What I Ate Wednesday, 1/1

Hey guys!  Happy New Year!! So, it’s my turn to share with you all what I ate this Wednesday. Can I just say really quickly though how happy I am that it was Lynda’s turn last Wednesday and not mine. I ate sooo much on Christmas..and leading up to it..and after. But, that’s okay because now it’s all over and we can all focus on our new years resolution of eating healthier, right? Well, about that…

Breakfast, 7:30-8:30am

I ate some of this KIND bar, but didn't finish it because I got busy at work and forgot about it.

Madagascar Vanilla Almond KIND bar

I guess this was my pre-breakfast snack. Usually when I work early in the morning I am not very hungry right away, but I happened to be hungry this morning so I grabbed this before I headed out the door. I have yet to find a KIND bar I didn’t like. You all should try these if you haven’t already.

Iced Americano with cream…and three little “squishys” that photo-bombed.

Obviously no breakfast is complete without coffee of some sort and it doesn’t get much better than the coffee/espresso at work. If you’re wondering what the deal is with the little critters in the picture you can ask about them in the comments, but for the sake of keeping on task with WIAW I won’t explain it here. Basically, I work with some silly gooses and we have too much fun sometimes.

My usual oatmeal, but in a cup.

My usual oatmeal, but in a cup.

I brought my dried oats (quick cooking kind) in a ziploc baggy with chopped walnuts in it. When I got ready to eat it I dumped it in a cup, added hot water, sliced up my banana, sprinkled cinnamon on top, and voila! Oatmeal on the go.

Lunch, 2:00pm

Bojangles chicken filet biscuit

Bojangles chicken filet biscuit

Hey, I never said anything about giving up Bojangles for new years! It’s been a while (okay, maybe only a couple weeks) since I’ve eaten this deliciousness, so I stopped by on my way home from work. I have to admit, I also drank sweet tea although I did not take a picture of that. This picture was also before I covered it in Texas Pete. Yum!

Dinner, 8:00pm

Baked tilapia, brown rice, and a salad

Baked tilapia, brown rice, and a salad

I cooked dinner and tried to keep it somewhat light. This is a typical dinner option for me, as I usually cook some sort of fish once a week. This was also a perfect amount of food after having such a heavy fatty pants lunch. Not that I regret that decision. No way! But anyway, the tilapia recipe is a variation of one I found on Pinterest. It is extremely simple, but really tasty. The original recipe uses shredded cheddar cheese on top, but I used shredded parmesan. It’s good both ways. The rice is literally just minute brown rice cooked in chicken broth instead of water. Is that weird? I don’t know. And then my salad is a baby spring mix with chopped carrots, broccoli florets, salad toppers, and Bolthouse Farms Ranch dressing. I eat salads with my dinner a lot, as you’ve probably noticed. I am not all that crazy about many vegetables and struggle with eating a variety of them. Salads are just so easy and delicious and it’s an easy way to consume a variety of vegetables all at once. Plus, since it’s raw you don’t have to worry that you’ve cooked out all those wonderful nutrients. And don’t worry, that salad dressing doesn’t ruin it by adding tons of fat and calories. I’ve talked about it before in other WIAW’s, so if you’re interested you should read those.

After Dinner Snack

Dove Peppermint Bark and a Lindt Lindor truffle

Dove Peppermint Bark and a Lindt Lindor truffle

I wanted a little something sweet so I ate these two chocolates that I received in a Christmas gift. I had never tried either kind, but they were both delicious!

Well, that wraps up another WIAW. Wishing you all a very happy new year! Thanks for reading.

Bows and Arrows,

Ashley

PopSugar Must Have Review, December 2013

So, I received my box two days after I got notification in my email that it had been sent, which is exciting, because this month I actually didn’t spoil it for myself.  I’m usually scanning the spoiler pages over at MUT, or checking instagram for anyone hashtagging #popsugarmusthave religiously, as soon as I get my email with tracking.  I’ve been too busy the past two days to stalk social media for spoilers, and three hours before I left for work, my box arrived!  Here’s what I received in my box this month!

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Lulu Frost for PopSugar Bracelet from December 2013 PopSugar Must Have Box

Lulu Frost for PopSugar Bracelet from December 2013 PopSugar Must Have Box

Lulu Frost for PopSugar Bracelet:  According to the Lulu Frost website, this bracelet is valued at $110.00!  I wore this bracelet as soon as I pulled it from the box!  I like the mixed metal combination; it can definitely be worn as an everyday bracelet either alone, or stacked with others.

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Mixt Studio Holiday Gifting Set:  This eco-friendly giftwrap is valued at $9.00.  These are perfect for the holidays!  I’m sure I’ll use these up.

ModelCo Fibre LashXtend Black Mascara:  I’m excited to try this mascara.  Mascara is probably one of my favorite makeup items, however, I have pretty sensitive eyes, so not all mascara works for me.  But when I get some in subscription boxes or bags, I definitely give them a try!  This tube is valued at $24.00.

NCLA Peppermint Lane Nail Wraps:  This set of nail wraps contains enough for two uses and is valued at $16.00.  You can either mix and match them, or use one design at a time.  I am excited for these because I used to be addicted to the quick and easy nail wraps that I would buy at target all the time, and then I eventually stopped buying them, because I felt like I was wasting money when I had all this nail polish sitting at home.  But I feel like these ones were free, so I’m excited to use them for festive holiday nails!

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Govino Go Anywhere Flutes:  I’ve seen these in stores before and I love this concept.  If only I were more of a drinker. The only time I could see myself using them is on New Year’s Eve, which is probably why they put them in this box.  I do believe I’ll pass these on as a Christmas present this year though.  Some of my friends will probably get more use out of them than I will.  These are valued at $12.95.

decboxfoodCC Made Caramel Corn in Classic Artisanal:  I haven’t opened these yet to try, but no brand I’ve ever tried has gone wrong with caramel corn! This 3 oz. bag is valued at $4.00.

Two bags of Ghirardelli Squares Chocolate:  These two bags are worth approximately $9.25 collectively.  And everyone knows and loves Ghirardelli chocolate squares!  If you’re not a chocolate lover, then you definitely know someone that is, and these full sized bags of chocolate squares make great add-ons to Christmas gifts.

This box totaled to be valued at approximately $185.00!  I will either keep and use, or gift everything I received, which to me, was definitely worth the $39.95 I spent on the box.  For information on how to sign up to receive this monthly subscription box, click here.  And don’t forget to enter in the code REFER5 at checkout to receive $5 off your first box!

Bows and Arrows, Lynda

Disclaimer:  In no way was I asked to make this review for PopSugar.