Favorite Finds 1.18.15

rGood morning and happy Sunday, y’all!  It’s a deary day here, but we’re planning to make the most of it and have a lot on the agenda.  One of which is running five miles.  I have my sights on a 10 mile race in early March so I’m slowly trying to increase my mileage.  So far, so good.  Although, my knee gets a little wonky when I do speed work.

This is my first Favorite Finds post of 2015 – woo hoo!  I’m in the midst of reorganizing my Pinterest boards so they’ll be a little more straightforward.  I apologize in advance if some boards are empty or pins aren’t in the correct category.  I hope to finish soon.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Home CrossFit WOD: 600 Reps by Blonde Ponytail:  I’ve never done a CrossFit workout, but this one looks easy enough…  The exercises that is, not the 600 reps {ha!}.  It would be great if I could get my workout done while Evie naps and not have to wait until Ryan gets home from work.  I don’t have kettlebells at home, but dumbbells should work fine.

Oreo Peanut Butter Popcorn by Crazy for Crust:  When I started breastfeeding I got a hankering for cookies, particularly {chewy} M&M sugar cookies and Oreos.  At the time, Pumpkin Spice Oreos flooded the supermarket shelves, but when we went back for more they were out of season so we moved onto Cake Batter.  Don’t buy them, they’re addicting and you won’t wanna share with anyone.  This popcorn incorporates three of my favorite foods so I have no doubt I’d love it.

Oreo Peanut Butter Popcorn

Organic and Original Clothes and Shoes for Baby by Growing Up Wild:  Cute onesies and booties are stapes in Evie’s wardrobe – the easier to take off for a diaper change, the better.  These {organic} onesies and coordinating booties are both adorable and environmentally friendly.  Plus, I’m a sucker for bows and headbands.

Elephant Onesie

Quote:  With all of the changes that are going on in our lives, it’s easy to get caught-up in things that are out of our control.  This quote is a great reminder that we can’t control everything.

Spaghizza by Money Saving Mom:  I’ve seen a few pictures of spaghetti pie on Instagram lately, so I had to do some research.  It’s essentially a baked pasta dish {think lasagna, minus the ricotta} with all of the classic pizza ingredients.  What’s not to like?


Frozen Olaf Valentines {Free Printable} by One Creative Mommy:  It’s no secret that kids {and some adults} these days are completely obsessed with the movie Frozen.  These Valentine’s Day cards are sure to be a hit.

Frozen Olaf Valentine

Top 27 Places In The US That Foreigners Are Craziest About Visiting by Rosey News:  Before looking at this, I thought I was pretty well-traveled.  I’ve been to all of the states on the east coast, down south, a few out on the west coast, and a couple in the middle of the country…  But after looking at this list, I’ve realized that I have a lot more traveling to do.  There are so many beautiful places that I have yet to see!

Top 27 Places Foreigners Go Crazy For

White Kitchen by little house BIG PLANS:  My mom designed the kitchen in my childhood home and it was simply gorgeous.  Floor to ceiling white cabinets, white/wood paneled appliances, white granite counters, white and blue wall paper and accents.  The kitchen in our current house has white cabinets, but black granite and dark gray floors, so it’s not very bright.  Oh, what I would give to have a custom-built kitchen.

White Kitchen

— Allison


Favorite Finds: 10 Classic Christmas Cookies

I’ve done a terrible job this holiday season.  Our Christmas tree wasn’t up until Tuesday, the ornaments are still in boxes, our stockings were hung {with care} from the highchair, the two decorations on display were gifts we’ve received this past week, and I’ve done absolutely zero holiday baking.  Usually Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving in our house.  Next year I’m going to go all out.

Aside from the decorating, the holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends.  To share and engage in traditions that have been passed on from one generation to the next.  I’m not the best baker, but that doesn’t stop me from baking Christmas cookies.  It’s the experience that I love.  There’s something so magical about being in the kitchen, surrounded by sugar, and singing along with Mariah Carey.  I’m so excited by the thought of having Evie {standing on a stool} next to me in years to come!

10 Classic Christmas Cookies

I vividly remember my momma baking two types of Christmas cookies: chocolate crinkles and gingersnaps.  She’d arrange them nicely on a tray to take with her to her cookie exchange parties and would come home with buckets full of assorted iced, powdered, crinkled, and sprinkled cookies.  Throughout the following weeks we’d take a few bites of each, as if we were sampling a box of chocolates.  The bright green Corn Flake wreaths and butterscotch haystacks were always my favorites.

