Posts Tagged ‘Giveaways’
January 20, 2015
Oh boy, do I have an exciting giveaway for you guys today!
Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? How about a raw foods cleanse?
What about… a juice and raw foods cleanse? I know, mind = blown.
I have a feeling that your answer can be summed up as:
1) No thanks, I like my cheeseburgers and unstructured eating schedule.
2) Nope, but I’m interested to hear more about it (and win the giveaway!).
3) I tried one to lose weight, but couldn’t commit and/or didn’t see results.
4) YES! I love cleanses. They are a great way to kick off the start to a new year or important season in my life!
Throughout my years of dancing professionally, and having to pose in front of a camera in what I can only describe as a bikini, I tried a handful of cleanses. The most popular one I heard about back then (and successfully completed several times) was the Master Cleanse, also known as the Lemonade Diet. This was back in my crazy two-a-day workout days when I also had a shockingly high amount of will power. Basically, I put myself on a liquid diet of fresh lemon juice, organic maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water from three to a maximum of seven days once to twice a year.
To be completely honest, it was horrible every time. I hated it. I didn’t mind the taste the first day, but any length of time after that was pretty much force fed, or in this case, force swallowed. For that reason alone, my last experience with a detox or cleanse was back in 2011.
Over the past few years, juicing has become a popular way to cleanse. I have been interested in detoxing with a juice cleanse over the last couple of months, so I enthusiastically hopped on the opportunity to review a 3-Day juice and raw foods cleanse from Urban Remedy.
Urban Remedy offers a variety of cleanse options, as well as four different kits that are pre-packed with a 3-day supply of nutritionally-balanced juices, snacks and meals.
Since I am not looking to lose weight, but rather kick start a new year of (mostly) healthy, clean eating, I picked the Beauty Kit for the focus on antioxidants, fiber and essential fatty acids to support glowing skin and hair.
I received a big brown box on my front door that contained the following goodies packed into a cooler:
• 6 packets of beauty tea
• 3 Green Berry shakes
• 3 Time Machine juices
• 3 Glow juices
• 6 Youth Spikes
• 1 Sour Cream & Chive
• 1 BBQ
• 1 Cheesy Italian
• 1 Zen Salad
• 1 Shredded Kale Salad
• 1 Tabbouleh Salad
• 2 Zucchini Fettucini Marinara
• 1 Zucchini Fettucini Pesto
• 2 Raw Chocolate Mousse
• 1 Raw Tiramisu
You would have thought it was Christmas morning, y’all. I was so pumped to read about the entire process and get started!
Since I had never previously tried and enjoyed the experience of a plant-based foods cleanse, I wanted to commit myself to it one hundred percent. For three full days, I completely stuck to the Beauty Kit plan and cut out all other clogging foods and drinks from my diet.
There were times (especially in the second and third day) where I felt like I needed more calories. If you are staying really active or need more to eat, they suggest choosing items from the cleansing foods list (like organic fruits, organic vegetables, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, etc.) included in the brochure that comes with the instructions.
Each day followed the same pattern of food and juice intake and offered a variety in menu items.
I started every morning with water. They suggested to drink a glass of warm water with lemon, but I opted to skip over it and went right for the beauty tea. That was the only way I was going to get through my normal habit of grabbing coffee right after I roll out of bed!
The herbal tea is made with Chinese herbs that strengthen digestion, reduce bloating, and curb the appetite, so I drank my cup of tea 10 to 15 minutes before anything else.
I started all three mornings with a Green Berry shake with 1 Youth Spike.
(The Youth Spikes are tiny vials of probiotics that promote healthy detoxification, aids fat digestion, and rejuvenates the liver.)
I loved the shake, and you couldn’t taste the spike at all. I was surprised that it filled me up until my mid-morning snack: kale chips with a Time Machine.
I could taste the cayenne pepper in the juice right away. I squinted a bit at that, but thoroughly enjoyed all three flavors of the seasoned kale chips. I was instructed to eat when I felt hungry, so I usually ended up nibbling a small portion of the chips here and saved the majority of the bowl for later.
Kale chips really are a hit or miss with me. I was ecstatic that all three flavors tasted great!
