Currently: March

Happy Friday, My Dears…

We’re almost to the end of  March already!!!  That’s so hard to believe… but I figured there’s no time like the present to post this month’s “currently” post… Enjoy!

CURRENTLY: MARCH 2014

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Current Book:

I’ve been so busy lately!  Downtime, schmowntime… Who needs it?? {Um, I totally do!}  I took some time this weekend to just relax and disconnect.  In doing so, I stumbled across this book by Elin Hilderbrand… and I am loving it so far.  I’ve read a TON of her books, and I’m such a fan.

Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand | No Thanks to Cake

Her books also have a lovely way of taking me to Nantucket Island, on the beach and splashing in the ocean.  Needed that, Elin.  Thanks!

Current Music:

I got a new iPod last month, and it has been making me dig through my archives for songs I haven’t listened to in forever.  I may or may not have landed on some Air Supply last week… and I freakin loved belting it out in the car!  No judgment… who doesn’t love Air Supply??

Air Supply | No Thanks to Cake

Current Nail Color:

I’ve been rocking “Power Clutch” by Essie this month… LOVE IT!

Essie Power Clutch | No Thanks to Cake

It’s sort of a greenish-greyish color, and I’m wearing it on my nails and toes!  I do, however, feel summer colors coming on pretty quickly… stay tuned!

Current Drink: 

As always, I’m drinking mostly water… but I’ve gotten hooked on a new drink at Starbucks.  How about a tall skinny latte with 1.5 pumps skinny hazelnut and 1.5 pumps skinny mocha??

So delish!!!  And, I’ve needed the caffeine kick lately… so it’s been my afternoon pick-me-up!  110 calories worth of warm tasty goodness!

Current Food:

I’m eating a LOT of Jenny Craig these days, and I’m LOVING it!  Specifically their amazing cinnamon rolls…. they make my tastebuds sing!

Jenny Craig Cinnamon Rolls | No Thanks to Cake

Current Favorite Show:

Grey’s Anatomy has been amazing lately.  I’ve been watching it for years, and frankly… it was amazing, and then it sucked for a while, but it’s back to incredible again.  I must admit some of the draw to Grey’s Anatomy has everything to do with the Jackson-April storyline…

Jackson Avery | No Thanks to Cake

Move over, McDreamy and McSteamy…

Current Outfit:

I’ve been all about dresses lately.  Whether it be this sparkly number

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

Or these dresses… from JCP, New York and Company, and H&M

Cute Dresses | No Thanks to Cake

 Hurry up, Warm Weather!!!

Current Wish List:

Another black tie event to look forward to…. yeah, I freakin’ love getting dressed up…

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

Current Excitement:

I am heading to Phoenix on Sunday night for a work trip.  I’m excited to get out of Denver for a few days with one of my favorite co-workers.  There’s something delightful and healing about the desert.  I can’t wait to get there…

Desert | No Thanks to Cake

Current Needs:

I need to decide what the heck I’m doing for Fitbloggin this year.  I’ve booked my room and my registration… but I can’t decide if I’m going to spend a few extra days on the east coast.  I need to get with the friends and family and decide!

Current Indulgence:

Mug Cakes… after making this cake on Saturday night, it’s all I want to eat.  So delish!  Click here for the recipe details…

Microwave PB2 Chocolate Mug Cake | No Thanks to Cake

Current Online Obsession:

Sole Society – - I’m not sure how I even found their site, but they have the cutest shoes… including these DEA wedges in BEET that I had to order.  I have a feeling I’m going to be living in them for the next few months.  So cute!

DEA Wedge Sole Society | No Thanks to Cake

Current Inspiration:

This mantra, and saying it often…  It can shift your energy pretty fast, in the best possible way.  Try it…

Happy Healthy Wealthy Healed Whole | No Thanks to Cake

Current Mood:

Determined.

