2014 Spartan Race World Championship plus Giveaway

I did my first Spartan Race in February, 2014. It was a GREAT event. The distance was perfect for me, and the obstacles were challenging, but not too scary. Though all the burpees I did, now those were scary!! Tongue Out

I did see a lot of really great athletes competing on the course, and it's those athletes that are invited to compete in the 2014 Spartan Race World Championship!!

There will be more than 10,000 athletes from 17 countries competing on September 20th in Killington,Vermont!!

There is also a new TV Series showing what it takes to become a Spartan athlete!

Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal.

Our events challenge the familiar, today’s perception of normal living and getting you out of your comfort zone! At Spartan Race, we do this everyday and it shapes everything we do.

Having experienced many different racing events, we wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as our events have a challenge for everyone’s needs.

Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race.

Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor.


Spartan is also offering a great giveaway! A Spartan Cruise out of Miami in March 2015! The giveaway is for 2 people including airfare!! There will be 2 winners.  You can enter HERE!

Have you ever done a Spartan Race?? No? You can win one right here on my blog! Simply leave me a comment letting me know which city you'd race in. You can see the location map HERE. 

I'll pick the winner on AUGUST 22.

Don't want to wait to win? You can use the code SPARTANBLOGGER to save 10% on ANY RACE!!

Push Away the Screen: Outdoor fun on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Disclosure: The Jekyll Island Club provided us with accommodations and VIP passes for our stay. Photos, and opinions are our own.

Driving home from the Biltmore Estate last summer we began seeing signs for Jekyll Island, GA. We decided to get off the interstate and take a quick peek. It was a beautiful drive through the salt marsh of lowland Georgia and we arrived at the Welcome Center. We looked around but didn't actually get on to the island itself because a HUGE thunderstorm was moving up quickly behind us and we still had a few hour drive home, but we made a mental note to return for our yearly summer vacation. Our family has a tradition of visiting Historic places during our summer vacations, and Jekyll Island certainly fit that bill! 

My husband works a very demanding job as a Senior SharePoint Developer and one of the main reasons that Jekyll Island appealed to both of us is its miles and miles of paved biking trails, and promises of outdoor adventures!!

Jekyll Island offers more than 20 miles of pristine biking trails, with routes zigging through lush maritime forest, zagging through the National Landmark Historic District and winding along beachscapes. James brought his own bike, and the Jekyll Island Club provided the #TampaTrio and I with bikes.

We arrived at the Jekyll Island Club around 3pm, unpacked, and I kid you not, we were out cycling by 4pm. It was BEAUTIFUL!! There was a lovely breeze, and dare I say, it even felt "cool" compared to Florida!

James took off on his bike while the kids and I stopped for a quick selfie along the salt marsh. We could see a storm moving in, and we had no clue how long we'd be able to cycle. We're used to Florida storms, so we thought we might have, at best, 15 minutes before the thunder and lighting arrived, so off we went!

You can barely see Ronin off ahead in the distance. He was pedaling like crazy to catch up to his dad. Haley is in front of Ella, and Ella is turning around to look at me. I was the caboose on this part of the trail!

But not for long! Before I knew it Ronin and James were GONE, and I was left with both of the girls.

The girls and I slowed down our pace once we realized that the storms in Georgia were very different than the storms in Florida. While we might experience some rain, there was NO thunder and lightning, so we didn't mind getting a little wet!

The bike trail took us through all areas of Jekyll Island. We heard some rustling in the brush and were surprised by a deer eating so close to the trail! We see them often on our rides through the wellfield, but they just run away. This one did not. It just hung out.

All along the bike path they had educational signs describing the habitat and/or landmark that we saw.

As we cycled from the edge habitat to the building of the first island inhabitants, we knew one thing for sure.....we LOVED JEKYLL ISLAND!

Eventually we all caught up to each other and enjoyed riding back together, talking about all the neat things we'd seen.



But there was so much more to do on Jekyll Island than cycle!

