Fashion Friday {5/28-5/31} + some honesty

Long time no see! I didn’t participate in WIAW first because I didn’t take one picture the whole day and two I’m not putting blogging first thing in my life. It was getting to be more of a habit, not a hobby, and I don’t want to become obsessed with it. I know, summer normally equals more blog time.. but I am so busy. I’m only going to post if I have something to say or did something awesome. I’m not going to post just  for the sake of posting. I’m gonna enjoy my summer! I will definitely keep reading blogs though. I love reading about your lives! 😀

How is it June tomorrow?! May seriously flew by! I didn’t have school on Monday which resulted in running shorts and a tshirt.

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Tuesday

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vest: Simply Vera Wang

sequin shirt: Material Girl

capris: American Eagle

shoes: Payless

Wednesday

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shirt: Lauren Conrad

pastel pants: Lauren Conrad

sandals: Candies

necklace: Candies

Thursday

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peter pan collar shirt: Lauren Conrad

jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch

flats: Candies

hair clip: Pink Sugar Co

I think the accessories made this outfit! Also, of course I picked the hottest day to wear real jeans. I was a little overheated.

Friday

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tank: Aerie

shorts: Lauren Conrad

shoes: white leopard TOMS

necklace: Claires

First time wearing shorts! 😀

And there you have it! I don’t know if I’ll continue Fashion Friday during the summer.. since I wear running clothes everyday. Maybe here and there I’ll share a cute outfit. I’m just so excited to be done with middle school!

Later tonight is my basketball team party then tomorrow I’m heading down to Green Bay for my brother’s birthday. It’s gonna be a really fun weekend! I’ll (most likely) see you on Monday 😉

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Also, be sure to check out Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day!  I didn’t participate this month, but I had a great experience in March. See ya later!

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Fashion Friday [4/22-4/26] + a few extras

Is it seriously Friday? This week just flew by! I’ve got a school dance and then I’m sleeping at a friend’s tonight. I’m forcing myself to be more social since I would happily sit in my living room this whole weekend 🙂 I’m looking forward to it though! My mom has been irking me lately. I need to get out of the house!

Monday

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shirt: Apt 9

jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch

flats: Lauren Conrad

scarf: Mudd

Tuesday

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shirt: Lauren Conrad

leggings: Wet Seal

boots: Naturalizer

bow: Mudd

Wednesday

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sweater: Princess Vera Wang

leggings: Walmart

boots: Candies

necklace: Vanity

Thursday

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shirt: Forever 21

jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch

TOMS

headband: Claire’s

necklaces: Claire’s

Friday

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poncho: Lauren Conrad

tank top: COMO Black

jeans: American Eagle

boots: Payless

headband: Walmart

About my mom. I think I’ve been relying on her too much. We haven’t talked much the past couple of days, but I’m actually really happy. At school, practice, by myself. I feel really good. Maybe I just needed a break from her!

I’m also not worrying about food as much. We didn’t make dinner together, we just ate whatever we wanted (how we used to be). I feel like I listened to my body and it wanted carbs. So I had pasta the past two nights in a row!

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Whole wheat rotini with marinara, spinach, chicken, and an egg. I saw the egg on Sunnie‘s page and I’ve wanted to try it since. It adds so much flavor!

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Whole wheat penne with broccoli, chicken, and alfredo. Definitely added more sauce after this was taken.

Race planning is going amazing! I am a super busy girl. I had no idea it would take off like this. We’ve got radio stations, newspapers, Facebook, everyone is getting invovled! Check out the flyer below 🙂

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Have a fantastic weekend!

A Fabulous Friday

Well. We made it through another week! I’m pretty excited for this weekend – basketball tournament! And it’s at home, so no traveling 😀

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I actually had a good day today. I started it off with Overnight Oats! It was my first time ever trying them. I’m still acquiring a taste for oatmeal, but I’m definitely making them again!

