How To Hydrate Properly + a Propel Giveaway!

by Bobbi from nhershoes on July 17, 2014 · 43 comments

in Propel,Propel Fit

As you guys know I’ve been working with Propel on their Add Flavor Challenge. For this month’s challenge, Propel asked me to take a look at my personal hydration strategy to make sure that I’m getting the most out of each of my workouts by staying properly hydrated.


Last week, I had a lovely phone conference with a few people at Propel, as well as Laura Daray, the scientist and “resident hydration expert” at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. During the hour-long call, we discussed the importance of staying hydrated, and also had the chance to further analyze my own hydration and fueling habits. I still need to get her some information so I can find out my hydration deets (Hello busy MOM..eek).

A couple of notes that I took away from our chat:

*Hydration helps with oxygen to your brain and muscles.
*Hydration helps to keep your body temperature regulated.
*Hydration helps with your body waste. (TMI?)

So what are some practical ways to check if you are properly hydrated or not? Well the easiest way to find out if you may be a bit dehydrated is from the color of your urine. (I know we are getting really personal today.) When checking out the color of your urine keep in mind that light lemonade color is good while dark yellow like apple juice is BAD. If your urine is clear that is not good either as it means you are overhydrated. Interesting, right?

I also asked Laura about coffee, specifically if it was true that coffee can dehydrate. She shared a study with me that says that there is no evidence of dehydration with moderate daily coffee intake! Well that’s good! You can check out the study here. 

Ok, now how about this challenge and giveaway?!! Propel is challenging me to monitor my hydration for an entire week! Being a busy women this will not be easy. I am not gonna lie, I have a hard time drinking water during the day! I am gonna get my Sweat Rate information tomorrow so that I can get some proper data back to see how I am doing so far.

Here are the Deets! I’m giving away a Propel prize pack to one lucky NHS reader, including all sorts of awesome Propel products, a Propel towel, and water bottle.

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post sharing how you stay hydrated and/or some of your favorite tips for staying hydrated. (mandatory)

2. Share the giveaway on Twitter, and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did. (I entered to win a @Propel_Water prize pack from @nhershoes Check it out: (optional)

3. This is how you can join me in this challenge. Use the hashtag #hydratewithNHS all next week July 21st-July 25th to track your hydration along with me! (optional)

Open to U.S. and Canada residents only

I’ll be announcing the winner after our fun challenge so stay tuned. Good Luck! Smile

Disclaimer: This promotion is solely sponsored by nHerShoes and has not been endorsed or approved by PepsiCo, Inc. or its subsidiaries or affiliates. By entering, you agree to look solely to nHerShhoes for any claims in connection therewith, and not to PepsiCo, Inc. or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

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Post-Nesting, is that a Thing?

by Bobbi from nhershoes on July 15, 2014 · 5 comments

in Home

It has been a little crazy over here at the McCormick casa! I am not sure what has gotten in to me, but I am a rearranging/out with the old in with the new machine!  I’m not sure if it’s the fact that we have lived in our house for 6 years and I need change or what, but things are looking a lot different around here.

I told the Hubby that I wanted to start fresh with the dining room and guest room. I wanted to sell everything and start new, so he gave me the challenge to use all the money I made from selling things to purchase everything new I wanted or to get creative! Well I shifted into major resource mode and I have been selling a lot of my clothes on IG and a lot of our furniture on Facebook.

Here is a shot of our dining room before. I really did like it , but it was just too crowded and with a 10 month year old who is about to get MOBILE, it was time to make this a more family friendly (or should I say toddler friendly) space.





















Here is what we are going towards…(from Our Vintage Home Love). I love everything about this space! I want to paint the wall that the fireplace is on with chalkboard paint and add this cute saying as well as make that adorable wine display!

So first I cleared out the room. I am not gonna lie; I danced in my socks for a while and even thought of just making it a yoga space!



I really love the look of Farm House tables. They are very family oriented and as much as we host we just need a big table! Our other one was big when you added in the leaf, but when it was open completely it took up most of the room. Since I am on a tight budget, I started looking for some DIY tables on Pinterest (everyone makes it look so easy) and I found a few.



IKEA HACK: Build a Farmhouse Table the Easy Way!  Two IKEA tables join to become one awesome farmhouse table! Such an easy DIY project from East Coast Creative Blog.

But then I remembered that my parents have a table that is a lot like the one we like, so I gave them a call and they were all for switching tables as long as I agreed to host Thanksgiving every year! So we said farewell to our pub table of 6 years (great memories)….



and said HELLO to our new-to-us dining room table! Well, that was easy! We still want to add some wood to the top and make it a bit more rustic, but this table will so do for now. I also want to paint the chairs. I’m just not sure yet. I also want to make a bench for it as well. I moved our two comfy brown chairs to the side of the fireplace and I like the look a lot better. My goal is to score two smaller chairs to replace them. I also would love to find or make a single chandelier and get rid of the two fans.



This weekend RJ and I did a bit of yard sale shopping, thrift shopping, and went to some of our favorite bargain stores (aka: Marshall’s and Ross). I scored this wonderful rug with just the texture and look I was going for!



I pulled out my Owl Shakers and it kind of got me excited about the FALL!


I really have just been going through the house and switching things up a bit, the cheapest kind of redecorating there is! We have a long way to go, but I am really loving the open space so much more. We also took a trip to IKEA because I did make some money selling some clothes and furniture and I have a guest room/playroom/office to decorate!



RJ loved looking at everything with us! Ok, maybe not but it was a fun family outing!



P.S. I have a lot more changes to show you. I can’t wait!

Question: Nesting: love or hate? 

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Five Minute Friday: Belong

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3-Ingredient Margarita: Lime, Agave, and Tequila

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