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 #32


So you know how I said I wanted that piglet from my dream a couple nights ago? Well, I’ve found a way to vicariously have a pet piggy— Hamlet The Piggy on Instagram. I mean….

Victoria and I are now watching every cute animal video on Youtube, “aww”-ing at every puppy and wishing we had one as we lisp through our retainers. (That was an oddly vivid description.)

We also went out to eat sushi last night. It was delicious, but we definitely did not stuff ourselves like we did two nights ago. Goin’ light, ya know? 😉

Moves yesterday included lots of air squats, pushups, and sit-ups throughout the day (basically the 100 challenge) + some fun burpees thrown in there. It wasn’t a formal workout, but I enjoyed taking study breaks to get the blood flowin’ and the muscles working!

Since I missed sharing Fascinating Friday Links with you all last week, I’m especially looking forward to this week’s list! Enjoy!

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 Health & Fitness

[Keep your bones strong!] 18 Surprising Dairy-Free Sources of Calcium via Greatist

[Love TRX] 45 Insanely Effective TRX Exercises via Greatist

[Get over the bar] How to Complete a Chin-Up: 9 Tips to Help Pull Yourself Over The Bar via Your Trainer Paige

[There is a difference] Difference Between Building Muscle and Building Strength via Cotter Crunch + Workout Nirvana

[Athletes need proper fuel] Fueling for Sports via Kath Eats Real Food + Fresh Food Perspectives

[Move…] Love Your Butt Workout via Purely Twins + 30 Min Bootcamp Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + Hop to It Workout via Fitnessista + Burpee Box Jump Chipper via Peanut Butter Runner

[…and groove :)] Full Body Workout Inspired by Grease! via The Body Dept.

[Get inspired] 5 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Healthy Eating Inspiration via Health News and Views

Food for Thought

[Let go] 9 Things to Stop Doing During Hard Times via Marc and Angel

[Don’t let your ED define you] I Am Not My Eating Disorder via Fitting It All In

[Appropriate for Good Friday] Why I Do Favors and Don’t Expect Anything in Return via Goins Writer

[Amen] I Will Never Have a Thigh Gap via Thought Catalog

[Weaknesses make us stronger] When Does Weakness Become Strength? via Olive to Run

[They balance out for some people] Inner Bitch vs. Inner Narcissist via Snack Therapy

Food for Belly

[Cookie dough for breakfast?] Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Smoothie via Edible Perspective + Nut Butter Breakfast Cookie Dough via The Big Man’s World

[Such a great idea] California Roll Amaranth Salad via Back to Her Roots

[So springy] Coconut Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf via The Healthy Maven

[Why, hello.] Coconut Syrup Banana Split via The Kitchy Kitchen

[Comfort] Sweet Potato, Kale, and Sausage Bake with White Cheese Sauce via Pinch of Yum

[Creative] Strawberry Banana Smoothie Cake via Fit Foodie Finds

[Want these] Vegan Banana Nut Scones via Cookie and Kate

[Perfect] S’mores Macarons via Budget Bytes

Miscellaneous Fun

[Help out the new mamas out there] 10 Meals You Should Make Your For Your Friends with New Babies via Pinch of Yum

[Incredible] 60 Most Powerful Photos That Perfectly Capture the Human Experience via Distractify

[Honest and hilarious] Real Life of a Newbie Runner via I Think In Comics

[For bloggers] 5 Tips to Improve Your SEO via The Healthy Maven + Photography Tutorial— Editing From Start to Finish via Fit Foodie Finds

[Be a green machine] A Guide To Salad Greens via Oh My Veggies

[So many possibilities!] 76 Genius Ways to Use Coconut Oil In Your Everyday Life via Greatist

[Not all things that say “Whole Grain” are whole grain] Decoding Whole Grain Food Labels via Cooking Light


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Good Friday and Easter if you celebrate! I promise to not accidentally eat meat or nut butter today. I actually unintentionally went meatless yesterday now that I think about it…maybe that makes up for last Friday?? 😉 Breakfast this morning was a nut-butter-less yogurt bowl with a sliced banana, chia, hemp, cereal, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. I also made Victoria Gina’s famous cookie dough cereal this morning and she loves it!


After Good Friday service today, we’re all heading up to Boston for the final college visit EVER (Boston University for me, Northeastern University for Victoria). We’ll be spending Easter up there, so we’ll get to see Ben too!

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” — 1 Peter 2:24

So tell me:

What are you doing this weekend?

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Do you like watching videos of cute animals?




Fascinating Friday Links #22

Happy Friday!

Now that it’s Friday, it seems like the week by quickly, but I definitely did not feel that way during the week. It was pretty hectic, and I didn’t even get to post on Tuesday or Thursday 😦 Ah well. All that matters is that it’s Friday now, so let’s get groovy.



