Friday Favorites: August

standard August 26, 2016 Leave a response

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How are we already at the end of August? This summer has flown by, although I am definitely thankful for cooler temperatures as we head into fall. Fingers crossed that all this rain in Texas lets it stay cool for a while longer.

To continue this week’s celebration of my favorite time of year, back-to-school (and the onset of fall), all the nutritious recipes I found this month are perfectly delicious sweet treats, healthy enough for a daily indulgence without going crazy. And a handful of fun minimalist items to help simplify the new school schedules.


  1. 7 Simple Ways to Get Back on Track // New (school) year, new goals, new start!
  2. Lending Lunch a Helping Hand for Back to School // Great organizing tips for busy mornings!
  3. Simplify Homework: Put Supplies in a Caddy // Perfect for kids and adults alike.
  4. The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon // Timely reminder on how our attitudes shape our outlook and outcomes.
  5. The Simplified Planner // My absolute favorite way to stay organized with all the tasks, assignments, meetings, and activities going on.


  1. No Bake Salted Caramel Cups // Make. These. Now.
  2. Banana Bread Blondies // Banana bread and dessert rolled into one.
  3. No Bake Almond Butter Bars // Homemade nut butter cups without the hassle of shaping them.
  4. The Best Healthy Donut Holes // Yes, donuts can be healthy AND delicious.
  5. Watermelon Coconut Ice Cream // A creamy way to say goodbye to summer.

Happy reading and eating!

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Celebrate! August

standard August 8, 2016 Leave a response


August to me is that horrible transition month where you know summer is almost over and fall is almost here but in the mean time you have a heat wave to cram all those last-minute summer plans into before school and routine start again. And this year, no more school ahead! It is so crazy to think about after 6 years of crisp new notebooks, Sharpie pens, and calendars filled with homework. July ended strong with finally working towards some goals after a few weeks of needed vacation and rest. And August is all about intentionally rebuilding habits so fall can start off strong once the temperatures start to cool off, race season starts, and pumpkin season begins.

Breckenridge Bike Trail | Neat & Nutritious

July in Review:

  1. Connect once a week (1. Plan for it) // Whole Foods work dates, pool time, and workout meetups were so helpful in keeping me on track and engaged with fabulous friends.
  2. Update resume (3. Grow it) // Multiple variations ready to go! Time to start working as a dietitian!
  3. Take a vacation (4. Schedule rest) // We went to Colorado earlier this month with friends, and it was a perfect time away to recharge and connect.
  4. Add weekly yoga (6. Push it) // Even after not practicing for over a year, the flow comes right back. Looking forward to keeping this in the weekly workout rotation.
  5. Redefine Neat & Nutritious (8. Share it) // Making progress, but still in the works!

August Goals:

  1. Connect once a week (1. Plan for it) // I enjoyed this so much last month, I am doing it again in the hopes to make it a habit.
  2. Add income streams (3. Grow it) // This space has mostly stayed ad free, with any things you see being affiliate related content that I choose. This has always been intentional to keep a minimalist approach to the blog. However, as work expands, there are some opportunities for more advertising income with little disruption to the clean feel and content shared here. So if you see some changes, please note that it is a work in progress. (And thank you for supporting brands that support this business!)
  3. Exercise 5 times per week (5. Prepare it) // It is SO HOT this summer in Texas, and if I don’t get out of the house by 7:30 a run is just not happening. While a break is always good, I am more productive and consistent with other areas of my life if workouts happen. So even though I dread driving to the gym, workout dates with friends will keep me accountable to treadmill runs and strength training this month. Fingers crossed we get a break from 100 degrees by September (but probably unlikely!)
  4. Drink more water (5. Prepare it) // Along with exercise and heat, water is SUPER important. And while I am usually very good at always having water with me and choosing water over other beverages, I have still been finding myself with dehydration headaches the past few weeks. So working on 80-100 oz each day is the new goal through the end of this heat wave summer.
  5. Be consistent with content ( 8. Share it) // Working on an August and September blog calendar with the intention of sharing more consistent and fun content with you into the fall.

Have a magnificent Monday! What goals are you aiming to accomplish this week to start August strong?

Celebrate! July

standard July 18, 2016 Leave a response


As with last year, July is the time where I stop and reflect on where things have gone and what direction things should go for the rest of the year. A midpoint is always a good chance for a refresh. Reboot. Restart. Last month ended with passing the RD exam and finally becoming a Registered Dietitian after a 6 year journey. And this month started with a vacation which I took fully and unplugged from the stress of studying, job searching, and the unknown of the future. The rest of this month will continue to be light on posts as I reflect and plan on where to take things into the next 5 months. Definitely a lot of exciting things ahead!

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June in Review:

  1. Host backyard supper club (1. Plan for it) // Didn’t happen, but we hosted a fun July bash this weekend!
  2. Study for and pass the RD exam (2. Learn from it) // DONE!! I cannot believe this long 6 year journey is finally over!
  3. Attend 1 networking event (3. Grow it) // Managed to work in two this month. Scary, but feels empowering and exciting once it’s over.
  4. Add weekly yoga (3. Prepare it) // Started Pilates and barre classes in June but yoga got postponed until this past week. Feels good to sweat in a studio again!
  5. Create 4 new recipes (8. Share it) // Two (here and here) of four happened due to exam studying, but grateful for the prioritization there.

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July Goals:

  1. Connect once a week (1. Plan for it) // Now that school stress is over, I am focusing on making relationships a priority again. And if it’s not on my calendar it doesn’t happen, so adding lunch, coffee, and run dates into the next two weeks.
  2. Update resume (3. Grow it) // Time to start working as a dietitian!
  3. Take a vacation (4. Schedule rest) // We went to Colorado earlier this month with friends, and it was a perfect time away to recharge and connect.
  4. Add weekly yoga (6. Push it) // Already started, so I feel like I am cheating a little, but hoping to finish this month strong with a (mostly) daily practice.
  5. Redefine Neat & Nutritious (8. Share it) // Now that I am a certified Registered Dietitian, I am looking into expanding topics, ideas, activities, and engagements through this space. Mostly planning happening this month and possibly next, but keep an eye out for some fun changes.

Here’s to finishing the month strong, successful, and restored!