Tip: When searching for chocolate crinkle cookie recipes I learned that some people use Devil’s Food cake mix.  I’ve never tried it, but it could be helpful if you’re in a crunch for time.

This weekend Ryan and I are devoting our time to all things Christmas.  Taking Evie to meet Santa, shopping, decorating {even if it’ll be up for only a week}, wrapping, and baking.  Below I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite classic Christmas cookies.  Each recipe can also be found on my Holiday Pinterest board.

1.  Cocoa Crinkle Cookies by HERSHEY’S Kitchens

Cocoa Crinkle Cookies

2.  Gingersnaps by Chef in Training


3.  Christmas Cornflake Wreaths by Tastes Better from Scratch


4.  Butterscotch Haystacks by Nutritious Eats


5.  Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing by Sally’s Baking Addiction


6.  Spiced Gingerbread Man Cookies by The Comfort of Cooking


7.  Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms by How Sweet It Is

peanut butter blossoms

8.  Almond Spritz Cookies by A Girl’s Guilty Pleasures


9.  The Best Snickerdoodles by Averie Cooks


10.  Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate by Just a Taste


Question:  What’s your favorite classic Christmas cookie?

Question:  Do you have any family traditions that you look forward to every year?

— Allison


Favorite Finds: Greatist is the Greatest

Guess what…  We had school yesterday!  Throughout the day Thursday I exchanged messages with a few of my teacher friends and we all agreed, the decision was a toss-up.  The temperatures were forecasted to be the coldest they had been all week, but the streets were finally ice/snow free.  Around 7 p.m. the county announced that schools would open with a 2-hour delay.  I heard parents rejoicing and students cursing in my head – it was a symphony of sound.

The day was short – I taught for an hour – but it was fun.  All of the students wanted to share their snow day stories… A handful did Rainbow Loom all day every day, a few baked/cooked, a lot played in the snow (only one got a concussion), and none of them studied their multiplication facts.  (un)Surprisingly they begged for no homework over the weekend.  Sorry kids, your pouty faces were adorable but your arguments were weak.

IMG_5523 waffles last weekend, the BEST french toast this weekend

This morning I woke up at 5 a.m.  My body is like clockwork everyday, weekends included.  I watched an episode of 20/20 (because it featured a local news story) and an episode of 100 Days of Summer.  Both were okay, nothing great.  But what was great was the french toast that I ate and the website that I found while browsing Pinterest

Have y’all heard of Greatist?  I’m sure you have, I did a while back but never checked it out.  Big mistake, BIG mistake.

We bring you the best content in the health space. Not only is every fact cited by a scientific study and every article approved by multiple experts, but everything we do is written in a friendly and relatable tone. Greatist is your trusted, healthy friend, inspiring tons to make healthier choices everyday.

- About Greatist, What We Do

I pinned a TON of great(ist) articles, but here are just a few.  I definitely recommend that y’all check out the website for yourselves.  I signed up for the free daily email ;)


10 Must-Know Tips to Stay Hydrated During Your Workout

10 Must-Know Workout Hydration Tips

60 Must-Read Health, Fitness, and Happiness Blogs for 2014

60 Health & Fitness Blogs for 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Protein Supplements

The Ultimate Guide to Protein Supplements

30 Superfood Recipes You’ve Never Tried Before

30 Superfood Recipes

77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes

77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes

17 Science-Backed Ways to Bust Out of A Workout Rut

17 Ways to Break a Workout Rut

The Ultimate Guide to Totally Nailing Every One of Your Goals in 2014

100 Tips for Your Best Year Ever

27 Easy Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

27 Ways to Sleep Better

I’ve got 7 miles to run this morning (on the treadmill, sidewalks are still covered with ice) and Ryan’s coming with me to do weights – he hasn’t been to the gym for months because of his ankle surgery so it’s a pretty big deal!  Hopefully something good is on TV or y’all are sharing lots of interesting pictures on Instagram because I’d rather brave the cold than run that long on the dreadmill if given the choice.

Question:  Have you looked at the Greatest website?

Question:  What’s your favorite pick-me-up when you’re low on energy?  I’m not sure if I’m getting sick or just exhausted from a lack of sleep, but my energy tank is running on low this morning.

— Allison