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Good morning! Happy summer solstice! How are you enjoying the longest day of the year?

I decided that I need to start mine with a summer-y breakfast. And a blueberry-peach smoothie sounded like it would hit the spot.

The players:

I kept it pretty simple with this one.

Just add about 3/4 C. plain almond milk, 1 container  of Chobani Vanilla (I choose Chobani because it gives my smoothies the best texture!), About 1/2 C.-3/4 C. each of frozen organic peaches and blueberries.

Blend, blend, blend!

While I enjoy green monsters, I love when my smoothies come out a pretty color! 😉

And since I didn’t add any protein powder with this smoothies, I made up some scrambled eggs. But I didn’t stop there…behold the return…

…of the NOOCH! Don’t know what nooch (Nutritional Yeast) is? Check out this post!

And just to throw a little randomness into this post, do you ever wake up with a song stuck in your head? Today was one of those days. And of all songs–this is what my brain chose for the soundtrack:

Pretty random.

Well I am off to go start the very beginning stages of putting together my home office…halp! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

xo.

Tell me, what is your favorite smoothie? Have a recipe? Link to it in the comments!

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Hey there! Can you believe it is Monday already?!

The weekend always goes by so fast! But I wanted to participate is my friend Katie’s “Marvelous Monday” post! So here are some things that are making my Monday….well…marvelous:

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My Mom (tomorrow is her birthday):

 

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Getting a much needed hair cut: 

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The Pittsburgh Arts Festival (and dancing robots!!):

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Caramel Macchiatos (photo taken while blogging): 

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Words of wisdom: 

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What is making your Monday Marvelous???

PS…Who is going to HLS this year?! I would love to meet you!

 

xoxo.

Hey friends! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty laid back since I worked yesterday and the weather was pretty crappy!

However, I did go out with my friend Julia who was home for the last couple of weeks before going back to grad school… 😔

We went to one of my favorite places for dinner–Ichiban Steakhouse. I normally roll with the steakhouse dinner, but instead we rolled with some sushi! 😉

I started with the seaweed salad…holy yum. I didn’t know what to expect with the taste, but it was so good. I will be having this again.

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As for our rolls, we decided on American Dream roll, Beauty and the Beast, and the Panda roll…

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I think my favorite was the American Dream…can’t wait to try some more.

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Afterwards we went to a semi new bar close to my house called Bonnie & Clyde’s…it was a cool place, even though the creepers were out in full force. 😉

I am sad that Julia is going back to school so soon, can’t wait to see her again!!

Xo.

What is your favorite sushi?

Also, don’t forget about Katie’s challenge… #teatime12

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I made some ginger iced tea…sweetened with a little bit of vanilla stevia…delicious and refreshing!

Hey everyone! How are you doing?

I am loving this beautiful weather! 🙂 Yesterday I had the chance to see my best blend! For those of you not in the blog word blog + friend = blend! 😉

We went to a newer place called First Watch, which is only open for breakfast and lunch–and has a huge menu of fresh and healthy dishes! Muy bueno!

Stole this picture from Katie!

We always have a good time…girl talk, fitmixer, cliquey girls, ya know.

I rolled with the Market hash–and chose the poached eggs. It was yummy!

Afterwards we took advantage of the sunshine and walked around the shops…and we made the sad mistake of venturing into ULTA. I obviously did not walk away empty-handed:

This stuff smells sooooo good. It is a leave-in conditioner/detangling spray. I can sense an addiction coming on…

Then today I went out for dinner and drinks with one of my dearest friends, Lindsay, who I worked with at the humane society. Here was the outfit of the day:

Top: Banana Republic

Bottoms: Gap

Bracelet: New York & Co.

Shoes: Target

We enjoyed food our on the patio–gosh, I love summer!!  What do like most about the weather warming up?

Also a few random things:

How can you not love this song? Oh 90’s music–you get me every time.

Have a good night!

xo.

