Jul 22, 2014

Best Damn Race & Cocogo Giveaway


I'm behind on my pretty little blog. I owe you all so much awesomeness.
I owe myself. The months of June & July were life changing.
But first, let me take a selfie.

I took this pic immediately after I did a webinar for my Beachbody team about the coaching fun-ness. You can watch it here is you would like: http://youtu.be/YdUkSHJIy80

First on the agenda, Best Damn Race.
If you have not run this race yet, you're missing out!

Best Damn Bachelorette

Cape Coral on December 14, 2014
Distances: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K

Safety Harbor on February 7, 2015
Distances: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 10K & 5K Challenge

and... Orlando on February 28, 2015
Distances: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 10K & 5K Challenge

Need to add a race to your calendar for this winter or next spring? You will not be disappointed, and you can even save some cash...

Next up, a giveaway!
As an ambassador for Cocogo, I want to share the goodness! 
You can check out my review here... 
Cocogo is perfect to add to your water on a daily basis, on the go, sweating at the gym, training for a marathon. It is packed with all of the benefits of coconut water with maximum electrolytes to keep you pumped. This is a staple for me during long runs of marathon training. 

Right now, Cocogo has a deal on their shipping, so head over and try some. :) 
And you can use LIVESWEATSLEEP and save some $$!

Or you can try winning some! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Disclaimer: As an ambassador for Cocogo, they are providing me with a giveaway in exchange for some social media fun. 

Jul 8, 2014

Shakeology & Weight Watchers

Finally getting myself back into the swing of things. 
My last two weeks consisted  of: 
vegas. orlando. miami. atlanta.

One of my amazing friends & coach, Nanci, is quite the [loser] with Weight Watchers. And I mean that with the most love; Nanci has done a phenomenal job utilizing WW to get in her best health. When she joined me on this Beachbody journey, I was openly curious how it was going to work with the point system. Once she wrote this post, I had to share! 
Thank you for sharing Nanci

"Do you drink Shakeology? Do you know how much of a SUPERfood it really is? It is chuck full of vitamins and nutrients, for many it will replace the need for a multi-vitamin. It is also a great source of protein and fiber, depending on the flavor you choose.


I have three go-to recipes for my breakfast shakes, using both Vanilla and Chocolate flavor. Today, I will share them along with the Points Plus values for those following Weight Watchers.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakeology
1 pack Chocolate Shakeology (3 points)
8 oz. unsweetened almond milk (1 point)
2 tbsp. PB2 (1 point)
1 medium banana
6 ice cubes
Blend together until smooth.
Total Points Plus value……….5

Tropical Shakeology
1 pack Vanilla Shakeology (3 points)
8 oz. unsweetened almond milk (1 point)
1/2 cup mango
1 medium banana
6 ice cubes
Blend together until smooth.
Total Points Plus value………..4

Caffé Mocha Shakeology
1 pack Vanilla OR Chocolate Shakeology (3 points)
8 oz. Starbucks Caffé Mocha (3 points)
6 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in shaker cup, shake until mixed.
Total Points Plus value…………6

Pineapple Mango Shakeology
1 pack Vanilla Shakeology (3 points)
8 oz. unsweetened almond milk (1 point)
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
6 ice cubes
Blend together till smooth.
Total Points Plus value………4"

Are you curious about Shakeology? 

A HUGE thanks to Nanci for letting me share your post! You can find it here.

Jun 19, 2014

If you still look cute at the end of your workout...

...that is totally fine! And actually pretty awesome. 

I have been living a pretty very active lifestyle for the last two years or so... I started running about four years ago...but really upped the ante recently. 

My Momma definitely rubbed off on me, that lady will not leave the house without a full face of makeup. And if she forgot earrings??...we're turning around...

A few years ago I worked for Sephora and learned all my tricks; I still make visits to see my ladies at the Brandon & International Mall Sephora stores.

But back to the topic... makeup.
What I put on, stays on.
Yes, I'm careful in regards to what I wear as foundation due to that lovely sweating factor [and that BIG factor that I don't want clogged pores]... 
But here's some evidence...

Color Me Rad 5K 2014, about 90 degrees out, color thrown at me...
Not the best example, but finishing the Berlin Marathon and my face doesn't look like ish!
March 2013, 5K, was my PR for a few months, I was a sweaty beast that day.
Electro Dash 2014, another hot & humid 5K, but at night
If you didn't notice...my eye makeup is still there like BOOM! My race photos are often pretty cute if the rest of my body cooperates.

So here are my tricks...

First and foremost, you get what you pay for! Yes, Sephora, Ulta, & the department store makeup counters are more expensive, but 99.99% of the time, they are worth it. There are only a few items that I use from a drugstore, and by a few, I mean, like three.

