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!

GIVEAWAY

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

FALL

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

BLOGGING

Food Photography Tips—Part 1<—great tips!

FOOD

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!

WORKOUT

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

NOW TELL ME

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

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10 Things Friday 10.24.14

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on October 24, 2014

in 10 Things Friday, Blog

10 Things Friday | It's a Harleyyy Life

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!

Harleyyybear Birthday | It's a Harleyyy Life

2. Harleyyybears birthday is in 2 months. Start buying him gifts now. He likes toys with squeakers, cheese itz and apparently beer (that’s just some of the things we found on the ground when we came home this week from work). He could play the part of a superhero though… that’s for sure. Anyone else see this new feature on PicMonkey? I’m ready to start turning everything into a comic book.

3. I had coffee with my favorite blend (blogging+friend) last night. Seriously, if there is one thing I got out of this blog when it’s all said and done it’s the friendships I have made. Jenny is awesome and I love her and her little baby A (and of course the rest of the fam!)!

5K and Half Marathon | It's a Harleyyy Life

4. This week marked 3 years since my first 5K and 1 year since my retiring from half marathons. Pretty funny right? The running itch hasn’t been back.. I’ll just stick with this thing called CrossFit. If you haven’t heard of it you should see what it does to people here.

It's a Harleyyy Life Giveaway

5. I have a giveaway going on right now for all of the above (minus the smoothie, of course.. I don’t think that would ship well). Yah, that’s a lot of really good stuff.

6. I just checked my phone to see if I could talk about anything I actually took a picture of this week… no luck.

7. Did I tell you about this fried PSL recipe I found? Um… whatever excuse I can give myself to buy more Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Oh, and did you see the new drink Starbucks is coming out with soon? Yah, I’ll have to try it at least once.. oh and did you see the new cups?

8. It’s getting really cold in PA. I mean why did we skip spring and fall this year? If the weather Gods know what’s good for them they will stop this nonsense right now!

9. I think the cold weather is affecting my bed time. 8 pm is the new go to time to get in bed and under covers! It also could be that I’m getting old… or the 5am wake up call for CrossFit.

Dog Swimming

10. This picture makes me laugh. I think it’s exactly what Harleyyybear would look like if I threw him in a pool. It would be pretty hilarious.

Now Tell Me

What are you doing this weekend? Tell me one random thing you did this week?

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WIAW + Cheerio Breakfast Cookies

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on October 22, 2014

in Food, Recipes, 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

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 going to try something new here and when you get to dinner I’ll be sharing with you what my plan is/has been all week to eat for din din. Maybe this will give you more ideas on what I have been eating lately and also boost this post a little. Let me know what you think then!

BREAKFAST

English Muffin Sandwich | It's a Harleyyy Life

This has been my usual lately. It’s easy and tasty. Plus, I’ve been digging the BOGO deals at the grocery store for English muffins! On the English muffin before is grape jelly, one piece of cheese and one egg. It might sound like a weird combination but it really is delicious! I dare you to try it.

SNACK

Cheerio Breakfast Cookies | It's a Harleyyy Life

The recipe I am about to show you is another one of my recipe redos. It is for Cheerio Breakfast Cookies. Eric is always eating cheerios so I thought it was okay to steal some to make myself a snack this week!

Cheerio Breakfast Cookie

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 24

Serving Size: 1 Cookie

Calories per serving: 211

Cheerio Breakfast Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter/Margarine
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 Cups Cheerios

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. In large bowl mix sugar, butter, peanut butter, water, vanilla and egg
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients except cereal
  4. Gently stir in cereal
  5. On ungreased cookie sheet take a big portion of the cookie and put it on the sheet 2 inches apart
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes
  7. Let the cookies stand until cool

Notes

11.7g Fat 23.8g Carbs 4.8g Protein

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These cookies are dry, so if that isn’t your type of thing don’t make them… or make them and dip them in a lot of milk because that sounds good! I love the taste of peanut butter in the cookies! Yum Yum!

Hunter Cheerios | It's a Harleyyy Life

One things for sure, my boys loved eating the props for this photo shoot.

LUNCH

Pumpkin Soup | It's a Harleyyy Life

My moms best friend made some pumpkin soup! Since my mom isn’t a big fan of trying new things **cough cough** lame **cough cough** it was passed on to me and I had no problem with that! This soup was good. Instead of spicy it was more sweet! I ate half of a microwave grilled cheese with it!

DINNER

Steakums | It's a Harleyyy Life

Steak-umms and French Fries. What a great meal right? If you guessed, Steak-umms were on sale last week for BOGO. That means… I buy two and we eat them! Pretty easy! This was a quick easy meal that Eric and I enjoyed.

Here’s what I’m/I’ve been eating for dinner this week:

Monday-Stromboli (BOGO at the grocery store)
Tuesday- Steak-umms (BOGO at the grocery store… see above)
Wednesday- Pumpkin Mac & Cheese for me/Spaghetti for Eric
Thursday-BBQ Chicken Thigh (crockpot… like this), Homemade Seasoned Potatoes and Peas
Friday- Pizza

Now Tell Me

What are you eating this week? Are you going to try that breakfast combination?

