Fascinating Friday Links #36


The AP Bio exam is today at 12PM, which is good because I got to sleep in, and not so good because…I have to take the test. But once this AP is done, a great weight will be lifted off our shoulders— LAST AP EVER.

I guess I haven’t been sharing my moves with you much this week, so here’s what I’ve been doing:

Monday: 5 min row + TRX arm workout (something like this or this) + random ab exercises + plank

Tuesday: rest + Blogilates

Wednesday: rest + some burpees and walking in there

Thursday: ~60 air squats, pushups, and sit-ups (I had been chipping away at the 100 challenge while studying) + modern dance class

Friday: We shall see!

Alrighty then! While I’m scavenging my noggin for my knowledge on cells, DNA, and evolution, you can all read some of this week’s Fascinating Friday Links. Enjoy!

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Health and Fitness

[Healthy eating doesn’t have to make your wallet cry] Healthy and Affordable Pantry Staples via Kath Eats Real Food + Veg Girl RD

[Don’t underestimate the dumbbell] 5 Dumbbell Moves You Should Do via Nutrition Nut on the Run

[Get the most out of your lower body workouts] Tips For Lower Body Training via Fitnessista

[Group fitness etiquette] Confessions of a Group Fitness Instructor via Snack Therapy

[Just don’t trust what cardio machines say] Mythbusting: The “Fat Burning” Zone via The Skinny on Health

[Fuel and refuel] 50 Awesome Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks via Greatist

[Move and groove] Squat Overload Leg Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + Wild and Crazy 15 Min AMRAP via Purely Twins + Core and Cardio Interval Circuit Workout via Your Trainer Paige

Food for Thought

[We attack looks because it’s the easiest thing to do. That needs to change.] Stop Attacking Looks, Start Attacking the Problem via Olive to Run

[Not a perspective we often see] What It’s Like to Wait Until Your Wedding Night via Perfection Isn’t Happy

[I can relate] Things to Never Say to a Person With Anxiety via The Lunchbox Diaries

[Getting from “pseudo-recovery” to “true recovery”] Choosing True Recovery via The Story of a Girl

[It takes time to develop a strong relationship] 9 Things Happy Couples Never Think via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[“Prayer works”] Humans of NY Photo on Instagram

Food for Belly

[Cheeeeeese] White Pizza Quinoa Casserole via Edible Perspective

[5-star restaurant status] Crispy Avocado Wedges with Crab Salad via Family Fresh Cooking

[Brownie love] Coconut Brownies via Two Peas and Their Pod + Banana Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting via Taste and Tell

[Need to make these] Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars via Oh She Glows

[Genius] Waffle Iron Eggs via Weelicious

[Can someone make this for me?!] Gluten Free Carrot Cake via The Healthy Maven

[Oh.] Grilled Lobster Tails with Sriracha Butter via Fifteen Spatulas

[Want this so badly] Coconut Chai Ice Cream via Minougirl

[Red, white, and blue] 30 Light Memorial Day Recipes via Skinnytaste


Miscellaneous Fun

[Bloggers] Food Photo Tip for Capturing Motion via Edible Perspective + How to Start a Blog via Running with Spoons + Social Media for Newbie Bloggers via The Healthy Maven

[Important skill] How to Choose a Perfect Avocado via According to Elle

[“Reverse progress” can mean a happier person] This Fitness Gained 14 Pounds and She’s Never Felt Better via Greatist

[Inspiring, especially for an ex-running-hater like me] My Journey: Becoming a Runner via Nut Butter Runner

[Also inspiring and so funny (her running buddy is my brother!)] The Real Life of a Newbie Runner Part 2 via I Think In Comics

Hope you enjoyed some of these links! Happy Friday, and I hope my fellow Americans have an awesome Memorial day weekend!

So tell me:

What are your plans for this weekend? 

We’re going to visit Ben on Sunday!

Which links did you enjoy?






Fascinating Friday Links #35 + Hunger Monster


(HIGH-ya, not hi-YAH! Although, I am a ninja, so I guess the latter would be appropriate too.)

