Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our Favorite Happy Hour in Town: Bahama Breeze

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I was pleasantly surprised when my boss let us out of work early today to go out and enjoy the 4th of July weekend. D and I don't get to go to Bahama Breeze for their happy hour often because it is from 4pm-6pm and by the time I get off of work, it is usually too late for us to go. Bahama Breeze has the best happy hour in town. Choose from $5 appetizers, $2 beers, and $4 martinis. The live music on the patio makes Bahama Breeze a great place to unwind after a busy work week or a nice place to visit with family and friends.
I mentioned above that Bahama Breeze has the best happy hour in town but starting June 23, 2014, they will begin to feature their exclusive Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash on Saturdays which includes a mojito bar where you can choose your fruit and rum while listening to live island music! I like mojito's but I really enjoy pina colada's and pineapple beverages. The Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple is delicious! I paired mine with their classic coconut shrimp and it was perfection! D and I couldn't help but reminisce about our trip to the Dominican Republic last summer while enjoying our dinner!
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Bahama Breeze is the summer desitination for good times. D and I enjoy Bahama Breeze's laid back atmosphere, delicious island style foods, and great drinks. Enjoy an iced cold beer, mojito, martini, or the ultimate pineapple while snacking on delicious eats. My favorite is the coconut shrimp and D love's the jamaican jerk shrimp. There is something for everyone on the menu!
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Stop in to Bahama Breeze and enjoy the Summer Beach Bash before it ends on August 3, 2014!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

a goal I have no chance of accomplishing...

Books. I can't get enough of them. At the beginning of the year, I hopped on my goodreads account, which I admit I had neglected in 2013, and committed myself to a hefty goal of reading 50 books in 2014. I realize that this goal is probably way too big and I may not even get close, but I am planning to try. You see I rarely take time to decompress. I am often running from my full-time job, to a 31 party, to a commitment of some kind with a friend---or even my husband. My poor husband feels like he never gets time with me because I am always so busy.

Whoops...

Wait.

What?

I am too busy for my husband? 

Crap!

Time to

SLOW

IT

DOWN!

So I gave myself a goal of reading 50 books in 2014. My thought process was that I would force myself to slow down and build in time at night to read and relax. Nah. Still going super fast...just now added a new goal. I need help.

What do you do to slow down .... without giving anything up?



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rent Back, Give Back, Make Money

Let's face it. I was a geek-a-zoid in college. I was a goody goody. Never got in trouble. Didn't dare drink alcohol under age. Studied until my eyes burned on a nightly basis. My idea of a good time was selling old clothes on ebay to make money for my car payment. I always looked forward to the end of the semester when I could sell back my books and "make some money." I just didn't have the luxury of spending lots of money while in college and every dollar I made I saved to go towards next semester's books of my car payment.

Things have changed a lot since 2003 when I graduated undergrad! Because of the ability to rent textbooks online or even rent my textbooks to other students, college students have the ability to save some serious coin while making some money also!

Campusbookrentals.com recently launched a new program for students with desirable text books that are in good condition!

RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options! Isn't that awesome?! Genius!

What I love even more about Campusbookrentals.com is that they are serious about giving back. Sure, they are providing an outlet to be sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint by recycling and reusing books, but they are also doing something to improve the lives in people all over the world with Operation Smile!


With each book that is rented from Campusbookrentals.com, a donation is made to Operation Smile.  As stated on their website, "Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries."

When you are getting ready to purchase your text book for the upcoming semester, stop and check out Campusbookrentals.com Not only could you save money by purchasing a used book, but you could also be helping a child in great need receive pertinent medical attention that will increase their quality of life. 



Free Shipping. Great customer service. The opportunity to save money, make money, and help a child. The only thing missing is you! Visit Campusbookrentals.com today!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

$35 Thirty-One Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Hi Friends!

Thirty-One Gifts recently came out with their brand new summer catalog!




 I am so pumped and excited about the new products that I am offering a $35 gift certificate to 1 lucky reader!

All you have to do to enter to win is fill out the rafflecopter below!
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Finding a New Love + Tommie Copper Review

It is so funny because I used to shop exclusively for the outfits that I could find to wear to work or out on my next date with D. When I started running regularly, I started shopping for what seemed like ONLY gym clothes. When entering a store, I would make a bee line for the athletic apparel section. I would seek out athletic stores like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and other places specifically so I could find cute running gear.

Through Fitfluential, I was introduced to a new brand of fitness apparel. Tommie Copper, was founded in 2010 and boasts being the original copper-infused Innergywear. Tommie Copper apparel provides athletes with an opportunity to reach peak performance naturally through their apparel. There are 3 specific apparel lines that are made for different aspects of your work out.

I love the recovery line or compression items. I also find the performance and active fit apparel to be comfortable and allows for seamless movement. Sometimes workout gear can feel restricting; Tommie Copper apparel is not this way. I was pleasantly surprised when I put on my compression capri pants and top that they were lightweight, breathable, and flexible.

While running several miles, I found that I was thinking about how amazing the Tommie Copper clothing was. How nice and soft it felt against my skin, how it it moved well with my body and my running stride, and how it did not need adjusted all the time. The apparel fits nicely and stays put.

I had heard that Tommie Copper sizing ran small so I ordered a size larger than I would purchase normally. I was not disappointed. The large fit well. A bit big but not big enough to experience the feeling of being restricted in movement. I think if I would have ordered my normal size, they may have been a bit on the small side.

