<![CDATA[Lipgloss + Spandex - Blog]]>Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:51:35 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[ONE DAY ONLY 11/20/2015! IT's Your Top 5 Superstars & More 6-piece Holiday Set from IT Cosmetics on QVC]]>Fri, 20 Nov 2015 06:46:20 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/one-day-only-11202015-its-your-top-5-superstars-more-6-piece-holiday-set-from-it-cosmetics-on-qvc
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  IT Cosmetics IT's Your Top 5 Superstars & More! 6-pc Holiday Set

  • 0.28-fl oz Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer
  • 0.30-oz Celebration Foundation Illumination
  • 0.33-fl oz Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara
  • 0.0056-oz Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
  • 0.11-oz Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi
  • Heavenly Luxe Master Brush
  • Gift box
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<![CDATA[Race preview: Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half & Quarter Marathon - Vancouver WA [10/11/2015]]]>Fri, 02 Oct 2015 05:03:00 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/race-preview-girlfriends-run-for-a-cure-half-quarter-marathon-vancouver-wa-10112015Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half & Quarter Marathon
This event is one of my all time favorites. It's incredible--every single detail is just filled with tons and tons of LOVE. It's coming up in just over a week, and I definitely encourage all of my lady friends to consider registering for this women-only race that showcases Vancouver's downtown, Fort Vancouver, and the waterfront <3
THE GIRLFRIENDS AND PINK BRIGADE HAVE RAISED NEARLY $350,000 OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS!The 9th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure is a Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women's cause.

We started this event to honor and support one of our BFFs, Joleen Skarberg, who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and continues to run it every year with her daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins and girlfriends! Watch for her - she'll be wearing #1!

So tell all your girlfriends, recruit & inspire them and together have fun and help raise funds for Breast Cancer Research, Care, Treatment & a Cure. This Half and Quarter Marathon walking and running event is designed specifically for women including awesome women’s technical shirts, cool medals, chocolate, cupcakes, massage and firemen waiting for you at the finish line! It's a fabulous Girl's weekend plus the more people who participate, the more money we can raise!
<![CDATA[Product review: Firmoo glasses]]>Wed, 23 Sep 2015 04:18:37 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/product-review-firmoo-glasses1
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I just recently received my fourth and fifth pair glasses from Firmoo, and I just LOVE them! (Check out my reviews of first, second and third pairs also--they were all fabulous). This time I decided to be adventurous with a pair of tortoiseshell glasses (so I can look cool and nerdy) and a pair of vintage-inspired cat eye glasses (so I can look retro and nerdy). 
These F1009(C1) glasses (above) were a gamble. The shape and the colors just seemed too bold for me, but I decided to give them a try. I also added on a few extra features (thin & light lenses, grey photochromic, anti-scratch, UV coating, and oleophobic fingerprint resistant coating)--I've been tired of squinting in to the summer sun for months! When I received these, I was blown away. They were so cute and I LOVED how they looked on me! And I really like how well the lenses adjust to bright light. The frames and lenses with all of the features listed would only set you back $89, which I think is a STEAL. I've gotten so many compliments while wearing these!
I went the opposite route with the DBSN65067(C5) glasses that I ordered: the only additional feature that I chose was anti-reflective/anti-radiation, putting these glasses at just under $22! While I decided after I received them that I prefer thicker frames, I am still really pleased with these glasses. They still seem to be well made, and comfortable to wear.

I don't feel like I can go wrong with Firmoo. Their prices are incredible, their shipping is fast, and their selection is AWESOME. They get new styles of glasses all the time, and frequently have sales, including these styles for 15% off! I have already favorite about a dozen more styles that I want to get...
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<![CDATA[NIKE+ RUN CLUB AND KEVIN HART INVITE YOU TO COME RUN IN PORTLAND on 9/11/2015!]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:29:27 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/nike-run-club-and-kevin-hart-invite-you-to-come-run-in-portland-on-9112015


5k pop-up run with comedian open to Nike+ Members Friday, September 11 at Portland’s Waterfront Park

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart and Nike are teaming up for a spontaneous 5k run this weekend at Gas Works Park in Seattle. The run will take place on Friday, September 11 at 7:34 a.m. and is open to runners of all levels as part of the Nike+ Run Club weekly programing.  

All are welcome to  sign up for Nike+ membership for FREE and register for the NRC Local Run with Hart at: Run with Hart.

