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Late to the Liebster Party

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Now I Run by Stephanie tagged me for the Liebster award (for more info, check out her post about it!). I am a little late to the Liebster party so I decided just to answer the awesome questions that Stephanie came up with for me to answer. . . feel free to pick 1 or 2 to answer in the comments section so I can learn more about you too! Smile 

1. What is your favorite breakfast food? I have the same thing for breakfast pretty much every morning – a caramel skim latte (from Caribou if I am lucky!) and a LUNA white chocolate macadamia nut bar

2. Where would you travel on a dream vacation? New Zealand –> I think we might go there for our 10 year anniversary!

3. How many concerts have you been to? Which was your favorite? Every year, my sister and I go to Country Fest in Wisconsin – it is like 16 concerts in one weekend. It. is. awesome. This will be our 7th year!


4. Where were you born? St. Paul, MN

5. What is your all-time favorite movie, book, and/or song? Tough question! Off the top of my head: Pretty Woman, Hunger Games – book 1, and anything Brad Paisley.

6. Do you embarrass easily? Most embarrassing moment? Hmmm I don’t think I embarrass too easily but I plead the 5th on the second part of this question!

7. Did you go to college? Where? What did you study? I went to undergrad at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and I studied molecular biology and biochemistry with a minor in Spanish.

8. Do you have pets? What kind(s)? Duh- Abby!


9. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate.

10. If you could only go to one store for the rest of your life which one would you choose? Target. I. love. that. store. Especially Super Target. And it’s a MN company!

11. How often during the day do you check your email? Too many.

Now, it’s your turn – pick a question and share! Smile


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Friday Favorites: 3/15/13

We all know that it is the little things that add up to the big things in life. . . so this week a few of the “little” things that are making me happy lately. . . . Enjoy!

My mug from the Winter Carnival Half Marathon – perfect to fit my morning caramel skim latte!


LUNA bars – especially white chocolate macadamia nut – I eat one of these almost every morning for breakfast – LOVE!

My cardigan from my most recent Stitch Fix – still in love!


My iPad


I got my iPad thru a continuing medical education audiodigest program. Basically, the ability to have access to listen to hundreds of lectures from medical conferences around the world. Which as you can imagine, was sorta spendy (but good for my education). .. anyway, to entice you to buy the program, they offered a “free” iPad with purchase. So, I got one. And I love it. I seriously use it all the time. On the couch, reading blogs. On the treadmill, watching Netflix. In the kitchen, to view recipes online. In the bathroom, to listen to Pandora while I am showering. In the baby’s room, playing music during playtime.

Napping baby


I love my child, but I really love when he takes a long nap. . . anyone who has a little one who is mobile (i.e. into everything and can’t be left alone for one minute because otherwise he is elbows deep into the dogs water dish), knows that nap times are when you get stuff done! I usually use the first nap of the day to try to get in my run. It is a great day when he naps long enough for me to run and shower!

And Happy Birthday Ellie!!! (My sister’s border collie) Make sure Jenny gives you lots of extra treats and belly rubs today. Smile 


What are the little things that are making you happy today???


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Foodie Pen Pal: October 2012

Time for another foodie pen pal!

FPP post Foodie Penpals

New to the party – check out the details here!


This month, my box came from Sally in Nebraska.


She sent hot chocolate – for cold MN nights!


LUNA bars –> Love!


And chocolate – I love love love Lindor, white chocolate and sea salt caramel so I was super excited to see both of these!


Halloween cupcake holders!!!


Seasoning and salad dressing made in Nebraska.


And here is what I sent in my box to a reader in North Carolina. . .

Halloween decorations.



Halloween Trail Mix!



The best tomato soup EVER – and the best PB ever!


Already looking forward to next month!!! Smile

PS: Happy Halloween! Warning- cute baby pics in his costume tomorrow! Winking smile


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Bagel sandwich and shorts!

This morning, I was very excited!

For. . . a bagel sandwich (aka bagelwich)!

I have made a version of this before with an english muffin, but this weekend I picked up some Thomas everything bagel thins at the store.


I toasted the bagel thin, spread a layer of raspberry jam on one half and cooked up 2 egg whites.


It was pretty good. . . I think it needed cheese, like Julie from PBFingers does!

And of course I had my CSL to go with it!



A visited the salad bar at the hospital cafeteria. My salad included:

  • romaine lettuce
  • snap peas
  • radish
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • tomatoes
  • carrots
  • green olives and pickles
  • turkey chunks
  • sprinkle of parmesan cheese
  • croutons
  • ranch dressing

It was REALLY good!

Abby and I also tried my new LEMON Chobani yogurt with blueberries. It definitely had a lemon flavor. Sort of a weird texture because it had little pieces of lemon pulp in it. But, it went well with my blueberries. Not sure if it will be a regular flavor for me, but I enjoyed trying it.


Mmmm lemon yogurt!

After work, Scott, Abby and I headed out to enjoy 62 degree weather here in MN while doing a quick 3.5 mile run.


Before the run, Abby and Scott shared some trail mix!


First run in shorts of the year!

I don’t normally teach aerobics on Tuesday night, but someone needed a sub, so I am headed to the YMCA to help out. This is the plan for CTI tonight! 


Mat and weights

Circuit 1
Triceps dip
Crunch and reach with weights
pushups x10

Circuit 2 – completed on the running track
Alternating feet front and back
Shuffle jump
Walking lunges
Squat hops
Tiptoe walking

Circuit 3
Steam engines
bicep curl, overhead press, reverse chest fly
plank with weight row
plank hold
triceps pushups

The class doesn’t start until 7pm, so ‘real dinner’ won’t be ‘til later. I am going to grab a Luna bar – white chocolate macadamia nut to tide me over for now.

Have a good Tuesday night!

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Party leftovers

Work went by fast today. Before I knew it.  . .


Turkey and provolone sandwich on wheat.


strawberry chobani with blueberries

Strawberry chobani yogurt with blueberries. (sorry for the small pic – my phone isn’t letting me email my pics to myself)

The afternoon went just as fast as the morning!

I had a LUNA bar – white chocolate macadamia nut. YUM. before heading to the YMCA to teach Cardio Tone Interval.


Tonight we used a mat and weights (I used 8#s)

Circuit 1
Plie hop forward x4 and run back
jumping jacks
wall sit with bicep curl
triceps skull crushers
ab crunch with straight legs

Circuit 2
Mummy kicks (forward kicks with alternating arms in front)
squat with upright row
Bridge position with chest press
All 4 position – alternating arms and legs

Circuit 3
shuffle with jumps
Running arms with weights
Curtsy lunge with side kick
plank hold with side lift
Oblique twist with weight

After a nice shower, dinner time!

More leftovers from the party.

sloppy joes, served open face on a bun with a slice of Colby cheese


bread with homemade spinach dip

Now time to have some leftover birthday cake and watch House. Have a great Monday night! See ya tomorrow.

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