Friday, December 31, 2010

Yoplait freebie!

Yoplait is offering coupons to get one free cup of their Yoplait original style yogurt. Visit the web site HERE to fill out a form and get your free cup!

Enjoy!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Emergen-C Blue free sample

It's winter and that pretty much means it is cold season. I try my hardest to fight getting sick by loading up on vitamins C and D and by sticking to my running program (I really believe in sweating out the germs!). I've used Emergen-C to get my vitamins and I like it.

Now, you can get a free sample of Emergen-C Blue HERE. You just fill out one easy form and that's it!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Coolmax/EcoMade socks winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the socks giveaway. One of you will have some pretty happy feet, with a week's worth of cool socks. And that lucky person is . . .


Stacie at Impossible is Nothing!



Congratulations, Stacie! Email me at felicehalf at yahoo dot com with your address to get hooked up with your fancy socks :-)


Thanks to Coolmax EcoMade for this giveaway!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Giveaway ending tonight!

The Coolmax/Ecomade socks giveaway ends tonight at 11:59pm EST. If you haven't entered yet, go to the giveaway page and enter now! This is a great giveaway for SEVEN pairs of socks!

Good luck!

MIO review and promotion.

I have never been a big heart rate training person, in part because I've never wanted to wear a strap across my chest as I run. I recently learned, though, that a chest strap isn't the only way to measure your heart while exercising, making the task more appealing.

I was sent a MIO Motion Original Strapless Heart Rate Watch to try out.


After setting it up with my age, weight, gender, etc. (which was easy) I wore it for a few runs. The idea behind the watch is that it allows you to get your heart rate reading very easily, without wearing a chest strap. You simply put on the watch and, as you're working out, touch anywhere on sensor that surrounds the face of the watch to get your reading. It is super easy. As I was running, I touched the sensor several times to get my heart rate. I didn't have to stop, didn't have to even look at the watch because it doesn't matter where on the sensor you put your finger. And, as you can see from the image of the watch, the sensor (the steel area around the face) is fairly large and that makes touching it to get your heart rate easy.

Here are some details about the watch, from the MIO web site:


  • On demand, ECG accurate heart rate without a chest strap
  • Multi-function activity monitor uses accelerometer technology to accurately count steps, estimate speed and distance traveled as well as calories burned.
  • Percentage of maximum heart rate
  • Get results faster with the MIO 3500 Calorie Club program
  • Programmable target heart rate zones with upper and lower heart rate zones
  • Resting heart rate: measures and displays your resting heart rate
  • Exercise timers
  • Water resistant up to 50 M
  • 2 level pedometer sensitivity
  • User accessible battery hatch
  • Compact design for those with smaller wrists


Overall, I liked the size, feel and usability of the MIO. However, I have a Garmin Forerunner that I normally wear when I run and I can't see wearing both the MIO and the Garmin on my wrist. That seems a bit like overkill! But, I would like to wear it for training runs on the treadmill when I am trying specific workouts. Giving heart rate training a try seems like it could be a good thing for me. If you're interested in learning a little more about your heart rate and the benefits of monitoring it, MIO has some information HERE.

The watch retails for $99.

MIO Promotion

Now through the end of the year, though, you can get MIO products at a HUGE discount! MIO is offering 40% off some of their key monitors and 25% off all other products. Check out their special promotion site to see all of the products and discounts. But, hurry, because the promotion only lasts through December 31st.

Review disclosure: I received one MIO to review. I was not otherwise compensated and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cranberry Naturals winner!

I'm a little late in getting this posted but, yes. We do have a winner of the two bottles of Cranberry Naturals cranberry juice. And that winner is . . .



Jenna Z of CorgiPants!




Congratulations, Jenna! Email me your address (at felicehalf at yahoo dot com) and I'll send you the coupons for the juice. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Shrinkx Hips review

The first change that I noticed when I was pregnant was that my hips had expanded. Seriously. My hips widened a lot right away, making my pre-pregnancy pants too small before I was even sporting much of a belly. It's one of the annoying parts of pregnancy, in my opinion. Sure, you expect to lose your waist -- you're carrying a baby after all -- but you don't expect to expand your hips. At least I didn't.

But, it's what happens and it is also the thing that new moms would like to fix after giving birth.

Enter Shrinkx Hips.

No, that's not a picture of me. Although, that would be nice . . .

Shrinkx Hips is a hip belt that, when worn in the first 8 weeks after giving birth, helps narrow your hips. Here's a little information on the belt from the web site:
The Shrinkx Hips belt works thanks to the hormone Relaxin, which loosens pelvic joints & ligaments for childbirth. Relaxin then stays in your system up to 8 weeks before joints and ligaments harden in place. Wearing the Shrinkx Hips belt during this time gives you the opportunity to permanently narrow your hips. Shrinkx Hips
  • Provides constant, even pressure to gently guide your hips back to their pre-pregnancy position
  • Must be worn in the first 8 weeks after delivery
  • Easily worn under or over your clothing
  • Comfortable and made of soft Nylon & Spandex materials
Shrinkx Hips is exclusively designed with multiple levels of compression so you can control the amount of pressure on your hips & work towards the best possible results. 
I was sent a belt to use after I had my second son. I started using it about 2 weeks after giving birth and used it until I reached the 8 week mark. To determine how well Shrinkx Hips works, I measured my hips before I started using it and then again afterward.

The belt was surprisingly easy and comfortable to wear. I admit that I felt self-conscious wearing it out in public, so I only wore it at home. But, I could easily wear it under jeans or any regular pants and it wasn't really noticeable. And, it didn't slip around, which was something I worried about. So, if I hadn't been so self-conscious I could have worn it all the time and no one would have been the wiser, I'm sure.

Since I only wore it when I was at home and forgot to put it on some days, I wondered if I would see results.

