HAPPY TURKEY DAY! + a random list.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!! What are you guys up to today? I wanted to stop by quickly since I’ve been so busy till today, but after this the computer will be off and it’s a day of family time ahead– I can’t wait! The Thanksgiving Day Parade is my favorite– I even went one year! But it’s better at home with food//coffee//blankets *unless you can sit in Herald’s Square.

First a quick view of this past week:


^^I always try to workout at least 5/7 days of Thanksgiving week- it can be hard with all the family events, but it makes me feel so much better!^^





^^and my delicious breakfasts this week I just have to share. Featuring: Applegate Organic Chicken and Apple Sausage *dairy, casein, gluten, antibiotic free*. I love this sausage and it makes for such a quick breakfast– throw few in a pan, toss some veggies in there too, and you have a healthy breakfast in a few minutes!^^

Survey Time!

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. Livs
  2. Sniffles
  3. Jillian
  4. Livi

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Bagel Shop Worker
  2. Resident Advisor
  3. Nanny
  4. Youth Group Leader

Four movies you’ve watched more than once:

  1. The Little Mermaid
  2. Frozen
  3. Bridesmaids
  4. My Best Friend’s Wedding

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. Half the Sky
  2. Jane Eyre
  3. Don Quijote (a big undertaking, but definitely worth reading/learning about the impact this novel has had in the centuries since)
  4. Let Your Life Speak (an amazing book on life/vocation/finding your path)

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Linter, Belgium
  2. Honolulu, HI
  3. Tokyo, Japan
  4. Ceiba, Puerto Rico

Four Places you have visited:

  1. Greece
  2. Paris, France
  3. Barcelona, Spain
  4. Berlin, Germany

Four things I don’t eat:

  1. Gluten !
  2. Soda
  3. Milk.
  4. Liver. yet.

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Scrambled/fried eggs
  3. Kale (especially in chip form)
  4. Cheese

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. American Horror Show
  2. Live with Kelly and Michael
  3. Modern Family
  4. Brooklyn 99

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Graduating from college
  2. My best friend’s wedding
  3. My family’s big move to Florida
  4. Taylor Swift concert ?! I hope 😉

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. Coffee?
  2. I have so much to do!!!
  3. Thank the Lord!
  4. Is it bedtime?

Question of the Day

What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?! 

Pick and question and share your answers!!

p.s. for more thanksgiving fun check out Thinking Out Loud @ Running with Spoons!!


a to z.

A. Attached or Single?


I’m attached and loving it. I mean- a best friend who you can date too? It’s pretty awesome.

B. Best Friend?


^my amazing roommate Carolyn, best friends since freshman year. I definitely would not have made it through my sophomore year without her. She’s going abroad to France this fall…my heart is breaking! But she’s my favorite so I am happy for her and so excited to hear about it!^


^Krista. Best friends since 8th grade. Basically the same person as me. So much so that we often find ourselves saying the exact same things…. I love her and wish she were closer! New York is so far from South Carolina.^

and…my mom 🙂 nothing can compare to that relationship, which we’ve been building for the past 20 years. She’s my confidant and I cannot imagine going a day without her. I am truly blessed with a mother like her.

C. Cake or pie?

Well, I’m a pretty huge icing fanatic… so cake. But not for the cake. For that creamy, yummy, sugary frosting!

D. Day of choice?

Sundays are pretty awesome. God time, friend time, cooking time. I’m ok with that !

E. Essential Item?

I can’t go anywhere without my coffee. Essentiallllllllllll every day item.


F. Favorite color?

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I mean…I guess you could say I like orange.

G. Gummy bears or worms?

Gummy bears…. worms just creep me out- gummy or real.

H. Home town?

Uhm… born in Virginia Beach, VA. Now from Setauket, NY. In between? I’ve lived in Honolulu, HI; Tokyo, Japan; Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Linter, Belgium; and now… sort of Greenville, SC. So, what’s my hometown? You decide.

I. Favorite Indulgence?



J. January or July?

ooooh hard to choose. But, I’m going to go with July… love me some summer 🙂

K. Kids?

I want them. Probably two? But believe me…. long time before I’m going to be on that track.

L. Life isn’t complete without?

Family. and friends.



M. Marriage date?

whoaaaaaaa kids. I love mah boy but… 20 years old. Not ready for that yet.

