A Few Things That Are Inspiring Me Right Now...

Spring has sprung in the Panhandle...

Spring has sprung in the Panhandle...

Happy Monday! I woke up early this morning and all I wanted to do was go straight back to bed...but I pushed through (with help from John, who sweetly brought me a cup of tea in bed at 6:20 am as he headed out the door.) I am so glad that I got such an early start because I ended up having such a productive Monday! It feels so great to kick the week off strong. Before the day is over I thought I would share a few things that inspired me over the weekend...

  • Do you like love stories
  • I have been getting back into the practice of taking pictures in the past few months and this tutorial really helped me nail ISO, aperture, and shutter speed this week.
  • Tell me every aspect of Lindsey's wedding planning so far is not beautiful....
  • Gal Meets Glam is in Mexico and it looks amazing. (Lets be real--Julia always looks amazing) but her pics have been on point. So much color. 
  • Have you guys heard of Blogilates? My friend Becky introduced me to the blog this week and I am super into it, I started the 4-week plan today. If you are looking for a way to tone up before bikini season than definitely check this out!

How was your Monday? Do you have any tips on how you jumpstart your week?



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Monday Links

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Photo: Author

Happy Monday Friends! I haven't posted any fun links recently because I have been so busy putting together gift guides for Santa (as well as all you busy elves!) so here are a few links to peruse as you sip your coffee. I suggest sip, read, say a prayer, and get your Monday game face on. 

10 sleeps till Christmas!



{Gallivant Reads} On Writing

Happy Monday Friends! How was your weekend? It felt like we achieved the perfect combination of spending time with our friends, while also hanging out and relaxing at home, capped off with some great joint cleaning and organizing to start the week off on the right note. Also, funny thing, John and I spent way too much time on Zillow last night exploring real estate options in various places we may live next. Soooo far in the future (at least 1.25 years) but it is fun to dream! 

I have been reading Stephen King's memoir, On Writing,  and wanted to mention it on here because I have been enjoying it so much. Confession: I have never actually read a book by Stephen King because horror isn't really my thing, but I have seen The Shining and Shawshank Redemption. Regardless of whether or not you are a huge fan of Stephen King, though, if you aspire to write than this is a must-read. After all--the guy has been turning out novels for decades. I have found that he writes eloquently about writing itself, as well as being a writer. His suggestions and advice are approachable and practical, plus learning about his process is fascinating. Beyond the writing,  I have been surprised by how interesting his life has been, and particularly enjoyed reading about life before his big break and where his motivation comes from. I haven't finished On Writing yet, but I have read enough that I would strongly recommend it. Let's just say that every time I put it down I feel that fire to write. Eureka! 

On a totally different note--lets hear it for easy week-night dinners! Nothing beats getting home from work at 5:30 and knowing that dinner is going to be delicious, quick, healthy, and easy to make. We had this for dinner last night, and it was so yummy. Totally scratched the take out itch, but was 10 million times better for us! It's only Monday so you have plenty of time to go out, grab the ingredients, and whip it up one night this week. You can thank me later. Also, if you have any favorite week night meals I would love to hear about them! Share in the comments section below, and we can all benefit!

Have a great day Lovelies.



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Drink: Ginger Peach Smoothie

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The other day I realized I had run out of frozen berries for my breakfast smoothie, and all I had left in the freezer was a bag of frozen peaches. Now, I love peaches, but I was looking to kick it up a notch. I realized that I had a hunk of fresh ginger in the fridge, and voila--the ginger peach smoothie was born. 

Those of you who know me know that I weirdly adore ginger in all of its forms: chocolate covered, in thai food, cookies, ramen, tea, etc. Not to mention, this warming spice has anti-inflammatory qualities and is great for digestion. This smoothie may sound like a weird concoction but trust me--the combination of sweet peaches, zinging ginger, vanilla greek yogurt and chia seeds is good for you, so yummy, and a great way to start your day. 

*For those of you whom I can't convince to love ginger, I am sure you could substitute cinnamon for a similar but a little less pungent hit of spices. 

Ginger Peach Smoothie

5 Oz. Vanilla 0% Greek yogurt

1 Cup frozen peaches

1 Inch fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces

2 Tbsp chia seed

1/2 Cup water or almond milk

Stick all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust liquid to desired consistency. You can also add a scoop of vanilla protein powder for an extra shot of protein. Enjoy!

Happy Monday Everyone!



{Cook} Easy + Healthy Pad Thai Recipe

Its Monday. Are you going to slide into this week or seize it? Let's seize it. Wake up earlier, work a little harder, eat healthy, claim your peace. Friday will come when it comes. 

Here is a banging recipe to start Monday on a delicious note....


Easy (and better than take-out) Pad Thai

Pad Thai may seem ambitious for a monday night but let me tell you...this is so easy, and so worth it. It's comfort food with a twist.  Its exciting and different and reminds you of those nights that you have spent sitting with friends over Thai take-out with glasses of wine and dishing. Or, alternatively, you can enjoy with your husband in front of season 2 of House of Cards and almost fall out off the couch into your plates when you-know-who pushes you-know-who into the you-know-what...am I right?!!

Serves: 4


4 Tbsp. Canola Oil

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

3 Shallots, thinly sliced

8 oz Chicken (around 2 breasts), sliced

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 pkg Pad Thai noodles (cooked, drained, and rinsed)

1 cup fresh bean sprouts

1 cup chopped red and green cabbage and carrots (cole slaw mix)

1/3 cup roasted peanuts (crushed)


2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp fish sauce

1.5 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp white sugar

dash of sriracha



1. Sauté shallots and garlic in large frying pan or wok, until softened

2. Add chicken, cook until cooked all the way through and slightly browned. Set aside

3. Scramble eggs in pan

4. Add noodles, coleslaw mix, chicken and shallots, and sauce. 

5. Toss in pan for another 5-7 minutes until mixed together and cabbage has softened slightly.

6. MIx in peanuts and sprouts, toss for another 2-3 minutes. 

7. Enjoy! We had a side of kale with ours, which added extra yumminess and veggies.