Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fraudulent Charges And Finger Pointing

I will be the first to admit it, I LOVE TECHNOLOGY... That is, when it works the way it is supposed to. But, man, if our Internet goes down or my phone starts acting up, I can throw a mean tizzy!

Anywho, along the same lines, I hate it when people/ companies won't own up to a wrong and take responsibility. When folks point the finger and try to shift blame it REALLY irks me... ESPECIALLY when it comes to me and my money...

Case in point:

Two Septembers ago I saw a cute Avengers Ugly Christmas Sweater on zulily. I thought it would be PERFECT for the runDisney Avengers race so ordered it. A week or so before the race it still hadn't shipped, so I called and cancelled the order. THAT WAS THE ONLY INTERACTION I HAVE HAD WITH zulily UNTIL LAST WEEK!

I think my last minute Thor costume turned out decently so
it wasn't the end of the world when the top didn't arrive in time.

Two Sundays ago I had to work at 6am so I got up at 5:30am and checked my email. I saw one that came in around 2am from zulily saying someone had attempted to change the email address associated with my account... but NOT to worry because they deleted the payment information linked to my account.

I added the asterisks so you can see EXACTLY where they said the payment methods would be REMOVED!
Also, I blacked out the email address to protect everyone's identity... 

Well, apparently that was a LIE because around 3, 3:30 and 4am I received additional emails from zulily with orders FRAUDULENTLY made on my account (using my PayPal to pay for them, which is how I paid for the original purchase that was refunded when it wasn't delivered).

The emails just kept coming...

As soon as I saw that I logged into my PayPal account to dispute the charges.

Immediately logged into my account to dispute the charges and change all of my security features

Then I called zulily to report the issue and fraudulent activity. I spoke with a floor manager who said that she would be submitting "unauthorized transaction forms" to the finance department so I could be issued refunds and have my account closed. She told me to dispute the charges with PayPal as well, to which I told her I had already started that process.

Pre-approved?! Oh HECK NO!

Well, over a week goes by and I don't hear anything from either company... Yesterday morning I finally receive an email from PayPal. It stated that because at one point I had a legit transaction from zulily, zulily was then put on the authorized merchant list for my account and therefore I cannot claim any transactions are fraudulent (EX-SQUEEZE ME?!).

Shut the front door... Because at one point I made a purchase from them, no future transactions can be fraudulent?!

So then I call zulily and ask them what's going on. The associate I speak with tells me that they would never issue me a refund and that I would need to go through my bank seeing as the money was taken from my SAVINGS ACCOUNT. I told them that was NOT what I was told or else I would have been at the bank as soon as it opened last Monday morning to get it straightened out (instead I ended up having to go over there yesterday and spend an hour not only disputing the fraudulent charges but also closing the original savings account and having to open a new one). I also asked if I could speak with someone in the finance department but was told "they have done their stuff, you can't talk to them".

Both companies simply point the finger at the other AND I AM STILL OUT THE $300! As of now my bank has issued me a temporary credit for the transactions while they do another investigation into the fraudulent charges.

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If you know me, you know I try to be as kind, level-headed and respectful, so please do not think I got on the phone and started ripping into people. I understand that there are policies and procedures in place, but I am so confused as to why you are told one thing by one person and then something completely different by someone else... Not only that, but no one is taking responsibility. Someone is stealing from ME and I am made out to be the bad guy that has to jump through all of these hoops to get my own money back... Something ain't right with that!

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zulily is not out the product because I called them before they shipped anything to make sure the transactions were cancelled, so they still have whatever this hacker ordered. If they still have the product, then PayPal shouldn't be refusing to refund me MY money, right?!

Like I said, I have never actually received anything from zulily and now NEVER plan on ordering from them in the future. As far as PayPal, if I have a choice, I will NEVER use their services again either.

WHAT A HEADACHE!

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Have you ever had to deal with fraudulent charges on one of your accounts? 

Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl

A few weeks ago the Hallmark Channel reached out to me Walt the Wiener Dog to see if we he would like to help spread the word about a few things. When I asked Walt about it, I got quite the perplexed look in return...

"Ex-squeeze me?! I am not a blogger, what do they want from ME?!"

But then, when I told him there would be treats and toys involved, he was ALL for it!

You see, Hallmark Channel will be hosting their Third Annual Kitten Bowl this Sunday, February 7th at 12pm. Not only have they asked Walt to help promote the program, they also recruited the help of Happy The Dog and Happy The Cat. And, well, because The Happys are just so happy (and kind), they sent Walt a care package to stoke him out and get him pumped for the Kitten Bowl!

Posing ever so proud with all his presents!

It didn't take him long to dive in!

And a football shaped cookie made for dogs?! YES PLEASE!

Walt was so excited about all of his loot that he BEGGED us to take him to the park and let him play with it all (well, he thinks it's "playing", but he is really a DESTRUCT-O doggy, so, to everyone else, it just looks like a lot of chaos). And if you see his sweet puppy-dog eyes, it's hard to tell him no. Thankfully the hubby and I were both off at 2pm on this past Friday and were able to take him to the park to play a little pigskin while we still had some decent temps and sunshine.

I promise, although his face may say otherwise, he was STOKED!

The hubby says Walt looks "regal", but I think he just looks like he's fed
up with my picture taking shenanigans... 

We were able to make a little video of Walt in action. Not only did he get to score a couple of touchdowns, he also enjoyed some nice halftime refreshments and even a post-game celebratory cookie!


Walt is paws-atively pumped to spread the word of the Kitten Bowl, as well as the mission of the Happys! Happy the Dog is a rescue pup, just like Walt, and knows first hand that rescuing a pet welcomes a whole new world of love into the lives of everyone involved (and, well, that's nothing to bark at!). The Happys try their darnedest to raise awareness for the plight of the millions of animals who are in shelters or on the streets and are in need of rescue and adoption; now that's a PAWesome purpose!

So don't procrastinate.... Put the Kitten Bowl in your calendar for Sunday RIGHT MEOW!

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Will you tune in to the Kitten Bowl? And, on a scale of 1 to 10, how corny were my animal puns?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Immediate Results

Let's be real. Wouldn't it be great if we saw results immediately? [But only in a positive way, DUH!]

I would be much more willing to do my core work every day if I saw a 6-pack appear the following morning. And would be way happier about eating healthy if the extra fat in my body GOT THE HECK OUT (or at least went to the "proper" places in my body) within 24 hours. I can't be the only one who feels this way, right?! 

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PS The "F" stands for FRICK (at least in my version)

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Now, obviously I wouldn't want it to work the other way - like if I ate really crappy or skipped my workouts for a week I wouldn't want to physically be able to tell. I mean, if this is my ideal world, I would have the option to make these types of immediate results be one-sided.

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Because, man alive, sometimes it is tough to stick to a plan - whether it is eating healthy, hitting a certain step count, drinking more water, going for a set number of runs a week, etc. Wait, what do THEY say?! "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it." Well, shoot, I would prefer it to be easy and for everyone to be doing it! But I guess until I am the one making the decisions on those sorts of things, we just gotta keep putting in the work - no matter how tough it may be!

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If you could choose immediate results on one thing, what would it be? 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Workout Recap - Week 5

Sunday, January 24th – 5 mile trail run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, January 25th – Strength Training (abs, back, arms and legs), 5 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Tuesday, January 26th –  6 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled



Wednesday, January 27th 4 mile pace run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Thursday, January 28th –  12 mile run


Friday, January 29th –  Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Saturday, January 30th –  8 bike ride, 3 mile walk [was supposed to be a 10 mile bike ride, but got a flat tire 6 miles in, so had to walk my bike 3 miles to the bike shop to get my tire fixed, then a 2 mile ride back to the house], Stretched & Foam Rolled


I swapped around a couple of my runs this week because I donated blood on Thursday and wanted to make sure I wouldn't pass out the following day during a workout ;) This week started my taper, so I only got in 32 miles of running, but hopefully my legs are appreciating the break!

