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A week of Blissful snacks

17 Jul

A couple weeks ago, a fellow blogger Nicole (and girl I love to follow on Instagram) sent me some of her granola and boost bites to try.

Love the packaging!

Love the packaging!

At first, I was skeptical. These products are completely natural in every way. Gluten free, dairy free, gmo free, kosher, etc. With all that healthiness, there is no way that they taste good…right?

WRONG.

Everything I tried, I loved. The granola was awesome and I especially loved the bites. The granola was a daily snack in my greek yogurt. One small packet equaled 3 servings for me, so I could really stretch a bag if I measured it out in advance. And the bites made for a perfect 10am or 3pm snack (those are my daily snacking times).

maple nut crunched mixed in plain Fage Greek yogurt.

maple nut crunched mixed in plain Fage Greek yogurt.

As I said above, these snacks are super healthy. I usually avoid buying granola and pre-made granola bars because of all the extra stuff you get in them. But with Blissful eats, I was snacking guilt free. The bites pack 1/4c fruit, 4g protein and 2g fiber per serving. And the granola is full of nuts, seeds, and good fats.

My favorite flavor in the bites was the chocolate flavor. And my favorite granola was the maple nut crunch.

Want to try some too? Thought so.

Check out Blissful Eats on Amazon and on Nicole’s website.

And if you want a great discount, go to blissful-eats.com and enter “miles15” at checkout.

What is your go-to snack during the day? Have you every tried Blissful Eats?

xo,

Ali

 

 

Fashion Fridays: Earbag Giveaway!

8 Feb

First of all, TGIF! I hope your week was as good as mine, and your plans for the weekend are full of fun.

Now let’s get to the good part….

This Fashion Friday features a fun product call Earbags.

Ok, I know what you are thinking…..and it is, “what in the heck is an Earbag?!”

An earbag is just like it sounds – a little bag that goes over your ears! And best of all – it keeps them warm!

I picked the snowflake Earbag for the cold winter months.

I picked the snowflake Earbag for the cold winter months.

You can wear earbags with your everyday look, or while being active. Both activities – they stay put and don’t budge!!

I have worn them multiple times, and was very happy each time! Anything that is functional and cute will get my vote.

Can you spy them in this photo??

Can you spy them in this photo??

I got Eileen some Earbags too!

I got Eileen some Earbags too!

Have I convinced you yet that you need some Earbags?? Good! So let’s talk about how you win.

Number 1 must be included to be entered to win this contest. The rest are additional entries. I will pick the winner on Monday morning, using random.org.

Add a new comment for each way you enter.

1. Go to the Sprigs Website, check out the Earbags, and leave a comment here stating which bags you would want.

2. Tweet: I want to win a pair of @Sprigsville Earbags from @AliHatfield! Enter here: http://wp.me/p1UUgc-tu #Runchat #fitfluential

3. Follow Sprigs on Twitter

4. Follow ME on Instagram (I am obsessed with Instagram…)

5. Like Sprigs on Facebook

6. Like Miles with Style on Facebook

Good luck and have a great Friday!

xo,

Ali

My Love, Arbonne

6 Feb

I often post about my love of Arbonne on this blog. I have used a ton of Arbonne products. Skin care, nutrition, vitamins – I have tried it. And I have loved it.

Recently, I decided to become an Arbonne Consultant. With my consultant status, I can order the products myself whenever I want, and can have people order through me whenever they want! It is basically a win-win.

Below I have put together a little snapshot of my favorite Arbonne products, along with a brief description (ok, not so brief but I love this stuff so much that I could talk about it all day). As I said earlier, I have tried a ton, but wanted to narrow down my can’t-live-without products for you.

Skin Care

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1. RE9 Advanced Set
I am a skincare junkie, and semi obsessed with stopping the aging process. Sure, I am only in my 20’s BUT from the research I have completed, your 20’s is when you should really start with the anti aging measures.

