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I love new Healthy Foodie Items. I search them out, and I always score big at Trader Joe’s.

223I love coconut, but this bag of crunchy coconut takes it to a new level. It is sweet and so satisfying. It is almost impossible to share this snack.

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Goat Cheese Medallions! Wow perfect for my mid day get me to lunch snack. Yep, I eat it right out of the package I love goat cheese so much.

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My new favorite go to freezer snack/small meal. SO good but definitely not enough to make a full meal. Can you see my slight obsession for cheese!

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Goat cheese. Yes, please. Told Ya.

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Dip or Dunk? Trick question: It’s both.

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Stocked up on some new Teavana Tea.

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There is a tea infuser attached to the insulated tumbler, it just twists off and your on you way with a Tea break when ever you need it.

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I am beyond in love with his tumbler. So cute and I love the orange color, plus its insulated which is perfect for afternoon tea at work. This mug keeps it warm for 6 hours.

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My Best Friend Jody sent me these Rachael Ray cook wear pieces for my birthday this past February.

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Ordered this incredible snack Greenola. Wow. This stuff is amazing, and it has my favorite ingredient Kale! I love Kale.

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I found this on Open Sky and I am so glad I did. It has become my favorite go to snack. It is sold in 5 ounce packages and sold as a 3 pack so you have plenty on hand.

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I am also super excited about my Tieks. I had a $50.00 coupon from a KLUTCHclub box I received last May. I have been waiting for a sale to combine with my coupon ever since, and I finally found a pair for the right price.

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I went with the Navy Blue pair. So cute and comfortable.

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Stocked up on my favorite GoPicnic boxes at Target. They were having huge sale.

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I really love these boxes. They come in handy when I travel or for long car rides.

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Finally going to try the Apple Cider Vinegar morning cocktail. I am a regular reader of Laura from Sprint2thetable and she starts her day with a morning cocktail and I really think I can benefit from starting this healthy routine.

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Found this bottle of hotness at Target! Loving it.

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Got these goodies at Whole Foods.

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I also received the latest Bestowed Box to review and they certainly out did themselves this month! Check out this Haul.

Bestowed  has offered me a coupon code for any reader interested in ordering a box. Use the coupon code HELLOYUM34  to get your first box for $10 (normally $19.00) Coupon Code is good until 6/15/14. 

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  – delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

 Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

Her fresh and inspiring approach to diet has landed her prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine.

She is the author of two top-selling books; The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and US News & World Report where she covers the latest trends in diet, health and nutrition.

In addition to Bestowed, she is also the founder of Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training), a diet and weight loss counseling center where thousands of people have learned how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

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Previous Bestowed Box Reviews here, here and here.

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When I travel  I love to pack my bag. I know most people dislike it, but I love the challenge of packing as light as possible. I love to carry on my bag and make my trip about the destination and not the hassles. I have it down to an art. Here is how I roll.

393Snacks are a must! So is a good hat and fun jewelry. I love my gopicnic boxes when I travel. 

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I also use small all in one compacts and make-up samples.

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I also always back Hot and Ice patches..Sitting to long on a flight always hurts my back so I always pack a few. Tunes and entertainment are a must. I love passing the time doing crosswords.

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Then I have to pack my Special stuff. Lysol, Emergen-C, my Gin-Gins ginger throat drops, alcohol wipes and any other go to item I usually travel with.

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I always pack sinus meds in small bags to save space. I also always pack tons of facial sample size moisturizer packets, my skin gets so dry when I travel.

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My Ultimate favorite items to pack are Shampoo/Conditioner bars from Lush and my bar beleza swivel stick which is a moisturizer and a makeup removal solid. TSA does not care about solid bars so I can carry them on and not have to buy hair care at my destination!

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Just a few of my favorite packing tips!

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So now for the Blend Retreat Part #2.

The hike was my favorite activity. I looked forward to doing it from the moment I signed up for the Retreat. This hike was legit, it very challenging and the terrain was rocky. Then add the altitude and the elevation and there you have the 4 mile Flat Irons Hike.

