Sep 7, 2010
After such a fun and spontaneous day yesterday it was admittedly a bit hard to get back into a routine today. As my husband can attest – I live for spontaneity. I love waking up and not know what the day will hold and then making it into something wonderful.
We spent the first half of Labor Day getting some work done. One of the harder aspects of owning your own business – you must work even on holidays! I was so glad we got work out of the way, though, because then we had the rest of the day to relax and play.
On a whim, we decided to head to Tulsa. There are several draws to visiting this second closest city to us:
1. my brother-in-law and sister-in-law live there.
2. Whole Foods lives there.
3. There’s a mall.
What can I say? I’m easily pleased.
Before heading out of town, we grabbed some lunch to take on the road.
For him – Chickfila. He doesn’t get quite as excited as I do about taking pictures with his food.
For her – Panera.
Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (minus the feta)
And an apple balancing on my knee:)
Our first stop in Tulsa as at the Apple Store at the mall to look at iPads. The husband is considering purchasing one for the business, but got cold feet and decided to think on it some more.
We also stumbled upon this place while perusing the mall.
I had never tried Teavana tea before, and I was pleasantly surprised! They had several different flavors out for sampling and they were all delicious. I resisted bringing any home with me, but I would definitely like to try some of their teas in the future. Tea has been on my mind more and more with colder weather fast approaching, so Teavana – maybe we will meet again:)
Upon leaving the mall, we headed straight for my BIL and SIL’s house. We didn’t stay there long as they had dinner cooking and we needed to get back home, but considering we hadn’t seen them since Christmas (pathetic!) it was so nice to catch up in person for awhile.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture yesterday, but just for fun here’s one from when they (MIL and FIL came too!) came to visit us when we lived in Thailand. Fun times.
Anyway, before heading back home, we grabbed some dinner at PeiWei
And then headed to Whole Foods, where the best thing ever happened.
I was reunited with my love.
no cameras allowed in Whole Foods so we had to sneak this shot with the iPhone
Almond Butter and I have been separated for a good few months due mostly to the much lower cost of peanut butter:( But last night Whole Foods had their machine working where you can grind your own, and it was only $4.99/lb. So much cheaper than buying it in a jar here!
I was a true foodie through and through last night as I giddily walked through the store with my prized possession tucked safely under my arm and a smile from ear to ear. Only those of you who share my love for almond butter can understand how happy I was. The rest of you can just think how weird I am. I’m okay with that:)
It was a smooth ride all the way back home…just me and the husband. And possibly some dark chocolate.
Hope you all had a great day and are all geared up for the short week!
Do you live for spontaneity like myself? Or do you prefer the structure of a routine and planning?
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Jun 23, 2010
Last night we attended a family picnic for Jonathan’s work. While it was quite fun mingling with all of his friends and co-workers, I think the caterers had a goal to see how anti vegan/vegetarian they could possibly be. Thumbs down to that:(
Let’s see, I’m picturing the buffet table as I walked down it, searching for a suitable option: some kind of red meat (I tried not to look), grilled chicken, white hamburger buns, potato chips, cheesy potato salad, and my saving grace – a plate of onions, pickles, tomatoes and lettuce. I went with a bun stacked with lettuce, tomato, onion and two pickle spears. The pickle spears made it kind of weird. I decided to spare you by not taking a picture.
When I got home I had some Newman’s Own popcorn sprinkled with seasoned salt and paprika as a little snack.
This morning Jon, Olive and I went for a fast paced 20 minute walk. I am really sore from piyo yesterday, so we decided to take it easy. Tonight is power yoga at the gym – I’m looking so forward to it! Two cheers for having yoga in my life now!
Breakfast was the usual, except my green monster and I had a little date in the flower bed.
It is incredible how fast weeds grow in a flower bed! We just spent hours on end weeding about 2 weeks ago, and they’re already sprouting back up. I dominated them this morning. Don’t mess with me.
It’s review time! But first, let’s talk about juice.
I first started juicing after hearing about it from Kris Carr. I saw an interview in which she talked about how juicing is one of the biggest weapons in her battle against cancer. After researching a little more into it, I found out that “freshly juiced vegetables give your body an instant boost of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals in a form that [your] body can easily assimilate, absorb and digest.” Who doesn’t want that? Also, according to that same website, Energise for Life, “…juicing allows us to add so many more vegetables to our daily diet, and to up the amount of raw food we consume giving the body energy and boosting the immune system and the body’s cleansing process.” If there is one thing I need it’s energy, and I love the feeling of knowing I’m filling my body with one of the purest forms of nutrition that I can.
I first started experimenting with fresh juices by buying them any time I went to Whole Foods, which was rare….and expensive. I decided that I needed a way to make my own juice, but I drug my feet for a long time because I couldn’t afford the expensive juicers that I’d seen advertised. Then my sister-in-law came through for me big time. She found this Waring Pro juicer at Target and bought it for me for Christmas. Score.
I was skeptical at first, but couldn’t wait to get home and try it out. It has worked beautifully!
