Guest Post: 5 Running Gear Essentials for a Dog Lover


Remember me? Tara, the girl who loves to run, workout, bake and taste delicious beers?

I apologize for another brief hiatus! I needed a quick break from the blogging world for a few weeks to focus on life in general.

Since, I still struggling to get my head on straight, I’d love to share a guest post from Anna Crowe regarding how to protect your furry friends while out and about. I know Kasa would love some of the gear Anna talks about!

5 Running Gear Essentials for a Dog Lover

You already know that running provides great exercise for you, but guess what? It’s great for your dog too!

In the same way that people can suffer from health issues due to being too sedentary, so can our canine companions. They may not be able to handle long mileage (it depends on your dog’s age, size, body density), but many medium to large sized dogs were born to run, and they’ll love you even more for taking them along.

“Getting your dog to be more active along side you provides incredible health benefits by helping them to maintain a healthy weight, which prevents diabetes, poor liver function, heart disease, joint problems and cancer,” said Dr. Eloise Bright, a veterinarian at Love That Pet.

However, just like when you first ventured in to running, you have to do a little prep work first.


First, you’ll want to ease your dog in to a routine and get him accustomed to running by gradually increasing time and distance. Secondly, you’ll want to make sure you have all the essentials for keeping your pup safe and thriving during your run. Here are our top 5 picks:

1.) Guardian Gear Safety Vest from Hot Dog Collars

Just like you should wear clothing that makes you visible to cars and other pedestrians when you’re out running, so should your dog. With your dog being closer to the ground and potentially blending in with your surroundings, having this safety vest will make sure your pup doesn’t get run into and that people can make room for him when your approaching each other.


2.) Hands-Free Leash from The Buddy System

This leash makes it so easy to keep proper form while running as well as keeping your dog close and in control. With a main loop that goes around your waist and other loops that clip to the leash, keeping your dog by your side is easy. There are various leash sizes you can purchase depending on the size and weight of your dog, and if you have a dog that likes to pull ahead, this leash is much easier to control with core strength rather than pulling at your arm.


3.) Dog Waste Bags from Earth Rated

This awesome pod keeps Buddy’s business from interfering or stinking up your run. The bag dispenser has a screw-on top and has a hook allowing for hands-free carrying, and it also comes with 15 lavender-scented bags that block odor, are tough and leak proof.


4.) Folding Collapsible Travel Food and Water Bowl from LULU-PET

Keeping fido hydrated is probably on of the most important precautions you can take when ensuring a successful run with your dog. This collapsible bowl is waterproof, portable (with a hook for easy, hands-free carry) and can hold up to 32 oz. of water or food.


5.) Sun Protector Spray from Epi-Pet

Yep, sunscreen isn’t just for people. Dogs with short and thin hair, white and light hair or white and pink skin are at risk for sunburn and skin/coat damage if they’re not properly protected. This spray by Epi-Pet is the only FDA compliant pet sunscreen and it acts as a skin protector and skin/coat conditioner. The other great thing is you don’t have to worry about the spray messing up your clothing or car seats as this spray is made with a non-greasy and non-oily solution.

So now that you know what you need to have a successful run with your dog, we say hit the ground running!

But we’ll warn you, dogs are very similar to people, so they might just get as addicted to running as you are!


Meet Anna, mom to Norman Larry, the basset hound, and world sailor. When Anna and Norman aren’t exploring another adventure or eating peanut butter, they can be seen hanging out at the local dog parks. Say hello @annaleacrowe.


I hope you enjoyed Anna’s guest post. I thought that it had a great deal of information. I’ve seen a lot of people using the hands-free leash and I know Kasa would love it. It would take some pressure off my shoulders from her all of 5 lbs of resistance when she likes to “pull.” 🙂

Do you use any of the products that Anna mentioned?

What is your favorite type of fitness activity with your pet?

How’s your November going?

XO, Tara



5 Ways To Avoid Runner Injuries

Good morning!

I have a great guest post from Techwood Consulting to share with you today. I’m convinced that you will find this article very informative and helpful. I picked up some good tips.

Top 5 Ways To Avoid Runner Injuries In Race Season


If you’re a runner, you probably know a thing or two about running-related injuries, and chances are they’ve hindered you a few too many times from training for that big race. Shin splints, runner’s knee, iliotibial band syndrome – all of these ailments are common, but can be avoided.

Preventing injuries is an easy thing to do if you do a little studying beforehand. Below are some rules to follow to help prevent those nasty shin splints and sore ankles.

1) Don’t underestimate the power of a good shoe.

A shoe that fits your feet and needs can turn an uncomfortable run into a satisfying one. Ill-fitting sneakers will cause a slew of injuries, from blisters to sore ankles, and making sure you have the perfect pair of running shoes is one of the easiest steps to preventing pain.

Most sports stores have employees who can help you find the perfect shoe based on your running habits, and you can find plenty of information online that’ll help you find the perfect running shoe.

2) Listen to your body.

This rule is simple enough, but people often ignore it. It may be tempting to push yourself toward a certain goal, but if a part of your body begins to hurt during your run, Do. Not. Continue.

