Monday, November 28, 2011

Great deal on PR* Bars!

This deal just came in to my inbox so I have to share. I LOVE PR*Bars (you can read my review of them HERE), and they are now a featured deal on Active Schwaggle. Right now, you can get two boxes of PR*Bars for just $25. It's a $60 and shipping is free! It looks like this offer will run for 6 more days.

So, go here to check it out.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Go for amazing party looks this holiday season!


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Recently, I had a ton of fun getting a makeover as part of a cover model shoot for Healthy Life magazine. Part of that makeover involved dressing up in festive clothes and putting on equally festive makeup. It was great to get a brush-up on festive makeup, considering I spend a lot of my time doing this:






And the rest of my time playing with, cleaning up after, and generally taking care of my two little guys:




Although my day-to-day life doesn't require much in the way of makeup, I do like to get dressed up on occasion. And around the holidays I have more of those occasions. Since those occasions are generally special, I like to give my look a little extra flair -- like most people do around the holidays. It seems like sparkle is everywhere between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve!

Fortunately, I've learned that you can create fun, festive, pretty party looks without breaking the bank. Makeup doesn't have to be expensive -- you can find plenty of good deals at drugstores, for example.

If you'd like to create an amazing party look for yourself this season, here are some tips that I've learned bother from experience and from my recent makeover:



  • Use a primer to smooth your skin and prep it for your makeup. Primer helps your makeup last longer and it fills-in your "crevices" (ha!) so makeup doesn't settle-in and make your skin look wrinkled.
  • A little brow definition can help your look go from average to amazing in seconds! I had never used eye brow pencil before my makeover, but I am a convert. I definitely don't think it is an everyday look for me but for parties it is a sure thing! 
  • If you go for a sparkly eye, do not go for a sparkly lip. And vice versa. Choose one area for sparkle. Too much sparkle is, well, too much.
  • I love classic black mascara and, for party looks, I wear two coats. I'm a fan of tried-and-true Maybelline Great Lash. It has worked for me for years!
  • Go ahead and blush! A lot of people tend to shy away from blush but if you want to fab it up for a party, go for it! Sweeping color over the apples of your cheeks helps finish your look and gives you a nice glow. Just make sure you don't go overboard.
As you prepare for your holiday parties this year, don't be afraid to try out some new looks! Why not splurge on a new lipstick or gloss next time your at the drugstore? Or finally pick up that eyebrow pencil (I'm telling you, it works!)? Glam it up a little, you'll be happy you did!

Lucky you -- I've got some Walgreens coupons for you to make your amazing party looks even easier to achieve!

Do you have a favorite festive makeup tip?


Yoplait Smoothie winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Yoplait Smoothie giveaway. I used random.org to pick a winner and it is . . .



Katychick from Count Your Days . . . I'm Counting Mine



Congratulations, Katychick! Send me an email at felicehalf at yahoo dot com with your address so I can get you your Yoplait prize pack. Enjoy the smoothie -- and that eye mask!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie review and giveaway!

I am a HUGE smoothie lover. I drink them most days -- blending up yogurt, a banana, some frozen fruit and a little flax seed meal or some chia seeds. 

So, when I was invited to try out the new Yoplait Chocolate Banana smoothie, I jumped at the chance. I received this nice little package of goodies:



That's a comfy neck pillow, the frozen smoothie mix, a reusable smoothie tumbler, and a lavender eye mask. Relaxation central!


The smoothie was very easy to make -- just pour the packet in the blender, add milk, blend away and viola! smoothie in no time. The one thing that got me was the yogurt pieces. I don't know, there was something a little funny about them. They blend up fine, but seeing chunks of yogurt made me chuckle.


After blending, I poured my smoothie into the Yoplait tumbler and my preschooler and I drank both servings. It was tasty! And that tumbler is really is quite nice. I've used it several times for my smoothies. It fits nicely in my car cup holder so I can easily take my smoothie on the go. 


Overall, I liked the Yoplait smoothie but I admit that I'm not sure how frequently I would buy it because it is pricier than blending my own with frozen fruit and plain yogurt. But, I can see the appeal of having the ingredients (minus the milk) in one convenient package. 


You can read more about the Yoplait smoothies on their web site HERE


Be sure to download a $1 off coupon from the site HERE.



The giveaway

Would you like to try the Yoplait smoothie? How about that eye mask? Well, I have one prize pack (identical to the one pictured above) for a lucky reader to win! To enter just leave me a comment and let me know that you would like to win!

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain extra entries. Remember, though, you must complete the required entry first! (Leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):

  • Follow this blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
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  • 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)
This giveaway will run through Monday, November 21st at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced on Tuesday.


Good luck!



Want to read more from The Happy Runner? Stop over HERE for more giveaways, reviews, and running- and parenting-related posts. 






Disclosure: The Yoplait® VIP Coupon, information, and giveaway have been provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Refer your friends to StumbleUpon and get a $10 Amazon gift card!

OK, with the holidays coming up, Amazon gift cards can definitely come in handy. And, right now, StumbleUpon is running a promotion through which you can earn $10 gift cards!

All you have to do is sign up at StumbleUpon, refer 5 friends (who actually sign up) and get a $10 gift card from Amazon!

Easy peasy!

This promotion runs through December 14th and you can receive multiple gift cards! But, you only get a card for every 5 people who sign up -- there is no partial credit.

Good luck!