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April 1, 2011

Gifts Galore!

Happy Friday! Even though this weather has been crappy I’m kicking off my morning in good spirits. I woke up at 5:15 to hit a spin class at my gym. There is nothing better than the feeling of having your workout DONE by 7 a.m.

This week I’ve received LOTS of goodies πŸ™‚

1.) I have the BEST boyfriend in the world… Remember how I was upset that my ice cream maker broke?? Well “Spring Santa” dropped one off for me!!

This time there’s a warranty in case I bust it! Thanks “Spring Santa” πŸ™‚ I’ve already been dreaming of what ice cream to make. I think I’ll start with a cookies and cream? Thoughts??

2. The Mom I nanny for brought me home the movie Tangled! She bought one for me and one for the girls so I could add it to my Disney collection. Did you know that I’m a princess?? It’s true.

Yep, that just happened.

3. I have a lot of upcoming weddings, showers, rehearsals and bachelorette parties to attend so I bought a new pair of Badgely Mischka pumps and an Alexia Admor dress that were on sale at Nordstrom!

4. I’ve also gifted myself something that I’ve been wanting but didn’t have time to make so I took the lazy route.

Light Box!! Hopefully I wont have shadows on my food anymore.

Side note: I’ve been working my butt off (not literally, unfortunately) on Bridal Shower things and it has officially taken over my living room. It’s a mini Michaels up in here.

Just a few things left to do for Sunday… I can’t wait to show you pictures!

Yesterday I made my new favorite breakfast, Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding!

In the winter I really enjoy pancakes, oatmeal and waffles (basically anything warm). But once the weather starts heating up I crave a cold breakfast! This is also EXTREMELY good for you. Energy, protein and antioxidant packed, this breakfast can also help subside your cravings for sweets. But, I don’t need that – right?

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 2/3 cup Unsweetened Soy milk
  • 12 drops of NuNaturals Stevia Vanilla Liquid
  • 1/2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp NuNaturals Stevia Baking Powder with Fiber

Directions

  • Add everything to a bowl and mix well
  • Leave out for 20 minutes or until Chia seeds soak up liquid.
  • Add more liquid if desired (I always do)
  • Eat immediately or refrigerate over night for an amazing breakfast!

Better than j.e.l.l.O(hhhhh)

Dinner was a quick stir fry. Every veggie in my crisper w/ shrimp. Only 8 minutes to prepare. Not 5, Not 10 – But 8

I think Asian meals are my favorite.

I had to have dessert – I went 3 days without it! (Golf Clap)

But to be honest – This doesn’t even count as a dessert in my book. There were 3 ingredients. 1. Frozen Banana. 2. Vega Vanilla Protein Powder 3. Splash of Soy Milk

I really enjoy the Vega Vanilla Protein Powder in my “ice cream” because it gives it a cake batter taste!

Speaking of cake batter I will be knee-deep in dessert land this weekend… Prepare yourself for major recipes next week aka Get to the gym this weekend so you can eat at least one of the 9 things I’m making.

Dessert Land – Where the grass is always green.

I almost forgot it was Favorite Friday!!! Since we are on the topic of desserts I will share my favorite dessert websites. Enjoy!

Cake Wrecks

Food Gawker

Food Porn Daily

Bakerella

Joy of Baking

Don’t those make you want to go and bake something?? If you can’t decide on something there’s always my S’mores Cookies, Twix Blondies or Butterfinger stuffed white & milk chocolate chip cookies!

PS: I have Fashion Fitness Foodie has it’s own facebook page now! Click here to like it πŸ™‚

QUESTIONS: Are you more of a sweet or salty person? Do you prefer AM or PM workouts??

 

February 20, 2011

I feel pretty and witty and bright

I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by! February is National Heart month and Valentines Day so it’s only right that we brand it “Love Month”. Since we only have 1 week left in February I wanted to touch on a topic I’ve been reading a lot about, “Self-Love”.

If someone asked me “Do you love yourself?” I would immediately respond “Of course!” But if I sat down and actually thought about that question I wouldn’t be so sure… I’ve noticed that if I have that cookie I’m craving after dinner I’ll say to myself “Good job on ruining your entire workout” Β but if a friend told me that she had a cookie after dinner and was upset about it I would reply “Omg, don’t be so silly it’s just one cookie! Everyone needs to indulge sometimes.” It’s so easy to give advice but following it? Wellllll, not so much. Why couldn’t I be that easy on myself? Why am I beating myself up over 1 cookie? For the most part I am extremely healthy – I eat a well-balanced diet and exercise 5-6 times a week so I should be able to have a cookie without feeling guilt if that’s what my body wants!Β Everyone knows that love is a good thing. We love to give it and we love to receive it. But how often do we actually take the time to give it to ourselves?

