Thursday, August 18, 2016

School Starts, StitchFix, and Summer Boardwalk is Back!

Hey kids!


Is your FB feed turnt with back to school pictures too?   

Love it.   


We're 1st and 4th bound in these parts.    




I swear it was just yesterday that I was posting this last day of school pic....




Copious amounts of rain yesterday and the bus stop scene looked like this...

Rain puddles, umbrellas, and concerns about freshly curled hair.  The usual.  



Overall, these monkeys had an awesome first day.



What else?   




I know I haven't talked about it for awhile but you guys, I'm still getting it.   And loving it.


This month's Fix's....




Yes, the pic quality is no bueno.   It's been raining off and on for 40 days and nights, ya see.    The lighting up in here just didn't suffice and I had a short window of time to make it all happen, so this is what we're dealing with.

I'm a sucker for an open back anything.   My stylist knows this. Which I love.   Ps-  Does it make anyone else feel fancy to just throw out the term "my stylist?"      
Right?



So what do we have here?

1.  The wide leg jeans trend
2.   A coupla open back tops that are super duper versatile
3.  Seychelles wedges.     Love these because we've got a little lift without looking like I'm going to break my neck at any given moment.      Appropriate for anything from church to night time. 
4.   The good old Hawthorn studded Libson shirt.     I may or may not have this is multiple colors.  And want it in multiple more.



So how does it all work???  

Check out my previous post(s)...   

Exhibit A...








  I know lots of you have created your free profile but if you haven't, you can do it HERE.






 If you aren't familiar with how it all works…allow me to summarize the rules from last month's StitchFix review.  




Step One:    Go online and set up your profile.  It's super fun and easy peasy and you get to answer a bunch of questions about what you like and don't like.  You look at a handful of outfits and accessories and say yada or nada.  Even if you aren't ready to take the plunge, create a profile.   Because it's fun and I'm kinda sad mine is over.    To create your free profile, go here.  


Step Two:    Schedule your "fix."   Scheduling your fix will set you back twenty billzzzz….  However, this $20 goes towards your styling fee and more importnatly is a credit towards anything that you happen to keep from your fix.    Either way, #winning.


Step Three:    Rip that box open like a kid on Christmas morning.  But wait, before you do that, post the sealed box on the Insta and proclaim to the entire first world that your StitchFix is here!  Oh wait, that's just me.   #predictable.


Step Four:     Try on all 5 pieces in the comfort and privacy of your own home…with your own shoes, accessories, etc.  Loved this.

It comes with a special little card like this, which gives you awesome ideas on how to wear your loot.  Absolutely loved this and will keep the card for further assistance.   A great reference to have on hand.



Step Five:     Log into your account and "check out."   Decide what you want to  keep and what you don't.    Give feedback about what you liked and didn't.  This helps your stylist figure out how to best suit your desires for your next "fix."  Within three business days,  put your rejects in the postage paid envelope and drop it in your nearest mailbox.  No big.


Step Six:     Strut your yes's like the boss that you are. 



Okeeee dokey…. What did I get!?







1.    Maylynn Asymmetrical Soft Moto Vest-    KEEP



I didn't love this out of the box and then tried it on with the white flowy shirt you see here as well as a long sleeve casual dress and boots.    Loved this both unzipped and zipped.   Way fun and I could see myself wearing this well into spring/summer.





2.   Brixton Stone Collar Necklace-    RETURN




This was cute but for the price was just "meh" for me.   I have several collar necklaces and bib necklaces that are just as cute that cost me less dinero.  These are such trendy pieces that it just didn't feel worth the $32 for me.




3.   Daxton Floral Split Tank-  KEEP




I debated on this one as the little strap across the back is slightly odd.  However, it looked cute with skinny jeans as well black leather pants.      I also loved it under a blazer as well as a leather jacket.    I liked the originality of the split back at the bottom.      So at the end of the day, this was a keep.



4.   Shermineh Faux Leather Detail Ponte Pant-    KEEP





Again, something that I was unsure of when I took them out of the box.  However, I think these would be super fun for the holidays.   Love the "leather" detailing down the sides and these are actually much more versatile than I originally thought.   I can't wait to rock these bad boys.




5.  Chrisley Raglan Seam Sweatshirt-  KEEP





This is a great little throw on sweatshirt that's technically casual but could be easily dressed up.  I already wore this over the weekend with jeans and booties.    Plus, it's super cozy and we all know I love that cuz deep down I'm a granny at heart.  




