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The 21 Day Project.

A Guest Post. The 21 Day Project.

Hello healthy friends! Today I want to introduce you to my friend and Yoga teacher Stacey, from Rooted by Stacey, owner of a local yoga studio where I live. Stacey is beginning a journey of daily practice through writing and would love to have you join in to take part in The 21 Day Project. Each month she will introduce a topic that will bring you on a personal journey of discovery through written word and focus in your life.

Here is a little bit more about Stacey and about The 21 Day Project.

Stacey Doll. Rooted By Stacey. 

Stacey Doll, owner of Rooted By Stacey, Yoga Teacher.

Stacey Doll, owner of Rooted By Stacey, Yoga Teacher.

Deeply connected to the earth, I divide my time between my yoga and permaculture teachings.  I am a 500 RYT yoga instructor and yoga studio owner, currently leading a 200 RYT Yoga Teacher Training at my studio and teaching several earth based yoga classes a week.  I am currently enrolled in Shamanic Reiki Master Training as well.  I have my Permaculture Design Certification and two advanced Permaculture Design diplomas.

I received my Permaculture Teacher Training certification last year and have taught several Permaculture Workshops and trainings.  This year, I will be co-teaching a Permaculture Design Certification Course at Canterbury Shaker Village.  I spend a lot of time outdoors connect with nature and work to reconnect all aspects of my life to the rhythms of the natural world.

Rooted By Stacey

Rooted By Stacey

The 21 Day Project

The 21 Day Project from Rooted by Stacey. A daily practice. Writing for 21 Days . . . To Find out more click here. | Organic Runner Mom

The 21 Day Project from Rooted by Stacey

Starting a blog can be scary. Putting your words out there for others to read and rooting yourself in a place of non-judgment and contentment for what you have shared and how people respond. I’m fortunate my yoga practice has allowed me to practice non-judgment and contentment so I can weave that into my new daily practice of blogging.

I’m a yoga practitioner and teacher and a permaculture practitioner and teacher who took a risk and opened up my own business just two years ago. The hard and arduous road that led me to opening Rooted by Stacey, LLC, my business, is one that you only read about in non-fiction books that Oprah has deemed Book of the Month for its incredible twists and turns, emotional plots, and hope for a better tomorrow. Many of my teachers, friends, and colleagues have asked me, “so when are you going to write a book,” not just because they want to read all the hairy details but because they know I love to write. Writing is my meditation, its my grounding. And when I write it helps set the tone for my day.

Which is why I’m starting The 21-Day Project . . .. . TODAY. The 21-Day Project is an opportunity for me to write every day, as a daily practice of being mindful and connected to something other than to-do-lists, emails, and expectations. Every day I will write about a theme for 21-Days and I’ll ask readers to reflect on that theme in their own life. For instance, tomorrow we begin with gratitude – I’ll write for 21-days on the small and big things I am grateful for and encourage others to write or reflect that day on what they are grateful for or simply just be in a state of gratitude for the day. After 21-Days, I’ll change the theme to love, abundance, letting go, courageous acts . . . .

Stacey’s hope is that  you will consider joining the movement and give yourself the time and space to reflect on embracing your own daily practice, letting it ground you and guide you through your day. This cycle of the 21 Day project she will be starting with Gratitude.To read more, visit Stacey at The 21 Day Project.

Wishing you health and positive energy in your day.

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Stonyfield YoBaby is 16! Celebrate with a Giveaway!

Who Loves YoBaby?

Happy Birthday Stonyfield Yo Baby | Organic Runner Mom

Happy Birthday Stonyfield Yo Baby | Organic Runner Mom

*Disclaimer: I was provided with Stonyfield products as compensation for writing this post as a Stonyfiled #YoGetter blogger. All opinions expressed here are my own.

