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I’m channeling my inner 1980s Goonies love with that line. Please tell me you know that I’m talking about so I don’t feel old as heck.

This entire last week has been incredibly boring in terms of fun things because it’s been filled with work. Sooooo since I’ve been doing a lot of the same things day in and day out, I decided to bring you along on one of those days (hello Monday). And give you a peek inside. To see what I do all day!

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First things first: I gotta work out. Well. I don’t HAVE to, but if I do, it just makes my day better. Always have been a morning workout person, always will.

In last month’s favorites, I mentioned my love for turbofire and it’s sticking… but mostly because of this ridiculous weather. Like I am not even stepping foot outside in the wee hours of the morning. I used to workout at like 5AM but my, my… things have changed. Mostly because I am going to bed later and refusing to wake up earlier. Eddie probably appreciates it though because it allows him to ease into his day without me yapping in his ear. These days, I normally wake up around 6 or 6:30 and don’t work out until 7:30ish.

It COULD be earlier but I take part in this terrible internet-generation thing that is called sleeping with your iPhone. Okay. I don’t necessarily sleep WITH it, but it’s like five inches from my head and it’s the first thing I grab before my eyes even open. Meaning I’m usually responding to emails and stalking instagram in bed for an hour before I actually get up.

At least I’m actually GETTING UP though. In my winter haze part of me just wants to work from bed. Once I do, I workout. Because if I don’t do it then, chances are I won’t do it at all. Some things never change.

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Almost immediately afterwards, I’m eating! Or drinking. In this case, drinking. I’m not a huge shake-for-breakfast person but there are two instances where I deem them necessary: when I’m in a rush and when I’m going to be developing recipes all day (read: constant snacking). They are super fast and easy, plus I always have the ingredients right there. They only take minutes. This one consisted of almond milk, baby kale, frozen strawberries, frozen banana, frozen greek yogurt, coconut oil and ground flaxseed. Please note the wonderful shade of greenish brown.

Also please note the green bits. I think I have worn my Ninja blender out. I have been adamant that I will never buy a Vitamix (I’d rather buy shoes!/purses!/makeup!/a new house!) but, um, I’ve been up since 4AM this morning because I couldn’t sleep and was googling them from under the covers. It might happen.

When it comes to cooking and development days, I try to have everything planned out in advance. Especially in the winter because if I have to photograph things, I don’t have all day and evening since it gets dark earlier. BUT. Many times I forget stuff at the grocery store and have to run out before I get to work.

This was one of those days, which obviously lead me to a drive-thru. French vanilla iced latte. I told you I can’t quit the iced drinks.

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Then I do my thang. Cook and test and retest some recipes and photograph some junk and all that jazz. I start around 8:30-9ish and get.it.done. When I’m working in the kitchen, something else NEEDS to be going on to keep me moving. I usually have four options:

1. blasting pandora stations through my Bose iPod dock. I need something super upbeat that allows for random dance party breaks when needed. I also appreciate something old-school and familiar so I can shout (I mean sing) the lyrics as loudly and obnoxiously as possible. my favorite stations include but are not limited to: robin thicke, beyonce, backstreet boys (yes… shut up), kelly clarkson, mariah carey, whitney houston, rhianna, miranda lambert, en vogue, TLC and LFO.

2. you tube videos! You guys know I love watching beauty videos on youtube and stuff like that, so some days I will just watch a bunch for hours on end while I’m in the kitchen. It changes things up.

3. netflix netflix netflix. ummmm remember last summer when I blew through the ENTIRE series of the West Wing in like less than two months and wouldn’t shut up about it? Yeah. Like 155 one hour episodes? This is how. I prop my laptop on the counter and watch for hours. See?! I swore I didn’t sit on my ass watching TV all day.

4. audio books. I really gotta be in the mood for this one, but let me tell you… when I was testing recipes for the cookbook, I had fully exhausted my music options and was bored. Listening to books is not my favored way of “reading” them, but when I had 16 hour days, it kept things moving right along.

I do my version of “work.” Eddie thinks my version of work includes watching the The View and baking cookies. Okay, not really, but that’s what he likes to tell people because he thinks he is funny.

