Boozy Watermelon Granita

Good Morning!

Today is a special day for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s my husband Rich’s Birthday! We celebrated with his parents last night over burgers and beer and Saturday night we have a date night planned. Today though he’s being super patient as I have Espirt de She to run tonight!

It’s also National Tequila Day! Did you know that!? Me either, until the folks at Casa Noble reached out to me to see if I would be interested in creating a recipe for them to celebrate the holiday. Of course I could not pass up the opportunity and said yes!

This recipe is a boozy spin on a classic granita. It’s quick, easy and mostly hands-off which makes it perfect for Summer entertaining. It can also be served with our without the booze, which makes it a great option for whoever you’re serving.

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Five Fitness Epiphanies

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Today I wanted to share with you a few epiphanies I’ve had lately in regards to fitness, but first let’s back up a bit…

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When I graduated college and transitioned into working full time, getting to the gym was a huge struggle. I was so used to having my team to yell at me hold me accountable that motivating myself was next to impossible. I made every excuse in the book and had such a negative attitude when it came to working out that I rarely even wanted to.

1. If you’re lacking motivation, set a goal.

Then, I started running. After one failed Turkey Trot attempt (I did not train, then DNS due to going to the bar the night before), I decided to go big or go home and signed up for my first 5k, 10k and Half Marathon all in one summer. This motivated me to get back out there and I fell in love with running. I completed four more Half Marathons and one Full Marathon. And then I got injured and my motivation was at all time low.

2. Even if you’re having a bad day, if you got in a workout at least you did one positive thing that day.

Following my surgery, I was determined to get back in shape. Then I got laid off and I had extra motivation to workout. In the beginning I decided that I was going to work out every day no matter what and I stuck with it. No matter what, if I worked out at least I had got something accomplished that day. This pushed me through that phase of my life and kept me positive. {Continue reading…}

Steps to a Delicious Meal With Simple Ingredients

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Good Morning! While we’re on the topic of how I prep for the week, today Ali is stepping in to share an easy recipe for busy weeks. I love how it can be modified to fit your needs. Take it away, Ali! Hi everyone! Katie is sweet enough to let me share my favorite easy […]

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10 Easy Things To Do On Sunday That Will Make Your Work Week Easier

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Good Morning! I’m going to let you in on a little secret- I am really neurotic. In case you haven’t noticed from my dozens of meal plan posts, constant goal setting and my love of list posts, but I am. Blame in on being raised by two type A parents, my strict skating schedule for […]

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Weekly Refresh #1: Goals, Fitness & Meal Plan

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Welcome to my first Weekly Refresh! I’m starting this new series as a way for me to hold myself accountable to my goals, stay focused and get organized for the upcoming week. So here we go…

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Five Things Friday

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Happy Friday! Well, I survived my first week of work! It’s been a whirlwind week and I don’t have much brain power left for blogging so I’m keeping things short and sweet today. Five Things About My New Job: -My brain is fried every day in the best way possible, I’m learning so much! -Everyone […]

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Venus de Miles Giveaway

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Good Morning! As an Ambassador for Venus de Miles, I have the opportunity to share a fun giveaway with you today!

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Green Street Smoked Meats Chicago

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On Friday evening when we picked up my Aunt Carol from the airport, we wanted to head somewhere casual and fun for dinner so we checked out Green Street Smoked Meats in the West Loop. The BBQ joint is the sister restaurant to Au Cheval which is housed in an old warehouse tucked away next to RM […]

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Que Sera, Sera

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Good Morning! source I have always been a worrier-fretting over the large changes in life and agonizing about making every little thing turn out exactly as I wanted it. When it came to back to school time, I spent the days leading up to the first day of school meticulously packing my bag, planning out […]

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Meal Plan 7/13-2/20

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Good Morning! This weekend has been a busy and fun weekend! My Aunt Carol was in visiting and Friday we took her to Green Street Smoked Meats. I loved it and the food was worth the wait- I’ll be sharing more about that tomorrow. Last night, we went to Ravinia to see Allison Kraus and […]

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