Friends, Flowers & Pizza!

I am desperately trying to keep up with my recaps to present time- I’ve been preferring whipping up somewhat shorter recaps rather than crazy long ones that won’t crash your computer– which do you prefer? Here we gooooo!

Tuesday September 25th, I had some oats with stevia, better n’ peanut butter and Fage for breakfast. I’ve been having this on repeat this past week; it’s like comfort food. The tang of the Fage mixed with the sweetness of the PB and crunch of the oats resembles dessert! (I have a feeling Kori subliminally influenced this combo ; ) ).


I went for a lovely walk in the afternoon and found maybe one of the most gorgeous flowers I have seen yet on Floral Row as I have started calling it.


I also received a delivery while I was “going to school” ….A bottle of #Besties wine from Trending Wine in Napa!!! You may remember this winery from when Kels and I visited. Take a look at that link if you want more details about it 🙂 I have never received a complimentary bottle from any winery like this; it was so kind & the best surprise! You are guaranteed laughs, fun and unforgettable memories if you decide to make the trip here. There is now has a spot in SF, so you know we’ll be tryin’ that out someday!


After working up another appetite, I decided to have my stuffed purple sweet potato. Gosh, I wake up in the morning already thinking about when I can have this during my day. I crave it all the time.


Unfortunately, at some point in the afternoon, I noticed my hair had a serious reddish/pink tint to it. Not that I have anything against pink hair- some people rock it so well- but when it’s not intentional and haphazardly pink, it can look a bit funky.

I had noticed it days earlier.. and DJ had too, but I thought maybe if I washed it again and toned it, it would be better… but it seemed to have gotten worse. I messaged my hair lady, and she said to come in the next day to get it fixed.

That evening I went to my friend Sara’s house to watch our show and catch up. I got to hang with Foxy again!!! I love when Sara is dog sitting this cutie <3


I took my giant salad with me. I have started adding pita chips to my salad and it’s sooo good mixed with the hummus & adds a great crunch.


Wednesday the 26th I had my hair fixed while catching  up on e-mails…. it still has a slight reddish tint to it at the roots, but nothing too noticeable unless you’re looking for it. She offered to go darker to get rid of it totally, but I don’t want to spend another hour in that chair or another cent or hurt my hair anymore. It’s just hair!!! I’m happier with it now, but I occasionally see the pinkish red. Hunida told me it’s perfect for autumn, and I love that way of thinking!

On Thursday the 27th I did an two intense 20 minute body workouts in the morning. I usually do Insanity on my archaic super slow laptop on which it’s downloaded, but DJ took the charger we share for that type of laptop out of town with him. I decided to try out the HITT routines our apartment has in the workout studio for the first time, and they were such a nice change! I will continue to work them into my weekly routine. I was soooo sore the next day.


After, I could barely focus on my school assignments because I was so excited to get together with my closest friends from my Stanford neurosurg. cohort.


We met at Pizza Antica and chowed down on some tasty pizza, shared a bottle of wine and caught up on each-others’ lives. It was my favorite night of the week and helped lift my spirits with DJ being out of town!


I missed them soo much <3


I had their bianca pizza (which isn’t technically on the menu- but it used to be- and they will still make it for ya!) & added mushrooms and arugula. Leave it to me to basically get a salad on top of pizza, lol.


Friday the 28th, I officially came down with a cold. I could feel it coming on the day before right after my intense workout, but it went into full fledge I-can-barely-move mode Friday. I could barely walk from the soreness in my legs, but I also felt just so weak overall. I tried to wake up with some my new go-to breakfast and coffee, but still didn’t feel 100% after.


After picking DJ up from the airport and hearing all about his trip, I worked on a couple quizzes and school assignments before having my stuffed purple sweet potato for lunch.


He had a great time in Des Moines!! He said it was a charming city, and he would love to go back together.

In the afternoon, after DJ worked on grad school apps and I tried to get some work done, we then watched a few episodes of Dexter, because a whole week without Dex was near torture! #irony. We just had leftovers for dinner and headed to sleep pretty early.

And that about sums it up !!

Questions for you:

  • Have you ever been to Des Moines?
  • What’s your favorite type of workout or HITT routine?

xo <3


116 thoughts on “Friends, Flowers & Pizza!

