lately i’ve been…(xiv)

signing up for a half-marathon. Remember that time I signed up for one and then went to Napa to drink wine and learn about peanuts instead? Yeah, I needed to find another one. It’s on Sunday!

trying a great pinterest recipe: creamy caprese quinoa bake via half baked harvest. SO good.

running a lot.

“re-fueling” a lot. (In my mind, that means eating fun food like burgers from Irv’s. Oh, and I have cleavage now.)

enjoying football season, mostly with my face in my laptop.

working (finally) on some home improvements.

and buying a new rug from FLOR! Now we just need to sell our furniture and buy some new pieces. :)

not getting caught up in the Pumpkin-obsession. I enjoy real pumpkin, but don’t mind skipping the rest of it. Here are some of the Unhealthiest ‘Pumpkin’ Food Products:

reading Crazy Rich Asians. (The audio version is narrated by my friend Lynn!) I loved that book.

making dumplings. Why, oh why have I waited so long?

working on the final edits of our Annual Report at work. Sending big projects to the printer is SUCH a great feeling!

going sailing again. The water is so peaceful and lovely. I love it out there.

eating lots of Sweet Lady Jane cakes for many celebrations. Must. Stop. Eating. Cake.

making chile verde…when it was 80 degrees outside. We have yet to eat it, but initial tastes were amazing and we have lots of it in the freezer for whenever the weather cools down.

What have you been up to lately?

daily eats: 9.22.13 {weekend edition}

If you were to solely read my daily eats posts, you might think I eat really healthy. All the time.

But it’s not necessarily the whole story. Sure, I love kale, salads and green juice but I also LOVE and I mean LOVE cheeseburgers. And pizza. And ramen. And obviously cheese. (If you follow me on instagram you might see some of these fun meals!) So my typical “daily eats” posts might not necessarily be so typical. It’s also worth noting that they are usually done on Mondays, which is usually a pretty “healthy” day for me in terms of meals and exercise – but not all days are that “healthy.”

So for this daily eats post, I wanted to give you a glimpse of a not-so-healthy day. A day where I may have had too much wine the night before. A day where I don’t exercise. A day where the only vegetable I eat might be a pickle. A lovely, lazy day. :)

workout: uhhh, what?! Saturday night was a late (and ahem, fun) night at my cousin’s 50th Birthday Party. But yeah, working out was not on the agenda. By the way, I think they say 50 is the new 40, but I think 50 is the new 30.

breakfast: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2 with a side of napping and the Packers game. DD has a new “bakery line” and while I didn’t care for the caramel coffee cake (or whatever flavor it was) the old fashioned donut is pretty good. Love Dunkin.

snack: amy’s nacho snacks + salsa. I told Richie these would be better if they were smothered in cheese and dipped in beans. The fillings were seriously lacking.

late lunch: mexican coke + an IPA + a pickle plate + truffle fries + cheesy tots + burgers at Umami Burger. We roamed around The Grove after lunch to find new covers for our phones with no luck. Where do you buy iphone covers?

dinner: fresh spring rolls + steak bun. I needed summer rolls on Sunday night (I’ve told you before that when I get a craving, nothing else will satisfy) so we grabbed some Vietnamese in our neighborhood for dinner. Yes, I’m addicted to eating out. Please send help.

So there you have it. Sometimes those “lazy” days are just what you need…and I actually got a few vegetables in!

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.