Five For Friday + News

by tessa8m on April 6, 2012

in Friday Favorites

Hello There friends!

I am currently blogging from home and am of course more than thrilled to be here! Today I am getting my cooking and baking for the dishes I decided to bring for the Easter celebration that will soon take place (the goal: sans guilt of any kind!). I am STILL NOT sure of what I will make (sad I know) but whatever I decide on will (hopefully) turn out well… and you shall the final result on Monday!

Since it is Friday and my brain is pretty much mush at this point in the week, it’s time for a random post- one full of items that tickle my fancy and I feel the need to share, information I want to bring your attention to, and whatever else I feel like blurting out. Okay great, let’s get to it!

1) I found this article somehow (I really cannot recall how) and it sure did make me smile and laugh… titled “Simple Steps To Get You Through a Rough Day“, well it worked :)

My favorite section is the “be glad this is not you” one! A few gems:


2) Soooo remember a few weeks ago when I wrote a post about how much I respected and applauded Runner’s World for writing a post about disordered eating and bringing awareness to it and all of that? Well not going to lie, I take back some of my praise as THIS issue was published the very next month!

Sigh. I mean I get it… it’s what people want to read, especially with the summer and “bikini season” (not a fan of that term) coming up rather soon. But still, I am somewhat disappointed in this… I mean it was the very next month! No wonder there are countless misconceptions, misunderstandings, and skewed views around all of this junk. Oi vey.

3) And more random made-me-laugh stuff to throw at you! Oh and apparently I am feeling quite immature right now….


LOLzzzzz. Sorry had to ;) Laughter is the best medicine in the world after all.

4) Last time I was home, I made a recipe with red quinoa I stumbled upon at Whole Foods. Silly me forgot to share it though!

Quinoa Pilaf with Peas, Raisins and Sliced Almonds (adapted from this recipe)

Serves 4


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1 clove minced garlic
1 cup uncooked red quinoa (or use regular, that is totes fine)
2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth (I used chicken for the flavor)
¼ teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup raisins
½ cup lima beans (I used canned. You could sub in edamame, I bet that would be tasty)
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, lightly toasted if desired
½ teaspoon honey


1. Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in medium pan. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add quinoa and cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes, then add chicken/veggie broth, curry powder, cumin, salt, cayenne, raisins, and peas and bring to a gentle boil. Cover tightly with lid and turn heat down to a simmer; cook until quinoa is done, about 15 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the grains become translucent, and the white germ has partially detached itself, appearing like a white-spiraled tail.

2. Add honey and almonds, stir and fluff with a fork, then season to taste with salt if necessary.

An easy, flavorful and light lunch, side dish, snack, whatever.. it’s good :)

5) Finally and most importantly (to me anyway) is….

I GOT INTO MY TOP CHOICE NURSING SCHOOL! Caps are necessary m’dears, I am beyond thrilled, happy, relieved… just feeling awesome about this! I have seriously been having (what it feels like) heart palpitations, overwhelming anxiety for the last few days or so, because I knew the letter was coming at the end of this week…. it’s been a rough few days!

Nursing is what I have always wanted to do, but the particular area I have been hoping to make a career in has changed over the years. My own experience with eating disorders has allowed me to understand that working with patients with such issues is the area I plan to engage my skills in. It’s a major reason I chose to do my internship this semester and what an enjoyable experience that has been.

Now I just have to get that degree.

I am starting in the fall and it’s quite close to my home here, which means I am living at home for the next two or so years! This is a-okay in my book- I love my town, my mom and I get along wonderfully, and it’s what I have been wanting! I do have more to say on this whole situation… but right now is not the time, it’s Friday and I am emotionally pooped!

-What simple steps do you use to get yourself through a rough day? This article is my current favorite way :)

-What are your thoughts on Runner’s World publishing a weight-loss special RIGHT after the disordered eating article?

-Do you eat quinoa? Do you use it for savory or sweet dishes more?

