Monday, November 23, 2015

This or that? Gift guide for runners


It's that time of year! Time to go overboard and buy all the gifts. If you're like me, you struggle with buying gifts for your family and friends, but don't seem to have any issues buying gifts for yourself. Why is that?

Now you all know another one of my secrets. And it's not even Runfessions time...that's next week.

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite finds for the runner on your list! Maybe that someone is me! Some of these are products I have featured on the blog...and some are just things I like. I've reached out to some of the companies and have a few discount codes for you as well. And if you're really patient, like a kid waiting for Santa, there's something special for you at the end of this post....

So let's get started...

Because I'm so high maintenance, I have to head out on my long runs looking like a pack mule.

I could run with this:
source: www.etsy.com
Or you could run with one of my favorite products that I was able to put to the test this year. Earlier this year, SLS3 reached out to me to trial the HiP ZiPP. Throughout the summer and my marathon training, I became well acquainted with the HiP ZiPP, and I have to say that I really, really like it. For the Chicago Marathon, I ran with 4 packages of Tailwind, a package of wipes, my iPhone 6, and lip balm. All these items fit nicely into the HiP ZiPP.


SLS3 is offering my readers a $10 off code HZ10 on the HiP ZiPP!
 There is also Free Shipping on any order over $10.

Even Mrs. Kravitz runs outside in the winter. When it's really cold out, I wear my balaclava, which allows me to run incognito. I'm sure no one knows it's me, right? I could run like this:


Or I could use this face mask that I won last spring from another blogger. While I didn't get a chance to use the BeFreeGear Ninja Face Mask last year, I already put it to use this past weekend. Who knew that I'd have an opportunity to look like a Ninja Warrior in November? After one use, I can say thumbs up! It's nice and light and it kept me warm. The fleece gator is an extra bonus.

Think of all the snooping I can do in this! 
This item can be ordered on Amazon.com for $16.47!

You could give fruitcake.


Or you could give FLYJOY bars to your friends and family. Recently I had a review and a very successful giveaway from FLYJOY! FLYJOY makes energy bars that are vegan, paleo-friendly, and gluten free. I was able to sample 6 of the 7 flavors they offer, and every flavor was really tasty. My meat eating, Clif bar loving husband liked the bars as well. I'm pretty excited about these bars!



So many readers wanted to try these bars that I reached out to FLYJOY to ask about a discount code. FLYJOY is offering a 50% discount for first-time orders using the code TLWH50OFF.

Speaking of food, I'm still eating ALL THE THINGS since I ran Chicago. Good thing I have another marathon to train for! Since I am always hungry, I'm always on the lookout for healthy, tasty meals. It would be so tempting just to go to the drive through, wouldn't it?


The Runner's World Meals on the Run Cookbook will be on my Christmas list! There are 150 meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. I'm all about that kind of fast food--the healthy kind. I've made my share of recipes from Runner's World in the past, and they're usually pretty good.


I found the cookbook on Amazon for $20.33.

All that yoga I've been doing this year has taken a toll on my yoga mat. Seriously, I have skid marks on it from all those planks and jump backs I've been doing.


I've been looking at yoga mats, and I'm putting one on my list this year. My studio likes Manduka, but I iccha this Lululemon yoga mat. 5mm thick and with polka dots to boot. Warrior 2 never looked so good.


No discount ever on these mats. But...polka dots...

We can't run all the time, right? Cycling has always been my favorite way to cross train, but ice and snow are not a cyclist's best friends. I don't belong to a club, so I have to workout at home. Too bad.


My big ticket item on my list is a bike trainer. I asked my 3 of favorite cyclists, Karen from Trading in My Heels, Phaedra from Blisters and Black Toenails and Kelli from Destination Awesome to make some recommendations about bike trainers. Lucky me to have people to steer me in the right direction. Both Phaedra and Kelli recommended trainers by Kurt Kinetic for value and reliability. Karen and Kelli recommended Cycleops as well. Cycleops has the Fluid2 indoor trainerel="nofollow" href="https://kurtkinetic.com/products/kinetic-road-machine/">Road Machine for my wish list.


The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine is $295.20. There's a 20% off special running now until November 28!



Finally, my big news. I'm participating in a holiday blog hop! Each of the blogs listed below are hosting a holiday giveaway to thank our loyal readers for sticking with us all year long. I've never participated in a blog hop before, but this seems like a lot of fun and a great excuse to thank all of you! Oh, and there's the whole winning prizes thing.

But what to do? What should I give away?

After Diatta from Femme Fitale Fit Club posted a review of fitness trackers, the light bulb went off. I thought it would be fun to give away the UP MOVE by Jawbone activity and sleep tracker! This is a clip on fitness tracker that syncs easily with either your android or iOS device. Even Mrs. Kravitz can't track you like this thing does. The UP MOVE pretty much tracks your every move. You can connect with friends and family. And it's really cute.


I wonder if it would work for my teenagers. Hmmm....

a Rafflecopter giveaway

****giveaway only open to US residents. Sorry to my Canadian friends!****














I'm also linking this post with Tuesdays on the Run, aka MarciaErika, and Patti for their runners' gift guide! Check out all the ideas that everyone else has for the runner on your list. Or for yourself...











