Thursday, February 21, 2013

healthy snacks.

I've been home sick with strep throat for a few days and I've been snacking my way through my refrigerator. Fortunately, I had stocked up with healthy foods on Sunday. It got me thinking about healthy snacking options. Making my menu beforehand is so important, so planning snacks is just part of it! Here are some of my favorite go-to snacks: 

Sweet Snacks
For me, there's nothing better than fresh fruit. Unfortunately, the time of year dictates what is available. My year-round staples are strawberries, bananas, apples, and grapes - they are pretty much always available here. Come spring-time, the choices are much more abundant! Watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, kiwi, peaches, blueberries, and clementines are just some of my favorites. 

Take those same fresh fruits and you can turn them into another healthy snack: smoothies! My favorite way of making smoothies is to pack them full of healthy things. A couple of handfuls of baby spinach, a spoonful of nonfat plain Greek yogurt, and fruit of choice. I use frozen fruit, so there's no need for ice. A couple of splashes of orange juice and you're ready to press that button! 

Savory Snacks
Let's be real for just one second: I love cheese. It's kind of a problem. What isn't a problem, however, is a Laughing Cow wedge spread over Wheat Thins. These lovely little wedges are only 35 calories a piece and come in a wide range of flavors - from the traditional Swiss to Blue Cheese. Laughing Cow is also responsible for Mini Babybel cheeses, tiny round cheese wheels encased in red wax. The Babybels also come in a range of flavor and are just right to pop when you need a little boost in the mid-afternoon! 

Sometimes, I crave raw vegetables. I prefer baby carrots and bell peppers, but am happy to nibble on cucumbers and (very occasionally) celery. I prefer all of these to be dipped in Ranch dip, but that's not very healthy, now is it? Last summer, I discovered how much I liked dipping any of the above vegetables in hummus! Sabra is by far my favorite brand and my favorite varieties are roasted red pepper hummus and roasted pine nut hummus. Oh yum. I'm hungry just thinking about it! 

Salty Snacks
Not often, but occasionally, I get the urge for something a little salty. When that urge hits me, I grab for a bag of pretzels. Pretzels are good by themselves, but are also super delicious when dipped in hummus, too! Who knew?! Sabra makes little snack packs of pretzels and hummus that are perfect for road trips or lunch boxes. 

What are your favorite go-to snacks? 

Monday, February 18, 2013

monday menu.

Here we go! Lots of yummy things on the docket for this week. I have a new recipe for my green smoothie that I'm excited about trying. I didn't get to make my salmon last week, so it's back on for this week. Also can't wait to try the pasta recipe on Tuesday -- I'm longing for warmer weather and am hopeful that this recipe will help me pretend! 

Have a wonderful week. 

fruity green smoothie (434 cal)
TBD - lunch with first grade team
baked salmon, roasted asparagus (113 cal)

special k with red berries
leftover salmon and asparagus (113 cal)
pasta with zucchini, tomatoes, and creamy lemon-yogurt sauce (325 cal)

fruity green smoothie (434 cal)
leftover pasta (325 cal)
TBD - dinner out

mini cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese
leftover pasta (325 cal)
jalapeno popper chicken (439 cal), roasted green beans with mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, and parmesan (72 cal)

fruity green smoothie (434 cal)
leftover jalapeno popper chicken (439 cal) and roasted green beans (72 cal)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

there's music in my ears - part 4.

In honor of Valentine's Day, I've put together a fun playlist for you with some of my favorite love tunes. I hope you enjoy these - some are timeless and some are playful and fun.

Remember to love on those special to you today, and every day!

(If you use Spotify, here's a link to the playlist. Please subscribe! Lizzie's List #4)

1. The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
2. Fever - Beyonce
3. Kiss - Tom Jones
4. I Just Wanna Make Love to You - Etta James
5. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
6. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
7. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
8. As Long As You Love Me - Backstreet Boys
9. Crazy in Love - Beyonce and Jay-Z
10. Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips
11. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
12. I'll Be There - The Jackson Five
13. Make You Feel My Love - Adele
14. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
15. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

last minute ideas.

I'm sure this is no surprise to you, but tomorrow is Valentine's Day! Just in case you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off looking for last minute cards or gifts, I have got you covered.

If you need a card, get your behind in the car and find the closest Paper-Source store. Their card selection cannot be beat. Here are some of my favorites!

Last minute decorations can be found at Paper-Source as well. Whether it's hedgehogs adorned with hearts or XOXO garland, they'll have what you need! 

