Black and Blue Steak Salad

by Renee on May 21, 2015 · 2 comments

in Food, life, Uncategorized

I was pretty sad yesterday when for the first time in a few months I had the chance to pop into my favorite salad place only to discover they no longer have my favorite blue and black salad on their menu. Heartbreak.

Black Blue Steak Salad

May is National Salad Month so it was the perfect opportunity to seize the moment and create my very own Black and Blue Steak Salad.

Black n Blue salad

I have to thank my husband for the killer steak cooked to perfection on the grill. And I also have to thank Red Pack for their delicious diced tomatoes and inspiration.

Red Pack Toss In Salad

There is something about the combination of soft cheese, tomatoes and a great cut of steak that MAKE salads for me. This one I could eat daily.

You can find the complete recipe from Red Pack here along with other fantastic recipes showing you how to make the most out of salad month with Red Pack Tomatoes.

Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad


I switched up their recipe and created one of my own using iceberg and romaine lettuce, sliced red onion, soft goat cheese, flank steak,  bacon and sunflower seeds. For my black and blue salad, I used my own dressing a Raspberry Garlic vinaigrette which you can find here.

Throughout the month of May RedPack is hosting the #tossintheflavor Sweepstakes for your chance to win a $400 Picnic Gift Basket or Redpack Tote Bag! Simply enter through their facebook page.

Toss in the Flavor Red Pack


Black and Blue Salad

I tend to go through spurts of favorites when it comes to my salads, right now this one is at the TIP TOP of my list.

Black n Blue salad

Even though my favorite salad place doesn’t have their version of this salad on their menu. Thanks to Red Pack I can enjoy this fabulous salad all summer long on my own.

Question of the Day: What’s your current GO to salad? Don’t you hate it when your favorite items get taken off the menu? 



Bootcamp Power Blast Workout

by Renee on May 20, 2015 · 7 comments

in Fashion, Workouts

Some days I wake up and just know I need a KILLER workout. I can feel it in my bones. My body craves it and I just want to attack something. Most of the time for me those days just include a CRAZY heavy bag session. And sometimes they just include a workout that leave me sweaty and on the floor once they are complete. Me bootcamp workout

Today is a day for the latter. I need a sweatastic workout that keeps me MOVING. Behold the Bootcamp Smash. A drop down workout that hits every muscle group!

Bootcamp Smash

I used to teach a bootcamp class and did lots of timed segments with a cardio swap out for body weights every third set. For this workout I borrowed some concepts from that class style and offered up 10 burpees as a cardio portion. Don’t worry Burpees hate you too LOL!


YOU WILL NEED: A Pull Up Bar (Equalizer Bars work in a pinch for pull ups) and a chair or step for dips.

TIPS: Those numbers are suggested but let’s be honest 50 push ups right off the bat is a lot. Remember modifications, you can use the wall and do wall push ups or from your knees. When you reach a place where you can’t in good form continue move on, that applies for all the movements. Burpees have modifications as well, remove the push up and jumps turn the legs into a step back.

**I’m a group fitness instructor but I’m NOT your group fitness instructor always consult with a doctor before starting a new workout**

This workout was inspired by my new RBX Active Capris. How cute are these? The new digital camo legging comes in 4 patterns and features a 21 1/2 inch inseam. For for me they are a touch longer than my normal 19″. They are flattering and are wicking so you stay dry even in your most brutal of bootcamp workouts. And they start at JUST $30 and include sizes through XL.


RBX Military gray and green capris

I am a sucker for anything neon and these have the perfect combination of badass and fun. So I don’t look all GI Jane but I feel her in my soul ;)  Thank you to RBX active for giving me the chance to try these out.

RBX active Capris

And the BEST part I’ve got a 25% off coupon code JUST for you to use before 7/31/2015. Use Code ACTIVE25 at checkout to receive your discount. The code is good on the RBXactive site.

Question of the Day: Do you have camo workout gear? What do you like less than burpees? 




Fashion Friday with Rocksbox

by Renee on May 15, 2015 · 14 comments

in Fashion

It’s FRIDAY!  I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for weeks and can’t wait for our fun friends getaway!


And I have exciting fashion things to share with you! I’ve been trying out a new jewelry service called RocksBox.


Do love jewelry?  Rocksbox is the premiere destination to borrow jewelry before you buy. For a monthly fee, Rocksbox members receive a highly curated box of designer jewelry with the option to borrow, buy or swap at any time. With 30+ amazing designers including Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, Gorjana, and Loren Hope, ROcksbox has something for every taste.

I have a serious love for Kenda Scott! I own a few pairs of her earrings already and they are prized in my collection.

I literally was like OMG I want that, and I want that as I went through picking out my wishlist pieces for my first box.


I love that this service is SO personalized.  My stylist even pointed out that I said I didn’t wear gold but had gold on my wishlist.  EXTRA points for attention to details!

They really did a great job nailing my style and selections. I received the Perry Street Layla Necklace:

perry street Layla Necklace

The Wanderlust+Co Zig-Zag Silver Bracelet:

zigzag bracelet

And the Kendra Scott Tessa Silver Stud Earrings in Iridescent Drusy:

kendra scott


Kendra Scott Earrings

I  am going to have a really hard time sending these items back, of course you always have the option of purchasing items you like, so this could be a dangerous service for me! ;) Jewelry especially unique pieces can completely make a simple outfit more elegant.

Layla Necklace 2

The blues and green hues in the Layla Necklace perfectly match so much in my spring wardrobe.

I have to say I don’t wear many bracelets but the Zig-Zag bracelet was the perfect mix of  delicate frill and edgy fun. So I’m keeping it. The rest I will send back in the pre paid and addressed box and next month I’ll get 3 new pieces.

When you sign up you go through and select what you like to wear and select the pieces you like. jewelry  rocksbox

THE BEST PART? When you use code: bendaxoxo YOU can get your first month FREE! 

This service is great if you like to try out different styles, designs and bauble bits! Need to freshen up your spring and summer wardrobe? Be sure to check out Rocksbox. I can’t wait to see what is coming for next month!

fashion is like

**I was offered to try this service for free in return for a review all opinions are my own**

Question of the Day: What do you wear most often necklaces, bracelets or earrings? 

Link ups: Life In Leggings, Jill Coyners and FitFulFocus.