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update on kickin’ those habits

9 Aug

HEY Y’ALL. Guess who’s flight was supposed to leave tonight but got canceled so I get to see her face for possibly two more nights?!


Courtney is back in my arms and I’m never letting go. Just kidding..but Alyss maybe y’all can meet now?..

I’ve been having a BLAST with my best friend. Seriously. So much of a blast that I’ve totally forgotten about Freely Be’s Kick The Habit.. where I’ve promised myself to finally quit counting calories once and for all. By forgotten… I mean I’ve QUIT without stress.

Now, I’m not sure if the excitement of my 24th birthday, Court’s visit, and a raise at my job (WHAT) have taken over my brain allowing it to no longer be temporarily consumed by calorie counting.. but honestly. I am a beast at quitting this- mainly because it is SO EASY to just eat and not add. I’m a writer, hello! Numbers were never my deal anyway.

ALSO- quitting has led me to consuming WAY healthier foods. I don’t add a brownie up for a nice lunch total and call it a meal. I eat quinoa, tomatoes, and goat cheese for lunch. Then I’m full, and I’ve forgotten about food until my stomach strikes again.

life is just more fun this way..

Once again- it’s ONLY been two weeks. (I started a week before the first.)  I know that things can change, but as of now I’m happy and I like this life. In addition to quitting calorie counting I’ve decided to do a double whammy and combat my fear of lifting weights.

So until August 31st.. no counting, and bringin’ back that strength training! Really.. the worst that can happen is I decide that I “looked better” on my old plan and I revert back to that. What I’m striving for though is releasing myself from all “fears” left over from my old distorted body image days and to fully embrace myself.. and maybe some muscles too. So good.

life in pictures

8 Aug

Hey, all! I’m here to update you on our life as of lately while Jamie works! I figures pictures would tell the best story. ;)

$5 pitchers @ The Boxx

coming home to an Edible Arrangement from Danny after the gym!

Spinach pizza post gym

beach fun

birthday margs

the nachos I had to try @ Lunasea

oops – Menchie’s. Only $3!! 16 Handles, please take notes.

making our own fun in the rain

brunch @ big sam’s

post pool dinner at baja sandbridge

pretty view over the bay

matching our cups

fun at the pool

cake batter!


bed head.. and candle blowing


4 Aug

happy happy







xoxo court

what we ate wednesday

3 Aug

Hey ya’ll! guess what?! This week it’s a super awesome what WE ate Wednesday since Courtney is visiting Jamie in Virginia Beach!

Our breakfasts were eaten separately- Court’s in an airport/on the plane:

And Jamie’s at home in VA Beach:

Finally.. TOGETHER FOR LUNCH! Grilled chicken with pesto and cheese for this beach girl and a grilled veggie wrap for the city chick. We were offered sides of fries, chips, and onion rings. Since all were def unhealthy we both shouted for onion rings! They made Court feel weird. BAHA.

After attempting a beach tan for an hour and watching some Sex & The City, we were starving. Salad for Court and a Shroom Pepper & Goat Cheese wrap for Jamie. We shared sides of cucumber salad and broccoli like little old ladies.

And to prove that we aren’t actually old ladies: vodka & diet and a vodka & seltzer.

We’re currently hanging out watching the Jersey Shore flashbacks and stalking blogs… trying to make the tough decision between wine at home tonight or wild dancing at the bars. Please vote for the latter.

edit: wine it is while we wait for the rain to subside so we can dance wildly.

hip hop and ya don’t stop

1 Aug

Happy Monday- and August! It actually is an incredibly happy Monday over here. I’m racing around like a nut- writing, editing, and cleaning (aka washing nine pounds of smelly UPS clothing I’ve found hidden in random spots around our room, thanks D$)..because Court will get here on WEDNESDAY! AH. :D

I am also still riding a wave of excitement from the best concert of my LIFE. On Saturday night I took my little bro to his first concert ever.


I honestly feel bad for him. I have been t0 many concerts and shows, and THIS one was my favorite. How the heck can his first concert ever also be the best one I’ve ever been to? Nothing will compare and he will face a lifetime of musical disappointment.

So.. who’d we see? My new boyfriend.

thas right

Maybe Lil Wayne doesn’t leave bad smelling socks under the bed, and dirty UPS shorts in his drawers…P.S. boy is JACKED.

I didn’t stop moving the entire time. As I’ve mentioned before, I really enjoy dancing wildly in public. Once again, my poor little brother.

After the concert I couldn’t handle listening to anything but Lil Wayne, so I created a new rap infused play list that pumped me through a run yesterday:


It worked amazingly well. If you haven’t downloaded “Power” by Kanye for your workouts you are missing out! Rap and hip-hop is my favorite type of music to workout to, because I just pretend I’m dancing while I’m running and lunging. I also put on this play list pretty loud while following along with this video using some 5 lb dumb bells at home:

Highly recommended for a quick, effective arm workout.

