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Holiday Cookies with Krusteaz {+giveaway}

Anyone else super behind on their holiday baking? I cannot believe that Christmas is NEXT WEEK? What the why??

Thankfully, I have a cookie baking date with my sister, Laura, for this weekend. We will make the family favorites – sugar cookies, star cookies, and hopefully a few new ones to try.

From our last BIG baking day. . . in 2012!

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Oh and we can’t forget Christmas “crack”

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And RPSs (Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches)

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I am so thankful to be participating in Krusteaz’s Holiday Cookie blogger program this year too.

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I know you guys have heard me talk about my love for Krusteaz cookie mixes before. . . LOVE them. Seriously. They are SO easy to make (stick of butter + an egg), Luke loves to help, and they taste delicious.

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I’m also planning on using the butter vanilla sugar mix to make a Holiday inspired version of my sugar cookie bars.

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I am thinking sprinkles + red frosting. Smile I’ll let you know how it turns out on Monday!

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And Krusteaz  has offered to do a giveaway for R4C readers, so you can do your own Holiday baking –>

Giveaway includes two boxes of the follow mixes: Shortbread, Gingerbread, Snickerdoodle, Butter Vanilla Sugar, and Oatmeal Scotchie, an apron and tote bag, cookie cutters, frosting decorating pen ad Holiday cookie recipe ideas.

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me which Holiday cookie mix you would be most excited to make!

2 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Instagram.

3 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win a Holiday Cookie prize pack from @Krusteaz and @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on December 18, 2015  and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. Good luck!

Also, follow this link –> http://www.krusteaz.com/get-savin to get your FREE online coupon!

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Fun Fall with Balance Bar {giveaway}

As the days get shorter & colder, it can be easy to crave indulgent comfort foods. Hello pumpkin bars,

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cinnamon roll French toast and

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cream cheese chicken chili.

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And that’s why I love Balance Bars. With Balance Bar, you can still indulge in decadent flavors like cookie dough and chocolate mint, but also have the balanced nutrition your body needs to stay energized and satisfied. I love to start my day with a balance bar. I keep a stash of them in my drawer at work!

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Balance Bars are based on the 40-30-30 nutrition principle (40% of total calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from dietary fat). 40-30-30 is a proven formula developed by scientists to provide sustained, balanced energy and help satisfy hunger for longer.

Balance Bar has offered to send a selection of Peanut Butter Balance Bars, Cookie Dough Balance Bars, Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch Balance Bars and Balance Bites to a lucky R4C reader.

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to indulge.

2 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Pinterest.

3 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win the @BalanceBar giveaway from @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on November 21st and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. Good luck!

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National Women’s Health & Fitness Day {Adora Calcium giveaway}

Ummm happy National Women’s Health and Fitnes Day?

Ya, I didn’t know that was a day either.

But, as a general rule, I am a fan of women, health and fitness. . .  so why not celebrate. Smile

I am partnering with Adora Calcium supplements to help “celebrate” the day. You might not know this about me, but I don’t drink milk unless it is in latte or milkshake form. ..

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I just don’t like the taste. . . so, it is super important to me to get in my calcium every day. I love cheese and yogurt and ice cream, so I’m not too worried about it, but as a doctor, I know how important calcium and vitamin D are to bone health! I really really really don’t like taking pills and love love love eating chocolate so Adora Calcium supplements are perfect for me.

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I love to eat one after dinner for a little treat – because who doesn’t love to end their night with chocolate, right? And you guys, they are SO good, you won’t even know that you are getting all your daily requirements of calcium and vitamin D. Win. Win.

And get this – they are made by a chocolatier with over 130 years of experience, plus each serving is only 30 calories and has no GMOs.

AND I had a giveaway for you guys!!

Adora has generously offered to send 1 (US residents only) R4C reader some Adora Calcium supplements!

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to get in your required daily calcium intake.

2 –> Follow Adora and Running4Cupcakes on Twitter.

3 –> Follow Adora and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win yummy chocolate calcium from @AdoraCalcium and @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on October 3rd, 2015 and I’ll announce the winner shortly after.  Good luck!

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Brinner with Krusteaz {+giveaway}

Anyone else love breakfast for dinner? Or Brinner?

Serioulsy, it’s one of my favorites.

Easy, quick, delicious, kid friendly. Winner winner breakfast dinner.

Luke is in l.o.v.e with pancakes lately. And he loves to help in the kitchen.

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So, when Krusteaz approached me about doing a review of their pancake mixes for their breakfast night program, I honestly couldn’t say yes fast enough.

