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100th post giveaway!!

Last week, in honor of my 100th post on ChiaSeedMe, I promised you guys a rockin’ giveaway.  Well, I’m never one to go back on my promises…so without further ado

It’s GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Obviously, you guys know that I love Chia seeds.  For those of you who are new readers, here is a little rundown of all the benefits of these tiny little seeds.

  • Chia seeds naturally contain more than 60% Omega-3 fatty acid – this is the highest percentage of Omega-3 of any commercially available source.
  • Chia seeds are a complete source of dietary protein, providing all the essential amino acids.
  • Chia seeds can absorb more than nine times their volume in water or other liquid. This can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes in body fluids, especially during exertion or exercise.
  • Chia seeds are a great source of fiber.  One serving can provide 30% of the daily requirement.
  • Chia seeds are gluten free!
  • The gel-forming property of Chia seeds tends to slow digestion and sustain balanced blood sugar levels, which can be helpful in preventing or controlling diabetes.
  • Because of the Chia seed’s ability to retain fluid, it aids in weight loss by helping to keep you feeling full longer
  • Chia seeds contain large amounts of B vitamins and calcium.
  • Chia seeds contain boron, which is needed for bones.  Boron is needed to aid the metabolism of calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus in bones and for muscle growth.
  • Chia seeds contain six times more calcium than whole milk, three times more iron than spinach and fifteen times more magnesium than broccoli!

- info found here.

Now can you see why I have such a love affair with these little guys?

I want YOU to have the chance to enjoy Chia seeds as much as I do!

Monterey Bay Spice Company (herbco.com)has been so generous to sponsor this giveaway by giving away not one, but two 1 pound bags of Chia Seeds; each winner will receive 1 bag.  Did you catch that?  TWO WINNERS!

The following are 3 ways to Enter (you can do one, two or all three!):

  • 1 ENTRY for leaving a comment on this post
  • 1 ENTRY by adding ChiaSeedMe to your blogroll or just tell me if it already is
  • 1 ENTRY for following me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway using this: want a chance to try Chia seeds or restock your current stash?  enter to win! http://chiaseedme.com/?p=1354

**Please leave a comment for each way that you entered.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, July 11th at midnight, and the winner will be announced early next week.

Good luck everyone!!  And thanks for being readers of CSM:)

Also, make sure and check out Monterey Bay Spice Company for great prices on Chia seeds, spices, teas and much more!

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going “home”

I’m baaaaaccckkkk!

How was everyone’s weekend?  I hope you got to spend some time with family and friends or at least get a little extra rest in over the long weekend.

I had a great weekend hanging out with my family.  My grandparents have a cabin at the lake, and we’ve been going down there for vacation since I was born, but Jon and I haven’t been in several years.  It was a bit like going home after a really long time away.  So sweet.

Here’s a quick picture recap of the weekend

My step-dad’s birthday was Saturday, so I attempted to make cookies and have them ready when he and my mom arrived.  Unfortunately, the baking soda we packed had less than half as much as we needed, the oven at our cabin is on the splits, and this cookie sheet…well, you can see it for yourself.  FAIL

My great-grandparents built this cabin in 1960 (give or take a couple years:).  Even though it’s old and a bit small, it holds so many special memories and we love it.

Olive isn’t quite sure how she feels about the lake yet

my sister, my mom and me

my sis and I

skiing under the beautiful blue sky

Olive and her cousin, Bentley

fireworks over the lake

our little cabin:)

work hard, play hard, right?

she knows how to tell us when it’s time to head home

Happy 4th of July from our family to yours!

Today has been a little slow…and it has actually been quite nice!  For some reason, despite my laid-back weekend, I am exhausted! Plus, it has been storming off and on all day; Olive and I have been a bit lazy.  My afternoon appt. with Mohammad even got cancelled.  He called to say it wasn’t a good time for him because of the rain. lol.  So endearing to me because the Thais used to do stuff like that all the time.  love it:)

I did manage to make it to Piyo this morning, and got quite a workout!  The more I practice piyo, the more I love it.

For breakfast I threw together a yogurt bowl

whole soy peach yogurt, 1/3 cup raw oats, frozen cherries and chia seeds!

And just a few hours later I was ready for lunch

Amy’s split pea soup with black pepper and sea salt

Ezekiel toast with Sabra roasted garlic hummus and a sprinkle of chia seeds

Don’t forget about the giveaway coming up in celebration of my 100th post!  Details are soon to come…

What did you do over the weekend?

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turbo kick = a bust

Hello!

