Exciting Stuff

Hi Friends-

I know that’s a pretty lame post title….but I do have some exciting stuff to share with you!  First, the non-exciting stuff…I have a test tomorrow. I just finished my internship stuff earlier this week so I haven’t really studied much…guess what this girl’s doing all day today??

Anyways, let’s move on to the exciting stuff shall we?!

#1- Blend Retreat
Last night I bought a ticket to my very first blogging conference!!!!! I’ve been thinking about going to one since last year and the timing has just never worked out. The Blend Retreat is a little bit different than most conferences. Click here to read all about it!

I’m attending Blend Retreat 2012.

Here’s an overview:

  • It’s being held May 4th-6th in Boulder, Colorado…which is awesome.
  • It’s being hosted by Lindsay, Janetha & Katie– who are all AMAZING bloggers.
  • It’s cheap compared to some other conferences (note- it’s still expensive. I really don’t know how people can afford to go to these things all the time. I bought my conference ticket but am holding out on plane tickets hoping they come down a little bit soon!)
  • The main focus of the weekend is just HANGING OUT and having fun with the other people there. Your day isn’t jam-packed with breakout sessions and powerpoint presentations. Instead, there’s things like a bootcamp class taught by Tina & Lindsay, a hike & time to explore the city!
  • I get to room with Sarah, one of my very best blogging friends/soon to be real-life friends!
  • There is a gigantic list of awesome sponsors, like Chobani,  Bob’s Red Mill, Larabar and Pure Bliss Eats. YUMMMMMM!
  • Some of my very favorite bloggers are going…including Ashley,  Colleen,  Courtney,  Heather,  Jillian,  Janetha,  Katie,  Laura,  Lindsay,  Nicole,  Sarah,  & Tina!!! OMG so excited to meet them all…plus more!

Sooooo, who’s coming with me?! You don’t have to be a blogger to attend! This is a lot of money for me to spend on one thing, but I’m telling myself a) I deserve it b) it’s just money and c) the memories will make it worth it :)

#2- My new GNC On-The-Go Blender

I won this little guy in a twitter chat several weeks ago and it finally came in the mail this week!

It comes with all sorts of different cups and lids of different styles and sizes. I carried one of them around to drink my water out of yesterday.

And then last night I made myself a green monster to try it out! Let me tell you, i’m pretty much in love with the fact that you can just screw the little blender blade onto your cup full of goodies, give it a whirl and then screw on a different lid and call it a day. Less things to wash = major win in my book! The blender worked so well!! Ahhh, i love it. Plus it’s travel sized so you can pack it in your suitcase if you ever need to!

#3- Foodie Penpals

I got my Foodie Penpals box in the mail yesterday from Brittany. SO EXCITING!!! I love getting mail and this package was SUPERB! Especially since it included these:

If you’re not already participating, you should be!

#4- Brinner!

I’m hosting a Breakfast for Dinner party on Saturday thanks to Eggland’s Best to help promote February as National Heart Month!

I’m super excited about it. However, I haven’t done a bit of planning! I have no idea what I’m making, or even really how many people are coming exactly. Sooooo, if you have any healthy egg recipes that you enjoy making, help a girl out and leave me some links so that my Friday afternoon (post-test) planning session goes a little more smoothly :)

#5- Workouts

I think my Fitness Friday post tomorrow is going to be one of my best yet! I did three killer workouts early in the week and last night I got to try out my new medicine ball that the hubby got me for Valentine’s day!

So excited about this! I’ve been wanting one forever! I used it last night to do another killer workout that i’ll also be sharing with you!

Ok, so I think that’s enough excitement for one day :)

Happy Thursday!

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. yea!!!! all so exciting, especially the blend retreat! if all goes well at Ironman NZ here, then i can budget to go. WOO!

  2. I REALLLLYYY want to go to Blend!!!!!! Ahh it sounds like SO much fun!!
    So happy you got your package!! 😀 Love that blender! i have it but I have never used the cup to blend? I didn’t even know you could do that haha oh boy

  3. omg I am so excited for tomorrows post 😀

    but I still loved reading this OBVIOUSLY 😉 because I LOVE YOU <3

    so happy you are going to Blend :) I reeeeally wanted to go. Like my parents and I were actually looking into it and everything, but then they told me that they were wanting to take me to Barbados in May!

  4. Hi Lindsay,
    Your Brinner party sounds fun. Ideas off the top of my head…you could start with a spinach salad and include hard-boiled eggs, red onion, maybe golden raisins, and a simple oil/vinegar/herd dressings. Baking up to an appetizer, what about a jazzed up egg salad served with pita chips or crackers.
    Or – how about doing an omelette bar? Have all sorts of ingredients and your guests could have a made to order dish…more work for you, but it could be fun.
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  5. Hey girlfrand! Totally wish I could go tot he blogger retreat with all of the amazing bloggers out there. What an experience! Unfortunately, that is finals week. RAWR! :-( You’re so lucky to be going and you’re going to have an amazing time!

    That blender looks like the BOMB dot com.
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  6. Wish I could have signed up for the retreat. I know it’ll be so much fun!
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  7. wow i would so love to go to that conference!! i feel like since I am flying to colorado in july for a ragnar, I can’t justify the cost twice in a few months. sigh..i’ll get to an event someday!
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  8. Whoo hoo! Roomie!!!!!!


