So instead of sharing my picks of the week later than expected, I’m posting them a day early.  Why?  Because I have a lot to get done in the next few days.  The next couple of weeks are  filled with work travel, fun travel, an epic bachelorette party, work meetings, and an engagement party.  And since all I can think about at this point is my long to do list, I thought I would share something that’s a little easier to put together.

And before I list my picks of the week, I have to go into my travel schedule a little.  Because the world cares about this stuff of course.  So I leave for Chicago on Sunday morning (brrr).  I’m there until Wednesday morning which is when I fly back to Miami.  Then I fly out to Las Vegas on Thursday morning.  On Sunday morning, I get on a plane and head back to Miami.  Then I’m in a week long team meeting.  And it doesn’t end there.  On Friday evening, Vishnu and I fly home to Atlanta for a good friend’s engagement party.  We’re there for less than 48 hours, flying back to Miami on Sunday afternoon.  Phew!  I’m already a little tired!

Thank goodness I don’t have to get on a plane again until the end of March.

With all that being said, my blogging schedule will definitely be off for the next couple of weeks.  No worries though.  I’m fine.  Probably just flying to my next destination or something!

Ok, so now that I’ve gotten all that out of my system, I present to you this week’s Par’s Picks!


7 Things Nobody Tells You About Declaring A Major In College – I wish I had read this list, oh I don’t know, 12 years ago!  Don’t even get me started on why or how I selected my major.  I’ll save that story for a future blog post.

6 Pieces Of Tough Love That Will Make Your Life Infinitely Better – No matter what stage of life you are in, these six things are worth remembering.

Don’t Say That You Love Your Job, Because It’s Not The Job You Love – Love the perspective!

How To Be Your Best When Everything Is The Worst

“Sometimes you just need to accept that today isn’t the day you take the world by storm. But tomorrow? Tomorrow will be that day.”

Want to Be Truly Productive? End Each Day Like This – It is my goal to get myself to a place where I can turn these steps into a habit…one that I don’t have to think twice about.


I Like My Body. Is that Okay with You? – What a great post!  So many valid points.  And this…yes!

“I do like my body. And what’s more is that I now like liking it. I wonder how much time I have wasted these past 28 years — disliking how I looked because I assumed that was the only option available to me. Maybe if I had known it was allowed, I would have liked it all along. Maybe I would laughed more, or gotten more sleep, or had more fun. And maybe I would’ve eaten more cake, too.”

Heart Disease Is Still The No. 1 Killer Of Women. Here’s What We Need To Know To Change That – Heart Disease.  A topic that hits too close to home.  And while healthy eating and fitness are keys to preventing/controlling it, lifestyle plays a major role as well.  Take note.

How to Free Yourself From Calorie Counting (And Lose Weight)! – Love these tips – applicable to anyone just trying to stay healthy without the headache of turning every morsel of food into a number.

40-Minute Fat-Fry Workout – I’ll admit I haven’t tried this workout myself.  However, I have viewed bits and pieces and it looks awesomely tough.  It’s on my to do list!


Fake Your Fries – I will definitely be trying this method soon.

Inside The Kitchen’s Snackadium, Plus Game-Day Snack RecipesI want ALL the snacks!!!

Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Peppers – This is a great, quick recipe!  I served our peppers alongside some Mexican quinoa, and it was a perfect weeknight meal!

Best-Ever Chocolate Quinoa Cake {gluten-free}Robin and I are going to try to make this cake this weekend.  I’ll report back on the end product.  Kind of excited!


How Much Time Have You Wasted on Facebook? – Don’t. Even. Ask.  I’m honestly embarrassed.

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Trailer is Here! – AHHH!  I can’t wait.  Even though I know I’m going to bawl my eyes out.

17 Things That Happen When You Love A Football Fan – Yes yes yes to #2, 3, 8, 11, and 13!


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Happy happy happy weekend!

By Parita

9 thoughts on “Par’s Picks – 13”
  1. Yikes! You sound like me 4 years ago with all the traveling! Be safe on all your travels and at least you get a fun trip in there to celebrate the love of your two friends! <3 I am SO taking that faking fries tip and the stuffed peppers. In fact, I might make those stuffed peppers for Superbowl Sunday. I've been emailing myself links to all kinds of healthified Superbowl Sunday foods I can make, even if the hubby has his cheat treat and gets himself some pizza. Thanks for the fun links, Par and have a great weekend! <3
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  2. Have fun coming to my city Chicago!!! It’s gonna be cold and snowy…but on the upside we have a lot of yummy food 🙂

  3. Yikes, SO much traveling. I feel for you, Par. On a lighter note, I am excited to read your post about choosing your college major. Those are my favorite kinds, the one where we learn a little bit about the past. 🙂
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  4. Quinoa chocolate cake? I am intrigued. Definitely going to check that link out in a minute.

    And yes…I regret counting calories for so long! So much time wasted, unnecessarily.

    Your schedule sounds hectic but fun! Enjoy Parita!
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