A Before-Bed Stretching Routine (+Giveaway)

Before-Bed Stretching Routine

What better way to kick of Thanksgiving week than by showing how thankful I am for all of you with a giveaway!? Soybu graciously sent me the leggings (and bra and sweater) I’m wearing in today’s post and is letting me giveaway my favorite item to one of you. It was a tough call because I love all three, but the leggings are just SO comfy. I know you’ll love them! You can enter to win them below, but first I wanted to share some of my favorite stretches to do before bed. There’s nothing like rolling around on the carpet to make you feel like a million bucks! Especially after a big meal …Before-Bed Stretching Routine

Before-Bed Stretches

Especially on days when I’ve spent a lot of time sitting at my desk, I love taking 10 minutes to stretch before bed. It makes for a much more comfortable night’s sleep! Here are some of my favorite stretches: Before-Bed Stretching Routine

Soybu Camii Leggings Giveaway

Before-Bed Stretching RoutineEnter for you chance to win the leggings I’m wearing (you pick the color and size) by leaving a comment on this post telling me what you’re thankful for this year. Make sure you use the widget below to verify that you commented. I’ll pick a winner on Thanksgiving — good luck!

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What are you thankful for this year?

What are some of your favorite stretches?


Meal Prep Ideas for the Week

this-weeks-meal-prepIs it just me or do you feel like you’re using Monopoly money when you pay for things using apps/rewards cards/etc.? I downloaded the sweetgreen app a couple months ago and every time I checked out by scanning my phone, it didn’t even register that I was spending actual money. Umm hello reality check. Guys. I looked at my bank statement the other day and had spent $112 on salads in ONE WEEK. That’s horrifying.

Anyway, after that I’ve been making a big effort to meal prep on Sunday or Monday and eat the majority of my meals AT HOME. It’s a great way to save money, so for my third installment of the #GRONKonomics series with 360 Savings from Capital One, I’m sharing what I prepped at the start of last week. My oven is currently broken, so the slow cooker is now my best friend …

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies from Damn Delicious

This was SO GOOD. I’m not a big meat eater, but Joe was obsessed with this and I loved the veggies over quinoa. Highly recommend trying it. meal-prep-ideas-2 slow-cooker-honey-garlic-chicken-veggies

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

I don’t remember my exact ingredient ratios for these but honestly they weren’t amazing so it’s not even worth sharing the recipe (haha). I did protein powder, honey roasted peanut butter, raisins, vanilla extract and then rolled them in hemp seeds. Good, but nothing to write home about.

Butternut Squash Soup

I shared the recipe for this one earlier this week. So yummy! easy-slow-cooker-butternut-squash-soup-1 Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup - naturally vegan & gluten-free


I made a batch of green juice to enjoy the first couple days of the week. meal-prep-ideas-1

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Are you meal prepping this week? Whatcha makin’?


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Capital One. All opinions—as always!—are my own.

Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup - naturally vegan & gluten-freeI’ve got a busy teaching day today (12pm Power @ Burn and 5:25 Row, 6:20, 7:20 & 8:15 Tone @ Btone if anyone wants to come play!) so I’m just popping in quickly on the blog to share this super easy slow cooker butternut squash soup recipe I made the other day.

I freestyled the whole thing, basically just throwing a bunch of random stuff around my kitchen into the crock pot and hoping for the best, and the result was a delicious, filling soup that Joe and I have been eating all week. Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup - naturally vegan & gluten-free Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup - naturally vegan & gluten-free

This would make for a great Thanksgiving dish if you’ve got a vegan or vegetarian at your table! Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup - naturally vegan & gluten-free

Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Yield: 6-8 servings

Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup


  • 1 large butternut squash (pitted, peeled and chopped)
  • 2 large apples (peeled, cored and chopped), I used Honeycrisp
  • 1 yellow onion (peeled and diced)
  • 4 large carrots (cleaned, stems removed and chopped)
  • 4 large stalks celery (cleaned, ends removed and chopped)
  • 1 box low-sodium vegetable broth (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I usually am super generous with the pepper!)


  1. Put everything in the slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours. Squash should be soft and easily squished with a fork.
  2. Transfer to a blender (you'll probably have to do this in two batches) and blend until fully combined. If you have an immersion blender, it'd probably be easier to use that right in the slow cooker.
  3. Serve warm. I like to top mine with croutons and parmesan cheese!

Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup - naturally vegan & gluten-free

Before I get yelled at for classifying this as vegan and gluten-free, yes, I’m aware that the cheese and croutons in the pictures don’t fall into that category. I’m just talking about the soup itself. :) If you meal prep each week, this is an awesome one to add to your plan! It makes a huge batch of soup that you can store in the refrigerator and reheat all week long for a quick lunch, dinner or snack.

What’s your current favorite slow cooker recipe? My oven is broken so I’m in desperate need of slow cooker and stovetop ideas!