Monday, July 6, 2015

Spending Time Together in Saskatoon!

Golf... It's full of ups and downs... Jared had a couple bad holes, but he didn't give up. He fought hard til the end, and I am so proud of him for that! Satan is working hard to beat him down for little mistakes, but he kept his score under par and even each day.  So, while we didn't make the cut this week, we SURELY ENJOYED OUR TIME TOGETHER IN SASKATOON!!!  

It's true what they say... Everyone in Canada is SO SO NICE! 


I enjoy caddying and will carry that heavy bag all over the world for my handsome man! I love being by his side! 

Jared has learned some new phrases that Canadians say about golf. 
1.When someone putts and it goes past the hole, they say it carried too much weight, if it's short, they say it was not enough weight. 
2. They use golf as a verb. Example: "I golfed yesterday." 

If you know me at all, I absolutely LOVE popcorn, so I was super excited to find a genuine CANADIAN MAPLE BACON flavor to eat! It wasn't my favorite flavor ever, but it was definitely good! 
One night, we enjoyed our signature date nights with pizza and Netflix! We also found these Natural Sodas to drink. They didn't have all the weird ingredients like they do in the USA. You could really taste the difference and it was quite the treat! 
We were SUPER EXCITED (okay maybe just one of us was SUPER excited.. But Jared did say he enjoyed the good cardio) the Tour gave us gym passes. We did a tough strength workout together followed by a SPIN CLASS! 



All in all, we were VERY GRATEFUL God allowed us to be together this week. We are always learning something new that we can improve on and grow! Thankful for God's many many blessings! 





Wednesday, June 24, 2015

God is SO Good!

GOD IS SO SO SO GOOD! 

Words cannot express the HUGE 180 degree turn that we have both made this season! We are truly putting God FIRST in our lives and leaning on HIM for our true joy and satisfaction. Yes, we are both human, and we are not perfect, but we are working our hardest on giving God our expectations of each other and letting HIM do the work in our spouse instead of us trying to change the other on our own.
We were SO grateful for the 13 days we got to spend together between tournaments. We soaked up as much time as we could with each other AND with our wonderful friends and church family!  

 
We enjoyed a date night out! We went to the World Golf Hall of Fame, dinner, and a movie! (Glad we had some Nature's Bakery Fig Bars with us to tide us over til dinner...haha)
Our church young adult group has a FITNESS small group that meets on Saturdays. They had a contest to see who could step up and lead a workout and WE were chosen! It was so fun to lead a workout together! Fitness is a passion for both of us and it was super cool to be able to lead a workout and fellowship with friends! 

 
Our apartment complex had a Luau, and I actually WON the Limbo contest! I never in a million years thought I would ever say that, but I did! The prize was a $100 gift card to Target! Just another way that God is letting us know that HE provides and HE is helping us ALL the time! Thank you Jesus! 

I wore my new shirt that Jared brought me home from Canada to church on Sunday night to show how proud I am of him and that I miss him! It's like he was there with me, sort of... haha


 

I am hosting a small group of women on Thursday nights now and I am SO VERY GRATEFUL for all of them! We are doing the study called Unglued by Lysa Terkurst and it has been such an amazing study for ALL of us! It is so uplifting to get encouragement from these women. 

I personally have grown leaps and bounds from the study. It's all about learning to control your emotions when things don't go as planned and not becoming UNGLUED. I am an extreme Type A personality and I like to plan things in advance. When things happen suddenly, it is very difficult for me to just go with the flow, BUT, I am growing stronger in this area! I am making "imperfect progress" as Lysa says in the study. So much so, that Jared thought I was JOKING one day because I handled an unplanned situation SO CALMLY. That was the best compliment to me and I want to keep making progress so that reaction will be the NORM! 


I'll end with talking about how much Jared is being intentional and sending fun pictures of his adventures in Canada! He explored an oil company yesterday. He sent me TONS of funny pics to let me feel like I was actually there having fun with him! 

Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray that we will keep getting better on the things we need to work on! Pray that we will SHINE GOD'S LIGHT everywhere we go and that we will be BOLD in our faith! 



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Back to the Roots

Back to the roots sent us some cereal and breakfast toppers to review. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own.  
Here's a little background info on the company:
In a college class, we learned that mushrooms could grow on recycled coffee grounds. After watching hours of how-to videos and turning our fraternity kitchen into a big science experiment, we eventually decided to give up our corporate job offers to instead become full-time mushroom farmers. What started as curiosity about urban farming has turned into a passion for “undoing food” and reconnecting families to it through fun, delicious and sustainable “ready to grow” and “ready to eat” products.  

Unlike refined or even whole wheat flour, 100% stoneground whole wheat has more nutrients and more taste. It leaves Mother Nature’s recipe untouched — nothing is added, nothing is removed. One pound of whole wheat kernels goes into the mill, and one pound of flour comes out. Can you taste the difference?

