Enduring All Things: May 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Why Marriage as an Institution is Better Than We're Giving it Credit For

A couple months ago, Amberly of A Prioritized Marriage and I got to talking on Google Chat about how marriage has become a joke in our society. We basically both ranted to each other about how much we hate that sort of attitude and we eventually decided to do a blog collaboration on the subject. A few months later, that collaboration is here. Below I have a guest post written by Amberly about this issue and I wrote one on her blog today so be sure to check it out!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
There's something that I've wondered about for years, even before I wrote this post in 2014. Why do people view marriage as something suitable for comedy routines, to joke about as if it's a burden and a prison sentence? It seems like those people who are in marriages are the ones who make light of it the most. I know that I've caught myself doing it sometimes.

If someone is single, we tell them to enjoy their freedom while they have it. At wedding showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties, we encourage the engaged couple, especially the men, to enjoy their last bit of fun before they tie the know. I've heard married men joke about "the old ball and chain" when referring to someone else's or even their own wife. You can find shirts all over the internet with a bride and groom on the front, only instead of being an encouraging advertisement of married life, they do the opposite. They show a groom frowning with a bride who looks happy and the words "game over" accompanying the image or they depict a groom being drug across the ground by the bride.
Marriage is great and I would never consider going back to single life, I don't think I would ever be happy with that "freedom". Yes, you lose some of your independence in marriage, and there are a lot of plans and decisions that can't be made without the approval of your spouse but it's not bad like people make it out to be. I've been able to maintain my individuality in marriage and I do things for myself and on my own fairly often. Joe is my partner in crime and I love having that second opinion when I'm making big life decisions or an outside, honest view for when I'm struggling or having problems with people or situations. Marriage is a change, but I would never consider it a bad one. Instead of focusing on the not so perfect parts of marriage, we should be telling people about all of the perks.

You always have someone to talk to and confide in

I've always loved the conversations that Joe and I have with each other. From the beginning of our relationship, we've always done a lot of talking. We used to go on long, late night walks while we were dating and we continued that into our marriage. Now that we have a son who goes to bed early, we don't get those late night walks that were always the perfect opportunity to chat, but we still make the time. Whenever he gets home from work, I stop what I'm doing and we spend 10 or 15 minutes catching up. We love our time after the baby has gone to bed because we can focus on each other and really talk about our day, our successes, our frustrations, our challenges and more. It's so nice having someone there each night who knows my story and understands what I'm going through.

You have someone to support you in everything you do

Having a built in support system is one of the greatest things about marriage. Family and friends are always good and helpful, but there's nothing like the close support that your spouse gives you. I just recently graduated with my bachelor's degree and I know that I wouldn't have been able to do it without my husband by my side, especially throughout this last year after our son was born. He supports me in my every endeavor, inspires me to do my bests and encourages me to pursue the things that I'm hesitant about. There's a lot that I wouldn't have ever attempted or achieved in the last five years if it hadn't been for him.

You have someone to dream with and set goals with

A week or so ago, I shared a post on my blog about making your spouses dreams, goals and endeavors a priority in your own life. Not only should they be a priority to you, but they should be something that you have as a goal in your own life, meaning you'll do whatever it takes to help your spouse achieve that thing. I'm lucky to be in a marriage where there's never any question that we are dreaming and setting goals together. We have dreams and goals as a couple, but we support each other's personal endeavors completely. He did double parent duty and sacrificed a lot of time to make sure that I was able to complete all of my schooling. Now, I'm home taking care of the parenting duties on my own each night while he gets caught up on lawn care projects and runs his business. In marriage, setting and achieving goals is half the fun and there is no way that either of you would be able to accomplish your own personal things if you don't pursue them together.

