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**Race Entry Giveaway!!**CDM Mind & Body 5K Run/Walk & Wellness Expo

First off…let me tell you a little bit about CDM Mind & Body!

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CDM Mind & Body is a platform for all things health…and you all KNOW how much I love my health and fitness!  They are your resource for health tips, motivation, information, how-to and much more…and I’ll be honest…who DOESN’T need all that stuff in their life?!  That’s right…we all do!!

And we can all thank Cynthia Ringo for making this all happen!  This St. Louis based group was formed in 2010 by Cynthia and was sponsored by Christ Deliverance Ministry.  After becoming a full-time caregiver for her husband (who had suffered a stroke and then developed vascular dementia as a result of that stroke), maintaining a healthy lifestyle became SUPER important to her because she knew if she didn’t care for herself…she wouldn’t be able to care for him.  So…with about 15 other women from their church, she started her journey to become her healthiest while inspiring others.

Guess what happened!

That small group of women (age span from 21 to 65 including two breast cancer survivors) lost over 600 pounds collectively and counting….WOW!!!!!!!

Since then…the original group of women along with others in the community decided to take back their lives and have grown this idea into a day-long health and fitness event sponsored by CDM (Christ Deliverance Ministry – a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the St. Louis community).

This year, on May 28th,  come and enjoy the day at with this inspirational group!  There will be something for everyone!  The event takes place at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in Midtown St. Louis (701 North Spring Avenue, St. Louis, MO) and includes a 5K race (1st place can snag a $500 overall prize), a fitness challenge, a healthy living seminar and many lifestyle vendors.

This is going to be a day of fun that you DON’T want to miss!  Wanna find out more?  Go here and check out the answers to all those frequently asked questions.  Or better yet…just go sign up!  It’s only $35 for the 5K and the rest of the events that day are FREE!

Here is the best part!  CDM Mind & Body is wanting to offer one of you lucky readers and a guest of your choice a FREE entry for their 5K on May 28, 2016.  A winner will be picked by May 27th.  Enter below through Rafflecopter!

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Would You Rather…. Running Style Edition

We are going to keep it light and fun today with an awesome survey!  I see these floating around the blogosphere every once in a while and love to read them!  One of my favorites is by Laura at Fit Running Mama.  She always has a great blog and if you want to check her out…I say definitely DO!  Go here to read about her running style!  Trust me…you will love it…plus she posts some awesome recipes!!!

Before you go though…check my survey out!  I promise…it’s not the MOST boring thing you will read…and if it is…well then I’m truly sorry 😉  Here goes nothing…

  1. Would you rather run in a thunderstorm or a snowstorm?

Thunderstorm all the way….I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again..i despise the cold!!

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2.  Would you rather breathe through your nose or breathe through your mouth?

Well since I’m allergic to everything that grows in this lovely State of Missouri…and I mean literally everything…I’ve been tested! 🙂  Wait…where was I…oh yeah…I haven’t been able to breathe thru my nose since those first few seconds after I escaped my mother’s womb so really the answer to this question is BOTH!!

3.  Would you rather do 100 squats or 100 crunches? [Now take a break and go do them 😉 ]

Am I a sadist if I say both?  There is just something about the burn you get from a good exercise and you will for sure be feeling the burn after a 100 reps of either of these bad boys!!

4.  Would you rather have a baked good for dessert or an extra serving of your favorite entrée?

Baked goods…hands done…final answer…ALL IN!!!  I’m one of those awesome people who needs a little something sweet to round it all out!

5.  Would you rather run on a treadmill for an hour or run around the same street block for an hour?

A few months ago I would have said the same street block because I’ve done that…I’m used to that…and it’s not so bad if you have a great playlist and a wondering mind (which I have both of)!  However, in the last few months, I have had to get on BFF level with the old “dreadmill” and have actually completed a 13.1 training run on it…let’s just say I got a few weird looks at the gym after I had been running for over an hour and a half 🙂  It’s really not nearly as bad as I used to think…especially if you have a great playlist and a wondering mind (see a theme here?)!

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6.  Would you rather have a headache during a run or a side stitch?

Jeez…neither choice is good but if I have to choose….I’d say a side stitch.  At least with that, you have a chance that it will go away.  A headache (at least for me) always feels worse with each pounding footstep…shoot…it’s making my head hurt just thinking about it!  Let’s just say that a headache makes for a LONG run and not in a good way…

7. Would you rather have a rest day on a work day or a day off?

For sure a work day.  I’m so mentally exhausted after work, that it’s always hard to go do that run when I get home.  I have to immediately change and head out or it just does not happen.  I’m NOT an early riser AT ALL (I blame this on years of bartending and working until 2AM) so evenings are where the magic has to happen.

