Category Archives: Fit Bloggin

Paris Is Happening.

Just got back from the International Programs Office, turned in my signed contract and…

Paris is officially Happening!!!!!

Obviously, this is very high on my Fun / Fave Friday list. I’m off to the post office to ship packages to my giveaway winners  but I’ll be back later, just wanted to share the {exciting} news!!

What are you lovin’ about today?!!!

Giveaway Winner(s)!!

Hey guys! Hope you’re having a great Hump Wednesday so far!

I will be back later with a full post, but I wanted to pop in and announce my Fitbloggin giveaway winner!

Congratulations to…

  • Elise F
The responses were great though and so fun to read…..so I decided to pick a second winner!
Shoot me an email ladies, and I’ll get your goods off to you tomorrow!!
Giveaways are fun — I like seeing who is creeping reading my blog! I will definitely be doing more of these!!

❤ Jac

What has been the highlight of your week?  Mine was dinner with my Dad last night – but more on that later! 😀

Friday Fave Fives, Hello Memorial Day Weekend!

Ahhhhhh, it’s been a crazybusy week (aren’t they all these days?) but it is Friday which means one thing….

Yayyyyyyyyy Weekend!! 😛

 

 

Crazy to think just one week ago (well, last Thursday night), I was chillin’ in my (upgraded to Hospitality suite) hotel room, waiting for Fitbloggin to kickoff…

Well this Friday had a bit of a different feel…

I may not have been in Baltimore, and I may have only gotten a few hours of sleep after staying out too late and waking up too early; read: why I don’t go out during the week, but I did have some Friday faves’ today!

1. I’m bringing sexy cereal back….. I am a cereal monster, nothing helps a hangover better I think! ;P2. Mixing and matching wardrobe staples. And, my new jean jacket!

Black tights: DKNY for Nordstrom, skirt: Express, jean jacket: Forever 21, (unpictured) black flats: Jessica Simpson for Nordstrom.

3. Eating this {Monster} cookie at work today. It is cookie Friday after all. Okay, maybe a giant cookie helps that hangover better 😛

Chocolate chip walnut cookie. Done and done.

4. Whole Foods having a Friday night “happy hour bites“. Each Friday, the Whole Foods *which ohso conveniently happens to be on my drive home from work* hosts a tasting party of sorts, giving out a ton of gourmet food (and drink) samples in their store. It was like a free dinner tonight! Spicy shrimp, soup samples, grilled pineapple, watermelon, chocolate samples, hotdogs, maccaroni salad, sushi wraps…

Mango avacado wrap and an ahi tuna wrap sample.

There were so many samples tonight and I tried almost everything – I was full after!!

5. Today kicking off Memorial Day weekend –> No school or work Monday! Holler to that! Here’s to (my, and) your weekend being full of friends, family, good weather, horses and *insert your dog/cat here*, bbqs, good food, the farmer’s market, yoga, sushi, a drink or two and general shenanigans :)….

What are you looking forward to this weekend?!

Have you entered my Fitbloggin giveaway?! You only have until Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FitBloggin Giveaway!!

You may have heard that we got some serious swag at FitBloggin this weekend.

Seriously, the sponsors – and Roni, who organized the conference – were SO generous this year, with their time, energy and freebies.

iBeaniAttune FoodsChoose Cherries WPRawl

ZUMBA Fitness New Balanceegglands best

larabar Dr. Praeger's

The Laughing Cow Jump Sport

Our swag included:

  • Click espresso protein powderscan’t wait to try these as a shake or in my cereal!!
  • Dried cherries  – learned they have a lot of  benefits for workout recovery! I have been eating these already and love ’em!
  • New balance – we each got our own pair of walking or running shoes!
  • COUPONS GALORRRRRE for freebies!!
  • Zumba and other workout dvds!
  • Foodie samples of Eggland’s Best, potatoes, oats,  dr. Praegers, Popchips, etc, during the conference
  • Larabars
  • Bags and bags (and coupons) of Popchips!
  • Headphones,
  • etc!!!
Photo courtesy of Courtney!  

Saturday night, I sat with a literal wall of giveaway items. Even after giving a few things away, and having to leave a few behind in Baltimore, my suitcase was packed full – first time in a while I had to check on! I ended up using my suitcase for my stuff and used one of the free duffel totes we got for my clothes – tightly rolled up, which I carried on!

So what does that mean??!

It means GIVEAWAY TIME!! 😀 

I will be putting together a package full of coupons, headphones, a dvd, popchips, bars, some fitness/sports equipment and other stuff from the conference! I want to spread the Fitbloggin’ love and share my wealth freebies with a reader!

There are two ways to enter:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me the thing you would most like to get free from the picture and the best giveaway you’ve received
  2. Link this post to your blog
*Separate comment for each, please!! 🙂
In other news... we got these PokeIns’ at the conference, which you would use to get other bloggers info, by taping the magnetic ‘hands’ together… they are pretty much incredible and it has been going back through online and ‘finding’ my friends from last weekend. PokeIns may be the next business cards of America. Just sayin’.
Photo courtesy of Tina!
I will announce the winner Monday night!! Happy Friday night, loves!
❤ J

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Remember that song?