My children are growing up before my eyes and so is Stonyfield YoBaby! Stonyfield YoBaby is turning 16 this year which makes me pause and to take a look back at my kids first experiences with real foods. Stonyfield was always in our refrigerator before we had kids but once we had two additions to our family (now ages 6 and 4) Stonyfield Farms yogurts became a staple in our refrigerator.

YoBaby. Love on a spoon. | Organic Runner Mom

YoBaby. Love on a spoon.

When you have a baby every day is a new adventure for you and your baby. You learn and grow together and as a parent getting to experience every first with your child can be magical and sometimes in the case of eating and first foods can be a bit funny too. When your baby discovers something that they love they will eat it with great gusto and not a care in the world about whether the food goes into their mouth  onto the high chair or all over their hair.

Check out my little YoBaby (he's not so little anymore!)

Check out my little YoBaby (he’s not so little anymore!)

Stonyfield YoBaby First Moments

Stonyfield YoBaby Organic Yogurt was the first dairy product we fed to both of our children and it was an immediate hit. Our daughter Piper would eat it until the bowl was clean and would sign for more using baby signs with her sweet little hands. When our son Brock arrived Piper was two and wanted in on the feeding process.  Of course we obliged giving her the spoon to feed her little baby brother Brock. It was the cutest and messiest moment and one which we will always remember. She was two at the time and delighted in spoon feeding yogurt to her brother. Piper still laughs when she thinks about a time when Brock ate yogurt with his hands which ended up in his hair and face with cheerios stuck all over.

Who Loves YoBaby? Big sister practicing feeding her baby brother. | Organic Runner Mom

Who Loves YoBaby? Big sister practicing feeding her baby brother. | Organic Runner Mom

Since that YoBaby moment there was no turning back from the Stonyfield yogurt obsession (including Smoothies, Blends, Squeezers, Petite Creme, and Organic Yogurt Pouches) in our house. Even though the messy moments continue we are so happy that we can give our children a wholesome organic yogurt from family farms to fill their tummies to give them energy for their day. We love the Stonyfield difference because Stonyfield Farms chooses to make yogurt without pesticides or hormones, and it is non-gmo. When it comes to choosing food for our kids we want to choose organic whenever possible.

The Stonyfield Difference

The Stonyfield Difference

A YoBaby Giveaway

Now you can celebrate with Stonyfield YoBaby by entering to win an awesome Stonyfield prize pack for your little YoBaby.

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Recipe Remake: Organic Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites

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Recipe Remake– Organic Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites

On a mission in the kitchen.

Since 2015 began I have been on a mission in my kitchen to try at least one new recipe a week (like this recipe for Organic Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites). I have been scouring Pinterest for recipe ideas, crowdsourcing (from friends and family) to find the next best recipe to feed my kids and experimenting with new ingredients. Why is it that we are so afraid to try new things and that we stick to the same recipes over and over again. I am determined to shake things up in my house with some outside of the box cooking. I want to expand my children’s taste horizons and to expand our weekly menu. What’s the worst that could happen . . . a failed recipe is no big deal and the best way to become a better cook is to give new recipes a try.

Here are some quick tips for being a successful chef in your own kitchen:

  1. Pick a recipe that gets your taste buds excited.
  2. Head to the grocery store for a new ingredient adventure. Try to choose organic if you can and local is great too as long as you know where your food comes from and about the farm practices.
  3. Make sure your spice drawer is fully stocked (I use Simply Organic spices).

    Simply Organic Spices | Organic Runner Mom

    Simply Organic Spices

  4. Start your culinary adventure! I love discovering how flavors work together (or not) when I experiment by changing a recipe. The more you cook the more you will learn about compatibility of flavors and tricks in the kitchen.

Organic Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites

I am always on the search for new kid friendly recipes. Thankfully Organic Runner Girl (Age 6) is broadening her horizons when it comes to eating but Organic Runner Boy (Age 4) can still be quite picky. I discovered a great recipe on Pinterest for Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets (PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers) and gave it a little twist. This dinner was a hit with the grown ups and the kids and was delicious paired with Parmesan Zucchini Fries and some sweet orange cherry tomatoes.