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Currently: February 2014

Happy Friday, my dears…

I decided to try something new and fun on the blog.  After seeing Ashley, Erin, and Lauren (and many others!) complete a currently survey monthly, I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon.  I love reading these posts and thought you might too.  Some snippets of this little life I get to live…

CURRENTLY: FEBRUARY 2014

Current Book:

Because it is so insanely cold here in Colorado, I’ve been treating myself to (almost) nightly bubble baths.  And, while it’s fun to surf the web, I’ve been really trying to disconnect during this time… and started reading a new book by Jodi Picoult.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult | No Thanks to Cake

So far, I’m only a few chapters in… but I’m enjoying it so far.

Current Music:

Something strange happened this week.  I changed my ringback tone to this song.

Let it be known that it is RARE that my ringback tone is anything but Kelly Clarkson… but I LOVE this song, and just feel like it is my favorite right now.

Current Nail Color:

I had a week of hideously bare nails last week, and have gone back to polish this week.  THANK GOODNESS!

Bobbing for Baubles Essie | No Thanks to Cake

I’m all about this navy-grayish color called Bobbing for Baubles by Essie.  That’s the color I’m sporting this week.  LOVE.

Current Drink: 

Mostly, I’ve been drinking water this week… but today I had this bad boy from Dazbog.

Brain Damage Dazbog Coffee | No Thanks to Cake

My Northern Colorado friends, it is a specialty from Dazbog in your neck of the woods and they call it the BRAIN DAMAGE.  I get it sugar free and non-fat with no whip.  In essence, it is the best frapp you’ll ever had with bonus chocolate covered espresso beans blended in.  AMAZING!

Current Food:

Tonight, it was Skinnytaste’s Sweet Potato Turkey Chili.  I somehow saved a few servings last time I made it and froze them for a cold night just like tonight…

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili | No Thanks to Cake

Current Favorite Show:

I’m REALLY ready for Grey’s Anatomy and Parenthood to come back on… so, I’d say this week, I’m loving Top Chef.

Top Chef | No Thanks to Cake

Can’t wait to see which of these chef’s won this season’s competition.  It’s on my DVR… no spoilers, please!

Current Wish List:

I REALLY want to re-do my laundry room and I think it’s time.  I want to add some cabinets above my washer and dryer to give me a little extra storage space.  I may just need to hit up IKEA this weekend to peek around.  Ideally, I’d love to have this laundry room.

Current Excitement:

I’m super excited about my new partnership with PopSugar Select and excited to share with you my very first product I get to review for them!  Stay tuned…

PopSugar Fitness Select | No Thanks to Cake

Current Needs:

SUMMER.  I’m so completely over all the snow and negative temps here in the tundra.  Make it stop!

Freezing Weather | No Thanks to Cake

Current Triumphs:

I tend to be a little messy throughout the week and have tons of picking up/laundry to do when the weekend arrives.  Not this week… I’ve been a little cleaning fairy all week long!  Feels great going into the weekend!

Current Bane of my Existence:

The alarms on my phone.  I seriously am the grouchiest morning person who shouldn’t be woken before 6am, but alas, I do… and wake up in the 5am hour M-F.

Morning Person | No Thanks to Cake

Current Indulgence:

I baked a cake for the January birthdays at work two weeks ago… and since then, another co-worker has requested it for his birthday.  I made it with all the calories and the fat, including this decadent frosting.

Pioneer Woman Frosting | No Thanks to Cake

I may have had a taste of that frosting tonight.  Yep.  DEEEE-lish!  Thanks, Pioneer Woman!

Current Blessing:

My dear, dear friends.  Every single day, I am thankful for each and every one of them.

Current Mood:

Beyond sleepy… Goodnight, my dears! xoxo

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Just Read: The Fault in Our Stars

It’s been a while since I read a good book.  It seems I’m always buying them, but to really sit down and read them page by page… that doesn’t always happen.

Just Read: The Fault in Our Stars | No Thanks to Cake

My friend LaDawn reads all the time and is in TWO book clubs.  She always has great recommendations, and I’ve recently captured an ENTIRE list of books that she suggests I read.

I got started pretty quickly with this book that caught my eye last time I was at Barnes and Noble.  As soon as I started reading it, I seemed to see it around every corner and in conversations with mixed groups.

