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Win $ For New Workout Gear Courtesy Of XShadyside 24 Hour Gym Pittsburgh



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Now that the summer is behind us, it’s easy to get a little complacent about going to the gym. And before you know it, you’ll see that six pack get replaced with a little belly. Sound familiar?

Temptations are just the worst this time of year, with Halloween candy at every turn, a massive Thanksgiving spread where you will inevitably gorge yourself, not to mention the numerous holiday parties leading up to Christmas. Get lazy with your workouts, and you could end up with a Dad Bod. And despite what you might have read, girls aren’t really interested in that.

Looking for some motivation to get back on track? We’ve partnered with XShadyside 24 hour gym pittsburgh to help motivate you.. With a $25 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods for some new workout gear!

Workout clothes, free weights, training gloves, running shoes, fitness DVDs, protein powder, yoga mats, and more – Dick’s has everything you need to take your workout to the next level.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below and tell us what you would buy if you win! We’ll pick a winner at random on October 14th at 5pm EST. Contest open to US residents only.

Good luck!

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  1. Dan

    September 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Not exciting, but I would buy some new compression shorts for my next Spartan Race, and a foam roller to help me recover after I finish. Especially since I’ll be running back to back races two weekends in a row.

  2. Austin Baroudi

    October 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I’d get the Sony MDR-XB200 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones! Thanks so much for the chance!

  3. Wehaf

    October 8, 2016 at 3:08 am

    I would buy a pair of Reebok Kids’ Preschool Run Supreme 2.0 Running shoes for my niece.

  4. Regine Karpel

    October 8, 2016 at 7:23 am


    October 8, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I WOULD GET THE Nike Toddler Flex Fury 2 Running Shoes for my daughter 🙂

  6. Ireon Williams

    October 8, 2016 at 9:14 am

    A new sports bra

  7. Emily

    October 8, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I would give it to my husband.

  8. Steve Weber

    October 8, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I would get some resistant bands.

  9. Heather D

    October 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I would give it to my husband. He would probably use it for protein powder for his workouts.

  10. Candace Miller

    October 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I would buy my husband a new gym bag.

  11. Cindy Peterson

    October 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I would use it towards new workout clothes

  12. Natalie

    October 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I would buy some new running shorts with the gift card.

  13. chris z

    October 8, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    i would get yoga pants

  14. Amanda lea

    October 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I would buy some new biking gear!

  15. latanya

    October 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I would buy a sports bra

  16. Char

    October 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I need some new ice hockey gear because I’m a busy hockey coach! Thank you 🙂

  17. Jeanne M Rousseau

    October 8, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I would put it towards new running shows, I wore a hole in my new pair, been so active this year!

  18. Wendy R.

    October 9, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Ya, I could totally use a new yoga mat!!

  19. Tiffany S

    October 9, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I would buy hunting gear if I won.

  20. Kelly D

    October 9, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I would buy sneakers.

  21. Alexander

    October 9, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I could use a new pair of hand grips and $25 should just about cover the cost.

  22. mark thompson

    October 9, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    If i won i would buy some new running shorts

  23. Angelica

    October 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I’d buy a new yoga mat and some workout shorts.

  24. Valerie Schlicht-Conway

    October 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Would love to get my husband new running shoes! Thank you!

  25. Alison King

    October 9, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    If I won, I would buy protein powder.

  26. Meghan

    October 9, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    New pants!

  27. Sarah Cool

    October 10, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Some protein powder

  28. Liberty

    October 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Workout Shorts

  29. Cheryl Carmona

    October 10, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    New sweatshirt for chilly morning runs!

  30. Susan Hartman

    October 11, 2016 at 2:38 am

    I could use a lon sleeaved running shirt

  31. Jessica Padilla

    October 11, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I’d buy new running shoes.

  32. Samantha Grosso

    October 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    New sneakers!

  33. wendi

    October 12, 2016 at 12:15 am

    i need a new pair of running shoes!! Thank you

  34. Taryn T

    October 12, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I would put this toward my son’s Christmas present- he wants work out gear!

  35. Jennifer H.

    October 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I would like a yoga mat and yoga pants.

  36. John H.

    October 13, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I would get a new shirt.

  37. Carol

    October 13, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    I would use it toward a new pair of sneakers.

  38. Rajee Pandi

    October 13, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I need a new gym bag and yoga mat

  39. liz lew

    October 13, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Put it towards a new pair of brooks

  40. Jeff j Faulkner

    October 13, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I new some running shoes!!!

  41. Debra Oliver

    October 14, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Would love to buy some new weights to have at home.

  42. allyson becker

    October 14, 2016 at 1:31 am

    I would buy some hand weights and a jump rope.

  43. Mariah

    October 14, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I could use some new shoes!

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This Mother’s Day, Treat Mom To Breakfast In Bed.. And Maybe Even A Spa Gift Card



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bays English Muffins, but all opinions are my own.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re just a few weeks away from Mother’s Day. Do you know what you are getting that special superwoman on your list? My suggestion – Start things off on the right foot and treat her to breakfast in bed. She will appreciate the effort.

While the notion of cooking breakfast might seem daunting to some (myself included), there’s no need to panic, as we’ve partnered with Bays® English Muffins, who have provided us with some tasty and delicious Mother’s Day recipes that are easy to make and sure to please!

