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Giveaways Galore!

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After finally getting caught up on my Easter weekend, there’s a ton of new stuff to fill you all in on. 

First, though, since I’ve gotten a few emails asking to post more pictures of my work outfits, here you go! 🙂 

Dress- PacSun, Belt-Kohl’s, Cardigan-Target, Necklace-Park Lane

1-For all of you nut butter lovers out there…I mean, really who doesn’t like nut butter…

BARNEY BUTTER has got something awesome going on. 


They’ve got this sweet contest going on, where you can enter to win a whole pack of their new squeeze packets!  They are AWESOME for traveling and quick snacks on the move.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER! You will have until May 4th to enter, and winners announced on May 5th!

2- I received a SWEEET package from Erika at the Teenage Taste thanks to a swap that we participated in!  Check out the goods!


Happy Easter to me! 🙂  Haha.  This lil present contained my three fave Larabars: Carrot Cake, Coconut Cream Pie, and Cookie Dough, Dark Chocolate Dreams & Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB& Co., Artisana Almond Butter, Pecan Butter, and Sunbutter, TJ’s Peanut Butter Pretzels, and Quinoa Flakes! Thanks so much, Erika!  I hope you love your package from me as much as I love mine from you!

3- I’m still eating the same old yummy lunches and snacks as usual. 

2 slices Fiber One Light Multi-Grain bread, sugar-free blueberry jam, and peanut flour paste

HUGE salad with broccoli slaw, cucumber, romaine lettuce, carrots, purple cabbage, orange peppers, cherry tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar

4- GOOD NEWS! I had my 6-month check-up for my thyroid bloodwork.

All the levels came back normal!  I will just have to keep taking synthroid every morning on an empty stomach.  Really, it isn’t that bad!  I’m just glad everything is finally regulated.

5- I’ve been having some greattt workouts

And basketball is still in my schedule!

Outdoors, none-the-less!

However, I’ve managed to stove my thumb and stretch some ligaments in my hand that left it rather colorful.

6- Remember when I did a review for Skin MD and raved about their amazing shielding lotions and potions?  Well, I got an email about a contest they’re running, which gives YOU GUYS the opportunity to win a YEAR SUPPLY of these miracle workers.

For your chance to win, simply visit their blog and comment on this post and follow these rules:

Mandatory Entry:
Visit the Skin MD Natural site and comment below letting us know why you would love to win a one year supply of Skin MD Natural and other natural skin care goodies.

Additional Entries:

For extra entries into the giveaway complete any of the below. You must leave a separate comment for each additional entry completed.

1. Join Skin MD Natural on Facebook
2. Follow Skin MD Natural on Twitter
3. Tweet a link back to the giveaway (may tweet daily)
4. Post a link back to the giveaway on your Facebook
5. Subscribe to our Newsletter
6. Purchase Skin MD Natural online

Rules for Entry
Entries must be received by 12:00am May 15th 2011. All participants must be 18 years or older or have parents permission to enter. Must be a resident of the US or Canada. Winner will be announced here on the blog and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Winner may also be contacted through email, Twitter, or Facebook.

Easy enough, right?

Now that we’re just about caught up, I’m going to get to work!  Here’s to gearing up for another great weekend!


Top Ten From My Last Two!

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10.  As you may remember, I mentioned that I found some goodies at the Consignment Store which just opened a grocery section.  This little gem was found there and snatched up for just $1.49!

After Thursday I started on it, and after this weekend I’m down to just 1/2 the bar.

Green & Black’s Dark Chocolate with cherries is pretty awesome, if I do say so.

Check out the chunkage of dried fruit in there!  It was sweet and sinful, yet tart.  I’m savoring each and every bit of it.  The stats aren’t too bad for chocolate either.  12 pieces for 210 calories.  I usually take 2 or 3 at a time.

9.  Catching up on my One Tree Hill episodes while working out!

The new ones come on Tuesday nights, so while I’m sitting in class from 6-8:45, the Tree Hill gang is lighting up the screen with their new episode.

Thank goodness for 🙂  Gotta love the early morning workout with no makeup and lookin’ like death.  Haha.

Between OTH & Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, I managed to stay occupied for a little over three hours on Saturday morning…which leads me to number eight…

8.  Barney Butter re-entering my life.

And at minimal cost, thanks to another Consignment Store find!

I used it to fuel my three hour elliptical maddness.

