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Sweating Pink // Favorite Finds Friday 11.2.12

Yesterday I received the best afternoon pick-me-up, better than a Starbucks cappuccino or a chunk of dark chocolate…

I am so excited and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to join a group of strong, inspiring, and motivated women!  As seen on the Fit Approach website, “Sweat Pink Ambassadors live the Fit Approach mission every day: they sweat hard, play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves.”

All of my excitement powered me through 1 + 1/2 TNT sessions last night.  Ryan was late because he had to get an MRI that took longer than expected, so I happily stayed behind with him to make-up what he had missed.  By the time we got home I was ravenous and raided the kitchen, snacking while I threw together the epitome of a kitchen sink salad.

veggies + TJ’s chicken & veggie dumplings

I also had an unpictured bowl of chicken noodle soup and rice cakes topped with cottage cheese [hunger > pictures].  I could not be stopped and finished off the night with a sweet cereal yogurt bowl for dessert.

Surprise, surprise, this morning I served up a stack of cereal pancakes.  Today’s cereal of choice: TJ’s Honey Nut O’s!

honey nut pancakes topped with plain Chobani + unsweetened coconut + pistachios + honey

P.S.  While I was busy packing Ryan’s and my lunches for today, Charlie was also busy…  He ate the peanut butter filling and left me the pretzel shell, he’s so kind 😉

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Good Food: Cooking Light’s Top-Rated Chili Recipes

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My Style: Staying Neutral on the Weekends

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Sweet Treats: TJ’s Melted Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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Events: Garden Party Wedding

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Health & Wellness: I Workout for Me

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Words of Wisdom: Sparkle

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Cuties: Kids & Pet Kisses [The Ellen Show]

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For the Home: Hand Crafted Sofa Table

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Places to Go: European Beech Trees in Mariemont, Belgium

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Flowers: Flower Delivery Boat

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Laughing Out Loud: An Alpaca!

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DIY Projects: Travel Snack Kit

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Education & Learning: Funny Food Ads from the 1900’s

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Wedding Attire: Grand Dress, Grand Hall

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Looking Ahead to Baby: Kiss Me Goodnight

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“It often seems, looking back, that the unexpected comes to define us, the paths we didn’t see coming and may have wandered down by mistake. The older we get the more willing we are to follow those, to surprise ourselves.”

~ Anna Quindlen

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  Do you have a favorite chili recipe?

Question:  Have you heard of the term flexitarian?  Do you associate yourself as a flexitarian?

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Favorite Finds Friday 10.26.12

Do y’all watch the news?  I watch the Today Show every morning while I’m eating breakfast, but this week I’ve had no desire to tune in.  Why?  Because every other segment Al Roker [I have nothing against him, he’s just doing his job] has an update about Hurricane Sandy.  If you haven’t heard, Hurricane Sandy is supposed to be a big bully storm that may bash the mid-Atlantic and Northeast Sunday into early next week.  You can read more about it here.

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BUT, there are two different models and they’re predicting two different paths…  I’m in favor of whichever one says that Sandy is going to stay out to sea.  I’d like to go to Kings Dominion on Sunday and I’d like for our power to stay on *fingers crossed*!

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Good Food: Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Parmesan Sauce

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My Style: Top Knots

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Sweet Treats: Whole Grain Soft Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Events:  Pink Mirrored Vases

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Health & Wellness: Self Respect

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Words of Wisdom: Everything Happens for a Reason

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Cuties: Curly Cockapoo

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For the Home: QLOCKTWO Clock

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Places to Go: Cities to See

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Flowers: Fall Bridal Bouquet

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Laughing Out LoudI’m a panda.

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DIY Projects: Chalkboard Painted Wine Glasses

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Education & Learning: 15 Grammar Goofs

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Wedding Attire: Garden Elegance

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Looking Ahead to Baby: Handmade Knitted Mermaid Baby Costume

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“Don’t forget—no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” ~Charles de Lint

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  If you’re on the east coast, are you preparing for Hurricane Sandy?

Question:  What are your fun weekend plans?  I’m celebrating my birthday dinner tomorrow and *hopefully* going to Kings Dominion on Sunday!  Lots of fun times with friends!

