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The Most Random Post

I haven’t done a traditional style “thinking out loud” for a while.  What am I thinking about this week?

Who really cares…I doubt anyone was at the edge of their seat waiting…

It’s been a rough welcome back to New Jersey.  I’m not shy about admitting that snow is my thing.  After going to college in the tundra of Upstate, NY where it was too cold for snow, I’m done with it.  At least in Upstate, they plowed the roads efficiently.

LOLZ red dot indicates where I went to college

LOLZ red dot indicates where I went to college

I will admit, however, I was extremely impressed with how well the roads and the Philadelphia airport parking lot was plowed.  Not having to dig my car out at 11:30 at night was a nice surprise.

It was Christmas!

It was Christmas!

Complaining about the weather doesn’t change the fact that is winter so realistically we just need to make it through February.

In addition, to the weather change I’m transitioning back to East Coast time.  Now I feel “young again” because I’m up until midnight and wake up at 8-9.  Versus crashing at 9pm…that will be next week.

A little late but I don’t know if I’ve ever discussed on the blog.  I’m a Panthers fan and the team is going to the Super Bowl.  Am I die hard, scream at the TV type of person?  No but I have followed the team and games since freshman year of college.  This year was the first year I didn’t do a fantasy football team with them winning every day (literally I have for the last 6 years…) and of course this happens.  Oh well, Kevin and I might not be freinds after this game.

I’m a Panthers fan, and we are going to the Super Bowl.  Am I die hard, scream at the TV type of person?  No, but I have followed the team and games since freshman year of college.  This was the first year I didn’t do a fantasy football team with them winning every single game (literally I have for the last six years…) and of course, this happens.

So what else am I thinking about?
A Spring Race schedule of course! I’m going back to my two favorite half marathons.

Shamrock Half (Virginia Beach) 
This is one of the best, and well put together races.  If you are looking for a good Spring half or full marathon, this is your best bet. shamrock 3

April Fools half (Atlantic City)
I am going to run the April Fools half marathon in Atlantic City.  It was my favorite race in 2014, unfortunately (LOLOLOL), I got married the same day last year.

I guess that is all I have for now, and I’ll go for a run.

Question for you: Tell me a random thought you’re having right now. 

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Brands on LOLZ

I have been fortunate to work with several brands and companies through blogging.  While making LOLZ blog a full time job is not something I’m interested in, blogging has led me to incredible companies and people.  Blogging full time is a lot of work.  I feel like I spend a lot of time and effort blogging and I still have so much to learn!

A few readers have asked if I would do a post about brands I’ve specifically worked with.  I thought it was a great idea!  I’m proud of each brand I’ve worked with. I don’t hide it! I wouldn’t get to work with any brands if I didn’t have readers.

Brands on fueledbylolz

I prefer to work with a specific brand or product versus running ads or pop-ups.  I love Amazon more than most people but I can never justify earning roughly 40 cents per 1000 views.  The general rule for an ad is the more intrusive it is, the more they will pay.  A pop up video ad that scrolls halfway across the screen as you try and catch the X probably pays the most!

I do understand many bloggers make a full time income from that sort of thing but it’s not my thing.  I prefer to work with brands I already like or are a good fit! 

I’ve contacted brands and companies and they have reached out to me. It’s a two way street.

Companies I use with Referral Programs: 

Technically I don’t “work” with the brands but I actively promote them because I like them.  They are brands I use and if I refer people then I get a discount.  It’s a win for everyone!  Anyone can join a referral program but it’s pointless to do so if you don’t actually like the product. 

Netrition: 
Netrition Home Page

When I buy supplements, protein powder or snack bars in bulk, I buy them from Netrition.

Right now I take a multi vitamin as well as a calcium supplement.  I just looked at my invoices for Netrition and they go back to college in 2010! I went to school in upstate NY where the closest specialty shops were 2 hours away.  I began using Netrition to order protein powder for swim team but eventually discovered other products I liked too.

Netrition generally has the lowest prices and their shipping normally takes 1-2 days at most.  I don’t work directly with them but I like their products a lot so I joined their referral program.

Ruelala 

I can’t say I’m a fashion blogger but I love shopping at Ruelala.  It’s an interesting concept.

They release clearance clothing three times a day every day.  Sometimes it’s last years BCBG dress for 75% off or sometimes it’s Gucci or Chanel.  I won’t pretend that I can afford clearance Gucci or Channel but it is there.

I have bought several pairs of nice pants, tops and clothing.  I’ve bought BCBG dresses for $40 dollars or tops and pants for $20.  I’ve even bought Sperrys for $30 before too! I like to think of it as TJ Maxx but online.

