Toodles!

Hi there! As I am sure you can tell from the extreme lack of anything happening lately, that this little blog of mine is taking a backseat to everything else going on. So, I’m officially signing off for now. Thanks to all of you who read my blog and supported my posts. Thanks for trying my recipes and giving me such great feedback on everything.

I will still be tweeting (but changing my handle soon) and I will still be posting pics on Instagram. I am keeping my email for this blog active if any of you miss me so much you can’t handle not talking to me haha.  

Thanks again loves, it’s been grand 🙂

iHerb Shopping Spree!

Hey guys! My oh my have I had a WEEK! I am SO busy this week, it’s kind of crazy. I *think* things should die down in the next week or so, but I guess we will see.

At Blend Retreat I was lucky enough to win $50 to use at iHerb. It’s a website where you can buy vitamins and supplements, and food and coffee and beauty stuff and a lot of other things. It’s similar to VitaCost, which is what my husband and I usually use, but we might be switching.

I am not going to lie, it took a while to drill down what I wanted. I had so many things in mind! I decided to get something I needed, and then a few things I had been wanting to try but didn’t really want to spend money on. Here is what I settled on:

Growing Naturals Organic Raw Protein in Vanilla Blast

I am LOVING this so far! I’ve only had it in the Tone It Up protein pancake, but I love them 100 times more now. I definitely prefer rice proteins, they love my tummy and my tummy loves them!

Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve only used this once since it arrived in the mail, but I LOVE it! I have very fine hair that lacks volume. I have a hard time getting the volume where I like it because any amount of product leaves it greasy most of the time! What’s a girl to do. The other night I washed my hair and let it air dry, and I was pleasantly surprised by the extra volume without even styling it.

Reviva Labs Professional Strength Hyaluronic Acid Serum

So I kept hearing about hyaluronic acid here and there from beauty blogs. From everything I’d read it’s a super hydrating serum that smooths out skin to make your makeup look better on the skin. So far so good. I’ve noticed that my skin is more hydrated throughout the day.

They also threw in a tea sample and a measuring tape. I was SO impressed by how fast everything came. It was great!

Do you buy things like protein powders on-line? If  usually don’t unless I’ve tried the brand before and know I like it. It’s a great way to save some money though!

Not a Fashionista

Hiya!! I hope you are all doing well. I just got back from traveling to Tampa for work. Too bad I could have been ANYWHERE in the world, we never got to enjoy it… I’m going to quite a big funk right now, I’m really not feeling like myself, so thanks for baring with my randomness 🙂

There are a lot of things I would describe myself as, none of which is a fashionista. I am not really sure what it is, I like looking nice, and I like investing in nice, classic wardrobe pieces but I think that a large part of me doesn’t want to spend a lot of money until I’ve reached my goal weight (which seems a million miles away, but we will get to that later).

It’s kind of dawning on me how dumb that is. It’s going to take a while, and you don’t need to break the bank to get some nice pieces to spruce up your wardrobe. Especially now that it is spring! When I lived in California I could get away with pretty much the same wardrobe year-round just thrown in a sweater or sun dress here and there. Here it’s a little different. So in the coming months I want to head out and hit up stores like the Nordtrom Rack and H&M and Old Navy  to get a few pieces that will spring-ify my wardrobe.

Pencil skirt:

 

(From Charlotte Russe $16.99) I love me a cute pencil skirt for work, and come fall, I can wear it with tights and boots! Win! I actually had one that I loved but it was dry clean only and someone who shall not be named (coughcoughmyhusbandcough) threw it in the washer and drier. Le sigh.