    1. Aw thank you so much, Amitav. Hahah- to each their own, I say! You are definitely far from lazy. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are well!

      1. You’re welcome. I love your anecdotes and travels and family time that you share in your blog. Be well and keep smiling, always. And yes, be in the pink of health. 🙂 Stay blessed!

  1. ‘…I’ve been preferring whipping up somewhat shorter recaps rather than crazy long ones that won’t crash your computer…’ Ah but your long reads are so engrossing – perfect for those days I am in the mood for long reads but reading the New York Times is too heavy…

    Des Moines – no I haven’t been. Closest I got to Iowa was Colorado. That’s still far, I know. 🙂


    1. Awww, Natalie- that means SO much to me!!! I do love doing the long recaps, but some say they don’t download well and it makes their computers slow. It makes me so happy to hear you enjoy them…. inevitably I’m sure I’ll have many more because I have a tendency to get behind 😉 Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, girl!!

  2. Foxy is so cute! Sorry to hear you got the dreaded cold- I’m bracing myself for it myself! My favourite HIIT is any that focuses on legs! Have a lovely week

    1. I just love that pup-she is sooo loveable tooo.

      I have been bracing for weeks too- I always get one this time of year. Thankfully it hasn’t been too bad and I’m getting over it fairly quick. Praying you don’t have to deal with it at all!!

      And yess! I love HITT that do a lot of squat/butt work- I feeeel that burn the next day! Thanks for stopping by, Kath! xo

    1. Do you have any specific programs that you like for them?! Aww yes- I bet it will feel good to get back into it, but putting it on the back burner is so worth it for the mean-time 😉 When are you due by the way?! XO

      1. We actually had a hiit class at my gym, which I loved so much!! I also just find workouts online! It is absolutely worth it to tone down for now😊 I’m due February 21! I will be halfway through on Thursday!

      2. Eeek! So exciting, a little Valentine baby!! 🙂 Have a great week, girl!

    1. Oooo that sounds wonderful! I bet they are intense! Is it kind of like barre?! I have done that before and it was super challenging. Thanks for stopping by, girl!

    1. No way!! How awesome. He said he didn’t go to either but some of his favorites were Zombie Burger, Iowa Tap House, and 1908 Drought House. Thanks for stopping by, Dani!

  3. sometimes short and sweet and to the point is enough, especially when you are trying to cram in a lot of information. What is on your sweet potato? Putting pita chips on a salad sounds like a great way to add crunch. I’ve never thought about adding hummus to a salad, not sure why… I love hummus

    1. Aww! I’m glad all my weird concoctions didn’t scare ya 😉 I am in a Doctorate program for nursing – 3.5 years, here we go! I am loving it so far- tons of work, but also subjects I am really interested in and passionate about- makes all the difference. Thanks so much for stopping in, Rhonda!

      1. Gosh Mackenie– that’s sounds like a huge commitment. Can you still work while you’re studying?? I remember you posts when you started your job there– it sounded amazing– and intense! God bless you girl! xo

      2. I actually am a student full time now! People do work when going to school, but I honestly don’t know how they do it. Especially with the specific position I had I don’t think there is any way I would stay sane doing it all haha. I am loving being a student again though- just an entirely different day to day now! Thanks so much, Rhonda 🙂 🙂

      3. That makes sense– the job you had sounded so intense. Glad you can dig in and give all your energy to your studies!! I’m guessing your a star at school! xo

      4. Aw thank you so much, Rhonda! You encourage me greatly. also!!!! Guess where we went today?!? b patisserie !!! Thank you for the recommendation- it was the best bakery I have ever been to. It will be in my next post 🙂 have a great Sunday!

      5. Hi Mackenzie!! I’m off to check out your post! My favorite there is the banana almond chocolate croissant!! Warm with a mug of tea– perfect! Glad you liked it. xo

  4. Wine is always good but getting a complimentary bottle is even better! Extra special too since you visited with Kels.

    Foxy is such a cutie!! I’m glad you got your hair fixed and that your stylist was nice about it. Hummus and pita is delicious so I’ll have to keep it in mind next time I make a big salad!

    You look gorgeous for dinner with your friends and the pizza looks amazing! I hope you’re feeling better <3

    Also I looked into those black bean burgers and I'm going to keep an eye out for when they go on sale. They look tasty!

