American Sniper: Moving Movie and Giveaway

**Congrats to Susan Devaux for winning the DVD I often get the chance to review and giveaway products on my blog, but every once in awhile, something comes along that is extra-special, a true honor to be able to work on. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I would like to do a review and giveaway for a movie that my son and I saw in the theaters. When we saw it, we were moved. Moved to tears, moved to do more, moved to pay attention to our surroundings... moved!!!

AMERICAN SNIPER is Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Chris Kyle’s autobiography. It is moving and meaningful filmmaking, depicting the heroism of both the service member in combat and the family left stateside. It is not an easy film to watch, given its subject matter, but it is, I believe, an essential film to watch to help us better understand the cost, to those on the battlefield and on the home front, of the freedoms we hold so dear. That was a paraphrase from the person who offered me this opportunity, and his words said it better than I ever could. 

The movie hits stores May 19th, just in time for Memorial Day.

Warner Bros. are donating $1 from the movie sales to The Wounded Warrior Project whose mission is to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. 

I have spoken to many people who have or know someone who has served this great country and those who have seen combat and been involved. I know that lives are changed forever, and the struggle is more than I can ever imagine once our soldier return home. 

I have one DVD to giveaway and one to give away to a veteran. I am giving the DVD to someone who served in the Marine Corps and is still very active with other vets. He was my high school softball coach and he pushed us but still taught us to be good people. He is and was very special to me. 

Now I get to give one away to you. If you don't win the giveaway, an easy place to buy the DVD is on link here: 

SYNOPSIS of the movie:

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield.

But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

So how do you win? It is only open to US citizens 
Giveaway ends Monday night at 10pm EST:
To win, you need to comment below and tell me why you feel blessed to live in this country. Then you can tweet the following and post the link to your tweet here.


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MantraBands: Express Yourself Giveaway!

We all need reminders sometimes...
     She believed she could, so she did!
     Enjoy the journey!
that is me! That is perfect. It is how I want to live my life! I choose the 4 phrases above because that is who I am... how I feel about who I am. I know that I have gotten through worse than a little extra weight or a bad day... I am a fighter.

Two of my favorite people (Kelly Olexa and Kelly Gregorakis) were writing about MantraBand® and I knew if those two inspiring people were loving these, I needed to learn more about them.

I read the following on their website:

Because positive thinking leads to a positive and happy life. That's what we want for ourselves and everyone else on this planet. 

We do this by promoting a lifestyle of optimism, positivity, and mindfulness. Mantraband bracelets are made to inspire. They are the reminders to choose happiness, to live what you love and to be present in every moment.


MantraBand® has offered to give away some bracelets right here on my blog. I cannot tell you how much you will love these. They are stylish and fun and are right there to keep you focused on your mission or to remind you of who you are!  You have to try these out! I love mine!!!

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@DiettoGo: saving me time and money and tastes great!

I have really enjoyed working with Diet-to-Go. A few years ago, I got to review my very first Diet-to-Go meal for Fitfluential. I loved this idea so much that I have continued to work with them for the past few years. The meals are getting better and better, and I loved them the first time I had them.

I am not a good cook, and a lot of my eating problems stem from grabbing food quickly. With Diet-to-Go, I don't have to grab unhealthy food. They have 3 different types of meals to choose from; low-carb, traditional, vegetarian. I typically choose low-carb.

I got three meals a day for 5 days, and it was wonderful! The breakfast meals were amazing. Eggs, bacon, spinach... mmm! Delish!

Seriously... who doesn't want a cooler full of meals delivered to your front door!

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I am becoming a lean, mean, low carb machine with #isopure

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I have recommitted myself to eating healthy in the last week. There really is no magic pill. I just have to do it. For a while now, I have been telling myself that I will start Monday or I will start soon, and I always came up with an excuse. Well, no more. I have been doing this without ANY cheating this week, and I feel good about it. I can do it! I want to do it.
Anyone who has ever tried to change their eating habits and succeeded can tell you that you truly have to WANT it... you can't be wishy washy about it because it won't work. Something is different this time. I feel the change in me. I want this. I am tired of giving up and tired of not trying hard enough. I want to look in the mirror and like what I see!
The busier I get, the less time I have to eat healthy. I don't plan well so I need of feeling something that I can grab quickly. When Fitfluential asked me to review Isopure's whey protein isolate, I was excited to try.
This girl wants to be a lean mean carb free machine. The Isopure Zero Carb powder packs 50 grams (per 2-scoop serving) of 100% pure whey protein isolate, without a carb in sight. And it still comes with glutamine, vitamins, minerals and nutrients to keep your muscles tough, lean and ready to rock it. Isopure Zero Carb has 10,900 mg of BCAA's and 4.6 grams of L-Glutamine in every serving, and is lactose and gluten free.
This whey protein isolate powder is available in 1lb, 3lb and 7.5lb size tubs, and comes in a variety of seriously delicious flavors: Creamy Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate (Low Carb), Strawberries & Cream, Cookies & Cream, Banana Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Toasted Coconut (Low Carb), Mango Peach, Alpine Punch, Apple Melon and Pineapple Orange Banana. Best of all, it was easy to drink. I don't mix up fancy protein shakes on most days. I grab it quickly and mix with water and shake. This tasted good, wasn't too thick and was super easy!