And just one last thing… well YAY for being accepted! I just feel like screaming with glee… finally my hard work is paying off and it feels really nice :)

Have a most glorious weekend everyone! :D

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1 Amy @ Turtle-speed Runner April 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Well, this is a first. I’m reading a post of yours and there’s not already 80+ comments on it!
First of all, WOOOOHOOOOO for getting into nursing school! That’s so exciting and I am really happy for you :)
I love looking at funny stuff on pinterest when I’m going through a rough day too… or I go for a relaxing walk or run, and ashamedly, retail therapy (it’s ashamedly because I spend what I don’t have often!)
I like quinoa but only in savoury dishes. I just find it really weird in sweet dishes for some reason… not sure why!
So I hope you find something yummy to make for Easter and post all about it :D
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2 tessa8m April 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I can understand not liking it in sweet dishes… it is a bit odd! Thanks for the congratulations Amy :)


3 Melissa April 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Congratulations, darlin! I’m so so happy for you! And I think it will be great for you to be living at home. It’s what you need right now. Hope you have a great time celebrating YOU this weekend!!!

(Oh, and I was a little disappointed in RR’s past issue, too. Ah, well. Can’t win ‘em all.)
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4 tessa8m April 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Ahh thank you Melissa… and I am glad you agree about the mag!


5 Vien @ We Dare Food April 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

CONGRATS GIRL!!!!!!!!! So proud!!!! :D
hmm… I like watching Ellen’s show when I’m having a rough day!! They have re-runs during the evening so, perfect for a tv dinner :) Ooh! another one, I’ll watch Friends! hehe I have all 10 seasons in my hard-drive and i get to laugh at Chandler’s lame jokes :P
again, CONGRATS!!!!!
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6 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

Ellen’s show is fabulous…good choice Vien! ANd friends, yep :)


7 Alexandra April 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm

When I saw your Facebook post about getting into your choice school, I almost shat my pants with excitement for you!!!! Yet again, I must shout to the heavens a HUGE CONGRATS!!!!!! :D
That article you shared in #1 just totally made my day too, thanks for the smile :)
Enjoy your time at home gorgeous, you deserve a nice relaxing Easter weekend with the family!! :)
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8 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

Haahahaha you always leave the best comments woman… you never cease to make me laugh/smile just love ya even more haha
You enjoy your time too!


9 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes April 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I’m so happy for you! Seriously, it’s good you can live at home and save some money!
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10 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

Mhmm yes I am psyched for that! Plus I am poor as heck


11 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions April 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Congratulations on nursing school!! That’s SO wonderful! Isn’t it the best feeling in the world to know what you’re doing after graduation? I feel like that makes this whole winding-down-in-college thing 20349823049823 times less stressful.
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12 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:35 am

Gahhhh yes so true! I do feel so much better!


13 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

WOOO HOOOOOO! Congrats on the acceptance!!! That is SO freaking awesome! You will make a terrific nurse!!!11
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14 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

Thank you Kaila :)


15 HollieisFueledByLOLZ April 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

heheh I love that rough day post. I saw that the other day and it made me smile. I’m so happy about your nursing school choice! :)
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16 Kate @ Chasing It April 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

okay, I legit just snorted wine out of my nose from laughing at the first part of this post. “I think he was stealing my milk” ahahahahahaha oh my god. Okay ANYWAYS moving on, that quinoa pilaf looks AWESOME! I’ve totally fallen off the ancient-grains boat the past month or so and I really need to get back on it, and this looks like the perfect thing to try. and CONGRATS again on nursing school!!!! such an EPIC WIN! And living at home is seriously the best way to go – you’re saving SOOO much money and since you and your mom are close it’s a win every way you look at it. plus starting a grad program is stressful enough, nobody needs the added stress of new potentially-sketchy-apartment complexes, roomies etc. YAYYYYY!!!!! You are going to make a FANTASTIC ED-recovery nurse, I’m so excited for you!!


17 Kate @ Chasing It April 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm

oh and that stupid RW issue. I feel like they do the “special weight loss issue” about….umm maybe half of their issues are special weight loss issues lol. They REALLY do skew the focus towards the “run to lose those extra pounds!” when honestly the other side of the spectrum – getting too ocd about it – is just as big of an issue, especially among more experienced/top level runners. *sigh*.


18 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

Hahaha you must this so fantastically Kate….you re right I do not need the stress lady
And yes seriously with the Runner’s World thing… at least every other issue or every third I feel like


19 Sarah - Feeeding Brain and Body April 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Congrats on getting into the nursing program you wanted too! Oh boy those “be glad these aren’t you” photos are hilarious!
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20 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:42 am

Thank you Sarah!


