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

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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.


Birthday Gifts for the Active Girl

This past weekend, I celebrated my 25th birthday! Each year seems to go by more quickly than the last and I can’t believe I’m another year older again. I personally love birthdays because they are an opportunity to show the person you love how special they are and how much their life means to you.  However, when my turn comes along, I always struggle to finalize my birthday list. Don’t get me wrong – this is definitely a good problem to have!
Here’s what was on my list this year in the way of activewear and running gear; if you’re trying to find gifts (birthday or otherwise) for the special active lady in your life, these items are sure to bring a smile to her face… or maybe you’re just like me and don’t always know what you want. 😉
Birthday Gift Guide
From left, clockwise:
Under Armour Fly-By Tank – I have had my eye on this tank for quite a while and will probably be purchasing it with my birthday money. It’s perfect for summer and comes in so many fun colors.
MPG Cover-Up Cardigan – If I could wear running clothes to work everyday, I totally would. This cardigan makes that a little more possible. Just wear it with a tank and jeans and all you have to do is change into running capris (like the Running Skirts Honeycomb Capris below) and head to the gym.
Feetures! Elite Cushion No Show Tab Sock – You might be thinking, “Really, Socks?” Seriously. I bought my first pair of these socks for my marathon and feel like they made a huge difference in how my feet felt. These are kind of expensive and a luxury many people wouldn’t indulge in, so I’d say it’s appropriate to give socks in this case. Your runner friend will thank you.
FlipBelt – These come in so many cute colors and make it easy to carry personal belongings when running, biking, etc.
lululemon Speed Shorts – lululemon is another item I consider a sweet luxury. These shorts will make the active girl in your life feel super spoiled. They even have waterproof pockets for your phone/keys and extra pockets for Gu’s/gels. Black is a safe bet because it looks good with everything.
Brooks Special Edition Kaleidoscope Collection – If your runner has a favorite Brooks shoe, they just came out with this awesome Kaleidoscope Collection that’s only available for a limited time. We could always use an extra pair ;).
Garmin Forerunner 15 – The Forerunner 15 is a sporty and functional and will help her reach her time goals. This low priced GPS watch has so many great features that I can’t list them all here, so be sure to check out the list here.
Sweaty Bands Headbands – Sweaty Bands have a no-slip grip and come in many fun colors. Again, you could get a basic color and wear these from work to the gym.
Massage Envy Gift Card – Two words: Treat yourself. Massages make a great gift, and if you know someone who’s training for a race they’ll appreciate the chance to get a sports massage to work out their aches and pains.
Running Skirts Honeycomb Capris – I just think this print is so fun! The light colors match pretty much anything and make this an option for the summer, since black absorbs heat. Wear them to yoga, kickboxing, or on an after-work run.
As for my actual birthday, it was great. We relaxed, went to dinner and watched The Princess Bride. We also got to spend the day with my family a couple days after.
Chris spoiled me and got me the Garmin Forerunner 220. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but will provide a detailed review when I do.
How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

A Lesson from Misty Copeland

Given that I danced for 15 years, I doubt it surprises anyone that I think Misty Copeland is awesome. Seriously, the lady is a beautiful dancer and I think it’s amazing that she started dancing at 13 and made a career for herself in such a short period of time, facing so many obstacles; that takes pure talent, grit and determination.

I, too, was a dancer, though not nearly as talented as she. I trained for a few hours a day for several years, as do many athletes.  However, the thought remained in the back of my mind that because I was a dancer (and that dancing isn’t really considered a sport, unfortunately), that meant I wasn’t athletically gifted, or that I couldn’t participate in a real sport. I was best at dance and never was good at much else; I formed the belief that when I tried a sport I would end up making a fool of myself.

However, when Under Armour came out with their new ad, featuring Misty, one thing I kept coming back to (and replaying a million times) was how strong her legs are. They are a huge departure from the twiggy ballerina images I grew up with in my mind, but they also reminded me of my own. I can’t claim to have legs as chiseled as hers, but I do know that my legs are strong/they have always been the easiest part of my body to tone up and I have credited dance for that strength for years.

As silly as it may sound, seeing that ad has really motivated me. It’s made me realize my true potential and enlightened me on my negative attitude towards my body’s ability. It also occurred to me that the way I find freedom in running –  I haven’t felt the way since I danced. In short, I never thought I could be a runner, but I’m realizing that I can be athletic, get stronger, exercise determination and, most importantly, I can be a runner. Better yet, I am a runner, just by the sheer fact that I run and am committed to becoming better. I can do this thing I have set out to accomplish, and I will!

One thing I want to start doing more of is sharing with you what’s been inspiring me lately, to encourage you all in your journey, wherever you are at. What’s something that’s been helping you accomplish your goals?