Green Smoothie with Protein Recipe

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride through my Sweat Pink/Fit Approach Ambassadorship. All opinions expressed are my own. FDA Disclaimer: *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

As a healthy lifestyle blogger, I love to try a lot of new supplements and products to maintain both my health and healthy weight. In October, the nice people at Puritan’s Pride sent me a box of new supplements, protein powders, and other nutritional goodies to try. To tackle their Seaonal Smoothie challenge, they sent me two more boxes of goodies to try in November and December. And just like in October – they will be sending a box to one of you lucky readers too! 

I’m still training hard for the Dopey Challenge. I talked a little yesterday about how I’m not letting this foot pain get in the way of doing Dopey. I’m also registered for the Glass Slipper Challenge as well – deferred from this year’s registration. So like everyone else training for these races, I’m taking the 46 days until the races to get the miles in and time on my feet. It’s mentally killing me a little to not be at my normal pace – I’m about 2 minutes slower per mile, sometimes more, with what feels like the same amount of effort. So frustrating.

If you know me or my story, I never give up on things that truly matter to me, and this runDisney race training is no exception. My end goal is to cross the finish lines of all 6 races and not die trying :)

Here is a green smoothie recipe I came up with that’s packed with protein and has tons of the the vitamins and nutrients you need when training and working out. It can also make a great meal replacement during this busy holiday season. When I was losing 100+ pounds after the birth of my son, green smoothies were a staple of my healthy eating.

I make my green smoothies in the Blendtec I bought a few years ago. If you have a powerful blender, you can make the smoothie as written. If your blender struggles a little with frozen fruits – leave them out to defrost for 1/2 hr or so before blending. Your smoothie will still taste great but your blender just won’t have to work so hard :) If it still comes out with chunks, don’t be afraid to blend it twice to make it a smoother texture.

Tropical Green Protein Smoothie
Serves 1
Sweet and creamy tropical fruit smoothie packed with protein
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  1. 1 c frozen pineapple
  2. 1 ripe banana (peeled)
  3. 1/2 c frozen mango
  4. 1 scoop vanilla or unflavored protein powder
  5. 2 tsp kale powder
  6. 1 cup ice
  7. 5 oz water
  1. Blend thoroughly and enjoy!
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And a Giveaway!

Puritan’s Pride is generously offering one of you awesome readers a prize pack featuring the following FOUR products:

Smoothie Challenge

 Puritan’s Pride Soy Protein Powder (this is a photo of the one they sent me, winner may receive the same or a slightly different version)

Eclectic Institute Raw Kale Powder (056836): Kale is one of the most nutritious of all vegetables. This powder is made from fresh, whole, raw Kale and custom freeze-dried. Freeze-drying is the best method for preserving the complex chemistry, active enzymes and entire matrix of a plant in its fresh form.

Puritan’s Pride Psyllium Husk Seed 100% Natural: Psyllium Husk (010992): is rich in soluble fiber, to keep your digestive tract moving smoothly.* Fiber naturally slows down digestion, making it possible for your body to absorb more nutrients. Plus, the fiber in Psyllium Husk Seed Powder helps your body eliminate what it doesn’t use, making for a cleaner colon.*

Alacer Emergen C Immune + With Vitamin D Blueberry-Acai (073348): Supplement provides key nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and a proprietary immune complex with beta glucans.*

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Have a great weekend!

– Denise

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Show Me the Kwan word game

Show Me the Kwan game

I’ll be receiving a review copy of this soon and wanted to share it with you too in case you think you or your family might enjoy it too. We enjoy playing card games and board games as a family. This looks like a really fun one!

It’s not quite a board game, definitely not a video game, and a whole lot of fun! It plays very quickly and works for any number of players (ages 10+ – can be slightly younger if simple spelling of words is not frustrating).

Show Me the Kwan is a fast-paced, dice rolling, word game. Given the chosen category the players must call out fitting words where either the first, second or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each dice has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected. and use the codes FREESHIP for free shipping on Kwan ONLY, or code 10FORME for 10% off their entire order.

– Denise

Holiday plans and Dopey training

Hi friends! Hope you’re enjoying your November so far. I cannot believe it’s November 20th already – yikes!

