Summer Shape Up with a Giveaway from Balance Bar!

UPDATE: And the winner is….Susan!!

The winner was chosen using random.org.

Time to celebrate summer with some goodies from Balance Bar and Ball Canning!


I don’t know about you but I love summer merely for the fact that the weather is gorgeous and I just want to be outside playing everyday. Yes, I am 30 years old and still play outside! Running, Swimming, Biking, even throwing the football around if it gets me outside and active for a bit.

This summer Balance Bar is hosting some awesome ways to shape up this summer. There is multiple content on their site to check out, the videos are my favorite but there are also weekly giveaways on their Facebook page. And in a few weeks, certified trainer/complete bad ass Holly, will be leading a twitter chat to share tips on staying healthy (there is also a grand prize giveaway). The twitter chat will be on July 31st at 3pm SO BE THERE!

For the giveaway on this blog, you will receive some balance bars, cookies dough ones are my favorite (that’s why there aren’t many pictured on the blog…I already ate some). You will also receive some headphones and a mason jar that comes with a water infuser. A water what? A nifty gadget for your water so you can have fun flavored water for your workouts! Lemon water, cucumber water, watermelon/basil water. The possibilities are endless!

Mason jar to use for the water infuser. (my ugly hand and pretty blue walls are not include)d
Mason jar to use for the water infuser. (my ugly hand and pretty blue walls are not include)d

You can enter the giveaway by doing some or all of the following:

1.) Tell me your favorite way to celebrate summer?

2.) Follow Balance Bar on twitter or like them on Facebook. (leave a comment below telling me so)

3.) Follow Ball Canning on twitter or like them on Facebook.  (leave a comment below telling me so)

4.) Tweet “I want to win an @balancebar #SummerShapeUP giveaway from @mojamala2 http://bit.ly/1t0ZgrN” (You can tweet once a day until July 18th at noon)

The giveaway is open from now until July 18th at noon. Good Luck!


Copper River Salmon Run 5K

And the winner is…..


Thanks to everyone who entered and have fun at this great local race!



Hey Hey Hey!!! I have some good news for my readers who are free on May 31st. I have a  race giveaway! Pier W is hosting its Copper River Salmon Run/Walk 5K on Saturday, May 31 at 10AM. Hello sleeping in!

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I’ve been wanting to run this race for the past few years and have missed out but I did get to watch Ryan run it a few years ago and the course is speedy! It’s a flat course through one of my favorite places, Lakewood! Plus when you are done you can hang out on Pier W’s patio, grab some drinks and enjoy some food prepared by Chef Regan Reik. Registered runners, your lunch is included in your race fee!!! (Let me know how the the Salmon Burger is!)

This could be your view on May 31

Why the “salmon run”? It’s to celebrate Alaska’s Copper River salmon season, and the proceeds benefit Cleveland’s Malachi House.

Malachi House, created out of a Christian sense of ministry, serves persons who are terminally ill, without cost or regard to gender, race, religion or national origin.

To be a part of this race you can register here online for $30 (includes lunch!) or you can register on race day for $35.


You can enter to win on The Tambura Runner!

  1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite place to run.
  2. Follow Pier W (@pierwcleveland) on twitter (and leave me a comment below)
  3. Follow Malachi House (@malachihouse) on twitter (and leave me a comment below)
  4. Tweet “I want to run the Salmon run and hang out on the patio @pierwcleveland http://bit.ly/1jlmvWa” You can tweet once a day until Friday May 16th)
  5. Like Piew W’s Facebook page (and leave a comment below)
  6. Like Malachi House on Facebook (and leave a comment below)

Run or walk you have until this Friday, May 16th at 11:59PM EST to enter.

Good Luck!



Cleveland Marathon Race Entry Winner!

I have good news! BODHI GOT HIS CAST OFF! No more spending 15 minutes to prepare Bodhi to go outside and tying multiple plastic bags to his leg to keep his cast dry! He’s still getting adjusted to having use of that leg but he’s doing really well and full healed!

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He couldn’t stop licking his leg the first day and he was extra cuddly and sleepy from being at the vet all day.

Oh but you probably want to know who the winner of the giveaway is!!!!!

The winner was chosen using Random.org and that person is……


Congrats! Send me and email at mojamala2blog@gmail.com and I’ll get you set up! (Yes mojamala and mojamala2 were already taken in gmail!)

If you didn’t win, you’ll want to keep an eye on I’m the one they call Beal….


Cleveland Marathon Training Week 6: Tough Week but I have a GIVEAWAY!

