WIAW: Work Christmas Dinner and Arctic Zero Review

I need it to be Friday. Now.

Oh, but wait it’s still Wednesday you say? Ugh, OK. I guess I can share some fun food pictures with you instead. Food pictures have got to be the next best alternative to Friday. Here’s a look at what I have been eating…

Breakfast

Breakfast has been a little rushed around here lately. I’ve actually been eating breakfast at work a few mornings which is practically unheard of for me. Nothing like a good ole Trader Joe’s cranberry bar and a mug of hot tea.

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On the mornings I do have more time, I’ve been trying out all of the great flavors the lovely folks over at Arctic Zero sent me.

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No, I haven’t been eating them all by themselves (although at 150 calories per pint –  it wouldn’t hurt!). I have been mixing the Arctic Zero into my protein smoothies for some extra flavor and just making healthier milkshakes with them! The texture of Arctic Zero is definitely not as creamy as ice cream. However, this just makes it the perfect add it for my favorite smoothies and drinks.

The one pictured below is a mix of vanilla almond milk, vanilla protein powder, orange juice and Orange Cream Arctic Zero. It was like an Orange Julius! I’ve also tried mixing the coconut flavor with some vanilla almond milk and pineapple juice for a Pina Colada-ish creation. Oh, and mixing the chocolate peanut butter with chocolate almond milk and a scoop of peanut butter? It’s like a straight-up milkshake minus the feeling of never wanting to get in a bathing suit again.

Arctic Zero is great for those who may be lactose intolerant. Aside from being low in calories, fat and sugar, it’s made with whey protein, so you get an extra protein kick with every bite.

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If you want to learn more about Arctic Zero, you should check them out online!

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Thank you so much to Arctic Zero for allowing me to try out a product I’ve been eyeing at the grocery store for quite awhile now! It’s so nice to have a guilt-free dessert option in my freezer!

 

Lunch

My lunches lately have solely consisted of soup. Soups of all kinds. What is more comforting than a nice bowl of warm soup this time of year?

panera soup store

Dinner

I’m going to focus on my dinner from Monday night because it was pretty special. We had our office Christmas dinner at a great local restaurant called La Maison on Telfair.

La Maison on Telfair

It’s one of the ‘fancy’ restaurants in Augusta, so of course I’ve never been. If they have more than one fork sitting out, then I get easily confused!

la maison on telfair

I loved that this restaurant didn’t feel like a restaurant. It was more like you stepped into someone’s home. Someone from the early 1900’s…who was rich.

We started with a pear salad. I’m sorry the photos aren’t the best. Mood lighting often doesn’t make for the best food photography.

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For my main course, I had grouper with an assortment of vegetables. The one lone broccoli and carrot cracked me up. I would hate to over indulge on those veggies there! The grouper was probably the best grouper I’ve had outside of Florida which is pretty high praise.

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This is my coworker’s plate. She got the Game Sampler which included quail, buffalo and kangaroo. Yes, you read that correctly kangaroo. Always up for a new foodie experience, I tried a bite of the kangaroo. It tasted like a gamey version of steak. I immediately was guilty after my lone bite and could feel Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) looking down on me from heaven with shame. I’m sorry, Steve! Oh well, at least I can say I’ve been there done that.

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We finished the evening with a plate of assorted desserts. I quite like the idea of having small portions of multiple desserts. I want to try it all!

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With my kangaroo eating coworker.

Overall, it was a fun night of great food and even greater company. My coworkers are just too cool.

Does your office have a Christmas party or dinner?

What is the most exotic food you have tried?

Have you tried Arctic Zero? What did you think?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated monetarily for this post. I received samples of Arctic Zero to try. All opinions are my own.

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Tis’ the Season

Hello there! I’m a bit short on time today, so I hope you don’t mind the Cliff Notes version of my weekend.

Wine, pizza and snowmen are always a good idea.

pizza and wine

Yay for low gas prices! The fact that I was able to fill my SUV up for less than $40 was a Christmas miracle in and of itself. 

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 The best girl’s nights involve homemade gingerbread cookies, hot cups of tea, pajamas, Christmas trees and Youtube videos of Pentatonix. 

