I really should put some real clothes on…

Good morning! Over this winter break I have had a bad habit of staying in my pyjamas until the afternoon. It is no bueno and today is no different. Maybe tomorrow I’ll make an effort to get out of the house before noon… maybe.

Check out this awesome drawing Dan did of me for our 2 year anniversary!

Isn’t it great? It looks just like me! I can’t believe we have only been together for two years, it feels like forever (in a good way!).

For breakfast today I had a simple filling bowl of overnight oats coupled with a steamy cup of green tea.

I used Chocolate Covered Katie‘s voluminous oats trick and microwaved 1/2 cup of oats with 1 1/2 cups of water for 4 1/2 minutes, left it in the closed microwave for 5 minutes and then transferred to the fridge overnight. I love this method because it feels like you’re eating a lot of oats but you’re really not! I also added 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to the oats before I put it in the fridge and added 1/2 sliced banana, cinnamon and a small scoop of almond butter before inhaling it this morning. Holy yum!

I’m feeling pretty sore in the hips and behind my knee from physical therapy on Friday and walking the 5k yesterday afternoon so I’m going to do some gentle yoga. I’m at my parents house in New Jersey until I start culinary school at the end of the month so I’m really missing my normal yoga studio. I found some free yoga podcasts on iTunes though so I’m going to try one of those today. Other than that I think I’m going to do some shopping this afternoon with some of my holiday gift cards and try a new recipe this evening!

Have an awesome Monday!

Birthday Eve Breakfast

Guess what crazy kids? ToMoRrOw is my BiRtHdAy!!!!!! I’m going to be 22 😀

I woke up after 9 1/2 glorious hours of sleep at 10 this morning. I was super hungry after sleeping so long and craving oats in a big way. I saw CCK‘s post about Sugar Cookie Oatmeal yesterday using sugar cookie flavored tea bags, so I thought I would try making some oats with some of my holiday inspired nutcracker tea.

In the mix: 1 1/4 cup tea, 1/2 cup oats, 1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior, cinnamon, half a banana, 1 tbsp chia seeds and a dollop of crunchy PB. It came out like this:

Pretty color (and caffeine) from the tea!

I think this recipe could be really versatile. What about green tea oatmeal with apple slices and a drizzle of honey? Or Earl Grey oatmeal with a splash of orange juice?

The rest of my morning consisted of some thread words:

I’m going to make cupcakes for my birthday tomorrow! I was looking through my copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World that I got for Christmas, and decided on making Pistachio Rosewater Cupcakes with pink vegan butter cream frosting! I gotta make a pit stop at Whole Foods later to get ingredients but I think these cupcakes are going to be awesome, girly and pretty (just like me?)!

Hopefully mine will look as pretty as this:

Before I head out I’m going to do a yoga video in my new outfit and with the new yoga mat I purchased yesterday at Lulu! I was going to do an upper body workout at the gym again today but I’m still so sore from Monday so I’m pushing that back until Friday.

Henry likes to initiate any new surface into the house by sitting on it.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m making my own bday cupcakes this year. This is actually going to be my fourth year in a row making my own cake, but I don’t mind since I love baking. I never thought it was an issue but some people seem to think its sad to make your own cake. I would love to hear some of your thoughts on the matter!

Off to ohm I go!

Happy Boxing Day

This is my first blog post! I really thought that I would have started a blog by now since I have been reading healthy living blogs religiously for almost a year now! I was so busy this summer with work and this fall with my final semester at college that I haven’t had time until now to get my blog set up.

Well I have since graduated…

And now I’m ready to blog just in time for the New Year!

As I’m sure you know, today is Boxing Day, which is the day that everyone plays with his or her new Christmas presents! Boxing Day is a British tradition that originated as they day when all the help would get to celebrate and exchange gifts since they were too busy working on Christmas Day. My parents are both from Scotland so we used to get together with other British families we know nearby for dinner on Boxing Day but this year we’re just staying home and playing with our new gifts!

My dad and I got my mom a Kindle Touch for Christmas and she has been playing Thread Words since 11am yesterday morning. It’s addicting, I went to bed dreaming about letter combinations.

I was a very lucky girl this Christmas, here are some of the highlights of my gift bounty:

New Marc Jacobs bag – Sooooo lust-worthy! (With new Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume!)

Garmin – I have wanted one of these for months; it’s a pity I can’t use it to run for a while since my knee’s busted (more on that later)

3 Vegan Cookbooks: Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Vegan Pie In The Sky – I already have Veganomicon and Appetite for Reduction by the same author, which are like User Manuals for my body, so I am super excited to get started on some of these recipes!

Ohm necklace from my boyfriend!

Lululemon gift certificate! I see some new workout clothes in my future! (Obsessed With Lulu right here.)

I’m off to the gym to work off some of the indulgences from last night, so I’ll see you guys later!

What was the best gift you ever received for Christmas?

-For me it was definitely the Kindle I received last year!