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We all know that tracking stuff helps keep us accountable, whether it is our daily activity or our food intake or our calories burned.  It’s like before and after pictures, you will never remember how far you have come if you don’t have documented proof.  This is especially true in CrossFit as there are so many lifts and workouts and times and bench marks and progressions to keep track of, but all modes of fitness beg to be tracked.  Whether you do P90X or Zumba or HIIT training, tracking your progress keeps you accountable.

There are probably 8,547 different types of journals out there, but I really want to feature the one I have been using.  JournalMENU sent me a fantastic customized CrossFit journal earlier this year and I’ve been LOVING it.  They have several different options for beginners, intermediate, kids, teens and more and you can customize just about anything you want with the design.  I chose the intermediate journal and it is already pre-printed for tracking of top lifts and benchmarks (mile run, 5k, different rowing distances), the traditional Girl workouts (Diane, Fran, Annie, etc), tons of Hero WODs (Murph, Small, Abbate, etc) and lots of space to enter in your daily WODs.

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While these journals are traditionally geared towards CrossFit, they also cover obstacle course racing, military special ops, running, nutrition challenge and student planner journals.  Customizing is easy, the price is right and the company is great to work with!

CrossFit Gift Guide

I recently featured my custom fitness journal from JournalMENU in The Ultimate CrossFit Gift Guide!  Don’t miss out on all my favorite apparel and accessory items for being a beast at the gym.

What do I win?

JournalMENU has very generously offered two lucky winners their very own personalized custom fitness journals!

To enter the giveaway:

STEP ONE: Subscribe via email by entering your email address in the box below. You will receive a daily round-up of all the great deals and fun posts found here at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Leave a comment below that you subscribed.  If you already subscribe, just leave a comment that you do and skip to step two.  You must confirm your subscription to be considered.


STEP TWO: Head over to JournalMENU and check things out.  Leave a comment and let us know what would be most important to you in a fitness journal!

BONUS ENTRIES

This will give you a total of 6 possible entries.  Please make sure your email address is correct in your comment as this is the only method I have to contact you.

This giveaway will end on Sunday February 1st at 8 PM PST.  Open to residents of the United States only.  Once I choose a winner, you will have 24 hours to respond with your contact information.

Good luck!

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If you have been wanting to try CrossFit and live in the Seattle area, you must check out this deal on Living Social.  You can snag one month of CrossFit classes at Northwest CrossFit, including a two-week beginner series, for just $50.  Regular listed price at this gym is $195, unlimited monthly classes at my gym is $140 per person!

There are three locations to choose from: One in Bellevue, one in Ballard and one in Greenlake.

This would be the perfect time to try out CrossFit, at very little expense and no commitment beyond the month you sign up for.  I have fallen head over heels in love with CrossFit.  It is an amazing fitness environment, an amazing community and SO empowering, especially to women.  If you’re wondering if you are “in shape enough” or “fit enough” to try CrossFit, check out my post on why I really think CrossFit can work for everyone.

To take advantage of this deal:

The fine print:
* Limit 1 per person
* New customers only
* All classes must be redeemed within two weeks of first visit
* Promotional value expires on 5/31/15

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I was going to write an entirely different post this week.  About those that come out of the woodwork to be negative, about why the more successful you are as a team or an individual, the more passionate haters you will have, about how we all need to be friends and get along and stop being bullies.  Damn it.

But I’ve been immersing myself in the joy and elation and firstheartbreakthanLOVE videos and stories to come out of the NFC Championship and my heart is bursting to share something else with you.

I have always been involved with sports.  My family watched sporting events as an afterthought when I was little, not as an obsession.  They were always there, just more of an amusing sideshow than the main event.  But I PLAYED sports.  My parents came to watch me play sports.  My days were filled with practices and uniforms and “Did I forget my kneepads” and traveling and rivalries and tears and exhaustion and elation.

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Then I met my husband.  Anything that can remotely be called a sport is his passion.  Even if it’s not his favorite sport, he absorbs every ounce of information he can about it. He loves competition.  He loves the nuances and details and history of sports.  Being married to this, it’s hard not to be affected.  There is rarely a moment when some sporting event or highlight or draft show or pre-game or post-game is not on in our house.  We spent our honeymoon at two different outrageously historical ball parks.  We spent our first anniversary at the Mariners spring training in Arizona.  It’s not enough for me to know what team someone plays for, so I might as well know where they started, what farm team brought them up and how many times they’ve been traded.

