Couldn’t Let It Pass

Can you even believe that I wrote up all of this morning’s post without even acknowledging the fact that today is 12/12/12?!? I mean, I’m sure you’ve already heard it about 12,120 times today (bahaha) but you guys know how I am with numbers so I couldn’t let it pass by without giving it a shout out.

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So today has been a pretty busy one; I was out the door fairly early for a dentist appointment (no cavities, woop!), which was followed up with a couple errands, and then some work back here at home.

Before leaving the house this morning, I put together a little breakfast of champions

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Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Kellogg’s Smart Start (actually from the container I had leftover from when I visited Reebok last month – random, right?), banana slices, chia seeds (<—FYI: if you use my coupon code SAZ564 at iHerb.com, you can get the whole bag for less than $5!), and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Fast-forward a few hours (and an unphotographed mid-morning banana) later, and it was lunch time.

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I was feeling totally indecisive but then I happened to spot the last piece of leftover chicken in the fridge and decided to use it up.

So I made a chicken, provolone, and spinach sandwich on whole wheat bread…

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…and it totally knocked my socks off.

Shortly after lunch I also managed to get in some extra reps for my Closeout Workout Challenge (100 of them, to be exact!) and even tried out my new Reebok top.

(No, I didn’t work out in the jeans, juuuuust in case you were wondering.)

Hey, how’d Reebok know my favorite color is purple? I’m really loooooving the top! I wasn’t totally sure about it upon taking it out of the box (it just looked sort of plain) but I really like it on. Super comfy, nice stretchy fabric, and well, it’s purple. Winking smile

It’s not up on the Reebok site yet, but I believe it will be later this month, so be on the lookout!

How’s everyone’s Wednesday going so far?? Doing anything fun today?

Night Out With The Girls

I always love a good night out with the girls!

Last night I met up with Sarah, Mal, and Denise at The Standard restaurant for dinner.

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I think the last time I was at The Standard had to be back in 2010 when I went with my friend, Gabby, so I was up for giving it another visit.

My dining pals, Denise & Mal.

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Me & Sarah

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(do I have sleepy eyes or what?! sheesh)

We immediately got a basket of warm, fresh bread after sitting, which we all devoured.

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And no, we weren’t doing lemon drop shots. Winking smile We just had extra lemons for our waters.

For dinner, I ordered the BBQ Chicken Sandwich which was alright, but the sweet potato fries that came with it were definitely the star of the meal. Mmmm…I love me some sweet potato fries.

The four of us spent a couple of hours just doing what we usually do – chatting and laughing – before calling it a night. Gosh, I just love those ladies.

Once I got home, I caught up on the DVR with The Voice and New Girl before hitting the hay. OMG, was New Girl hilarious last night or what?!? “Swimming” in the water? Haha…I was losing it, it was so funny!

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Breakfast this morning was a bit of a change, surprisingly enough.

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Kashi Simply Maize, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, bananas, and chia seeds.

And coffee. Smile

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Which, by the way, I just got recently from Trader Joe’s and it is gooooood.

Alright friends, gotta jet. Happy Wednesday!

Question for the Morning:

What’s your favorite way to spend a girls’ night? Out on the town? Cozy night in?

A Fun Bridal Shower Gift Idea

So yesterday was quite the busy day! I’ll get to that in a second though…

When it came time for dinner last night, ordering in was the only way to go. Jay and I decided to order a couple of our favorite salads from LaBella’s. I opted for grilled chicken this time and, as per usual, ordered every veggie they had except for mushrooms and olives.

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Apparently they forgot about the olives. Blech. I just can’t handle ‘em.

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While Jay went out to pick up the salads, I worked on finishing up a final batch of cupcakes for today.

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Four dozen, done!

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So why the cupcakes? Well, today is Mal’s bridal shower! She doesn’t know I was making them (although I wouldn’t be surprised if she knew) so I had keep quiet about it. But now that we’re already at the shower by the time this is being posted, then I can also show you guys the other project that kept me busy yesterday.

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As a bridal shower gift to Mal, my cousins Sarah, Denise, and I decided to put together a fun wine basket. I actually received almost the same type of wine basket for my own bridal shower (I can’t believe was almost 3 years ago?!), which was one of my favorite gifts, and we figured it’d (hopefully) be the same for Mal.

So the three of us got together earlier this week to pick up the wine, and I volunteered to put everything together in the basket. Cody was very intrigued by it, if you couldn’t tell.

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By the way, can you see how many fetch toys he has in the background of this photo? I spy about 4, and I know for a fact there are at least another four out there right now since we did a little “cleaning out” from underneath the stove and fridge yesterday.

