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Tonight we went out to this little old school house to get some photos for my homework assignment.

and then we ended up in the middle of nowhere on this dusty road.

It was fun. And hot. Very hot.

And then I came home to upload the pics, and the program wouldn’t work!  I’m hoping my instructor will give me an extension…it’s crazy feeling like I’m in college again.

We also managed to get to the store and buy groceries, which I’ll be showcasing as the week goes on.

I’ve kind of strayed a bit from my straight laced eating habits, which inevitable happens to all of us from time to time.  And while I don’t expect myself to be my best all the time, my body’s is not thanking me for it.  So, tomorrow (my next meal) it’s back on track for me!

Also at the grocery store tonight I accomplished one of my 27 goals for my 27th year of life!  At least I made a start toward it.  I bought Burt’s Bees all natural facial cleanser and moisturizer.  Lately I’ve been feeling more and more bothered by the fact that I put chemicals all over my face and don’t think a thing about it.  I spend so much money and time on what I put in my body – what I put on my body should get the same attention and concern. This is just a first step as all my other makeup products are not all natural.  But I must start somewhere!  Anyway, I’ll do a full review on these products here in a couple of weeks!

Next in news tonight;)  Jon and I have officially decided to drop down to the half marathon in November as opposed to the full.  This actually causes me to regress on my list of 27 things:(

It has been a very hard decision, but we both feel that it is the best one.  When I announced that we were going to train for the full, I mentioned that Jon’s work situation was going to make it difficult to get the training time in, but that we wanted to shoot for it anyway.  Well, you’ve heard the quote – shoot for the moon and if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.  I guess our stars are going to be the half marathon.

I am so competitive that this has been a very hard decision for me to swallow.  But with Jon taking on his boss’ responsibilities (on top of his own) for the next 3 months plus the demands that Outbox is putting on us, it just isn’t going to be feasible or healthy for us to train for the full.  We know from our first full marathon that training is a huge time and energy commitment.  While it’s one that we definitely plan to make in the near future, it’s not going to be right now.  It’s taken me several days to accept the decision and to get excited about training for the half.  But I’m all on board now, and I’m so ready!  So, we’ll run it, and we’ll have a blast running it together:)

For the record, I did consider going ahead and doing the full on my own, seeing as how I do still have more time than the husband.  But after discussing it, we decided that it’s much more fun to stick together throughout training as well as the race.  Like  I said this morningit’s always better when we’re together“  :)   We’ve run all our races together so far, and there’s no good reason to stop now.

So, since we had already started our full training a few weeks ago, we’re a little bit ahead of schedule.  We’re just going to press on, and either run an extra run or two in the weeks preceding the race, or have a bit of flexibility if something comes up one weekend between now and then.

So, that’s all the big news for tonight.  Hope you all have had an awesome weekend – time to get geared up for the week ahead!

Do you use all natural skin care products?  Is that something that you think about/is important to you?  How do you go about choosing a skin care system?

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better when we’re together

Yesterday we spent the entire afternoon and evening cleaning the house from top to bottom!  We did the basic cleaning of everything and then had to fix the closet explosion.  While it wasn’t too fun cleaning all day – it was much more fun doing it together!

Especially when I walked in to see this

Gotta love the combination of a cute husband and some soft scrub:)

Anyway, we finally stopped cleaning last night in time to eat up some well deserved leftover enchiladas…followed by some froyo.  Unfortunately I was so wiped out I forgot the camera, so no pics.

Breakfast this morning was made by the husband

Ezekiel english muffin with natural peanut butter and 1/2 sliced banana.  I had this x2

I inhaled this on the way out the door to church.  Somehow we run late to church every week!  We only live 5 minutes away, but for some reason we always wait ’till the last minute to get up and then race around like crazy people to get there.  And every week I swear I’m going to get up earlier, but it’s always the same story.  Better late than not at all I suppose.  It’s funny that I’m late so often, considering how much I hate it.

This past year, I got in the routine of leaving for school about a half hour before I really had to leave.  It was awesome because most days it gave me extra time in the morning to grade/plan, and then on the days when I couldn’t find my keys or it was raining cats and dogs, I wasn’t late!  It was a great system really…one that I need to reinstate into my life.

Right now we are seriously low on groceries.  One of my top priorities for today is to make a grocery list and go stock up for the week.  When we are low on groceries, there is one thing that tends to happen a lot.

Eating out.  Hence today’s lunch.

Whichwich sandwich – avocado, tomato, lettuce, bell pepper, pickles, mushrooms and pesto on whole wheat

I’m not gonna lie – it was absolutely delicious.  But I’m so ready to have our fridge stocked with fresh food and make home-cooked meals!

This afternoon is sure to be busy – I’ve got to buy groceries, work on Outbox, do my photography homework among other things.

I’ll be back tonight with an update on what our plan is for marathon training.  I have mixed feeling about our plan, but I feel sure it’s the right decision.

Have a great and relaxing Sunday!

Are you a person who’s always late or always early?  Do you early birds have any tricks up your sleeve on how to be more timely?

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the small things

Hellllooo!

Hope you are all having an awesome Saturday!

Jon and I had a bit of a late night, so we slept in really well.  A little too well actually:)  Guess out bodies needed the rest!

We did end up seeing Eat Pray Love last night, but before that we saw something even better.

We decided to drive by my school so I could reminisce one last time

And then we happened to look up (and to the east)…

and the sky looked like this!

We looked to the west, where the sun was showing it’s last bit of light before sinking below the horizon, and saw this.  Notice how you can faintly see the pattern of blue stripes coming up out of the clouds.

That stripe pattern was thrown from the western sky all the way up and over to the east, becoming more vivid as it went.

