HAPPY FRIDAY. No seriously… TGIF!

I’ve added some photos of my vacation for you to look at. I’m a little bit depressed since there was a snowstorm yesterday in Minnesota; I thought it was April showers bring May flowers? Lies.

Okay, I’ll stop complaining. All I really want right now is to get back to sunshine. Why hasn’t anyone invented a teleporter? You know, Star Trek style.

Whatever it’s the weekend, so I’m pretty happy about that. In fact right now I feel like I could run a marathon; I’ve consumed wayyyy too much caffeine. Fridays require extreme happiness and excitement, and sometimes that requires 3 cups of coffee.

Ohhh but I’ve got some fun, delicious links that I’ve been dying to share with you! Here we go:




  • 38 things about Minnesota you never knew until now.


  • New favorite brown butter cookie!




  • Quite possibly the best vegan burger I’ve ever seen!



  • Weekend baking: Banana & zucchini muffins.




Have a lovely weekend! xoxo




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It’s another Friday and thank goodness for that because I’m sitting here with my Key Lime 100 Calorie Yoplait yogurt wishing it would somehow transform itself into actual frozen yogurt and still be low calorie. Maybe I should put it in the freezer? Forget it, I am too impatient to wait and it is magical enough by itself. I guess Fridays can be a little rough but that’s what happy hours are for, right?

Now the last time I had my weekly favorites I asked you if you’d like to see a weekly post about my healthy living tips, and a lot of you seemed interested. Therefore, I’ll work on gathering up some fun ideas! Feel free to pass any along that you’d like to see.

Hmmmm what else? Well I’m still in the midst of figuring out my blog design and had sort of put it aside while on vacation, but hopefully you’ll see a much cleaner version of Ambitious Kitchen within the next month or so! My goal is to bring you something much easier to navigate and less cluttered in general.

Okay, okay, okay! Let’s get on to my weekly favorites:




  • My favorite Food Processor (and yes, you really need one — it makes life easier).*


  • The most beautiful salad ever.



  • Make this pasta for your boyfriend.


  • Protein dark chocolate chunk cookies!



  • Ummm seriously this cake. I die!


  • Tortilla soup with a vegetarian twist.


  • Juice that will make you dream of summer.



Have an amazing weekend! Drink a margarita for me.



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Friday Favorite

OMG how is it almost the end of March? I swear the weeks are flying by faster and faster! This past week I made my famous turkey tomato meat sauce with basil, garlic, and major amounts of melty mozzarella. Mmmmm LOVE at first bite; plus it’s also secretly healthy!

Speaking of healthy things, I’ve been thinking about starting a new weekly post about healthy living, including my tips for eating right and any helpful advice I can offer. Let me know if you’d like to see that happen, and if you have any questions you’d like to see answered.

One last thing: I’m on season 2 of Felicity and absolutely fell in love with the series all over again. Thank you Netflix for causing me to stay up until 1am during the weeknights. I’ll probably watch Dawson’s Creek next and I’m not sorry about it (PACEY FOREVER!).

Alright now let’s get to some delicious links:

  • I need to bake these cupcakes and then ascend to heaven.



  • A giant breakfast COOKIE. You’re welcome.


  •  Currently one of my favorite songs.


  • Quick amusement. Okay, I’m lame and find it hilarious.




  • I’m all about healthy muffins!



  • Delicious jalapeno turkey burgers with guac for the weekend.


  • Replace regular M&Ms with the Easter colored ones and you’ve got yourself a delicious Spring cookie!


Have a wonderful weekend! xo


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Finally my review is here! If you’ve been following me along on Facebook or Instagram, you’re probably aware that I recently did a juice cleanse. I wanted to share my experience with all of you, so here it goes:

Why I did a cleanse: I had  been seeing juice cleanses all over the internet and was dying to try one. I work out nearly every day, but my eating habits certainly aren’t perfect and I had been feeling sort of off; I thought a a juice cleanse might help balance my system and get back to normal. I chose Urban Remedy and did their Signature Cleanse which consists of drinking 6 organic vegan/GF juices per day.

Preparing for the cleanse: A few days before the cleanse you’re supposed to pretty much be vegan and caffeine-free. I stopped drinking coffee and ate a lot of fresh organic veggies, salads, fruit, and squash. I will admit that I had one of my blueberry muffins and eggs too. Oops! I couldn’t help it.


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Juice Cleanse

It’s the weekend! I’m in the middle of a 3-day juice cleanse and so far it’s going great; I’ll have a detailed recap to share with you once I’m done, too. Right now I’m watching the Food Network and it’s a little too much to handle. They’re grilling burgers and making cocktails and I’m super jealous. Okay I’ll admit it I’m hungry and looking forward to Sunday already, but I’m determined to finish this cleanse!

In other news, I’m heading back to Minnesota next week. I haven’t been back in nearly a month and I think more than anything I just miss my yoga studio; I have a love for it that can’t be explained.

As for this weekend, I don’t have any big plans. Maybe checking out a movie and doing some shopping. I’ll have to see how I feel during the rest of this cleanse because I’m drinking my first juice of the morning and want to throw up — this juice is green and tastes like cucumbers and parsley. TMI? Oh well.

Let’s get to my favorites from the past week:


  • Commitment is sexy in your 20’s? It’s not what you think.


  • Copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa with avocado? Must make now!



  • In love with these flats.


  • Gush! Coconut Milk + Cocoa powder = one incredibly easy, deliciously sinful dessert!


  • How to get the perfect beachy curls.


