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2016 WOW Summit!

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the Moms Meet WOW Summit here in San Diego.  The event was so much fun that I actually posted TWO blogs about it!  Here are the links so you can relive the fun: WOW Summit Review – Part 1  WOW Summit Review – Part 2

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Sadly, this year I am unable to attend since the event will be held in National Harbor, MD and my tiny humans denied my request to travel across the country.  But that doesn’t mean that YOU can’t go! So I’m here to give you the deets on the event and share some of the awesome reasons why you should attend this year!

So, what is the Moms Meet WOW Summit?  Well, it’s a two-day annual event that gives health-minded moms and bloggers the opportunity to network and learn from like-minded women and experts in the health and wellness fields.  The first day is all about the bloggers!  It’s a special opportunity for mom bloggers to learn from experienced writers as well as network with other bloggers and brands.  There is also a cocktail party and comedy hour following the event!  How rad is that?!

The second day is even more fun because you get to listen to awesome speakers, breakout into informative workshops and sample tons (seriously, tons) of awesome products.  Each attendee also receives a fully-packed SWAG BAG!!  So much swag!  Just to give you a better idea of how amazing this event is, checkout the video below with some sweet highlights!

WOW Summit 2015 Highlights

And there will be even more generous sponsors this year-

Solgar

National Geographic Kids

Tasty Bite

Mary’s Gone Crackers

And so many more!  Like, I’m seriously getting a major case of FOMO over here!

So since I can’t attend this year, I’m going to mentally bask in all of the swag that I scored last year.  And in case you forgot about the massive haul I scored, here is a little reminder:

Yep, that could be you…rolling in the swag dough.  So, if you or your friends will be in the D.C.area on October 7th and 8th, I highly recommend this fun conference.  It’s not only a great way to connect with other moms and bloggers, but an opportunity to learn about health, wellness and green living all from experts and great companies!  I recommend running, not walking, to register for this event because it will sell out!  Get your VIP tickets so you can score even MORE SWAG!  You seriously won’t want to miss out!

Register HERE!

And just for being one of my rad swag readers, you can use the code “SWAG15” to save 15% on your tickets!  So go register, have a blast and take pics for me!

See you at the next swag event!

~SM

 

 

 

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Margarita 5k

I recently participated in the Margarita 5K in Mission Beach and it was definitely a blast!  I used a coupon code for this race so I paid around $28 for this event.  Packet pick-up was the day before at Movin Shoes in Pacific Beach.  It’s a tiny store, so I was in and out pretty fast.  Here I picked up my bib number, swag bag and tshirt.  They were also offering a discount on merchandise purchased at Movin Shoes that day.

Race day parking was simple – there were a ton of open spots up close to where the event was held.  The race itself was pretty small – probably around 200 people – so it definitely wasn’t crowded at all.  Since this was a beach event, it started at 7:30am in order to catch low tide.  There was a lot of energy prior to the race start, including a Zumba instructor getting the crowd warmed up with some dancing and fun music.  The early start time combined with the previous day’s rain made it a nice and fairly cool run.  I also did this chip-timed run with a few of my Stroller Warrior friends which made the day even more enjoyable.

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The race course was on the flat, packed sand and there was water/Gatorade at the halfway point.

At the finish line we received our medals and were offered water and snacks.

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There were a few vendors at the event and we were required to get their signatures on our bibs in order to be entered into a raffle.  Race times were posted pretty quickly and awards went out to the first place winners of each age category.  There was also a DJ pumping music and keeping the party going.  Besides the Color Run, I would say this is the most energy I have seen at a race in quite some time.

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So what was the SWAG?!

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  • The vendors all gave out a few coupons, but nothing crazy
  • A nice medal (although no date or location)
  • A tank top – I do prefer tanks over tshirts, although these seemed to run kind of big as if they were men’s sizes.
  • Orgain protein powder
  • Bear Naked granola
  • Vegan Perfect bar
  • More coupons
  • And most importantly…A coupon for a free margarita from Café Coyote! Yippee!  I hold a special place in my heart for margaritas, so the free margarita is what first drew me to the race.  The only downfall was that the restaurant offering the free margarita was located in another part of town about 10 minutes away.
  • Beautiful beach scenery

Overall, I really enjoyed this race and found the volunteers and race director to be friendly and generous.  Besides the obvious free margarita, it was fun to run a race on the beach in beautiful weather (although the water was a bit cold.) I do have a few suggestions:

  1. Add the date and/or location to the finisher medal
  2. Offer the free margaritas immediately after the race or from a restaurant that is within walking distance of the event
  3. Either offer women’s and men’s sizes in tanks or inform participants that they run big

But I really did enjoy this event and I hope to see this race grow in the future!  See you at the next event!