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Favorites

It's been a while since I've posted about some of my favorite things, so I figured WHY NOT?! Note: This is NOT a sponsored post - meaning everything that I found I have spent my own, hard-earned money on. Sometimes it's just fun to spread the word on new products you've been diggin', right?!

Brooks Heritage Line



I got a pair of shoes from the Brooks Heritage line for my birthday. They are pretty much my favorite shoes EVER! So, when I was ordering new running shoes from Brooks last week it's crazy how two more pairs from the Heritage line made their way into my cart (I thought the pair on the left reminded me of the RAD 80s and the pair on the right are sort of Michigan colors). I won't use these for running, but even still, I know they will RACK up the miles because I can see myself wearing them just about everywhere!

Planters NUTrition Protein Mix [Blueberry Nut]



I saw these on sale at the grocery store the last time I went so picked up a couple cans. I wasn't sure if I would like it, but knew the hubby loves blueberries and needed some "healthy" snacks for at his desk at work. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the mix. It has honey roasted peanuts, granola protein clusters, almonds, yogurt covered raisins and dried blueberries. [Note: The proper serving size is small and the total fat is high, but it is 'good' fat and much healthier than munching on chips or candy.]

Puppy Cuddles



Don't get me wrong, puppy cuddles have ALWAYS been my jam, but lately Walt has actually let me snuggle with him ;) In fact, this morning, Ryan left to go surfing around 7:30am, so I grabbed Walt from his crate and brought him into the bed to lounge for an hour or so. PURE BLISS! (Due to me giving blood yesterday, I rearranged my workouts for the week so today was a rest day AND I didn't have to work until 10am, so snuggle time was MANDATORY!)

New Jewelry



I have had my ears pierced since I was 6 months old (thanks madre!), so I guess you can say the piercing bug has been in me for almost my whole life... Well, last week I thought I would get my nose re-pierced (figuring I'd have to get the opposite side pierced). I went to the local piercing shop and the girl asked how long I had my nose pierced for. I told her probably 6+ years, but it had been at least another 6+ years that I've had out the jewelry. She said that the hole was still there and was able to just stretch it a little to get a stud back in there. AWESOMESAUCE (that means not having to pay for the piercing or deal with any of the healing!)!

Since then I decided I also wanted to switch up some of the earrings I've been wearing for years. Like, legit, I think the rings I have had in my rook and tragus have been there for at least 12 years. Amazon to the rescue! I ordered a heart ring for my rook (before I just had a tiny hoop) and some studs for my tragus (before I just had a horseshoe). I also grabbed some hoops for my nose, but will probably wait a couple more days to put them in.

Anything you've been diggin' on lately and are willing to spread the word about?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#WeRunSocial LA Marathon Meet-Up

Wait just a second there... WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?! I swear I was just posting about how I was selected to be an LA Marathon ambassador like yesterday, right?! And now the race is right around the corner! EEKS! Guess I better get working on my race outfit...

Anywho, second to deciding on what I am wearing, figuring out my social schedule for the weekend is TOP PRIORITY! And if you will be in the Los Angeles area (whether it is for the race or for the Olympic Marathon Trials on the 13th or for the Grammys on the 15th or you live in the area or just want to drive in because of all the hub-bub going on {as you can see, LA will be HOPPIN'}), I want to make sure I give you enough notice so you can add this to your calendar.


You read that right, Linzie & I will be hosting a #WeRunSocial Meet-Up over the Los Angeles Marathon Weekend!

We will be meeting at the LA Convention Center (since that is where the Expo is located and figured it was a centralized meeting place), in the South Hall Lobby. Don't worry about missing us, simply look for the #WRS gear, the big banner and the hoards of friendly runners and you'll be in the right spot!

