Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Bundle & A Gift Card Giveaway

I was once the girl who cared about the kind of shampoo she used. I would buy it from the salon I went to and feel so chic that I used it. Then I realized OMG I am spending around $40 for shampoo/conditioner every 4ish months, so that stopped. I went to some special shampoo/conditioner that was supposed to help volumize my fine hair. It did the trick, but I realized that it really didn’t make me look any different. For a few months I used the remainder of leftover shampoo bottles and samples that I received over the years. And now I am using Suave children’s shampoo. Yeah, I am using Jeff’s kids’ shampoo and I don’t really care I guess. My hair doesn’t do anything besides straight so I don’t need fancy products.

Thank goodness I was given the chance to review the new Herbal Essences Naked Volume Hair Care set of products. All of the products come in one convenient kit on the Walmart website. The kit is available online now for only $12.99 and it will be available in stores on January 6th. If you order it online you can get free site to store shipping and then you’ll simply pick it up at your local Walmart when it arrives.

Herbal 1The Naked Collection Volume Kit includes: Naked Volume Shampoo, Conditioner, Volumizing Souffle Styler and Dry Shampoo.

Naked Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
– Restores hair’s natural body.
– Made with zero heavy residues, dyes, and parabens.
– Light weight shampoo provides a clean luscious bounce.
– Conditioner keeps hair detangled, nourished, and maintains full volume.

Naked Volume Dry Shampoo
– Great for days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.
– Refreshes your look for lightweight, clean hair — even on days when you don’t wash.
– The natural tapioca formula absorbs excess oil and transforms lifeless, oily hair into fresh hair.
– Delights senses with the crisp essence of citrus and mint.
– How to use: Gently spray on and work into roots, brush out as desired.

 Naked Volumizing Souffle
– Weightless, volumizing styler gives you a lift for fullness that lasts.
– Delights the senses with a boost of grapefruit and mint.
– How to use: Gently work mousse through wet hair for volume.

My kit is at my local Walmart now waiting to be picked up at the service counter. I am excited to try an adult shampoo for a change. Hopefully this does give my hair the volume it needs. I’ll let you know what I think of it.

In the mean time, who wants to win a $50 Walmart gift card to purchase the Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Kit?

**Tell me what kind of shampoo/conditioner/products you use regularly (1 entry).    

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(This giveaway ends on January 2, 2014 at 12:00pm EST)

The Walmart gift card and information have been provided by Herbal Essences.

Book Review: Champion

As part of my 32/32 I am going to read 15 books during my 32nd year. Here is my seventh book review. 

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Here is the blurb from Goodreads about this book:

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

Champion is the third book in the Legend trilogy. I am always excited and anxious for the third of a trilogy to release. Luckily, I was able to get this right away from the library. This was a quick read and holy cow did the ending surprise me. After all that June and Day have been through…the ending wasn’t what I thought it would be.

I only gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads, because it ended up being a good book, but the entire series didn’t suck me in like some books do.

I am currently reading Horde, the third installment in the Razorland series. So far it has been a good read. After Horde I will read The Siren and then Hyperoble and a Half – I could use a good laugh. 

What are you reading now?

How to Pick the Best Race Distance for Yourself

It is almost the new year, can you believe it? I can’t. I say it every year but this year seemed to fly by. The spring always drags for me but once September hits it flies by.

A lot of runners are planning their 2014 race calendars, myself included. I focus on the long distance races and work backwards from there. If I know I want to run a certain half or full sometime throughout the year I make sure I have time to train and that I don’t have other obligations. But how do you know what distance race is best for you? I have run all of the ‘typical’ race lengths and I certainly have my favorites but training for them all was the deciding factor. If you are running the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon on April 27, 2014, which race have you chosen to run?

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I am a fan of Hal Higdon’s training plans, but there are plenty others out there and a quick Google search will bring them up. Remember that you can alter any training program to fit YOUR schedule. Use the training program as a guide to what you should do, not what you have to do. I can’t run five days a week because of my knee injuries, so I modify it to fit my three day a week running schedule. If I don’t have time for a 12 miler, but I know I’ll be able to get in 9 or 10 do I panic? Nope, just run the 9 or 10. Getting the workout in is essentially the most important part of training.

