Pumpkin Spice + Everything Nice

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Its officially FALL…aka pumpkin season, as we all know, and I am one of the thousands who are obsessed with it…no shame in my game!

I love the number of things you find in stores now that are pumpkin spice…whether it’s the flavor or pumpkin spice themed.

My absolute favorite pumpkin spice thing right now is coffee creamer…who knew?

You know me and coffee, so really it’s no surprise. Today, I am sharing a few of my current favorite pumpkin spice…anything! 😁

1. Jordan’s Skinny (Sugar Free) Syrups 

One of my mom’s friends had these and wasn’t a fan. She knew I loved pumpkin spice and passed them off for me to try. I love them!!

Since these are the syrups, I pour a little almond milk in with it, for a creamier taste. You have to be careful with these, though, a little goes a long way! It’s a nice alternative to the super sugary syrups they add to the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks! You can find these here if you want to try!

2. Pumpkin Spice Nutpods

One of my clients first told me about Nutpods coffee creamer and I fell in love! It’s a dairy free based creamer you can get in an original flavor (much like half and half), vanilla, hazelnut, and of course, pumpkin spice!

It’s unsweetened, so if you like the little extra sweet in your coffee, you can add a little stevia or truvia. It’s delicious…find it here!

3. Friends’ Apartment Warming Gifts 

A couple of my friends from the gym gave me a present/apartment warming gift…and boy do they know me well! I love my Fall kitchen towels. “Stressed, Blessed, and Pumpkin Spice Obsessed”…I’d say this is me! I actually have a coffee mug that says it too!

I can’t wait to light my fall candle either! I keep forgetting to pick a lighter up…

Love my sweet friends!

4. Glade room spray

This was seriously only $1.00 from Target…and it smells fabulous!! Not much else to say about this besides you should go get some!

There are way more pumpkin things I love, but I’m sticking with this current list of my faves.

Questions for you? 

Whats your favorite pumpkin/pumpkin spice item or food?

Are you even a pumpkin spice person? If not, do you like the apple spice instead?

Walmart Pickup Grocery Haul

Hiya, friends!

Ive been patiently awaiting the internet at my new apartment, so I’m a little late getting a post up for you guys.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and were able to spend it with friends and family. Friday was spent up at the hospital for Austin’s Dad’s bypass surgery. Everything went SO good and the recovery process has begun. Day by day!

Saturday was…MOVE IN day!

I haven’t finished putting everything up and/or decorating, and I don’t have all my furniture yet, so those pictures will be coming soon.

The apartment has much more space than I first anticipated. Moving in was my first time to be able to see it. And one of the things I love is that my patio doesn’t face the parking lot…so I can sit out, drink coffee, and see some nature! 😀

The first official fall decor is up! <3

So before I get into this official grocery haul, I want to highlight how much I love the grocery pick up option at Walmart.

At my old apartment, I took advantage of this free grocery pickup quite often. It’s so convenient with my schedule sometimes, even though I’m one who loves to physically grocery shop! Like, for real, you could pay me to buy your groceries and I’d be happy about it! 😊

After moving in, I scheduled a grocery pickup for Sunday around noon. I knew I was going to already have some food that I took with me Saturday, but knew I wouldn’t feel up to going up and down aisles for groceries. Moving is a whole other workout level sometimes!

All you do is go on the Walmart Grocery App, pick your Walmart location, set a pickup time, and you can get to ordering your groceries.

You have to have a $30 minimum, but if you’re getting things you need, it should be no problem getting there! 😊

They make it easy to shop by category, so if you know exactly what you need, or are looking for a specific product, you can go to that catoegory to make it quicker. This goes for non grocery pick up orders as well.

I also love the option where they show you what you’ve ordered in the past and make it easy to order past items. If you ordered a lot of similar items, this comes in handy!

I spent a little over $60 and got all of this!

Questions for you:

Have you ever used the Walmart Grocery pickup option before?

What’s one of your go-to grocery items you purchase almost every time?

Let’s Breakdown Our Health

Happy Humpday everyone!

What a week it has been already…

As many may know, my boyfriend’s (Austin) dad has been in the hospital. What started out as double pneaumonia turned into needing triple bypass surgery.

So I’ve been helping out, running back and forth to hospital, work stuff in between, and trying to fit in more packing for the move Saturday.

Needles to say, a lot of us are physcially, emotionally, and mentally tired.

This got me thinking about the breakdown of our health.

