Bulu Box

Bulu Box (2 of 2)

You could say that I have an infatuation with sample boxes; makeup, nail polish, dog treat/toys and now you can add vitamin/supplement/healthy snack boxes to that list too. I received a Bulu Box through Sweat Pink and really liked it. The great thing about Bulu Box is that you can review products and earn reward points that you can use off your favorite full sized products. A great way to get a good deal on vitamins, protein powder and other supplements you are probably already buying.

 

Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. I love getting a chance to try new protein powders, supplements and healthy snacks. I received two packets of Quest Protein Powder (in peanut butter), Yerba Prima Daily Fiber Formula, Movit Energy Gummies, Mediterra Bar and Earth’s Care Anti-Itch creme.

 

The Quest, energy gummies and anti-itch creme were the most exciting to me. I use protein powder every single day and this mixed well with almond milk and shaker bottle. The energy gummies were perfect pre yoga sculpt and because mosquitoes think I am the best thing ever I am constantly dealing with bug bites in the summer!

 

If you want to try it out for yourself, use the code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription!

 

Bulu Box (2 of 2)

Wine Wednesday Segura Viudas Gran Cuvee Reserva

Ah cava. You have a special place in my heart! I really do love all things bubbly but cava just tastes so darn good. I am big fan of the Segura Viudas Cava. They sent a sample and I have already purchased it a few times to make mimosas.

 

 

 

I love that this is under $10 and tastes so good. There is a time and a place for splurging on bubbles but for everyday this is perfect! My mimosa of choice (thanks Janae for turning me onto this) is lite orange juice, lite peach juice and cava. So tasty. I don’t always love peach flavored things but the lite peach is so fantastic.

 

 

Pimento Dip

Pimento Dip (1 of 2)

I am not normally a big dip person. Most of the time they have cream cheese in them (I am allergic) or have so much mayo or sour cream and it’s all I can taste. This pimento dip only has 1/2 cup of mayo and I used organic to get the best possible tasting version too.

 

This dip is delicious on crackers and vegetables, I put together a little veggie plate with celery, mini peppers, cucumber (from our garden!). snow peas, and carrots. And while I wouldn’t say this dip is the healthiest thing ever it’s all about moderation. Veggies + dip = moderation in my mind.

 

We had a few people over yesterday afternoon for a little wine party and this ended up more than half gone. People were surprised it didn’t have cream cheese and only 1/2 cup of mayo! The leftovers are going on sandwiches this week for Scott’s lunch. A little change up from the normal hummus or mayo with olive oil he uses. And the great thing about this dip is it comes together in about 10 minutes and you can make it the morning of a party. My one challenge? Finding a small jar of pimentos. Target had a few large jars but I only needed 1/4 cup worth and would never use them for anything else. I ended up finding the last tiny jar with just enough on the bottom shelf. Yeah for not having to waste any of these.

 

A dash of hot sauce or seasoning blend is really key, it give it a little kick!

Pimento Dip (2 of 2)

Pimento Dip (1 of 2)

 

Pimento Dip
 
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Serves: Serves 8
Ingredients
  • 11 ounces goat cheese, softened enough so you can stir
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup pimentos, diced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp hot sauce or spicy seasoning blend
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • Salt/Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl stir all the ingredients together and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving so the dip has a chance to firm up.

Fitness Friday: Restocking the Gym Bag

This week flew by! It’s our crazy busy time at work (although it’s always busy) and we have a ton going on through the next month. My key to surviving this time is taking it one day at a time, packing healthy snacks and doing my best to relax as much as possible at night. Last night was a great example of doing my best to slow down, I  curled up with Clifford and Jack, watched a few tv shows, and just relaxed. I avoided social media, left my mounting email inbox as is and just slowed down. And I think it helped me sleep! I was asleep by 9:30 and it felt so wonderful.

 

Along with taking the time to slow down, I have been focusing on eating healthy and getting my workouts in. This week was much better than last! I meal prepped on Sunday afternoon, it was just me and the animals in the kitchen with music on and a great chance to focus on the week. I made a veggie egg bake, turkey sloppy joes, zoodles and homemade tomato sauce, the quinoa pesto salad I posted on Monday, banana oat pancakes. That took my stress level way down and it was nice to have all those food options during the week too.

 

Workouts this Week:

Sunday: Cardio and Weights. 30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical and a Turbulence Training workout

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Yoga Sculpt. Extra hot and lots of triceps work!

Wednesday: Weights, a Body Beast full body workout.

Thursday: Yoga Sculpt and even more triceps work. I am really feeling it!

Friday: Off

 

Since I get ready at the gym at least 2-3 days a week I always keep my gym bag fully stocked! I’ve had an Apera bag for over a year and still love it! It fits everything I need.

