Tomorrow is Easter! Can you believe it is already here? I have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow full of travels, family, celebrating, and eating healthy food decadent desserts.
If you are like me then you are probably going to eat one too many jelly beans, Cadbury eggs, or Peeps at your Easter party. Don't worry if that does happen! This quick workout is sure to make you sweat and the best part? It can be done anywhere. Jancee and I both did it at the same time in our dorm room the other day so trust me, you don't need a lot of room and you don't need any fancy equipment.
Now go enjoy some Easter candy this weekend and come back here when you're done so you can complete this quick and fun workout!
Thank you for your kind comments after the loss of my grandfather. They truly mean a lot. He was a wonderful man and we are so thankful that we have so many amazing memories to remember him by.
When I woke up this morning I was just going to lay around for most of the day but I thought that it would be good to get moving around, especially because next weekend I am running in a little 5k race! I thought about doing a workout video but instead I made up a new Tabata workout!
It really got my heart rate up! I made sure to include legs, core, and arms in this 15 minute workout.
Afterwards I made a coffee protein shake. It was delicious. I used chocolate protein powder because I didn't have any vanilla on hand but I imagine that vanilla would be just as good! The chocolate flavor was sort of masked because of the coffee packet too. It was definitely delicious!
I want to take some time today to dedicate this post to my grandfather who peacefully passed away in his sleep early this morning after a short battle with cancer.
My grandpa was by far one of the greatest men I
ever had the opportunity of knowing. I am so thankful for all the
memories I have with him, all of the support he gave me, and the daily
reminders of his love. I will miss all of his good morning
texts and seeing him on the sidelines of races but know that he will
always be watching over. I am so thankful for all of the time I was able
to spend with him when I was home on spring break and will cherish those memories
Even though I am sad that he is gone, I am happy that he is no longer in pain. I love him so much and can't wait to be with him again someday.
Do you ever struggle with coming up with different meal ideas? Tired of having the same thing over and over? Do you need healthier low-fat, gluten free, vegetarian, and/or recipes for portion controlled meals? Then eMeals is perfect for you!
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I recently signed up for the Portion Control plan for 1-2 people and have been loving some of the things they have been sending me. All of the recipes are super easy and I love that they tell you exactly what and how much to buy at the grocery store. Since I am not cooking much while living in the dorms, I have been writing down my favorite recipes so I can use them next year when I live off campus!
This week they even sent out an Easter menu with a handful of different recipes! Here is an example of one of the delicious recipes that new and current members will receive in their Easter menu: Orange Muffins with Orange Glaze.
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Monday was Alex and I's one year anniversary! I know everyone says this but it truly is crazy how fast a year goes by. I remember the day we started dating like it was yesterday.
Here's a picture from before we started dating.
And here we are on Sunday night.
To celebrate we went out to dinner on Sunday night. It was really easy to choose where to go to dinner because 1) I was craving salad and bread sticks and 2) Alex had never been to Olive Garden (he's a small town country boy!) so it was settled. Though I didn't take any pictures of our food, I promise you it was delicious.
Because I love pictures and all - here a few pictures of Alex and I from our first year together.
I'm not going to write some mushy, gushy blog post about him but I will say that I am so excited to see what the future holds for Alex and I. This past year has been so much fun and I have been the happiest that I have ever been. Alex truly brings out the best in me and I am so thankful that he is in my life.
Time has been flying by so if you didn't realize that Easter is less than a week away until you came across this post then you're in the right place for some Easter inspired ideas and recipes that are sure to make your guests "ooh" and "ahh". Here are some of my favorite Easter pins from Pinterest! Also, if you don't follow me on Pinterest already click on this link so you can.
Hand Drawn Easter Eggs
A fun twist on the normal hand-dipped Easter egg. A tutorial can be found on Confetti Sunshine Blog. I love how the design possibilities are endless with these! Another fun idea would be to write your guest's names on the eggs and use them as name plates at Easter brunch.
