A Simple Saturday Post

Good Morning Everyone! ((Please don’t mind the title of this post. I had no idea what to make it!)) How’s your weekend so far? Anything fun planned? I woke up, enjoyed another Cherry Smoothie & than knocked out a 16 mile run. Now I’m just patiently waiting for the hubs to get home in a couple of hours from work and then it’s football time!! Unfortunately neither of our teams ((Penn State or Auburn)) will be airing on our television. Thank goodness for the radio though!

The other day I was nominated for thSunshine Award over @ FlecksOfGreen, and figured today would be a good day to share my answers with y’all. 

  • Who is your favorite Philosopher? I don’t have a favorite Philosopher but I do have favorite running philosophy quotes. One is “Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.”-John Bingham, Runner & Speaker
  • What is your favorite number? Now that I’m older, numbers are just numbers to me. However, when I was younger I liked 2 & 7. They were always the numbers on my jerseys in softball.
  • What is your favorite animal? Dogs. I honestly can’t get over how adorable they are. Our little girl cracks us up daily. Example: Last night the hubs & I were laying in bed, and for the strangest reason Roxy kept trying to jump on the bed, but repeatedly missed it & would just fall backwards. Remind you, she’s a full-grown dog & never has a problem. It was like she had lost all her jumping abilities for that moment. It may have been rude to laugh, but it was too funny not too. 
    ((Below: Our little girl when she was just a puppy!))

  • What are your Facebook and Twitter? Facebook && Twitter. Feel free to add me on either :)
  • What is your favorite time of day? Morning!! I feel the most productive during this time of the day. Oh & its breakfast… my favorite meal of the day! I love starting my morning off with a delicious smoothie!

  • What was your favorite vacation? Do I even have to answer this question? If you’ve been reading my blog for at least a week, you already know the hubs & I just had the most wonderful time in Santorini, Greece.

  • What is your favorite physical activity? Running, and hiking

  • What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? All I drink is water, so I guess water
  • What is your favorite flower? Is it weird that I don’t have a favorite flower? I feel like every other women in this world has one.
  • What is your passion? I believe everyone has more than one passion in life. I have a passion for nutrition, eating healthy, exercising, and of course being the best wife I can be for my wonderful husband.

(( Old picture of the two of us, but one of my favorites ))

I know I’m suppose to nominate 7 others, but 7 just doesn’t seem like enough. I nominate any of you who wants to fill out the above questions :).

Well that’s it for today. Simple & enjoyable ((or so I hope)) post. Now I must go clean up the house a little bit so the hubs doesn’t come home to a mess :)Have a wonderful weekend xo

Let’s Talk About #2

A few weeks ago I did a “Let’s Talk About” post. Well, I had such a great time writing it that I’ve decided it’ll make a weekly appearance every Friday.

…the fact that I have the greatest readers. I can’t tell y’all enough how much your support in regards to my health situation means to me. You girls sure do know how to cheer a girl right up :)

…the fact that there is one positive on not having a monthly period. NO Cramps. Yup, I’m trying to look at it for the good it brings until we find out the rest of the lab results

…the fact that I had a new-to-me smoothie for breakfast. Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie to be exact. I wish I would’ve taken a picture of it, but damn (pardon my language) it did an awesome job keeping me full for 3 hours until lunch.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 banana
  • I/2 serving chocolate protein powder
  • Ice, Ice & Ice

…the fact that it’s Friday and the hubs only has one day left of work this week!

…the fact that I finally found zucchini. Some of you already know that I’ve been in a constant search of zucchini since moving to Kuwait. I won’t lie, every time any of you posted delicious sounding recipes using zucchini I kinda-sorta envied you for that moment :).

…the fact that I have an awesome brother who took the time to share a workout with y’all.

Use whatever lb weights you feel comfortable with

…the fact that NFL Refs are back. Thank goodness, because after the way my Packers lost on Monday, I couldn’t be happier.

…the fact that there are NO pumpkin flavored foods here. Yes you read that right. No pumpkin lattes, no pumpkin baked goods unless I make my own, no candy corn anything. [[I may or may not be hinting to y'all to send some goodness my wayy!!!]]

…&& the fact that I couldn’t be happier about our little girl being here. Don’t worry, I have ridiculous amount of pictures to show you… soon I promise.

  • What do you have to talk about???
  • What are your plans for the weekend?? 

An Award & Recipe

First things first. I want to Thank You from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful & sweet comments you’ve left on my vacation recaps. They truly meant the world to me, and had me constantly smiling.

Last week the beautiful Rebecca over @ Blueberry Smiles tagged me for the Inspiring Blog Award, which is an award that’s All About You. You simply post 7 interesting facts about yourself that followers may not know. Then tag 7 people, and inform them to link their post back to yours.

