Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday: Party Time!

Happy Tuesday, specifically, Show & Tell Tuesday!  Today's topic is parties.  When I thought about it, three parties came to mind, my sister in law's baby shower, my dad's 60th birthday and then my cousin's baby shower this past winter.  I share specific details about them all before, so here are just a few pictures from each, along with the link to that specific post.

Jen's Baby Shower: Part 1 & Part 2

You can check my 2017...

...and 2016 Show & Tell Tuesday posts below.

Linking up with Andrea, Lindsay and Whitney.  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekend Recap: Spring Cleaning Edition

Happy Monday!  The weekend was way too fast as always - here's a little recap.

My mom came Friday afternoon and was kind enough to do some grocery shopping for me while I was finishing up work.  We headed out for some drinks and apps a little bit later, then made a few stops - one to Dick's Sporting Goods to see if the sales were as good as last weekend, and then to Lowe's to pick up flowers and plants for my balcony pots.  Dick's was a bit of a disappointment for me, but we both found some things and got good deals on those.  Lowe's was an adventure, because it had started raining a bit - no too heavy, but more than spitting - so we shopped for plants in the rain.  We thought we were the only crazy ones that would be out, but there were actually quite a few people and more coming as we left.  Guess we weren't the only ones not afraid of a little rain.

We were up early the next morning, ready to tackle my spring cleaning list.  The weather was pretty crappy in the morning - cold and rainy, but luckily for us it stopped and then totally cleared up and became gorgeous!  The cleaning was nonstop, with only a trip to Target to pick up a few more cleaning supplies...and Starbucks.  I tell you, that cinnamon almond milk macchiato is addicting.  We finished up, took a quick walk before dinner and then just kind of crashed.  I am so thankful she was able to come help me, because we got so much done.  The place just seems refreshed!  We even managed to do a bit of decorating, too.  

Sunday morning was another early start to the day, and we headed out for a walk.  I love these days where it is cooler in the morning and then warms up throughout the day.  Perfect for morning walks.  I introduced my mom to my love of Kodiak Cakes, and she helped me do some food prep before heading back home.  I spent the rest of the day doing laundry and getting ahead on some blog posts.  

It was such a productive weekend, here's to hoping the week follows suit!

Linking up with Biana.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Boy, am I glad it's Friday!  This week has been a long one, and I am glad to see the weekend.  I have big plans to do some serious cleaning with my mom's help and I am excited to tackle my long to-do list.  It's supposed to be rainy and gross, so the perfect weather for spending time in indoors, getting things done.

Since today is supposed to be gross and rainy, I thought I would start off the post with a picture from last weekend was it was just absolutely gorgeous!

1.  Easter.  Easter was fabulous - I am still thinking about it!  The food was so good and I am still dreaming about all the desserts.  I really regret not bringing back leftovers, especially of the lamb cake.  Such a sweet treat!  And of course, the company was even better.  Although I feel like I have been going through this week like a chicken with its head cut off - I have got to prepare better next time I decide to drive back on Monday morning, rather than Sunday - it was worth it to be able to spend time with my family.

2.  Speaking of Easter, I received Essie's Sage You Love Me polish in my basket.  I painted my nails the other night and am loving the color.  It's a pretty color that kind of looks green, kind of looks blue, kind of looks gray, depending on the lighting.  I just think it is so pretty!

3.  Chick fil A app.  If you are are like me, you love Chick fil A.  I may be late to the party on this one, but they have an app!  A coworker shared this with me yesterday.  From the sounds of it, you just download the app, swipe it whenever you go to Chick fil A and start earning rewards!  Seems easy peasy to me!

4.  Navy, green and white.  I was really feeling this color combo this week when it came to work clothes.  To see what I mean, check out my work wear for the week post from Wednesday!

5.  Running.  I got away from running for awhile and am trying to get back into the groove.  This week I was able to run a mile without stopping - twice!  While it may not be a huge distance for many people, it was a definite win for me! 

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Linking up with AndreaApril, and Katie.    

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Weight Loss Challenge Update

Hey all!  I am four weeks into a weight loss challenge at work, and wanted to give a little mid-challenge update.