We have 3 main categories of health:

– Physical

-Mental/Emotional

-Spiritual

1. Physical Health 

Our physical health is basically the function of our bodies. It’s our everyday activities, our fitness, and how well our body runs both inside and out.

In a lot of cases, we think we are doing fine, but sometimes there’s a curveball thrown that makes you realize how important our physical health is. You can eat right and exercise, but you still run the risk of getting something or something happening to you. In some instances, it’s genetics and you can’t do anything about it.

Austin’s dad just went in for pneumonia, not realizing what condition his heart was in. But, if it wasn’t for the pneumonia, his heart would have just gotten worse.

It’s still vital for us to eat well and exercise…all while finding a balance. It’s so important for us to take care of ourselves the best we can! Some people may poke fun at me for how I eat sometimes, but there’s a reason I eat the way I do (And yes…I still enjoy pizza and burgers) 😀

2. Mental Health

Our mental health is our psychological + emotional well being. When we have a lot of things going on, when we have stress at work or at home, and you go-go-go a hundred miles and hour, it takes a toll on us mentally…especially with our emotions.

Clear, mental health can be viewed as happy, content, and at peace with where you are. It’s a good place to be in and a place we should all strive to be in.

When you have other things going on, whether it’s work related, family/relationships, health problems, or all of the above, we eventually get to the point of pure exhaustion and have a breakdown.

Some people hold it together really well, but I know for me after a period of time, after bottling it up for so long, I just have to have a good cry session and let things out. That’s good for us too, you know!

3. Spiritual Health 

Our spiritual health, to me, is just as important as the others.

WHY?

Because with God, all things our possible. He is our source of strength and guidance. He knows what’s best for us. He is our healer. He is always by our side.

I can go on and on with this one. I have to put my faith and trust in Him when things start to pile up in life…or when those lemons are thrown at me. 

Evaluate these areas in your life.

-Are you feeling run down?

-Do you feel like you can never catch a break?

-Do you have days you feel like you have no hope or don’t know who to turn to?

More than just physical, being healthy overall includes our mental/emotional, and spiritual health as well.

Snatch PRs, Eats, + The Best Wedding Date Ever

Happy Sunday friends!!

I hope you all are enjoying your long weekend (if you get one) and soaking in the last days of summer.

For me, it is officially pumpkin spice season!

When September hits I instantly start Fall mode: pumpkin spice lattes, football, pumpkin candles, and fall decor! It’s that push over the summer “hill” I need to remind me Summer is almost over. September through the end of the year is my favorite months of all time!

No shame: I’ve already enjoyed 2 pumpkin spice lattes 😬

So, I thought I’d share a quick little weekend recap with you guys.

Saturday started off with a couple morning clients, and breakfast was a ONE Birthday Cake Protein bar I picked up from Publix. I ran out the door with no food so I was hungry in between my clients.

After my clients I headed to the gym. It was just me there, so I had the whole place to myself. I worked on my pull-ups, hit my first Toes to Bar, and hit a #75 PR in my snatch!

Snatches have been one of the hardest things for me to get down. It’s taken a long time to get to #75, and it honestly felt pretty good. I tried #80 a few times and couldn’t quite get it. I’m close though!

After the gym I headed home to grab some lunch before showering and getting ready for a wedding.

For lunch I had chicken and mixed steamed veggies, topped with a dollop of hummus. On the side (or more like dessert), I toasted a piece of organic multi grain bread and topped it with some peanut butter.

I took a cat nap, showered and dressed, and went to my friend Ambers for her to do my makeup before the wedding.

If you’re looking for a someone with great skills and know what she’s doing with makeup, go to my friend Amber! 🙂

She did an amazing job with my makeup, and I meant to get a close up of my eye makeup…it was incredible!

The wedding was at Flagstone Farms, only about 5 minutes from my friend, Amber’s, place.

Besides the mugginess and little heat, it turned out to be a beautiful evening for the wedding. The view at the place is absolutely stunning!

Austin was the best man at this wedding, and next week he will be in his other friends wedding! Isn’t he handsome? He’s the best wedding date ever. The only date I’ll ever need. ❤️

When the bride and groom left, we met up with some of our friends to finish watching the Alabama football game…because Roll Tide!!

My Sunday morning plans changed, so I ended up enjoying the morning and relaxing a while. Austin had to return his tux, so we made a pit stop for something to drink.

I hadn’t had coffee yet, and not much water, so Austin grabbed one of these Dunkin Donuts bottled iced coffee for me. These are tasty! Dangerous too…I can’t get too addicted to these! Treat only!