The answer: I did!

When I measured my hips at the end of the 8 weeks, they were TWO inches narrower. Woo hoo! That's pretty significant, no?

Now, that's great and proof that Shrinkx Hips works. BUT -- and this is a definite but, here -- you don't see full results just by using the belt. I'm very active (started running two weeks after my son was born) and I have been fairly good about eating well. To date, I've lost about 25 of the 34 pounds I gained while pregnant. So, some of my smaller size is due to my weight loss. Because I still have some weight to lose, though, I can see the extra padding around the midsection, right above where Shrinkx Hips has narrowed my hips. So, for the full effect of the product to be realized you need to lose all the extra weight.

However, I like that my hips are back to where they should be. I can get rid of the extra padding (I hope!) and then I'll be all set.

Right now, you can purchase Shrinkx Hips from Upspring Baby for $43.99. That's 20% off the regular price. You can find other online retailers HERE. If you're pregnant, I recommend this for after you give birth. If you're not, it would make a good gift for a friend -- just be sure you don't make her feel like you've noticed her wider hips!

Review disclosure: I received one free Shrinkx Hips belt for review. I was not otherwise compensated and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Giveaway ending tonight!

The Cranberry Naturals giveaway (coupons for two free 64oz bottles of juice) ends tonight -- 11:59pm EST. There are super low entries so your chances are good! Don't forget to enter.

Good luck!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Good deal on Barney Butter!

Check it out: Now though 12/20, you can get 20% off all orders on barneybutter.com.

Barney Butter is an all natural almond butter made with Premium California Almonds. It is craveably delicious, with a texture just like peanut butter. Made in an almond only facility, it is peanut free, ideal for those with peanut allergies. Barney Butter is naturally no-stir and does not need to be refrigerated. Gluten free, no trans fats or hydrogenated oils, and half the saturated fat of peanut butter make Barney Butter a healthy and delicious treat!
 Just visit the web site and use the code Holiday20 to get your discount.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cranberry Naturals review and giveaway.

Let it be known that I lo-o-o-o-ove cranberries. Cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, cranberry bread, dried cranberries, oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip cookies? I love it all.
It was no hard sell, then, to get me to try out the new Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals juice. In fact, I jumped at the chance and I'm glad I did.


I was sent two 64oz bottles of juice: One of Classic Cranberry and one Cranberry Raspberry. The juice contains NO high fructose corn syrup (very important to me) and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. But it is reduced calories, using Truvia as a sweetener and reducing the per serving calories to 70.

Reduced calories and all, this juice tastes great! I was worried that the juice would have a fake taste, because it is reduced calories, but it doesn't. It has the right balance of sweet and tart and there is nothing fake tasting at all. I definitely give it a thumbs up -- and so does my 3-year old son. He loves it!

You can check out the Old Orchard brand promotions and download coupons on their web site

The giveaway

Would you like to try some of the Cranberry Naturals juice? I have TWO coupons for a free bottle of juice to send to one winner. To enter just leave me a comment letting me know that you are interested!

The giveaway will run through Monday, December 20th at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be posted on Tuesday.

Good luck!


Review/giveaway disclosure: I was sent two bottles of juice for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated and the opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Coolmax EcoMade giveaway!

I have some good, good, goodies for you today! Well, not all of you. Just one, actually. One lucky winner!

What are the goodies, you ask? Socks! And what runner or otherwise active person doesn't need more socks? Exactly. Well, thanks to Coolmax EcoMade, I have seven days of socks to give to one winner.



Coolmax EcoMade socks are -- ahem -- pretty cool. They are made from 97% recycled resources such as plastic bottles, which keeps a lot of plastic out of the landfills. Here's some information on the "bottle-to-sock" process:
The process for making COOLMAX® EcoMade socks begins with post-consumer bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, being cleaned and converted into polymer flakes. The flakes are then converted into chips, melted and extruded into fiber designed to provide high-performance, permanent wicking benefits. This fiber is then spun into yarn for legwear.


Made with a 4-channel cross section for outstanding moisture movement, COOLMAX® EcoMade socks dry quickly, help keep the wearer cool and comfortable, maintain a natural feel that’s soft, lightweight and breathable, and are permanent and effective.
It's quite interesting, if you ask me. Light-weight wicking socks made from waste. What's more, Coolmax EcoMade has expanded into several well-known performance sock brands: DeFeet, Injinji, Dansko, Fox River and Sports Tuff.

Have a look at some of the socks:





Fun, right? Yup. Personally, I'd like to try out those Injinji socks but I any of the socks would be great because they seem like they would be good for me as a runner while also being good for the environment.

So, what about this giveaway, huh? OK, check it out:

The Giveaway!

One winner will receive SEVEN pairs of Coolmax EcoMade socks, a value of over $100.

To enter:

Be a follower of this site and leave me a comment telling me that you are and that you want to win the socks!

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain a few additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
  • Visit the Coolmax EcoMade site (www.coolmaxecomade.com) and let me know something that you learned (leave a comment)
  • Follow my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment  each time)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment with the url)
This giveaway will run through Monday, December 27th at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced on Tuesday.

Thanks to Coolmax EcoMade for this giveaway!

Good luck!


Giveaway disclosure:  I was not compensated for this giveaway.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Genesis Today review and contest.

I had never heard of Genesis Today until I was contacted to review this new "superfruit" juice. Superfruit? Yup, superfruit. Genesis Today makes superfruit juices, which are, according to founder and CEO Dr. Lindsey Duncan, "beverages with purpose -- juices created with more antioxidants and vitamins than ever before and made with unique fruits and natural compounds like Acai, Goji berry and Resveratrol."

(Learn more about superfruits on the Genesis Today site.)

