Birthday Bonanza and Giveaway

1YR_BlogIt’s time to celebrate another birthday.

Work in Sweats Mama turns 1 tomorrow!

Cue the noisemakers and confetti.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I published a Welcome post only my parents and husband read.

172 posts later, I’m humbled and honored to celebrate with you, my friends and family.

Thanks for your support, encouragement, and love.

To celebrate, I’m partnering with my favorite brands and companies for a huge giveaway!

Sturdy Girl Sports

Hilary from Sturdy Girl Sports wrote my first guest post. She’s an incredibly talented businesswoman and designer, a fierce ninja mama runner, and, most importantly, an amazing friend.

Hilary is offering one lucky winner the choice between a Sturdy Girl Sports maximum-support sports bra or a pair of La Jolla capris.

As a member of the IBTC (Itty Bitty Titty Committee), I can’t vouch for the sports bras, but Runner’s World awarded the Miami Bra a top rating for DD+ runners.

I love my La Jolla capris and recommend them for any woman who loves comfortable, flattering, high-quality threads. Yeah, they’re that awesome.

Hilary is also offering two lucky readers 50% off their entire Sturdy Girl Sports purchase.

Can I enter my own giveaway? I’d love to stock up on La Jolla capris and shorts for the spring and summer!

Hilary, Founder of Sturdy Girl Sports

Optic Nerve Sunglasses

Optic Nerve is another independently-owned business making a huge impact with superior products and outstanding customer service.

I first shared my longtime love affair with my Optic Nerve Hoochie Coos, which accompanied me on countless adventures. For seven years. If that’s not a testament to product quality and longevity, I don’t know what is!

But after seven years of love, sweat, and tears, my Hoochie Coos went to their final resting place in the sky. Or in the Hampton Inn lost and found in Bangor, Maine.

Devastated by my loss and in dire need of protection for my peepers, I emailed Mae, my amazing contact at Optic Nerve. She quickly recommended several pairs of shades.

The Cloudrakers filled the void left by my Hoochie Coos. I won’t even walk to the mailbox without them. Seriously.

One lucky reader will win a pair of Cloudrakers with polarized lenses.


Tahoe Mountain Sports

Family owned and operated, Tahoe Mountain Sports is based in King’s Beach, California on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

With a focus on the best products, the TMS team personally tests gear and apparel to make sure it meets the highest quality standards.

With detailed reviews set against stunning backdrops, the Tahoe Mountain Sports blog is a great resource for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. You can even find helpful hints from yours truly about staying active during pregnancy.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the budget to fly a lucky reader to Lake Tahoe for a shopping spree. If I could, I’d be right there with you! I promised web manager Adam I’d leave him in the dust on a trail run some day.


If you’re ever in Lake Tahoe, make sure you stop in the store.

Until then, enter to win one of two $25 gift certificates from the generous team at Tahoe Mountain Sports.


Thank goodness fellow runner Michelle at A Dish of Daily Life introduced me to TrailHeads.

Without my TrailHeads headbands, gloves, and running top, I might have succumbed to the polar vortex!


On the slopes with TrailHeads headband and Optic Nerve Cloudrakers!

But TrailHeads products aren’t just for winter.

I recently tested the Goodbye Girl Ponytail Running Cap. Lightweight and made of moisture-wicking, quick-drying mesh fabric, it’s the perfect cap to protect your face from harmful UV rays.

I don’t typically run in a cap, but the TrailHeads cap is so light and comfortable I quickly forgot I was wearing it.

Made with TrailHeads’ innovative, integrated ponytail loop, this cap is perfect for fierce mama ninja runners and fits better than unisex caps.

One lucky reader will win the Goodbye Girl Ponytail Running Cap.


Enter To Win

I’m going to keep this giveaway sweet & simple.

To enter, leave a comment.

Yep, that’s it. Tell me which item you’d most like to win, which of these products you’ve already tried, or another random thought or musing.