A little back story to start off the post, though.  One of my New Year's Resolutions was to continue to improve on my health.  I jumped on the 21 Day Fix bandwagon last year, and really love the work outs.  I did a full review after my first go around here, if you want to check it out.  I love the workouts and learned a lot about diet via the program, which I shared when Sarah and I did a little blog switch earlier in the year.  You can see my post on Sarah's blog here, and her post about her healthy tips and tricks on my blog here.  I always love reading posts like that - helps to get me motivated!

My motivation here of late has been the weight loss challenge I am participating in at work.  The challenge is company-wide, and there is a group of 9 of us that are split between two teams, which makes it a little more fun and competitive.  I like that it is on teams, because you don't want to let the others down, and it gives you a good support system, too.  The fitness center provided us with a work out, suggested diet, and we receive a weekly healthy recipe to help set us up for success.  

So far, I have lost a little under 4 pounds.  I feel pretty good about that number, as they say a healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week.  4 weeks down, almost 4 pounds lost.

Here's the two main things I have been doing to achieve that loss.  

1.  Working out twice a day during the week.  In the morning, I do a 21 Day Fix work out.  I consider this more my 'weights' work out.  For my second round of the day, I head to the gym after work and do a half hour or 45 minutes of cardio.  One day I will walk on the treadmill for a half hour plus 10 minutes on the stair master, and the next day I will elliptical for 30 minutes.  I do the morning work outs Monday through Friday, and try to get to the gym after work 3-4 times a week.  On the weekends, I usually try to get out for a walk on Saturday and have Sunday for rest, or just another, more leisurely walk.  Since I have been doing this, I have started to see higher losses during weigh in week.  Doing this for the long haul does not seem like a viable option, so my hope is that once I hit my target, I can go back to once a day working out to maintain.

2.  Watching what I eat.  Captain obvious speaking because we all know this is key to losing weight and being healthy.  My sister in law has had some really great success lowering her carb intake, so I have been trying to be cognizant of that, as well.  For example, I picked up a spaghetti squash to get my pasta fix, instead of using actual noodles.  I am having more salads, sometimes for both lunch and dinner, and pairing them with a protein or making them a little different to keep myself from getting burnt out.  I am also still letting myself eat what I want...to a degree.  At big meals, like Easter, in the past I tended to take a bit of everything.  This year, I just focused on the things I really liked.  I may have had 3-4 desserts, as well, but that isn't my everyday.  And I split a few with my mom so that I could get that taste, but didn't over do it too much.  I also allow myself a cheat meal/day.  Otherwise, I am the type that if I don't allow myself things here and there, then it all bottles up and I just go crazy with eating all the bad things.  

That's what has been working for me!  Hopefully I will be back in 4 weeks with twice as much weight lost (if not more!)!  

Linking up with Annie.      

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Work Wear for the Week Vol. 4

My work wear this week has a bit of a color scheme going on...I am obviously a fan of navy, green and white!  I say that with the exception of Friday.  You'll notice that there is no Friday outfit.  Confession - I pulled Monday through Thursday outfits together and forgot all about Friday!  Obviously I would be all about that 4 day work week - my brain is already on track for that!  I was going to come up with something to add it, but honestly I just stood in my closet trying to come up with something and having no inspiration, so I am leaving it at just Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Monday:  Something easy and comfy for the early morning drive into work, yet still put together.

Shirt (old): Banana Republic (similar in stripes) | Pants (old): Loft (similar) | Heels: Calvin Klein | Necklace: Kendra Scott

Tuesday:  I touted this as my new favorite work outfit last What's Up Wednesday.  I just love it!

Sweater: Banana Republic | Skirt (old): The Limited | Heels: Calvin Klein | Necklace: Kendra Scott

Wednesday:  This was actually the first outfit that came to my mind when planning the week.

Cardigan (old): Loft (short sleeve version) | Tank (old): Loft | Skirt (old): The Limited | Heels: Calvin Klein | Necklace: Kendra Scott

Thursday: Once I realized everything else was navy, white and green, I had to keep going with it.

Cardigan (old): Loft (short sleeve version) | Tank: Express | Pants (old): The Limited | Heels: Calvin Klein | Necklace: Kendra Scott

For more of my work wear looks:

Linking up with The Pleated PoppyJenn and Jessi.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Weekend Recap: Easter 2017

Hey all!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I am a day behind, recovering from too much Easter fun!  Before I get to that, let's start back with Friday.

