Super Bowl Eats

Party Finger Foods

Neal and I are laying low this Super Bowl Sunday, but I still love cooking for the game!  Here are a couple of recipes from my Party Appetizer Pinterest board that I'm considering making this Sunday. Ham and Swiss Sliders by Chef in Training Pimento Cheese Dip by Diane Cheesy Hot Wing Dip by Family Fresh Meals General Tso's Meatballs by I Breathe I'm Hungry Key Lime Pie Dip by She . . . Continue Reading »

Easy Vitamix Tomato Soup

Easy Tomato Soup

I have to tell y'all, I have absolutely loved reading your comments on yesterday's giveaway post!  It warms my heart to hear about your Valentine's Day plans, whether with friends, fiances, or spouses! Today I wanted to share an incredibly easy tomato soup recipe that my mom and I tested out during her last visit.  We did use the Vitamix to make the soup, which I understand not everyone has in t . . . Continue Reading »

CyndiBands Valentine’s Day Giveaway

CyndiBands Valentine's Day Hair Ties

I'll be honest, I was never the biggest fan of Valentine's Day.  As a kid, I absolutely hated the day.  I was overweight, had few friends, and without fail, would only get a few valentines from my classmates.  I'll never forget opening up the valentine's day mailbox I had created in my 3rd grade class, only to find three valentines... I was heartbroken. In middle school, I hated . . . Continue Reading »

A Fast and Furious Weekend

Hill Country BBQ DC

Today marks the start of an incredibly busy 5 weeks. February is an incredibly crazy month for me, so I really enjoyed my last weekend before the whirlwind. Friday I took full advantage of the day off, cleaning the apartment, walking Theodore, running errands, taking a nap, and going to dinner with a friend in Bethesda. Saturday I enjoyed another long walk with Neal and Theodore, the Iowa . . . Continue Reading »

365 Days of Fit: Week 9


I did an awful lot of walking this past week!  I think it was nice to take a break from the gym and gym classes in exchange for some fresh air.  The weather was amazing on MLK day and then after the snow day on Tuesday, walking in the winter wonderland was a lot of fun. Next week I hope to pick up the intensity of my workouts, but this week was a really great change of pace. I invite you guys t . . . Continue Reading »

Cooking with Greek Yogurt Review and Giveaway

Cooking with Greek Yogurt

I can't even begin to tell y'all how excited I was last fall when I heard that Cassie from Back to Her Roots was working on her first cookbook! Cassie is by far one of my favorite bloggers and I've always loved her recipes. To learn that her cookbook was focused on Cooking with Greek Yogurt just made sense. Cassie is so creative, using Greek yogurt in recipes to bring a healthy alternative to . . . Continue Reading »

Making 5AM Workouts Work


It's always amazing to me how different life can be depending on what time of the year it is. As I work in education, I tend to function off of a fall, spring, and summer calendar. While the fall is busy, it's pretty consistent. The spring on the flip side is all over the place! Each day varies, totally wrecking my pretty fall and summer routine. This "spring", it has become pretty clear that . . . Continue Reading »

Snowed In


SNOW DAY!!! Two words I love hearing during the winter months here in DC.  Theodore was pretty thrilled too! After watching the Today show and enjoying some scrambled eggs, Neal and I set out for a long walk with Theodore just as the snow was beginning to fall.  There is just something so beautiful about the first flakes. I am totally embarrassed to say that the next 5 hours were s . . . Continue Reading »

Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough

This past weekend I was incredibly spoiled by having my chef of a mom in the kitchen! I know everybody says this, but my mom is seriously an amazing cook. I've always been amazed by her skills in the kitchen and not so secretly hope that she'll open up a bistro some day. We kicked off Sunday afternoon with a few appetizers for the Iowa basketball game. In the Vitamix my mom whipped up a . . . Continue Reading »

The “Other” Air and Space Museum

Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

I had an absolutely wonderful weekend with my parents and am sad to see them leave today.  The Texans weren't too keen on the cold DC weather, so I had to get creative when planning things to do around DC.  Thankfully my parents have been in DC quite a bit, so we didn't have to go downtown to see the monuments (though I'll admit, I kinda wanted to go see the new baby panda at the zoo this w . . . Continue Reading »