Lock Laces Giveaway {CLOSED}

Let’s celebrate my parents for a moment, please.  Happy [belated] Mother’s Day to my amazing mom and Happy Birthday to my wonderful father!  I love you both!

Now, I’ve got a marvelous giveaway for you all today!  In fact, it makes me want to jump up and touch my toes!

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Today I’m talking about Lock Laces.  Lock Laces are patented elastic shoelaces and a fastening system.  They are designed to save time and improve performance.  Laces stay locked and secure throughout the course of a race, game, practice, or workout.  Never tie your LACES again!

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Check out Lock Laces on Facebook!

Lock Laces generously sent me three pairs to try out.  At first, all I thought was, “Wow, cool colors!” as they sent me hot pink (hello, favorite!), sour green apple, and imperial purple.  I quickly discovered Lock Laces are more than just a shoe accessory.  They are super easy to use, they stay in place, and they are a definite time saver.  I really like slipping my shoes on and off without untying my laces (not good for your shoes) since I’m usually rushing to and from the gym, so Lock Laces makes it very easy to do that without ruining the back of my shoe.

My mother-in-law is a personal trainer, so she lives in her sneakers.  I gave her the purple pair that matched perfectly with her Asics.  She loves them!

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A couple of my students at school noticed I was wearing Lock Laces and proudly showed me how they, too, were sporting a pair!  They thought it was pretty cool their teacher was wearing the same thing they were! 🙂  Lock Laces are seriously perfect for EVERYONE: young, old, anyone.  It could help people who have difficulty with fine motor skills as tying laces can be tedious.  Plus, they have a ton of colors to match with any outfit or pair of shoes!

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I ran the Girls On The Run 5k on Saturday and the hot pink matched perfectly with my Pro Compression socks and the race’s pink and green color scheme!

Best part?  They’re just $7.99 a pair or 3 for $19.99 – totally reasonable.  Lock Laces are water-resistant, so they hold up extremely well.  Want a chance to choose THREE colors for yourself?

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Lock Laces is giving one lucky Itz Linz reader three pairs of their choosing!  All you have to do is visit Lock Laces and leave a comment telling us which three colors you would choose.  For an additional (optional) entry, follow Itz Linz and Lock Laces on Twitter and tweet the following: “I never want to tie my laces again & with @LOCKLACES I wouldn’t have to! I want to win 3 pairs from @ItzLinz! 🙂 🙂 http://wp.me/p2WMfo-1AA” Be sure to leave a comment here telling us you followed and tweeted.  Good luck! {CLOSED}

Congratulations #23 Heidi Nicole! Please e-mail me your color choices and shipping information!

(This giveaway will be open until Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm CST.  Winner will be announced Friday, May 17th, 2013 and will have 48 hours to contact me.)

*Lock Laces provided me with the three pairs for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Rodan + Fields Giveaway {CLOSED}

Hello and happy Monday to YOU!  I was away in Nashville all weekend for my best friend’s bachelorette party, so I’m going to have my good friend Lanie guest post today.  We met in college and were sorority sisters (Delta Delta Delta!).  Lanie currently lives in Houston with her husband Doug, and they’ll be having a baby boy in August – yay!  Lanie recently became an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields, and is kind enough to host a marvelous giveaway for YOU. 

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Last year, I was fed up bouncing from product to product that different magazines were claiming could help sensitive, irritated skin. Luckily, my good friend Keri, had just started selling Rodan + Fields and urged me to try their SOOTHE line. Within days, my skin felt so much better and there was visible proof that the products were working their magic.  Eventually I was able to switch to another line to attack the effects of reaching that dreaded number… 30. Anyways, as someone with sensitive skin I am so thrilled that the doctors have come up with enhancement products that are both effective and gentle enough on my skin to use every day.

