Lunch Break Blogging and Inception Cruise

I wrote this post last week, and never finished it! So here it is:


Hi guys! I’m on my lunch break, and decided to try and utilize it for some blogging time. I love our cafeteria and its healthy meal options. In fact, it’s made me lazy as far as cooking for myself at home. Today, I had roasted pork tenderloin with some kind of sauce over it. It tasted like a honey mustard sauce of some sort:

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Of course, I had to have my veggies since they were ones I actually like. 

This past week, I was able to put together a lot of what I learned at the AZPA Psychiatric Certificate Program the weekend prior. It’s been so nice to not have to be studying every single night after work. I learned SO much, though! I am definitely glad I did it.

Ali and I went to lunch at RNR last Monday, and I had some amazing Ahi Tuna tacos! They used thinly sliced jicama for their tortillas!

RNR Ahi Tuna Tacos

Ali at RNR

I also rode over to Camelback on my bike, hiked for 30 minutes, and rode back on Sunday:

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Decided to kick it old school with some striped socks :-D. 

That same day, I had brunch at The Herb Box in Scottsdale. I had the MOST amazing Soba Noodle bowl with an added piece of grilled salmon. Honestly the best thing I’ve had from there! 

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It had soba noodles in some kind of yummy sauce, steamed broccoli, soft cooked eggs, avocado, peppers, cucumbers, and the salmon. If you get a chance to try Herb Box in Old Town, I definitely recommend this!

(resuming post today, 3/10) I have been craving that bowl ever since I had it!! I am on my way to Ft. Lauderdale right now to go on a 3 day cruise with my friend Mindy and her friends. I am so excited! I have not had a legitimate vacation in a long time. I am LONG overdue for some beach time. The cruise is the inaugural Inception at Sea cruise, which is a music festival that is out of Cancun that they decided to make into a cruise! You can check out their website here. It’s going to be a wild time, and I can’t wait!

I will be blogging on the ship as long as it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get internet. Otherwise, I will try to blog when I get back. 

I hope you are all doing well!! 

Happy Trails,


Cheers to an Amazing Weekend!

I spent this past weekend in Santa Monica with my friend Mike, and had an absolute blast!! I went back to LA for my follow up with Dr. Guanche, who cleared me to go back to work on July 6th!! I am so happy!! He said both attachment sites felt intact and strong, and that it can take as long as 6 months from the last surgery (making that September) to really feel right again. Then, I proceeded to almost get taken out by a wave in the frigid ocean, come down on my right leg to stabilize myself, and strain it a little bit. I was thigh deep in the water!! It takes NOTHING to aggravate my leg!! Ugh! It feels a lot better now than it did the day after, so at least that’s a good sign! I got a lot of sun, even though the weather was pretty drab almost the entire time I was there. I’m a dedicated beach bum!

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I went to an amazingly yummy restaurant in Venice called The Big Daddy Shack. You guys………I mean, just ridiculous. Look at this!

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I wanted to go there again on my way to the airport on Sunday, but it was too early. I got an Ahi Tuna poke bowl with brown rice, grilled pineapple, mango and avocado. SO yummy and very healthy as well! I got the smaller of the two bowls to help control my portion. It was very filling, and ended up being perfect. 

Saturday night, we went out to dinner at James Beach in Venice, and then to a little dive bar in Santa Monica. I think I ate more at that dinner than I had in the previous three days!! I highly recommend you try James Beach if you’re ever in the area, though. Service was slow, but the food was off the chain!

Outfit of the night-lace seafoam green  bodycon dress from H&M. Still can’t wear heels yet…..

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The bar we went to was so so so cute and homey!! 

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It reminded me of Monkey Pants in Tempe at Christmas time, and apparently Coach House in Scottsdale as well (although I’ve never been there, I’ve just heard about it.)

Speaking of Scottsdale, I have told some of you this already, but I am moving to Scottsdale at the end of the month. I love Ahwatukee. I really do. It’s just getting to be too far away from everywhere I spend time. I am also ready for a change. I want to be where all of the young, single professionals are. I am super excited to start this new chapter in my life! Don’t worry Tukee friends (and basically family <3, I will be coming back to see you often!!) 

As far as everything else in my life, Nerium and J.Hilburn are both going well! The beautiful thing about these two companies is that I will be able to continue with them when I go back to work. With the amount of time I spend on them now, I know I’ll be fine come July 6th. I still have other stuff brewing that I am working on, and will report back when things start to come together. 

You guys have an awesome Taco Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow with a new recipe for WFDW! (What’s For Dinner Wednesday.)


Happy Trails!


