Category Archives: Holidays

Weekend Happenings: Naked & Skyfall

Friday

cinnamon raisin pancakes topped with Chobani + peanut butter frosting + shredded unsweetened coconut

discovered the office gym during lunch

pink pedi

first time trying Naked Pizza = YUM!

artichokes + jalapenos + mushrooms + olives + roasted red peppers + spinach

snap, crackle, pop

Saturday

turkey bacon, mushroom + spinach scramble topped with salsa, & Van’s waffles topped with banana + feta + pistachios + shredded unsweetened coconut

45 minutes spinning & 45 minutes TNT training

 kamut cereal + Banana Choco Chip VitaTop + banana + shredded unsweetened coconut + Silk Light Vanilla soymilk

Sunday

cinnamon pancakes topped with cinnamon Chobani + peanut butter frosting + apple butter + fresh sweetened cranberries

ruby red grapefruit

Jame Bond Skyfall [it. was. awesome!]

such a sweepy buddy

Unpictured weekend happenings: watching Life As We Know It, a piping hot bowl of chocolate chip peanut butter banana oats for breakfast, a massage, a new iPhone, apartment cleaning, and grocery shopping…

…and tomorrow is a holiday [in honor of Veteran’s Day today].  In the morning I’m meeting a girlfriend for a walk but I’m not sure what Ryan and I will do in the afternoon.  Peanut Butter Cereal Brownies sound enticing 😉  Hip, hip, hooray for 3-day weekends!

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  Do you have a 3-day weekend?

Question:  Are you a Bond fan?  I am all about chicky flicky movies but I also enjoy a good action movie [with cute actors] now and then!

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Thankful Thursday 11.8.12

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas less than 2 months away, now seems like a better time than ever to take a moment to stop, reflect, and thank.

Jessie from Jessie Loves to Run started hosting Thankful Thursday a few weeks ago and unsurprisingly she has had an overwhelmingly positive response!  For more information about Thankful Thursday, click here.

This is my first week participating, but I know that I will continue to take part in future weeks.  Oftentimes I think that we forget to thank, or rather assume that thanks has been given, to all of those who have helped make our lives a little bit better…  I truly believe that it’s the little things in life that mean the most.

The best is yet to comeEver since I wrote that post earlier this week, that saying has resonated with me.  Far too often I get caught up in the little things and have a hard time moving forward unless it’s “perfect” in my mind.  I will be the first to admit that my perfectionist personality can be a hindrance at times, but I will also admit that I am trying to work on it.  Take for example last night’s dinner.  Over the weekend I kept telling Ryan how I want to make more of an effort to cook a hearty, healthy, and satisfying dinner.  At first I was bummed with myself that I opted for boxed soup, but it’s what sounded good at the time.  After I sat down and dug in I was delightfully surprised…  Sometimes the simplest things can be the most satisfying, dinner success!

TJ’s Low Sodium Organic Creamy Tomato Soup topped with a sunny egg + black pepper

Spending time with my BFF.  Last Saturday I met my BFF for a study date.  In between sipping Starbucks and actually working [ahem, the point of our date], we chatted and caught-up since we hardly see each other since she moved downtown.  Anddd I am psyched about our sleepover tomorrow!  We have big plans that include: getting Naked Pizza [get your mind out of the gutter!], watching movies, wearing our most comfortable stretchy pants and slippers, munching on chocolate and popcorn while watching movies, and unwinding from the week.  It should be a stupendously fun night!

throwback to Color Day when we were seniors in high school

Laughing with Ryan.  The past few months have been pretty hectic for both Ryan and I between work, our wedding, and my health-related issues, so I cherish any time we have together.  Regardless of whether we’re out running errands, lazily laying on the couch after work, or playing with Charlie, I love when we spend time together…  Good thing I married him 😉  One of my favorite things about him is that he laughs at his own jokes.  They may not be the funniest joke [most of the time they’re pretty silly], but his chuckle that follows is hilariously cute.

my two favorite guys

Making blends.  What the heck is a blend?  No, I’m not referring to a coffee flavor or a fancy food…  A blend is a blogger + friend = blend!  After coming back from a summer break from blogging, I have truly been blessed to have bumped into so many new-to-me bloggers through link-ups such as Katie’s Marvelous in My Monday or Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday, as well as through Instagram!  Blogging has provided me with a daily dose of motivation, inspiration to try new things, and a chance to share some of my own personal experiences.  I never would have imagined myself feeling so comfortable exchanging information with strangers who now I would consider my blend.

source: check our Tina’s post Why Blog Friends Rule

Zesty Blog Consulting.  I seriously could not thank Cory enough.  I have exchanged messages back and forth with him every day since he started redesigning LAB.  He has made every update that I have requested, has provided me with advice when making tough decisions [such as should the background be green or pink], and even has helped to calm my nerves about the process!  I’m so excited that the new site will be up and running NEXT WEEK [unless y’all got a sneak peek this morning], eek!

