Easy Entertaining With BACARDI

I am currently running around my house right now getting myself ready to head to a conference. On top of trying to get ready for the conference we have guest coming in next week! AHH! What was I thinking having these two things go back to back? My guest arrive Monday and of course I want to greet them with a clean home and be ready to entertain so I’m making things easy on myself. I have a bottle of BACARDI Classic Cocktails Light Strawberry Daiquiri in my fridge ready for their arrival. There is no mess, no fuss, just chill and pour over ice. Seriously the easiest cocktail to use for entertaining! 

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So now you’re probably wondering but how does it taste? Well it taste like a strawberry daiquiri without all of that added sugar and calories (or the whipped cream). It is sweet, light and refreshing. BACARDÍ CLASSIC COCKTAILS LIGHT Strawberry Daiquiri is made with natural strawberry flavor, real lime juice and cane sugar. Really the perfect summertime beverage.

I have only had it over ice but I bet it would be great blended with ice as well (if you want to go the extra step). You could also go crazy and use the BACARDI Classic Cocktails Light Strawberry Daiquiri to make your own cocktails! You could add a nice basil simple syrup and shake and serve on the rocks or straight up with a basil leaf if you wanted to get really fancy!

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So now I can head off to my conference and be ready to come home and start entertaining! No fussing around making cocktails for our guests and I you know what I can actually enjoy them instead of playing bartender! Also, who doesn’t enjoy drinking cocktails with their friends, but hates having to worry about all the extra calories? The BACARDÍ CLASSIC COCKTAILS LIGHT line gives you the best of both worlds with delicious, low-calorie cocktails.

As always enjoy your summer entertaining and events and always remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

When it comes to at-home entertaining, we want to have our cocktail and drink it too. With BACARDI Classic Cocktails Light, you don’t need to choose between serving great cocktails or socializing with friends. Enjoy the best of everything – the convenience of ready-to-serve cocktails and the confidence of natural ingredients mixed with the world’s most awarded spirit. BACARDI Classic Cocktails Light allow you to serve the best, naturally!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BACARDI. The opinions and text are all mine. Sweepstakes Rules.

Creating Mini Running Goals

Being a busy mom it is often hard to commit to a rigid training/fitness plan. Lately, I have been doing the Best Body Bootcamp workout plan and it is great because basically it’s five workouts per week and right now that’s what works for me. I decided to start with a modified version of beginner plan, I added a third round for my strength training, and the cardio part follows what I was planning for my race training. Although I am (attempting) to follow a plan right now I have made sure there is some flexibility and I have also created some mini running goals for myself.

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Goal One: Get out and run. Basic right? Often it’s easier said than done. I can come up with a million excuses not to run so my first mini goal is to stop making excuses and get out even if it’s just for 15 minutes.  Tip: Set yourself up for success by setting out your running gear the night before and make sure to carve out time to run in your day even if it is only 15 minutes.

Goal Two: Run three days per week. I’d like to run four but there have been weeks lately that I have only been out twice or even once, so this month my goal is three times per week. On my runs I have been focusing on two 20-40 minute runs per week and one mileage run, anywhere from 3-6 miles. Did you know? Three workouts per week is the minimum you need to maintain your fitness.

Goal Three: This is my goal for the entire month. My goal for this month it is to run before 9am at least 50% of the time. Other monthly goal ideas: Run specific number of miles or distance, try a new running route, sign up for a race, find a running buddy (and run with them) or go to a group run.

What are your running or fitness mini goals? Think of a basic goal, weekly goal and monthly goal.

Detox Drinks From Cell-nique

Disclaimer: I was compensated for the post. As always all opinions are my own. This is my honest review of this product.

We have a juicer at home and although we juice a few times per week there are often weeks that we go without juicing just because of the labor in making our own fresh juice or because Edith is sleeping and we don’t want the crazy loud juicer to wake her up. So I have been on the search for a quick, and healthy green drink to have on days I don’t want to make my own. When I was offered the opportunity to try Cell-nique I decided that it sounded so why not?

