Dec
12

Oh hey Friday! This weekend I still have some Christmas shopping to do but considering the fact that I have 60% done is some sort of miracle. I actually did most of it online, so thank you for existing Amazon!

What’s new: I’ve been in Minnesota this past week and I can’t tell you how quickly the time has flown by. I was able to grab dinner with one of my best friends, see the new Hunger Games movie and do a few yoga classes. I also went to the chiropractor which seemed to help me tremendously. Hopefully I’ll be back in the gym soon lifting weights and running.

Other than that I’ve been craving some sort of vacation. Anything, really! Last year I was planning a trip to Australia and this year I haven’t done much other than stare at reviews on Trip Advisor. I promised myself that I would travel internationally at least once a year so I really do need to get on top of it. My best friend and I are in talks about planning a month long trip to South America or Asia, but haven’t quite decided yet. I’m basically dying to climb Machu Picchu. Anyone done it?

Byron Bay, Australia - via ambitiouskitchen.com

My favorite place ever: Byron Bay, Australia — February 2014

Enough chatting though. Let’s get to some link love! There are so many good things this week, I just can’t even. Also, I have a survey for you with the chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card! Scroll down the the bottom for more info.

If you’ve never made anything with pomegranates, this guacamole recipe will change your mind.

A complete visual guide to 11 different sugars. Too bad coconut sugar isn’t on the list!

LOVE these essential oils for your skin. What’s your fav?

This chocolate peanut butter pie. Um and it’s vegan? Okay!

Ever tried Barry’s Bootcamp? This treadmill workout is one of my favorites to do on my own.

I desperately want to make this pork tenderloin for Tony. Except maybe I’d use a homemade cranberry sauce instead of figs.

Here are 5 bras every girl must have. I need to upgrade my bra wardrobe.

Don’t let your muffins go flat. Here are some tips on how to make them perfectly domed.

Flourless chocolate brownies with crackly tops? OMG I’m all about these babies.

How to master the cool-girl version of a low bun. With step by step photos!

These salted caramel brownies are sinful, gorgeous and might just make an appearance for Santa this Christmas.

I really, really REALLY want this this Vitamin C beauty serum.

You know I have the best snickerdoole cookie recipe in all the land. Ps. Make sure your b. soda is FRESH!

HOW TO ENTER THE $100 VISA GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY:

How to enter: First fill out THIS READER SURVEY. After you fill out the survey, leave a comment in the Ambitious Kitchen comment field telling me that you have done so and also letting me know what your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition is.

IMPORTANT: Readers who leave a comment through Facebook comments will not be eligible. 

Giveaway will close at midnight EST on Friday, December 19, 2014 and winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Good luck!