I feel like I’m running out of ways to express my excitement for FRIDAY!!!  So I’ll just leave you with it in all caps and lots of exclamation points 😉  I have lots of random plans for this weekend, my husband’s football team has an away game tonight I’ll attend.  Saturday I need to run some errands and look forward to making some good food and watching football.  And on Sunday I’m so excited Soul Cycle is giving first time members a FREE ride this week, so I signed up for a Sunday morning class in DC.  I’ve done a Flywheel class but never Soul before so I’m excited to give it a try.  Be sure to check back on Monday for my Weekend Recap.  But now let’s get to my Friday Favorites hosted by Heather, and be sure to read the end of the post to find out how you could enter the Quest Bar giveaway!

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Face Masks

There is just something about the coldness and refreshing smell on your face when using a face mask.  I’ve just recently become obsessed with using them and my friends at Purlisse Beauty sent me their Summer Glow Travel Kit to try.  I also love any protection I can get from the sun whether it’s summer time or not!

Friday Favorites Week of 9.16


Fall Fashion

I’m by no means ready for drastically colder temperatures.  I’d be happy with 60’s and 70’s.  But I am so excited to get out the oversized sweaters, boots, booties, and blanket scarves.  Here are a few items on my Fall Wish MUST have list.


Dates

You can buy dried pitted dates in any grocery store, usually by the produce or dried fruits and nuts.  I have no idea how it took me so long to realize how delicious they were and how they can easily naturally sweeten any recipe.  I love eating them plain with some PB and a little dark chocolate square.  Or you could try one of these recipes:  Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Covered Dates, Chocolate Almond Date Balls, Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese.

Friday Favorites Week of 9.16


Vitamin Shoppe Brand

Planks

Well I guess this is more of a love/hate relationship.  I have been trying to do about three, one minute planks at the end of each workout session to really focus on strengthening my mid section and I’ve noticed a huge difference just in a few weeks.  So I challenge you all to add at least one, one minute plank to the end of your workout routine.  Bonus points if you can go longer 😉

Friday Favorites Week of 9.16

Around the Web

Hold onto Summer a little bit longer and try these 8 Delicious Popsicle Recipes, the Creamy Mango and Blueberry Yogurt sound yummy and would definitely be a clean way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Brain Foods for the Whole Family.  Perfect for the back to school season, see if you can incorporate some of these foods in your families snacks and meals to fuel your brains.

10 Herbs that can Clear Your Home of Negative Energy.  I’ve never tried any of these, but have always wanted to.  And seriously can we do this in the work environment too?!?

NEW Blueberry Muffin Quest Bar!

Last week Quest released their newest member of the family Blueberry Muffin!  Usually I am such a chocolate person when it comes to any protein or granola bar, but I am loving this flavor.  It has dried blueberries and almost like a muffin crumble it, so yummy!

Back in July Quest released the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar.  And earlier this year their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar was named America’s favorite protein bar.  So since I’m a Quest Ambassador I thought it would be appropriate to giveaway one of each of these bars to a lucky reader.

Quest Bar Giveaway

Quest Bar Giveaway

To enter you must comment below what flavor protein bar would you create?

I would love for Quest to make a White Chocolate Macedonia Nut flavor, because that was my favorite Cliff bar, but I typically don’t eat those anymore.  Bonus entry if you follow me on Instagram and write in your comment that you follow.  You must live in the US to enter.  I will choose and notify a winner on Tuesday September 20th.  Good Luck!

What flavor protein bar would you create?

What’s on your Fall Fashion Wish list?

What’s your favorite ‘bonus exercise’ at the end of a workout?

 

51 Comments on Quest Bars Giveaway and Friday Favorites Week of 9.16.16

  1. kesha
    September 16, 2016 at 10:33 am (5 years ago)

    I would love a white chocolate peanut butter protein bar! Yummy! I follow you on instagram. @keke_sparkles

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:23 am (5 years ago)

      Oh yum, everyone forgets about white chocolate, but I love it too Kesha!

