Weekend Recap 2.5.18… Girls Night, Baking, Baby Shower, Night Out and Super Bowl Party

Hey friends!! How are you all doing?  Did you have trouble waking up today after the Super Bowl like me?  Mondays always come a little too quickly, but especially after a later than usual bedtime.  

How was your weekend?  Ours was pretty packed with lots of activities on the agenda!  

My husband takes Callie to work most days of the week (Riley wants to play constantly so doesn’t get to go as often) and last week he sent me this snapchat of Callie.  This is her chair and she only leaves it to go outside. 😉 

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Last week my husband and I finished up a new house project that I have been wanting for awhile.  We made this ladder shelf for our master bathroom.  I think it turned out pretty well! 

 

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I have been trying to take more epsom salt baths because my back has been feeling pretty miserable lately.  Now we have all the bath essentials out and ready for use! I got most of them at World Market.  That store is dangerous!

Friday night my girlfriends, Rachael and Bridget, came over for a girls night with drinks and appetizers!  We had a blast just catching up and laughing for a few hours.   Girl time is good for the soul! 

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Saturday morning began bright and early with a tabata workout with my momma at 7am!  We were both dying by the end!! Afterwards we tested out a new breakfast cookie recipe that we have been wanting to try! 

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The recipe calls for one big cookie, but we decided to quadruple it and make them into small, snack-size cookies!  They contain gf oats, vanilla, extract, unsweetened coconut flakes, almonds, dark chocolate chips, almond butter and cocoa powder.  They are pretty tasty!  We individually wrapped them up and stuck them in the freezer for an easy, yummy snack! 

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After a our workout and baking, I got cleaned up and headed to my friend Dana’s baby shower!  

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She is expecting a sweet little baby boy early this summer so it was fun to see all the baby boy details!

The host had us play a few fun games like matching baby phrases to candy bar names, matching animals to the baby animal name, finishing nursery rhymes, and finishing the phrase that mommy is thinking.  It was super fun!  

Love this sweet friend of mine and had a blast showering her and her baby boy with all the cute baby things!!  Such a special day!

On Saturday evening we had plans for dinner and a party with some of our friends.  We decided on Nickys Coal Fired  for dinner.  

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I decided on two veggie appetizers for my meal and they did not disappoint!  I got the cauliflower dish and the squash dish and both were equally decadent and delicious!

The whole group!  We laughed after seeing this picture with the chefs in the background. 😉 

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After dinner we headed to a nearby warehouse for a big birthday celebration for a handful of friends.  Rachael and I had actually been to a few parties here in high school (sorry, mom!) so it was hilarious to think about the good ole days.  The boys got in a few games of beer pong, there was a dj, a fog machine, and a bunch of 30 year olds partying like we were still in high school.  It was a blast! 

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On Sunday we slept in, took the dogs on a nice long walk, worked out and then began prepping for our little Super Bowl Party with friends and family.  We made a white bean dip, baked brie, smoked salmon platter, football cupcakes, a 7 layer dip, cheddar cheese stuffed bread bites, deviled eggs, veggies and more!

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Our friends brought vegan nachoes, another cheesy dip, and pizza bread!  I made this edamame salad, but subbed lima beans for the edamame and it was a big hit!  We had to have at least one healthy dish. 😉 

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Our friends, Rachael, Eric, Boomer, and Katelin came… along with my dad, mom, stepdad, and Rachael’s parents.  It was a fun group! 

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And ofcourse all the pups made an appearance!  Even little Cooper, Rachael and Eric’s pup, got to join the party!

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Sweet babies!

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Although none of us really cared about either team, we had fun watching the game and the commercials.  I heard a rumor that it now costs $5 million for 30 seconds of advertising during the Super Bowl.  I remember when it cost $1 million for 30 seconds of advertising and thinking that was insane.  How crazy is that?!?!

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My momma sneaking snacks to the pups. 🙂 

 

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During half time we headed upstairs to watch Justin Timberlake’s performance and get in a few games of ping pong.  I actually beat my mom for the first time ever!  She is really good!! 

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Sweet Callie girl enjoyed people watching and snuggling with anyone who would pet her. 🙂

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This weekend was full of fun with family and friends and that is the perfect weekend to me!  I love living near family and getting to hang out with them regularly.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!  I would love to hear about your weekend in the comments!! xoxoxo

Questions: 

  1. How was your weekend? What did you do?
  2. Did you watch the Super Bowl?  Who were you rooting for?
  3. Favorite Super Bowl snack? 

