Currently: October

It’s that time of the month already!  Time for my monthly wrap up… I changed it up a little this month, sharing some new things I’ve never talked about in “currently.”  Enjoy!

Currently October | No Thanks to Cake
Current Netflix Binge:

I’ve broken down and joined Netflix.  Yes, the girl who barely watches any television has subscribed to Netflix, for one reason, two words:  GILMORE GIRLS.

Gilmore Girls | No Thanks to Cake

I never watched this show when it was on TV.  However, one extra wintry winter a few years back, I watched the entire series.  And, in watching it, I completely fell in love with Rory and Loralei.  My friend Erin said it well… If only we could be as witty as Loralei one day… 

Seriously, if you’ve never watched this series, it’s time… and the entire series is available on Netflix!  Let me know what you think of Stars Hollow, will ya?

Current Confession:

So, I haven’t really talked about it on social media… and I hate to talk about it with my friends because it’s a total downer, but my car accident last month kicked my arse.  I’ve been on the couch for a whole month… watching Gilmore Girls.  Rotating ice packs (aka bags of corn and edamame) with heat compresses… and planning to take over the world when this damn thing heals.

Now, I’m only sharing this with you now because I’m feeling SO MUCH BETTER four weeks later!  Finally!!!

yay | No Thanks to CakeI’m not 100% and I’m still afraid to carry much… but gosh, not being miserable when I wake up is heavenly!!!  For all of you who have chronic back pain, I am SO SORRY!  For all of those who have listened to me whine, THANK YOU!!!!  I owe you REAL wine!

Current Craft:

I’ve had my eye on a little capelet from Ravelry forever… And, during my fabulous couch and while watching Loralei’s first days at Chilton… I made it!  I totally want to make another!  Maybe in a charcoal or mustard color.  What do you think??  I’m in love!

Capelet | No Thanks to Cake

This makes me excited to knit additional wooly fall/winter things!

Current Book:

This month, I’m not pointing out a work of fiction… instead, the most beautiful cookbook I’ve laid eyes on in YEARS!

SkinnyTaste Cookbook | No Thanks to Cake

The Skinnytaste Cookbook was released in late September, and I was BEYOND excited to receive my copies.  Gina‘s cookbook is LOADED with calories that are “light on calories, big on flavor.”  I recently made her Skinny Chicken Parmesan and it was phenomenal…

Chicken Parmesan Skinnytaste | No Thanks to Cake

I am in LOVE with all of Gina’s recipes… both those on her blog and these new creations that are part of her cookbook.  Order yours here… it’s amazing, I promise!

Current Hairstyle:

I’m still pretty obsessed with how easy it is to curl my hair everyday for work… I mentioned it last month, but wow, it’s so easy!

How to Curl Long Hair | No Thanks to Cake

And, I have yet to burn myself… {Knocking on wood.}

Current Memorable Moment:

At the beginning of the month, I got to participate in my very first engagement!  My friends Alex and Tiffany made it official… and Alex wanted to have Tiff’s closest friends involved in the action.  I was honored to be a part of it, and had trouble keeping a dry eye during the actual proposal.

The Proposal | No Thanks to Cake

And, of course, she said YES!!!  Congrats, Alex and Tiffany!

Current Outfit:

It’s not REALLY an outfit, but wow, it’s the cutest coat on the planet from New York and Company.  Half coat, half cape… yep, I BIG-PUFFY-HEART love it!

Cape New York and Company | No Thanks to Cake

Hooray for coupons!! For more detail, click here.

Current Flavor Inspiration:

As part of Tiffany’s engagement extravaganza, we had brunch at a little Denver restaurant called Jimmy’s Urban Bar & Grill.  I’m not huge on brunch, and considering the special occasion, I decided to try something new that I had never had… and to just jump in.

Chicken and Waffles | No Thanks to Cake

Hello, Chicken and Waffles.  I can’t wait to come up with a healthier version of this.  There has to be one.  I’ll create it, and I’ll share it… I’m still having dreams about this stuff.  It was that good… must recreate.

