Monthly Archives: July 2018

Blackberry Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie

Happy happy Friday my friends! It has been another crazy busy week! Seems to be the theme this summer! One thing I loved about summer while growing up in the country was picking berries! They always tasted SO delicious and I am sure we ate more than we paid for along the way! Haha
The other day at the grocery store they had a sample of blackberry lemonade and it was so good and reminded me of summer days! So I did some experimenting and came up with a delicious smoothie that brought me back to some summer days!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for free for all recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • Juice from 1 1/2 lemons
  • 2 Tbsp collagen peptides
  • 1 Tbsp honey (more or less depending on your taste)
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 4 cups of crushed ice cubes

Directions

  1. Place milk, lemon, honey, collagen & vanilla in a blender. Blend till all ingredients are combined well.
  2. Add in the berries, blend again.
  3. Add in the ice and blend till all ice is broken up and blended in.
  4. Enjoy!

Note- If you don’t use all the mixture at once you can turn the rest into smoothie pops!

Makes about 6 servings

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San Diego part 2: Workouts

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday! I am slowly making my way through recapping my time in San Diego from last month! If you missed my post Monday I shared my experience at the San Diego Zoo! It was incredible!!

Today I will be sharing some of the different workouts I was able to experience as being a part of BlogFest!

I arrived in San Diego late on Tuesday night. After my zoo excursion on Wednesday, I met up with some of my blog friends to try out a soul cycle class! I have done some cycle classes at my gym, but have never been to Soul Cycle. I have a lot of friends who love it, so I was interested in trying it out. And trying it out with a bunch of friends sounded like an even better idea!

Photo credit – Carleeh Mulholland

Before class began it was a mini reunion with lots of hugs, selfies and smiles all around. We checked in and got a pair of shoes for the bikes. It was my first time wearing clip in shoes. We filed into the studio and found our assigned bike. The room was dimly lit and the bikes were all crunched together. I was beginning to feel a little claustrophobic.


Once class began all the lights went out. The music came on blaring and the instructor began the ride. The room was also pretty warm so I am glad I had a spare tank with me! My overall feel of the class was that this was not really for me. Parts of the class were fun, but overall it was too much movement without instruction on proper form. Swaying from side to side and also pushups on the the handlebars seemed really ineffective to me. Any sort of direction for newcomers was pretty much nonexistent even though many of us indicated we were there for the first time.

I also pushed myself pretty hard as I’m competitive when it comes to workouts 😂. That combined with the lack of cool air made me pretty dizzy by the end of the workout. I had to take some time to really cool down so I didn’t pass out!

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Overall I was not super impressed and most likely won’t be back to Soul Cycle. The best part of the night was hanging with my friends and refueling together with a yummy dinner!

At BlogFest we get opportunities to try new workouts that one might not normally get. Thursday morning we met in one of the ballrooms for a ‘beach’ workout. It was put on by Fit Bodies inc. They are a group that travels around to different resorts and they teach fitness classes to people who are on vacation.  They also give fitness professionals a way to get a cheaper vacation while they can do something they love (teach fitness).

For our workout we used a coconut and did some individual exercises lead by the ladies from Fit Bodies inc. Then I partnered with one of my new friend, Missy, and we had a good laugh while we did the partner workout!! A few coconuts went flying and I dropped mine so hard it cracked open! It was def a different type of workout than I have ever done before but really fun and creative!

Photo credit – Fit Bodies Inc

Later that day we got to participate in a huge circuit workout at the Idea World Expo. I am not even sure how many stations were set up, but it was basically a place for different companies to showcase their equipment and participated at each station for 6 minutes.  I did everything from using water weights to using an stationary bike that let you lean (freaked me out), to a self motorized treadmill and many things in between.  I didn’t bring my phone in, but I got a few shots from the outside and my friend Carleeh got a few pics 🙂

Photo credit – Carleeh Mulholland

After that workout I had a feeling I would be a little sore the next day! Thankfully when I woke up on Friday I was still feeling ok!

Friday morning we all met in the ballroom once again to try another new workout from Frog Fitness.  I have seen the FrogFitness machine before and it def made me a little nervous to actually try it out.  They had some of their team walking around trying to help some of us out! The machine uses resistance bands to create tension for doing different exercises.  It was an interesting experience for sure!

Later that afternoon we had the opportunity to do a Triggerpoint workout with Natalie Jill!  I honestly thought it was going to be more of a roll out than an actual workout, but it was def a core/butt workout with a little rolling mixed in! The workout was challenging but fun and the rolling hurt so good!  That smile def was fake as it HURT! Haha

On Saturday I was honored to be a part of Les Mills Live!  I will be doing another post about! It was a really fun day overall!

