Posts tagged with "coffee"

Weekend Recap {Oct. 10-12}

Posted October 13, 2014 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 5 more

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Mine was fun, relaxing and productive. I needed to rest after teaching a lot of fitness classes last week, so I didn't workout a whole lot. Because it was a bit chilly all weekend, I had some major cravings for comfort food! So the BF and I created some delicious, comforting meals!

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 21-23}

Posted November 24, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 11 more

I had such a relaxing weekend. I'm definitely going into this holiday week feeling pretty stress-free and grateful for so many things.

My weekend was filled with good food, trying new recipes, spending lots of time cuddled up on the couch and working out.

Here's how my weekend went...

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A Healthy Holiday Cocktail Party

Posted December 18, 2014 in holidays, cocktail party, healthy and 7 more

Happy Holidays!

I absolutely love this time of year. Spending extra time with friends and family, shopping for the perfect gifts, sending Christmas cards, decorating the house, wrapping gifts, baking holiday cookies, watching Christmas movies. I love every single thing.

I also love throwing parties, which is why I decided to plan a healthy holiday cocktail party!

A few months ago, I started throwing healthy dinner parties. I invited women that I didn't know particularly well, but I knew they were interested in health and fitness. Each guest brought healthy dishes to the parties, and we just chatted about working out, eating healthy, running, etc.

I wanted December's party to be extra special, so I asked local businesses to donate items that would help my guests have the healthiest holiday season possible. Everyone that I asked was so generous! All of my guests went home with amazing goodie bags, and we even had some giveaways!

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Friday Faves {May 15, 2015}

Posted May 15, 2015 in Friday, Friday Faves, Modcloth and 4 more


This week has been crazy!

On Tuesday, the Outdoor Fitness Pad at Yanney Park was installed. I've already had people tell me that they've gone out to try the equipment! It makes me so happy.

Then Wednesday was Walk Out on Your Job, a community event that promotes walking during the work day. We had about 500 people gather to go on a 1.5 mile walk, then we provided them with a lunch. I've been working with the Activate Buffalo County planning committee for months to organize this event, so it was awesome to see it come together.

Wednesday was also my graduation from Leadership UNK, a leadership class at work. I've been going to classes since last August. I had to miss the graduation ceremony for Walk Out on Your Job, but it was exciting nonetheless.

Last night, I was rushing around my house doing dishes, doing laundry and cleaning up and I realized that I hadn't taken a moment to celebrate. So I poured myself a glass of champagne and topped it with raspberries, and took some time to be grateful for such a crazy awesome week.

I hope you've had an awesome week as well. Please share your successes with me in the comments below!

Here are some of my recent favorite things...

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Friday Faves {May 29, 2015}

Posted May 29, 2015 in Friday Faves, yoga, Life Equals and 7 more

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Happy Friday! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!

This week has been super weird.

  • Our landlords are renovating our bathroom, and the contractor built a temporary bathroom in our unfinished basement (where a bathroom used to be). I saw a giant red cricket and a snake in our basement Wednesday night, so I've been totally freaked since. How many days can I go without showering?
  • I'm still nursing my plantar fasciitis. I've been diligently wearing my athletic shoes and arch support inserts. But my outfits have been pretty lame. Dress pants with athletic shoes = not a good look. I know it's just shoes, but I've been feeling pretty frumpy all week.
  • I haven't worked out since Tuesday when I taught a morning cycling class and an evening water aerobics class. My doctor said I could still run and teach fitness classes, but I talked to a physical therapist (an acquaintance, not at an appointment) and she said to take a break from physical activity. I think my body needs the rest, but it feels super weird not to workout.
  • I tried to go to a new-to-me yoga class Thursday night with my friend, Molly, who is visiting from out of town, and no one showed up! The instructor just never showed, and there was nothing on her website about a cancelled class. It is so hard to find yoga classes around here! FYI, Molly and I walked down the street and had a glass of wine instead.

So that was my weird week. And here are some of my favorite things right now...

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 21-23, 2015}

Posted August 24, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, healthy living and 7 more

How was your weekend?

The BF and I didn't have any plans! It was much needed after a summer of busy weekends.