This week was just a week from hell in my personal life. (Hell being our car being stolen and turning our life upside down). I think the only reason I got my workouts in still was because it was the only normal thing I could still control this week. Running might have been the one thing to keep me sane last week. Although we might want to use sane lightly considering I ran my 18 mile long run on the treadmill! That’s a new treadmill distance PR for me.

Monday: 5 Mile run and 1 hour spin

imageTuesday: Speed work on the treadmill 7-800s  (6.4 total miles with Warm up and Cool down) and 900 meter swim.
Wednesday: 5 miles in the am.
Thursday: 3 mile run in the am, 2 mile run in the pm.
Friday: 18 treadmill miles and for the first time this training season I didn’t get sick to my stomach after my long run.
Saturday: 5 mile run with speedy Francesca and 900 meter swim

Winter Warmer Fest got us away from training this weekend. Proof I have a life outside of running
Winter Warmer Fest got us away from training this weekend. Proof I have a life outside of running

Sunday: 1 hour spin

Total mileage: 44.4

Bodhi cuddles to recover from a rough week.
Bodhi cuddles to recover from a rough week.

Strength training completely fell off the grid last week but I have plans to do that tonight after my 5 mile run. I hope my body enjoyed the week off from that.

But now let’s get to the fun stuff because I have a GIVEAWAY!!!!!! I have been participating in the Cleveland Marathon since 2008 (well before I had a blog) and it always has a soft spot in my heart.

I’m happy to announce that I have 1 entry to giveaway to the Cleveland Marathon this year. So if you didn’t register before that last price increase, you have a chance to win an entry!

I have 3 ways for you to win:

  1. Leave a comment telling me which song pumps you up to workout.
  2. Leave a comment telling me which distance you want to run at the Cleveland Marathon.
  3. Tweet about the giveaway: I want to run with @mojamala2 and @clevemarathon  http://tinyurl.com/pmue9l3 #CLEmarathon  (Leave me a comment below letting me know you tweeted.)

You can tweet once a day from now until Friday, March 7th at 11:59am! I will pick a winner on Friday at noon so you can start training this weekend 😉 But be sure to leave a separate comment for each day you tweet.

The winner has 48 hours to email me to claim their entry. After that I will have to choose a new winner.

I’m an official blogger for the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. I received a free entry to run in exchange for blogging about my experience. Although I would blog about my experience no matter what.

Running For Hope 5K and a GIVEAWAY

On June 29, 2013, the annual Running for Hope 5K race will take place in Avon Lake. All proceeds from this race go to benefit Love Without Boundaries.


Love Without Boundaries Foundation is a charity that helps orphaned and impoverished children in China.  The foundation works to improve the lives of thousands of orphaned and impoverished children through education, foster care, healing homes, orphanage assistance, medical assistance, nutrition assistance, and adoption assistance grants.

If you visit the Love Without Boundaries website, you can read their blog, learn more about the programs they offer, make a donation, and sponsor a child. I have to admit that I couldn’t stop looking at all the cute pictures!

How cute is she???
How cute is she???

The Running for Hope 5K race will begin at 8am at Kopf Family Reservation in Avon Lake.  It is $20 for pre-registered runners and $25 for race day registration. You can register for the race here.


You can enter to win a FREE race entry below!

  1. There are many ways to get involved with Love Without Boundaries. Leave a comment below telling me one.
  2. Like the Running For Hope Facebook page Leave a comment below telling me so.
  3. Share this post on Facebook. Leave a comment below telling me so.
  4. Follow @LoveWB on Twitter. Leave a comment below telling me so.
  5. Twitter users can get an extra entry each day by tweeting: “I want to race in the Running For Hope 5K to benefit @LoveWB on June 29th 2013 https://mojamala2.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/running-for-hope-5k-and-a-giveaway/ ″. Leave a comment below for each day you tweet this.

You have until Sunday, June 23rd at 11:59PM to enter. The winner will be announced on Monday June 24th.

Disclosure: I’m very sad that I have to miss this race but it’s the same day as my bachelorette party and my maid of honor might kill me for being late. Thoughts and opinions are my own and one of my readers will receive a free race entry.


Save The Dates Giveaway WINNER!

I cannot believe that it is Thursday already. More importantly it took me 3 times to spell winner correctly. (winnah, winntar, winnar).

But more MORE important, after I figured out how to spell winner, I picked a winner using Random.org.

GiveawayWinnerCongrats Crystal, YOU ARE A WINNER!!!!




Save The Dates Giveaway!

