Friday Favorites: 08/08/14

Three cheers for Friday! Wahoooo!

I began my Friday morning with a bang and taught a fun and sweaty 5:30 AM BodyPump class. It’s always my favorite way to start the day! So glad you BodyPumpers loved yesterday’s post. Expect more of ‘em in the future because I always love writing them!

We’re going to jump into some Friday Favorites action with Heather over at Housewife Glamour. Thanks for the link-up, Heather!

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Vacation starts in TWO days!

“California here we come, right back where we started from…”

We are leaving early Sunday morning to drive out to the beach house we are staying in with my parents and brother and sister on Mission Beach for about 6 days. I cannot WAIT! I get to see my sister again (she’s currently living in California, and I miss her to pieces), I get quality time with my family, and we get to live the beach life for almost a week. I’m pretty stoked about it.

Side note: I am a little anxious about the whole six hour drive thing to and from California. Any tips or suggestions from parents of young toddlers are welcomed! Oh, and my kid hates TV, so there goes that idea.

Yoga with Adriene

Reader Michelle (hey girl!) suggested Yoga with Adriene since I’ve been mentioning I need more yoga in my life. I just checked her YouTube channel out yesterday for the first time (yes! I did yoga yesterday!), and I absolutely loved it. She’s super down to earth, has a little humor but not too much for yoga, and she seems very knowledgeable. She’s definitely my new go-to yoga source!

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Egg salad sandwiches

Egg salad sandwiches have totally been my jam lately. I finally remembered to pick up some dill seasoning at the grocery store the other day, and it takes my egg salad to a whole new level. I think I’ve had it for lunch pretty much every day this week. YUM!

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Big Lots

I have no idea if Big Lots is a nationwide store, but I am a newfound fan. I never really knew what the store was all about until my mother-in-law told me she found some fruit and veggie pouches there for Hunter at 33 cents/pouch! (They had organic options too!) Talk about a steal! I wandered over there yesterday to pick some up for our upcoming vacation and found all sorts of cheap treasures – deodorant, socks, sunscreen, beach toys, snacks, pouches, you name it! I like to think of it as a glorified dollar store … or something like that. Winking smile

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A new BodyPump release

Most of us instructors received the newest BodyPump release this week – release 91! While we won’t be launching it in our gyms for several weeks, it was like Christmas morning getting to see all the new exercises and music this week! Get excited people!

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Fabletics August ZEN Collection

This is probably one of my most favorite collections from Fabletics yet. Super cute stuff, great colors, and fun patterns!

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***GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!***

And, it’s your lucky day because I’m teaming up with Fabletics to give away a pair of their Salar Leggings in pink lava (size small)! Long story short, they sent me the leggings instead of the capris and the leggings are way too long for my legs, so they said I could give the pair away to one of YOU! If you’re interested, leave an extra comment on this post saying you’re entering in the giveaway to win the leggings.

(Giveaway ends on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at midnight. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email.)

I hope you have an absolutely amazing Friday and a fun weekend ahead!

And just FYI: My blogging will most likely be a little all over the place next week. I hope to blog somewhat in “real time” to fill you in on all of our California adventures, but I’m going to take it day by day because it’s vacation after all!

Catch ya on the flip side!

What’s your favorite type of vacation? (i.e. beachy, touristy, outdoorsy, etc.)

Moms: Any tips for long car rides with a young toddler?

What’s been your lunch(es) of choice lately?

My Favorite Smoothie These Days (+ A Giveway!)

***GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!!***

Let it be known that it is HOT, HOT, HOT in the good ol’ AZ these days. No denying that one. We’re talking 115* (F) temps with lows in the 90s. Yup, I’m pretty much over it. Sadly, we still have a couple more months of it left. To survive, I rely on my A/C, fans, swimming, cooking on the grill (or not at all), ice cream, and lots and lots of SMOOTHIES!

To be honest, I don’t get too terribly creative with smoothies. I go through smoothie phases. Nothing new there. I’m known for my food phases. I’ll enjoy the same exact smoothie combo day in and day out for several weeks, and then switch it up and enjoy that one for another several weeks, and so on and so forth. It’s just what I do.

So! Since I’m smoothie obsessed lately (as is Hunter), I decided to share my most recent favorite smoothie!

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Let’s break this down a bit.

  • Skoop B-STRONG: This is a newer plant based protein powder that I am absolutely LOVING! It truly is one of the better tasting protein powders I’ve tried, and I love that it’s entirely plant based. It packs in 16 grams of protein per serving, including essential and non-essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, prebiotic fibers, and Omega-3, 6, & 9 fatty acids.
  • Spinach: I add about 2 large handfuls of spinach to my smoothie to get in some extra greens. I know the green color and/or idea of veggies in your smoothie can weird some people out, but I swear you can’t taste if you disguise it with sweeter fruits (i.e. banana, mangos, etc.) and/or protein powder.
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk: I’m not too picky about the brand of almond milk, but I do prefer the unsweetened vanilla variety. The regular sweetened is TOO sweet for my smoothies since I already have the sweetness from fruit and protein powder.
  • Matcha Powder: This is something new that I recently discovered. It doesn’t exactly taste great, so I love disguising it in my smoothies. Even though it isn’t the best tasting, it has amazing benefits that help give you all day energy, metabolism boost, increased focus, improved skin health, and lots and lots of antioxidants.
  • Frozen fruit: I always add in a frozen banana and frozen berries (usually strawberries or blueberries).

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It’s super tasty and PACKED with nutrients!

Now for the fun part – a giveaway! Yep, two giveaways in one week! Lucky you!

The giveaway is for a bag (approximately 30 servings) of Skoop B-STRONG protein powder. I initially discovered Skoop at Blend Retreat, and as I continue to try more of their products, I fall more and more in love with the company. You won’t be disappointed with this stuff.

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In addition to the facts above, here’s a few more fun facts about the Skoop B-STRONG:

  • It’s free of soy, dairy, and gluten
  • No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors
  • It’s designed to help your body absorb nutrients, build muscle, AND recover quickly
  • The fatty acids in it aid in hormone function, healthy skin, and cellular repair, as well as help your gut absorb macro and phytonutrients.
  • Prebiotics fibers are included to help protect our gut and make our bellies happy
  • Plant-based antioxidant rich foods are added to help your cells recover faster from workouts

Basically, it’s a protein powder powerhouse! You really can’t go wrong with this stuff.

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To enter this giveaway, tell me your favorite smoothie combo lately in the comments below!

For an extra entry, post this to Facebook or Twitter: I want to win some @HealthySkoop B-STRONG from @FoodNFitDiaries! Enter here: http://wp.me/p1R0eQ-3GD  Don’t forget to comment below with your link to your Facebook or Twitter post!

Only open to U.S. residents. Giveaway will be closed at midnight on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email.

Disclosure: I was provided a bag of Skoop B-STRONG in exchange for this post. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. Thanks for your support!

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