I kept my workouts on the low side during my cleanse, so I wasn’t too hungry for lunch until well after Noon. Each day called for a different salad and they were all colorful, extremely fresh, and delicious.
I worked my way through all three of the afternoons and almost forgot about my mid-afternoon snack: Glow juice with another Youth Spike.
This was also the part of the day where I wanted to inhale kale chips, so I polished those containers off pretty easily.
Dinner came around the normal hour, and I was definitely ready for it. The first and third nights had Zucchini Fettucini Marinara on the menu.
It was actually my first time trying zucchini noodles! They were good… but it was just… too raw for my liking. Scott gave me the idea of heating my “pasta” up the second night in the microwave. I’m not even sure you’re supposed to do that since this kit provides raw food, but it made the biggest difference.
It was so much better and tasted great! I also really liked the Zucchini Fettuchini Pesto the second night.
(Photographed cold, but consumed heated up!)
Dessert couldn’t come soon enough and easily became my favorite part of each day. The first and third nights topped my night off with a light but rich Raw Chocolate Mousse.
The middle night did not disappoint with the Raw Tiramisu, paired with another Beauty Tea to wind down each night.
You better believe I licked every one of those containers clean.
They were incredible!
Like I mentioned above, this was my first time doing a juice and raw foods cleanse. I’m not going to sugar coat anything… it was a challenge for me.
I am a huge snacker, and while this kit provided me with plenty to keep me satisfied, I simply missed the foods I usually snack on. Oh, and COFFEE! Wow. It’s a good thing that I was at home alone for the majority of the first day because I was super irritable. I craved my usual morning cup of coffee for a solid two days. It was awful.
I almost gave in a couple of times, but Scott reminded me that I owe an honest review. And, (dangit) he was right. So, just for you guys, I pulled through and awarded myself thirty gold stars.
Guess what? I didn’t even miss my coffee on the third day. Seriously. I went the entire day feeling on top of my game and more focused than ever. It was an awesome feeling.
I knew I was going to go right back to drinking coffee the next morning, since it’s something I truly look forward to every day. That’s my one thing I don’t think I will ever want to give up, and I am okay with that. But, it is nice to know that I can take caffeine out of my diet and still function properly!
The shakes were delicious. I actually started craving those and missed them when they were gone. I could have done without the Time Machines, but the Glow juices were right up my alley. I really liked the salads and could tolerate the zucchini pastas once I (cheated? and) heated them up. The beauty tea was light and refreshing too.
I didn’t feel too hungry throughout the cleanse until the final day. I think my body just wanted warm food again. I ate extra fruit and made some plain quinoa to hold me over!
Can you guess what my favorite part was? If you know me at all, then you immediately thought of the desserts. They were ON POINT you guys.
I had Scott try each one and he was incredibly shocked at how good they tasted. 100% raw. Who knew?
So… would I do another cleanse? Absolutely!
Yes, I missed eating my normal foods and snacks for a few days, but I came out of it feeling wonderful. Cleanses are a great way to detox the body from the inflammatory, maybe not-so-healthy foods common in our diets. I loved starting the new year off with a goal or focus, and am so glad I completed the three days without wavering!
Urban Remedy Kit Giveaway
I was elated when I found out Urban Remedy was on board to help me host a giveaway. You guys know how much I like to try and share the goods!
I am obviously a fan of the Beauty Kit, but one lucky Housewife Glamour reader has the chance to win a Kit of their choice (a $195-$250 value)!
Leave a comment on this post sharing which kit you would pick!
You must also enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter for it to count.
You have until Midnight Thursday, January 22nd E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced first thing on Friday morning.
Disclosure: I was gifted the Beauty Kit cleanse by Urban Remedy for review and compensated for this post. As always, all opinions remain my own!
December 19, 2014
Good morning! Sorry I didn’t have this up at the crack of dawn for the early bird link-up friends. Scott and I have been enjoying our date night on Thursdays over the past few weeks, which makes getting up earlier to write Friday Favorites a little bit harder.
I’ll be sure to share all about our trip to Detroit after the weekend. For now, there are some favorites to get to!
