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zing bar review!

After a long day of classes I came home to find this box of goodies waiting for me…

the gems

Zing Bars!!!! I have been dyin to try these babies so I was stoked to see a box with my name on it. I had to hold myself back from breaking into it and devouring them all on the spot.

I received a bar of each of their 6 flavors: Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Almond Blueberry, Cranberry Orange, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. Half of their flavors are vegan (made with brown rice protein), and the other half are not (made with whey protein).

And this is what I thought of them!

Chocolate Coconut – vegan, chocolate coated, literally tasted like a Mounds candy bar. My favorite flavor!

Chocolate Peanut Butter – not vegan, chocolate covered, not overly sweet. Def another favorite!

Almond Blueberry – not vegan, very moist (I hate that word haha, does anyone else agree with me?!) and a little sticky, tasted a little like marzipan. Second favorite!!

Cranberry Orange – vegan, the citrus flavor from the orange made it taste very refreshing unlike some of the others, soft and dough-like consistency. Good, but not my favorite!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip – vegan, reminded me of cookie dough but healthy, and with peanut butter! Another favorite!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip – not vegan, tasted just like an oatmeal raisin cookie but with chocolate chips in it. Yum!

These absolutely delicious bars are created by nutritionists, are gluten, soy, corn & wheat free, won’t spike blood sugar and are my new favorite bars! They are a little on the pricey side, so unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to eat them on a regular basis, but I encourage you all to try them out! For more information and nutrition facts check out their website here.

taken from the Zing bar website

Let me know if you guys have ever tried these!

Questions of the Day:

Are there any words that you don’t like using or just sound weird to you? For me, it’s “moist.” And the word “chunk” has always kind of weirded me out…I think it was because an elementary school teacher would use it to describe a stack of paper. “Everyone grab a chunk of paper!” Huh?!

If you’ve tried the Zing Bars what is your favorite flavor?

Well, hope everyone’s having a happy Thursday!!

xoxo

Kara

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fall favorites/christmas wish list!

Hi lovebugs!

How ya doin?

I’m doing great!

I’ve decided, that if I could have one wish come true right now it would be… to be able to hibernate in my bed for the rest of the month. Yep, I choose that over flying, reading people’s minds, being able to eat anything you want without gaining weight…..

My bed is just sooo comfy why wouldn’t I want to spend more time in it?!

Currently, I am blogging in bed, because it would be detrimental to my school career to hibernate in bed for the rest of the month. Finals helllooooo!

my view right now. pardon the messy desk, my priorities in college are obviously not cleaning my room...

Moving on to my favorites this fall (..winter?) and a few of the things on my christmas wish list!

I have been wearing MAC Turquatic since high school and it’s definitely my all time favorite perfume. The MAC website says it’s their “classic sea-inspired fragrance, with notes of Anemone, Lotus, Orris & Corsican Blue Cedar.” I’ve gotten so many compliments on it, making it A WINNER!

now available in a bigger size. you are going to be mine.

Another fall favorite or reason why I love fall is pumpkin!!

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

Recipe found here.

pumpkin for breakfast? yes please!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 c water

1/2 c almond milk (or whatever milk you have)

1/3 c oats

1/4 c pumpkin puree

1/2 of a chopped up banana

3-4 drops liquid stevia, or more depending on how sweet you like it (also can use maple syrup, honey, etc)

generous shakes of pumpkin pie spice

toppings: dried cranberries, walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips….whatever your little heart desires!

Directions:

Mix water, almond milk, oats and chopped banana in a pot on the stove at about medium to high heat. Stirring frequently and watching for the banana to get soft and fluffy-looking. Once it is, mash banana chunks with the stirring spoon, and add in the pumpkin puree, stevia and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. Scoop into serving bowl and sprinkle on the toppings! I chose dried cranberries and walnuts for my oatmeal.

Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s time to show off the sweaters! My closet is lacking in that department, I usually pull on a sweatshirt and am good to go…not this year!!

I love Free People. Too bad it’s so expensive. A girl can dream though!

free people's open stitches pullover sweater

free people's fairisle vneck pullover sweater

I’ve been eyeing these 70’s inspired blue pumps for a while now. Crossing my fingers they’ll go on sale!

steve madden dynemite pumps

Love this cowboy-esque style boots!

steve madden ruckuss boots

I’ve fallen back into an old obsession…a crumbled veggie burger in a monsterous salad. Sooo good! Especially with fruit in the salad too (grapes, strawberries or apples are my fave!).

veggie burger crumbled in salads = yUmmMMiii

Some new purchases that I hope turn out to be favorites:

REN jojoba microbead invigorating facial polish from Sephora. I needed an exfoliator that wouldn't dry out my skin so the lady at Sephora told me this is her favorite (plus it's has no bad things like petrochemicals or parabens!). So far I love it!

pssssst! dry shampoo from urban outfitters (can't find it online!). i have been using baby powder as a cheap way of reviving greasy hair but i hate how my hair would smell like baby powder! i've heard lots of great things about this one and it was cheap! $8!

