Twosday LXXXV

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Jul 292014

When I’m Sad…

  1. I’ve found such comfort in the Humans of New York Facebook Page. I always feel better about humanity and life in general after spending a few minutes reading through the photo captions and comments.
  2. I’ll search for laughter in my favorite comedy favorites – @Midnight on Hulu+ or GDWH on YouTube.

Recent Netflix Additions from PBS We’ve Enjoyed

  1.  Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. We’re one episode in this three part series. Such an interesting history is told behind the pages of comic books!
  2. Making Stuff 2: Nova. This show is so much cooler than what we were expecting.  Highly recommended.


Recommended Reading: For Half Marathon Newbies Edition

  1. How to Run Long – LSD for Beginners
  2. 13.1 Tips for Your First Half Marathon

How-to #make1healthydecision NOW:

  1. Decide now: can you get 9 servings of fruits and veggies in before the end of the day?  Make a quick list of how you can make it happen. Reading this before bed? Make a plan for tomorrow to get 9 freggies in your day.
  2. Go for a 5 minute walk. Can’t leave right this minute?  Set an alarm on your phone for when you CAN and don’t talk yourself out of it.  Stretch your legs, give your mind a break, and take in the world around you!


Groceries I Love to Purchase at Target

  1. Flavored Blue Diamond Almonds. Target seems to have the best selection of flavors and I can often find new-to-me flavors there first.
  2. Market Pantry Frozen Fruit.  I love the prices [and the added discount from the cartwheel ap] and that they carry cherries – a must in my post-run smoothies!

Smoothie Recipes I’ll be Making this Week

  1. Berry Fruity Green Tea Smoothie – with peaches, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries.  So refreshing in summer with that green tea!
  2. Coffee Banana Smoothie Packs. Cassie’s blog, Back to Her Roots, is my go-to spot when I’m bulk-cooking and freezer stocking. [I swear by a bunch of her recipes in these posts: Freezer Cooking 101 and Freezer Fill Up ] I love this recent recipe share featuring some favorite flavors – banana and coffee! – and plan to fill the door of our freezer with these super-easy to build packs.


Goals for Decluttering this Summer

  1. Decrease the number of magazines in the apartment. There are stacks. Everywhere. I am sorting through them, a small stack each week.  Sending Envelopes of Random Love [more on how this habit started here: Get Crafty with Magazines], passing on to coworkers, finding someone to donate to [craft club? hospital?], and recycling all that’s left.
  2. Sort through books.  These are also EVERYWHERE in the apartment and I’ve decided that it’s finally time to part with some of these.  Time to fill some boxes for selling, donating, and passing along.

Twitter Accounts Worth Your Follow: Words Edition

  1. Disney Words. We can learn a lot of things from Disney characters, and sometimes they just help us express what we feel.
  2. Great Mind Quotes. A collection of quotes that will challenge, motivate and inspire you.


Twosday LXXXIV

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Jul 222014

Nervous About A Big Day Tomorrow?

  1. Spend 5 minutes prepping tonight what you usually spend time doing in the morning. If you make your lunch before work every day, try making it ahead of time and keeping it ready in the fridge overnight.  Lay out your clothes, pack a bag, or get the coffee pot ready to brew when you press “start!” upon wake up.  Future you will thank you for the time you take today!
  2. Plan something to look forward to for after your big event.  Ice cream date with your BFF, a movie you’ve been wanting to see, a trip to the beach chair for some leisurely reading.  Having something to look forward to AFTER I’m done with my important responsibilities for the day always seems to keep my anxiousness and stress at bay.

When Was the Last Time You…

  1. Tossed out expired products; from the fridge, pantry, cabinet, freezer, or body product stash?
  2. Replaced the air filters in your home?  Give yourself the gift of less-dust!


Produce I’m Choosing Because of the Potassium Content…Beyond Bananas

  1. Avocado
  2. Tomatoes 

Recipes I’m Loving to Use These Potassium Rich Ingredients

  1. Sweet Potato Avocado Salad from Ari’s Menu
  2. Balsamic Caramelized Onion and Cherry Tomato Grain-Free Tart from Nourishing Flourishing


How I’m Hydrating These Days

  1. Water with lime slices.  It just makes it feel so much fancier, ya know?
  2. I’ve been drinking so much water lately that I now fill two water bottles at a time, one 16 ounce with a straw, and one 32 ounce that I use to refill the straw-filled one when empty.

How-to #make1healthydecision NOW:

  1. Decide on a bed time for tonight.  If needed, set a “get ready for bed” alarm on your phone to remind you of the healthy intention you set for yourself.
  2. BONUS points: Can you unplug for 30 minutes before bed? Make it happen!


