Homecooked: Breaded Tilapia with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Greetings loved ones!

I’m back from the great beyond to share with you one AMAZING recipe. I was super excited with how it turned out, and Arek gobbled it right up!

I am a huge fan of fish- Arek, not so much. He likes fresh fish, NOT frozen, and even sometimes the fresh stuff isn’t his cup of tea. So I always enter a new fish recipe with some trepidation.

I made some delicious homemade tartar sauce to top the tilapia with, and it turned out wonderfully! If you’ve ever looked for a lighter version of fish and chips, this recipe is for you. It’s also 21 day fix approved!

SO without further ado,

Breaded Tilapia with Homemade Tartar 

Ingredients: (I made it for just the two of us, but you could always double the recipe if you need more!)


-2 tilapia fillets (fresh or frozen)

-1/2 tsp old bay

-1/2 cup bread crumbs

-juice from 1/2 lemon

-1 tsp garlic (I use minced from a jar)

-3 tsp olive oil or coconut oil (I used coconut.)

Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce

-1/2 cup greek yogurt

-2 dill pickles (diced finely)

-juice from the other half of the lemon

-4 tsp dijon mustard

-salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Spray baking dish with nonstick spray

In a shallow microwaveable dish, melt coconut oil and garlic

Add lemon juice, old bay, salt, pepper

In another shallow dish, place breadcrumbs

Dip tilapia fillets in the melted mixture first, and then in the breadcrumbs

Place fillets on baking dish. Top with additional breadcrumbs, and sprinkle with pinch of old bay.

Bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.

While tilapia is baking, prepare your tartar sauce by mixing all ingredients together in a small bowl.

And enjoy! I served my tilapia with brown rice and lemon spritzed asparagus.



Homecooked: Spaghetti Squash Carbonara


That’s all I have to say about this week so far, woof! I’ve logged 30 working hours, with (hopefully only) 20 or so to go. Working in the benefits industry, this is our busiest and most stressful time of the year- open enrollment. So needless to say, I needed a quick and easy dinner recipe, because sometimes I’m so busy this time of year that I forget to eat. 

Today is day 1 of my 2nd round of 21 day fix. In case you missed it, here are the results from my first round:

10 lbs lost, 2 inches from my arms, 6 inches from my legs, and 4 inches from my waist. I still have about 30 lbs to go, so I’m sparing you the before and after photos for now. But here goes round 2! I set it up so that this round will end the day before thanksgiving, and so that I can work my butt off for 21 days and, for just one day, I can eat and drink without feeling guilty. 

My first round ended over Halloween weekend and man, did I fall off the wagon BIG TIME. But we won’t dwell there, because I am back on that wagon driving off into the sunset. 

Without further ado, here’s my recipe for a delicious and healthy dinner.

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

(adapted from Food Network)


-1 spaghetti squash

-6 pieces of turkey bacon

-1 tbsp minced garlic

-pinch of salt, 1 tsp pepper

-handful of green onions, chopped

-3/4 cup chicken broth 

-1 cup Parmesan cheese

-3 eggs 


-Bake spaghetti squash however you like. My preference is to cut the squash into inch thick cylinders, as this yields the longest strands of noodles in my experience. I typically drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and let it go at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or so. (During this time I did my daily 21 day fix AND showered….so I don’t count this as “prep time)

-Remove squash from oven and let cool for ~10 minutes. Once cooled, separate noodles. 

-In a large pan, cook turkey bacon until crispy. Once cooked, add garlic and chicken broth, and sauté until broth is absorbed. Chop your green onions. 

-In a medium sized bowl, whisk eggs and 1 cup Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper

*this is where you have to be very careful*

-On low heat, add the egg sauce mixture to the skillet. Be sure not to sit for too long, or the eggs will begin to cook. Add spaghetti squash and onions, and incorporate into sauce. Continue stirring and flipping the mixture until it is warm throughout.