Organic Breakfast Toppers are a great way to bring fun and DIY back to the breakfast table. Each variety is made with just 3 simple, healthy, and delicious ingredients – a fruit, seed, and nut.
Packaged in reclosable, easy to pour cans, Breakfast Toppers make it easy to customize your breakfast or snack on the go – perfect for topping off your favorite cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt!

Our Review:
The cereal was so tasty and we were so surprised it was only made with THREE ingredients (Stoneground Whole Wheat, Organic Cane Sugar, and Sea Salt)! Talk about a win win! 


The breakfast toppers were a HUGE hit. They jazzed up our yogurt and cereal, but we took it a step further and poured them on our PB&Banana Toast and Pancakes!! They were so tasty and they are full of nutritious benefits, so we were very pleased!

Skip the butter and syrup and use yogurt and breakfast toppers for your pancakes!
Please visit their website and order some of these awesome breakfast foods for yourself! 

You can also follow them on Twitter


Monday, June 22, 2015

Laughing Giraffe Organics

Laughing Giraffe Organics sent us some Snakroons and Snakarola to try! 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 
  
First, here's some info about the company from their website:
They are a family based company who provide quality nutritional snack foods. They only use the purest ORGANIC ingredients that are nutrient dense and minimally processed. They have Snakaroons and Snakarola, as well as Fruit, Nut, and Seed mixes. 

Our Review:
WOW! We can't get over the incredibly scrumptious taste of the Snakaroons! They tasted like little bites of coconut deliciousness! We enjoyed all of the flavors! Kelsey liked the Vanilla the best and Jared liked the Chocolate. (Typical flavor favorites for us. haha)
Our nutrient rich and power packed Snakaroons will satisfy your sweet cravings without sacrificing your wellness. These tasty treats hit your organic sweet spot every time. As a word play on macaroons, Snakaroons can be enjoyed as a wholesome organic snack, tea or coffee complement, or dessert cookie.
Our original Snakaroons, the Vanilla Almond flavor continues to be one of our top sellers. With a coconut base, they offer a sweet mellow taste that goes with anything.
- See more at: http://www.thelaughinggiraffe.com/vanilla-almond-snakaroons.html#sthash.XMuqlCcx.dpuf
OUR MISSION is to provide quality nutritional snack foods that actually taste great. In doing so, we use only the purest organic ingredients that are nutrient dense and minimally processed. We make foods that we believe will both satisfy your hunger without detracting from the quality of your life. We want you to EAT WELL and LIVE BETTER! - See more at: http://www.thelaughinggiraffe.com/about.html#sthash.NYaQPbd2.dpuf

OUR MISSION is to provide quality nutritional snack foods that actually taste great. In doing so, we use only the purest organic ingredients that are nutrient dense and minimally processed. We make foods that we believe will both satisfy your hunger without detracting from the quality of your life. We want you to EAT WELL and LIVE BETTER! - See more at: http://www.thelaughinggiraffe.com/about.html#sthash.NYaQPbd2.dpuf
OUR MISSION is to provide quality nutritional snack foods that actually taste great. In doing so, we use only the purest organic ingredients that are nutrient dense and minimally processed. We make foods that we believe will both satisfy your hunger without detracting from the quality of your life. We want you to EAT WELL and LIVE BETTER! - See more at: http://www.thelaughinggiraffe.com/about.html#sthash.NYaQPbd2.dpuf
OUR MISSION is to provide quality nutritional snack foods that actually taste great. In doing so, we use only the purest organic ingredients that are nutrient dense and minimally processed. We make foods that we believe will both satisfy your hunger without detracting from the quality of your life. We want you to EAT WELL and LIVE BETTER! - See more at: http://www.thelaughinggiraffe.com/about.html#sthash.NYaQPbd2.dpuf
OUR MISSION is to provide quality nutritional snack foods that actually taste great. In doing so, we use only the purest organic ingredients that are nutrient dense and minimally processed. We make foods that we believe will both satisfy your hunger without detracting from the quality of your life. We want you to EAT WELL and LIVE BETTER! - See more at: http://www.thelaughinggiraffe.com/about.html#sthash.NYaQPbd2.dpuf
Tasty treat after POOL TIME!


They are the perfect dessert for any meal, a great pre-workout snack, and just tasty whenever you want something healthy and sweet! 

Jared loved mixing the Snakarola in his yogurt and cereal bowls. He said it was chocolate goodness! 

Please visit their website and order some for yourself! You won't be disappointed!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Free Bread?!? Yes, it's true!!


