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Shopping for Health and Fitness Gifts

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We are right in the heart of Christmas season and around peeking around the corner is the New Year. The New Year is a time for self-reflection on the years’ past and resolutions on how to repent and move forward in the coming year to better ourselves, both mind, body, and soul. The most popular New Year’s resolution is to get fit and lose weight; so, in the spirit of helping your loved ones reach their goals, why not give the fit of health and fitness this Christmas season.

 

Our culture goes through shifts every now and then in terms of what is popular and “trending.” Different activities and lifestyles take the focus of being the “it” thing, and right now we are living in the time of fitness gurus. Every single Saturday and Sunday our Facebook feeds are swarming with aunts, uncles, and high school acquaintances running 5k’s; their bodies colored in chalk, paint, or mud as they rush through obstacle courses to obtain a medal for their ever growing collection. For the runners and adrenaline junkies in your life, there are several gifts that will always be like gold to them. Fitness gear like running pants, sweat resistant tops, or gift cards for new sneakers will go a long way. Discount coupon sites like Frugaa.com offer great deals at major fitness apparel retailers for a fraction of the cost. If buying clothes isn’t the direction you want to go or if you’re worried about making a tough decision for runners and fitness fans when it comes to important choices like the features of one sneaker over another, opt to pay for their enrollment in the next race coming up in their local city. For many their love of running and racing is more than just a love, it’s a healthy addiction that keeps them fit and focused.

 

Another huge trend in the fitness realm right now is taking classes at various workout studios, gyms, or boxes in sessions. The modern man and woman who live active lifestyles often don’t devote their workout regimen to just one sport or activity. They like to spin, do yoga, have Crossfit memberships, and learn jiu jitsu. Even for a fun date night out a lot of young and fit couples are opting out of dinner and a movie and opting in to rock climbing, bowling, or salsa dancing. When shopping for friends, family, and loved ones whose interests lay in being active, look into gift cards or membership packages that include a series of classes at either their favorite workout studios or something they haven’t tried yet to expand their horizons. If you know someone who is into excitement and trying new things, this is the route to go.

 

In addition to being strong, toned, and slim through their fitness techniques, healthy individuals focus on their diets becoming a part of their daily focus. Gifts that reinforce the healthy eating habits will be much appreciated, whether it’s a gift card to a local farm-fresh eatery or a voucher at a vitamin shop, health fiends will appreciate your attention to detail and love that you didn’t go for the traditional chocolate snowmen to stuff in their stocking this year.

 

Local retail businesses can be pricy, particularly at this time of year, but it’s amazing how even for gift cards online voucher sites often provide relatively low-cost items. Visiting online discount sites like Frugaa.com will allow you to save and stretch your dollar further this holiday; gift 24 hour fitness passes to your loved ones and set them up to reach their goal of their ideal beach body for spring and summer.

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Great Holiday Gift Selection at Best Buy

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Best Buy is busier than ever being regarded as one of the best Holiday Shopping Destinations of the season. They have an incredible selection of everything technology related and the best part is they carry all the new stuff! Visiting a Best Buy store when you’re a technology buff is much like a kid in the candy store. Playing with demos to get a feel for new devices is always fun. But even tech newbies can expect thorough and knowledgeable assistance from Best Buy employees. Some top gift items this year are listed below. Be sure to check out Best Buy online or visit your local store to score amazing deals on all the best technology. Great Holiday Gift Selection at Best Buy makes for great gifts for everyone on your list.

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Xbox One: This is the latest Microsoft console to hit the market and it features many amazing updates. It was built by gamers, for gamers – meaning it was designed by people that understand gaming and what makes it great. There are frequent updates to keep the console improving. Gaming – especially multiplayer – is taken to a whole new level while playing on a network that has over 300,000 servers! Xbox One features the best exclusive titles such as Halo and Sunset Overdrive as well as the biggest blockbusters like Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty. For the sports fans, don’t forget Madden 15, FIFA 15, and NBA 2K15. Family gamers can enjoy titles such as Fantasia: Music Evolved, get their groove on with Just Dance 15, or Skylanders. The Xbox One console is fantastic for gaming, but can also be used to watch the latest TV shows and movies with apps such as Netflix and Hulu. More information: Xbox One at Best Buy.

