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2014… You look good on me.

In fitness, Holidays!, new faves, new years!, Reviews, Uncategorized On January 5, 2014 2 Comments

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Yeay!!!! HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!
And what a great week so far! The parties are over folks, and I’m finally starting to feel normal again. Lol. New Year’s Eve was a blast! Here’s a shot of me with all black everythannnggg in my “do not judge me” messy ass bedroom. Check out my BLACK CHAMPAGNE FLUTES. want some of you’re own? TARGET $33.99 for 6 flutes!

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Super fun party with loads of flowing “adult” beverages…food….dancing…and celebrating. ;)

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Around 2:30 A.M. We decided that we were plenty drizzed, and it was time to call our “Tipsy Tow”.
Yep, that’s right. You heard correctly. On the morning of New Year’s Eve while watching Fox 11 news ( the only fucking channel that comes in on my bunny ears) …(yes, I don’t have cable) they mentioned some great ideas on getting home without drinking and driving. I am totally against that shit. One of them, was AAA offering to tow your car home within 7 miles of pickup!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAA!? Finally my AAA membership would come in to good use! Lol.
Well, get ready for the best part of this story.
While waiting for out “tipsy Tow”, your homies passed out in the car missing 3 AAA phone calls! We woke up at 5:30 A.m. Like, “wtf!”
I guess we’re sober now!!!!! Hahahha. We drove home and passed out again.
God……you really gotta love New Years!

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JANUARY 1st. 2014.
Popped a few Ibuprofen to kick my champagne hangover, and we headed to beach! Woohoo;) it was sunny and beautiful out, so we weren’t missing it!

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PARADISE COVE CAFE, MALIBU, here we come! 75 * and sunny….YES PLEASE!
Malibu is one of my favorite places to spend the day. If it wasn’t so far from my work, I would live here in a heart beat. This place is pretty awesome. Great for brunch, lunch, or dinner. The beach is kept super clean, and the best part…..you can drink on the beach here! (I sound like such an alcoholic, geeeeez) I’m saying this more cuz it’s the only was to kill the hangover. More champagne. Oh god. Lol.

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The food is ridiculous!!!!!! RIDICULOUS GOOOOOOOD!
So much for starting my healthy diet on the first of the year!
We shared…
Steamed mussels in a cream/wine sauce, With creamed spinach and fries.
“Po boy” sandwich and coleslaw
Anddddddddd shrimp cocktail.
Um….food coma.

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HAPPY…..(even with that wrinkle mid forehead.) nice.

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Like I said….more champagne to kill the champagne hangover. these mimosas were D-licious. We just had one each;)

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After such an awesome and, to say the very least, GLUTTONOUS, we decided to take a walk along the water. It’s was so pretty out, and these fat kids needed to digest all those yummies. My girlfriend Mayra gave me these really cool PHOTOJOJO lenses for Christmas, I was dying to try them.

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How cool is this shot of the sand! These next shots were taken with the telephoto lense.

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Beautiful shot of sea grass beds. Still playing around with this lens.

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Can you guess which lens I used???? FishyFishy Fish-eye! So handsome.
After our approx. 4 mile walk, it was time to sink our feet in the sand and chill. By this time it was like 4 p.m. His is what I love about Paradise Cove. You can seriously make a whole day of it.
Oh, and while in Malibu…also check out :
Malibu Cafe
El Matador beach
Malibu Wines

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Ok… I can explain….. Lol
Listen. We LOVE our wine. So what!? We sat and enjoyed our Chardonnay as the sun went down, and it was perfect. Thank god we didn’t end up staying home:)

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Our lunch was so much, that we just ended up having Menchies frozen yogurt for dinner. Lol.
Cheeeeers!

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Staying on the subject of water, beach, drinking and hydration…. I want to introduce to you a really cool product. I’m not just bringing this up cuz it may or may not have cured my hangover, but also because it’s delicious! Cocozia contacted me about trying them out and I was happy to. This company, Epicurex, prides itself in only distributing all natural, and organic products. This water comes for the green coconut, and is full of essential electrolytes. Electrolytes are directly involved with body hydration and muscle function. Maybe that’s why I found that drinking this before and during a workout was pretty amazing. Apart from my love of wine, I really only drink water, an occasional Kevita, and coconut water. I usually stay away from beverages that contain very much (if any) sugar, so the “all coconut, no added sugars”, appealed to me. I get that everyone has their own fave, but I really loved this. Especially super- duper cold!
The best part….is that they’ve got some really interesting new flavors.

