I am the Cookie Monster…

I have been completely and utterly M.I.A! It’s been over a month since I’ve contributed a blog post. Poor lonely blog…

I DO have some good news though! I am officially an Ambassador with the amazing Lenny & Larry’s! The first of May marked the beginning of the Ambassador program, and I’m very impressed with the professionalism of the managing team as well as the benefits of working with a company I already love and respect.

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I have tried nearly every flavor protein cookie now, except Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate. I have so many recipe ideas swirling through my head right now, ranging from ice cream sandwiches to mini cheesecakes, so stay tuned for recipes and photos. Next week I have an order of Snicker Doodle, Pumpkin, White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut, and Chocolate Chip coming in the mail. I can hardly contain my excitement!

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In addition to protein cookies, Lenny & Larry’s also makes Muscle Muffins, Muscle Brownies, and Fit Brownies. I haven’t tried these options yet, but I will soon, and I’ll write a detailed review. I hope they live up to my expectations, because their protein cookies are too good, in fact they are better than a traditional cookie.

Not only do I get the benefit of increasing my protein intake, healthy ingredients excluding dairy and added sugars, I also get amazing flavor and I stay full, with ZERO guilt! Not to mention, they are so quick, easy, and on the go, I can just throw one in my backpack for school, take one for breakfast at work at 6:00am, bring them to any triathlon for my husband, or take them on a hike or camping.

I will also be posting more workout videos soon. School, work, and leisure time has been hectic and I’ve fallen out of routine after a few life changes, but I’m committing to more posts, so stay tuned!

Everyone have an awesome weekend 🙂

~Jess

Lenny & Larry’s NEW Snickerdoodle!

If you guys have been reading my blog for a while now, you might recall my Pretty Fit November review. I made the most amazing discovery that month! I became totally addicted and fell in love with Lenny & Larry’s Complete Protein Cookies. I will proudly admit I have bought about 4 boxes since then, and I can’t wait to try the rest of their flavors. So far my favorite has been the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie, but I just found out yesterday they have created a NEW cookie! SNICKERDOODLE! Hell yes.

Vitamin Shoppe just so happens to have a 20% off coupon that expires tonight at midnight, so stock up on your favorite supplements and goodies using the code: MAR20OFF. Make sure you pick up some Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies, you know I already did 🙂

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Enjoy your treats! XOXO….

~Jess

My Top 10 Fall and Winter Must Haves!

1) Almond Roca – Above any holiday dessert dish, Almond Roca is my strongest vice throughout the Holiday season. This delicious toffee almond candy has me weak at the knees every year. I told my husband he’s not allowed to let me buy the Costco sized tin when we go grocery shopping. This is the perfect Holiday candy, great for stocking stuffers, work parties, family get-togethers, or a movie night in front of the fire…. in moderation.

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2) Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa – Who doesn’t love Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa?! I typically don’t drink this throughout the year, but this hot cocoa hits the spot during the cold weather Holiday season. I especially love taking a thermos of hot cocoa with the family while we go look at Christmas lights throughout the neighborhood. My favorite way to have it is in a jumbo mug with plenty of mini marshmallows, whip cream, and sprinkles!

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3) Lululemon Running Gloves – Cold season is upon us, so it’s time to bundle up! Not only are these gloves super cute and fashionable, they are meant as running gloves. I sadly lost my Lululemon gloves a few years ago, I didn’t start running until last year so I never had a chance to use them for their purpose. They also have finger sensors so you can still use your phone for running apps or music. I will definitely be purchasing another pair for outdoor running this year.

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4) Bose Head Phones – BEST … HEADPHONES … EVER. Once you begin using Bose Head Phones, you’ll never be able to go back to those crappy ipod/iphone head phones. Sorry Apple, I love you but Bose has you beat! Partnership perhaps? I love my head phones for outdoor running, the design of the earpiece keeps the bud firmly in place.

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5) 25lb Kettle Bell – It’s been my dream for months now to own a 25lb KettleBell (GoFit)! I have been working out at home more often since I’ve been in school. Some times I don’t feel like fighting people at the gym for equipment after work during rush hour. Plus it can be so time consuming to take the bus from work to the gym. I believe it’s time for me to get that 25lb KettleBell so I can add some weight resistance to my home workouts.

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6) Naked 2 Palette – I know the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is old news since the Naked 3 Palette released, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s the BEST Naked palette! I bought mine off eBay for a pretty good deal. The taupe hues are complimentary for any skin type and a great look for fall. The palette includes golds, silvers, nudes, and additional warm colors perfect for the season.

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7) Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner – It’s no secret that everyone turns a little pasty in the Winter when they lose their Summer sun kissed glow. However there is a solution that doesn’t require UV tanning or awful odor and color. Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner is a great self tanner that leaves your skin with a warm glow, NO orange, and very faint smell. Every product claims, “No odor!” and but that’s a lie. This self tanner has the least odor I’ve experienced.

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8) Halogen Leopard Print Scarf – It’s scarf season! I’ve been opened to a whole new world of scarves. Isn’t it sad that I just learned what an Infinity Scarf is last year?! One of my favorite prints is leopard print. I traded a Fabletics sports bra for a leopard print scarf on mysubscriptionaddiction.com a month ago and I’m in LOVE! I couldn’t find the exact same scarf, but I found one by Halogen from Nordstrom that is pretty adorable too.

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9) Free People Floral Mesh Fit & Flare Dress – The brand Free People is boho chic which really compliments Fall using natural earth tones. I typically go for the beige, brown, and gold sweaters and tops, but I fell in love with this dress and was lucky enough to score it at Platos Closet for $20 instead of $128! Some people don’t like Free People because it’s over priced, but if you take the time to bargain shop I promise you’ll find great deals. Pair this cute dress with leggings, tights, knee high socks, boots, and scarves!

