Typical Day in the Life of Me (Bri)!

Everyone’s days are different starting from the moment you wake up.

Personally I wake up revved and ready to go, but I am a morning person.  I usually wake up 5 minutes before my 6:00 alarm goes off.  I jump out of bed and immediately turn off my alarm.  I can tell you something I am not though… I AM NOT A SNOOZER.  People that snooze DRIVE me nuts!!!  My husband is a snoozer.  I have friends that are snoozers and I just don’t get it!

Although my weekends are very different the below is a look at my typical weekday!

6:00-7:00 AM I get up, shower and get myself completely ready for work. Once I am ready I get my daughter dressed and ready and we are out of the door by 7:05 AM.

7:05-7:10 AM I drop my daughter off at daycare and then head to work.

7:30 AM I get my work day started with a cup of coffee that consists of a French vanilla K-cup, 2 truvia packets and some Walden Farms French Vanilla Creamer (non dairy, zero calorie, sugar free)

8:30-9:00 AM I usually eat some kind of healthy protein/granola bar for breakfast.  Today I chose a blueberry Oatmega bar.  I have never had the blueberry flavor and I must say this was delicious!  It tasted like a blueberry muffin! 

9:00-11:30 AM I try to drink about 20-25 ounces of water before lunch.

12:00 PM is finally lunch time!  I am lucky if I make it until noon.  I am usually ready to eat at 11:00. So today I had sweet potatoes, eggs and turkey sausage topped with homemade pico. Yum!  Also drink another 15-20 ounces of water with lunch!

4:30 PM I am out the door and on to some kind of adventure.  Today is a gym day!  

4:45-6:00 PM I will spend this time running and doing some kind of weight training.  It is not a typical workout and I usually do whatever I am in the mood for, but I like it and it gives me the results that I want.  I will try to drink another 20 ounces of water after my workout!

You might already know this about me, but if not here you go…I get bored doing the same things over and over.  It absolutely kills me.  I can’t do rep after rep.  I have to change it up, ALOT!

6:15 PM time to go home and have dinner.  Usually this consists of me drinking a juice and eating another protein bar.  Sometimes I will actually make dinner, but not tonight!  Suja Berry Goodness FTW (For the win). 

6:45-9:00 PM This is my time to get my stuff situated for the next day and plan my work outfit.  I will also clean up, watch a movie, hang with the munchkin, write my blog, etc…Tonight I caught about 2 episodes of Supernatural (Season 3). Again drink another 20 ounces of water!

So as you can see I lead a pretty boring life. Nothing to crazy during the week!  The weekends are a little more adventurous!  

I always talk about how I hate to do the same thing over and over again, but honestly this is basically me monday through friday.  I even eat the same foods!  I am a walking contradiction, who am I kidding!

Have a great night!

Love,

Bri

 

What’s In Your Purse?

I find purses absolutely fascinating.  I mean most women do, but I find them fascinating for a completely different reason than the obvious aesthetically pleasing sight of them.  

What is inside of them?  Do you ever wonder what other people put in their purses?  Sometimes I see someone with a bag, that is bigger than a backpack, and wonder what the hell they could possible be carrying around inside of that luggage.  Other times I see people carrying around a small clutch and wonder how that is even possible in this day and age.  You can barely fit your cell phone in a clutch let alone anything else!  Where is all of your stuff?

So as the saying goes, I will show you mine if you show me yours!

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Okay, so mine is pretty clean.  I don’t usually carry much in my purse.  I am probably one of the more reserved when it comes to this!  As you can see by the contents of my purse, I have a little obsession with lip products.  I have 5 right now (but I had about 10 until this weekend).  I try to clean my purse out on Sunday and get rid of the junk that I don’t need before the new week starts.  So from left to right lets see what we have!

  • White and brown leather coach wallet.  Nothing special about this wallet and it does not match my purse, which for some of you out there is a big deal!  No judgement, I just don’t have money to drop $100-$300 on a purse to match each bag that I have!
  • My Captain America 3 Civil War Movie Ticket because I just saw it and I have not put it in my memory box yet!
  • Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Party Starter– For me, this is almost a perfect nude with just a hint of pink and shine to it.  I love this stuff.  
  • Alba pineapple quench lip balm– I am a sucker for any kind of hawaiian product (since I was born and raised there).  This lip balm almost feels a little scratchy when you are putting it on, but it covers your lips completely and is not oily.  This is my favorite smelling chap stick because it smells like Pineapple! Yum!  Doesn’t taste bad either!
  • Beauty counter Lip Sheer in Petal– So I have posted about beauty counter products before and this is no exception.  These products are not made with any harmful ingredients and are all natural.  The petals is a very soft pink and the sheer lives up to it hypes giving your lips just a little bit of a shimmer to them!  Plus who doesn’t love the beautiful gold container!
  • My car keys with a Bumble bee and Daryl Dixon attached because WHY NOT?
  • My iPad 
  • My Geek’d Con Tickets that I just bought
  • An assortment of hair clips and hair ties.  I workout most afternoons so I always keep hair clips and ties with me so I can throw my hair up once I get there!
  • Blistex medicated lip balm– this is the best balm if your lips are chapped or even feeling extra dry.  This will healing them so quickly and make them super soft again!  I tend to use this one at night to repair my lips while I am sleeping.
  • Jack Black Lip Balm in Natural Mint– I love how this makes my lips tingle!
  • Lily Pulitzer glasses (for work and writing this blog!)
  • Last but not least my Coach purse

So as you can see, nothing too crazy in my purse, just some of my favorite products that I just can’t seem to get enough of!  I have shown you mine, want to show me yours?

Love,

Bri

 

Zucchini Spaghetti and Homemade Marinara

So eating healthy is not always easy.  Let’s be brutally honest.  IT IS DOWN RIGHT HARD AND IT SUCKS.   Well I found a great recipe that is healthy and will appeal to just about anyone!  WIN-WIN…

So zucchini spaghetti was never my idea of a good meal.  It actually sounded horrible, but I decided to give it a try a couple of months ago when I was juicing and trying to eat less meat.  This is a great recipe for anyone that is a vegetarian or vegan, simply don’t add meat to their plates!  Easy Peasy!

So tonight I had another couple that was coming over and giving it a try with us (even though we have already had it before).  Now her boyfriend is a H U G E meat and potatoes guy, but really what guy isn’t? So needless to say he was not overly thrilled by having to eat a plate full of vegetables!

So this recipe is very simple.  

Grocery List for 4 people



5-6 medium to large zucchini

3-4 medium to large tomatoes

Garlic

2 sweet onions

Italian seasoning of some kind

Some kind of meat if you have meat lovers in your group (I will be making chicken and meatballs tonight to go with the spaghetti)


I start off by cleaning off all of my veggies and then get out my Veggetti.  If you don’t have one of these then you should go out and buy one.  They are amazing and cheap!  You will stick all of your zucchini in the veggetti and spin until they are all spiraled.  Then you sit them off to the side until you are almost done cooking your marinara.  


Next you will dice all the onions and about 2 cloves of garlic and place them in a skillet on medium heat with some olive oil.  Cook them for about 5 minutes while you are dicing up all of your tomatoes.  Mix all the tomatoes into the onions and garlic.  You will let this simmer and cook down for about 10-15 minutes.  Then put it into a baking dish and put it into a 400 degree oven to finish cooking for about 20 minutes.

Now get your steamer ready.  The zucchini takes about 5 minutes to cook/get warm so cook it accordingly!

Now that everything is cooked you will make your plate and enjoy because it is a healthy and wonderful meal! 

So after everyone ate the food, the consensus was that it was good.  Actually I got 3 goods and 1 “not to bad if you eat a meatball with it”.  So basically 4 YAY’s…  Definitely going to be making it again in the future! 

