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Title Nine Sports Bra Giveaway WINNER!

Congratulations for winning the Title Nine Sports Bra giveaway, Kathy L!

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Thanks for entering, everyone! Make sure to RSVP for Title Nine Edina’s Fit Fest which is still going on tomorrow (Thursday)!

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First run post-half + Title Nine bra review

Disclosure: I received one free sports bra — all opinions are my own.

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Sure, I only went two miles, but I stand by what I said earlier about this bra being life changing! It was comfortable and with the right amount of compression. And the best part? I only had to wear one bra!

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Unfortunately, while the bra was awesome, the run didn’t go the greatest. The pain in my hip that showed up during the half was still there, even after taking a week off from running. After discussing with Coach, we decided to proceed with caution and I made an emergency PT appointment as well. This week, I’ll be focusing on slow and short easy runs and lots of yoga and I’ll be paying close attention to how my hip is feeling. Hopefully I’ll be able to ease into “real” workouts next week.

Don’t forget to RSVP at 612.238.9992 or through Facebook for Title Nine Edina’s Fit Fest taking place this Wednesday and Thursday! (You could probably talk me into going with you because I want to pick up a couple back up bras now that I know how much I love this one.)

Also, there’s still time to enter my Title Nine bra giveaway! I was sick all day yesterday so I’m extending the giveaway by one more day. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning. Oh! And you don’t need to be local to enter. And if you’re not near a store, you can use the online bra genie or call 800.342.4448 to chat with a bravangelist. Good luck!

Title Nine Bravangelists to the rescue + a giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a free bra — all opinions are my own.

It probably goes without saying that a post about sports bras might venture into TMI territory. But I’ll say it anyways: This might venture into TMI territory.

I’ve always felt very lucky that I’ve never had to worry about having a large chest that got in the way of running, playing sports, etc. I’m sure I’ve also taken it for granted at times, but I recently found myself in a new situation: I love my Oiselle bras (they’re comfortable and cute), but now I need to wear two of them when running or a weird combination of one sports bra + a tank with a built in shelf bra. I guess having two back-to-back pregnancies and then nursing Calvin for 10+ months did a number on me.

So when I had the opportunity to attend the Title Nine Fit Fest Media Night to have an expert ‘Bravangelist‘ fit me for a sports bra, I couldn’t wait.

Ahead of the event, our Title Nine contact, Jessica, emailed and asked that we provide our current bra size and I was like “Uhhhh.” To be completely honest, I’m still wearing nursing bras and tanks because all of my old bras fit weird. Jessica assured me that it wasn’t a problem and they’d be able to find me the perfect bra.

After hitting up Tilia for a quick dinner (um, of fries and a lobster roll — the ideal meal before trying on bras in front of other people) courtesy of my bro (it’s fun to sit and harass the chef), I arrived to Title Nine Edina at 50th and France. Julia, the store manager, greeted me by name! Shortly after, Erin, Jessie, Bert, Samara and Anna arrived. So great to meet some of the other bloggers I follow, in person!

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We met Molly, Title Nine’s head Bravangelist (and bra buyer) who fit us each individually. She took a few really quick measurements (and if it matters to you — you can even keep your top on) and brought me a few different options to try on. Easy peasy!

Bloggers + Molly!

Bloggers + Molly!

She told me I was a 32C and in some of the bras that run small, a 32D, so it’s pretty obvious that I’ve likely been wearing the incorrect size for many years. In fact, while the majority of American women wear a 36C bra, most sports bras are made for A or B-cup women.

I tried on the 3-reasons Brooks/Moving Comfort bra (similar to the Moving Comfort best-selling Fiona bra) and the Tech Athena. Both felt very supportive and comfortable, but not quite right.

Yep, 10 months postpartum and my stomach still looks weird

Yep, 10 months postpartum and my stomach still looks weird

The third bra I tried was the one I ended up deciding on — the Fits-to-a-T sports bra, made by Brooks/Moving Comfort. I love everything about this bra — it’s comfortable and extremely supportive and the racerback cut shouldn’t lead to any chafing or rubbing on long runs. OH and the straps are adjustable for just the right fit (with velcro — perfect for a nursing mom).

The winner!

The winner!

What I loved about all of the options I tried was that they were “band and cup”-style, which I’ve never worn before. They felt much more supportive than the typical S, M, L-type bras I’ve always worn in the past. This got me thinking that I don’t think I’ve ever worn the proper sports bra. Ever. In my life.

We also participated in a “bounceathon” in our bras where we tested out how the bras handled jumping rope, bouncing on a ball or hoola hooping. It felt a little awkward, but it was a good way to really put them to the test!

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The best part of all of this? There’s a public Title Nine Fit Fest on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30 at Title Nine in Edina! RSVP here to sign up for your personalized bra fit with a Title Nine Bravangelist expert. It’s a super quick process, but seriously life changing. And the staff at the Edina location is super friendly and knowledgeable (btw, good luck with your half marathon, Angela!) and they’ve got a carefully curated selection of awesome clothing and gear in addition to sports bras (for example: they carry Oiselle items, some designed specifically for T9)!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter to win a Title Nine bra of your choice! The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. Along with the bra, you’ll get a personalized fitting, either in-store or by-phone, depending on your location.