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I had two massive recipe fails this day. So lovely. I’ll be sure to tell you all about them… in December when I talk about my recipe disasters. I also had two winners so I wasn’t crying into that massive bowl of fluff.

Luckily, I made some delicious falafel (holy crap this was so good) that took only 20 minutes. I’ll tell you about that soon. I threw it on a salad for lunch with feta and my favorite vinegar and oil. I realize that my salad looks like dog food. Perhaps this should not have been that day that I decided to share my daily life with you. Oh well… let’s just pretend this is real world: how sweet eats, episode 1. Featuring ugly salads and brown smoothies.

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I also made a batch of roasted chickpeas because they are one of my weekly staples. Normally I will eat them on a salad or just have a handful (read: the whole pan) for a snack. Seriously one of my favorite things in the universe.

My usual favorite lunches include some form of eggs and/or avocado toast. Good avocados are nonexistent at the moment… gotta make due with what I’ve got.

Room for sugar, always.

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I pretty much eat lunch in front of my computer. I do sit down to eat, which is one battle I win. But I’m still connected to all technology and doing some work things too. I don’t hate it.

On a good day, by mid-afternoon I can start cleaning up my trashed kitchen and doing my least favorite chore which starts with the letter d and ends with ishwasher. On a bad day, I’m still doing that around 7 or 8 PM. Just depends on how the cookie crumbles.

Back to work I go though, and the last two weeks I’ve had some book edits to accomplish. When I’m not doing this, I might be writing or working on other projects. The moral of this story is that there is no TYPICAL day.

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(SUMMER PLEASE)

This is the time of day where I STRUGGLE. I get tired. I want to sit on the couch and be lazy. I don’t want to clean up or do any more work or do anything at all actually. I want to watch sixteen episodes of sons of anarchy and then google written recaps of them. Sometimes I will have coffee here, but not on this day since I had that giant cracked out latte earlier and I don’t want to feel like I can’t think straight. Usually a snack helps along with blasting some loud Whitney Houston until my eardrums burst.

SOME days, like maybe once a week, if I get a lot done quickly or strike a deal with myself to work late, I’ll sit down and edit some photos or do dumb busy work that needs done and watch a DVR-ed show or the most recent episode of Nashville for the tenth time that week. Things like that. Mini break.

More often than not though, I try to have a snack that doesn’t make me feel like garbage. My easy go-to’s are apples with peanut butter. I almost always have peanut butter of some sort at this time during the day because it gives me a little energy boost and holds me over for yoga. Yesterday I had peanut butter with chocolate chips (aka, food of the gods). Occasionally I’ll have some almonds and chocolate or some cheese. Maybe even peanut butter toast with banana. Whatever is around – it could even be a recipe I’m working on. This is also my favorite time of day to have some juice or kombucha, the latter being my preference.

I just love it here.

I don’t know why. Good reasoning, Jess.

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I do everything in my power to go to yoga in the evening. I talked about this in my first Wednesday post, but I kind of consider it my mental downtime. I much prefer yoga in the evening to the morning because it clears my head and I’m able to release all the tension of the day. Even more importantly, it gets me out of the dang house. This is NECESSARY for me this time of year. With working at home and how gross it is outside and how dark it gets early on and… and… and… it saves me. It gives me a little bit of social activity and is a nice way to break up the day. This is the exact time that I got really into yoga a few years ago and it was for those reasons.

It does, however, take a large chunk out of the evening and if I have a ton of stuff to get done, I try to at least pull out my mat at home and do an on demand 15 minute episode (which I almost always hate) or my own thing. In the warmer months, on the weekdays this is the time that my cousin and I will take a big walk. Again, love it. Both are such great ways for me to begin winding down the day.

BUT! I almost always try to get dinner somewhat prepped first. Some days, this isn’t a big deal since I’m in the kitchen anyway. I’m still on a roll of planning dinners ahead which was one of my goals this year. We eat LATE. In fact, I’ve always eaten late. My dad didn’t get home until later when I was a kid so it wasn’t unusual for us to sit down together as a family around 8 or even 9PM. The time that Eddie gets home varies and if it’s going to be super late and I’m starving, I’ll eat. I don’t mind eating dinner around 8 or 9 though… I like it. Dinner at 5 or 6? Foreign concept to me. I would need another meal before bed! This night, I ended up prepping some baked chicken parm which looks like a slop pile mess in a baking dish.

