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Strength Crate

strenghtcrate Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.  @StrengthCrate @SocialBttrflyCo #SocialBttrflyCo


With the new year already well underway, fitness has never been more important to me. I know a lot of people started this year with the motto “new year, new me” but I started mine with “new year, even better me!” I’ve always been into fitness and living a healthy lifestyle but like most people I slip every now and then. I love sweets and junk food just as much as the next girl, especially when the mood hits me and I want to just have a night of movies and empty calories. Having a night like this every now and then never hurt anyone but it’s important to only have those nights ever once in awhile if you’re going to be successful with your new year, new you or new year, better me outlook. With the Strength Crate monthly subscription plan I can stay on track with my fitness regime, no problem. Whether you’re trying to workout at the gym or at home, the creative minds behind Strength Crate have made it their mission to make sure you have the ability to always do your best. They also know that you can’t be at the gym all the time and that not being able to live in the gym shouldn’t limit what you’re able to do, fitness wise. Strength Crate provides you with the tools you need to get into your best shape possible and includes items like:

  • Equipment
  • Apparel
  • Supplements
  • Training Aids
I was given the opportunity recently to partner with Strength Crate and was sent their November Crate for review. There were a lot of great items included in my box, which was called the G.O.A.T Crate. This included:
  • The Power Chute
  • Hylete Hat
  • Foot Therapy Roller
  • Beast Mode Pre Workout

Even thought the box was filled with a good variety of things, it was full of thing I would never use, or buy. But, just because I was not totally impressed doesn’t mean it was not worth the price.  I just wouldn’t ever use the products that came in this particular box.

Signing up for Strength Crate and getting started is simple and easy. Simple select the box of your choosing and create your athlete profile. Then, the folks over at Strength Crate will curate the box best suited to your profile. After that it’s all about waiting for your own crate to be delivered to your door with all of your awesome goodies for the month. There are 3 different crates to choose from and are as follows:
  • The Warm Up Crate which is $35.00 per month
  • The Gameday Crate which is $55.00 per month
  • The G.O.A.T Crate (which I received for my review) which is $75.00 per month.
Each box is sent to you between the 15th and 18th of every month with the rebill date set for the 22nd so you can stay in touch with the latest products and supplements suited to your needs.
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Do You Have #GameDayTraditions


Game Day Traditions

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.
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Can you believe it?  The holidays are over and football is coming to an end and we are gearing up for the big game day. Do You Have #GameDayTraditions ?  Generally we do, but this year we don’t. The only reason we don’t is because on Jan 15th I fell off my steps while taking my dogs outside for morning play time, and I broke my left ankle in 2 places.  It’s called a bimalleolar ankle fracture.  I am in a lot of pain, and my big game day will be me laying on the couch and hubby bringing me my snacks.

But, just because we don’t have Big Game Day plans that are going to be like most, that doesn’t mean we don’t skip the daily things in life, like showers and personal care tasks.  As always, prepping for the day includes great products from Walmart.  Tony starts his day with a shower, and making his hair look great with Head & Shoulders.  Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo is great for fighting dry scalp, calming itchy scalp, and relieving irritation.  It is gentle and pH balanced for daily use on all hair types. #1 dermatologist-recommended dandruff brand and clinically tested and 100% flake free.  This leaves Tony’s hair nice, clean, and ready for the day.


I like to start any day with a nice hot shower and giving my legs a nice smooth shave.  I use a Gillette Venus Swirl Razor with FlexiBall technology which helps to contour better to tricky areas.  Has 5 contour razor blades that individually adjust to every curve, like knees and ankles (you know, like the one I broke).  There is a water activated MoistureGlide serum that provides incredible glide and the MicroFine comb guides hair to the blade.  I can be sure I will have a nice, smooth shave.  And, my shave time is faster now, because half my left leg is in a cast.


So, this year after Tony and I bath and get ready, it’s a day of couching it together and enjoying the Big Game and the fact that we can spend it together.

What are you Big Game Day traditions?  Share them with me.  And make sure you shop at Walmart to stock up on products to get ready for your Big Game Day.