 

Capris:

 

(Old Navy, $29.95 — just wait for a sale, their prices are ridic when there’s a sale, I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than $20 for something from there) These are something I keep forgetting about, but I think if I can find a cute pair that is flattering on my (read: doesn’t make my hips look like they are taking over the world) they will be a good spring/summer staple. I feel like I need to mention here that I HATE my legs, and it has to be about 90 million degrees to get me into shorts. I have a few pair, but I hate them so much. **shudders**

 

Cute tops:

 

( Old Navy, $8.99 on sale;  I have some fantastic work tops from CAbi (hands down my favorite line of clothing, I just wish that I could afford more pieces) but I am in dire need of some variety and some summery tops. I think you might be getting the gist that I don’t like these warm weather months, and I think it’s because I feel so friggin gross and hot and uncomfortable, and then no matter what I wear, I feel huge. I don’t know what my problem is, but clearly it’s a big one. I want to get some cute, flattering summery tops to throw into the mix. Especially some nautical-inspired ones!

 Last but certainly not least is THE MOST IMPORTANT warm weather item of all:

 

(source)

SUNSCREEN!! I wear at least SPF 25 on my face every day, and I put at minimum 15 SPF on my body before I leave the house for work. If I am taking Aurora out for a walk or anything, I spray on more SPF. I had a skin biopsy last summer and by the looks of it, it was textbook melanoma. I was super fortunate that it was just a regular mole, but it definitely caught my attention and made me even more serious about sunscreen (as did Alyssa’s posts about her surgeries from skin cancer). And if all that isn’t enough to convince you to wear sunscreen and fake tan it up, then hopefully this will. No sunscreen = WRINKLES. Trust me, I am 24 and I already have prematurely aging skin.

Fact

Helloooo! I am feeling random and talkative today so here are some random facts I felt the need to share.

Fact: I AM SO TIRED. My loving husband of two years set his alarm at 5 a.m. to hit up the gym before work. He didn’t wake up when it went off AND he didn’t get up, leaving me to have to deal with the pup (the SECOND the alarm goes off in the morning she is UP, snoozing is not a known concept for her). I was seriously MAD. Waking me up is never a good idea, if I am seriously tired I become filled with rage, it’s not good.

Fact: Speaking of the pup, we got her a new crate yesterday. She has been stuck in her crate while I am at work because she likes to scratch at, and make holes in, the walls. But I knew it was getting too small and pretty much felt like the worst person ever.

We got the crate from this seller at a crazy good price, if you’re in the Salt Lake City area contact him directly and you can get an even cheaper price than what’s on his site (the image is from the seller’s site 🙂 ). We got her the intermediate size, which is for dogs up to 50 lbs. She is 15 lbs. What can I say, girlfriend likes to sprawl. We were very lucky that it was so easy to crate train her, she already had had a bit of it before we got her, and we just kept rolling with it. She sleeps in it and knows that that is HER place, she has never had an accident in her crate, and still likes to suckle on her bed (we just moved the old one from the old crate into the new one) I am a little worried about what will happen if we change it out at some point.

Fact: I AM GOING TO BLEND RETREAT THIS WEEKEND. I am ridiculously excited. Like can’t focus on work, time has slowed down, and at this point all I am doing is making a packing list in my head.

Fact: Check out Janetha’s (aka my new bff who I FINALLY get to meet this weekend!!) Move More in May? Check it out, it’s the perfect time of year to get moving more, AND you can win prizes. I have my eye on the lululemon gift card… 🙂

Fact: I am really having issues with the layout of our bathroom. It has NO counter space, and the shelves are above the toilet. I dropped the hair dryer in it last week, my eye cream in it the week before, and today I dropped my face sun screen. This is not acceptable people. What we really need is a dresser with some kind of mirror on top that I can use as a vanity in the bedroom. To Ikea!

Fact: Speaking of dropping things, I feel like I’ve been so clumsy lately, and that’s saying something. I am a clumsy person already, and I am seriously taking it to a new level. I am finding bruises from running into things dropping food everywhere, yesterday I spilled my soup ALL over my keyboard at work. I flipped it over and let it drain and it seems to be fine today, but still, pull it together. And no. I am not pregnant.

Tell me a fact!

I’m Back!

Well hi there!! I bet you thought I had dropped off the face of the planet. I think I get the most sporadic blogger award 😉 work has been nuts and it’s really hard to sit down and write a post when you have a puppy whose favorite perch is your chest. Seriously. She feels the need to be SO close to me that she will sometimes lay across my chest while we’re on the couch. And I let her because it makes me feel loved and her tummy is so warm! She also likes to perch on my shoulder and sit in the sunlight by the window, kind of like a cat.

