Saturday, August 10, 2013

Words to Sweat By review and giveaway

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!

250 comments:

  1. The necklace with RUN, and the distance is my favorite! I'd love to get one with a 13.1 after I run my first half marathon. :)

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    1. Love the towels - would be great for the gym !!

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  2. i love the bracelets! and the shirt you're wearing in this post is pretty cool, too.

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  3. I love the workout towels! I would have to pick either the one that says "10 more reps and the cupcake is history" or "carpe dumbells."

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  4. I love the t-shirts and the towels! They would be perfect for the gym. :) Chris Newmark

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  5. I love the 'no excuses' towel! Whoo

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  6. The cupcake motivational towel is the best!

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  7. LOVE the healthy.strong. happy. t-shirt.
    Striving for all three daily :)

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  8. I love the "There will be no jiggle in my wiggle" shirt and towel! I would love to win this one! If not I am sure I will be back to get presents for my sister and personal trainer for Christmas!

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  9. I would choose the BFF Running Set necklace! One for me, one for my sister :)
    lindalee_23@yahoo.com

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    1. I love the 26.2 necklace! Sheri_michelle@ hotmail.com

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  10. The practice makes practice towel!! And a t-shirt like yours ;)

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  11. I love any necklace that will motivate me to run, especially while training for a marathon in something.

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  12. I love the Stronger Every Day necklace!

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  13. The "just run" necklace is my favorite! I started running last Thanksgiving and since then, many of my family have taken my lead and now I've gotten 6-7 running 5ks with me now. These would make great Way To Go gifts!

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  14. I love the patience bracelet! Everyday in weight loss/fitness is an exercise in patience!

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  15. i love the towels! perfect for the gym

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  16. I would like to reward myself with the just run necklace after my next 5k :)

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  17. I love the Healthy.Strong.Happy. necklace!!

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  18. I love the "Transform" bracelet!
    silver_cat7307@yahoo.com

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  19. I love the "Patience" charm bracelet. Everyone wants "instant" results...

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  20. I like the shirt you are wearing best!

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  21. Since I am in the middle of my weight loss, I sure could use the Patience or Faith bracelet. Cool site!
    Karen d8t8 at aol dot com

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  22. My favorite item from the store is the "just run" necklace, but so many other fun items too. I think I'll bookmark this webstore and tell my husband he can pick me out an xmas present from there!

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  23. I like the charms the best, all of them.

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  24. I love the stuff on this site! I would definitely get the shirt you ordered, but the tank top version, instead of the T shirt. I also love the towels with slogans on them>

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  25. I love the "Transform" bracelet. I think I will get that whether I win or not!

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  26. I love the "fierce" necklace and "patience" bracelet! Love the shirt she sent you also!

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  27. Love the site! I think I would buy something for a friendbwhois training for her first marathon!

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  28. I would love a necklace!

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  29. Oh, there are so many I'd want!!! I LOVE the Just Run bracelet and the Run 13.1 necklace. What a great line of products she offers!

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  30. I really like the charm bracelets! I would probably get matching ones for me and my best triathlon friend!

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  31. Love the necklace!
    Harbison.lori@yahoo.com

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  32. I love the necklace. What a great reward it would be!
    Megan Guillory

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  33. I like the "patience" bracelet!

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  34. I have to have a half-marathon charm bracelet! So cute!

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  35. I love the Healthy. Strong. Happy. towel. It's all cute!

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  36. I really like the bracelets. I like the one that says "Just Run". I have my ID ankle band that says "I run because I can." This would compliment it quite well. :)

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  37. I like the "just run" necklace. Jen Mitchell

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  38. I love the No Excuses towel as well as the Cupcake is History towel! There are so many really cool things on their site!

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  39. I LOVE the necklace! That would be great for my sister!!

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  40. I love the necklaces, but the distance one is my favorite!

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  41. the shirts and bracelets are my favorite :)

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  42. The whole site was great and I bookmarked it for future shopping. I really loved the "Carpe Dumbbells" towel.

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  43. Love the necklace.... but also the t-shirt. Decisions Decisions!

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  44. I LOVE the Jiggle Mantra T-shirt AND I LOVE the Straight Up FBG necklace!!!

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  45. I like the Jiggle towel best. Thanks for sharing this site!

