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What Really is the Best Tool to Promote Content?


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I usually do not review products that are not focused on health and wellness but I had to write this piece about this new tool I’ve been using for about a month for blogging. Now I promise I will bring this back to health and happiness so do not go anywhere!

As a blogger, I’ve learned that you have to really focus on taking care of yourself. The best way to do that, is by finding tools that can help you automate as much as possible to free your time. That’s what CoSchedule has done for me. Learn all about it today!

I learned about CoSchedule roughly 6 weeks ago and it has changed my life as a blogger. I’ve increased my efficiency, productivity and gotten major traffic wins for the site. Plus, they have tons of great posts with free advice that I’ve found very helpful. Lets get to it!

What is CoSchedule?

CoSchedule is is an easy drag-and-drop content marketing calendar that allows you to plan, create, and promote your content all in one place. It saves you time and helps you grow your audience through smart marketing plans and efficient team collaboration”.

If you are working as a team of one this is major. One of the challenges I’ve faced as a blogger has been, how do I share my content on social media over time. Short answer the key is CoSchedule!

How Does it Work?

I can show you better than I can tell you. Check out this quick video before I get into my actual calendar.

Awesome Right? If you aren’t doing black flips yet, you are about to my friend.

Using CoSchedule

I used this tool for organizing content, sharing content, and tracking progress. Let me walk you through some of my favorite features.

 

On the home screen you will see a breakdown of your content with most shares, your upcoming tasks and upcoming blog posts. As you can see I got a lot happening in the next few days. The tasks column is awesome for keeping me on schedule. While I do not use the team piece, you can assign tasks to your team members as well.

Here is my editorial calendar. As you can see I have a diverse set of messages going out every day promoting my content. This is one of the major reasons I love this tool. I can share to every single social media platform except instagram (although they recently announce that is on the way)!

Ever wonder how people create amazing SEO friendly titles? Well you do not need to wonder anymore! CoSchedule has a free tool called headline analyzer that rates your titles based on their SEO optimization. This tool is amazeballs and did I mention is free? They have integrated this with the editing content feature and now you can create awesome titles and see your title history for each post. This is great for promoting.

The Social Template feature alone merits getting this tool. Here You can decide how often you want to promote individual posts. Yes! You can create a template for new posts and share them for the period of time you decide. How freaking awesome is that? See it in action! The best part? CoSchedule will decide for you, when is the best time to share your post. That’s right! Say goodbye to the days when you had to figure out the best posting times for each social media platform!

As a blogger you know analytics are life! CoSchedule integrates with bitly and google analytics great to get a better picture of how your content is performing. They also integrate with evernote but I don’t use that tool.

What has this amazing tool done for me?

It has changed the game! I am much more strategic, my content is consistently promoted and I am saving a lot of time! They aren’t joking. You will get your time back. I’ve been using my extra time to create new content, focus on getting to know my audience better and I even have time to get back to pole dancing. *Que dance music*

As a blogger, I’ve learned that you have to really focus on taking care of yourself. The best way to do that, is by finding tools that can help you automate as much as possible to free your time. That’s what CoSchedule has done for me. Before I was really struggling to promote and keep everything in one place, not anymore! Now I feel so much better about my process and less overwhelmed. CoSchedule has me feeling like Queen B!

CoSchedule offers a variety of plans that you can pick from. You can start a 14-day FREE trial to check it out for yourself! I promise you will not be disappointed! While you are there check out their amazing referral program that can help you get this tool for free! I am not joking!

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Please do not hesitate to send me your questions. I love this tool and I think you will too!

This post was written as part of CoSchedule’s Referral and Review Program, and the links included in this post are affiliate links. All opinions and words, other than the ones quoted, are my own.

Learn Why Not All Protein Flavors Are Created Equal


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As promised I wanted to provide an update on the protein powders from Bob’s Red Mill and announce our giveaway winner!!!

First, let talk about the chocolate and protein flavors. During my previous post, I shared my thoughts on both the vanilla and chai flavors. Since then, I’ve tried both the protein and the chocolate both blended with fruits and only with water and ice. I am not a fan. I do not like the taste at all. The protein flavor has a very weird after taste. I hate after taste!