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JBL: Speakers have certainly come a long way. Remember how large they used to be? The same power is now available in a much smaller package. JBL has several speaker and headphone options for music loves. The JBL Charge 2 has twin passive radiators that rocks the bass as well as a massive 6000mAh battery. This speaker enables up to three users to take turns playing their own playlists. The JBL Flip 2 features dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port. A state of the art microphone picks up calls on the speaker while SoundClear echo and noise cancellation allows crystal clear conversations. JBL Reflect Earbud headphones have a 5 hour rechargeable battery and are designed to be sweat proof and ergonomic. Built in magnets keep your earbuds within reach – up to 40 feet – without loose cables. More information: JBL at Best Buy.

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Garmin and TomTom: Both Garmin and TomTom want you to feel safe and in control of your travels. Their products feature bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling as well as lane assist and map updates. They are equipped with voice recognition technology and easily access traffic and weather updates. Some popular systems are the Garmin 52LM, the Garmin 2597LMT, and the TomTom 50s. Most come with at least a 5.0″ display and maps of 49 U.S. states – some even feature Canada and Mexico maps. Displays show speed limits and accurate arrival times. Spoken turn-by-turn directions will have you easily navigating streets or highways whether familiar or new. Addresses as well as millions of points of interest are readily available. More information Garmin and TomTom at Best Buy.

 

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5 Best Athletic Stocking Stuffer Ideas

As thoughts turn to Christmas gifts and the season of goodwill, many people will be facing a festive season of exercise, healthy living and discipline. If one of those people is a close friend or relative, you may want to buy them a practical gift that aids their athletic lifestyle. Here are five of this year’s top stocking stuffer ideas for the athlete in your life.

  1. A Kiqplan Digital Weight Loss 12 Weeks Programs

Kiqplan weight loss plans are designed to work in conjunction with various leading activity trackers to give the user a comprehensive health and fitness regime that is tailor-made for his or her fitness level. There are four different programs to choose from – each with its own very specific final goal.

  • The “Slim + Trim” weight loss plan for women of all sizes
  • The “Beer Belly Blaster” man-plan to lose weight and tone up
  • The “Healthy Baby Bump” plan for a fit and healthy mom and baby during pregnancy
  • The “Goodbye Baby Bump” plan to get the body you want after the birth of your baby

Along with real-time data from your favorite activity tracker, these digital programs take the information you supply about yourself and tailor regimes of exercise and nutrition just for you. As well as general tips and advice, there are workout videos and healthy recipes to help the user achieve very specific lifestyle goals. There is also the chance to take part in webinars and Q&A sessions with nutritionists and fitness experts.

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  1. A Fitbug Orb

The Fitbug Orb is a state-of-the-art activity tracker that records your every move. It can sit almost anywhere on the body, and it sends a constant stream of information wirelessly to a computer, tablet or smartphone. As the user exercises and goes about their daily routines, the Orb is recording steps taken, calories burned and hours slept. This information can then be used to exercise more effectively, improve sleep patterns and generally live a healthier lifestyle. It can also be linked to leading workout apps to provide a comprehensive wellness regime that is tailored to the individual.

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  1. A Pair of compression socks

A growing number of runners are choosing to wear compression socks during their more strenuous runs because of the significant benefits they deliver. They are believed to increase the flow of oxygen in the legs, which can reduce muscle fatigue and prevent cramps. And because they are made by some of the world’s leading sportswear manufacturers, they have now become must-have fashion accessories too.

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  1. Nike Tech Thermal Running Gloves

Thin, lightweight and stylish, Nike Tech Thermal Running Gloves are perfect for those icy cold morning runs that often leave your fingers chilled to the bone. Made with Nike’s Therma-Fit fabric, they are designed to keep your hands warm whilst allowing you the freedom to use your phone or select a track on your MP3 player.

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  1. Travel Stick

Travel sticks are growing increasingly popular with runners because of the therapeutic benefits they can deliver after a long run. They are rolled up and down weary muscles to stretch and compress them – providing a much-needed massage to the quadriceps and calves.

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Deciding on the perfect gift for someone at Christmas can take a great deal of thought. But buying any one of these five fantastic gifts for the athlete in your life is certain to put a smile on their face.

 

Join Elite Blog Academy to Grow Your Blog

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Most of us know all too well how overwhelming it can feel to juggle the day-to-day demands of writing a blog with the big-picture strategy of creating a profitable business.  Have you ever wished someone could guide you through the process of a successful blog and show you step-by- step, exactly how to grow your traffic and generate a sustainable income?

That is exactly what Elite Blog Academy was designed to do.

