Here’s to the weekend!

Man, what a two weeks. I was off work for about 10 days, including the weekends… and it was glorious to have a long break! I’ve been back at work two days, and after that long break, I feel motivated and inspired to be back at work. Isn’t that what vacations are for?!

How was your new years? Our was extremely low-key… we ordered Outback for dinner, watched the movie flight, and then a Happy Endings marathon until the ball dropped. Did you ever watch Happy Endings? It’s really the best/funniest show ever, and for some reason they took it off air! Such a travesty :( Did you decide to do resolutions? I didn’t and think I’m just going to enjoy life as is, and keep working on things I worked on in 2013, like less time on social media and being present.

Onto the recap of food, workouts, and favorites on the web for the week.

Food:

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1. New Years Day meal at our house – our first holiday at the new place! I made roasted pork, sauerkraut, my grandma’s Czech bread dumplings, roasted broccoli, applesauce, and lots of desserts! <— grandma’s dumplings are the absolute best and my family loves them. I made two loaves and we probably could have had 5 loaves 2. Challah french toast + bacon 3. Champagne with raspberries at midnight on NYE.

Workouts:

Saturday: yoga – Sunday: nothing – Monday:  elliptical – Tuesday: strength training – Wednesday: nothing – Thursday: nothing – Friday: 5 minute warm-up on elliptical, 45-ish minutes of weights

I feel meh about the workouts this week. I’m looking forward to getting back on track with a normal week coming up. I find it harder to work out when the routine breaks (e.g. new  years in the middle of the week), but trying to keep up with it because it gives me energy and makes me feel better overall.  Good thing there is always a new day tomorrow :)

Favorite Links on the Web:

Do you consider yourself organized? Here’s 10 tips of the highly-organized people.

This HuffPost article by about what love is… especially with cancer. I was tearing up at work reading this.

At a loss as to what you should include in your smoothie? No fear, this is the perfect guide!

I’m bad about taking care of my nails, but this routine looks like one I could follow…

This paleo appetizer must be made very soon… these looks so good!

I’m on a big pesto kick right now, so pesto roasted chicken sounds like a great dish. Maybe for next week’s dinner?

Ok… time for bed! It’s been a long, busy Friday. Hope you have a wonderful & productive weekend!

The Week of Christmas.

Hello, friends! Hope you had a great week with your loved ones. Ours was amazing and special with it being our first married Christmas.

Monday

Got up early and went to the gym. I ellipticaled (new word) which is my usual Monday-I-don’t-feel-like-working-out workout and did some reading! Reading a good book seems to make the elliptical fly by. Then I headed into work for my last working day of 2013! Once off work, I headed to the grocery store, and home to relax and bake.

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Watched You’ve Got Mail because why not? Such a good classic movie, not to mention, Meg Ryan + Tom Hanks are such a good duo!

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Bake bake bake with butter & my new mixer. I love that mixer, so handy if you bake or cook a lot!

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I baked chocolate chip peppermint cookies & sugar cookies, and both turned out really well.  I finished up the night making ziti with sausage for dinner, and hanging out with the husband.

Tuesday

Woke up earlyish – around 8, and went to boot camp at the gym, then ran a few last minute errands with Tim.

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We got ready for Christmas Eve dinner at BIL & SIL’s house. The meal started with spinach artichoke dip and vegetables, then the main course was gumbo, salad, and cornbread, all very delicious!

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After dinner we exchanged gifts with the everyone, and had a great time watching the little kids open gifts! We got two new ornaments from my SIL and I love them!

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We were home around 10pm and made peppermint bark martinis & watched Christmas Story on TV.

Wednesday

Christmas morning! We woke up + opened gifts/stockings. Tim got me a new nook for reading, shirt, a workout DVD, and some other little stuff. I got Tim a book, XL whiskey ice cub tray, brown leather gloves, and a water bottle!

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Once we opened gifts, I made french toast with challah, bacon and mimosas! After hanging around, we got ready, and headed out to my parents house for the rest of the day.

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We opened gifts with my family, had a roast beef dinner, and watched a movie. Perfect ending to Christmas day!  Hung out with my family, had beef dinner & dessert. Watched movie in basement then headed home.

