I recently noticed some interesting conversations about healthy morning routines going on at ALOHA, so I thought I’d join.

Without further ado, here’s my routine. A-five, six… a-five, six, seven, eight!

5:00 AM: Alarm goes off. I wake up looking and feeling fantastic.

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5:05 AM: I leap out of bed, needing only but a couple deep breaths of fresh oxygen to wake me up fully.

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5:something AM:  (A few more deep breaths)

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Still-not-quite-6 AM: I then slip into my Bar Method clothes…

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6:00 AM: … And prance on over to the studio where I begin class full of energy and awesomeness.

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Over the course of the next hour, a transformation occurs. I go from grumpy beast to happy human. Light radiates from my fingertips accordingly.

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7:00 AM: I leave class feeling stronger, happier and less sarcastic*.

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(*That last one is debatable.)

Sometime after 7:00 AM: I return home for more nourishing recipes. While for most people this means a protein-packed smoothie or food you can actually chew, I simply prefer more caffeine and/or chocolate at this point in my day, like this cup of liquid witchcraft:

Superfood Hot Chocolate

Superfood Hot Chocolate: it’s healthy and chocolatey at the same time…

Why yes, ALOHA, your magic is welcome here.

8:14 AM: Realizing it’s 14 minutes later than I thought, I peel myself away from the Today show, frantically throw snacks into my purse and make myself presentable(ish) with a vim that was severely lacking an hour earlier.

8:16(ish) AM: Leave for work feeling good!

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Moral: While we all like to think the perfect morning routine involves beautifully dawning sunlight, 72 degree weather, an ocean view and some outdoor exercise, that’s simply not reality when you live beyond the wall in the Northeast in wintertime. (Note to self: relocate, Charlotte.)  Maintaining a happy outlook and healthy habits takes work and, quite frankly, delicious things.

Disclaimer: As you all probably know, I accept brand incentives in the following forms:

  1. Money
  2. Power
  3. Merchandise that’s made of chocolate, caffeine and/or alcohol
  4. Compliments

ALOHA gave me none of the above.

 

Questions:

What’s your morning routine?

Are you a breakfast person? (Once I get to my desk, I eat every hour on the hour til lunch)

If your routine is thrown off, does it affect the rest of your day? (YES!)

Happy Friday!!

You guys, I am so sleepy today. I must have had too much fun over the last week :)

Like, forget the CAPS LOCK key, I’m using the NAPS LOCK key. Forget laptops, I’m typing this on my naptop. Forget Google Maps, I need Google Naps.

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I could go on, but I’ll spare you. Also, I cant stop yawning as I write this because the above gif is making me yawn. Is it making you yawn? Quick, lets scroll down.)

So, what should we talk about today? Food? It is Foodstuff Friday after all, so food seems like a good choice…

But, nah, I’m more in the mood to talk about cocktails :)

My cocktails today are going to focus on champagne/prosecco. I just love a little bubbly in my cocktails especially in the summer. It’s very refreshing, don’t you think? And these aren’t just frou-frou oh let me take a little sip with my pinky in the air type of champagne cocktails either- perhaps you prefer gin? or whiskey? I have cocktails for you too, sailor.

First up, the classic with a twist: Pink Grapefruit Mimosa. It’s a delicious change of pace from the usual orange juice. (I actually tried this for the first time at Christine’s house while she was holding a brunch. It’s so yum.)

Next up, perhaps you’re in the mood for something that tastes a little more like a pine tree? Cool, the Southside Royale has you covered…

This one uses GIN:

And next, maybe you consider yourself a liquor connoisseur of sorts and prefer to stick to the darker libations. No problem, the Cork County Bubbles Cocktail can handle that…

This one uses WHISKEY:

And lastly, nothing screams summer to me like a Mojito, so cue the Champagne Mojito

This one uses RUM:

And if you truly don’t like the bubbles, how about an Old Spanish:

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So there you go, a little something for everyone.

Happy cocktailing!

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What are you doing this weekend?

Are you a cocktail fan, or do you tend to stick to wine/ beer/ non-alcoholic drinks?

Did you know it’s National Donut Day? Whats you favorite kind of donut? (I realize this blog’s values are out of whack when I mention National Donut Day and not National Running Day, which was Wednesday. Oh well.)

It’s FRIDAY!!!

I was looking for something funny to insert above but I got distracted by how shiny this pic is. It’s so sparkly. I love it.

