January Reset… Who’s Going To Join Me?

Good morning friends!!  I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of 2016!  Where has the time gone?  2016 has been a crazy year for me with many happy moments, quite a few trying times, a few big decisions and changes, and a lot of self discovery.  I would be lying if I said I was sad to see this year end; I am ready for a fresh start and I just know 2017 is going to be a great year!  

So you may remember last year that I did a reset last January.  I gave up alcohol for the entire month of January.  This was quite a challenge as someone who loves to sip on a glass of wine while cooking dinner or toast with champagne for some “exciting” event.  Let’s just say… there is always a reason to celebrate, but that doesn’t mean alcohol always needs to be involved.  Listen, I love a good glass of wine (or two), but after over indulging over the holidays, it is usually time for a much needed reset.  But if alcohol isn’t your thing, that is totally fine too!

I would love for you all to join me in the January Reset where you choose your vice and abstain from it for the whole month.  If you are a coffee addict like me, this could mean switching up your morning cup of joe for a cup of tea or a glass of water.  If you are a chocoholic, this could mean choosing a piece of fruit after dinner to satisfy your sweet craving instead of reaching for that candy.  If you are like my mom and love a sweet treat (for breakfast), this could mean giving up baked goods for the month.  (My mom is giving up her sweets for the month of January.)

But hey, if you have got it covered in the physical health department, maybe giving up something less concrete is where you would benefit the most.  This could be gossiping or being judgmental.  It could be switching a negative comment to a positive one.  This is your reset.  Reset your body or your mind or both!  This is about you and giving up something that is hindering your goals or holding you back from becoming the person you want to be.  Whatever it is you decide to give up, make sure it is something realistic and something you can stick to.  For me, giving up coffee is just not an option right now, but giving up my few glasses of wine per week is something very doable for me…. not easy, but doable.

So who went a little overboard during the holidays?  I am sure most of us did and that is totally okay.  Holidays are the time of the year to relax and enjoy good foods, yummy drinks, and sweet treats with our loved ones without worrying about being extra indulgent.  But now is the time to make a commitment to get back on track!  The January Reset will help you do just that!!  Are you going to join me?!?!  I sure hope so!

Questions:

  1. Are you a resolutions person?
  2. Anything you want to give up or do more of in 2017?
  3. How was your 2016? 

 

 

Christmas in Indiana Part 2

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Good morning!!  I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start!  I just got back from an early class at the gym so I am feeling great!  Exercising will always be my favorite way to start the day.  It just sets me up to make healthier choices throughout the day and puts my mind in a good place.  

So back to where I left off yesterday with my recap of our trip to Indiana.   Sunday morning we opened presents!! My mother-in-law is the best gift giver ever.  

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And then we ate some breakfast!

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A little later, I had an assortment of goodies for lunch!

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And we played a bit of ping pong…my husband has to go easy on me.. he is a lot better than me. 😉

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A few hours later, we gathered in the dining room for Christmas dinner. 

We had a huge delicious meal of steak, swordfish, mashed potatoes, rice stuffing, green bean casserole, cornbread, and a pear and walnut salad.  So delicious!

Christmas cookies!

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My brother-in-law got me the game Taboo for Christmas so we decided to play that night.  We were laughing hysterically and someone, who I won’t name, may or may not have peed his/her pants. 😉 

My mother-in-law’s mom was a huge Cubs fan so my mother-in-law got us all shirts for a picture for her holiday card this year.  I know, dad, I told her it was against all my morals to wear a Cubs shirt.  🙂

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That wraps up our trip to Indiana for Christmas!  We had such a fun and relaxing time with my in-laws over the weekend.   I am sad the holidays are coming to an end, but it is always nice to come home and get back into a routine.  I am soaking up our time at our house now because it won’t be long until we are officially in Nashville!  

Questions:

  1. What is something you cook ever year on Christmas?
  2. Do you open presents or eat first on Christmas morning?
  3. Favorite type of Christmas cookie?

Christmas in Indiana!

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Hi friends!! We are back from a wonderful Christmas in Indiana with my in-laws.  My husband is back to work this week and I am spending the week doing errands and getting ready for our move.  

Let’s back up to last Thursday when we headed to Indianapolis for a long Christmas weekend.  We arrived early afternoon and just hung out until we headed downtown for the Pacers game. 

