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POST Beach Recap #1

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From the beach, we left for PA on Friday night after dinner with my Godparents.  We ended up pulling out at around 7PM and arriving at our destination at around 2:20AM Saturday morning.  The girls had a softball tournament an hour from our house beginning at 8AM Saturday morning and had to be at the fields by 7AM.  My best friend and her husband have an apartment 10 minutes from the tournament and wouldn’t be leaving from the beach until later, so they said we could stay at their place for the night as opposed to going the whole way home & then back for the games in the morning.

I ate a Larabar for breakfast

AKA some coconut cream pie 😉  And we got coffee from Sheetz.

The girls’ teams played a lot of games at the same time, so I just kept alternating fields, trying to catch both games.

Twas a HOT day in PA.  I got quite a nice farmer’s tan from the t-shirt I was wearing.  By lunchtime, I was hangry.  We made another Sheetz run for some grub and I snagged a chef salad made with just turkey.

Lettuce, tomato, green pepper, pickles, turkey, banana peppers, jalapenos, salt & pepper. 

I also grabbed an orange from the fresh fruit bowls.

Before I knew it the day was over and we were having dinner with my bestest and her hubs who invited us to a pizza place close to the fields. 

Jared, Bran’s hubby knew the area pretty well, and actually was friends with the owner of the shop.

I thought the decor was especially cute for a pizza shop!  Most are pretty boring inside, but these colors & photos on the walls brightened my day 🙂

The gang ordered all kinds of pizza & some stromboli,

while I stuck with another turkey salad.

Pretty basic, but it did the job.  It had onion, lettuce, tomato, turkey, carrots, and green pepper.   It also came with a LOAD of shredded cheese (which I specifically asked to be held), but I picked most of it off.  No biggie.

On the way home, I ate an apple & munched on some Fiber Bran cereal for a snack.I was pooped & hit my bed like a brick when we got home!  The funny thing was, we had to get up and do it allll over again on Sunday!

NOT glad to be back to work, but glad to have some normalcy back into my life!  All the running around was fun while it lasted, but it’s back to reality!

Hope you all had a great week!



Frills & Thrills.

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Hey Friends! I’m back from the holiday weekend and have SO much to fill you in on.  In all fairness, I had better forewarn you that this post may, and probably will be ridiculously long.  That being said, I’m going to stop blabbing and start showing 😉

Friday night was kinda lame, but I knew the realities of needing some downtime before all the craziness of the weekend began.  I hit the gym, going on this yummy snack (one of two banana softserves of the weekend!)


ingredients for chocolate covered banana softserve.

 which turned to this:

with fiber one topping.

 with a little help from Bella.

The gym consisted of the classic workout

I came home, showered up, made a nice big summa salad for dinner:

colorful veggies.

steamed sugar snap peas, carrots, cucumbers, orange peppers, & tomatoes over mache mix.

And some fresh summer fruit were consumed for dessert!  Watermelon & strawberries, to be exact 😉

The rest of Friday was spend in complete relaxation mode after my shower, post workout.  Mandy came over and we hung out for awhile, helping my Momma get some cookies & such ready to take along to seester FF’s softball tournament in the AM.  I also experimented with my Wholesome Sweeteners and Fabulous Flats goodies!

Cinnamon Sugar breadsticks to be!

I sprayed the entire whole wheat pizza crust with some PAM, placed it on a baking sheet, sprinkled it with cinnamon & Organic Zero, and baked it for about 15-20 minutes.


 After the baking process was complete, I cut it into 6 portions (the serving size),


and stored in a tightly sealed container for quick snacks on the go! OF course I tried one. 

close up.

Tasted just like a graham cracker!

Saturday was a complete turn of events.  From a low-key chill night, to an on-the-go adventure day.

The gym was calling my name around 9AM (which is actually sleeping in for me!)  I did have breakfast, but there’s no photo proof, which is sad because it was yummy!

[insert photo here: 2 low-fat whole grain eggo waffles + 1/2C. FF cottage cheese & drizzle of SF syrup]

Again, same routine as Friday night–> I really need to switch it up! Any suggestions?

Afterward, I came home, biked for about 20 minutes, and hopped in the shower.  By this time, it was approx. 12 PM, so I grabbed some lunch


broccoli slaw over mache mix with light ragu & ff cottage cheese

and packed some snacks to take to the ArtsFest.

light string cheese, 1 sandwich flat, & 1 gala apple.

Mandy met me on Front St. because most of the riverfront was blocked off for ArtsFest 2010, and we somehow managed to find some on-street parking pretty close!

glazewear & pottery.

