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Little Week Recap and a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!

Hi there friends!
Happy Tuesday!
I am a little behind on blogging and I have been playing catch up for the last week since I FINALLY got my computer fixed!!  I have had so many issues with it the last 6 months, and I was finally able to make an appt and take it to the Apple store.  I took it in last Sunday afternoon, and I was there for a while.  The tech who helped me was very kind and knowledgeable! At fist we both thought my hard drive had crashed (AGAIN), but thankfully, that was NOT the issue!  My computer was in a vicious cycle of needing an update, but not having enough room to update because my hard drive was full. But, each time I attempted to pull things off onto my external hard drive, the computer would freak and not let me do it because I had not updated…See the cycle there?!? So after running some test, they were able to figure out what needed to be done.
1- remove my 20+ thousand pics and all other data.
2- Delete & wipe the computer clean.
3- Load the update
4- Re-ad the data I needed (aka, not ALL of my pictures…lol)
So when they called on Wed morning saying it was ready, I was thrilled.  However, when I got to the store and they brought out my computer, I tried to log in and it was still having the same issues 😦  Turns out they forgot to complete steps 2 & 3 in the 3 days they had my computer!  Thankfully, they were able to do them right then and there, but I did sit in the store for over an hour waiting for the “10-15 min” procedure to be finished.
At the end of the day I basically have a new computer with the new operating system and it running on happy space!

The rest of the week I played some catch up between mountains of laundry from sick kiddos (darn tummy virus) and lots of snuggles.

On Friday I got to head out to a city on the other side of Houston from me and hang with my Texas nephew and niece!  We had a fab weekend together despite it still being over 100*F with the heat index!  Saturday I watched little B play soccer and baby B and I were pretty much melting on the sidelines!

The highlight of the weekend was when the Hubs came out to join us and me introducing the kids to snapchat filters!  I think we laughed so hard we cried a few times! If you follow me on Instagram, you can see some of the video action!

As fall approaches this week, I have def been in the mood for more pumpkin based meals. I had some left over puree from my latest pumpkin creation, so I decided to make a pumpkin smoothie!  Boy oh boy, it was like Thanksgiving jumped off the calendar and into my smoothie!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 of small container of Siggis vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen
  • 1 tsp cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice



  1. Blend banana with almond milk still smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend till smooth.
  3. Split into 2 glasses & sprinkle punk in pie spice on top.
  4. Enjoy with optional whipped cream ( I didn’t have an on hand, but I know it will add another burst of flavor to this delicious smoothie!)

I even hung up my new fall door decoration I received for my birthday from a sweet friend!
Come on fall, we are waiting for you!

What are you most excited about for during this fall?
– What pumpkin recipes do you enjoy? Or are you more an apple person?

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!

Be filled with joy and health!

Baked Apple Smoothie 

Happy Friday my friends!
Today is April Fool’s day, and honestly I have never really been a big fan of the day.  Most of the jokes I have experienced have not been that funny.  So today I have something a little different for y’all today!  A delicious recipe with a surprise ingredient that until this week I would have never thought to use in a recipe.
Thanks to my partnership with Fit Approach I have been able to try several different Manitoba Hemp Hearts.  This time I received a few of their new Hemp Heart Bars to try! Can we say yes please!!  I have been a fan of Manitoba Harvest products since I first tried them a few years ago!  These bars are no exception! The bars come in 3 flavors: vanilla, chocolate and apple cinnamon. The bars contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas.  Sounds pretty good right?  On top of that, they taste really great too!  I was able to taste the chocolate and apple cinnamon one, but I am sure the vanilla one is equally yummy!
I enjoyed the chocolate one on a super busy day, and it kept me fueled up and going!  The apple cinnamon one I used as my secret ingredient for the recipe I am sharing today!  I really don’t know how I got the idea, because I have never thought about using a bar in a smoothie before, but it seemed to work well 🙂  It even came out tasting like a dessert, but with a healthy vibe to it 🙂

A little bonus from Manitoba Harvest! If you use discount code hhbarlaunch1015  from now till April 31, 2016, will get you 15% off!
They are also running a photo contest (oh yeah, fun fun) for your chance to win a free box of Hemp Heart Bars. Enter today for your chance to win this month!
Contest details:

Tag @manitobaharvest and use the hashtag #fuelledbyhemp to be automatically entered to WIN your favorite hemp food product each month. You may also be featured on our social steam below. Good luck! Please note – Our monthly draw is open to anyone submitting photos that is over the age of 18, residing in either Canada or the United States and that does not work for Manitoba Harvest (currently or previously). No purchase necessary.

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our surprise ingredient themed week!


Baked Apple Smoothie

Baked Apple

  • 3 organic apples, washed, peeled and cut into semi-this slices
  • 2 TBS clarified butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TBS organic brown sugar


  • 1 baked apple
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla milk
  • 1/2 apple cinnamon Hemp Heart bar
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • dollop of whipped cream (optional)



Baked Apples

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350* & line a baking sheet with foil
  2. Place prepped apples in a large bowl
  3. Add in butter and spices
  4. Spread evenly on baking sheet
  5. Bake for 40ish min, or until apples are soft
  6. Enjoy in a smoothie (or in oatmeal or alone 😉 )


  1. Place apple and milk in blender and mix very well.
  2. Add in Hemp Heart bar and blend again very well.
  3. Mix in protein powder.
  4. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream and/or cinnamon sprinkled on top!

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

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! :)
  • Join us next week for some ‘In Your State’ themed recipes!

Be filled with joy and health!

Energizer Smoothie!

Happy Friday my friends!
It has been another fun filled week including several nights with little sleep and allergies in full force!  Thankfully I found a bit of a solution for my allergies last night and have had some relief.  {Yahoo for essential oils!!}

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for an energized recipe themed week!