Sunday morning I signed up to be part of a bike tour of San Diego! I was really excited about it.  When I was in LA for BlogFest in 2016 I participated in a walking tour that was really fantastic!
We met in the hotel at 6:40 am (that was tough after a lot of super active days in a row).  We then walked over to where the bikes were.  The tour guides helped everyone get a bike set up and we all had helmets to wear.  We started off riding along the water.  It was really beautiful even though it was a little chilly.  The tour lasted about 2 hours.  It was a lot different than the walking tour we did.  We did get some cool info about San Diego, the harbor and some of the history.  The tour guides were really friendly and were able to answer questions people had.  Although it was a generally nice tour, I was a bit disappointed overall.  For the price I expected more information and also a longer ride.  The info said we would go 10 miles, but according to my GPS, we only did 5 miles.
For my last hurrah in San Diego I was expecting a bit more.
After the tour I had to ice my knee as it was getting pretty sore from all the activities over the past few days!

 

That’s a mini wrap of the different workouts we did during BlogFest! Once again we were exposed to new things, were challenged, laughed and had a blast with each other! My sweat pink sisters are the best!

Have you tried any new workouts this summer?

I am linking up with AnnMarie for Wild Workout Wednesday

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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San Diego part 1: The Zoo

Hello friends! Happy Monday!
Summer is flying by! I spent my weekend home for the first time since mid May.  Between my travels, pet sitting and a few random weekends with clients, I have hardly seen my bed!  So this weekend home I cranked out some organizing projects that I have been wanting to do, restocked our fridge (thank you Costco), did a ton of errands, taught a class and spent some much needed time with the Hubs!


Last year when I heard that BlogFest/Idea World were going to be in San Diego, I got SUPER excited!  I had never been there, and it has been a dream since I was a child.  When I was in second grade, my grandfather gave me a stuffed koala bear from the zoo as a gift, and ever since then I have wanted to visit the San Diego Zoo!
I decided to see if I could make it out a little before the conference to take a trip to the zoo!

I flew in late Tuesday night instead of my normal Wednesday to take advantage of a little spare time.  My normal room at the hotel was not ready till Wednesday, but thankfully one of my sweet friends let me crash in her room Tuesday night.

I got up Wednesday and headed over to the zoo.  It wasn’t too far from the hotel so it was just a quick Uber ride over.

I purchased a ticket that allowed me entry into the zoo, and also access to the zoo bus tour, the Kangaroo bus (lets you on and off and certain locations), and the tram across the zoo.

It was a GORGEOUS day and I spent about 5 hours walking around seeing different exhibits, and especially took time to see my fav animals!

Here are some pics of the day…

The beautiful greenery/flowers, elephants and polar bears!

Birds, gorillas, zebras, flamingos, & giraffes!

Some other random assortment of animals.

And of course the Koalas!  They were asleep when I made it over to see them, but they were so precious! I may have cried a few tears of joy when I saw them!

They had a really neat exhibit of the tar pits and fossils of the animals that used to live in southern CA

I am not the biggest fan of heights, so I was really proud of myself for taking the tram across the zoo! It was a really beautiful view!

That’s a wrap!

Have you been to the San Diego zoo?
What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?

More on San Diego and BlogFest and Idea World and all that happened coming soon!

I am linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap!

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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Chocolate Brownie Fries

Happy Friday friends! Sneaking in to share a fun new recipe as I have been recovering from all my trips and craziness so far this summer.
I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for fry recipes!

I wanted to step outside the box of more traditional fries or even fries made with other veggies, and I wanted to do more of a dessert type fry! I have also been wanting to make brownies for a few weeks and haven’t had a chance, so I decided to put both ideas together into one!

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of your choice of brownies, cooked and fully cooled
  • 1/4 Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Slice cooled brownies into ‘fries.’
  2. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together (either in a double boiler or microwave)
  3. Place brownie fries on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath.
  4. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the brownies.
  5. Let the brownies cool once again.
  6. Enjoy then store remaining in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Colorful Avocado Salad

Hi friends and greetings from Denver! I woke up in the wee hours this morning and hopped on a 5am flight. I am still recovering (physically & mentally) from my trip to San Diego (more on that soon) so it felt weird to be at the airport again so soon.

This summer has been super busy and full of travel (MN, PA, CA, now CO) so far. As it seems to get busier and busier I have been trying to crate meals that are full of nutritious food and that are also super simple. This recipe hits the nail on the head and has been approved by several kids too! The beauty of this recipe is that it is super simple to adapt it to however many people you are making it for!
I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for colorful salad recipes!

Avocado salad
Ingredients

  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Spices to taste (salt, pepper, garlic)

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Directions

  1. Chop/cube all veggies.
  2. Gently mix all ingredients together.
  3. Add to greens for a heartier salad or use with chips or by itself.
  4. Enjoy!

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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