Sunday morning started very early, and was just that for me: back to life and reality. Goodbye blog friends, goodbye Baltimore and goodbye Fitbloggin 2011.

I was kind of dreading not too stoked to going home, since I have SO much to do
(read – finals, final projects, job interviews, have to find summer housing, etc)  in the coming weeks.

A few things made the end of the weekend and adjustment back into the school and work week just a little bit sweeter though..

1. Driving home from the airport, I was reminded (and pleasantly surprised) to see the Seattle International Street Fair going on  this weekend.

Tons of vendors, samples, jewelry, people and things to see and buy!

2. Finding an unexpected package waiting for me from my little sister!

Flying Squirrel Peanut Butter!!!!

Flying Squirrel was started by a group of college students that go to my sister’s college. Kath has blogged about it, and it really is amazing stuff. The Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed has an incredible ingredient list including peanuts, coffee, agave nectar, cocoa, salt. As I tweeted, I don’t think it’s going to last me long!!

3. A hot and sweaty yoga session, which felt sooo good after a few days off!

…and talking with a girl I’ve become friends with in yoga; she is a blog reader that goes to my school and said she recognized me in a bunch of posts from this weekend (and finally found my blog) – hi, yogi friend!! 😀

4. Reading recaps of this weekend by some of my old and new blog friends. 🙂

…and of course catching up on your lives that I’ve been missing! I was behind after this weekend!


5. Promise of a three day weekend next weekend! Hello, Memorial Day weekend!!

Might get a chance to see this guy!


How do you get back into the work / school week ‘grove’ after a weekend (or vacation) off??! 

Do you have big Memorial Day plans?

I would love to go to Sasquatch or go see my sister, but I think my weekend will be spent dedicated to a final paper, babysitting and maybe an overnight home…. oh, and hopefully a little fun too ;)!

Check back tomorrow for a FitBloggin giveaway!!

A Charming City: FitBloggin Finale.

Yesterday morning I attended a session Katy Widrick held, “From Hobbyist to Professional: Take Blogging to the Next Level” on building your blog / brand. She is so knowledgable and I learned a lot in this talk. From everything to domain names to how to build readership and put new twists on your blog, there was a ton of information in the talk and it was definitely a favorite of the weekend.

A group of bloggers decided later to take advantage of the gorgeous Baltimore weather with a walk around the harbor, in lieu of the last session before lunch.

(Photo courtesy of Courtney)

For this Seattleite, I could definitely appreciate the sun and 70+ degree weather. Hello, summer!

Of course Julie and I had to stop for an impromptu yoga session on the water.
Lunch was followed by some more interesting afternoon sessions. First up was No Meat Athlete‘s “SEO For Fitness Bloggers” and Tina’s panel, “Blogger Responsibility: Where Do you Draw the LIne?” The blogger responsibility in paticular touched on a lot of (recent and very relevant) events in the healthy living blog world.. and got a little heated toward the end! Definitely left me thinking, and in a good way.
Insert operation “get some sun in Baltimore”, round 2:
Later, a group of us headed to Talara for drinks and appetizers.
 Sangria was required for this group of food and fitness bloggers, clearly 😉
Me and Tina

While Cynthia, Julie stayed to finish the food they ordered, and Tina headed to the airport, the rest of us snapped a picture outside, before we heading to our next stop – dinner on the harbor.
Dinner at Pizzazz was…interesting. Our waitress seemed out of it and according to the owner, whom we talked with later, they were short staffed. The service was really slow but I didn’t mind too much. We got free bread and pizza bites and cupcakes (which were gluten free and really good) and had a chance to see some friends passing our outdoor table on their way back to the hotel.
Me, Luke and Paolo
Hi, Tina!!
Drinking and dancing were on the itinerary after dinner. The group, (we were also joined by Meg, Megan and Katy!) headed to PowerPlant, where we did just that.
Fun times. Enough said. 😉
I was happy to find my roomies still up and packing when I got home. [I think it’s all our swag – no one knew how to fit it !] We finally got our roomie picture!

Needless to say, it was a very late night which made for a very early morning. My shuttle to the airport was at the hotel bright and early before 5:30 am, which has made today slow going for me – but so worth it. Hard to say goodbye to Baltimore. It was a charming city indeed, especially when shared with great blog friends.
****
Did you attend FitBloggin? If so – highlights?! If not, have you attended a blogging conference and / or do you plan to go to any upcoming? 
Highlights of your weekend?

FitBloggin Highlights.

FitBloggin‘ continues!!!

[Just a few] highlights:

What has been your favorite part of Fitbloggin?!

Have I met you this weekend?? Shout out to the new readers / bloggers!! 😀