Thursday, June 30, 2016

I Love Running & Milestones Sports Giveaway

As you know I love running....I love running short distances, I love running long distances, I love running with friends, on the beach, on land, with family, I even really loved running 26.2 miles. Running gets me out of comfort zone that for most of my life I stayed because I was afraid. I remember when I first started running, I was more concerned with how I looked than rather if I was going to complete the miles or not. In the back of my mind, I knew I was always and would always complete what I started.

I love everything that is associated with running too. I love the atmosphere of races. I love finish and starting lines. I love hearing the cheering of the crowds, complete strangers who just want to see you succeed. I love the places running has taken me. I have ran on the beach in a race now twice, I ran in other states when I was doing training plans, such as PA, NY, VA and NC. I have ran hills, which I still hate more than anything. I ran in the woods in my marathon for a bit. I have ran downtown settings, over bridges LOTS of time in Clearwater, against the bay in Tampa. I have ran parts of the track where I would hate to run the mile in when I was younger. I have ran by my old childhood house and high school.

Running has taken me places I never knew I could go or would want to go. Running has brought me some pretty amazing people in my life too, whom now I can not imagine my life with out.

Running has also brought me a love for clothes. Okay let me back up, I have always loved clothes, but motivational clothes are a whole other level of awesomeness. I have running shirts that say "Live Love Run" "Kiss Me I'm A Runner" "Running Ever After" "Florida Runshine State" I love little reminders to let people know I am a runner but I also LOVE running and this shirt is probably my all time favorite...

This shirt is from Milestones Sports Jewelry. They sell the cutest running and Tri Athlete apparel, jewelry, fun magnets and more.

The tank fits great and the heart shape in the shoes, well couldn't be even cuter. I am in a large and it was a perfect size, lots of room. This is the perfect tank to wear on a day off, out running errands or after running a race and to let everyone know how much you Heart Running.  

Now if you love running as much as I do then you need this shirt!!!!

And you can enter to win it right here!! Also while you are entering make sure you check out all they have to offer at Milestones. You can also save 10% by using my code RunChewSparkle.

Enter here for a chance to win the I Heart Running Shirt...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Part One of My Summer Reading

Happy Thursday Morning!

I have been up since probably around 5:00 am. I am officially on vacation from work and my Poppy and family are coming down to Florida today for a whole week. To say I am excited is probably an understatement. I have missed my family so much and I am so glad they decided to come see me this year here in FL.

So since I have moved onto my second cup of coffee so far, I figured I would sit down and update on some books I have read recently. I plan to get some serious reading in this week also. I have tired after work but we started Game of Thrones and Orange Is The New Black is back and I got consumed with those haha.

Okay so recently in the last month and a half I have read 6 books since the last time I have posted about books...

Me Before You

Gahh this book....Let me just say it is a tear jerker for sure. You will laugh, cringe, get mad, be happy and mostly cry with this novel. This was the first book we have read in my online book club and it was a great first choice. Nanci and I also went and saw the movie when it came out opening weekend and to say I bawled my eyes out is an understatement. I cried like a baby, we both did. I highly recommend seeing the movie and reading the book, but read the book first. I have to admit and it is very rare that this happens, but I honestly loved the way the movie turned out and enjoyed it more than the book. But you be the judge and put this on your summer reading list.

Luckiest Girl Alive

I had first heard about this book through Reese Witherspoon's Insta, which she also has a book club #rwbookclub and I found another awesome book through her on that hashtag which will be in this list. This book was great. It was an easy read. It was a bit dark but I really enjoyed it. It has multiple story lines and when you think one is going one way it goes another and then ties around ONE HUGE story line. And I saw this might be made into a movie also. It has been compared to Gone Girl and I loved Gone Girl, but I can not see how it relates, except that the main character is a girl who could be a bit cooko bananas. Gone Girl for me is in a class all its own.

