Monday, January 4, 2016

My New Year's Resolutions, an Alley & Rae Review & #GIVEAWAY and a New Motto!

Happy 2016 my awesome friends!


2015 was an AMAZING year for me and my family.  My sweet S did not have one single seizure in 2015 which means we found the medication that works and she is thriving!


Okay, my New Years Resolutions for all things in life are simple.  I have two.

1.  Listen to my body.


This is an easy one.  Trust my gut, literally and figuratively.  Legs hurt?  Stop running.  Tummy cramp?  Don't eat gluten.  Heart broken?  Let that thing go!  In 2016, I will trust in me and do what I feel is right.

2.  Be Kind to Others; Be Helpful.


I want to help others.  More than raising money for Epilepsy.  I want to do every day little things that help the greater good and I am going to make a conscious effort to do this.


I want to be a better mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister and all I have to do is turn up the kindness!  But it doesn't stop there.  Strangers, clients, friends of friends...it has to start somewhere.

And my new motto for 2016?  "First Grab Coffee and Then the World!"


Pretty awesome right?  To me it means: Take a minute to yourself, take a deep breath and go for it!  And my new Alley & Rae shirt and mug sum it up perfectly!


Soft and unisex with the perfect message!  There is something about grabbing the perfect cup of coffee from this mug to start your day that gives you the push out the door!


I am super excited that I found a company that makes a shirt AND a mug to match my message!

From their website: All of our products are handmade in Utah and California. Our mission is to spread positivity and create clothing that speaks to you. We want each piece to make a statement or tell a story about the person that wears it. We love to incorporate bright colors, fun graphics and encouraging messages into our designs. All of our clothing is printed on sweatshop-free apparel, made in the USA and packaged with eco-friendly materials in an ongoing effort to support sustainability. 



I have used my mug about 14 times!  No exaggeration!  Haha!


So guess what?  I am giving one of you the chance to win a t-shirt from Alley & Rae AND your choice of mug!  Choose your own motto!  Your own destiny for 2016!  Ready?  Enter on the Rafflecopter!  First GIVEAWAY of 2016!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest runs 1/4/2016 to 1/10/2016 at 11:59 P.M. PST
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. 1 winner will be selected via the Giveaway widget.  Open to Residents of the US 18 years of age or older.  Must have a non P.O. Box mailing address.  Winner must have a valid email address.  
Winner 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 enter on the Giveaway widget 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 the prize directly from Alley & Rae.  Substitutions unlikely but may apply.  SD Mom not responsible for failure of sponsor to deliver product.

I am again linking up with the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.  


So tell me friends, do you have a motto ready for 2016?  Have you checked out the Alley & Rae website?  what catches your eye?  Happy New Year!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

62 comments:

  1. I love the coffee one or the adulting requires coffee

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  2. Haven't heard of Alley and Rae before, will have to check them out! I think my motto for this year will be "Less is more". I need to pare back some so that I'm not overextended. I'm being much more selective on which races I sign up for, and not volunteering to do everything that comes my way.

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  3. Cool giveaway ~ would love to win. My word of the new year is magic. Find your magic. thanks

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  4. I Can't Adult Today. Tomorrow doesn't look good either.

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  5. I love the "with strong wings she flies" tee.

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  6. My motto this year and hopefully from now on period, is to simply be. Be happy. Be content. Be in the moment. Get the picture? I'm excited to see what the year holds! I saw many shirts I thought were awesome, but Adulting Requires Coffee is my fave, I think :). Happy New Year Smitha! Awesome news about your sweet girl and not one seizure! That's a celebration!

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  7. I love the "she's whiskey in a teacup". That's so cute!!

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  8. I love the today is going to be awesome mug. Of course it is :) I am loving all the tees for my little girl too!

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  9. My 2016 motto give back more to my community by volunteering more and doing more cheering on races. Supporting all my runner friends.

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  10. Thats one cool cup I would love to win!

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  11. I want these!! And I think you're already the nicest, most wonderful everything ever :)

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  12. Gratitude is my word this year.

    Cool giveaway.

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  13. My motto this year: your setbacks are the platform for your comebacks! Love me some coffee. For reals. Kinda in love with the I can't adult today shirt also.

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  14. I really like the one you're wearing but I also like the Adulting Requires Coffee.... because it's SO true.

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  15. no motto yet... this shirt/mug is AWESOME!!!

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  16. My motto is stay strong

    - JUdith

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  17. These are super cute! I think the motto for this year will be "Do It Now" I'm such a procrastinator ....

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  18. "she's whiskey in a teacup" - love it

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  19. I LOVE your mug and shirt! That's the one I'd choose! So cute!!!