  • Some of you may think I have it all together, and am constantly positive but that’s not always the case. There are times where I feel overwhelmed, and just can’t help but shed a tear or two. I’m human, and I believe that having those breakdowns from time to time only make you that much stronger as a person
  • This is rather personal, but I’ve been wanting to share this with all of you for quite some time. A few of you know, but others do not. I lost my period back in May, and am currently in the process of getting tests done to see why, and what caused this to happen. On Monday I ended up in the ER, and found out that I have Hypothyroidism. It is a condition in which the Thyroid Gland does not make enough Thyroid Hormone. I want a family, and will do whatever it takes. If it involves cutting back exercise, or putting on weight, than so be it. I am young and have the rest of my life to get my body back to where I want it. Right now it’s about my health & my marriage to my wonderful husband.
  • I used to be terrified of bridges. I would hold my breath the whole way across.
  • I know some of you have those long-lasting friendships with girls and guys from High School, but I do not. I have one friend who I’ve remained close with since. You truly do realize who your true friends are once you move away.
  • Every morning for breakfast I have some sort of smoothie. I’ve tried eating something different, but it just never tastes as good. It’s like my body has adjusted to the cold & refreshing meal, and wont allow anything else.
  • Sticking with the food facts. I eat dessert every.single.night even if I’m not hungry. It almost always includes yogurt & fruit
  • When I was younger, I honestly thought I’d grow up to be an Orthopedic Surgeon. Obviously that dream has changed quite a bit. I don’t mind blood, but could never see myself doing surgeries day in and day out.

Danica @ It’sProgression

Jess @ FitNJess

Tessa @ Amazingasset

Sarah @ IngredientsofaFit Chick

Lindsay @ ItzLinz

Theresa @ ASpoonfulofSunshine

Michelle @ EatMoveBalance

Now onto the recipe. The other day I was craving a Peanut Butter Cookie bad… like I didn’t think I’d be able to live without one. Thankfully I have a ridiculous amount of Peanut Butter & Peanut Flour to hold me over for quite sometime. I decided to incorporate Protein Plus Peanut Flour that the sweet Eva @ Committed2Nutrition had sent me.

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Makes 25 bite-size cookies. Each cookie is 51 calories

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Peanut Flour
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Splenda
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 7 tablespoons of Ican’tBelieveIt’sNotButter, or 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

*Feel free to throw in Chocolate Chips, Nuts, or Fruit. Whatever your little heart desires :)

Preperation:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Combine Peanut Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Baking Soda & Baking Powder in one bowl
  • In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients & mix well.
  • Dough may seem very thick, and you may need to add an additional tablespoon or two of water.
  • Bake 10-13 minutes.

  • Do you prefer bite size cookies, or larger cookies?
  • What’s your favorite apple recipe?

… And this is it :(

Here it is y’all. The last recap of our vacation! 

A little BP action. Yes I realize there’s only 6 cups on the table, but the full 8 wouldn’t fit!

A couple of views from my morning runs

…and we ate it all!!

I had forgotten to show y’all these. One of our last days we took a tour where we went and saw the Volcano (pictures above), and went swimming in the Hot Springs. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the Hot Springs. It was cool to experience, but between all the rust it left on you & the way it made my hair feel… I wasn’t too big of a fan!

FYI::Donkeys are not comfortable riding up a ridiculous amount of stairs on

Fish Spa! I didn’t have the greatest experience for one reason. Here to find out something in the ocean caused a rash all over my feet/ankles (yup, that means no swimming in the water for me :(). So whenever we went to the spa, all the fish were trying to eat at the rash on my legs. Instead of it massaging and feeling better, it kind of hurt & just irritated it more!  However, it was an awesome experience, and I’m so glad I can say i did it :)

Our last dinner on the island. It was a bittersweet night. Knowing we were leaving the next morning really stunk, but vacations can’t last forever! We had the most wonderful time in Santorini, and already cannot wait to go back. We even discussed opening up our own store or restaurant in a of couple years. I’m sure it’d never happen, but it’s a dream and you never know… dreams do come true :).

Hope all of you enjoyed this final recap, and don’t think I’m completely conceded with the ridiculous amount of pictures of the hubs & I :).

Oia, Greece

Happy Tuesday! This will be the last recap of places we visited, but there will be one more recap of miscellaneous pictures :).

Oia, Greece

No words can fully describe just how beautiful and breathtaking Oia truly is. Between the blue domed churches, the hills filled with extraordinary homes, and the unreal sunset, Oia truly is a must see city that you’d never forget.

