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Mango (not so) Green Smoothie

This weekend has just flown by for me! Anyone else? While I won’t bore you with every single thing that we did this week (or still plan to do!), here’s a quick rundown of this weekend’s festivities.

Friday night, as I blogged about here, we had a pretty low key night. We are addicted to Breaking Bad. Can.not.get.enough. We had to run out to Target this morning and buy Season 3 because we couldn’t wait to start watching it. If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest you do!

Saturday was a bit more productive. We started our morning by taking Peanut for a quick walk and then headed to a local breakfast place called The Farm at South Mountain. Their Morning Glory Cafe is delicious and has a dog friendly patio, so we took Peanut along. If you live in the Phoenix area and have never tried The Farm for breakfast or lunch, definitely do!

After watching a few more episodes of Breaking Bad, I headed out for my 8 mile run. And run I did. This was a new PDR for me, so going in I was excited and nervous at the same time.


To keep it interesting, I drove about ten minutes down the street to a local park for my run. When I first started I created a loop that was a little over 2 miles and so I just repeated that about 4 times…this strategy worked for me. It spiced things up but also let me know exactly how much actual ground I had left to cover. Even though I was wearing my watch, this physical distance reference kept my head in the game.

And, I finished! And honestly, I felt pretty strong. I won’t say I was speedy…because trust me, I wasn’t I covered 8 miles in about 1:27. But I’ll take it! My race isn’t until March 2, so I still have plenty of time for training!


Came home and was starving so I made a quick snack of cheese, tuna fish and crackers. And a few sour patch kids snuck their way into my mouth too.


After snacking, more Breaking Bad, and a quick shower, we headed out to Four Peaks Brewery with a couple of friends for dinner. The place was packed! But we ended up waiting and had a good time chowing down on some delicious food and chatting.

This morning Justin and I hit the gym for a quick workout. I ran 3 miles in about 28 minutes and let me tell you, they were a tough three miles. I think my legs just wanted to rest.


After our workout, it was smoothie time! and spoiler alert, my green smoothie for today, didn’t turn out so green. But it tasted delicious, so I’ll take it!



Mango Green Smoothie

1 cup mango (fresh or frozen, I used frozen)
1 cup strawberries
2 cups spinach
1 frozen banana
enough very vanilla soy milk to move it around (i probably used about 2 tblsp)


I’m pretty sure my smoothie went wrong in the spinach department. I definitely overestimated the amount of spinach I had left in the fridge, so while you should use 2 cups for this recipe, I probably only used a little under a cup. I think if I had had the correct amount, it’d be more green! 🙂


I’ve got to get started on taking down these darn Christmas decorations…my motivation? More Breaking Bad!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


Hello 2013!

Happy New Year!

Justin and I rang in the new year pretty low key with a small get together at our place. We had an enormous spread of food, that unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of but it included things like; hummus and pita, crackers-sausage and cheese, fruit with fruit dip, veggies and dip, Rotel dip with tortilla chips, pasta salad and burgers on the grill. Needless to say we were ALL stuffed by the time midnight rolled around.

We spent the evening playing games (catchphrase anyone?), drinking, eating, laughing and catching up. It was a simple but great night, indeed!



And I should mention that while we enjoyed ourselves, Peanut did as well. Snuggled up on the couch with her blankey. Happy New Year Peanut! 🙂



I don’t have a fancy post planned for all the great things that happened to me during 2012…I took a little blog hiatus during this past year and while it was pretty amazing (got married & went on a fantastic honeymoon, began making our new house a home, got promoted…) I won’t rehash that here. Instead, I wanted to talk about the few goals I have for 2013. While I’m definitely a list maker (checking items off a list really does bring me great satisfaction) I’m not really a New Year’s Resolution type person. I do however, have a few, very simple, things in mind I’d like to accomplish in 2013.

First, drink more water. Every single day. Now that I’m training for the Phoenix Half on March 2, I can really tell that my lack of water intake is taking it’s toll. I’m feeling dehydrated almost all the time, and I can tell it’s making my longer runs more painful than they should be. Plus, it’s good for me, right?

Second, Finish my Half Marathon on March 2. Run, walk, crawl. I don’t really care. Regardless of my time or anything else, I just want to finish. 13.1 miles may not seem like a long ways to some…but 13.1 miles is actually a really long ways. So I’m committing to just being proud that I’m taking on the adventure…no matter how I finish.

And finally, simply live. Or live simply. I’ve recently come to realize that we often spend so much time thinking about what comes next, that we forget to focus on the now. The next house, the next vacation, the next promotion, the next ANYTHING. And when we do that, we forget to pay attention to all the great things that happen in everyday life. A great run, a lazy Sunday with the one you love, a beautiful sunny day, a delicious cup of coffee. You get the point. 2012 was a great year for me…but I’m determined to make 2013 even better and I’m pretty convinced if I just remember to refocus and live in the moment, no matter what comes my way in 2013, it’ll be great.

So that’s that…my 2013 goals. Here’s to love, health and laughter for all in 2013! I hope everyone enjoys today. Take some time out for yourself and relax…you deserve it! 🙂 Justin and I are off to start a Breaking Bad marathon for the rest of the day. I can hear my couch calling my name!


P.S. I’ll be back later today or tomorrow with a recap of our San Diego trip…I haven’t forgotten!