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**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kashi.

 

Well hello there friends … yesterday was an unintentional absence from the blog world but truth be told I feel like that might happen a lot over the next 27 months.  Classes started Monday and I am pretty sure my classmates and I were a bit “deer in the headlights” the last two days.  The amount of material being thrown at us is insane.  A phrase our instructors used this week to describe Physician Assistant school is “75% of med school crammed into half the amount of time”.  After two days …. I believe it.

 

One of the many big changes I am facing is having to pack a full day’s worth of food.  On Mondays and Wednesdays I leave my house at 7:15AM, am in class from 8:30AM-5:00PM and then get home at 6:00PM.  That’s nearly 12 hours out of the house!  I have been packing my food in my FitMark bag (review coming soon!) to try to get me through.  Between nursing and trying to remain active to say I am starving 99% of the day is an understatement.  Luckily, I had the chance to check out the new Kashi Crunchy Granola and Seed Bars via my affiliation with The Sits Girls.

 

Kashi Granola and Seed Bars

 

 

These new bars come in two flavors – Honey Oat Flax and Chocolate Chip Chia.  They both contain some of my favorite healthy ingredients: chia seeds, flax, and quinoa.  They also both deliver 320mg of ALA Omega-3s, fiber, and whole grains.  A major bonus for me is that there they include flax

 

Kashi Granola and Seed Bars 2

 

 

I’ve been throwing the Chocolate Chip Chia flavor in my lunch box and snacking on it during one of my pumping breaks during the day.  The chocolate provides the perfect amount of sweetness and the flavor is really good.  I also like that they come in sticks – it makes sharing with my snack thief (Emmalyne) a little bit easier 😉

 

Kashi Granola and Seed Bars

 

 

I’ve already seen the Kashi Crunchy Granola and Seed Bars for sale at our local Kroger so make sure to check them out at your neighborhood grocery store.  They are a great snack for on the go and definitely don’t disappoint in flavor!

 

On that note … today is one of my long days of school.  I have four classes ahead of me so here’s to another day!

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**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kashi.

Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt

I’ve been raving about it on Instagram and Twitter for weeks now, so it’s about time I share my love for my Gabrialla maternity support belt here too!

 

Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt

 

 

The Gabrialla maternity support belt provides a medium level of support and is secured by velcro.  You basically velcro it under your belly and then secure two more straps towards your back (Katie has a video on how to put it on!).  The belt is supposed to provide both abdominal and back support and helps to promote proper posture.  It’s definitely a must have for running while pregnant for me!

 

Why I love the Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt:

  • Cost: On Amazon, the price is exceptionally reasonable.  You can get it for as low as $30.
  • Support: For me, it provides an adequate amount of support.  I am still running at 29 weeks pregnant which makes my heart happy.  I was starting to deal with round ligament pain more and more on my runs and this has helped substantially.  I also feel like it provides a good amount of back support as well.
  • Easy to use.  It is pretty simple to put on.  Also, because it secures with velcro, you can adjust how tight it is for a customized level of support.

 

I am actually borrowing my Gabrialla from my friend Heather.  Heather had her second daughter in March and wore it throughout her pregnancy and was running until the end.  Then Leslie Ann used it and worked out until the day she went into labor.  All three of us carried our babies differently but all of us LOVE the Gabrialla.

 

Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt 2

 

SO – if you’re pregnant, or thinking about becoming pregnant, consider getting the Gabrialla.  I am not sure if I would be comfortably running at this point without it.  I definitely wouldn’t be running at the pace I am without it.  Here’s to hoping it carries me all the way to the end :)

 

Disclosure: I was not asked to review this product and my friend bought it herself.  I just REALLY like it and wanted to share my love with you all and hopefully help another preggo out :)

 

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For Two Fitness® Review

I have been in maternity clothes (mainly bottoms) for awhile this pregnancy.  Probably since 14-ish weeks to be honest.  Jellybean is sitting pretty low in my pelvis and my normal bottoms were tight and uncomfortable so I made the switch and haven’t looked back.  Now that I am getting halfway through the second trimester my workout clothes are getting a little tight around the middle too.  Luckily, I have a plan for that.

 

When I was pregnant with Emmalyne I ran into the same problem and started Googling maternity athletic wear. Much to my dismay, not a lot was available.  However, I did somehow stumble upon For Two Fitness® Apparel and was sold.  My mom generously gifted me with a “Sweating for Two” thank that I wore throughout my entire pregnancy and LOVED it.

 

Sweating for Two
38 weeks pregnant with Emmalyne

 

 

Recently, I was selected by For Two Fitness® to be one of their Mom Ambassadors and I am SO STOKED,  This is a company and brand that I have raved about for the last two years and I am honestly thrilled to be working with them.  You can apply to be an ambassador too HERE.

 

They graciously let me pick out a top and bottom to try out to review.  I chose the “Yoga for Two” racerback tank and the Fortitude Maternity Workout Capri.

