Thursday, July 31, 2014

Long Weekend Fun & A Giveaway!

I can't believe it's the end of July.  Summer is half over.  Whaaaa.  But, all is not lost, we still have two holiday weekends left to enjoy before things return to "normal" in September (i.e bumper to bumper traffic for my entire commute).   This weekend marks Simcoe Day and since it's summer, my office closes on Fridays so we get 4 days off.  Woohoo! 

This weekend we are headed up to our friends cottage in Dorset for a weekend of swimming, biking, running, lounging and of course, enjoying some adult beverages.  Because really, what's a cottage long weekend without a few of those?  Anyone that follows me on Instagram knows I enjoy a frosty beverage, especially after a race.  Just because I'm an athlete doesn't mean I shy away from enjoying a few cocktails now and then.  It's all about balance my friends!

Needless to say I was pretty excited when the folks at skinnygrape contacted me and asked me if I'd like to participate in Iron Girl Canada in Grimsby on August 10th (they are one of the event sponsors) as well as host a giveaway for two of my lucky readers. They also provided me with a bunch of their products to taste test.  So, I've got my long weekend beverages covered!  I sampled their Key Lime Lemonade wine spritzer last night and it was tasty.   They have 3 different flavours:  Strawberry Pineapple, Blueberry Pomegranate (next on my list to try!) and the Key Lime Lemonade.   You can get a 4 pack at the Wine Store for $9.99.  The best part?  They are only 90 calories a 330ml bottle and are sugar free compared to other spritzers which can be up to 165-200 calories per 330ml bottle (ouch!).  They are sweetened with stevia, which is a natural sweetener.  They contain 4% alcohol which is similar to other spritzers as well as light beer (but really who wants to drink light beer?!?!) They also offer a line of wines at $11.95 a bottle:  Shiraz, Rose, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay.   The wines come in at a mere 80 calories a glass compared to approximately 125 calories a glass for other wines.  A glass being 142ml (5 oz).  Let's be real folks, it's rare to find a 5 oz wine glass anywhere these days.  Most contemporary wine glasses hold at least 8-10 oz and most of the time, we're filling those babies up to the top, especially after a rough day at work.  So in reality, you're probably consuming roughly 250 calories per glass.  2 of those glasses would equal roughly 500 calories.  For me that's an hour on the bike at a moderate pace.  All undone with 2 glasses of wine.  

Tart and refreshing!

 Stay tuned for a full review of the product line as well as a race recap / review.  I'm really excited about participating in this event.  I heard about it last year but was already committed to racing that weekend.  This year I happen to have that weekend free so when they asked if I was interested I jumped at the chance.

Now let's get down to the fun part!  The giveaway!  The generous folks at skinnygrape have offered up the following items to 2 of my lucky readers.
  • a skinnygrape green tin bucket
  • a skinnygrape branded beach towel
  • a skinnygrape branded umbrella
  • and, the BEST part, a $25 gift card to the wine store! (note, hat is not included in giveaway, I just thought it looked good in the picture)

The perfect combo of goodies for lounging dockside!

Entering is easy!  Simply complete the Rafflecopter form below before 11:59 pm on August 7th, 2014.  The contest is open to Canadian residents only.
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