Erica Finds is FIVE! Blogiversary #Giveaway!

Time flies when you’re having fun! Five years has gone by since I published my first post on April 9, 2012. I really had no idea what I was doing! And, I had I no idea what this blog would bring into my life. I’ve made countless friends and connections, had amazing experiences and found tons of awesome products, services and fitness classes.

Two years ago, I wrote my lessons learned and they all still hold up very well. The most critical ones are to write about what you enjoy and share enthusiasm and, as Marcia says, “keep your eye on your own paper.” Comparison is in fact the thief of joy! I may not have the biggest following or the highest traffic, but I have a great following and tons of awesome opportunities.

Last year, on my blogiversary, I reflected on some changes and new formats.Β I retired some time consuming features like “Friday Finds” that got little traffic. I started posting Friday Fives and linking up with other bloggers. Smitha and I hosted the Wednesday Giveaway Round Up series which we retired at the end of the year.

Year 4 to 5 was full of great opportunities and fun shenanigans!

Since last year, I’ve continued my finding in Chicago and beyond. I’ve met SO MANY amazing people. I’ve attended a ton of fun events in Chicago and met terrific companies/people at the Chicago Sweets and Snacks Show, GF Expo, Expo East (Day 1 and Day 2), Expo West (Day 1 and Day 2) and the Good Food Festival. I’ve taken tons of exercise classes and was selected to be an A Sweat Life Ambassador. I’ve eaten all the foods and drank all the drinks. I’ve learned that it never hurts to ask to try a new product or service and for every “no,” I get three “yeses.”

This blog has helped me to be more optimistic and happier. It gives me the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for health, fitness and wellness (and everything else that suits my fancy). Writing this blog has opened my eyes to what’s new and what people are trying. It has made me more curious and open minded. Do I want to try your [new product, fitness trend, app, class]? Yes, of course I do!

I’m a brand ambassador for some awesome companies. When I wrote this post last year, I was an ambassador for Peanut Butter & Co, Janji, Esprit de She, CEP Compression, Run Gum, SOS Rehydrate and the 2016 San Francisco Marathon. I’ve added Redd Bar to the list and Susie and I are going to be ambassadors for the new Sweat Pink Empower Race Series in San Francisco on August 5th and 6th. I was also selected as one of the participants for the Lululemon Chicago Winter Run Retreat. It was AMAZING. See my recap HERE.

So with gratitude and joy, I am celebrating turning 5 with what I do best… a giveaway. These are some items I’ve received from my ambassadorships or with deep discounts from companies I’ve worked with. I’m sharing the love and #bloggerperks to thank you for following my blog.

The Prizes:

1. Winner Lauren L.Β  One item from Janji – you pick!– (up to $100 retail value) Janji is an awesome running clothes company. Janji donates a portion of every sale to organizations who are providing on-the-ground solutions to real problems all over the world. Not only does each purchase provide a tangible relief for hunger and thirst around the world, but wearing the brightly colored clothing helps raise awareness. Plus, you look awesome. Here is my original review post.

2. Runner pack from SOS Rehydrate and Run Gum plus a Rove Water Bottle($45 retail value) Try my fave flavor of SOS Rehydrate – Berry plus (new) Mango and two 10 packs of Run Gum performance gum (Mint and Cinnamon!). The Run Gum will get you moving and the SOS Rehydrate will keep you hydrated. I’m going to throw in an insulated Rove Water Bottle that I got as a Fit Foodie Race Ambassador, too!

3. Healthy Skoop Protein Sampler, Shaker and Ignite Beet Blend and a Amazing Grass Green Superfood Sampler/Shaker –Β ($50 retail value) I have a bunch of samples and a full sized Ignite Beet Blend from Healthy Skoop and an Amazing Grass Green Superfood sampler with shaker bottles to share. These awesome, healthy products are gathering dust over here!

