Favorite Finds: Healthy New Year

Call me crazy, but I’m counting down until Monday morning.  Usually we’re all looking forward to the weekend, but I’m eager to get back into the classroom.  After a two week winter break I can’t wait to pick up where we left off…  Multiplication tables?  Oh yeah!  The solar system?  Hey there sunshine!  Jamestown?  We wouldn’t be here without you Captain Smith!

Thursday afternoon I finally met Sarah from Passion & Laughter.  She and I had been exchanging messages about meeting for a run/walk/coffee/anything date for months.  I joked on Twitter just before we met that blogging is a lot like online dating…  You meet someone virtually and if you like what you see you plan a date.  It’s hilarious but totally true!  Thankfully, I didn’t have to fake any emergencies because we had a fabulous time chatting for over two hours.  If I didn’t have to study I’m pretty sure that the conversation could have continued through dinnertime.


Friday morning we woke up to a light dusting of icy snow, below freezing temperatures, and whipping wind.  Nothing compared to the blizzards up in New England, but it was bitter.


While growning up in Northern Virginia, I learned to drive on winding roads (the ones that make you feel like you’re flying out of your seat if you go too fast), but I didn’t learn how to drive in the snow.  I’ve never been in a major accident, but ever since I fishtailed in Ryan’s car a few years ago, almost crashing into two other cars, I’ve let him be my snow chauffeur.  Unfortunately, my chauffeur had to work yesterday so I was on my own to get to my test.  The major roads were treated so it wasn’t as bad as I had envisioned, although I did pass by two minor accidents.

In college I was required to pass a series of MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) subtests in order to graduate and receive my Professional License.  Some states will honor out-of-state licenses if you have a few years of experience, but since I was straight out of college Virginia issued me a Provisional License valid for three years.  Three years will be up in June so yesterday I took the VCLA (Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment) and I’m excited to share – assuming I didn’t completely bomb the free response – that I passed!


It has been a while since I’ve done a Favorite Finds post, but what better time is there to get back into the groove than the New Year?  I continue to add new boards to my collection so rather than posting my favorite pin from each board, I’m thinking that I’ll share 5-10 of my favorite pins from the week?  And with it being the New Year, this week I’m focusing on a healthier approach.  New Year, new start, fresh ideas, lots of (p)inspiration!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Homemade Healthy Butterfingers by The Sweet {Tooth} Life – one of my favorite candies, second to Reese’s Pieces!

Homemade Healthy Butterfingers

Breakfast Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction – a great grab-and-go idea for weekday mornings


Stuffed Pepper Soup by diethood – thick & hearty, perfect for a cold winter day


Quinoa Quiche Muffins with Spinach and Cheese by diethood – sneak in those healthy ingredients


Top 13 in 2013: Workouts by Peanut Butter Fingers – a mix of treadmill, elliptical, circuit, & strength workouts


50 Tips for Healthier Living by Lauren’s Latest – baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle


“Look, I eat really well and I workout, but I also indulge when I want to.” – Jennifer Aniston


11 Healthy “Hippie” Ingredients Everyone Should Cook With via BuzzFeed – healthy can be tasty


Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa by The Lemon Bowl – dark chocolate is full of health benefits!


Printable New Year’s Resolution by The Girl Creative – write as many or as few goals as you want *free*


Question:  Do you enjoy driving in the snow or do you have a snow chauffeur?

Question:  What’s your favorite healthy ingredient?

— Allison


WIAW: Rain to Snow

I can’t believe that it’s already November 7th.  I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is in 15 days and Christmas is only in 48 days.

But what I reallyyy can’t believe is today’s forecast…  Rain to snow.  Really?!  Where did fall go?

I wholeheartedly am happy that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner [I’m dreaming of all the holiday eats, treats, decorations, and celebrations], buttt I don’t think I’m ready for snow quite yet.

If I was still living in Boston I wouldn’t be so surprised, but I’m in Virginia [aka “the south” as most people call it], and I’d like another week or two of fall.

I’d like to continue enjoying the beautiful fall foliage, the reasonable temperatures, and all things pumpkin…

But that’s not looking very promising so I guess this weekend it’s time to unpack my boots with the fur and my puffy parka.