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Background information about Rodan + Fields: Rodan + Fields skin care line and anti-age tools were created by doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields in 2002. After experiencing huge success with the Proactiv skin care line, they extended their business into the anti-age field in an effort to introduce dermatological procedures and treatments to a multitude of people. Initially the products were only found at high-end department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, but the doctors realized the huge potential the products had when put in the hands of independent business consultants and thus, the first prestigious skin care line was opened for direct sales. Already in 2013, the Macro E micro-dermabrasion tool (which I happen to be slightly obsessed with!) has been written up in People Magazine, Allure Magazine, and Marie Claire.

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This week I am offering two products as a giveaway that I think are truly fantastic to get YOUR skin looking amazing just in time for summer! The first is the ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan which is a unique and super effective way to apply tanner and you can feel better about getting great color on your skin while still protecting it from sun damage. Not to mention there are no streaks and you won’t get any sort of orange tint!

The second product is the ENHANCEMENTS Body Micro-Dermabrasion which evens out your skin and helps the sunless tanner go on even better. Itz perfect to achieve that awesome overall “glow effect” for the summer without damaging your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

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I could go on and on about all of our awesome products, but I’ll let you do some investigating of your own when you visit my website for all the juicy details!

Itz GIVEAWAY time!! To enter this giveaway, leave a comment answering the following question (mandatory): If you could change one thing about your skin, what would it be and why? 

  • For an additional (optional) entry, follow Itz Linz and Lanie on Twitter and tweet the following: “Skin care is important to me which is why I’m entering the Rodan + Fields giveaway by @RFinHTX on @ItzLinz!! http://wp.me/p2WMfo-1z0” and leave a comment here telling me you did so.

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, May 9th at 8:00 pm CST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, May 10th and will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected.  Good luck! CLOSED

Congrats to #5 Lindsay’s List!  Please email me: itzlinz (at) gmail (dot) com with your shipping information.  Thank you to everyone who entered!  Please see below. 🙂

If you would like additional information about Rodan + Fields, their products, becoming an independent consultant, or how to improve your skin, please e-mail Lanie at Lanie.Ratza@gmail.com!

Balance Bar Dark Giveaway {CLOSED}

What does this look like to you?

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Dessert?  Cuz that’s what I think.  Itz not (even though it tastes like it!).  Itz the all-new Balance Bar in the dark chocolate peanut flavor.

Spring is here and April is all about celebrating Mother Nature! In time for Earth Month, Balance Bar Company, maker of one of America’s original nutrition energy bars, is excited to share the new Balance Bar Dark linethe first nutrition bar line on the market to bear the well-respected Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal.

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Available in three decadent flavors all featuring a dark chocolate coating – Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Coconut, and Dark Chocolate Peanut – the Rainforest Alliance certification assures consumers that our cocoa beans are grown on sustainably managed farms that protect people and their surrounding ecosystems of water, soil, and wildlife.

The kind souls at Balance Bar not only sent me several bars in their new flavors, but other eco-friendly goodies, too.  (Check ’em out on Facebook here!)

balance bar goods

Pretty marvelous for any diva life!  Can’t ever have too many notebooks, reusable totes, or healthy snack bars that are totally balanced.  Heh heh. 😉

The new Balance Bar Dark bars are high in protein, certified gluten-free, an excellent source of antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, E), certified kosher dairy, and contain 4 grams of fiber per serving.

As with all Balance Bar products, the new Dark line follows the 40-30-30 nutrition principle – a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein, and 30% from dietary fat.

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Now itz YOUR turn to win some tasty Balance Bar Dark bars!  Leave a comment on this blog post sharing how you will celebrate Mother Nature during Earth Month (mandatory).  Additional optional entries include:

  • Follow Itz Linz and Balance Bar on Twitter and tweet the following, “I’m celebrating Mother Nature during Earth Month with a chance to win the new @BalanceBar DARK bars from @ItzLinz! 🙂 http://wp.me/p2WMfo-1uE” and leave a comment here saying you did so.
  • Subscribe to Itz Linz by entering in your e-mail address and confirming your follow via e-mail.

One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again.  U.S. only (sorry!).

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, April 11th at 8:00 pm CST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, April 12th and will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected.  Good luck!

Congratulations to #74 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl!  Please e-mail me your shipping information.

*Balance Bar provided me with the box for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.

