Stuff.

I’ve always been one of those people who can’t help but plan ahead.

Sometimes this annoys my husband. He’s worried that my constant planning means it’s impossible for me to ever just enjoy a moment when it finally arrives.

He might be right sometimes.

However, at this point, planning is a crucial part of my personality that I’ll probably never root out completely. And given the amount of peace it gives me to plan, I’ve accepted that.

By that I mean, I’m less of a crazy person when I feel like I have a plan. And with our upcoming move this spring, there’s obviously a lot to figure out.

One of my least favorite parts of living in New York is the moving process. First of all, you better not even dream of looking at an apartment until you are practically getting kicked out of your current place. So while I’ve been keeping tabs on certain neighborhoods and have an idea of how much I’m going to end up spending, I won’t really know where we’ll be living until a week or two before.

I do not like that.

The other thing I hate is that, given the strict timetable, you are forced to move very quickly. (I also hate feeling rushed.)

This wasn’t so much of a problem when we first moved into our current place, but now moving requires transporting several large pieces of furniture and a lot more breakables. I get a little stressed just thinking about it.

Having moved a lot myself in the last five years, I kind of have it down to a science. And I know that one of the biggest parts of moving is getting rid of tons of stuff while both packing and unpacking. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the thought, “Why the heck did I pack this?”)

So, while I cannot do much actual planning for the move, I’ve decided to do as much organizing an stuff purging before March as possible. Starting with every closet.

And hoo-boy, you guys. Did I get rid of a lot of stuff.

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There’s also a giant IKEA bag of stuff on the ground, you just can’t see it.

So…yeah. I needed to do this.

But besides helping me prep for a (hopefully) seamless moving process, it also gave me the opportunity to organize my clothes. Which, I don’t know about you, but I love doing. I seriously get a very similar thrill to what I get when I buy new clothes. I’m a freak.

I also color-coded everything. I’M A FREAK, OKAY?

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I also organized my underwear drawer (with new drawer inserts I picked up from IKEA), but my friend Taylor convinced me it would be indecent to post that photo. Because y’all are a bunch of prudes or something. Or maybe it’s just that I would someday regret broadcasting a photo of my underwear drawer to the internet…whatever.

So anyway. I’m feeling much better about moving my clothes. My next projects are the desk area, the scary dark corner cabinet in our kitchen (everyone has one, right?), and the bedroom as a whole. Should be interesting.

Embracing Color with No nonsense Styling

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How to: Healthy Tuna & Spicy Fage Hummus Wraps

I know what you’re thinking, and yeah, I have been doing a lot of Fage recipes lately. No, these posts are not sponsored. I just really like the yogurt.

Anywho, let’s talk lunch, shall we?

Over the holiday break, I tried to focus on making healthier lunches for myself that I wouldn’t necessarily be able to make when I was back at work. (Nothing like working right next to your kitchen.)

I had read in a magazine about tuna and hummus wraps, but I didn’t have any hummus on hand. What I did have? The ingredients to make my own.

Here’s my recipe for Healthy Tuna & Spicy Fage Hummus Wraps. First, the hummus.

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Ingredients:
6 oz. Fage Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
1-2 teaspoons chopped garlic
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
Juice from half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Hot sauce to taste

Combine the all above ingredients except paprika and hot sauce in a food processor until creamy. Then add spicier ingredients to taste.

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To make the wraps, combine about half a cup of the hummus with a can of drained tuna, 2-3 stalks of celery (chopped), and 1-2 cups of spinach chopped.

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Spread in a whole wheat wrap with wasabi mustard and a sprinkling of low-fat cheese.

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And enjoy!

How to: Chocolate Almond Frozen Yogurt

So, we made it to the new year. Go us, right?

Like most people, I tend to use the start of the year or month to make new goals for myself. Nothing like a fresh start, ya know? And while I’m not looking to lose any significant amount of weight or anything, I am always interested in new ways to eat healthier.

The problem? I like foods that aren’t necessarily the most nutritious choices. Like, chocolate. And cookies. And chocolate. And ice cream. And chocolate.

So the mission was clear: find new, healthier (grumble…) ways to consume chocolate.

And lately, I’ve been really into recipes that involve my favorite healthy ingredient, Greek yogurt. (I put it in everything, remember?) So when I started seeing a lot of homemade Greek frozen yogurt recipes popping up on Pinterest, I knew what I had to do.