And last, but certainly not least, a couple of gift suggestions. Depending on where you are in your life, buying a gift for Valentine's Day could be a treat for yourself or something special for someone special. The first two are also from Paper-Source (seriously, get there) and the third is from Society Social. Just a couple of ways to warm a heart on this loveliest of days!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

sweet smells.

Last week, I stopped by Nordstrom to grab some lipstick and felt an overwhelming urge to sniff as many perfumes as I could. With spring just around the corner, I'm about to bust looking for any and everything spring-related. That includes anything floral, bright, cheery, and colorful.

I was drawn to the Jo Malone counter. I've heard good things in the past, but have never tried it myself. The saleswoman was an expert on the brand and helped me identify what I was looking for and had several fragrances to suggest. After sniffing what felt like a hundred paper sticks, I found it.


There you have it, people. My signature scent has been identified. Go ahead and cross #21 off of my 101 in 1001 list!

Monday, February 11, 2013

monday menu.

I made the mistake of going to the grocery store yesterday without a list. Doh! I had several things in mind, which helped, but I'm hoping I have enough of the right things and not a lot of stuff that I won't eat this week. We shall see!

scrambled eggs with diced peppers and shredded cheese, bowl of strawberries
leftover rigatoni and ragu
barbecue chicken, green beans

special k with red berries
leftover chicken and green beans, strawberries
salmon with parmesan roasted asparagus and roasted potatoes

scrambled eggs, one slice toast, strawberries
sandwich, chips, yogurt, strawberries
turkey stuffed peppers

smoothie, strawberries
leftover stuffed pepper, strawberries
tbd - valentine's dinner with friends

scrambled eggs, yogurt
leftover stuffed pepper, strawberries

Recipe Links: 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


listening to
"Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, on repeat.

munching on
raw strawberries. 

Friends... all day, e'ery day! 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix... Finally making my way through the series!

a Jawbone UP band, like you cannot believe.

when will I be able to drive with my windows down again?

water with lemon and lime slices (yum)

all black, because one of the kindergarten teachers turned 40 today! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

monday menu.

Whoops! I'm a day late on my Monday Menu. This weekend was a little crazy and I didn't get around to meal planning until Monday after school. But without further ado, here you go! Nothing fancy this week because I'm really busy and tired!!

Cheerios with strawberries
Leftover spicy sausage pasta
Scrambled eggs and turkey bacon with fruit 

Special K with Red Berries
Vegetable soup
Leftover spicy chicken pasta

Mixed fruit, veggies with hummus, wheat thins with Laughing Cow wedge
Orzo with spinach and Parmesan

2 Nutri-grain waffles
Leftover orzo
Fun night!

Monday, February 4, 2013

favorite things.

In honor of Kate Spade's 20th anniversary and their year of Things We Love, I decided to share some of my favorite things (all of which I dearly love)!

FLOWER: tulips and peonies. 
FOOD: chicken divan. 
COLOR: green, followed closely by pink.
STORE: j. crew.
CITY: paris.
FRUIT: watermelon.
COLD DRINK: sweet tea.
HOT DRINK: peppermint hot chocolate.
SUMMER ACTIVITY: pool days. 
FALL ACTIVITY: watching the leaves fall.
WINTER ACTIVITY: curling up by a fire.
MOVIE: the holiday. 
ACTRESS: meryl streep, followed closely by kate winslet. 
ACTOR: daniel craig. 
AWARDS SHOW: the golden globes. 
SUBJECT: math. 
SONG: "wonderwall"
CONCERT: nsync in the 5th grade.
SMELL: clean laundry. 
WEATHER: thunderstorms.
ICE CREAM: rainbow sherbet. 
INDULGENCE: swedish massage, followed closely by a pedicure.

Friday, February 1, 2013

plan 2013: february goals.

February is here, wahoo! This month, I am focusing on exercise as part of my plan 2013 and I'm excited to make this come to life! Here are my goals for February:

1. Yoga/pilates fusion class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:45. Marlaine, I'm coming back! Please feel free to kick my butt.

2. Spinning on Friday mornings at 6:15.

3. Zumba on Sunday mornings at  10:45.

4. Walking/running on Monday evenings during The Biggest Loser.

5. Go to hot yoga twice.

6. Go to cardio kickboxing on Wednesday evening twice.

7. Try a Pure Barre class.

Do you think I can do it? I think I'm most excited about trying Pure Barre. I've always wanted to test that out and this month, I will!