Friday, December 19, 2014

Korres Skincare - Day 12 Giveaway

Hi, my name is Megan....and I am a beauty product junkie. I have a few staples but other than that, I love to experiment with the latest brands, making my bathroom cabinets look like Sephora threw up in them. Recently, I was introduced to a line of products called KORRES from my friend Ryan of Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay.

KORRES is  a Greek skincare and colour brand, founded in 1996 by George Korres out of Athens’ oldest homeopathic pharmacy.  KORRES offers a wide range natural or certified organic products. with advanced natural formulations that deliver maximum results.
From the second Ryan told me about KORRES, I knew the Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial had to be part of my life. This is my favorite product of the year and I have seen my fair share of products in 2014. A weightless soufflé powered by super-charged proteins that melts into skin while you are sleeping - working overnight for intense, immediate moisturization

KORRES Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum is a product which I am now using on a daily basis. I love that it is a serum which you can use for both undereye and full face. It is an ultra-concentrated vitamin C face and eye serum that is clinically proven to brighten skin, smooth the look of fine lines, and improve skin texture .
Speaking of eyes - KORRES Wild Rose Instant Brightening Eye Treatment is another incredible product. It instantly brightens the undereye area while diminishing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. I went a little crazy the first time using it - you only need a small amount.
KORRES Yoghurt Body Butter is an incredible extra smoothing moisturizer which helps improve your skin. It is a luxurious cream that is enriched with shea butter so it easily absorbs into your skin.
I love anything with the scent of basil and lemon. So KORRES basil lemon shower gel is my new favorite. It Provides a moisturizing effect and helps maintain the natural moisture level of the skin Feel: Invigorating Scent: Fresh, citrus KEY FEATURES & BENEFITS Creamy-foam showergel with hydrating ingredients that provides a lasting moisturizing effect and helps to maintain natural moisture level of the skin. Has a green spice of dazzling freshness with a vibrant lemon zest touch.

KORRES GIVEAWAY!
For my final day of Giveaways - I am giving one very lucky reader a 3 pack of KORRES body products.
Greek Yoghurt Body Butter ($29)
Basil Lemon Shower Gel (19.50)
Basil Lemon Body Butter ($29)

Let me know in a comment below what your New Years Resolution is. You should see a Rafflecopter Widget below this - after you comment, go through the widget to gain your first entry and unlock more chances to win. If it doesn't appear right away, please give it a few minutes and refresh.
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I Run For Wine 12 Days of Christmas - Week 3
Apera Sports Duffle (December 15th)
Hyatt Regency Orlando Stay (December 16th)
Coobie Sports Bras (December 17th)
Korres Skincare (December 18th)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coobie Scoopneck Bra - Day 11 Giveaway

There is one item I absolutely fell in love with this year - the Coobie scoopneck bra. It is the most comfortable and versatile bra I have ever tried out and you can wear it for everyday wear, work, the gym, yoga and more!
The Coobie Seamless Scoopneck Bra is available in a range of colors and prints. What makes this product unique is that it's one size fits most. Comfortably fits sizes 32A to 36D!
I work from home most days of the week and practically live in Yoga clothes. When I turned into that girl, I will never know.  Unless I leave the house, this is what I wear on a daily basis.

I've actually fallen asleep in them on multiple occasions. They're seamless, so no hooks or clasps. The back is smooth. Each has removable pads and the straps are adjustable.
I am giving away FIVE of these bra's! So there will be multiple winners on this giveaway. Check out the multiple colors online and let me know in a comment below which one you would choose. You should see a Rafflecopter Widget below this - after you comment, go through the widget to gain your first entry and unlock more chances to win. If it doesn't appear right away, please give it a few minutes and refresh.
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I Run For Wine 12 Days of Christmas - Week 3
Apera Sports Duffle (December 15th)
Hyatt Regency Orlando Stay (December 16th)
Coobie Sports Bras (December 17th)
Korres Skincare (December 18th)

