End of School Year Celebrations

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Remember that excited feeling you had in your stomach during the last weeks of school before summer? When you woke up, you knew that the weather would be warm and a break would be close. I have that feeling right now, as I wait for my first year of graduate school to comes to a close. Over the past year, I have learned a lot about myself and the college students that I work with.

At my job, we are currently wrapping up the end of the school year, with reports and paperwork.  In class, I am submitting my final papers and giving my final presentations. Summer can’t come soon enough!

Yesterday marked our second to last final (and basically the most difficult exam). Therefore, my friend Brianne and I celebrated with a little ice cream from a downtown ice cream shop, Whiteys! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is my favorite 🙂


Today began with work at 9:00am. Before work, I made myself a smoothie to help me power through my morning. I included frozen mango chunks this time, yum!


Blueberry Mango Morning Smoothie

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/3 c. Frozen Organic Blueberries (the cheapest ones I’ve found are at Target!)

1/3 c. Frozen Mango Chunks

1 c. of Organic Baby Spinach – to amp up the greens

1/2 c. of Vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt (My boyfriend calls it “Cho Bon-Bon” – bet you won’t stop calling it that)

1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds (to thicken and add omega-3’s) Learn more about Chia Seeds Here

a touch of natural vanilla extract, to add some flavor

Blend together and drink immediately. Best tasting with a straw 🙂

The weather in Iowa is unseasonably warm today (93 degrees ) Therefore, my boyfriend Evan and I took a walk over our lunch to get out and enjoy the sun! We were both feeling re-energized and ready to tackle the remainder of the work day after our walk! After work, Evan surprised me with flowers for my “birthday week”. (He gives me one gift/day for the week of my birthday. Such a keeper ;)) You can see Evan typing in the background of this picture too.

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Now that we are done with work, we are off to the gym. Typically, I like to work out in the morning but some days it just doesn’t happen that way–and that’s okay! I am planning on doing a circuit training set that I found on pinterest. I find that circuit training is the best way to incorporate major muscles and burn fat at the same time. Win, win.


Comment and write about what time of day you find it easiest to exercise!

Enjoy your evening!