Pin It Party #6

I mayyy be running on fumes [and some serious caffeine] today, but it’s a good day because my college roomie and her hubs are here! They got in late last night and will be staying with us until next Wednesday. We have so much planned over the next week from wine country [obviously] and hiking to bars and baseball. It’s going to be a ton of fun and super exhausting but I’m ready for it.

In the meantime, Lindsay is hosting another Pin It Party today so, of course, I’m playing along! If you missed the last parties, check them out!

Pin It Party #1
Pin It Party #2
Pin It Party #3
Pin It Party #4
Pin It Party #5

And if you’re not following me on Pinterest yet, get to it!

Food for Thought

What kind of posts do you want to see more of on the blog?

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Link Love #79

Today is the last day to enter my MealEnders giveaway!

It’s my favorite day of the [blogging] week. Time for some link love.. catch up on all the goodies you might have missed! Enjoy 🙂

Health

The Perfect Snack When You Are Feeling... The Nutty Nutritionist

The Perfect Snack When You Are Feeling… – The Nutty Nutritionist

The Perfect Snack When You Are Feeling… – The Nutty Nutritionist
Why Saying No Matter for Your Well-being – Crop Tops & Kale
4 “Healthy” Hidden Sources of Sugar – The Fit Cookie
‘But I Don’t Want to Look Like You’ – Gabby’s Gluten-Free
A Plant-Based Nutrition Q&A – Hummusapien

Fitness

The Gym is Everywhere FitFluential

The Gym is Everywhere – FitFluential

The Gym is Everywhere – FitFluential
7-minute barre squat burner – Fitnessista
Move It Monday: 10 Variations Of Kettlebell Squats – Lifting Revolution
5 Side Plank Variations to Try – Pumps & Iron
Another Super Sweaty 7-Minute HIIT Workout Video – To Live & Diet in L.A.

Food

Korean Style Fried Shrimp Rice Bowls with Kimchi + Crunchy Noodles Half Baked Harvest

Korean Style Fried Shrimp Rice Bowls with Kimchi + Crunchy Noodles – Half Baked Harvest

Korean Style Fried Shrimp Rice Bowls with Kimchi + Crunchy Noodles – Half Baked Harvest
Beet and Black Rice Seafood Salad with Lemon Lime Vinaigrette – Cotter Crunch
Bacon Asparagus Potato Frittata – Reluctant Entertainer
Fried Avocado Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce – Avocado a Day Nutrition
Slow Cooker Quinoa Energy Bar Recipe – Food Faith Fitness

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #65

Can you believe we’re already half way through December? I went to lunch with a friend yesterday and we were talking about our New Years plans; it’s really only 2 weeks away. Wow.. 2014 has been a pretty crazy year for us and I’m doing my best to wrap it up on a high note.

Health

How to eat the gold standard of 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies Run to the Finish

How to eat the gold standard of 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies – Run to the Finish

How to eat the gold standard of 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies – Run to the Finish
5 Ways You Can Restore Balance to Your Busy Weekend – Family Sport Life
What Would Happen if You Focused on THIS and Not That? – Nia Shanks
Why Easy Sessions Make You a Better Athlete – Cotter Crunch
‘Detox’ Diets Are a Scam, According to Report – Food and Wine

Fitness

12 Days Of Christmas Kettlebell Workout Lifting Revolution Love Life Surf

12 Days Of Christmas Kettlebell Workout – Lifting Revolution via Love, Life, Surf

12 Days Of Christmas Kettlebell WorkoutLifting Revolution via Love Life Surf
At-Home Broomstick Workout – Your Trainer Paige
5 Exercises For Improving Grip StrengthFitKnitChick via Eleven by Venus
Resistance band travel workout – Fitnessista
New Holiday Hunny HIIT Workout – Tone It Up

Food

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tarts with Cinnamon Peanut Crust Garnish with Lemon

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tarts with Cinnamon Peanut Crust – Garnish with Lemon

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tarts with Cinnamon Peanut Crust – Garnish with Lemon
Sweet Potato and Apple Latke Cake with Baked Eggs – The Healthy Maven
Triple Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake Cookies – Half Baked Harvest
Peanut Butter Oreo Chocolate Bark – Sally’s Baking Addiction
Sage Kale Pesto with Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash – Food Faith Fitness

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?
Do you have plans for New Years Eve?

