Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brooks Run Happy Hat (GIVEAWAY)

Remember a couple weeks back when I got endorsed by Brooks Running?! Well, if you don't, check it out HERE.


Oh yeah, and YOU can also get endorsed by Brooks if you haven't already... (They've already signed over 50,000 athletes {like every day, normal runners like you and me}!) The campaign ends September 30th, so don't miss out!

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Not only is the campaign pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC, but Brooks is AMAZEBALLS! Although, hopefully you know that fact already, which is why you would want to get "signed" by them, right?!

Prior to launching the BIGGEST ENDORSEMENT DEAL IN SPORTS HISTORY, they sent some of the Run Influencers goodies to kick off the campaign. (Like I've said in the past many-a-times, I am BEYOND BLESSED!)


Although the hat they sent is awesome, it's not really my style... So instead of it collecting dust in the closet, I thought I'd give it away to one of YOU! And what better (and fair) way than through a random blog GIVEAWAY?!


Entering is easy, all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter below and then wait (some of the entry options are available daily, so I'd highly recommend entering early and often to have the best shot at securing some of these for yourself)!

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How do you make sure to #RunHappy?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Workout Recap - Week 32

Sunday, August 6th – 18 mile run (Goal: 9 @ 8:15, 9 @ 7:45), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, August 7th – 6 mile run (Goal HR 150)


Tuesday, August 8th – 7 mile run {1 mile warm-up, 4 x .25 mile hill repeats, 4 mile cool-down}, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Wednesday, August 9th – 6 mile run (Goal HR 150), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Thursday, August 10th – 8.03 mile run (Goal: 1 mile warm-up, 4 x 400 {at 6:40 pace w/ 2:00 recovery}, 4 x 800 {at 7:00 pace w/ 2:00 recovery}, 4 x 400 {at 6:00 pace w/ 2:00 recovery}), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Friday, August 11th – 5K with the hubby


Saturday, August 12th – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

If you follow my workouts closely, you probably noticed my hill repeat workout from Tuesday was off... I got in 4 of my 10 repeats and had to call it. My body (thanks to the humidity) was NOT having it. My long run on Sunday was also craptastic (seeing as we had gotten back from Lake Tahoe the night before LATE and I started my run during the heat of the day). We also went camping in Big Bear from Thursday through Saturday, but thankfully that didn't effect my training too much (and I did have a decent track workout before leaving which lifted my running spirits a bit). Some weeks are awesome and some weeks aren't... We will just consider this an off week and hope next week is better!

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's FRIDAY, so you know what that means... And I don't mean ALL THE CHIPS AND SALSA (although that's what Friday means to my tummy), it means I get to share some of my favorite things with some of my favorite people!


Brooks + National Park Service


I saw this on REI's Instagram stories last week and was STOKED! Like I legit ran into the office to tell the hubby all about it. If you know me, you know I love both Brooks and the National Park Service. Well, then a collaboration is like a match made in heaven, right?! I don't know that I will actually get any of these shoes because I don't run trails often and don't know how my feet would love the Cacadia shoes, but the tees may make it onto my birthday list ;) (PS I think the Yosemite or Yellowstone lines are my favorite but they all are pretty awesome!)

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Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Cinnamon Almonds


I picked up these almonds from the grocery story a couple weeks ago because they were on sale (and have since stocked up on the remaining canisters that they had left). Normally my go-to "flavor" are raw (non-salted) almonds, but I love me some "sugar and booger" (I don't know why, but that's what my family calls cinnamon and sugar on toast) so I thought I'd give them a try. These are yummy. They remind me of almond churros! Now obviously they are a little more "dessert" like than your standard almonds, but they are an awesome, healthier alternative than say ice cream or candy.


Brooks Women Ad


I came across a Brooks Women Instagram post the other day and it made me smile. They were using women of DIFFERENT sizes in an ad - not just the body type we are used to seeing when it comes to running brands (and one that very few woman naturally have). Not only that, THEY WERE ROCKING THEIR SPORTS BRAS! I didn't look at the picture and think about potential flaws or insecurities or shame. I saw these women and thought about STRENGTH and HEALTH and EMPOWERMENT! Thank you, Brooks, for showcasing REAL women!