New holiday traditions - #HolidaysAreCalling

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Today is December 17th - this means two things.....it's my half birthday and Christmas is a week from tomorrow. WHAT THE. I just started Christmas shopping last night! How could this possibly happen? As far back as I can remember, my Christmas shopping was completed by December 1st. My Mom and I always did Black Friday together to start off the holiday season. However, this year was a little different. As our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife, we decided to take a family trip to Disney for the week. While I am a little stressed on lack of Christmas shopping, I think our new holiday tradition is worth me freaking out a bit.
We went to the Magic Kingdom on Thanksgiving after finishing dinner. There was no better way to walk off the Turkey! The park was a little busier than I expected. Somehow, our party of 9 was able to secure Mine Train fast passes a week prior to the visit. When we got them, I thought that the park would be empty. Not so much.
Instead of having my nose stuck in ad's on Thanksgiving morning making an excel spreadsheet of what to buy, we spent time with our niece and nephew, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. It's amazing how fast these kiddo's are growing up and we cherish every minute!
While others were shopping on Black Friday, we went to Epcot. We got right into the holiday spirit with their Holiday's around the world (with a little help from their world famous margaritas). Although we've been Disney passholders for years, this was the first time we have gone to Epcot during the holiday season. It was amazing seeing all of the world showcases done up for the season with various eats and drinks . Each of the showcases honors the heritage of their countries, sharing Christmas traditions from around the world.
Finally, on Saturday, we headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios, where we watched the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Lights. This is something we have done for the past four years and I loved continuing the tradition.
I was able to capture memories of our new tradition with my LG L90  which I got on Rollback at Walmart (originally $179.88, rolled back to $119). through the very affordable Walmart Family Mobile plan. For $34.88 a month you get unlimited talk, text, and data/web for the first line, and for additional lines it is only $29.88. You get 5GB of 3G data!

I am very impressed with the features of this phone. It was actually sold out the first time I went to get it and I had to locate it at another store. For the price, you get features found on a phone that you'd have to pay double for and sign a 2 year contract. This would make a great Christmas present!

The LG Optimus L90:

  • 4.7" IPS Display for Optimal Viewing
  • Powerful 1.2GHZ Quad-Core Processor
  • Long Lasting 2.460 mAh Battery
  • 5 Megapixel Autofocus Camera

Right now Walmart has a bunch of rollbacks to help you save money but still get a great phone:

Alcatel One Touch Evolve 2 - $49.88 (was $59.88)
ZTE ZMAX - $179.00 (was $199.88)
LG L90 - $119.00 (was $179.88)
Nokia Lumia 635 - $99.88 (was $129.88)
Samsung Galaxy Exhibit - $79.88 (was $99.88)
Nokia Lumia 530 - $49.88 (was $69.88)

One may be sitting there trying to figure out why I haven't gotten any shopping done from Thanksgiving through today - simple answer. The first two weeks of December is my busiest time of the year at my day job. So I am just coming down from that and freaking out about how I will finish Christmas shopping in a week. How was your shopping this holiday season? Are you rushing around like me or did you finish early?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hyatt Regency Orlando - Day 10 #giveaway

There's no question that I love the Hyatt brand. Over the past few years, I have stayed and dined at Hyatt's all over the world (<---- hey, that's kinda cool to say!). I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with Hyatt over the past few months on some really cool opportunities, such as being a guest judge while eating 32 courses at Grand Hyatt Tampa for their Grand Taste Series; being invited to a Pascual Torro dinner at Oystercatchers while winning an empanada cooking competition; enjoying afternoon tea at and Hyatt Regency Churchill; a final toast to our honeymoon at a champagne cocktail hour at Hyatt Andaz London. Needless to say - we love Hyatt :)
I had the opportunity to check out Hyatt Regency Orlando this weekend and fell in love with the resort. This property holds a special place in my heart, as I was born and raised in Central Florida. This property was once The Peabody, where I have plenty of childhood memories of going to see the ducks march before we spent the day at Disney. Although the ducks are no longer there, the property is beyond beautiful and you will find homage to the ducks around the resort.
There were chandeliers everywhere. While I loved everything about our wedding, part of me wishes I checked this location out before insisting on a destination wedding.  If I were to do it again, Hyatt Regency Orlando would have been a top choice for an Orlando wedding
I visited Hyatt Regency Orlando with one of my best friends, Darlynn, to celebrate her birthday and visit so we could go to Disney during the holiday's. Darlynn recently became a Disney passholder and this was her fist time seeing the magic of Disney during the holiday season
We started out our girls trip with a visit to The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando. We both received an incredible 80 minute massage prior to heading off to a long night at the parks. This spoiled me beyond belief and I am not sure how I can pull a full day at Disney again without a massage prior to!
The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando is pretty spectacular. If you are a guest of the spa, you can enjoy their relaxation room, steam room, Jacuzzi, showers and outdoor Serenity pools.
Following the massage, we headed up to check out our room at Hyatt Regency Orlando - an amazing suite with views of Orlando. There was even a TV in our bathroom mirror. That had me instantly thinking of my next technology "must buy".
After a quick change, we left for one of many bars located on the property to check out some martinis. They have a daily martini happy hour from 5-6 where you get half off! Plus - they carry Bungalow 23 mixers and I couldn't be happier about this. Thank you Hyatt for supporting local companies, especially ones I am very fond of!

