EXCITING NEWS! + Pasta Night is Good for the Soul



Exciting news.

No, no babies. Not even a new fur baby. No engagement. No wedding.

Nope, nadda.

None of that.

BUT! The exciting news I wanted to share with you today is that you can now find my podcast on iTUNES!!

Okay, I am probably more excited about this than you are, but it had to be shared. I mean, now I can go everywhere with you.

I will always be with you. *Cue creepy music*

Nah, not in a weird way. In a friendly hanging out kinda way. Bonus for you guys: my podcast episodes are short and sweet, which means you can binge-listen to them over, and over, and over… : )

Be sure to download & SUBSCRIBE to the podcast here so you don’t miss out on any future episodes!

Alright, so let’s recap yesterday a bit, shall we?

In true Holly fashion, I snoozed through my alarms several times and my scheduled six mile run did not happen in the morning. Boo. My legs were super sore from my long run on Saturday, and it was quite nice to catch up on sleep. That being said though, this meant running in the blazing heat after work.

6 miles. Slow. Easy, but it felt hard. It took SO long for my legs to finally get into it, and by that time I had twenty minutes left of the run. Meh. Such is life, right?



When I came inside, Ryan had a big pot of pasta going! He knows that carbs and wine are the way to this girl’s heart. Smart man, he is : ) He used a simple tomato sauce and added a bit of chili flakes for spice, garlic, and pepper for seasoning, then added KALE (I KNOW, that was my reaction too!), red onion, mushrooms, and veggie ground. It was the perfect meal after my run because by that point I was huuuungry. It’s like we have ESPN or something (cue Mean Girls reference).



Also, ignore the splatters in the bowl. I realized after uploading this picture that I should’ve at least made it look a bit more photogenic and wiped the sauce off the sides. Oh well. You guys know I’m not the Master Chef, right? If you didn’t, surprise. Sorry to disappoint ; )

Quick & easy! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the ol’ PODCAST… You know, on iTunes since you can do that now ; )

What’s In My Fridge – BBQ Edition!

Good morning everyone!

Today I am going to give you a peek inside my fridge. Much like my peek inside my pantry post, I will be showing you what’s in my fridge, in particular, what’s left in my fridge from the BBQ we hosted over the Canada Day long weekend.

Let’s jump in, shall we!?

Top Row:

Cherries, grapes, cantaloupe, San Pellegrino (for those who did not want to drink), leftover turkey burgers (in a container), kombucha, French vanilla creamer (which we have had in the fridge since Mother’s Day… To be honest it needs to be thrown out because we never use it but #lazy), jars with salad dressing, Greek yogurt

Snack Drawer:

Veggie pepperoni, cheese, red onion, some chopped up tomato slices, hummus, pea sprouts

Middle Row:
Okay this is where it gets crazy lol
Two dozen eggs, two cupcakes that were leftover, salsa, hollyhock dressing in a jar, chia seeds, two containers of feta cheese (because someone thought we were out of feta), strawberries, spinach dip, a bowl of broccoli pasta salad, watermelon, and I think we had almond milk back there too.

Bottom Row:

Farm fresh turkey! Ryan used the meat grinder attachment on our Kitchen Aid mixer & now we have ground turkey in the freezer. Beer, Rocky Creek Rose, Oyster Bay white wine, a container with lettuce and burger toppings, bottom container with mushrooms.

Veggie drawer:

Garlic scapes, orange peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, tomatoes, beets, carrots

And the space where another veggie drawer should be (LOL):

Box of mixed salad greens, a ginormous bag of spinach that literally looks like a pillow

Alright, folks! That’s everything. We also have a big cooler full of beer leftover (still, I know), but beer isn’t my jam so Ryan will have to drink that. Woe is him, hey? I would love to do a grocery haul video for you guys one of these days, so stay tuned!

SERIOUSLY Easy Mexican Black Bean Salad

A picture of me grocery shopping this morning after cleaning out the fridge. Hello, produce aisle! ; )
Good morning, friends!
I wanted to share a delicious Mexican-inspired salad that I have been loving. It is super easy, doesn’t require any fancy ingredients, and is packed with fresh veggies.
Easy Mexican Black Bean Salad
1 cup cooked wild rice
1 can black beans (rinsed)
1 can corn kernels (I purchased low sodium, otherwise rinse to reduce extra salt)
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
Buttloads of cilantro (or however much you like. I am a cilantro fiend)
Pink Himalayan sea salt & pepper (more pepper than salt, though I don’t measure this)
1 tsp turmeric
A shake of garlic powder (depending how garlicky you like it!)
Juice of half a lemon
Mix it all up and VOILA! Easy peasy, lemon squeezey. This salad is perfect for spring and summer as it is light, and you can customize it in so many ways. I like to make a big batch of this salad and take it to work, or I will put it on top of spinach or greens for an extra punch of veggies. Another great way to switch it up is by adding chicken for extra protein!

Coffee Free, So Far + Saturday Recap

So, today is day 5 of no coffee.

How am I feeling so far? Honestly, not too different. I haven’t cut out caffeine completely from my diet, just coffee itself, as I was finding myself feeling jittery with a pounding headache after I drank my one travel mug of coffee in the morning. While the change isn’t drastic, I have noticed a slight reduction in my headaches. However, I had the worst headache on Friday morning and it lasted almost until lunch time. That being said, I am looking forward to having a cup of coffee later on this week. I was having bullet proof coffee a few times last week (prior to the coffee free post) which wasn’t too bad on the headache front. So, we will see what Thursday brings as that’ll be my first day back on the java!

What I have been loving this week is tea, of course, and matcha lattes. Generally matcha lattes are reserved for Saturdays. I don’t know why, but there’s something about an afternoon matcha latte on the weekend that just feels so right. If you haven’t jumped on the matcha train, I highly recommend that you do so! There’s so many benefits and antioxidants in matcha, and I feel it gives me the same boost as coffee without the headache or jitters. Damn. Too bad I like the taste of coffee, otherwise I’d be a matcha gal every day!

I enjoyed a homemade matcha latte with my post-run breakfast. So, this week wasn’t the BEST with running. Taking Monday off threw me for a loop, and then I slept in on Wednesday which made the after-work run unavoidable. I don’t mind running after the work day, but I like starting my day knowing that I’ve already checked a few things off my to do list – my run being one of them.

Anyway, this run was pretty good. Nothing too exciting to report. Next week is a new week, and I will be planning out the miles in my journal to ensure I have a GOAL for the week (something I did not have last week!) and a plan of action to reach that goal. I am insane about my training journal, I swear. I will even write things like “took an epsom salt bath” in there just to remind myself of all the little self care and recovery things I’ve done during the week. Hey, they all add up!

As usual I’m on an egg kick after my weekend runs. It’s usually pretty similar: a bunch of veggies sauteed in coconut oil (you can heat it to a super high temperature without it going rancid like olive oil) with two over easy eggs. Today I added on some leftover avocado we had on hand and called it DONE. Easy peasy.

The rest of the day was pretty relaxed. Well, productive and relaxed, I would say. I gathered my tax stuff together so I can get that done next week (yahoo, so much fun!) and did a couple loads of laundry, cleaned the floors, vacuumed the bedrooms, and chilled out with a face mask and some earl grey tea. Easy weekends are the ones I love most! Does anyone else love when they don’t have any plans? Guilty of that!


I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! What is ONE fun thing you did this weekend?