01/9/17

#LiveLifeFresh with OrganicGirl! #Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post through a partnership with organicgirl to help spread the word about the #LiveLifeFresh campaign. I received compensation in the form of free products for this post. All opinions are my own.

Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays and ringing in 2017!

We spent most of December eating, drinking and definitely being merry with family and friends here in Tampa. 

Now that the new year is here, I’ve got my sights set on the fact that we will be tying the knot in 100 days!

100 days until the big day!? I feel like he just popped the question yesterday! 😉picmonkey-collage

I also said “YES” to the dress a few months ago…dress

I just LOVE my dress. It’s perfect for the outdoor evening wedding we are planning and is so beautifully flowy and flattering. And although it fits, I really want to look and feel my best on our big day! 

Luckily I just recently learned about Organicgirl’s Live Life Fresh campaign!live-life-fresh-home-page-v13

Who is organicgirl? You may have seen these products out and about at your local markets like Publix, Greenwise markets and Whole Foods. Organicgirl is a small group of women and men in California’s fertile Salinas Valley who want to offer the best organic produce ever offered. Their products are organic packaged in 100% recycled plastic containers, and shipped to stores as fast as possible to ensure freshness. 

My two biggest goals for the next 100 days (and beyond) is to eat as healthy as I can (clean ingredients, lean meats, lots of fresh produce, limiting refined sugars and grains) and moving my body in some way every day for the next 100 days (walking, Orangetheory, swimming, yoga/stretching).

Organicgirl offers the BEST options for adding healthy, fresh and delicious ingredients into everyday meals and snacks. Although they’re known for their good clean greens and salad love dressings, they also offer delicious cold-pressed green juices! My favorite greens are the sweet pea. SO fresh and delicious! productfeature-sweetpea

All of their products have supported me in my health and fitness goals in the past, so I am VERY excited to hear about organicgirl’s latest campaign to help people be their healthiest self this year! fit

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To help us #livelifefresh, organicgirl is hosting a sign up to win giveaway of salad, dressings and juices FOR A YEAR + a $500 gift card to the trendy online fitness boutique evolve fitwear + $100 to your favorite grocery store! 

Beyond the grand prize, organicgirl will be giving other prizes along the way, too! How CUTE are the clothing options from evolve fitwear? (and many pieces go up to size XXL & XXXL!). 

To enter, click here and let me how your 2017 is going so far!  How do you intend to #LiveLifeFresh this year? 

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12/27/16

Over the river and through the woods with the Mazda CX-9! #DriveMazda

This adventure was made possible through my blogging partnership with DriveShop and Mazda, who provided me with a vehicle to test drive in December. You can follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #DriveMazda and #MazdaCX9!

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Meet the gorgeous Mazda CX-9 AWD! 

Last month a group of family and friends rented a cabin in the beautiful town of Blairsville, Georgia in the north Georgia mountains. While we were there, we were able to explore the area with the Mazda CX-9! We had SO much fun climbing steep mountains, traversing streams, and navigating the winding Appalachian roads in the CX-9. 

We picked up the vehicle near Atlanta, then drove the 90 mile drive to Blairsville. We were able to spend that time getting to know the ins and outs of the CX-9 and getting a feel for how it handles on the open highway. What stood out most during our initial drive was how smooth it handled. It was raining on our way up to the mountains, but with the intuitive wipers, crystal clear LED auto-adjusting headlamps, and impeccable control of the steering and all wheel drive, we felt safe and secure the entire time. 

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This 3 row, 7 passenger crossover SUV had SO much to offer. Not only did it seat all of us comfortably, but all of the features made vehicle so much fun to drive. I loved how in control I felt once we got to the mountains. Navigating the twists and turns of mountain roads can be a scary thing, but the CX-9 made for an easy and enjoyable experience. It has the feel of a luxury car- smooth and steady- and we especially appreciated the navigation system, as it is VERY easy to get lost while searching for hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife! 

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roadThe Mazda CX-9 proved to be the PERFECT road trip car. Comfortable, stylish, smooth, good on gas, lots of cargo space, an amazing 12 speaker BOSE sound system (for all of those road trip tunes!), and bells and whistles that help to make traveling easy peasy. We couldn’t have been more impressed with this crossover! 

