Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

Disclosure: I received a pair of the new Mizuno Wave Rider 18 shoes through a campaign with FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


This mommy runner was so excited when I got the chance to work with Mizuno once again. If you follow me through Instagram you will see that one of my favorite brands hands down is Mizunos. I was introduced to them about 3 years now and they have been my running buddies ever since. 

This is a neutral shoe and it's not the first time that I get to try a pair like these out. I was able to test out the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 back in December during my pregnancy with Jellybean and I loved them. My excitement was definitely present while i waited for this new pair of Mizunos!

Even though it's a neutral shoe it's great for lots of mileage because of the great support and cushioning that they provide, and for that reason they are one of Mizunos top selling shoes. I always like to break in new running shoes by taking them for a walk a few times before taking them out for a run. The moment I put these on they already felt like old running buddies. The shoes themselves are so light. It amazes me how powerful such a light shoe can be. My toes had good room to wiggle around and the back part of the shoe is not high that it will hurt your heel.
Everyone that knows me, knows how much I love pink and that I always tend to buy some sneakers with a hint of pink. The Mizunos are available in three ombre style colors, including pink but I was sent the black/silver ones. This was my first pair of black sneakers and omg, it was love at first sight.
Never have I loved black so much, the combination of black, silver and mint is amazing.
These are hands down the best looking running shoes I've had, gulp - did I just say that out loud!
Sorry, to all of my old pink shoes.

Running felt good, my shoes felt light and running was great. My feet felt cushioned and with each step that I gave I could feel supported. I'm not bias, really I promise you. But if you don't already own  a pair of Mizunos what are you waiting for?!? Run to your nearest Running store or any retail store where Mizunos are available and get yourself a pair! You will not regret it.



Don't these beauties make you sigh!

Some important things to know about the new Mizuno Wave Rider 18:

- The premium sock liner has been upgraded and they now provide more rebound and resiliency at every foot strike.

- The outsoles new designs has added durability and shock attenuation.

The refined toe-spring delivers a smooth, effortless toe-off

Have I convinced you yet :)

I'm excited to put more miles on these babies, they are definitely a great pair of neutral shoes with amazing support. These will definitely go into my running rotation and I'm sure to run many races with these.

What's your favorite brand of running shoes?

Love,
Kary xoxo


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bye, Bye Baby Bump - Atkins 40

Almost 9 months later and I'm still struggling to lose this baby bump. Its not lack of motivation, its just finding time for me again. After baby girl was born I've had sleepless nights, she's a nightowl. That means that I haven't been able to run as much or focus on what I'm eating. A new year is creeping up and I need to get back on track, this momma needs to get ready to run the TCSNYCM. So I'm excited to announce that I will be doing the Atkins diet, hmmm it's not really a diet but a lifestyle. Thanks to a campiagn with FitFluential i will get to try the Atkins way of life and some Atkins products.
How does Atkins 40 work?
By following a meal plan that includes proper protein intake, adequate fat intake and low carb consumption. You help your body burn fat for fuel. That means that I will be eating lots of vegetables, some fruits and about 4 to 6 oz a day.
Sounds easy enough. Yes, it will be hard to cut out certain carbs but I know that it will help me burn this baby bump that has no baby go away. I'm excited to share my experience with you guys and help decipher some of the Atkins myths.
I've already learned that it's not all about red meats, when I asked a few people about Atkins that's the first thing they mentioned. Oh, are you ready to eat all that red meat? I'm decipher this first Atkins myth and let you know that no. I will not be eating crazy amounts of red meat! It's also safe for breastfeeding moms like myself, as long as I'm losing 2lbs a week. Don't want to affect my milk supply by losing crazy amounts of weight. If you are not breastfeeding you could expect to see a lose of 2 - 8lbs the first week, some will be water weight.
I promise to give more details on that as I go along!
In the meantime I'm happy to share with you guys that another great thing about Atkins is that it is 100% free! Yep, free!!
You can access meal plans and more information at
www.atkins.com
You can also check them out on
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AtkinsDiet
​Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/atkinsinsider
​Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/atkinsinsider/
Have you tried the Atkins 40 diet before?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas for Boys & Girls 2014 - Rumble Fists and MashEms

Disclosure: These items were sent to me for review. All words expressed are my own.

