But Hilton Head for SC? Hmm… (My heart stays with Charleston.)
2. Do you use a fitness tracker? Are you a runner? You might want to read this to see which is best to track your runs. I currently wear the Fitbit Charge HR and I like it a lot. It definitely keeps me in check!
3. I have been wearing my very favorite leggings so much that my coworker asked me “Are you ever gonna wear real pants again??” No. I love pairing them with an oversized flannel, tunic sweater and boots….or ya know, to the gym where they’re supposed to be worn. 😛
4. It’s January. We’re all in “get back in shape!” mode. Here are 5 ways to fit exercise into your busy life. I squeeze Barre N9ne into my lunch hour a couple times of week and it’s the best feeling. I come back to work re-energized with a new focus. And when I don’t go on my lunch break, I go afterwards with a coworker. Coworkers make the best gym buddies because they motivate you all day long. Hi KIM!
5. This little lady and I are on a no-sugar mission for the entire month of January. Despite other coworkers tempting us with mocha lattes and muffins, we’re staying strong. But I’m thinking we should celebrate our sugar free month with the new Halo Top flavors. Yep. We should.
At the end of November, I began thinking about my goals for 2017. I’m not usually one to make year-long resolutions, but instead, each month focus on a mini challenge. I always think short-term goals are more attainable and often turn into long-term changes. Think about it: how many times have you made a resolution at the beginning of the year and then…oh…forgot about it? Trust me, I’m guilty of this. Every year since 2010 I think “Ok, this year I am going to be more decisive!” Bah! I’ve always been better at challenges (with a goal in mind) so I often set them for myself…but I don’t need a new year to begin them. And either do you! You should start a goal when you’re thinking about it enough to know you need to make a change. And sometimes that time… is now. Just don’t wait!
That said, here are my goals for 2017.
Go to church more. 2016 was a big year for me, faith wise. I converted to Catholicism and spent a lot of time learning about my religion. I went to church 35 times. Call me a weirdo, but I saved all of my bulletins because they are special to me. I counted them the other day, and while I was proud of going so many times, there’s always room for more. I think of church the same way I think of going to the gym; go every Sunday and start your week on the right note. It really sets the tone for the week.
Improve my photography. Last year I spent a ton of time photographing food at work. The amount of burger & frappe photos I have on my computer is absurd. I took two workshops (one on Basic Photography, one on Food Photography) as well as several online courses. In 2017, my goal is to take the following classes: advanced photography class, advanced food photography class, composition, and lighting.
Better organize my time. Time management has never been my thing. I am not a planner. I am a single girl with no children and no pets, honestly where the heck do I really need to be besides work??? Kidding! But that mindset often causes me to overlook how much I really can get done with my free time…so long as I plan it out the right way. I bought this amazing planner and am looking forward to using it this year.
Be more active. I still don’t know how it happened, but when I moved to Boston my drive for fitness fell to the wayside. I’d work out there and there for a couple months but eh, it wasn’t as fun to me. I swear that living in Charleston and having to be in a bikini the majority of the year kept me going. But here, not so much. Last June I quit going to the gym until November! If you know me well, that is crazy talk. However, I’m pumped to say that I’ve joined Barre N9ne, an awesome study right near my work. I’ve been going nonstop since November and am loving it. For Christmas I got a 3-month unlimited package and am already making use of it. I love seeing the physical changes and feeling the mental clarity from exercise. (Psst, I have guest passes if anyone would like to go!)
Make more healthy meals for the blog. It’s no coincidence that when I’m working out more, I eat much better. When I cook at home, it’s a clean, wholesome meal that focuses on vegetables and lean meats. Eating out is another story ;). I’d love to be better about sharing my meals and eating habits. It’s motivation for us both!
Slow down. People always make fun of me because I’m this miniatured sized human being that runs around like a tornado. I try to do a million things, to a fault. Sometimes too quickly. I need to slow down my gust of wind to a nice breeeeeeeze. Relax. Breathe deeply and focus. Probbbbably gonna need to meditate one of these days.
Spend more time with my grandparents. I love my family so much, but my grandparents and grammy are the greatest. My grandparents are in NC and though I was down in July, I am already eager for another visit. My grammy, who lives here in MA, and I see each other often and our lunch dates are so special to me. Here’s to spending more quality time with the people who’ve had such a positive influence on my life.
What are your goals and wishes for the 2017? Do share!
Some of you may know I handle the marketing for Boston Burger Company. We specialize in–you guessed it–burgers, but also freak frappes. Freak frappes, or milkshakes to anyone outside of New England, started over yonder in Australia. About a year ago, my boss and I started noticing them all over instagram. It was a #freakshake craze! Seeing as our goal is cooking up the craziest burgers in Boston, we knew we had to get in on this new dessert trend. So the #freakfrappes began. In January we took our regular milkshakes and made them straight up FREAKY. Check out our instagram to see all of our ridiculous creations. Sorry if you drool a little…
Now rewind just a couple of months ago to when I was asked to participate in a recipe challenge with Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries. Food challenge? Yep, I’m in. I initially had ideas of cranberry muffins, cranberry bread, cranberry cocktails…but c’mon, we’ve all seen those, right? I needed more. Bigger. Better. I went to my boss for advice. He’s a pretty smart guy so I knew he’d have some great suggestions.
Um, Christina. Put them in in a frappe.
I knew that.
Behold, the Cranberry Ginger Freak Frappe with Dark Chocolate and Pistachios. She’s a beauty.
And if you’ve got a blender, she’s pretty easy to make. Just grab your ingredients, the machine, and get blendin’!
Cranberry Ginger Freak Frappe with Dark Chocolate and Pistachios
In a blender, add vanilla ice cream, milk, cranberries, and crystallized ginger. Blend until smooth. If you like your milkshake thinner, add more milk.
Take a tall glass and spread vanilla frosting around rim, about 1-inch down.
Place chocolate and pistachios on a plate or flat surface. Roll frosted glass around onto candy until the entire rim is evenly coated.
Set glass on a plate and pour in frappe. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Add cranberries and ginger to plate for garnish. ENJOY!
This isn’t your typical chocolate, peanut butter, or strawberry frappe. It’s even better. You get a nice tart flavor from the cranberries that’s balanced out by the spicy ginger. And the ice cream? That’s the sweet part that turns the aforementioned ingredients into one hell of a dessert. Of course you add chocolate. Duh. And pistachios add that nutty crunch you can’t resist. Make it. Love it. Make it again.
Peace, love, and cranberries. (In a #freakfrappe.)
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo – I’ve gone through 2 cans of this and can attest that it gets rid of any hair greasiness like a charm. Great for after workouts or on those days you slept through your alarm clock. Whoops!
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes – These are, by far, my favorite face wipes. They’re lightly scented and are really great at removing all your makeup. But I also love them for when I need a refresher after the gym.
S’well Water Bottle – There’s a reason why you see girls holding these all the time. They’re super sleek, come in a ton of beautiful colors & patterns, and really do keep your water cold (or hot) for so long. I carry mine everywhere.