XOXO,

Allison

P.S.  This morning I was delightfully surprised and honored that both Jessie and Molly tried my peanut butter pancakes and enjoyed them!  Seeing their pretty stacks of ‘cakes made me feel a bit [pea]NUTTY so I combined my recipes for peanut butter puff pancakes + peanut butter pancakes = PEANUT BUTTER OVERLOAD PANCAKES!!!  Oh my goodness, these were out. of. this. world. AMAZING!

toppings: cinnamon Chobani + coconut bananas + dark chocolate chips + pistachios + dried apricots + honey

Question:  What are you thankful for this week?

Question:  Have you tried Naked Pizza?

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Last Chance Survey

Whattt, another surveyyy?  Yup, you betcha!  I did one last Saturday and I’m doing another one this weekend following the lead of these lovely ladies [here, here, and here]…  Come on folks, just give me one. last. chance.  Pretty please, with sugar on top?!

1. Last food you ate?

A Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bar.  Halloween has come and gone and I’m happily embracing all things chocolatey, minty, and merry!

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2. Last beverage you drank?

A SF peppermint skim cappuccino from Starbucks.  We ran out of Silk Light Vanilla [our milk of choice] yesterday, so I thought it was a good excuse to make a quick trip up to Starbucks this morning…  Again, ’tis the season 😉

3. Last workout?

Man oh man, winter is on it’s way!  I was hoping to run outside but I pansied out and opted for the gym.  45 minutes on the spin bike and some abs, my body was sufficiently worked out.

4. Last thing you pinned? 

I received the monthly Great Harvest Bread Company email yesterday and was impressed by their Thanksgiving week “Handy-Dandy Schedule.”  Every Thanksgiving, no matter how prepared we think we are, my momma and I are scrambling around like turkeys with our heads cut off until dinner is on the table!  This year I will be referencing this tip sheet…

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5. Last text message you sent?

“Break and bake cookies!  Should we try?”– to Ryan when I was at Whole Foods and saw that Immaculate Baking Co.‘s Chocolate Peppermint and Gingerbread Spice cookies were on sale.

6. Last blog you visited?

Jessie Loves to Run.  Be sure to check her out y’all, she’s a fitness and food loving gal living in Kuwait and has an awesome outlook on life!

7. Last tweet you sent?

8. Last place you visited?

Does meeting my BFF downtown to do some work while she slaves away on grad school applications count as a place?  If yes, then I’ll say the Georgetown Library.

Side note: I am not a fan of libraries.  I’m a rather talkative person so the super quiet, sterile, and sometimes smelly [from old books] library atmosphere doesn’t strike my fancy.  Throughout college I opted to work at Panera or Starbucks [free wifi + good food] over the library.

9. Last time you did ab work?

This afternoon I did Tina’s 6-minute plank workout.  Beware, it’ll make your abs burn!

10. Last show you watched?

Modern Family.  Ryan and I had a stay-at-home date night last night which included going for a family walk, making a roaring fire, eating tasty turkey burgers with sautéed peppers and onions for dinner, munching on some popcorn, and watching reruns of Modern Family…  It was lovely!

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11. Last thing you baked?

Pumpkin spice bran eggie cups.  These were a hit with both Ryan and I [they reminded us of pumpkin pie] so I’m planning to make another batch tomorrow!

12. What is the last thing you Instagrammed?

Breakfast this morning, cinnamon pears and whole wheat oat pancakes…

toppings: plain Cho sweetened with stevia + slivered almonds + dried pineapple + honey

13. Last item on your to-do list today?

This morning I made a list of weekend to-do’s and many of the to-do’s are now to-done’s or will get done tomorrow…  Tonight I’m planning to enjoy a repeat of last night!

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  Have you had your first red holiday Starbucks cup?  Yup, I had my first on Friday!

Question:  How do you contribute to your family’s Thanksgiving meal?

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