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Friday I’m In Love, Volume 7: Matcha, Mascara + Throwback Easter Pics

Happy Friday and happy Easter weekend! I have a few “Friday I’m in love” faves to share with you today including matcha, my favorite mascara, a Premier Protein giveaway and more but first…throwback Easter.

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I always miss my grandmother extra on Easter. I have so many memories of Easter Sunday at her house and taking photos in our Easter dresses in front of her azaleas.

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A little “flash back Friday” to four years old.

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And fourth grade. That dress!!!! I match the flowers.

I have a trip booked to visit my family in April and I am counting down the days! 🙂

Here are my recent faves (along with a few things I am not loving!).

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These gluten free rosemary olive oil crackers from ALDI. I wish you could reach through the screen and taste one because they are awesome. I just want to lick the seasoning blend off of them. ALDI is doing a great job expanding their liveGfree line. I really missed crackers and salty snacks while I was on Whole30. I almost always eat a handful of something like this while I’m making lunch.

Mug of Matcha Tea

I’m finally on the matcha bandwagon! Not going to lie, it’s fun to drink a mug of bright green tea.

Eat Clean Tea Matcha

I’d never tried matcha powder until Eat Clean Tea offered to send me a bag of matcha powder and a frother to try out. It’s so easy to prepare…two tiny scoops of matcha, hot water and lots of stirring. I’ve been reading about the health benefits of matcha and it’s an energizer, immune supporter and detoxifier. It’s packed with antioxidants, boosts energy, improves mental clarity and calms your mind in addition to a host of other benefits you can read about on Eat Clean Tea’s website.

For those of you who have been in the know about matcha for a while, I’d love to hear how you use it and if you have any creative suggestions for adding it to things.

Latisse and L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

I’m so on and off with using Latisse but when I do I see a huge transformation in the appearance of my lashes. Recently I’ve been on a Latisse kick using a kit I received from Carolina Facial Plastics a while back. It truly does help you grow longer, fuller, thicker lashes. I also wanted to share the mascara I’ve been using a lot recently. I’m stuck on L’Oreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes waterproof mascara. The waterproof formula is a must for me when I’m in the hot yoga studio in 100 degree heat and 65% humidity every day.

Golden Retrievers

These two. Always loving on these two. <3

Premier Protein's new Bananas and Cream Shake

I received samples this week of Premier Protein’s brand new Bananas & Cream flavor that will be available in select Sam’s stores starting April 5. Given that the only three flavors they had before were vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, this is a big addition! I usually default to using the protein powders versus the ready made shakes but I wanted to share for those of you who need a shake you can take on the go. (And now that I’ve typed all this out, I’m thinking I’m going to have a peanut butter and banana protein shake for my afternoon snack!)

Want to try Premier Protein’s line of shakes and bars? Leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win a sampler pack including this flavor! Just tell me what your favorite shake flavor is. Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or banana? 

And we’ll wrap this up with a few things I’m NOT loving from around the web. I don’t usually share a lot of stuff like this but I couldn’t not today.

Tracy Anderson is loony tunes. I can’t even with “If you want to be longer and leaner you’ve got to stay away from 10-pound, 15-pound weights.” I read this to the other trainers in my gym this morning and we a) laughed and b) lamented that this only furthers the confusion around women, lifting and the “bulkiness” myth. I love this response from Adam Bornstein.

Parents are up in arms in Georgia about their children saying “namaste” in elementary schools during yoga classes that are designed to help them deal with stress, anger and anxiety by teaching breathing and mindfulness techniques. Washington Post.

The governor of North Carolina signed a bill into law on Wednesday night that basically overturns an expanded nondiscrimination ordinance that the Charlotte City Council approved in February that was set to go into effect on April 1. From the Charlotte Observer, “In North Carolina today, there are no legal protections for gays and lesbians. That means a private business in Charlotte or anywhere else in the state can refuse to serve someone who is gay, and a bakery could refuse to make a cake for a wedding of a gay couple.” This is CRAZY.

While I love my home state of Georgia, living in Charlotte and the south in general, this is the kind of stuff that I have a hard time with.

Okay, I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend whether you’re celebrating Easter or just enjoying spring wherever you are!

xxoo,
Jen

A portion of this post is part of my ongoing ambassadorship with Premier Protein. 

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  • 1
    Jennifer March 25, 2016, 3:33 pm

    Would love to try the chocolate!!

