Dec 23, 2013

Until 2014...

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Wow, this year just flew by, and so many amazing things have happened! This tiny note will be my last post of 2013. I'm taking time off from blogging to spend more time with my loved ones, travel, write and re-think aspects of Southern Thintellect's design & structure.

I'll still be messing around on twitterinstagram and of course pinterest, so hit me up in any of those wonderful places if you miss me!

Here's wishing you the happiest of holidays, and I'll see you next year!

Fall 2013 Bucket List Wrap-Up

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Happy Winter y'all! I had so much fun tackling my Fall 2013 Bucket List, and since it's been awhile since I last posted on my progress, I thought today would be a great opportunity to give a quick update on what else I was able to cross off the list over the autumn season...

Fitness
Complete Lauren Conrad's 3-week Slim Down Challenge (see the recap here)
Try One-Song Workouts
Try a Restorative Yoga Class CHECK!
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I'll definitely be trying a restorative yoga class again, it was totally relaxing & reinvigorating. The main differences I noticed between a restorative yoga class and other yoga classes:

Dec 19, 2013

Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip Criss Cross Cookies

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As I happily discovered just in the nick of time, yesterday was Bake Cookies Day! I was planning on baking up some goodies anyway for some of my friends & loved ones, so I didn't really need an excuse :)
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Instead of blowing a bunch of dough (no pun intended) on toys and whatnot for the kiddles in your life, wouldn't it be so much nicer to give them baked cookies that you can enjoy too?? I thought so. That's why I took the time yesterday evening to whip up a special cookie treat for some really adorable young'uns...

Dec 18, 2013

My Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

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It's been awhile since I've joined in on What I Ate Wednesday, mainly because I've been traveling and eating a lot of leftovers and haven't been very good about documenting said eats... oops.

On top of that, the minimal amount of cooking I have been doing has been just been boring, simple comfort food so I wasn't too inspired to share.

HOWEVER, now that we're back to a somewhat normal routine of cooking on our own again, I have a scrumptious recipe from yesterday to share! I give you... my ultimate favorite banana bread recipe, courtesy of my big sister!


Dec 17, 2013

Tips for Newbie Skiers

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In my last post, I let y'all know about our little Denver ski trip plans for over the weekend, and I admitted to being a little nervous because I'm a total skiing novice. Well, in a nutshell, our day of skiing was fabulous! It may have got off on a rocky start, but after all the tumbling & then learning from those mistakes I now feel so much more confident in my abilities on the slopes.
There are definitely some things that would have been helpful to know beforehand, so I'd love to share those with y'all now:

Dec 11, 2013

Here today, Denver tomorrow

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When you're looking forward to a really cool weekend trip doesn't the beginning of the week always seem to go by sooooooo slowly?? Well, this week was certainly no exception, and I'm so excited to fly out to Colorado tomorrow! I'm traveling for work, but Matt and I will also be staying for a weekend funpalooza. Is that a word? It is now :)

For starters, we'll be rocking the ridiculously over-the-top amazingly cool furry hats we recently purchased at H&M. Obviously.

And after the business aspect of the trip is out of the way, oh how the fun shall begin!

Dec 9, 2013

Elf for Health Week 2 Recap

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I hope y'all had a marvelous weekend! I spent the time home with my family in Indiana, it was quite marvelous in several ways, but especially marvelous because there were so many fluffs!

My family's ultra-mom cat had her umpteenth litter a couple months ago and as a favor for a friend I held a flufftastic photo shoot so she could see which one she might like to take home. They're all precious but I think she's going with the gray tabby. Of course, I had to include my family's two doggies in the shoot, they love the kittens too!

Dec 4, 2013

Call Me Panda

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Interested in some random fun that'll waste be a valuable use of 5 minutes of your time? You're in luck! Yesterday I was searching for a personality test for my cat happened upon this nifty thing called the P.E.T.S. Personality Profile. Basically, you select a series of self-descriptive adjectives and based on your choices you're matched up with one of four animals that supposedly best fits your personality. How accurate is it? Well, let's see...

Dec 3, 2013

I Won at Cyber Monday

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I'm happily linking up with Becky at Olives 'n' Wine again today for a post-Cyber Monday edition of Treat Yourself Tuesday. I wholeheartedly agree that we should all find even the smallest of ways to treat ourselves everyday, because guess what, we deserve it!

So per the title of this post, I basically won at yesterday. After a wonderfully productive day at work, Matt and I treated ourselves to some scrumptious Thanksgiving leftovers (best perk of hosting) & an epic date night that I'm taking full credit for...

The Belcourt Theater is one of my favorite venues in Nashville. It's an old independent movie theater that has been renovated to the nines, they're always showing the most interesting films and BONUS you can drink amazing craft beer whilst enjoying said movies!

Dec 2, 2013

Starting the Week on a Healthier Note

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Happy Monday! I'm still recovering from the magically lazy and treat-filled holiday weekend and I could really use buckets of motivation to get back on track with my Goals of the Moment right now. In that spirit, let's chat on some marvelous goals, shall we?
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Pile on the Miles 2013 Recap

Goal: Run/Walk 75 miles in November
Actual Result: Ran/Walked 52.1 miles

Given that this mileage goal included running my first marathon I'd say it was pretty ambitious, but that's ok! The big goal kept me moving a lot more than I probably would have without it during the second half of November.

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