Apps I’ve Been Digging on My Healthy Living Journey

  1. Nudge.  Nudge is great because you can connect your other health tracking apps, like fitbit, runkeeper, and the like, to get one health score overall.  I love competing against myself to watch the score rise [I started at 19 when I first logged in!] and the colors turn from red to yellow to green!
  2. RunKeeper.  I just started experimenting with this app after hearing several people raving about it and being reminded of the raving via IG a couple of weeks ago. I like that the app speaks your pace audibly as often as you set it, so you don’t have to look at the app constantly.

Recent Podcast Subscriptions
both from Nerdist Industries, naturally

  1. Today We Learned.
  2. Humans from Earth.



 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Jul 152014

I Can’t Stop Laughing at These Videos

  1. Jimmy and Kevin Ride a Roller Coaster  Maybe because I had a very similar experience with my siblings last summer in Tampa…which you can see photo evidence of here: That’s How the Sibling Thing Goes
  2. Fan Favorites from “The Pete Holmes Show” Yup. The entire playlist.  Chromecast-able, too.

Shows I’ve Been Binge-Watching on Netflix

  1. Crossing Jordan.  I’ve been waking up unable to sleep in the wee-hours of the morning lately, and have started a little daily ritual of taking the iPad to the recliner and watching an episode or two of this show.  It’s like the earlier, Boston version of Bones. 
  2. Forgotten Planet. I am completed fascinated by the idea of abandoned cities across the globe, but especially in America.  The idea of “Urban Exploring” sounds super interesting, which leads me to also recommend this short video: The Art of Urban Exploration


 Orange Spotted in the Office Garden

  1. The first of our tomato bulbs, turning shades of summer!
  2. We added some orange lilies to the garden this year, and I’m loving the pop of brightness this time of year.

Recommended Reading for Orange is the New Black Fans from Previously.TV

  1.  Who Are Litchfield Prison’s Ten Biggest Bad-Asses?  The individual and relational character development between such a diverse group of female roles is the best part of the story and this post gets it all right.
  2. Sophia’s Anatomy Lesson Was Maybe Directed At Somebody Other Than Her Fellow Inmates.  Because the discussion needs to happen and keep happening, so that those who have thought and said ignorant words can also learn to reasons to apologize like Katie Couric. 


New Scotia Date Spots to Try ASAP

  1. The Greatful Dawg.  Because what small town in CDNY doesn’t need an adorably named mini hot dog establishment? Yup – mini hot dogs. Apparently they are a thing here, and I’m stoked to give them a try!
  2. Mohawk Taproom & Grill.  Was happy to see the interaction on their Facebook page when they first posted a “Coming Soon” sign outside a recently closed old favorite, and the Yelp reviews within the first weeks of opening seemed like a good enough reason to head to the Taproom [yep, already nicknamed it!] with some work pals to watch Germany crush Brazil [oops.] last week.

Deliciousness Enjoyed at the Mohawk Taproom & Grill

  1. The Mohawk Golden Nachos are LEGIT delicious.  I love mustard and the Carolina Gold sauce paired with tomatoes, jalapenos, and sautéed onions was a terrific combo – especially when topped with pepper jack!  I will be going back for these often – you can count on that.
  2. Strongbow Gold Apple Cider.  I’ve seen so many advertisements for this brand and this is the first place I’ve seen it while out and it was calling to me.  The crispness totally hit the spot and I loved that it wasn’t too sweat or too beer like.  Speaking of, the beer list at this place is stellar, with 20 drafts – most of which are regional favorites.  I know where I’ll be bringing visitors to THS HQ for local dinners from here on out!


Amy & Brian Naturals Products Recently Sent to Try & Review and How I’m Using Them

  1. Coconut Juice. [note: coconut juice is no different than coconut water.]  I have a can of this in the fridge at the moment, and am thinking of giving this recipe a try soon: Thai Mango Coconut Rice
  2. Coconut Juice With Pulp.  I split this can into two when I opened it; half went into a ball jar and into the fridge, and half went into the ridiculously awesome smoothie I mentioned in yesterday’s #THS13point1 Training Recap.  I REALLY love the “with pulp” version – so wonderful in the smoothie with the little bits of pulp coming through the straw – deliciousness.

Other Ingredients in the “New Favorite, Most Delicious, Uber-Hydrating Smoothie”

  1. one part Market Pantry frozen dark cherries
  2. one part Market Pantry frozen blueberries #sosimplesogood