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For Krusteaz, every Wednesday night is Breakfast Night, where the family can spend quality time together and enjoy a meal that’s easy, familiar, and delicious.

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{amen to that!}

And you guys, breakfast night couldn’t be any easy than with Krusteaz products. Their mixes are complete and all you have to do is add water, mix and cook.

And thankfully, I have the perfect 3 year old helper.

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And EAT. Smile

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And Krusteaz  has offered to do a giveaway for R4C readers –>

Giveaway includes Krusteaz mixes: Buttermilk pancake, Belgian waffle, Blueberry pancake, and wild blueberry muffin. PLUS a squeeze bottle, a spatula and a coupon for free product.

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me which pancake mix you would be most excited to make!

2 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Instagram.

3 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win an amazing breakfast night prize pack from @Krusteaz and @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on October 4th, 2015  and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. Good luck!

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Balance Bar Summer Shape Up–staying active this summer {+giveaway!}

Hey guys, I am back today with my 3rd post from the Balance Project. Not sure what I am talking about? Check out my first post here. And my second post here.

This summer Luke and I have been staying active by checking out new places around our new town and soaking up the sunshine as much as possible. Our current favorite is the splash pad!

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I am always on the look out for a quick, healthy, easy snack for both of us. And Balance Bare bars are a really good option.

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I really like the sea salt caramel nut bars. . . they are pretty sweet, so I use them for a healthy dessert option during the week. I will also pack the mixed berry nut bars into Luke’s backpack for a snack on the go.

Balance Bar offers an exclusive bare value pack at Walmart. The 4+1 value pack of the Balance bare bars at Walmart includes an extra free bar and a $1 off coupon!!

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Each bar is only 160 calories, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and vegetarian. Mixed Berry Nut is also dairy-free and vegan.

Balance Bar is all about helping all of us all have a great and active summer and Gabby Reece has some quick & easy workout moves –> check them out here! Then refuel with some bare bars. Smile

And a GIVEAWAY!

–> 1 lucky reader will get a $15 Walmart gift card and a variety of Balance bare bars. . . . To enter just leave a comment on this post about how you are staying active this summer.

Giveaway ends on 7/31/15 at midnight. Good luck!!

**I received a gift card from Balance Bar in exchange for this post. . . but per usual, all opinions are my  own, thanks for your support.

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It’s all about Balance {balance bar giveaway!!}

In a recent effort to define the nation’s level of balance, researchers* found that 98% of Americans believe achieving and maintaining balance in their life is important, however, only 14% report that they always feel balanced. To help bridge this gap, Balance Bar Company, makers of Balance Bar® uniquely balanced energy nutrition bars, has launched The Balance Project, a multi-year, multi-platform program to open a dialogue that will aid in improving America’s levels of balance.

And I’m participating because, like everyone else,  I am always in search of better life balance!

You know who else is participating? Gabi Reese – seriously, how cool is that? She is going to be providing advice, tips and her personal insights for addressing and achieving balance in these areas.

“One the biggest reasons I see people fail at achieving their health and wellness goals is because they don’t go into a program with a balanced approach,” explains Reece. “I’m thrilled to share my perspective on balancing busy lives, families and work with healthy diet and exercise habits that anyone can incorporate into their lives.” – Gabi Reese

I also L.O.V.E. balance bars. They taste great and they are based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model – a proven formula developed by scientists to help maintain blood sugar levels already within a normal range and that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and help satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from dietary fat.

To kick off The Balance Project, Balance Bar has offered to do a giveaway!

Awesome, right?

The giveaway includes:

Balance Bar tote bag
notepad
iPhone card holder
box of (15) Balance Bars

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me what flavor of Balance Bar you would most like to try!

2 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Pinterest.

3 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win the @BalanceBar #giveaway hosted by @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on April 30th  and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone new.

Good luck!

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Krusteaz Giveway Winner!

Hey all – happy Wednesday.

Just popping in quick to share my Krusteaz giveaway winner. . .

Congratulations to #9!! Shoot me an email and we will get you set up with your breakfast night prize pack!

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A very special thank you to my special husband and his number picking skills and feet.

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And if you didn’t stop by the blog to see pictures of my husband’s feet, first, let me apologize, because I know you can’t un-see that and second, please come back tomorrow for my all time favorite smoothie recipe. Smile

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Breakfast Night

Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorites.

It tends to be quick, easy, delicious and a family winner.

When Krusteaz contacted me to participate in #BreakfastNight, I was all in. And they hooked me up with some great mixes.

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First up to try: Blueberry!

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One of my favorite things about the Krusteaz mixes is that all you have to add is water! Super easy.

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Another bonus to breakfast for dinner = Luke can totally help.

