Lazy Days

So I’m really trying to enjoy these days of unemployment between school and getting a job. I’m currently filling my time with running, working out, yoga, play time with my niece and nephews, and watching tons of baseball.


This morning started with another smoothie. This one had almond milk, frozen strawberries, frozen banana, walnuts, and vanilla whey protein powder. I’d have to say strawberry banana is my favorite smoothie combo ever. Classic.


After breakfast, I headed to a deep stretch class at Darling Yoga. I bought a Groupon when I moved here for five classes. Over the weekend, when I went to Gary Gribble’s Running Store to buy a knee brace, one of the employees thought the pain in my knee might be partially caused by tight hamstrings. I was hoping a good yoga stretch would help with that.

We used tons of props in this class which was awesome and allowed me to stretch pretty deep in the poses. During shavasana, they pass out scented eye pillows. Aww, so relaxing.


Back at home, I hung out with my buddy, Charlie.


And hard-boiled some eggs for lunch.


Lunch plate – 2 hard-boiled eggs, simple salad with greens and a honey mustard vinaigrette with a side of apple and PB. The vinaigrette was made with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon, and S&P.



This afternoon, I did a quick workout at home – this Blast and Burn Circuit from It was a good one!


For the cardio, I stuck to the elliptical for low impact.


Dinner included these local chickens that my dad cooked in the smoker on Monday. We had the leftovers tonight with asparagus and sweet potatoes.


Now I’m sipping some cinnamon spice tea before bed. Lovely fall evening. :)

Party Like It’s 1985

The Royals win the pennant and advance to the World Series! The Royals swept the Orioles with four straight wins just after sweeping the Angels. This MLB postseason race has been unbelievable, and I’ve probably watched more baseball in the last three weeks than I have in my entire life. Just. Wow.


I just want to jump right in there.

This gorgeous Fall day started with coffee and a smoothie.


My smoothie was made with almond milk, frozen banana, frozen cherries, vanilla whey protein powder and some walnuts.



After breakfast, I headed out for a 5 mile run. I ended up skipping my long run last week due to some pain in my left knee. I took a few days off and purchased a knee brace to see if that would help. It helped a little, but unfortunately I can still tell something is a little off. I still plan on running the Kansas City Half Marathon this weekend, but I’ll definitely be taking it easy. Ice and ibuprofen on the agenda for the next few days.


Lunch was chicken sausage sauteed with diced onion and peppers, sliced mushrooms and a handful of wilted greens. Green grapes on the side (lunch dessert).


I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening hanging out with these crazy kids at my sister’s house while we watched the Royal’s game. #tinyfans


We made yummy taco salads for dinner.


Lettuce, seasoned ground beef, cheddar, onions, salsa and mashed avocado. Good dinner.

Only four more days till Danny arrives in Kansas City with the puppies! I’m going to try and go to sleep now even though I’m pretty hyped up from all this Royal’s excitement. #blueoctober

Weekend: Fall Sleepover


This past weekend, my mom and I planned a Halloween-themed sleepover with my nephews and niece (the babies stayed home). We made homemade pizzas, decorated pumpkins, crafted bats and pumpkins out of toilet paper rolls and construction paper, played Halloween bingo, roasted marshmallows for smores, and watched Monsters, Inc. We threw one heck of a […]

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Weekend: Football and Family


Here’s some pics from the weekend. Saturday morning breakfast of eggs, spinach and avocado. Trip to the Overland Park Farmer’s Market. It was quite chilly and windy. Hello, Fall. Our purchases – lettuce, sweet potatoes, apples, chicken, and breakfast sausage. Salad for lunch – chicken, avocado, blue cheese and greens. Saturday night, I stayed in […]

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Warehouse Weekends


As I’ve gotten older, my taste in home decor has changed quite a bit. I find myself drawn to old and eclectic furniture and decorations. If I had the budget and the ability to decorate how I pleased (dang, rentals), I would outfit our home in  mid-century modern style with eclectic used art and nick […]

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Its with mutual sadness and excitement that I’m sharing this news. With some trepidation, Danny and I have decided to end our Oregon adventure and start the next phase of our lives back home in Kansas City. Although, we absolutely adore Portland for all its weird, eclectic, hippieness, we’ve decided that being close to family […]

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Fall Bucket List


It’s that time of year again. The time when the weather turns colder, the leaves change color, and the Halloween decorations come out of storage. I love everything about the fall season – bundling up in scarves and boots, lighting pumpkin spice candles and drinking hot tea in the evenings, watching football, cooking stews and […]

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Five Years


Prepare for gooshy corny photo dump… I did not expect to be spending our five year anniversary thousands of miles apart, but they say distance makes the heart grow fonder, right? I’m currently living with my parents in Kansas City where I’ve been for the last 3 weeks looking for a nursing job while Danny […]

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More Adventures in Oregon


It’s been awhile since my parents visited, but I wanted to share the last few pictures from their trip. We spent the last few days shopping, visiting wineries and eating out. My mom and I made the grain-free bread recipe from Against All Grain. First I had to whip up some homemade almond milk and […]

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The Columbia Gorge

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Our adventures in Oregon continue… Later in the week, we took my parents east to the Columbia River gorge for some hiking. Prehike fuel. Scrambled eggs with leftover prosciutto and spinach with blueberries on the side. My parents did great with the hike in Forest Park over the weekend, so I figured they were up […]

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