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  • Cell-nique Super Green Drink is a USDA organic drink that energizes, detoxifies and nourishes your body with the equivalent of 8 servings of fruits & vegetables in every bottle.
  • Cell-nique is Vegan, gluten-free, low-calorie.
  • All flavors of Cell-nique Super Green contain the same 31 organic superfoods.  Most of the sugar count comes from the naturally occurring sugars in the fruits and vegetables, with a small amount of stevia and organic blue agave.Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 9.18.16 PM

Although Cell-nique isn’t just like my favorite fresh green juices it is great when I want something quick and easy to go to. I really loved the green tea, tropical fruit and citrus vanilla flavors. I also honestly felt pretty energized after drinking it. As you know I have been off coffee this month so I have been looking for healthy alternatives and this has really done the trick.

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Best Body Bootcamp: Week 1

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Yesterday marked the start of this summer’s Best Body Bootcamp (BBB) and I am so ready to get back in shape. I have been kind of lazy lately. Yeah, I said it LAZY. I don’t know why but after training for my last race I have just been feeling unmotivated and my workouts have been basically 1-2 short runs, 1 strength training session and 3-5 walks per week. Nothing to intense and to top it off I have more races coming up in early August so I need to get my act together.

When I found out that there was a bootcamp session this summer I decided to jump at the opportunity to work with Tina and be apart of the BBB community. This was just the support and motivation that I needed to get back on track and reach my goals. Also after going clothes shopping and finding clothes that once looked good on me just didn’t work I was feeling even more motivated to get back to my dedicated workout self. Side note: I bought a dress for a wedding at the end of July and it’s my goal to look great in it versus the okay that I look in it right now.

Yesterday I did the fit test which was actually somewhat embarrassing and alone is motivation to get myself back to work because honestly I have never run so slow in my life. Back before I was pregnant I could do a straight mile about 5 minutes faster (and without the BOB) versus right now. I also could hold a plank longer than 45 seconds. So I have a lot to work towards and it feels good. I also want to lose inches. I am not so worried about the weight number but I’d like to get more toned. I am almost a year postpartum and I’m so ready to get back to my old body or at least closer to it. Although I will probably have another year or two before that happens due to breastfeeding (my goal is to breastfeed until at least two). I’ll share my weight-loss while breastfeeding issues in another post soon.

So while I’m not up for sharing my numbers (weight, measurements, etc) with you I will share a before picture. I will also share progress photos at 4 weeks (half way) and then at 8 weeks when the program is complete.

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Who else is participating in BBB? Or have you before? 

{Recipe} Bloody Mary Hummus with Naked Power Garden


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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Naked via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Naked.

I don’t know about you but I love hummus. Actually, everyone in my house loves hummus, my 11 month old could eat an entire bowl full if I let her. Since we are hummus lovers around here and we go through so much I have been trying to make my own hummus at home to save money and to make a healthier version.

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Neil used to make it for us all the time but with his crazy work schedule/commuting there just isn’t time so I have taken over hummus duty and have been enjoying making a variety of flavors. Just last week I made a jar of balsamic hummus and Bloody Mary hummus (recipe below). Both jars were gone by the end of the week. I think we might all turn into chickpeas!

The Bloody Mary hummus was inspired by all the juicing that I have been doing for my cleanse. Instead of oil I used Naked Power Garden Tomato Kick juice to thin it out and provide the tomato/veggie flavor base.  My favorite Bloody Mary recipe uses wasabi instead of your traditional horseradish so I used it in my hummus recipe to give a little heat.  I also added some other traditional Bloody Mary ingredients such as (vegan) Worcestershire sauce and some lemon to brighten up the flavor.

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Bloody Mary Hummus

  • 2-15 oz cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp wasabi powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon (vegan) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup Naked Power Garden Tomato Kick

Add the chickpeas, wasabi powder, black pepper,salt, lemon juice, tahini and Worcestershire sauce to the bowl of a food processor that has been fitted with the s-blade. Process on low while slowly steaming in the Naked Power Garden Tomato Kick through the feeding tube. Serve up with veggies, crackers and/or pita. For the best flavor make at least an hour before eating.

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What is your favorite flavor of hummus? What is the most interesting flavor you have tried?

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