The Waring Pro Juice Extractor is made from plastic and stainless steel, which is great because it looks nice sitting on your countertop, but it is also dishwashe safe. To use it, you simply cup up the fruits and vegetables you want to juice into pieces that will fit inside the chute on the top. I usually have to cut an apple into about four pieces, whereas a large, whole carrot will fit without any cutting at all. No peeling necessary. Once your produce is prepared, you simply push it down the chute and out comes fresh, pure juice into the stainless steel cup shown above. Yes, it’s that simple!
While the greatest downside to juicers is usually the cleanup, this one is a breeze in my opinion. First of all, like I said it is dishwasher safe; however, I usually wash mine by hand because I don’t run my dishwasher everyday, and I don’t want to be without my juicer! There are five parts to be washed including the cup. All but one of these parts really only requires a quick rinsing of the pulp….very easy and quick! One of the five pieces is a metal part inside that separates the pulp from the juice, and it requires a quick scrub, but still nothing too labor intensive. It usually takes me about 3-5 minutes to take it apart and clean it all up from start to finish. Totally worth it if you ask me!
I really cannot think of a downside to this product. It has worked perfectly for me since I got it about six months ago, and I absolutely love having fresh juice right at my fingertips.
I believe the other day I mentioned that this juicer was $40, but since then I realized that my sister-in-law bought it on sale. The regular retail price at Target is $59.99 I believe. Compared to the hundreds of dollars that some juicers can cost, it’s a steal! And by the way, it also comes with a pamphlet of juicing recipes and combinations!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments or shoot me an email.
I have my first meeting with a guy that I’ll be tutoring in English (as a second language) here in about an hour, so I have to run. I’m excited about it, but also a little nervous so wish me luck! Be back later:)
I have not been asked by the company to review this product. I simply love it and wanted to inform my readers of an inexpensive way to have fresh juice anytime.
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May 30, 2010
This morning started off kind of rocky due to sleeping through our alarm and missing church. Sad:( We made a last minute run to the city last night because I needed to get some shoes to wear on our trip. I had a little too much luck with shopping and ended up with more shoes than I really need.
I’ve had worse problems. Either way, I guess our bodies weren’t quite ready to be up and at ‘em this morning.
We turned things around pretty quickly though, putting it in high gear to get ready to leave for Europe. By mid afternoon we had laid out most of our clothes to be packed, cleaned out the fridge, mowed two lawns (I mowed ours, Jon mowed a friends), and done three loads of laundry. I also was fortunate enough to get two of my drawers and my closet cleaned out. You see, I have had this stellar pair of Nike spandex workout capris that I absolutely adore, and they have mysteriously gone missing as of about three weeks ago. I really want to take them, but alas, even after looking every last place I can imagine they’d be – they have remained undiscovered.
Regardless of the busyness of the morning, I managed to throw together a healthy breakfast and lunch.
Breakfast – Yogurt bowl w/ one soy yogurt, sliced almonds, granola and dried cherries
Lunch – two slices Ezekiel bread, spinach and artichoke hummus, sliced cucumber, tomato and onion. With a side of corn on the cob. Kind of random, but we’re trying to eat the last of the perishables in the fridge.
I am so happy that I planned out my vacation outfits a couple of weeks ago. It has made packing so much easier. Now, if I could just get the laundry done, I’d be set! Folding laundry is my least favorite household task. I’m not sure why, but I’d rather do just about anything else.
We are flying out of Dallas on Tuesday, so we’ll be driving down early to stay with my sister for a day. We are actually comtemplating going tonight, but still have not decided whether it is possible, so we’ll see! Regardless, we will be making a pit stop at Whole Foods once we get there so I can stock up on some healthy snacks. I wouldn’t want to get caught with plane food as my only option!
As far as our time in Europe, I plan to enjoy the food and indulge, but in moderation. I’ll be packing a few of my own healthy things (think rice cakes, nut butter and bars) to supplement, and doing the best I can! I’ll be updating later about ideas for taking food on trips in case any of you are planning your own trips and are interested.
Gotta go finish packing – talk to ya’ll later!
What are some ideas that you have as far as packing food to take on an international vacation? How do you balance eating healthy and indulging while on vacation?
What is your least favorite household chore?
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Apr 8, 2010
Hey guys! How has your Thursday been? Mine has been just fine, but quite tiring. I haven’t been getting as much sleep as I need to lately, and it’s really starting to wear on me. With a 5am wake up call each morning, it’s hard to do everything I need/want to do post 5 pm and still get a decent amount of sleep. I’ve been locking in about 6ish hours, which could be worse, but it also could be a lot better. I’ve got to do something about my schedule b/c it is just not working. How many hours of sleep do you aim for? Do you feel that a lack of sleep affects you in all areas throughout your day? I definitely do.
