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Chelsea

Apr 282017
 

Hi friends! How was your week? Mine was a busy one – work is especially crazy right now and I have a bunch of things going on in my personal life too (like uh, planning a wedding) – so I’m definitely ready for this week to be over. Plus, I have my bridal shower this weekend (which is really more of a couple’s BBQ) and I cannot WAIT to see everyone. That also means we have family in town, so things are a bit hectic around here. Phew!

Anyway, let’s chat about my workouts this week!

Sat., April 22 – Saturday was a rest day! I was planning to get in a quick run with Jack before we headed up to Philly for the weekend, but when I woke up and saw that it was freezing cold and rainy and I changed my mind. Sleeping > running in the cold rain.

Sun., April 23 – Rest day! This day was spent soaking up the last moments with our friends in Philly, and then making the drive home.

Mon., April 24 Three mile run with Jack! The weather was pretty crappy again on Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday…), so I was proud of myself for making this run happen. With the weather being so dreary and wet, I really wanted to stay under the covers!

Tues., April 25 – As you already know, Fabio joined me for a spin class at FlyWheel on Tuesday! I really liked the music the instructor, Laura, played and felt like it did a great job of getting me energized for the day. At the end of class I saw that my “Fly” score was 256, which is about average for me.

Wed., April 26 – On Wednesday, I joined the girls, Anne and Kathleen, for a bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off!). We had Graham as our instructor again this week, and he absolutely killed us with burpees. If my math is correct, we wound up doing 60 by the end of class. UGH!

We also did a bunch of wall balls, overhead presses, mountain climbers, upright rows, sprints/running drills, and pull ups. It was a hard one!

At the end of class, Graham snapped a photo of us doing a chin-up hold. We were cracking up because Kathleen looks like a chin-up model in this picture. Haha!

You can’t see our feet, but I promise we are holding this!

Thurs., April 27 – On Thursday, Anne and I popped into BodyMass Gym again for their Blast class. This time we had Chase as our instructor, who we liked a lot! Anne and I agreed that the instructors at this gym are very professional and do a great job of correcting your form and pushing you to work harder in a very encouraging way. We also LOVE the music at this gym, which included a ton of throwbacks from the early 2000s.

Our workout consisted of a warm-up and three circuits, each with three exercises, completed three times. We also did a rapid-fire HIIT circuit at the end. It was a good one!

Another thing I like about BodyMass Gym is their resident dog, Flex!!

After class was over, Anne and I stayed behind to stretch/foam roll and we got to play with this cutie. Apparently when they adopted him, his name was Porky! They knew that wouldn’t work for a gym owner’s dog, so they renamed him Flex. Haha!

Dogs make me happy. 🙂

Fri., April 28 – Rest day!

Question of the day: How do you motivate yourself to get out of bed to work out when the weather sucks?

 Posted by on April 28, 2017
Apr 262017
 

Hi friends! It’s been ages since I’ve posted  What I Ate Wednesday post – essentially a post where I talk about all the things I ate in a day – and I recently decided I miss posting about the random food I’m eating. So today I’m bringing it back! Here’s a look at everything I ate (and my workout) from Tuesday.

My morning started bright and early (dark and early? It was rainy and gross out) with a 7:00 a.m. class at FlyWheel in Dupont. Fabio joined me, which is always a welcome treat. We had a new-to-us instructor named Laura, and we both agreed we loved her music! It was a great class, as usual. Here’s a post-class, sweaty, car selfie for ya. 🙂

Here’s a post-class, sweaty, car selfie for ya. 🙂

When I made it into work around 9:00 a.m., I dug into breakfast! This consisted of fat-free cottage cheese, strawberries, and blueberries. I’ve been loving this breakfast lately! Question: where do you all land on the fat-free vs. full-fat debate? I go back and forth.

For lunch, I had a salad – which I’m sure surprises no one since I eat one almost every day. Lately though, I’ve been buying the Dole chopped salad kits (I especially like the sunflower seed one and the sesame Asian one) and mixing them in with my regular mixed greens throughout the week. It makes my salads a little more interesting! I’ve also been eating my salads with hardboiled eggs for protein lately instead of chicken. Yum!

At around 4:00 p.m., it was time for a snack: a Chobani flip with banana yogurt, slivered almonds, and chocolate chips. I’ve been eating a ton of yogurt lately (trying to get more protein in my diet), but this was my first time in a while buying the flips. This flavor was pretty good, but not as amazing as some of the peanut butter varieties I’ve tried. Those things are like candy!

Ever since Fabio and I made room for our small grill in our front yard, we’ve been grilling everything. For dinner, we enjoyed grilled flank steak and asparagus plus roasted sweet potatoes with a spicy curry rub.

This meal was a little savory, a little spicy, and a little sweet. Delicious!