Black Friday Deals at The Penny Hoarder


Looking for some of the best deals on the internet?  Check out the Penny Hoarder for all the #BlackFriday shopping deals, steals, and must have goodies.    Don’t leave the house to do your Black Friday shopping. Stay home, comfy and warm and avoid the yelling, screaming, rude people and shop online.

Support Small Businesses This Holiday Season


Stop stressing over your holiday shopping list this year.  Grab your favorite beverage, stay in your cozy jammies, and grab your mobile device and start shopping.  I have compiled an amazing list of online vendors selling everything from crafted gifts, edible products, housewares, bath and body, makeup, jewelry, fitness products and so much more.

Shopping from work at home women and men is a great way to spend your holiday dollar. Not only can you do it whenever, or wherever, but you are helping support someone with a family, a career and a dream.  Please support these women and men this holiday season, and year round for all your daily shopping needs as well.   ~ Everyone here thanks you.  They also appreciate a share on this post, or about the shopping you do with them.  Thanks :)


Young Living Essential Oils


That Traveling Chick – Travel Agent

Gold Canyon Candles

Thru The Attic Door

L’Bri Pure and Natural



Creating My Journey


Keep Collective


Pink Zebra

Ava Anderson



Sista’s With Bad Habits


Thirty-One Gifts

Iris Studio’s Photography

Perfectly Posh



The Shopping Marketplace

Countryside Cottage Crafting Retreat

Origami Owl

Uncle Festers Pens

Pick a Struggle Enterprises

SoJo Creations

It Works

Wilmes Family Woodworks


Little Red Birds Design

Oscar and Fizz

Premier Designs

The Rustic Shop

Dapper Dog Collars

Upsy Daisy

Steeped Tea

JC Eclectic Designs

Mum’s Mittens

Nessa’s Naturals

Memory Bears

Stella and Dot


Sky High Custom Designs

Soaps Etc.

Garden Treasures and Pine Barn Furniture

Nicole Hollencamp Photography

Trades of Hope



Thrive Le-Vel

Nerdy Girl Vinyl

Victoria’s Creations

Peachy Keen Craft

Everlasting Love Photography


Are you in need of a little extra money for the holiday shopping season?  I have a great post on how to make some extra cash.  Check it out here ~ 5 Great Ways to Make Money from Home

Mary’s Secret Ingredients for Gourmet Cooking


Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.

When I was contacted and asked if I wanted to check out Mary’s Secret Ingredients box I was intrigued patiently awaited my first box.  Mary’s Secret Ingredients is a box full of gourmet products to inspire your cooking and tailored for every season.  And, every box purchased helps feed children thru Feed the Children.

My box had some fun goodies in it.  A bag of Ultragrain All Purpose Flour, Coastal Goods Sarah’s Sea Salt – Tuscan Salt, Mary’s Pastel Postcard, Jenkins Jellies in Hell Fire Pepper Jelly and Guava Brava Pepper Jelly and POURfect Ultimate Measuring Spoons with Leveler Tool.


My favorite item in this box is the Sarah’s Sea Salt.  I have used it on everything. YUM!   And I like that there is a marketplace on the website where I can buy the items I like, when I run out of the ones that came in my box.  Or, I can buy other items that tickle my fancy as well.  And, on the website you will find yummy recipes in which you can use the ingredients in your box for.

If you like to cook, like trying new ingredients and recipes then I think you will like these boxes.  It is a great way to add a change of pace for your boring old recipes or weekly meals.   I know I get stuck in a rut and tend to cook the same thing over and over.   This is a fun way to mix things up.

For a low cost of $25.95 a month you too can get a box full of yummy surprises.

Find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Fitness Fashion Deals

Can you believe it is already Labor Day?   Where did summer go?  Man, I love September because it’s my Birthday month, but also don’t like it as it means winter is coming fast.   I am a Minnesota girl, but dream of living the winters in Florida or lower Tennessee.  One day… I just have to keep saying that. LOL!

