Pin Party

Today, I’m linking up with Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean for her Pin It Party! Here are the rules:

  • Round up 5 blog posts youโ€™ve written that you would like to see on Pinterest.
  • Make sure there is a nice, pinable image or photo included in each post.
  • Write a short post featuring the posts you chose- ie, put 5 nice images & links to the posts all in one place, along with a short description of each post.
  • Publish your post, then visit The Bean and add your post to the linkup!

And here are my five ‘pinnable’ posts. I encourage you to visit her site and find some other blogs/pins to inspire you! (Oh, and a shameless plug – follow me on Pinterest for what’s inspiring me these days!)

Travel Exercise Tips – how to keep on track while you’re away from home.
Travel Exercise Tips

Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa – so good. Highly recommend for a quick, easy, vegetarian meal.
Tomato Black Bean Quinoa

Old Bay Chicken Salad – Old Bay is a staple in Maryland & this recipe makes me smile every time I make it.
OB chicken salad

Five Gifts Ideas for A New Homeowner – in case you need some inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚
new homeowner

BBQ Shrimp Kabobs – another quick, easy meal that can work on the grill or in the oven. Perfect for every season!
shrimp kabob sig

Have a great weekend!

Mind Is What Matters

Last night, I went to my regular Zumba class to find that the instructor was out & we had a sub. I don’t normally appreciate substitute teachers, especially in my exercise classes. I like knowing what to expect, and the temperament and cues from my ‘normals.’

However, I had this sub before and knew (somewhat) what to expect. I accepted the fact that I wouldn’t be getting my high cardio but instead, more ab work. Once I got that in my head, I was golden. I focused more on my abs and arms and ended up having a productive class.

When things don’t turn out as planned, it’s easy to get down on yourself. Easy to make excuses. Easy to give up. But even just a small change in the way you look at things can make all the difference.

I went from feeling frustrated, upset, and ready to leave to feeling good, happy, and thankful. Amazing what such a small shift can do!

Go out and kick some butt today!

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as always, click for source

Words and Deeds

This weekend, I ventured out to one of my favorite places – Home Goods. I went in looking for a dog bed, but, per usual, I ended up browsing the store and coming away with a ton of pictures on my phone.

For some reason, many of the ones from Saturday were pieces of art with decorative words and sayings.

words 1 words 2 words 3

Being a writer, reader, and general lover of words, these struck a chord. A good quote can lift you up, same as a snippy comment can bring you down.

Let’s try to not let the Monday blues get to us. Rather, let’s lift each other up and make this week a great one, shall we?

If you like these sayings, take a gander at my Pinterest board for ‘Words and Phrases.’ It’s where I go when I need a boost!

A Pen and A Piece of Mind

After I wrote about how I’ve started multiple posts but finished few, I went along my merry way. I thought it was a big case of writer’s block and that inspiration would strike, I would become less stressed, and I would be able to have the patience and words to finish a post of which I was proud to hit ‘publish.’

Well, it happened in Starbucks. I was there for a meeting and the person was running late. I pulled out the book that I have been keeping in my purse for occasions such as these and started to write.


It was so nice. Being at a computer all day, especially when writing is a big part of my job, can sometimes affect the rest of my life. Getting back to the basics and stripping away the links, images, social media considerations and other stuff gave me the freedom I needed to get back what I had lost.

The next few weeks are still a bit crazy. However, it’s nice to know that it wasn’t my words that were missing. I needed to reset, get down to what matters, and write without fear.

Here’s to a great weekend!

Note: Special thanks to Houston Calls for the song that inspired this title.

Thought for the Weekend

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Be bold. Be brave. Have some fun this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚


Style Me…

Yesterday, while in sort of a funky mood, I turned on Style network and found myself amid a ‘Sex and the City’ marathon. Now, at the beginning, the ladies weren’t extremely fashionable. However, as the show progressed, so did the ladies fashion sense.

I tuned in for the final episodes of the series – when Carrie is leaving for/in Paris. I mean, just look at those full skirts and lovely winter coats. Excuse me while I attempt to stop drooling.

We all know I’m not the most fashion forward (hello, I find something I like and attempt to buy multiples), but seeing some of the tulle, sequins and gorgeous garb made me want to grab some catalogs and style my outfits with a bit of an edge.

Unfortunately, I don’t have many catalogs on hand, so I was left to ogle at these images.

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Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

Becoming a Big Kid

This past week, the JA and I started a joint bank account. It was exciting but scary. I’ve only ever had to deal with my money – borrowing from savings when needed and replenishing as I see fit. Now, I have a spreadsheet and a strict budget to follow in order to prepare us for life together.

I also took out the trash at my new place. It required me to maneuver a large trash can down a hill. It was a sight to see. (Did I mention that I’m a bit of a klutz and bruise easily?)

caution: slippery when wet

I’ve talked to my parents about buying new curtains for my room. The ones right now…not so much. (Note: of course it’s not sunny this morning. Usually, around 7a, I’ll have direct sunlight on my face due to these sheer bad boys.)

I’m searching the internet for coupons in order to plan meals on aforementioned budget.

I just used aforementioned.

Eek. How did this happen so quickly?!

Before I start droning on about my 401K, I’m going to share something that’s making the rounds online. It helped me reconnect with my inner child while restoring my faith in humanity. Enjoy!

Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.