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My Little Fitness Secret


We’re moving Fitness Friday up a few days because I’ve got something fun to share!


This past weekend was an event called Wanderlust 108 and one of the sponsors is Cottonelle®  The goal of Wanderlust is to provide a chance for you to connect with fitness without being overwhelmed or intimidated. To me, the idea is to take you back to when you were a kid and you just “worked out” for fun. Also known as playing.


So, when I was out running and came across this outdoor workout station I knew I wanted to go back and play around. Climb the rope, goof off on the pull-up bar, make my husband take silly pictures. You know, have fun. 



However, I fully admit I have a little secret. Fitness isn’t alway fun for me, even though I might make it seem that way. I was talking to my aunt recently and she wanted to know if I ever think to myself, when I’m standing at the start line (or, heck, in the middle) of a race, “WHY do I do this??” And I said I do. Almost every time. So, yeah, even though I love working out I don’t always love it when I’m doing it!

Another little fitness secret? 99% of the time I’m going commando. I mean, who wants a visible panty line to mar the glutes you’ve worked so hard for? Plus let’s face it, underwear is the last thing you need standing in the way of you and nailing that new one rep max or setting a new personal record.


Of course, since there’s not a lot between my workout pants and the world I want to make sure I’ve got the cleanliness situation under control. So, thank you, Cottonelle® for hooking me up with some products that are perfect for that purpose. Cottonelle® CleanRipple Texture bathroom tissue is designed to clean better per sheet versus the leading national value brand.


Cottonelle® wants to hook you up, too! They’ve got some great giveaways going on on their site, including a VIP Lollapalooza experience or a trip to Wanderlust in Miami!

Or, if you’re more interested in instant gratification, you can enter the giveaway here for a Cottonelle® Stylist Kit.

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Each kit includes a selection of fabulous fitness “must haves” — Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths, Benefit mascara, Dose of Colors lip gloss, Klorane dry shampoo, Emi Jay hair ties, and a plain black baseball cap.

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So, what’s your fitness secret?


The Cottonelle® “Come Clean” Reader Giveaway (“Sweepstakes”) starts at 12:01 a.m. EST on May 9, 2016 and ends at 11: 59 p.m. on May 22, 2016 (the “Entry Period”).

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

WCBC Work It Out Gift Basket Giveaway


As a member of the Windy City Blogger Collective I get to take part in some awesome events (like last night’s dinner on the Odyssey Chicago where I got to be all fancy). So, it’s super exciting that now I get to pass some of those perks on to you all! I’ve partnered with other WCBC members to bring you a basket full of goodies. And since you know I’m all about fitness of course I’m participating in the Work It Out gift basket. Not into fitness? That’s okay. Other WCBC members have partnered to bring you lots of other options!

But, if you want to enter to win some great fitness-related items, read on!


Enter to win this gift basket organized by The Windy City Blogger Collective full of fitness gear and credits for classes! Valued at over $300 this basket includes:

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The giveaway is live until 12/9/2016; winners announced 12/11/2016.

One Year of Le Tote Looks [Giveaway!]


First things first, don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of September! 

Just over one year ago I got my first Le Tote shipment and fell in love with the concept. So much so that I’m now an ambassador!


This is just a sample. You can see all my Le Tote looks here

When I hosted my first Le Tote party in August I got to do some fun giveaways and guess what! In celebration of my one year Le Tote anniversary, I’m passing them on to you!

Three of you have a chance to win a pair of earrings AND a card worth 50% off your first TWO months of a Le Tote subscription. Normally you only get 50% off one month using code ERIN25 so this is even better.


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And, as my friend Emily would say, Le Tote is amazing! She’s a recent convert and she told me on a run this weekend that Le Tote is helping curb her shopping habit AND helped her find the perfect dress to wear to an upcoming wedding. So, if you’ve ever been curious you should definitely enter this giveaway! I’ll be picking a winner one week from today.

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The Windy City Blogger Gift Basket Giveaway!


First, I apologize for running two giveaways in one week. This is what happens when you go in on a group giveaway – you don’t necessarily get to pick the date.

However, this one is really fun because 30 Chicago bloggers have gotten together and created 3 different gift baskets! Yes, there are three chances to win this giveaway AND you can pick if you want to enter to win just one or all three baskets.

The best part? We all picked something we consider to be a favorite, ranging from food to accessories to books to kitchen items. There is something for every one here.

For example, the basket my item is in? It’s the gift For The Glam Girl and retails for over $350


Items in this basket include:


I chose a leopard print scarf from Sole Society as my favorite thing. Yes, I know that plaid scarves are all the rage this winter but a good leopard scarf is still totally a neutral.

If you’re more interested in the Social Butterfly basket, visit any of these bloggers below to enter!

Gift Basket #2 [ retail $250 ] // For the Social Butterfly

Finally, we have the basket for the Holiday Hostess. To enter to win this one just visit any of the blogs listed below.

Gift Basket #3 [ retail $250+ ] // For the Holiday Hostess 

But if you want to win the Glam Girl basket, just use the Rafflecopter widget here to enter! The giveaway ends next Wednesday, December 10th so don’t delay!

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Note: this is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry international friends!

Fossil Watch Giveaway + August Shopping Summary

Giveaways · Shopping

First, before we get to what I spent my hard earned money on in August (because I know you’re all dying to know) I need to tell you a little story about how this giveaway came about.

  1. Earn $25 eBay gift card from Influenster.
  2. Debate what to spend it on.
  3. Go to put your silver circle Fossil watch on and realize it’s missing. Believe it fell off while riding a Divvy bike home from work (stupid Chicago potholes).fossil-circle-watch
  4. Find the same watch (which you bought over 7 years ago, by the way) on eBay and decide to use your gift card toward the $40 cost.
  5. Receive watch in the mail. It’s perfect….and I’m sure you can see where this is going.
  6. Find your original watch in a random reusable grocery bag when you get home from the grocery store the next day.

So, yes, now I have two of the same watch. And, because I know that some of you out there have coveted it for years, I’m giving away the duplicate! It needs a battery but is in otherwise perfect condition.

Which means if you want to follow my awesome watch lead, read to the bottom of this post to find out how to win it!

And now, how I spent way too much money in August.


  1. Earrings via Groopdealz – $5.99
  2. American Eagle skirt – $7.50 on sale (currently $19.99)
  3. Swirlgear capris – $38.25 w/50% ambassador discount
  4. Stitch Fix clutch – $48
  5. Athleta Chi top – $0 w/gift card (originally $39)
  6. Stitch Fix sweatshirt – $74
  7. Sole Society sandals – $4.96 w/store credit (originally $19.49)
  8. J. Crew Factory sweater – $33.95 on sale (currently $41.50)
  9. American Eagle Skinny Jeans – $14.00 for two pairs with c/o gift card (originally $29.99 each)
  10. American Eagle shorts – $15 on sale (currently $39)
  11. Swirlgear tanks -$89 total for three w/ambassador discount

Also, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may recall that I asked if I should order this sweater or these shoes. Well, the shoes won by a narrow margin so I ordered them. And they were HUGE! And they didn’t have a size down. So, sadly, they were returned and now the sweater is on its way to me. As are the shorts and skirt from American Eagle and the sweater from J. Crew Factory. Hopefully those items will all fit!

Okay, now that you’ve endured that rambling, how about that whole watch giveaway, huh?

Well, here you go! Use the Rafflecopter thingy below to enter! I’ll pick a winner on Friday, September 12th.

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Win $1000 from Shopstyle!


Last year I shared my little online shopping secret, Shopstyle! Now Shopstyle has added even more features including a new review system. What does that mean? It means not only can you shop by item, color, size, price, or brand but now you can read reviews of those items right there in Shopstyle! You don’t even have to click over to the online store’s page.


From Shopstyle themselves:

Introducing product reviews! We’ve made shopping easier here at ShopStyle with the ability to rate and review your purchases all in one place. To inspire you to share your thoughts, we’re giving one lucky reviewer a $1,000 Visa gift card. Entering is easy. All you have to do is sign in to ShopStyle, search the products that are already in your closet, tell us what you think before Sept. 26, and you’ll receive one entry for each review you make. Share your expertise on style, fit, quality, or any other relevant detail, and you’ll be in the running.

That’s right. All you have to do is leave reviews on Shopstyle for clothing, shoes, purses or accessories you already own and for each review you leave you’ll receive an entry into their $1,000 Visa gift card giveaway!!

How do you leave a review?

1. Create (or log into) your Shopstyle account.  This also allows you to sign up for sale alerts but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want.

2. Use the search function to look for the item you want to review.

3.  Hover your mouse pointer over the image of the item until you see the stars appear. Click on the stars

4. Once on the Shopstyle page for the item click on the stars again.

5. Leave your review!

I’ve already left over 10 reviews because it’s so easy. This contest ends on September 25, 2013 so start getting your reviews in now.