Chocolate ( ummm absolutely)
Coffee
Mango
Pineapple

Try them out, and see for yourself. Order here!

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Onto some fitness news!
I am battling some feet injuries and sadly not able to do my usual Zumba workouts. Wompppppp wommmmp. The new year is definitely testing me. So far, workouts have been sparse. I’ve realized that, in order to heal, I’ve got to REST. And frankly, I can’t go hard like I used to. Sad really, but I’ve got to emprovise. I recently received an email from a freelance writer named Becky Flanigan regarding doing a guest post on From Fries To Fit about some fun ways to stay fit…IN THE WATER!
I am an absolute water baby! Oh, and I’m an Aquarius…I mean.
Check me out…… Yep, that’s me. Arms crossed, pissed for something super dumb, I’m sure. I grew up in a pool. My mother and grandfather were swim coaches, and I took after them. Practically a swimmer all my life.

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This post and write-up couldn’t have come at a better time. With all this discomfort and pain I’ve been having, this is a perfect alternate that allows me to workout pain-FREE! Now, I just need a pool. Lol.;)

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5 Great Aqua Aerobics Exercises To Stay Fit

I love to run, and try to do a weight workout as an alternative about once a week. As a busy Mom, it’s tough to fit in all my workouts, and especially to add in some cross-training. My favorite choice for some alternate exercises is aqua aerobics. I get the cardio of running and core benefit of ab work, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much weight work I can get from water exercise. Here are 5 of my favorite aqua aerobics exercises:

1) Pool plank. For me, it’s all about keeping my core strong, and the plank, on land or water, works the core very efficiently. In the water, I stand on the pool floor, and take a noodle (a long solid rubber tube, great for pool exercise), and hold it horizontally in both hands, about shoulder width apart. Holding my arms straight out, I press down into the water, letting the noodle curl up around my arms on either side, then lean forward with my head out of the water. I watch the clock on the wall, and try to hold this position for 2 minutes. It gives me a great burn, and I know my abs are getting a great workout.

2) Become Spiderman. This is a great cardio exercise, and a lot of fun, too. I stand near the side of the pool, and sweep my hands back and forth like I’m treading water. I run my legs up the side of the pool, and then back down. I alternate my leading leg each time I climb, and do 4 sets of climbs. By that time, I’m breathing pretty hard, but if I have more energy left, I just add another set.

3) Cardio core ball running. Once I’ve gotten my heart rate up with the Spiderman, core ball running keeps it up and gives me more cardio workout. This exercise provides cardio plus core strength training, in one great combination. I take a 6 inch inflated ball and hold it in front of my navel. Then I run back and forth across the pool as fast as I can for 1 minute. I rest for 30 seconds, then do 3 more repetitions. I try to increase my speed each time, and by the end, I’m really breathing hard, which is just what I wanted.

4) One legged balance. To let me catch my breath, I do an exercise for balance and strength. I stand in waist deep water, and keeping my knee straight, lift one leg up, and put the noodle under my ankle. I keep my hands by my sides, and try to balance for one minute. I switch legs and do the other leg. If the kids are around, I have them jog in circles around me to create a current, which forces my core to work harder to keep my balance. The kids love it when they’re called on for this duty – they try to make me to step off the noodle, laughing the whole time. The beauty of this exercise in the water is that while balancing, I don’t risk the embarrassing fall I had one time when I tried this on land.

5) Fly backs. Now it’s time to throw in a weight element, and fly backs are great to work out my upper chest, back and arms – it also helps with my posture. I start in a lunge position, with my right knee bent, and my left leg extended behind me. I push my arms straight out in front of me about chest high. I spread my arms out to the sides, palms parallel to the water in a swimming motion, and boy, can you feel the resistance water gives in this one. I return my arms to the starting position, switching my hands to palms forward, and that is one rep. I do 4 sets of 8 to 15 reps, and switch the forward leg on each set. When I’m finished, I can really feel the effect on my upper body.
Those are some of my favorites aqua aerobic exercises, but there are plenty of other choices. Whether I’m looking for cardio work, or specific resistance exercises to parallel weight workouts, aqua aerobics can give me a wonderful exercise routine.

Becky Flanigan enjoyed creative writing classes in school, and uses those skills when writing freelance articles for InTheSwim.com. Becky likes spending time with her husband, 3 kids, and 2 golden retrievers. She spends many fun filled hours at the family swimming pool, watching the kids and dogs splash and play. She is also an avid gardener – and even helps friends landscape and decorate their yards.

