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:

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[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

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

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

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

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[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 :)