PB&J Overnight Oats

Happy Fourth of July, friends!

I decided to take the month of June off from blogging. My husband and I had a lot going on between traveling, work, and family matters (my sister graduated from high school – woo hoo!). But, with the start of July, I’m ready to get back to it! I’ve missed blogging and sharing with all of you!

Because of all of the personal matters that I mentioned above, my eating habits in June were FAR from healthy….I would start off great each week, and then the weekends would just really derail me from my plan. That being said, I did manage to create one of my all time favorite recipes that I’ve ever made…PB&J Overnight Oats. You guys, this recipe is SO good!

I had been wanting to try overnight oats for a while. I had heard great things about them, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about cold oatmeal….it didn’t sound appetizing to me. But, I was willing to give it a try.

I searched online for a basic overnight oats recipe, and I took inspiration from the first few Google results that I found. Most of these recipes featured some sort of fruit, yogurt and almond milk. Because of my love for PB&J, I thought I’d try to make PB&J overnight oats (I also only had strawberries on-hand).

To my surprise, the first try with this recipe turned out great! I made the oats, took them to work, and absolutely fell in love. I had these oats SO much last month.

So, what did I put in them?

What You Need (1 serving):

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk (or regular)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • mason jar
  • 2 tsp of peanut butter

Instructions:

  1. Mash up half of the strawberries. This will make your oats have the jelly factor without having to add jelly.
  2. Add all ingredients into the mason jar.
  3. Do a quick stir, and then put the lid on the mason jar. Then, shake it up!
  4. Place into the refrigerator overnight.
  5. ENJOY!

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The only picture I managed to take….because I eat them way too fast every time. #bloggerfail

This recipe takes only a few minutes, and it is great to prep the night before work or school!

I will for sure be making this recipe a lot this month as I work to get my eating habits back in check. Will you be trying out this recipe? Comment below with your favorite overnight oats recipe!

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It’s Spring, and I’m Back!

Happy spring, everyone!

First of all, I want to apologize for my rather long break from the “blogosphere.” I’ve had a lot on my plate over the last month with work, my sister’s games, and house work. Even though I’ve been gone, I’ve gotten a lot done, and I appreciate your patience.

So…what have I been up to, and what’s next for me?

Well, since my last post, I’ve started to refocus on my nutrition (since I let it slip after Dopey), and I’ve been training for my two upcoming half marathons next month (UPMC Pittsburgh Half Marathon and York Half Marathon). So, not much has changed 🙂

In terms of my plans for the year….well, I plan to get back to blogging and really take my training/race schedule at a very easy pace. I really only have my eye on one more race this year, the Hershey Half Marathon. Steve has recently started running with me every few days, so I’m hoping that he will want to do that race with me. How fun would that be?! But, other than that, I plan on taking it easy the rest of the year since last year was so busy with Dopey training.

Today’s post wasn’t long, but I wanted to give you all an update on what’s been going on. I’ll be back soon with another post, but, for now, I’m signing off.

Have any ideas on future posts? Send them to me!

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Week in Review – December 15, 2017

I’m sorry that this post is so late! I was in the midst of my last virtual Dopey and honestly just lost track of time. But, it’s done, and I AM NOW IN TAPERTOWN!

So, let’s celebrate by recapping last week’s happenings!

Workouts

Last week, I finished Dopey Challenge training week #28. And, it’s all down hill from here!

  • Friday: 30 minutes on the bike and some leg exercises
  • Saturday: 13 miles on the treadmill at the gym (this was my longest training run by far on a treadmill, but it went really well!)
  • Sunday: Rest day!
  • Monday: 30 minutes on the exercise bike at the gym
  • Tuesday: 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes on the exercise bike at the gym
  • Thursday: 2.5 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Friday: 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym

As I previously said, I finished the last virtual Dopey yesterday, but, to keep things consistent, I’ll recap the second half of that later this week.

Favorites:

Experiences

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I just want to mention one experience from last week: seeing my baby sister start basketball season again! She’s doing great so far, and she’s even getting some local media attention! Yay, Maddie!