-And serve! Voilá!

I hope you all are having a magnificent week and #owningit. Happy hump day!



Homecooked: Crockpot Turkey Chili

Okay y’all, here we are at Sunday again. In most parts of the US, it truly is fall, but here, it’s 75 and sunny and, with the exception of a rare cold front, I’m left with nothing but a dream of crisp mornings and bonfires. We are about to go pumpkin picking in short sleeves. Nuff said.

But one thing I love even when it’s not as cold as I want it to be outside is a delicious crockpot meal on a Sunday. Some football, some cleaning, and some comfort food. What could be better?

I’ll tell you what could: comfort food that you don’t have to feel guilty about! On today’s menu: turkey chili. 

Turkey Chili


-3 tbsps coconut oil 

-2 lbs ground meat (I used turkey but if you’re not into that, you can go with a super lean ground beef.) 

-1 red bell pepper

-1 red onion 

-3 cloves garlic, minced (I use crushed garlic from trader joes, 2 tbsps)

-1 can tomato sauce

-2 cans diced tomatoes (I use organic because it makes me feel good about myself)

-3 cans kidney beans (I use two light, 1 dark)

-1/3 cup Chili Powder

-1 tbsp cumin

-Sprinkles of paprika, seasoned salt, red pepper, black pepper

And my SECRET INGREDIENT- the juice from a jar of jalapeños. I use roughly 3 tbsps and mix into the chili before slow cooking. 


-Warm oil in a large skillet and add onions, garlic and red pepper- all chopped.

-Marinate and sautée for 3-5 minutes.

-Add chili powder, cumin and other spices, incorporating with the veggie mixture.

-Mix in ground turkey and simmer for 7-9 minutes or until meat is incorporated and not pink. 

-Transfer mixture to the crock pot

-Add in tomato sauce, diced tomato and beans. (This is where I add the jalapeño sauce.) Stir to incorporate all ingredients.   

-Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8. Serve with sour cream, cheese, avocado, or whatever your heart desires! I went avocado, a little cheese, Greek yogurt and some hot sauce!

Serving: 1 cup. 

1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue (with cheese or avo.)




My 21 Day Fix Midpoint Check-in

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! Its the freakin weekend! 

I hope you all had a quick and painless work week, because I didn’t! But that’s okay because it’s over now and we’re smooth sailing into 2 days of rest and relaxation….sort of. 

We have a weekend full of fun fall plans and I need to find a way to enjoy it without over-indulging. I managed to remain somewhat on track with diet and exercise last weekend in Savannah (aside from the amount of drinking I did, oops) and I hope this weekend is no different. 

But I’m here to tell you all about my 21-day-fix experience so far, so let me rewind.

A few months ago I began seeing friends and acquaintences posting about this magical thing called the “21-day-fix,” in which they were losing like 10-15 lbs in 21 days. I thought to myself, “now that’s something I need to get in on!” 

But I was hesitant, and I continued to drag my feet and eat ice cream and drink wine.

Fast forward to the day before my 23rd birthday, October 5th. I don’t know if it was the looming birthday or one too many glasses of Chardonnay, but I decided that it was time to make a change, God damnit! I was going to invest in myself and try this Beachbody 21 day fix after all. 

I quickly learned that you save money by becoming a coach, but due to my, shall we say, “less-than-role-modelesque” current state, I figured it would be best to keep the coach thing on the DL until I started seeing real results. 

*This is a very high level overview. If you would like more information about what I’m doing on the fix, feel fr to reach out to me!*

I started drinking shakeology and within 4 days I had more energy and felt fuller, longer. I replace breakfast every morning with a shake.

The Monday following my 23rd birthday, I began the 21-day-fix. I am still often hungry while my body adjusts, but I can feel that lessening with each passing day. For those who aren’t familiar with the fix, based on a calculation of your current body weight and your target caloric burn, you are assigned a certain number of containers for each day. These containers are color coded and represent the different types of food you can have, and how much. (Protein, carbs, veggies, fruits, etc.) 