The RE9 set includes an anti aging serum, eye cream, facial lotion, night cream, toner and face wash. I use all of the items in the set, and love them all. I used to always use a harsh toner for acne prevention, but found that this toner does the trick and actually moisturizes my skin. The eye cream is like heaven, night cream smells amaze and face lotion has been stolen by my boyfriend numerous times (I had to buy him his own!). All items in the set are must haves, but if you want to start small I would suggest the eye cream and face lotion. You can’t go wrong with those.

2. Cellular Renewal Mask
This stuff rocks. I love the way it tingles when you put it on and gives you the feeling that you can feel it working. This product is there to smooth out fine lines, reduce pours and remove age spots (pours and age spots are my top priority).

3. Exfoliating New Cell Scrub
I have always been a big fan of face scrubs. My cheap version I prefer is the St. Ives apricot, but my splurge version is this one. I use this scrub every morning in the shower with my clarisonic brush. I love the way my skin feels afterwards. This is another item that I have had to purchase for my boyfriend.

4. Revelage Intensive Pro-Brightening Night Serum
Above I mention the removal of age spots as a top priority. Well, let’s get real. My age spots are actually acne scars. I literally have a spot on my face for every zit I’ve had.

I started using this product three weeks ago, and can already feel a difference with my skin. My skin feels SO soft and smooth right now, and I love it! The only thing I can attribute this change to is the addition of this product in my daily routine. I really should’ve taken some before/after photos to document the reduction of spots, but please take my word for it – I can see some lightening of my skin occurring. I look forward to the next few months and monitoring the process of acne spot removal.

5. Revelage Concentrated Age Spot Minimizer
This product is the sister to the product above. I use this in the morning and apply small amounts to the spots I am most concerned by.

6. BefoRE Sun Lip Saver SPF 30
Basically, this is just a really good lip balm that has SPF. Great for everyday wear, especially before heading outside for a run. People ofter forget to apply SPF to their lips, but this product will ensure you get moisture and protection.

7. Aromassentials Awaken Sea Salt Scrub
This was my first ever Arbonne product I got YEARS ago! I LOVE this stuff. My hands feel baby soft after I use it, and it smells amazing. You can use it on your entire body, or just keep it next to your sink and use it daily when you wash your hands. It is the perfect product for the dry winter months.

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It probably sounds like I use too many products and I am overly obsessed with skincare. Well, it might be true, BUT I know my regimen is working. Recently I went to the dermatologist and had a skin consult performed. In this consult they score your skin and compare it to other people your age. My results came up with wrinkles in the 90th percentile, pore size in the 97th percentile, and age spots in the 80th percentile. I know my plan is working, and I will continue using these items every single day.

Now let’s move on…

Health and Body

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I didn’t try the health line until last year. My first experience was posted on the blog (see review here), and since that post I have been hooked on the Arbonne Fit Essentials line.

1. Fit Chews
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know that I am trying to cut the sugar. The Fit Chews are the perfect way for me to indulge in a sweet after lunch and in the afternoon at work, and not totally blow my no sugar plan. The fit chews come in 3 flavors – chocolate, caramel and lemon. I have only tried chocolate and lemon, but I hear the caramel is great too. I eat at least 2 Fit Chews a day and see them as my no sugar saving grace.

2. Protein Shake Mix
I have tried lots of protein in my day, and this is BY FAR the BEST. When I drink this, it is like a treat. Sometimes I shake it in my shaker (see item 6) with almond milk or water, and sometimes I mix it up with my smoothies. Either way, it tastes great. And with 20g of protein and 160 calories per serving, it is a great meal replacement (I drink it for breakfast). Another tip is only using one scoop with almond milk when I need a quick snack, but not an entire meal (10g protein, around 100 calories).

The protein is 100% vegan, and with the bad press on whey and soy protein, this is all I will drink. If you are interested in trying the fit line, try this product. It might seem expensive compared to other products out there, but it is actually very comparable to other high end proteins (specifically another vegan protein powder).

