Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Glimpse of being a Golfer's Girlfriend...

 This weekend, I've been visiting Jared and his family! We've had a blast! 

Friday night, we went to the KY Derby Balloon Glow. It was neat! All the hot air balloons fired up at the same time, and it lit up the sky. We were actually able to move INSIDE the fence after this pic was taken... such a great view! We had a nice time!

Had to get the US Bank Balloon in the background... that's where my daddy works! ;)
Saturday, we headed to the golf course to practice. Jared is awesome. I hit some too, and didn't do too shabby...haha.. Most importantly, we had fun, and he got some essential practice time in. I am the camera woman for him to look over his swing and see what he needs to work on... I like being able to help him out. 

 But, my favorite part about being a golfer's girlfriend, is that I get to sit and tan while my man practices... DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT?!?!?

Hope you're having a good weekend!

Official Graduation Countdown: 5 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:-)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pushing Yourself

Do you push yourself in the gym?

or...

do you get comfortable with a routine and just go through the motions with each workout?


I like to mix up my workouts to avoid boredom, but I recently decided that it was time to SHAKE THINGS UP! 

After doing Corey's Bootcamp, I got just that shake up that I needed!



I started incorporating some of the exercises into my strength training sessions every Tues, Thurs, and Sat. 

Jared also showed me some awesome shoulder and leg exercises that I really enjoy!

I also started really pushing myself while I'm on the bike during my mini-triathlons on Mon, Wed, Fri. One day, the bike told me to slow down because I went OVER 140 RPMS!!!! 

I think it's good to shake things up every now and then. Your muscles get used to the same ol' thing after a while, so in order to keep them guessing, you need to mix it up! 

:-)

Talk to me... 
do you like to shake things up in the gym?
or do you stick to what works best for you and stay with the same routine?



Monday, April 23, 2012

Crazy Busy!

I have been CRAZY busy with student teaching and babysitting every night.

I promise my blog posts will become regular again after graduation.

Countdown: 11 days!!!!!!

:)

SO EXCITED!!!

Hope you are all having a lovely week!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bengay Zero Degrees Review and Giveaway!

BENGAY Zero Degrees is the first and only topical pain reliever that can be stored in the freezer, combining the instant sensation of ice with the long-lasting, trusted pain relief of BENGAY Gel. Developed with a unique, no-mess stick delivery system, BENGAY Zero Degrees starts to soothe tired muscles on contact with a vanishing scent that begins to disappear in minutes.



My Review:
 9/10! This stuff was great! The scent wasn't too overly powerful like some of the other products that relieve pain that I've tried in the past, but it still wasn't my favorite smell... That's the only reason I gave it a 9... This is perfect for after those tough workouts! 

Bengay also included a towel, backpack, John Freida Collection Dry Shampoo, hair elastics, and the Karina Smirnoff DanceFIT DVD. 

Bengay wants to share this awesome prize pack with TWO of my readers!!! 

Mandatory Entry:
1. Leave me a comment telling me what workout you would use Bengay Zero Degrees afterwards.

Extra entrys:
1. Follow my blog and/or Twitter - @Christianqt07

2. Tweet about this giveaway, "@Christianqt07 is giving away a Bengay Zero Degrees Prize Pack! http://fitnessfanatic007.blogspot.com/2012/04/bengay-zero-degrees-review-and-giveaway.html" 
 
(Make sure you leave additional comments telling me you've done so...)


Giveaway Ends on Sunday, April 29th! 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fun Facts Friday


1. I am excited to announce that I will be working at the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Leadership Camp this summer!!! It's the SAME EXACT camp I went to when I was in high school! 
:-)


2.  I am officially loaded with gum for the next year! My giveaway prize came in the mail! SO AWESOME!!

3. Free Pizza is the BEST pizza! 


4. I am exactly TWO WEEKS away from being a college graduate! It's crazy exciting! I can't believe the time is almost here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:)


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Prince Charming

So, I promised that I would tell you all about that super cute guy... well tonight I FINALLY have a night off and can actually do it! 