Last but not least…

the blender god.

(source.)

A Vitamix!!! I’ve been wanting one of these forever..and a regular blender just can’t keep up with all the amazing things a Vitamix does! Hummus, ice cream, nut butter?!! PLEASEEE MOM AND DAD!!!!!

And that wraps up my fall favorites slash christmas list!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

xoxxooxo

Kara

and i thought i couldn’t be more in love with him…

until I saw this video.

LOVESYA JUSTIN!!! BELIEBER FOR LIFE!

Anyone agree with me on this one?!

WIAW!

Hello dollfacess.

Lately I’ve been having an overwhelming craving for fall-ish foods. You know what I mean. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin smoothies (sadly, I haven’t made/ate any of these besides the pumpkin spice latte which doesn’t count since it was made by a barista at Starbucks..) and apple pie! Totally ruined the pumpkin theme I know. P.S. a little fun fact for y’all: I actually don’t like pumpkin pie very much. Yes, I am a crazy person, but I do looove anything else that is pumpkin. It’s all about apple pie for this girl.

So this morning I decided to listen to my growling tummy and make something fall-ish! And healthy-ish!

Healthified Apple Crisp

{high in fiber, healthy fats & protein!}

serves 2

Ingredients:

1/3 c oats

~1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior)

2 TBS sugar (I used NuNaturals More Fiber Baking Blend)

Cinnamon

1/4 c coconut (optional)

1 apple, thinly sliced

2 TBS cold butter (I used Earth Balance)

1 TBS coconut oil

2 TBS nut butter (optional – I used pecan butter from the samples I received from Artisana!!)

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, protein powder, and sugar together in a small bowl. Add a couple generous shakes of cinnamon.

oat mixture minus the coconut

i used this! IT'S AWESOME! in 3/4 of a TBS there is 3 g of fiber!!

Add the butter, oil and nut butter to the dry ingredients. It should be crumbly.

before mixing..

Lay the apple slices in a small glass dish. Sprinkle on some more cinnamon! Then pour the oat mixture over the apples so that they are evenly covered.

i put half of the pecan butter on the apples, but i couldn't tell the difference, so to make it easier, i'd just mix it in with the dry ingredients! unless you wanna be a rebel.

yummerz

time for the oven!

Bake in the oven for…..I ACTUALLY DIDN’T KEEP TRACK OF THIS. I’M SO VERY SORRY…but I think it was around 15-20 minutes, just until the top looks golden brown and when you poke the apples they feel soft!

the finished product! dun dun dunnnn....hoping it's good!

OH IT WAS.

P.S. I had the plate above times two. Meaning I ate this entire thing. Ahem. Moving on….

lunch: egg white scramble with mushrooms, kale & salsaaa

For dinner, the roomies and I had a little potluck.

clockwise from the left: salmon, thai crunch salad (which i made), shirazi salad, & dressing for thai crunch salad

annnddd amy's homemade soup 😉 so fall-ish.

elana's salmon was made in the oven set at 350 for 22 minutes. the marinade was delishhh: tj's soyaki, garlic powder, s&p!

thai crunch salad. recipe from the peas and thank you cookbook.

our beaaauutiful table setting. do you spy a flamingo?! i do...

date night with SAKE (shauna, amy, kara, elana)!

Soooooo satisfied.

Hope you had a lovely Wednesday!

Kara

wiaw and trendy nails

Heyyy babes! How are ya on this fine hump day?

In case you forgot, today is…

what

i

ate

wednesday!!!

But first…I have to show off my newly painted nails. Quite the upgrade from yesterday’s multi-colored-testing-out-different-nail-polishes look!

dontcha agree?

Last night, I hung out with my besties Sheeva and Hannah. We painted nails and chatted while watching a few of our favorite movies (The Proposal and Wedding Crashers anyone?!). Also, if you haven’t done so CHECK OUT SHEEVA’S BLOG! Kaythanks.

I’m sporting a different (and sparkly) nail polish on my ring finger if ya couldn’t tell. I think it was a trend last year…but whatevs.

as seen on the newest mommy-to-be!

and vanessa hudgens!

i'm so trendyyy.

Okay..well onto other news.

What I ate today!