Right before sitting down to write this post, I treated myself to a bowl of the low sugar ice cream I mentioned the other day, which again is just meh. I’m obviously still going to eat it though. I mean, there are cookie dough chunks in there! 😉

And that’s a wrap for my Tuesday! Overall, it was quite a delicious day of eating!

Question of the day: How often do you eat dessert?

I always want something sweet after dinner, but lately I have been pretty good about resisting temptation and only eating a dessert when it’s more of a special occasion. Not today though!

 Posted by on April 26, 2017
Apr 242017
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Ours super fun, and was spent mostly in Philadelphia! One of Fabio’s good friends/fraternity brothers, Jake, works at his family’s jewelry store called Sydney & Rosen in Philadelphia, which has been in business for more than 70 years! Fabio got my engagement ring from Sydney & Rosen back before he proposed, and we always knew we’d be back to buy our wedding bands there too. Way back in January we coordinated with Jake to figure out when we should come up to buy our bands, and the weekend sort of snuck up on us!

More on that in a minute though – let’s stick with the order of events and talk about Friday first.

Friday

It was a beautiful evening on Friday, so after walking Jack, Fabio and I decided to walk to get something to eat for dinner. We decided on one of our local favorites, Taylor Gourmet, since Fabio could get a breaded chicken sandwich and I could get something a little on the healthier side. 😉 I got “the parker” salad, which came with chicken, dried apricots, barley, and watermelon radishes, among other things. It was delicious!

We took our food home to eat because we are right in the middle of binge-watching the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. Is anyone else watching?? It’s so, so good.

A little later in the evening we took a break from our binge to pick up some sweet treats from the grocery store: enlightened ice cream for me and Snickers ice cream for Fabio. Plus wine. 🙂

The englightened ice cream was just ok – it’s supposed to be lower calorie/lower sugar/higher protein, but I thought it also tasted like it was all of those things, so I’m not sure I’d buy it again. It’s still ice cream though, so I was happy. With ice cream in hand, we watched another episode of the show before calling it a night around 10:30.

Saturday

On Saturday morning it was time to head up to Philly! Our amazing friends Jojo and Jadd agreed to watch Jack for us and, after dropping him off and then sitting in loads of traffic due to some rainy weather, we eventually arrived at Jake’s jewelry store in Philly.

After saying hi to Jake and his fiance Greg (another one of Fabio’s fraternity brothers), it was time to get to business. I had sent Jake some pictures of wedding bands I liked, and he had a couple picked out for me that he thought I might like. He nailed it, unsurprisingly. I decided to go with something similar to the ring in the photo below, only with slightly smaller diamonds.

It should be arriving in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Fabio also picked out a really nice ring, with lots of help from Jake. 😉

After ring shopping, we drove over to my good friend Kristen’s house where we’d be staying for the evening! We sat around chatting with her for a while before deciding to head over to Kraftwork for a late lunch. Kristen and I shared a tasty chicken sandwich. Yum!

After chatting for many more hours (it was SO nice to catch up with her one-on-one) it was time for dinner! Our friend Greg is one of the managers for the restaurant Double Knot, and since he couldn’t get off work for our visit we decided to come to him instead! He made a reservation for us in the lounge area of the restaurant, and I was honestly surprised when I saw how trendy it was. It was like a Japanese speakeasy!

The lighting was pretty dark, and we wound up having to use the candles on the table to read the drinks menu. It definitely had a fun ambiance!

My friend Sam, who also lives in Philly, joined us for dinner too. Love these ladies! 🙂

All of the food we tried at Double Knot was incredible, and Greg took such good care of us for the evening. It was so nice to see him and Jake! I love these college buddies. 🙂

After dinner, we walked over to McGillin’s for an evening of dancing. Kristen’s boyfriend Mark was there too! (He was supposed to be away on a business trip but wound up getting an earlier flight home and surprised her at dinner. So sweet!)

It was such a fun night, and Kristen I got a big kick out of the songs that were being played at the bar from artists like Celine Dion (My Heart Will Go On and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now) and Vanessa Carlton. Lol! There was lots of signing happening on our end, before the bar closed at 2 a.m. and it was time to go home. Phew!

Sunday

On Sunday morning, Kristen, Mark, Fabio and I met up with Jake and Sam for brunch at For Pete’s Sake, where I enjoyed some delicious chicken and waffles. After that, we stopped by Sam’s house for a minute since it was close by, and then Fabio and I hit the road!

Our drive home wasn’t too bad, and now we are relaxing for a bit before I’m sure we will continue watching 13 Reasons Why. I’m not sure a grocery trip is in the cards for us today, so we will see how we make it through the week without any fresh produce. Eek! Maybe we will go on Monday after work?

