On Saturday I was invited down to Denver by fairlife to meet with a group of bloggers at River Power Yoga for some yoga (durr) and a sampling of fairlife milk.
The weather was definitely not on my side. It rained/snowed the entire drive down and I opted to skirt my way around the freeway after it came to a complete stop. Some serious “ommmm” was needed.
We really had no idea what we were in for. I walked into the adorable yoga studio and was met by a group of friendly Denver bloggers and a blast of hot air. Hot yoga? Okey… I guess I have always wanted to try it…
Seeing that I’m not a yogi in any possible way, I was grateful that they had complimentary yoga mats for us to use and take home! And towels for all the beads of sweat that were already starting to build up upon my brow. Yum.
The class started off with a little introduction of the company: fairlife came from a husband and wife team with a vet background, who began dairy farming with the idea of “better”. Better farming, better treatment of the animals and the slogan #believeinbetter.
fairlife is a cold filtered milk with 50% more protein and calcium, and half the sugar of ordinary milk. I was overjoyed to hear that it’s lactose free since I’ve discovered I have an allergy (not that that stops me from loading up on fro-yo or a big pint of Ben and Jerry’s once in a while…oops) and try to avoid milk products as often as possible. After the intro, they let us know exactly what kind of yoga we would be doing that day.
Oh, crap. The entire session was an aerial inspired/partner yoga class. My heart dropped. Visions of my head striking the wood floor and other various forms of serious injury flashed before my eyes. They demonstrated, then split us into groups to give it a try.
Heidi (Run Around Aroo) and Lauren (Me and the Mountains) giving it a try!
Up next was the double plank.
My partners mastered it!
Then we were back to scary aerial poses. I’m not that flexible…
Yeah. Never gonna happen…
I pushed all those gory visions of potential self-maiming from my brain and gave it a shot anyway!
“I’m flying, Jack! I’m flying!”
Okey, let’s try the other arm…
Nope. Bad idea. I might die.
Can I get down now? Thank you, Marissa (Barefoot Colorado), for not letting my head get cracked open on the ground!
After the yoga session, we all headed out to the lobby for some cool air and samples!
I was able to snag two bottles of the chocolate milk to take home with me. I haven’t had chocolate milk in years and this was like drinking wonderful melted chocolate ice cream. Can’t stop, won’t stop. Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t have grabbed two…
Smoothie samples were passed around and all the bloggers split off into small groups to chat while the icy rain poured down outside.
A big group of the girls via Lauren’s Instagram!
I enjoyed the last few minutes of warmth before opening the door into the arctic, bustling to my car and fighting the wet highway back north.
Presents! fairlife spoiled us rotten with the yoga mat, milk samples (I’ve been having chocolate milk nightcaps every night), a sample of their Core Power energy shake, a coupon to go back to River Power Yoga for a free class and a MAGIC BULLET! What a wonderful, thoughtful housewarming gift!
Here’s the part I think you guys might enjoy. They’ve offered to give away a Magic Bullet blender to one of my readers!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Note: fairlife provided me with product samples for tasting and a Magic Bullet blender, and is also furnishing a Magic Bullet blender to the contest winner, but I received no other compensation for this review, nor was I pressured to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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It’s been quite a week of ups and downs. Bonus – mostly ups, but those few days of down can really put a sour spin on everything if you let it, and unfortunately, I let it. Working every weekend has thrown my weeks off, so happy Friday to me! These next two days of “weekend” couldn’t be more welcome.
My official week (last Tuesday) started off pretty well with two thick slabs of my vegan whole grain quinoa bread smothered with avocado, red pepper flakes, olive oil and goat cheese that was just starting to get past its prime.
I got a closing date for my house! This means furniture shopping! And since I’m poor and about to be mortgage-poor, this meant a trip to the relatively affordable IKEA (Disneyland for adults!) where I got two ten dollar side tables of questionable quality and a ton of pretty soft paper lights to glow up the new house.
We got caught in a snow flurry on the way back and pulled off for a hearty chicken ‘n cheddar potato lunch and a snake bite while watching the soft flakes plummet to the ground where they immediately melted.
It had warmed up a bit by the next day and I took the monumental photo of my car passing 18,000 miles! I don’t think you understand what a huge deal this is… I bought my car January of last year and had put 14,000+ miles on it by the time I left at the end of August. I’m so happy not to be driving hundreds and hundreds of miles every week!
The cabinets are in at my house! Well, they’re in the garage, but that’s pretty dang close!
On the drive back I passed Odell Brewing and said out loud, “If the Waffle Lab is there, I have to stop.” And it was. So I did. The Waffle Lab is a food truck with an incredible sounding menu that everyone raves about and I hadn’t had the opportunity to try. Go big or go home? I got the Front Range Chicken and Waffle smothered with rosemary gravy. I could’ve died of happiness. The softest, most flavorful savory waffle I’ve ever had with warming spices from the rich gravy and perfectly tender and crispy fried chicken. I paired that with a refreshing Leprechaun Session Pale (I couldn’t just go in to a brewery for the waffle – that would’ve been rude) and relaxed while enjoying the the ambiance of the bustling taproom.
