Done With The Summer- A List

Bonjour my little croissants! ‘Tis Tuesday, my least favorite day of the week. I have an exam, test, and it’s at least 99 every day. But I’m moving away from the negativity. BECAUSE IT IS TIME FOR SOME AUTUMN HAPPINESS Y’ALL.

Autumn is my favorite season. Here is a list of reasons why Fall is perfect:

Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin bread, cookies, cakes, lattes, candles, pies, and lotions. It’s hard to say that pumpkin isn’t exciting in my opinion.

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Crunchy, beautifully colored leaves. I’m not sure if it is the smell or the look of them, but it’s so ‘Autumn-y’ and nostalgic.

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Sweaters. Jeans. Boots. Repeat.

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Summer is over. Thank God.

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More Reasons Autumn is Awesome:

Beef Stew

Trench Coats

Shnuglly Jumpers

FALL SHOWS (MODERN FAMILY AND SUBURGATORY)

No Sunburn

THANKS. GIVING. DINNER.

Even Better? The Leftovers.

Pumpkin Butter

Shorter Days (Meaning I Can Lay In Bed Longer)

Happy Zoe

That is it for today y’all!

XOXO Zoe

What do you love about fall?

Summer or Autumn?

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WIAW #7 A New Recipe and Other Yummy Stuff

Hi friends! Happy HUMP DAY! I’ve got a new recipe for y’all, so lets hop right into it!

Breakfast 9:00- I had a super simple breakfast today consisting of plain yogurt, vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, blueberries, and Kashi Cinnamon Crunch.

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Lunch 1:00– Last night’s stuffed peppers left us with about 5 peppers worth of the rice and vegetable stuffing. So I put a bit of that on top of some baby spinach, microwaved, and topped with hot sauce. It was a filling, delicious, healthy lunch that kept me full for a while.

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Workout (Sorta)- Throughout the day I did the following tabata workout: Burpees, Mountain Climbers, High Knees, Jumping Jacks. It left me a but winded but I did it a couple times an hour just because of the insane heat outside left me wanting to keep it quick and sweaty.

Dinner 7:00- Step-Dad made a super delicious pork loin that I enjoyed with a couple spears of asparagus and broccoli. ’twas wonderful! (Ignore the blurry iphone photo!)

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Miscellaneous Snacks and Such: I ate about 3/4 of a Cliff Crunchy PB bar throughout the day.

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And after dinner I indulged in banana ‘ice cream’ and a small brownie. It was worth it. Trust me.

Now it’s recipe time! I decided to move away from my loyal yogurt mess and drift into my old favorite, oatmeal! Here’s an easy and delicious steel oat recipe!

Banana Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Servings: 2

What You’// Need:

1/2 cup of steel cut oats
1 banana, thinly sliced
1/2  cup of blueberries (frozen works best)
1 1/3 cup water
2/3 cup milk of choice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Optional: Sweetener of choice and add ins
What You’ll Do:
 
1. Take water and oats and put into a small pot. boil water.
2. Once the water is boiling add in spices and milk, stir, and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy, stirring frequently. Take the oats off the heat when there is little to no residual liquid left (depending on how you like your oats, you can leave the extra liquid)
3. Here comes the fun part: Take the sliced banana, pour into the pot, and vigorously stir to incorporate the banana thoroughly. When the banana has almost disappeared, add in blueberries.
4. Serve! Pour into a bowl and top with sweetener (agave, xylitol, stevia, honey) and add ins (flax seed, raisins, peanut butter, almond butter, granola)
5. Enjoy with a nice cuppa tea or coffee.
That’s all she write! See ya on Friday for some facts!
XOXO Zoe

Currently: July

This month flew by! And the worst part is… I go back to classes in 10 days. I might cry. What ever shall I do?! Well, I should write this Currently post. Let’s get that out of the way, hmm?

Current Book Series: The Divergent Series. It’s about a dystopian Chicago where each person is “meant to uphold a particular virtue of humanity: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). On a given day each year, all sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test that will tell them which faction they are best suited for, after which they must decide whether to remain with their family or transfer to a new faction.” It has action, violence, love, and it pulls you in within the first sentence. Trust me. I read both Divergent and Insurgent in 2 days.