Thursday

Woke up to our couch being delivered!! BEST DAY EVER… We’ve been waiting 4 weeks without a couch, so to say we’re happy it’s here is an understatement!

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A tradition we have with Tim’s grandpa is getting sushi when he is in town! We headed to a local sushi buffet for lunch with grandpa, Tim’s aunt, mom, SIL and nieces. I loooove sushi, so I thoroughly enjoyed lunch! After lunch, we headed to the mall to do some shopping. I ended up with a white Michael Kors coat at Macys, and Tim got a coat from Macys as well. The rest of the day we just hung around.

Friday

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I had a good day off work, went to the gym and shopping (new chair, bar tray, and lamp!), and then got ready for a big night out with my mom and sisters!

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My mom surprised all of us with tickets to the Nutcracker at the Warner Theater! She first took us to Chef Geoff’s for apps and drinks, then we headed to the theater! It was an amazing production, and such a great night with my mom and sisters!

Saturday

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Lazy day at home with 40 minutes of the Bethenny yoga dvd and homemade pizza of course! p.s. this pizza was insanely good! plan to post this recipe soon!

Sunday

We did a lot around the house, and then got ready to celebrate Tim’s grandpas 91st birthday! We went to an amazing restaurant called Trummer’s on Main and had a wonderful meal with Tim’s family! It was great to celebrate his grandpa, and we’re so thankful to have him in our lives.

It was a great Christmas week, and now we’re ready for NYE! Hope you have a safe and fun night!

QA: what were the highlights of your holiday week? Are you ready for the new year?!

Happy (almost) weekend!

The last weekend before Christmas is here! Are you ready? We are very close, just waiting for two more packages. I did a lot of wrapping this week, so almost done with that too. I love wrapping, and enjoy taking my time to meticulously wrap and add some bows/ribbon to each gift. This weekend isn’t too crazy busy…Friday is lazy movie/pizza night, Saturday is errands & best friend’s holiday party, then Sunday is babysitting one niece and nephew.

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We also got our wedding video back this week… waterworks! It really was the best day ever & marrying the best guy ever doesn’t hurt! So thankful we got the video, because I’ve watched it at least 5 times in the past 4 days, and just love seeing our special day!

Onto the recap of this week in eats, workouts and links across the web.

Recent Eats:

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1. Scrambled eggs with mushrooms, peppers, & goat cheese + bacon! 2. Grilled cheese & tomato soup = easy dinner when the hubby isn’t home! <– I did eat more than two meals, just living life so didn’t take any other pics ;) 

Workouts:

Saturday: nothing – Sunday: nothing – Monday: elliptical for 35 mins – Tuesday: strength training – Wednesday: nothing – *Thursday: Strength training in the AM & yoga in the PM – Friday: Elliptical for 30 minutes

*I don’t normally do two workouts, but I’ve been trying to get in yoga twice a week, and I really wanted a flow class. Turns out the hubby had a late work event, the gym had flow yoga, and I wanted to relax/decompress from the day.. so I went. It was a great class and not overall really difficult, perfect ending to the day!

Favorite Links on the Web:

Download this calendar now! This is an amazing printable calendar that I used last year, and they just released the 2014 version. Super.Duper.Excited!

This Up Anniversary photo shoot with a couple married 61 years! Adorable…

Reading about how they do Christmas in the motherland aka Italy!

This chocolate peppermint bark martini…yes please.

Did you know the gym Equinox has a blog? It has some pretty neat articles like this one on the elements of a perfect workout.

Eggnog cookies? Might be making these this weekend… oh and maybe this eggnog pound cake too!

This is the perfect appetizer for Christmas Eve or Christmas day! My aunt used to make something similar and I’m thinking of going for it this year.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend: Wreaths Across America & Family

Hi, friends. How are you all? Hope your weekend was smashing! Our was jam-packed, and really great. Started writing this post Monday, and now just getting a chance to finish… Our weekend looked like this:

Saturday

Woke up at 6:30am because we were participating in Wreaths Across America at Arlington Cemetery with my parents, two sisters, and aunt. We arrived at about 8am, and had breakfast thanks to the hubby’s company, then waited for the event to start. Once 10am came along, they provide directions on how to place the wreaths, and give some guidance suggesting that you could  be the only person to visit a grave, so stop to pay respect as you lay the wreath. They also mention if you have a family member in a section not selected that year to have wreaths laid down, you can take a wreath and go put it in their section. we laid down two wreaths each, then went with my dad to his parents grave in another section to lay down a wreath.

