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Paradise Part 4

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Yeah, yeah, it’s just another boring HR monitor picture…I wish there was a better way to capture how fantastic these workouts felt while in the OBX!

With an average HR of 130, I was pretty proud of what I accomplished each morning in just about an hour & a half.

Just like last year, we went out to dinner one night at the beach with my God parents.  It actually ended up being to the same restaurant, too!

I liked how they totally knifed up the bread.  Pay no attention to the fact that my sister is rudely texting at the dinner table 😉

I was too busy listening to everyone talk about how great the crab bisque was!  My Godfather LOVES the soup there.  Personally, my favorite thing about is the view.

They even have live music in the little pavillion out there on the water.  Some older couple began dancing part way through our meal.  TOO cute.

I ordered the lump crab meat, which came with two sides, but I just asked for 1 heaping garden salad (two side salads), and this is what they came out with.  I loved how they chopped the cucumbers into sticks 🙂 I got red wine vinegar on the side for dressing + salt & pepper.

JACKPOT 🙂  I asked them not to broil it with butter…just crabmeat, straight up ❤

Did you know what a protein powerhouse crab could be?

Yeah.  I’d say this dish had about 8oz. which means 140 calories and 28g of protein in my belly. 

After dinner, we went back to the casa and let the food digest.  I spent my time hanging with this handsome little guy while the rest of the family played games.

Bowman & that little chin dimple can melt my heart completely!  Can’t believe he will be 1 year old in a little over a month!

Short recap, I know…  but it was my favorite dinner of vacation!  More to come in a later post 😉



Eat. Think. Smile. Winner!

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Seems to me, I’ve forgotten to show you who won the goodies from Eat. Think. Smile!

Congrats, Liz @ I ❤ Vegetables!

Liz, please email me your shipping address so I can get you your goodies!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Paradise Part 3

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Vacations every year are obviously something I look forward to.  Who doesn’t?  Basking in the sun, eating great seafood, leisurely time to do whatever we please, etc.

I couldn’t tell you the last time I got so much relaxation time in one week.  To be honest, it was just nice not to have to be sitting at my desk at work for a whole day.

But rather, I could spend my day with people that I love, and I could take my time working out & preparing meals, which was also a treat.

light whole wheat english muffin with fresh salsa, baby spinach, and pinto bean dip

There was no set “lunch break” that I had to take, and no amount of time that I had to be finished eating.

shredded romaine, broccoli, tomato, cucumbers, cauliflower, & homemade honey mustard

I felt like Ms. GC (who I really need to get back in touch with!) with the amount of large salads that I ate throughout the week!  She was the brilliant lady who introduced me to the wonderful world of eating plain tofu. Anyway, another adventure we took while in the Outer Banks was the annual trip to Professor Hackett’s mini golf course.

Complete with water falls, caves, and gold mines.Our family is a bit on the competitive side (-that’s a BIT of an understatement-), so it’s not out of the ordinary to see tears, frustration, and thrown golf clubs…all in good fun, of course 😉 

In the end, we mended our broken and bruised egos with some frozen yogurt, which in my opinion, makes everything better.


Andd thenn, there was the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet

Remember Captain George’s last year?  It’s become a go-to restaurant for us, since the family loved it so much.  I’m totally fine with it, because they’ve got some of the best steamed seafood & salad bar I’ve seen at the Outer Banks!

I started with a plate of greens and some fresh fruit, but slowly made my way to the main course…

Yes, perfection on a plate.  The claw meat was definitely the sweetest, and I don’t think I even wasted my time on anything but the snow crab legs, with the exception of maybe a few spiced, steamed shrimp.

The company wasn’t too shabby at the restaurant, either.  We thoroughly enjoyed the meal together & had a blast talking with our Polish waitress, who got a kick out of our family and their shenanigans.

 Last year, my sisters and I got matching bracelets…but this year, we got matching sweatshirts off of a $7.00 rack at Sunsations. 

please, forgive the was an early morning...haha.


They were kind of lame when we bought them, but they were super cheap, and I had a vision in mind of cutting the crew neck to make an 80’s (off-the-shoulder)look, which we later discovered seemed to be the trend down there!  We still have yet to get a group shot with them on…

Anywho, that’s all for now!  Recap #4, comin’ atcha soon!


