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What is your take on Vitamins?

5 Jan

 So for about the past three weeks, Courtney and I have been vitamin/supplement free, just to see the effect it would have on our body. We were trying to let our body’s take in nutrients on their own naturally by just simply eating healthy food and exercising.

The Result: Excessive tiredness, mood swings, grogginess, irregular down there, and breakouts to the skin. So basically, we are FOR SURE firm believers in taking some vitamins/supplements to aid your overall health 🙂

Currently, we take a kid gummy vitamin with a Vitamin-B 50 Complex pill right when we wake up, and a Biotin pill at lunch. The whole combo is energizing, and a better addition to the body after 3 weeks of no Vitamins. QOD: What is your take on Vitamins/Supplements?

Breakfast this morning consisted of Strawberry- Banana Overnight Oats:

-In the mix-

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 6 oz container Chobani Strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 sliced banana

Toppings:

  • Kashi GoLean crunch
  • Figs
  • Special K cereal
  • Skippy All Natural Honey PB
  • PB filled Pretzels

*All Served alongside some Sugar-Cookie Tea*

 Snackage: Kashi TLC Honey Almond Flax Bar + CUTIE!

 Lunch:

  • French Toast Bagel(smeared with Honey PB, and Pumpkin Cream Cheese
  • Egg Beater Scramble

 Toffee protein Pancakes from this recipe that we created in the summer.

 All meals today were pretty much breakfast oriented, but who does not love breakfast? Right?

Workout of the Day-Turbo Fire:Fire 30*

Here is a playlist we have been listening to lately on the way to school and work:

  • Ten Years Older-Jarrod Gorbel
  • Let it Be Me-Ray Lamontagne
  • This Years Love-David Gray
  • Sail Away-David Gray
  • Streetlight-Joshua Radin
  • What a day- Greg Laswell
  • And then you-Greg Laswell
  • Mercy-Duffy

Enjoy!

XOXO Court&Whit♥

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Life is a highway….

19 Dec

Boy has life been crazy lately! Sorry to keep you guys out of the bubble for so long…. but not to worry we’ll get ya up to date. The past few weeks were filled with….

>Welcoming our handsome nephew into the World! Meet Tyler Charles Davis. 🙂
I absolutely ♥ this little baby.

We all left for the hospital around 3 am and he was born at 11:55 am. So it was a loooonnngg morning…..

All of us (minus mom) sat in the waiting room all day 🙂 

Homework and picture-taking took over most of the morning…

This did not even remind me of a hospital. There was a cozy fireplace right in the middle of the waiting room and…

A Christmas Tree!

Then it was time to welcome the first grand baby to the family!

With both sides of the family there, ten of us waited patiently to hold him.

I was a little nervous that he did not like me at first… as you can see he was very upset, but I am getting the hang of it now. I LOVE being an auntie. 

And then of course he is a little angel for Whit, HA!

>Babysitting little Ty

Travis and Erica bring Tyler over every few days or so to see all of us.  

Ashley is always good at rocking him right to sleep 🙂

This past week, he opened his eyes open for the first time.

Well that’s all of Tyler for now….

 

>College Finals (yuck!) + signing up for semester 2 classes:

– Forensic anthropology
-Ethics

 

> Last minute Christmas shopping!

 I found a bunch of great gifts at a new store in town called Charming Charlie. Every heard of it?!? They have got the most awesome jewelry, handbags, accessories, etc.

> Our 18th birthday!

Oh man this was fun. Last year we went snow mobiling and this year we got our noses pierced (plus Whit got her cartilage pierced). This was crazy enough for us. We asked people what they did did for their 18th birthday, and the most common answer was clubbing. That really did not seem like much fun to us… so we kept it simple.

On the way to the Electric Crayon… we had fun with more picture taking 😛

 

 The rest of our b-day consisted of smothered chile verde burritos, red velvet cheesecake, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader on the Wii, and The Goonies.

 And the best present was new laptops since we are off to college next year… thanks mom and dad!

>Work… we are becoming shift leaders and getting a raise.

 

> And of course some great holiday food! Tis the season… to enjoy 😛 (Within reason lol!)

 

Yogurt mess with half a packet of cashew butter on top.
VERDICT: This packet of nut butter was probably my least favorite out of all the nut butters we received from Artisana. It had a very bland taste. Also I would recommend refrigerating it before eating.

