Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week and thanks for stopping by the blog today to celebrate Sweet and Strong’s 3rd Birthday.  To celebrate I’m talking a bit about why I started blogging and have a GIVEAWAY from Vital Proteins at the end of the post.  In case you missed some of this years highlights you can find reader top posts here and my personal favorite recipes, workouts, and lifestyle tip posts from the past year here.

I can’t believe that around 3 years ago my little sister convinced me to start sharing my healthy lifestyle journey on the internet for everyone to read.  For those that know me well, know I’m an introvert and usually a very quiet person.  So being open and sharing my life with everyone at first seemed absolutely terrifying.

Sweetapolita Sprinkle Medley

But my desire to help and inspire others is stronger than wanting to hold everything in.  Before starting Sweet and Strong I had a difficult time establishing a healthy relationship with food and working out.  My senior year of high school I started exercising and making healthier food choices after sports season had ended and I lost some of the weight that always made me feel self conscious.  In college I continued to explore different workouts and always wanted to eat all the right foods so I wouldn’t gain the weight back.

Banza Pasta

A year after starting working in the real world I was in an accident and for months wasn’t able to do so many of the things I loved.  After a long, emotional, and physically demanding recovery I knew never to take my health for granted.  And I became very interested in learning about the health and fitness field.

A few years ago when ‘fad’ diets started to be all the rage I wanted to share with others that you don’t have to label your diet to live a healthy lifestyle.  Yes I eat whole foods and cook for myself most of the time because I enjoy that and these foods make me feel good.  But you’ll also see me baking cupcakes, eating ice cream, and pizza, lots and lots of pizza!  Those are foods I refuse to live without and I find ways to keep them in my diet through balance.  I even try to keep my Instagram profile a great mix of healthy eats, sweet treats, and fitness posts.

Modern Market

All which lead me to create Sweet and Strong.  To share my story of eating well without depriving myself of my favorite foods, finding the right workouts, exercising after an injury, and overall creating balance in life.

I hope you have enjoyed following along here on the blog (do you receive email updates for new posts?  If not sign up here), on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest (my favorite social channels to share on).  And I can’t wait to share so many more recipes, workouts, and healthy lifestyle tips with you this year.

Vital Proteins Giveaway

To celebrate Sweet and Strong turning 3, my favorite company of the year Vital Proteins has offered to give one lucky follower a box of their Collagen Coffee Creamer To-Go Packets in Coconut.  I am LOVING adding the creamer to my morning coffee for the protein and collagen benefits.  And the to-go packets are super convenient when traveling.

Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

To enter simply visit this Instagram Post, follow @sweetandstrongblog and @vitalproteins and tag one friend per comment.

Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only and runs until midnight February 6th.  I will then select and direct message the winner on Instagram.  Good Luck!

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Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud and Heather for Friday Favorites and Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five.  Enjoy your weekend and be sure to read previous Friday Favorites posts here.

Questions of the Day

If you’re a blogger why did you start blogging?

Have you tried Vital Proteins?

Tell me something you’re loving lately.


30 Comments on Sweet and Strong Turns 3 and a Vital Proteins GIVEAWAY

  1. Rachel
    February 1, 2018 at 11:49 am (5 years ago)

    Happy Blog Birthday! 🙂 I love love love how your blog is a mix of the healthy and fun! Keep doing what you’re doing, girl!! Off to enter that giveaway. I haven’t pulled the trigger on the collagen creamer yet but have been really wanting to try it!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 2, 2018 at 12:02 pm (5 years ago)

      Aw thanks so much Rachel! And I was skeptical of collagen in the first place, but now after about six months of using consistantly I’ve definitely noticed a difference. The creamers are such an easy way to add protein and collagen to your morning routine!

  2. Samantha
    February 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy 3 year anniversary!! I started blogging to chronicle my health and fitness journey from anorexia. I’ve never tried vital proteins before, but have heard great things about them!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 2, 2018 at 12:03 pm (5 years ago)

      Love that you blog about that journey Samantha. I know so many people can relate to it. And after using collagen for six months I’m not a big fan!

  3. Emily Swanson
    February 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm (5 years ago)

    HAPPY Blog iversary! It’s amazing to hear about how blogs start and how they develop over the years. You seem so vibrant and healthy now; I’m so glad God preserved and restored health to you after that accident!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 2, 2018 at 12:03 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you Emily! <3

  4. Wendy Moore
    February 2, 2018 at 3:27 am (5 years ago)

    Happy Blogiversary! I started my blog in 2014 after going through IIN to be a health coach! I love working with people and also creating healthy recipes to share with the world! I’ve been using collagen consistently to help heal my gut and strengthen my hair. I’ve yet to try the VP creamers but hope to soon!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 2, 2018 at 12:05 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh I’ve heard great things about IIN. I need to visit your blog and read a bit about it because it’s something I’ve considered doing. And the creamers taste good and are an easy way to add collagen to your morning routine. I also don’t mind the plain collagen though in my coffee because I don’t even taste it.

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
    February 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy blog birthday!!! What a journey. I have been wanting to try the Vital Proteins creamers.

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:07 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Emily! And the creamers are a great healthy addition to your coffee. Good luck in the giveaway!

  6. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
    February 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Blogversity! I would love to try that creamer. I am a huge coffee drinker and always put creamer in my coffee. And coconut is my favorite flavor. This would be a great win!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:07 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Lacey! And I bet you would love the creamer, good luck in the giveaway!

  7. Kim G
    February 2, 2018 at 1:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Blogiversary! I tried vital proteins at an expo last year and I loved hearing about all the benefits!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:08 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Kim! And so many health benefits to drinking collagen everyday.

  8. Deborah Brooks
    February 2, 2018 at 1:18 pm (5 years ago)

    I wish there was some vegetarian option for all of these vital proteins and collagens.

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:09 pm (5 years ago)

      I know that is the only thing that they don’t have… maybe in the future though!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:09 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you Patrick!

  9. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    February 2, 2018 at 1:52 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Blog Birthday!! I’m so glad you started blogging! I hadn’t read your story yet, so I’m glad you posted this. Have a great weekend.

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:10 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Julie! 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend as well.

  10. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
    February 2, 2018 at 5:49 pm (5 years ago)

    I love to hear the story behind the WHY of the blog, Patricia! Congrats on three great years! 🙂

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:12 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Ashley 🙂

  11. Farrah
    February 3, 2018 at 2:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Aww, happy happy blogiversary!! I didn’t know about your blog from the start, but I’m glad I came across it! :] I started my blog originally as a place to document my adventures after I moved across the country for school (+ to dump recipes I’ve tried making that were/weren’t successful). 😛

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:13 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh that’s so cool you started as a travel type blog and now do food too! Crazy how after blogging for a few years how you find your niche.

  12. Angela
    February 4, 2018 at 3:58 am (5 years ago)

    Happy Blogiversary!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 4, 2018 at 2:14 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Angela!

  13. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    February 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Blogiversary! I started blogging (8 years ago!!!) because I was creating recipes all the time and my mom said I should just put it all in a blog.

    • sweetandstrong
      February 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm (5 years ago)

      Wow you have been in the blogging world for awhile! And I love all your recipes Laura, keep sharing 🙂

  14. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
    February 6, 2018 at 6:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy 3 year blog-iversary! I’ve never tried Vital Proteins, but I want to!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah! I really think you would love Vital Proteins. The coffee creamers, regular, and mixed berry collagen are some of my favs.