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A Celebration, a Review and a Giveaway!!

First, thanks to any and all of you that prayed for me and my exam . . . I passed! I will admit, the exam was hard and there were times while I was taking it, I wondered if I would pass, but I am now a Certified Personal Trainer. I took a computer-based version of the exam, so I got my results immediately after hitting the "submit" button, and taking a very ill placed survey! I am glad it is over and my husband and kids are too!

So, although it is late, I had promised a fun review and giveaway and here it is! I saw Mamas' Movin' with Mary on Faith and Family Live two weeks ago and was drawn in by their name and the cute t-shirt. The Mamas' are a group of friends that began walking and praying the rosary together in preparation for the Columbus half marathon in 2009. Their mission is "Strengthen your body, strengthen your soul." (I think we all should start groups like this in our hometowns too!)
Plus they designed these cute t-shirts:



I ordered one right after I saw it. It came in the mail just a few days later. It was cutely wrapped with a blue ribbon, with a one decade rosary attached; perfect to pray with on your walks/runs. I do have to say that the shirt it A LOT cuter in person than the picture on their website shows. The shirt is black with blue lettering. It is more of a fitted cut, so be prepared to order one size larger if you do not like your shirts too tight. I purchased a medium and it was a perfect fit! The cut of the shirt is flattering. And the material is an athletic-wicking material. But, it is a real nice, soft one, not like many of the scratchy race shirts I have gotten!

The day I got it, I took the shirt out for a "test-drive" and wore it to the gym while I biked. Well, it worked perfectly! It kept me cool and dry. Then, this weekend, I wore it out and about with khaki pants. The t-shirt is such a nice cut and fit that you do not have to wear it just for working out. So, I am sold on the shirt.

20% of the profits from the sales of the t-shirt go to the Run the Race Club of Columbus. Run the Race is part of the Brian Muha foundation. Run the Race works with the kids of Columbus to give them activities to participate in and to be a positive influence in the lives of children that may not have many of them.

This charity really struck me because, although I did not know Brian Muha, I was working as a Residence Director at Franciscan University when he was killed. And, from the time he was abducted, to the time of the end of the trial of the accused, I remember Brian's mother and founder of Run the Race Club, Rachel Muha, being such a true example of what holiness, Christian charity and forgiveness are meant to be.

So, to help support this great charity and to celebrate that I am now and Certified Personal Trainer though ACE, I am going to give one lucky person one of these cute t-shirts!

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment. And, in the comment answer:

What you would wear the shirt for?
Please remember, you do not need to be a blogger or have a Blogger account to enter. Just make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win!

For extra entries (Please leave a separate comment for any/all that you do):

1. Facebook about the giveaway. Just add a link to THIS POST to the status update about the giveaway. May be done once per day.

2. Tweet about the giveaway. Please leave a link to the tweet in the comment box. May be done once per day.

3. Blog abut the giveaway. You may do a blog post about the giveaway, or put a link to this giveaway on your side bar . . . whatever you like! May be done only once per duration of giveaway.

And since October is the month of The Holy Rosary, the giveaway will end on October 1st, 12 midnight! That way you can wear the shirt during the month!

Good Luck!


  1. I would love to have this shirt to wear as I try to get back in non-pregnancy shape. I love being able to spread my beliefs without having to say a word (as I'm wearing a "Choose Life" shirt now!)
    P.S. I'm putting this on Facebook too!

  2. Awesome shirt for an awesome cause!

    Congratulations on passing your exam! :)

    I would wear the shirt running/walking and with jeans/khakis out and about. :)

  3. OK, I posted on Facebook yesterday

  4. Oh, once per day?! I'm going to look either really fanatical or really silly if I keep this up! Maybe I wouldn't wear it - well, I WOULD, but maybe that wouldn't be the best use for it. I was watching my neighbor jog last evening - she's an awesome Mom, friend, and former college athlete - and realized how much she would love it. If I won, I think I would give it to her and enjoy watching HER wear it.

  5. I would wear it all the time, but especially during my outdoor runs to spread the message :)

    I was at FUS when Brian and Aaron were killed, what a devestating event, and yet what I remember most is Brian's mother's forgiveness. What a great example she is of God's love.

  6. I could definitely see this one as a nice-looking out-and-about kind of shirt. Very versatile.

  7. LOL, if I win I'd probably give it to Christine :).

    But otherwise, this'd be a great workout shirt for the track... maybe if I had a cute shirt I'd be motivated to exercise more regularly! :)

  8. This shirt is awesome!! I definitely wear it while I'm walking and running (which is my favorite time to pray the Rosary)... but I might even wear it to the high school football games! :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. I posted on Facebook! (add me as a friend if you like, I've been reading your blog for a long time now!)

    Thanks again for the chance to win.

  10. Gotta love twitter!! I tweeted...


  11. =) I'll probably wear it running, working out, but I promise it will end up covered in spit-up, food, and whatever else my sweet little boys will dish out on any given day. =)


  12. Super cute!

    1) I would feature that little gem on my blog

    2). Wear it around time to all the high school football games.

    3) knock out a decade or two with the kids and hubby.

    Please pick me!

  13. How cute! I'd wear it while getting back in post-baby shape. Or I'd wear it during labor next time b/c I once read that training for childbirth is like training for a marathon :)

  14. Hey Katie - I thought I did this already but it didn't go through??? If I won the shirt, I would not wear it running because I wouldn't want to stink it all up (Plus, I run in my garage!) I would wear it proudly with jeans or shorts running around town :) Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  15. I love this shirt!!! I'd wear it A LOT because I don't have many clothes :) but mostly because I want my older girls to see it's cooler to wear Mary and Jesus than Abercrombie and Fitch and also for my twins who call Mary "Mia," to hear them say over and over "Mia Shirt." From, Eileen ><>

  16. I recently purchased "The Rosary Workout," so I'd wear this shirt while working toward a healthier spiritual and physical life!

  17. congrats on your exam!!

    Great shirt!!

  18. I would actually love to give this shirt to my sister-in-law who is due in a week and then by myself one after our baby come next April when I'm trying to get back in shape.

    I knew Brian when I was in high school and my husband and he were friends at FUS. Brian and I were born the same week, shared a love of Shirley Temple movies and I loved going to all of he and his brother's football games at St. Charles. His mom was my teacher when I was a freshman in high school and one of the most amazing women I've ever known. I praise God that He has allowed such an evil act to not have overshadowed the amazing lives and faith of both Brian and Aaron and their families.

  19. Just tweeted about your giveaway....tinafisher5.


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