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  46. I love the "be mindful" and "no excuses" necklaces. They,are really beautiful pieces!

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  47. I like the necklace they sent you. I'd love to see that as a keychain, too.

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  48. I like the necklace with Run and the race distance.

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  49. I love the transform bracelet.

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  50. Love the jiggle t shirt....super cute!

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  51. I think the swinger necklace is hilarious! I like the 'eat clean' bracelet, maybe that would be a good reminder when I reach for crap food. So many things I like!

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  52. The "Transform" bracelet is by far my favorite! What a great reminder that every choice I get to make is an opportunity to transform my life!

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  53. The no excuses towel and Just run necklaces are my favorites.
    Jennybauer70@comcast.net

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  54. There seems to be an issue with the runsforcookies 10% off coupon on her website. Any advice?

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    1. Jen - Thank you for letting me know there is an issue. It is fixed now and all should be good.
      - Dana

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  55. My favorite is the "transform" charm bracelet!

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  56. I think the word cloud shirt is adorable - I've been wanting to do one of those for awhile. And the towels are awesome. 'Squat is a four letter word' - ha!

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  57. I love the solefull necklace and that tee you're wearing!

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  58. I love the Fit Bottomed Girl necklaces. All of it is so unique.

    Rosie T

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  59. All of the jewelry. I like pretty much everything!

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  60. Love the webstore - fantastic looking stuff! Love the t-shirt - "There will be no jiggle in my wiggle" and the "Just Run" and "Just Move" bracelets.

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  61. I love the "unbroken" bracelet. :)

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  62. Love the cute shirts

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  63. It is just awesome that she does all of it herself!!

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  64. I *love* the Fit Bottomed Girl necklace. It was a running joke (no pun intended) that at least every third time I hopped on the treadmill for a good four month period, pandora would play "fat bottomed girls" and it would always make me laugh and work just a little harder.

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  65. I like the "unbroken" bracelet best, but the "Squat" towel is soooo true.

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  66. love the wiggle mantra tees and any of the bracelets!

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  67. I love the running necklaces! Too cute!!

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  68. Love the transform bracelet & the healthy, strong, happy t-shirts!

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  69. I love the necklaces! May go for the 26.2 to help keep me inspired as I work towards that distance :-)

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  70. My favorite is the towel, fantastic idea!
    Monica Rey

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  71. I'm in loooove with the "The bike is stationary, but I'm not towel"! It's perfect for this avid spinner!

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  72. Love the necklaces! I'm running my first marathon this year, would love to get something to celebrate that!

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  73. Love the Unbroken bracelet... and a bunch of other stuff.. awesome look!

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  74. I love the "just run" necklace. Cute products!

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  75. I love Dana's concept. The bracelets are my favorite. I've been following your blog for a few weeks now and it is so motivating! Once I reach my goals I'll definitely be sending you some inspiration for Motivational Monday :)

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  76. Oh I love both the patience and faith bracelets.

    Cindy

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  77. Healthy Word Cloud tank, you can never have too much positive self-talk!

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  78. I love the bff necklaces and the distance charm bracelet best.

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  79. The "Just Run" necklace. So simple and beautiful!

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  80. What great stuff! I would get the BFF necklace set. I have a running friend who I can thank for getting me into the sport and keeping me there even when it gets hard!

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  81. I love the necklaces ..to many to pick my favorite ;-)

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  82. I love the shirts!

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  83. I love the bracelets. That would be a great reminder of why I'm doing what I'm doing. ;-)

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  84. I like the Just Run necklace, but I run with my dog (and I know lots of people who do). Would it be possible to get paw prints next to the treads?

    I also like the no excuses towel.

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    1. Yes, I could definitely add paw prints! I already have some dog ID tags in the works that will be available soon.

      For this necklace design, I just need to play a little to make sure they integrate nicely.

      Thank you for the great feedback.
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  85. I love the "There will be no jiggle in my wiggle" towel. I bring a towel with me to the gym and I run with a towel. I don't have anything against handanas, but they just wouldn't cut it for me. I sweat like a mo fo!

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  86. I love "run fast" bracelet and the "c" is for cookies towel! Great little site...always looking for products that are encouraging.

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  87. I love the "Just Run" necklace! Cute stuff!

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  88. lololol "10 more reps and the cupcake is history" OMG I llove it! Draftlover

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  89. I love all of it!!! But I really like the idea of taking the towel to the gym. Very motivating!

