Easy Like Monday Morning


Isn’t there a song like that or something? “Easy Like Sunday Morning” maybe?

Let’s see- running first.

Yesterday it was pretty easy to get motivated to do a two part run after hearing the news that my inspirational friend, Deena Kastor, (we hung out and all at the ASICS LA Marathon two weeks ago),  not only won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon, but also set two Master’s records at the age of 41. There’s a Runner’s World article here about it.

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So my early morning 6 mile run was later followed by a 10 mile run while watching a cute flick.

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I picked up the pace a bit on both runs- the first one in the middle and the second one the last five miles. I did n’t really keep track of my actual pace, but just played with the speed a little bit.


Today, however, I just wasn’t feeling it this morning so I did 6 easy treadmill miles. It would’ve been easy to talk myself out of it, but the Boston Marathon is in 4 weeks. Um yeah. Can’t really wrap my head around that one.

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I also got a new show on Netflix. The New Girl. It’s pretty cute.

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So easy talk.

Gosh darn it, if life was easy and finding the balance each day was easy, what would we do with ourselves right?

I’m working on simplifying the things that I can.


The easiest salad dressing ever I’ve been making lately.

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I’m actually just now realizing I have posted something like this before and called it Hot and Sweet Salad Salad Dressing.

I don’t measure, just combine the Trader Joe’s Hot and Sweet Mustard, apple cider vinegar, Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning and some of those Ghost Chilies. Good stuff.

Best eaten with a turkey or chicken salad, with a little crushed red pepper and outside while watching the kiddos.

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Also best followed by sweetener free roasted kabocha squash. Ha.

Another really easy thing from yesterday was subbing in some Silk Almond Coconut Blend milk in our gluten free green banana bread to make it dairy free also. Oh, and to make muffins instead of bread.


I pretty much followed the recipe for dairy and gluten free pumpkin muffins, but added the spinach and bananas like the green bread.

They came out marvelously. Especially the ones with added chocolate chips. He he.


Speaking of greens and spinach, it’s really easy to add an entire bag of spinach to a turkey bacon egg white scramble.

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And the hot sauce I add to it every morning is an easy decision also. Yep, this Scotty B’s sweet bacon jalapeño is simply the best.

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It is also a very easy decision right now to wrap up my computer time and help these guys who seem to have lost their lizard they caught just now.

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I will be doing just that.


I’ll leave you with my favorite flower that I discovered yesterday out front

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and these wise words from my tea yesterday.

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I love that. You’re all you’ve got, don’t compromise yourself.



Have a good Monday friends!

Hope it’s an “easy” one!


Random, but what’s your favorite flower?

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  1. 1
    Erica says:

    Ohhhhh there are some days where running just takes A LOT to get through! New Girl is a great show. The salad dressing sounds yummy. I will have to try that combo. Hope the rest of your day goes great!

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    Kim says:

    That flower is gorgeous!! I have always liked roses – especially some of the uniquely colored ones!!!
    I’m bummed because I only made it through 4 miles this morning – something weird with my right calf. Not good since I only have 6 weeks until I take on another 50 mile race!! Oh, well – it will just go away!!

  3. 3

    I can’t believe the Boston Marathon is just 4 weeks away!!

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    Tayler says:

    Oh my do I love New Girl! Your diet is pretty much amazing, super inspiring 🙂

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    I can’t believe how soon the Boston Marathon is!! So close – I am not running but my husband is and I look forward to cheering him on. My favorite flour would have to be the tulip – They are so simple yet so beautiful. That and Sunflowers because my grandmother used to grow them and they remind me of her.

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    Purelytwins says:

    Boston Marathon getting so close!!!
    and favorite flower is probably a yellow rose and love hydrangeas!

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    Carson says:

    Never watched The New Girl, but maybe I will add it to the Netflix que.

    My favorite flower is probably the day lily. So simple and pretty.

  8. 8

    Love new girl! Running sometimes is just a mental battle! My favorite flower is a tulip currently just because it would be the first sign of spring and I am tired of the snow!

  9. 9

    People who win marathons/half marathons. BLOW MY MIND.

  10. 10

    I think my favorite flower is a peony, but them junks are expensive, as I’m finding out as I go through and plan my wedding!

  11. 11

    You kill me with your breakfast pics. I want to eat breakfast with you every day 😉 Favorite flower is the tulip!!! LOVE them!

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    Kristen says:

    I love daffodils. And wild roses.

  13. 13

    As I mentioned on IG – I live for that hot & sweet mustard! It used to be a seasonal item here & I would stock up before it went out of stock. 🙂 So glad that it is a regular item for now – we all know ho TJs likes to make stuff disappear! 😉 That salad looks amazing!!!!!

    I love lilacs! 🙂

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