When it comes to making/putting together the wine basket, it’s actually pretty easy! The first thing I did was type up the poems for each of the bottles. We used the poems from this site, except we replaced the New Year’s Eve bottle with a custom “While You Wait” bottle so she has one to drink sooner. Winking smile

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Once they were typed up, I printed them out on some brown cardstock, cut them out with decorative scissors, and tied each one onto its bottle with blue ribbon. I also added a little extra ribbon around the basket and used some filler paper to fill up the inside of the basket.

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I’m really happy with how it came out, but the more I look at it, I may go back and redo the ribbon so they’re all tied on in bows. I know, I’m nuts.

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This morning, I was up fairly early to make sure I had time to get ready for the shower, paint my nails, and relax while eating breakfast (pumpkin spice English muffin with PB, banana slices, and chia seeds + coffee).

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Mission accomplished. Smile

Now I’m out at the shower, so I’ll check back with you cool cats later. Happy weekend, everyone!

Yoga Challenge, Week 3

Good morning, friends! How was the weekend? Not too many recaps to catch up on over here…

I would have actually had another recap for you from last night but, alas, I left my camera over at my parents’ house. Of course. It was a fun evening though, despite the awful overtime loss of my Jets (nope, don’t wanna talk about it). We had plenty of good food (mostly the usual spread), and in addition to getting to hang out with the fam, we also got to spend the evening with Seth and Nicole…who I hadn’t seen since their wedding. So much fun!

Breakfast

This morning, I woke up with a craving for cereal…I don’t think I could tell you the last time I was actually craving cereal. Usually I wind up eating it because it’s quick and easy or because there’s nothing else in the house. While the latter was true today, it was definitely still the breakfast of choice.

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Today’s bowl included a mix of Multi-Grain Cheerios and Cascadian Farms Ancient Grains Granola, bananas, chia seeds, and unsweetened almond milk.

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Super light and yummy.

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Now. Since it’s Monday, you know what that means…

October Yoga Challenge – Week 3 Recap

The third week of the October Yoga Challenge has officially passed. Crazy talk, I’ll tell ya. Luckily, I am very happy to report that I rocked it this week on my challenge!

My Challenge: Do 3 yoga sessions for the week

Actual: 3 yoga sessions complete!

  • Yoga on Demand video – 25 minutes
  • Yoga Bootcamp: Core Strength DVD – 40 minutes
  • 10lb. Slimdown Yoga DVD – 20 minutes

After doing so horribly the week before, I was determined to meet my challenge this week. My first session was was a random one that I found On Demand on Monday. It was pretty good, and I’d say that I’d probably do it again. The second session I completed was the core strength DVD on Wednesday. I can honestly tell you that that DVD kicked my butt. WOW. The last session I did was on Friday, which combined a 30-minute run/walk on the treadmill with the 20 minute yoga session. It was just a quick one, but it felt great to stretch after the cardio.

Unfortunately, I still haven’t made it out to the studio for a class with my Groupon yet, so maybe we’ll give that another try this week. Either way, I’m feeling much better about the challenge this week, and am once again looking forward to another (hopefully!) successful week. I’m actually thinking a session will be in the cards for later today, since my legs are wicked sore after a short run/walk + some lunges and squats yesterday. Oooof.

So now, let’s see how all of YOU guys did!


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She Makes The Best

Can I just say how nice it was to hang out with the family last night? I mean sure, it helps that there was good food and yummy beer, but really…I just love my family.

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P.S. – That Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat may now be a new favorite. WOW.

You can always count on goodies to be at mom and dad’s house!

So I headed over to my parents’ house a bit earlier than dinner last night so I could have some catch up time to chat with mom. We talked about all sorts of stuff, including a few funny stories about some of the students she’s working with this year. Oh, they made me laugh.

After a little while, hubby, dad, and the brother arrived and it was time to feast…just LOOK at that homemade mac and cheese.

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Good lord, she makes the best. I can still remember eating this when I was just a little tyke, usually having it paired up with hot dogs sliced lengthwise on a piece of white bread with ketchup. Ohhh, those were the days. Smile

Jay kept telling me that I need to “get the recipe” from mom, but the funny thing is…she doesn’t have one. (side note: I told him that I have a few mac and cheese recipes, but apparently those aren’t good enough anymore).

She usually just cooks up some elbows, and layers them with diced tomatoes, salt and pepper, and whatever cheese she has on hand. She’s not picky.

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To go along with our mac and cheese, we have some chicken from the grill, beans, and corn.

