Monday, June 20, 2016

What a Weekend!

If you've read this blog in the past, you've seen how crazy our golf life can be. I thought it was crazy already, but this weekend set the bar higher! Where do I even begin? 

On Thursday, Jared had a rough day of golf. Things just weren't bouncing in his favor and he shot +5. The best part about hearing updates from his mom (Yes, she texts me during the round and I am SUPER THANKFUL for that! It helps hearing updates because I can't be there in person! Thanks Kathy!) was that he kept his head up and had an awesome attitude even though golf wasn't going smoothly that day. Makes a wife's heart happy! 

The chaos all started on Friday night after I got off work. I headed to the airport because of...

Blessing #1: My boss PAID for my plane ticket to come watch Jared's tournament. We were completely shocked and super grateful that I was able to come up and see Jared in the middle of a 3 week period of being apart. 

As I am sitting in the airport, Jared is playing INCREDIBLY and is at -7 through 15 holes. He had 3 more holes to go and the cut was at -1 and his score was -2. My legs couldn't stay still while I was patiently waiting to hear the final results. In the meantime, there was MADNESS at the airport. My flight was supposed to be at 7:45, but there were delays since 2:30 because of bad weather in Atlanta. I finally sat on the plane at 9:10 and sat there until 10:00 came. 


Meanwhile, I got to FaceTime Jared at the airport and congratulate him for MAKING THE CUT!!! He shot a BOGEY FREE -7 and it was the BEST ROUND OF THE DAY!!!! I was super proud of this golf score, but even more proud of his witness! He had a post round interview with the Web.Com Tour Media and he told them "we both prayed a lot together on Thursday night and completely trusted that God would take care of us no matter what. We have a great faith base and spoke a lot of truth and life into today. We were gonna be happy no matter what happened, but we were super happy with the outcome." If you want to see the full interview, you can click here:




The crew took a picture after the awesome round and even included me with the ball marker I got Jared. Getting that text MADE MY DAY because I often feel excluded because I can't physically be at the tournaments a lot of the time. I felt remembered and loved with this picture! 



There was absolutely no way I could catch my connecting flight in Atlanta, so with the help of persuasion from Jared and the rest of the family, I got off the plane and had a ticket exchange for the next morning at 6 am. Thankfully, the Delta crew was SUPER helpful and very accommodating to get me out as soon as possible. I drive home and have about 3 hours to sleep, but it just doesn't happen. I don't know if I was just too excited or overwhelmed with all the airport chaos, but I didn't sleep a wink. Somehow, I managed to stay awake enough to drive safely to the airport and catch the 6am flight to Atlanta and then arrived in Nashville at 8:15. My dad picked me up from the airport and we caught up to Jared on hole 6. 

Unfortunately, Jared had another day of tough breaks and shot +3. We were a little bummed of course, but we knew that Sunday was a brand new chance to go low again! 

Jared had a 7:18 tee time, and we were staying at my parent's house in Clarksville, so we had to wake up at 4AM!!! That early wake up call, paired with a crazy Friday night with all of my airport chaos left Jared mentally and physically EXHAUSTED by the time Sunday came around. He couldn't explain it other than it was just one of those days where everything just catches up to you and there's nothing that can help you really. Unfortunately, he shot +7 that day to finish T74 for the week. We definitely took away some positives from the weekend though! First of all, I was able to WATCH Jared in person, we got to see each other after 2 weeks apart, he played an AWESOME round of golf on Friday, we shared God's love and witnessed through our actions and Jared's words, and he improved from his first cut made on his first year on the Web.Com Tour in 2014, because he didn't finish dead last! SO MANY POSITIVES TO TAKE AWAY! 

Another awesome positive was that I got to see my GREAT friend that I made on the first year on the Web.Com Tour, Katie! She is a great encourager and supporter through this crazy golf life. She prays for Jared and I and always sends encouraging texts and lifts us up after rough rounds. 




Jared and I are super grateful for all that God is doing in our lives and can't wait to see what's next! 





Thursday, June 9, 2016

Noteworthy Eats

If you've read the blog for some time, you know that we are VERY blessed to receive yummy foods to review. Today, we wanted to share a few noteworthy eats we've had over the past month, along with a new recipe! 


Go Raw’s products are always made from organic, top-grade ingredients. They are, and will always be, vegan, gluten free, nut free and minimally processed. We refrigerate our ingredients and stock, even though it’s not absolutely necessary. We control our own processing and packing so that we have complete control of every product from when the ingredients enter our plant to when they leave as Go Raw products.

We enjoyed trying the raw snacks! The chewy apricot bar was the favorite! It was like eating a fruit roll-up like a big kid! We shared the ginger snaps and spicy fiesta bites with friends and they enjoyed them. They are definitely unique, but in a good way! Go check out their website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what they're all about! 