You have the best permanent roommate

I had my own room from the time I was eight until I moved out to go to school at age nineteen. I only lived away from home for 14 months, but having roommates was both fun and not fun all at the same time. It was like a permanent sleepover, but some days I just wanted my own space. I worried that I'd feel the same way when I got married but instead, it has been the opposite. My husband is the best roommate ever, I picked well. Sure, there are things that he does that annoys me and we have different ideas for how a home should be kept up sometimes, but we have so much fun together and I love sharing a space with him! Creating a home together has become one of our favorite shared hobbies and I look forward to the rest of our lives as roommates in the home that we build.
Rather than mourning the things people are giving up by getting married, let's celebrate the things they are gaining  When we talk as married couples, instead of laughing over the cliche stereotypes of husbands or wives, let's discuss the amazing benefits or marriage and what our husbands/wives bring to the table. Marriage isn't something to be taken lightly, but society is constantly poking fun at it. I am always striving to make a conscious effort to joke less about the stereotypes that come with marriage. I want people be able to tell, just from the way I talk, how much I value the relationship that I have with my husband. I want to be the kind of person and have the kind of marriage that makes people want to get married, not avoid it.
Amberly
Blog // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest
Continue reading »

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Daily Makeup Routine

This post contains some affiliate links. Also, I was given the Maybelline Brow Drama products to review. All opinions are mine alone.

As you guys know, I am not a beauty blogger. Or a fashion blogger. Duh, right? But I do sometimes like to consider my blog a "lifestyle blog with an emphasis on marriage" because while I'm very passionate about marriage and it's something I blog about a lot, there are other things I like to blog about too.
I've been toying around with the idea to do a "daily makeup routine" post for a long time. I haven't published it for several reasons. One being the fact that I'm not a beauty blogger and it doesn't go with the theme of my blog. Another being that I'm not a Youtuber. Most "daily makeup routine" type things you see on the interwebs are in the form of videos. I am not very comfortable in front of the camera nor do I have the software to edit videos to my own standards.

However, Helene of Helene in Between is not a beauty blogger either and she recently wrote a post about her daily makeup routine using pictures and text, not video. Of course she posted a video about it later but that's neither here nor there. After seeing her post, I started thinking again about posting my own makeup routine.

Lastly, when I got my most resent voxbox from influenster and it was a Maybelline box, I knew I had to do this post!
Also, usually I can tie anything I blog about back to marriage in some way just because my marriage is such a big part of my life. So here we go... This makeup is certainly fancy enough for a special date night but just tone down the lipstick and eye shadow/liner to look fresh for your relaxed date night at home!

So let's get on to the routine, shall we?
Makeup-free. Yay!
First, on my face, I use e.l.f. primer. I put a little on my hands and simply rub it all over my face. I used to use the Mineral Infused Face Primer, but last time I bought the hydrating one instead. I don't like it as much as the other. It hydrates really well but it doesn't seem to work as well as a primer. And it leaves my hands really slippery.
Face products
Secondly, I use Younique's Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation. Y'all, this stuff is amazing! A friend of mine sells it and she talked me into trying it last fall. I will never go back to another foundation. When I ran out a couple months ago, they were all back ordered on the website and it was the worst few weeks ever! Anyway, I use the e.l.f. Studio Complexion brush. I put about 5 drops of the foundation on the brush and dab it all over my face before blending it all over and down my neck with the brush.
Next comes concealer/highlighter. I use the Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in light. I turn it a few times then create a triangle shape under my eyes, and along my t-zone. I blend that in with a REVIVE Makeup Sponge. I don't love the concealer but it's as good as or better than any other I've tried. However, I LOVE the sponge. I have never actually tried a Beauty Blender, but I did a lot of research before I bought a dupe and according to most reviews I've seen, this is the best dupe. I got it from Marshalls for about $5 and I've heard you can get it at TJ Maxx or Ross or any of those type stores for around the same price.
After that, I do some contouring. I use the e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia. I use the e.l.f. Angled Blush Brush to swipe the bronzer under my cheek bones, along my jaw line, across the top of my forehead, and down each side of my nose. Then I use the same brush to apply the blush to the apples of my cheeks. Then I use the e.l.f Complexion Brush that I mentioned earlier to blend everything in.
Then I move on to the eyes. The first step I do is color in my brows with Maybelline's Brow Drama Promenade Crayon that I got from Influenster to review. I love how easy it is to just swipe it over your eye brows a few times to the desired thickness. The only problem is you can't really sharpen it. You aren't really supposed to need to because you can twist the bottom to make more come out, but the point gets dull pretty quickly and then I don't know what to do.
After I fill in my brows, I put some eye shadow on. I won the Urban Decay Naked 3 Pallette from a giveaway last summer. Honestly, I would have never bought it for myself for $50+ but I love it! I usually do either "trick" or "burnout" all over the lid and the "liar" in the crease and "strange" on the brow bone, in the corner, and under my eye.
Then I use a black eyeliner pencil (I don't know what brand and the writing is wiped off) to line the top and bottom lashes from the outer corner to about half way in. Then I curl my lashes with an e.l.f. eyelash curler and put on a few coats of Maybelline New York Great Lash Big Washable Mascara in blackest black. I've used this mascara ever since I started wearing mascara and I love it! I've tried a few others including non drug store brands like Mary Kay and I just like the Maybelline Great Lash so much better!
Last but not least, comes my lips! First I line them with the Maybelline New York Colorsensational Lip Liner. I don't know what color I use. Then I use Younique Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain in Shy. Honestly, I don't think this lip stain stays as long as other lip stains I've used. BUT it doesn't dry out my lips like other lip stains have. And it definitely stays longer than regular lip stick. So it's a pretty good trade off.
The finished product!
So what do you think? Can you tell I like Maybelline and e.l.f.? I'm not one to spend a lot of money on makeup. For the most part, drug store brands are good enough for me. I only use a couple Younique products because I tried them from a friend. Now I can't live without the foundation but I don't think I'll be buying the lip stain again.

