Friday Fun(ny) Facts

And then there were three…

We helped move Ben back into his apartment in Boston yesterday since he starts classes on Monday, leaving Pop, Madre and me at home. It’ll be my turn to go back to Boston in 8 days!

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not in this weather though…

For this Friday’s post, I’m sharing some random fun/funny facts about this week!

1) I accidentally discovered a way to make my eyelashes look fabulous. First of all, I have super short, straight eyelashes that point forwards and sometimes downwards (#AsianProblems). Mascara helps, but it’s still usually hard to see those little stinkers.

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Example.

Last week, when I was roasting baby potatoes for our New Year’s Eve dinner, I opened the oven to check on them and hot air/steam blasted my face. It kinda hurt and I felt something weird happen to my eyelashes. I feared they might have burned off or something, but when I checked in the mirror, it looked as if I just used the best eyelash curler in the world. The hot air seemed to have “ironed” my lashes upward (I was also wearing mascara).

Lesson: I need to put on mascara and then nearly burn my face to get nice-looking eyelashes. (Nah.)

2) I attempted to make lava cake for Madre, but it ended up being…cake. With a weird texture.

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I think I scrambled the egg in the stovetop portion of the recipe. At least it tastes good (to a chocolate-lover)!

3) I decided to run on Wednesday night, and I kept passing a couple ladies walking their dogs whenever I looped around. One of the ladies said, “You’re fast!” Hahaha that’s new. She was being quite generous because I was going at, like, 10:00 pace. But I still appreciated the encouragement!

4) I ate peanut butter with chopsticks.

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Long story short: I needed something to eat, there was nothing else to eat in the car, and there were no spoons around. Thankfully, Madre carries chopsticks in her purse.

5) Ben’s apartment is on the fourth floor of his building. There are no elevators in his building. I’ll leave it at that.

We did fuel very well the night before with a lovely family dinner at a place called Bistro 12IMG_9750

delicious, light, and crispy calamari to start

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(HUGE) tasty salmon

Madre, Ben and I fueled very well after the move-in too. Large platters of meat, rice, and veg at our favorite Vietnamese market.

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7) I am constantly in awe of the supportive blog community. Seriously, thank you all for being such great people who truly care about the person behind the blog post. ♥︎

Speaking of the blog community, here are a few of my favorite links from this week (and last week)!

A Letter to All Girls: You Are Magnificent, So Don’t Settle via The Peanut Butter Lover

The Smartest Thing You Can Do For Yourself Today via Marc and Angel

Sit Back and RELAX via Emmy’s Yummys

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bake via Fit Foodie Finds


Happy Friday, friends. I’m seeing Daliza today!!!

So tell me:

A fun/funny fact from this week.

Do you have a secret to luscious lashes?

What are you doing today?

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Boston-Bound + Fascinating Friday Links #41

I’ll try not to be dramatic…

…But this is the last post I’m posting from my New York home before I go to Boston. From now until Thanksgiving, I’ll be posting from college— sometimes via ethernet cord, sometimes from a library, often when I’m procrastinating work. YAY!

I’m moving in on Monday, but I actually don’t start classes until September 2nd. Next week I’m participating in a volunteer program for freshmen called FYSOP➔ First Year Student Outreach Project. It’s an optional program during which you get to volunteer in a certain focus area with some of the current Boston University students and of course, fellow first-year students.

My roommate and I are both doing the “Hunger” focus area (hmmmm…wonder why I chose something relating to food), which explains the #NOMaste I posted at the end of this week’s WIAW. They want us to use that hashtag along with #KungFoodFighting on social media. I love these people already!

So that’s what I’ll be doing this coming week. I’ll do my very best to update you all on what I’m doing and eating sometime! If you don’t hear from me though, you’ll know what’s happening.

Alrighty! I’ll catch ya on the flip side, but in the meantime, check out some of these awesome links from the blog world!

Since there is a slim chance I will be doing these Fascinating Friday Links every week from now on, I’m making this week’s roundup slightly longer! (I also just found a ton of great links I needed to share with you all.)