Books:

You guys, I’m really going to read this week. I didn’t read any of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last week….Ah!

Food:

Because I was sick this past week (and I’m still sick), I lived off of vegetable soup and DayQuil/Nightquil. Yum…….

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

YES! I can’t say this enough, but IT’S TAPER TIME! If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I’ve been in training mode for the last 7 months. And, now I’m in the home stretch. This is so exciting!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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July Goals Recap and August Goals

Hi, friends! What? It’s August?!?! What happened to summer?

At the beginning of each month, I like to sit down and reflect on the previous month and make a list of goals to achieve during the new month. July was a great month, and I really got a lot accomplished!

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Our home is starting to look fantastic, and we ate some pretty delicious food!

Now that it’s the beginning of August, I wanted to recap my progress on my July goals. So…how did I do?

  • Lose 4 pounds. And…I failed at this again. I maintained, which is good, but I really wanted to make some progress in this area.
  • Continue training for Dopey. I’m happy to say that I’ve kept up with this! I just finished week #7 for Dopey Challenge training, and I’m feeling great!
  • Try 3 new DIY projects. DONE! As you can see in my photos above, I did three DIYs this month, which you can review in my blog post here. These projects were so much fun!
  • Finish my home decor projects. Again, DONE! I absolutely love my new wall decor – it really reflects the personalities of my family. See my new decor here!
  • Finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Yikes…I overestimated how big this book is….I’m only at the the half-way mark…so I definitely failed this goal…

So, overall, I accomplished 3/5 goals…not too shabby…but not perfect!

Now that August is underway and I’ve evaluated my July goals, I’ve come up with a list of 5 goals that I’d like to achieve before September.

My 2017 August goals are:

  1. Lose 4 pounds. THIS WILL HAPPEN! My husband and I have cut out a lot of unnecessary carbs and sugar (as of this week), so we are in it to win it this month!
  2. Continue training for Dopey. I have some longer runs coming up in the next few months, so sticking to my training plan will be key this month.
  3. Start my Dopey Challenge costumes. Within the next month, I want to start creating my Dopey Challenge costumes. I have some stuff already, but with a busy fall/winter training season ahead, I want to get a jump start on creating these costumes. I’m listing this goal here because it will take longer than one month to complete!
  4. Start my last few home projects. Steve and I want to paint a few walls that are rather…bright…I think that’s a good word…just picture a safari….painted on a wall….yep…our home’s old owners liked bright walls…(we avoided this when we first moved in because our dog was so young). We hope to finish this by the end of September. We also want to hang new lights in the dining room and kitchen. Our current lights are absolutely awful…like gold and gaudy awful. Again, this goal will most likely take longer than one month to complete, so I’m listing it now with the hopes of starting it before the end of the month.
  5. Finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I’m giving myself a little wiggle room on this goal this time around. I have the entire month to finish this book. Can I do it? Let’s hope so…

So, there you have it: my goals for the month of August. I’m looking forward to recapping and reflecting on these goals next month! See you then!

What are your goals for August?

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Week in Review – July 14, 2017

Happy Friday, friends!

Before this weekend begins, I’d like to take a moment to recap this past week. Let’s get started!

Workouts

Another week, another six workouts…I am almost finished with Dopey Challenge Training Week #5!

  • Friday: 2-mile walk at the gym (fast) and some leg exercises
  • Saturday: 4 miles around the neighborhood
  • Sunday: Rest day! But, I took the dog for a 3-mile walk to move my legs a little.
  • Monday: 2-mile walk around the neighborhood with the dog and some leg exercises
  • Tuesday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm exercises
  • Wednesday: 4 miles around the neighborhood
  • Thursday: 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym and some arm exercises

I plan to do 30 minutes on the elliptical and some leg exercises at the gym today, and then I will do 9 miles around the neighborhood tomorrow. I will definitely be taking a full rest day on Sunday because my legs are SORE this week!

Favorites:

Experiences

Steve was at the beach this week, which means that Mr. Thad was VERY clingy….

