Fun Facts Friday {4/12}

Fridayyyyyyyy! WOOT WOOT! I honestly feel like it was just Monday, which is super surprising considering the fact that each day this week felt like it took forever to go by. But hey, I’m not complaining!

Today, I’m going all Fun Facts Friday on ya again because, well, I’m a bit all over the place this morning.

1. First things first, I have GOT to share the scene I woke up to both yesterday AND this morning. Please disregard the fact that this is now about 2 weeks that the mattresses have still been sitting in our living room (we’re working on it…sort of). But apparently, it looks like someone might be upset if we move them…

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Freakin’. Hilarious.

I walked out to go grab water from the kitchen and suddenly heard his meows coming from the living room. I looked in his usual spots but he wasn’t there. Then, wouldn’t you know, I look up to find him perched on top of the mattresses.

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Talk about the king of the house, eh? ;)

2. Last night Jay and I ate the two leftover cheeseburgers from Tuesday. I made Jay a “cheeseburger quesadilla” of sorts (with the crumbled burger, mozz, sauteed peppers and onions, and some guac – OMG so good) and I had mine heated up with some provolone cheese, avocado slices, ketchup, and some hidden garlic aioli on a toasted English muffin. With some sauteed zucchini on the side.

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Still. Can’t. Get. Enough. Cheeseburgers.

3. I found the urge to bake shortly after dinner last night. And despite all of the new, amazing recipes I’ve been finding on Pinterest these days, I still went back to my tried and true chewy chocolate chip heath bar cookie recipe…but this time, I made them in bar form.

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I actually only made half a batch and baked them in a small, 11×7 pan – 325 degrees for about 20 minutes. I made sure to keep an eye on them, since I never tried the recipe in bar form, but if you like your cookie bars slightly gooey, then 20 minutes will absolutely do the trick. WOW.

4.I have some new prenatal workout DVDs, courtesy of Acacia.

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The box set comes with two DVDs – Prenatal Yoga & Prenatal Fitness Fix with Erin O’Brien – and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Admittedly, I set my alarm early to wake up and workout on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but wound up snoozing through the alarm all three days in a row. This morning, however, I had my new DVD to motivate me to get up!

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I decided to try the Prenatal Fitness Fix, and honestly, I loved it WAY more than I thought I was going to in the beginning. At first, the camera work seemed a little cheesy, but the workout itself was probably one of the more intense out of all of my prenatal DVDs. Definitely heavy on the lower body work…I have a feeling my legs will be feelin’ it soon!

I’m planning on putting together a review post of all of my prenatal DVD’s next week, so in case you’re interested, stay tuned.

5. I found this photo on Janae’s post yesterday, and it honestly could not be more true.

I showed it to Jay last night and he said it fit me to a T. What can I say? ;)

6. I’ve been having a major craving for pancakes the past few days so I asked Jay if he’d be willing to make me some this weekend.

He has agreed. I am pumped.

7. The winner of the Custom Artwork Giveaway has been chosen…congratulations to Tracey!

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Email me ASAP at sweettoothcourtney at gmail dot com so I can get you in touch with Erin for your custom piece of art. :)

8. There’s a new movie coming out which you may have heard of – The Place Beyond the Pines.

What you may not know is that parts of the movie were shot back in 2011 right in Schenectady, NY, which is actually only about 20 minutes away from me…and Bradley Cooper was HERE last night for the premiere.

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Word on the street is that he is quite a humble, awesome guy.

And now I’m even more excited to go see this movie, not only because I love the cast, but because I want to see if I can spot any local landmarks. How cool, right?!

Okay, I think I’m about done rambling for this morning. Hope everyone has a fantastic Friday!! :)

Do You See It?

Alright, so Magic Mike? Ohhhh boy.

For those of you (aka, all of you) who told me that it really wasn’t that great of a movie, I’d have to agree. The story with the movie was awful…HOWEVER, who the heck would go to see that movie for the storyline…am I right?

