My Favorite Green Smoothie

I mentioned this in a previous blog post, but I am totally obsessed with this pineapple pear green smoothie.


I used to always think that smoothies HAD to have protein in them, because I when I drank them it would always be for meal replacement. However, I’m really, really loving just drinking these green smoothies as a snack or as a side with my breakfast or lunch. Vegetables are not exactly my favorite thing, so I love that green smoothies are packed full of nutrients and still taste like a treat.


Here’s what goes into this smoothie you see pictured:

  • 5 or 6 ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 pear (sliced with the core removed)
  • large handful of fresh spinach/kale (your preference)
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice


Any recommendations for other green smoothie recipes? I’m thinking I need to expand my horizons, considering this is pretty much the only one I’ve been drinking for the last year!

Urban Face Lift

So, if you couldn’t already tell, I gave the bloggy a bit of a face lift tonight. Always nice to change things up a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ I also spent some time updating my “About” page, so be sure to click on the little link above and check it out!

This past weekend was fantastic. I had Friday, Saturday and Sunday off and I definitely feel like I took advantage of every moment. On Friday morning I got my first facial, which was uh-maz-ing and well worth the $$. I would love to go back every month and be pampered like that, but my wallet says every 3 or 4 months is probably more realistic. Ha.

On Saturday I had some friends from high school in town and we spent most of the day being tourists in our own hometown. We ate lunch downtown, browsed the shops, and grabbed a treat at a very well known local ice cream joint. We had to split up around 6 as they had other engagements to attend to, so after that I met some coworkers downtown at Little Fleet for some brewskies. Little Fleet is the coolest place – it’s a bar that’s open to the outside, and parked right in the parking lot are 5 or 6 little food trucks that serve some pretty darn good food that you can enjoy with your drinks. It’s such a cool place to bring friends and just have a low key night on a nice evening.

Sunday I met a friend at Pyramid Point, which is a tourist gold mine and I am embarrassed to say that I have lived here almost my entire life and have never been there…until now! It’s this awesome hiking area that leads you up to the top of a sand dune and THE most incredible view of Lake Michigan that I have ever seen (see my new header photo above…).

I didn’t take many pictures this weekend but I did do a some vlogging! I’ll insert the video below, or you may click hereย to watch it on YouTube. In the vlog you will see scenes from downtown Traverse City, as well as lots of beautiful scenery [and my rambling] at Pyramid Point.


Back in TC for Good [Explaining My Move]


Is anyone still out there? How is everyone? If you don’t follow me on social media (Twitter/Instagram – kristaberg27; FB – Healthy Berg) or haven’t checked in on the blog lately (don’t blame you if you haven’t – there hasn’t been much to see!) then you may or may not know that I recently moved back to Traverse City! Yes, I know – I didn’t last long in Grand Rapids. But what can I say? It wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE GR and I loved living in city and am still fascinated with city living (like, REAL city living; Chicago, NYC, etc). I really admire people who can just drop everything and move to places like that and really make it work – but I just can’t do it.

To be honest, I really don’t feel like I embraced everything Grand Rapids has to offer during my time there. Though it wasn’t my first time living there (I was there for 2 years when I was in college), I still feel like there was SO much to do/see that I didn’t take advantage of. Part of that was my lack of a solid social group, and part of that was because my mind was already focused on getting back up north and therefore all efforts to really get to know the city kind of became non-existent.

The final thing that drove me back up north was the whole house thing. For some reason, shortly after I moved into my very awesome – but very EXPENSIVE – downtown apartment, I suddenly got tired of paying so much for rent with nothing to show for it. I did the math and calculated that by the time my lease would be up, I would have spent close to $40,000 in rent over a three year time period. That is INSANE! If I had spent all that on a house and decided to sell, even if I just broke even – heck, even if LOST $10K – that would be better than throwing all that money away on rent.