Question of the day: Are you watching (or did you watch) 13 Reasons Why? What did you think?

Edited to add: Ahh we wound up finishing it late tonight (Sunday)!! It was so good and now I’m so sad it’s over.

 Posted by on April 24, 2017
Apr 212017
 

Helloooo! How was your week? Mine was a good one and it went by really fast. Love when that happens!

I also got some good workouts in, so let’s take a look back shall we?

Sat., April 15 – Before heading over to Baltimore for Diane and Alex’s baby gender reveal on Saturday, I ran three miles with my favorite furry running partner, Jack! Through work, I recently heard about an app called Charity Miles that allows you to raise money for the charity of your choice with every walk, run, or bike ride you log through the app. I thought it was a really cool concept (and such an easy way to raise money for causes that are important to you!) so I gave it a shot on Saturday morning.

It was really easy to set up, and I loved knowing that my quick, three-mile run was able to make a difference!

Sun., April 16 – Rest day! I spent Easter soaking up lots of time with family. 🙂

Mon., April 17 – Another three-mile run with Jack! This time the Charity Miles app said “together we’ve earned $17,655,” so I was happy to see that more people had used the app over the weekend. I’m not sure exactly how much each mile adds to the donated total, but I still think it’s cool that a run I would have done anyway can help raise money for important causes!

Tues., April 18 – On Tuesday, Anne, Fabio, and I checked out a new-to-us bootcamp class at Bodymass Gym via ClassPass (<–affiliate link for $30 off!).

The class was conveniently located in Courthouse, and we didn’t have to feed the meter until 8:00 a.m. which was really nice. We wound up taking their Bodymass Blast class, which is a full-body workout with a mix of cardio and strength-based circuits. This is one of their smaller classes by design, which we liked since it gave us more time to work one-on-one with our instructor, Chaz. Chaz led us through a series of circuits with planks, push-ups, step-ups, goblet squats, burpees, lunges, and more. It was a really good workout, and we all agreed we’d happily return again soon!

Wed., April 19 – I did something a little different on Wednesday! I am trying to “save up” my ClassPass classes since I ran out so quickly last month, but I didn’t feel like doing another run either. Instead I packed up a couple of weights and a sweat towel and walked over to the tennis courts near my house!

From there I completed one of my old Kayla Itsines workouts (I did legs and cardio and used the bench for step-ups) and it was really hard! I hadn’t done one of those workouts in literally years, but I still had the PDF saved on my phone so it wasn’t hard to pull it up and quickly find the one I wanted to do. By the end of the two repeated circuits, my legs were burning and I was dripping in sweat! Success! This is definitely a workout I’ll have to add to my rotation more often.

Thurs., April 20 – On Thursday, I joined my buddies Kathleen and Anne for our weekly bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club! The coaches all tease us because we usually chat during class — don’t they know we use our workout hour to catch up? It’s basically like a coffee date without the coffee. 🙂 We still work just as hard!

This week’s class was taught by Graham, the owner of UAC who we hadn’t had for a while. It was a great class and included broad jumps, walking lunges, pull-ups, jump rope, wall-balls, deadlifts, bicep curls, sit-ups, and more.

It was a good one!

Fri., April 21 – Rest day!

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today! I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Question of the day: When you’re not taking a class/going to the gym and you’re not running, what are some other ways you work out on your own?

 Posted by on April 21, 2017
Apr 192017
 

On Saturday morning, Fabio and I drove over to his sister Diane’s house for her baby gender reveal party! We were told to wear pink or blue based on our guess, and since Fabio and I knew that most of the family was rooting for a boy, we decided to represent team pink. We even brought some pink champagne!

We arrived around 11:00 a.m. and immediately got to work getting ready for the party. While Diane and her husband Alex finished getting ready for the day, Fabio and I joined his dad and other sister, Karen, at the grocery store to get some last minute party decorations.

It was a packed car with the four of us and all the balloons and flowers, but luckily it was a short ride!

When we got back to Diane and Alex’s house, we saw that Alex’s sister Michelle had set up the rest of the party decorations. We were ready to go!

How cute are these mini strollers and baby rattles? Michelle did such a great job with everything!

Team girl!!

Before we got started on the baby gender festivities, we set up a quick Easter egg hunt for Fabio’s niece, Sofia. The Easter bunny (aka, Fabio) hid eggs all around the yard!

Then we unleashed Sofia on the backyard! She was able to find all the eggs fairly quickly, though she needed hints for some of the tougher ones. 😉

Then we switched roles and Sofia hid all the eggs for the adults to find! Diane, Alex, Karen, Karen’s husband Martin, Fabio, and I all ran around the yard like crazy looking for eggs.

So fun!!