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In the peanut butter jar:

1/2 cup whole grain old fashioned oats

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

sprinkle of flax seeds

It was a little plain, so I added some peanut butter because peanut butter makes everything better. Next time I want to try Pumpkin Overnight Oats! (with a few twists)

                                  

Had a shoot-around practice for the tourney tomorrow. More like a jump around! I had the great idea about when we used to jump rope at recess and wanted to try it again. So we got out the TWO ropes (double dutch!) and it was so fun! And I swear it was so much easier than in fourth grade – we all succeeded! Had to incorporate a little basketball into it too… 🙂 Let me tell you, it is a leg workout!

My friend is making a video – coming soon!

                      

Dinner…. YUM.

I’ve been carbo loading for the past couple days so I’ll have a lot of energy for the tournament. Tonight was no exception!

I bring you… Banana Pancakes!

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These babies were thick and yummy! I know they’re not the healthiest pancake, but that’s okay! And SUPER easy. We’re trying to use up all our packaged foods, so this was the start of it.

2 cups buttermilk pancake/waffle mix

1 1/4 cup water

1 large mashed banana

Mix all the ingredients and pour on a griddle! Also, make sure you don’t mix too well – the pancakes won’t be as thick!

I added chopped walnuts to the batter also. You could add blueberries, chocolate chips, almonds, … I should stop.

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I even put syrup on (gasp!) These suckers were pretty dang delish. Definitely more in the near future! I froze the leftovers and am sure they’ll make a good breakfast too!

                   

My mom isn’t the biggest pancake fan, so she made Bruschetta. I just can’t get into it which is the weirdest thing since I love bread and tomatoes. Anyway, here’s her recipe.

  • French baguette loaf
  • tomatoes
  • basil
  • garlic powder

Cut bread into slices

Brush with olive oil

Bake slices in oven at 350 for 6-8 minutes

Top with tomatoes mixed with basil & garlic powder

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It’s the garlic powder or basil that I don’t like.

                

I had to have some dessert! There is currently TWO pies in our fridge. I settled on a small(ish) piece of the pumpkin and a sliver of the peanut butter. Topped with a little Greek yogurt.

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perfection.

In the pie:

  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

Mix everything but the cool whip. Add the cool whip when others are mixed. Set in a pie crust and chill. Done!

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I feel like I haven’t been eating super healthy lately. I don’t think I’m gaining weight though. I really think the key is moderation! And I love it!

What’s all our weekend plans?

Are you currently on a diet?

Do you eliminate certain foods?

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Book Review: House Rules and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

How is it MARCH already?!?!?! What the heck!

It’s Friday! I love getting out of school early. So much. My mom and I are gonna go xc skiing later, then I’m going to a basketball game with my dad.

My first Fitness magazine came in the mail today! 🙂

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I actually had a really busy week which I wasn’t expecting. I had some depression in the beginning of the week but it got better as the week went on.

                                

March is National Reading Month! So what’s better than a book review to start it off?

Jodi Picoult, House Rules

This book is about a single mom with a son who has Asperger’s. Jacob is interested in forensic science and is always showing up a crime scenes. When there is a murder, signs point to Jacob… could he be a killer?

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I honestly loved this book. I was hooked from the start. Having autism myself, I could really relate when it was Jacob’s point of view. Picoult did a tremendous job researching that. It did of course, have to have some love story in it… ew. I think Picoult likes adding that drama.

It was definitely a page turner and I really wanted to find out what happened. This story really helps people see what   autism/Asperger’s are like. I give this book 4.5 stars!

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Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper is about a young girl, Anna, who was conceived to be a donor for her leukemic sister, Kate. When Kate needs a kidney, Anna draws the line and wants medical emancipation from her parents. It’s a story about family, hope, and self-discovery.

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I probably shouldn’t have been reading this, because it fueled my depression even more. Aside from that, it was a great book. You could see every side and why they wanted what they wanted. I’ve noticed the three Jodi Picoult books I’ve read have all dealt with court. I really learned a lot about the law. They also all had a love story… not my favorite. I really enjoyed reading this and want to watch the movie now!

This book really shows self-discovery and maturing. There’s also a strong emphasis on what is right and what is wrong. How far will you go to save someone you love, even if it hurts someone else?

I give this book 4 stars. The ending will really throw you for a loop!

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I think I’m done with Jodi Picoult for awhile. I want to read Life of Pi. Yes? No?

Any book suggestions?

What are your weekend plans?