Through a powerful combination of effective videos, practical and insightful handouts, purposeful assignments, and interactive live webinars, Elite Blog Academy will empower, enable, and inspire you to take the specific steps necessary to refine your message, grow your audience, monetize your platform, and transform your blog into a successful and profitable business.

Even though I have been blogging for about 5 years, I learn something every day.   I decided to take the Elite Blog Academy course to grow even more, and learn even more. I don’t think I will ever be done learning, and am so excited to get started on this.

Do you have a blog?  Maybe you want a blog ?  This is the perfect course for newbies to advanced bloggers.

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Over the course of 12 lessons, you will learn how to:

  • Eliminate blog confusion by creating an organized framework that sets the stage for everything you do.
  • Discover the secret to harnessing Pinterest, the most powerful free marketing tool in the world.
  • Understand what is not working in your current monetization model and instead develop concrete goals and a solid plan for achieving them.
  • Dramatically increase your site’s passive income by mastering the four key strategies of optimizing ad network revenue.
  • Take advantage of the critical—but often ignored—connection between SEO and ad revenue.
  • Overcome your fear of private advertising and instead learn to approach brands with confidence.
  • Learn what it really takes to earn a six-figure income from your blog, then develop your own product along with a successful marketing plan to sell it.
  • Create a solid working business plan to take your blogging business to the next level.

While so much of the information currently available about Internet marketing is written only by those whose audience consists of other bloggers and marketers, Elite Blog Academy is different. It shares proven, field-tested strategies for building a successful, profitable blog, regardless of the niche and no matter the target audience.

It is possible to create a successful business from a blog, and Elite Blog Academy shares exactly how it’s done, step-by-step.

This great deal ends December 5th so don’t miss it.  Join me, and many others who want to grow their business.   Click here to take the Elite Blog Academy course.

A Gift For Your Man from Mantry


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I have never known a man who wasn’t controlled by the bottomless pit in his stomach. You could feed them an entire 3-course meal with a giant side of ice cream and pie and 20 minutes later you’re sure to hear, “I’m hungry!” all over again. Am I right or am I right? Men are walking, talking, garbage disposals. Funnily enough though they’re garbage disposals with good taste. By the time they’ve outgrown their prepubescent and teenage years, where we know they ate EVERYTHING, most men have developed some pretty decent palates and have even been known to serve up a few decent meals here and there.

Want to change those far and few between decent meals into amazing ones? Then let me introduce you to Mantry.com. Mantry is an all new monthly subscription box that is delivered to your door and that will have the man in your life tripping over himself to learn new recipes. From award winning Bison Jerky from the Foothills of Montana to Hot Cake Mix Stone Ground in Nebraska you’ll never run out of new delights to try and learn to create!
 Each Mantry box arrives on your doorstep packaged with 6 full sized Artisan food products, custom manual with recipes and are nestled in a handmade, wooden crates that anyone can appreciate. With Mantry and their 1, 3 and 6 monthly subscription choices it’s easier than ever to checkout without worrying about having to remember to renew your subscription every month!
This box was packed to the wooden sides with all sorts of awesome stuff!!   In fact, at first sight what excited me the most, was the box.  It is a wooden box, and I love stuff like that.  I am going to use it in the summer, on my deck, to plant citronella in it to ward off the dang Minnesota state bug (mosquito’s).   Inside the amazing wooden box was lots of yummy and fun stuff, for me. But I do have to say, even though this is a “man” try box.. I am a “wo” man.. love it as well.    There was some La Quercia Smoky Borsellino that came from Norwalk, IA.  It is a very unique sausage and my hubby enjoyed that a lot.  A nice bottle of Hot Georgia Soul BBQ Sauce.. from St. Simmons, GA.  Gonna be great for some pulled pork soon.  YUM!  A nice sized bag of Granola Jones Mocha Hazelnut, that is more on the manly side of granola.  (Yeah.. just go with it).  Nice chunky granola perfect for adding to yogurt, or ice cream, or eating alone.  This comes from Lenexa, KS.  Like coffee?  How about Dave’s Coffee Syrup from Charlestown, RI.   Very fun and many ways to use this   One hubby and I are sharing is the Olive & Sinclair Buttermilk White Coffee bar.   Putting coffee and chocolate together is a win win.. so I think this will be a nice treat for us on our trip to Florida.  This comes from Nashville, TN., which by the way we will be in on our travel to Florida… so… we might have to save it and eat it while we are in Nashville.   And last but not least, and this is actually my favorite item of the box.. the Lark Fine Foods Espresso Chip Shortbread cookies.  I am eating a couple as I write this.. because they are so dang good!  Coming from Essex, MA., they are a hard cookie and perfect for dunking.
This box was a bit of sassy (spicy stuff) and a bit of sweet.   I think it’s a perfect balance for any guy in your life.  ( or girl )
I actually made a video review of this amazing box, but for whatever reason my iMovie app hates me and will not load it to YouTube :(    If it ever likes me again I will for sure add that here so you can all see it.   ;)