With some sugar-free strawberry jelly on a La Tortilla Factory wrap, heated in the microwave for about 20 seconds until melty & delicious.   Bring on the fats!

7.  A new favorite protein, which was also found at the Consignment Store.  I pretty much heard a ‘hallelujah choir’ when I spotted this on the shelf.

Bourbon Vanilla Tera’s Whey ❤

Only $10.89!! Which I put right to work after my cardio sesh Saturday to mend the muscles.

It was sweet, and reminded me of a carmely flavor, too!  Thanks to Janetha who inspired me to get this flavor 😉

6.  I tried a new “sauce” this weekend, which was absolutely fantastic.  IT’s funny, because I just got a comment from Missy letting me know that I should try Bragg’s Liquid Aminos…I had JUST picked some up at the farmers’ market less than a week ago.


I mixed her up with a little bitta sugar-free syrup and some chili powder and marinated some brussel sprouts & carrots in it.  After roasting my veggie babies in the oven at 375° for about 15-20 minutes, I arrived at one of the most delicious lunches I’ve had for a long time.

I even got to use my tofu xpress!  Is it weird that I like RAW tofu?   At least I’m not alone.  I was thinking of you, GC while I was eating it! 

Nom, nom, nom.  <–I don’t even like using that.

5.  Meeting this little man!  Jamison Bishop.

Our friends, Jay & Kami came over on Saturday night for dinner.  They just had a little boy and I hogged him a lot of the night…he’s only 2 months old!

There’s something so relaxing and comforting about holding a baby….more baby talk later 😉

4.  I rediscovered my love of tea this weekend.  Teatulia teas to be precise.

100% Premium Organic Bengal Breakfast Tea

Mmmmmmm..Add a little bitta almond milk (another GC inspiration – milky tea!) & some Ideal no calorie sweetener.  It’s the perfect after dinner treat!  Reviews to come 😉

3.  An amazing message on Sunday morning from CLA’s, Pastor Wayde Wilson.

It was all about trusting God with what he’s given us and being generous with our money and “material things”.  It totally makes sense that we would be blessed more if we GIVE more.  I mean, if God gives us a little bit and we show Him that we will put it to good use for HIS purpose, He knows He can trust us with it and He’ll give us MORE. 

HE will ALWAYS provide.  We will NEVER need for anything if we hand our finances over to Him.

2.  Getting my car washed.  Lame but true.

I feel so much better driving a clean car 🙂

1.  VISITING the bestie & BABY BOWMAN

…in the CRIB ROOM, which is ultimately one step closer to the door!

They are doing so well.  I’m so proud of Bowman!  He’s growing like a weed and he’s a little over 3 months old now!

Also, he’s in crib #31 now, which is MY favorite number!  It has been my basketball number for as long as I can remember.  He will be going in for some testing this morning, so please say a prayer for him!  This could be the big week that he finally gets to come home to his Phillies’ nursery!!

Hope you all had at LEAST ten highlights from your weekend.  Leave a comment telling me a few! 😉


Today I learned…

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Verse of the Day:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

– Hebrews 12:1

…that it’s okay to have muffins for breakfast.  Especially when they’re the kind made with Nutrition First Blueberry muffin mix.

1 scoop Vanilla Chai Amazing Grass (NEW! review to come), 1 C. unsweetened Almond Breeze, frozen banana slices, and spinach.

…that Vanilla Chai Amazing Grass will forever hold a special place in my heart.

…that at 60 calories per muffin with 3.5g each of protein and fiber, you can afford to eat TWO for brekkie.

…that it’s probably smart to pack ample amounts of snacks when you’re going to be on the go most of the day…

6 Blueberry Nutrition First muffins with sugar free black raspberry jam

…that taking advantage of your ENTIRE lunch break to savor each packed piece of yumminess from your lunch is always a good thing.

1 Morningstar Farms California Turk’y Burger atope cukes, tomato, avocado, with some cauliflower, carrots, and corn on the side (blueberry muffin for lunch dessert)

…that fueling up between work and class is a good thing, especially when you’ve got a tough workout planned.

…it’s also okay for that fuel to be made with chocolate.

it’s fun to show up all the guys in the gym with your fabulous workout.

  • 30 minutes Cross Ramp various resistance/slopes
  • 3 sets of 1 minute planks
  • 10 minute intervals on the dreadmill
  • 3 sets of 12 hanging obliques
  • 10 more minutes on the dreadmill
  • 3 sets of 25 “inandouts”
  • 5 minute dreadmill cool down

…that the showers at the gym are not nearly as sanitary as I once thought.