Isopure also has a clear protein drink. The microfiltration process used to create Isopure is so complete that it is the only completely clear milk protein when it is dissolved in water. (Please note that since the powders have a vitamin/mineral premix, the powder will be cloudy when dissolved as not all the vitamins/minerals are soluble) It comes in delicious fruity flavors. My favorite is the grape frost. Other flavors include: coconut, passion fruit, pineapple orange banana, icy orange, apple melon, blue raspberry, alpine punch and mango peach.
You should check it out!
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Check out my son in Reebok #Zig Big N Fast EX

Reebok Zig Big N Fast EX

My son is a very active little man. He is always doing something. I often hear parents complain that their children are always playing video games or something like that. Not my kid! He would rather be playing outside than doing pretty much anything else. 

He loves to run, shoot hoops, play frisbee, and so much more. While he does this, he wants shoes that look cool and feel good. I want shoes that fit him right and give him support. 

We got really lucky because these Reebok Zigs do it all! First of all, when the box came in the mail from FitFluential and Reebok, he couldn't believe that he was getting a chance to review shoes like I have on my blog. Then he couldn't believe that they were so "sic and awesome!"  He kept them in the box and walked around with them showing the family for an entire day! He's a HUGE Tampa Bay Bucs fan, so the colors were absolutely perfect for him. He says that he jumps higher, runs faster and is even a better frisbee golf player!  

"Reebok ZigTech powers the way you play, with a super-sized midsole to cushion your biggest movements. Make a Big Impact with Reebok ZigTech."  And let me tell you, there is a lot of jumping and impact with this kid. He is really supported in these shoes. 

The Reebok ZigTech is built to energize your run, providing full length energy from heel to toes. 
    SUPERSIZED ZIGTECH MIDSOLE: Engineered for maximum cushioning in the heel and responsive acceleration in the forefoot. 
    TPU PROPULSION PLATE: channels energy at impact for lightweight, accelerated mid foot transition.
    NANOBREEZE: lightweight mesh upper provides superior breathability and comfort. 

My son LOVES these shoes! He now has a total of 3 pairs of ZigTech shoes... And nobody has more shoes than this kid! Seriously, shoes are all he asks for for birthdays, holidays, and rewards. He is a shoe-guy and these shoes are tops on his list! 

These shoes are available at Finish Line or

My son told me that you had to see this video! It's every active kid's dream to play like this!

This post was created in partnership with FitFluential on behalf of Reebok.



HUGE GIVEAWAY ends soon! (Feb. 11th)
I have teamed up with some AMAZING pages to thank our followers for their never ending support!
There are 3 incredible prize packs that include gift cards from Lululemon, Nike, and UnderArmor other prizes include a Polar, training and workout gear!
These are HUGE PRIZES so it is important that you complete the entire entry form. Trust me, it’s definitely worth it!
Click the link below to enter for a chance to win!

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MUST HAVE: Gear in the New Year! #UAWomen Prize Pack Giveaway

The new year has begun, and I have started my training. I am participating in a half marathon in March.  That means cold runs outside. Yes, I live in Florida, and I know it's not COLD like some of you deal with, but it is still cold out. I need the right gear to keep me warm. You can imagine my surprise when I got a package from Under Armour to use for my review and giveaway.  It was INCREDIBLE! They were so generous to us!

This giveaway includes women's coffee run gloves, an eclipse StudioLux sports bra, black pants, a head wrap AND Speed Form shoes... This is a HUGE giveaway! Approximately a $250 prize! And this stuff is the best.

I love the way this gear washes up! Not only to I look good while I am running, but I also feel good. The sweat wicking material keeps me dry and warm!

Under Armour is a brand the inspires and motivates! There are many featured athletes who represent Under Armour. Our (my son and my) favorite Under Armour athlete is Steph Curry.
What is on your Fitness Bucket List? #FitBucketList

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