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Giveaway Winner(s)!!

Hey guys! Hope you’re having a great Hump Wednesday so far!

I will be back later with a full post, but I wanted to pop in and announce my Fitbloggin giveaway winner!

Congratulations to…

  • Elise F
The responses were great though and so fun to read…..so I decided to pick a second winner!
Shoot me an email ladies, and I’ll get your goods off to you tomorrow!!
Giveaways are fun — I like seeing who is creeping reading my blog! I will definitely be doing more of these!!

❤ Jac

What has been the highlight of your week?  Mine was dinner with my Dad last night – but more on that later! 😀

Friday Fave Fives, Hello Memorial Day Weekend!

Ahhhhhh, it’s been a crazybusy week (aren’t they all these days?) but it is Friday which means one thing….

Yayyyyyyyyy Weekend!! 😛

 

 

Crazy to think just one week ago (well, last Thursday night), I was chillin’ in my (upgraded to Hospitality suite) hotel room, waiting for Fitbloggin to kickoff…

Well this Friday had a bit of a different feel…

I may not have been in Baltimore, and I may have only gotten a few hours of sleep after staying out too late and waking up too early; read: why I don’t go out during the week, but I did have some Friday faves’ today!

1. I’m bringing sexy cereal back….. I am a cereal monster, nothing helps a hangover better I think! ;P2. Mixing and matching wardrobe staples. And, my new jean jacket!

Black tights: DKNY for Nordstrom, skirt: Express, jean jacket: Forever 21, (unpictured) black flats: Jessica Simpson for Nordstrom.

3. Eating this {Monster} cookie at work today. It is cookie Friday after all. Okay, maybe a giant cookie helps that hangover better 😛

Chocolate chip walnut cookie. Done and done.

4. Whole Foods having a Friday night “happy hour bites“. Each Friday, the Whole Foods *which ohso conveniently happens to be on my drive home from work* hosts a tasting party of sorts, giving out a ton of gourmet food (and drink) samples in their store. It was like a free dinner tonight! Spicy shrimp, soup samples, grilled pineapple, watermelon, chocolate samples, hotdogs, maccaroni salad, sushi wraps…

Mango avacado wrap and an ahi tuna wrap sample.

There were so many samples tonight and I tried almost everything – I was full after!!

5. Today kicking off Memorial Day weekend –> No school or work Monday! Holler to that! Here’s to (my, and) your weekend being full of friends, family, good weather, horses and *insert your dog/cat here*, bbqs, good food, the farmer’s market, yoga, sushi, a drink or two and general shenanigans :)….

What are you looking forward to this weekend?!

Have you entered my Fitbloggin giveaway?! You only have until Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FitBloggin Giveaway!!

You may have heard that we got some serious swag at FitBloggin this weekend.

Seriously, the sponsors – and Roni, who organized the conference – were SO generous this year, with their time, energy and freebies.

iBeaniAttune FoodsChoose Cherries WPRawl

ZUMBA Fitness New Balanceegglands best

larabar Dr. Praeger's

The Laughing Cow Jump Sport

Our swag included:

  • Click espresso protein powderscan’t wait to try these as a shake or in my cereal!!
  • Dried cherries  – learned they have a lot of  benefits for workout recovery! I have been eating these already and love ’em!
  • New balance – we each got our own pair of walking or running shoes!
  • COUPONS GALORRRRRE for freebies!!
  • Zumba and other workout dvds!
  • Foodie samples of Eggland’s Best, potatoes, oats,  dr. Praegers, Popchips, etc, during the conference
  • Larabars
  • Bags and bags (and coupons) of Popchips!
  • Headphones,
  • etc!!!
Photo courtesy of Courtney!  

Saturday night, I sat with a literal wall of giveaway items. Even after giving a few things away, and having to leave a few behind in Baltimore, my suitcase was packed full – first time in a while I had to check on! I ended up using my suitcase for my stuff and used one of the free duffel totes we got for my clothes – tightly rolled up, which I carried on!

So what does that mean??!

It means GIVEAWAY TIME!! 😀 

I will be putting together a package full of coupons, headphones, a dvd, popchips, bars, some fitness/sports equipment and other stuff from the conference! I want to spread the Fitbloggin’ love and share my wealth freebies with a reader!

There are two ways to enter:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me the thing you would most like to get free from the picture and the best giveaway you’ve received
  2. Link this post to your blog
*Separate comment for each, please!! 🙂
In other news... we got these PokeIns’ at the conference, which you would use to get other bloggers info, by taping the magnetic ‘hands’ together… they are pretty much incredible and it has been going back through online and ‘finding’ my friends from last weekend. PokeIns may be the next business cards of America. Just sayin’.
Photo courtesy of Tina!
I will announce the winner Monday night!! Happy Friday night, loves!
❤ J

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Remember that song?