Free Bread Inc sent us some of their bread and poppers to review on the blog. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 


Here's a little bit about the company from their website first:
Free Bread's founder, Karen Freer, was diagnosed with celiac disease as an adult. During those first few challenging months, she found that the only thing she really missed was bread -- hearty, crusty, seedy, toothy bread. Always a sucker for a challenge, Karen soon set out to achieve a nearly impossible and often outrageously frustrating goal -- to make gluten-free bread taste, look, and feel delicious by any means necessary. After dozens and dozens of abysmal flops (our uglies are now our croutons!), she finally created some recipes that were deemed delicious by not only her fellow gluten-free friends, but her gluten-loving friends, colleagues, and even strangers. Before she had the chance to change her mind, Free Bread was off and running, and she hasn't looked back since. The growth of Free Bread is due to the immeasurable support from her parents.


Our Review:
We thought this bread was great! Our favorite was the GRINGO. It's made with hemp milk, water, Sorghum Flour, sweet rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, cornstarch, arrowroot starch, eggs, agave nectar, olive oil, millet flour, xanthan gum, salt, rice extract, apple cider vinegar, active dry yeast. We have never had anything like it and it was incredibly delicious! 

All of the bread slices were thick and dense and filling! (Just the way we like it!)  


We loved using them for our Peanut Butter & Banana toast some mornings for breakfast! 

Jared is a HUGE jalepeno fan, and he is slightly obsessed with the Jalaa! rolls. They are filled with jalepenos, sharp cheddar, and buttermilk. Jared can't get enough of them! 


We also enjoyed the Cranberry and Pepita rolls as well. We liked to toast them and add a little cinnamon and honey to them. YUM! 

Please visit Free Bread's website and buy some for yourself!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Reese Protein PIE!!!

Purely Inspired is providing us with protein in exchange for recipes each month. We are not compensated for these posts, just sent product. Today, we are sharing a Reese Protein Pie recipe with you!
 
Ingredients:
2 Cups Purely Inspired Chocolate Protein Powder
1 cup cereal of choice
1 cup egg whites
1 tsp Cocoa Syrup from NuStevia 
Peanut butter (as much as you want)

Directions:
1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blender and mix until a smooth batter has formed. 

2. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and evenly distribute batter into the dish. 

3. Bake at 400*F for about 10 minutes. 

4. Add a layer of Peanut Butter on top and place back in oven for about 3-5 minutes. 


Don't let it stay in there too long, or the peanut butter will bubble and harden
 

5. Cut into your preferred size slices and eat! 

Jared loved this surprise when he came home! He enjoyed it by itself after heating it in the microwave for a few minutes, and also enjoyed crumbling pieces into his yogurt and cereal as well! It's a tasty way to get some extra protein into your day! 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Savory AND Sweet Bars? Check these out!!!

Mediterra sent us some of their nutrition bars to review on the blog!
 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own.  

Here's a little info about Mediterra from their website:
Inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet, we took its all-natural ingredients; nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, fiber-packed grains and seeds—and created a healthy option to complement the nonstop pace of modern life. Now, whether you’re meeting or messaging, enjoying a run or running around, Mediterra serves up the nutrition your body craves, the gourmet taste you love, and the convenience your life demands.
Once upon a time, nature was the foundation of good health. It still is.

Mediterra introduces all-natural nutrition bars inspired by the Mediterranean Diet and made to enjoy on the go. As healthy as they are appetizing, our bars are excellent sources of sustained energy and overall wellness.
Loaded with fiber, nutrients and vitamins instead of complex sugars, and saturated fats, they will fundamentally change your idea of the snack bar.
More than a snack, Mediterra is a movement.

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Mediterra Bars come in three key flavor profiles directly based on the Mediterranean Diet. Color-coded packaging makes it easy to grab the bars of your choice, and go.
SAVORY NUTRITION BAR (with Olive & Walnuts or with Sundried Tomato & Basil)
Branded orchard green for their vitamin-rich vegetable content, these bars serve up artisanal Mediterranean flavors drizzled with olive oil and packed with protein.
SESAME ENERGY BAR (with Orange & Honey or with Pistachio & Honey)
Made chiefly of sesame seeds and Greek comb honey, these nutrient-packed bars are inspired by the traditional Greek “pasteli”. Look for them in the terracotta-toned brown stripes.
YOGURT & OAT BAR (with Cherry & Pistachio or with Apricot & Pistachio)
A layer of Greek yogurt makes these whole grain oat bars naturally sweet. You’ll find them packaged in Aegean Sea-blue stripes.

Our Review:
We absolutely fell in love with the Yogurt and Oat Bars! They were the PERFECT combo of a filling snack, but also a little bit of a sweet treat as well. The yogurt coating was phenomenal. 

The Sesame Energy Bars were a hit for Jared. He loves anything with Honey and these bars hit the spot! 

The Savory Nutrition bars weren't our absolute favorite bars, but they did a great job of filling us up and tiding us over to our next meal when we were out and about!

Please check out their website!

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