After martini happy hour, Darlynn and I headed out to Disney's Hollywood Studios so Darlynn could see The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Although I have seen this many times, it is always magical - and when you're with a first timer, it makes for an amazing experience. Plus I made Mrs. Chicken ride Rock n Roller Coaster. Not sure if she has forgiven me for this yet or not. She closed her eyes the ENTIRE time


The next morning, we toured the property....absolutely stunning. Check out the pool's grotto!! If only it wasn't 50 degrees outside.
After our tour, we headed back to Disney for a day at Epcot. We had a wonderful time eating and drinking around the world. Our trip was way too short and much needed for both of us.

Hyatt Regency Orlando has graciously given me a one night stay as a giveaway to a reader for my 12 Days of Christmas! The location on iDrive is super convenient and located to a lot of restaurants, entertainment and bars.

Let me know in a comment below what you would use this one night stay for. You should see a Rafflecopter Widget below this - after you comment, go through the widget to gain your first entry and unlock more chances to win. If it doesn't appear right away, please give it a few minutes and refresh.

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Apera Sports Duffle (December 15th)
Hyatt Regency Orlando Stay (December 16th)
Coobie Sports Bras (December 17th)
Korres Skincare (December 18th)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Apera Sports Duffle - Day 9 #giveaway

Earlier in the year, I was invited to try out Apera Athletics Bags. You can read all about my review of the Apera duffle bag here. I instantly fell in love with this brand.....so much that I purchased a second bag, their sports duffle. What makes this company different from others is that they have built-in antimicrobial product protection to inhibit the growth of bacterial odors. So if you are at the gym or backpacking overseas, there are pockets to separate your dirty clothes from your clean clothing. Plus, the only way into the bag is through the zipper which is against your back - no need to be concerned about pick pockets!
When Gabe and I honeymooned in Europe a few months ago, both of my Apera bags came with us. Also, I have to state - when I selected my two bags, I got the pearl white color vs. pink. In any normal circumstance, I pick pink everything. However, I didn't want to be the only one carrying these bags overseas! We brought two rolling suitcases, stuffed the sports duffle in one to bring back souvenirs and had the duffle bag as a carry on.
So for the 9th day in my 12 days of giveaways, I am giving one reader a sports duffle of their own, winners choice of color. I cannot express how much we love these bags. I only bring out my suitcase if we are traveling for more than a weekend. In the past year, our Apera bags have been to New Orleans, New York, Maine, Miami, Italy, France and London. They are well traveled bags who show no sign of wear or tear!

Some great features about this bag:
Top pocket for electronics or eyeware
Large vented pockets on each side, perfect for shoes
Waterproof front panel
Rear zipper which opens like a standard duffle bag

Specifications
Width14 in. (35.6 cm)
Height21.5 in. (54.6 cm)
Depth 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Weight1.9 lbs (0.86 kg)
Volume2,136 cu in. (35 L)
Antimicrobial ProtectionInside & Outside
Lining ContentWipeable Polyester
Body ContentHigh Tenacity Nylon

Let me know in a comment below where you hope to travel to in 2015! You should see a Rafflecopter Widget below this - after you comment, go through the widget to gain your first entry and unlock more chances to win. If it doesn't appear right away, please give it a few minutes and refresh.
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Apera Sports Duffle (December 15th)
Hyatt Regency Orlando Stay (December 16th)
Coobie Sports Bras (December 17th)
Korres Skincare (December 18th)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Champagne in London - London Eye Experience and Hyatt Andaz Liverpool Street