Easter Basket Cupcakes
A chocolate cupcake topped with vanilla icing, colored coconut, jelly beans, and chocolate Twizzlers are just what the kids need after a day full of candy, right? :) Directions to make these adorable treats can be found on A Night Owl's Blog.
DIY Easter Sign
you haven't started decorating for Easter, it's not too late! This sign
is cute and easy to make and would be perfect on your dessert table or
to have next to the front door! Check out the full tutorial on A Little Tipsy Blog.
Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs
Everyone loves chocolate and peanut butter so why not surprise your guests with these homemade eggs? Your guests will think they took you forever to make when in fact they are so simple and easy! Find the complete recipe on Texanarin Baking Blog
Easter Flower Arrangement
I love this flower arrangement! It makes such a cute centerpiece and is so easy that anyone can put it together! Find out what you need on Craft-O-Maniac Blog.
What are some of your favorite Easter treat recipes?
As everyone knows, Google reader is going to be gone this summer. I made the switch over to Bloglovin' the other day and so far so good.
I like how I can categorize the blogs I read so I don't have food blogs mixed in with my craft blogs. When I was using Google reader they all just mushed together and I didn't have them separated. I also loved how easily all of the blogs in my reader transferred to Bloglovin'! Seriously, I just had to click a button and it did it for me.
It was the easiest transformation/blog related thing I have ever done.
Now, head on over to Bloglovin' and search for Truffles n' Treadmills or click on the button in the sidebar to follow me on there!
It's 10 p.m. and your stomach starts to growl, you try to hold it off because you know you shouldn't be eating this late. Now you are trying to fall asleep and you can't because your stomach is screaming at you that it wants food so you reach for the most convenient item in the kitchen. A granola bar, a handful of candy from the candy jar, a slice of bread, chips, or anything else you can get your hands on so you can get back to bed with a happy stomach.
Research shows that most people eat junk late at night and right before bed which can have a negative impact on your diet and sleep. But there are better alternatives than the candy from the candy jar late at night. One of those alternatives is NightFood.
NightFood is a late night snack that will help satisfy late night cravings and fill you up with good stuff! None of that high calorie, high sugar stuff. And the best part about it is that you won't ruin a full days work of eating healthy by snacking on one of these right before bed.
NightFood is a start up company and are campaigning through indiegogo.
If you make a contribution as low as $10 you will receive a NightFood Sample. The more money you contribute to help start up this company, the more rewards you will receive. Click here to learn more about NightFood and their campaign.
Disclaimer: In return for reviewing NightFood I may receive free samples. However, all opinions are my own.
Do you have problems falling asleep due to a growling stomach?
Thank you for all of the kind comments after the post about taking a break from my training! It's been so weird having so much free time after classes because that is the time I am normally running.
Because I haven't been running or working out I don't have much to say about my training so I thought a survey would be a good way to change things up and let you guys learn some things about me! I saw this survey on Jessie's blog awhile ago and thought it would be fun to do! So here goes nothin'.
First thing you do when you wake up in the morning: My alarm is what always wakes me up in the morning so the first thing I do is hit snooze. Then after a few times of doing that I get up and go to the bathroom, brush my teeth and wash my face. First thing you reach for when you open the fridge: Well since I'm away at school and still live out of a mini fridge that contains close to nothing there are only a handful of things I reach for when I open up my fridge. Lately it's either been a bottle of water or yogurt. First thing you do when you get to the gym: Hand the guy at the desk my ID First thing you do when you get home from work: I always change into comfy clothes! Sweats and a t-shirt are my favorite. First car: A Chevy Cavalier. I seriously loved that car and miss it!
