Sacred Fridays

I’ve become very sacred about Fridays, and it’s pretty much my favorite day now (along with quiet Saturday mornings).

Our routine is probably pretty ordinary, but I just love it, so here it is:

8-5-ish: Work work work!

5-ish: Home and immediately change into comfortable house clothes (e.g. yoga pants, tank top, light cotton jacket)

5:15-6pm: bring pizza dough to room temp & make pizza! & pour a glass of wine.

6 – rest of night: eat pizza, drink wine, cuddle with the husband on the couch  and watch latest Netflix movie, chat, go to bed at a reasonable hour of 11-ish.

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Homemade pizza… every Friday

Do you have any special ways you kickoff your weekend?

September Blogging Challenge + Proud Accomplishments

Long time, no blog! I miss it, honestly. Blogging helps me get my creative juices flowing… so figured joining a blog every day for September would help (via Girl Meets Life). Today’s post is about Something I’m Proud of Accomplishing Lately:

There are 2 things that happened this past weekend:

1) Painting: Last weekend my husband was out of town on a man trip, so being home, I figured I would paint our master bedroom & bathroom! I went with a Behr color called Burnished Metal, which let me tell you, was nearly impossible to pick. It is no joke when they say that there are 50 Shades of Grey… I had four colors on the wall for 2 days, and asked about 10 people, and ended up picking the color I liked the most originally. Grey is much trickier than I anticipated since each grey has a hidden hue associated with it. Anyway, upon picking a color, I wrangled up my mom, dad, and sister to torture help me paint (thanks family!). It ended up turning out fantastic, and I love it! Paint is such a great way to transform a room cheaply. Now all that is left for the bedroom is a headboard, bench, and some other minor stuff.

Painted Bedroom

2) Being trusting: Trusting can be hard for me, but I’ve been working on it a lot this year. This past weekend with my husband gone, and it was the first weekend in a long time where I felt fine, calm, and all that jazz. I used to get anxious, not sleep, and let my mind go crazy when he is away. The past 9 months, I’ve spent lots of time in prayer, and really focusing on my thoughts and how I let them shape my actions.  It didn’t hurt that while he was gone, he let me know he was thinking about me in lots of  little ways (he’s winning husband of the year ;) ).  This marriage thing is a lot of give and take, and I’m thankful for a partner that gives a lot. Anywho — yay for learning to be calm, trusting, respectful, and loving (most of all). I kept thinking of a phrase I read out of the book Carry On, Warrior that says: What would love do? It makes a big difference in our thoughts and actions!

What is something you are proud of accomplishing lately? Let’s hear it! 

A great weekend and a meal plan.

Welp, the weekend is now behind us, and ours was really productive! I’m glad we got some house stuff done with the start of the new year.

FRIDAY

Homemade Pizza | Tidbits for Today

We had work, then came home to make homemade pizza, watch football (him) and blog (her). I love cooking/baking, and making pizza on Fridays has become a fun tradition in our house. The dough I made this time was awesome, and instead of using my mixer I did it in a bowl. I actually really liked making it in the bowl, and felt like the dough had a great consistency. While the husband watched the cotton bowl, I drank some wine, blogged, and slept! It’s really hard to stay awake past 11pm most nights.

SATURDAY

We did stuff around the house after sleeping in until 930am! I had to drop off stuff at UPS and pick up a few groceries at Harris Teeter. Later in the day, we had a baby shower, which I used this awesome wrapping paper for! I found this at Marshall’s and I love it.

Wrapping Paper | Tidbits for Today

After the shower, we had a crazy night…. I kid, I worked on our 2nd bedroom. I spent about 5 hours total this weekend going through our 2nd bedroom that was full of old paperwork, bins of who knows what, and just stuff that needed to be purged, which I completed Saturday evening. I started a new box for goodwill, organized our paperwork into filing bins, and the room looks 1 million times better in my opinion.

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While finishing the 2nd bedroom, I watched the documentary knife over forks. It was interesting… I find food theories hard though because you can find research that backs up both those who say you should eat meat and those who say you shouldn’t… what is the right way? No idea, but I think you should eat what makes you feel best.

SUNDAY

I also put away our Christmas decorations, and while doing that, reorganized our closet by getting rid of shoes boxes I had kept, so now my shoes are just on shelves vs. in the boxes. Our fridge also stopped producing water on Tuesday, and yesterday we had a technician come look at it. He informed us that a pipe was frozen underneath the fridge, so we could either take everything out of the fridge, turn it off, and let it thaw (free) or have them do something to fix it ($200). We opted for the free route, which took about 10 hours total, and the water is now dispensing again! The bonus, we got to do a deep fridge cleaning! A nice way to start off the year :)

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The rest of Sunday was split an order of hunan chicken + dumplings for dinner, and hung around watching football.

Weekly Meal Plan

I’m trying to start grocery shopping in the middle of the week, which I think will also in turn leave us more prepared for weekend eating. This was our first week, and so far it went well. Here’s what we planned to eat Thursday – Wednesday:

Meal Plan | Tidbits for Today

Hope you have a great full week back to work!

QA: How was your weekend? Do you typically meal plan? Which days do you grocery shop?

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!

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!)!

Sisters | Tidbits for Today

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:

Recent Eats | Tidbits for Today

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!

Productive Weekend + Meals

Hi! how was your weekend? Our was relaxing, rejuvenating, and productive. I’d been feeling a little under the weather both physically and mentally. The holiday business was creeping up, and my stress level was rising. This weekend helped me feel better physically & most importantly in my book, mentally.

Friday

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We worked all day, then came home to make pizza. I made the pizza dough with the usual recipe I follow, and our toppings were mushrooms, bacon, pepperoni, and mozzarella! We recently got a pizza peel which helps in transferring the uncooked pizza to the hot stone in the oven. We’re really nailing the pizza process these days! After eating, we spent the rest of the night catching up on TV shows. **side note: we haven’t had a couch for the past 3 weeks, and it probably won’t be here until next week. It’s killing us slowly, and my rear end is sore from sitting on our hardwood floor!**

Saturday

Woke up early since husband wanted to go to an 8:30am spinning class, and I wanted to attend the 9:45am yoga class. Who are we that we now are waking up early on the weekends to workout?! I love it though… the 9:45 yoga class is a vinyasa flow which has a great instructor and I just love the vibe. Since we share a car, I dropped off Tim at the gym and did our grocery shopping (going to 2 stores & dropping off/putting away the groceries in 1 hour! <—goo me!), then met him back at the gym so he could go home to shower while I did yoga, then he picked me back up! That’s how we make 1 car work, lots of compromise and figuring out how to maximize the time we have.

Once home, Tim made breakfast (I’m beyond thankful that he does this, and without me even asking!) which was omelets with bacon, mushrooms, peppers & cheese. So delicious! Then we worked on our budget, which took about an hour. He then took so much time to make a bunch of formulas that will help me work the spreadsheet easier! He’s the best. We then went to Tysons Mall and did holiday shopping, and finished the evening with the Cheesecake Factory to use some gift cards we had! Once home, more laying around and relaxing.

Sunday

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I made panettone french toast for breakfast (recipe coming soon) & we sipped coffee. The rest of the day was spent lounging and doing a few house chores. Then watching Homeland <— jeeeeeez, that was intense! I always end up sitting straight up in bed by the end, and my husband laughs at me. That show is stressful… but good!

Meals for the Week

Sunday: Chicken panang from a box (sold at Target)

Monday: Zucchini noodles with meat sauce

Tuesday: Wing-it/Leftovers

Wednesday: Meeting a friend for dinner

Thursday: Tomato soup + grilled cheese

Friday: Pizza (of course!)