Review: Columbus Color Run (2016 Promo Code Included!)

 

The Color Run 2016 Promo Code

(For $5 off The Color Run Columbus 2016 use promo code: TCRCOLUMBUS1)

I have been a fan of The Color Run (TCR) for many years now. They keep getting more creative and luring me into signing up for each race. They keep it fresh and different every year! Last year in 2015, it was the Shine Tour. Instead of just color, at the end they covered you in a beautiful shiny powder! I loved it!

I can’t say enough how exciting and fun this race is. It gets you motivated to be happy and healthy, no matter where you are in life. This race is for EVERYONE! You don’t have to be a runner to join in on the fun. I know several people who walk the course to make it last, because it is THAT awesome of an experience!

This year, they switched it up. For 2016 they are doing the Tropicolor Tour! It’s definitely going to be one of their best! The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour 2016 is bringing a 5k paradise straight to Columbus, Ohio with a sweet Tropicolor Zone on course, all-new Rainbow Beach at the Finish Festival, and a fresh island-style participant kit.

The Color Run Promo Code

Save $5 with Promo Code: TCRCOLUMBUS1

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Save $5 with Promo Code: TCRCOLUMBUS1

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Save $5 with Promo Code: TCRCOLUMBUS1

Excited yet?? Don’t wait! The price goes up soon! For additional savings, use my promo code: TCRCOLUMBUS1 to get $5 off! Register now!

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Review: Flipbelt vs. Spibelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

While searching on Pinterest for some athletic shoe and outfit ideas, I found a post about the FlipBelt, which is a MicroPoly Wicking Fabric belt with slots that you can put your phone, keys, and anything you need while you run. This has been something I’ve needed for a long time, because it fits the iPhone 6 plus! Other belts and arm bands seem to not hold such a large phone. I use my iPod Shuffle for music, but I like my phone to use the running apps and the FitBit app. So, I impulsively, without hesitation, immediately purchased the FlipBelt on their website with the code “PIN10” to get 10% off (Expires 12/31/15). Find the post here!

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

The FlipBelt is $28.99 without discounts and offers FREE 3-5 day shipping!

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

Ordering was super easy and I like that they list waist sizes in inches so I could find which would fit best. I also forgot to type in the Pinterest promo code, so I emailed them about 30 mins later asking if I could still get the discount and they applied it to my order! So great customer service! It arrived within 2 days after receiving my shipping confirmation, which was great since they said 3-5 day FREE shipping and it ended up arriving early.

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

They have all sorts of colors, but I chose the Neon Punch, which is a orangish pink! I love the color coral, so this is pretty similar, just neon coral! I love having options, but if there is any color close to coral it has to be mine. I should also mention that the belt has an attached key hook, which is very nice to have that extra security of not losing my key!

As for fit, I got a small and I wear size 2 pants, usually 28″ waist, and the FlipBelt fits very snug and doesn’t budge. I tried it out for the first time while running 3 miles and it held both my key and iPhone 6 plus! The only complaint is that I had to remove my Incipio DualPro Case because it is that rubbery texture that grips the FlipBelt material and does not slide easily. I took off the phone case and the iPhone 6 plus fit, no problem! I think if you have a plastic case with a smooth surface it will fit as well. I tested this with my sister’s iPhone 5s that had a plastic case and I had no issues.

The phone at my waist was surprisingly comfortable, but I did get sweaty and the belt did too, so it had to be washed. Luckily, the FlipBelt is machine washable! While running, it didn’t move at all and stayed in place, so I had no worries about having to adjust the belt or my phone at any time during my run. Very convenient! It’s a miracle!

Here’s a video from their website about how to use the FlipBelt to get a better idea of how it’s used:

I didn’t flip the belt over after inserting my phone and key because I wanted to check my progress on my running apps every few minutes, but I see how it could add additional security if you are doing an activity where you move around the waist more, like biking.

Overall, I would recommend this fitness utility belt to anyone who is looking to avoid arm bands, fanny packs, or stuffing your things in your bra. Or if you are looking for something that not as invasive, like the arm band, for larger phones. It’s so convenient, pretty, and useful. If you try it let me know how you like it!

