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Guest Post: Indoor vs. Outdoor Exercise

Las Vegas: Stay Fit Outdoors You’d never believe how much time I used to spend at the gym. I would leave work around 5 o’clock, and I wouldn't arrive home until 8 or 9 o’clock most nights. The thing is, I didn’t necessarily like it at the gym -- all those sweaty people cramped into the same space, running about like hamsters on a wheel. The problem was that I didn’t know of a better way to get my workouts in. Many others have opted for a simpler solution, such as running outdoors, going for a bike ride or even biking to errands. But my concerns for safety and the health issues caused by pollution always kept me from trying these solutions. But, after moving to a new place, I realized that each individual’s workout preference can vary depending on what town or city they live in. In fact, you might believe that my relocation to Las Vegas would only provide further encouragement to keep my workouts indoors, but the opposite ended up happenin…

Koss Fit Series Review

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.
Koss’ female designers teamed up with Gold Medalist Dara Torres  to create the world’s first headphones designed specifically  for women by women.
 Here are some facts about Fitbuds and FitClips: FitBuds ($29.99*)33% smaller (than any earbud Koss has ever created)Sweat resistantThree different sizes of ear cushions included for the perfect fit. FitClips ($29.99*):Do not fall out Sweat resistantThree different sizes of ear cushions included for the perfect fit. 
************************************************************************** My Thoughts Both of these Headphones were SO AWESOME! Not only did they actually fit in my ear properly,  the sound was out of this world AMAZING!!!! I felt like I had surround sound in my ears while I  was listening to my music. I LOVED these during my workouts! I had some awesome music, and  they NEVER fell out, no matter how hard I was working! 
Please try these for yourself or give them as a gift …

Suncups Review

We were contacted by Suncups to review their treats. 
Here's some info from their website: In 2008, a man knocked on the door at Seth Ellis Chocolates with a jar of sunflower butter and a challenge: create a candy cup his peanut-allergic son could eat. The chocolatiers got to work, inspired by the idea of a peanut butter cup for everyone. A jar of sunflower butter, a handful of test batches and a day later, they had cracked the code. Sun Cups were born. Being a peanut butter cup for everyone is no small task. It calls for unseen levels of nut-free, gluten-free, Certified Kosher deliciousness. And being the overachievers they are, the chocolatiers also made their creation all natural, using cacao from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. That means the chocolate in Sun Cups comes from farms that look out for their workers and the planet. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Sun Cups debuted in 2009. And in 2011, we added Milk Chocolate Carame…

Just a FEW of the things we're thankful for...

God has blessed us with SO MUCH. We wanted to share just a FEW of the things that we are thankful for...
Jared was able to travel to Florida and practice at the Disney courses for a week before the Second Stage of Q-School. (UPDATE: HE MADE IT TO THE FINAL STAGE!!! We are also thankful that I will be able to travel and stay with him in California!!!)

Kelsey has a great job that she LOVES. 

 She has fallen in love with Baby Drew and Amelia... :)

 We are both VERY thankful for QUALITY TIME that we can spend together. 
Jared travels a lot with golf, and we are so very thankful for those times when he is home and we can just enjoy spending time together. The first day he came home from second stage, we watched church online and ate pizza and laid in bed all day. It was the PERFECT lazy day full of quality time! 
We are excited for this new journey that we are going through. Praying that we make wise decisions in the days ahead and know that ultimately God has it under control! 

Naturally Fresh Deoderant Crystal Review

Naturally Fresh Deoderant Crystal sent us some products to review. 
Here's some info about them: Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal products are made of mineral salts, which are * Pure and natural * Fragrance Free (products also available in scented varieties) * Non-staining * 24-hour effective * Hypoallergenic The products function as natural deodorants that kill odor-causing bacteria, while permitting the pores to excrete toxins naturally. This is vital to maintain healthy, auxiliary lymph nodes which are located in the underarm area
Who Should Use the Products? Approximately 10 percent of the population cannot use conventional deodorants for various reasons. Generally, either the perfumes which are used to mask odor or the antiperspirant ingredients will act as allergens and cause rash and irritation. Naturally Fresh Crystal Deodorant is ideal for: * Men and Women with sensitive skin and require hypoallergenic products * People seeking a healthy alternative…

Tru-Nut Peanut Butter Review and GIVEAWAY!