    1. AGREEED!! I really do think complimentary bottles taste better too 😉

      I swear that little pup is just the cutest thing- I can’t even handle it.

      I don’t know why I haven’t thought of putting pita chips in sooner?! it all goes together soo well. I actually just ate it again haha.

      Aw thanks so much!! And I am feeling MUCH better- thankfully the cold didn’t hang around long.

      YES- I always try to grab them when they are 2 packages for $5 or 2 for $7. let me know what you think 🙂 Have a great week, Maureen!

      1. Complimentary anything tastes better 🙂

        Yay! So glad you’re feeling better!

        I’ll definitely keep an eye out for those sale prices! Gotta save some dollars whenever you can

  5. Gosh, girl, you are so beautiful!! Pink-tinted hair & all. But I’m right there with you – if it is unintentional, then you aren’t going to be a fan of it. I’m glad your stylist was able to fix it!

    Thanks so much for your sweet shoutout!! I love if I can help influence you & others to try some of my combos. ☺️ It looks delicious!

    I’m all about adding spinach, arugula, alltheveg to my pizzas too. Adds a punch of color, texture, & flava!

    I know I already said so, but that lip color. So perfect on you! It’s so nice that you could meet up with close friends, especially while Dj was out of town.

    Foxy is sooo cute!

    I’ve never been to Des Moines, but it sounds like a lovely place to visit!

    Have a great day! <3

    1. ahhh oh my gosh, you are too sweet! I rarely do my makeup, so had to document that hahah. Oh and I forgot to mention BUT I thought if I wear the bright lip how would anyone notice the pink tint, right?! hehe.

      Agreeeed!!! Especially when I make them at home and don’t have to pay an extra $1.50 for every ingredient I go nuts! The more veggies the betta!

      It was definitely great girl time- I missed them!

      And Foxy melts my stinking heart. I may need to get a little fox myself one day. So stinking cute.

      Right? I have never been either- and I haven’t ever given it much thought, but DJ said he would love to go back together… just another place to add to our long LONG list hahah. Have a great week, Kori … thank ya tons for stopping by! <3 XO

    1. Isn’t she just too much to handle? I stinkin’ love that little pup! Thanks for stopping in, Steph!

  6. Floral Row is such a cute title! That flower is so beautiful.

    That puppy is so freaking cute!!

    I’m so sorry about your hair! It looks perfect though! I used to be such a perfectionist about my hair but I’ve gotten a lot more relaxed with it. I stopped straightening it several months ago (it helps it’s fairly long and thick so the heaviness helps to straighten it), so I just blow dry it with a round brush. easy peasy lemon squeezy

    Colds that drain all of your energy are the worst! I hope you are feeling much better!

    I have never been to Des Moines. Maybe DJ needs to do a guest post. 😉

    I think just a quick 10 minute Barre3 is my fav HIIT! It really can get my heart rate up and give me a good sweat.

    1. I can’t get over little foxy lady- she just melts my heart. She seriously makes me want to get a little pup so so much.

      Thank you so much for your kind words!! I notice when I don’t mess with it much or worry about it, it usually finds its own rhythm too! I have tried not using heat much and see the difference. Your hair is sooo naturally beautiful! Do you use a wet brush? I discovered these last year and they work magic without ripping your hair at all!

      I am feeling sooo much better- thank you tons <3

      Haha- I would LOVE that but I don't think he ever would. *sigh*. BUT that means I'll just have to go back with him for the whole experience, right?! He really does want to go back together- he just loved it!

      Barre is SO good! I love how easy it is on the joints too. I went to my first class a few months ago after hearing how much Kori loved it- it's a great thing! I wish I could go more, but it's not super close & really pricy- hence even more a reason to do the online videos!! XO

      1. It’s basically a magic detangling brush! It has made all the difference in my hair for sure. Thanks, girl 🙂

      2. Oh and no need to be ashamed- I just learned about these gems a couple years ago- so worth it though! I think you can get them on amazon

  7. Ahh I forgot to mention my favorite HIIT workout! Barre3, but you already knew that. Hehe. I love that I can do a workout at home for 10, 20, 60 minutes – whatever I feel like! I can filter the workout library for something more challenging and intense to something calming and restorative. Hope today has treated you oh so well!!