4. Winner Francine A. myCharge SimplePlus Portable Charger and myCharge HubPlus Charger – ($95 retail value) Over the holidays, I had the chance to work with myCharge and have some extra goodies to give away. With all of my travel, these chargers are a life saver. With the HubPlus, you can even make friends at the airport!

5. Nike Tote Bag and A Sweat Life Snapback Cap – ($45 retail value) Share in the spoils of my Sweat Life Ambassadorship! I have a canvas Nike Tote Bag and a Sweat Life Snapback cap to share with a lucky reader.

How to enter: Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years of age or older and is void where prohibited. The giveaway will be open through 4/25. Winners will be selected and notified on 4/26. Winners may choose a prize in order of the draw. One prize per winner.

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Thank you for reading my blog! Your comments and feedback make me so happy. Please let me know what you want me to find in the year ahead and I will do my best to make it happen.

Please note: I was provided some of the prizes at no cost from these awesome vendors. I was not compensated for this post. I will purchase some items at a discount due to my relationship with the companies. All opinions are my own.



  1. Madhuri says:

    Congrats on 5-years!! It’s a great accomplishment to celebrate. I just turned one and it felt so special. I have so much more learning to do. To many more years!!!

  2. Michele Cupp says:

    I really like the fitness posts and the reviews.

  3. Mindy DeLisi says:

    I love travel blog posts, I don’t travel a whole lot now because I have 3 kids but I’m setting up my travel list places! Giveaways are always nice too! Love trying new products!

  4. Jackie says:

    Happy 5 Year Blogiversary! I enjoy reading your blog. I love reading reviews and learning about new products.
    Thank you!

  5. Marilyn Nawara says:

    Congrats on your 5 Year Anniversary!!
    I would like to see more make-up product reviews + LOTS of giveaways.

  6. Christopher Sorel says:

    congrats on 5 years and keep up the good reviews and bringing new products

  7. Kim Favor says:

    Congrats on this amazing feat!

  8. jennifer says:

    I would like to see more of everything πŸ™‚ thanks!

  9. vickie couturier says:

    i love the giveaways the most

  10. Renata says:

    Happy five years! I love your blog and fun running posts. I really enjoy discovering new brands to try and of course, the giveaways!

  11. Georgette Coan says:

    This is too funny. Today is my 5th blogiversary (book blog). I didn’t realize that until I got the notification from WordPress this morning. Congratulations to you!!. I think I’ve been following you since late 2013. I enjoy all aspects of your blog so I can’t just pick one aspect that I would like to see more. Keep on doing what you are doing. And again, congratulations!

  12. Kris says:

    I love the reviews and giveaways!

  13. Maryann D. says:

    Happy Blogiversary! We do enjoy your blog. I always like to see reviews and giveaways on anything especially different products!

  14. robin p says:

    congrats on 5 years! i love the giveaways (maybe i’ll win one day). i also like the fitness posts and reviews.

  15. Mary W says:

    I would like to see more giveaways and recommendations. Through your blog, I have enjoyed learning about and trying new products. I now purchase many of those items because I read about them on your blog. I enjoy reading about your sponsors and why you love them. Keep up the great work.

  16. Caroline says:

    I usually follow blogs for fitness posts and recipes, but really appreciate your reviews of products!

  17. Jeffrey says:

    Erica, you do an utterly fantastic job of blogging. Between your giveaways, posts about running and everyday stuff, I end up visiting your blog just about everyday…and enjoy it! With the content of your blog and the amount of followers you have I would have guessed it was more than 5 years old and I mean that as a compliment. You have grown your “Erica Army” very quickly! I only hope someday to have a blog as well set up as yours. Congrats friend!

  18. Becca Z says:

    I am always looking for sneaker and sports bra reviews, 2 things where it is hard to find the perfect one. I like nutrition reviews as well.

  19. patricia caradonna says:

    Travel info. would be fun and helpful. I also like fitness info and recipes. I enjoy traveling and jogging.

