Reviews

Hello all! About to head to the airport to fly to Hilton Head for my conference!! I am SOOOO excited! On that note, I am not sure how my blogging will go when I am there, so bare with me. But, if nothing else, I will be back with lots of updates next weekend!!

I ate some of my new food, so I thought I would share some reviews!

OMG this PB is soooo delish. I was very impressed, once again, by the archer farms brand. One of the creamiest PB's I have ever had.

Freeze dried bananas with cinnamon, sounds good right?! WRONG. These are seriously the sickest things I have ever tasted. I ate 3 and through them out. It was like a banana gave birth to a stale banana in my mouth.

Ewwwwwww

TJ's sprouted grain. This bread is AWESOME. It actually tastes like bread, not chewy and hard like ezekiel can get, and it's HALF the price!

Holy yum!! These things are fabulous. Go get them now!

Does it bother anyone else that veggie burgers are packaged in 2's?? If we are conserving just pack them in one big thing. Sorry, weird pet peeve.

TJ's cheddar, this is just wonderful

Vitamin water zero recoup. It's mandarin and peach, yummy. I tried the XXX (50 cent) zero kind the other day and I thought it was sick (in a bad way, ha). But Joey really liked it.

Not a review, but I made polenta with curry shrimp for the first time by myself last night. Delish and sooo quick to make.

Mama had these in the house, they were good, but nothing to write home about

Well that’s it from me today. Off to the aeropuerto.

I also wanted to share that I found out this morning my grandpa collapsed last night and is in the hospital on a ventilator. My dad is flying out to see him tonight, but it doesn’t look good ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Please keep my family in your prayers. Thanks so much.

No Sun-Sunday

Hello to all!! Sorry I have been so MIA from blogging and commenting on your blogs this weekend, I have been so busy enjoying my family here in STL. I have tried to keep up a little bit with you all in my iPhone Google Reader App ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sounds like all is well for everyone, and sending prayers to Tyler (your strength is inspiring, I cried a little thinking about making it through that spin class). ย Well I thought I would again give you a little photo recap of the weekend!!

First night we came home mama made her special Manacotti (my favorite food EVER, sorry no pics) and then we had a little B-Day party:

My wonderful birthday cake! I ate 3 of the 4 corners....I gave 1 to Joey ๐Ÿ™‚

Me and the cake

Before presents because we are goofy. How much does Joey look like Lloyd Christmas (Dumb & Dumber)?! haha

Pencil skirt!!

Work dress

The next day we went to TRADER JOES in STL (I didn’t even know there was one of those!!) and Whole Foods. It was divine as always. I got LOTS of goodies that I will share as I enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

We also, most importantly got to hang out with James!

My nephew James, the cutest boy ever

Hanging with my little man

This is his powerwheels 4-wheeler, it is so awesome

The last main event of the weekend was a family birthday dinner! Again no pics of the food (sorry, I just don’t like whipping out my camera at restaurants).

Before the family birthday dinner

Me and my sake peach bomb!

Joey and I at dinner

The parentals and I

Me, brother-in-law John and sissy Katie (James parents!)

It was a FABULOUS night!

On a more TMI note, I must share one thing. I swear I get sick (horrible tummy aches) every single time I go out to eat. It doesn’t matter what I am eating, if I have alcohol or not, etc. I have been to the doctor multiple times over the years for my tummy aches and they just can’t figure out what’s up. Anyone else like this? Or have suggestions?? I would really appreciate any input.

Also, 1 review that I had to share:

The WORST bar I have ever tried to eat. I couldn't even finish it; that has never happened to me before

Well that’s it from me for now! I have to say bye to Joey in a bit (he’s still sleeping) as he goes back to Springfield and I stay to head to my conference tomorrow. I am really excited for my conference but I hate being away from Joey ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I know it will be worth it to gain knowledge and make those connections! Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and I promise to catch up on everyone’s blogs today!!

Birthday Pics!

Hello to all and thank you soooo much for the birthday wishes!! I had a wonderful day with Joey. Here is a little run-down of the day. We are heading back to STL shortly to see the family so I don’t have much time ๐Ÿ™‚

At Alice, this pic turned out 3D-ish for some reason

Me with my cards

Joey's present. BLUE SPERRYS I LOVE THEM!!!

meow

After presents

Dinner outfit

My handsome date and I

Me and my orange mojito

The grand finale!!!! BREAD PUDDING!!

Overall it was a glorious day!

Hope you guys had a great day too and yippee for being Thursday!!

So bread pudding is my all time favorite dessert (even though I have only had it twice), what’s your favorite dessert?

Way Back When Wednesday, EXTRAS

Hello again!! Since it’s my birthday and WBWW are my favorite posts of the week I thought I would do some extras! So here goes, with some extra WBW’s in certain categories ๐Ÿ™‚

Way Back When Music: With a hot singer like Jamie Walters and a ballad like “How Do You Talk To An Angel?” How could I resist this show/album. Actually I don’t remember the show at all, but I def remember Jamie and that song.

Way Back When Toy:

Nickelodeon Gak. This stuff was the bomb, even though it smelled a little. I even enjoyed it’s close cousin, Floam.

Popples!! I had a blue popple. I also believe I had a few book w/tape combo’s that were popples.

