Friday Favorites: 09/11/15 {+ a Peanut Butter & Co. GIVEAWAY!}

Before I dive into today’s post, I want to take a moment to honor all of the people who lost their lives on this tragic day 14 years ago. I had the chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York City at the beginning of this year, and I was overwhelmed with emotions by it all. My words don’t even do it justice, but I know it’s a day I will never forget.

Whew… Now let’s move on to some happier thoughts! It is Friday, after all!

We have some fun things on the agenda for the upcoming weekend: hanging out with friends this evening, a birthday celebration for Cody on Saturday, and then his actual birthday on Monday. It should be a great weekend of celebrating my favorite guy.

Today I have some of my favorite things to share with you from this past week! And lucky for you, one of those things includes a giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Friday Favorites

Fall décor

Up until a couple days ago, fall seemed SO far off to me. I’m sure the continuous hot weather here in Phoenix has something to do with it. I adore fall, but after experiencing fall in Utah for a few years, Arizona’s fall is nothing in comparison (like, it’s nonexistent). Well then I went to Target the other day, and I immediately got sucked into their $1-$3 bin section where they had recently just put out a bunch of adorable shabby chic fall décor items. I snagged a few things and now I want everything to do with fall! Except the weather still isn’t quite getting the memo… I can pretend though, right?

target fall decorations

Hunter praying

It makes my heart so happy that Hunter knows what prayer is and reminds us to pray before each and every meal. The way he folds his hands and scrunches his eyes shut is also incredibly hilarious to me. It’s even better when he closes his eyes and tries to sneak bites of food while we’re praying.

toddler prayer

Family Costco trips

Maybe we’re weird, but one of our favorite family activities is to go to Costco together. We all love it for one reason or another. The other night we needed a few things, so we headed over to get the necessities and wandered the aisles a bit. It wasn’t very busy so the boys were being goofballs on the cart. The three of us just had a fun evening laughing and hanging out together. It made my heart happy.


Finished nursery

It felt SO good to finish everything up in the nursery earlier this week. I love walking past her room and seeing it all ready for her. Sometimes it’s still hard for me to believe that we’ll be having a little GIRL join our family soon!

refinished coral dresser

Made to Crave book

I’ve been reading through the book, Made to Crave, to prepare for the upcoming accountability group I’m starting on September 21st. The book is all about overcoming the mental and spiritual battle that can come with food and living a healthy lifestyle. In my accountability group, I’ll be partnering with Amber from Mommy’s Me Time to lead the group through the book as well as a balanced healthy eating and workout program called the 21 Day Fix. Everyone will be working together to get healthier physically, mentally, and spiritually. I’m really excited about it! Anyone can join, so let me know if you’re interested!

made to crave

Peanut Butter & Co. Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

You may have caught it on my Instagram yesterday, but yes … you’re seeing it right! Peanut Butter & Co. has launched a new peanut butter flavor – pumpkin spice! If you’re a pumpkin and peanut butter fan, I have a feeling you’re going to absolutely love it. I’m already smearing it on every food I can think of! You can find it in stores at Sprouts, The Fresh Market, Chuck’s Produce, and Shop ‘N Kart or order it online through Amazon or Peanut Butter & Co’s website.

peanut butter & co pumpkin spice peanut butter

Giveaway time! (GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!)

This is where the giveaway comes in! One lucky My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries reader will win a special #PSIloveyou box that includes a jar of the new Peanut Butter & Co. Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter, an adorable mug, and a pumpkin scented candle.

To enter, leave a comment below telling me you want to be entered into the giveaway AND tell me your favorite thing about fall!

(Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only and ends at midnight on Friday, September 18, 2015.)

Have a happy Friday everyone!

P.S. If you’d like to participate in the Friday Favorites link-up and/or read more Friday Favorites from other bloggers, head on over to Heather’s and Katie’s blogs!

Disclosure: I received a #PSIloveyou package as being part of Peanut Butter & Co’s Yum Squad. No compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What’s In My Gym Bag {+ A Giveaway!}

Happy new week to you, my friends!