8.  Would you rather be a race director or a race volunteer?

As a MO’Bassador, I’ve seen bits and pieces of the crazy world that our race directors for the MO’Cowbell Run live in!  With that said, my final answer is VOLUNTEER!!  I give mad props to Kerin & Kelly!  Those two women do a HELL of a GREAT JOB!

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9.  Would you rather spend your money on running gadgets (HRM, GPS watch, headphones, etc.) or running shoes?

Shoes, Shoes, and…wait…I really do love those gadgets also!!  What’s a girl to do with a choice like this?  A new pair of shoes are pretty awesome but because of my weird feet (flat-footed with a large toe box), I’m limited on what shoes I can get.  So you know all those awesome bright-colored shoes in neon yellow and hot pink and cheetah print…yeah…well I can not wear those..which totally isn’t fair.  I usually have one or two colors to pick from since I use the same brand and style of shoe each year.  Not that I don’t love my Brooks Adrenaline GTS15’s but I have to get them in Wides…and that my friend is what limits me.  So with all that said, I’m going to say gadgets because I love me some awesome new headphones or that bright new fancy running watch (Thanks! Nike+)…and don’t even get me started on all those fun Bondi Bands and HippieRunner Bands!!

10.  Would you rather run in a relay or do the run portion of a distance triathlon?

I’d do either to be honest.  I’m not a distance snob and am open to trying new types/distances of races…except those obstacle races that involve barbed-wire and fire…those scare the bejeezes out of me!

So there you have it in a nutshell!  Now it’s your turn!  Answer any of all of the questions in the comments!!!

It’s time to SHINE, SHINE, SHINE!!!

It’s our year to SHINE!!!  Want to come SHINE with me??

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Come join me for The Color Run again this year!!  If you know me…then you know that I’m a HUGE fan of The Color Run and have run in many over the years!  This race NEVER lets me down and always provides me with an AMAZING TIME!!!

I’m never disappointed on race day when The Color Run is involved 🙂

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Let’s start with what we already know about The Color Run

  • It’s known as the Happiest 5K on the planet (and I agree…Hello!!)
  • It’s a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality (Yes…you can wear that unicorn outfit if you want!)
  • It is now considered the single largest event series in the world since their debut – they hosted more than 300 events in 50+ countries in 2014. (The Color Run thanks each and every one of you that made that possible!)

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This year though…we are going to SHINE!!!  The Color Run is introducing a few new FUN things this year to help us do just that!

 This year EVERYONE in 2015 will be receiving their very own LIMITED EDITION Shine Tour Participant Kit!  This AMAZING kit includes:

  • Custom Race Tee
  • Gold Finisher’s Medal (for all us BLING lover’s)
  • Tricolor headband w/silver stiching
  • NEW Shine packet (in all it’s glittery-ness)
  • Shiny Tatoos (don’t worry mom…they come off!!)

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And that’s not all!  The Color Run is also blinging out the 5K course and finish festival also!  There will be an exciting Sparkle Zone along the route and don’t forget the awesome photo ops (say Cheese!).  And to finish it off, get ready for massive clouds of color and shimmer as well as confetti cannons!

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So come on…you know want to!  Get on over there and sign up!!  You don’t want to miss out this year!!   I will be running at the St. Louis event on April 18 but there are SOO many other cities to choose from!  Check the list out here!

Wanna save some moolah??!!  Use the code below to save $5.00 on your entry fee!!

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This…That…and The Other: The ABC’s of ME!!!

Do you know me?  Do you think you know me?  Do you WANT to know me??

If you answered yes to any of these questions…you are SO IN LUCK!  Heck…even if you said no…I’m going to do it anyway…I’m a rebel like that!!

Let’s play a little game I like to call “The ABC’s of ME!!”

A.  Attached or single?:  I’m as attached as one can be!  And I have been for some time now…I’ve been married to my VERY cute hubby Sean since August 1, 2009 (we have been together since 2006).  Check out what cuties we were on our special day…

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B.  Best Friend?:  I have two friends that I would consider my “BEST” friends…these two girls have been with me for awhile…one since high school…and they are always there for me…even when we go months without getting a chance to talk.  I know that no matter what, we can pick right back up where we left off and no one gets their feelings hurt that it’s been so long.  We just UNDERSTAND! 🙂  I have a handful of other really great friends also…I’m very blessed to have these women in my life.

