Magnum Ice Cream #Review


Disclaimer: I was sent a coupon for a free box of Magnum Ice Cream bars courtesy of Influenster. The following opinions are honest and 100% my own.

A few months ago I came across Influenster through a fellow blogger’s post reviewing an item she had received through the organization. I decided to check it out and see if it might be something I’d be interested in participating in. I joined Influenster and a few months later received my first VoxBox opportunities to review some items. One of them was an Ice Cream Stock Up. After agreeing to participate, I anxiously awaited my red envelope containing my coupon.

Can't miss this in the mail!

Can’t miss this in the mail!

I wasn’t sure which brand of ice cream I’d get until I opened the envelope and found a coupon for a box of Magnum Ice Cream bars. My local target had three flavor options and I went with the Double Caramel. This was the first time I’ve tried Magnum ice cream, even though I’d been intrigued since I first saw their commercials. After opening the box, I almost felt like I was getting a golden ticket from Willy Wonka thanks to the packaging. Definitely makes you feel like you’re about to enjoy something really good.


Don’t these look crazy good?

My golden ice cream!

My golden ticket…er, umm, I mean ice cream!

The double caramel option did not disappoint. The bars are a reasonable size, not too big or too small. The bars are very rich and one will definitely satisfy even the most intense sweet tooth. The chocolate outside is thick, but easy to bite. It was the perfect amount of caramel for me, and the ice cream inside was soft and yummy. I wouldn’t mind checking out the other flavors such as the double chocolate one as I’m a huge chocolate fan.

I think the only odd thing was that they came in a box of 3. That’s a really random number since most companies offer a box of at least 4. Other than that I really have no other criticism. They’re an excellent treat for special occasions. I couldn’t eat them every day as I’m a pretty healthy eater, but if they opportunity arises I won’t hesitate to purchase these bars in the future.

I was also selected for the Victoria’s Secret Sport VoxBox and will get to test one of their sports bras. We’ll see how it goes! I’ll share my thoughts here once I receive my VoxBox.

Just as a reminder, I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Question: Have you ever had Magnum Ice Cream? What did you think?

#SUPYoga Recap


I recently did a guest post on my first SUP yoga experience for my friend Anna over at Charmed Wellness. After attending my second class, I decided I had to share it here too!

Whipple Dam State Park

Whipple Dam State Park

It was another great class on a beautiful morning at Whipple Dam State Park. Whipple Dam is a small lake offering swimming, peddle boat rentals, kayak rentals, hiking, and now SUP yoga and paddle board rentals. The SUP Yoga class is 90 minutes for $20, while you can rent the boards for an hour for $15.

Caitlin, the instructor, is great and helps you easily get used to being on the paddle board. Unlike the ocean, Whipple Dam is very flat so I imagine it’s a great place to learn how to SUP, as well as take your yoga practice off dry land. I’m not much of a yoga person, but adding in the SUP makes it so different and very engaging. I also like Caitlin’s approach to teaching. She’s very good at offering instruction and also keeps things light and fun. I’m really glad she plans to move to the area permanently and will be bringing her business back next summer.

My friend Ivy attended for the first time today. She had a great time, despite falling in, and took to the sport well. We got to spend about 30 minutes after the class paddling around the lake before we had Caitlin take some pictures for us. While paddling I saw a lot of fish and two turtles. The water is quite clear and the lake is rather shallow so you can see the bottom almost everywhere.

Ivy and I before we headed back to the dock.

Ivy and I before we headed back to the dock.

Practicing some poses before calling it a day. Not the best form, but that's not the easiest pose on a moving board :)

Practicing some poses before calling it a day. Not the best form, but that’s not the easiest pose on a moving board :)

Caitlin is planning two more weekends, so hopefully I can catch at least one more class. If you ever have the chance to try SUP or SUP Yoga, I highly recommend it, even if you aren’t a yogi. Both options are a great workout and a lot of fun.