When something begins to hurt, go home, ice it, stretch it, and let it rest for a day or two before continuing or else that shin splint is going to have a harder time repairing itself in the long run.

3) Invest in a Chiropractor

Preventative care in the form of weekly chiropractor visits can make all the difference while training for a big race Knowledge is power when it comes to running injuries. For avid runners, chiropractic care can be used for injury prevention because it emphasizes proper alignment of the spine and pelvis. Chiropractic care is designed to improve joint mobilization, making sure that all joints in the body are functioning properly. As a runner we’re used to visiting a professional only when something goes wrong. Chiropractors used many innovative techniques, such as the Active Release Technique, that keep your body in healthy alignment so that you can perform at your best and be free to nagging pains and ailments

4) Discover the power of stretching.

This may seem like a “well, duh” sort of rule, but you’d be surprised how many people let stretching fall by the wayside. Sometimes when returning from a run, your first thought is to grab some water and cool down. Then the next thing you know, you’re sitting on the couch and the idea of stretching has completely escaped you.

However, avoid stretching before a run – try a warm up walk/jog instead – and save the leg reaches for post-run. The stretches you need to do to help prevent injury are quick and easy, so there’s no excuse not to do them as soon as you get home from your run.

5) Alternate your workouts.

Try running every other day or every two days, and on the days that you don’t run, do some weightlifting. Building up your muscles can improve your posture, which in turn will prevent injuries. Also try adding activities like swimming and biking to change things up.

Don’t let something as simple as refusing to give your body some rest or the proper stretching it needs keep you from training for race season. After all, how are you going to win first place if you’re stuck at home icing that Achilles tendon? Stay smart, and take care of your body.


Honestly, these tips are crucial. I’ve definitely made mistakes and have learned over the years about the importance of a good shoe, not over training, stretching, listening to my body always and seeking help from a healthcare professional when needed. Let me tell you, it only took me like four plus years to figure this all out. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll make the necessary changes to steer clear of the pain.

Have you been injured before due to over training, the wrong shoe, etc?

What is your favorite shoe?

How often do you stretch?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

XO, Tara

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Guest Post: The Importance of Fitness Apps & Gear!

Good Morning!!

A recent college graduate named Sara contacted me inquiring about sharing an article on my blog. I am all about reading other people’s thoughts/opinions or wise words about the health and fitness industry.

Here is an article focusing on how apps and technology can help with your fitness journey.


Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” It’s doing the little things in life that often gets us started on doing the big things. I’d say getting in shape is a very big thing.

For the past several months, I have been focused on exercising on a regular basis. I wish I could say it hasn’t been challenging, but if you’ve ever attempted to lose weight by getting fit, you know doing so is anything but easy. There are, however, ways to make the process more bearable, and technology can help with this.

In recent years, companies have developed some pretty cool technological tools to help us get—and stay—in shape. Let’s take a look at a few of these creations:

Hapilabs’ Hapifork: Helping You Eat Wisely

The Hapifork reminds you to slow down between servings, so you don’t eat too much too quickly. Geek Sugar notes that it reminds you when the amount of fork servings per minute is too high with blinking lights and vibrations. Plus, a micro USB cable uploads the fork’s information to Hapilab’s site so you can see how long it has taken you to finish a meal, along with how many fork servings per minute you’ve had and how long you took between fork servings. It’s definitely worth checking out if you tend to rush through meals, only to find that you’ve eaten a lot more than you originally intended.

UP by Jawbone: Helping You Sleep Better

With the UP, there’s a lot that you’re able to take advantage of and track on a daily basis. However, as a Verizon Wireless contributor notes in this article, you’re able to “wear the wristband to bed and it tracks how deeply you sleep and how many times you wake up.” As it relates to sleep, it turns out that this gadget is quite useful. It may take some getting used to, but it’s small and light enough that you’re likely to not even notice that you have it on when you tuck in for the night. Knowing the amount and quality of your shuteye can help you know if any changes need to be made at bedtime. To that end, I’ve found that the better I sleep, the more inclined I am to exercise the next day. Plus, I’m less stressed and I can think better when I’ve been able to rejuvenate properly.

Fitness Apps: Helping You with…Well, Everything

As About makes clear here, there are so many fitness apps out there that I don’t have the space to list them all. From running apps like RunKeeper Pro to weightlifting apps like iPump & Fitness Builder, there are plenty of apps out there to help you no matter your workout preferences. It doesn’t matter if you have an Android, iPhone, iPad, or some combination of them all—you’re sure to find an app that helps you along your way to living a fit, healthy life.

The bottom line: getting fit is a lifestyle change. You can’t just say, “I’m going to live a healthy lifestyle January through March, but be lazy and eat junk food the rest of the year” and still expect to be healthy. You have to change how you live, and in order to do that, you have to start somewhere. I hope this post will help you take your next step.


Thank you Sara for letting me share a great article with my readers!

I completely agree that apps and technology are huge contributors for helping people change their lifestyle. I use running apps every time I head out for a run. It is a must. It helps me track my distance and pace. Without it, I’d have to go back to the old way of tracking distance….driving the route in my car and making sure that I know exactly when I start and end my run. Hello, too much work!!!

