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Retail Therapy

CALIA | Dick's Sporting Goods |

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’S Sporting Goods. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Retail therapy is part of recovery from an injury, right?

The good people at Vocalpoint and Dick’s must have known that I needed a pick me up after learning that running still wasn’t happening anytime soon, when they graciously sent me a gift card to check out the newly redesigned women’s section. I gladly headed to my local Dick’s to drown my sorrows in new workout gear. Spoiler alert – you can get some help with your own retail therapy at the bottom of the post!

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While my running wardrobe is seriously stocked with all the right essentials, I have been lacking in yoga specific gear. It’s one of the activities I CAN do right now so I’m pouring my heart and soul into it. Sure I can wear my running capri’s and tanks, but it can be quite annoying to constantly fix your tank after every single down dog or inversion. I want something that stays in place and I don’t have to adjust it no matter how I twist, bind and get my OM on.

It had been awhile since I actually shopped for myself at Dick’s. And I was pleasantly surprised. The aisles had been widened and there were more outfit pairings throughout the women’s department. It made me want to actually look at the clothes. The CALIA line by Carrie Underwood and Lucy Activewear stood out to me. How come I never noticed their stuff before? Everything was so pretty and could easily go from the studio to running errands. Because let’s face it, I wear my workout gear everywhere even when I’m not working out.

little shopper

I brought along my little “helpers” to test out the wide aisles and bigger fitting rooms. We no longer need the big bus stroller (thankfully), but I could definitely see how I’d have no problem managing the aisles with it.

So what did I get?

I fell in love with CALIA. I want every single piece! I wore the Keyhole Back Tank and Essential Capri’s to yoga class that very night I got it and I didn’t have to adjust anything through an hour worth of sun salutations and inversion practice. I’m really not a fan of patterned capri’s but I love the look of these. So cute!


And the Lucy tank? Same thing – it didn’t budge no matter which way I twisted and turned in class. I love the built in cups – no need for a sports bra underneath. It does have a zippered pocket in the back that would be great for stashing a key or gels if I was running in it, but I don’t think I’d like to go sports bra-less while running.

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Here’s an easy chance to win a $25 DICK’S Sporting Goods gift card to get some of your own retail therapy!

All you have to do is answer the question below:

What’s your favorite piece of workout gear?

Giveaway ends Sunday, August 2nd @ 12 p.m. est.


Sweatual Healing + Meal Planning

Sweatual Healing

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mira.

The news of the results of my MRI last week kind of brought me down (again). And then when I found out that I can’t get into the foot and ankle specialist till the end of August, that just brought me down even further. I really was hoping that I’d get a magical cortisone shot (or something) within the next week and I’d be running by mid August.

Well, that’s not happening.

So I had to put my big girl panties on (again) and remember what I can do rather than what I can’t. The most important thing is that I can still do exercises that make me sweat. When I can do an exercise that gets my heart pumping and the sweat coming out in buckets, I feel the most calm, vibrant and alive. It makes everything all good.

Let’s just call it Sweatual Healing.

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The awesome Mira Fit peeps describe sweatual healing as what happens to your body after exercising. It may start off as a feeling—like that burst of confidence you get after a sweaty workout or a sense of calm after a long walk—and quickly evolves into much more.

Don’t you just love that?

So what am I doing for my sweatual healing? I’m tackling the biggest hills I can on my bike. I’m walking for miles and miles. I’m lifting weights. I’m doing Tabata’s. I’m doing the elliptical. I’m doing yoga. Whatever it takes to make me feel alive and strong and to get my healing on. And I’m still wearing my Mira Fitness Tracker daily to keep track of my steps.

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You can find Mira on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more fun ideas on how to get your Sweatual Healing on.

Since it’s Sunday, it’s time for meal planning.

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon + veggies

Monday: Greek Chopped Salad

Tuesday: Baked Haddock + Fresh Zucchini, Tomato and Corn Salad

Wednesday: Ron’s homemade pizza on the grill

Thursday: Grilled Chicken + Pesto Zoodles

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Dinner out

For more meal planning ideas, check out Laura and Jill’s weekly link up.

How do you get your sweatual healing on?

What are you having for dinner this week?

Tom’s of Maine #GoodnessStory



I think there needs to be a good news channel on TV. Everywhere I turn, there seems to be nothing but bad news broadcast 24/7. After being pummeled with it day after day, you start to forget that there are really, really good people in the world. Good things, big and small, are done every single day but the bad gets more attention. That’s just not right!

That’s why I’m happy to help spread the word about a new promotion that has joined two of my favorite local companies – Tom”s of Maine and Hannaford Supermarkets. Together they are celebrating all the good both companies do for the local communities and want to know what’s your #GoodnessStory?

Goodness can be as simple as:

Holding the door for people.

Smiling. It’s free. Use it often and wide.

Helping an elderly neighbor with yard work.

Saying thank you.

Socially Responsible Companies

Tom”s of Maine is known for giving back to the community with goodness. Tom’s employees are able to use 5% of their paid work time volunteering for the nonprofit organization of their choice. In addition, 10% of of Tom’s profits are donated each year to nonprofit, community based organizations committed to human, healthy and environmental goodness. Now that’s some goodness!

I’ve been shopping at Hannaford since we moved to New Hampshire over 9 years ago. One of my favorite things about the store is that they sell local farms veggies and fruit in the produce section right next to everything else. It’s perfect for one stop shopping when you can’t make a separate trip to the Farmer’s Market.

Tom’s of Maine would like to know your own #GoodnessStory. To enter the #GoodnessStory Sweepstakes simply submit, a Facebook comment including the hashtag “#GoodnessStory” and “#sweepstakes”. At the end of each Drawing Period, 1 winner will be selected randomly from among all eligible submissions to receive a $100 Hannaford Gift Card.

Click HERE to enter!

FYI – Hannaford Supermarkets are located in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. You can find if you have a location near you HERE.

What’s your #GoodnessStory?

Disclaimer: Tom’s of Maine and Hannaford provided me with gift cards in exchange for promoting the sweepstakes. In all honesty, I shop there every week already because they have everything I need at great prices!