2.19.2016

Friday Favorites + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveway

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Friday Favorites!
Hosted by: Andrea, Erika & Narci
 Oh Friday, how I love you. 
I have 10 favorites to share with you today!
{ONE}
This method for Shredded Chicken is my favorite!
I shared it on THIS post earlier this week.
Seriously life changing.  
 Check it out HERE if you missed it.
I also posted some of my favorite Pinterest ideas on that post!
{TWO}
Yesterday was National Wine Day.
If you know me, you know I love wine!
I wore this shirt on my run yesterday in honor of wine day!
 I got this shirt last summer, I can't find the same style as mine, but HERE & HERE are similar ones.


New Running shoes are also my favorite!
Last week after one of my runs, my Nike + Running App told me that I had run 360 miles & that it was time for new running shoes. 
 I know it's silly, but I will never forget these shoes...the shoes that re-started my running journey after a 10 year hiatus. They are the shoes that made me realize my body can do more than I thought. The shoes that I wore while training & running 2 half marathons. I've been through a lot with these shoes. I know they are just shoes, but they are making me feel all the feelings. 
 Yesterday, I went and got fitted for new running shoes.
Tip: Go to a running store & have them analyze your feet, how you walk & how you run. They will find the perfect show for you! Don't just pick a running shoe because you like the way they look!

They came in a few different colors, but of course I got the pink ones (my favorite color)

 My running store had my shoe in white which I didn't want because it would get too dirty. They had 1 left in my size in pink.

THESE are the shoes I got & there are more color choices than just pink & white. Even though I got fitted at a running store, if they don't have your size (or color you like) you can sometimes find the same style shoe in other sizes/colors.

  Amazon has older models of the same shoe (in different colors) and those prices are usually less expensive if you get the past years colors.

I'm excited for all the adventures & miles I am going to have with my new shoes!

 
{THREE}
Last weekend I was invited to Rodan + Fields Center for Leadership in San Francisco (that is where Rodan + Fields headquarters is located) 
350 Consultants from all over the US and Canada were flown in for the weekend & we were treated like queens!
 San Francisco had lanterns lit up for Chinese New Year...they were so beautiful!
 On our last night (Saturday) they had a party for us on the 32nd floor of the St. Francis.
The food was incredible...they had "stations" all around the room with food from different neighborhoods of San Francisco!
South of Market...Mexican food:
California Cheese Station:
  Fisherman's Wharf....Seafood:
 North Beach....aka Little Italy
 Chinatown....Chinese food:
 Desserts!
 Meeting new friends!
 It was 2 days of training & having fun at the Westin St. Francis
I am so thankful for this opportunity...it is a little side gig that has turned into so much more.
If I can do this, YOU can do this! You don't need a blog, you just need to know people with skin
 What I love about R+F is that anyone can be a consultant. We have people on our team who are lawyers, nurses, pharmaceutical reps, stay at home moms, hair dressers, speech therapists, court reporters, Physican Assistants, Realtors......etc....anyone can do this in very part time hours....15 minutes a day!
If you are interested in learning more or interested in joining my team, I would LOVE to chat with you. I have a training that is starting next week, I would love to have you be a part of it. 
We have some great signing up bonuses going on this month!
Send me an email:
melissa_larson17(at)yahoo.com

{FOUR}
Speaking of Rodan + Fields....one of my favorite products is our Sunless Tanner (it sells out every Spring!!!!)
This is Abbey (I met her last weekend at the training) She used our tanner to get ready for a winter beach trip!
The tanner doesn't smell bad, doesn't streak & doesn't turn you orange!

If you want your sunless tanner results to last even longer, you can pair it with our Micro Derm Paste.
I use it 2-3 times a week at night to wash my face.
Our Micro-Dermabrasion Paste is a high-glide, oil-free formula designed to promote maximum gentle exfoliation, featuring vitamins C and E.
Use it 1-3 times per week on dry skin in place of your cleanser to refresh and renew the skin’s surface  & then follow with your skincare routine (one of our Regimens!) Helps to enhance cell turnover and improve your skin tone and texture.
It smoothes away the rough spots.

Right now it is a life saver for my skin because we are having such warm weather during the day (60's & 70s), but since it is February (and technically winter!) the temperature drops to the 30's & 40s at night & we are running our heater.
All those drastic temperature changes can be rough on your skin and dry you out, but I swear our paste is saving my skin this month!
I use it on my face, arms & legs 2-3 times a week. 
R+F Micro-dermabrasion Paste will be your best friend... Not only does the jar seem to last forever, but the uses are endless!

The gentle exfoliation can be used a couple times a week on your face to help cell turnover and improve skin tone and texture.
Its also great for rough spots like knees, elbows and heels!! You don't want to go through winter without it!