This is what makes that crazy eye makeup STICK & STAY. Make Up Forever...this will cost you a pretty penny but is completely worth it. I received one of these as gratis when I worked as Sephora, loved it so much, I purchased three other colors. Their makeup is used across the globe, and they are known for being used in the Cirque de Soleil performance "O" (the water one). Their makeup line is all water proof and really does stand up to it's name. 

I use Aqua Cream like it's going to be taken off the shelf...and as I said, have it in four different colors. This is a colored primer & stay-puter for your eye shadow. Yes, there are multiple other primers that you could use for your eye shadow, so that you don't get that annoying crease five hours later... But really, nothing works better than Aqua Cream. 
Whatever shadow you put on top of it becomes waterproof; a primer does not do that.

My next fun find is my MAC Opulash Optimum Black Mascera [that's a mouthful]. The awesome thing about this mascara is that it is waterproof...without being waterproof. Let me explain... When this mascara comes off, it will come off in small clumps instead of that annoying black smudge on your lower lid or streaming down your face with a bead of sweat. I initially purchased this prior to teaching INSANITY and it has worked every class. No smudging. No streaking. No ugly black-ish after I'm done teaching.

Looking back on pictures in iPhoto...I loved doing a smokey eye with bright colors. It worked with my green eyes, but now that I have converted, I may never go back. My good friend Beth at DiscombobulatedRunning.com has always done a liquid black liner on just her top lid ... and it has always looked striking and classy. Sorry Beth, I copied you! :) But imitation is the best form of a compliment, right?? I started doing this and noticed a big difference. My eyes were wider and more white; removing color and/or liner from my lower lid made a big difference. [I will say, this will not be the same case for everyone] But here is the one I love: Eyeko in black. I love the application of this one best; it is not a small brush, but has a felt tip and allows for a perfect application every time. 

And time for ... bonus round!
Can you tell I'm typing after having a beverage?? Oy vey...
My eyelids are bossy; they do not care for every type of eyeshadow on the market and make it known when they are not happy. Because of this, I typically stick to MAC and Urban Decay [I could probably wear more, but I love the vibrant colors of these two brands].
As I mentioned before, any shadow you put on top of the Aqua Cream is going to stay put...and when you pair that with a good brand of eye shadow -- you're golden.

This one is my current fave.
Ten b-e-u-tiful colors. They do warn you not to use the pinks & purples close to your lids, and I will tell you from experience, that even using the Aqua Cream prior to application, my lids are pink once the makeup is removed. But these colors are very vibrant, and you can always play them down by applying a little white shadow on top.

Well... hope you enjoyed my 'off' post. This was kind of running/fitness related...

Do you wear makeup when you workout?
It does make your race pics look beautiful! ;)

Jun 17, 2014

Florida Cane Vodka.

Considering that I'll be leaving for Vegas in a day, this post seems fitting!

As a Floridan, I was very excited to drink local.
Florida Cane Vodka has been eight years in the making. Lee, one of the founders, wanted to create something American-Made. With two years of research, raising $$ through a vending site, and a quick approval process by the government...

Florida Cane Vodka was officially established in 2012!

I am not a big drinker, but have always enjoyed vodka mixed drinks since vodka is typically lower in calories. I had also never been to a tasting before; when you want to really taste the vodka, there are three things to notice:
- look -
- smell - 
- taste

Lee passed around their Premium Vodka and we put our senses to work...

The ideal look of a vodka is gem-like; parkly & glimmery. The smell burned the tip of my nose, which was from the sugar cane; and this will happen when a vodka is made with real sugar cane. Lastly, the best part ... the taste. Getting technical, as the taste of vodka hits your tongue, it has a loose bead -- and the breath of the vodka is how it feels when it hits the back of your throat. 

The Premium Vodka bit my lips as it touched, but was smooth and fresh.

Their distillery & tasting room in Tampa is where all the magic happens. 
Because of their location, they were lucky enough to be able to dig a well in the back; this is vital because water is the largest ingredient in vodka. 

Another aspect of Cane Vodka that I love is that they use everything local; the sugar cane, their fruits and flavors they add to their vodkas are all Florida grown as well -- just like me [lol]!

Cane Vodka has sooo many flavors to choose from:
*Premium: reminded me of Grey Goose, crisp & clean, perfect to pair with a lime and just sip away.
*Key West Lemon Lime: one of my favorites, tastes like vacation!
*Orlando Orange: Yum! This would be great paired with a Club Soda for a low-calorie choice. 
*Beach Bum Berry: This one [might] have come home with me. I've paired it with flavored sparkling waters from Trader Joe's -- sweet taste without the calories & less sugar!
*Fire Ant (Jalapaeno flavored): Woah! This has bite! My mother would love this one for a Bloody Mary.
*Gator Grape: This one was sweet, but delicate.
*Plant City Strawberry: Of course I loved this one! Another good one to pair with Club Soda or a sparkling water.

