Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Best Gluten-Free Waffles!

National Waffle Day was yesterday, so I thought I would share with you my favorite gluten-free waffles! I absolutely love Van's Waffles-- they are amazing!! I have recently gone gluten-free and dairy free, so finding a lot of good tasting food has been a bit difficult. I discovered Van's Gluten-Free Blueberry Waffles* and I fell in love. I definitely recommend them to everyone. You can even not be gluten-free and I still recommend that you try them. 

I always use my toaster when I eat waffles. I also prefer jam over maple syrup. I like to save my maple syrup so I can douse my pancakes in it! I put Smucker's Simply Fruit Seedless Black Raspberry Spreadable Fruit on my blueberry waffles, which I absolutely love as well. This jam really complimented the blueberries to make the waffles absolute perfection. 

The other Gluten-Free waffles they make are Totally Original, Apple Cinnamon, and Ancient Grains

Check out the Van's website for a list of all of their products! They have pancakes, french toast sticks, cereals, crackers, chips, and more. Van's has options that are Non-GMO, USDA Organic, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Corn Free, Nut Free, and Kosher. There are options for literally everyone! 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Rio Olympics - Recapping the Week


Men's Rings Final 
Gold - Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece 
Silver - Arthur Zanetti of Brazil 
Bronze - Denis Ablyazin of Russia 

Men's Vault Final 
Gold - Ri Se-Gwang of North Korea 
Silver - Denis Ablyazin of Russia 
Bronze - Kenzo Shirai of Japan 

Women's Balance Beam Final 
Gold - Sanne Wevers of Netherlands 
Silver - Laurie Hernandez of USA 
Bronze - Simone Biles of USA 

Men's Parallel Bars Final 
Gold - Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine 
Silver - Danell Leyva of USA 
Bronze - David Belyavsky of Russia 

Men's High Bar Final 
Gold - Fabian Hambuechen of Germany 
Silver - Danell Leyva of USA 
Bronze - Nile Wilson of Great Britain 

Women's Floor Exercise Final 
Gold - Simone Biles of USA 
Silver - Aly Raisman of USA 
Bronze - Amy Tinkler of Great Britain 

Track and Field 

Men's Pole Vault Final 
Gold - Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil 
Silver - Renaud Lavillenie of France 
Bronze - Sam Kendricks of USA 

Men's 800m Final 
Gold - David Rudisha of Kenya 
Silver - Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria 
Bronze - Clayton Murphy of USA 

Women's 400m Final 
Gold - Shaunae Miller of Bahamas 
Silver - Allyson Felix of USA 
Bronze - Shericka Jackson of Jamaica 

Men's Triple Jump Final 
Gold - Christian Taylor of USA 
Silver - Will Claye of USA 
Bronze - Bin Dong of China 

Women's 1500m Final 
Gold - Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya 
Silver - Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia 
Bronze - Jenny Simpson of USA 

Women's Long Jump Final 
Gold - Tianna Bartoletta of USA 
Silver - Brittney Reese of USA 
Bronze - Ivana Spanovic of Serbia 

Women's 200m Final 
Gold - Elaine Thompson of Jamaica 
Silver - Dafne Schippers of Netherlands 
Bronze - Tori Bowie of USA 

Women's 100m Hurdles Final 
Gold - Brianna Rollins of USA 
Silver - Nia Ali of USA 
Bronze - Kristi Castlin of USA 

Men's 400m Hurdles Final 
Gold - Kerron Clement of USA 
Silver - Boniface Mucheru Tumuti of Kenya 
Bronze - Yasmani Copello of Turkey 

Men's Decathlon Final 
Gold - Ashton Eaton of USA 
Silver - Kevin Mayer of France 
Bronze - Damian Warner of Canada 

Women's 400m Hurdles Final 
Gold - Dalilah Muhammad of USA 
Silver - Sara Slott Petersen of Denmark  
Bronze - Ashley Spencer of USA 

Men's 200m Final 
Gold - Usain Bolt of Jamaica 
Silver - Andre de Grasse of Canada 
Bronze - Christophe Lemaitre of France 

Women's 4x100m Relay Final 
Gold - Team USA 
Silver - Jamaica 
Bronze - Great Britain 

Men's 4x100m Relay Final 
Gold - Jamaica 
Silver - Japan 
Bronze - Canada 

Men's 1500m Final 
Gold - Matthew Centrowitz of USA 
Silver - Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria 
Bronze - Nicholas Willis of New Zealand 

Men's 5000m Final 
Gold - Mo Farah of Great Britain 
Silver - Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of USA 
Bronze - Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia 

Women's 4x400m Relay Final 
Gold - Team USA 
Silver - Jamaica
Bronze - Great Britain

