5 Ways to Create accountability with a fitness partner

I’ve been working out EVERY DAY for the last 2 1/2 weeks, people! I am so excited that I finally have a workout system, and it really is all because of accountability. My sister-in-law and I have started Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and individually do the video every morning. When we are done, we each text each other and check in. It’s that simple! It only requires one text, and both of us are terrified to be the first to wimp out and not come through. In the past, [Continue Reading]

Frozen Mint Oreos (Ginny’s Everyday Tip #1)


I have decided to try adding random tips to a new series: Ginny’s Everyday Tips.  This way I can keep organize and serialize all the random nuggets of wisdom swirling around in my head :).  I will plan on just tagging all these posts together so you can search this category and see them all! I have spent some time lately trying to make everything accessible and find-able on this blog.  Please let me know if you can maneuver the posts more easily – and if the re-organization is helping.  Here is my [Continue Reading]

My Daily Smoothie (High-Protein and High-Fiber)

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I have tried drinking smoothies on and off for years. I’ve done the green smoothie thing (here’s my fave recipe) and have another favorite strawberry smoothie that tastes like a milkshake. But, I’ve always wanted to be that girl that drinks a healthy, yummy, daily smoothie. Every day.   And now I am! Or, at least I am trying to be :). I have been drinking this smoothie every day now for about 3 months and love it. I drink it for lunch (sometimes with another little snack if I [Continue Reading]

Happy 2nd Birthday to A Modern Commonplace Book!


Today marks the second year of this little blog being on the interwebs! This past year has been monumental in the life of this blog. It has grown a little bit, but has been, in essence, as year of re-centering – figuring out my blog priorities. Do you remember my State of the Blog Address? That post has been life-changing – letting my blog focus on what I love. I don’t really love a lot of the “bloggy” trends that are going around, but have focused on the things I [Continue Reading]

Easy Shredded Chicken For the Week


When I was a newlywed five years ago (!) I was struggling with easy, fast dinner recipes. I work full time and I run out of ideas (and energy) to make a meal 7 days a week. I posted a quick “please give me your favorite recipes!” post on Facebook, and on that wonderful day, I received one of my favorite tips EVER. For easy shredded chicken. I was told that if I could make a batch of shredded chicken at the beginning of the week, I would be able [Continue Reading]

Five Ways to Prime your Blog for Social Media


Remember me? Yes, I actually own this blog! Apparently though, I sometimes go completely AWOL. No worries, we are all friends :). I have actually been on A Modern Commonplace Book a lot working – I just haven’t written any new posts. Things are about to change, though. I have been working really hard to prime my blog for Social Media, and in doing so, have gotten SO EXCITED about this blog again. That’s how I’ve been viewing my blog in the past few months. I’ve been behind the scenes, [Continue Reading]

Friday Favorites

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written a Friday Favorites post! (You can see all of my Favorite Things posts here.) This week I have a list of random things that I love – enjoy! 1. I bought this Little Black Dress Jewelry Hanger this week and LOVE it. About three years ago our house was broken into and the thief just took my entire jewelry box and all it’s contents. Yeah, it was pretty tragic. I have slowly been re-building my jewelry collection, but hadn’t figured out a new jewelry [Continue Reading]

16 Favorite Home And Beauty Products Under $20

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I have a funny New Year’s tradition. I don’t do this on purpose, but every year I find myself placing a really FUN order on Amazon around the middle of January. I find myself holding off on little purchases throughout the year, and then something happens in January that causes me to blow one big order. Maybe it’s Christmas money talking, or maybe it’s a need for change in the New Year, but every January I splurge on a big order of home and beauty products from Amazon to spice [Continue Reading]

Let’s follow each other on Pinterest, please?


I was reading The Bearfoot Baker yesterday, and was struck by her latest simple post here about being Pinterest friends. Simple, right? So, let’s do it! We are all wanting more things to pin anyway, so will you be my Pinterest friend? I also have an awesome community board called the “Blog Community Most Repinned” board.  A board can have multiple contributors (by invite only) and there are super benefits.  One, you will gain a follower every time someone follows the board on another contributor’s page.  Two, this exponentially increases [Continue Reading]

It’s Here! Welcome to The Design Consortium!


It’s here! I am so excited to present my new website and blog design business, The Design Consortium! This web design business is unlike any design company out there. This idea came to me when I wanted one simple place to customize my blog. I don’t want to go to several places to cover all my bases. Instead, I wanted a virtual assistant, graphic design whiz, and full design and consultation services all in one place. So, that is what The Design Consortium is. There are a few ways that [Continue Reading]

My favorite low-calorie restaurant tips


Some days I don’t have a ton of time to write out a long post, so I have decided to just to throw some tips randomly up here on the blog to share the things I love! Today I just wanted to share some of my favorite restaurant tips. What most people don’t know about a restaurant, is that they hide calories. Normally, at home, if you make a salad, you are sure that it is a healthier option that if you ate a hamburger. But, at a restaurant, all [Continue Reading]

Maria Menounos’s Rules for Eating (with free printable)


I can’t hide that I love Maria Menounos. I am reading her two books now (EveryGirl’s Guide to Life and EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness) and what I love is that she is super down to earth. For a girl that has got it all together, she is really a normal girl. via I love that even though she is famous with a huge following, she started small in a basement struggling to make a life for herself. She now has a banging body, but lost 40 pounds along [Continue Reading]