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Sun Basket Review and *Giveaway*

I have a VERY exciting giveaway for you guys!! I’m partnering up with Sun Basket, a meal delivery service, to giveaway 3 meals (for 2 people, worth $68.94) to a lucky reader. First, here’s a little background information on Sun Basket and what they provide:


Sun Basket is a new healthy meal kit service based out of San Francisco that delivers organic ingredients and easy, delicious recipes for cooking at home.


Each week, their chef develops an array of quick, healthy recipes to choose from, including Paleo, Gluten-free and Vegetarian options. They source top-quality organic produce from the best West Coast farms and sustainably-sourced meats and seafood – the kind of food you can feel good about eating.  Plus, their packaging is 100% recyclable, and you can even return the materials to us—free—so we can recycle and reuse them.

So, I gave Sun Basket a try and picked three meals off their website. I picked the Quinoa and White Bean Burgers with Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Thai Style Code with Cilantro-Lime Sauce and Grapefruit Slaw, and Chipotle Roasted Chicken Wings with Sweet Potatoes and Salsa Verde.

Everything came in a box with the proteins on bottom and the bags of ingredients on top. The box also comes with individual recipe cards for each meal and its’ nutrition facts.


Each bag contains all the ingredients you need for that particular meal. It’s perfectly portioned out, which is awesome.


Let’s start with the Quinoa and White Bean Burgers.

The quinoa burgers were the most work since I had to grate carrots and chop a few things, but overall, pretty darn easy.



When I first saw the ingredients in the bag, I honestly didn’t think it would be enough food for my husband and I (we are eaters), but it totally was. I guess it comes back to that saying, “your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” The food was absolutely enough.





So, these were supposed to make 2 (probably large) burgers, but I made three since there were three of us.

greek yogurt and dill sauce

greek yogurt and dill sauce


We aren’t vegetarians, but I wanted to try a vegetarian meal to give them a fair review. I really liked these burgers! They came with a little spice packet that just made them delicious. I’ve never made any veggie burger before and they were so much easier than I thought. I really like white beans and the quinoa gave it a slight crunch. I would HIGHLY recommend these.

Next up, the Thai Style Cod!



I think out of the three meals, this was my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, I just found the other two meals had more flavor. The cod is a great choice for someone watching calorie intake. Cod (like most fish) is low cal, high protein-great choice for those trying to lose some lb’s.


This meal was really easy. Chopping up the foods for the salad and sauce was the most time consuming part and it probably took about 10 minutes. The fish cooks within like, 6 minutes, so easy, quick dinner!




I absolutely love thai food and flavors so the sauce that came with it was great on top of the fish.


Finally, the Chipotle Chicken Wings.

This isn’t something I would usually pick because chipotle typically means spicy and I’m not a spicy foods person. My husband, on the other hand, is, so I picked this one for him. Aren’t I a nice wife? :)

This meal was crazy easy. The hardest part was cutting up the sweet potato, so pretty minimal work involved. I even cooked everything on the same pan-chicken wings, sweet potatoes, and onion!



I wasn’t so sure about the onion at first, but it was delicious with the potatoes.


My father in law was here to enjoy these and he was a HUGE fan. The chipotle sauce was incredibly tasty. It had bite to it, but also nice sweetness (probably from BBQ sauce?).



So, my overall opinion of the food (and my husband and father in law’s) was that each meal tasted great! The food is high quality, the recipes are creative and delicious, and everything is laid out for you so it’s very easy to make your meal.

Here’s a little more information on how it works and pricing:

  • Weekly delivery of fresh pre–measured ingredients and 3 recipes.
  • Choose your own recipes each week, or select the perfect meal plan for you.
  • Chef’s Choice, Vegetarian, Paleo–Friendly and Gluten–Free options.
  • Change your recipes by clicking on My Menu once you’re logged in.
  • Meals cost $11.49 per person.
  • 2-person plan: $68.94/week,
    4-person plan: $137.88/week,
    6-person plan: $206.82/week.
  • Skip any week or cancel at any time.

So, it’s actually very affordable. My initial instinct was something like this would be over the top expensive, but it’s really not.

