WIAW 10.29.14

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on October 29, 2014

in Food, What I Ate Wednesday

Every Wednesday I share some of the foods I eat in a day and link up to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday.

What I Ate Wednesday

Just a quick reminder before we get all foody. I have a giveaway going on right now for Hemp Hearts. You can enter here.

Now food…



Egg, Jelly & Cheese Sandwich | It's a Harleyyy Life

SURPRISE! Okay, we all know this definitely isn’t a surprise. I’m hooked on these bad boys right now. One egg, cheese and jelly sandwiches are just so delicious and take like 2 minutes to make.



Snacks | It's a Harleyyy Life

These are actually all of the snacks I’ve been eating in one day at work. Clearly the whole sitting on my butt in front of a computer isn’t helping my eating habits. I’ve been eating some Welch’s Fruit Snacks and Nutri Grain bars that I got at Costco on Friday. Plus I have some leftover cookies (the awesome soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies you can find here) from our football get together on Sunday.



Mexican Quinoa Bake | It's a Harleyyy Life

I meal prepped my lunch this week (that way I’m not eating PB&J’s all week). Santa Fe Quinoa Bake for the win. I changed the recipe a little by not adding beans and adding sun dried tomatoes instead of the tomatoes listed in the recipe. This recipe is a keeper.



Meatball Sub | It's a Harleyyy Life

We’ve been eating leftovers for dinner all week. On the menu: meatballs, meatballs and more meatballs. We only have one more meal of leftover meatballs which is a good thing because I think I’m about to turn into one.

For the rest of this week this is what we have on the “menu”:

That will probably change though since last week when I decided to start this whole “share what I’m eating all week thing” it changed the next day. Whoops!

Now Tell Me


What are you eating this week? Do you usually eat all of your leftovers or do you throw them out?


How the Dogs are Doing Since We Moved

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on October 28, 2014

in Daily Life, Harleyyybear, House, Hunter

I’m not going to lie… I was a little worried how the dogs would react once we moved into our new home. I mean Harleyyybear is used to it. In his almost 4 short years he’s lived in 4 different places with me! Talk about an adventure. Hunter on the other hand… well he is a big baby. I thought for sure he would have a hard time with the move but surprisingly they seem to be adjusting well.

Harleyyybear Hunter and I | It's a Harleyyy Life

The three biggest changes that they went to from living at my moms with Eric and I to now are:

  1. No grandma around anymore
  2. They never go in their cages anymore. That’s right they are free all the time!
  3. Hardwood flooring

They seem to be getting used to it. I’m sure they miss grandma… I’m also sure they miss their cages a little bit but they do like to look outside all day and bark at everything that moves.

Harleyyybear and Hunter | It's a Harleyyy Life

Surprisingly we’ve only had a couple of mishaps since we started letting them roam the house all day.

Tissue Mess

Hunter got a cold… or just wanted to play with tissues… and they decided to eat cheese-itz and drink beer one day, but who could blame them there.

Harleyyybear and Hunter | It's a Harleyyy Life

The hardest change for them I think is the hardwood flooring. They are smart about it sometimes but they also slide a lot. We did buy several rugs (1 in the living room and 1 in the bedroom) that has really helped.

Hunter | It's a Harleyyy Life

All in all, the dogs seem to be adjusting well and love their new home… which is a huge relief!

Now Tell Me

When you moved/When you first brought home a dog/cat how did you get the animal used to the new home?


Chocolate + Hemp Protein Balls + Giveaway

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on October 27, 2014

in Ambassadors, Blog, Food, Recipes, Review, Sweat Pink

Disclaimer:  Manitoba Harvest sent me a sample of their product to review through SweatPink. As always, all opinions are my own.

Hemp Hearts | It's a Harleyyy Life
Today I’m talking Hemp Hearts. You know what these go best on? ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! Yep, you read that right… you can seriously put these bad boys on everything (<—check out all of the recipes there).

Hemp Hearts | It's a Harleyyy Life

These small raw, shelled seeds (per 30 grams) contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas. Plus they have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax(<–also two things you can pretty much put on everything).

