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#styleneverstops with Reebok Skyscape

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way influenced by this.

Something pink and pretty showed up the other week. Literally a present that had my name on it!

Reebok Skyscape Review| fridaylovesong.net

I have to say, recieving these Reebok Skyscape shoes to test out the last few weeks was pretty timely. Around this time of year (spring where I’m at) means the start of running my two separate boys on two separate baseball teams, to two separate practices and games.

Yes, that’s a lot of seperates, practices, and a whole heck of running around. I’m one busy Momma!

Reebok Skyscape Review | fridaylovesong.net

The first thing I noticed about these shoes where just how lightweight they are. They only weigh 5 ounces! – seriously, the pretty pink box they were delivered in weighed more than the shoes themselves. They are so lightweight because they use the same molding technology (and materials!) used in creating lingerie. Think of the light padding us small chested girls are fans of. ;)

Other than being incredibly lightweight, some other Skyscape features include:

  • Seamless design for minimized rubbing and irritation during wear
  • Designed to support the foot while being lightweight and comfortable
  • Low cut for ease of movement

And yep, they’re comfortable. I’ve been wearing them off and on since I got them. I tested them out walking a few miles down the to the kids baseball practice and they were incredibly comfy. Just a great everyday running around shoe for an active gal like myself. That’s all fantastic, but my favorite part has to be that these shoes are machine washable! Yeah! So I can get them dirty at the kids practices/games and not have to worry about them.

Reebok #styleneverstops SkyScape FitGear | fridaylovesong.net

1. Reebok One Running Wind Jacket ($80) I’m in love with the colors in this jacket! As well as thumb holes – I’m nuts for tops with thumb holes.

2.  Reebok Sport Essential Water Bottle ($10) I mean come on, if you can match your water bottle to your outfit, why wouldn’t you?! ;)

3. Reebok One Leggings – Foggy Grey ($60) Since there’s so much party going on in that top, these solid grey leggings would be great choice.

4. Reebok Skyscape Runaround – Purple: ($65) I probably would’ve chosen black or pink for myself, but I kinda like the purple more than I thought I would. Again, these are machine washable.

5. Reebok Yoga Medium Duffle ($40) I like that this bag has a separate compartment for wet/dirty items, and a place for a yoga mat.

While these are great active shoes, I think they are turning out to be a great living shoes as well. You can check out here where 5 fashion bloggers styled their Skyscapes with street wear. Gives you a good idea of the versatility of the this shoe.

You can purchase Skyscapes Online here, as well as in store at Reebok FitHub, Reebok Outlet Locations, In Reebok stores, as well as some select Kohls locations.

WhatAboutYou

Would you be interested in a machine washable shoe?
What’s your current favorite shoe?
Are you a colored shoe person or do you stick to neutrals?

JAVAPRO Review + Mocha Espresso Protein Bites

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of JAVAPRO. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way influenced by this.

I find it pretty appropriate that as I’m typing up this post I’m sipping on some coffee at my desk. This is common practice in my house – on repeat several times a day. So yes, JAVAPRO had me at hello so to speak.

JavaPro Protein Review | fridaylovesong.net

What is JAVAPRO

Simply put, JAVAPRO is a whey protein powder made with real coffee. Protein + Coffee = winning. I’ve been known to make my own protein coffee creamers, as well as put instant coffee in my protein shakes. Did I mention I like coffee? And Protein? Best. Idea. Ever.

The Stats

JAVAPRO is made my Nature’s Best, a company most well known for their Iso-Pure line of Protein Powders. The JAVAPRO line is note for:

  • 20g Whey Protein Complex
  • 80 mg Caffeine per serving made with real coffee
  • 110 Calories per serving

JavaPro Protein Nutrition | fridaylovesong.net

I was sent the Mocha flavor to test, but it’s also available in the following flavors: Espresso, French Vanilla, Latte, Caramel, and Hazelnut.

Mocha Espresso Protein Bites | fridaylovesong.net

Mocha Espresso Protein Bites

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix all your ingredients starting with 3 Tbsp of oats - and 1-2 Tbsp more as mixture needs.
  2. Roll into small balls and store in the fridge in a covered container.
  3. My recipe yielded 9 balls.
  4. You may add another Tbsp or water or Almond butter if they feel too dry. Not a perfect science here.

