Tropicana Juicy Rewards, Post 2

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Tropicana.

I haven’t bought a new pair of running shoes since 2003.

TWO THOUSAND THREE.

SEVEN YEARS AGO.

And while I’d like to think that I held onto my seven year-old running shoes because of some serious frugality on my part, the fact of the matter is that the shoes sat in my closet for about three years after I bought them. I wasn’t exactly, um, inspired when it came to jumping on the post-baby fitness bandwagon.

About four years ago I finally released the shoes from their cardboard cage, and we’ve had some good times, the shoes and I. We’ve traveled together, walked all over our neighborhood, played at the park and kicked many a soccer ball. The shoes are understandably exhausted. And given how much I’ve worn them, I’ve probably kept them for two years too long. Honestly, I’ve just had a hard time gearing up to spend the kind of money that a really good pair of shoes requires.

But then.

BUT THEN.

A couple of weeks ago I was looking at the Tropicana Juicy Rewards site, and I noticed that one of the deals available was a discount at the Adidas store – plus free shipping. I did a little research to determine which shoe would be best for what are arguably the highest arches in human history (seriously. they defy all reason.), and a few minutes later, I ordered myself a sassy new pair of kicks.

Because I’m kicky like that.

And did you know what I did after that? I thought about how I’ll wear my new shoes to kick the soccer ball with my little guy, and that made me think about how my husband and I have never bought portable chairs for soccer games (note: any attempts to follow my disjointed thought patterns could result in serious injury). We’re coming up on our fourth soccer season, and we always just lean against a fence or sit on the bleachers and then afterwards we talk about how much our backs hurt. Our oblivion to obvious solutions (BUY SOME CHAIRS, PEOPLE) is sort of endearing, isn’t it?

Anyway, I looked on the Tropicana site and saw that Coleman is one of their Rewards partners, and I thought, “OOOH! I bet Coleman makes some good portable chairs. And durable! To withstand lots of camping trips!” And sure enough – I used reward points to get two chairs, a great discount and free shipping. I have no doubt that my back will continue to thank me throughout this spring and many soccer seasons to come.

I’m thinking about getting “Mamaw” and “Papaw” monogrammed on each seat. It only seems fitting, you know?

If you’d like to enter to win a $50 Visa gift card from BlogHer, just leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite outdoor activity is. Running? Walking? Pushing your kids in a swing? Sitting on a beach and looking out at the ocean while a private steward serves you all manner of cheese?

Perhaps I’m allowing my personal wishes to infringe on the contest. I do apologize.

And good luck with the giveaway, everybody!

Be sure to visit the other participating bloggers’ reviews on the BlogHer.com special offers page (you have seven chances to win!).

If you haven’t signed up for Juicy Rewards yet, you can earn a free rewards point after you set up your account. Here’s how:

1. Go to http://www.tropicana.com/
2. Set-up your Tropicana Juicy Rewards account
3. Visit the “Enter Codes” page within the site and get started with:
BLOGG-HER11 *
*This one-time use code is valid for new accounts ONLY. Must be entered within 6 hours of creating your account.

You can find more information on the official site, and here’s a link to the official rules.

This giveaway is now closed.

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Comments

  1. Teresa Neal says:

    I like to walk. I wish I could run, but had some injuries in the military that left me a non-runner. So, I often get impatient when I walk. But it is all exercise, right?

  2. My favorite thing to do outside is sit on the beach. I live in Kansas so that doesn’t happen too often!

  3. I love anything that involves water and lots of sunshineI walking on a beach is probably my favorite (and Kristi- I live in Kansas too. We need to form a support group for beach withdrawal)

  4. Jennifer says:

    We just love to walk our two bubbies – or should I say they love to walk us! Some days we have a great brisk walk/jog through the ‘hood and other days, we have what we call our social walks where all the neighborhood kids come and pet the boys and ask to hold their leashes…the bubbies love the attention and we love the ‘break’ from trotting around the block! ;o)

  5. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the BEACH! ! !

