Category Archives: Giveaway

Giveaway: Cooking Up a Business!

Recently the Love Blogger team got a peak at a book all about foodies doing what they love – creating a business, following their passion and sharing it with all of us! Love Grown Foods (LGF) is featured, among quite a few Colorado-based brands (must be something in that fresh mountain air). Rachel Hofstetter profiles these businesses from start-to-pantry-shelves and shares their insight, page after page.

Do you have a passion for delicious food and want to create your own business out of it, but have no idea where to start? Cooking Up a Business, by Rachel Hofstetter, is essential reading for aspiring entrepreneurs and gives you a real-world, up-close-and-personal preview of the exciting journey. This book features the stories and profiles of national food companies–including 3 AWESOME Colorado Companies: Love Grown Foods, Justin’s, and Evol Foods! 

It’s great to see the spotlight on what started as, and/or may still be small businesses, as they strive to bring us a healthy variety of options! We think it’s so great, in fact, that this book giveaway comes with a few extra goodies:


If you’re jonesin’ for some good eats and a good read,
leave some love!

Snack Simple: leave a comment & you’re in!

Second Serving: tweet it up & tag @LoveGrownFoods @Evolfoods & @Justins, using #CookingUpaBusiness and/or #LoveBloggerGiveaway (get creative with those 140 characters!)

Go for Dessert: Follow all of the above (LGF, Justins & Evol) on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

(This is open to US residents only. Winner will be announced tomorrow!)


Edited to add (12/4): Congrats to Natalie P.! Book + eats comin’ at ya soon!


Filed under food, Giveaway

MCM 10K & LGF (Super Oats) GIVEAWAY

There has been quite a bit of running going on here lately. What do we runners do? Eat to run. Today we do a little bit of both.


It felt a little odd to be out of the marathon loop throughout the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) weekend, but I know this was a great step back for me. The first time I had anything to do with MCM was in 2009; as I rode the Metro and pinned on my 10K bib, I felt simultaneously in awe of and daunted by the fact that most of the runners around me were about to run an additional twenty  miles. I mean, WHAT? What would that even feel like? How nervous were they? Did they think I had it easy? Because I sure did.

And this year, after two back-to-back MCM finishes, I know how both sides feel. When I was trained and ready, I wouldn’t have traded a single thing to finish all 26.2 miles on those days. When I signed up for Sunday’s 10K option, it would have taken a LOT of convincing to go beyond the 6.2 miles I had on deck.

Every MCM race (10K & 26.2’s) has been a PR for me.
Those are big shoes to fill.

When we lined up on the mall and “only” had to run by the Capitol, over THE bridge (oh.that.bridge), quickly through Crystal City & right on the highway to Iwo Jima, I felt grateful for this 6.2 mile way to still be a part of this race. Happy to be in this city, on this {perfectly sunny} day, with (so many of) these runners and marines. As always, nicely done, MCM.

MCM13_Washington monumentMCM13_Capital Sunrise

GOOD MORNING, DC. You’re a beauty.


Kate & I lined up with the expected “40-49:xx” finish group, which felt a little too close to the very front. The only other option was sub 39:59, so, go with it? We did. We got started with a 7:20 min/mile and kept it right there. I raced in my Mizuno Wave-Sayonaras for the first time; my calves are still on fire but during the run these gals felt great.

We stayed together the whole race, joined by a familiar pacer at mile 4.5 who initially ran with us, until he ran just a few steps ahead. Chase you? Well alright, FINE. The last two miles were our fastest, with or without energy to thank him for it. “RUN UP THAT HILL!” Aye aye, Captain!


In true MCM fashion, I have a new PR for the books (4-for-4!).

Marine Corps Marathon 10K – 2013
45:32 – avg. 7:19 min/mile

Overall: 191  of   7,605
AG (25-29F): 18  of   905
Division (F): 44  of   4,761

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Next year’s race is a lottery; I’ll be throwing all of my cards in for that one.


Until then, it’s time to FUEL UP! With LOVE? Yes, of course.

My favorite foodie friends at LOVE GROWN FOODS are hosting a giveaway while announcing their newest LOVE fuel: Super Oats! These are a dream.

What makes the oats SUPER? They contain gluten-free oats, chia seeds, quinoa and amaranth. If you want to up the ante, go with the Nuts & Seeds option.

What makes the Love Grown Foods team Super?
As usual, they’re sharing the love with YOU, too:


FINE PRINT: Must live in the United States to participate.

Hot Oats and Super Oats are available in The Fresh Market, Kroger, City Market, King Soopers, QFC, Fred Meyer, Dillons, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Sprouts, and select regions of Whole Foods.

ENTER TO WIN: 2 bags of SUPER OATS (one of each flavor), 1 bag of Oat Clusters granola (flavor of your choice), and 4 Hot Oats Cups (1 of each flavor)!

