I Don’t Just Want To Be Fed Information

My legs are so ready for this tropical vacation coming up.

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Julianna shared a photo of her burpee knees the day before on Snapchat

At least the chlorine from pool therapy is keeping my legs smooth. The chemicals are basically burning off the [already minimal amount of] leg hair that I have.

This week has been hectic, a little weird, but really great overall.

  • Hectic because of work and domestic duties (miss you, Madre).
  • Weird because of earlier wake-ups and seeing a severed squirrel on the ground one day.
  • Really great because of the little laughs/blessings that all add up. Also, SUNSHINE!

Food scenes from the week:

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nectarine banana overnight oats in a peanut butter jar

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classic ♥︎ 

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roasted green beans (olive oil, salt, pepper, and lots of garlic @400F for 25-30 min)

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overnight oat smoothie with greens added in the morning before blending

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a gigantic bag of kale cooked down into four servings (sautéed in olive oil with onions + tossed in spicy mustard, maple syrup, salt, and pepper — my favorite kale recipe!)

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impromptu baked chicken thighs (half a jar of Victoria’s tomato basil sauce, fresh basil, lots of garlic, baby carrots @ 400F for 30 min, topped with freshly grated parmesan and broiled for 5 minutes)

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leftovers for lunch

Favorite moves and grooves this week:

This Blogilates ab workout. You will be cussing her out in your head, it’s that hard. My abs don’t usually get sore, but this made my abs sore for two days. And this 16 minute workout (4 rounds, 30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest):

  • burpee tuck jump
  • up down planks
  • goblet squats
  • staggered pushups
  • burpees
  • side lunge with twist

Bonus: I got ONE strict toes to bar last night right before going to bed! It made all my muscles hurt.

The busyness and weirdness this week were dampened by the fact that my family is leaving for a tropical vacation, as mentioned above. We’re celebrating my parents’ 25th anniversary and my brother’s graduation from college. I’m obviously just along for the ride.

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I won’t have wifi, since we’ll be on a cruise in the middle of the ocean, but I’ll be sure to share the shenanigans when we return. Please pray that we have safe travels! The cruise company contacted us about the possibility of contracting the Zika virus, so *thumbs up*.

I’ll pray for you too if you have any travel plans coming up 🙂

Lastly, I have a Five Minute Friday vlog today! It’s about how I am trying to more actively stay connected with current events and worldwide issues.

link to video!

p.s. here’s one of Demi’s rant tweets:

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and happy July!! Happy 4th to all my American friends too! (I was about to say, “May the fourth be with you,” but that’s two months off.)

Goodbye for a week or so. I’ll miss you!

So tell me:

Do you find that you let information/news/opinions be fed to you, rather than read up and formulate your own opinions?

What is your favorite way to eat kale?

What are you doing this weekend?

 

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Fascinating Friday Links #40 + Jumping for Joy

Hi!

I went on a 4 mile walk/run at a shady trail yesterday, and there were some beautiful things I saw along the way that made me want to jump for sheer joy. I’m not kidding; I actually did this when no one was around:

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I saw an elderly couple walking back and forth on the trail holding hands, a smiling lady praying a Rosary, a man pensively sitting on a bench while looking out into the lake, and a bunch of chipmunks (one of which scared the crap out of me when it popped out of the trees all of a sudden).

Not so beautiful was a bug flying into my nose. EW.

I was listening to “I Got Rhythm” at one point as well, which put some major pep in my step. I was doing leaps and turns in my sneakers until I saw a lady walking towards me. Guatever, “Let them praise Him with dancing!” Moving and grooving at its best.

I also played frisbee— the only hand-eye coordination activity that I’m actually good at—with Jordan and Michael for a couple hours and it was the best thing ever (they told me to say that). But seriously, it was really fun! Except when they each hit me with the frisbee accidentally— once in the collar bone and once in the shin, right where my burpee wound is. Abusive.

These cookies at Mike’s house made up for it though:

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Anyway. Long time, no links! I took a break from Fascinating Friday Links while in Florida because there was just too much happening on the trip that I wanted to recap, so the links had to scoot over temporarily. I’m happy to be bringing them back this week!