So 4 outta 5….hollah!    You guys, I also haven't bought one clothing item at the mall or online since my last fix.  This is just way easy and fun for me at the moment.   So do I dare to say I'm saving money????   I'd have to crunch the numbers but it kinda feels that way.  


Sooo….if you haven't created your profile.  Do it HERE.    And if you've got a Fix on the way…I  need every single deet when that bish arrives.  I'm cereal.




Other exciting news.....


And they went away?

And I cried...

And sent out a SOS on social media around the world?


Ummmm.... check it out yo.


You guys, this is the bestest best candle ever.       The B&B has been throwing coupy's out left and right so if you do your homework or check your mailbox, you've  prob got a $10 off $30 coupon or something similar floating around.





What else?  


Contemplating a 24 Day Challenge?  

Or 10 Day Cleanse?

So are lots of others.

Apparently, we all had a little too much fun.

message me at advocarerunner1@gmail.com for more deets.

Curious about Advo in general?




Happy Thursday, friends!

I leave you with this.   Fabulous, yes?


   





Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Advorunner Updates and Shenannys



Happy August, kitty cats.  (meow).


****Surely you guys know about the new Blue Raspberry Spark?   Just announced yesterday.

And... 


You guys it's basically gonna taste like this....


the bottom part, that is...

Be still, my blue raspberry flavor loving heart.   


      Sooo... I've pretty much been avoiding all responsibility and anxiously awaiting tomorrows arrival.   You know...the usual... planning to stalk all Fed Ex men in my own as well as all  surrounding zip codes and then I get this....




Now in all honesty, this has never happened to me.     Which makes me want my Blue Raspberry bomb pop Spark all the more.       I know you understand. 

So if you didn't get in on this, you're gonna wanna because I will guarantee it'll be sold out in a hot second.   Which means  you'll be emailing me asking if I've got a  random box or two laying around that I'm not hoarding.    Then  I'll feel all conflicted and selfish and want to hook a sister up but really I wanna hoard the sold out Spark.    It's pandemonium, really.   

You know we've been down this road before.  

So let's not do this.   
   This particular flavor is gonna be off the hook.    It is.




***Who else saw Bad Moms?     

Hilarious, right?

I kinda wanna go again. 

Went with this group of ladies and I'm pretty sure we all peed just a little at some point.   

Truly.   That funny.







This movie will make you realize that we're all in the same boat in this here crazy town place that we've all landed.  We call it motherhood.


You'll laugh at the chaos and cry at the fact that we love these fools so hard it hurts sometimes.    #guilty   I got sentimental and cried.    So did my soul sister next to me.   

So yes.   Go see this stat.    I'm serious.   


***Who else drives around during the day like this?



Right?    Peanut butter, plastic fork, in a ziplock bag for protection.    #noshame #desperatetimes



***614 friends, come see us next Monday.



Ladies Night!     It's gonna be a fun night and yours truly will be talking about running products and how and why they can work for you.     A panel of some amazing ladies will be sharing some amazing stories and awesome info so come join the party.    Message me for details.


***Did your summer fly by too?

I swear we were just doing last day of school pics just yesterday.

And guess what?   

One week from tomorrow is go time.  

Wahhh!
  

But holy cow, we've had a fun summer.   

Pool days
Late night patio fun
Beach vacays
Boating at the lake
Long morning runs
Mexican food on patios
Lemonade stands
Driveway Crossfit
Cha cha-ing on patios with friends crazier than us (more than once)
Cartwheeling in the yard with the kiddos
Hitting golf balls
More pool days
...and so much more.

Summer.    
It leaves us as quickly as it arrives.  
But geez, it's amazing.    

Here's to our final week.    Hope you all get a chance to stop and smell the summertime roses... or hydrangeas... or whatever tickles your fancy. 


Time flies.   

One of my faves...



Friday, July 22, 2016

What a Week!






As mentioned on the FB...  you can take the kiddos outta the Buckeye state, but ya just can't take the Buckeye State outta the kiddos.   


Anyone else agree that a week at the beach just isn't enough???


We pretty much all need two.

Or three.

Ya feel?


While we had some amazing food and drinky's, we also made time for some daily fitness.

For me, this meant  running on the beach, handstand contests on the beach, hillbilly tennis ( we may or may not have made our own "court" in the sand), and various other shenanigans.










The almost 10 year old's handstand is on point. 

The rest of us?.. yeah, no.


We also became obsessed with paddle boarding and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna need to go straight to Costco and buy the one I've been eyeballing with no real plan.

I got a workout and a half paddling the 6 year old for 30 minutes straight all while she sat on the front of the board and bossed me around with her strict "left, right, left" instructional.

The big one mastered it too.






What else?    