With prepping before, it’s usually almost ready when I get back and I’ll only have to do a few things before eating. That included: making some pasta and a little arugula salad. Easy.

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After dinner I’ll usually work a bit more unless I’m in a yoga coma. If you’re a yoga person, you probably know what I’m talking about. Sometimes (like maybe once every few months) I end up in a class that sucks everything out of me to the point where I can’t do ANYTHING. For that reason, I try to finish any work that needs to be done for the next day early on. Usually I’m anywhere from two to three weeks ahead because I’m a headcase freak that fears always being late. All craziness aside, my preference is to do work that can be done in front of the TV (i.s. photo editing, loose project planning) at this time, then Eddie and I may watch an episode of whatever we are watching or like now, watch the Olympics.

Many nights I will do a face mask while finishing up whatever needs to be done. I used my favorite queen helene mint julep mask, but I’ve only been doing that once every other week or so since my skin is insanely dry. I’ve been sticking more with a moisturizing mask (like the glam glow I mentioned last month) or even a homemade one.

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(hi there. this is horrifying.)

If I have to do work that takes brain power (uh, like writing and paying attention to stuff), I’ll either go upstairs and sit at a real desk (sometimes I love that and sometimes I don’t) or turn off all the mind-stimulating things and work until around 10:30 or 11. I’m trying soooo hard to step away from technology for at least an hour before bed, but it currently isn’t happening and it’s killing me. I suck. My sleep is a train wreck. I’m working on a few projects at the moment that need lots of attention and more often than not, the computer.

I know it’s terrible for me buuuuut… I really like to work too. I actually love it.

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Most nights I will try to journal a bit before bed (depends on how much/what I’ve been writing that day) and for sure – read! Remember last week when I shared that I was reading the Goldfinch? Well. Yeah. I still totally am but I haven’t progressed much since this week has been busy. Also, when I read in bed I often read on my iPad because Eddie has a tough time falling asleep if I leave a brighter light on. I need an old-school 1980s light-attached-to-the-headboard reading light. Sounds like a plan.

Sometimes I will binge-read magazines here, but that’s something I like to do on the weekends too. P.S. whoever designed that cover up there GETS ME. It was made for my inspiration pin board.

And that’s that! That’s a Monday. I’m stereotypical and like to make Mondays the busiest days. That way, the week can only get better. Right?

(these posts are kind of turning into a how-many-words-can-I-write-before-it’s-asinine kind of thing. think I’m winning at that.)

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72 Responses to “Real Life Wednesday: a (Not-So) Typical Day.”

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    Liz @ the lemon bowl — February 19, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    I love this. All of it. And I totally know the yoga coma!

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    Tara — February 19, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    I’m really enjoying your Real Life Wednesday posts, and I especially like this day-in-the-life one. I totally get the yoga thing though…that, and journaling, are two things that really help me unwind. Probably because it’s the most time I spend away from my phone…

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 19, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    Wow what a post! I love that you’re into kombucha. How did I not know that! And that yoga, working out, and your Netflix, magazines, youtube, etc. that you find time for this stuff b/c it matters to you. Amen to that! Work can wait :) And get the Vitamix. I promise you will love it. I’ve had mine for 7 yrs and use and abuse it and it’s the best money ever spent. I wouldn’t say that flippantly. It’s really a game changer :)

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    Hayley @ Healthy Regards — February 19, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    Your life is awesome. Seriously working in the kitchen all day!? I am not at all a recipe developer and I take pictures with my iPhone but even I am a little bit crazy these days about trying to make dinner ready before the sun goes down so I can get a decent picture! Even if that means I have to let it sit in the microwave for a few hours. This is weird… Anyways, I always love reading your musings!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 19, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    I love these Wednesday posts so much! And there is so much great stuff going on here – first, Turbofire – I do it too! I hate those darn roundhouse kicks though. Maybe it’s because I’m tall so kicking high and to the side feels awkward… I don’t know. I’m a fan of the running man and the firethrows though! And Instagram before getting out of bed? Guilty as charged here too! Vitamix –> girl, just go for it. I bought one a few years ago and it changed my life. Check out their site for the refurbished ones because you can save a couple hundred dollars and the warranties are still good. I haven’t had any probs with mine yet. And lastly, the magazines, cooking, and face masks – totally right up my alley and exactly what I feel like doing today! :)

