Thursday Thoughts

1. I’m in the middle of reading Still Alice and it is so good and SO SAD. I can’t even imagine getting Early Onset Alzheimers, or being a family member of someone with the disease. I’ll have to see the movie after I finish the book – haha maybe alone. There will probably be tears.

 

2. I am looking for women who want to participate in my next 21 Day Accountability Group!!! You’d need to sign up in the next few days to get your challenge pack in time, so email me or leave a comment if you want to join! As my more frequent readers know, these accountability groups have made a huge difference in not only my exercise consistency and my nutrition, but even more so in my personal confidence and the general positivity I have in life. I’d love to chat with you to see if this is the right thing for you! The more of you that join the greater this community will be! It’s so nice to have women to commiserate with and celebrate with who just get you!

 

3. Speaking of, my Beachbody team, led by Anna (middle of picture), is called Team Inspire Joy! A few of us were able to get together last night for dinner at an Asian restaurant (haha ALL types of Asian food) and it was SO NICE to just talk and talk and talk with women you have so much in common with, especially when you met them through Instagram! Haha.

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4. I’ve had a couple early morning appointments which has given me the opportunity (haha – positive spin) to power walk to work in the morning. I miss walking around the riverfront – come on spring!

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5. Speaking of Spring (so many great transitions) this weekend is Daylight Savings Time!!! Although it’s my least favorite since we lose an hour of the weekend… I will be very happy for MORE LIGHT!

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6. So I mentioned the whole Match.com thing a couple weeks ago (which, by the way, has been way more fun with several of my friends doing it too since we can talk about it and share funny stories/pictures…) but I’m debating what to share on here and what not to share… The life of a blogger. I feel like you guys are all my friends so I just want to talk about everything, but at the same time this is on the internet. For anyone to see. Eeehhhhh. It’s hard!

 

7. Speaking of on the internet for everyone to see, I take these pictures of myself to send in texts to friends thinking I’ll never put them on the blog. Then comes Thursday and I’m like, who cares!? Haha – me, freezing cold, with my NEW FLUFFY duvet! Everything is white and makes me feel like I’m in a hotel – and I love it.

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8. Have a great Thursday!

Seek respect, I need to remind my self of this continually

 

What does your bedding look like? 

What do you think about accountability/support groups? Is that your thing? 

Favorite Ways To Use Almond Milk

Until I started putting this post together, I didn’t realize just how much almond milk I use every day! My favorite is Blue Diamond’s Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze – not only does it taste good, but at 30 calories a cup I don’t even think twice about putting it in a lot of what make for the day. I also buy it often because it’s sold at every grocery store I go to, even Trader Joe’s!

Since I’m generally avoiding dairy, almond milk is a perfect replacement for whenever I would use cream or milk, such as in my coffee! I actually keep one of these smaller boxes in our refrigerator at work to add to my coffee, and it lasts me about two weeks!

Another way that I use almond milk in the morning is in my Shakeology! I loooooove Shakeology, but mixing it with almond milk instead of water makes it about a million times better! (if possible… haha). I just use 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop Shakeology and 4 ice cubes: voila!

I also use almond milk in several recipes, anywhere that the recipe calls for milk. Here are some of my favorites and some recipes that I’d love to try from my Pinterest boards!

Chia Pudding

3 ingredient Chia Pudding 1 (13.5oz) can coconut milk* 1/4 cup chia seeds 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. vanilla (optional)

 

Paleo Porridge

Paleo Porridge (Grain and Nut Free). For those folks who still need a warm bowl of stick to your ribs goodness, but without all the grains and nuts.

Crunchy Monkey Shakeology

Chunky Monkey Shakeology Recipe -1 scoop chocolate Shakeology 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (or skim milk) 1/2 cup water 1/2 banana (best if frozen…I don’t know why but it’s true) 1 tbsp natural peanut butter (or tbsp PB2) 1/3 cup ground granola Tall glass full of ice

Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats

Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats - Vanilla Shakeology | #cleaneating #shakeology #recipes

Pumpkin Fig Bread Pudding

pumpkin fig bread pudding (allergy friendly)

 

What’s your favorite kind of milk? 