 

A salad that consisted of:

→ Romaine
→ Morning Star meat
→ Carrots
→ Red onion
→ Tomato
→ Egg whites
→ Ritz crackers crumbled on top
→ Light Italian dressing

and a toasted Alternative Honey Wheat bagel.

 

1/2 packet of Pecan Butter over berry patch oats 🙂

VERDICT: This had a very similar taste to almond butter. It is definitely worth the buy if you like AB and PB as much as we do 😉

Also a package that we recieved a while back were Attune Bars~!

“Keeping your digestive system healthy is an important part of feeling your best. Attune’s probiotics provide a natural support against stress, poor diet, antibiotics, travel, and other elements that can throw your digestive system out of balance. When eaten daily, Attune probiotic wellness bars replenish and rebalance your system, helping to promote health and wellness, digestive comfort, and increased immunity. The result? You’re healthier, happier, and alive from the inside out.”
 
We all know that certain kinds of chocolate leave us constipated… but if you choose you chocolate wisely then you’ll be fine. These Attune Chocolate Probiotic bars are the perfect go to bars.
 
Here are all of the different flavors:
Chocolate Crisp Chocolate Crisp: Real, rich chocolate with rice crisps for a familiar, tasty crunch that’s just right!
Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate*: The antioxidant power of smooth, dark chocolate with 68% cocoa content. A truly healthy pleasure!
Mint Chocolate Mint Chocolate: Real, rich chocolate and rice crisps mingle with refreshing mint flavor that will wake up your taste buds. That’s cool!
Blueberry Vanilla Blueberry Vanilla: Take a break from pure chocolate with a creamy, crispy combination that delivers the amazing flavor of fresh-picked blueberries and smooth vanilla ice cream. After one bite, you’ll be back for more.
Coffee Bean Dark Chocolate Coffee Bean Dark Chocolate: The richness of dark chocolate meets the satisfying crunch of whole coffee beans for a taste sensation that will wake up all of your senses
Raspberry Dark Chocolate Raspberry Dark Chocolate: A symphony of smooth dark chocolate jam-packed with sweet raspberries for a fresh, flavor combination that will make your tastebuds sing.
Milk Chocolate Almond Almond Milk Chocolate: The classic duo of milk chocolate and diced almonds come together for a satisfying, crunchy chocolate bar.
 

Chocolate Crisp Verdict: This tasted like an upgrade to your Kit-Kat, probably my second favorite out of the three bars.
Dark Chocolate Verdict: I have never really been a fan of dark chocolate just because of the after taste, but this one surprisingly left no after taste. It was rich… probably the way dark chocolate is supposed to taste.
Mint Chocolate Verdict: This one was the best out of the three! If there is one chocolate I love it is mint. It was like York Pattie without the filling.
Overall these chocolate bars were a little pricey at about $1-$2 per bar, but if you want good chocolate then it is going to cost you 😉

 

Chile Verde= Best Crock Pot dinner ever in Denver!

Our freezer is still chuck full of Manna Bread!

VERDICT: Had all the figgy taste that I was expecting. The figs in this bread definitely loosened up the dense taste.

And of course who does not love breakfast for dinner….. left over turkey in some egg whites.

EGGOS!

Whew! That was a lot but you are all caught up now 🙂 Have a great night guys.

QOD: Have you had your eighteenth birthday yet? If so, what did you do? If not, what are you going to do?

  

XOXO Court & Whit

Baby shower recap and some good eats

31 Oct

 So this past week has been a pretty good relaxation from school. We had a nice Fall break filled with:

  • Sleeping in
  • Work
  • Shopping
  • Homework
  • Workouts

Last night all of us siblings carved our pumpkins, watched scary movies, and made pizza! Court and I decided to share a pumpkin this year, and made a cute Tinker Bell One. 🙂 Speaking of Halloween, here are Tips on a healthier holiday without sacrificing fun and flavor from nutrition expert and healthy lifestyle consultant, Melissa Hooper:

Halloween can be a scary time nutritionally, so Voskos Greek Yogurt offers ways to make this and every holiday a bit healthier without sacrificing fun and flavor for the entire family.

There are ways to reduce calories, sugar and fat while avoiding all the frightful shrills and squeals!  For parties as well as passing out treats, caramel apples make a healthier treat since caramel is low-fat.  Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in a fruit.  Rice crispy marshmallow treats also make a healthier alternative by using low-fat marshmallow and cereal, with the latter offering B-vitamins.  Additionally, the marshmallow treats can be molded into fun shapes and characters such as ghosts and pumpkins.  Children love getting hands-on and moms can help them make these types of easy and creative treats.

