Monthly Archives: April 2011

Miso Sick

Last night after work, I met my friend Kristina and we got mani-pedi’s at a new nail salon that had a Groupon special!

This picture was obviously taken from the bed today. I started feeling sore all over my body last night while at work and during our salon session. I ended up going out to eat anyway because we had plans with our friends Mike and Carrie (who are engaged and Kristina and I are both in the wedding this summer) to goto a new Hibachi place in town. We had an 8:00 reservation but did not get seated until 8:30.

Me, Carrie, and Kristina at Carrie's Engagement party last Summer

I ordered soup to start, hoping that it would make me feel a little better.

Then, I ordered scallops and shrimp. I know they always give you 2 appetizer shrimp but that’s not enough for a shrimpaholic. I dug in before I got this picture. They were a little stingy with the veggies if you ask me.

I wish I didn’t feel so sick because I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I stopped in the restaurant to see Joe after because he was closing, and rushed home. I literally plopped right into bed with the heating pad and fell asleep at 10:30.

I woke up around the same time today and still felt like I could sleep for days. Luckily Joe was able to sleep in with me and since he was tired, we both skipped the gym. I can’t believe I had a relapse that now feels like the flu! I probably should have taken it a little more easy the past few days.

Tomorrow, there is  the Hoboken Art and Music Festival, which happens twice a year and I don’t want to miss it! It’s so nice to walk around, especially when the weather is nice (70 tomorrow!). Plus, there is a cake ball stand that I can’t get enough of! Carrie and I had plans to goto Brunch at Joe’s restaurant and walk around, so I am resting up all day today so I can go tomorrow.

Luckily, I am having a cleaning lady come on Monday while we are at work. That got me out of doing laundry and cleaning today so I can rest. I still have to run to the grocery store though. How much do you think I would have to pay her to do that too??? 😉

A Few of my Favorite Things: Skincare


1. The William Sonoma Lemongrass Ginger hand Soap and Lotion Set is new to my bathroom countertop this year. The smell is light yet vibrant. I first discovered it at a vendor showroom while working and I could not get enough of it.

2. This past Christmas, my boss got me a Kiehl’s set that included Ultra Facial Cream, Lip Balm #1, and Creme de Corps. I knew Kiehl’s was known for great skincare, but these products are my new everyday moisterizers! The face lotion is perfect; just enough moisture without the oily feel. The hand cream is great for my dry hands, since I am always washing them at work or running them under water while doing dishes. The lip balm makes my lips super shiny and it is not sticky at all!

3. Aquaphor Healing Ointment has been a staple in my purse, bathroom, and bedroom nightstand for years. I love putting it on my lips and even cuticles before bed. It’s softens like a gem!

4. I use Aveeno Daily Moisterizing Lotion everyday as soon as I get out of the shower. Nothing keeps away dry peeling winter skin like this does!

5. My goto facewash has always been Paula’s Skin Balancing Cleaner. My mom has always used her products and keeps her Don’t Go To the Cosmetics Counter Without Me book on hand! She reviews every beauty product known to man. I love Paula’s products, though, because they are scent free and gentle.

6. A few years ago, I met Bobbi Brown at a makeup seminar with her team at Bergdorf Goodman. She told me that I have beautiful skin, to stop tanning, and that it is never to early to start using under eye cream. That is when I bought Bobbi’s Hydrating Eye Cream. I have used it since and one jar lasts forever!

7. I spritz on Stella McCartney‘s original scent every morning. I have other perfumes as well, but for some reason I always go back to Stella since I started wearing it 2 years ago. I guess this isn’t “Skincare” per say, but it also doesn’t fit into makeup or hair supplies, so here it will stay. 🙂


I had all intentions of watching the Royal Wedding this morning while on the treadmill, but I ended up forgetting to put it on in my tired state. I did run 3.5 miles and do a leg workout though. I guess I will catch up on clips, pictures, and news all day about it.

I had one more tupperware takealong full of soup, but I couldn’t do it for the third day in a row so I opted for some veggies and Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus! I did, however, grab the last peice of Portuguese bread that I bought for my soup and then thought how good a Morningstar Veggie Burger would taste on it!

I also had this little guy from an office “goodbye” party. Cookie cake is awesome!

I’m super excited about tonight. I am using a Groupon I purchased for a mani-pedi with a friend, and then we are heading to a new Hibachi spot.

Is anyone going to the DMB Caravan this summer? I got tickets today to the Governer’s Island show. So excited!

Happy Friday!!

Jillsberry Dough Boy

Just a forewarning, I’m going recipe crazy in this post. I can’t hold it in any longer! 😉

Last night, Joe and I ate smoothies for dinner. I’m finding that I have become more and more creative with them since I have been forced (hardly) to make smoothies for dinner because they are quick and easy after a late work day. I don’t mind smoothie bowls for dinner and thank god, neither does Joe! I complained to him through texts for the first half of my morning yesterday because of my commute, so I told him that I owed him a big fat smoothie bowl when he gets home. I ended up making this for myself.

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 scoop (1/2 c?) no salt added low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • pinch xanath gum
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp. Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
  • Stevia to sweeten

I pretty much through everything but the kitchen sink in there, blended it up, and topped it with Bob’s Red Mill wheat germ and Crazy Richard’s peanut butter. If you leave the natural kind out its nice and gooey and you can ooze it all over the top!

Then, Joe wanted berries, so I was thinking something sweet and vanilla would go perfect.

  • 2 scoops Vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup lactaid milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (he questions these but I told him it would be ok)
  • splash vanilla extract
  • pinch xanath to thicken
  • stevia to sweeten

While I blended this, Joe took out a huge bowl, put a dollop of fat free cool whip, sprinkles, and blackberries. I poured it over the top at his request. The chia seeds almost made it look like vanilla bean! I took out the PB and he didn’t hesitate for a second. Nice topping, I must say! He then said “I know, I know, I won’t eat until you get a picture!” How cute! 😉

I didn’t put the blender away just yet. I wanted to try Kath’s Dough Boy Smoothie in the AM. I took a spin and added the following to the blender;

Jill’s Berry Dough Boy Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • half banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • splash vanilla
  • pinch kosher salt

I blended it up and let it sit overnight in the fridge.

Workout & Breakfast

I did a 30 minute ab workout and a 50 minute incline walk/run interval workout on the treadmill. As soon as I got home I plopped the mixture in the blender with a little bit of milk and poured it in a bowl.

The cinnamon was definitely key. I was a little hesitant, but that is what really makes it taste like dough!

Next time, I think I will change the milk to oats ratio before blending. I should have put more oats/less milk to make it a little thicker, but it was still super yummy! I can already think of a million ways I want these! Chocolate, PB, Banana, the possibilities are endless!

Who’s watching the royal wedding tomorrow? Hopefully it’s on at the gym! Some people I know are going to bars at 6am to watch it. Craziness!