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Cake Batter Blondies and A Shoulder Circuit Workout

Good afternoon! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Yesterday, we had dinner with my family so I made cake batter blondies to bring.

I have to share the recipe because they were so delicious. And the best part is that they were one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made!

Of course, I got the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Her blog is pretty much the only place I’ve been going to for dessert recipes.


Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 11 x 7 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together cake mix, canola oil, egg, and milk in a  large bowl.
  3. Stir in sprinkles and white chocolate chips. The batter will be very thick.
  4. Spread into a 11 x 7 baking pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes before cutting.


So easy! So darn good!

Jaden was on a strict dairy-free for three weeks and finally this weekend he was allowed a little bit of dairy so he was so excited for these blondies!

Also, I didn’t have a 11 x 7 pan but Danny went to the store to look for one and he found one for only $3.99. You definitely need a 11 x 7 pan for these to come out perfect. A 9 x 9 pan might work but you’d have to increase the cooking time.

Today’s Workout

Danny and I ate way too much this weekend! We had two family dinners this weekend with lots of food and dessert so we made sure to get out butts to the gym today.

My leg has been really sore lately so we stuck with a shoulder workout.


This is the shoulder circuit workout that we did. We repeated the circuit four times, resting about two minutes in between. By the four set, my shoulders were dying!

We also pretty much used all the weights. Good thing we had a small spot at the gym to ourselves.


Before the gym this morning, I went grocery shopping. I found the new Chobani grape yogurt but I didn’t buy it.


I like grapes and I like yogurt but I don’t know if I like grape yogurt. Has anyone tried this flavor yet? Thoughts?

Have a great Sunday!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite dessert?




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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!

Let’s jump right into today’s favorites!

  • Zensah calf sleeves


I pulled out my much neglected calf sleeves this morning. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my Achilles and calves lately so I’m hoping these calf sleeves helped a bit during today’s workout. I even ran sprints on the indoor track at the gym which was very exciting for me.

Since my Achilles bothers me, it hurts to run long distances but the sprints aren’t too bad and it got my heart rate up! I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome a few years ago, so my calves are always always always tight and the sleeves help with the blood flow.

  • Eggs


I eat a lot of eggs. I eat eggs every single day. I  buy brown eggs because they’re from vegetarian fed hens, have less saturated fat, and omega 3s. I think brown and white eggs are pretty similar nutrition-wise, I just personally prefer brown eggs.

I usually eat 2-3 egg whites every morning and sometimes for lunch too. The kids love scrambled eggs and hard boiled eggs.

  • Bikini Body Mommy Workouts


I know, I mention the BMM workouts all the time! But I am on Day #19 and I haven’t missed a day yet! Actually, I did miss one day but I just doubled up the workout the next day so I don’t really count it as missing a day! :)

These workouts continue for 90 days and I am proud of myself for doing the workout each day. Since my hip surgery, I have been focusing a lot more on strength training and the BMM workouts are really a change in my routine by adding high intensity cardio.

  • Starburst Gum


It’s Starburst in gum form. There really isn’t a need for an explanation. Life got a little better when I found Starburst gum.

  • Coffee


I am loving all the coffee that I got for Christmas! I love having so many options to choose from each morning. It’s like my own personal coffee shop!

  • Sales

I am reluctant  to spend a lot of money of shoes for Jaden because he’s really hard on them. He’ll wear a pair of new shoes to school and they’ll come home looking like he’s been wearing them for two months. Or he’ll go to school in a new pair of jeans and come home with a giant hole in the knee.


Luckily, I was at Meijer yesterday and they were have a 25% off the clearance price sale. I found a pair of Fila shoes for Jaden for only $16. Hopefully this pair will last him a little longer.

  • Butter Lettuce


Is it weird to have a lettuce as a favorite?! I don’t care. I love this lettuce.

I’ve never had butter lettuce before but it was on sale at the store last week and I bought a couple of bags. I have been using it in salads all week. I love that it doesn’t weigh a lot so I get a giant amount for only 10 calories!

That’s all my favorites for today!

Tonight we have plans to go out to dinner with my family! Have a great night!!

  • What are your Friday favorites? 
  • Do you have any plans this weekend?



