New Year’s Eve.. We Went Out… Kinda

Hi guys!  How is your week going?  I keep forgetting what day it is this week.  🙂 Back to where I left off yesterday…

On Saturday night we headed to my sister’s apartment before taking a short walk to her friend’s place.  

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All the cool kids (at the party) were heading out to the bars for the night, but we just stopped in for a drink.  Hey, at least I got out of my workout clothes for a bit… 

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After about an hour, we headed back to my sister’s apartment where we met a few more of their friends for some games and munchies!

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This guy has been my NYE kiss for the past 7 years! I sure do love him. 🙂

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Otis needed some loving!

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My sister bought me a new curling iron for Christmas and I am in love!  The one I have been using is a smaller wand and the new one is much bigger and takes less time for loose waves!

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And a few pictures from Friday night that I meant to add to the last post!  

He loves me, I swear. 😉

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Jon got Max golfclubs for his birthday and he was pretty pumped!

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After ringing in the new year, we headed home and went to bed.  The next morning my husband asked for all the fixings for breakfast.  I delivered.  He is so lucky to have me. 😉

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I did quite a few treadmill miles over the week.  The best ones were spent watching Bridesmaids.  I have probably seen this movie at least 50 times and it still makes me laugh out loud every time.  Yes, my treadmill is currently in the garage… my husband said that a treadmill does not belong in the office especially when trying to sell the house… I disagree, I mean maybe a buyer is a runner and will appreciate my love for exercise? 😉  I lost the battle.  The treadmill is definitely going front and center in our new house. 

This is the view I had after my run.  One husband and three dogs.  🙂

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Lunch on Sunday was leftover wild rice, broiled tofu, sauteed kale, and avocado.  Mmmm! 

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That is all I have for today!  Enjoy your Wednesday!

Questions:

  1. Favorite board game? 
  2. Do you like to take naps?
  3. Did you make it up until midnight on NYE?

 

Weekend Recap 1.3.2017 and a Very Happy New Year!

Happy New Year friends!  I hope you all had a nice long weekend and a happy new year!! I am definitely feeling refreshed and ready for 2017!  We had a pretty low key weekend over here, which is just what I needed after holiday travel.  

Friday was pretty low key with a few errands and getting the house ready to sell.  I have been loving sauteed kale lately and have had it with quite a few meals lately.  It’s just so good!

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Friday afternoon was spent getting ready for my sister and her boyfriend to come over for dinner and games and to exchange gifts.  We had tacos for dinner… I made mine a rice bowl instead.  It hit the spot! 

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After dinner, we opened gifts.  The pups helped. 🙂

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And then we played a few rounds of Taboo!  Did I mention that Butterball is back!?!?  That is our nickname for this sweet pup we watch occasionally.  He is soo cute. 

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Riley found the perfect seat in an opened present box. 😉

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We started this puzzle. We still haven’t finished it… 

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Then I did some juicing!

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This was my view in the morning… coffee, lemon water, a smoothie, and some juices!

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More smoothies were had over the weekend.  With peanut butter. 🙂

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I just can’t get enough of roasted veggies these days.  What is your favorite way to eat veggies?

This is how we all felt by Sunday afternoon… 🙂 

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But, we napped and then got ready to head to my sister’s for NYE.  I’ll share more pictures tomorrow.  I am running around like a crazy person today trying to get our house ready for showings tonight.  Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Questions:

  1. How was your NYE?  Did you stay in or go out?
  2. What was the highlight of your holidays?
  3. What is your favorite way to eat veggies?

 

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?