One Word… Monday?

Hey everyone! I’m back in Chicago from a quick visit home and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to bring back One Word Wednesday! Just on a Monday… humor me.

So what is One Word Wednesday? In Lindsay’s words:

The only rule of “One Word Wednesday” is that you must label your pictures with one word. And it MUST be the first word that comes to mind (and yes, you can put two words together, hashtag-style if need be). If you can’t play by those rules, you probably should just sit this one out. Yeah. That’d probably be best.


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Loose Park


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Your turn!

What’s one word for your hair right now?

What’s one word for your breakfast today?

What’s one word for your mood?

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 & Turkey Trot

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno

I mentioned yesterday that on Thanksgiving, my dad and I did our third Turkey Trot 5K together. What I didn’t mention was the shoes I wore!

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I had the opportunity to try out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 17 shoes and since I loved the Mizunos that I ran in last year I jumped at the chance.

What I loved most about the shoes was how light they were. I’m used to a heaver shoe and when I first ran in these it didn’t feel like I had heavy shoes on my feet. I must be really smart because I later found out that these are Mizuno’s lightest Wave Rider shoe that they’ve made!

Other fun facts:

– The New U4iC midsole is 30% lighter than standard foam, but for someone who wears a more supportive shoe, I found that this gives me just as much support.

– Another reason the shoe is so light is because they use blown rubber rather than carbon for the outsole. This makes the shoe only 8.8oz!

– And the colors – SO MANY COLORS! I have to say I do love the white ones that I received! I probably would have chosen them, or the bright blue!

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After testing them out on the treadmill in Chicago, I laced up my Mizunos Thursday morning for the Turkey Trot!

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The race is held at Sprint Center in Overland Park, KS and was much bigger this year than the previous years we’ve run. They tried to separate the start by walkers and runners, but the area they had the runners line up was much too small. We had to stand outside the barriers and slowly work our way in once the gun went off.

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They changed the course from last year and I think it had more hills (my Dad disagrees). Either way, it was mountainous compared to Chicago but I pushed through and paced my dad for a PR!

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We finished in 26:52 and I was so proud of him! He’s been cutting MINUTES off his 5K time every year that we run!

I also tried to teach him the importance of stretching after running, but he chose to just take pictures of me stretching…

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I was so glad I had my lighter Mizunos to race in rather than my heavier long-distance shoes, it made for a fun race! The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 will be released on December 5th so they are the perfect item to add to your holiday wish list!


Have you ever done a race with a family member?

What kind of shoes do you run or workout in?


Good morning everyone! I’m in Kansas City and loving being home with my family! I had a great “girls night” with some of my and mom’s friends last night at La Bodega (a great tapas place) and I’m excited to see my little brother and an old friend today! Gotta get in as much as I can while I’m here!

For today’s What I At Wednesday, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been eating over the past few weeks (aka whatever I remembered to take a picture of). If you’re new to WIAW, head on over to Peas and Crayons to check it out!

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For breakfast I’ve been mixing things up with more eggs and veggies, or carbs in the form of bananas or plantains.

Bananas cooked in a skillet with sunbutter:


Baked Plantain with protein “sauce” from Purely Twins:


Eggs with sauteed spinach (and ketchup), avocado and banana slices:


And plenty of green juice!

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Lunches and dinners have been a lot of whatever I manage to throw together, including snack plates, salads, mishmosh of whatever I have in my fridge (that’s a technical term), and salads from local food places.

Salad from Pret A Manger:


Spiralized zucchini with tomato sauce, spinach, fresh corn (from the farmers market!) and Trader Joe’s chicken sausage:


Eggs, chicken sausage, spinach, carrots and avocado topped with seasoning and ketchup:


TACO JOINT with Kelsey, Lindsay, Bethany and Erin!



And a LOT of “ice cream” for dessert and snacks made from my Viatmix. This one was pineapple, mango and strawberry. I make it with about 5 ice cubes, 1/2 cup almond milk, stevia, vanilla, a pinch of salt and xantam gum.