Sofia is a good hider. 😉

After the Easter egg hunt, Alex’s parents arrived and it was time to eat! We had a delicious spread of Greek salad, cheese bread, pita, dips, spanakopita, mixed veggies, chicken kabobs, pesto pasta salad, and pirozhkis (Russian pastries filled with ground beef). I wound up trying a bit of everything, and it was all delicious!

We all finished eating quickly because that meant it was time to find out the gender of Diane and Alex’s baby!

Their doctor actually found out the sex of the baby a week before, but Diane and Alex didn’t want to know the results yet so they had their doctor put the results in a sealed envelope, which they gave to a bakery. That way we were all surprised when they cut into the cake! Ready??

It’s a boy!!

Yayyy!!! Everyone was so excited, especially since most of the family was hoping for a boy. 🙂

Congrats, Diane and Alex!

Sadly, team pink was wrong. Boo! Haha!

But of course, we are just so happy for Diane and Alex and wish them a healthy pregnancy and delivery!

The rest of the afternoon was spent in the sunshine! We sat around drinking wine (well, not Diane), dancing with Sofia, and playing games in the yard.

This face!! LOL.

So fun!

Once the sun went down, we headed inside for cheese and fruit. How cute is this little plate Diane assembled?

The boys watched the Capital’s hockey game downstairs, while the girls felt the baby kicking!

This was my first time every feeling a baby move inside the womb and it was incredible! A little strange – like there was a little alien in there – but so wonderfully amazing. 🙂

Sunday

On Sunday morning we were up bright and early to meet my family for church! Fabio’s dad and Diane joined us, so it was nice to have our two families together!

Then we headed to my mom’s house for an amazing Easter feast. My mom really outdid herself with the spread!

My only contribution was this little bunny that garnished the plate of smoked turkey. It’s made with half a canned pear, a maraschino cherry, two raisins, two slivered almonds, and cottage cheese. It’s one of our favorite Easter traditions!

We stayed at my mom’s house for a few hours before eventually returning home in the late afternoon. It was a busy weekend for sure!

Question of the day: Have you ever been to a baby gender reveal party? How did the mom/dad-to-be make the announcement?

 Posted by on April 19, 2017
Apr 172017
 

Well we had quite the busy weekend – so much so that I’m going to break my recap up into two posts! I will start with our Friday, which was Good Friday, when we went out to dinner at Bad Saint. I thought it was kind of a funny play on words, right?

On Friday, our good friends Jess and Erick were in town from the Netherlands! They only come back to the states a few times a year (the next time will be for our wedding!) so we always try to get together with them when they’re in town.

When Jess asked if I had a place in mind for dinner and I said I didn’t, she and Erick suggested we try out Bad Saint. For those who don’t know about Bad Saint, it’s a new(ish) Filipino restaurant in Columbia Heights that was ranked the #2 restaurant in the country for 2016 by Bon Appetit. I really wanted to check out Bad Saint for my birthday back in September, but they don’t take reservations and as soon as Bon Appetit announced that it was the #2 restaurant, lines began wrapping around the block to get in.

Since Jess and Erick didn’t have too many plans for the day, they offered to wait in line for a table while Fabio and I were still at work. Erick wound up getting in line around 3 p.m., and, after sight-seeing with her mom for a bit, Jess joined him around 4:30. The two of them waited in line until about 6:00 (!!) when they finally got our names on the list for a 7:30 p.m. seating. Phew! They are seriously the best for doing this!

Fabio and I arrived just after our names got added to the list (meaning we avoided any line-waiting!), and we all headed to the nearby Wonderland Ballroom for a pre-dinner drink.

Psst – remember the last time I was at Wonderland Ballroom back in 2012??

Anyway, the weather was beautiful and we enjoyed a couple of beers al fresco while we (impatiently) waited for a text from Bad Saint saying our table was ready. Finally we got the much-awaited and text and walked over!

Bad Saint is a tiny little restaurant, which is part of the reason the lines are always so long. And there are only two four-top tables, so we got really lucky to snag one. There were lots of people in line behind Erick who weren’t able to get a seating!

The menu was pretty complicated – none of us knew too much about Filipino food – so we asked our waitress for recommendations. Of course she said everything was good, but she highly recommended the prawns.

We wound up getting a bunch of items to share (including the prawns), and then waited for our food. During this time we noticed that an amazing playlist was bumping through the restaurant – lots of throwbacks from the 90s and early 2000s!

In addition to food, we also had to think about what drinks to get! The menu had four specialty cocktails listed, and since there were four of us we got one of each. We passed them around the table and while I thought all of them were delicious, I settled on a fruity, tropical tasting one (I think it was the Diki-Diki?).

