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

This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. All opinions are my own. Thanks so much for supporting these brands and this blog! I know that all of the holiday gluttony is usually done by this point, but I’m going to throw one more recipe out there in case you didn’t get enough. Sure, there’s a lot of butter in there, but there’s also some protein and collagen. Balance, right? My mom makes these almond butter cookies that are MAGICAL. I could eat 21354657614 of them and probably have in my lifetime. I had the idea for these while thinking about… View Post