Jared is truly a blessing in my life! He is an incredible man of God! 
He is a gentleman and treats me with RESPECT. 
:)


We have this insane crazy amazing connection. I've never felt closer to anyone in my entire life, and we're just starting to get to know each other!
 


  On our second date, we literally sat on a huge blanket, had a picnic, and talked for 5 HOURS straight. Then, we had to move because the park closed when it got dark, so we drove to the riverwalk downtown and talked for another 2 hours!!!
 

He is a big HEALTH nut and LOVES fitness as much as I do! He has shown me some new exercises to help me build some more shoulder muscle, and I showed him my killer ab routine! He is the one who is actually lucky enough to have COREY TAYLOR as his personal trainer!!!

(side note...He is the SMOOTHIE KING...there WILL be a future post on that...you can guarantee that! He whips up an amazingly delicious smoothie and packs it with protein! YUM!)


 We are CONSTANTLY laughing together. We are both HUGE goofballs. We just have SUCH a great time no matter what we're doing.

 We still talk on the phone for over an hour every single day...

 

I'm SO thankful that God has put Jared in my life. I'm looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I won a blogging award! Here are the deets on the Liebster Blog Award:


  • Choose five up and coming blogs to give the Liebster award to. 
  • Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  • Post the award on your blog. 
  • Don't leave your recipients in the dark! List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites.  Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know. 
  • Share 5 random facts about yourself!



  •   THANK YOU  Kristin!!!  I feel so honored that you would pass this award to me! 



    Here are the up and coming bloggers you should DEFINITELY check out that I pass the Liebster Blog Award baton to:

    1. Miriam and Whitney at BellaSpire
    2. Rebecca at Pressing On
    3. Rachel at This Italian Family
    4. Shannon at Healthiful Balance
    5. Brittany at Itty Bits of Balance

    5 Random Facts:
    1. I wake up at 5:37, 5:17, or 5:27 everyday before I student teach... haha. I love the number 7, so it has to be in the alarm time somehow...


    2. I love doing product reviews. I'm very blessed to have the opportunity to do them. :)

    3. I'm graduating college in 19 days. So.Stinkin.Excited!


    4. I have been texting nonstop and talking on the phone for over an hour every single day to a very special guy. (Don't worry, I will tell you all about him in an upcoming post) :)
     


    5. My celebrity crush is James Marsden. 27 Dresses...great movie! 

    Chick-Fil-A & Udderly Smooth Giveaway Winners!

     Chick-Fil-A Winner:

    Congrats Laurel!

    *****************************************************

    Udderly Smooth Winner:
     Congrats Renata!

    Please send me your address info!!!
    :)

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    18 Rabbits Review


     18 Rabbits sent me two of their bars to review! 

    Here's some info about 18 Rabbits:
    Company founder Alison Bailey was inspired to name her company 18 Rabbits because it captures the essence and purity of both her childhood, where she first learned to bake, and the delectable baked goods she creates today. 

    Our granola cereals and bars are made with the purest ingredients available so that we can offer you foods that are both delectable and nourishing. We are committed to sourcing the finest sustainably grown ingredients from local producers and artisans like TCHO, Burroughs Family Farm, Meduri Farms, Straus Family Creamery, Butternut Mountain Farm and San Joaquin Fig.

    Our granola bars not like the conventional energy bars you see today- many of which contain artificial colors and flavors, caffeine, and other (often unpronounceable) “magic” ingredients. Our granola bars provide sustenance and wholesome energy with fiber, protein and healthy fat. We believe in the power of holistic energy that comes from eating real, whole foods with simple and nourishing ingredients.

    Our Mission:
    Bring food back to its roots through simple authentic granola & bars.
    Our Vision : 
    Everyone has the right to pure simple food. 

    ******************************************************************************

    MY REVIEW:
    Nibblin' Apricot: 10/10! This flavor combo was awesome. I loved that it was packed full of Oats, Walnuts, and Hazelnuts, because they filled me up. I LOVED the honey and coconut taste too! YUM!


    Haute Diggity Date: 11/10! This flavor combo was even better than the first bar! I loved the raisins and dates included. It made the bar extra chewy. I also loved the honey in this one too. SO GOOD!!!

