• balanced on a budget: favorite budget-friendly produce picks

    image source If you guys missed the very first post in this series: you can visit it here to learn more about it what it will include and why I’ve started it! As I’ve mentioned, the first step in this series is to highlight some general budget-friendly options for each of the main food groups that I believe are important… [Continue Reading]

    balanced on a budget: favorite budget-friendly produce picks
  • no-cook recipes perfect for summer

    With August upon us, we’re getting some of the hottest heat here in Charlotte that we’ve gotten all summer.  And all that heat has me craving is easy, no-cook recipes! I’ve rounded up my favorite dishes that don’t require an oven – making them perfect for the final blazing days of summer.  Who else is SO ready for the crisp,… [Continue Reading]

    no-cook recipes perfect for summer
  • my go-to fall wardrobe staples

    If you guys have followed me for a long while, you KNOW how obsessed I am with Fall.  And probably one of the things that gets me MOST excited is when Fall clothes start coming out.  As much as I love summer, there’s just something about being wrapped in a cozy sweater, sitting by a fireplace sipping a warm mug… [Continue Reading]

    my go-to fall wardrobe staples
  • daily meal plan: number thirty five

    If you’re new to the series, click here to see the very first post or here to view them all! I’ve created a guide for you to use which will (hopefully!) make it easier for you to mix and match meals on your own to fit your individual needs: GUIDE: ABOUT THE GUIDE: Since everyone is different with different needs, and because I’m speaking to… [Continue Reading]

    daily meal plan: number thirty five

Slow Start

I was off to a pretty slow start this morning.  I think all the studying is wearing on me as much as a usual workday used to! I woke up without much of an appetite (which is so abnormal for me!) so I sipped on some coffee and did some studying while I waited for my hunger to show up. When…

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One-Pot Wonder

Evening! Clara was my constant buddy by my side all afternoon while I hit the study books. I was really dedicated and actually felt like I understood some of the math section this time which was quite a relief! I never really had a formal lunch, just some snacks in between studying.  Crackers, cheese, apple slices, etc. Dinner was Martha-inspired!…

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Healthy Habits

Happy May! I’m not sure how many of you are aware of Cooking Light’s 12 Healthy Habits program, but it’s essentially a year-round program that sets small goals each month for readers to work towards accomplishing for a happier, healthier life! I love the whole premise of the program because it preaches small, manageable changes adding up big. That said,…

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Pool, Burgers & Lemonade

I got some pool time in! And boy did it feel good. Reading materials for lounging were an old Whole Living: And Pottery Barn Boy do I wish I could just live inside a Pottery Barn magazine… When I came in I was craving water and fruit and more water! The perfect cure! 3 slices later and I was satisfied  When…

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2x+y= frustation

Clara’s life is tough… Don’t you feel bad for her?  I got all ready to head out to the pool and study only to find it was LOCKED! Such a bummer! So I came back in, did a couple pages in my GRE book and snacked on an orange to hold me over til lunch: Yes, I refuse to change…

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HIIT the Gym

Morning! If you follow me on Twitter then you know that my Monday was kicked off with an early morning workout! Note to Self: Fix the timestamp on your Twitter app… I loved my SELF “8 Easy Toning Moves” workout so much yesterday that I decided to try one of the cardio exercises this morning. (SOURCE) I’ve never really done…

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Drop [And Give Me] 10

Another fabulous day in the books! After brunch I leafed through my May issue of SELF Magazine and got inspired to do a quick workout: 8 Easy Toning Moves! I love the SELF Challenge (now called “Drop 10”) workouts because they’re easy, achievable and don’t take tons of time and equipment to accomplish. I think this year’s strength workouts are…

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100% Whole Wheat Strawberry Waffles

100% whole wheat strawberry waffles for brunch! These were so delicious! Especially considering I just kind of made them on a whim. My sister and I couldn’t decide what we felt like for brunch. Or rather, what we felt motivated to actually get up and make. Waffles are my go-to lazy brunch food. All you have to do is mix…

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Clara Says

Clara say “haaaaaaay!” My sister and I had a great day today!  There was fun, sun, pool time and even a walk! It was SUPER hot outside which made it the perfect day for some Yogli Mogli as an afternoon snack! I went with original tart + strawberry topped with pineapple, strawberries and slivered almonds. Even Clara got in on…

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Apple Pie Oatmeal

I woke up wanting pancakes but having no desire whatsoever to actually make them. So, despite the 80 degree weather that’s creeping in, oatmeal it was for breakfast! I had a crispy braeburn apple in the fridge just begging to be turned into apple pie oats! Apple Pie Oatmeal {for one}: 1/2 cup quick cooking oats 1 diced apple 2/3…

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On The Bus

I’m off to my sister’s for the weekend – can’t wait to see this doofus: I made a quick and easy dinner to pack up and take with me on the bus! Tuna (made this way) packed in between 2 slices of Trader Joe’s 100% whole wheat sourdough bread with lettuce and spicy mustard! Not a sandwich for the faint…

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Pike’s

Chad’s dad was passing through town so we all 3 got to sit down to a nice lunch together! We went to Pike’s – an old fashioned soda shop {and finer diner!} in Charlotte – aka – the most adorable place ever. The last time I was here I got the black bean burger which was so good I couldn’t…

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