Things I’m Loving Friday Five 12/26

Good Morning Everyone! Happy December 26th!

I hope everyone had an amazing christmas day with their loved ones! We had a great cozy christmas with a little rain, but the sun finally poked out from behind the clouds around noon and we were able to catch some warmer weather. A few of us even made it outside to brave the colder weather workouts (myself not included). Lol.

On to things we are loving….We hope to make this a weekly tradition.. some of my favorite bloggers do it, and I always look forward to their post for new ideas and inspirations for the week to come. It’s the little things, besides.. it always occurs on Friday; and anything taking place on Friday…well you’ve just got to love it!

 

Things I’m Loving Friday Five!

 

Scandal– Seriously this show is so amazing. I can’t remember who turned me on to it, but netflix and hulu plus do a really good job of covering the first four seasons. If you love crime, mystery, romance, action, politics, SCANDALS (of course..haha).. it has it all! You should definitely watch a few episodes to see if you like it. I promise, you will not regret the few hours spent watching them!

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A&W Root Beer– Yes it may be soda, but it is delicious!

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Krave Chocolate CerealThis is dessert in a cup. It tastes really good with milk as well.. but you don’t need the milk. They are like little pouches of nutella..who doesn’t love nutella? Our older sister turned us on to this cereal, and my mom bought a huge case for the holidays while we are all home.. safe to say.. I think its gone.

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Nike 5.0’s – I got these awesome new running shoes for my birthday a few weeks ago and they just came in the mail a few days ago. All of my sisters have the 5.0. I have the 4.0 and the 3.0, but Nike came out with this new design, and I was in need of a new pair…especially with our 2nd half marathon coming up! They are even brighter in person!

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Metallic Markers– We have been writing out various cards and gifts that need beautiful handwriting and colors and we found these at the store. They are al must for any office or the creative folks! Definitely get some of these! Oh, and I saw this nail picture on pinterest some time ago…a french manicure with gold metallic sharpies! Genius!

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What are you loving this week? Leave it in the comments so we can try it out! 🙂

 

Cinnamon Hazlenut Latte!

Hello Everyone!

I know… it has been a week.. a crazy week in that, and when I look back..so much has happened, and nothing has happened.. have you ever had that feeling? And drinking.. how much have I drunk this week… we won’t even get into that.. water I mean 😉 You have to stay hydrated in Florida!

Here it is Saturday night.. and I am drinking coffee and learning about Vertebral column curvatures, what a life!

So, for this fabulous drink that pretty much tastes like a chai, I used

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 4 tbsp Hazelnut Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup of coffee

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I mixed all of these together in a sauce pan, or you can microwave them. I foamed about 1/4 cup of milk to add to this drink and sprinkled with cinnamon and whipped cream. YUM!

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I absolutely love my milk foamer! I use it ALL the time.. Sometimes I will foam milk and make a bowl of it and then eat it with a spoon, maybe sprinkle a little cinnamon or add a few raspberries!

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BACK TO WORK!

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This just made me laugh….

Goodnight everyone 🙂

Gymtimidation at Planet Fitness

Honestly, I have never had to buy a gym membership. I have always had gyms at my schools, colleges, ones at home etc…so we didn’t know what to look for exactly. But when you hear Pizza Monday’s and Bagel Tuesdays and free tanning..well I’m all ears. ( I would never go tanning in a million years, with everything you hear about what tanning beds to you) and I probably won’t eat the free pizza and bagels either, but hey it sounds good.

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Planet Fitness. No critics. Judgement Free Zone. No Critics. Oh, and no lunking. You may ask what lunking is. Here is a link: Lunking at Planet Fitness.

Lunk: “Ryan is slamming his weights wearing a body building tank top and drinking out of a gallon water jug, what a f***** lunk!”(http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=lunk)

So I seem to be finding online that both lunking and Planet Fitness are both topics of large controversy. I’ve heard a few things about both, but so far there seems to be nothing to complain about at our gym! (and no lunkers lol) so we are happy! So I took a few photos of the inside of the gym for those that are interested and may be looking for a new home. As you can tell they are very color coordinated!

photo-112photo-113photo-114photo-115So, post gym we drove over to Publix and found these new drinks. They are called 989 On Demand. We were only able to find a few flavors but they were super good. They are similar to vitamin water with lots of added vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, but they are sweetened (slightly) with Stevia rather than any artificial sweetener. We loved it! We made it to the car (in the pouring rain that we get every afternoon in Florida) and we sat in the car for literally 5 minutes trying to figure out how to open our bottles. Savannah finally looked up a video online to see how to open them. YES, they have a video…How to Open 989. Make sure to watch this before trying to open the bottle! (Hint: I didn’t and I missed the awesome design of the bottle!)

photo-119What a deal on raspberries! You can bet we stocked up! We even found buy 2 get 1 free Laughing Cow Cheese… and we stocked up!

photo-118We had some Moe’s the other night.. our favorite! We were also outside of Target the other day and spotted the “Team Photo”..we have to give it to them.. umbrellas? Well.. it was at least 90 degrees out!

photo-117Can you see them way over there? We were running across the parking lot trying to get a picture before they disbursed, but we had large cups of hot coffee and shoppings bags so it was a struggle.. although the parking lot was empty at 9 am. Oh, and lastly.. I saw this picture on a social media site of Tostito’s and just loved it. I hope my desk can be that cute someday! Plus the chips and salsa of course!