Anyway, on to the **giveaway**!

One reader will win 3 meals (each meal serves 2 people). It’s just so awesome NOT to have to plan dinner and instead, whip up a delicious meal. This is a giveaway you definitely want to win!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is enter your email into the rafflecopter giveaway widget below. Easy Peasy.

The giveaway is starting today, 10/8 and ending 10/15.
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Good luck!

We Eat Bear!..and Other Adventures

We are officially mountain people. People of the mountain, indeed. My husband brought home bear meat, and we’ve been eatin’ it up.

Let me preface this by saying, I’m from Scottsdale, Arizona. The ‘dale, if you will. We don’t eat bear meat too often. My husband seems to think bear meat is a normal thing. It is not. Ha!

That being said, the bear is actually pretty tasty. We’ve made it two different ways: in a stew and grilled. The grilled bear meat was pretty tough. Not gamey tasting, just tough. The stew is the way to go, for sure.

I’ve made it twice and honestly, it tastes like beef!


Bear stew, baby!


Besides strange bear creations, I’ve also been on a smoothie kick.

It is definitely fall here, by the way. Warm days are becoming few and far between. I have to take advantage of these last days of warm weather!

Since it’s fall, pumpkin has been on rotation. Duh.



I’m pretty much in love with crunchy goodness on top of my smoothies. Lately, it’s been Purely Elizabeth Granola or Love Grown Foods Power O’s (chocolate is the best!).


I just got this peanut powder and it is awesome! It’s literally just roasted peanuts. I love it because you can use 3 Tbsp and it’s only 70 cals! It gives you that yummy peanut butter flavor without all those calories. Good deal!


So, basically I’ve been whipping up pumpkin vanilla smoothies and chocolate, peanut butter, coffee. Coffee just makes everything better.


Other than eating bear and drinking smoothies, we’ve been enjoying the fall weather! It’s been chillier, but beautiful and sunny (most days). I actually got a run in last week AND a horseback ride with my husband.




Fall is the best. Right?? It goes so fast though. So, I gotta enjoy it while it’s here!!


Seriously. It’s coming.


So, I need new smoothie creations….any ideas? What are your favorites?

Pumpkin Protein Shake and an Outdoor Workout

I realize most of the country still feels like summer so maybe my pumpkin shakes are a little premature, but here in Colorado, the leaves are straight up yellow. It’s been in the 60’s, leaves changing more and more each day, and temps dropping to the 30’s at night (oh my gawwwwwd). **We live at 8,000 feet so we’re in the minority.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure most people are welcoming the pumpkin flavors into their lives…at least us basic bitches.




I’m just gonna come out and say that I think Pumpkin Spice’s outfit is cute. I’m basic.

Anyway, the past three days I’ve been making a pumpkin (dare I say, spice?) protein shake and it is just so yummy. Here’s what I threw together:

Pumpkin Protein Shake

  • 2 heaping tablespoons of pumpkin
  • Half a Premier Protein Vanilla Protein shake
  • Handful of roasted cinnamon almonds
  • dash of cinnamon
  • half a frozen banana
  • small handful of crushed ice
  • pinch of xantham gum to add some thickness
  • hemp hearts on top


Seriously, I can’t get enough.

On a side note, I scored at the grocery store this weekend in the produce sale bin: a bunch of overripe bananas! I know, it was a big weekend for me.


Oh, hi foot.

I froze each banana for smoothies. I love frozen bananas in my smoothies. Not only do they taste great, but I feel like when they’re frozen, they create a nice texture for the smoothie.


On to workouts!

I’ve still been doing quite a bit of kettle-bells and they’re great. I’ve been having some shoulder pain though so I may back off a little bit. Isn’t pain/injury the worst? I love working out my shoulders but I guess I should take a break.

rack squat

rack squat

The workout I did yesterday was pretty short which is always nice. It was inspired by a workout I did this summer with my brother and sister in law (I’m pretty sure his was inspired by crossfit?).

First thing I did was track down a space on our pipe fencing and a rock I could rest my feet on. Then, I did 5 sets of 10 inverted rows. 