Before long, our food started arriving! We started with some octopus salad that was very light and citrusy, almost like ceviche but with potatoes in it…

…and then we had a delicious cauliflower curry with eggplant and acorn squash. This was one of my favorite dishes! It was also served with some delicious sticky brown rice.

For one of our main entrees, we chose the bone marrow soup! This flavor of this was so unique – it was beefy but also earthy, and so, so, good. We all agreed we loved this one!

And for our other main entree, we got the beef cheeks. Though these were a little fatty, the flavor was phenomenal – they sort of reminded me of sausage or bacon. The sauce on the side was very spicy, but also delicious.

And then we also got the prawns, which I sadly forgot to snap a photo of (I was too busy eating!). They came with the heads on – though the rest of the prawn was peeled – and were covered in a delectable black garlic sauce. Yum!

Once our cocktails were finished the boys also ordered a round of beers, and Fabio was super excited to see that they had beers from RAR, the fun brewery we visited last year in Cambridge! 🙂

Once our main meal was over, we were served dessert – a sauteed banana with the most delicious caramel sauce on top. The sauce was mostly melted but had a few bites that were starting to crisp up, and it was so, so good. I practically licked my banana leaf clean!

All in all we had such a fun night at Bad Saint, and were so thankful to Jess and Erick for both suggesting it and offering to wait in line. They are truly the best!! Plus we had such a fun time catching up with them, and now I can’t wait to see them for our weeding!! Eek!

Oh and one last little tidbit I thought you might enjoy: We wound up bringing home the bone from the bone marrow soup since we thought we knew someone who might enjoy it.

When we were eating the soup earlier in the evening, we tried our best to get all the marrow out of the bone, but one side was completely solid so we weren’t able to scoop out very much. Well, in the morning we saw that Jack had been up all night, hard at work at removing all that marrow. I guess he liked it!! 🙂

Haha!

The end.

Question of the day: Would you wait in line for so long for a restaurant? Have you ever been to Bad Saint or the other famous DC restaurant with a long line, Rose’s Luxury?

While Erick was waiting in line, he talked to some of the people around him and found out that some of them are line-waiters, i.e., people you find on Craigslist and pay to stand in line for you! Crazy!

 Posted by on April 17, 2017
Apr 142017
 

Hi there! How was your week? It sure was a beautiful one over here, with plenty of days filled with sunshine and warm temperatures! More on that in a minute. 🙂 For now, let’s chat about my workouts this week!

Sat., April 8 – Rest day! This was a fun day spent having my second wedding dress fitting, celebrating my dad’s birthday with my grandparents, and meeting my friend Hana out in D.C. It was a busy one, so working out wasn’t a priority. Then again, Hana and I did tear up the dance floor on Saturday night, so that might count as a workout! 🙂

Sun., April 9 – Rest day! We spent this day doing yard work and prepping for the week ahead. There was also a nap involved after all the late-night dancing the night before. 😉

Mon., April 10 – On Monday morning, I ran three miles with Jack. Three miles is my favorite distance for just a normal, not-training-for-anything-but-want-to-hit-the-pavement run. It doesn’t feel too challenging, doesn’t take too long, but still feels like an accomplishment. Jack loves this distance too! 🙂

Tues., April 11 – FlyWheel class with Fabio! This week we went to the Dupont location instead of City Center (where we usually go), and we took a class with one of my favorite instructors, Richard! We hadn’t had him in a while and I forgot how tough his classes are. Tuesday’s class had tons of hills! Oof!

Wed., April 12 – I ran out of ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off!) classes early this month for some reason, which was a huge bummer! (I have the 10 class plan.) Last week I wanted to take one more class on Thursday or Friday, until I realized I would have been left without any classes for this week. Aw man!

I used my last class on Tuesday for FlyWheel, so on Wednesday morning I planned to complete an at-home workout in my living room. I had picked out the workout and everything the night before, but when I woke up on Wednesday morning I just had no motivation to crawl out of bed. Apparently, I now need the accountability of a workout buddy or a ClassPass fine to get myself out of bed for an at-home bootcamp! How times have changed! This day wound up turning into a rest day. Womp womp.

Thurs., April 13 – Even though I was out of ClassPass classes, I wound up buying a discounted class through their app to take a bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club with my buddies Anne and Kathleen. We had a new-to-us instructor named Howard, and he was great! Classes on Thursdays are strength-based with a lot less cardio, and we all enjoyed the workout! And the foam rolling at the end, which is when we like to chat and catch up. 🙂 (This picture is actually from last week’s class!)

Fri., April 14 – I’m not quite sure yet about my plans for tomorrow (it’s Thursday night as I type this) but it will either include using up my last class at CorePower Yoga on a sculpt class, or sleeping in a little more and going for another run with Jack. We will see! Thank goodness my ClassPass resets on Saturday!