Now, here is what  you’ve been waiting for my recipe for Organic Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites.

Recipe Remake: Organic Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites

Recipe Remake: Organic Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites

Ingredients

  • Organic Chicken Tenders
  • 4 Tablespoons Organic Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Organic Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablesoon Fersh Organic Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Organic Oregano
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 Pete and Gerry's Organic Egg
  • 3 Tablespoons Shredded Parmesan Cheese (Organic if you can find it)
  • 1/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cube Chicken Tenders.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.
  4. Scrambled the egg.
  5. Add 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil to the dry ingredients along with the chicken, parmesan cheese, and the scrambled egg.
  6. Mix all ingredients together until the chicken bites are coated with the cheese herb and breadcrumb mixture.
  7. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and line cookie tray.
  8. Use one tablespoon of olive oil to grease the foil.
  9. Arrange chicken bites on cookie try.
  10. Cook chicken in the oven for 8 minutes per side.
  11. Serve and enjoy! Chicken bites can be served with dipping sauces including ketchup, bar-b-que sauce or whatever strikes your fancy.
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 Are you a culinary expert or are you a novice exploring the kitchen and new recipes? What is your favorite thing to make with chicken? Do you have a favorite recipe that you like to make for your family?

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MAMMA CHIA Organic Chia Energy Beverage Review and Giveaway

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MAMMA CHIA Chia Energy Beverage

MAMMA CHIA Organic Chia Energy Beverage–What’s it all about?

I originally discovered MAMMA Chia Organic Beverages tucked away in the cold drinks section of my local CO OP food store and have come to love the refreshing mix of flavors and the texture of a Chia beverage. When Mamma Chia reached out to me to try their new Organic Chia Energy Beverage I couldn’t wait to try them.  I am typically very hyperactive sensitive to caffeine so was pleased to see that this is a naturally caffeinated beverage and is instead a clean energy drink using Fair-Trade Guayusa as well as organic chia seeds. I have had other beverages with Guayusa and have liked the great energy without the need to peel me off of the ceiling after consumption.

Guayusa is a natural caffeine ingredient derived from the Amazonian Rainforest holly tree, the ilex guayusa. It is a great source of antioxidants and clean energy. Guayusa is often made into tea.

MAMMA CHIA was started in 2009 when founder Janie Hoffman discovered the true benefits of chia seeds. She incorporated chia into her diet and eventually created chia beverages for her friends which became the inspiration for her company Mamma Chia. Mamma Chia is an Organic company and also B corp Certified.

Ingredients in Mamma Chia Organic Chia Energy Beverage:

Mamma Chia

Mamma Chia

  • 2500mg Omega-3s from Organic Chia Seeds (To find out more about Chia Seeds and their health benefits check out my informational post HERE)
  • Guayusa–90mg natural caffeine from Organic Guayusa Tea leaves
  • organic cane sugar,
  • organic lemon juice
  • organic juices
  • citric acid, fruit and vegetable juice for color

Taste and energy

Chia and Guayusa | Organic Runner Mom

Chia and Guayusa

Mamma Chia Organic Chia Energy Beverages come in 4 different flavors–Blackberry Blast, Raspberry Razz, Grape Power, and Cherry Charge. Each flavor is distinct and refreshing. If you haven’t tried a Chia beverage before you may find the texture slightly surprising as the chia seeds are hydrated. I truly love the texture of these drinks and find them especially refreshing before or after a workout. My favorite flavor is the Cherry Charge. It has just the right amount of tart and sweet. The Guayusa gives me a nice energy boost without sending me over the edge. I love the clean flavors and clean energy in these drinks and also love the fact that they are organic!