Paradise Part 2

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While every single morning at the beach began with a workout of some type (running/biking; usually both)

every single night at the beach ended with dessert as it should, right?!

Considering the fact that our house was within 1/2 mile (walking distance) to the nearest ice cream shop, Fat Boyz, this should be no surprise.    More so, there was a place that I couldn’t resist.  American Pie, a little shop in Nags Head (all home-made!) made a “no sugar added vanilla” which tasted like Pillsbury icing from the can that I couldn’t resist.

 Breakfasts before these morning workouts consisted of coffee &

Ezekiel cinnamon raisin sprouted english muffins with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge mixed with Splenda smeared on top .  It was like cream cheese frosting.  After the workout, it was About Time for a protein shake with spinach blended in I don’t have any pictures, because I think the blog world has seen quite enough green drinks.

Beach time was next on the agenda. 

I made it there by about 11 (if not earlier) every morning, breaking around 1 or 1:30pm for lunch.

This was a typical plate of mid-day eats consisting of a turkey sammie with lettuce, tomato, hummus, and onion on Nature’s Own whole grain bread. 

On the side I had some fresh seasonal fruit, because at the beach, nothing tastes better!  Strawberries and cantaloupe were on the menu this particular day.   Watermelon was another favorite!

The rest of the afternoon was spent basking in the sun, typically, causing me to turn into one big freckle…a happy one, though.

 After showering, I usually hung out with the family and helped get dinner ready…when we ate in, it was mostly things like this.

No, that’s not baby food…that would be my Amy’s Organic low-fat split pea soup and a huge monstrous salad with homemade honey mustard dressing (mustard +S & water to thin). Carbage came later in the form of hummus toast 🙂

One night after dinner, we hit up the sand dunes for a spectacular view of the sunset.

At the sand dunes, they have a hang gliding school, and I swear, one day I’m going to try it. 

Could you imagine gliding in the air off of a sand dune with a view like this one?

…yeah, it’s that gorgeous.

Morgy & I thoroughly enjoyed the sand between our toes after trekking up-hill to get to the top of the dunes.

Momma & Poppa FF got a nice little shot together with the moon in the background.

Anndddd recap #2 : complete! (:  Still lots to show you, so come back for #3 tomorrow!

Paradise Part 1

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I know it’s taken awhile for me to get these pictures uploaded, so let’s get things started, shall we?  Before the vacation could start, we went to support our cousin, Allison at her graduation.

She is a great soccer player and will be attending PSU Harrisburg next year, joining their team!  It was pretty cool that my Dad had the opportunity to present her with her diploma since he’s on the school board 😉

Afterward, there were photos and tears.  The party came to our place afterward for a campfire & reception.

Before I left for vacation, the boyfriend took me on a date.

Since we wouldn’t be seeing each other for about a week & 1/2, it was deemed necessary to have a date night…this was complete with chinese food

steamed mixed vegetables with shrimp

and Kung Fu Panda 2…in 3D 😀


After a wonderful send off, it was time to get the roadtrip started…My sister, Myranda & I were driving down together in a car by ourselves for the first time.  Typically, we go with our parents, but they were going to a tournament of my youngest sisters’ first and wouldn’t be getting to the beach until a day later. 

When we arrived in the Outer Banks, it was about lunchtime, and this little guy was hungry so we made a pitstop at Pizza Hut.  We had been traveling with my Godparents, my best friend, and her family…which included Bowman 🙂  His first beach trip was SO exciting!

Anyway, lunch looked like this…

Not too bad for a Pizza Hut salad bar, huh?  My thoughts exactly 🙂

When we finally were able to check in at our beach house, I decided to take a tour so you all could see it.

Welcome to Blue Point at milepost 16.8 in Nags Head, NC. 

There were three floors, of which, my bedroom was on the second. I was bunking with Allison (my cousin), and my two sisters…plus, my sister’s boyfriend, Braxton.

We were right across the street from the ocean and could see it from our deck. 