We got to check out some of the coolest handmade stuff I’ve ever seen! 

We didn’t buy much,

 because everything was crazy expensive

moster soap dish.

(especially the jewelry, which was our fave!)

I was in love with that octopus bracelet! {$120}

We listened to some great bands play

made some new pirate friends


tried on some original creations

and snatched up a bunch of home-cured meats for Poppa FF to try out when he got home!


Elk, buffalo, beef, and venison! I got him one of each 🙂

It was a hot day with lots of walking, but a ton of fun.

Next up, I went to watch the little sis play a softball game, where my circus buddy met me so we could leave for the show! We stopped at Subway on the way there, where I ordered a 6in. turkey sub.

He was all ready to go, and fit right in


 we saw tons of crazy stuff likeee

3 girls in a tiny glass box.

I don’t think ANY amount of yoga could get me to this point…:)

1,200.25 lbs.

Or any amount of strength training could get me to this point.

The animals were beautiful and well cared for.

It made for SUCH a fun night.

ANNNND the best part, was that we still managed to catch the end of the Flyers game on the way home at a sports bar!  They’re in the CUP finals and ended up losing the first game of the series, but it was close!

I passed out pretty immediately after getting home around 12:30PM.

Sunday morning came early & I was headed to another sermon at CLA. 

Breakfast was a quick classic:

SOC in all its glory.

This was the last message in the “Family First” series, and it was on “How To Have The Perfect Kids”.  The pastor there is so awesome.  Totally passionate on EACH topic.  He keeps your attention and is very good at bringing things to light in a relative way for me.

I had packed a lunch & extra clothes because I was headed straight to the little seesters softball tournament from church. 

veggies, sweet egg white omelett, & sourdough bread slice w/ SF jam.

I’m pretty much in love with SF Polaner jam + Fiber. So delish.

When I got home around 4PM from the game, I showered and got ready for my dinner date with my Army boy 😉  He picked me up and we headed to the closest town for dinner reservations at 6ish.  I had shrimp cocktail & a house salad with vinegar on the side. 

I missed him SO much!  I could sit and talk to him forEVER.

We came back to the house & hung out on the deck for awhile and then started a movie.  We decided on “Brothers” which was pretty good from what we got to see!  Unfortunately, the night had to be cut a little short because we were going to pick my Daddy up at the airport at 10:30PM!

patiently waiting...

My sisters and I made “Welcome Home, Daddy” & “We Missed You” signs.


It was SOOOO good to see him again…I’ve got lots of pictures to share with you from his trip!! We got home around 1AM and I slept like a baby!

Monday morning started out the same way Saturday did!  Again, I hit the gym.  It was Memorial Day, which meant NO WORK for this gal! 

Same thing, don’t judge 😉

Afterward, I came home, helped prep for the picnic a  little, showered, and it was time for lunch!

my plate.

Grilled chicken (post photo put on a piece of sourdough)+tomato, lettuce, & onion.  Cantaloupe, bloobs, cukes, & watermelon.  Ahhh fresh produce how I love you.

The whole day was spent in the sun with family & friends.

For dinner, picture this same plate. No add’l photo necessary. 

YOU KNOW what else happens on Mondays, right???

Lemme give you a hint…

That’s right, The Bachelorette was on!  I made sure I got my fix.  SO glad Craig is gone.  Ali saw right through that jerk !  I’m still gunnin’ for Roberto!! Although Jesse & Frank are close seconds! 

Hope all of your weekends were as relaxed or action packed as you prefer and that your Memorial Day was…well, memorable 😀

Happy Tuesday!  Woo hoo for a short week! Make sure to enter IGE’s Subway giveaway by 5PM TONIGHT!

1. What was the highlight of your weekend?


Tip Top Weekend.

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Verse of the Day:

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Romans 12:10  

For once, the weekend didn’t feel as if the time flew by.  There was ample time to relax, balanced out with equal time to work out and enjoy fitness.  Lemme give you the low down on some highlights! Friday night started out perfectly when I tried out these babies, that the company sent me, after I got home from the gym:

1. SeaPak Salmon Burgers!

Salmon Burgers



Salmon burger stir-fry.

  I almost don’t want to even try to describe them, in fear that I won’t do them justice.  For just 110 calories per burger, you get 680 mg of Omega-3s (3g fat, .5 saturated, 18g protein, and 1g carbs) and NO additives or preservatives.  If you ask me, those are pretty stellar stats for such a delish, smoky tasting, all-natural salmon burger!  While cooking mine with my veggies on the stove top, I made a marinade of SF Log Cabin + 1 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce. 

