Delicious food and gift card giveaway and my other favorites

Hi, friends! How was your week? Mine was fine! I worked, subbed a BODYPUMP class, taught my regular Bootybarre class and did a lot of other things not worth mentioning. But today, I’ve got an AWESOME giveaway for you all, so read on and enjoy.

Before we get to that, I realized I hadn’t told you guys yet about our trip. Next week, Dave and I are going to Chicago for four nights. Initially, Dave was heading there for work, but because we’ve never been before, I decided to tag along, so we could hang out there together over the weekend. We’re staying in the River North area and have a few things on the agenda (you know, deep dish pizza, a comedy show and some touring around), but would welcome any suggestions. My girl, Susie, set me up with a fancy Pilates class too, so I’ll be doing that while Dave works. I hope it’s super cold, and I can’t wait to see a new city.

But this weekend will be totally run of the mill before we fly out on Wednesday, save for a quick visit from Dave’s parents, who are passing through to say hello. Stay tuned on Instagram for more. How about we get to those favorites and that giveaway?

Frontier Bites and a $25 Amazon gift card GIVEAWAY

*Please note: This giveaway is sponsored by Frontier Snacks. While I received product and compensation, the words are my own. A special thanks to the folks at Frontier Snacks for offering such a great prize package to lovely A Lady Goes West readers.

Frontier Snacks is a company based out of San Jose, California (yay Bay Area), started by a couple of brothers over a clean-ingredient baking competition. Sadly, one of the brothers passed away, and the other brother knew he had to make this start-up company into something big — and the new frontier of Frontier Snacks was born just a few short years ago. (Love a good inspirational story from a family-owned brand.)

Frontier Snack giveaway by A Lady Goes West

Today, Frontier Snacks makes super simple and clean snacks with minimal ingredients. No refined sugar, no dairy, no soy, no gluten, and certified non-GMO, Frontier Bites are tasty little squares of different flavors made of only eight ingredients. And you can recognize all of the eight clean ingredients in each and know you are eating something made from real food. Super high quality! As far as the nutritional profile, five bites equals 100 calories and has about three grams of protein, so you definitely don’t break the bank when it comes to calories to enjoy a good handful.

The flavor combinations include: Almond Blueberry Lemon, Cashew Cranberry Orange, Pecan Cherry Cinnamon, Macadamia Pineapple Coconut and the newest Pumpkin Seed Apple Vanilla Bean — and they are all equally delicious. Here’s what the squares look like …

Frontier Bite snack by A Lady Goes West

You can use these bites as a snack on their own, as a topper to a yogurt parfait, as a little crunch to round out a smoothie bowl or even dipped in chocolate for a sweet treat. Whatever you choose! They are pretty versatile, and I think topping Greek yogurt is my favorite way.

You can find Frontier Snacks products in Whole Foods, Safeway and other grocery stores, so keep your eyes peeled for these healthy, clean and tasty crunchy bites perfect for snacking or upgrading breakfast. Or check the store locator to find a spot near you.

Now on to the giveaway: One lucky winner not only gets to try Frontier Bites, but you’ll also get a $25 Amazon gift card; 5 packs of Frontier Bites and a Frontier Snacks tank top. Please note: this giveaway is open to those who reside in the U.S. only. The giveaway closes on Thursday, March 2. Enter and share with your friends!


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My favorite Facebook group

So you guys, I created a Facebook group just for US, and some of us are already in there hanging out and chatting! You’re probably wondering, what is different about being in the A Lady Goes West Facebook group than just following on Facebook or reading the blog? Well, you’ll have to join to find out!

I’m planning to share things in the group that don’t make it onto the blog, popping in each day to chat about life, fitness, food, etc. and more. You’ll also get a chance to connect with others and cheer each other on. Want to be a part? Ask to join here. I’d love to see you in there!

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My favorite mug

Leave it to my Mom to get me the greatest mug as a pre-Christmas gift. I safely transported this thing home from Florida on a couple of flights, and it made it in one piece and has become my go-to. I like the design, I like how it is almost bowl-like so it fits a ton of my morning collagen-filled tea, and I love how it says “Peace” on the inside.Pioneer Woman mug by A Lady Goes West

Maybe it’s a holiday mug? Who knows, but I’m using it year-round. I think my Mom got it at Wal-mart from The Pioneer Woman’s line, and it’s called the Happiness Mug. So cute!