This month was packed full of great snacks! One of our favorites was the Roasted Edamame crunch dried snacks. They tasted like chips! Another favorite was the Veggie Pizza puffs from Kay's Naturals. They tasted like pizza AND packed 12 g of protein! Y'all know we are all about that extra protein! 


Make sure you click this link for a 50% discount off your first FitSnack box! :) 

First of all, YUM! These taste like candy! Second of all, I have noticed that my nails aren't as fragile as usual, my pimples have diminished, and my hair isn't breaking as much either! LOVE! Check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out more about Neocell. They have tons of great products. 


Jared and I do a very good job of sticking to a TIGHT budget. God continues to bless us constantly, and last weekend, we splurged a little and stocked up on some of our FAVORITE foods that we normally can't fit into the budget. Earthfare was having a HUGE BOGO sale and we had recently earned a little extra money from both of our jobs, so we stocked up with some goodies! Thank you Jesus for always providing for our needs and allowing us to have this fun trip to the grocery store! 


Last, but not least, we have a new recipe to share with you. These bites are an easy way to pretend you're on vacation on a tropical island! They're tasty and super easy to make! 


Tropical Bliss Bites 
2 cups coconut flour
2 scoops Purely Inspired Berry Protein 
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup cashew milk 

Directions:
Put all ingredients into the food processor and form into little balls. Store in freezer in airtight container. 


Purely Inspired is providing us with protein in exchange for recipes each month. We are not compensated for these posts, just sent product.






Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Protein Puck

Protein Puck sent us some of their product to review in exchange for an honest review.
 We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 


Here's some info from their website: 
Protein Puck is a certified gluten free, vegan, protein packed, snack or meal substitute.  Loaded with fiber & iron from natural ingredients. All this, while staying free from GMO's, dairy, cholesterol, trans-fats & 0% of your daily sodium intake. Protein Puck is perfect for integrating into your daily diet, whether you're trying to eat healthy, lose weight, build muscle or fuel your next adventure. We pride ourselves on a superior taste, clean ingredients, convenient packaging and a product that is sure to satisfy every craving or hunger.  


Our Thoughts:
LOVE! These protein pucks are not only tasty, but they are filled with nutritious ingredients to fuel our active lifestyle! 


These pucks are just the right size for a mid day snack or pre-workout fuel. They also have mini pucks for those of you that don't have as big of an appetite as we do! haha 

We hope you will try these out for yourselves! You can find them on their website, Facebook and Twitter




Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Our Weekend at The Player's Championship

This past weekend was The Player's Championship at TPC Sawgrass! We were very fortunate to get tickets with Jared's status on the Web.Com Tour this year. It also included tickets for family and friends as well. On Friday morning, before I had to go to work, we followed our friend, Steve Wheatcroft. His wife, Sarah, had some awesome T-shirts made that said "Wheat Watchers" on the front and "#TeamWheatie" on the back. It was fun to support our friend in this really big tournament! He made the cut and we followed his full rounds on Saturday and Sunday! It was a blast!  

On Sunday morning, we were asked to take part in the Chapel Service. FCA Golf Jacksonville organized everything and they did a phenomenal job. We actually spoke on the same stage that they crowned the 2016 Players Champion, Jason Day! 


We talked about our marriage and how keeping Christ at the center of it has been the best thing we could do. Here's a link to the full video if you're interested in hearing our story! 




We had a great time sharing our story. We weren't nervous and fortunately, Matt (the guy who interviewed us) and his wife Karen, have become good friends, so it was easy to just talk to him in front of probably 100+ people. 


Our wonderful sponsor, Nature's Bakery, provided some delicious healthy snacks for people to enjoy. They were GONE in minutes! The cool thing was that there was donuts right next to it and actually had donuts left over. We were happy to see lots of people choosing a healthy snack! 


Jared's parents came and stayed with us for the week. They took pics and video so the rest of the family could watch that weren't able to make it to the service. Big thanks to them!! 


We were thrilled to see our some of our good friends in the crowd who came out to support us! Thanks Calvin, Kaytie, Ellae, Brian, and Laura (unpictured). 


After the Chapel Service, we watched Steve's final round and then caught up to watch our other friend Justin Thomas's back nine.  


We had a great time with family and we were very blessed to be a part of the Chapel Service. We hope our story will be encouraging to at least one person. Feel free to email us (fitness_fanatic_007@hotmail.com) if you have any questions! Our purpose for playing golf is to share God's love with everyone!  








