Tag Archives: March

Time Travel

26 Mar

Thank you all for your sweet comments on everything going on lately! You can’t imagine the feeling I get when I read everyone’s comments about your support and encouragement, it seriously warms my heart and gives me such a boost of positivity and confidence that is irreplaceable!

Last Thursday we had tickets to an event called Best Fest. It’s the best of everything in our town…best italian food, best mexican food, best long island ice tea, best ice cream,  best hair salon, etc. It’s an annual event that we have went to the past 3 years and it’s totally worth the money (plus it goes towards Hospice which is a great cause!)


There are ballots leading up to the event where you can vote like at a bank in town or in the newspaper or online so the community votes and they compile “The Best” list and then those vendors can come to the event and serve whatever they won for.


My sister, mom, and I. I'm so darn proud of my mom!!!! She looks amazing!

My sister, mom, and I. I’m so darn proud of my mom!!!! She looks amazing!

We went hungry because we knew we’d want to try almost everything and be pretty full by the end…and we definitely were! Sample sized things sure add up and by the time you’ve visited every vendor, it hits ya like Thanksgiving dinner! 😉


If you’ve never heard of a place called Happy Joes, yep…it’s the best pizza in this world! Trust me!

Some of the things we had: Olive Garden salad, Panera bread soup, some Turkey and Dressing Sandwiches (have you ever had one? It’s a totally local thing here so it seems completely normal to smash bread and turkey inbetween a bun…I imagine you are looking at me a little weird right now?), tacos from a local Mexican restaurant, chocolate bunnies, mini desserts, pie, ice cream, stuffed mushrooms, boneless wings, fish, pizza…




These stuffed mushrooms from our date night were also there!

And then there were drinks…mimosas, margaritas, long islands, wine, the new flavored Lime-arita (Strawberry flavored, like a liquid jolly rancher), a beer that tasted like coffee, and domestic draft.


Talk about all you can eat and drink!

IMG_20130321_191930This past weekend we had a few hockey games and a girls night with a few friends. We went to a little town in Illinois that has a bunch of shops and restaurants. My friend, Amber, has an awesome breast cancer ribbon tattoo in honor of her survivors and after recently losing her Grandma to cancer, she got her dates added by her name. It was really special to be there with her!

This was last year on a girls night we had...silly me didn't take ANY pictures of the 3 of us Saturday night!

This was last year on a girls night we had…silly me didn’t take ANY pictures of the 3 of us Saturday night!

Before her appointment, we went to a restaurant called Gobbie’s. They make these pizza dough balls that are so amazing we pretty much filled up on those and salad, getting a to-go box for the rest of our meal.


Their raspberry vinaigrette was amazing!


A pita stuffed with chicken, lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, and italian dressing and seasoned fries. Very good!

A pita stuffed with chicken, lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, and italian dressing and seasoned fries. Very good!

After the tattoo appointment we headed back home and went to our favorite little spot called Corked. It’s a chocolate, gelato, wine place and they have little couches and tables set up to visit and relax. We split a bottle of wine and shared a lot of laughs!


Now after all of that food talk…I’m pretty hungry! It was a great weekend and I am looking forward to a little longer Easter weekend around the corner! We are possibly going to reach 50! Bring out the shorts and flip flops!

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Fun Facts Friday: Weather Edition

15 Mar

So last year we had crazy out of the normal, warm temperatures…


How unfair is this….

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That’s this week’s forecast. I think they need to get that little ground hog….

1. I can’t get enough of this song! I absolutely love it and it may just be my favorite song at the moment 🙂 I may be caught dancing in my kitchen to it a time or two.

2. Yesterday I received a package from a dear friend with this in it,


It is seriously the cutest, most meaningful necklace I’ve ever seen! I love it so so much!!! Have you ever heard of Origami Owl?

3. Mark on your calendars National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) coming up the week of April 22nd!

4. Today for my workout, I wanted to pull out an old Jillian video to mix it up and I only had 30 minutes so I went to do my Ripped in 30…looked in the last 10 DVD cases of movies we’ve watched in the last year, nothing. Looked everywhere. Can’t find it! So I thought I’d refresh my memory of how much torture her 6 Week 6 Pack video is! I only did the first round of the level because my legs were about to give out but it was a nice, quick sweat session (without over doing it) with a short Blogilates video to end. This weekend’s to do list: go through every DVD case I own looking for that DVD. I am the worst at putting the actual DVD away where it belongs…are you sensing the pattern here?

5. My sister gave me these beautiful daffodils that she bought for a fundraiser at work. Aren’t they so happy feeling? I sure feel loved!!!

20130315_074142My Christmas cactus at work that I’ve been bragging about…check it out now!!

