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.


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



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
  • 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!