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Pizza, Ice Cream and Another Happy Birthday

Hello, hello! I hope that Monday was kind to you. Mine was SO good but unusually busy.

– Subbed 6:30 a.m. hot vinyasa class at Y2
– Breakfast, shower, answer emails and meal plan from 8-9:30 a.m.
– Whole Foods to shop for my client 10-11 a.m.
– Meal prep for my client 11:15-3:30 p.m.
– Yoga private 4-5 p.m. at Metro
– Teach CrossFit 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Metro
– Teach Circuit Training 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Metro
– Workout 7:45-8:15 p.m. at Metro
– HOME TO RELAX at 8:30 p.m.

This is a very abnormal(ly busy!) Monday for me but my Tuesday and Wednesday will be very abnormally (and gloriously!) slow so it all balances out in the long run. One of the most challenging things about doing what I do as a career (writing, training, teaching) is the ebb and flow. It’s really hard to create consistency when the majority of your work depends on when other people want to work/workout.

The most beautiful part of this day was the lack of online time. I am loving spending hours in the kitchen on Mondays using my hands and preparing meals for my client. It’s such a therapeutic and awesome outlet for my energy and passions. It’s also nice to use other senses like taste, smell and feel in my work.


When I did arrive home I wanted two things. 1) Pizza. 2) Ice cream.

I was too lazy to go to the store to buy pizza dough so I improvised using ALDI flat out wraps. It worked perfectly! I heated the oven to 375 degrees, brushed the flat bread with a little olive oil, baked it on both sides for about 1-2 minutes per side and then topped it and baked it again for about 5-7 minutes. I used pesto as my base and then proscuitto, sundried tomatoes, artichokes and an Italian blend cheese. Once it came out of the oven I scattered it with arugula that I had tossed with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. The arugula put the flat bread over the top. So good. I want to eat the same thing again tomorrow night!


About that ice cream…the candles are in celebration of my blog’s FOURTH BIRTHDAY WEEK! And we’re celebrating big. Y’all get ready because I have a week of giveaways coming at you including Erin McDermott Jewelry, services from Carolina Facial Plastics for my local readers, Tommie Copper Compression wear, Yogi Clothing apparel, fancy peanut butter, custom Reebok shoes and more!

In the last four years I have published over 1,240 posts…that’s an average of 310 per year and at least triple as many hours in photo editing, writing, product testing, etc. I’m not certain what the future holds for this blog but as of now I am grateful to have this space to share, learn and grow.


{ 29 comments… add one }
  • Sarah N April 14, 2014, 11:40 pm

    Congrats on the blog birthday! That made me realize I’ve been reading it for about 3 years now–time is going by too fast! I always look forward to your posts. =)

  • Jojo @ RunFastEatLots April 14, 2014, 11:44 pm

    Yay happy blog birthday! Mmm good choice in ice cream

  • Ali April 14, 2014, 11:45 pm

    Awww… happy blog birthday! Sounds like you had a pretty swell start to your week ;).

  • Ashley N. April 15, 2014, 12:18 am

    Happy Blog Birthday!! 🙂

  • Dana April 15, 2014, 5:58 am

    Hooorayyyy! Rock on!!! Happy Blog Birthday Indeed!!
    And, have you tried the “Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter”…Slap your mama good!!!!!

  • Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl April 15, 2014, 6:52 am

    Happy 4th Blog Birthday!!!

    And that pizza looks & sounds amazingggg! 🙂

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 15, 2014, 7:01 am

    Wow 4 years!? That’s awesome! Happy Birthday Blog! 🙂

  • Chicago Jogger April 15, 2014, 7:44 am

    Happy blog birthday!! 🙂

  • Emily April 15, 2014, 7:47 am

    Happy, happy blog birthday!!!

  • Pam April 15, 2014, 7:54 am

    Happy Birthday to you! I absolutely LOVE this blog! You are such a delight to read! The inspiration along with the real ness of you is spot on! Enjoy your week!

  • noreen gallo April 15, 2014, 8:01 am

    Love your site! FYI – i struggle with sore hamstrings – purchased a pair of Tommy Copper compression shorts – LOVE THEM!!!!!

  • Shannon April 15, 2014, 8:19 am

    Your blog is one of my FAVORITES that I follow– so excited to hear you’re celebrating 4 years! That ice cream looks incredible too!

    And I definitely want to spend more time offline, and in the kitchen or meditating 🙂 Good point!

  • Joy April 15, 2014, 8:23 am

    Happy fourth birthday to your blog! I’ve been reading it almost since the beginning and you’re still one of my absolute favorites. You’re such an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing all that you do.

  • She Rocks Fitness April 15, 2014, 8:27 am

    Best dinner EVER and yeah for all you have accomplished with your blog and for a giveaway working with Erin McDermott! LOVE LOVE LOVE her work! Have a beautiful day! XOXO

  • Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} April 15, 2014, 8:54 am

    Yay for the blog birthday! Can’t wait for the next week! 🙂 The pizza looks awesome and much needed after a crazy Monday.

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) April 15, 2014, 9:37 am

    WOW! Happy Birthday to your blog! Although I haven’t even been blogging a year yet, sometimes I stop and think about the number of hours I’ve put into it (like you did) … crazy!!!

  • Chris April 15, 2014, 9:47 am

    Happy birthday to your blog!!! Thank you for continuing to inspire me every day!!

  • Liz F. April 15, 2014, 10:18 am

    Awww yay!! Happy Blog Birthday <3

  • Tracy April 15, 2014, 11:29 am

    Exciting! Happy Birthday to PBR! Keep up the awesome blog 🙂

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes April 15, 2014, 11:52 am

    Congratulations!! That is so awesome. Can’t wait to see what the next 4 years bring! 🙂

  • Julie April 15, 2014, 12:02 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Yours is one of my faves. 🙂

  • Ella Johnson April 15, 2014, 12:59 pm

    Happy blog-birthday! I haven’t missed a post! Can’t wait for the giveaway!

  • tara April 15, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Happy Blog Bday !!!

  • Brittany April 15, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Wow – four years!! Congrats!

  • Amber April 15, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Happy blogaversary! Your blog is one of my very favourites! I look forward to your posts every day!

  • Amy April 15, 2014, 2:17 pm

    Happy blog birthday! I was on vacation last week and wasn’t able to read it everyday, so I’m catching up now :-)….don’t want to miss anything!

    • Jen April 15, 2014, 2:50 pm

      thanks amy! i really appreciate you reading and i hope you had a wonderful vacation!

  • Rebekah {aCricketSang} April 15, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday to the blog!

  • Tamara April 16, 2014, 11:29 am

    Happy blog birthday! Love the candles. 🙂

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