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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Events Benefitting Causes

Mom and daughters together for GAR
At Sweet Spot® Skirts, in addition to making flirty, functional skirts for every body, we love when we can support important causes! We feel lucky that we get to do this in part by participating in events and expos across the country - and across the Pacific Ocean, as we did at last weekend's Great Aloha Run in Hawaii.

One wonderful aspect of participating in events like GAR is that they benefit one or more charities or non-profit organizations. A majority of events these days have a designated beneficiary, and some events have multiple local and national non-profit organizations which directly benefit from involvement with the events!

The KP Great Aloha Run, as noted in their promotional video, was "magical and more than a run". Each year, this race benefits multiple local charities and vital programs. The event has given back an impressive $10.9 million to the community over the years! That's fantastic!

Other events on our 2016 schedule which contribute to non-profit organizations include:
Bloomsday Run in Spokane, which benefits it's Official Charity, the Salvation Army

Ragbrai, a 7-day bike ride across Iowa, which contributes to approximately 20 charities each year and donates funds to each of the race's host towns for local programs. (This July, Sweet Spot® Skirts will not only be in the expo at Ragbrai, we'll have our own team riding the course!)

Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in Portland, Oregon and Girlfriends Run for a Cure in Vancouver, Washington are a couple of events that are closer to home. Both of these annual events have raised and donated amazing amounts of funding over the years for research, support and programs for fighting breast cancer and supporting survivors.

And you know that, just by participating, you also support the charities that benefit from the races. Way to go! It's a great way to do something good for yourself and your own health, while doing something good for your community and for important organizations.

So, as we continue through the year, watch for which events give back to organizations and consider doing extra events that support your favorite causes. And if they're on our Upcoming Events schedule, be sure to stop by and see us in the expos.

We can't wait to see you at the events this year!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

February is Heart Month, and not just because it brings Valentine's Day. It's also the American Heart Association's Heart Month and at Sweet Spot® Skirts we are all about healthy hearts! Our focus all month is on how we can support and inspire women - and our kids, nieces/nephews and the special young people in our lives - to make the smart choices that lead to a healthier heart and a healthier life!!

There are many ways to keep your own heart in top form: eating well, being active and moving more, spending time with family and friends, laughing together, and feeling good about our bodies all have strong benefits to our heart health. Our Sweet Spot® Skirts family knows that wearing a cute skirt while out for a walk or run, biking, running errands, or touring a new city can add to the joy of life and joy is great for your heart! And feeling flirty for Valentine's Day is good, too!

For extra inspiration during Heart Month, check out this sweet video we found on the American Heart Association website about one mom, Michaela's, conscious choices about what she makes for her three kids. As she says in the video, if moms (and aunties, special friends, neighbors...) spread the word about eating healthy and the benefits from it, and lead by example, we will have a positive impact on the next generation! "Moms standing together can be a strong force." 

In our corner of the world, moms like Sunná (below) lead by example and her daughter Avery learns from her. If you missed our post on Tuesday, February 2nd, you can read about Sunná and Avery HERE. They run together and encourage each other to be healthy. Sunna shares how she inspired Avery to start running and Avery tells what she thinks is special about her mom. They recently participated in the Worst Day of the Year run. They did it together and now they have matching beanies and penguin medals to commemorate another event they've shared! You Go, Girls!!

You can see inspirational videos and find out more about how to keep your heart healthy on the AHA website. #hearthealth 

Happy Heart Month! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Healthy Heart & Fun

Roses are Red
Our outfits are too
We've bonded together
to bring Heart Awareness to you!
Join us on Feb. 5 and wear red in an effort to remind women to keep their heart healthy. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. That is an alarming 1 woman every 80 seconds.
Let's all be the "Lady in Red" this Friday, February 5, 2016.
Our staff and managers had a blast trying to get a "RED" hot picture for our Heart Healthy Post.  Our goal is to motivate women to get out and get going.   Our athletic skirts are great for covering you during your active lifestyle.  We fit all women from size 0 - 24.   Everyday we get stories about women and their live longer journey's.  This is one of our favorite stories showcasing a mom and daughter sharing a running journey .  CLICK HERE

Let's work to spread the word about getting a healthy heart! 
Have fun, laugh and keep moving!
Love and Hugs, 
The Sweet Spot® Skirt Girls

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Live Longer with a Healthy Heart

February is Heart Month. One of the best ways to live longer is to keep your heart healthy. We love supporting women in their dedication to being active and feeling good about how they look with our athletic clothing line. Sometimes a new outfit is the extra boost that gets you to your next run or walk, spin class, mountain hike, bike ride or stroll along the beach.
Our focus this month is on Sunná and Avery, a mom and daughter team who help each other to be heart healthy, and with every step they create memories that will last a lifetime.

Sunná started her journey to running when she walked a marathon and a half. She met up with other girlfriends and they started to run/walk, and then worked up to running. Now she feels her heart rate elevates faster and it feels better to her to run. Sunná says running saved her life in many ways, by giving her clarity and focus, long-lasting friendships, and the ability to get through a lot of pain and hardship in a difficult time. 
Sunná was thrilled when Avery wanted to start running with her. Avery sets goals and Sunná helps her to meet them. When Sweet Spot Skirts asked Avery what was the best thing about running with her mom, she said her mom keeps her going when she wants to stop, and when Avery’s having a hard time her mom finds ways to help her get through it. Avery says it has helped to have her mom to run with because it “makes you go faster if you run with someone”. And when asked how many of Avery’s friends run with their mom, she answered “NONE my mom is pretty special”. Avery also joined the cross country team and enjoys training with her friends while getting better at running. Avery’s next goal is to run a 5k in 25 minutes.

A recent highlight for this mother/daughter pair was during the Resolution Run on January 10th when Avery finished the race first in her age group. She stood on the top of the podium to be recognized, and both mother and daughter felt the pride of a hard-earned accomplishment. The bonus was getting to enjoy the moment together.

Sunná’s advice to other mothers who hope to get their daughters involved in running is to lead by example – if you daughter sees you doing something that makes you happy, she may follow in your footsteps – literally. Also, keep asking if they want to join you on a run, with no pressure just encouragement.  Next up for Sunná and Avery is the Worst Day of the Year Run – if they can run on the Worst Day, they can run anytime - together!

Send us your story of heart healthy activities with your son/daughter... info@sweetspotskirts.com!