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — February 19, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    I totally agree with you–technology can be so addictive! Unfortunately, I’ve sort of given into it, but I really try to be better about it on the weekends. I wish I could do everything in the morning. After 5 pm, my brain just sort of wants to be DONE, and the Olympics does not help this matter.

    Also, Vitamixes are amazing (and literally every kitchen has them–which to me, means a LOT). They are war horses. Think of it as a 20+ year investment! :)

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — February 19, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    You have a busy day!! I love the idea of streaming Netflix while cooking. I’m definitely going to start doing that!!

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    Ali — February 19, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    I love these posts for some reason. I work from home, too, so I totally get having to get out of the house for late afternoon yoga. You should try bikram yoga Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville. I’m completely in love with this studio. I used to run and do vinyasa yoga, but Bikram kills two birds with one stone. I’m guilty of dragging everyone I know to at least one class. Have a good Wednesday!

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    DessertForTwo — February 19, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    I love to read your Wednesday posts. It’s so obvious how hard you’re working, do you know that? Take more breaks. Enjoy more. Or, since I know you won’t, just push thru and think about rewarding yourself when it’s all over, ok? Promise? XO

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    Cassie — February 19, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    I have to admit that you are who came to mind when I pulled that Martha Stewart Living magazine out of my mailbox last week. Love the colors!

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    Chrissy — February 19, 2014 @ 9:40 am

    I love Real Life Wednesday posts!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Christina — February 19, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    I love getting to know you more through these posts. You make me want to try all sorts of things- face masks, Nashville, and that green juice!

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    Ashley — February 19, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    We eat dinner between 8-9 as well. For some reason I can hold off much longer between lunch + dinner in comparison to breakfast + lunch. If we ate at 6 I would also need another meal before bed. We’re late to bed as well, usually around 11, which is actually much improved from our 12:-12:30 routine. I think if I watched TV on my computer while cooking my recipes would be disasters, haha. I’m impressed you can do that and actually know what’s going on in the show + create killer recipes. I also can’t believe you can drink iced coffee when it’s -2* outside. :) xoxo

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    Kimiko — February 19, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    These real life wednesday posts are my favourite!!!

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    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — February 19, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    I love me some real life! Your days are insanely busy. I wish I had the time to put into work like you have. But then maybe I would hate it. The grass is always greener, I suppose. Speaking of green, I kind of hope that picture of you in the face mask goes viral on Pinterest! (I love it, actually.)

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    betty — February 19, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    that’s exactly how I read the first line of this post. except, that’s like the only part I’ve ever watched of the goonies.. I know. i’m awful.

    i’m sad cause I had Monday off and the house was clean, so I binged watched a ton of shows and now I have nothing. I started SOA, but i’m not sure about it after 2-3 episodes. does it get better? or maybe its just not my thing.

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    • Jessica — February 19th, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

      okay so i was the same way. my husband started watching it and i couldn’t really get into it for the first half of the first season. then i somehow got stuck on an episode in the middle (maybe 6 or 7?) and was totally obsessed. like so hooked. i can’t even explain it.

      i was surprised i like it so much (you know i normally like that girly shit and this is NOT that) but i do. it gets better!

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    Molly (Yes to Yolks) — February 19, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    So much to say about this post. First: the yoga coma. It’s the greatest thing ever when that happens, in my opinon. It’s like the muscles in my body have been completely trampled (but in a good way). Love yoga. Also, I grew up eating dinner late too! My friends used to think it was so weird that we sat down to eat at 8 pm instead of 5 pm, but that was just the way my parents’ schedules worked. Sitting down and eating as a family was more important to them than eating when everyone else did. Love that. I also have a hard time detaching myself from technology. Even reading happens on an electronic device now! I have made a concerted effort in the past year to reduce that stuff before bed, but it is definitely hard. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who struggles with it. One last thing: the blender. I could never justify the cost of a high-end one. I always thought it was insane how much money they were. But then. My crappy one broke and I just went for it. I have a BlendTec and I LOVE IT. It’s amazing what a difference it has made. It’s definitely an investment…one that’s worth it! Thank you for this insight into your daily life! You rock, girl.

