Favorite Marshall's Finds

Favorite Marshalls Finds

Hey, hey!  How’s it going on your end?  I’m doing pretty well considering the fact that I got into a minor car accident last night.  That was my first accident so I was pretty shaken up about it at first, but I’m alright now.  Today it’s just a bunch of phone calls to insurance companies and the auto body shop.

So, I thought I’d brighten my day and yours by sharing some of my recent Marshall’s finds.  I am an avid Marshall’s shopper – mostly for their home goods, cooking ware, shoes, and sometimes their random healthy snacks.  They have some great deals on coconut oil, too, FYI.

My most recent loot from Marshall’s included some home decor.  I am sharing just a few of my favorite items.

This pillow.

Favorite Marshalls FindsHow freakin’ perfect.  Cute, humorous, and so fitting to me.  Can it get any better?  It also doesn’t hurt that it matches the color scheme of my room either.

This wall art.

Favorite Marshalls FindsFinding this wall art in Marshalls was like a sign.  On this particular day, I was feeling really bummed out and overwhelmed with the whole graduate school application process.  I was feeling really down on myself for my rather average GRE scores; feeling like I’d never get into my top-pick schools, wanting to just give up on the whole thing.  And then I saw this.  There was no passing this one up…I had to get it.  Now it is hung in my bathroom as a daily reminder.

This mug.

Favorite Marshalls Finds

What better way to start your day than with a positive message such as this one.  So simple, yet so much meaning behind it.  Always choose love.  I just love the word “choose.”  It’s a reminder that although we can’t always choose what happens to us or what others do to us, we can choose how we think about it and how we respond to it.  And we should respond in a loving way.  That’s how I interpret it anyway, but I’m no Buddha or Gandhi. :)

These are very recent purchases so if you see something you like here, chances are they still have it.  And most Marshalls have the same stock.

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20 Minute Stairmaster Workout

20 Minute Stairmaster Workout

I hope you all had a relaxing last couple of weeks with the holidays, days off, and extra time with family.  But here we are at the first Monday of the new year, and it’s time to get back to work.

What better way to really kick off the first full week of the new year than with an ass-kicking stairmaster routine FULL OF INTERVALS!  High intensity interval training (HIIT) for the win!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  HIIT is THE best. What other kind of workout can you do (at least) an hours worth of work in just 20 minutes?  Wouldn’t you rather workout 20 minutes than a whole hour?  I would!

I recommend warming up for about 5 minute at a lower level first, just to get your leg muscles warm.

20 Minute Stairmaster Workout

I also love this workout because it’s great for the booty.  I usually include a stairmaster workout like this about once a week in my workout routine.  I’m not going to sugarcoat it…this workout does wipe you out!

Get in there, bang it out.  Just 20 minutes and you’re done!

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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Top Recipes of 2015

Here we are in the last week of 2015!  Can you believe it?  Here’s to the next three months of messing up the year when I write the date!

If you’ve just stumbled upon my blog today, you came on a good day, my friends, because today we are recapping some of the best recipes I have shared on Blondes Have More Run in 2015.

In true New Year’s fashion, let’s start the countdown…

10. Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Healthy Mexican Stuffed Peppers

The perfect blend of veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins.

9. Paleo Chicken Tenders


Finally!  I can eat like a five year old again…healthfully!

8. Cinnamon Banana Overnight Oats


7. (Un)Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed Pepper Soup

This is a definite favorite of mine.  In fact, I just made it last week.  It’s a crockpot recipe, too, so it’s great for a “set it and forget it” kind of day.

6. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

With the hint of mint and pomegranate arils in this recipe, it’s a refreshing side dish to complicate any meal.

5. Bleu Cheese Apple Slaw


Super healthy and detoxifying.  I love the sweetness and crispness the apple brings to the slaw.

4. Pea Shoot Salad


Super light and refreshing salad packed with flavor!

3. Goji Cashew Date Balls


These are the best!  They include superfruits, easy digestible carbs and healthy fats.  They are perfect for pre-workout!

2. Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins


Have you ever had those Mini Bites Banana Nut Muffins?  They bring back memories for me.  I had them all the time as a kid.  This is basically a bigger version of those.  I’m not going to deny that I maybe made mini versions of this to totally relive my childhood mini bite eating habit.

1. Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

I make these at least once a month!  How else would I get my pastry fix?  These are so good you won’t even know they’re healthy.

There it is!  My top ten recipes of 2015!  I hope maybe you found a new recipe you missed before, or came across one you forgot about!

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