Bestowed Giveaway {CLOSED}

I hope everyone had an absolutely marvelous weekend!  I know I did; my brother-in-law and his girlfriend were in town, so we had lots of marvelous food and family time.

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Last week I was sent a marvelous box from BestowedWhat is Bestowed?  Itz a monthly membership for $19 per month that has 5+ products and include healthy food, amazing lifestyle, and nutrition items that are handpicked by celebrity nutritionist and author Heather Bauer.  In March’s box:

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The goods:

  • Oloves Hot Chili Mama Olives: I do like olives and I do like spicy, so I’m very interested to try these.  I’ve never seen olives in small snack packs; definitely a different idea, but great for any olive lover!  (Plus, 50 calories for the whole bag!)
  • Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars: These, too, will make a great snack that’s naturally sweet.  Heather suggests warming the bar and pairing with fresh fruit, or spreading nut butter on top instead of a fattening pastry – sounds mighty tasty!
  • Happy Family – Happy Squeeze:  I first learned of this brand during the Healthy Living Summit last summer, and fell in love!  I’m pretty sure these are intended for wee ones (I know my niece & nephew love them!), but I have no shame enjoying these.  I can’t wait to try this pomegranate blueberry pear flavor!
  • iTrain $25 Gift Card: I’ve never heard of iTrain, but itz a way to bring fitness and training expertise into your own home.  Workouts are downloaded right to you, so you can customize your workouts; includes music.  Sweet – must check this out!
  • Nature’s Earthly Choice – Easy Quinoa Lentil Soup Mix – This will be a great dinner when I’m in a pinch!  All you do is add water and boil and the best thing about it is that there’s not a lot of sodium (like most packaged foods), and itz loaded with protein and fiber.  Win win!
  • Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts – I am still yet to try hemp hearts, but now I have no excuse.  With 18 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in one serving, itz definitely a hearty addition to any salad, cereal, or yogurt.
  • Artisana Coconut Butter – You know I love anything Artisana and anything coconut butter.  I’m sad there’s just one little squeeze packet because it definitely won’t last long with me!

Itz definitely a good value and a fun package to receive in the mail.  It reminds me of Conscious Box, but with a greater emphasis on food, and I think this would make a really awesome gift to someone.  (I love gifting non-traditional items.)  Plus, this is like the gift that keeps on giving depending on if you buy a three or six month or one year subscription.  Totally rad!

With each box, Heather writes notes that include “two tips” for each of the products.  This is fun because many of her suggestions are ideas that I would not have thought of on my own.  And guess what?

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Itz YOUR turn to win a box courtesy of Bestowed!  There are three different ways to enter; enter one or enter all, but be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment telling us which marvelous item you’d most like to try from the March Bestowed box.
  • Follow Itz Linz and Bestowed on Twitter and tweet the following, “I want to  #getbestowed with a @bstowed box from @ItzLinz! 🙂 http://wp.me/p2WMfo-1tu″
  • Subscribe to Itz Linz by entering in your e-mail address and confirming your follow via e-mail.

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, April 4th at 8:00 pm CST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, April 5th and will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected.  Good luck!

Congratulations to #53 Carly @ Snack Therapy!  Please e-mail me your shipping information.  For everyone else, you may use the code 5OFFBSTOWED01 to receive $5 off your first Bestowed box!

*Bestowed provided me with the box for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.

Good Earth Tea Giveaway {CLOSED}

Today’s WIAW will be a tad different.  I’m featuring two different brands and will end the post with a giveaway.  Happy Wednesday to YOU, friends!  Let’s begin:

Nasoya, makers of Nayonaise, the original vegan mayo, recently perfected Nayonaise for a smoother, creamier texture and it now comes in new distinct varieties.  Nasoya came out with this interesting graphic just in time for Easter: Have an Eggless Easter: A Guide to Simple Substitutions for Spring.

eggless easter

Now, you all know I don’t celebrate Easter (I’m Jewish) nor do I eat strictly vegan.  In fact, I love eggs.  However, I certainly do not love mayonnaise mostly due to the fact that itz just so bad for you.  I am all about making healthy substitutions and eating a variety of foods, and I do try to eat plant-strong.  Nayonaise has half the fat and a third the calories as traditional mayonnaise.

