3.31.2014

nyc

My mom and I had the most amazing time in New York City. There was so much to do and it was so much more fast-paced than Arizona. I really enjoyed it, except the weather was so so cold. It's not something I used to and there were a few times I thought I had frost bite and was going to lose my fingers or toes.

We ate our way through the city, seeking shelter and warmth, but also amazing food. We ate...
-amazing breakfasts at Sarabeth's (and once with my dear New Yorker, Jessica)
-Thai at Topaz
-sushi at Nobu
-pizza at Ray's and another little Italian place
-the biggest sandwiches at Carnegie Deli
-frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity
-mouth-watering steak at Del Frisco's
-cupcakes at Little Cupcake Bakeshop
-cocktails in Grand Central Station
-burgers, fries, and shakes Shake Shack
-wine, cheese, and meats at Eataly...oh and salted caramel gelato
-pasta at Giovannia Rana
-pistachio gelato at Chelsea Market
-lunch at The Grey Dog
-all the pastries and cookies we could get our hands on at other bakeries

Our stomachs were so happy, but now that I am home I definitely see salads and cardio in my immediate future. Although, we did walk quite a bit through the city, especially shopping on 5th Ave.

We saw Mammamia! and Of Mice and Men. Two completely different Broadway shows, but both so entertaining. We sang and danced along to Mammamia! and got lost in Chris O' Dowd's acting in Of Mice and Men. If you visit NYC in the next couple months, you have to see Of Mice and Men. It's a limited engagement, and just incredible. We even got to see him leave the theater, along with Jason Segel, which was awesome. We braved the cold and numbed our fingers for some pictures of them.

We went on a tour of Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, Battery Park, and the Statue of Liberty. The temperatures were extremely low, but we survived. The city has some rich history and amazing sights. The 9/11 Memorial was haunting, but extremely beautiful. It was an incredible feeling to stand where something so tragic and heartbreaking happened.

We went up the Empire State Building, which I've always wanted to do because I feel like it's such a must when you go to New York. The views were incredible and we got a workout going up the stairs. We also went to the Guggenheim and saw an amazing display by Carrie Mae Weems. Seriously good pictures and the writing she pairs along side her photographs is something you can get lost in.

We walked through Central Park. It did start to rain, but we braved it as much as we could to see the sights. There were so many squirrels. I loved it! They have no fear when it comes to getting close to people, but they are picky little butt heads. They didn't want my blueberry muffin or my mom's butter croissant.

We went to the Bowery Ballroom and saw the craziest show. Crazy as in bat shit crazy, not crazy good. It was definitely a show I will always remember and look back and laugh on. My mom and I practically peed our pants running out of the venue and all the way home in the cab. The venue smelled of Lysol and weed. BLECH!

We went to Kleinfeld, which was a total dream come true. It was everything I imagined it would be. The cast and crew of Say Yes to the Dress were so friendly and accommodating. They made the experience very enjoyable and I'm so glad we did it. The dresses were stunning and I can't believe I was able to shop for wedding dresses there. I've always wanted to. Definitely a dream. I will keep you posted on the air date!

I hope I didn't leave anything out. If I did, my mom will probably shoot me a text and say "Add this in! You forgot!" I'm so happy we had a mother-daughter trip that turned out so well. Thank you, mama! You planned out a perfect trip and I'm so glad we did it. Love you!

Here are some snapshots...























3.28.2014

foodie fridays

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How delicious does this look? I got this recipe from this dear gal, Sammy. Check out her blog here.




Servings: 6


Nutrition Breakdown Per Serving (Approx.):
198 calories
4.8g fat
31.6g carbs
13.4g protein
What you will need:

1 cup dry quinoa
3 medium carrots, chopped
15 asparagus spears, chopped
1/2 large red onion, chopped
2 bell peppers, chopped
4 white mushrooms, chopped
1/2- 15.25oz can of corn
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. minced garlic, 4 cloves
1/3 cup Liquid Aminos, or low-sodium soy sauce
8 oz. wild caught shrimp, peeled & deveined
Directions:
Rinse and cook the quinoa according to the package. Once cooked, leave covered and set aside.
Place a large pan over medium heat. Add the oil and heat for just a few moments before adding the carrots. Once the carrots are added, cover and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or until they have somewhat softened. Add the remaining chopped vegetables, minced garlic, and seasonings, stirring every few minutes to evenly cook. Add the shrimp, cover, and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes. Slowly stir in the cooked quinoa and liquid aminos/soy sauce. Cook until the onions are translucent and the shrimp has cooked through.
Enjoy!
 