Thanks Becky!
In other news…..I will be making some changes to the site coming soon;)
Love youuuzzzzzzzzzz

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New Years celebration!

In Dinner dates, friends, life, new years!, Uncategorized On January 2, 2013 0 Comments

How are we feeling after this weekend’s celebrations friends? Did y’all enjoy the last day of 2012?? Yeeeeeehooooooo. I did! Maybe a little too much;) Monday was a super fun day! I got a lot done, stoked on my new toy (vitamix), managed to get in my last workout of the year, Zumba, of course, and made some bomb ass scalloped potatoes for the New Years festivities. Sooo excited!
I wanted to share the fun with all of you babes! It was a blast! Full of great champagne, wine, friends, delicious food, and pretty little sweets.
Here’s the bestie Amy. Her and her boyfriend Matt hosted a great party, always do.

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As we sipped our wine, we enjoyed a variety of cheeses, nuts, veggies, and dips

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These lovely ladies…..gorge…

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We literally stood in this position for like 15 minutes as Lance (a the photo genius) was playing with all the settings on my camera, trying out different shots. Lol. In the end, we decided it was the lighting above us that we didn’t like.
Btw…I have cute friends;)

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The beautiful couple.

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Apparently we REALLY like this pose. Byeeeeeee

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CHEERS babes! Not gonna lie, I was just a wheeeeeeee bit tipsy. Here we go 2013!

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Best part! You guys, seriously, no joke, dinner was A-MAZE-BALLZ! Just keep lookin on…
I mean….this picture says it all. Meat lovers paradise.

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Amy’s homemade creamed cheesy spinach. LABOMBA.

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Gorgeous caramelized root veggies, garlic,onions, that cooked with the juices of the meat.

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This is when the drunkies came out.. Lol. Shouldn’t be allowed to hold a big ass knife in those conditions.

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Ummm, do you see what’s happening here…..

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PERFECTLY COOKED! Check out that pink. Wow. Never have I evaaaaaaa!

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The potatoes au gratin were a hit. I ended up doing a healthier version. You know how heavy that dish can be. Originally made with lots of cream, cheese, butter, etc. I made it with ghee (clean butter), little bit of flour, nonfat Greek yogurt , skim cheeses, and unsweetened flax milk. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see how nicely it thickened up while on the stovetop. Also lots of garlic and thyme. That always makes thing taste delicious!

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Ok, so annoyed. Apparently sometime during the evening, I got a big ol’ smudge on my lense. Effing pissed, cuz now you can’t really see my plate in all it’s glory!
Anyway, I forgot to mention, the CRAB LEGS. No bigz.
Dinner was amazing. I really enjoyed it all. Everything paired beautifully.

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Another friend had made some delicious sweet treats
Angel food cupcakes and cookies shaped like champagne bottles. Adorbs.

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I think things got a little blurry from this moment on. Literally.

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The sweetest, raddest couple. Lance & Vaness. Loved seeing them!

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Another year gone, and boy was it a crazy one! I hope that all of you enjoyed your evening as much as we did! We a truly blessed in this life. Don’t forget that. So let’s throw our hats up!

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CHEERS FROM ALL OF US FRIENDS , TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE! HAPPY 2013!

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Worlds FASTEST and HEALTHIEST CoOkIE!

In new years!, popular recipes, sweets, Uncategorized On January 2, 2013 0 Comments

THAt’S right! Cookies have never been this easy! Now that the New Year is here…it’s time to start gettin your HEALTH on! I’ve got the solution for ya’ll. You know that I’m constantly researching healthy ways to get my sweet fix in, and with this recipe, I’ve found the ULTIMATE!

Have you ever used coconut flour?

please refer to this great site to help you grow accustomed to low carb baking.

Foodie Fiasco is another great site/blog that I follow for low carb baking. I absolutely love her! All of her sweets are completely healthified.

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This morning I was craving something sweet to go with my coffee, and I didn’t have much time to make anything that was too fussy, so this was perfect. I had all the ingredients anyway.

Oh, btw, have you ever made cookies in your microwave… Yeah me neither. Talk about curious. The original recipe with made with molasses, I instead opted for sugar free honey. Just preference. I also doubled the recipe so that I could have enough for a few days;)

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You will now see how freakin easy this is. They are pretty dense. Really, because coconut flour sucks in lots of moisture, plus the banana. So the cookies should be made small. Trust me, they’re filling.