(Note that if you’re a winner that’s located within driving distance of a Title Nine store you’ll be asked to redeem your prize at the closest/preferred retail location.)

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below about ANYTHING to do with sports bras! For an additional entry, tweet about the Title Nine Fit Fest using the @TitleNine handle and#T9FitFest hashtag. Then let me know you tweeted, with a separate comment and link to the tweet. Good luck! Enter by the end of the day on Monday and I’ll pick a winner Tuesday morning.

Stay tuned for my full bra review (once I start running again!)

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Taking a break from all of the heavy life posts to check in with a quick, but delicious, giveaway. If you didn’t already know, today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. I do hope you have a real chocolate chip cookie today, but in case you’re looking for a healthier option, Balance Bar has a delicious Cookie Dough flavor that I’m currently obsessed with.

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The Balance Bar folks sent me my very own BOX of Cookie Dough bars and I get to give a box away to one lucky reader!

To enter, leave a comment below. It can be about anything, but here are a couple of ideas:

What’s your favorite type of cookie?

Do you enjoy your cookies with or without milk?

I’ll choose a winner on Monday. Good luck!

App Lets You Hear Baby’s Heartbeat: Bellabeat Review + Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Bellabeat provided me with one device at no cost to review and one to give away. All opinions shared are my own. 

Our big anatomy scan and ultrasound is coming up in just a couple of weeks and we still haven’t decided if we’re going to find out the gender or not! And while I still haven’t felt movement that I’m 100% sure is the baby, every so often I feel something strange that I’m starting to believe could be the start of full-on kicking! I haven’t talked a lot about worrying during pregnancy on the blog, but it’s something that consumed my life during the first couple of months.

In an earlier post, I alluded to the fact that J and I had experienced a miscarriage the first time we got pregnant. While it’s not as much fun to talk about as things like, what color we’re going to paint the nursery or what’s the name going to be, it’s something that many women unfortunately go through, yet it isn’t talked about often. Well I’m not going to go into detail about that experience, but my point is that being pregnant has brought my worrying to a new and different level, but thankfully (and surprisingly) it’s stayed at a healthy level and hasn’t been majorly anxiety-inducing. I’m also realizing that it’s normal to be worried and that it isn’t going to stop once baby is born 🙂

Right now, with our doctor appointments taking place only every four weeks and the fact that I’m not feeling any major movement yet, I count down the days until my next appointment so I can be assured that baby is doing OK. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out a pretty cool new app and device that has the potential to help minimize this worry in between appointments.

Bellabeat is a pregnancy tracking app that lets you:

  •  Listen to & record your unborn baby’s heartbeat.
  •  Track your baby’s movement & keep a Kickcounter Chart.
  •  Organize your prenatal care & keep a pregnancy diary.
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Pretty wrapping paper!

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What’s in the box:

  • Handheld fetal doppler
  • Headphones
  • Cord to connect your phone to the device
  • Ultrasound gel
  • User manual

The hubs and I were so excited to try it out for the first time.

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The device connects to your iPhone and instead of using the headphones, we connected it to a portable speaker so J and I could hear at the same time.

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(Photo courtesy of Bellabeat. No, that photo is not of me.)

After just a little bit of searching around and first finding the placenta (it makes a “whoosh, woosh” kind of sound) and my own heartbeat (which was much lower than what I knew to be looking for, for the baby’s) we locked onto the baby’s heartbeat.

(I can’t figure out how to embed this, so click on the link if you want to hear baby Nelson’s heartbeat! It was strong, right around 143 bpm.)

It was really cool to then be able to upload the file — it gives you the option of sharing it on Facebook if you want, but we chose to email it to some family members instead, which was really fun! There are also a ton of other features within the app like a mood tracker, kickcounter tracker, weight gain tracker, lots of informational articles and a prenatal calendar with pregnancy milestones. I’m not sure that I’d use all of the features because I’ve been using some other apps that I simply came across before Bellabeat.

For me personally, the one major downside of this device is not anything that’s actually wrong with the device itself. It’s more about what I’m comfortable with in terms of exposing baby Nelson to. The Bellabeat uses ultrasound waves instead of simply amplifying the sounds (think: fancy stethoscope) so each time you use it, you’re exposing the baby to this. And although the Bellabeat emits a very low level of these waves, I still don’t necessarily feel comfortable with using this too often since the research is still ongoing about the long-term risks of repeated and prolonged exposure. Also, I’m not a health professional and do not have training on how to properly use a doppler or what to be looking for, so there is always the risk of a false sense of security that everything is OK.

But other than that, this is a very cool product and I love the founder’s vision for it. Check out this video for an interview with her here. If you want more information, check out the Bellabeat website or on Facebook or Twitter.

I’m so excited to be able to give away one Bellabeat device (retails: $129) to a lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment below with your answer to: What are your favorite apps? Tracking, organizing, health, fitness, food-related (doesn’t have to be pregnancy apps).