Stay warm y’all!  A bowl of tomato soup sounds perfect for dinner tonight, I hope it’ll warm me up from the inside out.

One of my girlfriends just teased me saying that it’s supposed to be in the 70’s today down in Texas…  I may have to start pushing Ryan to move more south 😉



P.S.  I probably should have used winter weather pictures to go along with today’s rant, but it’s Wednesday so I stuck with the traditional WIAW [What I Ate Wednesday] theme and used my food pictures to comfort me through this cold transition into winter…  Just go with it, haha!

Question:  Have you seen any snow yet this season?!  It’s not raining, nor snowing so I’m doubtful we’ll actually see anything today…

Question:  What’s the tastiest thing you’ve eaten recently?

— Allison


Feeling Freaking Fabulous

If only it was Friday, I could say “It’s been a freaking fabulous Friday”- talk about a tongue twister!  I don’t know if it’s the brisk chilly weather I woke up to, or because I wore my sweet new sneakers to work, or the tasty hummus and vegetable wrap I packed for lunch, but I have been feeling freaking fabulous all day!  And I’ve also been going at hyper-speed all day.  I swear, my coffee was decaf this morning…


Fabulous #1:  I made pizzadillas last night for dinner [think: pizza meets quesadilla]…

Served up with a small salad, a few veggies, and a bowl of Campbell’s Select Harvest Light Italian-Style Vegetable Soup.

whole wheat tortillas

Alouette Light Spinach Artichoke Spreadable Cheese

shredded mozzarella cheese

turkey pepperoni


tomato sauce on the side for dipping [Classico’s Tomato and Basil is a family fave]

***Katie over at Dashing Dish shared a similar recipe yesterday that reminded me of my pizzadillas!***

Fabulous #2:  Today is my half-birthday and I’m a whopping 2_ 1/2-years-old 😉  I’ll let y’all guess how old I am…  Hint: I graduated from college last year.  I am a huge fan of birthdays and think birthdays should last a whole month!  If anyone wants to bake me something, I’d love one of these beauties…


Fabulous #3:  A mom of one of my lovely students offered me two tickets to the Caps game next week [their last home game]!  This is the same mom that gave me tickets to the Caps vs. Bruins game for Christmas AND is bringing me lunch on Thursday, just because she wants to [too nice].

Fabulous #4:  On my way into work this morning I was listening to the radio and heard that tonight is the mega millions drawing…  So guess what, Ryan and I are buying a lottery ticket!  This is my first time buying a lottery ticket [not counting those scratch and win tickets] and I’m feeling lucky…  180 MILLION DOLLARS after taxes, I think that’ll do!


Fabulous #5:  The headache that I had Sunday afternoon and all day yesterday was gone when I woke up this morning AND my insides don’t feel like they’re doing somersaults inside of me…  Healthy = happy!

Fabulous #6:  I spent my lunch break stumbling around Pinterest and scrolling through emails and found a fabulous article on Shape.com with the “25 Most Deceiving Exercises.”  I definitely want to incorporate more of these moves into my routine but first, can someone please explain to me the proper way to do a burpee?!


Fabulous #7:  Our STDs [save the dates, I don’t want to know what you were thinking] arrived this afternoon!  My momma, a family friend, and I are planning to have a girls date to address them all- in reality, I’ll be cooking and they’ll be writing…

Fabulous #8:  I realized yesterday when I was at the gym that the picture of the sneakers I shared yesterday are actually not the shoes that I bought.  Both pairs are cute IMO, but I like the neon pink on mine more…  But that’s not to say I wouldn’t mind having both pairs [heyyy Nike] 😛

Fabulous #9:  Ryan is joining me at the gym tonight and we have one goal: to turn our mush into muscles!


Fabulous #10:  I used up the last of the PB this morning so guess what’s for breakfast tomorrow…  OIAJ!  Yes, I’m already psyched about tomorrow’s breakfast :)

Daily Memorable Moments

March 26:  It was a super productive day at school and home, exactly how it needs to be for the next couple of weeks.

March 27:  It has been an all-around a freaking fabulous day!

Question:  What makes you feel freaking fabulous?

Question:  Have you ever won anything?  Money?  Lots of money?  The lottery?!

— Life's a Bowl