Current Crazy Thing I’ve Done:

I been Christmas shopping all year long.  When I was in California at the wineries with Crystal, I picked up a few things.  I pre-ordered one of my favorite bloggers’ new books, and I even picked up a few fun things in Savannah during Fitbloggin!  All these items have been hanging out in my guest room, but it was time to get them on the road.

Christmas Presents | No Thanks to Cake

I’m far from done Christmas shopping… I still need things for my niece and nephew, my brother, and my stepdad, but this first box is progress.  I did feel pretty nuts wrapping packages in October though…

Current Location:

I’m here (in paradise).  And, it’s my sister-in-law Beth’s 40th birthday tomorrow… Have a fabulous weekend, y’all!

Montelucia | No Thanks to Cake

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Currently: August

Holy crap, it’s the end of August already.  Seriously, that makes me want to cry.  I absolutely LOVE LOVE summers in Colorado.  While I love Fall, it does mean that the nasty white powdery stuff is coming… {shudder}… I seriously am not even close to being ready for that.

Let’s talk about what’s going on Currently!

Current Book(s):

Sadly, I’m not reading a thing.  Not one thing.  I did start The Vacationers last month… and I’m hoping to dig back into it over the holiday weekend.  We shall see…

Vacationers Emma Staub | No Thanks to Cake

Current Music:

I’m totally and completely in love with the new(ish) Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass.”  It’s catchy, and encourages women to love their curves.  Of course, it’s my ringback tone on my phone to incoming callers… and has been a huge hit for all.  If you haven’t yet to hear the song… you can watch it here.

Meghan and I have a lot in common… with “all the right junk, in all the right places.”  And, I’m pretty sure “I’m bringing booty back” too, girl…

Current Beauty Find:

When I was in California recently, I met some fabulous ladies and their navy men at the Train concert.  One of which sells the amazing Younique fiber lash products.  I have only recently tried them, and they’re SERIOUSLY amazing!  Check out the naked lashes v. the fiber-fabulous lashes!

Younique | No Thanks to Cake

I’ve tried the glue-on style lashes, and have even considered doing the extensions.  I’ve hesitated due to price… but I feel like I get the same results by using this product!  And, I can spice things up when I want… for special occasions without a lot of time in the chair!

Click here to find out more about the product and to buy some of your own!  Tell Maggie No Thanks to Cake sent ya!

Current Nail Color:

I’m back to the Brazilian colors by OPI… rockin’ Taupeless Beach (middle) this week on my nails and I Sao Paulo Over There (far right) on my toes.

OPI Brazilian Collection | No Thanks to Cake

Current Drink: 

I’m still stuck on good ol’ H20 this month… however, with the leftover mint from the grilled watermelon recipe I shared this week, I made some fruity water that’s been an extra special treat!

Current Guilty Pleasure:

I’ve been outfitting my tech tools… totally guilty.  I’ve bought 2 new cases for my iPhone 5s that I’m carrying right now, and a new hard case for my laptop.

Gold MacBook Case | No Thanks to Cake

I am slightly obsessed with this new gold case… Don’t you love it??

Current Food:

I have a new snack that I can’t get enough of… Have you guys tried Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars?

I was skeptical before I tried them, not being a fan of Greek yogurt… but WOW, I am so glad to have tried these!

Yasso Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

These bars have become my new favorite night time snack… they are creamy, rich, flavorful… and they come in a Peanut Butter Cup flavor!!!  O-M-G!  To date, I’ve tried the Peanut Butter Cup (amazing!), the Salted Caramel (yum-o!), and the Mint Chocolate (delish!)

Yasso Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

I’m also running an Instagram giveaway for one lucky follower/participant to win two coupons for a free box of Yasso bars!!  I wish I could win these!  So good!  Follow NTTC on Instagram to learn more about how to participate!

Current Outfit(s):

I’ve been working my way through my summer dresses.  Wearing all of them one more time before they have to be put away for the season.  Sniff… I can’t stand when the cool weather rolls in.  Thank goodness, I’ve got a few months left!

Current Kitchen Obsession:

I’ve done it.  I’ve become a SPIRALIZER!!!  With my winnings from the avocado contest from Fitbloggin, I invested in a Paderno spiralizer!

