Feb 05

I Heart Headbands & Runnerbox

This can probably be considered my official “Valentine” post because I truly love my headbands.  What else could wrangle this mess of hair I have on my head in such a fit or fashionable way?  Nothing!  In fact when my hairdresser canceled on me last minute last week (he was sick!) right before my wedding weekend, my husband suggested I “just put in one of your fancy headbands.”  Yeah, right.  I did not take that suggestion but, it just proves I have a headband for any occasion from running to shopping to weddings.

A lot of fun was made, at my expense, during the Super Bowl half-time show to the uncanny resemblance I have to Bruno Mars:

Like twins.

Like twins.

I probably would be rocking a pompadour if I didn’t have headbands!  Luckily, I have tons of headbands:

Morning headband.

Morning headband.

Sweaty headband.

Sweaty headband.

Date night headband.

Date night headband.

You get the idea.  I’m not quite sure when this whole thing started but it’s one of the only ways I can tame my hair and cover my grey!  So you can imagine my excitement when this showed up in my January Runnerbox:

Runnerbox you really know the way to this girl's heart.

Runnerbox you really know the way to this girl’s heart.

I love this giant scarf thing for SO many reasons!  It’s extremely versatile and can be worn as a neck warmer, hat, wristband and even a halter top:

IMG_3103Ok, maybe not a halter top but it really can be worn so many ways.  I have put it to the test with sweat, stretching and several washes through the machine and it’s lasting very nicely.  Some of the other things I loved in my latest Runnerbox were:

1.  KUTOA bars.  I can never get enough of these.  They are so filling and delicious, I finally ordered a box.  I told you I’ve been eating like a 14 year-old boy with all this training so I can’t be expected to wait for my bi-monthly ration!

2.  SmartyPants gummy vitamins.  I’m not big on vitamins.  Some find this shocking but I truly believe you can get all the nurtirents you need from eating well and eating a variety of foods.  However, when you’re training hard for an endurance event, I think you I may need a little help.  These vitamins taste good and are supercharged with Vitamin D and Omega 3’s in addition to all the other multi-vitamin goodness.  RD’s please weigh-in here!  Am I wrong?  Valentine RD and Mommy, Run Fast – I’m looking at YOU!

Better to start your day with smarty pants then a smarty a**

Better to start your day with smarty pants then a smarty a**

3.  Snapea Crisps.  I’m a salty/crunchy snacker and these hit the spot.  Plus, they’re really good for you and come in a great little snack pack which is perfect when you’re already packing snacks for the two other little people that follow you around.  You guys don’t have that?  Hmmmm.

4.  Cherry Bay Orchards Dried Cherries.  OMG did I die and go to heaven with these?  So good and the perfect snack.  They also go fabulously with almonds.



If you’re finally going to break down and order a Runnerbox for yourself or your running friend, you can use my code RUNALLIERB to get 10% off.  They’re doing a promotion in February and if my promo code gets the most hits they give everyone who left a comment on my blog a Porsche.  Ok, you people just get the Runnerbox you order and I get some fabulous gift and street cred with the other RB Ambassadors.  After that comparison to Bruno Mars, I’m going to need all the help I can get!  Help a sista out!

Also, as an added bonus, Runnerbox is now offering a Valentine Runnerbox!  I know.  I feel badly because I didn’t get running anything but hey –  if you have that special runner in your life you know they will smack you if you dare to insult their body’s temple with a box of chocolates.  Instead, sweep them off their tired runner’s feet with this baby:

This is the way to make a runner's Valentine's Day.

This is the way to make a runner’s Valentine’s Day.  They even put a bow on it!


Just to re-cap the awesomeness that is Runnerbox:

Bi-Monthy Box = $20

One-time Gift Box = $20

Valentine Runnerbox = $29.00

Don’t forget to use my code RUNALLIERB for 10% off and make your Valentine’s Day!

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  What’s the worst gift you ever got for V-Day?  Best?  

Do you love headbands as much as I do?  I’ll answer that – NO!  Not possible.





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  1. emma @ be mom strong

    I will have to try this box. I wasn’t a fan of Bulu Box, but that’s the only one I’ve tried. You and your Bruno mars picture is hilarious! You look absolutely FAB in your headbands Allie!
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    1. vita88

      You will LOVE Runnerbox – it’s customized (obviously) so there’s only great stuff in it. There have only been a few items I haven’t liked because of taste or flavor but mostly I love everything I get!!
      Thanks Emma!