I got what I went to pay for: a little eye candy on a lovely Monday afternoon and some QT with my girl Eileen.

By the time I got home from the movie, I really wasn’t in the mood to make our planned dinner, but we had some backup options so I wasn’t too worried. As I was looking through the fridge to figure something out, Jay turned to me and said, “Hey, I think one of your zucchinis might be ready to pick?”

SERIOUSLY?

I ran outside to scope out the scene…

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I searched around a bit, and it didn’t take long to spot…do you see it?

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A little closer now…

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Look at that! I grew my first zucchini!

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I’m sure this probably is not normal to be so excited about a zucchini, but considering the green black thumb that I have, this is quite the victory.

In addition to my whopper of a zucchini, there’s quite a few smaller ones getting ready, as well as some green tomatoes…

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…and some more peppers plus a side of weeds.

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So despite the fact that I have two zucchinis in my fridge right now that I bought from the store last week, I let them be and decided to cook up my brand new garden masterpiece to have with dinner.

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I sliced and sautéed the zucchini with some garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Then, once they were all cooked through, I drizzled them with a little balsamic vinaigrette and let them cook for another couple minutes.

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If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it!

Along with the zucchini, I threw together a couple ham and turkey bacon wraps for Jay and I.

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Mine was filled with the ham and turkey bacon, lettuce tomato, and honey mustard. Deeeee-lish.

Time to go clean up and hang out with the boys for the evening! Smile

All Fired Up

I love it when Jay grills.

Honestly, I think I’m going to tell him not to bother storing the grill for the winter and I’m just going to continue to make him brave the cold to grill amazing dinners for us. That’s fair of me to ask, right?

Well luckily for me, it hasn’t yet gotten to that point yet, so we took advantage and fired up the grill for tonight’s dinner.

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Our “marinade” of choice this evening came in the form of Newman’s Own Light Caesar dressing, which we had opened up last week. Turns out, this dressing is not only killer on salads, but also a great chicken marinade as well, FYI.

As always, our chicken was grilled to perfection, thanks to the Master. I opted to have half of a breast since they were a bit large (must be nice…I wouldn’t know) and already have the other half prepped for tomorrow’s lunch.

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On the side, I quickly sautéed up a large zucchini in a little EVOO, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar. This is definitely our favorite way to prep zucchini now…it’s SO good!

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We also had the pleasure of enjoying some mashed sweet potatoes, courtesy of Simply Potatoes. A few weeks ago, I received a some coupons to try out the Simply Potatoes brand through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. When I spotted them in the store and saw the sweet potatoes, there was really no question.

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I opted for the quick, microwave method of preparation and I must say that I was beyond impressed with these potatoes. They had amazing flavor, a perfectly creamy texture, and didn’t even require any extra butter, salt, or other toppings. I actually found myself scraping the inside of the container as I was putting away the leftovers (Jay and I probably ate about half of the package for dinner tonight).

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FYI: In case you’re interested, you can actually go on to their website and enter to win free potatoes for a year. They choose a new winner each month, so if you want in on these delicious ‘taters, then have at it!

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I did a pretty good job of tackling the rest of my to-do list this afternoon; I got some studying done AND I got my soup made, which smells AMAZING (there will be a recipe to come this week!), so I’m going to be spending the rest of the evening hanging out with the boys. Perfect way to end a great day, if ya ask me.

Question for the Evening:

Do you use your grill year-round or only during the warmer months?

If you don’t have a grill, what’s your favorite way to cook?

Dressed Like a Champion

So, I totally meant to share this with you guys earlier, but it completely slipped my mind. I suppose I was too busy thinking about crab and mozzarella omelets?

This morning when I headed out to the gym, I was decked out in my last and final outfit that Champion USA sent me to review. If you remember, I was asked by Champion a couple months back to participate in their ‘Shape Your Life’ Blogger Ambassador Program. In case you missed my other two reviews, you can catch up with them here and here.