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FitBit Charge HR: One Week Update

Yesterday, I registered my son for high school.


I must admit that I am in denial that he’s starting high school this fall. How did this happen?! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone! To me, it was just yesterday that he was a tiny baby, born weighing 1 pound and 14 ounces. The first two months if his life he lived in the NICU of the hospital and now he’ll be starting high school?!

Time really does go by fast and I’m not ready for my babies to grow up!


I’m a little bit in love with the lunch I made yesterday and today. I was craving something different besides my normal bagel egg sandwich or veggie flatbread pizza so I made a healthy chicken finger salad with honey mustard dressing.


I used the Applegate Naturals gluten-free chicken tenders and Bolthouse Farms honey mustard yogurt dressing. So good. The Applegate Naturals chicken is a little pricier but since I’m so picky about chicken, it’s worth it to me.


Yesterday, I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout and some triceps exercises. On my upper body, my triceps bother me the most! I just can’t seem to tone them!

Some of the triceps exercises I did included: triceps cable pressdowns, overhead cable triceps extensions, dumbbell triceps extensions, barbell skull crushers, barbell triceps presses, and weighted dips.

Today, I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout twice and then went on the elliptical and stationary bike for about 15 minutes each.


Fitbit Charge HR 

I’ve had my Fitbit Charge HR for a full week now. If you are someone that works out occasionally and isn’t super worried about heart rate then I would recommend the Charge HR 100%. It does a pretty good job of recording heart rate during steady state exercises like doing elliptical or walking on the treadmill.

I also like that since it measures your heart rate all day long, it gives a good estimate of the calories you’ve burned during the day.

However, if you’re someone like me who is a little more serious about working out and heart rate, I would not recommend the Charge HR if you’re looking for an accurate heart rate during high intensity workouts.

I like to know my accurate heart rate and calories burned during exercise.

My Polar FT7:


I like I like to know my time spent in the fat burning zone vs the fitness zone.


I don’t think the Charge HR does a good job of measuring heart rate during high intensity exercises which is where I need it to be the most accurate.

So, I continue to wear both my Fitbit Charge HR and my Polar FT7 heart rate monitor which is what I was hoping to avoid by buying the Charge HR in the first place. It doesn’t really bother me to wear both because I know I’m getting a better heart rate and calorie burn reading with my Polar.

I can enter my exercise and calories burned into My Fitness Pal which then syncs with the Fitbit. This way I’m not doubling up on the exercise calories burned if that makes sense. I enter the time I worked out so the Fitbit fixes the calorie adjustment.

Even though I don’t feel like the Charge HR accurately measures heart rate during exercise, I am still glad that I bought it and I would buy it again.

I like that I can see all my stats right on my wrist, so far the battery life has been awesome, and the sleep tracker is surprisingly accurate.


Like I’ve said before, I’m not too worried about my sleep but I think that’s it pretty cool that without putting the Fitbit into sleep mode like you have to do on the Flex, it does a good job of knowing when I went to sleep and when I woke up.

Overall, I would recommend the FitBit Charge HR but I would recommend a chest strap heart rate monitor if you are a little more serious about knowing the correct heart rate.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Do you use a heart rate monitor?
  • Which body part do you love the most? Which one bothers you the most?




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Dinner, Brownies, and a Workout

Good afternoon friends!

I wanted to share last night’s dinner with you because it was so delicious. I’m usually pretty boring when it comes to dinner and seem to eat the same two meals all the time – salad with baked chicken and a Greek yogurt or baked chicken with brown rice and veggies.

Last night’s dinner wasn’t too different but it was a nice change. I made broccoli slaw with green and red peppers, onions, chicken, garlic and a little bit of lite soy sauce.


I always cook a batch of chicken at the beginning of the week to use throughout the week so this meal was super easy to make. I just added the garlic, peppers, and onions to the pan and let it cook for a few minutes. Then I added the already cooked chicken, broccoli slaw, and soy sauce and let it cook for a few more minutes. Easy peasy.

After dinner, Jaden and I made these brownies by Now Foods.


Don’t let the fact that they’re organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free scare you. I snuck a little piece and they were delicious! These are a great treat for Jaden since he’s allergic to dairy.

