Monday, June 17, 2013

WINNER of the Empower Fitness Boxing Bootcamp Giveaway!!

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Winner is comment number 19 which was:
Liked empower fitness of FB, as well! Awesome weight loss progress, btw! That's amazing!
Thanks for entering everyone!!
and be on the lookout for more giveaways and product reviews!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Rough Rubber product review and pictures

  • Innovative rubber consistency provides you with outstanding texturizing effects
  • Versatile, moldable texture
  • Separates, defines and shapes as you wish
  • No shine, subtle matte effect
  • Strong style control for thick hair, but not overburdening for fine hair
Innovative microsponge technology to keep the hair moldable at any time

  • Take a small amount and rub it between the palm of your hands
  • Apply it on dry or damp hair and work it throughout the hair
  • Roughen up your style as you wish
  • Countrol Level 3/1.69 fl.oz

I typically don't use hair products in my hair other than light hairspray because my hair is so straight and fine. I decided to use the rough rubber today along with my crimper iron-both for the first time. I loved the texture and feel of the rough rubber. and it didn't smell weird which was good!! My hair feels good but next time I will try the rough rubber with a curling iron because I didn't like how the crimpy waves came out. Not sure how long my hair will keep it shape. I'm still learning on how to use this product. Any suggestions would be helpful!! :-)

**I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster**

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure product review and pictures!

Introducing imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPRESS is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPRESS, your nails will always be your best accessory.

imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!

I got this press on manicure set to review from my Influenster spring vox box. I haven't tried press on nails in several years, but it looked really easy and I LOVED the pattern they set me!! Fromt start to finish it probably took less than 30 mins. I only messed up on one nail (which I did remove and put a new one on) because I didn't see the part where the adhesive tab shows what end to place the press on to the nail.
I love that its the perfect nail length for me. Not too long or too short. I have two kids and work in an office so I still need my fingers and nails to be functional. :-)
Just follow the directions, making sure you take the time to press the nail down on each finger for a couple minutes otherwise they may not stay on very long.
I put mine on last night and so far so good! I have a race tomorrow so we will see how many days this press on manicure will last.

Here are my pictures:

Get $1 coupon from off their website!

Let me know in the comments below if you've ever tried this brand of nails and what pattern you got!

**I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster**

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Empower Fitness Boxing Boot Camp product review and giveaway!!

Boxing Boot Camp

With 12 Rounds Workout DVD

Get hooked on a workout that will burn fat, tone your entire body & knockout stress!
Strengthen your entire body, release everyday stress, and improve your self confidence!
Fight to be fit with this first-of-its-kind, authentic, boxing inspired workout. Get into the zone with a heart pumping jump rope warm-up, use the medicine ball in ways you’ve never dreamed of, and harness the power of your body as you learn how to throw punches and combinations. Maximize your workout in minimum time!
  • Gain strength and power while burning calories, toning your entire body, and diminishing stress
  • Maximize your workout in minimal time! Quick and effective 12 rounds + 30 minutes = amazing results!
  • Convenient workout options for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
  • Let Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt, four-time world boxing champion, guide you through this workout so you can train like one of the most well-conditioned athletes in the world
  • Empower Boxing Boot Camp includes comfort fit jump rope, 6lb sand filled toning ball, 2lb neoprene weighted gloves (1lb each), 12 Rounds DVD, and workout guide.

12 Rounds™ Boxing Bootcamp

Go 12 rounds and get lightning fast results with our 30-minute boxing boot camp workout that is unlike anything you have ever experienced. Train like the most well-conditioned athletes in the world with this exclusive video created by Striking Beauties Boxing Gym for Women™, and Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt, four-time World Champion Boxer!

Mother. Fighter. Champion.

Professional boxer Jaime Clampitt has spent her life working hard for her many titles. But before she was fighting in the ring, she had to fight against the odds to prove she had what it takes to participate in a sport that barely had any women. Now a nationally and internationally renowned and respected boxer, Jaime has more than 17 years of expertise competing, teaching, and training.
Jaime is a 4 time World Champion Professional Female Boxer, a World Amateur Female Boxer, a Canadian National Female Boxer, a USA Boxing coach, and personal trainer.