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart wants to inspire his fans to get out and run. And with the help of Nike, thousands of them have been doing just that this summer. As part of his What Now? tour, Hart and Nike have hosted these pop-up 5Ks all across America, with 12 cities total planned.

Hart and Nike have a long-standing relationship centered on a shared belief in the power of sport and importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Kevin Hart will join runners for the run around Portland’s Waterfront, beginning and ending at the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain.

Kevin Hart
Nike+ Run Club Coach Blue Benadum

Friday, September 11
7:34 a.m.
Approximate duration: 2 hours

Bill Naito Legacy Fountain
2 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204

About Nike+ Run Club
Run your first, funnest and fastest miles with us. Join a Global community of runners and receive expert guidance from NRC Coaches and Pacers at every session. All paces welcome: when you run with this crowd, there’s a place for everyone.

Know Before You Go
Check-in starts 30 minutes before the session starts. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the session start or your spot could be given away to a walk-in.
We strive to provide the most inspiring, most fun and safest environment at Nike+ Run Club. With runners' safety in mind, we do not allow dogs or strollers at any of our Nike+ Run Club Sessions.
NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Ore., is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit news.nike.com and follow @Nike.
<![CDATA[Race preview: Cause+Event Portland 5k, 10k & Virtual Run [10/18/2015]]]>Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:40:33 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/race-preview-causeevent-portland-5k-10k-virtual-run-10182015
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The Cause + Event Race Series is unlike any other race series of its kind. The runner (or walker) chooses their their favorite registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and their cause will receive at least half of the racer’s registration. [Entry fee] includes race shirt and participation medal.
I love the concept of a race that supports EVERY nonprofit organization chosen by its participants. It's an incredible thing to think about, and I love that they also want to put on a high-quality event that will bring runners and walkers back year after year. In 2014, I participated in Cause+Event Portland as a virtual runner while running Uberthon's Oregon Half Marathon, and this year I'm really looking forward to participating in person for the 2015 Cause+Event Portland race! Scroll down for more details from Race Director Cyndie Pelto.
Shirt design for 2015 Cause+Event Portland
Participating as a virtual runner in 2014
Remember, we will cap our registrations at 1,000 runners, so register today to guarantee your spot.  Team captains vying for largest team... get those registrations in!

REGISTER TODAY!  Here are the events to choose from:
5K Walk - $35 ($15 to the cause of your choice)
5K/10K Run - $35 ($15 to the cause of your choice)
Free Kids Fun Run - Tot Trot and 1K

8:30am - Kid's Fun Run and Tot Trot
9am - 10K
9:05 - 5K Run
9:10 - 5K Walk

All pricing for each event (except the FREE kid's Fun Run) INCLUDES the donation, t-shirt, finisher's medal, and chip timing.  Our sponsors have all kinds of amazing goodies to share with you on race day.

Connect with us on Facebook, to stay in the loop about all kinds of promotions, contests, incentives, and sponsorship deals.  

DEADLINES:  Register today, and you won't need to worry about these!
August 31 - Team Bonus Donation Contest ends
September 14th - Last day to get your name on the shirt/guarantee shirt size
September 18th - Last day to get your race bib personalized with name
October 11th - Online registration closes at midnight, if race isn't already SOLD OUT. 

VIRTUAL RUN:  If other runners you know, are not in the Portland area on October 18th they can still race for their cause through our Virtual Run:   Virtual Run - $40 (any distance, any location, $15 to the cause of your choice) shirt, bib and medal will be mailed to you.

TEAMS:  We hare hosting a contest, which all team captains were notified of, during the month of August.  The team with the MOST registrations during this month will receive a bonus donation to their cause.  Team Captains, email causeandeventreg@gmail.com for more information and help promoting. 

VOLUNTEERS:  Our Registration is now LIVE and you can start recruiting your volunteers!  The first 5 non-profits to provide us with 5 or more volunteers will get a FREE Expo Booth Space at our Race Day Expo.  Volunteer Registration

CHILD CARE:  Don't forget, Cause + Event Portland partners with Sweet Peas KidZone to provide on site childcare, complete with a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, and a fun time, supervised by professionals.  Reserve your spot today: Child Care Sign Up

Thank you for supporting your cause and our 100% volunteer run event.  Come visit us at the Bethany Village Farmer's Market each Wednesday evening for your chance to win a prize!

Remember, every race has a cause.  No race has EVERY cause...until now.  Run with us on October 18th, it's for a good cause, YOUR cause.

