I Miss These Kinds of Posts + My New Favorite Salad Dressing

I haven’t posted twice in one day since before school started I think! I’ve actually really missed the multiple posts in a day because I just get to rant and chat with you all about life’s little things. Also, I haven’t been talking about my daily moves (workouts) and grooves (whatever else is going in my life, like food) as much. So I’m taking advantage of my extra time this Christmas break to talk to you guys more! And if you’d like, you can listen and talk to me too 🙂


I’ve been going to bed no earlier than around 1 AM in the past few days. The best part? It’s not because of insomnia! It’s mostly because I’ve been sleeping in and there’s no stress to get up early. Three cheers for Christmas break!!!

Late risings mean late breakfasts. I had my breakfast at around 11:30 AM…heh.

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After not eating a full meal for over 12 hours, I was pretty darn hungry! I fixed myself some sunflower seed toast with coconut oil, a drizzle of honey, and cinnamon (<— DO THIS), Greek yogurt with a small banana, and then a bowl of cereal because I was still hungry. Such a delicious way to start my morning  afternoon!

New Car

After reading blogs and doing nothing entirely productive besides washing dishes, I found that my parents came home with a new van! Our old 2003 Honda Odyssey’s tires got smoked in the accident last week, and it was pretty dated anyway. The new Odyssey is spacious and shinyyyyy. But our garage smells like new car, which for some reason kinda makes me want to gag.


Pre-workout fuel:


Homemade granola bar

I headed to the gym where I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and a 15 minute incline walk on the treadmill. I was thinking of going for 25 minutes on the incline walk, but I got a HUGE cramp at 15 minutes that I just couldn’t shake off, so I just stopped. Then I did some bodyweight leg circuits that included TRX pistol squats, weighted wall sits, and hamstring ball curls. ‘Twas a slow but sure burn.


…If you call a meal at 5 PM lunch. Is it “linner?” Either way, it was delicious because it involved my new favorite salad dressing that is super simple and quick to prepare!


I had a salad with some soft boiled eggs and a side of leftover roasted potatoes and carrots. The salad was dressed with a fabulous homemade honey mustard dressing. I don’t even bother to mix the dressing separately or measure anything— I just add all the ingredients right into the salad and toss! I put in (approximately):

  • 1-2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard
  • drizzle of honey
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Very precise, I know. Basically, just adjust the honey and mustard to taste, and you’re good to go!

Also, did you know that soft boiled eggs can keep quite well in the fridge? My mom cooked some up a couple days ago, and the yolks stay viscous and creamy!


So…I guess I’ll be having dinner at, like, 9 PM? Eh, that’s not too crazy.

I hope you have a lovely evening!

So tell me:

Do you like it when bloggers post more daily life posts? I know I enjoy them!

What is your favorite homemade salad dressing?

Do you ever keep soft boiled eggs in the fridge, or just hard boiled?


Fascinating Friday Links #17

A week of Christmas break is already over?!

My dad told me something that made me cringe even more: “A week from today you’ll be back in school and it’ll be back to work for me.” Thanks, pop…;) One thing I’m happy to have accomplished yesterday (after six days of not even looking at any kind of work) was finishing my AP Calculus homework. There are more things to do, but that was the one that loomed over my head the most.

I also did some yoga yesterday after my friend from company, Allison, told us all that she did a super sweaty 90-minute bikram yoga class. I decided to follow this video from Yoga Journal on Youtube to work on my arm balances. It really worked my arms and core! I’ve also been revisiting the #100challenge (100 squats, 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups each day) for the past few days just to stay moving with some functional exercises. I like incorporating sets of 20 reps into my day as a study break or just a midday energizer.

I apologize for not sharing some fascinating Friday links with you all last week. I was tied up with my school concert (and, admittedly, eating French toast at a diner afterwards) on Thursday night, and on Friday afternoon, we attempted to drive to Canada. It’s a bummer because I had an awesome lineup of links that were perfect for the Christmas holiday. Ohh well. I still have some interesting blog posts and articles to share with you this week!

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Health and Fitness

[What is your definition?] How Do You Define Healthy? via Olive to Run

[#32 is the best tip for me] 32 Solutions for When You Can’t Sleep via Greatist

[Truly endless possibilities!] How to Make a Healthier Salad via Greatist

[Fun workouts to do during the holidays] 24 minute kick butt cardio via PurelyTwins + Tree Trimming Tabata Workout via Nutrition Nut on the Run + Strength/Tabata Combo via Fitnessista

[Handshakes are kinda gross] Why Fistbumping Should Be The New Handshake via Greatist

(I apparently really loved what Greatist offered this week! I always love their posts though.)

Food for Thought

[Christmas really IS about waiting] What We Learn About Life From Christmas Eve via Goins Writer

[For people like me who overcomplicate things] 12 Easy Ways to Make Life Simple Again via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[That one second when trials don’t matter] If Only For a Second via UTrend

Food for Belly

[All of my favorites] Banana Baked French Toast with Peanut Butter Drizzle via Cookie and Kate

[Who doesn’t love a good panini?] My Best Panini Recipes of 2013 via Panini Happy

[Delicious way to use up leftovers] Overnight Ham and Cheese Bake via Recipe Girl

Miscellaneous Fun

[Family of the YEAR] #XMAS JAMMIES – Merry Christmas from the Holderness Family! via Youtube

[Gotta love Jennifer Lawrence] Jennifer Lawrence Volunteers as Tribute (to End Fat Shaming) via Greatist

[Too funny] 21 People Who Got Creative With Their Gift Wrapping via BuzzFeed

And that’s all for today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend (last one of 2013!).

So tell me: Which were your favorite links? Do you like yoga? What are you doing this weekend?

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