What products do you use in your every-day makeup routine? If you've written or filmed a post like this, leave the link in the comments. I'd love to check it out!
Thanks for reading!
Continue reading »

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thankful Thursday: Warm Weather

Y'all, the temperatures have been in the 80s this week! Praise the Lord! There is no way I can convey to you how thankful I am for that. Words are not enough. I hate winter with a passion. And I dislike 50-60 degree weather very much. Weather in the 70s is okay for a little while. As a transition period. But the 80s.... Perfect!
I've been waiting for this since October. No we didn't have 80 degree weather in October, but back then I was excited for colder, fall weather. As soon as it hit freezing though (in October), I was ready for 80 degrees again.

I'm thankful for warm weather because I can do stuff outside for extended periods of time without a jacket.

I'm thankful for warm weather because I can wear skirts and dresses without tights or leggings.

I'm thankful for warm weather because the sun will hopefully be out more now.

I'm thankful for warm weather because precipitation will now be in the form of rain storms instead of snow.

I'm thankful for warm weather because of pools and lakes and oceans.

I'm thankful for warm weather because we get to go hiking and do other outdoor things.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way! What are you thankful for this month? Link up below!
Thanks for reading!

Meet your host:

Charlene: Bloglovin // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest // Snapchat
If you aren't getting the email reminders about this link up and would like to, please click here to sign up to receive them.
Enduring All Things | Thankful Thursday


Continue reading »

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tech Fast Recap and A Giveaway

Well guys, if you didn't notice, I didn't publish a single blog post last week. I blame the fact that I spent last weekend with my best friend while she graduated with her masters. It wasn't a relaxing weekend (not that I'm complaining) but rather a very busy one. So it took me a while to come back from that this week. But it's also because, as much as I hate to admit it, I'm still not out of my funk or rutt or whatever you want to call this. I'm still burnt out.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter or if you've signed up to receive my newsletters, then you know that I planned to take a technology fast this weekend in an attempt to slow down, refocus on what's important, and get out of my little rut... 

Well, I made it! I decided early on that I would make it an internet and TV fast. I left my calling and texting services on but turned data and wifi off on my phone. I also shut my computers down and didn't turn the TV on at all.

I think I did pretty well. I reached for my phone several times and realized I didn't have internet and I'd put it back down. It was weird to get used to at first. Also, you know what's stupid? You have to have mobile data turned on to send and receive group text messages. I forgot that. I had to turn it on because I went to a friend's house Saturday night for Girl's Night and we communicated about it through a group message. Also, my mom wanted me to send her a picture of a dress and photo messages also take data. And then I also turned it on to use the GPS to navigate to said friend's house because she recently moved. Oh and I should mention that while I was at that friend's house, we watched star wars so I guess I didn't go the whole weekend without TV either. But we watched Blue Rays. It technically wasn't TV or the Internet. lol Also, I was with people. The point of this fast was to keep me from wasting my own time on the internet.

So looking back at that paragraph, maybe I didn't to so well. But it felt like a success. It was very difficult. Usually, even if I'm spending some time in a book, I'll pick up my phone and check out the all the social media in between each chapter. This weekend, since I didn't have that option, I got so into what I was reading! I didn't want to put it down! It's been a while since I was that into a book.