We’ve always known that we wanted our kids to love sports, whether they played them or not.  There’s just something magical about being a fan, win or lose, good or bad, heartbreak or elation.  I’m not sure I could ever articulate WHY we felt this was so important, besides the fact that WE love them and think everyone else should to.

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Fast forward to today. The NFC Championship between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.  This game embodied everything that ever was and ever will be again in a sporting match-up.  This was a game that we will be talking about 30 years from now, rehashing where we were and who we were with and how we felt.

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Costco has some great online deals on athletic wear right now!  If you are wanting to kick up your gear or just feel like cute workout apparel will get you in the gym more often, these are great prices and super cute.

These Kirkland Signature Ladies Reversible Yoga Pants are just $17.99 + FREE shipping and get great reviews!  The Kirkland Signature Ladies Active 1/4 Zip Pullovers are just $19.99 + FREE shipping and available in four colors.

The best part about shopping Costco online is that you can return in-store if you have trouble with sizing or fit.

Click here to purchase.  If you are doing any in-store shopping, check out my monthly coupon mailer post with listed prices on all items and unadvertised deals.

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Through January 7th at 9 PM PST, you can snag a fantastic discount on the Spartan Race of your choice.  These run nationwide and there are three different levels to choose from, ranging from 3+ miles and 15+ obstacles to 12+ miles and 25+ obstacles.  If you have been thinking about signing up for a race, now is the time!

My husband and I have done a few of these 5K mud runs (and a 12+ mile Tough Mudder) and both of us feel that these are a manageable first step if you are new to racing or just a fun test of your abilities if you’ve been doing them for awhile.  If your New Year’s resolution is to get back in the gym or lose the baby weight or just turn over a new leaf, this would make a great goal to set and train for!

Click here to find a race near you.  Use promo code CHALLENGE15 at checkout to save $15 on any Reebok Spartan Race.

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CrossFit Gift Guide

So. I’ve been wanting to write up this fabulous fitness gift guide for you all, to give you some ideas on what to get the fitness fanatic in your life or if you are one, what to ask for. But then I realized I don’t know much outside the world of CrossFit and what I use every day. Since I don’t necessarily want to write about things I don’t understand and so many others have probably written about them anyway, I decided to write a gift guide for CrossFitters and those who love them (in spite of all the crazy acronyms and weird words and cult-like obsessions).

You don’t necessarily NEED anything for CrossFit. Your gym will most likely have everything that is necessary to get through a workout.  But the longer you are there, you start to realize that having your own equipment is kind of nice.  A jump rope cut to your height instead of trying about 15 before finding one that sort of works.  Wrist wraps for overhead lifts that aren’t still dripping in sweat from the class before you.

Or maybe you want to update your apparel because hiking up your workout pants every five seconds between movements just isn’t cutting it.  Or your old ratty sports bra just isn’t delivering.  Or maybe working out in pretty things and neon colors just makes you happy.  Or all of the above.  The rules of English writing don’t apply to bloggers, I can start as many sentences with a conjunction as I want thankyouverymuch.

If you are just getting into CrossFit or are looking for some gift ideas for the CrossFitter in your life or are just looking to freshen up your gear for any kind of fitness, here are some of my favorites.  Again, none of these are necessary, but they are all fun.

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CrossFit Shoes

When I first started, I NEVER would have thought that buying special shoes for CrossFit was worth the money.  Four pairs later (I really like pretty colors!), I totally get it.  I was wearing a pretty standard pair of running shoes, but the heel kept getting in the way when I was jumping rope or jumping on and off the box.  Most CrossFit shoes tend to have a very flat heel, so you can really FEEL your heels pushing through the floor and there isn’t a whole lot of extra shoe getting in the way.  I am currently wearing the Reebok Nano 4.0 and have a second pair on the way.

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Olympic Lifting Shoes

Alright now.  For real.  I never in my life would have thought I would be wearing shoes specifically made for lifting weights.  But I’ve really come to love the Olympic lifting side of CrossFit and want to do anything I can to get better.  These shoes have a solid heel lift that forces you to drive your heels through the floor when lifting AND stay off your toes (which is my major problem).  There are tons of different styles out there, but the Reebok CrossFit Lifter or Lifter Plus is a good (and sort of kind of inexpensive) starting option.