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And Scott can do the cooking. Win – win. Smile 

Pancakes + fruit = quick and easy dinner . . .

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But the best part is the syrup. Luke loves to help. . . very serious business to make sure each piece gets an equal amount of syrup.

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Smiles!

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And Krusteaz  has offered to do a giveaway for R4C readers –>

Giveaway includes Krusteaz mixes: Buttermilk Pancake Mix (1), Blueberry Belgian Waffle Mix (1), Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix (1) and Honey Wheat Pancake Mix (1) as well as Krusteaz coupons for free product

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me which mix you would be most excited to make!

2 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Instagram.

3 –> Follow Krusteaz and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win an amazing #BreakfastNight prize pack from @Krusteaz and @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on March 3rd and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone new.

Good luck!

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Friday Favorites: 11/21/14

Whew. Friday. Yes!!

I have to work this weekend but looking forward to movie night tonight, grocery store shopping to stock up for Thanksgiving dinner and snuggling in front of the fire.

Here are my favs from this week. .. feel free to play along in the comments or by linking up!

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#1. RunEatRepeat IG account  –> OMG hilarious-ness.

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And are we friends on Instagram?? Smile 

#2. The newest Advo product. 

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White Chocolate Peppermint Meal Replacement Shake. I know, right? Drool.

#3. Spark!!

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I have been drinking spark on a regular basis for 6+ months now and I LOVE it. I couldn’t imagine my day without it. I start pretty much every day with one. I will drink a second one in the afternoon at work sometimes if I need some extra energy to get through my afternoon or to help avoid all the treats in the break room.

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I will otherwise have a second one before/during/after my workouts. Usually with teaching bodypump after work, I mix up a full blender bottle (24 ounces) and drink about 1/3 before my workout, 1/3 while teaching and the last 1/3 afterwards. It gives me the perfect amount of energy and hydration to get through my afternoon, teach and get home! 

#4. Les Mills Good Protein Energy Balls.

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OMG love. Like so so so good. The chocolate ones are like a chocolate dream and the vanilla has a great flavor and pairs so great with the peanut butter. I have been eating them for breakfast and afternoon snacks. Delicious. Super glad I made a double batch last weekend. Winking smile 

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And the wonderful people at Les Mills have offered an amazing giveaway. One lucky R4C reader will win two pouches (1 of each flavor) of LES MILLS™ Good Protein, valued at $140 USD! 

Awesome, right?

**Just leave a comment below telling me how you would use this amazing protein powder. To fuel before a workout? Energy balls? Saturday morning protein pancakes? 

The contest closes at midnight on November 25, 2014 and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone new.

Good luck!

If you don’t want to wait to see if you’ve won the giveaway, you can buy Les Mills Good Protein here. For more nutritional information and resources, check out this page.

Linking up with Heather and Claire this week!

Have a great weekend! What are you up to??

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Rese Activewear {giveaway}

Have you guys heard of Rese Activewear?

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I hadn’t either until I saw Caroline post about it a few weeks ago.

And then I did some looking around their website and they have some pretty cute stuff.

And they were nice enough to send me two pieces to check out for myself.

As you guys know, teaching BODYPUMP and running, I am always in need of good quality workout gear.

And Rese did not disappoint.

They sent me the Power Natalie capris in black. . .

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My favorite part of these capris is the mesh stripe down the side.

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That totally takes them from just plain black to a little something extra, but not too flashy. It also helps provide a little bit more breathability while working out. The fabric is breathable and on the thinner side. .. no worries – not see thru (I checked!), but not like lululemon capris where you have to shimmy into them because they are so tight and thick. They are super comfy. I can see these for lounging and running errands as well as working out and chasing Luke around.

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I taught BODYPUMP in them last week and they stayed put the. entire. time. Literally, I didn’t have to adjust them once. I think that is a first for me with workout capris.

And also the Jane tank in watermelon.

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This is one of my new favs for running. It says put, doesn’t ride up throughout a long run. The back is super cute with the black mesh detail. The bottom hem is a little flared so is figure flattering.

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And one more thing I love – the pieces are decent. $74 for the capris and $32 for the tank.

The fits are a little big, so if ordering, I would order down a size from normal.

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Because of that, I have an extra pair of the Power Natalie carpis, black, size large, to giveaway to one lucky R4C reader.

Awesome, right?

There are 4 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

1 –> leave a comment below telling me what activity you would be most excited to do in these capris.

2 –> Follow Rese and Running4Cupcakes on Pinterest.

3 –> Follow Rese and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win a pair of capris from @reseactivewear and @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on October 14th and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone new.

Good luck!

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