*This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle. Last month I hosted my second wellness workshop. I’ve mentioned holding these workshops before — usually in a Life Lately post — but haven’t gone into too much detail. I have a running list of post topics, goals, and other random tidbits relating to this blog that I don’t want to forget. Last year I included a sentence about having get-togethers, but didn’t take much action on it. All of a sudden as the summer approached, I felt the need to put my goal into action. I wanted it to be more… View Post

This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. Thanks as always for your support! Let me just tell you how weird of a word “popsicle” is. While making the graphic for this post, I kept changing fonts and colors until “popsicle” turned into one of those words that looks like gibberish…or some kind of Greek philosopher. ANYWAY. First of all, let’s applaud the fact that this is the first recipe in awhile that isn’t a nut butter. Secondly, I used my new birthday camera to shoot these photos. I’m still learning and I still prefer to send them to my phone… View Post

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are my own. This weekend was a good mix of relaxing and getting some work in. Saturday marked the end of my fitness challenge — something that I will recap and reflect on later this week. We conquered a serious last workout and Sunday met up for brunch at True Food Kitchen to celebrate. Prior to brunch, Neil and I headed to check out the 2017 Chicago Polar Plunge. I was invited to cover the event by Johnsonville, who partnered with the Special Olympics… View Post

This is a sponsored post written in partnership with Vital Proteins. All opinions are my own. 🙂 I’ve tried TONS of protein powders. The main way I use them is to throw them in my smoothies following a workout. While protein powders still have a place in my heat (and pantry), they can sometimes be limiting in the fact that many are flavored. This obviously has an effect on the resulting smoothie and some ingredients may go well with one flavor but not another. When I discovered Vital Proteins almost a year ago, it was a game-changer. Depending on which… View Post

This post is part of a paid Megan Media and Health Warrior blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. #HealthWarriorWay There are several things that come to mind when I think about the word “warrior.” It’s someone who is strong and someone who has overcome adversity. The image that comes to mind is not just of a fighter, but of someone working to paddle upstream as the current struggles to wash them away. Personally, I’ve had a number of “warrior moments” in my life. The biggest ones that jump out are: Consistently working to find a… View Post