We then moved onto their Sunshine Moonshine...

I was nervous.
It was 109 proof.

But boy, did it taste good!
Each of their moonshines are carefully paired tastes; you can pick out each individual flavor and they all compliment each other.

If you are local to Tampa, there is a cocktail competition this upcoming MOnday night, June 23, come join me!!

You'll be able to sample the cocktail concoctions, try the Sunshine Moonshine flavors, and enjoy Florida CANE Vodka specials!

Did I make you thirsty?

*As a member of the Tampa Bay BloggersI did receive a complimentary bottle of Florida Cane Vodka in exchange for this post.

Jun 10, 2014

Margarita Festival 2014

Can you go wrong with margaritas, sunshine & friends? 

I was lucky enough that my gorgeous best friend, WJG was in town this particular weekend and was able to join me at this years Tampa Bay Margarita Festival! She is quite the goal-getter and is currently in grad school in M-I-double S-I-double P-I. Due to her cray cray schedule, I try and steal her as much as I can when she returns to the sunshine state. 

WJG and I were rolling VIP style and started with the Prickly Pear Margarita first; I knew this was a good one to start with -- it was a hit from last year! 

VIP is the way to go...
*minimal lines*
*amazing bartenders*
*delicious margaritas*
*available seating*
*big a$$ fans that cooled me off all-day-long*
[not joking on that one, you can ask WJG]

Next, we went for the Mango-Jalapeno Margaritas...
Boy, those were spicy! 

Yes...that happened.
[and I regretted it...]

Margaritas were not the only thing going on that day...
A variety of businesses had booths... 
& WJG and I had Food Trucks to choose from! 
Our fave pick was Street Surfer -- they have amazing chicken nachos.

Lastly, we ran into one of my favorite people!
WJG finally met @AuntNanci! They have been social media friends, and finally met in person :)

Will you be joining me at the Summer of Rum on August 16th??

*As a member of the Tampa Bay BloggersI did receive complimentary tickets for the Margarita Festival in exchange for this post.

Jun 5, 2014

Color Me Rad 2014

Color, color, and more color!

I was able to participate last year with Fit2Run and run Color Me Rad. It was such a blast and I was looking forward to running it again!

You can't go wrong about some fun pictures, right?!

Pre-race I had some fun with my eye makeup... Thanks to Urban Decay my green eyes tasted the rainbow. 

Once I arrived, the Kid Rock look-alike hollers from stage that a burpee contest is coming up. Of course my ears perked up, I had a busy day and burning more calories was welcoming! I made my way up to the stage...I was up against three other ladies and one high school guy. Kid Rock said start and away I went! I'll save you the suspense, I won! Yes, I beat the kid and if it was a numbers game I would have beat everyone combined (I should have counted!)

And it was time for running through color to commence!

[The taste of cornstarch...hence the look on my face]

Could I have more in my hands?! And I promised I was having fun ;)

The best part of the day was meeting Angelina! She won my giveaway to run Color Me Rad. We have been following each other via social media and we finally got to meet in person! She's super sweet and I can't wait to 'run' into her again! 

This race is great for kids, easy and fun way to get them into the active scene. 
Some quick tips: 
*Bring your own water (they have plenty of water on course -- but we know they always want something to drink when it's not around!) 
*Wear a hat, that you don't care about getting colored! (the race is always very hot and hiding your hair will protect your locks from the color)
*Bring a towel & change of clothes for afterwards...and maybe some baby wipes to get the first layer of color off!

And of course this race is for everyone else too!
*Easy course that is walker friendly.
*You get blasted with color!
*Super, fun time!!

The aftermath...

*As a member of the Tampa Bay BloggersI did receive a complimentary registration for Color Me Rad in exchange for this post.

May 20, 2014

Coming Soon: PiYo

Have you heard about PiYo?

It has been offered in gyms for some time...
but now you can take it home with you!

Beachbody is releasing it as a DVD home workout program at the end of June and you can get the updates just as soon as I do by signing up here...

But here is why I'm so excited about it...
*I am a runner at heart - it is fun, but can be hard on your joints & body.
*I'm almost 30 [insert shock face & OMG, I can't believe it either] and I'm starting to feel it. My body isn't moving like it used to, I know I have my mom's knees (ugh, love ya Mom) and my flexibility has decreased.
*I cannot stick to yoga. I've tried...a few times. I even made it a new year's resolution and that didn't work. I get bored, I sweat and fall on my mat, you know, the fun stuff.

PiYo is a mix of yoga, cardio & pilates. 
Low-impact, high-intensity.
Combines muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates.
Along with the strength and flexibility of yoga.
But! Speed it up with fluid transitions, fun music, and you have PiYo. 

I will also be certified to teach PiYo soon! 
Super excited to continue chasing my dream...

Comment below if you want more details about PiYo!