Making Healthier Choices with Wendy’s Salads

This month, Matt and I have been doing a Summer Shred. It entails eating clean and working out. After two weeks, we have lost 18 lbs. combined! I did a Shred before I went to Paris in 2013 and was looking at pictures and loved how I looked and felt. So I signed up for another one (my friend Bobbi runs them – she’s amazing) and am loving it! The first few days are rough, breaking the sugar and snacking habits, but after that you start to feel so much better.  

Wendy's Salads - karainthekitchen.com-2When eating healthy and clean, meal prep and washing dishes can become exhausting. It’s nice to be able to eat out when you’re on the go or just need a break from being in the kitchen. The trouble is finding a healthy option while looking for fast food restaurants! With the fresh salads at Wendy’s, you are covered. I tried the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad and it was perfect! I really like how the chicken breast is grilled when you order the salad, so you’re not biting into a cold piece of chicken that has been in a fridge for who-knows-how-long. Wendy's Salads - karainthekitchen.comAs a parent, I like that you have healthier options with apples and apple juice in the kids’ meals as well. Lola is a happy camper too!Wendy's Salads - karainthekitchen.com-3You can order the half portion of the salad which was more than enough to fill me up; and the Simply Dressed® BBQ Ranch salad dressing is so flavorful that I only used a little bit and was satisfied. Check out Wendy’s “Romaine Lettuce Journey” video here for a look at how their lettuce gets from farm to restaurant. They used actual employees and now I majorly want a giant lettuce chopper in my kitchen :)Wendy's Salads - karainthekitchen.com-4Next time you are out and looking for healthy eating options, head to Wendy’s and try one of their salads! I’d love to know what you think.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half 2015 Recap

I was SO excited to run the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon for the second time this year! Find my first recap here, and 6 reasons you should run it here.

The best part was that it was Matt’s very first half marathon! It was so fun to run it with him. I told him he would be hooked after running it and he is. He said, “We have to run this every year!”

The only problem was that I hurt my back. We moved on May 1st and all of the packing, bending, lifting, and cleaning, led to me throwing out my lower back when I picked up Lola on Tuesday. Went to my chiropractor and told him, “So, I’m running a half marathon this Saturday…” and he’s like, “You mean you hope you’re running! As long as you don’t lift a box or a daughter the wrong way again!” So needless to say, I was in pain the whole race but still ran it. Much slower than I’d hoped to (2:50), but we finished together!

Packet pickup was in Solvang at the Expo on Friday. We saw the finish line all set up and couldn’t wait to cross it the next morning!

I tried on the most comfortable shoes: Newtons. They were so bouncy and maybe when my current shoes wear out I’ll get a pair of them :)

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Alaska Airlines was a sponsor and did free name engraving on luggage tags for everyone. We also entered to win a trip…still crossing my fingers!

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I LOVE the shirts this year! Super soft and light. And how cute is the race bib? They took one of my grapes in exchange for my shirt. The timing chip was built into the back of it; read: no clunky chip to tie to your shoe! Technology is awesome.

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Race morning! Kandie drove us (THANK YOU!!) and we were there bright and early, ready to run! Check out Destination Races’ sweet new start structure:

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The overcast weather could not have been more perfect for running! Matt was mad that he even bothered bringing his sunglasses. Mine were so light that I didn’t mind them on my head the whole time.

The course did not disappoint! The gorgeous vineyards, lavender fields, beautiful homes, rolling hills…

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Then ending with the finish line in Solvang. Look at the windmill in our finish pic that Kandie took!

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At the finish line where my mom met us with the girls! They were happy to wear our medals until they got too heavy…a good problem to have ;)

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We got to the VIP area after being measured for our SOLS (more on those later!), and the food tasted incredible! The sun came out just as we finished the race, it was perfect.

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Bottom line: I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Hopefully on a weekend where I haven’t moved the week before :) Thank you, Destination Races, for putting on such a great event right in my back yard!

I was provided with two discounted race entries. As always, all opinions are 100% mine! 

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group – Let’s Play!

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This is a sponsored post in conjunction with The Motherhood & Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. As always, all opinions are 100% my own! If you know me, you know that I love Dr. Pepper. It's my drink of choice and my fridge is always stocked! If I try … [Continue reading]

Becoming a Mother with a Special Nurse

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With Mother's Day approaching, it has me reflecting on the time when I first became a mother. It was December 2009, and I was 9 days overdue. I was incredibly anxious to meet my daughter! I worked with Dignity Health and SocialMoms on this post to … [Continue reading]

6 Reasons Why You Should Run the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

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I am SO excited to be running the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon for the second time next month!! It's the first and only half marathon I ever trained for and run so it definitely holds a special place in my heart. This will be Matt's … [Continue reading]

Family Getaway at the Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel, CA

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Last month, my mom, husband, girls, and I drove up the coast to stay at the Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel. We were so excited for a little getaway and had the most wonderful time! Upon arrival, we were greeted with Martinelli's and gourmet cheese from … [Continue reading]

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Have you heard of GoodNites* TRU-FIT* … [Continue reading]

Family Pictures with LK Photoshoots

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We recently had our family pictures taken and I am SO happy with how they turned out! The weather did not want to cooperate, but we ended up some gorgeous shots thanks to LK Photoshoots! We were originally going to take these at the beach, but … [Continue reading]

Spring into Carter’s & Coupon

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation. Recently, Ada & Lola have been eating non-stop! Both of … [Continue reading]

FROZEN Easter Beach Bucket

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DisneyEaster #CollectiveBias Since we live in sunny California, I thought this year I would make Easter Beach Buckets for my daughters … [Continue reading]