Tuesday, July 9, 2013

One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

Today is my one year anniversary of blogging. Yep, one year ago today, I hit publish on my first post! It's been an incredible year -- I went from being scared of running a half marathon and struggling with making it 5 miles to now training for a full marathon and loving it.

I never imagined that blogging would become a hobby of mine, or that I would make so many friends through social media.


Thank you so much for reading my blog! 
It means so much to me to be able to write about something I love and know that not only are people reading it, we're able to engage in a conversation. I love hearing from you all so much! Every time I get an email with a comment, it makes me smile to see what people have to say.

To celebrate my one-year anniversary and thank you for reading, I reached out to two of my favorite NYC fitness brands who graciously agreed to help me put together a giveaway for one lucky winner.

I am so excited to announce that Uplift Studios is giving away a free class and Sparkly Soul is giving away a headband of their choice!!!


I've talked about both Uplift Studios and Sparkly Soul many, many times on this blog. Both companies are run by amazing women, which makes me love them even more. They graciously agreed to sponsor this giveaway and celebrate my blogging birthday with me!


Uplift Studios is a women-only boutique fitness studio with cardio or strength classes. Both give you an incredible kickass workout, but the great thing about Uplift is how pampered you are before and after. Cold water and towels are waiting for you before you start the workout, snacks and coffee are available after, and the shower and locker room is literally the most beautiful locker room ever, with every beauty product necessary to get you out the door and looking great.


Sparkly Soul makes gorgeous headbands that are fun and don't slip off. They're my go-to for runs, spin classes, strength workouts, and when I just want some fun sparkle (I wear my blue and orange headband for Knicks games!). They also don't give me headaches, like a lot of headbands do.

The Giveaway!
So, how do you win a class and headband of your choice??? Enter the giveaway! I'm giving you four ways (which should total four comments):

1. Leave a comment telling me how blogging or social media has changed aspects of your fitness regime, running, diet, etc.

2. Follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google + and/or Facebook. Leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

3. Follow Uplift Studios on Twitter and/or Facebook. Leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

4. Tweet the following about the giveaway: "Happy Blogiversary @JensBestLife! I want to win a free class @UpliftStudios and a free headband from @SPARKLYSOULINC! bit.ly/183Yp2Q" Leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

NOTE: This giveaway is only open to those in the greater NYC area since you wouldn't be able to take a class at Uplift otherwise. Sorry to the amazing readers outside of NYC! I will have another giveaway for everyone later this week :)

Giveaway closes Monday, July 15, at 11:59 PM. Good luck!!

82 comments:

  1. Happy blogiversary! I'm a huge fan of both these brands. :) Anyway, I started my blog about one year ago too, and I've loved "getting to know" so many different people and connecting with like-minded people across the globe. :)

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  2. Happy blogging anniversary! I started my personal blog in 2010, but I started my fitness blog a little under a year ago and it really has helped me stay accountable. I can't win this because I can't go to that class, but I enjoy reading your blog so much!

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  3. Happy bloggerversary! Social media has connected me to so many people that support me in my running; I don't think I would keep going without them!

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  4. I follow SparklySoul on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram :)

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  5. So exciting! Blogging and social media has helped keep me accountable - even though I no longer have a blog, reading other stories about running and fitness have kept me motivated, even when the last thing I want to do is run!

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  6. Following Uplift on both Facebook and Twitter :)

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  7. I know that us Midwesterners aren't part of the giveaway but I just wanted to say congratulations! My 1 year is coming up in August - so I understand your excitement! Keep going. I love to read about all your healthy adventures out in NYC. (I love to read about it BUT I'm usually super jealous while I do!) :) Congrats, Jen!

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  8. My blog/Twitter has introduced me to so many different people, especially in NYC and they have been nothing short of inspiring!

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  9. Beth @RxBethOnTheRunJuly 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Social media and starting my blog have changed my life much in the way it has changed yours. It has brought incredible friends into my life and made my life feel so much more full. I am forever grateful for the support, amazing people and incredible experiences that social media and my blog have brought into my life.

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  10. Beth @RxBethOnTheRunJuly 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and if I can figure it out later when I get home I will follow them on Google+ as well ;)

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  11. Beth @RxBethOnTheRunJuly 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I follow Uplift on Twitter and Facebook!

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  12. Beth @RxBethOnTheRunJuly 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Happy Blogiversary! I tweeted about the giveaway!!!!!

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  13. Happy Blogiversary!