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After a 17 mile long run (well, more run/walk), it’s always fun to have a stretching buddy. No, I did not get another cat y’all. This is my neighbor’s cat who likes to chill on my porch. He probably senses my cat lady-ness and wishes he could live with me.

neighborhood cat

Who goes to NYC in less than a week? This girl!! Ok, I’ll try to calm myself down…Since this week will be pretty busy, I wanted to get a head start on my packing. As you can see, my theme for packing is black. How very New Yorker-ish of me.

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Well, gotta run! Sorry for the super short post. I’ll be back Wednesday with hopefully a bit more to say.

How was your weekend?

Have y’all listened to Pentatonix? If not, go right now!

Do you like to plan ahead with packing or are you more of a through everything in a bag the night before person?

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Stealing Back Christmas

  I saw something that kind of freaked me out at Walmart last night. Well, I saw several things actually, but that’s just all in a typical trip to Walmart. What really stood out to me was a little Christmas countdown they had at the entrance announcing that Christmas is only 15 days away.

How. Did. That. Happen?

How is it that the best time of the year is almost over again?

Honestly though, as much as I love Christmas and all things holiday related, I realize that this is a time of year that can be very difficult for people too. For me, a person who clings to traditions, any deviance from my normal “Christmas” routine can bring my spirit down. The past two years especially, I am having to learn to let go of this idea that traditions make my holidays. Instead, I’m having to adjust to a new normal. And I’m willing to bet there are a few of you out there reading who are having to do the same thing this year too.

So, how do we do this? How do we avoid turning into The Grinch or a Scrooge when Christmas just doesn’t seem the same?

Well, I am still working on this myself, but there are a few things I’ve found that help.

1. Remember what your real reason for celebrating Christmas is

This one is pretty self explanatory. Instead of getting caught up of all the hype of Christmas, focus on the basics – the fundamentals of what Christmas is really all about: faith, hope and love.

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 2. Take time to do the things you enjoy

Isn’t it ironic that the time of year when we are supposed to be enjoying life the most also manages to be the time of year when calendars are slammed with activities and stress runs high? I think it’s so important to give yourself time to enjoy this season and not become overwhelmed. If that means staying in on a Friday night and watching a Christmas movie with hot chocolate in hand, then so be it! Or, it could also mean avoiding all Christmas movies like the plague and going on a weekend getaway. Take time for yourself to heal during the holidays if you need it.

3. Stay active and stay healthy

I love some yummy holiday food just as much as the next person – if not more! However, I don’t use the holidays as an excuse to just binge eat an entire cheesecake just because I can. Yet, I also don’t deprive myself of the all the treats and goodies that appear at holiday parties either. It’s important to strike a balance that allows you enjoy the things you love without being weighed down by guilt. Plus, I always find that on a personal level I feel better if I get in some sort of movement each day along with keeping a somewhat nutritious diet.

John's Pizzeria cheesecake

4. Create new traditions

Even if it’s just a tradition you keep with yourself. Sometimes, the best way to adjust to a new normal is to look back on the traditions you used to have with fond memories, but break ground on a few new traditions to look forward to in the future. Maybe you want to break the traditions completely though. Maybe you just don’t feel like putting up a Christmas tree this year. That’s OK too! 

5. Count your blessings

No matter what is going on in your life, there is always something to be thankful for. Always. So, don’t let Thanksgiving be the only day that you reflect on the good things that are in your life. Carry a spirit of thankfulness with your throughout the entire holiday season, and you will be surprised how much harder it becomes to focus on the negative factors trying to steal your joy.

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Now, on to our regularly scheduled weekly marathon training update!

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 Wednesday, December 3rd: Rest Day

Thursday, December 4th: 2.5 mile run and 10 minute core routine

Friday, December 5th: Rest Day

Saturday, December 6th: supposed to be a 15/16 mile long run day, but thanks to the rain it was more like a 12/13 mile long run

Sunday, December 7th: 25 min. Pilates DVD

Monday, December 8th: 15 Min. Arm Burner workout from Mattie at Comfy & Confident and Squat challenge video

Tuesday, December 9th: Fitness Blender Pilates video

This week was kinda so-so. I didn’t get in as many runs as I would have liked. Is it just me or has it started getting darker even earlier? I swear that over the past two weeks it’s gone from getting dark around 6 PM to now getting dark around 5 PM. Not a fan!

Has Christmas ever not felt the same to you? How did you handle it?

