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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fourth Stitch Fix Delivery

The 4th time is the charm?  For my illusive Blazer and Stitch Fix I guess that was true.  Read on for a review of my 4th time using the clothing delivery service.
Here's the short version of how the online, personal styling service Stitch Fix works:
  • Sign Up and Complete a Style Profile
    • It takes about 10 minutes and you'll tell them your sizes, shape, style profile, and what type of clothes you typically like.  It's really easy, yet comprehensive.
  • Schedule Your First Fix
    • Pick a date to receive your first shipment, which will include 5 items.  It costs $20 to get a fix (it's called a styling fee).  If you keep anything from that shipment, the $20 will be taken off the cost of that item.
    • You don't have to sign up for monthly fixes.  That's an option, but you can sign up for just one too.
  • Try On Your Clothes
    • Try on your clothes and see what you like. You also get a color guide to help styling your outfits.
  • Keep What You Like, Return What You Don't
    • Keep that clothes you like and return the ones you don't.  They give you a prepaid label and bag for shipping.  It's USPS, so I put it right in my mailbox.  You have 3 days to get the clothes you don't want in the mail and then you pay for the ones you keep (minus the $20).  If you keep all 5 items you save 25%.
This was my first Stitch Fix box where I had some serious issues around sizing.  Both of the bottoms that were sent were sent a size too big and one top clearly was not made for someone with a long torso.

I am an animal print fan and I think it can work with other solid pieces, so I was excited when I received this skirt.  Pencil skirts also work well on my long frame and I like to pair them with flats.  But when a skirt's too big..it's too big and I didn't think the cost of alterations was worth it.
Both of these pieces were part of my fix.  Overall I wasn't a fan of the top and it was too short.  See ya.  The jeans were an interesting and possibly fun color, but they were too big in the waist and too short.
Finally my "blazer".  I was really hoping for a light-weight, 3/4 sleeve black blazer, but this was as close as I got.  But I do like this jacket and I think it will be a fun piece for our Orlando fall.  My hiccup was the price.  The cost was $148, but if you buy anything you get your styling fee back, so now it's $128.  Then thanks to my wonderful readers I had some Stitch Fix referral credit for $80, which brought it down to a $48 out of pocket cost.  For that price, it was a fun, comfortable addition to my wardrobe.
I am super grateful to those of you who have signed up using my link.  I think I would have stopped my fixes without the credit.  I still like the excitement of receiving my shipment, but the clothes are failing to "wow" me.  Maybe I just need a real shopping date with some fashionable ladies!  Any takers?

If you'd like to get your Fix on, feel free to use my affiliate link.  Full disclosure: I was not paid or asked by Stitch Fix to write this post, but if you sign up with my link I get $25 credit.  

Have you gotten your Stitch Fix?
What did you think?

Love and trail blazers,
Carissa & Kyle

Monday, August 25, 2014

Party All The Weekend

How about that time we had 3 massive parties in 1 weekend?  Oh yeah that was last weekend.  Buckle up friends, because it's time for a most epic weekend recap.  So epic in fact that I couldn't even post it until Monday night, because I needed Monday to actually work in my real job :)

I started my Friday with a 6 mile run.  I've been keeping an 8-10 mile base consistently with weekly long treadmill runs.  It's just to darn hot here.  I had been quite proud of my typical negative treadmill split and around 9:20 average pace.  Need some running humble pie?  Run outside.  I struggled mentally and physically, but I did finish and I kept telling myself, "I am getting stronger."
Friday night was a BIG night for Kyle and I as we celebrated the two year anniversary of our gym, Evolution Fitness Orlando.  We wanted to thank our clients for their loyalty and faith in Kyle's training with a happy hour event. I don't know if any of you own your own business, but it's hard work.  You are never off and your success is up to you.  I'm so proud of how hard Kyle works to make Evo a success.  He has a passion for fitness, but also for his clients and I think that combination PLUS always being willing to work harder has been a key to his success.  I'm so proud of him!
Most everything was a huge success...except our cake....
Yup, "fittnes".  This was my first Publix cake and I am NOT impressed. I've contacted Publix customer support and am told they will "get back with me".  That was Saturday.

Speaking of Saturday, we had another event Saturday as Kyle and I headed to Hyde Park in Tampa to celebrate our friend Denny's 30th birthday.  We started with cocktails at a boutique hotel called The Epicurean and then had dinner at Ciccio's/Water.
What a great restaurant.  The menu was so fresh with more healthy options than I've ever seen.  They had sushi, bowls, salads, stir fry, and everything was packed with veggies.  There was even a Paleo menu.  I opted for a natural chicken and broccolini stir fry on top of spaghetti squash.  I wish I lived closer, because this is a restaurant I would frequent..A LOT.
Sunday night was the final party of the weekend as we celebrated my cousin's baby shower.
Miss Karoleena Marie will arrive this fall and Taina's friends threw a Coco Chanel themed party.  The food was great and it was wonderful to spend the afternoon with family and friends.  For one of the games they poured different liquors in the diapers and we had to guess which was which.  I think I got 3 out of 6, but the Mamma To Be got ALL 6 RIGHT!
And how amazing does Taina look?  That dress is a size 2!!! That she wore to a baby shower!  That's some praise for a Fit Pregnancy right there.
Sometimes weekend's are so amazing that you wish you could spread all the fun events out, so you can savor them more.  There's really nothing better than time with good friends and family.  That's what's important and this weekend it was perfect timing to be surrounded by them.
Speaking of great friends...I am looking forward to seeing my RunDisney friends this weekend in California!  It's RunDisney season time!

What did you do this weekend?
How would you handle that epic cake fail?

Love and baby girls,
Carissa & Kyle

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday 5 Time

I think we all agree that Friday's are fabulous? Am I right?  What's better than Friday?