I think I'm going to start trying to do this at least one weekend every month. Or at least one Saturday every month. And I'm pretty excited about that!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

On another note, Summer is almost here (even if it doesn't feel like it in Columbus)! I've teamed up with some other lovely bloggers to giveaway a gift pack worth $150! You don't want to miss this opportunity to get your summer started off right! Enter via the rafflecopter below!
Sarah@ Sarah Emily Blogs // Allison@ Life Life Well Blog // Dana@ Pellerini Proclaims // Yesi@ Love Yesi Blog // Kara@ Happy Go Lucky Blog // Jennifer@ Crown Me In Glitter Blog // Kara@ Fit Chick Next Door // Charlene@ Enduring All Things // Libby@ Health, Love and Fire Blog // Rachel@ Small Town and City Lights // Mistle@ Sweet Tea&Hydrangeas // Alexandra@ Always Al // Alexandr​i​a@ Top Knot Style 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Continue reading »

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mistakes We've Made in our Communication as a Couple

I always try to be "authentic" on this blog. That word seems to be a buzz word in the blogging world these days. Bloggers and social media gurus are constantly getting backlash for not being "authentic" and sharing their true selves online. I try to balance sharing my life along with sharing helpful content.

I love blogging about marriage and while I am passionate about helping people build a marriage that endures, I always want to be honest about our own marriage. It isn't perfect. It's difficult. However, with that said, I don't like to give specifics about our arguments. Nobody wants to read negative content all the time. Also, I don't like painting my husband in a bad light, which could happen simply because I'm biased in our arguments. It's a tough balance.

So I hope today's post seems balanced. I want to share our struggles and mistakes with you readers. I've been writing about communication a lot lately. In my opinion, it's the most difficult part of a relationship.
So without further adieu...

Mistakes we've made in our communication as a couple (and I'm sure there is a lot more than this but this is what I could think of)

  • Yelling at him. I used to be a yeller. Especially in college. It was my first reaction. I still think that yelling is okay and necessary sometimes, and it is simply one way of dealing with an argument. But it shouldn't be my first reaction.
  • His assumption that yelling is universally bad. Back in college when I yelled a lot. Pearson would always say "you're raising your voice at me..." in a very patronizing way. As if I didn't know I was raising my voice and as if that was universally bad and we already had an agreement that we wouldn't raise our voices at each other. Obviously, that always made me even more mad and I'd say "You're my boyfriend! I'm allowed to yell at you sometimes!"
  • Not admitting what's wrong. This may seem to contradict my first point, but I like to keep things to myself. I think sometimes I keep things in untill I explode (or untill Pearson gets really mad at me for keeping them in) and that's when I yell.
  • Eventually snapping. Going along with the last point, I keep things in until I snap. Though, sometimes I don't snap. Sometimes I just get to a point where I don't think I can return. That's when I finally decide to open up to Pearson and it all comes pouring out and it can't be fixed in a day.
  • Being selfish and not listening when he complains too much. Pearson will admit that he wears his heart on his sleeve. That's not always a bad thing, but it's also not always a good thing. It can be annoying to me when complains about work etc. But sometimes I look at it selfishly and I start zoning out or doing something else instead of listening and showing him that I love him. It's a small sacrifice I can make for the man I love.
  • Assuming I know what's wrong. I've talked about this before, but I have a bad habit of assuming I know what's going on with him. It kind of goes along with the last one. When he starts telling me what's going on, part of the reason I zone out is because I think I know him so well and I think I know where he's going with the story. But that's not always true. And it annoys him when I act like that.
  • Rolling my eyes. This is something I think most of us have probably done since our teenage years. Sometimes it seems to happen involuntarily. I roll my eyes and sigh "here we go again." But that is the wrong attitude to have and the message it sends could drive a wedge in between us and make him less likely to share with me next time. I definitely don't want that.
So these are some of the mistakes we've made in our communication. Some of them we continue to make. It's so hard. So tell me, what are some mistakes you've made? Do any of these ring true with you?
Thanks for reading!

Continue reading »

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Favorite Full House Episodes

This post has been sitting in my drafts since before Fuller House was released in February. I just haven't found a good time to publish it. But since the first table read for Season 2 happened last week (according to Instagram) and Jodie said on DWTS last night that production starts this morning, I thought today would be a good time to publish.

