A Few Things

A few things. (I always say ‘few’ when I’m teaching a class, “c’mon guys, only a few more pushups!” when really I mean 10. Or 20.) But this time I really only mean a few.

1. Check out this hilarious video. It’s the Gangnam Style music video…without the music. I still can’t decide if that makes it incredibly hilarious, or seriously creepy. You be the judge!

2. Oh man. I saw this on The Pioneer Woman‘s blog this A.M. and got addicted…immediately. Kendra Scott jewelry. (Kysha, Katie..go look at this site. There are some serious contenders for wedding jewelry!)

3. Taught Barbell Blast tonight. Except, since I subbed it last minute, I didn’t know that it was Barbell Blast. So guess what, we did Barbell Blast without barbells. Hahaha. I had one lady leave 5 minutes in. She totally had a look on her face that was all “awwww hellls no”


Not a super glamorous shot, but the next class was about to start so I had to be quick. And the next class was PARKOUR. Umm, what? The YMCA offers jump-off-the-roof classes? Now that I think about it, I should have stayed to watch. Drats. Well, that’s what YouTube is for, I guess.

Favorite moves from tonight’s class:

-Decline bridge chest press. It’s kinda like this picture:



Except, I had the class rest their heels on their steps. I also had them alternate between the chest press and flys 2 times- without coming out of the bridge pose. Then had them go immediately into weighted bridge dips and single leg dips. Bwahaha

Other favey was the Arnold Press combined with tricep extensions (done 2 times through) To be extra challenging, I had them do sets of medicine ball pushups immediately after. Bwahaha².

I ran into one of the women in my class in the locker room afterwards and she told me she liked my class because I went so slow. Not sure if that was a compliment, but I guess I’ll take it? I told her it was to ‘feel the burn’. Quick thinking.


See, that was only a few things. I kept my word. 🙂

September Foodie Penpal Reveal!

Highlights from the weekend:

  • Digital thermostat installed (nerd alert)
  • More crying over homework
  • Dinner at Joe and Twyla’s
  • Went to 2 of Tyler’s football games
  • Watched a dude snap his leg in half
  • Drank lots of kombucha
  • Slept while sitting up

But this post isn’t dedicated to this weekend’s happenings. Oh no. It’s all about my September Foodie Penpal goodies!

Check out all the loot I got from Blair!

Before I give my two cents on these yumm-o treats, lemme c&p all the deets on how this penpal thing works- and how you can join, too!

The Lean Green Bean

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

If you’re interested in participating for October, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by October 4th as pairings will be emailed on October 5th! 

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

…back to MY stuff..


Fancy schmancy granola. I hate to admit that I have yet to try any of this because I am still working on the chocolate granola I got from my pen pal last month! It really looks delish and I can’t wait to work my way to this bag!


Chili and Cinnamon chocolate. Yup. So good. I don’t even need to go into details on this. Chocolate anything is pretty much game as far as my tastebuds go.


Grrr, I haven’t tried these yet either! I fully intended on making pumpkin bread or muffins last week and topping it with this coconutty goodness, but time got the best of me. I think with Canadian Thanksgiving coming up (next week!) it might make it’s way into a dish 🙂


OH MY. I ripped open this bag 2 weeks ago after ingesting a few alcoholic beverages and watching Babymakers. Ay carumba that wasabi stuff kills the nose. But it hurt so good. I will definitely be looking for these at the store to have as a reserve in the cupboard.


A bar with chia seeds in it. I am totally won over. Sweet, filling, the end.

A huge thank you to Blair for sending me an awesome package this month!