  • 2
    Brooke March 25, 2016, 3:34 pm

    Chocolate for sure! Makes it feel like I’m getting a little treat, while also filling up with protein 🙂

  • 3
    Brittany March 25, 2016, 3:38 pm

    I love matcha! My gym makes an awesome matcha protein smoothie, but I’m sure there’s lots of bad stuff in it too. It’s too good!

  • 4
    Meghan March 25, 2016, 3:42 pm

    Would love to try chocolate

  • 5
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 25, 2016, 4:11 pm

    Your 4th grade dress 😉 Classic!
    The tracy anderson article was so spot on!

  • 6
    Alison March 25, 2016, 4:43 pm

    Vanilla….

  • 7
    Rachel March 25, 2016, 4:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing Adam Bornstein’s response! It was incredibly well-written. I am a big believer in doing what you love for exercise, so if people love the Tracey Anderson method, that’s great…but the information she uses to back her method is so uninformed and basically a joke.

  • 8
    Jill March 25, 2016, 4:53 pm

    Chocolate is my favorite, but I’d like to try banana in a smoothie w/ peanut butter added!!

  • 9
    Angie March 25, 2016, 4:57 pm

    Banana!

  • 10
    Keeley March 25, 2016, 5:05 pm

    Thank you for being a positive role model for women wanting to get fit in a healthy way – doing the exercise they enjoy! Double kudos for speaking out about policies that discriminate. You rock 🙂

  • 11
    Carolyn March 25, 2016, 5:23 pm

    Vanilla is my favorite!

  • 12
    Nicki March 25, 2016, 6:00 pm

    MATCHA! I love it as tea but what I also love doing is putting 1-2 tsp of it into my waffle batter (Kodiak Cakes are my go-to) and having slightly green waffles that taste delicious 🙂

  • 13
    Stephanie March 25, 2016, 6:07 pm

    I love the vanilla protein powder!

  • 14
    Cara's Healthy Cravings March 25, 2016, 7:12 pm

    My fav shake flavour is Chocolate, but I always add frozen banana, so I guess my fav is really choco-banana 🙂

    Thanks for sharing those articles at the end of your post. It’s always so sad to see beneficial things like yoga misconstrued into something that it is not.

    Hopefully that Bill in North Carolina can be protested, that is craziness! What year is this ?!?

    Happy Easter!

  • 15
    Shoshana March 25, 2016, 7:56 pm

    That dress! I have a picture of myself as a young girl in that same exact dress :)!

    • 16
      Jen DeCurtins March 25, 2016, 7:58 pm

      OH MY GOSH! 🙂 love it!

  • 17
    Emily March 25, 2016, 7:57 pm

    anything banana is my favorite!!

  • 18
    Cat March 25, 2016, 8:00 pm

    I’d actually love to try strawberry because I’ve tried vanilla and chocolate shakes before.

    I feel you on the south. I love it and it will always be home, but come on people! I have hopes that our generation will help move the south out of some of its backwards ways one day.

  • 19
    Stephanie March 25, 2016, 9:03 pm

    Vanilla for sure.

  • 20
    Elizabeth March 25, 2016, 9:14 pm

    I would love to try the sampler pack! I have been trying to experiment with adding more protein into my diet. The banana and strawberry flavors sound extra good!

  • 21
    Corinne March 25, 2016, 9:16 pm

    I I always gravitate to chocolate, but I always prefer the versatility of vanilla.

  • 22
    Miriam March 25, 2016, 9:30 pm

    Those Easter pictures are darling! You all have such a special bond :). I haven’t tried Premier protein, but I would probably try chocolate or vanilla.

  • 23
    Kaleigh March 25, 2016, 9:38 pm

    I love vanilla with fruit, but chocolate is always a treat!

  • 24
    socaliallie March 25, 2016, 9:54 pm

    I most definitely had that same floral dress too! and wore it for easter and mother’s day celebrations.

    Great response by Adam Bornstein…thanks for sharing!

  • 25
    Kristen March 25, 2016, 10:03 pm

    The chocolate of course !

  • 26
    Amy K March 25, 2016, 10:22 pm

    I wanted to like matcha but I think i put too much powder in my mug, wow! But, I love my little frother, I can’t have morning coffee without it now, I add coconut oil and vanilla and it blends up so yummy! I have vanilla protein now, the banana sounds delish! Love the pics of your golden’s, such cute faces.

