Greek Festival of Dallas

Some days, you just need to throw your macros out the window and live a little!  And that we did, last Saturday at the 60th (yup, 60th!) annual Greek Festival of Dallas.  The festival supports ministries, community outreach, and youth programs at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and celebrates all things Greek.  Opa!

The festival runs for three days, packed with music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, shopping, and food.  So.  Much.  Food.  

`I fell in love with their gyros (so much so that we took one home to snack on later), and the Aegean Breeze will be recreated at home again soon.  

The infamous Aegean Breeze (Greek red wine + Fresca, with a lime)

The infamous Aegean Breeze (Greek red wine + Fresca, with a lime)

See, some healthy options did exist!  

See, some healthy options did exist!  

The Mister's favorite?  Ice cream topped with baklava.

The Mister's favorite?  Ice cream topped with baklava.

Trinkets in the Agora Marketplace

Trinkets in the Agora Marketplace

Local artisans selling Texas honey

Local artisans selling Texas honey

We've already marked our calendar to check back next September for tickets to the 2017 event.  Who's in?

Nearly FREE Athletic Equipment

Yup, you heard me right.  Free - or almost free - athletic equipment.  And beauty items.  And kitchen goods.  And you don't have to be a blogger or answer 3,000 questions to get it.  

A few months back, Ginger of the Ginger Marie Blog posted about how to get free stuff online.  One of the sites she mentioned was Review Kick, where you can sign up to "purchase" free or heavily discounted items in exchange for unbiased reviews on Amazon.  They have some crazy items on the site - and some great finds if you're looking to add some gear to your gym bag, need equipment to carry with you when you travel, or are looking to expand your home gym. 

GYM EQUIPMENT

Search using keywords like "weight", "pull-ups", "gym", and "crossfit".  We received wrist straps and pull-up grips for free, ordered an exercise ball for $1, paid $5 for knee sleeves that I use when doing heavy squats, bought gymnastics rings to hang in our garage for $10 (usually $50+!), and saved $20 on this heavy-duty dip belt.  

And, don't overlook the value of foam rollers and massage balls for post-workout.  They're equipment most people don't invest in, but are oh so important.  There are lots of options on Review Kick for just a few dollars.  All you have to do is post a review!

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT

Review Kick has lots of jump ropes (I have one just like this one, which is on RK for $4) and travel resistance band kits (I paid $35 for one just like this, on RK for $7.50), with which you can get in a decent workout even at the worst of hotel gyms.  

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Some other Review Kick deals I've swooped up recently include:

First Aid kits, and additional items to add to them - $3, normally $25.  You couldn't buy the bandaids in this kit for that price!
KT Tape, which I use to improve my grip at the gym - $3, normally $18
Sunless self tanner with DHA, just like they use in airbrush studios - FREE, normally $25
A flexible mount for my GoPro, which we use to film lifts at home - FREE, normally $17

To qualify for Review Kick, you do need to prove some history of writing useful reviews on Amazon.  Log into your Amazon account, then navigate to My Account / Personalization / Your Public Profile.  Click the "see more" drop down to find out how many "votes" you have (which means someone else found your review helpful) and your ranking.  You don't need a lot of votes - or even a lot of reviews - to quality.  If you don't have many, no worries.  Go to your recent orders and start reviewing!  Consider adding a few photos of the items to increase your review's relevance, which will get you more votes.  

Have you made any great Review Kick finds lately?  Share below in the comments!

NOTE: This post is in no way sponsored by, or affiliated with, Review Kick.  I just like using the site!

Fit Girl Fall Fashion

I love this time of year - the cool mornings remind you that fall is just around the corner, there's pumpkin spice everything (#basic), and I can finally pull all those comfy sweaters out of storage.  Unfortunately, it's also been a stark realization of how my body has changed in the last year.  All of a sudden, my favorite jeans won't go over my quads and the cute blazer I lived in last year is a little too snug in the shoulders. I love the muscle I've put on over the last two years, but goodness is it hard to find clothes that fit right!

Enter prAna's lifestyle line, which just might save me this year.  When a company that specializes in yoga pants advertises jeans, I set my expectations high - and they've managed to exceed them.  The Kara jeans are the perfect mix of stretch and style, with more than 10 colors and prints to choose from.  I came close to picking this gorgeous shade of deep red, but landed on olive green for the versatility.  These are made with the fit girl in mind.  They easily fit my quads and still dart in at the waist so you don't have to wear a belt.  Ignore the sizing recommendations on their website - they run true to size. 

prAna also seems to have mastered the fit-girl-wool-sweater.  The Lucia sweater is roomy enough to fit my shoulders and not limit movement, and features asymmetrical details that keep it from looking boxy.  Even though it's wool, the sweater has a great brushed-poly lining to keep it from being itchy.  Seriously.  I could live in this sweater.  (By the way, while I often wear an XS to avoid the boxy look, I opted for a small in this sweater so I could layer it.)  Grab your own for 15% off until September 30th with code PFS16FGF.

C'mon cooler weather.  I'm ready for ya.

 

NOTE: prAna provided the items reviewed in this post.  This post contains. affiliate links.  

Simple Chicken Salad

Y'all, I've been getting really lazy with my meal prep game the last couple of weeks.  Work travel 2-4 days a week has been wearing on me, and it's easier to just go for a couple of chicken sausages and some frozen sides than make anything from scratch.  When I just can't do frozen food anymore, I've been looking to this chicken salad base, to which you can add just about any mix-in to come up with fresh flavors.

THE BASE

  • 2 cups chopped chicken (I use rotisserie chicken, canned chicken, or chicken boiled in chicken stock)
  • 1/2 cup plain, lowfat greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (let soak for 5 min in ice water to take away the bite)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or slivered almonds
  • 1 T lemon juice (or granulated True Lemon)
  • Black pepper to taste

OPTIONAL MIX-INS

New England Chicken Salad:
Add 1/2 cup diced grapes and 1/2 cup diced apples

Thanksgiving Salad:
Swap chicken for leftover turkey.  Add 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 T paprika

Thai Chicken Salad:
Swap pecans for chopped peanuts and True Lime for lemon.  Add 2T PB2 + water and 1/2 cup shredded carrots.  Optional:  eat over cabbage slaw.

Buffalo Chicken Salad:
Skip lemon and pecan.  Add in 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot + 1/4 ranch seasoning packet + 1/2 cup chopped carrots.  

How do you mix up your chicken salad?