  2. Tara Newman

    I laughed out load at your side by side with Bruno Mars. I struggle with headbands…they are either too tight and give me a headache or don’t stay put. What am I doing wrong? Also, I look a lot like my grandmother with a headband on and it really freaks me out. We don’t really do valentine’s day gifts but 2 years ago John bought me a DSLR which was super awesome of him!
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    1. vita88

      It is pretty funny and my SIL thought it was an absolute riot.
      They have a lot of headbands now with liners on the underside that kind of “stick” to your head and prevent slippage. Of course I recommend any Athleta headband but Sweaty Bands are great too!
      DSLR for V-day? WOW! Nice gift!

  3. Janine Huldie

    I think I may need a few headbands to cover all the grey I have not be able to get a touchup recently with all the bad weather we have been having! Seriously, I never thought of using one, but will admit sounds like it may have its perks for the grey coverage. Buy the way, as much as I complain about the cold weather, hats have been my friend too to cover up the grey, so you may want to try that one, too if you are feeling adventurous 🙂 (Hey it has been working for me so far!).
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    1. vita88

      It’s so funny that headbands are my GO-TO for grey coverage. You know I’m ready for a color when I bust out the headband multiple days in a row. I love hats and I definitely wear them A LOT but I can’t take them off once they are on. My hair becomes a complete nightmare underneath so I need to commit to wearing it ALL DAY!

  4. Holly

    I’ve been wanting one of these boxes since I’ve started following you because u keep it on your handy side bar on your site. Now that I’m getting 10% off well you know the deal I can’t pass up sales especially if this one helps you out! I’m honestly one of those people that needs to sample things before taking the plunge on buying the actual product. I like this runnerbox because if it’s anything like birchbox(if you don’t have one I will invite you) I et to try samples of the newest beauty products and no one can ever have to many mini lip glosses. Can I just highlight that you have the best hair! You literally pull off short hair so well and you look so good. I don’t think the bf will be buying me the runnerbox but I will treat myself! Have a great week!
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    1. vita88

      YES! You will love it. Plus, you can do the “one time only” box or Valentine box and see if you like it before committing to the bi-monthly. I’m also such a sucker for a sale – love it!! I haven’t tried birch box – hmmmm – I’ll have to check your site for it.

  5. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    Oh how I love this runner box! I love you in the headbands, only a few people can rock them well and you are definitely one of them! LOL at the Bruno Mars. Bruno has NOTHIN on you!! I have a feeling I would love that cherry snack too, did you give some to the boys?? My kids would have gone crazy over em 🙂
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    1. vita88

      Thanks Nellie and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
      I did not share my cherry snack with the boys, mostly because they were in an indoor pool at the time and I was imagining I was somewhere else. Somewhere very, very quiet 🙂

  6. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    I love those headbands! When my hair was short I wore a ton of headbands. LOL pretty hard with the Bruno Mars comparison. We really don’t celebrate Valentines Day. I get my boys a little something to show them I love them.
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    1. vita88

      Hooray for short hair and headbands!
      That is too cute that you get something for your boys even though they’re all grown up. So sweet!

  7. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama

    Bruno Mars! Hilarious! And why haven’t I thought of using headbands to cover my grays? Brilliant. Seriously, the grays are multiplying at an alarming rate!! My ponytail is way too sparkly these days. Yikes!
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    1. vita88

      It works wonders for the “sparkles!” It’s so funny you used that term b/c I had to go to a new hairdresser (gasp!) when mine had to cancel and they use “sparkle” instead of grey and I hadn’t heard that before. Too funny!!

  8. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance

    Haha! Your love for headbands is infectious. I definitely like them but there is no way I could love them as much as you!

    I usually celebrate Valentine’s Day by cooking for the Hubs. This year I think we will do something different though. Vday is only a couple of days before my birthday so we may do a combined thing. This is an excellent gift idea for a runner!! Do you think it is focused on women or would it be suitable for men too?
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    1. vita88

      Headband obsession isn’t for everyone. And, if I had your gorgeous hair I wouldn’t cover it up either Britt!
      I love the idea of your combined Valentine and birthday – the possibilities are endless!
      As for the Runnerbox – my husband tries to eat/use half the stuff in mine. Does that answer your question? It’s 100% suitable for men and women. Great point! I should have included that!