N. Number of brothers/sis

One AMAZING twin brother.

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one lovely big sister.

O. Oranges or Apples?

I’m an apple lover. Crisp, delicious… put me in an apple orchard, and I couldn’t be happier.


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P. Phobias?

uhm… phobia is kind of a strong word? Drowning is scary. So are spiders. I like to think I’m pretty chill besides that.

Q. Quotes?

anything about life/fate/happiness…I’m a sucker for it. And about my faith. And the last one is just for fun…

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R. Reasons to smile?

lists, sunshine, biking, running, dancing, friends, family, roommates, brunch, tapas, nail polish, elephants… I smile pretty easily and I like it that way.

S. Season of choice?

Fall! Homecoming, Tailgates, birthdays, apple picking, camping and hiking with the beautiful changing leaves? I can’t get enough of fall. Especially here in SC where it’s still mostly warm!




^apple picking^





T. Three of your essential must-read books?

Peter Pan, The Kite Runner, Half the Sky. Check them out.

U. Unknown fact about me?

I speak Dutch.

V. Vegetable?

I love love love bell peppers! I can’t get enough. And I love eggplants!IMG_1625

IMG_1382W. Worst habit?

picking my nails {I hate the word picking} when I’m stressed!

X. Xray or Ultrasound?

Uhm… what? I’ve actually had a lot of ultrasounds, but of my thyroid not my uterus! I have Hashimoto’s so they like to check up on me.

Y. Your favorite food?

“healthy food”- salads. it’s an empty palate for you to make anything you want!/ IMG_1776 IMG_1803

“unhealthy food”- chocolate, cake, cookie dough.

Z. Zodiac sign?

Aries, the Ram!

Happy Sunday!


I’ve seen this survey floating around and since I love questions/lists I thought I would join in!

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

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yum smoothie! Smoothies are the best- a base of almond milk and protein powder + any frozen fruit- a new creation every day!

2. How much water do you drink a day?

I try to drink 80+ oz per day- I love my Contigo water bottle! It has a top that is double secure so I can throw it in my bag on the go and not worry about spills. Keeps me drinking and hydrated all day.

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3. What is your current favorite workout?

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I’m loving at-home workouts right now! Getting things done on my time. The best is cardio in the morning and then I do weights/toning at night while watching tv! Makes it fly by.

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Good question! I don’t really know but if I had to guess I would say 1500-1700 a day is probably the average. Instead of focusing on calories, I focus on eating clean- whole, unprocessed, real foods. That doesn’t mean I don’t have some treats- but I try to make that the exception and healthy eating the rule.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

So many! How to choose?


guac! plain simple and yummy!


yogurt with nut butter


hummus and veggies

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Lunch is usually a big salad that I can throw together easily- lots of veggies, some hummus or avocado, and some sort of protein like a veggie burger.


this is a typical salad!

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

probably…my abs! I love to crunch it out!

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

hm… mostly I enjoy everything but I’ll say arms for the sheer fact that they’re my weakest link.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

chocolate chocolate chocolate!!! It’s my weakness (but I don’t really mind!)


10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I take a probiotic supplement!

11. How often do you eat out?

Hard to say…pretty infrequently! Mostly due to $$ consciousness and business. Probably once every 2 weeks.

12. Do you eat fast food?

Nope! Makes me feel gross, I don’t see any need for it!

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

My wonderful family!

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14. Do you have a gym membership?

Yes! I have a membership at our local university for the summer. It’s so close, which is great, because I can bike there as a convenient warmup/cool down!

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Too few…. probably 6 per night. I like to get 8 when I can, it makes me feel so awesome all day long!

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?

Not really. I have a moderation mentality. If I have the chance to have a delicious piece of cake or a special ice cream…I’m definitely not going to pass that up! By eating healthy most of the time I am able to balance with a few treats once in a while.

17. Do you have a workout buddy?

Yes! My amazing boyfriend Nathan is a fitness lover like me and we always have fun working out together. Hiking is especially great with him.


18. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

The best thing is…feeling great.. I love my healthy lifestyle because I’m happy, energized, and feel like I focus more on the moments of life rather than poor eating or what people think of me.

19. What was the last healthy thing you did?

Worked out this morning! I love to get up and get my sweat on – after a little coffee of course!IMG_1148

What are your favorite healthy habits?