  • 27
    alan March 25, 2016, 10:29 pm

    started reading your blog about 5-6 months ago and have enjoyed it (even if yoga to me is a foreign language!!!). You are like almost exactly the same as when you were so little!!! How funny is it that some people’s faces only grow a bit older but stay pretty much the same. Great pics

    Thanks for your last comment about the insane discriminatory ordinances that you are encountering in Charlotte. It’s not just the south–there are people all over who wish to restrict rights for those they deem “different” and blogs like yours and comments like you made are so important in the grass roots to overcome and fight for justice for all. I know this is a political type comment on a fitness/food blog, but I really agree with your sentiment and wanted to laud you.

    • 28
      Julie March 28, 2016, 2:03 pm

      I 2nd the kudos on the non-discrimination comment, Jen. Way to go!

      • 29
        Jen DeCurtins March 28, 2016, 2:07 pm

        thanks so much guys!

  • 30
    Farrell March 25, 2016, 10:37 pm

    banana and chocolate both sounds yummy!

  • 31
    Lauren March 25, 2016, 11:14 pm

    Vanilla 🙂

  • 32
    Hillary March 25, 2016, 11:22 pm

    Banana and vanilla!

  • 33
    Lindsey March 25, 2016, 11:25 pm

    I’ve never tried the pre-made shakes, but I love the chocolate and vanilla powders!

  • 34
    Tiff March 25, 2016, 11:39 pm

    usually just chocolate but the banana is tempting!

  • 35
    Hilary March 26, 2016, 8:54 am

    I am vanilla all the way!

  • 36
    Cortney March 26, 2016, 9:14 am

    The New Banana Flavor sounds delish!!!

  • 37
    Andrea March 26, 2016, 9:58 am

    The south isn’t the only place showing regression into the past….Indiana just signed a bill saying that women cannot choose to have an abortion even if the baby has a “developmental abnormality”, such as triosomy 13 which is fatal anyway…ugh.

  • 38
    Emma March 26, 2016, 11:30 am

    my favorite shake flavor is chocolate! Happy Easter 🙂

  • 39
    Kelly March 26, 2016, 11:56 am

    We try to make sure we have the ready-made protein shakes in the fridge to grab when we are going to be out running errands for a while. The hubby also takes at least one or two shakes with him when he travels for work so he can make sure he can get some decent protein intake. So far, we have stuck with the strawberry flavor of the premier protein shakes since we typically have chocolate or vanilla protein powder…we’re big so excited to see if the banana flavor will be at our SAMs!!!

  • 40
    April March 26, 2016, 12:06 pm

    Chocolate is my favorite shake. Just had one with my oatmeal bowl for breakfast this morning! It satisfies my chockiate milk craving too. 🙂
    I need to try matcha. Would love to hear more about how you use it!

  • 41
    Sarah March 26, 2016, 2:38 pm

    I’d love to try Premier Protein’s vanilla. Boring I guess but I’m just experimenting w protein powder for the first time in years!

    Try adding matcha to your chia puddings! If you use a coconut base (i.e. coconut “beverage” or 1-2 tbsps full fat coconut milk) the combo of the green tea and coconut flavors make for an exotic chia treat 🙂

  • 42
    Tracy March 26, 2016, 2:43 pm

    Chocolate!

  • 43
    MaryZ March 26, 2016, 3:52 pm

    Vanilla is my favorite!

  • 44
    Kelly Guerin March 26, 2016, 4:10 pm

    I love the chocolate flavor!

  • 45
    renee March 26, 2016, 4:18 pm

    i feel silly even commenting about this but i am so disappointed by your tracy anderson comment. i am a long time reader and like that you have usually refrained from downing other work outs but this was pretty harsh. lots of women have benefitted from her workouts, even if they ignore her comments about only lifting light weights.

    • 46
      Jen DeCurtins March 26, 2016, 4:35 pm

      Hey Renee – first, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. RE: my commentary on Tracy Anderson…I am not downing anyone who enjoys her workouts or any one style of workouts in general. You know I’m all for “you do you” whatever feels good and moving is better than doing nothing at all.

      What I am not on board with is Tracy Anderson emphatically sharing statements that are confusing to many and Tracy herself puts down other forms of workouts and exercise as “bad” and “ineffective.” Please read the response that I linked too because my thoughts are aligned with Adam’s: https://medium.com/@BornFitness/dear-tracy-anderson-stop-bbba22b2726f#.ntb4hbmeb.

  • 47
    Shannon March 26, 2016, 5:23 pm

    Vanilla is my go-to!

  • 48
    Caroline March 26, 2016, 5:54 pm

    I’ve only ever tried vanilla. I like the thought of strawberry thought!