      Reply
  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
    September 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Patricia! So many comments – I’m really into fall clothing myself, so I look forward to wearing it. As far as planks – yes, they are the best core exercise, so nice work on doing them regularly. And I wish I had some face mask at home, because that truly is a nice experience — so spa-like heheh. Oh and for the giveaway — I’d love to see a Cashew carrot cake protein Quest bar. Yes, please!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:22 am (5 years ago)

      I have been staring at my fall clothes for weeks waiting until it’s cool enough, but we haven’t reached that point yet. And Carrot Cake is a great idea for a Quest Bar!

      Reply
  3. Jill S.
    September 16, 2016 at 4:39 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love to see an Oatmeal Raisin Quest Bar. That is my favorite cookie.

    Thank you.

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:21 am (5 years ago)

      Yum! The Oatmeal Chocolate chip is pretty close I guess, but I do love some oatmeal raisin, with maybe like a little streusel topping.

      Reply
  4. Krista graham
    September 16, 2016 at 5:25 pm (5 years ago)

    I have to say I love the new quest favors!!’ But If I could make my own quest bar it would be birthday cake flavor!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:20 am (5 years ago)

      Yes Birthday Cake, I have no idea how they haven’t created that yet.

      Reply
  5. Bethany @ athletic avocado
    September 16, 2016 at 5:45 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love to try a Banana split quest bar! Banana splits are BAE. Followed on insta!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:20 am (5 years ago)

      That’s a great idea Bethany! I haven’t had a banana split in years, I forget how good they are!

      Reply
  6. paige c
    September 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love a pecan pie flavor! I am so excited for the new mocha flavor too!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:20 am (5 years ago)

      Pecan Pie would be delicious! And yes I was so excited when I saw that announcement, I love anything chocolate/coffee flavored.

      Reply
  7. paige c
    September 16, 2016 at 7:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I followed you on instagram

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:19 am (5 years ago)

      =) Thanks Paige

      Reply
  8. Nicole Rhodes
    September 16, 2016 at 10:56 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m thinking something like a lemon bar

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:19 am (5 years ago)

      Oh yum, I think Quest makes a lemon, I feel like it’s hard to find though and I’ve never actually tried it.

      Reply
  9. JB
    September 17, 2016 at 2:38 am (5 years ago)

    I’ve been following your Instagram/Blog for a while now because I love the content on both! Keep up the great work!
    I’m also super excited about pulling the fall fashion back out of the closet. There is nothing better than an over-sized sweater on an autumn day!
    If I was going to make a quest bar flavor, I think it would be called “Peanut butter Pretzel Crunch”, a little sweet, but balanced out with some salty notes as well 🙂
    Quite frankly any Quest bar is good to me!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:18 am (5 years ago)

      Aw thank you so much for the kind words =) And omg that flavor would be amazing. I think I lived off of peanut butter and pretzels in college, hehe.

      Reply
  10. Susie @ SuzLyfe
    September 17, 2016 at 11:24 am (5 years ago)

    I’m not a quest bar person, but I do like the Blueberry muffin flavor idea! I will be interested to hear what you think Soul vs Fly. Everyone has a favorite!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:17 am (5 years ago)

      I was surprised by how much I like Blueberry muffin because usually I’m not a fan of the fruity flavors. And I honestly like them both, I think it will just depend on my mood for which class I take!

      Reply
  11. Dana
    September 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm (5 years ago)

    I’d love to see a black cherry and dark chocolate Quest bar! I like heating the chocolate chip cookie dough bar in the microwave. For fall fashion, I’m on the search for a pair of black boots that are comfortable for lots of walking around campus. My favorite bonus exercise is high knees, they really get your heart rate up one last time before a cool down.

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:17 am (5 years ago)

      Cherries and chocolate is a great combo I always forget about! And high knees are so tough I always find myself not lifting my knees high enough.

      Reply
  12. Morgan
    September 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love a salted caramel bar! I was so excited for the oatmeal chocolate chip!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:16 am (5 years ago)

      Yum Salted Caramel! Quest makes a Caramel protein powder, but a bar would be so much better!

      Reply
  13. Erin
    September 18, 2016 at 3:55 am (5 years ago)

    I would love a coffee flavored protein bar.
    Favorite end to a workout is a bunch of push-ups.
    Fall fashion definitely scarves.

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:15 am (5 years ago)

      Oh coffee, that’s a good one Erin! Phew push-ups at the end of a workout are definitely not east!