I really wanted to have Amanda’s oatmeal cookie dough smoothie this morning, but since our AP Calc class is having a celebratory breakfast party today (seriously, that class is just about food from here on out), I decided to have the smoothie for dinner last night. Satisfied the craving. 🙂


Using Amanda’s no-fail recipe with added spinach, ⅓ c. oats instead of ¼ c., and peanut butter instead of almond butter. With Greek yogurt on the side for dipping, of course.

*Adding this at 5:30 in the morning: Apparently, as filling as this smoothie was, I guess it was not calorically sufficient for me, considering I just woke up STARVING at 5 AM. That hasn’t happened in a long time! (Don’t fret—I’m not revisiting any old habits. I just wanted the smoothie last night, and I’m paying the price for such a light dinner.)


The typical snack. Plus another spoonful of peanut butter after I finished this. The hunger monster attacked me.

{Alright, back to sleep…hopefully}*

Oh and here are this week’s moves!

Monday: 5 min. stair master + 3 rounds of: 10 pistol squats each leg, 15 bulgarian split squats each leg, 1 min. wall sit, 25 hamstring ball roll-ins + 8 minute ab tabata

Tuesday: Ballet

Wednesday: 5 min. row + arm workout (that involved TRX tricep extensions➔ soreness!) + 8 minute ab tabata

Thursday: Modern {dance}

Friday: Dance company auditions for next year. Current company members do not have to re-audition, but we still have to go to lead my example! So sad that this is the last one for seniors though… *Tear*

My mom cancelled my gym membership this week, so I have one more month left to attend. It works out well because dance will be ending by the beginning of next month too, so after that, I can truly just focus on REST!

Anyway, onto the link love. Enjoy this week’s Fascinating Friday Links!

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Health and Fitness

[Stress could be the culprit] Is Stress Sabotaging Your Health and Fitness Goals? via Your Trainer Paige

[Because there is nutrition advice EVERYWHERE] Why Registered Dieticians Are The Best Source of Nutrition Advice via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

[I need these] 3 Running Mantras That Work Every Time via Greatist

[But if you don’t want to run…] 5 Metabolic Interval Conditioning Workouts (Without Even Stepping On the Treadmill!) via Your Trainer Paige

[Awesome tips] How to Stick With Your Workouts: Tips From Consistent Exercisers via Carrots n Cake

[Plants don’t get enough credit for their protein content] What’s The Deal With Protein? via The Real Life RD

[Move and groove] HIIT the Hill Workout via Fitnessista + TRX Circuit Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + 12 Minute Interval Workout with an Equalizer via Purely Twins

Food for Thought

[Ask yourself] 20 Questions That Will Free Your Mind From Negativity via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Important to remember these things] Building Self-Confidence via My Food N Fitness Diaries

[Interesting] White Privilege via Snack Therapy

[Honest] Truth About Pregnancy Exercise via Tiny Blue Lines

[I’ve been on both sides of this] Now We’re Questioning Encouragement? via Olive to Run

[I don’t have a furry friend, but these are awesome] 8 Lessons I’ve Learned From My Dog via Better with Sprinkles

Mother’s Day

15 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes via Chocolate Covered Katie

10 Easy Brunch Recipes for Mother’s Day via Greatist

Gift Guide via Peanut Butter Fingers

Food for Belly

[Mhmm] Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake via Pinch of Yum

[So many flavors!] Roasted Spring Vegetable Cobb Salad with Honey Herb Vinaigrette via Iowa Girl Eats

[I’ll take both pans…] Peanut Butter Butterscotch Skillet Cookies via Bake Your Day

[Clouds of sweet delight] Fluffy Lemon Cupcakes with Whipped Coconut Cream via How Sweet It Is

[Summah] Blueberry Lemonade via Damn Delicious

Miscellaneous Fun

[Is this real life?] Kids Absolute Crush Salsa Routine via Huffington Post

[THIS is real life] 10 Signs You’re An Exceptional Procrastinator via Thought Catalog

Happy Friday, everyone!

So tell me:

Do you ever just want a smoothie for dinner?

What is the strangest thing you’ve had for dinner recently?

Current exercise?

Favorite links?