21 Amy April 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Congrats!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhh so exciting! That school is lucky to have you!


22 tessa8m April 9, 2012 at 7:06 am

You’re too kind Amy, thank you!


23 Kaitlyn April 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm

YAYYYYYYYY CONGRATULATIONS TESSA!!!!!! You DESERVE this and this is SO exciting. SOSOSOOSOS happy for you girl! When I’m in the Boston area we should for sure try to meet up :) ENJOY your weekend home with family! Go celebrate!
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24 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

Yes I Would seriously love that! When do you think you will be in Boston soon?


25 Kaitlyn April 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I’m hoping this summer sometime! My parents live in Newport, RI, so I’m thinking of heading there end of July/early August. I’ll keep you posted :)
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26 Katherine April 6, 2012 at 11:31 pm


Also, the pictures made me laugh too because I also have a dirty mind.


27 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

Lol I am glad we share the dirty mind!


28 Khushboo April 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Woooo Congrats on getting into your nursing program of choice!!!! Super exciting news which deserves to be celebrated! Thanks for sharing the quinoa recipe: always on the lookout for new ones. Have a wonderful weekend!
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29 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

No problem girl, you have a great weekend too!


30 Jess April 7, 2012 at 12:32 am

You must be so excited about nursing school! You haven’t told us which one it is (understandable because of creepy internet stalkers lol), but are you at least gonna do a post about whether it’s close to home or far away? The reason I ask is because when I moved away — not for school, but for a job after I graduated — I got pretty homesick, depressed and got deep in my ED… so I’m wondering what your thoughts are on how you would handle a life-changing experience like that IF it applies! :D

Also, I’m not disappointed in the magazine’s choice for the weight loss article… the way I see it, running *is* a healthy way to lose or maintain weight. Just because there are articles giving advice on weight loss doesn’t mean that they’re promoting eating disorders or being underweight.

Anyway, have a great, guilt-free Easter! I think a lot of us here are trying to do the same ;)


31 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hi Jess!
It is close to home and I am living at home as I said at the very end of the post…. I can understand the homesickness and then it being a very big issue for the ED. When I went to UVM my freshman year, I was the most homesick I had never been in my whole life. While I didn’t have an ED at the time.. I know it helped in setting me up for it later on the next year. I know I will move away eventually though and definitely have some stuff to deal with then!
You enjoy a guilt-free Easter too girl!


32 Amy @ Living N Learning April 7, 2012 at 12:54 am

Congrats on getting into your top choice for nursing school!!! I have lived at home throughout my whole college career and while there are times I think it might be nice to have gone away to college or to simply move out I always come back to the fact that I’m saving sooo much money by letting my parents support me while I go to school. Congrats again!!! Exciting stuff.
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33 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thank you Amy, I am sooo so psyched and like I said, relieved! And yes, saving money is incredibly helpful


34 Colleen April 7, 2012 at 2:48 am

Congrats!!!!!!! You deserve this and I’ll know you’ll be successful. I know that you are very happy to be able to live at home, too! Oh, and shame on Runners World. Keep up with the hard work regarding exercise and eating according to your bodys needs—ignore the undesirable voice. Have a great wkend! I’m at the beach!!


35 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

thank you Colleen! I hope you have a nice weekend at the BEACH, jealous!


36 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance April 7, 2012 at 3:47 am

YEY! Congratulations on the nursing school acceptance! That stuff is no joke– my brother’s fiance just went through it herself and although she loved it, she said that it was tough stuff! Not that I’m doubting your capabilities in the least :)

Have a great weekend!
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37 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

ha it’s true though, it will be tough! But worth the effort :)


38 Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! April 7, 2012 at 5:07 am

Ahh congratulations!!! You SO deserve this, I’m so happy for you! Now, go have a glass or two of wine or something and celebrate!
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39 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

Oh you know celebrating will happen :)


40 ~Jessica~ April 7, 2012 at 6:04 am


I am honestly not surprised about Runner’s World at all: the majority of people probably use running as a weight loss tool, which I find ironic given that very few people can lose weight simply by starting to run. Diet plays a far more important role, and less intense exercise doesn’t make you as hungry. A lot of runners, myself included, end up heavier as runners than they did when they were gym rats.