In between each set of ten, I sprinted uphill as fast as I could then jogged back down. 

It probably took less than 15 minutes, but man it’s hard. Those inverted rows are pretty tough.

The original workout we did was 100 inverted rows, 200 pushups, 300 squats, then sprints. This is a great workout you can do probably outside your own home or at a local park. I wanted to do the full workout today but got sidetracked with kiddos.


Speaking of kiddos, my big girl turned three on Friday!


Someday we will get a pic with all 4 of us looking.


This wild child Princess is a handful but I love her. Happy birthday Miss Brookie!



Recent Eats, Weekend in Phoenix, and a Costco Promotion!

Hey ya’ll! How’s it going? How was your long weekend? I hope you all did amazing things. If you did, tell me about them I want to live vicariously through you. Not that my weekend wasn’t great, because it was! Me and the littles went to Phoenix for two baby showers. Yes, two. I have two friends who are both due with baby boys the same week in October.

me and my lady friends

me and my lady friends

We only went for 3 nights so it really was a quick trip. The babes were a nightmare on the flight to Phoenix. I swear whenever I travel with them I always tell myself, “never again!” But then, of course, I do it again. I guess you get through it eventually, right? They were much better on the flight back. The 1 year old is becoming more of a challenge since she wants to crawl, not sit in my lap for 2 hours. Ugh. Planes.

my favorite time. sleep time.

my favorite time. sleep time.

She’s kind of been an overall pain the bootay lately. She’s going on 14 months and STILL wakes up at night. I may just start sleeping in another room and letting her cry it out. Is that mean? I honestly just don’t know what else to do with her. I think at this point she wakes up out of habit so it’s mostly my fault. But, we need to squash this habit quickly because mommy is very tired.

My other babe is going to be three on Friday! That’s so crazy. She’s been a lot of fun lately. Just happy and playful…all things a three year old should be. She got an early bday present: Elsa!! Yes, she loves Frozen like every other child under 10.


I have the Frozen soundtrack in my car and I swear I know every word to every song. So, if you need me to sing it to you I totally can.


Anyway, on to my eats!!

As I mentioned in a post from last week, I planned out our dinners and it was actually really nice. I’m definitely doing that again this week. I think it did help with my weekly grocery budget too since the moment I wanted to impulse buy something, I simply reminded myself that nope, we already have that meal covered. I struggle with dinner ideas so having them laid out for me is just so nice. Here were a couple meals we had last week:

spaghetti squash pizza bake...amazing.

spaghetti squash pizza bake…amazing.

So, I followed a recipe from Paleomg’s blog (link found here). My version is obviously not Paleo (um..cheese), but it is low carb and it IS delicious.



I think I’m going to make it again this week.

It’s pretty easy just a little time consuming (cooking the squash, then the meat, then everything). As long as you have a little time though you’ll be good to go.

pulled pork taco salad

pulled pork taco salad

I have really been loving taco salads lately. I had one with pulled pork and another with chicken. Salsa is officially the best salad dressing ever.


Also, cilantro is my favorite.

cottage cheese, almonds, and an apple

cottage cheese, almonds, and an apple

Do you like cottage cheese? My husband is loving it these days. I like to add something crunchy like almonds..mmm.

my new favorite dessert

my new favorite dessert

I have to have dessert every night…I just do. For a while I was having light Cool Whip and a Fiber One brownie. That’s definitely delicious but crazy processed. Cool Whip is literally all chemical-type ingredients.

So, my healthier swap is Chobani Flip yogurts. They do have some sugar, but they are definitely much better than my previous choice. I love the crunchy toppings too…it’s almost like Froyo. Almost.



Speaking of Froyo…I definitely had to get me some while in Phoenix. Have I mentioned we have NONE near me in Colorado. It is a real tragedy. So, whenever I go to Phoenix, I gotta hit it up. This was awesome: maple pumpkin yogurt. I think I might be ready for fall.


Last thing, if you’re a Costco member, get there and take advantage of the Premier Protein protein bar promotion going on right now. (I love when things go on sale at’s very exciting).

Samples!! Seriously, I love Costco.