Of course, feel free to show lots of love to these great companies on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+

Seven (7) winners will be randomly selected when the contest closes next Tuesday, March 25 at 9 PM ET. Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada only.

A huge thanks to Sturdy Girl Sports, Optic Nerve, Tahoe Mountain Sports, and TrailHeads for supporting Work in Sweats Mama and contributing so many amazing prizes!

Thanks for your support over the last year! Good luck!

69 thoughts on “Birthday Bonanza and Giveaway

    • I’m so glad we found each other early in our blogging journeys! You’ve been a wonderful supporter and friend! And some day we’ll get together and let our kids run wild while chat over drinks! Or, we’ll leave the kiddos with the husbands and go for a long run together. Followed by drinks!

  1. *singing* Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you…ok, if you could actually hear me, you would probably ask me to stop so…
    Congrats on building such an amazing community and resource out here Mama!! You should be very proud of yourself. My actual birthday is Friday so we can celebrate together – woot woot!!!!
    As for the loot? I would love me some capris from Sturdy Girl Sports! I wore capris for the first time at the race over the weekend and boy did it feel GREAT!
    Enjoy this birthday and MANY more to come my friend. Cheers to WISM!
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  2. Congratulations on the “one year” mark….Fantastic!! La Jolla Capris would absolutely be my first choice BUT ALL these amazing prizes are great!!! Thanks for the chance and have a super celebration!!!

  3. Congrats on a year!!! What a tough decision on great products-the sturdy girl capris sound great but who can’t use an awesome pair of shade too?

  4. Yay! You have done so well Nicole! Happy Blogging Anniversary :) You have come a long way, and I am excited for you to see how much further you go!

    I would love to win the Goodbye Girl hat with the ponytail hole, as I could always use a new hat for summer runs. They are also helpful in blizzards (with a headband/hat) for keeping the snow out of your eyes!
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  5. You know I am a big TrailHeads fan…I love their hats (I’m a hat girl all winter long) and their convertible mittens, which I will get use out of well into the spring, shooting soccer games in the chilly air (multi-purpose here!). Since I have tons of TrailHeads products already, I would most like to win the shades as I have not had a good pair of sunglasses in eons. That said, I also really need to check out Sturdy Girl Sports.
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  6. Happy blog birthday! What a fun occasion to celebrate, and how cool of you to include all of us in it! :) I would love to win those glasses!!

    • Like I said, I’d love to win my own giveaway! I could do some serious damage with 50% off at Sturdy Girl!! I want the capris in every color & crazy pattern!

  7. Happy Birthday to a great blog! Thanks for doing the giveaway, all of the prizes are great! I love the look of the La Jolla capris (I haven’t tried them yet)- the sports bras look fantastic but I am also a member of the IBTC!

  8. Happpppy birthday!!! Love your blog. I would LOVE to win the Sturdy Girl because I would enjoy new workout gear :) I am a new mom, and buying new gear seems like too much of a splurge! I hope that you have a wonderful birthday!

  9. In my mind you have been doing this whole blog thing for longer than a year – I guess it is because you are just so good at it!!! Congrats on reaching your 1 year – I hope that it is the first of many!!!
    My favorite item would be the La Jolla capris!!
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  10. AW!!! You are SO generous with all these giveaways!!! Happy HAPPY birthday honey!!! WOW. So exciting!!!

    Gosh- I couldn’t even pick one of these… they ALL sound amazing!!! If I had to? The sunglasses for SURE.
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  11. Congrats on hitting the one year mark! That is an amazing milestone, and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to be involved during the latter half of the journey.

    While I obviously love the Optic Nerves:), I would love to win the La Jolla capris!

  12. I love TrailHeads gloves, so much that I bought a pair for myself, husband, dad, stepmom, 2 brothers and a sister-in-law. Btw, this was after reading your blog post about them. I loved that I could manage my phone without taking them off during this bitter winter.
    The cap looks awesome, but so does everything else!

  13. Congrats on your 1 year blogaversary!!! I would love to win the Goodbye Girl hat from Trailheads! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!!!