Mamma Chia Giveaway

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Mamma Chia Seed Your Soul

Now you can enter to win a taste of Mamma Chia Goodness! Here are the awesome prizes that you will win from Mamma Chia when you enter my giveaway:

  • One week supply of Mamma Chia Organic Energy beverages
  • One week supply of Chia Squeezes
  • Mamma Chia Camelbak water bottle

Please enter and share the Mamma Chia love with a friend and Seed Your Soul.

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Have a great week wherever your adventures may take you!

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Treadmill Review. I have a Vision Fitness Premier, what about you?

Vision Fitness Premier T9600 Treadmill Review

Vision Fitness Treadmill Review | Organic Runner Mom

Vision Fitness Treadmill Review

Whether you love or hate running on a treadmill this is when they sometimes become a necessity. Michele from NYCRunningMama asked me to join her in sharing a treadmill review. If you are currently in the market for a treadmill you can find more excellent reviews HERE on Pinterest.

Since I live in New Hampshire, my treadmill and I have become best friends. I have trained for many marathons including two Boston Marathons (2013 and 2014). Training for Boston in the middle of the Polar Vortex last year meant that I got to do plenty of running on my treadmill or “dreadmill” as some people like to call it. I’ve run everything from an easy 3 mile run to a 20 mile+ run when the temperatures have dipped too low to step outside. I have to admit that I am not averse to running on a treadmill because it means I can pop on it for a run even if I can’t escape my house (moms of little kids you totally know what I mean!). My treadmill is also situated on our porch which has big windows looking out at our fields so even if you can’t get out for a run their is an illusion of being outside. The only drawback is that the porch is not heated so in the dead of winter I still have to layer up like I am going outside (at least the porch acts like a windbreak, hahaha!)

Vision Fitness Premier T9600 Treadmill–The Specs

Click here to read more about what to look for when purchasing a treadmill. | Organic Runner Mom

Treadmill Review

  • Purchased: 2009
  • Cost: Around $2500 (I think?)–This was a priceless investment for my mental health as I suffered post partum depression after both pregnancies. Exercise was important to overcoming PPD.
  • Min/Max Pace: .5 mph – 12.0 mph
  • Min/Max Incline: 0 to 15% incline
  • Dimensions: 60 inch deck
  • Preset workouts: 6 classic programs, 4 heart-rate programs, 3 goal programs, 5 custom programs, 5K, 10K, 15K
  • Heart Rate Monitor:  Hand Pulse sensors are located on handles under the console and their is a wireless Polar heart rate strap.
  • Miscellaneous: Console has video display which has 4 different run scenes, a track, heart rate display or profile display. You can also access your daily-monthly stats. AV connectors on the back of the console allow you to attach a device so that you can view movies while you run. This treadmill has two cup holders. The side rails are non-slip.
  • Warranty: Limited Home use warranty. Frame and motor have lifetime warranties. Electronics and parts have a five year warranty.

PROS

  • This treadmill has 6 user login profiles so multiple users can use it and store their data.
  • The Vision Fitness Premier T9600 Treadmill has an orthopedic cushioned belt which makes it easier on your joints.
  • This treadmill has not required much maintenance other than deck waxing, belt tightening and deck cleaning.
  • I like the quick start function and also the pause feature in case you need to jump off for a minute to stretch and need to stop the belt.
  • I have logged many many miles on my treadmill and she just keeps going. This treadmill is high quality and very durable.

CONS

  • This treadmill does not like the extreme cold (but then again who does).  When it is too cold the screen goes on the fritz and the motor gets loud (I guess this is a cue to go back inside).
  • I have had some trouble with the treadmill memory holding data from workouts.
  • The cost is high but the treadmill has been very reliable!

If you are on the hunt for a new running partner treadmill I would definitely consider check out Vision Fitness treadmills. I was just perusing their website and they now have treadmills with touch screens and they also have viaFIT which is wireless connectivity for your treadmill. viaFIT interfaces with your computer to better help you to track your fitness goals and progress.

A treadmill should be fun? Right? | Organic Runner Mom

A treadmill should be fun? Right?