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I decided to try the nayonaise on my eggwich first.  Use an eggless-mayo on an egg sandwich?  Yeah, doesn’t make much sense, but it did taste good!

egg sandwich

I toasted an english muffin, fried an egg, added fresh spinach and turkey, and smeared on the nayonaise.  I put it all together and wah-lah!  I was amazed at the flavor the nayonaise added!  It was a quite a tasty addition.  Next, I added it to two turkey sandwiches made on dollar rolls on a plate perfect for Easter.

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I feel like if I’m going to eat mayo nayo, it must be with turkey!  For Jonny’s lunch yesterday, I made him a turkey sandwich on matzoh (remember, we’re Jewish and itz Passover!), and asked him how it was when he got home from work.  “Turkey, cheese, and mayo?  Of course it was good!”  It passed the Jonny-test!  Plus, the entire line is vegan, a good source of vitamin B12 and made from expeller pressed oil. All products are also fortified with Omega 3 ALA for added nutrition.

Disclaimer: Nasoya provided me with product; I received no compensation.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now itz time to switch gears and talk TEA!  Good Earth Tea specifically.  To launch their unique new tea flavors, Cocoa Tango and Sweetly Twisted, Good Earth Tea partnered with Hollywood’s hottest fitness guru, Bizzie Gold to create signature BUTI Fitness workouts inspired by these new flavors – which taste sweet without the need to add sugar.

good earth tea

The full-length workouts are available free on Good Earth’s website and YouTube channel and are the only place to stream FREE full-length BUTI workouts.  Pretty fun that workouts and teas are connected, eh?  Ali was kind enough to also include a box of their Original Sweet & Spicy blend!  I most recently enjoyed a cup amidst the twelve inches of snow St. Louis got over the weekend.  It sure warmed me right up!

sweet & spicy tea

An aromatic sweet cinnamon tea with hints of orange. Our full flavored signature blend offers up a rich, spicy fragrance followed by a sweet, warming, clean taste without added sugar.  Honestly, I usually do sweeten my teas with honey or NuNaturals, but with these teas I did not have to.  They were all bursting with so much flavor and sweetness that I was totally good without.

New flavor #1: Cocoa Tango Black TeaSweet, sensually smooth flavor of cocoa envelops the unpredictably fiery hit of chili pepper.

cocoa tango

The smell alone of this tea will leave your mouth watering.  Usually when teas are flavored “cocoa” or “chocolate,” I find that they smell really good, but the taste leaves something to be desired.  Not with Cocoa Tango – it was just as delicious as it smells.

New flavor #2:  Sweetly Twisted Black & Herbal TeaA sweet start takes an unexpected tangy twist leading to a refreshing finish.

sweetly twisted tea

I warmed up with a cup of this tea by the fire and made Jonny a glass, but added ice to his.  Jonny is not a fan of tea at all, so I was really curious to what his reaction would be.  And guess what?  He liked it!  He kept asking what the flavors were because there really is a mixture of sweet and tangy.

Good Earth has offered to give ONE Itz Linz reader a variety pack including Sweet & Spicy, Green Tea Lemongrass, and Cocoa Chai tea.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us what your favorite flavor of tea is!

For an optional additional entry, follow Itz Linz and Good Earth Tea on Twitter and tweet the following, “I want to win a @GoodEarthTea variety pack from @ItzLinz! Enter here: http://wp.me/p2WMfo-1sE” and leave a comment saying you did so.

Itz a fast giveaway, folks!  I will announce a winner on Friday, March 29th and the winner will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen.

The winner of the Good Earth Tea giveaway is #41 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli.

Disclaimer: I was provided the teas to review without compensation; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Conscious Box Giveaway – 3 months! {CLOSED}

I’m wiped.  It wasn’t a super busy weekend, but both nights were late and I have a hard time catching up after that.  Friday night was trivia night with parents and co-workers from the school where I teach.  My table definitely didn’t come close to winning, but we had a blast anyway!  Trivia is so hard!