All in all, this was definitely not my best week of workouts. I could blame it on ClassPass, but I know part of it was also just me being lazy. I can tell that by my food too – I did ok at sticking to healthy choices, but I also snuck a few treats here and there that I definitely could have done without.

Knowing myself, I know that this is also a bit of a mental game for me. With the wedding coming up on June 10 (eek!!) I know I’m probably going to go super crazy with healthy eating and exercise during the month of May, and I guess I’m giving myself permission to enjoy this last bit of time where I don’t have to feel guilty if I eat a cookie that my coworker offers me or sleep in on a random Wednesday that I should have worked out. Of course I know I shouldn’t feel that guilt at all – I should just do my best to balance healthy choices with a few indulgences here and there – but I know as soon as it’s crunch time before the wedding that guilt is going to come on strong.

Anyway, enough about that. Let’s talk about a couple of other highlights from the week – namely, the weather! Spring is definitely here, and everything is blooming. Look at these tress in my neighborhood!

We have a beautiful azalea bush in front of our house, and it is so, so close to being in full bloom. There are a few flowers out already, but I can’t wait until they all open up in a couple of days!

Pretty much every day this week has been beautiful, and I did my best to get out for a walk during my lunch breaks. On Tuesday I had some more work to do once I got home around 6:00, but I was able to take it outside and finish working on the front stoop with my favorite furry buddy! And it was HOT!

And now that we removed that annoying stump, we can use our grill!

We wound up using it on Wednesday night and are planning to use it again tonight (Thursday). On Wednesday we had burgers and sweet potato fries, and while Fabio grilled I kept him company with Jack outside!

Yummmm.

I can’t wait for more grilling now that warm weather is here!

Well friends, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and for those who celebrate it, happy Easter and passover! We have a very full weekend ahead of us, and I’m excited to get it started!

Question of the day: Do you grill? If so, how often? Do you ever play weird mental games with yourself when it comes to being healthy?

 Posted by on April 14, 2017
Apr 122017
 

Earlier this week I looked at the date and realized my wedding is just two months away. Ah! Where did the time go? I feel like I’ve been engaged for so long and my wedding always felt so far away, and now it’s really weird that now it’s just around the corner. Eeek!

Since my mind is pretty much focused on all things wedding at the moment, I figured I would give you guys an update today!

Bridal Shower

My bridal shower is going to be more like a backyard BBQ, and couples will be invited! I’ve been to a bunch of traditional bridal showers where it’s ladies only and everyone watches the bride open up a bunch of gifts, and while that tradition is beautiful, it never really felt like me. I’d rather have a more casual get-together with both guys and girls, and I’m not planning to spend a lot of time opening up gifts in front of everyone (I figured I would just talk to some of the ladies who might want me to open their gifts, and do that separately, away from the whole party).

The shower will be at my dad’s house on April 29, so it’s coming up really soon! I’m also having my wedding makeup trial that morning, so I’ll have a full face of makeup for the party. Hey, whatever works, right? Now I’m debtating…should I get a blow out too? Decisions, decisions.

My dad, cousin, and a couple of my bridesmaids are taking care of all the planning for the party, so the only thing I have to do is figure out what to wear! Woohoo!

I wound up buying this fun maxi skirt, which arrived in the mail last week.

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I think it’s perfect for a bridal shower! Now I’m on the hunt for a top to match. I can’t tell if it needs to be white or ivory (or some other color, like gray?) so I’m planning to head to the mall soon to look around. Suggestions are welcome! Either way, things are moving right along for the shower!

Rehearsal Dinner

Another thing I’ve been shopping for is my rehearsal dinner! I went to the mall with my mom a couple of weekends ago to look for a dress, and though I saw lots of pretty things, I didn’t see anything that seemed right for my rehearsal dinner.

After thinking about it a bit more and doing some research online, I decided what I really wanted was a white jumpsuit. I thought it would be trendy and modern, but still sophisticated and elegant. Here are some of the ones I looked at online.

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I loved this one above, but it only comes in petite sizes and I was worried it would be too short.

In the end, I wound up getting this one from Nordstrom!

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It also arrived last week, and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s a great material, super flattering, and has an open back (which I’m going to need to buy a stick-on bra for – please let me know if you have any suggestions for ones you like!).

The slits up the side are also very fun, and I think it’s going to be perfect for the rehearsal dinner. Granted, it’s a bit dressier than I initially thought I wanted, but I figured if anyone can be overdressed at a rehearsal dinner it’s the bride! Right?

Wedding

Wedding planning itself is going…so-so. Unfortunately, our wedding coordinator with the venue had unexpected surgery in early March, and we’re not sure when she’s going to be back. Initially we were told she’d be back at the end of March, but now we’re being told it will be sometime in May. Her replacement planner seems ok, but I just really love our coordinator. She’s been working at the venue doing weddings for 30 years, and just knows so much! I really hope everything went ok with her surgery – I sent a get well soon card to her house – but selfishly I hope she is able to come back to work soon!