As always, all of the opinions that I share with you guys about any products from the Champion line (or any product, for that matter) are totally and completely my own. That being said, let me show you what’s up for today!

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Bottom: Champion Shape Smoothing Pants

Top: Champion 100% Cotton V-Neck Tank Top

Just like I loved the Smoothing Knee Pants, the full length pants are just as great and have just as much awesomeness to offer:

  • Inner power-mesh panels to streamline the hips, thighs, and tummy (<—sweet!).
  • Double Dry fabric to help wick sweat away, keeping you cool and dry.
  • Tag-free contoured waist gives them an easy, comfortable fit (<—tag-free is the way to be!).

My favorite part of the smoothing pants is definitely the power-mesh panel in the tummy area. It’s not smoothing in the way where you feel like you’re being sucked in like a girdle; it’s just enough to help give you overall, streamlined look.

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I also noticed this morning that these pants actually have a little pocket in the front which would be perfect for keys/ID/a fun-size bag of M&M’s/iPod/pedometer/etc. Winking smile

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The only “con” to these pants, which happens quite often with me and pants, is that they’re slightly shorter than I like them to be. They don’t look like they’d be that bad in the photo below, but the more I jumped and moved around in BodyCombat this morning, the more I saw them look a bit more “high-water-ish.”

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Even still, the pros definitely outweigh my one con on these; plus, I can always roll them a bit if need be, too.

As for the top, my first impression was that I loved the color; I’m always so tempted to dress morbidly in black when I head to the gym (not quite sure why?), so it was nice to have that extra pop of color.

Other pros of the top:

  • Super-soft cotton
  • Relaxed fit – perfect for the days where I feel like I need a little extra “breathing room” – ladies, you know what I mean.

Cons:

  • No moisture wicking support with the cotton fabric. Courtney was a very obvious sweaty-mess this morning.

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For me, I think this top would be better suited for lounging around or more low-impact workouts where I’m not getting super sweaty.

The one other piece of clothing that Champion sent me to review was a sports bra, which I was not wearing this morning.

Champion Double Dry+ Spot Comfort Max-Support Sports Bra

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I love the color of this sports bra, but I also really like the mesh panels, gel-cushioned straps, and wicking fabric.

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The only problem I have with the sports bra is that there’s not much of a lining. Some of you may be wondering why this is a problem…well, let me tell you. As someone who’s a little lot smaller up in that department, I’m usually looking for a sports bra that will at least give me a little bit of “shape,” so to say.

I’ve also never been a fan of the thin sports bras for when the inevitable nipple sneaks up on you. Call me crazy, but I just like to keep those babies covered.

With that being said, I will fill you in on my current favorite sports bra which, ironically, is actually made by Champion:

Champion Shape T-Back Sports Bra

Champion did not send me this sports bra to review, but I wanted to share it with you guys because I already own it and absolutely LOVE it. It has a fully constructed inner bra that gives just a subtle hint of shape, bottom band wick, and comfortable racer back straps. It’s a winner in my book!

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Dinner

Ooooo boy. Tonight’s meal was super scrumptious, my friends.

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I cooked up the pasta that I bought from the Farmers Market on Saturday, and topped it with some sliced chicken sausage and a quick homemade sauce.

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To make the sauce, I literally just started throwing a bunch of stuff into a pot: a small jar of tomato sauce, sautéed onions and garlic, a small scoop of pesto, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Turns out, I actually really like cooking without a recipe…as long as the end result is as good as tonight’s was.

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On the side, I also sautéed some balsamic-marinated zucchini slices.

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Definitely delicious. Definitely satisfied. Definitely stuffed.

Now, it’s time to go watch some Monday Night Football (as if I didn’t get enough of it last night…) P.S. – GO JETS!! Open-mouthed smile

Question for the Evening:

Do you prefer cooking with recipes or without them?

Disclaimer Time: The beginning of this post is sponsored by Champion and I received monetary compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own. I only ever participate in programs that I see naturally fit my blog and that allow for honest feedback.