I layed around most of the day on Saturday and even took a rest day from the gym.  Saturday night, my family went out to dinner at Vino Nadoz Wine Bar.  It was fabulous and I’m pretty sure we ordered almost everything on the menu.  I’ll share the goodness on Wednesday for WIAW.

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My little brother Justin was in town and Sunday was his last day, so my parents had brunch at their home with more food.  I’d say I was food-ed out with all that was consumed this weekend, but I’m pretty sure that’s never the case.  🙂  While it was sad to bid Justin farewell, it will be less than two weeks before I see him again as Jonny and I will be visiting him during my spring break!

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A weekend with the family is always a marvelous one!  And now I have something extra marvelous for YOU!  One lucky reader will win a 3-month subscription to Conscious Box!  Conscious Box helps you discover the purest, healthiest natural products in the world from the most ethical companies! From natural beauty to health food and non-toxic home goods, you’ll find better alternatives for all areas of your life.  Marvelous indeed! (Thanks to Healthy Diva Life for hosting #MIMM!)

MiMM

Conscious Box just launched their new site.  Now you can earn points for rating the samples in your box and use those points to snag some great discounts on your  favorite products – right from ConsciousBox.com! Also, as you earn more points you’ll level up to different characters, starting at “Seedling!” – So fun!

Another plus: Vegan and Gluten-Free boxes are now available.  Be sure to visit Conscious Box on Facebook and let them know Itz Linz sent you!

Conscious Box Itz Linz

Here’s how to enter the giveaway for a three-month subscription ($59 value!):

That’s five ways to enter this giveaway!  Be sure to leave a comment for any and all of the ways to earn your entries.  This giveaway will be open until Thursday, March 8th at 8:00 pm CST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, March 9th and will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected.

WINNER: Congratulations to #38 Becky at Olives n Wine!  Please e-mail me: itzlinz (at) gmail (dot) com with your shipping info.

NatureBox Giveaway {CLOSED}

Who likes to snack?  I do!  I do!  Sometimes I’m a total snack monster, so when Molly from NatureBox asked me if I wanted to try their December NatureBox that was filled with their “favorite snacks,” I was more than happy to oblige.  Lucky for you, she also agreed to give one lucky reader a box, too!

Nature Box

What is NatureBox?  Each month, NatureBox chooses 5 different nutritionist-approved, healthy, all-natural snacks to include in their box for $19.95.  Plus, NatureBox donates one meal for every box to help feed over 14 million children in America who go hungry.  They believe in “doing good and eating well.”  Now that’s marvelous!

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I’ll share with you the five marvelous snacks that were in December’s NatureBox so you can get a glimpse of the goodness that each box brings.  In addition to the snacks, NatureBox also provides a card that tells a bit about each of the snacks with suggestions for how to eat them or what to pair them with.  Honestly, Jonny and I have been enjoying the snacks straight out of the bag!

Wild Blueberry Flax Granola:  This was packed with antioxidant-rich wild blueberries and flaxseeds, and tasted just like a blueberry muffin!   I could not believe how strong the blueberry flavor was in this granola, and the dried blueberries were a nice touch, too.  We’ve eaten many handfuls, but I’ve also mixed it with cottage cheese for a more substantial snack.  Tastes.so.good.

blueberry flax granola

Lemon Pucker Pistachios: I’ve never had pistachios that are flavored, but I’m definitely a fan.  There is just the most mild hint of lemon which makes for such a refreshing snack.

lemon pucker pistachios

Masa Crisps:  These mini chips satisfy a salty craving like no other!  NatureBox’s suggestion was to dip them in hummus or sprinkle them over a salad or chili which would be awesome.  But they didn’t last that long in our house since we liked them so much.  They held their own and were tasty enough to eat plain!

masa crisps

Pistachio Power Clusters: I really do love pistachios and I love them even more since I don’t eat them as frequently as peanuts or almonds or other nuts.  The clusters balance sweet and savory flavors that really do make it hard to resist!