Love,

Bri

 

Rainbow Juices

Juicing is a great way to get your daily vegetables and fruits, without having to eat multiple plates of them in a day.  Did you know that the average 30 year old female (that is me) should be eating 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 – 3 cups of vegetables a day?  That is almost 5 cups  in a day of just fruits and vegetables.  Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot to some of you.  Maybe some of you eat all of your daily recommended values of all the food you are required to eat…  GOOD FOR YOU if you fall into that category!  I however do not fall into that category.

I am kind of a picky eater. Basically I have 3 food groups that I enjoy… Meats… Potatoes…. Sweets…  I have gotten better over the years, but I am still just not a huge vegetable fan.  Juicing was perfect for me to get all my nutrients that I was not getting from the lack of vegetable variety in my diet.  The only vegetables  I did eat were salads (lettuce), tomatoes (does salsa count?), zucchini/squash, carrots and potatoes.  That’s it.  I didn’t like to branch out.  I don’t like the texture of most vegetables and I never developed a taste for the rest of them.

So back to juicing.  When looking for recipes I found a ton that had some weird or gross things in them; kale, sweet potato, beets, broccoli, avocado, brussel sprouts.  GROSS…

Needless to say I was going to have to modify these recipes before I went into this juice cleanse!  So below are a few of my favorite recipes!  Enjoy!


Rainbo(aka Brown)

1 Granny Smith Apple

5 Carrots

1 Cucumber

1 Ginger Root Thumb

1 Lemon

1 Pear

3 Spinach

 

Sunset

2 Golden Delicious Apples

1 Beet Root

1 Carrot

1 Orange (peeled)

1 Sweet Potato (peeled)

 

Creamsicle

2 Granny Smith Apple

3 Celery Stalks

1 Orange (peeled)

2 Pears

1 Sweet Potato (peeled)


To take it even a little farther, I was counting my calories as well when I did this juice cleanse.  Do you know how hard it is to count the calories of a juice?  Impossible.  Well, impossible until I found a nifty little calculator online.  You put in the whole fruits and vegetables that you used and it spits out what the juice portion of it would be.  Hopefully this will help save you some time! Juicing calorie counter.

Love,

Bri

Glass vs. Plastic

So, lately I have been trying to be more eco-friendly in my daily life.  One easy way for me to do that is to use reusable water bottles instead of plastic.  Since I am also an avid juicer this is great to carry all my juices in as well!  I have many different kinds of glass bottles and containers that I use to drink from.  Some have different benefits than others though so make sure you choose the right one for you!

1. bkr -$35 for 16 oz bottle (500mL)

These bottles are great.  I love the way they look (I guess that is kind of weird), but they are so sleek and simple.  I feel like these look like what you would expect to see Moonshine in, except they have a pretty colored silicone cover on them!  Maybe that’s what they were used for before they went mainstream!

2. Lifefactory – $23 for 16 oz bottle

I have the normal glass bottle with yellow silicone cover with the flip cap.  I do not like bottles that have straws.  One because the straws that are attached to the bottles are usually plastic and two because they are extremely difficult to clean (especially with my juice). This option lets me just flip the top and drink right out of it.

3. Contigo – $15 for 20 oz bottle

This bottle is the best bang for your buck.  This bottle is the biggest one that I have for the best price.  At 20 ounces, I can fit an entire juice, that I make, in this bottle.  I have this beauty with the jade sleeve.

4. Mason Jars- $9 for a 12 pack of 16 oz jars

These are my go to glass when I am at home.  They are not as practical when I am leaving the house, mainly because they do not fit into my cup holders in my car, but I can still put my juice in them and put a lid on it and take it to work with me!  I usually pair these jars with my stainless steel Norwex straws.

5. S’well -$25 for 15 oz. bottle

These bottles are made of stainless steel and come in so many pretty designs.  I have the yellow bumble bee bottle which is my favorite.  These bottles have the added benefit of keeping anything inside hot or cold (depending on what you put in it).  My water and juice will stay cold all day long which is great if you are out running errands! The bottle does not sweat at all so no need to worry about any condensation dripping inside of your new Kate Spade purse!

6. Ello – $14 for 20 oz bottle

This is another bang for your buck.  I have this one in grey and it is awesome.  Again, I can fit a whole juice in this 20 oz bottle which is great.  I like the fabric strap that you can carry it with as well.