3. Protein Shake
This is the pre made version of the powder above. It is less than 200 calories, and still packs in 20g of vegan protein. Perfect for an on the go meal when you’re in a hurry. I actually keep a few at work for emergencies.

4. Herbal Detox Tea
I never liked tea until I drank this stuff. The flavor is light, but still packs an awesome taste. It is caffeine free, therefore you can have a cup at night. This tea is supposed to help detox your liver and kidneys…which I need sometimes due to my love of wine. I always have a box at home and a box at work.

5. Nutrition Bar
The perfect on-the-go snack or pre-workout snack. This bar packs in 9g of vegan protein, and is under 200 calories. An awesome tasty treat.

6. Shaker
This shaker is the perfect size for my protein shakes. I have other shakers, but they are just too big for the amount I drink. This shaker is small and holds my shakes perfectly. It is also cheaper than my other version – only $7 (if you pay full price)!

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Now that I have shared all my favorites, I will tell you how to try these products too.

1. Go to the Arbonne Website: https://www.arbonne.com/international.asp

2. Select ‘Join Arbonne’: https://www.arbonne.com/registration/registrationMain.asp

There are three different options you can use to purchase items.

  1. Pay full price as a Client
  2. Sign up to be a Preferred Client for a one time (per year) $20 fee, and receive 20% off for the year
  3. Sign up to be an Independent Consultant for a one time (per year) $79 fee, and receive 35% off for the year

If you are trying out Arbonne for the first time, look into option 1 or 2. Depending on how much you purchase, option 2 could end up paying for itself on your first purchase. Option 3 is best if you’re an Arbonne lover and know it will pay you back within the year. It is also good if you are interested in building a business as a consultant. I chose 3 because I use so many products, and now I can hook my friends up with the products too.

3. Next up, enter my sponsor ID: 12837771

4. Enter the requested information and verify

5. Add or ignore the product pop up prompts, and get to shopping

6. Proceed to checkout (be sure to check the bottom of the page to see if you qualify for free items!!!!)

7. Receive and enjoy!!!

If you don’t like it, you have 45 days to return for a full refund. Policy here.

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If you have any questions about products, let me know (mileswithstyle@gmail.com). I love to talk about these products because I believe in them. It is important to know that I was not given anything in this post for free, or am being paid for this post. I am writing it because I love the products and want to share them with you.

xo,

Ali

Sparkle On Giveaway!!!

15 Jan

Hi friends!

I am so excited to have the opportunity to do another Sparkly Soul giveaway on the blog!

Sparkly Soul headbands are one of my favorite (if not the favorite) running accessory I own.

CHEERS for sparkles!!!!

CHEERS for sparkles!!!! (at the finish of the 2012 not so NYC Marathon)

These headbands come in so many pretty colors, and their sparkles are seen from far away. Another great part of the bands – they don’t slip! Seriously, this thing NEVER budges! I ran a marathon in one and it never moved. They are amazing. I promise (btw, I like the wide headbands).

Have a I sold you yet? Well good. Because you are going to love your sparkly soul. Now let’s discuss how you can win!

Me and my BF after winning a 5k! See what sparkly soul can do for you??

Me and my BF after winning a 5k! See what sparkly soul can do for you??

I am a big fan of the silver! Sparkly soul was necessary at my Girls on the Run 5k this year!

I am a big fan of the silver! Sparkly soul was necessary at my Girls on the Run 5k this year!

Number 1 must be included to be entered to win this contest. The rest are additional entries. I will pick the winner on Thursday at 8pm, using random.com.

Add a new comment for each way you enter.

1. Go to the Sparkly Soul website and leave a comment with which band you would want, then tweet:

I want to win a @SPARKLYSOULINC headband from @AliHatfield! Enter here: http://wp.me/p1UUgc-rQ #Runchat #fitfluential

2. Follow Sparkly Soul on Instagram (they post all kinds of fun things)

3. Follow ME on Instagram (I post fun things too)

4. Like Sparkly Soul on Facebook

5. Like Miles with Style on Facebook

You will be ready to race!

