Friday, October 31, 2014

October Favorites + Moji Giveaway.

Happy Halloween! We're moving into a chilly day in Chicago, with talk of snow flurries. What!? I hope the trick-or-treaters are ready for me to greet them in a winter sweater later today instead of a scary costume. I don't know about you, but wearing a winter sweater seems like a scary costume to me right now! Anyways. I have a short list of October favorites to share today, ending with a giveaway for a new tool perfect for sore muscles - the Moji 360 Massager. Scroll down for more!

Favorite Run ~ Monster Dash 10k Race. A few months ago, my best friend from high school and her husband moved to Chicago and we have been having a great time running and spending time together. Last weekend, we ran a Halloween-themed 10k race, the Monster Dash. The race started downtown in Grant Park, and looped south along the lakefront path. It was an unbelievably gorgeous and warm day, and the race ended with goodie bags full of candy, with an apple thrown in for good measure.

Favorite Sip ~ Vander Mill Totally Roasted Cider. K and I randomly found out about this limited edition cider from Vander Mill during a recent brunch at the Rocking Horse bar in Logan Square. Intrigued by the description and the fact that the cider was on tap, we decided to split one. Delicious! The cider includes the flavor of cinnamon-roasted pecans, achieved by {you guessed it} steeping cinnamon-roasted pecans IN the cider. I can't image a better fall flavor for a beverage.

 {Image via Vander Mill}

Favorite Funny ~ This Ron Swanson quote. Enough said.

{From Buzzfeed; image via Flickr: nanpalmero

Favorite Running Tool ~ The Moji 360 Massager. Moji sent me their 360 Massager recently to test and review. This is the first product I've tried for pre or post workout soreness, and I think it's the perfect tool to use for tense muscles! I ran an 8-mile training run to prepare for the Hot Chocolate 15k earlier this week, and this massager was great for my sore legs. 

The Moji 360 is a massage stick that's easy to use, with a handle on either side. It includes two sizes of spheres, designed for different muscle groups. Larger outside spheres dig deeper into the IT Band, calves, quads, etc. Smaller spheres on the inside are good for the lower back and neck. Another thing I love about this company is the fact that Moji is a recovery and massage brand based locally in the Chicago area, out of Glenview, IL. Moji is also active in the local running community through CARA.  

In case you need a massager like this for your running or other fitness activities, I am giving away one Moji 360 Massager to a reader! This giveaway is open for U.S. residents only. The winner will be contacted on November 10th, and Moji will mail the massager directly from their office. For more information about the Moji 360 Massager, like the company on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

 {I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. I received a free Moji 360 Massager to review and giveaway to readers.}


  1. I'm switching careers this month - which will give me more time to devote to my fitness and crafting passions! YAY!

  2. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving with my family.

  3. This would be great for my running and cycling!

  4. I could love this! I would use it to relax!

  5. Thanksgiving and not shaving!

  6. Looking forward to the beautiful weather - shaunie

  7. I'm looking forward to some peaceful trail running!

  8. Looking forward to the weather, the beautiful colors, the changes nature brings and most of all spending time around a open fire with family and friends as well as my boyfriend. Who I am hoping to win this for due to the fact he has serious health problems and this will come in handy . Awesome giveaway. Have a swell day and God Bless gorgeous!! :)

  9. I'm looking forward to the holiday season to start. I work in retail and I love the busy season with all the holiday shoppers.