a new gym

For the past half a year or so, I’ve done almost all of my workouts in our home gym. It’s been an amazing resource to have. It’s so convenient and easy to get a sweat session in; I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to not having home gym equipment. That being said, there is… 

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my favorite weight lifting songs

bottle gym workout glovesThis morning, as I was pumping iron (that phrase is so kitschy, isn't it?) a particular song came on my iPhone and I really started "feeling it," you know? When the music is perfectly synced and the adrenaline is pumping and you feel like you can lift the heaviest barbell in the joint? I thought it might be fun to share my favorites, and, selfishly, I hope you'll share yours too! I'm always looking for new songs to add to. . .
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july goals

july goal chartBecause June was so crazy-pants, I skipped making any sort of health or fitness goals. I figured getting through moving into a new house unscathed was enough of a goal to take me through those 30 days. But here we are, closing in on the end of June and my life is starting to settle back down. Reviewing my yearly goals yesterday really got me back in the goat-setting mindset. Time to set my July goals! In July, I'd like. . .
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2012 goal check-up

I'm about ready to blow your mind. 2012 is halfway over. Well, actually, it'll be halfway over at the end of the week, but close enough. Is anyone else totally bowled over by that little factoid? I can't believe we're already through six months of 2012. Before you know it, we're going to be ringing in 2013. Crazy! With the marking of the halfway point of the year, I figured now was a great time to check in on my. . .
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my healthy rules

rulesI've heard a lot of talk recently about the new book by Bob Harper (of The Biggest Loser fame) called The Skinny Rules. I haven't read the book, but thanks to a sneak preview on Amazon, I did get a look at his 20 rules for dropping weight. Obviously, since I haven't read the book or implemented any of the ideology, I can't really comment on it—although, admittedly, I'm intrigued after hearing quite a few people say they've dropped weight. . .
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kitchen 101: how to dice an onion

step one slice in halfI hate dicing onions. I don't know if it's because my eyes are crazy sensitive or if it's because I wear glasses (or both!) but within 10 seconds of my first onion cut, the waterworks start. On TV, they always make it look like it's just regular ole crying when you cut an onion, but regular crying doesn't hurt. And man, does onion crying ever hurt. Ow. Ow. Ow. Even when I'm wearing my classy onion goggles, I still have. . .
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things i’m digging…

tv1. Cherries I've always been a big cherry fan, but lately, I've been pounding them back like it's my job! They are so yummy and tart and summery. My Dad planted cherry trees in our orchard (our orchard!), but we still have a few years until they are producing. For now, I'll just have to deal with the sticker shock of $10 bags of cherries. I'm loving them mixed with Greek yogurt, chia seeds, granola and banana slices for breakfast.. . .
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scenes from moving

me moving truck uhaulWow. This weekend was crazy. Moving is one big ball of stress, but we are in our house, our apartment is empty and we are officially Pekinites. As I mentioned last week, things aren't going exactly how we'd planned (do they ever?). The construction on my parents' house is behind schedule and our apartment was re-rented, so that left us one option—living together. It's actually worked out pretty decently. Babyface, Puppyface and I have turned the top floor of the. . .
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moving day.

moving boxesWow, I can't believe it's actually here. Moving day. This day has been in the works for the past three years, and even earlier than that, it was a dream of my parents' from the first time they stepped on the property 30 years ago. It's so surreal that all of that planning and hard work has come down to today. I am so happy that we made this decision. This is where we are supposed to be. I am. . .
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confessions…

me babyface1. I think hard-boiled eggs are one of my favorite foods ever. Is that weird? 2. I was a little lot bummed that my birthday was falling during the week of moving, but it's actually turned out for the best. Since our kitchen is out-of-commission we're eating out all week. It feels like it's a weeklong birthday-extravaganza celebration! Plus, we're getting to hit up all of our favorite B-town restaurants one last time. 3. We are constantly replacing words in. . .
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my first day of 29.

cakeWow, yesterday was absolutely fantastic. Thank you all so much for your sweet birthday wishes! Thanks to the pervasiveness of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I felt like I was getting peppered with well wishes all day long. Definitely a fun way to spend the day! So, are you curious what Babyface had up his sleeve for birthday fun? Let me tell you, yesterday way perfect. It was fun, special, but totally low-key. I've done a lot of "big" things on. . .
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perfect grilled potato wedges (plus a trio of dipping sauces)

potato wedgesGrilled potato wedges are one of those summer staples in our house. We always have a giant bag of russet potatoes hanging out in the bottom of our pantry. And amazingly enough, these potato wedges perfectly complement pretty much every summer meal. They are a great, healthy alternative to fries alongside a burger. When you put a nice warm pile of them next to a boring turkey sandwich, suddenly your meal feels more substantial. Of course, I'm a fan of. . .
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29 things i’ve learned in 29 years.

birthdayWell, I've made it into the last year of my twenties, my friends. I turn the big two-nine today! Happy birthday, to me (and all the other June 20th babies out there)! There are apparently lots of plans in the works for birthday fun today (moving chores have been put on hiatus for the day) but Babyface is keeping me in the dark. I promise to come back tomorrow and share all the fun! For now, I thought I'd get. . .
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german chocolate link love

DSC_0473Hey! Tomorrow's my birthday! Last year, on my birthday, I shared with you guys that German Chocolate Cake is my birthday cake. The combo of rich, dark chocolate with creamy coconut-pecan frosting? No contest. Other cakes need not apply. I had these grand plans to make another fun variation on the German Chocolate theme for you this year. There were thoughts of German Chocolate cake balls, German Chocolate fudge, and even German Chocolate ice cream. But all those fell by the. . .
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things i’m digging…

Screen shot 2012-06-18 at 10.03.49 AM1. Homemade vitamin packs Not sure I've ever mentioned it on here before or not, but we take a lot of supplements. It can be pretty annoying to get out all the pills every day, so a few weeks ago, I had the idea to make my own vitamin packs. I bought a bunch of small plastic baggies and divvied out my daily supplements. I don't love that they are stored in disposable plastic bags—someday I'd like to make a. . .
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