Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I'll be taking a break to celebrate the holidays,
so today I'm sending you all my best wishes for a
very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Be sure to come back in January because I have lots
of fun reviews and giveaways planned for 2010!
I'm looking forward to sharing it all with you!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

GoLite tote review

Two weeks ago, I received a GoLite tote bag from OutsidePR to review. They sent the one in green (it also comes in red and black) and it looks just like this:


As soon as I opened the package, I decided to change over my regular bag to the tote and give it a true test of usability. The first thing that I noticed about the bag is that it really is light. For as large as it is, it is not heavy at all. So, if I complain at all about my bag being heavy, it's not the bag. It's me and all the junk I put in there!

The second thing I noticed about the bag is that it has tons of pockets. That's great. I put so much stuff in my bag (I travel with a 2-yr old and they just happen to need stuff!) that I knew the pockets would come in handy.

And they did. There was a pocket-like area that worked perfectly for my Wet Ones (yes, I travel with a big, honking container of them), a pocket for my cell phone, one for my wallet, a large one for diapers and wipes, and still others. I loved all the pockets!

What I didn't like, though, was the interior color. It was black and because the bag is deep, the dark interior makes it a little tough to find things.

Another feature is the top zipper. I liked that I could zip everything into the bag and not have to worry about it falling out (it happens to me -- a lot). But I didn't love that the zipper made the opening of the bag smaller than it needed to be. That's minor, though.

Overall, I liked the bag. In fact, when I was at Williams-Sonoma over the weekend, I carried the bag and a woman stopped me to tell me how much she loved it. She loved the color, loved the shape and loved all the pockets. That compliment made up for my mother's comment, which was, "What's with the green bag?"

Ah, mothers :-)

I've decided that the bag is too large to be a handbag, but the right size for toting my toddler necessities: Extra outfit, Wet Ones, diaper, wipes, snack, drink, etc. So, I'll continue to use it for those trips to the library, playdates, gymnastics class and all the other places I drag my little guy :-)

Accoring to the web site, the tote retails for $70. You can check it out here. In looking around their site, I saw a ton of stuff that I would love. The longsleeve zip looks good and so does the black mountain thermal wind jacket. And, they have cool hydration backpacks.

I also read about the company and I'm super impressed. Take a moment to read about GoLite here. They use recycled material to make their products and are working toward using 100% Environmentally Preferred Materials by 2015. They're committed to sustainability and to fair labor and supporting volunteering. All good stuff! Go, GoLite!

You can purchase GoLite products on their web site, at EMS stores and online retailers like prolitegear.com, moosejaw.com and backcountry.com.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Winner announcement 12/18.

Thanks to everyone who entered the Winter Motivation Booster giveaway! Yay -- I enjoyed putting this one together and I'm happy that one of you will get some extra motivation this year :-)

So . . . the winner is Carlee with this comment: "Looks like a great giveaway. Those sound like great books! I already follow."

Congratulation, Carlee! Shoot me an email with your address and I will send the package right out to you!

Have a great weekend, everyone. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chocolate #9 review

I recently received a box of Chocolate #9 energy gels to try out and, wowzer, is it good stuff!

First, let me give you some information about the product. The low-glycemic index energy gel contains only two ingredients: organic agave nectar and dark Belgian chocolate. From the web site:
The nectar from the agave plant provides us with our slow burning carbs and sweetens the dark roast cocoa. The dark Belgium style cocoa has small amounts of naturally occurring caffeine, magnesium and potassium . . . Chocolate #9 is the only certified LOW glycemic energy gel on the market. This is the driving idea here, athletes who refuel there muscles, body and mind with a pure and simple energy source will feel and perform better than those who use similar products loaded with high glycemic sweeteners, preservatives and the rest.
Each gel pack is 70 calories, 10 calories from fat.

So, I tried a Chocolate #9 about 15 minutes before a run last week. From the first sip, I knew this stuff was good! In fact, it is delicious! So delicious that I could probably eat it all the time. It tastes like hot fudge. Or maybe dark chocolate brownie batter. Just yummy!

Chocolate #9 is an energy gel so the fact that it tasted so good was a bonus, but it also needs to work. And, from my experience, it did. I normally can't tolerate eating too close to a run -- I need about 1.5 to 2 hours to digest whatever I've eaten. I've been able to handle gels in the past and Chocolate #9 was no exception. It didn't bother me at all out on the run. I can't say that it gave me extra energy, but it didn't bother my stomach one bit, and that's important!