Here's a little bit about Dr. Lindsey and Genesis Today:
Dr. Lindsey Duncan is a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Nutritionist, who has been a trusted leader in the natural health products industry since 1983. After leading a successful nutrition practice in Santa Monica and logging over 40,000 hours of clinical experience, Dr. Lindsey wanted to do more. Dr. Lindsey has brought the superior, customized nutrition he had given his celebrity clients to everyone in America because he believes that no matter what your financial situation or your exercise routine, you deserve to be healthier, now.


ANTI-OXIDANTS. PRO-NUTRIENTS. Every Genesis Today product is packed with so many nutrients, minerals and antioxidants that just one serving a day is all you need to start meeting your health goals. Genesis Today’s Superfruit juices are available in three flavors: Acai Berry, Cranberry Goji, and Pomegranate & Berries with Resveratrol. Genesis Today wants you to switch out your morning glass of orange juice for a healthier option. Try it now and feel the difference.
Sounds pretty interesting, yes? I thought so. I mean, I'm all about the healthier option. I tried the Cranberry Goji juice, actually my son and I tried it. If there is juice around, my 3 year old wants in. So, I shared the taste test with him.

I have to be honest -- I don't think I like the flavor of goji. Cranberry is one of my favorites but, for some reason, the Cranberry Goji juice tasted a little odd to me. I blame the gojis!

My son, on the other hand, loved it. His take: "It's delicious! It's sour just like cranberry juice!"

And he was right. It had a distinct cranberry flavor, but it was marred (to me) by the goji. Now, having said that, I decided to drink the rest of the bottle of juice after a tempo run and really enjoyed it. It tasted refreshingly tart and it was . . . well, it was refreshing. So, maybe for me this would be more of a recovery/post-run type of drink.


The juice contains tons of vitamins including 200% of the daily value of vitamin C, 100% DV of vitamin B6 and 1000% DV of vitamin B12 per serving. It also contains 100mg of sea minerals, 10,000mg of goji. So, it packs a healthy punch!

Genesis Today juices are available at Walmart, Sam's Club and on Amazon.

Genesis Today Contest

If you'd like to try out the supefruit juices, you can enter to win a 3-month supply of Genesis Today products, along with a personal health consultation from Dr. Lindsey Duncan. Yeah, I know. Pretty cool! Here are the details:

ENTER TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER TOMORROW!
Genesis Today will choose one lucky Grand Prize winner to receive the “Ask Dr. Lindsey – Prize Pack.” This will include a personal health consultation from Dr. Lindsey Duncan himself suited to your specific health and nutritional needs and will include a three (3) month supply of Genesis Today products – a $600 value. Second Place will receive a three (3) month supply of Genesis Today Superfruit juices, and 25 Runners up will receive a free bottle of Genesis Today Superfruit juices.

Enter now at: http://genesistoday.emgpromotions.com/

The contest ends December 20th so go now! Enter away. And good luck!

Review disclosure: I was sent one bottle of juice for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated and the opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Free sample of Solgar Whey To Go Protein Powder.

Here's a quick freebie for you! Solgar is giving away free samples of Whey To Go Protein Powder. Here's some info:


• Solgar Whey To Go® offers a complete essential amino acid profile, with L-Glutamine and free-form branched chain amino acids (BCAAs).

• Gluten-free Whey To Go® features easily absorbed, cross-flow micro-filtered whey.

• Whey boasts the highest biological value (BV) of all natural proteins.

• Solgar's New and Improved Whey To Go® formulas offer 25% more protein ? 20 grams per serving.

• Available in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, Whey To Go® is 98% lactose free. For health and fitness, it's the ultimate whey to go!

And here's the link to get your sample. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

EZSox winner

Thanks to all who entered the EZSox giveaway. I selected the winner using random.org and the winner is:


Lesley at Racing it Off


Congratulations, Lesley! Email me at felicehalf at yahoo dot com with your choice of socks and your address.

Thanks, EZSox for this giveaway!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Good Garmin deal!

OK, seriously, all of this Cyber Monday business is annoying. Especially so soon after all the Black Friday nonsense.

But! There is an awesome deal that is just too good not to pass on: Amazon has the Garmin Forerunner 205on sale for just $99. Plus free shipping. Check it -- it's a super deal ($168 off the regular price!).

Shop on, friends.

PS: The Amazon link is an affiliate link so if you click and make a purchase, I will get a commission. Thanks -- the fees fund my running gear habit :-)

Giveaway ending tonight!

Don't forget to enter the EZSox giveaway. It ends tonight at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be announced on Tuesday.

Good luck!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

Be sure to stop back next week for more goodies -- a bunch of reviews and some cool giveaways! Yay! And while you're at it, why not enter the EZSox giveaway? It's going on now through the end of the day Monday.

Cheers!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Orgain winners!

I'm so glad that I was able to pick two winners for this one. As usual, I used random.org to pick the winners and they are:




Rae from 5K Rae


and


Selena!


Congratulations, Rae and Selena! Shoot me an email: felicehalf at yahoo dot com with your address so you can enjoy your Orgain.

Full disclosure: I'm friends with Selena in real (as in, outside of the interwebs) life. Please know that she was selected using the randomizer, just like every other winner.

Thank you to Orgain for the chance to review their product and for the great giveaway!

EcoMom's 7 Days of Giving

Starting today (11/23) EcoMom is running a program called 7 Days of Giving


From today through Monday, November 29th, EcoMom will randomly choose four EcoMom orders per day and make them ABSOLUTELY FREE. So, if you place an order with Ecomom, regardless of the purchase size, you could be a winner and your whole order will be free! That's a total of 28 EcoMom orders that will be free.

At the same time, EcoMom is pledging to duplicate every free order and donate it to Baby2Baby -- a wonderful organization that supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children 0-4 years old.  They distribute new and gently used items through a network of community-based organizations.