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I got a reminder in my e-mail that the local Turkeython 5k I signed up to do with a girlfriend is coming up in just 7 days. I swear the older I get, the faster time goes!

We’re getting pretty excited about the holidays around here. Later today, I’m picking up a holiday centerpiece that I ordered through a fundraiser at Chase’s school that will sit in the middle of our dining room table. Chase and I have bought a few little Christmas presents too. The weekend after Thanksgiving, we’ll cut down our tree at a local tree farm and decorate the house. It’s our first year in our new house so it will be especially fun to celebrate here for the first time :)

I have run/walked more than 60 miles this month for Dopey Challenge Training so far. We went on a hike on Saturday with friends where we had a great time but it ended up being bad for the plantar fasciitis pain in my right foot :( Up until that point I was able to walk and run mostly pain free, now it’s really sore and feels like it’s almost as bad as it was to begin with. I know that I have 2 choices – whine about it or push through it. I choose to push through it. I really don’t see myself signing up for Dopey again so this is my time to go for it or miss out on it forever. I like Hal Higdon’s training plan so I’m sticking with it but modifying it on the days I have trouble walking normally. I’ll keep up with my exercises and calf stretches and hopefully get rid of some of this awful pain too. I’m just hoping I don’t slow my friend down too much when we do our 5k Turkeython next week. 

For my giveaway fans – I have some sponsored posts coming up with both recipes and great giveaways! I have two more Puritan’s Pride protein and supplement giveaways – one in November and the other in December. I also have another one coming up in a few weeks for readers for an amazing food delivery in the greater Portland, Oregon area so if you’re local – watch out for that one :) I hope you’ve entered the Crate and Barrel gift card giveaway too! 

When I’m not posting on the blog, I’m very active on both Twitter and Instagram. I’m trying to get better about using Facebook again, but I had issues with being on there too much so I really have to limit my time. I downloaded the Facebook app to my phone again but it’s not on the main screen. It’s on the last page so I’m not checking it constantly like I used to. Baby steps, lol. 

Hope you’re having a great week,


Crate and Barrel Gift Cards Giveaway

I love shopping at Crate and Barrel to find classic, quality items to furnish and decorate our home. We have the big Lounge couch and chair and a half with storage ottoman in the “man cave”. They are so cozy and comfortable to hang out on, though Troy usually commandeers “his” chair and a half :) The quality is excellent – we bought them when we moved into our last house in 2009 and they still look great!

We also have our full set of dishes, mirrors, vases, and all sorts of decor that that we love from Crate and Barrel. Some of the items were gifts to us from our friends and family from our wedding registry. Other items we shopped for and picked out ourselves. Some of it we keep packed up all year and bring out for holiday celebrations. Putting it all together really helps make our house feel like a home to both ourselves and the people we welcome to celebrate with us.

Here’s an exciting giveaway for not one but TWO Crate and Barrel gift cards sponsored by #AgentAce and hosted by my friends at Mom Powered Media.

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Sponsored by: Agent Ace

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Agent Ace is the new way to find the best real estate agent. When you’ve thought about buying a home, how did you figure out who would help you with that? Did you find someone who you felt you could trust to get you what you wanted from it, whether that was a good price on a new home or the best sale of your old one? A lot of homeowners and potential buyers will just pick a random agent from a list online without a lot of background on what they’re best at. It’s like throwing a dart at the Yellowpages. With just a little information from you, Agent Ace can match you with the best agent to sell your home or buy a new one.

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They’re not a service who bases their list on whoever pays the most in your area either, so there’s no worry about what goes on behind the scenes. For those of us in the market, Agent Ace a completely free service. Their innovative, patented technology — the Agent Connection Engine (ACE) — makes an unbiased evaluation of every agent who has bought or sold a home just like the one you’re trying to close on based on the information you’ve provided. They gather and analyze years of past home sales data from ALL the real estate agents in your state, not just a small network. Then they promise to recommend the single best agent for your needs — based on facts.

