Weekend by Numbers {4.15.13}

by Sara on April 15, 2013

Update: I am heartbroken about the Boston tragedy, and can’t begin to fathom the pain, fear, and sorrow being felt by those affected. Please join me in praying that God blankets hearts with comfort, bodies with healing, and souls with peace. 


Three—massages received. From my mom. Does that sound kinky? I don’t care. True story: I could spent the rest of my life sitting in the same spot while someone massages or scratches my back. I wish I could hire a 24/7 masseuse slash back scratcher.

OneNational Grilled Cheese Day celebrated. I know I’ve been rather chatty about national food holidays for the past few weeks…

IMG_3541But they’re just too much fun to *not* be celebrated!

IMG_3540coconut flour flatbread  pesto, avocado, chicken, and mozzarella grilled cheese made on coconut flour flatbread

Eight-–Lil’ Critter Gummy Vites eaten.


Hi, my name is Sara, and  still take kid’s vitamins. In excess. I have to hide them from view because if they were sitting out on the  kitchen counter, they’d be gone in two days—and me with them. Note to self: vitamin overdoses can and do happen. Consuming quadruple the recommended dosage isn’t a good idea.

One-–romance ended. On Friday night, I met Meg and Laura for sushi, and about mid-way through my meal, I realized that maguro (raw tuna) is no longer meeting my…umm, needs.

IMG_3521Tuna-Avocado roll and eight pieces of ngiri  sushi(shrimp, salmon, tuna, white tuna)

How is that even possible? Tuna has been my sushi lust for years!

One-–romance begun. We stopped at Goody’s after dinner to visit with our friend Kyla (she’s a manager there), but spent the entire time chatting and left empty-handed.


Spending an hour in a building that smells like waffle cones will, without fail, queue a major ice cream craving. Fortunately my mom keeps the freezer well-stocked.


Not only is that Talenti gelato super duper creamy, it’s also packed with flakes of coconut. Right now, that’s all I need in a romantic relationship.

And speaking of ice cream…

Twelvedollars almost spent on this.


Twelve dollars! Clearly, I’m obsessed with ice cream, but clearly, I don’t have enough money to drop that much money on a pint that would surely be devoured in a few days.Waaah! I do, however, know about the concept of saving, and I think Jeni’s Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Torched Marshmallows is worth pinching pennies for.

Twenty–-minutes of treadmill HIIT torture. This is the perfect time to talk about exercise because, you know, ice cream and sprinting go hand in hand. 😉

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Joking aside, in my quest to cut back on cardio, I’m now doing just one or two sessions per week–usually on the weekends. I’ve been a long distance runner since high school, so to say that reducing my mileage has been a challenge would be a major understatement. I have to dig deep when I feel the urge to jump on the treadmill, but resisting that urge is worth it.  Reaching those goals won’t be easy, but I have faith that I can do it.

Five-minutes spent crooning over this cute Never Crabby onesie.


Don’t worry, no buns in the oven! However, nothing makes me want babies more than fawning over the cuteness in Gap Baby. I could spend hours in there!

One—Unwich devoured. My mom and I stopped at Jimmy John’s after perusing the farmer’s market Saturday, and I ordered the lettuce-wrapped “Turkey Tom,,” which came with avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.


Guess what. I finished it in six bites. And then I ate a bag of my favorite popcorn in the entire world (<–white cheddar +black truffle!!), followed by a second lunch when I got home. Those uniwches are a delicious snack, but I’d need three of them to make a meal!

One–new iPhone case purchased.


I really love polka dotes, and I really love Kate Spade, but an iPhone case is the only Kate Spade item I own. I can save for one week and buy ice cream, or I can save my entire life and buy a $500 bag. Priorities. 😉

Too many—things in my tote bag. This is just a few of about sixty-seven billion items that calls my tote bag home. I don’t usually carry my big camera, but snacks, water bottles, books, receipts, probiotic drinks and, lip gloss (x’s 3)? Every day.


Hundreds— of minutes spent listening to Whitney Houston Pandora radio. It was all Whitney, all weekend long. I can’t get this song out of my head. You know, the one that goes:

There can be mirraaaaaacles, when you beeeelieeeeve…

Preach it, sister.

Twomantras embraced.




Twenty—“skinny rules” broken. A reader sent me an email several days ago, telling me she felt conflicted about breaking food rules—especially those listed here. It breaks my heart that this list is trending on Pinterest. The only food rule I believe in is this: eat what you love and what loves you—when YOU want.

And speaking of eating what I love…

Four—pieces of bacon sampled during Sunday brunch.


But I’ll save that story for another day. 😉


I hope your Monday is truly marvelous! Remember, every day presents a new opportunity to choose happiness—an opportunity to express gratitude for our blessings; an opportunity to bless others with a warm hug or smile.

