August 1, 2014
by Sam

Five Things Friday 08/01/14.

Hi there!

Five Things Friday

Nobody has time for intros on Fridays, so we’re just going to jump right into it. Five Things Friday!

5 Things I’ve Eaten Lately:

1. Onnit Warrior Bar.

Onnit Warrior Bar


I still had this from my Blend swag, so I broke it out this week. It was really good! With the added cranberries, it had the sweet/salty thing going on.

2. Trout, corn on the cob, roasted broccoli.

Trout Dinner

Butter, salt and pepper on the corn, of course.

3. Green smoothie with a cereal topping.



My current favourite post-BodyPump lunch. And I always need the cereal because I need to crunch on something.

4. Rx Bar in Apple Cinnamon.


Another snack that I picked up in Utah – it reminded me of Larabar, flavour-wise.

5. Iowa Girl Eat’s Maple Sweet Potato Hash.

Sweet Potato Hash

An old favourite of mine that I haven’t made in ages!

5 Things Happening This Week:

1. The bestie and I are determined to find all the trails around London and hike them.

Trail Walk

On Tuesday, we drove out to one for a 8 km hike, and then drove across town to do another. I love hiking but it’s hard to find places around here, so it’s nice when we do find some gems.

2. I’ve barely gotten anything accomplished this week – I’ve spent tons of time travelling or out with friends.


Bonfire night!

And I don’t regret a second of it. I can be productive later – I’ve had an amazing week.

3. I’ve been job hunting the last few weeks. I’m starting to think that I really need a change…so I’m looking pretty far away. A fresh start is scary, but I think it could be exactly what I need.

Best for Me

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4. T-10 days until my thesis defense. Eep.

5. I’m slowly working on answering all the comments that have been building up for the last few days. I’m getting there!

5 Things I’ve Pinned This Week:

I’m all about the quotes right now.


What Your Mind Already Knows  2.

Let it go






All true.

But that’s all I have for you today – have a good one!

<— Plans for the weekend?

<— Ever have those weeks where you just shirk responsibilities?

<— Favourite quote these days?

<— Are you a big fan of hiking?

July 31, 2014
by Sam

Rehashing July.

So…it’s the last day of July. Umm, what? That kinda snuck up on me. Summer! Slow down! 

But while I try to wrap my head around the fact that it’s almost August, here’s a recap of what I was up to in July.

In July, I was…


So.much.chick lit.


The Next Best Thing

Apparently, it’s still all my brain can handle. I read The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner a few weeks ago and loved it. She’s one of my favourite chick lit authors! I also read Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin, which I really enjoyed as well.


True Blood!

True Blood

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The show has definitely gone downhill in the last few years, but I always need closure so I need to finish out the show. So far, I’m liking it! Still upset by a certain character’s death though.

Listening to:

Still obsessed with Trivium’s new album. Annnd they have a new video out!


Lots of cottage cheese/casein/peanut butter/chocolate chip/cereal bowls.


I love it so.

And lots of bars, including these ones from Detour:


I’ve been on the go a lot lately, and bars always do the trick when I need to grab something on my way out the door.


Refreshing, summer-y drinks, like lemon-lime slushies…

Green Slushie

and watermelon mint spritzers.

watermelon mint spritzer

July Recipe:

A protein packed granola bar that tastes like banana bread, with a healthy crunch from banana chips and hemp seeds – can’t go wrong!

Peanut Butter and Banana Granola Bars | Better With Sprinkles

Peanut Butter and Banana Granola Bars!

Best Posts in July:

That’s all for me today – have a good one!

<— What are you watching these days?

<— What are you listening to?

<— What were some of your favourite moments in July?

July 30, 2014
by Sam

WIAW: Road Food.

Hi! Happy Wednesday!


And of course, Wednesdays need no introductions around here – you know it’s a day of food. Today’s eats are from Monday, which was the day we made the drive back from Ottawa. AKA: lots of road food and I didn’t cook a single thing. Do I think that fast food is a great idea? Not particularly, but I don’t make it a regular thing, so if it happens on the occasional road trip, I’m going to go with it.

So here we go: road food.


Egg McMuffin

Obviously not my picture…I didn’t get around to taking out my camera until the afternoon.

Confession: the only thing I will eat from McDonalds is their Egg McMuffin once in a while, and it’s my favourite road breakfast. It gets the job done.

Clif Mojo

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And a Clif Mojo Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond for good measure.

A few more hours of driving annd….lunch time!

Wendy's Chicken Salad

An apple pecan chicken salad from Wendy’s - they actually do a decent salad there.

And I finally broke out my own camera for my afternoon snack picture:

Quest bar

The first thing I do when I walk in my front door? Eat a Quest bar. Of course.

I had some errands to run, so I picked up dinner on the way home:


Cheap grocery store sushi. Forever and always my favourite cheap takeout option.

And then the usual dessert/snack:

Cereal Mix

Cottage cheese, casein protein, peanut butter, chocolate chips, cereal. It makes me happy.

And that’s all I have for today – have a good one!

<— If forced to eat fast food, what do you go for?

<— Favourite place to get takeout?

<— Favourite breakfast to take on the road?