    1. Yesss home workouts are the BEST. I was telling Kaci I need to incorporate more Barre here and there into my week. It really is just a tremendous workout without being too hard on the joints!

  8. I do prefer the shorter updates more only because I always have so much to say in response to your posts & I feel bad when I leave ya a novel lol. Also, it’s a bit more fun to know what you’re doing closer to now & in present time!

    You know the dang cutest little pups! Foxy is a beaut! 😍

    I’m glad you were able to get your hair fixed to something you were happier with! I’m so glad I could get ya into a positive thought about the whole fiasco. ♡ Hair is just hair but it can really affect how we feel when we’re not happy with it, right?! It looks absolutely perfect in the selfie, girl. ♡

    That’s lovely that you got to go out with your friends! The pizzas look amazing, yum!

    I noticed your mug is from Peet’s hahaha, they really do have your loyalty!! & so does that Purple Potato, huh?! Lol.

    I’ve never been to Des Moines & I only ever do this one workout on YouTube once in awhile (a few times a month or less…) lol.

    1. Awww that’s a great point! I hadn’t thought about it that way! I definitely don’t mind the novel comments at all- but I feel like it is definitely easier to comment on smaller posts without forgetting what you want to say. I am gonna try to do a better mix of shorter ones now! They are a bit easier to whip up too with less time!

      Between Foxy & Pool Noodle I don’t reallly need a pup of my own, right? Hahha. I will just be a puppy Aunt to all the cuties.

      Yes, exactly- my mom even said I could say it is for Breast Cancer awareness month and that was very humbling- it’s just hair and I’m thankful to even have it <3 Thanks for your sweet words, chica!

      They REALLY do have my loyalty- even at home- haha. I am just obsessed. Girl, i can't get enough of this dang potato- I almost had two today- but I restrained myself cause I had to eat veggies before they went bad haha.

      haha- dang girl! You are in such good shape for not working out much! Do you know the name of the youtube workout? I love using youtube and trying new ones

      1. Whatever you post, long or short– I’ll read it and I know I’ll love it. 😀 <3

        Do you ever want a pup of your own?! If so, what kind?! I mean, you're right, you're an Aunt to the cutest ones but just wondering!!

        Yeah!! Exactly. Breast Cancer Awarness Month, I love that. <3

        I bought some Peet's dark roast coffee grounds today. It's so yummy!! I forgot what the name of it was though…

        Well I think dancing at work is working out, too so that's why I am able to stay in shape. WHEW! Lol. The Youtube workout I follow is called "9 Exercises For A Flat Stomach" by XHIT Daily. 😀

      2. Dawww, thanks, Chica!

        Yesss- we want one so badly, but we like to travel too much last minute and our schedules are so wonky that it’s just not the right time just yet. But we love Vizslas and Rhodesian Ridgebacks! I want the vizsla mainly because they are super loveable running dogs.

        How about you?!

        Ahh yay!!! I don’t like their store bought quite as much, but it’s still tasty!

        Oooo lol! That makes so much sense! Dancing burns a crap tons of calories for sure. Ah, I LOVE XHIT – thanks for sharing!! I can’t wait to check it out

      3. Aww! Yeah! I feel ya, boyfriend & I haven’t gotten to travel together since we moved to Vegas because we don’t have anyone we trust to watch our cats! Pets are almost as a big as responsibility as kiddos! Of course a running dog would be perfect for you. 😀

        If I got a dog, for a big one I’d want an Alaskan Malamute & for a small one a small fluffy Corgi!! All based on looks, no idea about their personalities or anything lol.

        I hope you can understand the lady (Rebecca Louise) lol, she has an accent & I remember you saying that you have a hard time with them!! <3

      4. I totally get that!!

        Oooo I just googled an alaskan malamute- so cute! I LOVE these little pups- I think I may add this to the line up. And you cannnot go wrong with a corgi <3 I can vouch that they're little punks full of personality at least from the one I know haha!

        LOL!!! I love RL! I actually can understand her accent- if I'm focused that is 😉 - but when I try to do other things like I was watching Love Island... forget about it! Haha. XO

      5. Aren’t they the cutest things?!?! So big and fluffy. <3 I dream of snuggling with an Alaskan Malamute lol. I watch a lot of those corgi vids on FB, I love when they shake their little bums hahaha.