  6. We live about an hour’s drive from Lake Michigan. One of my favorite things is to go to the lakeshore and just look at the horizon. It’s just so cool to not be able to see any land on the other side, you know?

  7. C Wayne says:

    I love to walk through my neighborhood with my dog and my two boys.

  8. Beach would be perfect – I can sit and read, I can think important thoughts, I can walk or run on the beach – although walking is probably as fast as it’s going to get. The beach is such a multifunctional area. I love it, and would live there if I could. I am not even picky, it can be the Gulf beach, the Lake beach, the Ocean beach – any beach really is just lovely. Thanks Sophie, for the chance to win.

  9. Walking up and down the neighborhood streets with my awesome neighbors….

  10. misslisslee says:

    My favorite outdoor activity is hiking. Closely followed by mowing the grass (no, really!)

  11. In real life, my favorite outdoor activity is playing outside with my puppy.

    In dream world, I love sitting on the beach with a good book, a gentle breeze, and the sound of the ocean and seagulls!

  12. When I’m working out, I prefer to run outside but if I had my choice of anything to do outside, I’d be reading on the beach!

  13. I love to go exploring outside – wayward walks in random places, sometimes encouraged by letterboxing clues or the GPS-inspired geocaching.

  14. I love being outdoors, period! Walking the dogs & gardening have to be up there as my favs!!

  15. Walking is my thing. NO running for me. Just walking. I feel so much better afterward, but sometimes it is hard to get motivated.

  16. I love mowing the lawn and working around the house. Sure I always complain about having to do it, but once I get started I don’t want to stop. It’s really rewarding.

  17. Well, since I now live in Texas, if it’s summertime, my favorite outdoor activity is the swimming pool.

    During cooler times of year, or when we lived elsewhere, I love going for walks.

  18. My favourite activity is grabbing my extended family and holding an impromptu bbq!

  19. walking/hiking…im planning on walking my first marathon in october!

  20. I love to walk my dog in the mornings before the world wakes up because I can take her off her leash.

    I also love to read my Kindle by the pool or the beach!

  21. I love to be on the beach. Reading, sleeping, chatting, drinking, playing games, whatever. Like is just better on the beach.

  22. I love the beach! I wish we lived closer to one!

  23. My favorite outdoor activity is baseball with baseball field hotdogs.

    Yum!

  24. it isn’t like the ocean beach but we live a mile from lake michigan and i love to take the kids to the beach there. it is warm and sunny and there just isn’t anything like grit in your teeth (i kid).

  25. Mami2jcn says:

    I like to sit on a beach and watch the sunset…only happens about once a year but I love it.

  26. My fave outdoor activity is going for a walk when the weather is nice. Now that summertime is fast approaching, it will get HOT HOT HOT. I think we’ll be going to the park a lot and flying kites!

  27. I love fishing!! :)

  28. Melissa B. says:

    Hmm, I enjoy a lot of outdoor activities, but I really enjoy riding a bike in a scenic setting (park, by the beach, etc.).

  29. My favorite thing in nice weather: messing around in the garden. I love working out there! Later when it gets to warm or humid,
    I let the garden fend for it’s self.

  30. My favorite outdoor activity is playing catch with my kids on the front grass.

  31. This time of year, I am playing in the dirt! I am a farmgirl!

  32. I love to go for a walk and take the kiddo to the park.

  33. Trisha Lynn says:

    I love to walk it is so refreshing!

  34. I just bought those exact shoes 2 weeks ago. I got rid of my only other pair of “running” shoes so I would be forced to buy a new pair. And, I love them.

    I don’t really like to be hot, so being outside in the shade with a nice plate of nachos and a cold drink is one of my favorite activities. Of course, I haven’t had this opportunity since my honeymoon, but a girl can still have it as a favorite!

  35. Jessie C. says:

    A long walk by the lake or beach is always great.

  36. I love to sit on the beach or watch my kids play in the yard or go for walks in my neighborhood or grill out and eat dinner on the deck. I love being outside!

  37. Robin M. says:

    Walking is my favorite… especially in a park :)

  38. Does lying on the beach with a fruity drink count as an outdoor activity?

  39. I love taking walks with loved ones every chance I get! Exercise and fellowship!

  40. I love to swim and to lay out. i admit it; it’s horrible for you, but fat looks better tan. And thus I tan.

  41. I love sitting on the beach watching and listening to the waves, or just sitting in my back yard watching the bayou that runs behind our house.

  42. My fav outdoor activity is to sit on the grass underneath a nice, big shade tree at the park and watch my son play. :-)

  43. I am one of those “beach” persons. I love sitting under an umbrella…wearing sunscreen, of course…and reading. I love to walk along the water’s edge…looking for shells and whatever else the water brings my way. (that’s exercise!) Run…NEVER!

  44. Walking or hiking with my dogs. They are always good for a laugh.

  45. Anything outside with my pup! Just enjoying creation!!

  46. My favorite thing to do outside here in Alabama is play with my 2 kids, but my favorite thing to do of all time is sit on the beach with a good book. But that only happens once a year!

  47. if the weather is perfect, I love to just sit in a swing or hammock and read.

  48. I love to walk with my two girls through our beautiful downtown or the walking trail through our town park!!

  49. Michelle says:

    I love to just sit and relax…either at the beach or on our deck.

  50. sue sarver says:

    My favorite thing in the world to do outside is garden…all my worries just float away when I am gazing at flowers. I can stand for hours….

  51. I like sitting on our back patio and talking with DH – it is such a treat!

  52. Anne N. says:

    My favorite outdoor activity is laying out by the pool and reading a book.

  53. I love watering the flowers and relaxing while the kids play!

  54. Kristen says:

    I love to go to the beach. Boating at the lake is fun too. Sitting on my porch or deck isn’t bad when the weather is nice. But no, I am NOT a runner!

  55. I’m not embarrassed to say it – Flying kites! My daughter got a kite the other day and I had more fun than she did flying it! My hubby was laughing at me later because my neck was sore from looking up and smiling all morning! :)

  56. I wish I lived near a beach, because that is my favorite thing. Otherwise, it’s walking around my neighborhood, hand in hand, with my sweet husband of almost 7 years.

  57. My favorite activity is sitting on the beach with a fruity drink! However, we live in a landlocked state smack dab in the middle of the country, and haven’t seen a speck of beach sand since 1998. Yes, 1998. Perhaps we need to look into that….

  58. My favorite thing to do outside is go for walks. This can be in urban settings, exploring a city, or on a beach, or hiking in a forest. I also love to lie under a beach umbrella and read a good book.

  59. Mandy S says:

    My favorite outdoor activities would have to be sitting in the sun and reading, cooking on the grill, or playing in the yard with my two year old. There’s really no way to decide which one is the best, so I have to mention all three.

  60. finess outdoor activity – walking with a little job

    leisure outdoor – sitting at the beach

  61. Melissa S says:

    oops, i meant jog!

  62. I hate to admit it, but sitting on the beach sounds ideal.
    As for those shoes, I need those for power shopping.

  63. Tiffany says:

    My favorite thing to do outside is to sit on our deck and listen to and watch the birds while holding our outside kitty…keeps him from getting the birds and I get to snuggle with him.

  64. Tammy Elrod says:

    On the beach, under the umbrella, reading a book!

  65. being near water of just about any sort… ocean, river, lake… it’s all good.

  66. Running! I love running! I’m not good at it, but I love it. And I miss it! I’m 30 weeks pregnant and I am honestly looking forward to a good run after my baby is born!

  67. I have to admit that my fav outdoor activity involves lots of sun and just soaking it up.. haha of course that also involves lots of sunscreen or I turn a great shade of ‘ouch’ red :)

  68. MaryBeth says:

    I live in Minnesota and I love to hike along the north shore of Lake Superior, it is beautiful!

  69. Betty N says:

    My husband and I like to take a walk each day together

  70. I love anything outside except camping! I love, love, love being outside walking, playing with the kids, or being on the beach. But the though of camping and sleeping in a tent outside gives me the heebie jeebies!