The kitchen was on the top floor,

but there was a little mini prep area on the 1st floor that I took full advantage of using for my grocery stock. Yep, you better believe I brought my Oster blender. How else would I make my protein shakes in the morning?! 🙂

 I filled the cupboards with goodies from home, too!  Most mornings, my Godfather picked up donuts for the house to nosh on for breakfast and dinner, most people in the family went out to eat, except my immediate family.  It was just fine with me because cooking and meal prep is limited while I’m at home due to such a busy schedule.  It was nice to have time to prepare and sit down to enjoy my meals while on vacay.

The goods included: Fiber One cereal, Coconut Macaroon coffee (a la Target), Seaweed Snacks, Nature’s Own whole grain bread, Udi’s Gluten-free Vanilla granola, Eat.Think. Smile Crispy Thins, About Time protein powder, xanthan gum, dark unsweet cocoa powder, vitamin water zero, mini clif bars, Pepsi Max, oat bran, Amy’s low fat split pea soup, and some various light dressings.

The game room/pool table, also in the same vicinity as the mini kitchen.  That little table is where I ate most of my lunches!

Most of the time we were there, either baseball or the weather channel occupied the television, with the exception of Monday night, which obviously had to be on ABC for the Bachelorette.

Just another shot of the family room….I’ve always loved how summer homes and beach houses are decorated.  Such bright, happy colors 🙂

As usual, the house also had a pool and hot tub in the back, which the kids took full advantage of.  I spent most of my time on the beach (I can go to a pool anytime, right?), but I did get a nice pool workout in on the last day we were there!  I think this was the first year I didn’t step foot in the hot tub! 

After the tour, everyone settled in, unpacked, and ordered pizza…

I put my freshly bought produce to good use and whipped up a yummy dinner that I’ve been wanting to try for EVER now. 

KELP noodles, a la Elise (<–genius)

  • mashed peas
  • mashed avocado
  • rinsed kelp noodles

For those of you wondering, I’ve been trying to incorporate foods into my diet that have been linked to thyroid health, since I read the book “Must’ve Been Something I Ate“.  The winner of the book still hasn’t claimed her prize, so I’ve decided to pick another winner…

CONGRATS, MARIE 🙂  Please email me your address and I’ll ship you your prize book STAT!  You guys really should check out her blog, Chocolate-Covered Chaos.  It is awesome! 

Annnnnd there’s recap #1!  Stay tuned for numero dos!



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Healthy Living Summit has been something I’ve always wanted to attend.  This year, being that it was in Philly which is so close to me, I was SURE I would be going. 

Being that it’s my birthday weekend, which I didn’t realize at first, I bought a ticket and now can’t go 😦 I was lucky enough to snag a ticket before they sold out, but my loss is your gain since I won’t be able to use it!

For anyone out there interested in purchasing my ticket for $100.00 (the price of the conference), you can email me at  We would have to simply change my registration information online, and it’s all yours! 

Here are a few speakers that will be at the conference, which I was totally excited to meet:

For details, you can check out the website, but I do know that you would get a discounted hotel rate at the Marriot downtown for the weekend!

This will be a first come, first serve kind of thing, and I know many of you were hoping to get a ticket, so just email me and we’ll get things rolling!



Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPacs

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Thanks to MyBlogSpark and Proctor & Gamble, I had the recent opportunity to participate in the Cascade Complete 24 Hour Challenge, putting Cascade’s new Complete Action Pacs to the test!

Seeing as how I was going on a week and 1/2 vacation, and these little guys are super easy to pack, I figured it would only make sense to bring them along as an easy clean up for nights that we cooked in at the beach house! 

What a PERFECT idea that turned out to be. 

For any of you who haven’t seen or heard about these awesome little gel packages, here’s the scoop: 

Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPacs™ combines the best of powder and gel in one powerful pac to conquer tough food cleaning and greasy messes. It pre-treats, fights stains, and rinses away tough food particles; all while fighting through layers of residue and leaving nothing behind but shine.

Simple as that!  Thankfully, we could spend the majority of our time at the beach out and about, enjoying one another’s company, and sight seeing, rather than cleaning up in the kitchen after dinner!  It was such an easy fix!

With this easy of a clean up, the possibilities are endless at dinner time!  🙂

Thanks so much, P&G + Myblogspark!