I don’t really like quinoa in sweet things (although quinoa flakes make nice porridge), but I love it in savoury or savoury/sweet hybrid dishes. Although I think the whole ‘complete protein’ aspect of quinoa is a bit overhyped – I certainly wouldn’t count it as a protein…it’s still a seed-based grain at the end of the day.

Have a lovely Easter :)

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41 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

Yep you are right Jess… diet plays a major role in weight loss and when you run you really do need more food and your appetite does rage


42 crista April 7, 2012 at 6:41 am

OH MY GOSH CONGRATS!!!! Getting into your choice school is AH-MAZING! Can’t wait to hear all about it!
and yeah, shame on Runners World, what a conflicting message
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43 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thank you Crista!


44 lindsay April 7, 2012 at 6:55 am

i don’t think we’ll ever escapre weight loss articles, they are everywhere. Sad to say.
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45 Sophie @ Love Live & Learn April 7, 2012 at 7:09 am

Aaahh!! So excited for you girl, congratulations you 100% deserve it :-D I’m so pleased for you! I hope you have a lovely lovely Easter weekend, try to just relax and make sure you celebrate! <3
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46 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thanks Sophie, I hope you have a nice weekend as well!


47 Laura@keepinghealthy April 7, 2012 at 7:15 am

Congrats on getting into your school that’s awesome! Hope you have a great weekend :-)
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48 Rachel April 7, 2012 at 7:38 am

ahh i’m so glad i came back to my blog and saw this post!! CONGRATS! that’s so awesome!! i think you’re going to be an amazing nurse!!

also, i LOVE quinoa. it’s my favorite grain :) that recipe looks so good, i’ll have to try it out. have you ever had the sweet potato and cranberry quinoa cakes? they’re to die for.

as far as magazines go, i HATE them. i hate that the media glamorizes eating disorders like it’s super attractive to be on the verge of death. they leave out so much of what it’s like to actually have one, and make you think that being thin will actually make you happy, when the thinner you are, the more miserable you become. ugh. i could go on a large diatribe about this (per usual), but i’ll spare you. i’m always so grateful to see it angering others besides myself, and hopefully someday it’ll make a difference!
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49 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thank you Rachel, that means a lot to hear you say! And yeah, the media and eating disorders/disordered eating plays such a major role in messing up the views of this illness… and makes it hard to understand and even more complicated!


50 Tayla Anne April 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

Tessa, I am so excited for you! That must feel like an amazing accomplishment! CONGRATS!!!! Thank you for the buzzfeed link…I felt a whole bunch better after laughing like crazy! Hope your Easter is a good one!
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51 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

Hahaha I am glad you feel better after the link Tayla :)


52 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 7, 2012 at 8:18 am

Ahhh congrats on your nursing school acceptance! It must feel so amazing to get exactly what you wanted. :D

Also that quinoa pilaf recipe looks awesome – I love all the ingredients you used!

I hate how every fitness/women’s magazine seems to be focused on weight loss. Why do they just assume that everyone who is into healthy living is also wanting to lose weight?! Why can’t there just be a magazine targeted to healthy individuals who are happy with themselves the way they are? It drives me crazy! :P
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53 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

Chelsea I feel ya on the weight loss business… I wish it was more geared towards accepting you how you look


54 Amy Lauren April 7, 2012 at 8:30 am

Congratulations on getting into nursing school! What an amazing accomplishment- I know when ours opened a few years ago, I had friends apply with great GPAs, 3.5 stuff like that, didn’t get in. They can be really selective so I’m glad you got in! It’s a tough thing to do but I do believe it would be a rewarding career with great job security.

As far as Runner’s World goes, I thought about that when the article on disordered eating came out. As helpful as some articles are, Runner’s World doesn’t celebrate your average runner- they put professionals all over the cover and magazine then talk about weight loss. I hate that they look at running as a tool of weight loss because that’s not what it is. In fact, it degrades our sport. As a cross country and track coach who’s seen adolescent girls join a team because their parents want them to lose weight (yeah, there was a girl last season who I’m fairly certain this was her case), it made her not really like running because she didn’t look at it as a fun activity with friends, but as a way to diet! Adults do it too because running burns more calories than any other exercise. Now, if you need to lose weight, exercise and running is a great thing to do but that should not be the only reason someone starts.

