This is a great playlist for motivating you to extend your workout. Hey there guys, Siera here. This morning it dawned on me that I worked out a lot more this week than I have in awhile. When I was thinking about what I had done differently, my recent music playlist came to mind. I have decided to share it with you in hopes that it might motivate you during your next cardio session! I do recommend listening to them in the order listed. Enjoy 🙂

  • Run boy Run – Woodkid
  • Waka Waka – Shakira
  • Lush life – Zara Larsson
  • Can’t stop the feeling – Justin Timberlake
  • Faint – Linkin Park
  • Stronger – Kanye West
  • Remember the name – Fort Minor
  • Kryptonite – Big Boi
  • Feelin’ Myself – Will.I.am
  • Working for it – ZHU, Skrillex, THEY

As always, your thoughts are appreciated.

-Siera

Hey friends! Bri here. So this last weekend, my boyfriend and I got shoved into a small RV with his family and some family friends for a 24 hour drive (round-trip) to Denver, Colorado. It was interesting, to say the least. Definitely not my favorite way to travel as I feared the RV tipping over every time the wind picked up or we rounded a corner lol. But the company was awesome so it made up for it. We had one full day in Denver in which we shoved in a lot of activities (so much in fact, I fell asleep within five seconds of hitting the mattress.. Normally, my insomnia is pretty bad haha). And this is what we did and where we ate.

Denver is one of my favorite cities and for good reason! Here's some of the things that I love to do while in Denver.

Food

Casa Bonita

Okay, so the food isn’t that great at this restaurant but the environment is really what makes this place awesome. Located in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, Casa Bonita can seat over 1000 people at a time (the building used to be a large retail store) and they have a 30 foot waterfall with cliff divers that perform shows while you eat sopapillas (the best food there, in my opinion) or whatever you’re munching on (you can find the small menu here). Plus there’s mariachi’s and flame jugglers that walk around. Talk about awesome. There’s also a gift shop, arcade, and a “haunted tunnel”. Definitely check this place out while you’re in town.

5280 Burger Bar

Just the mere mention of this place makes my mouth water. I literally look like a dog about to receive the best bone ever. This place has the BEST hamburgers in the world. Not that I’ve tried every hamburger in the world, but I’m pretty sure this place has them. I went with their classic 5280 topped with their housemade American Cheese, Tomato, Shredded Lettuce, Red Onion, Kosher Pickle and 5280 Sauce; I’m not one for experimenting with hamburger toppings but either way, it was delicious. Chris went with the ‘Baja Colorado’ which contains Pepper Jack Cheese, Grilled Peppers, Caramelized Onions and their housemade Chipotle Mayo and he even said it was the best thing ever. Just remember, you have to order fries on the side because they won’t come automatically with the burgers.

Cosmo’s Pizza

So you guys know how much I love pizza, and if you don’t – where the heck have you been? This place has the greatest pizza to ever enter my mouth ever. Even though a single slice is bigger than my face, I can eat like 10 of them because it is THAT good. My personal favorite flavors are the white pizza, veggie supreme, and the supreme. Chris loves the classic and meat lovers. So between us, we pretty much love everything on the menu. I honestly wish they’d open up a location here in Sioux Falls because I would eat there on my lunch break daily. And every 100 pounds I gain would be so worth it.

Places To Go / Things to Do

Visit Red Rocks Amphitheater 

Okay so technically this is in Morrison but you can see the downtown Denver skyline from here on the horizon so I’m putting it in here. Now I haven’t actually been to a concert here but ask anyone who has and I’m sure they’d highly recommend it. Every time we’ve gone, the amphitheater is filled with super healthy and fit people getting their intense daily workout in. I’m only pointing that out because I am not one of them – I am the girl with the chubby booty sitting on the wall watching every one else exercise while day dreaming about pizza or hamburgers. What can ya do? But besides the motivation for healthiness this place provides, the views are out of this world. Like, they’re worth the 50 minute drive alone (from Denver). And also the 12 hour drive from Sioux Falls.

Go to a Bronco’s Game

The Bronco’s were the first ever NFL game I’ve ever been too and I had a blast. The energy from the crowd and the pyrotechnics and the opening ceremony (skydivers!! which gave me a heart attack because I thought that one dude’s parachute failed and was falling towards us but it was a stunt lol) were all amazing. And even though the Bronco’s lost, the team spirit was still amazing. Definitely go to a game – especially if you have sport fans in your family.