Samples!! Seriously, I love Costco

So, normally the boxes $19.99 but they’re doing a $5.00 off promotion. So you bet I got me a box. The dark chocolate mint bars are my favorite.

premier protein bars from Costco

premier protein bars from Costco

Here’s some additional information about the bars and the promotion:

  • Premier Protein’s 30g bar variety pack will be available in Costco stores nationwide throughout the month of September
  • Costco will be offering $5.00 off the retail price of the 30g variety pack from September 3rdthrough September 27th
  • Each variety pack will include a combination of Premier Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Mint 30g bars. Each gluten free bar is packed with 30g of protein, is a good source of fiber (3g) and a good source of calcium.


So, you  have a couple more weeks to swipe them up!

*Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for Premier Protein, but I also really like their bars. Try the mint :) *


How was your long weekend? Do anything fun?

Meal Plan for the Week


This post is going to be short and sweet with no pictures. Aren’t you excited to read it? Ha! I’m writing this in my iPad which is basically a first world form of torture so I can only handle short and sweet :).

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about our grocery budget recently because I feel like it’s (once again) getting a bit out of hand. To be fair to us, we basically never eat out so we are spending money on food we eat for every meal. But still, I think there are ways to shave down the monthly/weekly bills.

So, I wanted to try actually planning out our meals or at least, dinners. Dinners are always the meal I struggle the most with so literally planning each one out should make things a bit easier.

I didn’t plan for every single night this week because I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy everything today. I planned from last night through Wednesday. Here’s the plan:

Pulled Pork Taco Salads– I bought a pork shoulder last week and slow cooked it a few days ago so we have lots of meat to go through.

Elk Steak Fajitas– Using some elk meat we already have.

Spaghetti with Ground Meat Sauce– This is a great meal for us because the kiddos love the noodles and I make zucchini noodles for me! If I’m feeling lazy I eat it over spinach unseat (that’s good too).

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Bake– I’ve made this before but its been a while. So, it’s basically cooked spaghetti squash, Italian ground meat, pizza sauce, veggies, and cheese. Good stuff and low carb! You can add whatever veggies you want, just like pizza.


I’m hoping we will have leftovers too so maybe Thursday night we will have something already planned. We’ll see! I’ll keep you posted on recipes and how the food stretching is going.

Do you plan your meals for the week?


Blackberry Chia Jam *Recipe*

I’m really holding on to summer over here!!

I was driving home today and actually saw some yellow leaves. What are you doing here yellow leaves? Get lost!! It is NOT fall yet so you simmer down.

Anyway, like I said in the last post, it’s definitely still warm. Yummy summer fruits and veggies are still plenty abundant too so I’m happy. Blackberries are on major sale right now where I live so I stocked up buying 5 (small) packs.

my little blackberry monster

my little blackberry monster


We have absolutely no problem poppin’ berries in our mouthes, but I also like to try different things with them when I have a bunch around. This time, I threw together some healthy chia jam!



If you’ve never experimented with chia seeds before, they’re pretty fun. Chia seeds are really healthy packing tons of fiber, healthy fats (Omega-3’s), and protein. They’re said to do a million other things too like lower blood pressure and reduce food cravings, but I’m not sure any of that is proven. Regardless, they’re for sure a health food.

You can use chia seeds in tons of different ways, but when you add them to liquid substances, they thicken them up almost in a gel-like way. You may have seen chia pudding before (thickens it up like pudding) and it works great for jams, giving it that nice jelly texture.

Anyway, on to the recipe!

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of honey
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds



So, I did this the lazy/easy way.

First, I mixed the honey and lemon with the blackberries.


Next, I microwaved the berries for 1 minute.

After that first minute, I mashed everything up a bit with a fork then microwaved another 30 seconds.

Once it was all mushed and mixed together, I added the chia seeds and let it cool off. Once it cooled a little,  I stuck it in the fridge.


While it was cooling you could even see how it was starting to thicken up. Mmm good stuff.


You can absolutely sub in different berries and by all means, try a different sweetener if you’d like. This is another great recipe you can kind of try along the way and tweak things to your liking.


