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Healthy Living Favorites from Vitamin Shoppe

Healthy Living Options from Vitamin Shoppe | happyfitmama.com

Don’t you love when you can find all your favorite things in one store? I think I found a place that fits the bill.

Last week I got to go on a little shopping (or Shoppe-ing) spree to my local Vitamin Shoppe. In the past, I would head there for the best deals on protein powder. I never realized the deals were throughout the whole store on a lot of products I buy elsewhere.

Just an FYI – even bigger deals are going on from now until May 9th – all Vitamin Shoppe brand and BodyTech items are buy one get one 50% off. I love a BOGO deal!

Vitamin Shoppe Sale  happyfitmama.com

So what are my healthy living essentials that you can find at Vitamin Shoppe?

Check it out:

Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein – I prefer plant based protein powders. I really like Vega and Sun Warrior, but wanted to try something new. Right now this one is on sale for $19.99. I tend to like chocolate protein powders best and this one did not disappoint. One of the best I’ve tasted so far!

Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Seeds – This has become a standard in our pantry. Perfect for adding to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, salads or really, anything for an added dose of crunch and protein.

Bragg Nutritional Yeast Flakes – I was pleasantly surprised to see Vitamin Shoppe carries quite a few Bragg products. I never knew that. I usually buy my nutritional yeast in bulk from the natural food store so the convenient shaker bottle is new to me.

Vitamin Shoppe Healthy Living Favorites  happyfitmama.com

Yummi Bears Organic Multivitamin – My daughter has become quite picky about what she eats. I try to sneak veggies into her smoothies, but even that’s beginning to not work. I seriously think Karma is at play here for all the years I gave my parents trouble with my picky ways. I started giving both kids a multivitamin as a back up just in case they are lacking in one area.

Barleans Omega Swirl Fish Oil – I love all of Barleans products, but this fish oil is the best. No fish taste at all. Rather than having to swallow big pills that give you the fish burps, it’s good to know that this is clinically proven 90% more absorbable than regular fish oil. It tastes great and I’ve even convinced Ron to start taking it with no complaints.

Gotta Have Snacks – I like to keep a stash of portable bars in the house for when I need something to grab for on the go snacking. I picked up a new to me Square Bar and Pure Organic. I really liked the Pure Organic Dark Chocolate Berry Bar. Vitamin Shoppe has a great deal when you buy by the box too. I may have to go back to stock up soon.

Your turn – What’s your favorite healthy living supplement?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Vitamin Shoppe.

Spring Into Carter’s

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

My kids are Carter’s kids.

On the day that we found out that we were having boy/girl twins, Carter’s was our first stop after the ultrasound. Needless to say, we came out with a HUGE bag of the cutest outfits all at an affordable price.

It’s been 5 years and I still go to Carter’s for almost all of their clothes. With two kids who like to get dirty and play rough, we need clothes that aren’t outrageously priced. Carter’s sizes run from newborn to size 7 so we’ve still got some time to enjoy the bargains. And there’s always a deal going on! I love that you can earn $10 reward dollars for every $50 you spend.

Spring into Carter's boy clothes  happyfitmama.com

Supposedly, a season called Spring is here. I’m not sure when it will be arriving in New Hampshire. But when it does finally arrive, we’ll be ready thanks to Carter’s. Springtime means warmer weather and longer days playing outside, full of adventure and mud (thank goodness for heavy duty washers). It also means it’s time for short sleeves, lighter colors, brighter prints and fun patterns. And of course, less layers.

Last week, it finally felt like Spring might be happening this year (and then it snowed, but we won’t talk about that). So we headed out to our nearest Carter’s outlet to stock up on essentials. Everything is just too cute that it’s hard to not want to buy every single thing. From fun floral shorts for my daughter, to great shirts for my son. Carter’s has me covered.

Spring into Carters Girls clothes  happyfitmama.com

Obviously Miss A. is ready for spring. I think I broke her heart when I told her she can’t wear shorts and sandals just yet.

Right now, you can shop for the perfect Easter outfit and Spring essentials like tees, shorts, tunics, leggings, tops, polos, shoes, dresses, skirts & swim! You can find 50% off the whole store until April 5th.

I’m a Carter’s Rewards member, so I get tons of coupons every month. You can sign up to receive great deals sent straight to your inbox! Or, if you prefer, follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram to see more of their adorable collections.

And here’s a special coupon to go shopping with right now!

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Happy shopping!

Timex Ironman One GPS+

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After what seems like an endless winter of miles upon miles of treadmill running, I am absolutely loving being out on the road again. I’m still forced to do some miles on the treadmill because of scheduling and child care issues, but for the most part it’s just me and the pavement.

What better way to welcome back spring and connecting with the road, than with a new GPS watch?

I’ve had my current GPS watch for a little over 3 years. I mostly use it for one thing – tracking distance. I love to just be able to step out my door and run. There’s no need to plan out my route to get xx miles. I can just wander wherever my feet may go. Most people assume if you wear a GPS watch, you are obsessed with the pace. I do pay attention to it when I’m doing specific pace based workouts or if I’m aiming for a certain goal race time. Otherwise, I just run by feel.

I never thought I would want more from a GPS. Needless to say, the new Timex Ironman One GPS+ has me wanting to do more with my watch.

Check out the specs:

  • Phone-free connectivity
  • Ability to track speed, distance and pace in real-time and instantaneously share performance metrics through an online platform.
  • Powered by a Qualcomm processor with embedded modem to provide wireless connectivity.
  • Always-on, sunlight readable Qualcomm® Mirasol™ display for easy reading.
  • Built-in MP3 component that stores and plays music.
  • Live Tracking via 3G (no phone required)
  • SOS Mode (safety alerts, no phone required)
  • 4GB of Music storage space.
  • Instant messaging application (no phone required).
  • Bluetooth Smart sensor support.
  • Touch screen.

Timex Ironman One GPS+  happyfitmama.com

As you can see, there’s a huge emphasis on the connected side.  But more than just connectivity – connectivity straight to the internet, without the need for carrying a phone. What? I don’t mind carrying my phone with me, but it’s nice to know that I don’t have to now to stay connected for personal and safety reasons. As you can see on the screen above, I could have sent a message to Ron (or any other contact) that I was done running and stopping for coffee on the way home. All WITHOUT my phone!

Obviously, the main thing the watch does, is track your time, pace and distance. It’s all controlled with a touchscreen. The first time I wore the watch on a run was the Boston preview run on Saturday. If you’ve seen the pictures, you saw that it was snowing and rather heavily at times. I was a little worried about how the touchscreen would function while being wet. No need to worry. It worked just as if the screen was dry AND it worked with wet gloves on.

Boston Preview Run | happyfitmama.com

There is so much that this watch can do that I haven’t even begin to scratch the surface of it’s possibilities.

Here’s what I like so far:

  • Time, distance, pace are in large font and bright. All it takes is a quick look at the watch face to see all the stats.
  • Beep and vibrates. I love that the watch beeps and vibrates when the run starts/pauses/stops in addition to at every mile.
  • Touchscreen. The touchscreen is so easy to use. With my previous GPS, I needed to push buttons and use a bezel which at times either passed what I wanted or just wouldn’t work.

I don’t wear music while I run outside so I haven’t been able to test out the music capabilities. However, you can use the Timex Ironman One GPS+ for inside workouts too. I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I’m on the treadmill (which hopefully won’t be for a long time!).

I’m really excited to see what I can do with the Timex Ironman One GPS+. It will most definitely be on my wrist as I continue on with marathon training for the next month (and beyond!).

What feature do you look for in a GPS watch?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential.