Recent Meals + Breakfast Change?

Halfway through the week!

Let’s start today’s post with my post-run beach lunch of a bialy with vegetable cream cheese and tomato.


It had been a good two weeks since I last had a salad from Chopt. No spicy-sweet peppers this time! I swapped those out for sweet potatoes. Everything is chopped so small that you can’t even see them in there.


Speaking of sweet potatoes, I’ve been eating the below “power bowl” on repeat lately for dinner.

I roast sweet potatoes with a little bit of olive oil and Trader Joe’s Citrusy Garlic seasoning and then add them to a bowl (well, plate), with rainbow cauliflower, chickpeas, and avocado.

This dinner is so basic yet so good. Not to mention, colorful and nutrient-dense.


Have you tried the Citrusy Garlic seasoning yet? I really like it.


I don’t think I’ve shared my usual whole wheat margarita pizza and salad combo in a while but don’t worry, I’m still eating it at least once a week for dinner.


Can we discuss breakfast for a minute?

I rarely talk about breakfast because I eat the same oatmeal combination for so many years that discussing it seems so pointless. However, lately, I have had moments when I don’t want oatmeal for breakfast every day. I don’t like to feel this way! I’m so used to oatmeal that I don’t want to NOT want it but I can’t help that sometimes I feel as though I want something else. I’ve switched to whole wheat English muffins with peanut butter but then go right back to oatmeal (with different fruit mixed in) and while the feeling has slightly gone away and I’m fine with oatmeal again, I’m still thinking that I may be due for a major breakfast change.

What that change will be, I do not know and I do not like that this is a topic at all! Breakfast is the one meal I don’t think about!

Anyway, I had this bowl from Cava for dinner and it was good. I get all of the toppings except for olives.


I will be in the city today and hoping to have Beatnic for lunch! I miss the delicious vegan options.

Mother’s Day Breakfast Tradition Will Look Different This Year!

It’s that time of year again! Mother’s Day breakfast tradition time!

If you have been reading for a while, you know that my son and I have a very special Mother’s Day breakfast tradition. It’s a really big deal for us. Well, a really big deal for me. I’m not sure that my son cares as much as I do, I think he totes along for the food. That’s fine, one day he will appreciate the tradition. And me.

So the story goes like this. On Mother’s Day in 2010, when my son was 6 years old and up at the crack of dawn as most kids are at that age, I suggested we go out for breakfast in an effort to do something different for Mother’s Day. And there you have it – early morning Mother’s Day breakfast tradition established.

diner pancakes

It’s now 2020 which means this will be our 11th annual Mother’s Day breakfast tradition. The only issue is, we can’t actually go out to eat this year. Who could have ever predicted this would be our current situation?

We have revised our breakfast plan and decided upon takeout from Premier Diner.

I didn’t start my blog until January 2013 which means I do not have pictures from the first three years of our breakfast tradition. However, I do have Mother’s Day breakfast recaps here on the blog since 2013! Let’s take a look at them today, okay?!

As you may recall, we bounce between two breakfast locations:

maureen's kitchen coffee

Sometimes I want to add a new Mother’s Day breakfast spot option to our choices but my son doesn’t allow it.

Who am I kidding though, it’s not like I am one for variety. As it is, either place we choose, I only choose between two breakfast items:

  • Baked Oatmeal
  • Whole wheat blueberry pancakes

It’s always a tough decision!

So let’s look back at my choices over the years since Mother’s Day 2013.

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Premier Diner  2013

I remember stopping for our Mother’s Day breakfast at Premier Diner before taking my son to Hebrew school. This was still three years before his Bar Mitzvah!

I’m sure it was a tough decision for me but I went with the whole wheat blueberry pancakes. YUM. These pancakes are always so delicious.

Mother's Day breakfast premier diner


Mother’s Day Breakfast at Premier Diner 2014

Baked oatmeal this time! I definitely tossed my options back and forth for two weeks before ultimately deciding what I would order for breakfast.


Mother’s Day Breakfast at Maureen’s Kitchen 2015

We made the decision to go to Maureen’s Kitchen for Mother’s Day this year for the first time in our breakfast tradition history. I remember we sat at the counter and watched them make all of the pancakes. I like doing things like that.

Maureen's Kitchen

I had the baked oatmeal. I’m still unsure who serves the better batch of baked oatmeal. I used to say Maureen’s Kitchen but Premier Diner’s baked oatmeal is so good. It’s really a tough call.

baked oatmeal

My son’s pancakes were so pretty.

Maureen's Kitchen Pancakes

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Maureen’s Kitchen 2016

If I recall correctly, I wanted to go to Premier Diner but my son chose Maureen’s Kitchen. Instead of baked oatmeal, I ordered the whole wheat blueberry pancakes. Premier Diner makes better whole wheat pancakes for sure. Don’t get me wrong. Maureen’s Kitchen is like one of the best places EVER for breakfast. But, the whole wheat blueberry pancakes, at least on this particular day, were not even close to as good as Premier Diner. I hate to really say it out loud (because Maureen’s is just so delicious for everything) but it was true.

maureen's kitchen

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Maureen’s Kitchen 2017

Back to Maureen’s Kitchen! I should mention that we get to Maureen’s literally when they open at 7:00 AM, otherwise, you are going to wait if you arrive a minute later!

Baked oatmeal this time!

baked oatmeal from Maureen's Kitchen

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Maureen’s Kitchen  2018

Maureen’s yet again! I’m fine with it although I did try to go to the diner. My son is big on selecting Maureen’s. He loves the whole experience.

maureen's kitchen breakfast

His pancakes deserve the extra picture. How pretty!

maureen's kitchen pancakes


Mother’s Day Breakfast at Premier Diner 2019

I was so happy when my son agreed on going back to Premier diner for our breakfast. I do love Maureen’s but I really enjoy the diner’s whole wheat blueberry walnut pancakes with the side of egg whites and bananas.

whole wheat blueberry walnut pancakes

I’m really going to miss my unlimited mugs of coffee this Sunday on Mother’s Day. That’s one thing you can’t get with taking out! However, since we aren’t rushing to beat the crowd to sit down, I think we can leave a little later in the morning to pick up our breakfast. Now that my son is older, he sleeps much later and I have learned to not like to rush out the door so I do appreciate the extra time in the morning. I will definitely have a recap of breakfast to share next week!

Workouts From Week (higher mileage!) + 10th Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast


I know we care most about my Mother’s Day breakfast tradition but first, let’s chat workouts from the week.

A few things to note:

I was all about time on my feet this week. Going into the week, I knew I felt like running. Not so much about speed or workouts specifically, just about getting back a bit to my old self with some distance. Nothing crazy here and not exactly high mileage (I guess high mileage is really a relative term), but higher than my recent usual. It felt so good, too!

No matter my weekly mileage, I am pretty confident in saying that running 4 days a week is my happy maximum. Not sure how I used to run 5-6 days a week, every week. While okay, maybe once in a blue moon I may at some point run 5 days in a week, that will be a rare occurrence. 4 days, at most, seems to work best for me and feel right. It’s not too much, while not too little, and can be spaced out well enough that I only have to run 2 days in a row. I don’t really like running days in a row, which is something I’ve learned in the last year of running less.

I ever so randomly developed what I think was a (barely) 24 virus type of thing on Thursday. Out of nowhere, I had a sore throat and body aches. But that was it. I slept it off and then it was gone. No cold, no stomach virus type symptoms, no real fever. I appreciate my immune system, it very rarely lets me down for long.

All week I had intentions to run 10 miles on Saturday. The quick virus thing threatened to mess with my plan but I was completely fine even by Friday, so on Saturday, I did set out for 10 miles, knowing I could stop if I didn’t feel well. I was fine.

Monday – 7 Miles

I didn’t have to drive my son to school today plus the sun was shining early so it was amazing to get outside! In my head, I planned for 6 miles but still had a few minutes when I was done so I continued on for 7.

7 miles

Tuesday – 54 Min Pure Barre (arm-focused)

I say this every time but arm-focused really means a full body workout with extra emphasis on arms. So challenging but so effective in the results which is why I love Pure Barre so much.

Wednesday – 6 Miles

I definitely felt yesterday’s Pure Barre workout in my legs so I went easy, naturally picking it up a bit as the run went along.

6 mile run

Thursday – 3.25 Miles

Just an easy run, a little over 30 minutes.

Friday – 30 Min Pure Barre

Saturday – 10 Miles

I was looking for an easy run and ideally, 10 miles total. I aimed for 7 assuming that once I was at 7, I could decide if I was going to continue. Since my phone wasn’t at low battery yet (totally need a new phone) and I was feeling great, I went on for 10 miles. This run passed by so quickly!

10 mile run

Sunday – 10th Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast Tradition!

We opted for breakfast at the Premier Diner for the first time in a few years for our Mother’s Day breakfast.

It was raining which was actually a good thing because it meant we could leave slightly later in the morning and not worry about an early crowd. I think nicer weather would have brought more people out earlier in the morning.

premier diner

I always have to choose between the baked oatmeal and the whole wheat blueberry walnut pancakes that I love. This time, I went with the pancakes.

whole wheat blueberry walnut pancakes

The whole wheat blueberry walnut pancakes are served with eggs whites and bananas. So delicious!

diner pancakes

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and that the weather was better for you than it was for us. Relentless rain that isn’t letting up I think until later on tomorrow! Ugh, treadmill it is for me this morning.

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How has the weather been for your workouts? 

Did you eat anything super delicious over the weekend or for Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day Breakfast At Maureen’s Kitchen

Our 9th annual Mother’s Day breakfast tradition is in the books!

No joke, if you don’t arrive at Maureen’s Kitchen when they open at 7:00 AM, you are going to wait. We pulled in at 6:58 AM to see a line at the door. If you get there at 7:15, trust me when I say you will be waiting for a table and the wait only gets worse from there.

How tall is my bunny? I can’t even believe it sometimes.


I sort of knew what I would order but I looked at the menu anyway.

maureen's kitchen coffee

My son’s pancakes stole the show. On the specials menu for yesterday was a listing for “Everything But The Kitchen Sink” pancakes. Our server explained that the pancakes included white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Oreo’s, m&m’s, and caramel. Not exactly up my alley but my son went for it!

maureen's kitchen pancakes

I stuck with a bowl of the baked oatmeal served with a side of milk that you pour over the oatmeal. Perfect as always.

maureen's kitchen breakfast

My mom asked me if the breakfast tradition I have with my son is still so special. I said yes, it’s just different because I’m not solving the problem of what to do with him so early in the morning since he now sleeps late! Funny how things change.

We love our special breakfast and we love that we don’t have to wait for a table but it definitely makes for a long day ahead! The good thing now though is that we get home and my son goes back to sleep. When he was younger, I would have to jump from activity to activity to keep him occupied after breakfast. HA.

Later in the day, we headed over to my parents’ house. I had picked up my mom’s favorite peonies from Whole Foods (talk about waiting in line, I waited on two lines for those flowers) and then my mom and I went shopping.

A stop for a quick lunch at The Little Beet.

little beet

I didn’t actually buy anything but my mom grabbed some of the recommended e.l.f. skincare that I suggested and I went back to Nordstrom for one of those swimsuit cover ups that I wanted – of course it was gone.

My son and I ended up home for dinner because he wasn’t feeling great so we left my parents earlier than expected. His allergies are really bad this season!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and a nice Mother’s Day. 🙂

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Best thing you ate over the weekend?

Local readers, have you ever been to Maureen’s Kitchen? What do you think of it? Do you love it or do you not like to wait?



9th Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast Tradition


Today’s Friday Favorites post is all about my excitement for this Sunday as it’s time for our 9th annual Mother’s Day Breakfast Tradition!!!!

Long time readers already know that Mother’s Day has basically become my favorite day of the year — and so much of it has to do with our breakfast tradition.

My son and I started our early morning Mother’s Day breakfast tradition back in 2010 which was the first Mother’s Day after my divorce. Well, technically it was the point in time when I was going through the divorce process and we had moved from our house to where we live now.  

This will be our 9th year in a row for our Mother’s Day breakfast tradition. I cannot even believe it. Where did the time go? No, seriously, where?

When we first started our breakfast tradition, my son was only six years old. It’s crazy for me to realize now just how young he was then!

When my son was little, he used to wake up so early that I didn’t know what to do with him in the morning. We would put it a full day of art projects and games before 8:00 AM, which most parents can understand.

So for Mother’s Day in 2010, I came up with the idea of…

Hey! Let’s beat everyone to the Premier Diner on Mother’s Day and do something special for breakfast since we are up at the crack of dawn anyway!

breakfast at the diner

We enjoyed it so much that it became our tradition to go out super early for our breakfast every year on Mother’s Day just the two of us. I think our special breakfast means so very much and is truly the highlight and meaning of my Mother’s Day which is why I couldn’t even attempt to put together a Mother’s Day gift guide for the blog. I see all of the gift guides floating around (and we know I love to shop) BUT actual presents in place of an experience like this are kind of meaningless. It’s all about special experiences, as especially as a mom, you know?

We discuss our Mother’s Day breakfast tradition all year, trying to determine where we will go for our special meal. Will we repeat the Premier Diner? Go to Maureen’s Kitchen? Try a new breakfast spot?

Maureen's Kitchen Pancakes

Since my son is now older, he doesn’t wake up as early as he used to when he was younger. This is sort of a problem because I feel bad having him wake up early on a non-school day but he doesn’t seem to mind. He still wants to be out the door and at our breakfast destination by 7:00 AM!

The last three years have been all about Maureen’s Kitchen. I think that’s where we are headed on Sunday although we have yet to make that final decision. There are a few new options for this year but I’m not sure if we are going to do something different!

Of course I will share all of the details from our Mother’s Day breakfast tradition in Monday’s post. One of the best parts about having this blog is that I have all of these fun moments documented!

Previous Mother’s Day’s Posts:

2017: Maureen’s Kitchen! < – We love Maureen’s and I love baked oatmeal.

2016: Mother’s Day plus Week In Review < – We went to Maureen’s Kitchen and we sat at the counter to watch the pancakes cook. I had blueberry pancakes instead of baked oatmeal.

2015: Weekend/Mother’s Day Highlights < – Maureen’s Kitchen instead of the diner! 

2014: Mother’s Day & Crumbs Cupcakes < – Baked oatmeal at the Premier Diner and Crumbs cupcakes for dessert at night.

2013: Mother’s Day Happiness < – The Premier Diner before Hebrew School (OMG the Hebrew School days!)plus the cute poem my son wrote about me – I forgot all about it!! He even references my love for cake and running. 🙂

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Do you have any family meal traditions around Mother’s Day or other holidays”

3 things you have planned for this weekend?!




What Goes In My Oatmeal + Power Blend Salads


Another Nor’Easter of snow on its way here to New York today. I’m not going to complain, just going to hope this is the last of it! They can’t even figure out if they should close the schools yet. It’s not supposed to get bad until later AND if they close a full day, we lose yet another day off of the upcoming spring break. They may decide to dismiss early but I’m already nervous about the roads should the heavy snow start earlier than expected so I may just keep my son home.

Anyway, now that you know what’s going on in my world at the moment, let’s talk food!

Since I always forget to take pictures of my breakfast, I did think ahead to share what goes into my oatmeal on a daily basis.

Long time readers will agree that what goes into my oatmeal NOW is the basically THE SAME as it has been for YEARS.

I cook four to five servings of oatmeal at a time, including both the steel-cut organic oatmeal with the old-fashioned organic oatmeal for texture and variety. It’s great to cook oatmeal in advance as it stores really well in the refrigerator and reheats perfectly.

Each time I’m ready to eat, I scoop out some oatmeal from what I’ve made and then add my toppings. I like to add cinnamon, peanut butter, and blueberries before I run and then after I run, I make another bowl with blueberries, cinnamon, and peanut butter with diced apple and Skoop B-Strong Protein Powder.

what goes into my bowl of oatmeal

There’s no exact science or measurement to my breakfast, it really depends upon how hungry I am. For actual oatmeal breakfast recipes, check this post!


If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I bought a Power Blend Veggie Mix from Stew Leonard’s. The Power Blend is a mix of finely chopped carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage. I don’t usually purchase this power blend as it’s priced at $5.99 which always seemed high to me. However, this time I chose to get it and it gave me a four good-sized salads which now makes me think that the power blend is worth the purchase!

For this power blend salad, I added a chopped up Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger, chick peas, and avocado. Oh, and I think a little bit of balsamic dressing.

chopped veggie salad

And for this lunch, I added a freshly cooked lentil and quinoa mix, avocado, and balsamic dressing to the power blend salad. This was just so delicious! Actually, both salads were delicious. I really like the super chopped style of the Power Blend vegetables for a change.

Can you tell we had dinner at my parents’ house? I swear their dinner plates give it away (unless no one is paying attention). As I ate this plate of pizza and salad X 2, I thought about how much I enjoy pizza with a salad. I know you already know that but I need to say it again because pizza and salad is really such a great combination.

pizza and salad

I like Chipotle, especially the guacamole, but it’s never my first choice for a meal. I don’t totally know why, it just isn’t what I crave maybe? Or maybe it’s because ff I want Mexican food, I prefer a restaurant over a quick service type of place I guess.

Right now, between Chipotle and Moe’s, I think I like Moe’s better because they offer even more toppings. Like jalapeño’s!  My typical Chipotle order is a salad with black beans, the peppers and onions, corn, salsa, and guacamole.


As for dessert, I’m still eating it I just forget to take pictures! Or, I remember to take a picture when I’m almost done. This was a super chocolately molten chocolate cake.

molten chocolate cake

Links of Interest:

10 Must Make Spring Recipes

19 Vegan Spring Recipes

Frosting Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies

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What goes into your oatmeal on a regular basis?

Do you like the vegetables in your salad super chopped up or not so chopped? Are you good at chopping your own salads?

Is it supposed to snow where you live today?



Mother’s Day Breakfast Tradition



Mother’s Day is Sunday and it has basically become my favorite day of the year.

In case you didn’t already know from previous years here on the blog, my son and I have a very special Mother’s Day breakfast tradition.

We started our early morning breakfast tradition back in 2010 which was the first Mother’s Day after my divorce. Well, technically it was after the divorce process started and we moved out of the house to where we still live now.

This will be our 8th year in a row for our Mother’s Day breakfast tradition and I can’t even believe it! When we first started celebrating Mother’s Day like this, my son was only six years old! How weird does that sound now?!

When he was little, he used to wake up so early that I figured, Hey! Let’s beat everyone to the Premier Diner on Mother’s Day and do something special for breakfast since we are up at the crack of dawn anyway!

breakfast at the diner

Our Mother’s Day breakfast tradition has become something we talk about all year. The last few years have been a mix between the Premier Diner and Maureen’s Kitchen. We have yet to decide where we will go this Sunday morning.

Will we try something new? Will we go to the diner? Maureen’s Kitchen? What are we having? Will I have baked oatmeal? Pancakes? Something totally different?

Maureen's Kitchen Pancakes

Are we waking up early to be there at 7:00 am or should we aim for more of a brunch this year?

It’s a big dilemma now that my son is a teenager and actually sleeps late. Why would I want to wake him? Who subjects themselves to a teenager so early in the morning by choice?

But why would we want to wait in line for our special breakfast tradition once it’s super crowded?

Of course I will share all of the details from our Mother’s Day breakfast tradition on Monday. I always do! In fact, one of the best parts about having this blog is that I have all of these fun moments documented.

Previous Mother’s Day’s Posts:

2016: Mother’s Day plus Week In Review < – We went to Maureen’s Kitchen (at 7:00 am!) because we love to sit at the counter and watch the pancakes cook! I had blueberry pancakes instead of baked oatmeal.

2015: Weekend/Mother’s Day Highlights < – Maureen’s Kitchen this year  for a change for the baked oatmeal.

2014: Mother’s Day & Crumbs Cupcakes < – Our favorite Premier Diner for breakfast (baked oatmeal!) and Crumbs cupcakes for dessert at night.