  9. misszippy

    I laughed out loud at the Bruno Mars comment–way off base! I am the same way about my running hats–gotta have one on. it’s funny how we get attached to certain silly things.

    How cool that there is a box service for runners now!
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    1. vita88

      It is funny! If I’m not wearing a headband, you can be sure I’m wearing a hat!
      It is so very cool that we have our own little boxes of goodness. I’m always so surprised at the stuff I’ve never heard of. It’s really my treasure box 🙂

  10. Tamara

    I don’t see a grey hair on you! And the Bruno Mars comment cracked me up.
    I love Snapea Crisps. I once made the mistake of buying the caesar kind and it was mutiny! I have to buy two or three bags at once, because Des can easily polish off one bag. And they go great in school lunch. I’m obsessed with SmartyPants gummy vitamins, but I can’t always afford them. I also believe you can get everything you need from food, but the vitamin D thing is getting me lately. Florida did temporarily solve that, though!
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    1. vita88

      The caesar kind sounds interesting. I’ll steer clear! The Smarty Pants are expensive but I ended up getting a deal on a big container of them on Amazon. Gotta love those guys.
      Bless you for saying you can’t see my grey hair! I have a TON. It’s awful.

  11. Shannon

    I just want to go on the record as saying, that headband would only work as a tube top on you 🙂 Imight be frightened if I tried it 🙂 I am going to order the Running Box, you always get such fun treats! PS – I love your hair and think you look noting like BM..unless it gets us free stuff – then, yes you are BM!

    1. vita88

      You are too funny my friend!! Maybe one night when we drink too much wine we’ll see how the Runnerbox headband tube top looks 🙂 You know I LOVE my hair but I kinda get the Bruno Mars thing. I may try to pull it off for Halloween. Now I just need a skinny black tie and a gold lame jacket.
      I can’t wait for you to get your Runnerbox!! You will love it.

  12. Dana

    I’m trying to wear headbands more when I work out, because the hair elastics break my hair and I end up with little wisps around my forehead. And Snapea Crisps last about 5 minutes in my house! Maybe I’ll buy each kid a bag for Valentine’s Day…
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    1. vita88

      Great idea for Valentine’s treats!! They never last around here either – yummo!!

  13. thedoseofreality

    Love it! I am dying about the Bruno Mars thing…BWAH HA HA HA!! You look fabulous in the headband…and quite frankly, if I had any head wear of any kind that could pass as a halter top I would rock that look so hard! :)-Ashley
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    1. vita88

      I feel like I could totally wear it to a Kid Rock concert or something like that!? I’m so dedicated to my brand – HA HA!!

  14. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Bruno Mars – love it! And you could totally rock the headband as a halter. It’s like rocking the buff on Survivor, right?

    Lots of yum in the Runner Box this month. My hubs would steal the dried cherries immediately. He’s an addict!
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    1. vita88

      It was just like Survivor, right? I would never wear that any other place but my kitchen. Ok, that was a weird statement but you know what I mean 🙂
      My husband is always trying to steal the goods out of my Runnerbox. I may have to get him his own.

  15. jenn @ runnderlust

    Well you’re certainly in luck with your headband love! There are so many companies now that make really cute headbands! I can’t resist buying one whenever I see them at expos!
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    1. vita88

      I know! Athleta used to be one of the only companies that sold decent headbands and now they are everywhere. I should count them up and see how many I have. It’s probably 20 or so. Yikes!!

  16. Stephanie

    Loving the headband as a grey hair cover! Hadn’t thought of that but it’s a great idea. The new band reminds me of the Survivor buff – it looks pretty versatile! Your comparison to Bruno is hilarious…I never would have picked up on that on my own. Do you think it’s weird we’ve never seen he and Janelle Monet in the same place? Another potential doppelgänger for you.
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    1. vita88

      Ha ha ha – so true!!! They look identical!

