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Go Sport ID Winner

Phew, it’s a crazy week! With my birthday, a crazy work schedule and Thanksgiving all so close together, I’m struggling to keep my head above water. Nonetheless, here’s the winner to the Go Sport ID giveaway!

Congratulations!! Please send me an email at checkmypulseblog [at] gmail [dot] com right away so I can get your prize mailed out!

I’ll be back with a real post tomorrow!

 

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Safety First (Giveaway!)

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is having a fantastic week. I’m soaking in as much of this glorious weather as I can until it disappears into the dreaded abyss that is winter. Short strolls during my lunch break, opting to walk instead of taking the subway whenever possible and staying outside for my workouts are just a few things I’ve been doing lately…hey, it postpones me having to actually pay for a gym membership πŸ˜‰

Speaking of outdoor workouts, I’ve got a great giveaway up my sleeve for you guys this week to continue sharing the birthday love. Whenever you’re headed outdoors, especially alone, you should always carry some form of ID on you. God forbid something happens to you (fingers crossed nothing ever does!), medical professionals need to be able to identify you so they can contact your in-case-of-emergency (ICE) person.

So I should just carry my license in my pocket, right? Wrong. What if you have a flimsy pocket and it flies out? Or you go to take it out, lose grip and it falls down a subway vent (seriously, this almost happened to me a few months ago)? Worst case scenario: someone tries to abduct you, you get away, but your license is left behind in the struggle. They now have your home address. I know it’s easy to think “it won’t ever happen to me,” but that’s what everyone thinks before it’s too late.

So now that the creepy situations are laid out in the open, I have a solution for you:

Enter Go Sport ID, a cute and sporty medical bracelet that carries all of your important information on your wrist.

It’s much harder for it to fly off and no address is required. You don’t even have to have your ICE contacts blatantly on display, but rather hidden on the backside like mine.

My momma is an ICE contact, too. I just hid it. Privacy, people!

Plus, you get to have a personalized mantra engraved on the bracelet for those moments when your out getting sweaty but just need an extra mental boost. I have many mantras that I fall back on, but “Do it for those who can’t” holds a special place in my heart. After all, how can I see that on my wrist, think about all of the people who want to work out but can’t, and then not finish strong? It’s basically impossible.

I got my Inspire Go Sport ID last week and have been wearing it around like it’s a fashion statement (#Imsocool). The band is comfortable, fits snugly and is in my favorite color. I can’t really ask for much else. And if I get bored with the color, I can easily swap out the red for any of the other colors that come in their Inspire multi-pack. They have all of the colors of the rainbow! Remember ROYGBIV? Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Black (wait for it), Indigo (the blue band) and Violet. See, ROYGBIV! πŸ˜‰ Then they decided to be extra sweet and throw pink into the mix, too.

Have I convinced you to get one yet? Wait! I may be able to give you one for free πŸ™‚

Go Sport ID has generously offered to give one Check My Pulse reader a $25 gift certificate to create your own bracelet and an Inspire Band: Multi-Pack. Double win!

To enter, you can do one or all of the following:

  • Leave a comment telling me what mantra you would have put on your Go Sport ID.
  • Follow Go Sport ID on Twitter and leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.
  • “Like” me on Facebook and leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.
  • Tweet something along the lines of “I entered @samanthaxrachel’s birthday giveaway of the week for a @GoSportID bracelet!” with a link to this post. Leave a separate comment here letting me know you did so.

Remember to leave a separate comment for each thing you do so that you receive a separate entry πŸ™‚

This giveaway ends on Friday, November 18 (my birthday!) at 12:00 midnight EST. Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

And the Winner is…

It’s been a super long day, and while I planned on blogging tonight, I just can’t muster up the energy. I’m lacking on sleep because about 20 firemen woke me up at 1:00am (story to come later, but everything’s fine), and I had a super busy and awesome weekend with my brother (details on that coming soon too.) However, I didn’t want to leave you wondering about the winner of the Bondi Band giveaway any longer!

So without further adieu, the winner is…

Congratulations, Sherry! Send me an email with your address and what Bondi Band you want to checkmypulseblog [at] gmail [dot] com so we can get that shipped out right away πŸ™‚

To continue sharing the birthday love, I have another fun giveaway coming your way tomorrow! See ya then!

Sharing the Birthday Love (Giveaway!)

November is a very important month. Fall season is in full force, Halloween has passed, Thanksgiving is here, Black Friday scares everyone and then Christmas season bears down on us. Despite the crazy schedules that everyone almost always has during this month, it’s my favorite month. I just love the energy that always seems to be around when November is here, the weather is perfect and people just seem happy.

Plus it’s my birthday month. That’s always a plus πŸ˜‰

Celebrating my 20th birthday...in a tiara and sash.

As the years go on, my birthday seems to be less and less of a big deal. I didn’t even realize how close my birthday was until last night (10 days away!) when Dustin asked me if there was anything in particular I wanted. We’re going on a New Orleans trip with Libby for the weekend to celebrate (we were supposed to be running a half-marathon but it got canceled), so I think that’s celebration enough!

