Oh My Mint


How was everyone’s weekend? Pretty peachy over here 🙂

Yesterday morning I had a change in plans, client-wise- and thusly, running-wise, and all of the sudden I was getting ready for a 6.5 mile run.


As I mentioned earlier, my next race in the Frank Lloyd Wright 10k in Oak Park. My goal for time is around a 9:00 minute mile, but I actually might need to revise it, because today I finished 6.5 miles with an average pace of 9:02…and it was somewhat hilly!

1 – 9:23

2 – 9:03

3 – 9:05

4 – 8:55

5 – 9:01

6 – 9:03

6-6.4 – 8:14

Whoop whoop! I think now my goal will be around an 8:45 min mile.

After stretching and showering, my muscles were craving some protein + carbs. My favorite post-run fuel is smoothies – and lately, of the chocolate + spinach variety using Chocolate Vega Shake and Go protein powder, frozen bananas, almond milk + spinach. Today, however, I was out of spinach (*gasp*) so I got creative…


this is some mint from my flower bed. But it’s not just any mint…it’s a chocolate mint plant!


Oh…my…mint, this warps a smoothie from an 8 to a 10. A hard 10!!! (She’s Out of My League, anyone?) I sprinkled some Trader Joe’s Pecan Praline granola on top for some crunch – yum!


However, I still maintain that Ezekiel granola is hands down the best granola to top smoothies.


Perfect post-run fuel!


Saturday Shane and I drove up to the Chicagoland area to visit a few of our favorite stores. Actually, this was “the main reason” we took the 1 hr 45 minute drive up:


but stops were also taken here:



and here:IMG_0303

Shane was almost as excited as I was…




We also made the obligatory stop at the WF cafe for some lunch. I basically got every vegetarian option available, in a paper basket.


They weren’t exactly on the way, but the husband knows how much I crave Whole Foods and Lululemon. Maaaajor haulage ensued. Poor wallet, heh heh 🙂 But it’d been a while since I’ve been to either to be fair. 😉

Anyway, back to the “main reason” for the mini roadtrip. A while back, if you remember, I left the house in a fury and broke a few things in my path of destruction. It left our entry way bare. Finally, FINALLY we got a replacement that Shane “didn’t need any help with” 😉 putting together. One hour later…



He got it!



We also got two square, woven baskets to put in two cubbie holes, and a cat to put…wait a second!




LOL. This is Clarabelle’s favorite new hang out spot. No loitering in the cubbie holes, Ceeb! 😛

We also got some new flatware and dishes:


I’m guessing I totally butchered the correct way to place these (sorry, Sabrina!! 😉 )

Don’t they look good with food in them?



Chipotle vegetarian burrito bowl was the way to go after a day of driving 😉

The dishes we had previously were from my college years, so I’d say we were due for a new set 😉


Well I’m off to train a couple clients (a new one today 😀 ) and get my workout on. Catch ya’ll later!

What’s your favorite home furnishing store? I love IKEA, but Crate and Barrel probably takes the cake. And can you believe I’ve never bought anything from William Sonoma? The closest one is two hours away, and we just haven’t happened to buy anything from there! It feels like WS is very popular in the blog world.


Hey Chicago, Whadya Say??

Cubs-are-gonna-win-today! And they did! It was a great game. I’m so glad Shane and I ran into last minute tickets.

Traffic was horrible on the way into the city. Construction+multiple off ramps+stupid drivers = traffic jam city. However, since it was at a stand still for a good 15 minutes, I was able to get a couple good shots of part of the skyline (Sears Tower part.)

We ended up parking about a mile away, so we got in some walking to help burn off what was consumed.

I did well on just eating what I had packed, but then Shane ordered a slice of Chicago style pizza when we got to the game, and I knew I had to have my own.

What I consumed during the game:

Plus another half of Shane’s beer. Worth it? Most definitely 😉

Hubski and I cheering on our team:

LOVE, love, love Wrigley Field.

When the game ended, we had planned on walking to Trader Joes, since I’ve never been to one before. But it was mad chaos in that direction, so instead we settled on the Whole Foods that was across the street from the lot we parked in. It was a quick stop since we wanted to get home to the Niko doggy.

The goods:

And I snacked on some of the chips on the way home (and then promptly slept half the way home:)

They were so good! A little strong in flavor, but the flavor was most definitely yummy! Great texture, too. Now I’d like to try other flavors.

Oh, I also wanted to say GREAT JOB to the Healthy Living Summit Committee. You girls did so awesome today. I wish I could have been there 😀

Did you all do anything fun today? We are planning on vegging for the rest of the night, and for that I am absolutely thrilled.

Have a great Saturday night!!