I have yet to get a Jaw Up or Nike Fit Band, but it is something that I am willing to look into. I am not sure if it will help me change anything that I am currently doing, but it would be fun to know how many steps I’m taking or for a friendly reminder to get up and walk around every hour while at work.

What are your thoughts?

Are fitness apps helpful?

Have a lovely Thursday!


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Mom knows best!

Good morning! I have a surprise KIND bar review from my mom!

Last month, I received a box of KIND bars and I wanted to share them with my family. I thought it would be a fun idea to have my mom write her down review of the KIND bars while she was on her trip. 


Here is her story!


It all started with a basic, ordinary chipmunk.

chipmunkThis little guy!

My husband and I recently took a road trip to Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks. Tara loaded me with Kind bars so I would have some healthy snacks while on vacation. If I could take a few photos with the Kind bars, that would be even better.


First stop was Zion. When we got to the end of the trail, I found a perfect place for a photo opp. I opened the package, and was about to take a bite, when I realized the photo would look better if I was just holding the KIND bar. Joe took the picture, and then I set the bar in my purse by my feet, forgetting that it was partially opened. I wanted to take another picture before I ate my snack.

Bad idea! Within a minute I heard someone behind me yelling, “Watch your purse!” I didn’t really think much of it, but then suddenly I sensed something around my feet. Looking down I discovered the scent of the KIND bar he attracted a very brave squirrel. His back feet were on the ground, but his face and front feet were in the pocket of my purse. Before I could grab my purse, he had snatched the bar, wrapper and all and was hightailing it to some nearby rocks.

In the meantime a crowd of people were watching, laughing and taking photos of the chipmunk robber. I never did get a photo of Mr. Chipmunk with the bar. As soon as I got close to him, he wrestled the bar out of the wrapper and left it for me to pick up. Only the chipmunks were going to have KIND bars on that day.

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The remainder of the time was far less exciting as far as the animals were concerned. I learned not to open the wrapper around the animals. I wasn’t willing to share anymore. On the hot days hiking in the canyons, the combination of salt, sweet and nuts were a prize treat! I am now a KIND convert!


Thanks mom! 😉

If you haven’t tried KIND bars yet, you are missing out!

Have you tried KIND bars yet?

If so, what is your favorite flavor?

XO, Tara

Disclaimer: KIND has kindly sent me their bars without compensation. All opinions expressed are my mom’s original thoughts…Thank you KIND!

Guest Blog- Nutrition meets Cancer

This is a guest blog post by David Haas from The Mesotheliona Cancer Alliance. The topic of cancer really hits home with me, since someone close to me has been battling it. I won’t get into that.

You can follow David Haas on Twitter- HERE.


Three Great Remedies For Cancer Treatment Side Effects

In these contemporary times, modern technology is being used to help treat a variety of debilitating diseases, including cancer. Yet while forms of treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation have proved at least somewhat effective in limiting the degenerative effects of the disease, the use of such treatments can cause problems of their own. For this reason, it is important for individuals who have cancer to learn about remedies for the side effects generated by cancer treatments. Here are a few side effects generated by cancer treatment and the remedies that can make them a thing of the past:

1. Chemotherapy Causes Anemia, Bruising, and Bleeding.

As many health experts know, chemotherapy can cause anemia, bruising, and bleeding. These undesirable side effects are frequently generated by low platelet counts. To avoid the symptoms of chemotherapy, make sure that you are consuming a diet that contains a lot of iron. Examples of iron-rich foods would include green leafy vegetables, eggs, fish, red meat, and liver. You can also attain iron from iron-fortified foods like pasta, rice, bread, and cereal.

2. Chemotherapy Causes Hair Loss.

Unfortunately, chemotherapy can affect one’s physical appearance by causing hair loss. There is a solution for this problem, however. By eating more fish, you attain high volumes of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these components are linked to hair loss prevention. Another great way to prevent hair loss is by consuming foods that are high in protein like eggs, lentils, beans, and meats. To keep your hair follicles nourished, avoid food items that contain sugar.

3. Chemotherapy Increases Risk of Infection.

Although it may be daunting to learn that treating one disease can increase the likelihood of acquiring another form of illness, there are things you can do to preclude chemotherapy from increasing your risk of infection. First, make sure that you are preparing your food carefully. Remember to check for expiration dates and make sure to keep cooked and raw foods separate as you cook. In addition to this measure, make sure that you eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruit daily to get vitamins and minerals that strengthen immunity. (Be sure to wash these vegetables and fruits prior to consumption.)

Although the side effects that can be caused by cancer treatment can generate a plethora of physically and mentally taxing symptoms, effective remedies are available. By learning more about them, you can increase the likelihood that you will walk in great health and wellness.


Thanks David!

I think it is important to know that nutrition plays an essential roll even more so when you have cancer or any kind of illness.

On another note…The FrogFuel Giveaway ended last night. The WINNER is:Nikki! Congrats! Email me your contact information!

Have a great Wednesday.

XO, Tara