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Team Lemma Tackles Disneyland


Two of my awesome friends, Carrie and Allison, have two amazing daughters, Lucy and Emma. Team "Lemma" (Lucy + Emma) will be tackling their first half marathon together at Disneyland (the Disneyland Half) as a way to raise funds and awareness for Rett Syndrome. They set an ambitious goal to raise $1300 by the race, which is on September 3rd, $100 for each mile they will be running. These two ladies ROCK MY SOCKS (as do their families) and I thought I'd challenge YOU to donate $13.10 to the cause. Every penny counts, though, so feel free to donate as much or as little as you can!

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What are you loving lately?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Running 4 Those Who Can't (GIVEAWAY)

Running 4 Those Who Can't is a movement to inspire others to be active for all who can't due to illness and disabilities.


It's a grassroots movement with no website, just thriving on word of mouth (and social media shares). The #TeamSparkle Ultra crew was honored to rock the trucker hats during our #Ragnar4Rett adventure earlier this year.


Raul, the man behind the campaign, was kind enough to send me another trucker hat that I'm happily passing along to YOU (because that's what this community is all about - spreading love, sharing joy, encouraging one another, etc)! He also offers embroidered hats (as opposed to the screenprinted ones), buffs, beanies, tanks, tees, stickers, etc. Make sure to follow the movement on Instagram and you can email him at vasquez.raul@live.com to place an order.


Entering is easy, all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter below and then wait (some of the entry options are available daily, so I'd highly recommend entering early and often to have the best shot at securing some of these for yourself)!

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This giveaway will run through Friday, August 11th at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be contacted via the email address associated with their Rafflecopter account and has 24 hours to claim their prize. US Residents only. All entries are verified, so be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected (don't miss out on a technicality).

Is there a cause that's near and dear to your heart?

Monday, August 7, 2017

REVIEW: GRACEDBYGRIT

The first thing I do when a company contacts me about trying out their product is to head to their website and check out their "About" section. Sure, I want to know that I will like their product, but I also want to like THEM!

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When the ladies at GRACEDBYGRIT first reached out, I did my normal thang and headed to their site. As soon as I started reading through their story I knew this was a brand I needed to learn more about.

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You see, we've lived in Southern California (San Diego or North San Diego County) since graduating from UofM in '06.

Chelsea King was a 17-year-old Poway High School student who will always be remembered for her compassionate heart and positive spirit. On a sunny Thursday afternoon, February 25, 2010, Chelsea disappeared after setting out for a trail run in a San Diego community park. Law enforcement and thousands of volunteers searched for days, until they finally found her body in a shallow grave just off the trail she was running on, by Lake Hodges. Chelsea was the victim of a horrific crime committed by a convicted sex offender who later confessed and plead guilty to taking Chelsea’s life.

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Although I wasn't a runner at the time heinous act occurred time (I didn't start running until 2012), it hit me at my core.

The founders of GRACEDBYGRIT, Kimberly Caccavo and Kate Nowlan, met while training for a triathlon in honor of Chelsea. Chelsea was running alone with no phone, no whistle, nothing to draw attention to herself. These ladies wanted clothes designed for women like them, 30-60 years old, that prioritized SAFETY, elegance and performance.

Inspired by Chelsea's mom describing the fate of her daughter, they created a detachable safety whistle to accompany every piece of GRACEDBYGRIT apparel, so all women feel an added sense of security while exercising. The GRACEDBYGRIT whistle has a flat, discreet design that can be securely looped inside the back pocket of any of their pants, in the pocket on their jacket sleeves, or around the back of the neck in their tanks with a reflective elastic lanyard.

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At the end of 2016, they designed the Chelsea Legging in honor of Chelsea. The print is inspired by the sunflower, Chelsea’s favorite flower and the symbol of Chelsea’s Light Foundation (an organization started by Chelsea's parents). In June of 2017, they launched the Chelsea Capri. They donate $10 from every Chelsea Collection purchase to Chelsea’s Light Foundation to protect children around the country from known violent predators.

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Once I learned this, I knew I wanted to give their clothes a whirl! The ladies offered to outfit me head to toe! They sent me a Delicious Tank, Reel 'Em In Capris, and Delicious Half Zip Jacket. (Originally I was picking colors that I liked but didn't necessarily have a ton of in my closet. I guess when you put them together they sort of look Donald Duck-ish.)

