Teavana Gift Card Giveaway

Summertime Teavana Gift Card Giveaway

If you didn't already realize it...its officially summer now! So lets bring on the iced coffee and tea shall we? Honestly I don't think there is anything better then sitting back on a sunny day, sipping a cool drink and a good book on your lap. Well...except winning a $50 Teavana gift card to PUT that cold Teavana or Starbucks drink in your hand! © Rachel Hull www.roastedbeanz.com

So enter today to WIN a $50 Teavana gift card below! Giveaway is open 18+, Worldwide. And if you do happen to need that new book for your coffee table, then let me suggest what's new on my bookshelf: Matched by Ally Condie. It's a triology and I'm just about to start book 3. I am loving the series. Available in both paperback and on your Kindle, its sure to give the Starbucks lover as much delight as what's in your cup.

CLICK HERE to be taken to the giveaway page!! Good luck!!

Weekly Workouts June 15-21, Bees, Bags and a Giveaway!

Another good week in the books! The #TampaTrio and I were very busy. Ronin attended a week of CrossFit camp at CrossFit En Fuego, he was featured on the CrossFit Kids Facebook page because I shared a photo when he got his first band assisted pull-up,

 
It was a good week for him. And for me.
 
Sunday-HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!! James decided he wanted to spend the day swimming in some cool water, so we headed up to Crystal River for a swim in the springs!

The kids and I had been here before, but this was James (and Matthew's) first time. They loved it. In fact, Matthew was a HUGE hit. All the kids in the water formed a huge line to get the chance to play fetch with Matty. We came home and James smoked some salmon. It was SO GOOD!!

Steps: 15,516

 
Monday-CrossFit. Ronin got to double dip on CrossFit this week. Every morning he went with me and did his CrossFit kids class, and then returned at Noon for his 3 1/2 hours of CrossFit camp. My workout on Monday included:
Backsquats: 6-8X2 @ 93% of 1 rep max. I did 3 sets at 95 pounds, and 3 sets at 100 pounds.
Our WOD was a 200m row, 30 thrusters, 300m row, 20 thrusters, 500m row, 10 thrusters. It was a good WOD. And then we hustled home, Ronin ate lunch, and then he went back to CEF, and I came home and mowed the lawn! Bonus workout! I also used my new APERA bag for the first time! I loved this bag!! I have the Performance Duffel Bag and it was awesome!!
Check out how pretty the bag is on the shelf!

You have to admit it, the bag looks nice!! And it hold a lot of my necessary CrossFit gear!

In this bag I have 2 Harbinger weight belts, 1 chalk ball,and a set of wrist straps and there is a TON of room left! There is even separate pockets for SHOES! I have my lifting shoes on order, so I'll have to come back and report how the bag keeps the stinky shoe smell away from everything else!
 
Apera Bags wants to give one of YOU a Sprint Pack. It's perfect for packing a few items for a trip to the gym, to the park, or wherever you go. Inside, there's a panel that divides the main compartment and keeps things organized in two separate areas. There's also a large zippered pocket on the front of the bag that gives you even more storage.

A large opening allows you to pack your stuff quickly, then cinched closed easily via the two shoulder straps. Two vented areas on each side of the lightweight bag allows interior contents to breathe. There's even a loop at the top of the bag so it can hang in your locker or wherever you need it to be.
 
One of the things that drew me to Apera Bags is that they DONATE one bag to a Special Olympics Athlete for every 3 bags that they sell. Having a special needs son, this means a lot to me.
 
If you don't win a bag from me, they are having a heck of a sale this month! Until July 31st, ALL bags are 20% OFF!  Also, any style of Blue bag, including the Performance Duffel, AND all of our Duffel Packs are 40% OFF.  It's a steal!!
 
And you can also get a second chance to win the Sprint Pack directly from Apera. All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter! So you have 2 chances to win!