 

Anywhoooo, since my half marathon I’ve done 2 races and 2 runs for a grand total of 12 miles. In 4 months. At first I was disappointed in myself and then scared that I might not like running anymore. It seriously took a ridiculous amount of effort to get myself out the door for those runs and all but ONE was done because I had committed to doing them with friends.

I was pretty sure that I was over running. Like an it’s not you it’s me type thing. The guilt set in, and then I was scared that if I did run, I would not be able to do it.

I finally got myself psyched to run the day before yesterday after work. I walked a bit with my husband and the pup to warm up, then I ran a loop that’s just shy of three miles. And includes a hill of death. I walked up that part but SERIOUSLY I wanted to die, I need to check on my garmin how much of an elevation change it is. My goal is to continue to do this loop a few times a week and eventually RUN up the hill of death without actually facing death.

Once I actually got out there, sans music, just me and my breathing, I was reminded how much I enjoy running! I had had a long busy day at work, but it all melted away. Also, because I am not training for anything, I simply ran until I felt like I needed a break, walked for a bit and then continued. But don’t confuse this with an easy workout, any time I wanted a break I would pick a spot in the distance and run HARD till I got there, then walked for less than a minute.

By the time I got home I was drenched in sweat and feeling really good about getting out there!

Bottom line, I like running, and I think I just needed a break after my half to remember that. So much of my training was completed because I felt that I HAD to not that I WANTED to. There’s no point in forcing yourself to do something you dread, so I am glad I took some time to step back.

Also, fun fact, yesterday was my two year anniversary!

Being the worst wife ever, I forgot that I had to go to the dance studio to help out, and like an idiot I forgot that the 1st was a Tuesday. Also, I steal the M&Ms out of his trail mix.

Five Fun Finds

Morning friends! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was lovely, I got to enjoy the BEAUTIFUL weather we had here (and are still having). I had a fantastic Saturday morning ballet class (the teacher seriously felt the need to punish my calves, they are killing me still), took an AMAZING nap, and spent the rest of the day outside! Yesterday we spent most of the morning at the park, enjoyed a yummy sushi lunch at Happy Sumo (if you live near one check out their VIP program, WORTH IT) on the patio, hit up a new-to-me bar, and just relaxed.

I’ve come across some fun things in the last few weeks, so I thought I would share!

1. The Garage.

 

This is a bar in Salt Lake (maybe technically it’s out of the city limits, it’s on the way to Bountiful…) I’ve driven past it a bunch of times on the way to my friend’s place, but kind of thought it was a dive/biker bar. Well it’s not, really! Someone mentioned that they had corn hole and fried funeral potato (a total Utah thing, but my mom has made them for years under the name “cheesy potatoes”) bites, so I was IN. It was a nice way to spend our Sunday afternoon.

2. KLUTCH Club.

I read about this on another blog. HOW FRIGGIN COOL. I want a subscription, but it would also be such a great gift for someone who you know who is either passionate about health and fitness or wants to be and is interested in trying new things but isn’t quite sure how. It’s also a great way to try products you usually might not pick out for yourself. (Husband, if you are reading this, consider this a giant wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)

 3. My new Lululemon top  

I just saw that this is on sale now. WTF GUYS. I seriously HATE it when that happens. I bought this for dance initially, but I’ve been wearing it a lot more than I was expecting to. I especially LOVE how forgiving it is in the tummy area. Now to get something that is as flattering on my arms… (seriously I could write 10 posts on how much I hate them).

4. My new flats!

So I finally invested in some more expensive flats. I really needed to and since Aurora decided to rip out the lining of a few, I thought one good pair that I keep in the closet when they aren’t on my feet is a good idea. I had seen the TOMs flats, loved them, but wasn’t a huge fan of the price. I tried them on though and fell in love! The grey linen is a good spring neutral and they are so comfy!

