Thursday, April 3, 2014

Reebok Spartan Race (and a Giveaway!)

Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal.

Our events challenge the familiar, today’s perception of normal living and getting you out of your comfort zone! At Spartan Race, we do this everyday and it shapes everything we do.

Having experienced many different racing events, we wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as our events have a challenge for everyone’s needs.

Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race.

Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor.

Not Just one, but 2!
Run in any of our Sprint, Super, and/or Beast Races this year and get your own finisher medal in addition to a piece of the Trifecta medal. Each race differs in length and obstacle count, but challenge can be found at the heart of each. Upcoming races include: TampaAtlantaCharlotte,HawaiiLas Vegas, and Miami.

Born from the trenches of Spartan Races, the Reebok All-Terrain Series is strategically designed with drainage ports that drain water quickly and easily and 360 degrees of traction to shed mud…..The shoe that can handle any abuse a Spartan can give it so you are unstoppable on any course.

Lightweight and breathable this shoe has it all. With a rubberized tongue (complete with holes to help expel water) the Reebok All-Terrain has been generating a ton of excitement from the folks at HQ. Everything from it’s ability to drain water, to it’s lightweight breathable construction has the staff talking about how they can’t wait to get them dirty. With colors that are bright and inviting this shoe is sure to become a fan favorite on the course when it drops in March. Make sure you keep your eye out for it on the shelves in the next couple weeks.

I'm thrilled to be sharing this race with y'all because I'm all for new adventures and to try something fun! Make sure to check out this video to get a firsthand look at the Spartan Race! Let me know what you think! I only wish there was a race here in Jacksonville. 

Here's an even more exciting part for you! The awesome folks at Reebok Spartan Race are giving one of y'all a free entry to one of their races! Check out the map and see which one is closest to you! You can enter below via rafflecopter! Giveaway ends Tuesday April 8th! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grannie's Chicken (review)

Here in Jacksonville we have quite a few food trucks to chose from on any given day. I'm a huge fan of the food truck phenomenon going on right now. In fact, I've tried the majority of them. So naturally I was excited when this new food truck came out, Grannie's Chicken. I'm Southern, I like fried foods, I love good chicken. It was a duh for me.

Imagine my excitement when I finally found it on my side of town during my lunch hour. Let's start with it was parked right next to a popular solo hot dog stand owned by a very sweet man who has been on that side of the road for a couple of years every single day, rain or shine. That rubbed me the wrong way immediately. 

I walk up to the window and order. Knowing what I want to try already, naturally. Hand battered fries say what? Fried Chicken sandwich? Yes, please. As with all food trucks here in Jacksonville, the service and friendliness of the owners was awesome. Fastest service I've ever had. I didn't even finish swiping my card when she handed me my to-go box. 

Unfortunately, that's where the good times end. The hand-battered fries were super greasy. The chicken was overrated. More breading than chicken and more grease than flavor. The "sandwich" was a joke. Two small chicken TENDERS thrown on a bun with no mayo, lettuce, tomato, or cheese. I'm not sure what their definition of a sandwich is but this was most definitely not one. I've had better chicken and fries at Bo-Jangles.

It almost seems as if the owner got bored one day and said "hey! I can semi-cook. My grand kids like it. Let's start our own truck." 
I was very disappointed in this truck. I've read tons of reviews and the majority of customers love Grannie's Chicken. Is my review a little harsh? Probably. But less is more, Granny.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Oh..We're Married!

Remember a few posts ago when I was sharing wedding details? Well they are still needed for October, however, we are married

I know you're probably thinking "April Fool's!" but nope. If you follow me on Instagram then you knew on Friday when it happened. We wanted something small and stress free with just the two of us before the madness started with planning and what not. It was so nice and so relaxing. If you know me well then you know I am extremely conservative and traditional so this was way out of the box for me. 

Sometimes breaking the rules is a good thing! And it was fun :)

Please don't expect any news of pregnancy any time soon though! That seems to be the common question lately lol! 

We are still "getting married" in Savannah, Georgia in October. Ceremony and Reception. With friends and family. 

Stay tuned for more planning "pin"spiration!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Today is National Peanut Butter Day and if you know me, then you know I'm in love with all things peanut butter.

This is a throwback post of sorts but I give you the recipe to my favorite (gluten-free) Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups:

Yield: 30 mini cups
1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal (gluten-free rice crispies)
1 3/4 cups milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease mini muffin cups with non-stick spray and add a scant Tablespoon chocolate chips into each cup. Melt in the oven for 5 minutes. With the back of a spoon, smooth out the top of the chocolate chips while they’re still warm. Set aside. (You could also melt the chocolate chips in q microwave or on the stovetop and spoon into cups.)
2. In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter and butter until smooth. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla, then mix until combined. Pour in crispy rice cereal and mix again until combined. 
3. Drop heaping Tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture into each mini muffin cup. Smooth with the back of a spoon and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before eating. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

As stated in previous post, all pictures are from Iowa Girl Eats.

Now excuse me while I go make these and celebrate National Peanut Butter Day! Tagalongs anyone??

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dreaming of the Tropics

Today it's 50 something degrees outside and pouring rain. I think it might be karma from posting all of the hot weather and sunny pictures on Instagram this week.

So while I'm sitting here with a dreary afternoon out of the window behind me, I'm planning our honeymoon and dreaming about all of the lazy beach days that we will have soon. We've narrowed it down to a few locations and I am so ready to be on the beach and getting my tan on!

Bora Bora:

Santorini, Greece:


I'll tell you that the Maldives are in the running. J has his heart set on this place! Unfortunately the dates that we would be travelling falls right into Monsoon season. No thank you! I'd like to avoid any kind of angry mother nature presence. Sunshine and happiness only please.

Where did you honeymoon? Thoughts? Ideas? Who wants me to pack them in my suitcase? ;)