Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Mental Wellness, #WhatIWoreWednesday and a prAna Discount Code!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by prAna and Fit Approach.  All opinions are my own.

Hi Everyone!  Long time no talk.  I wanted to share a little bit about what has been going on in my life and why the long absences.  I also want to talk about how I get out of a funk.  (please read all the way to the bottom for a discount code and some important links)

My dad passed away about a year ago.  The last year has been very hard for different reasons.  I have done a lot of soul searching.  I have felt every emotion you can possibly imagine.  Anger, grief, relief...all of the above.  But with the love from family and friends, I have managed.  Then about 3 weeks ago, came another big blow.  My step dad - very suddenly -  passed away.  It has been soul crushing to say the least.

In order to deal with all of this, I have escaped to all my happy places.  Which turn out to be the mountains and the beach.

I am lucky that I live in San Diego and I am able to get away to both in a day.

There is something about being close to the powerful forces of nature that make you believe that maybe what you are going through is part of a greater plan.

And getting to experience those places with people I love is even more rewarding.

I am so thankful for SD Dad!  I would be a melted mess puddle (it's a thing!) without him!  I am open for any tips and suggestions on how to grieve in a healthy way besides getting in my car and driving to the beach and mountains.

I find that routine helps too.  For example, I still take the kids every week to their swim team practice.

I still participate in Book Club.  (We just finished Educated by Tara Westover!)

Cozy Up Zip Up Jacket - and yes, it is as comfy as it looks and yes, I realize that is wine in my hand and not a book but this WAS Book Club, I promise!

And this wouldn't be a prAna blog post if I also didn't tell you that wrapping up in a comfy and cozy sweatshirt or jacket makes a difference too.  You all know I am a HUGE prAna fan and I have to tell you about a giveaway happening...you guessed it - on Wednesday!  If you are reading this later and wondering, that would be 10/10/2018!

Don't believe me about being a huge fan?  Read my posts here, here and even here!  Now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you about the What I Wore Wednesday contest!

TOMORROW: share your outfit and tag @prAna #WIWW (What I Wore Wednesday) #sweatpink and you'll be auto-entered to win an item of your choice from prAna! (There will be three winners!)  It doesn't matter if you're actually wearing prAna in the post, just share what you are wearing and you are entered. Or just share items on your prAna wishlist!

And if something you see tomorrow catches your eye, use code SAROprAna25 for 25% off all the things on www.prana.com until 12/31/2018!

Some prAna links you might enjoy:
Top 25 Fall looks
Bouldering and Surfing in New Zealand
A link to the entire Cozy line
Some info on the Cozy Fall Line: The Cozy line is made from a hemp blend. Industrial hemp is incredibly sustainable because it needs little water to grow, grows more fiber per acre than cotton, and is not hard on soil. In fact, hemp actually puts nutrients back into the soil! Hemp also inhibits bacteria because bacteria will not grow on hemp. WIN!  Hemp is a very tough fabric and has natural UV protection. prAna’s hemp line is naturally UPF 50+ and keeps you warm in the cold weather and cool in the heat, something that works for the mountains and the beach!
And also some links for mental wellness:
Mental Wellness Routine to try
Mental Wellness Tips & Tricks

And now, your turn to share with me.  How do you get out of a funk?  Does wrapping up in something cozy instantly make you feel better?  Mountains or beach for you?

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Thursday, April 19, 2018

#feeltheOO - an #OOmg shoe review and #GIVEAWAY!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by OOFOS.  I was sent a pair of OOMG shoes for review and giveaway purposes.  I was not compensated in any other way.  

Do you guys even remember who I am?  Haha!  It has been a while since I popped on to the blog and said hi.  Well, here I am.  I am saying hi and introducing you to my new favorite pair of OOFOS - the OOmg shoe!  And in true SD Mom fashion, I am also giving one of you a chance to win a pair yourself!

So, you already know how much I love my regular OOFOS.  I have reviewed them before - here and here.  They were the first shoes I put on after I ran my first marathon and I wear them pretty much whenever I am not at work or running.  Like when I take the kids to swim team practice...

Yup!  I read while I sit there.  (Side note: have you read this book?  Everyone has recommended it ton me.  They say it will cure me of FOMO!)  But then, I saw on my Instagram feed that OOFOS came out with something new...

 You can see why I was intrigued!  All the comfort of the OOFOS sandals but with a closed toe look? Sign me up friends!  So they sent them to me and they are even more like clouds than I imagined!  Check out that sole...

A couple of weekends ago, my family and I headed out on a boat in Mission Bay and the OOmg shoes were perfect for that occasion.  Comfy, water proof and a rest day for my poor feet!

Life jackets on and we were ready to go!

We saw some friendly natives...

The shoes were perfect for the occasion.  From their website: "The first fully closed shoe to feature OOfoam technology! We combined the OOFOS patented footbed design you know and love with a 4-way stretch mesh upper to create an unbelievably comfortable shoe that enhances the recovery process."  They really delivered in comfort and style and I find myself reaching for them as much as I reach for my sandals style!

So now, I am giving you a chance to win your own pair!  Just enter on the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest runs 4/19/18 to 4/25/18 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 choose color of their choice in the OOmg shoe collection.
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 OOFOS.  Substitutions unlikely but may apply.  SD Mom not responsible for failure of OOFOS to deliver product.

I am so excited for one of you to win and pamper your feet too!  So tell me, which color catches your eye?

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom