Half the Fabric, Twice the Cool: the UV Half BUFF®

Disclosure: I received a UV Half BUFF® 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! All opinions are my own.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you may already know just how much I love BUFF® products. But as much as I love BUFF® headwear (you can check out past reviews of the UV BUFF®, Merino Wool BUFF® and BUFF® Hoodie), I have never had the opportunity to test out their UV Half BUFF® until recently.

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Basically, what is different about the UVHalf BUFF® from other BUFF® headwear is that it is half the length of the original BUFF®. This makes it perfect for summer, when every ounce of fabric on your body seems 10 times hotter! 

Other than that, you can expect the same benefits as you would the UV BUFF®, as well as most of the other BUFF® brand products.

One of my favorite parts of the BUFF® product line is the superior odor control. Case and point: I have worn mine nonstop running in the heat this past month and haven’t had to wash it yet due to odor (though I probably should now that I think about it, because germs still exist… oops!).

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It also keeps the sweat out of my eyes when I wear it as a headband as any other BUFF® does. I was a little worried that the UV Half BUFF® wouldn’t keep the sweat off my face because there is so much less fabric; however, now that my head is able to be so much cooler while experiencing my favorite things about BUFF® products, these will be my go-to for summer running.

You can also freeze your buff for extra cooling effects and the UV protection is also perfect for covering your forehead and scalp (because no one wants skin cancer!).

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I have the Petrol UV Half BUFF® and I love the color – the pictures online do not do it justice. Not that I like to match too much, but it complements a large majority of my running and workout clothes. I also love the Tie Dye Lace and Berry options; you can check out all the options here.

Now, less fabric means it’s a little stretchier. We all know I have a small head; while an Original BUFF® is less stretchy/stays in place really well on me, this one was more prone to slipping. I would rather it be slightly too loose though than give me a headache from being too tight. While you still have several ways to wear it (headband, t is also not quite as multifunctional as some other BUFF® products, but it is a trade-off. In the summer, the less fabric you are wearing, the better, so those are sacrifices I will gladly make when it comes to surviving the scorching Texas heat!

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Basically, I’ve never met a BUFF® product that I didn’t like.

So where to buy? You can purchase one for yourself at www.buffusa.com for $14.99! Considering how much some running headbands cost these days, I feel this one works a lot better than so many others I have tried. Looking forward to seeing all of the great running gear the BUFF, Inc. comes out with in the future.

What’s your favorite BUFF® product?

Cheers to finding a product line you truly love! Be sure to check out some of my other favorite BUFF® products here, here and here.

“Summer Runnin’, Had Me a Blast” – SPI H2O Venture Series Review

Disclosure: I received a SPI H2O Venture Series hydration belt 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! All opinions are my own.

Summers in Texas are hot! Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, you can understand that hydration during summer runs is not just important, but a non-negotiable to continue running throughout a season of temps as high as 110°F. That’s where SPIbelt’s SPI H2O Venture Series comes in!

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For both my first marathon and half marathon, I was training through very warm parts of the year, having a blast, of course. I wisely invested in a hydration belt. However, I quickly discovered that this particular hydration pack was very bouncy… and I hated wearing it! My midsection would actually get sore from wearing my hydration belt. When I researched the SPI H2O, I realized there were better-designed hydration belts out there (thank goodness), so I was excited to give it a go!

pouchypouchSPIbelt was born out of one woman’s needs for a place to store items during runs, other than her sports bra. The elastic nature of the SPIbelt’s design drastically reduces bounce, even with the added weight of full water bottles, essentially using tension to keep your stuff secure at your waist. You can adjust the elastic to your preference; I wear mine at my natural waist because it stays in place very well (and it’s most flattering). Another fun fact is that SPIbelt is located in Austin, like me, so you know they have to understand how to beat the heat!squirt

When you test this belt, you can tell much thought went into design (it was designed by runners, after all). The water bottles themselves holster anywhere on the belt, and they carry up to 8 oz. of water. You can also purchase extra bottles, if you need them. The water bottles are leak-free, thanks to the Jet Nozzle; you have to press them to release the water. While being wet doesn’t matter in the heat – you’re soaked in your own sweat – I am hesitant to use sports drink with other hydration belts for fear of a sticky waist. I have no reservations about doing that with my SPIbelt H2O because smart design prevents this issue.

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Other notable features include:

WeatherGuard fabric design keeps small amounts sweat and water out of the pocket (though it’s not waterproof, so don’t dunk it).

Energy gel loops save space in the pocket for your phone/keys.

Wide mouth bottles allow you to add ice. 

– Includes race bib toggles (so you don’t have to safety pin bibs to your shirt).

Reflective trim helps keep you visible during early morning/evening runs.

Buckle design is nice because velcro wears out and gets stuck to things!

Versatility: during cooler months, you can use the SPIbelt on its own.

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With all of these fantastic features, there are a couple of things that I would modify, if I could. First, I found the holsters on the bottles to be a little loose. While this isn’t problematic when I’m standing/running, when I bent down, the bottles slipped off. While this makes sense, because physics, it is something that I wouldn’t worry about with other holster methods. and I’d be the clumsy person to drop my bottle mid race because I needed to tie my shoe and not realize it. While I also liked the color from a design standpoint, I wish they offered lighter colors for practical purposes. I try to stay away from it as much as possible when the sun’s out.

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I am so thankful to have this new piece of gear, as I will likely start training for another marathon towards the end of the summer and will NEED it. Thanks to the SPI H2O, I am looking forward to wearing a hydration belt for the first time!

The SPI H2O Venture Series is also reasonably priced at $44.99 and they offer free shipping at www.spibelt.com. And get this – you can take advantage of 10% off with the discount code “sarah10”! Seriously, go get yourself one before the heatwave hits, because it is the best hydration belt I’ve ever tested, and it offers the most bang for your buck.

What’s your hydration routine during the summer?

Cheers to good design and better runs because of it!

The Accessory Every Active Girl Needs – UV Full Buff Review

Disclosure: I received a UV Full Buff 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! All opinions are my own.

The Buff is one of my favorite running products of all time, so I was jumping for joy inside when I found out I’d get to test the UV Full Buff. In fact, I have been using mine nonstop since it arrived. It’s regularly in the 90’s, now that it’s almost summer, and I needed something light to keep the sweat out of my eyes. It’s no surprise to me that the UV Full Buff delivers.

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Despite having a lot of fabric to work with, this Buff is lightweight and wicks moisture efficiently. You’d think it would feel bulky, but it doesn’t. Among other things, Buff is known for their fabulous fabric that does not stink, called Polygiene®, and it totally works! That’s super important going into the summer (seriously, why does my sweat smell so much worse during the summer?).

Runner friends: you won’t just use this Buff for running. The biggest benefit of the UV Full Buff is the versatility. I’ve worn it as a headband, a head wrap and on my wrist; there are more than 12 ways to wear it – plenty of options. It also keeps the hair off of your neck much better than an elastic headband, making it a smart choice for basically any workout.

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And now, a story. Back in college, a friend taught me the most ingenious way to use a bandana – just wrap it up and wear it as a headband with the knot tied on top. This trick upped the look of my casual outfits, turned my bad hair days into good ones, and most importantly, kept the hair off of my neck. Whether I was walking to class, playing powderpuff football, or running around with kids at camp, I often wore my hair like this, because I needed my long locks off my neck, but I hated wearing it up… until I got a Buff! The Buff replaced my bandana, and made it though a couple of summers at camp with no stink, and it was cooler in temperature than cotton.

Recently, I’ve been wearing a Buff just like I did in college, because the Otoe print goes with so many things in my closet. I even styled it below with one of my fave casual outfits as of late – the colors pull the whole look together for me!

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The moral of the story: if you are constantly running from activity to activity, the UV Buff  keep your hair looking great.

Enough about style, though (this is a running blog, after all. If you live in a dusty and dry area, you can use it as a face guard (you can also use this if you’re going skiing or doing cooler activities), and it will protect your skin from harmful UV rays! And, if you’re a guy, you can use it as a cap or do-rag, to protect your head from the hot sun!

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I’m also really excited to use it this summer with ICE! I got the idea from other Bib Rave-ers to put ice cubes in the fabric for an added chill. I have problems with my head getting really hot on warmer days, so I’ll definitely be trying this soon.

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Any cons? For the sake of total honesty/journalistic integrity, the ivory and brown tones on the Otoe design didn’t look the same in person as on the website. Obviously, that’s really nitpicking it, and is a normal expectation when shopping online. It certainly hasn’t stopped my from wearing my UV Full Buff!

The UV Full Buff is available at www.buffusa.com for $25! The Otoe seems to be out of stock, but I’d totally wear the Starburst and Moxie prints. If flower and lace prints aren’t your cup of tea, there are a variety of other designs.

What’s your favorite use for a Buff?

Cheers to staying cool and feeling great this summer!

Currently Wearing: 2XU Performance Calf Sleeves and Vectr Socks (and a Discount)

Disclosure: I received a pair of 2XU Vectr Socks and Performance Run Calf Sleeves 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! All opinions are my own.

Since I started running, part of my journey has included figuring out what gear is actually essential. That is, if I invest in a specific piece of gear, am I going to receive an adequate return on said investment? Runners often rave about compression gear and foam rollers, claiming that they help speed recovery time. When I was invited to test our the2XU Vectr Socks and Performance Run Calf Sleeves as a set, I was genuinely curious to see what the fuss was about and decide if they were essential to incorporate into a routine.

2xu_IMG_5490As for those that attest to the benefit of compression socks, I can definitely say that I was pleased using these products together. By having the socks and the sleeves, you’re afforded more versatility in how you choose to use them. If it’s super hot, you’re not bound to the sleeves, and can simply slip them on after you finish your workout to gain some of the benefits of compression.

However, these are two separate pieces of gear, and testing them at the same time I think highlighted their differences. Here are some key featuress that I noticed with each of the pieces of gear:

First, the Performance Run Calf Sleeves. These are meant to fit tight – I ordered a small based on the size guide and felt that they fit just right. They were not constricting, but they did fit securely. The sleeves were also well-made. Though I did not test them in cold weather, they felt thick enough to keep my legs warm (they were a little hot in 70 degree weather, but I’m sure that’s normal). As a testament to the durability, my dog, Daisy, managed to get ahold of these a couple times and they are still in good shape. No holes or anything – though I did take them away from her quickly.

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She may look innocent, but she’s actually plotting the right time to sneak over and steal my socks and sleeves once I take them off.

Despite running less since the Austin Half, my calves and feet have not been sore since wearing them. In my (unprofessional) opinion, the sleeves could possibly help prevent shin splints. I’ve been advised to wear a soft calf sleeve in the past to rehab shin splints and the calf sleeves reminded me a lot of them.

However, putting on these calf sleeves is kinda confusing. The outline on one side looks like it should go over your calf, but it actually goes over your shin, which is counter-intuitive. Truthfully, I didn’t realize I was wearing them wrong for a while, but the good news was that, even when worn incorrectly, they still feel good. Just take note and pay close attention when you are putting them on!

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In contrast, the Vectr Socks were very lightweight, definitely lighter than what I normally wear, and VERY breathable. Overall, I really liked this! I did feel my shoes rub and slip a bit in places they normally do not, which I think was due to the lighter fabric and composition of the fabric. Another pro is that they are foot specific, meaning the socks are built for each of your feet to give the optimum fit at every point. I also recommend sizing down for the Vectr Socks, if you are remotely in between sizes. In running shoes, I wear a size 8. In street shoes, I am a 6.5 or 7. In running socks, I usually wear a medium, and after consulting the size guide (link here, click “size chart”), that’s what I ordered. However, they did not fit as snugly as other socks I wear. They were comfortable, but compared to the calf sleeves, I did not feel the same amount of support.

Using both items has helped me recover more quickly than if I were wearing regular ‘ole socks, and I definitely think they are worth investing in if you’re serious about improving your running. I actually had my eye on a similar pair of 2XU socks, so I am so glad I was able to test them (thanks, 2XU)!  Both the calf sleeves and the socks come in a variety of fun colors! Make sure you hide them well from your dog (or cat) and hand wash them in cold water with no dryer, to ensure they have a long, happy life.

If you’d like a pair for yourself, 2XU will give you 15% off full price products with the code TRAIN15 (cannot be used with any other offer, valid until April 30, 2016). With the discount, the pre-tax/shipping cost comes out to be roughly $51 (normally $60). This is comparable to other options on the market, with the added benefit of versatility.

Have you tried compression socks? What did you think?

Cheers to trying new techniques to become a better runner!

Currently Wearing: Merino Wool Buff

Disclosure: I received the Merino Wool Buff 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! 

SXSW is here in Austin and springtime came with it! It’s currently in the 80’s, which has me missing the cooler days of winter. At some point, another cold front will probably blow through and we’ll have a slight reprieve sometime before Memorial Day weekend. If and when this happens, I’ll be prepared with my new Merino Wool Buff. I’ve raved about Buff products before, and hoped that their new Merino Wool Buff would live up to my expectations based on prior experiences – and it certainly has! If it comes across that I’m a huge fan from this review, that’s quite alright with me.  

FTRbuffneckComfortable and cute, this Buff is one of the simplest, most versatile running accessories I own. It’s made of 100% natural Merino wool, which is soft-to-the-touch and warm, but also highly breathable. It can be worn from temperatures ranging from roughly 30 – 70 degrees, which is a pretty wide range! It doesn’t smell either. I wish all of my running gear had this property, haha, but Buff seems to be the only brand I have worn that has perfected the art. It can also take care of so many needs – headband, sweatband, scrunchie, hood (for those of you chilly weather runners), beanie, etc.

FTRbuff logoBecause it is so versatile, I can see myself changing after a run and keeping it on as a headband, because it looks great with my hair, and doesn’t give away the fact that I just worked up a sweat at the gym.

And I LOVE the color; if you can’t tell from my photos, I like purple. The Wild Aster Dye was just enough of a print to be a unique accessory, without being too bright or loud to go with anything else I wear for working out or in my day-to-day activities.

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It even plays right into the athleisure trend.

Case and point: I recently traveled to Chicago for work, where there was actual snow on the ground (news flash: that never happens where I live). I brought my Buff and I ended up using it as a beanie almost the entire trip – It was just the right amount of warmth, and compact enough to be stored in my purse while I was walking around at the trade show. So yeah, it’s definitely not just for running, and that’s one of the best aspects of it! All you have to do to make it a beanie is twist it, fold one side over, and put it on… see below!FTRbufftwist

FTRbutfhatThe only con for me was that it was a little loose at times, but I am pretty petite and tend to run into this issue with headbands in general. It stayed on, even on windy days, but it was just a little more slippery/loose than my other Buffs, probably due to the material. This will not stop me from wearing it, though, and I have a feeling it will be in my rotation of running gear for years to come.

You can purchase one for yourself at www.buffusa.com for $32. Trust me, it is worth every penny! I will be buying more for myself in the future (and one for my little dog, too). And, if you’re sold on it, be sure to join me on #BibChat Twitter Chat this Tuesday, March 15 at 8:00 PM CT with Buff! You may even win one for yourself.

Have you found any other uses for the Buff that I haven’t mentioned? I’m all ears – feel free to share!

Cheers to simple things with so many uses!

Currently Wearing: Buff Thermal Hoodie

Disclosure: I received a Buff Thermal Hoodie 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! All opinions are my own.

Winter in Texas means the weather is warm one week, and below freezing the next. Seriously, it was in the high 70’s on Christmas this past year… 3 days later? Snow. Well, not where I live, it was a rainstorm by the time it reached us, but it WAS in the 30’s during the day. Crazy!

Given how unpredictable the weather is in our climate, it’s difficult to justify making a huge investment in winter-weather running gear, like a $150 tech jacket, that may only see the light of day 3 days the whole year during a mild year. Layering is a much better way to make the most out of my technical running shirts and athletic jackets for the colder mornings, but it still doesn’t take care of my head, neck and face.

buff-capitolEnter the Buff Thermal Hoodie! One of the biggest things that caught my eye about this product is the versatility. I can turn any shirt, collared jacket or coat into a hoodie for windy and cold days, making it perfect for our temperamental weather patterns and great for the layering I so often have to do when the cold weather strikes. 

I once bought something similar for skiing, that can only be used for skiing. Personally, I’m not a fan of making purchases that can only be used for one purpose. The hoodie is versatile for use in many types of winter sports, not just running. Actually the hood is large enough to accommodate a skiing or snowboarding helmet, so it would also be perfect for that.

The Hoodie can be worn several ways, like so:Buff-facecoverBuff-no coverbuff

Another feature that I loved about this hoodie was the face guard, which is made of a breathable but warm Merino wool. When I took my Buff Hoodie on my long run last weekend, I found that this part was enough to keep me warm, but didn’t seal in the heat around my neck once I warmed up.

Other things I loved about it included:

  • The Soft Hood – it’s seriously so comfy inside thanks to the Polartec fleece!
  • The Drawstring – you don’t have to tie the ends of the strings together to get your hoodie to stay to your desired tightness. Just push up the leather pieces on the drawstring and they will stay in place (see pictures above and below).
  • The Look – I received the Fog color and I am so glad. I can wear it with pretty much any color without any clashing. I also like the leather accents – they make it look more like an every day item, which I personally prefer.

buff adjustAs for the cons, I actually had a difficult time coming up with things I wasn’t crazy about. The major thing I would like to point out is that it can get kinda hot running with the hood up, but if you live in a climate that is colder than mine, I don’t foresee this being much of an issue. Also, this winter has been warmer than usual, so I haven’t had an opportunity to test it out on an extremely cold day. They do offer a model that is wind and water resistant, so that might be a better fit if you live in a generally warmer climate like I do.

You can purchase your own super-comfy, super-versatile Buff Thermal Hoodie at www.buffusa.com for $50. I highly recommend it as it is a great piece that doesn’t just work for running, but also any other activity you may find yourself doing this winter.

Besides running, what’s your favorite thing to do outdoors in the winter?

Cheers to chilly temps (and hopefully seeing an inch of snow this year)!

Currently Wearing: XX2i USA1 Sunglasses

Disclosure: I received a pair of XX2i USA1 Sunglasses 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! All opinions are my own.

I have been wanting to test out a pair of running sunglasses ever since last winter, when I started noticing my vision would get blurrier with the winter winds. When I found out I would be able to test and review the XX2i USA1 Sunglasses, I was super excited, and when I received the package in the mail just before Christmas, it was as if Santa himself delivered them on my doorstep.

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I opened the box to find a durable, zip-close, hard shell sunglasses case. All of the goodies that come with each pair of  XX2i sunglasses were inside, including:

  • A pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses
  • A pair of black XX2i croakies
  • A soft pouch
  • XX2i decals
  • A kit with two sets of interchangeable parts

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As soon as I had the opportunity, I started running with these babies. So far, they have been on a couple of 6+ mile runs, and a few shorter runs (about 3 miles each). Here’s what I loved about them:

  • No bounce! You would expect sunglasses to bounce around (or be too tight in an attempt to achieve no bouncing), but these were just right.
  • Adjustable nose-piece. This was handy as I was experimenting where I wanted them to be positioned on my face.
  • Polarized lenses. There was no glare, and the lenses were not too dark, so it was easy to see with them on.
  • No foggy-ness. When you’re sweating, this is important. Curious to see how they would hold up in Houston’s humidity, but so far, so good!
  • Interchangeability. You can order multiple lenses, if you like to change them out, and you’re also able to change the tips on the back and nose piece for a little variety.
  • 365 day return policy. This speaks volumes about the company’s dedication to making sure you love your purchase.

With all the great thing about these glasses, there were a couple of cons/things I wasn’t crazy about related to the overall fit.

  • While they didn’t bounce, they were big on me.
  • The tips of the glasses also hit me in a weird spot because my head is smaller. There are ridges in these tips, which rubbed the backs of my ears, leaving my ears a little sore on the longer runs.

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All in all, these are a solid buy at just $59.99, and they are available in a wide variety of colors (the black and tortoise shell would be great options if you would like to wear them when you’re not running)! You can also purchase a pack with multiple lens options for just $99.99. AND with the code XX2iRocks you can save a whopping 50% on your order at xx2i.com! These sunglasses offer a great value for the price at full price, so to get them at half price is a steal.

What do you look for in a great pair of running sunglasses?

Cheers to a great deal!

2015 Holiday Gift Guide – For the Furball

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a small amount of monetary compensation if you end up purchasing something from one of the links. All opinions are my own.

If you’re an animal lover like I am, you understand how important it is to include your pet in all possible activities. With my puppy, I couldn’t imagine leaving her out of our Christmas festivities! I can’t wait to watch her rip up the paper on her gifts (as long as she doesn’t eat it, of course).

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So, here are the gifts Daisy will be getting under the tree this year.

  1. Chaco Dog Collar and Leash ($15, $20)
    Cute and durable? What could be better. This set is perfect for runners because the leash is adjustable, and you can clip it around your waist while you’re running.
  2. Kong Wubba ($7.49-$13.99)
    I love Kong toys. Daisy is a strong chewer and they seem to last far longer than the others. The Wubba has a built-in squeaker and will also work well for tug and fetch because of the ball and tail, so it’s almost like 3 toys in one.
  3. Best Hikes with Dogs Book ($17.95)
    What could your dog use more of? Quality time with you, of course! And what could we all use more of? Exercise! Give your pup the gift of a great bonding experience and give yourself a good cross training workout.
  4. Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness ($39.95)
    I’ve heard wonderful things about Ruffwear products, and when I have looked at them in the store, everything I have heard has been accurate. This harness will stand up to the test of time. Another great feature is that it can be attached to the leash at the front or back, so if you’re training your dog not to pull, you have options. Another thing I love about this harness is that it’s the same price, whether your dog is a teacup or a giant.
  5. Soggy Doggy Super Shammy ($19.99)
    Whether or not you buy this for Christmas, this is something every dog owner needs. Sometimes, getting your pup wet when they go outside for a bathroom break is unavoidable. This product makes it simple to prevent your dog from “shaking it out” and getting water everywhere in your house. It soaks up water like crazy.
  6. Hear Doggy Ultrasonic Squeaker Toy ($12.99)
    Like having a dog, but you also like peace and quite from time to time? Well, this make it possible for you to enjoy your Netflix binge, while keeping your puppy occupied. They even have tougher fabric for strong chewers (and it definitely lasts longer than most plush toys).
  7. Home Verve Ultimate Foldable Bowls ($22.99)
    You don’t have to use these for your pet, but I would! These make traveling or camping so much easier. Metal bowls can take up so much space, and they aren’t practical if your dog gets thirsty in the car or after a run.
  8. Barkbox Subscription ($29 – $19, depending on how many months you buy)
    It’s okay to spoil your dog. If you already spend this amount of money on your furry friend each month, why not have it delivered to your door? Plus, Barkbox gives back to pups in need, donating a portion of their profits to charity, so it’s a win-win.
  9. Digesteeze Rawhides ($19.99)
    Rawhides get a bad rap, and for some of them, rightfully so. However, Daisy goes crazy for them. These dissolve and do not break off into tiny pieces like some of the brands we have tried. We still supervise her at all times when she uses them, and we don’t let her eat one in a sitting, but they are great if you are responsible with them.
  10. Brindle Memory Foam Dog Bed ($79 – $159)
    Don’t let yourself be shocked by the sticker price, you can get these wonderful memory foam beds with a washable cover for much less on Amazon. They come in so many different colors to fit with your decor, and the sizes are also perfect for crates.

 

What are your favorite products to spoil your pooch/running buddy with?

Cheers!

 

P.S. Last-minute shopper? With Amazon Prime you can get these gifts in time for Christmas if you order today! Check it out here: Amazon Prime (One Year Membership)

2015 Holiday Gift Guide – For Him (+ a Giveaway!)

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a small amount of monetary compensation if you end up purchasing something from one of the links. I also received a pair of XX2i Sunglasses 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! All opinions are my own.

Don’t forget: I’m giving away a pair of Feetures Elite Socks and Camelbak eddy Water Bottle to celebrate the holidays. Enter at the link below… then check out the rest of the guide!

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Why is it that guys are always SO tough to shop for? I just ordered a bunch of Chris’ gifts… who knew shopping on the same Amazon account could be so confusing. Keeping things in your shopping cart is a giveaway when you share a computer!

I’m hoping to help solve part of that problem for you with my top picks for him. Good luck! 😉

  1. Yeti Rambler Tumbler ($64)
    My dad loves his Yeti tumbler. He uses it all the time to keep his Dr. Pepper cold on the way to work. Apparently, you can leave ice in it overnight and it will stay cold… but it also works well for a morning cup of Jo and fits in most car cup holders!
  2. XX2i Optics USA1 Sunglasses (Originally $59.99, 50% off with code: XX2iRocks)
    Your guy will thank you for these, let me tell you! They are very high quality, come in a variety of colors, have interchangeable lenses and (most importantly) do not fog up, so he can wear them for running or pretty much anything else.
  3. Under Armour Men’s Short Sleeve Tech Shirt ($24.99)
    If there is one thing I’ve learned about guys, it’s that they like simplicity. This tech shirt is a good ole standby, and it comes in almost every color, so you can find one that suits him perfectly.
  4. Asics Performance Everyday Shorts ($46)
    Perfect for running, basketball, or lounging around on a Saturday, these shorts are a fashionable length and lightweight. I like that they are tailored well, but still loose and athletic looking. They may show up under our tree this year, but my husband will just have to wait and see!
  5. Bose SoundSport In Ear Headphones ($129)
    Do you know a guy who is picky about sound? I do! In all seriousness, he IS a musician, and these are his headphones of choice. They stay in well when working out, cancel noise, and have great sound quality.
  6. Kelty Acadia Six Person Tent ($289.95)
    Give him the gift of an outdoor trip, together! The six person tent is actually plenty of space for two people (and a dog) with an air mattress. If you or your guy doesn’t want to rough it too much, this is a reasonably priced way to have a fun, but active weekend in the wilderness.
  7. Leatherman Wave Multitool ($93)
    You can’t go wrong with tools. This one will give him everything he needs in one handy place.
  8. Head Digital Sport Running Gloves ($12.99)
    One thing that guys often forget they need is gloves! These will go with his winter coat, and his running apparel. They are compatible with smart phone screens, so he won’t have to take them off to type. They aren’t too pricy, either, so if he loses them, you’re not out an arm and a leg.
  9. Stanley Classic Insulated Growler ($50)
    For the beer drinker (or the iced tea drinker), this growler offers a convenient method of keeping drinks sealed and cold for up to 24 hours. It’s a simple way for him to take some of the beer with him when he visits his favorite brewery, for enjoyment at home later in the day.
  10. Patagonia Men’s Synchilla Snap T Fleece Pullover ($119)
    This versatile wardrobe piece can be worn with casual clothes, work clothes (for some offices), and even athletic clothes. It is available in several classic colors (and prints for the more daring), and is super warm and soft – it might even take the place of his favorite hoodie!

Anything else that’s under your tree?

Cheers to this wonderful season of giving.

 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide – For Her (Plus a Giveaway)

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a small amount of monetary compensation if you end up purchasing something from one of the links. All opinions are my own.

Hey there! The holidays are (finally) here and I’m giving away a pair of Feetures Elite Socks and Camelbak eddy Water Bottle to celebrate. Enter and find contest details below… then read on for some awesome gift ideas for the special someone in your life!

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Looking for a gift for your active lady? Here are my top picks for 2015.

  1. Asics Fit-Sana Zip Hoody
    Here in Texas, though it’s not often, when you need a running jacket, you need it! However, because I don’t need to run in a jacket often, it has to look good when I’m not running for me to actually get enough use out of it. This jacket is both stylish and warm, and who doesn’t love a good hoodie? ($90)
  2. Athleta Crunch and Punch Tank
    Kill two birds with one stone wit this built-in bra top from Athleta. Love all of the colors (and Athleta quality). It would also be perfect for yoga, or the gym, so you really can’t go wrong! ($69)
  3. Lucy Zenergy Bra
    I’m a big fan of bright colors and fun details on sports bras. I also love the double straps for the summer, which means no thick tan lines! ($49)
  4. Adidas Adizero II Cap
    This is the only hat I’ve tried on that is both flattering and affordable. Seriously though, no one likes a hat that makes them feel derpy; this one makes me feel the opposite – like a seasoned running pro. ($20)
  5. Nike Exhale Running Sunglasses
    I have a hard time finding sunglasses that are both pretty IRL and functional for running, but these fit the bill perfectly! ($146)
  6. Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf
    Up your athleisure game with this scarf from Lululemon. I would totally pair this with an oversized sweatshirt, running pants, and a pair of boots, if I was meeting up with someone for coffee or lunch post-workout. ($46)
  7. Running Bib and Medal Display from Strut Your Stuff Sign Co.
    What I love about this medal holder is that it is super-stylish, with customization options available to tie in with most décor styles. This company offers styles for triathletes and other sports as well. ($29.99+)
  8. Run Janji Printed Running Tights
    I like that these tights have an understated print – no loud colors, but still something different. What’s even better is that your purchase of these tights provides water to a person in Tanzania for three years, so you can gift responsibly. Love this company and their passion. ($68)
  9. Adidas Squad II Duffel Bag
    Adds a whole new meaning to the term “squad goals,” right? This bag is the updated version of my current adidas duffel bag that I LOVE. It has special pockets for tennis shoes, jewelry, your cell phone, and swimsuit, making it super convenient for the girl on the go. Great buy! ($45)
  10. Oiselle Women’s Wazelle Long Sleeve Top
    Apparently there is a debate in the running community about thumb holes. Well, if I cared to debate such issues, I’d be pro-thumb holes, which is part of why I like this shirt. The other part is that Oiselle does a great job of making great running products. ($66)

Have anything to add to this list? Be sure to mention it in the comments below.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and check back later this week for the next section of the gift guide!

What are you most excited about giving this year?

Cheers!