What’s best is that many of my pre-existing digestive issues are almost gone! Anyone who knows me knows that I pop about 10 tums a day because I have chronic heartburn. I have not eaten tums or any kind of antacid in over a week, and I feel wonderful!

As far as the fitness aspect, there is a 30 minute workout everyday that you can do from the comfort of your own home. I like this because I can wake up a mere 30 minutes earlier and get my workout in for the ENTIRE DAY. Up at 625, done by 7 am? Yes please. The workouts are divided up by day (ex Monday cardio, Tuesday upper body, etc.) and they are challenging, but they are SO doable. I have exercised every day for the past 14 days, and I don’t think I’ve been able to say that EVER. 

My totes cute sweaty selfie

I am on my official day 12 of the fix. I feel my body getting healthier every day. My number on the scale in no way reflects how different my body feels. I love learning about what foods are better than others, and creatively finding ways to make whole foods taste delicious. 

The biggest reason of all that I decided to make this change though, was not to lose weight. It is for my health. You can just ask my sweet boyfriend, I’ve been much more conscious about our health decisions lately because the truth is, we aren’t kids anymore. Our bodies need us to fuel them properly and take care of them, and we only get one chance. Arek will be the first to tell you about all of the sassy side eye I give him every time he orders sweet tea instead of water. 

In my 20s, I haven’t gained a TON of weight (maybe 20 lbs since freshman year of college,) but what has happened is I’ve become extremely out of shape and lazy. 



High school me, aka mega hottie! 

As a former high school athlete, it has been hard for me to understand that if you aren’t playing sports and being active, you can’t eat the way you used to back then. This was a hard pill to swallow y’all, because I LOVE food. And I still do love food. I’m trying to learn to love foods that are better for me. 

Once you become ill, once you develop a disease, there is no way to erase that. Once you deplete your body and your health, sometimes it is too late to undo that damage. You have to take the initiative and do the work now before it is too late. I am so proud to be taking preventative measures to care for my body so that I can live a long and healthy life. 

I hope that this post inspires at least one person, because my only interest through all of this is to maybe help some people while also helping myself. I’m not a nutritionist, I’m not a personal trainer, I’m a girl, on a mission, and I’d love for you to join me!

But really, who asked me anyway?



Homecooked: 21 Day Fix Beef and Broccoli 

Soooo many people are asking me for this delicious recipe! And with good reason- it was THE BOMB.COM! Tastes just like Chinese takeout without the MSG or guilt. 

I was feeling really sick on Tuesday and stayed home from work. I had all of these ingredients laying around, and decided it was time to try some faux-takeout!

(Inspired by the episode of The League where Jenny tells Ellie that she makes her “homemade chow mein” when it’s actually takeout.)

                        Beef and Broccoli


-1lb of thin strips of beef (I got mine at Walmart and it was labeled “stir fry beef,” I think top sirloin would be best. 

-1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

-1/4 water, divided

-2 tbsp. corn starch

-3 tsp raw honey

-1 tsp coconut oil

-2 bunches broccoli 

-1 red pepper, chopped 

-1 tbsp minced garlic 

-1 orange peel 

-1 tsp finely chopped ginger 


-Mix soy sauce, honey, half of the water, 1 tbsp. corn starch in a small bowl

-In a separate dish, combine remaining cornstarch and water, and add beef strips. Coat the beef with this mixture. 

-In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.

-Add beef to the skillet and cook until meat is no longer pink, flipping often. Remove meat from skillet, keep warm. (I usually put a porcelain bowl on a separate burner set to low- turns the bowl into a hot plate while I finish preparing the veggies.) 

-Add vegetables, garlic, orange peel and ginger to skillet and sautée, stirring frequently for 5-7 minutes or until obviously cooked. Place broccoli mixture in beef bowl. Throw orange peel away.