Rumble Fists, Mash Ems, Spar Bag
We are only 57 days away from Christmas - Ahhhh!!
The holidays always make me nervous because there are so many things out there on the market and you never know what to pick for your little one, especially when they love so many things.
Example: My son loves Ninja Turtles, WWE, video games and the list goes on.
Thats where Tech4Kids comes in with their line of toys, which includes a great variety for girls and boys.

My son loved the Rumble Fist
Miguel loved the Rumble Fist and I don't blame him. They are a pair of oversized WWE fists that come with motion activated sound effects.  They are made of a very soft plastic like material (the don't smell like plastic or rubber) so you won't be scared of getting a hit or two from those fists.
He had a blast practicing his Taekwondo moves with them because of the realistic sounds they make.
Now whenever we watch WWE he takes out his rumble fists and plays with them, plenty of play hours. These have definitely become one of his favorite toys. Plus his little sister can also have fun with them, she's only 8 months but laughs so hard when she sees her big brother punch in the air and the sounds come on.

Ninja Turtle Mashems
For all of us original TMNT lovers these Mashems are a must. No matter your age, they are 4+ - infinity. These are still in package because they are perfect stocking stuffers and I hid them from my son. I know he will love them. You can always get a pack of the TMNT Mashems and DVD to make a dream stocking, for that special turtle lover.

These are the WWE Mashems, those I did give to my son right away and he opened them on the spot.
He loves miniature toys, these are not tiny. They fit in your palm and that's why they are for ages 4 and up. They are a little squishy and fun playing toys. My son loves throwing them against each other or hitting them with the Rumble Fists.

I love any toy that is great for girls and boys. Fashems is the girl version of Mashems.
They have My Little Pony and Hello Kitty ones. Perfect if you have a girl and boy, especially if they always fight for wanting each others toys. Now they scan each have their own to play with.
I gave these to my niece who loved them. Oh, and they come with accessories! Say what?
Yes, little comb and a little hat - epp!!
Tiny, cute and full of surprises.

So, make sure to check out all the fun toys that are available under Tech4Kids. There is a great variation for boys and girls. They will complete any gift whether it be a stocking stuff, Christmas present or any other day present. They will definitely become a staple in your household!

Have you heard of Mashems or Fashems before?

Love,
Kary xoxo


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Fight City Smells & Stains #NYTough

Disclosure: I was sent these P&G Brand products in exchange for a review. All words expressed are my own.

City life means you need to rely on only the best brands!
P&G Brands are a staple in my household.
Have you ever been in a tough situation, meaning stinky situation?
I have and it happens all the time in the Big Apple, that's part of being a New Yorker. There's been times when I'm in the public transportation and I've smelled somebody's armpits, not intentionally of course. But when the train or bus gets full and everyone ends up so close to one another and you raise your hand, your armpit is exposed, thats where you can't help but get a whiff and if the person is not using the proper deodorant - ugh.
Trust me its happened to me so many times, no not the smelly armpit part but the sniffing another smelly armpit and it's not pretty. It's actually quite gross and I don't wish it upon my worse enemy.
 I'm happy I can rely on Secret Deodorant to keep me dry and smelling nice :)
All of the P&G Brands pictured above, including Bounty Paper Towels not showed above because with two kids & a dog, they were gone in a yipe.
We love Crest Scope, because it really is tough on plaque and it leaves you with the best minty
breath. Also good for tight spaces in the city. I'm short and I've had a lot of people breathing on me while riding around in public transportation. So yes, all of the items pictured above will help you when walking around in the Big Apple especially when you are confined in tight spaces with people you don't know. You want to make sure you don't have flakes on your shoulders, no I don't mean snowflakes. Head & Shoulders is the way to go, dandruff is not bad if you take care of it properly. We can all suffer from dry scalps due to Summer weather or even cold weather, so make sure to help that itchy scalp and you'll be able to wear black proudly.
P&G brands will help your dishes shine and your clothes smell good. Plus, Febreze is also great for households that have animals. We love spraying our dogs house with it and he loves rolling around in the fresh smell.

