American Version of Ireland

It’s 12:15am and I’m eating frozen bananas while standing in front of my radiator.

But I wanted to blog! My brain can only organize things into an incoherent list right now though, so that’s what we’ll work with today.

This past week:

1) We had a snow day on Tuesday and it ruined everything.

My gross anatomy lab practical that was supposed to be last Tuesday is now tomorrow, the same day as the gross anatomy lecture exam. #ILoveEverything.

2) I can’t complain about sleeping in and having warm Slytherin socks though (thanks, Fiona ♥︎).


3) Megan and I also made a mini snowman after Mass that day.




we named him Stello, the counterpart to Stella the storm

3) Megan, Briana and I were craving a taste of Ireland on our snow day, so we baked Irish brown bread (one of our favorite foods when we were abroad) using this recipe. It ROCKED fresh out of the oven with butter and jam/honey. *Irish jig*


3 mini loaves


we have finally mastered the art of baking in our hell-hot box of an oven

4) Another low regarding the snow/ice was that I walked 30 minutes to dance on Wednesday morning (and royally wiped out on the ice on the way there) all to find out that class was cancelled. ‘Twas totally my fault for not checking the facebook page for an update after the large snow storm.

5) I forgot how much I liked getting sandwiches/wraps at the dining hall until I ordered this beauty last week.


roast beef, provolone, roasted veggies, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, honey mustard on whole wheat wrap

6) Some of my favorite moves and grooves from last week:

Wednesday: 10-1 pistol squat/burpee ladder (10 of each, then 9, 8,7…1) + squat clean practice

Saturday: 5 rounds of this functional workout from Peanut Butter Fingers + overhead squat practice

Friday: alllll the dancing for St. Paddy’s day!


ugh this night was so fun!

7) I tried making a healthy homemade shamrock shake with peppermint stevia drops that had been sitting in my pantry unopened for ages.


milk, yogurt, oats, chia seeds, frozen banana, 1/4 avocado, greens, vanilla protein powder, peppermint stevia drops

My friends hate me for making this.

It was tasty and creamy, but I should have just left out the stevia because it wasn’t that strong, so I kept adding more until it just left a nasty aftertaste.

At least it wasn’t as sickeningly sweet as the McDonald’s version? And it’s green!

8) I helped out with a high school confirmation retreat on Saturday and the church spoiled the volunteers by inviting us to their St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s potluck dinner!


salad, lobster ravioli, jambalaya, clam fritter, eggplant parmigiana, shepherd’s pie, soda bread



all the boxed baked goods!!!

I also ate Welch’s fruit snacks and Cheez-Its earlier in the day during the allotted snack time, and I was on cloud nostalgia.

9) Despite the complain train of this post, I am truly grateful for the many wonderful people and privileges I have in my life. And especially this week, I am grateful for the little trials and heartaches that God uses to teach me how to be better.

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday. Go get ’em!!!

So tell me:

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Danced and snacked the night away with my friends (and watched them drink because I’m still a baby here in America).

Two things you’re grateful for.

The best thing you ate this weekend. That one lobster ravioli (raviolo?) I ate at the potluck was smashing.

I’m Happier Without Instagram


It’s been two years since our last snow day here at BU. The last time this happened, we were experiencing snowpocalypse and had 5 snow days on almost every Monday of the week from January-February.

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Someone noted that the Patriots won the Super Bowl that year also…

Yesterday it was sunny and warm, except for the morning when I got to ice skate to dance class. This is actual footage of me walking  perilously penguin shuffling across the frozen-over bridge.

I have never more greatly appreciated the function of salt on the sidewalks.

From salt and snow to INSTAGRAM. (#NoSegueNoProblem #BloggerLife)

I’ve been on a break from (what used to be) my favorite social media platform for over a month now. I miss it sometimes as I’m not “in the loop” with health living bloggers and friends as much anymore, but I can’t say that I truly miss it. In fact, I dare say that I am much happier without Instagram.

The main reason for which I am happier is that Instagram was a comparison trap for me, whether I liked to admit it or not, and now I’ve finally cut it out of my life. This mostly applies to fitness. I am much more content with my workouts (vs. thinking about the workout that someone else posted on Instagram today), and I’m less concerned about what my body looks like on a day to day basis.

The temptation to obsess over comments, likes, followers and notifications is gone.

I feel incredibly liberated in not having any social media icons on my phone. I don’t mindlessly pick up my phone to check notifications anymore. My right thumb also feels less fatigued due to less scrolling (true story).

My attention span has probably improved.

I don’t crave noise as much anymore. In fact, I find myself craving silence, which never used to happen.

I take fewer photos, which might be more of an advantage for my friends/family than it is for me.

I just have more brain space without Instagram.