There's a ton of gift ideas via blog posts on Amanda's blog, Run to the Finish!









And you can #winalltheprizes with Erica and Smitha on their Wednesday Giveaway Roundup!












Linking up with Katie at TalkLessSayMore where there are a TON of holiday gift ideas!

185 comments :

  1. I need this for the Caveman. He wants a sleep tracker! I need that bike trainer too!

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  2. I need the hip zip for my half marathons!!!!

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    1. It's perfect if you like to carry a lot of stuff with you, like I do!

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  3. I love the yellow because i'm all about bright colors :) I am in LOVE with the yoga mat with the polka dots!

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    1. Isn't it awesome? I keep picturing lots of downward dogs on it...

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    1. Kind of creepy, isn't it? I wore it yesterday, and yes, ALL THE LOOKS!

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  5. I would LOVE to see someone running with that fanny pack/clown balaclava... hahahah!

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  6. The yellow is fun! It's a good thing I recently replaced my yoga mat, because that polka dot one might be too tempting otherwise!

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  7. I would choose the red UP MOVE by Jawbone Activity and Sleep Tracker.

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    1. Me too, because red is my favorite color!

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  8. This list made my morning. So funny.I could really go for the ADIDAS bag. I always want to bring everything but the kitchen sink :)

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    1. Me too! Which is why I love the HiP ZiPP! You could probably fit a kitchen sink in there...

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  9. I would give this away so I would ask that person.

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    1. Thank you! I'm still tweaking things, so any feedback is welcome.

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  11. I would like that face mask. This yr I want to do more running outside this winter so that would definitely come in handy. I have that other cookbook from Runner's World so I'm sure that one is just as good.

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    1. I used the face mask yesterday and it worked really well.

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  12. I love you belt! I have looked at it a billion times and wondered if it would work with my Iphone6.
    Hopefully someone at your house reads the blog and you end up with new bike trainer :)

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    1. It worked out well with the larger iPhone!

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  13. The Black would go with everything

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    1. So true! You can't go wrong with basic black.

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  14. So many fun things on your list! Have a great holiday season!

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  15. I am asking my parents for some reflective gear for Christmas! I need some as my morning runs are completely dark. There is barely any traffic in my neighborhood but that doesn't mean I shouldn't have some.

    ps. I don't know I think you could rock that crocheted face mask!

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    1. I love my Petzl headlamp for those really dark runs. It would probably look great with the face mask...

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  16. Do you think that the HiP ZiPP could double as a money belt for travel?

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    1. I believe it could! I'm wearing it in that Chicago marathon pix, and you can't even tell--it's not at all bulky (unless you stuff it full of Tailwind packs like I did pre-race!)

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  17. Thanks for hosting this fab giveaway! I would love the black!

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  18. hahaha! I love how you put this together. So fun! Love giveaway hops like this, too! :)

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    1. This is my first giveaway hop! It's really fun!

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  19. What fun giveaway!
    I definitely want the Runner's World cookbook!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!!!!

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  20. I would choose black because I am all about black. I have never tracked my sleep before. I bet it's not up to par though. I love your pictures especially the larger size waste bag. When I first saw that I was like ...no way! haha fun post.

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    1. I've never tracked my sleep either! So much data these days!

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  21. We just got a kinetic trainer and I LOVE it!!! I hope you get one too!!

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  22. I'd choose black because it matches a lot of outfits. :)

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  23. Those energy bars look good. And the balaclava cracks me up.

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  24. Oh that bike trainer is nice! I like the idea of the Hip Zipp holding so much stuff. Right now I've got the flip belt but you can't really hold a lot in it. Does the Hip Zipp stay in place and not jiggle while running?

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    1. The HiP ZiPP does jiggle if you have a lot of stuff in it. During the marathon, I had to keep pulling it down. It's still the best thing I've tried so far.

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  25. You are too damn funny! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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  26. Meals cookbook...I so want this. I had it on my secret santa list-I hope I get it!

    I would choose yellow

    Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom

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    1. I so want that cookbook too!!! I'm all about tasty and fast...

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  27. I can tell you that I love my RW cook book and have made quite a few VERY EASY (this is key for me) and delicious recipes so far. And I could not make it through the winter without my Cycleops trainer :-) Great guide and thanks for the giveaways!

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    1. Good to know about the cookbook and the trainer! I sure hope to get both!

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  28. I love the yellow! It's so bright and cheery!

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  29. LOVE the Lululemon yoga mat! That just might be finding it's way onto my Christmas list :)

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  30. I like the yellow! Donna

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  31. You'll love the Kurt Kinetic! And OMG that Adidas bag! Is that the lady from Prancercise? Her body position makes me think of that. Those videos CRACK me up

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    1. Oh, I forgot about the Prancercize lady! Does she wear a fanny pack? She looks like someone who would!

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  32. Great giveaway! So funny-- I don't think I could run in the ski mask thingy though!!! I have a hard enough time breathing!

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    1. I had a little trouble initially, but once I settled in, I was fine. It's something we have to do, run like this in the cold...

