Saturday, February 22, 2014

Health and Sanity Status

Well..... I have got here for you yet another picture of a snack I have been enjoying on almost a daily basis.....

Step one: Take a large collard green leaf and top it with chopped romaine lettuce, mini sugar plum tomato halves, diced cucumber, and a couple of chopped baby bell peppers.  Drizzle Italian dressing on top.  I prefer this Bolthouse Farms brand, and haven't found one I like better.

Step two: Wrap your collard green leaf around all the delicious healthy fillings, like a burrito!

Step three: Enjoy the deliciousness!  So fast and easy, and definitely healthy.

While you are at it, make up a jug of cold water with lemon slices, cucumber slices, and mint leaves.

Ok.... confession time.  School is frustrating me so bad at the moment.  I have this one class that is impossible to get perfect grades in no matter how hard I try.  I know, I know, I don't have to push for perfection, but I do work very hard and when my labors do not reap a reward I expect I get so angry.  Last night was the last straw for me as I did a very difficult assignment that really had nothing to do with anything useful.  It took me about four hours to complete something that was supposed to take maybe up to half an hour because it was not explained how we were to get this assignment done in class.  Just hours of endless Google searching with no useful results.  I had a full on freak out session and burst out crying hysterically and Brandon was trying to calm me down to no avail.  I had the fury of the devil in me, and wanted to snap my laptop in half with my bare hands and then throw it out the window and then kick someone's butt.  I resolved that I would never go to class again and quit school.  No, not really.  I just said that because I was so mad at the lack of direction in my class and for how hard I have had to work for such pathetic results.  Finally I settled down in bed and cried for an hour before calming down enough to take up my assignment again.

I think the reason why I felt this way is because I literally do homework from first thing in the morning until I have to make myself go to bed at night because it is so late and my brain can't function anymore. On top of that I maintain quality full-time work at my current job.  I have taken on a load that is far too heavy for me this quarter, and I never could have foreseen this unfortunate fact when I signed up for the class.  THANKFULLY I only have 3 (or is it 4) weeks of the quarter left.  I can do this.  Yes, I am giving myself a pep talk on my blog.  :-) Anyway, vent session over.  Hopefully I won't have another freakout session any time soon.

On the bright side, I have been taking care of my health and exercising even though I did not think it was possible to fit that into my schedule.  I could make excuses and neglect these things to try to make more room for schoolwork, but at the same time I feel that my brain functions better when I am in optimal health.  And therefore I do better in school.

This post ended up being a little bit more rambly than expected.  Hope you at least enjoyed my healthy snack pictures, or could maybe relate to my psychotic school-brain breakdown.  ;-) xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Our Valentine's Day

Hello to all!  Brandon and I have been so busy lately that we haven't had much time for anything fun.  However, I just wanted to share with you our Valentine's Day festivities, as well as a couple more of my little "health posts" where I took a picture of a meal I liked.  Valentine's Day morning Brandon surprised me with some beautiful flowers and a cute card.

He says that he specifically asked for the pink bow.  I think it was a super cute touch.

Annnnd a close-up of the adorable card he got for me.  Complete with glitter and rhinestones and hearts and ribbons all over.  The note he wrote inside was really cute and romantic too.

I, on the other hand.... decorated his desk secretly with candy hearts for decoration, a long handwritten love letter, and some DELICIOUS cologne from Bath and Body Works.  I am telling you, ladies, go to Bath and Body Works right now and spritz a little bit of the "White Citrus for Men" and tell me it is not the yummiest citrus cologne while still smelling manly.  Brandon loved it.

Here is a close-up of the cute stationery I used to write the love note.  I only use stationery for people I LOVE with all my heart.  hehe.  

Annnnd Brandon also said we will go on a romantic getaway to one of our favorite places, Portland, Oregon.  But this weekend it is not gonna happen.  

Cheesy side note:  Oh my goodness I love Brandon J. Son so much.  I am the luckiest girl in the world to be with him.  He has been the best, most supportive husband ever.  Not to mention he is good at everything and super cute.  I won't list a million things I love about him, although I really could, but I just HAD to put that out there in the name of Valentine's Day.

NOW!  On to a couple "health" pictures.  My new favorite these days.

Remember how I forgot to take a picture of Brandon's running shoes last time?  Anyway, here are his sexy Lunarglide 5's that I found.  Apparently it is hard to find them with this color combination.  Anyway, they look really good on him.

Lastly, here is a surprisingly filling and delicious meal.  I took two slices of Ezekiel toast and topped them each with half an avocado and cracked black pepper.  Then, I had the most delicious grapefruit with it.  Also, Brandon sliced a couple slices of hot sweet potato with cinnamon on the side.  I better not forget to mention the lemon-tangerine water on the side.

Well, hope you enjoyed this post.  I apologize for my lack of blogging these days.  Please believe me when I say I have good reason.  It is all school taking over my life, you know?  I hardly have time to go to the bathroom these days.  Well!  Saturday morning is here and I have lots to do.  One thing I have been enjoying is doing a Blogilates workout 6 times a week.  I am seeing a small transformation already, although it has not been overnight.  Try it if you have some time!  You will not be disappointed.  LOVE YOU ALL! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Missing the Holidays Already

Hey guys.... I have FINALLY decided to post all my Christmas vacation pictures.  Brandon and I went to Las Vegas and Utah.  It was quite a blast.  I took tons of pictures (but I am only posting a few of my favorites).  Also, at the end of this post I will share some more of my healthy eating inspiration pictures!  Enjoy!

PART 1:  Before we left for our little vacation we couldn't wait till Christmas.....