Disclaimers: I do still have Facebook, because it’s a practical way to stay in touch with people and organize school events. Plus, the temptation to scroll on FB isn’t as great as it is on Instagram. Also, I’m not at all saying that everyone will be happier without Instagram. I just know for myself that Instagram has more negative than positive effects on my life.

I’m only a little bit sad to be admitting all of this. I did enjoy sharing workouts and tidbits of life, but I don’t need it, and others don’t need my Instagram presence. I’d say a personal blog is enough of me in the world wide web.

Other scenes from the week:


an evening with the brachial plexus


check out this pristine sky on the day I gave my first campus tour in 8 months!


one thing I like + one thing I like substantially less


banana bread baked oatmeal with pb + glass o’ milk


Thrive Market delivery! 

Some moves and grooves I was diggin’ these past two weeks:

// Lower Body Supersets //

  • 3×10 squats
  • 3×20 jump squats
  • 3×10 deadlifts
  • 3×30 side jump lunges
  • 3×3 wall walks
  • 3×10 box jumps

// Hillary’s 400 Heavy Rep Workout //

// 45 Minute Fightmaster Vinyasa Yoga //

// AMRAP and EMOM //

12 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible):

  • 6 pistol squats each leg
  • 10 burpees
  • 10 situps

10 min EMOM (every minute, on the minute):

10 min EMOM:

  • Even: 20 hamstring ball curls
  • Odd: 20 KB swings

// Fitness Blender 20 Minute Abs and Obliques Workout //

// 16 Minute Workout //

4 rounds, 30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest

Stay safe and warm if you’re in the snow storm! Enjoy your pre-Friday, friends ♥︎

So tell me:

Have you ever taken a break from social media and discovered that you’re happier?

Is it snowing where you live?

Three things about your week!

Your favorite way you’ve moved this week.

Behind the Scenes #5: Weird Winter Happenings

Top o’ the morning to ya!

I’ll get right into the meat of this post, which is my collection of random thoughts and musings. Because…



…with the lovely Amanda!

1. None of you need to hear another word about how flippin’ cold it is in North America, but can we just look at how dangerous this is?? I’m telling you— we should have had an ice day off of school.

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My friend tweeted this on Monday because we didn’t know our school installed a new ice rink.

2. In biology class, we’re studying ecology, so we took a quiz to take a look at how we’re really making a footprint. Apparently, if everyone in the world lived like me, we would need 5.5 Earths. Whaaaat?

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Services (electricity, water, etc.) are not surprisingly the biggest part of my footprint, and of course food takes second place. My family and I really do our best to be green, but we’re also not super strict about anything. My class also figured out that just living in the United States rather than other countries increases energy use. America goes big or goes….nowhere. If you want to take the quiz, click to this link! It’s quite interesting and eye-opening to see how much energy we humans actually use (sometimes unnecessarily).

3. I was jumping up and down and smiling ear to ear when Ben FaceTimed us!

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He might argue, but I think he misses us. 🙂

4. I’ve basically been bathing in cocoa butter for the past three or four mornings and nights to treat my unsightly dry hands and feet. I’m definitely noticing a bit of a difference, but my naturally dry skin and the mercilessly cold air is making baby soft hands quite difficult to achieve.

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5. I have a question about cars and cold weather. Last thing relating to the weather, I promise. Are you supposed to let the car wait for a few minutes after starting up the car so the engine can warm up? Some people say that the engine should have time to warm up, but others start driving right away. I’ve only recently tried waiting for 2-3 minutes when it has been really cold out, but if I don’t have to, I won’t. What do you do? I guess I could Google this, but I trust you guys more. Especially my Canadians out there! 😉

6. A couple nights ago, I had another one of those frozen yogurt cups, and I thought the little message on top went perfectly with my post about current simple joys that day.

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7. I really want to have some grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner sometime soon.


Source: Grilled cheese croutons? Even better.

8. We’re doing some weird stuff in physical education nowadays. Like, actually sweating in class. I actually love it (although a bunch of my friends would attack me for saying that) because we’re doing circuits with lots of plyometric movements, which are my favorite! Jumping jacks, lunges, burpees(!), pushups, sit-ups, etc. It’s really not that intense since we take longer breaks and laugh at each other half the time, but for phys. ed., it’s a lot.

Also, we have this random homework assignment to make a travel brochure. Don’t ask me why. The project has nothing to do with physical education and I think they just need some grades to put in the books. Guatever.

9. I’m gonna end here on awkward #9 and try to hit the sack (typing this Wednesday night)! I hope you all have a great Thursday!

So tell me:

How many Earths do you think you would use up?

How do you keep your skin soft in the winter?

Do you warm up the engine or no?

What foods are you craving right now?