Make sure to hop on over to Healthy Diva Life and wish Katie a happy birthday today!



I almost forgot! The GIVEAWAY winner is….Caitlin! Congrats, girl!! Please email me with your contact info, and I’ll send the box of goodies your way!

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I want to know…

What does your vitamin and supplement “cocktail” look like?

I take gummy multi-vitamins daily. Vitamin D and fish oil when I remember, which is 4 times/week…on a good week.

Messy purse/tote/bag or clean purse/tote/bag? What “I can’t believe it’s in there” item is in yours right now?

Found at the bottom of my bag: mustard and nut butter packets. You know, for emergencies.

What are YOU listening to on Pandora right now?


What’s the BEST thing you ate over the weekend?


  • http://www.sweatlikeapig.com/ Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Ooo I love your iphone cover! I have Kate Spade shoes (gift from the mother in law!) and they are the most comfortable shoes ever 😀

    In Australia, Ben and Jerry’s was $14 (about US$16) a pint. We had it once a fortnight or so. I knew we were getting ripped off, but I didn’t realise by how much until I came to the UK and saw that some places sell it for £3! Yikes.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I can’t believe a Ben & Jerry’s pint costs $16 in Australia! That’s outrageous!! I remember when ice cream cones used to cost $1…Gosh, I feel old. 😉 Happy Monday! <3

  • Khushboo

    Your “Weekend By Numbers” posts are one of my favorite, Sara :)! Sounds like you had a great one! I am slightly disturbed by the price of that ice cream! The flavor DOES sound divine but paying that much would surely hurt my pocket! As for that gelato, I have no words. I usually opt for hazelnut gelato but Caribbean Coconut sounds pretty fabulous to me! Speaking of coconut, are you a fan of Malibu? I always feel like I’m on a beach holiday when I drink it. That’s too unny about keeping mustard in your bag- have you ever found the need to use it? Nut butter, however, is perfectly acceptable…totally normal no?

    Best thing I ate this weekend was probably dinner out last night at an Italian restaurant to celebrate my cousin’s engagement. We ordered family style and there was a spread of: Pasta in a vodka & tomato cream-based sauce, marinated chicken skewers, some kinda grilled fish, spaghetti aglio olio and spinach pizza. Dessert however took the cake..literally: white & dark chocolate cheesecake with dulce de leche ice cream. Unsurprisingly, it’s Monday morning and I’m still feeling full- worth it though :)!

    Happy Monday!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh yes, I love love love Malibu! Coconut rum is actually my favorite hard liquor, however I usually save it for special occasions. It’s only 9:00am, and I’m craving a coconut cream pie drink. Have you ever tried one? It’s SO indulgent, but absolutely amazing!

      Your cousin’s engagement dinner sounds incredibly delicious–especially that cheesecake! Totally worth every bite! xoxoxo

  • http://twitter.com/JessieLoves2Run JessieLovesToRun

    Well hot damn, that grilled cheese is EPIC! I’m pretty sure I’d have to make 2 because of how fast I’d devour it. Coconut flour bread really does make any sandwich that much butter doesn’t it? I made one into a wrap the other night and had it with tilapia, beans, corn, lettuce, and some hummus. Oh it was to die forrr!!!

    …but I can’t imagine it was as delicious as that coconut ice cream your mom had stocked away in her fridge. Talk about HEAVEN! I don’t think the rest of that pint would’ve had a chance.

    Bacon sampling? I can’t wait to hear all about it! I’m very much so intrigued.. and now I wanna go sample different flavors of bacon!!

    Best thing I ate over the weekend? Well, I don’t really have a weekend, but last nights breakfast sandwich for dinner was pretty good. I can’t seem to get enough of them lately.. no matter the time of day.

    Have a fabulous day lovely <3

    p.s. Congratulations Cait on winning the giveaway!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Your coconut flour bread wrap sounds amazing! I need to try spreading it with hummus next–haven’t done that yet!

      You would have loved the bacon! There were eight different varieties! It was probably the best I’ve ever had. :) Happy Monday, love!!

