Things I'm loving-WIN Detergent and Harvest Snaps

I've recently been sent quite a few products to review. Some really great products!!

First, WIN detergent. As an ambassador for Fit Fluential, I was sent 2 bottles of WIN Sports detergent to try out.

I sweat a LOT in CrossFit. We workout without air-conditioning, so just standing still causes me to sweat. Through in some burpees, or wall balls, and I'm drenched with sweat before I know it!

My workout clothing always seems to have a perma stench smell.

I washed my workout clothing, and only my workout clothing with WIN. Feetures socks, Reebok shorts, and my plethora of CrossFit En Fuego tank tops were put to the test!

And you know what? IT WORKED!! My clothing came out of the dryer smelling well, like NOTHING!!

Please don't mind my "clean" dirty Feetures. I'm really hard on my socks. Tongue Out

But I love WIN for more than the reason that it got out my perma-stench.

The environment is VERY important to me and my family. We're big time tree-huggers.

WIN GREEN meets the EPA "Designed for the Environment" standards for environmentally sustainable sourcing. It is designed to meet the Whole Foods "Yellow" standard in their Eco-Scale rating system (certification is still pending.)

WIN is optimized to remove the odor-causing oils and bacteria from the synthetic fabrics used in today's sports apparel. Most detergents are optimized to get stains out of cotton fabrics. Cotton naturally repels oil, so it doesn't get the same sweaty smell as synthetics. Synthetics work so well for workout apparel because they repel (wick) water, but that means they attract oil. The buildup of that oil is what makes synthetics smell so much more than cotton.

WIN is formulated specifically for synthetics, and specifically to break the bonds between the fabric and the oils from your skin. By removing the oil, we remove the source of the smell, so your gear is truly clean. PLUS, with the oil gone the fabrics can wick moisture much more efficiently. 

WIN is biodegradable and septic safe. It is never tested on animals. The WIN bottle is 25% or more post-consumer recycled plastic, and is also recyclable. The bottle comes sealed with a foil seal to prevent leaking in transit.

You can purchase WIN on Amazon. Just click on the link below!!

 

 

Recently, I also received 6 packs of Harvest Snaps to sample and review. And let me tell you...they are OUTSTANDING!!

Harvest Snaps are designed to give you some tasty flavor while delivering essential nutrients such as Vitamin B, calcium, potassium and fiber. 

The two varieties, Lentil Snaps and Snapea Crisps are the brands and each brand offers different snacking options. All are gluten free, and in my honest opinion super yummy.

The #TampaTrio totally devoured the Caesar Snapea Crisps! It had a mild, light flavor with a very "kid friendly" crunch.

As for me...I totally devoured the Lentil Snaps Onion Thyme. I ate the entire bag for lunch. Surprised It was THAT good.

And for the husband....he loved the Snapea Crisps Wasabi Ranch. He was really hoping for something a little more spicy, actually a lot more spicy. But they were still very good.

And for the other 3 bags we received the black pepper, lightly salted and tomato basil were really delicious too. In fact...all 6 bags didn't last more than 24 hours in our house. Oops. Tongue Out

I posted pictures of the snacks on Instagram and Facebook and I was surprised by the amount of friends who had already tired these and loved them! I had never heard of them. So if you are like me to track down Harvest Snaps in your neighborhood, use the zip code look up on the Harvest Snaps web page.

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Have you tried WIN detergent or Harvest Snaps? What products are you loving these days??

A Week in My Life August 17-23

Whew. The past two weeks really got away from me and I wasn't able to post any updates.

With the kids returning to school this week, my tree getting hit my lightning and having to be cut down, my dog getting very sick and spending 24 hours in the doggy hospital....and that's all THIS week. My life has been CRAZY!

Thankfully I have returned to my normal CrossFit routine! While I'm still experiencing some pain in my right heel from Plantar Fasciitis, my knee is feeling MUCH better!

My week was a busy one! Here's how it went!

Sunday-I was supposed to go down to the Sand Key Sheraton and meet the cast of Dolphin Tale 2. Let's just say I didn't make it and we'll leave it at that. I don't want to place blame on any one member of my family, but due to circumstances out of my control, I wasn't able to attend.

So instead I drowned my misery in lawn work. I pretty much spent all afternoon mowing and weed whacking, just trying to keep my mind off the fact that I should have been meeting Harry Connick, Jr.

I packed lunches for the TampaTrio and had them off to sleep land by 7pm. I wanted them bright eyed and bushy tailed for their first day of school!

Calories: 778

Steps: 22,156

Monday-WOD! My first WOD without kids since June!! It was nice to get a workout that was just for ME! I wasn't having to worry about what Ronin needed, it was all ME ME ME!!

And it was lovely.

We started our 2nd 12 week squat program. I had to drop out about 8 weeks into our first program because of my knee, but I felt good enough to start this program. And it was a DOOZY!!

After the back squats, we did front squats and then we did a WOD afterwards!

Whew! Lots of great work!!

And then I spent the rest of Monday running around like a crazy woman! I had to drop my phone off to be fixed, my dog got very sick and had to be rushed to the Dr., my daughter had an ortho appt, AND their bus was an hour late, AND Ronin had CrossFit kids. Whew. It was a busy day! But we managed and got it done!