 

Healthier Bags

 

I keep my gym shoes in one side pocket and my blow dryer and flip flops in the other. The front pocket holds my weight lifting gloves, lock, heart rate monitor, headphones, etc. And in the main bag area I have my toiletries and makeup bag along with the outfit for the day. It was a sad day last week when the toiletry organizer I have had for 5+ years finally broke. Sigh. I loved that organizer. Thankfully I had ordered one about a month ago, knowing my old one was on it’s last leg. I got this Initials Inc one, it’s a big smaller than the old one but a good excuse to reduce how much stuff I carry around!

 

 

 

I use small refillable bottles for shampoo, conditioner and hair products, face wash is usually a Birchbox or Ipsy sample, razor, lotion, deodorant (I am loving the Dove Dry Spray right now), perfume and brush. It all fits neatly in there and sits inside the bag as well. For my makeup bag I have a Lug one, it has a flat bottom and you can wipe it down. Best thing for a gym bag.

 

 

 

I am all about keeping my routine as short as possible!

 

The winner of the Fixate cookbook was Mo, I will email you. 

Wine Wednesday Cannon River Winery

Cannon River Winery (17 of 30)

Saturday morning I headed on a little road trip with our friends Bridget and Ben for a stop at the Cannon River Winery. Once a year the open up their vineyards (their tasting room is downtown Cannon Falls) for customers to come picnic, tour, learn all about the wine and see their beautiful barn structure that is over 150 years old.

 

Great historical fact that this barn was originally on the property of the key official in getting the Volstead Act passed (Prohibition!). I love the irony of a barn that was originally owned my someone who was so anti drinking now being at a winery. Ah how things come full circle!

 

We picnicked, enjoyed delicious wine and were quite sweaty. It was about 90 with crazy humidity. As much as people think Minnesota is always cold we have one of the widest temperatures swings! From -30 air temps up to the high 90’s even low 100’s. There are very few places that have that much of a range. It’s probably why weather is often a hot topic here.

 

I LOVE how the grapes were just starting to go into veraison (when they turn from green to purple), I may blow that photo up and frame it.

 

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Meatless Monday: Quinoa Pesto Salad

Quinoa Pesto Salad (1 of 3)

I have a serious love affair with quinoa. Apparntly our dog Jack does as well. Or maybe just anything that is just within reach. After making a lovely pesto, chopping up cucumber and peppers from our garden and making this salad; I had it on our table getting ready to take a picture and within 2.2 seconds Jack almost had the whole bowl off the table and on him and the floor. It was that quick. Thanks to quick reflexes I saved the salad, my favorite small bowl that has an adorable hand painted eggplant, and having to wash the floors and Jack.

 

After my heart settled down to it’s appropriate resting heart beat I laughed about it. But life with a 14 week old puppy is just plain crazy. I feel like I say the word NO about a million times a day!

 

This salad is the epitome of late summer. Fresh basil, olive oil, cheese and pine nuts come together for pesto. Add in cucumber, red pepper, quinoa and some shaved Parmesan and you have one heck of dish. I don’t know why I never thought to combine these before. Hello delicious!

 

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Quinoa Pesto Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup pesto
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Salt/Pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine quinoa, pesto, cucumber, red pepper and chickpeas in a bowl.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Season to taste and top with shaved Parmesan.

Fitness Friday: Fixate Giveaway

It’s almost 1pm on Friday afternoon and I feel like this is the first moment I have slowed down since Wednesday. This week has been crazy. That’s not a bad thing but the truth about the month of August. One of the busiest times at work and just trying to stay positive and keep taking one day at a time. And of course when you are the busiest that’s when you get sick. Should have seen that one coming.

 

I had a less than fun Doctor’s appointment Monday morning and ended up spending all day Monday and Tuesday sick. Really sick. Thankfully I am feeling better today! And with that 2 days of sickness my workouts were not as good this week.

 

Sunday: Cize. I got my dance on and had fun even though I wasn’t feeling all that great

Monday: I got in a quick cardio/weights session before my appointment because I knew I wouldn’t feel well after it.

Tuesday: Off. I pretty much slept all day. Not exactly restful sleep but I was feeling horrible.

Wednesday: A quick HIIT and bodyweight workout outside by the pool. I just set up my laptop and got my workout in. The dogs were running around and wanting to play but it was much needed.

 

 

Side note- The pool bar is coming along nicely! Just the exterior to finish.

 

 

The concrete countertops are drying. Then Scott stains, seals, polishes and waxes!

 

 

Thursday: Yoga Sculpt

Friday: Off. It felt glorious to sleep until 630 this morning. It was one of those shower super quick, a little makeup and hair up in a bun kind of mornings.

Saturday: Planning on heading to Yoga Sculpt. If I am ambitious the 7:30am or maybe the 10:30 if I am feeling the need to sleep in!

