Fun Discoveries

10 Feb

HI!  How was your weekend?  Mike and I spent a majority of our time watching the Olympics… it’s been awesome!  My favorite part so far has been the overly-excited announcers for EVERY SPORT.  I think the guy announcing the skiathlon yesterday was losing his voice because he was screaming so much! Hilarious.


Today’s post is kind of random.  I’ve stumbled across a few cool things in the past few weeks and wanted to share the love with you guys :)


100 Happy Days

I discovered cool thing #1 from a tweet by Kate at Another Clean Slate. She said she had signed up for “100 Happy Days” and asked me (or, you know, everyone who read the tweet) if I could be happy for 100 days in a row.  That totally piqued my interest so I clicked over to the site.

100 happy days

100 Happy Days challenges you to take a picture every day (for 100 days) of something that makes you happy. You tag “#100happydays” in the picture and at the end of the challenge, supposedly can get a book of all your pics? I really enjoy taking pictures of every-day life so this challenge sounded awesome to me! And who doesn’t want to prove that they can be happy for 100 days in a row?

Follow along with the challenge on my instagram!  Even better, you should sign up too and we’ll be challenge buddies!


Favorite Songs


Bess at Bess Be Fit posted a Spotify playlist the other day and I got hooked on one of the songs- Revelry by Milkman. I’ve been listening to it on repeat for longer than I care to admit.

My other recent song obsessions are Best Day of my Life by American Authors and Compass by Lady Antebellum.


The Email Game

I was emailing someone the other day and at the bottom of her email, it said “Please excuse my brevity.  I’m trying to win The Email Game!” Intersted, I googled it. The Email Game is a site that logs you into your Gmail, gives you a timer, and challenges you to get through your messages, one by one, within that time to win points. You have the option to reply, delete, archive, send a canned message, or “boomerang” each message (set it to appear in your inbox on a future date).

I like it because it makes me more deliberate about checking email and it even makes it kinda fun!  Try it :)


Breakfast Casserole

I’ve written about this multiple times so technically it isn’t a recent “discovery”. But SERIOUSLY, if you haven’t tried making a breakfast casserole, you’ve got to do it ASAP.  (side note: does the word casserole make this sound weird?  I need another description. Breakfast Bake? Morning Mash? Egg Extravaganza?)

breakfast casserole and cookies

I made another one yesterday (and some cookies, mmmm) and it’s amazing.  My not-so-recipe recipe is: sautee whatever vegetables you want in olive oil with salt and pepper, mix with eggs, add more salt and pepper (bland casserole is no bueno), and bake in a greased (!!! very important, this stuff sticks) 8×8 pan at 350 for 30 minutes.

Yesterday I used a red pepper, 1/4 of a zucchini and a yellow squash, some onion, garlic, 2 carrots, and some kale.  I added that mixture to 8 eggs and mixed it all together, poured it in a pan, added some cheese on top and BOOM.  Best breakfast ever.


PS– Have you ever thought about starting your own blog?

One of my blogging friends, Kraig from Create My Independence, is having a webinar this Thursday night on starting your own blog. You should definitely check it out! Kraig has been running his site since 2011 and has built an awesome community and made tons of great contacts (I mean, he personally KNOWS Mr. Money Mustache, who is basically a celebrity in my eyes) so he’s a really good one to learn this stuff from.



What fun discoveries have you made lately?  What’s your current song obsession?



18 Responses to “Fun Discoveries”

  1. Emily @ evolvingPF February 10, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    I’m eating my breakfast casserole for the week right now! Onion, bell pepper, spinach sauteed with coconut oil, 12 eggs (3/serving), salt and pepper, and topped with feta cheese. This is my favorite iteration so far.

    • Ashley February 10, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      YUM! Feta would be amazing- I should try that some time!! Where do you get your coconut oil? I haven’t taken the plunge to try it yet because it seems so expensive at the grocery store!

      • Emily @ evolvingPF February 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

        We buy ours at Costco – it’s a huge container so the price per ounce is lower. I would check amazon or another online retailer if you don’t use Costco/Sam’s Club.

        • Ashley February 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

          Smart– thanks!!

  2. E.M. February 10, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    I had to laugh at the skiathalon guy, too. R and I were watching it yesterday and I couldn’t believe how loud he was getting! We’re watching speed skating right now.

    That breakfast casserole sounds/looks amazing. I keep saying I want to make one, I should probably do that later today.
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    • Ashley February 10, 2014 at 11:09 am #

      hahah wasn’t that so ridiculous?! YES you should try the casserole! Easy way to eat healthy in the morning!! And didn’t you say you like mushy vegetables? These def get mushy, haha!

  3. Sol February 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Your breakfast casseroles always look awesome… usually, I’m too lazy to cook anything elaborate in the mornings. A few scrambled eggs are as fancy as breakfast gets for me.. Once I’m done with the bar exam though (in 16 days…) I’ll make sure I try one of your recipes!

    Sol –

    • Ashley February 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Whoa 16 days- so close!! And believe me, scrambled eggs is pretty fancy to me too :)

  4. Jon @ Our Fine Adventure February 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    We watched a lot of the Olympics this weekend too, it was awesome! I always love the Summer Olympics, but I am enjoying the winter Olympics a lot more than I thought I would!

    I enjoy that song you posted, it is really fun! One I have really enjoyed lately that you might if you liked that song is called “Hot Tonight” by Tokyo Police Club… it’s pretty catchy!
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    • Ashley February 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      Me too- I’m usually a fan of summer games but these are pretty awesome!! OOooh I like that one too- good suggestion :)

  5. Kate February 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I have been slacking at the happiness thing! I haven’t been unhappy but I have forgotten to tag the game!!!
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    • Ashley February 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      That’s the only bad part about the challenge… if I fail, does that automatically make me “unhappy”?! hahaha

  6. Melissa @ Mel's Miles February 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    OMG 100 Happy Days is right up my alley! Thank you for sharing; I’ll need to check it out :D

    I totally agree that casserole is a weird word. Things like that really stand out to me, haha.

    Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend!
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    • Ashley February 10, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

      Do it do it do it!! I feel like casserole is a very dinner-ish word… doesn’t sound like it should go with breakfast! haha

  7. Kim February 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    I love that idea about 100 Happy Days! I have a friend who took a picture everyday for 365 consecutive days, and that’s actually on my 30 before 30 bucket list (which I will be posting soon!). Breakfast casseroles are the best- so easy and the leftovers are great. I actually think I’ll make one next weekend as I’m starting training for job offer I just accepted and will need some quick, healthy meals while I get adjusted to this change! I’ll definitely be checking out your friend’s website. I want all the advice possible when it comes to blogging. I’m such an amateur with technology which doesn’t help me in the blogging department, haha.

    • Ashley February 10, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

      WHOA. 365 is really intense. Who knows, if I can do 100, maybe i’ll just keep it going for another 265… hah. OOOOH congrats on the job offer!!! That’s so exciting!

  8. Colleen @ CSmith Run February 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    I should play that email game – I know I have an email from you to respond to! Please forgive me! Tomorrow :) My current song obsessions are: Dark Horse by Katy Perry and Pompeii by Bastille.
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    • Ashley February 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

      hahaha don’t even worry!!! I can’t wait to hear how everything is going :) OOOOOH Pompeii almost made the list… I’ve been loving that one too!

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