Friday, May 13, 2016

HomePlate Peanut Butter

HomePlate Peanut Butter sent us some of their different flavors to try in exchange for an honest review. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

Here's a little info about the company from their website:
HomePlate Peanut Butter was created by a group of former professional baseball players who grew up playing baseball every day and eating a ton of peanut butter. During those long days in the minor leagues, they counted on the delicious spread. A sandwich at daybreak and another one at day’s end. Loaded up on some saltines before a workout. A tasty spoonful for a boost between innings. They grew to love peanut butter as an inexpensive and accessible way to stay fueled and fit.
Unfortunately, their options were limited to big sugary brands and oily, chemical-laden concoctions. They didn’t want to stir their peanut butter. And they wanted peanut butter that was delicious, but fit their training regimens. After they retired from the game and began grocery shopping for their own little leaguers, they became convinced that families, athletes and America deserved a better peanut butter.
HomePlate Peanut Butter’s mission is to create peanut butter that meets the rigid standards set by the professional baseball players who make up the company’s founding team. Every flavor is made from natural and sustainable ingredients.. No goopy oil layer, or gritty, chalky texture, just wholesome, great tasting peanut butter.


We totally agree that you can taste a difference in this peanut butter. It is DELICIOUS and the texture is SPOT ON. We are HUGE peanut butter fanatics and this brand ranks up at the very top! We really liked that it didn't have any weird ingredients. We put it on Waffles, PB&J sandwiches, eggs, ice cream, chicken veggie stir fry, just by the spoonful, and more! Like I said, we LOVE peanut butter. :)

 Peanuts, cane sugar, palm fruit oil, salt are what make up the creamy and crunchy flavor. The only additional ingredient to that list was honey in the honey flavor. THAT'S IT! 
Please do yourself a favor and TRY THIS PEANUT BUTTER! You won't regret it! Check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too. 



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Capello's

Capello's sent us pizza, pasta, and cookie dough to try in exchange for an honest review. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 
Here's a little info about Capello's from their website:
Cappello’s is a Colorado-based gourmet food company specializing in high-end gluten free, grain free products. Founded in 2011 by friends Stacey Marcellus and Benjamin Frohlichstein, the inspiration for Cappello’s was born out of Stacey and Ben’s desire to create a totally unique food company, to be the best at what they do, and to legitimize their penchant for asking strangers to taste their pasta. Cappello’s mission is simple: provide fresh, uniquely delicious options for gourmet food-lovers, healthy eaters and people with dietary restrictions.
When Stacey is not making pasta, she can be found engaging in non-pasta activities like painting, snowboarding, fermenting food and ukulele-ing. Benjamin maintains a respectable ability to listen to music, stand on his head and take Instagram pictures (not always at the same time).


My good friend, Laura, came over for pizza and girl talk one night. We thought the pizza was pretty tasty! The dough was a little less crispy in the very middle, but it was still delicious and the perfect food for our girl's night! 


A few weeks later, Jared and I invited our friends, Brian and Ellae, over for a game night. We had 3 people (I don't like chocolate, so I skipped out) eating these cookies, and only 3 were left over if that gives you any indication on how good they tasted! haha Everyone loved them and couldn't believe that they didn't have a single bad ingredient in them! 


Jared loves pasta and he was extremely pleased with Capello's! He was impressed at how tasty it was again without having any weird ingredients! It was also extremely easy to make. All you have to do is boil water and then drop the pasta in for 90 seconds. Boom! Talk about a quick and easy healthy meal! 

Do yourself a favor and check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter. Try some for yourself! 



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

One Degree Organics

One Degree Organic Foods sent us some cereal and flour to try in exchange for a review. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

Here's some info about the company from their website:

“To be simple is to be great,” a famous American essayist once wrote. He might easily have been describing the philosophy behind One Degree organic foods. We start with simple ingredients from family farmers who are devoted to the earth, the integrity of their crop, and your health. True sources, truly veganic.
When you add sustainability, transparency and consumer-empowering technology, what you get is an incredibly honest meal. And, if you can remember back to how good food once tasted before it became genetically modified, globally transported, showered in chemicals and hormones, processed, reprocessed and loudly marketed, you’ll also rediscover some wonderful memories and long-lost flavors in every slice and spoonful.

We start with simple ingredients from family farmers who are devoted to the earth, the integrity of their crop, and your health.



I have never used Spelt or Rye flour before, but it was a nice alternative to our usual wheat flour. If you missed my recipe for my recent Apple Muffins, click here to see it. The spelt flour has a little bit of a nutty taste to it and it's awesome! We loved it! Next on our list is using the Rye flour. Maybe I can make a savory muffin? Hmmmm...


Jared was a HUGE fan of the Brown Rice Cacao Crisps. He loves anything related to chocolate, so he was all over these! He enjoyed them with milk and also mixed into some yogurt and peanut butter. 

We hope you will try some of their products as well! They have a lot of really good healthy options! Explore their website, Facebook, and Twitter