For an extra entry, tweet about the giveaway and make sure to tag Bellabeat (@getbellabeat) and myself (@hyedi) and link to this post. Good luck — I’ll choose a winner when I get back from Boston first thing next Thursday morning!

#Meatless Mondays + a giveaway

Happy Monday! Hope you had a good weekend. You’ve probably seen the hashtag #MeatlessMondays on Twitter and maybe you even participate in them from time to time (or religiously). I had been starting slowly, making an effort to do a meatless dinner for the hubs and myself, but now am paying closer attention to what I also eat for lunch on Mondays. Everyone has different reasons for participating in #MeatlessMonday — mine is that it just makes me pay closer attention to what I’m eating on Mondays and I tend to make healthier decisions when I do that!

SO in honor of #MeatlessMondays — it’s giveaway time!

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Photo courtesy of Nasoya.com

The folks at Nasoya contacted me about trying their TofuPlus — their line of tofu that’s “beefed up” with the nutrients commonly lacking among those actively reducing meat in their diets. I was immediately interested because this was something I struggled with when I followed a vegetarian diet (for four or so years).

I picked up a package of the Extra Firm TofuPlus, as well as a package of their wonton wrappers (found both at SuperTarget) and the first recipe I made was off of the Nasoya website. I tried to pick something that the husband wouldn’t turn his nose up at, so I went with the Parmigiana Tofu. I’m pretty open to eating most things and have been eating tofu for years now, but the husband? Not so much. So you can imagine my surprise when he took his first bite, and then his second, and just kept on eating, barely stopping to breathe. And THEN he went for seconds! I call that a success.

Some other information about Nasoya Tofu:

All Nasoya Tofu is Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified as well as gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian/vegan. Replacing just one serving of beef (the size of a medium hamburger) with a serving of Firm TofuPlus or Extra Firm TofuPlus avoids 9 grams of saturated fat and 66 milligrams of cholesterol, while maintaining important B and D Vitamins, and Calcium.

• Available in two varieties: Extra-Firm for a solid, meaty consistency perfect for stir-fry or baking and Firm ideal for scrambling or dips

• Fortified with vitamins B-2, B-6, B-12, Zinc, D-2 and Calcium

• Provides 20 percent of the daily nutritional requirements of the vital nutrients most commonly found in meat

• Low in saturated fat, is a good source of protein, cholesterol-free, USDA Certified Organic, is made with non-GMO whole soybeans, contains 80 calories or less per serving

I’m already looking forward to all of the new recipes to try. While I am limiting my soy intake while pregnant, my doctor said it’s fine to

Now it’s your turn. Want to win two free Nasoya products?  Just leave a comment answering one or both of the following questions:

  • Do you participate in #MeatlessMondays?
  • What’s your favorite way to use tofu?

I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday! This giveaway is limited to US only, as that is where the coupons are valid. There is a store locator on the Nasoya website,www.nasoya.com but you are able to find the product in retailers nationwide.

Disclaimer: I didn’t receive any compensation for this post. I did receive product for free to try. All opinions are my own.

Ready for spring + a Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Giveaway

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the kind words of congratulations on this post and IG and texts and emails! We’re SO excited and telling everyone is making it even more exciting! Today, after much consideration, I’m making the announcement via FB. Wish me luck 🙂

OK, some housekeeping next. A special belated CONGRATULATIONS to Mellissa who won the OOfos giveaway.

I know you’re probably sick of talking about the weather this winter — it’s been a tough winter and not just in the Midwest. The latest casualty as a result of this winter? My race last weekend. On Friday night I went to my favorite Wits (with Steven Yeun from the Walking Dead and MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK!) with my favorite Liz and while we were at dinner, J called to say that Wisconsin was supposed to get hit with some more snow and that our friends who live in Wisconsin had heard that the race course was pretty treacherous. That, combined with the 10 degree race start temperature they were calling for and the fact that it was going to be a long trip for just an overnight stay, we decided to stay home. And with that, my first DNS of the year. I’m 0/1 so far in 2014, folks.

BUT this past weekend, we experienced a nice little warm up and it was glorious! I got outside for a nice three mile run. The running paths weren’t in terrific condition, but they are getting there. And despite not running for the past month or so, I felt great! Then, we checked out a dog park we had never been to before. It’s quite large, so we got a little mini-workout there, too.

Now it’s time for another giveaway! Although I make sure to only host giveaways for products I’d like to personally win as well, I’m especially excited about this one because once I tried these, they have become my new favorite treat — and now I get to let someone else try them for free.

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YUM YUM YUM. Yasso just rolled out five new flavors in its frozen greek yogurt line (peanut butter cup, mint chocolate chip, chocolate fudge, dark chocolate raspberry and the flavor I tried, sea salt caramel). I love that these bars are made with natural ingredients and the seal salt caramel bar has only 100 calories in each bar!

To enter to win one free box of Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars, leave a comment telling me which flavor you’d like to try. That’s it! I’ll choose a winner on Friday. Good luck!

Disclaimer: I didn’t receive any compensation for this post. I did receive one box of the product for free to try. All opinions are my own.