“The food & beverage items that you’ll receive in your Mantry are not your typical grocery store varieties. Led by the hand of amazing Artisan makers, these foods are painstakingly sourced and lovingly crafted into the perfect original theme (i.e. Bourbon Breakfast, Hecho en America).


At Mantry, we believe in our artisan partners and the quality of their products. Some are small upstarts, fighting for a chance to change the way Tonic is seen. Some are award-wining restaurant Chefs who live on the vanguard of cuisine and culinary excellence. Each of them pours their heart and soul into their craft.”

 

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Healthy and Beautiful Desserts for the Holidays

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Disclosure ~  This is a sponsored post brought to you by Sverve and Edible Arrangements.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Do you feel it?  You know what I am talking about.  The feeling of being so full you want to explode! Full from all the holiday feasting this Thanksgiving.  The heaviness of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, pies, etc,.  Yes, we all know the feeling even before the day comes.  We know we will eat way more than we need to of those holiday favorites, and then regret it as we lay or sit in pain the rest of the day.

Why do we do that to ourselves?  Well, it’s time to start a new tradition, to make this Thanksgiving and all the future holidays healthier ones.   There is no reason we need to eat like we were raised to do.  Portion control, and smarter choices this holiday season.   Now, how about eating healthier food, that is also beautiful to look at?   Why not get yourself an edible arrangement to help your holiday table look amazing and also help with eating healthier.   Just look how beautiful, and yummy these look ~

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How amazing would it be to have your guests show up and see a couple of these sitting around on the tables.   Baskets filled with fruit, some dipped fruit, and all cute as could be.   Forget those cocktail weenies and bowls of chips and dip.   Try something new for a change and treat yourself and your guests to healthy snacks before a meal.  This way, everyone can fill up on the good stuff and they won’t over indulge in all the other stuff.  A few tips, cook a smaller turkey and make less of all the extra fixings and that way people don’t over eat.   And, of course having a beautiful and yummy edible arrangement within snacking reach all day helps.   Oh, I am drooling looking at these.  YUM!

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Have you ever tried an edible arrangement?   I have and have to say they are always a huge hit and when everyone is enjoying the healthy snacking I notice my guests are happier.   And, as we all know fruit goes with some fun cocktails too, so you can really get creative and have fun with your holiday festivities.   Make a healthy and beautiful desserts arrangement part of your Thanksgiving this year.

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Earn Reward Points From CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert at Walmart #CrystalLightWM #MC

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Earn Reward Points From CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert at Walmart
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If you ask any of my friends who one of my favorite country singers is, they will tell you it’s Miranda Lambert.   And if you came out to see my band play, you would hear me sing one of my favorite Miranda songs, Kerosene.  I have loved her since she hit the country music scene.  And not only is she an amazing singer, I have a feeling she and I would be great friends if we ever met!  She sure seems like my kind of girl.

I was so excited when I was asked to spread the news to all my followers about how everyone can earn reward points from CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert just by shopping at Walmart.   I headed over to my local Walmart and shopped for something I buy all the time, CRYSTAL LIGHT  My hubby is not one to drink water, so we have used CRYSTAL LIGHT for years.  You will see his favorite flavors above in the picture.  His top pick is the Raspberry Lemonade, then he likes the Fruit Punch. He goes thru this stuff pretty fast.  But, I would rather see him drink this than pop or other sugary beverages.

Miranda Lambert and CRYSTAL LIGHT are partnering together and launching a great program called Platinum Points Program, where you are rewarded for buying CRYSTAL LIGHT.  This is great for Miranda Lambert fans as customers can get fun Miranda Lambert gear.   Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Tour is Presented by CRYSTAL LIGHT and the Platinum Points Program coincides with that.  It is super easy to use the CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points Program.   Go to Walmart, purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT, take a picture of your receipt, upload to your Platinum Points Program account, and choose from fun Miranda Lambert rewards.  Easy Peasy!  I am racking up points as I am writing this.  I want me some Miranda Lambert gear!

