Ways To Help You Stick To A Healthier Lifestyle – And Giveaway!

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I am so happy that I was chosen to participate in the 2014 Zone Perfect Blog Forward Challenge.  7 months ago this challenge began and I’m proud to say the commitment I made to myself has not waned, I’ve kept up with my exercise and healthier eating choices. I wanted to make sure, for at least one time in my adult life, I didn’t have the flabbiest booty in town!  Everyday I get stronger and that’s a great feeling!  Here are ways to help you stick to a healthier lifestyle:

  • Keep a healthy snack with you.  We’ve just returned from a family trip that required lots of time in the good ol’ family van.  Trying to time lunch and dinner can be very tricky when you have lots of items on your “Must See List”.  Don’t get to the point of ‘I’m crazy hungry!’ and eat something from a drive-thru.  Keep a Zone Perfect bar with you and that way you’ll have something tasty and healthy to eat.
  • Share your meal.  I’m sure you’re familiar with the act of dividing a meal in half, eating a portion at a restaurant and taking the rest home.  However, more often than not, my dividing line would start sliding over and I’d tell myself ‘Just one more bite.  Just one more’  only to be so uncomfortable at the end of the night with how much I’d eaten.  Or, are you really going to eat what you take home?  Really? Here’s a switch my husband and I have been making, we share our meal.  We order a salad and an entree and share both.  It’s better for our waistline AND our debit card.
  • Exercise for just 10 minutes.  Okay, here’s the thing.  If you feel you have no energy, or don’t have the time to exercise, say to yourself “I’m just going to do this for 10 minutes”.  I’ll bet that 10 minutes will turn into 20 which is a great time frame for movement that will elevate your heart-rate, increase metabolism and get your muscles strengthened.  Your mood will be elevated too!  Win-win

I have some fun items for a giveaway that will help you get motivated to move and provide a tasty snack when you’re on the go and need a tasty pick-me-up.  Here’s what one lucky winner will receive:

Ways To Help You Stick To A Healthier Lifestyle - And Giveaway!
Enter to win: Pedometer, Tumbler, Hair Ties and Headbands, Hand Sanitizer, Lip Balm (whoops! Forgot to put that in the pic), 2 $1.00 off coupons for Zone Perfect products

Did you make a resolution toward better health at the beginning of the year?  How are you doing with your goal(s)?  Looking over the letter I wrote to my future self in February I’m so glad I didn’t let me down! (I sound like Popeye ;-> ) I wish you good physical and mental health!

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(*Disclosure:  Although I have entered the program and received complimentary product and ZonePerfect promotional items, I’m free to comment about ZonePerfect in a positive, neutral or negative fashion.)

Nature Valley & No Barriers USA! Follow Blind Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer

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Rob and Katie canoeing in Central Oregon near the Three Sisters mountains

I am so honored to be partnered with Nature Valley to share the journey of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind adventurer who’s pushing through his own barrier and is creating an amazing experience, kayaking the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River.  Wow!  I am so inspired by those who get out in the world and take part in the glory that surrounds us.  Erik’s journeys have taken him far or, should I say, high?  Erik is the only blind adventurer to climb the seven highest summits in the world.  His desire is inspiring and I hope by watching this video you will feel a pull to finally do something you’ve always wanted to do.  Nature Valley is partnering with Erik Weihenmeyer in the No Barriers challenge.  After seeing this video I hope you’ll begin to live a No Barriers life.  Check this out:

For the longest time my initial response was ‘No’.  I don’t know why, or how, but my comfort zone became very, very small to everything that was around me.  Many times I was asked if I wanted to take part in an activity and my mind would put up a barrier. The word ‘no’ would swirl in my head the entire time I’m listening to someone try to inspire me to join them on a walk, hike, bike ride or ski trip, etc.  Why was my first response always ‘No’?  I realized that I wasn’t taking part in my life and, over time, I started saying ‘Yes’ more often – and I felt much more at peace, like a better version of me.

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Katie and I at Multnomah Falls in the Columbia Gorge, OR
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Katie and I – Mt. Hood, OR










What about you?  Is there something holding you back?  Are you ready to push it aside and do what you’ve always wanted to do?  Take part in the No Barriers USA challenge by clicking: NoBarriersUSA – or by visiting http://www.nobarriersusa.org/take-the-pledge/

About Erik Weihenmayer’s Grand Canyon Expedition:

  •      The “No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition” is a 21-day, 277 mile journey through some of the world’s most challenging whitewater terrain in the Colorado River.
  •      Erik Weihenmayer will be supported by an experienced paddling team, and joined by accomplished kayaker and Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell – who is also blind.  Together, Erik and Lonnie will demonstrate the power of harnessing inner strength to overcome challenging barriers.
  •      Preparation for the Expedition has been extensive, with both Weihenmayer and Bedwell spending the last several years training and developing innovative systems for kayaking rapids with support from high-tech radios and verbal commands from river guides.
  •      The trip will begin on September 7 at Lees Ferry, nine miles south of the Arizona-Utah border. Erik and his team expect to complete the expedition on or around September 28 at Pearce Ferry, which marks the boundary between Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon.

I know you’ll want to follow Erik and Lonnie’s Grand Canyon Expedition adventure through Nature Valley’s Tumblr page: http://naturevalley.tumblr.com/tagged/nobarriers

This is such an exciting journey!  I would love to hear about your adventures as well.  Please share here in the Comments section below and with your cyber-sphere preference using #MyAdventure and #GetOUTThere. Or, if you’ve written about it on your blog, please leave a link to your post.  Thank you!


