Drop an FBOMB – FBOMB Nut Butter Review

Disclaimer: I received a 16 pack of FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butters to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

I am always on a search for snacks, especially portable snacks since I work three different jobs and I am always on the go.  Being constantly on the move, running from job to job, place to place, I need snacks that are healthy and easy to eat. And now that I have a baby, I feel like time moves a lot differently. One second, I’ll be feeding my little one and the next thing I know, I need to rush out the door wondering how it got to be that time! Having easy to grab, healthym portable snacks is a must in my life right now.

By being a BibRave Pro, I got the chance to test the FBOMB Macadamia Nut butters in the packet form. I was excited to try these nut butters and see how they’d fit into my daily life. I’m a huge fan of peanut butter (I mean, peanut butter is life!), but a giant jar isn’t exactly convenient to travel with. I also have never tried macadamia nut butter and was curious about the taste.

What I liked about FBOMB’s Nut Butters:
-Taste! My favorite from variety pack is the Salted Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter.
-Convenient! I loved how handy the packets were to throw in my lunch box, the diaper bag, the front seat of the car…..
-Healthy! They are high in GOOD fat which is necessary for proper body function and the absorption of vitamins.
-Pure Ingredients! All that’s in the Macadamia with Sea Salt packet is “dry roasted macadamia nuts, sea salt.” That’s it.

What I didn’t like:
-These are a little bit runnier than other nut butters that I’m used to – even with ample kneading of the packet. While eating straight from the packet, it’s fine, but if you like to eat it with an apple, for example, it can get a little messy, especially if you’re just trying to have a quick snack on the go!

The FBOMB nutter butters are perfect for everyday life. I kept them in my lunch bag, the diaper bag and in my car, just in case I needed a snack on the go. They are great for the middle of the night, while breastfeeding, snack as well!

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Try them out:
The FBOMB Nut Butter Variety Pack sells for $34.99 online and has 16 pouches in 4 different flavors:
-4 (1-ounce) packets of FBOMB Macadamia with Coconut Nut Butter Blend
-4 (1-ounce) packets of FBOMB Macadamia with Sea Salt Nut Butter
-4 (1-ounce) packets of FBOMB Salted Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter (my fave!)
-4 (1-ounce) packets of FBOMB Macadamia Pecan with Sea Salt Nut Butter

Use code BRP10 to save 10% off the 16-count FBOMB Nut Butter Variety Pack on their website.

#60HikesDenverChallenge – Mt. Sanitas

(In 2017, I had a goal of getting through all 60 trails in the book “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Denver.” I didn’t make it through all 60 that year (I only got about 18) or even in 2018…and now were into 2019. I still want to get through all the hikes in the book – eventually.  All the specific trail details can be found in the book or online, but I’ll highlight some things about each trail in addition to including my experience and opinion on the trail here. The numbers below are associated with how they are labeled in the book if you have it.)

I did this hike back in April when I was about six months pregnant (I just never got around to finishing this post).

Trail #3 – Mount Sanitas
Completed: 4/24/19 | Number Completed: 24/60
Mode: Hike with Ben, while pregnant
Location:  Boulder
Distance: 3.3 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Type of trail: Round trip; hard-packed dirt for half and very rocky on the other half.
Exposure: Half shady
Facilities: Pit toilets (pretty gross ones) and picnic tables. No water.

My Experience:
I actually really loved this trail, except for the crowds. This trail is known to have a ton of people and there is barely any parking. Despite that, this trail is actually quite nice! It has just the right amount of difficulty without being a gut buster. Ben and I did this hike when I was about six months pregnant and it took us a really long time. I had to stop and rest often, but we made it the whole way. We did the loop counter-clockwise and after seeing the side we went down on, I’m glad we did it this way. When you go clockwise, the uphill part is slightly shorter but way steeper!

-Close to town; this trail is just outside of Boulder.
-Doesn’t feel close to town. Once you get away from the road, you don’t realize you’re that close to town until you get to lookout points and can see the city.
-There are a ton of other trails nearby as well.

-Very busy! Even during a weekday, midday.
-No facilities. There is no water and the pit toilets are some of the worst I’ve seen.
-Not much parking; the little bit that is there fills up fast!

-Bring Water!
-Hiking poles come in use for the steep downhill.
-Bring some cash! If you do manage to get a parking spot, it does cost ($5 I believe)!

I would love to go back to this trail now that I’m not pregnant! It was pretty hard while being six months pregnant, but manageable. It’s a short enough hike that you could add this into your week for a training run or hike like the locals do. I do recommend this as a good trail for out-of-towners as well as a great example of a Colorado trail. Plus, the views from the top are worth it. To the east, you overlook Boulder and to the west, you can see mountainous landscapes!

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Essentials for the Start of Cross Country Season – 7 Tips For Managing A Busy Season

The start of the cross country season always hits me by surprise. Not because I don’t know it’s coming, but because of the hot afternoon runs, the influx of miles on my feet, and the drastic change in my schedule.  It always just feels like I’ve been steamrolled that first week of the season.

Over the last six years that I’ve been coaching cross country, there are a few essentials I need and tricks I’ve learned to make the start of my busy season a success.

1. Keep My Planner Update To Date
Yes, I still keep a paper planner! If I don’t write things down, I’ll usually forget them, even if it’s in Google. For REALLY important things (things that I would get fired for if I forgot), I’ll put them in my paper planner and in Google and set multiple reminders! However, just the act of writing things down helps keep me organized.

