So, I don’t have a full post today because I spent all yesterday with my Mamala and it was so much fun hanging out with her that I neglected the blog completely. However, I can’t let the day go by without saying a big THANK YOU for all the happy birthday comments I’ve received over the past few days!!

The fact that you take the time to read my blog- much less take the additional time to comment and send birthday wishes- well, it means so much me. Thank you. You guys are amazing.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with my usual brand of sarcasm and tales of fitness related shenanigans and tomfoolery.

For today though I do have one big question- have you found that the blogging community has been more supportive than you were expecting when you first started your blog?

(For me this answer is a big YES in so many ways and for so many reasons :))

 

 

 

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Happy Monday you guys! How was your weekend?

So much happened over the last couple days. I’m going to tell you about all of it throughout the week, but here’s a sneak preview:

1. I saw my first Quidditch match

2.I got a sunburn.

3. I had a fantastic birthday dinner.

4. I ate a lot of cake.

cake

So yeah, more on those later.

Today it’s Mixtape Monday!

I realize not everybody wants to listen to a birthday themed playlist at a random time of year, but you can always play this mix during your birthday workout, or at your birthday party, or at your friends birthday party, or at your pet’s birthday party, whenever! It’s bound to come in handy at some point.

Spotify: Birthday Mixtape

  1. in da club – 50 cent
  2. birthday dress – lil playy
  3. when im 64 – the beatles
  4. its my party (and ill cry if i want to)- lesley gore
  5. say ahh – trey songz
  6. holiday – madonna
  7. 30 something – jay z
  8. birthday cake – rihanna
  9. like it’s her birthday – good charlotte
  10. birthday – kings of leon

I hope you’re all having a marvelous monday!

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever seen a quidditch match? (in real life, not in harry potter?)

 

It’s Friday!! Fii-hiiii-hiiii-nally. (Ha actually what am I talking about- it was only a 4-day week. I’m not even that tired. )

So, what are you getting into this weekend?

My mama is flying in for my birthday and we’re going to dinner with my great aunt and Eric and my best bud, Christine (who, by the way, after putting up with me nagging her for MONTHS about starting her own blog, finally did it yesterday!! Stop by and say hello! http://saltysecrets.com/  She is the best cook ever, hosts the best parties, travels to the coolest places, and she is a riot- essentially perfect blog fodder)

Now, on to today’s topic: FOOD!

So, I love minimal ingredient concoctions. I love Larabars for their use of what- like 3 or 4 ingredients- tops? It blows my mind how they mix cashews and dates and suddenly they taste exactly like cookie dough. How? It makes no sense! Wild stuff.

Needless to say, I always perk up when bloggers post about 2-ingredient or 3-ingredient creations. It seems so easy, so healthy, so wonderful and I’m always like “whaaat how did you get ice cream out of nothing but a banana and peanut butter?!” Like, how do you take pecans and flax seeds, mix them together with honey and BAM! something that tastes like peach cobbler? I don’t get it! But ever since I started this blog I’ve been wanting to experiment with minimal ingredient recipes and post something awesome like a 3-ingredient cobbler or a 2-ingredient baklava or something equally impressive.

But alas life has gotten in the way. Up until now.

You know how they say “God works in mysterious ways”? In other words, you might just get what you wish for, but it’s delivered in a way you weren’t necessarily expecting nor wanting?

Well, my dears, today I finally get to do my post on 2- to 4-ingredient creations. Here you go:

First up: 4-ingredient* late lunch**

froyo

Ingredients: original flavored froyo, mangoes, mochi, coconut

Procedure: Combine original froyo with mangoes, mochi and coconut. You don’t even have to stir. And definitely don’t let it sit. Eat immediately. (And eat quickly) It helps if you’re running late to a dermatologist appointment which is all the way across town and you’re shoveling it into your mouth in 90 degree heat.

Next up: 2-ingredient* dinner***

mint froyo1

Ingredients: mint froyo, chocolate sprinkles

Procedure: Combine mint froyo and chocolate sprinkles in a cup. Eat it. (Fast) It helps if by dinner time it’s still 95 degrees in the shade, and after your dermatologist appointment ran late by 2 hours and then you ran a bunch of errands, you find yourself too hungry to wait until you get home to eat.