pistachio clusters

Dried Pears:  I love dried fruit!  However, I don’t love all the additional sugar that usually goes along with it.  I was most delighted to notice that the only ingredient in this snack was pears – no added sugar whatsoever!  And they really didn’t need it as their soft, buttery texture made for such a yummy snack.

dried pears

Now itz your turn!  All you have to do is share with us one healthy step you plan on taking in 2013 and NatureBox will give one box to an Itz Linz reader to help with their healthy snacking!  Leave a comment on this blog post.  For additional entries, complete one or all of the following steps and leave a comment saying you did:

  • Follow Itz Linz and NatureBox on Twitter and tweet the following, “Healthy snacking made easy with @NatureBox! Win a box here: http://wp.me/p2WMfo-1bp via @ItzLinz”
  • Follow Itz Linz and NatureBox on Instagram.
  • Subscribe to Itz Linz by entering in your e-mail address and confirming your follow via e-mail.

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, January 3rd at 8:00 pm CST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, January 4th and will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected.  Good luck and Happy New Year!

*Note: NatureBox provided me with one box to sample and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Edit to add: The winner of the NatureBox giveaway is #79 Brittany!  Congratulations!  Please email me at itzlinz@gmail.com in the next 48 hours with your mailing address.  Thank you to everyone who entered!  You may order your own NatureBox by visiting their site and using the code “HEALTHY” to receive $5 off your order.  Great deal!

 

 

New Year New Rules GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday! This sure is a happy Monday as itz my first day off work.  Woot woot.  I’ve got a great giveaway coming at you today just in time for the New Year.  Many people make resolutions and goals to live healthier lifestyles once the new year hits.  While I think intentions are pure, many resolutions don’t last the entire year; hence, the start of new resolutions each.and.every.single.year.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t set goals.  You should.  We all should and we should also take steps to achieve them.

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Sports bra by Free Motion Performance Apparel & Shorts by Yogi Clothing

Today I’d like to share with you a program that will not only help you reach your goals, but will instill healthy habits into your everyday life that will last much longer than a month or two.  Itz called New Year New You, and I’ll be trying it out myself.  Lee from Fit Foodie Finds is partnering with Prescribe Nutrition, a collaboration between two functional nutritionists, Katie Jasper Health and Megan Morris of The Root of Health who both studied at IIN. Here’s a quick video of them introducing their program:

They have created a virtual lifestyle program called New Year | New Rules, a 15 day program that will help you make and sustain lifestyle changes to your diet. Katie and Megan are all about getting to the core or root of the health issue. Their foundation is functional. They look at each person as a unique individual, focusing on what works for them and their body. It is not about symptom management. They’re not going to give them a pill if they can’t sleep. They’re not going to tell them to count calories if they can’t lose weight. They’re going to ask why. Their goal is to help their clients achieve overall balance.

What is New Year | New Rules? The program is all about tuning in and feed our bodies what they were designed to have – real food!  It’s the basic and fundamental principles that we have strayed so far away from.  The focus with #NYNR is to allow our bodies to experience 15-days with just that, real food
So is this a detox or a cleanse, you might ask? No, not in the true sense – there is no restriction or hunger here, fasting, or juice only protocols (thank goodness!).  With that said there are some detoxing principles such as eliminating sugar, dairy, and gluten – these foods are common allergens and are generally inflammatory.  What you will get in their place is a TON of outstanding recipes.  We pulled in the experts here – recipe creators that are bringing flavor straight to you – meals, snacks, and drinks galore! Sound marvelous? It is!
MIMM
(Thanks to Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for hosting another round of #MIMM!)
Important Links:

Important Pricing:

  • Early bird discount ends 12/26 so enroll NOW for just $109!
  • Regular price is $149 thereafter.
  • My special readers get a discount of 20% using this code: nynr20

Important Dates:

  • 1/3: You receive all of the programming information to prep for the start
  • 1/7: Program begins
  • 1/21: Program ends (and hopefully you continue to use what you learned!)