What is one Christmas tradition that is a must for you?

How did your workouts go this past week?

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Crockpot Potato and Broccoli Soup

Hello again – I hope you had a great weekend filled with fun festivities! Tis’ the season!

Mine was incredibly low key. Friday night consisted of watching Christmas movies in the glow of my Christmas tree.

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And of course Oliver wanted to get in on some of the holiday fun! Yes, I bought Oliver and Luna a Christmas scratching post house. They need to be in the Christmas spirit too!

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Saturday was my long run day. I originally planned on getting in 15-16 miles. Unfortunately, the weather decided to change from when I last checked it the night before (shocker, huh?) and the rain we were expecting moved in about an hour early. Therefore, my long run was cut short. You can imagine how sad I was about this. Well, kinda.

After a quick shower, I drove over to my friend’s house. She had surgery earlier in the week and her husband had to work all day, so I went over for the afternoon to help. Mainly, we just ate drank Starbucks and chilled in her bed watching movies. Not a bad way to spend a rain Saturday!

You know what also pairs well with rainy Saturdays? Soups. Specifically this incredibly easy and yummy Crockpot Potato and Broccoli Soup. I based the recipe off of Paula Deen’s Crockpot Potato Soup that is floating all over Pinterest, but added a few things of my own in an attempt to make it a bit healthier. The result was a thick, hearty soup that is just perfect for this time of year!

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Crockpot Potato and Broccoli Soup
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
317g
Servings
5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253
Calories from Fat 119
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
21%
Saturated Fat 6g
32%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 35mg
12%
Sodium 939mg
39%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
63%
Calcium
15%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of hash browns (chilled variety - typically near the eggs and cheese))
  2. 14 oz. of chicken broth (could also use vegetable broth)
  3. 1 can of cream of chicken soup (could also use cream of broccoli)
  4. 1 bag of frozen broccoli
  5. 8 oz. of light cream cheese
  6. 1/2 tsp. of pepper
  7. 1/2 tsp. of onion powder
  8. 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
  9. optional shredded cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. 1. Place the bag of hash browns, the broth, cream of chicken soup and seasonings in crockpot on high for 3 hours.
  2. 2. After three hours, heat the bag of frozen broccoli in the microwave. Once cooked, chop the broccoli florets into smaller pieces before adding to the crockpot.
  3. 3. Stir in a the room-temperature cream cheese and continue to cook for 30 more minutes on high.
  4. 4. Serve and top with optional shredded cheese.
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Did you do anything fun this weekend?

What is your favorite soup recipe?

Thanks to Erin for another great link-up! 

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Friday Faves: Christmas Movies

Can I get a high five for today being Friday?

This week has been rough. There is just something about coming off of the Thanksgiving holiday and knowing Christmas is right around the corner that makes my mind completely want to shut down. All I want to do is stay at home in my fuzzy pajamas and stare at my Christmas tree while watching Christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate. Well, now you know my weekend plans!

As I started thinking about what movies I wanted to watch this weekend, I started making a list of movies I had to make sure I watched between now and Christmas. So, here’s my favorite Christmas movies in a very particular order.

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1. The Santa Clause

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My all-time favorite Christmas movie!! Thanks to this movie, I always want to eat at Denny’s and order chocolate milk on Christmas Eve. I know it’s completely illogical, but every year when I watch this movie, I can’t help but wish that Santa was real still. Oh, I miss my innocent little childhood!

2. Love Actually

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This is one of my favorite movies of all time period. But I especially love to watch it around Christmas time. If I ever get to go to London, I hope it’s at Christmas, so I can just live out my favorite moments from this movie. Plus, how can you not like a movie with all the best of the Brits? And it has one of the best scenes in a movie ever (with Rick!!):

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3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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I absolutely love Jim Carrey in The Grinch. He is just so perfect. I normally watch this movie right after Thanksgiving to kick off the Christmas season. And baby Grinch?? So hilarious!

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4. The Family Man

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I know this isn’t your typical Christmas movie, but it’s a classic in my family. One year, we were on a family cruise over New Year’s and this was the only movie that they were playing on the boat. I’m being so serious. I think after the week long cruise, I had this movie memorized. Now, it’s almost an inside joke between my dad and me. 