Men's 4x400m Relay Final 
Gold - Team USA 
Silver - Jamaica 
Bronze - Bahamas 

Men's Marathon Final 
Gold - Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya 
Silver - Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia 
Bronze - Galen Rupp of USA 

Men's Soccer 

Gold - Brazil 
Silver - Germany 
Bronze - Nigeria  

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Group All-Around Final 
Gold - Team Russia 
Silver - Team Spain 
Bronze - Team Bulgaria 

Individual All-Around Final 
Gold - Margarita Mamun of Russia 
Silver - Yana Kudryavtseva of Russia 
Bronze - Anna Rizatdinova of Ukraine 


Men's Triathlon Final 
Gold - Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain
Silver - Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain 
Bronze - Henri Schoeman of South Africa 

Women's Triathlon Final 
Gold - Gwen Jorgensen of USA
Silver - Nicola Spirig of Switzerland 
Bronze - Vicky Holland of Great Britain 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Rio Olympics Recap: Days 7 - 9 (Gymnastics, Tennis, Swimming, Soccer, + Track and Field)


Since my last Olympic recap, so many wonderful things have happened in the world of gymnastics. We need to talk! Specifically, today was an amazing day for the USA, Great Britain, and Brazil. 

Simone Biles won Gold in the Women's Vault Final. We all saw that coming. She is just too good! Maria Paseka of Russia won Silver and Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland won Bronze. Who would have thought someone from Switzerland would medal?! 

Madison Kocian of the USA won Silver in the Women's Uneven Bars Final. Aliya Mustafina of Russia won Gold. Personally, I don't see how Kocian's routine put her in second place. She should have won Gold. She stuck the landing. She was perfection. She was robbed. Sophie Scheder of Germany won Bronze. 

Max Whitlock of Great Britain won Gold in the Men's Floor Exercise Final. This gave Great Britain their first Gold medal in Gymnastics. Diego Hypolito of Brazil won Silver and Arthur Mariano of Brazil won Bronze. BRAZIL won TWO medals. This is astonishing! What a great day for Brazilian Gymnastics! Both Brazilians completely lost it. I'm glad that they both got on the podium. They deserved to win because they both produced great clean routines. 

Max Whitlock of Great Britain won Gold in the Men's Pommel Horse Final. Great Britain's second Gold medal in Gymnastics (and on the same day)! Louis Smith of Great Britain won Silver. Alexander Naddour of the USA won Bronze (yay!!). 


Murray won the Men's Singles Final today! He played Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, who definitely gave him a run for his money. Del Potro played magnificently, however he just lost it in the end. Even so, del Potro still won the Silver medal. Nadal unfortunately lost to Kei Nishikori of Japan in the Bronze medal match of the Men's Singles. The good news is that Nadal and Lopez won Mergea and Tecau of Romania in the Men's Doubles Final. 



Dirado won Gold in the Women's 200m breaststroke, beating out Hosszu. 


Ledecky swam a World Record time and won Gold in the Women's 800m freestyle. 
Phelps placed second in the Men's 100m butterfly. 
Ervin won Gold in the Men's 50m freestyle. 


Manuel placed second in the Women's 50m freestyle. 
Jaeger placed second in the Men's 1500m freestyle. 
Team USA won Gold in the Women's 4x100m medley relay. This gave the USA its 1000th Gold medal at the Summer Olympics. 
Team USA swam an Olympic Record and won Gold in the Men's 4x100m medley relay. This was Phelps last race in the 2016 Olympics. He now has 28 medals in total- 23 of them Gold. 


Team USA lost to Sweden in the Women's Quarterfinals. This was an unfortunate and disappointing loss! 

Track and Field 

Michelle Carter of the USA won Gold in the Women's Shot Put. 

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia ran a World Record and won Gold in the Women's 10,000m Final. This was the most spectacular race I have ever seen! Ayana broke away really early. At first it was hard to tell whether she broke off too early or whether she would hold on for an unbelievable win. She definitely held on and ran an amazing race. What a fabulous win!  

Jeff Henderson of the USA won Gold in the Men's Long Jump. 

Elaine Thompson of Jamaica won Gold in the Women's 100m Final. Tori Bowie of the USA won Silver. 

Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium won Gold in the Women's Heptathlon. 

Mohamed Farah of Great Britain won Gold in the Men's 10,000m Final. He recovered FROM A FALL and went on to win this race. He won Gold in the 2012 London Olympic Games in this race, as well as in the 5000m. He is truly unbelievable! Stay tuned because he is also trying to repeat Gold with a win in the 5000m. I am rooting for him! 

Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya won Gold in the Women's Marathon. She is the first Kenyan women to do so at the Olympics, which definitely surprised me. She came in at 2:24:04. 

Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia won Gold in the Women's Triple Jump. Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela won Silver (yay!!). 