-Put soy sauce mixture into the empty skillet and stir constantly, over medium heat for 30 seconds-1 minute, or until thickened.

-Return beef and broccoli mixture to skillet; cook, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until well coated and heated through. 

Serve over brown rice or alone, and enjoy! 


1 serving of this is 1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow. 

Homecooked: Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken 

People keep asking for my recipes, so I suppose this is a great excuse to get out of my writing rut! The blog is back baby, the blog is back.

Today I really wanted something savory but it obviously had to be healthy (21 day fix probs-more on that experience later!) So of course I found a way to make one of my favorite foods- spinach artichoke dip- healthy! 

So here goes. 


-4 thinned out pieces of chicken breast

-1 artichoke heart

-2 light Swiss laughing cow cheeses

-1 cup spinach, sautéed

-1 tsp garlic

-1 tsp coconut oil (you can use olive oil)

-sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

-salt, pepper

-Preheat your oven to 350. 

-If your chicken breasts are thick, pound them out. I did this by wrapping my fist in  a sandwich bag and letting out some aggression. It was effective! ;) 

-In a small pan, warm your oil and garlic on medium-low heat. Add spinach. 

-Chop artichoke heart, and in a small bowl, mix artichoke, cheese, a sprinkle of salt and a sprinkle of pepper. 

-Once spinach is wilted, add to filling mixture. Mix and distribute on pieces of chicken, like so:

Uh, yum. 

-Use toothpicks to secure the chicken and keep the stuffing in. Sprinkle pepper on the chicken. Bake for 23-25 minutes. 

I served my chicken with asparagus and leftover potatoes from Sunday’s crockpot. If you’ve eaten your fair share of carbs for the day, a veggie medley sautée or a salad could be nice. 

Voila! Enjoy.


Homecooked: Lemon Garlic Chicken

This is my first recipe post! And it will be the first of many. This delicious meal took a little less than 30 minutes to prep and cook, and was perfect…light, crisp and tasty! 

Prep time: 5

Cook time: 20



-1 lb thin chicken breast 

-2 lemons

-1 tsp garlic

-1tsp butter

-1tsp olive oil 

-2 zucchini (or asparagus, green beans)



-Melt butter and garlic on medium heat. While melting, combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Coat each chicken breast in the flour mixture.

-Once butter is melted, add chicken to pan. Brown on one side and then flip, 3-5 minutes on each side. Once chicken is cooked, set aside. During this time, slice the lemon and the zucchini. 

-Add olive oil and zucchini to pan, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Add lemon and garlic, mixing and fully coating the zucchini. 

-After about 2 minutes of marinating, add chicken back to mixture. Be sure to mix the chicken in with the zucchini/lemon to fully incorporate the flavor. Continue for 3 more minutes.

-Serve with a side and enjoy! We chose stuffed mushrooms. Brown rice, pasta or salad are all fine options too! 

What’s your favorite easy recipe? Share below! 

Ballin’ On A Budget: 6 Money Moves to Make in Your 20’s


“How do I adult?”

I find myself staring in the mirror asking this question all the time. How exactly does one “adult?” What makes you an adult?

My ideal Saturdays still consists of laying around eating Chick-Fil-A and binge-watching Netflix, or day drinking on the beach. My week nights still include a nightly struggle of “gym or pizza.”

But I also spend an abnormal amount of time at Lowe’s looking at flooring and counter tops for our new home. And I’m now partial a nice wine and cheese get-together over a crazy night at the bar. I work 40 hours a week and have a 401K. Does this mean I’m adulting?

Needless to say, your 20’s is the most confusing decade of your life when it comes to.. just about everything. Especially finances. What you should be doing? How much money you should be making? How much money you should be saving? And what you should be doing with said money?

I’m here to share with you some tools and tips I have learned over the past few years for gaining financial stability in your 20’s. I’ll get back to you when I’ve successfully implemented all of them…. but you don’t succeed unless you try, right?

