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July 17, 2017

Getting Back To It With A Healthier Energy Shot



(Sponsored post by RuckPack, all opinions are my very own.)



So its been about a year now that I've been out of my consistency of a serious work out regimen and it might have been because of life in itself, making more time for fun and friends, focusing on my family and my blog, but overall I have not been as consistent as I was back in 2015 through 2016.  I knew though that I did want to get back into it, when working out from home it sometimes gets to easy to put it off, so I decided to sign up with our local gym.

I guess I felt if I committed myself to a monthly membership, I would feel more obligated and compelled to go... yeah right.  It took me a while to even make the time to finally get in there, but my husband on the other hand has been really good about his daily runs and gym work outs for the last three months or so.

Don't worry though, there's hope for me yet, but my husband has all the motivation right now.  I'm pretty proud of him actually.  



We both lack the energy when it comes to getting that boost to get a work out in.  My husband in particular though loves to drink an energy supplement drink prior to his work out.  Me on the other hand, am pretty iffy about them, I've tried the powdered, mix, and shake drinks and they've given me the tingles!

These energy shots require no mixing or shaking (okay maybe a little shaking beforehand), but best yet it doesn't give me the tingles.  

The hubs was not a big fan of all the flavors, I think his least favorite was the Citrus Ambush, but for us both the overall effect and purpose are key, not taste. I have to say, for me though, the Strawberry Assault was pretty tasty!

I love that I can drink this energy shot when I need it most, not just as a pre-workout shot drink, but instead that boost I need to clean the house or work on a diy or painting project or at three o'clock when we all could use that boost but don't want to have that extra cup of coffee.


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These shots are made with natural sweeteners, colors, and flavors. They have both decaffeinated and with caffeine, the caffeinated shot contains natural caffeine from green tea. No sucralose. No synthetic caffeine.

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We got to try their Strawberry Assault, Citrus Ambush and Strawberry Grenade which was caffeine free.


I enjoyed trying a healthier version of this energy shot, I can't tell you how skeptic I've been up until now.  What put me at ease was knowing exactly what these little bottles carry as ingredients and the extreme thought and care that went into putting this supplement together.  Not just for the brave men that fight daily for our country but humbled that they too considered civilians in their process.


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Not only will you love their energy drinks but they have other great workout gear too!

Thanks for stopping by y'all hope you get inspired to try this healthier supplement option for that extra boost to keep up with your workouts, running after your little bambinos or to tackle all of your to-do's!



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July 16, 2017

The 'Happy Hour' Beverage Cart



(Sponsored post by Country Chic Paint but all opinions are my own.)


Who'd have thought that a color could be so motivating and fun! 

The funny thing is that this perfect pair of paint and piece of furniture came together unexpectedly and yet coincidentally went together perfectly! hahaha, if that makes any sense to you guys? the fact that it does to me wellll it just does and you'll see why! 

To be honest what pushed me to combine this piece with this perfect mint green color even more so was the inspiration that came from {here}, I've been obsessed with Christy's beverage station for like ever!

And when I saw this pretty color from Country Chic Paint, I couldn't pass it up.




We've been working on creating a sort of sanctuary for our outdoor patio, we love spending time outdoors.  We're only scratching the surface by making cosmetic upgrades as much as I'd like to tear it all up and start over, that's just not in the budget, but much more on that very soon.



For now though, I have to tell you, finding good bone furniture pieces is my favorite.

Since the beginning of Spring I had been searching Craigslist for a piece that would serve as an beverage station/potting table for our outdoor space.  I found throughout the web that quite a few changing tables have been turned beverage stations or bar carts if you will and it inspired me to look further than the norm.

Here is a pic of what it looked like before, I meant to take a photo of it myself, but I didn't so I here's one I managed to track down from Pottery Barn.


SOURCE 'POTTERY BARN'

I knew it was a bit far fetched but I kept searching, and finally, not only was this piece good bones, sturdy and a steal but because $20 and it's an old Pottery Barn changing table, which they no longer carry. hello, steal right?  It was in a whole lot more rough shape than that photo though, I have to say.



