Nutty For… [9.19]

IMG_1220

Hey! Like my new kicks? I do. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14. You might even say I’m nutty for them.

Here’s what else I’m nutty for this week!

Nutty For… Life
Okay so maybe you’re like “haha that’s the name of your blog,” but this list of 30 things to do every year really emphasizes how important it is actually live the life we’re given… which should definitely include #6 and absolutely #13 (<< def making this a thing in my life now). Be a nice & happy human!

Nutty For… Cleanliness
This totally made me want to vom. You can bet I’m going to do a better job of washing my fitness clothes right after I wear them (I’m looking at you smelly mat towel).

Nutty For… Pumpkin Spice
I can 100% for certain say I haven’t had a PSL yet this season… HA wait, it’s not even actually the season for pumpkin spice lattes, anyway. That starts on the 22nd, kids. Do you feel like the pumpkin spice craze has hit an all-time high this year? R29 has a great imagined list of pumpkin spice products. PS – am I the only one who pronounces “pump-kin” as “punkin”?

Nutty For… Cool Women
Back in the day, I wanted to be an EIC of a print magazine. Recently, Cosmo changed heads and landed Joanna Coles as the new woman in charge. After reading this interview, I was totally inspired & might actually start to read Cosmo.

Nutty For… Pinterest
Have you ever wondered, “how do I get more Pinterest followers?” I have, like everyday. Solution 1 is to start using it more (wink wink self ;) ). If you’re like me, you’ll get a lot out of this list.

Nutty For… My Body
Sometimes I take everything my body does for granted. I have terrible eyes, but I can still see. I have arthritis in my knee, but I can still walk. Arman woke me up to this with his post this week – be grateful for your body.

Nutty For… SEO Tips
Lord knows I need ‘em. These are some good reminders with regards to images + SEO.

Nutty For… Learning Lessons
I really resonated with this post about expectations and disappointments. I’m one of those people who easily dreams of the best possible outcome, and I often set myself up for failure that way. I’m not saying lower your expectations, but it’s important to realize that you have to be ready when life doesn’t go as expected.

Nutty For… Food
Spiced Zucchini Carrot Bread
Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers
Strawberry Shortcake Skillets
Gluten Free Breakfast Quesadilla
No-Bake Vegan Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Nutty For… Fitness
The 20’s Cardio Warm-Up
Strong Sexy Arm Workout #2 (Purely Training 79)

Past Nutty For… Posts
Nutty For…
Nutty For… [8.29]
Nutty For… [9.5]

Questions of the Day:
>> What’s your go-to running shoe/fitness shoe?
>> Fave mag? 
Typically I love Glamour.

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Instagram:@angiggy
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life
Email: nuttylifeang@gmail.com

Are You There, Angela? It’s Me, Your Blog.

I may or may not have made this post title using inspiration from one of my favorite comedians Chelsea Handler and her book, “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.” Great, funny read. A little racy, but a good laugh. Check it out sometime.

I just want to take some time today to fill you in on what’s been happening in my life, i.e. why my posting has been so sporadic and even non-existent at times. I truly hate being away from the blog. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head, so many big plans for this space, and just, frankly, things going on that are taking precedent or not leaving much time for me to create content. Not all of these things are bad — actually, I should say none of these things are inherently bad. It’s just different, and I need to work on finding a schedule that fits my life right now. A groove, if you will.

If you must know, when I typed the word “groove,” I definitely had a groovy mental tune playing in my head and did a little dance move in my chair.

So, where to start. Ugh, and yes, whenever I wrote “start” the very first line of  “Do-Re-Mi” from “The Sound of Music” popped into my head (“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…”). Did you know I played Maria in my HS’s version of that six years ago? Well, now you do.

The beginning. A few weeks ago, things got a little crazy at my part time retail job and my hours were bumped up by a lot. I was happy to help out (and make some money, truthfully), but I was also simultaneously starting a full-time job as a legal secretary. No, that’s not in my field. Yes, I’m still looking for jobs elsewhere. And yes, my current job knows that. They’re wonderful.

