Wednesday, August 10, 2016

{Journey to Cali}

Hello cupcakes!

Sorry I've been MIA, but I graduated from grad school, took a week road trip west, moved into my apartment in Cali, and have been applying for jobs. I wanted to do a recap post to catch everyone up on my life.

I'll start with Graduation Day (July 23rd)

My sisters and I , gahhh I miss them so much already!

Our traditional photo, mind you I am in wedge heels (You go Glen Co-Co!)

My parents <3

I am so glad I have such a close family who supports me and loves me unconditionally. It's hard to move away from a family who has always been so close, but I cannot wait for them to come visit. I hope someday my future children can experience the love, fun, and family time that my parents and sisters provided me with. 

My grandparents. My grandpa made me cry at my grad party. They are the sweetest!

Cory & his parents. They are also amazing! I am so glad to have them in my life.

And... the fam bam! 

Here is some of the other graduates from my program. Grad school isn't easy, but it is so nice to have a great group of people to experience it with.

The day before my journey west with Cory. We had a pond day and cook out.

Our first stop on our journey was Mizzou (University of Missouri). Cory's fraternity brother is an athletic trainer there. We ate at a brewery and stayed the night with him. In the morning, he gave us a tour of the campus and the athletic facilities. It was beautiful!

The next stop was Denver, CO. Let me tell you what... Kansas and the beginning of Colorado... so boring! I couldn't wait to finally get to Denver. Day 2 was our longest drive. Cory had another fraternity brother who lived in Denver, so he took us to dinner in downtown Denver on a roof top brewery/bar. I had tacos!

Then next morning I told Cory we had to get Vodoo Doughnuts. They were seriously the best doughnuts I've ever had in my entire life. The doughnuts were HUGE. We ended up getting 6 different flavors: captain crunch, smores, the vodoo guy, cream filled with chocolate frosting, maple bacon, and a really chocolate-y doughnut (I forget what the exact names were). 

My favorite was the maple bacon and the captain crunch. I posted more pictures on my instagram:@toriswholelife (follow this link to see more pictures from my trip)

{Captain Crunch}

{Maple Bacon}

We also stopped at a coffee shop. This was an almond milk latte.

Next, we drove to the Rocky Mountains to do a hike. 

It was so beautiful here! I couldn't believe my eyes. Pictures don't even do it justice. 

We ended the trek here and set up the hammock. The view was unbelievable. 

We literally ate protein bars and beef jerky on this trip, so I was so excited to get to real life and get my micro-nutrients in (bring on the salads)

We stayed with Cory's buddy in Denver for another night and went to a little restaurant across from his apartment. I got veggies and hummus. 

Then next morning, we got coffee and drove to Mesa Verde National Park. Oh and I forgot to mention, while we were in Denver we went to REI. If you don't know what that is it's basically the IKEA of outdoor adventures. We got some camping equipment.

It was around 7pm when we finally got there, so we pitched our tent and played cards the rest of the night. It was seriously so peaceful. We also didn't have cell service so it made us really appreciate our time together. 

There were so many deer near our camp site. They were not scared of people!

The next morning, we got up and packed up the car. We drove to the cliff dwellings. I can't believe people actually built these and lived in them! They were amazing.

That tower is the tallest tower in the park.

This one there was an opportunity to go on a tour down to the dwellings and see them close up. If we ever go again, we will be doing the tours. 

After leaving Mesa Verde, we stopped at the Four Corners. 

Our goal was to make it to the Grand Canyon to camp for the night. This was a little break we took before reaching the Grand Canyon. At this point, I thought we were close to the park but we actually had about an hour and a half before getting into the park.

During the rest of the drive to the Grand Canyon, Cory's GPS actually told us to turn down a dirt road and we ended up driving about an hour down a dirt road that led us no where. So we went about 2 hours out of our way before getting back on track. We ended up finally getting to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

After checking out the Canyon, we drove back out of the park to camp in the Kaibab National Forest. It was pretty cool because you literally could drive down a side road and find a place to set up your tent. On our way out of the park there was a pack of Bison. Of course we had to stop and take pictures. 

I didn't get a picture of our camp site, but it was literally in the middle of the forest. Again, we had no cell service so it was peaceful and relaxing. We sat in the hammock and looked at the stars. Well I should say I took a little nap while Cory attempted to look at the stars. It was a little too cloudy.

The next morning, we woke up, packed up, and drove back into the Grand Canyon National Park. We decided to hike down the Canyon. 

Going down the Canyon wasn't too bad, but coming back up was rough. It definitely wasn't an easy hike. We also passed multiple mules on the trail. 

After hiking, we decided we wanted to try to make it home that night. We stopped in Vegas to eat dinner with some friends. We got to our apartment around 1:30am Sunday. 

It was such a great trip. I love traveling, taking photos, and taking adventures with Cory. I am still reflecting on the trip and words cannot describe how amazing it was. 

I hope you all have a fantastic day and I will try to keep you updated on life.

Right now, I am studying to get certified as a personal trainer. I cannot wait to share more tips, tricks, information, etc with everyone. I also want to try to write my own programming. 

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away."

Monday, July 4, 2016


Today I am going to talk about every woman's favorite topic...Tampons. 

How many of you actually know much about those little cotton things?