We had one day to visit London on our honeymoon and it flew by as if it didn't happen. Luckily we have photos to remind ourselves of the quick adventure! We did so much in one day but were exhausted as this was the last day of our honeymoon. Although we were dragging, I made sure we hit all the big sites. The one thing I booked far in advance for this trip was a London Eye Champagne experience at sunset.
I didn't mind spending the extra money for this, knowing we would have priority access and a nice glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne!
The views were amazing and I loved seeing London this way. It was a short 30 minute trip and was expensive considering our exchange rate...but absolutley worth it. If you ever find yourself planning this experience, make sure you purchase early to save 20%.
I already mentioned we had a lovely afternoon tea that day so when it came time for dinner, neither of us were starving. We visited Catch Champagne Bar inside of Hyatt Andaz Liverpool Street for a few appetizers and more champagne.
The hip lounge has over seventy Champagnes and specialty Bellinis on their menu! I was in heaven. Since I had been drinking champagne pretty much all day, I kept with the trend by ordering a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
For food options, they have an assortment of light bites, sharing platters and signature charcuterie boards. We decided on the Asian braised pork belly with cucumber since pork belly is one of my favorite things on earth.
Along with the Salt & pepper calamari with sweet chilli sauce. The batter on the squid was amazing.
As the night continued, it was easy to see that Catch Champagne Bar is a popular hotspot with the London city crowd. We were there on a Friday night and I was shocked to see how busy London's nightlife is! Check out Andaz London's video for more information! I would go back to London in a heartbeat and plan on doing so, as soon as our exchange rate is better!

DERMASPORT skincare for athletes - day 8 #giveaway

For my 8th day of giveaways, I bring you a product I was introduced to a few months ago - DERMASPORT skincare for athletes. I will be the first to say, when I first heard about this product, I was a bit skeptical - what about it would make it specific for those who are active? Then the more I thought about it - while training, you are exposed to sun, sweat, dirt, debris, chlorine, salt, wind, heat, and cold.
When your skin is exposed to harsh elements, it can become reactive with increased irritation, redness, dryness or oiliness, congestion, blotchiness, discoloration and uneven skin tone. DERMASPORTs 4-step daily skincare regimen was designed to treat and protect the delicate facial skin to protect it from environmental damage.

DERMASPORT Athletic Face Wash
A pH-balanced formula that gently lifts away impurities such as dirt, sweat, oil, and congestion to clarify and rejuvenate skin exposed to environmental stress. Infused with mushroom extract that mimics the skin’s natural exfoliation process to increase cell turnover, brighten, and even out skin tone for smoother, younger looking skin.

DERMASPORT Athletic Clarifying Toner
A refreshing toner to restore pH balance to skin that has been affected by sun, sweat, debris and other environmental elements. Natural Multi-Fruit Acid Complex accelerates cell turnover to refine texture and even skin tone. Blended with willow bark to purify pores and remove dead skin cells, revealing a bright, radiant complexion.

DERMASPORT Athletic Age Defense Moisturizer
A lightweight hydrating formula formulated for all skin types. Powerful antioxidants including vitamin A, C, E, green tea combined with super fruits acai, goji berry and pomegranate to form a defense barrier against free radical damage that can lead to premature aging. Anti-aging complex with sand rice peptides supports elasticity and firmness.
DERMASPORT Athletic Multitasking Eye Cream
A Multi-Tasking Eye Cream that targets dark circles and puffiness to re-energize and brighten the delicate eye area. This innovative blend of peptides and an anti-aging complex diminish signs of aging, fine lines and dark circles resulting in a more youthful complexion. Shea butter and soluble collagen provide deep hydration and comfort while vitamins A & E provide antioxidant protection to fight against future damage.

Here are some of the features you can expect to get from DERMASPORT
  • Fights UV damage with powerful antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E, green tea,a and super fruits)
  • Accelerates skin's natural exfoliation without irritation to even skin tone
  • Strengthens barrier function to promote healthy, strong skin
  • Rejuvenates, helps to increase firmness and elasticity
  • Restores skin's pH balance
  • Moisturizes with natural humectants
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles with anti-aging peptides
  • Natural aloe, botanical and fruit extracts to soothe and nourish skin
  • Formulated to gently cleanse away pore-clogging dirt, grime, sunscreen, sweat, chlorine and its chemical odor, bromine, and salt water
I am giving away one 4 pack of DERMASPORT skincare (valued at $80). Let me know in a comment below what environmental hazards you face. Mine is without a doubt the FL summer. Between the heat, humidity and the UV, my skin tends to get leathery. You should see a Rafflecopter Widget below this - after you comment, go through the widget to gain your first entry and unlock more chances to win. If it doesn't appear right away, please give it a few minutes and refresh.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Milestones Sports Jewelry Adjustable Bangle Bracelet - Day 7 Giveaway

Last year I jumped on the Alex and Ani bandwagon and became obsessed with collecting pieces for my wrist. However, I was not happy with their options for a Marathon bracelet - I desperately wanted a bracelet that showed 26.2 but do not like their "it's not a sprint it's a marathon". Then Milestones Sports Jewelry came in and saved the day with their adjustable bangle bracelets and I am giving one away today!