        Is she a big hit in the exercise world!? I've only ever liked watching her videos to work out with, she's so motivational & silly. "I can feel the burn Rebecca!!" LOL.

      6. Lol! I need to find these videos 😂 sounds so darn cute.

        Hahah for real- she does not mess around! I’m not sure how big she is in general- but definitely on YouTube!

    1. Thank you soo much, Miriam 🙂 I am much better! Not 100%, but almost there. Thank you tons for stopping by!

  9. Foxy is a cutie pie … those big dark eyes and cute face. Foxy is downright huggable!
    Your hair looks perfect Mackenzie – I don’t see anything pink except on your lips. 🙂 Sorry to hear you were sick and hope you are feeling “in the pink” again.

    1. I know! I love that sweet pup so much ❤️❤️

      Aww thank you so much, Linda!!! It definitely is much better than it was .

      hehe I see what you did there! I LOVE your sense of humor 😂 and I am feeling much much better. Thanks for stopping in! 🤗

      1. Foxy is very cute. I hate those late Summer colds – they linger on sometimes. Glad you are feeling better. I love to pun and give people a smile. 🙂

      2. They do, I get them usually every year, and they last sometimes up to three weeks, but this one came and went in just a few days thankfully 🙂 Me too! I am so glad we can be “friends” on this little blogosphere!

  10. Foxy is soooooo cute! Haha and all that food looks incredible. I’m sorry to hear you were sick. Hopefully you’re back to 100% now. Also your selfie is gorgeous!!!

    1. I am obsessed with that little pup! Just the cutest thing.

      Thanks, girl! I’m feeling so so much better now 🙂 I’m thankful it didn’t linger too long- sometimes these colds can last for weeks. I’m still not 100%, but darn close 🤗

      Aw thanks, Pamela! ❤️ I so appreciate you stopping by! I was so excited to see your name pop up

  11. I hope you’re fully recovered from your cold!! My kiddo’s ‘just’ came down with one as well, but Nate and I are holding out and hoping that we don’t catch it. Ha, ha!
    I’ve never tried a HITT routine, but I’m told that I need to. I FINALLY feel like life has settled enough that I can get back into an exercise routine (although I should have never fallen out of one to begin with). I’m excited to start feeling healthy and strong again and to take care of myself instead of just taking care of my beautiful family. It’s so easy to do that! So all that to say, I will let you know what I think when I try a routine!! 🙂
    P.S. What lipstick are you wearing? I love it!!!

    1. Hey girl! I am feeling sooo much better- thank you 🤗

      Ahhh I hope your kids feel better soon!! And that you two don’t come down with anything ! Vitamin C is your best friend!!!

      The thing I like about HITT routines is they feel manageable- like you go hard for a couple minutes then get a break!

      You’ve got this, girl! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 can’t wait to hear how it goes!

      thank you! I don’t get many fun lipsticks/ balms- but I pull this out time to time- I don’t remember off the top of my head the name – but let me check and I’ll letchya know 🙂

    1. Thanks so much !! I hope you got some good eats ! Thanks for stopping by and have such a great week!

  12. I love HIIT workouts! Those few seconds make a huge difference when it comes to powering through the rest of the exercises, lol. I’ve done a lot of video workouts, but HIIT is my favorite style for helping me actually make it through the workout haha.

  13. Woah looks like you’ve been living a hectic life! I’ve never seen sweet purple potatoes — and now I kind of want to try one! Hope you’re doing well and in God’s grace! Xoxo Steph

    1. It has- but so good as of recent 🙂 Last year was soo tough though. Ooo I think you would LOVE purple sweet potatoes- they are so delicious, I like them better than standard ones! And same to you, girlie. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. I will try the purple sweet potatoes and let you know! Have a great rest of the week! I’ll make sure to visit your blog more often — I miss reading it but I have been so busy with senior year of high school! xoxo Steph

      2. Yay! Aw girl no worrries- I don’t think I could have kept with a blog senior year of high school! You’re doing amazing, Chica! ❤️💕

    1. 😂😂😂😂😂 I literally thought “only me” when I saw the mounds of greenery on top.

