Favorite TV Series

Good morning!  I just got back from the gym and am enjoying a nice warm cup of coffee.  This day is definitely starting on the right track!  Who else is getting excited for the weekend?  It is our last official weekend in Dallas so I am ready to soak it all up!  My momma comes on Sunday so I am excited for that too! 

Today I thought I would share a list of my favorite TV series that I have watched and/or am watching currently in case you need some ideas!  These are in no particular order. Share your favorites in the comments with me! 

  1. Revenge.  
  2. Scandal.
  3. How to Get Away With Murder.
  4. The Catch.
  5. Notorious.
  6. Too Close to Home.
  7. Conviction. 
  8. Secrets and Lies.
  9. Shameless.
  10. Blood and Oil.
  11. House of Cards.
  12. Homeland. 
  13. Quantico.
  14. Prison Break.  
  15. Dirty Sexy Money. 
  16. Designated Survivor. 
  17. Motive.
  18. This is Us. 
  19. Breaking Bad.
  20. Nashville.  

Whoa, that was a lot of shows!  Some of these I was persuaded to watch by my husband, but ended up liking them.  I did not think I would like Prison Break or Breaking bad, but those are probably two of my top 5!  

Questions:

  1. What was the best series you ever watched?
  2. What show are you currently watching? 
  3. Are you currently reading a book?

Weekend Recap 1.17.17…Games and Brunch!

Good morning!!  I hope your day is off to a good start!  The weeks I don’t post on Monday have me all confused… I keep thinking today is Monday.  I hope you guys all had a nice long weekend (if you had off work yesterday).  I’m not working at the moment during our move, so the last few weeks have felt very “off” to me.  It somehow still feels like the weekend when Friday rolls around so that must mean I have been keeping busy! 

Last week was full of errands and little tasks that needed to be done before our move and this week will be spent packing up my clothes for Nashville.  My mom is headed here next Sunday and then we will make the drive to Nashville next week.  Once our house sells, we will come back to Dallas when the movers come and say our final goodbyes. 😦 

Last Thursday we received our Hello Fresh box at our doorstep.  This isn’t a service I would typically use, but my dad, who uses it often, sent us a free box.  We have been making our way through the meals and so far, they have been pretty good! 

My mom got me a giftcard to Sephora for Christmas and I have been meaning to use it ever since.  I was in need of some new makeup, but the thought of braving the crowds at the mall was just not appealing to me at all.  I finally just decided I was going to order some new products online.  Along with new bronzer, a few bottles of mascara, and eyeshadow, I got a few new nail polishes that were on big time sale.  

My husband told me I forgot to paint one nail blue and he said it looks weird like this.  I told him all the cool kids are doing it.  He said I look like a 5 year old girl with her nails each painted a different color. 🙂 

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In my spare time last week, I also managed to highlight my hair.  I don’t do anything drastic, but a nice touch up just makes me feel rejuvenated.  I have been dyeing my hair myself for a few years now and I don’t think I will ever get it colored professionally again.  The highlight kit I buy at CVS was on sale for $6 (usually $12).  I think that is the cheapest I have ever highlighted my hair.  I also don’t miss sitting at the salon for hours and hours.  🙂

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Friday and Saturday night were pretty uneventful.  We watched a lot of Nashville on Hulu and played a few games of Boggle (our current favorite game).  

Sunday morning we went to brunch with my sister and a few friends.  My sister suggested Taverna and it was a huge hit.  It was really crowded so we were thankful we had reservations.  

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Okay, I know I am in the minority here, but I almost always order lunch at brunch.  I feel like everyone else orders some sort of egg dish, but I rarely do.  

Love these girls!

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After brunch we headed to my sister’s house to hang out.  We spent the afternoon playing games and watching the Cowboys game.  By the time we got home, cooking was out of the question so we picked up some Thai food and called it a night! 

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The weekend always goes by way too fast, but I’m so glad we got to spend it with our friends who we will miss so dearly when we move!  I hope you all have an amazing week!!! 

Questions:

  1. Breakfast or lunch food when out to brunch?
  2. Tell me the highlight of your weekend.  
  3. Do you color your hair? 

Girls Night Celebrations

Good morning!!  I just got back from an early morning at the gym and I am wiped!!  With the weather being so warm, I haven’t been able to sleep as well as I usually do.  I love it really cold when I sleep because I naturally just get super hot at night.  Well, with the temperatures in the high 70s the past two days, it has made for some toasty temps at night.  I could turn the air conditioner on, but something just feels wrong about doing that in January!!!  

Anyways… I have been really good at preparing food ahead of time this week to have throughout the day, which makes me super happy!  I hope to keep this routine going… but it definitely helps to have quite a bit of spare time right now.  One of the dishes I made this week was a big quinoa salad to have for lunch or dinner.  Sometimes I eat it plain, but if I am extra hungry, I add salmon on top. 

