MyOatmeal customized oatmeal review

That Instagram gets the best of me. 
I see something once and I’m like, “that looks interesting”
Then it pops up again and I’m like, “twice I’ve seen that, is this a sign from the universe?”
Third time ? “omg, Ineedthisrightnow….” 
It happens with lots of things.  Restaurants my friends (internet and real life) are eating at, elements of an outfit, combinations of food people are whipping up in their kitchen, and new brand and products. 
MyOatmeal was one of those things. I saw it a handful of times on my feed, and soon enough I was over on their site putting together my own custom blend. Instagram 1, Sierra 0. 
The concept is simple: Customize your oatmeal with flavors, fruits, nuts, seeds, protein, spices, and sweeteners. MyOatmeal makes it happen. 
For my first order, I made two custom oatmeal blends and one custom PB Lean (powdered peanut butter). I didn’t realize they made custom PB Lean, but when I saw it on the site, I clearly had to partake in the mixing magic. 
Soon enough they were at my doorstep. 

Not only do you get the custom mix, but they also do you the favor of calculating the nutritionals for you as well. You can see the nutritional facts as you put together your mix online and they put the custom label right on the bag. This is perfect if you are tracking your calories and/or macros.

In case you wanted to see what I ordered, I’ve shared my custom blends. The brown sugar donut was awesome. I don’t love Splenda, but I went with it. They also offer monk fruit as a low calorie option, but I was nervous to try something new, so I went with Splenda. I hope they get stevia (are you listening MyOatmeal?).

My PB combo was simply light roasted peanut flour with graham cracker crust and cookie dough flavors. So. freaking. delicious. I love adding a bit of this to a vanilla protein shake or mixing it with plain 0% Fage for a snack.

I also put together a heartier mix with Smash Blend Oatmeal that contain oats, rye, barley, and flax and added whey protein and cake batter and vanilla frosting flavors. To be honest, I don’t love the texture of this one. I also think I got a little carried away and added too much. I still enjoy it, but I don’t think I would order it again.

I usually have the gluten free oatmeal in the blue bag from Trader Joe’s, but I’ve enjoyed having these fun mixes. I also think these are fantastic for traveling. All you would need to do is use a base of quick cooking oats and then add hot water. I often bring a bag of oatmeal to the airport since it is easy to get a cup of hot water from a coffee shop or on a flight.

Want to see what I look like when I inspect my oats? You’re welcome…

Obligatory oatmeal picture. The brown sugar donut oatmeal with a glob of Justin’s crunchy almond butter makes a pretty solid breakfast. 
This isn’t a sponsored post, I just really enjoyed the experience and wanted to share it. I love food and I love this concept. 
What’s your favorite oatmeal mix-in or flavor? 

Has Instagram peer pressured you into buying something? what? 

Athleta Oak St. & Weekend #OOTD

Well, life happened and I missed it because I was on a flight home from Denver for work. I hope everyone that went had fun! 
If you follow me on Instagram (love me some Insta!), you have already seen this, but Athleta was kind enough to send me some duds from their new collection. 
Fastest Track Tank/Floral Geo Solar Capris/ Sentry Hoodie Sweatshirt
True Life: I didn’t want to post these pictures because my armpit looks fat. Then I realized to keep it real and carry on living my life.
I was also pretty nervous about the graphic print on the capris. I typically go with a solid dark for my workout bottoms, so this was a big step outside my comfort zone. So far, so good. There is a zipper pocket in the back and it fits my iphone, so in my mind these capris get a thumbs up! 
The hoodie is a great cozy weekend item. I do find the sleeves to be a little tight around the wrists (maybe I have fat armpits AND fat wrists), but I love the stretchy fabric and the slouchy hood. We grabbed donuts and went to our new house on Saturday and I had an extra cozy outfit that featured my new hoodie. 
Jacket, Barbour. Sentry Hoodie Sweatshirt, Roger Federer Hat, Nike. Black capris, Lululemon.  Sunglasses, Prado. Iphone case, Pretty Smitten (Etsy)

On Sunday, I had a late morning workout and was too lazy to shower, so I wore my workout duds for my weekend errands. 