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I totally went back for some seconds of the mac and cheese…don’t kid yourself. Winking smile

It was an early dinner, since my dad and brother had to head out for bowling, so Jay and I had plenty of time to get home to watch The Voice and New Girl. Seriously…new girl cracks. me. UP. I mean, Schmidt? Oh man, don’t even get me started. Hilarious.

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This morning I had planned to get my workout in first thing, but my rear end has been draaaaagging ever since I got up. So I decided to take care of a few things around the house first, have some breakfast, and then I’ll attempt the workout.

Speaking of breakfast…it was good.

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Coffee + a pumpkin spice English muffin topped with PB, banana slices, and chia seeds.

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Simple and delicious.

Now, let’s hope I have some energy to get me through my stability ball circuit. Weights, here I come!

Question for the Morning:

Are there any recipes that a family member/friend makes that you LOVE, but can never quite seem to replicate it yourself?

What are some memories you have of food when you were younger? (recipes you loved, traditions you had, etc.)

Can You Tell?

So much good food to share with you this morning!

Starting with…last night’s dinner.

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Oh man. These Chicken Parmesan Burgers. They’re just…so…I don’t even have the words.

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For some reason, this batch of burgers seemed much larger than the last ones, but I have no idea how that could be possible since it was the same exact ingredients.

Hey…whatever. More for me!

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To round out the meal, I quickly steamed some fresh broccoli in the microwave and had that along with a few french fries that I cooked up in the oven.

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Delicious.

We ate dinner a bit earlier than usual since Jay had to head out for the evening, so by the time 8:30ish rolled around, I was in need of a little dessert.

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Two scoops of caramel swirl ice cream, topped wiiiiith…can you tell? Winking smile

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Breakfast

I was up ‘n at ‘em nice and early this morning, but I’ll be honest and say that my bed sounds SO much more appealing right now. I. need. to. go. to. bed. early. tonight. and. stay. away. from. the. Olympics.

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It’s actually mornings like today where I wish that the caffeine in my morning coffee had even the tiniest effect on me…I could use a little caffeine jolt right now!

So waffles was the name of the game today…one topped with almond butter, one with peanut butter, both with banana slices, chia seeds, and cinnamon.

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Both equally delicious.

This morning, I’m headed to the gym to train a client and then I’m attempting a trip to good ‘ol Target to try and find myself some new curtains for our living room window. Seriously, I think curtains has to be one of the worst things ever to have to buy. Why are they so flippin’ expensive?!?

Wish me luck!

Question for the Morning:

What are your favorite stores/websites to find stuff to decorate your home? (I need some ideas…that hopefully won’t break the bank!)

The Part in the Shower?

All morning, I have been craving one of those cool, dreary, constant downpour type of mornings. You know what I mean? The ones that make you want to hangout in your cozies and curl up on the couch with a good book…those are always so great (as long as I don’t actually have to be out in it).

We’ve been runnin’ pretty dry over here and could really use some good, heavy rain (our poor grass is rocking a lovely tan color) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it happens soon…unfortunately though, it doesn’t look like that’s going to be today.

Speaking of curling up – errr, walking – with a good book…

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you guys know I’m on to the second book in the Fifty Shades series. I was talking about it a bit with my mom on the phone yesterday (still so funny) and telling her about one of the scenes I had just finished reading (the one with the lipstick, for those of you who have read it!). After I told her that, she says “Oh, so you haven’t gotten to the part where they’re in the shower yet?”

Awwwwwkward…

But no, I hadn’t gotten to that part of the book yet…until this morning. The shower scene (which was not of the naughty nature, surprisingly) was actually the first scene so far that made me tear up. Coincidentally, it did the same for my mom. I guess there’s no denying we’re from the same, sappy bloodline. Winking smile

After finishing my morning cardio + reading routine, I came back upstairs and made myself some breakfast. It was a waffle kinda day.

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Two honey oat waffles topped with Justin’s Almond Butter, banana slices, chia seeds, and cinnamon.

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They were tastin’ extra delicious today.

Gotta scoot…stuff to do!

Random Question for the Morning:

If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?

Automatically Yummy

Mornin’ folks!

After a great night of sleep (8 hours, baby!) I’m ready to tackle this day…who’s with me?!?

Dinner last night was super delicious, thanks to a little action on the grill.

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Earlier in the day, I marinated some chicken breasts in a little Italian dressing (one of our quickest, favorite ways to grill chicken), and Jay took care of cooking them up once he got home from work.

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But the chicken wasn’t alone on that grill…we also grilled up some sweet potato wedges and theyyyyy werrrre awesome.