Paderno Spiralizer | No Thanks to Cake

Since then, I’ve made curly beets, potatoes, and some REALLY AMAZING cucumber salads.  Watch out for more of these recipes to be popping up on NTTC soon!  Like this one…

Spiralized Cucumbers | No Thanks to Cake Current Words of Inspiration:

It is so incredibly easy to be kind, and it costs nothing.  I love the idea of throwing it around a little extra moving into the next month…

Throw Kindness | No Thanks to Cake

Current Mood:

Refreshed!  After an exhausting month full of projects, intensity, and tons of plans, I spent last weekend feeding my soul and resting.  I feel so human again and like I can face anything going into the weekend!

And… it’s a long weekend!  Yay!!!

Labor Day | No Thanks to Cake

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Currently: July

Whoa… how in the heck is it the end of July already??? Oh, summer… slow down!!

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Let’s talk about what’s going on Currently!  So much…

Current Book(s):

I’m definitely enjoying “summer reads” this year.  Beachy, fun, chick lit has been all over my Nook.  Including these two!

I read The Matchmaker earlier in the month and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!  One of the best of Elin Hilderbrand, if you ask me… and I’ve read most!

The Matchmaker Elin Hilderbrand | No Thanks to Cake

This week, on my little mini vacation, I’ve started reading The Vacationers.  A few of you guys have recommended it to me, and I can’t wait to dive into it!

Vacationers Emma Staub | No Thanks to Cake

Current Music:

I’ve been listening to a bunch of Train this month!  I’ll share more about how it all went next week… but I got to see a private concert with these guys on the USS Midway this week!  OMG…

Train | No Thanks to CakeFavorite Song:  Hands down… Drops of Jupiter.  Takes me back to my college days… their new stuff is great too.  Love these guys!

Current Beauty Find:

Bright lipstick. This summer, I’ve started wearing some great bright-colored lipstick.  I just love it, and it brightens up your smile… so fun!

Revlon Matte Balm | No Thanks to Cake

I’ve been inspiring some other blogger friends to try these colors too… so first, let me tell you that they’re just Revlon.  And, you can find them at your local Target, Walgreens, etc.  They’re part of the Revlon Matte Balm collection, and are those crayon-style lip colors.  As a bonus, these are minty too!  Try them out, and let me know what colors you love!

My faves are Unapologetic (a super-bright coral), Standout (a pretty, pretty red that appears to look good on EVERYONE), and Showy (a lovely pop of fuchsia.)

Current Nail Color:

I keep switching my polish, but I’ve ended up with black on my nails this week and Essie’s Butler Please for my toes… there’s something about me and blue right now.  I’m just going with it…

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Current Drink: 

This month, I also tried my first Paloma.  Um, so delicious!  And, what a lovely alternative to the super-high calorie seniorita called the margarita.  I just pinned this recipe so that I can learn to make them at home…

Paloma | No Thanks to Cake(Source)

It is fresh, made with grapefruit soda and so refreshing!  Perfect for summer.  Try it!

Current Guilty Pleasure:

I bought a new bag.  It was at Nordstrom Rack… it was scared and alone, curled up in the fetal position.  It was scared.

Michael Kors | No Thanks to Cake

Was I really supposed to leave it behind??  Good news, I don’t change out my purse very often….

Current Food:

I have a new snack that I can’t get enough of… Have you tried Balance Bars?  Thanks to my friends at Balance Bar for the introduction to these AMAZING bars this month… such a fan!

Balance Bar | No Thanks to Cake

OMG… the Cookie Dough and ESPECIALLY the Peanut Butter.  Perfect snack… and they totally feel like you’re cheating.

Peanut Butter Balance Bar | No Thanks to Cake

Try them.  You’re welcome.

Current Favorite Show:

I really may delete this category for next month.  I just don’t watch much TV…

Current Outfit:

In preparation for my rockstar competition this week, I got a few new pieces to take to San Diego, including my first jumpsuit!