You can learn more about the race organizer and future events from TogetherAs3pointone here.

~SM

50 Things I Learned From the Military Spouse Wellness Summit

Last week I attend a wellness summit for military spouses.  The best part about this summit?  It was completely online!  Score!  No need to worry about childcare arrangements, I could listen to each speaker right from the comfort of my couch…or bed.  Each day (for five days), the links to presentations of two different speakers were sent to my email.  It was that easy!  Just click and listen!  It was the right amount of time and they even extended the listening opportunity for an extra week to give everyone a chance to soak up all the info!  To keep things interesting, there was a Facebook group to keep the convo going with questions, comments, and awesome giveaways!

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So, what did I take away from each speaker? There were a total of 10 speakers and I highlighted the five most interesting points from each speaker…

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Scott Haliwell from USAA.  Topic: “Dealing with Money Stress in a Relationship”

  • Learn your money personality!
  • Finances can cause stress in marriages and is often the biggest cause of divorce.
  • There is a correlation between health and finances: if you don’t have a handle on your finances, your health will also most likely suffer.
  • Instead of judging your partner’s spending habits, work together to reach a financial compromise.
  • Bring the kids into money conversations to create good money habits early in life.

Adrianna Domingos-Lupher from MSB New Media.  Topic: “Learn to Bring Health, Wellness, and Balance to Your Finances”

  • The more you talk about money, the easier it will get.
  • Acknowledge that money is a useful tool.
  • Don’t just make a budget-actually analyze your spending habits.
  • Talk about money during family household meetings and prioritize financial goals.
  • Power Pay is a great tool for managing finances and spousal IRA’s are a great resource for stay-at-home parents.

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Ruvi Makuni, CPT from Fit Active Toned.  Topic: “How to Make Fitness Non-Negotiable”

  • Find what moves you and do what you love.
  • Kids love watching us being active!  Encourage them with positive thoughts and encouragement!
  • Make the most of your time.  Meal plan on Friday; Grocery shop on Saturday: Meal prep on Sunday.
  • Complete intermittent workouts throughout the day and combine exercises to incorporate more muscles in a short amount of time.
  • Designate a time each day to be active and make it non-negotiable.

Judy Davis from The Direction Diva.  Topic: “The Emotions of Military Life”

  • Milspouses are logistic and prefer control and order.  Emotions are harder to handle.
  • Learn how to identify emotions as they occur and allow yourself to experience those feelings.
  • Deal with what happens in that moment and be honest with your feelings.
  • Don’t compare your everyday life with someone else’s highlight reel. <— 100 times yes! 🙂
  • Know that you don’t have to be perfect in everything you do.

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Capt. Kimberly Elenberg from Operation Live Well.  Topic: “How to Make Healthy Eating Choices on Your Military Installation”

  • One goal of Operation Live Well is to put healthier choices in commissaries, including the addition of farmers markets and healthy cooking classes.
  • It is a community effort!  More experienced milspouses are needed to mentor the younger milspouses.
  • Be flexible with foods and grocery shopping – be open to what’s on sale and prepare meals based on coupons.
  • Patrons should contact DECA to let them know what items they want available in commissaries by using the ICE contact form.
  • Put out healthy snacks for kids and include them in the meal planning and cooking process.

Kiersten Peterson, NTP from Vibrant Life Army Wife.  Topic: “How to Clean up your Diet While Maintaining your Sanity”

  • Eat real foods – remove processed foods – eliminate refined sugars – prepare meals at home.
  • Drink more water – eat more veggies – don’t be afraid of fat.
  • Source local and organic meats and produce.
  • Keep recipes simple if you’re new to cooking and add lots of flavor!
  • Incorporate healthy fats into recipes – avoid processed and hydrogenated oils.