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CrossFit Competition: Mountain Melee

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on October 21, 2014

in CrossFit, Workouts

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. I have most of those movements down. Weight lifting heavy weight– not my strong suit. So although I could do most of the movements in RX comps I can’t lift the weight. This is why I love team competitions! Team competitions are all about feeding off of your teammates strengths. Some competitions, however, don’t always do that.

RX Standards | It's a Harleyyy Life

When I first noticed the requirements for this competition I thought to myself… I can lift those RX weights (they are closer to my 90% though). I wanted the challenge. I wanted to push myself to that next level (and I definitely did!)!!

My team practiced two of the workouts a week before the competition. We came up with a plan but honestly most of it went out the window the day of. The final goal= just get’r done!

Here is a little sneak peek into what our day looked like… WOD style.

CrossFit Pocono Melee | Blue Workout

We started with the Blue workout. I was nervous about this one for a couple of reasons:

  1. Because we didn’t practice it at all
  2. It was a lot of  reps and I was nervous it would make me tired for the rest of the workouts (which had heavy lifting for me)
  3. I didn’t know how big the keg was that we had to jump over until we were there
  4. I never used a wreck bag. I’m a petite gal and usually long objects that I have to throw on my back don’t work out to well
  5. Remembering to lift your hands at the bottom of the burpee is hard

WOD 1 | t's a Harleyyy Life

This turned out to be our second best workout in scoring. We definitely gave it our all! What really worked for us is the fact that we each excelled at a different movement. The burpee jump overs actually ended up being the easiest for me. The squat jumps were the hardest (no surprise here). We were able to get 7 sprints in which was exciting!

At the end of this workout, I could not get up off the ground (crawling to our setup area sounded so much better) and I felt like I was going to literally get sick. I was a mess for probably about 20 minutes until I could recover.

CrossFit Pocono Melee | Red Workout

Our next workout was Red! This one was the workout that I was the most worried about. It was more like an individual workout and then combine the score but it was nice that we each could pick which movement we wanted to do. I ended up doing the power cleans. I think this was a good call. 95# is heavy for me (My 1 rep max is 115#.. and I can’t do that every time we go for our 1 rep max). The other two girls I was in this competition with could lift heavy!

When we practiced this workout, my double unders were on key and I only got through 6 power cleans with a lot of failed attempts. I was aiming for 6 though for the actual workout.

WOD 2 | It's a Harleyyy Life

I got through 7/8 power cleans in the competition which was huge for me. That means I did a total of 19 cleans at a very heavy weight for me in 4 minutes (with double unders in between). The double unders weren’t awful but they weren’t on key like they were when we practiced.

I think I scared our judge a couple of times though doing the cleans. You see I make awful faces, I grunt a lot (I had a voice off and on after the WOD… or the rest of the night) and I do split cleans. 95# is very close to my body weight and its very heavy, split cleans allow me to get under the bar a little bit better and faster than doing a squat clean.

CrossFit Pocono Melee | White Workout
Last up was White.

I think we did this workout the best way we could and had the best strategy for us. I went as hard as I could on the box jumps (jump & rebound for 7 reps at first and then 5)  since that is one of my strong areas. After what seemed like a lifetime of 7 minutes we moved onto the next section. The bar actually was only 88lbs (not sure why there was a mix-up but we were happy to see it). I did one shoulder to overhead (everyone had to do one shoulder to overhead and one handstand hold) first. Then I held one of my partners up for handstand hold and then the rest of the competition I did the handstand holds. This made the most sense for us. Remember, 95# (what it should’ve been) was heavy for me… the other girls could power through them like nothing. It made more sense to have them use their shoulders as less as possible (skipping the handstand holds) and just doing the shoulder to overhead and have me just do the handstand holds (almost) the whole time.

WOD 3 | It's a Harleyyy Life

This workout ended up being our best one… which is surprising because we were pretty much dead from the rest of the workouts. Once again, we use our strengths to take advantage of the workout.

At the end we ended up 13/20! I couldn’t be prouder of our team. We gave it our all… we pushed ourselves past our limits and we had a blast doing it. Our love for CrossFit shined through! This is what it looks like after completing 3 workouts in one day.

After Workouts | It's a Harleyyy Life

Takeaways from the competition:

  1. Communication is key
  2. Go in with a plan but realize it probably won’t be the plan the day of
  3. HAVE FUN!

You can read some other tips I suggested after doing my last CrossFit Competition here.

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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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Saturday Shares #20

October 18, 2014

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. Today I am competing in my first RX’d Team CrossFit Competition. It’s this one right here if you want to take a look at the workouts. I’m actually really […]

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Life in Pictures

October 17, 2014

Today I am linking up with Linda from Fit, Fed and Happy! Linda invited me to join her with a Life in Pictures Post! Basically I am going to recount my past weekend with pictures and not words (or less words). You get to guess what happened. For more info, click here. Today I am […]

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How To Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte with a Keurig

October 16, 2014

Just like everyone else in this world I love Pumpkin Spice Latte’s at Starbucks. I could drink one every day of my life… FOR-EV-ER! Doing that though would probably mean I would lose my house, all of my money and possibly even Harleyyybear. Totally not worth it. The good news: I found an awesome substitute! […]

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