C.  Cake or Pie?:  I’ve just HAVE to go with pie on this one!!!  There is nothing better to me than a “fresh from the oven and still warm” Peach Pie…and if life wasn’t so mean to have made me allergic to dairy…I would smother said Peach Pie with a huge mound of the best vanilla bean ice cream that a girl could find 🙂

D:  Day of Choice?:  I’m going out on a limb here and saying that I truly do not have a favorite day…I will say though that Monday’s are my LEAST favorite…I always have a case of the Mondays EVERY Monday…blah…

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E.  Essential Item?:  Hands down…a hair tie.  I have SUPER long hair and inevitably, it starts driving me crazy by hanging in my face…or if it is the winter…being completely taken over by static.  I always end up with my hair in a braid…a bun…or a pony tail by at least noon each day.  For running…I would say my RoadID ankle bracelet.  You can never be TOO safe!  Want one of your own?  Check them out by clicking on the picture below.  They are running all kinds of sales right now…you don’t want to miss out!

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F.  Favorite Color?:  I have two and I’m not afraid to say it!  I LOVE purple and hot pink!  And black of course if we are talking about the color of clothes. Or neon orange/pink/yellow if we are talking about running accessories/clothes…okay…so maybe I have more than two…LOL

G.  Gummy bears or worms?:  I totally prefer the gummy bears…I know the taste the exact same as the worms but I just love those little bears.

H.  Hometown?:  I grew up in a small town called DeSoto, Missouri (I actually lived about 15 minutes outside of the city but you wouldn’t have heard of it if I told you).  I currently live in St. Peters, Missouri which is near St. Louis.

I.  Indulgences?:  I’m going to say a massage…I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get a massage every other day if I could!  Between running….working out…hunching over my computer at work…I constantly hurt…mostly my back and neck…and a standing massage appoint sounds heavenly.  Hopefully I win the lottery soon so I can do that. (Note to self…start actually playing the lottery)

J.  January or July?: July July July!  I can’t say it enough!  I love the heat of summer and despise the cold of winter.  I’m constantly cold, especially now that it’s heading towards winter.

K.  Kids?:  I have two of those little rugrats!  I was lucky enough to get one of each so I called it quits after that.  My daughter just turned twelve…homones much?? And my son is 8. They are my life and I love them to the ends of the earth.

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L.  Life isn’t complete without…?: a large cup of coffee in the morning and the ability to run!  I love both!!

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M.  Marriage date?:  August 1, 2009

N.  Number of siblings?:  I have two sisters and one brother….I do not live close to any of them unfortunately and I miss them immensely.  My brother and one sister both live out-of-state and my other sister still lives in our hometown.

O.  Oranges or apples?:  Can I pick both?!  Of course I can!  I love me some Cuties and also Gala apples!  They are both my faves and I would choose…you can’t make me!!

P.  Phobias?:  I actually have quite of few but to name a few…coulrophobia (a fear of clowns)….acrophobia (fear of heights)….glassophobia (fear of public speaking)…claustrophobia (fear of tight spaces).

Q.  Quotes?:  Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. -Jon Acuff

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R.  Reasons to smile?:  My ability to run for my awesome and super cute IR4 buddy Riley!  I love being a part of this awesome family of people….Not sure what IR4 is?  Come check it out…especially if you love running…and also if you are the parent of a special needs child/adult.  There is so much love in this group…you just have to come see what we are about!  Click here!  Also…meet my buddy Riley!  Together we are taking the world by storm raising awareness for Down Syndrome!!

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S.  Season of choice?: Summer…then Spring/Fall follow a close second…with Winter not even being on the list…I would like to just forget about the whole winter situation….

T.  Tag 5 people:  Tag!  Your it!!  Pick one or two of these and let me know what you would pick below in the comments 🙂  I would love to get to know YOU!

U. Unknown fact about me?:  Some may not even realize this and quite possibly not even believe it but….I have SEVERE SOCIAL ANXIETY…and it sucks!  If you have it also…you know what I’m getting at…If you don’t have it….be thankful!!

V.  Vegetable(s)?: Yes please!  I love me some vegetable….asparagus..carrots…sweet potatoes…corn…I’m not too picky..there are only a handful that I just refuse to eat…Peas are one of those…peas..blah!

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W.  Worst habit?:  Let’s just say that I have a few bad habits…but the worst by far…is the fact that I bite my nails…not just nibble either…like full on bite them until they hurt.  I do not remember a time when I DIDN’T bite my nails…I don’t even realize I’m doing it most of the time.  I do it mostly when I’m worried or stressed about something…if I’m upset…if I’m thinking…

X.  Xray or Ultrasound?:  Neither because that usually means there is something wrong with you and I’m not needing any of that…No more babies for me either so I better NOT have to have an ultrasound 🙂

Y.  Your favorite food?:  Seafood!  Especially lobster & salmon!  Those two are my absolute favorites!!!

Z.  Zodiac sign?:  Taurus baby!!  Cinco de Mayo baby right here!  Some of the traits that I resemble are reliable, warmhearted, loving, persistent, determined, and security loving. Of course those are the good ones…I guess if I’m truthful, I should throw out the not so good traits like being jealous, self-indulgent, and stubborn.