ANYWAYS my dears, it’s Friday. I am off work today for an amazing 4-day, yup not 3 but 4-day, weekend (don’t hate) and I’m in a fantastic mood about it.

So lets get right down to the subject at hand shall we- it’s smoothie time!! You may remember last week’s Downtown Mr Brown Smoothie. Well, meet his fancier cousin: the Uptown Dr Brown Smoothie.

Last week:                                   This week:

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As you can see, they are both brown and they look amazingly similar to one another.

But the one on the right is ‘Uptown’ because it’s ingredients are quite a bit more decadent than it’s ‘Downtown’ relative. And it has been upgraded from ‘Mr’ to ‘Dr’ because Eric (who has his PhD) created this one entirely on his own. (Yup, smart, handsome, and good in the kitchen, swoon :) )

Me and Eric!  Halloween '12.We never remember to take pictures unless we look ridiculous. This is actually one of our best looks.

Me and Eric!
Halloween ’12. We never remember to take pictures unless we look ridiculous. This is actually one of our best looks.

NOTE: Other names for today’s smoothie include: The OranguTAN, the Wacky Khaki, and the Crazy Beigey.

Ingredients (good for 2 portions):

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 basket of strawberries
  • 2 scoops of chocolate or chocolate-coconut whey protein powder
  • 1 scoop of peanut butter
  • 2.5 cups of water OR coconut milk

Blend all that stuff together until smooth and you’ll have the tastiest cold concoction ever!

Alright, there you have it! Short-ish post today because I have already checked out mentally and I invite you to do the same.

What’s the first nonsensical word that pops into your head? Tell me in the comments! (“fugly” is mine)

Or if your head is still in the game and you have no time for nonsense til 5pm today then tell me your favorite SAT word (mine is “mellifluous”)

Have a happy and safe memorial day, y’all!!!

So I accidentally published a draft of this post for about 1.3 seconds yesterday, and I apologize to those who got that automatic email alert fake-out. There should really be an “are you sure?” button that pops up when you hit the Publish button. I meant to hit ‘Preview’, not ‘Publish’, c’mon WordPress, if you don’t have safeguards to save me from myself, how is this going to work? I hope you don’t expect me to take responsibility for my own actions, because lawsuits like the “McDonalds Hot Coffee” case tells me someone else is always to blame for my clumsiness.

Anyhoozle, this girl needs a long weekend like nobody’s business. When was the last time we had a long weekend? Does anyone remember? I don’t. I can’t wait!!

3 day weekend

What will you be doing this weekend? Like many people, you may be attending or hosting a BBQ at some point. Therefore your schedule might be a little nuts, and you may not have time to get to the gym, or wherever you normally exercise, with all the preparations and FUN going on.

But fear not- today we are taking a page from the Chris Traeger handbook, and the world is our gymnasium.

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Read on.

8 Ways To Channel Chris Traeger at Your Memorial Day BBQ

8. Is there a pool? Jump in the pool. Pools are not just for kids.

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7. Play yard games- badminton, frisbee, frisbee golf (sorry dudes, I meant disc) bocce ball, cornhole, pétanque (can I get a high five from my fellow French majors?? Anybody play pétanque at the french department picnics? No?)

Set up any or all of these games, get a competitive person to play you, and you’ll be sweating in no time.

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6. Be the bartender. Mix those drinks, shake those shakers, toss those beers, work those arms.

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5. Will there be kids at your BBQ? Give their parents a break and offer to chase after them for a while. Kids are fast.

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4. Offer to help the host/ hostess with the food and trays. Run back and forth from the kitchen to the yard with heavy trays full of food in your arms. Your biceps and hosts will thank you. (Don’t forget to smile like Chris Traeger and thank your hosts for allowing you the pleasure of helping them)

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3. With all those yard games involving balls, frisbees and shuttlecocks going on, there’s going to be a lot of balls, frisbees and shuttlecocks stuck in trees, flying over the neighbor’s fence, rolling down the street, etc.

Be the one who chases down the balls before they roll into the sewer at the end of the driveway. Shimmy up those trees to retrieve the shuttlecocks. Everybody will applaud.

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2. Now that it’s getting late, how are you feeling? A few too many wine coolers? Awesome, walk home! The weather is beautiful, you’re drunk, leave the car where it is and walk your tipsy butt home, you party animal!

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1. DANCE.

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Just dance y’all.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!! Remember the sunscreen!!

What do you all have planned?

What’s your favorite yard game?