I didn't do anything of note Friday evening, other than picking up my apartment and packing for a trip back home.  

I was up early to head to my parents'.  The drive was uneventful, although some people are just crazy drivers.  I am always so thankful when I drive longer distances at how close I am to things on an everyday basis because like I said - people are just nuts on the roads!  We took a walk around the neighborhood and then had a quick lunch before heading out to run errands.  We all had a few things to return, at various places, so it worked out well.  Unfortunately, that Loft skirt I had been lusting over turned out to not be a good fit for me.  The length was wrong, but even hemmed it just didn't fit me quite right.  Always hate when that happens!  On the other hand, I have been in desperate need of some new work out clothes, and was able to pick some up on sale at Dick's.  Tank tops for $10, a few sports bras - one $12 and $15, and then capris were buy one get one half off, so my mom picked some up for herself and gave me her half off pair!  I was excited to work out yesterday, just so I could wear some of my new purchases.  The rest of the night consisted of us (my mom) conquering the lamb cake, having burgers and watch The Ten Commandments.  I totally forgot to include that in my Easter traditions post, but that is definitely one of them!  Such an amazing movie, especially when you think about how old it is!

Easter morning started off with a hunt for my Easter basket (bag).  I actually had a little harder time finding it this year, because my parents' didn't tell me which room it was in.  Inside was an Arch Apparel t shirt (I had been wanting one!), socks, a Scrub Daddy, new nail polish, and some Easter candy.  We headed to my grandma's for church, FaceTimed with my brother & family, then my aunt and uncle's for Easter lunch.  My aunt and uncle moved into a new condo less than a year, ago, so it's always fun when we get to go over there and see all the little changes they have made since last time.  The food was ridiculously good.  Ham, shrimp, kidney bean salad, two potato salads, rolls, baked beans, carrots, green beans...I mean the list just goes on.  And everything was amazing.  My uncle made homemade vanilla ice cream, my aunt made triple chocolate brownies, and of course we had the lamb cake...along with a bunch of other Easter candy.  It was all SO GOOD.  It was fun catching up with everyone and enjoying what turned out to be a beautiful day.  I was so worn out after the fact, hence no post yesterday.

I decided to avoid the long drive home Sunday night, and got up early Monday to drive back.  It was back to work and back to the grind.

Linking up with Ashley, Erika, Lindsay and Whitney.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Favorites: Happy Easter!

Happy almost Easter!  And happy Friday!

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1.  It's two weeks into my weight loss challenge at work and I am happy to report that I have lost about 2 pounds!  Now, if I can only keep it up!

2.  Wednesday's post was about spring cleaning.  In it, I mentioned how in the past I have been lucky enough to have my mom come help me tackle the deep cleaning.  I didn't think it was possible for this year, but I was wrong!  She emailed me right after she read it and we set a weekend for her to come visit.  I guess the post ended up being an unintentional hint, and I am super glad it worked out that way.

3.  Again on the topic of spring cleaning - I was able to pull a lot of great to do's from others' posts.  I have been keeping a running list on my computer that I can add to whenever I think of anything, or read something that sparks a thought.  This way I can refer back to it when it's time for another deep clean.

4.  The Girl Chat link up was yesterday (thanks to everyone that linked up with us!) and it was all about Easter.  I really loved reading about everyone's Easter traditions.  It was fun to see how similar our Easter traditions are and then new and different ones that I hadn't heard of before.  Easter hasn't always been my favorite holiday, but this year I am really looking forward to it.

5.  A BIG thank you to Lizzie!  Yesterday somehow my settings got all messed up and reverted me back to a no reply blogger.  She was kind enough to let me know this and I was able to fix it.  When I first started blogging, I had never even heard of the term no reply blogger.  Basically, it means that your email is not linked to your account/comments you may leave on blog posts, so then the blogger who you comment on cannot reply back to you via email.  Some people choose to be a no reply blogger, but I like having my email linked up because I feel like that's how you create those connection in the blogging world.  I respond to comments via email (and occasionally directly on the post if someone has a question), so it's always a little disappointing when commenters don't have their email linked up.  If you are a no reply blogger and want to change it, I would suggest googling it, because there are some really great tutorials out there that can help you fix it!  Anyways, that got off a little bit, so again, thanks, Lizzie!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  

Linking up with AndreaApril, and Katie.