The Winner Of The $100 Visa Gift Card Is…

Oohh it is my favorite time of a giveaway… selecting the winner!

Thank you all for reading my post about the Bakken Invitation 10 honorees.

Weren’t those folks inspirational?

Well let’s get right to it. :)

The winner of the $100 Visa Gift Card is:
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YAY Congrats Krissy!!!

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24
Dec 2014
AUTHOR Dani
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Weekend Wrap-Up: Wine, Early Christmas & Hockey


I live for the weekends. I know I am the only person out there that does that so you should all catch up on this train. Mmmmkay? ;)

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Friday kicked off with a very happy weigh-in! Finally back in free Lifetime range. Yay! :)

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I was wicked stoked to see a number 22 lbs lighter than that on June 11. Back to a good weight.

With a big smile on my face, I met Page for our Friday Five – our weekly 5-mile run.

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It is a great way to start the weekend and it is always fun catching up. Page and I are on Tedy’s Team together.

After my final Weight Watchers meeting of the week, it appeared to be present time for this girl. The WW meeting I lead on Fridays surprised me with a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. It’s like they know me! ;)

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And Kohl’s surprised me with a sweet little relaxation present.

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I am in LOVE with the running headband. What an awesome color!

Final delivery came in from Special K. Time to taste test the new snack bars that will hit the shelves in January 2015. Each bar is 3PPV.

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My triplet cousins – 12-year-old girls – were staying over with my parents so we all went out to dinner before tucking in with some wine to watch Muppet Family Christmas. My absolutely favorite Christmas movie.

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The girls picked out the snacks so I had the opportunity to try 3 of these chips for 4PPV. In my opinion, too chocolately (like thick chocolate and thin chip) and not worth the Weight Watchers Points. I like sweet and salty combined, but would rather chocolate with pretzel combo.

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I had to call it an early night since I had a long run the next morning. But before I hit the sheets, I found out I was selected as a #RockNBlog RnR blogger for the second-straight year. Woo!!

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I cannot wait to meet up with my fellow bloggers at some races in 2015.

On a runner’s high, I bound of bed on Saturday morning to meet up with the Tedy’s Team crew for 8-sunny miles through Boston.

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With the wife heading out on Monday for home, I wanted to soak up as much time with her as possible. So while she ran errands including a haircut, I hopped on the old bike trainer to get some extra activity points.

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Gotta love multi-tasking.

With two pups and two people in bed, we all snuggled in to enjoy some Twin Peaks on Netflix. Boy that show is odd, but we are sucked in to watch the entire series (just 30 episodes total). Have you watched this show? It was a night-time soap opera in the early 90s. So the cheese factor is high. ;)

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I put the Kohl’s mug to use right away with my hot cocoa (2PPV).

Sunday morning started out with an awesome 6-mile run with my friend and fellow WW leader Heather.

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She is also training for the Run Disney Princess weekend so it is great to run together. Plus I love running with folks – whatever the pace.

After the run, I needed a good post-race beverage (following my water, coffee and chocolate milk of course) so the wife and I headed over to Slumbrew’s American Fresh at Assembly for a beer and some christmas carols.

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Oh and we even ran into our friend Kim! :) Slumbrew Porter Square Porter for me and Attic & Eaves for Kim.

It was the last afternoon with the wife for six days, so we got in a little extra snuggling.

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Do you think she is tired of my selfies yet? I was trying to capture her new haircut, but it didn’t work. You can take my word that it is cute.

Since the wife would be away over Christmas, my parents wanted to do an early Christmas with her. She got some sweet gift and one of the awesome joint gifts we got were $100 gift card for Disney for each of us. Yes! These will come in handy in Disneyland next month.

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Do they know us or what?

With holly and jolly in our hearts, it was time to make the trek to the wife’s hockey game. Look at me attending two games in a row. Go me. :P

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I tested out my first Special K bar for a snack and it was nice and chocolately. It also wasn’t as tough as some other snack bars can be. Does that make sense?

