A Peek Into My Life II

Over 4 years ago I posted this. I would say a lot has changed in almost 4 1/2 years, don’t ya think? Let’s see what my life looks like now. Also, for fun, let’s compare.

A is for age: I’m 20.
A is for age: I’m 24.

B is for breakfast: Bowl of Great Grain Crunchy Pecans cereal with soymilk and a sliced banana.
B is for breakfast: Old-fashioned oatmeal with a Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter packet, plain greek yogurt, and raspberries.

C is for currently craving: Nutella. Duh. Always.
C is for currently craving: Wine and chocolate.

D is for dinner tonight: I had some leftover chickpea and tofu spaghetti with cilantro pesto and a cinnamon-banana smoothie.
D is for dinner tonight: Whole wheat rotini with alfredo pesto and parmesan.

E is for my favorite type of exercise: Cycling!
E is for my favorite type of exercise: BodyFlow!

F is for an irrational fear: Being under deep water. I call it “aquaclaustrophobia.”
F is for an irrational fear: Same as above, and spiders.

G is for gross food: Meat. Sorry, carnivores of the world. You knew it was coming, though.
G is for gross food: Okay, obviously meat. Ew, and okra.

H is for hometown: Winston Salem, NC.
H is for hometown: A hometown is always a hometown, same as above.

I is for something important: Health. I’m pretty sure health is one of the most important things ever. Also, music, family and friends. These 4 things keep me sane.
I is for something important: Friends and family. Find your people and never stop loving them.

J is for current favorite jam: Good Girl by Carrie Underwood.
J is for current favorite jam: Needtobreathe’s new CD. Replay erry-damn-day on the way to work.

K is for kids: Um. They’re cool? Definitely not on my radar.
K is for kids: Furchild! Caribou, my tabby cat.

L is for current location: Elon University!
L is for current location: Apartment.

M is for the most recent way you spent money: Research. My life has been completely enveloped by research. All I do is buy chocolate milk and chocolate soymilk and bagels and OJ and cream cheese and gift cards and measuring cups for research. Yeah. If you’re sensing bitterness, you’re correct. But that’s not with my money. It’s funded by Elon. The last thing I bought was a ticket to the Hunger Games! Guys. Seriously. You need to see it. I thought it was totally overrated because it’s all “trendy” now to ready it but it.was.worth.it. One of the best movies ever. Go. Now!
M is for the most recent way you spent money: Yesterday I went to Target to get the ‘Boo-tterscotch’ M&Ms for our dietitian office and might have gotten side tracked in the dollar section. Hello adorable file folders!

N is for something you need: Sleep. Okay. I mean, I get plenty, I guess. I need things to work out with summer and graduation and all those fun things so I can graduate on time. Hi, life. You don’t need to be this stressful.
N is for something you need: NEED?! More water. Always. I am terrible at hydrating. WANT?! A tropical vacation. Duh.

O is for occupation: Student! And part time yogurt slinger/server over summer and Christmas breaks.
O is for occupation: I can PROUDLY say that I am a registered dietitian!

P is for pet peeve: When people talk really loudly on the phone or turn the TV up way too loud or drive slowly or pull out in front of you when no one is behind you.
P is for pet peeve: Gum smacking. My mom taught me that one. I think pet peeves are learned like fears are. Someone was smacking today and I wanted to smack THEM.

Q is for quote: “Never regret anything because at one point it was exactly what you wanted.” So. True.
Q is for quote: ‘Everything in moderation including moderation.’

R is for random fact about you: I can bench my body weight.
R is for random fact about you: I’m left handed. Also, I cannot bench my bodyweight anymore. Womp.

S is for favorite healthy snack: Celery and peanut butter. Nommm.
S is for favorite healthy snack: Larabars. Or hummus & snap peas.

T is for favorite treat: Favorite?? Oh man. I’m not sure if this is my all-time favorite, but I do love Coldstone’s banana ice cream with chocolate chips.
T is for favorite treat: Menchie’s. It’s a yogurt shop that is SO YUM.

U is for something that makes you unique: I make velociraptor sounds when something goes awry in the kitchen.
U is for something that makes you unique: I have a tattoo of a spider on my foot that I drew.

V is for favorite vegetable: Homegrown tomatoes.
V is for favorite vegetable: Snap peas.

