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Things I’m Loving Thursday 2

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s time for another list of things I’ve been lovin’ this week!

1. Watching baby Lucy grow! 

Okay it is just crazy how fast this little puppy is growing! She is only four months old, so she has a lot of growing left to do!

This is little Lucy just about two months ago, right after we brought her home:

Just a baby....
Just a baby….

And here’s the same “little” puppy last night!

She looks so comfortable....
She looks so comfortable….

(Sorry for the low quality photo- we were rushing out the door for dinner plans!)

I have said since we brought her home that Lucy was going to be big and that she would grow fast, but it’s still hard to believe!

2. Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room- Royal Oak Location

Last week while we were on vacation, one of my favorite small businesses opened a second location right down the road from me!

Source: facebook.com/mbtbonwoodward
Source: facebook.com/mbtbonwoodward

Michigan By The Bottle is a tasting room that features Michigan made wines. You can pop in anytime during their business hours to purchase bottles of wine or do a wine tasting. They also have really fun and unique events, like yoga sessions immediately followed by wine tastings, live music nights, and dinner and wine paring events. I was driving about 45 minutes northeast to their original location in Shelby Township, so I am SO excited to have a location in my own neighborhood!

3. Last minute Holiday preparations

I can’t believe Christmas is in 1 week! Christmas eve is easily one of my top 3 favorite nights of the year. Last year I was cursed with food poisoning on the morning of Christmas eve leaving me unable to enjoy the evening, so I am extra excited to celebrate this year! My nephew from Florida will be coming into town this weekend, and we have plans to bake cookies and decorate gingerbread houses with him. Add in some last minute gift shopping, a whole lot of gift wrapping (I haven’t even started that- oops), a work Christmas party for myself and one with my boyfriend, and the next week is going to be a whole lot of holiday fun! I really can not wait! (PS- if you’re still looking for some last minute gift ideas, check out my Fit Girl’s Christmas List.

4. New Michael Kors Hamilton Tote

I was so lucky to receive my Christmas gift from Mike a few weeks early so I could take it on vacation!

Happy girl! With puppies fighting behind me.... always
Happy girl! With puppies fighting behind me…. always

I was in need of a new airplane carry on/ computer bag/ large purse since my old one (from Target several years ago) was dying a slow death. I am so in love with this bag! It fit perfectly under the airplane seat and the structure makes it easy to access everything inside. For the trip I packed in my iPad, wallet, snacks for the plane ride, a swimsuit in case my suitcase didn’t make it, along with more odds and ends and I still had so much room! Plus it’s just beautiful!

5. Emergen-C

Source- dollargeneral.com
Source: dollargeneral.com

Every time I feel the first signs of a cold coming on, or if I’ve been traveling a lot (or if my boyfriend says he has a sore throat…. reminder to him that he should be drinking one right now), I start drinking these little packets right away. Since they first debuted a few years ago, they’ve expanded their flavors beyond just orange; I’m actually sippin’ on Cranberry-Pomegranate right now! Any little bit helps this time of year!

6. The 2014 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

I had to add this in as a next-day addition. I recently came across this article and it had me just cracking up! As a total amateur Martha Stewart wanna-be, this was just so spot on and hilarious! If you’re like me and try really hard in the kitchen, but don’t actually know the difference between a fry pan and a saute pan, you have to take a moment to read this article!


What are the things you’re loving during this week before Christmas?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, and I am not compensated in any way for the things I feature in this post. 

Things I’m Loving Thursday #1

Inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Carrots n’ Cake, I’ve decided to introduce “Things I’m Loving Thursday”, where each week I’ll post a list of random things I’m loving that week! Here we go!

1. Online Holiday Shopping

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday last week this one was a no-brainer! This is the third year in a row I have barely stepped foot inside an actual store to do any holiday shopping. I LOVE shopping online! I love that I can do it from anywhere, avoid the crowds and craziness, and I think it’s easier to do a little research to make sure you’re getting the best deals. My Christmas shopping is almost done!

2. JUS by Julie Cleanse 

I mentioned yesterday that I was completing the JUS by Julie Cleanse, and I made it! There were a few rough patches yesterday, not going to lie, but today I feel excellent! Full review coming soon!

3. Overnight Oatmeal 

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Before the cleanse, I was eating this stuff up like crazy! I love that you can make it ahead of time and have breakfast ready to go for a few days at a time! And with the addition of chia seeds and greek yogurt, I have found it to be more filling than traditional oatmeal. Find my recipe here: Easy Overnight Oatmeal

4. Christmas Decorations

We’re into December now, and Christmas decorations are really popping up everywhere (including in my own home)!


