Friday, January 3, 2014

Switch To Wordpress!

hey guys! so i did something kinda crazy today. i switched my site to wordpress! my domain was about to expire on blogger so i decided to make the leap and switch, which i've been meaning to do for over a year now.
so you can now find me at

this site won't redirect there in the future (i actually have no idea what will happen to it.. haha) but i imported all my old posts and comments and the little 'ol blog looks similar to how it does now.

my only problem is... wordpress is quite confusing for this gal who's been using blogger for almost 3 years. i can't even figure out how to get buttons (like my fitfluential ambassador button) on my sidebar! so if you have any tips and/or tricks for me, please please please let me know. i can use all the help i can get!

thanks for sticking with me through these changes & as always, thank you for reading! love you guys so much. xoxo

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Christmas + Carmel 2013

this blog post is coming to you all a little later than expected, since i've spent the last couple days lying on the couch with the flu. it's not been too fun but i'm glad i've at least been at home instead of at school having to go to class! and thank goodness for netflix. i've made it through about 30 episodes of hart of dixie in less than a week. it's a pretty great show i just discovered. and scotty mccreery guest starred in an episode, so that was pretty great too. i'm easily pleased.

anyway, even though it's already new year's day, i wanted to recap a little bit of Christmas and our family's little trip to Carmel! i didn't take too many photos on Christmas (read: i took like 5) but i did take plenty of photos of the gorgeous sunsets in Carmel.

i did manage to snap a picture of these glorious homemade cinnamon rolls i made on Christmas morning before i put them in the oven! they turned out amazing and actually weren't too difficult to make. i also made a spicy sausage and veggie egg scramble and my brother made little sausage pigs in a blanket that we have every year. 

before breakfast we opened up our stockings (i filled them this year-so much fun shopping for everyone!) and then dove into the cinnamon rolls. mmmm. we opened some presents and then headed to my grandparents' to visit in the afternoon before coming home to finish up presents and make dinner.

ginnie mae really enjoyed the present opening! she loves all the tissue paper and boxes and she even got a few toys from santa. 

we had ribs and my grandma's homemade rolls for dinner, perfect way to end a great Christmas. 

a couple days after Christmas we headed to Carmel for a couple days by the ocean!

one of my favorite places in the world. the sunsets are incredible!

the first night we were there we went to our favorite italian restaurant for dinner. i got the 'al forno sinatra' which was baked rigatoni with spicy sausage, mushrooms, sauce (i forget what kind), and cheese. it was delicious and super rich, i only managed to get through barely half of it before saving the rest for another meal. 

the next day after sleeping in, we headed out on a short run and ended at the beach for some fun photos. my mom and i love taking pictures and we always make my poor brother and dad take a million pictures of us being crazy, haha.

i think that the 200 handstands we did trying to get a good photo were worth all the soreness the next day week were worth it though!

after the beach we headed into monterey to grab lunch at whole foods. 

i got a big salad with a bunch of little things from the hot bar in the corners. the scalloped potatoes (bottom right) were my favorite. 

after lunch we came back to relax some more and then headed out again to pop in a few shops. i got this coffee cookie crunch ice cream that i had to get once i saw it. it was just as good as i thought it would be!

then we headed down to the beach for one last sunset before heading back to our room. by this point i wasn't feeling so hot, and we didn't feel like doing much, so we ordered takeout from this new burger place. it was so freaking good. i got the portabello mushroom burger- which was a burger WITH a mushroom. not a mushroom instead of meat. and it had like half a pound of bacon on it and lots of cheese. probably the biggest burger i've eaten in years. it. was. bomb. so were the sweet potato fries (which i couldn't finish. that says something about the size of that burger.)

we had a little modern family marathon and i crashed early. and woke up the next morning feeling like dying. i think i laid on the kitchen floor for a solid half an hour because i couldn't even walk into the kitchen without getting dizzy and putting my head down. and then i kept getting really hot and then really cold (which is apparently normal for the flu? i'd never gotten it before) and coughing like crazy. so i'm really glad i was able to spend a few days on the couch without any obligations except to get better. 

even if that meant spending my new years eve laying on the couch eating chinese takeout and going to bed at 10pm. party animal. luckily this morning i woke up feeling a lot better! 

anyway, i'm off to (finally) get in a little studying for my fitness leadership program. and buying textbooks for next quarter. why can't it just be break for forever? that would be great. 

hope you all had a great time ringing in the new year! here's to a happy & healthy 2014!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

pre-Christmas festivities

i hope you all are having an amazing & joyful holiday season!<3 i've really enjoyed the time off from pretty much everything and just spending time with family having fun.

the weekend before Christmas, i made my first apple pie from scratch by myself! it actually turned out perfectly and my mom and brother requested that i make another one before break is over. it was worth the 4 hours it took to make for sure!

i also made a delicious winter salad over that weekend, it was a hit with everyone we had over for dinner. it was a base of spinach topped with quartered & roasted brussels sprouts (in coconut oil, sea salt, pepper), pomegranate arils, and goat cheese crumbles. i also made a lemon juice & olive oil dressing to go with it that was really good. 

a few days before Christmas i did my first ever 14-mile run for marathon training. it was a PDR for me because i'd never run more than 13.1 miles! i actually had a 13 mile run on the plan, but 1) why wouldn't you run 13.1 if you already ran 13, and 2) why not run 14 so you can set a record? it was actually a really great run and i didn't start feeling tired until around mile 12. i took a gel at mile 7 and mile 11 and finished the 14 miles in a little over 2 hours. and i ran my second fastest half marathon on this run!

i also got my CHAARGies package from my +chaargy Sarah! she sent me 2 bars of dark chocolate, starbucks card, and a really cool UA headband. i loved it!

i spent plenty of time hanging out by our Christmas tree. i love pictures where the lights turn out blurry because they're so much prettier that way, in my opinion. (and that's how i see the lights without my glasses on, ha.)

the day before Christmas Eve we made our traditional sugar cookies that we make every year. i got my mom this cute little Christmas lights apron from Anthropologie so i gave it to her as an early present so she could wear it while we baked!

i think we did a pretty good job decorating this year, too (as compared to years where we just slather on the frosting and sprinkles and call it a day). this little wreath was my favorite one that i decorated.

then on Christmas Eve, my brother, my dad & i got in-n-out for lunch - a more recent tradition but most definitely a good one! i love burgers. 

after our bellies were full we went to get our 20th annual (!!) picture with Santa. i think my mom is going to ask us to get one every year until we have kids, haha. one year we're going to line up every single picture that we've taken - how cool would that be?

after visiting with Santa (who i think was grateful that for at least one picture he didn't have to hold a screaming child), we headed to Christmas Eve church service and then headed home for our usual cracker & cheese dinner. we also watched the polar express and i had one of the brown sugar cookies i made a few days before with some vanilla ice cream for dessert. 

all in all, 'twas the perfect week of my favorite time of year.

what's your favorite holiday tradition?

stay tuned for a recap of Christmas day & a post on my marathon training plan!