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Last night I got to have dinner with two of my favorite girls, my sister and our friend, Shelby.  We got to celebrate Shelby’s birthday and just have lots of girl talk.  We went to Eureka, which you have heard me mention on here before.   It is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Dallas! 

We started with the crispy brussels sprouts!  Sooo good!

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I got the pan seared salmon for my entree and it was delicious!

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We had so much fun just chatting and catching up.  These two girls are both in law school right now.  They are both so brilliant and I want to be just like them when I grow up. 😉

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Soaking up the last couple weeks in Dallas with the ones I love the most! Have a great day ya’ll!  I am off to get a massage and then head to the bank with my neighbor to transfer over my duties of HOA Treasurer. 🙂  Then my sweet hubby comes back in town tonight (he has been in Nashville all week)!!  

Questions:

  1. Do you have any siblings? If so, how many?
  2. Are you close to your siblings?  How often do you see/talk to them?
  3. Did you do any meal prepping this week?

Wordy Wednesday

Hi friends!!  Happy Wednesday!  The half way point!  I hope you are having a great week so far!  I don’t have much going on right now (I quit my job in Dallas for our move to Nashville) so I am just doing stuff around the house and making last minute doctors appointments, etc.  Trying to get it all in before we move! 

My mind is a little chaotic this morning so that is just what this post is going to be.  I have lots of things to say, in no particular order so here we go. 

  1. I am going to dinner with girlfriends tonight and I am super excited!! We are going to one of my favorite restaurants in Dallas so I can’t wait!
  2. If I could do anything (money not an issue), I would open a dog shelter… attached to my house.  I just love all dogs.  Yesterday we went to the dog park and we got to play with the sweetest pups.  My dogs think I take them to the dog park for their amusement… well, it is also for mine.  My little doggie Riley is sleeping on my lap as I type this and I could just cry thinking about how sweet he is.  Dogs just want to be loved (and fed!) and their love is so unconditional.  I could go on and on and on…How funny is picture of Riley and Cora at my feet while I was cooking lunch yesterday?

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3. Remember when I told you I was in Nashville a few weeks ago getting ready for our move?  Well I had two job interviews while I was there.  I actually got an offer from both of the different companies, but ultimately settled on one last week!  I am really excited for this new job as it will take me out of my comfort zone doing something completely different than health coaching.  While I love health coaching, I just couldn’t turn down this new opportunity!  

4. Sober January is… well, sober. 🙂 The first week on my challenge with eating new foods, doing new workouts and giving up drinking was hard.  But, it gets better.  Change is so good for us and I love seeing my body adapt to new things.  Stepping outside of our normal routine is good.  It is nice to change it up and challenge ourselves.  I think willpower is such an important quality to test.  (No I will not eat all the chocolate this week!)… Did I mention I did not do so hot on my challenge over the weekend?  But, hey, I am human.  I mess up.  I love the mindset that tomorrow is a new day.  Tomorrow is always a fresh start to tackle your goals.  So I just move on and get back on track!

5. I am working on a post to share some of the recent books I have read.  I hope you guys will share some good ones with me!

6. You know how I told you it snowed a little bit in Dallas last weekend?  Well guest what?  Yesterday it was 79 degrees!  79 in January!  I was legitimately hot on my walk with the dogs in workout leggings.  This  weather is something else!

Okay, that is enough rambling for today.  I will see you all tomorrow!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  I’ll leave you with this sweet picture of the pups… because I know I haven’t shown you enough pictures of them lately… 😉

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Questions:

  1. Tell me something random that is on your mind today!
  2. Do you like your current job?
  3. If you went to college, what was your major?

Weekend Recap 1.10.17…Rest, Games, Snow, & Girls Night

Good morning!!  How are you guys doing today?  I am a little tired from staying up a little too late and an early morning wake up call.  I see a nap in my future today. 😉 

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  Ours was so low-key, which was amazing!  We ended up having a lot of showings at our house this weekend so we were constantly cleaning/organizing and running around like crazy trying to get three pups out of the house on time.  We are watching this sweet girl, Cora, this week.  

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Have I told you guys I love playing games?  Well, I do.  Friday night my sister and her boyfriend came over for a few rounds of Taboo and some hot cocoa.  We can’t help but laugh during this game.. it is so fun! 

Even Riley likes it… 😉

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It snowed in Dallas, ya’ll.  This is big news. 🙂

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So we did a lot of lounging.  My husband and I recently started watching the show Nashville.  We are starting from season one and really love it!  The timing is very appropriate since we are moving there soon… 🙂

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We did make it out of the house for a bit on Saturday afternoon (okay, we had to be out because of showings) and took a little stroll to Starbucks with the pups.  It was chilly, but our hot drinks warmed us right up! 

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Saturday night the boys were celebrating a friend’s birthday with a boys night so my sister and I had an impromptu girls night.   