Finally, being so far ahead in my wedding planning is biting me in the guza! However, my planning ahead and already having my save the dates sent and invitations done (or somewhat done) gives my readers an awesome giveaway!

Cleveland Wedding Invitations is giving away 50 Save The Dates postcards to one of my readers!


Cleveland Wedding Invitations is a local business doing custom invitations for any occasion, ON A BUDGET! They specialize in 5×7 invites with 4×6 postcards but can also do pocket folders and RSVPs with envelopes. The owner will work with you to come up with a design, theme or even other languages (Croatian, Slovenian etc.) that you will be happy with for your Big Day!

Cle Weddings Invitation

Their standard custom invitation sets range from $2-$4 and include:

  1. Custom-designed invitations with matte backing
  2. RSVP postcard or RSVP card with envelope
  3. A reception card
  4. A7 outer color envelope with return address printing
Invitation & RSVP postcard
Invitation & RSVP postcard

I am IN LOVE with the Cleveland skyline on these invites. Way too cute!

Cleveland Wedding Invitations don’t stop there. In addition to wedding invitations they also do Thank You cards, Engagement Announcements. Bridal Shower invites, Bachelor/Bachelorette party invites, Baby Announcements, Birthday party invites. Graduation party invites, etc. So many options, all custom made and LOCAL!

Love this!!!! Hvala is Thank You in Croatian.
Love this!!!! Hvala is Thank You in Croatian.

You can enter to win 50 Save The Dates postcards by doing the following. (leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry):


1. Follow @CLEWeddings on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you’re following.

2. Like Cle Wedding Invitations on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did so.


3. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted: “I REALLY want to win Save the Dates for my BIG DAY from @CLEweddings & @mojamala2 and you can too: https://mojamala2.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/save-the-dates-giveaway/ #cleweddings”

4. Pin on pinterest using the hashtag #cleweddings and leave a comment letting me know.

5. Post this giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.

That’s at least 5 entries! You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet. Good Luck!

The giveaway will close on Wednesday, February 6th at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced on Thursday, February 7th.



Official Blogger For The Cleveland Marathon…Again :)

If we are Facebook friends you saw it there first, and then I tweeted it and now in all officiality (yep made that word up) I am blogging about it. I was chosen to be an official blogger for the Cleveland Marathon…..again!! My guess is they asked me to do it again due to all my crazy pictures, excessive pictures (some people are too busy running to actually read, right?), excessive use of exclamations and love of the Cleveland Marathon. There are a couple different bloggers this year so don’t forget to check them all out. Some blogged for the marathon last year and some are new, but all are awesome and you can check them out here.

New Blogger Badge!

 You might think I am really lazy by leaving the 2011 badge up but I really like it and am not ready to take it down. Blog Badge Hoarder, new trend in 2012 I swear.

I have been running the Cleveland Marathon races every year since 2008 and I don’t see myself ever not running it. I have been known to skip bachelorette parties, leave weddings/birthday parties/family events early, and plan vacations around The Cleveland Marathon. (I really hope those people don’t read this blog…pretty sure they do). This year I am running the full marathon again and have a big PR in mind, I will blog about that later 🙂

If you are looking for a good reason to run the Cleveland Marathon this year how about because it is on the top 12 Endurance Events to do in 2012, or how about because I am on some of their ads this year (#thelogo) or how about because if you register early you save money and get a head start on your training! Marathoners, if you register before January 6th you get a free early bird gift!

Now while I am really excited to tell you more about the Cleveland Marathon I am even more excited that I have a giveaway for you!!!!!! One lucky reader is going to get free entry into one of the Cleveland Marathon races.

Here is how you can win:

1.) Mandatory: Leave me a comment below and tell me which race you would like to participate in Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K (note the 5K is on Saturday and the other races are on Sunday).

2.) Follow me on twitter @mojamala2 and leave me a comment below telling me you did.

3.) Follow Cleveland Marathon on twitter @clevemarathon and leave me a comment below telling me you did.

4.) Tweet about the giveaway, twitter users can get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “Holla, I want to win a @clevemarathon race entry from @mojamala2 http://bit.ly/tScLLM  #clerocksandruns #thelogo”  or you can be creative and make up your own (just let me know and leave the tweet in the comments) Leave a comment below telling me you did.

5) Facebook users can “like” the Cleveland Marathon by checking out their Facebook page here. Leave a comment below telling me you did.

You have until Wednesday, December 28th at 11:59pm to enter so get to it! Winner will be randomly selected on Thursday December 29th.