Exfoliation is key to glowing skin!
If you want radiant skin you NEED our Micro-Dermabrasion paste.
I LOVE it and one jar lasts me about 6 months.
 I know so many friends who are IN LOVE with our Microdermabrasion Paste AND our Foaming Sunless Tanner, so I am placing a BULK order NEXT FRIDAY just in time for Spring!
I am offering these at my CONSULTANT PRICE!

Microdermabrasion Paste-$68
Foaming Tanner- $21

These prices include tax & I will ship them to you for FREE!
For best results I ALWAYS exfoliate with the Microdermabrasion paste first on my legs and arms and then use the sunless tanner.

If you want the Sunless Tanner for FREE, then you can take advantage of my February Special!
For all new preferred customers you get $20 cash back, 10% off your order, FREE shipping AND a FREE  Foaming Sunless Tanner.
This deal ends on Monday 2/29 at midnight!
ALL of our products come with a 60 day empty bottle, 100% money back guarantee!
You have nothing to lose for trying them out!

Email me to place an order or if you have questions.
I would LOVE to help you with your skin care needs!
melissa_larson17{at}yahoo.com
 Email or comment below if you want me to add you to the bulk order, and how many you would like!  

Stock up on the tanner before it sells out!!

{FIVE}
Valentine's Day with our family is my favorite. I love doing little things for holidays to make them memorable & fun. 
This I made heart shaped Buttermilk Pancakes for breakfast & added whipped cream and Valentine Sprinkles. 

For dinner, we did make your own pizza night!
I used our AMAZING pizza maker...seriously, I am obsessed! 

Get one HERE or HERE
I shaped the dough into a heart shape :)

Kevin & the kids got me the best Valentines gift ever...I was gone Friday & Saturday, so when I got home they had a Happy Valentine's Day banner on the garage for me and our entire house was spotless & all the laundry was folded & put away!!!! 

{SIX}
Celebrating Un-Valentine's Day with Kevin is my favorite. 
Kevin proposed on February 15th...so every year we celebrate Valentine's Day/Our Engagement Anniversary on the 15th. It is genius....we never have to fight crowds or have pre-fix menu's on the 15th.  I also love that on Valentine's Day we can celebrate with our kids & do a family celebration. 
Here we are 14 years ago in 2002:
 We look like babies!!!! So young!!!
If you want to read our Engagement Story, you can read it {HERE}

And, this is us on Monday! 14 years later!
I actually got carded at dinner....our waitress was about 30 & she asked for my ID...I said "Are you serious??? I am WAY older than 21!" Totally made my day. Thank you Rodan + Fields ;)


{SEVEN}
This little guy is my favorite son ;)
 This past weekend he rode his bike without training wheels!! What?!?!
 He is only 3.5....he has no fear!
So proud of no more training wheels!

 {EIGHT}
Blooming trees in my backyard are my favorite to look at...they are so pretty.
 But, what to know what's not my favorite?
All the pollen!
My allergies are going CRAZY.
The past 2 weeks I have been so tired & my head is so fuzzy & sinuses are itchy.
 Spring has arrived here in California!

{NINE}
Since the weather has been so nice, I have been wearing my flats instead of boots/booties.
THESE are the most comfortable flats I have EVER worn. 
I got them almost 2 years ago for Back to School. They feel like I am wearing slippers.
 They are so comfortable that I got another pair last Spring (the tan ones)
As a teacher, I need comfortable shoes & these are heaven.
Get them HERE

{TEN}
Giveaways are my favorite!
How would you like to win a $100 Visa Giftcard?!?

What would you spend the $100 Visa Giftcard on?
I would use it for new books on my Amazon Wish List or for some new running pants & tops!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!
Giveaway ends next Friday!



What would you spend the $100 Visa Giftcard on?I would use it for new books on my Amazon Wish List or for a new pair of sunglasses since my old pair broke

150 comments:

  1. I would spend the giftcard to catch up on my Reading list! ;)

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  2. I love to win gift cards to spoil myself...lol!

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  3. Loving those pink shoes! Microderm paste is my fave...very first R&F product I ever tried. I have been trying to find time for the self tanner for weeks...maybe tonight is the night.

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  4. That sunless tanner looks great! Also love the Feb. 15th engagement- that's brilliant :)

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  5. definitely spoil myself with the gift card :)

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  6. I would treat myself to some new spring shoes and clothes.

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  7. I've been eyeing the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment. It would be an early birthday present to myself if I won the gift card. :)

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  8. As somebody who works at a running store, I'm thrilled to hear you suggest that people go get fitted for their shoes (it avoids and helps injuries!). I'm not so thrilled that you suggest they go to a running store to get fitted and then go online to get the shoes cheaper. Seems to be taking advantage of the store's knowledge and expertise. Please consider encouraging people to support their local running stores. Good luck with your training!

