Archive | January, 2014

Weekend Shots [1/27/14]

27 Jan

Happy Monday everyone! We spent this past weekend in Virginia at a leadership conference for Phi Sigma Sigma. Both of us are on executive board for our sororities’ chapter at Lebanon Valley College so we spent the weekend soaking up lots of great ideas and leadership skills to bring back to the rest of our sisters.

Road tripping with 4 of our other sorority sisters was such a fun way to spend the weekend! We were not sure what to expect food wise because we had no control over our meals for the weekend at the conference. We made sure to pack tons of healthy snacks including fresh fruit, granola bars, and a homemade loaf of 100% honey whole wheat bread.

Here are some snapshots from our weekend, enjoy!

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Before getting to the hotel on Friday evening we stopped to grab chipotle to go for dinner. Best way to start off the weekend. We got huge salads with their newest menu item, Sofritas! It’s tofu infused with spicy flavors! Has else anyone ever tried this new menu item before?

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The breakfast selection was rough despite the abundance of bananas and apples. They only had pastries and plain mini regular bagels. Good thing we brought homemade bread and peanut butter to fill in the gaps at breakfast.

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The lunch spread on Saturday was pretty decent thanks to a buffet included fresh fruit and a make your own sandwich bar. We made friends with the servers who brought us our own plate of fruit!

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There were water stations all over the hotel for the conference weekend. We also tried orange infused water for the first time, amazing. Definitely planning to recreate something like this at home!

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The hotel was freezing in the lobby, so we huddled together to keep warm in between sessions.

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It is absolutely wonderful to be sisters and executive board members. We love being able to both hold a leadership position in a Phi Sigma Sigma!

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Saturday night was a Monte Carlo themed dinner and auction event for the Phi Sigma Foundation. There was bingo, auctions, t-shirt bidding, a photo booth, and more! We had so much fun! Devon even won a free t-shirt during bingo!

 

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Here’s all of our sisters before dinner! We were always 10-15 minutes early thanks to our hatred of being late. We always got excellent seats at the sessions and meals. Being on time has its perks.

 

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Dinner Saturday night started with a mixed greens salad, and ended with the main course that involved chicken, asparagus, carrots, mashed red potatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes. Not bad at all!

 

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After the conference ended on Sunday around noon, we map quested the local town to find a Panera close by! We quickly enjoyed a chicken hummus bowl off of their hidden menu (which is officially not hidden anymore) with a side of wheat baguette. The bread does not come with the salad, but it is totally worth it anyways.

After getting home late in the afternoon Sunday, we had only a few minutes to spare before we headed to campus for our sorority meeting! It was such a busy weekend, and we decided that school work just was not going to get completed until Monday. Thankfully, we both have an 8am and then a huge gap in our schedules for homework and playing catchup.

Before bed, we finished working on important things on our to-do lists and saved a little time for relaxation! We are planning on attending our 5:40 AM pump class tomorrow, so knew we needed to head to bed pretty early. 10:30 and our lights are out!

Happy Monday!

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Friday Favorites

24 Jan

1. Polar Watch

We have had our polar watches for over six months now but have not had the chance to blog about them yet! We love that they monitor our heart rates, keep track of our calorie burn, and time our workouts. It is so helpful to watch your targeted heart rate go up and down during HITT workouts, body pump classes, and runs around the neighborhood. If you are interested in monitoring your own heart rate and exercise when you work out, then we suggest you purchase one of your own! The only thing we wish our Polar watch had was a built in GPS feature, to track miles when completing our long distance runs. But thankfully we both have Iphone apps that can keep track of the mileage for us.

2. Naked 2 Palette 

Neutral eye colors are kind of our thing. Although we love fun and bold eye colors, we tend to lean towards wearing basic colors everyday. This is why we absolutely love our Naked 2 palette so much. Naked has three different versions of these eye shadow combinations and although we only have the 2, we have heard great things about the first and most recent palettes. Our mom purchased our palette’s at Sephora last year around the holidays. We know they can also be found at many department stores, Ulta, and online!

3. Toasted Coconut Coffee 

After a few weeks of drinking Folgers coffee we have come to the conclusion that flavored coffee is just so much better. We have been debating for a while whether or not buying flavored coffee was worth the increase price tag because we can buy a huge container of Folgers at Costco for around $10. After picking up a $5 bag of toasted coconut coffee at Marshalls, there is no going back. We can justify it by thinking about how much it would cost to get a cup of flavored Dunkin’ each day before class. Coconut coffee > buying coffee on the go.