And there’s the typically hiking and rock climbing activity around here that’s always a blast.

Denver is an amazing city (one of my favorites!) and I would highly recommend visiting if you can. It’s just beautiful and the people are so nice (and healthy lol).

That’s it for now!

Love, Bri.

 

A review on Netflix's' The Fundamentals of Caring.

 

If ever there was a genre that my opinion really didn’t matter it would be independent films. I have a tough time wrapping myself in and around everything that goes on in these movies. I’m not sure why this is, it just is. So this review on Netflix’s The Fundamentals of Caring should not be taken as the cut and dry truth of the movie, and the same goes for every review ever written for every movie ever reviewed. This time around it just happens to be especially true.

Lets start of with the most important aspect of any movie, characters. Our three main characters are Paul Rudd as Ben, Craig Roberts as Trevor, and Selena Gomez as Dot. Rudd’s Character has been through some shit. He is getting divorced, quit his job as a writer, took a six week course for a job as a caregiver (or asswiper as he is called in the movie). Oh and yeah this all started cause he killed his kid after leaving the car in neutral on his steep driveway. We find out this last bit of information sporadically throughout the movie through a single flashback played in small increments. It certainly would have been better to get it all up front or possibly all at the end. This way a character is either shown up front or is left as a mystery instead of as one that we have to assume we know everything about until we find out that we were right from the beginning. Rudd certainly does a great job in this dark comedy or “dramedy: if you prefer. Nothing spectacular but he’s funny when it counts and does just fine when we move away from the comedy. The only thing I might knock him on is that it isn’t something as great as what we have seen recently from Steve Carell which certainly isn’t Rudd’s fault. Next up is Roberts who I felt did a great job physically as Trevor. I’m not going to spell out the medical term for Trevor’s physical condition but it was something that paralyzed his muscles I believe. It must have messed with his mind as well as we are told from the get go about Trevor being detail and schedule oriented. He eats a lot of waffles, watches a lot of TV, and visits the park every Thursday afternoon for three hours. Roberts is great whether its being an asshole to Ben or being shy around Dot. He also has a small arc related to his characters father that left when he was diagnosed. Unfortunately this part of the story falls flat due to the actor who plays the dad doing perhaps some of the worst acting in a decade. Luckily though this role is only about a minute of screen time and does not have quite the implication of someone like Gomez’s character. Selena is probably lucky her character does not have any moments in the film where she is required to due much of any acting. Although she has a good amount of screen time and dialogue it comes from a character who is pretty the same for the whole movie. In fact I think that Gomez never had to raise or lower her voice or change her tone off of laid back and bitchy. I can’t judge an actress on whether or not they did a good job if there job was essentially nothing but a ticket seller, which is an odd thing to say considering this movie is from Netflix.

The next thing of importance in Hollywood is story and boy do we have one that is broken. Odd character decisions and what seems like an endless supply of pranks is the core of the story. Ben quits his Job as Trevor’s caregiver after finally breaking through with him, Dot reconnects with her father even though she wanted to live on her own, and Trevor’s mother lets her son leave on a dangerous road trip because a guy she doesn’t fully trust said he’d take great care of him. Movies are convenient to themselves a lot and this one is no different. Now onto this pranking business which occurs frequently in the movie. Two times this fun and good hearted shenanigans comes back to hurt the movie for me. First off when a pregnant women goes into labor at the bottom of the worlds largest pit (a tourist spot, not a gateway to hell) the viewer will not automatically believe it to be true until the baby is starting to peek out. The second time also occurs at the end of the movie when Rudd is doing a voice over describing Trevor’s next caregivers first day of work. Trevor pretended to be dead but since we aren’t shown this it is presented as if he really did die on this caregivers first day of work. Apparently the director wanted to not only prank her but the audience as well which did no one any good.

The movie is far from perfect but it has enough laughs and enough adventure to make it enjoyable. Plus everybody loves Paul Rudd right? Or at least Selena Gomez. My score is a 7/10, though just barely.

Hi guys, Siera again. So if you read my “about me” I mentioned that I’d be bringing to you some ideas of how to live a healthier life. Well, one of my favorite things to do is eat out at restaurants or order takeout with my boyfriend. You can imagine how difficult it is to love food but have to contain myself from over indulging. Though you should allow yourself to indulge every once in a while, we all know that over indulging in bad foods can cause health issues or weight gain. Thus, I am always looking for ways to enjoy all types of food in the healthiest way possible. I’ve decided to share some of my “secrets” or things I do to enjoy good food guilt free.