New Year New Rules

I have been authorized to give one lucky reader an enrollment to New Year New Rules so you can do it right alongside me and hundreds of others.  This is an awesome opportunity at the perfect time (after tons of celebrating of the holidays), so don’t miss out.  To enter: leave a comment on this blog post telling us one step you’d like to take to live a healthier life.  For additional entries, complete one or all of the following steps and leave a comment saying you did so:

  • Follow Itz Linz and Prescribe Nutrition on Twitter and tweet the following, “I want to win a spot in @prescribe_nutr’s New Year New Rules healthy lifestyle program from @ItzLinz! #NYNR http://wp.me/p2WMfo-1af
  • Follow Itz Linz on Instagram and tag me (@ItzLinz) in one of your pictures showing how you are making strides to live a healthy life. Hashtag #NYNR.
  • Subscribe to Itz Linz by entering in your e-mail address and confirming your follow via e-mail.

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, December 27th at 8:00 pm CST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, December 28th and will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected.  Good luck!

*Note: I received a complimentary entry to NYNR. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Conscious Box Giveaway {CLOSED}

As I wrote on my Facebook page, “Yesterday’s events are horrific, disturbing,
and unforgettable.  While we cannot undo the damage, we can move forward
and try to improve ourselves and the world we live in.  We can come
together as a community, as a country, and as the world.  Do something
nice for someone else, smile at those you encounter, and pay it forward.
Be a bit kinder, more tolerable, and open your heart to those need. 
Let’s make the world a better place one tiny action at a time.”

I cannot begin to imagine the heartbreak that the families, community, and town of Newtown are suffering.  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. xoxo

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Since it is Monday, let’s try to find some marvelous here since we can’t let fear rule our lives.  We can find joy in the little things and enjoy our time we have together with our loved ones.  My Saturday night started out doing just that.  I got dolled up, and Jonny and I headed to our dear friends’ home for a Chanukah party.  Of course I added a spritz of my Forever Red perfume from the Cosmo VoxBox.

Forever Red

Loving itz scent.  We had an absolute blast celebrating the last night of Chanukah with some of our closest friends, eating delicious latkes, and smiling and laughing and merely enjoying each other’s company.

Sunday morning began with sleeping in (kind of, if 7 am counts), then making a homemade oatmeal pancake for breakfast.  I topped it with a smear of sunflower seed butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey.

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So good.  After some cleaning and laundry, I decided making it to the gym wasn’t a priority.  Instead, I broke out my new yoga mat and turned on my Tara Stiles yoga dvd.  I felt rejuvenated after the 15 minutes of the “relaxed easygoing flow.”

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Child’s pose, one of my favorites as itz so relaxing.  For Sunday night dinner we went over to my parents’ house where we celebrated the last night of Chanukah for the second time.  Lighting all the candles on the menorah is too nice to do just once!

chanukah

My dad prepared an enormous beef tenderloin – literally, the size of a small cow.  My mom made her famous twice baked potatoes and green beans, cauliflower, and tomato mozzarella salad were our sides.

sunday night dinner

And while we were over there, I obviously had to show off the Program Guide of a local gym’s magazine where I was featured on the cover.  Hehe, it just doesn’t get old!

magazine cover

Now there’s some marvelous for ya!  What’s marvelous in your day?  For a whole lot of marvelous, pop on over to Healthy Diva Eats where itz Marevlous in my Monday!

MIMM

The last bit of marvelous I’m bringing you today is a giveaway.  And actually I’m not bringing it, Conscious Box is.  I’ve written about Conscious Box several times.  Here and here and it was even on my Healthy Living Holiday Gift Guide.  Now, the kind folks at Conscious Box are giving one lucky reader the December Conscious Box!  Word around town is that they’ve totally outdone themselves on this one (they always do though)!  Make sure you leave some love on the Conscious Box Facebook page.

  • Conscious Box is a monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet—just like you.

Conscious Box Itz Linz

How to enter: leave a comment on this blog post telling us how you make the world a better place; it can be environmentally or paying it forward with a kind action (mandatory).  You may also complete the following steps for two additional entries.  Leave a comment telling us you did so.

  • Follow Itz Linz and Conscious Box on Twitter and tweet the following, “I want to win the December @ConsciousBox from @ItzLinz! Itz filled with pure & sustainable product samples! http://wp.me/p2WMfo-18R
  • Subscribe to Itz Linz by entering in your e-mail address and confirming your follow via e-mail.

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, December 20th at 8:00 pm CST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, December 21st and will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected.  Good luck!

Harry and David Giveaway {CLOSED}

What would YOU do if I showed up on your doorstep with a box full of Harry and David Chocolate Covered Strawberries?

Let me explain.  Julianne from Harry and David e-mailed me asking about my thoughts on chocolate covered fruit.  In return, she sent me two dozen chocolate covered strawberries!  My thoughts? AMAZING!  Truly, my initial thought was, “Wow!  This would make an unbelievable gift to send someone!”  I’m really bad at wrapping gifts, so when the strawberries arrived in a beautiful box with a bow, I immediately knew this would make a fantastic gift.  And the strawberries themselves?

Absolutely delicious!  But they’re unhealthy… surely you don’t eat them??  No, no, my friends.  While I get this comment all too often, healthy living is all about balance.  A balance of exercising, working, and eating.  While I do try to eat healthy most of the time, I definitely LOVE to indulge in sweets!  Do I eat dessert every meal of every day?  Of course not.  That would not be balance.  But a sweet treat here and there, and even sometimes everyday?  Yes.

Yes, my friends, that’s balance.  My goal is to eat healthy most of the time because that’s what makes me feel good.  Balance also means moderation.  While I could have eaten an entire box of chocolate covered strawberries, I did not.  For not would not have been balance or moderation!  So since I had 24 enormous, beautiful, delicious chocolate covered strawberries in my hands, I did what any person would do: I shared the goodness with my family!

They were mighty happy when I arrived on their doorsteps!  And now YOU can send the perfect holiday gift to your loved ones.  No more wondering what to get them or worrying about wrapping presents or baking.  Check out the rest of their chocolate dipped fruit here.  Chocolate dipped pears?!  Oh my yum!  Plus, Harry and David is giving all Itz Linz readers Free Shipping on Holiday Gifts over $99!

  • Standard delivery & processing charges will not apply on your product purchase when you spend over $99 in our holiday gifts category and enter coupon code GIFTS.  Discount will appear on payment screen when ordering online. Product purchase is exclusive of taxes and delivery & processing charges, and excludes the purchase of gift cards or products containing alcohol. Offer does not apply to express delivery charges or additional delivery charges (including, without limitation, additional charges for deliveries to Alaska, Hawaii or international destinations). Offer may not be combined with any other promotional discount or offer. Offer cannot be used in stores, on mail or fax orders, nor on previous purchases. Void where prohibited by law. Offer void if transferred, purchased, sold or bartered. No cash value. Offer valid through December 31, 2012.

Is that marvelous or what?  Oh yes!  Just in time for Diva Katie’s Marvelous Monday!

Want even more marvelous?  While buying an exclusive Harry and David treat is the perfect gift for your family or friends, enter my giveaway today for your chance to win your own box of chocolate covered strawberries!  (Itz your choice to share or not!)

Here’s how to win: Check out Harry and David’s website and leave a comment on this blog post telling us which item strikes your fancy! (We know itz hard to decide!)  For additional entries, follow the steps below and leave a comment saying you did so.

  • Follow Itz Linz and Harry and David on Twitter and tweet the following, “Oh my yum! I want to win a box of @HarryandDavid’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries through @ItzLinz’s giveaway! http://wp.me/p2WMfo-17c
  • Subscribe to Itz Linz by entering in your e-mail address and confirming your follow via e-mail.  Leave a comment telling us you did so.

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, December 13th at 8:00 pm CST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, December 14th and will have 24 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected.  Good luck!

WINNER: #55 Laura Floss.  (Please e-mail me your shipping information within 24
hours.)  Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who entered.

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review beyond the two boxes of chocolate covered strawberries that Harry and David provided me.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.