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wedding weekend

Wow I can’t believe it’s September. Jeez time flies. And this summer has been all over the place so I figure a catch up post is in order, so here’s what I’ve been up to currently…

Watching… Project Runway. I haven’t been watching a ton of TV lately but I’m so happy this is back. I loooove it. Anyone else watching and thoughts? I love Candice and Ashley and Swapnil and so far, I dislike Blake and Jake (I think that’s his name). I’m excited to see the rest of this season. Oh and I love Tim Gunn of course.

Reading… You by Caroline Kepnes.  Jarrod’s cousin was reading it when we stayed with her and her husband in Florida and she gave it me when she finished it. I hadn’t even heard of it but I’m liking it so far. It’s about a guy who can easily stalk his newest obsession because she’s all over the internet and social media. Hmm… Maybe as a blogger I shouldn’t read this? Ha. I think I’m too old to be stalked. And boring.  

Eating… Less garbage. This has been the summer of “stuff my face and feel like crapola.” This past weekend was no exception since we went to a wedding and had house guests and indulged. All weekend.

Loving… The wedding weekend. Speaking of the wedding – it was a fun weekend. One of Jarrod’s good college friends got married, so it’s always fun to see his other buddies and their wives. And the festivities were both nights and the couple is Pakistani and everyone’s outfits were amazing and it was formal both night and I got to wear long dresses (including my secret cheap find). Good times.

Craving… Potato chips. I always want potato chips. But see above about the eating too much garbage. Sigh.

Wanting… Summer to not end. I know most people are ready for fall but not me. I actually don’t mind fall weather but I haaaaate winter. And fall means winter is coming. (#GameOfThrones?)

Exercising… A little… Meaning I started going to the gym again this week. After quite a long hiatus. Oops.

Anticipating… Jarrod’s upcoming surgery. He’s having shoulder surgery next week so I’m just anticipating it not in a good way, but in a we-know-it’s-next-week way. He’ll be off work for 1-2 weeks and then recovering for a million years. Fingers crossed it goes smoothly.   

Thinking… About the cuteness of watching the pugs get their nails trimmed this weekend. Bowie is super dramatic and was whining and flinching like he was being punched. Rosie doesn’t let anything faze her and was so relaxed and looking around like she was bored. Love how different their personalities are. 

What’s new with you guys? Any weekend trips happening? Watching any other good tv shows??

fueling my mornings


So I work at 6 am everyday which means I wake up at 4:45 am. For reals. I’m actually a morning person so I’d much rather get to work early because that means I get to be done earlier. So, my mornings are super rushed where I don’t have time to eat before I leave. I have to eat breakfast everyday or I’ll be starving, so I bring something with me to work each morning. Since it’s so early, I need something that’s easy to grab, filling and healthy. Keys, phone, breakfast. Amiright?

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I’m absolutely a creature of habit (remember I get obsessed with stuff?) and I eat Chobani Greek yogurt pretty much every morning for breakfast. I recently tried out the new Chobani Oats in Raisin Brown Sugar and Peach flavors. So delicious. These yogurts have 10 grams of protein, 10 grams of whole grains and a good source of fiber in each serving.

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Followed up by my morning coffee (because I’m a coffee addict), Chobani Oats is the perfect way to conveniently fuel me for the day ahead. Chobani is America’s #1 Greek Yogurt brand and they’re saying #HelloSummer (summer isn’t over yet!) with 15 new product varieties. Every yogurt variety is made with fresh milk from cows not treated with rBST with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavors. It’s a win/win – healthy and delicious!

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Check out the yummy Chobani varieties to fuel your morning too. What’s your favorite way to start your morning? Anyone else wake up suuuuuper early too??

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los angeles weekend

As I said last week, we were in LA for a few days on my birthday through the weekend. My best friend, Jaime, lives out there and I like to visit whenever we get a chance. But we actually haven’t been out for a visit for about 3 years. So it was fun to visit my friend, relax and do some touristy things too. Let’s do a little review with photos.

We flew on my actual birthday and arrived around noon. We headed out to Santa Monica, walked along the 3rd Street Promenade and along the road above the ocean. We didn’t go to the pier since we’ve been there before. But we did go to Hillstone (which used to be called Houston’s) for my most favorite veggie burger ever. I need to go there every LA visit. I’m a creature of habit, ok?

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The next day, Jaime and I went for a hike at Temescal something (I don’t remember), while Jarrod golfed with some of Jaime’s friends. We’ve hiked this before but we actually did the whole thing this time. I was dying but it was great and the views were awesome.

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Pretty drinks on vacation are a must. Duh.

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We also went to the Magic Castle (if you couldn’t tell from the below awful photo that got cut off, oops). You need to be a member or go with a member, so luckily a few friends who are members went with us. I’ve been once before and looooove it (since I’m a huge magic nerd). Jaime and I even got to be in one of the close up shows, which was amazing. How do they know the card I picked?! How?!?! (Oh and the magic castle is old timey and requires ladies to wear dresses and men to wear suits – such a fun reason to dress up!)

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One of the last days, we went down to Venice Beach, which is pretty close. We just walked around and got to enjoy the nice weather.

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And one last pic is from the Grove. I can’t believe I’ve never been there before. Oh and this is my first LA trip where I didn’t shop a ton and spend all my money, so I’m pretty proud of myself for that one.

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So that’s a quick recap of our 5 days in LA. It went way too fast and I’m excited to go back again soon. But for now, it’s back to reality! How has everyone’s week/weekend been? I can’t believe summer is almost over. Sad face.

cous cous salad

I’m not ready for summer to be over yet, even though everyone is starting to talk about fall. We still have a lot of summer left so I’m excited to continue to try out new and interesting recipes. Today I’m sharing an easy cous cous salad recipe. It’s so simple, quick and healthy. Plus I’m sharing some links below of some other fun summery recipes I want to try out soon too.

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Cous Cous Salad

Ingredients (serves 8):

  • Box of cous cous
  • Half container of grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Half of a green bell pepper (or any pepper you like)
  • 1 cup of thawed and shelled edamame
  • One lime
  • About 1/4 to 1/2 cup of feta cheese
  • Several sprigs of parsley

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Preparation:

  1. Prepare cous cous according to box instructions. Once it’s done, start letting it cool.
  2. While your cous cous is cooling, prepare your veggies – thaw out about one cup of edamame. Chop the pepper, halve the tomatoes (or cut into thirds), chop the parsley, juice the lime.
  3. When the cous cous is cool, add everything together, including the feta cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold. That’s it!

This recipe is suuuuuuper easy and great as a summer side dish. Yum! Some other yummy recipes I’ve been eyeing up included these ones: Falafels, Crunchy Noodle Salad, Spiced Peach Turnovers, Fried Avocado Tacos.

If you’re a lazy cook like me, check out some of my past easy peasy recipes – Recipeasies – by clicking below –

How is everyone’s week going? Are you enjoying easy summer salads lately too?