As you can see, there are many different choices when it comes to choosing an eco-friendly container for your water and drinks.  Choose one that suits you the best so you are more likely to actually use it instead of going straight for a plastic bottle of SmartWater!

Let me know which ones you like and prefer below, I am always looking for new ones to add to my collection!

Love,

Bri

Best Almond Flour Cookies Ever!

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So a while back I was trying to be super healthy and tried my hand at the paleo diet.  I did my research and dove right in.  The diet is basically eating all natural and unprocessed foods (obviously there is a little bit more to it than that, but that is the basic concept).  I have a huge sweet tooth, so when I go into a diet that cuts out a lot of my snack food I have a problem with that.

I immediately started looking for a sweet snack that I could eat, but that was still paleo friendly…  I didn’t want to eat almonds or different veggie chips.  I wanted something that was actually a snack.

I knew instantly that these cookies were for me.  I got the recipe and was off to the store to look for my very specific ingredients.  Now, before attempting this recipe, some of you will be surprised to know that I never cooked with almond flour before (shocking I know)!

Ingredients:

2 Cups almond flour or almond meal

1/4 cup raw/organic honey

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips

Heat your oven to 315 degrees.  Mix all the above ingredients into a bowl except for the chocolate chips.  Make sure to heat the coconut oil and honey a little bit so it is melted and easier to mix into the batter.  

A little hint: when you pour the melted coconut oil and honey into the batter you will want it to cool before you mix the chocolate chips into it otherwise they will melt!  If you have already mixed the chocolate chips into the batter it is not a big deal (once again, I have done this before and I learned).  You will just have chocolate cookies without the chips and your cookies will be a darker brown color! THEY STILL TASTE GREAT…  My suggestion is to stick the batter in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes before you add the chocolate chips in!

I have altered my recipe just a little bit from the original, so what you are seeing is my variation.  The original recipe said to put your oven at 350 degrees but since I have a gas stove and mine seems to be a little hotter than normal I had to turn my down to 315 so that the cookies did not burn (because the first couple of times, I completely burned the bottoms)!  

These cookies are a hit with everyone.  My 4 year old loves them, my husband (who is anti chocolate) loves them and all my friends love them.  You will be lucky if you have any left after 1 day!

Happy baking everyone!

Love, 

Bri 

Defenders of Liberty Mud Run

First thing’s first.  You sign up.  Now what?  Well for us (4 girls) we decided that we better start training.

Our Mud Run consisted of 4 Miles and 20 obstacles. So we trained in the gym 2-3 days a week and ran steadily throughout the week and then added a 4 mile run on the weekends.  We did this training schedule for about 3 months.  Let me just first start off by saying we were still in no way prepared.  Did I mention that for all of us this was our F I R S T ever run, of any kind, PERIOD…

So now that we are done and our first run is in the books I have concluded that there are 5 stages to doing any type of run (today was no exception)!

Stage 1- Excited and Nervous Stage

When we all got there and began stretching and realized we were mere minutes away from really doing this run.  We all thought we were going to throw up because our stomachs were in knots.

Stage 2- Immediate Regret

The race starts and about .60 miles in we got to our first obstacle, 5 four foot tall hurdles stood in our way.  What the hell did we do?  Why did we sign up for this?  Pure torture already and we were only .60 miles in and 1 obstacle down.  Immediate panic set in when I started thinking that there was no way I was going to finish this race.  Let me tell you, it didn’t get any better once we got to the 1st mud crawl and it smelled like sewage runoff.  I contemplated turning around and walking back to the starting line!

Stage 3- Depression (wishing it was over)

We were all so sore beyond belief.  We had completed half of the run and had bruises and rope burn on most of our bodies.  We all began to walk a lot more than we were actually running.  We wished we could just stop and curl up into a ball and cry!

Stage 4- Relief (it is almost over)

When we rounded the corner and found the water station and the attendant told us we only had about 1 mile left, relief is all we felt.  With new found energy, we all started thinking, we could actually finish this thing!  We were almost done!

