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Endure Shop {Giveaway}–CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Now that it’s finally February, we can accept the fact that Valentine’s Day is almost here. When the pink hearts start popping up all over WalMart the day after Christmas, I get a little cranky. But, like it or not, the big V-Day will be here in a week from tomorrow! What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Love? Hearts? Jewelry? Chocolate? Well, send your hubby on over to the Endure Jewelry Company, where you can find all of those things (minus the chocolate)!

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I’ve already told you how cool Endure Shop is, especially if you’re a runner. They sell beautifully crafted jewelry to represent and celebrate your running accomplishments, or to motivate you to reach your goals. Remember how I said you can find love, hearts and jewelry all in their shop? Check out this beautiful “Live Love Run” necklace and you’ll see I wasn’t kidding! Wouldn’t this be fabulous a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift for the runner in your life?

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I have a strange attraction/addiction to workout clothes, so I of course chose to review an item from the Apparel collection. Since I live in (almost) perpetually sunny California, I chose the Run Tank. I love the fabric–super light-weight without being cheap and thin–and of course the cute word “Run” with a heart and the Endure logo on the front.

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I ordered the Large because I’m currently 3 months pregnant with my third and figured I’d need the extra room. The tank fits snugly but not uncomfortably, so once I lose the baby weight it will be loose, but not ridiculously huge. I like that the fit is semi-fitted and truly hides the muffin-top, as they claim. The back is racer-back style and the Endure definition is right in the middle of that intersection, which I think looks really cool. My favorite part is the little roadrunner hanging out on the back of my hip–so cute!

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Please forgive my Vampire tan.

The tank also comes in white, but I thought the black with white lettering looked so much cooler. Now I just need to buy a few more colored bottoms so I don’t look like a stage hand or a gothic when I work out in all black 😉 The tank is $32, but if you’re lucky, you can win a $30 Gift Card to Endure Shop and snag this cute top for only $2! Or use the credit toward a really beautiful piece of jewelry for someone…and that someone can be you!

Win a $30 Gift Card to Endure Shop!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of February 17, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Endure Jewelry Company, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Endure Shop {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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I’ve mentioned before that I recently ran my first half-marathon. It was long and it was grueling, but I’m so proud to say that I’ve run 13.1 miles!

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If you’re a runner (or a human being, really), you know the thrill of accomplishing something hard that you never thought you’d be able to do and then wanting to brag about it. Well, the folks at Endure get that, and they’ve created a whole line of jewelry and apparel to show off your accomplishments!

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Endure’s creator, Sunny Arada, is a former NCAA Cross Country and Track and Field Athlete. She has combined her love of jewelry and her passion for running to create a beautiful line of fun and inspiring products. I love the word “endure” and all that it means when running a race, and also just running the race of life. She sells necklaces, rings, beads, earrings and apparel for runners of every kind. Her designs all come in tarnish-resistant sterling silver, but can be ordered in 14K white or yellow gold, and  some styles even come with diamonds. All of her fashions are beautiful and make me proud to be a runner and remind me to endure through  the hard stuff!

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Besides beautiful jewelry, Endure has a great line of running apparel. I love the “Run” tee, the “I roll with Bob” onesie (hilarious, right?) and the “13.1” (in Roman numerals) long sleeve tee. And the “Endure” headband. And the Heart compression socks…Okay, I pretty much love the entire apparel collection 🙂

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 But what I really love is the Live Love Run Endure Hoodie I was sent to review. Talk about an awesome hoodie! First of all, it’s a zip up hoodie, which I love because you can get it on without messing up your hair. It’s super soft on the inside and slightly stretchy, making it very fitted. If you like your hoodies loose and baggy then definitely order a size larger than you normally would, because this baby is snug–in a good way. The snugness makes it very warm; I have loved lounging around in it at night and staying nice and cozy. I haven’t taken it out on a run yet because it’s just so nice that I don’t want to get it all gross and sweaty, but I know it would keep me heated and when I got too hot I could easily un-zip it and would be just the right temperature. But enough about the fit–let’s talk about the design! Look how cute this thing is!!!