Here are a few things to consider when you are choosing which Medical Mutual Glass City race to run:

Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon 5K
A 5K is the shortest race but it takes a fair amount of training to prepare. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking they are in better shape than they actually are and run without any preparation. If you are just starting to run, give it eight weeks to train for your first 5K. Check out the novice 5K program here. The Couch to 5K program is also wildly popular with new runners. Their training program takes nine weeks and gives you very specific instructions on how long to run and walk in order to be race ready. If you want to train for your first 5K at Glass City then start training the week of March 3, 2014.

5-Person Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon Relay
If you have a great running group then think about putting together a marathon relay team. This would be a great race for someone who wants to take that next distance step above the 5K mark but doesn’t want to jump into a half marathon. The distances break out as follows for the relay:
Leg 1 – 5.1 miles
Leg 2 – 6.1 miles
Leg 3 – 4.75 miles
Leg 4 – 4.95 miles
Leg 5 – 5.3 miles

To prepare for a relay it would be easiest to follow a 10K training program. For most of the legs it would be one mile over the distance you want to run, but when does it ever hurt to train for that extra mile? A typical 10K training program takes about 8 weeks and you should be running 3 miles as your long run, comfortably, before you begin. This would also start your training for the 5-person Glass City Relay the week of March 3, 2014.

Owens Corning Glass City Half Marathon
Looking for the next race distance after your 10K? Or are you looking to really jump your mileage and go from a 5K to a half? Then this is for you. The half marathon distance, 13.1 miles, is my favorite distance to race. But, watch out because the half marathon is the most popular Glass City race and sells out early every year! I can’t speculate when it will sell out in 2014, but if you want to run it, sign up as soon as possible! I ran it in 2011 (my first half ever) and I really liked it. Very few elevation changes and there aren’t any bottleneck areas. The race course for 2014 has changed slightly due to some construction. This training program will take you 12 weeks and you should be able to run 4 miles before you begin. Your training for a half marathon would begin the week of February 3, 2014. Wow, that is only seven weeks away! It is typically smart to take a week or so off of running after your race. Everyone differs in their opinion of time off, some say eff it-keep running and some say your legs need a rest. Personally, I rest. Especially if it is your first half, I really think rest.

Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon
The big one. 26.2 miles. The marathon. Just the word alone scares many into staying away but there is nothing scary about a marathon if you are properly trained. I ran this race in 2012 with a huge surprise at the finish line. I was forced to skip it in 2013 because I had knee surgery #5 only 5 months before the race, not enough time to make an epic comeback. The marathon course is also slightly different in 2014 due to a temporary course change within Wildwood Metropark. Marathons are no joke and the training can be intense. The beginner marathon training plans is 30 weeks long, but the majority of them are 18 week plans. For the 18 week program you should be able to run six miles before you begin. Yes, in 18 weeks you will go from 6 miles to 26! Your training for the marathon should start on the week of December 23, 2013. WHAT!? That is next Monday! Yup, get your training program in place and get out the door (or on your dreadmill) and put in some miles! I took 2 weeks off of running after my full. My legs needed it! This race is also a Boston qualifier, great news for anyone trying to get to Boston for the big one!

I hope this helps you decide which race to run on April 27, 2014 at the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon! You have some great options to pick from. Take a look at your upcoming calendar – what kind of training can you fit in? Are you running the minimum miles to start the program?

Early bird registration ends on December 31, 2013 for all races, so if you want to lock in the super discounted prices be sure to register before 2014! I will also have a giveaway for 2 free entries into the race of your choice on April 27, 2014 (excluding the 5-person relay)! Keep your eyes peeled on December 30th for the giveaway!

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Which Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon race will you pick for 2014?

Holiday Running Accessories Gift Guide

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.

It is almost crunch time for buying gifts. I am getting email after email saying ‘order by this date in order to receive by Christmas’. Shit is getting real.