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    Rachel — February 19, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    Reading this, I feel I want to write my comment in bullet points:

    a) I feel I am soon going to become a total smoothie for breakfast most days person. I’ve decided that once I finish college in a few months I’m going to try and take the plunge and blog and do my freelance commitments full time for a year to see if I can make a go of it. This will however mean moving back in with my parents. I don’t mind, but unless it is a weekend when my Dad does a big cooked breakfast, I’m not a fan of their morning choices, but I did win a blender in a raffle a while ago. So I feel it is going to become my new first thing in the morning best friend.

    b) I now want to cook along to Fleur de Force when I’ve run out of episodes of The Joy The Baker Podcast.

    c) I love your iPhone case.

    d) You have no idea how excited I am for your cookbook. I have no words.

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    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change — February 19, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    Love the look inside your day!

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    Tara — February 19, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    wow, this post makes me feel…lazy! That is alot to do in one day, and if you are doing that 5-6 days a week? Amen to you! I mean, your hard work clearly shows through in your recipes, your blog, etc. I love that you are sharing these Real Life posts with us!
    I guess I would do alot more with my day if I didnt spend 2 hrs commuting to work. Oh, the things I could do with that 2 hours!!!!

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    tasia — February 19, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    ahhhh I don’t know how you watch netflix and do anything else! I just got into Breaking Bad on netflix and it’s impossible to do anything else while watching besides bite my lip because I’m so nervous about what is going to happen next!

    I do love my morning smoothies as well, but I like baby spinach, frozen pineapple, coconut milk, chia seeds, protien powder, and coconut. Tastes like a pina coloada (and summer).
    We eat dinner late as well and everything thinks we are nuts, but by the time you get home from work, work out and then cook it’s 9pm! ugh.

    I can not even wait until this cookbook comes out!!!!! GOOD LUCK!

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    Charlotte M. — February 19, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    I love the Goonies!!! It’s like, if you were born in the 80′s, that movie is a part of who you are as a person. “Hey you guys” and BabyRuth bars would never be the same without it. The other day this movie came up in a conversation with someone our age (30ish), and when they said they had never seen the movie, I literally gasped for air! What?! How could you not have seen this movie?! Next you’re going to tell me you haven’t seen Sandlot either. Them: {…crickets…} Me: I don’t even know you anymore…It’s like you’re not even American.

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    • Jessica — February 19th, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

      TRUTH

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    Amanda — February 19, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    i am getting samples of the glamglow masks! you can buy the supermud at costco apparently now, too…just FYI :)

    also, whitney houston pandora is definitely playing in my office right now. thank you for the wednesday inspiration.

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    Taylee @ twist me fit — February 19, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    I love everything about this post!

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    Amy — February 19, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    wow, I can relate on SO many of these things. I got a vitamix for Christmas and though this may not be what you want to hear if you’re trying to hold off, it’s amazing. Really, I love it. I make these wicked thick smoothies most mornings and it powers right through them, definitely recommend.

    I also need iced drinks always. My co-workers think I’m crazy trudging into work when it is 15 degrees outside and I have a huge iced latte with me, but I tend to work out in the morning and run pretty warm regularly so it’s necessary.

    Thanks for the post!

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    Bonnie — February 19, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

    Enjoyed this so much! Have you mentioned your favorite oil and vinegar in the past? I think I can see World Market, but not sure. Thanks!

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    • Jessica — February 19th, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

      my absolute fave is this golden balsamic vinegar from delallo’s. the store is right near me but you can find their products nationwide, so take a look in your grocery store! sometimes i make a slightly fancier vinaigrette but most times i just drizzle it on with olive oil.

      http://www.delallo.com/products/golden-balsamic-style-vinegar

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    Catalina @ Baby on Board — February 19, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    I purchased a HOT Yoga 2 months unlimited pass, but I can’t make myself leave the house in this cold weather for hot yoga, just the thought of stepping in the cold after hot yoga makes me shiver! Anyway, my physical therapist said that yoga would be very good for me, so I might suck it up and just get out of the house!

