Entertaining My Family in San Diego [WIAW]

My mom and baby sister are here.

Watch out San Diego! 

I haven’t seen my family since leaving Atlanta in February.  I’ve been looking forward to having my mom and one of my sisters here for weeks!  Naturally, the first thing I did way try to kill them with an 8 mile hike in 90 degree temps.

Potato Chip Rock hike… 

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Freedom for All 4th of July Recipes

Any holiday that involves good food is my favorite.

Bonus if it includes fireworks.

This 4th of July I have no clue what we will do… it’s my first not in Atlanta.  Usually I run the Peachtree Road Race… maybe I’ll run my own 10K?  Or maybe I’ll just have a marathon cooking session…

Either way, below are a bunch of recipes that I think would make for a tasty 4th, whether you are home or away, American or just like delicious food!

Oh yeah… and this happened:

SCOTUS marriage equality ruling

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Things I’m Loving + WIAW

I haven’t felt like blogging lately.

Which is why on Monday I just didn’t. 

If you don’t have anything to say, I find it’s best not to force it.  No that there isn’t a lot of awesome going on… I’m just busy living life!

Here’s a little bit of some things I’ve been loving…

Leg day… but I’m not going to lie. I still might order this shirt and take a shot.

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Strawberry Cinnamon Protein Pancakes + WIAW

I lost Vegas.

Not literally, thank god. 

We’ve been doing a little 21 day reset.  Vegas said she’d give it a week and then see if she wanted to keep going.  She lasted a week like a champion… but then I lost her.

Actually, we both went a little off the reservation Saturday night.  I got back on track Sunday, but Vegas was done.  She’s still been basically eating whatever I eat… just with a side of caffeine and peanut M&Ms.  She had no complaints about the protein pancakes we had for breakfast (more on that below).

Strawberry Cinnamon Protein Pancakes… 

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Resetting My Diet + WIAW

All good things must come to an end.

Until I figure out a way to live in Europe.

I’m a firm believer in balance and enjoying life.  Enjoying is just what we did in Greece.  There were tons of good eats, alllll the drinks, and a nice break from the gym (though we walked a LOT).  Vegas and I had a blast and soaked up every moment.  Coming off of that I have no regrets, but feel ready to get back to a healthier diet.

diet… 

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Breakfast for Lunch Tacos

3 bloggers can get a little strange.

Meghan’s husband can attest to this.

Lucie AND Meghan are in town (and Meghan’s husband who shall not be named or pictured).  We’ve been touring San Diego and causing general shenanigans.

Afternoon beers, anyone?

Culture beer

Culture Brewery

We’ve also been cooking.  All of us in the kitchen is a strange but good heaven.

(Vegas reminded me where the fire extinguisher was.) … 

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Cinco de Taco Tuesday [WIAW]

Two bloggers go food shopping…

I can’t even narrow down the punchlines. 

Lucie and I had a food shopping adventure to the Pacific Beach Farmer’s Market and then to Whole Foods.  We were actually quite well-behaved!  Even between the two of us we spent less than $100* in Whole Paycheck Foods.

*That’s unheard of for me – just ask Vegas.

Laura and Lucie… 

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Personal Training and Pizza [WIAW]

My idea of heaven is getting paid to workout.

And to eat… errrr… cook.

Several months ago I earned personal training certificates through the International Association of Fitness Sciences (IAFS) in Functional Training, Bodybuilding, and Sports Nutrition.  This is 8x Mr. Olympia Lee Haney‘s program (he’s basically my version of a movie star).

I wasn’t sure how or if I’d use it… I ended up training a couple of friends and deciding it’s something I really did love.  So I added a link on my site for training and nutrition.  Between getting married and moving, I never did much to promote it.  Now that we’re settled, the time has come!

IAFS certification… 

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