Sunday morning started very early, and was just that for me: back to life and reality. Goodbye blog friends, goodbye Baltimore and goodbye Fitbloggin 2011.

I was kind of dreading not too stoked to going home, since I have SO much to do
(read – finals, final projects, job interviews, have to find summer housing, etc)  in the coming weeks.

A few things made the end of the weekend and adjustment back into the school and work week just a little bit sweeter though..

1. Driving home from the airport, I was reminded (and pleasantly surprised) to see the Seattle International Street Fair going on  this weekend.

Tons of vendors, samples, jewelry, people and things to see and buy!

2. Finding an unexpected package waiting for me from my little sister!

Flying Squirrel Peanut Butter!!!!

Flying Squirrel was started by a group of college students that go to my sister’s college. Kath has blogged about it, and it really is amazing stuff. The Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed has an incredible ingredient list including peanuts, coffee, agave nectar, cocoa, salt. As I tweeted, I don’t think it’s going to last me long!!

3. A hot and sweaty yoga session, which felt sooo good after a few days off!

…and talking with a girl I’ve become friends with in yoga; she is a blog reader that goes to my school and said she recognized me in a bunch of posts from this weekend (and finally found my blog) – hi, yogi friend!! 😀

4. Reading recaps of this weekend by some of my old and new blog friends. 🙂

…and of course catching up on your lives that I’ve been missing! I was behind after this weekend!


5. Promise of a three day weekend next weekend! Hello, Memorial Day weekend!!

Might get a chance to see this guy!


How do you get back into the work / school week ‘grove’ after a weekend (or vacation) off??! 

Do you have big Memorial Day plans?

I would love to go to Sasquatch or go see my sister, but I think my weekend will be spent dedicated to a final paper, babysitting and maybe an overnight home…. oh, and hopefully a little fun too ;)!

Check back tomorrow for a FitBloggin giveaway!!

Cupcakes, Cocktails, Crab Cakes.

Those were {some of} the themes of the day!

I’m exhausted but today was amazing. FitBloggin this morning started with breakfast sponsored by Attune (berries, cereal, coffee and eggs), where I got to catch up with Wearing Mascara  fitness classes: a kettlebell training class taught by one of my roommates, Jenn from Girl Heroes, and Zumba – my second try!), panels and an expo. Lunch was an amazing spread of roasted veggies and paninis, which Courtney, Gabriela, Sana and I may have followed up with a (second of the day) trip to Whole Foods for a cupcake run 😉

Later, we stopped by the Expo – think  freebies of fitness dvds, foodie items (popchips, veggie burger samples, dried cherries) lots of coupons, earbuds, and took a few pictures in the photobooth set up.

After the final keynote panel this afternoon (“Blogging: From Hobby to Career”), we had just a few minutes to run to the room and change before the cocktail party.

The cocktail was great, but it was getting late and a bunch of us were getting hungry! We went to Moe’s, a local seafood place for dinner.

I was excited to try a crab cake – when in Rome Baltimoreget the crab cake?!! I got the “Seafood Trio” which came with said crab cake as well as Cajun shrimp and scallops, with a side of steamed veg. It was a ton of food, but tasted good. Unfortunately the service wasn’t the best.. but the company made up for the subpar restaurant!

Cajun Shrimp and Scallops, Crabcake, steamed Veg

It was great talking with Tina and Tina and Gracie and Theodora and Anne P more over dinner! Actually, everyone today was so friendly and nice – it’s been really cool to get to meet and know new people here!

It’s officially way past my bedtime (even if it is three hours earlier in Seattle!) The alarm is set early and we have another full day planned ahead, so I’m off to get some sleep!

Hope your Friday night was great 🙂

❤ Jac.

Plans for the weekend?

Have you been to Baltimore? What should I not miss?!

Jazzy Easter Weekend!

Hey hey how was your {Easter} weekend? 😀

Mine was pretty good! I worked Friday, then went to my study abroad orientation meeting.It was great to learn more/get excited about the travel, and to meet the other students going. It will be crazylifechaning, but fun, I’m sure. I definitely intend to blog my experiences there. 😀

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Saturday morning I hit up my favorite instructor’s hot power Yoga class, and then wandered through the Farmer’s Market *didn’t buy anything though, I was kind of late and it was a little picked over* because it was such a gorgeous day,

People seemed to be in extra good moods. What can I say, Seattlelite’s tend to get happy when the sun finally comes out… Later, continued my journey downtown to shop for my little sister’s Birthday present and get a free hair makeover by some guy working at Sephora,

He did that with a straightener! I was impressed. (And really wanted it!)