Link Love #63

I feel like I’ve hardly been on the interwebs at all since I got home so this post was a fun one. I usually have a bunch of posts that I share and add to my link love post throughout the week, but this time I had a bit of catching up to do! Apparently I’ve unintentionally decided to take a little social media detox and I think it’s a good thing. I’m loving all of the family time and I’m happy to put my computer and phone down to soak it all in. I hope you’ve had the chance over the holiday to do the same.

Health

3 Things I've Learned About Feeling Overwhelmed Family Sport Life Cotter Crunch

3 Things I’ve Learned About Feeling Overwhelmed – Family Sport Life via Cotter Crunch

3 Things I’ve Learned About Feeling OverwhelmedFamily Sport Life via Cotter Crunch
Tips On Staying Healthy This Winter – Hungry Healthy Happy
7 Ways To Bounce Back If You Feel Like You Ate A Bit Too Much – MindBodyGreen
Nutrition Tips and Recipes for Vegan Runners – Running on Real Food
How Journaling Can Help Stop Mindless Eating – Mommy Run Fast

Fitness

How to Modify Exercises (A Beginner’s Guide) Pumps & Iron

How to Modify Exercises (A Beginner’s Guide) – Pumps & Iron

How to Modify Exercises (A Beginner’s Guide) – Pumps & Iron
Pre-Turkey & Pie Burner Workout + Weekly Workout Recap – Peanut Butter Runner
Turkey Day Tabata Workout {No Equipment Required} – Trainer Paige
Give Planks Workout {video} – Fitnessista
Burn Off The Cocktails Workout – Lifting Revolution

Food

White Chocolate-Dipped Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Pistachios Ambitious Kitchen

White Chocolate-Dipped Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Pistachios – Ambitious Kitchen

White Chocolate-Dipped Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Pistachios – Ambitious Kitchen
Healthy Vanilla Almond Milk Latte Rice Pudding – Fit Foodie Finds
Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, and Parsnip Toss with Wild Rice, Cranberries, and Feta – Destination Delish
Salty Maple Squash with Ginger Scallion Rice + Turmeric Brussels Slaw – The First Mess
Fig-Glazed Bacon Sliders with Brussels Sprouts, Grapes, Walnuts and Mint Yogurt Sauce – Iowa Girl Eats

Food for Thought

What is one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #60

As I was walking to work yesterday, I was thinking about how chilly it was. It was like, 58 degrees, you know. Freaking cold! Ha! In just 1 short year, I’ve gone from laughing at people bundled up when it was almost 60 to wishing I had bundled up more. In just 2 short weeks, Nathan and I are going to be back home in Baltimore [for 2 weeks!!] and I can’t help but laugh about how cold we’re going to be.. and when I say laugh, I really mean cry. Oooh boy, we’re going to be in for it. That said, I’ll put up with the cold weather to see this..

Jilly Bean Poppy

Come on, is that not one of the sweetest things you’ve ever seen?! It’s going to be a good time and I’m looking forward to getting some of those snuggles for myself. Just 2 more weeks. Powering through! And to help you power through your week, enjoy the posts, friends.