(Photo Source) First car accident/traffic violation: The first time I was ever pulled over (and hopefully the last) was when I had a headlight out. My mom had actually backed up into my car and the headlight shattered. I had begged my parents to let me drive an hour to a softball tournament, knowing that I would have to drive back when it was dark out. They kept telling me it was a bad idea with only one headlight but I kept assuring them that I would be fine and wouldn't get pulled over. Well, I was wrong. I ended up getting out of it with a warning so I was pretty lucky. My first accident was when someone ran into the back of me, totaling my car. First thing you wanted to be when you grew up: I always wanted to work for the Department of Natural Resources. Now I have no desire to do that and have no idea why I wanted to do that when I was younger. First beverage of choice: H2O! First breakfast of choice: An omelet jam packed with chives, mushrooms, peppers, cheese.. First dessert of choice: This is a tough one. I love pretty much all desserts but cheesecake or something extra chocolatey are my favorites.
(Photo Source) First major purchase: My second car. I was actually lucky enough to have a hand-me-down car from a family member as my first car but when that car was totaled I made the decision to buy a new one. It was the hardest financial decision I've ever had to make and I remember being so nervous and freaking out about it. I am really good with my money so I was really nervous about it! First job: JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. First time you flew on a plane: The first time I flew on a plane was spring break of my sophomore year in high school. I flew with my friend and her parents to Florida and it was the bumpiest plane ride I have ever been on.
I feel awful doing that because this week I was really going to step up the training and make sure to do everything exactly like I have planned out on the training schedule but haven't had the energy to do so.The last time I felt sick like this and continued running I ended up having a fever for a week so I am worried that it could happen again!
Not doing anything for a few days will make me feel like all the progress I have made with my paces will go to waste. I don't want to be walking across the finish line of the half-marathon, I want to run across it and not feel completely dead.
I have 6 weeks and 2 days left until the race and I have read about people training for races in 4 weeks so I feel like I will be ok. I have already done a few really long runs so I feel like I have a good base but I haven't ran 13 miles on any of them so I hope to get this done soon.
Until I feel better I am putting up my racing shoes and taking a break. I am going to focus on eating healthier and drinking tons of water in an effort to stay healthy this next month and a half. I also know that the last week of April (a few days before the race) I will barely have enough time to train as it is finals week and I will be packing up to move but this is a tapering week so I should be ok. I will be looking for people to guest post that week so if you are interested keep an eye out for that!
The other day on the blog I announced that the t-shirts I am selling for my aunt's fundraiser are ready to be sold! So if you haven't done so yet please check them out and consider purchasing one to help raise ovarian cancer awareness! You can find more info about the shirts and the giveaway that goes along with them by clicking here. To buy a shirt please click HERE. There are only a few days left until the offer is over!
What are some tips that you have for staying healthy while training?
Hi! I'm Becky from over at Olives 'n' Wine - a blog where I share
my passion for keeping a balanced life through eating well, tasting
great wine, staying active, and traveling to new places - and I'm excited to be
doing a guest post for Danielle today :)
Truffles n’ Treadmills was one of the first blogs I started
following when I began blogging a few months ago – I love Danielle’s posts
about running, eating well on a budget and her daily college life - so I was
thrilled when she asked me if I would be interested in doing a guest post!
If you read my blog, you’ll quickly realize that my husband,
Kyle, and I are foodies. We’re foodies in a major way. We love testing new
foods and recipes in our kitchen at home and trying out new restaurants in
Minneapolis and while on vacation.
and I pre-dinner while on vacation in Mexico.
It is often thought that frequently visiting restaurants and
healthy living can’t go hand in hand. Well, fear not my friends – I am here to
save you from unhealthy restaurant habits! Not only am I a foodie, I am also an
avid runner, yogi and CrossFitter. I have learned how to enjoy food at
restaurants without ruining all of my hard work in the gym.
Kyle and I
enjoying some Maryland Blue Crab while visiting my dad in Annapolis.
