Giveaway! These are a few of my favourite things: the hairband edition

March 7, 2013

People will often ask me where I get my supplements, food, workout gear etc from. I have a few discount codes for some of my favourite companies, and am generously supported in one way or another by some others. Then there are the companies, brands and products which I just straight-up love, without discount codes or freebies! I thought I’d start a blog series telling you about these “favourite things” – and extending the discount code to you where one exists. All these “favourite things” posts are on one page.

Ladies (or metrosexual males!), I’ve got a giveaway for you today. Let’s brighten up this dreary drizzly day.

I rarely venture to the gym without some kind of headwear. It just doesn’t feel proper. A beanie hat, a peaked cap or, if I’m feeling particularly snazzy, a sparkly hairband.

My absolute favourite place to get my sparkly hairbands from is Razzy Roo. I don’t care that they’re in the USA. I love their hairbands and have loads of them. I’ve bought them for friends, for Secret Santa gifts and even for my sister (you know something’s good if it makes it onto the list of “Stuff I Give My Sister”.)

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I sent one to my “Fitness” Secret Santa at Christmas, and she says, “I love mine thanks to you! So pretty!” Here she is having just completed “Hot Pursuit” – an obstacle course race – hair perfectly in place!

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Take a look at the Razzy Roo website. They do thin, medium and thick sparkly glitter bands (my favourite!) and a range of patterned ones. I love wearing two of the thinnest sparkly ones together.

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I love these hairbands not just because there are so many colours and patterns to choose from, but because they’re so well made. They’re elasticated (and none of them have lost their elasticity despite a lot of use), and the inside of the band is a lovely velvety material so it won’t snag or rough up your hair. And they keep your hair in place really well.

I always have at least one Razzy Roo hairband in my gymbag or handbag, and I’d love you to have one too.

Giveaway

The lovely ladies at Razzy Roo have agreed to give one blog reader a free band (of your choice) and they’ll ship anywhere in the world (although they do point out that international shipping takes a little longer than within the USA).

To enter, follow razzy roo on Twitter or like razzy roo on Facebook, then leave a comment on this post letting me know you’ve done so. If you’re on Twitter, tweet a link to this giveaway and put something like “I’ve just entered @thefitwriter blog giveaway to win a @razzyroobands hairband”

That’s it! I’ll pick a winner at random on Monday 11th March at 9pm.

20% discount

Everyone else can make use of an exclusive 20% discount on website prices – the code to use at checkout is THEFITWRITER. It will expire on 1st April 2013.

You can find razzy roo on Twitter and razzy roo on Facebook as well as their own website.

These are a few of my favourite things: the hairband edition is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


These are a few of my favourite things: the hydration edition

February 25, 2013

People will often ask me where I get my supplements, food, workout gear etc from. I have a few discount codes for some of my favourite companies, and am generously supported in one way or another by some others. Then there are the companies, brands and products which I just straight-up love, without discount codes or freebies! I thought I’d start a blog series telling you about these “favourite things” – and extending the discount code to you where one exists. All these “favourite things” posts are on one page.

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We all know how important it is to drink enough water, whether we do endurance sport, strength sports or no sport at all (everyone needs to stay hydrated). It’s about more than just not getting thirsty. Proper hydration carries nutrients to cells, helps prevent muscle cramps, keeps you alert and focused, nourishes your skin, assists your body in digesting food, improves your sleep, helps your body recover after exercise (or injury/surgery) and even helps you maintain healthy hormone levels.

I admit I never used to pay a great deal of attention to whether or not the water I drank was actually doing its job. I was then recommended elete hydration drops (thanks Andy McKenzie) and haven’t gone a day without it since. It’s such a simple little product, but I honestly think it’s so important. Not just for people doing sport, for everyone of all ages (although certainly if you do train for sports then you should definitely be taking this product!)

elete is an electolyte product you add to water which contains all four of the key electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, chloride and sodium) along with 60 other naturally-occurring trace and ultra trace elements.

It’s 100% pure and natural and contains no sugar, sweeteners, additives, preservatives or calories (like most “sports drinks”). It doesn’t need to – you just add it to your water (or any other drink) and that’s it.

And it’s such good value for money (working out at less than 20p per litre of water). It comes in a concentrated form so you can carry it about with you if you need to, or just add it to your water at home.

elete has been scientifically developed and is backed by numerous bits of research and peer reviewed published studies. And it’s got the Informed Sport mark of approval.

I tend to add one serving to a litre of water in the morning, and then again to water which I make sure I drink straight after training. It doesn’t taste of anything at all (although you can get a citrus version, but I haven’t tried it). Full recommendations of exactly how to dose it are on the website.

Drink up!

You can find elete on Twitter and elete on Facebook as well as their own website (including research, testinonials and FAQs)

These are a few of my favourite things: the hydration edition is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


These are a few of my favourite things: the coffee edition

December 4, 2012

People will often ask me where I get my supplements, food, workout gear etc from. I have a few discount codes for some of my favourite companies, and am generously supported in one way or another by some others. Then there are the companies, brands and products which I just straight-up love, without discount codes or freebies! I thought I’d start a blog series telling you about these “favourite things” – and extending the discount code to you where one exists. All these “favourite things” posts are on one page.