Other Features:
•Turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine
•310 lb-ft torque at 2,000 rpm
•250 horsepower at 5,000 rpm (93 AKI)
•227 horsepower at 5,000 rpm (87 AKI)
•Standard front-wheel drive or available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive
•MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system with 7” or 8” color multi-function display with voice command, SMS text message audio delivery and replay, E911 automatic emergency notification and optional navigation system
•Multi-function commander control
•Available windshield-projected Active Driving Display
•Dynamic stability control and traction control system with standard trailer stability assist
•Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Available in four trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature (Sport model starts at $31,520)
•18” aluminum-alloy wheels standard with option of 20” aluminum-alloy wheels
•LED headlamps with auto off and auto height control 
•LED tail lights
•Variable intermittent windshield wipers
•Three-zone automatic climate control air conditioning
•Second-row 60/40 seat with seat recline, center armrest with cup holders and USB inputs
•Heated driver/passenger door mirrors
•Power liftgate with adjustable height
•Heated front seats 
•Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System
•Available BOSE® premium audio with 12 speakers
•Roll Stability Control
*Hill launch assist
*Rearview camera option
•Blind Spot Monitoring System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
*28 mpg highway 

If you’re in the market for a family friendly Crossover SUV that is not only a head-turner but functional, comfortable and safe, definitely look into test driving the Mazda CX-9 and see for yourself just how amazing this vehicle is!car33

For more details on the entire Mazda fleet, be sure to follow Mazda on social media:
Twitter: @MazdaUSA
Facebook: @Mazda
Instagram: @MazdaUSA

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11/21/16

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms with #OutOfTheWeeds Vinaigrettes!

I was lucky enough to connect with Robin, the creator of the scrumptious, all-natural artisanal Out of the Weeds dressings and marinades a few weeks ago on Facebook. I had heard of both her amazing creations and Three Birds Tavern restaurant in St. Pete, but had never met in person nor had I had the chance to sample her products.

After learning that she would be participating in upcoming Winn Dixie Hyde Park events, including sampling some of her dressings at the most recent event promoting Thanksgiving day deals and Curtis Stone’s visit, I was excited that this would finally be my chance to taste and chat with this local foodie celebrity!  Continue reading

11/18/16

(#Giveaway) Thanksgiving with #WinnDixieHydePark!

Disclosure: As part of my relationship with the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I have been compensated for this post, however, all (delicious) opinions are my own. 😉

When the temperature changes and the days grow shorter, my entire world becomes a little brighter. 
I. Love. Fall. Continue reading

11/12/16

Traveling made easy with Pro Packing Cubes! #Giveaway

When I first got this new job I knew 50% of my time would be spent traveling. A good friend of mine told me to invest in a set of packing cubes to help make packing for these trips easier. Her wife travels quite a bit for work and swore by them. 

This conversation happened back in June. With the whirlwind of busy from the new position, I completely forgot about them- until just recently, when they popped into another conversation while waiting for an Orangetheory class with another friend. She asked me if I had visited any other OTF locations while on the road. I told her I hadn’t figured out how to efficiently pack 2-3 work outfits, a workout outfit, pajamas and underwear, and shoes (including my bulky Brooks running shoes) all in a carry-on sized luggage (my trips are usually just 2-3 days at a time so I typically don’t check a bag).  Continue reading

08/9/16

Delicious baking & snacking with Simple Mills! #Giveaway

#Brought to you through a partnership with Simple Mills and Orangespoken. I was provided compensation in the form of product for this post and giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

A few months ago I was wander the aisles of my local Fresh Market when something caught my eye in the baking mixes section. B0176XXD8E_LEFT_jpg_1024x1024

Almond flour cake mix? Made with just 6 simple Paleo-friendly, gluten-free ingredients including coconut sugar? 

It was too good to be true.  Continue reading

05/6/16

2015 Kia Soul! Review

A couple of weeks ago I had an opportunity to drive and review a 2015 Kia Soul! as part of the blogger outreach program through DriveShop USA

This crossover vehicle is just AWESOME. I have seen the Kia Soul! (yes, the exclamation point is part of the name of this particular model) on the road and never really thought I would actually like them. Well, I LOVED it. Not only was it so much fun to drive, but it was a LOT roomier than I expected.   Continue reading