Time for a Giveaway!

 Thanks again for the nice comments about my debt posts – although I wish that no one else had debt like we did, it is somewhat comforting to know that we weren’t alone in those struggles.
What helped us was getting this book:

So I’m giving away 3 copies to 3 different winners!
I’m also going to throw in some good foodie stuff as well – bars, tea, nut butter, chocolate, etc. Once I choose the winners I’ll ask them for some ideas on what they like!

There are 2 ways to enter (do one or both!)

1. Leave me a comment with what your next financial goal is. It could be to pay off a credit card, to save more, start a retirement account, etc.

2. Blog about this giveaway/link back to this post and let me know you did so.
This giveaway ends at 10:00PM CST on Sunday March 20, 2011. I will announce the winner on March 21st!

You do not have to have a blog to enter/win. However, this giveaway is open to US residents only.


Treasure City

Hi Friends!

We had such a busy weekend — I am actually looking forward to going to work this morning! I miss my daily routine. 😦

First things first: the winner of the Nuttzo Giveaway:

Congrats Alyssa at GlutenFree Muse! Please email me at couchpotatoathlete@gmail.com with your name and address to claim your prize! Thanks to all who entered. I’ve got more goodies to share at the end of this week 🙂

Wendy, you were kind enough to remember that J and I went to a wedding reception on Saturday — I did not take photos because I really don’t know the bride/groom too well (bride is J’s coworker) — and it was a pretty laid back affair. But they had good food and plenty of music 🙂

Yesterday J and I went to a bbq/outdoor party and were asked to bring a dish to share. Usually I bring veggies or a salad (or something I can eat in case everything is not lookin good) — but I wanted to bring some sort of dessert instead. I decided to make a Fruit Pizza. I used a Pillsbury recipe and it turned out fabulous:

It was a big hit at the party 🙂

After we left, J and I stopped at this place:

I don’t really know how to describe this place, so I’ll let the pics speak for themselves:

We did find one treasure from Treasure City to bring home:

They fit right in with Big Mac and Mayor McCheese!!! And for only $10, how could we not buy them?


1. What do you like to bring to potlucks/bbqs/parties?

2. Do you have any collections? I wouldn’t call my McD things a “collection” although I sure would like to get the rest of the glasses in that set. I used to collect shot glasses, but I recently sold them all in a garage sale.

3. What was the highlight of your weekend?

Have a great day,


Healthy Living Blogs

Good Morning!

Thanks everyone for entering the Nuttzo Giveaway! If you haven’t, please click *here*.

The winner will be announced Monday morning! Good luck!

Also, check out Averie’s giveaway! And let her know you came from Couch Potato!

Have you heard of Healthy Living Blogs?

Healthy Living Blogs is a new resource for the health blogging community. Created by Lindsey of Sound Eats, HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support. If you’re interested in having your site listed on HLB, simply send the following information to healthylivingblogs@gmail.com and check the site out for yourself!

Email subject line: MEMBERS
Your name (please share if you prefer to go by first name, first and last, or however you prefer to be known on the Internet)
Blog Name
Blog URL (please start with http://, not www.)
Your twitter handle, if applicable
Your location (if you prefer not to disclose this information for privacy’s sake, that is completely understandable. We’ll simply include your blog listing in the A-Z listing, not by location, too)
Any specific labels (i.e. vegan, gluten-free, weight loss, running, etc.

Sorry for the short post, but J and I had a jam packed day yesterday and we have another busy day today. I need to finish up my fruit pizzas for the bbq/get-together (pics posted tomorrow!)

Have a great day!



Are you a part of any blogging community? Which ones?

What are your plans for today?

Nuttzo Giveaway!

Good Morning!

Its time for another ***GIVEAWAY*** – woohoo!

The folks at Nuttzo were kind enough to send me two full size jars of Nuttzo multi-nut butters.

I have not opened either one. I want to give one to a lucky reader and keep one for myself. It is up to the winning reader to choose their Nuttzo flavor.

Choice 1:


Valencia peanuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and flax seeds (all organic!)

 Check out the stats:

Choice 2:

Peanut Free Nuttzo

Cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, chia seeds, hazelnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds (all organic!)

The stats:

Thanks again Nuttzo folks for the great products!

***I will announce the winner Monday August 23rd***Winner will be chosen randomly***

Here is how to enter to win a jar of Nuttzo:

  1. Leave me a comment with the Nuttzo flavor of your choice.
  2. Subscribe to The Couch Potato Athlete (upper right hand corner above my pic)
  3. Add me to your blog roll
  4. Post about this giveaway on your blog – ***this will give you 3 extra entries to this giveaway, so if you link to this giveaway, please leave me 3 separate comments letting me know you did so!

