January 2018 StrideBox Review

StrideBox Jan 2018

Press sample It’s time for the first StrideBox review of 2018. StrideBox is a subscription box for runners. For $15 a month, you get a sampling of the latest gadgets, gizmos and nutrition for runners. The value almost always exceeds the price, as it does this month. It’s a great way to try out new products, and it makes a great holiday gift for the runner in your life – or for yourself. Here are the contents of the January 2017 box: Health Warrior Chia Bar (Mexican Chocolate): Vegan, gluten free and all proceeds from this bar go to Operation Farm and […]

December 2017 StrideBox Review

stridebox sticker

Press sample Time for the final StrideBox review of 2017! StrideBox is a subscription box for runners, filled with the latest useful gadgets, gizmos and snacks. The value usually exceeds the $15 box price so you are getting more than your money’s worth. Each box also comes with a cute motivational sticker (this month’s says “I’m sorry for what I said while I was running!”) plus a recipe and a workout. It’s the perfect gift for the runner or athlete in your life. This month, StrideBox is offering some nifty discounts for my readers. Use these codes when you check out: […]

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Runners

2017 Runners Holiday Gift Guide

Press samples and purchased by me The holidays are looming large. Not sure what to get the runner in your life? I hope this 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Runners provides some inspiration. McDavid Compression Arm Sleeves  Arm sleeves are an incredibly useful part of any runners kit. I use them between seasons when it’s too warm for a short sleeve top but too chilly to run in a singlet. If you get too warm, you can roll them down to wristband length. I also love them  for racing, when you want to wear the bare minimum but need to […]

November 2017 StrideBox review plus discount code

It’s time for the November StrideBox review– this month’s box abounds with good stuff that’s just right for autumn. And the nice folks at Stridebox are giving my readers two discount codes. Use them when you check out. VanillaAndZag10 for 10% off gift orders VanillaAndZag5 for $5 off of the first payment for other subscriptions. In case you didn’t know, StrideBox is a subscription box for runners. For $15 a month, you get a sampling of the latest gadgets, gizmos and nutrition for runners. The value almost always exceeds the price, as it does this month. It’s a great way to try out new […]

Vegan Matcha Latte recipe and Zen Spirit Matcha review

green tea matcha latte recipe (vegan) and zen spirit review

If I had to choose coffee or tea, without a doubt it would be coffee for life. A strong espresso drink is basically my reward for getting up. But best-quality matcha is one tea that gives coffee a run for its money in my kitchen. Matcha is a fine premium green tea powder. The better-quality varieties come from Japan. Younger leaves have a grassier, daintier bouquet while older leaves taste earthier. You don’t need fancy varieties for baking.  But the quality makes a difference when you are drinking the tea The nice folks at Zen Spirit sent me some organic […]

October Stridebox Review

OCT 17 STRIDEBOX REVIEW

 Happy Halloween! It’s October StrideBox review time, and I am squeaking this month’s review in just in time. In case you didn’t know, StrideBox is a subscription box for runners. For $15 a month, you get a sampling of the latest gadgets, gizmos and nutrition for runners. The value almost always exceeds the price, and this month’s box may be an all-time high in terms of bang for your buck. It’s a great way to try out new products. Plus, it’s fun to get a surprise in the mail each month, in between the bills and junk mail. With the holidays coming up, take note […]

September StrideBox Review

Stridebox

StrideBox review time! StrideBox is a subscription box for runners. For $15 a month, you get a sampling of the latest gadgets, gizmos and nutrition for runners. The value almost always exceeds the price, and this month is no exception. And it’s a great way to try out new products. Plus, it’s fun to get a surprise in the mail each month, in between the bills and junk mail….

Shoe Review: Nike Zoom Fly

Nike Zoom Fly Review

When I first tried on the shoe, it felt like a slipper – love at first step. That’s how a running sneaker should feel.  It’s super comfy. There are no annoying seams across the front of the foot, so it’s roomy enough to accommodate my wide feet plus bonus bunions.

The shoe is a featherweight. It is billed to be cushioned enough for training but light enough for racing, and I wholeheartedly concur. Next to my track spikes, these are the lightest shoes I own. Men’s weigh 8.75 ounces & women’s weigh just 6.5 ounces. But they feel so cushiony that you would guess they weigh more.

How to make kombucha plus Story of My Tea review

HOW TO MAKE KOMBUCHA

Kombucha. It’s the not-so-new-new thing, an expensive, fermented tea that includes healthy bacteria to keep your microbiome in tip-top shape. It’s trendy now, but many of us old-school veg-heads and crunched out types have been making our own ‘booch (as we call it) for years. I guess that makes me a boochie mama?

Because of the fermentation, kombucha is lightly fizzy, like champagne. I like to think of kombucha as a good-for-you soda. After a long or hard run, I love nothing more than a glass of it, over ice. It’s not very high in sugars, or therefore, calories. 

Storebought kombucha is tasty. But at between $3-5 a bottle, it is pricey. You can make your own for far less. After the initial investment and after getting your SCOBY going (read on), you can make 4 8-oz bottles of kombucha for under $1– that’s pennies a bottle. Can you say cha-ching? 

It’s very easy, once you get the hang of it…

August StrideBox Review

AUGUST 19 STRIDEBOX REVIE

StrideBox review time! For those who don’t know, StrideBox is a subscription box for runners. For $15 a month, you get a sampling of the latest gadgets, gizmos and nutrition for runners. The value almost always exceeds the price, and this month is no exception. It’s a great way to try out new products. Plus, it’s fun to get a surprise in the mail each month, in between the bills and junk mail.

So far, I’ve received and reviewed 10 StrideBoxes. To this point, all the products I’ve tried been mostly great and useful, sprinkled with a few “okays.” But there’s no way around it…