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(Bigelow) Tea Time

April 23, 2014 in Healthy Living by Heather

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In honor of Earth Day yesterday, I wanted to share one of my favorite eco friendly brands with you today. How many of you are tea drinkers? It took me a while to get used to juicing and to drinking tea but it is WELL worth it for all the health benefits. I’m a big fan of drinking Bigelow tea for the previously shared health benefits I put in a blog post. Drinking green tea can help with cancer prevention, weight loss, a healthy heart, oral care plus MORE!

Bigelow’s “SustainabiliTea” program and their efforts to protect the planet are pretty impressive as you can read about below. Bigelow Tea’s philosophy to make a difference started at the beginning and is ingrained in the culture of their company.

  • Energy conservation: 880,000 kWh of solar energy solar panels generated to date; enough to power 568 homes for a year

  • Land preservation and protection: 347 acres held by Bigelow Tea to prevent it from future real estate development

  • Waste reduction: 0% of waste going to landfill from Bigelow’s three facilities

photo 3So, not only can you drink this tea to help your body be better, but you can also help the planet out. :) I think that we are called by our Creator who made this earth to take care of our surroundings and to be responsible with our energy, time, and effort with ourselves, our families and our world.

Target Bigelow TeaAs any female knows, Target is where it’s at…I had quite the fun excursion to Target the other day and instead of buying ONLY what was on the list (Bigelow tea & a gift for a friend), of course, I ended up with some white linen pants, extra food items and other odds and ends. Dang you, Target! (Find Bigelow Tea on the aisle with all the other teas and drink products.)

But to me, Target is an awesome treat during the day, just like a cup of steamy tea. So, do yourself a favor and head to Target, pick up some Bigelow tea and enjoy a mug of it when you get home. Cheers to your health & cheers to “sustainabilitea.”

Bigelow Green Tea

PS You can enter to win some cool prizes from Bigelow Tea for Mother’s Day here by liking their Facebook page! The contest ends 4/30, so enter soon! And, you can tweet with them here.

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What’s in my Gym Bag?

April 22, 2014 in Healthy Living by Heather

What's in your gym bag?

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Whether I end up teaching a Pure Barre class, taking Pure Barre, playing tennis, running or doing interval training in the park I basically end up being active in some way shape or form around 6 days per week. I thrive off of the endorphins and the mental release as well as physical from a workout. Even when I’m tired and don’t want to get moving in the morning, once I work out, I always feel so much better.

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Challenge Accepted: Yoplait & Chobani Greek Yogurt Taste Off

April 21, 2014 in Clean Eating, Healthy Living by Heather

Yoplait and Chobani Taste Off

This story was sponsored by Yoplait, but all opinions given are my own.

I am a big fan of Greek yogurt as a healthy snack! I buy it on a weekly basis to help me stay full in between breakfast and lunch as a snack before my lunch break workout. So, when Yoplait asked me to take the Yoplait & Chobani Greek Yogurt Taste Off challenge, I was happy to oblige! I also recruited my sister and brother-in-law at our Easter gathering to help me determine a winner. We tested out the Yoplait Greek 100 strawberry and the Chobani Simply 100 strawberry yogurts. Read the rest of this entry →

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Dreamland BBQ Banana Pudding

April 20, 2014 in Recipes by Heather

Dreamland BBQ Style Banana Pudding Recipe

Happy Easter, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating our Savior coming to this world, living a perfect life, dying a perfect death for our sins, miraculously beating death and allowing us a way to have a relationship with our God. My second favorite thing about Easter is spending time with my family, celebrating our love for each other and of course, delicious food! Our church service at Brook Hills was SO incredible today. I’m hoping when the video is up on 4/21 that you watch it. The sermon was called, “THE MOST ASTOUNDING CLAIM IN ALL OF HISTORY.”

In David Platt’s sermon, he talked about how Jesus claims to be the ONLY way to get to Heaven. This is astounding to some and to others offensive. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 The outline which you can see online in the notes answers these questions:

“Do you believe His claims?”

A more important question: “Will you receive His love?” 

and the most important question: “Will you call Him Lord?”

The video testimonies and music had tears streaming down my face, overwhelmed by Jesus’ love and I hope you feel just as wrapped up in that love this week.

