5 Things Friday: December 14

Happy Friday!! It’s been a minute. December has been one of those months that I didn’t think would be that crazy, but it’s become incredibly crazy and busy. Anyway…here are some things I’ve been loving lately. :)

1) Convention in Orlando/My dress

Okay, so this is kind of two things, but I’m combining them into one. Last week was our work convention in Orlando, and I had an amazing time with my team!

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We met with clients, threw a party, ate amazing food, and attended the formal dinner/dance (aka “prom”) and it was a blast. I got to wear my super extra dress from VICI and I want to wear it every day of my life.

2) Apple Ginger Shots

I love these. They’re not inexpensive for how small they are, but they’re on sale at Publix all the time. I haven’t tried the other flavors, but I did buy a charcoal one once but it expired. I try to drink these before I travel or if I feel like I’m getting sick, lol. It’s pretty gingery, so if you don’t like that flavor, stay away!

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3) Black Nail Polish

I’ve wanted to paint my nails black for a while, but I avoid polish on my fingernails because it ALWAYS chips. But then I saw Meghan (Markle) wearing it and loved it and decided to just go for it. Jale owned a nail polish biz circa 1996-1999, so this nail polish is over 20 years old! It held up pretty well for being so old. :) And now I feel kind of edgy, ha!

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4) Co-star Astrology Instagram

I LOVE this page and my parents now follow it too. They list funny memes and lists based on the zodiac signs. If you know me, you know I’m pretty into horoscopes and all of that, lol. These are hilarious and seem to be pretty accurate too!

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5) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

Okay, so I’m one of those people who makes like 50 cookies and eats them for 1 night then throws them away, lol. But not these! I actually ate these for 3 days, which is saying something. I can’t stand when cookies get dry or start to taste weird after day 1, and these don’t do that!

They stay crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Here’s the recipe. I substituted regular butter for vegan butter, and just used all purpose flour for all of it.

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Thank you for reading! We’re off to dinner with Jale, then we’re getting our house ready to be tented for termites next week. Good times, lol! Have a great weekend. :)

xo,

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My Fitness Journey (So Far)

If you follow me online, you probably know that fitness is a huge part of my life. For the past 10+ years, I’ve really made it a habit and love it! Since I was young, I had to do something “active” like most kids, so my fitness story has been evolving for a while. :)

3-7ish years old: Dance and gymnastics. I liked it at first then didn’t. I wasn’t the best or worst, but it was just okay. I picked gymnastics up again around 10 years old and it was kind of tragic.

5-7ish years old: Soccer.  I was not good! I mostly just stood there and when the ball came to me, I kicked it away, lol.

7-14 years old: Swimming. My main sport! I was pretty good when I started, then it became much more of a social thing. I was there for the Pixie Sticks and pasta salad. :) Also, my Grandpa would take me to Hoss’s every week and I would go to TOWN on the salad bar, ha. I really had a great time with swimming most of the time, and it kept me in decent shape. I swam about 3-4x per week for 60+ minutes in the winter, and every day for about 45 minutes in the summer.

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12-14 years old: Lacrosse. I played in middle school and it was fun! It was the first time I actually sort of enjoyed running. Update: I don’t like it anymore. Bless all of you marathoners out there. #RunningIsAwful

14-18 years old: Most of my exercise came in the form of show choir practice and musical rehearsals. Surprisingly, it was a good workout! My senior year, I was an Indian in Peter Pan, and we seriously ran a LOT and did some intense dancing. My legs were covered in bruises from all the jumping on the sets, but I had fun and it definitely conditioned me.  Once in a while, I would get on the treadmill or do a Tae Bo tape too, lol.

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What up, 2006?

18-20 years old: The crazy exercise years. I started running the summer before college to lose some weight, and I looked good before I left. As I mentioned in my food story, these were some rough years for me. Once college got really awful and stressful, I started working out ALL the time.  It mostly started as a way to maintain control of my life and get out of my dorm room, but soon became an obsession. Sadly, I lost friends over this time in my life, and I was not my self at all. It was awful!

20-22 years old: Things got better once I transferred colleges, and I started to approach exercise like a normal person. I did a lot of yoga classes, group fitness classes, cardio on the bike, elliptical, etc. plus lots of walking at college.

22-27-ish years old: This was basically a random assortment of exercises, mostly consisting of yoga, exercise videos, and barre type stuff. While I LOVED these workouts and they were fun (and burned!), I didn’t really see results. My diet probably didn’t allow for that either, but I just don’t think these were the right workouts for me. Not that it has to be results-oriented, but I wanted to see SOME muscle and strength gains for my efforts, and I wasn’t seeing them here. Some people have outstanding results with both types of workouts! Every body is different.