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  9. I would use the visa card to go to whole foods!

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  10. I would buy new jeans. Follow you on bloglovin: bloglovin.com/elena1509

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  11. I'm eyeing a few console tables on Wayfair that are around $80, so I'd definitely put the $100 towards one of those! The extra $20 would probably end up being spent on Starbucks. ;)

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  12. I would buy some new spring/summer clothes. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I would use it to buy vitamins; following on BL as https://www.bloglovin.com/people/lisabrown748-1344076

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  14. Oh what a fun giveaway! I would use it to buy new spring and summer clothes! Have a great weekend!

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  15. I would buy a rain jacket for my trip to Alaska!

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  16. I would like to use it for family vacation expense.

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  17. I would use it for a nice dinner out, with 6 kids, I could use a nice grown up date :)

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  18. A new hairdryer! Mine just died yesterday!

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  19. You have inspired me to start running again. Doing a Ragnar Relay in April and would buy new running shoes with the gift card!! Have a great weekend!!

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  20. I would buy a wallet to match my new purse! Happy engagement-versary! :)

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  21. I would spend the money on rodan and fields sunless tanner!!πŸ˜‰ I love your tip about shredding chicken!! We tried it this week when we made your buffalo chicken pizza, which was so good!!

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  22. I would buy some microderm paste :) I love your valentines story!!

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  23. I would spend it on some new bundt pans!

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  25. I have the gold version of your flats and you are right, they are super comfy.

    I would spend it on a new crock pot, the one I have was a wedding gift (and we are about to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary!).

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  26. Spring break!!! Cannot wait for our trip and would love to be able to do something extra!

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  27. So fun! I think I would buy converse or flats!

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  28. I would apply the $100.00 toward the purchase of those Tory Burch shoes you talked about. I have the hardest time finding comfortable shoes. I have them on my wish list, in the meantime!

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  29. I would definitely use the money toward a new purse. If you watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills I am 'Eileen Davison'--my handbags aren't to standard! familyoffoley.wordpress.com

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  30. I would buy some spring clothes. I'm trying to stay on a budget and it's hard because I love to shop!

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  31. books or maybe towards the headphones I want for when I go running. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. I would buy books and clothing for my kids.

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  33. I would save the gift card for a retirement vacation (from the military).

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  34. I would love to use it towards flats like yours. They have been on my wish list for years.

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  35. I'd for sure spend this on some new spring shoes:)

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  36. I would put it towards those cute ballet flats

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  37. I would buy clothes to wear on vacation.

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  38. I could use this for so many things! I may pick a new swimsuit for this summer!

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  39. What an awesome giveaway! I would use the money to buy wonderful summer clothes for my daughter!!

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  40. I would buy a few baby items! We are expecting baby #3 on March 10th and I need to get a few last minute things!

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  41. Definitely would use the gift card on some spring clothes! ❤️ Have a great weekend Mel!

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  42. Would love that Visa gift card! I need some new workout pants!!

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  43. I'm seriously going to order me some of that sunless tanner. Can you use it in your face?

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  44. I would get my kids some new clothes

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  45. I would use it for gas or groceries most likely.

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  46. I'd spend $100 at Target or go and buy the Toms desert wedge booties I've pined for for years but won't break down and buy. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  47. I would buy a pair of new jeans for the Spring.

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  48. Spring/Summer clothes for my two little boys!

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  49. I could really use some new running shoes...mine have holes in the toes so I'm sure that the support is gone by now. But...I would probably use it to celebrate Nate's bday at Disney in 2 weeks. He lives in Heaven but we go to Disney every year on his bday. We know someone that works there that can sign in 4 of us but we will need to buy their ridiculously priced tix for the other 3 if we can't find someone else to help us out.

    Hugs,
    Trisha

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  50. Hmmm.... that's an easy one! I would put $100 towards a weekend girls trip!

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  51. I've got my eye on some colouring books and pencil crayons! :) So, I'd probably do that.

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  52. I could really use a trip to the hair salon!

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  53. What would you spend the $100 gift card on?
    Answer: I would spend it on groceries.

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  54. I would put it toward a fun outing with my husband and daughter.

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  55. I would buy myself finally a android smartphone

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  56. I would buy school supplies for my daughter who will be entering school two months from now :) she's so excited and I am very happy for her. I want to give her the best.

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  57. I would love to use a gift card for a nice dinner on our upcoming vacation. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  58. I would buy school supplies for my grandson.

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  59. I could pay for 4 months of swim and fitness at the local hotel.

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  60. I would definitely use the card to buy the two Lululemon running/yoga tops I have been eyeing!

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  61. I would spend this on buying groceries. Had some financial issue recently and haven't been able to go shopping in awhile.