I woke up to the most wonderful mail call anyone could ever hope for on Saturday morning. A huge box stuffed with a giant container of Bhakti Chai concentrate (I have been obsessed with this since I first discovered it at Crankstein last year), two gorgeous glasses, a cute hat and warm fuzzy sweatshirt greeted my day. I won part of this giveaway (the chai and glasses) on Lauren’s blog at the end of December and patiently waited for it to arrive. And waited. And waited. Finally last week, I sent Lauren a quick message asking if it might be on its way. Turns out they’d forgotten to send it over at Bhakti Chai, so they more than made up for it by including the adorable hat and sweatshirt! Thank you so much to both Lauren and the Bhakti Chai team!
I had my first mug right then and there. Half of the container is already gone. I LOVE BHAKTI CHAI!!!
Sunday was the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the brewery. We opened at 10am to greet those people who needed an excuse to start drinking before noon and had a food truck/cart come in with corned beef and cabbage hash and fried eggs. Not the most visually appealing, but the perfect food to balance out a morning brew, I guess. I stuck with my mug of Bhakti.
The elk are back!!! Spring is really peeking its head around the corner, despite the blustery snow that’s on its way down from Wyoming right now. Oh wait… Yup, it just arrived. Flakes are flying right outside now.
I needed to blow off some angry steam I had after the last two days at work, so the archery range was in order. Apparently being pissed off really helps my aim.
Today has one final day of work on the books followed by a relaxing evening reading in front of the fireplace, and it couldn’t come soon enough.
Have I mentioned how much I love Bhakti Chai yet? Just checking.
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Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! Here are a few snapshots from my weekend:
I spent Thursday afternoon on the patio of Odell Brewing up in Fort Collins with my friend/coworker. It was 64 degrees and absolutely gorgeous out!
Since I was in the area, it seemed like a good idea to check out my new house and jump around giddily after seeing that the drywall is in!
Hello, kitchen area!
Hello, beautiful view!!!
The next day, it was snowing and pretty gloomy out. The slush almost immediately melted and I joined my entire family at Mad Greens in Fort Collins for an absolutely incredible salad – Salvador Dali: mixed baby greens, goat cheese, Olomomo Maple Garam Masala almonds (absolutely in love with this spicy curry/sweet combo!), pomegranate seeds and citrus grilled chicken tossed in a molasses dressing.
LOVING. THIS. WEATHER. Odell Brewing’s Leprechaun Session Pale Ale on the patio on Sunday. This beer is wonderfully floral and full of sweet caramel maltiness. I want this beer forever.
Which brings us to today. I woke up to a beautiful 50 degrees outside and celebrated with an insane workout followed by a gigantic peach green monsta. Spring is definitely in the air!
I threw together a zucchini salad with white balsamic and goat cheese for a quick lunch before heading to work at the brewery.
It was a quiet Monday, so I was able to clock out early and enjoy a relaxing, warm jaunt over to Crow Hop to meet with my hockey buddy Paul and enjoy a half-pint of Rado’s Red after a handful of tasters. Have I mentioned yet how much I LOVE this weather?
Both Paul and my phones went off at the same time reminding us that the puck was about to drop for the Avs game, so we headed back to Loveland Aleworks for a pint of For the Love of Pale and a (edited to update) AWESOME WINNING GAME!
Lots on the plate for tomorrey – a visit to Ikea, a visit to the house… which might be thrown off schedule by snow in the forecast. I’m keeping my spirits high though, since the following day will be back to the 60s! Happy Monday to all!
What’s on your plate for the week? Is Spring showing up early where you are?
I work almost every weekend, so it’s nice to be able to treat Tuesdays like my Saturday.
After checking out the progress on my new house (the drywall is up!!!), I headed over to d’Vine Bistro in Old Town Fort Collins for a late lunch.
It’s my Saturday. Don’t judge me.
The restaurant is tucked away off of the main road on Mason Street. Quiet and spacious with lots of warm wood and a crackling fire for those snowy days.
Seeing that it was Fat Tuesday, I thought it would be best to get something ridiculously rich and found that in the goat cheese and artichoke dip.
Tangy, creamy and incredibly filling.
Smoked trout pate with clarified butter for my lunch date! I had another plate coming to me, so I decided to have just a small taste of this one.
Ahi tuna stacks were the incredible finale. Freshly seared ahi on top of a sweet strawberry and red onion salsa, topped with wasabi cream. That fruit salsa! I’ve been fixated on it ever since!
Yesterday, I met up with my bestie Michelle for a tour at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder. The tour is completely free and consists of tons of free tea tastings, a walk around the factory, free hairnets and a stop in the famous Peppermint Room to sear your eyes and nostrils. Both of us have taken the tour before, but we realized that it’s been about twenty years since our last visit. TWENTY. We’re old.
But young at heart.
Very, very young at heart.
Those twenty years ago, I lived in a set of condos right across the street from the factory. At Christmas time, the air always smelled like cinnamon and peppermint, and during summer there was a distinct aroma of lemons that wafted through the warm breeze.
I brought back a box of Roastaroma and Sleepytime Extra. I gave up coffee for Lent, and this herbal infusion is a perfect caffeine free replacement for it! It’s made with roasted barley and chicory, and is like sipping a warm mug of wort pulled straight from the boil kettle. Blissful.
And now the winners for the rest of the Craft Beer for the Homebrewer books!
Josh, Dan H. and Jason H., I’ve sent you emails with further instructions! Congratulations!