Overall, I like the Chocolate #9 gels and will use them on my long runs when needed.

You can learn more and purchase the gels at their web site here.

PS: Don't forget to enter my Winter Motivation Booster giveaway (which happens to include two packs of Chocolate #9 -- yum, yum)!

Review disclaimer: I received a box of Chocolate #9 from the company for my own use.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Great Winter Motivation Booster (giveaway)

Let's see . . . its cold. It gets dark early. There hardly seems to be enough hours in the day. So what falls to the wayside? For many, it's running and exercise.

But it is important to stay active in the winter! So, to help you keep motivated through the winter months, I have a fun package to giveaway.

The Great Winter Motivation Booster package includes:
  • Fit Body, Fit Soul -- by Mark Allen and Brent Secunda
  • The Extra Mile -- by Pam Reed
  • See Dane Run -- by Dane Rauschenberg
  • Package of Exercise Anywhere cards from nuruplanet
  • 2 Chocolate #9 energy gels
  • 1 coupon for a free bottle of POM tea
The three books included in this package are sure to inspire you to push yourself! The first is Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You. I enjoyed this book and picked up a few tips that (I hope) will improve not only my running but my life in general. Here's what the publisher says about the book:
From setting appropriate goals for each type of fitness to learning how to feed both body and soul, this ground-breaking guide goes beyond the typical health mantras—eat right, exercise regularly, reduce stress—and explores the emotional and physical obstacles to corporeal and spiritual fitness. Based on the immensely successful training of a six-time Ironman triathlete by a renowned Huichol Indian healer, this handbook seeks to remedy the conspicuous absence of spirituality in typical Western exercise regimens by explaining how to incorporate the divine into everyday exercises and why the two issues are inexorably linked. After years of respective training, both parties realized that the art of prayer and its signature mindfulness could increase not only one’s physical abilities but also the mind, and that fitness wasn’t just a matter of good cardiovascular health and strong muscles. Whether training for intense competition or just reaching fitness goals, this indispensable resource discusses how to exceed mental limitations and become successful in any physical, emotional, or spiritual journey.
The next book is The Extra Mile: One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness by Pam Reed. Pam astonishes me with what she is able to accomplish -- she's a top ultramarathoner and a mother and a wife and a marathon race director! Phew! From the publisher:
One year after her astonishing victory at the Badwater Ultramarathon, Pam Reed again made distance running history when she braved the hottest weather in years—135 degrees—to successfully defend her title. How does this 100-pound mother and stepmother of five muster the endurance and courage for the 28-hour climb from the hottest desert floor on Earth to the shadow of the continental United States’ tallest point?

In The Extra Mile we watch this ultramarathon champion seek balance in her life as a wife, mother, athlete, and entrepreneur. With astonishing candor she tells of her 15-year-long battle with anorexia. And she helps us to understand her passion for ultrarunning—to discover how far the human body can be pushed.
The last book is probably my favorite: See Dane Run. I couldn't put this one down. It's Dane Rauschenberg's account of the year he ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise money for L'Arche Mobile. I enjoyed reading his take on each of the marathons that he ran, just as I enjoyed reading how well he ran in those marathons. He finished almost all of them in under 3:30 and posted one sub-3 hour time -- all while running one marathon a week! Amazing. From the publisher:
See Dane Run is the account of Dane Rauschenberg's journey to run 52 consecutive weekly marathons in one calendar year all while working a full-time job in the greater Washington D.C. area. The book tells the tale of how Dane progresses from neophyte runner to sub-3 hour marathoner. This book serves not only as a guide to 52 distinct and unusual marathons across North America (for those looking to find that right race) but more importantly, is an inspirational tome for anyone looking to push themselves further than they thought possible. With Rauschenberg's athletic history as a backdrop, he paints the picture of how running never was the real sport of his choosing. From record holder on the swim team in high school, to rugby player in college, to Golden Gloves boxer in law school, Rauschenberg only began running after having already tested all these other sports. He shows how his first few marathons were abject failures and how it took him years to realize what worked best for him in running. Even then he went from just 6 lifetime marathons to planing 52 consecutive weekly marathons in one year. filled with anecdotal humor and a week by week recap of the people and places Rauschenberg encountered, See Dane Run is not a book about running. It is a book about life, while running.
The giveaway:

If you'd like to enter to win the Great Winter Motivation Booster package, leave me a comment on this post.