  • http://twitter.com/MissPolkadot21 Miss Polkadot

    Happy Monday, Sara! Can I say once again how fun I think those “Weekend by the numbers” posts are?
    Aw, cute baby clothes and accessories are one of my main reasons for wanting children, too. Not now for sure but one day …
    Okay, it’s NOT right that you have a Kate Spade polka-dotted phone case and I don’t :(. Why are there no Kate Spade shops in Germany???
    Best thing I ate this weekend were definitely the first – yes, it was too cold until now! – scoops of ice cream out in the sunshine yesterday. Add in that I went with one of my besties and it was just awesome. So I absolutely understand spending lots of money on ice cream. If we could get those brands you mention around here … I’d be a poor girl :D.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, girl! Oh my gosh, I think Germany has FAR better ice cream than we do in the US! Want to trade? 😉 I remember going to a gelato shop in Munich and ordering the best stracciatella I’d ever had in my life! That flavor is hard to find here. Happy Monday, love! <3

  • Sophia

    Ohh my your gelato flavours sound so fabulous! Those skinny rules are disturbing! I think European cultures break all of them regularly! I take magnesium and vitamin d to help absorb calcium because I am rather small and have a higher risk of osteoporosis. My bag always has a random book incase I get stranded and I’m a little obsessively clean so I hope there’s nothing I don’t know about in there :) – Best thing I’ve eaten was a beautiful spaghetti Napoli with lots of Parmesan and fresh basil and artichokes shared with my family- Bellissimo! Ciao and love Sophia

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh my goodness, spaghetti Napoli with Parmesan and fresh basil sounds absolutely incredible! Where in Italy do you live? xoxo

      • Sophia

        I was going to University in Milan but I recently transferred to Genoa so I could live with my parents in Portofino- it’s beautiful come visit :) hugs Sophia

        • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

          I’d LOVE to come visit! I was actually chatting with my friend today about traveling to Europe this summer! :)

          • Sophia

            Fantastico- Definetley keep me updated! Xo

  • Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife

    I love your new iphone case so adorbs!
    Also I don’t know how I missed national grilled cheese day but I will have to celebrate days late!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh definitely. Got on that celebration, girl! I think it may be my second favorite food holiday! (After National Peanut Butter Day, of course!) 😉

  • http://Www.annatheapple.com/ AnnaTheApple

    Yes I am so with on paying someone to constantly tickle or massage my back. It would be heaven. Ahh to have unlimited money hehe.
    Coconut flour flatbread sounds amazing as well for your grilled cheese sandwich! Yum! Did you make it yourself? If so, please post recipe 😉
    Sweet potato ice cream!!! I am so jealous!!! Why do you do this to me, Sara?? Post amazingly yummy-looking things on your blog that I can’t have. The UK would never have anything like that. They barely know what sweet potatoes are…*sobs*
    I don’t take any vitamins. I’ve never felt the urge – though if they were like those gummy sweets then I would definitely ‘induldge’ haha.
    That pin has made me so mad. Rules for being skinny!? This is ridiculous. Er, “go to bed hungry” – are you joking?? Grrrrr.
    My bag is regularly spring cleaned as I change it so often (I have a large handbag collection that I rotate through – I have an addiction…). I hate having clutter in there. But usually there’s an apple for definite 😉

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Of course you have an apple in your bag! 😉 The coconut flour flatbread is SO easy: just one egg, 1 T. coconut flour, 1 T. milk, and a pinch of baking powder whisked together. I let it sit for a few minutes, and then cook it in the griddle like pancakes! Let it cool, and then use however you want! You could also make one large flatbread, and roll it up. Happy Monday! <3

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I missed national grilled cheese day? Crap – I’ll have to make for that this week.

    I loved Bob Harper until that book came out. I’ll eat carbs whenever I want them, thank you…and I refuse to go to bed hungry. That’s just unnecessary!

    My vitamin cocktail: multivitamins, and fish oil in the morning, plus a digestive enzyme pill with each meal (as often as I remember that)

    For $12, I hope that ice cream is incredible! Although to be fair, if there’s some sort of food item that I’m going to spend a lot of money on, ice cream is pretty high on the list 😉 Although that gelato looks pretty fabulous as well! I’ve only ever had it once…thinking that will need to be changed this summer, for sure 😉

    Have a good Monday Sara! <3

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I totally agree–I’m willing to spend quite a bit on ice cream! It’s all about priorities. 😉 I plan on going back for that pint either this week or next, because I can’t stop thinking about it! Happy Monday, Sam! <3

  • Guest

    Gosh that grilled cheese sandwich looks mighty tasty!

    I take vitamin D, a magnesium supplement, and occasionally digestive enzymes with a heavy meal (which actually has helped with my IBS symptoms so would actually recommend)!

    That skinny list made me sad too, I used to be a sucker for those sorts of things when I was a teenager and really feel that young vulnerable women are the target for such horrors…

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I’ve heard digestive enzymes work a miracle, so I’d really like to try them. I’ve been meaning to order Digestease online, but it hasn’t happened yet. Which do you take? <3

      • Lucy @the moving muncher

        I take biocare polyzyme forte as per a digestive naturopath’s advice – it’s a bit more pricey but seems to do the job :) not sure if it is available in the US though?!

  • Lucy @themovingmuncher

    Gosh that grilled cheese sandwich looks mighty tasty!

    I take vitamin D, a magnesium supplement, and occasionally digestive
    enzymes with a heavy meal (which actually has helped with my IBS
    symptoms so would actually recommend)!