Notes

You can substitute oat flour, but I would start with 3 Tbsp. and go from there. Also remember that oats and or oat will will absorb moisture, so don't over add them or your balls will be dry after sitting.

Substitutions

You can substitute regular almond butter for the "Wild Friends" if you don't have it. Use only 1 scoop of protein and use a Tbsp more almond butter, a Tbsp more oats, and Tbsp more cocoa powder instead. You may also want to sweeten the mix if you choose this option. OR Instead of 2 scoops of JAVAPRO, use 1 and use 1 scoop of your choice of vanilla whey.

http://www.fridaylovesong.net/2014/03/javapro-review-mocha-espresso-protein-bites/

Mocha Espresso Protein Bites with JavaPro | fridaylovesong.net

Be warned, these little bites have a kick. So if you’re not a strong coffee lover, you may consider reading the “substitutions” in the recipe for ideas to make it a little less “coffee-fied”.

Mocha Espresso Protein Bites | fridaylovesong.net

But really, who’d wanna do that anyway? ;) These are a little sticky in the teeth because they are mainly protein (whey tends to be sticky) – but tasty and perhaps something tasty to wash them down afterwards may help. Oh I dunno, coffee maybe? Or is that overkill? Some days my answer may be “bring on the caffeine“.  Spring break is approaching after all.

Thoughts Overall

The only odd thing I found was that the serving size isn’t the normal 1 scoop, or even 2 scoops as some proteins tend to be. It is labeled as 1 1/2 scoops. A little strange, but just something I noticed.

The taste is phenomenal.  Besides the recipe above, my favorite way to ingest this delight is blended with a mix of almond milk, ice, and water. It reminds me of these coffee blended drinks my brother and I use to get from Baskin Robbins (that were terrible for us obviously). I suggest any coffee lover whom is looking to kick up their protein intake to give this a try.

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WhatAboutYou

Are you a coffee drinker?
Have you tried this protein?
How do you take your coffee?

 

A Next Organics Chocolates Giveaway

Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent to me from the company to test. This in no way reflects my thoughts within the post.

Next Organics Chocolates Giveaway | fridaylovesong.net

Recently my Vitacost friendies asked if I would like to try some Next Organics products. Chocolate? no, please don’t send me any of that ……. I’m totally here joking of course. Please feel free to send me all your chocolate. Any time ;)

Next Organics Chocolate | fridaylovesong.net

I might insert some lengthy ingredient list here – but the great thing about these is that there really isn’t much to them!

Organic dried fruits, nuts, ginger and coconut, coated with organic dark chocolate … just the way it was meant to be! True ingredients, true dark chocolate, no additives and no preservatives. All delivered to you in 100% eco-friendly packaging.

Next Organics offers the following dark chocolate covered treats: Almonds, Apricots, Bananas, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Cherries, Coconut, Ginger, Pretzels, and Walnuts. I like the addition of the cashews and walnuts, I feel like that’s something you don’t find as often as say a chocolate covered peanut or almond.

I got to try the cherries, bananas, almonds and ginger. I’ve actually had the bananas before! I believe I found them at my local Home Goods store. They always have great little foodie finds there. My husband is loving the chocolate covered cherries – but my personal favorite has definitely been:

Next Organics Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger | fridaylovesong.net

Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

Hello! I’m a ginger fiend. I love a good spiced item, and crystallized ginger is one of my favorite treats. Slap some dark chocolate on it and I’m one happy gal. Let me also say that the chocolate coating is very generous on these! No skimping here – and the fruit pieces are nice sizes as well, so you just need a couple to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Next Organics Giveaway | fridaylovesong.net

Thanks to the Next Organics folks for letting me giveaway this awesome prize! The lucky winner will receive a box of mixed goodies – 10 bags in all! (you’ll receive one of each bag shown above minus the goji berries as those were discontinued)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

vitacostsmallPS: You can buy Next Organics at Vitacost.  If you’ve never shopped at Vitacost – do yourself a favor and go here first and sign up. You’ll receive $10 off of $30 – and you can also extend this offer to your friends later!

