Around the house

Heyyyy ๐Ÿ˜€ Howโ€™s your Sunday going? Hope youโ€™re having a lovely, relaxing day <3

Yesterday was kind of a standard Saturday over here.

Itโ€™s the Pilotโ€™s down day, since heโ€™s so crazy busy during the week, so he goes out for brotherโ€™s breakfast with my two brothers and then they play video games and watch football all day. Saturday is my craziest day of teaching, so Iโ€™m gone, except for lunch break if I can sneak home and blog in between classes. When I get home, I shower, curl up on the couch with Bell


and the Pilot will either join in on the Project Runway catch-up and snooze, or heโ€™ll do stuff around the house while I unwind.


Yesterday he installed blinds in our front entryway- they look awesome. [I cropped out his booty from the pic. You canโ€™t see that, haha]

We were going to go over to the madreโ€™s to watch the football game, so I sent my brother a text to see who was over there and he said โ€œwe were going to come over to your house. Is that ok?โ€ Um, yes.

When we moved here, we really wanted our house to become one of the family *hubs* so that family and friends would just come over and chill whenever- itโ€™s kind of fun that itโ€™s already happening ๐Ÿ™‚

Football party at our place:


[I ran to Target to pick up some cheese for nachos, Herdez salsa and chips]

and since I hadnโ€™t had dinner yet, I heated up a GF Amyโ€™s burrito, topped it with salsa, goat cheese and arugula.


+ pie that my bro brought over ๐Ÿ™‚


As much fun it was to see the Wildcats get smacked by the Ducks (womp womp), the best part was going through old photos my nana brought over. My bro and the Pilot were cracking up.. mostly to my expense, but I was laughing too. You see, most people go through an awkward phase in their life that lasts 2-3 years. Mine lasted about 10.

This morning, I was really excited to have my first bowl of pumpkin oats this season, since the Libbyโ€™s fairy paid a visit to Target.


Pumpkin Pie Protein Oats


-1/2 C GF oats

-1/2 pack of Jay Robbโ€™s egg white protein

-1/2 C pumpkin

-almond milk

-Stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and ginger

-blob of almond butter

It was everything Iโ€™d been hoping for ๐Ÿ™‚

This little thing is staring me down to take her for a walk:


so Iโ€™d better listen. I donโ€™t want her to drown another one of her toys ๐Ÿ˜‰

See ya later with a Family post.



Something to do: Friendly reminder to plan our your meals and eats for the week, if youโ€™d like. It really does make things so much easier to have an idea of what your fuel and exercise schedule will be, even if you need to change it up a little as the week goes on. What are you making/doing this week? Iโ€™d love to hear what you have planned ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Shannon on September 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Loving all the pumpkin popping up in blog world! I still have to find some in stores! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. fittingbackin on September 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I just posted my “meal plan Monday” – love prepping it out and planning what we’ll eat!

    hehe the ‘take me for a walk’ pic is so cute!

  3. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on September 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Trying to make a grocery list right now! I need to figure out something to do with the butternut squash I have. I am totally lost at what to make this week in general! ๐Ÿ™

    Bella is just too cute! I want a puppy so bad!

  4. Courtney on September 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Yay! I’m so happy pumpkin is coming back in stores! It still hasnt arrived in mine!

  5. Marguerite Miller on September 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I need to pick up some pumpkin butter to add to my oats!

  6. Amber @ Chicken and Chocolate on September 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I saw pumpkin at the store today too, and had to restrain myself from grabbing up the whole counter full! lol

    I’ve taken the weekly meal planning to the next step, since my new job has me working 12 hour shifts and it would suck for Boyfriend to come home from his 12 hour shifts and then have to cook dinner (I’m 8a-8p and he’s 6a-6p). I plan meals, and make big batches of everything on my “Sunday” so that for the next 3 nights neither of us has to cook! I make 2 options, so that we don’t burn out on eating the same thing over and it has really helped a lot and made life easier! ๐Ÿ™‚ This week is turkey chili and soft tacos!

  7. Errign on September 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Yayyy pumpkin! I’m never sure if I can finish a big can off before it goes bad – do you know how long it will keep in the fridge?

  8. Get Up & Go on September 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Just found your blog! I love it! Big fan of anyone who uses the word “shenanigans” in their “about” section! Haha.

    Pumpkin….I’m ready for all things pumpkin….

    Get Up & Go

  9. Laura J. on September 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    So excited for pumpkin foods! I found a recipe for pumpkin dump cake on pinterest the other day and can’t wait to make it!! I think I remember reading in one of your post that dump cake is a favorite of the pilot’s– the link for the recipe is below ๐Ÿ™‚ He might like this fall inspired version–

  10. Sara @ RunnerWife on September 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I love relaxing days of football! That is what saturdays are for us! Hopefully we will be closer to our families down the road and we can have a place where everyone can com over and visit. Have a great Sunday!