1. The Half Payment Method

How much does it suck when you get paid and it seems like your entire paycheck goes to bills?

I originally learned about this method here.

The concept is that when you get your paycheck (typically bi-weekly,) you put aside HALF of what you’ll need to pay all of your bills for the month.

For example, if your bi-weekly paycheck is $1,000, (so $2,000 a month,) and you know that your total for bills for the month is $800, you would put aside $400 from each paycheck, leaving you with $600 to save or do with as you wish. This lightens the load, especially if all of your bills are typically due around the same time each month.

And if you lack self-control, most companies will allow you to pay your bill in 2 halves, so that way you physically get rid of the money and there is no temptation.

2. Digit- Automated Savings

This is one that I have mastered, and have LOVED. I set up an automated savings account with Digit (click that unique hyperlink to sign up once you have been convinced, and help me earn too!) and I have never looked back! Digit does the work of saving FOR you based on how much money you have in your account. You link your checking account to Digit, and every few days, the automated system will withdraw a few dollars at a time (you won’t miss it, I promise) to a savings account. There is a “no overdraft guarantee” and you can check your balance or withdraw at any time just by texting the number provided to you.

I typically use Digit when saving FOR something, like a new outfit, or a vacation. These splurges don’t feel like such a waste of money because you’ve been saving for them overtime.

3. Assess Your Living Situation

“They” say that you should not be spending more than 25% of your overall take-home income on your dwelling (be it an apartment, condo, home, etc.) I have found this to be a true representation of how much you can really afford to spend on your home alone. Then you have to factor in utilities, pet rent, etc. Plus, your 20’s is a time where between work and your social life, you’re likely to not be home much anyway.

It’s easy to get roped into spending too much money on a place to live because you’ve gotten wrapped up in a cute neighborhood, or an area close to bars and restaurants. But be sure to weigh your options- looking just a little bit outside of the area where you want to live can yield surprising results.

It is also useful to consider room mates- fortunately for me I have one in the bag anywhere I go (love you Arek!) Unfortunately for me, I also have two dog children who take and take and take and simply REFUSE to chip in. When we were looking for a new home to live in this year, we came to terms very quickly with the idea of needing a roommate. Sure, we would have enjoyed living alone, and having our own little “space” to play house, but I also enjoy saving a couple extra hundred dollars a month for other things (like our insanely high electric bill- haaaaaha.)

4. You Can Never Save Too Much For Retirement

I absolutely do not claim to know much about investments. But what I do know, from the many reminders and gentle nudges from my mother and grandmother, is that saving for your retirement is extremely important. If your company offers you a 401K, you NEED to take it, or consider your other retirement investment options. Though it is dense material, a quick Google search should give you a lot of the information you need about your options, and your company will provide some pretty comprehensive literature on your company’s investment opportunities.

It seems so tempting to keep all of the money you are making, especially when in America, we’re often handed a degree and thrown into the world with nothing but our nerves and our crippling debt. However time will continue to go on, and if you keep putting off investing in your future, it will never be a priority. And along the same lines- don’t EVER withdraw from your 401K. It may seem tempting at times, but trust me… DON’T. Your 65-year-old-self will thank you.

5. Know Your Credit Score

This is one that I haven’t followed as closely as I should. But you should get in the habit of checking your credit score once a year, every year. Not only will you learn how your credit is calculated, but you’ll get a feeling for which choices are greatly affecting your credit- negatively or positively. It will also be a good way for you to level-set.

6. Keep To A Reasonable Grocery Budget 

It is paramount to keep a reasonable budget and plan for things like food, since it is so easy at our age to get caught up in constantly eating out, going to happy hour, etc. The best way I have found to save money on food is to learn to LOVE cooking, trying new delicious recipes and saving money all at once. Plus, most of the food you prepare yourself is typically healthier than the stuff in bars in restaurants- that sounds like a win-win-win to me.