Health

Wellness Wednesday: Perfectionism + 8 Things To Help You Relax & Stress Less Ambitious Kitchen

Wellness Wednesday: Perfectionism + 8 Things To Help You Relax & Stress Less – Ambitious Kitchen

Wellness Wednesday: Perfectionism + 8 Things To Help You Relax & Stress Less – Ambitious Kitchen
How to See Results From Working Out – Running on Real Food
How To Survive A Level 5 Meltdown of Epic Proportions When Your Pants Don’t Fit – Beauty and the Box
The 5 Ways We Burn Calories Every Day – Your Trainer Paige
56 Reasons to Lose Weight BEFORE the End of the Year – Workout Nirvana

Fitness

Core Couch Workout Pumps & Iron

Core Couch Workout – Pumps & Iron

Core Couch Workout – Pumps & Iron
Barre/HIIT Combo {video} – Fitnessista
Step-By-Step Guide To Master The Kettlebell Turkish Get Up – Lifting Revolution
Work Out Wednesday: 3 Not Your Average Ab Workouts – She’s Wicked Healthy
Should You Focus on BIG Muscle Groups in a Workout? – Cotter Crunch

Food

Warm Toasted Caramel Coconut Gooey Chocolate Crunch Bars Half Baked Harvest

Warm Toasted Caramel Coconut Gooey Chocolate Crunch Bars – Half Baked Harvest

Warm Toasted “Caramel” Coconut Gooey Chocolate Crunch Bars – Half Baked Harvest
Homemade Paleo Almond Joys – Fed + Fit
Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za’atar Crostini – The Lemon Bowl
Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup with Maple Chili-Spiced Popcorn – Destination Delish
Chocolate Chip Pear Blondie Bites – Hummusapien

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Fit & Fashion Friday: HIIT Workout + Lorna Jane Gear

My Athleta gift card winner was chosen! Is it you?!

Happy Halloween and hooray for Friday! And Friday means I’m off to another workout at Sweat. I’ve really been loving these workouts because it not only gives me a chance to mix it up from my usual gym scene, but I also find that I push myself harder being in the group setting. I mean, I can’t let people think I don’t know what I’m doing, right? 😉

I was this close to hitting up Sweat the other day but the plans were cancelled. However, once I have my mind set on something, it’s really hard to change it so I decided to do a modified version of my first Sweat HIIT workout in my own gym. AND I decided to share it with all of you because it can’t hurt to have an extra workout at your disposal with all of the candy around, am I right?! I love the mix of cardio, abs, and strength work. By the time you catch your breath, you’re moving fast again!

Strength + Cardio HIIT Workout | Barr & Table

Exercise Demos

Looking for a little extra workout motivation? I love finding some fun new workout gear and Lorna Jane just came out with some fantastic new looks. Some of my faves?

Lorna Jane Crosstown Bra Back

Crosstown Bra

Lorna Jane Alliance Mesh Tank

Alliance Mesh Tank

Lorna Jane Pria Excel Zip Through

Pria Excel Zip Through

Lorna Jane Rouge 7/8 Tight

Rouge 7/8 Tight

Clearly I have a thing for bright colors and criss-cross backs and there are tons to choose from on the website. Can’t wait to get my hands on these!

I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween and weekend!

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite new piece from Lorna Jane?
Any fun Halloween plans?

A Quiet Weekend for the Win

Have you entered my Athleta giveaway yet?

Good morning! Happy Monday! I hope you’re all feeling as rested up as I am. We had a really quiet weekend despite plans to get out and explore yesteday. Sometimes you just have to give into the tired feeling and spend some quality time with the sofa. Am I right?

Friday was a lot of running around, but definitely in a good way. I kicked off my morning with an awesome HIIT workout at Sweat with my friend, Melanie. This was my second time going to Sweat and I love it; these workouts make me push myself in ways that I don’t always when I workout on my own. And I definitely feel it the next day!

Sweat HIIT Melanie

After my workout and kicking other peoples butts in the gym, I met Nathan for happy hour. It was such a nice night [pretty much as always..], we opted to sit outside. I swear he was there too 😉
Barclays Beer Happy Hour

We hit up a new-to-us place for dinner—Summer Kitchen & Bake Shop—which was good, but nothing to write home about. That said, after dinner, we shared a [freshly made] waffle cone of rosemary-pine nut-praline ice cream from our favorite shop, Ici. They have the most creative flavors and 9 times out of 10, they taste as incredible as they sound!