20130313_0805146. I made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bars earlier this week. Very easy and pretty good!

20130312_205720Have a great day!!!

Liebster Award

13 Mar

Hey everyone! I have been MIA again…I really just needed some time to refocus and relax a little. I am in need of some blogging therapy and found out that a follower of mine, Maureen, nominated me for the Liebster Award! Thanks Maureen!!! You rock and made me smile today! 🙂


What is the Liebser Award?

The Liebster Award is for any up and coming blogs that you enjoy reading and a great way to promote them! (Thanks again Maureen, and thank you Melissa as well!)

1. This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

2. The award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another.

3.  Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.

4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.

5. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.

6. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.

7. No tag backs (aka, don’t nominate the person who nominated you).

Here goes nothin! 😉

11 Random Facts About Me

1. No matter what mood I am in, music will always remove the fog. That is why I used 4.5 GB out of my 5 GB of data last month…yikes!!! Pandora and Songza you’re killin me 😉

2. I love every type of music. Country, rock (classic, heavy, contemporary), rap, alternative, and just about everything in between!

3. I absolutely hate my neck touched. I will immediately drop to the ground if it is.

4. I sleep with my thermometer under my pillow. Which also means I wake up at 5 AM daily to temp. It is a total pain but I am amazed at how well I know my body because of this.

5. I am left handed. It’s crazy the amount of people who notice this about me as I am writing or eating.  

6. I also make a wish whenever I see 11:11. I totally nodded my head when I read that of your’s Maureen because I do the same. I am incredibly superstitious. I also will not say the words C-O-L-D or F-L-U during the winter months…

7. I am not a fan of onions. 

8. I have a monster in my Tupperware cupboard. & he keeps messing it up on me!

9. I love anything that has the words: ice cream, coconut, pumpkin, dark chocolate, mint, and/or peanut butter. 

10. I can’t jump in a pool without plugging my nose. Never have been able to. 

11. I own a telescope. Growing up I wanted to be an astronomer. Hopefully this summer we can dust it off again!

Maureen’s Questions:

1. What is your ideal day of eats? My days typically start off with my steel cut oatmeal or some eggs cooked in coconut oil, then I snack on some greek yogurt or an orange, for lunch I usually make a sandwich, a wrap, or have leftovers, and I try to make new recipes for dinner time each week! It’s a really great day if I fit in some ice cream with cookie butter!!

2. What is your favorite type of exercise? Running. But I also have really found a love for other kinds as well but running will always be at the top!

3. If you met a genie and was granted 3 wishes, what would they be? 1) a baby. 2) no such thing as money… 3) or death.

4. What is your favorite season, and why? It all depends when you ask. Right now it’d be summer! But at the end of summer I’d say fall.


5. What is your favorite television show? This is a tie between One Tree Hill and Vampire Diaries. If you’ve never watched either, do it!!! (……..you won’t regret it!!!)


6. Have you ever met a celebrity? My Darkest Days (twice!)


7. What is your favorite vacation spot? Mexico. David and I both said we had no desire to go there UNTIL we went to Riviera Maya for our honeymoon and we were hooked! It’s gorgeous, the tropical drinks are to die for, and the people are so nice!

On our honeymoon before weight loss

8. If you could live in any time period in history, what would it be, and why? Probably in the future. I want to know what it has to hold and what changes have been made in the world. 

9. Describe your first date. I’ll be honest, I can’t remember…is that bad??

10. if you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring with you? 1) Water 2) Photos of my family 3) Flip Flops 🙂

11. Can you play any musical instruments? My iPod! {hehe}

11 New Questions

1. What’s your favorite movie of all time?

2. What do you do as soon as you walk in the door after work?

3. Do you put your toothbrush in a drawer or in a toothbrush holder?

4. What vegetable do you love? Hate?

5. What is your favorite go-to outfit for a Saturday?

6. What’s your favorite work out?

7. What does your Tupperware cupboard look like?

8. If you had to chose one thing you could not live without, what would that be? (can not be technology related – made it harder huh!? hehe)

9. What’s your favorite thing to order while eating out?

10. What is the temperature outside when you are the happiest?

11. If you could pick anywhere in the world to be right now, where would that be and what would you be doing?

And the nominees are…

1. Jessie @ jessielovestorun.wordpress.com

2. Cori @ olivetorun.com

3. Paige @ healthyhitsthespot.com

4. Lindsey @ arunningtale.com

5. Elizabeth @ myneonrunningshoes.com

6. Karen @ Runner Girl Eats

7. Brooke @ Running In Heels

8. Emily @ Perfection Isn’t Happy

9. Katie @ katiedidwhat.com

10. Kari @ afoodiestaysfit.com

11. Clare @ fitting-it-all-in.com