shop, drop, and roll

When in doubt, “un”overnight oats can always be counted on to deliver.  Tast.  Nutrition.  Energy. 


“un”overnight oats—simply mix everything together, directly before eating

  • 1/2 c. raw oatmeal
  • 6-oz. plain yogurt mixed with 2 T. crushed flax
  • 1 banana, chilled and sliced
  • almond butter

I think “nom, nom, nom” is way overused, but I’ve actually never ever used it here on the blog.  So…nom, nom, nom.  It suits this bowl of ooey gooey deliciousness to a T. :mrgreen:


My mom and I have been planning a getaway to the mall for a while now, and today was the day to make it happen.  This was not just a routine shopping trip.  This was a serious, all-out, shop until you drop day.  It’s intense.  For real.

But we both love it, and that’s why we get so excited about it.  (My sister and I are already planning another one for September.)  The day doesn’t require that anybody spend anything, but it does require serious energy and trying on everything and anything. :mrgreen:

Of course, there’s always food involved (energy, energy, energy.)

Sorry for the notsopretty photos, but I was relying solely on my miniature camera for transportability purposes. 😉

Lunch had many courses…

(1) a tuna salad sandwich (1 can of tuna mixed with a lil’ mayo and cumin, lettuce, 2 slices whole wheat bread)


(2) a reduced fat mozzarella cheese stick


(3) a homemade granola bar (click for recipe)


(4) heeps and heeps of watermelon


There was also the routine stop at Starbucks.  No girly shopping trip is complete without a coffee stop, where both my mom and I ordered a Grande Soy Misto and snacked on some trail mix.

I came really close to adding some splenda to this cup of frothy goodness, but then resisted.  I have nothing wrong with using the occasional packet of splenda, but I try to stay away from artifical sweeteners as much as I possibly can.  Sometimes it requires getting used to a new flavor (this was a little less sweet than I would normally drink it), and sometimes it requires improvising.  I ended up adding cinnamon when I was halfway through drinking it and it recreated the drink!  Seriously.  It wound up tasting like a snickerdoodle and somehow intensified the sweetness. 😀



I also bought a water to take along with us for the rest of the shopping trip: Hint Blackberry. 

 All natural ingredients, with a very subtle hint of blackberry.  So refreshing. 😀


The shopping trip was such fun.  Great deals.  New outfit.  Lots of girly gab and conversation.  Fun.

H&M was full of great bargains today too.  I’m not even kidding when I say that practically my entire wardrobe is from this one store. 

I’m very into plaid and jean skirts this year. :mrgreen: 

Dinner was quick and easy to throw together, as I was craving a refreshingly cold smoothie.

Smoothie In A Bowl

  • 1 c. frozen blueberries
  • large handful of beet leaves
  • 1 c. soymilk
  • toppings: Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola, coconut, 1 tsp. chia seeeds, scoop of PB&Company’s The Bee’s Knees

Sometimes a smoothie just hits all the right spots. 

 I am so overtired tonight, it’s not even funny.  I think a good night’s sleep is in order. 😉  Tomorrow I have a busy, busy, but fun day planned.  I also need to complete my internship homework (almost done!) and a powerpoint presentation as well.


Question: Do you enjoy going clothes shopping?  Do you prefer shopping solo or going along with a shopping buddy?


21 thoughts on “shop, drop, and roll

  1. Ick, ick, I HATE shopping. But I love new clothes – so my husband or mother-in-law usually shops for me, which is unbelievably perfect. But I DO love coffee dates with my mama AND cinnamon in my coffee, too – it’s the bessst.

  2. Argh, shopping, how I love it soo! If Im going hard core shopping like going shopping alone or with my family, but not with friends, they are too distracting! but i love a casual shop with friends. I always need SOMEONE on hand for advice. Cute shirt by the way and beetleaves in a smoothie? sounds pretty cool!

  3. My mom and I ALMWAYS go on intense shopping days where we feverishly hunt out the best bargains, make a coffee stop and enjoy delicious food 😀 There’s just something about making an entire day of it, don’t you think?

    You look absolutly gorgrous in the picture 🙂
    ❤ Tat

    PS. I'm not surprised about the cinnamon, it's known to enhance sugars 😉

  4. Love, love, love shopping!! You can be sure that I’m saving my pennies for the September shopping trip. 🙂 And love the rings that you and mom are sporting. Too cute! 🙂

  5. I am stereotypically obsessed with shopping. And I like it both ways! When I’m on a mission for a certain thing, I usually go it alone so that I can really focus. But I also love to go with friends and girl out with them.

  6. I am more of an online shopper, primarily because the shopping in Wisconsin is abysmal and because when I shop in store, I end up mulling over every shirt and it takes me forever! I love your H&M steals, so cute!

  7. Hello there. I am a first time visitor, and your blog is beautiful. Your pictures are so clear! Anyways, my husband and I always eat oats that way. I don’t know, there is something about the texture that I like. More chewy maybe!

  8. I have never tried ‘un-overnight’ oats. It seems so quick for rushed mornings – I see a new b-fast in my future! 😉

    I love a good day at the mall but I’m not a fan of shopping with friends. I prefer Mom and/or sis for hardcore shopping days. They always turn out better when you keep it in the fam. Who knew? 😀

  9. My mom’s coming up to visit for a shop until you drop weekend, plus more fun like kayaking. Tax free week is this weekend which means I can get more stuff 😉 Coffee breaks are essential for us too!

  10. I love plaid, but what I really liked was your Mom’s ring on her first finger. That is so cute!

    I like to shop with other people — because they actually tell me what to buy. I am clueless when it comes to clothes, shoes, anything, so I need someone to tell me it looks good. My husband is no help, he only likes shirts that are too low cut and too small. 😦

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