Cyndie Pelto
Race Director
Cause + Event Portland
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<![CDATA[Product review: Whole Body "Travel Like a Pro" Weekender Bag + GIVEAWAY]]>Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:39:06 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/product-review-whole-body-travel-like-a-pro-weekender-bag-giveaway
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Whole Foods just released their latest limited-edition Whole Body bag this week! This Whole Body bag's theme is "Travel Like A Pro" and it's filled with perfect-for-travel products, and is only $6.99, which is totally a STEAL! (If you've ever bought a bunch of those travel-sized toiletries at the drugstore, you know how quickly it can add up--six travel sized products and a reusable bag for under seven dolla-dolla bills is SWEEEET, especially given the quality standards for all products carried in the Whole Body department). If you haven't snatched one up yet, be sure to head over to your local store and snatch up one of these before they're sold out.
August is all about going bold and taking a quick get-a-way before going back to school or back to work. You can travel like a pro with this custom designed sleek airplane friendly bag filled with travel ready body care essentials and coupons. This bag will be on sale during a two week cycle, a $40.00 value retailing at just $6.99! The sale will run August 12-25 :)

The quart size Travel Zip rePETe ™ by ChicoBag ® is made from recycled materials, certified 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and TSA compliant.
  • Acure repairing shampoo & conditioner with moroccan argan stem cell + argan oil: Provides lasting moisture for dry, damaged hair. It smells lovely: warm, sweet and almond-y. For me, how my hair products smells is really important. Obviously, I expect it to do a good job, but it's really important that my hair smells great. I mean, it's right there next to my face, I'm going to be catching a whiff of it all the time. 
  • Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer: Hydrating plant oils and calming botanicals for all skin types. I looooove this moisturizer. Light enough to be absorbed quickly, but rich enough to 
  • Tom's of Maine Simply White Flouride Toothpaste in Clean Mint: Spiff up your smile without synthetic bleaching chemicals. Whitening and cavity protection! It smells great and has a nice peppermint flavor that isn't overwhelming.
  • Alaffia African Black Soap: All-in-one hand, face and body wash scented with essential oils. I love this liquid soap. I already have a full sized version of this product in my shower right now! 
  • Mineral Fusion nail polish in Blushing Crystal: Long-lasting mineral formula without formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. This is a great polish! Dries quickly, opaque in two coats, and a great neutral color to have on hand. Usually I'm pretty underwhelmed by 
  • ChicoBag Travel Zip: Sleek, airplane-friendly bag made from recycled plastic bottles. The clear panel lets you easily see what's inside!
  • Coupons! $5.00 off Juice Beauty Product, $5.00 off Nourish Advanced Facial Cleansing System, $1.00 Naturtint Hair Color

Want to win a Whole Body "Travel Like a Pro" weekender bag? Whole Foods has offered Lipgloss+Spandex fans a chance to win one. Just leave a comment below (anything at all) and I'll pick one person at random (contest ends Friday 8/21/2015 at 5:00pm PST, open to US residents 18+, fulfillment not through Lipgloss+Spandex)! And stay tuned...I'll be giving another one away on Instagram very soon :)
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<![CDATA[Product review: Attune Probiotic Chocolate]]>Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:07:06 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/product-review-attune-probiotic-chocolate
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I'm pretty new to the whole "probiotic" thing and honestly don't know a ton about it. Probiotics are "microorganisms (usually bacteria and yeast) introduced into the body for its beneficial qualities (particularly for the digestive system)." I was kind of skeptical eating bacteria--wouldn't it make me sick?--until I found out that there are GOOD bacteria and BAD bacteria, and it's important to have plenty of good bacteria in your gut because it keeps your tummy happy! Common sources of naturally occurring probiotics include yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha, and the health food industry has been increasing the number of products with added probiotics too. I've been working on increasing the amount of probiotics I consume (as well as eating healthier foods in general and drinking more water), and I'm really feeling a lot better!

Attune reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying Probiotic Chocolate. OBVIOUSLY, I said "YES PLEASE SEND ME ALL THE CHOCOLATES!" Because I love chocolate. And I love probiotics.