The thing is, in the publishing industry, which isn’t doing well… weight loss sells magazines. People will see that cover in the store and buy it, because they can dream of running, losing weight, and looking like the cover model. An article about disordered eating, as much as awareness needs to happen, isn’t going to grab someone’s attention in the checkout lane like weight loss will :(.
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55 tessa8m April 9, 2012 at 7:11 am

Thank you for the congratulations Amy!
I appreciate your thoughts on the article and Runner’s World in general! They don’t represent the average runner too often, that is true. And yep, I am sure if I were “made to run” I would certainly hate it.. no one likes being told to what to do, especially with something like this


56 Mary-Catherine April 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soooooooooooo excited, happy, and proud of you!! What wonderful news!!! Happy Easter — enjoy the rest of your weekend at home and have fun celebrating your amazing accomplishment (the one of many!!)


57 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thanks Girl!


58 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake April 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Congrats Tessa! Very exciting! My sister actually lived at home with our parents while she was in nursing school, & I think she’d agree that’s a great idea. It’ll be nice to have the help of your mom when school keeps you super busy!
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59 tessa8m April 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

Yep exactly, my will like the help!


60 Nikki April 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

Once again I am so happy for you!!! And I love that baby milk picture hahaha! Too funny! Have a great Easter! :)
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61 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

hahaha thank you for the laughs this morning! :) loved all the funny stuff you posted.
and oh my goodness, CONGRATULATIONS on getting into your nursing school of choice! that is SO exciting girl! i’m so happy for you!
have fun baking and cooking it up this weekend! happy easter!
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62 tessa8m April 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Thanks Ashley, you have a glorious weekend yourself!


63 Mac April 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

Congratulations on getting into nursing school!
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64 Kat @ a dash of fairydust April 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Oooooh,Tessa,I am so,so,so happy for you!! I know how awesome it feels when a dream like this becomes reality. It’s great to finally know there’s something worth fighting for,right?
And you know what? We can support each other because I will become a nurse,too! This fall will be OUR fall,girl! :)
Have a wonderful weekend & enjoy the time spent with your loved ones!
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65 tessa8m April 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Ahh yes sounds perfect to me Kat!


66 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

OMG! Congratulations! I am so happy for you. :)

Happy Easter weekend!
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67 tessa8m April 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Thanks Laura :)


68 ChelcIe @ Chelcies Food Files April 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Congrats on getting into your nursing school!!
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69 Heidi @ Idlehide April 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Congrats, Tessa! That’s awesome news!!
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70 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health April 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

ahhhh CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! That is so exciting :D. I’m so happy for you Tessa! And omg that picture with baby bahaha…hilarious! I hope you have an awesome Easter weekend!
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71 tessa8m April 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Thank you Lindsay, you have a great weekend as well!


72 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie April 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Congrats, I am so happy for you! That’s so exciting to see that all your hard work has paid off and you get to live at home, which is also awesome! I hope my first job will be close to home so I can live with my family again and save up some money.

I love love love quinoa, but I’ve never tried or even seen red quinoa! It looks so cool though–does it taste the same as regular quinoa? The dish you made with it looks so good too. I usually make savory quinoa dishes but one time I had some for breakfast in place of oats and it was so delicious!
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73 tessa8m April 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I actually found the red quiona to be a bit err crunchier(?) I guess! More of a hearty texture… and it was good but I am not sure I prefer over the other. The regular one is much easier to find too so I am probably goign to stick with that one


74 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco April 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

That quinoa looks soooo good. I haven’t had quinoa in the longest time, and I think this is the perfect reason to bust out my dust-collecting quinoa stash! And I love that article on how to et through a rough day. Thank you for telling us about it, Tessa! ;)
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75 Lisa April 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Haha I love all those pictures they’re awesome! CONGRATS!!!!!! That is amazing that you got into your top nursing school!!! Hard work pays off! I hope you can celebrate this weekend!!! :) xo and Happy Easter
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76 Errign April 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Congrats on nursing school!

Honestly, the RW thing – I don’t even think that they THINK about things like that, they just publish what people “want”.
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77 Annie April 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I’m so happy for you about nursing school! It’s about time all your hardwork paid off! You definetky deserve it more then anyone.

You also deserve to have a guilt free holiday! I hope you choose the dishes and foods that you really want! I know that will be my focus and struggle this weekend! But I wish you the best of luck and hope you enjoy celebrating your good news and time with family!