    P.S. I love the names of the bars! They are so creative!

    Check out their website:

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Bootcamp with Corey Taylor

    I have been saying for a while that I want a new fitness challenge...well, my wish finally came true!!

    While I was in Louisville last weekend, I had the privilege of working out with Corey Taylor!

    He trains PRO-ATHLETES!

    Jared works out with him all the time, and he was kind enough to let me join in!


    This workout was NO JOKE.

    The warm-up was a series of different exercises.
    Inch-worms (hated these! haha.)
    High Knees
    Power skips
    Lunges
    Rotation Open Gates
    Frankenstein Walks
    Frankenstein Skips
    Side Lunges
    Reach Backs
    Spidermans
    Side Skips

    and that was just the warm-up!

    For the workout, we did circuits.
    Jumping Rope 
    Partner plank push-ups
    Sumo Squats
    Curls
    Planks
    Arm rows with weights while in pushup position
    Hip Raise with Arm Press

    We would Jump Rope in between each strength training exercise.
    It was an AWESOME workout!
    I definitely felt the next day. Who am I kidding...I felt it for FOUR DAYS after...

     I am so thankful he let me join in! 

    I LOVED THIS BOOTCAMP!!!

    THANK YOU COREY!!!

    Please check out his website:

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Go Raw Review

     GO RAW sent me a huge box of goodies to review!


    Here's some info about products I recieved from the GO RAW company:
     Bars
    Undoubtedly, the easiest way to incorporate living foods into anyone's diet. We each have our favorite as they are all so unique.
    Flax Snax
    The ultimate flax cracker - pure and simple. This is the product that started it all and still remains to be a favorite among many happy customers
     Super Chips/Super Cookies
    Finally, a snack we can all feel great about. Made without any added sugar, oils, flour or animal products of any kind, these little bites manage to satisfy those cravings and can be highly addictive! Treat your sweet tooth with something your whole body will thank you for.

    Freeland Foods is a team of amazing individuals who are dedicated to revolutionizing the food industry. We are committed to perfecting our “process”. It starts with the seeds – finding the best, local when available – testing and inspecting - soaking in filtered water – rinsing and cleaning – then sprouting for up to four hours. The sprouts are then mixed with the highest quality raw, organic ingredients we can find. We hand spread the mixture onto trays and then load them into our custom built dehydrators where they’ll sit for up to two days at an average temperature of 98 degrees. The finished product is then packaged in house on our dedicated equipment then stored and shipped in our facility. We love what we do and we’re always looking for new ways to improve. We look forward to any feedback or suggestions you may have.
    -Our products are still alive! If you plant them they will grow!
     
    -We have our own beautiful Raw-Vegan, Nut free facility where we do
    everything ourselves in house. From sorting and washing the seeds, to
    dehydrating in our custom made dehydration systems, and packaging.
     
    -We source only the highest quality certified Organic ingredients, with
    the highest health benefits.
     
    -Our mission is to create the healthiest, most delicious, and convenient
    Raw-Vegan food possible. Made with pure love, to give the gift of good
    health.

    ***************************************************************************

     Now, for my review!

      Bars:
    7/10. I liked the Banana Flax and Real Live Flax flavor, but the rest of the bars' textures just weren't my favorite. The bars were pretty thin, so they didn't fill me up at all...

    Super Chips/Cookies:
    9/10! I LOVED all of these flavors except the Masala Chai and Lemon flavors. (that's the only reason I gave them a 9) The Spirulina, Carrot Cake & Original tasted FABULOUS! I liked that I could eat 22 pieces for only about 160ish calories. These were a nice little treat that you can feel GOOD about eating!

    Flax Snax:
    10/10! Pizza is my FAVORITE food, so these little crackers were great! I loved them! 





    Visit their website and check out some of their products for yourself!