I want to thank you all for the congratulations on my acceptance to U of Maryland! For those who were wondering, it is in my top two right now (along with University of Virginia), so I’m pretty excited! I still have to hear back from Boston University, but that won’t be until March-April. I’m praying that God will help me make the right decision in the end!

Anyway, I’ll stop talking now and let you all get to reading some of this week’s Fascinating Friday Links!

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Health and Fitness

[Don’t just cut calories and over-exercise] How Eating More and Moving Less Helped Me Lose Weight and Transform My Life via Greatist

[Burpees are my favorite!] Crazy 3 Part Burpee Leg Interval Workout via Purely Twins + Burpee or Bust Challenge via Cotter Crunch

[Never hibernate] Winter Shape Up 2014 via The Fitnessista

[Proteins, carbs, and fats are ALL vital!] Why We Need All the Macronutrients via The Real Life RD

[Keep hydrated] H2Know: What’s Really Happening When Your Body is Dehydrated? via Greatist

[Keep your fire burning] How I Changed My Metabolism via Nutrition Nut on the Run

[Find a quality trainer] 7 Qualities to Look for in a Qualified Personal Trainer via Your Trainer Paige

[Yay for oatmeal extras!] 5 Ways to Add Protein to Your Oatmeal via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

Food for Thought

[Find people that make you happy] 7 Signs You’re Hanging With the Wrong Crowd via Marc and Angel

[Yes. Yes. YES.] 50 Things to Let Go Before Your Next Birthday via Marc and Angel

[Happens all the time] When Instagram Photos Deceive— Body Shots via The Big Man’s World

Food for Belly

[Perfect] Coconut Banana Bread via Edible Perspective

[PB&J goodness] Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Sandwich via Undressed Skeleton + PB&J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies via Skinnytaste

[I want this so badly] Pesto Egg Salad via The Healthy Maven

[I dig it] How To Eat Chili for Breakfast via Fit Foodie Finds

Super Bowl Specials

41 Guilt-Free Super Bowl Snacks via Greatist

Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey via MyRecipes

Garlicky pull apart bread with cheese and herbs via Smitten Kitchen

Miscellaneous Fun

[U Maryland is #18!] The 50 Fittest Colleges of 2013 via The Active Times

[Dang.] How Far Could You Run in 12 Hours? This Guy Ran 77 Miles! via Greatist

[Neat trick for zits] The dot seen round the world. via Maskcara

[Hilarious] Help, I’m Married to a Blogger! via The Lean Green Bean

[Such fun ideas!] Valentine’s Day Treats & DIY Gift Ideas via Bethany Mota Youtube

[Great tips] Writing Success: How to Find It, Keep It, and Go Farther Online via The SITS Girls

[Just watch this if you want to laugh. Hard. Unless you love T-Swift. But if you do, you’ll still laugh.] Taylor Swift Attacked at Grammy’s via Youtube

Oh man, I didn’t realize I bookmarked so many links this week! I obviously had some great reads 🙂 I hope you all enjoy them too. Have a wonderful weekend!

So tell me:

Which links did you enjoy?

What are you doing this weekend? Tonight I’m going out to dinner with my best friends at a cute French café! Dance, teaching Sunday school, and homework are also on the agenda per usual.

Plans for the Super Bowl? I’m still not sure about my plans, but I know I’ll be having chili and cornbread (mostly cornbread).



Fascinating Friday Links #16

Another week is in the books! This one was quite long and eventful for me, but I am thankful for all the blessings nonetheless.

There are some fun activities on the agenda for tonight! Company is going into the city for a class at the Alvin Ailey Studios, dinner, and an Alvin Ailey show! The AA company is probably my all-time favorite. Their athleticism, grace, and joy makes me swoon every time I watch them. If you ever come to NYC and are looking for an amazing dance show, go see Alvin Ailey!!!




This is an annual trip for our dance school, and it’s definitely one of my favorite events of the year!

Of course, I also have some Fascinating Friday Links for all of you 🙂 Enjoy!