And most of the Ghiradelli brownie mixes are dairy-free so I buy those for him too. Most people think chocolate is dairy but there are quite a few chocolate products that are dairy-free. There’s cocoa butter in a lot of chocolate products which used to throw me off but cocoa butter is actually dairy-free.

Today’s Workout

I went to the gym this morning and did the elliptical, the bikini body mommy day #15 workout, and shoulders.


I am actually quite proud of myself for doing the bikini body mommy workout every day for 15 days. Usually I like sticking to my own workout but the bikini body mommy workouts are great. First, I like that they’re short because I can do then in addition to my normal workout. And even though they are short, they are killer! Each week get progressively harder and today’s workout was 50 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for ten different exercises.

Let me tell you, 10 seconds of rest is nothing. After the ten minute workout, I was dying! I love that these workouts really get my heart rate up. I think my highest heart rate during today’s workout was around 170 bpm!

My right quad/leg continues to be a little sore but I have been a lot better about icing it.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have any food allergies?
  • Do you ever do high intensity exercises?
  • Favorite dinner?



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Lots of Exercises

Good morning!

Yesterday morning, Danny and I went to the gym. I haven’t been on the treadmill in a couple of week so I got on it yesterday hoping I’d be able to run/walk without any pain. No such luck, my Achilles tendon still hurts. It seems to get better the longer I go, but it’s still a constant annoyance which is well, annoying.

I’ve been doing a lot of jumping activities in my normal workouts so I’m sure that’s not helping much but it only really bothers me when I run. Honestly, it makes me want to punch something. :)

After the treadmill, Danny and I worked on back and biceps.


We did a lot of great back exercises including:

  • cable face pulls
  • seated row machine
  • seated lat pulldowns
  • bentover rows
  • straight arm pullovers
  • plank to row

We also did a few bicep exercises including:

  • bicep barbell curls 21s (7 full range, 7 bottom halves, 7 top halves)
  • single leg hammer curls
  • dumbbell bicep curls with a static hold

We had a few minutes left before we had to get Jaden from the kid’s room, so we did a few core exercises and then stretched and foam rolled.

Yesterday’s lunch was kind of a random snack plate.


I like eating a lot of foods in small amounts rather than a big amount of one food. My mom used to make me “variety plates” after school, which pretty much meant whatever we needed to get rid of in the fridge, and I guess the variety plate idea has stuck with  me into adulthood.

Today at the gym I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout fit test. I did the fit test on day #1 and again today on day #15. There are eight exercises and they are done for 50 seconds with 10 seconds rest in between. Its only an eight minute workout but it’s killer! When I was done, I just laid on the gym floor, dying.

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The point is to do as many reps as possible in the 50 seconds. I improved on all my numbers from day #1! I do the push-ups on the wall for now because my wrist still bothers me and regular push-ups make it worse.

After the BMM workout, I did some glute exercises including:

  • step up to kickbacks
  • squat jump outs (squat, jump out, elbows to knees, jump back in)
  • hip bridges with yoga ring for resistance
  • donkey kicks
  • alternating heel touches
  • sumo squats

It was a tough workout today!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • What’s your favorite lunch?





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Fitbit Charge HR: Initial Thoughts

I’m so excited because my new Fitbit Charge HR came in the mail yesterday!


Fitbit just released the new Charge HR last week and I was able to order one the day they came out on the Fitbit website. I ordered it last Tuesday and it came yesterday afternoon. I think as of now, they’re backordered on the website.

My main reason for wanting the Charge HR was the heart rate monitor. This means that it will give a more accurate calorie burn count since it’s based on your heart rate and I won’t have to wear my Fitbit and my Polar heart rate monitor to the gym anymore.

Although I loved the Flex, it didn’t really register that I was working out if I was doing things like strength training or riding the stationary bike.

The new Charge HR measures continuous heart rate, counts calories and steps, counts flights of stairs climbed, and measures sleep.


I just got mine yesterday so these are my initial thoughts on it.

Today, I wore it to the gym along with my Polar heart rate monitor to see if they measured close to the same heart rate and calories.


My workout consisted of about 10 minutes on the elliptical, chest and triceps exercises, jump roping for a few minutes, and a five minute cool down on the stationary bike.