The chocolate flavor doesn’t blend well either. I did a blend with berries and it had such a chalky taste, I had to add ginger powder to try to make it manageable. I don’t know if I am not blending it with the right fruits, but I feel very strongly against protein powders that are not versatile to handle the fruits that I like or stand alone.

These flavors are a no go for me. Maybe in the future, I will give it another chance, perhaps for baking but not in my smoothies.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

I would like to congratulate @craftyone! Thank you to everyone who entered!

How To Fuel Your Awesomeness Using Protein Powders And Giveaway!


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Earlier this month I shared a smoothie powder that is great for travel. Today I am so excited to talk about another great protein powder for my travelistas. Many of us are familiar with Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods.

For those that aren’t, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods produces more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products. With a wide variety of whole-grain products—from flours and hot cereals to baking mixes and grains—Bob’s Red Mill has “whole-grain foods for every meal of the day.”

An Employee-Owned company, Bob’s Red Mill is the nation’s leader in stone milling and is dedicated to producing natural foods in the natural way. They stone grind all common and many uncommon grains into flours and meals on over one-hundred- year-old mills.

With all of the sophisticated knowledge of recent times, no machinery has yet been developed that grinds grains into flour as well as these slow-turning, flint-hard quartz millstones of the kind used by millers since ancient times.”

So What’s In the Box?

  • 4 Protein Powders (Chocolate, Protein, Chai and Vanilla)
  • 1 scoop (1/3 of a cup)
  • 1 Fuel Your Awesomeness Bottle with a mixer
  • 1 Recipe booklet

I Hear You, But Tell Me About The Taste!

Enjoying a delicious cantaloupe smoothie using the chai protein powder.

I really like these protein powders. Since I received them in the mail, I’ve been on travel ALOT. So I decided to take some servings with me on my recent trips to both Mexico and Panama (posts coming soon). I took both the vanilla, the chai and the water bottle (which is awesome). I mixed the serving with 8 – 12 oz of cold water and enjoyed it for breakfast.

Since the protein powder comes with chia seeds I did not have to pack any extras (great move). The bottle comes with a mixer, the shape is very unique and it gets the job done. I have not tried both the protein and the chocolate, but don’t worry, I will share my thoughts on those flavors later this month so stay tunned.

Would You Buy This Product?

Yes I would. I seem to be on the move a lot these days, so having a protein powder that is tasty and healthy is very important to me. I really like how low maintenance this product is, all you need is cold water and you are all set. I also love that it comes with chia seeds and probiotics.

As I am transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, I like not having to worry about my probiotic intake. They also blend very well with fruits. I tried the chai with cantaloupe and water and it was delicious! If you would like to try this product, you can enter the giveaway below or use this coupon code.

Giveaway Time!

Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself! Our friends from Bob’s Red Mill will send you a full size protein powder (flavor of your choice: Original, Chai, Vanilla or Chocolate). This giveaway is ONLY open to US based winners. Enter below and do not forget to Fuel Your Awesomeness! Don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter and Instagram.

Nike LunarEpic FlyKnit Review


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A couple of weeks ago I got the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit iD running shoes as a gift. It was an amazing gift too. From when I first saw Sanya Richards-Ross debut them on her Instagram account I was intrigued by the running shoe.

Mainly because it didn’t look any other running shoe I’d ever seen before. It looked more like a basketball shoe than a running shoe. Needless to say, I was excited about getting my feet into them and hitting the pavement.

Earlier this month I took them out on the road last week and I was super impressed. My shoes came with an extra insole which I didn’t wear because I liked the way they felt without them. The first thing I noticed when I put the shoe on was the snug fit around the toe box and the heel counter.

The next thing I noticed was the support around the ankle was actually an elastic piece stitched to the shoe. The support around the ankle seemed sufficient for running. I didn’t feel comfortable in its support if I were to step off a curb wrong. Also, I normally run in mid length socks so the ankle sleeve wasn’t an issue. If you run in ankle or no show socks sweat around your ankle may get uncomfortable.

When I actually started running I noticed how light the shoe was which surprised me because they felt heavier. Compared to my Nike Zoom Pegasus 32 (9.7oz) these are only (8.75oz). The traction on the LunarEpic has a lasered outsole that grips like grips pavement really well. I had no issues with slippage.