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

Learn more about the FlipBelt on their website: https://flipbelt.com/what-is-flipbelt

 

Comparing FlipBelt to SpiBelt:

In my opinion, SpiBelts are too bulky. The Flipbelt is much less invasive and you don’t need a zipper to hold everything in. I also like that the Flipbelt fits more items. You can store keys, phone, ID card, etc. all the way around your waist instead of just the front. The FlipBelt is also way more comfortable since there is no buckle to lock it in place. It just stretches and fits tight around the waist and doesn’t budge! FlipBelt also has a bunch of different sizes and they list the waist sizes for each so you know exactly the size you need.

SpiBelts are mostly black, while the FlipBelt is 360 degrees of eye popping color! (if you so choose, because they also have black and gray too) Honestly, SpiBelt feels and looks like a fanny pack that bounces when running, while the FlipBelt is a sleek, attractive belt that doesn’t budge! Overall, I’d definitely recommend the FlipBelt over the SpiBelt. Which do you prefer?

 

Review: The Color Run – Columbus (Promo Code Included!)

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In July 2013 I ran The Color Run (TCR) for the first time! It was the most fun I’ve ever had running a 5K race and I became obsessed with this race. I know not everyone knows what The Color Run is (where have you been!?) so I’ll explain it first and give my review and a promo code for this years race on July 18th, 2015!

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The event is so much fun even before it starts! The day of the race they have DJ and you get chances to go on stage and compete for swag and color packets. You have to wear all white to the race so that the color you are being blasted with shows up! It’s part of the fun! While you are running, there are stations where volunteers are throwing colorful cornstarch at you to get you covered. It’s great motivation and it’s so fun to see yourself at the end looking like a work of art! They also donate some of the profits to charity and have raised $3 million since they’ve started. At the end of the race you get a color packet (snacks, water) and then you can either dump it on yourself, throw it at your friends and or some strangers, or keep it for the finale where everyone huddles together and throws their open packets of color at once! Makes for some awesome photos.

 

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Some tips for before the race:

1. Wear white wherever possible! You’ll want that color to show, right?!

2. Leave your electronics at home! I would suggest not bringing anything but your car key and keep it in a safe place. I used the arm band they sell at the race.

3. If you have light hair it may be colorful for a couple of washes! If you don’t want this to happen, wear a bandanna. That’s what I do!

4. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting colorful and messy! I chose some old white tennis shoes I’ve had for years. I only keep them specifically for these kinds of races. 😀

5. Don’t put the tattoo on your face! Just my advice because it hurts trying to scrub that sucker off.

6. Bring sheets, towels, extra clothing and shoes for after the race! You will be covered in color and it will rub off on your car seats and anything you touch. Be prepared!

7. Bring facial cleansing wipes or paper towels and water! This will be good to wash your hands and face off after the race. Be warned that blue and purple does not come off all the way until you bathe a couple of times. 🙂

8. Buy your ticket EARLY! The price goes up to $55 on race day, so the earlier you buy the cheaper it will be.

The Color Run 2015 Promo Code

Which brings me to my Promo Code! Save $5 now with special promo code: CB1 at checkout on http://thecolorrun.com/columbus/

Hurry because the price goes up April 15th, 2015.

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The Color Run is great fun and motivation to get moving. I loved the music, the people, the atmosphere, and that they support charities with part of my registry fee. Sometimes it does rain and it’s a bummer, but it’s still so much fun no matter what! There are also water stations too, so if it’s a super hot day, you’ll have the chance to break and take a sip. The end of the race is fun and filled with photo stations, music, dancing, and fun.

So what do you say? Will YOU be joining me at The Color Run 2015?

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Top 15 Songs That Motivate Running

CreativityItches: Top 10 songs to run to

 

I am not a long distance runner and don’t really plan to be, but I do like running as a cardio exercise. I also like to run 5Ks because it feels like a great accomplishment! After doing the Couch to 5K app, I’ve learned some songs that help motivate me to run faster and harder to improve my timing. Here are just 15 songs (in no particular order) I really enjoy when they play on my iPod while running:

1. Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited

2. Timber – Pitbull ft. Ke$ha

3. I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers

4. Thrift Shop – Macklemore

5. Bangerang – Skrillex

6. Don’t – Ed Sheeran

7. Harlem – New Politics

8. Reptilia – The Strokes

9. Ways to Go – Grouplove

10. Dangerous – Big Data

11. Come With Me Now – Kongos

12. My Sweet Summer – Dirty Heads

13. Chandelier – Sia

14. Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo

15. La La La ft. Sam Smith – Naughty Boy

BONUS TRACK:

Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

Review: Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder (unflavored)

Review: Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder

Over the last couple of years I’ve been exercising and eating healthy, trying to get fit and build muscle. After trying several whey protein powders and over the last year finding out I cannot eat dairy or soy without side effects, I have found the perfect solution to getting more muscle building protein that is dairy, soy, and sweetener free that doesn’t taste horrible!

