4.15.2014

Sweet Potato Protein Waffles


My gym friends are better than yours. 
They make me food. 
And it's healthy. 
And yesterday I gobbled up this sweet potato protein waffle from my friend, Andrea, who I will tell you about soon. 
Because she freaking rocks. 

I can't wait to make a huge batch of these to keep in the fridge at all times. 
They are so yummy and so filling. 

Sweet Potato Protein Waffles

Ingredients:

1/3 cup old fashioned gluten free oats (Andrea used actual oat flour for a better consistency) 
1 tbsp. coconut flour
4 egg whites
2 oz sweet potato puree, or mashed sweet potato
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp granulated sweetener
3 tbsp of vanilla protein powder

Directions: 

Grind the oats into flour.
Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
Cook in a heated waffle maker. (Use some kind of non-stick spray). 
Top with maple syrup or any kind of berry or jam. 
DEVOUR! 

4.14.2014

This Is This & That Is That

Seriously.
Where did the weekend go? 
It's definitely another manic Monday 'round here. 

Here's my weekend in Instagram and i.phone pics. 


I owe you all a big fat hug! 
THANK YOU a bjillion million times for those of you who took the time to vote for me in the MPG contest. 
I received an email Friday morning from MPG and I made the top 10! 
I will be entering phase 2 of the contest here soon.
The next part will be THE BIGGEST and MOST IMPORTANT of the contest. 
So, I'd love your help again soon! 



My parents come out and stayed with us most of the day on Saturday. 
We took the girls to Rio 2 and they were so stinking excited. 
The loved it. 
Heck, so did I. 
The music in that show is sweet. 
Makes you want to shake your tail feather. :) 
But really, I just love going to movies and eating buttery, salty movie theatre popcorn. 


I have THE BESTEST gym friends/real life friends ever. 
There's a group of us women from the gym that now get together on a weekly basis. 
I love it. 
They inspire me to work harder and to be better. 
And honestly, they make me laugh and I love to laugh. 
You should read some of the most random texts I get almost daily from them. 
I. Die. 
And sometimes I get texts saying to be at their house at 7:30 pm for cheesecake tasting. 
Who in their right mind misses cheesecake tasting?! 
Brandi is the bomb at making the most amazing healthy recipes. 
This cheesecake was made out of everything healthy and you'd never know! 
It was so flippin' yummo! 
And she grows her own sprouts. 
Which sounds totally hippie, but I am all over it! 
Stay tuned for that post someday soon. 


If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE TJ Maxx and workout clothes. 
And I totally scored last week on some cute threads. 


Water drinking selfies. 
This was my 8th bottle of H2o with lemon oil drops. 
Drink all day. 
Pee every 5 minutes. 
Lots of water makes me have great skin though! 

You guys. 
I ate like crap all weekend. 
And it was NOT worth it. 
Ugh. 
I felt it all day Sunday and even this morning. 

I totally inhaled Pizza Hut pizza and cheese sticks, Jamba's, Reese's PB eggs, Chik-Fil-A, movie theatre popcorn and homemade whole wheat bread all weekend. 
It was a good idea at the moment, but my stomach hates me right now. 

I was SO ready to get back to the gym this morning. 
I'm hitting it even harder tomorrow morning too.


And my Sunday consisted of a tantrum and breakdown right before church (what the freak is new?!) and after church, I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of my recorded shows and watching these girls quietly do their own thing. 

4.11.2014

Life Lessons


I LOVE quotes. 
There are ones that totally speak to your heart and soul and this one did that for me today. 

I've had a bjillion and one things on my mind this past week. 
Sometimes I get caught up in trying to be perfect in everything I do. 
I usually have a plan for how I want things to go. 
90% of the time, it never goes as planned. 

This quote hit me today. 
Mostly, the making up the future as I go part. 
Because life is so unpredictable. 

Things happen for a reason. 
Sometimes you want them to happen so badly. 
But sometimes they don't work because something better is going to happen. 
Then you get frustrated because you want that thing so bad. 
But you have to have faith, hold on tight and enjoy the ride and know that things will all work out. 

There are people to love and want to be loved in return. 
I heard another quote the other day that said something to the fact that if you are always the one keeping the relationship alive by always contacting them and you never hear anything in return, it's usually not a good relationship to have because if they wanted you in their life bad enough, you would have heard from them by now. 
It was good for me to hear. 
Sometimes I need to realize not everyone wants the same in return. 
And you know what, I'm okay with it. 
I'm learning. 

Funny how life makes you stronger every day in ways you'd never guess. 

More often than not, I need to remember to let things go and to just live life. 
To remember that randomness in life is exciting and fun. 
To do things I wouldn't normally do and to remember that little things in life are important too. 

