Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch/ Product Reviews

Busy Bee

I swear, I had Jillian Michaels re-incarnate as my spin instructor today! We did about 40 minutes of intense hills, jumps and sprints on the bike and THEN got down on the floor for lunges, kick-backs and abs! Lunges are a tiny bit hard after cycling your heart out, no?! At the end I was totally drained but feeling strong, none the less. I snacked on this bar in the car to refuel:


A little while later, there was lunch. I was excited to taste a new product I picked up at the store (and to show off my tattoo!)—


These burgers smelled and tasted EXACTLY like pizza!!! It was actually quite amazing! They might be my new favorite Morningstar product, actually. I constructed a messy wrap with one and used 2 scoopful’s Sabra’s hummus, spinach and a little avocado.…it was the ultimate Ezekiel wrap!


So messy and delicious!


This really does not have to do with food or exercise for once, but since I am in the midst of redecorating our condo, I thought it would a nice change to do a “how to redecorate on a budget” series. Anyone?

First, recognize your finances.

Luckily, I have a boy who does this for a living and, therefore, keeps me straight (without his guidance I would spend everything I have at anthropologie and whole foods…obvi). However, this whole redecorating project is my way of paying “rent” so everything is coming out of my own pocket. This is good because I like to think I have a good decorating sense, but not so good since I am on a big budget! I think the best way to keep your budget straight is to set a limit for yourself then go to the ATM, take out the amount of money you have set as your limit and then go to the store, sans debit and credit card. This way you will only spend the amount you set for yourself and not be tempted to charge more on your credit card.

Make a list

Designate a notebook to your decorating and then make a list of what it is you need. Take measurements at home and think of only the stuff you need, not what you want.

Do a walk-through

Walk through the store you plan to make most of your decorating purchases at before you actually buy anything. This way you can get a feel for how much everything is and make a better budget for yourself. Once you have done the initial walk through, go back home and write down what you need, take your measurements and then go back to the store with your notebook in hand, buying ONLY what is on your list.

Take pictures

Most stores don’t mind if you take pictures of a piece of furniture or appliance that you like. Once you get home, look at the pictures and see if they really will go as well as you thought in your house. This is a great way to match colors and shades if you aren’t 100% sure while you are shopping.

I picked up some GREAT stuff today at Ikea…I swear, it looked like I spent $1,000 but I only spent $150! Once I get everything clean and organized I will take some pictures!


My mom is on her way over for a deep cleaning session before the oven is delivered. Tonight Ryan is getting me out of the hole house to go fishing with his sister and cousin. I’m not exactly a fisherman, per say (haha), but I do enjoy sitting on the boat and reading.

Have a great afternoon!

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  • Rachel
    May 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Cute stuff from what I can see. I can’t wait to see it when it’s all done!

  • Mary Catherine
    May 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Your wrap looks delicious! I’m on a hunt for those pizza burgers now. Are you still drinking your daily Amazing Grass? Have fun decorating 🙂

  • elliebelle
    May 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Can’t wait for the pics of all the decorating!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    But did your spin instructor have the Jillian “my pelvis enters the room first’ man swagger going on? That is the true mark of a Jillian stand-in.

    Your tattoo looks like it is healing nicely!

    I’d suggest hitting up estate/garage sales, flea markets and second hand stores too…I’ve found some of my favorite decor pieces that way!

  • LisaR
    May 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Love the idea! I’m an interior designer if you need any help!

    Those morning star burgers look yummy!

  • Jennifer
    May 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I might have to try those burgers.

  • runeatrepeat
    May 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I’m liking this re-decorating info because I’m soon going to be able to decorate a new place with my guy 🙂

  • Jenna
    May 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I hope you have a great time fishing and get some much needed relaxation in! 🙂 That wrap looks sooooooo good! I love messy wraps they are always the best 😉

    Thank you for the redecorating info…I think that was a great change up from food and exercise 🙂

  • Leila
    May 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Spin class sounded so fun! What great tips on re-decorating, especially right now when everyone is a bit hard hit with the economy.

    I heart Ikea a ton, it’s super amazing for so many household items. I think I have something from ikea in every room of my apartment. Heck I think even my shower curtain is from there.

    Have a great night fishing!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 8, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    3 things for you:
    1) I need to look for those burgers, or at least try to recreate them!
    2) your tattoo looks amazing, and like its healing well!
    3) THANK YOU for the tips! I have a friend moving into her own place on a strict budget, and she’ll love these!

  • Bec
    May 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    The tattoo looks so good!

  • Kristi (sweetcheeks)
    May 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Wow that wrap looks sooo good! I hope I see that morningstar burger at my grocery store really soon.
    Have a good day jenna!

  • Fitzalan
    May 8, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    That french manicure is looking fabulous!

    Enjoy the boat. sounds like a perfect Friday night out!

    Happiness Awaits

  • Julie
    May 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    You look so bad ass with that tatt!

  • Ellen (Peace in Motion)
    May 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Ikea MIGHT be my favorite place EVER. I could spend hours&hours&hours wandering around in there.