A photo posted by Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) on

As I thought about this post, I planed to do a lot of research because I didn't know if I would remember all my favorite episodes. I was going to see what other people's favorites were and make a list of my own from that. I also even thought about going through all the episode descriptions on the DVD boxes to help decide.

BUT one night a couple months ago while visiting my parents, we were going to watch an episode or two. Without even looking, a bunch of awesome episodes popped into my head and we couldn't even decide on one to watch. Why did I doubt myself?

So without further adieu, here are my favorites in no particular order!
  • Luck be a Lady (part 1 and 2) Season 2 episodes 21 & 22. The crew goes to Vegas and Jesse and Becky almost elope.
  • The House Meets the Mouse (part 1 and 2) Season 6 episodes 23 & 24. The crew goes to Disney Land and Michelle gets to be a princess for the day.
  • Michelle Rides Again (part 1 and 2) Season 8 episodes 23 & 24. The series finale. Though it wasn't planned as the series finale. They didn't know they were getting cancelled. Anyway, Michelle falls off her horse and loses her memory.
  • We got the Beat Season 8 episode 18. Stephanie forms a band with her friends and Kimmy. They sing "I Saw the Sign" for a talent competition and it turns out to be a disaster. Every time I hear that song, I think of this episode.
  • The Test Season 7 episode 15. DJ is taking the SAT and she is so nervous she has a crazy dream about it.
  • The Last Dance Season 7 episode 17. Jesse's Greek ancestors come to visit and there's a not so happy ending.
  • Come Fly With Me Season 6 episode 1. Michelle and Stephanie some how find themselves as stow aways on a trip to New Zealand! 
  • Subterranean Graduation Blues Season 6 episode 19. Jesse finally graduates from high school but they get stuck on a subway on the way to graduation. Jesse ends up giving his speech to the passengers and talks one kid into going back to school.
  • Happy Birthday Babies (part 1 and 2) Season 5 episodes 9 & 10. Becky has the babies! And Jesse has appendix out dressed as dino from The Flinstones because it was Michelle's birthday party.
  • Working Girl Season 4 episode 14. DJ gets a job entertaining kids while they get their pictures taken. She gets to dress up as a clown and quack like a duck!
  • The Wedding (part 1 and 2) Season 4 episodes 18 & 19. Jesse and Becky's wedding. Enough said.
  • The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang Season 4 episodes 21. DJ and Stephanie get into a fight and end up putting a hole in the wall in Danny's bedroom!
  • Tanner Island Season 3 episodes 1. The family goes to Hawaii, gets lost, and ends up singing on stage with the Beach Boys. Of course.
  • The Greatest Birthday on Earth Season 3 episodes 10. Jesse, Stephanie, and Michelle get stuck in a car mechanic's garage on Michelle's birthday and they throw her a circus birthday party. 
  • Honey, I Broke the House Season 3 episodes 20. Stephanie drives Joey's car into the house.
  • Fraternity Reunion Season 3 episode 23. Danny and Joey dress like women to crash a party. Enough said.
  • Our very first Christmas Show Season 2 episode 9. The family gets snowed in at the airport over Christmas. The girls are worried Santa won't come but he shows up!
  • Just one of the Guys Season 1 episode 18. Kirk Cameron guest stars as the girls' cousin.
So those are my absolute favorites. But also all the ones where Joey says "Cut It Out," Jesse says "Have Mercy," Danny says something about being clean, DJ says "Oh Mylanta," Stephanie says "How Rude," or Michelle says "You Got it Dude." So, you know, all of them.

It was so much fun to revisit these in my mind. What is it about this show that's so fantastic? It is honestly my favorite show to ever be on TV and I can't even really tell you why!

Are you a Full House fanatic? Did you enjoy Fuller House? Did I leave your favorite out?
Thanks for reading!
Continue reading »

Monday, May 9, 2016

Weekly Couple Check-Ins (with a FREE Cheat Sheet)

It's never been a secret on my blog that Pearson works a ton. He works 70-80 hours per week. Not only that but his hours aren't regular. A lot of times I don't know what time he'll be home until he calls me on the way home. It's tough but we make it work.