Tru-Nut sent us some of their powdered Peanut Butter to review! Here's some info from their website: Powdered Peanut Butter is the newest thing to happen to peanut butter in… well, a long time.  Tru-Nut makes Powdered Peanut Butter in three flavors, original peanut butter flavor and chocolate, and their newest addition, CINNAMON. Unlike traditional peanut butter, Tru-Nut contains at least 85% less fat and fat calories.  Tru-Nut is non-GMO, all-natural and gluten-free.  So how is it made? Powdered Peanut Butter starts out with high oleic, roasted peanuts.  The peanuts are then pressed to remove the oils.  The peanuts are then ground into a fine powder that still retains all of the natural peanut flavor. Who says you can only use it to make peanut butter?  Tru-Nut is perfect for all kinds of uses, make Powdered Peanut Butter a part of your daily diet!
****************************************************** Review: We loved these! Our favorite way to eat the PB was in our Oatmea…

Revitalize Protein Powder Review

We were sent some samples of SBV High Quality Supplements to review. 
Revitalize Classic Blend Ultra High Quality German Whey Concentrate (80% protein)
Micellar Casein Sweetener: Stevia (All Natural)
No Soy
Gluten Free
Peanut Butter Cookie Crumble
Banana Nut Bread
CocoaNut (Chocolate Coconut Almond)
************************************************ Our Review: 
First of all, I have to share info from an email from the owner. "Our samples are hand made upon order fresh from an open jar. We don't pre-make them and allow for them to sit for extended periods of time." 
 We really enjoyed that these protein powders were super fresh! We appreciate the extra time and effort from the company. 
The flavors tasted great! I really liked the Peanut Butter Cookie and Banana Nut Bread. 
***Funny Story*** I immediately gave Jared the CocoaNut (since it was chocolate flavored and I don't eat chocolate). He said it tasted good, but that he didn't think I should try it becau…

Soy Protein Review and Giveaway!

We were recently sent some Soy Protein bars and a travel kit to review and host a giveaway! We were sent Eat-Smart Bars, Nogii Protein Bars and NOW Energy Bars. 
Here's some info about Soy Protein: These products will help make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need after a long workout with a key ingredient for success: soy protein. 
Soy protein is a high-quality, plant-based protein which promotes muscle growth and development and can help preserve lean body mass during weight loss. A blend of proteins – soy, whey and casein, may also prolong muscle building after exercise and increases recovery compared to whey alone.
Soy protein is a high‐quality, plant‐based protein derived from soybeans •Soy protein preserves lean body mass, promotes fat loss, and boosts satiety during weight loss •A blend of proteins – soy, whey and casein, prolongs muscle building after exercise and increases recovery compared to whey alone •Soy protein promotes muscle growth and development •Soy…

Fall Happenings

We have been enjoying a lovely fall so far! Luckily, it hasn't been TOO cold yet, and I have been able to enjoy nice walks with the kiddos I nanny for during the day. I love the family! The kids are super sweet and a pleasure to hangout with, and the parents are extremely nice and help us with whatever we need during the day! Jared practices at a golf course on Mondays that is five minutes from the house, so he stops by for lunch when he can. The kids love him as well and he enjoys hanging out with them too. Yesterday, the weather was beautiful, so we headed over to the park to play for a while. It is right next to the golf course, so Amelia was super excited to "putt" with Mr. Jared. (she just rolled the ball on the green..hahaha) She also got to "pretend" she was driving the golf cart.
I've been trying some new recipes lately, and this was just one evening's menu. I made a version of chicken cordon bleu from a Hungry Girl Recipe.  I just eliminated…

Enjoy Life Chewy Bars (New Formula) Review

Enjoy Life sent us their Chewy Bars with their new formula to try and review!
Here's some info from their website: Soft and chewy, our bars are a perfectly delicious and wholesome breakfast, midday snack, lunch box treat, or late day pick-me-up. There are four great-tasting flavors to satisfy everyone's cravings and they are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals for added health benefits. Our portion control, 1 oz bars are sure to make everyone smile with delight! Look for them in our bright new packaging in the gluten-free or cereal bar section of your favorite store.
************************************************************ Our Review:  9/10! These little bars were full of flavor and yummy goodness! The caramel apple was Kelsey's favorite. Jared liked the Cocoa Loco the best. (Go figure, considering Kelsey loves caramel and Jared loves chocolate! haha)  The only reason we gave them a 9/10 was because we wished they were bigger! (that always seems to be…