Everything in the EcoMom store will be on sale at 33% off so even if your order isn't one of the free ones, you'll still be enjoying great prices on eco-friendly products for your family. 

So, check it out . . . and good luck!

Monday, November 22, 2010

EZSox review and giveaway.

Last week, my son got to be part of the Happy Runner Reviews action. And, boy, was he excited about it.

See, I often get a few packages a week and those excite the little guy. He always wants to know what fun thing I've gotten and why I've gotten it. So, last week, when I received a package from EZSox, I told him it was for him.

He practically squealed with delight.

We opened the package to find one pair of EZSox for us to review. By sheer coincidence, they were frog socks and my son loooooooves froggies. So, yeah, he was excited.

Now, about the socks. EZSox are marketed as the "I Can Do It" socks for kids. They are learning socks that help toddlers and pre-schoolers learn how to put their socks on by themselves. If you have (or had) kids in that age group, you know that socks can be tricky for kids. My son often has trouble putting on his socks.

Let me rephrase that: He always has trouble putting on his socks. Which means I have to do it for him. He has no problem taking them off, but on is difficult.

Anyway, it seems that this is a common problem for the young set so EZSox were created to help kids gain self-sufficiency in the socks arena. Here's a little more from EZSox:
"Created by parents who tired of seeing their young son struggle dressing himself, Eileen and Ronnie Gesser designed socks with pull-up loops on both sides of each sock, and fun graphics on the tops of the socks. In no time, their son was no longer frustrated and proudly dressing himself. Today this fun and easy teaching tool for teaching kids self-sufficiency is the only one of its kind. "

All of that is well and good but you probably want to know how the socks actually worked out for us. Not too bad! Actually, my son loved them. He liked that he could pull the socks on by himself. When he did it the first time he exclaimed, "I did it all by myself, Mommy! I did it! I did it!" No lie. I felt like I should have filmed him for a commercial.

Here he is trying out the socks:

Holding the loops.
 
Moving on to the second sock.
 
Straightening it out.

Showing his dad how he did it all by himself!
Overall, I like the socks and think that they work the way they are intended. They are really cute (they come in a bunch of different animal designs and some solid colors), they have a non-skid bottom (very important to me) and they are seamless. My son was able to pull the socks on and off with relative ease. He had a few problems not getting all of his toes all the way into the socks, but he was able to readjust and pull the socks on.

The worst part of the socks, for me, was the mini battle that ensued when I told my son that the socks had to be washed. That didn't really fly. He wanted to wear them repeatedly and told me that "you don't ever wash the frog socks!"

Yeah, it was a battle but, being the mom, I won.

You can buy EZSox on their web site where they retail for $4.99 each, or $29.94 for a pack of six.

The Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a pair of EZSox of their choice.

To enter:

Go to the EZSox web site and let me know which pair you'd choose if you win.

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain a few additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of EZSox on Facebook  (leave a comment)
  • Follow EZSox on Twitter  (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment  each time)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment with the url)
This giveaway will run through Monday, November 29th at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced on Tuesday.

Thanks to EZSox for this giveaway!

Good luck!


Review/giveaway disclosure: I was sent one pair of socks for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated and the opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Orgain review and giveaway.

Today, I have what I consider a great giveaway for you! But first, let me take some time to provide you with a review of the product.

The Review

I was recently asked to sample and review Orgain, "the world’s first certified organic and physician-developed nutritional shake."  


The drink was formulated by cancer survivor Dr. Andrew Abraham, who has said:
“Two key experiences in my life inspired me to create Orgain. As a teenager fighting cancer, I realized that there simply weren’t any alternatives to the chalky-tasting conventional meal replacements that were full of artificial ingredients. Later, as a family doctor I appreciated firsthand the critical importance of balanced nutrition for optimal health at all stages of life. I used both experiences to create a new kind of nutritional shake that enables everyone – whether healthy or sick - to enjoy the benefits of certified organic ingredients.”
Here's a little more information about Orgain.

One 11-ounce serving contains:
  • Real organic fruit and vegetables - antioxidant equivalence of 10 servings
  • 2:1 ratio of organic complex carbohydrates and organic protein (16g) to provide athletes with sustained energy
  • 24 vitamins and minerals
  • 255 nutrient-dense calories
Uses:
  • A pre/post workout shake.
  • Perfect as a meal replacement.
  • A nutritious choice for strengthening the immune system during times of illness.
What was left out:
  • Caffeine
  • Preservatives
  • Gluten
  • Corn syrup
  • Saturated fat
  • Hormones
  • Antibiotics
Pretty good stuff, huh? I'd say so!

Anyway, I tried the Sweet Vanilla Bean and the Creamy Chocolate Fudge. Before trying them out, I chilled them (they are shelf-stable so they were room temp.) so I wouldn't have to drink them with ice. I wasn't sure how much I'd like the drink since I've never been a huge meal replacement drink fan. They usually taste too chalky or too thick for me. 

Fortunately, Orgain is not chalky at all. Nor is it too thick. The drink has a milk-like consistency but it doesn't taste like milk at all. Instead, it tastes like a treat. To me, anyway.

I tried the drinks as replacements for my breakfast. I really enjoyed the Sweet Vanilla Bean. The Creamy Chocolate Fudge was good, too, but almost tasted like too much of a treat to have for breakfast. But, both flavors scored high in a key area: They kept me full from breakfast until lunch. That's a big win for a meal replacement drink because, after all, it is supposed to replace your meal. If the drink leaves you hungry, then what's the sense of drinking it?

I also tried the drink after a run and thought that it made a decent recovery drink. For me, it was a bit more than I needed, but I could see the benefit of drinking it if you're doing hard training, like speed work or marathon training. 

You can purchase Orgain at several retailers including Whole Foods, Wegmans, Food Town and Harris Teerter. Other locations are listed on the Orgain web site. You can also order it from Amazonfor $33 a case (12 containers), with free shipping.