***My Opensky Shop will be complete later today – I will post soon about all of the products I will have available***

Other Giveaways!!!

***Alyssa at Gluten Free Muse has a HUGE Amazing Grass Giveaway. Check it out:

***Averie at Love, Veggies & Yoga has an AWESOME Tempt Hemp Giveaway. Check out the goods:

Plenty of stuff to win! Good luck!

Have a great Saturday!


Kickass TGIF

Good Morning!

Thanks everyone for your comments about weekly grocery costs, meal planning, dietary restrictions, etc. Budgeting and meal planning is one of my favorite things to doyes I said “favorite” – and I am looking forward to writing some posts on those topics.

I know everyone is so excited for the Nuttzo Giveaway:

But its not happening today! I will be posting the giveaway tomorrow, and yes it will be for one entire jar of Nuttzo! So check back in the morning 🙂

Speaking of giveaways, did I mention I won a giveaway? From The Healthy Apple? Check it out:

Justin’s Nut Butter: Chocolate Hazelnut. Check out the stats:

I thought I should eat it on an apple (in honor of The Healthy Apple) 🙂

This tastes like chocolate frosting. I am definitely hanging onto these little packets for traveling, etc. They are the perfect serving size and only 80 calories! Thanks Amie!

Thursday night J and I had date night. We have a super busy weekend and needed some time to relax and rewind. We had a gift card to TGIFriday’s and went to use it up!

I got the Caribbean Chicken with extra veggies:

J got the Captain Morgan Caribbean Conga-Line Chicken Sandwich (with huge pieces of avocado and sweet potato fries)

Same thing we got last time. This Captain Morgan rum glaze is seriously the best! Afterward I ran to the Redbox (are these a local thing? A vending machine for movies?) and was hoping to find The Lovely Bones (I just finished the book last week and still need to see the movie) but it wasn’t there. Instead, I picked up this:

I think we’ll watch it tonight. We’ve picked out such awful movies lately (The Professional — older movie with Natalie Portman and then recently Legion — horrible movie with Dennis Quaid). They were both pretty awful. Lets hope Kickass isn’t super lame.

I finished Thursday night with a haircut (just a trim). Am I the only one who loves the feel of someone else brushing your hair? I think it is so calming. I also soaked in our jacuzzi tub and read more Sookie. I think it is so important to spend some time on yourself every day. I need the relaxation! I try not to treat myself with food, so I do little things like taking a bath, reading my book, taking a walk, painting my nails, buying myself something expensive small. 🙂

Here’s our crazy weekend:

Saturday: Farmers Market, drive 2 hours to J’s family reunion, drive 2 hours to friend’s wedding, drive 2 hours home (ugh!)
Sunday: Drive 3 hours to BBQ/Picnic, then drive 3 hours home (ugh!)

So much time in the car. I am not looking forward to that!

What do you do during long car rides?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Did you answer my budget questions yesterday? If not, will you please?

Have a great day!


Winner Winner Beet Lunch

Good Morning!

First I’ll announce the winner of the Raw Crunch Bar giveaway!

And the winner is  The Empty Nut Jar! You left the 35th comment! Please email me at couchpotatoathlete@gmail.com with your name and address and I’ll get those Raw Crunch Bars shipped ASAP!

I got in a great workout last night, I did some FBB strength training and some TurboFire HIIT – I love when I feel my blood pumping!

Katie’s post really influenced my decision to do more strength/weight training. I love cardio, but I really want to be STRONG. Thanks Katie for the push in the right direction!

I made a really simple lunch today. My sister L made it for me when she was visiting last week. We picked out some lovely beets at the Farmers Market. I boiled them up, let them cool a bit and then peeled and sliced them. My hands didn’t get too pink from the beets:

I added some goat cheese and dressed the salad with this:

Who could not love Paul Newman dressing? Ok, who could not love anything with Paul Newman’s face on it? Then I sprinkled the salad with some walnuts, and ta da:

I’m going to add this to a bed of greens, but it looks so purty on its own!

Speaking of purty, check out what I got in the mail:

I’m pretty sure there will be a giveaway involved with this as well. Maybe Saturday?

I’m working on a series of posts about budgeting, specifically budgeting for food and meals. I’d like to use you all as research 🙂
1. About how much do you spend on food/restaurants each week? Is this just for you or for you + spouse/sig other/roommates/etc?
2. What dietary needs do you have? (example: we are a dairy free household)
3. Do you plan meals/snacks ahead of time or do you decide each day what to eat?
4. What is your favorite meal to make at home?

Have a great day!