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Easy Breakfast Ideas

By Tristan Cablay

 

Breakfast is the most difficult meal of the day for me! In the midst of the crazy, sometimes it’s hard to remember to feed myself. If you are like me, easy breakfast ideas sound like heaven! Because in my household, when I don’t plan breakfast beforehand… cereal or granola bar on the go it is!

 

Here are some easy breakfast ideas that work:

 

1) I am a fan of slow cooker prep ahead meals. Why not bring that process into your morning routine? Steel-cut oats are fabulous in the slow cooker! Prep and set. The bonus here is that you will wake up to a fantastic smelling kitchen! I toss in apples, cinnamon, and pecans. Literally, it is hard to go wrong. YUM!

Mix the following together, and set your slow cooker at low. It is roughly 6 hours for firm oats and 8 for a softer texture.

Try this:

• 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats

• 3 ½ Cups of Water

• 1 Cup Peeled and Chopped Apple

• 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

• ½ Cup of Pecans

• 1 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

• 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

• 2 Tablespoon of Butter

 

2) With all of this gorgeous summer fruit out in the grocery store, I can’t stop buying fruits in bulk. Sometimes we do plow through a ginormous watermelon in one day, but a lot of times we have various fruits left over from one of my many grocery store binges that need to be used ASAP before they go bad! Like I said, I’m in a prep ahead kind of mode this season! I have been freezing all of my extra fruits and using it as snacks (Have you ever had frozen grapes? DELISH!), but the majority of the time I use the frozen fruits into make quick breakfast smoothies!

Blend your frozen fruit with Greek yogurt, your favorite juice (milk, coconut water, or infused water work well too) and blend.

Try this:

• 1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries

• ½ Cup of Greek Yogurt

• 1 Banana

• ½ Cup of Orange Juice

 

What are you into right now? What helps you get breakfast on the table- hassle free? Tips? Tricks? The iGoPink girls would love to try your suggestions!

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Wednesday We Wear Pink Accessories

By Erica Johnson

Part of the iGoPinkLife’s new concept is a total lifestyle overview. If you’re any type of a girly-girl like we are, we all love fashion in some way shape and form. AND if you couldn’t guess, the favorite color of the iGoPinkLife team is…(drumroll please), PINK! To us, it’s more than a color, it’s a statement…a bold statement not only of fashion but a statement that brings unity to women supporting women; a color that stands for survivorship and a color that evokes happiness.

Each month you’ll be seeing us cap off the month with our “On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink” segment (but to be quite honest, we wear pink nearly 7 days a week around here.) I’m excited to kick off this segment with one of my key secrets to fashionably add pink your lifestyle.

You guessed it, accessories. I’m an accessory nut—from shoes to handbags, jewelry to scarves. There is SO much you can do with accessories without breaking the bank too. Try some of these simple secrets to make your wardrobe pop with a flash of pink:

  • Jewelry – there are so many fantastic costume jewelry places out there these days. One of my fav’s is Charming Charlie…tons of great looks that fit any budget. A pop of color or a fun necklace can completely change the look of a simple outfit.
  • Handbags – I’m not a fan of changing out purses (I’ll pack one purse and not change it for months) however, when I’m going to a luncheon or out and want to keep basic but add some fun to my outfit, a handbag is a simple way to do it.
  • Shoes – my poor husband, thank goodness he understands my love for shoes. These here are some that I constantly get stopped for all the time. They’re made by Guess and from Macy’s (a few years back though). Super comfy, constantly a show stopper and with your Macy’s card, even more on sale!
  • Scarves – in Texas it’s a bit too hot to be accessorizing this time of year with scarves, however, it’s one of my Fall staples. Go on Youtube to find some tutorials on how to knot scarves and you’ll be amazed what fun you can do with a piece of fabric!
  • Lipstick – I call it an accessory because it really can be. Smiling can be one of life’s greatest accessories. Shine those pearly whites and dawn them with a fabulous bold color too!

So as we roll out our on Wednesday’s we wear pink segments, we’d love to see what ways you incorporate pink (or color) into your wardrobe! Get creative…it’s amazing how far a few pieces can change your look!

Top 10 Guilty Pleasures

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Today we’re talking guilty pleasures. We all have them. If yours are similar to mine, hey girl hey, let’s be friends! I am a firm believer in the art of balance. It’s never good to be too much of anything, so today we’re talking splurging on those things we maybe don’t allow ourselves too often (and for good reason).

  1. Really awful TV. I’m looking at you, The Bachelor franchise.

WHY do I watch this? I have no idea. But I can tell you every detail of every episode, my favorite contestants, the season villain, maybe even Jojo’s dog’s name (it’s Jackson).

