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Glad you’re all as excited about the new 50 Shades of Fit Blogger Series as I am! I can’t wait for you all to start sharing you own ‘fit’ stories and defining what ‘fit’ means in your life! Be sure to link back to the original post so that I can find your post and read it! :) Today is going to be a smorgasbord a lot of random things in my life lately….. Enjoy!

Recent recipes:

I haven’t had as much time lately to experiment in the kitchen and come up with new recipes…and I’ve really missed it! Well luckily this past week I was able to make and photograph two new recipes for you all! One that will be shared next week, and another for later this month! Sneak peeks… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Recent recordings: Otherwise known as what shows are clogging up my DVR! I think I could write a whole blog about all the TV shows that are on right now! I follow SO many. Possibly too many. But ya gotta unwind and relax in some way….and catching up on some tube time is my favorite way in the evenings. (channeling my old time-y alternate ego with that lingo apparently!)

Here’s what I am currently loving:

The Mindy Project on FOX-just returned earlier this week

Growing Up Fisher and About a Boy on NBC-Two new comedies that NBC added and they’re both actually really good! Glad to see some good comedies making their way back to NBC.

The Following on Fox-Still obsessed! So many twists and turns!

The Americans on FX Bates Motel on A&E

Lindsay on OWN: Can you say guilty pleasure?

Recent runs:

I’ll take this section to update you all on how I’m doing with my easing back on exercise. Running has been feeling great lately, which makes it harder to cut down. Especially with the warm weather that’s been making appearances. But every run that I go a little less than what I had planned or what I feel like I could do, I consider a win. Where I’ve made some great progress is with my gym workouts. I’ve cut the amount of cardio I was doing IN HALF and taking it easier on my strength workouts. It’s nicer to be out of the gym faster and it leaves me more time to get back outside and enjoy the sun. Long walks with Ella have been more frequent, which we both love, and I can’t wait to start incorporating more biking in as the weather keeps improving.

Recent reads:

Aside from school reading (LOTS for my History of Judaism class…I feel like I’m an expert now! Ha!), I just finished the entire Divergent series! I wanted to make it a goal to get it done before I started watching the movies! I LOVED the series. Possibly better than The Hunger Games? Well, they’re both good! And now I am really excited to see the movies!

Recent reviews:

I’ve received a ton of great products in the mail lately to review! Here are some of my faves…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHorsetooth Hotsauce sent me two of their hot sauces and one of their all natural BBQ sauces to sample! The company use real, high quality ingredients with no unnecessary junk!

Smokestack Lightning: This was fantastic! So flavorful! Like a mixture of chipotle peppers with a great smokey taste. I liked that is wasn’t too spicy, but added a great kick to the dishes I used it in! I especially liked it as a topper for my lentil-veggie soup that I have with lunch everyday! Loved all the garlic undertones too!

The Green: This reminded me of a SUPER hot green chile salsa! Definitely not for the faint of heart! Much hotter than the smokestack, but the spiciness didn’t overpower the distinct, robust flavor of the habanero and serrano peppers. Lots of great onion and garlic to compliment the heat as well!

Aloha Mr. Hand Pineapple BBQ Sauce: My oh my…this was delicious. I am pretty sure I could have chugged it straight from the bottle (but that would have led to a sugar coma since it is slightly sweetened with brown sugar!). Love the contrast of the sweet pineapple flavor with the smokiness of the peppers and the zestyness of the vinegar! This BBQ sauce is a great alternative to a traditional, mostly tomatoes sauce and I really loved it for topping fish and chicken! It was perfectly thick and smooth…great for dipping or topping!

Thanks Horsetooth!

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About Time Whey products have been SWEEPING the blog world! So I thought it was time I try some for myself! I was sent three of their protein powders, their protein granola, and three of their egg white protein bars!

Powders: Sweetened with stevia, the powders are bit sweeter than the unflavored varieties I am used to. However, they tasted great! Not artificial at all and very true to their labels. The strawberry was very fruity and fresh, the vanilla tasted like high quality vanilla beans, and the chocolate was very rich! Loved how smooth and creamy these were as well! They blended well into smoothie as well as mixed simply with water or milk. Not gritty or chalky at all!