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    FUN CHICK-FIL-A GIVEAWAY!!! :)


    Lace up your sneakers because the new Nutritious Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meals are going to help fuel active family fun! Spring is here and what better way to promote an active lifestyle, and enjoy the great outdoors than with some old school games for your family to enjoy. The Old School Fun blog app is now available with classic old school games for the family and a fun throwback quiz!
    Check Out the Blog App Here - Spin the wheel for cool activities!
    https://www.partnershub.com/fb-show/11/old-school-fun/chick-fil-a-spin-game/

    Fun Activities! Spin the wheel to get an endless amount of Old School Fun and games for the entire family! You’re just a spin away from creating awesome family memories!


    GIVEAWAY PRIZE:
    A pack of three Free Chick-fil-A Kids Meals!!!
    Giveaway Contest:
    •  Take the Old School Fun quiz and post your results!
    Just leave me a comment with results for your entry!

    Giveaway ends on April 15th.
    Winner will be chosen via Random.org
    :)



    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Nature Box Review

     Nature Box sent me a box to review!

    Here's some info about them first...

     NatureBox is a subscription service that offers the ability to discover and enjoy
    healthy snacks on a monthly basis. We currently ship to the 48 continental states as
    well as FPO/APO addresses. We also ship to P.O. Boxes.

    Our products are made from wholesome ingredients and are Nutritionist-approved.
    We abide by our strict quality standards: No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Partially
    Hydrogenated Oils, No Trans Fats, No Artificial Sweeteners, No Artificial Flavors, No
    Artificial Colors.

    We are working on new NatureBoxes which will address various dietary needs and
    personal preferences. If you are interested in a not-yet-launched line of
    NatureBoxes, send us an email to info@naturebox.com to be added to our mailing
    list when we introduce new or customized NatureBoxes.

     Currently, our boxes are unable to be customized but NatureBoxes will soon be
    available in various sizes depending on you or your family’s needs.

     We catalog all of our NatureBoxes and each month we display the nutrition label and
    ingredient list of every NatureBox product on our site:
    http://www.naturebox.com/naturebox-foods/

    NatureBoxes make great gifts for your friends and family for holidays, special
    occasions, or anytime. College students, summer campers, teachers, coaches, new
    parents, and deployed service members all love to receive healthy snacks any time of
    the year.

    *******************************************************************

    Now, for my review.

    First of all, I loved that this box was FULL of healthier options.They took common snacks that people enjoy and made them HEALTHIER! Now that sure is a WIN in my book!

    NatureBox Figgy Bars with Honey

    Re-think your snack cake dessert and instead enjoy this Fig and Honey bar made with whole wheat flour and juicy figs. Low in fat and sweetened with fruit and honey, these Fig and Honey bars won’t spike your blood sugar or leave you feeling sluggish from too many processed ingredients.

    My Rating: 9/10! These bars were super chewy and the flavor was sweet, but not too sweet.  



    NatureBox Dried Cherries

    Put down the small wrapped package of chewy fruit snacks or candy and treat yourself to a serving of our not-too-sweet and not-too-tart dried cherries. With no added sugars, these cherries are sweetened only by nature and are a great source of fiber.

    My Rating: 10/10! I LOVED these! They were the perfect little sweet treat, but I felt good about eating them! So flavorful and tasty! 

    NatureBox Nuts for Granola!

    If you go nuts over a bowl of cereal, our Nuts for Granola will give you a hearty dose of the nutrients you need around the clock. This granola is high in fiber and protein to give your snack or meal real staying power. Void of processed and excessive added sugar, we’re nuts for this special granola!

    My Rating: 8/10. This granola was good. Jared also tried some and said it was the perfect addition to his smoothie!

    NatureBox Firecrakers

    If a zesty crunch if what you crave in your snacks, you’ll love our sweet chili Firecrackers made from rice and lightly flavored with soy sauce, garlic and paprika. With no artificial flavors or colors and significantly less sodium than your usual snack cracker from a box, you’ll get a satisfying crunch without all the added ingredients.

    My Rating: 11/10! OMG. I loved these!!! Watch my video:
    video

    NatureBox Sunshine Chips

    We know there’s something about crispy potato chips that make them an American favorite. Instead of potato chips that are high in fat, our Sunshine Chips offers a rainbow of vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, taro and green beans as a crispy snack that’s hard to resist. These Sunshine Chips are a better choice when a salty crunch is what you need.

