Two Years

Thank you guys so much for your supportive comments on my earlier post. It was a hard and totally awkward post for me to write because I never felt like I would have to publish something like that, but I’m glad it’s out there for everyone to see.

My sweaty palms have dried and my rapidly beating heart has returned to normal. And your support, as always, means the world. I’m pretty sure you guys have no idea how much your comments mean to me and affect me. You’re amazing.

And now we can move on. Hopefully for good!


Lunch today was a revamped version of last night’s dinner.

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A salmon salad wrap!

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To make the salmon salad, I combined:

  • 3 oz. of salmon
  • 2 tbsp. light Miracle Whip (don’t hate on the Whip!)
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 2 tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Served with a cold, crisp apple and Greek yogurt sweetened with honey (that I clearly couldn’t wait to eat).

Now I think it’s time to discuss the big PBF milestone that’s happening today!

Two Years

As many of you guessed earlier, today is the two-year anniversary of Peanut Butter Fingers!

Julie Fagan Peanut Butter Fingers

It’s so crazy to think that I’ve been posting on this blog for two years… almost three times every day. Goodness!

I thought it might be fun to use my two year anniversary as a theme for looking back over some of my favorite past blog posts. Let’s do this!

PBF Top Twos

Two posts I’m most proud of:

  1. When the Money Isn’t Worth It
  2. The Comparison Trap

Runner Up: Because of You

Two favorite Sadie posts:

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  1. Sadie Turns Three (Totally corny poem about Sadie) 
  2. Life Lessons from Sadie

Runner up: Everything About Her

Two posts that were the most fun to write:

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  1. Wedding Recap: The Ceremony
  2. Wedding Recap: Behind the Door

Runner Up: My workout posts! I love blogging about new treadmill, strength training and circuit-style workouts.

Two favorite Ryan-related posts:

  1. Ryan’s First Guest Post
  2. Our Date Night Tradition

Runner up: Swamp Beast

Two favorite peanut butter recipes:

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  1. Peanut Butter Protein Bars
  2. Peanut Butter Granola

Runner up: Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Two posts I feel best reflect my personality:

  1. Weird Things I Do While Running
  2. Ass Grass (My favorite BodyPump instructor referred to this post as “Butt Blades” the other day and I just about died laughing)

Runner Up: Weird Things I Do Daily

Thank You

On this special day, I feel like I owe all of you a heartfelt and very sincere thank you for making Peanut Butter Fingers a part of your day and stopping by to read and make my life a part of your life.

As hokey as it sounds, I feel like we have our own little pod of a place on the internet where we can communicate, laugh, smile, share stories and ideas. Blogging everyday and interacting with you guys brings me more joy than I can possibly describe.

Thank you.


  1. Tracy @ Tracy's Treats says

    I know I’m just propagating the hokey-ness but reading your blog truly brightens my day! Your positivity is contagious and you are doing a wonderful thing by sharing your life with readers! Happy Birthday Peanut Butter Fingers!


  2. says

    I feel like you are a friend that I chat with daily. I find myself “checking” on you in the mornings. I also find myself concerned with how things are going for you in our new life adventure of marriage and work . Blogging is a window into one’s life, but your blog is like a french door. Thank you for opening your world up to us! Happy 2 years!


  3. says

    YAY Happy birthday PBF! I can’t imagine making it through the workday without reading your blog + the comments you think up for Sadie (literally, I die laughing in my little cubicle). Time to go celebrate with some wine 😉 hahaha!


  4. says

    No thank you!! I love reading your blog everyday! Not only do you get me super motivated to get my booty to the gym, but you have such a funny way with words. I always crack up when you post pictures of Sadie with a funny comment. Congrats on the anniversary!


  5. says

    Haha I really DO hate on the Whip though!! I think my mom bought it once and we didn’t know it would taste different than regular mayo, and we all spat out whatever we had put it on. Never again!! 🙂

    I love your wedding posts, think maybe I should go back and post about mine. So fun to reminisce over those pictures!


  6. Amanda says

    Happy 2 years! I wish you many more. Yours was the first blog I EVER came across and it my absolute favorite. I hope you blog forever! (if you want to of course). You will always have a reader in me! 🙂
    And my husband thanks you as well. I try so many of your recipes and he is greatful I don’t just cook spaghetti anymore. 🙂


  7. says

    Julie, you’re awesome. by putting yourself out there you open yourself up to criticism, and that’s a tough thing, but you do it with grace. I have confidence that you know what you need as far as food goes. It’s obvious how important healty living is to you and not eating enough just doesn’t fit your lifestyle, thanks for always sharing!