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Health and Fitness

[Ideas] What Do Registered Dietitians Feed Their Kids? via The Lean Green Bean

[Pick up those kettlebells!] Top 10 Benefits of Kettlebells via Cotter Crunch + Lifting Revolution

[Very good to know] Popular Fitness Myths Debunked via Your Trainer Paige

[Perfect for those taking it easy with exercise] 21 Low-Impact Workouts That Are More Effective Than You Think via Greatist

[Move and groove] Backyard Total Body Circuit via Run Pretty + Lower Body Blaster via Purely Twins + 8 Minute No-Crunch Ab Workout via Fit Foodie Finds + 45/15 Circuit Workout via Peanut Butter Runner

Food for Thought

[The secret is simple] I Know The Secret to Skinny via The Healthy Maven

[So relatable] Worry Less, Live More via The Lean Green Bean

[For any relationship] The Secret to Having a Marriage That Never Goes Stale via Goins Writer

[Dedicated to all my best buds] 40 Things We Forget to Thank Our Best Friends For via Marc and Angel Hack Life

Food for Belly

[I ♥ muffins] Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Brown Butter Banana Streusel via Edible Perspective

[Summer perfection] Summer Pesto Pasta via Chocolate and Carrots

[Yes, please] Apricot Pistachio Squares via Smitten Kitchen

[Fancy] Baked Figs with Bacon, Cheese, and Pecans on Grilled Bread via White On Rice Couple

[Anything smothered in cheese] Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos via How Sweet It Is

[Up my alley] Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bars via GI 365

Miscellaneous Fun 

[Beautiful] This Guy’s Girlfriend Drags Him Around The World in 21 Gorgeous Photographs via Distractify

[For us spice-lovers] Mouth on Fire? The Best and Worse Ways to Soothe the Burn via Greatist

[Applicable] 17 Things That Happen When You’re Perpetually Clu1msy via Thought Catalog

[Word] The Four Keys to Finding Love for Women (and  Men) via Chastity Project

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

So tell me:

Do you ever get so happy that you want to dance and jump?

Do you like to play frisbee?

What are you doing this weekend?

I’m going to church, packing for Boston, and hanging out with friends most likely! Also, I’ll be buying books for college. Yikes.

Fascinating Friday Links #38

Hiya!

Yesterday was the senior picnic— one of the special events that we receive as the big shots of the school. We did all those gushy things like signing every person’s yearbook (even those of the people we’ve never talked to before— loooook we’re breaking barriers, how sweet). Then there were other fun things like frisbee, soccer, volleyball, and eating burgers and dogs.

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Je’lyn, Veronica, and Jeannine ♥ 

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Cheeseburger {cheese is on the bottom} with ketchup and mustard art.

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Daliza! 😀

Although the weather was kinda gross, it was a fun time! Let’s be honest though, the cheeseburger was the best part of the day.

Joking.

And now here are this week’s Fascinating Friday Links. Enjoy!

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Health and Fitness

[Most of us have done it] How To Stop Comparing Your Food Choices to Other People’s via The Real Life RD + Well-Intentioned

[Never too early to care for your heart health] Best Foods For Your Heart And Why 20-Somethings Should Care via Greatist

[Hooray for fish!] 5 Reasons Athletes Should Eat Fish via Cotter Crunch

[I did only half of this workout and ooooof] HIIT Fusion Workout via Purely Twins

[You don’t just have to run outdoors] Outdoor Workout via Blonde Ponytail

Food for Thought

[Happiness is worth some discomfort and sacrifice] 20 Hard Things You Need to Do to Be Happy via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Live life too] Balancing Blogging and the “Real World” via The Big Man’s World

[Holla] Eff the Thigh Gap via Healthy Diva Eats

Food for Belly

[All the stone fruits!] Grilled Apricot Quinoa Parfaits via Fit Foodie Lee + Roasted Peach Crumble Bars via Yeah…Imma Eat That + Grilled Peach BBQ Sauce with Grilled Polenta via Edible Perspective

