Fitness

Kickass Gifts for Fitness Loving Women

Kickass Gifts for Fitness Loving Women | This Miss Cooks

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I find myself planning the perfect gifts for some of the most important people in my life.

AKA my amazing leading ladies and gal pals!

I’ve met some of my closest friends through the local fitness community, and even had one of my best college girlfriends become a total workout enthusiast. Since the greatest presents are the kind that get used, I wanted to find the perfect personalized gifts.

Keep scrolling to see how to put together a Galentine’s Day gift bag for your fitness loving babes…

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Health, Menu Planning

5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners

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Raise your hand if one of your New Year’s resolutions involved cooking more. According to surveys, the most popular goals this time of year are to lose weight, spend less, learn something new and to eat more at home with loved ones.

These are all wonderful habits to make, in my opinion, but damn it they’re hard.

If you’ve never cut up a grapefruit before, you might not know just how much time it takes to transform into a beautiful (and actually edible) breakfast. What’s the difference between mincing and dicing and chopping and julienning? And we haven’t even started on what it mean to ‘eat healthy’ or  just cook tasty meals.

So where the hell do we start? Continue reading “5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners”

Lifestyle

5 Unusual Sources of Motivation

5 Unusual Sources of Motivation | This Miss Cooks

Have you ever read a book that light a fire under you to get up and change something about your life? Listened to an utterly inspiring TED talk that makes something in your head finally click? Watched a documentary that made you put down whatever it was you were eating and never touch it again?

Yeah, me neither. :/

Look, I try to read the motivational tomes my book club seems to hold so near and dear, but aside from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I skimmed) I just can’t get into them. So instead of trying to find inspiration in all the normal places, I decided to work with the brain I was born and epigenetically raised with. Continue reading “5 Unusual Sources of Motivation”

The Best Way to Save Money on Groceries and How to Menu Plan for it
Health, Menu Planning

The Best Way to Save Money on Groceries & How to Menu Plan for it

Most weeks I have all my menu planning and shopping lists ready to go for an easy grocery store trip by the time Saturday rolls around. Some weeks *cough* this one *cough* I’m sitting at the Starbucks inside Safeway scrolling through Pinterest for healthy dinner ideas while my venti Americano rapidly disappears and the clock ticks down. Although I spent most of the evening before going between the fridge and the pantry looking for a nonexistent dessert, I have somehow forgotten what my kitchen even looks like. Continue reading “The Best Way to Save Money on Groceries & How to Menu Plan for it”

A week of cooking easy and healthy dinners from Gimme Some Oven
Health, Menu Planning

Sunday Recap from a Week of Easy Healthy Dinners

Moving, it turns out, is one of the most awful experiences that I’ve happily run headlong into. I now understand how my parents have lived in the same house for 35 years and I get why we couldn’t move to someplace nice like Minnesota or Maine (I was a boring child I think).

Throughout this month from hell, though, I realized that sticking to my healthy habits is key for avoiding some serious emotional breakdowns (mostly). I get hangry, I have sugar crashes, my acid reflux flares up at 2am if I eat too late, and don’t even think about asking me to move furniture if I haven’t eaten in the last 3 hours. Continue reading “Sunday Recap from a Week of Easy Healthy Dinners”

Health, Menu Planning

One Tip for Meal Prep You’ll Love

One Tip for Meal Prep You'll Love

Alright, so my fridge often looks like organized chaos, but it’s my organized chaos. My kitchen is this topsy turvy place that I love to spend time in where I mesh my ideas of health, frugality, tastes and compromise with my beloved-if-somewhat-picky fiancé. Continue reading “One Tip for Meal Prep You’ll Love”

Lifestyle, Minimalism

5 Thoughts I Had to Let Go of to Be Successful with Minimalism

The month of July has been filled with stress, and almost all of it is over STUFF. We’re moving into a new (and much smaller) apartment from our old rental house and the need to purge our belongings has never been more necessary. And yet somehow I still find myself held back by silly reasons to keep all kinds of useless things around.

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Travel

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest: Day Two

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest Day Two

Welcome back for the continuing tale of two women (ahem, badass babes) taking on the wilderness and coming out the other side feeling pretty darn invincible. If you’re interested, my first two posts on this covered how to plan and pack and the first day of our adventures. Continue reading “Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest: Day Two”

Health

How Do I Plan One Week of Workouts?

I am insanely schedule-driven. I love my calendars and my annotated lists and spreadsheets and just in general filling up my time productively. I know that internal motivation is where it’s at in the psychology research these days, but hot damn if I don’t get a real thrill out of crossing off to-dos one by one.

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Travel

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest: Day One or One (Really Long) Day

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest - Day One or One (Really Long) Day.

Hello and welcome to the day one recap of our epic backpacking saga! If you missed my first post on prepping for our trip, my good friend Julianne & I set off this last weekend on an adventure to push our limits and really explore the beauty of Oregon. Many of these photos are courtesy of her far more artistic eye.

The first day we set out early, which was an excellent idea given the miles we had in front of us, and we knew that we were ‘front-loading’ with our hardest day first. The pros: we had the most energy and mental fortitude; the cons: our packs were at their heaviest and we were still figuring out the best way to distribute the weight on our hips and shoulders. Continue reading “Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest: Day One or One (Really Long) Day”