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A 6 person family selfie. 🙂

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Friday we just hung around the house until early afternoon.  This little one was so happy to be in Indy.  He loves to run and run and run some more in my in-laws yard.  

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Late Friday afternoon we headed to the Murat theater to see Straight No Chaser.  They are an acapella group from Indiana and they are absolutely amazing.  

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They sang a bunch of current songs, fun songs, and Christmas songs.  

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Me, my husband and brother-in-law. 

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Love this guy!

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Afterwards we went to Mimi Blue Meatballs for dinner.  They have the best beans and fried brussel sprouts! so yummy!

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My husband and mother-in-law split this delicious maple pecan cookie. 🙂

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Riley and I on a run.  This little guy was full of energy!

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He got a new toy from my in-laws for Christmas and he wanted to play nonstop. 

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On Christmas Eve we spent the day watching movies and doing a puzzle.  Later we went to dinner at Sangiovese.  

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The food was absolutely amazing!!!  

After dinner we headed to church for the candlelight service.  

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The family on Christmas Eve!!  Love these people! 

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I will finish up my recap of our trip to Indiana tomorrow!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!! 

Questions:

  1. Did you travel for the holidays?
  2. Are you back to work this week or still enjoying vacation?
  3. Favorite meal you ate over the holidays?

Christmas Survey

Hi friends!!  While you read this, we are on our way to Indiana for Christmas with my in-laws!  I will try to pop in while I am away, but I won’t make any promises. 🙂  I hope you all have a very happy and safe holiday weekend.  Enjoy this time with your loved ones and let’s all come back refreshed and ready to take on 2017!

Today I am sharing a fun Christmas survey I saw on Heather’s blog  yesterday.  I always love reading surveys so I hope you enjoy this one and feel free to play along in the comments!   

12 Questions of Christmas:

  1. Eggnog – Yay or Nay? Nope, I have never liked it.
  2. Do you say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? I always write Happy Holidays on our card each year, but I usually say Merry Christmas.
  3. Does your family have any special Christmas Eve traditions? When we were growing up, we would get Chinese takeout with my mom and grandma on Christmas Eve and then go to Midnight mass.
  4. What is your favorite Christmas song? All I want for Christmas is You or Santa Baby.
  5. What is your favorite Christmas memory? Coming home from Midnight mass and all the presents would be under the tree!  My sister and I believed in Santa a lot longer than all of our friends because of this… we later found out that our neighbors would put the presents under our tree while we were at church!  My mom was so sneaky!! 
  6. What is your favorite Christmas movie? I love Elf and all the Santa Claus movies.
  7. What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten? Hmm… probably my american girl doll or my barbie house that had an elevator in it…. or my cash register! 
  8. Do you leave cookies out for Santa? Yes!
  9. Do you believe in Santa? If not, who convinced you that he’s not real? I did for a longggg time 🙂 … I can’t remember how I found out, but I was pretty devastated. 
  10. Do you go caroling? I did a few times with my girl scout troop when I was younger.
  11. Have you ever gotten a kiss under the mistletoe? Umm… I don’t think so!
  12. Who would you most like to encounter under the mistletoe? My hubby.  🙂

 

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite Christmas song?
  2. Favorite Christmas memory?
  3. Any special Christmas Eve traditions?

Date Night and Lots of Snuggles

Hi friends!!  How are you doing?  I am just trying to get through today to make it to our holiday break, which starts tomorrow!  We are headed to Indiana to my in-law’s house for the Christmas weekend and we are getting excited!!  This will be one last restful weekend before the moving craziness starts in early 2017.  

On Sunday night my husband and I ventured out in the cold for our date night!

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 I have been wanting to try R & D Kitchen for awhile now because I have heard such great things!

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And let me tell you… it was even better than we imagined.  

I got the ahi tuna salad and it was so so so good! Definitely glad we gave this place a try before we move!

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Our dog Riley is a pretty cuddly little guy, but often times he likes to go hide by himself under the bed or downstairs on his dog bed.  Well lately, he is all about momma.  He is sitting on my lap as I type this up.  Over the weekend, this is where you could find us 80% of the time.  I just love his little cuddles.  

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My husband loves this too…. Riley has made himself quite comfortable in our bed the last few nights.  He is funny and sleeps on his side like a human.  Such a sweetie!  

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Well that is all I have for today.  I am off to pack for colder weather!! 

