My Ipsy Subscription Bag – July 2014

I received my Ipsy subscription last week and I was thrilled to see the goodies inside my bag! That’s what’s so cool about Ipsy…..not only do you get cool beauty products for only $10 a month, but you also get cute little makeup bags too. Their July bag seems waterproof in way. The outside was made with a bright summery pink vinyl, while the inside is a soft white materiel. It fits perfectly into my gym bag or my purse for this month.My Ipsy's July 2014 Subscription Bag | Samples of Beauty Products & Makeup for only $10 per month | Stephanie.Fitness | www.stephaniedotfitness.comWhat I got in my July Ipsy Bag:

1. BareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 {I Rate it: 5} I was a little skeptical at first with this product. Especially since it came in such a small little tube. But, actually a little bit goes a long way. It’s thicker than you would think too, but it glides on super creamy and silky. It’s great as just a simple eye shadow or as a eye shadow base.
2. Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08 {I rate it: 2} The smell is just like any other coconut scented tanning oil, but it’s not over powering. I didn’t find this tanning oil any different than other dark tanning oils that you can buy cheap from drug stores. It’s an okay product, but not my fav.
3. Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm {I Rate it: 5} My lip balm color is super pink, which is perfect for summer time. Plus, anytime I make my lips super pink, my blue eyes pop! It’s got a little shimmer to it and the color last quite a while on your lips. And it’s got a hint of mint to it, but not over powering. This went straight into my purse. Love it!
4. POP Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer {I Rate it: 4} This bronzer’s color is super pigmented. So, a little bit goes a long way. The color was perfect for skin, but since it’s a little shimmery, it’s not a bronzer that you can place all over your face. It’s perfect for right under my cheeks.
5. Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray Conditioning & Texturizing Spray {I Rate is: 3} I’ve only used this once, so maybe my mind will change if I try it a few more times. The size of bottle is great, as you can use this sample multiple times, which I love. It smells AMA-ZING! Like you’re at the beach. But, as a texturizer, I’m just not sure. My hair is naturally thin and straight, and my hair cut is short. So, I’m going to keep trying to use this product as a root volumizer and see how it works.

If you’re interested on more info about Ipsy and how it works, I did a great post on it HERE. Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What did you get in your July bag?

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TRIPLE BERRY OVERNIGHT PROTEIN OATMEAL

Mmmmm…….summer time berries……..old-fashioned oats………creamy Greek yogurt……and no cooking involved whatsoever?! I’m in!! And it’s an easy summer time meal that is great for “on the go” kind of days.

Triple Berry Overnight Protein Oatmeal | Healthy Low Calorie Breakfast Idea | Stephanie.Fitness | www.stephaniedotfitness.com

TRIPLE BERRY OVERNIGHT PROTEIN OATMEAL
Servings: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Setting Up Time: 8 hours

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup strawberry flavored Muscle Egg egg whites
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBS sugar-free vanilla or raspberry Torani syrup
1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup frozen mixed berries

DIRECTIONS
1. In a medium size mason jar, pour your oats, extract, egg whites, and sugar-free syrup and mix together. Add your yogurt and mix completely into your oats until you can no longer see your white yogurt stuck to the sides or bottom. Then stir in your frozen berries.

2. Seal with a lid or just place plastic wrap on top. Place in fridge for at least 8 hours before eating. No cooking involved at all! Easy peasy! And enjoy cold!

STEPHANIE.FITNESS TIPS
- I like making these the night before and leaving them in my fridge overnight to set up (hence the name “overnight” oatmeal).
- Make a ton of these ahead of time and leave them in your fridge. If you make several ahead of time, they will last up to six days in your fridge.
- These are great to have when in a hurry or you need a meal on the go. Grab a spoon, grab your oatmeal, and head out the door. Easy!

NUTRITION FACTS:
Calories: 262
Protein: 22g
Carbs: 38g
Fat: 2.5g
Fiber: 6g
Sugar: 7g

This recipe was featured on Muscle Eggs July 2014 e-Newsletter! I am so honored to have my recipes shared and loved by them. Thank you Muscle Egg!!

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SKINNY VANILLA PROTEIN ICE CREAM IN A ZIPLOCK BAG

What better way to spend your summer than to enjoy a low calorie cool treat with a little extra protein. The whey protein added to this recipe will make your ice cream super creamy and add a little extra sweetness all the while helping you ramp up your protein intake for the day. It’s a great healthy treat for a hot summer day. And your kids can even get involved in making this too! Don’t hoard the ice cream….share it!