You can sign up for the program by clicking here.   You use either your Facebook account or email address to sign up.   Then follow the instructions to earn points.  You can also use code “mirandaic” to get 30 free points instantly.  Right now I am shooting for the Miranda Lambert Acoustic Downloads.   Then, we are gonna have to drink lots of CRYSTAL LIGHT as I want a T-shirt and a signed guitar.

Because Miranda Lambert and CRYSTAL LIGHT both promote a healthy lifestyle it’s a perfect fit for them to join together for this great program.   My hubby loves how easy it is to mix up his CRYSTAL LIGHT either at home or on the go.   He always has packets in his lunch pail and at home he keeps a big jug mixed up at all times in the fridge.   And, he has even used the CRYSTAL LIGHT to mix an evening cocktail. Many great ways to use CRYSTAL LIGHT, but first you have to get some.

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Discover Things You See in an Image with Piccing

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Have you ever been looking at pictures online of things you like and see some jewelry, clothing, accessories, etc., that you love and you wonder, where did they get that.?  Well now you can find those exact items without spending hours searching the web for them by using a cool new app that is available called Piccing.  This app takes the guesswork out of finding those cool items.  You can even tell it what colors you are looking for, like for belts, purses, shoes, shirts, etc.

Just think, you are scanning the internet and come across a picture of a model wearing a to die for outfit.  BAM!  Easy as 1,2,3!  1 – Pick the image you love.  2 – Mark the items you like. 3 – Get the things you want.   See, how easy that was.   Once you create your account, and verify it from the email you get, you are all set to start piccing and shopping all from the comfort of your home, or anywhere you are as this app can be used mobile or desktop, or laptop, or tablet.  So, no matter where you are, or what you are doing, you can be having fun piccing and shopping and exploring what others are piccing.  It’s like a community of people who all want to enjoy the same things you enjoy…  piccing and shopping.

And, the best part of all this is that the app is free.  Go get your free Piccing app.   I downloaded mine and have been playing and piccing all morning.   Fun, and interesting.

Check out the video so you see how easy it is, and fun.

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Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl has been compensated for our review of this app.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

 

 

Straight Talk Wireless is Perfect for my Mother In Law

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk Wireless for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My Mother in Law is almost 70, and being in that age bracket she never had a cell phone and never really wanted one for the fear of not knowing how to use one or even really knowing if she could learn. Also, being on a fixed income she just wasn’t sure if she could swing yet another bill for something she might not really use.

So, hubby and I decided we would get her a cell phone and see what she thought. Well, she is in love and never puts it down. What makes it even better is that we got it at Walmart. Walmart offers a great plan with Straight Talk Wireless. You get ~

$45 Unlimited Talk, Text & Data

Same phones, same networks, half the cost

The most high speed data of any $45 Unlimited plan

Nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable Networks

If you have a phone you can keep your phone, your number and your network with the Straight Talk Bring Your Own Phone program

This was perfect for her. We bought a phone and set her up in no time. Now, she got rid of her land line which saves her money and she can use the phone for more than just calls or texting. With the 3GB of data she can have ~ 105 hours of Pandora, 2,460 webpage views, 41,900 emails, 1,920 Flickr image uploads, 153 hours of Facebook browsing, 85 hours of Google Maps usage, as well as more.

She loves her phone, we love that she can keep in touch with us easier and that she feel independent because she has a No-contract plan. She has the ~ pay-as-you go ~ offering flexibility and convenience.

Do you have someone who could benefit from a deal like this ?

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Keurig® Office Pro Brewing System

Get a deliciously brewed coffee without leaving the office with Keurig® Office Pro Brewing System.
This coffee maker can make 6, 8 and 10 ounce brew sizes. It is travel mug friendly with its removable drip tray. The water reservoir holds up to 48 ounces and it removable for cleaning. The system includes a bonus variety box of K-cups®.
Many styles of Keurig systems are available for purchase, along with a full line of office supplies, at: Quill

I was so excited to get my Keurig and couldn’t wait to use it!   I got a mix of coffee and tea K-Cups since I am more of a tea drinker but hubby is a total coffee hound!   LOL!

This is such a nice looking machine to boot!

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I even did a short video to show you all how to use one, and give my take on Keurig.  :)  Enjoy ~

 

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received this awesome Keurig and some K-cups in exchange for our review.  All opinions expressed are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.