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An Endless Saturday Morning

I’m convinced it’s Saturday. Everything tells me so…

1) My mom made a huge breakfast this morning before my brother had to catch his flight home to Montana. See ya in May, bro! My mom’s best meal is breakfast by far.

(Veggie Frittata – Potato, Zucchini, Tomato, Scallions & Cheese)

Morning Glory Muffins – Apple, Carrot, Pecans & Coconut

Tropical Papaya & Kiwi with Lime

Thanks, Mom!

2) I’m still in my PJs @ 2:30pm.

3) I haven’t showered or exercised!

4) I’ve done nothing notably productive.

5) Colbie Caillat & Amos Lee are keeping me company on this dreary, wet day.

Hoping to squeeze in another 40 on the treadmill and then get ready for my “date night” with Court!


Don’t miss out:


My 10 GOALS for 2010

See you next year decade!

~ Hillary


December 31, 2009 at 2:45 PM 5 comments

10 in 2010

It is the last day of first decade of the 21st century. Where did the decade go? I can remember ringing in 2000 just like it was a day or two ago – scary. I’ve enjoyed reading many blogger’s aspirations for the upcoming year. I have created resolutions for new years in the past; this year I thought it would only be appropriate to make 10 goals. They might not all get a check mark, but why not reach for the stars. Here’s what I hope to accomplish this year…

Hillary’s 10 GOALS for 2010

1. Smile more.

It makes the world a better place.

2. Get a J.O.B.

…to support my Starbucks and Trader Joe’s addictions.

3. Run my 3rd half-marathon & set a personal record (sub 1 hour 59 minutes).

I am aiming to run at least 1 half-marathon each year I am in college.

4. Get more involved with the Nutrition & Food Science Association on campus.

I am currently a member, now I need to actually participate…

5. Practice yoga.

I am guilty of not always stretching after a run or workout, and miss my flexibility from years of dance. I have a feeling yoga could do wonders.

6. Learn how to parallel park.

I have a small car and have been driving for 4+ years. There’s no excuse.

7. Visit Starbucks less frequently.

It owns my bank account =/

8. Get certified as a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant.

This is expensive and requires additional studying, but I would love to add this to my resume!

9. Take a (digital) photography class.

It would be best if I had a Nikon Rebel first ; )

10. Bake more often and for others.

Too many recipes, so little time.

I think 2010 is going to be a fabulous year. I plan to fill it with many adventures and lots of laughter, and hope you are able to do the same.

Live Well. Love Much. Laugh Often.

December 31, 2009 at 8:40 AM 8 comments

Dinner & A Movie

Hi Friends,

Happy Hump Day! Well, wait…isn’t it ‘Friday’ for some? Anyway, before I left to go help with prep for a catering event, I had a filling bowl of bran. It kept my belly happy all morning, but after a few hours of slicin’ and dicin’ in the kitchen, I was ready for some lunch. I picked up a bite to eat at my local gourmet grocery store.

Wrap w/ Pesto, Provolone, Roasted Veggies & Lettuce

Kettle Krinkle Cut Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

I was freezing all morning, and couldn’t seem to make myself warm. I thought a hot drink might do the trick. After walking around Target for at least an hour with a tall decaf latte from Starbucks, my body’s blood was warm again. One of my favorite things is shopping by myself at Target. I don’t know what it is about that huge department store, but it is just calming.

Despite feeling sluggish the rest of the afternoon, I crawled onto the dreadmill before dinner for a walkin’ workout.

40 minutes @ 8.0 incline [10 minutes each @ 3.6, 3.8, 4.0, 4.2mph]

I finished up with a few weight exercises using the 8lb. set – it felt great to squeeze in some strength training. I’ve been slacking.

My family surprisingly ordered a pizza for dinner. I cannot remember the last time we did such a thing. My dad made a salad to go with. Pizza is not a favorite of mine, but I could deal for one meal ; )

It was nothing special: ricotta base, pesto, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes and chicken (which I ended up picking off). Currently watching Benjamin Button – pizza & a movie night, I guess. Don’t miss my 1st GIVEAWAY!

