//What Workout Gear Would YOU Buy if given $500 to Spend?//

Time for a little hypothetical question and maybe a little Saturday workout motivation – imagine you were walking by a gym and running out the doors came the owner. He races up to you and says – ‘it’s your lucky day – I’m going to give you anything you would want if you workout at my gym for 30 days straight up to the value of $500’!

You’ve got an hour to choose what you want, it can be workout gear, equipment you would use, sports/protein drinks or just anything you would use to help motivate you to workout – what would you get?

If I were asked this question, there are 5 sites I can think of off hand that I would go to right away: Athleta, 6pm.com, BeachBody, Amazon, and Under Armour.  Some of my favorite workout gear that I wear during workouts come from those sites and my weights and other equipment are purchased from them too.  Five of my essentials to motivate my workouts include (click on the pictures to send you to the sale links):

BB Energize
Best running shoes I’ve found!! http://www.6pm.com (All brands imaginable!!)
My newest workout obsession!! (more posts to come on these amazing new finds!!!)
7/8 Tight- Athleta
Any and all Athleta gear is amazing for both workouts and all day wear!




Shoe Sale!

Who doesn’t like a good sale?!?  One of my favorite websites to find a good sale (not just on shoes) is 6pm.com.  They have every brand imaginable and for the most reasonable prices!! Free shipping on 2+ items or an order over $50 and a great return policy!! I shop the site for myself, kids and husband from brands like Under Armour, Steve Madden, New Balance, Sperrys and The North Face!

My newest purchase is this amazing pair of New Balance Classics and they were half off at the time I purchased!! (click on the picture to take you to the exact shoe)



Check the site out for amazing deals on YOUR favorite brands!!


//Apple Cider Vinegar//Endless Benefits//

A few years back a friend told me about all the benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and so of course I had to go out and research it!! For a list of the amazing benefits, check out this article: 20 Apple Cider Benefits.

IMG_6415In our house both me and my husband take shots of ACV daily to help with different things— skin, digestion, sickness, acid reflux and allergies (I always buy BRAGGS Organic ACV— can find at most grocery stores).  Initially when we started I would take straight shots of ACV right after my work out in the morning—wow did it burn!!! I then did a little more research on it and added a tsp of lemon juice and a dash of ginger to get even more benefits for digestion and weight maintenance (some add a shot of orange juice too).

Kip and I have taken daily shots of this for over 2 years and I swear by it! When I’m starting to feel a cold or sickness coming on, I take an extra shot for a few days– I’ve even grown to crave the shot every morning!!

RECIPE:  2 T of ACV, tsp of lemon juice and a dash of ground ginger 🙂

Read the article above and give it a shot and let me know what you think!!


#21 Day Fix/80 Day Obsession Recipe Ideas

A few new recipes I have tried out in the last week and have been able to get my kids to eat too!!

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1/2 C. Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 Tbsp. honey
Pinch sea salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Mix everything in a bowl and enjoy!

Turkey Quesadilla


1 Yellow: Flat Out tortilla ( I prefer the Mama Lupe low carb)
1 Red: Lean ground turkey or chicken and plain non-fat Greek yogurt


1 Green: Sauteed onions and peppers (put into quesadilla) and shredded lettuce for topping
1 Blue- Fat free/low fat cheese or an avocado (or 1/2 and 1/2)
1/2 Purple: Salsa
1 more Yellow: Red Wine (hahah!)  🙂

Breakfast Burrito

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      • 1 YELLOW — Flat out tortilla
      • 1 1/2 RED — 2 eggs scrambled (or 4 egg whites– subtract 1/2 red if using whites only) with 2 slices turkey bacon
      • 1/2 GREEN — Sauteed green peppers & onions
      • 1 BLUE — Cheese
      • 1/2 PURPLE — Salsa

Benefits of Epsom Salt

Not often do I get the chance to take a bath, but when I do, I ALWAYS use Dr. Teal’s Epsom sIMG_6426alts!! The benefits of Epsom salt are endless but why I like using Dr. Teals’ salts are for the soothing of sore muscles and the detoxifying of the body.  Working out is so tough on our bodies and regardless if you work out daily like me or 3-5 times a week, you’re going to be sore!

By adding 2 cups of the different Dr. Teal’s solutions you get both the benefits of rejuvenating your body and mind.  All of the salts that I use have different essential oils combined to help relax, rejuvenate and keep your skin hydrated and healthy.   My two favorite solutions lately are the ‘Activating Charcoal’ and ‘Detoxify and Energize’– I usually TRY to jump in the bath for a quick 10 minutes and benefit from both each night.  We also like to buy the Lavender solution for the kiddos and add it to their baths before they head to bed.   I’ve always had luck finding all the different solutions at Target or Walmart for around $5.

If you work out and have sore muscles or just need to add a little something to your baths to help you relax, I definitely recommend these!





Protein Bar (Quest Makeover)

My initial post on this was missing all the information so here it is again!! I make 3 different protein bar options to have during the week but I think this one is my favorite!! My sister got me hooked on Quest bars but I disliked how many ingredients were in them that I had never heard of.  I did a little researching and found a recipe I liked and then tweeked it a bit…

Protein Bar Ingredients

4 scoops protein powder (I use 1/2 chocolate Shakeology and 1/2 vanilla of usually Slim Fast brand)
1/3 c honey
1/4 c Almond Butter
4-6 tbsp. water (add tbsp by tbsp and judge consistency).

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except the tbsp by tbsp of water). I sometimes add powdered PB as well.  You will want a dough like consistency that isn’t too sticky.
Once you have desired consistency, form into long bars (with the recipe above, I always get 2 long bars, the width of Non Stick Reynolds Wrap). IMG_6391
Freeze for 30-45 minutes.
Take out, break into 4-5 equal bars and place in separate baggies.
Store in freezer until ready to eat!

#Foodprep Sunday! Crockpot Apples

The start of my “food prep Sunday”– always like to be prepared for the week! Easiest way to get my fruit– crockpot apples!!

Grab your crockpot– don’t forget the liner!! Just grab your fave apples (I love Fuji), slice them up, put them in the crockpot, add a couple tablespoons cinnamon and cover! Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Once done, portion them in containers, put in the fridge and grab as needed for the week! 🍎🍏