  1. Ugh.

Okay, this is so bad for you. However, I cannot say no to candy. Whether it’s a candy store, a gas station, the Walgreens checkout line, I’m probably leaving with a treat like a 5-year-old. #youngatheart

  1. Bad country music.

Y’all, I am from Texas. I can appreciate some good country music. However, I can also appreciate driving with my windows down screaming every word to “House Party” by Sam Hunt. Not even embarrassed.

  1. French fries. Pizza. Hamburgers. Chips. Queso.

I’m salivating typing this. Seriously, why is fast food so good/bad? Like, you know how terrible it is for you, but you CANNOT STOP. Kind of like texting an ex, ya know?

  1. Cheesy romance novels.

I’m talking the kind your mom hid under her bed because the entire family made fun of her for reading anything with a shirtless cowboy on the cover. (Hi, Mom!)

  1. “I like long walks…through Target…”

Target is my home. Whenever I send out mail, my return address is my local Target. Kidding. But seriously, I’ll go here for cat food and I leave with new throw pillows, a swim suit, sandals, mascara I didn’t need, a phone case, and probably no cat food.

  1. Visits to the nail salon.

Okay, I know you’re like “wait, what” but hear me out. Mani/Pedi’s are so great to treat yourself. However, some people, (my roommate and I) take this to an extreme. I get them 2-3 times a month, and I can’t even function if my nails aren’t painted. It’s ridiculous.

  1. Online shopping, yikes.

What is it about a flash sale?!? My budget becomes irrelevant the second I get that “half yearly!” Nordstrom email. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

  1. Raw cookie dough.

Salmonella is a conspiracy theory our moms made up so we’d quit eating cookie dough. That’s what I tell myself anyways.

  1. Yoga pants.

When used for lounging or cardio, these are great! When you live in them like me, not so much! For as much as I work out (literally not at all), it’s amazing how much time I somehow justify spending in work out pants.

So, there are my 10 darkest secrets guilty pleasures. What are yours?! Are any of ours the same? Tell me I’m not alone. Remember, balance is key. Workout Monday-Friday, but give yourself the weekend to recuperate and indulge. Binge watch Teen Mom 2 in your ugliest sweats with a large pizza, you deserve it.

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Quotable + Notable

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By Erica Johnson

Motivational quotes are one of my favorite things…they’re apart of my daily devotions and something I strongly believe a simple quote can give a new perspective on your day. Ask our team at iGoPin, one of my weekly rituals is my “Quote of the Week”. Every Monday morning I’ll send out a quote: some intense, some passionate, some funny, some thought provoking…but it’s a way to frame up the week.

If you come to my office, you’ll even find a book that I’ve kept with great quotes in it since I was in college (that was a few years ago) and it has a plethora of quotes that at different times in my life inspired me.

This week the quote for our team is:

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”  

It’s a great quote to ponder on…how many times has each one of us doubted ourselves? It could be something personally or professionally. I’m a huge believer of having confidence in what you do and this is a prime example where doubt (or lack of confidence) can kill dreams and goals.

Another motto that goes in line with this quote is another iGoPink-ism that we work off of daily: “Point. Fire. Aim.” Meaning: Point=do your research and make the best decision possible. Fire=Try it (vs. sitting around for weeks trying to make it ‘perfect’…just try it.) Aim=Refine it. Take what you learned from ‘trying it’ and make it better.

So next time that you doubt yourself, take a step back, build up the confidence and try it! You’ll be amazed at how far this will get you in life!

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A Prayer to the Cardio Gods

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By Tori Carruth

When I was in high school, I ran on the cross country and track team, spent a few seasons cheerleading, and played soccer all four years. I basically chose every sport that included miles of running as a “warm up”. As a result, after high school I pretty much swore off running as much as I swore off wearing Ugg boots with skirts (not my best look).

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Once I got to college, I realized that my metabolism wasn’t what it once was, and I could no longer eat McDonalds for 2 out of 3 meals a day. After a few years of “working out” (I put quotes around this because, let’s be honest, I went to the Rec Center to gossip), I finally have decided to take up running again. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers; I’m not kidding.

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SO! What makes running fun? So far, literally nothing, except maybe new shoes. If you’re a runner, a casual walker, or you just want to rock your leggings and 5 year old sorority t-shirt on your weekly Target run (no judgement, girl), check out these cute shoes that will at least be fun to look at when you’re already stopping to walk on mile one. Just me?