27-30 years old: I discovered weight lifting! I always made fun of/was annoyed by Chad’s love of lifting, mainly because it meant we had to haul his enormous weight sets everywhere we moved, ha. I didn’t understand it! But then, about 3 years ago, I decided to give it a try without any expectations. I started REALLY easy and light and worked my way up from there. Now, I lift heavy about 4-5 days per week, with 1 day of more bodyweight/light strength and a little bit of cardio.

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I really don’t do much cardio besides about 20-30 minutes of dog walking per day, and maybe an additional 15-20 minutes (TOTAL PER WEEK) on the Elliptical or bike. It ruins my gains, yo. ;) I mostly do Workouts by Katya and I’ve had awesome results from them. Additionally, I just LOVE it. I love to blast music and zone out and get stronger. Weights also changed my body a LOT for the better.

Okay, that was super long! Let me know if you have any questions - and thank you for reading. :)

xo,

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5 Things Friday: November 9

Happy Friday, friends! This week flew by. Here are some of my favorite things from the past few weeks. :)

1) Melting Pot

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We went to The Melting Pot last weekend with Jale and it was SO good. I really love how it’s a leisurely dining experience that’s a good 2 hours long. This was only our second time ever going and it was just as good as last time. We love the food and the experience - major shout out to the super fresh shrimp and the Oreo Marshmallow chocolate fondue at the end!

2) Happy Hour @ Jale’s

Since Jale has halfway moved here, I love going over most afternoons for Happy Hour. We Skype every weekday when they’re in PA anyway, so this is just in person. We have a drink and some snacks in the pool and just talk about our days. It’s the best!

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3) Zevia Sparkling Water

I bought this on a whim at The Fresh Market in Jupiter the other day, and I LOVE it! It’s so refreshing. It’s made with stevia, so it’s sweetened already. I often sweeten my regular sparkling water with stevia anyway, so this is easier. :) I ordered a whole case on Amazon too!

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4) Ideal Nutrition

A year or so ago, Chad and I would get most our meals from Ideal Nutrition, a meal delivery service. They have a huge local delivery area and their food is SO good. It’s healthy, but not in a “eat plain chicken and broccoli” every night kind of way. NO way could I handle that, haha.

They have ribs, pizza, cheesy chicken and other really great meals. You get to choose them on their site as well, which is great. The best thing is they’re only $7 each, which is so reasonable. We don’t get them as often now since Chad is Keto and I’m more busy/going out more, but once in a while we’ll sign up again.

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5) Plantain Chips

Dale had these at the house the other day and they’re amazing. I’ve had plantain chips before, but they’re usually not the best from the store. These taste like the kind you get in restaurants, and they’re a perfect mix of sweet and salty. I need to get some for myself!

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Okay, so I just noticed these are all food related, lol! Guess I was really hungry this week. :)

Enjoy your weekend!

xo

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Fashion Update: Latest Outfits

Hey there! I figured I’d ease into more consistent blogging with a fashion post. :) Aka what I’ve been wearing lately! I love shopping and clothes and all the online boutiques.

So this is what I’m loving, along with what they were worn for and where I got them.

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Top Row:

  • Outfit: Black high-neck shirt bodysuit; Leopard flowy pants | Worn to anniversary dinner | Purchased From: Dottie Couture Boutique (both)

  • Outfit: Buffalo plaid off-the-shoulder top; Black leggings | Worn to dinner @ The Melting Pot | Purchased From: Top from Pulse Boutique; Leggings from Kohl’s (old)

  • Outfit: Hocus Pocus T-shirt; black leggings | Worn on Halloween | Purchased From: Top from Amazon; Leggings from Kohl’s (old)

  • Outfit: Green midi dress | Worn to wedding rehearsal dinner (as the planner) | Purchased From: Amazon

  • Outfit: Black tank top jumpsuit | Worn to work a wedding for 11+ hours! | Purchased From: Ollie Marie Boutique

Bottom Row:

  • Outfit: Flowy, one arm tunic; Ponte pants | Worn to a wedding final walkthrough in Palm Beach | Purchased From: Top is Michael Kors @ Macy’s (this is old-ish); Ponte pants are from Kohl’s (old)

  • Outfit: Black strapless jumpsuit | Worn to dinner @ Seasons 52 | Purchased From: Dottie Couture Boutique

  • Outfit: Cheetah romper | Worn to run errands/shop | Purchased From: Closet Candy Boutique

  • Outfit: Black striped tie-front dress | Worn to dinner, I think! | Purchased From: Dottie Couture Boutique

  • Outfit: Blue and pink cheetah print jumpsuit | Worn to see Phantom of the Opera | Purchased From: Poshmark, but it’s from H&M originally (old!)

Thank you for reading! Let me know if you have any sizing or other questions. :)

xo

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