2013: Mother’s Day Happiness < – The Premier Diner before Hebrew School plus the cute poem my son wrote about me – I forgot all about it!! He even references my love for cake and running. 🙂

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Do you have any special family traditions that center around meals?

Do you prefer pancakes or waffles?

3 things you are doing this weekend?


Rotating Breakfast, Passover & Macaroons


It’s been a nice week so far with my son off from school for Passover and Spring Break. No early morning wake ups or rushing out the door needed! Although, the weather has been PERFECT so running in the morning has been a pleasure. I ran in shorts and a t-shirt yesterday!

Anyway, I believe today is Wednesday (really, I am so thrown off) so let’s take a look at what I ate on Monday.


I’ve actually been rotating breakfast again! I really do go through breakfast phases and right now, I think I like switching between some days oatmeal, some days English muffins with peanut butter.

I usually have half my English muffin before I run and then half right after I get back home and have showered.

english muffin with peanut butter


I had enough salad ingredients left to make a quick salad for lunch while cooking for Passover.


In this salad is roasted asparagus, tomatoes, brown rice, quinoa, lentils and feta cheese.


We went to my parents for the first night of Passover. I am always responsible for roasting the vegetables and potatoes. I don’t even try to get creative anymore for Passover, I just stick to the basics and what works.

roasted vegetables and potatoes

Pictures from actual dinner didn’t happen but there were the traditional foods like matzoh, gefilte fish and brisket.


I really could have skipped straight through dinner to dessert for the chocolate-covered macaroons.

chocolate covered macaroons

My dad got a mix of chocolate-covered chocolate macaroons and chocolate-covered chocolate chip macaroons. I can’t even say which I prefer. Some years I like the chocolate macaroons and some years I prefer the chocolate chip. As long as they are chocolate-covered, I don’t really care.

Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!

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Do you eat the same thing for breakfast every day or do you like to switch things up?

What is your favorite breakfast to eat?

If you celebrate Passover, do you have a favorite type of macaroon or other Passover dessert?


Favorite Breakfast & One-Pan Dinner (WIAW)


In my head this week was going to go slow but look, it’s already Wednesday!

Here’s a peak at what I ate yesterday…


This former favorite breakfast of mine of an English muffin with peanut butter has been working really well for me once again so I am continuing to go with it even if it means there is little to no oatmeal in my world right now.

In fact, just the thought of oatmeal most mornings makes my stomach feel like lead.

An English muffin with peanut butter, half before I run with more banana than peanut butter and then half after I run with more peanut butter than banana, just satisfies me throughout the morning so much better than oatmeal these days without weighing me down.

english muffin with peanut butter

I didn’t even know that oatmeal was making me feel weighed down until I stopped eating it. Before my long run on Saturday I even switched away from oatmeal to the English muffin with peanut butter plus banana and I felt great.

The only time I think I will still eat oatmeal right now will be AFTER my long run. That’s a habit/routine I am not ready to change. Although who knows, maybe I will.


This is what I call a pile of healthy food on a plate. Roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli and mashed chick peas and avocado on the bottom. I feel like I have been eating out a lot so I start to naturally crave a plate like this.

roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli

I had baby carrots at some point in the afternoon while working. I don’t really like baby carrots but I ate a few anyway before putting the bag back in the fridge because again, I don’t really like them.


My dinner was not as exciting as my son’s dinner. I saw this recipe for one-pan rosemary roasted chicken and potatoes and just had to make it for him!

Look it’s really a one-pan meal!

one pan roasted chicken and potatoes

I wish you could smell it, the aroma in my house was delicious!

While I couldn’t taste the chicken, I had some of the potatoes which were covered in the marinade that was a mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and rosemary. The recipe called for chicken thighs which I would think made this dish even more tasty than chicken breasts.

The flavor of this super easy meal is out of this world so I drizzled the same mixture over my own plate of Japanese sweet potatoes and broccoli < – basically same meal as I had for lunch because it’s all I really wanted tonight.

I will definitely be using this marinade combination again for sure.