What do you drink in the mornings? 

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk

Book Reviews

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I've Got Your Number

Synopsis from Goodreads:

I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!
 
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
 
Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.
 
What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

 

I’d always been a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series so when I saw she had a book that I hadn’t read I snagged it up from the library (ebook). This was EXACTLY the book I needed at the moment – something light, romantic and with a great ending. Yes, I pretty much knew who would end up with who before even beginning the book, but I really enjoyed reading this story. Although it ended how I expected, it definitely had a surprise here and there and really kept my attention – I finished in less than two days! I just couldn’t put it down. I loved it. It was sweet, romantic and brought a smile to my face. You’ve got to love a book that makes you laugh out loud every once in a while.

 

The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley

The Dead Key

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world.

Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland’s largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees, and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault’s safe-deposit boxes were lost.

In the years since, Cleveland’s wealthy businessmen kept the truth buried in the abandoned high-rise. The ransacked offices and forgotten safe-deposit boxes remain locked in time, until young engineer Iris Latch stumbles upon them during a renovation survey. What begins as a welcome break from her cubicle becomes an obsession as Iris unravels the bank’s sordid past. With each haunting revelation, Iris follows the looming shadow of the past deeper into the vault—and soon realizes that the key to the mystery comes at an astonishing price.

 

Oh. My. Gosh. This book kept me RIVETED. I absolutely love history and historical buildings so a book about a mystery that’s been sealed up in an old 15-story bank for 20 years was right down my alley. It definitely moved a little too slowly at certain points for me (I just WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!) but I was kept hooked on the story throughout the book. I also loved how the author told the story from two points of view, and yet the two women were incredibly similar. There were a few times when I thought “really? would that reaaaalllly happen?” but I just pushed those thoughts to the side and got back into the story. If you love old, unsolved mysteries, this one is for you.

 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

 

I picked this book because it was $1.99 and it is the new Book Club read on Lauren Conrad’s blog. Although the main character was a high schooler, I still found the book cute and somewhat relatable. I pretty much had an idea of where it was going to go, but nevertheless I enjoyed reading the story. This was another book I finished in one weekend and definitely recommend it as a fun, light read.

 

Over Your Oats #16

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Life

#Askhermore

Things Every Woman in Her 30s Should Know

How To Stop Yourself From Crying

I Was 10 Years Old and Hated My Body

My Eating Disorder Story

Be The Same Person In The Dark

Fitness

Thigh and Shoulders Focus Workout

Five Every Day Healthy Life Hacks to Stay On Track

Lower Body Resistance Band Workout

Food

Healthier No Bake Cookies

4 Ingredient Blondie for One

Sunbutter Energy Bites

Healthy Brownie Bites

Random/Funny

A Message for the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Find the #1 On The Day You Were Born

Thursday Thoughts

1. Uhhh… Yes. Yes, please. Right now, please.

 

2. I am officially an insomniac. Despite taking melatonin for about a week I still wake up anytime between 12:30am and 2:30am then never fall back asleep. Forgive me if anything today makes little sense.

 

3. Snow is magic. Ha did that make sense? To me it does. I love snow.

 

4. I’ve put together a Facebook group for anyone interested in doing one of my challenge groups but doesn’t want to make a commitment yet. It’s just a fun, free group where I’ll post motivational quotes, healthy living articles and tips, and run 5 day free mini-challenges that you can either participate in or not, up to you! Shoot me an email or Facebook message if you want to join! (Katie Wheeler).

 

5. I have a big event at work Friday morning and almost all of the responsibility and organizing seems to have fallen to me… I feel confident that everything should go just fine, but you never know. I’d appreciate prayers for my nerves and the event goes smoothly!

 

6. I know I’m not a cat person, but this cat. I just can’t handle his cuteness.

7. To even out the cat vs dog love, here’s an adorable picture of my buddy, Bennett. He lives a rough life…

8. Have a great Thursday!

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Dog or cat person? 

Who wants to take me to the beach? 

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now for free, where would you go?