      Reply
  14. Carolyn nichols
    September 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love a chocolate coconut cream pie flavor!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:15 am (5 years ago)

      That sounds delicious!

      Reply
  15. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    September 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm (5 years ago)

    I don’t know what type they should make, but I am a huge fan of anything cookie dough so I know I’d like that!
    I try to do a series of planks daily and when I am more loyal with it, it does make a huge difference!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 12:14 am (5 years ago)

      Yes they make a Cookie Dough bar, one of my favs! And consistency is key to seeing a difference, I just always forget about planks, but start doing them after each workout before my stretching.

      Reply
  16. Kaylin@EnticingHealthyEating
    September 19, 2016 at 1:17 am (5 years ago)

    I’m thinking a bourbon chocolate chip banana bread Quest bar. Something with that deep bourbon taste.

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh yum! I haven’t heard that one yet and that’s a great idea and perfect for Fall! You should really email that idea to Quest 😉

      Reply
  17. Esther
    September 19, 2016 at 2:10 am (5 years ago)

    Girl, I am so ready for fall! Especially after this HOT summer! The weather in LA was perfect and it needs to head east! Ha
    I love that you added planks to your workout! I need to get back to doing them too! Since I hurt my back in Aug, I can tell my abs have suffered. I am back to workouts and ab strengthening things, but planks need to make a comeback for me! My recent add on is extra stretching. Mostly for my back, but also for my hips and hamstrings! Ha, I am a tight mess these days!
    I so wish I could eat quest bars, but every time I try they make me sick 🙁
    So I wish they would create a bar that I can eat 🙂
    My fall wish list is new yoga pants! But really, I need new ones after tearing through a few pairs this summer 😉

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:39 pm (5 years ago)

      I’m sorry to hear about your back Esther. Injuries make us realize all the active days we take for granted. Hope you feel better soon. And I agree I have many readers/friends that need to eat dairy free, so I’m very surprised they haven’t made a dairy free bar.

      Reply
  18. Mary H
    September 19, 2016 at 1:09 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love Quest to create a red velvet bar; that would be amazing!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:36 pm (5 years ago)

      Yes! Red Velvet cupcakes are one of my favorites and I love when a bar tastes like a dessert. =)

      Reply
  19. Jill
    September 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm (5 years ago)

    I would probably love some type of caramel bar! I follow you in Instagram too!!

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm (5 years ago)

      Yes I can’t believe they haven’t made a caramel bar. Their Caramel protein powder is delicious if you haven’t tried that yet Jill!

      Reply
  20. Michelle B
    September 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I love quest bars! I love the Cinamon roll one! I think a Cherry pie quest bar would be fabulous (kinda like cherry pie Lara bars are). Also I am following you on Instagram @dreaminofmysoldier

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    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm (5 years ago)

      Yum! I do love anything with cherries, I’m surprised they only make an apple pie and seasonal pumpkin pie bars. There are so many other great pie flavors!

      Reply
  21. Jordan D.
    September 19, 2016 at 4:51 pm (5 years ago)

    I’d love a red velvet cake protein bar! The new Quest flavors sound awesome, thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:31 pm (5 years ago)

      Yes Blueberry muffin is delicious, I was pleasantly surprised! But red velvet cake sounds delicious, that’s one of my favorite cupcakes when I’m treating myself.

      Reply
  22. Jordan D.
    September 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m following you on instagram, too! (@j_mosh)

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Jordan =)

      Reply
  23. Bonnie
    September 19, 2016 at 5:06 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love a turtle (caramel, chocolate, pecans) flavored bar! I follow on Instagram.

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm (5 years ago)

      Yes Bonnie, that would be delicious! I love when bars taste like dessert, they really satisfy my sweet tooth!

      Reply
  24. Melissa
    September 19, 2016 at 6:02 pm (5 years ago)

    What flavor protein bar would you create? I think white choice macadamia sounds amazing!!! Or coffee chip… or Heath Bar. Yum!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh coffee chip and health bar with toffee pieces are great ideas Melissa!

      Reply
  25. Melissa
    September 19, 2016 at 6:02 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m following on Insta – I’m koskim!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      September 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Melissa!

      Reply
  26. Sarah
    September 20, 2016 at 8:32 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love a pumpkin, chocolate chip flavored protein bar!

    Reply

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