Showing posts from April, 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!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Pushing Yourself

Do you push yourself in the gym?
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 routin…

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!!!!!!
Hope you are all having a lovely week!

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. F…

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 amazingconnection. 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 th…

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 bless…

Chick-Fil-A & Udderly Smooth Giveaway Winners!

Chick-Fil-A Winner:
Congrats Laurel!
Udderly Smooth Winner:  Congrats Renata!
Please send me your address info!!! :)

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 powe…

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!
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! 


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 wate…


Lace up your sneakers because the new NutritiousChick-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!
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!

A pack of threeFree 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

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 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 ne…

Zevia Giveaway Winner!

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 &…

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! (liter…

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 w…

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 org…

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 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: 

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
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 …