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foodie fridays

This is an extremely easy breakfast that is packed with protein and flavor. Try it out next time you want a delicious treat in the morning. I love eating this before or after a great workout.

Cook oatmeal as normal on the stove top.
Mix in egg whites, honey, peanut butter, and a sprinkle of cin…

happy thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day with family, friends, and loved ones while chowing down on some delicious food. Remember that today isn't just about the turkey and stuffing, even though it's so dang tasty. It's about being thankful for your life…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Lukie Bear I was happily reunited with my nephew! 2. Mama's dinners I chowed down on delicious lobster, basmati rice, and salad. 3. Baby shower We had so much fun celebrating my sister's baby shower.


I'm in la-la-looove with my new extensions from Bellami Hair. I was so excited to open up my package in the mail yesterday. Inside I found the softest, thickest hair, most natural looking clip-in hair extensions. The color was a little light for my newly dyed hair, but I had no problem dying th…

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foodie fridays

My mom and sis make this delicious dish with pancetta. I couldn't find any at the store, so I settled for turkey bacon (not as good as pancetta though). Use olive oil to sauté the garlic, bacon, and brussel sprouts. You won't even need a sauce!

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Charlie I just can't get enough of her. 2. The weather The temperature in AZ is cooling down and I am enjoying getting my fitness on outside. 3. A year-and-a-half Boyfriend and I just hit the big 1.5 of our relationship. I'm so happy to have him in my life.

ebook sale

My ebook is on sale for only $3.99. Take some healthy and delicious treats to your Thanksgiving get-together. Maybe some Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Muffins? Or maybe some Dark Chocolate Date Bars? Check it out!

distance hiit

I've posted a lot of fast-paced cardio routines on here, but I wanted to add one that I've recently been doing to build my endurance for distance. It's longer than most, but the changing of speeds keeps your body guessing and your mind from being bored. Try it out!

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a new perspective

Every mom should watch this. While I am not a mom, I appreciated it being that I'm a teacher and wonder if I'm doing the right things for my class.

foodie fridays

Apple spice cake with cream cheese frosting? Um, yes please. What better dessert for the upcoming holidays? Food Network definitely hit it on the mark.


1/2 stick butter, plus extra for loaf pan
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored, cut into 1/2-inch dice and tossed with a littl…

free people wish list

Free People is the perfect place to shop as this weather is cooling way down. They have perfect layering pieces and that vintage feel. Love!

Miso Tall Sock Wild Child Embroidered Dress Sleeveless Tuxedo Buttondown Hooded Biker Leather Jacket Battenburg Printed Shorts Keep It Rockin' Vegan Leather Cro…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Girlfriends
I love reuniting with all my ladies. We all got to say hello to baby Hudson.

2. Blessthefall
Boyfriend and the boys played an awesome home show at the Marquee.
3. Reunion
Boyfriend got to be home for a few days before he heads out again. I'm so happy!

sprint routine

Sprinting can be tough, and this routine holds true to that. Yet, sprinting is awesomely beneficial and you can get it done quick. Your heart rate will be blasting through the roof and those calories will be burning.

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you're better off

I fell in love with this simple list of things you are always better off without. I came across it on Thought Catalog. What can you do without?

1. Communication with family members who drive you mad.
2. Access to old love letters that it kills you to read.
3. Junk food you’re just going to binge on t…

foodie fridays

Who doesn't love a classic pumpkin pie? Well, okay. I know quite a few people, but I'm not one of them. I absolutely love it! Whenever Fall comes around it's like pumpkin this and pumpkin that for me. It makes my insides happy. Cooking Light has a perfect recipe for one that will leave…

sunset strip

"The Strip itself was born in the roaring ’20s as a dirt road connecting Hollywood studios to a new development called Beverly Hills. This “strip” between two cities fell just outside Los Angeles city limits, a no man’s land outside the reach of the LAPD, which gave free reign to both crea…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Disneyworld So excited to receive our hopper passes for next month's trip to Disneyworld!
2. Reaching goals I've been wanting to attempt pullups for awhile, but was always intimidated. I finally just decided to do it and was able to to five! 
3. Roc Race My friend Tina and I did our first …

hearts wish list

Love the accessories that Hearts has! There are so many I want. 
Draped in Luxury Brass and Rhinestone Necklace Venus Crescent Brass Cuff Chevron Warrior Porcupine Quill and Turquoise Earrings Get a Grip Leather Fringe Clutch Super Vintage Tort Sunglasses Vixen Leopard Scarf

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arm the animals

I wrote about Arm the Animals a while back here. I love their shirts and the cause they stand for. They were kind enough to send me these amazing new tanks. I absolutely love their graphics and their shirts are oh-so-soft. Go get some and support no-kill shelters and all the cute little critters in…