5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Again, another movie that people don’t always think of as a Christmas movie. But, hear me out: Father Christmas makes an appearance and 75% of the movie takes place in a winter wonderland. That’s good enough for me!

Honorable Mention: New Year’s Eve

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Yes, this is the absolute cheesiest movie I have ever probably seen. However, with New York City as the backdrop and Mr. Zac Efron and Mr. Bon Jovi, I was practically doomed from the start. I love watching this after Christmas before New Years. One day I will manage to be in NYC on New Year’s!

What are your favorite Christmas movies?

Do you get suckered into any of the Christmas movie marathons on ABC Family or Hallmark?

What plans do you have for the weekend? It’s gonna be pretty tough to beat my pajama filled Christmas movie fest…

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WIAW and Weekly Marathon Training

Well, let’s just say that the dress was the overwhelming winner out of the December Stitch Fix blog I posted yesterday.  Y’all got good taste!

I was partial to the dress and the polka-dotted blouse myself. I’ve actually decided not to get anything at all from this box though. I really like the dress, but I didn’t love it if you know what I mean. With it being the holiday season, I just can’t justify spending that money on a dress I don’t really need/am not obsessed with when the money could be put to better use like buying Oliver and Luna treats for their stockings. #crazycatlady

It was so fun reading all the comments about the clothing though, so I will definitely be doing that again with my next Stitch Fix box.

Now, let’s move on to a little WIAW action…

Breakfast: Pumpkin O’s with milk

Has anyone tried these? Yet another glorious Trader Joe’s find! I might have brought a separate suitcase on my trip to Kentucky last week solely for the purpose of loading up on TJ goodies to bring back home. Augusta, please get a Trader Joe’s soon!!

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Lunch: Crockpot Broccoli and Potato Soup

This was everything a soup is supposed to be. Don’t worry. I’ll be bringing this super easy crockpot recipe to you next week : )

 

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Snack: Apple Pumpkin Parfait

Vanilla yogurt, pumpkin butter, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon almonds and apples = YUM!

 

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Dinner: Chili and Cornbread (unpictured)

I’m still not 100% comfortable with whipping my camera out during my church’s small group to take food photos yet. I’ll give it a few more weeks before I completely unleash my crazy on everyone. Oh, I also had a mini cupcake because mini cupcakes are awesome.

Now, let’s move on to my workouts from the past week. Sorry if this post has been a bit all over the place! I’m just cramming everything into one post apparently.

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Wednesday, November 26th: Rest

Thursday, November 27th: Turkey Trot 10K

Friday, November 28th: Black Friday shopping (What? This counts as exercise! You should have seen how fast I was sprinting to the clearance racks.)

Saturday, November 29th: 30 min. yoga for runners

Sunday, November 30th: 7 mile run

Monday, December 1st: 2 mile run with 15 min. yoga for legs

Tuesday, December 2nd: 20 min. yoga

Well, I guess this past week wasn’t so bad for it being the holidays/vacation…

How did your workouts go last week with the Thanksgiving holidays?

Are there any random lifestyle activities that you count as exercise? (Shopping, cleaning, etc.)

How do you organize your Christmas shopping lists?

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December Stitch Fix Review – You Decide!

Hi there!

I normally don’t post on Tuesdays, but today I decided to do something new – something a little scary – but hopefully something that will be fun. So, are you in?

Normally, I get my Stitch Fix boxes every month. However, in the interest of saving money/wanting to buy clothes from an actual store for a change (thus defeating the saving money logic now that I think about it…), I decided to skip my November box.

Yesterday, my December box arrived along with this little note from my stylist. First of all, I’ve just got to give a huge CONGRATS to my stylist Alexandra for running her first half marathon in October!!! I knew you could do it, girl!

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Since I’m still trying to cut back on my spending with the holidays this month, I’ve decided that I’m only going to keep one thing from my box this month. Which one item will I keep? Well, I’m leaving that up to you to decide. It’s kind of like an episode of American Idol or something (aw, remember when American Idol was the cool show to watch?) where the viewers have the voice. 

