Simone France Travel Kit (Give Away!) CLOSED

Guys. I’m really excited about today’s post.

A while back, I was sent some Simone France products – the “French Collection” to be exact – and I fell in love almost instantly. Which I so eloquently (read: not really) shared in a video blog.

After I ran out of the products that were sent to me, I went ahead a spent my OWN MONEY on the stuff, because I realized I could not live without them.

I kid you not – these products have changed my life. I don’t have naturally great skin. I get gross breakouts and I have dark spots on my face where old zits once ruined my days.

Real attractive, I know.

But since using Simone France products, I don’t wear face make-up. Like, ever.

Clearly not a model, but I do feel confident about my skin!

So you can imagine how freaking excited I was when I got the news that Simone France wanted to partner with me to help spread the word about these fantastic products.

Clearly I was quite giddy when my first package arrived, just in time for my weekend summer trips.

Yes, the perfect little Simone France Travel Kit.

The kit includes the following travel-sized products:

  • The Sandwich morning cleansing routine I use this every day. Life changer.
  • Touch and Glow evening cleaning routine I use this every night. Removes dirt and oil without over-drying
  • Instant Radiance exfoliating treatment I use this once or twice a week. I hate to be redundant, but it really does make your skin instantly radiant.
  • Treatment mask for your skin type I have oily skin, so I use the French Clay Mask immediately following the Instant Radiance treatment, and it works wonders.
  • Travel soap dish Crucial. Beforehand, I was using a ziplock baggy for my soap when I traveled and it was a fucking mess.

It’s perfect, because having to lug around a normal-sized skin care routine takes up a good deal of space. With this travel kit, it’s small, all in one place, and I can grab and go!

The thing is, I’m not just bragging about having cool stuff. Lucky for YOU, the generous people at Simone France happen to LOVE give aways. So every time I get to try a new product, you get the chance to as well!

Fun right?!

CLOSED: To enter to win a Simone France Travel Kit for YOUR skin type, simply leave a comment telling me what kind of skin you have (oily, dry, normal, adult acne, Rosacea, etc.) 

For an additional (ie: NOT mandatory) entry: Tweet about this give away and leave a comment telling me you did so! Just be sure to include @LunchboxDiaries, @Simone_France, and a link back here!

Good luck! I’ll pick a winner on Thursday Friday!

Boho Cycle Studio

Hi, friends! I have something real exciting to talk to you about today. I am super impressed with my friend Shannon - whom you may recognize from the delicious blog, Thirsty Richmond.

She’s freakin’ gorgeous.

Basically, Shannon is amazing. Not only is she stunning, loves food, and is genuinely likable – she’s started her own business, Boho Cycle Studio. Yeah, you read that correctly – HER OWN BUSINESS.

Shannon tells me that:

Boho Cycle Studio is Richmond’s only fitness studio specializing in and dedicated to indoor cycling. We have taken elements and ideas from yoga, mixed them with what it feels like to dance all night at a nightclub, and put it on a bike!

Unlike big gyms that offer indoor cycling, we dedicate all of our energy to making every class an exceptional ride. We have created a format that is a full body conditioning experience, geared to riders at every fitness level. There are no contracts or commitments required as we operate on a pay per class model.

We are dedicated to giving back to our community by promoting a healthy lifestyle. We provide discounted rides to students, fundraising rides for local charities, and healthy resources to riders and neighbors. Riding at Boho is not just a work out. It is an experience. A party on a bike!

Clip in. Let go. Enjoy the ride.

Here’s the cool part: Boho Cycle Studio, has been entered in a Start-Up Competition through the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and needs votes to get to the finals.

Voting starts TODAY and ends on THURSDAY. Here is what you have to do to vote.

1. Go to http://www.ie-rva.org/contest/start-up-competition-2013/

2. Click to vote and select Boho Cycle Studio

3. Repeat once a day for three days

4. Imagine Shannon and me high fiving you in amazing gratitude and thanks!

I realize that you, dear reader, may not be all about indoor cycling or even from Richmond, but at the end of the day, it is about so much more than that! It is about supporting a woman owned business that spreads the message of health, wellness, and having a great time!

I’m also not above a little incentive.

If you go and vote for BOHO (you DO NOT have to be a Richmond dweller) leave a comment telling me you did. I’ll put you in the running to receive some Love Grown Granola from my own pantry.

