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My First 5K – and a Giveaway! #TeamShout

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I had such a great time on Team Shout® at the 5K Color Run in Salt Lake City!


Ever since I took up running again this year, I’ve been looking forward to participating in my first 5K. Thanks to Shout®, I got the chance to accomplish my goal at “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” – I honestly couldn’t think of a better race for a first time marathon runner. I had so much fun running through the colorful hues of pink, purple, blue and of course orange, with Team Shout® – and it really set the tone for the rest of this year. I was a happy, colorful rainbow when I got home and when my kids saw me, they immediately vowed that they are coming along with me next year!


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Our team shirts were nice and clean before the race and as we all stood front and center at the starting line and we couldn’t wait to hit all the colorful stations up ahead. We were so excited that we didn’t have a care in the world, not even about our nice, white outfits (uh oh!).


As it turned out, had a blast and I didn’t worry about getting messy or dirty once. All I thought about all morning was what a great time I was having! Here’s how we looked after the run:


I had so much fun with new (and old) friends throughout the run and at the celebration after, yes there was an after-race party and Shout® brought us up on stage to announce the orange color throw!


We also got to try out the Shout® 360 Color Cam, which caught us in mid-jump! Check out the video below:

After a day of running through bright colors and dancing around on-stage during the color throw, you would have never guessed that my previously messy clothes would end up looking like this:

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Thanks to Shout® my once colorfully tie-dyed shirt looks like a newbie (Stick around to win your very own Shout® prize pack – details below)! Even though the colorful hues are gone and the crisp white tee is back, it still reminds me of how much fun I had at The Color Run and how it fueled me to get out there and have some fun, without the worries!

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Not everyone can go to The Color Run. So Shout has launched the Shout It Out Fun Finder to help you find some fun near you. It looks at your location and recommends fun activities — so get out and have some fun!

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Plus, when you follow the Shout® mantra and live out loud (even if it’s at home in your backyard), you could win a dream vacation to experience a Color Run in New Zealand. To enter, post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShoutItOut #enter. [Contest ends September 30, 2014.]

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And now, the best part! Shout®  is giving away a prize pack to one lucky TT&J reader, so that you can go out and have your own worry-free colorful day!


You could win a Shout® prize pack that includes:

Shout® Trigger, with stain-fighting ingredients and enzymes to quickly penetrate, break-up and remove tough stains. Safe for all colorfast washables and works in all water temperatures.

Shout® Color Catcher® sheets absorb and trap loose dyes in wash water, protecting clothes against color bleeds and helping preserve original colors. Sheets change color as they absorb loose dyes, and reduce the need for sorting laundry. Safe for all colorfast washables and works in all water temperatures.

Shout® Advanced Ultra Gel Brush combines powerful Shout®stain fighters in a thick gel formula with a convenient stain-lifting brush to penetrate and remove your toughest stain. The formula lets you treat stains now and wash up to a week later. Safe for all colorfast washables and works in all water temperatures.

Shout® Wipes can be used to remove stains on-the-go right when they happen and are easily disposable—just throw the used cloth away. They’re perfect for clothing, carpet and auto interiors, and are safe for all colorfast washables.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post: How do you make time for fun?


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This post sponsored by Shout. See my disclosures.


  1. I don’t really make much time FOR fun…I just try to make my time fun. I have a 2 year old boy…life is an adventure!

  2. Marney Dragoo says:

    I try not to take life to seriously! Even a quiet night at home is fun, or anytime I can get to read is always a good time!!

  3. I’ve always believed that time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time…so fun is anytime I’m wasting time!

  4. Emily Adams says:

    I have learned that it is more important to make more time for fun and housework will always be there later.

  5. When I get home from work and see my doggie’s tail wagging, I know it’s time for fun!

  6. For bigger activities, try getting them on the calendar a good ways in advance so schedules will be set around them. For smaller things, I try to just get out and do it. :)

  7. I love shout products! Color catchers are my favorite! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I have to tell myself other things can wait.

  9. We sometimes just skip other things and have fun, just have to make time.

  10. I would love to one day do one of these type runs. Bucketlist item for sure!

  11. I have to remember to take time to appreciate my kids and be goofy with them. I can get to be a bit too serious. So we often take dancing breaks. In the middle of school, dishes, whatever I just say “Dancing Break!”
    Hilary recently posted…Schooling from Home: Tips for Creating Independent Learners and Taming the Pile in a Small Space.