Questions:

  1. Are you working this week? 
  2. What are your plans for the holidays?
  3. What are you having for dinner tonight?

Nashville Trip Recap

Good morning!!  How is your week going?  I had all intentions of blogging yesterday, but the day just got away from me so here we are… starting the week on a Tuesday… not unusual around here. 🙂 My husband and I just got back from our annual biometric screenings for money back on our health insurance plan so that was fun. 😉 We did reward ourselves with some Starbucks afterwards so I suppose the blood draw was worth it. 

Yesterday was spent running lots of errands and getting ready for the photographer to come over to take pictures of our house for when it goes on the market.  You should see our closets right now. 😉 The pictures came out great so I am glad to check that off the to-do list.  You would think we would be pros at moving since we have done it so much, but every time it seems like there is so much more to do than the last time. 

Anyway.. let’s back up to last week in Nashville.  I went to Nashville for a couple job interviews and stayed an extra day to hang out with my mom and sister (she was in Nashville for her Christmas break from law school).  My dad picked me up from the airport on Wednesday morning and I headed to my first interview.  After that my dad suggested we go to Mere Bulles for lunch and I never turn down a good meal.  

We both got salads and they were yummy!! 

Wednesday night I met my best friend Rachael and one of her good friends for dinner at Virago.  I forgot to snap any pictures, but the sushi was phenomenal!

 Thursday morning I had another interview and followed that with a workout from Julie over at PBFingers.com.  It was a good one!

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Then we had some champagne while I braided my sister’s hair.  

My sister got this puzzle for my mom for Christmas. We started it, but 1000 pieces is a lot!

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My mom and stepdad made us some fish, rice, and roasted squash for dinner at home. 

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Friday morning my mom treated my sister and I to facials at a local spa.  They were amazing and so relaxing.  And then we spent some time watching Gilmore girls.  My mom is watching from the beginning.  Have you guys seen the new season?  I haven’t watched it yet, but need to get on that!

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My sister and I grabbed a quick lunch from Zoes to eat at home.  Have you guys tried their quinoa salad?  It was really good!

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Friday afternoon we had to pick up bags of donated clothing and toys from a house to take to church.  My mom is in charge of a charity at her church and they collected toys and clothing for 80 families this year.  

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There are going to be some happy kids on Christmas morning!  My sister and I got the job of organizing the toys.  

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Friday evening I flew back to Dallas and we had a quite night in.  I was exhausted.  I don’t have any pictures to show for this past weekend because it was spent cleaning and napping. 🙂  

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Are you ready for the holidays?
  3. Is it cold where you live?  It is supposed to get up to 50 today in Dallas.   

A Birthday Surprise and Dallas Stars Game

Well I made it to Nashville and it is freezing.  I thought it was cold in Dallas.. nope.  Anyway.. Tuesday night my sister organized a little surprise birthday night for her boyfriend, Max, at their apartment.  She got lots of appetizers, pizza, and the cutest little cakes to celebrate.  

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My sister told her boyfriend that they were just going out to dinner to celebrate his birthday, but when he got home from work me, Jon and another friend were there waiting.  Later on two more friends showed up and he was so shocked.  I just love seeing people so surprised!

The boys. 

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Happy Birthday to Max!!

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Otis helped his open his presents. 🙂

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After dinner we headed downtown for the Dallas Stars game.  My sister used to work for the Stars so she was able to score us some tickets!! 

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This was our failed attempt at a 7 person selfie. LOL.

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Oh my gosh so funny story.  My sister pulls out this lip stick that is from Kylie Jenner’s lip kit and I was laughing and couldn’t believe she bought it.  She reassured me that she just bought the lip stain, but that it looked horrible on her.  Well the bottle makes the color look so light so I decided to try it.  I’m not a huge fan of color on my lips, but the bigger issue is trying to make sure it stays put all night.  I ended up with it all over my teeth and face.  #lipstainnewbie

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Me and my sweet hubs. 

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My sister and the birthday boy!

After the second period, we went to the Lexus club and got a drink and watched the rest of the game from there.  We had a blast cheering on the Stars!

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They won 6 to 2 so it was a big scoring game!

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We are sure going to miss these two when we move. 😦 

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Enjoy your Thursday!! 

Questions:

  1. Do you like surprises?
  2. Favorite sporting event to attend?
  3. Any plans for the weekend?