After doing that, you can get some extra entries by doing the following (please leave one comment per entry!):
  • Follow this site or The Happy Runner (or let me know you already do) -- 1 entry
  • Link to this giveaway on your blog -- 2 entries
  • Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter -- 1 entry
  • Leave me a comment about your favorite winter activity -- 1 entry
There you have it: 6 possible entries for the Great Winter Motivation Booster giveaway!

The giveaway will run through 11:59 pm (EST) on Thursday, December 17th and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on Friday the 18th.

Good luck -- and have a great weekend!

Giveaway disclosure: I received the products in this giveaway for review and personal use. None of the companies asked me to host this giveaway.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Giveaways!

There are a bunch of giveaways out there that you may be interested in checking out this week. They include:

Strider Running Bike at Mission Mommy
Another Strider Running Bike giveaway at Oh My Baby
Bag of Thanks giveaway at Tall Mom on the Run
GloGirl Eco-friendly Snack Baggies at CouponGeek

Good luck!

Amon bodyshaper winner!

Thanks to all who entered the Amon Maternity bodyshaper giveaway. Since today is Monday, we have a winner:

Congratulations to Steel Springs! Drop me a line with your email and you'll get hooked up with your $50 gift certificate for Amon. :-)

Thanks to Amon Maternity for this giveaway!


Review disclaimer (I failed to include this with the original review): I received a free sample of this product to use and keep but did not receive any other compensation for this review or for hosting this giveaway.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Forgive bodyshaper review and giveaway.

Guys, this one might not be for you. My apologies in advance . . .

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Forgive bodyshaper from Amon Maternity. No, I am not pregnant. This is a bodyshaper for the post-pregnancy body -- or, in reality, anyone who would like a little extra "support" through the mid-section. You see, not everyone has the bounce-back ability of Heidi Klum. I certainly wasn't ready to walk down the Victoria's Secret catwalk 5 weeks after my son was born, that's for sure!

OK, I know what you're thinking. I'm not ready to walk down any catwalk -- Victoria's Secret or otherwise. But that's beside the point. The point is that not everyone returns immediately to their pre-pregnancy body the way Heidi does. Some people might want a little extra something to keep their middles in check.

Vanessa at Amon sent me a black Forgive, size medium, and I tried it out. I've worn other bodyshapers before, most notably Spanx, so I had something to compare the Forgive to. Overall, I liked it. I liked the seamless control band that goes around the belly. It was comfortable and there was no "spillover" at the top because the bodyshaper is smooth and doesn't cut in at all. That's one problem I've noticed with Spanx: The top of them can sometimes cut in and create a bulge where there wasn't one. (And, yes, I've tried different sizes, so it isn't that I was wearing one that was too small.) Also, there are no visible seams to create bumps, another issue I've had with the Spanx versions.

Anyway, the Forgive bodyshaper created a nice, smooth foundation for under my clothes. And, being that it is a bodyshaper, it actually did that. I had a super flat tummy!

My only wish would be for them to make a bodyshaper that is a little longer in the leg, to smooth over the hip area (the bodyshaper is just a brief).

Buy it:

The bodyshaper retails for $25 and is available on the Amon Maternity web site here.

You can also find it at several specialty maternity stores throughout the US and in Canada. A list of retail locations is available here.

Win it:

I am so happy to be able to share this giveaway because it is ultra generous! One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Amon Maternity store. Entering is simple: Leave me a comment and let me know you want in. You can get extra entries by doing any of the following (please leave one comment per entry):
You don't need to be pregnant or even have had a baby to enter. Seriously, the bodyshaper is good for anyone who wants some smoothing or support under their clothes!

This giveaway will run from today through Sunday, 11/29 at midnight EST. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Monday, 11/30.

Good luck!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Winner announcement.

Thanks to all who entered the thank you card giveaway. The winner, chosen using random.org, is J from Morning Runner. Congratulations, J!

Now, here are a few giveaways on other sites to check out:

Finishing is Winning favorite things giveaway.
Daily Cadence box o' stuff giveaway


I'll have another giveaway coming up on Monday so be sure to check back!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Custom thank you cards giveaway.

Thanks to DigitalRoom.com, I have a new giveaway for you!

In this age of email, Facebook and Twitter, there's nothing like getting a hand written note in the mail. I love getting hand written cards and try to write them when I can. I don't always find the time, but I try to!

So, when Digital Room contacted me about hosting a note card giveaway, I decided to jump on it!