[Thailand meets North America. I dig.] Thai Turkey Sliders with Peanut Sauce via The Healthy Maven

[I’m into these s’mores variations] Red, White, and Blue Berry S’mores via Family Fresh Cooking

[Looks like it] Addictively Good Chicken Wings via Kitchy Kitchen

[Awesome] Vegan Caprese Sandwiches with Garlic Cashew Cheese via Oh My Veggies

[Yessss] Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies via The Lean Green Bean

Miscellaneous Fun

[Learn] The Unspoken Rules of Blogging Etiquette via Running with Ollie

[Mind is BLOWN] 20 Awesome Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Frozen’ via Your Tango

[I’ll do this the next time I’m in the city] This Random Guy Pretends to Be a Celebrity…And All of New York Falls For It via Slightly Viral

It was a shorter list today, but I guess that can be a good thing!

My friend Susie is coming over this morning so that I can do her makeup for prom! I don’t really know why she’s coming to me…I’m not that amazing at makeup, but hopefully I can work some magic. Just pray that I don’t screw up one of the biggest nights of her high school life, cool? Then I’m off to my school’s senior luncheon, which is a fancier event at a country club…ooo la la. I ♥ dressing up.

Happy Friday, everyone!

So tell me:

Burgers or hot dogs?

What are you doing today?

Do you like dressing up?

Fascinating Friday Links #37

Good morning!

Thank you to all of you who commented on yesterday’s post about whether you liked Fascinating Friday Links or not. Popular demand (aka, like, 5 people) says YAY to the links! So enjoy this week’s recipes, thoughts, and workouts from around the web!

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Health and Fitness

[Awesome subs] 83 Healthy Recipe Substitutions via Greatist

[Personal responsibility and public responsibility] Healthy Eating: A Shared Responsibility via Kath Eats Real Food

[Stress management is essential] Stress + Weight via The Real Life RD

[Rest to be better and stronger] Rest Day Mental Mind Games via The Big Man’s World

[Move and Groove] 20 Minute Leg Workout via Purely Twins + Full Body Workout via Jessie Loves 2 Run + 20 Minute Bootcamp Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + Sculpted Summer Arms Workout via Peanut Butter Runner + Standing Core Workout via Fitnessista + Outdoor Workout via Blonde Ponytail

Food for Thought

[Remember these] 10 Forgotten Truths to Help Get You Through Hard Times via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Incredible] How My Prayers Transformed My Husband To Be via The Chastity Project

[Children are so wise] 5th Grader Thoughts via Olive to Run

[Be sensitive] When A Healthy Diet Doesn’t Translate Into a Healthy Baby via Nourishing Gourmet

[You don’t have to drink to have a life] Why Giving Up Alcohol for 2 Months Was the Best Thing I Ever Did For My Self-Confidence via Greatist

[TRUTH] You’re Allowed to Love Your Body via Snack Therapy

Food for Belly

[Perfect] S’mores + Peaches = S’meaches via The Kitchy Kitchen

[How could you say no?] Cream Cheese Frosting for Breakfast via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Summer and Asian. I like it.] Grilled Thai Spice Chicken Sliders via Family Fresh Cooking

[Cheeeeese] White Pizza Pull Apart Bread via How Sweet It Is

[So cool] Hassleback Zucchini with Lemon, Basil, Feta via Peas and Crayons

[Mhm] Healthier Peanut Butter Cup Popsicles via Chocolate and Carrots

[Savory donuts?!] Savory Kale + Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Doughnuts via Edible Persepective

Miscellaneous Fun

[Workin’ on it] 7 Steps to a Handstand via Yoga Journal

[LOL] 12 Things You’ll Never See on My Instagram via Olive to Run

[To make those Insta pics fabulous] Phone Photography Tips via SITS Girls

[Great tips] Social Media for Newbie Bloggers Part 2 via The Healthy Maven

I finished my Italian final today and I am FREE AS A BIRD. I’m actually currently finishing this post in English since we’re just having a food party, but I’m going to go home soon to cook some fried rice for our music cook-off!

One more day of school after today.

