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Weekend Shots [3/17/14]

17 Mar

Happy Monday! We spent the past weekend in Boston, Massachusetts at a psychology conference. It was a busy, sleep-deprived weekend but we enjoyed every second of it! Here are some pictures and highlights from our short weekend getaway!

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For lunch on Friday we finally got to try Sweet Green!

 

 

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We both ended up going for the Spicy Sabzi salad with buckwheat bread on the side. It was fabulous and we cannot wait to try and recreate this salad at home!

 

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For dinner we hit up Atlantic Fish Company after our mom and Lou gave the place rave reviews after trying it out during there last trip to Boston.

 

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Needless to say, both of us were extremely impressed all the way from the beer to The San Francisco Cioppino we had for dinner. The cioppino was a huge bowl of lobster, shrimp, clams, fish, scallops, and mussels in a spicy broth. It was to die for!

 

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Saturday morning we met one of Kayla’s friends she made in Australia who studies at Boston College.

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We met for a late breakfast at Pavement Cafe. Whole wheat bagel sandwiches with scrambled eggs, swiss cheese, and tempeh bacon. Extra large iced coffees to wash it all down.

After breakfast we spent the majority of the afternoon walking around Boston window shopping and enjoying the beautiful 50 degree weather.

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In the afternoon we met our parents at Georgetown Cupcakes.

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The carrot cake vegan cupcake did not disappoint.

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After our last presentation later in the day we packed up the car and headed to Cambridge Brewing Company before leaving Massachusetts.

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We were so impressed with their Spring Training IPA it was gone in about 2.5 seconds.

 

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Lentil and walnut burgers and a fresh greens salad on the side was the perfect last meal in Boston.

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Both of us were so in love with Boston and really enjoyed the city life atmosphere! Future home? Perhaps.

So tell us, are you a city person?

Marvelous

 This weekend was definitely marvelous. Thanks Katie for hosting such a fun link-up.

Spring Break Getaway

10 Mar

Here’s what the past 7 days looked like.
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Sunshine, cruising, ports of call, relaxing in the warmth, and sister time.

Stay tuned for a full recap to come!

Weekend Shots [2/24/14]

24 Feb

Blogs are marvelous. Especially when you look back at the picture montage of the weekend and realize it was a pretty fabulous one. Here are some snapshots from our weekend.

Friday

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Saturday

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Sunday

 

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Marvelous

Happy Monday! Thanks Katie for hosting this fun Monday link up. You sure know how to do Monday the right way.

Weekend Shots [2/17/14]

17 Feb

Sometimes the snow is awesome. Sometimes the snow sucks. This weekend was one of the later two.

Unfortunately, the unexpected snow storm ruined our plans to make a quick trip to visit our cousin. However, it all ended up working out and she found a beautiful dress to walk down the aisle in. We all three have a feeling that our dad had something to do with it. He likes to do stuff like that.

We spent the majority of Saturday being lazy because lets be honest sometimes we all just need a lazy day.

Sunday we slept in, made a big bowl of oats for breakfast, sipped our coffee slowly, and started studying for an upcoming exam. Then we spent a few hours in the afternoon at work and then spent the evening with our Phi Sigma Sigma sisters. Twas’ a good weekend indeed. Here are some photos to prove just how marvelous it truly was.

Chili & cornbread. 

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Enormous bananas anyone?

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Kombucha.

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Overnight oats.

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Sandwiches. 

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Pears galore.

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Late night snacks.

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Poached eggs.

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Juice. 

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Make sure to check out the all the other marvelous Monday blog posts over on Katie’s blog, Healthy Diva Eats. Marvelous

Meal Prep 101

11 Feb

If you took a look at our planners you would probably be a little overwhelmed. We are busy girls. Between our 5:30 am workouts on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, our 8 am classes every day, and meetings for our sorority on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings, we barely find time to sit down and relax from early Monday morning to Friday afternoon.

We both try to fit in as much schoolwork as we can between Monday morning and Friday afternoon so we can spend the weekend relaxing, catching up with friends and family, cooking, and simply just enjoying our morning cup of coffee without having to glance at the clock every five seconds.

One thing we have found to be extremely helpful for us is to prep a bunch of food one day to help us get through the busy week. There is nothing more convenient than being able to have lunch on the table in less than 10
minutes on a busy afternoon thanks to meal prep. Plus, a steaming bowl of homemade soup and fresh corn bread for lunch sure does make any crazy busy day 100 times better.

If you feel like you are always rushing around during the week and spending way too much time cooking or even resulting to unhealthy options just because they are convenient in a hurry maybe you should consider doing some weekly food prep.

Although some weeks we have more time than others we usually do some type of meal prep on Sunday. This is how we prepped for the upcoming week.

On Sunday afternoon in less than two hours we made a Moroccan and chickpea soup, a lentil salad, and maple pumpkin corn bread from Nutritious Kitchen.

These three items will come in handy for quick lunches and dinners on days this week we really do not have time to spend cooking. Although prepping food for the week consumed a small portion of our Sunday, we think it is worth it in exchange for the less amount of time spent later.

A couple of our favorite blogs got us hooked on the convenience of meal prepping. Our favorite inspiration by far is definitely, the Lean Green Bean. Lindsay is awesome and preps just about everything she will need for the week ahead on Saturday or Sunday!

We hope you consider giving  meal prep a chance especially if you are a busy college student, a mom with a full time job, or even a frustrated person who is trying to eat healthy but just cannot find the time. If you are new to this whole food prep thing you may just be surprised how easy it is to put together breakfast in the morning when your strawberries are already cut and your yogurt is already measured out.

How do you prepare on Sunday for the upcoming week?

Weekend Shots [2/10/14]

10 Feb

Another weekend in the books. We spent this past weekend soaking up as much family and friend time as possible. Between a Pho dinner date on Friday night with a sweet new friend, a Chipotle and Corona girls night on Saturday, and homemade pizza and craft beer on Sunday with our mom and Lou it was definitely a marvelous weekend.

Here are some shots to sum up our weekend, enjoy!

Leftover jars.

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Roasted Vegetable Salad. 

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Homemade Soup.

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Beer Flights. 

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Sleeping Beauty.

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Crumbled Banana Bread. 

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Cheers to Girls Night.

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Shrimp Pho. 

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Cottage Cheese Oats. 

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Egg and Hummus Wraps. 

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Homemade Pizza and Craft Beer. 

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Weekend Shots [2/3/14]

3 Feb

Somehow it is already February. We are not quite sure how that happened but there is no complaining about it in this household. The start of February means we are one month closer to spring, warmer weather, and running season! These past few weeks have been so cold in Pennsylvania that we have not been able to get an outside run in at all! We know the treadmill is always an option but let’s be honest, nothing compares to running outside. Whose with us?

This past week was jam-packed for us! It was formal rush for our sorority and there were lots of late nights involved. Late nights and early mornings make for some sleepy sisters. We somehow managed to make it through the week with lots of coffee and finally caught up on some much needed sleep this weekend. Since we missed out on a WIAW post last week here are some snapshots from our past week and weekend. We hope you enjoy!

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We ended the weekend with a lazy Sunday morning breakfast for two. Happy Monday!

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!

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!

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!