Tart Cherry Juice 14-Day Sleep Challenge Recap + Giveaway

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Hey Everyone!!

I want to share my experience with the Tart Cherry Juice Challenge. Before the challenge, I was not really a fan of Tart Cherry Juice. Cranberry and orange juice were favorite juices to drink! Since I have been drinking the tart cherry juice for the past two weeks I can now say that it is on my list of favorite juices. It helped me sleep through the night longer and I woke up feeling more refreshed than prior to drinking the juice.

The FitBit came in handy by keeping track of my different sleep patterns. According to the FitBit, I slept approximately six hours and 45 minutes each night. I would wake up in the middle of the night occasionally for roughly four minutes and then it would take me about 10 minutes to fall back asleep. Overall, I would say that my experience drinking the tart cherry juice and using the FitBit was great. It improved my sleep and I was able to view my sleep pattern, which was a plus.

Here is a great recipe to use that includes the tart cherries.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Protein Bites

Summary

Total Time: 35 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 dozen
Level: Beginner

Ingredients

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup dried tart cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (A small cookie dough scoop works perfectly!)

Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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Moving on to the really exciting part. As I stated in my previous blog post, one lucky reader will get the opportunity to win a giveaway worth $550, which includes:

  • FitBit Flex in Red ($100)
  • SpaFinder.com Gift Card ($100)
  • Pottery Barn Cozy Cable Knit Throw ($130)
  • Natural Wake & Sleep System ($80)
  • Restoration Hardware Hydro-Cotton Bathrobe ($80)
  • A selection of tart cherry juice, tart cherry juice concentrate, and dried tart cherries

Please fill out the questions on the Rafflecopter below to be eligible for the Giveaway! All entries much be in by November 30th. Good Luck!! The winner will be contacted via email.

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 Have a great Friday!

With Love,

Ashley

Disclosure: I am participating in sponsored post series where I have been compensated with the tart cherry product and a FitBit to facilitate my participation in the sleep challenge. Payment will be provided for this post series. 

Tart Cherry Juice 14-Day Sleep Challenge

Hey Everyone!!

I was recently asked by the One2One Network to participate in the Tart Cherry Juice 14-Day Sleep Challenge. It is centered around the end of Daylight Saving Time and the beginning of Standard Time, which started today! We all know that adjusting to a new time pattern may not come easy to all but by drinking Tart Cherry Juice could help promote better sleep.

With information provided on ChooseCherries.com this is what I learned about Tart Cherry Juice and sleep:

  • Research shows that tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle
  • Adults who drink two servings of tart cherry juice each day for seven days slept about 40 minutes longer than on average and had up to 6 percent increase in sleep efficiency
  • Drinking tart juice twice a day for two weeks helped increase sleep time by nearly 90 minutes among older adults with insomnia.

Tart Cherry Juice 14-Day Sleep Challenge

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I am up for the challenge and will be drinking two cups of tart cherry juice daily while tracking my sleep with my lovely FitBit!

In a few weeks I will be hosting a giveaway that includes the following:

  • FitBit Flex in Red ($100)
  • SpaFinder.com Gift Card ($100)
  • Pottery Barn Cozy Cable Knit Throw ($130)
  • Natural Wake & Sleep System ($80)
  • Restoration Hardware Hydro-Cotton Bathrobe ($80)
  • A selection of tart cherry juice, tart cherry juice concentrate, and dried tart cherries.

So check back in a few weeks to find out how my challenge went as well as how you can enter to win the Tart Cherries giveaway!

Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by!

With Love,

Ashley

Disclosure: I am participating in sponsored post series where I have been compensated with the tart cherry product and a FitBit to facilitate my participation in the sleep challenge. Payment will be provided for this post series. 

Wellness Wednesday: Nike FuelBand

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!

Today I would like to share with you all my favorite accessory to wear each and everyday which is my Nike FuelBand! I first learned about it earlier this year when two of my friends told me how it motivates them to stay active throughout the day, set daily goals, and motivates them to live a healthier lifestyle. I received my FuelBand as a gift from my lovely parents which was back in April and since then, I may have only left home without it a couple of times.

Some of my friends ask me “What is that black bracelet?”, “What does it do?”, “Do you wear it everyday?”, etc. So I just wanted to go more in depth and show you what the FuelBand actually does.

Daily Goal

My daily goal is 2300 which is perfect for me because if I do not get a chance to run or workout I will still be able to reach my goal. I do feel as though I am capable of increasing it to 2500 but right now 2300 works for me!Nike Fuel To DateSince April I have accumulated 413, 718 Fuel Points!

Daily Nike FuelThere is a neat app for those who own FuelBand’s and each day it will break down how many calories, steps, hours won, and of course your fuel points.

The short video shows how the FuelBand operates + My stats from yesterday↓

By walking, running, and one hour of step aerobics class, I was able to exceed my goal of 2300. If you are interested in purchasing a FuelBand check Amazon.com, a local Apple and Nike Factory Store.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post and I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

With Love,

Ashley

SOREL Boots

 

Hello Everyone!!

I hope all is well. Today I would like to tell you all about a great brand called SOREL. I was given the opportunity to choose a pair of boots from the website and share my thoughts about my new boots. SOREL boots are bold, modern, comfortable, waterproof, and original. My particular boots can be worn different ways, which is pretty neat!

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Would you like to own your own SOREL Boots? Share your back to campus look with #SORELstyleContest on Instagram or Twitter and you could win a trip to New York for teenVOGUE’s Fashion University, or one of ten $250 shopping sprees and SOREL boots!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by SOREL through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about SOREL, all opinions are my own.

Drop Waist in the Work Place

drop waist in the work placeGood Morning Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good! So many of you are already aware that I am no longer a teacher and I am now pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership. I am currently a Graduate Assistant for Event Planning in the Student Union at FAU. I absolutely love my job and all that it entails. The staff is amazing and it is never a dull moment within the Union. Since I am working in a more professional setting, I had to upgrade my work wardrobe. Getting dressed for work each day is a joy and I love being creative with some of my work pieces. If you follow me on Instagram then you have seen a few work outfits that I have posted.

This dress is one of my favorites thus far. I love drop waist dresses and skirts and the fact that it is appropriate to wear to work is a plus! I purchased this dress a few months back at Kohls and fell in love with it as soon as I put it on. I hope you all will enjoy today’s post!

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Drop Waist in the Work place 5Dress: Kohls//Shoes: Zara//Purse: Michael Kors (On Sale)//Pearls: Claires//Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Drop Waist in the Work Place 2Thanks for stopping by and have a magnificent Monday!

With Love,

Ashley

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