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Half Marathon Training (wks 3-5)

So now that it’s been another couple of weeks, I thought I’d write about how training is going. I am still really loving it! I’m so happy that I decided to train for this half marathon. It’s one of the more difficult things I’ve done athletically, but I’m having a blast. It’s been tough with work for sure, especially since I’ve been especially busy the last several weeks, but I’m still fitting it all in and getting things done. I’m...

Half Marathon Training Weeks 1&2

I’m currently in week 4 of training for my first half marathon. I love running and have been thinking about running a half for a long time…I just wanted to do something that was more than a 5K. I haven’t done a 10K, but for some reason a half marathon sounds like it’ll be really fun. Long story short, I asked a friend of mine to run it with me thinking he would say no, but he didn’t! So I...

A Love For The Classics 

I love a good classic cookie like chocolate chip or peanut butter or a snicker doodle…all of them are great cookies and I think every family has a classic cookie recipe that their grandma was famous for. My favorite classic is a sugar cookie.  There is literally nothing like a soft, buttery sugar cookie. I make them the most at Christmas time, but I have made them a time or two this summer. Also since according to the radio there...

Much Experimental Baking

I love love love weeks or weekends where I can do some experiments with baking. I really wanted to make blueberry muffins last weekend, but didn’t want to make the super sugary, cake like kind. What I came up is a really solid breakfast muffin. It’s definitely not the same as a regular muffin, but I really like it! I came up with the recipe after perusing through some recipes on Pinterest. The base is oatmeal and protein powder with...

Double Peanut Butter Cookies

I love love love looovvveee peanut butter….no joke used to go through an entire Costco sized jar of it in a matter of weeks. So I thought I would make some peanut butter cookies because peanut butter cookies are always amazing! The recipe I ended up using was something I kind of made up as I went along. Double PB Chocolate Chip Cookies 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1 egg 2 tbsp vanilla 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup white...

A Cookie Experiment

I’ve been wanting to experiment more with my baking, but haven’t had much time recently. It’s something I used to do every Friday afternoon in school, but now that I’m working, there seems to be both more and less time…. Is it just me, or does it seem like once the weather gets warmer, there are so many things to do in a day there is no way you can possibly get them all done? If you’re anything like me at...

Weekly Favorites

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I could not be more excited for the weekend…I’ve had training all week long, which has been great and I’ve learned tons, but its been 10 hours a day west coast time… yep…11am to 9pm here. I’m loving learning a new skill, but man oh man am I not digging the hours. However, I do have some fun new favorites for you guys! This.This is my life…I love my fitbit and am super obsessed with any and all...

Saving Money

We all have things that we need to save money for…Life in general, a trip, a new car, you name it. Whatever it is you probably need to save for it, especially if you’re like me and are just out of school. Learning to save money can be a real challenge. I’ve never been a big spender, but I also never really kept track of what I was spending outside of rent and utilities at school. Now that I’m attempting...

All the activities

What a week it’s been…it was great. I might be actually starting to like living in Arlington. I mean I never disliked it, but it’s taken a while to grow on me. This past week was my last week at my current project and now I have three weeks of training and getting ready for my new one. I can’t wait! I’m so excited to learn something new. The week started out with the Super Bowl, which was so much...

What a week

The past week was definitely a little more hectic than usual…everything seemed to be happening at work and in my normal life. I had some pretty big life changes happen, but even though I’m still figuring it all out, I think that it was good. Change is one of those things that just makes you uncomfortable, sometimes it makes you sad, but once you come around the other side, it all makes sense and you can usually see it’s for...