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Fitness Journal

We all know that tracking stuff helps keep us accountable, whether it is our daily activity or our food intake or our calories burned.  This is especially true in CrossFit as there are so many lifts and workouts and times and bench marks and progressions to keep track of.  It’s like before and after pictures, you will never remember how far you have come if you don’t have documented proof.

There are probably 8,547 different types of journals out there, but I really want to feature the one I have been using.  JournalMENU sent me a fantastic customized CrossFit journal earlier this year and I’ve been LOVING it.  They have several different options for beginners, intermediate, kids, teens and more and you can customize just about anything you want with the design.  I chose the intermediate journal and it is already pre-printed for tracking of top lifts and benchmarks (mile run, 5k, different rowing distances), the traditional Girl workouts (Diane, Fran, Annie, etc), tons of Hero WODs (Murph, Small, Abbate, etc) and lots of space to enter in your daily WODs.

The price is right and the company is great to work with!

Apparel

I could go on forever in this category.  It’s 100% fine to wear whatever you have in your closet to a workout, but the longer you CrossFit, the more you’ll realize that certain clothing items are just more functional than others.  Loose fitting clothes tend to get in the way when you’re moving quickly from movement to movement and pants or shorts that don’t fit well are just a pain in the you-know-what.  The workouts can be super intense and worrying about your clothes should be the last thing on your mind.

I have been doing this for two years and have gone through my fair share of trial and error, so these are just some of my favorites.

Workout CaprisIf you are a new follower or have been living under a TBFL rock, let me give you one sentence about my beloved Zella capris.  They are amazing and amazing and amazing and they fit amazing and they are great quality (read: not see through).  I have tried others and just can’t.  CAN’T.

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Our new gym is open, our new gym is open!  For the past few months, the folks at Natural Selection CrossFit have been hard at work fixing up our brand new location in Kennewick.   The new gym is almost 4000 square feet bigger than the old gym, with TONS of room for growth, bigger classes and more equipment.

This coming Saturday November 8th, we are hosting a huge grand opening celebration from 10 AM – 12 PM.  If you have ever been remotely interested in CrossFit, come take a tour of the facility, check out what it’s all about and watch (or participate in) a fantastic CrossFit workout of the day (WOD).  There will be plenty of athletes and coaches on hand to answer questions and snacks and refreshments to enjoy.

We will also be raffling off FREE memberships at the opening.  I know the cost of CrossFit can be pretty daunting and is the reason some of you have mentioned you just can’t make it work.  Here’s your chance to make it happen!

The new box is located at 309 N Belfair Court in Kennewick, just off Deschutes and across from the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.  The place looks AMAZING, you won’t be disappointed.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  This is a great time to come check out what CrossFit is all about!  To find out more about Natural Selection, check out their website.

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If you haven’t heard of Goldstar yet, they are an awesome site that offers discount tickets to events, concerts and performances nationwide.  They have a HUGE selection of venues and events to choose from and this is a great way to have a night or afternoon out without breaking the bank.

One of my favorite events that is available right now is discounted entry into the National Veteran’s Day 5K Race and Fundraiser in Seattle and Portland.  For just $9, you can walk/run/jog/skip and support our armed forces.  You will receive a goodie bag, a finisher’s medal and certificate and a commemorative pin.

The Seattle race is Sunday November 16th at Warren G. Magnuson Park.  The Portland race is the same day at Mt. Tabor Park.  This is a great way to show your support!

If you aren’t interested in this events, you can still sign up and receive a weekly email with events in your area.  Just enter your email address and zip code and you can easily customize your preferences.

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If you have been wondering what in the heck this CrossFit thing is all about or have been curious to give it a try, you’re in luck!   Our local gym, Natural Selection CrossFit, offers a FREE class every Saturday morning at 9 AM.  This class is open to members and non-members and people of absolutely all abilities.

This gives you the perfect chance to try out CrossFit or supplement your fitness routine.  I have a few friends who did Saturday-only workouts for a few months before joining the gym for good.  You are under absolutely no obligation to join and there won’t be anyone at the door trying to force you to sign up, they just really want to show everyone what it is all about.

If you have never tried CrossFit before, I would recommend coming to the free introductory class first to get an idea of what it is all about.  Our gym offers a beginner class every Friday at 5:30 PM that runs through what CrossFit is all about, what to expect, basic movements and a short workout.

