Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WIAW - So Much Yum

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well and getting over the middle of the week hump. Things are thawing here thanks for 40 degree weather and I'm thankful for that. It's still just white everywhere but I'm a fan of clearer roads so it's all good.

I'm starting to get back in the habit of taking more pics of my meals and today I have a bunch of yummy things I've eaten over the past week. Check it out!

There must be something in the air lately making us all want banana bread because I was having a serious craving last week. Serious enough of a craving that I came home from work after 6 on Thursday night and made a loaf. I used Chocolate Covered Katie's Fat Free Banana Bread recipe and added some chocolate chips because… well chocolate chips. 

This was breakfast the following morning. I got a nice little chocolate pocket and oh man it was so good! I still have a few pieces left in the freezer and I assure you that it has taken every ounce of my willpower not to eat the rest of it in one sitting :)

This was a beautiful salad that I ate. It had romaine, cucumber, tomato (which I avoided… they were gross and mealy), apples, almonds and dried cranberries. It was so freaking good. It was later topped with some balsamic vinaigrette and I just left off the feta.

I've been eating a lot of gluten free pasta with spinach and nooch. It's been a good staple meal in the cold weather. I use a lot of spinach in it, and I really enjoy it. It's strange because I've never really enjoyed eating pasta but lately I have been really liking it.

This was a lazy dinner but still delicious! This was a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich on wheat with some snap pea crisps. Yum.

That's all I've got for this week but I guess it's better than I've been doing? I've been repeating meals and didn't feel the need to repeat pictures. 

I hope all is well and that you all have a great night! I'll see you on Friday for another Fun Friday post!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Planner Recap and January 25-31 Spread

Hey you guys. I hope all is well with you! I just got in for shoveling for a second time. Apparently if we do not shovel against the house in the back we get water in the basement and I was the only one home so I got another great workout today. How did you all do in the snow? We got absolutely pounded here. It was truly overwhelming and we didn't even know how to start. This is what I saw out my front door on Sunday morning:

It was about 3-4 feet in most spots thanks to the drift and the plow. It took three hours for 4 people (three shovels, one snowblower) to get through all of it. It was exhausting and I'm so sore!

Anyway, onto the real purpose of this post. Here is a planner update for you guys. First up, last week's spread:

So this is what the final spread looked like! I think it looks really cute and you can see I added a few things. 

How cute are those little veggie stickers?! They have fun little sayings. I love the brussels sprouts one that says "Every day I'm brusselin!" It's too cute. The activities on this page stayed the same for the most part.

This side you see a lot of changes. Saturday was a snow day and I didn't leave the house. I actually spend the day doing nothing because I know I'd be in for a lot of shoveling on Sunday. I am such a nerd, I love sitting by the window and watching the snow. It is kind of calming.

It was only appropriate that I did another snow theme for this week. I'll be looking at a lot of snow for a while so I wanted to use up the rest of the kit I used the other week. I added some inspirational quotes as well as silly Seinfeld and Fat Amy quotes and some super cute arctic animal stickers. I LOVE the way this spread came out. I haven't done a ton of planning on this spread yet just because it all seems uncertain as of right now.

This is the first half of the week. I only went to Whole Foods today because the road still were not great. I'll see if I end up doing my nails, I have some laundry to get done too. Look at the cute little puffin!!

I just love the way it looks. The end of the week is open but I'm sure it'll be more of the same. You just have to check back next week and see what it looks like filled in :)

I hope that you are all doing well and remained safe during the craziness! I'll be back Wednesday with a WIAW post! I'll give you a little teaser.... there is banana bread! ;)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fun Friday: DIY Pin Roundup

Hey you guys! We are just hours away from this big blizzard they are predicting. I have done everything I can possibly do to prepare for this (including taking tomorrow off from work) and now it is time to hurry up and wait. I wonder how much we'll actually get... more like how much I have to shovel actually ;) Workout for the day!

I thought it would be fun to do a Pinterest Roundup for this week's Fun Friday post. I figured if a lot of us are going to be stuck inside for a good chunk of the weekend it might be fun to post some of my favorite DIY and craft ideas in case anyone is looking for something to do! I have the materials for some of these projects but we'll see if I actually do anything or just lay around like a lazy butt... in between all of the shoveling of course.

OK, let's check out some fun DIY projects!

The first DIY project that I LOVE and am looking forward to trying is making your own note cards! I love note cards and I think it would be really fun to make your own and be able to customize your cards for each person and each occasion. The one above is a Sunburst Card which utilizes scrapbook paper scraps. It's really cute!