Pinterest has a host of great resources for grocery shopping on a budget. Read them. Live by them. Reap the health and financial benefits.

But it’s also completely reasonable to go out to eat/drink sometimes. Just set a general budget for each outing ($15-$25,) and limit these outings accordingly, depending on your lifestyle. For example, when we lived in our previous home further from town, we would eat out less (maybe 3 times a week) and now that we live closer to town, we eat out much more than that. To start- take the amount that you go out for food and drinks and divide it by two. Reaching that goal will take discipline, but it is do-able and you will see the benefits almost instantly!

Though finances and budgeting can seem extremely overwhelming, all you need to do is take a few baby steps at a time towards financial stability in your 20’s. And you’ll feel much better! What do you do to grow your savings and manage your finances?

Leave your comments below! I’d love to hear.



How To OWN Your Monday: 5 Tips For A Better Week!


Hey y’all!

It’s been a crazy few weeks… Like so crazy that I haven’t even found time to post anything! But I’m back in full force and ready to rock. 

Today’s post is all about how to rock the HELL out of your Monday, and set yourself up for a productive-as-hell week. This can also be interchanged with “how to rock your Sunday,” however, my Sunday looked like this:

So… Needless to say, grocery shopping and gym-planning took a back seat until today.

Let’s face it…we all know what the Sunday blues feel like. Whether you’re taking care of a family, a significant other, or just yourself… The weekly chores like scheduling and grocery shopping can be a bit overwhelming. And by “a bit overwhelming,” I mean sometimes completely mentally and emotionally crippling.

So, without further ado, I’ve constructed a list of tips and tricks to help you make the most of your Monday and kick those work-week blues!

1. Go into the week with the right mindset.

If you’re anything like me, Sunday Funday is your religion, and it’s not uncommon to start your Monday feeling a little groggy (and a little sun burnt today,) thanks to your Sunday activities. It’s important to take the time to mentally decompress from the weekend and prepare yourself for the week ahead. For me, this comes in the form of mental and physical notes to “be better than yesterday,” and “dreams don’t work unless you do.” I know it sounds corny, but these reminders help me maintain the productive and happy mindset that can often be hard to come by on Monday. Here are some other mentalities that keep me grounded and calm throughout the week.

  • Know when to say no. It is so easy to get wrapped up in wanting to do it all, whenever you’re asked. It’s SO important to know how to say no to people! Don’t think you have the time to take on that extra project at work? Say that you can’t. Don’t think you’ll make it to happy hour on Thursday? Be honest. Telling the truth and being sure not to over-extend yourself is one of the best things I think you can do for your mental state.
  • Smile. It has been scientifically proven that the act of smiling can be enough to lift your mood and relax you. Whether you’re smiling at someone in the hallway at work, your children, or just to yourself in the mirror, be sure to smile. People will think you’re happier, and you’ll feel happier too.
  • Engage those around you. Think about the way you feel on Monday and apply that same mentality to everyone around you. If you take the time to engage those around you, maybe you’ll brighten their Monday too! Tell a coworker that you like her new haircut, or that you saw one of their children had a birthday party over the weekend- cute superhero theme! Taking an interest in those around you and engaging their interests will help increase the general mood around you- a mood that will be contagious!

2. Make a gym plan. 

If you make a plan for the week in terms of your fitness goals, you’re more likely to make them happen. I like to take Monday off from the gym so that I can get everything done that I neglected to do on Sunday. (Y’all said you like me because I keep it real, right? You’re not going to find the “never miss a Monday” message here.) Normally I end my Monday with a nice comforting meal (tonight we had stuffed shells.) This helps me level-set myself for the week, and plus, who doesn’t love some comfort food after a long Monday at work? However, I have my plan for the week (gym Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, quick workout at home Wednesday and Sunday morning, Friday off.) Now that I have that plan set, it might as well be written in concrete. Just ask my boyfriend, I do NOT like when things don’t go as planned (more on my OCD and other ramblings later.)