I'm not sure if you noticed it on the image above but PRO Compression is helping to sponsor this meet-up... which means PRIZES! Oh HECK TO THE YES, you better believe it! Come one, come all and be prepared to #KeepItTight! And while you're at it, you should probably wear your PRO gear so that you make sure your legs are refreshed for the following day (whether you are running, spectating or having a Netflix marathon on the couch)!

And why wait to start the giveaways?! Why not have one RIGHT NOW?!

I've got one of the OH SO FLY #WeRunSocial sling bags up for grabs! Now, just like you don't have to be running any of the races to attend the meet-ups, you don't have to be in LA to win this prize (although if you are I can bring it to the meet-up to save on shipping ;)). 


a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway will run through Tuesday, February 2nd at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only. The winner will be contacted via the email address associated with their Rafflecopter account and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. All entries are verified, so please be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected.


Good luck to everyone who enters! And don't forget to enter early and often, some entries are available daily!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Nuun GIVEAWAY

When the folks at Nuun reach out to you about trying their new electrolyte drink, you say "yes please" and then thank them graciously when the package arrives.

PS I received a ton of comments on my Instagram when I posted this picture about
the pineapple. Nuun did not send it. The hubby actually picked it up as a souvenir
from his trip to Bali last year. 


Now, I've gotta be honest with you - I am a HUGE water lover. I could (and often do) drink the stuff morning, noon and night (which can lead to frequent bathroom breaks - oops) and never get sick or bored of it. With that being said, I am well aware that often times one needs to replenish the body with more than just water.

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Seeing as I have a deep affinity for water, I've never really searched out an alternative hydration plan. Most of the time I just reach for old fashion agua or whatever (low calorie) sports drink was on sale that week at the grocery store. I've gotta say, Nuun takes some getting used to (at least for me). It isn't like BAM full-of-flavor like some of the other sports drinks on the market AND it's carbonated, but having a clean way to replenish your body with electrolytes is AWESOME!

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I know some of you are already Nuun lovers, while others of you may have never tried it before. Whichever category you fall in to, let me tell you, do I have some news for you?! Nuun is releasing a NEW product (okay, maybe not a completely new product, but a tried and true product that has been updated to a new and improved formula!)!

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New Nuun Active has the same optimal electrolytes, but now has a better absorption rate and with plant-based, natural ingredients. It is also certified gluten free, certified vegan, and certified for clean sport through Informed Choice.


One of the biggest differences between the current and new formula is the switch to plant-based sweeteners (monk fruit and stevia leaf extracts instead of acesulfame potassium) and to natural ingredients. New Nuun is also certified vegan (previously only some of the flavors were vegan). They've added 1g of non-GMO dextrose, which means calories are slightly higher than the current Nuun, but it improves the absorption rate and is still low overall (12 calories per 16oz). New Nuun is currently available at a few retailers including Whole Foods (ha, I bet some of you Nuun-aholics didn't even notice, did ya?!), but will be available more widely in early February when it will be available at Nuun.com (at that point all retail locations will make the switch to the updated formula).

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Nuun has graciously offered up TWO 4-packs of the new Nuun for my readers! Yup, win it here before you can buy it from the site - AWESOMESAUCE! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter (and just a heads up - some of the entries are available DAILY so make sure you enter early and often!).


Flavor choices:
  • Cherry Limeade Energy
  • Citrus Fruit Active
  • Fruit Punch Active
  • Grape Active
  • Lemon Lime Active or Energy (40mg of caffeine)
  • Orange Active
  • Strawberry Lemonade Active
  • Tri Berry Active
  • Tropical Fruit Active
  • Watermelon Active
  • Wild Berry Energy


a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway will run through January 31st at 11:59pm. The winners will be contacted via the email address associated with their Rafflecopter account and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. All entries are verified, so please be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected.

Good luck to everyone who enters and #MakeYourWaterCount!