    My Rating: 8/10! I loved the crunchiness of these chips. I thought it was great that you get a serving of vegetables while you feel like you're eating potato chips! I didn't really enjoy the green beans, so that is the only reason I gave it an 8. If you like green beans, I am sure you would dig these!

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    Zevia Giveaway Winner!



    CONGRATS!

    Please email me your address info so I can send your prize!
    :)


    Enjoy Life Foods - Not Nuts! Seed & Fruit Mix Review

     I already reviewed Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Cookies. Check that out if you missed it here!

    Here's some info about their Seed & Fruit Mixes from their website:
    Salty, sweet and crunchy, our trail mix is so good you won’t even miss the nuts. On the trail or on the go, it's the ideal portable snack. With no peanuts or tree nuts (or any other allergens for that matter), it also makes a great school-safe treat.
    ******************************************************************

    Now, for the review!

    I brought Jared back as another guest reviewer to assist me :-)

    Beach Bash: 8/10! I liked the Cranberries and Pineapple bits the most! This was a unique trail mix because it did not include any nuts. But, I didn't really miss them! I enjoyed the saltiness from the sunflower seeds. The only thing I would have left out were the Pumpkin Seeds. They weren't my favorite, but those are just my taste buds talking! 

    Mountain Mambo: 8/10. It was a bit of a twist to your typical "trail mix", but not exactly a bad thing. The taste was good. The pumpkin seeds aren't my favorite but the fruit, sunflower kernels, and chocolate helped a lot. My dad tried it and he loved it too.  I would definitely use this product for a quick snack!

    All smiles from K & J :)

    So, there ya go! Please visit Enjoy Life Foods website and check out their awesome products!

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Udderly Smooth Review & Giveaway!!!

    Udderly Smooth sent me some product to review and host a giveaway!


    Here's some info about Udderly Smooth:
    Family owned and operated, Redex Industries, has manufactured Udderly Smooth® products for over 30 years. Manufactured in Salem, Ohio, under the direct guidance of Bill Kennedy, CEO and Registered Pharmacist. Originally invented for use on dairy cows and now used for dry and chapped skin
    Udderly Smooth® Udder Cream was originally invented in Ohio use on dairy cows under harsh conditions. Now used for dry and chapped skin on people worldwide . Product uses also include:
    * Dry and chapped skin
    * As a shaving lotion
    * Diabetes skin care
    * Hand and Foot Syndrome- a side effect of chemotherapy drugs
    * Chamois cream for bicyclists
    * Needlework and quilting
    ****************************************************************
    My Review:
    10/10!
    First of all, I have used other creams, but they all have one thing in common: they stink! (literally). The great thing about Udderly Smooth is the smell. It smells GREAT! I really liked that.
    All of the products made my skin feel silky smooth! 
    I made a video about my two favorites:
    video
    Would you like to try some Udderly Smooth for yourself???
    Well, here's your chance!
    Mandatory Entry:
    1. Visit their website and tell me which product you would like to try the most!



    Bonus Entries:
    2. Follow Udderly Smooth on Twitter

    3. Tweet about this giveaway: "@Christianqt07 is having a giveaway for @UdderlySmooth lotions. Click here for your chance:

    You must leave me a comment for each seperate entry. 


    Giveaway ends on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
    Winner will be chosen via Random.org

    Guest Post: 5 Tips to Cope with Down Time Eating

    5 Tips to Cope with Down Time Eating


    Do you eat simply to have something to do? You’re initial reaction is probably a resounding no, but take a moment to reconsider. Be honest with yourself! If your answer is yes (or perhaps just a slightly guilty maybe), guess what? You’re not alone. Millions of people engage in this bad habit.

    Unfortunately, like most bad habits, down time eating (a.k.a. boredom eating) isn’t an easy thing to stop. However, here are five tips that might help:

    1.) Recognize – The first thing you need to do is realize that you have a problem. If you don’t think you have a bad habit then how could you possibly break it? Acknowledge that you eat when you’re bored or when you have free time. One way to pinpoint this problem is to keep a food diary. Write down what you eat and when. Keep a sharp lookout for any patterns such as eating whenever you’re waiting for your kids to finish soccer practice or when you’re relaxing in front of the television.