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Health and Fitness

[Why do YOU train?] What’s Your Training Reason? via Your Trainer Paige

[I tried this and it rocks] Under 20 Minute Home Plank Workout via Purely Twins

[My favorite type of workouts!] Collection of Boot Camp Workouts via Peanut Butter Fingers + Roundup of 50 Circuit Workouts via Lean Green Bean

[Everyone’s journey is different] My Recovery via Fitting It All In

[What’s on your wish list?] Best Holiday Gifts for Active Women via The Blonde Ponytail

[Great tips] Five Things I’m Doing to Age Gracefully and Healthfully via Peanut Butter Runner

Food for Thought

[Take risks] Experimentation— The Key to Self Discovery via Goins Writer and Joel Boggess

[Do what you do] Blogging Confidence via The Big Man’s World and Snack Therapy

[Agreed] Holidays Should NOT Correlate With Guilt via Strength and Sunshine

Food for Belly

[Score.] Healthier Chicken and Waffles via Chocolate and Carrots

[Gah!] Peanut Butter and Jelly Nanaimo Squares via Peachy Palate

[Halloween meets Christmas] Gingerbread Cookie Dough Cups via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[How fun!] Maple Syrup Snow Taffy via Back to Her Roots

[Whoa.] Toasted Marshmallow Cream Hot Chocolate via How Sweet It Is

Miscellaneous Fun

[Too funny] 25 Best Taylor Swift Audience-Dancing Moments of All Time via BuzzFeed

[Beautiful and inspirational] ‘Disabled’ Mannequins Remind Us That Beautiful Doesn’t Mean ‘Perfect (VIDEO) via Huffington Post

[Holy cuteness] 11 Incredibly Important Photos of a Baby Covered in French Bulldog Puppies via BuzzFeed

[Holiday treats for your dogs!] 8 Holiday Recipes for Your Dog Too! via DogVacay

Happy Friday, everyone!

So tell me: What are your plans for tonight? Have you ever seen or heard of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater? Which links did you enjoy?

Fascinating Friday Links #15

Hey hey! (in the words of my friend Jeannine— happy birthday, girl!)

I’m gonna keep this intro short and sweet as my eyes are slowly getting droopy. I’m trying out some Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra tea to help a little with my insomnia this week. Jo’s post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. She mentioned that tea with valerian helped her fall asleep quite well, so I picked some up for myself on the way home from school. I’m convinced that my insomnia is purely psychological (can my brain just have an off button sometimes??), but perhaps this tea will help bring my stress levels down a bit. Pray for me! *As I’m completing this post in the morning, I must say that I still couldn’t really relax last night until I had the background noise of the TV. Slept on the couch again then! Oh well.*

But today is Friday, so that’s definitely something to be happy about! I’ll be going to my friend Jeannine’s birthday dinner tonight and then the rest of the weekend should entail the usual activities (dance, Mass, teaching religious ed., homework, etc.). All good stuff happening 🙂 Here are the Fascinating Friday Links to end the week!

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Health and Fitness

[A workout for Catching Fire fans! (and non-fans)] Legs Catching Fire: A Hunger Games Inspired Workout via Blonde Ponytail

[Two posts from Tina—it’s all about balance] 11 Tips to Stick with Your Workouts Through the Holidays + Planning to Gain Weight This Season? Is That Okay? via Best Body Fitness

[Quick and simple] Movember Minute Workout via Purely Twins

[Love all these exercises] 6 Exercise Alternatives to the Barbell Front Squat via Your Trainer Paige

[Fun little workout idea!] The 12 Days of Fitness via Jessie Loves to Run

[LOVE] 10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out via Wellfesto

Food for Thought

[Wealth distribution is way more skewed than we thought] 9 Out of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact via uTrend

[Interesting topic] Food and Gender Stereotypes via The Big Man’s World and Kelly Runs for Food

[Great story that literally hits home] The True Meaning of Home (and How I Learned It) via Goins Writer

Food for Belly

[Holiday cookies galore!] 25 Best from Two Peas & Their Pod + 27 fabulous ones from How Sweet It Is

[I like this eggnog-in-breakfast thing] Eggnog Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas and Vanilla Brown Butter via How Sweet It Is + Baked Eggnog French Toast with Sauteed Pears and Pomegranate via Little Ferraro Kitchen

[Need] Easy Sweet Potatoes + Eggs via Edible Perspective

[Gorgeous] Winter Tabouleh via Flourishing Foodie

[Yes, please] Healthier Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies via Yeah…Imma Eat That

Miscellaneous Fun

[Wait, what?] Kids’ Movies with Adult Innuendos via ChaCha

[Media blows things up] Ever Hear About The Lady Who Spilled Coffee on Herself at McDonald’s and Sued for Millions? via UpWorthy

[Personally, this is how I want to find my soulmate] 5 Secrets to Successful Dating via Chastity Project

[Acne is sneaking up on me] Guest Post: How to Create Flawless Skin for the Holidays via Strength and Sunshine

[Great roundup of tips] Bookmarked: Blogging Tips via Lean Green Bean

[These guys rock] Angels We Have Heard on High (Christmas w/ 32 Fingers and 8 Thumbs) via PianoGuys Youtube

Happy Friday!

So tell me: Have you had insomnia before? How did you deal with it? What are you doing this weekend?