Current Music: Birdy, Bon Iver, and anything Indie/Alternative.

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Current Guilty Pleasure: Sleep. Sleep. And more sleep.

Current Nail Color: Give Peach A Chance by Sephora by OPI

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Current Drink: Water. (Tangent: I got terrible food poisoning on Friday – hence why this wasn’t posted yesterday – and basically laid on the couch, slept, wallowed in sickness, and watched Disney movies. I won’t be having pizza or greek salad for long time.)

Current Food: Bananas. It’s the only thing I can really tolerate.  And eggs with a bit of pepper.

Current TV Show(s): Teen Wolf (rewatching seasons one and two currently!), The Pioneer Woman, and Supernatural!

Current Wish List: Plaid skirts, lots of patterned tops and dresses, and boots – black or brown, knee high or low, moto or equestrian-.

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Current Needs: A visit to the gym.

Current Triumphs: Actually doing something without feeling dizzy or sick.

Current Bane of My Existence: School. AP homework. School. Yearbook photos. School.

Current Celeb Crush: Still Dylan. Still Josh. And a new comer… DANIEL SHARMAN!

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Current Indulgence: Makeup (; I don’t need anymore but I’ll be buying more… I’m not addicted or anything.

Current Blessing: My mother who cleaned me up after being sick, made me food, and didn’t make me move all day. Love you mum!

Current Slang: Nothing this month! I’ve been slang free. That, and I can’t think of any slang off the top of my cloudy, blonde head.

Current Outfit: Oh god. This is embarrassing. Duck Commander tee, glow in the dark cookie PJ shorts, and a bun. I’m so glamourous.

Current Excitement: Beach party on Friday with student body! Meaning I will lay on the sand and listen to the DJ.

Current Mood: Relieved. I’m not barfing everywhere. YAY!

Current Link: Wanelo. It only fuels my shopping addiction. You’re welcome (:

Well, that’s all she wrote! Time for some Teen Wolf and homework! Kisses!

XOXO Zoe 

WIAW #6 Girl’s Night Out

Happy Hump Day y’all! Since I don’t want you to wait,  took pictures of what I ate Tuesday, rather then Wednesday (which is what I normally do but I wanted to inform you in case any of you were curious… I bet you guys weren’t).

Let’s begin then!

 

Breakfast 9:30- I had a student body meeting at noon, so I got up and primped (during summer I don’t really dry my hair or do makeup, but since I had to present various things, I dried and curled and whatnot. I then went downstairs and gorged myself  ate my usual bowl of yogurt. This time: Lemon Chobani, blueberries, Kashi, and flax seed (of course). It was a great way to start my busy day!

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Snack 10:45- I noshed on a plum after about an hour since the yogurt just wasn’t doing it for me.

I love plums. Too bad I ate them all in 3 days.

I love plums. Too bad I ate them all in 3 days.

 

Lunch 3:15– I went to my meeting which I thought was only going to last an hour, hour and a half tops. Try double that. I didn’t get home until 3:10 and was starving by then. Even though I knew my mother and I were going out for dinner, I still had a good sized ‘lunch’ of tuna salad on toast.

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Workout 4:30- I started with 15 minutes on the elliptical, then did some ab exercises for about 15 minutes, and did a bit more cardio and followed that pattern for a little over an hour. I was dripping with sweat and ready to eat!

Dinner 6:30- Girl’s Night Out was at PF Changs, which is generally where we go since it’s on the same street as the shops and the mall. We did the Prix-Fix menu (you choose a soup, appetizer, 2 entrees, and a small dessert) and picked the following:

Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup

 

Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Chicken Lettuce Wrap

 

Spicy Chicken, Pepper Steak, and Brown Rice with some Bell Pepper

Spicy Chicken, Pepper Steak, and Brown Rice with some Bell Pepper

 

Tiramisu to share! (It's smaller than it looks but I was pleasantly full after the entree)

Tiramisu to share! (It’s smaller than it looks but I was pleasantly full after the entree)

 

I’m kind of weird, but I use the smaller appetizer plate to eat my entree off of. I eat less, and I feel fuller since I eat everything on my plate. I also pick a few more pieces of meat and veg, but for the most part, I eat 1/2 as much food as I would if I ate off the larger entree plate. Just a little tip (;

Well! That is it my friends! Thank you Jen for hosting another great week of WIAW! See you on Friday for some facts!