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See what I mean? Haha! But, I loved every second of his puppy snuggles.

Another one of my favorite experiences from the week was being able to craft! As I said in a previous blog post, I haven’t had the opportunity to craft in a VERY long time. I made time this week, and I created some very fun Disney DIY pieces (with the help of Pinterest and YouTube). I’ll share more about these pieces on the blog next week, but here’s a sneak peak!

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Books:

I’m slowly making my way through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I’m loving every second of it. Additionally, the Harry Potter movies have been playing on Freeform throughout the week, so I’ve been watching them after work and before bed.

Food:

Because I was on the go a lot this week, I really didn’t eat anything new or exciting. I did, however, make one of the best taco salads I’ve ever had…

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YUM! And, please note my awesome wine glass that my friend made me. It says “I wine because I’m not at Disney” – how perfect!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

Steve is back from the beach this weekend, so I’m very excited to see him (and so is Thad!)! He even planned a date night for us for tomorrow! I can’t wait!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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My First Golfing Experience

Howdy, friends!

So, as you may remember, I briefly mentioned a golf outing that Steve and I had two weeks ago. If you know my family at all, then you know that my husband Steve is a big-time golfer. He golfs any chance that he gets, and he’s not half bad!

Before our outing a few weeks ago, I had been bugging Steve for YEARS to take me golfing. Steve and I typically like the same things: Disney, food, Jeopardy, and, recently, running races (he ran the PA Grand Canyon Half Marathon 2014 and the Hungry Apple Challenge this past spring). He started running to bond with me, so why couldn’t I enter his “golfing world” to bond with him? I really wanted to know what was “so great” about golfing – it seemed pretty boring to me.

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Well, I was SO wrong! Golfing proved to be harder than I thought….

First of all, the grip took me at least fifteen minutes to get down…I mean who crosses their fingers that way naturally?!

Steve had me start slow, only giving me five clubs and two buckets of golf balls to work with.

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Here are my thoughts of each club that I tried:

  • Driver: THIS WAS MY FAVORITE CLUB! The driver was the easiest and most natural swing for me, and I even got the golf ball to go 150 yards!
  • Three-Wood: This was probably my second favorite club. Similar to the driver, I was able to naturally swing this club and hit the golf ball pretty far!
  • Five Iron: And, this is where things started to go wrong….While this was a flat club, I seemed to hit all of the golf balls into the ground and/or to the right. Eek.
  • Nine Iron: I also had trouble with the nine iron. Steve explained to me that this club was meant to make golf balls go higher in the air and shorter distances, but all of mine seemed to go straight out and 50+ yards…
  • Putter: Going in to the driving range, I thought that this would be the easiest club to master. I mean I’m usually pretty good at mini golf, so how much different could it be? [Insert the -___- emoji here] Maybe it was because I went from driving the ball 150 yards, but I overshot every put I attempted by a good 10-15 feet. I could not master the putting green at all!

So, what’s next? Well, my LOVELY husband said that if I stick with it and continue to go to the driving range twice a month, he’ll take me “real person” golfing at the end of the summer! ALL 18 HOLES! Although I was pretty sore and slightly discouraged after our first trip to the driving range, I plan to stick with it so that I can try golfing with Steve in a few months. There’s nothing better than sharing a hobby with your hubby. 🙂

Have you ever golfed? Share your experience(s) in the comments!

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I started a blog?!

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Well, I’ve done it… I’ve made the decision to start a blog.

Trust me, it wasn’t an easy decision….putting myself out there is definitely NOT my thing. But, with some careful consideration, I’ve decided to change that.

My goal here is to be creative and to share my passions with others. I thoroughly enjoy reading other blogs, so I hope my blog brings some enjoyment to others as well :).

I will mainly be posting my random thoughts, race recaps, Disney vacation recaps, and daily life ramblings, but if you have any other thoughts you’d like for me to share, don’t hesitate to reach out!

I’m excited to start this new journey and can’t wait to see where it takes me!

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