Friday, September 18, 2015

Bulu BuluBox Review

As a member of the FitApproach Sweat Pink Ambassador Team, I had the opportunity to sample a Bulu Box last month.  So what exactly is a Bulu Box?  The description from their website is as follows...

"Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you.  Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that's $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at! Here you’ll also get expert tips, tricks and a supportive community of Bulugans just like you! Join the discovery and find a healthier you."

Sounds pretty cool right?  I had actually tried the subscription in the past for about 5 or 6 months.  I wasn't tremendously impressed with the product selection I was receiving but thought this would be a great opportunity to give it another try.  I mean, who doesn't like to try things for free after all!?!  And besides, it had been several months since my last box, so I figured there may have been some improvements on what they offer as samples.

 My box arrived in mid August and here is what came inside...

Peanut Butter Quest Nutrition Protein Powder Samples
This was by far my most favorite product in the box.  I make a protein smoothie almost every day and one of my favorite components is nut butter, especially peanut butter.  I've always been a big fan of Quest Nutrition products, I absolutely LOVE their bars.  So to get to try their peanut butter protein power was like a dream come true for me!  I made a smoothie that weekend for my husband and I with the powder, bananas, almond milk and chia seeds.  It.Was.Delicious!  We both loved the taste, consistency and the energy it gave us.  We are now raving fans of the Quest Nutrition protein powders. 

Movit Energy Gummies
I typically do not use gummies for energy.  I'm not really sure why, I suppose I always feel as if I'm going to essentially eat "candy" to exercise, it should taste good and most gummies I had tried did not taste all that great.  So needless to say I was a little on the fence about trying some new gummies when all the others had failed me in the past.  After reading the nutritional values in the Movit gummies though, I figured even if they did not taste AMAZING, they were still such a great product with so much needed to preform, they were certainly worth a shot.  And that is exactly how it went for me.  The taste wasn't bad, but not necessarily my favorite (or maybe I'm just hard to please when it comes to gummies).  But, the perfect amount of caffeine, taurine, CoQ-10, and B vitamins did give me some great, sustainable energy to get me through a mid distance mid week tempo run.  I didn't feel any jitters or intense energy like I would from a pre-workout.  I just managed to push through typically one of my most challenging runs of the week relatively effortlessly that day, thanks to the help of these gummies.  I will certainly try some more products from Movit.

Mediterra Bars Savory Sundried Tomato and Basil
Ok, so let me be honest.  The thought of a sun-dried tomato and basil flavored snack bar seemed kind of odd to me at first.  I even kept putting off trying the Mediterra Bar because I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like it.  But I figured, I do like tomatoes, I do like basil and I do like seeds and grains, so maybe it's not that bad.  I ripped open the wrapper and quickly shoved a piece in my mouth, expecting it to be the only piece I would have.  The first bite was ok, so I figured, let me try another.  And another.  Then next thing I knew the bar was almost gone and I realized, wow, this is actually really good! Not only was it pretty tastey, but Mediterra Bars are also All-Natural, Non-GMO as well as Gluten-Free, so that is certainly a huge plus!  (Oh, and if you go to their website, you can order two FREE samples of their bars and pay just $1 for shipping)

Yebra Prima Daily Fiber Formula
This fiber formula is to help aid in digestion and rid the body of excess waste, keeping your system running smoothly.  It sweetened with stevia so considered to be "sugar free."  I wasn't too excited about the taste of the Apple Spice flavor I received, and only having the small sample wasn't enough to really see any benefits.  But I checked out their website and I may order the Orange flavor and give that a try.

And last but certainly not least...
Earth's Care Anti-Itch Cream
My family and I have been super fortunately to not have any need for this cream since it's arrival.  I am, however, super grateful to now because marathon training is in full swing and I'm sure the chaffing Gods will not always been in my favor.  Also, as a mother of two young boys, it's always great to have more things in my mommy arsenal for all of the "great ideas" these two come up with while playing!  I did give it a quick sniff and feel and it seems really light, not thick or oily, and actually smells pretty good. 

