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We’ve all got the look–our look!

Most of the time as women we’re trained to look at someone with disdain/annoyance if we’re asked, “Are you a model?” What a cheesy pick-up line, we think. Well, maybe sometimes that’s the case, but all of us are models in our own way.

Awhile back we held a contest where we wanted to see you and your family in your Girls4Sport gear. We got some great photos and all of you were such great models! Here’s one of the runners up.

Lovely little lady. Click on the photo to see all the winners.

Often times bloggers review our products but don’t want to take photos of themselves. There are plenty of camera-shy folks out there, and that’s fine, but if you have an inner model wanting to work it for your photographer, we encourage you to get out there!

That’s why we were super excited to see our latest reviews over at Healthy Running Mom and Makobi Scibe. Not only did these gals have great things to say about our running and yoga wear, but they showed off their new digs in photos as well.

Debbie over at Healthy Running Mom loved our new activewear long sleeve hoodie top and crop leggings.

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“Their clothing is made with a woman’s body in mind. Provides coverage & support where it’s needed. I love the outfit above, not only is it so comfortable, but provides sun coverage & is adorable. What’s better than that?”

Jennifer at Makobi Scribe waxed poetic about the benefits of yoga while using our SupraDry sport short bottoms and SupraDry sport zip top.

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Thanks to both ladies for the kind words and cool photos. Check out the rest of Debbie’s review and Jennifer’s review as well as their blogs. Lots of running and fitness tips in general!

Feeling like working your own personal runway? We love to see your photos too! Share them with us on Facebook or email them. Tell us a story! We’d love to feature you on our blog!

 

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Favorite SUP Spots on the Big Island

Aloha Wahines from Rhonda on the Big Island of Hawai’i! I started SUPing in 2007 when I lived in San Diego and moved to the Kona side of Big Island in 2009. If you have never been here, it is very different from the bustling Waikiki on Oahu. Quite often, it’s just me and the fish out in the water!

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Rhonda with more than just the fish. That’s Mike SUPing with her.

I highly recommend a visit to Big Island and would like to share some of my favorite SUP spots with you! In the heart of downtown Kona is the Kailua Pier, which is also the swim start and transition area for the Kona Ironman World Championship.

It’s an excellent place for swimming and trying out SUPing, and you can easily rent and safely launch a board from the Kona Boys’ “shack” in back of the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel (Courtyard Marriott) on Alii Drive. This SUP spot is frequented by Spinner dolphins, so don’t forget to bring your waterproof camera!

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The Kona Boys Shack

Do you feel a little daring and would like to try SUP surfing? Drive 10 minutes south on Alii Drive to Kahalu’u Beach Park, which is popular for safe swimming and snorkeling as well as a favorite place to learn SUP and SUP surfing.

Keep in mind that the surf is bigger in the winter, so I recommend either talking with one of the on-site lifeguards to ask if the conditions are right for your experience level, or hiring one of the SUP instruction companies (Google “Kahaluu surf instruction” for a few listings) to show you how to safely access the water and catch some waves. Kahalu’u gets crowded, and the ocean can get choppy later in the day, so I recommend going early.

If you are staying north in the Waikoloa Resort area and looking to SUP, the wide-open Anaeho’omalu Bay is fun to SUP as long as the strong trade winds that frequent the area are not blowing. Boards may be rented from Ocean Sports that are located directly on the beach behind the Waikoloa Beach Marriott.

Once again, I recommend going early since the wind is more calm in the morning. A benefit to SUPing is the ability to view marine life while you glide through the water, hovering over colorful tangs, parrotfish, and sea turtles.

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Wear polarized lens sunglasses for even better viewing through the surface of the water (as well as better eye protection!). In addition to getting a great workout and seeing many beautiful fish , SUPing on the Big Island during the winter season gives you the opportunity to see humpback whale mothers teaching their calves to breach and tail slap, which is one of the most amazing things to witness. I hope this inspires some of you to visit our island, and maybe we’ll even see each other on the water!

Mahalo for reading,…and Aloooooha!

Wanna read more about Rhonda? Check out her team rider profile!

