Chocolate Cherry Smoothie with About Time Protein Powder

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned how hot it is here during the summer.  Like annoyingly hot.  So hot that when you walk outside and blink your eyelashes burn your face.  Literally.  With the heat sometimes a hot meal just doesn’t sound appetizing.  But a nice cold refreshing smoothie?

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More Paleo Challenge Prizes!

More Paleo Challenge Prizes!

Good morning!

Yesterday was the last day of the Paleo Challenge!  How did you do?  Did you stick with it?

I’ll be honest, I thought I was going to do better than I did.  I was hoping I’d be more likely to avoid alcohol, fruit and paleo treats during the past three weeks but it’s been much harder than expected.   We had so many events and parties that it was just so hard to pass up a nice refreshing glass of wine or juicy slice of watermelon.  I did fine sticking with my actual Paleo foods and never had any gluten but did have a bit of dairy last weekend in San Diego.  On top of several glasses of wine and cocktails I was definitely feeling it yesterday.  I should have taken a picture because I seriously looked 5 months pregnant and felt exhausted!  Which called for a mid morning coconut milk latte after my two big cups of coffee at home.

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I did however notice that I have been overdoing it with fruits and alcohol and that is something I am definitely going to continue to cut back on.  I feel and perform better in the gym when I have the least amount of sugar in my system even in it’s most natural forms.

What I enjoyed most about this challenge was hearing from a lot of you how much you enjoyed it and the recipes I’ve been posting.  I love hearing such positive feedback and hearing the great results some of you have had.  Awesome!

I had a few people who joined late so I’ll be picking winners later this week but in the meantime I’m just dropping in today to say thank you to all who participated and to announce just a few more prizes I’ll be giving away.

First off is another yummy Paleo friendly bar I had the chance to review a few months back.

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Simple Squares!  These yummy bars are made with minimal, very clean ingredients and come in unique flavors like Rosemary, Coffee, Coconut and Ginger.  All which are delicious!

Last prize to announce is the delicious Warrior Mix from Bee Primal, a wonderful company that I LOVE to support.

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Not only is Jennifer (the founder and head chef), an amazing mom of four teenage boys but she started the company as a way to help one of her son’s who has autism.  She noticed that diet had such a positive effect on her son but that there wasn’t a ton of good products available on the market.  So 9 years ago she began baking gluten and dairy free then started sharing her products with others.  As the demand increased, so did her company which now makes delicious Paleo friendly granolas, cookies, and baking mixes as well as other gluten-free products.

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I’m excited to be able to share both these products with you as Paleo Challenge prizes!  So make sure if you participated you head over and check off your google spreadsheet or comment down below with how you did and I’ll check it off for you :-)

And don’t forget to enter in the yummy Kombucha giveaway I’ve got happening right now!

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Marvelous Weekend in San Diego!

Marvelous Weekend in San Diego!

Ahhh it feels good to be home :-)  We love traveling but there’s no place like home.  Especially when we get to come home to our little man.  Missed him!

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LIVE Kombucha Soda Giveaway!

LIVE Kombucha Soda Giveaway!

It’s no secret I enjoy my kombucha.  I still haven’t brewed my own successful batch but have high hopes of doing so one day.  In the meantime, I purchase bottle after bottle at the grocery store to feed my kombucha addiction.

For health reasons of course :-)

  • It helps aid in detoxifying your body.  Mainly the liver.
  • Helps joint pain.  kombucha has glucosamines, a strong preventive and treatment all forms of arthritis
  • Is immune boosting
  • Aids digestion and gut health

That last one I definitely notice a difference with.  If I go several days without my kombucha (I don’t currently take any other probiotics or fermented products) I notice my digestion is off.  So I keep on shelling out the cash for my fermented teas.

With so many great health benefits, I’ve been trying to get my husband to drink it as well.  He hasn’t been much of a fan but I recently found one he LOVES!

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Supplements I take

Supplements I take

Good morning!

Hope you had a great week so far!  As you read this we are traveling to San Fran to then fly to San Diego for a wedding this weekend. Looking forward to visiting with lots of great friends including one of my besties I don’t get to see all that often.

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Can’t wait!

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WIAW – Paleo Challenge Prize Announcement!

WIAW – Paleo Challenge Prize Announcement!

Are you joining in the Paleo Challenge?  If so how’s it going?  We are just a few short days away from it ending!  Did it go by fast for you?  I’ve been really good at continuing to eat only Paleo friendly foods but not so great at avoiding alcohol and paleo treats which was a big goal for me.  It’s so hard during the summer when a nice refreshing glass of wine or bowl of banana frozen yogurt is calling my name!

If you missed this round you are more than welcome to go back and use the weekly meal plan and grocery list to try your own Paleo Challenge.

If you’re already signed up and doing well then you’ll want to keep reading.  I’ll be announcing another great Paleo Challenge prize at the end of this post.  But first, let’s talk about WIAW!


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Purina Beyond Dog Food

Purina Beyond Dog Food

Feeding my family a clean diet is very important to me.  That goes for everyone in my family including our little White Coyote!

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Summer Entertaining with Blue Diamond!

Summer Entertaining with Blue Diamond!

Fun.

Barbecues.

Friends.

Entertaining.

Excursions.

Four words that pop into my head when I think of Summer and that we pleasantly enjoyed this past weekend.  We invited a few friends over for dinner Friday night and surprisingly pretty much everyone made it!  Summer is always so hard to find dates where people are free as it tends to be everyone’s busy time of year.  So we were pretty happy when we had a house full of friends over for a yummy abalone dinner cooked by my amazing hubby :-)

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The hubby prepping the abalone, lots of yummy appetizers, the “Three Muskateers” 

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SITS and Mirassou Wine were the Perfect Pairing

SITS and Mirassou Wine were the Perfect Pairing

I almost didn’t go.  I had been gone all day at an event, hadn’t packed and we were leaving early the next morning.  I contemplated staying home many times.  I puttered around getting ready and slowly said my goodbyes then got on the road for a 30 minute + drive.  Another reason I had debated on going.  I finally walked in a few minutes late to a mini Bloggy Bootcamp hosted by SITS and Mirassou wine and was immediately glad I went.

Not only was I greeted by my friends Katie and Zack but Tiffany of The SITS girls was giving an amazing seminar on how to have a better blog and be a better blogger.  I’ve been a part of SITS for a few years now and have had the pleasure of working with them on numerous occasions but this was the first of their conferences I’ve attended.  I was truly blown away at the plethora of information Tiffany and Francesca shared with us.

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Week 3 Meal Plan and Paleo Challenge Prize Reveal!

Happy Friday!

First off thank you for all the super sweet comments on yesterdays post.  I definitely didn’t write that post expecting sympathy or searching for compliments but it truly warms my heart to hear all your supportive words.

I know some people won’t understand and some will even think I’m being selfish but you know what, I’m being real.  I can’t change my past and unfortunately some poor health choices have led me to have continued body images even though I’m a grown woman with a child of my own.   I’d love to say I’m 100% confident in my skin but I’m not and that’s okay.  I’m working on it and know that I will never go back to the diet craved, calorie cutting, cardio driven, starving person I once was.

So moving on… It’s time for week three of the Paleo Challenge!  I hope those of you who are following along are enjoying it so far.  I was almost thinking about extending it an extra week in case anyone else wanted to join after the Fourth but since I’m heading out of town for several days next week I think I’ll end it on the 19th as planned.  Maybe I’ll host a repeat again in the fall since it’s been really fun!

So let’s talk about next weeks food shall we?

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