The great block of cheese + your two words

Morning! Happy Humpday to ya ๐Ÿ˜‰ It feels weird to be getting back in the swing of things on a Wednesday. Whenever we have company staying with us, I feel like I’m on vacation, too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today, it’s back to the usual to-dos and the mountain of laundry I’ve neglected.ย 

In other news, I’ve also been trying to conquer this enormous block of manchego.

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ย (Bella and Caro had a little, too.)

Even after using a generous amount for a party cheese plate, I still have my work cut out for me.

An easy tortilla pizza with marinara, chicken and said queso:

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(tortilla pizzas are such a delicious, easy lunch!),

dinner was procured from our crazy amount of leftovers (it looks like an episode of Hoarders in our fridge)

and my workout was quick and dirty. I had a couple of minutes for strength, and was able to catch some of a Zumba class before heading to an appointment. Whenever I have a small amount of time for strength, I focus on compound movements that will elevate my heart rate and encourage strength gains. Last night, I alternated between a squat, bicep curl, overhead press combo, pushups (always kill me), assisted pull-ups, V-ups and planks for the 10 minutes. It’s amazing how much you can do in a short amount of time if you really PUSH yourself! I didn’t stop moving, got in a little cardio and was on my way.

Nighttime necessity:

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(I Thee Red is a fave right now, and still loving Apothic Red)

Today, it’s casa-cleaning time, and Livi and I are going to make her Valentines. I remember when she was our little Valentine date last year!!ย 

I’m off to refresh the Zumba playlist -teaching again tonight! Wahoo!- and start breakfast.

Hope you have a wonderful day <3

See ya later on the Fashion page with a little rose lip balm DIY.



Something to talk about:ย My friend Carla (aka MizFit aka mom-and-muscle-spiration) posted this on her Facebook last night. If you could tell your younger self two words, what would they be?? Mine would be “slow down.” I was in such a frenzy during my college years, that most of my memories are a busy blur. I learned how to slow down a little later in my life, but am glad it finally happened. My second choice would be “more naps.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. Jessica A on January 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    “Own It”
    I spent so much time worried about the ways that I was different from my peers or how I didn’t quite fit in, and years later those are the qualities that have brought me the most joy in life ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nicole on January 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I found a great recipe online for sweet potatoes baked with manchego cheese. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I found it, but it was to die for!

  3. Nicole on January 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Oh, and my two words would be, “look around.” Related to “slow down”, but reminding myself to stop, enjoy, and appreciate how lucky you are for everything you have around you.

  4. Megan on January 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I loved reading all these!
    Mine would be “Hug Dad.” He was my very best friend and passed away 3 years ago & it is still the pain that wakes me up in the morning and puts me to bed at life. So I guess another two would be “cherish life”

    • April on January 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Ouch </3

    • Megan on January 22, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      At night*

    • Fitnessista on January 22, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      sending love to you <3

    • Liza on January 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Oh Megan I’m so sorry. My dad is very sick and I cherish every moment I have with him. So mine would be “hug dad” as well. I hope it gets easier for you.

  5. Sarah Anne on January 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    My two wouds would be “Be Yourself”. I spent many yeara trying to be what everyone wanted me to be. Hiding spiritual gifts and my different ideas. I wish I had grown into ‘me’ a bit earlier.

  6. Jessie on January 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    My two words “Fewer Cookies”, I’m pretty sure my freshman 20-25 was pure dining hall cookie. On a more serious note, I’d probably tell myself “Who Cares?!” it’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone is thinking, when they probably don’t notice or care at all.

  7. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on January 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I love this question. I would tell my younger self to let go of perfection and enjoy the moment.

  8. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on January 22, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Hmm… I think mine would be “trust yourself” — self doubt can affect just about every aspect of one’s life, and I think I would have enjoyed thins more if I had just trusted!

  9. Diana on January 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    My 2 words would be “don’t settle”. I settled for so many things thinking nothing better would come along, but now I know there was much better coming.

  10. Livi on January 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    These are all awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ mine would be “Love yourself”, something I didn’t realize for a long time.

  11. Jeni on January 23, 2014 at 4:01 am

    My two words- “It’s beautiful” (meaning life!)

