Lend a {Healthy} Hand #59: OUR BIGGEST ROUND UP EVER!

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This week’s Lend a {Healthy} Hand round up is the BIGGEST we’ve ever had!! So happy so many people participated and really made it a point to do some thing  kind for someone else this week. It is truly inspiring and uplifting! So enough of me blathering on… I will limit my talking and let all of YOUR good deeds take center stage!


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Heather M: I gave my brother some necessary toiletries this week even though I didn’t have the extra money myself. I know he’s having a hard time with finances, and it was a small littlle way for me to provide needs for him that he didn’t have the money to. Funny how soap and shampoo can mean so much when you can’t afford them!:)

Kaylin: Donating baked goods to the Arkansas Blogger Bake Sale this year to raise money for No Kid Hungry charity.

Audrey: I made everyone lunch! For 6 people, it’s a hassle but they enjoyed it!

Nikki: I hung out with my niece!

Paige: I bought a teammate lunch who forgot their ID.

Lesli: I made a full lasagna dinner for my fiance.

Riss: I got up early to help out at a Veterans 5k at my college. It felt great giving back!

Hayley: I helped my roommate out after she found out her boyfriend started dating someone else.

Debbie: Bought coffee for my coworker!

Julianna: Took my friend to the Verizon store for a new phone when her’s broke!

Rebecca: I helped my mom with her suitcase at the airport!

Felecia: I cleaned up for a co-worker, at the end of the day!


Sent someone an encouraging note.

Whitney: I stayed after my workout to help someone get their first muscle up!

Jennifer: I sent words of encouragement to two friends who are in the hospital (but out of town so I couldn’t visit).

Cara: Participated in an Easter food drive.

Erica: I worked on some charts and slides for my husband because he was busy and I was not!

Tori: I baked some cookies for a neighbor as a surprise!

Debbie: Shopped for my neighbor!

Jen B: I gave directions to someone who was lost.

Jess W: I ran errands for my mom when she was out of town!

Liana: I brought my boyfriend his favorite cookies.

Renata: I made my parents a beautiful dinner for their anniversary!

Natalie: I made chocolate covered matzah for my Jewish boyfriend & coworkers to eat for Passover!

Carly: I’ve been trying to make sure that I hold open the door for people all the time because no one likes the door to slam in their face(:

Ashley: I went in to work on my day off to help with severe weather coverage!

Eunice: Bought coffee for someone.

Angela Rae: I wrote a meal plan for a friend looking to get healthy and improve his diet.

Stephanie: I’ve been organizing a fun blogger event for runners and I can’t wait to share it with them!

Ray: Cleaned the entire house & surprised my wife!

Georgiana: Volunteered at our church food pantry!

Megan L: We have friends who are gluten free and instead of inviting them out to eat, which can be difficult, when we get together we cook an organic gluten free meal for them. Alleviating the stress of having to choose gluten free foods off the menu.

Emily: The editor for the magazine I’m interning for reached out to me about getting back into shape and I’m going to start hiking with her twice a week! So excited to get outside and about helping her get back into a consistent exercise routine. (:

Maryann: Did some errands for a friends’ daughters baby shower.


I made a special dinner for my husband and son.

Kristin: Sadly, the best thing I’ve done is smile at a stranger… I don’t get out much :) (Kaila here! That’s still an important act of #HealthyHelp!)

Brittany: I bought coffee for the person in line behind me.

Amy: I ran with my husband on Saturday. He is a beginner.

Miss Polkadot: I gave almond butter advice to a couple at the health food store and shared some recipe ideas with them.

Emily E: I helped an elderly women in Walmart.

Tori L: I treated my sister out to lunch + dessert.

Laura F: Bought coffee for a co-worker when he needed a little pick me up.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! You truly astound me. This is so incredible to have so many people going out of their way for others AND taking the time to share these good deeds with me! I try to link to as many of you blogs as I can (if you have one and I know the URL!)…so if you’d like me to link to your leave it with your comment the next time you submit some #healthyhelp!

This week instead of#healthyhelp from around the world (as I think YOU all pretty much have it covered! :) ) I want to point you all to a few awesome twitter accounts that tweet out lots of positive things about the world and what others are doing to make it a better place for us all!

If you’re looking for a daily dose of positivity go and follow these accounts….

Dale Partridge

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Operation Save Lives 

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Todays’s Healthy Help: Made some muffins for a friend who’s been feeling down lately.

Never too early to start Lending a {Healthy} Hand for next week’s round-up! Tell me what you’ve done to help someone else lately!



Swoob and SWEAT!

Do you ever come across a product and think to yourself “DARN they beat me to it?!”? Like you had a really great idea for an invention and then come to find out it’s already been created! Well that is exactly what happened to me when Swoob reached out about trying one of their sports bras out!

Swoob is a company dedicated to empowering women and providing them with functional, fashionable fitness gear that not only works well but feels good on your body! They specialize in making sports bras that allow you to bring everything you need for your workout right along with you!


For years I’ve been putting my phone in my sports bra to hold it in place while I go on runs so I can listen to music and podcasts. This works well up to a certain point, but as soon as I start sweating the phone starts to shift, bounce around , and basically fall out of my shirt. Not something you want to be worried about when you’re trying to mentally get into a run!

But Swoob totally remedies that problem with their awesome sports bras that have BUILT IN pockets specially sized for your phone or iPod! Pretty cool right?


swoob1The pocket perfectly fit my iPhone (it was just big enough to stretch around it and just small enough to remain tight and snug so the phone didn’t move around). Another thing I really like about the bra was how thick the fabric was! Definitely high quality material and the band around my chest so durable and sturdy! It provided extra support to manage the added weight of my phone!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bra is also really soft and comfortable! No weird rubbing or itching whatsoever! I really appreciated this because certain fabrics really irritate my skin, especially when I start sweating in them. Plus, I LOVE THE COLOR!

As one final test of my new Swoob bra, I knew I wanted to try a really high energy workout to see if the phone would stay in place throughout! So I designed this cardio and strength circuit to test it out! Lots of jumping and movement to really experiment with the bra’s holding capabilities!


The result? The bra worked great! My phone stayed in place which allowed me to listen to a podcast during the whole workout. So definitely giving Swoob two thumbs up for use during running and strength/cardio workouts!

Big thanks to Swoob for sending me one of their products to review! I guess I’ll forgive you for stealing my idea ;)

Let me know if you try the circuit workout out! It’s a good one!

[Edited to add: IF YOU WANT 10% off a purchase of your own Swoob bra...use the code KAILA at checkout!!!]

And now I’ll leave you with some miscellaneous pictures from the past week….











Have a happy weekend, friends!

Do you listen to anything when you workout?

Where do you usually put your phone/iPod?

Do you own any exercise gear with hidden pockets in it?


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Todays’s Healthy Help: Checked out the baseball fields for my dad to see if they were useable for his practice tomorrow!

Never too early to start Lending a {Healthy} Hand for next week’s round-up! Tell me what you’ve done to help someone else lately!