Do you use chia seeds? What’s your favorite way to use them?


Healthier Pork Fried Rice *Recipe*

Hey guys! What’s goin’ on?

First and foremost, I’m watching Fear the Walking Dead. Man..intense.

Anyway, we’ve been taking it easy over here and just trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. The mornings are starting to get colder so I know fall, and then of course winter, will be here before I know it. Ugh.

It’s still plenty warm outside though so no complaints.

Brooke and Willow. Matchy matchy!

Brooke and Willow. Matchy matchy!

A little more matchy matchy

A little more matchy matchy

It’s just too tempting not to dress sister’s in the same outfits. They’re just too cute.


So, all is well on the home front. The kitchen front, is a different story.

I have been soooo lazy lately. I basically just want someone to cook for me…is that too much to ask? Any takers? No? Ok fine.

As tempted as I am to buy rotisserie chickens 6 times a week, I guess I could cook a few meals. If I must.

So, I’m trying to find some inspiration. I found some…just a the newest issue of Women’s Health magazine.

New Women's Health with miss Khloe on the cover!

New Women’s Health with miss Khloe on the cover!


The original recipe in the magazine was for millet pork “fried rice.” I made a few changes based on the ingredients I had so here we go!

**This recipe uses ground pork, but you can definitely sub in ground turkey, chicken, beef, or just slice up some tofu**

Healthier Pork Fried Rice

(adapted from Women’s Health magazine September 2015 issue)

  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped brussels sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 8 ounces 95% lean ground pork
  • 1 can mushrooms (or fresh)
  • chopped carrots (didn’t measure out)
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 2-7.4 ounce containers of cooked brown rice OR 3/4 cup millet/ 3/4 cup brown rice
  • chopped cilantro to taste

So, this might come across as more complicated than it was; it’s actually very easy!

First, I cooked all the veggies (garlic, onion, brussels, carrots, and mushrooms).



Once the veggies were cooked pretty well, I moved them to a bowl. Then, I added the ground pork and cooked it thoroughly, then transferred to a bowl.

Next, I added the eggs and scrambled them up.

Sorry for the gross picture..I swear it's good!! Scrambling some eggies.

Sorry for the gross picture..I swear it’s good!! Scrambling some eggies.

Next, I added the rice. The rice I’m referring to is already precooked so it’s the ultimate lazy woman (or man’s) dream. I think I probably could have used less, but it’s all good.

precooked brown rice from costco

precooked brown rice from costco

Precooked, organic, brown rice. Costco, I love you.

Finally, I poured everything back into the pan (included the sauces) and let it simmer on low for about ten minutes.

To top it off, I added cilantro, some sriracha, and some Enlightened wasabi roasted broad beans for crunch.

Enlightened Wasabi Roasted Broad Beans

Enlightened Wasabi Roasted Broad Beans

Healthier Pork Fried Rice

Healthier Pork Fried Rice

I love this kind of meal because you can add any and as many veggies as you want. I absolutely would have added peas (and thought I had some) but alas, I did not.

I’d love to try this again with millet and probably tofu. I just really like the texture of tofu!  Some cashews and water chestnuts would be good too for more crunch.


What are your go-to dinners? I need more ideas!


For the Love of Podcasts

I’ve briefly mentioned that we live far from town. Like, really far. I’m talkin’ 50 minutes from cell reception. Yeah, the real deal.

Sometimes this hellacious drive is a blessing in disguise though. It gives me the chance to listen to audiobooks (since real person books have mysteriously vanished from my life) AND podcasts.

I was first introduced to podcasts through Serial (yes, me and everyone else in the world). So, thanks Serial! If you haven’t listened to Serial yet, check it out! It’s a pretty interesting and mysterious story.

I thought it would be fun to share some of the podcasts that I listen to. I love to hear what other people listen to, so if I can help broaden your podcast horizon, then my work here is done.

(I literally took pictures of my podcast list on my phone so we will go in the order they appear).


Wine for Normal People

I go in and out of a love affair with wine. Actually, that’s not true. I love it all the time. Rather, I love Sauvignon Blanc all the time and tolerate the other’s if that’s all there is to drink.