1.Just say no to the bread basket! Unless
you haven’t eaten in the past 2 weeks or have just run a marathon your body
doesn’t need the bread basket or the unlimited chips and salsa. Yes, it is free
and of course it is delicious but before you dig in, ask yourself: How hungry am I? Will I still want my meal
if I eat 2 slices of bread or a basket of tortilla chips? You are going to
be paying good money for your entrees so it is best to save your appetite and
hunger for them.
appetizers. This has the same rationale as #1. Appetizers are typically HUGE
and will fill you up before you get your main meal! Unless you plan on sharing
an appetizer with a big table full of friends, I recommend skipping this
order the smallest portion. If you have the option of ordering
a small or large size of an entrée, always go with the smaller size. Remember,
you are at a restaurant – If you are still hungry after finished your smaller plate,
you can always order more!
entrees with your date or friend. If you don’t have the option of
ordering a smaller sized entrée, you should split an entrée with a friend or
your date. It is a great wait to lower the amount of calories you consume
during a meal out and it won’t make you feel overly full or uncomfortable at
the end of the meal!
show up ravenous. Showing up starving is a recipe for disaster. You will want to
(and probably will!) eat everything on the menu! Make sure you plan accordingly
throughout the day to keep your hunger at a normal level. Along with this,
drink 16 ounces of water just prior to arriving at a restaurant. Our minds
often mistake thirst for hunger.
multiple small plates and share. Another restaurant trick that Kyle
and I have been partaking in recently is ordering multiple smaller plates and
sharing them. This is a great option, especially if you are interested in
trying multiple items on the menu.
everything on the side. Yes, everything. Did you order a salad? Ask
for the cheese and dressing on the side. How about a sandwich? Make sure you
request that the mayo and toppings aren’t thrown on by the chef. By ordering
your “extras” on the side, you can customize your meal how you like it and remove
tons of fat and calories from your meal!
fork and knife down between each bite. Enjoy the conversation with your
friends or your significant other. Eating at a restaurant should be an
experience; you should enjoy the ambiance of the table, the smell of the food
and the company of those sharing your table! By setting your silverware down
between bites, you will be able to better focus on the conversation and your hunger level.
you are craving. Ultimately, unless you order what you are really craving at the
moment, you will always want more. If you want fettuccine alfredo or a greasy hamburger
with fries, then order it! Just make sure you are paying close attention to
your hunger signals and to stop when you are no longer hungry. You could also
ask your server to bring a doggy bag at the beginning of your meal and box up
half of the portion in order to reduce the temptation.
own bottle of wine. Okay, so this one is more of a money-saving tip rather than a
calorie saving tip ;) If you plan on enjoying a glass or two of wine while out
to eat, call the restaurant ahead of time and ask how much their corkage fees
are. Many times the y are willing to wave the fee for opening your bottle – or
they have no fee at all – saving you tons of money on a wine purchase!
I hope these healthy-eating tips help you the next time you are
at a restaurant! If you have any questions or would like to share your healthy
restaurant eating tips and tricks, I’d love to hear them!
A HUGE thanks to Danielle for asking me to guest post on her
blog today :) I hope you'll stop by Olives 'n' Wine and see
what I'm all about!
I feel like I haven't posted on here in awhile because I was so busy working on papers for my online class but it is officially over! While I was gone did you guys check out my guest post on Avery's blog about staying on track with exercise? If not then you really should because I shared a lot of great tips that could come in handy for ya!
I was super happy with this run. I felt good the entire time and the weather was perfect. I think that my Garmin only wanted me to run 9 miles because when I began my run it said "low battery" but I just ignored it, hoping it would last the entire run. As soon as I hit mile 9 I stopped the watch and then it said "run saved" and turned off! Guess that was a good indicator to quit :)
If you haven't done so yet, check out these super cute t-shirts I am selling for my aunt's fundraiser. The shirts are to help raise ovarian cancer awareness (the reason I am running my first half-marathon in May) and to help show your support with my training! Please help me out and buy one today for yourself or even a friend! Also if you live in the Fort Wayne or surrounding area you can be entered into a fun giveaway if you purchase a shirt! There are only a few days left to purchase them!