Thanks, friends!! Voting ends Thursday, so I’ll announce the LFG winna on Friday! :)

Four Things Friday

1. As a non-Valentine’s Day celebrator, I best Valentine’s Day. As you know, Cory went to 6 AM Body Pump with me, but the fun didn’t stop there, my friends. After work we had a super-fancy dinner at Chick-fil-a. We split a milkshake on the drive home and spent the rest of the night lounging around. It was perfect.

 

2. On the way home from Chick-fil-a (while gulping down a milkshake),we stopped by Walgreens because Cory was APPALLED that I’d never tried a Whitman’s Sampler(?) “REALLY?! How could you have NEVER tried a Whitman’s Sampler?!” I then reminded him that he’s been my Valentine for the past 7 years, so if anyone is to blame… ;)

3. I made it to yoga this morning. I’m still super inflexible. I’m wondering how long it’s going to take before I can keep my legs straight during anything.

4. The winner of the Love Grown Foods Hot Oats give away is #69, Gina!

Congratulations, Gina! Please email me your mailing address to lunchboxdiaries[at]gmail[dot]com!

Have a great weekend, my friends! I’ll catch ya later! :)

Chapstick Giveaway!

We all have our simple addictions necessities, right?

Right.

That means you can’t judge me when I tell you that I’m the kind of person who has a tube of Chapstick (or two) in every purse, clutch, and backpack that I own.

It’s a comfort thing, okay? ;)

So you can imagine how excited I was when a little package ended up on my doorstep. Not one, but two, tubes of Chapstick. It was Christmas come early, folks!

Tube One – ChapStick® Raspberry Crème: This flavor is ahhmazing. It’s perfectly fruity, and it’s whopping 10 moisturizing ingredients leave my lips feeling super soft. I shy away from lipstick, so I love that the Raspberry Creme adds a tint of color. I apply it approximately 57 times a day.

Tube Two - ChapStick® Sport Ready: This tube was designed with the gym-goer in mind. The flavor is subtle, and in my opinion, slightly banana-y. I love the clip top, as it allows me to take my Chapstick with me even when I don’t have room. I snap it on my keys when I’m headed to the gym, and I snap it on my clutch when I’m headed out for the evening.

Okay, okay. I’m done bragging.

It’s time to share :)

One lucky reader will win a fun little Chapstick package! You’ll get your hands on the Raspberry Creme, the Chapstick Sports Ready, a Chapstick beach towel and a cute Chapstick makeup bag!

EDIT: Contest Closed. Winner is #59: Sienna! Sienna, please email me your shipping info to lunchboxdiaries[at]gmail[dot]com

To enter, simply leave a comment saying something nice. That’s right, any positive comment you can think of :) 

I’ll pick a winner this Monday, October 29th!

*Chapstick provided me with the Raspberry Creme, Sports Ready, beach towel and make up bag. All opinions are my own.

 

Dove Intensive Hair Repair (Coupon + Give Away!)

There are few things in life that I buy brand name, rather than the generic brand.

Jeans.

Tampons.

Hair conditioner.

Breathe easy, my friend. Today, we’re talking about hair conditioner.

Yes, this is a sponsored post. No, I am not a new Dove user. Dove has been receiving fragments of my paychecks for years now, so when I was offered to review Dove’s Intensive Repair Conditioner, it was a no brainer.

The reason I turn to Dove for hair help is simple: I need a conditioner that will get the job done. I’ve never colored my hair, but it sure has felt the heat. I hate to admit this – but I blow dry my hair e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y. Obviously, I need a conditioner that helps repair the daily damage.

I’ve had bad experiences in the past when thick conditioner = limp, lifeless hair, but that’s not the case (ever) with Dove. The Intensive Repair Conditioner is thick and creamy, but it leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny.

Dove wins in my book, and their products are absolutely worth every penny. That said – Dove is giving you the chance to save a few pennies.

  • You can enter to win a $1,000 Spafinder gift certificate
  • You can visit Dove®Hair.com to save $1.50 on Dove Hair Therapy products.

Below, you’ll find the official rules to enter the Spafinder sweepstakes. When you follow this link, answer my let’s chat question. It’s that simple!

Let’s chat – What’s your favorite spa treatment? For me, it’s gotta be a massage. I wish I could get them more often! 