  11. Dee on September 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    ahh, look at all those pumpkin cans! yay!

  12. Hillary on September 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Target is the only place near me that is selling pumpkin right now, and you better believe I’ve already started hoarding. I’m such a creep.

  13. Necia on September 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    For a minute there I thought that was a picture of your pantry, and then I realized it was the store shelves. Thank goodness, because I love pumpkin too, but THAT much pumpkin can surely make a person turn orange, lol.

  14. Allison @ Food for Healing on September 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    i need to find me some pumpkin to stock up the cupboard with, mmm
    i cant wait to have a house for everyone to come over and visit, i want to have a little dinner party, i think it would be so much fun!

  15. Suzie on September 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for the past few months (secretly in the RSS feed!) and have been really inspired by your daily meals etc. I just set myself a challenge to try and eat 9 servings of fruit and veg every day (documented in my blog, to try and keep me accountable!). Managed three days of it so far, even when eating out ๐Ÿ˜€ I am certain I could never have done this before, without you and other bloggers showing their day-to-day food choices! I always thought home-cooking meant three hours of prep and three hours of washing up ๐Ÿ˜›

    Man, I wish pumpkin was more common in the UK. I’d love to buy canned pumpkin, it looks so tasty and easy! And all the blogs are raving about pumpkin right now ๐Ÿ˜›

  16. Gina on September 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Just got back from the grocery and I bought stuff to make Angela’s (aka Oh She Glows) Creamy Roasted Tomato, Garlic, & Onion Coconut Soup and Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto. I’m pretty excited for these recipes. Basically anything I make of hers is awesome!

  17. kyla on September 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I currently have Mama Pea’s recipe for Spicy African Peanut Stew cooking away in my crockpot. It already smells epic… I can’t wait to eat it with some fresh spinach wilted in it and toasted cheesy bread!

  18. Sana on September 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    The plus side of everyone coming to your place is that you can sit and relaxxxx! And go straight to bed ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Melody on September 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I have a pot of chicken tortilla soup in the crock pot. Since I live alone it will probably last 5 or 6 meals (or more!) I will probably freeze some of it too.

  20. Ali on September 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Entertaining family can so be much fun! I am with you, my awkward phase was from about age 13 to age now. It is ok though, we can’t all be cool, right?!

  21. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Pilot is so cute doing things on his Honey Do list. Or just helping out around the house. In our house, DIY projects are tricky and we never have the right tools (or patience!).

    Glad your house is becoming the family hub/hangout. That’s awesome b/c I know how important your family is to you.

    Congrats on the pumpkin fairy!

  22. Beth on September 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I have a mound of beets in my fridge from our CSA pick up this week and last week. So, I am oven roasting some, juicing some, and then I think I will make raw beet raviolis for dinner this week. Oh, and just spiralizing one or two for salads. I haven’t had those since last year’s plethora of beets. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In addition to that, we’ll have oven roasted chicken with rice and salad, stuffed spaghetti squash with homemade sauce, and pasta with cashew cream sauce…mmmmm! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great time with your fam today!!!

  23. Kelly on September 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I just did our planning/grocery shopping for the week! On the menu: Scampi Provencale & green beans, chicken fajitas and cheesy turkey burgers with homemade baked oven fries and a salad! yum!

  24. Hannah on September 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Pumpkin! This week I plan to have pumpkin breakfast cookies (so good!) and plenty of pumpkin oatmeal. Today I made a butt load of baked tofu with fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Add lettuce, carrots and snow peas and you have one yummy meal!

  25. Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks on September 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    your couch looks so comfy! Yesterday I bought out walmart’s pumpkin can supply. I <3 Fall. Pumpkin oats are my favorite!

  26. Amanda on September 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Do you like herdez salsa? I’ve had some bad experiences with it…usually it tastes watery.

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      i like homemade way better, but in a pinch, it works

  27. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on September 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I’m glad you got your pumpkin! Our local stores always have it, so it surprises me when I hear others have to wait for it to come into season. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your Sunday!

  28. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on September 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    When I have a house, I also want it to be a family hub! So much fun! Happy Pumpkin’ing! (:

  29. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on September 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    So jealous you have Libby’s in stock already! I have 2 hoarded big cans from last year and keep looking for it in the grocery store now but they haven’t stocked up yet ๐Ÿ™ It could get tragic soon.

  30. Ashley on September 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    We bought a whole bunch of squash/ baking pumpkins from the farmers market… I am thinking pumpkin sage lasagna and butternut squash cookies some night this week!

  31. Jen on September 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Food wise, I don’t have anything planned for the week yet! I know I want to make my fiancรฉ dinner tomorrow, because he doesn’t have any sessions (he’s a personal trainer), and I like to cook for him when he’s free. Hmmm. I should really be more competent with meal planning. I usually plan my dinners day-of.

  32. Brooke @ Tales of a Bride-To-Be on September 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I grabbed my Libby’s too at Target today! I couldn’t believe it was there, haven’t seen it at any other store. So excited!

