Category Archives: College

Rest Days

Hello there!

Finally back into the swing of things….regular gym-going, healthier eats, more arting.

Veggies, get back in my life.

My newest flavor love, Chobani Apple Cinnamon.

Lots of the best flavor of Larabar (thanks to chocolate chips, this is the winner).

My black bean soup!

Saturday we had a little party for my mama’s birthday.

For prep, Friday night was shopping trip number one for our food necessities. I dragged Allie along with me to WalMart, where we found Oscar (Allie’s boyfriend, if you are new to the blog).

An uncanny resemblance to our Oscar. We also found some pantyhose on the wasabi popcorn. Uhhh?

To add to our adventure, I had to climb a fixture in order to get the last bottle of lime juice. Unfortunately, the only pictures we have of that are mental ones.

After some kickass BodyCombat and BodyPump classes the next morning, I headed to the grocery store to pick up some last minute things for the night.

Family and friends came over for the football games, complete with my parent’s homemade wings and lots of pizza. I also made some buffalo chicken eggrolls and my buffalo dip (we had buffalo chicken on buffalo chicken!!!) and they were pretty tasty.

She even got a froggy funfetti cake (she collects frogs).

It was lovely and I think my mama had a fun birthday!

Sunday is normally my exercise rest day, where I can usually be found taking Koda for a nice long walk and/or spending the day watching football in Philly in my yoga pants…..sans the yoga.

And I did both of those things this Sunday. Starting with The Monster’s walk (he’s a ferocious beast, I know).

Along with a little drawing. Although I usually limit my alcohol consumption to once (occasionally twice) a week, a leisurely beer or two is usually consumed on Sunday. Like this week’s local microbrew:


The brewery is in Allentown, where Coop’s alma mater is located. Muhlenberg!

I did take off Monday from the gym as well, which is usually a BodyPump class and some cardio. I just wasn’t feeling it yesterday; I was absolutely exhausted after work (didn’t have off for MLK like all of you luckies!) and in a bit of a weird funk and just wanted to lay on the couch all night and take a bath. Definitely my body’s way of begging for some extra recovery time after a hard week at the gym and a double sesh on Saturday morning, so that wish was gladly granted. That means I had time to scour some new magazines for recipes that I want to try.

^Had to buy this one due to this show (please watch this;….you are welcome):

Our new obsession on the Food Network. And my new obsession with the extreme weirdness that is Aaron Carter.

But I ended up loving Every Day with Rachael Ray…who knew! This thing is chock-full of awesome recipe ideas that are organized so well. Can’t wait to try my spin on many of them.

Plus, I needed my rest. It will be an exciting week at the gym…new BodyCombat launch tonight with all of the instructors, and a new class on Wednesdays called Fight Club! So I got to buy these pretty little things:

As time goes on, I am becoming more and more passionate about becoming a certified instructor/trainer. Something that is a huge goal of mine for the year. I am just loving the way these classes have been transforming my body! And I am loving being back in a class mode and pushing myself to the max…reminds me of my dancing days.

Other two big goals for this year? Getting my finances in order and trying to consolidate some things, and to move out! These are all very doable, and I am in super-saver mode. Which means my extensive Lululemon collection is going to have to stay content in its current state at the moment. No new additions. That is, unless I find the perfect long sleeve tech shirt in the perfect color…

Some illustration coming at ya later this week!


How often do you take rest days? Usually 1-2 days on a normal week for me, unless I am traveling/on vacation. I get grumpy when I don’t work out!

Go Wildcats!!!


We are so close! It’s almost Friiiiday, Friiiday. Gotta get down on Friday. That means it is time for:

Throwback Thursday

Oh, college!!!! I miss it!

Good ol’ U of A! (Source)
Gor. Geous. (Source)

Here is the sketch I did when I was graduating college and wanted to send out grad announcements. Instead of buying the pretty “A” ones that were for sale at my school, I opted for something more….me.


Here is the final card I sent out.

I miss college so much. And Tucson has my heart fooor. Eeev. Verrrr. Proof:

I miss the views while hiking…
A REAL wildcat (bobcat)!!! At the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Homecoming on the mall is RIDICULOUS.

Apartment complexes had pools like this….
Pictures don’t do it justice. Simply gorgeous.
My very first apartment alone…sick mountain/palm tree/pool view.
My grandma visited and I took her out into the desert.
Ocotillos are my favorite! The tall skinny cactus thing with flowers at the top.
Oh yeah…and the parties….
Late nights with friends…
I have like 30 pictures posing with this turtle. Fun fact: I collect turtles and giraffes!
Going to Coyotes games! (Yes…my hair went through many stages)
Hiking is THE BEST in the Sonoran desert.
Thursday night dance parties….

Go Cats!!! (And I am SO short.)
More turtles!!!
Mill Ave in Tempe (and a stranger…)
We have the REAL Biodome!!!
So many friends I haven’t seen in years…
But I love ’em just as much!
You are in love now, too, right?!

Um. Whoa, pic overload. And this is just a SMALL snippet of my life out there. Miss it!

I am jealous of my little sister and her fun new apartment and crazy college town. She goes where I went for my first two years before transferring…University of Delaware….and I have an intense love for Newark. Love all the little shops and restaurants and bars and campus and architecture…oh, and the people! Great school. I plan on going there often to see Sista and grab dinner or fro yo or a drink (or six). Something about being back in that town makes me so deliriously happy…freshman year was one of the most fun and life-changing experiences of my life. It just feels right when I am back there. Plus, they have lots of newbie places on Main Street now…like Chipotle (<3), an new Irish pub that I love, and this Winehouse I’m dying to go to.

On the homefront, look what I came home to the other day.

Yes. Dragging 3/4 of a duffel bag through a little hole in his crate.

This bag was no. Where. Close. To him.

He is a magic dog.


Pretty sure this was the same day he was mad at me for not feeding him right away at 5:45 AM when he woke up and decided to snack on my straightener cord instead. Good thing my dad designs wiring harnesses and is a pro at repairing such things.

All bettah after surgery!

Speaking of magic, I promise to be back next week with a magical Healthified Mac ‘n’ Cheese recipe and some freshy drawings. Until then, enjoy your last (long!) weekend of summer! …well, fall doesn’t technically start ’til the 23rd, but something about Labor Day Weekend signifies the end of summer for me. Depressing. But you best believe I will celebrate it right!

Oh, and happy September! Officially my second month of blogging has begun. Little bloggy is growing up! Also, as of today, I am a new member of “20 Something Bloggers;” starting to feel like a real blogger now!

Some things I look forward to this month?

  • LDW! We’re going to play hard.
  • A fun wedding with fun people in Virginia! Roadtriiiip. (I need a dress…oops.)
  • Integrating Kodes into Philly.
  • Starting to cook/bake with pumpkin on the reg! It’s acceptable in September, right? Then I have pumpkin picking and carving to look forward to!!!
  • Pretty fall-ish nail polish colors….like this. 
(How great is Pinterest?!)
  • Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?!
  • Winery outing (in the cooler weather!) with live music and light food and tastings.
  • Oh, and September 1st means beginning to utilize this little guy…so I don’t go through 4893420 Post-Its a month, instead. I feel so organized!

Peace out.