Attune Refrigerated Probiotic Chocolate

$1.99 for 0.3oz; available at Whole Foods and many other grocery stores! 
Available in Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Crisp, Mint Chocolate
One of the first shelf stable probiotic chocolate bars on the market, Attune makes it easy for families to incorporate probiotics into everyone’s diet in a tasty way they can’t resist. What could be better than chocolate that tastes good but is also good for you.. Attune brand probiotic chocolate bars deliver 4 billion CFUs of clinically supported strains of probiotics in tasty and certified gluten free bars.
The first thing I wondered was: will these actually taste like chocolate? Or will they just be a chocolate shaped and scented food item that doesn't quite satisfy my chocolate craving?? I was super excited that all three flavors (Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Crisp, and Mint Chocolate) were very similar to "real" non-probiotic chocolate in taste and texture, just a smidge different (the Dark Chocolate bar is dairy free and vegan, so that's probably part of it). All of them were DELICIOUS and were absolutely satisfying. Honestly, I wanted to scarf down all six bars in one sitting (I had to pace myself and savor them--the recommended serving is one bar per day). Each bar contains at least 6.1 billion probiotic CFUs of three of the most clinically tested strains: lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, bifidobacterium lactis HN019, and lactobacillus casei lc-11.While these bars are best stored in the refrigerator to maintain the number of probiotics, they can be kept outside of the fridge for up to one month at room temperature.

The Attune Probiotic Chocolate bars aren't very big--they're probably the same amount of chocolate as four small pieces of a Hershey's bar, or two Hershey's miniatures. They're a little pricey, but they're very good. If you want to take more probiotics, aren't crazy about the sour/tangy taste of most of the commonly occurring sources of probiotics, and/or want an excuse to eat chocolate--these are definitely worth checking out.

Attune also makes a probiotic chocolate bar that isn't refrigerated ($6.39 for 3oz), which I really want to try also! All of the Probiotic Chocolate bars are gluten free (both the refrigerated and non refrigerated version), and all of  Attune's products are made in the United States and are kosher. And they're based out of Eugene, Oregon! 

Do you take probiotics? Stay tuned for a giveaway for a six pack of Attune Probiotic Chocolate...
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<![CDATA[Race recap: Freedomthon 5k [7/4/2015] [guest post]]]>Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:14:51 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/race-recap-freedomthon-5k-742015-guest-post
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I love Freedomthon. It's incredibly fun and a perfect way to start your 4th of July--and it's also where I got my current 5k PR, because the course is flat and fast. :) I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to attend this year's event (and get another amazing and hefty Uberthons medal!) but my BFF Cari ran it and had a great time. Scroll own for more photos and her race recap!
I've always been to busy with other traditions to do a 4th of July race, but I decided this year I was going to get out and do one no matter what else was going on! And of course I wanted a race that gave me a great piece of patriotic race bling, so I chose Freedomthon for my holiday race, and I'm so glad I did!

As the temperatures kept climbing higher and higher the week of the 4th, I was relieved that Freedomthon had an early start time. I love that Uberthons always seems to have efficiently run races in great locations. I arrived about 20 minutes before the start time, grabbed a parking spot in the lot right next to the park, and got my bib all in less than 10 minutes. That gave me plenty of time to walk around a bit with family and friends that were also doing the race and get a good spot at the start line. Kicking off the race at 7:30 am meant a beautiful sunny run in the mid-60's, and with quite a bit of shade on the course it felt pretty perfect. The course was an out and back, which I've come to love for short races like a 5k. It's great to see the lead runners pushing themselves and runners cheering each other along throughout the race, and it doesn't get boring because before you know it you're back at the finish line!

The finish line festivities were great! About a tenth of a mile before the finish line there were volunteers handing out flags to carry across the finish line, and once you crossed they had tables organized to help you find the medal that had your name engraved on the back. It didn't take us long to find our medals, take a few pics, and head over to get our pancake breakfast! The line was short and moved fast, and I was excited to see that everyone got two large pancakes with butter, syrup, and whipped cream and two sausages. Everything was just as delicious as they looked, it really hit the spot! There was also fruit and oranges available, as well as the entertainment of watching volunteers use buckets and power tools to make pancake batter! As long as you didn't mind sitting on the grass or on a curb there were plenty of shady places to sit and enjoy your meal with fellow runners.