 

 

Even though I wasn’t feeling all that hot I did get a chance to do some meal prep and test out a few of the recipes from Fixate. The turkey sloppy joes and the egg bake are some of my favorites. You don’t need the containers and I highly recommend it for some more healthy recipe ideas. Always nice to have a few new ones to try. Autumn has great smoothie recipes and I can’t wait to try her tomato sauce. Even if you aren’t trying to loose weight (I’m not) this is a great cookbook for healthy eating.

 

 

 

 

I have 1 (sealed) copy to giveaway. Tell me your favorite meal prep tip and I will pick a winner next Friday the 21st. 

 

 

Wine Wednesday F Stephen Millier Angels Reserve Zinfandel 2014

This past Saturday we hosted our annual party for a wine group we are part of. We had about 15 people and the theme this year was Zin. Thankfully only one bottle of white zin was there and that one was a joke. Instead we had a whole table of rich, dark, fruit forward with notes of berries and spice. It was wonderful for this red loving girl!

 

Everyone brings a wine to share (1 wine per person, a couple would bring 2) and some sort of appetizer of snack. I made salsa chicken in the crockpot and had fixings for tacos. Tortillas, beans, tomatoes, chese, guac, salsa. By the end of the night there was only a few bites of chicken left. I call that a success. And since we were outside by our patio, bar and pool area the mess was minimal. I’m also pretty good at cleaning up throughout the evening too! If you leave an empty plate, water bottle etc laying out chances are I will swoop by and pick it up. It makes end of the night cleanup so much easier.

 

We had 2 bottles of the F Stephen Millier Angles Reserve Zinfandel. Another one of my Naked Wines and the suggested retail price is $15.99 ($8.99 for Angels). This was a true California zin, rich, dark, notes of berries, a hint of tobacco/leather and had enough tannins to leave your mouth puckering. My kind of zin!

 

 

F. Stephen Millier Angels Reserve Zinfandel 2014

Grilled Turkey Cilantro Burgers

Turkey Cilantro Burgers (1 of 2)

Ground turkey gets a bad wrap. People think it’s so basic, boring and bland. But it’s not! Ground turkey is so versatile. Great in soups, chili, as meatloaf and really good as a grilled burger. The key is to not let it get dried out. Adding some great flavors like soy sauce, ginger, and cilantro help.

 

And it’s a great summer meal when you have easy prep, can head outside to grill and enjoy that dinner outside. You barely get your kitchen dirty and I consider that a huge bonus. I served this with a zucchini “pasta” salad that is coming later this week. This was the ultimate summer meal, grilled meats, fresh vegetables from the garden turned into an awesome pasta salad. I love summer eating!

 

Grilled Turkey Cilantro Burgers
 
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Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped cilanto
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine ground turkey, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and cilantro.
  2. Form into 4 burgers and grill 3-6 minutes per side depending on how you like your burgers cooked. We did about 5 minutes per side.

 

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Fitness Friday: Taking a Break

Between work stress, sleeping horribly and dealing with horrible summer allergies I just haven’t felt like myself this week. I got a few workouts in but skipped Thursday and this morning because I just could not get out of bed! I averaged about 4 hours of sleep each night and it is catching up.

 

I did try a new program this week too: Cize. I love Shaun T and this program is no exception. It is all about dance and he walks you through all the moves. In the 45 minute workout I burn 300+ calories. Having danced when I was younger I thought the moves were easy to understand and within a few attempts I could do them. It’s a really fun workout!



 

Sunday: Cardio and weights as soon as I got home from Omaha. Way too many hours in the car!

Monday: Cize and Weights

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: Cardio and Weights and it was leg day. I am still feeling it in my quads and hamstrings

Thursday: Off

Friday: Off. I had every intention of going to the gym but with very little sleep, a stormy night and scared animals I opted for an extra hour and a half of sleep. While it was restless at least I got a few extra minutes.

Saturday: Cardio and Weights before heading to a birthday party and a wine party later that evening

 

 

Along with Cize I have been checking out a few other programs, Home Workout Revolution (HWR),  Turbulence Training (TT), Bikini Body Guide (BBG) and continuing with Lift Weights Faster (LWF). With more and more time constraints I’ve been doing workouts at home. I can do Cize, the tabata style workouts from HWR, weights with TT, BBG or LWF. And since I have extreme workout ADD switching up workouts keeps me interested! Any of the programs are great for at home or in the gym too. I modify as needed if I don’t have a piece of equipment but for the most part I can do everything. And when I do have time to get to the gym I can keep going with my program.

 

Hopefully I get a chance to catch up on sleep this weekend and get back to my normal schedule next week!

 

 

 

 

The winner of the dermae giveaway was Jen H, I will email you!