The best part about this project is that you can use any medium that you want to decorate your note cards! I found a pin for this Watercolor Technique Tutorial and I think that it would be really cool to use some of these techniques on your note cards! You can use different techniques and different colors and you can a great variety of cards :)

The last card decorating idea that I'm going to link to is probably my favorite and that is paper marbling. You can check out a great Paper Marbling Tutorial here! I think it comes out so beautiful and you can use any colors that you like and each one comes out different. I really love this technique and I think this would be a really fun snow day project! It doesn't require any crazy materials and I think it's something that kids would have fun doing too. Heck you can get your kids' Valentine's Day Cards finished early this year!

I would recommend using card stock to make your cards. I actually happened to purchase a 25 pack of pre-cut card stock that is already the perfect size for your cards (and has a fold). I got them on sale and a pack of 25 cost me $1.16. Not bad considering greeting cards can go for $5 nowadays!

You guys. I can't with these. I am OBSESSED with these! These are DIY Raw Crystal Necklace Displays. My inner rock nerd was so happy when I found these, especially because they are so easy to make! Obviously this is something that you would need to prepare for before being able to make it but maybe if you collect the materials it may be a fun activity for your next snow day. I love the idea of buying the raw crystals and thinking of fun and beautiful ways to use them. I had a rock collection when I was a kid and I would love to be able to use crystals in a decorative and functional way. I definitely want to try and think of my own DIYs using raw crystals as well.

Something that I've been enjoying lately to alleviate my stress has been coloring! It seems silly but adult coloring is actually a think now and it really does help you with your stress. The best part about this is that you can go to this website, download and print your own Mandalas to color! All you need is a printer and whatever your favorite coloring medium is.

There you have it! Some fun DIY/craft projects to try when you are stuck inside the house or just if you were feeling crafty. I don't know what I'll end up doing this snowy weekend but if I do end up making something I will definitely share it with you!

For everyone that is going to be getting this snow, please stay safe, stay warm and stay dry! I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I'll be back in a few days to show you a planner update and how last week's spread turned out as well as next week's spread!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WIAW - Tuesday and Most of Wednesday

Hey everyone! I did it! I photographed my meals yesterday for you to see today. I'm still not feeling great so my appetite is still kind of low but I am making sure I get three meals in. Leaving a lot of time in between helps me to digest and get hungry so hopefully this will help me feel normal again. I also started my lemon water yesterday and so far it has been working out pretty well! I actually can't wait to make fruit infused vitamin water in the summer when all the good stuff is back in season ;)

Anyway, here is what I ate yesterday. I didn't photograph the lemon water but I did drink a huge glass of it… probably a 32 oz sized cup. I drank half before breakfast and finished it with breakfast.

For breakfast I had my favorite… oatmeal! With cinnamon, ground flax seeds and a banana.

I had it in my new bowl! Isn't it the cutest?! I got it from the Target Dollar Spot… for $3. Go figure. Worth every penny though.

For lunch I made this delicious sandwich! I toasted a bagel and spread a thick layer of Isa's Hummus for Sandwiches from Veganomicon and topped with basil and sun dried tomato. This is one of my favorite sandwiches. I love it.

For dinner I decided to make a little gluten free pasta. I added some spinach, nutritional yeast and a teeny bit of earth balance. It was good. I made extra to bring to work for lunch today.

PS. check out all the carbs today. Sorry not sorry.

I have been having major apple and pear cravings lately. They have been my favorite night time snack. last night I had a small honeycrisp apple. So good.

For breakfast this morning I made some Ezekiel toast with hummus, basil and sun dried tomato. I had a small apple on the side. I got through one and a half pieces of toast… it was so filling!

Lunch is going to be leftovers from yesterday. Looks pretty good.

That's it! Tonight I'm going to have soup with roasted sweet potato for dinner. I haven't decided if I'm going to do black bean soup or veggie soup. I'll see how I feel when I get home.

You'll notice if you check out my last post that my meal plans can change if I wake up craving something completely different. I'm ok with it, sometimes you just have to go with the flow. I'm also doing a little bit of a pantry challenge to try and save some money so that's where the gf pasta, ekeziel toast and oatmeal came from. I have some smoothie bags in the freezer too that I pre-portion to make it easier in the morning. You'll probably see some of those in the future too.

So that's it! I tend to eat repetitively, especially if there is something I really like (like the hummus combo above) so sorry that there isn't much variety. I'm a creature of habit :)

I hope you have a great day! Are all of my friends here in the Northeast ready for our first winter storm? Yikes!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Plan With Me Monday: January 18-24

Hey you guys. I'm back with another post showing you my planner. This week I'll be showing you how last week turned out and what this week looks like as of right now. I'll be honest with you, last week was a really bad week for me. I'm still not feeling great and my spirits are down a bit but I'll explain that more as we go through the post.