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It has a fun shoelace design (hand drawn by the designer) on the front which I love–subtle but such a nice touch! Then the back is the best part: “Live Love Run Endure.” What words of wisdom! I mean, seriously, this doesn’t just appeal to runners but to people everywhere as a reminder to endure through life! And the sparkly gold on the word “Run?” Get out of here. I LOVE it! It’s just as sparkly and amazing in person as it looks in the picture.

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This awesome hoodie is $54, and I think it’s worth the money. The “13.1,” “26.2” and “Run” long sleeve tees are $36 and the tanks are currently on sale for only $16! This is good quality apparel and I know you or the runner in your life would LOVE a shirt or piece of jewelry to commemorate and celebrate the huge accomplishments they’ve made in their lives. And lucky for you, Endure is offering you a chance to win $36 toward any apparel purchase from the shop!

Enter to win $36 to Endure Shop!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of December 16, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Endure Shop, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Armpocket {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m training for my first half-marathon (in two weeks!). One thing I can’t live without while I run is my phone, because it has both my music and my pace/distance apps on it, and without those my training runs are very tedious. But carrying my phone while I run is NOT an option, because I have a tendency to drop my phone. I had an armband for my old phone, but when I upgraded I was in need of a new one. I always seem to be carrying a million things while I run (keys, chapstick, a hanky to wipe my nose/sweaty face, water, etc.), so I thought I was going to need to buy one of those dorky runner fanny-packs. But, after doing some research for a new armband, lo and behold, Armpocket was invented to solve that very problem!

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Armpocket is exactly what it says: a “pocket” for your arm! It functions like any other armband except it has room inside to hold way more than just a phone. Armpocket makes seven different designs: the i-10, i-15, i-20, i-25, i-30, i-35 and Nighthawk. Each case is tailored to different phone size needs as well as stuff-carrying needs, and the Nighthawk features LED lighting on the sides for safety during late night or early morning activities. They all come in a variety of colors so you can choose how bold or bland you want to be.

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Each Armpocket comes with room for your phone, and they’ve accounted for space for a case. An elastic band with rubberized grips on it hold the phone in place in front. A touch control window covers the outside so you can still access your phone while it is in its case. Inside the case, there are two different stretchy pockets for holding things safely and securely.  Dual zippers close up the top so I know nothing is going to fall out. Did I mention that this thing is solidly constructed? There’s memory foam and moisture wicking designs on the back to ensure comfort and dryness. The strap is vented and perfectly stretchy to go around my arm and hold the Velcro in place. The Velcro is the kind that won’t catch on my clothes and ruin them, which is great because I hate when fabric gets those awful Velcro-pill marks.

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I decided to review the i-30 because I had a larger phone (Galaxy S3) and thought I would need to carry a lot of stuff. After using it for a while, I realize I probably could have gotten away with the i-20 or i-25, but I figure more room is better than less room, right? Plus, I don’t have a case on my phone yet (which I NEED, given my propensity to drop my phone), and that will take up some of the room I have in the case now.  That said, I still love it. I love that it holds all my stuff so I have less to carry and worry about while I run. It is comfortable and leaves me slightly drier than with my other armbands (I’m still a sweaty person, I can’t help that!). I have noticed that the band doesn’t stay up as well when I’m wearing a slippery, long-sleeved shirt, but it stays in place just fine against my bare skin.

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What’s also great about the Armpocket is that it is made from eco-friendly materials. The fabric is made from recycled plastic fibers and the back mesh and fabric strap edges are made from natural bamboo rayon. This is awesome because bamboo rayon is moisture-wicking and resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew. I haven’t used my Armpocket long enough to notice, but I’m hoping this means it will be resistant to smelling after a few months (anyone else have that problem with their armbands or am I the only one?!?). But if it does get smelly, the instructions say you can machine wash it in cold water and hang it to dry, which I will do to hopefully prevent the odor issue even further.

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Armpocket armbands can be purchased at select sporting goods stores like REI or purchased online, but if you’re not sure which Armband to buy for your phone they have a helpful “Shop By Device” tab in which you select your phone and case size and they’ll suggest which armband will be best for you. There’s also a “Find Your Ultimate Armband” pull-down menu on the Home Page that will help you find the right Armpocket for you. Armpockets start at $19.99, which is a great price for the value! And right now, you can enter to receive an Armpocket of your choice for free!

Enter to win an Armpocket of your choice!

 

 

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of November 9th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Armpocket, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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