The Happiness Project

Okay so I have mixed reviews about this book. I really, really loved this book. I thought it had a lot of amazing points and ideas to make my own Happiness Project and that is exactly what I got out of the book, was making my own Happiness Project. I took a lot of her ideas from the book. She broke her happiness project into 12 months. She took on a different "happiness" project each month and then broke the month into bullet points kind of, little areas she would work on in the month. While not all months she was doing great, she did bring on some extra joy to her life. The main idea I got from this book was bringing on Happiness to my own self by doing things I truly love. And taking more time out for myself. I have been accomplishing just that too. Such as having mornings out at the beach with coffee in hand, something I rarely do but gives me a huge amount of pleasure. She also has a blog where she can get you started and organized with your own Happiness Project. I admit,  I have not checked it out yet, but plan too this year.

Bare Bones

Probably one, if not my favorite book this summer. Even if you are not a listener of The Bobby Bones Show, this book is still a great read. I had just started listening to the show when I started my commute to work. Everyone on the show is super motivating and impowering and funny. It is a joy to listen to each morning and replay on Iheart too. The book is about Bobby's life and how he literally came from nothing to the biggest radio host in Country Music. He lives by the motto of Fight.Grind.Repeat and from someone who too lives by this way, I could relate. He comes from a broken home and lost his mother to alcoholism. Which again I could relate to also. His book was truly inspiring and I loved every second. He told stories about celebrities and was honest and open with the readers about his story and relationships. It was truly written by him and you could tell 100% it was in his voice. This was a great read and I highly HIGHLY recommend this book.

And lastly....

Big Little Lies

This book was also on #rwbookclub and it was a true winner. I loved My Husbands Secret and this was right up there with goodness. It was quick and easy and fun to read. Lots of characters to follow but you got caught up quickly and it had a great ending. I absolutely LOVED this book and Reese is making into a movie and starring in it also because she enjoyed it so much. Make sure you put this on your list too!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday- Food

Good Tuesday Morning Y'all. I am linking up with my Bestie and awesome Blogger Nanci, over at This Crazy Life of Mine to do a Top Ten Tuesday post. Make sure to check out hers too.

So for my Top Ten Tuesday, I am going to list my Top Ten Favorite "New" Food Items I found right now. I mean Food is life and snacks are life lol.

Those Dilly Bites are heavenly. I found mine at Walmart but I have
heard you can find them at Target too!

This is the best dip! I especially love it with sliced up cucumbers.

I found these at Target. They have 3 other flavors too. They are basically the LaraBars 
rolled into little bite sized  pieces. Quick, convenient and have a good amount of flavor.

Fage has "crossed over" to the Chobani Flip Side. I love everything new when
it comes to yogurt and can not wait to try these. Hmmm maybe this will be breakfast today.

I am a HUGE lover of the Belvita Banana Bread Soft Baked and
I saw PB and well I couldn't grab it off the shelf fast enough. These
go perfect with Coffee and some fruit or yogurt. Or smeared with Extra PB :0)

I mean, HELLO!!!!

I can not wait to see Finding Dory, yes I am a little kid at heart for sure.
I love the 100 calorie Quaker Bars anyway. They are perfect
for a sweet treat in the day and I throw them in my bag all the time.
And Cookies and Cream, duh!

So I have seen this everywhere on Instagram and it was so hard to find. But
where I work there is a Whole Foods and I finally picked it up. I love lemon
flavored items, its refreshing and clean. The lemon is not overpowering at all and 
addicting, but don't feel guilty you could eat the whole pint :0)

It is Mango season at TJ this summer, I swear they are gearing up for Pumpkin Season, which
of course is my favorite season EVER. This mango coconut popcorn is packed with
tons of flavor. Crunchy and sweet, perfect combo.

This was a fun purchase, just had some topping to your coffee, kick back
and relax. I found at TJ Maxx. Not a ton of flavor but the possibilities are endless.

If You want to join in tag #toptentuesday

Friday, June 17, 2016

Looking Forward.....

Good Friday Morning!!!!

We are a little more than half way done with the month. Oh my goodness when did that happen.

Just wanted to check in because this week has been super crazy for me. It is Father's Day week at work and it is a long one for me because we are a bit busier than normal, is a 10 day work week for me and Father's Day is always tough for me without having my dad around anymore.
 The sting of him not here anymore, isn't as bad as it used to be, but it still sucks, helping people buy their gifts and making messages and not being able to do the same thing. By Sunday I am seriously ready for it to be all over and done with. BUT next Thursday my Poppy, uncles and cousins are coming down to Florida for a week long vacation. I am so excited, I can not even explain how excited I am. I am not only get a staycation, but I get the whole week with my family.

