road trip

posted on: Friday, April 11, 2014

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Hello! It’s Friday! That definitely calls for an overabundance of exclamation points, I say! 

I have just finished wrangling the dogs while pest control came through, while simultaneously packing and prepping for a long weekend away to Orlando. It’s a fairly last-minute trip, which makes it even better. I love last minute trips. This is actually a work trip for Adam, but it’s a huge plus that we have family there and that we’ll be staying with my in-laws.

I’m looking forward to time by the pool, seeing some friends, exploring some of Orlando’s newest gems and some of our old favorites in my very set color palette (see above). 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well! Any fun plans?

the uniform

posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014

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There’s that famous saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” It’s not my favorite saying, as I would like a job that allows me to wear exactly what I want to wear on any given day, whatever makes me feel most like myself. These days, it’s my favorite jeans and comfiest white tee (with a La Croix in hand, you know, hydration).

This is my typical work-from-home uniform. While there are times that I like to spruce up a bit, most days this is my home base. This is what makes me feel my best. If I’m going out on a date with Adam or meeting up with friends, I can just add a pair of booties, a moto jacket, a black hat and I’m good. Or I can slip on my sandals and a cardigan for a more casual look to run errands. Maybe my black blazer and pajama pants for Skype meetings, you know.

All this to say that, I’m a sucker for a good white tee and comfortable pair of jeans.

P.S. This one is an Old Navy vintage-style tee and it’s my favorite so far. I’ve tried $20 tees that shrink to an awkward, boxy shape and always come back to this one.

staying hydrated

posted on: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Before I get way into this post I must be totally honest with you, I am not the best at staying hydrated. All I know is that I feel so much better on days that I drink a ton of water vs. days when I don’t. I think I look better, but even better than that is I know I feel better. It’s so easy to forget to drink water, even though it’s so simple to do. You just drink. Water. Lots of it. And take many a trip to the loo, but anyway, I digress. If you’re still having trouble or hate drinking water, here are a few things that have helped me. Most of these are pretty obvious, but have really been key and it all bears repeating. So, continue on for your daily kick in the pants to drink more water.

- First things first, get yourself a water bottle. Really, this is the easiest way to do it. I always use a water bottle and rarely pull out a glass at home. It’s easier to keep count of how much I drink. Oh and get yourself a filtered pitcher if you can’t stand the taste of tap water. I am thinking of getting one of those portable filtered water bottles for when we travel. What can I say? My taste buds are picky.

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- Make keeping count of those ounces easier by downloading an app. I use Waterlogged and it makes keeping track of my water consumption easy and maybe even a little fun? It’s like crossing off another to-do item on my list, every time I record another water bottle finished. I count water and La Croix (sparkling water) and unsweetened tea, but I don’t count other drinks.

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- I never really loved water growing up, but I LOVED soda and always craved the bubbly, sweet and refreshing taste of each sip. To curve that, I switched to La Croix. Pour a can over some ice and add a little bit of your favorite juice. It gives you that bubbly and sweet taste you’re missing.

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- Adding lemon to plain water has also really helped. I know this is another obvious one, but it’s great when you’re trying to get used to drinking more water. I’d steer clear of having too much lemon water, as the acid in the lemon can make your teeth sensitive, but try it for a little while to help you get used to drinking plain water. Infusing your water with cucumber  is also a way to spruce it up a bit and make you feel fancy. Because we all need to feel fancy every once in a while.

- Last but not least, just try it. Yes, that’s another big tip. JUST TRY IT. Try getting enough water everyday for a week. I started with 75 ounces a day and now I shoot for a gallon a day. It sounds like a lot, but I’ve noticed such a huge difference and you’ll get used to it. Now that I’ve been shooting for 128 oz, that 75 is a breeze. You’ll also get used to extra trips to the bathroom. Maybe. But, hey! At least all of that extra exercise is good for you, right?

Cheers!

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dusting off the cookbooks

posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tonight, I whipped up some banana bread and put it in the oven before I had even started dinner. I don’t know who I am anymore! All I know is that there’s something heavenly about zesting a lemon while warm cinnamon slowly wafts out of the oven. Two of my favorite scents filled the kitchen and really, I don’t think my kitchen has ever smelled so good. I think I hit the culinary equivalent of a runner’s high.

I’ve been cooking a lot more lately. Well, I should say that I’ve been cooking new recipes a lot more lately. We had a moment a couple of weeks ago where we realized that we were in a dinner rut. We had been relying on the same few dishes over and over again. We hardly planned a weekly menu and 5 o’clock would creep up on us without so much as a plan for what we’d eat. It was more of a burden than something to enjoy. These last two weeks, however, I’ve been planning. I am finally using those cookbooks that have gathered dust and have begun cutting out recipes from magazines which, I believe, justifies the money I spend on them. High five!

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Tonight, we had a grilled steak salad with tomatoes and cannellini beans cooked in lemon and garlic thanks to a recipe from Fitness magazine. Plus a side of whole wheat sourdough, because I like my carbs. The meal was delicious (if I do say so myself) and will be made on many summer nights. This whole meal planning and cooking up some new recipes is becoming something I look forward to. Bonus? We usually have leftovers for lunch the next day, so we cover two meals. Oh and Adam cleans, because that’s our deal. One of us cooks and the other cleans. I’m sure it was in the vows somewhere.

The only problem is that I would now like to devour that entire pan of banana bread, so there’s that.