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa ran a World Record and won the Men's 400m Final. His performance was spectacular! He beat Michael Johnson's world record by .15 seconds!! 

Usain Bolt of Jamaica won Gold in the Men's 100m Final. He is definitely the fastest man in the world! He is just insanely talented! Justin Gatlin of the USA won Silver. 

Are you a little bit behind on the Olympics? Check out my previous recaps!! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rio Olympics Recap: Days 5 - 6 (Gymnastics, Tennis, + Swimming)


Let me just take a moment to say... I called it. Well, pretty much everyone called it. Simone Biles won Gold in the Women's All-Around Finals today!!!! Aly Raisman won Silver (yes!!) and Aliya Mustafina of Russia won Bronze. It was an intense competition and it definitely came down to the wire for who would win Silver and who would win Bronze midway through the competition. Of course, Aly nailed her beam and floor routine, securing her second place. I can't wait for the Individual Finals!!! 

Sunday, August 14th: Women's Vault and Uneven Bars Finals; Men's Floor and Pommel Horse Finals 
Monday August, 15th: Women's Balance Beam Finals; Men's Rings and Vault Finals (USA doesn't have anyone for either of the two) 
Tuesday August, 16th: Women's Floor Finals; Men's Parallel Bars and High Bar Finals 


Nadal and Murray won their third round of singles today. Madison Keys of the USA and Steve Johnson of the USA won their third round of singles as well. Hopefully we will see these Americans in the Finals!!! #represent 


Prenot placed second in the Men's 200m Breaststroke. 
Adrian placed third in the Men's 100m Freestyle. 
Team USA won Gold in the Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay. 

Murphy won Gold in the Men's 200m Backstroke. 
Manuel swam an Olympic Record time and tied for first in the Women's 100m Freestyle. 
Phelps. The man. The myth. The LEGEND. He won his 22nd GOLD medal today in the Men's 200m IM Final. This is his FOURTH straight win at the Olympics in the Men's 200m IM. In other words, he's dominted the past 16 years... #yes #winning 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rio Olympics Recap: Day 4 (Gymnastics, Tennis, Swimming, + Soccer)


WE DID IT!!! The USA Women's Gymnastics Team won Gold in the Team Finals today!!!!! Russia placed second and China placed third. It was a spectacular performance! The Women's All-Around Finals is on Thursday. I definitely think Biles will place first and Raisman will place second. They are just too good for it to go any other way. 

Tomorrow is the Men's All-Around Finals competition. We have Mikulak and Brooks competing for Team USA. 


Another shock in the tennis world occurred when Serena Williams lost in the third round of singles. Who would have thought she would be out of the singles so early? I definitely thought she would make it to the finals! Keys, also from Team USA, did win in the third round of singles. It will be fun to see if she can go all the way! Hopefully it is her year! Nadal and Murray both won their second round of singles. 


Team USA did amazing today, as per usual. 

Ledecky placed first in the Women's 200m freestyle final. 
Phelps placed first in the Men's 200m butterfly final. (Can I mention that Le Clos placed fourth? *secretly smiles*) 
Dirado placed third in the Women's 200m IM. 
Team USA placed first in the Men's 4x200m freestyle relay. This gave Phelps his TWENTY FIRST Olympic Gold Medal! He is just simply the best. Words cannot describe how great he really is. 

Women's Soccer 

Team USA played Columbia today. In the 90th minute of the game, Columbia scored a goal that ended the match with a 2-2 draw. I literally turned around for one moment and the next thing I knew Columbia had scored. It was a shocker, but at least we are through to the Quarterfinals against Sweden. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Rio Olympics Recap: Days 1 - 3 (Gymnastics, Tennis, Swimming, + Cycling)


After qualifying on Saturday as the number two team in the world, the USA Men's Gymnastics Team fell in the Team Finals today. They finished in fifth place. 

My Thoughts: Although a disappointing loss, it was not a shocker. Despite what is being thrown about in a lot of articles, Leyva's fall on high bar actually had nothing to do with our loss. Yes, it was sad to see. Yes, it should not have happened. Yes, it was another nail in the coffin. However, if Leyva had not fallen off and executed his routine exactly as he had during Qualifications, we would have still landed ourselves in fifth place!! 

It was not on Leyva to "save the USA" or win us the gold. It was not going to happen, fall or no fall. This is the same thing with Great Britain. If Smith had not fallen off the Pommel Horse and scored exactly the same as he had in Qualifications, they still would not have placed third. Every single score adds up throughout the competition. If you stay consistent, as Japan did, you will win. If you are all over the place, you won't. It is as simple as that. 

The USA team had two 43's and two 44's. You cannot win Olympic medals with those types of scores. It was all of the little mistakes throughout the competition that caused them the loss. Not one fall. 