You will be ready to race!

Good luck!!!!

xoxo

P.S. This is the one I would choose:

This teal is gorgeous!

This teal is gorgeous!

MonaVie RVL Product Review

26 Feb

A few weeks ago, my friend Bev gave me a set of MonaVie RVL products to try out.

The RVL system is all about weight management in a healthy way. It is also about a lifestyle change, and ensuring that you can fit the products into your everyday life and follow the program without any added stress. See more in depth overview here.

The RVL System

The RVL system I got to try included protein shakes, vitamins, energy bars and acai juice.

Shakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tried the vanilla shakes, and they were delicious. I would blend them up each morning with soy milk, frozen fruit and chia seeds.I would also mix them with water for a quick lunch at work.

One serving of the powdered shake had 180 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 27 grams carbs, 7 grams sugar, 12 grams fiber, 18 grams protein.

The shakes kept me feeling full for a few hours (which says a lot for me) and were very tasty. I was actually pretty sad when the product ran out.

Energy Bars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack consisted of a RVL Nutrition Snack Bar, split in half (half in the AM, half in the PM).

The Snack Bar I tried was berry flavored. It tasted great, and I didn’t mind it at all (and you know how gross some of these bars can taste….).

The serving size is half of a bar. Each serving contains 100 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 12 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 9 grams sugar, 5 grams protein.

Supplements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dietary Supplements are to be taken twice a day. I took one at each snack time.

I only had three days worth of supplements, but I felt great when I was taking them.

Final Words

I loved the MonaVie RVL line. It was easy to add to my life, and tasted great also.

While on the RVL program, my energy levels were high and I felt amazing! I need plenty of nutrition to support my workout habits, and this line did the trick for me. I never felt like I was starving, and was never irritable because I was unfulfilled from the program (that happens to me 🙂 )

I would give my stamp of approval on the MonaVie program, and suggest that you should try it too.

Have you tried MonaVie? What did you think??

-Ali

P.S. Want to try MonaVie too? Comment or email me and I will hook you up with Bev!!

 

Fashion Fridays – I Love Shoes

10 Feb

It is Friday again, and I want to talk shoes.

As most girls do, I love shoes. I love heels, I love flats and I love comfy.

Now keep reading to see just a few of my faves!

When I am not wearing these Tory Burch beauties…

Or these red-soled goddesses…

I am wearing these lovelies…

Flats are fab, heels are great, but the shoes that matter most to me are my running shoes.

I have been a huge fan of Brooks running shoes for quite a while.

Four years ago, I started wearing the Brooks Glycerin. I loved the support and the cushion. They were great.

This past fall I decided to try out the Brooks Ghost. Wow. These shoes are amazing, and I have never been so in love with shoes (and that is saying a lot!). In fact when it is time to get new shoes, I just pick up the exact same pair. Same color, same style, same everything. I am obsessed.

So what are your favorite types of shoes? And I am talking all shoes…flats, heels, running, whatever!

Let’s start this Friday off great. Let’s talk shoe talk.

xo,

Ali

P.S. Want to make me happy? Please “like” my facebook page! I think the only followers are me and my Mom 🙂

Fashion Fridays – Sparkly Giveaway!

3 Feb

Happy Friday, and TGIF my friends.

What a week…I know I said I would be practicing my positive thinking this week, but I kind of struggled. Today I am feeling much better though, and I plan on continuing this mood.

This week, adding a little sparkle to my life helped me get through, so Fashion Fridays will be featuring headbands that I received from Sparkly Soul!

Sparkly Soul Headbands

I am a big fan of head flair when I run. Well, lets get real – I am a big fan of ALL flair when I run. And I was SO excited when I received my sparkly soul headbands last week!

Sparkly Soul sent me a thin headband, and a wide headband. I picked my colors to be blue and green, since those will match quite a few of my workout ensembles (I swear all my workout clothes seem to be blue).

So…did I like them?