Wreaths Across America | Tidbits for Today

It was a very special and humbling morning, and I suggest if you live in the Washington, DC area that you participate! We’re already looking forward to next year. Wreaths Across America places wreaths during the holiday season on deceased military’s graves all the way across the country, and end at Arlington Cemetery. To learn more about their organization, click here

After Wreaths Across America, Tim and I had some errands to do before heading out to my oldest sister’s holiday party. Thankfully my younger sister offered to DD for Tim and I (Thanks, Non!)!

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We had a great time at her party, and enjoyed lots of yummy drinks! Then we left to take our youngest sister to a friends party, and headed home to my parents house to sleep.

Sunday

Woke up at 7 to hang out with my nephew while my mom and dad did some things they needed to do (my  parents were watching him during my sisters party and he spent the night with them). We played, watched some baby shows and he ate a fruit pouch and cheerios. Typical morning of a 1 year old, I guess!  Selfies with a 1 year old at 7 am…

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Around 1pm, my dad’s whole family arrived and we had a big family holiday party! It was a lot of fun, and we got to catch up with our family which is always awesome!

After the family party, we headed to Tim’s sisters for our two nieces’ birthdays! Long, fun, busy weekend! Hope yours was great as well!

Wishing you the very best weekend.

This work week is coming to an end, and for us, a busy family filled weekend is ahead. Saturday morning starts early with Wreaths for America with my family, then a holiday party at my sisters, followed by a sleepover at my parents with my nephew – and that’s only Saturday. Sunday is a Christmas party with my dad’s side of the family, then celebrating two of our niece’s birthdays at dinner. I’m looking forward to soaking up some family time! In other news, here’s a picture of our Christmas tree that I am oh-so in love with… can’t I keep it up all year?!

Christmas Tree | Tidbits for Today

Recent Eats:

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1. zucchini noodles 2. peanut butter blossom cookies 3. a coworker’s baby shower cake 4. lemon pesto chicken salad +  mixed greens + avocado 5. red wine sautéed mushrooms

Recent Workouts:

Saturday: yoga – Sunday: nothing – Monday: nothing – Tuesday: spinning – Wednesday: 10 minutes of light stretching – Thursday: nothing – Friday: run/walk intervals for 35 minutes

Hope you have a super weekend!

Favorite Wedding Registry Items: Duvet

Missed my list of my favorite wedding registry items? Check this post out. This post describes one of my favorite items with more detail, and why we love it.

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One of my favorite things about staying at hotels are the super comfy beds. One of the best beds I remember was from a Kimpton hotel that we stayed in, and it was sooooo comfortable (and it was all white, which reminds me that our honeymoon bed was also all white, including the duvet, and all linens). It was hard to peel yourself out of it! I knew that when we got married, I wanted to ask for items that recreated this type of experience. Thankfully, with the items we got for our bed, I am absolutely in love with our bed and it accomplishes everything I wanted it to!

When we started looking at bedding, I knew I wanted a duvet. I’ve had one before and they are just so warm and comfy! I also like that the duvet filler feels heavy, or somewhat weighted. So once I knew I wanted a white duvet, I went and looked on Macy’s, and really liked the striped look they offered from Charter Club. We ended up selecting the Charter Club “Damask Stripe” 500 count duvet cover, in white. I chose this specific duvet because a. i liked the look (color & style) b. the fabric was nice, which I felt one day when we were in Macy’s picking up something else and c. it goes on sale often!

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Once we received the duvet, washed it, and put it on the bed, I loved the look! It really fits exactly what I was going for, and once the whole master bedroom is painted and decorated, I think it’ll look even better!

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QA: Are you as particular about bedding as I am? What are your requirements for a comfy bed?