The Giveaway

The folks at Orgain have generously offered two cases of the drink for me to give away. So, TWO lucky readers will win and each receive a case of Orgain to try out!

To enter:

Pop over to the Orgain web site. Then leave me a comment telling me what feature of Orgain sounds the most important and/or beneficial to you.

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain a few additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of Orgain on Facebook  (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment each time)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment)

This giveaway will run through Monday, November 22nd at 11:59pm EST and the winners will be announced on Tuesday.

Thanks to Orgain for this great giveaway!

Good luck!


Friday, November 12, 2010

Win a copy of Meb Keflezighi's book!

Check it out! The publisher of Meb Keflezighi's new book, Run to Overcome, is giving away an autographed copy of the book everyday between November 1 and March 31. All you have to do is visit the sweepstakes page and submit some basic information and you'll be entered to win!

Meb is the 2009 New York City Marathon champion and an Olympic silver medalist. You can read more about Meb here

Good luck!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Firefly toothbrush review.

If you have kids, you may have struggled with the whole tooth brushing thing at one point or another. I know I have. My 3-year old pretty consistently complains about having to brush his teeth before we go someplace in the morning. He also claims to be done brushing well before he really is. So I feel like I'm always hocking him to brush his teeth, or brush them better. And that's a bit of a pain.

Fortunately for me, I recently had the opportunity to try out Dr. Fresh's Firefly toothbrush, the Float'N Firefly:


Made specifically for kids, the toothbrush has a light-up timer that lasts for a minute, to encourage kids to brush longer and more thoroughly. It's really pretty cool.

As soon as we got the toothbrush, my son wanted to try it out. He loves that it lights up and also that it has a cute little base for the toothbrush to sit in. He now brushes for the whole minute that the toothbrush is lit, and often asks me to light it up again and he'll brush longer. The added bonus is that he often asks to brush his teeth at different times during the day. So, now that we're using the Float'N Firefly, my son is brushing his teeth both more often and for longer. That's a real win for me!

I can see that this would be best for kids of my son's age, maybe a little younger and a little older.

The toothbrushes are available at Target, K-Mart, Walgreens and several other stores. You can find a list of retailers on the site here.

Amazonhas the Float'N Firefly toothbrushes available in a range of prices -- from $21.65 for 12 toothbrushes down to $2.99 for one. They also have other versions available as well.

Review disclosure: I was sent a toothbrush for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated and the opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy 11th, lucy!

Get ready to gear up, friends! Lucy -- the performance apparel company -- is turning 11 tomorrow and celebrating by offering customers 30% off all items. Not just a few -- all. Pretty darn cool, if you ask me. The sale is good online at lucy.com and at their bricks-and-mortar stores, if you're lucky enough to have one of those near you. (You can find store locations here.)

You can get your 30% off by printing this card and bringing it to a lucy store, or heading online:


Why not treat yourself, huh?  :-)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Let's talk Shutterfly holiday cards.

What? You're not thinking about holiday cards yet? Still reveling in your Halloween candy? That's cool, but you know what? The holidays will be here sooner than you think (hey, it's already November 3rd!) and you need your holiday cards ready to go well before they arrive. And you probably need the cards a wee bit more than you need the Halloween candy.

So, what to do? Well, one place that I've had success using in the past is Shutterfly. For the past three years I've ordered my holiday cards from Shutterfly (I've also ordered several photo books from them as well, but that's for another post) and I've been really happy with them. Last year, I went with this design:


Of course, I put in my own picture. The photography wasn't nearly as high-end but it worked for me.

This year, I'm not exactly sure what design I'll choose. But, yes, I have already started thinking about it. These things take time!

It's true that while I like that Shutterfly has so many holiday designs to choose from, my husband would say that I get overloaded by the choices and spend too much time designing, redesigning, and asking his opinion . . . but he's just not as into it as I am! This year, we have a new addition to our family so I'm sure I'll spend a lot of time on my cards. One thing that I try to manage, though, is the cost of the cards and that's something I like about Shutterfly, too. Along with their wide range of card styles, they have a wide range of prices. You can get simple, stylish photo cards for $.30 each -- or really splurge on more expensive folded cards, which start at $1.12 each.

If you haven't looked at Shutterfly, consider checking them out. As I mentioned, I've had good luck with them in the past and give them the thumbs up!

Review disclosure: I received free cards for my review but was not otherwise compensated. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Saucony sweepstakes.

Hey, runners, here's a great contest for you! Saucony is running (har, har) a "Run Wherever You Would Like to Be Seen" Sweepstakes now through November 16th. They are giving away weekly prizes (which started back in October -- sorry, I just found out about the contest!) of a Garmin Forerunner 310XT and their ViZi-PRO apparel or footwear. They also will be picking one grand prize winner who'll receive $5,000 to travel to run wherever they'd like! How cool is that??? Plus, the winner will get a ViZi-PRO outfit. Here are more details on the prizes:
  1. One (1) Weekly Prize consisting of a Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS watch (ARV $350) and a choice of ViZi-PRO apparel or ViZi-PRO footwear up to $150 (ARV $150).
  2. One (1) Grand Prize consisting of a $5,000 Visa Travel Money Card (ARV $5,000) which may be used towards the cost of travel towards running in a dream destination and a ViZi-PRO outfit consisting of apparel and shoes up to $400 (ARV $400). 
Fun, yes? Yup! So, go check it out on this site.

Good luck!

Friday, October 29, 2010

HALO Sleepsack Swaddle review.

Just a few days before my son was born, I received the perfect item to review: The HALO Sleepsack Swaddle, size newborn. Excellent!

