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My April BirchBox came in a couple weeks ago. I hadn't really gotten around to trying out the products until today.

Here is what came in the box.
  • Oribe Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Mirenesse Glossy Kiss - Red
  • Supergoop! Anti-Aging Eye Cream
  • Kusmi Tea Paris
  • Skin & Co Bagnodoccia Body Gel


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Oribe Shampo & Conditioner - $37 and $39 each.

I tried one of each of these in my shower this morning. The smell is really light, almost floral. It didn't lather as much as I'd like. I have super thick, medium-length hair so I like to know that all of my hair gets covered. I'm going to stick with my usual shampoo.

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Skin & Co Bagnodoccia Body Gel
$17.50

I used this in my morning shower as well. At first the scent was not impressing. It smelled like a stuffy old lady. But the gel is actually pretty nice. A little goes a long way and it doesn't feel too greasy. 

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Supergoop! Anti-Aging Eye Cream
$45.00

This product is for the delicate skin around your eyes. I typically just use my normal face moisturizer on this area. The only thing my normal stuff is missing is SPF. This Supergoop! has SPF 37. Something us Ginger Kids need! Honestly, I probably wouldn't buy this product. The price and the fact that I'm only suppose to use this on a small part of my face doesn't make it worth it to me.    

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Kusmi Tea Paris
$25.95 - 5 Mini Tea Tins
I don't like tea. To me, it tastes like dirt water. So The Hubbo offered to try one of these for me since he likes coffee and tea. He tried Sweet Love (pink package). Is smelled like Christmas in a cup! 

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Mirenesse Glossy Kiss - Red

$26.55

I haven't tried this product. I have a good reason though I promise. Red isn't really a makeup color I wear. I'd rather give this away to a friend who will look better in this color. Any takers?


Product Update!

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TIGI Catwalk Session Finishing Spray
$20.95
I got this hairspray in my February Birchbox. I put it in my bathroom and have been using it here and there to control some crazy ginger-colored locks that like to stand straight up around my hair line. I really like it. I can spray it on and comb my hair to style it and it gives me just enough hold to keep the craziness under control. 

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Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo
$25.00
This dry shampoo came in my March Birchbox. I tried it once and haven't tried it again. The directions say to use this to extend your style without having to wash your hair for a day or two. So basically it makes your hair look less greasy. So you spray it on your hair at the roots. You let it sit for a couple minutes and it turns white. Then you are supposed to comb your hair into your desired style. What they don't say is that you hair will feel totally gross like you have a TON of hair product in it. Ugh it was so gross feeling. I'm really not sure that it looked any better. In other words, I'm not a fan. I'll just keep on washing my hair the normal way to keep it clean.

 
 
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On Monday the unthinkable happened. Someone purposefully and maliciously attacked the Boston Marathon. 

This is another event that my generation will talk about for years to come. We'll say things about Boston like the generations before us that said "I remember where I was when Kennedy was shot." Only for many of us runners it will be "I knew someone who was at the Boston Marathon when it was bombed."

I still can't wrap my brain around why anyone would want to attack an event like this. This isn't an attack on America. This is attack on all of us. The Boston Marathon is such a huge international event. So many different countries are represented there. 

My heart has been heavy for those in Boston on Monday. For so many different reasons. For those who paid the ultimate price and lost their life. For those who sustained horrific injuries that have forever altered their life. For those who live in fear that this will happen again. And for the runners who didn't get to finish the race. Boston is such a prestigious event. So many runners were still on the course. A course that many have dreamed about, trained for, sacrificed for, and worked so hard for. Someone tried to take that away from them. 

But here's the thing about runners. We are strong. Boston is strong. We won't live in fear. Runners pay crazy amounts of fees to enter races because they go to charity or because the race is to memorialize a tragedy or even to help communities rebuild after terrible events. Runners are strong. Runners are great people. 

So many good things have already been happening around the United States. It's times like this that truly make you realize that we do live in an amazing country. When tragedies like this happen, the human race does something awesome. We pull together. We show terrorist that we won't back down. The most patriotic times in this country have been on the heels of tragedies like 9/11, The Boston Marathon Bombing, and the Oklahoma City Bombing. We all band together and we get through it. 

People everywhere wore the colors of the Boston  Marathon or race shirts to work on Tuesday. Myself included. On Tuesday evening runners from all over the US ran to show their support, Tulsa was included in that group as well. Tomorrow my office is participating in #SneakersforBoston day. Our entire company was encouraged to wear our running shoes. I'll be wearing mine.

Tomorrow is April 19th. For Oklahoman's, that is a significant day in History. Tomorrow is the 18th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing that killed 168 Men, Women, and Children. On top of wearing my #SneakersforBoston, I'll be wearing my Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon shirt. 

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is also reaching out to Boston runners to show support. If you were a Boston runner who was unable to finish the race because of the bombing, you can run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon next weekend free of charge. You can read more about it here. 

On Monday night, the one week anniversary of the Boston attacks, my running club here in Tulsa is holding a WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE fun run and walk to honor those of the Boston Marathon Bombing. I'll  be there and I'll be wearing the bib in the picture above. No, I'm not selling these. I'm making them and handing them out to other runners so they can show their support and we can send the message that Boston is Strong.
 

 
 
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A week ago I posted on my Facebook page that I was going to give juicing a try. No, I wasn't announcing that I was going to try to improve my marathon time through illegal drugs. Have you seen the women that use that stuff? Ugh, so gross! 
Anyways...I was just displaying my most recent purchase on my quest to lead a healthy lifestyle. 
So we bought this thing.  We got it at Bed, Bath & Beyond. It was $149.99 but we were able to use a 20% off coupon so it wasn't as painful. And one the way home from we bought some fruit and veggies too.