  12. Ksenija @ With An Open Mind on January 23, 2014 at 6:26 am

    So many awesome ideas, I love them all! Mine would also be “you’re blessed”, since I really was and am. Blessed with a beautiful home, an amazing family, awesome friends, the opportunity to do what I want, health and happiness. We worry far to much and don’t appreciate enough.

  13. Aisling McCabe on January 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

    “Do It!” a reminder that life’s too short not to get out there and have fun experiencing new things (or old things you love) at every opportunity! x

  14. RachelG on January 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Sorry to be crude, but my words would be “Fuck ‘Em”. Since I was a kid I’ve ALWAYS worried about what other people thought about me…from the girls on the playground to the boys in class. I had two very supportive parents but still always had low self confidence (hidden by an extroverted, primarily Type B personality). It’s definitely carried over into my adult life, and I’m sure if I sat down on a couch I could figure out why. Thankfully, yoga, my husband, and adult wisdom have helped me realize that what’s most important is how I feel about myself. My two words are so important to me because I want to have children one day, and my biggest concern, especially if I have a girl, is that I’ll pass along my insecurities to her. This will be my thing to work on as I continue to grow and learn about the beauty of grounding, detatchment, and self love. ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

    • Laurie W. on January 23, 2014 at 9:43 am


      Thanks for this post – I feel like you were typing the words straight from my mouth! I couldn’t agree with you more! Thanks for having the courage to post this…you’ve inspired me to start my own quest of self love!

      F’ em :),

      • RachelG on January 23, 2014 at 10:04 am


        Way to make me tear up at my desk! ;)jk Do it, girl. Be and do whatever you want and whatever makes you feel stronger than you felt yesterday. We’re never going to be perfect. I definitely still have “those days” when all I can do is accept that I’m not at my best mentally. Then, god/buddah/jesus/mothernature/universe/whatever willing, the next day I’m back to feeling great.

        All the best to you!

        ~Rachel G.

  15. Kelsey on January 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Love this post – I think mine would be “regret nothing.” We learn from all of our mistakes, no matter how big or small, and living with regret isn’t really living – enjoy life without any regrets!

  16. Denise on January 23, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Mine would be “follow Jesus.” I have been too caught up in religion most of life and trying to follow some rules and traditions associated with the religion when Christ wants me to follow Him. I’m thankful that I figured that out and I now I have a relationship with Him.

    • Emily Adams on January 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Amen to this!!!! i love it!!!!!

  17. Jay on January 23, 2014 at 11:57 am

    “IT will be fine” – I’m such a worry-wart.

  18. Liza on January 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Today mine would be “stop crying.” I’m really struggling today and know that I need to find it in me somewhere to be stronger. I’m getting a fifth MRI this afternoon to find out how big the clot I have in my brain is. And on top of that my dad is really sick and I chose yesterday to watch the movie “About Time” which was just and awful, huge mistake. Anyway. Wish me luck…and send me strength or something.

    • Kaylee on January 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm


      I’m so sorry – I know how hard difficult medical conditions can be, especially the uncertainty that surrounds them.

      I think the fact that you’re dealing with all of it, plus your Dad being ill, means you are already strong. Just because it gets to you sometimes doesn’t mean you aren’t tough as nails.

      Hang in there! Sending you love <3

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2014 at 12:21 am

      i’ve been thinking about you ever since i read this comment.
      hope you got some answers today <3 sending love, light, healing wishes, and strength to you and your dad.

    • Janie Upchurch on January 24, 2014 at 2:54 am

      Dear Liza,
      I am praying for your heart and strength as you face two highly overreaching events, the blood clot in your brain and your dad’s illness. I pray that you will find more and more strength in the Lord Jesus to meet the needs of every day, moment-by-moment, and that peace will override uncertainties. You sound like a brave, strong, amazing woman.

    • Liza on January 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you ladies. I really appreciate the encouraging words. Yesterday was LONG but I got through it (the tests that were ordered were wrong and it took FIVE HOURS for the doctors to fight it out and decide what I should be getting. So I sat in the MRI suite in a gown with a needle in my arm for five hours, not knowing what was going to happen). Don’t have the results yet but I’m trying to be positive.

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