I used HALO Sleepsacks for my first son (until he was almost 3!), but had never used the Sleepsack Swaddle so I was really interested in trying it out. Basically, it is a sleepsack wearable blanket that has a detachable, adjustable swaddle feature. According to the HALO site:
The 2-in-1 SleepSack Swaddle hugs your baby to prevent the startle reflex - allowing your little one to sleep more soundly. The SleepSack Swaddle replaces loose blankets for safer sleep and allows your baby to stay safe, warm and cozy all night long. 
This is clearly a product for people like me who know that babies love to be swaddled, but who can't make a tight swaddle with regular blankets to save their lives. The Sleepsack Swaddle keeps babies wrapped and warm! For us, that has meant better sleep. My son is now about 3 weeks old and I have used the HALO Sleepsack Swaddle since he was a few days old. Every time I have used it, he's slept comfortably and I've felt confident that he's warm enough without a blanket.

Look at that peacefully sleeping little guy:


The product is easy to use and has some good features: It zips from the bottom up, which makes checking and changing a diaper easy; the velcro pad is large so you can make your swaddle as tight or loose as you'd like.

Unfortunately, I did find one downside to the HALO Sleepsack Swaddle: The sizing. I received a size newborn, which is supposed to be for babies 0-3 months, weighing from 6-12lbs, measuring 19-23 inches. My son is now 9lbs and 20.5 inches and he is now too big for the sleepsack. I'm bummed, because I really like it and would like him to still be able to wear it. But, it is simply too small.

Overall, I like this product and will use the larger size sleepsacks as my son grows. I only wish he could have been in the newborn one for as long as the product information says he should.

You can purchase the HALO Sleepsack Swaddle at Target, Babies R US and Buy Buy Baby. You can also order it online from those stores as well as Diapers.com, HALOSleep.com and Amazon.com. Right now, Amazon has the cotton Sleepsack Swaddleon sale for $19.00, with free shipping (it is regularly $24.95).

Review disclosure: I received a free product for review but was not otherwise compensated. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Jakfish maternity activewear -- deep discount!

Over the summer I reviewed Jakfish activewear for pregnant women (check out the post here). I loved the tank and the running skort that I was sent to try and also loved the fact that Jakfish is an independent company operating in Vermont.

Well, now they are having a special sale and ALL of the Jakfish activewear is on sale for 40% off the regular price. That's a great discount! So . . . if you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant soon, I suggest you head over to Jakfish and get yourself some activewear!

Visit their site here.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

SkinMD discount and contest

SkinMD is having a $400 "Fall into Cooking" giveaway on their site right now. Here's what they are giving away:
Keep your hands soft as silk in the kitchen with a year's supply of Skin MD Natural and enjoy cooking with a brand new ceramic casserole set and eco friendly roasting pan with rack.
Total estimated value of prize pack is $400 and includes the following items:
  • Oval Casserole Dish size 14" x 8" x 5.25" with 3L Capacity
  • Oval Casserole Dish size 16.5" x 10" x 6.25" with 4L Capacity
  • Round Casserole Dish size 11" x 8.5" x 5.5" with 2.6L Capacity
  • Set of Four Ramekins size 4" x 4" x 2"
  • Roasting Pan with Floating Rack size 17" x 13" x 3.5"
    holds up to 25lbs
  • Kitchen Composter
  • 6 Bottles Skin MD Natural Original
  • 6 Bottles Skin MD Natural SPF 15

That's a lot of stuff! So, go now. Go check it out! Don't leave your comment here, please. The contest is only on the SkinMD site :-)

They are also offering 20% off their products until November 30th with the discount code FALL10 during check out at www.skinmdnatural.com.


Good luck!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Giveaways for cloth diaper lovers

Are you a parent who uses cloth diapers? Or are you curious about them and want to check them out to see if they are for you (and your baby!)?

Well, Coupon Mommy of 3 has several cloth diaper giveaways going on right now that you can enter. Check out this giveaway that she has for Abby's Lane. She has a bunch of other ones, too, including Happy Heinys, Wee Little Changes and Nurtured Baby Boutique -- you can find links to all of those right on her main page or on the page for the Abby's Lane giveaway.

Good luck to those of you who enter!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yum -- Wholly Guacamole coupon!

Here's a high-value coupon for all you snackers out there! Save $1.50 on Wholly Guacamole guacamole, salsa or queso by printing this PDF file.

Enjoy!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ecomom winner!

I'm a little late posting the EcoMom winner but I have a good reason: The newest member of the Happy Runner clan was born this week! If you're interested, you can check out my post here.

Anyway, I do have an EcoMom winner and it is . . .






Congratulations, Jamie! Send me your address (felicehalf at yahoo dot com) so you can get your gift certificate. I hope you get something fun!

Big thanks to EcoMom for this giveaway.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Expressionery.com personalized plates review.

Last week I was sent a new product to check out from Expressionery.com: Personalized melamine plates. 

The plate that they sent me is super cute. Check it out:



I liked the shape of the plate because there isn't a big rim so it could easily be used for serving cupcakes or cookies or any kind of snack, really. And I think that would be a main use for a personalized plate -- serving. Although, I could see a really cute table set with plates that have every family member's name or monogram on them. Or special holiday-themed plates. Or . . . so many ideas!

Back to what I liked: Melamine. For a mom, a plate that is less likely break (as a melamine plate would be) is a bonus. I also liked that the plate can go in the dishwasher but was a bit bummed that it can't go in the microwave. But, that's not as big of a deal as being able to go in the dishwasher!

The Expressionery personalized plates will debut on their web site starting TODAY, 10/8/10. So, if you are interested in a cute gift idea, check them out!