Uberthons continues to impress me with great races for great value, and this may have to be another of their races that becomes an annual tradition for me! There are a lot of races to choose from over the holiday weekend, but this small, well-organized, and fun race is one of my new favorites!
We finished! Me, Kim, and Heather :) Many people were dressed up very festively.....my 4th of July shirt ended up getting spit up on it before I left (the mom life is so glamorous!) so I just had to wear regular running gear :-/
Me and Emily, enjoying being done!
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<![CDATA[Spots still available for the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon & Half Marathon [7/4/2015]]]>Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:35:44 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/spots-still-available-for-the-foot-traffic-flat-marathon-half-marathon-742015
PictureThe 2015 finishers medals for the Foot Traffic 5k & 8k (left) and half & full marathons (right).
Start your fourth of July off with a seriously flat and fast race! There are still spots available for the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon & Half Marathon--go to any of the packet pickup options to register, but be sure to bring cash :) Prices at packet pickup will be $80 for the half and $95 for the full.

Although temperatures will be high, I'm really looking forward to experiencing the Foot Traffic Flat for the first time! "The Flat" is pretty much a tradition for much of the Portland running community, and it's easy to see why:

  • The course is SUPER DUPER FLAT.
  • Sauvie Island is gorgeous--scenic farmland for miles!
  • Beautifully designed medals and tech t-shirts.
  • Post-race beverage, hot dog (meat or veggie dogs), and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE! 
  • The event is chip-timed, and the full marathon is a Boston Qualifier.
  • The event benefits fire departments & other local charities.

Packet pickup information:

Thurs., July 2nd, NE Foot Traffic, 12-7pm 
Fri., July 3rd, SE Foot Traffic, 12-6pm

For more last minute race info, be sure to check out this newsletter from Foot Traffic.

I'm a huge fan of two of Foot Traffic's other holiday themed races (Hop Hop Half and Holiday Half), and can't wait to run the Flat Half too! Runners, have you done the Foot Traffic Flat? What did you enjoy most? Do you have another race that's your fourth of July tradition?

<![CDATA[Be ready for anything this summer with a new, limited edition Whole Foods #ReadyforAction bag!]]>Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:36:37 GMThttp://www.lipglossandspandex.com/blog/be-ready-for-anything-this-summer-with-a-new-limited-edition-whole-foods-readyforaction-bag
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This summer, I've made some big changes! I've really focused on getting my nutrition and workouts back on track: I've joined the Barre3 Challenge, I've challenged Ardara to the First to 15, I'm trying to eat healthy (particularly reducing processed foods and caffeine), and of course, running tons of races! With so much going on, I've really started to understand the saying, "Failing to plan is planning to fail," and I've tried to be better prepared with my food, my workouts, and life in general. Having the right products on hand has made things SO much easier--it makes choosing good options easy. That's which is why Whole Foods is launching their first ever "Ready for Action Week" and "Ready for Action Bag."
  • Whole Foods Market kicks off its inaugural “Ready for Action Week,” June 24 to 30, to encourage active living and proper nutrition to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Ready for Action Week” will focus on everyday physical activities like running, biking, yoga or walking, to emphasize the importance (and fun!) of being active everyday. 
  • Beginning Saturday, June 27th at 10 a.m. local time, stores in the United States will offer a limited edition “Ready for Action” bag, packed with items to prepare for outdoor activities. Valued at $50, this bag will be sold for only $12. Bags are made with 100 percent jute and organic cotton lining from RIJI Green, a business committed to ending human trafficking.  
    • Products include Boiron Arnicare Gel (0.5 oz.), Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Natural OR Kids Sunscreen SPF 30, Aubrey Pure Aloe Vera (4 oz.), Amazing Grass Amazing Meal in Vanilla Chai (0.88 oz.), Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Organic Green Super Food in Chocolate Cacao (0.34 oz.), Spectrum Essentials Seed Blends (0.5 to 0.7 oz.), Nuun Active Natural Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs (10 tabs), Toms of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant (2.25 oz.), a Spectrum Essential recipe book and three coupons (Amazing Grass, Aubrey and Cal Naturale Svelte.)
I love the items in this bag because it's perfect for my busy summers. Whether it's a weekend, or weekday, I'm on the go and cramming in at least one workout. So having deodorant (and a change of clothes!) in my car means I don't have to make a pit stop back home, and having shelf stable packets of nutritious superfoods means I can fuel my body on the go! I'm happy to see sunscreen in the Ready for Action bag as well, as it is an absolute summer MUST HAVE--I can't stress enough how important it is to protect your skin, even if you tan easily. Aloe and arnica are perfect for soothing skin and muscles, and I love the light effervescence of nuun electrolyte tablets for staying hydrated. And having an adorable jute bag to carry around my essentials is always a good thing!
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