#bzheadwest Days 3, 4, &5

We started our morning with a great breakfast and hopped in the car to head from Colorado Springs towards Estes Park.

The drive through the mountains was gorgeous to our campsite just outside of Estes Park. After setting up camp and getting groceries to do some cooking, Mr. B got a fire going. We bought pie irons for the trip and they turned out to be a great purchase!

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We had tuna melts for dinner which were quite tasty. And of course there were s’mores while watching the amazing sunset.

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We survived our first night in the tent and got up early to check out the area around the campground. We headed to Rocky Mountain National Park and did some exploring. We then headed into Estes Park and grabbed drinks and dinner.

As we were walking down the street, we happened upon this shipping container which had 60 or so beers on tap. It was called The Barrel and was a great concept.

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There was more s’more making back at the campground and another night of great sleep! We woke up on Thursday with a deer outside of our tent. Pretty awesome to be that close to nature. :)

Had a visitor at our campsite this morning. #bzheadwest

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We headed back to Rock Mountain National Park for Mr. B to do some fly fishing before it got too crowded.

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He didn’t catch anything, but we did capture one of my favorite pictures from our vacation.

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We then headed out on a hike to Alberta Falls in the park. It was a bit of a tough hike due to the elevation, but completely worth it! So beautiful and photos don’t even do it justice!

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The hike back to the car was more difficult as the last half of it was uphill, but we did it and I earned my trail tag! Which I picked up in town on our way out, along with some delicious ice cream!

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We were then back in the car and headed to Denver for Fitbloggin!

The time spent in Estes Park was probably my favorite part of our #bzheadwest vacation! I love camping and all things nature! It was hard to pack up the tent and leave!

Do you enjoy camping? What is your favorite thing to cook over a campfire?

3 Easy Smoothie Recipes (and a giveaway!)

This post is sponsored by Bowflex

The past few weeks I have been trying to have some more smoothies in my life. I love them because they can be eaten on the go and keep me full for some time. I also love coming up with different concoctions to keep them more exciting.

I’ve posted some of my favorite smoothie recipes before, but I have found one that tops them all. One that I could probably eat every day of the week.

Cake batter….

Yes, you read that right, a smoothie that taste like cake batter.

Oh my gosh you guys, it is SO GOOD!

I also came up with a couple of other smoothie recipes to share with you guys. Don’t you enjoy expanding your smoothie recipe repertoire?

Well, here are 3 more that you can add!

3 Easy Smoothie Recipes by Brooke: Not On a Diet

Superfood Smoothie

1-1 1/2 cups milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
2 handfuls of kale (or spinach)
1 TB chia seeds
1 scoop French Vanilla Bowflex Body Fitness Shake

-Throw in your blender and blend until smooth. Adding more milk (or even water) if needed

Vanilla Chai Latte Smoothie

1 cup of chilled chai tea***
1 scoop French Vanilla Bowflex Body Fitness Shake
5-6 ice cubes

-Throw in your blender and blend until smooth

*** I used this chai tea and brewed it the night before, setting it in the fridge for the next day.

Oh and the one you’ve been waiting for….

Cake Batter Smoothie

1 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond)
1 TB fat-free cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 tsp butter extract
1 scoop French Vanilla Bowflex Body Fitness Shake
5-6 ice cubes
Sprinkles (optional)

-Throw in your blender and blend until smooth, adding sprinkles if you’d like. Then drink up and ask yourself why you didn’t do this sooner! 😉

The butter extract was part of the reason I didn’t ever give this recipe a try, but man am I glad I did! I’m sure there are other ways to get that flavor, but I’m a convenience type of girl sometimes.

The smoothie recipes are all made using the French Vanilla Bowflex Body Fitness Shake. I’m really enjoying this stuff in my smoothies! It’s tasty and since it is lactose free, it doesn’t give me tummy cramps like a lot of other protein powders do. The ingredient list is one that I love too.

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I also love the versatility of the mix. French Vanilla is a pretty basic flavor that you can make as exciting as you want, plus they have flavor boosters that you can add to spice it up as well! I added the chocolate boost to the cake batter smoothie recipe above. What’s even better than white cake batter….chocolate cake batter!

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Now, I would love to keep all the mix to myself, but then you guys wouldn’t be able to try it for yourself. No worries, the people at Bowflex Body are awesome and going to give away a 30 day supply to one of you!

Win a 30 Day Supply of Bowflex Body!

Entering is simple! Leave a comment below with you favorite smoothie concoction and you’ll be entered!

Giveaway ends on July 3rd at 11pm CT and is open to US residents only!

Also, if you see me at Fitbloggin, stop me! I have some smoothie samples I would love to share with you!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bowflex. They sent me the Bowflex Body for free. In exchange for a couple of posts mentioning them, they are helping me pay for some of my trip to Fitbloggin’ this year. I only do these types of posts on products that I truly find beneficial not only to me, but for my readers as well. Always, opinions are my own. To read more about my policy,click HERE

#bzheadwest Day 1 & 2

Last week I mentioned that Mr. B and I were headed to Colorado for vacation. I’m happy to say that we arrived safely!

We left early on Sunday morning and started driving West!

And we're off! #bzheadwest

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We made a stop at Bass Pro Shops in Council Bluffs for Mr. B to pick up some fly fishing things and made our way into Nebraska. Lincoln was our choice for our lunch stop and we found a place called Leadbelly that sounded good. They also claimed to have an amazing veggie burger.

They didn’t lie! I had the veggie burger topped with a roasted red pepper cream cheese and onion jam. It was quite delicious! Mr. B had some shrimp tacos which he enjoyed. After lunch, we were back on the road where Mr. B let me listen to all the 90s music I wanted as I drove. 😉

Driving through Nebraska is rather boring and take forever. Finally we made it to the Colorado border, where I made Mr. B pull over for a photo op!

We made it to Colorado! Next stop Denver! #bzheadwest

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We made it all the way to Denver where we grabbed dinner and then crashed for the night. We were up early on Monday and found a great breakfast spot called Etai’s. I had the Green Bowl which had squash, black beans, kale, and salsa. Mr. B decided on the french toast which was bigger than his head. Haha.

My breakfast date with his massive French toast! #bzheadwest #lifeisgrandwithyoubymyside

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We then headed to ANOTHER Bass Pro Shops, where Mr. B found a fellow fly fisherman and chatted for TWO HOURS! Luckily BPS is huge and I got over 3,000 steps in just killing time. Finally, we were on the road to Colorado Springs to a family member’s home.

Once we arrived they gave us a tour of Air Force Academy, including the chapel which was absolutely stunning!

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We then headed to Garden of the Gods, which was just beautiful! Nature is an amazing things!!

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Mr. B was having some fun climbing, but almost fell! 😉

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Clearly that kid has no fear either!

After that we at dinner at a delicious Italian place in Colorado Springs and headed back to the house were we sat outside and enjoyed the company.

Today we are headed off to Estes Park to do some camping! Hopefully I don’t get eaten by a bear! 😉

Anything that is a must to in Estes Park? Or around the area?

If you’re on Instagram you can follow our adventures with the hashtag #bzheadwest!