I got my shoes on sale and can’t seem to find them anywhere now L However, I’ve linked some similar and some other pink shoes that I love! Happy running!

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Satisfying Summer Smoothies

By Erica Johnson

Good morning sunshine! It’s smoothie time. Last week I blogged about my morning routine and other than my fruit and yogurt parfait, one of my favorite ‘go-to’ breakfast (or lunch) meals is a healthy smoothie or shake.

We all know that getting in 5 servings a day of fruits and veggies are what is recommended for ultimate health, but if you’re at all like me, some days I’m SO on the go that it can be hard to be sure I get them all in!

My favorite way when I know a busy day is in store is a healthy summer smoothie. I put everything in them from spinach and kale, to organic fruits, chia seeds and agave nectar.   Everything but the kitchen sink pretty much.

Some quick tips for getting a great smoothie:

  • Keep fruit frozen–the frozen fruit makes that smoothie taste like something naughty but it’s not. It gives it a nice thickness and texture to jump start the day.
  • Buy fruit when it’s on sale–sometimes I will purchase the store pre-frozen fruit, but other wise I’m always on the lookout for fresh fruit in the produce department and will come home, clean it, cut off stems/etc and then place them in baggies in the freezer so I’m ready to go in the AM. It’s a great way to portion control also.
  • Get creative–I LOVE experimenting with my shakes and smoothies. Maybe it’s tropical breeze I’m going for one morning and the next it’s a nutty chocolate banana goodness. Try a bunch of combos to find your staple recipes

Banana Crunch Smoothie Recipe

My Sweet-Tooth Chocolate/Banana Crunch Smoothie

  • 1 Frozen Banana (be sure you take the peel off before you freeze it…take it from me!)
  • 8oz of Chocolate Cashew Milk (Silk is one of my fav’s with only 90 calories per cup)
  • 4-5 Ice Cubes (depending on how thick you like a shake…I like mine extra thick!)
  • 1 tsp of organic crunchy nut butter (Almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter…any work)
  • Dash of Stevia for sweetness (remember, I have a BIG sweet tooth!)
  • 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (optional—being pregnant, I’m needing a full balance of nourishment in all my meals, adding this makes my shake a one stop shop)

Blend all ingredients together for about 30 seconds in a blender until smooth…then pour on up and enjoy!

Summer Nail Colors

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by Tori Carruth

Happy Wednesday! Half way through the week! I always tell Erica how Wednesdays are my least favorite day, isn’t that weird? I actually love Monday because it gives me a fresh start, but despise Wednesday for some reason. To brighten yours, treat yourself to a mani/pedi.

I am super picky about my nails and can’t even function if they’re not done. I don’t often splurge on expensive outfits, but I do visit my nail salon every two weeks religiously. Some girls hands look so nice without polish…I am not one of those girls. Not only am I particular about my nails being done, I’m selective about the color, too. Is anyone sensing a pattern here? I may be a little type A (a lot), but I just know what I like! The iGoPink team always teases me when I come in with a “new” nail color, because I basically only rotate like three colors.

This summer I have made a valiant effort to step out of my shell and choose something other than my traditional white/light pink nail combo. These are a few color combinations I’ve tried and actually liked!

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  1. Pink and White

This is my traditional color combination. Pink on the toes, white on the nails. It just looks so clean!

  1. Baby Blue and Nude/Gray

I love this color combination. It’s very beachy! The blue looks so good on your toes.

  1. Pink and Green

These shades together give me a watermelon vibe. Love it.

  1. Yellow and Indigo

If you’re feeling brave, this yellow and blue look so good on every skin tone. This yellow is a bit muted because I always feel that the neon ones give me a headache to look at, haha!

  1. Dark Purple and Red

If you like a darker nail, I love this hot red and dark purple combination. “Lincoln Park After Dark” looks great on both hands and feet, but I usually prefer it on my toes. It tends to turn up a lot darker than the picture shows, and looks great with heels or sandals!

What are your favorite color combinations? Do you have a signature look like me? Hope your hump day is as happy as these nail colors.

Rise and Grind: My Morning Routine

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By Erica Johnson

Rise and Grind…my morning motto. For the most part I’m a morning person (don’t get me wrong, I’ll have my occasional “it’s nice to sleep in”, but sleeping in is 8am in my books!) However, there’s something about the peaceful quietness of the morning hours when the world is still asleep that is not only productive, but enjoyable.

So what does my morning ritual really consist of? Check it out below:

5:30-6:00am- Rise and Shine. Time to start my day. As soon as my alarm goes off, I’m up (used to be a snooze-button person but like to get up and get moving). First task on my morning is letting my puppy out/feeding her, pouring myself a cup of coffee (decaf currently—hello: prego mama here) and getting my laptop going.

