Monday, September 21, 2015

Bulu Box Review! #lovebulu

Let me preface this by saying that I am a hot mess lately. Guess who was supposed to post this by Saturday and forgot to make sure that the scheduled posting time was set up correctly and forgot to check?

It's me.

Anyways, I was sent a Bulu Box to review as a SweatPink Ambassador! I love sample boxes, but I haven't been a subscriber to anything in a while. I was subscribed to ipsy for about a year and a half, but after I collected more makeup than I will ever need and stopped getting anything I liked, I unsubscribed. Bulu Box is all about health, fitness, and weight loss products, which seems like it would be a better investment of my money! Essentially, you get a box in the mail each month with healthy products!

I demolished everything before I got a chance to take individual of each product, so I will just move left to right according to the picture.

Simple Being Simple Diet
This is a dietary supplement designed to promote fat burn, appetite suppression, and boost your metabolism! I haven't tried this yet, but the capsules look exactly like other encapsulated dried herbs that I take for hormonal balance and I am excited to give it a try!

Fusion Jerky (Lemon Pepper)
This was my favorite product! It's a high-protein, natural jerky made from chicken! It also tasted just like the beef jerky my grandma used to make, except more spicy!

RUNA Tea (Ginger Citrus Guayusa)
I kind of love this tea! It has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and TWICE the antioxidants of green tea! I had this instead of my usual coffee on a day that I knew I would need energy, and it definitely did the job. Ginger and citrus are two of my favorite flavors, so... bonus!

Movit Energy Gummies
As a user of chews during long runs and races, I was excited to try these! Though I am not doing long runs and couldn't fully test them out, I tried one and really liked the flavor. They taste like they have real juice in them- it wasn't fake tasting at all!

Earth's Care Anti-Itch Cream
I am all about more natural care products, and this is a new favorite. This itch cream has no artificial colors, fragrances, or petroleum. However, it does smell like Vicks Vapor Rub, which is one of my favorite smells of all time. When I put some on my skin, it absorbed completely and didn't leave behind any sticky residue or gunk. This was a huge bonus for me. All in all an awesome product.

And that's about it! If you're interested in trying Bulu Box, use the link below to access the website and use the code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription! Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Get Your Freekeh on with Freekeh Foods! {Review & Giveaway}

As a SweatPink Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to try something that, honestly, I had never heard of before.

It's called freekeh (FREE-kuh) (I still pronounce it "freaky") and I'm totally sold on it! Freekeh is an ancient grain that- get this- has three times the fiber and protein found in brown rice and fewer calories than quinoa and white rice! I use quinoa and brown rice on a daily basis, so imagine my excitement to sub in freekeh for my usual dishes!

I was sent two packages of freekeh to try- one in original and one in the flavor of my choice, rosemary sage! It was difficult to choose which recipes I wanted to try and which ones to share, but it ultimately came down to the simple truth that IT'S BASICALLY FALL SO I MUST PUT PUMPKIN IN EVERYTHING. That being said, I have two fall-inspired pumpkin recipes that incorporate the delicious, toasty, nutty taste of freekeh!

The first recipe is a modified version of a black bean pumpkin soup created by Vicky over at The only things I changed were:
  • 1/2 cup rosemary sage freekeh instead of 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree instead of 3 cups cubed pumpkin
  • 4 cups chicken broth instead of 5 cups vegetable broth ( just 'cause I already had chicken broth at home)
I really liked how it turned out, but I had to add a good amount of salt and pepper and more of the herbs used in the recipe to my bowl because it ended up a little bland for me. It wasn't as herb-y and spicy as I was hoping, but the pumpkin and freekeh were great additions to the soup! I give it a B+!

For my second recipe, I wanted something on the sweeter side but still incorporating pumpkin and freekeh! I found a freekeh breakfast "pudding" recipe from Ruth and Vicky over at that seemed like it would be a great alternative to oatmeal. Again, I made just a few modifications:
  • *note* I used the "original" flavor of freekeh for this one
  • 4 cups organic fat-free milk instead of 4 cups non-dairy milk (just what I had at home)
  • added somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (you can add it to taste) (I went a little crazy so probably not this much)
  • added pumpkin pie spice to taste instead of just cinnamon as the recipe states
  • omitted dried pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and fresh berries (they're optional toppings) and added honey, almonds, and ground flaxseed
I am in love! The freekeh is chewy and reminds me a lot of steel-cut oats! The creamy pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice made the taste so warm and comforting. The recipe said that you can serve it hot or cold, so I took a few bites while it was still hot and stuck it in the fridge. I definitely prefer it hot!

Alright, it's GIVEAWAY TIME!

So here are the rules. I am giving away one package of Freekeh Foods to one reader in the flavor of your choice! (Original, Rosemary Sage, or Tamari) You have until midnight on Monday, September 7 to enter via my Rafflecopter widget below! If you're going away for Labor Day weekend like I am, make sure to get your entries in before you leave! I will be updating this post with the winner's name on Monday, September 7 and sending the winner an email to let you know! If you win, you have until 9:00pm on Tuesday, September 8 to respond or I will have to choose another winner. And that's it! Good luck!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What's New, Variety, and Baby Steps

I accidentally took a little break from the blog this summer. It has been one of those times where your life and your habits just randomly shift around and I didn't quite know how to blog during the transition.

This sounds like a much bigger deal than it actually is. It's not, I promise!

To start, I haven't run a long distance or done a race since my last half marathon. I enjoy running, but 3+ times a week and having mileage numbers to hit and doing the same thing week after week left me burnt out and screaming for a change. For a while at the beginning, I pretty much had stopped working out altogether and my husband and I weren't eating well either. I have been taking my Metformin, but not at full dosage. Combined with my PCOS-induced superpower to gain weight like it's my job, I put on a few extra pounds. Which was exactly the opposite of my plan for this summer. It all kind of came to a head a month or so ago when my husband and I were out on the town and I felt so unbelievably uncomfortable to be in public at all.

The upside is that things have turned around and are getting back to normal, especially now that I'm back at school! I've already dropped the weight I gained this summer, which is awesome. I get to be more active during the day now that I have to run between buildings, and I have been really great about eating healthy lately. The slight downside is that, since things are really picking up speed in my life, I may not be training for longer races anytime soon. Like, nothing farther than a 10K. At least until I feel like I can manage my time well enough to take up the challenge again!

That being said, I'm still super into eating healthy and working out, so there will still be plenty to talk about. I have two reviews (and a giveaway!) and some freaking sweet new recipes to share in the next few weeks!

Long story short, I'm ready to be back!