What kind of treadmill do you currently train on? Do you have a favorite treadmill workout that you’d like to share?

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Be sure to check out my latest post on the ARMPOCKET Blog–Training Tips for New Runners. #ACTIONACHIEVES.

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Organic Runner Mom’s Training Tips for New Runners

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The Benefits of Chia Seeds for your health and for endurance sports.

The Benefits of Chia Seeds

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The Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds may no longer be a top food trend but they still have a place in a healthy diet.What is the origin of the Chia seed? Chia seeds come from a plant in the mint family Native to Guatemala and Mexico. Chia seeds can add Omega 3’s into your diet although this source is not as readily usable by your body as the Omega 3’s found in oily fish such as salmon. Chia seeds contain a lot of fiber (be sure not to overdo it). Due to the high fiber content Chia seeds can cause a feeling of fullness for long periods of time. This is great if you are currently on a weight loss regimen. Here are some other great possible benefits of Chia Seeds:

  • Natural energizers- Chia seeds are a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber.
  • Supports heart health–They contain high levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids derived solely from plants.
  • Great source of protein–Chia Seeds contain a higher percentage of protein than most grains.
  • Antioxidant
  • Chia Seeds are high in nutrients that help bone health such as calcium and magnesium

Chia Seeds and Endurance Sports

Chia seeds are considered to be in a category of superfoods. Chia Seeds became more well known after the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (soon to be a Major-Motion Picture with Matthew McConaughey?!?) detailed how they were used by the Tarahumara barefoot runners in Mexico. Chia was the original runners gel, when added to water it takes on a gelatinous quality and is made easy for consumption. Many ultra runners use Chia seeds as a part of their fueling regimen. When consuming Chia seeds soaked in water they enable the body to slow the breakdown of carbohydrates which can allow for longer sustained energy.

While chia seeds may no longer be a current food trend their popularity in the endurance sports community and clean eating communities is still strong. I was first introduced to Chia Seeds by Sarah Stanley, ultra runner, founder of #wellnesschat and #livefreely. Since my introduction I have come to love adding Chia into my oatmeal, into smoothies, making Chia puddings, and in Mamma Chia Drinks (Review and Giveaway COMING SOON!).

Chia Seed Recipes

Here are some awesome recipes to try at home that include Chia seeds that you may want to try:

Have you ever tried Chia Seeds? What did you think? Do you have a favorite recipe to share that uses Chia Seeds?

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Why Starting with ‘Why’ Means More Success Before Embarking on a Triathlon Training Plan

Starting with ‘Why.’ Goal setting for your Triathlon Training Plan

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING THINK ABOUT WHY

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING THINK ABOUT WHY

Today I am very excited to be presenting a guest post for you by an inspirational triathlete and female company owner, Melanie Mitchell from Poppy Sports. I hope you enjoy her post about choosing your why!

Melanie Mitchell Founder of Poppy Sports and Triathlete

Melanie Mitchell Founder of Poppy Sports and Triathlete

Bio–Melanie Mitchell is the founder of PoppySports.com and PoppySportsTraining.com as well as mother, Sherpa, triathlete and juggler of time. She actively supports women entrepreneurs and aims to empower more girls into the sport of triathlon while rocking her own ‘why’ in her chosen race distance of Ironman 70.3.

What’s Your Why?

Have you ever listened to the TED talk Simon Sinek’s ‘Start with Why’? (To Sinek’s talk click HERE  ). He explains how great leaders inspire action. It has become synonymous with great talks on motivation, drive and inspiration.

Sinek showcases what it means to motivate people, not by force or obligation, but by making sure you know your ‘why’ or your reason for doing something. That, he says, is the success factor of major thought leaders like Apple and Martin Luther King Junior

The Concept of ‘Why’

This concept can be applied in many aspects of life and business.   Starting with the ‘what is your why’ question has been one of the fundamental starting points of our half Ironman training plan at Poppy Sports (click here to see a Poppy Sports Half Ironman training plan).