Final thoughts...
Despite the lackluster boxes I had received in the past, this time around was MUCH better.  There were some great products and information in the Bulu Box.  I got to try four new products that I will definitely be using again, one product I will consider giving another shot and another product I am holding on to for a raining day.  All in all, I give the Bulu Box an 7 out of 10 this time around and will be resigning up for another subscription!

You too can receive your very own subscription to Bulu and begin sampling some great products soon.  Visit and use the coupon code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription to BuluBox!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Product Review: Tiux Compression Socks

I was recently contacted by a company called Tiux, asking me if I would be interested in testing out a pair of their compression socks.  I'm all for trying new things so I agreed and in a few short days, a new pair of compression socks arrived in the mail for me!  I was super excited to test these puppies out on my next long run.

I was quite impressed with the packaging.  They came in this really sleek black box and were wrapped in thick, protective plastic.  I immediately fell in love with the colors and knew exactly what I was going to wear with them.  Now, I am embarrassed to admit this, but I have very little fashion sense.  Come date night, I am struggling trying to find something to wear.  If the event doesn't allow for t shirts and flip flops, I typically don't even want to go.  Running gear, however, I am all over that!  From training runs to races, I am matching head to toe!  So you could imagine my excitement when I received these beautiful neon socks to match with my Nike compression shorts and neon sports bra.  Even my Moms Run This Town visor matched!

If you look good, you feel good, if you feel good, you have a good run!

Currently, I am about 4 weeks in training for my fourth marathon, the Space Coast Marathon in November.  I did this same marathon last year and was hoping to qualify for Boston then, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I came up short.  I am working very hard this year to turn my BQ dreams into a reality.  Everything from my training program to diet and of course gear is super important so that I can have optimal performance.  This past weekend, my training program called for an 11 mile run.  I have been having some great speed days but my tempo runs have been struggling for some reason, so it was imperative I have a good long run.

The heat and humidity here in Central Florida does not seem to want to leave us any time soon, so getting an early start on the trail is important.  I woke up early Saturday, incredibly excited for my outfit and to hit the trail.  Because of the heat, I'm typically on the fence about wearing compression for those shorter distance double digit runs.  Although I know how helpful they can be, I worry about getting too hot.  The Tiux socks, however, felt so light and breathable, I knew before even heading out it shouldn't be a problem.  Unlike other compression socks where I almost need an assistant and or some sort of special device to get them on, the Tiux socks slid right on effortlessly and immediately felt comfortable without any major adjustments.  I had my cute, comfy and breathable socks to match my outfit and I was ready to rock and roll!

I made it out to the trail a little before sun up and knocked out my first 4-5 miles during the sunrise.  The temperature gets up there pretty quickly once the sun is up, and by miles 6-7 I was already drenched in sweat.  But luckily, just as I suspected, the socks were not too hot at all and unlike other socks I've used in the past, they were not chaffing or causing my legs to itch when they got sweaty.  My legs felt great the whole run and I was able to go even faster than I had anticipated.  Also, another plus, my peroneal tendonitis did not flare up one bit out there nor the rest of the day.  The socks offered such great support, they seemed to be more helpful for that issue than the K-Tape I've worn in the past.  So that was a super awesome bonus!

Despite the heat and my lack of sleep from the night before (I got back late from my husband's football game and my kiddos would NOT sleep), I was able to knock out all 11 miles no problem and even felt like I could've gone longer!

Post run, I did some foam rolling and core work.  After that, I was on my feet the rest of the day keeping up with my kiddos (age 2 and 4).  My legs felt great the whole time, if it wasn't for the fact I was so "rungry" (run-hungry), I would have hardly known I ran 11 miles that morning!

All in all, I would rate these socks 9 out 10...
Great fit
Comfy, breathable material
Nice, vibrant colors
Provided good compression, support
Can't beat the price

A little long and lose in the feet (I have narrow, skinny feet though)
Wish there were a few more colors to chose from

These will most likely be a staple in my training from here on out.  Thanks again to Tiux for the opportunity to test this product.  I am excited to order some more socks and get some cute running outfits put together!