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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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International Chocolate Day –Balance Bar Giveaway

Happy International Chocolate Day!

Full disclosure. . . I had no idea today was International Chocolate Day. Winking smile

Thankfully, Balance Bar keeps me in the loop.

And offered to help me choose a healthier option to celebrate the day with the protein-packed Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch Balance Bars.

I mean, you guys know how much I love Balance Bars. . . My favorite way to eat them is for a quick breakfast on the go. I know I am getting a good dose of protein and their 40/30/30 formula (40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat) makes it a good way to start the day – PLUS getting to eat chocolate for breakfast. Win. Win. Smile 

To be 100% honest, if I am going to celebrate today, I will probably do it with my favorite way to eat chocolate – either in cupcake, ice cream or cookie form. Winking smile 

Balance Bar has offered to send one box of Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch bars 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 how you plan to celebrate International Chocolate Day.

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 a box of @BalanceBar from @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on September 16th 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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The Balance Project–Summer Shape Up {+giveaway}

Hey guys, I am back today with my 2nd post from the Balance Project. Not sure what I am talking about? Check out my first post here.

Memorial Day weekend is always the start of summer for me – looking forward to weekends at the Lake, grilling out and sunshine runs!

Today, I am sharing tips from The Balance Project guide, Gabby Reece, about how to be successful with balance during the summer months.

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Make it your own: There is not one right way to get it done. There is the right way that works for you. When it comes to eating healthy, find the foods you like and implement those into your daily diet. The same goes for exercise. If you hate the gym then find something outside that is manageable for you. This is not about torture; this is about creating a lifestyle that you can do week after week.

Watch the calendar: Use summer for motivation to shape up but don’t wait for June 21st. If you wait until summer actually starts, you’ll feel rushed and end up crash dieting or doing a crazy workout schedule. I personally like to keep a calendar in my kitchen and cross off the days as I countdown to bikini weather. The visual reminder – right where you eat – is helpful in keeping you on track.

Sign up a friend: We tend to be more successful at accomplishing some type of exercise if we have an accountability partner. Solicit a friend and maybe use this as your time to connect. You can train for a 5k together or join an outdoor boot camp; there are a lot more options now that the weather is improving.

Plan to snack: Take snacks (like fruit, nuts or a Balance Bar®) wherever you go to prevent mindless eating. If I have an afternoon or early evening workout planned, I make sure to have one of these handy an hour or so before so that I have plenty of energy to get in a good workout.

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Variety is key: Make as many meals as you can at home so you can control your nutrition. These are some of my favorite recipes,– fresh and full of veggies for springtime! To keep things interesting and fresh at my house, I try to rotate foods. One night I may go for something heavier with veggies and grains, and then the next night focus on proteins. I really try to change up the food and create a great deal of variety.

Each day is a new chance and it’s never too late: If you fall out of your summer shape up routine one day, don’t sweat it. Forgive yourself and move on – and just keep moving!

Want to see some of Gabby’s favorite fitness moves? Check them out here.

And for more tips from Gabby on balancing fitness and a busy schedule, check it out here.

And now the best news – A Summer Shape Up Giveaway! Smile

–> 1 lucky R4C reader will win Balance bare bars and a Balance Bar headband

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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 bare bar you would most like to try! My fav is the sea salt caramel nut. YUM!

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 May 29th  and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. Good luck!

**I received product as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar, but per usual, all opinions are 100% my own.

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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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WIAW–Balance Bars {+ giveaway}

I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday again this week!!

And I am talking all about Balance Bars. {Plus –> giveaway at the end of this post!!}

You’ve hear of Balance Bars, right? They are one of my favorite things to grab for breakfast. Perfect after drinking my spark on my way to work.

From Balance Bars –> “As with all Balance Bar products, the new Dark line follows the 40-30-30 nutrition principle – a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat.”

Balance Bar is hosting a summer shape up challenge and was nice enough to send me a Walmart gift card to purchase some balance bars and to pick up a few things for summer as well.

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It was perfect timing.

Peggy and I headed off to Walmart to stock up for groceries for our week at the Lake.

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And of course, I had to check out the balance bar selection. . .

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dark chocolate caramel macchiato – ummm yes please.

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And btw – delicious = my new favorite flavor!

But anyway, in addition to the balance bars, we stocked up for the week, including frosted animal crackers for this ice cream cake!!

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Other staples were purchased, including Luke’s favorite thing right now –> m and m cookies. Winking smile 

Quesadilla casserole for dinner tonight. With Peggy’s guacamole –> she makes the best. . . it might even be better than Chipotle!

Anyway. . .

They have offered to let me do a giveaway for R4C readers –>

for a $10 Walmart gift card and a variety pack of Balance Bars!!

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 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 a box of @BalanceBar and an @Walmart giftcard from @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

The contest closes at midnight on July 28th 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!