So there you have it…I would love to learn some new things about all of you…so pick one of two of these great questions and comment below!

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with 🙂

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One of my fellow blogger friends loved my post so much that she decided to do her own!!  Come check out Kim’s post at Sublime Reflection….It’s awesome!!!

AMRAP Nutrition Bar Giveaway!!!

This post is sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of AMRAPBar. All opinions are my own.

Hello!!  Amazing review to commence in 3…..2….1…..

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I was sent these amazing bars from AMRAP which stands for As Many Rounds As Possible!  First let’s get the details out of the way and then I will fill you in on my opinion!

First off…let’s check out their mission statement!  Just reading it makes me want to go out and FOR SURE take on the world and make positive changes along the way!

As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP) defines our philosophy. Through determination, intensity, and focus, we aim to inspire and empower our community to reach their full health and fitness potential. Join us and together we will change the world. 

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Ingredients are always an important factor for me when it comes to nutritional bars.  We all know that there are some out that are wolves in sheep clothing just gearing up to fill our bodies with ingredients that are anything but nutritional.  Not this company!!!

AMRAP creates food that is 100% Paleo, gluten-free, GMO-free, dairy-free, and unprocessed. Raw whole foods, like almond chunks, are a top priority in our bars because we know from experience it is clean fuel that feeds our bodies’ daily activity the best. Their bars have an optimal research-based combination of good proteins and carbs for well-rounded athletes. They are recommended for a meal supplement or replacement, and especially a pre or post-workout snack.

I received three different flavors from AMRAPCashew & VanillaFig & CacaoAlmond Honey.

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Let’s just say that I was stoked about ALL the flavors because they all sounded AMAZING!!  I tried the Cashew & Vanilla first.  After one of my training runs, I ate it to refuel and it totally hit the spot!  Filled me up without making my stomach feel super full and heavy!  And the taste?!  Can you say DELIGHTFUL!!  It wasn’t too sweet and had a little bit of a salty taste from the cashews.  I even let my kiddos try a tiny bite of it and they loved it also.Cashew Vanilla

Next up, I gobbled up the Fig & Cacao prior to my workout one day.  I had weights and core that day and used this to prep me for the energy I was about to burn!   The flavor of this one was just as amazing.  It was a bit rich so I ate half before my workout and the other half after.Fig Cacao

I’ve not tried the Almond Honey flavor yet but I’m sure it’s just as amazing!  But hey…don’t take my word for it…go check it out yourself!  You can find tons of information on their site at:  www.amrapusa.com

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AMRAP is also making it possible for THREE (YES…I said THREE!!  WOOT WOOT) of my readers to win an 8-pack of AMRAP bars in a flavor of your choice.  Go to this Rafflecopter link for your chance to win!!!  —-> a Rafflecopter giveaway

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And the winners are…….

Theresa Varga Kavouras

Nicole Millheim

Linda Ruamthong

Congrats to all and thanks to all that entered!!!  Winners have been contacted by email 🙂

It’s getting MO’ Crazy up in here!

…and I mean way MO’ crazy than normal!!  I’m about to get SUPER busy promoting AND training for a race that is very near and dear to my heart!!  I love this race for many reason such as:

**It’s FLAT…or mostly flat…I mean..there is that ONE hill 🙂

(This is a USATF Certified Course and can be used as a qualifier for other races such as Boston, New York, etc.)

**It’s CLOSE…like roll out of bed at 7:00 for a 7:30 race start 🙂

**It’s got that home town race feel complete with scenery that is AMAZING!!!

**It is a race with a sense of humor 

(the idea for the name came from a SNL skit featuring Will Ferrell)

and the number 1 reason I love this race….

**It was where I participated in my FIRST ever half-marathon last year (2013)

Yes!!  I’m talking about the MO’Cowbell

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This year I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the illustrious ambassadors(my code to use at registration is JWMCB14) for the MO’Cowbell here in St. Charles, Missouri!  I am beyond proud and so ready to spread the word about this awesome race that no one in this world should miss out on.

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This year, the MO Cowbell will take place on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 7:30 a.m (5K begins at 8:00 a.m).  

Be there or be square!!  

