10.30.2015

2XU Review


Disclaimer: I received the 2XU compression run rights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Have you ever heard of compression gear? Well, if you haven't, prepare for your life to be changed. Compression gear is intended to speed up recovery, reduce fatigue and long-term overuse injuries, and facilitate faster and more effective warm ups. There has been some conflicting research on compression gear, but it's definitely something I believe in and have found works really well for me.

2XU ("Two Times You") is a company that aims to give athletes the very best performance products. Their MCS compression run tights are one of the most wonderful piece of running gear I have ever owned. They fit like a glove, provide sweat and UV protection, and most importantly help keep my legs fresh. They're great for wearing during a run as well as after a run for recovery's sake. They also look pretty snazzy and go great with BibRave orange.

I cannot say enough good things about the functionality of these compression tights. They're wonderful for running in the fall weather and offer an extra layer of sun and rain protection. I also love their reflective "X" as I often run in the dark during this time of year and having reflective gear is a MUST.

Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend 2XU's compression tights and really any of their products. You can use the code "BIBRAVE20" to get 20% off your own 2XU product! You won't regret it.


Have you ever tried compression gear? What are your thoughts?

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10.26.2015

XX2i Optics

Disclaimer: I received a xx2i Optics 2 glasses set to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
 
I figured I would start this review with a funny story, because who doesn't like funny stories? So, about 5 years ago I really needed some sunglasses that would fit with my cycling helmet. I had been running for years at that point, but regular sunglasses did the trick. So, I did what any responsible college student would and went to Walmart for a $5 pair of glasses. Fast forward to the beginning of this year, when I went to go put said sunglasses on and they completely broke at the lens. So I did what any responsible graduate student would do, I fixed them with Scotch tape. SO, when Bibrave asked me if I would be interested in testing out XX2i Optics I couldn't have been more ready (or desperate).

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My Dual Pro Sunglasses kit came with two pairs of sunglasses (white with blue flash lens and demi tortoise with brown lens) and three sets of spare lenses (clear, yellow and orange). Included with these frames will be a tank protector case and two microfiber soft carrying bags that can also be used as cleaning cloths. They also came with a bunch of interchangeable pieces and many of the features on the glasses can be adjusted to fit your preference.

I have always thought tortoise looks better on me, but I really ended up loving the white glasses too! I love that you can change out the lenses depending on the activity you're doing. It makes them really diverse and prevents the need to own a million pairs of glasses (which I obviously don't since I'm using Scotch tape on mine haha!).

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I was really happy to learn that the nose pieces were adjustable because when I first got them, I felt like they stood off my face a little too far. I also wasn't used to wearing glasses with nose pieces. However, once I adjusted them and got used to the feeling, I ended up loving them!

I've used them for a number of activities so far and have found them great in every case. I can't wait to race with them this coming weekend at the Tulsa Run in Tulsa, OK!

I would highly recommend these XX2i optics to anyone looking for a great pair of glasses. Also, don't miss out on the awesome coupon code below!

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What's your favorite running gear this time of year? Anything you can't go without?

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10.23.2015

Follower


Sometimes following Jesus doesn't make sense. Sometimes following Jesus is uncomfortable and challenging and, frankly, it can be terrifying.

A few months ago, our pastor encouraged me to start leading a hospitality team. Guys, I'm not hospitable. I was terrified. I'm a introvert who doesn't feel super comfortable talking to people I don't know, who feels awkward and doesn't know what to say during first introductions- it's not good.  But I did it anyways. I followed God's lead and listened to Him clearly pointing out a need in our church. A church I love like my own flesh and blood.

And you know what? Sometimes I am awkward. Sometimes I don't have the right words. But you know what else? I love people well and I deeply care for them. I want them to feel known and I want them to know they have a Savior. I pray they will know a God who is bigger than the things I can offer them and the words I have to offer. I want them to see Christ, and not me. See, it's not about me or the things I say or do. It's about me allowing God to work in me. To use me as a tool to further His kingdom. All he asked was that I follow Him, not that I become a perfectly hospitable person.

Sometimes I fight self doubt. I tell myself I have no business being in this role and that I'm not sure I am the best person to lead. But then, I see a video like the one below and I KNOW this has a purpose. I know that God uses us in things because he believes in us, not because we are the PERFECT person for that role and not because we have it all figured out.

This video touched me in so many ways today. Not only because my love for God, the church, community, and sign language, but because this girl went out on a LIMB to love someone well. To share the gospel with them when they didn't even speak the same language. That's faithfulness and that's trust in God. Imagine if we were all this trusting of God's lead and plan? How would our lives look different today?

Want to know something scary? Something I have only told my husband and Amber? I feel God leading me to ministry. Quietly nudging me. Do I feel adequate? Sometimes. Do I know all the right things to do and say? No. Do I feel like I'm the perfect person to fill this role? Most likely not. Do I have ANY idea what this means for me? Certainly, no. But you know what? God is stirring that desire in my heart and I'm willing to faithfully trust His lead.

If the video doesn't work, you can access it HERE

So tell me, how are you following God's lead? In which areas might you follow it better?