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  90. The t shirt is my fav!

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  91. Love all the towels! Great stuff!

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  92. I love the key chains! Especially since I rarely wear jewelry.

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  93. All the T shirts are so cute! I love it all!

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  94. I love the jewelry! (Erin S)

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  95. I really like the "be mindful" necklace. Very cute stuff!

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  96. I like the 'be mindful' necklace! I also like the 'patience' bracelet!

    (Sue Peterson)

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  97. I like the " 'C' is for crunches, not cookies" hand towel. Too cute!

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  98. It's all cute. Really like the RUN necklace with the distance.

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  99. I like the necklace! It is such a good reminder to wear! Ann Hatch

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  100. I love the t-shirts and the towels, however, I really love the "No Excuse" necklace. Until I found your blog I came up with every excuse of why I didn't really need to get off the couch and do something. Now I have reached a goal of walking 2 miles and am only getting farther each time. I have over come so much so far that I never knew I could. Now I have "No Excuse!"

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  101. I love the necklace she sent you!

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  102. I love the run necklace with the distance and / or the Running Shoe Tread + Race Distance charm bracelet!

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  103. I love the unbroken charm bracelet!

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  104. Those products look so nice! I'd love the towel since I am in need of one for the gym. :)

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  105. I love the NO EXCUSE with dumbbell necklace and the No Excuses towel. Both would look awesome at the gym with me. :)

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  106. Love the Healthy Mantra and Exert Mantra shirts and the No Excuses towel.

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  107. I like the "Eat Clean" charm bracelet, and the "Exert" towel. Very cute stuff!

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  108. I really like the towel and necklace she sent you, but I also really like the towel that says there will be no jiggle in my wiggle.

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  109. I absolutely adore the mantra towels and shirts! Don't know that I can pick a favorite...maybe the "put your heart into it" and "no excuses" ones!

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  110. I love the Soleful running necklace!

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  111. I like the bracelets and the necklaces. Probably the "No excuses" as first choice.

    Joyce at JAL456@msn.com

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  112. the Running Necklace like in your picture with the shoe treads and Race Distance! would love one for my friend after she finishes her first half marathon! And for my self after I finish mine! :)

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  113. I love the necklace that says "Stronger Every Day"

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  114. I like the breath towel and the healthy word mantra t-shirt. Their stuff is so cute!!

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  115. There are so many awesome items to choose from. I like the towel, "whatever you do, don't hold your breath," as I am constantly saying that to myself. I also love the "just run" necklace and the 10K charm bracelet, as well as the "healthy word cloud shirt." Great gifts for myself! Thanks for sharing the site and for the opportunity to win!

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  116. I LOVE the necklaces - I think either FIERCE or BEAST MODE are my favorite!

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  117. I love the tanks and t-shirts!

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  118. I have a thing for gym towels. Weird, I know, but I always have to find some cute ones! I love the cupcake towel! "10 more reps and the cupcake is history!" Clever :)

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  119. I like the towel the best. I sure need one these days during and after my walks. It's HOT!!

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  120. I like the towels for the gym, and also the necklaces!

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  121. I really like the "transform" charm bracelet.

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  122. Love the T-shirt! But all the items are super cute!

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  123. My favorite is the t-shirt that says "Healthy. Strong. Happy." like your towel. So cute!

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  124. The charm bracelets are my favorite -- I like the "Just Run" one the best because I could wear that to my dog agility trials as a good reminder to stop thinking and just run. The "there will be no jiggle in my wiggle" shirt is pretty cute, too!

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  125. My favorites are the Be Mindful necklace and Transform bracelet. Such a cool idea!!

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  126. Omg, I love love love the transform bracelet. Amazing.

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  127. Stronger Everyday necklace and the Cupcake towel are my favorites

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  128. I would get a "Just Run" charm bracelet. Love her whole shop! :)

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  129. I absolutely love the tshirt! That's how i feel all summer training for the Chicago marathon right now...exert, hydrate, repeat!

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  130. I love the Transform bracelet and the no excuses towel. Thank you for letting us know about this great site!
    Carli

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  131. Super cute! I love that t-shirt. Thanks for the heads up on website, its always a good feeling to get to support other female business owners.

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  132. I would love to have one of these bracelets!