Barnanas Review

Barnana sent us some banana bites to review! Here's some info from their website: WE ARE ORGANIC, ALWAYS WE GOT YOUR BACK Barnana only uses whole, organic ingredients. When you eat Barnana, you are getting the pure wholesome nutrition that your body needs with no chemicals and no preservatives. The healthiest, best tasting food on earth comes in its organic form. Aside from helping you be healthy, growing organically also helps our planet stay healthy too, allowing our ecosystems to flourish with all kinds of life.
GLUTEN FREE WE BE 100% WHEAT FREE SNACKS Barnana has no wheat, no oats, and no forms of gluten. We are gluten free because there is no treatment for those with celiac disease besides following a gluten-free diet. Celiac disease affects about 1 in 133 Americans, we’ll keep you healthy and feeling good.
RAW, BARE BANANAS ALIVE WITH NUTRIENTS Barnana is grown in soil alive with nutrients and free of chemicals, the way nature intended. We dehydrate our bananas under 40 °C …

SMART Detour Bars Review

Detour Bars sent me some of their new SMART bars to review! Here's some info from their website: You are what you eat. Eat SMART. We started SMART bars with organic whole grain oats which are certified gluten free and added wholesome whey, the right protein to replenish your body. We sweetened the bars naturally and ensured each is a good source of fiber. Gluten Free Detour SMART bars are independently certified to confirm they meet strict gluten-free standards.
Whey Protein The right protein to nourish and replenish your body, whey is a SMART way to support a lean body and to satisfy hunger. Learn more.

4g of Sugar Switching to a low-sugar diet may be one of the best things you can do for your body, your appetite, and even your mind.
Good Source of Fiber The grains and fruit in SMART bars are a balanced source of fiber and a nutritious foundation for maintaining good health.
These bars were FABULOUS! I loved that they we…

Being Confident

Today I wanted to talk a little about being confident! If you've read my "About Me" page, you know that I struggled with body confidence and eating in my teenage years.  Until I met Jared, I still had those thoughts in my head every now and then and would let them get to me. But, Jared has shown me that it is just Satan trying to hurt me. God created us all uniquely and  intricately and we need to stop comparing ourselves to others! If we were all exactly the same, it would be really boring! 
Marriage has been an amazing confidence booster! I know that Jared loves me and he loves my body exactly the way God made it. He has told me over and over again, "Kelsey, I think you're the most beautiful when you are CONFIDENT in yourself. It doesn't matter if you've gained a few pounds, I DON'T CARE. As long as you are confident, you look beautiful in my eyes. I just want you to be healthy". I am SO GRATEFUL that God blessed me with Jared as my h…

Zim's Advanced and Arnica Max Review

Zim's sent us their brand new products to review! Here's some info: Zim's Advanced with Hydrocortisone is the latest in naturally-based first aid products that help with a host of skin care issues including rashes, insect bites, eczema and psoriasis. The Zim's Advanced Gel with Acemannan can help treat cuts, scrapes, abrasions and burns.
Zim's Advanced Gel with Acemannan will be available in a 3-oz. version and Zim's Advanced with Hydrocortisone will be available in a 3-oz. cream form as well as a 3.25-oz. continuous spray.  

"We are not just about cracked skin anymore,'' said Perfecta Products, Inc. Director of Marketing & Sales Mark Smith."Our new Zim's Advanced items are designed to meet consumers' request for more natural-based products. We have combined science and nature to create superior products."

In addition to Zim's Advanced, Perfecta Products will also release Zim's Arnica Max. Zim's Arnica…

Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Cinnamon Cream Review

I was sent new Natural Bliss Cinnamon Cream to review! Here's some info: The holidays never tasted so good! Introducing new Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Cinnamon Cream made with only a few simple ingredients: milk, cream, sugar and natural flavor.
You can now experience the delicious holiday flavors that Coffee-mate is known for in a brand new, all-natural way. At only 35 calories and 1.5g of fat per serving, Natural Bliss Cinnamon Cream can be added to your coffee for a healthier holiday treat!
Cinnamon Cream is available beginning October 2013 in the dairy aisle of grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.69/16oz bottle. Along with the new flavor, Natural Bliss is also available in Sweet Cream, Vanilla and Low-fat Vanilla.  ********************************************** I am not a coffee drinker, so my fabulous sister in law, Holly, reviewed this! 