Granola: Unlike any granola I’ve ever had! Instead of being overly crunchy, it had more of a soft and doughy texture! Very interesting. And the flavor was yummy too! A mixture of cinnamon and honey taste. Loved the dose of healthy fats from the flax and chia seeds, as well as the hefty dose of protein per serving! The almonds and sunflower seeds provided some crunch to the softer textured oats and I really liked how clustery and clumpy the granola was! Gotta love big chunks of the good stuff!

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Bars: The bars were by far my favorite product! Soft, dense, and SO DELICIOUS! They are similar to larabars in that they are fruit and nut bars, but with the addition of protein they have so much more staying power and a really interesting texture! Loved how simple and clean the ingredients in these were, as well! The Pecan Pie tasted like butter pecan ice cream, the Island Coconut tasted like coconut cream pie, and the Dark Chocolate Brownie (while not as chocolatey as I would have liked) tasted fudgey and decadent!

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Thanks About Time!

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Kauffman’s Fruit Farm specializes in all natural, homemade products made with fresh fruits! I was able to select two of their products to try and I was immediately drawn to their line of NO SUGAR ADDED fruit butters! I chose Peach and Pumpkin…two varieties I’ve never had before! It was so great to see how simple the ingredient lists were. Just fruit, a little apple cider, and lemon juice. Delicious and nutritious! Plus, both the butters were so smooth and almost creamy tasting!

Pumpkin Butter: Can you believe this pumpkin lover has never had PUMPKIN BUTTER before?! Well I did not know what I was missing! It’s amazing! The cinnamon combined with a subtle apple flavor made for a great pumpkin taste that was reminiscent of the filling of pumpkin pie. So yummy. I especially like this butter paired with salty peanut butter….gotta love that sweet and salty combo!

Peach Butter: This tasted like a freshly picked, perfectly ripe summer peach! It totally made me crave fresh summer stone fruits! The peach flavor was so intense and sweet. A great topped for toast, english muffins, and especially delicious paired with creamy cream cheese! I can’t wait to experiment more with this butter and possibly do some baking with it!

Thanks Kauffman’s!

Recent reasons to smile:

Walks with Ella

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The city coming alive as the weather warms up (love seeing more people outside)

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Fun co-op signs IMG_5040 Robins and the return of birds singing all the time

The feeling of sun warming your face and back

And of course things that make me laugh (laughter is always a reason to smile!)….

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Recent rewards: 

In case you didn’t notice, I added some discount coupons to the side of my blog for you all to use! Thunderbird bars are some of my favorites and I am ALWAYS ordering from iherb to stock up on my favorites! So check out these discounts if you’re looking to make some purchases….

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What’s recent, new, or fun in your life lately?

Any good, new books or TV shows that you’re digging?

Have you jumped on the Divergent bandwagon yet? 

Kaila

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Comments

  1. says

    I’ve read the Divergent series … I actually wish I had waited and read them all back to back, rather than right after they were written, and then having to wait a year between books. I’m in no rush for the movie, I’ll probably wait until it hits DVD and then watch it while working out (which is mainly where I watch all TV and movies … and read books for that matter).

    There are so many shows to try and keep up on, I’m sure there are many I would like, but it is hard to stay current. I generally just wait on most, until an entire season is available on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I DO keep up with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Good Wife I watched the first season on Netflix and was hooked enough to stay current and then hubs and I (and #1 son) enjoy “The Walking Dead” … but that just ended for the season.
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  2. says

    It looks like you’ve been doing really well, Kaila! That makes me so happy. :)

    I actually had no idea that About Time made granola- it sounds amazing! I usually can’t eat granola without letting it soak in milk or yogurt because it’s too crunchy…their’s would be perfect!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the slightly warmer weather tomorrow!
    xo

  3. says

    Great post girly! I’ve always wanted to try the Thunderbird bars:) Sadly, they’re out tof the budget, but I may contact them to see if they’ll let me do a review. Oh, pumpkin butter is the best, right? I’ve heard alot about this brand so will have to give it a try:) Glad you’re taking a rest! That will give you more energy in the future for sure:) Have a great weekend!
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  4. says

    The Horsetooth hot sauces sound delicious! I remember seeing them at Whole Foods since they were made in my college town and now I regret never buying them there.

    I hope you’ve been enjoying the warmer weather! It’s supposed to hit the 80s here on Thursday and I can’t wait!
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