We mentor women athletes through a stretch goal. It might be a new distance, a new race goal and we (and I count myself in here!) have all benefitted from going through the process of gaining clarity and understanding why they have set a specific triathlon goal – the real why.

Newbies and seasoned athletes alike, the answers we see never cease to amaze.

How to Find Your Why

Know your 'WHY'

Know your ‘WHY’

Through carefully crafted questions in a self-assessment workbook, we ask each athlete to take the time to commit.   We ask each person to consider what is their true motivation in life, career and sport and the answers are always revealing.

What might start out as a simple, ‘Well, I want to get fit again’, or, ‘I was tired of just running,’ can turn into, ‘I was overwhelmed by the early years of motherhood and I want to find out who I am again.’ And ‘I want to prove to someone that I can do this when they told me I couldn’t.’

We all know that triathlon training and racing is an endurance event and not a sprint (despite a race distance called just that). Keeping focused on a 16 week triathlon-training plan requires time management, internal motivation and commitment.

If you understand the real reason for your journey to the start line, the chances of reaching race day increase exponentially.

Your ‘Why’ Statement

After these carefully crafted questions, we finally ask each athlete to complete their ‘why’ statement

The reason I want ___________________ an Ironman 70.3 is ______________________so I can _________________and _______________________________

Getting Fancy

Then we start to get really fancy.

From there we create vision boards supporting the statement that are framed and mounted somewhere to be seen every day!

The response in our own lives and those we mentor has been remarkable! A simple process and a reminder on the wall, is an amazing motivator, reminder, and inspiration.

Here’s an example of my vision board – conjured up on a great free resource called Canva. It’s personal to me and every time doubts start, I take the time to sit down and contemplate the board.

My Journey To Success. Melanie from Poppy Sports

My Journey To Success. Melanie from Poppy Sports

So we challenge you dear reader, to start with your own ‘why’. It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie into triathlon or a seasoned veteran, anyone can benefit from a little introspection before embarking on a journey, whether sport or otherwise.

We’d love to know them all! Share with us below what is your triathlon/running/cycling/ ‘why’.

Poppy Sports. Endurance Athletes Together.

Poppy Sports. Endurance Athletes Together.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s post from Melanie at Poppy Sports.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Skirt Sports Love and a Heartbreaker Skirt Giveaway

A visit to Skirt Sports Headquarters.

It’s Valentine’s Day. Today I’m spreading the word about why you will fall in love with Skirt Sports. As you probably already know I am a a Skirt Sports Ambassador. My love for Skirt Sports has become one of obsession since my first true run in a Gym Girl Ultra running skirt. When I run in Skirt Sports I run #likeagirl and feel confident and strong. When Organic Runner Dad and I traveled to Colorado in January I couldn’t wait for our time in Boulder. My time there included a visit to Skirt Sports and some time meeting with founder Nicole DeBoom and Community Outreach Manager Noelle. As they say I got to “see where the magic happens.”

The office is filled with inspirational posters, vision boards, and a giant Goals Board from last years Half Marathon (Now the “thirteener”). My favorite thing to see on the walls is Nicole’s original Skirt Sports design the Triks Skirt. Nicole crossed the finish line of Ironman Wisconsin in first place in 2004 wearing the Triks running skirt becoming an Ironman triathlon champion and forever changing the running apparel business forever. You can be fast and wear a skirt while doing it!