Stage 5- Gerard Butler (let me explain)

We had 2 last obstacles that stood between us and the finish line and we were not going to let anything stop us.  We felt like Gerard Butler in 300.  I just wanted to yell “This is SPARTA” as I crossed the finish line!    We were done, we conquered our demons and now we felt like Gods.  We could accomplish anything we put our minds to!

So 4 miles, 20 obstacles (I attempted them all but only completed 16), and 40 burps (10 per obstacle that you didn’t complete) I would happily doing it all again…. After I have rested for a couple of weeks!

Love,

Bri

 

Creative Juices Flowing…

Let’s talk about juicing for a second and by juicing I mean the one with vegetables and fruit and not the steroids that some of you body builders like to use!

I am 5’3 and 130 pounds (I can’t believe I just put that online for the world to read) but it is the truth.  I, like most people, have things about my body that I do not like so I feel like I am always dieting and working out.  Sometimes the diets have worked and sometimes they have not.  The paleo diet, that I have talked about in other posts, worked for a little while, but I was so sick of eating the same things (because I am kind of a picky eater).  Juicing however was pretty much the most amazing thing that I have ever tried.

I was watching a documentary with my husband one night called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.  I can honestly say from the moment that I finished this show I was completely on board with this juicing diet and cleanse.  Like Joe (who made the documentary) I have some medical issues that I wanted to get under control.  I have over sensitized nerves in my jaw that cause shooting pain throughout my mouth, ears and neck.  It is something that comes and goes and can be triggered by simply opening my mouth to brush my teeth.  Anything in your mouth is extremely painful (think getting a root canal times 10 and that is what it feels like).  My doctors told me that I would be taking pills most days to help with the problem.

I am 30 years old.  I did not want to be taking pills every day of my life to control this problem.  At this point I was ready to try anything and so my juicing cleanse began.

The day after watching the documentary I went out and bought the same juicer that Joe had used and then I combed the internet for every juice recipe I could find.  I basically concluded that you could put anything you wanted into your juices, as long as the fruit was in moderation.  So I picked a few that would suit me and then started making my juices.

I was completely dedicated to changing my eating habits so I decided to do a 14 day juice cleanse to kick off my diet (which for me meant I would only eat or drink fruits and vegetables)!

The cleanse was no where near as bad as I initially thought it was going to be.  I was able to stick to the whole 14 days of juicing and in those 14 days I lost around 12 pounds!  I started integrating healthy foods back into my diet after the 14 days and I kept up eating well, until the holidays in 2015 (9 months total).  I was drinking at least 2 juices every day and then eating a full meal at dinner and only snacking on healthy snacks.  Over the 9 month period I lost 27 pounds.  Although I have let my diet slip (I have gained back about 8pounds of what I lost) I am determined to get back in the swing of things.

I have a mud run that I am participating in this weekend so I am going to juice all day tomorrow and drink a ton of water so I am properly hydrated for Saturday!



This is my go to juice.  I absolutely love it! It consists of the following:

3 Handfuls of Spinach

3 Handfuls of Kale

3 Granny Smith Apples

1 Large Orange (peeled)

6 Celery Stalks

1 Thumb of Ginger

1 Whole Lemon

You will put them in the juicer and VOILA~!  It is that simple!  I put my leafy greens in the juicer first so that my other food will  get all the remnants of the leaves out and I maximize the juice that comes from the kale and spinach (but that is just my preference).  The leafy greens don’t produce as much juice as you would think, but what it does squeeze out is purely amazing!


I like to let my juice sit in my container for a few minutes before I pour it into my glass bottle and put it in the fridge.  The juice will separate and leave all the pulpy mess at the top and leave all the wonderful juice at the bottom.  Make sure you drink your juice within 1-2 days.  I prefer to drink them as quickly as possible so that you are getting the most nutrients out of your juice.


I will try to post the rest of my recipes on here so that you can all enjoy what I have come up with!  Happy juicing!

Love,

Bri