Saturday, July 26, 2014

Urban Agriculture Camp

It's been far too long my friends.  You know, it seems like every time I commit to posting once a week, life happens and I get so wrapped up in living/experiencing that I forget to bring my camera and/or post about it!  I hope to get some consistency eventually, but for now I apologize and I hope you can forgive me.

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to learn about Urban Agriculture during a camp that was supported by Triton College and The Sugar Beet Co-op!  Below are just a few pictures of all the different places we got to explore and learn about within the realm of growing organic and sustainable food in places around Chicago!  Below each picture is a link to that location's website if you'd like to learn more or visit them yourself.  Also, definitely let me know if you have visited or plan to visit these places!!

Oh!  And, I'm only 3 subscribers away from reaching my first goal!  So, if you like learning about nutrition, yoga, and fitness subscribe to this blog!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Marvelous Monday

No "Case of the Monday's" here folks!  I am so excited to share last week's workouts and weekend fun with you.  Are you ready?!


  • 2 days of kickboxing class (45 min each)
  • 3 60 min yoga sessions (60 min each)
  • 2 days of non stop walking/playing/having fun/acro yoga!!!!
     Friday and Sunday were the non-stop activity days.  On Friday, we played soccer with an 8 and 10 year old for nearly an hour and a half.  Then, we walked back home just to eat a snack and head back out.  That night, we went to a friend's house to see fireworks.  To get to the fireworks, we walked in a big group 2 miles (then of course 2 miles to get back home as well).  While we waited for 9:30 to come, I was doing some acro yoga with the same 2 kids as before for nearly 2 hours (or at least it felt that way!)  For only weighing between 50-70 lb each, my legs were getting tired after flipping and balancing them!

Saturday was more of a rest day and we got to get some writing in of our books (yes, I am writing another book!!  This time, it will be for adults and is a combination of historical fiction and sci-fi!)

Then, on Sunday, we went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire!! More on that later, though...I have some pictures :)

Luana Ola!  Enjoy Life!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last week's workouts

Alright, so here's the first weeks!

Ugh, I feel horrible that the only real exercise I got for my first week of training was yoga.  Yes, it was sweaty and challenging, but I missed my goal.  If you live in the Midwest like me, you might understand why I've had zero motivation to workout (lack of sunlight, rain, and foggy days/nights).

But, all in all, these are just excuses and are no reason for me to give up on my goals.  So, here I am, once again writing about how I will do better next time; change and meet my goals.  I'm tired of writing about how I will do better next time, though so I'm going to stop.  No more apologies.  It is time to put my running shoes on and do what I say I am going to do!

So, here's next week's workouts.  This is not a goal or a plan, but a destination.

Week 1MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
R 3 miY 60 minR 3 miY 60 minR 3 miY 60 minRest

R = run/jog
Y = yoga

It's time to finish goals, make changes, and meet expectations.

Luana ola!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Last Weekend's Pictures!

As I promised, here are the pictures from last weekend when Andrew and I went to Green Bay for a friend's wedding!  See this post for a recap of what we did.

Luana ola!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sugar Beet Open House

Hey everyone!

This weekend, I have a really fun and exciting event going on!  The place I am interning at (The Sugar Beet Co-op) is having an open house this Saturday in Oak Park!  Below, is the advertisement; so please feel free to stop by and say hi whist getting samples of fair trade chocolate, wine, and food!

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JUNE 28, 20141-4 PM 
812 W. Madison Ave.
Oak Park, IL
Meet, mingle and shop for one-of-a-kind art & gifts from amazing local artists, plus enjoy wine samples and chocolate tastings during The Sugar Beet Co-op Pop Up Art Show & Open House. Co-op memberships will be for sale at this event--come check it out!
Members, please join us for a Member Loan Program Preview where you'll learn first hand details about the progress of The Sugar Beet Co-op and what it will take to bring it to life. Don't miss this important event and bring a friend or neighbor to help spread the news!
Comment below if you are able to come!

Luana ola!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Disney 1/2 Marathon!

Ok guys, so here's the scoop.  One of the major events on my bucket list is to run in the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon!  Now I will definitely not be able to go this year, but that doesn't mean I can't train for it?!  After all, it's exercise and that's definitely not a bad thing.

Now, I do have to be honest with you though...I've been focusing on yoga, school, and not internship so much that I have let my running/cycling slide :(  I really miss it, but I just keep finding these excuses to get in the way.  So you know what...?

Let's train together!!

I have set up a plan for myself and a friend (Kristin), and if you'd like to join us, please leave a comment below and I will send you a copy of the schedule.  I will also be doing weekly recaps every Saturday to let you know how my training is going.

I will also be having my regular weekly blog post (sorry there's no exact day of the week that happens yet...) as well!

Luana ola; enjoy life!!

Wedding Weekend Fun

Hi friends!

This weekend was so full of fun, I don't even know where to begin.  Well...I'll begin with apologizing for no pictures in this post...I left my camera (with the SD card in it) at my grandparents' house, which is about an hour away.  I really wanted to share this weekend with you guys though, so I promise I will have a follow up post with all the pictures.

Ok then, let's start with Friday shall we?

Since it is summer, Andrew got off work early and I have no internship on Fridays!  So, we packed everything into the car for the weekend and left for Green Bay, WI.  The whole point of this trip was to be at my friend's wedding!  But, since we had to drive about 4 hours away, we decided to go early and make a little vacation out of it.

We got to Green Bay at around 6pm, checked in to our hotel at went to Titletown Brewery for dinner.  Andrew loves trying different beers, and this location was an old Railroad station that the brewery turned into a restaurant/brewery.

After dinner, we walked around for a while, but it got surprisingly cold really fast...thanks Wisconsin! :)

Saturday morning, we were up bright and early with the sun.  Luckily, we brought plenty of bananas for breakfast since there weren't any veg-friendly options near by!  Then, we got to the Conservatory right when it opened at 8am.  It was perfect!  We were the only ones there for awhile, so we got to play in the kiddy area (who are we kidding...we're all kids at heart!!):  sliding down the slide, acting like a baby bee, putting on a turtle shell.  So fun!

We then walked over to see the real animals.  We saw a baby raccoon being fed, birds of all sizes, a cougar, bobcat, skunk, and the two best animals there:  wolves and river otters!!  We actually got to see the wolves be let out in the morning and fed, while the otters were actually playing with us through the glass.  They would swim by, tap the glass with their paw and follow us back and forth!  It was so cute!  Although these animals were contained, they were all rescued and they all looked like they were being well taken care of.

We made it to the wedding ceremony by 1 pm.  It was lovely, and I even ran into some of my old friends from college!  After the ceremony, we went on a brewery tour with some friends, and then headed to the reception.

Lots of country music was played and we danced the night away!  I'm so happy for my friend and that she found someone who can love her as much as she loves him and the rest of the world!  Seriously, she is so caring and genuinely happy all the time! Love her!

I'll be posting pictures soon!!

Luana ola!