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Alright, check it….
In a small/medium bowl…add coconut flour, salt, and stevia. Combine these ingredients well, coconut flour tends to lump up so make sure smash those little chunks right out. Once combined, add unsweetened vanilla almond milk. You could also use light unsweetened coconut milk. I like to use a fork to combine, the whisk usually sucks for me. I find that things blend better with my fork. Especially for this type if baking.

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In a different bowl, (small), mash banana well, add honey, and vanilla. Mix
Add into your other flour/milk bowl. Combine all to create the batter. Then, fold in chocolate chips. In this case, I used vegan carob chips. Really, you could use any, but I would stick to the darkest, purest dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more fiber, and antioxidants, the less sugar. I actually LOVE me some 100% dark cacao, I could even much on a handful of raw cacao nibs! Yummy.

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Once the cookie dough I created, make little dough ball, and flatten them out to a cookie shape.

Ok, now comes the part that I was a bit skeptical about….I was actually laughing when I read how to cook them. Aright, grab a microwave safe plate.
Grease it, and place the cookies on it. Place them inside the microwave, and cook in 1 minute increments. Watching and smelling. Mine were done after the 3rd minute, maybe the 4th. Andddddd….viola!
I mean. CAN YOU BELIEVE!?

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Then, these pretty little baby’s came out. Listen, they’re not gooey, they’re not gonna be slightly browned. (Duh, they were cooked in a micro) and they’re not gonna taste like your grandmothers famous cookies, but hell, they are super yummy, dense, ridiculous healthy, like REALLY… Only 130 calories for THE WHOLE BATCH!! Get into it.

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Girls and boys, if this year, your resolution is to get fit, then you have to remember, it’s not just the gym that needs to get on point, but your diet does too. They go hand and hand. This is the FIT way to eat cookies!

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Ending the year with some NEW TOYS! Vitamix,Polar ft60,DDf

In new years!, polar, Reviews, Uncategorized, Viamix, WOD On December 31, 2012 2 Comments

Homegurrrrrrrrl just got herself a lil PREZZIE!!!!!!

I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Do you understand what’s happening right now…my life’s about to change. I finally decided to make the plunge kids. I have wanted this bad boy for SO long, and I woke up this morning on a damn mission. I was at Bed Bath & Beyond as soon as their doors opened. You know me… If I want something…Get ready, that shit is happening.YESSSSSSSSS!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhh

Ok, enough with the annoying “!!!!!!”

Originally $500

I payed $400….oh yes. Wondering how?

The freakin 20% off coupon that we all get in the mail, but never use! Hell no, not passing that up.

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I was so embarrassing this morning at the store, alllllll taking pictures of the box, so I could immediately post on instagram. Goooood Lord. This thing is incredible. You could literally put a whole avocado pit in your smoothie, and you wouldn’t even be able to tell it was in there. it’s that powerful. Also, not to worry, it comes with a 7 YEAR WARRANTY. Pretty great.

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I’ve been geeking out over here. So far this morning, I’ve watched the hour DVD it came with, read the whole recipe book, and researched online. Listen, I’m not gonna buy a $500 blender and not utilize or take advantage of EVERY single feature. I went to the grocery store today, so you best believe, first thing tomorrow morning I will be making my goddess green smoothie :) No chunks in this one! (my last blender was a joke).

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I’ve had this under my favorite tools for the kitchen for a bit now, just waiting for the moment I actually could buy it, and I have a feeling I most definitely Won’t be regretting it. If you don’t already own one,are curious, or are contemplating the purchase, please take a moment to check out the features:

  • Create smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts with one machine
  • The ability to chop, cream, blend, heat, grind, churn, and more, with a single machine
  • Quick and easy self-cleaning with a drop of dish soap and warm water; just run on High for 30 seconds
  • break-resistant, BPA-free copolyester pitchers, stainless steel blades and durably-built base
  • break up cell walls, which unlock the nutrition in fruit, vegetables and greens better than any other lower-powered blenders can.

Mi amor, there she is, in all her glory, in her new favorite spot.