Just in time for the holidays, Digital Room is giving away 50 custom thank you cards with plain envelopes. Here are the details:

Giveaway: (50 ct.) 7 x 5" (folded to 3.5 x 5") Custom Thank You Cards with plain envelopes

Shipping: Free UPS Ground within United States

How to enter:

Leave a comment (make sure to include your email address or have it visible in your blogger profile) on this post between now and midnight (EST), Thursday, November 19th. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on Friday the 20th.

Additional entries

  • 3 entries- Blog about this giveaway and leave a link
  • 2 entries-Tweet about this giveaway (pls. mention @happyrunner)
  • 1 entry-Follow me
You can read reviews on Yelp here.

Good luck!

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Giveaway disclosure: I have not reviewed Digital Room's products, however, by hosting this giveaway I am eligible to receive the same prize (50 thank you cards from UPrinting).

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sun Crystals all-natural sweetener review.

I was recently invited to try Sun Crystals, a new sweetener that you use in place of sugar. I tried the granulated blend, which has the look and feel of actual full-on sugar. It makes sense, because Sun Crystals are made from sugar cane and stevia. According to the material they sent with the product
"[Sun Crystal] starts with two plants -- sugar cane and stevia -- nourished by the sun and celebrated for their natural sweetness.

Native to the highlands of South America, stevia is a small flowering plant that has been used as a sweetener for centuries around the world. Now it is being discovered and embraced in the US.

We use only the perfect blend of stevia and pure cane sugar, unlike other natural sweeteners that blend with sugar alcohols. Sun Crystals is a delicious all natural sweetener that's delightfully low in calories"
Sun Crystals are not a non-calorie product. They have 8 calories per serving (one teaspoon), compared to 16 for sugar. The calorie difference is actually a bit larger, though, because Sun Crystals are twice as sweet as sugar, so you use half as much in baking, etc. If you normally use two teaspoons of sugar, which would be 32 calories, you would use one teaspoon of Sun Crystals, which would be 8 calories. So, you would save 24 calories.

All of this is great but what really matters is how the product works. I tested out the granulated blend in my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Instead of regular sugar, I used half the amount of Sun Crystals. The first thing that I noticed was that it made the cookie dough taste a little odd. OK, sure, eating raw cookie dough might be gross, but I have to admit that I do it. I can't help it! I just love to sneak a taste when I'm baking!

Anyway, the dough tasted a little different. It was more of an aftertaste, I guess, almost a slightly sour aftertaste. It's hard to describe.

The cookies though, were completely normal. They puffed up and browned just like cookies made with regular sugar. And they tasted just the same. I didn't notice any difference at all so I consider that a big win. Since my recipe called for a cup of sugar, I used half a cup of the Sun Crystals, which meant I reduced the calories in the cookies by a lot.

Overall, I like Sun Crystals. I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners so I like that I can reduce the calories in a recipe without using anything fake.

You can buy the single-serving little packets at most grocery stores (the packets contain a non-granulated version of the sweetener, perfect for adding to coffee). The granulated crystals are available at these stores:
  • A&P
  • Bozzuto's Inc
  • Giant Carlisle
  • H.E.B.
  • Larg
  • Marsh Super Markets
  • Meijer
  • Price Chopper
  • Shur Save
  • Smart & Final
  • Spartan Stores
  • Weis Markets
You can also buy them online at the Sun Crystals web site here.

If you'd like to get your hands on some samples, fill out the form here and Sun Crystals will send you some.

Happy Friday!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Some giveaways to check out.

So, for your Monday, I have a few giveaways for you to let you know about. Here they are:

Luvn Life is hosting a ProtectABed giveaway. Check it out here!

Mambo Sprouts is giving away five Harvest Eating Cookbooks (with over 200 easy recipes), Organic Spice Blends courtesy of Chef Keith Snow, and a $25 Gift Card to Whole Foods! Check out their blog to enter here.

Mission Mommy is also giving away a cookbook. You can win A Century of Flavor here.

L'il Runner is giving away Chocolate Agave #9 energy gel here. Yum!

Yay for some fun giveaways!



Friday, November 6, 2009

Thriv Natural Performance Women's Racerback Tank review.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Jonathan at Thriv to try one of their workout tops from their new natural performance line. I gladly agreed and received the top about two weeks ago. It looked a little like this, only light purple:


Cute, right?

Yes, the top was definitely cute and the material was softer than any workout top that I've worn. I tend to buy tops made from technical fabrics that wick moisture and those never feel overly soft. Granted, several of my tops are Target brand, but I also have some Nike, Adidas and Brooks mixed in there. The Thriv top compared to those quite favorably.