The Charge HR and the Polar heart rate monitor stayed about the same when I was on the elliptical. My heart rate and calories burned were really close. However for the rest of my workout, they weren’t even close at all. The Charge HR had my heart rate and calories a lot lower than the Polar.

Sometimes I feel like my Polar might slightly overestimate but I think the Charge HR might underestimate. I knew at times my heart rate was higher than the Charge HR was telling me. For example, while jumping roping, the Charge HR said my heart rate only got up to about 111 bpm whereas the Polar said 143 bpm. I know my heart rate was a lot higher than 111 while jumping rope.

End result: the Charge HR said I burned 267 calories. My Polar heart rate monitor said I burned 382 calories. That’s quite a difference.


I couldn’t get a picture of the calories on the Charge HR because it only stays on the screen for a few seconds.

I am more likely to believe the Polar heart rate monitor just because it has a chest strap. I do like the heart rate monitor on the Charge HR for keeping track of my calories burned by just doing everyday things like shopping, laundry, cooking, etc.

The Charge HR says for best results, it should be worn one finger width away from the wrist and two or three fingers widths away from the wrist when working out for accurate heart rate results. I read online that the small size runs really small so I ordered a large just to be sure. (It doesn’t come in a medium. Only small, large, and x-large).


  • I can wear one device. I don’t have to wear a heart rate monitor and a Fitbit anymore.
  • I like that it has more of a watch strap. The flex just snapped on and I prefer how the Charge HR fits better.
  • It counts stairs! The flex didn’t count stairs so even though I went up tons of flights of stairs a day, it didn’t count it as one single step.
  • The display. I love that I can see all my info (time, calories, steps, distance, stairs right on my wrist). With the flex, I had to log into the Fitbit app on my phone or computer. 20150116_081753(0)
  • Caller ID – the Charge HR will actually show you who’s calling right on the display.
  • Sleep monitor. Although I’m not over concerned with my sleep, I like that the Charge HR doesn’t have to be physically put into sleep mode. I guess it just knows when you’re sleeping based on your heart rate. The flex had to be physically put to sleep and woken up in the morning, which I never bothered to do.


  • Price. This might be a con for some people but not others. After tax, I paid right around $159 for the Charge HR. I think for everything that it does, it’s worth the price.
  • Charging. I loved the Flex because I could just plug it in a regular wall outlet to charge. I would let it charge in my room while I took a shower. The Charge HR has to be plugged into the computer to charge.
  • Accurate heart rate? After wearing the Charge HR and my Polar heart rate monitor and getting completely different numbers, I wonder how accurate the Charge HR is.

Even though I’ve only had the Charge HR for a day, I’m really liking it! Even though it does so much more than the Flex, I still loved the Flex too. If they never made the Charge HR, I would be perfectly happy with the Flex. I think for me, the big thing is that it helps keep me accountable. It makes me want to walk more to hit my steps. It makes me more aware of how many calories I’m burning compared to what I’m consuming. It helps keep me active.

The price difference between the Flex and Charge HR is about $60. I’d say if you have the extra $60 definitely splurge on the HR.

  • You you wear a heart rate monitor or use a fitness device?



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Dialing it Back

Good morning!

Even though Christmas is over, I started out my day with a candy cane k-cup!


When I first bought these, I wasn’t sure if I’d like them but they’re actually one of my all time favorite k-cup flavors! I bought a pack on sale after Christmas and I’m rationing them out to make them last.

My niece is back from Florida!


I missed her! My sister-in-law is back to work today after running the half marathon and full marathon in Disney World this past weekend.

After Jaden got on the bus this morning, we went to the gym.

I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout day #10 and #11 since I missed yesterday because my legs were so sore. I think I need to dial back my workouts a bit because my quad pain is coming back full force.


Do I look so awkward in that pic or what?!

After today’s workout, my quad is killing me. Like it’s burning on fire. I think maybe doing the bikini body mommy workout in addition to my normal workout may not be the best idea so I’m going to take it easy for the next few days.

When I got home, I took out my stick torture device.


It helped a little and of course my niece needed a turn. :)


This afternoon, I’m going to take it easy and maybe ice my quad. Even though I know I should ice, I’m so bad about doing it sometimes!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Do you use a stick or foam roller?