And this recipe is completely gluten and dairy free! Booyah!! Enjoy!!

Skinny Vanilla Protein Ice Cream made in a Ziplock Bag | Healthy snacking | Clean Treats | Summer Time Low calorie Snacks | Stephanie.Fitness | www.stephaniedotfitness.com

VANILLA PROTEIN ICE CREAM IN A ZIPLOCK BAG
Servings: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Freeze Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Stevia packets
1/2 scoop Dymatize ISO-100 Gourmet Vanilla Whey Protein
Ice
2 TBS Rock Salt
2 Zip-lock sandwich bags
2 large Zip-lock freezer bags

DIRECTIONS
1.
Pour your almond milk, extract, whey protein and Stevia into one sandwich bag. Seal baggie tight and place into your second sandwich bag and seal tightly. We don’t want your ice cream sandwich bag to get punctured by the ice, so it’s nice to double bag it so it says safe and contained.

2. Fill one large freezer bag with several handfuls of ice. You want your bag about 1/3 full. Place your ice cream mixture bag on top of ice and pour in 2 TBS of rock salt. Seal freezer bag tightly.

3. Place ice filled freezer bag into second freezer bag and seal tightly. When the ice begins to melt, it can cause a ton of condensation. I like to double up my bags so that everything stays nicely sealed, contained, and clean

4. Now for the fun part! S-H-A-K-E!! Shake your ice cream bag for 15 minutes straight. Get creative. Get your kids involved. It’ll give you a great arm workout and can be loads of fun to make with family and do something a little active. Plus, your kids will get a kick out of being your little helpers.

STEPHANIE.FITNESS TIP
Use oven mitts, snow gloves, or a hand towel to help you handle your ice bag while shaking it. The rock salt makes your ice extremely cold and it can become a little hard to hold onto for more than a few minutes.

NUTRITION FACTS: Makes 1 serving
Calories: 85
Protein: 13.5g
Carbs: 2.5g
Fats: 2.5g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 0.5g

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BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

So, by now you may already know if you follow me on any of my social media’s that I’ve recently been into subscription boxes. Hey….I’m a girl…..who likes all things makeup, hair, nails, and skin. I’m not just a crazy fitness addict who does nothing but eat healthy and workout. I have other passions too! And like I stated before in one of my earlier blog posts, that I wanted to turn my website into more than just healthy recipes and fitness stuff. I want to have the whole package. Overall health. From top to bottom. From the inside out. And when you’re dealing with overall health, you also have to consider things like your skin {hello wrinkles and uneven skin tone}, to hair {hello dry split ends}, to nails, fashion {hello….I’m always wearing gym clothes?!}, and even makeup.

Back in May, I signed up for 3 separate subscription boxes. Two of them are super cheap and the third is a little more pricey, but I thought it was worth it to splurge a little and try it out.

HERE ARE MY SUBSCRIPTIONS BOXES AT THE MOMENT:

July Birchbox | Subscription Boxes for only $10 per month

MY JULY 2014 BIRCHBOX

BIRCHBOX $10 per month
- You set up a profile to the things you may like or be interested in as well as list your skin tone, hair color, and more. Then Birchbox will design a box for you each month in the hopes that the beauty products they send you will be perfect for you. The products they send you are high-end {a little on the pricey side} beauty products from shampoos & conditioners, to makeup, cleansers, peels, and tons more. For only $10 per month, it’s a great way to get 5 fun things every month that are pro

ducts that you typically might not buy due to cost, but you get to try them out before considering on buying them. And if you do fall in love with the products, 90% of the time you can order the full-size product right off Birchbox, which then gives you points toward free products. It’s a win, win!! You can also earn Birchbox points toward free product for referring friends or reviewing any of their products that they have sent you.

