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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{FOOD} My Oatmeal REVIEW

as a fit approach member, there are times when i have opportunities to partner with great companies and share their products. i was recently given the chance to test out different custom oatmeal flavors from all options are my own~ 

i am not a huge 'oatmeal for breakfast' type of a gal. i like to drink my breakfast. each and every morning, i start out with a smoothie.
since i work from home, smoothies are easy. they take a few minutes and i already have everything i need.

my problem 'food time' is lunch. since i am sitting at the computer, getting boxes together and doing a million other things ; i usually notice that i am super hungry around 2pm. {i have been working so hard to create a 'stop and eat' work schedule, but as my only employee, my to-do list often comes first}
and since i am hungry, i end up grazing. maybe an apple and pb here, maybe some homemade nachos there, maybe some butter toast a little while later...

the first thing i thought of when offered this opportunity?

oatmeal is quick, easy and filling. i can switch it up by adding fruit, coconut yogurt, peanut butter, ect.
MyOatmeal allowed us a dollar allotment for their products.
the first thing you will notice when you head to their site is the TON of flavor combos!
you first chose your size {1, 2 or 4-pounds} and then choose your grains {5 choices}.
from there, you pick your flavor {anything from butter rum to cookie dough to egg nog to red velvet cake!}
you can also decide to add dried fruits, nuts, seeds and sweeteners.
as you are creating your oatmeal, there is a 'nutritional tracker' on the sidebar, updating the calories and nutritional content.

i choose a 1-lb bag of organic, GF rolled oats, in chocolate hazelnut and sweetened with brown sugar.

you guys, the chocolate hazelnut tastes like nutella in a bowl! 
so good.
and easy!

i also ordered a 1-lb 'mystery blend.'
its all peanut-y and delicious!

i really love that you can choose organic oats. i DO wish they were a little more affordable, though.
a 1-lb bag of quick rolled instant oats starts at $2.99 and a 1-lb bag of organic oats starts at $5.99.
other bonuses : the 'use by' dates are september AND the bags are resealable!

we leave for vacation next week & bringing along whats left of the bags is a must for us! we will be able to boil water // use a microwave. it will be a great snack in between all the activities we have planned!

are you an 'oatmeal for breakfast' type of gal? 
have you ever tried before?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{TRAVELPANTZ} a recap of the Macy's Flower Show

hi everybody! 
lets talk about flowers! 

a couple weeks ago, my mom was in town & we headed downtown to the macy's flower show.
our downtown macy's is huge ; 8 floors and always super busy.
each winter, they turn the 8th floor into a winter wonderland {with santa at the end!}
so, each spring, they transform the same floor into a HUGE flower oasis! 

{the lighting wasn't awesome ; so the pictures arent the best. but, oh my gosh, it was SO beautiful!} 
each section had different types of flowers and in the middle, there was a 12 foot tall mannequin made out of flowers! 

and hello, its all indoors! all of these flowers are alive and hanging out inside a building ;) 

of all the pictures, this one is my favorite! 

after the flowers, you are kicked into the gift shop.
look at this adorable display!
and of course, we ended with a sweet treat!

Monday, April 14, 2014

{FITNESS} this weeks fitness plan

last week, spring had sprung! 
people were going out without jackets and there were pasty white legs EVERYWHERE! 
this week? we are back to below-freezing nights and some parts of MN even woke up to SNOW! 

i have felt pretty lazy in my life, lately. 
i find that when i am feeling really overwhelmed in my life, i shut down. my to-do list keeps getting longer, i continue getting more and more stressed, so i check out 15 books from the library and just want to lay in bed and mope.
ps : my helmet is unbuckled cuz i was stopped and OFF my bike! always buckle your helmet ;) 

i am aware of how i handle stress, so i am trying my best to get ahead of everything.
we leave for vacation next week and i am super pumped about that! 

my fitness // training plan for this week :
monday : open swim {20-30min} // quick bike ride
tuesday : open swim {trying to beat my distance from monday}
wednesday : open swim {30 min} // bike ride
thursday : BIKE SOCIAL {each thursday this month, random humans get together and do a 'social ride' ; last week, it was 2 hours and we biked to get cheesecake!}
friday : hot yoga or kickboxing dvd
saturday : tour de breweries {if you are local, here is the link!} // also, a 2+ hour hard ride
sunday : we leave for vacation!! we will take daphne for a long stroll before we leave {and i will cry, because we have never left her before!!} 

heres to a fit week! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

{FITNESS} big events & this weeks fitness plan

last week, i spent a couple hours creating a new fitness plan // workout schedule.
i am pretty old school in the sense that i like to hand draw the calendar & then i mark all the completed days with stars or stickers. 
you can surround me with technology, but there is still nothing better than a hand-written list ;) 

in january, blake & i committed to a triathlon ; its at the end of july & the swim is the only part i am really nervous about. its a sprint tri, so its a 500 yard swim, 30-ish {i dont know the exact distance} mile bike ride & a 5k.

in early june, my friend tiff & i are going to be riding in the MS150! the race starts in duluth, mn {about 150 miles away} & you bike back to the cities! we have ten weeks {from yesterday} to train to ride 75 miles, two days in a row. 