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Workout, Dancing, and Ipsy

Good afternoon!

Today was my first Tuesday that I didn’t have to go to physical therapy. It’s weird not going after going multiple times a week for six months.

After I got Jaden on the bus this morning, I went to the gym.


Yesterday, I did the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge Day #8 workout, so I was already sore from that workout. Today, I did the day #9 workout plus my own workout. Today’s Bikini Body Mommy workout was killer even though it was short. My legs are dead.


Bikini Body Mommy

I also did a few of my exercises from physical therapy at the gym today. Some of my exercises today included:

  • single leg deadlifts
  • box jump downs
  • weighted donkey kicks
  • side to side walking with resistance band
  • Bosu balance
  • Single leg Bosu balance
  • Single leg squats off box with toe tap

After my workout, I made sure to stretch and foam roll.

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Now my legs and hip are dead. So sore.

Other Randomess:

The other day, Jaden and I played Just Dance 2015 on the Wii.


That game is a workout! We did four songs before I had to take a break. It was a lot of fun though!

Yesterday, I got my Ipsy bag in the mail.


I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned Ipsy before. Maybe once? Anyway, it’s a monthly beauty subscription box that costs $10 a month. It comes with about five sample sized products every month. I really like it and you can go online and pick your preferences which is nice.

The items usually include hair products, mascara, eye shadow, eye liner, lotion, lip gloss, chapstick.

I’m off to eat lunch. Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Ever play video games?
  • Do you subscribe to any monthly boxes?


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Eating, Losing Weight, and The Gym

As I type this, my sister-in-law, Crystal, is running the Disney World Marathon. She ran the half marathon yesterday with her cousin, Becky, and is running the full marathon today. That’s 39.3 miles in two days. I am so proud of her. That is an accomplishment that not many people can say they’ve done.

She had her personal reasons for wanting to run the half marathon and full marathon together and after a lot of time, an injury, and hard work, she will accomplish her goal! Great job, Crystal!!

She even got to meet Jeff Galloway, whose training plan she’s been following for the half marathon/marathon!


Go, Crystal, Go!

The Weekend

As I’ve mentioned before, the weekends are always a struggle for me when it’s comes to sticking to healthy eating. Danny’s home, the kids are home, we’re out and about. My schedule is different and that always messes me up. However, I have been doing pretty good this weekend. Granted, it is only Sunday morning so I’ll have to see how today goes.

I have finally accepted the fact that there is no magic pill or secret diet or unhealthy detox to weight loss. It’s simply eating healthy, exercising, and burning more calories than you consume. Eat good foods. Eat protein. Eat whole grains. Eat fruits and veggies. Eat treats in moderation.

For me personally, my “weight loss rules” consist of burning more calories than I eat and be in a deficit. 3500 calories equal a pound. So if I have a 500 calorie deficit a day (through exercise and diet) that’s a pound of weight loss a week.  I use My Fitness Pal to track my calories and the FitBit and heart rate monitor to track my calories burned.


I realize that both these devices just estimate for the most part so I just use the numbers as a guide. Then, I record my numbers on paper so I can see the difference.


I also make sure that I’m eating enough fat and protein and not too many carbs. If I stick to 1500 calories a day that doesn’t mean I can eat 1500 calories of rice, bread, and fruit. There has to be a healthy balance.

Finally, I always save calories at the end of the day for a treat. I feel like when I deprive myself of all treats is when I tend to overeat. Danny and I usually eat a Yasso Greek yogurt bar, a Special K brownie, or a candy candy tootsie pop.

This past week, I did perfect all week. I stuck to my calorie goal everyday and burned more than I consumed. I decided that if I eat perfect all week, I would let myself have one meal on the weekend that I didn’t worry about. I’m not calling it a cheat meal because I really don’t feel like any food is ever off limits to me. It’s simply portion control and moderation for any food.

I really wanted to go out to a Mexican restaurant but Jaden is on a very strict dairy free diet for two weeks so there wouldn’t be anything he could eat and that kids loves cheese quesadillas with sour cream so it was just a bad idea. Instead, I made chicken fajitas at home.