Fascinating Friday Links #30

Look at good ol’ Fascinating Friday Links hitting 3-0! I’ll just pop in quickly here to say hello and happy Friday! Enjoy this week’s link love 🙂

fascinating friday links

Health and Fitness

[Love yourself too] 8 Tips to Have a Positive Body Image and Stop Obsessive Eating Habits via Your Trainer Paige

[Move and groove even with a bump!] The Pregnant Lady Workout via Itz Linz + 15 minute pregnancy-safe indoor interval workout via Purely Twins (Congrats, Lori!!!)

[Mayyybe I’ll start running one of these days] 30 Convincing Reasons to Start Running via Greatist

[Healthy eating for toddlers on a tight schedule] 7 Time Saving Tips for Feeding Toddlers via A Healthy Slice of Life

[Other awesome workouts] 60 Minute Boot Camp via Peanut Butter Fingers + 216 Squat Challenge via The Slender Student

Food for Thought

[There’s more to people than what they look like] Rethinking What Fat Means to Us via Fitting It All In

[Yep.] Why Magazines (Geared Towards Women) Suck via Olive to Run

[These are worth it] 18 Chances You Will Not Regret Taking In Life via Marc and Angel

[Be yourself] Finding My Blogging Voice via The Healthy Maven

[Believe that you can achieve] A Writer’s Biggest Struggle via Goins Writer

Food for Belly

[Genius] S’mores French Toast via Family Fresh Cooking

[So fresh] Nourish and Glow Miracle Bowl via Oh She Glows

[Savory, cheesy, avocado-y goodness] Chipotle Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Andouille Sausage and Avocado via Bake Your Day

[I can almost taste it] Strawberry Fields Salmon Wraps with Homemade Feta Vinaigrette via Peas and Crayons

[Need these] Almond Oat Banana Crepes via Pinch of Yum

[Everything about this.] Coconut Cream Pie Chia Seed Pudding via How Sweet It Is

Miscellaneous Fun

[Prep ahead of time] 10 Foods That Freeze Well via The Lean Green Bean

[Love this] 10 Dating Rules for My Daughter via Thought Catalog

[Make it vintage and home-y] Food Photography Tip 4 via Edible Perspective

[“Prank it forward” So cool!] Best Shift Ever via Share Dots

[Their talent is incredible] Lennon and Maisy Cover— That’s What’s Up via YouTube

Have a great weekend, folks!

So tell me:

What are you doing this weekend? Tonight I’m going to my dance friends’ high school production of Legally Blonde (we all go to different schools)! The rest of my weekend will be spent doing the usual— {last} Saturday dance class, Mass, teaching, and homework. Hopefully some baking in there too!

Which links did you enjoy? 

Fascinating Friday Links #27

Hi, everyone!

Eep! It’s been go-go-go this week, so I’ll pop in quickly to say good afternoon, show you what I’ve been eating, and give you this week’s Fascinating Friday Links! Enjoy! So many exclamation points!

Dinner Last Night


Quinoa/rice blend, brussels, soft boiled eggs, feta



Favorite: overnight oats

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Health and Fitness

[Fun! Or not…] 82 Pushup Variations You Need To Know via Greatist

[Great tips] So You Wanna Start Eating Healthier? via The Healthy Maven

[Perfect for Lent] 10 Meat-Free Protein Sources That Are Totally Underrated via Greatist

[Sweat it out!] Knock ‘Em Down, Build ‘Em Up Workout via Carrots n Cake + Plank Bedroom Workout via Purely Twins + Glutes and Gams Workout via The Healthy Maven

Food for Thought

[Powerful] 7 Women Who Overcame Eating Disorders Wish They’d Known Then via Greatist

[Listen to this] I Am Beautiful When I Am Me and I Will Embrace My Imperfections via Simply Taralynn

[Sometimes you just need to do something for yourself] Buy a Bag and Get Over It via More Than Just Desserts

[Let go] Don’t Worry About These Things via The Real Life RD

[The blog world doesn’t have to be dog-eat-dog] Blogging Politics: Competitive Blogging via The Big Man’s World

[Do NOW] 40 Regrets You Don’t Want to Have in 40 Years via Marc and Angel + The Biggest Lie We Believe About Influence via Goins Writer

[Is it bad to want to look better?] Can You Love Your Body and Still Want to Change It? via Fitting It All In

