Yesterday I turned twenty-eight years old. For some reason it sounds much older than twenty-seven did…maybe because it’s that much closer to thirty?

I filled the day with my favorite things: school, pizza with friends, walking at the dog park, watching my husband do manual labor, and candy (lots of candy).

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Hula’s first trip to the dog park! Ridiculously difficult to get a good picture of them.

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Kicking back and watching Steve split some wood by hand.

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Apparently, I really love to wear this dress on my birthday!

I have a feeling twenty-eight will be a good year. I’ll finally finish school and become and RN, we are going to the Dominican Republic in December, and I’ve already made connections for my dream job (things are promising!). Things are exciting and I am really, really happy. Here’s to another trip around the sun!

Mojito Mocktail

I have some seriously amazing classmates in my nursing program. One such friend surprised me last week with a mint planted in a decorated container that has our biggest memories and catch phrases from first year. How sweet is that!?

I knew immediately that my first recipe would be a Mojito. Mojitos are actually a great drink to order mocktail-style at restaurants (meaning non-alcoholic). The trick is to simply ask for a club soda with lime & mint. Otherwise you will get charged the $7+ of the original version (it’s happened to me twice!). No one wants to pay $7 for a bubbly water with some herbs in it, am I right?

Fortunately, having fresh mint on hand makes this drink pennies on the dollar. You only need 4 ingredients: club soda, juice from 1/2 lime, mint and a sweetener, if desired.

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I chopped up some of the mint to help release its flavor and then mixed everything together. Et voila…super flavor packed and refreshing. Bonus points for being able to enjoy it any time of day!


Weekly Workouts 8.17-8.23

I really need to start keeping track of my workouts as I go because when I sit down on the weekends I have to dig real deep to remember what all I did!

Sunday – Work gym workout. 1 mile each on treadmill, elliptical and lateral x machine. Plus an upper body circuit workout.

Monday – HIIT the Beach II from the second Beach Babe DVD.

Tuesday – PiYo Core (sore obliques!) and a pup walk.

Wednesday – 3 long walks at work and at home.

Thursday – Love Your Body HIIT and a pup walk.

Friday – PiYo Strength Interval WO. Loved this one. Short, sweet and sweaty!

Saturday – HIIT the Beach II from the second Beach Babe DVD. Pup walk.

Overall this was an alright week of workouts. Most workouts were 30 minutes or less. I don’t feel like I really pushed myself, considering I had a few late mornings that I slept right through. This week I’m focusing on cardio to try and hit my goal of 150 miles by Labor Day (started mid July) and since it’s my last easy week before school really gets crazy I’m going to use the time to push myself and get real sore. Check ya later.