Of course I had to do a #FlatCarlee with my gear! 

I was stoked to throw on the gear and head out the door. Although Mother Nature hasn't allowed for much use of the jacket or capris (we can't seem to shake the sticky, humid weather), I love the look of it all - together and as separates.



I actually think the yellow tank might be the one I rock for the Chicago Marathon (depending on the weather of course).

I've worn it on a 16-miler and a recover run and the fabric is super soft.

And can we just discuss the jacket for a second. You all know I am a sucker for thumb-holes, but this takes it a step further... The fabric can be folded over your hand to make a mitten - HECK TO THE YES! That is AMAZING!


The hubby thought it looked like I was missing my hand... so although it may not photograph well, the feature is AMAZING!

Don't even get me started on these capris! I mean, did you see the color?! L-O-V-E, LOVE! (Originally when I was sending over ideas of some of the items I liked I thought the outfit would be maize and blue for my beloved Wolverines, but this blue is bright and bangarang and right up my alley!) Note: I'm 5'4" so the capris look slightly longer on me.


I absolutely love that every item comes with a whistle. I know we never want to think something unfortunate will happen to us (and I pray that it never does), but it's always best to be prepared! And the added security tends to help my mom and the hubby rest a little easier while I'm out pounding the pavement alone. #CanNeverBeTooCautious


If you're ever in the Solana Beach area, they have a boutique on the 101. They also offer a "No Sweat Guarantee" for folks shopping from their site. If you don't love your gear, you can return or exchange it within 30 days. Easy peasy!

Do you carry anything with you on runs for protection?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Workout Recap - Week 31

Sunday, July 30th – 16 mile run (Goal: 8 @ 8:00, 8 @ 7:35), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, July 31st – 7 mile run {1 mile warm-up, 10 x .25 mile hill repeats, 1 mile cool-down}, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Tuesday, August 1st – 6 mile run (Goal HR 150), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Wednesday, August 2nd – 9.53 mile run (Goal: 1 mile warm-up, 4 x 400 {at 6:40 pace w/ 2:00 recovery}, 6 x 800 {at 7:00 pace w/ 2:00 recovery}, 4 x 400 {at 6:00 pace w/ 2:00 recovery}), Stretched & Foam Rolled


Thursday, August 3rd – 6.2 mile run with the hubby


Friday, August 4th – 4 mile hike with friends


Saturday, August 5th – 2.25 mile hike with friends, Stretched & Foam Rolled

This week, since we were in camping in Mammoth and visiting Lake Tahoe for a wedding, I swapped some of my workouts around (don't worry, I chatted with the coach beforehand). Normally I would have had a recovery run on Monday, but since I wasn't sure about doing a track workout while out of town, I moved that recovery run to Thursday and pushed my other workouts up a day earlier. My run on Thursday should have been run with a goal heart rate of 150, which it wasn't, but we did run at elevation (around 6,500 feet above sea level). Friday I should have had a 2 mile run (with a goal heart rate of 150), but we hiked with friends instead. Even still, I'll still take the week as a success.

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Favorites

The hubby and I are currently out of town (visiting Lake Tahoe to celebrate the marriage of some amazing folks), but that doesn't mean I'll leave you without a list of some of my recent faves. So, without further ado, let's do this thang!


Helping "Mighty Jake" Celebrate 15


Would you join me in sending a birthday card to "Mighty Jake"? He suffers from mitochondrial disease, which keeps his body from restoring energy and leaves the boy feeling drained. The disease, which has no cure, will ultimately lead to organ failure. Jake has been confined to a bed for the last several years. On August 28, Jake will turn 15. His mother started a campaign to try and get Jake 100,000 birthday cards. Will you help grant a terminally ill boy's birthday wish?

To send "Mighty Jake" cards, they can be mailed to:

               Jacob Priestley
               P.O Box 855
               Queen Creek, AZ 85124


Going Green and Helping Pups


While we were in San Francisco, we stayed at Hotel Zeppelin. It was a pretty awesome hotel (if you remember in my San Francisco Marathon recap, there was a game room with FREE SKEE BALL), but that's not why I loved it so much. When we walked into the room I saw a door hangtag and I was STOKED! The hubby and I normally leave the "Do Not Disturb" hangtag on our door. We can can clean up after ourselves and don't need new towels after every use. Well, Hotel Zeppelin donates a portion of the revenue from your stay to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in your name if you put the card on your door and go green! SIGN US UP! 


