Case Of The Mondays


Can you have a “case of the Mondays” while you’re not working?  Yeah, you totally can.  Also, I am going to apologize in advance for how disorganized and scattered this post is.  It’s kind of where my head is at right now.

However, I need to get it together this week, because I am going to be super busy.  About two weeks ago, I signed up for a Nutritional Therapist certification through the The Health Sciences Academy.

I am really excited to get started on this certification — their Nutritional Therapy curriculum looks fabulous and there are so many extras I am going to receive by doing my certification through them.  I just LOVE to learn more about nutrition and health!

Some of the topics I will be covering in my program are:

  • How food changes our DNA
  • Genetic adaptions to nutrition
  • Probiotics
  • Exercise and oxidative damage 
  • Essential nutrients and antioxidants A-Z
  • How to test antioxidant capacity

Interesting stuff, huh?  Super excited to add this certification to my collection!

The Weekend

Has Spring officially sprung back in the states?

Glasgow was beautiful this weekend.  I mean, I actually stripped down (well, took my jacket off) to my tanktop, during a much needed walk, after our Saturday brunch at this cute place called D’nisi.  It’s literally right across the street from our place, but we hadn’t tried it yet.  It was really good and super cheap. £13 ($19) for two breakfasts and posh coffees!

We both had pancakes – well, Luke had a full breakfast, but I had pancakes and “American style” crispy bacon.  I can definitely get on board when bacon is piled on my carbs.


I also had a delicious skinny caramel cappuccino.

cappuccinoLuke’s “full” breakfast…

dnisi (1)

So, after that conquest, Luke and I decided to walk to Whole Foods so he could pick up some of their spectacular coffee and we could deflate.

We picked up some of these tasty lil thangs, which were not bad.  However at £1 for a tiny bag, I think I’ll just opt for making them myself next time.  I had never tried a coconut chip before, and to be honest, I wasn’t a big coconut fanatic until living with Luke; he swapped butter and mayo for coconut oil months ago.  At first, I thought coconut oil tasted like vaseline, but now it has grown on me. admittedly.

nudieAlso, this weekend, I became obsessed and invested wasted literal hours of my life watching the YouTube sensation dope2111.  If you actually have a life and don’t spend hours on YouTube,  you probably don’t know who she is.  Her name is Promise Phan and she does “celebrity transformations” on herself with makeup techniques (see below).  She also just has some seriously good makeup tips.  Just look!

I tried a few of her tips on myself (Obviously I don’t look like any of the celebs she “created” on herself, but I was impressed with the difference!)


I also tried a couple of  salted caramel goodies….



The tea was good after it had steeped properly, but at first it didn’t have any hint of salt or caramel to it.

I also made some pumpkin spice pancakes (I know, it’s Spring not Autumn, but I was in the mood)!  Surprisingly enough, they actually came out pretty damn near perfect for my lack of pancakery skills!


pancakes5Wow, I just realized I had pancakes both days this weekend.  That’s pretty sweet, actually.  I don’t really eat pancakes all that much, but I have this new obsession with them.  There are worse things to be obsessed with, right?  Um, yeah, Erin, like, YouTube celeb makeup tutorials.

I finally finished my resume or “CV” up and am ready to put it out there for the Glasgow job market to see!  I’m nervous, but hopeful that something good will come my way.  I’m not in a hurry right now, so it will be nice to hold out for something great (if possible)!  I’ve got my certification to get cracking on and guest posting gigs, so I’m keeping myself productive and busy in the interim.

I hope you guys have a great Monday and a wonderful week ahead!

What did you do this weekend?  Do you have any YouTube vlogger obsessions?  What’s your favorite pancake?



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  1. April 20, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Erin you look fabulous! I’m so glad you mentioned the Health Science Academy. As soon as I complete the NASM PT certification I’m signing up for a nutrition certification. I’ve been researching the different programs. The program looks wonderful. Another option to look into. Thanks!

    • Erin
      April 20, 2015 / 9:24 am

      Awww thanks Jill! I am SO excited to start this course. I also did the NASM fitness nutrition specialization (which is great too) but this one has far more in-depth medical and scientific elements to it for general wellness. I will be posting on my progress with it as I go, so you can get a better feel of it. Feel free to ask me about it any time! 🙂

  2. April 20, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    Oh man pancakes. Those look delicious. One of the weird things about Chicago is that for some reason all their pancakes taste like cake. Idk what’s up with that. I’m excited for your certification and it looks like you are settling in quite nicely!

    • Erin
      April 20, 2015 / 2:14 pm

      Like cake!? I feel sort of divided about that myself …I like my pancakes a bit more on the biscuit-y flavored side. I am SO excited about this course. I’m such a nerd about nutrition, but then again, aren’t all of us? 🙂 Things are getting more comfortable. If I don’t find a job, I am turning into a sort of okay housewife. Omg, no, I’m not.

  3. April 20, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    You are so prrrretty! *swoon* My step-daughter and daughter are obsessed with Miranda Sings on YouTube. Have you heard of her? The girls talk in her voice Sigh… but it certainly could be worse. My 14 year-old son blares metal music videos on YouTube nonstop. Although, THAT could definitely be worse too. So, I won’t complain.

    • Erin
      April 20, 2015 / 2:17 pm

      You’re so sweet, Suzy! Um, I just went to YouTube to see what this Miranda Sings gal is all about omg lol. I swear if YouTube had been around when I was in school I would have had a channel like that! You’re right though, it could be worse! 🙂

  4. April 20, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    Goodness gracious salted caramel anything is delicious. Coconut chips sound great too! And breakfast food? You pretty much hit all the bases this weekend haha. What a cool certification!! I’d love to take a class like that.

    • Erin
      April 20, 2015 / 5:49 pm

      It’s an internationally accredited certification so it’s doable! And yes, pancakes, coconut, and salted caramel makes my life so much more enjoyable these days. 🙂

  5. April 21, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    Hahaha, I could seriously throat punch someone who gives me the whole “case of the Mondays” line.. as to my favorite pancake? I’m a purist, I like plain ol’ buttermilk pancakes that are swimming in maple syrup.. mmmmm… now I’m hungry THANKS. 😛 –

    • Erin
      April 21, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Hahaha I love the phrase “throat punch” — I know it sounds so violent, but it’s also hilarious! 🙂

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