With all my heart and soul I wanted us to win. It didn't happen. Hopefully in 2020 we will produce a different result. What we do have to look forward to is the Men's All-Around and Individual Competitions. It's NOT over!! :D 

Team Finals - Gold (Japan); Silver (Russia); Bronze (China) 

Wednesday, August 10th: Men's All-Around Final  
Sunday, August 14th: Men's Floor and Pommel Horse Finals 
Monday August, 15th: Men's Rings and Vault Finals (USA doesn't have anyone for either of the two) 
Tuesday August, 16th: Men's Parallel Bars and High Bar Finals 

The USA Women's Gymnastics Team is going into tomorrow's Team Finals event as the number one team from the qualifying round by just under 10 POINTS. 

My Thoughts: I would never say we have it in the bag, but if we did, it would be with these five. I think we can definitely get gold straight across the board- Team, All-Around (Biles #1, Raisman #2), Vault, Uneven Bars, Beam, and Floor. This is only as long as nerves don't get the best of them. Trials and Qualifications are completely different then Finals. Nothing else matters than how you perform when it really counts. The USA Men's Gymnastics Team is a prime example of that. 


Venus Williams was defeated in the first round of singles on Saturday. I noticed during the competition that she did not look right. It seemed as if she wanted to throw up during the entire match. She really did look ill. Later her coach confirmed that she was sick before arriving to Brazil, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Other Tennis shockers includes Williams/Williams losing in the first round of doubles on Sunday. The Los Angeles Times reported that it was their first defeat in the Olympics as a team. On the same day, Djokovic also lost in the first round of singles. That was a complete shocker! 

Nadal won his first round of singles, however he did have some complaints. He was not thrilled with the low light intensity or a sign that was placed too centered behind the court. Considering he is one of the very best, I do think it should be looked into. 

Murray won his first round of singles; however, he and his brother lost the first round of doubles. 


Saturday - 
Kalisz placed second in the Men's 400m IM. 
Dirado placed second in the Women's 400m IM. 
Team USA placed second in the Women's 4x100m freestyle relay. 

Sunday - 
Vollmer placed third in the Women's 100m butterfly. 
Miller placed third in the Men's 100m breaststroke. 
Ledecky set a WORLD RECORD and placed first in the Women's 400m freestyle. 
Team USA placed first in the Men's 4x100m freestyle relay (PHELPS DID IT AGAIN!! This is his 19th Olympic gold medal #winning). 

Monday - 
Dwyer placed third in the Men's 200m freestyle. 
Baker placed second in the Women's 100m backstroke. 
Murphy set an Olympic Record and placed first in the Men's 100m backstroke. 
King set an Olympic Record and placed first in the Women's 100m breaststroke. 

Just needed to mention this. I saw Le Clos's little show he put on in front of Phelps prior to their semi-final. First of all, have some respect for the best athlete in the world in your sport. Second of all, we are the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. Nice try. If you don't know what I'm talking about, Google it. Phelps expression pretty much speaks for itself. 


I watched the Women's road race yesterday and saw Annemiek van Vleuten's scary crash. She was in first place and then she lost control as she was rounding a corner (can we take a moment for the crazy course?!?! Sooo many turns!). Thankfully, she is alive and well. She did not come out unscathed though. USA Today reported that she suffered a concussion and three spine fractures. At least she is alive. For a moment there I was extremely worried. She was representing the Netherlands. 

Her teammate, Anna van der Breggen, won first place. Johansson of Sweden placed second and Borghini of Italy placed third. I read in the Guardian that Van der Breggen commented after the race and said that it was actually Johansson of Sweden who told her to go on after seeing van Vleuten on the side of the road. Johansson told her to do it for Annemiek. How amazing is that?! True sportsmanship.

After van Vleuten fell, it was actually Mara Abbott of the USA who went into first place. She was beaten in the last seconds of the race. 

Overall, loving the Olympics so far. I live for a good competition!! Excited to watch what happens next. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

My Favorite Ice Cream Shops + Recipes!

Happy National Ice Cream Day!! In honor of this momentous day, I (of course) had to post. 

These are my ALL-TIME favorite Ice Cream Shops: 

Thrifty Ice Cream (Inside Rite-Aid) - For all of you true SoCal girls out there. xx 
21 Choices - Old Pasadena, CA (This location is under construction. They also have 2 in Claremont, CA). 
Cold Stone Creamery 
Mother Moo Creamery - Sierra Madre, CA
Gelato Paradiso - Newport Beach, CA 
Scoop Deck Ice Cream - Dana Point, CA 
Golden Spoon - Laguna Niguel, CA 
Lloyd's of Avalon - Catalina Island, CA 
Goody's Ice Cream - Boise, ID 

Here are some awesome ice cream recipes that I found: 

Enjoy! xx