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  33. Ohhh, i would love the black one. I've been wanting a tracker for my sleep. My Garmin 225 totally sucks and isn't working. This would come in very handy!!

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  34. Fun! I love buying gifts for friends and family, but I do have a few items on my list, too. Nothing too huge, but a few things.

    Love that lululemon mat.

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  35. I would pick white and blue. It's adorable.

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  36. The yellow one is so cute! Love these!

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  37. I would choose the red or the white

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  38. I've tried and tried to run with a face mask. I just can't do it. Not sure if I'll try again this winter. Maybe it's just not meant to be.

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    1. It's hard to breathe, but once you get used to it, it's ok!

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  39. I don't want to be entered in the giveaway, but I had to comment on your gift list post. I have a Lululemon jacket on my wish list after running long on Sunday with my neighbor. She had the perfect jacket for running in rain and I really was envious! I also love that polka dot Yoga mat which I did not know existed....that may be added to my list too!

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    1. I pretty much love all the Lululemon things!

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  40. blogilatesdesigns.com has cute yoga mats, too. I don't have one, so can't speak to the quality.

    I actually do have several, and yet I just do yoga on the rug. A mat would just get furry anyway . . .

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  41. This was too funny! I love lulu's mats and I also really like the one's that Athleta carries, the Manduku mats. Will have to share with my family ;)

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    1. Thank you! I do love that lulu mat, tho!

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  42. I would choose black. But back to your post... your memes are totally cracking me up! Haha!

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  43. Love all these things listed, and I have always wanted a bike/bike trainer. Someday!! I would pick the black one for the giveaway!

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  44. Great gift ideas! I wish I had a Lululemon yoga mat...they are fantastic! I never heard of the HipZip, I definitely need to get myself one or a similar brand instead of carrying junk in my hands while running!

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  45. I would choose the red. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

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  46. that is super cute! I would love to stick the sleep tracker on the hubby :) - all great gift ideas!

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    1. Only if it stopped my hubby from snoring...

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  47. I would choose black because it goes with everything.

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    1. Did you check out the other posts? So much stuff!

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  49. Great gift guide! Love the yoga mat suggestion- everyone DOES need one!

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  50. I want that cookbook! I think each Christmas I ask for like ten cookbooks, there's something so fun about going into the New Year with a bunch of new recipes to try.

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    1. I've been going through my old Cooking Light cookbooks and finding some new fun things to try!

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  51. I would pick the black one because it would match everything.

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  52. This gift guide is hilarious! Haha I love it. I really want that lulu mat! I need a good one because the one I have is old and ragged and torn. BOO.

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  53. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I'd choose the black one! :]

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  54. I really need that polka dot yoga mat.

    Actually I usually need anything with polka dots....

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  55. I'd totally rock the fanny pack hahahaha

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  56. I like the black one. It's sleek and color-wise works with most all of my workout clothes.

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  57. I've tried so many of those waist/hip belts and I just can't love them. I'm sure the fact that my waist is to much smaller than my hips doesn't help, but they all end up sitting between my waist and my boobs. Not a good look. Glad it works for you!

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    1. Oh, don't get me wrong, it rides up but it's bearable and I can carry all my stuff!

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  58. If I won, I would choose the white and blue UP MOVE

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  59. I would go with the simple black!

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  60. I love the purple! Adorable! Thanks for the chance to win one :)

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  61. I would choose yellow. I would never misplace it.
    Sadie B.

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  62. Great price on the Runner's World cookbook. Oh, and I am in need of a new yoga mat too. My cat uses it as a scratching post.

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    1. I bet the cushy surface feels good for his claws. If you get a fancy yoga mat, you might want to put it away where he can't get it!

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    2. You bet! I am going to hide it from her.

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    1. Not at all boring! Goes with everything!

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  64. WoW...I'm totally late to this party! Don't know how I missed this post... (?) Anyways, I have never heard of the UP MOVE...it looks interesting! My sleep is totally jacked, so that's something I should work on (or at the very least, get some answers). Thanks for all the great gift suggestions ;-)

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    1. I don't know much about tracking sleep, but hey, this thing does it!

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  65. OMG- that yoga mat! Be still my heart!!

    Jen@Jpabstfitness.com

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    1. Isn't the cutest! Think of all the downward dogs you could do...

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  66. Oh, I like the white one! Great giveaway.

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  67. Thats very awesome. I'd probably go with black.

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  68. would get black

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  69. I would probably choose the red one!

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  70. I would definitely choose the black :)

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  71. Yellow for me! I want a bike trainer too! I've been looking at the Kinetic model.

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  72. I would love the yellow one. It looks great!

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  73. I would choose the white.

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  74. I would choose the Grape Rose color.

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  75. I am a red person so I'd naturally choose that one.

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  76. I think I would pick the blue burst

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  77. Oh wow these look really cool! I would have to have the Red!

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  78. i like the yellow since i don't see purple. :)

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  79. The yellow would brighten my day!

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  80. I would choose the black! Thanks for a chance!

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  81. I would choose the color black for this.

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  82. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)December 5, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    If I won, I would choose black or red.

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