Treat Yourself Tuesday: Free for All [at TJ Maxx]

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The best treat: sleeping in on Sunday. But when that fails…

Juice Crafters, which is ridiculously expensive but so good. This is raw spicy mango smoothie.

All of this from TJ Maxx for my Foodie Pen Pal, my friends, and some for myself. Check out the awesome glasses that double as a bottle opener – I also made it into a keychain.

These snarky cards from Quirk Books will be perfect for Valentine’s Day and every day.

Ticket to Backstage Key‘s Girls Night In

What’s the ultimate treat?

Do you shop at TJ Maxx?

MIMM: Reuniting with Friends (NYE, Lake Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, & San Marcos)

It’s Monday and I’m linking up with Katie for “Marvelous in My Monday.” The start of the year has indeed been MARVELOUS and I’ve already worked on my 2015 goals.

  1. Read more. I finished a book to end 2014 and started 2 new books, Wild (which I actually started but never finished) and The Happiness Project.
  2. Cook more & have sit-down meals. I’ve shared meals with friends all week!
  3. Move more. Nature walks and hikes below!
  4. Sleep more. I have no clue when I fell asleep last night but it was very early then I came home to take a nap.
  5. Spend more time with family and friends. Again, everyday this week! I even swung by my family’s house to hang out.

New Year’s Eve

Lunched at The Pizza Lounge with Nate & Anna who stopped by on their way from Fresno to San Diego. Nate and I worked at the preschool together in 2010-2011. I’ve had the chance to see this awesome couple 3 times since I moved.

Played “Never Have I Ever” with this group to ring in the new year. I left at 11pm though because I wasn’t feeling great. :/

New Year’s Day

Drove to LA and walked to the Lake Hollywood Reservoir. They were closed for the holiday but we still got in some fresh air and a view of the reservoir.

Andrew lived on my floor in the dorms. He’s an assistant for a director in LA.

Denton has been Andrew’s roommate for almost 4 years!

Dinner at The Golden State: Sweet potato wedges and The Burger without cheese, without aioli, medium rare, which I ate without the bun.

January 2nd

Drove back to LA to hike around the Griffith Observatory. We were in awe and it was perfect for Evan who told us he decided to switch his major to astrophysics.

We went for a short hike/nature walk.

Christy & I. Evan was there too. We are former co-workers but we all still hang out.

My phone died but we had a late lunch/early dinner at Mustard Seed Cafe closeby. It was a cute little diner that transported out of LA. They still served breakfast but I got a turkey burger over greens. Then we got one of the best hot chocolates in the world at Demitasse Cafe: lavender hot chocolate.

January 3rd

I met up with Conor in San Marcos for a drink at Churchill’s Pub & GrilleIt ended up being lunch (beer battered fish & chips) and 3 drinks.

We rolled over to the Belching Beaver Brewery, had more drinks, and even made new friends.

Conor and I were history majors, wrote our history theses together, and had a “history family” that drank beer and would fall asleep on each other’s couches/floors.

January 4th

Slept most of the day then ran errands for food.

Today

I’m back at work after 2 weeks off, but I’m going to continue with my goals in mind.

I’m making a list of things to do almost daily to be fulfilled in 2015. What are you doing daily to reach your goals?

A Perfect Pair [of ASICS] for Cross-Training

I’ve never known the power of good sneakers until a few years ago. I bought whatever looked good or was on sale.

As I got more active, my feet started hurting. I’m ashamed to admit that it got to the point where I started to develop bunions. Gross.

I finally started researching shoes, buying some cross-training shoes instead of picking up running shoes… since I don’t run. Sadly, the cross-training shoes were also unsightly.

At Blend, I asked about 10 girls about their gorgeous ASICS, except all of them were running shoes. I had a pair of casual ASICS a long time ago that I coveted.

I was ecstatic to receive a pair of the ASICS GEL-Fit Sanas. I picked black and gray instead of my usual crazy colors.

Once I put them on… woah!

I couldn’t stop wearing them. They weighed NOTHING, felt like I had no shoes on and since I got black, they worked with my regular clothes!

The ASICS GEL-Fit Sanas provides support that going barefoot doesn’t.

Squatting.

Cleaning. Look at that face. Mind you, I’m still sick.

Deadlifting.

Dropping down.

For fun, squatting with my dog.

Through an entire workout and for these photos, my arches felt 100%. I can’t wait to try them with circuits – I have a feeling these would hold up in anything from Zumba to [the small amounts of] sprinting running.

Have you ever suffered any foot pain?

How do you take care of your feet?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of ASICS.

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