PrAna Clothing and a GIVEAWAY! #mmwearsprana

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (greenmomsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Good afternoon! How are you all doing today!

As a Moms Meet Blogger, I was recently sent an outfit from the company PrAna to review.

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PrAna is the ancient Sanskrit word meaning breath, life, and vitality of the spirit. PrAna started out making clothes that were meant for climbing and yoga and soon branched out into clothes that can be worn during any activity, adventure, or daily living.

PrAna uses and supports sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp and recycled poly along with Fair Trade, and Renewable Energy initiatives. They promote conservation and believe in creating positive change. But most importantly, they make quality, cute, and versatile clothing. What’s not to love about this company?!

I received the Kamilia top in the color Coal.

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It is a blend of soft hemp and organic cotton that is enhanced with stretch. It’s great for all forms of fitness including yoga and climbing.

I love how this shirt can go from gym to day time. It’s one of those shirts that you can wear to workout out in and still wear to run errands without looking like you just came from the gym. It can be worn out during the day as a normal shirt which I love.

I first wore it to workout at the gym because we all know that’s where I spend most of my time!

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I love that it’s comfortable, fits to my body without being overly tight, and the interior shelf bra.

My favorite part of this shirt is the back.

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And for the record, it’s hard to take a picture of your back when no one else is home. :)

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It does have a shelf bra but I love that it can also be worn with a cute sports bra.

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I also received the Kara jeans in the color Indigo.

At first, I was extremely hesitant about the jeans. I never order jeans online and I have a super hard time finding jeans that fit at the store. My hips are wider and my waist is smaller in comparison so I never can find jeans that fit in the waist and hip.

These jeans were amazing. They fit perfectly and I’ve never been happier with a pair of jeans.

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Way to go PrAna for fitting my hips and waist! I also love that they’re long enough on me. I am 5’8″ and most jeans are too short.

These jeans have a slim fit and a foldable cuff and I love that the jeans are long enough whether I fold the cuff or not. The soft stretch denim is 75% organic cotton. They are low-rise, fit, and tapered.

Both the Kamilia shirt and Kara jeans come in a variety of fun colors.

I love my PrAna outfit and I love the quality of the material. You can tell that they’re pieces that will last in the wash and over time.

You can learn more about PrAna on their FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest pages.

The best part?! You can win your own Kamilia shirt and Kara jeans from PrAna!! Just enter below! You can also use the coupon code: MMS16REPB at prana.com to save 15% on your purchase! Valid through May 30th, 2016. PrAna sizing chart.
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Running, Walking, and The Weekend

Good afternoon!

On Friday the weather was beautiful so after I got off of work, I took our puppy, Baylee, out for a run/walk. I haven’t ran outside in forever and Baylee has never ran outside so I was surprised at how well we both did.

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My calves always get extremely tight when I first start running outside and this time was no exception. My calves are still sore and tight today. Baylee did good running and made it about two miles or so before she needed to walk for a bit. It was more of a run/walk but it went good!

Sunday the weather was gorgeous and 80 degrees so we took Baylee to a nearby forest preserve for a walk and a family picnic.

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Baylee loved the water. As soon as she saw it, she immediately got in. She’s going to be a water doggy!

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We walked for a little bit letting Baylee and the kids explore.

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We packed a lunch to eat and the kids picked out boxed water to bring.

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At first, I thought the saying on the boxed water meant that the water tasted better but it actually means that it’s better for the environment than plastic bottles.

This morning, I went to the gym. I took a new Bootcamp class that my gym just started offering and it kicked my butt. Before class I did a few chest and tricep exercises including:

  • dumbbell chest presses
  • tricep dips
  • push-ups
  • overhead tricep extension
  • cable chest flies

It was a great workout today!

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Post workout, I had a Premier Protein bar and a Starbucks cold brew coffee.

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Have a great afternoon! Go Chicago Blackhawks!!

  • How was your weekend?
  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite fitness class?

 

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Our 10 Year Wedding Anniversary – Lake Geneva

Hello! And happy Friday night! :)

Last weekend, Danny and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We spent the weekend in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. When we got back, Jaden and I ended up with chest colds and I pretty much spent two and a half days in bed. Today was the first day I finally started to feel better.

PicMonkey Collage- 10 year anniversary

Last Friday was our anniversary and we spent the morning at the gym (no surprise there).

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After the gym, we packed and headed to Lake Geneva for the weekend.

