Behind the Scenes #2

Alright, I am officially calling these random thoughts posts “Behind the Scenes.” Cool? Coooool.

I’m also going to link these up to Amanda’s new Thinking Out Loud posts! It’s these random thoughts posts that make me go “mhmm,” “HAHAHA,” *gasp*, and “really??” And I love that. It’s the little things at their best!


1. This insomnia is so bad that I’m not upset about it anymore. Yes, it puts a significant damper on my exercise plans (zero energy) and I feel perpetually tired, but whatever will be, will be. Che sarà, sarà. Things will hopefully fall back into a normal cycle one of these days. I guess this sort of forces me to really crank down my exercise, so maybe this is all a part of God’s big scheme! Your prayers are much appreciated 🙂

2. I received my Black Friday purchases from Forever 21 on Monday! I mentioned in a previous post that this is counting as a Christmas gift from the ‘rents. We’re not too formal with the gift-giving actually. Whatever we give or receive around Christmastime can count as a gift, and then we just exchange little trinkets and cards on Christmas day for the formality 🙂


Pink lace shirt and a leather spiky skirt


Totally out of my comfort zone and my usual style, but I kinda like it! I can be bada$$. <—Ironic because I just typed that.


My favorite out of everything— soft and breezy striped ombre shirt


Cheetah print high low dress

There was also a cream-colored lace top, but I forgot to get pic of that. Also, my eyes are so Asian. Where are they? 😉

3. Guess what else came in the mail?! A special little package from my Elf4Health buddy, Emily (<—go check out her blog)!   She sent me some yummy local treats from Wisconsin and a sweet note:


I already tried some of the Bhakti Chai mints and I love ’em. And how did she know I love spinach artichoke dip?? Thanks so much again, Emily! You should be getting a package soon too 😀

4. I was watching Weelicious videos a couple nights ago (I sort of live vicariously through Catherine— she has so much fun cooking with her kids + she’s just awesome) and when I was watching her egg-in-a-hole video Tuesday night, I told my mom that I really wanted to try making it soon. Then mom said, “Can you make that now?” I replied, “Like, now? You want it now?” She smiled and said, “Yeah!” Fine with me! It smelled so good when I made it, and I when I had a bite, I knew I had to make one for myself for dinner the next night:

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Check. that. out.

My mom put coconut oil on hers too. Highly recommend that.

5. My friend Kristi brought me some food magazines that her family wasn’t reading anymore. She knows me way too well.


6. I finally started reading Catching Fire on our snow day (Tuesday)! I’ve only put it off for about a year and a half. I borrowed the book from my friend Itzel, and I still haven’t given it back. She knows, but she also rolls her eyes at me when I tell her I still haven’t read it yet. Sorry, girl. I also just want to watch the movie!! So many people love it, and I’m the kind of person that wants to read the book before watching the movie.

7. Eating pomegranate seeds by the spoonful is a daily occurrence.


8. College admissions decisions are coming soon. I just don’t know when. I’m expecting at least a couple in the next week or so, but the rest should come sometime before the end of January. Eek!

9. We bought Trader Joe’s salted almond butter a couple weeks ago and I cracked it open on Tuesday night. I haven’t had almond butter in forever just because my love for peanut butter and sunflower seed butter blinded me. I also remember not really lovin’ almond butter all that much in the past, which is why I got salted for my first time giving it chance again. It still takes third place to the other two, but I do think I’ll be having it often 🙂

10. Speaking of which, I was in a huge rush this morning (trying to sleep in as much as possible), so I grabbed a banana and a spoonful of the AB before heading out the door. Bad idea. The almond butter is incredibly drippy, so I had to peel my banana right away to catch the waterfall of nut butter off my spoon. ‘Twas tasty nonetheless because I do love drippy nut butter.

Have a lovely Thursday, everyone!

So tell me: Do you go all out with Christmas gifts? Have you ever tried egg-in-a-hole? In order, what are your favorite nut/seed butters?

Fascinating Friday Links #14

Hello, hello!

How are you all doing? I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Hanukkah if you celebrated! Our clan definitely had an awesome time filled with fantastic food and great company. A more in-depth Thanksgiving recap will come tomorrow. Also, a couple delicious recipes for using up those leftover Thanksgiving fixings are comin’ at ya!

In regards to Black Friday, I’m not into it. The news said there was some sort of bomb threat in Walmart. I’ll pass on that chaos. However, I’m all for the online deals! My mom kindly bought me some clothing items from Forever 21’s website (which is counting as my Christmas gift!) since there was an awesome sale going on. Thank God for technology.

For this evening, I wanted to give you all the usual Fascinating Friday Links! Better late than never, right? I was thinking of skipping it entirely, but the links I have here are just too good not to share. Enjoy!

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Health and Fitness

[Respect your body] Overcommitment to Exercise via The Big Man’s World

[Is this you?] 4 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough via The Real Life RD

[These help me too] Motivational Tips for Home Workouts via Nutrition Nut on the Run

[Awesome workout!] Tabata strength circuit {video} via The Fitnessista

[Wowza] 500 rep give thanks to your body workout via Purely Twins

[Convenient way to amp up your workout] Full Body Workout Using Only a Resistance Band via Your Trainer Paige

Think About It…

[LOVE this] You Don’t Have Thanks, You Give It via Goins Writer

[I can relate SO much to this] Back When I Ate the “HLB” Way: Blogger Responsibility and Disordered Eating via Run Pretty

[I think yes] Can You Be Healthy in Recovery? via Fitting It All In 

[Great phrases] Three Phrases That Help Me via Your Trainer Paige

[Accepting compliments can be hard for some] You Deserve Your Love and Respect via Nut Butter Runner

[Do you do this?] But the serving size told me so… via The Big Man’s World 


[NEED] Fluffy Butternut Cheddar Bay Biscuits via Peas and Crayons

[Best of both flavors] Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars via Running with Spoons

[Yes.] Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats via Fit Foodie Finds

[Can I gift this to myself?] DIY Healthy Holiday Cookie Dough via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Grilled cheese amaze-balls-ness] Leftover Sweet Potato Casserole, Brie, and Bacon Grilled Cheese via How Sweet Eats + Grilled Cheese with Pesto and Black Bean Spread via The Lean Green Bean

Miscellaneous Fun

[Everyone watch this cuteness overload] Little Girl’s First Time Walking On Ice Will Melt Your Cold Heart via Gawker

[Ha!] 21 Signs You’re Obsessed with Peanut Butter via BuzzFeed

[Amazing a cappella version] Little Drummer Boy via Pentatonix Youtube

So tell me: What do you think of Black Friday? Which links did you enjoy?