I am ready for lots of laughs, family time, sun and the beach and doing stuff I don't normally get to do.

Also looking forward to more time to dive back into some books. I have taken a lot out at the library and ready to dive in and not have any distractions.

AND I am ready for Orange Is The New Black to be back!! Yup it started streaming on Netflix today and I can not wait to get home from work and get into my sweats and just kick back and stream the heck out of it. If you live under a rock and have not watched OITNB, well you need to get Netflix just for that.

I am looking forward to my coffee date tomorrow with Nanci before work. Seriously surround yourself with good people and it will make your day even better.

Anything special you are looking forward to this week or weekend??

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Taste of Summer at The Winghouse Bar & Grill

Disclaimer: As being part of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was given a free meal and gift card from The Winghouse as a exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Winghouse has a new summer themed menu for this coming summer. All the yummy goodness I will be showing you, will start next Monday, June 13th at all 26 Winghouse locations.

We are talking new starters, meals and dessert and even a new cocktail to sip on while you eat.

Okay lets start with some starters:

Pretzel Bites. I mean what else could I say about these. They are warm, salty and then you dip them in either Honey Mustard or Cheese. Now here is a honest one, I normally always dip my pretzels in cheese, but I have to say the tangy and spicy of the Honey Mustard was the perfect combo. I recommend you be the judge next...

Another fun starter they have is Pulled Pork Nachos. Yes, pulled pork nachos, that have cabbage slaw, chips, cheese, jalpenos, tomatoes and cilantro lime dressing. Which holy heck that lime dressing is Amazing. I would bottle that up and put it on everything. I am going to send you over to Nanci and let you droll over her picture of these nachos.

Okay so now we are set up with some starters, lets move on to some meals you can dive into.

New Chicken Pasta Salad, tri colored pasta, with cucumbers, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. You can order this salad with grilled chicken or fired. Healthy eaters go with the grilled, it is really, really good. I do recommend ordering this with a side of Italian dressing you can pour on yourself, to give it even more flavor and zing.

 If you want a Taco Salad, they have you covered. What I was really impressed with this taco salad, was it was not a traditional taco salad in that fried taco bowl that adds on a million calories. This taco salad is lettuce, chili, cheese, diced tomatoes, fried jalapenos, tortilla chips and that cilantro lime dressing. Simple, light and full of flavor. The fried jalapenos are super yummy and if you aren't into hot on your salad, no worries the fried jalapenos don't give a lot of heat, just pure flavor.

Now we might have had our tasting on a Tuesday, but it doesn't have to be a Taco Tuesday to order these. Shrimp, Chicken or Pork Tacos. All served stuffed with  cheddar cheese, shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes and the lime dressing. I admit again, I would never order pork tacos, I would typically go with Chicken, but after tasting the pork, that is a Win. It is so unique but works so well. Th pork is tender and gives taco a whole new flavor.

Speaking of pork, you will have to try the new pulled pork sandwich. Shredded BBQ pork, topped with coleslaw, which hello is the best way to eat a pulled pork, then crispy onion straws, GENIUS and drizzled in a Dallas sauce. I could gobble that up again today. The sandwich is served with chips and a pickle, a perfect summer BBQ meal to me, pair it with your favorite draft beer, that they serve and watch the Rays play on their many big screens.

And if you saved enough room, which, I HIGHLY recommend, pick up the Guava Cheesecake. I know you are thinking Guava? Well I had never had anything Guava before and this was heavenly, the tangy but sweet taste of the Guava mixed with a New York Style Cheesecake was the perfect ending to this summer loving, topped with whipped cream of course.

I hear our stomach rumbling from over here now. Hold on just a little bit longer, because all these items will be hitting the locations starting on June 13. Make sure to find a local The Winghouse by you and get the convenience of summer, BBQ and fun without having to a cook a thing yourself and make sure to come back and let me know what you tried.