Jay Robb Egg White Protein is the perfect protein powder for me. I love eggs and eat egg whites quite often and saw this product on the shelf at my local Kroger store. It seemed rather expensive so I decided to pass on it, but I kept thinking about it and decided to do some research.

Review: Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder Review: Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder Review: Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder

The eggs come from chickens that are not treated with hormones, it has 25g protein in one scoop, it is GMO-Free, Lactose Free, and comes as an unflavored powder that isn’t sweetened, so no taste. I looked online for a cheaper price or coupon and found a 24oz bag for $28.99 (MSRP 39.99) on www.allstarhealth.com. It even included free shipping and delivery only took about 3 days! I was very happy with ordering from them.

Review: Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder

Now, to review the actual powder. When opening the bag you do get a little odor, but nothing too strong or unbearable. You really have to stick your nose in it for it to smell. I was in a hurry, so I added half a scoop to 8 oz of unsweetened almond milk. Since I’ve tried other powders with this unsweetened milk, and being very gross, I decided to add a drop of vanilla extract and half a teaspoon of all natural organic cane sugar. I mixed with a spoon and most of it was dissolved, but I saw a couple clumps. To my surprise I couldn’t smell the egg white and get this… I didn’t TASTE it either!! It was fantastic. I let it settle and then ate a granola bar as well and no bad side effects at all!! Even into the next day, no negative side effects (like I would get with whey, soy, or stevia).

Needless to say, I will be a loyal Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder customer and most likely get it from AllStar Health’s website if they continue to do free shipping and have the lowest price. Also, the bag has some delicious smoothie recipes on the back. I have also heard about using this product in baked goods too, but it may make them a little thicker. I can’t wait to try more recipes!

I really recommend this product. If you try it to let me know your experience!

Review: Sunless Tanning Lotions & Tips

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I have a very fair skin tone and light complexion, thanks to my Irish heritage. So, to get a nice tan color by sun tanning isn’t exactly the best option for me. You can tan while wearing sunscreen, but it takes a long time to develop over time. When I need a quick fix tan I reach for sunless tanners. Now, I have tried Jergen’s Natural Glow a few times in the past and never really thought to try any other. Jergen’s left streaking and I looked gray-brown rather than golden-tan. This year, I decided I wanted to try another brand.

I should begin by telling you to read the directions on the bottle. Exfoliate skin before first use and also let dry before putting your clothes on. I usually wait 15 – 30 minutes. I also wipe off my elbows, wrists, knees and ankles after application as well.

A friend of mine suggested I try Nivea Sun-kissed Radiance, but I had a heck of a time finding it, so I just grabbed Banana Boat Summer Color Deep Dark Color for all skin tones. The Banana Boat lotion is tinted brown so you can insure even coverage. It also is supposed to be a super quick solution instead of getting a gradual result.

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Pros:

– I was darker within hours of the first application

– I was a very nice golden tan after second application

– I got compliments on how tan I was getting by people who didn’t know I was sunless tanning

– It dries pretty quickly and isn’t greasy

Cons:

– This lotions SMELLS. It is a terrible sunless tanning lotion smell and it gets all over your clothes and bedding

– It came off on my towels, clothes and bed sheets

– After my third application I developed an ORANGE tint and my hands, elbows and knees looked dirty and unnatural

Banana Boat Sunless Tanning Lotion - Summer Color, Deep Dark Color Review

Overall, this was a good quick fix despite the smell and it coming off on my clothes. I can see myself using this again as long as I only use it a couple times in a row, and I don’t wear nice clothes and sleep in nice bedsheets after application. But, since I didn’t want to smell awful and destroy all of my towels everyday, I went for my friend’s suggestion.