Rummikub


I just recently found this game. Friends of mine invited me to play one night while we were camping and since then we've played a couple of times. I really enjoy it. I'm not sure if you've played before, but it's sort of like a mix between Rummy and Dominos. The part that I like best is that everyone can play off the board, so it opens up a lot more moves and keeps everyone engaged and on their toes. PS Yes, I realize I am becoming an old lady when a game night of Rummikub sounds like a hip-happenin' night of fun ;)

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Hide And Seek Videos


A few days ago I had shared a video I took of Ryan playing hide-and-seek with Walt the Wiener Dog on my Instagram stories. A friend of mine replied and asked if I had seen the video of the parents who strapped a GoPro onto their toddler and played hide-and-seek with him. Neither the hubby nor I had, so to YouTube we went. It was pretty awesome, so in case you were like us and hadn't seen it, I thought I'd share ;)





Dirtbag Runners Buffs


I know I'm late to the game on buffs (can you believe I just recently used one for the first time?!), but I'm pretty much sold on them now (more to come in a future post). Anywho, Dirtbag Runners reopened their store this past week and added some buffs to their product line. As soon as the hubby saw them he was IN LOVE, so we will probably order a couple. (His favorite is the "not so mellow yellow" color.)


And now it's time to enjoy the weekend! Feel free to follow me on social media (@CarleeMcDot on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc) if you wanna see our Lake Tahoe adventures, otherwise I'm sure I'll recap them once we return.

What are you loving lately?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

REVIEW: Halo Top Creamery {17 Flavors}

If you follow me on social media then you probably have seen my love for Halo Top Creamery (I did a blog post a while back {HERE} if you remember). It's touted as "healthy" ice cream. While Halo Top is low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar, they use only the best, all-natural ingredients to craft their ice cream so that it tastes just like regular ice cream.


Well, with July being National Ice Cream Month, Halo Top teamed up with a bunch of Instagram "celebrities" for some AMAZING giveaways. I tried to enter just about every one that I could (because... FREE ICE CREAM) and my hard work finally paid off because a couple weeks ago I saw I WON one of them! HECK TO THE YES!


I won SEVENTEEN PINTS of the deliciousness (one pint of each of their flavors)! [When I originally wrote my review of this brand they only had seven flavors and were only available at limited locations... my how the times have changed.]


As a way to try and make our winnings last, I decided our game plan would be the hubby and I split a pint a day (he should be happy I'm sharing my bounty with him in the first place ;)). Not only would this allow us to enjoy the dessert for a longer period of time, but I thought then we could both review the flavors so you all would hear two points of view. [PS These are the order in which the flavors appear on the site, not the order we ate them or we would rank them.]


Vanilla Bean

Carlee: This is one of the flavors I've never had before. I'm not sure if it's because they don't stock it at our grocery store or because it's a boring flavor, but I think I've been missing out. It is definitely a yummy ice cream on it's own - and when you mix in a scoop of Justin's Almond Butter it's BANGARANG (although it does add to the calories)! I would give it a 7.


Ryan: I've never had it before (don't normally do a vanilla ice cream unless I'm making a milkshake or something like that), but it was very flavorful. I don't think I'd get it again (because there are other better flavors out there), but if you like vanilla I'm sure you'd love this one. I would give it a 5.

Chocolate

C: I've gotta confess - chocolate is not my jam. I'd much prefer fruity treats than chocolate ones. And since we had tried Lemon Cake the day before, I was sort of hoping this would be a little less chocolatey - sort of like a Frosty. Well, no such luck - this is very chocolatey. So, if you like chocolate ice cream, you'll probably love this one! I would give it a 6.


R: Normally chocolate isn't my go-to flavor (because it is a little boring in my opinion), but this was very good and had a rich chocolate flavor. It was everything you would expect from a chocolate ice cream and more. I would give it a 7.

Lemon Cake

C: Eh... This one is not my favorite, but still not bad (I ate every single bite ;)). I guess I was expecting a little more of a lemon flavor (maybe that's why it's called lemon 'cake' because it is a little more mild). I would give it a 6.


