Friday favorites! a big ol’ 11 Day Catch Up.

January 31, 2014 -
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Happy Friday all! Hope you had a wonderful week! Can you believe it’s already the end of January? I swear time goes so fast! The exciting thing about moving into February is that we’ve got a fun challenge that I would love for you to get involved in! All you need? Yourself + Paper Plates!  

Join myself & @IAmHealthyFit in the  February #PowerPlatesChallenge where we will challenge you each day to a move using paper plates!

The randomly chosen winner who posts more than 8 times into the Challenge Loop Site or App will be entered to win a Head To Toe look from Under Armour Women! Just click [here] to ACCEPT the challenge that starts TOMORROW!!

Today I wanted to have a good ol’ catch up sesh with you guys! Not only is my iPad jam packed with recipes & photos to share – but a lot has been going on behind the scenes over here! With the 11 Days Of Giveaways I’ve now basically got 11 days of new foodie finds, recipes, products, & experiences to share! Are you ready? 

This week I did a Chia Jam Demo at a local Juice, Smoothie, & Yoga Studio called Embody Natural Health! I met so many awesome people & had a great time preparing the chia jam for everyone.

I made an Orange Chia Jam:

  • 2 Oranges or 3 Cuties
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 10 Drops of Liquid Stevia OR 1 TB Honey OR no sweetener at all
Blend all ingredients in a blender & BOOM! Good to go!

Fact: It’s like really cold outside.

Fact: I’m not sure why I forgot to wear gloves this day.

Fact: I always seem to choose cold drinks over hot ones – even when it’s below Zero.

Was this chocolate protein, orange, banana, coconut, & ginger smoothie from Embody worth the cold hands? YUP.

Let’s talk about a new fun subscription that you can join into called Birch Box! I received this a little while ago thanks to my friends at Under Armour Women who just partnered with Birch Box!  

Not only did I get to sample some great products, but I was super pumped to see the Braided UA Headband making an appearance! 

What an awesome way to kick off 2014! You can check out Birch Box on this site here & also see Trainer Natalie Uhling share a 10 minute workout as well!

woo, get it girl! 

Here a little more about BirchBox from the site;

“Each month, you’ll receive a selection of samples that we’ve tried (and retried) ourselves. We source our samples from both well-known brands and emerging gems. The women’s subscription includes everything from skincare to makeup, as well as fun non-beauty extras. The men’s subscription delivers top-tier grooming products in addition to lifestyle accessories ranging from hip socks to tech accessories. Check out the ever-growing list of products in our Women’s Shop and Men’s Shop.”

Definitely check it out – they have a great site!

or by searching the Hashtags #UAHeadband #BirchBox
As well as on Twitter @UAWOMEN @Birchbox
IG: @UnderArmourWomen @Birchbox
FB: UnderArmourWomen and Birchbox

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So rewinding a little bit to last weekend, I was hanging out with CoreyCakes since it was his BIRTHDAY! We are now both 24 and he won’t let me forget that I will always be turing a year older than him for…ever.

Luckily I forgive him for his jokes & still like so spoil him a bit for the big day. 

Truth is, I’m not the only one who spoils him! Our friends at Harbinger Fitness are so amazing & sent him some Wrist Stabilizers from their HumanX line.

He loved them & said that they really did help out with supporting moves like dips…

& some chest press! I’ve also been wearing them too & we are both fans. Super easy to use & great support!

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The boy is also rockin’ that #IWILL UA shirt as well which I also came across this bright guy , the UA Tech patterned T-shirt, for a gift…

which is now hanging his in closet…because, yes, he’s a super organizer & hangs all of his clothes. One day I want to be like him ;] For real.

After our workout he refueled with some new APS Pumpkin Spice Grass Fed Whey Protein!

I love to introduce Corey to new options for protein & he really liked it. He likes to add ice to his water then the protein & shake it all up. You can find more about All Pro Science Grass Fed Whey Protein on their site [here].

You can also find APS on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram!

Later that evening we headed to his Parent’s house for a birthday dinner aka FEAST.

I helped his mom make some Dill & Old Bay Salmon! Just took fresh salmon into a medium heat pan with some oil of choice & garlic. Top with Dill & Old Bay and let cook for a few minutes on each side until desired done-ness.

We also had some roasted veggies & baked red potatoes – talk about a #PowerMeal!

For Dessert? I’d like to introduce you to this child right here, Mr. Corey Brown himself.

Who loves to lick homemade ice-cream off of the machine – haha he kills me. But hey, there really is nothing like homemade ice-cream! His mom made coffee ice-cream & it was amazing.

To go with that – her famous Hot Fudge Cake & Chocolate Chip Cookies. These were not gluten free but I did obviously sample them! So so good.

While we’re on the food topic & to make you a little more hungry…is it lunch time yet? I’ve been loving this combo lately for breakfast.

2 Gluten Free Ancient Grain Waffles topped with roasted kabocha squash, raw honey, & dippy eggs. I totally recommend you trying this.

If you’re more of a sweet breakfast eater, nut butter would make a great topping! My friends at Kolat nut butters sent these awesome samples to try.

We got the Blueberry Cinnamon Walnut Butter & The Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter! Just typing those titles makes me want some again. You can check out their site [here] & see the variety of nut butters they offer. Espresso Hazelnut anyone? Yup, check it out!

Welp, I’m off to get a workout in then pack up for a big day! I’ve got a meeting with a friend from High School & then headed to work with High School Lacrosse team again! Super excited & already have a fun workout planned for them as well as a presentation on lifting weights & how training can help with Athletic Performance. Things I wish I knew more of in high school, even though my personal trainer mother tried to tell me, I was in a different world then! Merp.

Have a great Friday!!

Be true to you,

xo Kasey

Share your Friday Favorites below! Anything catch your eye this week or have you heard of any of the products from the above companies?

 

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