Question: Have you ever tried SUP or SUP Yoga?


Pinspire Me Friday – Volume 16


Labor Day weekend is here! The unofficial, yet official, end of summer. Do you have a three-day weekend?

I’m looking forward to a busy, but fun three days. Tonight I’m going to a Sip and Paint event put on by a local boutique. I’m excited and hope whatever I paint is worthy of being hung on the wall. Tomorrow I’m taking my second SUP Yoga class in the morning and I can’t wait to tell you all about it next week. Saturday night Gabe and I are going out to celebrate a friend’s birthday and have a breakfast date planned for Sunday morning. Since the weather is supposed to be nice, I hope to make one last trip to the pool since it closes after this weekend. Monday I’m heading down to the Lower trail for my 15-mile long run. A group of us are going with two of us running, while the rest will be riding their bikes. On top of that I’m dogsitting my friend’s golden retriever.

I also feel the need to get some chores done this weekend. I’d like to wash and wax my car, clean up my bike, clean the bathrooms, and who knows what else. We’ll see what all I can fit in to the mix.

Now back to the original purpose of this post. I found this pin earlier this week and loved it!

run A big thanks to for sharing this! Make sure to check out her blog. It’s great!

This pin resonated with me because there’s always this need to “keep up with the Joneses,” regardless of the reason. We need a bigger house, the newest iPhone, to lose weight, wear the latest fashions, and to run as fast as someone else. But, who cares about the Joneses? What they have and need is most likely not the same as what we need. That’s ok!

This idea also applies to running and fitness. No two of us are the same. Our bodies and minds have different needs and respond differently to different types of exercise. The important thing is that we’re out there doing it. It’s ok to be inspired by others, but don’t forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. Push yourself to be better than you were yesterday, not better than the “Joneses.” That’s how you’ll get the most satisfaction. Set goals, strive for them, reach them, and be proud of them. You, and you alone, accomplished them.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Question: What are you Labor Day weekend plans? 

Weekends With Friends


It’s Monday! How was your weekend? Hope you made the most of it!

I spent the better part of my weekend in the Philadelphia area visiting with some friends and attending a bridal shower in nearby Princeton, N.J. It was a great two days from start to finish.

On Friday I put together my bridal shower gift for the next one of my college girlfriends to get married. A few of us have developed a tradition of doing certain gifts for the bridal shower. Mine is a wine basket with wines dedicated to specific events in the lives of newlyweds, such as First Christmas, First Baby, First Fight, First Dinner Party, and First Anniversary. I usually try to match the wedding colors. Here is my creation for Alissa.


I pulled this photo from Instagram after deleting the original.

I pulled this photo from Instagram after deleting the original.

On Saturday, my college roommate Emma and I departed for Philly. We had plans to meet our friend Jen at 1 p.m. for lunch in Conshohocken. It’d been too long since we’d both seen her so it was great to reconnect. We ate at the Southern Cross Kitchen. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area and want some southern cooking with contemporary style.

Post-lunch selfie!

Post-lunch selfie!

We then headed to Wayne where we would stay the night with Melissa. After quite the adventure at King of Prussia Mall in Macy’s (their bridal registry system and coupon restrictions are ridiculous and apparently not user-friendly for customers or sales associates), we headed to Viggiano’s (also in Conshohocken) to meet our friend Lauren for dinner. Viggiano’s is a delicious, family-owned Italian restaurant that apparently reopened within the last year. It’s BYOB(or W for wine, of course!) and you can make the entrees family style and feed yourself for days to come. We ended up ordering the sampler as an appetizer and getting two family-size entrees for the four of us. We had so much left over, but it was really quite delicious. Another great place to check out if you’re in the area.

After, we hit up The Great American Pub around the corner for drinks with a friend Emma met on her Korea trip who happened to live in the Philly area. It was a great time and we headed home around 12:30 a.m.