A few of my favourite things: the coffee edition

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Oh, I love coffee. Espresso, long black, with a bit of cream. Whatever, I don’t mind, as long as there more coffee than anything else in the cup. And the coffee has to be good.

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So all hail Coffee Cavern‘s coffee tasting club, a mail order coffee club.

I’m sure many of you are down with the idea of wine clubs. They send you wine, you drink it, sometimes there’s a little tasting notes thingy on which you’re meant to scribble notes (“lingering aroma of sugarsnap peas on a June evening”) but, let’s face it, you’re too squiffy by then and anyway you just want to drink your wine.

Well this is a bit like that. Only for coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind wine but honestly I’d much sooner have a great cup of coffee.

I love everything about coffee. The smell of the grounds, the gorgeous shades of brown, the comforting routine of making an espresso, the thrill of making a cafetiere (will this be the time is splashes up and burns my wrist… ? No! I live to see another day!)

I love coffee so much that I’d rather not make anyone an instant coffee, even if that’s what they ask for. With the exception of my friend Craig whose love for Gold Blend is legendary (somehow, we are still friends… )

Anyway, so onto the Coffee Cavern coffee tasting club. What happens is this:

You go here and sign up. You can choose how you want your beans/grounds (depending on how you make your coffee).

Then you wait. And before long the doorbell goes and there's a postman there sniffing your mail and saying "hello love, I dunno what this one is but it smells lovely!" (<;;— true story).

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Then you open your (completely-recyclable) packet to reveal your four coffees (4x60g or 4x125g) for the month.

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Eric and Nickie at the Coffee Cavern send out a newsletter with your coffees, explaining where the coffees are sourced from, why they've been chosen, and lovely stories about the farmers, plantations and families behind the beans. They work hard to choose the best coffees from around the world, mostly from single estates coffees and always from well-run farms which have not only the environment but the well-being of their workers at heart. Last year they sent out coffee from 23 different countries.

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In short I can't recommend Coffee Cavern highly enough. If you love coffee, or if you know someone who does, consider signing up. It would make a fantastic present!

You can connect with Coffee Cavern on Facebook and Coffee Cavern on Twitter.

These are a few of my favourite things: the coffee edition is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


These are a few of my favourite things: the fish & seafood edition

August 18, 2012

People will often ask me where I get my supplements, food, workout gear etc from. I have a few discount codes for some of my favourite companies, and am generously supported in one way or another by some others. Then there are the companies, brands and products which I just straight-up love, without discount codes or freebies! I thought I’d start a blog series telling you about these “favourite things” – and extending the discount code to you where one exists. I’ll eventually gather all these “favourite things” posts on one page.

A few of my favourite things: the fish & seafood edition

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I just love fresh seafood and fish. I think it would probably be my “what food group could you not live without”.

So, hooray for Regal Fish Supplies who do an amazing job of delivering the most gorgeous fish and seafood to your door all the way from their HQ in Grimsby. I love so many things about this company.
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1) The products. Their fish is hands-down the best I’ve ever had. If it wasn’t so weird to take photos of raw salmon and haddock, I’d show you what I’ve got here from them at the moment (instead you’ll have to make do with these pics, which are from their website). Regal’s fish is fresh, plump, healthy and just mmmm! There’s pretty much everything you could want available: white fish, oily fish, frozen, fresh, smoked, dressed fish and seafood, ready-prepared stuff. I tend to go for the (massive!) King prawns (immense), cod (meaty), haddock (delish) and salmon (like butter) but I’ve had all sorts from Regal in the past. All of it 10/10.

2) The customer service. Helpful, friendly and personable. They get that I’m a bodybuilder, understand why fish is important to my diet and are always really interested in what I’ve been up to when they ring up. I’ll be honest, I never bother to make a list of what I want, because I know it’s quicker and easier to have the person on the end of the phone help me. So, I just tell them what I want and they very quickly tell me exactly what’s in stock that meets my needs, and the most cost-effective version to buy.

3) The drivers. Ah, the Regal delivery drivers. So friendly and lovely, always smiley! A truly great service. They’ve got 1,000 delivery rounds so chances are they do deliver to your area, but best to check online first.

They’ll deliver at a time to suit you, even in the evening (making the Regal service a handy option whether you work at home or not). The website has a ton of recipes on it if you’re ever stuck for inspiration.

Regal were in luck that day last year when they knocked on my door by chance and asked to introduce the service. I couldn’t order fast enough. And then, when I realised how great the fish was and how lovely the company are, I couldn’t wait for the next delivery to my area. Since then, my freezer has always had at least one thing from Regal in it.

Highly recommended!
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You can order from Regal Fish Supplies, follow them on Facebook here and find them on Twitter here.

These are a few of my favourite things: the fish & seafood edition is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


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