Many of you probably look to coffee or some other form of caffeine to help stay energized throughout the day.  Sadly, coffee doesn’t do anything for me in that area, so I have had to get creative at times to help me.  Many times, smoothies are my jam!  And since I am Chocolate Runner Girl, I tend to add in some chocolate to keep me going!

Energizing Chocolate Smoothie

  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 cup organic almond milk
  • 1 TBS raw cacao powder
  • 1 TBS organic almond butter
  • 1 TBS organic chia seeds


  1. Add all ingredients in a blender. 
  2. Blend till desired consistency. 
  3. Enjoy!! 


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

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂
  • Join us next week for some Heirloom themed recipes!

Be filled with joy and health!! 


Foodie Friday: Smoothie Bowls!

Another week has flown by! I had some sort of activity or event each night this week which made me pretty darn tired.  The twins I nanny also started school so I was suddenly left with a bit of free time!  A perfect time to enjoy a smoothie bowl!  Since I have been continuing to work on some recipes for the #LoveFreekeh campaign I am participating in with Fit Approach and Freekeh, I decided to make a smoothie bowl with Freekeh as one of the toppings!
I’m linking up again today with my girls Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama!!!

Fiber Packed Smoothie Bowl


  • 1 serving of my chocolate avocado smoothie
  • 1/2-1 sliced banana
  • 1/4 cup cooked and cooled original freekeh
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup raspberries


  1. Make smoothie
  2. Add toppings
  3. Enjoy

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

Add YOUR own recipe to the link up!

Tune in next week for some savory breakfast recipes!!


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Foodie Friday: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

It was a super crazy week involving tornados, no power, the hubs car getting broken into, our anniversary and kiddos with hand, foot, mouth. Needless to say I needed some extra energy. When those kind of days and weeks happen I love to make smoothies to keep me going! 
I love using our key ingredient of the week: peanut butter!! 

I ’m linking up again with my favorite Foodie Friday ladies to share amazing recipes with y’all! Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by BLING, and Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie


1- banana 

1-2 cups almond milk

1/2 avocado

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Vega is my fav)

1-2 TBS peanut butter



1. Place banana and 1 cup milk in blender. Mix well. 

2. Add avocado and blend well. 

3. Add 1 TBS peanut butter and protein powder. Blend. 

4. Add more milk or peanut butter for desired taste and consistency.

5. Enjoy! 

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

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Tune in next week for some recipes with the key ingredient of beans!!


Move, Nourish, Believe Challenge weeks 2 & 3 recap!

Well the last few weeks have been pretty crazy with sick kiddos, lots of work and getting sick myself. I managed to keep up with the challenges (for the most part) for the Move, Nourish, Believe challenge, and am finally getting a chance to write about it!
It was really fun to have a challenge through most of the month of February. I really enjoy having a new challenge each day to keep things fresh, and to try new things!

Week 2: Nourish!

Monday – Go Meatless – Skip meat today! Try vegetarian/vegan meals.
Today was filled with lots of yummy meatless meals! I was especially excited about making blueberry pancakes!

Tuesday – TYLTW! – Take Your Lunch to Work today! Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com to inspire your packed lunch!
I always take my lunch to work, so this wasn’t anything new for me. However, I was sick all day with nauseousness and no appetite, so I didn’t get a chance to eat it.

Wednesday – Write it down! – Journal your food today and share your WIAW with us!One thing I love about apps is the My Fitness Pal app! It helps me keep track of what I am intaking and keeps me accountable with many other healthy minded friends! If you are looking for a simple way to track your intake, check it out! You can enter the information on a smart phone or a computer!

Thursday – Smoothie Day! – Happy Thirsty Thursday! Make a healthy smoothie today!
Smoothies are my FAV way to get a healthy dose of fruits and veggies! I love that you can mix and match so many combinations to make delicious drinks!


Friday – Go Raw Friday! – Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com and go raw!
This was a great day filled with yummy raw foods. Even though it was Valentine’s day, I did manage to stay raw!
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Week Three: Believe!

Monday – Spoil Yourself! – Do something just for you today! Take a walk, go to yoga, spoil yourself!
I was not feeling great and I took full advantage of the twins nap time and I took a 2 hour nap! It was so wonderful!!

Tuesday – 5 Mindful Minutes – Do good to your body, meditate for 5 minutes and find your zen.
The twins were sick and Mr. R did NOT want to take a nap, so my meditating minutes happened while he finally fell asleep in my arms. There is just something so peaceful about a little one asleep in your arms!

Wednesday – Be Happy – Show us your happy place!
I have several happy places. For the most part, it is the BEACH for me. Especially the beaches in Costa Rica!

The beach, private beach in Costa Rica, finishing a race, the beach, the hubs, traveling, meeting people I admire, the beach and more beach!

Thursday – Thankful Thursday – Let us know what you are thankful for!
I have much to be thankful for!
The beach, friends, flowers/nature/my faith, ability to run races, my hubs, quiet time, health, ability and resources to travel, my education.

Friday – Share the love – S/O to your #1 supporter/motivator!

My #1 supporter is my hubs! He has been there for me through so much the last few years. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful supportive man by my side!

I hope everyone who participated had a really great time, and enjoyed the challenges as much as I did! I am really looking forward to the Twitter party this coming week and to see who the winner of the $1,000 shopping spree to Lorna Jane is! I know I was encouraged and inspired each day by the amazing entries in the challenge, and I have no doubt the winner will be tough to pick!

Thank you to the Fit Approach ladies and Lorna Jane for putting together such a fabulous 3 week challenge! You all are a daily inspiration 🙂