Going Vintage

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous Easter with your friends and family! My Easter started with a little reminiscing about my childhood with my family. I whipped out the old photos albums and came across these gems…

05I am pretty sure my mom made these AMAZING sweaters with puff paint. 03

Martha Stewart would be proud of this bunny cake! My family is big on creating themed cakes.One year my cousin made me a Barbie cake for my birthday! It’s still my favorite cake to this day!

01Since I don’t have any more posts planned for the week, this is my attempt at making this a fitness related post.

Baby triathlete in training? 02We will see this Saturday! Until then!

Enjoy Life (Guest Post)

**Hello from Melbourne, Australia! While I am exploring the wonders from down under, I’ve asked a few incredible bloggers to guest post for the next two weeks. Holly, the happiest blogger I know, will be kicking off the amazing line up today!**

Well hello there Chasing Raspberries friends!!! I’m Holly and I blog over at Eat Great BE Great. My blog centers around my passions for all things that are health and fitness related. I write about fitness and healthy living tips, original recipes, my favorite food products, recipe reviews, a glimpse at my everyday life and much more, so I hope you get the chance to stop by!

I was so excited when Jillienne asked me to do a guest post for her while she’s away on vacation. I’ve been a fan of her blog since the start! I love her recipes and pretty much everything else, but most of all I love reading about her fitness journey (and her current marathon training). I have always admired her drive to be an amazing athlete. She seriously has the fitness spirit!

A few weeks ago, I posted a Motivation Monday post where I shared some of my favorite motivational/inspirational quotes from around the blog world. This quote in particular really struck a chord with me, and I thought today would be a perfect opportunity to write about it.

#YOLO: How To Live Life To It’s Fullest

Over the past month or so, I’ve known quite a few people who lost loved ones from either disease, old age or untimely and tragic deaths. And then around the same time, I came across that quote. I don’t want to be morbid and depressing, but it really got me thinking about how precious life really is. We get up in the morning, we get ready, we go to work, we come home, we workout, we eat meals during the day, we go to sleep, then we wake up and start our day all over again. This routine becomes ingrained in our very nature, that sometimes we forget to take a step back and just appreciate it all. Life is a beautiful thing, and it’s easy to get caught up in the negative and stressful parts of it. I know that none of use are immune to these kinds of things, but it’s the way we deal with it that makes the difference.


I needed this reminder, so now I’m reminding you. We need to stop and look around, breathe and take a moment to be thankful for the mere fact that we get up in the morning. We’re so used to taking things for granted, but the fact of the matter is, we have ONE life, and it’s important to make the BEST of it.

Be Positive – Be Happy – Enjoy Your Loved Ones – Enjoy the Beauty of Nature – Enjoy the Little Things – Take Risks – Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – Live Life to the Fullest


How do you take the time to enjoy life?

What are you most thankful for?

Salsa Fresca Egg White Salad

It is no secret that I have been struggling with this blog over the last few weeks. While I love blogging, I also love running, biking, hiking, cooking, and strength training. Plus I work full time (sometimes full and a half time!), and of course, I need to make time for the Bear, Thing 1 and Thing 2! Don’t get me wrong… I am not complaining. I actually have a good problem which is that I love ALL these things and I want to do them all! There just aren’t enough hours in the day. I am sure a lot of you can relate!

Over the last few weeks, I have been contemplating on how to maintain this blog while continuing all the activities that I love.  This has been a tough decision but I have come to the conclusion that I am only going to blog when I have something to say. I am not going to force a topic or stress over creating a recipe on the weekends.  However, my goal is to blog 2-3 times a week. Wooo… I feel like I can breath now!


With that being said, I did have time to create one small, teeny, tiny recipe. I was definitely feeling more semi-homemade, Sandra Lee style than all-out, Martha Stewart style this weekend. Plus I can’t even say I thought up this recipe! Hah… it came straight from the masterminds over at Trader Joe’s, but they charge almost $4 for only 6 ounces of egg whites.


Salsa Fresca Egg White Salad
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Serves: 1

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons salsa fresca

  1. Place 3 eggs in a sauce pan. Add cold water to cover the eggs in the pan. Heat on high until the water just starts to boil. Remove from the heat and cover the pan. Let sit for 9 minutes.
  2. To cool the eggs, put them in ice water or refrigerate.
  3. Remove the eggshell and separate the egg whites from the cooked yolk.
  4. Chop the egg whites and mixed with salsa.



I figured that I can make a trunk load of egg white salad for that price! So I boiled some eggs and stole some salsa from the Bear (he is the king of chips and salsa). If you are feeling more like Martha Stewart, you can make this Salsa Fresca recipe which is amazing. Salsa Fresca Egg White Salad is great on toast, wrapped in a tortilla, or eaten with a big spoon!

Question(s) of the day:

 How do you balance blogging, work, fitness, and life?

What’s your favorite way to eat an egg? Hard boiled, sunny-side up, or scrambled?

It’s a Halloween Party!

I am throwing my first Halloween party this year! Eeeee! I am super excited because as you know Halloween is my favorite holiday. Normally I plan things months in advance, but I didn’t actually start planning this party until this Saturday and the party is Thursday! Luckily Pinterest came to the rescue. There are so many amazingly creative people!  I found recipes, decor, and drink ideas from a few fantastic bloggers too!