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Dream Jobs

At the end of the school year, I took a leap of faith and said good-bye to teaching to pursue a career in the events industry.  I have always loved planning, from social gatherings with family or friends, to committee activities throughout high school and college…  Call me a dork, but I enjoy planning and color-coding calendars 😛

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I was so thankful [and lucky] to receive a job offer immediately after school ended in June.  I packed-up my classroom on a Friday and started as an exhibits assistant on Monday.  It was a hard decision to make since I had spent 4 years in college working towards a B.S. in education but as they always say, sometimes life doesn’t always go as planned [no matter how much planning you do] and you have to just go with it…  I went with it and I’m happy I did.

Sooo, where am I going with this?  Well, I am happy to report that I am thoroughly enjoying my new job but after posting the nail namer picture on Saturday I started to wonder what life would be like if I had a different job…  Don’t we all?!

Dog trainer.  Sunday night has become steak night in our house aka Charlie’s whiniest night.  He does not understand why dad gets a slab and he only gets the scraps.  He whimpers and whines, lays down and rolls over, anything to impress dad…  I’d love to be the person who trains adorable pups to sit quietly and wait patiently!

Scent sniffer.  On Sunday Ryan needed to swing by the mall to pick-up a skate tool so I made the most use of the time and stopped by Bath & Body Works.  I seriously think the last time I was in there was when I was…  15?!  There were so many good smelling scents that it was hard to choose just 1 so I took advantage of their current buy 2 get 1 free deal and walked away with 3 [typical girl].  I’d love to be the person who smells brown sugar and sweet pea scents all day!

Taste tester.  Having a Whole Foods across the street from my office is fabulously awful.  I typically will do a working lunch and eat at my desk so I can take a break and go for a walk but everyday I end up walking directly to Whole Foods.  I haven’t looked at my bank account for a while and probably don’t want to.  I’d love to be the person who taste tests all the new products and prepared foods!

Nature photographer.  I’ve said it once, I’ve said it twice, I may have even said it thrice [haha, such a rhymer], but I am falling in love with fall!  The scents, the flavors, and all the colors are truly stunning.  If I didn’t have any commitments, I would spend the whole day outside.  I’d love to be the person who spends the day wandering the woods taking pictures of the fall foliage!

Hotel rater.  Ryan and I are planning a trip up to Boston and I could not be more excited- I haven’t been up there since graduating in May of 2011.  Since recently booking our honeymoon we’ve become a bit frugal and would like to save money.  Currently the big question is should we drive or fly and where will we stay?  I’d love to be the person who receives all expenses paid trips in exchange for rating the rooms [puppies permitted = an appreciated perk]!

Personal shopper.  I’m a stereotypical girl who loves to shop.  For clothes or for food, for someone else or for myself…  I love to peruse through a store and snag a good deal!  I’d love to be the person people contact when they need to pick out a new outfit for a special occasion or need to pick-up a few groceries for dinner!

Health and wellness coach.  Two of the most common places you will find me are at home or at the gym.  I love the feeling I get after a good sweat session and feeling like I’ve accomplished something.  I love taking care of my body.  I cannot control if I have a flare-up [although I can take preventative actions to decrease the likelihood] but I can make sure that I am keeping myself physically healthy.  I’d love to be the person who helps others take care of their body through fitness and health!

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Food holiday selector.  Earlier this month was National Pasta Day and National Dessert Day [two personal favorites] and today is National Boston Cream Pie Day…  I don’t make this stuff up, check it outI’d love to be the person who chooses what day everyone should eat abundant amounts of chocolate, peanut butter, or drink cup after cup of coffee!

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I am not trained for any of the professions above so I cannot offer y’all advice and all jobs have their bad days, but I can dream about how fun the good days could be 🙂

“The greatest gift you can give others is your best you—your healthiest you.”

~Joseph J. Sweere

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  What’s your dream job?

Question:  Are you working at your dream job?  Is it the job that you wanted to have when you were younger?  When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a marine biologist so I could swim with dolphins and whales 😛

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