It was lunch time after we dropped his tux off, so we headed across the street to Baumhowers restaurant (in Patton Creek In Hoover).

i didn’t eat much the night before so I was quite hungry. I went with their Tailgate burger, no onions, and I ate maybe half the fries. It hit the spot!

The rest of this day will be blog work, relaxing, and getting ready for the week ahead! I don’t have major plans for Labor Day. I’ll be going to the gym, eating lunch with the fam, and seeing where the day takes me!

What are your Labor Day plans? Traveling anywhere?

Tuesday Thoughts #2

Happy Tuesday and welcome to “Tuesday Thoughts” number 2!

Yesterday I opened up about a fear of mine I am about to take head on. If you missed it, you can read about it here.

I had intentions of starting and following the template yesterday, but a couple things came up, left me in a “tizzy”, and the food I had ready to go with me ended up being left at home. So, I was left to find food while I was out and it may have been a little off.

This is why if you FAIL to PLAN, you PLAN to FAIL. I should’ve kept the food I had prepped for me, but because my emotions were all over the place, I purposely left them.

So….we are back on it today!

Tuesday Thoughts #2

1. I am convinced that besides the power of prayer and God to give you calmness and peace, Stress Away is the next best thing.

I love my oils!

2. I realize I have a slight obsession with fun socks from Target…

I found these fun fall socks at Target yesterday. They were only $2 so I had to snag them!

3. The sermon from Church this Sunday was something I needed to hear.

I went to Church of the Highlands again Sunday with my friend Lauren, and the pastor was wrapping up his series on Prayer. This past Sunday he talked on the names on God, and who He is for us. I absolutely loved being reminded of how many roles God plays in our lives:

-Healer

-Constant Companion

-Provider

-Shepherd

-Righteousness

What a beautiful name it is! So many names in one.

4. God takes us through situations we don’t always understand why, but He has a reason for it, and in HIS time, He makes a way for us to get through it…and in a lot of cases, stronger, happier, and more confident in our faith and who we are.

5. I move in a short weeks and I really got to start packing!!

I really only have one tote packed of clothes…all my fall and winter stuff. My Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving tote is packed, my Christmas tote is still packed, so all that’s left is kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, furniture, Knick knacks…basically everything else! Haha I’ll be busy!

6. Life is what it is sometimes, but I sure am thankful for the people in it: family, gym family, friends, great clients, and of course a guy who loves me for me. <3 

My 2 Go-To Smoothie Recipes

I don’t know what it is about summer that makes smoothies taste so good!

Probably the fact they are cool and refreshing. I make them for breakfast and sometimes lunch when I’m in a smoothie mood. I’m not very fancy with my smoothies very often. I’m a simple girl when it comes to these.

I also reach for whatever is usually around the house, and that means I always have frozen blueberries, bananas, and sometimes strawberries.

So today, I wanted to share with you my 2 favorite go-to smoothie recipes!

smoothie #1

I combine frozen blueberries, a banana, almond milk, and protein powder into my blender. I alternate the kind of protein powder I use.

Sunwarrior Protein– you can find it here. You can also find it at Vitamin Shoppe and some GNCs.

Tone it Up protein– you can find it at Target stores!

**TIP- when blending frozen fruit, I always place it first in blender and pour my almond milk over it and let it sit a minute. Still keeps it frozen but still easy to blend!

From time to time I’ll add a tablespoon of peanut butter in for a little extra. It makes it more like a pb + j smoothie!

Smoothie #2

This one is a little more simple, but just as tasty and a great way to sneak some greens in!

I combine frozen banana, a couple dates, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, and spinach.

I never taste the spinach, since the banana and vanilla protein powder are stronger tasting, so it’s perfect!

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The good thing with smoothies is there are so many options! Play around with different fruits and protein powders (if that’s your thing), and see what you like!

These are my go-to smoothies and they never disappoint me! 🙂

Weekly Eats + Back to Videos?

Happy Friday guys!

I am so glad the weekend is about here. I thought I would start making Fridays a weekly recap post of what I ate and/or things that took place during the week. This one is mostly foods I ate.

Let me know if you like these posts!

I am also thinking about seriously bringing back the YouTube video. I made one and published it, and attempted a few other times to make another one, and it just faded out. But I enjoyed making them, and I had a lot of great feedback.

Let me know what you think of continuing them on! Here is a link to the first video I made:

https://youtu.be/ioDG2LOpmEM

Now, on to the recap!