WhatAboutYou

Have you ever tried any of these goodies? Do you like ginger like me?

Healthy Tech With Verizon Wireless + A Fit Bit One Review

Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent to me from the company to test. This in no way reflects my thoughts within the post.

I am a self proclaimed tech nerd. I love technology. Sometimes we love it even a little too much in this house – I spoke about this in my article on She Knows a few months back.

Verizon Wireless FitBit Moto X review | fridaylovesong.net

Moto X™

The first goodie I was sent was a Moto X smartphone. I’m an iPhone girl, so this was a whole new experience to me! I’ve never owned an Android smartphone, so it took some getting used to – platform wise. I’m not going to spend too much time talking about the phone because well, it’s a smartphone, and that would take forever. You can read the specs here on the Verizon site.

Verizon Wireless Motox | fridaylovesong.net

Physically it’s a nice size phone. Feels roughly the same weight as my iPhone 5 although the screen is a smidge bigger on this. I think this is a solid choice for anyone who is interested in what is considered a “midsize” Android smartphone at the moment. More importantly than the phone itself, is the cool things you can do with a smartphone – and the other cool gadgets you can use in tandem with them.

FitBit One

Most of you know that I use a Polar FT60 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor, which I swear by. Since I’ve been speaking a lot about cutting back on the amount of exercise I’m doing – I was excited to test this little guy out. I’ve heard a lot of good things about various models in the FitBit lineup.

FitBitColors

In a nutshell the Fitbit One tracks:

  • Calories burned
  • Steps you take
  • Stairs climbed
  • Distance traveled

And since it’s an activity and sleep tracker, it also tracks: hours slept, and quantity of sleep. Now I can’t comment on how this gadget performs with the sleep functions, because the particular one I was loaned as missing the sleep wrist band that’s included in the package. Yours will include: The One™ tracker, silicone and metal clip, wireless sync dongle, charging cord, sleep wristband, and a free Fitbit.com membership.

Verizon Wireless FitBit One Review | fridaylovesong.net

You can sync this guy with a whole bunch of different devices (android and iPhone’s) – and it’s super easy to set up. Also for the techy nerds like myself, the Fitbit One can be linked to a ton of apps you may be using – likes like: Map My Run, My Fitness Pal, Lose It!, and more.

Differences between a FitBit and Polar

I figured I’d address the distinct difference between a Polar Heart Rate Monitor and the Fitbit One. A Polar is moreso a Training device that gives you specifics about where your heart rate falls within your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds; whereas FitBit is an activity tracker that counts steps, mileage, etc. Although yes, the FitBit does count calories expended as well.

I was actually curious as to how the FitBit counted calorie burn, and I found this tidbit of helpful information via the FAQ. Basically it uses your BMR calculated by your height, weight, etc that you input into your dashboard at setup. The more you use your FitBit, the more accurate the caloric burn in turn becomes because it stops guesstimating.

Because I was curious (ok and nerdy) there were a few times where I wore both my Polar FT60 and the FitBit at the same time to compare. I always burned more calories based on the FitBit because it isn’t a heart rate monitor.

Overall

I really liked the FitBit One. I think if I were to own a FitBit model, this would be the one I would personally purchase.

Pros Cons
  • Easy to use 
  • Small
  • Easy setup
  • Priced under $100
  • Compatible with Lots of Apps
  • Small (also a downside, because it could be misplaced!)
  • From what I’ve read – sleep monitoring is based on movement. So I’m not sure how accurate all that is.
I’ll admit that I had a hard time remembering to stick it on first thing in the morning as I wasn’t using the sleep functions. But when I did remember to put it on, I did enjoy using the device. I think it would be a great addition for someone trying to get healthier in general. For someone who is interested in training, I suggest perhaps looking into a different device.

WhatAboutYou

Do you own a FitBit? How do you like it?
What kind of phone do you use?
Let me know if you have any questions!

Disclaimer: I was loaned these devices by Verizon Wireless. I was not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own

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