…that it’s not as much fun eating edamame, green beans, and light string cheese when you’re forced to do it quickly in your car between showering and class.

…that after class all I want is my bed and I really should invest in a Tempur Pedic.

…that two green monsters in one day makes for a pretty great day.

1 scoop Vanilla Chai Amazing Grass, some frozen banana, spinach, and unsweet almond breeze

…that the folks at Starbucks and Barney Butter are Godsends.

…that the best way to end one’s night is slurping up almond butter straight from the packet while watching a bunch of toolbags on the “Men Tell All” episode of the Bachelorette.

…that I couldn’t possibly be any more blessed than I already am.

What did YOU learn today? 🙂



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Verse of the Day:

“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”

– John 15:10

Ahhh. Breakfast.

Let me preface by saying, I am in NO way an oatmeal admirer, like most of you.  At least, I wasn’t until yesterday morning, when I consumed the most decadent breakfast I think I’ve had since starting the blog.  Any other time, I would prefer my cold cereal with protein milk, but I had to find out what all the raving was about for “oats in a jar” around the blog world.

1/3 C. old-fashioned oats, 3 tbsp. ff cottage cheese (stirred in at the end), cinnamon, 2 chunks of frozen banana melted and mashed in, a splash of vanilla, all stirred up in a Barney Butter jar with a dollop ontop.

It left me feeling all hot and bothered the entire way to work.  I couldn’t believe it took me this long to try it!  It’s about time I started getting a little more creative, huh?!

By the time I reached lunch, I was in no way hungry, but knew I wouldn’t be eating again until after class, so I dug into my packed stuff at my desk.

 1 C. Fiber Select to top 3/4 C. ff cottage cheese drizzled with SF syrup + a veggie platter consisting of sliced orange pepper, celery hearts (my favorite parts are the whitest!), and cherry tomatoes.

 It was perfect following a heavy breakfast.  Nice and light!  I took advantage of my breaks at work to study for my first college EXAM.  Talk about nerve-wracking.  I didn’t know how I would handle the pressure, first time back, but it wasn’t too terrible.  I felt more prepared for this one that I have EVER.  After work, from 4:10PM-5:05 I was in the campus gym slaving away on the Cross Ramp.  It was actually quite enjoyable, being that I finished my movie. 

Somewhere between showering and sitting down to study for 1/2 hour before my exam, I ate this string cheese and gala apple.  It must’ve been extra royal since it was stamped with TWO stickers 😉

6PM Rolled around and I was ready to rumble.  I finished up my exam around 6:45PM and headed home to make dinner, shower, and pack everything for the next day.

Dinner was made of some farmer’s market fresh tomatoes for an appetizer.  I think Beth would agree, summer tomatoes are where it’s AT in the flavor department.

Next course:  Nature’s Promise soy veggie burger wrap spread with 1 tbsp. roasted red pepper hummus, sliced onion, lettuce, tomato, reduced sugar heinz, and mustard on a La Tortilla Factory whole wheat 100 calorie wrap.

Red Robin, has NOTHING on meee 😉

Would you like zucchini fries with that?

Sí, Por favor.

Sliced thinly, tossed in 2 tbsp. of this stuff

and baked in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400°.

I went downstairs to upload some photos while biking on the stationary for about 20 minutes and then showered and got ready for some relaxation and bedtime.

Oh yeah, can’t forget dessert!

Hello, peachy-banana sorbet.

3 slices frozen banana blended with 1/2 C. frozen peaches + 1-2 tbsp. Organic Zero

The rest of the night was spend in relief and relaxation from my exam, watching about 1/2 hour of TV with my family before hitting the sack. 

Tomorrow is my first sandvolleyball game in weeks!  I missed one two weeks ago while I was at the beach, then we didn’t play for two weeks in a row (1 bye & one because of Independance Day!).  Hopefully I’m not too rusty!

Licks, Bites, Tastes:

-handful of baby carrots while making dinner

-some Cheerios & 1/2 C. low fat milk

-a few bites of deep chocolate Vitatop

Happy Hump Day, you all!


1.  What are some of your favorite new-to-you products on the market right now?


Birthday Boy.