Melissa and I stuck to our plan of running Sunday morning, which required a 6:50 a.m. wake up. While my training schedule said 10 miles, we ended up with 6.5, which felt good and allowed us time to get ready before making the drive to Princeton. Wayne is a beautiful area outside of Philly offering lots of convenience for residents. Melissa took me past beautiful estates and we finished our run on a quiet and pretty bike trail.

I paused on our run to catch this pretty shot.

I paused on our run to catch this pretty shot. Nice work, Melzy!

Alissa’s bridal shower was at Mediterra in Princeton. I’d never been to the town before and absolutely loved the little bit that I saw of it. I really would love to go back and shop and check out the campus. The food at the shower was quite delicious, as was the wine. Alissa received a ton of great and thoughtful gifts from everyone in attendance. She and Dave are well-stocked to start married life together! Before we all parted ways, we got a group photo outside the restaurant.

We are quite a colorful bunch!

We are quite a colorful bunch!

My trip home wasn’t too long. I saw lots of deer and even two hot air balloons somewhere over Lancaster. It was so great to see everyone and to celebrate Alissa. We’ll all be back together soon for her wedding and I can’t wait!


Pinspire Me Friday – Volume 14


It’s been a busy day at work with the first official day of move-in for on-campus students. I was out and about all day taking pictures and capturing the excitement that is Arrival at Penn State.

Now I’m about to do this:



The plan is to get in 6-7 miles before heading home for a delicious dinner. I’ve mapped the course, am meeting two friends, and am going to enjoy the sun since it’s been raining all week. It’s Friday and that’s great!

What are you looking forward to this weekend? Whatever it is, log off, shut down and go enjoy yourself!

Happy Friday!

Just Checking In…


It’s been a bit crazy at work this week. Arrival for students has begun and that means our office is quite busy since we handle the marketing for a great deal of the non-academic units at Penn State. This summer we have had a lot of construction projects in our units, including a food court renovation in our student union and a renovation of our campus restaurant, Cafe Laura. I know the students are excited about these updates, especially with the addition of Jamba Juice and McAlister’s Deli.

I figured I’d take a minute to check in and share a guest post I did on my friend’s blog, Charmed Wellness. As you may remember, I recently took my first SUP Yoga class. Below is a photo. Check out my post at Charmed Wellness, as well as all of Anna’s other great posts focusing on health, wellness, and fitness.

SUP Yoga at Whipple Dam State Park

SUP Yoga at Whipple Dam State Park

I’ll be back Friday with another Pinspire Me Friday post!

Pinspire Me Fridays – Volume 13


I have to admit I was struggling to find a graphic for this week’s Pinspire Me Fridays post. But then I found this infographic, and I love me a good infographic, about strength training and decided to share it.

I am not a certified trainer (although I really keep toying with getting certified since I do really enjoy it), but after checking out the source and the author, I felt comfortable sharing this.

There are so many great benefits from strength training and this infographic highlights a great many of them. For me, I love feeling strong. I also love knowing that I’m doing something good for my body. I worry about health issues like high blood pressure and cholesterol. I know strength training and being active isn’t the only way to prevent those issues (I think that battle also takes place in the kitchen), but it can help.

I don’t know about you, but I also enjoy feeling sore (the good kind of sore). It feels so good to know you worked hard and that you’re improving and getting stronger. I also feel like strength training has helped my running. You need strong legs to run, but it’s also important to have a strong core and upper body.

On another note, I can’t believe how fast this summer has flown by. I work at a university and the students start returning next Friday. While it’s great to have that increased energy around town, they also tend to take over anything and everything that you have been able to enjoy all summer without them around. Oh well! Today I’m hitting the lunch boot camp class at the gym before a date night with Gabe. I’m toying with going to the master’s class tomorrow as well, but also need to get in a 3-miler to keep up with my training. It’d be great to get to the pool too! I have my 13-miler planned for Sunday and was mapping out a few course options to try to change the scenery a bit.

Have a great weekend!