Tags: coffee, Starbucks, traveling
In one hour a good friend will be picking me up to take me to the airport!
Bags are packed (this is going to be interesting getting around the airport):
Breakfast was served with a side of Sudafed (airplane ear) and Dramamine (motion sickness):
And now I’m sipping on my Starbucks caffeine before heading out! See you guys in one week!
Tags: almond milk, coffee, mango, Nature's Path, peach, Siggi's, Starbucks
I feel like I’ve been constantly on-the-go the past couple days! I have a lot that I’ve been putting off getting done until the summer since the school year is always so busy, and I finally started to make a dent on that list along with my usual daily tasks.
The past couple of nights haven’t been the greatest sleep-wise, and I’m the type that hates laying around in bed if I’m not falling back asleep, so I got my butt out of bed at 5am and got a head start on my day. Despite being a little tired, I’m not complaining since I ended up having an awesome morning!
Breakfast was a bowl of Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise Flakes topped with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side.
After breakfast I walked to a local Ancora coffee shop for my morning coffee – so good!
After I was fully caffeinated, I decided to go for my daily walk in the morning since it was so nice outside! I used to always go for morning walks in the summer and I forgot how much I enjoyed them.
The highlight of the walk? Saving a baby painted turtle’s life that was trying to cross the road and wasn’t going anywhere fast enough. I put it on a leaf (it was TINY!) and walked over to the lake and set it free. That’s gotta give me good karma or something.
I had some summer clothes shopping I wanted to finish up, so after lunch I headed to the mall and actually got quite a few things. I’m usually a pretty picky and indecisive buyer when it comes to clothes and I tend to leave without many items, but I got lucky today!
On my way home, I was exhausted and the Starbucks I drove by was too tempting to pass up.
Coffee #2 of the day.
I drank it up when I got back to my apartment with a snack – organic peach (seriously so good!), organic mango, and Siggi’s plain yogurt.
The rest of my day is looking much less hectic. I’m teaching a yoga class tonight and getting in my own practice sometime before, but other than that I don’t have much planned! Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Tags: almond cheese, almond milk, Food for Life, Lisanatti, Nature's Path, Pirates of the Caribbean, sweet potato
It’s finally starting to feel like summer vacation! The weather is warming up, I’ve stopped getting mini panic attacks wondering what test I’m forgetting to study for, I have FREE TIME, and I’m getting ready to take a week-long trip.
Which means I have the time to watch these:
I was forced against my better judgment to watch the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (thanks Matt)… but turns out they’re pretty darn good. I watched the first one yesterday and loved it, and I’ll be watching #2 today!
Another great thing about summer is that I finally have the time to make/eat more time-consuming foods like one of my favorites – sweet potatoes!
Turns out I’m still a cereal person even when I do have extra time in the mornings, and I started out yesterday with a bowl of Nature’s Path Optimum Banana Almond Cereal topped with unsweetened almond milk, and an organic banana on the side.
Lunch was a Food for Life Tortilla topped with Lisanatti Mozzarella Style Almond Cheese (LOVE this stuff!), organic spinach, and organic romaine hearts; with vanilla light activia and organic sugar snap peas.
In the evening I went to a Core Power Sculpt class taught by one of my best friends. We did 500 jumping jacks throughout the class, core work, yoga poses with weights, lunges, and more. I loved it! I thought I’d be more sore today, but I’m really only feeling it in my calves (probably from the jumping jacks). My friend who teaches it is SUCH a sweetheart, so it was pretty awesome to see her in a completely different element as a hardcore sculpt teacher!
Today’s plans are little to none… it’s finally sunny, so I’ll be spending some time laying out with magazines, and of course going for a long walk at some point during the day! Gotta enjoy the lazy summer while it’s here!
Tags: summer, traveling
You know I’m traveling by plane when I…
… buy Big Red gum.