All that being said, I would love to learn about wine. Like, actually understand what different red wines taste like based on the grape, where they’re from, what year, etc. SO many things to learn it’s nuts.

Anyway, this podcast is kind of fun. The hosts seem to know a lot but aren’t pretentious at all. It’s pretty new to my podcast list but so far I’m enjoying it! (I’m thinking you can listen to all the wine podcasts in the world, but the only way to know wine is to DRINK :) ).

Definitely recommend if you like wine and want to learn more.

Build a Badass Business with Diane Sanfillippo 

This podcast is new to me too although I’m already convinced I’m gonna love it.

I really enjoy entrepreneurial/business podcasts. Do I have a business? Nope :). But listening to these kinds of podcasts sort of inspires me. I may not technically have a business now, but I might someday?

Dianne (if you don’t know her) is the author of Practical Paleo and the 21 Day Sugar Detox Diet. I believe she writes a blog and just generally has a great social media presence, so a lot of the podcast is geared towards that kind of stuff i.e. building an online presence/business, getting over fears, etc.

Still new, but would recommend giving it a try if you’re an entrepreneur or wanna-be entrepreneur. :)

Sex with Emily

Did this blog just go from PG-13 to R? Yes, yes it did.

So, here’s the thing about Sex with Emily: I was curious one day, ok?! Don’t judge me. On a side note, there are like, a million sex podcasts out there so I’m not the only creep.

Anyway, I decided why not? I don’t really know what a sexologist does or is, so let’s see if I learn something.

Well, it’s entertaining….I give you that Emily. I’ve only listened to like, 2 of the shows and they were sort of fascinating/funny. One got to a point where I couldn’t listen anymore because it was getting way too weird for me (people talking clown sex). I try to keep an open mind, but clown sex is just something I don’t care to hear about.

So, would I recommend it? Ummm I don’t know..maybe not? I guess it’s not bad. All depends on what you want to listen to…or what “turns you on”…or “floats your boat” (shall I keep going?).  If clown sex does, this might be the podcast for you. :)

I’ll leave it at: I don’t subscribe. So, that’s that.

How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

The name of this podcast might be a little deceiving. It isn’t necessarily a how-to show, it’s an interview show hosted by comedian Michael Ian Black. So, in case you don’t know who Michael Ian Black actually do:



Anyway, he’s a comedian but this show is an interview style show. The concept is, he interviews people who are amazing.  I’ve only listened to a few episodes of this too but have enjoyed the interviews. He interviews Amy Schumer, who I love, so I naturally had to listen.


She’s hilarious.

So, I would recommend this podcast. He’s pretty funny and does have some interesting people on the show. Another episode was with Bob Odenkirk from Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul.

I would recommend!


Now come the hoards of Paleo/Food podcasts!

Nom Nom Paleo

For those who don’t know Michelle, she’s the author of the blog (and book) Nom Nom Paleo. She’s got an awesome Paleo blog if you were looking to try any recipes and I’ve heard nothing but good things about her book.

Her podcast is pretty fun! It’s actually the whole family (husband and two boys too). They talk about what they ate that they loved that week, then go on to a topic for that show. For example, one show was on quick Paleo dinners which I’m constantly trying to figure out.

I definitely recommend this podcast if you’re interested in Paleo eating or really just food in general. It might technically be a Paleo podcast, but she really covers a lot about food and cooking in general.

America’s Test Kitchen

This is a great podcast!! It covers all things cooking. They take questions from listeners, try and review different products (like Mexican beers for for example), then have a topic they discuss. There is a lot covered!

If you love food, you’ll love the podcast. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “foodie” I’m sure you’d enjoy it. For example, one I listened to was about NYC during prohibition. They actually went on a tour of one of its most famous speakeasies. So, it’s a fun one to listen to!


Harder to Kill

Haven’t actually listened to entire episode yet so I’ll be back later with an update!

Balanced Bites

My favorite! This is a Paleo podcast hosted by Diane Sanfillippo and Liz Wolfe (author of Eat the Yolks).  They talk about a few things relevant in the paleo community, but mostly answer people’s questions.