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    • Jessica — February 19th, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

      oh you so need to!! hot yoga is what i do and this is seriously the BEST time for it – there is no better feeling that getting out of the cold into that heat! it’s actually harder for me to go in the summer because it’s just so insanely hot.

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    trang — February 19, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    What’s turbo fire? Is it a workout DVD? I’m always looking for new videos to work out too so just curious!

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    • Jessica — February 19th, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

      yes! it’s by beachbody and is a kickboxing/hiit type dvd.

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    Cate — February 19, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    I totally read your opening sentence in Sloth’s voice!

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    • Cate — February 19th, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

      And also, falafel?!?!? Can’t wait for that post!

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    Ashley — February 19, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    I love all your posts, from recipes to beauty faves to these new real life Wednesday posts. It’s always fun and exciting to read and see your gorgeous photos. Plus I get inspired by your food and beauty faves! I can’t wait for your book to be released! And, dang, lady, you’ve got busy days that put me to shame. I’ve gotta get moving and doing!

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    tara — February 19, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    WOW what a fun day….and that’s coming from an accountant sitting at her desk eating lunch right now hoping to only put in 10 hrs today ! i totally relate to loving yoga and how hard it can be to turn things off of just sit and watch tv without doing something else. My question though….how do you watch a show and cook at the same time and still understand what you are watching ? i have a hard time doing that ? music, yes, something easy like the view, yes, but a drama like west wing or a movie where you need to pay attention ? you are better than me sister !

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    Tieghan — February 19, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    So glad I am not the only one who eats dinner at 9. I just love getting the “thinking” work done before dinner and than after dinner I do the editing and other computer stuff that requires little thought. I have always eaten late too, even as young kids my parents could never get dinner on the table befor 8:30, so I really do not mind.

    I have no idea how you can watch things well you cook and pay attention to what you are doing. Amazing! I do love pandora though!

    Loved reading this post. Your day sounds similar to mine, except you are much better at planning! I need to figure this out! Lol!

    Oh and I am a huge morning workout person too. I love it, but yoga at night sounds pretty awesome!!

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    Jess @ Keeping It Real Food — February 19, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    I’ve been trying to get in the habit of meditating before bed—maybe I should just start doing yoga in the evening instead of the morning. That sounds like the perfect way to wind down. And having a late dinner after sounds freaking awesome.

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    Kate — February 19, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love reading your blog and it’s nice to learn about other’s daily schedule for how they fit it all in. I bought a Nutribullet mixer instead of a Vitamix based on Youtube comparisons and have been using it almost a year with awesome results. Just a thought if you’d rather not clean out a machine all the time since you’re not a huge fan of juices/smoothies. Enjoy!

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    Lindsay — February 19, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

    You had me at Heeey Yoouuu Guuuysss! Finally, someone who appreciates Goonies. Great blog. Just found you. Yummy looking recipes. I’ll definitely be back to look around.

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — February 19, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    Love this!
    That’s my FAV green essentials drink. The bit of lime is perfection.
    I’m a yoga in the evenings gal too on my nights that I’m not doing weights or Spin. Love tuning everything out and breathing and feeling restored. Plus, my husband likes the time to watch basketball.
    Love reading in the evenings. OMG that mag cover from MS is the best right?! I have it in the basket at the end of my bed, on display. Love it.
    Love hearing about your jam packed days. Makes me feel better about how I am on recipe developing days too. Crazy crazy.

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    Amy — February 19, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

    You are one super busy lady! I find it inspiring to read your ‘real life Wednesday’ posts. I am a blogger, an aspiring writer, a runner, a full time employee, and a master’s student and seeing how much you pack into your day inspires me to keep going when I get home and not just flop on the couch and binge watch Chicago Fire.
    I can’t wait for your book to come out either :)

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    Erica @ Fulfillment From Scratch — February 19, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    Jessica!

    Your day sounds awesome, and so familiar!

