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High Five for Friday: Scrubs, Colors and Clean Eats!

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you had a safe 4th and can enjoy a nice weekend. Linking up with Lauren again today – here are five moments from this past week.


It’s so weird that I’ll be turning 29 this month…I feel wayyy younger than that on the inside. I guess that’s good?


I picked up some (long-overdue) new running shoes this week and I love them SO MUCH. The colors are so cheerful, and they are nice and sturdy compared to my old worn ones. If you live in Seattle, Jock and Jill by Green Lake is absolutely the best place to go for running shoes!


As mentioned before, I’m trying to incorporate a lot more clean meals into my diet this month. Greek yogurt and raspberries – simple and clean. I’ll be instagramming some of my meals (and would love to see any of your clean meals) – you can find me at @jessienextdoor.


Scrubs selfie! On my way to volunteer in the ER. I’m planning to write a more detailed post about why I’m changing careers and will talk about this a bit more soon.


I didn’t do anything too eventful for the 4th as I work early but I did get to watch my brother light some fireworks. Actually as I write this, fireworks are still constantly exploding outside my window. It seems like it’s more than usual this year?? Anyway I hope you had a really good holiday and enjoy the weekend ahead! <3

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June Favorites: Nails, Notebooks and Workouts!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Happy July everyone! Here are a few of my favorite things from this past month.


These notebooks from Target! I’m taking Organic Chemistry and Nutrition this summer. It’s a bit of a depressing thought (although so far my chem teacher has let us go home ridiculously early each day) so I figured I might as well have cute notebooks! I like the look of the pages inside too.


Seche Vite topcoat. I love this stuff SO MUCH! I am an impatient nail-dryer, and always start fidgeting with something which in the past always led to messed-up polish. But then this top coat entered my life, and now my nails are literally dry within 3-5 minutes. I feel like I’m sounding like a commercial…I would totally make one for this topcoat though because it’s amazing!


While we’re on the subject of nails, this is the latest polish I added to my collection after hearing about it on EssieButton’s YouTube channel. At around $2.50 it is very inexpensive, and yet lasted several days longer than my Essie polishes. I really liked the color too.


This is not exactly a favorite (yet) but I thought I’d mention that I’ve been using OPI’s Nail Envy. This was not a cheap product, but it’s supposed to be amazing for nail health. My nails have been peeling for many months, and I’m determined to fix them. So far I’m seeing a slight improvement – I’ll keep you updated.

My last favorite is Blogilates! I’ve mentioned Cassey’s “Call Me Maybe” squat challenge before. I’ve been doing that one often, but also loving the huge selection of workout videos on her YouTube channel. Here are a few of my favorites so far:

That is all for this month! Have a great Fourth everyone!

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High Five for Friday – Chocolate Chips, Avocado and Running

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Happy Friday everyone!! We made it through another week. I haven’t done one of these posts in awhile, so here are a few photos from the past couple of weeks.


1. I just love Trader Joe’s because they have so many interesting, affordable food items. I was there the other day and couldn’t help but pick up Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips…there is just something so right about this.


2. I wasn’t sure about this candle when I first bought it, but it’s really grown on me. My only complaint was that the fluffy towel smell wasn’t strong enough, but I’ve come around to it and I think it gives my room such a fresh aroma. I’m kind of sad it’s almost gone!


3. Whole wheat english muffin + avocado + feta cheese + a little sea salt. My new favorite lunch.


4. I’ve been running a bit longer these days. I think I’m beginning to actually find it relaxing. Especially when I can run around this beautiful lake.

5. I don’t have a picture for this, but I finished Chemistry this week! I’m in the process of going back to school (more on that later) and started out with just one class this spring. I was SO afraid of chemistry as I do not consider myself a scientific person. It was hard at times, but better than I thought it would be. Now it’s DONE and it feels great to check that one off the list!

This post is a linkup with Lauren over at

Have a great weekend!!

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April Favorites – Media Edition

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

We are halfway through May, but I thought I should still share my April favorites!

This month I decided to just focus on media. Here are some songs, apps, and miscellaneous bits of media I encountered during the month of April!


I just love Sara Bareilles. As a commuter, I’m always looking for good music to sing along with while I’m stuck in traffic, and she is perfect for that. Her new single Brave is awesome – it’s perfect for listening to on the way to a challenging day, or just before kickboxing class. I cannot wait for her new album this summer!


Michael Buble also came out with a new album, To Be Loved.


It isn’t my favorite of his albums, but it’s always nice to have fresh music. I’ve especially enjoyed listening to his duet with Reese Witherspoon – a remake of Something Stupid. The original by Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy is literally the most-played song on my iTunes. I don’t know why I like it so much, but I really do and it was fun to hear a new version (the old one is still better though).


I really enjoy making lists. It’s possible I have an addiction. I’ve tried a few list apps but never cared for them until I tried Wunderlist. I love it so much! It’s easy to navigate and check items off. I use it to organize blog ideas, shopping lists, wish lists, to do lists, etc etc.


I also really like PicTapGo for editing photos. The filters are helpful for initial adjustments before Instagram, and I like that you can adjust the opacity of the filters.



Benji and Judy’s Tokyo trip.

Judy is a beauty guru on YouTube, and she vlogs every single day with her husband and baby. I’ve been watching for nearly a year, and I just love them. They actually live pretty close to me, so it’s fun to see them go to the same places I go. During April they went to Japan for two weeks, and I really enjoyed seeing 20 minutes or so of their travels every day.

How Animals Eat Their Food

This video is so dumb. Maybe it was because it was the end of a Friday night after a long week, but I was laughing so hard my abs hurt.

Call Me Maybe Squat Challenge

This little workout is short but you are guaranteed to feel the burn! It hurts so bad! I’ve been doing it almost every day and can finally do the whole thing.

Blog Post

My sister emailed me this story, informing me that she was laughing so hard tears were rolling down her face and she was snorting. I started to read it and had to stop several times, because I was starting to lose control and I was in the library. This is the story of a first date gone wrong and it is SO FUNNY.

Warning though: If you don’t like fart humor then avoid!!

These are my April Favorites! If you have any videos, music etc that you are enjoying lately, feel free to share below.

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