In addition to making nutritious tweaks to some of the traditional ways Halloween is celebrated (with candies and high-sugary foods), it’s important to remember that good nutrition is dependent on good dental care.  So, while we may allow our kids to have a few more sugary treats than normal during this time, we have to also instill good dental habits such as brushing teeth after eating sugary foods.  In fact, why not hand out travel-size toothbrushes and toothpaste on Halloween?  Voskos Greek Yogurt recommends handing out some other fun treats along with the toothbrush and toothpaste, or you may find yourself the target of a trick!  A few more hand-out ideas on non-edible items are match-box cars, pencils, mini-note pads, stickers, bubbles and small party favors.

According to Melissa Hooper, registered dietician of Bite-Size Nutrition, “Good nutrition begins with good dental care.  Especially for children while they are still growing and developing, it is essential they get enough calcium to support strong healthy teeth during these formative years.”  One of the best ways to get calcium is by eating Voskos Greek Yogurt.  Voskos Greek Yogurt is a good source of calcium, has two times the protein, higher in probiotics and less lactose, all in addition to the delicious taste kids love.  An 8 ounce serving of Voskos Plain Original Greek Yogurt has 30% calcium.  Top this off with fresh fruit and nuts to start children off on a healthy track.  “Some fun ideas for serving Greek yogurt are to make smoothies or as frosting on top of cupcakes and cookies.  Kids, goblins and witches of all ages will eat it up!,” adds Hooper.

Visit  http://www.voskos.com/fresh/ for  healthy living tips and ideas on increasing calcium intake. For more healthy recipe ideas, check out the recipe section on http://www.voskos.com/recipes/.  Coupons may be downloaded at www.voskos.com and/or at www.facebook.com/voskos.greek.yogurt.

Here’s to a Healthy, Happy Halloween!

Onto the Eats:

Maple Coffee Oats W/ a Gingerbread Struesal Muffin crumbled on top

 humus Turkey & Spinach Wrap

 Apple sauce Mess

 Veggie Salad W/ a Turkey burger crumbled in, and Sweet potato Fries

 Gingerbread Struesal Muffins from this lovely girl

 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!

 Pumpkin Cookie W/ Ovaltine

 Strawberry Banana & White Chocolate Oats

 Eggs, sausage, and avocado toast

 Apple Cinnamon Oats W/ a pumpkin cookie crumbled in

 Fruity Filled Cheerios

 avocado Toast:

  • 1 slice of whole wheat toast (Put in the toaster)
  • Spread humus on the toast
  • mash 1/4 of an avocado, and then spread on toast over hummus
  • then place red onion sliced on top
  • Sprinkle Sea salt, Garlic powder, and spike over the top.

 We pulled out another loaf of Manna Bread out of the freezer

 The Stats…

 The simplicity of the ingredients is awesome!

 Spread with a lil’ almond butter and cinnamon on top, and it taste better than Banana nut Bread 🙂 Yum! 10/10

 Now to the Baby Shower…

 Here are the cute Chocolate Covered Oreo’s Court and I spent one whole day making. Trust us, they are not easy to make! Especially if you are doing all the details.

 And chocolate pretzel rods 🙂

 Our mom went crazy and ordered the Personalised M&M’s that said “It’s a boy,” and “Tyler.”

 Here We are 😉

 These are our twin cousins Lexi and Logan!

 Our brother Travis, Erica, and their friend Eric

 The Grandpa’s, that is Grandpa from work aka Jay, (he’s a customer and a good friend to the family…lol), and our real Grandpa on the right.

 The little girl that loved me, and sat by my side the whole baby shower

 Ashley and her “Friend” Carlo

 Courtney

 Travis and Erica opening gifts

 And then he got cake smashed in his face by the boys!

It was a nice break, and now there are another 3 weeks till Thanksgiving break, which means our birthday and Christmas are fastly approaching, Yikes! Is anyone else starting to worry about gift shopping?

Since this week has allowed some time for shopping, Court and I spent a pretty penny at Ulta. And we have a product to rave about. TRESemme’s new Fresh Start Line. This whole line is awesome! We love how soft and frizz-free it makes our hair look. If you have never tried dry shampoo, you must 🙂 Your hair will thank you for the hydration without using all that water which gets rid of all the natural oils.

Have a Happy Safe Halloween!

XOXO-Court & Whit