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  62. I would buy some books on Amazon, my wish list is getting ridiculously long :)

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  63. My car needs some work and $100 Visa would help.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  64. Books - nothing but books on Amazon. πŸ€“πŸ“”

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  65. Oh some new books on Amazon would be great. Thank for the chance!

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  66. I would put the money towards some new workout clothes or our basement remodel.

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  68. Amaxing giveaway. That is great about the running shoes. :-)

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  69. I need me some new sneaks for the gym so I would definitely put that gift card to good use!

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  70. First, shredding chicken in the KitchenAid is the way to go. IT works great to shred pork too. I think I would use the gift card to buy some fun new post baby clothes.

    harrisonemily.blogspot.com

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  71. Thanks for the giveaway! I would use the gift card for some cute new workout clothes for Spring!!

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  72. Love your blog! I would use the gift card towards new spring/summer clothes.

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  73. I am pregnant with my first child, so I would definitely spend the $100 gift card on her!

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  74. I would use it on a pair of sneakers. I need a good pair for walking. Trying to get healthier this year, which means taking better care of my self, which includes exercise.

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  75. I would love to have some extra money to pay for our upcoming wedding. We are paying for it on our own and wow it is expensive!

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  76. I would purchase party favors and game prizes for the double Birthday party we have coming up! And probably a new book or two! :)

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  77. I would purchase the books I've been meaning to read for ages!

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  78. love the easy chicken shredding technique! I always make my husband handle all the meat when cooking because it grosses me out! THANK YOU!

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  79. As Maureen

    I have a few items I have a list by my bedside of things such as a pair of exercise shoes. I would love a few books and some yoga pants.

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  80. I would use it for buying office supplies.

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  81. I would use it for buying office supplies.

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  82. I would use it to replace the light by my side garage door! :) Lisa S.

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  83. I would spent it on some cute new flats for spring!

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  84. I would spend it on a belated anniversary gift for my husband! Our anniversary was the 16th! We didn't get a chance to go out...so maybe a super nice dinner out sans our 4 kids!

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  85. I would buy some Easter goodies!

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  86. I would love some new workout clothes to inspire me to start working out again.

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  87. I would buy some more capri leggings! It's too cold still in MN to workout outside, so I am hitting up the Y as much as I can!

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  88. Maybe some new workout clothes or spring shoes!!

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  89. I would buy some new wedge sandals with the gift card. It's already warm enough here in Texas to wear them!

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  90. We're heading out on vacation in 10 days so I'd stock up on some cute summer clothes or shoes or dresses.

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  91. I would take my family to lunch and buy some clothes for summer.

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  92. I would spend on a new smartphone (Andre Mendes)

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  93. I would use it toward my daughters graduation

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  94. I would use it to help pay for a new spring wardrobe.

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  95. I would use it to help pay for a new spring wardrobe.

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  96. I would spend it on taking my family out to dinner or a new outfit or books! Knowing me, I'll probably be safe and use it for gas and groceries or spend it on my students.

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  97. I would spend it on meals when I travel in May.

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  98. There are several birthdays coming up in our family so I would use it towards gifts.

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  99. Easter and birthday season is upon us- I'd spend it quick with my 3 littles :)

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  100. I would love to use it towards clothes for our little guy!

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  101. I'd use it to pay for my new (street) dogs chemotherapy treatment! Thanks for giving.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  102. I'd put it toward a crib, they are so expensive!

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  103. Flats for work! I'm a first year teacher and I keep reading your posts about how much shoes matter...you are so right!!

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  104. I would go to Homegoods on a Saturday and get whatever I wanted!!! :-)

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  105. I would get some new books for me and my kids.

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  106. I'd probably buy new swim stuff-tis the season. Have a great weekend.

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  107. I would buy shoes and a new thermometer.

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  108. I would take my grandkids to an indoor water park. I've been wanting to check one out.

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  109. I would use it to buy a North Face Osito jacket.
    Erika W.

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  110. I've got to say my Kitchenaid mixer is my favorite kitchen appliance. And I agree that method of shredding chicken is literally a life saver! I would spend the gift card on upcoming vacation, love having prepaid cards to help budget on trips!

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  111. I'd take my wife out to a nice dinner

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  112. I would spend it on some new comfy flats! scfrank02@yahoo.com

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  113. I might use it to buy one of those wine/ running shirts- amazing!

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  114. I would buy a neat outfit for an anniversary party.
    thank you

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  115. I nice Target trip would be wonderful!

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  118. As somebody who works at a running store, I'm thrilled to hear you suggest that people go get fitted for their shoes (it avoids and helps injuries!). I'm not so thrilled that you suggest they go to a running store to get fitted and then go online to get the shoes cheaper. Seems to be taking advantage of the store's knowledge and expertise. Please consider encouraging people to support their local running stores. Good luck with your training!
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