If you don’t live in Tri-Cities, most gyms do offer a free intro or beginner class to get you started.  You can check out CrossFit.com or just Google CrossFit and your city name to find a gym near you.

If you’re interested in knowing why I love CrossFit so much, you can read my 374 reasons here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I would love to see you there!  For more information, check out the Natural Selection website here.

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Our favorite pants ever are on sale right now!  The Zella Live-In Leggings are available in several colors and lengths starting at just $31.20 + FREE shipping & returns. These don’t go on sale very often so grab these up before they run out of sizes.

We are out of control in love with our Zella Live-In Leggings.  These things are amazing. The quality is fantastic and they hold their shape really, really well.  They are on the thicker side so they won’t wear out and they are warm.  They are crazy comfortable, well made and have the perfect fabric.  They are stretchy, but not thin.  They are flexible, but stay put.  Love, love, LOVE them.

The long pants are reversible so if you spill something on them, just flip them inside out.  I wear them with boots under a sweater in the winter or to work out when it’s super cold.  Really versatile!

Make sure and check out the entire sale section at Nordstrom.  You can sort by department and price.  Just a reminder that they always have free shipping, free returns and  do price adjustments by chatting with a customer service rep online.

Click here for a post with some tips we have on shopping at Nordstrom.

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Just a quick reminder that you only have a few more days to enter to win the JUNK Brands headband of your choice.  These are my absolute FAVORITE headbands to work out in, they are stretchy and flexible but stay put through anything you choose to put them through.

You have through Sunday August 3rd at 8 PM PST to enter.  Click here to get started.

Good luck!

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The Color Run is happening all across the nation!  If you have participated in a run in the past or have been interested, now is your chance.  For any Color Run race that is not currently sold out, use promo code COLOR5OFF to save $5 on your registration fee.  There are a few select new cities that launch with special pricing that will not accept the promo code, but these will be marked with a double asterisk.

If you haven’t heard of the race, here is a little info from the site:

The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community.

Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival,” using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!

With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

1. Wear white at the starting line
2. Finish plastered in color

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Sign up for the Nike email newsletter and get a fantastic offer: FREE 2-day shipping on any order.  It’s quick and easy to sign up and you will receive an email with a promotional code to get your free shipping.  I clicked through the offer and it looks like Nike members get free returns as well, perfect if you are unsure of size or fit of an item.

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So.  Reebok offered me a 35% off code to try out some of their gear.  And since I’m a CrossFit addict and obsessed with their CF shorts and sports bras anyway, I was like “Send it to me yesterday”.

If you don’t have a CrossFitter in your life, you may not know that we are addicted to clothes.  It’s such a versatile, fast-paced, quick-moving sport that the nature of our clothes is quite important.  Nothing floppy or shifty or ill-fitting, because we end up messing with our clothes more than we actually focus on the workout.

I always tell people that CrossFit is ideal for people who don’t know how to dress themselves or can never seem to match (like myself).  You can wear 92 different colors in one outfit and it’s considered legit.  I heart not worrying about matching.

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And then there are the shoes.  Legitimately, the right shoes are important and can make a difference in what we do.  But for some reason, most of us feel the need to have extra pairs in our gym bag in several different colors.  Even though we don’t have to match our clothes, we like to match our shoes to our mismatched clothes.  You follow?

But in reality, I have a few pairs of shoes that are perfect for our basic workouts.  They are more of the barefoot-style, which helps me really feel what I’m doing and the heel of a regular sneaker tends to get in the way of climbing up ropes and jumping rope and leaping on to a box.  What I was really dying for was a pair of Olympic lifting shoes.  I’ve been spending a lot of time swimming around in the weightlifting and strength training at our gym and was definitely hindered by my “regular” shoes.

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Oly shoes have a higher (and VERY sturdy) heel that helps you drive through your heels when squatting and helps avoid the dreaded landing on your toes or leaning forward on your toes phenomenon.  The heavier the weight got for me, the more it would pull me to my toes and I could never land a heavy lift to save my life.

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So when Reebok was all “We want to discount your purchase”, my poor husband was at the receiving end of a long list of reasons why saving 35% was the end all, be all deciding factor for me.  “But honey, I NEED to PR my back squat!”  Romantic pillow talk, for sure.

