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Thoughts on the Internet + Favorite Accounts to Follow

Hi, everyone!  Long time no chat.  I’m (knock on wood) coming to the end of my job search and trying not to go crazy in the meantime.  I hope all has been well with you!

Sunken Gardens

This past winter, I read an article that said a significant chunk of Americans have admitted to being less productive at work since the presidential election.  That totally applies to me.  Not necessarily due to the winner, but because the election seemed to bring about a) a dizzying increase in the amount of vitriol spewed out all over the Internet about absolutely everything and b) a simultaneous decision that we were just, like, done considering alternate viewpoints regardless of our understanding of a particular matter.

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ORANGETHEORY FITNESS PIN

Orangetheory Fitness: How It Works + First Impressions

If you’ve ever considered attending an Orangetheory Fitness class, this post may help you to learn more about the workout and pricing structure.

Hi, friends!  I hope you’re enjoying a nice, long weekend.  I went to a tennis meetup in Fort Myers on Saturday where I almost passed out and excused myself early to “pick up a friend at the airport,” so that’s my highlight.  The sun beats down so much more intensely here.  Probably didn’t help that I neglected to bring water, but tomato tomahto.

Fortunately, Sunday’s sweat session went much better.  I tried Orangetheory Fitness for the first time yesterday morning and got in a quality full-body workout.  Today’s post will give you the rundown in case you’ve wondered what OTF is all about or considered attending a class.

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Tips for Frequent Travel Pin

Tips for Frequent Travel

Whether you’re always on the go or just preparing for a Spring Break trip, I hope these tips for frequent travel help make the experience smooth and comfortable!

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

Today, let’s get the statement that will make me sound like a complete asshole out of the way first: my employer has been flying me between Columbus and Fort Myers every week since the beginning of November (this post explains why), and traveling all the time can be draining.  Self-important sentence said, a few key habits and products I’ve picked up along the way have helped me to maintain my health and sanity.  Follow the jump for a list of tips for frequent travel.

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Winter 2016 Workout Playlist

nyc santacon

Good evening, everyone!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  My college friends and I visited New York City for the annual Santacon bar crawl, which took place on Saturday.  It was hard not to get into the Christmas spirit what with the day drinking and people dressed in fun holiday outfits everywhere you turned – I’d love to visit over this weekend again sometime.  I’ve included a few more pictures below, but on to today’s post…

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Tips for Saving Money at Whole Foods

I moved to Washington, DC for an internship the summer after my junior year in college.  Aside from coming to the realization that trying to earn actual money for a company would cause me a great deal of anxiety, I had the best time.  I stayed in a dorm at George Washington University with students from around the country, went for breathtaking runs among the monuments (literally breathtaking, because the humidity did not waver from 98% the entire 12 weeks), and explored the city on the Metro.

I had two grocery shopping options within walking distance – a Trader Joe’s .6 miles away and a Whole Foods right down the street.  One 95-degree day in June, I strolled to the TJ’s in a pale blue rayon top.  Said top was three shades darker when I slinked back into the air-conditioned building an hour later with my heavy bags, trying to avoid acquaintances/slipping in a pool of my own sweat.  Having at least some shame, I bought my groceries at Whole Foods for the remainder of the summer, despite the fact that my family calls the store Whole Paycheck and always shopped more economically when I lived at home.

While I did find it more expensive, I discovered a few tricks for shopping at Whole Foods without breaking the bank and wanted to share them today.

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Healthy Blueberry Muffins

During my recent Advocare cleanse, I wanted to eat a lot of dessert as usual but obviously couldn’t indulge in regular baked goods.  HOWEVER.  I had hoped to improve my cooking and baking skills through writing this blog and realized I’d been given a golden opportunity to work with some new ingredients.  Isn’t my life exciting?

I decided to use almond flour, which is actually just a bunch of super-finely ground almonds, and coconut oil, because I read that its neutral flavor is good for baking, to make some muffins.  I also might try oil pulling with the coconut oil – have you guys ever heard of this?  Apparently you can eliminate bacteria that causes everything from gingivitis to breakouts around your chin and jawline by swishing a mouthful of the oil around for twenty minutes every morning.  Super weird but intriguing to me for some reason.

Moving on…I developed this recipe on my own, so I’d keep your expectations low.  But it’s actually healthy – the sweetness comes only from honey and blueberries – and pretty satisfying as an alternative to heavier desserts.  Let me know if you decide to try it!

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Red Lentil Soup

This past Saturday, my mom promised me at least four times that the soup she served that night would soon make an appearance on this blog.  I ignored her but naturally proceeded to wake up on Monday with a headache and sore throat.  When I hadn’t improved the next day, I thought I should eat something more nourishing than pasta (read: macaroni and cheese) for dinner, so I texted her for the recipe and here we are.  Also, I was confused to discover when I unpacked my groceries that in my feverish haze, I’d bought a variety of tea that supports healthy lactation instead of whatever I intended to.  So there’s that.

This soup is simple, healthy (lentils have plenty of fiber and protein but no fat), and soothing – perfect for the chilly, rainy spring we’ve had so far.

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soup ingredients

Tomato paste that doesn’t come in a can you have to throw away after using 1/16 of it!

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Friday Favorites: Quotes

Hi guys!  Hope your Friday afternoon is going quickly 🙂 I have a little more work to do but wanted to check in with a quick post while I wait for my afternoon coffee to kick in…

I love reading the Friday Favorites posts on blogs I follow, so I decided to do one of my own this week – but instead of finds from around the web, below is a roundup of quotes I love.  They generally apply to the way I want to live my life – unafraid, hardworking, calm (or, the opposite of my normal state).  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Lake Tahoe, spring 2014

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