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Around 1:00 I got the hell outta the house. I wanted to sport my Christmas gift from Mama. My new polar watch. It was time to set up the fit test, and give this puppy a try. First things first…

Fitness test. Before setting up your new training info and schedule, you must strap this heart monitor/transmitter snug right under your tatas. Follow the steps on the watch,lie down and relax until the watch beeps, your heart rate will now sync. After i did this step, I was ready. Except, I didn’t realize I had to wear the freakin thing every time I worked out to get the accurate heart rate bpm. Yes, ONLY bummer. I went for a quick run with willy to try it out without the transmitter on, and was wondering if I had received a faulty watch. LOL Dummy. The thing is actually not even noticeable. it’s pretty discrete.

Me and the transmitter n’ all headed to LA fitness for my first training sesh.

Today’s workout consisted of:

  • 30 min elliptical intervals high/low resistance
  • 20 min on treadmill. 1 mile @ 6.4 mph. 1/2 mile @ 7.1 & 1/2 mile alternating intervals of 30 seconds 10.0 mph-30 seconds rest
  • Ab series
  • Lower back raises
  • Superman
  • dead lift with 60 lb bar
  • push ups
  • stretching

I was like a kid in a candy store. I swear, this thing inspires you to work harder. The whole time I was working out, I could see exactly what I needed to do to get into a fat burning zone, when I was in rest mode, and when I was in the mid-range zone. I can use this watch to set fitness goals — lose weight, improve fitness, or maximize fitness.

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This watch and transmitter also has an EnergyPointer, which calculates the point where training turns from fat burning to fitness improvement, and in weekly summary you read on the watch

it will also alarm you if your heart rate exceeds or dips below your target sounding an alarm. It tells you how well you have done in each target heart rate zone. Between the tracking and motivational elements, a trainer without the trainer ;) 639 calories burned today. STOKED!

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This image shows precisely how much time I spent in each target heart rate zone during my workout. 3 being the highest intensity. Not just that, the watch saves your training, so that you have the ability to see your improvement.Amazeballz. This little gadget will push you to want to do better and burn more calories. When I would work out before the watch, I was just relying on what the machine would say. I always thought the calorie count was fishy…..it always seemed really high. I put it to the test today, annnnnnd I was right!! The difference was astonishing. It was almost a 175 calorie difference. The Polar ft60 really has the the right accuracy, and even though I realized I wasn’t burning as many cals as I had thought without it, it forced me to work that much harder to get the results I expected. Don’t trust that lying little elliptical;)

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I left the gym feeling fit and accomplished. That transmitter is actually really comfy, I forgot I had it on, and ran my errands for the next 2 hours with the damn thing on. Loser.
I stopped in at the local supplement store near the gym to pick up some staples that I was out of.

MRM BCAA+G Reload
COLLAGEN SPORT Protein in vanilla
MRM L-CARNITINE 1000

Once I got home, willy just about had a heart attack. I just don’t even know what to do anymore! He has the absolute WORST case of separation anxiety. It stresses me out to the max. He had scratched to bottom of the door sooo bad, ripped up the rug in front of the door, AND, manage to get ahold of his leash ( which was hanging by the door) and ate though the leather. Literally now in half, I had to go straight to petco to pick up a new one. Pissed. Wahhhhhhhh…I’m whining. I just was ready to relax.

Finally ready to cook up something yummy and light my new candle by archipelago. Smells like winter! I’m a sucker for setting a mood with a great smelling candle. Sometimes I feel like a little bit of a candle hoarder. I can’t help it. Every time I see them on GILT.COM, I buy like 4 at a time, and store them. LOVE.

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Check out this gorgeous ceramic wine cork. A gift from a friend for christmas :) I poured myself a glass of bordeaux, and began making dinner. I don’t know about you, but I love me some wine during cooking sessions. Oh and of course, with Edith Piaf in the background.

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After my delicious dinner of stewed shredded chicken tenders in broth, spices, and slowly cooked, I took a nice hot shower, and gave myself a sulfur mask.

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I’m a fan of home facials:) this DDF sulfur mask is particularly for acne prone skin. I don’t usually have big breakouts, but I always have issues with in larger pores, so I try to nip it in the bud early. Can’t hurt to do one once every 2-3 wks. Once a week if your skin is quite oily and likely to break out.

Check their website now and receive 20% off your entire order. Love this stuff. Products for all skin types.

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Loving the fact that I AGAIN get to enjoy 3 days off! Looking forward to making my famous scalloped potatoes for the New Years celebration dinner with friends!

What are the plans for New Years guys?
Btw… Pleaseeeeee be safe out there, people are crazy!

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What are your favorite low carb New Years cocktails? I need ideas;)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

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XO,

P