before too.

Clockwise: Nuun Lemon Lime (for during the run), Vega Energizer (prepped for 20 minutes before), Vega Recovery Accelerator (for after the run), Banana (duh!), Clif Shot Bloks (for during) and a Luna Bar (1/2 a bar before).

Funny story about my Nuun prep.  I play Russian Roulette with my 15 flavors and I reach in blindly to the shelf where they are stored and grab one at random.  And that is the game.  No matter what flavor I get, I have to use.  Luckily, all of the flavors are awesome.  (Except citrus fruits...blech!)

Turns out I am not the only one who loves Nuun!  A lot of you do and a lot of famous athletes do too!

This is Kara Goucher and we both drink Nuun!  We have so much in common!  Ha ha!  I am such a huge fan!  I have the same bottle.  I tend to get a little star struck with these speedy fast runners in case you haven't noticed.

Well, guess what?  Nuun got even better. They came out with a product called Nuun Energy and here is their press release info:

"Nuun Energy has a unique blend of B Vitamins for energy metabolism, Caffeine for increased
endurance output and cognition, and the same Optimal Electrolyte Blend as Nuun Active Hydration to keep you hydrated."

Sound like a perfect mix of hydration and energy to get you thru your run!  So of course I had to try it so I could be like all my favorite bloggers and runners who swear by Nuun.  

Ice Cold Nuun!

The Energy is awesome!  Tastes good and definitely puts a little pep in your step!

This is my collection of Nuun Energy!  Pretty right?  

The generous souls at Nuun have agreed to let me GIVEAWAY a matching Kara Goucher bottle (black one pictured above) and 2 tubes of Nuun Energy!   I can't wait for you to try the Nuun Energy and tell me what you think!

Enter to win on Rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest runs 6/24/2014 to 7/1/14 at 11:59 P.M. PST
No purchase necessary.
1 winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.
Open to US and Canadian residents 18 years of age or older.
Winner will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Rafflecopter form in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified. If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.
Prize will be shipped directly from Nuun.  

Good luck!  As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom