I was recently contacted by Dana, the designer behind Words to Sweat By, to see if I might be interested in doing a review/giveaway on my blog. The WTSB shop includes products with inspirational mantras and sayings on them. I wasn't familiar with it, so I checked out her website, and I loved it!
Dana designs, develops, and manufactures the products--jewelry, key chains, towels, and shirts--herself. I told Dana she could just surprise me with what she'd like me to review, and she sent me a necklace, a towel, and a t-shirt. When they arrived, they were packaged really nicely, and could even be given as a gift right out of the package. Each item was inside of a sheer fabric bag with a ribbon.
I love the saying on the towel: "Healthy. Strong. Happy." That's always
how I feel after a good run! The towel is the size of a hand towel,
which is the size I use when I'm on the treadmill. I don't go to a gym,
but I think it would be a nice conversation-starter to hang over a
machine while working out. I had to laugh at one of the towels' words:
"'C' is for crunches, not cookies." ;)
When my sister was training for her first half-marathon, I searched and searched for a
gift to buy her as a "congrats". I liked the idea of a necklace or
bracelet, but the ones I found on Etsy didn't really jump out at me.
Either I really liked the charm and not the chain, or the chain was
nice, but I didn't care for the charm. The necklace that Dana sent was
perfect! I think the shoe treads are adorable, and the chain is very
nice. From the pictures, I thought it would be heavier, but it's nice
and light (which I prefer).
Finally, I think the t-shirt is super cute! Dana said I might want to order up a size from usual, because they fit a little on the small side, so I ordered a medium. I'm glad I did that instead of a small, because I think it fits well. The t-shirt feels like good quality fabric, and it's really comfy.
Overall, I think the Words to Sweat By shop has some great products! Anything in there would make a good gift for someone who has reached a milestone like running a first race, or reaching goal weight, or even someone who just needs some motivation. There are so many different mantras and sayings, it's hard to choose what I like best!
Dana has offered a very generous giveaway to one lucky Runs for Cookies reader--a $50 virtual gift card for the Words to Sweat By shop! To enter, please leave a comment on this post saying what product you like best from the shop. I will use Random.org to select a winner on Tuesday, August 13th at 8:00 AM EST. (This is open to U.S. and Canada only--sorry!) I'll announce the winner on Tuesday night.
Dana has also offered a 10% discount when you use the code "runsforcookies" while ordering, good until 8/31/13.
You can find Words to Sweat By on the website, Facebook, and Pinterest. Good luck on the giveaway!