Way Back When Celebrity Crush: My FAVORITE celebrity crush of all time!! JTT baby. I was crazily obsessed with this boy for many a years. I can’t be the only one who sobbed like a baby when we thought he had throat cancer on Home Improvement!

Way Back When TV (changing it up today):

We run we jump we swim and plaaaaaayyy…… I LOVED this show. And two words Donkey-Lips. HOTTTIE. haha.

You are the Weakest Link!! I may or may not have attended a viewing party at a close friend of mine’s house (who may have just gotten into law school), and she dressed as Anne, the host ๐Ÿ™‚

Way Back When Clothing/Accessories:

Ying Yang jewelry. All the kids these days are into peace signs, BORING. ย I am bringing ying-yangs back, YEAH!!

Way Back When Eats:

This was THE summer time treat back in Maryland when I was little. Those were the days of sugar and no cares ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well that’s it from me!! Hope you all enjoyed this WBWW and have a wonderful day!! ๐Ÿ™‚

QuarterLife’s Quarter-Life!

Hello all!! Happy Birthday to me!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just wanted to write you a quick post before I’m off to a power flow yoga class this AM. I must say, I started this blog in the hopes of improving myself to my full ability before this birthday, and now it’s here! So weird. But I must say, I think it’s worked. And the weird thing is that I have improved myself in ways I didn’t really anticipate. I came in thinking this was all about getting more fit/toned/etc and have come out realizing even more the impact a healthy mind and outlook can have on everything. Thanks to each one of you for helping me get here!

Throw back pic from my 21st!! haha

I also must share my breakfast! Since I have yoga so early I didn’t want to fill my belly with oats, so I made a little mix that reminds me of Instant Breakfast (did anyone else used to drink that; I LOVED that goodness).

1 cup chocolate unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder

1 tbsp bees knees pb

4 ice cubes

1/2 frozen nanner (I cut my last 2 bananas in 1/2 and popped them in the freezer for easy smoothy-ish making)

Noodle wanted a piece (don't worry she's getting a haircut Friday)

It was soooooo good!! A nice little pick me up before my workout. I am not like a bunch of you guys and I have to eat something before a workout.

Well today Joey and I are going to see an afternoon show of Alice In Wonderland and then going to eat at this nice restaurant, Touch, in Springfield ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait!!

I should be back later with a Way Back When Wednesday!! Hope you all have a great day!

Tubular TuesdayI

Everyone loves alliteration right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope everyone woke up with a smile on their face this morning! I didn’t; ha. I had a little sore throat when I woke up, but it’s slowly getting better. Phew! I don’t want to be sick for my birthday tomorrow!!

Just wanted a share a few things this morning, let’s do this bullet style because I’m professional like that:

  • I tried goat cheese for the first time on Sunday evening. Joey made a pizza with goat cheese, roasted peppers, and basil pesto. It was DELICIOUS. I must say I have been nervous to try goat cheese, because, well it doesn’t really sound very appetizing (no offense goats) but it is super creamy and wonderful! It would be great on salads for sure.
  • Dried cranberries are really good in oats! This morning I had 1/2 cup whole wheat oats, 1 cup water, chia seed pudding (1/4 cup almond milk mixed with 1 tbsp chia seeds, whisked and put in the fridge overnight), 1 tbsp barney butter, dried cranberries, 1/4 banana mashed in oats, 1/4 banana sliced on top, and sprinkled with cinnamon
  • I was disappointed yesterday by an ezekiel product, and that NEVER happens. I got these pita pockets and they are SOOOO thin that they like break apart in your hand when you are trying to eat. Not cool Ezekiel; meet me outside at recess and we will settle this.
  • I get to see my nephew this week!!!! I think I’m more excited about that then my actual birthday!!

Well that’s it from me this morning! I will be paper writing most of the day, and I haven’t quite decided what form of workout I will do today, but I’ll let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

Homemade Monday

Hello to all! Busy bee day for me running errands around town, did some hot yoga, and made dinner for Joey! It turned out wonderful, so although I’m short on time tonight I wanted to share the recipe with you. It is modified slightly, but the base recipe comes from CanYouStayForDinner, LOVE that site!

Ingredients:

1 acorn squash

1/4 cup brown rice

1/4 cup wild rice

2 cups organic veggie broth (obviously, you can use whatever kind of broth you want, even chicken)

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup chopped mixed nuts (I used almonds and pecans)

Instructions for nuts & acorn squash:

1) Preheat oven to 350

2) Put chopped nuts on a baking sheet, I put tin foil underneath for easy cleanup, and bake for 7 minutes

3) Bump oven up to 400

4) Slice acorn in half, not as easy task, and remove innerds

5) Place facedown on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, again I used tin foil (sprayed the tin foil)

6) Cook for 30 minutes or until you can stick a fork easily in the skin

Instructions for rice:

1) Mix broth and rice together in a sauce pan and bring to a boil

I used Lundberg OF COURSE ๐Ÿ™‚

2) After boil, set on low heat, cover and let simmer for about 40 minutes, or until the broth is soaked up (and rice is cooked of course! Don’t worry if you need to add more broth)

3) Add in nuts and cranberries

*In the end put the rice mix in the acorn hole and ENJOY!!

It was a lovely dinner with Joey ๐Ÿ™‚

Well that’s it from me tonight! Hope everyone had a fantastic Monday!