About Nature Valley

  •      Nature Valley has a long history of commitment to nature, outdoor activities and the national parks.
  •      The brand finds inspiration from the beauty of nature and the way people connect with nature – whether that’s from a fearless adventure like those undertaken by Weihenmayer or an everyday hike.
  •      It’s Nature Valley’s belief that experiencing nature enables people to feel most alive and Weihenmayer is a great demonstration of our belief.


(*Disclosure:  In working with Sverve I was chosen by Nature Valley to participate in sharing the journey of Erik and the No Barriers USA organization.  Compensation is part of our agreement. My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com. 15% off your first order   FREE shipping!

When the weather begins to chill it’s safe to say Fall is on the way.  Some of you are fortunate to have the leaves in your trees change to glorious colors, while others (like me) mostly have grey skies and know that rain is just weeks away.  To fight off  the rainy day gloom I love to bring as much brightness and light as I can into our home.  My favorite way to do this is with flowers and recently I had the opportunity to check out flowers from The Bouqs Company.  A gorgeous bouquet arrived at my door and the feeling of lightness returned to my spirit.  Check out how pretty they are!


Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com


Visit TheBouqs.com and you’ll see some of the most beautiful bouquets, created with unique flowers in gorgeous shades that will fit every style and season.  I am so impressed with the selections!  Truly beautiful.  And the ordering process is so clean – so easy.  Find what you like *click* Enter your information *click* and there you are, ready to send and/or receive your selection.  The hard part is choosing between these stunning bouquets!   A lovely introduction offer from TheBouqs.com brings you a 15% discount with your first online order.  And your shipping is free!


Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com


Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com
Securely packed in a recyclable-friendly cardboard wrap.  No styrofoam!


TheBouqs.com has a selection of flowers grown on a farm that’s on the side of a volcano, 10,000 feet above the Equator.  Yes, a volcano.  Visit TheBouqs.com and click “How It Works” from their homepage.  This is a great video from their founder John (just John) and it gives you the vibe of the company that’s working for you.  You’ll also see the stunning arrangements created by Chief Floral Designer Eric Buterbaugh.  Once you’re there you’re on your way to choose blossoms to brighten your home, work space or share a bouquet with a friend.  My blossoms were vibrant and perky for weeks!  Everyday’s a good day to send someone flowers!  Enjoy and let me know what you think :->


(*Disclosure:  I was presented a particular selection of bouquets to choose from for my review purposes.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Headphones By SOL Republic – Tracks Giveaway!

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Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Superior sound. Perfect for the kid always on the go. Holiday Gift Guide Suggestion from Ann Again and again Reviews.

Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway!

I’d like to share how much we (although my daughter Lily is hogging them ;-> )  are enjoying the new SOL Republic Tracks headphones.  And I have a giveaway for you to win a set for yourself!  Read on!

Now that the school year has started it’s time to get my daughter’s homework stations organized.  And this area isn’t like their Momma’s homework desk, that’s for sure!  All I needed (back in “the day”) was lined notebook paper tucked in my Pee-Chee, the class subject workbook, a pencil and light coming from a flickering candle made by hand.  (Yes, I exaggerate about the light source but if my girls read this I want them to know how lucky they are ;-> )  Now we have laptops, printers and music to help them get motivated.  Their choice of music is different so headphones are in order.  We’re trying a set, Tracks, from SOL Republic and everyone is enjoying the results!

I’ve never been a fan of ear buds and my youngest feels the same about putting things in her ears.  SOL Republic has a headset that is gentle on the ears and provides a clear, good quality sound – SOL Republic Tracks.  The headband is made of FlexTech which makes is pliable, bendable and feels softer on the head, a great feature for those that have sensory issues of things being too tight.  I found the sound to be clear with a slight rich bass quality.  My youngest is so happy with them they became a staple for our outings.  (‘Lily, will you take them off for the picture?’ I ask. “No, they’re comfortable” she says.  Ok then!)

Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews
We visited the beautiful blue Metolius River in Central Oregon. She needed her SOL Republic headphones.


Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews
We took our first walk over the Detroit Dam on our way back from Central Oregon. She needed her SOL Republic headphones. (Her sister waits her turn way in the background)


With regard to helping her focus on homework, she can actually concentrate better is she listens to music while studying, or writing a paper.  These SOL Republic Tracks headphones make it so she can plugin to the laptop and do her homework anywhere.  We have a little house so it’s great that our family’s conversations won’t get in the way of homework getting done.


Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews
This homework looks thrilling!


To learn more about the features of SOL Republic Tracks headphones please visit their site through this link.

And… do I have a great giveaway for one of my lucky Ann Again and again Reviews readers!  Enter today to win a set of SOL Republic Tracks headphones!  ($99.99 value).  Enter through Rafflecopter below.  Open to US and Canada.  Good luck!

(*Disclaimer: Yes I know, and SOL Republic knows, that there are lovely fans of this product.  However, if you have won a set in the last 6 months, PLEASE let someone else have a chance to win and discover how great these headphones are. You can only win once in a 6 month period.  Records of giveaway winners are kept by the company and PR firm. Alrighty?  Thanks!)

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(*Disclosure:  I received a set of SOL Republic Tracks headphones to facilitate my review.  My opinions are my own.  I like ’em!)