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September 25, 2014
This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk.
Hi friends! I hope your Thursday has started off on a good note. I’m currently coming to you from a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts.
Word on the streets is that the country’s most popular non-dairy alternative to coffee creamer (almond milk!) is now served nationwide at Dunkin’ Donuts. Today I am happy to report that the rumors are true!
(Tigers gear on me and my coffee cup was a total coincidence. Go Tigers!)
A couple of weeks ago, the kind folks over at Blue Diamond Almond Breeze sent me an alluring care package filled with two of my favorite things.
They must know me pretty well, right?
I have always been a fan of Dunkin’ coffee but rarely buy the original flavor. I was eager to give it a try!
(Please ignore the chipped nail polish. Also, those are definitely Scott’s moccasin slippers. #sowhatifweshareshoes)
Yum. All kinds of comfort and deliciousness made my morning cup of coffee feel like a bunch of warm hugs. Make fun all you want, but that’s what it felt like as I was sipping my cares away.
Helping kick off this exciting addition to the DD menu, I was asked to visit a location near me that offers almond milk. Twist my arm, why don’t you.
I started my morning off with a quick three miles with Roadie around our neighborhood and planned to treat myself with a visit soon after.
(Yup… I predict those running suggestions are going to be put into use at a slow pace after the antics he pulled today. Neighbors, bikers, and runners are not a threat, Mr. Protective.)
Anyways, as soon as we were done, I hopped in the shower and got in the car as fast as I could. I needed coffeeeee stat!
It looks like the majority of the locations offer this additive (as well as free wi-fi… holla!). You can visit the store locator and search for a special “AM” symbol indicating locations offering Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Almondmilk.
I ordered an unsweetened Hazelnut coffee (did you know they now offer sweetened Hazelnut too?) with the recommended 3 almond milk cups for the medium size and a turkey sausage breakfast sandwich. That was my first time trying it and it was really good!
I used to visit DD close to every other day in Orlando. In my defense, there was a drive thru literally within walking distance from our condo.
After a quick search on the web, I was thrilled to see a couple of locations relatively close to me that offer this new almond milk addition to any hot or iced coffee!
I posted the photo I shared at the top of this post on Instagram earlier and I can already tell you guys are just as excited as I am about the news.
Here’s hoping you get to go out and give it a try soon!
Questions of the Day
• How do you take your coffee? Have you ever tried using almond milk?
• (Just for funsies) favorite DD donut… GO!
I used to use skim milk and some kind of natural sweetener, but I have slowly switched over to strictly almond milk. A little bit really goes a long way, and this campaign couldn’t have come at a better time!
I’m not going to lie to you. As soon as I hit publish, I’m off to try a pumpkin munchin or three. I’ll be sure to let you know if they’re everything I’m dreaming them to be!
September 18, 2014
I know I am not alone in saying that getting my sweat on is always more fun with new workout gear. As time goes by, it seems like the designs and lines for fitness enthusiasts and professionals are only getting better, and most of the time, brighter.
As someone who appreciates a little pep in her mostly spandex wardrobe, I was thrilled for the opportunity to receive and review a couple of new looks from the PUMA Fitness line. Check out the goods!
The Performance Look is designed for workouts like running and training.
Let’s start with the Mobium XT sneakers. As Florida native, I couldn’t help but to think of the Miami Dolphins NFL team as soon as I saw the vibrant design and color combo.
There is an elasticized band that runs through the outsole so that the more force applied, the more spring it returns. Other cool features include a lightweight mesh upper to provide breathability, moveCELL designation for flexibility and adaptation, and outsole flex grooves to support side-to-side movement.
I haven’t been able to get into the gym as much as normal since I am currently training for a half marathon. Even so, I strength train at least once a week and recently sported this look while going through some of the essential strength exercises for runners via Runner’s World at home.
(overhead lunge + plank hold)
I love that article and would suggest anyone who does a decent amount of running to give it a read! It highlights ten exercises and major muscle groups that are important for runners to utilize and keep strong.
I am a firm believer in some form of strength training at least once a week while training for long distance races, and will keep these moves in mind when completing workouts on those designated days.
(stability ball hip extension)
Thanks for the reminder, Runner’s World!
The Gym Tank 3 features LYCRA SPORT material for recovery power, fit, and freedom of movement. There is a built-in shelf bra, mesh inserts to keep you cool, and a sexy criss cross strap back design.
The Gym 3/4 Tight is ideal for any type of training, including running, HIIT, barre, and Pilates. I love the tight fit, but not too tight feeling of the elastic waistband with an interior drawstring. Just like the tank, there are mesh inserts for flexibility of movement that adds to the overall comfort.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been rocking pieces from both of the looks sent to me. Together, separate, to the gym, at the gym, and even to dance practice, both looks are extremely versatile.
The Fashion Comfort Look is designed to wear to and from the gym.
Even though they were made as more of a runaround pre and post-workout clothing item, you could still wear the Studio Capsule Pant to workout in if you’d like.
They are super comfortable and designed with dryCELL moisture wicking material. I love the wide elastic and drawstring at the top as well as the look of the cuffs at the bottom.
The Narita V2 doubles as a lightweight running shoe as well as a comfortable, stylish sneaker. It features EverRide blown rubber outsoles for extra cushioning and EverTrack high abrasion resistant rubber for durability in the high wear areas. I love the mint and coral options as well!
While I wouldn’t necessarily throw these on for a run, I like that they have the capability to get me through speed and agility exercises.
The Gym Loose Tank is sassy with an open back design. Made for layering, it is a stylish alternative to the standard tank top with a bio-based sweat wicking material to keep you cool, dry and comfortable.
I put this outfit on after a workout and felt like I was in sweats for the remainder of the day… only a lot cuter.
The fashion in fitness gear has certainly come a long way! As someone who works from home and hopes to further a career in the fitness industry, I am very grateful that my options of acceptable attire has grown into much more than oversized t-shirts and Soffe cheerleading shorts.
More than anything, you can find me in something similar to either outfit above on any given day. From group fitness classes and running errands around town to a neighborhood run or night in, I absolutely adore the bright colors, prints, and comfort brands like PUMA are putting out there.
Thank you for allowing me to test out your gear!
More PUMA Fitness Fashion featured on HWG:
Question of the Day
• What’s your favorite type of look? Performance or Fitness Comfort?
*Disclaimer: Although this is a sponsored post and I was compensated for this review, all thoughts are honest and opinions are my own!