Spending a glorious 5 minutes ignoring work and reading 5 random things that we're thinking about this week.  Fo sho!
Housewife Glamour
I've heard some of you saying how cool it is up north and let me just tell you that it is still HOT, HOT, HOT here in Orlando!  We're talking 97 is the actual temperature.  I think my air conditioner is marathon training with how much it's been running....but enough about my appliances...onto the Friday 5.

1. Christmas
Yup, starting with Christmas.  I had to laugh this week because 4 different people brought this pic to my attention....but it's actually 18 Fridays Buddy.
My LOVE of Christmas is well known and Sam's Club was ready to heighten it this week.  Boom.  O Christmas Tree.
2. Netflix
Kyle and I just got Netflix about a month ago.  Brilliantly we got it to watch Game of Thrones only to realize it wasn't on there.  So we started watching Orange is the New Black and we have about 3 episodes left.  I also watched season 1 of House of Cards, but I'm bored with it now once Kevin Spacey's rower broke.  So here's my deal...I don't know if I love Netflix.  I can never find something I want to watch.  Am I missing something?  That leads me to point #3...
3. The Good Wife
The Good Wife...on Amazon Prime.  I love this show and I love Amazon Prime.  Way better show selection that Netflix.  Again am I missing something?  For some reason though I am very sucked into this show and love the main lawyer Will Gardner.  I've been a big fan of him since the 1990's and this film...anyone remember it?
Well there he is.  Josh Charles AKA Will Gardner. AKA the guy who drove the hot dog car thingamajig and took Christina Applegate to see turtles hatch.  Now I need to watch this movie ASAP - I wonder if it's on Netflix?
4. Roasted Vegetables
I've been taking advantage of working at home this week and doing a lot of food prep at lunch.  I'll roast typically one vegetable or sweet potato a day and enjoy fast leftovers throughout the week.  I love how roasting brings out a sweet flavor in vegetables and when I use my toaster oven they're ready in about 20 minutes.  Yesterday's lunch featured sweet potatoes and broccoli.
5. Evolution Fitness Turns 2
As most of you know Kyle and I own a personal training studio here in Orlando called Evolution Fitness Orlando.  Kyle works more hours than I care to count each week training clients and helping them become fitter, healthier, and happier.  Earlier this summer was our 2 year anniversary of being small business owners and tonight we're celebrating by hosting a happy hour for our clients.  Work hard, play hard right?
ps - these new gym shirts are for sale! $15 email me!
Also on our agenda for the weekend is a 30th birthday party in Tampa and a baby shower!  Seems there's lots to celebrate around here!

If you want to kill more time at work then check out Heather's great round up of Friday faves.

What are you up to this weekend?
Netflix or Amazon Prime?
Favorite 90's movie?

Love and big hair,
Carissa & Kyle

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

As I dietitian I am always thinking about what I eat.  What am I going to eat?  What did I eat today?  What's in that?  Food, food, food.  But I also like my food fast, fast, fast.

I like simple recipes based on fresh ingredients.  Hence why this RD blog isn't full of beautiful recipes and photos.  My recipes are more like simple instructions.  I know y'all love me anyway, but sometimes I feel guilty for not filling the typical RD blogger responsibilities.  So today we have a recipe that brings BIG flavor with minimal work and utilizes a great kitchen tool, the crockpot.

As I mentioned before I rarely eat beef, but I have been craving it recently, so I decided to use lean flank steak from Laura's Lean Beef in this recipe.  This recipe might work with chicken...I'm not sure but you could totally try.
Crock Pot Ropa Vieja
Ingredients:
1 - 1.5 pounds of skirt or flank steak
1 15 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 jalapeƱo pepper, thinly sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 green bell peppers, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of ketchup
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of Goya Sofrito
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon oregano

Directions:
1. Cut all vegetables.  This can be done the night before to save am prep.
2. Combine tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, Sofrito, and spices.
3. Fill crockpot by layering vegetables, meat, then sauce on top.  Cook for 8 -10 hours in crock pot on low.  Shred 30 minutes prior to serving.
This is a great meal to serve over brown rice or quinoa like we used.  You can also use tortillas to make a yummy burrito or eat it plain to cut carbs for a lighter dinner.  I also topped mine with diced avocado and tomatoes.

Another bonus of this meal is that leftovers could be frozen for lunches or dinners at a later time.  It's just a big iron-filled win!

What's your favorite crock pot meal?

Love and lean red meats in moderation,
Carissa & Kyle

ps - Since this post was originally uploaded on a Wednesday, I'm sharing it to Jenn's Link up on Peas & Crayons.  Stop by to check out other bloggers eats!

Spartan Race News and Giveaway

Earlier this year I gave away free entry into any Spartan race in the US.  The giveaway was extremely popular and since Spartan Race has some fun news to share they have offered to give away one more race entry to a luck Fit2Flex reader.
According to their website, Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal.

Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race. 


So what's the exciting new Spartan Race news?

  • NBC Sports has partnered with Spartan Race to film 6 episodes of Spartan Races culminating with the World Championship race at Killington VT this September 20.
  • There's a Spartan Cruise!?!?! Say what! Yes, this upcoming March 6-9, 2015 you can sail from Miami to the Bahamas for a Spartan full cruise and Spartan Sprint!
  • Fit2Flex readers have a special chance to win a free cruise...just enter using this link.
  • ANDDDD Fit2Flex readers (that don't win the giveaway) can use the code SPARTANBLOGGER to get 10% of any 2014 Spartan Race in the continental US.
Now how about that giveaway?  Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter and good luck! 
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What's the toughest physical challenge you've ever completed?
What's on your "kick your butt" bucket list?

Love and AROO,
Carissa & Kyle