Tips for People With Food Intolerances

BY REBECCA A. WATSON

Since I was young, I’ve had excema and I thought I’d tried everything to get it under control, from oatmeal baths to steroid creams. My parents put me to bed with Benadryl, hoping to keep me from itching in my sleep. Nothing worked.

Nothing, that is, until I stopped eating dairy. It was a miracle of miracles! After 20-odd years of struggling, it cleared up in days.

My husband is lactose-intolerant. People joke we must have met on a dating site for people with food allergies (which coincidentally, there is). After he spent years of fighting sickness with no answers from the doctor, we decided to eliminate wheat from our diet.

Now his energy levels are higher than they’ve ever been. He’d considered retiring from competing, but now he’s stoked for another season of bike racing.

For all of our celebrating, there are definitely some challenges that come along with these intolerances. I like to think we’re pretty ingenuitive in coming up with solutions or work-arounds to make many of these problems. Check ’em out:

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  1. Accept all substitutes. If you look around at all the miracles on this planet, you can see that the earth favors multiplicity. Consider the lilies … no seriously, think about all the flowers. Not only are there hundreds, thousands, but just think of all the ones that are purple.By this logic, we can assume that there is almost always a substitution to that cream cheese smothered bagel you’re pining over or that creamy home made lasagna you’re craving. It just might take a little creativity. I use cashew cheese sauce in my lasagna recipe along with rice noodles. Check out some of my substitution recipes or just use Google.

    You’d be amazed at the number of people with food allergies/intolerances who have already climbed that Everest for you, so no need to do it again. Just plug in the words “gluten-free dairy-free” (or whatever your allergy happens to be) and “bagel” or whatever you’re craving. Tada! Or add “substitute.” As in “cream cheese substitute.”

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  2.  Scope out your local health foods store. I know, sometimes it’s over priced. Maybe it feels intimidating. But if you start getting to know your local health food shop, you may find a lot of things you can eat, some of which are already prepared or even frozen.Now, I’m not advocating a life of frozen entrees, but let’s be real for a minute. Who doesn’t have those days where you’re totally zonked and you just need something fast and easy? With diet restrictions, this is often a too-bad-so-sad scenario, unless you’re willing to get takeout, which can pose its own headaches.

    At the my local health food shop, I’ve found gluten-free, dairy-free frozen pizza (a guilty pleasure I’d been missing) along with pastas and other boxed dinners. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the deli and bakery. A joy of pre-made items that could bring tears to your eyes could be waiting. So spend some time there. Some stores will even help you pick things out if you ask.

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  3. Get smart. There are loads of apps out there for your smart phone or tablet, so there’s bound to be a few that could make managing your allergies easier. If you’re planning on going out to eat, try AllergyEats, which is free for iPhone and Android, or iCanEatOnTheGo Gluten & Allergen Free for iPhone.If you’re cooking at home and you’re not a substitute guru, check out the Cook It Allergy Free app and website. You can customize recipes to your specific allergy and gets loads of tips on how to cook for a specific allergy. This is a great place to direct someone who wants to have you over for dinner.

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  4. Be prepared. Speaking of visiting friends for dinner, there is always a danger of accidental poisoning, as my friend likes to call it. No one wants to limit their social life, but it can be tough with dietary restrictions.My husband and I found that it’s best to know what’s cooking in advance. Talk to the host and offer to bring the dishes that would normally have your allergens in it. For instance, at Thanksgiving, I brought mashed potatoes, homemade rolls and pie, all deliciously gluten and dairy free. The host can focus on working his or her magic (remember to send them to Cook It Allergy Free if you’re worried) while you do yours.

    Of course there are always times when you’re not able to eat a dish, despite your host’s best intentions. Eating around the meal is an obvious choice but packing a little protein just in case will help take the edge off.

    Throw some almonds (or nuts you’re not allergic to) or protein bars in the grocery bag you bring over so your host won’t have to scramble to find you an appropriate snack and you don’t have to spend the evening hungry.

Food intolerances can seem overwhelming or unfair at times, and I’ve definitely had my fair share of mini-meltdowns, read:”But I need a Dairy Queen blizzard!” But if you consider how much good you’re doing your body, and you learn to adapt, they can be little more than an occasional nuisance.

Follow these tips and check out other tips online. How about you? Do you suffer from any intolerances or live with someone who does? What are your tips?