Ipsy Box | Subscription Boxes for only $10 per month

MY JUNE 2014 IPSY BOX

IPSY $10 per month
- It’s the same exact deal as Birchbox. Except you can’t buy products off Ipsy’s website to earn you points toward free products. You still earn points by referring friends or reviewing and rating products that they have sent you. But, instead of putting your points toward products you actually want, you have to choose from their Ipsy balance point box which only gives you a few things to select from. Once you redeem any points toward one of their featured products, you must wait to receive it in your next Ipsy box for that particular month. I am finding that their rewards program isn’t as good as Birchbox’s, but the products they send you do tend to be more fun. So, far Ipsy is kicking Birchbox’s butt in the cool product department. But, I also hear through the grapevine from other subscription box addicts that some months are really good and then some month’s not so great. I’m giving both of these $10 boxes a chance for the next few months before I’m too quick to judge.
POPSugar Must Have Box | Subscription Box for less than $40 per month
POPSUGAR MUST HAVE BOX $39.95 per month

-This one is a much bigger box and they send you all sorts of cool stuff and mostly thing is full-size! This box also requires you to fill out a profile so they can find out the type of person you are and things that may be interesting to you.   I’ve been sent hard-cover best seller books, makeup and beauty products, hair accessories, fitness stuff, clothing, jewelry, yummy snacks, and more! POPSugar doesn’t send just makeup and beauty products. They send you lots of different things that are “IN” for that particular month.

I am hoping in the coming months, that I can start recording videos of my “unboxing” with each monthly subscription boxes so you can see what I’m getting, what I think of the products, and so forth. But, what I’m getting in my boxes may be different to yours since our profiles will be different. There are 100′s of subscription boxes available out there and I’m only doing these 3. I’ve only been doing them since May, so I’m curious to see how they do over the next few months. If I begin to think that one subscription box isn’t holding up to it’s standards for what I’m paying, I will certainly let you all know and discontinue my subscription and find a new one.

Getting into these boxes has been really fun for me. I may be a girly girl, but honestly I can’t keep up with the times. When it comes to fashion, the colors for each season, or the newest liquid foundation…..I’m always lost and 3 years behind. Ha ha! So, I’m hoping with these boxes I can start to become more up to date with the times and start wearing actual cool makeup colors and fashion. I’ll keep you guys posted!

And now I want to know……do you do any subscription boxes? If so, which one’s are your favorite?

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Happy Father’s Day!! My Meal Plans are on Sale!

Yup! That’s right! In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to throw out some awesome discounts and make everyone jump for joy! Starting today, June 15th, I will be discounting both of my meal plan packages. This sale goes until next Sunday, June 22nd.

Customized Meal Plan Sale!! | Stephanie.Fitness | www.StephanieDotFitness.com

Are you needing help to lose fat? Want to gain more muscle? Trying to find balance with your meals and food, but can’t seem to figure it out? Are you bored with eating the same bland foods day after day to reach your desired goals? Well…..Let me help you!!

To find out more information about my meal plans and discounted prices, click HERE.

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Random Outtakes with Zack & Stephanie Woods

A few months back we got together with a few friends and we had such a blast hanging out and letting the men play with our new toy. Thank you Andy, Megan, Landon, and Jade for making us laugh all night. My cheeks still hurt from laughing.

And I can’t forget to tell Jade thank you so much for capturing all of our funny moments! You always know when and where to be with your camera and you’re amazing at putting videos together. You rock girl!!

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PIÑA COLADA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

It’s getting hot outside and you know what that means. It’s SUMMAH TIME and I’m craving something ice cold and summery. I’m more of a beer and whiskey kind of girl, and to this day, I have never enjoyed a whole Piña Colada with rum. Nope….never. I’ve tasted one, but I’ve never actually sat down and downed a whole one before. And it’s not because that I can’t have them. It just means, if I’m going to drink booze…..I’m going to enjoy something that isn’t packed with loads of sugar and sweets.

Piña Colada Protein Smoothie | Super Low Calorie & Tastes like the real deal! | Stephanie.Fitness | www.stephaniedotfitness.com

But, about a year ago, an awesome client of mine emailed me and said, “Steph! You have to try this recipe I whipped up to help my craving for a Piña Colada!” So, she emailed me her recipe and I tried it out. OMG!! It’s delicious! This girl is a freaking genius!! So, technically this recipe is not mine. I got it from Erin {Thanks girlie!!} and I’m so glad she shared it with me. I may have changed some things just a smidgen, but I still consider it her recipe. AND now I can share it with all of you! Woot woot!!

PIÑA COLADA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Prep Time: Between 5 to 10 minutes {Depends if you’re cutting up fresh pineapple}
Servings: 2

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup pineapple, fresh*
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk, unsweetened**
1 scoop Dymatize ISO-100 vanilla whey protein
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/4 tsp rum extract
1 pack sweet n’ low
2 cups ice cubes***

*Fresh pineapple is best, but if you can’t find fresh pineapple, you can use canned pineapple. Just make sure to find the kind that isn’t full of heavy syrup. If you can find canned pineapple that uses water or it’s own juice, go for it. Be sure to drain your pineapple before adding it to your smoothie.