R: Just the right amount of lemon (not overpowering) - a nice creamy taste. I'd say it might be one of my new favorite flavors - at least in my top three for sure. I would give it a 9.

Strawberry

C: Confession - The hubby was gone when I broke into this one. I knew it was one of his favorites, but also that he eats it all the time so could review it if I happened to scarf it all down. Thankfully for him, I was a good wifey and saved him half. That said, it definitely is a yummy flavor. Creamy and the right amount of strawberry flavoring. I would give it a 7.


R: This has been my go-to flavor of Halo Top for some time. I like to let it get a little melted and then mix it up like a consistency of a strawberry milkshake. It is a classic flavor that Halo Top does very well (not to mention it is always in stock at our local grocery store). I would give it a 10.

Mint Chip

C: This is my normal go-to flavor. Not only is it delicious, but the calories are the lowest out of the different flavors so I feel less guilty about eating the whole pint in a single sitting ;) I do wish there were a few extra chips throughout, but overall it's one of my faves. I would give it an 8.


R: I feel like the taste is pretty equivalent to other brands. It's not my go-to flavor, but one that I enjoy when I have it. I always assume mint flavors will be green, but appreciate that the food coloring is missing from this pint. Wish it had a few more chocolate chips (seems to be more mint flavored ice cream). I would give it a 7.

Chocolate Mocha Chip

C: As I have said (multiple times now), chocolate's not my jam. And, in case you don't know, I strongly dislike coffee (which I assume is what "mocha" flavor is). I knew going into this pint that it wouldn't be my favorite and I was right. It was very chocolate-y flavored (for someone who doesn't love the flavor it was a bit too strong). I would give it a 4.


R: I was pleasantly pleased with this flavor. I typically don't like chocolate base ice creams so wasn't expecting to like it very much, but I do like coffee so was hopeful. It was surprisingly good. I wish it had a few more of the chips in it. I also wouldn't say it screamed mocha flavor, but the combo with the chocolate was tasty. I would give it a 6.

Birthday Cake

C: Sometimes cake batter flavored ice creams are a bit too sweet for me, but I feel like this one is just perfect. I appreciate the sprinkling of sprinkles (I normally am not a sprinkles girl, but I think there are just enough to not be overpowering). Still one of my top flavors. I would give it a 9.


R: It's always a celebration with this flavor because it is THE BOMB. Cake batter flavored ice cream is my jam. Sometimes I like to add sprinkles to make it more birthday party poppin'. I have no negativity for it. I would give it a 9.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

C: It's not quite a vanilla base, but whatever the flavor is, it's delicious! I love the chunks of cookie dough - just wish there was more (although I would assume that's why the calories are higher in this one). Definitely one of my top picks (the only reason I get other ones is for the lower calories). I would give it a 9.


R: Pretty darn tasty. Seems to have a good amount of cookie dough in it. Loved the flavor. I would give it an 8.

Peanut Butter Cup

C: I was disappointed with this one. As I've said before, chocolate isn't necessarily my jam, BUT I can totally get down on a Reese's or eight (they are actually the only way I eat s'mores). I guess I had higher hopes that this one would be a little more peanut buttery, but it was just sort of blah. I would give it a 4.


R: I was really excited to try this (one of my favorite ice creams is a peanut butter cup flavor from another brand), but I'm sorry to say it didn't live up to the hype I built up in my head. I was hoping for more peanut butter flavor (and more chunks of peanut butter), so I was left a little disappointed. I would give it a 7.

Cookies & Cream

C: I hadn't had this flavor before, but man apparently I have been missing out. This one is super tasty! I sort of wish the "cookie" chunks were a little bigger, but the flavor is spot on! (Oh yeah, and I really wish I wasn't splitting the pint with the hubby, but at least now I know to stock up on this one in the freezer.) I would give it a 9.


R: One of my favorite Halo Tops. It is the perfect ratio of cookie bits to ice cream. I would give it a 10.

Sea Salt Caramel

C: Oh... this one was YUMMY! I might have found a new favorite... There are legit ribbons of caramel throughout the ice cream - HECK TO THE YES! The base is delicious (although I don't know that I would say it was necessarily salty tasting) and the caramel addition is scrum-didily-umptious! I would give it a 9.


R: I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would - HA. The name gave me some hesitation because I am much more of a sweet than a salty guy, but it was actually a decent ice cream. I wouldn't get it again, but I ate all that Carlee left me in the pint. I would give it a 4.

