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You give great customer service

20 Aug

So, one of my traits is that I’m snarky. Like really snarky however I do have a nice side and contrary to popular belief, don’t complain about things all the time. I believe in giving props where props are due and this is going to be one of those posts.

I bought Solgar Whey To Go Strawberry Protein Powder on a whim my last weeks in Charlotte. I went to Healthy Home Market and wanted to get a small container of protein powder since I would be on the road soon and planned on bringing my Magic Bullet (which I completely forgot about) I’m a Spiru-Tein girl but when they are charging $40 for a tub of protein powder and $3 per packet, I don’t think so. I saw Solgar and checked out the stats and liked what I saw.

*130 calories per level scoop

*20g protein

*.5g fat

So I was excited to get some and use it in my first smoothie!

and when I opened it up there was no spoon. Hmmm, weird.

I sprinkled a little in my smoothie since I was in the middle of a protein fit and went onto their website to contact them about this. I wrote them a quick email asking if this was standard practice for them to not include measuring spoons.

A representative of theirs emailed me back before end of the business day, apologizing and asking me for my mailing address.

Three days later, I saw a box sitting at my doorstep. I saw that it was from Solgar and was wondering why it was so big if they were only sending me a spoon. I opened up the package

They sent me a completely new tub of protein powder! I wasn’t expecting them to send me a completely new package but hey, I’m not complaining. I thought it was pretty awesome that they responded to me so quickly and took action to resolve the problem.

Recently, I won a $50 gift card for Holabirds Sports over on Sweating Until Happy. Words cannot express how stoked I was to win this since I am in major need of new sneakers. I got my gift card from them in the mail with a personalized note. Can we say brownie points for Holabirds?

I went onto their site and automatically went to the clearance section to see if I could find anything. I found a pair of New Balance True Balance walking sneakers which was perfect since I was looking for some sneakers to wear in Italy. I also got a pair of Under Armour wrist bands for when I go biking. I sweat so much on my rides and hate having to pull over to stop and wipe myself down so there are perfect!

The shoes are exactly what I thought they would be and the fact they are very lightweight is a plus! I only have my bulky pair of Nike running shoes that I wear when working out and didn’t want to have to lug them around with me. I also ordered a pair of socks that didn’t come with the package. However, instead of just sending me an email that the item was on back order, they called me the day after I ordered to let me know. They didn’t email me, they called me. That is pretty much unheard of this day and age. I was taken aback when I saw their number come up on my phone, what could they be calling me about? I thought that said a lot about the personalized service of the company and wish more companies would follow their lead. When I got the package, it noted also that the socks were on back order and I could get them as soon as they came in. Very nice Holabirds, very nice.

Has a company ever WOWed you with their customer service?

Organized Chaos

23 Feb

I live in a state of organized chaos. 

Whether it comes to my kitchen with my limited counter and cabinet space

The contents of my fridge

And yes, when I am feeling uninspired and too lazy to look through hundreds of recipes that I have at my fingertips, I simply pull up a stool to the fridge and stare until I come up with meals to make.

How I organize my cookbooks

Hell, even my magnets on my fridge are organized chaos

And especially at work, this is my desktop on a day where I have 95% of my work done and I’m feeling good about it

My thoughts are  in a state of organized chaos. ALL. THE. TIME.

But I’m cool with that since that is how I am used to things being and living. Some may not understand that but that’s how I am and operate. I have so much going through my brain on the daily, it’s difficult to keep things straight but somehow I manage. I thank my Blackberry memo pad that lets me jot down random thoughts and things I need to get done and of course, Post It notes. I can’t live without Post It notes.

(source)

Even living with Lincoln is a state of organized chaos since he is the dog who like to rest with a pillow on top of him, not under him

My workouts are in a state of organized chaos. I go to the gym with no idea what I’m going to do but knowing I want a killer workout. I do this because the gym I go to gets busy which means that finding a machine can be difficult. I try to find any kind of machine I can whether it be elliptical, treadmill or bike and go to town on it. Afterwards, I usually do some kind of strength training but again, unplanned. since that is how I roll.

Meals are sometimes in a state of organized chaos and unplanned….like on Monday.

I had off on Monday but since I have been so overloaded with work, I went in for a few hours to knock some stuff out without distraction. I was there for two hours and really didn’t get that much done nor did it give me the peace of mind I was hoping for.

I made a tuna, green onion and avocado salad with tomato on top of a sandwich thin with a side of Kashi Mediterranean Bruschetta crackers

This was such a fantastic and flavorful combination! I didn’t use any mayo and it was still rich and creamy.

Dinner was a bit unorganized as well and the brainchild of sitting in front of the fridge for a few minutes.

I chopped up some tofu then pressed for few hours

Mixed with taco seasoning

Then fried those little suckers up

I added some black beans and corn that was looking for a home

Then I remembered I had cooked mushrooms that were also in need of a home

While that was cooking, I chopped up a few springs of green onion and two jalapenos (with gloves of course!)