    2.) Have a drink…of water that is – When you find yourself looking for a tasty treat have a big drink of water instead. First off, water is just plain good for you, but it can also take up space in your stomach making you feel fuller. There are tons of low or no calorie flavorings you can add to your water if you want something other than “plain”. In addition, studies have shown that sometimes our brains don’t distinguish between being hungry and being thirsty. If your having trouble determining whether you’re actually hungry or just bored grab a glass of water.



    3.) Make a list and check it twice – There’s a very simple way to break the habit of down time eating – find something better to do. Ah, there’s the problem. What’s better than indulging in a sweet snack? Make a list. Make yourself a list of things you enjoy doing or need to do that you can refer to when you’re tempted. That book you’ve been wanting to read? That new computer game you’ve wanted to try? That cluttered closet you’ve been meaning to get to? Put them all on your list for the next time your rummaging through the cupboards. The act of making your anti-boredom eating list will help stave off boredom eating!



    4.) Brush your teeth – The next time you’re trying to figure out what you can snack on head straight into the bathroom and brush your teeth. At this point, you may be thinking, “wait, what?” but brushing your teeth can have a temporary effect on your desire to eat. Your mouth will feel fresh, minty, and clean which translates to the brain as “meal time is over”. In addition, food doesn’t taste so great right after you brush your teeth so you’ll probably be a little hesitant to go chow down.



    5.) Say no to sweets and treats – Okay, this might seem obvious but it’s important. On your trips to the grocery store avoid purchasing problem snacks. Refer to your food diary. Is there a certain food or foods you always pick to satisfy your down time “hunger” cravings? For instance, if you always engage in boredom eating while watching television and your go to snack is popcorn don’t load up on it at the store.

    Down time eating (a.k.a. boredom eating) is a bad habit. There’s simply no other way to look at it. The good news is this isn’t an uncommon problem so there are plenty of tips and tricks available to help you kick this habit to the curb.

    One final bit of advice: If you simply MUST eat while bored go for a healthy alternative. Instead of chips and dip have carrots and hummus. Instead of ice cream have a frozen banana. Pick out your favorite snack and search the Internet for a healthy alternative.



    This post contributed by Alex Webb on behalf of Tristate Orthopaedic Treatment Center providers of Cincinnati sports medicine. Alex is working to lead a healthier lifestyle. She’s always looking for new tips and tricks to aid her on this journey as well as for opportunities to share her own knowledge on safely getting fit and being healthy.

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    Pur Gum Review

    Pur Gum sent me some product to review! 


    Info about Pur Gum:


    PÜR Gum is the #1 selling aspartame-free better tasting, long-lasting gum. Now there's a great tasting gum made especially for people who are looking for a healthy alternative to aspartame-free chewing gum.

    We love our Gum!!

    Most gums on the market are made with the ingredient Aspartame- a man-made synthetic sweetener that's been linked to many diseases. The FDA has listed 92 acknowledged symptoms of aspartame poisoning (we're not making this stuff up).

    There's hope everyone! PÜR Gum is sweetened with Xylitol, a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol found in corn cobs and stalks which a healthy alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners.

    Made in Switzerland, PÜR Gum gives YOU the highest standard of chewing gum on the market (because we care just that much!!) Wait, there's more...Infused with antioxidants, PÜR is naturally coloured and flavoured, vegan friendly, free of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and gluten-free.


    Available in four delicious and tantalizing flavours: Peppermint, Pomegranate Mint, Spearmint and eXcitemint, YOU can KICK ASPARTAME to the curb with PÜR Gum.

    What has your gum done for you lately?

    ***************************************************************

    MY REVIEW:
    First of all, I just have to show you their advertisement:
     

    CRACKED ME UP! 

    I love it!