I was dying to see the new store, so I ventured up Michigan until I hit Oak Street and looked for the new Athleta store. In my mind, I thought it was near Tory Burch, but it is in the old Juicy Couture space, near Blow by Blow.

The store is in a beautiful building and covers two floors. The lifestyle and the yoga clothing are upstairs and everything else in on the ground floor. How cute are the Floral Geo Solar capris in purple and blue (top right)?

I was really impressed with the variety of clothes. There seemed to be a lot more items in the store than what I saw online and I really liked their lifestyle clothing. I really wanted this Tech Hoodie but couldn’t justify another grey sweatshirt, so I ended up purchasing this black tank with mesh that I thought would look cute with a bright sports bra. 
They are also offering community events at the store! February’s studio of the month is Exhale, so I highly encourage you to check it out. 

Keep up to date on all the happenings of Athleta Oak St. by following them on Twitter (@Athleta_OakSt) or stopping by at checking out the calendar.

Favorite piece of clothing to lounge in on the weekends? I have a lakers tee that is ridiculously soft and cozy. I also really like wearing smartwool socks around the house instead of slippers.

Random question: do you put your workout clothes in the dryer? I’ve started to make the change and let them air dry in my guest bathroom. Do you think it it worth the extra time? 

Boots with the fur

Did you go Yogurtland’s FREE froyo day on Monday?
I did. It actually ended up being dinner. Mine was a mix of Birthday cupcake and York peppermint pattie with a cookie trio. 
Not the most nutritionally round meal, but it was just what I needed. I had worked from home, I didn’t get a shower until 1pm (post 9am Flywheel- I’m disgusting), and I needed to get out of the house. I asked my husband is he was up for a froyo date and we bundled up and headed out. 
In case you don’t watch the news, Chicago is getting its fair share of snow at the moment. 

I got new boots to drudge around it. Apparently I wanted the world’s rarest boots because it took me forever to track down my size. 
They are extremely comfortable, but run small. I am rocking size 10 (!) and they fit perfectly. 
We didn’t mess around this winter. We also got a boot tray and a coat tree to house the winter paraphernalia. We also preempted the inevitable Get me out of this place I need sun feeling and booked a New Orleans trip for the end of the month. The end of January and February are pretty crazy for me work wise, and having NOLA as a light at the end of the tunnel is keeping me chugging along. 
I haven’t been to New Orleans since I was in high school and my husband has never been, so I need all the recommendations. We’ve only booked the flights, so we need hotel, restaurant, tours, and activities. Ready, Set, Go! 

January POPSUGAR Must Have + my Vitacost order

Continuing with my belated posts.
Let’s take a look at January’s POPSUGAR MustHave box. The website is now revealing the boxes on their website and the contents of each box is displayed all nice and neat. I like it. 
January’s Box. Via the POPSUGAR site 
This pretty much makes my photos pretty useless. Unless you want a behind the scenes look at my house on any given Sunday. Do you spot the lounging husband and football? It’s my life… 

Anyways, back to the box. It gets my stamp of approval. My favorite item was the Manduka yoga towel. I have a yogitoes towel that I bought last year after hearing Jen rave about them. The towel has been transformational for my yoga practice. The grip makes me feel grounded and makes any practice slip free, regardless of your sweat situation.  This mini absorbent towel (I guess the official title is hand towel) is a great size to bring to any fitness class. I have a pack of classes at Core Power and this is an additional motivator to get my butt over there. I also bought a strap for my yoga mat for easy carrying. Apparently I need all the yoga accessories to put pressure on myself to go. I love it once I get there, but it is the one workout I really have to psych myself up to get to.

The other standouts were the glass coffee cup and the adorable slouchy beanie. Both have been making an appearance in my morning commute to work. I love that the coffee cup is a normal size. I love coffee as much as the next, but it is amazing how sizes in America have gotten out of control. Every time I go abroad, I am reminded how ridiculous a large sized coffee looks.