Review disclosure: I was sent a free plate to review but was not compensated in any way and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Frigidaire "Set a Place at the Kids' Table" campaign

Frigidaire has just launched a new campaign in support of Save the Children. Called "Set a Place at the Kids' Table," the goal is to help make sure that more children have access to nutritious foods this holiday season and all year long. How will they do that? Well, you play a part. Each time you set a place at the virtual kids' table, Frigidaire will donate $1 to support Save the Children's work to help children in need in the U.S., as part of their $500,000 commitment to this worthy cause.

Participation in the campaign is simple: Visit the web site to set a place at the kids table. You click on the "Set a Place" link and you'll bring up a page where you can select which setting you would like to place at the kids' table. Every day you set a place, Frigidaire will donate $1 to help kids in need AND you'll be entered for a chance to win the daily prize, $50 towards your holiday spread, and the grand prize, a new Frigidaire a Frigidaire Professional® freestanding gas range.

All you have to do is click!

So, check it out, help donate to a good cause, and maybe you'll be lucky and win! 


Disclosure: I was given one entry to the Frigidaire contest for posting about this campaign. I was not compensated in any way.


PS: Don't forget to enter the EcoMom giveaway!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Smartypants review and Ecomom giveaway!

Have you heard of EcoMom? It's a web site that offers eco-tips, a community site and plenty of shopping. Here's some info from the Eco-friendly Baby Products -- EcoMom site:
Founded to address the connection between the health of our environment and the health of our children, EcoMom is committed to making eco-conscious living easy, affordable, and rewarding. By helping women begin to take better care of themselves and their families – with education, support, tools and products - we empower them to take the all important first steps toward a healthier, more balanced, and sustainable lifestyle.

It is basically a site that is right up my alley because I like to seek out products that are healthy for my family. They have an interesting blog on the site that is filled with tips and green info that I've enjoyed reading.  So, I was happy when I was offered the opportunity to review a product and participate in an EcoMom giveaway.


The Review

I was sent a bottle of Smartypants Gummy Vitamins -- one of the featured products on the EcoMom web ste -- for review. The multivitamins contain all the usual suspects, plus Omega 3 DHA and EPA. My son already takes gummy vitamins but when I tried the Smartypants kind, I noticed that they have a much different consistency than the ones we're used to. Since my son is pretty particular about things, I wasn't sure how he'd react to changing up his vitamins. He's one of those kids who just likes things as they are, no changes please.

I shouldn't have worried. He loves the Smartypants vitamins -- more than his regular ones, in fact. And that's just fine with me because in addition to all the good stuff that the vitamins contain, what they don't contain is as important. Here's some info:
SmartyPants Gummies only have 5g of Organic cane sugar per serving (that is 80% LESS sugar than in a glass of unsweetened apple juice). SmartyPants are made with only natural colors and flavors and no High Fructose Corn Syrup. They are also gluten- and casein-free. They never use any fake or artificial flavors, sweeteners, or dyes that are bad for your kids!  Their Omega 3 DHA and EPA fish oil comes from eco-friendly sustainable small fish sources. No unsustainable tuna or contaminated fish!
So, overall, I'm pleased with the vitamins and would recommend that anyone looking for a multivitamin for their kids check them out!

The Discounts

Right now, if you are interested in ordering the vitamins (or anything from EcoMom's site) I have a discount code for you! You can get 15% off your first order now through October 31, 2010 by using the code SBBL612.

You can also take advantage of EcoMom's new program -- EcoPass. By purchasing a $99 annual membership, you get a 15% discount and free shipping on every order. Not a bad deal, especially if you are buying lots of baby food, green cleaning supplies or vitamins!

The Giveaway

Lots of info, I know. And now I have the goody part of the post that you've been waiting for: The giveaway! EcoMom has offered one reader a $15 gift certificate for their store, good for residents of US and Canada.


To enter (corrected):

Leave me a comment!

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain a few additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Follow EcoMom on Twitter at EcoMomCEO (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of EcoMom on Facebook  (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment each time)
  • Sign up for the EcoMom newsletter  (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog(leave a comment)

This giveaway will run through Tuesday, October 12th at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced on Wednesday.

Thanks to EcoMom for this great giveaway!

Good luck!


Review/Giveaway disclosure: I received a free bottle of Smartypants vitamins to review. I was not compensated for this post and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Friday, October 1, 2010

EcoMaids review

About two weeks ago, I won a free fill-in service cleaning from my local EcoMaids, EcoMaids of Albany. I was pretty excited because the fill-in includes all the bathrooms and the kitchen. Basically, the yuckiest parts of the house to keep clean.

The cleaning was scheduled for yesterday (Thursday) and I was all happy to be getting this treat before my baby arrives. On Tuesday, though, I got a call asking if I could change the date of my cleaning from Thursday to Wednesday. If I could, the EcoMaids would upgrade me to a whole house cleaning.

Um . . . yeah! I said yes and we scheduled the time and I basically couldn't believe my good fortune!

So, Wednesday was the cleaning and I have to say that I was more than happy with the results. First, the team arrived on time and we agreed on what they would clean. Then, I left to go to an appointment. When I returned two hours later, the team was still working so my son and I decided to play outside for a while until they were done. They were just finishing the floors when we went in so we carefully walked around the wet spots and checked out their work. The house smelled terrific -- surprisingly not like cleaning supplies but fresh instead. I guess that makes sense since they are the EcoMaids, after all.

Most important, the house looked really clean. Areas that I didn't even know were dirty -- or had given up hope on -- were clean. Like my microwave. How did they get the front to look as good as new? And my shower? Yeah, I had more or less given up and accepted that the clean that I could achieve was as good as it gets. Turns out I was wrong because the EcoMaids worked wonders. I can't believe I was living with such a grungy shower!

As I said I was pleased with the results and I would recommend the EcoMaids. I feel like I can and should handle most of the housecleaning but I do think I would like to have them come in twice a year or maybe once every three months and give the whole house a good scrub. I think that would make a big difference in the level of clean that I am able to maintain.