4. Fitness Blender

One of the best things about blogging is finding out what other bloggers are doing and love. A few weeks ago we were scrolling through one of our favorite blogs (we can’t remember whose) and came across a link to Fitness Blender. We have been using it so much lately, especially for early morning workouts when the roads are bad and we just don’t feel like driving to the gym. The website has 100’s of workout videos ranging from yoga, HITT videos, plain old cardio videos, ab workouts, warm up, cool downs, and so much more. We are not exaggerating when we say we LOVE this website and have tried over 10 different workout videos and loved them all. Next time you feel like changing up your workout routine make sure to check it out!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We have some fun events planned over the next few days. Check back on Monday to see what we got ourselves into over this weekend.

The Perfect Coffee Smoothie

23 Jan

Sometimes you just need an afternoon pick me up. This can sometimes be found in the form of a granola bar. Or maybe in the form of dark chocolate. Or  maybe a in a coffee smoothie. Yup, definitely a coffee smoothie. So today, I say you make your afternoon pick me up this coffee smoothie. It is a really energizing smoothie that will take you approximately 60 seconds to make. The combination of banana, coffee, and cinnamon blend perfectly into a thick smoothie that you can enjoy with a spoon.

Happy slurping.

Coffee Banana Smoothie
adapted from this genius recipe
Serves 1

Ingredients:
1 large frozen banana 
5 frozen coffee ice cubes 
5 frozen soy milk ice cubes
2-3 water ice cubes
1/2 cup of soy milk 
a large pinch of cinnamon

Directions:
1. Place all the ingredients in the blender, blend, and enjoy!

Before you head into your kitchen to make this smoothie, you have to freeze both coffee and soy milk into ice cubes in advance. You can choose any flavor of coffee that you would like! We used Folgers original, but I think next time we may try to make it with our toasted coconut flavor.

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Don’t forget to top it with something amazing! We suggest nuts, granola, or a handful of nature’s path cereal!

WIAW [1/22/14]

22 Jan

We love Wednesdays. Especially Wednesdays after snow days. Snow days that leave us stranded at home curled up by the fire with Grey’s and a heavy pour of sweet red in our hand. Here’s a picture recap of yesterday’s eats. It was a good food day indeed.

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Have you ever tried toasted coconut coffee? Heaven.

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After coffee we started the day with a banana dough boy smoothie. Kath sure knows how to make a mean smoothie. 20140121-185752.jpg

Snacky lunch. Tuna, avocado and greek yogurt dip with Late July tortilla chips, red pepper slices, cucumber slices and an apple on the side. Lunch is just so much more fun when it involves dunking chips.
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Late afternoon we enjoyed a small yogurt parfait filled with Chobani, blackberries, and granola. If we must say it was a pretty tasty combination.

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Dinner was whipped up in a matter of minutes thanks to some meal planning earlier in the week. Already cooked bulgur wheat, grape tomatoes, chicken, melted mozzarella, roasted brussels sprouts and homemade lemon tahani dressing over a big bowl of mixed greens.

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It was a well enjoyed snow day that may or may not have ended with a small bowl of blueberry oatmeal with a blob of almond butter on top. Let’s be honest, a day without nut butter is a pretty sad day. wiaw

Happy Wednesday! We hope you have a great day. Just think you’re halfway through the week already.  For all of you who are still enjoying another snow day, we are jealous! Don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else is eating today too!

Weekend Shots [1/20/14]

20 Jan

Another weekend filled with tons of excitement (and lots of good food)! Surprised? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Here are some picture to prove it.

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Happy Monday!

WIAW [1/15/14]

15 Jan

Food. Wednesday. Enjoy.

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Thank you Peas and Crayons for making Wednesdays fun.

Weekend Shots [1/13/14]

13 Jan

Happy Monday.

Today is our first day of spring semester. Back to classes, early mornings, lots of coffee, and hitting the books. We enjoyed these past few weeks off, but we’re definitely excited to be busy. Anyone else feel like too much free time is almost a bad thing?

Here are some snapshots from our last marvelous weekend of freedom for the next few months.

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We hope your weekend was just as eventful as ours was!