 

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The Nivea Sun Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanning Lotion has been much more pleasant in regards to smell and even color. I have been applying at night before bed, after a shower, but I could easily wear this during the day because the smell isn’t strong at all. I still smell the “sunless tan lotion stink”, but not nearly as much as I did with the Banana Boat lotion.

Pros:

– The smell is pleasant and not too strong

– Easily applies and a lot goes a long way

– White lotion, which doesn’t seem to discolor towels, sheets and clothing

– More natural looking tan that is very gradual

Cons:

– It is pretty greasy and doesn’t absorb quickly

– Gradual means it will take 3-5 days to get a result, so not a quick fix if you want tan ASAP

– I feel very sticky even hours after applying this lotion (maybe it’s just me?)

Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance - Sunless Gradual Tanning Lotion Review

Overall, this was a much better lotion to me because it caused less interference with my daily life. I can deal with being a little sticky as long as I don’t smell terrible! The gradual time to tan made me a bit impatient, but I feel comfortable putting this lotion on every single day without fear of turning orange. It also is nice to not have to worry about it coming off on clothing and bed sheets.

 

Self Tanning Tips:

– Don’t scratch! It will remove the skin cells that have been colored by the DHA and leave marks

– Your shower will turn brown! So be sure to wipe it down as to not stain it

– Be careful shaving! The tanner WILL come off while shaving, so make sure to go slow and steady to not cause streaks

– Stay moisturized and hydrated! To make the tan last, you need to preserve the skin cells so drink lots of water & moisturize (this includes sunscreen to prevent burning and drying out)

– Sweating sheds skin cells! My back and chest are lighter than the rest of me after using the tanner because I sweat there the most

Sunless tanning can be a safe way to get a nice glow, but always remember to wear sunscreen every time you go outdoors! I have to remind myself constantly that sunscreen is 100% a necessity all year round. I started using Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen, SPF 45 on a daily basis and it’s great! I’ll wright a review of it soon.

 

Review: NEW ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Products

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NEW! Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radient™ Toothpaste Review:

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste Review

 

I have never tried this toothpaste before and I was excited to see how it compares to my usual Crest or Colgate products. I was very happy to see that it whitens teeth as well as strengthens the enamel. I always look for toothpaste that is good for my teeth and gums and is high quality. I trust Arm & Hammer baking soda, so I am interested in seeing if their dental products are just as beneficial. Here are a few photos of the packaging and the actual paste:

I really like the flavor of this toothpaste, it is a nice minty freshness that is refreshing and enjoyable. It isn’t overpowering, but the clean feeling lasts a long while. I felt like I had squeaky clean teeth until I ate food. I also liked how it didn’t foam up a lot making it so I didn’t have to spit several times while brushing for 2 minutes.

Overall, I would recommend this toothpaste. I really believe it is good for my teeth and is pleasant to use. I will be looking into purchasing this toothpaste once this sample has run out! For more information and to get a FREE sample click here.

 

NEW! Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Truly Radient™ Deep Clean Battery Toothbrush Review:

Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Truly Radient™ Deep Clean Battery Toothbrush Review

 

I have never used an electric toothbrush before, so I was very excited to get the chance to use one. I wasn’t sure how it would be different than my regular brush. Here are some photos of the packaging and brush:

The toothbrush takes AA batteries and is easy to replace, but the bottom of the brush is a tad difficult to remove since it has a gripper inside to make sure the batteries aren’t exposed to water. I plan on using rechargeable AAs after the batteries it came are no longer usable. I really like not having to plug the brush into an outlet to charge. The brush seems light and stands up nicely. There are two parts to the head, the round part and bottom part, which both move when turned on.

Using this toothbrush is a whole new experience. I loved how I could feel the bristles cleaning my gums and between my teeth. It seems almost effortless! The toothpaste didn’t foam up too much, so I was able to brush continuously for my usual 2 minutes or so. After rinsing, my teeth felt very clean, especially around my gum line. It was like the feeling after getting cleaned at the dentist! I am very happy with this brush and am surprised how much of a difference it makes. I definitely recommend you try it out.

Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Truly Radient™ Deep Clean Battery Toothbrush Review

I’ve only had the brush and toothpaste for a couple of days, but I am excited to see if it whitens and brightens my smile!

Click here to learn more!