Holly & Heather Easter

After church with my sis and my bro-in-law, I was off to a busy day that finished with a big, filling incredible family dinner. I’m sharing the recipe I made with you below! It’s time to put some SOUTH in your mouth! This is one of my most FAMOUS and requested recipes in my family and friend circle. I have made it every Easter for the past 4 years! I went on a hunt to make a recipe that tasted similar to Dreamland BBQ’s Banana Pudding. Dreamland Style Banana Pudding is a southern treat not to be missed. It is so thick, creamy and rich and well worth every calorie to splurge on this lip-licking dessert.

Dreamland Style Banana Pudding
  • 1 large pkg Jello-O vanilla pudding (5.1 oz)
  • 1¾ c milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz heavy whipped cream
  • 1 box of Vanilla Wafers
  • 4 bananas
  1. Mix together vanilla pudding and milk for 2 minutes with whisk.
  2. Stir in 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Add in heavy whipped cream.
  4. Layer bananas and vanilla wafers (big crumbled pieces) in bottom of pan.
  5. Cover with pudding mixture.
  6. Repeat layers until complete.
  7. Crumble wafers for topping.


Dreamland BBQ Knockoff Banana Pudding

Dreamland BBQ's FAMOUS Banana Pudding Style Recipe

I CANNOT even explain to you how much I want you to make this Dreamland Style Banana Pudding. It is SO good.

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5 Favorite Instagram Accounts to Follow

April 17, 2014 in Lifestyle by Heather

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Birmingham Fashion Week Video Shoot for Pure Barre

Do you love Instagram as much as I do? It’s my latest muse. I love using it, interacting on it and getting comments and love from you guys and seeing bits of your personal lives. Today, I’m sharing with you my 5 favorite Instagram accounts to follow because I think we can all agree we love to snoop into what other people have going on. ;)

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Fit Chic: Turquoise Workout Pants

April 16, 2014 in Fashion by Heather

Bright Pants Black TopThe weather in Alabama canNOT decide what it wants to do. Last week we had flooding and torrential downpours. Roads were closed. Homes were flooded, cars floated away. And then, it was clear and 80 degrees on Saturday. In fact, I got burned out by the pool. But today? I walk outside in my flip flops and was met with 50 degree temps, and a chilly breeze. CRAZY.

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The Biggest Loser Interview with Gina McDonald

April 14, 2014 in Healthy Living by Heather

St. Vincent's East Presents The Biggest Loser Audition TipsAs I mentioned last week, I was honored to be asked by B Metro to cover The Biggest Loser pre-audition tips session with season 14 winner, Gina McDonald, at St. Vincent’s East here in the Birmingham area. I took that opportunity to ask her about healthy meals she likes and got to interview St. Vincent’s East President and COO Michael Korpiel, as well as bariatric surgeon, Dr. Miles.

I was excited to learn about Gina’s healthy quick go-to meals, Dr. Robert Miles’ tips on healthy eating for weight loss (hint: he loves Clean Eating like I do), & Michael’s take on getting healthier in Birmingham and how St. Vincent’s East is trying to aid in doing just that.

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Monthly Mojo: April

April 11, 2014 in Lifestyle by Heather

MonthlyMojoLogoRachel, Molly & I are collaborating to show you what we’re loving each month….aka our Monthly Mojo! We ran a little late this month…oops! We usually do the first Friday of each month but we got a little busy…so here we go 1 week late. ;) Learn a little bit more about these pretty girls below and then see some of my favorite things of the month and theirs by visiting their blogs!

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Daily Greens Juice

April 8, 2014 in Clean Eating, Healthy Living by Heather

Delicious Juicing from Daily Greens

Those of you who have stuck around here for a while know that I have a major affinity for juicing. It’s a great way to get in your veggies on the go, it helps keep you fuller for longer, and juices taste delicious once you get used to them. If you don’t believe me, listen to the founder of Daily Greens who used juicing as a means to help her recover from a battle with breast cancer.

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Fun Announcement & The Biggest Loser

April 7, 2014 in Healthy Living by Heather

B Metro Magazine on My Life Well Loved

I’m so excited to announce that I am a B-Metro blogger! Just in case you haven’t heard of B Metro, it is a local Birmingham magazine that is the magazine of metro Birmingham living (as you might have guessed from the title ;) ). I will be covering some local events and reporting live at local events in Birmingham that I feel certain you all will want to know about.

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