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Productive Sunday

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Growing up, Sundays were always the day to be productive.  It was the day that we did homework, the day that we cleaned the house, and the day that we used to prepare for the rest of the week.  If things go right on Sunday then Monday should be smooth sailing.

Since I have been home these past couple of weeks, things have been a little less than productive and a little more sporadic and indulgent than I would prefer.  I am not going to feel guilty about any of it because I have been spending time with family and friends that I haven’t been able to see for the past five months, but there is a need for balance with fun and productivity.  So, today I am going to get everything in order.  I am going to plan my meals for the week, grocery shop, get my budget plan set, and get everything set up so that tomorrow I can make my full-time job finding a job.

I am a planner by nature, so I feel so much better after I write things down and make a list.  But lately, I feel like I have been making lists for my lists and not getting anything done!  So, instead of freaking out I need to take all of these lists, consolidate them into one list of things that are truly important.



I started my productive Sunday with a delicious, wholesome, and healthy bowl of oats, apples, blackberries, and a little bit of my favorite Krema peanut butter.

I swear there are oats under there somewhere!


St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

Even though I have been more indulgent than I usually prefer, that does not mean that I haven’t been enjoying myself!  Here is a little recap of our activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Caitlin cleaned the grill so they could grill some brats for lunch:

St. Patrick’s Day was spent with great friends!  Truly the Irish way 😉


Happy Sunday!  I hope that it is productive and relaxing for you!


St. Patty’s Day Yoga

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I love the feeling of waking up in the morning when my eyes just pop right open and I am completely ready to jump out of bed.  This morning was one of those mornings.

It is going to be another beautiful, warm, and sunny day here in Indianapolis and the buds are starting to become leaves on the trees!

Look at those buds!


When I first arrived in Indianapolis a week ago, the weather was nice but the trees were completely bare.  I think it is so cool that literally in the week I have been here I have been able to see the buds and trees comes to life 🙂

This morning, I was craving some oats so I combined my oats with Sunwarrior protein powder, half of an apple, and just under a cup of strawberries.  The breakfast was satisfying and delicious and will give me the perfect amount of energy for the day.


Some of you may know that while I was working on the cruise ship, one of the many classes that I taught was yoga.  Now, I have NEVER been a flexible person and prior to teaching yoga every other day on the cruise ship, I had taken two yoga classes and did a little self study by practicing poses or “asanas.”  You may remember the “Yoga Pose of the Day.

Downward Facing Dog

After going through a special training course in London and actually teaching the class, I must say that my flexibility has definitely increased, and I love the feeling I get AFTER a yoga class.  Will I ever be a yoga instructor?  Probably not, but I completely appreciate the practice of yoga and understand the benefits.  So, today, I will be heading over to Lululemon for a complimentary yoga class!

It will feel great to stretch and strengthen my body with yoga this morning.  It has been two weeks since I have completed a class, and I can feel a couple of aches in my body that I know yoga will help.  After my class I plan on going for a little jog so that I can enjoy this perfect day outside!

Hope you all have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A healthy pot of gold!


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St. Practice Day

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Happy St. Practice Day!

I had never heard that expression before, but in the midst of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day one day early I saw a sign saying that today was St. Practice Day and tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!  Meaning that the real fun doesn’t begin until tomorrow, and today we are merely “practicing” for tomorrow.

Today was a full day, so I will start at the very beginning.


I woke up bright and early this morning to go workout at Butler’s facility.  I am going to begin teaching classes there as a substitute, and when I met with Beth, the woman in charge of the group fitness program, she gave me a free day pass to the facility since I don’t currently have a gym membership anywhere.  As much as I love running outside in the beautiful weather, I was super pumped to head to the gym this morning and pump some iron.

Since I haven’t been able to do a weights routine each day focusing on a different muscle group, I did a total body weights routine this morning.

After completing the total body weights I then did 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical while watching my favorite news program, The Today Show!  I wasn’t able to watch The Today Show the entire time that I was on the cruise, so it was a real treat to be able to watch it this morning.


I then came home to get ready for the day.  Brian and I had some friends over for a St. Patrick’s Day pancake breakfast before we headed to the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day parade.

I tried to get creative and make my pancakes look like shamrocks…but they didn’t turn out so well.  Luckily, they tasted good!!


We also had a tasty fruit salad with organic apples, frozen blackberries, and frozen strawberries.

I also tried to make the pancakes green, but the grocery store was completely out of food coloring so I purchased some green decorating gel with high hopes that it would turn the pancake batter green.  Unfortunately, the pancakes did not turn colors 😦  At least I tried!

The Breakfast Crew!

We then headed outside to walk from the apartment to meet Brian’s parents at the parade, and we noticed that the canal by our house was died completely green!

We then arrived at the parade and Brian’s mom had extra festive goodies for us to wear including necklaces, hats, and flags…she is never unprepared when it comes to a theme or a holiday!

When the parade began, the Indianapolis Police Department rode in a synchronized fashion with Indianapolis spelled out on the front of their motorcycles.  How cool!!

The parade was full of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish themed music, outfits, and dancing.  It was a great way to spend the morning.

After the parade, we headed to a German bar called the Rathskellar to enjoy the sunshine and a couple of drinks.

The afternoon was perfect!  We came back from the Rathskellar and because it was so warm outside Brian, Maelyn, and I decided to lay out and bask in the sun.  Seriously, I can’t believe that the weather is like 80 degrees in March in INDIANA!  This never happens.

While we were laying out, another one of our friends, Caitlin, joined us and I noticed that Caitlin, Maelyn, and me all have the same water bottle!  What are the odds of that?!

Once the shade overtook our sunny spot on the grass, we decided it was time to pack up and head inside for dinner.  I quickly thawed some wild-caught cod from the grocery and prepared a little salad of cucumber, tomato, onion and white wine vinegar.  The cod cooked up in the oven in no time and before I knew it dinner was ready!

Now, Brian and I are watching the new show Fashion Star before we read some of the Hunger Games.  We have been reading it together the past couple of nights before bed, and we are totally hooked on the book!  We just have to finish it before the movie comes out.


Happy St. Practice Day!