Basically, for the past month, I’ve been doing my 40 hour weeks plus my part-time job right after, leaving little time to do anything else except wind down and watch the previous nights’ The Tonight Show while I eat some a lot of chocolate at 10 pm. I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining because I am truly grateful that I do have two jobs right now when some people can’t find one.

Two jobs comes at a good time, too, considering I just got this:

10352884_10204460668540324_8439285527626874254_n

Meet Vivian (Viv for short) the Volvo. She’s a gorg 2007 Volvo s60 that my dad happened upon because he was in the right place at the right time. He has very good karma… good things happen to good people and all that. Anyway, she’s mine, and I love her, even though I have to pay for her ;) I don’t really know anything about cars but according to Amanda this is a good one.

Hmmm ya. So I’m working a lot, driving my new car around a lot, and on the days when I have a few hours off I’m either at the yoga studio, with my family, or hanging with friends (which admittedly, ins’t a lot). I wish I had more time to put some love into this space because some things are in the works (aka a redesign… it’s happening slowly but surely). Until then, you’re stuck with the old N4L experience, and I’m going to cut down my posting to Monday, Wednesday, Friday with a random other day here or there just to make my head feel a little less boggled. Hopefully by setting this goal for myself, posting will feel more manageable.

I’ll be back on Friday with a new “Nutty For…”
Talk soon!

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever had a period in your life that left you feeling overwhelmed? 
>> What is your favorite job you’ve had? Hopefully what you’re doing now :)

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Instagram:@angiggy
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life
Email: nuttylifeang@gmail.com

Nutty For… [9.5]

IMG_0890

So, today is supposedly the last “hot” day of the season. As a girl who isn’t afraid to say she loves fall (go ahead and call me basic, I don’t care. PUMPKIN.), I’m more than ready to get rid of the muggy, humid, sweaty days of northeastern summertime. This is just a warning: in the next few weeks, get ready for all things fall and wonderful. It’s my favorite time of the year.

Other things I’m nutty for? These links!

Nutty For… Not-Even-Trying Exercise
I’m one of those annoying people who would prefer to take the stairs (even when I lived on the fourth floor in college). Sometimes, we’re exercising and we don’t even know it. What’s more, we don’t give walking the extra distance from a far-parked car or walking three flights of stairs enough credit. All of these little things that get you moving actually do count for something. Don’t underestimate just simply moving!

Nutty for… Digestion
I’m all for trying the next best thing when it comes to digestion. Example: I used to hate kombucha (literally spit it out the first time I tried it), forced myself to get accustomed to the flavor because I knew it was good for me, and now drink it twice a week at least. I might have to try this tea soon… would you?

Nutty for… Crystals
Sometimes I like to pretend that I’m a hippie even though I know I’m really not. Case in point: Free People has had a lot of buzz about crystals on their blog lately, and I immediately wanted some for myself. And then I found this crystal-growing tutorial and I said to myself, “too far??… nah.” So I’m going to grow some crystals soon.

Nutty for… Relaxation
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: as much as I love being active, I also love to be lazy. It’s good for you!

Nutty for… Being Real
How many times have you tried to “balance” the picture of yourself you present to the world. Especially as someone who touts herself as pretty health-conscious, I always get surprised looks or remarks when I eat a burger or a bowl of pasta or something. Like… I’m human, okay?

Nutty for… Food
Frozen Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Bites
Cinnamon Bun Healthy Bites
Raw Fig Bars
Pumpkin Spice Fruit Dip
One-Pan Fiesta Chicken and Sausage
Grain-Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies
Toffee Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Bars
Mango Coconut Overnight Oatmeal with Puffed Wild Rice
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola
Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Banana Yogurt Skillet Cake
Peach, Goat Cheese and Almond Butter Pancakes

Make some good food this weekend! Take care. xo

Questions of the Day:
>> On a scale of one to Woodstock, how hippie are you?
>> Fermented food (good for digestion): yay or nay?
>> Whatcha doin this weekend?

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Instagram:@angiggy
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life
Email: nuttylifeang@gmail.com