I was so happy to hear Milestones Sports Jewelry added adjustable bangle bracelets to their lineup of sports jewelry and they have options for all runners. Plus you have the option to personalize your bracelet with additional mini charms and swarvorski crystals!
As I mentioned above, they offer many options for distances and events - including the Dopey Challenge, Glass Slipper Challenge, Space Coast and more! I had a very hard time choosing one - so I went with the 26.2 bangle charm bracelet, which features a crystal for the dot in the 26.2. I also added on a 13.1 miniature charm and a clear swarvorski crystal. This will be an amazing addition to my current lineup of adjustable charm bracelets.
I ran the inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge and would absolutely love to add this to my collection to showcase those 4 days of testing my limits. I am running "only the marathon" this year and it shocks me that I pulled this fete off 11 months ago.
A month after I ran the Dopey Challenge, I participated in the Glass slipper challenge. I would also love to add this one to my collection! After I completed this challenge, I vowed I was done with anything over a 10K. The following day, I signed up for another half....a few months later two more fulls. #runnersproblems.
After I ran my first 13.1, I wanted something so bad to celebrate my achievement. There wasn't much on the market at the time, so I settled for a car magnet. I would have bought this bracelet in a heart beat if it was available then.
I have many friends who ran Spacecoast over the past few years. I have yet to conquer this event but it is on my bucket list. I adore the Spacecoast themed bracelet!
 My first 26.2 was the 2013 NYC Marathon and this was the first time I ever bought myself something to commemorate my achievement. Tiffany Co is one of their sponsors and I got myself the NYC Marathon charm and added it to my charm bracelet. I also got one at the 2014 race. However, I also own the above expandable bracelet because I do not like wearing my Tiffany Charm bracelet - especially while working.
I will never forget my first 5K. Gabe and I went all over trying to find something to commemorate my very first race. I was SO proud and told anyone who made eye contact with me that I finished a 5K. There is hardly anything on the market for 5K achievements, so it made me happy that Milestones celebrates all the races. Above are the small charms you can add to your expandable bracelet - including a wine glass!! There are also multiple options for swarvorski charms!
Click here to check out all of the Milestones Sports Jewelry Adjustable bracelets that are available and let me know in a comment below which one you would choose and what it commemorates! You should see a Rafflecopter Widget below this - after you comment, go through the widget to gain your first entry and unlock more chances to win. If it doesn't appear right away, please give it a few minutes and refresh.

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I Run For Wine 12 Days of Christmas - Week 2
Rock n Roll Marathon Series Race entry (December 8th)
Loews Don Cesar Spa Certificate (December 10th)
Milestone Jewelry Expandable Bangle Bracelet (December 11th)
Dermasport Sports Skincare Collection (December 12th)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Help me become #NOLARoyalty at Rock n Roll Marathon Series!

In true Mardi Gras fashion, Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans will crown a King & Queen of race weekend festivities! The King and Queen will be revered by all participants, and will receive the royal treatment during race weekend!
Hi lovelies -  I have a huge favor to ask. Please visit the #NOLARoyalty page on Rock n Roll Marathons page and vote for us to become King and Queen of the New Orleans race weekend!!

Click here and you will be brought to the page below. I have three photos from the wedding (two are duplicated but need equal amounts of love). I will buy you a cookie if you vote for us :)

If you are going to RNR NOLA - make sure you enter too! The competition will be open through January 4th. It's super easy to enter - see below for more details. Let me know if you do enter, I will throw you a vote :)

What you win:
2 night hotel stay | 2 Race Day VIP pass| Feature in the Official Event Guide | Royal procession & Start Line introduction

How to Enter:
Submit a picture of yourself showing voters why you deserve the crown
Post your image to the #RnRNOLA Facebook page or your personal Instagram or Twitter page using #NOLARoyalty. The photos will automatically appear on the website as shown above but you must use the hashtag #NOLARoyalty for this to happen!

Contestants:
Must be registered to run any distance at #RnRNOLA 2015
Must be able to perform all royal duties on race weekend, including:
Attending official coronation at the Expo on Saturday, January 24, 2015
Welcoming runners before the race commences
Performing a royal procession through corrals
Completing a pre-race Q & A with the announcer
This competition will close on January 4, 2014 at 11:59pm and winners will be announced on January 8, 2015. Judges’ decision is final.

And don't forget to enter my Rock n Roll Marathon Series giveaway - there are a few days left for a chance to win an entry to any US based RNR Race.
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