Dress and shoes from Ruelala (Betsy Johnson)

Dress and shoes from Ruelala (Betsey Johnson)

They have also have sports brands such as Saucony, ASICS and CW-X tights.  Last week they had CW-X tights for 40 dollars (the ones that were normally 120+).  To be honest, I get about 90% of my real life clothing at Ruelala because you can’t beat the sales.

Brands that are currently using Sidebar Ad space: 

Fit frame: (Phone App) 

fit frame ad 2

The Fit Frame app was created by personal friends Mike and Alison.  It’s a great 3rd party photo and training app to use on Instagram.  It allows you to upload your photo, edit and add your workout, pace and time.  It’s a really cool concept!

mike alison and i

Mike, Alison and I

Shameless plug: Currently I do have two ad spaces available so if you are a blogger, company, brand or service interested in advertising don’t hesitate to email me.  I can provide you with a media kit, pricing, ect.

Brands I’ve worked with through posting: 

Injinji is my sock of choice.  About 2 years ago I posted about my favorite socks.  It was an unsponsored post and I discussed which socks saved me from blisters.  Injinji reached out to me and asked if I wanted to exclusively use their socks.  In return they sent me quite a few pairs of socks.  They are comfortable and I haven’t gotten blisters on my feet since.  Plus I can wear them with flip and sandals and look super fly!

injinji wool socks

Janji I wrote a post for Janji a couple of weeks ago.  I had been following them for a while through twitter.  I like their company and everything they stand for.  I also really like their products.

janji tank

Sears

I was part of the “Sears Blogger Team” last year because it’s one of my favorite department stores.  I remember receiving the email and thinking it was too good to me true!  While the campaign is over, I still shop at Sears for a lot of my appliances, clothing and whatever else.

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One of my better Sears campaign creations: 

ugly sweater sears1

Long Story short: 

I use each brand that  promote.  Blogging is an extension of my personal life and a hobby I enjoy.

I believe that working with companies is a two way street.  As a blogger you have to let brands know you like them.  There are plenty of bloggers in the sea of the internet.  A brand cannot possibly know who all of their fans are.  At the same time, over promoting brands that aren’t relevant to your website only makes you look greedy and fake.  I mean if I posted a product review for tea you guys know that wouldn’t be real life.  #coffeeforlife

Working and discovering new brands is something I like to do.

Questions for you:

Bloggers do you work frequently with brands?

What is one brand you would love to work with?

Wawa would be the best for me.

 

Lorraine.

Last weekend we sold my car.  As most people know, I’ve kept the same car since getting my drivers license in 2006.

Selling my car was a little bit more emotional than I assumed it would be.  Just thinking about it, I spent nearly a decade with my 2000 Pontiac Firebird but there are some things you just have to let go.  Plus as most people know, I recently purchased a new (to me) car so there is no need for two cars.

Here is a brief history of Lorraine and I: 

During high school I worked as a lifeguard and saved for a car.  One thing I will always be grateful for was my parents teaching me how to budget and save for items you want to buy.

First drive (after doing an open water swim...no arm tattoo for me ;)

First drive (after doing an open water swim…no arm tattoo for me 😉

After shopping around with DadLOLZ, we found Lorraine.  Talking to various used car dealerships was an adventure in itself. We test-drove her around and within an hour, I knew she was “the one”.

It took time to convince mom but ultimately she allowed me to buy the car.

Lorarine was with me during high school.

During college…

college snow life.

college snow life.

During work in Oswego, my move to Texas, my move back to Virginia and into New Jersey.

Lorraine

Posing on my 21st birthday (but not driving ;)

Posing on my 21st birthday (but not driving 😉

We’ve traveled 28 states and had our fair share of adventures.

Last Feb while running with Megan and Greta I accidentally locked my keys in my car in Princeton.  After a 16 mile you don't want to come back to that...

Last Feb while running with Megan and Greta I accidentally locked my keys in my car in Princeton. After a 16 mile you don’t want to come back to that…

She hauled all of my life possessions several times and even a mattress and box springs.

I got my coffee and my car...

I got my coffee and my car…

But it is time to say goodbye and relocate you to a new home.

Goodbye beautiful Lorraine.

Goodbye beautiful Lorraine.

It was obviously a little more difficult than I imagined but there comes a time in life that you must let things go.  This is the best time and I know she is in a good home.

Questions for you:

What was your first car?

What is the most expensive item you have ever purchased?

For me, it’s my car Gretchen but some of those full marathons (NYCM) will set you back too. 😉

Thursday Thoughts

This week has gone by so quickly. Does anyone else feel like when you have a lot to do, the week flies by? Every week we get a little bit further into summer. I feel like in the blink of an eye summer will be gone!

Anyways this post is all over the place like Thursdays normally are…but no surprise there.