    Can you tell I’m excited? :)
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  9. That is exciting stuff! Good luck on the test! I’m sure you’ll do great! :) I wish I could go to the Blend retreat, it sounds like a blast! I can’t wait to hear about it though.
    Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife recently posted..WIAW: Me and the Gym

  10. Oh gosh I wish I was going to the retreat! So fun! Plus I really really want that blender, so jealous lol

  11. So honored to make your post! To-go blenders are awesome – mine is one of the best purchases I’ve made.
    AND I am really pumped about meeting you and Sarah at Blend! It made my day yesterday.
    Looking forward to your post tomorrow. Your workout are always awesome.
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  12. I really don’t know how people afford conferences either! I was lucky to go to BlogHer Food last year and it was a blast meeting everyone you know online in person. You’ll have an amazing time :)

  13. Yay for lots of good news!!

    I LOVE breakfast for dinner – we do that all the time! I love these mini egg souffles – they’re pretty impressive if you can keep from squishing them as they come out of the muffin tin http://vegvacious.blogspot.com/2011/04/mini-greek-egg-white-souffles.html
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  14. I wish I could go to Blend but its during school year and I have nobody to take daughter to/from school or watch her :(
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  15. wow that is a list of exciting stuff! I hope you have a great time at the conference! Someday I will get to one :)
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  16. All of this is so exciting!!
    I reallllllllly wanted to go to Blend but unfortuantely the timing doesnt work out for me (Im so sad I wanted to meet everyone!!!)
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  17. I am so jealous of everyone going to Blend!! Y’all are going to have such a good time.
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  18. I totally WISH I could go to Blend. It sounds AMAZING and the cast of characters? Even better. You are going to have an AWESOME TIME!!
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  19. all exciting things! :) i’m crossing every extremity i have for you for your internship applications – i have no doubt you’ll get an amazing one, but still crossing things, nonetheless.

    i wish wish wish i could go to blend. but, i’m not even going to a friend’s wedding out of state this summer because the cost of travel is just too high, so i’d be a pretty terrible person if i somehow found the money to attend this instead. sad face. i hope you have fun & i’ll be living vicariously through you.
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  20. I am sooooo excited you and Sarah are going to Blend now! We are going to have the best time. :)

  21. The Blend Retreat sounds like so much fun! It says you don’t have to be a blogger to go…so I’m definitely considering it! Would be great to meet you!

  22. Thanks so much for blogging about BLEND…we are thrilled to meet you!
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  23. I’m so excited that I get to meet you at Blend Retreat!! :)
    Jillian @ sprinkle massacre recently posted..Layered Lunch

  24. I really want to go to Blend but can’t swing it this year. I’m sure you’ll all have a blast and I’ll be incredibly jealous!
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat recently posted..Lightened Up – Chile Egg Casserole

  25. This is a post full of exciting news! I have never been to a blog conference, but I would like to go sometime soon… strangely I will be in Colorado at that same time but for my sister-in-law’s graduation. Thank you for all the new blogger links for me to check out. I love this community!!
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  26. Such great news! I bet you will have a blast!! :)
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  27. I am very jealous of your blender. I’ve been meaning to get me one of those to whip up green smoothies in the office. 😉
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  28. Hey I just had this egg dish for lunch and it was awesome, super easy too! Just take ramekins throw tomato sauce, spinach, really any veggies you want and mix it up. Crack an egg on top and put in a preheated oven at 350 for about 20-25 min. For the last min. take it out, add a slice of cheese on top of the dish, and broil for like a minute. It was really tasty!

  29. What a great trip with good people! You’ll have a great time.
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  30. Jill Stokes says:

    Can I say how utterly pumped I was to see the Crimson Cup cup?? Love it!

  31. That conference will be super fun! Wish I could go!
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  32. What a loaded post! You sound like a busy lady! So exciting about the blogging event-I’m sure you’ll have a great time. And I’m SO JEALOUS of the blender you won! How did you win it?! Happy Friday :)
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  33. All great news! I’m jealous of the medicine ball, but I’m pretty sure my 6 year old could do a great amount of damage with one…
    MCM Mama recently posted..TTT: Garmin gone bad, private yoga, and new states

  34. You could do individual muffin-tin quiches – a mix of eggs and milk (or soy/almond/rice milk) with tons of veggie choices to add in, and each person gets a couple muffins to build their own. Grease the pan, and bake at 325 for 25ish min. Also a fan of eggs baked in spicy tomato sauce.
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  35. That’s awesome!! You are going to have a blast! I’m so jealous, love to meet you all 😉
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  36. OMG I’m so excited about the conference! Just the other day I decided that I wanted to go to a conference in May as an “end of the semester” gift to myself. So I was doing a little google research and didn’t really come across anything that stood out to me–but the Blend Retreat looks amazinggg!! And I looove Boulder so I’m so stoked! Thanks for sharing:) I definitely want to go!
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  37. That’s so awesome that you’re going to the Blend Retreat – I can’t wait to hear all about it! Your blender looks really great too – I would certainly make more smoothies if I didn’t hate clean-up so much. My immersion Blender is pretty decent, but the GNC one looks even better!
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