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:

NEW years food

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!

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.

Wedding Day Kiss | Tidbits for Today

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:

Breakfast & Dinner | Tidbits for Today

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!

[foodlife]: 4.8.2013 groceries & meals

happy monday! another week is upon us, and another week of groceries and meals.

here’s the grocery haul for the week:

DSC_0122

[produce] 1. romaine lettuce  2. mixed arugula lettuce  3. fuji apples  4. roma tomatoes  5. 2 avocados  6. baby carrots  7. cucumber  8. cilantro  9. frozen strawberries  10. bananas

DSC_0125

[dairy] 1. mozzarella cheese  2. four cheese mexican blend  3. 2 dozen eggs  4. crumbled goat cheese  5. skim ricotta cheese

DSC_0129

[carbs] 1. peanut butter granola bars  2. quinoa  3. ezekial bread  4. whole wheat flour tortillas

DSC_0132

[canned goods, etc.] 1. coffee  2. salsa  3. olives  4. pizza sauce  5. bacon bits  6. strawberry jam

DSC_0137

[meat] 1. 7lbs of pork loin!

[meals for the week]

breakfast: [her] eggs & ekezial toast with butter and jam [him] smoothies & eggs

lunches: [her] mixed arugula lettuce, quinoa, goat cheese, craisins, pecans, and lite raspberry dressing  [him] romaine lettuce, bacon bits,  carrots, cucumber, olives, chicken, and dressing

snacks: [her] banana & justin’s chocolate almond butter [him] granola bars & apples

dinner:  [us] monday, crockpot pork carnitas; tuesday, leftovers; wednesday, stuffed shells; thursday, leftovers; friday, naan pizza

yum! lots of good food this week, per usual. life is too short to eat bad food :)

Bragging [Running News]

Hola! How’s your day/night going? Mine is going really well! I had a great day at work, it was both busy and productive, and a great run and meal after work.

Do you ever feel like some days you just getting the running bug? That was me today. I kept seeing the sun shining from my desk, and I knew I had to get out there! By the time I was ready to run, it was 6:05pm and the sun had set, so it was quite cold!

photo

Despite the cold cold cold wind, I still had a great run! And the best part, my knee held up for over 3 miles! This hasn’t happened in over a year… I am on cloud nine :)

I then made dinner from leftover turkey meatballs… it was called a makeshift meatball sub ( I mean very  makeshift).

image (1)

Toasted piece of bread, mozzarella cheese, slice of tomato, sliced turkey meatballs, mozzarella cheese on top (x2)! It was really good!

Hope you’re having a great night as well!

The [Long] Weekend Update

Hello to you! How was your weekend + Presidents Day? We had a great last few days, with a lot of productivity and relaxation! Let’s get into some Marvelous in my Monday hosted by Katie!

[thursday]

We had a very low key Valentines Day, but did give each other cards, and I got roses and homemade chocolate covered strawberries!

DSC_0012  DSC_0015 DSC_0017

[friday]

I had really ambitious plans to get to the gym that night, but the weather was amazing and coworkers wanted to go to happy hour at 4pm… I couldn’t resist! :) Had two glasses of wine, then headed home to grab dinner. At about 9pm, met my love out in Clarendon (he had been at a work happy hour as well). We stayed out until around midnight, but went home to hit the hay!

[saturday]

After being up kind of late, we slept in and lounged around until it was time to head to my parents house to help out. They are in the process of getting their house ready to sell, so we were chipping in to get things done! Tulips I got my mom for V-Day, they were quite beautiful!

DSC_0004 DSC_0005

I got to spend time with the nephew which was priceless :)

DSC_0019

Later that day, hubs-to-be and I headed to Melting Pot for our Valentines Day celebration!

DSC_0112 - Copy

We did the four course valentines day special, and it was awesome!!

[the cheese course] We did the fiesta cheese which comes with veggies, bread, apples, and tortilla chips.

2013-02-17T11-02-02_0

[the salad course] I got the California which was mixed greens, candied walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.

2013-02-17T11-02-02_1

[the meat course] We got the cupid’s special which came with lobster tail (!!!!), filet mignon, angus steak, teriyaki steak, shrimp, and chicken… and unlimited vegetables!