5. Dermalogica products

I got a facial before I got my hair done last weekend, and they used Dermalogica products. This was my first time using the brand, and I am loving it. But seriously, WHY do I have to have such expensive tastes? One thing that she told me that I knew but was avoiding was that I have premature aging skin. (WEAR SUNSCREEN PEOPLE) I knew this, and I am loving the results of the facial. I want to get the month-long trial for their AGEsmart system and see how it goes from there. That way I can try the products out and see which I like.

Share something new to you with me!

100 Foods

Morning! Well almost afternoon! How did that happen? I am still so sleepy! This morning I woke up feeling like I didn’t sleep at all. Does that ever happen to you? It’s like some kind of sick joke. I was talking to a friend of mine at work about this once, and I was like “Sometimes I am so tired I think I am going to throw up.” And she looked at me like I was nuts. OK maybe I am, but now I am curious, does anyone else ever get so tired that they want to throw up? Is that even a thing?

Also my hip is MAD at me today. I have had issues with bursitis in the past, and I am really REALLY hoping that this isn’t that again, but it’s usually one of my first signs I am pushing it too much. SO, we will see. Maybe I just need a good foam rolling session.

So have you seen this 100 foods list floating around? I am not sure where it originated, so I don’t know who to source, but a bunch of my friends have been posting in on Facebook. I thought it would make a fun post!

