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roadtrip time

10 Sep

The snacks are packed, Olive’s loaded up, and the husband and I are off for a fun and eventful weekend!  When I come back, I’ll officially be trained to teach yoga.  Hooray!!

Thanks for all the well wishes over my first class…you guys are way too sweet:)

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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lentil tacos + a guest post

23 Aug

Best.

Afternoon.

Snack.

Ever.

I found a coupon for a free 16 ounce Oikos greek yogurt in my HLS swag bag (love that swag bag:), so I had no choice but to pick it up at the store yesterday.  Wait, did you catch that?  FREE.

So today I decided an extravagant yogurt mess sounded like a pretty decent plan.  I also used my coupon for a free box of Uncle Sam’s cereal at the store yesterday, so why not throw some of that in?  There were also dried cranberries, sliced bananas, vegan dark chocolate chips, cinnamon and chia seeds!

Speaking of chia seeds, did you enter my chia seed giveaway earlier today? I am loving hearing about everyone’s adventurous side – keep ’em coming!

In other news, please take a minute to click over to Heather’s blog and check out my guest post on PiYo!  Heather and I met at HLS, and her blog is as adorable as she is.  She’s one of those people who has a smile that literally lights up the entire room, and I was so excited when she asked me to share more about PiYo with her readers.  I hope you’ll take a second and stop by there!

I spent the afternoon working on a special project in our office.  It’s not quite ready to reveal yet, but it won’t be long!

I worked up quite an appetite, though, and by dinnertime I knew exactly what was on the menu.  I had boiled a huge batch of dry lentils last week and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them.  It was kind of fun to switch it up from our usual enchiladas!

Spicy Lentil Tacos

Ingredients

  • whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 small can diced green chilies

Toppings

Directions

  • sautee olive oil, garlic and onion in a skillet over medium heat until onions become transparent
  • add lentils and mix well
  • season with ground red pepper and cumin
  • add green chilies and heat through
  • heat tortilla for 10 seconds in microwave
  • spread lettuce in middle of tortilla
  • add lentil mixture
  • top with green onions, tomato, salsa and guacamole

I’m off to bed soon!  I’ve been feeling really tired the last few days, so I really need to try and get some extra sleep this week.

I hope you all had an excellent Monday:) G’night!

fingers crossed

19 Aug

Happy lunchtime folks!

I started this morning off with an ice cold green monster.

2 big handfuls of spinach, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tsbp chia seeds, 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass, 1.25 cups almond milk, ice

Have you tried a green smoothie yet?  I know some are really intimidated grossed out by the thought of spinach in their smoothie.  But you can take my word for it – you cannot taste it!  So the questions isn’t “why put spinach in your smoothie?”  The question is “why not?!”

A couple hours and pages of writing later, I was ready for a snack!

This yogurt bowl contained 1 container Whole Soy yogurt, a quarter of a banana, and some granola that was on sale at the health food store the other day – Bakery on Main Cranberry Maple Almond Granola.

I guess it was a little much for just a morning snack, because lunchtime has come and gone, and I’m nowhere near hungry.  o’well!  Guess I’ll fit lunch in later on if I get hungry.

I’ll be spending the rest of the afternoon fighting with iPhoto and Flickr as I try to transfer all my photos over.  Does anybody want to volunteer to do this for me?  Puh-lease???

One thing I wanted to mention is about a new site that’s totally worth checking out: Healthy Living Blogs.

Healthy Living Blogs is a new resource for the health blogging community. Created by Lindsey of Sounds Eats, HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support. So, check it out when you get a chance!

I’ll see you all later.  I’m planning on making a new tofu recipe tonight, and I’ve never had much luck in the tofu department, so I’ll be back tonight with either a great new recipe for you…or a catastrophic fail.  Cross your fingers:)

for the love of the glo bar

17 Aug

So, today was quite chaotic!

This morning I woke up not feeling too well and got dressed to go to PiYo only to get undressed again and crawl back under the covers.  I then proceeded to “work from bed” for the next couple of hours until my stomach settled down a little bit.

I finally rolled out of bed because I had a full day of tasks and errands ahead of me!  A little while later I had just finished up some Outbox work and was packaging the Operation Beautiful book to mail to the giveaway winner, when I heard a loud ruckus coming from the office.  It sounded like the entire office was crashing in!

I raced in there, nearly squashing Olive underfoot, to find this

Our closet exploded!  Oh dear.

So, I basically stared at the mess for about 1.5 seconds, then turned tail and scampered back to my bedroom to finish wrapping my package.