I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was a good mix of productivity, fun, and relaxation – just the way I like it. There’s not a whole lot to recap… We had a nice Friday evening with Cody’s parents; I taught an RPM® class, got a bunch of stuff done around the house, test drove several SUVs, and hung with friends on Saturday; went to church, started painting the baby’s dresser/changing table, and took a glorious nap on Sunday. I won’t lie, I’m a little sad the weekend is over!

Let’s kick off Monday on the right foot and chat some fitness today… As many of you regular readers know, I’m a group fitness instructor and teach several classes each week, including Les Mills RPM®, Les Mills BODYPUMP®, and Total Body Conditioning. Not only do I teach these classes, but they are some of my favorite workouts for myself too. This especially holds true during the hot summer months when exercising outdoors is not appealing in the least. Thank goodness for an air conditioned gym!

I find myself going back and forth to the gym a lot throughout the week. Because of this, a well stocked gym bag is key for me. I thought it’d be fun to share the ins and outs of my gym bag, because let’s be honest, we’re all a little nosy, right? Winking smile

what's in my gym bag

What’s in my gym bag…
  • Wallet. I refuse to take both a purse and a gym bag with me to the gym, so I just stick my wallet in my gym bag and call it good.
  • Microphone belt. This keeps the microphone pack in place and helps it not get all sweaty when us instructors are teaching. I love my Tune Belt!
  • Screen protectors. There’s typically extra screen protectors at our gym, but I prefer to use my own since plenty of germs get passed back and forth on those things.
  • A pair of Hunter’s socks. Our gym’s childcare requires kids to take off their shoes and wear socks in the play area, so I always have a pair of his socks on hand in case he’s wearing shoes that don’t require socks.
  • Water bottle. A water bottle is always mandatory for me, especially when pregnant and in this Arizona heat.
  • iPod. This is a definite must if I want to have any sort of music for my classes!
  • Choreography. I don’t keep all of my choreography in my gym bag, but I keep a few releases in there just in case I need to quickly review them.
  • Deck of cards. May seem a little random, but I promise they’re for good reason! I occasionally use my handy deck of cards to put my Total Body Conditioning participants through various workouts. I got this fun idea from Lindsay. It’s sure to provide a sweaty workout that’s far from boring.
  • Dry erase marker. I use this to write workouts and/or motivational quotes on the mirror for my classes.
  • Chapstick. It’s a must for me everywhere I go. I despise chapped lips!
  • Watch. I always wear a digital watch when teaching to keep track of time, and to help me time my member’s circuits in Total Body Conditioning.
  • Hand towel. Particularly during the summer months and when I’m pregnant, I sweat a LOT during my RPM® classes. I always make sure to pack a hand towel to help keep the sweat under control.
  • Snacks for Hunter. It’s inevitable that when I pick up Hunter from childcare that he’ll ask me for a “nack!”, so I always have something in my gym bag for him to munch on until we get home.
  • Snacks for me. If I’m teaching back to back classes and/or we have places to go after the gym, snacks on hand are a must for me. Hangry Ashley is no fun, trust me on this one. I try to keep my gym bag stocked with snacks particularly high in protein to help refuel my muscles and keep me satiated. One of my recent favorite high protein snacks to have in my gym bag is the brand new Jack Link’s Chicken Jerky.

what's in my gym bag

It makes for pretty much the perfect gym bag snack since it’s portable and chalks in 11 grams of protein per serving. It’s also 98% fat free, is made of only white meat chicken breast, and is low in calories at only 80 calories per serving. It’s pretty tasty too, if I do say so myself.

jack link's chicken jerky

Lucky for you, I have a pretty sweet giveaway to offer you today from Jack Link’s! The giveaway pack includes:

  • Jack Link’s Chicken Jerky (Lean white meat chicken breast seasoned and marinated with cracked black pepper along with sweet and savory spices.)
  • Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky (Solid strips of lean, white meat turkey breast seasoned and smoked over mesquite. This little beauty is 98% fat free. A perfect little something different.)
  • Jack Link’s Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky (Soy, ginger, a little onion and a whole lot of perfectly smoked turkey. The very best of East meets West.)
  • Water bottle
  • Headband
  • Sweat towel
  • EOS lip balm

jack link's

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Giveaway ends on Friday, July 31, 2015 at midnight.

Cheers to snacking healthy and keeping active!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Jack Link’s.

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