So, here are the five items that I received in my box, in no particular order (I apologize in advance for the lovely selfie style photos):

1. Pixley Robyn Teardrop Branch Necklace

Pixley Robyn Teardrop Branch Necklace

 

2. 41Hawthorn Jayne Textured Dress

41Hawthorn Jayne Textured Dress

 

3. Skies are Blue Gabrielle Embroidered Bib Knit Top 4. Level 99 Caius Straight Leg Jean

Skies are Blue Gabrielle Embroidered Bib Knit Top

 

5. Market and Spruce Colibri Polka Dot Print Blouse

Market and Spruce Colibri Polka Dot Print Blouse

 

Which one item should I keep?

Or should I not keep anything?

Sound off in the comments!

 

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Thanksgiving Recap + Turkey Trot 10k

Hey there friends!

I hope you enjoyed your nice holiday weekend (for those of you reading in the U.S.). I got back in town from Kentucky super late on Saturday night, so yesterday was spent catching up on laundry and grocery shopping to prepare for the upcoming work week. I also spent all day wishing that I lived closer to my family and had a magical job that allowed me to work from home. A girl can dream!

My Thanksgiving started a bit chillier than I’m used to…by a lot. When I woke up on Thanksgiving morning, I was greeted by the sight of snow on the ground.

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I know all my Northern friends are probably laughing at me and saying, “You call that snow?!” Bear with me though. Never in my life have I seen snow on Thanksgiving. Scratch that. I did see snow on Thanksgiving once before…it was at Disneyworld…coming out of a snow machine. That still counts I think?

Anyways, snowy conditions weren’t quite what I was expecting when I signed up to run the local Y’s 10k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

 

running in snow

I arrived to the start line of the 10k about 10 minutes before the start, so thankfully I didn’t have to wait around in the freezing weather for too long. I did have a couple of thoughts along the 10k route that I wanted to share:

1. I much prefer running in the cold versus running in the heat.

2. Headbands not only keep your head warm, but they also keep your earphones nicely in place.

3. People who run races with strollers are superheroes in my book.

4. Snow makes everything prettier.

5. Whoever made butt warmers for cars might be my favorite person ever.

The good news was that I finished the race strong without any walking. Considering my less than stellar training thus far, I counted that as a win. My final time was 1:03:39. Not a PR, but I’ll take it since my legs were practically frozen.

The race itself was incredibly flat which was nice, but kind of boring scenery wise. The snow was actually such a blessing in disguise because it made even the most boring, flat field look picturesque. 

running in snow

After thawing out in a 30 minute shower (not really, but kinda really), it was time to head over to my cousin’s house for Thanksgiving lunch/dinner. My cousin smoked an entire turkey, and it goes down as being one of the most flavorful turkeys I’ve ever had.

 

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I guess the rest of the food wasn’t so bad either : )

 

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My only contribution:pumpkin rum cheesecake with candied cranberries. Leave it to me to bring the dessert!

 

rum pumpkin cheesecake

After stuffing my face (it’s all good because I ran a 10k earlier – at least that’s what I told myself), I got to spend some quality time hanging out with all my family and of course playing some mildly competitive games.

 

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So…who’s ready for Christmas now?? ; )

Did you have a good Thanksgiving or weekend?

Favorite thing you ate at Thanksgiving or over the weekend?

What is your favorite game to play with family or friends?

 

 

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Beyond Thankful

It’s that time of year again…

The time of year when your Facebook news feed, blogs and social media, in general, become saturated with lists of thankfulness. Honestly, I can’t complain about this. It’s a refreshing change from the typical things we see. It’s uplifting to be reminded of our blessings. Because, when I truly sit and reflect on my life, I’m so ridiculously blessed beyond what I should be.

Here are just a few of the many things I have to be thankful for this year:

1. My Faith

I know this isn’t something I talk about a lot on my blog, but it really is the biggest defining aspect of my life. I’m so thankful to have this secure promise to cling to as I go through life.

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2. Family

Self explanatory. These people not only share my blood, but my heart.

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3. Friends

Basically my family too.

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4. My Furbabies

Because what’s a crazy cat lady without her cats?

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5. A Stable Job

I’m so grateful, especially in this day and age, that I have a job that affords me to support myself and my furbabies, travel, and work with amazing coworkers who genuinely feel like family.

6. Travel

I think y’all know that travel is a huge passion of mine. I’m thankful for the opportunities that my job has provided for me to travel in this past year, and I’m thankful for the personal travels that I have taken as well.