Here are a couple of gifts I got Brandon for Christmas. We opened a few gifts early because we kinda were excited and couldn't wait.  Yerba Mate Latte giant pack of tea, Capra Mineral Whey, Quest Bar variety pack, and some Sweet and Spicy Perky Turkey Jerky.

Brandon got me this delicious pack of Eel Pretz, a Ritter Sport Strawberry Bar, and Pomegranate Vanilla Red Tea.

Brandon got me the running shoes of my dreams, these Nike Lunarglide 4's.  He has matching ones by the way. HA! 

Another angle of my new shoes.  I got him some Nikes as well, but they didn't ship until later, unfortunately. >__< I also didn't take a picture of the ones I got him. But basically they are Lunarglides as well, but where you see gray on my shoes, his has dark blue. :-)

PART 2: Vegas!!  We stayed at Silverton Hotel and Casino.  We couldn't resist being unconventional and visiting Sunset Park instead of spending all our time at the casinos.

Duck pond at Sunset Park.... we noticed a ferris wheel in the distance.  This park is HUGE.  Next time you are in Vegas, I highly recommend you look it up.  It is fairly close to the strip, so it is not like you have to go out of your way to get there.

The ducks were really cute.  I think if I had children I would love to take them here to feed the ducks.

Since we were so curious about the ferris wheel, we drove over there to see since when did Sunset Park have a Ferris Wheel.  Turns out they were having a winter fair that hardly anyone knew about!  We wanted to ride the ferris wheel, but it was kinda cold outside, and plus I had pulled a muscle in my knee and could not walk very easily.  Unfortunately that cut our visit to the park pretty short. 

(WHICH BRINGS ME TO A LONG STORY)  Ok I will tell you the short version of the long story.  I decided it would be smart to run around the block every hour at work, but injured my knee because I pushed myself too hard.  That was the day before vacation.  So it kinda sucked the whole time we were in Vegas because I could hardly go anywhere without crying out in pain from my stupid injury.

There were tons of little rides and activities and booths to check out.  I was sad that my knee was so sore.  We would have stayed longer.

They even had a little ice rink set up at the park!  Mostly little kids were skating, but I would have loved to as well.

And someone carved this awesome Santa ice sculpture.

Of course, it wouldn't be a typical Vegas trip without going to the strip and taking pictures of all the fancy hotels and casinos.  We visited Brandon's adorable grandma and she took us out to sushi, but I didn't think to whip out the camera during that moment.

I was fond of this little path on our hotel grounds that was on the way to the gym.  

PART 3: Visiting Family in Utah!

#1, look at all those presents and that pretty tree!  #2, my dad is awesome with his Santa hat.

My little brother.  He is hilarious.  I love this boy!  Brandon had a blast playing video games with him while I was being a bookworm.

Lollie and Mom!  It was Lollie's first Christmas living in the USA, and I was so glad I could be there for that.  I wish I could be around these two all the time.  It was so fun looking at pictures Lollie had of me and my siblings that we didn't even know existed.  Some of them made me laugh so hard I was rolling on the floor with tears streaming down my face and I could hardly breath.

My beautiful sister Kaelyn.  I tried to get a picture of her husband and little Elsie as well, but they were moving around so much that it came out blurry.  Sadly, I also didn't get a picture of Krissy at all during the trip.  UGH!!

Rachel, aka Little Me.  I had so much fun going to the awesome Provo Recreation Center and working out and playing basketball with her.

As usual, my mom had a beautiful setup for the bed we were sleeping in.  That pillow is hand painted by Granmom.  She's the most artistic person I know.

Out of the whole vacation, leaving my family in Utah was the hardest part.  It feels good to go home, but at the same time I miss my family when I leave them.  

PART 4:  Coming back home....

We had our home Christmas celebration with Brandon's parents with this tiny Christmas tree in the living room. :-)  Isn't the wrapping paper beautiful?  I blame Brandon's mom for that.

To my embarrassment, most of the presents under the tree were for me.  Brandon and I had only wrapped one gift for each person and my gifts to Brandon were all in one giant Bath and Body Works bag.  Brandon had his mom wrap every individual thing for me.  I LOVED everything that Brandon and his family got for me.

Here are some of Brandon's gifts.  Unfortunately a lot of the gifts I had ordered for him hadn't shipped yet.  That is what I get for Christmas shopping online in December. (I mean...ahem...I procrastinated and waited last minute.  Note to self: NEVER AGAIN!!)

Here is a closeup of this pretty necklace Brandon got me.

Annnd this awesome kitten necklace.

And all these lovely oils to burn from The Body Shop.  Man, Brandon wins an award for being the most thoughtful out of the two of us.

He also got me these fashionable black tights.  I am in love.

He also got me more of those delightful Ritter bars and Just Dance 2014.  I was THRILLED.

PART 5:  As are a few healthy meals I have been enjoying.

While we were in Vegas it was tempting to just eat junk food and fatty foods, but Brandon and I went to Whole Foods for dinner instead and hit the Salad Bar.  We also drank green juice and Mama Chia, for more health benefits.  I had never felt so healthy on vacation before.

When it is cold outside it is easy to get sick and for the immune system to go down.  To prevent sickness, I like to make up a glass of Emergen-C...this flavor is Raspberry Lemonade, I believe.  I also prepare a meal that is filling but definitely healthy.  This is Ezekiel toast with cottage cheese, sliced spinach, sliced boiled egg, and dill weed on top.  A banana on the side is good for potassium.

This is a simple favorite snack.  Salad made of spinach, diced apples, almonds, and julienned carrot with Italian Dressing from Bolthouse Farms.  On the side is tangerine slices in water and a different glass with Pomegranate Red Tea.

Hope you enjoyed my belated post.  I just couldn't forgive myself if I never posted all those pictures. :-) xoxox 

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son