W is for today’s workout: 1 hour of power yoga and 1 hour of cycling.
W is for today’s workout: Taking the stairs at work?..

X is for x-rays you’ve had: My left foot, twice. Both were fractures or something minor like that.
X is for x-rays you’ve had: Do MRIs count? I guess not.. Aforementioned + back and jaw if MRIs count.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Holding my friend’s bunny, Blue. She’s beautiful and super soft.
Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Yesterday? Good lawd I can’t remember yesterday. OOH the Target school supplies!!

Z is for your time zone: Eastern Standard Time.
Z is for your time zone: SAMESIES.

So different! So fun. Let’s do this again in 4 years, what do you say?


2014 Recap

It’s a little late to be doing a 2014 recap, isn’t it.. Whoops. Well, it’s still January so we can just roll with it.

So in 2014, I had 15,000 page views, 254 of which were on January 14th. This was the busiest day of the year for Skinny Muffin. Also, apparently I predominantly post on Mondays. And here are my top-viewed posts in 2014:

Cake Batter Frozen Yogurt

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Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

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Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

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Funfetti Cookies

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Roasted Vegetable Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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So, what about the rest of my life? Well, in non-blog world, a lot happened in 2014:

Found Cake Batter Chapstick in January.


Made a minion cake for J’s birthday in February.


Reveled in a lot of snow in March.


Started Tone It Up in April.


J graduated from college with his Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry  in May.


Started a job as a cook in a kitchen in May.


Got a kitten, Caribou, in June. He is my child and I love him more than I knew possible.

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Traveled to Boston spontaneously with J  in June.


Visited this pretty lady in Atlanta in July.


And I started volunteering at the hospital in August.


Saw Dirty Dancing with my mom in the theatre in September.


Finished my 365 Photo a Day challenge in September.


Celebrated my 2 year anniversary with this fine guy in October.


Went to my first Chicken and Waffles place in November.


Became a Starbucks Gold Card member in December.


I am excited for what 2015 will bring. Thank you so much for believing in Skinny Muffin and following my blog throughout the years.


Meet Caribou

Warning: The following content contains many kitten photos and ‘kitten selfies.’

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So… you might have noticed I haven’t blogged in, well… way too long.

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I’m juggling three jobs and now I have added on a new addition: a kitten. Caribou is approximately 5 weeks old. We aren’t completely sure but somewhere between 4 and 8 weeks? Probably closer to the lower end.

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He’s a cutie pie. He holds my heart a little bit. He was going to be my mom’s but ended up being mine. Don’t worry, she visits to get her ‘grandkitty’ fix.

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Isn’t he adorable? And let me just tell you. Being a kitty mom is hard. Scooping litter boxes all the time (don’t even get me started on litter box training because he’s only about 89% there), microwaving his food 5 seconds so it isn’t cold from the fridge (apparently cold food can upset their stomachs?), playing with him CONSTANTLY when he is outside of the bathroom and in the living room so he doesn’t have any ‘accidents,’ holding him and not being able to do anything else because he only likes to cuddle when I am lying on the floor, getting up early enough and feeding him fast enough that he doesn’t starve, and trying to not feel guilty when I leave him and go to work [he cries! breaks my heart].

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But meet Caribou. He is completely adorable and getting better by the day. He was a little bit sick when we got him but I think he will be an amazing study buddy next semester.

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Now you understand the lack of recipes. Can’t put him down.

Minion Birthday Cake

This is a minion cake.

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This is the epitome of overestimating myself. But, that’s okay. It turned out.

This was made for my boyfriend’s birthday. He and I LOVE minions, and this was perfect. Happy birthday, favorite man.



I moved into a new apartment a few months ago, and man-oh-man have I been having the BEST time with the Pinterest crafts.

1. Painted Mason jars. Black and glittery, to hold makeup, pens, etc.

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2. Hand-painted Bible verse canvas.

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3. Bath & Body Works candle lid coasters.

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4. Painted wine bottle, with some ribbon and flowers, of course.

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5. Menu board. For the OCD dietitian in me. This has a dry erase board for planning, a tear-off notebook for grocery lists, and an envelope for coupons.

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6. Health inspiration board. Complete with attractive pictures of food, workout goals, calendar, and boyfriend-created workouts.

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Go. Go be inspired. Nothing like Pinterest to make you feel like an interior designer, an artist, a chef, and an athlete all at once.