P.S. Today is the first official day of Kick the Habit! If you’re participating feel free to read about my goal to quit counting calories. I am actually PUMPED and ready to knock it off. :)

bff: dynamite beauty essentials

29 Jul

Happy FRIDAY! For this edition of BFF: Best Friends Friday we thought it’d be a nice idea to show y’all our beauty essentials. We have honestly been using the same products together for years and will probably continue to do so until we’re eighty. This used :( to make restocking simple as when we’d run out of mascara and bronzer weekly monthly we could run the errands together.

dynamite duo

Most of our favorite products come from two places: Target and Sephora.

First up from Target: Our Colossal Volume Mascara! Eighty coats and you’re ready to hit the town! This stuff gives you some pretty amazing lashes without getting all clumpy- and it’s super cheap.

maybe it's maybelline

Second necessity: BRONZER. We’re from Jersey, didn’t you know? We have gone through bronzer phases (from wearing way too much to just the right amount, from expensive to cheap) but no matter which phase we’re in- it’s always included in our make-up lineup.

A word of caution: careful with the bronzer, because you could end up looking like this..

it happens to the best of us

Third on our list: Bare Minerals Matte Powder. This stuff is amazing, and it covers EVER-Y-THING.

you are worth the lofty price tag

And as if the combo of bare minerals and bronzer wasn’t enough, we both add in our most favorite blush of all time: Nars Orgasm. Such a pretty shade.


Once we get our faces glowing with all this goodness, we always brush our teeth with this toothpaste. Crest Vivid White provides THE BEST whitening.

like a ghost

gotta glow!

And to wipe off all our glow and revert to our incredibly dull selves, these face wipes are THE BEST. We have both been obsessed with them for awhile now, as we are usually too tired at night to imagine the thought of using water from the sink and combining it with soap. (The horror!)

so fresh and so clean clean

So there ya have it! These are not the only products we use, but they are the products that we obsess over together. Next week’s installment of BFF will be a special one…vlog, anyone!? ;)

bff: flashback friday

22 Jul

This week’s edition of BFF: Best Friends Friday will be a very special blast to the past!! ;) Catch up on what BFF is in our first two posts here and here.

So we’ve said that we’re both from South Jersey, but how exactly did we meet you ask? In high school! At an 11th Grade sleepover to be exact. We went to a gigantic high school so it was likely not to know everyone in your grade. It was a destined friendship when Jamie said, “it’s flu season!” referring to germs (while whipping out some anti-bacterial) and Courtney couldn’t agree more.

first annual christmas card

We sat together at our 12th grade lunch table and began hanging out more and more through out our senior year. We always have fun and make sure to never take ourselves too seriously, which is how we’ve lasted so long as friends.

she was always a weight lifter

We didn’t always take pictures of our food, but we did always take pictures at the lunch table. That’s a start, right? (Although I wish we had some photos of those giant trays of tots the lunch ladies would leave out for us…)

….we liked to play with our food back then, too.

Our school was lucky enough to have a Senior Trip at none other than Disney World and we had a BLAST. While Jamie hates roller coasters, we still got to enjoy the little things in Disney Life, like Moose Juice, dancing, going to the pool, and eating churros.

future food bloggers of america

just working on our fitness

Before heading to separate colleges, we had a ton of fun going to prom, lots of beach trips, graduation parties, and sleep overs together making it a senior year and summer to never forget!

dc dynamites

Who knew how many years later, miles apart, we’d still be going strong and starting this adventure together! :)

foreshadowing cupcake dynamite

(And with better hair…too.)

Random secret Jamie edit: Looking at these pictures and stalking our past made me realize that some of the best times I’ve ever really had were with Courtney! I cannot WAIT to see my best friend in.. LESS than two weeks to take on the city of Virginia Beach. :)

WIAW: Lots and lots of azucar.

20 Jul

Hey y’all! Welcome to another installment of WIAW.

To be honest: Today was the day of dessert. I’m not proud of it, but I am currently under a bit of life stress and… it happens. So please enjoy my dessert filed day. And please understand what happens when you’re an emotional nut and you can’t help eating chocolate for nine meals. Ish.

8 AM: Woke up and grabbed some coffee and water. Drank it black, hardcore. This was when my first sweet kick set in: Whole wheat toast with PB & Choc Chips.

choccy chips

11 AM: SALAD. Leftover from Danny’s parents.. lots of corn& tomatoes MM. I cooked an egg to throw on top for protein. Tarrah said GROSS I said YUM.

fresh VEGGIES.

1 PM: Hungry again as per usual. I finished off a bit of mac& cheese also leftover from D$s parents house. We are moochers. This is why we are there every single day…

cheesy goodness

3PM: Rushing through some writing to try and finish up so I can hit the beach with Tarrah! Check out my new suits.. I didn’t eat them, I wore them.


And obviously post beach say 5PM- We stopped for froyo. Lots of fruit for me. I like to work it in that way.. ;)

FRO, yo!

5PM I thought a perfect pre-gym snack would be a brownie. Obviously perfect fuel.