I also had a banana and almond butter sandwich, a fiji apple and some carrots both days during our lunch break of the Bar Exam:

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And of course, after the exam, my drink of choice: gin and soda with lime!

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Have you ever tried plantains?

What’s your go to drink when out with friends (non-alcoholic as well!)?

What’s your current favorite breakfast?

One Word Wednesday–KC Style

I think this week calls for another One Word Wednesday, don’t you? Although I had an amazing time in Kansas City (see below), it left me behind with studying and a smiiiidge tired. Already waiting for the weekend! Is it Friday yet?

So what is One Word Wednesday? In Lindsay’s words:

The only rule of “One Word Wednesday” is that you must label your pictures with one word. And it MUST be the first word that comes to mind (and yes, you can put two words together, hashtag-style if need be). If you can’t play by those rules, you probably should just sit this one out. Yeah. That’d probably be best.






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What’s one word to describe your weekend?

What’s one word to describe your mood?

Weekend in Kansas City

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

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So I mentioned that this week is my spring break, so I thought I’d recap my first weekend! I flew home to Kansas City on Friday. I almost missed my flight due to some serious bus back ups (a big accident), I couldn’t even get a cab because so many people were trying to get them to not be late to work! Anyway, I made it with a couple minutes to spare and when I got to my gate I realized Chicago Fire (the pro soccer team in Chicago) was on my flight! Yes, I took a creeper picture (I had to ask a couple guy friends who they were at first…)

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The ironic part?! I saw them the next day! Well, in a more expected setting… more on that later. Friday night was a nice relaxing night just hanging out with my parents and watching French Kiss with Meg Ryan. I’d never heard of it (it was made in 1995) but it was cute!

Saturday morning I was up early and did a Jillian Michaels video, followed by 20 minutes of a self-invented boxing workout!

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I’d gone to a kickboxing class with Kelsey on Thursday night, and it really got me inspired! We happened to still have an old bag and gloves in my basement, so I put them to good use!

After that, I had brunch with my friend, Benny, and then we headed out to watch the Sporting KC (pro soccer) season opener! I’d never been to a pro soccer game before, so I was really excited to get to go to the game. Oh, and that’s where I saw the Chicago Fire team again!

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One thing I learned at the game was that soccer fans are SERIOUS. They go all out and are really great fans. One end of the field felt like a “student section” in the stadium, everyone was all decked out and going crazy, and they had several banners hanging down.

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The game itself flew by and, despite the cold, I had a lot of fun watching it. The score was… 0 to 0. Yep, a tie. I guess they don’t do shoot outs?

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On the way back home we saw a car with the family stickers on the back, except these had Disney hats and t-shirts… We spent way too much time laughing about this. Also please take note that there was one lonely cat over on the right side of the window (not pictured). We wondered what the cat did to get banished over there…

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After the game I went home where my mom, dad, little brother, grandparents and I all had a nice dinner! I absolutely love these family dinners, and spending time with my grandparents (Hi Granann & Jack! – they’re readers). Family is definitely something you appreciate more and more as you get older.

Sunday morning was a bit of a lazy morning for me (despite waking up at 6am…), I had an early breakfast, did a LOT of reading (for FUN!), and then finally headed out the door to run about a million errands. I was exhausted but luckily one of them included the Roasterie, my favorite coffee place in KC!

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Sunday evening I had “Girls Night Out” with my mom’s two friends and their daughters who are about my age. It’s our tradition to set up dinner/lots of wine consumption whenever I’m back in town and I absolutely love it.

We had dinner at La Bodega, which is a Spanish restaurant that serves mostly tapas. We shared several tapas and had.. plenty of wine:

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And this morning? My mom and I are off to Colorado Springs!



Have you ever been to a pro soccer game?

What’s your favorite sporting event to go to?

What’s your favorite coffee spot?