So you see all of these products are a must in our house, they help with smells and stains.

What's your #NYTough story?

Love,
Kary xoxo


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Minted - The possibilities are endless!

Only 58 days away from Christmas - ahhh!!!
I'm already dreaming about our white christmas tree and I'm especially excited about our family holiday picture, because it will include our little Jellybean.
It's never too early to start planning the perfect picture which will than become your holiday card that will be sent out to your loved ones. 

I stumbled upon the website Minted, a website that offers personalized stationary, 
art, holiday cards and much more cute stuff.
I started playing around with it and came up with some fun holiday cards for my family.

These are just some examples of the personalized Holiday cards that can be made with their website. My picture is not that good but i'm sure that with a good picture the cards would be amazing. 
(I need to get me a good photographer)
The possibilities are endless :D
You can check out more of their photo Christmas cards here.



The fun doesn't stop there, I've been looking for some fun art print for Vales nursery and some for our living room and Minted has some great ones. It's so hard to pick, they have so many good ones. These two were just some of my favorite ones. Theres something for everyone.
Make sure to stop by and pick out something for you or someone you love.

What would you pick from Minted?

Love,
Kary xoxo





Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#Kooeesnacks Review

Disclaimer: I received some packs of Kooee Snacks for reviewing purposes. 
All words expressed are my own.

Rip - Peel
&
Mix
Jerky on one side and trail mix on the other, separated by an invisible line and I don't mean literally. You really do have to break apart and then easily mix together or eat them separately. 

They are available in two bold flavors:
Lime Pepper with Mango 
or
Smoked Chipotle with Apple

Not only are they 100% Paleo, Gluten Free & Soy Free but they are also amazing!!
It is an absolute yummy and healthy treat with a kicking taste. Don't be fooled by the smoked chipotle wrapping and look, it really is spicy. Upon opening the package you won't smell the spiciness right away, yes you can smell when something is spicy and this one had not only me but my husband fooled. He took a big mouthful of the jerky, ignoring my warning of it being spicy and next thing I knew he was asking for water - haha! He should have listened to me.
They are a good balance between sweet and spicy and sure to please everyone in the family.
We weer able to share with my son, he loved the trail mix and refused to try the jerky.
Better for us because that meant more jerky for us :)

Kooee snacks will be available online soon, but first they need your help.
You can find Kooee snacks at KickStarter where you can help fund their project. Any donation is appreciated and trust me this is something you need in your life.

It's not everyday that you find healthy snacks that are friendly to your body and to this planet.
You can read more info on how to help out here - there are only 9 days left to help them reach their goal. So run, this os a treat you want to try.

What's one of your favorite snacks?
Do you prefer spicy or sweet?

Love,
Kary xoxo

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Modern Family Weekend

 This is my crew on most days. Husband works lots of hours so I love to be able to spend my hours and days with my parents. The bond between a grandparent and his grandchild is like no other and my munchkin and jellybean love their abuelitos with all their heart. This is what today looked like and I wouldn't have it any other way.


Munchkin and Jellybean with their abuelito and abuelita on our way to Union Square Park where there was a special Modern Family event.
We met up with my sister and her little family and the cousins had to take a picture!
 Our little jellybean is 8 months and growing. I can't believe how fast my babies are growing, I want to keep them in my pocket forever!

Today was a blessed day with my family. I am truly one blessed girl who loves her life!

Love,
Kary xoxo