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It was a tough 3-1 loss for the Sharks, but the wife did great in goal.

I successfully used the time during the game to pace around the rink to 1) keep warm and 2) get in extra activity. ;)

I also got to experience a role reversal and play Sherpa for her.

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Like my stick? :P

The smelly lady and I hit up a late dinner before heading home to snuggle with some pups.

Overall it was one sweet weekend. It was weird not to race, but I think I still did enough activity. What do you think?

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Did you enter my $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway? It ends December 24 at 5pm EST! Enter here.

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How do you get active on the weekends?

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Aannddd the winner of the iFit Tracker giveaway is…

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Congrats Kayla! :)

Thank you to all that entered!!

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Dec 2014
AUTHOR Dani
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Yay! There’s additional ways to enter my iFit giveaway…

Oh hey hey! Who doesn’t love additional ways to enter a sweet giveaway!

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If you missed the original post, you can get caught up here!

I’ll wait…

Are you good?

Sweet!

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Now time to get your extra entries on!!
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Giveaway ends Noon EST Monday, December 15!

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Momentum Jewelry Giveaway

And the winner is…

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Congrats Bonnie! Thank you to all who participated!

If you are still looking to purchase a piece of Momentum Jewelry: we have a special code INSPIREFIT good for 20% off website orders, but it expires Nov 30th so act quickly!! :)

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Inspiration … motivation … accountability can come in all shapes and sizes. You can find it in a sunrise or looking in your kids’ eyes. Where we find our dedication for our healthy lifestyles will be different for everyone… but let me offer up a pretty fashion forward option! :)

 

Momentum offers hand-crafted, workout-friendly jewelry for fitness-focused individuals. Featuring our innovative MOTIVATE WRAP™ bracelet (patent pending).

 

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Momentum Jewelry is a small women-owned business which produces all of their products in the USA. Momentum offers foot notes, wrap bracelets, suede cuffs, necklaces, headbands and earrings. These ladies are blending the fitness and fashion worlds seamlessly. In exchange for this review/giveaway, I was given complimentary product. But as we know all thoughts are my own – ain’t nobody got time for lyin’! With endless possibilities of sayings for the wrap bracelets I felt overwhelmed, but knew I wanted to go with a custom saying. But what custom saying would push me though a workout or pick me up during a tough emotional moment.

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Soo what do we think I went with?

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Yeah I’m kind of obvious. :P But this blog – this little slice of the internet – has changed my life in more ways than you can imagine. Thinking about sharing my life, workouts and adventures with all of you gives me a huge pick-me-up when feeling own and out. So I knew it was the perfect choice. The above wrap is the oval motivational wrap with custom saying and teal wrap – value $25. A Motivational wrap without custom saying is $20. But with my newfound arm candy my feet were feeling pretty lonely. ;) Momentum Jewelry offers a single foot note ($10) or a pair ($17).

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I went with the Beast Mode pairing.

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Sweet, right? In addition to great products filled with passion and love, Momentum believes in the importance of instilling a healthy lifestyle at an early age. So “5% of our profits are donated to the national effort, Action for Healthy Kids. Founded in 2002, Action for Healthy Kids works with schools to fight the national epidemic of childhood obesity by teaching kids to live healthy, active lives. Learn more at www.actionforhealthykids.org” Pretty awesome!! Now I know you would love to hear me wax poetically about how awesome Momentum Jewelry is, but it’s time to get to the giveaway!! Here’s how to enter:

Giveaway will run from Monday November 10 (11:00am ET) to Monday November 17 (Noon ET)!

Winner will be announced on Monday!

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REMINDER: Momentum Jewelry Giveaway Ends Monday (11/17)

My Momentum Jewelry giveaway launched on Monday! You can see the original post here.

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But since I love you all so much :) I am adding additional entry options! So click below and increase YOUR chances to win!