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My sister got me hooked on the show, Motive, on USA.  They tell you who the victim and the killer are at the beginning of the show and then piece it all together.  It is pretty good!  

Sunday was spent getting ready for an open house, shopping at Central Market and playing more games.  My husband and I have recently been playing Boggle.  My husband always beats me in words with friends so we were thinking he would be the winner of this game too… nope.  I won… a few games!  We played last night while eating dinner.  We grilled up some salmon, steamed some broccoli and sauteed some mushrooms! yum! 

Then it was lots of play time with the pups while watching the football game before bed.  Cora, my hand is not a toy! 😉 

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I am off to do some stretching after a morning Body Pump class and a workout yesterday that included 110 burpees… Yeah, I am just a little bit sore! 

Have a great day everyone!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. Did you get any snow where you are?
  3.  What did you have for breakfast today?

Friday Favorites… Doggie Addition

Hey friends!  It’s always a good feeling when Friday rolls around!  We are spending the day indoors because it is FREEZING here in Dallas!  No snow, but 24 degrees is just too cold for this girl.  

We don’t have many plans this weekend, which I am perfectly okay with!  I am hoping to convince my husband that we need another movie date soon!  We went with my sister and her boyfriend last week to see Office Christmas Party and it was pretty good!  I just love every movie with Jennifer Aniston in it.  

Today’s Friday Favorites is all about the little fur babies in my life.  Ok, a lot of posts have an overwhelming number of pictures of my doggies, but what can I say, I love them!

Did I show you guys this picture already?  Well if so, it is just too cute not to show you again.  Little butterball sleeping with his tongue out.  We went to the dog park that day and he finally got tired after hours of running and fetch. 

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We have been in the car A LOT this week with showings for our house… sometimes we go to the park, but sometimes (when it is FREEZING) we stay in the car.  

This is how Riley feels about me taking his picture… 

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Then he sticks his tongue out at me… 

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Then his sister decides to stick her tongue out too… 

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Finally a decent one.. even though they look SO bored. 🙂

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And a view of downtown Dallas from one of our favorite parks, White Rock, where we take the dogs on walks.  

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Time to go tackle my to-do list!  Have a great weekend!! Stay Warm!

Questions:

  1. What are your plans this weekend?
  2. Have you seen any good movies lately?
  3. Do you have any pets?

I’m So Sore and I Love A Good Challenge

Hi ya’ll!  How is your morning going?  I just got back from an early morning Body Pump class so I am starting my day off feeling great!  I’m sure I will crash by the time the afternoon rolls around as I was tossing and turning all night!  I hate that.  Oh well… probably means I am due for a good night of sleep tonight… let’s hope.  

I have been meaning to fill you guys in on a little challenge I am doing for the month of January.  My best friend Rachael and I decided to do Ashy Bines’ 28 Day Challenge for the month of January.  (PS. This post is not sponsored, just sharing my opinions freely.)  We were both lacking a little motivation and needed an extra push.  The challenge is all about women motivating each other to make nutrition and exercise a top priority to help us all feel a little better inside and out.  This is in no way a diet.  I have actually been eating more food than I usually do while eliminating alcohol and sugar.  The other big change is an increase in my water consumption.  It is quite amazing how much better you can feel when you are properly hydrated.  

I thought it would be fun to show you guys a few of the meals I have been enjoying regularly.  I always love seeing other peoples’ meals and getting new ideas.  

The other big thing this challenge is helping me with is meal prepping.  I had definitely gotten out of the habit and it was time for a change.  Life has been a lot less hectic around meal times this week having already prepared my food ahead of time.  

For example, these overnight oats were consumed this morning after the gym.  

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Yesterday, I had chia seed pudding for breakfast!

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A delicious quinoa and chickpea salad for lunch!  Yesterday I made a broccoli and tofu stirfry, but forgot to take a picture!  It was my favorite meal so far.

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Last night I had grilled swordfish with veggies for dinner.

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I am really loving the challenge so far especially because I tend to get in a food rut and make the same meals over and over again.  I am mostly sticking to the vegan meal plan, but incorporating some fish a couple times per week and that seems to be a good plan for me.  

But oh my goodness, you guys, I am so sore.  I am still doing some Body Pump classes and running each week while incorporating the set workout from the challenge each week.  Yesterday’s workout made my legs so sore… they were shaking in the lunge track during Body Pump this morning.  Ouch!  I am really trying to be proactive with my stretching during this challenge as I am doing incorporating more activity in my daily routine.  This is always a hard habit for me to stick to.  I will update you guys along the way during this challenge and share more meals if you want.  

I am off to get ready for the day!  I have some shopping to do!  Have an amazing Thursday friends! 

Questions:

  1. What did you eat for breakfast today?
  2. Favorite pre-workout or post-workout snack?
  3. How cold is it where you are?  It is in the 30s in Dallas.