2013-02-17T11-02-02_2

[the lobster tail… pretty presentation!]

2013-02-17T11-02-02_3

[the dessert course] I would be lying if I said this wasn’t my favorite course… we got a ‘turtle’ chocolate dip which had chocolate (obvi), caramel, and nuts. Then to dip in it, we had strawberries, banana, rice krispies, pound cake, and cheese cake… it was heavenly! 

2013-02-17T11-02-02_6

Overall, dinner was amazing!! We were tucked back in a two-person booth and it was quite romantic ;)

[sunday + monday] sunday we spent working out, running errands and hanging with family! Monday I had coffee with my best friend, lunch with my love, and did a LOT of cleaning and rearranging! I’m loving our new set up in the apartment!

Time for bed, since it’s back to work tomorrow! Hope you had a great last few days! :)

QA: How was your (long) weekend? Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

WIAW [What I Ate Wednesday]: 2.13.2013

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Is it just me or is this week going soooo slow? But on the other hand, 3 day weekend coming up! :)

I’m excited to share what I’ve been eating, you’ll notice that some things have changed while others are still the same!

Peas and Crayons

Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

[breakfast] coffee with cream/sugar, grapefruit, 2 eggs over the baby spinach blend, and three pieces of turkey bacon

[pre-lunch snack] 2 clementines

[lunch] went to a restaurant called Honey Pig, essentially Korean BBQ. We shared beef brisket and pork belly, along with rice, salad, and some other sides.

skydrive-2013-02-12

[after-lunch dessert] some dark chocolate (this brand is really good!)

[afternoon snack] 1.5 PB Amazeballs via Gina @ The Fitnessista and some potato chips (unpictured)

[dinner] leftover salad scooped up from work, which had mixed greens, cranberries, blue cheese, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, and balsamic dressing. Also had a little bit of pasta with meat sauce and zucchini

skydrive-2013-02-121

[dessert] powerballs from Trader Joe’s <— these little babies are dangerous!

skydrive-2013-02-122

A good day of eats, and it was fun to try a new restaurant/style of food! Oh, and this is from yesterday :)

QA: What was your favorite thing you’ve had to eat this week? Is there anything you eat day in and day out?

The Weekend I Didn’t Want to End

Hello everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was marvelous, thus not wanting it to end!

Thank you to Katie for hosting and congrats on the little rock star!! :)

[FRIDAY]

Friday night, as mentioned included naan pizza and Pitch Perfect. I thought the movie was okay, but not as funny as I expected.

[SATURDAY]

That morning I was up early, and lounged for a bit before getting ready for my friend’s Valentines Day brunch party. It was a celebration of friend love and she did a wonderful job celebrating!!

2.11

1. The beautiful dessert bar which included pie on a stick and cupcakes

2. Close up view of pies on a stick – these were amazing!

3. The delicious spread which included egg cups, croissants filled with brie and apple, fruit salad, crab cakes, monkey bread muffins, and much more!

After brunch, I headed to Nordstrom to meet my mom to look at mother of the bride dresses. She looked absolutely stunning, and I loved seeing her all dressed up. She is always taking care of everyone else, and I am thrilled for her to get to be pampered :)

We then headed to Loft where I picked up some cute t-shirts and this blazer (I’m obsessed).  Then home to get in a quick run

2013-02-11T13-00-42_0

and eat dinner with the hubs-to-be. We enjoyed crock pot taco chili from SkinnyTaste and got ready for a night out in DC with friends. Got home at 3am and crashed, a fun night indeed :)

[SUNDAY]

Slept until 9, and then laid on the couch until 1pm (while meal planning for the week, and eating some banana walnut pancakes). Finally got my rear-end up and went to three grocery stores (!!). I tried shopping for two weeks, Ashley’s post inspired me to give it a go, and it seems like we didn’t spend more than normal. We’ll see what else I need next week to know if I spend more or less. I will say though that I need some staples (TP, plastic baggies) that we don’t regularly purchase. So maybe it did save money!

After grocery shopping, I did a bit of food prepping which included eating homemade salsa and these delicious chips!

2.111

It was truly a great weekend mixed with fun and rest, and lots of time with my love (the best part of all)!

QA: How was your weekend and what made it marvelous? What was the best part overall?