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Last night brought me back to high school. It’s homecoming week at DePaul, since our homecoming revolves around basketball instead of football. Last night my friends and I took a trip down memory lane and attended the DePaul homecoming dance. In my four years of college I have never attended the dance until now. I have to say, I had a good time!





The night started out at my friend Tessa’s apartment. Since I have not attended a homecoming-type dance since high school, this was the first time I could actually, legally enjoy a few drinks beforehand! While there were no awkward date photos, limo rides, or family style dinners before the dance, it really did feel like high school once we got there. Around 10:00 we were bussed to Soldier Field, where the event was being held. The experience was complete with a dance circle, wild dancing, and girls finding the perfect place to hide their heels and purses. We were only at the dance for an hour, but it was more than enough for this girl. I just can’t do it like high school anymore!

I was brave enough to make an appearance in the dance circle. Unfortunately, my friend Kelly caught the whole thing on camera. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I wore shorts under that dress! Alright, onto more important things like food. I am planning on participating in the Peanut Butter Fingers Crockpot Challenge. The rules of the challenge are pretty simple: Try 10 new Crockpot recipes by the end of February! I can’t promise I’ll make it to 10, but I’ll sure try! I’m definitely open to any suggestions.

Meal number one is already planned for this week. Some type of a spicy chicken stew will be in the works shortly, so stay tuned!



Alright, no time to mess around. I’m going to go ahead and let the photos do the talking for the food I experienced at the Minnesota State Fair this year.

Started off strong with a turkey sandwich from the Turkey-To-Go booth.

Pulled Turkey Sandwich + BBQ Sauce & Cajun Seasoning

Topped off with some $1.00 chocolate milk.

Sweet Martha’s Cookies

om nom nom

Took a good long break before hitting up the cheese curds.

cheesy goodness

Walleye “fries” (my personal fav)

And finally dessert!

Strawberry Fro-Yo + Oreo Crumbs & Blueberries

And then I died.

Okay, enough food porn.

New Workout Plan

This past summer has been so frustrating in terms of my workout regimen.  A few weeks ago, I completed Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Program. It was an awesome program and definitely challenged me. However, I saw minimal results. Even more to my disappointment, I wasn’t excited about the workouts. I’m sure this program has worked wonders for many people. I’m just not one of them.

This has left me wandering through my workouts for the past few weeks, with no real sense of direction. I’ve been searching for a new workout plan with minimal results. I’m definitely a lifting weights and cardio kind of girl, but I can only be at the gym for so long. Most of the workouts I stumble upon that seem up my alley require at least an hour and a half of hard work at the gym. I just don’t have that kind of time with school, work, dance, and my new internship at NBC Chicago. An hour and a half is my maximum, not my minimum.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to make a list of all the types of exercises that I enjoy, and incorporate them into a workout plan. When you feel confident and excited about your workout, it changes everything. For example, I love planks. I could do planks all day every day. I absolutely hate hanging leg raises. I know they work for some people, but they do absolutely nothing for me.

I often try to push myself into workout plans that seem challenging, due to the fact that they involve things such as hanging leg raises or other exercises that I am uncomfortable with. I ultimately end up losing interest in the plan and half-assing it. This will never work.

I guess the point I’m trying to make here is do what feels good to you. Don’t worry about what works for fitness models or that super buff chick (or guy) at the gym. If it doesn’t feel right for you, then it probably isn’t. It’s important to choose a workout plan that excites you and that you can see yourself sticking with for the long haul.

Also, be sure to mix up your workout routine every 6-12 weeks. Not only will this assist in muscle confusion, but it will also keep you interested in working out. On that note, I’m off to do more workout searching! Hopefully I will have one pinned down before my first day of my Senior year of college on Thursday!

Well, here we go!

I’ve been talking about starting a blog for a while now. Since I have a whole week and a half before Fall quarter starts, why not now?

There’s not a whole lot going on right now. I did spend a good amount of time on the “About” page earlier today. Hopefully I’ll have this thing up and running at a near professional level in the next couple weeks.

Stay tuned!

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