 

 

  • What’s your favorite destination you’ve traveled too?
  • When vacationing, would you rather lay out on the beach/by the pool or explore? 

Ancient Thira & Red Beach

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Ours was absolutely wonderful. Our little bundle of joy, Roxy got flew in Saturday around midnight. Holy crap it takes forever & a day to pick up a dog from the airport. So much paperwork that needs to be signed & filled out. We started this process around 11:30, and didn’t finish until after 2:15 in the morning. Talk about an exhausting evening… but oh so worth it to have her home :). She’s usually full of energy, but all she’s been doing is sleeping. I’m assuming she has jet lag. Is that possible??

Sorry I didn’t do anymore vacation posts (well any for that matter) over the weekend. I just figured that not everyone checks blogs over the weekend & I’d wait until today.

Ancient Thira

Every morning @ 9:00 tours to Ancient Thira start. You can either 1. Take a bus up or 2. Take a bus. We decided to take a bus up, and then walk down the other side of the mountain to Perissa, Greece afterwards.

“Ancient Thera is an antique city on a ridge of the steep mountain on the Greek island of Santorini. It was named after the mythical ruler of the island, Theras, and was inhabited from the 9th century BC until 726 AD. Starting in 1895 the city was systematically investigated by the German archaeologist Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen, who excavated there until 1904. Later excavations by N. Zapheiropoulos between 1961 and 1982 under the auspices of the Archaeological Society of Athens unearthed the city’s necropolis in Sellada. Findings from these excavations are on exhibit at the archaeological museum in Fira. Excavation work was again taken up between 1990 and 1994 under the leadership of Wolfram Hoepfner of the Free University of Berlin and resulted in a more precise understanding of the history of the southern Aegean.

A few pictures from the walk down to Perissa….

After making it to Perissa, we ate lunch & than rented a 4-wheeler to see other parts of the island. One main stop we made sure to visit was Red Beach.

Red beach in the Akrotiri area. Beautiful beach, well-known for the unique colour of the sand and the hill behind it. Soaring red lava cliffs which drop right to the sandy shore and into the clear blue sea, make for a majestic setting and one to enjoy. The beach can be reached either by boat (there are several connecting Red Beach with Perissa and Akrotiri or by foot”. 

….I also almost bought the most adorable & coolest purse ever!

Now I’m off to go cuddle with Roxy. Have the most Marvelous Monday guys!!! 

Fira, Greece

Another Day. Another Recap

On our second day in Santorini we visited Fira. Fira is about 15 minutes away from Kamari (where we were staying).  We went to do a little bit of shopping, but upon arriving we noticed it was a bit on the pricier side compared to Kamari. It doesn’t hurt to window shop though right? Once again, the views did not disappoint. We did a lot of walking around just taking it all in.

There was a zip-line ride that you could take from the top of the mountain down, but I was too big of a wuss. Something about going up and down a mountain in nothing but a little cart on a line didn’t sound appealing haha. In the picture below on the you can see a little walkway. That’s where a lot of the shops and restaurants were.

We didn’t stay in Fira for too long. Just enough time to see beautiful views, and venture around the town for a little bit. We were going to eat lunch there, but decided to head back to the hotel and try out places near us since we were originally planning on returning another day.

For lunch we decided on a place called “Mamma Mia’s”. It was delicious! Definitely on the top of my favorite lunch places we ate at. The atmosphere was so fun, and very welcoming. I stuck with the normal salad with chicken for lunch. The hubs tried this BBQ Sausage Pita thing? It was good, but the sauce was definitely different from anything we’ve tried before. Again, no picture! Y’all are going to start hating me for it :(

Afterwards, we were pretty exhausted so we headed back to the room to rest a little bit. Around 3:00 is when we would head down to the hotels bar to get a drink (happy hour!!). As usual, I had Malibu & pineapple & the hubs either had some a Mytho’s Beer (Greek Beer) or Jack & Coke.

It was a pizza kinda night for dinner. I’m not one to eat pizza @ restaurants. I’d much rather make it myself, and know the ingredients and how much of something is going on top. Hubs ordered a meat pizza, and I ordered the Margherita. I’m not sure if it was because I had such high expectations or what, but unfortunately it was no good :(. I had one slice and called it quits… at least the hubs loved his :).

Even though I may have been disappointed by the food, it was impossible to stay upset for too long with another amazing dinner view. The views were by far my favorite part of this whole vacation.. even over the food.

Well that’s it for Day 2 of our trip. Hope I’m not boring you too bad with the recaps. The pictures just don’t do justice. This was definitely a time where I wish I had one of those high-tech cameras!! 

  • Do you try new foods when on vacation?
  • Ever have such high expectations on something and been disappointed?