Did you know the average woman uses over 10,000 tampons? Did you know that 90% of those tampons contain materials and chemicals that are potentially harmful to women's health?

Did you know the tampon industry is controlled mostly by three massive companies (P&G, Energizer Holdings, and Kimberly Clark). The FDA does not require tampon manufactures to conduct studies or disclose ingredients in their products. Women are putting these things into their bodies... eww. 

That is why the founders of Cora (Molly Hayward & Morgen Newman) made it their mission to make healthy, clean, fashionable, fearless, tampons. 

Cora partnered with organizations in Indian that support adolescent girls education and produce an innovative, affordable, and biodegradable brand of high quality sanitary pads.The mini factories where these are produced create jobs for women in the community. Did you know: In rural India, 1 in 4 adolescent girls drop out of school after they begin menstruating because of inadequate menstrual protection like sanitary pads. Among girls who are given pads, the dropout rate goes down by 90%. To read more about their cause, follow this link: {Cora:Cause}

One thing I loved about getting this package was noticing all the details that came along with my tampons. The packaging is so cute and stylish. There's no more hiding my tampons in my sleeve or pocket on the way to the bathroom. The packaging and carrying cases make it hard to even notice there are tampons inside. 

If you would like to check out Cora for yourself, follow this link: {Cora: Organic Tampon Delivery}

So... Do you remember forgetting to buy more tampons and having to run to the store to buy more? Well one awesome thing about CORA is their tampons are delivered to your door. So how does it work? 

Step 1) Choose how many tampons you use during your period

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Step 3) Choose your preferred payment plan

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Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

{California Recap}

Hello cupcakes!

It's finally starting to get nice here in Indiana. I know this is a little delayed, but I wanted to share my California pictures with you! This summer is going to be pretty crazy, so hang in there with me. After June 17th I will have more free time to start blogging again. 

When I first arrived in Cali, my boyfriend took me to Coronado Beach. The sand had little gold sparkles in it. I was so amazed. We took the Frisbee with us. We weren't there very long before I realized how hungry I was, so Cory took me to get some food.

More pictures of Coronado Beach...

One place Cory took me was called Roberto's and let me tell you what, this place has my heart! This was a chicken taco. I only got one taco and it was $3.50. It filled me up. It was a corn tortilla with chicken breast pieces, homemade guac, & homemade pico. I think I am still having dreams about this taco. 

When Cory lived in Charlotte, I bought us a doughnut pan. I didn't really get a whole lot of use out of it, so this in Cali it was my goal to make a bomb protein doughnut. I think I finally succeeded. These were amazing and boyfriend approved. 

One of the days, after Cory got off work, we went hiking. This place was beautiful. I can't wait to hike more mountains out there. 

There was a reservoir and dam off in the distance. 

Here was up close to the reservoir. This was half way into our hike (well I should say the half way point meaning we made it to the top). 

I think I had a fingerprint on my phone camera because these two pictures turned out a little blurry. I also did not bring my actual camera to California this time because I will be living out there soon enough... yay!!!

If you follow me on snap chat or Instagram, you know I am on a huge salad kick. One night I made homemade Chiptole Bowls. They turned out amazing. I used lettuce, corn, salsa verde, chicken breast, homemade guac, and sauteed peppers and onions. 

I also made some chicken, sweet potato fries, and vegetables for another dinner on a different night.

One thing I was sooooo excited for... trying out my future gym. This is called Worlds Gym and it's by the same people as Golds Gym. I love how it looks industrial. There is something about a new gym that gets me so motivated. 

I also recently bought a nice waffle maker and had it shipped to Cory in California. I made so many protein waffles while I was visiting. If you want to follow my instagram it is: @toriswholelife . This waffle combo was 1/2  a waffle, protein dip, and 1 T of almond butter. The recipe is posted on my Instagram. 

Here was a salad I made: lean ground turkey, salsa verde, cucumbers, snap peas, crushed up rice cake, lettuce, and Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing. 

I spent a few hours at the pool every other day to get a little tan and relax. 

Friday night for dinner we went to Oceanside Beach and ate at Hello Betty's. I got the Mahi Mahi tacos. 

My breakfast before the zoo was a breakfast casserole I made, a protein doughnut, strawberries, and a few slices of bacon. 

Now here are my zoo pictures from the San Diego Zoo...

Look at his tongue haha!

Cory and I were so confused while looking at this thing...

We took Quest Bars to snack on while we walked around the zoo. 

We spent about 4 hours walking around the whole zoo! It was a blast. I am so glad we went. If you visit San Diego and want something to do, go check out the zoo! After the zoo we were both pretty hungry. We went to Carnitas Snack Shack. Let me tell you what, they have some bomb dot com food. I got the carnitas tacos. 

That wraps up my Cali pictures, but here are some pictures from the past week. 

I am a little obsessed with Artic Zero right now. For anyone that has a lactose intolerance or wants a healthier version of ice cream, check this stuff out. I like to microwave mine for about 30 seconds so that it gets softer and creamier. 

I grilled up some turkey burgers and asparagus to eat this weekend. 

I also snacked on some cucumbers. I love how light and fresh they are in the summer. 

I hope you enjoyed my never ending recap. I can't wait to blog again.

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." 
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