Monday

Breakfast Monday morning was 2 scrambled eggs topped with Daiya (dairy free) cheese, alongside a piece of toast topped with the Wild Maine Blueberry Jam my sweet friend got me in Maine!

I worked on my fat bomb post, and for a snack grabbed a Fiber One bar. No picture of that! Lol I stayed busy getting the post done, went with dad on a grocery trip, and when I got back,whipped up lunch.

I mixed jasmine rice with corn, black beans, broccoli, and mixed it all together with salsa. I topped it l over a bed of greens. It was so good!

I ran over to pick up the MealFit food for my gym, and on the way back had a couple rice cakes with peanut butter on them.

This workout I did with Austin and his brother was most challenging for me! So many overhead squats and thrusters!! I got me a Fitaid drink afterwards for extra recovery.

Dinner was a bowl of oatmeal with banana slices and peanut butter. Completely forgot to snap a picture. It wasn’t very pretty anyway lol. I was sleepy and hungry so I threw it together!

Tuesday

Tuesday morning for breakfast I mixed dairy free blueberry yogurt with my chocolate plant based protein powder, and topped it with Bear Naked granola, banana slices, and drizzled with JIF powdered peanut butter. Such a tasty bowl!

After a couple clients, I came back home for lunch. I had more of my salsa rice mixture over a bed of greens and topped with delicious avocado!

I think this is the most perfect avocado I’ve ever cut open! What joy!

For a little something sweet, I had a few bites of this dairy free version of Halo Top ice cream. This is my absolute favorite dairy free ice cream (next to Ben and Jerry’s!)

I taught kids Crossfit class at 4, did the class at 5 for my workout, ran across town for my evening client, and when I came back heated up a bowl of my spaghetti squash, topped with my Daiya dairy free cheese.

It did not take long for me to fall asleep after that!

Wednesday

Breakfast was a bowl of oatmeal with a little peanut butter and a fat bomb I made earlier this week. Get the recipe here!

For lunch me, Austin, and Dad went to Mugshots for a late bday lunch for Austin. We started off with their fried pickles. SO good! They gave us so many pickles that we had to take most home.

I ordered the turkey burger with a side of sweet potato fries!

Afterwards Austin and I headed to the mall to get a shirt he needed, and we got Starbucks while we were there. Go figure! That held me over until the gym. Hit some PRs that night!

Dinner was  2 pieces of chicken from Dominos and a low carb wrap with peanut butter. Needless to say, Wednesday got off track a little. It was a treat day for sure!

Thursday

Thursday morning started off with 2 fried eggs and a piece of toast with half peanut butter and half blueberry jam!

I picked up Austin and dropped him off where him and his buddies were meeting and they were headed off to the beach. So jealous of them!

For lunch I threw together a salad topped with smoked turkey, cucumbers, and topped with fat free ranch. I also had a small bowl of jasmine rice.

On my way to my afternoon client, I enjoyed this Mountain Zevia drink (tastes like Mountain Dew!)

After my client, i went and picked up my cousin Devin (he’s in visiting with his family from Texas) and he took the kids Crossfit class I taught at 4. He rocked it!

I was going to do some light ab work or the Assault bike during the 5pm class, since my Mayhem team was planning on practicing at 6, then I found out a couple of my team members may not make it, so I decided to do the workout at 5. We did a 400 meter run, walking lunges with #35, 50 double unders, 25 toes to bars (I had to do hanging knee raises), back down to 50 double unders and another set of lunges.

By the end of the workout both the other ladies ended up coming, even though one girl on the team has an injured hand, so she is taking it easy. I decided to join them in the workout for Mayehm, so I ate some dates for a quick energy source and drank this FitAid.

I was pooped after back to back workouts, and I was ready for dinner! I had a bowl of my spaghetti squash again, mixed in with spaghetti sauce and smoked turkey.

I had this chocolate plant based protein shake alongside of it, for some extra protein.

Before bed (9 something maybe), I was still a little hungry, so I grabbed a bowl of cheerios and then I headed straight to bed!

So glad today is Friday! What are your weekend plans? I will be spending it some more with my family that’s in town, and Austin gets back on Sunday so I hope to see him then too!

😀

3 Ingredient Fat Bombs

Happy Monday Folks!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

I spent yesterday celebrating Austin’s 25th birthday…well, really since last week! We threw a surprise get together Thursday night for him and it went off without a hitch!

We played it off like we were going to Top Golf, but going to pick up our friends Amber and Scotty, which wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary, since we’ve picked them up before.

we had a great group of people to come and help celebrate!