Enter to win a $1,000 Spafinder gift certificate!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

COMMENTS TO THIS POST ARE NOT SWEEPSTAKES ENTRIES. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR ENTRY METHODS FOR THIS SWEEPSTAKES.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Follow this link, and provide your email address and your response to the Promotion prompt

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and then visit this link to provide your email address and the URL to that Tweet.

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and then visit this link to provide your email address and the URL to that post.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. Winners will have 72 hours to claim the prize, or an alternative winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 9/4/2012 – 9/30/2012

Be sure to visit Dove®Hair.com to get a coupon for $1.50 off Dove Hair Therapy products.

When The Buddy System Fails

Wow! You guys loved the cake pops just as much as I do! :) The lucky winner is:

Congratulations, Katie!! Email me your shipping address to lunchboxdiaries@gmail.com  asap! :)

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Only a few days ago, I gave “the buddy system” three cheers. Meeting Emily at 5:45 was the only motivation I needed to get me out of bed and to the gym after a weekend of Irish binging.

Last night, I set my alarm for 5AM with every intention of meeting Emily at 5:30 to grab bikes for spin class. I was looking forward to it – I even drafted this morning’s post about how much I enjoy spinning.

Enter: a night of restless sleep thanks to allergy symptoms like coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes. UGH. When my alarm went off this morning, I felt a sense of dread. Please don’t let it be time to get up! I haven’t slept a wink! 

I texted Emily telling her I was exhausted, and she so graciously accepted to reschedule. Texting someone “Thanks, goodnight” at 5AM is always weird.

The point I’m trying to make is that I chose not to go to the gym. The Buddy System only works if I want it to work. Aside from rare circumstances, there’s no reason I can’t make it to the gym. I just need to remind myself of that next time I set my alarm for 5AM. New fitness motto: No excuses. Play like a champion. ;)

So I don’t have a question this morning. Just a statement: Don’t stand in the way of your own success today.

Junk Foods and Junk Moods (Give Away!)

Here’s something you might not know about  me: I’m an emotional eater.

If something happy happens, I celebrate with food. If something stressful happens, I comfort myself with food. I also show my love through food – if I love ya, I’ll bake ya something. As you can imagine, with yesterday’s big news, I’ve been stuffing my face with less-than-healthy foods for the past few weeks.

I don’t care what you say – bread makes me feel better when things are stressful. And so do cake-y things: pancakes, cupcakes, cake batter fro-yo…

It happens, okay? But in between weeping over a breadstick and stressing out with a mini cupcake in hand, I really found myself being able to relate to Junk Foods and Junk Moods by Lindsey Smith.

In the book, Lindsey discusses her own journey with emotional eating and how one powerful interaction with a stranger transformed her perspective on foods and moods. I found her writing style and stories to be completely relatable, which is super important to me when I read about health and fitness. If you haven’t been there – don’t try to give me any of your advice. You know?

Lindsey also breaks up the reading by adding “Get Moving” and “Keep Going” activities throughout the book. It makes the reading experience a reflective one, and as a counselor-in-training, I’m all about some self reflection ;)

I greatly appreciated the book because Lindsey hones in on finding the void and/or emotions behind emotional eating, and that is SO IMPORTANT! Often times with “diet books,” the author tells you what to eat and how to workout, but emotions are neglected.

Emotions and thoughts fuel our behavior, and if we fuel ourselves with negative emotions, we’ll behave in destructive ways. It’s that simple!

Because I personally got so much from Lindsey’s book, I want to share a copy with one lucky reader. :)

Rather than leaving tons of comments, liking people on facebook and following so-and-so on Twitter, just simply tweet me about wanting the book, and leave a comment telling me to look out for it.  I’ll randomly pick a winner tomorrow morning!

Happy Friday!! + Sparkly Soul Winner

Happy Friday, my friends!!

I have been looking forward to this weekend for almost a month now. This weekend is Girlfriend Weekend with Jamie and Emily (and Rachel who’ll be with us tonight!!)

Last year when Emily, Jamie and I went to visit Rachel back at school

Girlfriend Weekends, as we call them, are my favorite weekends. I know yesterday I talked about dating, and finding that person who makes you complete, but Girlfriends are just as important.

They complete us, too, don’t you think?

