The Rest of Our Time in Boston!!

Good morning!! I hope your day began on a good note!  I miraculously ran at 4am this morning and am still feeling those endorphins so I would say that my day is going pretty well so far! I am definitely already looking forward to the weekend to have some down time at home.  

Today I am going to continue with my recap of our trip to Boston this past weekend so here we go! 

Saturday morning we hung out for a bit before heading into the city for brunch.

We took the train (my husband was ecstatic!). 

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We had reservations at North Street Grille.  The place is small, but the menu did not disappoint.  

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It was huge and had everything you could want! 

But ofcourse, we started with mimosas. (When on vacation…)

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We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and could not stop raving about them all day. 

After brunch we took a little stroll to see some more sites around town. 

We walked past the Paul Revere House, but decided not to go in.  

We saw the Freedom Trail that goes all around Boston. 

We saw Mike’s Pastry, a famous spot for cannolis in Boston, but decided we didn’t want to wait in line.  We were all still stuffed from brunch too.  

Next we stopped at Bell in Hand, America’s oldest tavern! 

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We decided to have a drink while we were there.  I got the Berry Sangria and it was amazing!

Having a blast in Boston!

After our drinks, we walked to the Holocaust Memorial, which was very powerful.  The horrific things these people went through makes me realize just how lucky we are today. 

Next we went to Faneuil Hall Market Place to browse the food inside!  I vividly remember going through this market on my last trip to Boston about 4 or 5 years ago (I spoke at a conference in Boston when I was in college).  

The place is so big and filled with so many yummy treats!!  Our friend Hailey bought some dark chocolate covered espresso beans and shared them with us!  They were incredible!

While munching on the chocolate, we walked down to the water.  

Boston is such a neat and unique city!  We had plans to grab a drink on this rooftop bar, but it was packed so we opted for some seats down by the water. 

It was the most perfect weather while we were there.  We couldn’t stop talking about it!

Love these sweet friends! 

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After going home to relax for a bit and freshen up, we had plans to head to the Top of the Hub restaurant for dinner.  

It is located 52 stories up with amazing views of the city!

Unfortunately when we sat down, my husband started not feeling well so we had to leave.  We went home, ordered sushi, and watched murder shows on TV.  We are so fun.  At least we got to see the incredible view! 

Our flight home was not until Sunday night so we went to a late brunch at a nearby restaurant called Abington Ale House.  We had a nice table outside so we could enjoy the lovely weather.

We all enjoyed our food and the company. 🙂 

We spent the rest of the day out by the pool playing card games.  We had the most wonderful time in Boston thanks to our terrific hosts, Drew and Hailey!  If you have never been to Boston, I highly recommend it! 

Questions: 

  1. Do you order breakfast or lunch when you go to brunch?
  2. Have you  ever tried chocolate covered espresso beans?
  3. Do you prefer a night in or a night out on the town? 

Weekend Recap 6.14.16 Part 2

Hi! How are you all doing today?  I am doing really well especially since I have switched up my workout routine a bit.  On the days I work, I am usually up by 4:45am already so I have never bothered to wake up earlier to get in a workout.  I often just run after I get home (and after a couple hours of procrastination).  This has left me kinda dreading my runs because I am exhausted after such an early start to the day.  So last Friday I decided to run before work (hello, 4:00am alarm clock) and I loved it.  It was so nice to know that I had my afternoon and evening to myself to do whatever I wanted.  Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a morning exercise type of person, but more like a 6am class, not a 4am run.  Well I think I have begun to develop a new habit because I ran yesterday and today before work.  Yes, it is hard to pull myself out of bed at that hour, but I find my motivation in knowing I can relax/have more time to get things done after work.  I have a treadmill in my house so I just walk downstairs and get going (don’t worry, mom and dad, I will not run in the dark by myself). 😉 We will see if this habit sticks, but for now, I really am loving it.

Okay, now back to the rest of my weekend fun! 

Friday night after the surprise at the bar, we headed to another local bar, Knox Street Pub, for some music and dancing.  It was so much fun and we stayed up wayyyy too late, but it was so worth it! 

Saturday morning started with a quick run and a weight circuit before heading to Origin for a birthday brunch for my sister (we love to celebrate!) with her friends.  Ofcourse, we started with mimosas. 

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I got the brussel sprout salad with salmon (I get this every time we eat here… it is just THAT good).  

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The rest of Sunday was spent on our rooftop playing Cards Against Humanity and a few other card games.  It was a blast! 

We were watching these two pups this weekend and they both were obsessed with the same toy. 🙂 

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Sunday was spent getting things done around the house.  I love starting my week with an organized and clean house (as clean as it can get with 6 dogs who shed….). 

Every time I would lay on the couch and put my feet up, this sweet pup would lick my toes.  I am so ticklish and couldn’t stop laughing.  I know you guys wanted to see this picture. 😉  

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And her look alike, Jax, loved my husband.  When my husband would talk on the phone, he would literally just climb all over him until he paid her some attention.  

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This guy found his new favorite spot to sit… on my shoulder.  Sometimes I am not sure if he is a cat, a bird, or a dog.  He sure is funny though.  🙂 

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Sunday night was an early one for my 4am wake up call.  I will see you tomorrow before we are off on another long weekend adventure!  Have a great day!

Questions: 

  1. Are you a morning person?  Do you exercise before or after work?
  2. Do you like brunch? Or would you rather go out to dinner?
  3.  What is your favorite card game? 

Weekend Recap 4.25.16

Good morning!!! How was your weekend?  Ours was one for the books!!  On Friday, I drove to Arkansas with a friend and my two puppies to meet my husband (he was already there for work) at our friends’ house to surprise them for their birthdays (they both had birthdays on Saturday)!!  It was such a fun surprise and we had a busy weekend with lots of plans! 