At Sheeva’s this morning we made oatmeal! I didn’t get a pic but this is pretty much what it looks like and how it was made:

1/3 cup oats

add 1/2 a chopped up (or mashed) banana, cinnamon & nutmeg, or whatever other spices you like!

add ~1/3 c water or milk (or both...I usually put in half water half vanilla almond milk)

microwave for a minute and the banana will get all smooshy! smoosh smoosh it up some more 😉

microwave for another minute and it should look like this! if you like your oatmeal more liquidy, either dont microwave for as long or add more water/milk

Sorry, these pictures are very fugly! But I added the other 1/2 of banana and a little bit of TJ’s vanilla almond granola on top! It’s not super sweet like most prepackaged oatmeal you would buy at the store, so if you like that, this may take a little getting used to. Personally I think the banana makes it just sweet enough (espec if it’s a ripe one!) but you can definitely add maple syrup, brown sugar, stevia, whatever your heart desires! To step up the fun factor even more, you could choose from a variety of other toppings such as: fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts, peanut butter, or coconut to put on top! Yummm. Check out Kath’s Tribute to Oatmeal for inspiration!

almost too pretty to eat! (not my picture obviously)

[insert workout here]

Lunchtime rolled around and I was feeling like having everythanggg…so I did just that!

clockwise: cukes & carrots with homemade spicy hummus (recipe below!), red cabbage with leftover grilled tilapia & salsa, flax cracker (review below) & cheese, apple with pb!

and a handful of these awesome rice chips! half eaten one on the table...nice

Spicy Sun-dried Tomato Hummus 

{fat free & gluten-free}

Ingredients:

1 can garbanzo beans

1/3 c sundried tomatoes (not in oil)

1/4 of a lemon (skin and all!)

juice of the other 1/4 lemon

2-3 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp cumin

1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want it!)

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

Ground black pepper

all ya need!

Directions:

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

mixin it all up! (i added more garlic later if you're wondering why there is only one clove!)

garnish with some cilantro and it's ready for dippin!

I also tried somethin new with my lunch today! Flackers! Say whaaaaa?!

flax + crackers = flackers! duhh...

with a hint of rosemary! serious crunch and supa addicting. buy them at WF's!

Love these and definitely getting them again!

[insert insane amount of packing, errand-running, lying on the couch and eating watermelon here]

juicyyy

Dinna time!

Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

{vegetarian option too!}

adapted from Sunset magazine

serves 4

Ingredients:

3 tbsp lemon juice, divided

3 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 tbsp minced garlic, divided

1 tsp each salt and pepper, divided

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, divided

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (OR if vegetarian, you could use tofu or tempeh)

2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed butter)

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2 tomatoes

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 sliced red bell pepper

1/2 c cucumber

2 big handfuls of spring lettuce mix

1 cup flat-leaf parsley

3 oz crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

Heat grill to high (450 to 550 degrees). Mix 1 tbsp each lemon juice and oil, 1 tsp garlic, and 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, and cumin in a medium bowl. Add chicken (or veg option) and turn to coat. Let marinate for 30 minutes or however long you can wait ;).

Grill chicken, turning once, until cooked through and browned, about 10-15 minutes. (It took me longer because I’m a newbie bbquer so I was constantly turning the bbq down, running inside and asking my dad to check it…haha. So if you’re a pro, bbq it like you normally do!)

burnin up! not really...they survived (the weird things below the chicken are tempeh, which i will talk about for a freaky food friday)

Make the dressing by whisking together the remaining 2 tbsp each lemon juice and oil, 2 tsp garlic, 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, and 1 tsp cumin with the tahini in a large bowl. Add the veggies and toss to coat. Slice chicken (or in my sister’s case, tempeh) and set on top. Sprinkle salads with parsley and feta!

kristin's vegetarian salad

the carnivore's salad

Yum. That was good.

I am going Clear Lake with the boyf this weekend, but will be back to posting on Monday! And maybe tomorrow if I have time in between the packing :D!

Questions of the day:

Do you follow the nail polish fashion trends? I sure don’t, as it is obvious I am years behind!

Do you tend to stick to the same thing for breakfast? Or do you like to try new things? I usually have the same thing, end up having it so often that I get sick of it, search for something new, love that, and then the cycle repeats itself!

xoxo!

Kara

blondie’s august obsessions

Holaaaa!

Here is a list of some of my [latest] August obsessions!!!

Sorry if I get you obsessed too… 😉

i wanttttt.

Cable Swing Cardigan by Free People. Perfect for fall :D.

miracle worker!

Jojoba Oil (I buy mine at TJ’s). Hair treatment, makeup remover, moisturizer, face wash ALL IN ONE. And completely natural. Post to come!!!!

deeeeelish

Angela’s Peanut Butter Crunch Blizzard. Try this now.

ahhh it's love.

If only I had a money tree growing in my backyard. These Tory Burch boots are to dieeee for.

fresh pasta & ravioli from the farmers market + margherita pizza? YES PLEASE.

nutella pizza in italian is.....nutella pizza!