  12. Lilith Katz says:

    We make time to watch a lot of movies

  13. Litsa Jackson says:

    My daughter and I spend time having in and around town with Daddy when we can! We also plan and/or take on adventures in the country with Daddy…and travel to Greece every summer!!

  14. I always leave room on the calender for fun. I try to always remember that life is about the memories we make with loved ones.

  15. I always make time for fun! It’s the house that suffers! haha At least my daughter will remember the good times we had and won’t remember the dirty dishes so much! 😉

  16. Elizabeth S says:

    I work from home, and also have 3 little ones. Recently I was starting to feel super burnt out and not “enough” for the kids and business together, and then started to simply embrace them when they ask me to read, to play, to ….whatever. It’s a trick when I’m busy, but it’s been fun!

  17. Always make time for fun & family & friends twice weekly cookouts or just watching movies…

  18. Schedule time on the calendar — listen to daughters-in-law about getting together!!

  19. Hubby and I take day trips and love just driving around, talking and looking at the scenery

  20. we have a family game night, lots of food and fun

  21. Every Friday is Family night for us!

  22. Making a to do list – put something fun on the list between some of the monotonous chores!

  23. I’m learning to be more spontaneous and go with the flow. I’m definitely a Type A person so I like to have everything planned out. But sometimes the most fun comes when you least expect it!
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  24. The reality check that today can never be replayed. I only have it for a few precious 24 hours . . . most often never long enough.

  25. Focus and movement. Getting myself pulled away from chores or screens to focus on what’s important and keep moving!

  26. I try to remember to put the electronic “toys” down and simply play with my husband and son.

  27. terri Baker says:

    I look at it as, if I go out and do something, its creating a memory, so it makes little things like walks in the park and skipping stones special. Then in the cold winter months, I can look back on those days we got out as a family instead of just vegging out at home.

  28. we plan weekends with no plans to just hang out and veg

  29. Sindy Murray says:

    We try something fun and relaxing after school. We make go to the park or some crafts.

  30. Sherri Howell says:

    We make time for fun on Saturdays…luve college football.

  31. Hang out with my friends! GNO’s rule!

  32. I get up early and set aside time just for me to run outside. I love to run so that is what I do!

  33. I changed jobs two years ago so we could have more family time. My mom asked me last summer if we could just stay home one weekend (she couldn’t believe we had plans every weekend). I was great!

  34. We try to use the summer for our big fun things since my husband is a teacher and coach. During the school year we have to plan our fun for Saturdays and make sure we don’t get sucked into just watching TV all day.

  35. I have to plan it in my calendar!
    Diane @ Vintage Zest recently posted…Spoon Me Sweetly feature & GIVEAWAY!

  36. Sandi Allen says:

    Putting down our electronic devices, phones, computers, etc…and getting out the board games with the kids.

  37. I get together at least once a week with a fiend to quilt. I love this time and we have some good laughs!!

  38. My girlfriends and I have a standing GNO every Thursday night. We trade off hosting and gab and eat after the kids are in bed.

  39. Meditationalwayshelpsmeeelbetter,Nettie
    Nettie Moore recently posted…BROWN SUGAR STREUSEL COFFEE CAKE

  40. Put away the work, bring out the games. Just being with family is what it’s about.

  41. Weekends are all about fun for our family. We try to plan something exciting.

  42. I find fun spending time with my family. Congtratulations!

  43. I make time for fun after a long day at work. Always try to take a break for something for ME.

  44. Love the color run 5k. Me and my daughter did it last year and had a blast!

  45. my husband makes sure we all have fun! whether it is going for a run, playing outside, or just being silly, he’s the one who keeps life in perspective.
    jennifer recently posted…Boys’ Summer Shorts

  46. Hi Jen – Congratulations on your first 5k! What a great accomplishment and lots of fun. I’m running my first 5k in three years in two weekends. I’m nervous, but I’ve been training so I hope it goes well. Hugs, Holly
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  47. I do something fun every morning for at least 40 minutes before heading off to teach my middle schoolers.

  48. I’m working on letting the daily routine go and be available when I’m invited to do something.

  49. Benny Sequeira says:

    Will be meeting my son/DIL and daughter soon, already making plans of how we are going to spend time together – cooking, crafting and making memories.

  50. Finding ways to make time for my daughter.

  51. I just have to remember that all work and no play makes joe a dull boy. I make time for fun by finding something and sticking to it!

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