But, regardless of the time of year it is, we all still need to keep our fitness going strong.  Regardless of your fitness level, or what you do for a workout, make it awesome!   Keep that sweat flowing and soaking your fitness clothing.

I am one who works out at home because of where I live, and because I work from home and it’s just easier to fit it into my day where I can.  But, even though I workout at home.. I still wanna look good and be comfortable in my fitness gear.   So, I wanted to share some great deals on fitness gear from my affiliates so you too can look great no matter where you get your sweat on.

Reebok Easytone Renew Shoes for Only $29.99 + Free Shipping


Reebok Labor Day Sale – 30% Off Tee’s, Shorts, Tanks, Summer Footwear



High quality yoga accessories at great prices!





Save Money Shopping Online With These Sites


The summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school.  Might be your little kids, big kids, college kids or even you heading back into the classroom as a teacher or student yourself.   Maybe, you don’t have school shopping in mind, but need to stock up on products for your home, or just for your personal use.   Regardless of why you might be shopping, I wanted to share some great sites for you to save money, or even get rock bottom deals.. like FREE!!

Keep more money in your pocket by shopping with these great merchants.  You will find most of these are affiliate links.  Thanks for supporting me :)

SnagShout  –  AMZReviewTrader  –  EliteDealClub   ~ These are where Amazon sellers promote products they are looking to get honest reviews on.  Get products at huge discounts, or even free.. in exchange for reviewing them on Amazon.

TopCashBack –  BeFrugal  –  Ebates  – Mr Rebates ~ A few sites for shopping online and earning cash back as well as finding coupons and deals.

Swagbucks ~  A fun way to earn points when you search, take surveys, or shop online.  Turn the points into gift cards or merchandise.

Mojosavings ~  Great coupon resource.

Coupon Surfer ~  Print coupons for your in store shopping.

PriceGrabber ~  Find great deals and low prices.

Fat Wallet ~  Save with coupons and deals.

Yipit  ~ Find great deals in your city or a city close to you.

Groupon ~  Find great deals in your city or a city close to you.

ThredUp  ~  Buy used clothing for low prices, or sell your clothing and make some money.

Gazelle ~  You can sell your old cell phones for money.  Or, if you are looking for a new / used phone you can buy them here cheaper than in stores.


No matter how you shop, there is just no reason to pay full price for stuff anymore.   Joining mailing lists at shopping sites will usually give a discount code for your first visit as well.  With a little time spent, you can for sure save some money.



Food shopping on a budget


Shopping is an inevitable part of our life.  Particularly, it concerns food shopping.  Whether we like shopping or not the one way to stock your fridge is to go shopping. Some people do not pay extra attention to this daily routine; other people try to find the ways how to get more for less money. Here are my tips how to shop food on a tight budget.


  • Write down all the dishes you can cook on your own. At first it may seem troublesome. Fried eggs, sandwiches, porridge are all fit. In case your skills are too much poor, the internet will come in hand with its student’s recipes including  affordable ingredients.
  • Make a list of all the products you regularly buy (bread, butter, yogurt, vegetables, juice, fruit, snacks, etc). Here you should be aware that all kinds of snacks and cookies are the sources of harmful sugar and are useless. So, in case you have a sweet tooth highlight one or two days on your calendar on which you can treat yourself.
  • Then make a shopping list of products you will need for the whole week. And now you are armed at all points to go to the supermarket.
  • As you enter the supermarket, you need to keep in mind that the supermarket’s aim is to throw you off your guard by surrounding you with plenty of products and things at arm’s length and make you push the boat out. So, pay attention to the bottom line of products on the shelves. Choose reduction time. Never shop on an empty stomach and stick to your shopping lists.
  • Try to eat at home. Eating out as a rule costs 2-3 times double.

Where to buy products? The answer to this question is vital too. Farmers markets and supermarkets are the main suppliers of groceries. When I was a student, I used to go to the supermarket that was the nearest to my student accommodation London. However, the closest convenience shop does not always offer the cheapest prices. So, to do some kind of marketing research and compare the prices in all supermarkets located in your area is not a bad idea. It will take time, but afterwards you’ll have invaluable information about which items and where are cheaper. Based on that choose your favorite supermarket chain and sign up for a loyalty program. And of course, do not forget about on-line shopping. All the activities required to find a cheaper price can be done at home.