If you are looking for active apparel that is comfortable, flexible, made of great quality, and assists in your performance or active recovery, I highly recommend Tommie Copper. In Tommie Copper, I have found a new love.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Trying to find courage in a moment of weakness…


I have lost weight before. I do not know why I am struggling so much with the urge to indulge and eat whatever I want to when I KNOW that I am not eating healthy and I KNOW that it isn’t what I want to be doing. I feel terrible about what I have been eating, yet I do not have the strength that I once had to resist temptation for foods that I know I should not be eating.
The frustration and the challenge that I am facing with my internal strength is only making things worse. I am only gaining weight and not losing it. I know that if I keep at it and am CONSISTENT, I will see results.
Key roadblocks that have kept me from really being intentional about what I am eating—
Travel-I love to travel. I just got home from Paris, where I lost a few pounds due to all the walking, and am now in Las Vegas. Boy the contrast between the 2! Paris is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic meats, and to be honest I am not a fan of French food so I did not indulge very much. Vegas, on the other hand, is the land of crazy, indulgent buffets, and insane amounts of food. Not to mention fast food every corner you turn and very little fruits, vegetables, and organic foods. As I write this, I am in Vegas, feeling terribly guilty about a delicious meal that I just ate AND feeling horrible about the way I look in one of my favorite sundresses. I gain weight in my stomach first and it looks like I have a baby bump---which I assure you, I am NOT pregnant! But I digress….
Thirty-One—when I commit to something and start something new, I give it my ALL. Every waking moment is spent on accomplishing a new challenge. I feel like when I started running and eating healthy, I was concentrating solely on accomplishing my weight loss goal. Now that I have added other goals to my life such as succeeding with Thirty-One, I am not giving my fitness and health the attention that it deserves.

Husband-I really can’t blame this on him. I used to be able to say that he likes to go out to eat all the time and that is why I was having trouble. The truth of the matter is that I have just been lazy. I haven’t been cooking or grocery shopping like I did when I was losing weight.
Lack of motivation-I had an intense bought of motivation. I was eager to lose weight for my wedding and I wanted to feel and look good. My sister is getting married in a year and I want to look good for her wedding as well. Why is my motivation waning?!
What to do…something has got to give…
Do I sign up for another race? Do I start crossfit or something new to take on so I become obsessed with accomplishing another fitness goal? What would you do?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Quick & Healthy Breakfast; a great alternative to fast food!

 
I have partnered with belVita and Dannon to help promote the belVita and Dannon partnership. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about the promotion and product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Happy Easter, friends! He is risen! The weather is gorgeous here in Delaware and I am spending the day with my husband and our sweet fur-kids. It is a nice, quiet, relaxed day and for that I am so thankful. I have been running around like a crazy person the last few weeks and am looking forward to a day of quiet, book-reading, relaxation!

The day started off like any other Sunday. Polo and I took a walk around the neighborhood, chatted with some of our neighbors, and picked up the Sunday paper from the end of the driveway. D wanted to go out to brunch but I have been struggling with my weight lately and I knew that we would be going out to dinner so I didn't want to do brunch as well.

I am really trying to make smarter choices when it comes to food and this has become a very big challenge for me since I have let myself go. I often find myself skipping breakfast in the morning because I am in a hurry or simply have no idea what to eat. I struggle to choose healthy options over what my mind is telling me I really want.

This morning I accomplished a small step in the right direction. I picked up a bagel sandwich and strawberry croissant from our favorite local cafe for Dave and I stuck with my plan of eating Oikos yogurt and Belvita cookies for breakfast with a side of fresh strawberries.





Dannon Oikos is greek yogurt made from a traditional greek straining process that provides great taste and creamy, thick, yogurt. Greek yogurt contains twice the amount of protein compared to regular lowfast yogurt and is about 80 to 130 calories per 5.3 oz, depending on the flavor.
Dannon Oikos greek yogurt comes in a gazillion flavors. I picked up apple pie flavor as a special treat. It was so thick, creamy, and delicious that I felt like I was eating dessert for breakfast! Paired with the apple cinnamon flavored belvita cookies, my breakfast was filling, tasty, and delicious. Both Dannon Oikos greek yogurt and belvita cookies are also weight watchers friendly options for a quick breakfast or snack on the go.


While shopping at my local grocer, I was suprised that the Belvita cookies were not in the breakfast aisle. I found them in the cookie aisle. Your local grocer may have them located in the cookie aisle as well.
belVita breakfast cookies are versatile. What I mean is that you can eat them for breakfast, but I also like to grab a pack and take them with me to snack on in the late afternoon before dinner. They satisfy the 2pm candy craving that is continuously a challenge for me.

By trying out belVita, I realize that eating breakfast every day does not have to be complex. It can be as simple as grabbing a pack of breakfast cookies while running out the door and snacking on them on the drive to work or throughout the morning. Laura Stack, the Productivity Pro has partnered with Oikos and belVita to share some great tips on how to get the most out of your morning:
*The secret to a smooth, sane morning is to prepare and do as much as you can the night before. 
*Spend 20 minutes at the end of each day planning your to-do list. 
*Remember to start your morning with a nutritious breakfast that will help you sustain energy.
Laura says specifically that, "Together, the nutritious steady energy of belVita and 12 grams of protein in Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt, along with a piece of fruit will help you get more out of your morning."

Will you give Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt and belVita cookies a try?

Learn more about Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt & belVita by visiting their websites, chatting with them on twitter, or facebook. 
Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt WebsiteFacebook & Twitter
belVita Breakfast Cookies WebsiteFacebook & Twitter 
Disclaimer: I have partnered with belVita and Dannon to help promote the belVita and Dannon partnership. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about the promotion and product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
 
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