life as of late.

long time no blog, eh? instead of some long excuse as to where i was, i’ll just say that life happened. to be honest, i haven’t even been reading blogs close to near as much as i used to. and i think that it’s been good for me. sure i still check in on my favorites every now and then, but i realized i’d rather be out there living my life instead of sitting behind a computer reading about other people’s.

so here’s what’s been going on since the last time i blogged (over a month ago!).

-celebrated Mother’s Day and spent the day painting pottery with my sisters and mom.

-meet Hunter Hayes (again) at the Lady Antebellum concert. it was a great one. Sam Hunt opened, and Lady A covered “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. my heart was happy

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they had a photo booth and we had a little too much fun taking advantage of it

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-celebrated my best friend’s birthday. she turned 22 so naturally we dressed up like hipsters. #TaylorSwiftmadeusdoitScreen Shot 2015-06-07 at 7.43.53 PM

-speaking of Taylor Swift…saw her in concert in Detroit on the 1989 World Tour. it was amazing and she even had Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons as a surprise guest and together they sang “Radioactive”. i fangirled a little too hard. #noshame. and i’m counting down the days until the next show (33…)Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 7.48.22 PM

she has a song called “Wonderland”, hence our Alice in Wonderland attire ;)

-got to visit and spend time with both grandmas + my mom and sister (and Layna) on said visit to Michigan.

-started my first week of summer camp! i’m working in a different camp group this year so it’s going to be interesting for sure, but overall i’m excited.

aaaaand i think were all caught up!

have a great week :)


what i ate wednesday

it’s been ages since my last WIAW. i kind of missed taking pictures of all my meals so yesterday i decided to bring it back! here’s all of yesterday’s food.


dark chocolate sea salt KIND bar + iced coffee

Since i work pretty early in the morning, i usually either just bring breakfast with me to eat or eat a small snack to hold me over until i get home (i work a split shift). yesterday was the latter so i had a KIND bar. (decided to start doing a WIAW after this hence the recycled picture).

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Kodiak Cakes with protein powder, banana, chocolate, and peanut butter

my goodness this meal was good. i simply added 1/2 a scoop of Vega One to 1/3 cup of Kodiak Cakes mixed in half a sliced banana and a chopped dark chocolate square, and then topped them with the other half of banana, some peanut butter, and a drizzle of maple syrup. i will most definitely be repeating this meal!

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stuffed eggplant + apple with pb2

i got the recipe for the eggplant from the Tone It Up nutrition plan and it is so good! i definitely need to make this recipe again.

i brought a Cosmic Cranberry kombucha with me to work in the afternoon that was refreshing in the warm weather we’ve been having! photo 2

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grilled tilapia + baked sweet potato with ghee, coconut sugar, and cinnamon

i had this same meal for lunch yesterday so the leftovers were eaten last night. it doesn’t look like much, but it’s delicious!

as i type this post, as soon as i finish i’m headed downstairs to get a snack ;) not sure yet what it’ll be but i’m thinking maybe some cereal or popcorn!

make today a good one :)


2015 mini marathon

this past Saturday i ran the Indianapolis Mini Marathon for the 4th time, making it my 7th half marathon yet.

the weather could not have been more perfect, and i woke up feeling excited. my dad ran it with me, just like last year, and i made the decision to stick with him throughout the race.

the first half was a little tough for me mentally for some reason, but once we got about half way around the track, i felt really good.

towards the end we had to take some walking breaks because my dad’s legs were hurting, but since i’d already stuck with him that far, i didn’t want to leave him behind. i definitely felt like i could’ve pushed myself more, but i’m still just happy that i finished! :)Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 8.59.48 PM

our official time was 2:34:42. this was actually my slowest half marathon which was slightly disappointing, but regardless i had a good time. i kind of sort of already want to run another. i need to look into that… ;)


have you ever ran a half marathon before?