Calories: 462

Steps: 12,909

Tuesday-WOD!! Again, a busy day! I got a phone call that my dog was cleared to come home AND the tree dudes were coming to the house to take down my giant oak. It was an emotional morning, made a bit better by my WOD.

I hadn't done Power Snatches in quite some time, so I wasn't sure about weight selection. I ended up choosing 45 pounds, and I think I could have gone a tad heavier.

But I wasn't ready for what I came home to.

When I left the house this morning, the kids gave our tree a big hug goodbye.

And I came home from the gym and the tree looked like this:

By the end of the day, we were left with this:

It's sort of surreal to know that just two weeks ago I had a healthy, vibrant oak tree and in the flash of an eye it's gone.

Sigh.

But my dog is home. And he's doing much better, so that's a positive thing at least.

Steps: 12,000

Calories: 646

Wednesday-WOD!! Oh my. I thought we'd have a mobility day or a strength day. Ya, not so much.

We worked to a max weight on the push press and split jerk. The complex went 2 push plus, followed by one split jerk. I got to 70 pounds. I could have gone heavier, but I didn't want to! LOL.

Then our wod was a 15 minute AMRAP of 5 ring rows, 10 pushups and 15 double unders. But I can't jump, so I always do slam balls in place of jumping rope. Oh my word. I ended up getting 11 rounds, but oh my word. My shoulders!

Then I came home and had a TON of work to do on our tree.

First I moved this entire stack of wood from the front of our house to the backyard.

The the stump grinding dude came out and ground up the tree stump. So I spent part of the evening trying to level out this mess.

And then I took the ALS ice bucket challenge! As cold as it was pouring that ice water over my head, it was also very refreshing!

Calories:1212

Steps: 22,577

Thursday-WOD! Day 2 of our squat program. Oh my legs. Oh my legs. Oh my legs.

 

I did 8 rounds of the WOD. Oh my legs.

And then I spent the afternoon finishing up the tree business. I am so done.

Calories: 532

Steps: 17,001

Friday-WOD! Friday is makeup day, and since I was present for every WOD this week, I made-up my own! I did Death By Slamballs. EMOM for 32 minutes. Oh man, it was killer!

After the WOD I did a nice 2 mile walk with one of my CrossFit friends. Both of us had a crazy schedule over the summer and didn't get the chance to walk after our workouts because we had kids with us, so it was very nice to catch up.

After my WOD I went and had ART on my Plantar Fasciitis foot.

But before he did ART, I had electric shock therapy, then an ultrasound, then he brought out the tools and really went to town on my foot. OUCH! But we could hear things breaking up and now I'm not in nearly as much pain. Still hurts, but it's certainly much better.

Calories: 828

Steps: 14,000

Saturday-REST DAY!! And a true rest day it was. I took Ronin to a back to school picnic for his CubScout Pack. It was hot and steamy, but it was so much fun!! We're going to have a great year of scouting! They practiced their skills with the Raingutter Regetta!

 It was the first time Ronin had ever done something like this and he really liked it. We're already looking forward to making our own boat for the Regetta in October.

We came home and James cooked a bunch of chicken for the week, and I did a ton of laundry and that was it.

My foot is feeling so much better from the ART therapy!! Seriously, it's like night and day. I'm going to have another treatment on Thursday and I bet after that I'm going to feel almost back to normal!! WooHoo!!

Steps:11,222

Also, I recently found out that I'm officially an ambassador for Enell!!

Enell is a sports bra company made for women that are #stronghealthycurvy Wink

I started wearing Enell back in 2008 when I first began working out, and they've been my favorite sports bra ever since. And their sizing system is so unique, it's a no-brainer. As my pectoral muscles became larger, and the area above my ribs got smaller, I was able to easily figure out what size Enell bra I would need. So even now, as my body continues to change, it's easy to figure out what size I need with just a quick measure of 2 key areas: largest part of my chest and right below my chest. Bam. Easy.

And with all the bouncing I do in CrossFit, I need something that is going to hold me in place and Enell does just that!

 

How was your week?? Have your kids returned to school yet?

 

Bayer K9 Avantix II for your dog

Our furry family member, Matthew, has been an important part of our life since January 2013. We waited for him for long time.

Our son has autism. It was recommended to us by my son's doctor that we look into getting an Autism Service Dog, and he wrote a prescription. It took us 18 MONTHS to get Matthew, and he arrived at our home just after his first birthday. Ronin was 6.

But Matthew is so much more than just a prescription.

The bond that Matthew has with our entire family is just priceless, but the bond he has with my son is the one that is the most precious.

Matthew goes nearly everywhere with us. Of course, as a trained service dog he is allowed EVERYWHERE, but sometimes I have to use my best judgement.

For example, we don't bring Matthew with us when we visit theme parks. Sure, this is often a location where our son has frequent meltdowns, but the concrete is VERY HOT on Matthew's paws.

I take great pride in keeping Matthew as happy and as healthy as I can and that includes providing the proper parasite protection. We spend a lot of time outdoors hiking, walking, and swimming, and just as I apply sunscreen to the #TampaTrio, I make sure Matthew is protected from fleas, and that protection can come from K9 Advantix II.

You can check out more information about K9 Advantix II on their website HERE.

The bond between humans and their pets is very special, and I can't imagine our life without our amazing dog.

 

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