TA DA!

You guys, not to toot my horn, but I think I’m getting prett-ayyy good at this healthy recipe blogging stuff.

*Note: In no way does the combination of ingredients combine to form a completely different food.

**Note: I know I’m doing it wrong.

***Disclaimer: Neither I, nor any medical professionals, nor anyone in their right mind, recommend consuming this much froyo in one day.

SO, what do you have planned this weekend??

Whats the most froyo you’ve had in one day?

What are your favorite toppings?

True or False: the toppings are the best part.

 

Happy Thursday all!! Thursday means one thing in this corner of the interwebs: it’s time for the Great 8 list.

So, this Sunday is my birthday. I’m turning thir- ahem, sorry there must be something in my throat. I’m turning thir- ahem! one more time, here we go, I’m turning thir- nope. Sorry. It’s the 1st anniversary of my 29th birthday. Rhymes with flirty, nerdy and wordy.

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Ohh I’m being dramatic. It’s cool. I’m actually really psyched about entering this new decade, as long as I’m not expected to give up my propensity for immature jokes and bathroom humor, I’m ready to kick off the thirties with aplomb.

I was trying to figure out how to make a Great 8 list out of turning 30, and you guys, Buzzfeed has pretty much beat me to almost every one of them.

Top movies turning 30 this year? Done.
Top reasons turning 30 is awesome? Done.
Top list of random things also turning 30 this year? Done. (Although that one is mentalfloss.com)
Top reasons Taylor Swift’s epic twenties anthem, “22” is funnier when redone for the thirties? (Done on youtube in song form)

BUT top reasons I’m ready to be 30 based on my responses to the lyrics in “22”?? NOT DONE!

Until now…

(If you’re not familiar with Taylor Swift’s song “22” you can go here, but essentially it talks about the things you do and think about when you’re 22 years of age.)

Top 8 Reasons I’m Ready to Turn 30, Taylor Swift

8. Lyric about being 22: “It feels like a perfect night for breakfast at midnight”

  • My response: I beg to differ. No matter what night of the week it is I tend to be asleep by 10.

7. Lyric about being 22: “To fall in love with strangers uh uh uh uh”

  • Huh, perhaps you have never heard of a little thing called stranger danger?

6. Lyric about being 22: “It’s miserable and magical oh yeah”

  • I mean, sure, although wouldn’t it just be easier not to make everything so dramatic and extreme, can’t we just describe it as “okay”? But brava for the alliteration.

5. Lyric about being 22: “Tonight’s the night when we forget about the deadlines”

  • I know, don’t you love buckling down and getting all your work done early? Oh that’s not what you meant? Oh, well, in that case forgetting about deadlines is really irresponsible and we are going to be kicking ourselves later for that decision.

4. Lyric about being 22: “And end up dreaming, instead of sleeping”

  • You would never suggest that if you knew how much I loved sleeping.

3. Lyric about being 22: “You don’t know about me, but I bet you want to”

  • You’re wondering why I’m wearing yoga pants and sneakers at a bar. And the reason is- because they are comfortable.

2. Lyric about being 22: “This place is too crowded, too many cool kids”

  • Wait, where are we again? We must be in the wrong place. Are you sure we got the address right?

1. Lyric about being 22: “It feels like one of those nights we won’t be sleeping”

  • Oh no, why not? Did we drink caffeine too late in the afternoon? Take a Melatonin, if we fall asleep right now we can still get a couple hours in before the alarm goes off at 5:30.

thirty

To everybody currently in the vicinity of 22 years- enjoy it :)  I totally would have understood the meaning of those lyrics if that song had come out when I was that age, and so should you.

To everybody else who’s closer to 32 than 22 (or if you’re one of those old soul’ed young’uns)- amirite?

When is your birthday? What’s your sign? How old are you turning? Do you like your birthday or does it give you a little anxiety?