Now, I can only speak about the local EcoMaids but there are locations nationwide, because it is a franchise operation. To find an EcoMaids near you, visit their web site. And, local readers: EcoMaids often runs contests and promotions on their Facebook page so do yourself a favor and follow them!

Have a good weekend!



Review disclosure: I won this free cleaning and chose to post a review on my own. I was not asked to, nor was I compensated in any way.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Brooks winner!

Lucky, lucky! We have a winner of the Brooks giveaway! But first, thanks to everyone who entered. There were tons of entries for this one, which I expected since it was a pretty cool giveaway. Anyway, I wish I could send you all a gift certificate but I only have one.

So, I hit up random.org to choose a winner and that winner is . . .



Suzi from Run, Suzi, Run!



Congratulations, Suzi! Email me (felicehalf at yahoo dot com) with your address and I'll send out your gift certificate right away.

Thanks to Brooks for this giveaway! And have a good day, everyone.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Back with a fun Brooks giveaway!

My reviews and giveaways have taken a back seat to baby preparation and work. But, I'm back with a fun one for you!

Team BILBO Giveaway!

(BILBO = Brooks Innovation Laboratory for Biomechanical Observation)

Brooks is introducing their new SAC technology, now available in their Glycerin 8 shoe. Check out their video:



In support of the new campaign, they've generously offered to give a pair of shorts or a jacket to one lucky reader. Who wouldn't want some new gear? I know I would. In fact, if I were to pick a pair of shorts, I'd go for the Infiniti short:

And for the jacket, I would choose the LSD Lite:


Both would probably make awesome gifts, you know, if you were ever looking to get me one . . . :-)

Anyway, one of you will get to win YOUR choice of jacket or short, in whatever color or size you'd like.

To enter:

Leave me a comment and let me know which Brooks item you'd choose if you won.

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain a few additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Watch the Brooks video and comment on it (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment each time)

This giveaway will run through Monday, September 27th at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced on Tuesday.

Thanks to Brooks for this giveaway!

Good luck!

Giveaway disclosure: I was not compensated for this post and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

ROHTO winner!

Holy cow! I have been so caught up in who-knows-what that I completely forgot to post the winner of the ROHTO eye drops. Yikes!

So, here it is. The winner, selected using random. org, is . . .



ZANETA from Runner's Luck.



Congratulations, Zaneta! Email me at felicehalf at yahoo dot com with your address and I'll get you hooked up.

Thanks, everyone, for entering the giveaway and to ROHTO for the product!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

ROHTO eye drops review and giveaway.

DATE CORRECTED!

I was recently sent a supply of ROHTO eye drops to use and review. I'd never heard of them but since I have eye issues (scratched cornea back in the spring that keeps flaring up), I was eager to check them out. Plus, I learned that they sponsor some Ironman triathletes so I figured that using the same eye drops that those hard-core peeps do would make me feel a little more, you know, hard-core.


I received one of each of the four ROHTO varieties -- Hydra, Cool, Ice and Arctic -- and was instructed to start by using the Hydra drops, since those are the least cooling, and move from there to cool, ice and, finally, arctic. Unusual instructions? Maybe, but they make sense because the drops are unlike any others (that I've tried, at least) with their cooling properties.

Yeah, I didn't really know what cooling eye drops were all about so I tried out the Hydra not realizing that doing so would be like giving my eyes a mint. Hoo ha! My eyes felt . . . minty? Chilly? Cool, for sure, but in that icy hot way.

After the initial cool wore away (which happened fairly quickly), my eyes felt nicely hydrated and refreshed. It was really like giving my eyes a mint -- the drops pepped them back up.

I've since tried the other varieties and I believe that, for me, they are too strong. My scratched up eye simply can't handle too much cooling, so the ice and arctic types were too much. But, I can see the benefit for someone who works out in really dry and hot conditions.

Here's a little info on ROHTO from their web site:
Eye Irritation: Sun, dirt and sweat are just a few of the things that irritate eyes after a long run. ROHTO Cooling Eye Drops, a favorite among endurance athletes, are a great way to relieve irritation and redness, and restore moisture. More than just “eye drops,” they provide a cooling “kick” that helps refresh and rejuvenate your eyes, helping you stay focused. ROHTO is the largest selling eye drop brand in the world. The ROHTO line includes:
  • ROHTO® Hydra: The newest product offering, specifically formulated to lubricate and provide long-lasting moisture for dry, irritated eyes with the closest hydration to natural tears, while also providing the brand’s signature cooling “kick”
  • ROHTO® Cool: a general purpose eye drop that combines redness relief with a gentle cooling sensation
  • ROHTO® Ice: relieves redness while also soothing itch, irritation and burn with an intense cooling sensation
  • ROHTO® Arctic : revives strained, overworked eyes and relieves redness with a mild “pick me up” sensation.
The drops retail for $6.99-$8.99 at drugstores like CVS across the country.
The Giveaway:

One lucky reader will win an entire line of the ROHTO eye drops.

To enter:

Leave me a comment and let me know you'd like to try out the eye drops.

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain a few additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of ROHTO on Facebook (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment each time)
EDITED!!! The giveaway will run through 11:59pm EST on Thursday, September 2, 2010 and the winner will be chosen using random.org and posted on Friday.

Another contest!

ROHTO is hosting an Endurance Sweepstakes through September 30, 2010, where two grand-prize winners (one male and one female) will receive a men’s and women’s Ceepo® bike, respectively. The sweepstakes also includes weekly prizes of ROHTO Training Kits that will include a valuable assortment of training gear and nutritional items. Go to www.winrohto.com to enter or print a $1.00 coupon.

Good luck!


Review/giveaway disclosure: I received free eye drops from ROHTO to review. I was not otherwise compensated for this post and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.