5:30 PM- 3 miles of HIIT ( I WAS SWEATY. It wasn’t pretty.)+ 5 minutes of cool down on the bike.

8PM Til now- eating two slices of pizza (known as ‘ZA aroud these parts) while drinking some pinot. This is how I deal with stress- wine, and sugar.

Better eats to come tomorrow, right? :)

shrimpy special

19 Jul

Hey y’all! This past weekend was a rough one for me. I left Arizona midnight Friday (after spending a good time at the airport bar making friends with old men) and got back to sweet Virginia at 10AM Saturday then went to a wedding Saturday night. Basically I was STRUGGLING hard to keep my eyes open.

just let me take a nap on your shoulder?

Danny and I slept at his parents house Saturday night (we keep DOING that..) and didn’t rest much Sunday (not including the fact that we slept in until 2pm) basically I was almost READY to get back into workout and work mode when Monday finally came around.

I did an easy 3 miles of HIIT on the treadmill yesterday and it felt GOOD, but I really couldn’t focus on work. Luckily- someone saved the day!

THIS girl came back to see me!

Apparently I didn’t scare her enough on her last visit, so Tarrah came back for a week of fun! She’ll be hanging til Friday and even though I have to work I am super pumped to have her here. The boys were too, so we all decided to go to LunaSea last night for some food.

I got a pound of shrimp because they were listed on the back of the menu as the Monday night special (yeah, I’m cheap) for 10.99. The waitress brought the tab out and they were listed on the check at 14.99! (Poor Danny.) We told her that they were listed as the special and she simply said- “Oh, those menus are old.”

say WHAT?

Oomph. I definitely thought we should have argued for the price- it wasn’t OUR fault the menus were old! I guess neither me or Danny were in the mood to haggle for 4 dollars- so the only fight we put up was when we were walking out and D$ shouted “Get those menus changed, GIRL!”

I totally regret not saying much about it. STUPID! Would you have fought for the price? I think usually I would have- I know it wasn’t the waitress’ fault but I should have asked to speak to a manager. I guess the four of us were busy having a good time and we didn’t feel like hanging around. Still. LAME.

bff: why to date a danny

15 Jul

HAPPY FRIDAY! Welcome to our second installment of BFF= Best Friends Friday! If ya’ll missed it last week, BFF is when we combine our forces and post together on the same topic! Because, like we said week.. we wanted to write this blog together.

partyin' partyin' YEAH

Maybe you haven’t noticed, maybe you have, or maybe you thought we shared a boyfriend…(we do not) us girls here at Cupcake Dynamite both date Dannys. Originally a Daniel for each, they are both known by friends and family as Danny.. or as we like to say: D or D$.

Courtney's DJ D$

jamie's fisherman D$

And they’re both perfect. GAG. Kidding, they aren’t perfect but they make us perfectly happy, for some of the following reasons. And I present:

Why To Date A Danny:

1. Dannys will bring you water in the middle of the night. Whether you’ve worked out too hard, or you’ve had one too many cocktails at night, everyone has had the experience of waking up at 3 AM with a mouth as dry as the.. Arizona desert. It doesn’t matter if your Danny is passed out completely and you have been awake staring at the wall thinking about juice boxes for the past hour, D$s will be happy to wake up, jump out of bed, grab you a glass of water (ice for me) and allow you to drink 1 sip before falling back to sleep. Even if they don’t pop out of bed and fill your glass immediately… you will always be able to convince them to do it.

"not pushing him down because he appropriately filled my glass"

2. Dannys like blogs. Or they at least pretend to. Even though they out us (Like asking how Jamie’s 3AM cheesesteak in Philly is real healthy living..) They deal with our desire to snap photos of every meal and even make plans to create their own blog to combat against us in becoming successful fitness/food/fun bloggers. These days Dannys get jealous when we snap pictures of our own meals and not theirs. “Why isn’t MY meal blogworthy??” Danny Dynamites? Cheesesteaks, bacon, and beer?

danny dynamite, professional cheesesteak blogger

danny dynamite, professional beer blogger

3. Dannys grow accustomed to healthy living. Jamie’s D$ recently ordered a VEGGIE GYRO at lunch, at Courtney’s D$ is running with her through the streets of NYC. Who are these healthy living inspired men? Not the boys we first started dating. What’s next Dannys, yoga on the beach? Would you like your UPS lunch to be packed with temph? We’ll oblige.

...but after we scarf down this mac&cheese.. of course..

4. The side kicks. Dannys have incredible sidekicks. They will take you under their wing and allow you to be their great friend as well, making for one big happy family..aka the “my boyfriend’s boyfriend” syndrome. But that’s alright. We like that our Dannys have some pretty solid BFFS (because after all, so do we.. ;)) even if sometimes we question who is actually dating our D dollar signs. Their sidekicks are super fun to hang out with and it has been so gracious of them to allow us to steal their boyfriends away.


Sometimes Danny’s BFF even lets Courtney and her friends borrow his glasses for pictures. (They’ve definitely been seen on the bloggie before…)

it's fun having someone's glasses to steal ;)


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