So tell me:

Which links did you enjoy?

What are you doing this weekend?

I hope to go shopping today to pick up some summery clothes, and then we have our last dance company gathering on Sunday. 😦

 

 

Fascinating Friday Links #23

Hey, would ya look at that? It’s Friday!

With only two and half days of school this week, I actually think my “week” starts now. My weekends are just as busy (if not, more) than my week days. At least next Friday is the start of our winter break! As if we haven’t had enough breaks this winter….Not complaining AT ALL.

I started watching the Olympics last night, and I’m already exited for what’s to come! The winter Olympics are definitely less popular than the summer ones, but I’m partial to the figure skating since I used to be a competitive figure skater. I also love watching skiing and speed skating because those can get intense!

Alright, well there are a ton of awesome links that I have to share with you all today! Enjoy the 23rd weekly Fascinating Friday Links!

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Health and Fitness

[Great info] Paleo Diet: Pros and Cons via Kath Eats Real Food and Eating Made Easy

[Are you resting enough?] Four Signs That You Might Be Overdoing It via Zuzka Light

[Go eggs!] The Most Overlooked Superfood in Your Fridge Right Now via Nutrtionella

[For those with a sweet tooth, like me] 5 Sneaky Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings via Health News and Views

[Strength training is key] Mythbusting: Weight Loss Workouts via The Healthy Maven and The Skinny on Health

[Drink up!] How Much Water Should You Drink While Exercising? via Greatist

[Form first] Avoid These 8 Major Abs Workout Mistakes via Brad Gouthro

[Awesome workouts] Crazy Skater Workout via Purely Twins + Total Body Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + Winter Shape Up Week 2 via The Fitnessista

Food for Thought

[Good point] When Instagram Food Photos Deceive via The Big Man’s World

[Stay strong, mommas] When The Dark Days of Motherhood Threaten to Overwhelm via Tiny Blue Lines

[“Food is just food”] Food Shaming and Comparison via The Real Life RD

[Word.] 25 Things You Need to Stop Wasting Time On via Marc and Angel

[What do you think?] How ‘The Biggest Loser’ Sends an Unhealthy Message via Better with Sprinkles + Biggest Loser Winner: Too Thin? via Blonde Ponytail

[Be YOUR best self] Authentic Assessment: Are You Grading Yourself Fairly? via Run Pretty

[I need to start now] Why Everyone Should Learn to Budget via Fitting It All In

[It’s okay to rest] Let Go of the Ego & Go Into Child’s Post via Your Trainer Paige

Food for Belly

[Dreamy] Chocolate Peanut Butter Creamy Chia Pudding via Edible Perspective

[WANT.] Gruyere, Fig Jam, and Arugula Breakfast Sandwiches via How Sweet It Is

[Delightful] Baked Blueberry French Toast via Family Fresh Cooking

[Childhood favorite!] Homemade Cheez-Its via The Lean Green Bean

[Oh yes.] Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothie via Running with Spoons

[So festive!] Whole Wheat Vanilla Baked Olympics Donuts via Chocolate and Carrots

[Wow.] Banana, Pecan, Coconut, and Chocolate Chip Blondies via Top with Cinnamon

Valentine’s Day Specials

14 Bite-Sized Valentine’s Day Desserts via The Lean Green Bean

Valentine Strawberry Heart Pancakes via Weelicious

15+ Recipes for Valentine’s Day via Iowa Girl Eats

Miscellaneous Fun

[Mind=blown] 18 Paintings You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photos via Viralnova

[Pure GOLD] The Men of “Full House” Reunited on Jimmy Fallon via Buzzfeed

[Great tips] 12 Things to Remember When Taking Blog Photos via One Dog Woof

[We all think these things at one point or another] Thoughts When My Alarm Goes Off for a Morning Workout via The Lunchbox Diaries

Phew!!  That was a lot of link love. There were just so many good ones this week! (I say that almost every week, don’t I?) All my reading is invested in blogs. What are books anymore?

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

So tell me:

Are you watching the Winter Olympics? Which are your favorite events?

Which links did you enjoy?

What are you up to this weekend?