AND, blake & i decided to do the first 100 miles of RAGBRAI this year. a couple years ago, we did the entire thing {its a 500-mile annual bike ride across the state of iowa. it always starts on the west side and always ends on the east side ; but running a new route each year.}
this year, the first two days are going through where my family lives, so we decided to do the first two days. {four days after the ride, we do the tri!}

the temp is {almost always} above freezing now, so the trails are dry & its time to get back on my bike.
we went for an easy 30-mile ride yesterday after i was done with work and OH MY GOSH, it felt amazing!

i cant say enough how incredible i feel on the bike! 
bonus : 30 days of biking starts TOMORROW! its an annual challenge encouraging others to get on their bike every single day in the month of april. you can take long rides or ride in a circle in your garage ; just something to pedal each day.
i have taken the challenge for the last few years & have never hit all 30 days. heres hoping... 
you can sign up here.

this weeks training plan : 
sunday {yesterday} : BIKE // long ride {2+ hours}
monday : BIKE 60-120min {its raining right now & will change to snow later ; mittens and raincoats today ;)}
tuesday : STRENGTH // 30min dvd {either 30 day shred or turbokick}
wednesday : OFF // {small ride for 30 days of biking}
thursday : BIKE // 60-120min
friday : HOT YOGA
saturday : STRENGTH // 30min dvd {30 day shred or turbokick} 

share with us : anything you are training for right now? 

Friday, March 7, 2014

{FRIDAY LINKS} 10 rad things you should be reading

its friday!
head over to the kindness blog to find 10 more great links from around the web this week!

lets go!

1) my friend nicole is hosting a great 'meatless march' challenge over on her blog! we are already a week in, but its never too late to reduce your meat consumption ;)

2) know of a little 'science-lover' in your life? these kits look awesome!

3) my friend amanda has a great recipe redux for mcdonalds shamrock shake!

4) a great infographic : the 11 essential things you need for a great blog post! 

5) this article from NPR is great ; why you are never really anonymous online. related : michelle recently got a nasty comment & took a stand for online bullying. {seriously, if you wouldnt say it to your grandma, dont say it to anybody else!} 

6) 5 unnecessary animal experiments that are happening. right now. in the US! {seriously, help make a change!}

7) 18 things that highly creative people do differently

8) thoughts? trek says 'if you dont take care of your health, we are not paying for it!'

9) ohhhh ; who owns ellen's selfie from the oscars?

10) have you read this yet? 22 books you should read now, based on books you loved as a kid.. i will be honest ; most of these kids books, i have never read. totally adding them to my '50+ in 2014.'

tell me things you are loving this week!
and if you have rad links on your blog, tell us where to go to check them out!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

{FITNESS} how many miles can you walk // run in March?! {#ffmarchmiles}

hi everybody!
{no photos today!}
i know we are almost a week into March, but in case you are looking for a fitness challenge to keep you accountable for your 2014 goals, i have something for you! ;)

maybe you have seen the hashtag #ffmarchmiles on instagram // twitter?
yes? no?
what is it? 
fitfluential is once again hosting a simple {and motivating} challenge to keep folks moving throughout 2014.
{last month, they challenged folks to complete 1,000 burpees}
this month?
walk, run or hike 100 miles in March!

will you take the challenge?
100 sounds like a ton, but 2-4 miles per day puts you at {or above} your goal
its still too icy for me to run, BUT one of my fitness goals this month is to walk an hour+ a day.
i can walk about 4 miles in an hour, so 4 miles a day equals 124 miles!
{also, i dont have a tracker or pedometer ; i mostly go on time}

throughout the month, each time you use the hashtag on social media, you get entered to win a head-to-toe outfit from reebok {including new shoes!}
you can head here for more details!

who is in?!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

{2014 goals} things i want to do in March

hey you guys!
when you read this, i will be at my *NEW JOB*!
i am super excited & will be sharing details in the near future!

i know we are already a few days into march, but i really want to get my goals up here!
i use to do this all the time & its such a great way for me to stay accountable!
march 2014 goals : 
1) make $_____ car payment
2) make an appointment to meet with my insurance guy about mutual funds {plannin' for the future!}
3) create a media kit for the Be Nice Box!
4) buy a new swimsuit {i already bought a tri suit ; but i need something for the pool!}
5) register for a duathlon {i really want to do another one ; but i might not get the registration done this month!}
6) track all workouts with Pact {anybody else use this? i should do a post on it in!}
7) apply for a few new business grants {i have been slacking on these}
8) purge closet and donate!! {i have already pulled about 30 things out, i just need to bring them to the consignment shop!}
9) read 3-4 books {i just started my 8th book of the year!}
10) register for another round of open swim AND hire a swim trainer {more about this coming up ; but i really need help in the pool!}

did you post about your goals? id love to see them!