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement on yesterday’s post about my decision to leave my job.  That post was very difficult to write because putting it all down on “paper” made it seem more real…and more scary.  I honestly can’t say that I woke up this morning feeling no fear or doubt, but nothing worth attaining is every easy, right?  Your comments completely made my day and helped calm my racing mind.  I just keep re-analyzing the situation and the what ifs over and over in my head, and I know that is getting me nowhere good.  I’ve got to be able to let it go and get excited about moving forward!

You all really do mean so much to me, though, and I’m so thankful for you:)

This morning I tried to ward off Satan’s attempt to bring me down by spending some time with the Lord over a seriously good yogurt bowl

blueberry soy yogurt with 1/3 cup raw oats, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds and some dried cranberries

Later I headed to the gym – I’ve been wanting to try out the Turbo Kick class and today seemed like a great day to do it!  Maybe not.  I was the only one who showed up!  The instructor and I ended up striking up a conversation and talked through the entire class.  I was kind of bummed that I didn’t get to try it out, but I found out a lot of interesting things about certifications that might help me in the future, so I suppose it was worth it.

After we finished chatting I hopped on the treadmill and cranked out 3 miles.  I forgot to reset the treadmill after my walking warm-up, so I don’t have final stats unfort.  It was a pretty good run though, and my last mile was my strongest, so I consider that a win!

I followed the run with some of Polly’s yoga for runners. I’ve been doing this after every run this week, and I feel like it really is helping me to loosen up a lot, which helps with my runs.  My legs haven’t been feeling as tight, and I feel lighter on my feet.  If you haven’t checked out her site, you should stop by – she has a plethora of great yoga videos!  And she’s cute as a button:)

Lunch!

I whipped up a new, but very simple little dish for lunch.  I’ve been craving this new organic pasta sauce we bought last time we were at the store.

I tried it once before and loved it!  And check out the stellar ingredients.

I mixed 1/2 cup of sauce with 1/3 cup of black beans and a handful of frozen spinach.  Popped it in the micro for about a minute and a half and poured it over top 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa.  It was delicious!  The flavors combined perfectly.

On the side I also had a sliced pear sprinkled with cinnamon.

You should try this concoction!

This afternoon I’ve been working on some stuff for Outbox (our business), and I talked to my sister for a loooonnng time!  Love conversations that are so good they go on for hours:)

I’m off now to meet with Mohammad for some tutoring.  Hope you guys have a great day, and I’ll see you tonight!

The long weekend is almost here!  What are your plans?
Will you be shooting any fireworks or just watching them?

Are you a phone person?  Do you have trouble keeping in touch with long distance friends?

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a good day

Yesterday ended up being quite the busy day!  I have several “projects” in the works right now that I am not quite ready to reveal, but they are taking up a lot of my time.  The cool thing is that I am loving working on them. It’s been awhile since I’ve had something going on that doesn’t really feel like work even though it is.

I’m wanting to get into doing more yoga this summer, and my gym had a power yoga class yesterday at 5:30 pm.  I still wanted to squeeze in some cardio so I did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill in the morning.  Over the course of the last month of school and then vacation, my running endurance levels have backslid a bit, so I’m trying to build my stamina back up.  Let’s be real, the hardest part of running is the phase where you are out of shape and just trying to build up endurance.  For me, running is not much fun during this phase, but it feels dang good when it’s over!  I think that’s why people sometimes have trouble getting into running – it is hard in the beginning.  But it does get easier and more fun the stronger you get. You just gotta hang in there!

I came back to a nice big bowl of overnight oats.  It’s been awhile since I’ve made them, and I have no idea why!

This bowl started off with 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup soy milk, 1/3 cup oats and 1 tbsp chia seeds.  They marinated in the fridge over night, and I added chopped fresh cherries and sliced almonds in the morning.  The cherries added just the perfect sweetness.  Aren’t cherries the most wonderful fruit?

Lucky for me, I had a hot date for lunch

Grace is one of my favorite people, and we had such a sweet time of catching up.  Her husband’s name is Jonathan also, and we love getting together and having play dates for Olive and her little Bichon, Lucy.  She always shoots it to me straight and speaks truth into my life.  Friends like that are not on every corner, and I appreciate and love her immensely!

I ordered one of my two usuals from Panera – mediterranean veggie sandwich (hold the feta!) and a cup of vegetable soup.  Also a whole grain baguette for dipping.  I haven’t been getting my baguette fill since being back from vacation, so it really hit the spot;)

Several hours and one refreshing power yoga class later, I mad a quick and easy dinner.  We had some frozen pasta from a few weeks ago, so I heated it up.  I made two sauces – one for me and one for Jon.  Actually, I sort of cheated by using this awesome new Bove wine and mushroom organic pasta sauce I bought at the store last week (shhh!). I added tons of chopped bell pepper and onion to mine and bell pepper, onion and ground turkey to his.  I loved this sauce!  I don’t know how often I’d buy it considering the steep price, but maybe for special occassions.