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(If you DO plan to do the blog post entry, please leave it on the original post)

Here’s how to enter:

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Giveaway will run from Monday November 10 (11:00am ET) to Monday November 17 (Noon ET)!

Winner will be announced on Monday!

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Get Outside & Explore Your City With LÄRABAR Plus Giveaway!!

And The Winner Is…

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Congrats Sharon!!!

Thanks for all that entered and as a thank you use this LÄRABAR Coupon for $0.50 off a bar!

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Trails aren’t the only way to get out and enjoy nature. Us City Slickers can get outside and explore just like our friends from more rural areas.

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I have the joy and pleasure of residing just outside Boston allowing me access to city, beauty, history and nature.

So how do I get outside and explore my city?

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Here are my top 3 tips to enjoying your city:

1) Take a walking or running tour of the city. I’ve done the Freedom Trail Run, a run along the Freedom Trail in Boston offered to tourists and residents alike each day (value $40 per person).

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The Freedom Trail Run is geared to all fitness levels and ages. It was such a cool and different way to explore the historical aspect of Boston and not be stuck on a trolley tour.

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2) Take advantage of the amazing nature trails just outside of the city. While New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine offer glorious views and countless hills/mountains to climb, we don’t always have the time to travel that far. One can go just 30 minutes outside of Boston to the Blue Hills Reservation.

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Pack up your friends, your pups and your LÄRABAR bars and get out there!

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Enjoy a breathtaking view or two.

Can you spot Boston out there in the distance?

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3) Lace up your running or walking sneakers and just do it! I know it is a deep and brilliant idea, but it is true. And Cheap!!

Meeting up with friends? Take a walk around the Charles River!

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Looking for a new date idea? Lace up your sneakers while your partner rides their bike.

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Want to take your racing off the road and onto the trails? Check out the VERT Race Series – a great trail series for beginners!

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Phew! Now I am working up one serious appetite thinking about all of these sweet activities. Thankfully LÄRABAR sent me this sweet LÄRAbag with bars and RENOLA. RENOLA is a grain-free, gluten-free mix of non-GMO fruits, nuts and seeds.

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LÄRABAR the Original Fruit and Nut Bar™ features a delicious, gluten-free blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices, with some flavors including coconut oil, chocolate chips or other simple ingredients. The bars are made from whole foods and each indulgent flavor contains no more than nine ingredients and at least ¼ cup of fruit or more.

For my Weight Watchers snackers, the 1.6oz LÄRABAR bars are 5-6 PPV each, while the single-serving RENOLA granola are 5 PPV. Definitely a manageable PPV for a snack, while being active on-the-go!

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My favorite flavors for LÄRABAR are: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Chip Brownie. Are we seeing a theme? ;)

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Now in honor of National Take A Hike Day on November 17, LÄRABAR has been kind enough to offer me 16 LÄRABARs and RENOLA to give away to you amazing folks!!

So here’s how to enter the giveaway (open to US Residents 18+):

Comment below with an answer to one of the following two questions!

1. Which flavor of LÄRABAR they are most excited to try and why? 

2. Share your #getoutside story and why they would love to receive the LÄRABAR to compliment their outdoor adventures.

Winner will be chosen Monday November 3 at 10am EST.

Can’t wait to know if you are chosen? Use this LÄRABAR Coupon for $0.50 off a bar!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by LÄRABAR, but all thoughts are my own – ain’t nobody got time for lyin’!
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Terrific Tuesday: Contest Win, Got Chocolate Milk Delivery & A LÄRABAR Announcement


Whenever I come off a major race weekend – like I just did with the Runner’s World Half & Festival – there is always a sad period. It can last a day, a few or even more than a week. So you can guess that yesterday was a blue Monday.

But it all changed today.

Today became one TERRIFIC TUESDAY!

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Not one … not two … but three amazing things happened today.

Without further ado I need to share it!