Another frequent arrival in our household? Vitacost orders. I buy the majority of my fresh groceries from Marianos, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods, but for my specialty items, I typically do a Vitacost order every 4-6 weeks. It is convenient to have things shipped to my door since we don’t have a car and I often find the prices to be very competitive. My orders vary a lot, but I thought I would share since I like to sneak a peak at other’s baskets.

Raw coconut butter- basically the most delicious thing ever. I make a very lazy weeknight dinner with frozen veggies sauteed in coconut oil, coconut aminos, and garlic and put a scoop of coconut butter and sriracha over the top. Weirdly delicious.

Wild Planet Tuna and Salmon- trying something new! I read about this brand on a Paleo blog and am giving it a try. Both are great sources of protein for weeks I don’t get the grocery store and do lunch prep.

Miracle Rice- I have been playing around with this recipe and making some variations. I also like to mix this with Indian lentils for a filling meal without a ton of calories. The texture is ‘unique’ and it smells a little funky- don’t say I didn’t warn you. I can find Shirataki noodles at most stores in the tofu section, but this rice is more difficult to find, so I order it.

Throat Coat tea- My mom always had this in the cupboard and I crave it whenever I get a tickle in my throat. It is sweet and soothing and I get really nervous when I don’t have a stockpile. I recommend the entire line of Traditional Medicinals teas- they have specific formulas from herbalist and the taste is spot on.

Vanilla Extract- I had the fancy one from William Sonoma, but when it ran out I wanted to replace it with something organic.

Cherryvale Farms Cornbread Mix- This brand was started by my childhood neighbor and I’m thrilled to see her brand take off. We actually lived on Cherryvale Avenue, so this has a special nostalgia for me. Check out her stuff and support an amazing local business.

Want to give Vitacost a whirl? Take $10 off any purchase of $30 or more by using this link. I have been highly impressed with their selection and prices and the shipping is A+.  They also carry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bars and vanilla Jay Robb protein powder, which are my favs.

Best box that has arrived at your doorstep this week? 

Do you buy speciality groceries online? How often? 

Turkish Selfies (What I wore in Turkey)

This post reminds me that I wear the same thing when I go on holiday. I have this box of resortwear/vacation clothes/things I don’t wear in real life and they come out when it comes time to pack my luggage and head somewhere warm and beachy. 

Blue mosaic blouse from Banana. I like this because it goes with white jeans, reg blue jeans, and my navy shorts. It doesn’t wrinkles in my luggage, so that’s also a plus.

Did you hear C.Wonder is closing?!? These are boyfriend jeans from C.Wonder (so comfy), with a James Perse white tee and a orange Tory necklace. Perfect for walking around and playing tourist. 
My objective here was to wear all the colors. I found this bikini top at Target without a bottom. I even went online and searched with no luck. I mix and match it with a couple other bikinis since I really like the back. What is this style called? I feel like I have hear it called ‘fishbone’ or ‘razorback’? Am I off?
Also- those colored aviators are my husbands. Three cheers for sharing. 

This little number is a BCBG find. I’m probably too old for cut outs, but in my defense, these are really small little cut outs.

Post Istanbul, we went to an amazing beach resort in Southern Turkey called Hillside Beach Club. There was a private beach that was a quick ten minute walk from the resort and it was my go-to spot for the week. The views were pretty ridiculous. 

Ignore the smug look- what I really want to highlight is the necklace I bought from a street vendor in Istanbul. I drove a really hard bargain. 

This was DVF dress I bought for the trip and I realize I hate it. Even looking at these pictures I want to purge it from my closet. It is a weird mix of toga and tightness in the wrong places.

This is a Calypso dress that I got for my minimoon when I got married in 2010. I love it and it reminds me of being on vacation. My Hermes bangle is from my FIL- he has good taste! 
Here I’m just wearing a smile. And happiness. 

Picture overload. I know. Sometimes when you are looking outside and facing a blizzard you need some reflections on warmer days.