Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fitness Blender's "Busy People" Challenge


I really struggle with challenges, similar to a lot of my bloggy friends (no one hates a challenge as hilariously much as my girl Jasmine). Usually I go strong for a few days then get bored, end up doing the workouts randomly whenever I feel like it. HOWEVER, I've completed one FitnessBlender Challenge and I'm pretty sure it's because 5 days is about 100 times more attainable than 30/60/90 days. And they switch it up a lot so you don't get bored. And the videos they make together make me laugh- Kelly and Daniel are awkward just like us!

Check out day one here.

Oh oh oh! All you need is dumbbells too! 30 minutes/day, 5 days, only dumbbells. Win win win.

What do you think of challenges? Do you ever finish them or is it just me (and Jasmine)?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Taco Salad


Disclaimer: I've never gotten into the whole pumpkin thing. PSL - ew what? Pumpkin everything has never been my thing, until this year, aka the fall that a Trader Joe's opened around the corner from my work (I don't even have to CROSS THE STREET to get there) and this happened:


I'm pretty sure I'm the exact personality type that Trader Joe's and Costco and Sam's Club target with their samples. Everything I taste I HAVE TO HAVE- like ALL the samples, I need them. So last week turned into a pumpkin week thanks to Trader Joe's.

Servings: 3
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:
For the meat:

  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper sprinkles

For the salad serve with:

  • Lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Sliced onions
  • Salsa
Combine the raw turkey with the seasonings and pumpkin. Mix well. Cook over medium heat in a non-stick frying pan and cook until turkey is browned.

Toss with the salad ingredients.

Tell me: do you get into the whole pumpkin thing?  

Friday, October 17, 2014

16 Water Review

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 16 Water for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


I had the opportunity to try this new water brand out of South Korea. Yes, you heard me right- South Korea. Harrison and I have been on an organic/grass-fed/all-natural kick since watching scary docs on Netflix, so I was excited to try this water. Plus, this is the #1 water brand in South Korea and is huge in Japan and I’m big on FOMO.
This water is naturally purified through 16 layers of volcanic rock on Mt. Halla, an active volcano off the coast of the tropical island Jeju. So, what are the benefits of drinking water that comes from a volcano?
  • Mt. Halla has been designated by the UN as a World Natural Heritage site
  • Passing through 16 layers of volcanic bedrock, 16 water is naturally purified without stripping away essential minerals (see pix below).
  • By “letting nature do the work”, 16 is mineral-rich
  • The water has gone through no processing
  • The water has gone through zero synthetic enhancement
  • This unique filtration process gives you the soft taste while still containing minerals your body needs
  • Mt. Halla is the perfect environment for water purification and fortification—there are few places on earth that can naturally purify water while maintaining the mineral richness of 16.
My thoughts:
I’m not big on paying for something that I can get for free out of my sink. I don’t even own a Brita, so this is a hard sell for me. I do appreciate the extra minerals, and I’m not gonna lie, I was definitely expecting a nasty after taste after reading how naturally filtered and mineral-packed this is. But lo and behold there was no aftertaste and no taste at all really (see: bedrock filtration).
So all in all, if I’m going to drink bottled water I’ll drink this. The taste, the naturalness and organicness is something I really appreciate.
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