I realize this would probably makes sense to no one besides my immediate family who has traveled with me before. My ears go through some pretty intense pain when taking off and landing (I’ve heard it called airplane ear before), so I chew Big Red gum during both times since it’s the most “chewy” gum I know of. I actually haven’t had Big Red in 7 years – the last time I flew somewhere. I also drink water and take Sudafed to prevent the pain, and it seemed to work well the last time I flew.
… measure my one and only duffle bag to see if it fits the carry-on requirements.
I was 4 inches under! Let’s just say I’m totally curious as to how I’m ever going to fit a week’s worth of packing in this thing.
… try to stuff as many 3oz bottles as I can into a quart-sized bag.
The bag on the right fit the most bottles in case you were curious.
Trust me, there will be even more stuffed in here in a week.
… buy a non-electric toothbrush and holders, and disposable razors.
SO sad that electric toothbrushes aren’t travel-friendly. I’m obsessed with mine!
So the real question… where am I going?
One week from today I’m heading to Alabama for a week to visit Matt. Never actually thought I’d ever say I was going to Alabama, but life can throw some unexpected (and very good) plans at you sometimes. I’ll be taking the week off from blogging during that time, so no need to call the police or anything if I’m MIA starting next week.
I haven’t flown in 7 years, and that was with my family, so of course I didn’t pay any attention whatsoever to what we were doing. Therefore, I’m a little nervous about flying, especially with a layover in Memphis, but I have a good friend dropping me off at the airport who I know wouldn’t leave me until I knew what I was comfortable with the whole airport situation.
I’m the type of person who starts packing and preparing WAY ahead of time, so of course with flying in the mix, I wanted to get started early.
Do you have any tips for flying?
My other plans for this summer aren’t nearly as interesting. I’ll be taking 2 summer classes (a Comm Arts class and an Ed Psych class – both are 4 weeks long), and I’m still teaching 3 yoga classes a week. Of course, if it ever warms up, I’ll be laying out in the sun and just enjoying getting outside!
What are your summer plans?
Tags: Amande, Green Valley Organics, Skyr.is, Whole Foods, yogurt
Whole Foods was out of my favorite yogurt – Siggi’s – when I went shopping this week, so I decided to use the lack of Siggi’s as an opportunity to try out some new yogurts.
#1 – Whole Foods 365 Nonfat Plain Yogurt
I have to give Matt the credit on recommending this one, and he was definitely right to do so! Whole Foods never ceases to impress me with the high quality of their own store brand. This yogurt was pretty thick, tangy, and a bit sour… all in the best ways possible! It had a smooth, creamy texture and has now been put on my weekly shopping list. Definitely check it out!
#2 – Amande Cultured Almondmilk Blueberry Yogurt
This was the first time I’ve tried an almond milk yogurt, and unfortunately I wasn’t impressed. Although I wouldn’t say it was “bad,” I definitely wouldn’t say I liked it either. I would compare the taste and texture to Jello – meaning that it was comparable to a low-quality, fake-like yogurt. It wasn’t creamy at all and was too sweet for my tastes. Worth it to try, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
#3 – Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Plain Low Fat Yogurt
This was a great low fat yogurt! The texture was thick, creamy, and smooth, and the taste was rich without much of a sour taste. Normally I don’t mind (and even like) sour, tangy yogurts, but this one was the opposite with a full-flavored, delicious taste! Plus, I love how Green Valley Organics is Certified Humane and Certified Organic. Although it probably won’t become a weekly buy for me, I still really enjoyed it and would recommend giving it a try.
#4 – Skyr.is Plain Yogurt
This Icelandic yogurt reminded me a lot of Chobani as far as texture and taste. Skyr.is was a bit more rich, airy, and less watery than Chobani, but otherwise pretty similar. Overall it was really good and seemed like a high-quality yogurt which, for whatever reason, I found as a surprise. Again, I don’t think it would go on my weekly shopping list, but I’d definitely recommend it and I am sure I’ll be buying it again.
It was fun to try out some new yogurts, but Siggi’s still has me hooked. What’s your favorite yogurt?