"This was delicious! It made me very happy to see that there were only four ingredients listed. My hus…

Pro-Nrg Protein Water

Pro-NRG sent us some Protein Water to review! Here's some info from their website: Flavored Protein Water by PRO-NRG Your body is a high-tech, performance machine. PRO-NRG believes the better you treat your body, the better your body will treat you… Protein Water was engineered to give your body what it needs for sustained stamina, fuel for optimal performance, leaner muscle development and proper weight and nutrition management. Protein Water provides optimal nutrition, with perfect rehydration and recovery from even the toughest workouts. Pure hydration. Superior protein. B Vitamins. Put the best in, get the best out with PRO-NRG Protein Water. 0g Sugar<1g carbs="" i="">Only 65 CaloriesSuperior Protein (15g per serving)Vitamins B12 for your brain and nervous systemCaffeine-freeEasy digestion ****************************************************** Our Review: 10/10!
WOAH! These drinks for real tasted like LIQUID CANDY!!!!How could you NOT like these drinks? T…

Stone Fire Naan, Pitas, and Pizza Crust Review

Stonefire sent us some naan, pitas, and pizza crusts to review! Here some info from their website: It’s all about authenticity, it’s about being worldly, and it’s about family. “Don’t fight tradition” is a familiar saying at the Ajmera family table. And this is always referred to in regards to flatbreads, the world’s oldest breads. For the family, the start of the journey in creating Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads was all about being true to the history, heritage and homage of these worldly breads. The Ajmera’s are very aware that the tradition of making flatbreads has been in existence for over 6,000 years. With participation from almost every corner of the world (from India comes Naan, from the Mediterranean comes Pita) the intrigue in bringing all the different shapes and textures of flatbreads to North America began. The Stonefire adventure was rooted with two unbreakable rules. Rule #1 – The flatbreads had to be utterly authentic. Only traditional baking methods and the fin…

Bistro MD Meal Delivery Review

Bistro MD recently launched their new 17 Day Diet Program and asked us to review it! Here's some info about it from their website: BistroMD makes it easy to bring the meals from the 17 Day Diet to your table.

The 17 Day Diet Meal Plan provides you with convenient, weekly delivery of delicious physician-designed, chef-prepared meals.

You will receive 7 days of breakfasts, lunches and dinners for about $26.00 a day. That’s less than the cost of one dinner in a fine restaurant! The 17 Day Diet Meal Plan by bistroMD will provide you with 21 meals for less than $185.00 a week – which includes shipping. No more cooking, no counting and no cleaning!

 *********************************************************** Our Review: 10/10! 
These meals were all EXTREMELY tasty! They were full of unique flavors. What we really enjoyed was that they were so different than your typical "frozen food entree".  Each meal was very filling, compared with all the other frozen entrees. I&#…

Blog Changes

If you haven't noticed, I did some revamping to the blog! :) I've decided to change the title up, because Jared is my product review partner, and this blog is not just about me anymore! WE are a team! :) 
Hope you like the color changes as well. 
Have a great day!
P.S. Stay tuned for some AWESOME protein water and frozen meal reviews soon!

What's up with the Wolfepack?

What's up with the Wolfepack?
Well, we've been doing a lot of hanging out with the family.
Our niece, Charlotte, gave Uncle Jared a nice surprise when he woke up after his nap while he was on babysitting duty with Aunt Kelsey.  :)
Cuddle time with my precious niece and nephew! 
Boys bonding time... how sweet is that!?!?
 We've gone to a couple UofL football games. (I got Jared season tickets for his wedding present!)

 I found this goofy hat laying around and couldn't help but snap a pic... 
I started my full time job and LOVE it! I'm nannying for a baby boy who is only 3 months old and a little girl who is 2! They are super sweet! We have a nice little routine going and things are great!
 My birthday was this past Saturday. Jared spoiled me rotten!  He made breakfast for me! I had to teach my Dance Blast class at the YMCA (which I just started and I love it!) Then, he made me lunch. After, we walked around the mall for a little bit and I got to spend my TJ M…