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10) Pandora Radio Christmas Station – What’s a Holiday Season without Christmas music?! I just upgraded to Pandora One for ad free listening, so I won’t be interrupted with Black Friday or Christmas deals allllll Holiday season. That is definitely worth the $4.99 a month. Frank Sinatra all day and night, sign me up!

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What’s your Top 10 Must Have’s this Fall and Winter?

~Jess

November Pretty Fit Pack!

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I signed up in time for the November Protein Pack! These are all the goodies I’ll be getting in the middle of the month:

1) NLA Her Whey RV $54.99 – 28 grams of protein in each serving! 18 servings in this 2lb tub. Delicious chocolate flavor with zero sugar and packed with aminos!

2) Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancake Mix by FlapJacked 12 oz. RV 11.99 – What bodybuilder doesn’t love pancakes?! I can’t wait to try these for Fall! Perfect timing 🙂

3) Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal by Kay’s Naturals 9.5 oz. RV $7.99 – If this tastes anything like Apple Jacks, count me in! Gluten free, kosher, zero sugars and additives with 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.

4) High Protein Coffee by Chike Nutrition 2 Packets RV $5.99 – Each packet contains 20 grams of protein with the caffeine equivalent of 2 shots of espresso. Mmmm!

5) Pumpkin Spice Complete Cookie by Lenny & Larry’s 2 Cookies RV $5.98 – Vegan, zero animal by product, zero dairy, no preservatives with 16 grams of protein and 6 grams of protein per cookie!

6) Apple Pie Protein Bar by Quest Nutrition 1 Bar RV $2.79 – 160 calories of 20 grams of protein, 16 grams of fiber, and only 1 gram of sugar. Delicious Apple Pie without the guilt 🙂

~Jess

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To all my fellow Subscription Box Bloggers!

If you have not heard of the website: mysubscriptionaddiction.com YOU NEED TO CHECK IT OUT!

This site is the bees knees for those of us who are scoping out potential subscription boxes to buy for review purposes. The subscription boxes range from beauty, clothing, food, fitness, DIY projects, vegan, organic, mens, adult etc. If you’re having a hard time deciding which box you want to purchase next, this site has an extensive list along with plenty of reviews from other subscribers. There are coupon deals and you can create your own wish list to keep your desired boxes organized.

The best part is the Swap page! If you’re unhappy with an item you received in your box, or it’s just not not your thing; you can list your item on the swap page and trade with another swapper. You can customize your profile letting other swappers know what items you’re interested in and you can also do multi-item swaps. Here’s a swap I recently did:
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I am subscribed to Fabletics which is an awesome workout clothing site for women. You can subscribe paying $49.99 a month for an entire outfit, the best part is you can skip a month if you like within the first 5 days of the month if you decide you don’t want an outfit. If you don’t skip the month, you will be charged the $49.99 which will be added to your account as store credit if you don’t choose and outfit.

I recently ordered a couple items, a few of which didn’t fit the way I wanted them to. The Adventura Camo tank listed above was a little too large for my taste, so I posted it on the swap page of mysubscriptionaddiction.com. Another swapper liked my item, so they sent me a request to swap with them. Once I receive a request to swap with someone, I go to their profile with all their available items listed and choose what I would like. I chose the leopard print scarf listed above. Once I choose what I would like, the swap proposal is sent back to the other person and they either accept or decline. In my case, the swapper accepted, so we had a trade! We’re both responsible for shipping costs of the item we send to the other person. After we exchange shipping information and send our items to each other, there is a section where we can update the tracking number so we can track our packages.

The swapper I exchanged with already received her item from me and left me great feedback. I should be receiving my new scarf in the mail on Tuesday!

It’s a really awesome site! I’ve already done 3 swaps. So far I’ve noticed that a lot of people are interested in my Fabletics items. I’ve swapped a sports bra that was too small, this tank top that was too large, and a switch back tee that I didn’t like the fit.

Anyways my fellow Subscription Box Bloggers, you should definitely check out this site! It’s really awesome and full of great boxes and items to be swapped for! Enjoy!

~Jess

 

Product Review: Sweet Spreads Coconutter

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: $12.99 for a 15oz jar

Pros: Absolutely delicious, all natural, gluten free, no additives or added sugars. You can put this on virtually ANYTHING! Amazing flavors, awesome customer service, and quick delivery! Sweet Spreads has 6 different flavors: White Chocolate, Maple Pancakes, Vanilla Cupcake, Cinnamon Roll (I want to try that one next!), Chocolate Brownie, and Dark Chocolate Mint. I bought the White Chocolate and Maple Pancakes and had it on my door step in 2 days! Try it on mug cakes, pancakes, cookies, ice cream sundaes, you name it. Great company that I enjoy supporting.

Cons: None whatsoever 🙂 Happy customer who will be ordering again in the very near future

Enjoy!

~Jess

Product Review: Myfitnesspal App

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: Free!

Pros: You can customize your own macro ratio plan (carbs, proteins, and fats) to achieve your goals! You can also create your own recipes and calculate the nutritional value by plugging in all the ingredients and dividing by the serving sizes. If you have a certain meal several times during the week, you can easily create a quick meal that will pull up all the ingredients for you in one click! Example: Mixed greens, 4 oz turkey, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1 tbsp almond slices – Turkey Salad. Love this app! My bikini prep would NOT be the same without it! Fat loss is a science, and this is a quick easy tool to help you. It’s free too! You can also calculate your calories burned through exercise, which in turn grants you more calories to eat 🙂

Cons: The ONLY con would be the ‘Exercise’ feature which only estimates your calories burned, it’s not 100% accurate. Use a heart rate monitor to calculate your exact calories burned.

Enjoy!

~Jess