I made it a priority to do things that I wanted to do, and to avoid my to do list. I definitely need more self-care on the weekends and I need to focus more on being present. I tend to constantly look toward the future and stress about the things I need to get done.

I go into a new week feeling more recharged and rejuvinated when my weekends are filled with relaxation and fun.

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 28-30, 2015}

Posted August 31, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 7 more

I hope your weekend was a good mix of fun, relaxing and productive!

I had a very low key weekend, which is always nice. I treated myself to some sushi, a yoga class, iced coffee and kombucha. I also spent lots of time taking Social Academy classes. I'm finally learning the ins and outs of social media!

Here's a little peek into my weekend...

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Weekend Recap {Sept. 5-7, 2015} - Labor Day Weekend

Posted September 8, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, road trip and 8 more

How was your Labor Day weekend? I hope you had time to relax and enjoy the last holiday weekend of summer.

The BF and I went on a quick trip with my family. It was nice to get out of town for a couple of days. Our Labor Day was VERY low key. We spent most of the day relaxing!

The weekend was also filled with lots of delicious food! It was a mix of healthy eats and indulgences.

Here are details from the weekend...

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Weekend Recap {Sept. 11-13, 2015}

Posted September 14, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 4 more

Hello! How was your weekend?

The BF and I had a great weekend mixed with fun, adventures, relaxation and some productivity. We didn't have any plans (besides by work to do list), so we just did what we felt like. Sometimes those are the best weekends!

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Weekend Recap {Sept. 18-20, 2015}

Posted September 21, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, healthy eating and 8 more

It's Monday already!

My weekend was very relaxed. The BF and I didn't have any plans, so we relaxed (ie. watched so much Sons of Anarchy!). I did, however, make lots of delicious and healthy food this weekend, and I made it to a power yoga class.

It was a good weekend! Here are some details...

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Frappé

Posted September 24, 2015 in Fall, Pumpkin, healthy and 5 more


It's pumpkin spice everything season!!

I am not ashamed to say that I am totally into the pumpkin spice trend. I love pumpkin!

However, it can be easy to get sucked into all the pumpkin spice marketing out there and buy all kinds of unhealthy snacks and treats. Check out my post, How to Survive the Pumpkin Spice Craze, to find out how to choose the heatlhiest pumpkin spiced products.

I love creating my own pumpkin spice recipes at home. They're so much healthier! I'm sure you've heard of a little thing called the PSL. Well, this is a cold, frothy, protein-packed version of the PSL.

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Weekend Recap {Sept. 25-27, 2015}

Posted September 28, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, breakfast and 12 more

I'm going to be honest, I wasn't excited to share my weekend with you this week. When I started thinking about how my weekend went, I could only see the negatives...I didn't get a lot of sleep, I had a headache all weekend, I didn't get much of my to do list done, I didn't do laundry, I didn't clean my house and I indulged more than usual because I didn't feel well and I was tired.

But I realized that I often beat myself up for what I don't get done. So I'm taking a moment to think about the positives from the weekend.

  • I spent tons of time with my parents and my niece, Brynn (dinner out, homecoming parade, supermoon viewing in the backyard)
  • I made delicious breakfasts Saturday AND Sunday mornings.
  • I picked so much kale from my garden.
  • I got to see that amazing moon.
  • The BF spent tons of time together.
  • I decorated for Halloween.
  • The BF and I didn't get sucked into Sons of Anarchy until Sunday.

I also realized that I want to share my super healthy weekends and my not-so-healthy weekends with you. Because this is life. Sometimes it's hard, and I struggle.

So here are details from my weekend...

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 2-4, 2015} - Oktoberfest

Posted October 5, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 9 more

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

The BF and I got into the fall spirit by picking out pumpkins at the farmer's market, buying some fall decor for our house, drinking fall beers at an Oktoberfest event and drinking lots of coffee.

I actually hoped to spend more time lounging around watching Netflix, especially because it was a rainy, dreary and cold weekend. But I stayed pretty busy all weekend.

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Should you be drinking coffee?

Posted October 15, 2015 in coffee, breakfast, morning and 4 more


Every morning, the BF makes coffee for the both of us. It's part of our morning routine.