When I started my run it was sunny and about halfway through my run it started raining (wouldn’t be Portland otherwise). The contact with the pavement remained true throughout my run.

Turning corners while running through downtown was my only critique of this shoe. I felt some slippage in the upper as I bent tight corners. This isn’t the worst thing ever but I noticed that I had to slow down a little bit on really tight 90 degree turns.

Other than that the only other drawback to the shoe is the cost. The LunarEpic Flyknits retail for $175. I might have waited longer to buy them if they weren’t given to me because I try not to spend more than $125 for running shoes.

Have you tried this shoe? What are your thoughts? Let’s keep the conversation going on twitter or instagram!

Things You Should Know About Core Organic Waters

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Here at iAmHealthyFit, we love sharing our thoughts on products that you might want to try. We test them, so you don’t have to.

Sometimes things do not go as good as we would like, but other times we are pleasantly surprised. Hence today’s post.

I’ve partnered with our friends over at FitApproach and CORE Organic to review one of their new lines of core organic fruit infused beverages! Now, if you follow me, you know how much I love water, particularly infused-water.

However, I know how challenging it can be to find healthy alternatives to everything that is out on the market. I was very excited to the CORE Organic line and see what they had to offer. Spoiler alert, the answer is A LOT!

What is CORE anyway?

CORE Nutrition, LLC. Is a health and wellness company founded in 2015 on innovative design and science by leaders in the beverage industry, CORE Nutrition is the maker of CORE Hydration premium bottled water and CORE Organic fruit infused drinks.

CORE Nutrition was founded by beverage industry veteran Lance Collins, best known for creating billion-dollar brands such as FUZE and NOS Energy.

New for 2016, CORE Organic fruit infused beverages are delivering what consumers have been thirsting for but unable to find, an organic, low calorie and great tasting beverage.

So what’s the inside scoop?

Glad you asked. Let’s talk quality. Not only is the CORE Organic, USDA Certified Organic, they are also low in calories (only five calories per serving).

They contain a low glycemic (less than 1g per serving) and if you are concerned about gluten, no need to worry because they are gluten-free, non-GMO, OU Kosher, soy-free, vegan.

As if that isn’t enough, each serving contains the same amount of antioxidants as a ½ cup serving of blackberries or cherries. They taste delicious!

I enjoy the versatility of this product. I used it when running errands while working out, and I even put it in my smoothies as a base! Great idea if you want to liven things up! You can absolutely #BeTrueToYourCORE and stay hydrated with CORE Organic!

Where can I get this gem?

Find CORE Organic at a store near you here including 7-11!

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Make Epic Smoothies Using This Awesome Protein Powder


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Hi, my name is Yenory, and I addicted to smoothies.

Smoothies are amazing, well at least I think so. If you are having a terrible morning, blending delicious flavors and textures will automatically make things better. If you are having a good morning, smoothies will make it even better.

For over five years I’ve had my go-to brand for my smoothie supplements. I even convinced my husband to give them a chance, it only took me four years, and he still used another brand simultaneously. That was until the Hemp Protein Smoothies entered my home.

So What’s In The Box?

  • Three 11oz bags of the Hemp Protein Smoothies in their Chocolate, Vanilla Chai, and Mixed Berry flavors.
  • A 20oz cup (which I never used because I like to blend the hemp protein with my fruits),
  • The cutest measuring tablespoon. I love tablespoons; you can’t have too many.

According to Manitoba Harvest, their Hemp Protein Smoothies combine a delicious and creamy blend of HempPro 70 protein powder, organic harvest greens blend and other quality ingredients!

With the inclusion of organic spinach, kale and broccoli to our smoothie line you can get both your greens and protein all in one convenient product. Each 30-gram serving has 15 grams of plant-based protein and is slightly sweetened with organic coconut sugar.

I Hear You, But How Does It Taste?

I am glad you asked! You see, I am the easy one. I am always willing to try things, even if I have to compromise on taste. My Husband, on the other hand, is less flexible. This man is very selective when it comes to, well everything. When I received the smoothies, I jokingly suggested he helped me review them by trying them out.