I love the texture! I think that is why I like it so much. I’ve told you before but chia seeds freak me out (cha-cha-chia) and I’m not a big fan of flax. If I want to add some extra nutrients to my foods I’m definitely going hemp!

Chocolate Hemp Protein Balls | It's a Harleyyy Life

Mantioba Harvest suggests putting the hemp seeds on salads, in yogurt or in oatmeal. I, however, put the hemp seeds in protein balls!

Chocolate + Hemp Protein Balls

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Dozen Protein Balls

Serving Size: 1 Protein Ball

Chocolate + Hemp Protein Balls


  • 1 Cup of Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Hemp Hearts
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Handful of Chocolate Chips


  1. Combine all of the ingredients but the chocolate chips in a bowl
  2. Mix with your hands (really it's the easiest way)
  3. Once mixed thoroughly, fold in chocolate chips
  4. Use a butter scooper (or a spoon) and scoop some of the mixture into your hands
  5. Form the mixture into balls
  6. Refrigerate until the balls harden


150 Calories, 9.6g of Fat, 3.3g of Fiber, 3g of Sugar

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I want you to be able to make this delicious snack so I’m giving away the same bag of hemp hearts to one of you fancy people! All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter widget below! Giveaway ends on Saturday (November 1st!) at 11:59pm. US and Canada only please.

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Saturday Shares #21

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on October 25, 2014

in Blog, Saturday Shares

Saturday Shares: A weekly post on It’s a Harleyyy Life of blog posts that I loved reading that have to do with food, fitness, blogging and more.

Saturday Shares | It's a Harleyyy Life

YES! The weekend is here and I’m ready for it! My cousin is hosting a pumpkin party tonight and I’m really excited to finally get in the Halloween spirit! We have plans later to make some really fun Halloween snacks for the party! Woot!

When you have some extra time this weekend you should read the following posts! Have a great weekend friends!


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie + a Giveaway<– this giveaway is awesome and everyone should enter it!


150 Pumpkin Decorating Ideas<—-YES!
Easy Fall Wreath<— adorable!


Food Photography Tips—Part 1<—great tips!


How to Make and Freeze Pumpkin Puree<—pumpkin all year long!
Gluten Free Food Ideas To Eat Before Your Long Run<—for all of you runners out there!
45 Healthy Dessert Recipes<—-I love dessert… especially when it’s healthy!
Cookies for National Cookie Month<—I could eat a cookie a day!
Pear Ginger Crisp<—I’m not sure about ginger but pear sounds yummy!
Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookie Dough Healthy Bites Recipe <—that sounds good!
Paleo Pumpkin-Spiced Granola<—I love granola!
Portabella Pizzas<— MMMM I’m not sure if Eric would eat these but they look yummy!
Spanish Rice with Shrimp and Peppers<—Eric would like this recipe though. He loves shrimp!
Banana Chocolate Mug Cake<—I need to get on the mug cake game.
Whole Wheat Lasagna Bowls with Mozzarella Greek Yogurt Sauce<—that sounds good!


10 Strength and Cardio Workouts plus a Get-Down Playlist <—workouts!


What are you doing this weekend? Share with me a post that you liked this week!


10 Things Friday 10.24.14

October 24, 2014

1. I’m going to have one of the best Friday nights ever. Want to know why? After work I am going to go to 3 different grocery stores and then come home and cook dinner and clean. Woohoo livin up my 20′s… that’s for sure! 2. Harleyyybears birthday is in 2 months. Start buying him […]

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WIAW + Cheerio Breakfast Cookies

October 22, 2014

Every Wednesday I share some of the foods I eat in a day and link up to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday. First things first… remember to enter my giveaway going on right now! I’m giving away a lot of goodies! Check it out here! Now to the food! I’m […]

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CrossFit Competition: Mountain Melee

October 21, 2014

This past weekend I was in a team CrossFit competition (my first RX comp!) called Mountain Melee. The teams were in 3′s and same sexes. This competition really pushed me to my limits. Right now in my CrossFit “career” I’d say I’m kind of in that middle awkward section. Body weight stuff– I’m pretty much golden. […]

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie + Giveaway

October 20, 2014

This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions expressed are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Smoothies are an easy way to get in a healthy meal. Plus, smoothies are so easy to put […]

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