I checked out the promotional material included with my top, as well as the Thriv web site, to learn more about their fabric and performance claims. Regarding the fabric, here is how it is described on the web site:

Bamboo for performance and luxury. Organic Cotton for additional sustainability. Elastane for stretch and support.

The result is a garment that performs as well or better than synthetic/petroleum based product, is infinitely more comfortable, offers more wearing occasions, and is better for the environment.

Now, that's all well and good but what you really want to know is how did the top work when I actually wore it. Right? Of course!

The answer is: Pretty good. As I said, I loved the feel of the material. The fit (women's medium) was perfect for me. I'd say I'm average height (5'6") and the length of the top was great. I often find that workout tops can be a little on the short side and this one wasn't.

The one problem I had was with the shelf bra part of the top. I'll say upfront that I am not a fan of built-in shelf bras. Although I am not overly large on top, shelf bras never provide enough support for me and I would prefer the tops not to have them. If I am wearing a top for a run, I always have to wear a sports bra under it, even if it has a shelf bra. So, that's what I did when I tested the Thriv racerback tank on a run. The top was comfortable and didn't cause a single bit of chafing. Yahoo!

A day or two after the run, the top went through the wash and came out in as-new shape and smell.

For the next test, I wore the top to cross train. Again, it felt great and was perfectly comfortable for the workout. The biggest benefit was that it never rode up when I was twisting and kicking and doing all those workout-y things. I waited a few days to wash the top and after doing so, I'm pleased to report that there was no residual stink. (That can be an issue, you know!)

Overall, I liked the top and I'm glad to have it in my rotation. It retails for $29.99, which I think is a fair price for a quality product.

Since Thriv is a new product line, it is currently only available at Sports Authority here. You can check out Thriv on their web site here.

Review disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to use and keep but did not receive any other compensation for this review.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Opedix running tights review.

Earlier this year, I was invited to test out a pair of Opedix running tights. At the time, the weather was a bit too warm to wear the tights for a run (they were sent in June) so I held on to them knowing that I would have plenty of chances to wear them this fall.

And so I have. I've worn the Opedix tights on a few runs and they've gone through the wash several times. Before I get into my review of the tights, here are some details for you.

From the web site:
Using proprietary fabrics designed specifically for comfort and support, the Opedix Knee Support System incorporates a patent-pending anchor and sling design to provide support to the outside of the knee, which reduces the amount of damaging outward movement and decreases the stresses or "load" on the knee joint.

The Science

When the foot strikes the ground, the forces exerted want to push the knee joint to the outside, creating wear points on the inside of the joint where most of the "load" is borne. The Opedix Knee Support System acts to counter these forces and reduce the load.

Our Un-Loading Technology

Ingrained in Opedix R1's DNA are principals of traditional un-loader knee-bracing theory which reduces the knee-adductor moment to reduce medial knee-compartment load - a combination of muscle, ligament, and ground-reaction forces which significantly, and often detrimentally, increases in magnitude during physical activities such as running. This mechanical process is referred to by scientists as "unloading" the knee and is a established strategy for reducing pain, increasing physical function of the knee joint, and mitigating the progression of lower-extremity pathologies including osteoarthritis.

So that's the story of the knee support system. Here's what the tights look like:


Now, how did they work for me?

Well, I liked them -- for the most part. I was sent a women's medium that, based on the sizing chart on the web site, appeared to be the right size for me. Unfortunately, the tights were a little off. They were almost long enough but the rise was too short. I've never thought that I have a particularly long rise, but maybe I do. Or, more likely, the tights were too short in that area (I don't have a problem with the rise on other pants, tights, etc.).

Since the rise was short, I felt like I was yanking the tights up all the time, which was a little annoying. The other issue I had was with the ankles. Although I liked that the ankles zipped, so the fit could be tight but getting the tights on and off wouldn't be a problem, the zippers were slightly abrasive. And slightly abrasive is really not ideal when you are out for a long run. Nope. Slightly abrasive can mean hugely chafing. Not good. On one of my runs, I felt the abrasion and just unzipped the ankle a bit and that solved the problem.

As far as the knee support system goes, I liked how that part fit. My knees were perfectly wrapped. I didn't feel any notable difference in my knees after runs wearing the tights vs. not wearing the tights. What I did notice, however, was that my right hip (which is prone to tightness) did not feel tight at all after runs with the tights. That is huge in my book!