  • Kt.
    May 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Hit up the garage sales for old furniture, stripped down and painted with some cool drawer pulls will look like those expensive pieces at Anthropologie. 🙂

  • Michelle @ Find Your Balance
    May 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Oh I did an hour spin class yesterday for the first time in ages. My knees are killing me! Ugh. Good luck decorating!

  • Kudret
    May 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I CANNOT WAIT to see your newly decorated place!! your tatoo looks awesome! And i want to try out those burgers. they look so yummy 😀

  • Run Sarah
    May 8, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Can’t wait to see all your purchases – I need some decorating on a budget tips!

  • Amisha
    May 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    What did you do with the rest of the avocado?? I love them, but I can never eat a whole one at once. They always go bad very quickly on me. Any good ideas to save pieces of it?

    • jenna
      May 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm


      This was the leftover part of an avocado that I ate a few days ago….if you keep the leftover part close to the pit, it won’t get brown.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    May 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    wrap looks delish! Have fun fishing!!! 😉

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Sounds like an INTENSE workout! Yikes! But awesome!
    Good advice for budgeting! I have to draw one up this weekend and I am kind of scared. haha

    Have fun fishing!

  • Melissa (Nibbles and Wiggles)
    May 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I love those MorningStar Farms burgers – probably my fav.

  • Jennifer
    May 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    can’t wait to see the new decor!

  • Jess
    May 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Fishing sounds like a lot of fun!! Is it dark when you guys fish at night??

  • Anna
    May 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Your tattoo looks so awesome! Love it.

  • Anais
    May 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    That looks so good! Your wraps always look so neat, how do you do it? Mine don’t even stay rolled up!

  • Gretchen
    May 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Jenna, the tattoo looks great! What an amazing tribute to your brother. And I totally have the same weaknesses – anthropologie and whole foods. Thank goodness for thrifty boyfriends! Have fun fishing!

  • Kristilyn (The Food Journey)
    May 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    When my husband and I moved into our first house we had to spend a little cash, too, decorating. We were lucky that we got a LOT of furniture items from my family to fill up the extremely large space. And IKEA helped us with a few areas. The worst part was the painting … we’re not big into wallpaper or really flowery things, and the master bedroom had a HUGE wall with wallpaper COVERED in big flowers. U.G.L.Y!

    Sounds like you’re having fun! I love decorating and finding new things to make the house more homey.

    I have a spinning class like that and it can get really intense at times. You had a great post-workout meal!

    Enjoy fishing!


  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    May 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    The tomato basil pizza burger is my fav MSF product as well. I like to eat it on whole wheat couscous with marinara sauce!

    Can’t wait to see the decorating pictures!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!)
    May 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    A dollar stretches a long way at Ikea, that’s for sure.
    Enjoy fishing!!

  • LauraECU
    May 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Hey Jenna! I’m trying to sprout quinoa to make the raw tabbouli dish you made the other day. How long did it take for your quinoa to sprout? I soaked mine in water in the fridge overnight, drained/rinsed it, and let it sit in the fridge again for 6 hours, like the recipe said to do, but it still has not sprouted. Do you think I’m doing something wrong? Thanks!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    May 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Oh that burger wrap looks amazing. It inspired me to go make lunch/linner finally! Ooooh do we get to see before and after pics? That’d be incredible! Enjoy your afternoon 🙂

  • Liz
    May 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I can’t wait to see all your goodies from IKEA. I have only visited IKEA twice (the closet one to me is 6hrs away!). Lucky for me I am making a big move in 2 months and I will be a measly 1 hour and 45 mins away from an IKEA…. yes I did google map this, I have my priorities 🙂 Have fun decorating.
    P.S. I am a regular reader but a shy commentator. I did come to you with a question about your Garmin a while back and I wanted to say thanks. I ended up buying it and I love it.

  • Ali
    May 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I just picked up the same Morningstar burger for the first time today and it was literally microwaving as I was reading your blog!

  • K
    May 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    That sounds like one heck of a wrap – yum!! I need to look for that burger at my store!

  • emily
    May 8, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I can’t wait to see decorating pictures – I am an Anthropolgie fanatic too!

  • Still Life in South America
    May 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Jenna, your tattoo looks so tough. I really like it.

    I can’t believe your spinning instructor made your class do all of those exercises after class! I can barely stand up straight after an hour of spinning. 🙂

    Have a great weekend, darlin!

  • Shelby
    May 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Ezekiel Wrap + Avocado = HEAVEN! I love that combination!

  • *Andrea*
    May 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmm i LOVE MORNING STAR products!!!! especally the vegetaran sausage breakfast patties = dvine! your TATOO looks so pretty 🙂 🙂

  • meg
    May 8, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Enjoy your time on the boat. I bet it is peaceful!

  • Stef
    May 8, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Great budget friendly redecorating tips! I hope you had fun fishing 🙂

  • Lyn
    May 8, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I am totally making a wrap like that this weekend! Looks so good!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now
    May 9, 2009 at 3:58 am

    You must be so excited to be moving in with Ryan!
    Love the tattoo.. it looks so great on you.

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Fishing at night – is that done often in Florida?