Rebecca Watson is a writer, fierce optimist, and cooking enthusiast. 

Spring has Sprung!

The first day of Spring came and went yesterday, leaving behind the dull dark hours of winter (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere) and bringing with it the promise of sunny days outside. This of course, is our favorite time of the year because we’re pulling out our water wear and getting active outside.

Denise over at SoCal City Kids started celebrating a little early with her review of our Relaxed Board Shorts and Sports Tank Top.

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Here’s what she has to say about the board shorts:

They are just great for wearing when you play volleyball or just want to be comfortable at the beach. I like that the material is soft and also provides sun protection. Besides that, they are just simply cool!

But her favorite was the sport tank:

It is just so comfortable! This is a stylish swimwear top styled like the T-back Swimsuit but more comfortable, just like a tank top. Great for the beach or time at the pool and also provides optimum protection from the sun. I love how quickly it dries and how comfortable it is.

Thanks so much for your kind words Denise! Check out the rest of her blog here and don’t forget to sign up for our email list and be entered for our $200 shopping spree. It’ll be the perfect way to start your spring!

Enter to win a $200 G4S raffle!

Spring is in the air. We know what you’re thinking. There’s still snow covering half the planet! What are you talking about? But you know that phrase? March: In like a lion, out like a lamb? The lion might be roaring now, but it’s time to start thinking about the beach, even if you’ve never seen a lamb frolicking in the waves.

email signup raffleGirls4Sport is excited to make that easier for you with our March Email Raffle! We’re giving away a $200 shopping spree to one lucky winner and all you’ve got to do is join our mailing list. Quick, painless, plus you’ll get an instant coupon code so you can pick up those cute board shorts you’ve been eyeing.

Say you’re already on our mailing list, so you already know about the Freebie Friday deals and secret sales we put on. What’s in it for you? Well, we’ve already entered you into our raffle because you deserve it. Thanks for being awesome!

Really wanna win? If you have a friend sign up, you can get another entry! Just let us know the name of your friend in the blog comments. And please, by all means, share this on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more!

The more people you sign up, the more chances you have to win. Which means you’ll be rocking some seriously cool gear while you say your goodbyes to both the lion and the lamb!

Girls4Sport’s on Pinterest

If you’re anything like us, you have a little bit of a love-hate relationship with social media. You love how you can keep in touch with your friends and family but aren’t so keen on how much time it can take up in your life.

That’s a big reason you don’t see Girls4Sport on every social media outlet available. We’d rather spend our time creating awesome looks for you to get outside in!

With all that being said, are you on Pinterest? Because everybody here agrees it’s awesome. There’s so much inspiration on that site, from workouts to great recipes to gorgeous spots to vacation.

But our favorites have got to be the inspirational words combined with great photos. And we thought, hey! We’ve got some amazing images. Why not join the game?

Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Doesn’t that make you want to get outside right now? It’s summer somewhere, right? We’ve got a few of these great images and quotes already up on our Pinterest board. Why don’t you follow us? We’d love to share inspiration!

What quotes inspire you? Share with us in the comments!

Work out like a kid

Who doesn’t wish they could wear yoga pants all day? When we designed our active wear line that was exactly what we were asking. Why can’t there be more exercise gear that you could wear out to coffee, shopping and maybe even *gasp* to work?

When Jill Berry over at 5 Minutes For Mom reviewed our Long Sleeve Full Zip Top, she lamented how easy it was for kids to exercise. “Pretty much whatever they are wearing will do. No need for fancy workout gear for little ones.”

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And when she started working out in our top, she noticed that maybe she could do just that.

I worry about sunburn so I frequently wear a long-sleeved rashguard shirt in hot weather so I chose a Long Sleeve Full Zip Top. I found it to be more stylish than other rashguards and I wore it as I walked from one activity to the next, both inside and out.

Thanks so much Jill! We’re thrilled you feel stylish in our gear. Read the rest of the review or just head on over to our site to shop.

Our new active wear features yoga pants you’d wear outside the studio, hoodies that fit right in during cool nights at a BBQ and more. Less clothing changes mean more time to enjoy life! It’s like the fountain of youth for your closet.