Here’s a great pic of the Charcuterie we had tonight with dinner:

3. Get those chores done!

As long as I end my Monday with a (semi) clean house, I’m happy. I feel productive, and in a positive and uncluttered mindset to “start” my week. Right now, as I lay in a bubble bath typing this, I have the dishwasher and the washing machine running. The floors have been swept and the kitchen has been tidied. It’s crazy how the state of your living environment can have such an impact on your mental state. Plus, if you do it now, you don’t have to worry about it later!

  • Side bar: If you have a desk space that you spend most of your days at, make sure that is neat and clean too. I keep a container of Lysol wipes at my desk for a quick sweep, and have very mild spray fragrance in case the weekend left behind that empty-office smell. When I get to work every morning, I drink my coffee, (venti blonde roast with skim milk and 2 Splenda,) read my Monday morning edition of theSkimm, (follow the link to sign up!) water my plant (I have the cutest desk succulent!) and write my to-do lists. (Yes, there are multiple. Remember I mentioned OCD?) Taking a few minutes to get your ducks in a row can do wonders for your productivity!

4. Meal planning

This can be anything from buying healthy snacks to planning each and every meal for the week. And if you’re going for the latter, I HIGHLY suggest doing this on Sunday. However, I like to just plan my breakfast, lunch and snacks, and leave dinner up to the imagination. Here’s what I’ve done for the remainder of this week:

Pictured are 3 pre-made mason jar salads (mason jar salad tutorial to come,) and 4 jars of mixed fruit for snacking. Every morning, I normally have a banana, a Greek yogurt, and some granola. Throw in a low-cal snack such as a light popcorn, (I’m partial to boom-chicka-pop,) and you have my whole day up until dinner! It’s so easy to grab-and-go with these items and not have to prep your lunch each day. Even better if you have kids in school! (Maybe opt for Tupperware instead of glass if you have little ones.)

5. You did it! Have a glass of wine, soak in a bubble bath, or read a good book!

You’ve mentally prepared yourself for the week ahead. Chances are, it is going to be long… and now that you’re all set for success with healthy eating and exercise, you need to take some time to relax and unwind. It seems so counterproductive to do this on a Monday… until the first time you do it and wonder how you’ve EVER survived a Monday without these tips.

Get out there and make the most of this kick-ass week! You all rock.

What is your Monday ritual? Share in the comments!



Why Are People Mad At Target?

Target just decided that they’re going to begin eliminating gender labels from some departments like toys, bedding and entertainment. People are angry about this.

Gender bias has long existed in advertising and merchandising, that’s no secret. Just for giggles, here are some of my favorite gender biased advertisements:

I agree that lately it seems like there is a commission of people sitting around getting offended & deciding which politically incorrect issue to attack next.

To these people I say: “If you’re bored and need something to do, I have a pretty long list that I’d be happy to share.”

But this is one issue my sarcastic and skeptical self can actually get behind.

Here’s why. These departments do not need to be gender biased. There does not need to be a specification between “building sets” and “girls building sets.” A building set is a building set is a building set.

Dolls and action figures can reside in the same aisle, an aisle not labeled “girl toys” or “boy toys.” That’s because these things are just “toys.” Plain and simple. Plus, GI joe is kind of a hunk, so if I were Barbie, I’d be cool with staring at that all day.

If you are so insane as to say that you are no longer going to shop at Target because they are nixing their gender labels, I think you need to re-eval your priorities. Something tells me Target probably doesn’t want your business anyway.

No one is saying that your daughter can’t wear pink anymore, or that your son now has to play with an easy bake oven. The point is, your children should have the option to play with whatever toys interest them; and ultimately, whatever toys keep them busy so that your neurotic mom self can get some ish done.

So like, do us all a favor and get over it, k?