Happy Sunday, hope your weekend has treated you well!

As I was sitting and looking at my 2012 inspiration board, I had a thought.

One of the sayings on there was “Be fearless.” But what does that mean exactly? To what part of my life did I want it to refer? How do I get there? And then a second thought:

“But becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it, that’s the point.”–Roth, Veronica (2011-05-03). Divergent (p. 239). <–if you haven’t read this book, you should.

And it was so spot on. It’s not about the past, it about facing forward into the future. It’s not about what you can’t do, it’s what you can. It is setting goals, and reaching them. It isn’t about diving head first, it’s that you had the courage to jump.

So here is to taking the leap–to be free, and fearless.

As always, thank you for jumping with me. ❤

xo.

 

Hello all! Happy May!

As many of you know…I ran the relay in the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday! And it was a hot one! 🙂

I ran with 4 other workers/volunteers/friends from the Western PA Humane Society, and I am so, so, so happy to let you know that we SMASHED our fundraising goal!

So a huge THANK YOU to every one who donated and shared our cause–many animals thank you!

We thought it would be funny to call ourselves “The Mutts” because of our mixed backgrounds–and because Mutts are the best breed! We made pretty good time considering our training backgrounds and that it was so hot outside!

We also did pretty good for being 99 years old. 😉

After the race, I wandered around the city and stopped by the finish line to watch everyone after the race. I also stopped by the Humane Society tent for a photo:

After walking around for a while, we decided to get lunch at one of my favorite places on the Northshore–Finnigan’s Wake! I got a salad and my favorite junk food:

Buffalo Chicken Dip!

However, my post running hunger was playing tricks on me–so I ended up eating the salad and downing some water. But the dip came home with me for a snack later!

Overall, it was another great experience and I really can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

 

xoxo

 

Haha, that is a mouthful! 🙂

The awesome people over at PBCrave were kind enough to send me some samples of their products to try and share my thoughts with you! I couldn’t wait to try it as soon as the mail came! 🙂

First up, I decided to make Buckeye cookies! Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate in cookie/candy form?! The only thing to make it better:

Cookie Nookie! From the PBCrave website: “A mouth-watering mix of chocolate chips, cookie dough flavor, wild honey and premium peanut butter — it’s two classics together as one.”    Umm. Yes, please! 🙂

Making the buckeyes was pretty easy–we usually only make them at Christmastime–but this was a special occasion:

  • 1/2 cup Cookie Nookie peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

First mix the peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl. It’s all in the wrist, kids! The dough will be dry and crumbly–this is normal!

The roll the dough into 1″ balls and place on a cookie sheet. I used parchment paper for easy clean-up! The place a toothpick in each ball:

I got 21 cookies out of this–but if I would have measured better, and not done some sampling–I would have had 24! 🙂

Then just put this in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes.

After the mixture has had time to harden put the chocolate chips in a double boiler, or I’m sure you could microwave them a little at a time.  Take each ball and roll in the melted chocolate, but make sure to leave some of the PB showing at the top to give it the “buckeye” appearance!

Then I took out the toothpicks and placed them back in the freezer until the chocolate hardened. I’m glad I made a small batch of these because they are so sweet, I can only enjoy one at a time!

But the cookie dough flavor is fantastic!

I also had some of the Razzle Dazzle flavor on top of a waffle for breakfast today…uh.maz.ing. I will let you know how I feel about the other flavors as I try them!

And in honor of PB&J day yesterday…they are offing free shipping for the next couple of days with promo code “NPBJELLY”!! Follow @PBCRAVE on twitter for more promos!

Disclaimer: PBCrave sent me these products to try for free, however the opinions are my own. If you have questions please look here. 🙂

And if you are a fan of Justin Bieber’s new song please check out Josh Herbert:

This sounds amazing, and he is from my hometown! I’m a fan. And apparently a 16 year old girl. 😉

Happy Tuesday! xoxo.

 

 

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