Jumpsuit | No Thanks to Cake

This is a pic from the shopping adventures… but it has since been altered for length and accessorized to perfection!  The San Diego recap post will have the final look… very excited to share!

Bizarre Happening:

I keep losing things.  When I’m stressed, there’s no telling what I’ll do… but losing the makeup bag I keep in my purse last week and throwing away some new flip flops I bought are just a piece of the crazy that’s been happening here.

Makeup Bag | No Thanks to Cake

By the time you’re reading this, I will have seen the ocean, relaxed a bit at the pool, and returned to my normal, quirky (yet less crazy) self.

Current Online Find:

I absolutely love this commercial, and the fact that so many brands are aligning themselves with empowering young women.  Amazing work, Verizon…

Current Words of Inspiration:

I got a random envelope on my front doorstep last Friday.  And, inside of it was a message that I needed to read…

She Believed She Could So She Did | No Thanks to Cake

With all that’s going on, my friend Jen unknowingly sent me the exact message I needed, at just the right time.  I love it when that happens… and I love “just because” packages.  Note to self: I must do more of these for my people!

Current Mood:

I can’t even begin to tell you guys how grateful I am for everything these days.  For all that fills my days, for the people who make my world, and all of you who visit my little space on the internet.

Incredibly Grateful | No Thanks to Cake

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7 Things I Loved About Fitbloggin ‘14

While there are really about 500 things I loved about Fitbloggin 2014, I did my best to condense the list to just 7 highlights… If you’ve spent time out in the healthy blogiverse over the past week, I’m certain my other blogger friends have filled in the gaps with their recaps.

Fitbloggin 14  7 Things I Loved About This Conference | No Thanks to Cake(Photo Credit:  Carrie D. Photography)

7.  Thought-Provoking Sessions

Fitbloggin 14, as in years past, came with a full list of sessions that I could attend to grow my blog in new and exciting ways.  I attended a little bit of everything, and walked out with notes from just about every session.

As someone who takes way too many notes everywhere I go, I decided to spend time in the moment this year rather than attempting to capture every word spoken.  Instead, I walked out with a simple notepad speckled with a few notes and a quote or two.  These “nuggets” of information are all I need to upgrade NTTC in the next year… no transcription needed.

Fitbloggin Small Groups | No Thanks to Cake

The small group sessions are always the most moving for me.  I love hearing my peers talk about their experience and sharing my story as well.  I attended two in particular that I loved:  Maintaining the Mojo and Life After Goal.   I’ll tell you more this week about how I was inspired by Roni Noone herself in one of the sessions….

6. That 80’s Dance Party

Every single year, it’s my favorite class.  The energy is fantastic.  The smiles are abundant.  And this year, it was 80’s themed!??  Totally tubular….

80s Zumba | No Thanks to Cake

This Zumba-inspired class was incredible with Sue, Sam, and Nellie making sure that I shook my money maker and laughed all the way through.  I got to dance with Monica, Aliyah, Dawn,  and Nathan and 100 of my closest friends. What’s not to love??

80s Zumba | No Thanks to Cake

PS… This outfit made an appearance.  Thanks, Amazon…

80s Zumba | No Thanks to Cake

Lastly, if I could have squished Sam and Sue (and Thing 2) into a carry-on, I would have brought them back to Denver with me… so that they could make me sweat and dance it out on the regular.  The fact that we’ll be dancing in Denver next year makes me SOOOOOOOO happy.  Thank you for inspiring me… every single year!

5.  Ignite Fitness

In past years, I’ll admit I haven’t loved Ignite… but this year, the presenters REALLY outdid themselves and made it an incredibly interesting, motivating, and entertaining session!

We listened to Dre rap (thanks for the shoutout!), heard Allie’s tremendous story of competing on behalf of the US, watched Alan take the stage, and even learned how to make a proper cuppa tea!

Ignite Fitness | No Thanks to CakePhoto Credit:  Carrie D. Photography

I love the personality and preparation that the team brought to the table.  It’s not easy to rock a mike like they did… and they crushed it!  Can’t wait to see what Fitbloggin 15 brings… 

4.  Savannah Shopping

Oh my, Savannah was so hot… this girl was super sweaty throughout the weekend.  Thank goodness there were a bunch of cute shops to pop into to cool down!