As you can see these pieces of advice are difficult. However they require a bit of discipline. By following them you will not only save money, but become an expert in the art of shopping.

Enjoy Fitness and Fashion with BaliniSports

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received product as compensation for a post/review.  All opinions on the product are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.
@BaliniSports  #BaliniSports



There isn’t a much better feeling than hitting it hard on your workout and knowing you are doing your body good.  But, it also feels good to be comfortable when you workout, and looking good doesn’t hurt either.  There is no reason you have to hit the gym, regardless of if you workout at home or in public, in frumpy workout clothing that is old and torn.    I workout at home for 2 reasons.  1.)  I live at least 45-60 min from any gym.  2.) I hate gyms 😉  LOL!

I love workout clothing!  My husband also likes to see me in workout clothing.  He is NOT a workout buff, but likes the way workout clothing fits me. I think he would prefer it over my pajama’s most days.

If you want to be comfy, and look good when you workout, or just when you hang out, check out BaliniSports for all your fitness clothing. They have the cutest shorts, pants, and tops I have found in a while.  I love my pants!  They have nice mesh like sections in them and are so comfy.  My top is super cute, very comfy and could be used as a bra if I wanted as well.   I will be wearing this for many things, including working out, biking, hanging on the pontoon, vacationing, etc.  Love it!


 You can see the little yellow things on the sides of my thighs.  Those are the mesh sections.  And the yellow top is a stretchy section that is perfect and doesn’t pinch or squeeze.    The top is an over the head top which I like because I can’t stand when an exercise top has hooks in the back.  That is not fun when you are doing crunches or floor exercises on your back.  I like the way it fits and it’s perfect support for the kind of workouts I do.   I wouldn’t recommend it if you are doing lots of jumping, as the support isn’t there for that.  Well, for many anyhow 😉


Check out BaliniSports and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Treat Your Feet to Vionic Shoes #SoleStory

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl was compensated with product to join forces in sharing about @Vionicshoes and #SoleStory .

Growing up I was like most young girls.   Wanted to wear the latest fashion on my feet, didn’t worry about what I might have to deal with some day, for how uncomfortable my shoes were at the time.  Well, in my early 30’s I started really having issues with my feet.  I have always had that lump on the inside by my big toe, and was told it was a bunion but I honestly didn’t know what a bunion was or what kind of pain they could cause.  Man, did I find out as I got older.   My bunions started causing so much pain that no matter what I put on my feet.. they hurt!! I started buying shoes a  size bigger, in wide sizes, and just trying hard to not be on my feet for hours and hours because I knew I would pay come evening.    I finally broke down and decided to have bunion surgery.  My Aunt Tammy had surgery on both her feet at the same time, and her Dr. was amazing so I figured it was time.  But, I only did one foot.  And, to this day wish I had done them both because I have now put off my 2nd foot’s bunion surgery for 3 years.  Why oh why!!   I know why, because it hurts, it’s hard to be laid up for 8 weeks, and I just am to busy!!

Now I tell people I have one pretty foot, and one lumpy foot.  See the big lump on my right foot.  Ouch!!  Thankfully it was my left foot that caused me more pain so now I am back to being able to wear cute shoes again for the most part.  I have found that Vionic shoes fit great, and feel great.  I have at least 4 different pairs of Vionic shoes and not a one bothers my bunion on my right foot.

Being on my feet all day, enjoying my fitness, hiking, walking the dogs, site seeing, and just living life, I can’t let bad shoes stop me.  Thankfully I can do it all and my feet don’t hate me come evening, or mid way thru my fun.

I will get my right foot done, one of these days.  I say winter for me is best, because I live in Minnesota and you rarely find me outside when it’s below 30 degrees.

Do you have a #SoleStory ?  Leave me a comment and tell me yours.


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