About a year ago I broke my favorite glasses.  I have been needing a new pair but it got lost in the cracks of things to do.  I was really excited when Firmoo contacted me to review a pair of eyeglasses.  I was really excited that the timing worked out really well. I needed new glasses and a glasses company contacted me to review their product. Winning!

The firmoo website is really easy to use. I uploaded my doctors prescription and ordered a pair.  I was nervous because obviously I didn’t try them on before ordering them. Once they came in, I loved them. I went with something a little bit more fashion forward and that I would wear in public.  I used to wear my glasses frequently so I’m excited to do that again!

It took about 7 days from ordering to receiving. That’s normally the same time as being fitted in store. I’m really impressed.  The glasses are really nice and I’ve gotten a few compliments.  Plus they aren’t expensive (with prescription it’s about 100 dollars).  Firmoo sent me the first pair for free but I’ll probably order a second pair.  In cliff notes, I am really glad I was given this opportunity and I love my glasses.  I recommend them if you are in the market for new ones (or like their frames because you can get them without prescription).

me glassesOh and these are the ones I chose!

 

Moving on…My Confession of the week: I’ve become a smoothier.  Laura got us a Nutribullet for our wedding and ever since then I find myself making smoothies.  I’ve only ventured into using it for smoothies (I know there are so many other cool things to make with it!)

A smoothie hiding in the window  -artsy

A blueberry smoothie hiding in the window
-artsy

Yesterday I went to Target to get spinach and milk.  A summertime trash can, printed party pants, some other random household baskets and mattress pad later…I come home.  I did get the spinach and milk but I’m a cliche Target shopper.

target shopping

Continuing with this post with no “flow”: Today I get to meet up with Mike and Allison.  This is a really exciting day.  They both are the creators of the fit frame app.   They are traveling from Europe to the US and stopped in NYC.  Since NYC is only a couple hours from me we decided to meet a diner.  So classy!  I’ve been waiting for this all month LOL.

Is this already the last week of May?  May felt like I was playing catch up from being gone so hopefully June will be a little less busy.

As you can see my mind is all over the place this week. I keep saying next week will be less busy but I’m starting to feel like there is always something popping up. I don’t mind though because I truly enjoy my life, job, running, friends and everything in between.

Questions for you: 

Do you wear glasses or contacts? 

Do you have any recipes to make in a nutribullet? 

Tell me something random about your week.

 

Back to Reality Thoughts…

This last two weeks have been exhausting to say the least…a lot of people have asked how I’ve adjusted back from a very long “vacation and world revolving around me”.  In the cruise, everything we wanted and needed was taken care of…

oasis of the seas royal carribean

I guess I can’t live on a ship forever…

 

Now we are back to real life and back to the harsh reality that the world does not revolve around me…kidding…

I decided to just compile random thoughts I’ve had lately.  I haven’t had a random post in a long time.

After a month of little to no routine, it’s been hard to readjust to a routine and working.  Not only readjusting but it’s a busy month for us at work.  If I’m slow to get back to you, I promise it’s not you…it’s me…but I’m not breaking up blogging world.  I’m still running, dinering and blogging…but I love my job and my job comes before blogging.  I just have a lot on my plate right now!

I went from 0-40 hours.  Thankfully I remembered what exactly a running shoe is.

This is a running shoe.  Thanks google...you have the answer for everything.

This is a running shoe. Thanks google…you have the answer for everything.

My days off haven’t really been my days off.  There are a lot of items to take care after getting married.  After going to base last week and we realized we needed my new social security card, we wasted most of the day doing that.  So that day off was a doozy.  We finally got everything done though.

I’ve been working on my blog layout and design.  It’s not exactly where I would like it but it’s getting close.  I didn’t care for the previous design…if anyone is interested in helping, I would appreciate that.

Broad Street taught me that I have not run that fast in a while.  I’m so sore and taking time to recover.  My calves are not been this sore in a while (in a good way!)

At least Royal Caribbean taught me to stop and stretch

At least Royal Caribbean taught me to stop and stretch

Speaking of running, on Tuesday I took a nasty fall and got very scraped up.  I thought I had broken my arm (due to the amount of pain), plus I was bleeding badly.   Luckily I believe that it’s just bruised. It’s very unpleasant to the eyes though and I have no less than 8 bandaids on my hands, elbow, shoulder and knee.

My weekend lately has been Wednesday and Thursday and boy do I look forward to that.  By Tuesday I’m so exhausted my exhaustion has exhaustion.

Today is Thursday and after a very busy day yesterday (with no North Jersey success story), I am taking today completely to myself.  It’s going to be glorious.

Questions for you: 

How do you readjust to real life after a vacation? 

Share a fun fact about your week. 

 

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