The Fault in Our Stars

By John Green

This book was a incredibly fast read for me.  The book opens with the main character introducing herself as a teenager with cancer.

Wow, a teenager with cancer.  I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to go through life as a young person with such a horrible disease, but Hazel shows us what it’s like in full disclosure.  While her cancer is not active, she is in terrible shape and her lungs have been wounded significantly.  Her breathing is assisted with an oxygen tank and she seems to long for the day her parents aren’t fussing over her…

Something amazing happens when Hazel meets Augustus, a fellow cancer survivor.

One thing I should mention is that the book is a Young Adult book.  A very mature Young Adult book, if you ask me… but I think it has a huge following as a result for that age group.  If you Google images associated with the book, you’ll find lots of pics like the one above.  Super cute!

I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now… but Augustus and Hazel fall in love – - that wonderful, sweet, young love that they make movies out of.  And throughout the novel, you end up following in love with the two of them as well.

I went into this book knowing that it was about two cancer kids.  It couldn’t be that easy.  It couldn’t just be the story about two cancer kids that find each other and live happily ever after.  It didn’t disappoint, and it took me on many a twist and unexpected turn.

In the end, I’d definitely recommend this book.  The characters reminded me in a way of Juno.

Juno

 

I won’t even try to say that the characters are as funny as June-bug and Paulie, but they’re witty and smart teenagers much like the two in the movie (minus the pregnancy.)

Grab some tissues, and read this book.  You won’t be disappointed.

Have you read “The Fault in Our Stars”?

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A Few Fun New Things for Friday

Hi Dears!

I’m am officially at Fitbloggin!  While I’m sweating it out and getting a little “fitspiration,” I thought I’d share with you guys a few fun things I’ve come across that you might enjoy.

New App: Om Finder by Lululemon

I adore this app!  It’s available for Apple devices, and it helps you find your OM!  I can’t even tell you how much I love this app, as it compiles all the schedules at all the studios near you.

For me, I am surrounded by quite a few… and it’s nice to be able to compare classes and find the right one that suits my mood.

I also love that I can open the app anywhere that I might be and find a class… easy peazy!  Maybe I’ll use it in Portland!

New Blog Love:  

Mrs. Fatass, Project UnFluff, and Nosh My Way

To get ready for Fitbloggin this week, I’ve been trying to read more blogs… oh, I already read so many, it’s hard to add new ones!!!  Here’s a few new ones that I LOVE that I think you might enjoy!  Click on the banners below to be transported to these ladies’ blogs… hoping I’ll have met them by the end of the weekend!

New Laughing Cow Pairing: 34 Degree Crackers

Ever since I got that fantastic box from Laughing Cow Cheese a few weeks back, I feel like my wedged cheese intake has increased significantly!  And, I’ve found my new favorite pairing… Laughing Cow + 34 Degree Crackers!  I can enjoy 9 thin and crunchy crackers for just 50 calories (with Laughing Cow for 85 calories!)  Check them out here!

New Candy Love: Werther’s Originals Sugar-Free Candies

I got a HUGE box of Werther’s Originals Sugar Free Candy a few weeks ago… and I’ve been snacking on them ever since!

These little 8-calorie candies come in a multitude of flavors – - Caramel, Caramel Coffee, Caramel Apple, and Caramel Cinnamon!  I’ve been sharing these with my co-workers and they’re a really nice  treat when you’re craving something sweet, but can’t afford the calories associated with dessert.

My favorite flavor was the Caramel Coffee, but my coworkers went crazy over the Caramel Apple!  Try them all!  So delish!

New Book:  Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

My friend Donna sent me home from Montelucia with a copy of this book – Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, and I finally have time to read it.  And, I’m loving it!  Pick it up… you won’t be sorry!

It is a little weird reading a REAL book after reading eBooks for the past few years…

Updated Recipe: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

I know… I’ve already posted this recipe, but I’ve recently downsized it to make it more NTTC-friendly.  Click on the picture below to see the new measurements.  It’s the perfect portion, without sacrificing any of the flavor!

PS… It’s also my new daily breakfast.  I never thought I’d be this girl, but they’re REALLY good!

What are you loving these days?

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