So, I love hearing the answers to the questions they receive, but what I really love is their banter. They’re so funny I swear I feel like we’d be best friends in real life.

I totally recommend it and look forward to it every week (each Thursday!),



The following three I haven’t listened to yet…oops:

Total Human Optimization (sounds pretty intense)

Modern Farm Girls (I’m debating whether or not I am one)

Live Love Teach (yoga classes! Haven’t found a moment to try one)

The Late Show Podcast

I heard Stephen Colbert. Like, really. He is my favorite person. I miss The Colbert Report so much and can’t wait for his new CBS show!

This podcast is sort of a behind the scenes of the new show. The shows are pretty short..which makes me sad…but that means you can listen to them whenever.

They aren’t mind blowing podcasts, but if you love Stephen like I do, you’ll enjoy them.



Fat Burning Man

Another paleo podcast with some fitness aspects mixed in. Abel James is the host and there’s just something about him I really like. He always sounds like he’s smiling. Maybe he is!

Anyway, he is usually interviewing someone like doctors, paleo experts, fitness experts, etc. For example, the last one I listened to he interviewed Jackie Warner (celebrity trainer) who I really like.

Definitely recommend, especially if you’re paleo.

The Joe Rogan Experience

I’m sure you all know Joe Rogan (used to host Fear Factor back in the day).

He does strictly interview shows. Long interview shows.  He typically interviews other comedians, actors, professors, nutritionists…the list goes on.

I don’t listen to his podcast regularly (my husband does). I tend to listen when I really want to hear an interview with someone in particular. He has long podcasts (like a couple hours) so I just feel like I never finish them unless I’m on a road trip.

If you have the time, the podcast is pretty entertaining and sometimes educational! They have some good conversations. There is definitely language though, so head’s up!

The Rich Roll Podcast

Rich Roll is such an inspiring person. So, (I don’t know how many years exactly) but like, 10 years ago he was overweight and just unhealthy. One day he decided to do something about it.

Rich became a vegan and started exercising. Now, he’s like, a super freak ultramarathoner and cyclist. He’s the real deal athlete AND he’s vegan.

I know, I listen to a vegan and Paleo podcasts. They have more in common than you’d think!

I like his podcasts because they’re very inspirational. He does a lot of interviews, but also does solo show’s and brings his wife on.

Whenever I listen to the show, I just want to drink green smoothies and do yoga. :)


Build Your Tribe

Miss Chalene!

Some of you may know Chalene Johnson from workout DVD’s like PiYo and TurboFire. She’s a big time fitness buff but also an incredible business woman.

Her Build Your Tribe podcast is strictly a business podcast. If you have a blog, a website, or just social media accounts, you might want to listen to her show. She gives lots of advice on strategically using social media, internet marketing, building email lists, etc. Lots of good stuff!




The James Altucher Show

Another entrepreneur! James is pretty interesting because he’s gone from super rich, to totally broke, to finding his feet again.

He does mostly interviews with incredibly interesting and successful people like Mark Cuban, Tim Ferris, and Rich Roll (just to name a few).

He is basically a super nerd but you can’t help but love him. Look at that pic hah super nerd! Love him.


The Chalene Show

Yep, Chalene has two shows.

This show is more about life topics in general. Sometimes she talk about fitness, other times it’s family, business, building confidence, anything and everything!

I used to listen to every episode, now I kind of pick and choose. Sometimes I get a little “Chalened” out.

It’s a great show though. Chalene has a such an awesome attitude; she’s very motivating. Sometimes when I feel like fear is getting in my way, her shows kind of help me through.


Bulletproof Radio

You’ve all heard of Bulletproof coffee by now right? Well, Dave Asprey, the host of this show, coined that phrase (he also has a book).

This show isn’t strictly about food and diet though, it’s about any and everything regarding human performance. Basically, how can you become better and more efficient at everything in your life?

It can be really interesting sometimes, other times Dave annoys me (not gonna lie). He does mostly interviews and the topics are totally off the wall.

Like I said, topics are not strictly diet related, for example one episode was about dementia and how to possibly prevent it. Of course, take everything on any podcast with a grain of salt!