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  133. I'd get the Just Run charm bracelet for me and one for my cousin. She is just getting into running, and I think it would be a nice gift.

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  134. The t-shirt and the towel my favorites, but you model the t-shirt so darling-ly, that is my pick. thanks, katie for a fun review and give away! June

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  135. Love the Healthy.Strong.Happy towel. Perfect size for treadmill, spin, or tennis and a great mantra for getting fit.

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  136. I like all the motivational bracelets. I like the idea of looking down and seeing a positive word to keep me going.

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  137. I like the bracelets best, particularly the ones with the soft material. Apparently I like words to keep me going on my wrist since I got a tattoo with Strength on it!

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  138. I like the be mindful necklace but I can see other things that would make great gifts.

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  139. I really like the "just run" necklace you featured here. It would definitely motivate me as a new runner.

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  140. I like the 'put your heart into it' towel, and the triathlon necklace is really cool too!

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  141. Love the t-shirt! What great products!

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  142. I love the "Healthy. Strong. Happy" towel! It describes me when I'm working out!

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  143. I like the shirt and the towel. The shirt. Would be a perfect gift for my sister in law, she always says- hydrate, hydrate!

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  144. I love the t-shirt - would love to get something like that!

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  145. I love the mantra towel "10 reps and that cupcake is history". I have a huge sweet tooth, so that towel is very appropriate. As for the jewelry, I love the "no excuses" necklace. With trying to improve my health and fitness, this necklace is my motto these days. I love these products and never have been able to find some that I thought that I would actually wear or use. But, these look awesome!!

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  146. I LOVE the "beast mode" necklace!

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  147. Although everything is awesome... I fell in love with the necklace she sent you :)

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  148. I really like the towel. I get super sweaty during my workouts, and I think it would be motivating to see a little reminder of why I'm working out when I wipe away the sweat :)

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  149. I love the motivational bracelets! They have a lot of great reminders and they're adorable!

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  150. I love the "Be Mindful" necklace! (But it was really hard to choose a favorite!)

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  151. I love the Be Brave bracelet!

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  152. I love that bicycle bracelet. Awesome giveaway!

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  153. I like the "No Excuse" necklace - however I would really love it as a keychain (it wasn't an available option for a keychain though). I also loved the "Dancing my butt off, literally" towel... In addition to running I love to Zumba! :D

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  154. I love the bracelets and the idea of having your own personal motivation right there for you! All said and done my favorite was the transform bracelet!

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  155. I love the t-shirts, like the one that says "There will be no jiggle in my wiggle" lol :)

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  156. Checking out her site now but from your post I love all 3 products. Very original.

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  157. I love the necklace! I've been looking for a running necklace and like the shoe prints.

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  158. I am running my first half-marathon in February and would love to have a bracelet or necklace to celebrate that event!

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  159. I love the necklace...been wanting a running necklace for awhile and just haven't found the perfect one!

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  160. I love some of the inspirational necklaces, especially the "No excuses" one!

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  161. I love the healthy strong happy shirt! Rach

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  162. Awesome products!! love the "No Excuses" necklace!!

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  163. Love the bracelets and towels!

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  164. I really love the bracelets and the t-shirts :)

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  165. Very cute! love the t-shirt.
    Jennifer Bass

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  166. I love the charm bracelet that says the race distance on it. I'd love to get a 5K one, so I could see it every time I was running, and to match my 30 by 30 race goal. Such a cute shop!

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  167. What great stuff on that site!
    I love the towels, the sayings on them are cute, motivational and accurate!
    I do go to a gym and I use towels almost every visit.

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  168. I'm loving the "Transform" bracelet!

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  169. The necklaces are awesome! Love all of them. Bracelets are cool too. It is so hard to decide!

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  170. I love the sweat towel! You can use it during your workout to motivate you to go harder! Love it :)

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  171. The necklace is so cool! It's my favorite...the shoe prints are sweet!

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  172. Very cute stuff! I really like the necklace!

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  173. Love the inspirational towel!

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  174. OK, so this shop is awesome and I'm so happy to enter the giveaway! My favorite item is the towel that says "Dancing my butt off--literally" because I do Zumba 4 times a week and I really AM dancing my butt off! Thanks for the review, Katie!

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  175. I would get the triathlon necklace because I just completed my first tri last Saturday!

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