I am in a major dessert rut when eating at home. Lately I do a lot of unpictured good dessert eating when I am out (chocolate mousse cake Monday night, a molten lava cake Friday night etc.) but when home, I don’t know what I want.

Last night I had raisins. Just raisins. See what I mean? I don’t know what I want to eat.

So I just scrolled up to spellcheck what I have written and I notice no oatmeal or apples in my What I Ate Wednesday post.. Is this really my blog?

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Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!

What have you been eating lately as a nighttime snack?

How often do you change up your pre or post run meals?

What’s on the workout agenda for today?


Friday Favorites May 2016



I haven’t done a Friday Favorites post in a forever! I have a bunch of things I am loving this week so let’s get to it!

Friday Favorites

Hair Care:

I restocked my favorite Kerastase products! I had let my bottles run out and really waited way too long before replacing them. While Kerastase products are not exactly cheap, they totally make a beautiful, visible difference in how my hair looks on a regular basis. I only wash my hair twice (maybe three times) a week (although maybe more in the summer) and I do rotate my shampoos so these bottles will last me a really long time.

hair care favorites

Bain Chroma Riche Shampoo < – This is a shampoo for highlighted or color treated hair. It really preserves the texture and color, extending the time between your salon appointments.

Fondant Chroma Captive Conditioner < – The matching conditioner, makes hair soft and smoothe.

Cristalliste Masque Cristal < – Only need to use it once a week, makes hair shiny and soft, just like you just had it blown out at the salon.

Seaberry Serum < – This isn’t from Kerastase but I love it! Not only does it smell nice, it does a few things like protect the hair from the heat of the blow dryer as well as protect it from the sun while limiting fly away/frizzy hairs. You can use it on wet or dry hair.

Songs added to my playlist:

I added these two songs at the very last-minute Sunday morning before my race and now I have them on repeat every morning during my workouts. Anyone else loving the new Don’t Let Me Down song?


These two songs will forever remind me of Sunday’s half marathon, most specifically mile 9 when they both came on while I was running the portion of the Wantagh Parkway that I hate.

New Clothes:

I am absolutely that girl who never has anything to wear even though I have a closet overflowing with clothes. I will rotate the same few outfits for as long as I can until I am sick of those too and then REALLY have nothing to wear. It’s a wonder I ever leave the house.

I went to lululemon the other day and got the daily practice jacket in black on sale. I love it so much that I am considering another color. I also popped into Forever 21 for more leggings – can’t beat the $3.80 per pair price! They actually wash well and hold up for longer than you could imagine.

My other favorite store lately is Ruby and Jenna – I grabbed a new pair of high waist jean shorts, gray sweat shorts and a nice white tee.

Mother’s Day:

Seriously, Mother’s Day has become my favorite day of the year. It all has to do with the breakfast tradition my son and I started way back in 2010. Considering he is only 12 years old, our early morning Mother’s Day breakfast tradition has now taken place for half of his life!

Maureen's Kitchen Pancakes

We look forward to our Mother’s Day breakfast all year-long, talking about where we will go, what time we will get up to get there and what we will order. So far, we think we are headed to the Premiere Diner. Will I have the whole wheat blueberry walnut pancakes or baked oatmeal?! I don’t know yet! Big decision.

One of my favorite parts about having this blog is that I can look back on so many wonderful times in my life, including our Mother’s Day breakfast tradition!

Mother’s Day 2015

Mother’s Day 2014

Mother’s Day 2013

Favorite Recipes Links:

I got back into cooking a little bit more these last few days after not really making dinner basically at all last week. I haven’t figured out our dinners just yet for next week but I did see a few yummy-looking recipes worth sharing today.

Mexican Barbecue Veggie Bowls

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry

Vegetable Lo Mein

Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies

Salted Chocolate Avocado Pudding Bowls

Easy Peanut Butter Cup Tart

Previous Friday Favorites:

Friday Favorites (September 2015)

Friday Favorites (August 2015)

Friday Favorites (July 2015)

Friday Favorites (June 2015) 

And from a few weeks ago, my Springtime Favorites 🙂

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Favorite shampoo/hair care products?

3 things you are doing this weekend?



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