I tried the headbands this week at my boot camp class. And I LOVED them.

I struggle with headbands slipping due my awkwardly shaped head…but let me tell ya – this thing did not budge! It stayed in place the entire class, and never failed to look cute while the rest of me did not.

   

Self portraits at their finest!

Now let’s give some away!

Do you want to have sparkly flair too? Well now is your chance to get a thin AND wide sparkly band for free!

To enter the contest, please follow the rules below.

Required for one entry:

  1. Go to sparklysoul.com, and pick out your favorite colors of EACH band (thin & wide).
  2. Comment on this blog and tell me which colors you would choose.

Required for addition entries:
*For each additional entry, please add another comment to let me know it was done*

    1. Tweet: I want to win a @SPARKLYSOULINC non-slip headband from MileswithStyle.com & @ahatfield08! Enter to win here: http://wp.me/p1UUgc-cl
    2. Follow me on Twitter! @ahatfield08
    3. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page
    4. Pin this giveaway on Pinterest!Pin It

Other awesome things you can do:
*sorry, these do not get you an additional entry*

  1. Follow @sparklysoulinc on Twitter
  2. Like Sparkly Soul on Facebook

Good luck! A winner will be selected at RANDOM on Monday.

Can’t wait till Monday?

Go to SparklySoul.com, pick out some headbands and use the code “Fitfluential” to get 15% off! This code is good until March 1st.

xo,

Ali

Arbonne Review

29 Jan

Good evening, friends!

Last week I wrote a blog post letting everyone know that I would be trying out the Arbonne Essentials line over the next 5 days.

After trying a ton of products, I have to say I was pretty dang impressed by all of them. Below is a full recap of the products I tried, and the thoughts I had on each of them. Enjoy!

Protein Shakes

Each morning, I would enjoy a protein shake on the drive to work. The pre-packaged shake mixes were great to blend up with some frozen fruit, water and chia seeds. They kept me full until lunch and tasted so good, it was like having dessert for breakfast!

The pre-made version of the protein shake was also great. It was very convenient and yummy!

The stats:
160 Calories
20 grams vegan protein
13 grams of carbs
2 grams of fiber
20 essential vitamins and minerals

Contains NO lactose, cholesterol or gluten
Contains NO Trans Fats

Daily Power Packs

Everyday at lunch, I would take a power pack.

The power pack included 5 different vitamins.Packed in these 5 vitamins were 20 essential vitamins and minerals. The women’s version also included extra calcium to keep our bones mighty strong!

Sometimes multivitamins can make me feel nauseous, but I did not ever feel this way after taking these.

I did continue to take my nightly vitamins (calcium, vitamin C and fish oil) during this regimen, and never felt a vitamin overload” from taking so many. I just felt super healthy!

Energy Fizz Tabs

I, like many others, struggle with and afternoon sweet tooth and hunger.I was hoping that these fizz tabs would help with that problem, and keep me from indulging in any junk laying around.

I received the fizz tabs in two flavors: Pomegranate and Citrus. Both flavors tasted great!

The fizz tabs for sure helped with my afternoon hunger and gave me an extra energy burst. They actually kind of reminded me of Nuun, but had a stronger flavor. These tabs tasted great, and were an awesome way to perk up your water. Plus they only had 10 calories per tab!

Fit Chews

The fit chews were another great way to handle my afternoon hunger and sweet tooth!

The chews were a tasty chocolate, and did taste like candy! It was no Kit Kat, but it was still pretty darn good!

The chews are supposed to suppress appetite, and increase metabolism. I am not sure if helped suppress my appetite, but I can say it was a tasty alternative to hitting the candy jar at work (my worst enemy).

Herbal Detox Tea

The herbal detox tea was my afternoon and evening “warm me up”.

I love having tea in the afternoon, and I was hoping that this tea would actually good. Well…it did. I am obsessed with it. And it is amazing.

The tea is supposed to help support body cleansing and liver and kidney health. I felt refreshed after drinking it, and I am already craving my next cup!