  20. Tamra Phelps says:

    First, congratulations on 5 years blogging. I always enjoy reading travel stories, so more of those would definitely be nice.

  21. Gwendolyn J says:

    I would love to see more reviews

  22. Angela W says:

    I love all the reviews and also the giveaways so I can learn more about the products.

  23. DJ says:

    I love reading about product reviews. I always find so many new goodies from your blog.

  24. Fiona N says:

    Happy 5 year Blogiversary πŸ˜‰
    I would love to read more reviews, giveaways, fitness, and travel posts πŸ™‚
    Thank You for the chance!

  25. suzie says:

    I love to hear about your NYC marathon experience!

  26. suzie says:

    congrats on 5 years!

  27. Judy Cox says:

    My two favorite things I look for are reviews and giveaways. I am always looking for new things and of course I love giveaways.

  28. Mahdi says:

    I like fitness posts, and reviews/giveaways for athletic clothing/equipment..

  29. KV says:

    I like the fitness, review, & travel posts.

  30. Amy C. says:

    I think your content balance is great and I wouldn’t change a thing.

  31. crystal mccord says:

    Congrats! That’s a big milestone in the blogging community πŸ™‚ I would love to see more reviews, I enjoy reading them.

  32. Amy Lauren says:

    I honestly love reading about all your travelling and trips and of course the new products. I love the giveaways but also the reviews. I’ll admit that when you give things away and review them, even if I don’t win, that product is now on my radar when I’m out shopping or see it online. I’ve tried a few things that way- like Square Bars and RX Bars!

  33. Susan P. says:

    I like to read about your travels and of course, the giveaways!

  34. Looking forward to more reviews and giveaways in the future.

  35. Ken C says:

    Fitness posts and related giveaways Erica

  36. Bea Alexandra says:

    Looking at specific areas to run and their pros and cons.

  37. Happy Happy Happy Blogiversary! I am so happy that we both started our blogs–and that we somehow found ourselves. Love you!

  38. Kimberly G says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I really love your product reviews because oftentimes it introduces me to new products!

  39. Kathy Davis says:

    Happy Blogiversary! and, awesome giveaway. πŸ™‚ I would like to see all that you listed, plus more personal motivational tips. I’m already struggling as the weather is warming. Maybe reviews on equipment, as well as clothing.

  40. Sarah N says:

    Congratulations on five years. I’d love to see even more fitness posts. I also love the product reviews and of course all the giveaways.

  41. ellen beck says:

    WOOOHOO Happy five years? Itt seems not that long ago you got started. I love your giveways- trying new things. I also like the travel posts and even just staying in your hometown. I dont get to go many places, so it is fun to see the pictures.

  42. Angela Saver says:

    I would love to see more giveaways, especially for organic foods and organic make-up and skincare.

  43. Kelly D says:

    I would like more travel posts. They are my favorite.

  44. Amber Ludwig says:

    I LOVE your blog as is!! Seriously one of my favs to read EVER!! I love your food and gear reviews the most!! Plus the giveaways for them πŸ˜‰ I find out about so many awesome and fabulous products from you!

  45. Becca says:

    Your blog is such a resource and inspiration for me as I work on mine! Thanks for all your help, and I hope year 6 is full of fun new finds! πŸ™‚

  46. Marcia says:

    Sniff! Your fairy blogmother is so proud of you! Where have 5 years gone?? It’s been a wonderful adventure and so much fun to watch you grow and thrive. xoxo

  47. Cheryl B says:

    I love reading posts about travel, and food.

  48. Kenya F says:

    Happy 5th Blogiversary! I’m about to launch mines soon and hoping it make it to year 5! πŸ™‚ I would love to see more on travel!

  49. Jordan D. says:

    I really trust your opinions on products, so I’d love to see more reviews! Giveaways are never a bad thing, either πŸ˜‰ Congrats on your blogiversary!!!

