Rowing HIIT Workout

It should be news to no one that running is NOT my favorite form of workout. I like exercise, and I don’t even hate cardio…I just have to find ways to keep it more interesting. Tell me I’m not alone in this.

So this weekend, I made up this little workout, and it definitely kicked my booty a bit. I highly recommend it for a little cardio variety, with the added bonus of some shoulder and leg work. Let me know how you like it!

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Peanut Butter Banana Blender Muffins

Happy Monday, and happy “I took all my photos on my phone” day…sorry about the lack of prettiness!

Super easy and super clean, these little muffins will probably become your go to when you want a little baked good. It’s as easy as blending a few ingredients, throwing in any extras you want to have, and baking them up!

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Peanut Butter Banana Blender Muffins

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 cup natural peanut butter
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
optional mix-ins: chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, raisins, dried fruit
optional topping: equal parts oats, unsweetened coconut, and brown sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.

2. Blend all ingredients together, and then stir in any extras you’d like. Divvy the batter up among your muffin tins. It should fill about 36 of them. If you want to add a topping, just sprinkle a little on each one and gently press down.

3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cooked through. Enjoy!

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The Book Loft

Over the weekend, I FINALLY made it to The Book Loft – a Columbus must. It boasts 32 endless rooms of books, and is one of the largest independent book stores in the country. I’m seriously going to back sometime by myself and just get lost in some corner reading about some random thing I know nothing about. If you love books, you MUST make this place a destination…

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Commencement at THE Ohio State University

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Guys, you have never ever seen a commencement so large! Over 11,000 students graduated on Sunday…it took a half an hour just for all of the graduates to file into the stadium and to their seats. Archie gave a great commencement speech, and another wife and I sat up in the boonies getting sufficiently sunburned for about five hours. But I definitely was able to spot my hubby from afar!

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About an hour and a half before commencement…everyone still filing into the shoe.

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He is somewhere in there…

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So many!

There he is, two seconds from getting his diploma... you might not see him but I do!

There he is, two seconds from getting his diploma… you might not see him but I do!

It was amazing to see him go through this process, beginning to end. I feel lucky to have been a part of the journey!

Commencement Weekend!

I cannot BELIEVE it’s been two years since THIS HAPPENED

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And we moved to Columbus. And now, this weekend, the hubs will graduate from his Master’s program.

As I’ve mentioned on the blog before, we have had SO much happen in two years. We quit jobs, got new jobs, moved, got married, got a dog, got another new job, and now here we go with a big ol’ commencement. I’m really not sure what’s next in the pipeline for us, but I definitely don’t feel worried about it. God has moved each of us from one phase to the next, and He has never given us anything we cannot handle.

Mostly, I am SO PROUD of my hubster and how hard he has worked these two years, and I can’t wait to celebrate him this weekend!

And also, I bought these m&ms… and yes that is his little baby picture on some of them… I know, right?

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Guys, I’m practically a real bowler.

The other night the hubs and I bowled seven – yes seven – games. Why? Because! Because why not.

Generally, I’m a pretty awful bowler. Senior year of high school, in our joke of a PE class, we had three week “units,” one of which was bowling. Every day for three weeks we got on a school bus and went down the street to the bowling alley we all had our 8th birthday parties at and bowled. It was actually kind of cool – I learned about scoring (some of which I have since forgotten) and our teacher even tried to teach me proper form, so I’d stop bowling the ball as if I was swinging a softball bat, across my body. Good times.

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Anyway, the hubs and I have bowled on occasion, but this time he actually helped me focus and improve a bit. And in ONE of our seven games, I scored a 121! Woot!! I’m pretty sure my best ever was a 130-something during that three-week crash course in high school.

Anyway, it was really a fun, chill two hours together. And yes, my hand is still sore and my thumbnail got ripped off as it always does when I bowl. Cheers!

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Franklin Park Conservatory

With Katy in town over the weekend, I wanted to do something new in Columbus. I had been told to visit the Franklin Park Conservatory sometime, so it seemed like the right time!

Overall, the conservatory was beautiful. The tulips were still hanging on. I have a fascination with Bonsai trees ever since the hubs and I watched a video on how they are made. And the CHIHULY in this place is AMAZING. That alone was worth the $13 admission. It’s in among the plants throughout the whole place. It’s even sitting on glass plates on the ceilings in some places. Really beautiful. I may or may not be currently rapping/singing in my head… “Chihuly in the ceiliiiiing! Chihuly in the plants! Chihuly in the trees! Chihuly in the tulips!” It doesn’t rhyme but humor me here.

BUT I will say that the current “Butterflies” exhibit was a bit of a disappointment. Maybe they are all dying because it’s near the end, but we really saw like, five butterflies. Nothing like the butterflies Mom and I saw at the Chattanooga Aquarium a few years back.