A few minutes later I got everything finished up – OB book wrapped up, Modcloth dresses repackaged and addressed, bank deposit slips filled out – and was ready to head out for my errands.

But first, a snack.

I’ve been dying to try a Glo bar for ages, but the shipping cost has always deterred me.  Which is why I was pretty excited when I pulled one out of my HLS swag bag!

So, I finally decided to eat it, but in true food blogger style I stepped out on our back deck to get a picture of it first.

After getting a good shot of it, I walked to the back door, reached for the knob, turned….

and nothing.  It was locked.  Little Olive was staring back at me from inside with a look that said “well this is a new situation.”

I immediately began to evaluate my options. No hidden key.  Front door is locked.  No cell phone.  Hmmm.

Guess I’ll walk to Jon’s office. Just me, my camera and my Glo bar.  What more do I need?

Maybe a big stick, actually.  This crazy dog started barking his head off at me.   I thought he was going to try and steal my Glo bar😦


Halfway there!  And half a Glo bar down!

Finally made it!

My Glo bar and I were both a hot sweaty (melty) mess, but we made it:)

The End.

a crazy week: part I

2 Aug

I love books.  Aren’t books just amazing?

This morning I spent over two hours just looking at shelf upon shelf of books.  I first went to Hastings to see if by chance the Operation Beautiful book would be there already.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any luck with that, but then I started browsing around and found a load of books I wanted to just sit down and soak up.

So, I booked it (pun intended:) to the public library.  Our public library is not super extensive, unfortunately, and I usually leave in disappointment.  While they didn’t have the specific reads I was trying to hunt down today, I was able to pick up a few good ones.  I came home with

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking by Julie K. Norem
Be Happy Without Being Perfect by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose

I picked up each of these books for a different reason (obvs:) – and I’m looking forward to sharing those reasons and my thoughts on these books as I read them.

Something that really should have been noted on my confessions post last week is that I tend to hoard books.  I love to read so I accumulate books like crazy, and then it takes me forever to get through all of them.  I guess it’s not necessarily a bad problem to have, but sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming!

This morning started off with a trip to The Daily Grind (our local coffee shop) for an iced soy latte.  I failed to get a picture unfortunately, but the bland styrofoam cup wouldn’t have been too exhilarating anyway.

After I got home, I was about to eat my arm, so I fixed a quick mid-morning snack

brown rice cake slathered with natural peanut butter and topped with sliced banana

Today is cross training, so Jon and I opted to sleep in and we’ll be going for a walk later on tonight after it cools off!

I have so much to catch up on since I’ve been at large the last few days.  As you guys know, I was at the lake with my mom and sister last Wednesday and Thursday.  If you missed my spiralizer review or the most awesome guest post ever 🙂 make sure and check them out!

It’ll take me a couple of days to catch up on everything, so I may as well get started!

On Wednesday, I got up super early to head to the lake.  I had to stop through my hometown to pick up my mom before making the long drive to the lake to meet my sister.  We finally arrived around noon and after hanging out at our cabin for awhile, we headed out to spend some time on the water.

For a quick bit of history on my family and the lake – my great-grandparents built our cabin when my mom was 2 years old.

My mom grew up going there every summer, and our family continued the tradition throughout my childhood.  There really is a little piece of each of us in that cabin and on the lake.  So many memories.  When we were little, we used to tell people our grandpa owned Lake Texoma.  And to us, he did.

After we spent a couple of hours on the lake, we decided to venture out on the 15 minute boat ride to one of the fancier resorts just to look around.  Not even 20 minutes after arriving, we noticed some storm clouds brewing on the horizon.

even little Bentley was getting concerned:)

We’ve had our fair share of close calls with storms on the lake – getting caught out in the middle with waves coming over the front of the boat, being stranded on the beach with the wind whipping the sand, stinging as it collided with our skin.  Once my dad got caught out in a storm, and our boat took a nosedive into a huge wave, breaking the windshields off the boat and losing most of his fishing equipment.  Needless to say, we don’t mess around anymore.

So, we took off back across the lake, barely beating the storm back to the ramp.  It was then that we realized our first real problem…

…to be continued:)

let's celebrate

23 Jul

All was quiet on CSM last night.  I just needed a little bit of time to unwind and disconnect from everything. Jon and I took Olive and went on a walk, which we haven’t done in awhile bc we’ve been so busy.  I’ve missed our walks so much!