    Blogging has become a source of capturing fun times and memories that I may have forgotten if I hadn't blogged about them (like my first half marathon). Hoping to improve my consistent posting in the next few months!

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  14. Happy Blogiversary! Bloggin has changing my fitness because I now have so many more friends to work out with. :)

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  15. Happy blogiversary! I love using social media to connect with other fitness enthusiasts and fitness studios. It has helped me to stay motivated as well as learn about some great studios in the city (read: uplift :))

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  16. I follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter, Facebook & Linkedin!

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  17. I follow Uplift on Twitter & Facebook

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  18. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/jl7288/status/354664241569075201

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  19. Happy blogiversary! I have met several of my best friends through blogging and love the extra accountability of writing about my workouts and races :)

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  20. I follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter.

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  21. I follow Uplift on Twitter.

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  22. I tweeted about the giveaway.

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  23. Congrats on a year. I have just started (July 6) and it seems like a year is so far away.

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  24. I follow UpLift on Twitter.

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  25. I follow Sparkle Soul on Twitter :-)

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  26. I tweeted as well :-)

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  27. My blog literally started out as a training journal in a notebook. Then I decided it would be nice to include photos and keep everything all in one place. Meeting other runners was unplanned perk, and I love finding out about all the great events going on!

    BUT I'm still not a fan of twitter, so looks like this is my only entry. Oops!

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  28. Happy Blog Anniversary Jen! Social media is such a powerful mechanism for bringing runners together. I have been so supported and inspired by people that started out as complete strangers and moved on to friendships.

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  29. Happy blogiversary!

    Blogging/social media has changed aspects of my fitness regime by meeting so many new people to work out with (and otherwise, hang out with and be merry). It's amazing how quickly you can get a group of people together quickly for a run on Twitter.

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  30. I have gained so many strategies and tips about running from
    Blogging!!

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  31. I just followed SparklySoul and Uplift on Twitter :)

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  32. I follow sparkly soul on twitter and Facebook!

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  33. Congrats on the year of blogging! I would love to win.

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  34. I also follow Uplift on twitter and facebook

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  35. And I just started following Sparkly Soul on twitter! : )

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  36. Happy Blogiversary, my love! Blogging has allowed me to meet fabulous fitness friends such as yourself! I'm so thankful for that!

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  37. I follow Sparkly Soul on facebook, twitter and instagram! Duh!

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  38. Blogging has opened me up to a group of running friends! It pushes me to keep on running!

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  39. I follow sparkly soul on Twitter

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  40. I like blogging and social media since I get great ideas about new workouts to keep things fresh - and also because I hold myself more accountable!

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  41. I follow Sparkly Soul on Twitter and Facebook!

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  42. I follow Uplift on Twitter and Facebook!

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  43. Social Media connected me to awesome running ladies like you! Just reading about your goals and accomplishments motivates me to keep on trotting!

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  44. Following Sparkly Soul on Facebook and Twitter

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  45. Following Uplift on FB and Twitter

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  46. Twitter has introduced me to so many wonderful people who luckily run too!

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  47. Twitter's introduced me to so many other fitness freaks - I love it! And I love being able to connect with studios and instructors on Twitter too.

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  48. I have learned so many new recipes!

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  49. I love tweeting/social media/blogging because it's opened me to a new running "team"/family! I love how many people I've met through all of this and how close we've become! <3333

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  50. I follow Sparkly Soul on FB and Twitter!

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  51. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/elleroos/status/354970811720933378

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  52. Blogging has allowed me to become more accepting of my mistakes...the blogging community is so supportive and has allowed me to see that we all have off days, and that's okay:)

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  53. I follow you, sparkly soul and uplift on tweeter!!

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  54. social media has been great for me to learn about new fitness classes and trends

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  55. I followed Sparkly Soul on Twitter and Facebook

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  56. I followed uplift studios on twitter and facebook

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  57. i tweeted about the giveaway to win a free class @upliftstudios and a free headband from @sparklysoulinc

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  58. Following blogs has really helped me stayed motivated with my fitness goals!

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  59. Blogging forces me to werk out. It's also where I throw my best shade (anonymously) and do my best complaining!

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  60. Followed Sparkly Soul! Yay! Four comments!

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  61. Just followed Sparkly Soul on Twitter!

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  62. I love all the motivation that comes from reading blogs or social media. It's also so helpful when it comes to finding a workout buddy!

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  63. I already follow Uplift on FB and Twitter!

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  64. Just tweeted about the giveaway!

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