Long time no chat, huh?  I’m so glad that it’s Friday.  I’ve been a study monster all week long, and will continue to keep the studying up all weekend.  Even though my weekend will be filled with highlighters, pencils and books I’m still TGIFing 🙂

First of all, I want to say thank you for all of the kind words and support in regards to Monday’s post 🙂 Marisa is pretty darn inspiring!  If you have a health journey (weight loss, weight gain, mental attitude change, or any other journey to health story) please message me. I would love to include you!! 

Next, let’s talk Easter.  I didn’t really get to check in with you after our Easter celebration this weekend, but I made a tasty cake and appetizers that I wanted to share with all of you!

First up, the cake:

Easter cake

I made this King Arthur Gluten Free Carrot Cake  (omitting the raisins to keep it low FODMAP) topped with a cream cheese icing made with Go Veggie Vegan Cream Cheese (I think it’s low FODMAP) instead of regular cream cheese (so I could enjoy some cake too!!)

To decorate the cake, I used this blog post as inspiration.

For appetizers:

I made Kate Scarlata’s Lemony Kale Hummus (low FODMAP if eaten in small amounts) served with veggies and endurance crackers.

Easter appetizers

I made a strawberry chia jam served alongside some delicious Trader Joe’s Brie and served it with endurance crackers and whole grain sour dough.

Easter appetizers

And the last appetizer I served was not low FODMAP, but it was super simple, Brian loved them, and they are cute!

Little toothpicks with a cherry tomato, slice of avocado, and a basil leaf drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.  Super simple!

Easter appetizers

Making little party appetizers is so fun!!  What are some of your go-to party apps?

OK…well enough talk about last weekend.  Time for a little Five Things Friday.

five things friday

Five Things I Ate:

  • Coconut flour pancake topped with peanut butter strawberries and blueberries (made the night before, ate it cold in the car after my workout…super tasty!)

coconut flour pancake

  • Baked salmon, roasted butternut, roasted zucchini



  • Lunch salad with leftover rice on the bottom, romaine, leftover roasted zucchini, carrots, leftover grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, dijon, red wine vinegar.

lunch salad

  • Dinner made completely by BRIAN 🙂  shrimp with roasted broccoli and a baked potato 🙂  loved it!


Five Workouts:

  • Taught Bodypump
  • Boot camp
  • Hot yoga (LOVE)
  • Tabata
  • 4.5  mile run tomorrow 🙂

Five Things Making Me Happy:

  • Spring candles!!  I ordered 2 candles fro $24 from Bath and Body Works and absolutely LOVE their springy floral scents.

Lilac Blossom (smells like a lilac bush!)

spring cancles

Honeysuckle Bouquet (so clean and pretty smelling!)

spring candle

  • Spring time flowers.  ALL the flowery trees are blooming.

spring flowers

  • Walking Bernie 🙂  I love getting outside and enjoying the wonderful weather AND spending time with my pup.


  • Training Bernie!  Ok, kind of a total nerdy “pet mom” moment here, but I am working on teaching Bernie to “wait” and I can totally get him to lie down with a piece of food on his PAW and have him wait until I tell him he can eat it.  If you guys saw how CRAZY he was around food, you would understand 🙂


  • Hot yoga.  I am SO happy to have it back in my life.  It just feels so good!!

Your Turn!

  • What’s making you smile this week??!

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  1. Awww Bernie is as cute as ever!! It looks like he’s already getting so big. Love that trick!! I also love hot yoga..I used to do it a lot but it got to be too expensive. I miss going!! There’s a studio near my new apartment, so I might have to try out their newbie special. Hope you have a fun weekend and get to relax a bit!!

    • Thanks, Gretchen! He is getting big!! You should totally try out the studio near you. Lots of times they have free intro classes/weeks! 🙂

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