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The best part about this race date is that we have a race for all skill levels:  Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K!  And of course, walkers are always welcome.  Another plus is that the start and finish will both be in Frontier Park in Historic St. Charles (here are some directions to get there).  This makes it easy for everyone to meet back up with their loved ones after the race to celebrate your accomplishments 🙂

 

After the race, you will get to go enjoy yourself at the Post-Race Party of refreshments including chocolate milk, bananas, chips, beer and more!  There will also be food trucks for spectators and live music by the Rough Ryders from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In addition to the race, there will also be a Health and Fitness ExMO’ on Friday (10/3) and Saturday (10/4) where you can pick up your race packet (there is NO race day packet pickup) and also check out some awesome vendors! (Do you want to be a vendor?…go here)  You do not want to miss this!  There will be lots of merchandise to buy as well as lots of freebies and a wealth of information.  I bought a really cool “Suck It Up” BondiBand at last years ExMO’ for super cheap (see below in picture).  There are already a bunch of vendors signed up for this year…check it out here!

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So of my goodies from the 2013 MO’Cowbell – my 1st ever Half-marathon!

And my AMAZING race bling!!!

And my AMAZING race bling!!!

This race is seriously a hidden gem!  The price of the race is nothing compared to what you get back from the race!  However, prices do go up again on September 1st so make sure you get over there and sign up soon!!  When you register, don’t forget to use my special ambassador code for your chance to win your very own MO’Cowbell blanket!!!!  

My code is JWMCB14

Your registration includes:

  • Race bib with Chronotrack timing chip
  • Long-sleeve tech-shirt
  • Race-themed cowbell
  • Top quality finisher’s medal when crossing the finish line
  • Cowbell car sticker
  • Runner’s bag
  • Virtual goody bag
  • Baggage check
  • Course entertainment
  • Medical stations & massage therapy
  • Water, sports drink & gels along the course
  • Post-race food, beer & chocolate milk
  • Entertainment in Runners’ Village 
  • spirited neighborhood crowds and volunteers cheering with cowbells

Needless to say, I had the best time at this race and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!  Check out my finish line pics….right before and right after the finish line!!  

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So seriously…put on those shoes…go sign up & train and then come join me this year as I take on the Half-Marathon! My plan this year is to kick this race’s butt and scoop up a PR!

 I will be there running for Riley and Down Syndrome Awareness!!! #IR4

 

Rams Football….Lady Rams That Is!

**Disclosure: The St. Louis Rams invited me to preview the Lady Rams and provided me with a complimentary membership. All opinions are my own.**

Football doesn’t just have to be for the boys!  Women everywhere enjoy football as much as the man standing next to them and this year you can get your cake and eat it too!!!  Well…maybe not necessarily real cake!  But…maybe just maybe…something even better than cake! (Could it be so….?)

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Right now, you can join the Lady Rams, and with your annual membership to this rockin’ girls club, you get to experience the St. Louis Rams a little more up close and personal!

Check out all the perks of your annual membership:

Lady Rams Kickoff Event June 12, 2014 – Launch party (to be held at Ballpark Village and includes complimentary food and beverage) featuring the opportunity to meet Rams personnel and mingle with other Lady Rams members…yes please!

Girls Night Out September – Catch the latest fall fashion paired with your favorite Rams pieces at our Lady Rams Fashion Show, featuring food, drinks and guest appearance throughout the night…yes please!!

Ladies Night at Rams Training Camp  July – Get the first look at the 2014 St. Louis Rams at this up-close, private event…Yes Please!!!!!!! The Rams Training Camp might be one of the coolest places ever!!!  

You will also get a Ram’s women’s t-shirt, a monthly newsletter, and monthly drawings for awesome prizes (think autographed items, tickets, etc.).

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ALL for $35.00 

(Say What?!  Seriously…everyone go..sign up for that amazing deal!!)

(**PLUS!!!!...a portion of the proceeds go to local St. Louis charities…win-win!)

Still want more information?  Well you can get it here!!

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I for one, am signed up and ready to party Lady Rams style!  I am excited to be a part of what I know is going to be a blast!!!  I had a ton of fun at the Ladies Rams Training Camp last year where I got to workout on the field, run drills inside on their training fields and mingle over lunch with the others!

Remember this cute guy that I met last year?!

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It was a blast…you can read all about it here.

So…head on over here…read all about it…and proceed directly to the sign up area!!!

You don’t want to miss out on this!!!

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Other ways to connect with the St. Louis Rams…

Instagram: @StLouisRams
Twitter: @StLouisRams
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rams

Official Hashtag: #LadyRams

**Disclosure: The St. Louis Rams invited me to preview the Lady Rams and provided me with a complimentary membership. All opinions are my own.**