We kept things simple with ordering pizza, and my friend Michele made the brownies!

It cant be a party without the guys playing Fortnite!

Yesterday was celebrating with his family, and we enjoyed steak, fries, and cheesecake! (I didn’t get any pictures last night!) It was nice just to enjoy each other’s company.

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Now, on to the recipe!

Something big to make in the Keto world, are fat bombs. Normally these have few ingredients, including coconut oil, and you can play around for different flavors.

Just because these are labeled as Keto, doesn’t mean just those following the Keto diet can enjoy these little gems. This is a great healthy source of fat, and can be great as a snack or even dessert!

Ingredients 

-1 cup coconut oil

-1 cup nut butter 

-1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used the dark chocolate kind)

-pinch of salt

Directions

1. Over low-medium heat, melt the coconut oil + nut butter in a pot. Mix well.

2.Add in cocoa powder and salt. Mix well.

3.Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. (You can also spread wax paper over a cookie sheet, and make this into a chocolate bark. I actually posted a chocolate bark recipe similar to these fat bombs! Check that out here.) 

4. Pop out of ice tray when ready and enjoy! Must store in freezer. 

Healthier Peanut Butter Pie

Happy Friday, y’all!

Can you believe it is the first day of JUNE??

For me, this means my beach trip is only a number of days away and I cannot wait!!

Today I am sharing with you a peanut butter pie I made over Memorial Day weekend last week. I wanted something like this, but less in calories, sugar, little to no dairy, etc.

I think this pie turned out great and it seemed to be a hit with the parents too!

Healthier Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:

-1 pie crust (pre-made graham cracker OR the kind you have to bake first…I used a gluten free crust.)

-1 8oz container of cool whip of choice (I used this kind)

-8 oz vanilla Greek yogurt (I used 5 oz vanilla Greek and the other I used a vanilla almond milk base yogurt)

-1/2 cup powdered peanut butter (can add a tablespoon or 2 of regular PB if you want)

-Chocolate chips to top the pie with (I used these)

Directions:

1. IF using pie crust that you need to bake, follow instructions and let cool COMPLETELY.

2.Next, mix together the cool whip, yogurt, powdered peanut butter (and/or regular PB) all together.

3.Spoon mixture into pie shell and sprinkle with chocolate chips of choice.

4. Place + store in freezer until ready to eat!

When ready for a slice, let the pie sit out of the freezer 5-10 minutes to soften just a little, and it should be ready to cut!

Question for you: What is YOUR favorite kind of pie??

Let’s Be Honest With Ourselves

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I want to share something that’s on my heart this morning:

Self Love.

The last few days for me have been rough: both physically and mentally. I have had hardly any energy, I’ve been tired what feels like 90% of the day, I felt weak, “fluffy” (as I like to call it), not liked what I was looking at in the mirror, and in my mind I was picking out all my flaws and things I wish would change.

I’ve come a long way since my eating disorder (If you missed my story, you can read part 1 here, and part 2 here), and while I overcame it, it’s something you never truly heal from. I still have my moments and struggle with things.

I was complaining about it last night to Austin and this morning I woke up to him telling me “It’s a new day, just look forward and put in the work.” He also told me to stop beating myself up about it (referring to last night’s workout). This is exactly what I needed to hear! It made me realize how badly I was  beating myself up over the last few days. I need reminders like this sometimes.

We all have these moments, and this is where self love is more important than we realize. Self Love has always been a struggle for me. It dates back all the way to my early teen years when I had my eating disorder. We see more self-hate today than ever before. We are always seeing products advertised to make us lose weight fast or to look beautiful. Seeing girls on social media looking a certain way makes us think we look terrible.

Well let me tell you something…and I am not only telling you this, but telling myself…

YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. THE. WAY. YOU. ARE.

Flaws and all, you were made in the image of God and He has you just the way He wants you. Yes, some days we all will struggle with wanting to look different, smaller, nicer, etc., but when these thoughts start consuming you, it’s time to rethink who made you to begin with: the master artist!

I was scrollingg theough Instagram the other day and came across an artist I have loved since her Disney Channel days: Jordan Pruitt.

She has such an incredible voice, wonderful music, and an outlook on life that I admire. She posted a picture the other day and what she put underneath it was what I needed to hear. We need to be honest with ourselves…accepting all that is and all that we are. I will leave this here as I end my post. Please remember you are beautiful, strong, and capable of amazing things…just the way you are.

<3