My heart was pounding out of chest within the first few minutes of the hike, I was feeling really out of breath from the altitude, so I adjusted my pace so I could enjoy the hike and the scenery. But you really had to keep your eyes on the path, it was a very rocky path once you got off the main trail leading up the hill.

Stopping to take a picture with Katie was a great way for me to catch my breath.

It was so cool to see the line of bloggers making their way up the mountain.

Felt like I was on a stair stepper for most of the hike. There were portions of the hike that these short little legs had to really stretch out and up to get up on a rock, but that was the best part of the hike, I love a challenge.

The trail winded up and around and sometimes seemed to get quite narrow.

Again, stopping to take pictures helps one catch their breath.

Along the way we were greeted by this little hiker, Bella. She was so cute, and seemed to hike effortlessly.

On the hike I found myself with different groups of bloggers/hikers along the way. Kim and Meghan were great company.

At the Sentinel Pass I found Tiffany, and from there we hiked the entire way back down the hill together.

The landscape is so amazing in Boulder, it’s picture perfect. I swear it was like looking at a postcard.

Loved all the boulders in Boulder. I love rocks, I love taking pictures of rocks, clearly.

Post hike protein shakes provided by Core Power. I needed fuel after that hike and the vanilla shake hit the spot, it was very taste. It was real milk protein designed for post workout recovery. Recovery is just what I needed.

After the hike we cleaned up and headed out to lunch. We went to lunch at the Mountain Sun Brewery and Restaurant.

Mountain Sun had so many beers to choose from, and I was not sure what to order so I was given a sample, but unfortunately another side effect from the high altitude is alcohol can go straight to your head, and after just the sample glass I realized alcohol was not a good idea for me, so I went back to water. I think I drank gallons of water over the week-end. The shuttle bus driver told me it was a great way to help ease altitude sickness when I first arrived in Boulder, so I took his advice and chugged. I was bummed out that I could not sample a few different beer flavors, I love me a nice cold beer.

Beers, beers and more beers, I did not get to drink.

Lunch was a blackened shrimp and blue cheese wrap with a side salad, it was so good. After lunch I headed back to my cottage and took a nap, I was tired.

When I woke up I wanted a snack so I looked in my swag band and found some popchips. Can I just say this, I am in love with popchips, they have so much flavor. They are all natural popped snacks. I had several different flavors at the retreat, but I think the Jalapeno and the chili lime are my absolute favorites. Spicy, tangy and crispy. Perfection. I love it when I find a really good healthy snack.

Zesty also comes to mind.

Most of the girls went back out for dinner and drinks later in the evening, but I stayed back and relaxed on the back porch and had some more snacks from my swag bag. I called my husband and took a long hot shower. I went to bed early in anticipation of the Boot Camp that we were having bright and early on Sunday morning.

Putting my feet up is all I wanted to do.

Sunday morning Boot Camp was led by Tiffany at Chobani Fit, she kicked our butt’s, plus it’s 7am and it’s cold.

She was very good at motivating us, she really got my pumped up and ready for a great workout.

No excuses here, these girls are tuff and a little cold and an early start time can not stop them.

Learned a new stretch called the Pigeon Pose. Where have I been, this stretch was perfect for my tight hips.

After the workout we all headed to breakfast which was sponsored by Chobani. I had the pineapple yogurt with some simply oats Love Grown granola. Talk about a perfect combination.

Then came the Closing Ceremony and Raffle. Which made me super sad because I knew that this was our last activity and that we would all be going home soon.

I was super excited when I won the Nature Box Raffle. This entitles me to one month’s worth of healthy snacks. So looking forward to getting this package in the mail.

After the raffle took place, all the ladies went outside and we took our group photo. Photo taken from Ashley at Edible Perspective.

After the photo it was time to checkout of our cottage.

A bunch of us meet outside the main lodge and waited for our taxi’s and shuttle bus.

Last minute hugs and goodbyes were everywhere.

I made my way to the airport and had my gopicnic in the laptop/cell phone charging station area.

This lunchbox has all my favorites.

Hummus and crackers always make me happy.

I am really looking forward to Blend 2013. Our hosts were amazing, the swag was stellar and company was outstanding.

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