To my surprised, he said, sure why not. Two weeks later the bags for both Vanilla Chai and Mixed Berries were empty. I couldn’t believe it! The guy that doesn’t like kale was having it on a regular basis and loving it! So, yea, Manitoba got this one right.

One note, chocolate was not a favorite. Maybe I wasn’t mixing it with the right combination of fruits, but I haven’t figured it out. The bag is still half full; maybe I will give it another try in April.

Would You Buy This Product?

We are ordering a case of 8 tomorrow morning. I am committed to living my life a little healthier each year, and I love that I’ve found a product both my Husband and I can enjoy!

This where you come in!

If you are ready to check-out these hemp smoothies, I got a gift for you!

USE PROMO CODE: HEMPSMOOTHIELAUNCH16 FOR 15% OFF HEMP PROTEIN SMOOTHIE.

GOOD UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016.

You can also enter their giveaway.

POST PICTURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA USING THE #HEMPPROTEINSMOOTHIE AND TAGGING MANITOBA HARVEST.

You will be entered to win a case of your favorite flavor of Hemp Protein Smoothie.

The winner will be announced on April 15th! Good luck! Don’t forget to check us out on Instagram to keep up with our smoothie combos!

4 Reasons Why You Would Absolutely Love PrAna’s Gear


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As a SweatPink Ambassador, I have the opportunity to work with various brands to help them review their products. Earlier this month, Fit Approach partnered with PrAna to work with a group of ambassadors to review their stylish spring collection.

Today I will be sharing my thoughts. But first, what is PrAna?

PrAna creates versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. Since 2012, PrAna has partnered with bluesign systems to ensure that the fabrics they use meet the highest environmental and human safety standards.

For my review, I received a pair of PrAna’s Lennox Shorts in black. Since I am a pole fitness instructor I was thrilled to receive these shorts and try them at the studio. You can find details for the shorts here.

My first impression? I love the material. Very soft but still flexible. Unlike other shorts I have these ones stay in place. They do not roll up when I move which is a plus!

They are perfect for pole instructors. As a pole fitness instructor, I love these shorts! They have a small pocket which is a great place to put a small remote or keys. This is very convenient because I am always looking for places to put the remote for the sound system at the studio.

If you are a runner, you will also love these. I was a bit afraid because my other shorts roll up when I am running but these do not!

I love these shorts, they are easily my favorite pair. Not only do they feel amazing, they fit perfectly, and they look great. They are so multifunctional, from yoga to pole, to running to just relaxing.

As if that wasn’t enough, they are made with fabrics that meet the highest environmental and human safety standards.

If you would like to check these shorts out, I have a discount for you! Head to PrAna.com and use the code PSSS16IAHF for a 15% Discount!

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Nike Zoom Pegasus Review


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About a year ago I bought a pair of Nike Lunar Racer 3 running shoes, and at first, I wasn’t a fan, but I grew to like them so much I bought another pair in another color. These pairs of shoes were my primary running shoes in 2015.

I recommended them to anyone who asked me what shoes they should run in and with good reason. They are light and offer great support.

Only thing is I think they are more suited to track and short distance work. I mainly run long distances, but they still were comfortable; until the beginning of December.

I have a flat arch in my feet, and my left foot started to bother me during runs. This discomfort extended to when I first got out of bed in the morning and when I played basketball.

I took a week off from running while I traveled home for Christmas, but after my first run, the pain returned to my left arch.

Nike Zoom Pegasus 32 Running Shoes

So far I’ve had two runs in these beauties. On New Year’s Day I ran five miles in the blistering cold, and the next day I ran fourteen miles on the treadmill. I love the way these shoes felt on my feet.

I still had the ankle support of the Lunar Racers but had a more spring in them and provided way more arch support, which is important for longer distance runs.

The Flywire cables around the midfoot provide additional support throughout the foot. The mesh upper allowed my foot to breathe.

This is key because I don’t like my foot to get too hot but it still was able to keep my feet warm in the cold temperatures, so I believe this is a shoe you can wear in the cold and in the heat.

I would recommend the Nike Zoom Pegasus 32 for any level runner. They work for me on a comfort level, a performance level as well as an aesthetic level.

They are currently available for men and women (click the links) as ID products (you can design them in any color combination you want).