My favorite links 

  • How many of you shell out $30 to $40 per studio boutique fitness class? If you do, you are probably in love with the class or the instructor or the results you get. But have you ever wondered whether it’s worth your money? Check out this article on Healthline that I was quoted in: “Are expensive fitness classes worth it?
  • I’m all for having a fun night out every once in a while, but I’m also all about self-care, dinner parties at home and spending your money on wellness instead of handbags. This is a good look at why: “It’s official: staying in is the new going out.”
  • Want a free download about “How to have a great week of workouts” with an action plan and checklist? Head to the sidebar to the right of this post, pop in your email address, and enjoy the free gift.

That’ll do it for today, friends! See you soon! πŸ™‚ 

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Questions of the day

Do you have any recommendations for our trip to Chicago?

What do you have planned for the weekend?



  1. So excited to see you! I wish wish wish I could take the class with you–Lagree is one of my favorite workouts. Also bummed that the only time they could switch my appointment was to right in the middle of your time here–but I will definitely see you! IT IS NON-NEGOTIABLE!!!

  2. I’ve never been to Chicago either, that’ll be so much fun! I love visiting new cities, trying new classes, and finding yummy eats. And oh those bites sound SO delicious! I want to try all the flavors. Have a great weekend! =)

  3. Oh that sounds fun—Chicago is the place I’ve been meaning to visit for a long wknd, for too long! It’s a 6 hr drive from where I live, which sounds not fun at all:( and I hope to go late Spring early Summer—-have fun!

    Love the giveaway!!

    1. Hi Amy! I guess that would be like my drive to LA, which can be WAY longer than 6 hours with traffic. Not exactly just a weekend trip. Hope you make it to Chicago soon! I’ll let you know what I discover. Happy Friday! πŸ™‚

  4. Yay for going to Chicago! I enjoy going along with the Hubs on his buisness trips too because I can explore and do all sorts of things by myself that are a little different that what we would do together… ie fitness classes… vegan food. lol!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. I’ve actually never tagged along on a business trip, because I’m never able to get away – so this is pretty exciting for me. It’s awesome that you’ve done it before, because it means HIS travel is covered ehehhe! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday, gal!

  5. I love making sweet potato toast, energy bites, celery and PB or sometimes just smaller versions of lunch and dinner for snacks πŸ™‚

  6. That macadamia pineapple coconut sounds wonderful! These would be fun to try!
    I have never been to Chicago but it is on my want to go list! Have a good time! Cant wait to read about it!

  7. I love personal Facebook groups, because they are just so relational! πŸ™‚ And that sounds like a really fun trip you and Dave have planned; I’ve never really explored Chicago so I wouldn’t be good at giving advice about where to go.

  8. Hi, so funny! I’ll be in Chicago tagging along on my husband’s business trip next week as well, flying in from SF! If you happen to be there on Thursday with not much to do, let me know. I would love to grab a coffee or bite to eat. Hope you have fun!

  9. frozen berries with sugar we call the snowberries in my hoe and with kids i work with. this is our fave snack at our home.

  10. Have a great time in the windy city. The Navy Pier is always fun. I hear there is a cool boat tour as well. It has been many, many years since I have been there. Enjoy!

  11. Oh how I heart snacks! Lately, my fav snacks are 8oz pressed juicery chocolate almond milk with 2 scoops of vital proteins, vanilla almond Oatmega bars, oikos tripe zero mixed berry yogurt, roasted carrots with kite hill cheese spread, and hard boiled organic cage free eggs ready to eat! <3 <3 wish me luck on the giveaway and thanks for adding me to the Facebook group. I adore you! Chicago already sounds like a blast.

    1. Good luck on the giveaway! And wow, you have a great list of snacks!! πŸ™‚ Yay!! Thanks for being a GREAT and ACTIVE part of our Facebook group, Lindsay!

  12. My favorite easy snack is a piece of toast with peanut butter, chopped dates, sliced banana and honey served alongside a glass of chocolate milk!

      1. But do be sure to check out Pizano’s Pizza in Chicago (it’s in the loop). My absolute fave pizza place and has cool family history in relation to Lou Malnati’s! And Intelligentsia coffee (MY GOSH). I lived in Chicago a year, half a year in Hyde Park and half a year in Lincoln Park if you need in recommendations!!

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