Current faves: Collagen giveaway, food, story-time and weekly workouts

Hello, hello! I have some favorites and another giveaway for you, my lovelies. I hope you had a great week! Mine was good — there was a lot of teaching group fitness, writing work and watching Brady discover the world with a healthy dose of screaming in public places too. This weekend, we’re heading to wine country with friends and then doing a little Easter celebration with our family and Dave’s sister. Now, let’s do the faves …



Collagen water GIVEAWAY!

What will they think of next, friends? Now you can drink flavored water infused with quality collagen, thanks to Vital Proteins. I’ve been working through a big shipment of this new collagen water and wanted to give you a chance to win. There are 10 grams of collagen in each bottle and less than 3 grams of sugar, and there are five colorful flavors. You guys know I’ve been taking collagen in some form (always Vital Proteins) for years to help with my hair, skin, nails, joints and even gut health too, and this collagen water is another way to get it in. 

Vital Proteins collagen water by A Lady Goes West

The cool part about this product is that with most collagen, you usually have to mix it up with whatever you are drinking (I put mine in my morning tea), but these waters are ready to go as is. And once you open a bottle, it needs to be refrigerated, by the way. I prefer to drink it cold anyhow.

Vital Proteins collagen water giveaway by A Lady Goes West

One person will win a 4-pack of EACH flavor, and that’s a lot of collagen water. Here’s how you enter:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post below.
  • You must also be following A Lady Goes West on Instagram.
  • This giveaway is open to those in the U.S. only, and will close on Wednesday, April 30.

Thanks to Vital Proteins for fulfilling it.

Entree bowl meals

I’m still going strong with bowl meals for my lunches most days of the week. And they are warm (which you know if you read my post earlier in the week about why I eat warming foods).

My mom sent me this large white entree bowl, which looks like a plate but has bowl sides so you can fit a whole lot of food on it. Why have I never had one of these before? 

Here’s a recent lunch in my entree bowl … sauerkraut, two eggs, half of a baked white sweet potato (Brady ate the other half), half of an avocado, sautéed arugula and some sesame crackers, covered in sea salt, black pepper and turmeric. Delish.

Lunch bowl by A Lady Goes West


Taking Brady to story-time at the library

If you follow my Instagram stories, you know that during the last month I’ve been taking Brady to a free story-time at the Pleasant Hill Library a couple times a week, and it’s the cutest. Basically, parents and nannies bring small children to an area of the library, where you sit and watch a very animated library worker read a story, sing songs and do other little interactive activities, perfectly designed for toddlers and preschoolers.

The best thing about taking Brady to story-time is that he sits on my lap the entire time and is very snuggly (which only happens at home when he is tired or wants me to read him a book — otherwise he can’t wait to wiggle out of my arms and run around).

Ashley and Brady at the library by A Lady Goes West --- March 2019

Sometimes he stands up in my lap and turns around so he can people-watch behind us too, instead of watching the actual story being read or the activities taking place in front of us. He eats his snacks, smiles, watches other kids and then, when story-time is over, he goes up to the front and gets a sticker. Perhaps his favorite part of the whole event seems to be running wild throughout the library stacks after the official story-time is done. And because there are so many kids around, this is quite appropriate. (Whereas, I’ve taken him to the library when there wasn’t story-time going on, and he got some looks when he was going crazy through the aisles.)

I don’t know why I waited so long to take Brady to this activity, because it’s free, it’s fun for both of us, and it’s a good way for him to be around a lot of kiddos too. Oh and for my local friends, on Fridays, the guy who does story-time plays the guitar, and it draws a crowd, so you’ve got to get there early to claim a place.

Truth be told, I was pretty hesitant to do a lot of kid activities, because I didn’t think I’d enjoy them, but I pretty much love everything we do together. Ohhhhh mom life.

Ashley and Brady in downtown WC by A Lady Goes West


Weekly workout recap

Let’s look at my workouts from last week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Taught 45-minute BODYATTACK class, 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 20 minutes of BODYATTACK, 10 a.m., taught 1-hour barre class, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 1-hour barre class, 12 p.m., 45-minute SoulCycle class, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 30-minute weights workout, 10 a.m., 30 minutes of BODYATTACK, 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1-hour BODYATTACK class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: Rest day

Too much cardio! This past week was full of practicing BODYATTACK, and I sense that will be the norm moving forward, so I’m going to have to be creative to fit in more workouts that are just for me. Definitely a class-heavy week over here. I really need to focus on more weights though, so let’s hope I can get back to that soon.

Here’s the one solo weights workout that I did this week … (you can find the rest on my Instagram story highlights under workouts, or in this post with a lot of workouts to give you some ideas). Oh and apparently this slide had a typo, which I just realized when I went to pull it off Instagram. Whoops.

Short weights workout by A Lady Goes West

Best reads 

Some things I enjoyed from around the web …

  • Safer beauty in the U.S. Beautycounter was on “CBS This Morning” earlier this week, and the 5-minute segment is all about how men and women are putting many chemicals on their bodies each day, and a lot of those chemicals are banned in the European Union, but not here. Beautycounter is trying to change that. Take a watch. And you can shop Beautycounter here. 🙂 
  • Showering FAQs. Have you ever wondered how often you should be showering? Me too. This article answers all your shower-related questions. But no one can tell me I can’t take long hot showers, because as a mom, when I get to do those alone — those are glorious.
  • A mindset hack. I used to put my phone on airplane mode every single night when I was pregnant, and I somehow got out of the habit, but this article is making me want to revisit that beneficial setting.