However, I knew a while ago I didn’t want my birthday to pass by without sharing the love with all of you! So all of that behind-the-scenes work I was doing before? It’s finally coming to fruition. Enter the month of birthday giveaways! For the rest of the month, I have some fun giveaways lined up each week, so make sure you’re tuning in and entering for some fantastic prizes to help keep you on the healthy living train.

First up: Bondi Band!

I love these headbands so much it’s not even funny. The designs are cute, the phrases fit my personality perfectly and the thing stays put. I have an oddly shaped head (I guess?) because it’s so hard for me to find a headband that stays in the right spot when I’m running. Bondi Band is perfect. I’ve taken it on the Fifth Avenue MileΒ and it stuck through my sprinting efforts, and I’ve treked through the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon with it and again, it didn’t move an inch.

I recently got a second one with an even cooler saying. “Sweat is my fat crying.” Come on, isn’t that awesome? I wore the band yesterday morning while I was lifting weights and it was definitely motivational for me — I stared at it while performing my reps in front of a mirror.

In honor of my birthday celebration, Bondi Band has generously offered to give one of you lucky readers a Bondi Band of your own! You can pick out whatever design you like and it’ll be shipped over right away πŸ™‚

To enter the giveaway, you can do one (or all) of the following:

  • Check out their designs, then come back and leave a comment here letting me know what one you’d pick!
  • Follow me on Twitter & leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.
  • “Like” me on Facebook & leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.
  • “Like” Bondi Band on Facebook & leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.
  • Follow Bondi Band on Twitter & leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.
  • Tweet something along the lines of, “I entered @samanthaxrachel’s birthday giveaway of the week for a @BondiBand!” with a link to this post & leave a comment letting me know you did so.

That’s six ways to enter, giving you a whole ton of chances to win! Just make sure you leave a separate comment for each thing you do because each comment creates a new entry.

This giveaway ends Friday, November 11 at 12:00 midnight EST. Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Tasting (Giveaway!)

Last night I gathered up the troops and had a fun chocolate and wine tasting! Ghirardelli came out with a new line of Intense Dark Pairings chocolates, all of which help benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Awesome, right? After working with them for my job, Ghirardelli generously offered to help me throw a fun shindig where my friends were able to test out the chocolates, drink wine and just have a good time. Sounds like a pretty sweet (pun!) deal, right?

I thought so. Give me chocolate and I’ll be your best friend. Give me wine with chocolate and you’re never going to get rid of me. I was hoping my friends were the same.

Turns out they are! I had about 12 friends over and we plowed through the chocolate and wine. Seriously, this was the end of the night:

But let’s rewind a bit. Ghirardelli sent me four of their chocolate varieties for us to test out:

  • 60% cacao
  • 72% cacao
  • 86% cacao
  • Toffee Interlude

They also provided me with tasting guidelines, so I would know what types of wines to pair the chocolate with, along with yummy snacks so people weren’t gorging on chocolate. Perfect for someone like me, who doesn’t know much about wine but sure likes to drink it.

I picked up a white, red, dry red and cabarnet sauvignon, and snacks like crackers, caramel popcorn, pretzels and toasted almonds. The biggest food hit (other than the chocolate)? My step-dad’s homemade jam! Thanks for letting me take some home, Ed, everyone loved the stuff!

Another hit of the night? This fabulous pumpkin plant I picked up on my way home from work.

I’m in love with it.

Anyway, I had a lot of great company throughout the night and was really happy to spend time catching up with so many people. Theodora stopped by and we talked magazines and running a lot, but decided we do actually have lives outside of those two discussion topics.

Other friends popped in too, like Nina, Iwa and Emily…

And of course my fabulous roomies were there, along with semi-roomie Andrew.

(Nice lighting on this one, I know)

Overall, it was a great night and everyone loved the chocolates. The Toffee Interlude was a huge hit for many, I loved the 60% cacao and Theodora was a fan of the 86% cacao.

Wondering which one you would like the most? Now you can test it out for yourself! Ghirardelli not only sent chocolates for my own tasting, but they’ve agreed to send one lucky Check My PulseΒ reader a box of one of the new flavors — your choice!

To enter the giveaway, you can do one (or all) of the following:

  • Leave a comment telling me what flavor you’d love to try the most and what you would pair it with! (mandatory)
  • Follow me on Twitter & leave a separate comment telling me you did so
  • “Like” me on Facebook & leave a separate comment telling me you did so
  • “Like” Ghirardelli Chocolate Company on Facebook & leave a separate comment telling me you did so
  • Tweet something along the lines of, “I entered the sweet Ghirardelli chocolate giveaway from @samanthaxrachel!” with a link to this post & leave a separate comment telling me you did so

So that’s up to five chances at winning this delicious box of goodness! I can’t wait to see what you all want to test!

This giveaway ends Sunday, October 16 at 12:00 midnight EST. Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.Β 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I did receive complimentary boxes of chocolate to host the tasting party, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.Β