Food for Belly

[MUFFINS!] Whole Wheat Blueberry Crumb Muffins via How Sweet It Is

[How could you resist?] Single-Serving Cinnamon Rolls via Chocolate Covered Katie + Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Heck yes] Coconut Milk Ice Cream with a Pistachio Crumb and Blueberries via Top With Cinnamon

[So scrumptious] Brownie Batter Oatmeal with Peanut Butter Swirl via Fit Foodie Finds

[Cool!] Homemade Greek Yogurt Cheese via Ravie Nom Noms

[Want] Cheese Stuffed Naan Bread via A Dash of Soul

Miscellaneous Fun

[Gotta love that Trader Joe] Best Frozen Meals from Trader Joe’s via A Dash of Soul

[Incredible and adorable] Elephant Painting Video

[She’s my fave] Jennifer Lawrence’s 19 Best Moments at the Oscars via BuzzFeed

Happy Friday! TGIF.

So tell me:

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Which links did you enjoy?


Fascinating Friday Links #26

Good morning!

Words are escaping me in describing how grateful I am for all of your support on yesterday’s behind the scenes look at my past eating disorder. Imagine my big bear hugs through the computer 🙂

I’ve done a lot of talking on the blog this week, so I’ll keep today’s intro short. I have an awesome list of Fascinating Friday links for you all!

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Health and Fitness

[Who needs the gym?] At Home Bodyweight Workouts: Broom-Assisted Glute-Ham Raise and No Equipment Tabata via Your Trainer Paige

[These look so fun!] The 27 Best Alternative Gyms in America via Greatist

[Pros and cons] High Rep Workouts: Are They Beneficial? via Cotter Crunch

[Speed up] 25 Ways to Run Faster, Stat via Greatist

[Justifying diets as “healthy living”] When Does Healthy Living Become a Diet? via The Real Life RD

[Don’t get discouraged] How to Handle People That Eat Differently From You via Fitting It All In

[I ♥ whole grains] The Wonderful World of Gluten Free Grains via Strength and Sunshine

[Nutrients > calories] Nutrient-Dense Eating via Kath Eats and Delicious Knowledge

[Move and groove] 5 by 50 Bodyweight Workout via Purely Twins + The Ultimate Staircase Workout via Greatist + TRX Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + Power Plyo Tabata via Nutrition Nut on the Run

Food for Thought

[Love her honesty and humor so much] 5 Things I’ve Learned From a Year of Weight Watchers via I Think in Comics

[Confidence is beautiful] Body Image During Pregnancy via Itz Linz

[The mind is powerful] 15 Powerful Beliefs That Will Free You From Negativity via Marc and Angel

[Give credit where credit is due] Blogging Politics— Copycat Blogging via The Big Man’s World

Food for Belly

[Pasta and noodle love] Creamy Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Cheese via Running to the Kitchen + Penne with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pesto Chicken Sausage via Bev Cooks + Sweet Ginger Soba Noodles with Crispy Tofu and Asparagus via Produce on Parade

[Bright twist on a classic] Avocado Pomegranate Grilled Cheese via Fit Foodie Finds

[I want to make these!!] Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins via Running with Spoons

[For breakfast? Yes.] Deep Dish Breakfast Cookie via The Body Dept.

[So much flavor] Baked Falafel with Spicy Feta Dip via How Sweet It Is

*Edited to Add— I forgot the whole Miscellaneous Fun section at first!

Miscellaneous Fun

[Cute and crafty] Instagram Wall via Gimme Some Oven

[2014 Olympics moments] Heartstring Moments from the 2014 Olympics via NBC

[All-time Olympics moments] The 25 Most Inspiring Olympic Moments of All Time via Greatist

[Great tutorial] DIY Workout Shirt via The Body Dept.

[For bloggers] How to Add Pinterest Pin-It Button Over Your Images in WordPress via WP Beginner

This Week at Daily Moves and Grooves

Weekend Moves and Grooves {MIMM #25}

That Time I Forgot To Bring Shoes to the Gym

Finding My Blogging Niche

Behind The Scenes #11: I Used To Have Hips

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

P.S. I need a nap.

What are you doing this weekend?

Which links did you enjoy?