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Health and Fitness

[Assess your workouts] Top 5 Reasons Your Workout Isn’t Working via Eating Bird Food

[Drastic restriction just does not end well] This is What Dieting Does To Your Body via Better With Sprinkles

[Drop it lowwww] 40 Squat Variations You Need to Try via Greatist

[Core strength is essential] 5 Core Exercises That Will Take Your Adventures to the Next Level via Sierra Social Hub + Your Trainer Paige

[For mind and body] 6 Easy Ways to Be Healthier via I Heart Vegetables

[We all wonder this at some point] WTF Does It Really Mean to “Listen to Your Body?” via Greatist

[Move and groove] 30 Minute Dumbbell Workout via Your Trainer Paige + Dumbbell Circuit Workout with 10 Min. HIIT via Fit Foodie Finds + Cardio Core Circuit via Run Pretty

Food for Thought

[“Yes” isn’t always good for us] The Small But Soul-Crushing Word You Use Every Day via Goins Writer

[Life.] 25 Things to Remember When Life Gets Tough via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[You absolutely cannot judge a book by its cover] Rethink Homelessness via LifeBuzz

[Fitness for life, not looks] Fitness Isn’t About Building a Better Body, It’s About Building a Better Life via Peanut Butter Fingers

[For new moms and dads] 12 Things I’ve Learned in My First Year of Parenting via Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Food for Belly

[Who wouldn’t like these?] Healthy Cookie Dough Bites via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Heck yes] Gluten-Free Peach and Oat Pancakes via Cookie and Kate

[Flaaaavor] Garlic Butter Salmon with Caramelized Shallot Relish via How Sweet It Is

[Brunch at its finest] French Toast with Pear Chutney and Mascarpone via Pinch of Yum

[All of it] 9 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes That Are Totally Easy to Make via Greatist

Miscellaneous Fun

[So…don’t go to a club?] Admit It: Clubbing is LAME via Youtube

[For real?!] Can You Grow Oats at Home? via Kath Eats Real Food

[Gotta get me some mason jars] Ways To Use Mason Jars in the Kitchen via The Lean Green Bean

[Build a business] How to Grow Your Blog and Make Money via Peanut Butter Fingers

Ta ta for now, folks!

 

Fascinating Friday Links #41 + Giveaway Winner

Hi there!

I feel like I have so many things to tell you guys before I leave for Boston, but I just don’t know where to start. I rarely plan my posts, but that’s what I’ve done for the coming week. I might even throw in a couple more posts than usual, but I’ll do my very best to keep them short and sweet (something I can’t always do).

In the meantime, hopefully you all have some time to wind down and catch up on rest and family time this weekend. Here are some Fascinating Friday Links for your reading pleasure!

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Health and Fitness

[Great info on portions] Portion Control and Sizes via The Fitnessista + What Does 100 Calories Look Like? via Kath Eats Real Food and Live…Don’t Diet

[For overall health] 5 Simple Diet Changes via The Lean Green Bean

[I didn’t know what free radicals were until this post!] Foods That Fight Oxidative Stress and Aid in Recovery via Cotter Crunch

[Healthy, delicious and quick] 15 Lunch Ideas for Busy Professionals via The Almond Eater

[Move and groove] 12 Minute Lower Body Interval Workout via Purely Twins + Weight Plate Workout via Run Pretty + Bodyweight HIIT Workout via Your Trainer Paige

Food for Thought

[Your past should not define you] I Am NOT My Past via Story of a Girl

[We’re all guilty of many of these] 12 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away From You via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Women are not objects] These Are The Things Men Say To Women On the Street via Huffington Post

[Two powerful words] The Secret to a Strong Marriage After Kids via A Healthy Slice of Life

Food for Belly

[She just knows] Cookies and Cream Banana Soft Serve via The Healthy Maven

[Totally what I want] Cookie Dough Banana Pudding Breakfast Parfaits via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Fresh flavors] Pesto Squash Noodles and Spaghetti via Cookie and Kate

