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Weekend Happenings: Naked & Skyfall


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


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


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!



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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13 Things Thursday 5.17.12

Thing 1.  I am back on an avocado kick, one a day every day.  Diced up on top of a salad, mixed with shredded chicken, added to a bowl of piping hot quinoa, or sliced on top of eggs…

Thing 2.  On Tuesday Charlie went to the vet to get his “manhood” removed [aka he got neutered].  The animal hospital kept him overnight which was probably for the best because as soon as he got home yesterday he went wild.  The poor little guy looks pretty pathetic with a cone around his neck to prevent him from licking the wound…

Thing 3.  Tonight I’m making a caprese quinoa salad for a potluck tomorrow night.  It’s my first time making it so hopefully it turns out to be tasty!  I’m taking inspiration from here

Thing 4.  One of my good girlfriends got engaged last weekend- so exciting!  I cannot wait to start talking wedding details with her…

Thing 5.  May is my second month participating in Foodie Penpals hosted by Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean.  If you’re a blogger or a food lover you should totally check it out!  Last night I mailed my package to Ashley and received my package from Kim

Thing 6.  Not like I’m counting or anything, but there are only 20 more days left of school!  Thinking back, the east coast earthquake, the first day of school, and the torrential rain storm seem so long ago but were only a few months ago.  Have you ever noticed how quickly the days pass by so quickly but add up so slowly?  And sometimes, it’s just the opposite, the days pass slowly and add up quickly…

Thing 7.  It’s official, I accepted a job offer!  Friday, June 15th is the last day of school and Monday, June 18th is the first day at my new job.  I am super psyched to start!  So much for a summer break…

Thing 8.  On Saturday, my momma, my maid of honor, Ryan, and I are going to our first cake tasting!  When thinking back to weddings that I’ve been to in the past, I remember most cakes being either chocolate or vanilla but the two bakeries that we have scheduled tastings at offer so many flavorful options and unique combinations!  Do people tend to choose chocolate and vanilla because they are most common and widely liked?  I’ll share more about what flavors and fillings we chose to taste in a post over the weekend…

Thing 9.  For the past few weeks my gym routine has been super sporadic since most days I have something on my schedule for after school.  If my sweat session is planned for the morning, my routine consists of waking up at 4:45AM, driving to the gym, starting my workout by 5AM and finishing around 6AM, driving home, packing lunches for Ryan and me, eating breakfast, showering, and leaving for school by 7AM.  Those few free afternoons have been greatly appreciated…

Thing 10.  Despite being MIA from the blog world lately, there have been a few changes to LAB.  A) If you haven’t already noticed, there is a new page featuring all of my “Favorite Finds Friday” posts- be sure to check them out if you’re a Pinterest fanatic like myself!  B) Rather than featuring “Successes Sunday” weekly, I will be summarizing my progress towards achieving my goals on a monthly basis- weekly has been a bit much and sometimes I feel like I’m fishing for words.  I want to be proud to share updates and achieve my goals…

Thing 11.  There are so many movies out [and coming out soon] that I want to see- The Lucky One, The Avengers, What to Expect When You’re Expecting!  I just need to find someone to go with…

Thing 12.  There are only 130 more days until I’m dressed in white and say “I do!”  Oh my…

Thing 13.  The past few weeks I have had every intention to blog but after working all day, sweating myself silly at the gym, and trying to squeeze in brief periods of meaningful time with my family and friends, blogging has been put on the back burner.  Don’t get me wrong, LAB has been on my mind daily and I feel guilty that I have not been keeping y’all in the loop.  On a daily basis I ask Ryan not to let me fall asleep before I blog but he’s too sweet and either he A) knows how much I need my rest or B) believes me every time I tell him “I’ll do it tomorrow.”  Either way, the slacking needs to stop…

Question:  Share 2 [or 13] random things!

Question:  What races are you competing in this summer/ fall?  I’m interested in running a half-marathon or attempting a triathlon!