I'm kinda jealous of the little one's sun kissed locks.






As mentioned, I had the new AdvoGreens pretty much emergently to the beach.     Zero chance of me waiting till I got home.


The verdict? 


The Greens powder is the real deal.


I mixed with about 4 ounces of cold water and chugged.

It looks worse than it tastes.  Promise.

Subtle lemon flavor, mixes well, and it's all over before you know it.

I'm on day 3 and swear I even get a little energy kick out of the whole thing.

Struggle with getting your greens and probiotics in?    
This is your jam.

Let's face it, greens aren't our first priority while on vacay.   However, this made me feel like I still "kinda" had my act together.


I've been seeing good ideas all over the instagram.    I've seen it mixed in oatmeal, mixed with Muscle Gain, and Meal Replacement Shakes.



The Snack Shake review is coming next.


Still not getting a discount on your products?  

We couldn't make it easier if we try.


Truly.




$59

A ton of free loot.
20% off your goodies.   Forever.
No auto ships, no auto renewals, nada, nada, nada.


Here's to an amazing weekend.
























Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dog Days of Summer






They're going down.   The dog days, that is.  

 Right now.


What a busy, fun, action packed summer we've had so far.



Annnnddd....


    It's flying.


I'm seeing back to school loot in all of the stores on the reg.

Whadya say we wait till August, back to school merchandise people?   
K?




What have we been up to?


We've been country concert go-ing.





We've been 4th of July-ing




We've been road tripping







I've been "dabbling" in golf.

I would post a pic of my skills but I'm pretty sure you'd all be jelly.

I kid.  

But some seriously funny stuff has been going down on the golf courses of central Ohio these days.


I've also been doing a lot of driveway Crossfit.

Yes, it's a thing. 

See Instagram (#advorunner) for more info.

It's kinda my new obsession.




I've also got a couple half marathons on deck.

First and foremost being Emerald City.  



C-bus people, who else is with me???




Speaking of running and 02 Gold and my favorite Advo products, have you guys seen the newest goods??



Just announced and I may or may not have placed an emergency order to be delivered to our road trip destination.


Sooo....

What we have here is something that majorly excites me.







Remember when I used to spend a million dollars at Whole Paycheck on their greens?   

Yeah, not happening anymore.


What IS Advogreens???


Straight from the horses mouth.


What is AdvoGreens?

A Convenient, Nutritious Way to Add More Phytonutrients and Antioxidants, Including Vitamins A, C and E

Enzyme, Prebiotic, Probiotic and Fiber blend to support digestive health.* Add these two delicious AdvoGreens products to your daily regimen. Featuring phytonutrients derived from...



Broccoli

Spinach

Wheat Grass


If that doesn't fix all of our problems, I don't know what will.




Let's talk about the Snack Shake...



100 Calories
13 G of Plant Based Protein
6 G of Fiber
Supports Digestive Health 
Appetite Control

YES.


I'm picturing this mixed with 8 oz of unsweetened chocolate almost milk for a grand total of 140 calories of goodness.



And next....















Antioxidants
A zillion vitamins
Probiotics
Prebiotics
Designed for weight management and digestive health

Now, I get it.  But don't be scared of it's swamp like appearance. 

I personally will mix this with my Muscle Gain, my Meal Replacement Shakes, mix it into my muffin recipe... so many options.


And lastly....

Cherry Spark is back!





A little birdy told me it's way more amazing than the old cherry.



If you need:
Energy 
Mental Focus
Over 20 vitamins and minerals
A great little pre-workout pick me up
15 calories or less?

You're gonna need this.


I'm beyond excited about these and of course will likely be parading them all over the Insta as soon as that Fed Ex man shows up.


Can't wait to see yours too.

Have questions about the new products?
 Aren't already getting a discount??
Message me at advocarerunner1@gmail.com and we'll hook a sista (or brotha) up.




I leave you with this.

Pretty fabulous, yes?







Monday, June 13, 2016

Sunday Sentiments and Weekend Wrap Up!




Oh Mylanta!  

Am I really Sunday Sentiments-ing and Weekend Wrap-Up-ing?? 

Yes.  I pretty much just made both of those a verb.

On Monday?

Remember the olden days when Sunday Sentiments on Monday was a weekly feature???  

Like on a real blog?
That updated regularly?

Let's give this SS another whirl, shall we?


So let's see.... 


Weekend Workouts:  

Friday-   Granite Games Qualifier #1.  (more on that in a hot second)
Saturday-  Crossfit Community WOD (120% humidity and dripping in sweat.   Yes, please).
Sunday-   5 miles of fun in the sun.   The last 1.5 miles involved my favorite 10 year old and she's rocking those little runs.   

