Top 5

Yesterday was spent road-tripping up north with my best friend Audrey! Um, I like her. That is all. We got settled into my grandma’s, hung out with her for the afternoon, and then got our nails done all together! Aren’t we just adorable. Get ready for some shenanigans to happen over the next few days on here….

image

image

image

image

I have seen a couple people do a “Top 5” kinda thing lately, so why not do it, too?

Top 5 TV Shows

  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • The Bachelor/Bachelorette
  • The Walking Dead
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Pretty Little Liars

Top 5 Movies

  • Pretty Woman
  • Bridesmaids
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • Taken
  • Elf

Top 5 Celebrities

  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Jillian Michaels
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Jennifer Aniston

Top 5 Books

  • Unbearable Lightness, by Portia de Rossi
  • Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell
  • Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

Top 5 Foods

  • yogurt with fruit and granola

image

  • quinoa arugula salad from CPK

  • mojitos (I hope this counts as food)
  • cabernet (I also hope this counts as food too)
  • Newman’s peanut butter cups

Top 5 Places

  • Manhattan Beach, CA

image

  • Cayman Islands

image

  • Florence, Italy

image

  • Saugatuck, MI

image

  • Los Angeles, CA

Top 5 Memories

  • hugging Ellen DeGeneres

image

  • driving home after taking my last class ever at college
  • my first kiss with Luke at a football game when I was 16

image

  • going on a family vacation to the Jersey shore

image

  • wine tasting in Italy

image

Top 5 Websites

  • toneitup.com
  • youtube.com/jennamarbles
  • twitter.com
  • facebook.com
  • gmail.com

Top 5 Apps

  • Perfect Fit
  • Candy Crush
  • Pic Stitch
  • Awesome Note
  • Instagram

Now that you know a bunch of useless facts about my life and all my favorite things at this exact moment in time that will probably change in 5 minutes, tell me 5 of your favorite things!

What. Is. Up.

Okay, seriously, I want to know what you’re doing right now as you read this?! As I write this on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., I am drinking a beer, eating fruit snacks, and watching a documentary on Miley Cyrus. Don’t I lead an awesome life?! *note the sarcasm* And want to know my wild plans for the rest of the evening? I actually have to do something productive and pick up my prescription from the pharmacy, but after that Luke and I are getting Bagger Dave’s for dinner (hello sweet potato chips) and attempting to have a picnic outside, followed up by the new episodes of The Middle and Modern Family (FINALLY!). And then in the morning I leave to go up north with my friend Audrey for a week. SCORE. I like having a little bit of time off.

image

Speaking of time off, after I get back from my little trip, my nannying schedule will be dropping down to 2 days a week, and then probably just 1 shortly after that. This will leave me with much more free time to work on my own business and building up my personal training clients. This is great, because that’s really what I want to focus on right now, but I know that I am going to feel guilty. You can bet that I am going to bust my butt on my fitness work, but it is going to seem like I am doing nothing, because I’m trying to start an online business! My main concern is that I still live with my parents, and I don’t want them to think I’m being lazy. I have learned that my business is not going to happen unless I have time to dedicate to it, which I haven’t in the recent months. I will now, but I need some advice on how to accept that! I heard a quote the other day (I think it was from Jillian Michaels) that if you are able to have some free time, take it with no doubt in your mind. Focus on what is important to you and use that time to shape the way the rest of your life is going to go. I agree. So if Ellen were to call me sometime in the next week and offer me a job, I wouldn’t be mad at all.

image

Since I have had the past few days off, I have had a ton of time to play catch-up with emails, blog stuff, beach body stuff, training stuff, workout stuff, cleaning stuff, and just everything else. It has made me feel prepared to take a vacation for the first time in, ever. I did some packing yesterday. Don’t judge me that it looks like I’m leaving for a month….I swear it’s only 5 days.

image

image

I got a great workout in:

  • Tone It Up HIIT workout (20 minutes)
  • Tone It Up bikini booty workout (12 minutes)
  • TIU random toning videos (15 minutes)
  • Tara Stiles yoga (20 minutes)

I also had a super yummy breakfast of yogurt, banana, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and the best granola in the world from Costco of course. I had some green tea and my cat on the side.

image

And just for your pure enjoyment, can we just appreciate how freaking cute/beautiful my cat is? My sister actually found her in the driveway a year ago, and we kept her. And yes, her name is whitecat. No capitals. No spaces. Just whitecat.

image

image

Then I went to the lady’s house I nanny for with my friend Nikki (and their other nanny!) to clean out the playroom. Seriously, tell me what a damn good job we did. We were proud.

image

So what did I learn yesterday……

  1. I want to be Hannah Montana in my next life.
  2. Beer on a hot day is the best.
  3. I really like fruit snacks, like way too much.
  4. I think about Ellen way too much.
  5. My sisters are funny.
  6. Michigan drivers suck.
  7. I really like my new iPhone.
  8. My cat is the bomb.com.
  9. Loose clothes are the best.
  10. I wish I could ride my bike everywhere.