TODAY I'M LIVING LIFE IN ALL CAPS! 
Because life shouldn't be lived any other way.

Today the sun is shining and it's supposed to get a toasty 70 degrees in Idaho. 
No wind. (Which for Idaho, is pretty rare). 
I'll be traveling to do some business today and I'm totally going to enjoy turning my jams up loud, singing loud, letting the sun hit my face and to just be all sorts of awesome today. 

It's Friday peeps! 
Let your worries go, get outside, be awesome and live life today! 

4.10.2014

Simple Ways To Show Gratitude, Love and Encouragement + treat.



 

I have a special place in my heart for cards.
Growing up, my mom always had the most perfect and thoughtful cards for any and every occasion. Didn't have to be a holiday or birthday, she had something for the daily random life events that arise too.
She has some card picking skills.
She always finds the ones that fit perfectly for each of our personalities.
She gets our sense of humor or the things we like and she just knows how to make us feel loved.

We have spent hours in card isles just reading and buying stacks of cards to be prepared for those moments in life.
I have a box full of cards that I've saved for years because I love them so much.
My mom and I have talked about creating our own cards too because sometimes you find ones that are cheesy. Or you'll find one that has the right picture, but the dumbest lines. You know what I mean.

Believe it or not, I have EVERY SINGLE CARD my mom has ever given to me.

I have cards from years ago that I still save and look at and read often.
Some were from when my serious high school boyfriend broke up with me and I thought it was the end of the world. Of course my mom had the perfect card for that. Thankfully she knew that it wasn't the end of the world and knew exactly how to calm my spirits.
I have another one that she gave me when I was going through some hard times too that just told me she loved me and admired me for staying strong and doing what was right.
Cards from when I was moving off to college.
I have ones that make no sense at all other than the fact they are ridiculously hilarious and random. And we love hilarious and random.
One from when I got engaged and was high on love and life.
I have special ones from when I was getting ready to have each of my girls of her telling me how excited she was to be a grandma and that she loved the woman and mother that I was about ready to become.

I honestly have a whole tote box FULL to the brim with them.
I cherish and love every single word and love that was put into each of those cards.

I think her thoughtfulness and selflessness from sending those is where I found the love in getting and receiving special cards too.
There is just something about getting that handwritten note of any sort when you least expect it.
It's usually when you need it the most too and just the thought and feeling of knowing that person was thinking of you means the whole world to you for that simple moment.
It's a powerful thing.

And even better than receiving one, is being the giver of one.

I received a pretty exciting email that lead me to the brand and company called treat.
I've literally gone through every page and every card and have marked all of my favorite cards and personalized stationary designs. Which is almost every single one of them!
One thing I love about treat., is that they give you options to do digital cards.
I personally love a hand written card or note.
But sometimes life gets busy. And even though you're thinking of that person and you want to send them something, but don't have the time to sit down to hand write and address a card, the digital card is perfect to send a quick message and then you can get on with sending more love to someone else that crosses your mind.

Think back to all of the times you've received a card from someone. Not just on your birthday or a holiday, but when you had the worst day of all time and you just wanted to curl up and cry. Or when you were so stinking excited about everything in life and the sun was shining and you just felt on top of the world and you got a card from someone telling you that they admired and looked up to you. And it just made you feel that much more special.

I've been doing some major soul searching these past few months and one thing that I am always thinking about is making sure I let everyone know, who has ever made me feel good or happy in some way, how thankful I am for their love and their kindness.

Think of those times you were the receiver of a card or note and remember how good it made you feel.
And then I want to challenge you to take a brief moment to sit down and write a thank you, word of encouragement or love card and send it to whomever crosses your mind.
You just may be the person to make their bad day, good.
Or their good day, even better.

4.09.2014

It's A Wrap


I'm a HUGE fan of lettuce wraps and I'm kind of obsessed with them lately.
Jimmy John's has some awesome ones.
Lettuce wraps are super easy to make and super healthy for you!

I just grabbed what I had in my fridge and whipped up this little number.
You really can add whatever you'd like in it.
Different meats, cheese, veggies, etc.

Super low cal and healthy too!

Lettuce Wrap
Ingredients:

Lettuce leaves
Sundried Tomato Turkey
Tomato
Provolone
Honey Mustard
Sea Salt
Pepper

Directions:

Lay your lettuce down (in replace of your bread slices).
Add your toppings to taste.
Wrap it all up in your lettuce.

Enjoy!

4.04.2014

Friday Beauty Favorites + Get Lashed And Tan



Platinum Glo Sunless Tanner:
RUN and get you some of this! I'm not even joking when I say this stuff is flipping AMAZING! 