I’m sure I am not the only person who beats themselves up over silly issues like this so we should all make a pact to follow Katelyn’s mission: I feel pretty! Today, I am making a promise to myself to be a little nicer, speak a little sweeter and cut myself some slack from time to time. I deserve it, and so do you πŸ™‚

I feel as if I’m always on the go, go go to do things for others and I want to make sure I give myself the same attention. Each day this week I am going to post something I did for myself as a token of love: To me, Love me.

Here is what I gifted myself today – Relaxation Time –I know this doesn’t sound like much but I couldn’t tell you the last time I laid down with my phone, TV and computer off. It felt so good to sleep for 3 hours and I am feeling very refreshed now!

I think that everyone should join me and do something for themselves in the last week of the month of love – Feel free to share with me your plan and remember this: You are a truly loveable person — and you deserve only kind treatment, especially from yourself. πŸ™‚

On a lighter note! I had a great weekend filled with 3 workouts – Zumba, Bodypump & Spin Class. I took full advantage of the $60 a month I pay to my gym! Nothing better than getting a good sweat in on the weekends. After my workout on Sunday I did my weekly grocery shopping where Whole Foods then took advantage of me. Why is it that I can never leave with just what’s on my list? I also left my brand spankin new iPhone in an aisle I shouldn’t have even been in while browsing labels – Thank goodness someone with a good heart found it and returned it to the lost and found! Whew..

Saturday night I had one of my girlfriends over for some girl time. We made dinner, went out for some Tasti D-lite (i know, again?) and watched hours worth of Bachelor re-runs on my DVR til 1 am. We get crazy and wild sometimes πŸ˜‰

For dinner we made quesadillas…not just a plain boring quesadilla. But an exciting chicken, peach and pepperjack quesadilla. I’ve made this before and LOVED it but I think the peaches were a little bland this time around… It was still delicious and if you have some fresh peaches I suggest you try this combo out!

Chicken, Peach & Pepperjack Quesadilla

Ingredients

  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Pepperjack cheese (w/ jalapenos)
  • Peaches
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Agave
  • Cilantro
  • Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas

Directions

  • Shred chicken

  • Slice peaches

  • Place tortilla on plate and add the chicken, cheese and peach slices to HALF.
  • Sprinkle Cilantro on top
  • Fold in half and place in an olive oil misted skillet
  • Place a cast iron skillet on top so it flattens out the quesadilla and everything cooks evenly.
  • Cook for 4 minutes on side – Flip and repeat.
  • While quesadillas are cooking Mix together your greek yogurt, agave and lime juice.

  • Slice the quesadillas and serve with the dipping sauce

The sweetness of the peaches and the dipping sauce go perfectly together! Sorry the pictures are blurry – I need to stop rushing them but sometimes I’m just so excited to eat πŸ™‚

Our dessert from Tasti D-Lite

My friend had smores with choc chips and crushed graham cracker and I enjoyed bananas foster with the same toppings. I’ve yet to try a flavor that I haven’t loved yet! We may or may not have bought some Oreo & Peanut butter to go… Whoops.

Yesterday I also got my haircut (got some side bangs, wild!), had lunch with my grandma at Nordstrom Cafe and got some goodies in the mail!

Carba nada pasta, PB2, Donut Pan, Pizza Crisper, Gluten Free Pretzels, Banana Supreme Pancake mix and Alternative Bagels! I ordered these from a lo carb site – I’ve read about some of these items on various blogs but couldn’t find them ANYWHERE in stores so I resorted to some online shopping. I’m excited to try these out and hope they live up to the hype!

Tonight I am going to test out my pizza crisper and throw myself a pizza party… I might also get a little crazy and have some more of that Oreo & Peanut butter Ice Cream. I really need to settle down.

Day 23: Favorite Movie

I believe they already asked my favorite movies so I’m going to go ahead and skip this challenge and if you are that interested you can check out Day 7’s post here

Day 24: Something you’ve learned

I think it’s only fair that I say to love myself! Starting with treating myself the same I would to others or as Katelyn would put it a 5-year-old version of myself!

Also, Kate is having another giveaway! Check it out πŸ™‚

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and if you have the day off tomorrow (lucky) you enjoy it!!

QUESTIONS: What do you do to show yourself love? Have you ever tried any of the lo-carb items I purchased? What was the craziest thing you did this weekend (get bangs, stay up til 1 am watching the bachelor, eat ice cream?? πŸ˜‰ )