One way we make it work is by making weekly date nights a priority. We don't always plan them out too far in advance, and sometimes plans have to change somewhat last minute, but we always make sure we've set aside time each week for each other.

One of our favorite monthly dates is Date Box. They send us an entire date in a box and takes all the planning out of it. Another classic is dinner and a movie, of course. We just saw Captain America: Civil War on Thursday and there are a lot of great movies coming out this year. We especially love going to the drive in theater. The drive in near us shows 2 current movies for $9 per person!

So why am I telling you all this? Because a big part of our date night every week is a "couple check-in" and I want to share with you, how it has improved our relationship.

I am the type of person that doesn't typically like to share my feelings. It just doesn't come naturally to me. But with our "weekly couple check-ins" it's easier for me to open up. We have some questions we ask each other every week which helps break the ice and makes sharing easier for me. These questions give me a starting point and I know that Pearson will answer as well.

Sometimes it just seems easier to let things go and ignore little things that make me mad. But it's so important to communicate in a relationship and these questions have helped for sure.

Pearson and I have a check-in cheat sheet that we often use on our weekly date nights (or if we don't get around to it on date night, we find time during the week at some point). Anyway, I want to share that cheat sheet with you!

Enduring All Things (aka me) is sending out it's first every newsletter this Friday and if you sign up to receive it, I'll give you our Weekly Couple Check-In Cheat Sheet for free! Start communicating better with your spouse and get back on the same page every week.


Sign up to get your FREE Couple Check-in Cheat Sheet!

Start improving your relationship one check-in at a time!
* indicates required





Thanks for reading!
Continue reading »

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"Buckeye" Smoothie with Jif and Dannon

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MySmoothie #CollectiveBias
The other day I was craving a buckeye treat. If you aren't from Ohio then you probably don't know, but people make "buckeye" candy here to resemble the poisonous nuts that we named our university mascot after. The candy consists of peanut butter balls covered mostly in chocolate.

Side note- before moving to Ohio, I would have called this a peanut butter cup smoothie or something similar. But now, anything with chocolate and peanut butter in it is a buckeye.

Now that I have that explanation out of the way... If I'm being honest, I really wanted some buckeye ice cream that you can get at pretty much any ice cream place around here. But since I'm still working on the 21 Day Fix and I'm really trying to eat better, I decided to try a smoothie.

Of course I knew this smoothie would have peanut butter and I love that Jif™ Creamy Peanut Butter is gluten free and creamy and has the fresh roasted peanut taste I love.

Most smoothies I've been making lately have some kind of yogurt for protein and texture. Dannon Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt is made with only natural ingredients!

For the chocolate, I knew I wanted to use unsweetened cocoa powder because it doesn't have any sugar or artificial sweeteners. And I knew I wanted to sweeten it naturally with honey.

All that's left is the blender and a few other ingredients added mainly for texture.

If you don't have a blender or if you're looking to replace the one you got as a wedding gift many years ago, consider the Oster® Blend-N-Go® MyBlend®. You can just fill, blend & go!
Alright, alright get to the recipe already, right? Okay here you go!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana, Frozen
  • Ice (optional - for a thicker smoothie)
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) Dannon Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt
  • 3/4 cup milk (can be any kind of dairy or non-dairy. Also add more or less to desired texture)
  • Honey to taste (I used 1 Tablespoon but could have done with more)
  • 1 Tablespoon Jif Creamy Peanut Butter

Directions:

  1. Place the frozen banana and ice (if you're using it) in the blender and blend or use a "crush ice" setting for a few seconds.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed and blend until smooth. Be careful putting the yogurt in. When I plopped mine in there, it sent the cocoa powder flying everywhere
  3. Pour in a cute glass or mason jar and enjoy
I love that this smoothie is better for you than most of the sugar filled options you could get at those expensive smoothie shops. Yet it still gives me the chocolate and peanut butter taste that I love.
You can find the Jif™ Creamy Peanut Butter and the Dannon Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt at your local Walmart along with all the other ingredients. Because, let's face it, there's not much you can't find at Walmart, am I right?
Also, click here for an ibotta rebate to get $1.50 cash back on the combination of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter and Dannon Vanilla Yogurt.

Do you love peanut butter and chocolate like I do? What "better for you" smoothie creation would you make with Jif peanut butter and Dannon yogurt?
Thanks for reading!
Continue reading »
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...