This is the full spread from last week. I really love the way it looks. It was actually the perfect kit to use to decorate because we got our first snow last night so the watercolor snow theme was perfect. I ended up decorating that section a little more as you'll see in a minute.

So the first half of the week looks like this. I've been making notes when I don't feel well so I can explain everything to my doctor appropriately when I go in for my physical. I also picked out some recipes that I wanted to make from The Abundance Diet but those will mostly be on hold for a bit as I'm doing a little bit of a pantry challenge to try and save a little money. As you'll notice, I ended up staying late at work on Tuesday and experienced horrific back spasms all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They were the type of spasms that knock the wind out of you and leave you in an incredible amount of pain. I'm still in pain and sore from them today.

This is the second half of the week. I made a note of the death of Alan Rickman because that is incredibly sad and it is just a reminder for me. If you look at the top box on Friday you'll see that Friday night/early Saturday morning was especially bad for me. I am no stranger to panic attacks and if you've had them yourself you know they can be terrifying but the only defense you have is that you can typically tell when it is coming. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night in the middle of a panic attack? It is 100% the most terrifying thing I've ever experienced in my life and it's not the first time it has happened to me. You wake up and you think you are dying. It took me a very long time to calm down and I was anxious the whole next day because of it.

You'll notice on Sunday that it was the first snow of the season. It was just a light flurry with the tiniest bit of accumulation but it finally happened.

Unfortunately that is not the most notable thing that happened on Sunday. I don't know if any of you have heard about the double murder-suicide that occurred in an off campus residence at SUNY Geneseo (in NY). If you haven't, you can read about it here. The reason that this affected me so greatly is because this is where I went to school. And this isn't a giant student mill of a school... it is a small town, set in the middle of nowhere. There are about 5,000 students in total and you pass by giant cow fields to get to the school. The town consists of the school, a Main Street and residences. Up the hill is a Walmart, Wegmans, movie theatre and a few restaurants and small hotels. That's it. It is a small, tight knit community that I grew to love and I can assure you that a tragedy like this hits very hard. It was my home for four years... probably the best four years of my life and my heart is broken for the community, the school and the families. I know exactly where that house was and it is hard to imagine it being the scene of such a horrific crime. Parents were sending their kids back to school yesterday for the spring semester and I can imagine the fear and concern they must have felt... which is strange because I have never felt safer than I did when I lived there.

Anyway, there is a snapshot of what my week was like. I'm hoping that this week is a fresh start and that things will go a bit better. I'm still not feeling great but I'm trying to rest as much as I can today and hopefully that will help.

Here is the full week spread for next week. I'm not going to lie, I'm REALLY happy with how this came out. I ended up cobbling it together with a bunch of different stickers from different shops and it turned out to be a cohesive spread. I even had the perfect washi tape to use to decorate the bottom.

This is the first half of the week. I was supposed to go to the bank and post office today... not realizing that they would be closed for the holiday. I have no concept of Monday holidays anymore since Monday is a standard day off for me. Anyway, it's pretty typical stuff planned for this week. One different thing that I added was a "Lemon Water" habit sticker in the sidebar. I know it is great for digestion so I'm hoping that if I can make that a daily habit it will help me out.

This is the second half of the week. I was so excited because I finally got to use one of my "Fat Amy" quote stickers! I am a huge fan of the Pitch Perfect movies and Fat Amy might be my spirit animal. She is freaking hilarious. Anyway, I knew that I wouldn't be working out on Sunday so I used my "Yeah, no... don't put me down for cardio" quote and it is my favorite part of the spread by far. I laugh every time I see it. I also may go with my mom to get a pedicure on Sunday depending on the weather. Otherwise is it pretty open for now but as you know, I'll show you the finished spread next Monday. 

That's all I have for you today. Hopefully this week will be better than last and I'm sure it will be. 

I hope you've all been well! Let me know some fun things you have planned for this week!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Fun Friday! Weekly Favorites

Hey you guys! I hope you are doing well! I'm here for my first Fun Friday post and I have some weekly favorites to share with you! I know I didn't get my WIAW up but I did have good reason for that… mainly because I was totally off on my eating this week. Meaning that I didn't eat a whole ton and what I ate wasn't interesting. I had really horrible back spasms for three days straight that left me in a lot of pain and with no appetite so I just knew it wasn't going to happen. But I'm here and I have a few things to share with you!

My first favorite shouldn't be a surprise since I raved about it earlier in the week. I was inspired by Bianca's posts to purchase The Abundance Diet by Somer McCowan. I tried a few of the recipes including the Homestyle Mexican Casserole and Cheesy Cauliflower and Potato bake and both are AMAZING. I also made the Tahini salad dressing and it is also delicious. I read the book cover to cover and I really enjoyed it and the recipes are hearty and delicious. I really really recommend this book to anyone that is looking for some new recipes to try. I have most of the recipes I made in the freezer because I didn't want it to go to waste when my appetite is low so I'll let you know how it freezes!