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Lake Geneva is only about an hour and a half away from us to we arrived mid Friday afternoon.

We stayed at the Seven Oaks which I highly recommend. Our stay at the bed and breakfast was wonderful.

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Seven Oaks has nine suites in seven one-floor cottages. I loved the fact that each little cottage was separate from the others so it was like you were in your own little house.

There was two rocking chairs on the front porch. We didn’t end up using them but I thought it was a nice touch. There is also a common outside area with a grill, firepit, and outdoor seating.

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Our cottage had two rooms including a living room with an automatic fireplace, king sized bed, tv, spa bathtub, separate shower, heated bathroom floor and heated towel rack. I was kind of in love with the heated bathroom floor.

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When we arrived and checked in there was a cheese and fruit plate along with a bottle of wine waiting for us.

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We went out to a nice dinner at The Hunt Club on Friday evening to celebrate 10 wonderful years.

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I had incredible lobster bisque soup and a lobster tail with asparagus and mashed potatoes for dinner.

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The food was wonderful but unfortunately something didn’t agree with me and I ended up being sick all Friday night.

Saturday morning, I started to feel a little better and breakfast was delivered to our cottage. The owners of the resort give you the option of what time you would like breakfast delivered between 8 am and 10:30 am. We got our breakfast at 9 am and it was delivered to our door at 9 am on the dot.

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It was such a cute and delicious little breakfast. Wrapped in paper towels in the basket was one of the best blueberry muffins I have ever had.

Saturday morning we headed to a local canopy tour place. We didn’t do the canopy tour or zip line (I’m the not the fondest of heights) but we did head out on the hiking trails.

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We hiked for about two hours and then headed back into town to grab some lunch/brunch at a local brunch restaurant called Simple.

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This was probably my favorite meal of the trip. I had an egg white omelet, potatoes, and multi-grain toast with homemade strawberry jam.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the Lake Geneva stores and walking on the lakefront. We had dinner and a few drinks out before heading back to Seven Oaks.

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Sunday, breakfast was delivered to our room again but sadly it didn’t include a blueberry muffin. It did include an apple croissant which was almost as good. Almost but not quite. :)

After packing our things up, we walked along the the footpath around the lake where you can see all the huge mansions. One house put out a case with a notebook inside so people could write down memories and dates and such.

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I tried to get a shell out of the water for my son and half fell in completely soaking one shoe and sock. The things we do for our kids. I did get the shell by the way.

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After walking for a bit, we headed back to Illinois to pick up the kids and puppy. A big thank you to my mom for watching the kids and my in-laws for watching our puppy!

It was a great weekend getaway and I was lucky to get to spend it with the love of my life.

Have a great Friday night!

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New PowerBar Protein Shakes

Yesterday and today, I had the great pleasure of drinking a new PowerBar protein shake after my workout.

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I always try to consume a source of protein with 30 minutes after my workout and I love that I can throw these PowerBar shakes in my little cooler and be good to go! They are great for helping to rebuild muscle after a workout.

Each bottle is made with 30 grams of high quality protein and only 2-3 grams of sugar.

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They come in chocolate and vanilla flavors. My favorite is the chocolate, of course, while Danny’s is the vanilla. I love that they have a smooth delicious taste and are full of chocolate and protein as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals. :)

The shakes can even be served warm in the cold winter months or you can use them in an easy smoothie recipe.

Chocolate Espresso Shake

  • 1 Chocolate PowerBar Protein Shake
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • Ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy! This shake is perfect for the upcoming warm weather months.

PowerBar also makes incredible simple fruit energy food that’s great for long runs or long duration workouts. Great flavors and portable for on the go.

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I’m always looking for new protein shakes to try and these PowerBar shakes are definitely my new favorite!

Have a great day!

  • What do you eat/drink after a workout?

Disclaimer: PowerBar sent me these samples at no cost to me. All opinions are 100% my own and I only work with companies whose products I use and support. 

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What I Eat in a Day – IIFYM

As I’ve mentioned before I follow a IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) based diet. Rather than count calories, I count macros – fats, carbs, and protein. I eat a certain amount of fat grams, carb grams, and protein grams every single day. For me, these numbers are always the same every day no matter what my workout is or if it’s a rest day.