Final Thoughts

So…what did I think about the products and my week of Arbonne? Well…I LOVED it! I felt great while taking the products, and had amazing workouts all week. My energy levels were through the roof, and I looked forward to having the products everyday.

I cannot wait to get more of these products and continue to use them on a regular basis. Considering how amazing I felt after one week, I cant imagine what I would feel like after a month!

Want to try Arbonne too (and I really think you should)? Contact my friend Jessica that hooked me up with all this yummy goodness! You can contact Jessica via email: jvandenbos06@aol.com, on her website or on facebook! And be sure to tell her I sent you (maybe you can even get a deal on some stuff!).

Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead!

xo,

Ali

Fashion Fridays – Keepin’ Warm

27 Jan

Good morning, and Happy Friday to you!

As (I hope) you read yesterday, I featured my first guest blogger to speak about winter running essentials. Stacy is very educated when it comes to running clothes, and I knew she would be the perfect subject matter expert to write that post.

For this Fashion Friday, I would like to share two winter running essentials that I cannot live without.

Croquet Headband

I LOVE my red, yellow and green croquet headband. My boyfriend’s Grandmother got me this super cute headband for Christmas this year, and I cannot get enough of it. It is so warm, and also layers great on super cold days with other headbands underneath.

Self Portrait in the back yard.

It is the perfect head flair for a freezing cold winter run, and gets a ton of compliments when you break it out.

I apologize for not having a direct link so you can get one of these too..however I think you can get similar headbands on Etsy.com.

The North Face Gaiter, aka “Turtle”

The next winter running essential that I cannot live without is my North Face neck protector. I know they are called Gaiters (according to the website, it is ‘Gaiter’ not ‘Gator’), but I like to call mine a turtle (I can sneak my head in and out, just like a turtle!).

This turtle is freaking amazing. It is SO warm and soft – I could easily sleep in it (which would actually save me a few minutes getting dressed in the morning). Anyone who will be running in the harsh cold winter winds needs this thing. I got it at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Go there right now, and buy one.

And when in doubt...throw on a boa.

I hope that after yesterdays post and this post today, you are all geared up for winter running. You have no excuses not to be out there pounding the payment.

I hope you have the best Friday ever, and a fantastic weekend ahead.

xoxo,

Ali

A Week of Arbonne

22 Jan

My friend Jessica was so kind to give me a weeks worth of Arbonne products to try out and review. I will be kicking off my week of Arbonne tomorrow morning, and will be following it through Friday.

For a sneak peak of the products I get to review, please keep reading!


The protein shakes are number one on my list of products to try! I have them in these little packages, and also in a pre-made bottle. I have vanilla and chocolate to try, and with 20 g’s of protein packed in these babies, I have a feeling they will be an awesome meal replacement.

 

The power packs are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Each pack includes 5 supplements, and each one does something super special and awesome for the body.

After a week of taking these supplements, I am hoping to feel the difference in my mood and energy levels. I am also always looking for supplements that make my tummy happy, and these claim to do just that. Bring it on, power packs!


I expect these fizz tabs to get me through my afternoon lull, which hits daily at 2pm.

The fizz tabs contain antioxidants, and a blend of nutrients to give me a boost of energy (ginseng, green tea, guarana). Best part about them is the fact that they only contain 10 calories, and come in a pomegranate flavor!

 

The Herbal Detox Tea will serve as my mid-morning and late night boost of heat. I love drinking tea for the warmth, and this tea will also benefit my body by naturally detoxing my system.

And with no caffeine, I can enjoy it each night.

Along with these products, I also have some other exciting products to try during the week. I will share  all of these with you when I write my full review next Sunday. Look out for my tweets as well for a sneak preview of how I am liking these products!

Are you a fan of Arbonne? Any tips for me on how to maximize the results from the products?

Wishing you a great week ahead!

xo,

Ali

P.S. Are you intrigued enough by this post that you want to order Arbonne before I write the review? Contact Jessica at her website or on facebook!

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