Calories: 731+487=1218

Steps: 23,729

 
Tuesday-CrossFit Today we did a Hero WOD "Bradley." I hate that I have to modify hero WOD's but I'm injured so I do what I have to do.
My modified WOD was:
40 second airdyne sprint
10 ring rows
40 second airdyne sprint
10 burpees
10 rounds for time.
By the 6th round the burpees were making me VERY dizzy, and I thought I might pass out, so I further modified the WOD and did slam balls instead of burpees. I finished the WOD in 29:01 which was a very good time.
 
Calories: 651
Steps: 14,511
 
Wednesday-CrossFit I was really hoping for an active recovery WOD and I got my wish! 
We did single arm dumbbell press 6-8 reps per arm
250m HARD row (I did level 10)
banded tricep extensions 10-15 reps
30 second v-sit (modified from a hollow arch roll...rolling makes me dizzy)
 
It was a nice recovery!
 
Calories: 343
Steps: 16,512
 
Thursday-CrossFit I knew today would be front squat day. Our programming was for 6-8X3 @86%. So I did 95#. And then our WOD was a butt kicked. Again I had to modify. It was an 8 minute AMRAP of 5 double unders, 5 second L sit, 10 double unders, 5 second L sit, and each round you increased the double unders by 5. But I don't jump. Our head coach has had me modifying all jumping with slam balls, so that's what I did. O.M.G. I ended up doing a total of 120 slam balls using the 20# ball.
 
And then later that afternoon I went to see the ortho for my foot. When I keep saying "I'm injured" it's because of this foot and I have had enough. One of the ladies I WOD with got me in to her practice with a special VIP code. Turns out I have a case of severe acute Plantar Fasciitis. I'm wearing a night splint and a PF sleeve from Feetures. I'm also rolling it out on a frozen water bottle. It might heal in a few weeks, a few months, or never. But at least I have an answer.
 
Calories: 434
Steps: 17,326
 
Friday-CrossFit It's always make-up day on Friday, but since I didn't miss a day, I made up my own WOD. I called it "Jen 33" it was 33 reps of each of these movements:
33 deadlifts 85#
33 box steps
33 KB Swings 26#
33 hanging knee raises
33 situps
33 ring rows
33 thrusters 35#
33 wall balls 8#
33 slam balls
 
I didn't write down my finish time because my adorable son kept coming over and telling me he was thirsty. Dude, just get a drink already!
 
I also had some issues with my Polar synching up with my transmitter and it dropped my HR quite a few times. As bad as this workout was, I didn't actually die 8 or so times during it. 
 

It makes me wonder though how many other times during the week I lost my HR signal. Oh well. It's technology, it's not perfect, but I LOVE it when it works properly!

Calories: 472 (though I imagine it to be much closer to 600)

Steps: 17,373

Saturday-REST DAY!! A true REST DAY!! Ahhhh....so nice. The kids and I attended a special event at Whole Foods where we learned all about bees, and other than that...I rested. I iced my foot, I chilled out. I took the kids to the pool. L.A.Z.Y. and it felt good.

Steps: 11,586

 

My weekly totals were overall pretty good.

And I'm still on target to make 500,000 steps in June!! Smile

Okay...so what do you have to do to win the Apera bag?? Leave me a comment telling me what you'd use it for. That's it :)

How was your week?

Buzzing About Whole Foods Market Carrollwood {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received a gift card as compensation and a gift card for a giveaway for my review of  Whole Food Market Carrollwood Share the Buzz event, and my relationship with the  Tampa Bay Bloggers. The opinions shared are my own.

 

I have an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in Environmental Science (not to mention an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology.) I even worked for many years as an Environmental Scientist. I know firsthand the importance of honeybees to our ecosystem.

Honeybees are VITAL component to the human diet. Typically, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. Losing them could affect not only dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but would threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed.

Honeybees annually pollinate MORE THAN $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in the U.S. Essentially, if honeybees disappear, they could take most of our insect pollinated plants with them.
 