Yesterday afternoon two of my good friends from back home came to visit me at school. Their spring break is this week while mine was last week so we didn't see each other when I was home. We have all been friends since elementary school and I'm glad we have remained such good friends over the years. With going to school, working, and living in different cities it's hard to keep in touch but we manage!
Yesterday they picked me up and we headed to Scotty's Brewhouse for lunch. Scotty's is more common around college campuses and has a wide variety of foods but are known for their burgers.
I ordered from the lunch special and got the Half Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Three
Wise Men seasoned potato chips on the side. The wrap was spicy but not
overwhelmingly spicy and the chips were tasty! The first time I went to Scotty's I got the Buffalo Chicken Wrap (not the half version) and I could hardly finish it so I was happy with the half size during lunch. We also sipped on some delicious raspberry iced teas while we were there.
We finished off lunch by sharing a piece of Salted Caramel Cheesecake. The cheesecake was gone before I could snap a picture! It had a sweet and salty almond crust, caramel cheesecake, and was topped with buttery caramel. Delicious!
After lunch we went to Target. All 3 of us LOVE Target so nobody had any problems going there. Plus there's not much else to do in this little college town.
When we were there I spotted some fun spring colored tanks and shirts. I am loving the mint green and the light teal color that are floating around stores right now.
I also saw these.
Now, let's be honest. I will probably only wear them once in my life. But you never know when you are going to need some sparkly high heels! And the fact that they were $4 and fit, well I just couldn't pass them up.
I also bought this fun pink sports bra which was also on clearance. (This is a fitness blog so I can show you my sports bra, right?)
Overall, I had a blast catching up with them and can't wait until summer when I can see them more! I also managed to get out of Target spending less than 30 bucks which may be a new record.
Be sure to check out the awesome t-shirts that I am selling for my aunt. There is also a giveaway that you could be entered in if you buy one. Details here
Have you ever been to Scotty's before? What did you think? Have you ever been able to go into to Target without spending every penny you own? It was hard for me!
The reason I started this blog a few months ago wasn't to talk about my everyday life or to share my meals with all of you - it was to track my training for a half-marathon I am running in honor of my aunt who is currently fighting ovarian cancer. If you would like to learn more about my aunt's battle please check out this post for more info about my aunt or this one for more info on donating.
I have also been raising money throughout my training with an initial goal of $1,300.00 and I have surpassed that. My new goal is to have raised $2,000.00 by race day which is on May 4th. I hope to surpass this goal as well and I hope the t-shirt sale helps me do just that.
I know that a large percent of my readers are fitness gurus and love working out just as I do which makes me assume that you all love t-shirts just as much! And aren't these ones super cute?!
The shirts are available in both short and long sleeve. You also have the option to choose between normal cotton t-shirt material or American Apparel material which is super soft and top of the line (American Apparel shirts are a few bucks extra). The shirts are also shipped directly to your door step!
Thank you so much for buying one of these shirts to help me with my cause!
If you end up buying a t-shirt you have a chance to be entered into a fun giveaway. Michelle Davies of Michelle Davies Photography has offered to give away a photo-shoot to one lucky reader!
There are a few rules to enter though.
1. You must live in Fort Wayne, IN or the surrounding area.
2. You must e-mail a picture of yourself in the shirt to Michelle by Monday April 15th! Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you don't live in the Fort Wayne area you can still e-mail me your pictures and I will put them up on the blog!
I am officially back at school after a long and relaxing spring break. We had quite an interesting start to our day here on campus as we woke up to text messages from the university saying there was a gunman on the loose walking around campus. Most of the 8 and 9am classes were closed but when it came time for me to go to my 10am I was still a little worried. Don't worry though! Everyone is safe and they found the guy.
