Five Things Friday: 2.9.2018

It's been a busy week, and I wondered if I'd hit my goal of at least one blog post or not, but here we go! 

1. I've decided to switch from the full marathon to the half for Pittsburgh. Training has been nonexistent the past few months, and the pressure to try and catch up at this point just isn't worth it. I'm looking forward to adjusting my training schedule on my calendar and building a great base for what will be my 11th half marathon! [Click HERE to learn more about my fundraising efforts and to make a donation!]

2. I'm speaking at a student leadership conference on saturday on the topic of time management and ironically, I'm finishing the presentation prep somewhat last minute. Leave me your best time management tips in the comments below! 

3. My nutrition company just launched a brand new app that I'm pretty stoked for. As someone who loves fitness trackers and checklists, this app is everything I've been dreaming of! It's a great way to track your health and wellness goals all in one place, and it's also (obviously) designed to help people stay on track with using the products. I'll be attending my company's national celebration event in Nashville in August, and I'm SO excited to connect with my team, receive training, and of course, enjoy some southern food (#thebalancedlife). If you're interested in learning about what the heck these products are, or what the app's like, drop me a line in the comments or send me a message on the Contact page. 

4. My dear friend Nik wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about airport travel. I think Nik is great, and his opinions are great, and this post was no exception. Check it out and subscribe! 

5. If you aren't following Jessie over at 15Minutes_Late, you are missing out. Not only is her Instagram feed chock full of gorgeous and wanderlust-inducing travel photos, she also gives great tips and advice on how she uses meal planning and meal prep to save money (so she can fund those amazing trips!). I look forward to her weekly grocery haul pics each week, and to all of her recipe ideas! 

GROCERY HAUL! ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅฆ๐ŸŠ $61.63 at @aldiusa this week! Bonus points and a gold star to whoever can tell me how many ๐Ÿฅ‘ are in this grocery haul! โญ๏ธ . Still working to clean some things out of the freezer this week - but still managed to spend plenty of $$$. . Both the โ€œrecipesโ€ for our lunches are in my STORIES right now! So go check it out. . And if you peep my grocery list youโ€™ll notice a few things on the list, but not in my haul, and a few things in my haul that werenโ€™t on my list. It was WAYYYY cheaper to buy guacamole than to make my own. REAL TALK. ๐Ÿ˜ณ And those lobster & crab ravioli are amazing. So when I saw them I couldnโ€™t resist. ๐Ÿ˜ . ๐Ÿ‘‡๐ŸผHereโ€™s whatโ€™s on the menu this week! . BREAKFAST ๐Ÿฏ Overnight oats for me ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 1 x strawberry chocolate, 2 x chocolate covered blueberry + 1 x chocolate coconut ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ AKA cleaning out some frozen fruit. ๐Ÿณ Eggs + avocado for him. . LUNCH ๐Ÿฅก Egg roll in a bowl ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ verified amazing, I had a few bites to make sure. ๐Ÿฅ˜ Chicken curry w/ rice & broccoli. . DINNER ๐Ÿ•Homemade pizza w/ 2๏ธโƒฃ ingredient dough. ๐Ÿค Bang bang shrimp pasta w/ mushrooms & broccoli. ๐ŸŸ โ€œMysteryโ€ fish (I canโ€™t remember what kind is in the freezer) + rice & broccoli. ๐ŸŒญ Sausage hoagies w/ peppers & onions + sweet & sour cabbage. ๐ŸŒฎ Tacos ๐Ÿ˜ . Is anyone eating anything tasty for the Super Bowl tonight? Well probably end up Netflix binging instead, but Iโ€™m using it as an excuse to eat pizza. ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ . . . . . #eatrealfood #mealplanning #mealprepmadesimple #healthycooking #foodforfuel #foodforthought #mealprepsociety #healthyfoodshare #mealprepideas #howtomealprep #mealprepdaily #mealideas #foodisfuel #mealpreponfleek #foodgram #mealprepping #freshproduce #eatyourveggies #healthyeating #balanceddiet #groceryshopping #groceryhaul #grocerybudget #easymeals #budgetmeals #forkyeah #fooddiary #ALDIgram #eattherainbow #cookingfortwo

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Hope everyone has a great weekend! OVER TO YOU: What are your best time management tips and tricks for college students? Share in the comments below! 

Five Things Friday: 1.26.2018

First things first, if you're new to my blog, WELCOME! 

It's my first Five Things Friday of the year! Here goes...

1. Marathon training has been completely on hold this month due to work travel and illness (and the ridiculously cold temperatures we've had this month - I just don't handle the cold well). I'm hoping to get back into a better routine (or any routine) next week. I'm grateful I've been able to keep my nutrition on track thanks to some amazing products that get delivered to my door and I use every single day.

2. I'm on the Partners Board at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and we had our first meeting last week. The Trust is embarking on a new strategic plan and we've got a TON of fun things planned for 2018. Now is a better time than ever to consider becoming a member - there are SO many benefits. Mark your calendars now for Cultured Cocktails, coming April 28!

3. Anybody else check their credit score every week? Just me? I have a standing reminder on my calendar to log in to Credit Karma and get my free updated score each week! It is one of my many great tools I use to keep track of my financial picture. I'm planning to do a longer blog post on this soon!

4. My new Instagram BFFs are Little Miss Lola Doodle and The Cutest Clementine. Seriously, how can you not love these two?!?! 

5. I'm not planning much travel for 2018 (because I'm saving for a Eurotrip!) but I am thinking about squeezing in a trip to Chicago in March (thank you, free hotel nights!). Send me your restaurant recommendations! 

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