But as I got ready for work one day this week, he informed me that our coffee pot was broken. WHAT?!?!?

For about two seconds this seemed like a disaster. But the BF quickly informed me that we had a spare coffee pot in the basement (when you move in with your partner after the age of 30, you have double of everything). I also remembered that we have two French presses and multiple coffee shops that take less than five minutes to drive to.

Crisis averted.

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 23-25, 2015}

Posted October 27, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 10 more

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I'm so not ready for Monday. My weekend ended up being super busy, and I had very little time for rest and relaxation. So I'll be powering through this week!

Here are some details from my full weekend...

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The Ultimate Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Posted December 11, 2015 in Christmas, Healthy Holiday Gift Guide, holiday shopping and 6 more


I just love buying gifts for the people that I love! I always try to find unique and personal items that I think they will enjoy.

I'm nearly done with my holiday shopping, but I still have a few more things to order or pick up. 

Do you have more shopping to do?

Some of the best gifts are ones that will help loved ones continue their healthy living journey or maybe even jumpstart a new healthy lifestyle. I created a HUGE Healthy Holiday Gift Guide on Pinterest, but I thought I would share some of my favorites here. 

If you have some people left to buy for, you will definitely find something here! (or you could add a few more things to your own wish list!)

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Weekend Recap {Jan. 1-3, 2016} - Last Weekend of my Holiday Break

Posted January 4, 2016 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 13 more

Well, I'm back at work today after having almost two weeks off. And to be totally honest, I'm not thrilled.

My break from work was much needed. I spent my time off sleeping in, enjoying slow moving mornings, living in my pajamas, watching a lot of Netflix, drinking wine and indulging in more sweets than usual.

But I suppose it's time to get back to the real world. 

First, here's how I spent the last weekend of my holiday break...

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Weekend Recap {Jan. 29-31, 2016}

Posted February 1, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 8 more

Happy Monday!

I had an indulgent weekend celebrating the BF's birthday. We had a party with friends, a date night and brunch with my family. All the eating out has me feeling a pretty bloated and heavy today. 

So today is all about moving on and getting back on track. When I have an indulgent weekend, I don't spend time feeling guilty about my food choices. I actually enjoyed every single indulgent bite, and was happy to be celebrating my guy. 

To get back on track, I'll feed my body with nourishing foods and drinks all day. I started my morning with an apple cider vinegar drink and oats, chia seeds, blueberries, almond milk, cinnamon and almond butter. I'll sip on some green juice later in the morning, and drink lots of water throughout the day.

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Weekend Recap {February 19-21, 2016}

Posted February 22, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 5 more

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

My weekend was all about running and eating. It's getting to be that time in my half-marathon training when my weekends revolve around eating to prepare for runs, running and eating to recover from runs.

Here are details about my food, workouts and other adventures...

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Weekend Recap {Feb. 26-28, 2016}

Posted February 29, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 12 more

Happy Monday! 

I'm starting out my week with something different and fun. I'm speaking at a high school conference for FCCLA members about creating a career in health and fitness. I'll be there all day sharing my secrets (really just having passion and working hard).

My weekend was low key, but full of fun and relaxation.

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Yoga Teacher Training - Weekend 3

Posted July 18, 2016 in yoga teacher training, yoga, healthy eating and 3 more

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I'm absolutely exhausted today after three days of yoga teacher training, but I'm also feeling inspired and uplifted by all the positive energy of the weekend.

As always, yoga teacher training forces me to get out of my comfort zone and learn more about myself. This weekend, we practiced Kundalini yoga, which is a school of yoga that focuses on meditation, pranayama (breathing), chanting mantras and yoga asana (poses). 

It was my first time practicing kundalini yoga!

Here's a recap of the weekend...

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Coffee Chat {Nov. 4, 2016}

Posted November 4, 2016 in Coffee Chat, yoga, yoga teacher and 9 more

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Happy Friday! 

It's been awhile since I shared a coffee chat post. While I'd love to be able to have real-life coffee with you, this is the next best thing!