    10/10! This gum is fantastic! It keeps the flavor a longgggg time and it doesn't hurt my jaw after chewing for a while! I liked how they had the classic flavors (Peppermint & Spearmint) then, they had ExciteMINT and Pomegranate Mint. I liked all the flavors, but pomegranate mint was probably my favorite. It was fruity and minty at the same time. WIN WIN!

    Please visit their website at

    Try some of this awesome gum for yourself!
    :)

    Pur Gum challenges YOU to kick aspartame!!!

    Three things for Tuesday!

    1. I just hit the jackpot at Walmart! I found this brand new BEN & JERRY'S FROZEN GREEK YOGURT! To make it even better...get this...it is PEANUT BUTTER BANANA flavored!!!!! Oh.My.Gosh. It's insanely good! It even has 6 grams of protein in it!!!!!!! Perfect little treat! 


    2. I love saving money, but I decided to splurge on this beauty... Yup, that's right...a 4 pack of Monster Absolute Zero. I only let myself have those once in a blue moon (because I'm crazy and hyper enough without them!) but this 4 pack was on sale for $6 so I had to take advantage of it!


    3. Here's the 3rd Day of the Health Activist Writer's Challenge: 

     Superpower Day. If you had a superpower – what would it be? How would you use it? 

    Hmmm... I would definitely pick the ability to fly! I would be able to fly anywhere for free and would be able to get there in a FLASH! Sometimes, long car trips are fun, but I'd much rather spend more time at the destination than sitting in the car all day.



    What's something new that you've found lately? 
    What superpower would you pick?

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Day Two of the The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge

    Quotation Inspiration
    . Find a quote that inspires you (either positively or negatively) and free write about it for 15 minutes.




    If you've read my blog you know that my motto is

    STRONG is the new skinny!

    and my favorite Bible verse/motivational verse

    is

    Philippians 4:13 "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!"




    What is YOURS?

    Barney Butter Review

    Barney Butter sent me some of their creamy almond butter to review!


    Here is some info about Barney Butter:
    Barney Butter was conceived by Jennifer Barney in her Fresno, California home for friends and family.  She began experimenting with homemade almond butter for the simple reason that she was unhappy with the other almond butters on the market.  She knew that almond butter would be healthier for her peanut butter-loving kids and she wanted them to grab for it on their own without any big fuss.  Many broken blenders later, her recipe was perfected.
    Pretty soon friends and neighbors were trying it and everyone really thought it was revolutionary.  People started calling it ‘Barney Butter’, so the name stuck. Some just wanted it for the taste, but others had real needs like lowering cholesterol or as a peanut alternative.  With much encouragement from friends and family she manufactured her first batch of just 20 cases in 2006 and took a jar to a local grocer.  It was an instant success!  Today Barney Butter has s-p-r-e-a-d to independent and national grocery stores all across the country so now you too can be good to yourself and eat Barney Butter!
    With its amazing fresh roasted flavor and truly smooth and creamy consistency Barney Butter stands apart from other almond butters and has quickly become a favorite treat for adults and children alike!!
    Barney Butter is an all-natural almond butter made with Premium California Almonds.  It is a craveably delicious treat with all the right qualities: the rich flavor, nutrition and versatility of almonds with a texture just like peanut butter.  Manufactured in an almond only facility, Barney Butter is peanut free and a great alternative for those with peanut allergies. Barney Butter is naturally no-stir and does not need to be refrigerated.  Gluten free, no trans fats or hydrogenated oils, and half the saturated fat of peanut butter make Barney Butter a healthy and delicious treat!
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    Now, for my review!

    OH. MY. GOSH.

    I thought Peanut Butter was my love, but this Almond Butter is my TRUE LOVE. 

    Goodness gracious! This stuff was INCREDIBLY delicious! 

    My Rating: 11/10!

    I immediately opened the little squeeze packet and ate some by itself and was hooked. I also ate it on a whole wheat tortilla for a snack. It was phenomenal. I was curious if it would taste good with banana on a wrap like I do with my usual PB and it TOTALLY knocked the socks off of my palate! SO GOOOOOOOOOOD!!!

    I'm hooked. 

    Please try some of this for yourself. You won't be disappointed. I PROMISE.