The purpose of IIFYM for weight loss (or even maintenance or bulking) is to eat healthy foods but still eat treats and what you love in moderation. I try to eat at least 20 grams of fiber a day. In order to hit that number, I need to make sure I’m eating enough veggies and fruit. Once I hit my protein and fiber for the day, I usually have enough carbs and fats left to have a treat that I enjoy.

Basically, it’s about not depriving yourself and enjoying what you love while still eating healthy foods the majority of the time.

Please note that my macros were specifically calculated for me based on my height, weight, activity level, and goals. What works for me might not necessarily work for you.

Without further ado, here’s what I typically eat in a day (every day is slightly different but this is just a normal day’s food).

Vitamins

First thing I do is start my day out with my daily vitamins.

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Breakfast Pre-Workout

I start every morning out with one cup of coffee. I use one Stevia in the Raw packet and one tablespoon of sugar-free creamer.

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And yes, I write the date I opened my coffee creamer on the bottle. I’m weird about expiration dates.

For breakfast, I had scrambled egg whites with asparagus, spinach, red onion, and a Laughing Cow cheese wedge. I also had Fage plain Greek yogurt with one Stevia in the Raw packet mixed it. I topped it with thawed frozen berries and a little bit of Special K Protein cereal.

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I cook the veggies on the stove first and then add the egg whites.

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Snack Post-Workout

Right after my workout and before I taught my Women on Weights class, I had a Pro Pudding.

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Lunch

For lunch, I had a salad with butter lettuce, carrots, Applegate gluten-free chicken tenders, crouton and bacon bits topping, and honey mustard Greek Yogurt dressing.

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I also had a bowl of veggies with garlic veggie drizzle.

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And a bowl of watermelon and a mandarin orange.

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Snack

Yummy Snack peanut butter bar.

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Dinner

For dinner, I had salmon, veggies, brown rice, and cucumber dill Greek yogurt dressing.

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I also had an apple with a little bit of whipped peanut butter and a mandarin orange.

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Treat

For an after dinner treat, I had a Light & Fit Caramel Fudge Pretzel Greek yogurt.

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My after dinner treat usually varies. Most of the time it’s a Yasso Greek yogurt bar. Sometimes if I have enough carbs and fat left, I’ll have a Snickers ice cream bar.

Most days, I eat fairly similar. Lots of eggs, veggies, fruits, salads, lean protein, and my favorite Kodiak Cakes waffles.

After a day of eating, my macros were pretty much spot on.

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I use MyFitnessPal to keep track of all my food.

  • What did you eat today?

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My Hair Extensions – Keratin Fusion Extensions

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I recently got hair extensions and thought I would talk about them today in case anyone was wondering. :)

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Getting hair extensions was not a spontaneous decision. It is something that I have thought about doing for years. I have always been self conscious about my hair. I didn’t even grow any hair until I was two years old and since then it’s always been very fine, blonde, and short.

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Oddly enough, my hairline starts higher up on the back of my head than most people so that accounts for having less hair also. My hair grows really slow and uneven and it’s gotten a lot finer over the years.

I even had blood tests done to make sure there wasn’t a medical reason but all my bloodwork came back normal.

I’ve never been good about styling my hair. A hair straighter is about the extent of my abilities and I gave up even trying to use a curling iron because sadly, I don’t have any hair skills.

I wore clip-in hair extension on my wedding day and I loved them but due to my non-existent hair skills, I was never able to clip them in myself.

I was recently looking for a new salon and saw one of my friends check-in to a local salon on Facebook. I asked her if she recommended them and she said she loved her stylist and gave me her name (thanks, Stacey!). From there, I made an appointment with Dawn at Sorelle Salon for highlights and a hair cut.

I immediately loved Dawn. She was super nice but was also honest about everything she did. Yes, hair color is damaging. Yes, she would only take half an inch off my ends even though I needed at least two inches off. You could tell she loved her job and was very knowledgeable.

At that time we just worked out a plan to get my hair in better shape and healthier. I’m not the best at getting my hair cut when I should which is worse for my ends so I made an appointment to get it trimmed about six weeks later.

At that appointment, I mentioned hair extensions, and I made a consultation appointment for them. The hair salon I go to only works with Tony Odisho keratin fusion hair extensions. My stylist color matched my hair and went over the process and how to take care of them.

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There are many different types of hair extensions but the ones I got, keratin fusion, are bonded to my actual hair using a fusion tool. The stylist bonded each small bundle of hair onto my own hair one at a time. Each package contains 25 bundles of hair. I needed about 4 packages to do my whole head which is 100 bundles of hair.

The whole process took about two and half hours. At first, I wasn’t sure of the length I wanted to get them. I originally was doing it more for volume but when I saw how long they were when the stylist initially put them in, I loved the length. I keep the length and the stylist just cut a couple inches off the bottom. Since I couldn’t really put too many extensions around my face since my hair is too fine, she layered the front so they blended well together.

I really love my hair extensions but they are very costly and require a lot of maintenance. The extensions last about 5-6 months if they’re properly taken care of but once they come out, the hair is done. You can’t re-use the hair which is the downside of keratin bond extensions. However, I think my stylist did a great job and they look great. To me, they were definitely worth every penny. And I’d do it again.

Price-wise, they cost a lot. Each pack of hair was $160. I needed four pack for my head. This price includes the stylist putting them in. You can probably find different or cheaper extensions out there but I really like and trust my stylist and think she did a great job.

I got so many compliments on my hair which was nice, but I just felt better about myself. I didn’t feel so self conscious about my hair and actually liked the way it looked for once.

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Danny loved them when I got home from the hair salon and when I sent my dad a picture, he didn’t even believe it was me!

The downside is that they are high maintenance. They tangle easy so they have to be brushed often with a special hair extension brush. The hair extension is bonded about a quarter of an inch down my hair from my scalp so that tiny piece of hair can’t get tangled or it ruins them.

I sleep with my hair in a loose side braid at night so it doesn’t get too tangled.

Washing and blowing drying my hair now takes forever. I guess the good thing about fine hair is that I could blow dry it in less than five minutes. :) I can only use sulfate-free and alcohol-free shampoo and conditioner. I just bought the Tony Odisho shampoo, conditioner, and brush from my salon since it was easier.

I wear it down when I’m going out or working but most of the time I just wear it back in a low bun especially when I’m working out. I can’t wear it up too high or you’d be able to see the extension bond.

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I’ve only worn it straight once. I normally use a curling wand to curl it because to me it looks more natural.

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So overall, I love my hair extensions. Yes, they are pricey and require more work than I’m used to but for me those things are worth it. I’d rather pay money and do a little more work on my hair than go back to my regular hair.

Yay for hair extensions! Have a great day!

 

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Our Weekend

Good morning, friends! How was your weekend?

Ours was pretty low-key. Danny and my dad did some fixing up around our house and I worked for a bit on Saturday. We have a new program at my gym called Fit for Life and I train a team of ten people against two other teams. It lasts 12 weeks and it started today. I have the early morning team at 5:45 am so that’s going to take some getting used too!

Danny and I worked out together on Sunday. We did glutes, hamstrings, and core (Danny likes to throw in a few bicep curls). :)

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We finished up with a some cardio. Cardio isn’t always the funnest so we tried to make it a little funner by doing a cardio partner workout. One of us did an exercise while the other one rested. The point was to do your exercise fast so the other person rested for a short time.

Here are the exercises we did:

  • laps on the track (I rested very little for these since Danny is so fast!)
  • in and out jump squats x20
  • medicine ball slams x20
  • sit-ups x20
  • plank – as long as possible

We did each set of exercises four times each. It was a great workout especially after working legs.

I’ve still been following my workouts and macros from my coach at Best Fit Body. I have a little less than two weeks to go. I was doing really good for about three weeks with sticking to my diet perfectly and then I had a few off days. I was upset about it but honestly not every single day can be perfect.

I love to workout and have no problems there but I also love food. :) No one is perfect. You just have to get back on track right away which I’m doing.

I’m trying to add more green veggies to my day and I came up with a new breakfast that I have been loving – scrambled egg whites with asparagus, spinach, onion, and a Laughing Cow cheese wedge.

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The Laughing Cow cheese makes it so much better! I think cheese and chocolate can make any food better!!

Yesterday, the weather was beautiful in Chicagoland – almost 70 degrees. We had fun playing tag with Baylee outside. That dog is crazy! I love her crazy face in this picture.

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Of course, today is back to being cold and in the 30s. Not fun.

I hope you all have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite cardio exercise?

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A Little Bit of Everything

Hello! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! We’ve been busy, busy, busy. The kids are on Spring Break and we spent most of last Thursday night in the ER because my older son who has a peanut allergy accidently ate two peanut butter cookies.

