lately i’ve been…(xiii)

making veggie burgers…totally unlike me as I really enjoy the real deal but I had some leftover lentils in the freezer and just took it from there. I accidentally made it into hummus. So I added more beans. Then I added brown rice. Then it was just right, though crumbly. And good! (Lentils + 1 egg + celery + onion + white beans + brown rice + spices)

eating doro wat. Go make this Ethiopian Chicken Stew, it is amazing!

reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Beautiful Ruins (and others that weren’t as good)

loving bananas. I go through weird phases because sometimes I feel sick after eating them but lately I can’t get enough of them with some peanut or almond butter.

yeah monning in Jamaica. SO fun!

eating WAY too much dairy. It’s a slippery slope. I try to limit it to a few servings a day but it’s been out of control lately.

eating an amazing burger at Plan Check. Dare I say it is my new favorite? (That is ketchup leather!)

desperately wanting the new “magic denim” from Madewell. I need.

craving fall food. I’m so over the summer.


needing to make Chipotle at home…

traveling to Wisconsin and Minnesota for The Great Baby Tour II and to visit my family (twice in two weeks!). I also got to see our godson again (I’m majorly obsessed) and have dinner with the girls at Tilia.

enjoying my Dad’s garden each time I go home. I went and picked vegetables for about an hour last time I visited. Three words: hot, bugs, jealous.

What have you been up to lately? 

seven simple ways to feel good

{I’m experimenting with some sponsored posts…email me ([email protected]) if you have strong feelings about it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.}

I think I’m a pretty upbeat person. I’m usually in a good mood, and though some people probably find it annoying, I just really don’t have much to complain about. Life is good.

But we all have our moments.

Sometimes I wish it was Friday and it is Monday. Sometimes I need a little something special just because. Sometimes I’ve had a rough afternoon at work or an argument with a loved one.

And sometimes we just need a little help to feel good. I’m sharing my list with you – some are sweets, some are calorie free. Some require money, others don’t!

I’d love to know what you do to make yourself feel good…especially the calorie-free and money-free ideas! Head over to the Arrowhead Sparkling Mountain Spring Water facebook page for some more “feel good” inspiration!

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Arrowhead Sparkling Water. 

new product favorites {august}

Halo Top Ice Cream. I received a press email about this ice cream and went out to find it shortly after. The email boasted an ice cream that tasted like the full-fat variety all while being low-calorie and high protein (70 calories and 7 grams of protein per serving). It doesn’t taste exactly like real ice cream…but is pretty tasty!

Paleo Bread by Julian Bakery. I had previously tried the coconut variety, but I love the almond one. The nutrition facts are a little insane: 60 calories, 5 grams fiber and 7 grams of protein per slice!

Secret Squirrel Iced Coffee Concentrate. I’ve been loving cold-brew coffee and I know I should make my own but I like to support the economy. ;)

 

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes. There is truly something magical about this salt. I was introduced to it while house-sitting for my cousins and I picked some up before we left their house. It’s so good, and you kind of feel like a Chef, sprinkling salt flakes over food. :)

Chobani Flips. Chobani sent me a few to try and while I definitely prefer plain greek yogurt, you can’t go wrong with Key Lime Crumble. I’m most interested in the Blueberry Power, which is blueberry yogurt topped with chia seeds, hemp seeds and walnuts.

Ghee. I go back and forth using ghee and then not. I’m in an ‘on’ phase and so obsessed. I just saw they started selling it at Trader Joe’s, anyone tried it yet?

Straw Propeller Muesli’s. Straw Propeller  makes convenient, portable oatmeals and muesli’s in a wide range of flavors (like pumpkin pie, banana bread, curry up (YES, CURRY!), and peanut butter apple) and sent me a few varieties to try. A lot of them have added sugar which is a no-no for me, but the original muesli was a great mix of oats, buckwheat groats, raisins, dates, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and flax seed meal. (And the bite of Apple Crisp Oatmeal that I had? Delicious!)

Have you tried any great products lately?

lately i’ve been (xii)

sailing in San Diego. Can I live on a boat?

checking out some live music (in 90* heat) in Pasadena for a Music Festival – we saw Yacht (they opened for Postal Service at the show in Vegas but we missed them) and Robert DeLong.

loving working happy hours at Malibu Fish & Grill.

so ridiculously obsessed with our newish nutri bullet. Have you watched the infomercial? Yes, I will admit to being a bit of an infomercial-addict but this blender is pretty great. We’ve been having green “juices” (with all the fiber) every morning.

working on this learnist board:

loving this simple breakfast: greek yogurt (preferably banana chobani) + drizzle of peanut butter

learning that all you need for a solo weekend is a wedge of brie, a few ounces of prosciutto, a bottle (or more?!) of wine and some trashy tv. (Magic Mike anyone?)

the best girls nights end with cupcakes.

trying out lobster rolls from Cousins Maine Lobster truck. And lobster ice cream! (The lobster roll was amazing, the ice cream I wouldn’t get again.)

getting two full boxes of amazing books from a friend. Must get reading!

having three picnics in three days when a friend was in town. I’m close to picnic-pro.

getting my fall newsletter to the printer at work – such a good feeling!

and finally, ordering barre3‘s ’28 to great’ workout bundle. They let me try the online workouts and I’ve enjoyed them so much I thought it would be worth buying the dvd’s – want to win a bundle for yourself?

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