Also, the construction is fairly heavy-duty so even though I received the all-year weight tights they will be good for runs in cold weather.

The biggest downside to the tights that I see is the price. They retail for $190. That's a lot of dough. I spend way less than that on my running shoes so I'm not sure I'd be keen to spend that much on tights. If I had a lot of knee issues, though, I think I'd be more likely to consider it.

(Note: They are available on Amazon for a lot less. Check out the Women's running tightsfor $113.)


Overall, I'm happy to have these tights in my rotation but not sure I would spend the money to buy them.

You can check out the tights and their other products at the Opedix web site here.

Review disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to use and keep but did not receive any other compensation for this review.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Some cool giveaways

Here are some fun giveaways that other bloggers are hosting.

The Bragging Mommy: Vemma Next (children's drink)
Mission Mommy: Kidorable Children's Apparel Umbrella
Tall Mom on the Run: I Declare Charms

Check them out!

Solixir winner

And the winner of the case of Solixir (lucky, lucky) is . . .

comment # 3, Suzy!!!!! Congratulations! Please send me your address (felicehalf at yahoo dot com) and I'll send out your Solixir.

Thank you very much to Solixir for this giveaway. Even if you didn't win the giveaway, I hope you'll look for the drinks and check them out.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Solixir Giveaway


A few months ago, I reviewed the Solixir sparkling botanical beverages on The Happy Runner. Today, I'm hosting a giveaway! One lucky reader will win a case of Solixir to enjoy.

Since reviewing the drinks, I've become a fan. I love the pick-me-up factor in the orange mate and the pomegranate ginger is a real treat. If you are not yet familiar with these all-natural drinks, take a moment to read through my review and the information on the Solixir site.

Sounds good, right? Right!

To purchase:

Solixir beverages are available at Whole Foods Markets and at amazon.com.

To win:

Main entry (must be done to be entered): Check out the Solixir web site and tell me something you learned about the botanicals that they use.

Additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

Follow this blog (1 entry)
Follow Solixir on twitter (1 entry)
Become a Solixir fan on Facebook (1 entry)
Blog about this giveaway (2 entries)
Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry): New Solixir giveaway! @TheHappyRunner @Solixir http://happyrunnergiveaways.blogspot.com/

This giveaway will close at 11:59 EST, Monday, October 12th. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 13th.

Good luck!

Giveaway disclosure: I received no compensation for my review or for hosting this giveaway.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

UPrinting Giveaway

Originally post on The Happy Runner on September 3rd.

Due to my agreement with BlogHer ads, I had to remove the original post from The Happy Runner and start as separate giveaway blog. Rest assured that if you commented to get in on the giveaway, you will still be considered!

Here is the original post:

As promised, today is a giveaway day. And, it's a little weird because this is a very non-running giveaway. But, it sounded like something people would be interested in so I decided to offer it.

Here's the deal: UPrinting.com recently took a poll on twitter and asked what readers would like to see offered in a giveaway. The number one choice was business cards. So, thanks to UPrinting, two Happy Runner readers can win 500 die-cut business cards for themselves. You chose your design.

How cool, huh?

Yeah! So, you could use these cards for business (no, really?) or just for personal stuff. Promote your blog, create a calling card, list your contact info to make setting up playdates easier (I'd be all over that one!).

(2) PRIZE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE 500 Business Cards
  • Choose size: 2x3.5”, 2x3”, 2x2";
  • Choose paper: 14pt cardstock (matte or gloss coating) & 13 pt cardstock uncoated
  • Choose Color: (4/4) Color both sides; (4/1) Color 1 side , B/W backside; (4/0) Color 1 side, black backside
There is one catch (sorry!): Shipping must be paid by the winner (the shipping costs don't look very high, though, according to the web site). And, the offer is valid for UNITED STATES SHIPPING ONLY (again, sorry!).

ENTER: Please leave a comment for each entry. In order to enter, you must leave at least one comment but you can get up to four entries.

1. How would you use the cards if you win?

2. Tweet about this giveaway.

3. Follow The Happy Runner or let me know that you are already a follower.

4. Mention this giveaway on your blog.

The giveaway will end September 8th and two winners will be selected using random.org.

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On to running stuff . . .

My hip felt lousier as the day went on yesterday. I don't know what the deal is. But, I did take some ibuprofen, used the foam roller and stretched well. Today it feels OK again so I hope to get my scheduled speed work in. I have a feeling that once I start running everything will be fine. Let's hope so!

Happy Thursday -- it's almost the weekend!!

~ Felice