 

3.26.2014

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. You Fresh Naturals
This White Chocolate Cake Batter is to die for. Get yours here.


2. Meet Ellie
 Love this two-in-one workout tank from Ellie.
Get 20% off your first order with my discount code: BRIANNA20


3. Coffee & Reading
Nothing beats a cup of coffee and a good book.



3.21.2014

foodie fridays

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Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic black beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic kidney beans, drained
  • 3 tablespoons refrigerated fresh salsa
  • 6 (10-inch) reduced-fat flour tortillas (such as Mission)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped plum tomato (about 3)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 6 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 6 tablespoons light sour cream 

Preparation: 

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in chile powder and salt; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/3 cup water and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in salsa. Partially mash bean mixture with a fork.
2. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spoon about 1/3 cup bean mixture into center of each tortilla. Top each serving with about 2 1/2 tablespoons cheese, 1/4 cup tomato, 1/4 cup lettuce, 1 tablespoon onions, and 1 tablespoon sour cream; roll up.




3.19.2014

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Page Springs Winery
Fiance and I headed north to shoot engagement photos and do a wine tasting!
2. Weather
The weather was perfect in Cornville and the setting was perfect for our photos.
3. Spring Training
I went to spring training with fiance and his parents. Free food and beer! Can't complain.

3.18.2014

nasty gal wish list

Can I hazzz? ALL of it? As we are moving into spring, this would all fit so well into my closet.




3.17.2014

strive for balance

If we stopped striving for perfection then we would probably find a healthy mind and a love for our bodies.There is no such thing as perfection. It's unattainable and will lead you on an unfulfilling, never ending journey. Don't do that to yourself.

Be realistic in your goals towards fitness. Think about what really matters. I'm all for goals, but if they leave you unhappy and miserable then what's the point? Is a six-pack really worth it? I think not.
Too much of anything can be bad, even if it includes working out or eating the purest of foods all the damn time. Your body will get worn out and you may binge on junk or your social life may suffer, along with your mental health. I've been there.

Find a balance that works for YOU.  
Don't try to live up to other people and what they do. 



3.14.2014

foodie fridays

I am beyond excited to be partnering with Pressed Juicery. They are totally a company that I back and believe in. They promote health, but also make it easy and attainable with their awesome delivery service.

I have never been one to try out juicing. It seemed way intimidating. I didn't want to buy a juicer. I didn't know what would taste good together. I felt like I would be wasting fruits and vegetables if I didn't get through them all. Pressed Juicery makes it easy for me. I pick the juices I want and they're delivered to my door, cold, fresh, and ready to drink. EASY!

Their flavors are absolutely delicious and perfect for those on-the-go. I take them to the gym, on bike rides, to work, on errands, etc. If I don't have time to make breakfast or a snack, then I just have one of these juices.

Sometimes health and fitness can seem complicated, but it doesn't have to be. I love that there is a company out there that can end the confusion. It makes a healthy lifestyle simple.



3.13.2014

dana bands

I loooove headbands. That is no surprise. When I found Dana Bands, I was thrilled. They're comfortable, perfect for working out, and they come in the best patterns. Also, Dana, they woman behind the brand is amazing. I adore her.

I picked out the Funky Leopard and the Universe fit wraps. I've worn them for bike rides, working out, running errands. They are fantastic.

You will agree too! You can get your own and for 20% off when you use the discount code: BRIANNASKY at checkout.




I'm also hosting an Instagram giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive their own fit wrap from Dana Bands!
(details below) 





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