Saturday, the weather was supposed to be rainy so we planned on running errands. I guess if you’ve never seen rain before, you’d consider what we had to be terrible weather. It turned out to have drizzled some before we left the house and there were some clouds in the sky. Ugh, just the worst! Ha. California “weather” makes me laugh all the time! Our errands took us out to Tender Greens for lunch and it was wonderful! I had the albacore tuna plate with double roasted veggies. I love fall/winter veggies!
Tender Greens Albacore Tuna Roasted Sweet Potato Parsnips Butternut Squash Brussels Sprouts Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread

After lunch, we popped into World Market for the first time. There was a lot of fun stuff there but we made it out with only a couple single serving packets of Barney Butter. I’ve never had it before so obviously when I saw the Cocoa + Coconut and Vanilla Bean + Espresso squeezies, I had to get them. And because I can’t get enough nut butter, I decided Saturday night was the right time to make these protein brownies with almond butter swirl.
Protein Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies

I’ve never been one for brownie edges. I like the gooey middle pieces.. though I think I could have taken these guys out of the oven a minute or two earlier. Next time!

Yesterday was super quiet. It was a day for the gym, groceries, and cooking dinner together. It was a true team effort; I love when that happens!

Skirt Steak Roasted Garlic Kabocha Red Pepper Onion Mushrooms

We had plans to go for a hike, but we both pretty much decided that would be way too much effort for a Sunday! It’s nice to start the week feeling rested.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Seared skirt steak with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and roasted kabocha
MondaySpicy BBQ Chickpea and Crispy Polenta Bowls with Asparagus + Ranch Hummus
TuesdayGreek Chicken Souvlaki with spiced roasted carrots
Wednesday – BBQ margarita chicken with mango slaw
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

Are you a middle brownie fan or an edge/corner fan?
Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?

Link Love #57

Today is the kind of day that has become more and more common over the past couple months. I have an early morning at Athleta—6 a.m. to be exact—and whereas I used to be completely bummed that I’d miss my morning workout. These days, if a 6 a.m. shift means that I take an unplanned rest day because I just don’t feel like going to the gym when I get home, well then so be it.

Last week as I walked home from work, I tried bargaining with myself.

It’s not that long of a workout.
If I go to the gym before I sit down at home, I can definitely do it.
No cardio today. Just hit the weights and get it done.

Then I realized how tired my legs really were. Which made me realize how tired my whole body was. And if I just go home, put my feet up, and rest a bit, I’d be able to hit it harder at the gym the next day. And that’s exactly what I did. I’ve said it before, but it really is a hell of an idea to actually listen to your body. Who would have thought that you own body knows what’s best for it? It’s certainly a challenge for me and I know it is for others too, but it’s something that I’m really focusing on, especially with the holiday season coming up. That said, I want to challenge you to focus on listening to your own body more. Deal? Deal.

Health

Got a Nutrition Question 2 Iron. Are You Getting Enough Food and Nonsense

Got a Nutrition Question 2: Iron. Are You Getting Enough? – Food & Nonsense

Got a Nutrition Question 2: Iron. Are You Getting Enough? – Food & Nonsense
Three New Natural Supplements and How We Use Them – Cotter Crunch
10 Smart Tips for Eating Healthy on a Super Tight Budget – The Kitchn
I’m a Fitness Professional, but I Don’t Think Fitness Should Be Your Life – Trainer Paige
Exercising For Your Health is NOT a Joke – Slim Sanity

Fitness

Back to Basics Arm Workout Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers

Back to Basics Arm Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers

Back to Basics Arm Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers
This Exercise Can Give You Kim Kardasian’s Butt & Jessica Biel’s Abs – Lifting Revolution
No-Equipment Tabata HIIT Workout (Lower Body) – Fit Foodie Finds
5 Stretches Every Runner Should Be DoingJamie Walker via HuffPost Healthy Living
Med Ball Tabata Workout – Pumps & Iron