It was amazingly beautiful, and we could have sat in the parking lot, watching it all night.  But within minutes it began to fade as the sun disappeared for the night.

So off we went for a different kind of entertainment!

Eat Pray Love was a great movie.  Unfortunately I hadn’t yet finished the book, so I can’t really say which was better or how many crucial parts were left out of the movie.  All I can say is that I really loved it.  It was impactful in that it made me realize how strong we really can be if we are able to shut out the distractions of a busy and hectic life.  It also reminded me that I need to relax and enjoy the small moments of life a little more.  I get so caught up in what I need to do next, and I always find myself rushing through those small meaningful moments that really should be what gets me through.  And of course it gave me the travel bug.  Traveling is one of Jon and I’s deepest joys in life, and I itch to go again.  I really want to go back to Thailand.  But there are also so many other places I want to see.  I’m thinking about making a travel page on the blog, with pictures and a little bit about our time at each place.  I’m thinking reliving our past travels  may help pacify me for awhile:)  What do you guys think?

For breakfast this morning I had an awesome breakfast of soy yogurt, peanut butter Puffins, dried cranberries and Kashi U

I also had a Supercharge Me cookie and half of Jon’s You Got Peanut Butter in my Chocolate cookie:)  Cookies for breakfast.  Why not?

Supercharge Me recipe to come later tonight!

I’m off to clean our house seeing as how it has gotten out of control since I was gone last weekend.  Also on the list for today is grocery shopping!

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a cookie kind of day

So, today was just a cookie kind of day.

I woke up this morning and went to PiYo and then came home to do some more PiYo.  I teach my second class one week from today.  eek!

I am also going to go ahead and get my yoga certification.  Yay!  I signed up for the course on September 11th – 12th just outside of Dallas (sis – I need to crash your place that night:).  I’m getting certified for level one yoga through YogaFit, and then we’ll see where I go from there!  My first official PiYo class (not subbing) will start the week before that, as will the yoga class I’ll be teaching.  So, I’ll be teaching one yoga class without my certification.  oops!  I plan on just making it very PiYo-esque  for the first class.

Anyway, so after PiYo-ing it all morning long, I decided cookie making was definitely in order for the afternoon.  The husband’s boss is going on maternity leave (today was her last day), and Jon and I adore her, so I though I’d make her some cookies to kick it off right!

“You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate” cookies from Eat,Drink and Be Vegan
wheat free and vegan

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unrefined sugar (I used pure cane sugar)
  • 1/4 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp spelt flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2-2 1/2 tbsp agave nectar (or more maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup organic canola oil
  • 1/4-1/3 natural peanut butter

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, combine sugar, chocolate chips, and salt, sift in flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and stir until well combined
  • In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, agave nectar, vanilla and oil until well mixed.
  • Add wet mixture to dry, and stir until just well combined (do not overmix).
  • With a knife, cut in peanut butter into batter, but just a little, so peanut butter remains in chunks and swirls in batter.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or spray with cooking spray).
  • Scoop rounded tablespoons of batter onto baking sheet evenly spaced apart.
  • Bake for 11 minutes (no longer, or they will dry out).
  • Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 1 minute (no longer), then transfer to a cooling rack.

My only advice is to go make these cookies right now, then go buy this cookbook and make everything else in it too.  It’s that good:)

I also made a batch of Super Charge Me cookies, but we’ll save those for later!

Jon and I are going to go see Eat Pray Love tonight, and I’m so excited!  The last couple times we’ve planned to see a movie, we’ve ended up bailing at the last minute, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we actually make it there. I’m only halfway through the book, so I’m committing a major faux pas by going to see it, but o’well!

I’ll see you guys tomorrow!

Have you seen the movie or read the book?  What did you think?

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tofu redemption

So, last night I finally sat down to eat my long awaited tofu dinner at about 9:30pm.  You guys already know – it was not good.

But I’m not the type who gives up easily.

My mom can attest to this story:

When I was a wee four years old, still using a pacifier mind you, I had a bike with training wheels.    I would pedal that bike as fast as my little legs would go, trying to keep up with my big sister at all costs.  Until one fateful day when one of my training wheels bit the dust.

I’m not one to give up easily, though.  Despite my mother’s constant scoldings, I perfected riding the three wheeled bike.  She would constantly be yelling out the door – “Candice, get off that bike!  You’re gonna get hurt!”

I’d stop momentarily…but then I’d be right back at it.

Until the next fateful summer day when the other training wheel gave out on me.

My mom was so relieved.  She sighed “at least now she won’t be able to hurt herself trying to ride that bike with broken training wheels.”

Like I said, though.  I’m not one to give up easily.

Not many days later, my mom glanced outside to check on me, and there was little four-year-old me, flying down the road after my big sister on my two wheeled bike, with pacifier in tow.

To this day, determination is something I don’t take lightly.

As evidenced by this

So, you’re probably wondering what the heck happened right?

After I finished blog venting about my tofu fail last night, I walked back into the kitchen where my tofu was still gloating smugly atop the stove.  In a moment of sheer rage frustration I grabbed the dish, punched the broiler button on the stove, and threw it back into the stove.  Take that!

I honestly figured I’d be trashing those mushy little tofu cubes in less than ten minutes, but I figured “hey, it can’t get any worse, so I might as well make one last ditch effort!”

Ten minutes later I pulled out a sizzling batch of perfectly browned, crispy on the outside, but chewy on the inside tofu.

And that my friends…is how it’s done;)

Apparently it just needed cooked longer, as I would have found out by reading all the awesome comments from last night’s post.  Thanks for all the tips – with the help of them hopefully I’ll be able to get it right the first try next time!

Now I’m off to bake some vegan cookies – don’t wait up for this one;)

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