HELLO AGAIN!!! Finals are done, I’ve had time to relax, and I am ready for my return to the blog world. I ended my semester with 2 A’s and 2 B’s. Perfect, and definitely worth all the hard work. This is the longest hiatus I have taken away from my blog since I started it. As all of you know by now, my greatest challenge continues to be posting on a regular basis. I remember I once asked a blogger who was a dietitian how she kept up with her blog while being a dietitian. She told me she posted 3x a day from school. This, as you can imagine, made me feel like a fool for using the excuse, “I don’t have time.” I later read in her bio about her journey that she did not work at all during that time. So, my excuse still remains that I don’t have time. I try to find time as much as a can but it is difficult working full time and going to school full time. What I am trying to say is that I am doing my best and all that I can. Stick with me, people, I don’t want to lose you!
So, where have I been? Working and relaxing while I don’t have school work. After finals I really had no desire to want to log onto my computer, be creative, or have any detailed thought process for that matter. I just wanted to exit out of everything for a few weeks until I started school again. Well, today is the day that my two summer classes begin. They are online so they are definitely more challenging due to time restraints, but I am SO determined to get them over and done with.
I will definitely be posting more, especially about my trip back to Chicago on May 27-31! I can’t WAIT! Me and my bestie are going out there together (he’s from Illinois) and are going to enjoy ourselves. Before then, I have to manage to complete 2 weeks worth of homework all while trying not to rip my hair out. Yikes, bikes!
Anyway, I just wanted to give you a quick update on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing and to let you know that I haven’t given up on the blog world.
Speaking of blog world, my blog has been hit with a ridiculous amount of spam comments while I was gone. Can any of you WordPress users out there recommend a way to prevent it? Thanks!
Now, to celebrate my return, I offer you:
Well, hello old friends. I’m alive (sorta), and well (kinda) and just want to pop in and say hello.
I have been completely absent on here due to it being [that] time of year again. What I am referencing is the dreaded finals week where my entire life is consumed with books, flashcards, tears and tests. Okay, borderline tears. A degree in healthcare makes a degree in business look like a cake walk. I keep telling myself that when it is all over, said, and done, I will be happy that I went forth with pursuing a degree in dietetics. Which brings me to today’s motivational pick-me-up.
If you have not considered giving up, your goals are not large enough.
I truly believe in that statement. Set your standards high and if you are not being challenged, goal more intensely. Goals are not goals if they are in arms reach. What would be the point of setting a goal if you could accomplish it with such ease? Quit being lazy and work for what you desire. Climb the mountain it takes to reach it, whatever it takes, and stay focused.
At this point I’m so delusional that I think I just gave myself a pep talk by writing this. Haha. I have the next two days off of work to study and prepare for my final exams. Thursday is going to be a rough day. I have to wake up at 5am, leave my house by 6am, take a final at 7am, and work from 9:30am – 5pm. I may cry. I am going to attempt to post something on here in the mean time. Hopefully some of you are still reading
Wish me luck!
Oh my sweet granola gods, do I have a recipe for you! Seriously, this is the best granola I have ever created, not to mention taste. This granola has a perfect balance of flavors and lends its unique texture and taste to a variety of ingredients.
It is so ridiculously simple to make and almost impossible to mess up. That is the great thing about granola. Add the kitchen sink in a bowl, mix, bake, and devour. The flavors that are included in this granola are:
(are you ready for the list?)
Welcome back for my New York trip, part 2! If you missed Day 1, head on over and take a look at what we did and where we went. Better yet, what we drank and what we ate.
The day started off with my mom and I meeting my sister in SoHo.
We shopped around for a little bit before it was time to grab a quick lunch. We headed to PUBLIC where lunch turned into brunch.
I’m FINALLY posting about my New York trip! I seriously had thee best time and I am already trying to plan a trip back as soon as possible.
To start, I went out there for my sister’s 30th birthday. Quite a travel worthy moment to be there for. It was just my mom and I since my dad had to stay home and work and it was so nice getting to spend time with my mom since I am so busy while I’m home in Scottsdale. Not to mention, I would be away from work for 4 days which was LONG overdue.
Friday night before was so chaotic since I was frantically trying to finish all of my homework that was due over the weekend because I knew there was NO way I was going to be doing homework on my mini vacation. I finished my homework at around 2:30 am and started packing. Once I was done packing it was about 3:15 am and I had to hurry and get ready because my parents were picking me up at 4 am to go to the airport. YIKES! I did not sleep at all and was so exhausted. The first day was, of course, a lot of travel. We had an hour layover in Dallas and then a 4.5 hour flight to New York. No joke, I slept the entire flight to Dallas, in the Dallas airport, and then again on the flight to New York.
I hope all of you had an amazing Friday! Mine was very low-key, as I have forced myself to stay at home while I complete this juice cleanse.
Day 2 presented more challenges than the first. I became quite busy at work which prevented me from following my juice schedule. Below was my schedule for the day and how I was feeling:
8 am – Woke up with lots of energy and no hunger pains.
9:35 am – Starting drinking Fiji, not hungry at all.
10:15 am – Finished Fiji and still not hungry, just satisfied. Started drinking water and already consumed 20 oz.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Suja Juice and the content is original and mine. However, I would not be opposed to being sponsored by Suja juice
My family is a huge wine and food family. All family events are centered around delicious food and amazing wine. How can you beat that? Seriously, my family is pretty amazing. This did not change when I went to New York last weekend for my sister’s 30th birthday. I basically had a glass of wine in one hand and a fork in the other the entire time. New York has the most delicious food and endless options to dine. Perfect for my family. To say the least since I have not posted about my trip YET, we ate and drank A LOT. When I got home from my trip all I could think about was how out of balance my body was after that trip and how much it was craving nutrients.
March is finally over! That extra week really dragged on for what seemed like forever. I had an amazing end to March with a trip to New York for my sister’s 30th birthday. That’s where I have been the past week or so and why I haven’t checked in on here. I will be posting on my travels the next three days. Until then, check back on what was going on here at TBB.com
I started off the month with a weekly meal plan that was so delicious!
Warning: This is NOT a health food.
Seriously, what is it about people and vegan baked goods? They hear that it’s vegan and they automatically assume that they are healthy. I tell them to define healthy and they look at me with a stumped look on their face. The question you need to ask yourself before indulging is, “will this boost my nutrient requirements for the day?” Probably not. Will it make you happy for the 3.3 seconds it takes for you to throw down one slice of this cake? Absolutely! Ways I can convince you it’s healthy:
2. Whole Wheat Flour
3.Sugar cut down by half
4. Yogurt instead of butter
5. Flax seed + water instead of eggs
The response I always offer people is that this is a healthier ALTERNATIVE. It’s still baked goods, people. I CAN make this even more healthy by altering the ingredients again, but that is another recipe for another day. This blueberry lemon yogurt cake is ridiculously moist and delicious. Baked to perfection, it offers a slight sweetness from the blueberries and a sharp tang from the lemon syrup. Yes, I wrote lemon syrup. That syrup, in my opinion, is what makes this loaf so incredible.