I am not really prepared. The decorations have been out for a few weeks. We just put up our Christmas tree this week, I put the lights on Thursday and the monsters decorated it yesterday. We are pretty behind but at least it is done now and I can enjoy the beauty of the tree for a few weeks until it is a dry piece of wood that throws dried up pokey needles at you like throwing stars. Vacuuming up after you take a dried up tree out of the house is an all day affair.

Everyone keeps asking what I want for Christmas. I have no freaking clue. Honestly, this is probably the first year (ever) that I don’t really have any wants. Since I don’t have things I want to show you, I’ll give you a gift guide of the things that I love.

BIC Bands
I wear one of these every time I run and every time my hair goes back in a ponytail. I have some fine hair near my face that always seems to stick straight up. They keep my hair in check and they never move. Seriously, never. They are around $12 – $15 each and come in different widths and colors and patterns. Connect with BIC Bands on Facebook and Twitter.
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CamelBak Mini-M.U.L.E.
I have learned that I despise carrying a water bottle in my hand when I run and the fuel belt that I have been wearing is wearing on me a bit lately. So I switched it up and got myself a CamelBak. I really like it. I did get a kid size because I am fairly short but it fits me perfectly. I am happy that I went the kid route with this item. It retails for $50, but I bought mine on eBay for $40 with free shipping. There are many different sizes and styles and each has unique colors. Mine came in blue or pink. Connect with CamelBak on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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These are the only headphones that I know of that are designed for women, by women. They come in two styles: FitBuds and FitClips. I have tried them both a prefer the FitBuds, I think it is just a dislike for having things wrapped around my ear, but I know people who swear by the FitClips. They come in five color choices for each item. They are normally $29.99 but they are only $19.99 this holiday season! Since these are made for working out, they are sweat resistant. They come with three different sizes of ear cushions so you get the perfect fit. You can purchase them at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Walgreens, Kmart and Sears. Connect with Koss on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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iPod Shuffle
I have an iPhone but I am not going to run with it just to listen to music. First of all, it is too big. Second, it is too big. Third, I don’t wand to break my phone (plus it is too big). I love the size of the iPod Shuffle and it clips to my sleeve or my waistband and stays out of the way. It is easy to use, too. It comes in a couple different colors and it usually retails for $49 but you can find it cheaper if you shop around using the magic of the internet.

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What types of items do you want for the holiday?

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It hit.
Winter in Ohio. Granted, the weather we are having here in NW Ohio isn’t anything like the weather that the southern part of the state is experiencing. But, none the less, winter is here.

Here are some scenes of what I experienced running in the winter of 2013:

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Don’t get me wrong, I actually like running in the winter where a lot of people don’t. I know people who refuse to run a lot in the winter. I am the opposite, I mostly refuse to run a lot in the summer. I hate the heat where a lot of runners hate the cold. To each their own I guess.

What do you think of running during the winter in the snow and ice?

My Favorite Christmas Movies. Take 3 – More Classics

If you missed my first two posts about my favorite Christmas movies you can see them here:

My Favorite Christmas Movies – Animated
My Favorite Christmas Movies – Classics

Here are the remainder of my favorite classic Christmas movies:

Love Actually

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The Ref

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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The Santa Clause

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The Santa Clause 2

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A Christmas Story

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Elf

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Honorable Mention.
Some of these movies take place around Christmas, but I don’t think I would necessarily call them a Christmas movie:
Four Christmases
The Nightmare Before Christmas
While You Were Sleeping
Trading Places

Did I miss anything? What is your #1 favorite thing to watch around Christmas?

My Favorite Christmas Movies. Take 2 – Classics

Yesterday was part one of My favorite Christmas movies – animated movies. There are so many movies about the holidays that I love that sometimes it is hard to pick just a few. With the movies I have here today I call them the classics. I guess tomorrow will be classics, cont., because I couldn’t decide what to separate them by. So here are some of the classics:

It’s a Wonderful Life
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Scrooged

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White Christmas

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One Magic Christmas

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Home Alone 

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
No, I didn’t include Home Alone 3, because it sucked and it didn’t even have Macaulay Culkin in it.

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Have you seen all of these?