A peek inside Skirt Sports. Goals, Inspiration and the Original Skirt Sports–The Triks Skirt worn by Nicole DeBoom Ironman Champion | Organic Runner Mom

A peek inside Skirt Sports. Goals, Inspiration and the Original Skirt Sports–The Triks Skirt worn by Nicole DeBoom Ironman Champion

I met Noelle who met me in downtown Boulder for breakfast at a wonderful little restaurant called “Snooze” and then she took me to Skirt Sports Headquarters. Skirt Sports is as you might imagine, an upbeat, positive environment with pink walls and an in-office mini-boutique. Noelle showed me around the office. I got to take a peek in the design room where collections are already being realized for next year. Sadly I can’t show you the fun flirty styles that I caught a glimpse of. While I was there they measured me so that I might be able to do some wear-testing of upcoming products (yes!).

Where the magic happens at Skirt Sports! The secret design room and in-office boutique. | Organic Runner Mom

Where the magic happens at Skirt Sports! The secret design room and in-office boutique.

After that I got to sit in for part of a planning meeting for the month and then a Pow-Wow with Nicole and Noelle. It was awesome to be able to talk Nicole and Noelle about the Ambassador program and social media for Skirts Sports.

While I was there I also got to sneak out for a run with Nicole (Skirt Sports founder). When she asked me if I could go for a run of course I said yes! Who wouldn’t want to go for a run with an Ironman champion and a revolutionary in women’s running apparel? I was definitely not up for a fast run due to my back/hip issues and was definitely winded from the higher elevation. Nicole took me for a great half hour trail run on some of the trails winding around near the Skirt Sports office. I was surprised to see little prairie dogs popping out and taking a look at us as we ran by.Running with Nicole was fantastic. She shared with me some of the future goals and plans for Skirt Sports and picked my brain about social media, blogging and my blog. This was the highlight of my visit to Skirt Sports!

Going for a run with Skirt Sports founder Nicole DeBoom | Organic Runner Mom

Going for a run with Skirt Sports founder Nicole DeBoom

Valentine’s Day Flash GIVEAWAY!

Be Mine. Skirt Sports Heartbreaker Skirt. | Organic Runner Mom

Be Mine. Skirt Sports Heartbreaker Skirt.

Now that I’ve shared my fantastic visit to Skirt Sports I get to share the love with you this Valentine’s Day!!! This winter I have absolutely fallen in love with the Skirt Sports Heartbreaker Skirt in Shadow Heather (perfectly named for Valentine’s Day).

The Heartbreaker Skirt:

  • Built-in slim cut leggings
  • Two panel outer skirt
  • Non-chafing flatlock stitching
  • Two pockets to fit nutrition, music player, ID and more
  • 28″ inseam length provides enough coverage for taller women, yet looks great on petite women as well!

This Giveaway will only run through Sunday night so be sure to get your entries in and share the love with a friend. If you win this Skirt you will be sure to be a Heartbreaker on the race course!

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Strut Your Stuff Sign Company Bib and Medal Holder Review and Giveaway

 Show off your accomplishments with a Strut Your Stuff Sign Company Bib and Medal Holder!

Strut Your Stuff Sign Company. Choose your perfect race bib and/or medal holder.

Strut Your Stuff Sign Company

Once you get your speed work going and start hitting the race course this spring you will need a place display all of your hard work, your accomplishments . . . your bling.  Now you have the opportunity to win a gorgeous medal holder handcrafted by Strut Your Stuff Sign Company. Strut Your Stuff Sign company is based in Missouri and was started by husband and wife team David and Jenny Doke. They along with their team create inspirational and fun displays for runners, triathletes, cheerleaders and more. You can select the color and saying for your sign and can choose to display race bibs and/or medals. Strut Your Stuff Sign Company can be found on ETSY in their shop HERE.

Find Your Happy Pace. Strut Your Stuff Sign Company Bib and Medal Holder | Organic Runner Mom

Find Your Happy Pace. Strut Your Stuff Sign Company Bib and Medal Holder

I was excited when Shelly from Strut Your Stuff contacted me to do this review and giveaway.  For my sign I selected a race bib and medal holder to dispaly my accomplishments in marathons, trail runs, and triathlons. I picked my favorite which says “Find Your Happy Pace” painted on a vibrant Seaside Green color. The bib and medal holder is gorgeous and carefully packaged. When it arrived I needed to screw in the hooks for hanging the medals and bibs which was very easy. I am looking forward to finally having a way to hang my race bibs as I have never had a way to display them before. Being that it is so close to Valentine’s Day I would highly recommend checking out Strut Your Stuff to find the perfect gift for your Valentine!

