Twofer Tuesday + Egg White Raspberry Quinoa Breakfast

Heya guys! Smile

I’m a bit late in posting this morning because as soon as I downed my first cup of coffee, I walked over to my voting precinct to get my vote on:


(excuse my no make up/just rolled out of bed look I’ve got goin’ on right nowWinking smile)

It’s weird – I knew who I was voting for the entire year, up until about a week ago. I didn’t even know for certain who I was voting for today until woke up this morning. Then, I knew, and I couldn’t wait to cast my vote. Yay Amurrica!

Now that that’s out of the way (and went quite seamlessly and quickly) let’s chat about a few more trivial ideas.

1. Two favorite new purchases.

I mentioned I went shopping last weekend, but this is what I’m most excited about:

1. Under Armour stocking hat and


2. Merrell hiking boots!

Both are for Colorado, but I think I’m going to rock them back here in Illinois, too. You kn ow…when I’m hiking up the 1% incline between the corn fields and such…

2. Two books I’m reading.

1. Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst:


I loved Unglued so much that I had to read another one of her books. I think I’m actually going to go back and re-read Unglued, because I’ve definitely become unglued since reading it. Or maybe I’ll just go back and read what I highlighted along the way Smile

2. The Lion by Nelson Demille:


Have we talked about this book yet? First I read Plum Island, and then The Lion’s Game, and now finally The Lion. I’d say so far I’m liking it the very best! I’m about half way finished.

3. Two musics I’m listening to.

Yes, musics.

1.  Dance music for when running lately – Skrillex and Avicii to be specific. This really means once a week, because that’s all I’m running anymore!


2. Third Day for when I’m driving:


And they’re new album, Miracle comes out today!

4. Two breakfasts I’ve been eating.

1. Quinoa egg white breakfast cereal:


I was on an oats kick for a while, but am not eating oats right now. Instead, I’ve been having quinoa for breakfast! Here’s how I make it:

Raspberry Egg white Breakfast Quinoa

(makes 2 servings)

1/2 c. quinoa

1 1/4 c. SO Delicious coconut milk

10 drops vanilla stevia

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1/2 c. egg whites

1/2 c. frozen raspberries

almond butter for topping

Pour quinoa and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the stevia and chia seeds and lower to a simmer. Cook until almost all the liquid is absorbed. Add the egg whites and raspberries and, while stirring, bring to just boiling again, and then back to simmer, stirring frequently until all the liquid is absorbed. Top with almond butter. Or just put it in a near empty almond butter jar Winking smile



2. Chocolate strawberry )protein shake:


I get on a combo kick with smoothies. This one is SO Delicious coconut milk, Tera’s whey, heaping T of cocoa powder, chia seeds, half a packet of stevia, a handful of spinach, a handful of frozen strawberries, and ice.

5. Two yummy non-food items.

1. Body Shop chocomania lip butter:


Say whaaa? Not only do I now want to eat my lips, but I walk around with a kissy face all day trying to smell my lips. Not the cute kissy face either, but the kind where you turn up your lips toward your nose so you can inhale the choclatey goodness. Ya’ll know what I’m talking about. Don’t pretend ya don’t.

2. Toffee caramel candle from Bath & Body Works:


I actually would be showing you the Hot Toddy Apple Cider one I got, but Shane shattered on the floor as he was putting it away for me on Sunday. Oopsie. Who me?

Have a good Tuesday! Open-mouthed smile Go vote Thumbs up

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  1. Yay voting! I voted last week as part of the early voting and it felt so good to get it out of the way, since I had no intention of changing my mind. And since I woke up today, still happy with my decision, I’m happy I voted early.

    And that lip butter sounds amazing!!
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  2. That quinoa breakfast sounds amazing! Especially topped with vanilla almond butter! I love that! I am obsessed with bath and body works candles! I’ve been staying away lately cause I’m trying to save but I might have to splurge on that toffee one!
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  3. I think you look beautiful without makeup on :)

    I keep meaning to swing by Bath and Body works to spend an hour or so smelling around for a new candle!
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  4. can’t wait to makeeee thisssss – i’ve have a huge hankering for quinoa lately! means i better get my booty to TJS and pick up a package! my fav candle right now is french loaf or something like that from B&BW – it smells like freshly baked bread MMMMM :)
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  5. Dying over the lip-scrunch in order to smell delicious lips comment… I do that alll the time. And I’m loving candles right now. My roommate works at Yankee Candle, so she always has to bring home candles to test out and review. It leave our apartment smelling fantastic.
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  6. that quinoa breakfast sounds so good! Yumm love scented candles! I got a mulled cider one for the storm and it came with a free car freshener and everytime I get into my car I crave apple cider!
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  7. I voted too! :) That hat looks adorable on you! I wish I could wear hats. This isn’t just me being over critical; the hubby says I have no business in hats too. I’m just not allowed. haha
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  8. I’m not a big fan of house music, but I do love me some skrillex. I blame my friend and her husband on that one… lol
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  9. You are too cute make up or not! That breakfast bowl looks so good! YUM! That’s definitely a bowl worth waking up to!
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  10. Way to get out and vote! Very important…
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  11. Love Dance music! We’d be iPod twins just about 😉
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  12. Bath and Body Works is the best! I ordered my candles online since we don’t have one here…which I probably shouldn’t have done;) My Dad love The Lion, maybe I should read it then! I also have that same lip gloss, it smells like Summer and I heart it.
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  13. As a Wisconsin girl, I can totally appreciate that hat. It’s so cute!
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  14. I actually did early voting this past Friday and it was such a good decision. In and out in 5 minutes.

    I need to find that vanilla almond butter. And get my hands on Third Day’s new music. LOVE them!

  15. For some reason I have never tried to make quinoa sweet for breakfast! It looks yummy, I’ll have to make that this week 😀

  16. Paige, I know you probably wont answer this, but can I ask what changed your mind and led you to vote for a different candidate?

    • Sure! I took a real good look at their stances with issues I care about, and also talked with several people who were both very pro-Romney and pro-Obama. Hearing the thoughts, opinions, voices, and stances helped me make my decision. Hope it’s the right one! lol

  17. I LOVE third day!! Yay for voting! We went early this am but the line was crazy! I ended up having to go at lunch. It was insane here!
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  18. Hey there,
    I don’t comment very often but I really love your blog and how honest and real you are. It really brightens my day. :)

    P.S. – I also think you look stunning without makeup 😉

  19. P.S.S. – love the hat!!!

  20. Im so so so off to bath and body works today!!!
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