Then added everything together….plus some tomato, cheese, avocado and salsa

I already have enough organized chaos in my life, why not add some more to the mix with food?

This was such a terrific meal but I got too ambitious with my toppings and they were difficult to eat. I love that since most of the ingredients were fresh I didn’t have to add alot of seasonings to the mix except for the taco seasoning.

And it left wonderful leftovers such as a naked burrito bowl.

Dinner on Tuesday night was a completely random one….. brown purple pink green monster!

Instead of using baby spinach like I always do, I used kale instead after reading about a kale smoothie on Thorns Have Roses. I love me some kale but never thought to use it in a smoothie before so I was a tad apprehensive. I mixed with almond milk, strawberries, flax-seed and Spiru-tein Blueberries and Cream protein powder

I would never really crave a green monster for dinner but I had my permanent crown put on Tuesday afternoon and was supposed to stick to soft foods for 24 hours.

Do you live your life in a state of organized chaos?

How do you keep your thoughts and life organized? Paper, phone, calendar, planner?

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A Pom Kind Of Day

1 Aug

The friendly people at POM Wonderful contacted me a couple of weeks ago in regards to trying their pomegranate juice. I was so excited because I love all things pomegranate but have only tried the actual juice a couple of times before (I prefer to get my pomegranate from pom flavored beer thank you very much! :) )

A little about POM Wonderful from their site

  • contain no added sugars, preservatives or colors
  • are a good source of potassium
  • are gluten-free
  • are flash pasteurized to retain both flavor and nutrients
  • are certified kosher
  • Plus they have different flavors of Pom juice that I never knew about-such as mango, kiwi, blueberry, cherry and nectarine with a myriad of different products like tea, bars, iced coffee (say whaaaaa??!!?!), shots, pills and more.

    I got their package on Friday and have been brainstorming what I could make with it. Yes, I could make a cocktail or green monster but I wanted to try cooking with it.

    With that, I decided to make Feta, Walnut and Parsley stuffed pork chops with a creamy pomegranate sauce and a side salad with pomegranate balsamic dressing

    I finally bit the bullet and bought some xanthan gum. I’ve been wanting to get these to use in my green monsters since they turn out soupy a lot of the time and to use in sauced instead of corn starch. Most recipes only call for one to two tablespoons of cornstarch so this bag is going to last me awhile!

    For the stuffing, I threw in 1/3 cup walnuts, 3 tbsp of feta and a few tbsp of parsley in the food processor and pulsed on low for about 10 seconds.

    I butterflied two pork chips and stuffed with the filling then secured with toothpicks. I rubbed a little extra virgin olive oil and black pepper on them and then cooked at 350 for 25-30 minutes

    For the creamy sauce, I threw  1/4 cup half and half with 3/4 of a POM Wonderful bottle on the stovetop with one tbsp xanthan gum and let cook on a low setting for 10 minutes until thick and bubbly. I know it kinda looks like the River of Slime from Ghostbusters 2 but don’t fear, it was tasty!

    Side salad with carrots, tomato, extra stuffing mix, quinoa topped with homemade  pomegranate balsamic vinegar. I liked the dressing a lot and never knew how easy it was to make your own dressing!

     This was such a fabulous, filling meal. It was nice to experiment with the POM Wonderful for a different flavor for my meals and I cannot wait to try it with more stuff—thanks POM Wonderful for sending me and giving me the opportunity to try your juice, I am loving it!

    I also found the mythical Chobani Pomegrante Greek Yogurt I’ve been seeing all over the blogs lately. I’ve never seen this flavor in the store before so when I saw it this past week, I practically screamed and started doing my happy dance right in the middle of Harris Teeter!

    And I got to use the free Chobani coupons I won over at Nutrition Nut on The Run so free Chobani is always nice. It was terrific! I am a bit skeptical with new flavors ever since trying Chobani’s Pineapple flavor but this did not disappoint. Thus being said, I may just turn into a pomegranate by end of day.

     Fail to plan, plan to fail….yep that’s what I would say about my lunch today

    Microwave popcorn-yum! I love the stuff but it is not filling at all. Oh, I didn’t mention I had this at work did I? Yeah. Another so busy week that I went in for five hours today just to catch up on my emails so I could get some peace of mind. I was annoyed by having to go in to do that but I kept repeating to myself “time and a half-pay, time and a half-pay, time and a half-pay” to make it bearable.

    Oh and I know how I was singing praises to Jackie Warner and her workout dvd yesterday but today? I curse the day she was born. My everything hurts and each time I step up or sit down today, I whimper a bit. It’s sad. No pain no gain right??

    I made a yummy plate of eggs topped with avocado and tabasco for breakfast.

    Hey healthy fats!! Just wanted to say that I heart you.

