Health and Home Ramblings!

August 8, 2013

Oh my loves, it is ALMOST finally Friday. Today is Friday eve. Little Friday. You get the point. This week has been exhausting to say the least. Work is killing me. I need a raise. I'm thinking of going on strike. Moving on. It's almost time for two of my favorite link up's around: high five for Friday and five on a Friday. I like this because I like to share 5 randoms from my week that I want to write about. Lets gets started, shall we?

Starbucks. I am not a Starbucks junkie. I don't like coffee and a lot of times their drinks have too many calories and sugar. I'd rather eat my calories (unless its wine), ya know? However, I will admit that I do like their lemon cake. I think all of us can agree we would splurge for a Pumpkin Spice latte in the fall, too. But aside from those special occasions I stay away. I was reading everyones weekend shannies on Monday and I saw someone talk about Starbucks new "Orange refresher". It sounded delicious. I checked it out and a grande only has 90 little calories. I thought "I will have to try that". So on my lunch hour I was running 14 different errands with the top down (having a convertible in the summer isn't all fun and great, it's quite miserable) and I was really thirsty. I drove over to Starbucks and ordered one of those babies. YUM! I loved it. It wasn't that sweet; it did not taste like it had all of this sugar in it. It tasted quite natural. If you like orange, go try one.

Oatmeal. I eat oatmeal every day. It gets so boring. But it's good carbs. They are complex carbohydrates that your body NEEDS and uses for energy and doesn't store into fat. Got that?! If you
do a long term super low carbohydrate diet, it's really bad for you. I can list multiple problems that ensue, and their not pretty. Also, if your body does get the nutrients from complex carbohydrates, you will start storing fat and sugar because your body has nothing to work off of. OK, anyways, as I was saying; I eat oatmeal everyday. It gets so boring. So, I have perfected the most delicious way to eat them! I like adding fruit, but not all of the time. My favorite concoction: 1/2 cup of plain oats, 1 tablespoon of sugar/fat free Butterscotch pudding mix, and 1 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk. 180 calories, keeps me full, and gives me great energy for the gym.

My WEIGHT LOSS power smoothie. I have one of these every single day of my life. These make me feel so energized, healthy, and somewhat like superwoman. I feel "clean" drinking one of these and it's really helping me get healthy and lose weight. Plus, I get to drink my veggies. I don't particularly enjoy eating veggies so being able to drink them and not really taste them is great.

Lastly. this hot mess house. You guys I have got to get with the program. I have never been on Pinterest but I think I am going to force myself to try and get crafty and DOMESTIC this weekend. I want to organize and decorate and make my home like those featured in the southern magazines where you are afraid to touch anything because it's so perfect. I'm just showing your parts of my living room and kitchen. That's the starting point.


  1. That smoothie sounds good!! I make a banana/kale ones

    I need to organize around my house majorly! :)

    happy almost friday :-)

  2. I know a lot of people have different opinions on peanut butter, but I love adding a scoop to my oatmeal and slicing up a banana. Dont feel bad about your counters, I set aside a entire cabinet for our supplements then we get the 5lb tub protein that doesn't fit in the shelf. UGH!

  3. I have made green smoothies in the past, and I always have a hard time getting the greens to blend properly. Is there a science to it? I don't like the chunks of spinach the get stuck in my straw, is that normal or am I not doing it right.

  4. what flavor pudding mix do you use and what brand protein? does this replace a meal?

  5. That smoothie sounds so good! I seriously redecorate my house like every other year! I have the same problem with protein powders and vitamins cluttering my kitchen and on top of the fridge. :)

  6. OMG GIRL!! If you loved the orange refresher you should try the very berry hibiscus mixed with the orange..It is my new favorite drink from there!! I agree though, i would rather eat my calories than drink them!! I am really trying to focus on losing my last 15 lbs before October!!

    && Man I am jealous you have a convertible!!!

    happy Thursday!

  7. I am obsessed with the Orange Refresher. Being a barista, I get so sick of drinks, but I've been hooked on it for like 2 months.

    And I'm definitely going to have to try out that smoothie!

  8. MMMMM, that smoothie looks good!

  9. I add Jello pudding powder and spinach to my protein shakes too! High five!

  10. I have so much to learn from you! Love love love you!

  11. Definitely going to try the power smoothie!

  12. I have been dying for a good smoothie! Can't wait to try this.

    xo. Kailagh

  13. Thanks for following me! I popped over to read and love your post about smoothies, my favorite recipe has kale, blueberries, strawberries, chia seeds and maca powder with coconut water!

  14. Stopped by from H54F. I love oatmeal, but it can get old. I try to top it with seasonal fruit. My favorite is apple chunks.

  15. I love using spinach in my smoothies! Best way to get it in when I'm tired of salads.
    What kind of supplements do you take? I'm always in need of losing 10 lbs and toning up!

  16. Thanks! How long does almond milk stay good for after opening it?


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