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Here are the results of our first shopping trip.
  • Pineapple
  • Gala Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Carrots
  • Ginger (Of Course!)
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Blackberries

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We decided to give juicing a try for a few reasons. I've been trying to drop some lbs for 3 weeks and I already hit a plateau on my low carb diet. Boo!
Yes, we watched the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and got some inspiration from that. Although we don't plan on spending 60 days doing nothing but juicing anytime soon.
Lastly, I was starting to get alarmed at the thought of not eating a lot of fruits and veggies on my low carb diet. So now we supplement our diet with juices a few times a day.

Here's what we are doing.
  • Juice for breakfast and a juice for mid-morning snack.
  • Normal low carb lunch.
  • Normal low carb afternoon snack. (If desired)
  • Lean protein and juice for dinner

So far it has only been a week but it has helped me break through my plateau. So I'm excited about that.

             Here are some random facts about my first week of juicing.
  • Juice just tastes better in a running glass. True Story!
  • Juice is just more fun in a zombie glass. Especially if you are drinking a mix that looks like brains. :)
  • Beets are just earthy tasting no mater what other veggies you put in there.
  • Grapefruit will make any juice super tart. And give you sour-face when you drink it. 
  • Sometimes you just have to wing it! We bought 2 books with juicing recipes but sometimes you just gotta freestyle and come up with your own stuff.

See below for some of the pictures and recipes we tried this week.

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Juice Number 1
  • 12 Small Strawberries
  • 2 Apples
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/2 inch Ginger

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Juice Number 2
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Apple
  • 1/2 Bundle of Kale
  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 1/2 Pineapple




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Juice Number 47
  • 1/2 Small Watermelon
  • 3 Oranges


Warning! This recipe makes A LOT of juice! So plan on cutting down the portions, sharing the juice, or storing some for a couple hours later.

Ok so we really didn't make 47 different kinds of juice this week, but we did make a lot. Unfortunately, I was too lazy to do a good job of documenting pictures and recipes to share with y'all. ::Insert Sad Music Here::


Do you juice? I mean, the fruit and veggies kind! What juicing recipes do you love? or Hate?
What advice do you have for a newbie juicer?


 
 
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My StrideBox came in last week and even though I’m not running that much right now, I still got pretty excited. There are two reasons why.

1. I like it when blog material literally shows up on my door step.

2. You never know what is going to be in this fun little box.


So, what’s in the box? (That was not a creepy movie quote from the movie Seven with Brad Pitt by the way!)


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Barnana Original Organic Chewy Banana Bites

Even though I'm on a Low Carb diet right now, I decided that for my readers I would go ahead and try these even though they aren't low carb. You guys totally twisted my arm! :)
When I opened the bag, it was not what I was expecting. I was picturing the thinly cut banana chips that you would find in trail mix. These are like little brown banana nuggets. They aren't bad. I made the Hubbo try one too and he said they sort of taste like banana nut bread.
Interesting Details:
  • NonGMO
  • 140 Calories per serving (5 chunks)
  • Zero refined sugar, preservatives, & cholesterol
  • 100% Raw & Unprocessed 

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ENERGYbits - Chlorella & Spirulina Algae Tabs

I've been following this brand on Twitter for a while now and it seems that a lot of runners use ENERGYbits. 
Warning! Read the directions on how to consume these! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT CHEW!!!
I decided I wanted to write this blog tonight and I hadn't tried these yet so I popped one in my mouth thinking I'd just chew it up. Worst. Idea. Ever! The packaging is a little lacking in the directions though. It came in a small black zip-lock baggie that only makes me feel like a part time drug dealer when I open it up. But after I chewed one up and nearly gagged, I read the StrideGuide and it says to swallow 20-30 tabs 5-10 minutes before running for consistent energy. Good to know! The little dark dots in the picture are the "bits". 

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The Mystery Gift!
When I first opened the StrideBox I saw this first and didn't recognize what it was. So I took it out and figured it was the world's largest slap bracelet. These things are making a come-back you know! I had like 5 in the 80's and thought they were the coolest thing ever.
I was just about to send StrideBox a tweet when I got checked my email and noticed an email from them explaining what this really is. Slap bracelet? Yes! But it is actually a lot more useful than that. It's a blinky light you can wear on your wrist or your ankle. Much more functional than the world's largest slap bracelet!

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Nuun Hydration Tabs
You say it like Noon. I use these all the time and absolutely love them! There really are very few flavors that I just don't like. I did try their new product line called All Day Nuun and it is supposed to release slowly to keep you hydrated longer, but it tastes more like medicine. But everything else is good. This product is like a non-sugary version of Gatorade. 

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Clif Bar Mini Energy Bar, Clif Shot Gel, Clif Shot Bloks

I may have had a slight addiction to Clif Energy Bars at one point in time. Since I have started watching my carbs I had to put them aside, but I'm definitely a Clif Bar fan! 

Interesting Facts:
  • Made with Organic Rolled Oats
  • 1% For the Planet - Means they care about the environment too!
  •  ClifBar company started on a 175 mile bike ride
  • No Trans Fats, Hydrogenated Oils or High Fructose Corn Syrup

Do any of you subscribe to this running box as well or another one? I’m curious to see if people get the same thing that I get in each box. Let me know!