  33. Emilia @ Namaste Gurl on September 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Yay for pumpkin!

  34. Jules on September 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve been making a pot of soup on Sunday to use as my lunch M-F and my Sunday night dinner. Today’s soup? Kale, carrots, onion, tomato, celery, chickpeas, chicken sausage, peppers…

  35. Diana on September 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I just moved back to my hometown and I’m hoping for the same thing! I LOVE entertaining and I LOVE LOVE entertaining my family! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am about to go start work on prepping meals for the week – if I don’t do it Sunday, I will never find time during the week and then I will eat all of my lunches at Qdoba…not that there’s anything *wrong* with that, but…you know.

  36. Pam on September 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Your blinds look great! Our house is football central during the Fall as well, just moved in July and we love having guests over. Last night it was family, nice to relax and enjoy some good food and down time.
    I love Bella’s little stare, girl’s got an attitude ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. JennG on September 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I am totally making those oats tomorrow! (last year when I heard there was going to be a shortage I stocked up on the large cans of pumpkin).
    This week I am moving! So I am def planning my meals so that we do not eat out all week (you know that is easier) I have 4 days off of work so that will help! ๐Ÿ™‚
    P.S. I totally want to take a nap on your couch!

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      our couch is definitely the nap couch ๐Ÿ˜‰
      good luck with the move!

  38. Laura @ Backstage Balance on September 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Meal planning, good idea. I don’t think I’ve ever actually written out a weekly meal plan because my boyfriend and I eat at different times. I should give this a shot tonight!

  39. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on September 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    LOL that you cropped the booty………….

  40. Paige @ Running Around Normal on September 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Ok I LOVE that sconce (sp?) on the wall where the pilot is hanging something up. Where did you find it?

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      world market ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Marie on September 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Awe, you’re like my sister (in-law). They love having family over! We usually only cook two meals per week and the rest are fast/easy meals. This week, we having salmon, Ellie Krieger’s Three Bean Chili, and marinating some chicken using a Fajita recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. Meg on September 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    A smile came to my face when I read your fam came over ๐Ÿ™‚ I can honestly understand your excitement that your home is already becoming the “go to” place ๐Ÿ˜‰ So exciting ๐Ÿ™‚ I just moved into a new apartment at the end of August and have had friends over for dinner for the past 3 Fridays ๐Ÿ™‚ I really want people to feel like they can just come over whenever and really feel comfortable here and just chill with me, so I totally can relate to the excitement you are feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

    P.s. I love Herdez salsa <3 yummmmmmmmm

  43. Laury @ thefitnessdish on September 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Why you croppin out the goods?? I kid, I kid ๐Ÿ˜‰

    SO funny…I made almost the same exact oats for lunch today and put cinnamon banana whip on top. SO good. Great minds ๐Ÿ˜‰

    As far as planning meals I usually buy ingredients with certain meals in mind. As far as dinner goes they are usually not too creative…we eat the same things a lot unless I want to try a new recipe! I pretty much have my staples though and that keeps me on track with healthy eating

  44. Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas on September 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Aw! Bella is SO adorable! I am so glad that libby has visited Target ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. mi-an d. on September 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    for this week’s meal i made some black bean with green bell pepper (one taco nite, or just sprinkle on salad), vegie fried rice, chocolate chip banana bread, peanut brittle (my bf loves em), made overnight oats for tomorrow morning (sneaked in 1 anise in there!), and already ate some braised fennel for dinner! (btw, everything was made today!) i was a cooking machine!

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      you are a rockstar

  46. Cassie on September 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Can I just say I made a breakfast cookie for tomorrow morning…AND it was so much fun! Hopefully it turns out as good as yours. I love following your blog…do you have a version of those microwaved protein muffins? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      i hope you love it!
      for the muffins, i use applesauce instead of the pumpkin and nix the cocoa powder. oh, and i cover them with maple syrup and/or almond butter ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Cassie on September 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm

        NICE! I will have to try that ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Dani @ RunFitMama on September 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I should totally be planning the week’s meals right now, but I just can’t pull myself off the couch. Sometimes the weekends leave me more drained than the work week.

    I just went back to work full-time after an almost two year hiatus hanging with our little dumpling, and before I was in the restaurant business (i.e. working nights), so this whole making and planning lunch and dinner everyday is new to me. I need to develop a system because most days I’m just throwing random items into my lunch box. Friday’s lunch was applesauce, yogurt, half a carton of grape tomatoes, concord grapes, carrots and a cookie dough larabar.

  48. Violet on September 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Gina, we don’t want to look at your husbands butt.

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      you don’t?!?
      i know, silly, that’s why i cropped it out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  49. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Those oats look amazing!!

    And Bella is too precious!

  50. amy on September 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I used my crockpot this Saturday to make a big batch of black beans and pinto beans. I froze some of those, and I used the rest to make turkey chili. I’ve got about 8 servings of turkey chili to eat at my leisure this week. I took some to my friends who are new parents and they said that it was delicious. I’m happy, since my last batch of chili was just so-so. ๐Ÿ™‚

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