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Verse of the Day:

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

– Philippians 2:9-11

I’m assuming this verse is where Mark Shultz got his inspiration for his song, “Love Has Come“…good one, by the way.

Before I start up on the eats, I’d like to say…


Dennis and I got to see one another this weekend.  We had a fantastic night Friday after my workout, class, and shower at the drive in movies.  It rained, but we got to spend some more time together afterward at my house.  Dennis has been a lifelong friend of mine since the time we met on the school bus back in junior high.  He’s now kicking butt in the Army, stationed in Texas for basic training, (1st in his class!) and will be deployed for four months to Afghanistan shortly.  Please pray for him!  I’m going to miss him very much

Breakfast was another success.

1 La Tortilla Factory High Fiber Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortilla spread with 2/3 tbsp. Barney Butter + 1 tbsp. Sugar Free Black Raspberry Polaner with strawberry Chobani on the side

This little roll up really stole the show.  The combination of chunky Barney Butter (Now at Giant!  FINALLY) warmed and spread with the sugar free jam was as delectable as it gets for breakfast.

Work was work.  Nothing new to report here.  The merge of our sections is still in progress and I’m excited about the new possibilities to advance!   

Lunch was consumed around 12PM.  Breakfast definitely could’ve held me over longer, but my lunch hour is already set.

Veggie blend of cukes, red pepper, carrots, lima beans, and raw sweet corn (cut from the cob) with a 1/2 Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Bonk Breaker for whole grains and a MorningStar Maple Flavored Soy Sausage patty with Sonoma Jack’s.

After the 8-4 shift, I hit the gym on campus.  The Cross Ramp called out to me for a little attention 😉 I happily obliged and rode that baby for a good 40 minutes (calories burned=450; avg. heart rate=157) while watching “Paul Blart: Mall Cop“.  

What can I say?  Without “King of Queens” on the TVs at the other gym I went to, I needed some Kevin James in my life.  Then, I did some planks on the floor and some “in n’ outs” for the abs.  The stationary bike was my next plan of attack.  InStyle in hand, I tackled a quick 12 minute ride.  The only time I look at magazines is while I’m working out!  Just like Tina. Just before leaving the Fitness Center, I did another 12 minutes on the Cross Ramp to get my heart rate up one last time.

I packed another BB&SFJ (Barney Butter & SF Jam) sammie on a WW Light english muffin for after my workout to eat before class.

This is SUCH a treat food for me.  I used to fear the healthy fats in almond butter…NOT anymore! 🙂  Since I knew I wouldn’t be getting home til 8-8:30, I had a platter of veggies to munch while waiting for class to start at 6PM.

Cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, & red pepper with spicy mustard mixed with hummus & salsa for dippage.

After class, I had a minor freak out about the fact that it was the last one before my first exam since 2007.  Then I got over it.  I feel confident about everything I’ve learned so far.  I was one of the few people in class who actually answered questions and participated. 

When I got home, I knew I needed some protein.

1 Nature’s Promise Veggie Burger atop a bed of steamed broccoli slaw splashed with reduced sugar ketchup and dijon mustard.

This was so yummy!  Like a hamburger salad!

I needed something sweet to finish me off, so I dolloped some fat free cottage cheese into a bowl and drizzled it with SF Log Cabin syrup for dessert.

Then I left the house to get to Girls’ Night!  It was a non-stop adventure.  It felt so good to sit down when I finally got to my Aunt’s house while relaxing with the ladies to watch some smutty TV.

Aunt Teenie had lots of great snacks, but my belly was FULL. 

Here’s a shot of the spread just for accountability. 

I had a few cucumbers, red peppers,

blueberries, and strawberries.

I loved Chris L.’s hometown date with Ali.  They just seemed to fit together…I also got a kick out of Roberto’s date with her…”she is such a price!” (prize).  To be honest, there isn’t a guy left that I don’t like.  I was sad for Kirk to leave, but could tell they just didn’t have chemistry like the other men had with her. 

Two Question Tuesday:

1.  What is one TV show that you HATE to miss?  I’m excited for One Tree Hill to start new episodes!  Of course there’s The Bachelor/ette, too, but that’s more so because of the company than anything.

2.  What’s a dynamic foodie duo that you’ve recently rediscovered a love for?  For me, it’s Almond Butter & SF Jam!


**ANNOUNCEMENT:  As mentioned previously, Lauren & I are planning a meet up in the city of Harrisburg for anyone who would like to join us!  Please email me at to get the details!