Why running skirts are my new favorite + yoga mat giveaway! Get fit this spring!

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I couldn’t wait to say hello to spring. One of the main reasons is because I love to run outside. This week I pulled out my summer running gear and got super excited. I am hoping to train for a half marathon later this year. Eek!

Running has become one of my go-t0 workouts as a mom. It is easy to put on my running shoes and go. It is also the most inexpensive sport I currently participate in. Why? I don’t need a gym membership, I can take my shoes with me anywhere, and my gear is all relatively low in cost and lasts a good while.

My new favorite piece of running  gear is definitely a cute running skirt. I have seen so many runners wearing them, but just thought they were a bit unnecessary. Sure, I thought they were adorable, but I did not really get the hype. Instead, I would just assume they were trying to look cute and feminine on their run.

SwimOutlet.com had a great selection on running skirts and a really good sale, so I decided to pick one and give it a try. To my delight, the skirt was not only super cute and flattering, it was extremely comfortable. I ran four miles with absolutely no chafing or shorts riding up. The compression shorts built into the skirt controlled everything, and stayed put the entire time. The skirt actually gave more coverage while I ran as it simply hung over the shorts. I felt very comfortable and cute. Bonus: it can transition easily for errand running time. I got the Skirt Sports Women’s Gym Girl Ultra Skirt and LOVE it.

I also got these amazing Sanuk Yoga Sling sandals- I have worn them every day. They are super comfortable. I change into them as soon as I can!

Running skirts are also amazing because they come in a wide variety of lengths and colors. I chose a mid length one and found it perfect.

Some of my other favorite gear for running are:

1. A great pair of running shoes

2. A good sports bra

3. Sport-wicking socks

4. An arm band for my I-Phone

5. A great pair of sunglasses

6. Comfortable sandals for day to day to give feet rest

Be sure to download an app on your phone with GPS that tracks your distance and time, and don’t forget some good music!

Happy running season to all of you, and I hope you get out there and enjoy the sun!

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Also, enter to win this beautiful cranberry red yoga Gaiam SOL Shakti 4mm Rubber Yoga Mat retailing aat $60 from YogaOutlet.com! Enter below. Open to US residents only 18+

*I received product in exchange for a fair and honest review from SwimOutlet.com.

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This is the skirt I got! Love it!

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Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop is live- come join the party!

Welcome to the Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.
Dear Friends,
What a day to celebrate! This is the 115th week of the Let’s Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!
Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I’ve never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!
The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That’s right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week’s hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.
The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! 🙂
Let’s Be Friend’s Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!
***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.
Meet your hosts:
The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin’
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin’
Meet this week’s co-host:
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***This weeks featured post from last week’s hop:
Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
…on to the Winner!
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Hello everyone! This is Chelsee. I admit this post from Lipgloss Library about how much does your face cost really left me thinking. I mean I do love high-end products and started thinking about how much my daily face makeup would costs. Needless to say that this figure is pretty scary and will probably be revealed at a later time. I think it is a super interesting idea, and I think we would all be surprised at how much our face costs. Make sure you head over and check out her blog and see how much her face costs then compare it to yours!
Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!


$500 Nordstrom Giveaway!

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Happy Monday! I’m teaming up with these beautiful ladies to bring you a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!! This would be a great jump start to some new summer clothes!

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The giveaway will run from Monday April 27th, 2015 at 12:00AM through Monday May 4th, 2015 at 12:00AM and is open to US residents only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter below! (**If you’re on a mobile device, click the link that says “A Rafflecopter giveaway”)

GOOD LUCK!

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