Yummy homemade dinner with friends. Post to come!

amazingness.

Every nude eyeshadow color you could ever imagine. Cannot even describe my love for this. Get it online or at Sephora.

cooking utensils have to be fun. duh!

Heart-shaped wooden spoons and a penguin ice cream scooper from Urban Outfitters.

ohhhmyyygoshhh. they were THAT good.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Squares. RECIPE TO COME!!!! GET HUNGRY.

Tonsss of great workout/party music found on camelbackmusic.com. Go check itttt.

cute & classy

Lace love! Dress from Urban Outfitters.

ain't nothin but the truth.

Inspirational quotes found by spending wayyyy too much time on Pinterest.

ewwwwww!

Co-workers, siblings, or friends stealing your sandwich? Here’s your solution: anti-theft lunch bags! Tooooo funny!

lily chillaxin in her zebra print hammock

the cookie monster

My usual obsessions.

Have a great weekend!!!

XO!

Kara

some things don’t ever change

Hey guys!

This is my second blog post. Oh. Em. Geee.

Okay let’s get down to business.

As a newbie blogger I feel like none of you guys really know the real Blondie. Sooo I’ve come up with a perfect plan for you to get to know the girl behind Blondie Bakes and Bikes. It starts with a little Sound of Music (pun intended)…

Ah ha! Creative, huh? Okay so not really… the following is a list I’ve created of my favorite things (you’re welcome to ask me more in the comments section if you think I forgot some important ones). But I had to add a little pizazz in there so I decided to make it…

My Favorite Things: Then & Now Edition

*get ready for a picture montage as well!*

then!

now! (i've lost my bronzy glow as you can probably tell)

To cook: 

Then: Pizza with dad/cookies with mom.

Now: Breakfast! Favorite meal of the day…sometimes I even have it twice.

yummerz

Exercise: 

Then: Soccer with my friendss.

goooo cougars!

Now: Spin class, running, swimming, weight lifting and zumba!

Movie: 

Then: Mary-Kate & Ashley’s It Takes Two.

obsessed.

Now: Bridesmaids or the Hangover…I’m also very indecisive if you haven’t already noticed!

ahh i love you bradley cooper.

Article of clothing: 

Then: My sparkly pink jelly shoes…that Cookie, my dog, ATE! It’s okay she was a puppy…but I still haven’t forgiven her..

look at my adorable lil sis! can you believe she's taller than me now?!

Now: A tie between jeans and a cute cocktail dress…or sweats…or my PJ’s. No wait! It’s my robe!!!!

i live in this thing.

Color: 

Then: Pink! Obviii.

so sassy.

Now: Turquoise (but i still have a secret love for pink)!

Food: 

Then: Watermelon (no tomatoes yuckkk!).

Now: Peanut buttaaaa!

Breakfast: 

Then: Pancakes.

berrylicious.

Now: Pancakes.

i'll love you forever if you make me heart shaped pancakes.

Place:

Then: My backyard.

just chillin by the pool.

Now: Santorini, Greece.

breathtaking!

our grecian furry friend!

Lazy day activity: 

Then: Watching Saturday morning cartoons with my sis.

Now: Laying out by the pool w/ friends or my sis.

Celeb couple: 

Then: Barbie & Ken.

it's love.

Now: Heidi Klum & Seal.

real life barbie and ken.

Celeb: 

Then: Mary-Kate & Ashley.

i still want to be them. but i can't decide who, mary-kate or ashley?!

Now: A tie between Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Blake Lively & Reese Witherspoon (worst decision-maker at it again).

TV show: 

Then: Sesame Street, Recess, Rocket Power.

Now: Gossip Girl, Glee, Modern Family, So you think you can dance, Project Runway, ANTM, or anything on food network ;).

Restaurant: 

Then: Fresh Choice (loved the huge salad bar, but always over did it!).

Now: Sunflower Drive-In.

nutty deliciousness.

Music:

Then: Christina Aguilera & Trisha Yearwood…preferably “x’s and o’s.”

Now: I’m not picky with my music, as long as it’s not super depressing & metalesque. A song I’m currently loving is…

shout out to my bestie sheeva. "nice to nice to know yaaaa!"

It’s fun to look back at the things you once enjoyed as a child! I have to say though, some of my childhood faves are still favorites, just not my numero unos ;). I still am an active, outgoing, healthy, happy, goofy, country music-loving girl and will always be. Don’t you believe some things never change?

yep. still make this face.

I hope you enjoyed this little get-to-know Blondie post, and I’d love to hear from you! I definitely plan to add a Q&A’s page later down the road, so let me know if you have something you are dyinggg to ask me!

Lovelovelove,

Kara