Her replacement planner seems ok, but I just really love our coordinator. She’s been working at the venue doing weddings for 30 years, and she just knows so much! I really hope everything went ok with her surgery – I sent a get well soon card to her house – but selfishly I hope she is able to come back to work soon!

Either way, I feel confident that between her replacement and my compulsive, type A personality, everything will go smoothly.

Other wedding items are also going well – I recently coordinated with the hair people, makeup people, photographer, and florist on a day-of timeline, which took a lot of work. All the girls received their bridesmaid’s dresses, and all of the groomsmen except one have their suits. I’ve been talking to the florist and the bakery and we are all set there. I think the next thing on my to-do list is to work more closely with the DJ. It’s all coming together!

Honeymoon

A lot has been happening on the honeymoon front! We recently booked our flights to Thailand and are now working out the exact itinerary for our trip! We had a general idea before, but wanted to wait to book our flights to pin down which days we’d be doing what. Now that we know exactly what our schedule will look like, we are doing fun things like booking our day trip to the Elephant Nature Park – the elephant reserve that takes in abused elephants and lets you feed them and play in the river with them – and book our hotel on the beach. Eeeek!

[Source – This is also a great recap of what we’ll be doing at the park]

Because I’m so type A and love planning, this is one of my favorite things to do! I’m currently deeply immersed in articles about the best places to eat, the coolest neighborhoods, and the most unique bars, and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂

And that’s about it as far as the latest wedding planning updates go. All in all, it’s coming along nicely and I think (hope?) we are in pretty good shape.

Before I sign off for the day, I have to give some major props to my good friend Shriya who recently opened up her own makeup artistry business, SKK Beauty! Since it’s also wedding-related, I figured this was a good time to share about it. 🙂

To celebrate the launch of her website, she’s running a limited time offer for 2017 brides through May 9. As part of the offer, they get a free makeup trial ($85 value) when they book four or more wedding attendants.

Here’s why Shriya said she started SKK: “I felt like makeup artists in the DMV area either cost an arm and leg for event makeup, were inconveniently located (i.e., did not travel to the client’s home or venue), or did not take into consideration the client’s skin type and overall makeup style preferences, and you ended up with a cake face or something totally different than what you imagined. I wanted to provide a service that was fairly priced, offered in-home service, AND really listened to client’s needs and preferences to create a flawless look. While I always listen to my own client’s desires, my personal style is elegance and glamor without feeling or looking caked.”

Go Shriya! I’m so proud of her for taking on this new adventure.

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Question of the day: What color shirt do you think I should look for to go with the bridal shower skirt? Do you have any recommendations for those sticky bras?

 Posted by on April 12, 2017
Apr 102017
 

Hi friends! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was very busy, but very fun! Here’s a look at what I was up to.

Friday

On Friday night, Fabio and I decided to get some chores out of the way by cleaning the house. This is my new favorite time to get cleaning done because then it doesn’t take time away from the weekend! After getting home from work and walking Jack, Fabio vacuumed while I cleaned the bathrooms, windows, and did some dusting. Teamwork makes the dream work, and we were finished with everything by around 7:30. Perfect!

I also took this opportunity to put out my Easter “hoppy hour” dish towels.

Plus a cute lamb dish towel. ‘Tis the season!

The rest of the evening was spent eating turkey burgers and sweet potato fries and watching our current favorite Netflix show, Peaky Blinders. We were in bed by 10:30 which sounded good to me!

Saturday

My mom came over on Saturday morning so we could go to my second wedding dress fitting! We wound up taking an uber into DC for the fitting, and when we arrived I was happy to see that everything with my dress was looking great! I can’t wait until everyone sees it! It will be here before I know it. Eeeeek!

When we were done, Fabio picked us up from the appointment so we could all go to breakfast together. We wound up going to A Baked Joint, a breakfast cafe from the same owners as Baked and Wired.

I started off my breakfast with a beautiful latte…

…and then had the bacon and chive biscuit with an egg for my meal.

The bacon is baked into the biscuits, making them incredibly flaky and delicious. Yum!

Breakfast was a lot of fun, and we wound up staying to chat with my mom for a while once we were done eating. Thanks so much for coming, mom!!

Later in the day, Fabio and I drove over to my grandparents’ house on the Eastern shore.

Fabio and my dad headed out to play a round of golf, while I had a fun afternoon with my Grandma and sister. We first helped my Grandma do some grocery shopping, and when we got home we baked some peanut butter cookies. 🙂

There was also lots of sister silliness happening.