By 6:20am– Have gone through my morning batch of emails (I despise a full inbox), read some of my favorite business briefs and blogs and done a quick check in on social media.

6:30am- Out the door with my puppy for work out time. We typically will do a 45 minute walk in the morning…that’s MY TIME. I pray, go through my to-do list, brainstorm on projects and enjoy the outdoors. Very rarely do we miss our morning walks…when I do, I’m truly not the same productive person.

7:15am- Back home, grab a big bottle of water and hit my weights for a quick round. (Check out my at home work out tips I featured in an earlier blog).

7:40am- Another check on emails to see what has come in and then a quick get ready for work time. My morning shower/make up/hair/getting dressed routine normally takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. Simple, clean and classy is what I strive for.

8:15am- By now I’ve probably gotten side tracked getting ready for work with emails or things I need to respond to/texts/calls coming in on my cell or someone who wanted to chat first thing. Multi-tasking is something I’m luckily good at…and hustling to get things in order.

Last part of my morning routine is breakfast…I used to be the “never eat breakfast” person…but have learned I need that mix of fruit, protein and a little organic grain to get me started. My favorite go-to breakfast is a fruit and yogurt parfait. Normally I prep it the night before (getting the fruit cut up and layered with my organic Greek Yogurt) then will top it with everything from organic granola to chia seeds and nuts. It’s quick, satisfying and sticks with you when you’re busy!

Then I’m off to the office…luckily I live a 12 minute drive from my house to my office door if I hit the lights right, so it’s a quick commute! But there’s my normal Monday-Friday routine in a nutshell. I like consistency so I don’t change off this routine very often and gets my day going. Would love to hear what morning routines you can’t live without! Share in the comments below!

 

 

7 Things I Love About Life

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By Tori Carruth

Please tell me someone got that old school Miley Cyrus reference …

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day little issues we face, especially on Monday. Sometimes, I play the “poor me” game more than I should. I wake up grumpy because it’s too early, I don’t feel like facing the world today, or my hair isn’t cooperating (#petty). Whatever it is, it’s so easy to stay frustrated and let those feelings control you. Sometimes I get in a funk and just feel blah. However, I’ve found that focusing on what I’m truly thankful for instantly brings me out of that and reminds me how lucky I am. Despite the obvious (family, friends, etc.), make a list of little things that brighten your day. Here are 7 small things to be happy about.

  1. Really good coffee
  2. Rainy day naps
  3. Heels that look good, but don’t hurt
  4. Books
  5. Pictures of animals in clothes (check out “bingandwalter” and “tunameltsmyheart” on Instagram for a laugh)
  6. Singing as loud as you want in your car
  7. Belly laughs

What makes you happy? Anyone else love weird dogs in clothes on Instagram? :)

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Summer Workouts

Photo Credit: Jon Gifford, JStacy Photography

Photo Credit: Jon Gifford, JStacy Photography

By Tristan Cablay

The weather is hot.
The outdoors is calling.
Now is the time to mix your workout up!

Summer offers the perfect opportunity to get moving and get outside.

Here are some super easy ideas for summer workouts that can be fun, social, and even provide the opportunity to get some wiggles out (I’m talking stir crazy kids to the 9-5er cooped up behind that desk and anywhere in between).

Here are some super summer workouts the iGoPink crew suggest:

BIKE. Knock your cardio out while getting somewhere. Do you have a few errands to run? Can you bike to a luncheon? Grab those wheels! Bike there instead of drive; you will be glad you did!

  • Try it: Bike by Interval: Mix your pace up. Go from leisurely sitting to a crouched or standing high-intensity ride. Time yourself.

SWIM. It’s hot! In some areas, it’s unbearably hot! If you are planning to cool down by taking a quick dip, there are several fantastic exercises that use water resistance to tone and build muscle. Swimming and pool exercises are fantastic because they offer a low-impact total body workout.

  • Try it: Pool Leg Exercises: Try standing in the pool and kicking your leg forward, to the side, and then to the back. Knockout several reps on each side.

WALK. RUN. JOG. HIKE. (WINDOW SHOP.) Whatever you like to call it… Get moving. Strap on those athletic shoes and log 10,000 steps! It’s the perfect time of the year to start a new fitness routine! Excuses stop today; notice we added window shop… take advantage of an air-conditioned mall if the heat is your deterrent!

  • Try it: The Move It Challenge. Give us 10,000 steps for 21 days, and we will give you a healthy habit!