Here's how to eat good food, guilt free.

 

  • When in a burger joint, I always opt for a turkey burger if available. Ditch the bun or at least half of it, and load up on vegetables such as tomato, onion, lettuce, pickle, etc. Forget the cheese or opt for a low fat option such as Swiss. Make sure to skip the sauce or have it on the side. Chances are if it’s on the side then you won’t use all of it!

 

  • When ordering Chinese takeout, I recently started asking for soup as my appetizer instead of egg rolls. 1 cup of egg drop soup has less than 100 calories and wanton soup has less than 200 calories in comparison to one egg roll that has over 200 calories. If you absolutely need your Lo Mein (like I do), you can request it to made with chicken broth instead of oil. Opt for steamed vegetables, chicken cooked with no oil, and brown rice instead of fried. Spring rolls are another good option, having only 85 calories per serving. However, skip the sauce.

 

  • Salads – they’re typically a dieters’ trap! Most salads are loaded with extra garbage that in most cases defeat the entire purpose of choosing salad. First off, always get dressing on the side, and salsa is always a great dressing alternative. If it’s a chicken or other meat salad, request meat to be cooked with no oil. Skip the croutons, they’re usually stale anyway. Skip the cheese unless it’s parmesan, then enjoy in moderation. Most importantly, look at the ingredients. If it has more than your basic tomato, cucumber, and/or other healthy veggies, really evaluate how healthy the other ingredients are.

 

  • When ordering Mexican, decline chips. For an entrĂ©e, fajitas with no tortillas are always a better option. If you love your tortillas, request corn tortillas over flour. Skip the sour cream! If possible, order brown rice instead of Mexican, and request less cheese on your order. Black or pinto beans are better than refried, and never order anything that is described as “fried” “smothered” “crispy” or “stuffed.” Those words scream to me “run!”

 

  • When ordering Italian, skip the bread. Start with a small Caesar salad, and as always request dressing on the side and no croutons. Opt for pastas with red sauce instead of white, and ask for half of it to be boxed away. Portion size is the most important! If ordering pizza, thin crust is always a good idea. If you decide to get dessert, share. This is a good habit no matter where you eat dessert. Which brings me to my favorite food…

 

  • Ice cream – enjoy an unlimited amount! Haha, just kidding, but you’ll find out this is my weakness and by far the most difficult to make “healthy.” Try to stick with sorbet. I always try my best to keep ice cream simple too by choosing vanilla and loading up on fruit instead of candy. Waffle cones are just bad news.

 

Lastly, drink plenty of water while you wait on your meal. A key thing to remember is that if it’s possible to box half your order, choose to do so. Restaurants are notorious for serving too large of portions. My friends make fun of me for requesting this, but not only does it help you eat in moderation, you’re paying for two meals instead of one!

I would love to hear some of your ideas, so comment below.

-Siera Rayne

With fall fast approaching (yes!!!!!!!!!!), I thought it would be a great time to share one of my all-time favorite recipes! This potato soup is the perfect thing to enjoy on a cool & crisp autumn day (or basically time of the year, like I do) so here’s the recipe! Enjoy!

This super delicious potato soup recipe hits the spot every single time. Not to mention it's super easy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk (or more, as needed)
  • 1/2 cup of organic chicken broth
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed (I use up to five, depending on size)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook bacon until brown & crispy, set aside for now.
  2. Melt butter in large stockpot over medium heat (don’t burn it!)
  3. Once melted, whisk in flour until lightly browned, about one minute, to create a roux. It should look like this:Super delicious potato soup recipe!
  4. Gradually whisk in milk & cook, whisking constantly for about 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, potatoes and the green onions (but save some for the garnish at the end)
  5. bring to a boil; reduce heat & simmer for 2o minutes. Stir in cheese, sour cream, salt & pepper to taste
  6. Serve immediately; garnished with green onion, cheese, & bacon.Super delicious potato soup recipe!

Now doesn’t that look sooooo good? Answer: it is so fricken good. If you try this out (and you should!) please let me know what you think! My mouth is watering just thinking about this.. I might have to make this for dinner tonight, again lol.

 

What are some of your favorite recipes?