S'mores

C: I'm normally not a sweets girl, but one of the exceptions are s'mores (although using a Reese's instead of a piece of chocolate is a MUST in my book). I had high hopes for this ice cream... and fortunately it lived up to them! There are chocolate chips and chunks of graham crackers. I wouldn't say that it is necessarily s'mores flavored (you can tell it's sweetened with molasses), but it's still yummy. I would give it a 7.


R: I don't think I've ever had it. It didn't come across to me as tasting like s'mores. The base ice cream flavor was not quite what I was expecting (maybe I thought it'd be a little more marshmallow-y). My perspective going in may have skewed my thoughts. I would give it a 5.

Pistachio

C: I don't think I've ever had anything pistachio flavored before (but I LOVE the nuts), so I wasn't sure what to expect. I don't know if it necessarily tastes like a pistachio, it was delicious - super creamy and yummy! I would give it an 7.


R: It was interesting. I've only ever had pistachio nuts, so maybe I was expecting it to be a little more salty. It didn't quite taste like what I thought pistachio would taste like. I don't know that I'd get it again, but I ate it all. I would give it a 6.

Oatmeal Cookie

C: The hubby said we tried this flavor before, but I don't remember it... Because had I remembered it, I would have known that it was DELICIOUS (and probably would have eaten it sooner). I actually think it tastes more like a Snickerdoodle than an Oatmeal Cookie (probably due to the cinnamon), but I don't care which cookie it is modeled after, it's yummy! I also really like the oats throughout the ice cream. I would give it an 8.


R: Not my favorite flavor. I don't like the oatmeal flakes because they remind me of uncooked oatmeal - which I do not like. The flavor itself is not bad. (PS Oatmeal isn't my preferred cookie flavor either.) I would give it an 5.

Chocolate Almond Crunch

C: I was expecting not to like this one because it's another chocolate base, but I was pleasantly surprised when I took the first bite. Although it doesn't have cherry in it, it reminds me of Cherry Garcia from another brand. I loved the chunks of almond throughout and the chocolate in this one seemed more mild so I wasn't opposed to it. I would give it a 7.


R: I would say it wasn't my jam. The base was pretty plain and bland tasting to be chocolate and the almond flavor was a little weird to me. I kind of hoped there would be more crunch than just the tiny bits of almond. I would give it a 4.

Black Cherry

C: I hadn't seen this flavor before, which is a bummer because it's pretty delicious. I am definitely more of a fruity girl than a chocolate lover, so this was right up my alley. I could have done with a little more cherry flavor, but it was scrum-didily-umption. I would give it an 8.


R: My review is that our Ralph's needs to start carrying this flavor NOW so I can get it into my mouth every day! FREAKIN' THE BEST FLAVOR EVER! Love the chunks of cherry. This is my new favorite. I would give it an 11 or a 12 if I could, so a 10 will have to do.

Red Velvet

C: I don't know if this will shock you or not, but I've never had Red Velvet before... Not just in ice cream, but in cake, a cupcake, etc. So when I tried it, I thought it tasted like chocolate... only to find out IT IS CHOCOLATE (but red from beets or food coloring), weird... Anywho, this ice cream tasted like chocolate to me, but unlike the chocolate flavor, it has little brownie bites in it. If you're a chocolate (or red velvet) lover, you'd definitely like this one. I would give it a 6.


R: It tastes pretty good, just not a flavor I would typically get. The cake chunks or brownie chunks (whatever they are) are tasty and add to the consistency. Not a go-to flavor but I ate it all. I would give it a 6.


Isn't it funny how two people have two completely different tastes? I have to admit, he is the one with the major sweet tooth, so maybe you should take his word for most flavors... or maybe you should average the two scores together ;)



OVERALL - The hubby's faves are: Strawberry, Cookies & Cream, Black Cherry, Lemon Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Birthday Cake and Peanut Butter Cup. My top flavors are: Cookies & Cream, Sea Salt Caramel, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Mint, Oatmeal Cookie and Black Cherry. But, let's be honest, we ate every single bite!

Thanks to Halo Top Creamery for not only hosting the July giveaways, but for creating delicious and healthy ice cream!

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What's your favorite flavor ice cream?