Life Update and Picture Dump

Hi guys! I have so many pictures I want to share with you that I have accumulated! First, I want to update you on my life. I am 5 weeks post-op now, and slowly improving. My right leg (the one that had the hamstring repair in November) is really aggravated still. It’s been really hard with it having to be the strong one taking the brunt of all of the work. It wasn’t fully healed when I had my left leg done, and has made it known that it is pissed. It is stronger, but still hurts quite a bit when I engage the hamstring. My left leg is healing, but it’s just such a slow process! I extended my brace another 30 degrees today, and next week will be able to start putting my foot down. I should start weaning off of my crutches between weeks 6-8. I feel like it has been a little bit harder mentally this time. You’d think since I can see a small light at the end of the tunnel that it would be easier, but it turns out each surgery causes the situation to get even more old, and me to get even more tired of being debilitated. It’s almost like they’ve compounded on each other. I have good days and bad days. I try to stay positive, but usually when I am alone and I have my bad moments, I just want to crawl under a rock until this thing heals, and do nothing productive whatsoever. I’ll get there. I know this isn’t going to last forever. All I can hope and pray for now is a full recovery. My body has been through a hell of a lot. Now, it’s time to let it heal. Easier said than done. 

I’ve been pretty good at eating and snacking clean!!

Grapefruit Snack and Ali

Mama Chia Bar

Speaking of snacking clean, have you guys ever had a Mamma Chia bar?? They are awesome!!! I found them in the produce section at Safeway by the other bars. They come in four flavors. Blueberry was definitely the best one, IMO.

Ahi Tuna Salad

This is the Ahi Tuna Salad from Arcadia Tavern. It was delicious!!!

Ali Eating Mandarin

Health Yummy Meals Collage

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I’ve also been a little bit naughty…..

Filet and Mushrooms

A filet is actually a pretty lean cut of beef, but I had a lot more than a filet that night!!! I had stuff of off a seafood tower:

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Seafood is actually pretty good for you too, though……I had some sushi roll that I didn’t take a picture of because I’ve taken pictures of it and posted it before. It’s the Magura Lime Roll from Mastro’s City Hall. If you haven’t been there, go!!! It’s in Old Town Scottsdale. I also had an oyster!! I was daring!!


Yes, that is cocktail sauce with horseradish on top. This girl likes her stuff hot!!

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Overall, that night I didn’t control my portions. A girl’s gotta live sometimes, though, right!?? Here was my Easter Sunday Dessert:

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I resisted the Cadbury Cream Eggs until the last day possible, and then guess what? My Walgreens down the road from my house was out :-(. I had the chocolate one instead, and it was still fantastic!!! I just really like the classic cream eggs! 😛

I’ve had a  lot of fun with makeup lately! I have posted two tutorials in the past couple of weeks. If you missed them, here are some of the pictures of the looks:

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This was my March Madness Louisville Eyeshadow tutorial look. 

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This is my friend Lauren and I at Arcadia Tavern watching Louisville beat NC State! We always have a blast when we get together! We also run into each other all the time in Scottsdale randomly! So awesome!

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Here was my Sunset Inspired Eyeshadow look:

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I love using these warm oranges and golds! They compliment almost every eye color, especially blue and green! The two stars of the show were MAC’s Amber Lights and Expensive Pink.

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I did another really cool look Friday when my girls and I went to Sandbar for dinner. I used warm oranges and browns, and added a splash of teal to make the look springy!

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The lashes I used were insanely long, but so pretty! They are from the brand Red Cherry in style #43. 

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I used my 1.25” curling wand to get the waves. I left about 1-2” of hair out on the ends to give it a more piecey and wavy look.

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Last look for this post is this Mauve and Purple smokey eye. I wore this with my black dress to dinner at City Hall where I had the filet and oyster :-).

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Black Dress on Crutches

I filmed the Mauve and Purple look, but not the orange and teal. I should have the one edited and posted by the end of this week. Leave me a comment below if you’d like a tutorial of the orange and teal look!

Hanging out at Safeway and getting Starbucks, then grocery shopping has become a favorite pastime :-D. 

Scooter and Starbucks


Scooter Fun

I think this was the second time in like 2 weeks I made an event out of going to the grocery store! When elderly people or people that live alone tell you that the grocery store is their one chance to get out of the house, they’re not kidding! Let them do their thing! It’s so refreshing and nice to get out of the house, and be in civilization! I took my sweet time, and ended up being there for at least 1.5-2 hours one of those times!

Stir Fry

I made a curry stir fry that I am planning on posting for WFDW (What’s For Dinner Wednesday) this week. It was super quick and simple! Stay tuned for that!

That is my updated life story, and most of the pictures I have to show you. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all have an awesome week, and I’ll be back very soon with another post! 

Happy Trails!