I’ll be back tomorrow, the last day of decade, with my goals for the new year…

Take care!

~ Hillary

December 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM 2 comments

GIVEAWAY for a Healthy New Year

Yes, you read that right.

I am doing my 1st blog GIVEAWAY!

I want to help get your year off to healthy start with a small gift:

  • January 2010 issue of SELF Magazine, a great read for the gym
  • 3 pairs of athletic socks, perfect for your new exercise goals
  • Equal Exchange Organic Green Tea, to get your metabolism in gear


Simply leave a comment below with one of your health-related resolutions for the new year.

You have until January 1st @ 11:00am to enter.

Extra love from me if you TWEET about the giveaway : )

December 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM 24 comments

…and the livin’s easy.


I am currently hanging out with my mama, enjoying tea and the calming tunes of Pandora while my dad and bro are seeing Avatar. I enjoyed a peaceful, carefree day. I had nowhere to be, no extravagant meals to eat, no appointments…just me time. I picked up the house, did laundry, and ran a few errands around town in the rain. Before heading out, I sliced this mouth-watering permission; it was sweet & crunchy, perfectly ripe for eatin’.

There wasn’t much in the house to make a lunch-like meal, so I had small snacks throughout the day. My dad made a great salad before leaving for the movie with his new salad tools [red bamboo bowl, pepper grinder, dressing] he received for Christmas.

  • Romaine Hearts
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Avocado
  • Red Onion
  • Croutons, handmade by my mama
  • Snow (a.k.a. Parmesan)
  • Fresh Pepper
  • Delicious Roasted Hazelnut Vinaigrette, “rich & earthy”

Well, no other news to report. I have a catering job in the a.m., but just might be able to squeeze a post in. Hope you’re enjoying another short week.

~ Hillary

December 29, 2009 at 8:18 PM 1 comment

Back to Basics


After an event-FULL holiday week, I was ready for a simple bowl of oats for breakfast. No more huge brunches please : )

  • 1 cup H20
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 apple
  • walnuts
  • cinnamon & honey
  • splash of low-fat milk

Today is nothing but cleaning, errands & blogging. Speaking of…


To a tasty Tuesday,

~ Hillary

December 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM 5 comments


This afternoon I dug into my box of Element Bars that Santa brought me. I might have designed them myself in his ‘workshop’, but it was still a splendid surprise to unwrap them from under the tree. This company is genius! Although there are some pretty tasty granola/energy bars in the markets today, who wouldn’t want to create their own personalized bar?

My Creation:

  • Core: Chewy – nut (almond) butter meets hearty oats & flax
  • Fruit: Dried Apricots
  • Nut: Almonds
  • Sweet: Brown Rice Syrup – it is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy
  • Boost: Immunity – don’t want to get sick!

I told myself I would only eat half, but there was no way I was going to leave the other half alone in a drawer – it was that good! I’m really pleased with the entire bar – the texture, flavors and appearance.

There are just a couple cons I can think of: 1) the bars are expensive, 2) each of my bars has 13 grams of fat…at least it’s healthy : )


Yesterday I mentioned there was one final holiday tradition left that involved food. Today was Doughnut Day! I know what you’re thinking…how exactly does fried white flour and sugar fall under the category of nutrition? Well, it doesn’t. A few years ago, my uncle started a new tradition in our family of making homemade doughnuts one morning for all the cousins that were in town for the holidays. So, once a year I indulge in the best-darn doughnuts there are: old fashioned, coffee glazed, cinnamon sugar…just to name a few.

Even though I only eat doughnuts (or sticky buns, as was the case today) once a year, they are still doughnuts…so I’ve incorporated another tradition of going for a pre-sugar feast run. Today’s happened to be a sluggish 45-minutes.

Sorry I don’t have proof of what I tell ya. Got to work on my evidence, don’t I?

Well, the house is in post-holiday stress disorder, which means I can’t think straight until everything is in it’s place.

You’ll be hearing from me soon,

~ Hillary

December 28, 2009 at 8:39 PM 2 comments

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