Daily Memorable Moment May 17: TG[T]IF…  Thank goodness [tomorrow] is Friday!  There are many fun things on the schedule this weekend 🙂

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Creamy Coffee & 20 Questions

The past two mornings I’ve skipped my daily Sbucks cappuccino in an effort to save some monies.  To be honest, I’m kind of missing chatting with the baristas and sipping on a cup of piping hot, frothy milk but I know in the long run my bank account will thank me.  I calculated it and I spend approximately a whopping $26 every week at Sbucks [oye, that’s gotta change]…


To fill the cappuccino void, I’ve been putting my Keurig to good use and making creamy coffees [approximately a 2:1 ratio of coffee and Silk Light Vanilla] to-go.  This morning’s fuel was an apple and a PB&J bagel sandwich- such a classic, so simple, and so satisfying!  Lunch was a bunch of snacky foods [veggies, fruit, string cheese, ham deli meat, crackers, a Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Granola Thin] because I wasn’t in the mood to make a real meal last night.


Last Friday Janetha from meals & moves answered 20 questions and I couldn’t help but want to do it myself…  But I gotta admit, I had a really difficult time answering some of the questions and most likely will think of something I wanna add or change 10 minutes after I click “Publish” [haha]!

1.  What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday?

~Sleeping in till 7AM…  I know, it’s not THAT late but it’s an hour or two later than my usual weekday wake-up time!

~Making a hearty bfast

~Doing something with my friends/ family that requires minimal thinking [going to a movie, shopping, sightseeing, etc.]

~Going out for a dinner date

~Saving all of the to-do’s for Sunday

2.  List your top three favorite TV shows.

~The Today Show

~The Real Housewives

~Modern Family

3.  Would you rather be in pictures or take them?

Take them because I’m having tons of fun playing around with my newish camera [a bday present from my momma]…  Be in them to have lifelong memories!

4.  Why do you blog?

I started reading blogs junior year in college.  I enjoyed reading about other people’s interesting daily do’s, eats, and finds and felt inspired to some of my own.  Since starting my blog, it’s become more of like my personal [yet public] online diary…

5.  Share five websites that you visit regularly…



~Google Reader


~Blackboard to access school-related resources

6.  If you could have lunch with one person from your Twitter list who would it be?

Hm, I don’t have a Twitter account?  But if I could have lunch with anyone, I think I’d choose Oprah.

7.  List a few of your favorite snacks.




~Protein bars [Cliff Mojo, Luna]

8.  Do you have a pet? If so, what kind?

Yup, Charlie and he’s a toy poodle…

9.  Which three material possessions would you struggle to live without?




10.  What’s your favorite drink?

Flavored seltzer water

11.  Do you enjoy cooking?

Totally and I enjoy grocery shopping and eating too!  Thankfully, the three all compliment each other 😉

12.  Do you have children?

Nope, not yet, but I’d like 3 in the future…

13.  What are your favorite hobbies?

~Working out





14.  Would you consider yourself to be shy or outgoing?

OUTGOING!  Can ya tell?

15.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?

My health.  The past few years have been a struggle physically and mentally and I’m hoping that 2012 will bring me good fortune…

16.  Who is your favorite actor/actress?

Actor:  Steve Martin

Actress:  Jennifer Aniston and Rachel McAdams

17.  What’s the coolest thing you’ve done this week?

I ran 1.5 miles!  It’s not much but it’s more than I’ve run in the past 3 weeks since having bronchitis…


18.  Do you live near your family or far from them?

My momma and dad live less than 10 minutes away which is super convenient, but my extended family is scattered all throughout the east coast so time spent all together is rare.

19.  List three of your talents.

~I can pinch using my big toe and second toe.

~I can needlepoint.

~I am good at building things.

20.  What is your greatest attribute?

I said being organized, Ryan said caring- isn’t he sweet [*sigh*]…


Ryan worked from home today because he had a morning dental appointment he was home to greet me after work.  I felt exhausted all day so I decided to take a day off from the gym and opted to go for a little family walk.  It was Charlie’s first walk out of the neighborhood and he had a blast- smelling every square inch of pavement, picking up anything small enough to fit into his itty-bitty mouth, and racing against Ryan [quite the sight]!

Ryan made a fire, I made us some dinner, and we’re planning to play The Game of Life and to watch the second season of Modern Family…  The perfect way to welcome the weekend 🙂

P.S.  After wearing boots Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I felt compelled to finish off the week wearing, boots [with the fur]- casual Friday = comfort…

“I’m not striving to perform perfectly; I’m just looking for harmony.”

~ Ellen Gibson

Daily Memorable Moments

January 19:  Falling asleep on the couch with Charlie sleeping next to me.  It was a picture perfect moment.

January 20:  Going on our first family walk and watching Ryan and Charlie race!

Question:  Have you done any of the things I did today?

Question:  Classic PB&J?  PB and banana?  PB and honey?


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