Some other shopping occurred of course,

Leather Motorcycle jacket that I may *neeeeeed* for Paris... Actually a friend works in the designer section of Nordstrom and he snapped this. Excuse my weird expression. 😛

Damn the blog world and bad influences like Gracie,

And Katie,

Tory Burch flats. Swoon. 😉

Saturday night, as I mentioned it was my little sister’s nineteenth birthday, we met at Jazz Alley for Maceo Parker. He. Was. Incredible. The second he started playing his saxophone, it was like nothing I’d heard before – sheer talent – he also sang and had a big group on stage, about 7 or 8 including his son, and was totally hilarious and kept the audience entertained throughout the performance. That hour and a half dinner flew by way too fast.

We concluded with a late-night beach bonfire on the island with some of my sister’s friends who were also home for the Easter weekend. I woke up early Sunday to get ready for our Easter dinner with my grandparents and aunt and uncle, who have just recently moved from Australia to the states.

While the meat eaters enjoyed lamb…

I made a delicious frittata for my sister and I. I was happy with how well it came out, all of the non-vegetarians tried it and there was barely any left!!

Onions and mushrooms, tofu scrambled in, garlic and herb seasoning, grape tomatoes, eggs and two kinds of goat cheese.

After lunch we had to say good bye to Hayley, but took a nice walk later at a nature reserve on the island.


I was lazy enjoying hanging out with my twin friend’s and their mom and not wanting the weekend to end last night, so I ended up staying over at my parents. Waking up an hour and a half from school is always a little inconvenient, but it was worth it. I had a great (fast) couple days home visiting family and friends and recharging. It was kind of much needed after some of last week’s events…


Well I just got home from yoga and cleaning the studio, showered and just about to catch some zzzzs. Today was a long day but I got a lot done in terms of personal to-dos (including finding my Fit Bloggin roomies!!). Which is good because tomorrow is work, and this week is BUSY.
Tell me; How was your Easter weekend? What did you do / cook / eat?!
 
Best recipe as of late ? I liked my frittata – an experiment gone…right 😉 ! 
Night!! ❤

Five Fun {Things} Friday!!

Hello lovely blog readers and friends and friends of blog readers ! : P

Hope your week has gone by swimmingly and your Friday is too, can I get a TGIF Dance up in hurrrr?!!!!!!!!!!

So I have actually had an up-and-down week :/….

BUT LET’S FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE, shall we?!!

*however, a not-so fun post is in the works and will be coming your way…some things I need to get off my chest so to speak*

 

But for now — Onward and upward!

My first ever “Five Things Friday,” I am going to share some five fun things that have been on my mind or going on in my life. Let’s spread the positivity!!!!!

  1. My little sister’s 19th Birthday is tomorrow, she is coming home from Oregon (where she goes to school) for the weekend to celebrate and for Easter. Tomorrow night, the fam has tickets to see Maceo Parker perform live at Jazz Alley ! I have been before, a few times actually, they have amazing food and entertinment, I am excited – it never ceases to amaze/impress me!!! I just love going out with my fam!

 

Maceo Parker, Saxophonist!
  1. Today is Earth Day!!!!!!! I know I have some fellow Earth loving peeps and Coffee loving peeps out there – go to Starbucks today, bring in your own cup and get free coffee!

Darth Day on April 22

  1. I have plans to try a new yoga studio tonight. I have done Yoga to The People in New York City long ago – it was actually what/where I really got into my practice, and they recently opened a Seattle chapter really close to me! Going to check out their hot yoga class tonight and get ma sweat on! 😉

  1. Yesterday at work I planned an event, second time we’ve done this actually, EMPLOYEE MASSAGES! I got two – free massages!! Holler to that!!!!!

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And Finally……………

 5.       I have a study abroad orientation meeting this afternoon after work!!!!! Paris in the Fall, HERE I COME!

Also, it is Easter / Passover Weekend! What are you doing to celebrate?!

My aunt (Dad’s sister) recently moved (last weekend actually!) from Australia to the area, haven’t seen her for (2?) years! My sister, parents, aunt and her husband, and grandparents are having ‘Easter brunch’ Sunday morning – oohhh I need to figure out a vegetarian entrée to make! 

Well – quite the ramble here!
My mind is kind of all ovah the place today!!

TGIF!!!!
Will be back soon!

 Lots of XOXO,

J $  ❤

What are your Five Fun Things Friday?!! 

Any good Easter Vegetarian entree recipes out there?!!!

What are you looking forward to this weekend?!