So yes...

Who is doing the Crossfit Granite Games Qualifier Workouts?  






I did workout #1 on Friday morning and well geez... that was kinda rough.

Squat clean and jerks for days with a 15 over the bar facing burpees mixed in between every round for good measure.


Pre workout consisted of Spark and Catalyst on an empty stomach right outta the rack.  
  Approx 30 min later...
1/2 V02 Prime bar (loving these more than ever lately) and  02 Gold.   

This little product combo was a great combo for a cardio/ strength lung burner.   



Then I went to work and sat in this...



Basically all day it seems.

Does anyone else feel like their entire city is currently the land of construction and traffic?   I'm "this close" to packing it all up, becoming Amish,  and having a simpler life.      The traffic is killing me.   Seriously.   
But then there would be no TJ's or Lulu or Chipotle.  
So I guess I'll stay.   

Sooo..

The monkeys have taken to a liking of friendship bracelets.  


I then had a flashback to these...




Anyone???


Which then resulted in me doing a "tutorial" as I suddenly remembered I was the friendship bracelet whisperer of the late 80's.

Which then resulted in the entire "tutorial" going on for way on for way too long..

 I pretty much got cocky with my skillzzzz....
 and couldn't stop....
 and the kids were over it.   

exhibit A



But it's not all bad. 

They set up shop outside and if you follow me on the Insta, you know that a real showdown took place.   Which resulted in a friendship bracelet business merger and all is good in these parts.    

But the scene originally looked a little like this...
Two shops.
Two business plans
Just mere feet apart.



And then turned into this....



#52inchballers


The rest of the weekend was a busy combo of pool, kid shuttling, yard work, nagging kids to pick their wet bathing suits off the floor, and various other shenanigans, which may or may not have included too much online shopping.   

ps-   The wet bathing suit on the floor thing?   Why?     Why is your wet suit laying there?      It's as if it's brand new information every time we hit a body of water.    But it's not.  It's been a rule since the beginning of time.   Yet the wet suit.   There it is.   Right there on the floor.
#sos





If you're currently cleansing, we're on the home stretch.  I did have a small relapse at the pool on Saturday which involved Trader Joe's peanut butter filled pretzels.    However, for the most part have been pretty status quo and am feeling a zillion times better.


If you're waiting for the next cleanse, whatchoo waiting for?  

More cleansers start next Monday.   Join in the reindeer games.

You'll still be done by the 4th!


See you cats later this week.  












Monday, June 6, 2016

A healthy "night cap" and other stories.

Hey friends!


Good luck to those of you starting Fit by the 4th today!




Who else is ready like me?


Yours truly started the 10 day cleanse today.   As discussed on the Instagram, the 80/20 rule somehow turned into 50/50 over the past couple of weeks. 
Specifically the last few days.   


Ya feel?





I spent way too much time having fun in the sun at the Memorial Tournament.  





Basically 3 days in a row.   





Oh and celebrating friends birthdays at fine Mexican establishments.




Oh and supervising backyard cupcake eating.




And hanging with these fools.  



The cleanse was necessary.  It was either that or dialysis and a small muzzle.


Other big news....





Mass Impact has a new design and ummm... is now $29.95?

Ummm....

That's  $17.97 for my advisors.
And....

$23.96 for my distributors.


Why do we love Mass Impact?

This has been in my product cabinet since the beginning of time.   
It's kind of a jack of all trades.


Strength training? 
Crossfit?
HIIT workouts?

Yes.yes.yes.


I mix with a serving of spark about 30-40 min before the workout.  
Definitely best and most effective on an empty stomach.

It contains creatine, sustamine, and other amino acids.  
Our beloved Mass Impact is designed to aid in muscle building, endurance, rehydration, and supports lean muscle mass.
I've PR'd a back squat more than once with Mass Impact.   
Coincidence?
Either way, I'll take it.





Here's an awesome little cheat sheet on how to best use Mass Impact, as well as our other tried and true faves.




Wanna know what else I'm obsessed with? 


This little concoction....

Currently drinking one as I type.

Here we  have...


1 packet of  Rehydrate
1 packet of Oasis
Splash of La Kroger

Not familiar with LaKroger?  It's pretty much fake La Croix.   I buy it at our local grocery store... Kroger.
Enter.. LaKroger

It's half the price for almost double the cans.   We're all winning.


In summary,  make this combo immediately.
It's an amazing little "night cap" for you cleansers and the Fit by the 4th crew. 


Hope your week is starting off bueno.