[Sunday morning…] Baked Whole Wheat Peach Pancake via Cookin’ Canuck

[I like saucy rice] Unstuffed Bell Peppers via Budget Bytes

Miscellaneous Fun

[I’m mostly Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar!] Quiz: What Style of Yoga Is Best For You? via Greatist

[So awesome] Automated Thanking Machine Video via San Francisco Globe

[Interesting to know the less glamorous aspects] The Cons of Blogging via The Healthy Maven

[Definitely me] Any Other Fake Adults Out There? via The Lunchbox Diaries

[I’ll need these soon enough] 8 Tips for Navigating Grad School via Better With Sprinkles

Giveaway Winner

Thank you to all of you who commented on the Beauty in Christ book giveaway post! The winner [picked randomly] is:

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Congratulations, Natalie! Email me at dailymovesandgrooves [at] gmail [dot] com so I can get your info to send the book to ya!

{P.S. I used to never know why bloggers typed out their emails like that, but apparently it prevents spam!}

 Hope you all have a wonderful Friday! Happy Feast of the Assumption, fellow Catholics!

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” — Revelations 12:1

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 #40 + Yesterday

Yello.

You’ve answered the phone at least once in your life like that.

How has it been a whole week since 4th of July?! When did it become double digits anyway? Oh, yesterday. Huh.

Things I did yesterday: Watch my friend Sam market Cutco knives to my mother (mom bought some!), walked 4+ miles with mom, ate a killer lunch (at 4:30 PM….I’m still nocturnal, so that’s how things work right now), loaded some stuff in the car for Florida, made Amanda’s banana bread mug cake, and hung out with Daliza.

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Lunch: soft boiled eggs with salt and pepper + avocado toast + jam and brie toast. FAB.

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Not nearly as pretty as Amanda’s (I don’t think I combined the ingredients well enough) but so darn tasty!

Things I’m doing today: Reading, errands and walking with mom, video chat with my aunt and cousins, and a local Italian festival with dad, Daliza, and Michael!

I’m sorry that this intro was not cohesive, if it can even be called an intro. Just don’t mind me and enjoy these Fascinating Friday links.

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Health and Fitness

[Smart and sneaky ways to stay movin’ and groovin’] 5 Ways to Find Time For Exercise via The Blonde Ponytail

[Rev it up] 5 Easy Ways to Boost Metabolism via The Fitnessista

[Clarity on another controversial food] Is Coconut Oil Good For You? via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

[Planks rock] 47 Crazy Fun Plank Variations via Greatist

[Move + groove] Burpee Partner Workout via Fit Foodie Finds + Give ‘Em Five 15 Minute AMRAP via Purely Twins + Total Body Stability Ball Workout via Run Pretty

Food for Thought

[Self-confidence ain’t easy] When Self-Confidence Isn’t 24/7 via The Lunchbox Diaries

[Love this] 11 Old-Fashioned Relationship Habits We Should Bring Back via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Exercise is all about your personal goals] Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Modifying Exercises via Purely Twins

Food for Belly

[Yup yup] Swiss Cheese Quiche Muffins with Cornbread Bottoms via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[So much goodness] Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos via Pinch of Yum

[Stunning] Heirloom Caprese with Mint Pesto via Love and Lemons

[Refreshing] Summer Zucchini Peach Salad via Peachy Palate

[Wow] An Ode to Toast: 4 Easy Vegan Combos via Oh She Glows

[Love this idea] Grilled Cherry Milkshakes via Edible Perspective

[You can’t turn these down] Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches via Smitten Kitchen

Miscellaneous Fun

[Go New York!!!] Top 15 States Where People Walk the Most via Greatist

[Bizarre but so funny] 35 Celebrities with Twins From Centuries Ago via Distractify

Have a wonderful weekend, folks!

“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” 

— 1 Thes 5:16-18

So tell me:

What are your plans for today?

Anything fun for the weekend?