Alas, the timing and my financial situation had just not been right yet for me to buy a home…until NOW. I just could not see myself in GR long term, not with my family and friends being so far away. The decision was a no brainer for me, and my time in Grand Rapids did exactly what I wanted it to: it gave me clarity and helped me get my priorities straight and decide where in the heck I am supposed to be. Ultimately, I can’t move around all over the place and change all these different things in my life trying to find happiness and self security – the answer is never that complicated.

So, here I am, back in my hometown, and content with it. I’m happy to be back at my old pharmacy (for those that are wondering – the girl who took my place just recently moved to Wisconsin so I was able to get my old job back; talk about being meant to be!) and I’m happy to be surrounded by familiar faces again. I’m currently living with my parents, which is going better than expected given the circumstances. It’s always hard being back at home after living on your own for 3 years, but the whole no rent thing is quite an incentive to keep my mouth shut about the inconvenience of giving up my own space and sharing a tiny bedroom with my cat.

As to be expected with a new build, there have been some minor set backs and delays and my house, which was originally supposed to be done by now, is not going to be done until the 3rd or 4th week of August. It won’t be too much longer now though! The whole process has been more stressful and frustrating than I ever thought it would be, but I know it will be worth it in the end.


me on the back deck of my house!

For those of you that don’t follow me on YouTube (username = UrbanImpulse), I have uploaded quite a few apartment/moving related videos over the last couple months, including an apartment tour of my downtown Grand Rapids apartment, a moving day vlog, and a tour of my parents’ place where I’m staying. Here’s a link to my channel where you can check them all out:

I know I’ve said this a hundred times, but THANK YOU to everyone that still stops by over here every so often and continues to support me and follow along with everything that’s happened in my life over the past 5+ years. It really means so, so much to me. I can’t make any promises as to how often I’ll be posting, whether it be on my blog or my YouTube channel, but I hope that you’ll continue to stick around!


April Updates [VLOG]

Hi guys! Here are some updates for the month of April ๐Ÿ™‚

It was such a busy month! My best friend had her baby, two of my best friends go married, major progress was made on my house, and I move back up north in less than 2 months!

Scenes from My Punta Cana Vacation

Hi guys! I must say I am not looking forward to going back to work today after a glorious 9 days off. I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with some of my college friends and had an absolutely amazing time. Here is a little video of my trip that I put together. Hope you like it!


Bar Louie

Hi guys! I posted this video to YouTube the other night and forgot to share it on the blog! Whoops…my bad. Anyway, it is just a quick house update, followed by some scenes from a night out with some friends last Saturday. We went to a place called Bar Louie over at the Woodland Mall. It was fun!

Hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

My House Hunting Experience

Anyone who knows me knows that I go through these phases where I become obsessed ย with things – and currently that obsession isย vlogs. I actually just made a new YouTube channel – UrbanImpulse – so if you are a YouTuber please subscribe to my channel because right now I have zero subscribers…haha.

Here’s my latest vlog – my house hunting experience! Near the end of it I shared some pictures of the spec home that my house will look like.

Have a great day!

An update via vlog!

Hi guys! Long time no see! I decided last night to do a spur-of-the-moment vlog for ya ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a couple of big announcements! I kind of like the whole idea of video blogging (since I like to talk, ha) so I may try to do more of these in the future. Right now I somehow have two YouTube channels so I’m going to try to condense them and change my username so everything sincs. I hope you all are doing well!

Please feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel! ๐Ÿ™‚

Some pictures from my trips I mentioned in the video:

New York City:

View from the tour bus on the Brooklyn bridge: NYC

View from the dinner cruise:

dinner cruise

Today Show!

today show

Central Park:

central park

9/11 Memorial:

9:11 Memorial

Miami Beach:

View from hour hotel room (we stayed at the Trump International Beach Resort and LOVED it): miami beach view

Me at the beach!

miami beach

My friend Elly and I:

elli and I miami beach

See ya guys later!

Outfit of the Day

Today’s OOTD is a work outfit:



Complete with a pharmacy smock and everything ๐Ÿ˜‰



The black and white top and the black pants are both from Maurice’s, and the rings I’m wearing are from Icing. Please ignore the messy bedroom behind me!

Your turn ๐Ÿ™‚