5. This “Dog Jumper” on Hautelook today


I mean, just look at it! I’m not sure my boyfriend would approve of my little pup wearing one of these around, but I can still enjoy this picture!

6. Catching Kayla Video

If you love running, or even if you just need a little motivation to get you through the rest of the week, you need to watch this video, Catching Kayla, about a high school track runner who has MS. It will certainly make you not want to complain about your workouts!

That’s it for this week… What random things are you loving this week?!

Easy Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Happy December!

Since Thanksgiving is over and the holidays are in full swing, I wanted to pop in and share a list of small things you can do this holiday season to make sure you get through it feeling happy and healthy!

I will be the first one to say that I definitely have a sweet tooth and I can’t resist some Christmas cookies or pie, but I try to make sure I enjoy everything in moderation, and balance treats with healthy snacks and exercise. Here are a few tips that I try to keep in mind:

  • Be “That Person” at a party

Whenever I attend a holiday party, either with my family or through my work, everyone usually expects that whatever I bring will be the “healthy” dish- even if it looks like a dessert. I’m known for bringing cookies sweetened only with honey, fruit and vegetables, or high protein snacks. When I’m short on time, I will usually stop and pick up a raw fruit or vegetable tray, and when I have more time I usually turn to Pinterest to find a healthy snack to make. This way, I know there will be at least one healthy treat there!

This year, I am planning on making these “Grinch Kabobs” to my work party! How cute are they??



  • Don’t go to a party hungry! 

This one can make such a difference! It seems backwards to eat normally on the day of a holiday party where you know you’ll want to enjoy the food there. I personally know a few people who are guilty of trying to “save up” their calories for the day if they know they have plans that night. However, if you arrive at a party full of drinks, appetizers, and desserts absolutely starving, you certainly won’t be in the right mind set to make healthy choices, and will almost always over-indulge. Take the time to eat a small, protein rich meal or snack before the party, then decide which items are worth the indulgence. Do you really need one of each cookie? Or are there just a few that look extra-good? This helps so much!

  • Get enough sleep

Okay- stay with me on this one! I know this is not always easy to do during the busy rush of the season, but studies have shown that getting adequate amounts of sleep can help you to make healthy eating choices and reduce cravings for not so healthy foods. I truly do notice that this happens to me! When I am tired at work, I just want to grab a quick salty snack, and I feel less motivated to make sure I have something healthy. I sometimes notice that I am also hungry more often when I am very tired. Getting the right amount of sleep has so many benefits, this is just an added bonus!

  • Get movin’! 

Like sleep, regular exercise has so many benefits. If you have a holiday party in the evening, make it a point to do at least a short workout or something active in the morning. Even if you over-indulge that night, you will feel so much better than if you didn’t do anything active that day! Another great idea is to encourage your family members to get active with you! Celebrate the holidays with a walk or hike, move your holiday celebration to somewhere with ice skating, or give yoga or zumba class certificates as gifts!

My “Good Morning Sunshine” workout is a great one to do at home if you don’t have time to hit the gym before a holiday gathering!

Up and at 'em!


Those are the 4 things that work well for me- What do you do to make sure you’re feeling your best throughout the holidays?

A Fit Girl’s Christmas List

Can you believe we are a week away from Thanksgiving? I swear I was just sipping wine on a pontoon boat the other day, but the 2 + inches of snow on the ground begs to differ!

Holiday shopping honestly comes fairly easy for me- I always start my Christmas shopping before Halloween! I don’t have a whole lot of people to buy for, but I just get so excited picking out gifts that I know the recipient is going to love.

I realize that holiday shopping does not come as easy to everyone (add shopping to my list of hidden talents), so I’ve compiled a list of things that would be excellent gifts for the runner, Crossfitter, or general fitness enthusiast on your list.

Please note: This post contains some affiliate links, which means if you click through and purchase something, I receive a small commission. This does not effect your price. 