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XOXO Zoe

 

 

WIAW #5: Almost Wordless

Happy huuuummpppp dayyyyyy (that commercial gets me every time). I’m making lunch so this post going to be short and savory sweet! Thanks for hosting again Jen!

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Breakfast 8:15-

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Blood orange Cho, a bit of cottage cheese, Kashi Go Lean, and Flax with a side of coffee

Lunch 12:30-

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Tangy, Crunchy Tuna Salad (Recipe to come!) on a rice cake and a side of green apple

Dinner 7:00-

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Whole wheat tortilla, carne asada, spinach, my homemade guac, and fresh salsa… And some tortilla chips to ‘sample’ the guac, of course

Well that’s all she wrote! I did have a but more spinach and carne and was sufficiently stuffed. See you on Friday with that recipe for the tuna!

XOXO Zoe

Friday Facts #5: Work, Cookies, and Facials

HAPPY FRIDAY! ‘Tis a bit late in the evening but when you’re working til 5 and you want food… You do what you gotta do. So Friday. The weekend is upon us. I’m actually spazzing out. Not that my diction really accentuates that.

Here we go!

1. My first real week of work has been stressful, fun, and full of baby squeals. I’m content. For the rest of the summer (give or take a couple days) I will be babysitting for the same family. Gotta love it!

2. Tomorrow is open house (note: we are finally selling! So happy that everything is falling into place!) and my mother and I plan on baking cookies. It’s only bribery if they find money beside the chocolate chips, right?

3. I NEED A FACIAL. So whilst the realtor shows the house, my mother and I plan on going to get lunch at Panera (I’m craving me a big ole bowl of vegan black bean soup. I’m not odd, I swear) and then going shopping for a bit. We need to be a bit frugal until the house sells, however, so I probably won’t be buying that Marc Jacobs Hamilton tote with the brown leather and silver appliqués or Lululemon pants, but to be honest, I’m fine with my sketchers and Balance Collection capris. Who needs all that junk, because I do so don’t.

4. So far this post lacks pictures so here are my favorite pics of the week!

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Okay. I need to walk my dog. She’s panting. That’s never a good sign. SEE YOU ALL FOR A MARVELLOUS (Redundant) MIMM!

XOXO Zoe

WIAW #4 Kid Food and Pubbing

HAPPY HUMP DAY! *Insert Camel whooping* I ate, I cried (well, the babies cried), and I did not exercise. It may have been an unproductive day but the food was wonderful.

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Thanks Jen!!

Breakfast 6:15- A really quick breakfast thrown together before work: plain Chobani mixed with vanilla and a dash of agave, then topped with Kashi Berry Crunch. I prepared a mug of hot lemon and cayenne water and headed out!

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Lunch 1:30- After grocery shopping and finally getting the kids asleep, I grabbed some lunch which was a few chicken tenders (ah nostalgia) and pasta salad. Not exactly the healthiest luch but I was starving and it was 1:30 and the pasta salad was the bomb.

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I continued drinking my lemon-cayenne and worked until 5, then got home, grabbed my lipstick and ran out the door with the family to go check out our new house! I haven’t really mentioned it before since the offer was still pending, but now (besides some paper work and an inspector visit) we are ready to get in! Well, if we can sell our house. Anyways back to the food …

Snack 5:30- Whilst at the house, I picked a few plums and oranges to steal and eat eat when I got home. The current owner of the property is extremely kind and gave my brother and I a bag (Trader Joes! I thought it was funny. Sorry) and we grabbed some fruit to go. I ate one. #sorryimnotsorry. It was the best plum I’ve had.

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Dinner 7:00- We went to a local Irish Pub and therefore I did away with the idea of a salad and ordered a veggie burger topped with mushrooms and onion and a small salad. I needed my greens 😉 It was awesome! And I may have stolen a few potatoes and corn beef from my family. What can I say? Irish food makes me happy.