This season's Country Chic Paint 2017 Spring/Summer limited edition colors are to die for and their color Happy Hour couldn't have been more suitable for this piece!  I encourage you to buy this color before its gone.  I did not sand this piece at all, just cleaned it, painted it with CCP's Happy Hour and sealed it with tough coat because it's going to be put through some good use and although it will be protected from brutal weather, which we hardly get, I must say I won't mind the weathering look of it as it ages.


Tell me is it not the best combination of color and furniture piece?
















We did drive 20 something minutes to pick this baby diaper changer up, but oh sooooo worth it!!!  I see us using this piece for many outdoor bbq's and dinners out here and gatherings in the future and even for some potting of my favorite plants for the season.

One specifically we will have to have to celebrate the changes in this space! Any reason for Summer food and drinks!



Cheers to new pieces and color combos like this one and hope you too will enjoy "happy hour" this Summer!


For more on this project and many others created with Country Chic's chalk paint, visit CountryChicPaint.com/blog.

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July 14, 2017

Stay Cool for the Summer | National Ice Cream Month



(Sponsored post by I Love Ice Cream Cakes, all opinions and sweet confessions are my very own)



For some it may already be a month into Summer break but for us and others in Southern California its practically just starting.

Like coffee and chocolate, ice cream solves everything right?!

Okay so it might just be my wishful thinking or simply my excuse every time I want to indulge on some cold yummy ice cream, but thank goodness National Ice Cream Month falls this month of July.  Its the perfect weather to enjoy it that much more. 

Although I must confess our family enjoys ice cream all year long and does solve just about any worries or help us forget about those to-do's while we're enjoying all its sweetness!



We decided to have a little 'Cheers to Summer' intimate soiree for ourselves as a family.  My kids are appreciating all the National day and monthly celebrations these days and they were pretty excited that this whole month was dedicated to ice cream but in case you don't want to tell your littles about it being a whole months worth, there's also National Ice Cream Day on the third Sunday of the month of July.  This year it falls on July 16th.  Here's a little history for you in fact, did you know that In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July.

Which brings me to this Oreo Ice Cream Cake that you can find by walking into your local grocery store and it is the perfect size for any birthday parties, family celebrations, cookouts or even the perfect after dinner dessert on a warm Summer day.  Then again, do you really need an excuse for dessert, I certainly don't and the convenience of being able to buy any Carvel®, Jon Donaire® or OREO® ice cream cake as I shop for groceries is perfect if you're a one stop shop kind of gal, like me.







What better way to experience the fun of summer than by treating yourself with something cold and sweet - and adding your own creative touch?  You can customize your cake with your own special details.

I wanted to add some fun to our cake, so I found in my craft/party stash some colorful shredded confetti and some cutlery and plates to match and brighten the occasion.  

Quick tip; keep these things on hand for last minute fun times like these for your sanity of not having to do any dishes on a week night or if having friends over, its quick and easy to put together a fun set up like this if you have paper plates, disposable utensils, napkins and cute straws for drinks.  I love to buy these things whenever I see them on sale or clearance and keep them stashed until I need them and put them to good use.






These delicious I Love Ice Cream Cakes are easily found in your grocery stores freezer section or bakery.  Its an easy way to bring the party to a family gathering or dinner if you're in charge of dessert.  They come in different flavors and sizes which makes them perfect for anyone's taste or preference.

We hadn't ever had one of these Oreo ice cream cakes and let me tell you, now that WE know how yummy and delicious they are, let's just say we'll be coming up with more excuses to keep buying them and I'll definitely want to try some of the others too.

The whole family loved it and appreciated the idea of having a Welcome Summer sweet treat!

















We have lots of ways to keep celebrating this Summer, but one way for sure is by eating all the ice cream cake we can eat!  This is now officially a favorite of ours.

So yeah, National Ice Cream Day is this weekend, how will you be celebrating it?

If you happen to celebrate this weekend or this month and celebrate with one of these I Love Ice Cream Cakes, join the fun and use this hashtag #SummerCakeBreak!

Happy National Ice Cream Month and stay cool this Summer!


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