    I got a Magic Bullet for my birthday this past December and finally opened the box today to try it out with a green monster with blueberries, almond milk, baby spinach, Spiru-Tein Blueberries & Cream protein powder (half a packet), one Splenda and 1/2 tbsp of xanthan gum

    Holy crap-why did I wait so long to use this? I absolutely loved how easy it was to use, quick it was and way more quiet than my blender. And xanthan gum, I just love it. It came out like sludge (which is a good thing!) this was more like an ice cream treat than a smoothie.

    Happy August to everyone as well, I completely forgot its first of the month!

    Things to work on for this month

    *Drink less beer. I was out of control the month of July. Ok, not alcoholic out of control but drinking way more beer than I normally do due to the ridiculously hot weather out.

    *Have a more consistent workout schedule each week. With moving and going on vacation twice in July, I didn’t get much workout time in. Again, add the nasty weather and it was a recipe for laziness on my part.

    *Cook more at home, eat out less. Now that my kitchen is all squared away and I am somewhat getting used to cooking in a smaller kitchen, I need to get back into the swing of things.

    All in all, today was a great day with work, new recipes, etc. Hope everyones August is off to an equally fabulous start!

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    PPS-Anyone else have Blogger issues? I keep trying to comment on Blogger blogs and can’t, it’s a tad frustrating!

    Thanks to Jackie’s Workout Plan

    31 Jul

    Happy Saturday? Did you know today was National Dance Day? I totally need to celebrate. And how is July already over with? I really don’t like how fast time goes by when you are older but I remember when I was younger time just seemed to drag on.

    My latest addiction has been crackers and Laughing Cow Cheese. I get Garlic and Herb most of the time but took a chance on French Onion this last time and absolutely love it!

    I’m not really a cereal person unless it is mixed with greek yogurt or on top of fro yo but for some reason this morning was all about a big, cold bowl of cereal with almond milk. I had Kashi Go Lean Crunch Toasted Berry Crumble with bananas

    I have to go into work tomorrow so planned on running of my errands this morning,a breve iced coffee is a must on my weekends. I like to think of it as an indulgence since I usually have mine either fat-free half and half or soy milk during the week.

    I tried a new workout DVD this morning–Jackie Warners Workout One on One Training. I am not into workout DVDs as I get bored really easily and just quit in the middle most of the time. I’ve had this sitting around the past few weeks from Netflix and finally decided to give it a try. It has three different 20 minute segments and you can pre-set it on your dvd player to include which ones you want to do. There is one for upper body, lower body and core/abs. I did the upper and lower body segments and I only have two words—-HOLY CRAP! It was an amazing workout and my body is not happy with me right now. Both the upper and lower body workouts were great and worked me out but the lower was my favorite since it had different variations of squats and lunges that I’ve never done before.  And it wasn’t a class setting per se, she would have her crew warm up altogether but then when doing each exercise, have just one person doing it so it was a bit more focused.

    I didn’t get the calorie burn or heart rate I was looking for but I really enjoyed the DVD and felt like I got a good workout. Two thumbs up!

    I was famished after that and it conveniently was lunch time. I had leftover pork from the other night with cole slaw and tomato wedges.

    I picked up some new protein powders this afternoon. I’ve tried Spiru-Tein’s Cookies & Cream before and loved it (it tasted like a milkshake!) but unfortunately, I can’t find it in a tub anywhere. I looked on their website and you can’t even order it off there-wtf? They have a tub of the Blueberries & Cream though so I thought it would be smart to try it out beforehand.

    Dinner was home-made veggie pizza using Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. I cooked up some artichokes, eggplant, sweet peppers and onions on the stove top with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and oregano while the oven was pre-heating.

    Delicious! I made the crust a little thicker than I normally do and used more sauce (despite not digging alot of sauce) and I really enjoyed this.

    I am supposed to go out tonight and meet a friend up for drinks but it will not stop coming down outside. Rain is a justifiable reason not to go outside right?

    Shake it, don’t break it

    9 Mar

    And yes, it took my momma nine months to make it.

    Speaking of which, really need to download Hoochie Momma and Pop That Coochie.

    It’s funny what a little activity can do. I am now in a fabulous mood!!!

    I had an awesome workout and did close to 4 miles!!! That’s the farthest I’ve ever gone.  I walked more than I wanted to due to my heartrate being through the roof and didn’t want to overexert myself so I would walk  a few minutes then run .5 miles. All in all—great workout, I just need to keep pacing myself and keep my breathing in check and will be good to go :)

    I chugged half a gallon of water when I got home and proceeded to lay on the ground with Lincoln licking me because I had been close to an hour and in his world, that’s eternity.

    I made a green monster and as always, wonderful. I had soy milk, chocolate whey, banana, baby spinach and almond butter.

    I’m running low on protein powder and have only had my EAS which is the first kind I’ve tried. If anyone has a specific brand they dig, please let me know!

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