    I do not work from home all the time, but i have work at home days that I try to fill as you do, interspersing the computer work with kitchen work and house/home work and exercise. Sometimes, when I don’t leave the house it is hard for me to feel balanced and like my day was completely productive, so when working from home, getting out and about for a short amount of time is key! Although, a bit easier in California ;) I got a Ninja for Christmas and I LOVE it- i can literally make flour. I look forward to your tuesday things every week :)

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    Jess — February 19, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    I just had some of that Evolution drink at Starbucks. I guess they sold out insanely quickly but it was amaaaazing.

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    Chrissy — February 19, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

    I totally got the Goonies reference. Please tell me that if I started a post with “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so…scared!” you’d know what I was talking about because I said that at work last week and all I got was blank stares. I felt super old.

    And i can top your West Wing (awesome, awesome) binge watch with 8 seasons of Bones last fall in 3 weeks. I’m pretty sure I didn’t sleep more than 30 hours that entire time.!

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    Meredith — February 19, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

    I honestly cook one of your recipes at least weekly, but these real life Wednesday posts are becoming my favorites!! Keep up the great work!! …also, yoga comas, definitely a thing!

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    Mariah and Coty@quirksandtwists — February 19, 2014 @ 10:23 pm

    I very much enjoyed reading about your day and the ways you keep your energy up. Love this!

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    Severiana — February 19, 2014 @ 11:37 pm

    Ok…so I was reading your blog just now and got to the picture of you with your green mask on…my 3 year old son walked by and said, “ohhhh mom I think that’s a zombie.” LOL I said nope thats a mask then he said, “like my hulk mask” 3 year old boys don’t get beauty!!!

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    Megan — February 20, 2014 @ 12:23 am

    Can I make a suggestion for the sleep-thing? The Sleep Cycle app. It’s been great for holding me accountable to getting to bed on time and having “quality” sleep (it rates your sleep quality).

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    Gaby — February 20, 2014 @ 1:40 am

    Love this! I’m a graduating college student, and my schedule this semester allows me lots of time in the afternoons and even in the mornings. Trying to use up all of the time possible before it’s suddenly late at night has helped me get more sleep. And also feel like a real grown-up who works during the day and not at 2 in the morning. Unplugging before bed, even just 20 minutes before, helps my sleep a lot. Good luck!
    P.S. Also, you said “needs done.” So Pittsburgh of you!

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    Judy — February 20, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    I hate falafel. It’s a staple here. I haven’t eaten it for 45 years since I got food poisoning probably from old oil! I can’t touch it now.

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    stephanie schandler — February 20, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    You are my hands down favorite blogger… maybe because I see so much of myself in you and I enjoy looking at me at afar…. But, just being you, I LOVE your stuff. Wish you lived next door and we could share a cocktail hour together! Thanks for writing and sharing!!

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    Paul — February 20, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    Hi!
    I am really enjoying your posts! You mentioned avocados (avocado toasts) and you not being able to get decent avocados during this season and it made me think about how much I am hating winter at the moment. In Michigan we are buried under snow as we are having a nasty winter. :(
    So you made me think of summer and one of my favorite (easy) dishes which I can’t wait for. This is lovely with a tuna burger (ground, raw tuna seared on both sides and red in the middle) or a good turkey sandwich when summer is at its hottest.
    COLD AVOCADO SOUP
    In a blender or food processor:
    2 ripe avocados (pits and peels removed)
    2-3 cups plain (Greek or non-Greek) yogurt
    4-5 green onions (scallions), trimmed
    2 T. fresh lime juice
    Dash of black pepper
    2-3 ice cubes
    Blend until smooth, serve cold.

    Summer can’t come fast enough for me! :)
    Paul

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    Gigi — February 20, 2014 @ 9:06 am

    I love the Queen Helene mint julep mask!!! It’s inexpensive and it makes your face feel so soft (although I agree, it does look a little bit scary while you have it on, haha!).

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    Ross | TheFaceBaby — February 20, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    Any Wednesday that starts with a “Heyyyyyyy youuuuuuu guyyyyyys!” is a good Wednesday by me! Sounds like you’re ready for another box of Cali avos …text or email me your address, and I’ll get my Pedro on in the yard this weekend :o)

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