Disclaimer: Shopstyle provided me with a $75 bonus in my next Shopsense payout for leaving reviews and telling you about this contest. But, hey, reviews help us all out, right?

GIVEAWAY: Win Cute Workout Gear

Fitness · Giveaways

You may remember back in June when I posted about Swirlgear, the Chicago-based women’s fitness apparel company for which I am an ambassador. Well, I’ve been wearing the three shirts I have from them for running, trapeze, and hitting the gym.


Running the Strike Out ALS 5K


Flying through the air!

Now you, too, can have the chance to look this awesome for a HUGE discount on their new line! All you have to do is donate to their Kickstarter where a $25 donation gets you one of their cap sleeved tops like I’m wearing but in the colors of their new line (which, if I recall correctly, are more saturated, darker colors). That’s a 50% discount! And for $100 you’ll get three pieces from their new line which will include tank tops and capris! Considering pieces typically run between $40 and $80, that’s an awesome discount!

In fact, I want this company to succeed so much that if you make the minimum pledge of $1 you’ll get an entry into a giveaway of ANY available Swirlgear item you want! (Note: I’m totally funding this giveaway on my own but I do get a discount since I’m an ambassador). It’s your chance to win cute workout gear!

How to enter?

1. Go to the Swirlgear Kickstarter page and donate!

2. Tweet about it or share it on Facebook using the links at the final confirmation screen and then let me know in the comments of this post. A link to the Tweet or where you shared it on Facebook would be awesome, by the way.

Don’t have Twitter or Facebook? You can still enter! Just let me know in the comments that you donated but don’t have Twitter or Facebook. We’re on the honor system here, people!

The catch? I’m only buying you a new piece of Swirlgear if their Kickstarter gets fully funded! So spread the word and help them get to their goal before September 18th! Once they’re fully funded I’ll draw the winner of my giveaway.

Got it? Now get out there and help out this awesome company!

Because I Shop Too Much–GIVEAWAY!




If you’re like me you have a few things in your closet that you just aren’t sure about.  You bought them for one reason or another but now they rarely see the light of day.  Maybe it’s a top you used to wear all the time but no longer love.  Maybe it’s a pair of pants that never fit quite right.  Maybe it’s shoes that just don’t fit with your lifestyle anymore.  What’s a girl to do?

In the past you only had a few options for dealing with these items.

1. Let them be.  Box them up or leave them languishing in the back of your closet in the hope that someday you might wear them again.

2.  Donate them to Goodwill or another thrift shop.  Sure, you can get the tax write-off but what if you don’t have enough itemized deductions to make it worth your while?

3.  Find a consignment shop or take them somewhere like Plato’s Closet or Clothes Mentor.  You might get some money for your items but you’re not in control of the pricing nor of what they are willing to take.

4.  List and sell items on ebay.  But there they may get lost among the shuffle of thousands of other items for sale.  Besides, isn’t ebay SO 10 years ago?

Now, though, you can take control of what you sell and for how much and you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

The Chicago-based start-up Because I Shop Too Much launched their beta site in 2011.  The premise?  You create a profile, upload photos of the clothing items you want to sell, enter the item details, and set the price.

“It’s not just about selling & buying clothes” assures Lisa Fergus, Founder. “We’re meeting lots of females out there – especially today – that are on budgets for a variety of reasons – family, school, the economy. They are bold, creative, & want to look great without paying premium retail prices.”

“And the fact that friendships & social circles are being formed along the way,” as Kaitlyn Fergus, Founder points out, “well, that just may be the best part.”

You create circles of friends whose closets you love.  You can see what they have for sale and, in a unique twist, easily swap items with other users if you both see something you like from one another!

I currently have several items in my own closet on Because I Shop Too Much.  Here’s a taste:

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But it’s not just my closet that’s open for business. Nope!  The gals behind Because I Shop Too Much have generously offered to sponsor a giveaway to Kaitlyn’s closet!

You could win a $15 credit towards anything in Kaitlyn’s closet as well as a set of FriendSwap bags and jewelry pouches!

To enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post and be sure to include your email. (mandatory)

2.  Create a profile on Because I Shop Too Much and let me know in a comment. (mandatory)

3.  Like Because I Shop Too Much on Facebook. (optional bonus entry)

4.  Like Loop Looks on Facebook. (optional bonus entry)


Or just follow the instructions here: a Rafflecopter giveaway!  And good luck!

The giveaway will be open until midnight on August 23rd and the winner will be contacted via email.