A Lady Goes West favorites …

Thanks for reading today!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on this post. Your email won’t be shared publicly, if you are nervous about commenting. Have a wonderful day! xoxo

P.S. The winner’s of last week’s giveaway were Amanda M. and Jessica A.

Questions of the day

What are you up to this weekend?

What’s the best thing that happened in your week?

What flavor collagen water would you most like to try?



  1. The best thing that happened in my week is I got upgraded to first class on my cross country flight later today! I’ve been traveling for work a lot and I’m excited to get to fly home in style 😉

    I’d love to try the collagen water!

    1. OMG, Megan! That is HUGE! I got upgraded into First Class only once, and it was so nice — especially for a long flight. Safe travels, lady! 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. I love that those collagen waters are ready to drink! The blackberry flavor sounds great 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a happy Easter!

  3. Do these taste different than their collagen water sticks? I love their unflavored collagen but I wasn’t a fan of the powders that were flavored to put in water when I tried them.

    1. I don’t like the beauty water collagen sticks as much as the peptides or creamer for sure. These waters are better than those — but you can still taste that there is collagen — it’s more subtle though. 🙂 Happy Friday, Shara!

    1. Hi Court! I believe she found it at Marshall’s! Wrapped it up and shipped it off to me heeheh. Hope you have a wonderful three-day weekend, my friend!! 🙂 xoxo

  4. My neighbor brought over his horse, mama goat and three goat kids. They are here to eat the weeds. I would love to try the blueberry mint water.

    1. Well that’s cool! You must live on some green property heheh have fun watching the animals — like a little zoo at your own home. And blueberry mint is such a good combo. Happy Friday, Anne! 🙂

    1. Ohhh yay, Charlene! Which collagen are you using? And putting it in your tea is a great way to remember it each morning. Happy Friday to you! 🙂

    1. That’s totally not my fave hehe — but I can never take too much lemon or ginger. Happy Friday, Allison! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Eager to try the collagen water. I’ve tried adding the powders to my coffee but I just haven’t convinced myself I like. These flavors might just convince me!

    1. Hi Bethany! Oh noo — I mean I can see it being weird to have something new in your coffee you aren’t used to. Did you try the peptides or the creamers? Hopefully these waters would be better for you! Anywho, Happy Friday!

  6. We started swim “lessons” last weekend with my one year old. I was so nervous about how she would be in the pool but it turned out to be so much fun! I love taking my little one on new adventures and seeing her experience new things. So much fun!

  7. Best part of my week would have to be an unexpected dinner with EVERYONE at home plus the son’s girlfriend joining us. We were able to laugh together, catch up and hear what’s been happening this week…times like this have been even more precious to me as we prepare for him to graduate and head off to college.

    Enjoy the Easter holiday…

  8. Love vital proteins and using collagen for some extra protein when I am weight lifting especially. The blackberry hibiscus flavor sounds amazing.

  9. I use Vital Proteins collagen powder and add it to my coffee and it doesn’t change the taste at all! I have never heard of collagen water, does it taste just like water?

  10. This is a crazy busy weekend! Took the kids to an Easter egg hunt this morning, Passover with my husband’s family tonight, tomorrow we celebrate Easter with my family and then Sunday morning we go to church and then to my husband’s aunt & uncle’s house to celebrate with his side. PHEW! I am going to need a massage on Monday. (Or some collagen water!!!) 🙂

  11. Thanks for another awesome giveaway! The strawberry lemon sounds yummy!

    This weekend we’re headed to Boston to spend Easter with my husband’s family. I hope you have a nice weekend with your family 🙂

  12. Love the convenience of these waters! Would love to try the strawberry flavor. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  13. I’ve been wanting to try Collagen Peptides & Vital Proteins Collagen Water sounds like a great place to start! Happy Easter! ??

  14. I think I’ve read every single one of your posts on hormones and fertility, and I’m so thankful for everything you’ve helped me with in those areas.

    I haven’t checked in with you for so long, but I’m really grateful to see that you and Brady are doing so well. It’s precious and makes me SO happy that I was blessed with my mommy who poured her life into us. Thank you for pouring into Brady. Mommas are truly one of God’s most precious gifts. <3 My mommy loving me with the love of Jesus is something that is becoming more amazing to me everyday.

    1. Emily! How are you? You are SO sweet! And I truly appreciate your kind words. Thank you SO much for reading, my friend. Enjoy your weekend and hope you have lots of wonderful time with your mommy! xoxo

  15. I put collagen in my morning tea as well :D. I’m so glad you are loving the library life! They are such great resources!

    I’m excited to see my family on Sunday for Easter and to start packing for our vacation to Japan (we leave next Friday!).

  16. Would love to try the collagen water!! You’re the one that got me started on vital proteins collagen 🙂

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