I apologize if this sounds like nonsense, but in all honesty, these are the only kind of shoes that are a necessity in this girls’ life.  I could live with one pair of heels and one pair of flip flops for the rest of my life, but lifting shoes are apparently a priority.

Thank you Reebok, for keeping me in pretty shoes.

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adidas has just brought their A-game to their Summer Sale! Now, you can get thousands of items — FIFA World Cup soccer gear, running shoes, basketball gear, swimwear, even iconic Originals and NEO lifestyle pieces and more — up to 50% off! Styles for men, women and kids; everything an active family needs for a summer of sports. This sale only happens twice a year!

Click here to check out the sale.  Shipping is FREE with orders of $49 or more. You can easily sort by gender, category, price and much more.

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If you’ve put off shopping for your summer sports wear until now, you have just hit the jackpot.  The adidas Summer Sale is on and you can get up to 50% off of over 1,000 items! Running shoes, basketball gear, soccer cleats, swimwear—for men, women and kids—everything an athletic family needs to participate in a summer of activity. This sale lasts as long as the supplies, so don’t wait or before you know it, just like summer, the sale will be over.

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These men’s No Look Basketball Shorts are just $14, down from $28!

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This women’s Ultimate Sleeveless Tee is just $11, down from $22!

Click here to check out the sale.  Shipping is FREE with orders of $49 or more. You can easily sort by gender, category, price and much more.

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Spartan Race: Up to $40 off registration (available nationwide)

May 28, 2014

Through Thursday May 29th at midnight, you can snag a fantastic discount on the Spartan Race of your choice.  These run nationwide and there are three different levels to choose from, ranging from 3+ miles and 15+ obstacles to 12+ miles and 25+ obstacles.  If you have been thinking about signing up for a race, […]

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My personal fitness and nutrition goals for 2014

May 1, 2014

Just about four years ago, my husband and I slowly, sort of kind of kicked off our weight loss journey. We started with some at-home, 20-minute workouts that turned into hour-long workouts at home that turned into signing up for local races that turned into signing up for 12-mile obstacle courses that turned into joining […]

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Under Armour: UA Victory Tank just $19.99 + FREE shipping (tons of colors)

April 28, 2014

Under Armour has a great sale on their best-selling UA Victory Tank for women, just $19.99 + FREE shipping!  While this isn’t a huge discount from regular price, this is a good price for this tank.  I just recently saw them at the outlet for $15 each, so this is pretty good if you don’t […]

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Reebok: 50% off select CrossFit apparel + FREE shipping (as low as $12)

April 25, 2014

Reebok is running a fantastic and crazy rare promotion for all my CrossFit peeps, save 50% off select already-reduced apparel items + FREE shipping.  CrossFit gear and apparel is never included in their sales, so if you have been wanting to pick up any items, now is the time! These men’s and women’s Reebok CrossFit […]

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Solutions to common challenges when starting a fitness routine

April 18, 2014

I’m convinced that it’s not getting started with a workout regimen that is the hardest part.  So many of us in a fit of motivation sign up for a class, buy a DVD, start running every day.  This is the honeymoon stage of the relationship.  Things look bright and rosy and promising and we make […]

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My personal weight loss and fitness story

April 4, 2014

My youngest son was about six months old and in a fit of motivation, I announced to my blog readers that I was going to start some sort of fitness something or other.  Then you guys were like “Hooray.  Let us know how it’s going, we’re excited to see progress” and all those things that […]

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adidas End of Season Sale: Up to 50% off TONS of items for men, women and kids

March 24, 2014

adidas has over 670 products discounted up to 50% off right now! They have amazing deals for guys, gals and little ones too.  They have a HUGE selection of shoes, apparel, sports bras, training gear and more.  You can easily sort by category, sport, gender, color and more to find just what you are looking […]

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Reebok: 60% off women’s Shapewear products + FREE shipping (as low as $10)

March 24, 2014

Just for today, March 24th, Reebok is offering 60% off on all Shapewear items for women! Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to update your workout wear for the spring.  Prices start at just $25 for tanks, so as low as $10 after discount.  Leggings and capris start at $65, so just $26 after discount.  This […]

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Things I’m Loving Today: The CrossFit Open, Pat Summitt and Zella leggings for days!

March 13, 2014

There is something about personal recommendations and our need for them.  If I hear you say that you love something and I even sort of kind of trust you, I will most likely buy it or download it or borrow it or go see it or listen to it. I want to share my favorite […]

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