I know I've mentioned that I am a big fan of listening to podcasts so I like to bring some recommendations here when I find something I like. I am obsessed with Serial but found out this week that they are changing to bi weekly releases (waaaaaaah!) so I thought I'd talk about The Generation Why Podcast. A little known fact about me is I'm fascinated by true crime even though it scares the hell out of me. It's probably sparked some irrational fears and exacerbated a little door/lock OCD thing I have (nothing intense) but for some reason I can't get enough of it! Anyway, I found this podcast a while ago and I've really been enjoying it. I really like the way that they present the information and discuss the facts and how they weigh in at the end. Some of the cases are really fascinating, some are disturbing and some are straight up terrifying. If you like true crime I recommend this podcast, I think you'll like it. 

In the winter I especially enjoy being lazy and watching movies all day. In fact, I have planned a movie and tv binge day for this Sunday because I'm tired and still in a bit of pain so I'm excited to just do nothing all day. I also don't really watch TV at all during the week so one day a week when I can isn't too bad ;) Anyway, I recently watched the movie Bad Words on demand and it was so funny! Totally inappropriate but hilarious and I am a big fan of Jason Bateman so it was a win win all around. I definitely recommend this movie.

I know a lot of people are all about the Target Dollar Spot... and trust me I'm into it too. I feel like the Michael's bargain section doesn't get enough love though! I found these beautiful note cards and journals in the Michael's bargain section for $1.50 a piece! They always have super cute note cards and note pads and journals and things like that and they are always really affordable. I like to stock up on them to add into gifts and I always like to keep a stash for myself :) I love having lots of note cards to choose from when I'm sending a package or writing someone a note.  These are obviously a beauty theme and I'm a sucker for a good beauty theme plus tasteful amounts of glitter.

So there you have it! I know the list is short but I didn't have a lot going on lately. I did just book another trip to Florida for the beginning of March and I'm so excited about it!! We are hoping to do a few new things this time around so it'll be really fun :) Also something to look forward to when it's freezing outside!

That's all for today! I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Planner Nerd: January 11-17 Spread

Hey everyone! I'm back to show off a new week in my planner and I'm already so much happier with how my spread looks this week! I cut the clutter and made it nice and clean and added my lists back in on the days that I work. The stickers I used are beautiful and I will include links to the shops that I used at the bottom.

I am going to start by posting my completed spread from last week. Things got crazy at the end of the week so it's not as filled out as much as the beginning of the week but you can definitely see that it was filled in much more than in the beginning of the week.

This is the full spread. Sadly I didn't get to the gym as much as I would have liked but I am figuring out a good schedule for myself and I'll get it together within the next few weeks. 

In the sidebar I wrote down the names of books I wanted to try and find at the library. As you can see, I already got my hands on The Abundance Diet because I was inspired by Bianca and I'm so glad I got it ($6.49 for Kindle on Amazon!) because it just makes a lot of sense and the recipes look fantastic. I highly recommend it.

The sad second half of the week. Not filled out as much but you still get the idea.

I set up my new week yesterday and I really love how it came out. Check it out!

This is my full spread for next week. As you can see the "theme" is a blue and gray winter/snow theme. I'm obsessed with the watercolor snowflake checklists, they are so pretty! Almost everything I used on this page came from Creating & Co (the camera and laptop stickers in the top boxes as well as the scalloped strips, the to do lists and headers and the sidebar stickers). What you see in the bottom box (the workout heart things, the meal planning stickers and the hydration stickers under the meal planning stickers) came from Sweet Kawaii Design. These are my two absolute favorite shops for stickers so if you are going to start to dabble in planner stickers I highly recommend starting there!

Here is the first half of the week and the sidebar. I plan on using the "Next Week" section in the sidebar to choose the meals I'm going to make next week. I'm still tracking my sleep and I put in a spot for reminders as well. I am trying to figure out my workout schedule and my meal plan will get filled in the night before. 

Here is the second half of the week. Fridays will be weigh in days (and no that info will not be shared on here). I think it looks really good!

So that is my week coming up. I have decided to use the recipes from the Abundance Diet for the next few weeks but I will not be following her 28 day meal plan. The main reason for that is basically because I need to adjust to fit my tastes, my schedule and my budget but I will be using the recipes and general principles. I'm really excited about it, the recipes sound SO GOOD! 

That's about it for now! I hope you all had a great Monday! I'll be back Wednesday to show you some yummy food I've been eating!

See you soon!