After we arrived to our friends’ house on Friday afternoon, we had a cocktail on their beautiful porch! 

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The pups were happy to be out of the car!

A big group of us went to out to dinner and I got the beet salad, which was delicious!

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Me and the birthday boy!

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After dinner we hung out at the house while playing some games.  All the girlies!

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Our best attempt at a group picture Friday night.

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Saturday morning started bright and early with a run around the neighborhood.  Our friends live in a neighborhood with a ton of hills so I was pretty sore from my run.  I had to ice my shins when I got home last night. 

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After we got ready, we headed to Arsaga’s for brunch!  I got the kale salad and two scrambled eggs and it hit the spot! 

The girls after brunch! 

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After brunch we wondered around the college town and did a little shopping at a cute boutique.  I got 3 new casual dresses for our upcoming trip! 

After a little shopping, we came home and took a long walk with the pups and relaxed a bit before heading to Gloss to get our nails done while the boys played golf! 

After our nails were nice and pretty, we headed to pick up a few things from the store to grill for dinner.  We grilled salmon, burgers, and lots of veggies.  We dinner we sang happy birthday to our friends and cut the cake! It was a milestone birthday for our friend Rachel.  How cute is this cake that her fiance got?

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They blew out the candles (my friend Rachel and her fiance have the same birthday!! How crazy is that??) and we watched as Rachel opened all her “gag” gifts!  We all had quite a few laughs. 🙂

After dinner and gift opening, a bunch of their friends came over for a party at the house.  It was really fun!!  Then we headed to the bars for a little more fun.  Our first stop was this bar called Shotz.  The bar is known for its shots that are served in ice shot glasses that you throw on the ground after taking the shot.  I don’t do shots, but loved watching everyone else! 🙂  After another bar and lots of dancing, we called it a night.

We headed back to Dallas Sunday morning.  I drove the whole way while the boys slept…. I surprisingly had a lot of energy when we got home so after unpacking, doing the laundry, and taking the pups on a walk, I ran an easy 5 miles on the treadmill and ended up with over 18,000 steps for the day.  I am pretty pleased with that number considering I was in the car for 5 hours! 

I didn’t get a chance to do any grocery shopping yesterday (I avoid on Sundays if possible because it is so crowded) so we ordered thai food for dinner.  These fresh salad rolls with peanut sauce were soo good. 

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We were wiped and headed to bed early.  I made it to my Body Pump class this morning so my week is off to a great start!! I hope you guys had an amazing weekend and that your week is just as great! 

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. Do you like to dance?
  3. Do you get your nails done regularly?

Florida Day 4

Good morning guys! And happy Thursday!  Hey, it is almost the weekend!  We made it back to Dallas yesterday and I had every intention of posting, but after a 2 hour drive to the airport, 2 and a half hour flight, picking up the dogs, grocery shopping, unpacking and organizing, I was wiped.  After a good night of sleep, I am feeling refreshed!  

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Back to the Florida fun!!  Tuesday morning started with another run around town.  There is just something about being at the beach that makes me want to run and run and run some more.  I loved all my morning runs!  

Followed by a big bowl of fruit, ofcourse!

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I just can’t get enough!

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Shortly after we drove to a new to us restaurant for brunch!  

Take 1

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Take 2

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Take 3 

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Take 4…. hey, we tried! 😉

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The restaurant is the Outlet at the Innlet.

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We started with coffee!

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I wasn’t starving so I opted for an omelette with spinach and mushrooms.

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My husband got this HUGE breakfast sandwich.

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With a blueberry pancake on the side that was bigger than my head. 🙂

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After brunch, we went for a little bike ride…

That landed us at the beach.

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We lounged in the sunshine. 

 

The lighthouse.

So pretty. 

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The water was a little cold!!

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Can’t get enough of this beautiful place!

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This guy isn’t so bad either 😉

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Me and the hubs.

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See you all tomorrow for the last night of our vacation! Have a great rest of your Thursday! 

Questions:

  1. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
  2. Do you like going out to brunch or dinner better?
  3. What is one yummy thing you ate yesterday? 

 

Weekend Recap 1.25.16

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  I just got back from an early morning body pump class followed by a long walk with the pups!  

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Here’s a little look at our weekend.  

A new favorite smoothie combination: spinach, flaxseed, banana, pineapple, mango, kiwi and coconut water.  It is seriously so so so good. 

Fill it up! 

Some of my favorite snacks: fresh fruit, Think Thin bars, and celery with peanut butter!

I saw this on snapchat the other day… too funny…and true!

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My sister came over for take out food and a movie on Friday night.  3 pups! We watched The Intern with Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway.  It was pretty good. 

My nephew, Otis, sitting on my lap. 🙂

Kale salad for lunch at work on Friday.

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Leftover brown rice and veggies make for a perfect brunch topped with avocado and 2 eggs and a side salad! Yum!

Leftover quinoa with the same concept, different day.  Can’t get enough!

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Sunday morning started bright and early with a 5 miles treadmill run while watching Fixer Upper… love this show! 

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Coffee and green smoothies were regulars this weekend.

Cuddle bug Riley.

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Isn’t this crazy? I definitely contribute to that number! I love my peanut butter. 🙂

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My favorite meal was repeated a couple times this past week.  I never get sick of it.

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I love this instagram page.  The houses are so unreal!  

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That’s all I’ve got for today!  Have a great week ya’ll!!

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite brunch food?
  2. Do you like peanut butter?
  3. Did you get any workouts in this weekend?