Holiday gifts

  •  Original Massage Stick– This simple looking tool has been such a life saver for me after long runs and intense leg workouts! It makes it easy to give your legs a massage as gentle or intense as you’d like, and can really help with recovery!
  • EAS Lean 15 Protein Powder Vanilla Cream, 1.7 Pound– My favorite protein powder! It is low carb and the taste is amazing. I love to make smoothies with this, stir it into my oatmeal, put it in my Peanut Butter Protein Balls (recipe coming soon!), and anything else you can imagine. A girl can never have too much!
  • eos Organic Smooth Sphere Lip Balm– A must have for cold weather workouts! I love this lip balm because it smells amazing, is long lasting, and an added bonus- the round shape is easy to find in your purse or gym bag!
  • CEP Women’s Compression Calf Sleeves– I like having the option of compression calf sleeves over the full compression socks, so you can wear them with your favorite workout socks for added calf support. My legs are prone to shin splints, so I try to wear these whenever I’m doing a long run, or a jumping intensive workout and they really seem to help. They are also affordable compared to many compression sleeves out there and come in lots of fun colors. Bonus- I sometimes wear these on my arms either for compression support or as a shield from my jump rope when we’re doing double-unders in Crossfit, as seen in the picture below from last weekend’s competition… So versatile!


  • Contigo Autospout Addison Water Bottle– This is my current everyday water bottle. I use it while I’m at work and also during workouts. I like that you can easily pop it open with one hand, very important for a quick mid-workout sip. It also has the ounces clearly printed on the side so I can keep track of my water intake for the day.
  • Blender Bottle Original w/ Wire Shaker Ball– A necessity for anyone who uses pre-workout supplements, drinks post-workout protein shakes, or just likes to take a smoothie or drink to go! These come with small, wire balls that help to break up your drink. Again- you can never have too many of these!
  • Timex T5K753 “Ironman Easy Trainer” Watch– This is the watch I used to help train for my 2nd half marathon last year. I love that it is simple to use and I can easily glance down and see my total distance and pace. I also love the pink color, but it is available in black as well.
  • Sweaty Bands Headband– I am in love with these headbands! They are the only headbands that I’ve found that actually do not slip off during a sweaty CrossFit workout. They are available in a ton of different colors and designs!
  • Under Armour Still Gotta Have It Bra– Under Armour is one of my favorite brands for workout apparel. I have items from UA that I’ve had for years and they hold up very well. I love these sports bras!

So there it is! A few of my favorite fitness related products that would make perfect gifts! All are affordable and most are available in a lot of different colors and designs. If you have a fitness fanatic on your shopping list, you won’t go wrong with any of these gifts!

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?

CrossFit Partner Competition!

Good morning, and happy Monday! I hope your weekend was wonderful!

My entire weekend pretty much revolved around Saturday’s girls only partner competition! I am still sore and tired, but it was such a fun day! I loved spending the day with friends from the Crossfit gym, plus  my parents and my boyfriend who came to watch.

The best supporter!
The best supporter!

There were 3 short workouts that were completed as a team, plus 3 “Behind the scenes” events that took place whenever you had a few minutes in between workouts. These were max unbroken hand stand push ups, 2 rep max weight back squat, and max time L-sit hold (think gymnasts on the parallel bars, holding themselves up with their legs straight out in front of them, so their body is in an “L” shape).

My goal for the 2 rep max back squat was 145# and I ended up with 150#, so I’d call that event a success!

First workout- Thrusters. NOT my friends...
First workout- Thrusters. NOT my friends…
Second workout- Squat Cleans plus double unders (not pictures)
Second workout- Squat Cleans plus double unders
Taking turns on the ropes!
Taking turns on the ropes!
50 pull up buy in!
50 pull up buy in!
Third workout- Rowing plus hang snatch and overhead squat complex
Third workout- Rowing plus hang snatch and overhead squat complex

There were some remarkably strong women competing! It was simply incredible to watch some of them! I truly had a great time!

I had the best partner! Team Wod Now Wine Later! And wine we did...
I had the best partner! Team Wod Now Wine Later! And wine we did…

After the competition concluded, we headed to a nearby restaurant for a much deserved dinner and drinks to close out the night. Loved spending time with my amazing Crossfit friends!

Sunday was all about running a couple of errands and doing a LOT of resting, stretching, and recovery… My thighs are not happy with me right now.

We did manage to find a new Christmas tree for my boyfriend’s house on Sunday, as well as some new ornaments. We spotted this little reindeer guy and my boyfriend and I both reached for him, not sure who grabbed him first! Maybe true love = same taste in Christmas decorations?


Ended the evening with homemade chili, a (large) glass of red wine, and the last episode of Orange is the New Black. Perfect weekend!