  8. says

    Congratulations on 2 years, Julie! And thank YOU for being such an inspiration to me. I love your humor, your outlook on life, and your positive attitude. You remind me a lot of myself so it’s fun to read along on your blog. I’ve always wanted to start some sort of “healthy living blog”, but never knew it’d be something people would want to read until I found your’s and realized it is possible! So thank you for inspiring me! Congrats again!


  9. says

    Congrats, Julie! I loved this recap 🙂 You’re wedding posts make me well up with tears and your Sadie posts make me smile ear to ear. I made that pb granola during Hurricane Irene – couldn’t have been more perfect! You’re blog is truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing so much of your life and yourself with the world!


  10. Mallory @ It's Only Life says

    Thanks to you, Julie, I started my own blog and feel lucky to be part of this great little community! In all honesty, your blog was the first I became “addicted” to following and really wouldn’t have started one if it weren’t for you. So happy 2 years! Hopefully many more to come 😀


  11. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled says

    Happy Birthday, PB Blog!

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. You’re awesome!


  12. Bianca @A Healthy Gourmet Lifestyle says

    My day isn’t the same without reading your blog. Seriously. I just happened to find your blog one day and now I have something to look forward to three times a day. Congratulations Julie! We all love you 🙂


  13. says

    Happy 2 years
    to pbfingers! Today is also my daughter’s 2nd birthday 🙂 I’m sure the past two years have been as memorable to you as they have been for us.

    Also, you may recall that this day two years ago was Labor Day. I remember well because I was IN labor ON Labor Day!

    Happy Birthday PBFingers and Macy!!


  14. says

    Happy 2 years to pbfingers! Today is also my daughter’s 2nd birthday 🙂 I’m sure the past two years have been as memorable to you as they have been for us.

    Also, you may recall that this day two years ago was Labor Day. I remember well because I was IN labor ON Labor Day!

    Happy Birthday PBFingers and Macy!!


  15. Sarah says

    Happy second bday PBF!!! Usually i’m not a fan of 2 year old birthdays. But this one rocks. Why? Cuz this kid doesn’t drool on the cake and then regurgitate it on its sister’s new J Crew dress. Um, yeah. That was a little awkward. Not that i was ever in that situation…


  16. says

    Happy birthday bloggie!! You are such an inspiration to so many bloggers out there including me! Alot of people don’t realize how much dedication and time that we take in blog posts and for you to post 3 times a day amazes me. You have a balance between life, relationships and the blog world and jules thats something to be extremely proud of!! lovesxoxo


  17. Yolie @ Practising Wellness says

    I love your blog so much! You truly are an inspiration to me – all of your posts are informative, fun and inspiring on one or many levels, and your honesty, openness and heart-felt messages are soo awesome! 🙂 So delighted to be able to read your blog 3 times a day – I look forward to it each and every time, and always leave with a smile or with some new inspiration 🙂 xyx


  18. Shannon says

    We’re the lucky ones Miss Julie! Thank YOU for your positive attitude, awesome food/workout ideas and for sharing your life (especially Sadie pics!!)! You really are an inspiration to live better 🙂 I’m so glad your blog found it’s way into my daily routine!


  19. says

    Congratulations on two years!! I am so glad I discovered your blog, it always makes me laugh and smile and think, too! I have definitely learned a workout tip or two and am trying to get a better sense of style thanks to you fashion page. Keep up the great work!


  20. Nadine says

    Congrats on 2 years! I’m a newer reader and have enjoyed following your blog. You’ve given me new ideas for food, date nights, activities, and most importantly, a laugh. Having just moved to Tampa, it’s nice to see how happy you are as a Floridian and all the activities you’ve taken advantage of.


  21. says

    Happy 2 Year PBF anniversary Julie!!! Thank you for the inspiration, encouragement and advice I have truly loved following your journey.

    Here’s to the next 20 years! 😉


  22. says

    Happy 2 years! Your blog is great so just continue like that, you do a great job! And I read your previous post, people may not understand the purpose of you blog which is to share about health and what’s around it, it’s not a diet blog! They should read the blog more carefully, I mean, everyone can see the disclaimer on the right! I’m also very snacky so you can’t just make a post about a simple coffee and cookies break. Well, enough typing now, just continue, you rock!


  23. Tabaitha says

    Happy 2 yr blogaversary! While i haven’t been reading from the beginnimg, i can’t wait to go back and read all of your favorites.


  24. says

    Congrats! I hit my one month last week – so now we’re going for 2! And I love the post recap idea – I have a lot of catching up to do since I only started reading mid-july! Also, I love what you said at the end about our little pod on the internet – that’s totally how I feel and I have the hardest time explaining that to people!


