ALL The Flavors

If you’ve been reading my blog over the past year and a half then you’ve seen a LOT of Blue Diamond Almond flavors come and go through here. What you don’t see is that I buy these ALL THE TIME. Like all the time. They’re addicting! Since I’ve tried most every flavor, I wanted to share my favorites with you all so you know what to grab when you hit the store (unless you want to be adventurous and try something new!).

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Blueberry: Although blueberry and strawberry can be good when you’re really in a fruity craving (or these would be awesome in a mix) this pic was will for the coconut :)

Toasted Coconut: Delicious! A favorite of my friend, Sarah, the toasted coconut has just a hint of flavor and always a crunchy roast.

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Bold Honey Dijon & Honey Roasted Cinnamon: Okay, really, how can you go wrong with honey? The cinnamon was so sweet, and the honey dijon was definitely bold, but in a good way. Haha and it kept me from scarfing down too many at once… (you know you do it!)

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More of the honey line! Also loved Honey Roasted Vanilla and Honey Roasted Chipotle, but not quite as flavorful as the two above. For those with subtler tastes.

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Salt N’ Vinegar: Need I say more? HUGE FAN. Simple taste – don’t fix what ain’t broke.

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Sea Salt Dark Chocolate: omg. No but really: omg. These two were good on their own but the whole combining them idea was pure genius. Great mix – salty and sweet! I also liked that these weren’t as messy as some of the honey flavors.

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Sriracha: NEW FLAVOR ALERT! I’m not going to lie: I was scared before I tasted these. I love sriracha but just a teeeeeeny bit is more than enough spice for my taste buds. I had a glass of water at hand when I tested these out just in case.

For those of you who are not big spicy fans – don’t be worried! It was just the amount of Sriracha flavor without so much kick that you’re reaching for a glass of milk. I also love that it’s such a simple flavor idea, but I never would have thought of this myself!

I already spotted these at a downtown Chicago Walgreens, so go out and find them!! They were a big hit at my small group’s pot-luck book club!

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If you could invent any almond flavor, what would you make?

Which of these flavors sounds best to you? 

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions are my own.

Thursday Thoughts

1. Well hello there! This past weekend I drove down to Peoria with Anna (my coach sponsor/friend/redhead twin) to share Shakeo and to run the Steamboat Classic! And guess what? I RAN IT! Haha, after 7 months without running (minus a random 1.5 miler in there) I actually ran all 4 miles in 37 minutes! I guess those at home workouts are good for something 😉

 

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2. While at Anna’s house we looked through a magazine that is very similar to SkyMall, however this one item caught our eye. It wasn’t the fact that it exists (because I would totally find this entertaining) but it’s the description. It is flawless. Amazing. Serious kudos to their copywriter.

My favorite sentence: “Flies caught within the spread pattern are bludgeoned into an inert yet intact state without the unsightly splatter resulting from the use of primitive swatting cudgels.”

 

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3. Just an FYI I’m running a 21 Day Fix group in July (it’s on sale this month) so if you’re interested leave a comment or shoot me a message!

4. Omg, how fantastic is this? I could have used these floatings during float trips back in college! Okay, so I went on one float trip… but still, this is genius! Haha and adorable.

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5. I’m pretty sure that Molly thinks Colorado is heaven. Pure heaven. I will be there in one week!!!

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6. I have ZERO PLANS this weekend! Okay except laundry, cleaning, pulling my life back together after a busy week, lots of writing for all these ideas in my head that I never have time to put to paper…

7. This made me laugh. And it’s so true. Unless you’re me and you drink crazy amounts of water all day…

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8. Have a great Thursday! (I’m totally the flamingo)

What is your favorite state? (I think we know Molly’s…)

Have you ever bought something from SkyMall? What would you get if you could? 

 

 

How I Make Facebook Covers

I recently created a “Page” on Facebook for anyone that wanted to follow my health & fitness coaching business: Katie Wheeler. I post quotes, articles and information on what I’m doing almost everyday just to be more accessible and transparent.

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I change the cover image for the group based on what I have going on that month so people can easily see what challenge group I’m promoting and learn more if they want to. Today I thought I’d show you all how I put together these covers in case you ever wanted to create something similar.

Step 1: Collect your images! I choose 3-4 images that fit in with what my group is about. Or if you want tho show off your recent vacation, pick some of your favorites! For the text I actually create that image in PicMonkey.

First I choose “Design” then I pick whatever shape works best for my text.

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Then I click “Text” on the lefthand side; enter in the text, choose fonts, size and color; and then add more text based on whatever I want to put on the image.

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Step 2: Now that I have all my images together and ready, I open PicMonkey again and choose “Collage” then choose “Computer” to pick out my images for the collage.

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Once I’m ready to create my collage, I go to the size options and choose “FB Cover.”

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Then I drag and drop my images into the spaces. You can adjust the boarders around the images by clicking on the paint palette board. You can also adjust the size of each image space by clicking in between and adjusting:

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AND you can add in more images where you want by dragging them. Just look for the blue space that shows up as you drag the image over where you want it and drop! That’s what I did with the text below:

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And then you’re done! Tada!

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You can use these images on Facebook, or use the collage feature for any other type of collage you make. I love throwing it back to High School and making birthday collages to send through email, or post on instagram :).

 

Have you ever used PicMonkey?

Is there anything you’d like to learn how to do? 

Over Your Oats #32

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Life

Dating & Relationships: There’s Only a Plan A

This Is What It Looks Like When Men Are Allowed To Take 480 Days of Parental Leave

Four Cures for Feeling Overwhelmed

On Losing The All Or Nothing Mentality

Health

7 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

Sleeping In vs Working Out

Three Tips to Fight Sugar Cravings

Why Some People Get Fitter Than Others

37 Ways to Improve Your Running

I Tried To Run Away From My Eating Disorder

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Reading a Food Label

Raspberry Coconut Newtons

The Post Workout Window

Fun

How Did God Make You?

The Try Guys Try Pregnancy Bellies

Thursday Thoughts

1. This is how my brain works. My small group leader asked us to pick a “theme” for a get together we’re doing, for example: relationships, pain and suffering, or prayer. Here was my response:

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2. Guess what! I am running a 4 mile race this weekend!!! I know, I haven’t mentioned training at all. That’s because I’ve run 1.5 miles since… November? Hmm. This will be fun.

3. Monday night I was supposed to make pizza and eat it on Julie’s roof with her and her little brother who is visiting! But then there were tornadoes and pouring rain… so that didn’t happen. I did, however, get soaked to the bone.

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4. We made up for it on Tuesday with a walk around Chicago and lunch at a fancy outdoor cafe…

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5. You may have heard of the 21 Day Fix (I wrote about it here and here) but it is on SALE this month (epic – seriously) and I’m thinking of doing at 21 Day Fix group in July where everyone does the program together. Thoughts? Would anyone be interested?

6. I’m not a hockey fan so I wasn’t into the Stanley Cup this year, BUT I did enjoy getting a free iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts after they won :) Go Blackhawks!

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7. Anyone else watching Orange Is The New Black? I basically stopped watching TV for months and then this comes back and I’m hooked! Good thing I’m almost through the season so I can go back to reading… haha.

8. Have a great Thursday!

Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere.

 

What is the weirdest themed party you’ve been to or heard of?

Where’s the weirdest place you’ve eaten a meal?