We enjoy growing our own fruits and vegetables.  As we tend to our gardens we often see the multitude of bees that help to grow our food. The #TampaTrio used to be afraid of these little honeybees, thinking that the bees were out to sting them, but after many many MANY discussions, lessons from National Honey Board, and mainstream films like The Bee Movie, my kids no longer "freak out" every single time they see a bee.
 
The motto of Whole Foods Market—Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet — is one that I firmly believe in, practice, and stand behind. Once a week, every Friday afternoon, you'll find me strolling the aisles, filling in the gaps from my produce co-op that I picked up just a few minutes earlier from Carlita's Bowl Fruit and Veggie Co-op.
 
But if it weren't for bees, I'd have no produce to pick up. I'd have no meat to buy at Whole Foods Market, and Whole Foods Market Carrollowood is on a mission to let people know about the importance of bees.
 
They invited me, and my kids to their store to increase our bee knowledge in their Give Bees a Chance campaign by participating in a bee filled scavenger hunt!
 
The event was scheduled from 11am-1pm, but I'm a stickler for being on time despite the event being an open, come when you want, type of thing.
 
We arrived around 10:45am, and we were ready to go with the "first wave."

There were 10 clues total, and we had to either take a photo of the item that the clue directed us to, or the item would hold our next clue. The clues were generally all kid-friendly, and the Tampa Trio enjoyed taking their time (it was not an Amazing Race type of game), reading the clues and trying to figure out where we should go to find the item and our next clue.
 
We started with this clue:

Do you know it?? I knew it right away. I even sang the song in my head. I sang it out loud for my kids. They thought I was crazy. But when I sang it again, Haley hollered out ALMONDS!!

And above the bulk almonds we found clue 2.  It says "it's the stingless bees that pollinate this bean, which will give you a morning jolt." Again, I knew it right away. The kids could not figure it out. I told them I thought it was coffee. We arrived at the coffee section, and I snapped a photo per the clue.

We took our phone (camera) back to the front, showed them the coffee pic, and received our next clue.

And then to this clue:

What fruit is fuzzy on the outside but green and sweet on the inside? Haley got it right away. It was the kiwi fruit.

They were out of stock on fresh kiwi, so we were instructed to take a photo of anything that had kiwi in it. Ronin chose this:

And back we went to the hive.

What green fruit is savory and creamy and often mistaken for a vegetable? Again, I knew it right away. Avocado. I heard so many other people struggling to figure this one out.

We took our pic and back to the hive we went for our next clue, which led us to blueberries. YUM!

The clue read "in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factor Veruca Salt "blew up" into this fruit. Haley looked at me and said "of course I know this, I read the book." Score one for #pushawaythescreen. Wink

We snapped our pic, returned to the hive and buzzed about to our next clue.

The kids had NO IDEA what this product was.

And neither did a lot of the other people that were there. But of course I knew it. Tongue Out

Snapped our pic, returned to the hive, got our next clue.

Ronin read this card aloud to me, and quickly exclaimed "CARROTS, MAMA! It's CARROTS."

And we returned to the hive for our last and final task.

The kids worked together and circled tomatoes, lettuce, the pie filling (one said blueberries, two said raspberries), avocado, and lime.

We finished! And they learned a lot about bees and had fun while doing it. You'll notice on the bottom of each card is a Share the Buzz fact about bees. The kids and I read each of those facts aloud and the one that surprised the kids the most was that weeds can be a good thing! I have told them time and time again that weeds are simply plants that humans don't want in their yards. But weeds aren't bad. They just aren't aesthetically pleasing for our well manicured subdivisions.

The kids and I had a great time at Whole Foods Market Carrollwood and I hope that you learned a little something about bees by reading my post.

One lucky MetamorFit reader will win a $20 Whole Foods Market gift card good at the CARROLLWOOD LOCATION ONLY. Leave a comment telling me what bee pollinated food love the most! Giveaway ends Saturday, June 28, 2014 (my grandma's 86th birthday! Happy Birthday, Grandma!!)

Visit Whole Foods Market Carrollwood calendar online to discover the upcoming summer events, and follow Whole Foods Market Carrollwood on Facebook for special announcements and exciting events.