  17. Kim

    I’m digging the halter/headband!!!
    So, all this time I figured since I had short hair that a head band was out but you make it look so great. I’m afraid I would just look like a boy – maybe I need the right headband. Now I guess I will start hunting for one!!!
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    1. vita88

      Oh no – us short hair girls can totally rock the headband! Athleta makes great headbands and sweaty bands are worth checking out too. I bet you’ll look great Kim!!

  18. Michelle

    I love headbands but I don’t look good in them. I have tons of them, because I am a sucker for them. How pathetic is that? Speaking of greys…I think its time for more highlights…I am seeing a lot of them right now. 🙁
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    1. vita88

      Ugh, I could color my hair every three weeks if I had the time and money. Plus, my hair is so dark that it shows up immediately. Um, if you’re not using those headbands Michelle – you know my address 🙂

  19. Sue @This Mama Runs For Cupcakes

    We typically don’t celebrate Valentine’s day…Valentines day should be EVERY day right?! LOL. RIGHT. I love those Smartypants vitamins. They actually cure my sugar cravings!! I do stick to the recommended dose, don’t worry 🙂 And I can’t workout without a headband otherwise by bangs get in my eyes!

    1. vita88

      Yes, it should be HA, not so much 🙂
      I agree about curbing my sugar craving with Smarty Pants! Love that.
      Thanks Sue!

  20. Mrs.AOK

    I heart headbands too 🙂
    Headbands are a must when I run..for sure 🙂
    A runner box sounds fun, I just need to get running again…

    1. vita88

      For sure!
      You could just go for a walk and then eat a delicious bar or other Runnerbox treat. No one will ever know 🙂

  21. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    I will check out the V-Day runner box. That is a cool gift. I like headbands to workout and on my bad hair days too. We have something else in common hun.

    I don’t remember any Vday gifts right now, what does that tell you. Not bad, not good, just meh, I guess! Cheers to this year!
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    1. vita88

      It’s kind of an overlooked holiday I think. I have no great Valentine memories myself.
      I hope you check out the Runnerbox. We love so many of the same things, why would this be any different? 🙂

  22. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Give me your, give me your, give me your attention, baby….
    I gotta tell you a little something about yourself
    You’re wonderful, flawless, ooh, you’re a sexy headband wearing lady…
    And you walk around here like you wanna be NO ONE else!

    Treasure, that is what you are!!

    If you are TRULY Bruno Mar’s twin… Then you would know what I am talking about right now 😉
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    1. vita88

      I haven’t a clue but I’m going to Google his song lyrics right now! HA HA HA HA!!!! I knew we couldn’t be THAT close. Whew. This actually makes me feel better 🙂

  23. Melissa Gaines-Mow

    Lol, Bruno Mars. My client bought me a Bondi Band and I really wanted to love it except I looked like Bret Michaels, no kidding blonde ponytail, Bondi and my ten yr old boy chest.
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    1. vita88

      I can totally see the Bret Michaels thing! I think we should do a round of “what guy do I look like?” posts and you can bust out your headband and be Bret 🙂 I’m thinking my lack of any boobs is helping me with the Bruno look too. *sigh*

  24. Melissa Burton

    Glad I could help out with the headband addiction! I’m coming around to headbands now BTW.

    I love those snap pea crips and the dried cherries and have them both in my house right now!
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    1. vita88

      So am I! I love all the ones you gave me and I think of you when I wear them.
      Too funny that you have those snacks in your house right now!! I have to drive to my “specialty” store to get them and they probably have ’em on every street corner in LA.

  25. Carla

    You are right, no. I can’t find any headbands that actually stay on my head. Unless I get them in the kids section and since I already buy my shoes there I can only take so much sparkle. So, so much. This RB sounded good but I’m not really a fan of subscription boxes in general. I know it’s weird since I love mail so much. Maybe I haven’t found the right one yet. Maybe this is the right one and I’m missing out. Okay, I’ll think about it. 🙂
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    1. vita88

      With all the running and weight training you’re doing – I know you would enjoy it. Just try the one-time box – go ahead! 🙂
      As for the sparkle? Let’s just say I’m glad I have two boys!

  26. Alison

    You’re adorable!
    And I love that – Smartypants gummy vitamins!
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    1. vita88

      Thanks Alison! They’re good too.

  27. Amber Day Hicks

    Eeeeee! Love headbands! Thanks for sharing with #LOBS this weekend! ~A~
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