I would recommend this podcast. It’s pretty interesting. Sometimes a bit much but overall pretty good.

The Tim Ferriss Show

Time Ferriss is quite an interesting character. He’s the author of the 4 Hour Workweek, 4 Hour Body, blogger, and just self described “human guinea pig.”

This show is focused on (usually) his interviews with, again, incredible people. He DOES get some incredible people too.

His goal for this show is to deconstruct the habits, tools, etc. of these successful people. A couple examples of interviews are one with Arnold Schwarzenegger (my favorite), Glenn Beck, and Laird Hamilton (surfer).

Lots of variety with his interviews but all truly remarkable people.

I, of course, think Tim is pretty amazing so I love to hear what his tools, habits, etc. are. Definitely recommend!


Ohhhhhh man. I had way more podcasts on here than I thought. This post took me like, three days haha. In those three days I added another wine podcast: 3 Wine Guys. I listened to a couple episodes today and really enjoyed it.

Now it’s your turn!! What are some podcasts you listen to? Clearly I need to add more.





California Trip and Jamie Eason’s Lemon Protein Bars

Hey ya’ll! How are things?

So, we are officially out of beach life and back into the real world. Ugh..sigh. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some real world, but I was really enjoying the beach.



We had a great trip!! There were a few bumps and hiccups with the kiddos…but aren’t there always? Basically, we had a couple rough nights, so lack of sleep plus lots of sun equals especially tired babies. That being said, they had an awesome time.

Brooke (almost 3) was loving everything about the beach. The water, the wet sand, the dry sand-everything! I was so proud of her! I thought the water might be a turn off but she loved splashin’ even after a wave knocked her down.



little muffin

little muffin

The little one (1 year) loved it too. She was definitely all about the sand.



sand queen

sand queen

So, how do people get good pictures with babies and toddlers? I have yet to figure that out.

family picture fail

family picture fail

Ahhh vacations. Love ’em.


Now that we are getting back into our regular routine, I decided to do a little baking today!! I feel like its been too long. It’s tough to bake I guess when it’s toasty outside….but aren’t baked goods just the best? Sometimes you need something doughy.

Today, I tried Jamie Eason’s Lemon Protein Bars. I’ve tried her pumpkin bars before and like them a lot! I checked the reviews on the lemon bars and they are pretty darn good so I decided to give them a try.

my random ingredients

my random ingredients

They are kind of interesting because they use Crystal Light Pure for the lemon flavor. I did see some reviewers said they used lemon juice instead of the Crystal Light…just an FYI (I might try that next time). Anyway, Crystal Light Pure has Truvia instead of the other artificial sweetener they typically use.

A couple other key ingredients: oat flour (ground up oats), applesauce (calls for baby applesauce but I used the squeeze sauces), and vanilla protein powder.

Jamie recommends using Stevia or splenda for a sweetener. I used a Splenda/Brown Sugar blend (<—I’ve used this before and really like it!).



The color of these bars was unfortunate. I used Vega Vanilla Protein powder and it kind of gave it a greenish tint….so just ignore that. :)




(Sorry these pics look so weird. I took them with my phone and for some reason they aren’t looking right).

Anyway, I like the bars! They do have a bit of that artificially sweetener taste, not gonna lie. But, I don’t really mind it too much. I’m sure it depends on the sweetener you use, if you use the Crystal Light, and probably your protein powder choice. I would recommend them!

I think one thing to keep in mind with these types of recipes is that they’re a much healthier version of your standard treat (in this case, a lemon bar). They do taste different. I think they taste pretty good but just keep in mind, they are not the real deal. But, the real deal also has tons and tons of sugar in it so it’s a trade off.


Do you make protein packed treats? Any good recipe recommendations?




Soybu Tank Giveaway Winner

Hi guys! We just got back from our trip to California. It, of course, flew by way too quickly. I just want to lay on the beach every day….is that too much to ask?

Anyway, I wanted to pop in, say hi, and announce the giveaway winner!




Congrats to MJ! I’ll shoot you an email.

thank you all for entering the giveaway!