I love to tan and love to be tan. 
But I also know how harmful those UV's are and I'm guilty of loving 15 minutes of fake sun, warmth, jams on my Beats, and a little snooze. Seriously. 15 minutes of mommy heaven. 

I own my own spray tanning equipment. Which, I love. But it takes some time to get it set up and you need someone to spray yourself, of course. But my hubby doesn't like to do it. So, I don't do it often because of the time and hassle. 

So my girl, Shauntae, has actually worked with a company to make this formula to perfection. And perfection it is! She's the owner of Platinum Glo Airbrush Spray Tanning and is amazing at what she does! 

One of my favorite smells in the whole world is the smell of pina colada. And guess what this smells like? SUMMER! And pina coladas! 

It's super easy to apply. 
Stays on when you workout. 
And it doesn't leave you looking like an oompa loompa! 

RUN and get you some ASAP! 
They are literally flying off of the shelf and I am getting messages every day about it now.







I was not blessed with gorgeous long, dark, luscious lashes. 
If you were... we're not friends. (Just kidding.)
But seriously. 
My lashes are blonde, thin and if I don't wear mascara I look like I have no lashes at all. 

I've used glue on lashes and I've had eyelash extensions too. 
Glue on is quick and easy, but I just want my lashes to look full and luscious 24/7. 
Extensions are awesome! The ones I've had in the past were really good, but they seemed to fall out so quickly and then I was back in getting them filled again. 

I LOVE supporting local businesses! 
And especially when they're from women entrepreneurs. 

I was driving to another town about 30 min from where I live to get my lashes done and I just couldn't do it anymore. 
I had so many friends recommend Kim at Whiplash and I finally just booked an appt with her. 
Oh. My. Word. You guys. I was missing out! 

Kim has been doing lashes for 7 years now and she loves what she does! 
She's passionate about beauty, wellness and loving our bodies and it shows in her work. 
She's incredibly professional and her lash salon shows her personality, professionalism and it's a calm happy place. 

I got my lashes done more than 2 weeks ago and they are STILL on! 
I've literally only lost a few of them and they still look so so so amazing! 

Plus, Kim is a babe and has killer style. And she has some dreads I'm totally digging!
Wish I could pull it off like she does.


GET SUMMER READY, LADIES! 

4.01.2014

Day Trip + Jackson Hole, WY














I grew up in Driggs, ID.
Which is about 30 min away from Jackson Hole, WY. 
(If you ask me, I grew up on the pretty side of the Grand Tetons.)

Jackson is kind of like another hometown to me. 
We hung out a lot there in high school. 
Attending a lot of Moose hockey, rodeos, concerts, Billy's Burgers (which sadly, is no longer there), trips to Yippy-I-O candy store, shopping at Altitude and Pistachio ice cream at Haagen Das. 
It's usually where we went grocery shopping and to hit a movie on the weekend too. 
It's also where I worked at the GAP (oh yeah, I was a GAP girl) on the square and was a waitress at The Betty Rock cafe during a summer home from college. 

So, it definitely has a special place in my heart. 

Anytime we can get over there for a day, we do. 
There are so many good places to eat and a few fun things to do for families too. 
So last weekend we loaded up the girls and headed over to JH for the day. 

The weather could not have been better for this time of year and it was a perfect, gorgeous, sunny day for a drive! 
I remember sitting in the passenger seat, hearing silence from both girls sleeping in the back, hubby driving and the sun hitting my face. 
I just closed my eyes and took it all in and I knew it was going to be a good day. 

Here are the highlights of our family day trip:

- JH Rec Center... indoor slide and kiddie pool. Which means BOTH girls are happy!
- Late lunch at the Snake River Brewery. One of our very favorite places to eat! My in-laws met us to eat and joined in the rest of the activities with us. 
- A trip to Yippy-I-O candy store to get our favorites... penny candies and homemade fudge! 
- Haagen Das ice cream. Enough said. 
- Walking around the square and pretending like we're tourists. Even though we've done it a billion times.
- Family time. 
- Getting to read The Body Book in the car since the girls were sleeping. Those moments are far and few in between. 

3.25.2014

I NEED YOUR VOTES! + Transformation Tuesday


I know most of you have seen this picture before and I'm sorry I'm sharing it again. 
But it's for a good reason. 

I have two beautiful, healthy and active little girls that I'm forever thankful for. 
But they were a lot of work to get here. 
Long story short, we had a lot of infertility and miscarriage trials and I found myself at the heaviest I have ever been after all was said and done. 
I did not feel good at all. 
Inside or out. 
I was physically and mentally exhausted and I knew something had to change. 