You can find these specifics and where to buy here:

I just finished up 3 months of Turbofire which is a dancy boxing style workout so I was very familiar with the boxing moves. Jaime demonstrates how to do all the moves properly with good form and what each move is called in the intro part of the dvd. Then during the actual workout dvd (12 rounds) she has two other girls assisting her, with one of them doing modifications. 

You start with a 2 minute warm up, then on to 3 mins of jump rope which is also part of the warm up. Then you begin Round 1 and go to Round 12 with each round being 2 minutes each. Then there is a cool down for 4 minutes. You will use the jump rope, hand weights and weighted ball which are all provided in this package. Each round progressively gets harder. I was definitely sweating by round 12!! This was a great workout to try and I loved the "tough no nonsense" style of boxing. She was serious but wasn't mean or yelling during the rounds. I've never done a workout like this and I'm glad I tried it!!  


Click on the link below for the free workout guide:

*I won two boxing kits last month from Empower Fitness facebook page-one for myself and one to give away to a blog reader. All opinions are my own.


Open to USA addresses only-sorry!! 

*For mandatory entry: make a comment in the comments section below and tell me if you've ever tried boxing before. Make sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win! 

*For an second entry: Become a follower of my blog and then make a separate comment telling me you did it. 

*For a third entry: Follow me on instagram (rdevaughn4) and repost the picture of the Boxing Boot Camp DVD and then make a separate comment telling me you did it. 

*For a fourth entry: Like Empower Fitness on facebook and make a separate comment telling me you did it.

Winner will be drawn next Sunday June 16th!! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Race for Open Space-5K Recap (#7 out of 13 races in 2013)

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to do my 7th race this year. Its called "Race for Open Space" and the funds went to the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy. The race was about 30 minutes away from me in Salem at Green Hill Park. It is such a beautiful huge park!! I've done this particular race two previous years and it's one of my favorites because of the location and cause.
I was able to get a free race entry for myself in exchange for a blog posts and facebook postings about the upcoming event. The race event website is here:

My 11 year old son and I got there about 8:00am to check in. The lines were short so it went fast. We had time to go to the bathroom, take pictures, and stretch before they started at 8:30.
They started the 5k race at 8:30 and then the 3K family race at 9:00.

My son wanted to run ahead and stay at his own pace but unfortunately he misunderstood the end lap of the race and didn't know to do a second lap. It clocked him out at the 3k mark, not the 5k so he was so upset and disappointed about being disqualified. I also found the end of the race confusing and the only reason I knew to do a second lap as because someone had told me they messed up last year too. I hope they will put signs up and have their volunteers do a better job letting people know. :-(

About half of the race was on a narrow trail in the woods and the other part was running thru open grass and trails. It was so beautiful but hot!! It was 74 by the time we finished running that morning. I tried to keep up with a running/walking ratio, but honestly I do better with speed walking with light bursts of jogging because of my breathing and lungs. I just can't seem to get stronger with my breathing. I ended up staying with this woman named Sherry throughout the whole race towards the back of the line. It was alot of fun to talk and run with her. We both kept each other going and made it to the end of the race together.  (I did not post a picture of us together to respect her privacy but it was nice to meet a new friend!)

I always have two goals with running a race: to finish the race and not be last! I was pleased with my time-under 45 minutes and I placed 89/96 people. So I wasn't last-woot woot!! :-)

At the end of the race they had snacks, water and homestead creamery ice cream which was AWESOME!! They did a really good job with providing nice snacks and hydration for the runners. We didn't stay for the ending ceremonies because my son had to get ready for his baseball game.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to run this race and will probably do it again next year. It's a cheap race and for a good cause, so hopefully every year they will get bigger and better to help them with their funding!!

Enjoy the pictures below!!  

Checking in


After the race!! 

The finish line

Table of snacks, water and ice cream!! 

My personal stats from Polar heart rate monitor 

My runkeeper app stats

My medium shirt I got for running this race