2.  Triple Chocolate Fudge Chickpea Pudding


I used this to fuel my workout on Saturday morning, which consisted of 9 miles on the elliptical at levels 7-9, plus the typical circuit on the weights.  Hip adductors, hip abductors, abs, and lats.  When I got home, I STILL wasn’t hungry (usually, I’m starvin’!), and had loads of energy, so I hopped on the stationary bike and facebooked for about 30 minutes.!  Poppa FF got a FACEBOOK so he could communicate more from Nicaragua!!  The countdown until his return is exactly 6 days! 🙂 I can’t wait to see him. 

3. My Nordik Track Elliptical!


Totally excited to try this thing out!!  I know it’ll be the same as the ellipticals at the gym, but it’s going to be SO convenient if I don’t feel like making the trip or CAN’T get out of the house for some reason. 

frontal view.

My Uncle Ed was kind and brought it from Lancaster in the back of his truck on Saturday, since my Dad is a very busy man and anticipated that he may not be able to get it for a while. 

4. Runners-up!

Seester FF up to bat.

My lil’ sis and her softball team kicked some BUTT at their tournament Saturday and Sunday.  They ended up losing in the championship game by ONE RUN, but played their hearts out. 

2nd Place.

They earned a decent sized trophy and some construction-worker yellow t’s as souvenirs 😉  Afterward, you can bet ice cream & pizza was consumed by the team.

4. Fabulous Flats

Whole Grain Naan.

I probably ate my weight in this stuff over the weekend.  I just received some products from them to try out, and all have been relying on it for my source of whole grains ever since 😉 

1 serving!

The Naan is soooo fluffy and light, with a hearty texture and whole grain taste that I fell in love with!  I’ve gotta try this dipped in hummus.  The Garlic Naan is excellent, too!  Not too oniony.  The best part, is that one serving is an entire HALF of the Naan!  Just 170 calories in the whole grain and 160 in the garlic.

1/2 spread with laughing cow & 1/2 spread with sf raspberry jam.

One of the other products I got to try, was the sandwich flats from Fabulous Flats.  Again, fan-stinking-tastic.  Yes, they’re flat sandwich rolls!  I used mine like an english muffin for breakfast one morning!  They inspired me to stray from my typical “SOC” for breakfast!  You know it’s gotta be powerful 😉  Can’t wait to try the stone-baked pizza crusts!

5. LearningHow To Have The Perfect Husband”

Yes, that’s right.  This is a HIGHLIGHT.  I mean, don’t you want to know, too?  I’d like to think I’m prepping to be the best wife I can be someday 😀  I went to Christian Life Assembly again this week for church, and couldn’t have been more glad to hear what Pastor Wade had to say about what men need. 

Here’s what I’ve learned.  The top five needs of men:

1. Sexual Satisfication

  • Ephesians 5:21-33 

2. An Attractive Wife

  • Not necessarily looking perfect, but making sure to take pride in your appearance. 

3. Domestic Support

  • To-do lists
  • Home maker

4. Recreational Partnership

  • An adventure buddy
  • Date nights

5. Admiration 

  • Never criticize publicly
  • Swell with pride

Apparently he did a sermon on “How To Have The Perfect Wife” the week prior before, as well.  I was curious, so I checked it out online to see what the notes looked like.  Pretty accurate if you ask me!  You can always watch the podcast if you’d like!

6.   Homemade Almond Buttah.

Almonds, sf syrup, & cinnamon!

Now I’ve got my very own stash of almond buttter to smear over those tasty sandwich flats! SO easy to do, too.  I just threw this combo into my blender and proccessed until smooth!  This stuff beats a $12 jar anyday!

  • 1 C. almonds
  • 1/4 C. SF syrup
  • a few shakes of ground cinnamon

pure heaven.

You can make it with nothing but almonds, too, a la Angela!

I like mine a little bit chunky, so I stopped blending at this point, but if you like it more smooth, you just have to leave it in the processor for a little bit longer, scraping the sizes between pulsing.

I’m sure I’m missing some other great details, but I’m too excited about GIRL’S NIGHT starting again tonight because of The Bachelorette!



How stinkin’ cute is Ali?!  In her little converses.  That’s classy, folks 😉  I think it’ll be a good season.  I’m more excited that we’re starting the family girls’ nights back up, though!  Hope she finds a winner!

Have a great Monday, peeps & enter this giveaway for some cookware before you forget over at Healthy & Sane!