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  20. Love this giveaway. No motto for 2016.

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  21. I love the ADULT SACRED GEOMETRY TEE. This year my motto is Try Something New.

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  22. You've had a great year Smitha! These shirts are great! I saw the I donut care one and just laughed. It's so me! :)

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  23. I like the ADULTING REQUIRES COFFEE TEE.

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  24. My Motto this year is "Count your Blessings not your Problems"

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  25. My motto is "Just keep smiling." I love their Star Wars stuff.

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  26. It's wonderful to hear your daughter is doing well! As a coffee addict, I love your motto. I also like the one I saw on their website "Take Life One Cup At The Time". I haven't really thought of an official motto for my year. I'll put my thinking cap on. Thanks for linking with us again SD and for the giveaway. Happy New Year!

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  27. I'm so glad to hear you have found something that works for S! You must be so relieved. Here's to a seizure-free 2016!! Happy New Year, Smitha

    As always, my motto is my own "Challenge Yourself to Cross Your Own Personal Finish Lines" #CrossYourFinishLines But I do love their "She needed a Hero so that's what she became"!!! LOVE IT

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  28. They have great shirts! I like the "I Can't Adult Today."

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  29. Oh wow Smitha, you have the best giveaways!!! I love the Take Life one Cup at a time or even the She's Whiskey in a Teacup! Ha. I guess I'm going to stay with my blog motto of "Building a Better Me" but my resolution was to have fun. I think that is one I can keep! Thanks for join in!

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  30. hahaha the website wouldn't load for me; my motto for 2106 "ENDURE"

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  31. I MUST have sweatpants, coffee, books, and rain. MUST.

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  32. Cute!!! I don't have a motto for 2016 but I absolutely love the top you have on!!

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  33. My motto has been "I can do difficult things". It's getting me through the early stages of marathon training after coming back from an injury. I say it to myself a lot and it really pushes me through those tough workouts!

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  34. I love your coffee motto.....and also a song lyric from Switchfoot.."Love Alone is Worth the Fight"

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  35. Glad your daughter was seizure free in 2015. I hope her medication continues to work well for her and she stays healthy in 2016. Those are great resolutions! Listening to your body is sometimes easier said than done.

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  36. I like the Frenchie the Elf shirt.

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  37. My "word" for the year is Compassion.
    I've been caring for my Dad here at home for the last 8 months and I've realized the compassion has been difficult lately. So I'm trying to focus on finding/making it happen this year.

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  38. my motto is consistency :) I need to take it day by day and I love the "I can't adult today" tee

    -Katrina J

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  39. My motto for this year is Progress, not perfection! I took a look at their shirts, & I would love the FRENCHIE THE ELF TEE!

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  40. I love the "coffee first" design. It's perfect.

    I guess if I had to have a motto for 2016, I'd keep it simple with "Dedication". I've started the year with a run streak to get consistent with running because I'll be training for Dopey 2017, and need to commit to that training plan 100% when the time comes.

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  41. I like ADULTING REQUIRES COFFEE TEE, no motto yet

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  42. My Motto is Less Stress in 2016! I should get that on a shirt! I do think the "I'm Here for the Pumpkin Pie" shirt is very cute.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  43. Oh my gosh I am loving your new motto! It is perfect for life as a mom, in my opinion! I hope you achieve all your goals this year!

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  44. My motto is to keep fit. Sadly, I can't get their site to load, but I like the shirt in this post.

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  45. Grab life by the beans is so cute!

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  46. My 2016 motto/focus is being more consistent in life. I would go with the coffee shirt.

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  47. I love the Reach for the stars tshirt perfect thing to aim for and therefore you keep learning and growing,

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  48. I really don't have a motto for the year. I'm learning towards the Coffee friends or the galaxy dream shirts.

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  49. Strong wings t-shirt! My motto for this year is "Have Faith."

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  50. I don't have a motto - but I like the ones listed! How about "Taking care of myself is not selfish." ? That's a good moto for my life.

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  51. Yay for being seizure free!! Sooooo happy to hear that!! xoxox

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  52. I don't have a motto, but I like the idea. I think the "do or do not" Yoda tee is marvelous.

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  53. I like the whiskey in a teacup tee.

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  54. 2016 Motto - "Take the High Road"
    I love these mugs! Especially - But First Coffee and "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!"

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  55. I like the Adulting Requires Coffee t-shirt.

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  56. My motto for 2016, never gave up, and that's for losing my weight :(, and i love the she need a hero design

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  57. I love the T-Shirt TODAY’S OUTFIT TEE. It fits me to a T.

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  58. I don't have a motto. I like the mug that says, "But first Coffee"..

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