  1. Abalone: Nope, I’ve seen the shells though
  2. Absinthe: No again, but I think I’d give it a go. Just so that I can float like Robin and Lilly on HIMYM.
  3. Alligator: No and no intention to.
  4. Baba Ghanoush: Yes! There was a place in Long Beach that had this on an appetizer platter that I loved J
  5. Bagel and Lox: This was one of my favorite breakfast treats until once I got some stuck in my throat and threw up, then not so much.
  6. Baklava: Yep yep!
  7. Barbecue Ribs: Um seriously? Of course! I am pretty sure my dad would BBQ every day if he could. He makes some with this blackberry sauce, AMAZING.
  8. Bellini: I am just going to throw it out there, if it involves sparkling wine, I’ve most likely tried it. So that’s a yes.
  9. Bird’s Nest Soup: No. And no plans to.
  10. Biscuits and Gravy: Yep, not in years though. They have it at the cafeteria at work, but it holds no appeal now.
  11. Black Pudding: No.
  12. Black Truffle: I’ve had a dish with black truffle oil, does that count?
  13. Borscht: Nope.
  14. Calamari: YEP! Funny story, we stayed in a fancy hotel on our wedding night and we were SO HUNGRY and we ordered calamari from the Greek-style restaurant in the hotel as room service. Totally random but totally delish.
  15. Carp: I don’t think so…
  16. Caviar: See above.
  17. Cheese Fondue: YES. I could eat it every day if I could!
  18. Chicken and Waffles: Yep! Again, a place in Long Beach (did I mention that I went to college there?) was really well known for them.
  19. Chicken Tikka Masala: Never from a restaurant but I’ve had the Trader Joes frozen kind.
  20. Chile Relleno: Si!
  21. Chitlins: No, and NO plans to.
  22. Churros: So good.
  23. Clam Chowder: When we went to New England for the first time I made it my personal mission to try clam chowder at every restaurant we went to. So healthy of me.
  24. Cognac: I’ve tried it, not a fan.
  25. Crab Cakes: One of my favorite meals!
  26. Crickets: Ew, no. I am not adventurous when it comes to this kind of stuff. Not going to happen.
  27. Currywurst: No, but I would.  
  28. Dandelion Wine: No, but I like me some wine!
  29. Dulce De Leche: Yep.
  30. Durian: Nope
  31. Eel: Love it on sushi!
  32. Eggs Benedict: One of my all-time favorite breakfasts.
  33. Fish Tacos: Yes!
  34. Foie Gras: No.
  35. Fresh Spring Rolls: Love ‘em!
  36. Fried Catfish: No…
  37. Fried Green Tomatoes: I’ve seen the movie, does that count?
  38. Fried Plantain: I think I’ve had this in some kind of sweet dish, I can’t be sure though
  39. Frito Pie: I had NO idea what this was until a few weeks ago when I was at a business communications work luncheon and didn’t want the Fritos with my lunch (hate them) and someone started talking to me about it. No intention of every trying it either. For those of you who don’t know, it’s when you take a bag of fritos, cut it open along the side, add chili and top with nacho cheese. I am pretty sure this represents everything wrong with America.
  40. Frogs’ Legs: No, and this is one dish I seriously don’t understand.
  41. Fugu: Nope! I try to avoid foods that could kill me (see #39 haha)
  42. Funnel Cake: Is it possible to go to Magic Mountain and NOT get one?
  43. Gazpacho: No, cold soups weird me out…
  44. Goat: Not the meat, but a lot of the milk!
  45. Goat’s Milk: Oh, right, see above haha
  46. Goulash: No, but it sounds good!
  47. Gumbo: yep!
  48. Haggis: No thank you.
  49. Head Cheese: Again, no thank you.
  50. Heirloom Tomatoes: One of my farmer’s market favorites!!
  51. Honeycomb: Yes
  52. Hostess Fruit Pie: Gosh I hope not.
  53. Huevos Rancheros: LOVE them. I had them from this place in Nevada City once and none will ever measure up to that perfection.
  54. Jerk Chicken: yes
  55. Kangaroo: no.
  56. Key Lime Pie: Yes
  57. Kobe Beef: I just had this for the first time ever, my husband got some ground on sale and grilled it up into burgers. I couldn’t really tell the difference…
  58. Lassi: No
  59. Lobster: Yes
  60. Mimosa: Again, sparkling wine is always a win in my book.
  61. MoonPie: Yes.
  62. Morel Mushrooms: No, but one was growing in my yard once. I didn’t feel the need to risk it though.
  63. Nettle Tea: No and after a nasty run in with some stinging nettle in my parent’s back yard, I have no interest.
  64. Octopus: Yes. Too chewy.
  65. Oxtail Soup: no
  66. Paella: LOVE it! I watched the Barefoot Contessa make it once and she pronounced it “pie-EL-LA” made me crazy every time.
  67. Paneer: No
  68. Pastrami on Rye: Yes, not a huge pastrami fan though. Sorry Crown Burger.
  69. Pavlova: Love the dish, love the dancer.
  70. Phaal: No
  71. Philly Cheese Steak: yes but never from Philly itself.
  72. Pho: One of my favorite foods ever. Just meat though, none of the gross stuff.
  73. Pineapple and Cottage Cheese: Yes, but I am not a cottage cheese fan. Sorry if you can’t ever talk to me again Janae.
  74. Pistachio Ice Cream: One of my favorites!
  75. Po’ Boy: No but I always think of 30 Rock “I’d like the carp po boy with extra chuckle”
  76. Pocky: No
  77. Polenta: My husband really likes it, it’s fun to try different ways!
  78. Prickly Pear: no
  79. Rabbit Stew: no but I IMMEDIATELY thought of Katniss in the arena.
  80. Raw Oysters: yep!
  81. Root Beer Float: Yep! I am actually not a huge root beer fan, but throw ice cream in there, and I am SOLD!
  82. S’mores: Is it possible to sit around a fire without them?
  83. Sauerkraut: yep! My dad has even made it at home before.
  84. Sea Urchin: no
  85. Shark: no
  86. Snail: Sadly yes, I had some at some French fair in Santa Barbara. My friend’s mom was trying to get me to try new things, and said she would buy me a crepe if I tried escargot. I think I am still chewing on it… shudder…
  87. Snake: No thank you!
  88. Soft Shell Crab: yes
  89. Som Tam: no, sounds good though!
  90. Spaetzle: One of my all-time favorite foods that I hardly ever eat.
  91. Spam: unfortunately, yes.
  92. Squirrel: no
  93. Steak Tartare: no, it scares me
  94. Sweet Potato Fries: Heck yes!
  95. Sweetbreads: yum!
  96. Tom Yum: yep!
  97. Umeboshi: no idea what that is
  98. Venison: yes, I’ve had elk and bison too
  99. Wasabi Peas: I have a huge thing in my office of them! I only had them for the first time about a month ago though.
  100. Zucchini Flowers: Yep!