Basically this post will be a bunch of stuff that I wasn’t smart creative enough to think up but thought was too cool not to share.  Below are my favorite recipes for the party on Thursday:

(Via Secrets of a Momaholic)

Guacamole dressed up as vomit for Halloween

(Via Pinterest)


(Via Eat Yourself Skinny)

I also started decorating this weekend! Here is what I have accomplished so far…




 Bats may have attacked my place! I was Bat Girl for my half marathon after all! In all seriousness, my hands are dead tired from cutting out all those bats, but it was worth the whole $4 I spent on card stock!



 Bloody brains and hearts: 100% lean, no preservatives, high protein, fat free! It says it right on the package!

Lastly, I need help deciding how to do my makeup on Halloween. Should I do the right or left version?


 Can you guess who I am going to be?!

Happy Halloween!!!

Calling all Fashionistas! Stitch Fix Addition

I need help from all you lovely fashionistas out there. Yesterday I received my first Stitch Fix in the mail.  I had heard about Stitch Fix from several different blogs and loved the idea. Basically Stitch Fix is a styling service. You tell them what your size, style, and cost preferences are, and they will hand select and deliver 5 items to your doorstep.  This service is great for those living in rural areas.

Needless to say, I love fashion! I always have and always will. When the Bear and I got married, he put me on a clothing budget. I later turned my 10×10 basement into a closet when the Bear and I bought our first house, but to my defense, closets are much smaller in houses built in the 1920s! I will admit it though! I am definitely a shopaholic, so I thought I would give Stitch Fix a try.

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After setting up a personal profile by answering a few questions on my style and size, Stitch Fix sent my first box this week.  It arrived yesterday!

Here is what was in the box:

I love the design of this blouse, but it was a little tight around the hips. These hips definitely don’t lie! At $58 I think this one is getting shipped back.

imageWhile I love me some black pants, (I already own eight) this pair just doesn’t fit my body. I won’t even show you my backside! Is reverse camel toe a thing?! TMI?

wpid-20131021_171331.jpgThis necklace is cute and classic. The price tag says $38. What do you think? Should I keep it?


I really like this black top! The studs add a rocker flare which I love. Plus, it’s fitted around my waist and loose around my hips. I can see myself wearing it to the next concert. Keeper at $58?


I find the next top really cute! The colors and style are right up my alley, but the fit is boxy. Maybe it would be cute with a belt?  Should I keep it for $58?


 With each item of clothing, Stitch Fix also sent a styling card.  Perfect for when you are in a styling rut!


I have three days to ship back everything that I don’t want to keep to Stitch Fix. I am contemplating on keeping the black studded top, colorful chevron stripe blouse, and/or the necklace. Should I keep all three and ask for Bear forgiveness? :-)

Why Halloween is the BEST Holiday!

Did I mention that I love Halloween!? In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I thought I would write a post explaining why Halloween rocks my world as the best holiday! If you came here to read a blog post about fitness or are looking for a healthy recipe, turn around now.  This post will have none of that!

7 Reasons to LOVE Halloween

Costumes: Who doesn’t want to dress up as something awesome for a day!?  I loved getting into character as a kid and this continued into my adulthood!

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I think my mom was trying to tell me something with the angel costume because I was anything but an angel as a kid!

Trick or Treating: Whoever invented this holiday was a genius! Both collecting candy from neighbors or pulling a prank on them are equally satisfying. When I was old enough to understand trick or treating, I actually went trick or treating in broad daylight on Nov 1 because I loved it so much.  Halfway through the neighborhood, someone finally called my mom to let her know what I was up to! At least I almost succeeded!

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Gosh! My brother and I were so freakin’ cute! What happened?! :-)

Candy: To say I love candy is an understatement. Let me repeat, I went trick or treating twice one year! But in all seriousness, when else can you binge on candy and not feel guilty about it? Never! That’s why Halloween rocks! 

Did anyone else sort their candy? I was Type A even as a wee-little kid!

Cheesy Scary Movies:  I can’t explain why I love cheesy scary movies, but they are awesome. Each October, I watch a different scary movie on the weekends leading up to Halloween.  If I don’t have party plans on Halloween, I binge watch several scary movies while passing out (on) candy. :-) Now that’s what I call a perfect evening!


 Nothing better than Hocus Pocus after a half marathon!

No Gift or Family Gathering Obligation: Rightfully so, Halloween is a favorite of my friend Jeremy too.  He makes a very good point that Halloween is the only holiday where gifts and family gatherings are not expected.  While I love to gather with the family on Christmas and exchange gifts, it’s nice to have a holiday without those requirements.

Pumpkins: Need I say more?! October is the month of jack-o-laterns, pumpkin spiced lattes, and pumpkin roll.

I stole this picture from my sister-in-law because her jack-o-lanterns are incredible!

Haunted Houses: I can’t explain this one. I just loooooove to be scared.  I love the thrill that comes with haunted houses or haunted hayrides. Is that weird? :-)

  Now it’s your turn! Why do you like Halloween?!