I love being able to share pieces of my life here on Sweet Success, and my Coffee Chat posts allow me to share what's been happening. Hopefully something resonates with you or you just find it entertaining ; )

Share what's new and good with you in the comments! 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Gals

Posted December 8, 2016 in Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Gals, hiking, camping and 10 more

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Of all of my holiday gift guides, I might be most excited about this one! I created this list of gift ideas for the girl who loves the outdoors, is most happy when she's hiking, is rejuvenated by the mountains and would rather be camping than anything else.

I only began hiking, camping and cabining a few years ago (after the BF and I started dating), but I've developed a deep love for being in nature. It always helps me reconnect with myself and put life into perspective.

While I love the outdoors, I still like looking cute. So I chose some stylish pieces of clothing, accessories and hiking boots and accessories that are still functional. Happy Shopping!

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Peppermint Mocha {with protein}

Posted December 15, 2016 in Peppermint Mocha, coffee, chocolate and 5 more

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It has been so cold lately that all I want to do is cuddle up under a blanket and drink something warm. 

I don't normally go for sweet coffee drinks, but I was craving something warm and sweet one cold afternoon and this peppermint mocha happened.

Most coffee shop versions are high in calories, and are full of sugar and syrups made with artificial ingredients. But my recipe is full of good-for-you nutrition and doesn't contain any sugar. 

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Christmas 2016 Recap

Posted December 27, 2016 in Christmas Eve, Christmas , yoga and 4 more

I hope you had a wonderful holiday! 

My Christmas was very low key this year. The BF and I stayed home and relaxed, and spent time with my family. 

It was a great Christmas, but I can't believe it's over already. I feel like the holiday season just flew by. 

Here's a recap of my Christmas weekend...

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Weekend Recap {Feb. 3-5, 2017}

Posted February 6, 2017 in Weekend Recap, coffee, Omaha and 5 more

The BF and I went to Omaha to continue celebrating his birthday. The one thing he wanted to do this year was go to Omaha and go on a record store tour. 

We had a lot of fun, but I woke up feeling really run down today...sore throat, headache, full sinuses. So I'm staying home from work to get some rest. On my agenda today: green smoothie, Netflix, essential oils, green juice, hot tea, a hot bath and cozy pajamas.

But before I get too cozy, I wanted to share some details from our weekend away...

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Weekend Recap {March 23-26, 2017} - Spring Break

Posted March 27, 2017 in Weekend Recap, yoga, meal prep and 6 more

I'm back to work after a glorious four-day weekend. Last week was spring break, and work was painfully slow. So I took last minute vacation days on Thursday and Friday with no plans!

It was the best thing ever to have a long weekend without having to travel somewhere or have a million things to do. I ended up enjoying slow mornings, working on my health coaching business, taking my online business classes, hanging out with my niece, drinking a lot of coffee and eating delicious food.

I'll give you a condensed recap with the highlights since I did a lot of things...

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Weekend Recap {May 19-21, 2017}

Posted May 24, 2017 in Weekend Recap, hiking, fitness instructor and 6 more

We basically had two seasons of weather over the weekend. Cold, dreary and rainy Friday and Saturday, and totally summer-like on Sunday. 

We took advantage and stayed in to relax all day Saturday then got outside and enjoyed the sun on Sunday. It was really a great weekend. 

Here's a look...

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Collagen Coconut Oil Coffee with Cinnamon

Posted October 10, 2017 in coffee, coconut oil, collagen powder and 3 more

This delicious coffee mixed with collagen, coconut oil and coffee is packed with health and beauty benefits!

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I've been drinking this delicious coffee mixed with marine collagen powder, organic coconut oil and cinnamon for the past few weeks, and I'm obsessed.

Since I've been working from home for over six weeks now, I've been drinking more coffee. It just feels cozy to be sipping on hot coffee while I work from the couch or my home office in my sweatpants. 

I typically drink black coffee, but one morning I was craving a little flavor in my coffee. I mixed up this coffee combination, and it became a daily drink. 

I love it because it's giving me some much-needed nutrients in the morning, and I feel like the added fat helps keep my blood sugar more stable. Plus there are tons of health and beauty benefits in the ingredients in this coffee.

Here's the benefits of each of my coffee add ins:

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