Clean Eating Research

Morning lovelies!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, whether you had a holiday to celebrate or just the fact that it was the weekend 🙂 Ever since we moved to Utah, our holidays have been fairly low key because we don’t have any family nearby, which has actually been kind of nice.

If you spend any time poking around the health and fitness type blogs, you are sure to come across the term “clean eating.” There are books, blogs, magazines, and diets named after it, but for the longest time I just kind of thought it was a phrase that had lost its meaning and kind of became a catch-all phrase for just healthy food. I mean, I picked up an issue of Clean Eating Magazine and I was like, how is this different from Cooking Light? Or any other health-centered publication?

I had also received a few comments on my blog stating I was such a clean eater and how I did it. I was a little confused. I thought that was a diet or something.

So I did VERY minimal research and I’ve discovered that basically clean eating = eating food as close to its original state as possible. No processed foods, no preservatives. So yes, I do eat fairly clean. But I want to dig a little deeper. I am pretty sure I know what the benefits are, but I think I could use a refresher. Honestly I haven’t been eating that great lately, and I think that doing a little research into the benefits might help me get back on track.

So here is my plan, I am going to head to the library and check out some books about clean eating, read up, and then read some more. Websites, blogs, etc.

Do any of you have any suggestions? Do YOU try to eat “clean”?

Trying to Find a Routine

Morning friends! Remember me? I used to be a blogger here. Sorry I’ve been so flaky lately. I’ve been having quite the last few weeks. I love my pup so much, but goodness she needs a lot of attention! I’ve also been so crazy at work, I just haven’t been able to think in complete sentences, let alone write them!

Now that Aurora has had enough vaccines to go out and about without fear of getting sick, we can go on walks, go to the dog park (we live a few blocks from one) and take her places with us. This means she has more outlets for her energy other than trying to chew a hole in the wall (she’s done it) or dig in the backyard.

So we have been trying to get our little family in more of a routine. I know that it can be good for her to have some stability, especially since she seems to have some separation issues, so we have been trying a few new things like morning walks (my job), evening walks (my husband and me if I am around), and I’ve tweaked my work schedule so I can spend a little more time with her each day.

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but I don’t work full time, so my hours are flexible as long as I am attending meetings and meeting my deadlines, which is great for having a pup!

OK, so get ready for some ramblings, because I’ve just missed you all so much!

I am SO excited because I am going to start helping out at the dance studio where I am taking class. I worked as a receptionist at a dance studio through high school, so I asked if they might be willing to trade some hours of work for classes. And they did! I am basically working a few hours before the classes I want to take. So fun! I am just so happy to be back dancing. And seriously motivating. Nothing is more motivating that getting into a leotard.

Funny story about class last week, we had a guest teacher, which was super fun, but he was trying to get me to use my core more and basically flex my lower abs more. He kept poking me and I was like, I CAN’T FLEX ANYMORE! Haha, awesome.

Speaking of flexing… I am participating in the Arms and Abs challenge that Aly posted on her blog, I need it!

I am also getting my bum running more, but I am easing back into it. I really needed a break after my half, more mentally than physically. I was talking to my husband about it, and I explained it as taking a break so that I can still enjoy running. Running is something I enjoy and I don’t want to get to the point that I dread heading out. Something that was starting to happen while training. Running has been great for so many reasons, I want to enjoy lacing up my shoes and getting out there.

To do so I am focusing on things I want to achieve through running, not things I feel like I NEED to, if that makes sense. Honestly, long distances sound just horrid right now, but speedwork sounds awesome, and I want to be faster (I will do a post on this soon).

So what has been up with all of you?! (Sidenote: my photo uploader isn’t working… I had some cut puppy pics for you too…)