**You can also use unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened vanilla almond coconut milk. All of these roughly have the same calories and macros per cup.

***Depending on how thick you like your smoothies you can do less ice cubes if you want it less thick or you can add more ice cubes and make it into a sorbet or ice cream even! Nom nom nom!!

Piña Colada Protein Smoothie | Tastes like the real thing! | Super low calorie | Stephanie.Fitness | www.stephaniedotfitness.com

DIRECTIONS:
Place all of your ingredients into a blender and cream together for about 2 to 3 minutes. Or at least until all of your ice cubes are crushed and your smoothie is creamy. Pour smoothie into 2 separate glasses and now it’s time to drink up and relax!

Stephanie Woods from Stephanie.Fitness enjoying her Piña Colada Protein Smoothie | Get her recipe here! | Stephanie.Fitness | www.stephaniedotfitness.com

NUTRITION FACTS for 1 serving {which is half of this recipe}:
Calories: 90
Proteins: 13g
Carbs: 8.5g
Fat: 0.7g
Sugars: 6g
Fiber: 1g

I linked up my recipe with:
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Preschool Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea -
Thank you for helping me become more ‘Independent’

My youngest little man, Dean, just graduated Preschool this past week and I can’t begin to tell you how much we are going to miss Miss Kymm. She even Preschooled my oldest, so we have been with Miss Kymm for 4 years. Now that my youngest is moving onto Kindergarten, we will no longer be seeing our favorite Preschool teacher.

I wanted to give her something extra special that was heartfelt, memorable, and something that she could keep for years to come. I didn’t want to give her some thing that was filled with sugar or goodies. So, I came up with this idea instead!

Preschool Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea | Thank you for helping me become more Independent | Stephanie.Fitness | www.stephaniedotfitness.com

I ordered some cute wooden home decor U.S.A. blocks that would be perfect to decorate a classroom or home during Memorial weekend, Labor Day weekend, and/or Independence Day. {I ordered my blocks from WoodnExpressions off Etsy.} I wrapped the 3 blocks together in a cute red ribbon and attached a hand written note saying, “Thank you for helping me become more ‘Independent’ ….. Love Dean”

I can’t imagine how hard it is to be a Preschool teacher and only angels with really big wings and hearts are great teachers. Miss Kymm not only taught both of my children how to write their names, cut paper with scissors, and their ABC’s and numbers, but she also taught them to be more confident, self-sure, and become more independent.

Thank you Miss Kymm for being the best, most brightest, and kind teacher ever!

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ORANGE JULIUS INSPIRED PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

Do you remember when you were younger and going to the mall meant guys picking up girls, girls picking up guys, piercing your ears at Claire’s, arcades, and Orange Julius. I swear I had the biggest melt down when Orange Julius left our mall. Ha ha! But, low and behold, I had an “aha moment” and decided 15 years later to make my own healthy protein packed Orange Julius smoothie. And let me tell you……this tastes like the real deal!!!

Orange Julius Inspired Protein Smoothie | Stephanie.Fitness | www.stephaniedotfitness.com | Muscle Egg | Protein Shake

ORANGE JULIUS PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Servings: 1
Prep Time: 2 to 3 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup Tropicana Trop50 Orange Juice
1/2 cup Vanilla Muscle Egg
1/2 scoop Vanilla Dymatize Iso-100 Whey Protein
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 Sweet n’ Low packet
6 to 8 Ice Cubes

DIRECTIONS
Place all ingredients in blender and blend till smooth and frothy. Lots and lots of froth!! Drink cold and enjoy with fam!

Orange Julius Inspired Protein Smoothie | Stephanie.Fitness | www.stephaniedotfitness.com | Muscle Egg | Protein Shake

NUTRITION FACTS
Calories: 138
Protein: 26g
Carbs: 8.25g
Fats: 0g
Sugar: 5g
Fiber: 0g

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Why I’m Backing Out of my National Women’s Physique Competition

I have had several weeks to think long and hard about my decision to back out my National Women’s Physique competition. And there are a couple reasons why I’m not competing this summer like I planned. I’m not gonna lie when I say that this decision wasn’t easy to make. I’m bummed, but I know it’s the right decision. There will always be other competitions in the future. But, for now….I’m putting my competitions on the back burner. Watch my video to see why I’ve decided to back out:

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