Sparkly Soul Headband Giveaway

You can never have too much sparkle =)
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Don’t forget to enter the other Mother’s Day celebration Giveaways from this week (Vitamix S30 Blender Entry into in24 Philly Race + Pair of Saucony Shoes)

Sparkly Soul has been my go-to headband since I first tried them almost three years ago. I’ve worn Sparkly Soul headbands on virtually every single run and for every race since that time – including marathons, my first ultra, even my first Ironman:

I had been looking for a headband that kept my hair out of my face, didn’t give me a headache, didn’t rip my hair when I took it off, and didn’t move when I worked out. Sparkly Soul was the answer to all of these. It also didn’t hurt that they have 360 degrees of sparkle and make me feel girly while I’m working hard.

The company was created by a marathoner and triathlete who wanted a headband that stayed in place during workouts without giving her a headache.  For more information on the history of the company, check out their webpage.

If you are a new(er) reader, you can check out some of the reviews I’ve done of Sparkly Soul:

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    Sparkly Soul Giveaway

    You can never have too much sparkle =)
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    July 4, 2009

    The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.  As a little girl, there was something so magical about it.  It signaled the start of summer break (school ends the last week in June in NYC), the air would smell of charcoal from the BBQs and the day would be spent in the sun and pool.  Perfection.

    Today, it is still one of my favorite holidays.  But the 4th of July has even more meaning than the reasons above.  Now, it’s a day for me to celebrate our country’s independence, our freedom. To proudly wear the colors of our country.  To be with family and loved ones.  And this year, I’m looking forward to spending time with not just my family, but my husband’s mom and dad who will be visiting from Alaska.

    We are a very color-coordinated family =)

    I’m not sure what I will wear this year {yet} but I will definitely be rocking one of my favorite accessories – my Sparkly Soul Red, White, and Blue headband.

    If you’ve been following my blog for a little bit, then you probably have already realized my love of these headbands.

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      Sparkly Soul Headband Giveaway WINNER!

      The resort we are staying at!

      Hope everyone had a terrific weekend!!  My husband, son, and I are on our way to Stowe Mountain, Vermont for the week!!  My husband has a work conference at the mountain resort and we decided to make a mini-vacation out of it.   I am excited for some cooler temperatures (highs in the mid-70s!!), beautiful scenery, family time, and possibly a pre-natal massage!!

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      Please check out my friend Katie’s blog Mom’s Little Running Buddy today.  She has begun a series on her blog called “From One Mother to Another” where she will be highlighting active moms (and dads!).  I was super excited when she contacted me a few weeks ago!

      You can find the link here

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      Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sparkly Soul Headband Giveaway! So many of you had amazing plans for the 4th of July – hope they all turned out fun and exciting.

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        Sparkly Soul Coach of the Month (June) + Giveaway

        Source: www.SparklySoul.com

        I was extremely excited and honored to be chosen for the Sparkly Soul Coach of the Month for June – and realized that with moving and pregnancy, I forgot to mention it when it was first announced on the Sparkly Soul blog almost a month ago!  Thank you, Sparkly Soul, for picking me =)

        If you’ve been following my blog for a little bit, then you probably have already realized my love of these headbands.  If you are a new reader, here are some of the posts that will fill you in on just how much I adore them:

        First Review (Oct 11, 2011)
        Second Review (Jan 12, 2012)
        Christmas List for Runners
        A Weekend of Sparkle
        Random Things I’m Loving

        Sparkly Soul has been my go-to headband since I first tried them almost a year ago.  I’ve worn Sparkly Soul Headbands on every run and for every race since the first day I’ve tried them – including the NYC Marathon and my first ultra and especially love wearing them on days when I just want to keep my hair in a ponytail (which is most days!).  The company was created by a marathoner and triathlete who wanted a headband that stayed in place during workouts without giving her a headache.  For more information on the history of the company, check out their webpage.

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          Random Things I’m Loving

          I have a lot of random thoughts going through my head lately and decided to share some of the things that I am currently LOVING!!

          – Third Trimester  – Today officially marks the start of the 3rd trimester.  Knowing that I am in the home stretch is a wonderful feeling.  I will do a pregnancy update next Wednesday as well as a 2nd trimester running update soon!!  One of the books that I utilized SO frequently during pregnancy #1 (and again this time around) is the Runner’s World Guide to Running & Pregnancy.  My favorite quote from the book:

          When I reached the 20-mile mark in my first marathon, a man on the sidelines yelled, “Congratulations! You’re halfway there.” I knew instinctively what he meant: The hardest part, the real test of my strength, lay ahead in those last 6.2 miles. And he was right.   So goes it with the last trimester of pregnancy…Running typically becomes less and less enjoyable as the weeks pass.

          Cooler Temperatures – I don’t know about you, but last week’s heat and humidity came a little too soon for me. I am fully expecting days like that in August but was not ready for them in June!!  The last few days have been blissful – A/C off and windows open in the house, long sleeve running shirts in the AM, and sweaters for early morning/late night walks with my son.  Perfect.

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            Sparkly Soul Headbands Giveaway Winner!

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            The Winner of the SPARKLY SOUL INC Headbands giveaway is….

            Entry #138 (earliest entry is #1, last entry is #174)

            The winner has one week to contact me and claim their prize before a backup winner is selected!  Please email me at michele.king1021@gmail.com Thank you to everyone who participated and helped spread the word about one of my favorite running companies!

              Sparkly Soul Headbands Review + Giveaway! ————————-CLOSED——————————

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              Hey Everyone!

              I decided to do a 2nd review of Sparkly Soul Headbands…BUT, I wanted to try doing a video this time =)   Check out what I had to say about Sparkly Soul Headbands:

              Read my previous review.

              I mentioned that I had a huge pile of headbands that never measured up to my expectations (prior to finding Sparkly Soul).  Well, here’s the pile!

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              Giveaway One entrant, chosen at random, will win two headbands (one-thin and one-wide) – colors of their choice.  The contest runs from Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012.  A winner will be announced on my blog, twitter, and Facebook on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2012.  So make sure you check back! (Note: If the winner does not contact me by Saturday, Jan 21, 2012, a second winner will be chosen.) Ways to Enter Each counts as a separate entry – please leave a separate comment for each that you complete Head over to www.sparklysoul.com and tell me you did with what headband color is your favorite Follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter @SPARKLYSOULINC Follow me on Twitter: @nycrunningmama

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                Christmas List for Runners

                Since the holiday season is upon us, I decided to do a Christmas Wish List for Runners – things that your runner friend, sister, husband might like for Christmas this year!  


                Under $25
                – Add a little sparkle to that special woman in your life this holiday without spending hundreds of dollars!  Sparkly Soul Headbands are a great accessory for any runner looking for a functional, yet flattering headband.   Check out my review on Sparkly Soul headbands.  Headbands cost $15-17 (depending on width). 


                Nuun optimal hydration is an easy way to stay hydrated.  The tablets dissolve quickly in a glass of water, taste great, are low in calories, and contain a ton of electrolytes.  It costs $24 for one box (4 tubes=64 tablets), but if you order more than 1 box, each costs $22.  *Free shipping until Dec 9th


                – My husband purchased a Road ID bracelet for me when I was pregnant – it was one of the best gifts I every received.  I now wear it on every run I go on.  It contains your vital information (name, who to contact, phone #s) that can be used in case of an emergency while you are out running.  They range between $15.99 (for the slim – pictured below) to $29.99 (for the elite version).

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                  Sparkly Soul Headband Giveaway (CLOSED)

                  I did a product review on Sparkly Soul last month.  Here it is in case you missed it!!

                  I would consider myself to be a (fairly) serious runner.  My running shoes, clothes, and accessories need to be functional.  No matter how cute that running skirt is, I’ll never justify wearing it if I’m going to be pulling it down every quarter of a mile (or worried that I’m showing more than I should be!!).  I’ve worn the same brand/model of shoes, socks, and shorts for the last 5 years.  Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it.  
                  But that doesn’t mean that I can’t feel or look like a girl when I’m out running.  I admit – I put on mascara, I wear diamond stud earrings, and I color coordinate my outfit (down to matching hair ties and sports bras).  Doing these things do not take away from my running abilities.  


                  Up until recently, I had yet to find a headband that I was satisfied with.  I need a headband that:
                  – keeps my hair/bangs out of my face
                  – is tight enough to stay in place during a long run
                  – doesn’t give me a headache by the end of a run
                  – retains it’s elasticity over time


                  Of course, I would love a headband that did all of the above while also looking cute!  I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on headbands that never measured up to my expectations.  

                  My pile of failed headbands


                  And then I found Sparkly Soul.


                  Sparkly Soul  was created by a marathoner and triathlete who was facing the same frustration as myself and many other female athletes.


                  Finally, a headband that keeps my hair out of my face, doesn’t give me a headache, doesn’t rip my hair when I take it off, and doesn’t move (it didn’t budge at all on my 22 mile training run or the half-marathon I just raced).  


                  But, best of all,  Sparkly Soul headbands look AMAZING while being functional.  
                  Sparkly Soul headbands have 360 degrees of  sparkle.  They come in 10 great colors – so it’s easy to color coordinate with the rest of my running outfit.  And they come in a thick and thin band – I prefer the wider ones because I feel that they keep my shorter hair around my face in place better.

                  Needless to say, I am hooked – I have worn Sparkly Soul on EVERY single run since the day I tried them almost three months ago.  And I don’t plan on wearing any other brand again!!
                   For more information or to purchase a Sparkly Soul headband, please visit: http://sparklysoul.com/




                  In honor of Veteran’s Day, I will be giving away TWO thin Sparkly Soul headbands – one blue and one red to a nycrunningmama follower!!  Below are the official entry rules!  Good luck to everyone!!

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                    Sparkly Soul!!!

                    Thin Headbands (3/8" in)

                    I would consider myself to be a (fairly) serious runner.  My running shoes, clothes, and accessories need to be functional.  No matter how cute that running skirt is, I’ll never justify wearing it if I’m going to be pulling it down every quarter of a mile (or worried that I’m showing more than I should be!!).  I’ve worn the same brand/model of shoes, socks, and shorts for the last 5 years.  Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it.  

                    But that doesn’t mean that I can’t feel or look like a girl when I’m out running.  I admit – I put on mascara, I wear diamond stud earrings, and I color coordinate my outfit (down to matching hair ties and sports bras).  Doing these things do not take away from my running abilities.  

                    Up until recently, I had yet to find a headband that I was satisfied with.  I need a headband that:

                    – keeps my hair/bangs out of my face

                    – is tight enough to stay in place during a long run

                    – doesn’t give me a headache by the end of a run

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