…Follow the LOVE  @LoveGrownFoods on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter!

BONUS OPS:  #fueledbyLOVE | #SuperOats | #HotOats | #OatClusters | #LoveGrownFoods | #LOVEgiveaway

HOW: leave a comment with your LOVE flavor-of-choice, and/or a goal you’re working on this fall (running or otherwise)! (Open until Thursday 10/31.)

Winner will be announced FRIDAY, November 1.


Congrats to all of the MCM 2013 finishers! You make it one of my favorite days in DC, every year.


Filed under DC, food, Giveaway, MCM, race report, Races, running, things that make me Happy

5K Giveaway: Running DC with Tony Horton & NPC!

Calling all DC-area runners & bootcamp-enthusiasts: there’s a 5K race coming up with your name all over it!

NPC 5k logoIf you asked me what Fitness celebrity I’d go on a run with, Tony Horton’s name might not pop up right away. Dean Karnazes? Yes (on trails, preferably). Kara Goucher? Duh (in Boston, preferably). The P-90X genius? Um…

Just don’t tell him I can’t do a pull-up yet. Deal?

Thanks to the National Press Club, Chevrolet and Mr. Tony Horton himself, we have an upcoming 5K in DC that combines fitness worlds, journalism, Team Chevy and social media. ALL IN!

Want to join?

Here’s what you need to know:

Chevrolet is sponsoring this year’s National Press Club BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K with activities taking place on September 5 and September 7, 2013. As part of the sponsorship, we’re working together to build Team Chevy, and we need your help!

The BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K benefits the ongoing work of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. The Institute is committed to helping working journalists improve their skills through ongoing training and programming of future journalists through scholarships that promote diversity within our profession. Since 2000, and with the help of the runners and sponsors, more than $700,000 has been raised to help deserving students to attend college and pursue a career in journalism. This year’s honorary race marshalls are Tony Horton, exercise trainer and creator of P90X, as well as Erika Gonzalez, reporter and anchor at News4.

I have one entry to give away…

The winner can join me on Thursday September 5th for a workout with Tony, and then join us all on Saturday (9/7) morning with Team Chevy for the 5k race!

BONUS: As part of the race and as members of Team Chevy, if one of us completes the race with the best time (among our fellow Team Chevy runners) we’ll be eligible for a free one-week Chevrolet Spark loan in 2013.

Here’s how to enter:

In the comments section below, tell me how transportation contributes to keeping you fit.

Do you walk or bike to work? Maybe you strap the bike on the car and take a ride after work. Have you outfitted your crossover to take on two kayaks and your bike? Or are you keeping the ol’ rollerblades from collecting dust? Maybe you’re the designated carpool driver for your kickball team.

Whatever it is, share it in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a spot on Team Chevy and an invite to the Tony Horton Work Out.

The contest ends Friday, August 30th. The winner will be announced here on Monday, September 2, 2013.

(( Extra entry: tweet it up! #TweetUpTony #ReadySetSpark @NPC5K@Tony_Horton ))


Filed under DC, Giveaway, Races, running

From My Kitchen to Yours (LOVE Giveaway)

Just dropping in to say there is some LOVE-spreading going on today! Hop on instagram and leave a LOVE note if you want some Love Grown Foods goodies (who doesn’t? It’s the best of the best.):

Love Giveaway 7.26

Instagram: heatherdcrd


Happy Friday!


Filed under food, Giveaway, good days

Bestowed Box: Giveaway & Gifts

It’s been quite a few weeks since the lovely little Bestowed box landed on my doorstep, but better later than never! Friday is as good a day as any to spread some love to you peeps…


Between blogs, social media, the explosion of nationwide food expos (including race expos!) and trendy “natural” food stores, it’s easier than ever to discover new-to-you eats.  The tricky part is knowing which ones are worth your dollar(s) and taste-bud testing!

Enter: Bestowed.

Bestowed logo


I made a few requests for my sample box, but was otherwise very pleasantly surprised with the following:

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Bestowed box_3

The timing was impeccable, as I packed my carry-on for a trip to Mexico – oatmeal for the airport, chocolate for a treat, granola to snack on and…a fig bar for fruit? When in travel-mode…

According to their website, each brand and product must meet a high standard, they don’t (“cannot”) pay to be featured in the boxes. You’re getting samples from an unbiased selection, based on providing Bestowed subscribers with healthy goods.

It’s a great way to branch out of your comfort-eating and see what else is out there! It’s also a great way to have someone else fill your snacking-grocery cart for a week and add  some variety to the days of the month.


The Bestowed folks have offered a 1-month subscription -
up for grabs!

If you’re interested, check out their brands & featured products and let me know your top 3 choices. Follow the Bestowed team for more info & opportunities to join them for a test-run!


Filed under food, Giveaway, new things!, Nutrition