What have you been loving this week? Every Friday, I share products, articles, funnies, and favorites that made me smile and invite you to do the same by using the comments section and link up tool below!
Friday Favorites #68: Week of 12/19
• wrapped presents under the tree
One thing that I miss around the holidays (besides being around friends and family from home) is having presents displayed under our Christmas tree.
The majority of our presents for loved ones are now sent through the mail, so a part of me misses having the collection of wrapped goodies around to admire until Christmas Eve or Day. Is that weird?
Oh well. I still get joy out of wrapping and sending them (with flatter bows).
• UA See Me Go Running Gloves
In need of a slim, yet warm glove for running the (chilly!) Turkey Trot last month, I found this pair of Under Armour texting running gloves at a nearby sports goods store the day before. I love them.
They have an inner coating to help absorb body heat, but are still my lightest pair of warm texting running gloves yet.
• How to Run Hills via Run Eat Repeat
• Panera You Pick Two
Are there any other Panera Bread fanatics out there? I know, I mention the cafe a lot. I swear, they’re not paying me to! I probably frequent a location around once a week and rarely get anything but the You Pick Two option.
Even split into half portions, they offer plenty of the menu item, and I love the variety. Last time, I ordered the Fuji Apple Chicken salad (my fav) with the garden vegetable soup. So yummy!
• digital coin counting money jar
Scott brought this digital coin counting money jar from The Sharper Image home a couple weeks ago.
I already had a spot to store loose change in the house, but I have to admit that it’s been nice knowing exactly how much our change adds up to.
I’m not sure where he got it from since I can’t find it on The Sharper Image’s website (maybe it’s an older product?), but you can find them on Amazon for just under $25.
• dark nail polish
I don’t always wear nail polish (I’m trying to get back into doing my own nails again, and often)… but when I do, it’s been dark lately.
O.P.I. and Essie have been my go-to polish brands for years. Their punny names and shades are the best!
• Meghan Trainor’s performance on The Voice. Adorable. (Love her!)
• pumpkin spice hummus
Umm… have any of you tried this Cedar’s Pumpkin Spice hommus?
That’s right, I said pumpkin spice.
At first, I wasn’t sure I would like it. Obviously, I have a special appreciation for anything pumpkin, but I picked this tub up from my local grocery store (Meijer?) out of pure curiosity last week.
You guys. It was gone in two days. It’s ridiculously good! I need more.
• favorite HWG posts
(Including more than normal to share all of the holiday themed fun!)
• Friday funnies
(For my fellow freezing friends out there…)
• hands-free jogging leash & giveaway
Surprise… today’s favorites post is closing with a giveaway!
About a month ago, I received this Hands Free Hipster Jogging Leash.
I explained to my contact that Roadie is not exactly what you would call a “tame” jogger, but I thought that a lot of you could benefit from the product, so I agreed to feature it and test it out by walking him with it.
Thanks to his frequent darting and stopping skills, I don’t trust him enough to actually go running with him hands-free (yet). We did, however, enjoy a couple of hands-free walks this week.
(Like my personal training/ninja outfit?)
It was comfortable and adjustable enough to fit most waistlines. I also appreciated the pouch on the back to store personal items like a phone, keys, or even disposable doggie bags.
I liked that the leash felt strong (I was worried about that), and put the just-in-case handle to good use when he saw something that peaked his interest.
Like I mentioned above, I don’t exactly trust Roadie enough to take him for a hands-free run quite yet, but maybe one day we will get there. Every time I go running with him, I see very well behaved dogs on a leash and think this giveaway would be perfect for them. Would any of you like to give this hands-free jogging leash a try?
Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what kind of dog you have (or what kind of dog your friend or family member has if you want to gift it to them!) and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.
(Feel free to share their name and something fun about them too!)
You have until Midnight E.S.T., Tuesday, December 23rd to enter the giveaway. The winner will be selected and announced Wednesday morning.
And speaking of giveaways, don’t forget to enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card with Listerine if you haven’t already.
Have a great weekend!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Friday Favorites series features items I genuinely want to share with you. Although the hands free jogging leash was gifted to me, I was not compensated for a review. As always, all opinions remain my own. Also, please know that affiliate links may be included. Thank you for your support! <3