We were up working late last night, so I ended up having a toasted Ezekiel muffin with Earth Balance a little later.

I’m off to clean out our office and get some work done on our budget.  Fun!  We are using a program called Mint. You basically set up your budget online.  Mint links to your bank account and automatically sifts every transaction into a category.  It sends you frequent updates through your phone, so you always know if you’ve gone over in a certain area. I hate those evil little messages.  Admittedly I’ve been guilty of just deleting them when they come through, but I’m getting better!

Have you heard of or used Mint?
Do you have a system you like for keeping track of your budget?

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this girl knows what she wants

So, I’m not the only one who knows exactly what I want in my food.

For awhile now we’ve been having trouble with Olive not being able to um….let’s just say “hold down her food.”  It finally dawned on us yesterday that she might just be trying to tell us something.  Maybe losing your lunch at least once a week for no apparent reason isn’t totally normal.

After a short visit to the vet, we decided to change her food.  You can’t just change it overnight, though.  You see, if we switch her cold turkey lamb, we’ll risk having problems at the other end.  The trick is to sift in the new food just a little at a time and after about a weeks time be completely done with the old food.  Well, that only works if the ahem person involved agrees to continue eating the old food.  As opposed to only picking out the new food kernels of course.

Exhibit A.  This is what we found after having incorporated the new food in with the old.  If you look closely you can see that there are bits of food under her bowls.  She also had trailed it all across the kitchen floor.  So, we decided to do a little test to make sure it wasn’t a fluke.

Exhibit B.  Olive is given an Olive sized bowl each of California Natural (the old food) and Prairie (the new food).

Exhibit C.  When given the go-ahead, Olive immediately goes for Prairie.

Exhibit D (not pictured).  Trickster Dad stops Olive mid-gulp and quickly switches up the bowls to see if she chooses the same one again.  Of course she does.

Lastly, dad gives Olive the California Natural bowl and scowls as she turns her nose up at it.  He then proceeds to give her the Prairie bowl, which she immediately devours.

Folks, we have a verdict.  Now we’re left scratching our heads and wondering “has she been throwing up as an act of rebellion because she doesn’t like her food? or is she allergic?”  We may never know.

Onward and upward.  Today Jon and I proudly made it out of bed in time to get in a workout.  We had planned to break our sweat at the gym because it is so dang hot outside, but we were pleasantly surprised when we stepped outside and it felt only like a cool 80 degrees.  Without hesitation we abandoned our gym passes and headed to the street.  After putting in a quick 20 minute run, we came back to get O for a walk.

Shortly after our run, I was reunited with this guy

2 big handfuls spinach
1 cup soy milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop Amazing Grass
1 tbsp almond butter
ice

Because of vacation and a lack of groceries since, I have not had a green monster in a couple of weeks!  It was a grand reunion.  Tomorrow I shall be reunited with overnight oats methinks.

I spent most of the morning at the coffee shop working on some stuff and sipping on a nice iced soy latte.

Now I know how this looks.  Let me explain.  When Jon and I decided to commit to our “no eating out for a week and that includes coffee” challenge, we agreed that we could still get coffee drinks from The Daily Grind.  Jon worked there for five years during college and we’re still good friends with the owner, so we have a prepaid card and we are only charged a dollar per drink.  I know, I know.  It still seems like we’re cheating, but technically no money changed hands, so I vote that we’re in the clear.

On a more honest and admirable note, I did pack my lunch so I wouldn’t be tempted to grab something.

Thank you Mister whole wheat tortilla broccoli slaw sprouts hummus and tempeh wrap.  You saved me from making a decision I would later regret.  Just a warning for tomorrow, though.  A good friend whom I haven’t seen in some time asked me to meet for lunch tomorrow, and I agreed.  Hey, life happens.  And the point of the challenge is still being driven home.

And dinner…

Carrots, onions, bell pepper, squash and zucchini sauteed in Evoo and doused with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and Nutritional Yeast.  Served over a bed of Soba noodles.  A go-to favorite.

Followed by banana soft serve with a bit of Maranatha Chocolate Almond Butter mixed in.

The rest of the day consisted of a long overdue phone chat with my college roommate, starting to clean out our office and chilling with my sweet husband.

I’m off to bed now!  G’night!

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