Virtual Coffee Date

 

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Good Morning!  How is everyone this morning?!
One of my favorite blogs, Eat, Live, Run, will often write a post called a virtual coffee date, it’s simply a post as if we were having a coffee date! Like if you and I were sitting at my local coffee shop, what would we talk about?  Gossiping, catching up on life, ya know…chatting it up! I really loved the idea of the “coffee dates” so I decided to borrow it!
So, grab yourself a hot cup of coffee and lets start talking…go ahead, I’ll wait! 
If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that I am leaving to go on vacation tomorrow morning! EKKKKKK! I am SO excited! To actually be off for 10 days…I can’t even begin to show my excitement!  I am totally burnt out from work, and could really use a recharge. We are heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! I think what I am most excited for is relaxing by the beach. Nick and I are headed there with his family and we both are really looking forward to it. Sun, fun, family, and relaxation! What more can you ask for?!   
I would tell you that even though I am SO excited for vacation, I am anxious about leaving Henry! I know, I know! People think I am crazy! My mom is going to be watching Henry for the week. She is in for it! I am sure they will have a blast! ;) THANKS MOM!!!  (As I am writing this, he is curled up next to me, I can’t even stand the cuteness!)
I would tell you that I am disappointed in myself because I haven’t been exercising regularly like I should! My schedule has been a little hectic (Sounds like a typical excuse!).  I have squeezed it in when I can, but have felt guilty about it.  I guess I am only human…right?! Please tell me I am not the only one! 
I would ask you what books your currently reading.  I am planning on reading at the beach.  I have about 100000 books that are on my “to read” list.  Up first…The MatchMaker by Elin Hilderbrand I think it will be the perfect beach read! Also on my list, The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison.  Let me know if you have any suggestions to add to my list! 
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I cannot stop listening to Rather be by Clean Bandit, latch by Disclosure.  I would also tell you that I have been obsessed with Nora Jones station on IheartRadio! Random! It’s the best with a glass of red wine in hand.
And lastly, I would share with you my new favorite summer drink! There is a local bar that sells a drink called a cucumber peel….Cucumber vodka, lemon, and club soda, with a big cucumber slice in it.  Guys…its to die for! If I were to recreate it, I would add mint! 
 
I hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy it! 
If we were having coffee…what would you have to share! 

Summer Salads

Hello Hello!

I don’t want Summer to end, ever. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the season change.  I’m just not ready.  Now, its only July 29th, I need to chill out.  We still have plenty of time of Summer left.  But this morning in Pittsburgh, it is CHILLY! Just wanted to share my concern!

Okay, now that my rant is over.  I have made so many light and fresh summer salads! I love all of summer’s plentiful fruits and veggies, especially at the farmers markets around town. I always try to make a summer salads on Sunday’s, then I have it all week to throw fish or chicken on top! Such an easy way to eat healthy throughout the week. 
 Here are some of mine and some I have found around the web! 
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Summer Chickpea salad
Greek Orzo Salad–I have no recipe for this. But let me tell you, it was awesome! Nick loved it too! Whole wheat orzo, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, green onions, salt, pepper, fresh basil, ton’s of fresh lemon juice, and olive oil…I then topped it with tooooo much feta! I added a big scoop of this salad on top of a big bed of arugula! It was perfect! 
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Edamame and black bean salad–My mom has made this salad all summer! So simple…Edamame, black beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, quinoa, lime juice, and tons of cilantro! I often make this without the edamame! 
Caprese–Nick and I have been obsessed with caprese everything! Salads, paninis, appetizers, toast! What could possibly go wrong with delicious mozzarella cheese, fresh garden tomatoes, and fresh picked basil!?!
Here is a spin to typical caprese…Head over to ValSoCal to check out this recipe! 
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YUM!!! 
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How good does that salad look…its on my list to try! I need to buy a spiral maker, like now!   Check out the recipe from A House in the Hills 
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Triple Berry Summer salad from Iowa Girl Eats, this may be dinner tonight! Looks so gooooood! 
God, I love Pinterest! There are so many amazing salads out there! I encourage you to make your own. I often just throw whatever I have in my fruit/veggie bowl in a salad! Have fun with it and enjoy! 
 

Whats your go to summer salad? 

 

 

Pop Up Wellness Fair

Holy Moly it is JULY!

Where is time going? June flew by! How cliché to say, but seriously, time needs to slow down a bit!

Just wanted to share, if you’re in Pittsburgh, there is a pop up Wellness Fair in Market Square today! I will be there! And….its gonna be a hot one today! So stay hydrated!

Here’s the info:

What: POP-UP Wellness Fair & Yoga Class

When: Tuesday July 1, 2014 | Wellness Fair  11:30 – 2 pm

Where: Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh

Cost: It’s free!

Exhibitors

Come by and connect with the people and businesses helping transform Pittsburgh into Fittsburgh!

  • Free Yoga class w/ LA Finfinger 12pm-1pm
  • Pittsburgh Public Market
  • East End Food Co-op
  • Supplement Central
  • About Time Protein
  • Douglas Labs/Klean Athlete
  • Dynamic Paddlers
  • Find your Flow
  • Ascend Pittsburgh
  • Zeke’s Coffee
  • Friends of the River Front
  • Let’s Move Pittsburgh
  • Roar – teen workout
  • Evive Water Station
  • Caroline Shannon – Gluten Free Revolution
  • Venture Outdoors
  • Primal Fitness Pittsburgh
  • Muv Integrated Fitness
  • Axle Spin Studio
  • Steel City Road Runners
  • Aero-tech designs
  • The Food Tasters
  • Run Intended
  • Burgh Bites Cart
  • GNC
  • Decco Resources
  • MIX Salads
  • Gold’s Gym
  • PNC YMCA
  • Mind Body Moxie
  • Verve 360
  • LA Finfinger
  • Primal Fitness Pittsburgh
  • Elite Runner and Walker
  • Stand Up Paddleboard Pittsburgh
  • Healium
  • North east paddleboard company

Just thought I keep you all in the loop, If you see me, say hello! 

Happy Earth Day!

Around the world, people are celebrating! You may ask what? Earth day!!

Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From  Pittsburgh to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment. We only have one earth, we better start taking care of it! What can you do  to make a difference? Recycle, reuse, glass water bottles, plant a tree?

Chemicals are harmful to us and the environment!
Here is a tid bit of information on how to create a green kitchen:

Top 10 ingredients to avoid in household products!

  1. Ammonia and Ammonium Quantenary Compound (Quats)- Benzyl Chloride
  2. Bisphenol-A (BPA)
  3. Bleach
  4. Chlorine
  5. Formaldehyde
  6. Polystyrene
  7. Polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE)—Teflon and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
  8. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  9. Phthalates (Hidden in fragrance)
  10. Triclosan and Triclocarban
Tip: Be aware of words like “fresh” “natural” and “green” when buying products, because “organic” is the only word that is regulated! 
Tip: To decrease exposure to pesticides on fruits and vegetables, buy organic when possible. 
Check out my post on The Dirty Dozen! 
Tip: Do not buy products with the words “caution”, “danger”, or “chronic health hazards” on the label. 

This information was provided by Women for a Healthy Environment! For more information and resources, check out their website. 

What will you do today for a healthier environment?