Yesterday my mom, mom's friend, my sister (Stephanie), and I all went to Noodles and Company to eat. At first it was just going to be my mom, Stephanie and I but as we were driving to the restaurant my mom said "Should we stop and kidnap Mrs.L?!" Stephanie and I both immediately said yes so we drove over to her house and when she opened her front door we said "Put your shoes on! You're coming with us to lunch! No ifs, ands, or buts!"
Normally when we go to Noodles and Company I always order the Japanese Pan Noodles (check out my last visit). This time I wanted to try something new so I ordered The Med with a side of Chicken Noodle soup.
The Med had chicken, mushrooms, spinach, red bell pepper, cucumber, red
onion, cilantro and feta all wrapped up in a warm flatbread. It was served with a side of their "zippy Med dressing."
The Chicken Noodle soup was delicious as usual. I love the huge noodles they use for the soup. Yum!
All day I have been craving that sandwich! It was so good. Noodles and Co. never disappoint me!
Over break the only time I ran was on the first Saturday I was home! I planned on running much more but getting almost a foot of snow didn't really make me want to put on my running shoes and run out of the door! Today I did a speed workout on the treadmill. It looked a little something like this:
.25 mile - 6.3 mph
.25 mile - 8.0 mph
Repeat 6 times for a total of 3 miles
Have you ever spontaneously stopped and "kidnapped" a friend on the way to lunch or shopping? It was fun to surprise her like that and luckily for us she didn't have any other plans!
On Thursday I headed down to Alex's to spend a few days with him and his family. I haven't seen his family since Christmas and even though I am seeing him tomorrow when we go back to school, I probably wouldn't of had another chance to see his family until this summer so I took the opportunity to visit.
But before I left to go and visit them I had to take the cat, Hooter, to the groomers and let's just say she wasn't too happy about it, afterwards at least.
On the way to the groomer's she sat in the front seat next to me and would put her paws up on the dash to look outside the window.
But on the way home, she crawled under the seat and hid. I'm not too sure if she knew she looked ridiculous or if she thought she had been punished but one thing was for sure - she was not happy
The groomer, who knows my mom is a photographer, said that Hooter requested that no photos be taken! Ha! No photos? In my house? Not a chance.
I do kinda feel bad for her.. But she really needed it because she was covered in mats! I am sure she feels 10x better now. The best part about this whole thing was that once we brought her home the other pets thought we had a brand new cat! It was funny to watch them follow her around and stare her down whenever she would walk by.
Have you ever had to take a pet to the groomers? How did they respond? This was our first experience with a groomer and we definitely got a kick out of Hooter's new look!
Today is the day you all have been waiting for.. the announcement of the SPIbelt Giveaway winner! But first let's talk crafts!
I've had this empty truffles container sitting in my room for quite some time and the other day my mom made the comment that it would look really cute if I painted it or covered it with something.
Today we went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and picked up a few things for my project. We found some fun scrapbook paper with giraffes on it. I absolutely love giraffes so this was perfect! We chose 3 different coordinating papers but you can use 1 color (if you want the whole container to be the same), 2 colors (if you want the lid and the bottom to be different) or 3 colors like I did.
The first thing we did was measure the width of the container. The paper didn't wrap all the way around the container so we had to cut another piece so the whole thing would be covered. I also cut the pieces for the edge of the lid and the top of the lid.
I then covered the container with mod podge and pressed the paper on. After it was covered I put more mod podge on top of the paper (shown below). I then sat it off to the side to dry and worked on the lid.
The result was a fun, revamped container!
The lucky reader who is going to have a brand new SPIbelt is...
Amy! Please email me at trufflesntreadmills [at] aol [dot] com with your shipping information so we can get you set up with your new SPIbelt! Please remember that SPIbelt cannot guarantee any specific colors.
If you entered this giveaway but did not win and are really interested in buying a SPIbelt for youself, I highly recommend them! I seriously love mine and my phone, ID, and GU all fit perfectly! See my full review here.
Have you ever re-purposed or revamped an ordinary object into something awesome?