friday finds.

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Oh, San Francisco. I really do miss that city.

Happy Friday! I can't believe Spring Break is coming to end but goodness, I've enjoyed it! It's been a great mix of both relaxation + productivity. You know what I mean? So good.

Evan and I have a nine mile run planned for tomorrow followed by lunch at Honest Abe's. Ohhhh, it's gonna be good. On Sunday, we plan to pick out paint and carpet for our basement renovation! Details to come. :) Whatever you have planned, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Raspberry-Ricotta Cake
// bon appetit // I came across this Raspberry-Ricotta Cake via Twitter the other day and became obsessed instantly. I decided I'm making this for Easter with my family, and I cannot wait. Evan loves raspberries, so I'm super excited to make this for him. :)

Clarissa Explains It All --- The Book!
// hello giggles // Clarissa Explains It All, the TV show, debuted 24 years ago. Which, by the way, seems absolutely INSANE. Like, how old am I? Anyway, there's a new young adult novel coming out that features Clarissa as a twenty-something navigating her way through life. I cannot wait for this book! I'll be pre-ordering it, for sure.

Spring Nail Polish Picks
// But first, coffee // Spring is here! I just love this season: pastels, green grass, Easter, The Masters. It's all so good. This is a fun list of nail polish that would be perfect for this most wonderful season. Definitely need all of these colors! Also, Kallie recommends the MegaLast line from Wet N Wild, which is super cheap. I've become quite obsessed with nail polish as of late but have a hard time justifying spending $8-9 on bottles of Essie or OPI (which I know isn't insanely expensive, but still...it's nail polish). I'm happy to know about a cheap option that apparently works really well!


WIAW: back at it!

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Hello! I am so excited to be linking up to What I Ate Wednesday today! I used to participate in WIAW years ago when Evan and I lived in Palo Alto but for one reason or another, it slowly disappeared from my blog posts.

You can learn about WIAW here.

Here we go!


Granola + coffee. Surprise, surprise. I started getting back into a granola routine at the start of 2015. Make this recipe ASAP. It's full of good things like oat bran, wheat germ, ground flaxseed, nuts, seeds and unsweetened coconut. I top it with some sort of berry, usually blueberries because they tend to be the cheapest at Trader Joe's. I found juicy strawberries though on Sunday -- perhaps spring is actually here?! I also add a scoop of chia seeds and raw shelled hemp hearts to my granola. I absolutely love starting the day on a healthy note, and this breakfast keeps me satisfied until lunch.


Like I mentioned on Monday, I've been drinking green smoothies for lunch on a regular basis. My go-to smoothie:

- Milk or coconut water
- Greek yogurt
- Baby spinach
- Frozen banana slices
- Frozen berries

I make my smoothies in a blender in the morning, transfer it to a blender bottle and then keep it in the fridge at work until lunch. I use at least 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt, so the smoothie packs a big protein punch.


I have class until 7:00p twice a week, which means I don't get home until around 7:15-7:30p. I have to snack on a few things during the afternoon and early evening, so I don't get completely hangry (angry + hungry). I've been loving boiled eggs, usually medium boiled (I usually eat the egg at lunch with my smoothie). I also snack on the monterey jack cheese sticks from Trader Joe's, as well as some sort of veggies. The carrot + cucumber combo has been one of my favorites as of late.


I absolutely love soup. I like to make a big batch on Sunday evenings to last me for dinner throughout the week. After getting home from work and class, I rarely want to start cooking. With soup, I can just pour a serving into a bowl, microwave, top with cheese (duh) and eat! Not pictured: tortilla chips on the side.

It's simple, healthy and always delicious. I made a fiesta black bean soup (above) this week -- recipe coming soon!


I always crave something sweet + salty at night. I almost always have Trader Joe's single-serving microwave popcorn...so good! Usually paired with chocolate or another fun candy from TJ's.

However, last night I had a fun get-together with other Chi Omega alumnae. There was leftover dessert pizza, so I snacked on some of that with a side of Netflix. :)


So there you have it! What you didn't see? The homemade goodies or donuts in the break room at work + the candy I usually always steal from coworkers' offices. I try to keep my actual meals healthy because I cannot resist sugary treats for snacks! Oh, and the glass of red wine I had with dinner. :)

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