78 tessa8m April 9, 2012 at 7:13 am

Thank you Annie!


79 CJ @ April 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm

yayyy congratlations!!! my husband is a nurse and i think the profession is so admirable. you are going to be AMAZING with your patients! i love the picture of your face with the runners world magazine. it really pisses me off when “health” magazines have one headline about loving yourself and self-esteem and then right below it is the new way to lose weight and finally get the body you want…contradiction much?!!
have an awesome easter, Tessa. you deserve it!!!
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80 tessa8m April 9, 2012 at 7:16 am

Aww I didn’t realize your husband is a nurse! That is just wonderful and thank you for your well wishes CJ!


81 Julia @ girl with a stethoscope April 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Congrats pretty girl!! Welcome to the nursing club!! haha Now we can share our trials and tribulations together!! :) You are going to absolutely love nursing – nothing is more rewarding. With your personality and compassion, I think you will be an amazing nurse. As always, feel free to ask me any questions about it! :)
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82 tessa8m April 9, 2012 at 7:18 am

Thank you Julia, I will definitely ask you questions if I have any…which I am sure I will :)


83 christy April 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I started reading your blog again since I just got my laptop from home and I have to say, it’s so helpful and supporting. It really helps me personally.


84 Alaina April 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Yeah! Congratulations on getting into nursing school!! That is so exciting. :-)

I love quinoa. I make about a cup at least once a week so that I can have it on hand to eat. It has replaced rice for me.
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85 tessa8m April 9, 2012 at 7:21 am

Mmm yes so much better than rice if you ask me!


86 Kianni April 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Do I get my magazines really early or something? I already have the next issue, and I got it a week or so ago XP
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87 Emily April 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Congratulations!! That is sooo exciting. You deserve it! I can’t wait to hear all about the adventures to come.

And I saw that article in Runner’s World too- I hate that! But, you know they’re just catering to the masses and (unfortunately) weight-loss tips sell.

I love quinoa! I’ve been making a big batch every Sunday and then using it throughout the week. It’s so convenient and delicious!
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88 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction April 8, 2012 at 12:45 am

Congrats girl!!!! That’s awesome! i know that you will do great! I bet you are SO relieved! Have a great holiday :)))))
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89 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 8, 2012 at 6:22 am

Big congrats on getting into Nursing School, Tessa…that is Excellent! I love the look of the quioa salad. It looks more like lima beans than peas, but that would be fine with me as I love limas! You’re right though that edamame would be good…and would give us more protein! I need to try this! Have a Wonderful Easter visit with your family!
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90 sarah@onedayiwillseethesun April 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

at least the article was in a different issue!!! I’ve read some magazines where they will have some article about “skinny celebs gone to the extreme” and in the same magazine an article on some stupid fad diet. I never buy fashion magazine because they annoy me so much. I guess their are people who do *need * to lose weight as to why they have articles such as those. I just hope it was done in a safe way.

I love quinoa, great job in getting in to uni. xxx


91 Brittany April 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

WHYYY did I have nooo idea you were going for nursing!?!? CONGRATULATIONS on getting in, I know how difficult it is. I am going to dental (as I have said many times) and it’s just as competitive and last year I didn’t get in!! SO KUDOS to you!!

That baby stealing milk photo had me dying, thank you for that. Have a WONDERFUL Easter lovely! Oh and of course..LOVE quinoa.
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92 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile April 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I just died at some of those pictures, haha! CONGRATS ON GETTING INTO YOUR NURSING SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!! Sooo proud of you, you deserve it :D
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93 Valerie April 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Congrats!!!! You’re a rock star!
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94 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

A big Congratulations on getting on to the nurses program- that is awesome and so exciting!
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95 Margarita April 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Congratulations on being accepted to the nursing program! Living at home too, that’s pretty sweet. I always wished that my college was in my hometown so I didn’t have to leave. You only get to enjoy living with your parents for a short time and then off to fend for yourself in the next 60 or so years, so why not enjoy having your mom at arm’s reach? It’s the best thing ever!
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96 Tara April 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

HUGE congrats on the nursing school!! I know how you feel right now, as I recently felt the same way! I love the “be glad this is not you”. That’s too funny!!
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97 caloricandcrazy April 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

CONGRATS ON NURSING SCHOOL! Sounds exciting! I am glad I’m not that baby with the mom with wild hair! :P


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