  14. Well, hey hey! Happy Birthday to your blog! Yay! I totally want the sunglasses. I have a sob story about how I only have one pair of sunglasses and they cost $10 at a drugstore and one of the sides is broken.
    And yet, I wear them.
    I appreciate you and your blog SO MUCH!
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  15. Congrats! Look at you one year later! Awesome blog, and awesome work with brands! Woot woot. I’d like new shades, if I’m so lucky to win. I’m not endowed (ahem), don’t have long hair for a ponytail, and live nowhere near Tahoe. Although Tahoe would be my 2nd choice. I’m sure they ship. :)
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  16. Happy Birthday! I just found this blog and love it! I am also a working, running mama and would love the capris!!

  17. Congratulations! You’ve accomplished so much in just a year. I continue to be inspired by you and the great WISM community you’ve built.
    I just got back from a run, and I would have loved a Goodbye Girl ponytail hat- my ponytail got squished! It was my mom’s birthday yesterday, and she always used to tell me to wear a hat in winter because “90% of your body heat comes out of your head.” She passed away several years ago, but I’m sure she’d like to look down and see me running with a stylish hat. ;)
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  18. I am so glad to have found your blog, Nicole. I will become a loyal reader! I would LOVE to win the 50% off discount from Sturdy Girl Sports, I need to stock up for spring! Thank you so much. Happy Spring!

  19. Happy blogiversary! The items I would most like are the La Jolla Capris or Goodbye Girl Ponytail Running Cap. I’m not usually a hat-wearer either, but I always wish I had something plain and lightweight to wear when I’m running a half-marathon. Running into the sun is no fun!

  20. I’m a total believer in Sturdy Girl Sports products. I have 3 of their sports bras- they are awesome! I also have a pair of pants. But no capris, so I’d love a pair of Sturdy Girl capris.

  21. Happy Blogaversary!! Congrats on a huge accomplishment. I am always looking for a good bra, so I will definatley be looking in these bras. I also like the sunglasses. I currently dont wear any but I know I need to, so I will be looking into these too!! Thanks!

  22. Happy blogiversary!!! I didn’t realize that I started reading your blog so soon after you started it. I think it was in late April, maybe. I remember that you talked about the country roads and hills that you train on!

    You’ve got some great giveaways to go along with your celebration! I love my TrailHeads headband, and Bill runs in Optic Nerve sunglasses. I would love to try the La Jolla capris; however, I’ve already won two items from your blog so I’m going to sit this one out. Please don’t enter my name in the drawing, and I wish the best of luck to everyone else!
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    • Thanks, Meagan! Aren’t the La Jolla capris the best? I love running in them when I need to keep my knees warm. And they don’t fall down or shift around. Plus, I think they’re extremely cute and flattering!!

    • Thanks, Alison! I really need to work on my travel connections, so I can hand deliver a well-deserved prize to you, direct!!

  23. Congrats Nicole – you’re blog is something special – I love the almost spiritual aspect of running you bring to the table.

    I would love the sturdy girl capris!

  24. Can’t believe that it has been a year since you started a new phase in your life, and like everything that you have attempted in life – you are good at it! It has been pure please watching you develop into a great blogger! You not only write about yourself and your family, but you involve so many others in your blogs! Bravo and Happy Anniversary! Hope to see my little blogger and her family soon!!
    Love you,

  25. Happy Belated 1-yr. anniversary and please continue!!
    I enjoy reading your inspirational stories and feel energized/encouraged through them. Big fan of Sturdy Girls workout clothes…those high impact bras look so comfortable, effective and nicely shaping!

  26. Congrats again on the blogiversary! Your prizes are amazing by the way – I cannot (well, can barely not) live without my polarized sunglasses. I wear them all the time. My husband calls me the Vampire because I can’t stand to be in the bright sun without them. And I won a Trailheads headband from Allie – love it! So soft and pretty – I’ll bet that hat is fantastic.
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