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Monday, Monday



Let's just cut to the chase: Mondays are rough for me. My weekends are way too short, my Sunday night routine bumps up against my Monday morning, and I just want to sleep in! On top of all of that, Mondays are usually my busiest days at work. Needless to say, Mondays aren't my favorite.

One of the toughest things for me on Monday is getting myself a nutritious breakfast as I rush around my place, things flying like I'm the Tasmanian Devil. If I'm really bad over the weekend, and can't make it to the grocery store, the chance of me having something healthy in my pantry to eat on a Monday morning is pretty slim. Fortunately, I was recently introduced to the Quest Nutrition Beyond Cereal Bars.

Lex Local: Sky House Yoga in Downtown Silver Spring


If you've been following me on Instagram, you know that I have been practicing yoga a heck of a lot more now than any other point in the last couple of years -- basically since I've started practicing yoga. It has helped me with a lot of lower back and hip issues I was having, it's made me more flexible and balanced, and -- most importantly -- it has helped me with my sanity. Yoga is life, y'all!

Recently, I have had two opportunities to attend yoga classes at Sky House Yoga in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland (DTSS). It is such a cute studio with incredible energy. In their current space, they have one small classroom, which makes the classes intimate. They are moving to a new studio next month, so I'm excited to see how this space compares. (I've been keeping track of progress and trying to figure out how the new studio will look. I've sort of been stalking their Instagram. I'm not proud.)

The Week Behind, The Week Ahead


Greetings, friends! I'm back in Maryland, and I'm not gonna lie: I miss the Key West weather! I cannot wait to share my race recap and travel recap with you all, but that will come later this week. Instead, I'd like to share what I've been up to since my return from Florida, and what I have planned for this week.

I'm In Miami (Beach)

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Key West Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!


I made it into Miami this morning, and I'm so happy to be near the ocean this weekend! I'm currently in South Beach - which is where my best friend lives - and I'll be heading down to Key West tomorrow with my college roommate for the Key West Half Marathon!

I Hate Weddings


I've been toying with this post for the past month, but since it's the first day of the new year, I figured I'd better get cracking on it. There's no time like the present, right?

First, I should say that I don't actually hate weddings. Hate is a very strong word, best reserved for things like hatred itself and lima beans. I'm not a fan of weddings. I've had to attend so many throughout my life. Public displays of affection, crying, and general girliness are just not my jam. And that's cool. Different strokes for different folks, right?

That's not to say that I didn't enjoy any of the weddings I've attended over the years. Of course I did! Seeing my siblings and best friend get married were very special moments, and I was so honored that they wanted to share them with me. We should all feel honored when people close to us want us to join them in celebrating joyous occasions, right?

Now, because this is a new year, I should probably clarify: This is not a whining and complaining post. I'm starting out this year happy and ready to take on any challenges thrown my way. I just thought I would go through some caveats while I bury the lede. That's a writer's prerogative, right?

Naughty or Nice with Three Wishes


I received products from Three Wishes in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts contained in this post are alllll mine.

I love this time of year, and I'm not shy about it! I love wearing festive outfits for holiday parties, Christmas shopping, or just jamming out to holiday music in my room; I love how everyone seems to be in a better mood than any other time of the year; I get caught staring at all of the lights on homes and around town; and of course I love all of the treats!

I received two treats from Three Wishes this week to check out and review for all of you. One was nice, but the other was definitely naughty. Now, let me tell you a little bit about Three Wishes.

Big, big warning here: You should not visit 3wishes.com from your work computer! That would be frowned upon at most jobs, I imagine. Three Wishes specializes in lingerie and costumes, but they also carry shoes, makeup, and accessories. So, as tempted as you may be to click that link at work (that is, if you're reading this at work), think about what your boss would think if they caught you checking out lingerie while on the clock. Got it? Good!

Fit Food Review: FlapJacked Protein Pancakes and Mighty Muffins + A Giveaway


A few months back, I attended the WOW Summit in National Harbor. I got exposed to many healthy brands during the summit, and I was so happy to have a new bag of healthy vitamins, probiotics, treats, and food to take home with me to add to my healthy eating arsenal.

One brand that I got to try at the summit was FlapJacked. I had seen their Mighty Muffins in Vitamin Shoppe, but I'd never actually given them a try. I first tried their Maple Pumpkin Mighty Muffin at the summit, and I fell in love! I really struggle in the mornings, and anything that would allow me to get a quick, healthy breakfast that I could eat while I'm running around in the morning is a plus for me. Just a quarter cup of water in the Mighty Muffin cup, a quick stir, and less than a minute in the microwave, and I can start shoveling yummy goodness into my big mouth. Oh, and I can consume 20g of protein in the process! Schwing! So, when the folks at FlapJacked contacted me about trying out their line of products, I jumped at the opportunity!
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