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10.19.2015

Maty's Healthy Products

Disclaimer: I received these products to review from Maty's in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Ya'll know I'm a sickly little one. I wish that were a joke. I swear I get super sick once every 3 or 4 months. Dang allergies. I have tried everything under the sun to feel better once the sickness hits: essential oils, neti pots, medications, and other strange concoctions. Nothing works. So, the sickness is inevitable (it seems), at least until I get desperate and resort to antibiotics, which I hate doing. To survive, I MUST have the right products to get me through. Enter: Maty's Healthy Products.

Maty's creates great products like all natural vapor rub and organic cough syrup. I love how committed Maty's is to the quality of their products- it's definitely something hard to come by these days. The company was started by a mom that wanted something safe for her child, which I think says a lot about the heart of the company. They are even USDA certified, meaning they went through a lengthy process to get their product certified as organic. Being certified organic also means their non-GMO, pretty cool right?

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Last time I was sick, the all natural vapor rub was a life-saver for sleeping at night. It relieved my cough and congestion and allowed me to sleep through the night without heavy cold meds. And let me tell you- that's a tough challenge. I also like that the vapor rub is petroleum and paraben free. It makes me feel much more comfortable about putting it on my skin. I've also heard it makes a great addition to a hot bath, which I'm looking forward to trying!

The cough syrup includes only a few ingredients. When I tried to search the ingredients for Vick's Vapor Rub, I came up with different information depending on the site. Yikes! For those of you with kids, it's even safe for kids 2 and older!

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Since my cough was on its way out when my products arrived, I got creative with the cough syrup so I could still give it a honest review. The first thing I noticed was the smell, SO GOOD. It has hints of clove, honey, lemon, and cinnamon- yum. This sounds weird, but I just HAD to taste it. There's no way this is cough syrup. It tastes AMAZING.

To give it a try, I added it to some tea. Stay with me here. It's similar to when I add essential oils to my tea, and I love that it has the consistency of honey! I've also heard others put it in their yogurt or even on pancakes. Who knew?! I guess it makes sense given the all natural ingredients! Think about it: your food can also be your medicine. Wow, right? I'm looking forward to trying this the next time I'm sick (I never thought I would say that but it's THAT GOOD).

You can find Maty's products in stores near such as CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, Raley's, Food City, Smith's, and Fry's!

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10.14.2015

#morethanaframe is BACK!

Hi friends! Amber and I are so excited to announce that we are starting another round of #morethanaframe! We enjoyed this last break but we started to CRAVE this community after a certain amount of time. If you aren't familiar with #morethanaframe, read on for the details! Keep your eye out for the prompt reminders each Sunday! Also, we would love if you could jump in ASAP with an introduction post so we can get to know you!


 Life's always better in community. That's why we come online and seek connections with other bloggers who write through their messes. That's why family dinners are joyful and chaotic and fill more than our bellies. To live is to crave connection, or so it seems. And our creative lives are no different.

We need people to push us forward, cheer us on, encourage our deepest of dreams. We crave the ability to share in our processes with one another, granting ourselves the chance to see the ups and downs of the creatives around us. And, lately, this itch to connect has been stronger. 

ENTER COLLABORATION. 

Community is why collaborations are delightful and divine. Together, Amber and I have been able to dream up a collaboration that not only benefits us, but benefits YOU and works towards our greater goals of fostering community.

Our collaboration came quickly in conversations about connections and making the online more real, more honest, more vulnerable. And from here the idea for #morethanaframe, a new Instagram hashtag that we hope to see become a community, bloomed. 

THE HEART BEHIND #morethanaframe: 

We know community doesn't simply happen in highlight reels, in pretty composed pictures, in beautiful calligraphy, but just outside of those square frames. Community happens in the way we nod our heads about that quote you shared, smile while we send a pink confetti bomb emoticon for your victories, and feel heavy through the losses. 

HOW DOES #morethanaframe WORK? 

It's simple, really. Each Sunday Amber and I will post the prompt for the week. It'll be a single word to help center your thoughts. On Mondays, we will  use the #morethanaframe hashtag while sharing our frames and the hearts outside of that square space.

You can post at any time during the week. You can post one time or two times or multiple times. You can skip the sharing and simply comment all over the place. We just hope to see sharing our lives beyond the online brands we've created happen.

Take advantage of both the picture and the caption. Something weighing on your heart? A trend appear over and over again in your life? Itching to give context to your creative process? Do it right here in the caption and let us connect with you beyond the beautiful blog (or brand) you've created.

Each week we'll feature our favorite shots and frames. Of course, you're allowed to participate in whatever capacity you desire. This means, you don't have a blog and you don't have to worry because this is about community. 

Without further delay, we've got the prompts for you: 


THE BEST NEWS IS THIS: YOU'RE INVITED. 

You're invited to participate in #morethanaframe on Sunday and all week long by posting your picture and using the hashtag. PLEASE feel free to use our images and share this hashtag with your friends, family, and followers.We'll hit it off starting THIS Sunday, October 18th.

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10.12.2015

Golden Vlog: My Biggest Insecurity

Life w/ Mrs G & the Artist

Hi friends! I'm just dropping in to say hello! I hope you're all doing well. This blogging break has been really wonderful for me so far. I defended my masters thesis last Monday, and it has been really nice to have this break so I can focus on that. Last week I participated in the Golden Vlog via Periscope, but I thought it would be fun to stop by and share the video here too! Enjoy!

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Sorry for the quality of this video- like I said in the video, uploading to Blogger is NOT MY FRIEND!

If the video doesn't load use THIS link!
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