  50. Coco says:

    Congrats on 5 years of blogging! I always like honest reviews of fitness related products – I’ve discovered lots of great products that way.

  51. Joe Cobos says:

    This is really cool.

  52. Joe Cobos says:

    And congratulations

  53. Travel, fitness, reviews, giveaways. It’s all great!

  54. Georgiana says:

    I love learning about healthy new products and fitness exercises too.

  55. Maggie Wolff says:

    I like your posts that include Erica’s thoughts and opinions on life, running, fitness, training, etc πŸ™‚

  56. Amanda C. says:

    Happiest of Anniversaries!! I didn’t realize that you started the blog just before I moved! Amazing. I love all of the Erica thoughts and posts, particularly your running/race recaps. Keep doing what makes you happy – those are truly the best posts πŸ™‚

  57. I would like to see more giveaways, please!

  58. Jeanna Massman says:

    Happy anniversary! I love all kinds of giveaways.

  59. adriana says:

    congrats! reviews area always great.

  60. Heidi Embrey says:

    Congrats on 5 years! I love your blog the way it is. Very inspirational. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  62. Lauren says:

    I would like to see more running-related giveaways. Congrats!

  63. Congratulations! I’d like to see more giveaways and more fitness tips for a busy life!

  64. Jessica says:

    I love the running and travel posts <3

  65. Raymond says:

    I enjoy the workout posts and product reviews a lot.

  66. Happy blogiversary! Love seeing the reviews and giveaways!

  67. Mandi says:

    Congrats! I would love reviews and giveaways πŸ™‚

  68. Deb E says:

    I would like to see more product reviews as I am forever searching for those unbiased opinions on fitness and nutrition products. Congrats on the 5 years!

  69. Allison says:

    SO SO SO many congrats! I love the coffee breaks – all of your books end up on my to-read list πŸ™‚

  70. jenny stratton says:

    I would love to see giveaways of course and travel posts.

  71. paige c says:

    i like giveaways and food reviews!

  72. Morgan says:

    Congrats! I really love fitness recaps, and giveaways of course πŸ™‚

  73. Katie Bellamy says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I always love to see recipes! πŸ™‚

  74. beth says:

    I love the giveaways and travel posts!

  75. Edye says:

    Happy 5 years! I love your blog and always enjoy seeing giveaways and posts where you talk a little about yourself πŸ™‚

  76. gloria patterson says:

    just recently found your blog and have enjoyed it.

    I like a mix bag of reviews and giveaways.

  77. Jennifer Williams says:

    Giveaways, travel and recipes!

  78. Nikki Nikki Fahey says:

    I like learning about new foods, fitness products and your travels! congrats

  79. Michelle B. says:

    Wow! Five years is pretty epic! I personally loved your giveaway round up that you and Smitha did last year. It let me discover a whole bunch of other interesting blogs as well as finding out about epic products and sometimes you actually get to try those epic products. I really miss that! I also love product reviews. Congrats on 5 years lady!

  80. Happy 5 years! That is amazing and inspiring! I love all the friends and connections I have made thru the blog- it is a big world out there and fun how we all find each other! Keep up the great work!

  81. Jennifer says:

    Congrats on 5 years! I love your giveaway posts!

  82. Rajee says:

    fitness posts

  83. AMY GARRETT says:

    congrats! i’d love to see more giveaways. maybe some workout ideas too!

  84. Wehaf says:

    Congratulations! I like to see fitness posts and workout suggestions.

  85. barbg says:

    More giveaways would be my pick. Especially for snacks,bars,granola types of treats. Congrats on your 5 years! I’ve been reading the whole time.

  86. Judith says:

    congrats! i love your reviews

  87. Breanna Sackrey says:

    I would love to see more posts about your running and how you are fueling your runs.

  88. Heather says:

    i really love the reviews!

  89. wen budro says:

    Happy 5-year Blogiversary!!! I would love to see more giveaways. I would also like to see more travel posts and organization posts.

