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Jumping on the Bandwagon: The ABC’s of Me

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For this post I will be jumping on the bandwagon of many other bloggers.  I have seen this survey popping up all over during the past two weeks, and decided to stray away from my usual Sunday recipe post.  So…if you so desire, let’s find out a little bit more about me! 😉

The ABC’s of Me

Attached or Single?

At the moment I am single…and ready to mingle?  Haha, okay I don’t know about that last part.  But I am definitely single and enjoying living an independent life.  It is kind of nice to be able to do what I want to do when I want to do it!

Best Friend?

Wow.  There are way too many great people in my life to choose just one person.  You know who you are!

Cake or Pie?

Cake alllll the way.  My favorite is either funfetti cake or carrot cake.  I mentioned back in March that my co-worker made me birthday vegan carrot cake cupcakes that were absolutely amazing.  I could go for some more of those right about now ;).  I definitely do have a liking for pie though, too, but only if it is pumpkin!

thanksgiving pumpkin pie






Day of Choice?

It seems like a lot of people pick Friday for this one, but I am going to go with Saturday.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Friday for the excitement of the upcoming weekend, but on my Fridays I am still at work.  This is why Saturdays are much better.  I do not have to work and I also do not have Monday glaring at me like I do on Sundays.

Essential item?

I have a ton of “essential items,” I am sure.  But I am going to go with the kitchen/food theme and go with my food processor!

food processor









I am pretty sure that I would be a bit lost without this bad boy!

Favorite color?

That is easy!  Anyone who knows me well knows that I LOVE yellow!!

Gummy bears or worms?

Well, before I became a vegetarian I would probably have to say gummy bears.  But since both contain gelatin, I no longer eat either one.


Good ‘ole Fort Madison, Iowa!  I love my hometown and I love to visit it, but it is a bit small for my taste so I am not sure that I could ever move back for good.


My favorite indulgence is probably either pizza, chips and salsa/guac, or ice cream!  I would also enjoy eating all three in one night ;).

January or July?

That is an easy one.  Since I live in the Midwest I am much more partial to July.  Unless I get a snow day off from work or something ;).


Yes.  I will have kids one way or another in the future.  I used to think that I wanted about 4 children.  But now that I have been learning from others how expensive they are, I am thinking it will be more like 2.

Life Isn’t Complete Without?

A lot of things and a lot of people…but mostly my family:








…and my puppy dogs:

puppy dogs








Marriage date?

In the future…and not the near future! 😉

Number of brothers and sisters?











I have one older brother, Tyler, who just graduated from medical school and started his residency.  We don’t always get a long ;), but I am super proud of his accomplishments!

Oranges or Apples?

This one is SO easy!  Apples for sure!  I eat one nearly every day.  My favorite way to eat them is dipped in peanut butter or almond butter.  I will eat pretty much any variety of apple, too.  I generally do not pick favorites and just buy whatever is on sale.

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Well, the Psychology major in me would say that I do not technically have any phobias ;), but I definitely have a fear of spiders, bugs, snakes, and failure.


I have a ton, but one of my favorites is: “The richest and fullest lives attempt to achieve an inner balance between three realms: work, love, and play.” -Erik Erikson

Reasons to Smile?

I have a lot!: My health, my family, my friends, my job, and of course..my blogging buddies :).

Season of Choice

One thing that I really love about living in the Midwest is that I get to experience all four seasons.  I genuinely love all four of the seasons (though I tend to get tired of Winter fairly quickly), but my absolute favorite season is probably Fall.  The weather and the trees are just so pretty at that time.

Tag 5 People

I am going to tag everyone who reads this (mostly because I do not remember who all has already been tagged by other people)!

Unknown Fact About Me

Growing up, I was very involved in dance and tumbling.  I was on a tumbling team and placed fourth out of 57 tumblers at the National meet in 1998 (I believe).  Wow, that seems like forever ago!  I was beyond excited, but I think that my grandad was even more excited because he kept repeating, “fourth out of 57.”  To this day I still remember how many people I competed against because of him.


This probably comes as no surprise to most of you, but I seem to be a bit obsessed with most vegetables.  It is pretty easy to pick my all-time favorite, though.  I am in love with carrots!  I eat them every single day, usually in the form of baby carrots with hummus.

Worst Habit?

One of my worst habits used to be biting my nails, but I actually gave that up last year and (so far) am holding strong!  Now my worst habit is probably either gum chewing (though I have cut back) or being a perfectionist (this is a really hard one to break for me).

X-ray or Ultrasound?

I have had many x-rays: my nose, my finger, my wrist, my knee, my ankle…maybe more?

Your Favorite Food?

This is a silly question.  I definitely cannot choose one thing.  But…right now I am really loving avocado, sweet potatoes, and kale chips!

kale chips










Zodiac Sign

I am an Aries!  I hardly ever read my horoscope, though.

Your turn!  Tell me some fun facts about you!

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  • Katherine July 7, 2013, 11:42 am
    I'm so glad you finally jumped on the bandwagon! :) Your family is a gorgeous family! You and your brother are so cute! It seems like you guys have an awesome relationship!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine July 7, 2013, 12:01 pm
    I love these surveys!! And I love the photos of you and your family :) I agree with you on the kid thing - they're too expensive to have more than a few!!
  • kimathungryhealthygirl July 7, 2013, 12:12 pm
    I love getting to know more about you, especially since we're going to be spending lots of time together in a couple of months!!!!! ;) Your family pics are so great....that is awesome that your brother just graduated from med school. What an accomplishment! I think we are snack twins.... my favorites are apples, baby carrots, avocados and sweet potatoes too!!
  • Lucie@FitSwissChick July 7, 2013, 12:35 pm
    I love the family pics!! And I also gave up nails biting, though I bit mor the cuticles - so far I stayed strong!! And yessssss CAKE!!!
  • katalysthealth July 7, 2013, 12:49 pm
    mmmm pizza. mmmm chips and guac :) Two of my favs right there! And I love love love the family pics!! I wish my family would have done some of those. Maybe one day we will I guess lol
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 7, 2013, 5:03 pm
      You definitely should. We just recently got them done because it had been FOREVER since our last family pictures.
  • pbandrunningshoes July 7, 2013, 1:55 pm
    Love the family pic!
  • makingthymeforhealth July 7, 2013, 6:13 pm
    I agree, Saturday is the best day! And I couldn't live without my food processor either, I love that thing. You look so pretty in your family pictures too, I love your scarf!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien July 7, 2013, 9:09 pm
    Whenever I get asked what my favorite food is, I don't have an answer! I think people expect me to say hummus :) Love this list! I'm so sad that my food processor just broke--it's one of my fave kitchen tools, too!
  • jessielovestorun July 7, 2013, 10:04 pm
    I'm making a funfetti cake for my birthday on Wednesday.. come on over :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 8, 2013, 6:40 am
      That sounds awesome!! I'd love to! And I am glad to hear that I am not the only person who makes my own birthday cake some years ;).
  • ashley July 8, 2013, 12:32 am
    Loved learning more about you!! I've thought of doing this ABC's of me thing for a while now...I think you inspired me to do it :)
  • Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani) July 8, 2013, 4:17 am
    Your favorite cake are carrot & funfetti? You have good taste, my friend :)
  • Kierston @candyfit July 8, 2013, 7:18 am
    Cake...definitely! :)
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats July 8, 2013, 7:20 am
    I'm an Aries too :) I also prefer cake and apples too! Here though it is warmer in January so I prefer that to July but I do love Saturdays too :) That is so cool about the tumbling team too!
  • Alex@Veggin' Out July 8, 2013, 7:32 am
    You favorite foods... so my favorites too!! And I'm totally with you on the apples. NO day is complete without at least one ;)
  • Anna Smith-James (@AnnaTheApple88) July 8, 2013, 8:12 am
    It's nice to find out more about you. I always love your recipes but it's always nice to know a bit more about the girl behind them :) Lovely comment about your family and puppies!
  • Brittany July 8, 2013, 9:25 am
    AMEN to letter A! HAHA. I hate that so many candies have gelatin in them..so gross. You are awesome, I loved this!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 8, 2013, 9:27 am
      Thank you! And yes, letter A is awesome at this point in my life. And on the gelatin topic...seriously, they sneak that stuff into EVERYTHING nowadays. It is SO annoying.
  • jumpeatrun July 8, 2013, 9:39 am
    Love this! It's cool to learn more about people whose blogs you've been reading :) I love pumpkin pie and fall too!!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health July 8, 2013, 11:01 am
    really enjoyed reading more about you :) I hope to meet with you in person someday.
  • eatgreatbegreat July 8, 2013, 12:11 pm
    I love surveys! It was great finding out more info about you! I love July, my fav color is purple and my zodiac sign is Leo.
  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen July 8, 2013, 12:30 pm
    I'm sometimes an aeries too. My birthday is April 20th so I'm on the cut for either Aries or Taurus, depending on who you ask. I don't check mine either. That's awesome you were a dancer and tumbler. I danced my whole life and cheered too!
  • kathysteger July 8, 2013, 1:33 pm
    I really like this post. What a great way to learn a little about you. :) I am a cake person as well. Lol
  • Jamie H. July 8, 2013, 1:38 pm
    I love reading these surveys! I'll have to do one some time. I'm going to go with my favorite quote: "As long as you can laugh at yourself, you'll never cease to be amused."
  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green July 8, 2013, 1:44 pm
    Haha love that you posted this... I just did too! They are so fun, aren't they? :)
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 8, 2013, 2:47 pm
    lol . . . ready to mingle . . . that was cute. I am married, have two sisters, and LOVE the summer. There is no way I could narrow it down to one favorite veggies. I love so many!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate July 8, 2013, 3:51 pm
    Love the photos! I don't typically go for cake or pie, but cupcakes are another story. And agree with chips and guacamole as my indulgence--paired with a margarita of course!
  • jessiebearwhat July 8, 2013, 6:21 pm
    Are you a fan of chocolate? If so, you need to try tollhouse chocolate chip cookie pie... I'm a cake girl through and through, but I think I like this pie more than any cake I've had. Mmmm.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 8, 2013, 7:35 pm
      I do happen to love chocolate! That pie sounds amazing, especially if it is centered around cookies! Yum!!
      • jessiebearwhat July 8, 2013, 8:58 pm
        It's crazzzzyyy good. All the chocolate chips like melt into the middle and make this ooey-gooey chocolate center with an oreo crust on bottom and a chocolate chip cookie topping. *drool*
  • ahealthyhappyhome July 8, 2013, 8:30 pm
    I'd have to agree with you on the food processor! I don't think I'd survive without mine!

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