  14. Hi Mackenzie , I do like the the shorter posts, but I will take whatever you give us!! Your oat breakfast with Peanut butter and fage looks so good. That flower is so amazing, a great reminder of God’s beauty in nature. How nice to get a complimentary bottle of wine from trending wine! I love the bottle with the cute label! I am glad your hair issues are taken care of now. You’ve had a time of it. Foxy is so cute to hang out with! That seems like a very intense workout, es
    pecially for Me ! I love your photo , the make up is flawless , nice shade of lipstick. And those earrings go great too. How nice for you to hang out with the Girls again! It must have been good to get DJ back! Des Moines had to release him back to you ! I have never been there , someday I will. Lovely update, thanks Dear, Terri xo.

    1. Aw thanks, Terri! I really appreciate honest feedback 🙂 I actually just ate that exact breakfast for dinner tonight 😄 I crave it.

      Thank you for your kind words! I rarely use lip color, but it’s always fun to whip it out for a special occasion. And yesss hah I’m so glad Des Moines let me have him back 🤗 they were getting selfish!

      Have a great Sunday, Terri!

    1. Awww thank you, Diane! I just eat healthy most the time, but I definitely can’t turn down a good sweet! my sweet tooth is my weakness 😉

      I am obsessed with little foxy. she’s such a peach! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  15. I LOVE oats and cinnamon during the cold months. I agree it is comforting! I ahven;t combined it with yogurt but I just might have to now:)
    Ooo complimentary wine? That is amazing! And I love the name!
    Aweee pup a love! Oxygen is SO cute and so are you!
    I wonder if it is the toner she is using? I know when I first get my hair done, it has a purple tinge to it because of the toner. But I wash it and it goes away. It isn’t noticeable in any of your ic and girl you are gorgeous! And you look so professional glam in that outfit! So fun getting together with fellow friends and colleagues!
    Ughh I am sorry love! Tis the season for getting sick! I hope you are feeling better!
    My best friend actually just moved to Des Moines. It is a city I never thought about visiting, but her pictures are always so quaint. <3

    1. Okay you are soo sweet to take the time to read through all these! Oh my gosh, I would never expect you to do this with how busy you are, but it really truly is making my night!!

      I really think it is the toner she is using… it’s faded now a lot. She basically blamed it on my water..but I told her I have used the same shower water for years now and haven’t had any issues. She accepted zero responsibility with the whole thing! So crazy. But thank you, love! That is so good to hear because I was self conscious there for a while. Hair fiascos are just the worst!

      I am feeling back to 98.9% 😉 I think I stayed up too late Thursday and am still recovering…. hahaha.

      Aw, I will say DJ is adamant that it is an awesome city to visit, so it’s fun you have a friend there to visit if you ever decide to! xx

  16. Ok, that’s so freaking awesome that they sent you wine!!! That’s so cool!!
    As always, that doggy in super adorable!! And you’ll have to share your salad recipe because I’ve been craving something different lol.
    And looking at your selfie, I think your hair looks fantastic!! I’m with DJ, I’m liking this color on you too! 😊
    I’ve tried arugula once or twice because it was on a crepe lol and I’m not too fond it? Maybe it’s an acquired taste idk… but the pizza looks good.
    I have never been outside of the west coast (Utah excluded) but I would like that to change someday lol.

    1. Right?! I was shocked, but so excited! We finally popped it open for thanksgiving 🙂

      Ohhh girl- the salad is my jam. I have it probably 4 nights a week- I will share it! I’ve been meaning to make a post- it’s so so easy!

      Aww thanks, Rossy!! I am liking the toned down blonde a lot now- plus I don’t need my roots touched up as much!

      Yeah arugula doesn’t have much to it- it’s sort of like spinach. Anything that is green I’ll take haha, but I can see how you wouldn’t love it. It doesn’t have really great flavor or anything.

      Ahhh you have to go visit the east coast sometime 😍 Boston is incredible- that’s what I’d recommend if you are able to make a trip east- and the Midwest would probably be fascinating for you haha .

      1. Oh yay!! Please do make it a post!! 🙂
        Hmm compared to augula, I’ll put spinach on pretty much anything now 😂
        Awesome I’ll keep Boston in mind. I’ve heard people talk about going there and it’s supposed to be beautiful.

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