 

Incline Treadmill Interval Workout

Good morning!! I hope you all are doing well and your week started off on the right foot!  I am getting back into the swing of things and fighting those post vacation blues.  Thankfully I have a fun weekend to look forward to in a couple days!  

Today I thought I would take a break from my vacation recap (I have so many more pictures to show you guys) and switch gears a bit.  

If you are anything like me, the treadmill (hamster wheel) can get really boring pretty quickly.  Changing up the incline and speed can help fight boredom and create a more effective workout in the process.  I am guilty of getting into my groove (around 6.5) and running 3-5 miles at that pace, but lately I have been making an effort to change things up.  If we don’t challenge ourselves, we can’t expect change.  That is what I keep telling myself.  

I am not a sprinter.  If I had the choice to run 10 miles at my comfortable pace or 10 sprints all out, I would absolutely choose to run the 10 miles without question.  I like running comfortably.  But I do realize that it is important to step out of my comfort zone and pick it up a bit.  I have creating a lot of different treadmill interval workouts lately that include speeds from walking to all out sprinting and inclines from a flat road to a steep hill.  It has really been a good challenge physically, but also mentally.  Usually when I run on the treadmill, I turn on a show and zone out, but with quick intervals, I am forced to focus because a switch is coming every minute or so.  

Today I have a workout for you that I have done a couple times in the past few weeks.  It is a good one.  Please consult your doctor before starting a new workout routine.  Please note that these are the speeds I do, but please be cautious of where you are at and how much your body can handle.  If a 4.0 walking speed is too fast, bump it down to a 3.0 or 3.5 speed.  If 7.0 is too fast or too slow, adjust accordingly and increase each interval from your starting point.  The incline gets very steep for the last few sprints, so feel free to stop increasing the incline whenever you feel you are at your max.  Make sure to warm up and cool down before and after the workout.  If you include a warm up and cool down, the workout should be around 30 minutes.  It will leave you sweaty and feeling very accomplished!  I hope you will give it a try! 

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Let me know if you give this workout a try!  I will be back tomorrow with another vacation recap!  Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Questions:

  1. Do you prefer the treadmill or running outside?
  2. Would you rather do 10 sprints or run 10 miles?
  3. Do you have a favorite treadmill workout?

Happy New Years Eve!

It’s Thursday!! Woo!! Definitely feels like a Friday to me with no work tomorrow!  I like it!  

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Let’s get to it!  More fun from Nashville because I just can’t get over how much fun we had and I like to pretend I am still there just hanging with the fam 🙂  I promise I will post present day pictures in the near future 😉

My husband sent me this picture that he took from his new drone the other day… okay now I think the thing is pretty cool 🙂

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So my dad just renovated his house this year and it is gorgeous.  His house has a large finished basement that was not really being used a lot.  Well, that has changed.  He separated the basement a bit and created a makeshift hockey rink for my little brother (he is obsessed with all things hockey) so needless to say, there were a lot of hockey games played over the last week! SO many laughs and good times!! 

Riley and I like to spectate 😉  He gets bored easily.

We also got in a few games of pool… let’s just say, Jon and I need to work on our pool skills 🙂

I even got a few workouts in on my dad’s elliptical machine… with my body guard by my side at all times 🙂

Yeah…. don’t think that calorie count is quite accurate… 

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My little brother wanted to show me that he could do it too. So strong! 

Another yummy smoothie made by my dad (spinach, orange juice, frozen berries, banana, and pineapple) and chopped pineapple and melon!

Riley waiting for me to drop some crumbs for him 😉

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Hyper—–>exhausted.

He just couldn’t hang.

Sweaty spikey hair after a lot of dancing.  Fun fact: my brother knows the whole “whip nae nae” dance and is amazing at it.  He gave us all lessons.  I am still lost.  

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We all needed a nap after the dance lesson 🙂

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Tuesday my mom took us out to lunch at Taco Mamacita and it was soo yummy!  We split and appetizer platter first then all had small entrees (So good!).  Forgot to take pictures, but give this place a try if you are in the Nashville area.  

Saying goodbye to my sweet Rayray. 

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Can’t you just move to Dallas? 😉

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Okay, I think that actually wraps up my time in Nashville.  Until next time…

Have a very fun and safe new year’s eve and a very happy new year!!  I will see you all in 2016!! 

Questions:

  1. Do you workout on vacation/during the holidays?
  2. Are you good at pool?  
  3. What are your plans tonight?!?