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5 Reasons to Visit Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monument


Just a couple of weeks ago, I was in Northern Arizona. I had an absolutely amazing time, and returned home to the DC Area feeling refreshed.

The coolest place I visited while in Arizona was definitely the Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monument in Flagstaff. I know what you're thinking. Yes, I visited the Grand Canyon. No, I wouldn't describe the Grand Canyon as "cool." It's absolutely awesome! I mean, it's the Grand Canyon, people! 

But Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument... I really connected with these parks. I visited these two parks a day before visiting the Grand Canyon, and they were totally unexpected and wonderful. (A little background on Sunset Crater and Wupatki Monument, in case you've never heard of these amazing places.) There are many reasons to visit these beautiful parks, which are located along the same road, but I'm going to narrow them down to five simple reasons.

#AwesomeInAugust Prizes Revealed!


The prizes for my annual #AwesomeInAugust Instagram Challenge will help you lead your fit lifestyle! One winner will receive a prize package with all of the prizes! The prizes are:


  • A $50 Amazon gift card so that you can treat yourself to whatever fitness-related gear you might need!
  • A sampler pack of Skratch mixes and fruit drops so that you get your hydration on.
  • A box of Shower Pill wipes so that you can freshen up in between different fitness activities.
  • A Milestone Pod so that you can keep track of your runs without having to remember to bring a device with you. 
Check out this post for additional rules: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIscIvngMmF/?taken-by=flecksoflex

Good luck!

#AwesomeInAugust

#AwesomeInAugust

Rabbit, rabbit! August is here! You know what that means, right? It means that my annual #AwesomeInAugust Instagram Challenge is here! Check out the rules on my Instagram post, and stay tuned! I will be revealing the prize package (that's right, PACKAGE) later this week! I'll just say that I'm super excited about it and that the participating brands will help you with some of your fitness needs!

Fit Food: Banana Chai Smoothie

Disclosure: I received nutritional boosters from Bob's Red Mill in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts shared in this post are mine. 

Here I am! Back at ya with another smoothie recipe!

I am totally digging smoothies and shakes this summer! I'm really bad about breakfast, as I've mentioned about a kajillion times on this blog, and these easy drinks are just what the doctor ordered. Just about every morning - after I hit the snooze button a couple dozen times - and finally decide to get my lazy butt out of bed, I am always in a rush to get ready and grab something quick and easy to eat. Usually, I have to eat or drink whatever it is while I'm commuting to work, which is definitely not ideal. Smoothies and shakes are things I can throw together quickly and easy, and I can actually drink them while I'm getting ready.

Chai-flavored smoothies have always been a challenge for me, so when I received my box of nutritional boosters from Bob's Red Mill, I decided to try out some new combinations. I used the little recipe booklet I received as inspiration for my recipe. Bob's Red Mill has a Chai-na-na Smoothie recipe that was good, but that I preferred with a bit of cinnamon. I also used almond milk instead of coconut milk. I guess you could call it the Chai-na-na with a twist!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Beauty Time Out: 5 Reasons You'll Love Body Glide


Disclaimer: I received a stick of Body Glide to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm just going to cut to the chase here: I love Body Glide! Seriously!

This stuff is seriously amazing and has not only helped my summer running, but has also enhanced my sweaty summer life in general. I tested it out while going for track workouts, tempo runs, playing volleyball, hiking, and even just on particularly hot days at work when I was wearing a skirt or shorter dress

There are so many great things about Body Glide, so I thought I'd narrow it down to my five favorite things about this product in order to save you from some of my typical long-winded ranting and raving.

Before I jump into my list, I should probably tell you what Body Glide is, right? According to their website, Body Glide is officially, "The original anti chafing, anti blister balm™." It is clear and odorless, and glides on like deodorant. The company has several other products, but the one I tested out was the original Body Glide. Now, let's jump in!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own, of course. Gotta keep it real!

Update: Boyfriend got his luggage delivered at 3 a.m. today. Hallelujah! 

As I sit here at the baggage claim in LAX, waiting for my boyfriend's bags to arrive from his layover in Nashville (they didn't make it onto his flight, unfortunately), I start going through a list of what we'll need for our hiking adventures in Sedona and the Grand Canyon this week. I want to be certain we didn't forget anything important! In about 16 hours or so, we fly out to Phoenix for a week in the Grand Canyon State. I know the ol' bf is going to be jet lagged in a few hours, so I want to figure out if we’re missing anything before that happens!

Fit Food: Bob's Red Mill Vegan Mango Banana Kale Smoothie

Bob's Red Mill nutritional boosters

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bob's Red Mill. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I'm becoming the Smoothie Queen! (At least that's what I tell myself.)

I've been experimenting with different flavor combinations and trying out different types of protein powders to make quick and easy smoothies for breakfast and post workout. The goal has been to eat more fruits and vegetables, consume more protein, and cut down on the number of calories I take in each day so that I can lose these pounds!

When I had the opportunity to try out Bob’s Red Mill's new nutritional boosters, I was ecstatic! They sent me a huge box of four full-sized nutritional boosters, plus a little recipe book, a scoop, and a cute blender bottle.  Vanilla, chocolate, and chai were the three flavors that were featured in the box I received, and these flavors are versatile enough for me to be able to test out a lot of different recipes.

Let me back up a second, though, and tell you about Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods. You've probably seen their flours in stores like Whole Foods and Sprouts, but maybe you've never seen their nutritional boosters, or any of their other products. Bob’s Red Mill has “whole-grain foods for every meal of the day,” which means that, should you like the brand, there are a number of products you can pick up! (Check out this coupon if you want to pick up some of their products!)
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