Favorite Finds Friday!

If you know me, you’d know I am a TIU girl! TIU stands for Tone It Up. It is a one stop shop for ALL things health, fitness and wellness. I really do love it! There are many aspects to Tone It Up, but today I’m gonna share a couple things today.


We all need a good source of protein. In addition to the protein I find in food, I also like to add some protein to my morning smoothies. And I’m always in the mood for a treat.

The founders of TIU, Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott have recently partnered with good ole Target! It’s super exciting, as you can tell in the video below! They have introduced a line of protein bars and protein powders that can be purchased in store or online.

Each product is plant based, gluten free, vegan, NON-GMO and packed with protein.


From the website…

“Tone It Up Protein supports the busy babe with a healthy and active lifestyle! We use simple, clean, NON-GMO, and gluten free ingredients to nourish your beautiful body. Protein builds lean muscle, speeds up metabolism, increases energy, and makes hair and skin glow! Your beautiful body deserves it. Our delicious products promote a healthy and lean physique while giving your body essential nutrients for post workout recovery. Perfect for on the go women just like you!”


I can’t recommend these products enough!!! They are my JAM!!!!

You can connect with Kat and Karena on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and of course their website!




The Art of Friendship



Have you ever felt stupid? And not just stupid, but really stupid? One of my greatest joys in life is to make new friends. It doesn’t even matter to me which category they fall into. They could be acquaintances, friends or my inner circle of people. I just love meeting and connecting with new people. I pride myself on being inclusive and welcoming. I like to gather with friends and have deep conversations, preferably over coffee.

Recently, a friend who moved here within the last two years had a birthday. I also like to celebrate my friends! For her birthday, I gave her a gift and sent her an encouraging text. I did all the things I love to do. This friend and I don’t spend a ton of time together, but the time we do has been nothing but quality. We have amazing conversations and pray for each other. We have shared meals and hurts and dreams. This means that we are pretty good friends, right?

Apparently not. A mutual friend of ours and I were hanging out and she remarked on upcoming birthdays. I mentioned our friend’s birthday and wondered if we were doing anything to celebrate. She told me our friend had actually had a small brunch-type gathering the Saturday before. My heart absolutely sank. Honestly, it broke a little. I was under the assumption that we were good friends. At least good enough friends to warrant an invite to a birthday celebration.

I avoid by nature. I hate awkward and hard conversations and situations. I always have. They cause me a bit of anxiety. I don’t want to be this way. I’m actually working on being better at brave communication. So, I confessed my hurt feelings to that friend. She was sorry that I was hurt and said that her gathering consisted of a small group of her inner circle friends. I understood her perspective. I appreciated it. There is no right or wrong here.  I wasn’t angry at her, but I was still hurt. Gratefully, it served as a revelation for me.

Somehow, I had assumed a level of friendship that was not true. I don’t ever want to be in that situation again. I don’t ever want for someone else to find themselves in that situation either.


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