I found two unique culinary stores to stop into that I’m so glad I found.

The Savannah Bee Company:  How often do you walk into a store that offers honey tastings??  It was so awesome!  I ended up with a few flavors for myself (Savannah and whipped honey!) and a few jars for gifts.

Savannah Bee Company | No Thanks to Cake

I was heading to the airport when I stumbled upon The Salt Table, and couldn’t pass it by!  The Foodette sent me to this awesome store, and wow… she made an amazing recommendation!

The Salt Table Savannah | No Thanks to Cake

The shop was full of flavored salts and sugars…. Popcorn seasonings, dips.  I was in heaven!  I ended up walking out with some mesquite flavored salt, maple salt, coconut sugar, and some Ghost Pepper salt for my bro for Christmas!  It was probably better that we were in a hurry.  Had I more time, I would have bought the entire store… and had to figure out a way to get it home in my carry on (along with Sue and Sam)…

3. The Avocados

Prior to the conference beginning, I entered a recipe into the California Avocado Commission’s Culinary Cutting Edge Contest.  And, as luck would have it, I was named to the finals with the lovely Alyssa and Kia, for this recipe!

Grilled Avocado Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

The session on Avocados was amongst my favorite because I got to learn all about one of my favorite fruits… and they announced the big winner:  My roomie Alyssa!!!  While my caprese salad took second place, it was Alyssa’s yummy tarts that brought home the grand prize!!

California Avocados Contest Fitbloggin | No Thanks to Cake Photo Credit:  Double Chin Diary

The chef even did a live demo of her recipe and they let us try the winning recipe!  So delish!!!

Avocado Cream Tarts Double Chin Diary | No Thanks to CakePhoto Credit:  Double Chin Diary

I loved this contest for many reasons… my love of avocado being one of them, but also I love the art of creating deliciously healthy dishes.  I put some time into coming up with just the right dish to present… and I’m incredibly proud of what I entered.  I also am bursting with ideas for more avocado dishes.  So get ready, readers, there’s more avocado recipes on the way!

Lastly, it also made me really consider the types of brands that I want to work with in the future.  These guys completely align with my vision for NTTC… so, expect more like it in the future!

2.  Reflecting on the Year that Passed

2013 was a rough year for this girl.  So much going on… and frankly, not a lot of happy.  I battled with myself trying to figure out what my next steps were going to be… and felt a little lost at Fitbloggin 2013, as a result.

There were multiple sessions where I just cried.  (Yep)  I cried because the topics touched a little too close to home… and I felt sort of lonely in a crowd of people.  It’s not something I’ve spoken of until now, but it was a tough time… mostly, I was just trying to Pollyana my way through, hoping that it would pass.

Thank goodness it did!!!!!

AND THIS YEAR… so different.  For the past few months, I’ve been so genuinely happy.  To be at Fitbloggin and to be able to share that “happy” was awesome.  Nice to have my head held high again.  It’s so nice to be back…

1.  The People

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  The people are what make Fitbloggin for me.  This picture below is from my favorite moment of the conference…

Fitbloggin | No Thanks to Cake

You’ll notice that we aren’t even at the conference.  We didn’t even find a swanky restaurant to dine at.  We’re at a cheesy Mexican joint across from the hotel that could seat 8 with no wait, and later add a table to grow our group even more.

This is the night I got to meet Beth, hear about Jessica’s job transformation, understand how Sarah’s world is changing, sit next to my girl Monica and unknowingly order the same dinner (life twins!), visit with Dawn and meet her friend Lynne and plan yoga time for my December visit, hear about Sam’s tattoo plans, visit with Emily and gush about how I adore Harper, and spend more time with my girl Ash fiercely getting to know these women.  Awesome night.  Beautiful people.  

It’s moments like this that keep me coming back for more.  It’s people like this that make me want to be a better person.

Roni, I can’t thank you enough for another wonderful conference year.  I can’t wait to see you all in Denver for Fitbloggin 15.

xoxo

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