I tell you what, I had the best lunch today! Last night, Jon had to go to Tulsa for a freelance meeting. He is going to be creating the branding (logo etc.) for the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa this year, and he had to meet with the director of the race (I’m so proud and excited!). Anyway, he called me on his way home at about 9:30 and said that he was stopping in Whole Foods to get me some Amazing Grass and a few other odds and ends. Do I have an amazing husband or what?! He ended bringing home 2 Kombuchas, Amazing Grass, and 2 different salads from the bar for me to take for lunches.
This first one is called Couscous Primavera, and I’ll be taking it for lunch tomorrow. Yay!
Ingredients include: Israeli couscous, carrots, onion, bell pepper, scallion, zucchini, evoo, lemon juice, dill, parsley, lemon zest and salt/pepper. I definitely plan to try and recreate this one on my own. It was delish (I couldn’t help but try a bite when he got home last night)!
The second on is Orange Quinoa with Mint and Almond: quinoa, bell pepper, green onions, almond slivers, mint, orange, lime juice, sherry vinegar, honey (not vegan, I know!), sea salt, and pepper. I took this one for lunch today. It was tasty as well, but overall I think I like the couscous better.
Sorry all I have for you is boring store bought meals tonight, but sometimes you just gotta go with it. I love getting special dishes from WF…especially because it’s a rarity!
After I got home from work today, Jon and I took Olive on a walk. I’ve been having a really difficult time getting the energy/motivation to work out after work. I am a huge morning workout person, so I’ve been feeling very frustrated with my schedule. When I’m already getting only 5-6 hours of sleep, it’s hard to bring myself to get up earlier to work out. I just really don’t like working out in the afternoons, though!
Our walk was great, though. I love spending time outside together and just enjoying the weather. I didn’t work up much of a sweat, but it was better than sitting on the couch! Here are some pretty pics of springtime in Oklahoma:)
Are you a morning or afternoon workout person? If afternoon, how do you get the energy to do it after working all day? Also, how do you balance getting your workout in with cooking dinner, eating, cleaning up, blogging, keeping up with household stuff, spending time with significant other etc? Please share your tips and tricks!
See you guys tomorrow. TGIF!
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Feb 16, 2010
I love Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I so much enjoy the commercial side of it all, because I don’t. But I love that it is one entire day that is set aside for Jon and I to just focus on each other and do fun, special things, such as….
take a day trip to Tulsa to go to Whole Foods
Like a lot of you, I’m sure, one of my favorite places to go is Whole Foods. The closest one to us is about an hour away, though, so we don’t get to go very often. This was my plate at lunch! Embarrassingly overflowing? Yes. Out of this world delicious and worth every bite? Yes!
Most of my plate was filled with romaine topped with everything from artichoke hearts steamed kale, shredded beets, chick peas and black beans to green and yellow bell peppers, sliced almonds, onions and oil-free orange ginger dressing. On the side I had a couple of different “salads” and one lonely falafel ball:) One salad had wild rice, pearl onions and several other tasty items that I cannot, for the life of me, remember. The other was wheatberries with kidney beans, dried fruit etc. I also added on some sliced carrots, sauteed in lemon juice. I can’t even begin to express to you how great this meal was. I die.
As pictured, I also had my first ever Kombucha. Aside from it spewing all over me when I opened it (apparently this is common), it was great. I took one for the road as well, but have yet to break it open yet.
While the food was some of the best I’ve had in awhile, the company was even better.
Disclaimer: we both hate this photo and agree that it doesn’t look much like either one of us, but it’s the only one I got all day:(
I seriously had the hottest date. I love my husband for so many reasons beyond what I can even express here on the ole’ blog, and not just because he is charming, selfless, makes my breakfast at 5:45 am every morning and always supports me in everything I do. Also, because he is the most fun person I know, he makes me laugh like crazy, and he is my soulmate. Sometimes I feel like I just don’t know how to express how much I love him.
After eating lunch we headed to the mall and did a bit of casual shopping together. Then, we headed back to Whole Foods (ha!) to fulfill our plan of buying some loot, including ingredients to make dinner together once we got back home. Unfortunately, the dinner never happened because we snacked a little too much on our goods plus Starbucks soy lattes, but here’s what we made it home with:
honeycrisp apples!!!, cashew butter (my first:), coconut milk yogurt, flax tempeh, vegan sour cream (one of the ingredients for the planned meal that fell through), roasted garlic humms, Almond Breeze, whole wheat penne, raw cashews (on sale!), couple cans of Amy’s soup, organic dates, artichoke hearts, kombucha, low sodium vegetable buillon, and Clif Builders bars for the hubs.
So, that pretty much wraps up our V-day. We had intended to keep it low key all along because we’re taking a little mini vaca to Dallas on Spring Break. This was just the perfect day, though. On Monday, my students kept asking me what I did for Valentine’s Day, and I’m pretty sure they’ve lost all faith that I’m even halfway cool now that I told them I went to Whole Foods. Some girls want flowers, I want clean foods. So sue me:)
I hope everyone else had a great day as well! Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you love it or hate it? I love hearing other people’s opinions on this holiday.
I’m off to do some work for school. Bye!
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