He normally only has a slight allergy to peanuts but this reaction was the worst he’s ever had. He immediately needed benadryl, oxygen, an IV, an epi shot, steroids, and two nebulizer treatments. Luckily, everything went okay and he was fine a couple of hours later. It was definitely scary.

On Saturday night, we went out with my family to celebrate my grandpa’s 80th birthday!

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It was a great dinner and fun time with family.

On Sunday morning, we had family over for Easter brunch.

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In the afternoon, we went to my dad and stepmom’s for dinner.

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Danny and Jaden were twins.

Over the weekend, we stopped at the Vitamin Shoppe and I picked up a couple of new products to try. First, is the FlapJacked Mighty Muffin

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I have heard good things about the FlapJacked products but have never been able to find them. The Vitamin Shoppe had a few varieties of the high protein muffin mix so I bought the peanut butter flavor to try out.

I also picked up a single-serve package of Pro Pudding to try after my workout. I usually drink a protein shake after my workouts but the Pro Pudding was a nice change.

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We also stopped at Target and they had the new Yasso bar flavors! I usually eat a Yasso bar as an evening treat and the new cookies and cream flavor was delicious. I can’t wait to try the cinnamon bun flavor next.

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And finally, my father-in-law sent me a picture of the newspaper on Sunday night.

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It turns out that my dad and I were in the Daily Herald’s Neighbor section for the Color Run that we ran last year. I had no idea about this so I was glad my father-in-law spotted it.

Have a great day!

  • How is your week going?
  • Have you ever been in the newspaper?

 

 

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Workouts and Easter Eggs

Good afternoon, friends! How was your weekend?

Our weekend started out like normal at the gym.

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Danny and I worked hamstrings, glutes, and core on Saturday and did a 30 minute HIIT workout on Sunday. And lots of foam rolling. Foam rolling is always a good thing.

And yes, I did get hair extensions. I will be doing a whole post on them soon. :)

On Saturday evening my family came over to dye Easter eggs.

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Easter being in March is throwing me off this year. I feel rushed to get stuff done. The nice thing about Easter being this weekend is that the kids start Spring Break on Monday so they don’t have to worry about getting up early Monday morning. It’s always hard to get back into a routine the day after a holiday because the kids are usually up later than normal and stuffed with jelly beans.

As usual, my Dad set up his own egg dying station. He’s very hard at work on those eggs.

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He started a couple of eggs.

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A few Easter eggs from previous years:

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Clearly my family likes to get creative with Easter eggs. I just like to put my egg in the cup of dye and then take it out. :)

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Do you dye Easter eggs?

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East Low Carb Protein Pancake Recipe

Friday! Yay!

Today I have a super easy recipe to share with you. It’s so easy, I don’t even think it can be considered a recipe. :)

I drink a protein shake after my workout just about every single day. Lately, I’ve been tired of drinking a shake so I decided to make my protein shake a protein pancake!

The great thing about this pancake it that it barely has any carbs. (I like to save my carbs for other things!) The only carbs will come from whatever protein powder you are using and if you decide to use any toppings. My pancake had two carbs.

Since this is a protein pancake, it tastes like a protein pancake. It does not, I repeat, does not taste like a delicious fluffy IHop pancake. If you want a nice thick buttermilk pancake, go to IHop. If you want a different way to use your protein powder besides just in a shake, try this recipe.

Also the consistency of this pancake is different from a regular pancake. It doesn’t have flour or oats so it might not be fluffy. However, I do really love the way these pancakes taste even though it’s not a traditional pancake taste. Some people like to add mashed up banana to the batter but I am not a fan of bananas.

Easy Protein Pancake    Makes One Pancake

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Ingredients: (These are the ingredients that I used. You may have to play around with the measurements a bit to find a consistency that you like).

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  • One scoop protein powder – I used Gold Standard in vanilla
  • one egg or egg white – I used just the egg white
  • approximately 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • cinnamon to taste
  • water (add to desired thickness)

Directions:

  1. Heat skillet on stove over medium heat.
  2. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl, slowly adding water until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Cook over medium heat approximately 3 minutes per side or until light brown.
  4. Eat plain or with your favorite toppings!

You can eat this pancake with syrup, peanut butter, fruit, etc. I added some Jif Whips peanut butter to mine.

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This pancake is a nice change from my regular protein shake!

Have a great Friday!

  • Have you ever made a protein pancake?
  • Any plans for the weekend?

 

 

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