  90. dawn reetz says:

    The Reviews are very helpful!

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  92. MARIBEL F says:

    Congratulations!! I would love to see more giveaways

  93. gala says:

    Congratulations! I’d love to see more giveaways and fitness posts (esp. for beginers)

  94. Dawn reetz says:

    Loving these giveaway!

  95. jberry says:

    Only makes sense to say giveaways since that’s how I found you.

  96. Ashley says:

    I love to follow travel and fitness blogs, and giveaways are always fun πŸ˜‰

  97. Steph says:

    I love your fitness posts

  98. Alyssa says:

    I always like the giveaway posts πŸ˜‰ But i always look forward to reading your quarterly running recaps. I would like to see more travel posts and I would like more health posts! Especially how you are recovering from your possible overtraining from last year!

  99. Kris I. says:

    I love your giveaway posts and product reviews!

  100. denise low says:

    I would love to win anything. Thank you for the entry.

  101. Jennifer H. says:

    I like giveaways and travel posts.

  102. John H. says:

    I would like recipes and giveaways.

  103. Sadie B. says:

    I like the fitness or travel posts.

  104. Francine Anchondo says:

    I would love more giveaways.

  105. Lesley F says:

    I would love to see more make up reviews on new products and of course giveaways!

  106. Ann S says:

    I love reviews and giveaways!

  107. fran says:

    Congrats! Like many other commenters, I love the reviews and learning about new products and of course the giveaways!

  108. Christine says:

    I love reviews. I like learning about new products

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  110. Michelle Castagne says:

    I like the fitness posts. Congrats!

  111. Anita Duvall says:

    Congrats on the anniversary! I love the giveaways the most. Possibly pictures of where you run when on vacay would be nice.

  112. DeAnna Keller says:

    Happy 5 Year Blogiversary! I enjoy reading your blog and love a good giveaway!

  113. Lynn T. says:

    New products ! Congrats on 5years!!

  114. Jenny Scheldberg says:

    Congrats! I love giveaways and product reviews.

  115. april says:

    Reviews and giveaways are always great! I would love to see examples of running/eating schedules to follow.

  116. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    Probably your reviews are most beneficial to me as far as me making purchases or not but I enjoy every post. I honestly do enjoy them all. Probably my favorite posts are giveaway posts that I win!!! Ha ha kinda.
    Congratulations on your blogiversary and I look forward to all your upcoming inspiration.

  117. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary!!
    I would love to see more reviews and giveaways would be fantastic!

  118. Farrah says:

    Happy blogiversary! <3 I love your travel posts and finding out about awesome new companies from you (+ of course, the giveaways!)! :]

  119. Teresa A Thompson says:

    I love reviews and giveaways.

  120. Kimmie B. says:

    Congrats on the anniversary! I’d like to see more fitness posts and reviews. And of course giveaways.

  121. Emily Ann says:

    I would say more giveaways and product reviews. I love hearing about new stuff!

  122. Cynthia Richardson says:

    I love your giveaways! I’ve won a couple and have been able to try new products that you’ve reviewed.

  123. Paol Trenny says:

    I like to see more reviews on technology that makes fitness easier.

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  125. Laurie Nykaza says:

    Happy five-blogiversary- to you! Love the gluten free food in the giveaways and the running shoes & clothes are great too.

  126. Kyle B. says:

    I like your food and gear reviews. I like to hear about new and different products that are out there. Congrats on 5 years!

  127. Brenda white says:

    Less political more travel, and giveaways are always appreciated.

  128. Abigail says:

    Happy anniversary! I’m a fan of fitness posts.

  129. Dana Rodriguez says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I love product reviews and of course giveaways. It is always nice to get someones honest opion of new products.

  130. Gladys says:

    Congratulations! I would love to see beauty product reviews (and giveaways :)).

    Thanks for checking!

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