  • Ever have trouble frying the perfect egg?


  • After my cleanse I’m definitely making my favorite superfood salad.


  • A younger photo of an actress who never ceases to amaze us.



  • A gorgeous video of my nutella-stuffed cookies that another blogger put together. It’s fun to watch the magic happen!


  • Cookies are essential on the weekends, don’t you think?


Have a lovely weekend! xo



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It’s Friday… and it’s March too?! Finally! I’ve been craving patio weather and outdoor BBQs since October. I literally dream about the days I can go to happy hour and actually sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun on my face. I am just done with the snow. I need Spring!

In other news, I’ll be soaking up the sunshine with one of my girlfriends at the end of March. It’s a much, much needed vacation. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had a real vacation since I went to Mexico in college. And I don’t even remember that trip. Just kidding… sorta?

So in case you’re wondering, Jillian Michaels is totally kicking my ass. At first I had my doubts about her videos, however after doing them my legs feel like they might fall off. Hopefully that means they’re working.

Alright enough chatting. We need to get to my weekly favorites!


  • Today is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! This is a holiday and you should celebrate by making these cookies.


  • This is the funniest video I’ve seen in a while. Plus, it will make your day!


  • This is why I love Jennifer Lawrence.


  • Love stories to make you weep in a good way.


  • A fun, funky nail polish design.



  • Going healthy? How about this gorgeous breakfast?


  • Some of you were wondering how I keep my hair healthy and shiny. I use this product and LOVE it!*


  • Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice. Go stare at the photos, read the comments, and then try NOT making this. It’s incredible! No seriously, I’m drooling.


  • If you travel and love to workout, this site may be helpful!


Have a gorgeous weekend! xo


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We all our beauty routines, don’t we? I always have to put my mascara on with my mouth wide open; I fully believe it gives me better application precision. Or something like that anyway. My absolute favorite mascara has to Great Lash Mascara from Maybelline. Yes, it’s cheap but it also happens to work extremely well for me. I buy the Lots of Lashes kind in Blackest Black; it seems to coat every eyelash and does a fantastic job at accentuating my eyes.

My biggest tip for long lashes: Heat your eyelash curler for 10 seconds with a hair dryer and curl your lashes before you apply mascara. Then apply, and use your eyelash curler to finish it off. Trust me, you’ll notice a difference!

Now for your lips! I can’t stand chapped lips. You need to make sure your lips are well-moisturized at all times! Because really, who wants to kiss dry lips? I used to date this guy who always had chapped lips… UGH. Anyway, I recommend applying lip balm before you apply your lip gloss or lipstick. It also helps if you can find a lipstick with vitamin e and moisturizers built in.

My biggest tip for soft lips: Rub warm coconut oil on your lips before you go to bed. A little goes a long way, plus it tastes delicious!

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Do you believe in karma? I do. Not necessarily in a religious sense, but more in that you should treat others the way you’d like to be treated. I feel as though every day is a blessing; you learn to make the best of it. I bought the shirt (pictured above) from my yoga studio and I absolutely LOVE it; it reminds me to conscious of my attitude and to be kind no matter what type of day I’m having.

This week has been busy for me! I have been traveling and my workout schedule has been out of sorts so I picked up a couple of Jillian Michaels Workout DVDs* and I fully intend to get my butt kicked. Do you guys have any favorite workout DVDs? Please don’t say Insanity or P90x. Those guys weird me out.

Hmmm what else?

We’re working hard on the new redesign for Ambitious Kitchen and it’s looking great so far! I also booked a vacation with a friend for the end of March. I’m so excited to just relax and drink margaritas by the pool. Speaking of which, today is National Margarita Day! Go get one, you deserve it!

Now on to my favorites from this past week:


  • Have you ever done a juice cleanse? I’m dying to try the 3-day Pressed Juicery Cleanse.


  • This sounds fun: Healthy new snack products delivered to you every month from Nature Box.


  • A fun way to edit your photos for your blog.



  • A Michael Kors Barrel ring that would look perfect on anyone.



  • 8 ways to make the perfect margarita! You know you want to.



  • I can’t wait until this movie comes out next week!



Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend! xo


*contains Amazon affiliate links


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How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was insanely delicious. I made honey-lime and chili spiced pan-fried walleye with some garlic roasted asparagus and spaghetti squash. The best part about V-day though? A McDonald’s ice cream cone after! I swear they have some of the best ice cream and I had been literally dreaming about inhaling one for like a week straight. Sooo I just hit up Mickey D’s drive-thru. Probably the best decision I’ve made in a while.

Oh, I also got sucked into watching Dear John, but decided to turn it off halfway through because it just gets weird, wouldn’t you agree? Like Channing Tatum is half-gangster half-army guy with a pretty girlfriend who leaves him for a guy a million years older? I don’t get it.

Anywhoooo I’m traveling this next week so my blogging schedule may be a tiny bit chaotic; trust me when I say I’ve been holding back on you. Oh, and if you’re wondering what’s up with the picture of the cookie, they are my favorite to bake for a weekend treat especially since they only take about 25 minutes until they are in your mouth. Dooo it.

Now onto Friday Favorites:



  • Brad and Angelina are launching their own wine. Yum!



  • How adorable are these knuckle rings?



  • A 2-day Look Better Naked Cleanse? Are you in?


  • Stay by Rihanna is my new favorite song.



  • I can’t stop laughing at this list.


  • Lastly please go vote for me so I can win an amazing culinary trip to Chile!


Have an incredible weekend! xo

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