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I tossed them in a little canola oil, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and oregano, before cooking them up on the grill for about 20 minutes (we have a grill pan so they wouldn’t fall through the grates). This was probably one of my favorite batches in a long time…crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.

Then again, I swear that you could cook just about anything on the grill and it’s just automatically yummy, no? Smile

I followed up dinner with the same dessert I had on Tuesday night, along with a couple spoonful’s of homemade frosting.  Jay let me know yesterday that the guys at work were requesting some cupcakes, so I figured I’d make them some since it’s been a while since I last sent a batch in. This latest batch was a new one for me, and oh my goodness, it was incredible. I’ll be sharing asap, promise!

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Breakfast

I have a couple clients this morning, so breakfast had to be quick and easy.

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Along with some iced coffee, I toasted up a whole wheat bagel thin and topped it with some peanut butter, pumpkin butter, banana slices, and chia seeds.

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One of THE best combos, ever, if ya ask me.

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Gotta head to work, which will be followed by a trip to Target. Oh boy…somebody put a padlock on my wallet, please? Winking smile

Spaz Mode

I am at a complete and utter loss for words on how to start off this morning’s post, so how’s this for a nice little intro?

I swear, I’ve been in spaz mode all morning, starting out with a near miss of my 6:00am client, thanks to some alarm issues. Ever since then, I swear I’m just all over the place.

Thankfully, I made it to work on time to meet with my client, finished up with another client, then headed back home for breakfast…making a quick pit stop on the way.

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Hey, I know I just bought coffee yesterday too, but we are totally OUT of coffee right now, so I had no choice. Just don’t go calling me Frugal Fanny anytime soon.

Rolled with a large today…1 pump caramel almond + skim milk.

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For breakfast, I opted for a cold one, despite the fact that my Raynaud’s disease is currently in high gear. Oh yes, the fingers are nice and numb and white, making this whole typing this morning just a tid bit difficult. Again…spazzy much or what?

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Plain Greek yogurt, half a sliced banana, blueberries, Honey Nut O’s, and some chia seeds, all in my favorite Mexico bowl (<—by the way, found out this week that I have a bowl twin!).

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No workout took place this morning…my entire body hurts right now, thanks to yesterday’s craziness, so I’m thinking about just taking the day off. At first I thought that was just being lazy, but I’m actually trying to take things down a notch right now. I think my body just needs a BREAK…so does my brain. Winking smile

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a very impatient fur ball waiting for his mama to come play fetch with him.

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Hope everyone’s Friday is off to a great start!

Any good plans for the weekend (our last one in April already!?)??

Something We All Need To Do

So yesterday was just a really nice afternoon and evening. Once I got home from work for the day, you know what I did? I actually, finally got a chance to do a little…

Unplugging.

I stepped away from the computer (for the most part), closed out my Facebook and Twitter tabs, and left my Google Reader unread. Instead, I took a bath, even if it was short lived (<—I never EVER take baths and was quickly reminded why…our drain doesn’t seal very well and for some reason, I ran out of hot water rather quickly. Ahh well, at least I got 15 minutes out of it).

I spent some time catching up with my book, which is starting to pick up (Beth is finally starting to relax around “Mr. Thibault!”)

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And yes, I use my Old Navy “stuff and save” coupon as a bookmark as my daily reminder not to forget about the sale. Winking smile

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I enjoyed a glass of wine while reading, made some dinner a couple hours later, took the day off from working out, and even had a little dish of ice cream for dessert while watching Modern Family. It was a good night, and it was nice to somewhat unplug (I say somewhat because my phone was still right next to me…I’m not *that* good).

I think that’s something we definitely all need to try and do now and then…

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Don’t you think?

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Breakfast

I have a couple of morning clients to go in to work for this morning, so I wanted to make sure I had time to eat some breakfast (and blog about it, of course) before I left. Jay always thinks I’m crazy to get up so much earlier than I “actually have to” for work (or anything, for that matter), but I just love having that time to relax.

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Besides, breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day…why would I want to rush through that, right?

Nothing fancy today, as you can tell – it was a “paper towel as my plate” kinda morning (<—which is probably what I’d do most mornings if I weren’t blogging about it) – just my coffee and a whole wheat English muffin topped with some honey peanut butter, banana slices and chia seeds.

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There may have also been a tiny sliver of this stuff tossed in with breakfast, but that’s neither here nor there. Winking smile

Time to head off and kick some boo-tay for the morning!

Question for the Morning:

How much time do you give yourself to eat breakfast? Do you sit and relax or eat and go (or eat while on the go)?