    That skinny list made me sad too, I used to be a sucker for those
    sorts of things when I was a teenager and really feel that young
    vulnerable women are the target for such horrors…

  • Elaina H.

    Jeni’s!! In Idaho! They’re from Columbus!! I went a lot when I was there for the campaign. They have the best flavors! Also love that iphone case. I just got a Kate Spade one for my iphone too!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I know! I think it’s so funny that I can find Jeni’s here, and not in DC! I’m going to go back and get that ice cream! Miss you! xoxo

  • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

    Haha, yeah, I say forget about those bills! 😉 I love the idea of adding mini bags to your bag—I’m going to start doing that! Happy Monday! <3 xoxo

  • runwithspoons

    $12 for ice cream?! That’s insane! But I can definitely see how sweet potato and torched marshmallows would merit saving for. I would have never even dreamed up such a delicious combo, and it’s probably one of those things that you have to try at least once.

    As proud as I am to say that I’m a complete rule breaker, the fact that those kinds of things are out there absolutely break my heart… especially when they come across as the be-all, end-all using phrases like “no excuses” and “every.single.day.” Even though they don’t affect me anymore, I fell victim to all of them in the past, and my heart aches for all the women trying to free themselves from that kind of mentality.

    As for my vitamin cocktail, I take D, C, B, calcium/magnesium, fish oil, and digestive enzymes with all my meals.

    Happy Monday, love!

  • Lillian_SeizeTheLatte

    OMG, the Talenti gelato is divine. I got their salted caramel flavor and nearly had a gelato-induced bliss seizure in the Target parking lot. It’s so. Effing. Delicious.

    And holy cute iPhone case, Batman! I love the colors — it’s so festive and springy, and it’s perfect for this time of year. :)

  • http://lisalately.com/ Lisa

    That grilled cheese looks awesome, seriously how come I never know about these foodie holidays. I need to get in on the action I believe.

    Um, $12 is a little steep for ice cream! Even though it sure sounds delicious! I’d rather use it to buy a jar of coconut butter;) addicted to that stuff I tell you!

    Ugh, I get one you mean about those “skinny rules” breaking you r heart. It breaks mine too and as sad as it makes me, I also know I was once in that persons shoes and know how they can truly affect someone. I’m glad I’m not so influenced now, although I do think to myself I wonder if…a few times, not enough to make the changes though.

    I adore your iphone case, I’ve been wanting the pink and white one for faaar too long!
    Love you!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    That grilled cheese looks marvelous! I always hear about food holidays after they happen. 😛 Not that I need an excuse to enjoy a grilled cheese. One of those will definitely be happening later this week.

    Also it’s funny you should say that about tuna because even though I like it, I don’t love it. Salmon will forever have my heart!

    I love love LOVE those quotes about living for today. I have such a hard time living in the present… I’m always looking forward to something or reflecting on the past. I need to work on that!

    To answer your questions…

    I just take vitamin D and omega 3s… when I remember haha.

    Oh my gosh, my purse is always a disaster. It takes me like 5 minutes just to find anything in it! And I can’t believe I sometimes throw my apple cores in there when I’m done eating them and there’s no garbage around. It’s gross – I need to stop doing that. 😛

    Have a great evening love!

  • Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie

    I love me some gummy vitamins, but I haven’t had them once I realized most brands
    contain gelatin, which is a total vegan no-no! I have heard a few kinds don’t have gelatin in them so I may have to do some investigating 😉

    I think I’ll have to try recreating that ice cream because it sounds too good to be true! There are some food items I’m willing to shell out for (like $11 for 2 lbs. of peanut flour from iHerb) but double digit prices kinda scare me off. I just worry that I’d love it so much and have to buy it regularly!

  • Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    The tuna was no good!? OH NOOOOOOO!!!!!!! We will have to make up for that in Utah 😉 I bet that gelato made up for it though 😉

  • Angela

    oh my goodness – don’t your shoulders hurt from carrying all that much? LOL.

  • Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel

    your pictures are so vibrant. haha I like a clean purse … but sometimes that’s not the case. 😛

  • coco

    12 dollars in ice cream? that’s crazy expensive, it better be really good.

    I still take prenatal vitamins, not as fun as gummy bears.

    I have too many hair bands in my bag.

    best thing I ate over weekend? mmmm….. soy yogurt, it was so good that I’m officially done with diary. :)

  • Caitlin Dunlevy

    Trust me shopping for a baby can do some DAMAGE! Baby Gap is my downfall!

  • http://redletterdayeblog.wordpress.com/ Cassie @RedLetterDaye

    I definitely just texted my friend saying I wanted to eat the whole bottle of gummy vitamin. I have to hide them from myself, too, lol.

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