I finally made the decision to get my life back and to be happy again. 
I needed to find that woman that I loved again so I could be the best mother and wife to my little family. 

It took a lot of work, dedication and motivation to get where I am at today. 
It was hard. 
And somedays I wanted to give up. 
But I am SO glad I didn't. 

I can honestly say I feel better now, as a mother of two, than I did as a young single adult! 

I have found a HUGE passion with weight lifting and loving our bodies. 
Our bodies are so amazing! 
And I love learning more and more so than I can know how to correctly fuel my body and the little bodies in my home. 

I'm sharing a brief version of my story so that I could ask you for help in a contest I'm in. 
I would love to be a spokesmodel for other women who have been in that same dark place. 
Whether it was from infertility, miscarriages, weight gain, or whatever it may be that has caused you to be unhappy in your beautiful body. 

This would be an opportunity of a lifetime for me and I would love the chance to further a passion and love. 

If I win, I get a paid trip to Seattle, WA where I get to work with MPG Performance Gear and get some pretty sweet prizes too. 

This would mean so much to me and I would LOVE your vote each and every day! 
You can only vote once from a Facebook account. 
So if you have multiples, I would love votes from each of those too! 
Voting ends on April 9th. 
So get voting! :) 

I know I have what it takes to represent other women and this amazing company too! 

I'm so thankful for all of my daily readers, friends and family that are constantly lifting me up in ways you may never know! 

If you feel kind enough to vote... 
You can go HERE

3.24.2014

Monday, Monday


Today I have a bjillion things running through my mind.
Things I need to do.
Things I need to get done.
Things I should be doing instead of this.

But do you ever get in that mood where you're just super pensive.
Doesn't have to be about a certain thing at all.
You're just so deep in thought about life and everything going on in it.
You think about the past, the present and future.
And then you try to snap out of it because you have so much to do and then you just turn the music up loud and let the music get you through your day.
Or you hear that song everywhere you go and you wonder why.

That's how I am today.

3.23.2014

A story + Protein Brownies + Honey Chocolate Glaze


I grew up on a farm/ranch on the west side of Driggs (my family still resides there) and my grandparents lived on the farm with us about two potato fields away from my home. 
Every Sunday after church, growing up, we'd always have dinner together with them and we ALWAYS had freshly baked cookies, homemade fudge and homemade popcorn with lots of melted butter and salt on top. 
When I was fairly little, I remember watching Hee Haw with my Grandpa and he always had his popcorn and fudge in a bowl, in his special chair. 
I miss him. 
I miss those days. 
Miss his voice. 
Miss his smell. 
Miss my childhood. 

The tradition has carried on and now my own little family makes something sweet and we make homemade popcorn every Sunday now too. 
It makes my heart warm and brings back so many memories. 
Ones I hope to never forget. 
And my girls look forward to it every week. 
I hope it's something they always love and cherish and never forget either. 

For some reason, today just made me remember my grandpa a lot and as I made dinner, I told Miss T about my memories of Sunday's with my family and grandparents.
She smiled and I smiled and my heart was just happy.

Something I hope to never forget either is...
It's the littlest things that matter most. 
I don't remember things I got for Christmas or my birthday's, but I ALWAYS remember the things we did as a family.
And those are the things I cherish the most.

Since I really am trying to cut the sugars out and find a good place to be with our daily eating habits, I've been trying a ton of new recipes.
But I have the worst sugar tooth!
And my craving for sugar has never left since we grew up always having fresh, hot, cookies, fudge and popcorn.
The perfect mix of sugar and salt.

I have the best gym friends and we are always finding new recipes to make and share with one another.
One morning, this was one of the sweets she brought and shared with us.
Yep, my gym family brings me food to eat at 6 am!
Bet your gym friends don't do that.

This is NOT your original brownie, but for being what it is, I'd have to say it's pretty darn good!
And remember how my oldest said healthy does not taste good?
Well, I proved her wrong again today.

I gave her a taste without telling her what was in it and her words straight from her little sweet mouth were... "Oh yeah. That's what I call good!"
Totally scored with this recipe!

It satisfies my sweet craving and I don't feel one bit of guilt by eating 2 of these things!

Totally hit the jackpot with these!

Protein Brownies
1 Hour
Vegetarian, gluten-free

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 serving protein powder of your choice (optional). I used vanilla protein and it tastes awesome! 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In food processor, add the quinoa, beans, eggs, coconut oil, cocoa, honey, baking powder, protein powder and vanilla and blend until smooth.
  3. Bake the brownies for 40-45 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Honey Chocolate Glaze

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa

Directions: 
Mix all together and drizzle over top of your warm brownies.