These two are the ones that make me did-I-just-pee? laugh. The never turn down a drink, and they could make watching paint dry a fun occasion. Being with them helps me set any and all worries aside, and I’m able to fully enjoy each moment and just laugh. 

They get my jokes, they say inappropriate things, and I don’t have to worry about any sort of abdominal work for days because they are funny as all get out.

I’ve a lot to this morning before I can be reunited with these two mugs, so I better hop to it!

Please blame Emily for any and all sorority-related poses. 

See you on Monday, my friends! Have a great weekend!  :)

PS  - We have a winner for the Sparkly Soul giveaway!

Congratulations, McKinzie!! Email me at lunchboxdiaries@gmail.com with your shipping info and the two colors you’d like!

And don’t forget, orders that are placed with SparklySoul between February 1 – March 1, 2012, can receive a 15% off discount by entering “FitFluential” at checkout.

Sparkly Soul Give Away!

Who out there has heard of Sparkly Soul headbands? Who out there has been itching to get their hands on one? I know that I had been, and when Sparkly Soul offered to send me some headbands to try out, I was stoked.

Stoked, yet skeptical.

You see, headbands are something I usually forego because, like earbud headphones, they always seem to fall out of place as soon as I move.

Not these suckers. I first tested my wide band with a treadmill run – and after a sweaty 40 minutes, it hadn’t moved at all.

Not the most flattering, but I had just stepped off the ‘mill. 

After my first experience wearing one, I was hooked. I wear one almost every day when I get home from work, put on my comfy clothes and pull my hair back. Cory has even said “I really like those headbands” more than once. You gotta love a guy who likes his girl to sparkle :)

I sported my thin gold band this morning for a strength workout, and it even stayed in place when I was doing ab work and fussing with my hands at the back of my head.

Focused on making sure the elliptical girl didn’t think I was taking a picture of her.

Post workout. 5:45 AM. Silly tired.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to brag about my good fortune of owning two sparkly headbands. You know me better than that :)

Sparkly Soul is super generous and wants to spread the sparkle to YOU! One lucky lady (or gent?) will win TWO headbands – one wide and one thin – in any colors you choose. Trust me you REALLY want to own these headbands.

**THIS GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED

There are a few ways you can enter. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. I’ll pick a winner on Friday morning!

1. (Mandatory) Head over to Sparkly Soul and let me know which two sparkly colors you like best.

2. (Optional) Follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter @SPARKLYSOULINC

3. (Optional) Tweet about the giveaway: “@LunchboxDiaries is having a @SPARKLYSOULINC giveaway! I want to sparkle!”

The good news doesn’t end there! Enter FITFLUENTIAL in the coupon code at checkout to receive a 15% discount on any Sparkly Soul order for the entire month of February at www.sparklysoul.com

Good luck!! Sparkle on, my friends!

SoBe Coconut Water Give Away!

Friends, I’ve been holding out on you. A few weeks ago, the super-sweet Stephanie sent me a few bottles of SoBe Lifewater with Coconut Water.

First of all, can we all take a moment to appreciate this amazing packaging?

Yes, that’s right. They sent me a real coconut along with their coconut water. Maybe I don’t get out much, but I was pretty impressed.

I was sent 3 flavors that I fell in love with: Pomegranate Nectarine, Mango Mandarin, and Pacific Coconut.

These drinks contain 10% coconut water, they are are naturally sweetened, and only contain 80 calories per bottle.

The best part, in my opinion, is that the coconut flavor is not overwhelming. I like coconut as much as the next person - but in small quantities. With this SoBe Lifewater with Coconut Water, I was able to take  big swigs after a workout and not feel smacked in the face with coconut. They’re quite – dare I say – refreshing!

 So why am I going on and on about these delicious drinks? Because Stephanie wants to send that amazing three-drink package to TWO lucky winners!

There are a few ways you can enter. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. I’ll pick a winner on Friday morning!

1. (Mandatory)Tell me which flavor – Pomegranate Nectarine, Mango Mandarin, and Pacific Coconut – sounds the best to you.

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. Follow SoBe on Twitter

4. Tweet about the giveaway: “@LunchboxDiaries is giving away @SoBe Lifewater with Coconut Water! http://wp.me/p1yqTz-1mP ”

GOOD LUCK!