 

For Two Fitness Review

 

 

First off, I already knew I was going to love the tank because I have worn my “Sweating for Two” one so often.  The material on the top wicks sweat well and has ruched sides making for a flattering fit throughout your entire pregnancy.  I also love the maternity capri.  The waist band can either be folded down and left up as a belly panel.    I’ve worn them to yoga several times now with no slippage and full coverage.

 

Yoga for Two

 

I might be a tad obsessed if you take a look at my collection …

 

For Two Fitness Tank Tops

 

 

Not a bad obsession to have 😉  I have been asked a few times by other moms how the material stretches out and goes back down further along into your pregnancy and on to the next.  I wore my “Sweating for Two” tank until the bitter end with Emmalyne and then leant it to a friend for her pregnancy.  The shirt stretched out just fine and was still flattering on me this pregnancy.  These tanks are an awesome investment since they are not only functional for fitness, they are fashionable to boot.

 

I’m not the only one who loves For Two Fitness® … they are currently up for a Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award in best maternity fashion and products.  You better believe I voted for them 😉  Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway this week too!

 

For Two Fitness® Brand Statement: For Two Fitness® is the premier maternity fitness apparel brand, proudly made in the USA and available worldwide. We are committed to celebrate and support moms who are dedicate to healthy, fit, pregnancies. We believe your apparel should flatter your bump, enhance your confidence, and inspire your joy. Our clothes easily cross over for daily wear and lounging comfort. Discover for yourself why celebrities, professional athletes, and moms everywhere love For Two Fitness®performance apparel!

 

What is your favorite maternity fashion line?

 

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Disclosure: For Two Fitness provided me with one outfit free of charge in exchange for the review.  All opnions are my own and 100% honest.  I had purchased their product long before I blogged for them :)

A Wienervention {Giveaway}

Catchy title, no?  I bet I got your attention!  So let’s talk about this Wienervention …   I love me a good hot dog, especially in the summer time.  Throwing them on the grill and enjoying them with a pickle and chips (hello, I’m preggo!) makes for a perfect summer night or backyard BBQ.  What I don’t like is all the junk that tends to go into them.  Enter Applegate.  Applegate recently sent me a sample pack of their better “cleaner wieners” to try and I am so glad that they did!
Applegate Hot Dogs

 

What sets Applegate apart from other companies is the fact that their hot dogs are simple – just beef, water, sea salt, and spices.  There are no artificial ingredients or preservatives.  Additionally, the meat is sourced from humanely raised animals that haven’t been given antibiotics or hormones.  The organic beef hot dogs coming from grass fed cattle.  There hot dogs have less sodium and fat than other hot dogs too.  The best part?  They are seriously delicious.
Now, I have been a huge fan of Applgate products for awhile.  I buy their deli meat and bacon from Publix because they don’t add extra nitrates to their products.  Em has a love affair with their Chicken nuggets as well.  This is a company I buy from on a weekly basis and can REALLY support.
Applegate Hot Dogs
These “cleaner wieners” are the perfect addition to our summer grilling plan … I have a idea churning in my head for a little gender reveal party for our friends too 😉   Applegate wants to give one of you a Wienervention too!  One lucky reader will win a gift pack that also includes a wooden cutting board, a tote bag, buttons, and stickers!
Applegate Giveaway
Just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.  The giveaway will run from July 2 to July 7 at midnight with the winner being announced on Monday, July 8.  This is open to US residents only … sorry Canadian friends!   To learn more about Applegate you can check out their website, find them on Facebook, or chat them up on Twitter :)  Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Disclosure: The Applegate product, gift pack, and giveaway have been provided by Applegate.  All opinions are my own.

EVOL Foods

**I received a sample pack from EVOL foods for free.  No other compensation was provided.  All opinions are my own.

 

The last couple of months have been a little tricky in the food department.  With the pregnancy came extreme all-day sickness and absolutely nothing sounded good.  This resulted in me not cooking dinner for 6+ weeks.  Which in turn meant that Chris didn’t have leftovers to take for lunch.  The horror.  Luckily, we picked up some ready-to-eat options for him and a sample pack from EVOL foods helped save the day.

 

I have written about my love for their chicken burrito before on some WIAW posts.  Seriously … they are so good!  So I was pretty excited to see a variety of burritos just waiting to be tasted.

 

EVOL Burritos

We got the gluten-free shredded beef, gluten-free chicken, and chicken with guacamole.  Chris promptly stole the gluten-free chicken and loved it … definitely has a little spice to it!  I love that they are now including guacamole in their burrito packets.  Saves me a dirty dish when I also make my own!  We also got some of their bowls to try: the fire grilled steak, terriyaki chicken, chicken enchilada, and bean & cheese enchilada.

EVOL Bowls

These were a huge hit with Chris.  So much so that when these 4 were gone, we started buying them from Kroger.  They are an easy option for his lunches and he says they are VERY tasty too!

Probably my favorite thing about EVOL though is their dedication to providing quality ingredients in their products.  They use real ingredients … the same ones you can find in your own pantry.  On their website they even list where their source their meat and dairy from!  EVOL is love spelled backwards which goes with their motto of love the food you eat!  You can find them on Facebook and Twitter too.