Trust me, if I can make these dishes, then you can too. See how easy it is for yourself:

If she’s a fan of French Toast, Bays Classic French Toast substitutes boring bread for English muffins. The Mattina Toscana is a restaurant-quality egg sandwich. The Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Spread is perfect for those Mom’s with a sweet tooth. But my personal favorite would have to be the Strawberry Ricotta Balsamic Bites.

Bays English Muffins comes in four different varieties (Original, Sourdough, Multi-Grain and Honey Wheat), so feel free to use whichever one best suits her tastes in your dish. You can find them in your grocer’s refrigerated case next to the eggs – not in the bread aisle.

You can find these recipes and more on Bays website under the recipe tab, but I’ve included the Strawberry Ricotta Balsamic Bites recipe here for your convenience:

Strawberry Ricotta Balsamic Bites recipe

1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 pkg. (4 oz.) goat cheese (or whipped cream cheese)
3 teaspoons grated lemon rind, divided
4 BAYS English Muffins, any variety, split
8 medium strawberries, trimmed, sliced
2-1/2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix ricotta cheese, goat cheese and 2 teaspoons of the lemon rind.
Toast English muffins.
Spread about 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture on each muffin half. Top evenly with strawberries; drizzle with glaze. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon lemon rind, salt and pepper.

Bon Appétit!

But wait, there’s more!

Enter The Bays English Muffins What Mom’s Want Sweepstakes

Bays English Muffins - What Mom Wants Sweepstakes

To make Mother’s Day a little brighter, Bays is hosting an awesome giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive a $200 Spa gift card, so Mom can treat herself to the spa treatment(s) of her choice. Now that’s a gift that is sure to make her happy!

You can enter the contest every day from April 24th to May 13th 2018 on Bays Facebook page. Official rules can be found at And while you’re at it, don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ Bays’ Facebook page, to share your Bays creations and pick up some new ideas.

Good luck!

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Michael Symon’s New Cookbook Arrives Just In Time For BBQ Season



Clarkson Potter sent us a copy of Playing With Fire AND is providing a prize pack for one lucky reader!

Michael Symon - Playing With Fire

Just in time for the start of BBQ season, Michael Symon (co-host of The Chew and celebrated Iron Chef and restaurateur) has released his fifth cookbook, Playing With Fire, which covers all things meat!

Playing With Fire focuses on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with 72 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland. In preparing to open his barbecue restaurant, Michael Symon enthusiastically sampled smoked meat from across America.

These finger-licking, lip-smacking recipes draw inspiration from his favorites, including dry ribs from Memphis, wet ribs from Nashville, brisket from Texas, pork steak from St. Louis, and burnt ends from Kansas City, as well as the unique and now signature Cleveland-style barbecue that he developed to showcase the flavors of his hometown. Symon offers expert guidance on working with different styles of grills and smokers, cooking various cuts of meat, choosing aromatic woods for smoking, and pairing proteins with rubs, sauces & sides.

If you’re looking for a new guide to classic American barbecue with the volume turned to high, look no further.

Michael Symon

Michael Symon cooks with soul, having grown up in a Greek and Sicilian family. The Cleveland native shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh as an Iron Chef on Food Network and as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew. Michael is the chef and owner of more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in downtown Cleveland, locals of B-Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, and Angeline at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

He’s always posting amazing creations on his social media accounts, so you should definitely make sure that you’re following him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But be forewarned, his feed will make you hungry.

I’ve long been a fan of Michael Symon and his cooking, so when Clarkson Potter sent us an advanced copy of Playing With Fire, I couldn’t wait to check it out. And let me tell you, the recipes had our mouths watering! Sadly, it’s still freezing outside here in the Northeast (heck, it just snowed last week), so we can’t fire up the grill just yet. But once it warm up, we’ll definitely be trying out some of these dishes for ourselves.

Michael Symon's BBQ Toolset Prize Pack

In celebration of the release of Playing With Fire (in stores April 3rd), we’ve partnered with Clarkson Potter for an exciting giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive the following:

  • A copy of Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire
  • A Cuisinart Deluxe 20-piece grill set
  • A barbecue pit mitt glove

To enter, simply leave us a comment below telling us what your favorite barbecue dish is. We’ll pick a winner at random on April 20th at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents.

Good luck!

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Enter To Win A $10,000 Grand Prize From eLEND For A Home Renovation



What would you renovate with $10,000? eLEND, a mortgage lender that provides affordable home financing options to first time buyers and existing homeowners, is asking that very question, and your answer could help you get the cash to do so!

eLEND’s #RenovateYourLife sweepstakes runs through July 21st, and each week a $250 gift card will be awarded toward a home renovation. A grand prize drawing for $10,000 will be drawn on July 27th!

It’s super easy to enter. Simply submit a picture or video with a description about a home renovation project and why you should win at: The winner will be chosen by random draw.

Now I don’t know about you, but I could sure use $10,000 (or even $250) to renovate my horribly outdated kitchen and make it look sleek and modern like in the photo above..

So what are you waiting for? Enter eLEND’s Renovate Your Life Sweepstakes today!

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