  71. My very favorite outdoor activity would be camping! And, those Coleman chairs are quite awesome!

  72. I love to pull my son in his wagon…and also love to sit on the beach

  73. Kim Miller says:

    I like to run.

  74. Julie in NC says:

    I love walking outside! I log in 20-30 miles per week.

  75. Aimee W. says:

    We love to go bike riding as a family. Living near a lake, we have a lot of beautiful trails for riding. Thanks!

  76. Sallie Baker says:

    Walking for sure. My best therapy with my neighbors.

  77. My favorite thing is being outside. For any reason. Winter is loonnggg here and I savor every moment it’s nice enough to be outdoors.

  78. Currently, my favorite outdoor activity is sitting in my backyard under the magnolia tree watching my one year old chase the dog.

  79. Jessica says:

    Sitting out in the backyard/patio, drink in hand, bbq going, great friends around. Perfection.

  80. Walking…walking on the beach-even better!

  81. It’s baseball season so baseball my favorite. :)

  82. Well, since you mentioned sitting on the beach with a steward (aka, Cabana Boy Enrico) bringing me cheese…I mean, who wouldn’t pick that??? Although, I wish Enrico would bring me icy cold drinks and maybe some fresh pineapple and frozen grapes.

    But, something OTHER than that… Our family LOVES hanging out on a boat. I would prefer the ocean, but since we’re landlocked by about 1000 miles (or however far the Midwest is from the ocean!) we usually hang out on the lake. I love sway of the boat, the wind blowing, the sun shining, and a couple of giggling girls being tossed off the back of the boat “ONE MORE TIME!!!” Ahh, pure bliss.

  83. Love being outside with my family, going for walks, going for bike rides, and shooting hoops in the driveway!

  84. Courtney says:

    My favorite thing to do is kick back in a comfy camp chair and read a book, while the kids are playing all around me.
    I also like to take walks with the dog around the lake by our house.

  85. Walking in the woods in the winter.

  86. Leigh Meadors says:

    I enjoy taking a walk with my 2-year-old daughter and seeing the world through her eyes.

  87. Growing up in Puerto Rico, I am a child of the sea. Moving to Indiana – lakes just don’t do it for me…..

  88. deanna f. says:

    I love to walk. BY MYSELF. It gives me time to think and clear my head. AND, it makes me feel better.

  89. Traci Collins says:

    Oh hands down, the beach!!! It is my happy place :)

  90. My favorite outdoor activity is walking a golf course watching my son play golf. :)

  91. Michelle says:

    We don’t really get outside much, but I keep having this grand dream of taking weekend hikes and looking for waterfalls. I miss being able to run to a beach and stick my toes in the sand after a rough day.

  92. I love to walk with my dog. Except that she is super-old and can’t walk so well. So now I pop her in her dog stroller and walk.

    Yes, I am the crazy lady with the dog stroller. Don’t be hatin’.

  93. i’m a running girl!

  94. My favorite outdoor activity is sitting. I know, that’s terrible. :) But in the fall I love to sit and smell the crisp air and look at the leaves. In the summer I like to go outside right in the heat of the day and hitch up my pants or skirt hem above the knees and just soak up the natural Vitamin D. Our summers are too hot for actual *movement* outdoors, but sitting works. :)

  95. meredith says:

    sitting on the beach..or anywhere in the sun..i love it! especially since we havent seen much of the sun all winter long..

  96. Mary Helen says:

    Enjoy your shoes and chairs!

  97. I enjoy walking with my five dogs, four dogs walk/run and I carry the little four pounder. The largest one is a 135lb Newfoundland, I haven’t picked her up in a long time, LOL!

  98. I love walking my two dogs and if I can convince one of my three kids to come along all the better!

    Love gardening.. especially this time of year when new soil is thrown down and then the mulch. Great exercise and such a feeling of accomplishment. Things are looking good and ready for growing season!

  99. Sandy Vincent says:

    I love to walk outside on bright, sunny days. I like to walk on the trails among trees and along river banks. I do enjoy strolling on the beach with bare feet down by the water’s edge.

  100. Melinda says:

    My favorite outdoor activity is reading on a breezy day!