Even though I ate a good amount of food – chicken fajitas with cheese and sour cream, chips and salsa, and Phish Food ice cream for dessert, I still felt better about eating at home than I did about eating out. And today, I am back to tracking my food and going to the gym.

Note: I just want to say that I realize all the calorie counting and figuring out numbers might be slightly obsessive but it’s the only way that weight loss works for me. If I don’t have concrete numbers and food portions to follow, I tend to overeat and not really care. Weight loss is different for everyone and this is what works for me. You can lose weight and not even record a single number but I have found that method doesn’t work for me. However, it does work for Danny. He simply eats smaller portions, adds more fruit and veggies, and goes to the gym and he loses weight. Everyone is different.

Working Out

Jacob had an eye doctor appointment yesterday morning and it always takes hours so I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it to the gym. Instead, I woke up early and did the Bikini Body Mommy Day #6 workout twice.

Today, Danny and I went to the gym.


We worked on back and biceps. Unfortunately, I hurt my wrist halfway through biceps so I wasn’t able to finish. My wrist has been bothering me lately, but I really messed it up today. I’m going to have to take it easy on my wrist for awhile.

Have a great afternoon!!

  •  What’s the farthest you’ve ever run?
  • Do you have any weight loss tips that work for you?




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Friday Favorites

Good afternoon! Even though it’s still way too cold here in Chicagoland, the kids went back to school today which means I was able to go to the gym this morning. I started with about 25 minutes on the treadmill and then did a chest and triceps workout. I finished up my workout with the Bikini Body Mommy Day 5 workout.

Here are today’s Friday Favorites!

  • Serial Podcast

I know I’m a little late to jump on the Serial bandwagon but better late than never, right?!

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I have already listened to half the season and I am addicted. If you don’t know what Serial is, it’s a podcast that tells a nonfiction story over many episodes. It’s about a boy named Adnan who’s been convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae. The murder was committed in 1999 and it’s 15 years later and Adnan still maintains his innocence. Each episode explores the events that took place 15 years ago.  It’s addicting.

I was listening to it last night on my phone before bed with my headphones in. Danny got into bed and got a shock and somehow that shock got transferred to me, traveled through my headphones, and shocked my ears. It was weird. Needless to say, I took my headphones out. I’ll have to finish that episode today.

  • Books

My dad and stepmom got me an Amazon Kindle giftcard for Christmas and I was very excited because I’ve haven’t read a book in awhile. I immediately bought and read two books in a weekend and am currently reading a third.

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and it had a little bit of everything – romance, mystery, humor. I am usually pretty good about figuring out the twists in a book but this book had me guessing until the end.



Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I haven’t even finished the third book yet and I can already tell you that Eleanor and Park is my favorite book of the three. I adored it. It’s about the relationship of two very different teens that takes place during the 80s.

I also heard that they’re going to starting filming a movie for this book in 2015.



Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Honestly, I’m on the fence about this book so far. When I read the free preview on my Kindle, I didn’t plan on buying it. It was just meh and I didn’t like the main character, Libby, very much. Three things lead me to buy it: 1) it’s by Gillian Flynn who wrote Gone Girl which was the craziest book I’ve ever read. 2) I just heard it’s being turned into a movie this year. 3) It was only $2.99 (a steal for a popular book on the Kindle). I’m about a quarter of the way done and it’s growing on me but so far it’s not one of those books that I just can’t put down.



Have you read Dark Places? Thoughts?

  • Beats by Dr. Dre headphones

Today, I borrowed Danny’s Beats headphones that I got him for Christmas to wear at the gym. I used them to listen to…you guessed it, Serial. I really like these headphones but the only negative is that the cord is so darn long. If I had an extra $300-$400 to throw around, I’d definitely invest in a pair of wireless Beats. But overall, the sound quality is so much better than my standard Apple headphones.


Blurry but you get the idea. (You only have a limited amount of time to take a selfie of your self at the gym before someone walks by and thinks you weird…or too self absorbed. :) ) Selfie of yourself…does that even make sense?

  • Yoplait Greek 100 Whips Yogurt


I know I mentioned this yogurt the other day but I’m really loving it. The consistency is so thick and mousse-like that it’s great for an after dinner dessert. The vanilla cupcake flavor was delicious.

Have a great weekend!!

  • What are you Friday favorites?



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