A Festive Weekend

This weekend was full of fun and festive activities. I just love the holiday season.


Holiday music:

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Candy canes, Gingerbread men sandwiched with peppermint ice cream, and Gingerbread houses


I actually love peppermint ice cream- even though it’s cold outside. And I’m super impressed with how well the house is till staying together.

Tim Tams snagged at Target:

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I miss this so much since studying abroad in Australia and am so glad that are here for the holiday season. I totally plan on treating myself while I can!

More cookies (More to come on these later!)IMG_0438 - Copy

What were you up to this weekend?

Besides all the Christmasy things I did, I am doing plenty of studying for my upcoming finals- Just about a week and a half more!

Turkey Trot Part 1

Hey everyone!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Mine was relaxing and fun- a perfect combination.

I ran a Turkey Trot 5k on Saturday- I’m calling this Part 1 because I’m doing another on Thursday.

Last year, I ran the 10k version of this but decided to scale it back this year. In retrospect, I’m so glad I did. I was still pretty worn out from giving blood. I went to do a short run on Friday- 2 miles- and could barely run a mile before stopping.

sunny shadows pre-race

My plan for Saturday was to just take the race according to how I felt. I started out a pace that felt good, running along side my friend who had also signed up. However, I got to a point where I felt I could push it a little and started to run a bit faster. I did okay for about the first mile and then needed a short walking break. Once I felt my heart rate lower again, I would run slowly at first. I think my biggest problem was that every time I started to run I just wanted to push myself more and more and then would end up winded. I took about 2 more walking breaks over the course of the race and still ended up with about a 9:24 pace- not bad but not close to what I was running before that.


As frustrated as I was, I realized it was completely out of my control. I did something good, that will benefit someone’s life and I wouldn’t change that for one little race. My body will be back to normal soon and I’m glad that I was able to run and listen to my body and respond to its needs.


Oh and my after race treat? Pizza, beer, and a mini blizzard- not a bad combo!

I’m excited for my upcoming race this week too and have a better idea of what to expect from my body.

Have a great day!

Any exciting Thanksgiving Day workout plans for you?

Random Musings from the Weekend

The majority of my weekend was spent lying around the house doing little random things and generally relaxing.

After several weeks of fun but full days, I need some me time, some time to breathe and catch up on relaxation before going again.

I sipped tea for my sore throat due to a little bit of congestion. Lots of vitamin C in the form of oranges, grapefruits, and Emergen-C also.

I baked a lot and tried to make a soup that ended up being a failure (mainly because it was ugly, it tasted okay though).

Chocolate chai cupcakes with pumpkin chai icing

A trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics resulted in the fall sprinkles and  pumpkin cookie cutter because they were 50% off and I’m sucker for steals. Also, on my trip to the store, I stopped at DSW and Old Navy and found an awesome pair of training shoes and fell in love with Old Navy’s accessory section – it’s a major upgrade and will probably cost me a pretty penny later on.

Sometimes when I’m by myself for dinner, I like to make meals I envision to be rustic and eat them on the couch in sweats while watching quality t.v. and movies (Nashville and You’ve got mail).

Whole grain baguette with mozzarella, kale and tomatoes.

Speaking of Nashville, I’m really excited to see upcoming episodes and am in love with this song. I think I played it about 20 times yesterday.

And finally, nail painting > studying.

p.s. can you tell I am obsessed with like my iPhone?

What exciting things did you do this weekend?


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Welcome to FoodNook!

Hi! I'm Kristina and a college student who loves food, eating, fitness, and variety of other fun things! I have a combined love of food and fitness and trying to balance it all into my busy life. FoodNook is my way of documenting my experiences and adventures in navigating healthy living on my own and trying out new things.