Where I’ve been.

I disappeared. It seems that taking four classes in Grad school is like asking for a kick in the head.

Completely. Insane.

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Yeah. Now you know.

Luckily, I have survived. Spring semester is over and now all that’s standing in between me and graduation is one online course during the summer. *Can’t wait!!* (for it to be over, that is)

Anyway, while I had been dealing with loads of papers and finals, I have begun this 90 Day Challenge that I found on this wonderful, FREE, site called Blogilates.  The creator of this site, Cassey uploads videos on YouTube. She does mostly pop Pilates. Bru-tal. I started following her monthly calendars which is set up with her videos, so there’s no need to go scouring through wondering where to begin. The challenge consists of eating clean for three months ( I pretty much have a clean diet, but everyone could use a little boost!)

I’m almost at the end of the May calendar and boy has it been tough. However, I do feel stronger and I have already noticed more muscle definition in one month of working out with her videos, than I did in six months of using weights at the gym.

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*Fierce*

So there’s that. Working out and eating clean will be my life for the next couple of months. Along with that, I’ll also be printing out a gazillion resumes in hopes of getting a teaching position this fall. *Crosses fingers*

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A picture is worth a thousand words…

If anyone is reading, follow along, thing’s might just get interesting. x

 

 

 

Insta-catchup

I have been so busy with school that I’ve been missing out on good blogging opportunities. Shame on me. I know. But to give you an insight to what I have been up to, here’s a look from my instagram where u can usually find me.

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March sent us some snow. Groundhog, you some splainin' to do!

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Sweet Potato Croquettes from Bareburger. Cheesy, melty goodness.

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Evening stroll.

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Had the flu so I made this delicious Arabic Lentil soup with all the fixins

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Maya saw Prince Charming

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All fancied up for a wedding.

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Orgain protein shake. Great meal replacement and the chocolate is amazing!

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Amazing haloumi cheese quinoa salad from Mezze Place in Astoria.

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Green with envy. Meow.

Snap happy? Look for me on Instagram. Hope to see you there! x

Lazy Sunday Cookies

It’s cold here in NYC today (it’s winter. I know. smarties.) I should say it’s rather windy here in NYC today. It’s also Sunday. A day if not the day in the week that practically requires being utterly lazy and lounging around the house. It also calls for baking.

Particularly yummy, warm goodness in the form of coconut oatmeal cookies.

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To make these you’re going to need:

1 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1Tsp. Baking Powder
1Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2Tsp. Salt
1Tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg
1 cup Oatmeal
1 cup Coconut (shredded)
1 stick of Butter (melted)
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar

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Firstly, combine your flour, baking powder, baking soda, coconut flakes, oatmeal, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl.

Next add your sugar, beaten egg, vanilla, melted butter and stir until smooth.

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 ..and line them onto your tray of choice.

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Bake at 350F for 12-15 min.

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Stack and enjoy!

*I am currently getting over food poisoning. (Mexican food-1 Me-0) and can’t really eat much, but I couldn’t resist eating one (or two) – (oatmeal is supposed to be good for nausea anyway, yeah?)

There are tons of different flavors to incorporate into a recipe using oatmeal. What are some of your faves?

Happy Sunday. x

Snow Day.

Pretty self explanatory! 😉

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Sorry for the lack of variety…

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Sasha ate half the snow so we had to turn back. Silly pup.

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My Hunter boots have most definitely proven worthy of such occasions!

Lovely day overall. x

The Thirsty Koala.

In a predominantly Greek neighborhood (represent!) full of Greek  restaurants and cafes on almost every corner, a little bit of Australia has joined our little clan.

The Thirsty Koala

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Source: Yelp.com

There was an hour wait so the girls and I went across the street to The Blvd. for a drink and warmth from the frigid air outside.

Once we went back, saw and smelled the food around us, we knew.

It was worth the wait.

 

I ordered the fish taco. Beautifully presented (mobile picture doesn’t do it justice) and yummy to boot!

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Moist grilled Mahi-Mahi with avo salsa, shredded cabbage, fresh peppers, cilantro & white sauce (gluten free)

It was possibly the best fish taco I have eaten. The flavors combusted in my mouth and fired me up (seriously, cilantro is hot!)

My friend had the steak taco.

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Grilled steak (looked delicious) caramelized onion, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, cilantro, and chipotle sauce. (Gluten free)

 

Key Notes:

They don’t have their liquor license yet (we didn’t know this) so you can BYOB until then.

They are also incredibly busy on the weekend (not surprisingly!) Do make a reservation if you’re planning on dinner.

They even have a Koala Club where you can fuel your future addiction by earning redeemable points.

Such enablers.

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A happy Koala!

 

For reservations call: 718-626-5430

xx

Positivity.

I have always been a happy person, but due to issues with self esteem and personal insecurities, I have not always been able to let people in or project love unto others. As a Maya Angelou graphic says:

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So I made a choice a while back to be positive. It’s taken me a while to get to a point where I can say I’m releasing positivity into the world and ready to receive. Positivity is the key to living a happy life. Change your perspective and the world looks a little rosier. If you’re feeling as though you’re surrounded by negativity, get rid of the things that make you feel that way. Surround yourself with people who love you and raise you up, do things that make you happy and don’t forget to…

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*For 2013, I hope you:

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and remember what Monty Python said….

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x

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the graphics used in this post.
Image Sources: Google