Beneficial lessons kids. Take notes.

image

What is one thing you learned yesterday?

Almond Butter Cookies, a’la Tara Stiles

Hello, hello! Today I want to share with you my favorite healthy cookie recipe, ever. Tara Stiles, aka my new obsession, posted this on her blog not too long ago. I tried it immediately and have been hooked ever since. I thought it was only fair to share it with all of you as well!

Almond Butter Jumble Cookies

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp. egg replacer and 6 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup

Mix together. Use your hands. Get messy. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. The end! SO easy and SO good. You can add/substitute cranberries, raisons, walnuts, peanuts, peanut butter, cocoa powder, coffee grounds, or basically anything else in the whole world that you like. Okay maybe not anything….

Check out her website for tons more awesome videos, recipes, and just good stuff.

—-

Speaking of good stuff….

cho

Yup. That was waiting for me when I got home last night. I was SO excited! As you can see, I snagged one before I could even take the picture. So far I’ve tried the raspberry/dark chocolate and the coffee/dark chocolate, and both are fantastic. I had a cup of coffee this morning, followed by the coffee flavor, and I was so darn happy all morning. Coffee yogurt is the way to go. I knew they would be, but it’s nice to have experienced these yummy lil things for myself now! Thanks Chobani! Smile

—-

Still speaking of good things? Yeah, we are.

ts

I am never buying things in stores anymore. Online shopping is the way to go. Getting mail is seriously so much fun. If you ever want to be pen pals or send each other goodies, I’m totally down Smile with tongue out

—-

Things are going well! Really, really well. I am busier than I ever have been in my entire life, but I’m really doing things I love. I have 2 more new personal training clients that I just adore. I got 2 new nutrition clients as well. I’m definitely happy that it’s Friday…this week needs to just go ahead and wind itself down. I do have an extremely busy weekend as well, but things just seem better on a Saturday; am I right?

Also, three of my shows ended this week (The Bachelor, Biggest Loser, and Pretty Little Liars)! That leaves me with 5 extra hours a week. Sure, I multi-task while watching these shows, but they are not going to be added to my to-do lists now. That’s kind of a sense of relief, but I’m also really sad they’re done. No worries, I still have 8 shows that I watch each week :x

What is your favorite TV show in the whole wide world?

Short & Sweet

My day yesterday began at 6 a.m. and I got home at 9:30 p.m. Yeah. Writing this on Tuesday night, I was not in the best of moods. Just a couple quick things to catch ya up:

  • I seriously need to cut down on my TV/computer usage. It’s getting ridiculous. I am limiting myself to 2 hours of TV a day MAX, but I have no idea what to do about constantly being online. Any suggestions?
  • I hate Michigan weather right now with a burning passion.

  • I have 11 cuts on my hands. Yes, I counted.
  • I’m starting to miss working out a little bit. Planning on hitting up a yoga class at the gym tomorrow night and then Zumba right after and seeing how that goes.
  • I still love yoga and don’t plan to cut down on that anytime soon.
  • I ate the most delicious salad ever for lunch yesterday. It was so big that I couldn’t even finish it. That’s rare for me friends. I am definitely a member of the clean plate club.

salad1salad2

  • I love my friends, online and in real life. You guys rock<3
  • I can’t wait to start working from home.

And a quick little workout to end with:

Cardio HIIT, repeat 3x (30-ish minutes)

  • 1 minute high knees, 30 second rest
  • 1 minute side to side lunge, 30 second rest
  • 1 minute static squat with boxing arms, 30 second rest
  • 1 minute skaters, 30 second rest
  • 1 minute mountain climbers, 30 second rest
  • 1 minute butt kicks, 30 second rest
  • 1 minute static squat with upper cuts, 30 second rest

I don’t even have the energy to tell you how to do these exercises right now. All I can get out is to Google it if you’re confused.

Night!<3