Strut Your Stuff Sign Company Bib and Medal Holder Giveaway

Strut Your Sign Co Medal Holder and Race Bib Hanger– Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn't Work Hard | Organic Runner Mom

Strut Your Sign Co Medal Holder and Race Bib Hanger– Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard

You can also enter for a chance to win your very own Strut Your Stuff Sign Company Bib and Medal Holder. Take a look at the awesome sign in the photo that could be yours to hang on your wall! Please check out this awesome giveaway and pass it along to a friend who is going after their race dreams this year!

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Valentine’s Day RUNNERBOX Review and coupon

THE Valentine’s Day RUNNERBOX

Valentine's Day RUNNERBOX Review | Organic Runner Mom

Valentine’s Day RUNNERBOX Review

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (it’s on Saturday actually) so if you are still looking for that perfect gift for your runner sweetheart (or any endurance athlete for that matter). I have just the perfect thing for you. What could be sweeter than a Valentine’s day RUNNERBOX filled with goodies to fuel your next workout or to help you ease the post run soreness? If Organic Runner Dad handed this to me on Valentine’s Day morning I would be a very happy runner!

Have you ever heard of RUNNERBOX? RUNNERBOX is a subscription based box filled with tried and tested goodies for runners, triathletes and endurance athletes (They also sell TriBox and CYCLEBOX too!). You can purchase a RUNNERBOX as a one time gift or as a bi-monthly subscription.  It’s always such a great surprise to find a package hiding in your mailbox so why not make it a RUNNERBOX.

The awesome creators of RUNNERBOX contacted me and asked me if I could share their amazing Valentine’s Day box with you and of course I wanted to pass on the love.  This box is a definite must and arrives complete with a little Valentine love note tucked inside. This box contains some of my most favorite items, a RUBZ ball, awesome for piroformis pain or plantar fasciitis,  a buff in a beautiful Valentine’s Day red emblazoned with the RUNNERBOX logo, and Sport Beans. Oh and of course don’t forget the kiss!

BE MINE Valentine! 

The Valentine's Day RUNNERBOX |Organic Runner Mom

The Valentine’s Day RUNNERBOX |Organic Runner Mom

Here is the rundown on what other surprises your sweetheart will discover inside their very own RUNNERBOX:

What it Includes:

Fueling and Performance Love:

Amazing Grass Orange Dreamsicle Mix

Pure Clean Powder

Training Love:

Jelly Bean Sample Pack

Accel Chocolate Gel

Instaboost Energy Crystals

Recovery Love:

Foot Rubz

Jelly Belly Chocolate Recovery Crisps

TriPain Relief Muscle Gel

Lenny & Larry’s FIT Brownie

Accel Recover Bar

Just Cuz We Love:

Mini Valentine’s Day Card

2 Hershey’s Kisses

Red Buff

Cognitea

A sweet little coupon code for RUNNERBOX

Happy Valentine's Day from RUNNERBOX

Happy Valentine’s Day from RUNNERBOX

Now, I don’t want you or your running sweetheart to miss out on this deal. So here is the good news! I have a 10% off coupon code for you! For a little extra sweetness enter CODE: RUNORGANIC15 at checkout.  This coupon is good until the end of February so even if you miss out on the Valentine’s RUNNERBOX you can still surprise the one you love.  Be sure to share this with your friends and run over to THE RUNNERBOX (click the link please) and order before 3PM today (February 9th) in order to guarantee delivery by Valentine’s Day!

Who will you be ordering the Valentine’s RUNNERBOX for? What the one thing you love the most about running?

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