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Corie Weathers, LPC, the 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year.  Topic: “Building a Strong Relationship with your Spouse”

  • Enliven your marriage by building foundations and stability based on values.
  • Figure out a way to express emotions without attacking each other.
  • Spouses need to be creative! Find support within your community and reach out to other spouses.
  • Set personal goals to make your marriage grow – make your marriage a priority!
  • Set time to communicate and spend time together.

Bhava Ram, the founder of Warriors for Healing.  Topic: “Yoga for You and your Spouse – How to Mitigate Anxiety and PTSD”

  • We can alter our bodies and minds to change our destinations.
  • We need self-discipline, organization, and daily commitment.
  • Yoga and meditation help with traumatic stress.
  • Stress breaks down our immune systems, but we have the power to change our inner chemistry.
  • Mindfulness and breathing help create new sets of chemicals in our bodies, which helps boost our immune systems and increase our metabolisms.  This ultimately improves the healing process.

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Tracey Pearcell from Metlife Tricare Dental Program.  Topic: “How Stress Affects your Dental Care”

  • Many people suffer from teeth grinding and don’t even know it.
  • Mouth guards are partially covered – They are not covered for wear and tear, but you are allotted one per year.
  • Gum disease can happen when you’re under stress and may also weaken the immune system and cause cold sores.
  • Beneficiaries are granted two cleanings and exams per year – pregnant women are granted three cleanings and exams.
  • You can enroll for benefits online, over the phone, through fax or email.

Lesle Brians from InDependent.  Topic: “How to Make Tricare Work for You”

  • Tricare Prime – You are assigned to a designated Military Treatment Facility. Standard – You are in control of your medical care, but may be responsible for certain fees or copays. Remote – Contracted with certain practitioners within a designated radius.
  • Tricare does not cover alternative practices because they are not FDA approved services.
  • Switch to Tracare Standard if you want to guarantee a relationship with your physician and desire consistency.
  • Speak with a BCAC (Beneficiary Care Assistant Coordinator) to get the most accurate information about Tricare questions.
  • Educate and empower yourself! Seek your own answers and be your own healthcare advocate!

So, was there SWAG?  Of course!

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  • A free membership to Thrive Market!
  • A one week personal training session with Ruvi Makuni at Fit. Active. Toned.  Ruvi was great and really tried to get to know me and my exercise habits prior to setting up a plan for me.  She set up a consultation over the phone and followed up with emails. The Trainerize app was super easy to use and the plan was easy to follow.

This was a great experience that fit easily into my schedule and I can’t wait for next year’s Summit! Thanks again to InDependent for hosting this awesome event!

Green Moms Meet WOW Summit 2015 Part 1/Instagram

This past week I attended the Green Moms Meet WOW Summit here in sunny San Diego.  And let me just say, WOW was definitely the right word to use for this event.  It was a Swag Mama’s heaven to say the least.  There was so. much. swag. I was swimming in it by the end of the day.  It was an all day event that included presentations from various speakers in a large room followed by smaller workshops in the afternoon.  There was an exhibitor hall that housed all of the swag and each vendor offered samples and snacks.  The lobby area was filled with unlimited coffee and water, activity tables, and a raffle ticket area.  Kids were welcome, but it really was an event for moms to connect and learn more about green and healthy living.  Because this was such a huge event, I am breaking this post up into parts!

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This event was sponsored by Kiwi Magazine and the founder, Maxine Wolf even said a few words!

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The next speaker was Jillian Darlington, who is the founder of the MomCO app.  She is pretty rad and if you are looking for some new mom connections, go ahead and download the app.  Use my code when registering! K3GYX7UXFO

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Next up was celebrity chef, Ann Cooper from the Chef Ann Foundation.  She is pretty dope because she has a mission to bring healthy and real foods into school cafeterias all around the country.  Check out her #realschoolfood initiative so that you can take part in this important cause!

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Then it was break time and off to check out all of the exhibitors in the exhibitor hall!

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Now, for some SWAG!

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-Insulated bag – I LOVE this!  I love tote bags of all sorts, but an insulated one is a pretty sweet bonus!

– Tumbler cup with a straw

-Water bottle – I already carry this little gem everywhere I go

Check back for Part 2 where I will post even more SWAG!  You can also now follow me on Instagram! @theswagmama

~SM

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