2. Always Have Water (and Electrolytes) On Hand
When the season starts, practices are at 3:15 in the afternoon. This is quite the shock as we usually run at 8:00am during the summer. The first week is always hard as my body adjusts to running in the bright sun and the 90 degree-plus weather! This year, as I’m coming back from having a baby, it’s been especially hard. I’m glad I have Gatorade Endurance to fuel my journey back into the running world!

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance products to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

3. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen! (And Hat and Sunglasses)
I have learned just to always have a tube of sunscreen with me! Usually, it just stays in my car or the backpack that I bring to meets. This year I’ve found the perfect sunscreen for runners; the Sawyer Stay-Put SPF 30 Sunscreen doesn’t run in your eyes and lasts longer than any brand! It’s been perfect for long cross country meets when I get too busy running around the course to cheer on and coach the kids. Adding a hat and pair of sunglasses to your kit doesn’t hurt either!

Disclaimer: I received Sawyer Stay Put Sunscreen to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

4. Recover!
During practice, sometimes I get so caught up in making the kids do what they’re supposed to do that I forget to stretch and roll out myself, leaving me very sore and tight. I always have to remind myself that I also need to stretch and recover!

5. Keep hair ties EVERYWHERE
In the car, in my backpack, on my wrist…just have hair ties everywhere.

6. Keep Snacks On Hand!
This is super important. No matter what, it never fails that I’m hungry right before practice. It doesn’t seem to matter when I eat lunch, I always feel hungry just before we’re about to run. I’ve learned to keep granola bars on hand, for emergencies, and to pack snacks in my lunch bag for this case. The FBOMB nut butters have been perfect this year for a quick, healthy snack and great fuel before a run.

Disclaimer: I received an FBOMB Nut Butter Sampler Pack to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! 10% off FBOMB Nut Butter Variety Pack (16-Count) “BRP10”

7. Have Back-Up Gear In The Car.
I’m usually pretty good about bringing what I need with me for the whole day. Occasionally I forget, however, I keep back-ups in my car! Usually this is a pair of running shoes that aren’t great anymore (but okay in a bind), a pair of socks, and a running outfit (one that I may not like that much, but will work in an emergency). That way, if I forget my socks (this is usually the number one item I forget to pack), I have a backup!

Do you have a time of year that is always just a bit more busy than normal? Maybe when your kids go back to school (or maybe when they’re are out of school?). Or do you work multiple jobs like me and one of them is seasonal? I hope these seven tips and tricks will help you manage the next busy season in your life!

Sunscreen That Stays Put? I’m In! Sawyer Sunscreen Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a tube of Sawyer Stay-Put SPR 30 Sunscreen to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

What do you think of when you think sunscreen?

Me? I think greasy, slimy, smelly and runs-in-my-eye-oh-god-it-burns.

BUT I have to wear it. I’m actually very pro-sunscreen if there is such a thing. I wear it religiously and am constantly telling others to put it on as well (like my cross country kiddos that seem to think they are immune to the sun’s damaging rays). Sun protection is very important to me for the obvious reasons like preventing skin cancer but also because I’m prone to getting sunburnt very easily with my ginger-like skin (I call myself a half-ginger since my hair is red-tinted, I have fair skin, and I have a TON of freckles/moles). Even though I am a regular sunscreen wearer, I do HATE putting it on and dread the moment I start sweating for fear that it will drip in my eyes and sting!

Sunscreen is notorious for feeling gross on your skin, sweating off and running into your eyes when you sweat – i.e. not good for runners. I’ve tried multiple brands with the marketer’s promise of “dry feel” or “non-runny” but usually, I just go with the cheapest on the market knowing they all are the same and none of them work.

Until now!

Thanks to BibRave, I got the chance to try Sawyer’s Stay-Put SPF 30 Sunscreen and put it to the test. I’m was pretty impressed after just one day of wearing it and now I have it with me anytime I’ll be out in the sun. It’s been a staple item as I go to cross country practices and meets, working as a race director, and hiking with my family. Its light-weight, nongreasy feel, technology developed formula, and stay-put solution has made this the best sunscreen product I’ve ever tried.

The company Sawyer as been around since 1984 but I hadn’t really heard about them, or so I thought. After looking at their website and other products, I definitely recognized a ton of things! They also make bug sprays, water filtration products, and first aid kits – their main mission being they are “dedicated to eliminating two of the biggest causes of death in the world: bad water and mosquito bites.”  I don’t know how long their sunscreen has been on the market, but I’m glad I got to try it out!

Sawyer uses a special technology to bond the sunray absorbing agents deeper into the skin whereas other sunscreens hold their lotions in the top two layers of skin. With Sawyer, sweat and water pass over the deeply absorbed compounds without flushing the protective sunscreen away (this means the product lasts longer without reapplication; it “stays put”). They have also developed this sunscreen to use the same amount of product to cover more skin area which makes it feel lighter and more breathable on your skin (and non-greasy feeling). It’s called their “breathable matrix!”

From the first time I put on the Sawyer Sunscreen, I noticed a difference. It does go on feeling light and not greasy at all! This is a huge plus for me since I wear sunscreen almost every day.

After learning more about the product from their video (below), I learned they’ve developed this product to work well and better than the other products on the market. The way this sunscreen bonds with the skin and the ingredients they use to make it, it lasts longer without reapplication – which I did (accidentally) test as I wore it for eight hours without reapplying and came home un-burnt after working a race.

Lastly, and probably the biggest factor concerning runners, this sunscreen does STAY PUT.  I tested this through hours of sweat and not once did it run in my eyes! I am super grateful for this, especially since a lot of my running hours are while I’m coaching and I’d rather not have any distractions!

With the price point being the same as other sunscreens, this product is definitely worth it! I highly recommend it for any active, outdoorsy person or anyone that just hates the feel of other sunscreens!

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