Thanks for all the comments on my vitamin post. I promised I would update all of you as to how I’m feeling. Verdict: good. Who knows if it’s a placebo effect or not, but I do feel slightly more energized. Also, my nails are in much better shape than they were. I don’t think I mentioned this before, but for the past few months my nails were noticeably brittle. They would barely grow before breaking off. Now, they’re longer and much stronger, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
I just wanted to pop in and share what’s been happenin’ with me lately.
Summer is my favorite time of year, so I’ve been getting out and enjoying nature while it’s at its best. One afternoon, my brother took my Mom and me on a nice hike at a park close to my parents house. My brother made a great guide; I like to refer to him as “Bear Grylls.” He’s outdoorsy to the extreme. No pictures of the actual hike. Fun fact: I never have my phone with me when I’m exercising. I use it as my time to disconnect.
This picture was taken from my Instagram, which I’ve been really into lately. I used to think Instagram was stupid, honestly. But it’s grown on me! Lets be friends on it.
Also…I love obnoxiously bright workout clothes. Obviously.
I snapped this picture before a Saturday morning spin class. Do you think I like the color blue?
I’ve been loving spin classes at my gym lately. The instructor I had that morning was a younger (probably my age), cute and funny girl. Plus, she had a great playlist which always makes a spin class that much better. I got very excited when M83 started playing. Love them.
I met two friends for brunch (which ended up being lunch for me) that same Saturday. I was able to convince them to check out Eden, a newer restaurant in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Eden is extremely vegan and vegetarian friendly and their menu is chock-full of clean eats. I started my meal with a green juice: kale, celery, spinach, cucumber and lemon. I don’t have a juicer at home so I love to get juices like these when I can.
I already had breakfast that morning so I was in the mood for lunch food. In this weather, I crave crisp, cool salads on a daily basis, and that’s what I went with. Mixed greens, roasted carrots and beets and goat cheese with a simple dressing of I believe olive oil, lemon and apple cider vinegar. There may have been nuts or seeds on this, too? Something like that. Clearly I have a great memory. Simple, but delicious. I definitely want to visit Eden again and try one of their main dinner courses; they have some really creative entrees.
Also, one of my friends who I went with…love her, but she is not what I’d call adventurous when it comes to food. She was hesitant to try Eden. She ordered a veggie omelet with some kind of smoothie and ate every last bite and loved it! Our other friend got waffles that looked incredible, also.
I love a good salad just like I love homemade baked goods. The baking bug bit me the other night…so this happened. I had plans to make dinner with a friend and I took charge of bringing over dessert.
M&M cookies are always a good choice. This is my go-to recipe, always. And now I wish I had these all over again.
I’ve got some fun things coming up. My birthday is next week and the week after that, I’ll be road-tripping down to Charleston, South Carolina to visit one of my good friends. I can’t wait. Beach time, boat time and jet-skis are calling my name.
Have a great weekend!