Food

Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Wild Rice Iowa Girl Eats

Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Wild Rice – Iowa Girl Eats

Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Wild Rice – Iowa Girl Eats
Healthy Sticky Chocolate Fudge Cake (like, super fudgy no joke) {Gluten, Dairy + Grain Free} – Top With Cinnamon
Baklava Whole Wheat Biscotti – Yeah…immaeatthat
Carrot Noodles with Mushrooms and Sausage in a Cashew Cream Sauce – Inspiralized
Breakfast Baked Acorn Squash with Greek Yogurt, Honey & Pecans – Ambitious Kitchen

Food for Thought

How do you plan on listening to your body more?
What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #50

Home. It just feels so good. We just got in last night but were able to meet up with my parents when we got in and it was so good to see them. It’s going to be a busy week with everything we have planned, trying to see as many people as possible in such a short amount of time, but it’s just so worth the craziness. Time to soak it in..

Health

The Second Wind of Dreaming Big Cotter Crunch

The Second Wind of Dreaming Big – Cotter Crunch

The Second Wind of Dreaming Big – Cotter Crunch
Speed Round Time: SLEEP or SWEAT? – Carla Birnberg
Define Your Healthy – JillFit
6 Easy Ways to Be Healthier Today – I Heart Vegetables
5 Reasons You Need Strength TrainingXen Strength via Yahoo! Beauty

Fitness

Fun and Effective Strength Training Workout Routine The Lemon Bowl

Fun and Effective Strength Training Workout Routine – The Lemon Bowl

Fun and Effective Strength Training Workout Routine – The Lemon Bowl
Legs 4 Days Workout: Bodyweight Workout For Your Lower Body – Lifting Revolution
Sexy Arms Dumbbell Circuit Workout with 10 Minute Cardio HIIT – Fit Foodie Finds
Target It All Workout – Fit ‘n’ Cookies
Got a Dumbbell and 30 Minutes? You Can Do This Workout – Trainer Paige

Food

Skillet Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Parmesan Croutons The Law Students Wife

Skillet Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Parmesan Croutons – The Law Student’s Wife

Skillet Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Parmesan Croutons – The Law Student’s Wife
Slow Cooker Spiced Lamb Gyros with Frites and Mint Aioli – Climbing Grier Mountain
Summer Panzanella with Watermelon, Pesto Cornbread, and Feta – Eats Well With Others
Farmers Market Sesame Miso Noodle Bowls with Garlic Chips – Half Baked Harvest
Move over fig newton cookies, hello fig newton bread – Purely Twins

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #42

This week is all about go, go, go for me. So that’s exactly what I’m giving you—some quick link lovin’! Enjoy 🙂

Health

7 Signs You Should Eat a Burger Fries and Even Ice Cream Lifting Revolution

7 Signs You Should Eat a Burger, Fries, & Even Ice Cream – Lifting Revolution

7 Signs You Should Eat a Burger, Fries, & Even Ice Cream – Lifting Revolution
Why You’ll Fail At Losing Weight – Workout Nirvana
Chronic Inflammation and Turmeric Ginger Lemonade – Cotter Crunch
A Note (Rant) on Fattism & Fat Shaming – Food & Nonsense
If Mama ain’t healthy–ain’t nobody healthy. – Carla Birnberg

Fitness

5 Ways to Truly Brace Your Core Trainer Paige

5 Ways to Truly Brace Your Core – Trainer Paige

5 Ways to Truly Brace Your Core – Trainer Paige
10 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Results in the Gym – FitKnitChick
Partner Plank Resistance Band Pull Downs! [Workout Video] – Powercakes
5 Ways to Get a Strong Stomach – Running Rachel
HIIT + Abs Workout – Reach Your Peak

Food

Inside Out Grain Free Oreos Fit Foodie Finds

Inside-Out Grain Free Oreos – Fit Foodie Finds

Inside-Out Grain Free Oreos – Fit Foodie Finds
Most Ridiculous Breakfast Sandwich Ever – Bev Cooks
Blueberry Pie Bars – Averie Cooks
Spicy Salmon Sushi Bowls – Heather Christo
Whiskey Braised Short Rib Flatbread – How Sweet It Is

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?