  25. says

    Happy Anniversary!! This is such a great post, love it! I haven’t been blogging long but I honestly love it. All the people are so nice and I do feel like I know people because of reading blogs everyday! 🙂


  26. Liz says

    Happy Anniversary, Julie! I love reading your blog daily, as well as several of your ‘colleague’s’. I really feel like I know you all & that you’re friends of mine (in a totally non-creepy kinda way). 🙂


  27. says

    Congrats for your two years! And thank YOU, for blogging everyday and bringing positivity into my life everyday! I hope that didn’t sound creepy, but I must say that you, along with other bloggers, are a great inspiration and gave me the right push towards a healthy and happier life! My awkward little moment is over 😀


  28. Angela says

    you’re the best julie! thanks for everything you do! i truly look forward to reading every single post you write! its become a part of my daily routine!!


  29. Nathan Miller says

    Congrats Kiddo! For those of us form the beginning, its been fun to see all the changes and have a little insight into your truly blessed life! Keep at it and again on a side note, way to make the leap and go all in on this blog!


  30. Therena says

    I Love your blog. I just found it about 3 wks ago and I look forword to the email everyday. (I get it after lunch at work and its a great pick me up) You and your workout tips are great and of course you have to love Sadie.


  31. Gina says

    Happy 2 years!!! Thanks for being so positive, it’s very refreshing and is what drew me in when I first found your blog! Hopefully there will be some celebratory frozen yogurt in your future 🙂


  32. says

    Happy Blogiversary!! SO exciting. You should be extremely proud of how far you’ve come since beginning this little outlet. You’ve got hundreds of loyal followers and you’re doing it as your job now too…awesome!


  33. Sherri says

    Thank you for being such an amazing source of support for all of our healthy living journeys! You were the first blog I began following and gave me permission to love peanut butter more than I thought any 27 year old should.

    Your optimism, sense of humour, and drive are things I think we all strive for.

    Here’s to many more years of you sharing your daily musings, workouts, recipes, and photos!

    Wishing you, Ryan, and Sadie all the best 🙂


  34. says

    No thank YOU Julie! Like you just said, your site provides a place of uplifting joy in my life. I come by every day, multiple times per day, and smile, laugh, and love on Sadie more than you could know! Thank you for bringing such positivity to my life, I <3 PBFINGERS!!!


  35. says

    congratulations julie!! and thank you for all you do for the blogging community. your blog (and sadie!) make me smile every single day and i have found so many workout tips, recipes, and other little tidbits that enrich my life.


  36. teresa says

    You always seem to have healthy foods and items on hand to make quick meals. Do you usually grocery shop with the same list each week and what do you usually pick up when at the store? Healthy foods are usually more expensive when on a college budget. Any suggestions?


  37. Elizabeth says

    Oh my gosh…if PB energy bites are runner up, I must try the other two!! Thanks for sharing such great recipes!! Making cauliflower pizza dough right now 🙂


  38. Alison says

    Happy 2 Year Anniversary, Jules!! You have an amazing blog and never cease to entertain me and put a smile on my face. You have written some wonderful posts over the years and I love the “Top 2” choices you picked! I look forward to reading your blog for however long you have it! 🙂


  39. mkr says

    I love that you and Sadie both sport your tongues in side by side pics 😉 Congrats and cheers to you in all you’ve accomplished. You are a model for hard work, perserverance, and most of all, fun!


  40. Merri says

    Julie I’m so unbelievably proud of you!!! Two years is such a wonderful accomplishment and it amazes me how much passion, dedication, and drive you have to make PB Fingers better and better on even a daily basis!!! Keep going, you have no idea where you will end up!!! xoxoxoxo

    Miss you tons my love!



  41. says

    Ryan’s first guest post was one of my favorites just because it was so adorably sweet! I remember talking to my boyfriend that day and saying, “You won’t believe what this girl’s boyfriend did. Isn’t that the sweetest thing?! Why don’t you ever surprise me with a guest post?” lol!


  42. says

    Your blog is one of my daily must-reads! More than your take on healthy living, I love your optimism and zest for life Julie. And as cheesy as it sounds- your posts really do add a ray of sunshine into my day 😀


  43. says

    Haha that picture of you eating pb, and the one of sadie below it, proves: Owners do become like their dogs! (I think both of you look beautiful though, so don’t feel offended :p)


  44. Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza says

    Happy two years!

    You have an amazing blog and should be so proud of your hard work and dedication! I know I certainly appreciate all you do for us to read and enjoy 🙂


  45. says

    I’m new to PBF but I really really love reading your blog. Yours is the first one I read daily and it’s the one I find myself relating to the most. I’m a new blogger and you really inspire me to blog, workout, and eat healthy! Thanks and keep up the great work. Don’t let those haters getcha down girl!


  46. says

    YAY! Your blog’s anniversary is the same day as my birthday! Such a COOL day!! 🙂 Congrats to you, I LOVE your blog and sincerely look forward to reading it every day. Thanks for sharing your life with us!! 🙂



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