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1) I won…

I will wait here until you watch the video!

Did you watch it?

Don’t lie to me.

I will not write anything else until you do.

 

 

 

 

 

See!

Hearing the excitement in my voice was worth the watch, right?

I am freakin’ psyched. I cannot wait to pick out the treadmill and change the lives of my entire family.

Thanks again iFit and Runner’s World!!!

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2) My new Got Chocolate Milk gear and $500 sponsorship money arrived!

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I am in love with the new gear! I chose the Triathlon option of the three I was offered. I guess that is really hooking me in to triathlons for the 2015 year, huh? :P

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I really did love the sprint triathlons I have done so far and would love to test out some Olympic distances, but I am not sure another Half Ironman will be on my radar. For now at least.

I think I let you all know that the $500 sponsorship money will be used to fund my first Ragnar Relay experience in 2015 – Cape Cod in May with Team Running Down A Dream. Our team is made up of 12 weight loss success stories, who have combined to lose 1300 pounds.

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3) I am excited to be working on a new sponsored campaign with LÄRABAR!

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But I am not the only one that is going to benefit. Be sure to tune back to the blog on Friday when my post goes live about my experience with LÄRABAR and the giveaway opens.

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Did you catch that? I will be GIVING AWAY a bag complete with assorted LÄRABARs and RENOLA.

Are you getting excited? Well see if you can contain that excitement until Friday! ;)

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Isn’t this one sweet sweet way to turn around my post-race blues?

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I’m hosting my first Instagram Giveaway with Sparkly Soul

I’m psyched to be hosting my first Instagram #giveaway and it’s for not 1 but 3 3-packs of Sparkly Soul headbands!!

Here’s how to enter:

1⃣ Follow @irisheyes1982 & @sparklysoulinc on Instagram

2⃣ Post a photo on Instagram showing how you Sparkle

3⃣ Tag your photo #HowISparkle

4⃣ Tag @irisheyes1982 & @sparklysoulinc in the photo!!

Bonus entry: repost this photo on Instagram (make sure to include #HowISparkle)!!

 

Winners chosen Friday, October 10. You can enter daily with different photos!

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Oct 2014
AUTHOR Dani
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Help Me Celebrate Turning 32 By Fighting Stroke

TOMORROW I will be turning the big 3-2! I am actually pretty excited for it since my 30s have kicked serious booty.

Now I cannot wait to see what happens next…

So how can you help me celebrate turning 32?

Donate to Tedy’s Team and help me #FightStroke in honor of my #1 Stroke Hero – my gramma.

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There are two ways you can participate:

1) The Dani Ryan Holmes-Kirk 3rd Annual 30th Birthday 5k Run-Walk Ramble

A $25 to Tedy’s Team gains you entry to the virtual race, a printable bib, a Finisher’s Medal and 7 entries into the raffle.

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Sign up here!

2) Make a $20 donation to Tedy’s Team and gain 5 entries into the raffle.

Donate here!

I have an anonymous donor who will match up to $1,200 raised by the Birthday 5k/raffle! Say whaa?? Heck yeah!

What does the raffle feature????

^A #Runner Shirt from the AMAZINGLY AWESOME Pavement Runner (value $25)

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^ A 1BandID – great Boston-based company, which is an ID that attaches right to your GPS watch or shoe (value $19.99)

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ENERGYBITS Sample Pack

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^ 3-Pack of Perform Pain Reliever products (Roll-On, Spray and On-The-Go Singles)

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WYCWYC Keychain thanks to Carla and Roni (value $16)

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^ One pair of ZENSAH Compression Leg Sleeves (value $39.99)

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^A New Balance 3Axis Pedometer (value $29.99)

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^ Runfellow “I Like Your Pace” T-Shirt (value $30)

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^ A pair of Feetures Running socks (value $10.99)

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*Remember list is still growing!*

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Are you going to help me celebrate AND #FightStroke?

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