Yesterday afternoon I took a trip to a new Farmer’s Market on our university’s campus.  It was fairly small, but each farmer had a good array of fruits and veggies.  I was hoping to pick up some swiss chard, and while they didn’t come through for me on that, I did score all of this

cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, canteloupe, squash

I love all the different shapes of produce you find at the Farmer’s Market.  When food is grown naturally, you don’t get the perfect, uniform look that you see in the grocery stores.   It reminds me of how fresh and natural these veggies are.  Beautiful!

It also reminds me of us as humans.  We are all so different in shape and size…and that is something to celebrate!  It’s our individuality and uniqueness that makes us beautiful. I know I need a frequent reminder of that!  All too often I find myself envying someone else – their job, their body, their personality – but I try to redirect my thoughts to focus on what I love about myself

squash the size of my arm!

This morning I got up and enjoyed a bowl of plain soy yogurt, fresh berries and raw oatmeal before heading off to PiYo class!

A little while after getting back home I snacked on a whole wheat tortilla and some salsa.  I usually try to base snacks around fruits/veggies, but when a serious craving strikes…I have no choice but to listen!

I’ll be spending the rest of the day working on Outbox tasks and practicing PiYo.  Things are moving along with preparing to teach.  Slowly, but surely.

Tonight Jon and I are going to make a run to the city, so I can look for a dress to wear to the Healthy Living Summit cocktail party!  Hopefully I’ll be able to find something on sale!  Wish me luck:)

What is one thing you can celebrate about yourself? It can be something about your body, personality…whatever!  And you can’t avoid commenting on this post because you don’t want to answer the question;)  We all have wonderful amazing characteristics, and it’s good for us to remind ourselves of those things.

I’ll get the ball rolling:  I love that I have a high sense of compassion for people.  My heart breaks so deeply when I see other people hurting.

Ready…GO!!

end of another era

21 Jul

You know those days when nighttime comes and you think back over the last 12 hours and say to yourself:

“wow, I had some good food today.”

Yep…I’m havin’ one of those.  And I’m likin’ it too.

Let’s get a recap of breakfast because it was just too purdy not to;)

beet, carrot, apple, pear and blackberry juice

For lunch I met up with my friend, Grace, at Panera.  I went with the garden vegetable soup + a whole grain baguette

After lunch I ran home and got a lot of work accomplished!  Jonathan has become more and more able to pass off Outbox work to me.  Right now I’m writing the copy for a brochure for one of our clients, and I’m loving it!  The combination of working for our own business, working from home and writing is so fulfilling to me.

I guess I was working a little too hard…because in a matter of just a few hours I had worked up quite an appetite!

Van’s light whole wheat waffle with natural peanut butter, half a sliced banana + chia seeds

Before I knew it, it was time to go have my last tutoring session with Mohammad.

So long, Mohammad.  It’s been real.

I’m really going to miss tutoring, but I told him to put in a word with his international friends, so maybe it won’t be the end after all!  lol.

Because I had yoga tonight, I spent some time this afternoon making a crock-pot creation to have for dinner.  I almost never use my crock-pot anymore, but when I do I always wonder why I let it sit and collect dust.  It’s so convenient!

Dinner turned out pretty tasty.

sauteed zucchini, spinach and broccoli slaw in 1 tsp olive oil with a dash of red pepper and garlic powder

Jon had this marvelous idea for breadsticks. For each stick, he used half of a Joseph’s lavash wrap, spreading a small bit of Earth Balance and pesto and sprinkling garlic powder before rolling it all up and baking at 400 for about 10 minutes.   I die.

And now for the sauce!

Easy Vegan Crock-pot Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

1 29 ounce can of tomato puree
1 15 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
1/2 a real tomato, chopped (I happened to have it in the fridge and figured I might as well throw it in!)
1/2  cup of water
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tbsp basil

Directions

1.  Mix all ingredients together in the crockpot and allow to heat through all day!
2.  Pour over whole wheat spaghetti, bulgur or a huge pile of your favorite veggies as shown above:)

That’s it!  Amen to easy breezy recipes.

Note: don’t forget to take out the bay leaves before serving.  Also, next time I will not add as much water, if any.  I thought it needed thinning, but the sauce ended up a bit too watery.

For dessert I whipped up a little bit of blueberry banana softserve.

I love using my mini bowl and spoon.  Makes it last so much longer:)

I hope you all had a great day and did something nice for yourself – you deserve it!

See you tomorrow!

What was the best thing you ate in the last 24 hours? Mine was the breadsticks – I love me some garlic bread:)  Thanks dear!