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7. My Health

Everywhere I look, I’m reminded that our bodies are so fragile. I’m so thankful that I have a body that is healthy. One that functions just how I need it to. A body that has gotten me through one marathon and will carry me through another one in January. Speaking of marathons, I owe y’all a little update on this past week’s training. This past week was definitely a step in the right direction for me!

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Wednesday, November 19th: 2 mile run, 10 minute cool down yoga

Thursday, November 20th: 15 minute arm workout routine with heavy dumbbells

Friday, November 21st: Rest day

Saturday, November 22nd: nice and easy 10 mile long run

Sunday, November 23rd: 20 minute yoga for runners

Monday, November 24th: Julianne Hough’s workout from Shape Magazine

Tuesday, November 25th: Does trekking through the Atlanta airport count? Those of you who have flown through ATL know what I mean!

 

I’ll be going off the blogging grid for a few days to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, but will be back with y’all on Friday just in time for some Black Friday shopping!

To my friends who celebrate Thanksgiving: I wish you and your family nothing but blessings on this Thanksgiving holiday! Enjoy spending time with your loved ones and don’t worry one bit about those extra calories – leave that for Friday! : )

Will you be traveling for Thanksgiving?

What are some things you have to be thankful for this year?

When do you eat your big meal on Thanksgiving? Lunch, mid-afternoon or dinner?

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Happy FRIENDSgiving and No Bake Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Who’s excited for a two-day work week?? This girl!! I love that this week officially kicks off the holiday season. In just a few short days, it will be perfectly acceptable for me to start wrapping Christmas presents, singing along with Michael Buble, and watching ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas.

Before I get into my weekend fun, I just want to thank Erin for hosting the link-up for this weekend’s snapshots!

This weekend was a busy one with two get togethers with my friends. Friday night started with our inaugural FRIENDSgiving event. I know a lot of you have Friendsgivings as well, but I really think that my group of friends took the meaning of the holiday to heart. You see, we literally put the FRIENDS in Friendsgiving by watching all the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends!

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Of course we had the traditional Thanksgiving food too.

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friendsgiving

I am all for eating Thanksgiving food as much as possible throughout the year.

We even played a Friends trivia game (which taught me that I need to step up my Friends trivia skills for next year). I loved going to my first Friendsgiving. And I love my friends for being awesome and taking the theme literally. We all need some quality Friends time!

On Saturday night, my old boss at the Y put together a little reunion party for everyone who works/worked at the Y. During my time working front desk at the Y, I seriously considered my coworkers to be like family, so it was great to be able to catch up with everyone and eat more great food. Plus, doing your long run on a day when you have a party means you can eat all the yummy food guilt-free!

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You know how most people join sororities or whatever in college? Yeah, well these people were my college friends. When you spent as much time together as we did, you can’t help but turn into family.

I’ve got to give a shout out to my friend Dominique (because I know he’s reading). I promise he did have fun with us despite the fact that he looks like he is murdering the camera in both pictures.

Now I’ve got a little treat for y’all which is perfect for any last minute holiday recipes you may be needing. I made a super easy no-bake pumpkin pie  for both gatherings this weekend and it was a hit! The pie got rave reviews by everyone even complete strangers and people were wanting me to send them the recipe. I almost hated to because of the fact that it’s so easy. I wanted people to think I spent hours in the kitchen perfecting the masterpiece. Oh, well, my secret is out. So now, I’m sharing the recipe with you, so you can go trick your coworkers, friends or family into thinking you are an awesome baker too!

no bake pumpkin pie recipe

 

Easy No Bake Pumpkin Pie
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204 g
25 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
109g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234
Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 204mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 25g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
78%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
6%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pre-made graham cracker crust
  2. 2 packages of vanilla pudding mix (1.3 oz. size)
  3. 1 cup of milk
  4. 1 jar of caramel topping
  5. 1 cup of pure pumpkin
  6. 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
  7. 1 8 oz. tub of cool whip (can use whipped cream too)
Instructions
  1. 1. Drizzle caramel topping into the crust.
  2. 2. Mix the milk, pudding mixes, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice with whisk until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of cool whip. Spread filling into crust.
  3. 3. Top the pie with the remaining cool whip and drizzle caramel on top
  4. 4. Let the pie refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
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calories
234
fat
8g
protein
3g
carbs
38g
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