And thus, Chocolate Almond Frozen Yogurt was BORN.

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Well, actually, it’s more accurate to say it was tweaked. Because I definitely am not the first person to attempt this. But here’s my favorite way to make it:

Ingredients:
1-1 1/2 cups Fage Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (You could use any kind of Greek yogurt, but this is my favorite kind)
1 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2-5 drops Clear Liquid Stevia
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1-2 shakes cinnamon
1/2 banana, sliced (optional)

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Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Freeze for about 15 minutes, stirring mixture every 5 minutes.

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Top with banana slices. (Strawberry slices would also be excellent.)

And that’s it! It’s cold, creamy, and actually good for you. If you were less concerned with calories, I think it would also be fantastic with a tablespoon or two of natural peanut butter blended in. Just saying.

What are some of your favorite healthy recipe tweaks?

New Year Sum-Uppance, Vol. 4

Okay, okay. I usually do this before the new year actually begins, but as I said yesterday in my top 10 posts round-up, I’m a bit out of sorts (read: busy) this year. Anywho.

As I was looking through my usual sum-uppance questions, I decided it was also time for a little upgrade. So, I give you, the new and improved New Year Sum-Uppance of Justine.

Age: 25 (and still getting asked where I’m planning on attending college…hurrah.)

Location: New York

Occupation: Social Media Manager (because Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest is my life)

Favorite food: Sushi. There is literally never a time when Joey asks me what I want for dinner that my mind doesn’t IMMEDIATELY leap to spicy tuna rolls. I am who I am.

Music I like right now: Snow Patrol and Augustana still hold the keys to my heart, but I also dig Mumford & Sons a lot. What can I say, I like Irish music and men.

TV shows I watch: Ugh, not even worth mentioning. Ninety-nine percent of the television I watch is trash that I only tune into to quiet down my brain after a busy day. The other 1% is The Walking Dead. Obvi. Because, while that might still qualify as trashy, your brain is on high-alert whilst watching. Lest you SOMEHOW NOT HEAR A GRUNTING, WHEEZING, BUMBLING WALKER SNEAK UP ON YOU.

Book I’m reading: I hate reading more than one book at a time, but right now I’m actually slogging through Anna Kerenina and reading Sweet Tooth as part of my office’s book club. Mixed feelings about both.

What’s my hair doing right now: Sort of a joke, but also sort of serious since I talk about it often enough on this blog. Right now it’s long, blonde, and I have bangs. For posterity’s sake, here’s what I look like on most days:

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Of course, this is what I actually look like while writing this:

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So you win some you lose some…or something.

How I did on my goals from last year: Figure out what I really want to do with my life? For the first time in a few years, I’m actually working a job that is challenging, satisfying, pays me enough to live comfortably, appreciates me, and that I actually look forward to going to. That’s kind of crazy to me, and I’m still pinching myself. So…I think we can check this one off.

Build up the blog into more of a business? I’ll admit, this one kind of fell by the wayside. I still do sponsored posts when the occasion arises, but once I started feeling more fulfilled by my “real” job, I felt less pressure to do something with the blog. Now I’m not really sure what direction it will go in, but for now, we’ll keep plodding along.

Travel? In 2012, I went to Iceland, Chicago, DC, Vegas, Iowa, California, and Vermont. Not bad. (Plus, the hubs and I are planning a BIG trip for 2013…stay tuned!)

Find a way to get a puppy? Blah. This post. That’s all.

Goals for next year: More travel (here’s a hint: AFRICA. Okay, so that’s not a hint. That’s me telling you. But it’s happening.), moving to Brooklyn, paying off the last of my credit card debt, ACTUALLY GETTING A DOG, running a full marathon, staying happy.

It’s funny how much harder it is to make goals when you’re generally pleased with life. Speaking of which…

Overall opinion of my life: Really good. (My answers to this question are ALWAYS lame.)

To elaborate…I’ve always sort of felt like I can never get all aspects of my life in order. Either I was rocking it career/school-wise, but my personal life was out of whack, or I had a great relationship, but I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life professionally. For the first time, I feel like I have all the plates spinning together. It’s kind of scary. But I’m trying not to psych myself out.

So that’s it! I’m excited for 2013. I feel like it’s going to be my best year yet. (Plus, 2012 was kind of rocky, right?) What are you most looking forward to this year?