We also went Geocaching! Check out all the caches to be found!

The kids and I went out and found two caches. This one was not for the vertically challenged!!

And Ella and I went out alone for some 1:1 time and found a great cache hidden near the old boat house!

In addition to cycling and geocaching, there was also the BEACH!! This was the first time the #TampaTrio had ever seen the Atlantic Ocean!

I love how they are all doing the same little dance, just having fun, trying to run away from the waves!

We also went crab hunting!! I just can not put into words how much they enjoyed just running after and catching crabs!

We also went to Summer Waves Water Park and celebrated Ella's 9th birthday!


Later that evening we went Putt-Putt golfing and saw a fireworks display. It was a great end to a fantastic birthday!

Notice the numbers....her birthday is 7-14 and she turned 9. We're clever like that. Wink

We had so much fun on Jekyll Island and at the Jekyll Island Club! I hope that we can return one day soon! Maybe they'll invite us back for their Under the Oaks Half Marathon, 10K or 5K run in October??

You can find out more information about the Jekyll Island Club HERE, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for special deals!

Have you ever been to Jekyll Island, GA??

Build a Better Sandwich with Arnold Bread Contest and Giveaway

Disclosure: The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Arnold® Bread so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Arnold.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Arnold® Bread.”

I don't eat bread often, but when I do it's ALWAYS an Arnold Sandwich Thin. ALWAYS. I originally discovered these little gems back in 2009 in a Weight Watchers meeting.

I haven't had bread since early July, so I had really been craving a good sandwich. I was surprised to see a NEW variety at the store! 100% Whole Wheat with FLAX & FIBER!! This sandwich thin still had only 100 calories, but it added 5g of fiber per serving! SCORE!!

I made my turkey breast sandwich (low sodium of course) and added a thin slice of provolone cheese, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and spicy brown mustard. It was SO GOOD!!

And Arnold wants to give one of MY readers a chance to win their own set of Arnold Product Coupons PLUS a $25 Visa Gift Card!! Simply leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite sandwich is!!

Arnold is also hosting "America's Better Sandwich" Contest. Here is some more information on how YOU can win some cold, hard cash!!!

    • Are you ready for “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest ? The sandwich architect whose filling matches the goodness of Arnold® Bread will win a grand prize of $25,000.
    • Before entering a better sandwich in the Contest, the entrant should make sure it includes any of the Arnold® Whole Grain Sliced Breads or Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties.
    • There are four (4) sandwich categories in the Arnold® “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest including: “Creative Classic” (a healthful twist on a sandwich that has been around for more than two generations, such as a Reuben, BLT or club sandwich), “Stealthily Simple” (maximum of five (5) ingredients), “Fueling Good” (ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron), and “Meatless Marvel” (no animal products including land and sea animals may be included in the recipe).
    • The recipe in each sandwich category with the highest score will receive a $5,000 category prize.
    • Entries will be accepted July 23rd - August 22nd, online consumer voting will take place September 22nd - October 17th, and the winners will be announced on National Sandwich Day- November 3rd.
    • To submit a recipe, receive tips on creating a better sandwich or learn more about the Official Rules visit: www.americasbettersandwich.com.

Information about Arnold products:

      • All of Arnold® Whole Grain Sliced Breads and Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls contain/are:
        • 3 to 4 grams of fiber per slice or thin (except the ones I had, which had 5g)
        • Zero grams of Trans Fat
        • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
        • Cholesterol free
      • Health authorities recommend munching on 25-38 grams of fiberand 48 grams of whole grains per day, much of which may come from whole grain products like Arnold® Whole Grain Sliced Breads or Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties.
      • If you’re not sure of how many grams of whole grains you are getting, look for the Whole Grain Stamp found on all of Arnold® Whole Grain Sliced Breads and Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls.

You can find out more information about Arnold on their website and Facebook page.

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·         Arnold® Bread Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1hMBez


 So what's your favorite sandwich??