10612633_768246553231406_8050007530323010849_nWell, Happy Labor Day to all of you! Enjoy the day off and send appreciation and love to those around you and let them know you are thinking of them!

❤ Sierra

  • What are your labor day plans?
  • What is your favorite workout beverage?

 

Almond Milk Cinnamon Latte’s

So everyone loves latte’s..but we now live about 30 minutes away from our closest Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or any good coffee place for that matter…besides gas stations. So we created our own kind of latte. Usually latte’s are made with espresso and milk, but Savannah and I haven’t boughten an espresso machine yet and we are still on the lookout for cold espresso in a grocery store. So if anyone knows of a place to buy good cold espresso let us know!

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We used

  • 1 cup strongly brewed Hazelnut Creme Coffee
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • stevia to taste, or any other flavored syrups.

Savannah likes the Torani Syrups to add a splash of sweet and flavor, so definitely try those out.

If you don’t like almond milk, you can always sub for any type of milk 🙂

Oh, and we also love using coffee iced cubes!

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Enjoy!

Almond Milk Cinnamon Lattes

Raspberry Blueberry Blackberry Smoothie

Good Morning!

So, I told you.. I had to have my tuna melt, and I woke up this morning and made it. It was delicious! I used the bread that I showed you in our French Toast Recipe and the amazing cheese that I introduced you to in our Cauliflower Pizza Recipe. Don’t let the picture scare you off 😉

photo-110I also made my favorite kind of smoothie; raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and greek yogurt. I didn’t want a huge smoothie, so usually I would double this recipe for a normal sized glass.

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  • 1/2 cup frozen berries ( there are different mixtures at the store) Mine had raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries.
  • 1/2 cup Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Skim Milk
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 packet Stevia

Blend and Enjoy!

Off to get some school work done! Savannah and I have a special workout for you later so make sure to check back later for “Convenient Fat Burning Workouts”. Have a great day!

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Coffee, Java, Espresso, Joe, Let’s Drink!

So, as we all begin the school year we will also begin long nights of studying, early mornings, all nighters..and if caffeine is not already your best friend, then it usually gets accepted into your closest circle of friends pretty quickly.

What is your favorite caffeinated beverage?

coffee-shoppe-coffee-names-typography-andee-photographyRecently my older sister (whom by the way is only 24. The other day she said I was making her sound too old by saying ‘older sister’ so…she’s young!) so recently, she emailed me some interesting facts on coffee that I found neat and wanted to share with everyone.

  • Coffee grows on trees, which can be up to 30 ft tall, but the coffee bean is actually a seed inside of a bright red berry.
  • There are many studies showing that caffeine can increase fat burning in the body and boost the metabolic rate.
  • Coffee drinkers have also been shown to have lower risks of some types of Cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers and Dimentia.
  • Coffee contains amazing amounts of antioxidants, and is able to absorb the majority amount of them.

Oh, and there is this great article in Cosmopolitan with the “stages of coffee” that a person will go through. With a few minor changes, I can see this happening.

Age 8: Mom, what are you drinking? [Takes a sip.] GROSS, GROSS, GROSS! Quick, get me a Kool-Aid!

Age 10: Emma’s older sister always gets coffee when she takes us to Dunkin’ Donuts for strawberry frosted doughnuts with sprinkles. We should get coffee too.

Age 10.1: Nope, still disgusting.

Age 12: Hey, this isn’t bad if you mix it with hot chocolate.

Age 13: Have you tried a Frappuccino from Starbucks yet? It’s like a milkshake, but with coffee! Mom, please tell everyone I only want Starbucks gift cards for my birthday.

Age 14: I can’t believe we used to hang out at Applebee’s every Friday night. Starbucks is so much cooler. Do you think that cute college guy with his laptop is looking at us?

Age 16: Caramel iced lattes are my oxygen. With extra caramel.

Age 17: Do you think the food courts in college will have coffee places that will make my iced coffee with cream and two Splendas for me, or will I have to do it myself?

Age 18: Coffee was made for getting extra energy to go out. And for hangovers. And for early classes. Who thought 8 a.m. classes were a good idea? Mom, please tell everyone I only want Starbucks gift cards for my birthday.

Age 19 to 23: IT’S PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE SEASON!!!! AND THEN RED CUPS SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!

Age 24: Down to one Splenda; I am such a grown-up. I still can’t believe Katie drinks her coffee black though — that’s even grosser than the fact that I used to get extra caramel in my caramel lattes.

Age 25: Do you guys have any organic agave nectar? Splenda is so sweet.

Age 26: I still love pumpkin spice latte season and you will pry my red cup full of peppermint mocha out of my cold, dead hands.

Age 27: Emma forgot to tell them to put sugar in my coffee and I don’t completely hate it. What’s happening to me?

Age 28: The barista just accidentally gave me a sweetened coffee and I had to actually lick a napkin to clear the sweet garbage-water taste from my mouth. How did I ever put sugar in my coffee?

Age 30: Get me a red eye. Unsweetened. Though this still tastes a little weak, even without milk. Maybe I need two shots of espresso. Mom, I still want a Starbucks gift card for my birthday. Or an espresso machine.

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  • What stage are you in? What do you think of this?

❤ Sierra