Sick Boy Soup

Poor Ryan stayed home from work today with a nasty cough, drippin’ nose and exhausted body. He spent the majority of the day sleeping with faithful Sadie by his side. I’m sure she was thrilled to have a cuddle buddy all day!

Little Sadie Girl

Soup for a Sick Boy

When I got home from work, I grabbed my grocery list and Ryan and I picked up some fresh veggies and goods for the week.

My Grocery List

We bought everything necessary for homemade chicken soup. At the first sign of sickness, I always crave a bowl of the good stuff. Tonight Ryan and I made a bubblin’ pot of soup full of vitamin-rich veggies to soothe his sickness.

The base for the soup was a box of chicken broth mixed with two cups of water and a packet of Knorr vegetable mix for tasty seasoning.

Cookin' Sick Boy Soup

Ryan added in thick pieces of chicken breast meat and let the chicken cook in the broth while I sliced and diced the veggies. Included in this soup was an onion, carrots, celery and portobello mushrooms.

Chopped Fresh Veggies

After adding the veggies to the pot, we let the soup simmer on low while I escaped to Great Clips for a haircut.

Gotta love cheap-o hair cuts! I’m not adventurous with my hairstyling at all. I’ve never dyed my hair and it’s been cut the same way for years. It’s kinda hard to mess up a half-inch trim, so I faithfully trust the Great Clips experts!

With freshly trimmed locks, I headed home to pour Ryan and myself two big bowls of homemade soup.

Big Ol' Bowl of Soup

We slurped and slurped until our bowls were empty and our bellies were warm. Yummy dinn-ah!

Unpacking and Cleaning

Remember that cleaning I said needed to happen last night? Well, I definitely neglected my duties and will be paying for it tonight.

I hate unpacking… even if it’s just from a weekend stay in St. Pete. My blue duffel haunts me until I empty it. The best unpacking experience occurs when all your clothes are dirty and you can just dump everything in the laudry basket. Not so this time since I didn’t wear 75 percent of the clothing I brought along for our weekend visit to my parent’s house. Oh well… unpacking here I come!

Last Chance

Tonight is your last chance to enter my first EVER giveaway. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in a chance to win eight packs of Brothers-All-Natural fruit crisps!

Tuna Salad Pita Pocket

As I was going over my eats from yesterday in my head today, I realized that vegetables weren’t the only thing lacking… protein was practically non-existent as well.

Enter: canned tuna!


Canned Tuna

This salty (and stanky!) lil’ fish is packed with flavor and seemed like the perfect way to incorporate a filling and lean protein source into my lunch.

I made an easy tuna salad by adding light mayo, relish, mustard and red onion to the tuna.

tuna salad

Tuna Salad (Nasty lookin', huh?)

I scooped the tuna salad into a whole wheat pita and added a couple handfuls of spinach and several slices of a fresh plum tomato.

tuna salad in pita

Tuna Stuffed in a Pita


Adding Color and Crunch

Hooray for sneaking some veggies in! 🙂

Don’t Forget!

Remember to enter my very first giveaway by 8 p.m. tonight!

Welcome Weekdays

Sometimes I really do welcome Mondays with open arms.


Hello Monday! (Picture from

I adore my weekends, but my balanced eating can often fall to the wayside when I’m surrounded by tempting, sugary treats (ice cream!) on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

Do you have a harder time making healthy decisions on the weekend?

During the week I have a routine and eat around the same time every day (9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.). My weekends are all over the place. I also prefer eating smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to the typical three-square meals. Hanging out with friends and family on weekends can make my mini-meals seem inconvenient, so I often opt for three large meals, but still eat some larger snacks as well. I just loooove to eat!

For some reason my vegetable intake also seems to plummet on the weekends. Somethin’ to work on, I guess!

Today I’m ready for healthy eating! Veggies, fruits and vitamin-rich foods (unlike the bag of butter popcorn with chocolate chips that I enjoyed yesterday 😉 are in my future.

Breakfast started with a toasted sweet wheat Alternative Bagel topped with creamy peanut butter.


Peanut Butter Bagel

I think this is a better choice than the two large chocolate-covered almond biscotti cookies I had yesterday, right? 😉

monday break

Monday Breakfast

This peanut butter lover thoroughly enjoyed this breakfast.

Sick Fiance

Poor Ryan is home sick today. 😦 He is coughing up a storm and has quite the runny nose. He’s the go-to finance guy in the wedding-planning process and I think all the number crunching from this weekend may have taken a toll on him. 😉

I’m thinking I may make homemade chicken soup for dinner today for the sick patient. I love homemade soup and we have some chicken breasts just waiting to be prepared in the fridge.

Please send healthy thoughts Ryan’s way today!


Don’t forget to enter my first giveaway! You have until tonight at 8 p.m. to enter and the only requirement to be in the running to win eight packs of Brothers-All-Natural fruit crisps is to leave a comment on the giveaway post. Yay! I’ll post the winner tomorrow mornin’.