**I was provided with a Walmart gift card to purchase balance bars, but the opinions in this post at 100% my own. And always will be!

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Tuesday–Balance Bar winner & Advocare deal

Hey all – happy Tuesday!! Monday was super busy, so I am just popping in quick to share 2 things with you. Luke’s birthday recap coming on Wednesday. Smile

#1. The Balance Bar giveaway winner is. . .

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Carley! Comment #13 was picked randomly by the husband. Smile Please email me at running4cupcakes@gmail.com and you can get your goodies.

#2. Advocare deal –>

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Are you interested in checking out Advocare or do you need some more products? If you order today (5/6/14), I will get you a full size sample of berry SLAM and watermelon SPARK to check out!

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You can’t beat that deal! Not sure what to order or where to start? Email me and I’ll give you some tips. Smile

And of course I am linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday because both of these things are perfect treats. Happy Tuesday — hope you have an awesome day.

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Earth Day–It’s all about Balance

Happy Earth Day!!

To celebrate Earth Day, the wonderful people from Balance Bar and JR Watkins natural cleaning products company, sent me a wonderful “Spring Cleaning Kit.”- to clean up both diet and home.

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While people traditionally consider Spring Cleaning to mean window washing, shower scrubbing and more, BALANCE BAR is celebrating the change in season by setting the refresh button and “cleaning up” some of our bad eating habits and introducing some healthier habits – including healthy snacking! –> totally what I am doing with my Advocare challenge!

This was perfect for me to go through the pantry/fridge/freezer with these tips before moving! Cleaned out pantry = less stuff to move = happy husband.

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Now, I am not eating the Balance bars while I am doing the challenge because they aren’t challenge friendly (processed and they have dairy).  .. but before (and for sure after),  I love Balance bars for a quick breakfast on my way to work. Best enjoyed with a caramel skim latte (IMHO).  They are gluten free, an excellent source of antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, E), certified kosher dairy and feature 13 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.

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From Balance Bars –> “As with all Balance Bar products, the new Dark line follows the 40-30-30 nutrition principle – a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat.”

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And, of course, with the new house, cleaning supplies are much needed. Have you guys ever tried this stuff? Amazing!

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I love the white tea and bamboo scent. clean and fresh.

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The all purpose cleaner is perfect for the kitchen. .. I love using it on my counters.

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And with all natural ingredients, I don’t have to worry about chemical exposure to Luke. It cleans appliances, fixtures, counter tops, floors, tile, woodwork, sinks and walls. You wouldn’t normally think that you would need a cleaner that is appropriate for walls, but once you have a 2 year old. . . it is a necessity! Winking smile 

And now, are you ready for a great giveaway???

Balance Bar and JR Watkins have offered to give one lucky R4C reader (sorry United States only) the same box of goodies that I was sent – balance bars and cleaning products!

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 you would be most excited about in the box when it showed up on your doorstep!

2 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Twitter.

3 –> Follow Balance Bar and Running4Cupcakes on Facebook.

4 –> Tweet the following with a link back to this post:
I want to win a box of @BalanceBar from @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!

**I was provided with Balance Bars and JR Watkins products for free, but the opinions in this post at 100% my own. And always will be!

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Thursday Confessions II

Confession #1 – I hate when books are part of a series and I didn’t know it . . . I listened to an audiobook this past week (Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi) and I was getting close to the end and wasn’t sure how they were going to wrap everything up. . . and spoiler alert – they didn’t! It’s part of a 5 book series!! So, now I am on the waiting list at the library for the next book (Through the ever night)!

Confession #2 – I am still upset about day light savings time. Yes, ok, it’s nice that it is light in the morning, but I HATE coming home in the dark. It makes me sad.

Confession #3 – Totes. You know the cool way people say totally. Ya, I am not cool enough to use that word.

Confession #4 – Pumpkin. I actually don’t like pumpkin at all. I gag when I open the can and smell it. I don’t read posts where people talk about putting pumpkin in their overnight oats. BUT, I love this recipe and this one too. Go figure.

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Confession #5 – Mixing yogurt and peanut butter together. I don’t get it. I think it sounds gross. But I see it on blogs all the time. Am I missing something?

Confession #6 – I eat breakfast in the car on the way to work every morning. My latest choice – balance bar dark.

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Confession #7 – I drink a caramel skim latte every morning and I make
it last until lunchtime. The key is very small sips. And I get sad
when if it is gone earlier than 10:30am.

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Confession #8 – The best part of my day on Wednesdays is watching
Survivor. I just love that show.

Confession #9 – I recommend calcium and vitamin D supplementation to
all of my patients, but I don’t take any.

Confession #10 – Sometimes I really screw up dinner. To my husband – I am really sorry about dinner on Monday night. I didn’t know you could mess up French toast, but I guess you can. Winking smile 

What do you have to confess this week?

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