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Agent Ace is free, easy to use, and there’s no obligation to use any of the agents they recommend. You’re not locked into anything if you don’t find someone you think fits or if maybe you decide you’re not ready yet. They make up to 3 agent recommendations for buying and 3 for selling so you can choose the best fit for your needs and your style. Once they identify your best agent, the experienced Agent Specialists will screen them and confirm that they can fully commit to you. They do the initial contact and the sometimes awkward “Hey, can you take a new client right now?” questions for you. Once they’re sure it’s a great fit, your recommended agent will give you a call within 24 hours (but usually sooner). It’s as easy as ordering take-out.

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If you’re even considering getting into the housing market for your dream home, whether to buy or sell, you can check out Agent Ace’s amazing system from the comfort of your home (in your pajamas) at

Speaking of Dream Homes, Agent Ace wants to help you decorate yours. Two lucky winners are going to receive Crate & Barrel gift cards! The grand prize winner will receive a $250 gift card and a runner up will receive a $100 gift card. The sweepstakes is open to residents of the US through November 24, 2014. Enter using the form below and Good Luck!

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Great time to stock up on those awesome Disney Parks holiday items and gifts for the whole family! I’m shopping for Christmas presents for Chase (shhh, don’t tell!) and some Disney Parks merchandise for my upcoming runDisney race trips in January and February.

– Denise

Free Movie – Disney’s Wreck It Ralph

FREE download of Disney’s WRECK IT RALPH from Walt Disney Studios and Google Play

Here’s how I did it: We have the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone.  I linked up my Gmail account to the app to receive the free download of Disney’s Wreck It Ralph. It’s that easy!

You can do it too, but hurry – it’s for a limited time only!

Screenshot of iPhone Disney Movies Anywhere app

Screenshot of iPhone Disney Movies Anywhere app

Here’s the details about the free download direct from Disney:


Free Digital Copy of Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” Available For A Limited Time Through Disney Movies Anywhere

The Walt Disney Studios and Google Play today announced a partnership this week enabling millions of U.S. Android users to enjoy their Disney, Pixar, and Marvel digital movie collection across their devices through Disney Movies Anywhere.

Disney Movies Anywhere is an engaging and family-friendly digital destination that makes it simple for consumers to manage and enjoy their digital collection of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies in one place, at home and on the go. The integration with Google Play means that it’s easier than ever for consumers to buy the films they love, and then enjoy them through the free Disney Movies Anywhere app and website, as well as everywhere Google Play Movies is available. Just download the Disney Movies Anywhere app and connect to your Google account.

“We are very excited to announce Google Play as our newest partner for Disney Movies Anywhere,” said Janice Marinelli, President, Disney Studio In-Home and Digital Distribution & Disney-ABC
Content Distribution. “We set out to create an exceptional Disney experience that made owning digital movies easy and fun, and with Google Play now on board following our successful launch in February, we are able to deliver unprecedented availability and ease for consumers across a broad range of mobile devices.”

“We want to make it easy for movie fans to enjoy all of their past and future digital purchases across all of their devices. Our partnership with Disney now gives Google Play users the ability to conveniently watch all of their Disney, Marvel and Pixar digital movies that have been purchased from any Disney Movies Anywhere participating retailer,” said Jonathan Zepp, head of Google Play Movies partnerships.

In Disney Movies Anywhere, consumers can explore Disney’s library of over 400 active digital titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel; preview upcoming offerings and enjoy hours of free new and exclusive short- form content; and discover curated content based on their individual preferences. In addition to browsing titles available for purchase, consumers can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar, and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs directly in Disney Movies Anywhere, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points for digital purchases.

For a limited time, Disney Movies Anywhere users who connect a new participating retailer account will receive a free digital copy of Disney’s hit animated film “Wreck-It Ralph.” The launch of Disney Movies Anywhere on Google Play also coincides with the release of “Maleficent,” one of the year’s biggest hits, and Disney’s animated “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” both out on digital and Blu-ray today.

With this new partnership with Google Play, it’s easier than ever for consumers to buy the films they love, and then enjoy them through the free Disney Movies Anywhere app and website, as well as everywhere Google Play Movies is available. Just download the Disney Movies Anywhere app and link to your Google account.

The Disney Movies Anywhere App is available in the U.S. for free from the Google Play store at and from the iTunes App Store at: Sign up is also available through the Disney Movies Anywhere website.

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