  • 49
    Katie March 26, 2016, 8:23 pm

    Chocolate is my go-to favorite, always with some banana or peanut butter mixed in. I’d love to try the new banana flavor!

  • 50
    Kristen Y March 26, 2016, 9:15 pm

    Love vanilla!!! Yum!

  • 51
    Anne March 26, 2016, 9:24 pm

    I would try the chocolate or vanilla:)

  • 52
    Sand March 26, 2016, 10:46 pm

    crazy about the chocolate!

  • 53
    Danielle March 27, 2016, 10:55 am

    Chocolate all the way!

  • 54
    Heidi Nolta March 27, 2016, 2:16 pm

    Would love to try banana! 🙂

  • 55
    Lauren March 27, 2016, 6:44 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try premier protein! Chocolate is always a good bet 🙂

  • 56
    Christine March 27, 2016, 9:08 pm

    Banana! I’ve never tried it

  • 57
    Jodie March 27, 2016, 10:26 pm

    Chocolate for me.

  • 58
    Danielle March 27, 2016, 11:39 pm

    Strawberry is my fave!

  • 59
    Katie D. March 28, 2016, 8:06 am

    Chocolate. ALWAYS chocolate. 🙂

  • 60
    Amanda S March 28, 2016, 10:20 am

    Chocolate is definitely my favorite flavor

  • 61
    Nicole March 28, 2016, 10:33 am

    Vanilla is my favorite, but I’d love to try the banana!

  • 62
    Denyne March 28, 2016, 10:46 am

    I would love to try the chocolate. 🙂

  • 63
    Kim K. March 28, 2016, 10:49 am

    chocolate, mmm mmm!

  • 64
    Shanna March 28, 2016, 11:25 am

    I have been using Latisse too but I am still not convinced. My lashes are longer but still sparse. So without Mascara, I still don’t look like I have lashes. When I finish out what I have, if they don’t look thicker, I will probably stop using it.

    • 65
      Jen DeCurtins March 28, 2016, 2:08 pm

      how long have you been using it? i feel like it takes a good 4-6 weeks to really start working.

  • 66
    Julie March 28, 2016, 1:57 pm

    strawberry

  • 67
    Claire March 28, 2016, 3:34 pm

    Vanilla, but I’d love to try the banana flavor too!

  • 68
    Laura March 28, 2016, 5:14 pm

    Chocolate is my favorite!

  • 69
    Laura March 28, 2016, 10:38 pm

    id love to try the chocolate!

  • 70
    Jeniffer Jones March 29, 2016, 11:33 pm

    I love them all, if i had to chose a favorite it would be vanilla.

  • 71
    Tara March 30, 2016, 1:07 pm

    chocolate all the way. i am soooo with you on the law thing. it makes southerners look bigoted and backwards which is not the case. and while we are at it im sick of laws that businesses don’t have to provide insurance for contraception cuz its “against their religion”. that is ridiculous ! its basic healthcare ! you cant pick and choose things like this. no discrimination period. LGBT people are not a threat to straight people. a woman taking the pill is not a threat to your religious freedom. things like this fire me up as well. good for you to post about it !

  • 72
    Susan S March 30, 2016, 1:25 pm

    Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate!!!

  • 73
    Shanna S March 30, 2016, 2:04 pm

    Since I began my journey, I’ve loved Premier products. The Vanilla is good, and can be changed to any flavor using extracts or sugar-free coffee syrups. I LOVE banana, and would love to try the Bananas and Creme flavor.

  • 74
    amy March 31, 2016, 1:31 pm

    I always default to vanilla for my protein powders. It seems to be the most versatile for mixing with different ingredients. I also use matcha powder in my smoothies sometimes. I don’t love it by itself.

  • 75
    Dana star March 31, 2016, 8:28 pm

    I love a vanilla shake and adding seasonal fruits. Recently pineapple is my favorite!!

  • 76
    Karen March 31, 2016, 8:44 pm

    I have never tried protein shakes but I would love to try the chocolate one. I really enjoy your blog and exercise ideas.

  • 77
    Nancy March 31, 2016, 9:15 pm

    I would love to try banana flavor premier protein!

  • 78
    Anthony Barnes April 4, 2016, 1:43 pm

    I would love love love to try the Bananas and Cream Premier shake

  • 79
    NiniBella April 5, 2016, 12:20 pm

    My favorite flavor is Chocolate and I sometimes blend it with 1/2 frozen banana, so i would love to try the Banana flavored Premier shake as is! May just be one of my new RTD protein staples!

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