Eventually the boys came back and then we headed out to celebrate my dad’s birthday at our family’s favorite restaurant, The Narrows!

Dinner was so much fun, and for some reason we all were all feeling a bit giddy/goofy. My Grandpa and dad were telling lots of jokes, and we laughed a ton throughout the evening.

Of course the food was really good too! I started off with a delicious citrus salad with goat cheese. My sister decided she wanted one of my strawberries…thief!

And for my entree I got the salmon. Delicious!

After dinner, we went back to my grandparents’ house for birthday cake.

It was such a fun day with family! Happy birthday, Daddy!

When Fabio and I got home around 10:30 we were pretty tired, but my friend Hana was in town and was going out in D.C. for her cousins’ birthday, so we rallied and met her out at the Living Room. Hana’s birthday is also later this week, so we figured we should go out with her to celebrate!

We had a really fun time and danced the night away! I’m so glad we were able to see one of my besties! 🙂

We wound up staying out until the bar closed at 3:00 a.m., which is something we haven’t done in a long time. Phew! I was feeling all the activity of the day and was definitely ready for my bed.

Ha!

Sunday

Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day! After taking Jack on an extra long walk, Fabio and I decided we wanted to use the day to tackle some yard work (not that we have much of a “yard,” more like a small green patch!), namely removing a bush stump that is right where we’d like to put our grill. We made a trip to the hardware store to get the necessary supplies, and then Fabio got to work removing it.

Success!!

Now we have a nice place to keep our grill outside. 🙂

The rest of the day was spent meal planning, going to the grocery store, and trying to spend as much time in the sunshine as possible.

The end.

Question of the day: When was the last time you stayed up until 3:00 a.m.?

 Posted by on April 10, 2017
Apr 072017
 

Spring is here in the nation’s capital!! We enjoyed some beautiful weather this week, and everything is finally starting to turn green. Look at these pretty trees by my office!

Last week I had a work event that went late on Thursday night, so I didn’t get the chance to pop in with a weekly workout update for you guys. I actually missed writing it; I always like reflecting on the week’s workouts to see if I had enough variety in terms of cardio, strength, and stability/stretching (yoga). Let’s get back to it with a look at this week’s workouts, shall we?

Sat., April – Short, shake-out run with Jack. We only covered a mile, which was fine with me. Mostly I just wanted to move my legs a bit!

Sun., April – Cherry Blossom 10 Miler!! I’m still feeling so happy about that seven-second PR. Woohoo!

Mon., April – Rest day! I actually wasn’t feeling too sore after the race, but I figured a rest day to stretch and foam roll never hurt anybody.

Tues., April – Fabio and I took a 7:00 a.m. Hot Power Fusion class at CorePower Yoga on Tuesday! We’ve taken this class once before, and it’s very similar to CPY’s Yoga 2 class but with a bit more strength involved. And, it is HOT! Phew! Fabio and I were dripping in sweat by the end. We also agreed we really liked the instructor, Lorenzo, and his core workout at the end was pretty great (read: hard!).

Wed., April – I actually wound up doing two workouts on Wednesday! In the morning, I joined my buddies Anne and Kathleen for a bootcamp at Urban Athletic Club. It was a hard one and we went through the three stations doing various exercises including kettlebell swings, deadlifts, box pushes, mountain climbers on sliders and the TRX, broad jumps, burpees, chest presses, pull-ups, jump rope, Russian twists, and more. Phew!

It was a good one!

In the evening, Fabio and I drove into Southwest to join a few of his coworkers for a free yoga class at Blind Whino, an awesome arts club housed in an old Baptist church from 1886.

The building is incredible, and the whole space is decorated with amazing, colorful art inside and out. As soon as we walked inside, we saw a bunch of butterflies!

So cool!

Blind Whino hosts free yoga classes every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the performance area, which is upstairs. The space was so cool! (They also rent out Blind Whino for events, and their website has some photos of wedding receptions that have taken place in this room! How cool!)

Throughout the whole practice, I couldn’t stop my eyes from wandering to all the different art on the walls and ceiling. Savasana was especially interesting since I spent it looking up at a ceiling painted in a million different colors.

The class itself was pretty good, and our instructor did a good job at making the class appropriate for all levels of yogis. The class felt a lot like a beginner’s yoga class with lots of simple explanations for the poses, but we also got into a few challenging inversions too so there was something for everyone.

Once the class was over, we walked around the rest of the building to check out more of the art. There was a big cherry blossom display downstairs, which looked similar to the real ones blooming along the Tidal Basin!

Fabio and I thought this space was just so cool, and we are so glad his coworkers told us about the free yoga classes. We will be back!

Thurs., April 6 – Another rest day! Somehow I really blew through my ClassPass (<– referral link for $30 off!!) classes this month, and I now only have one class left between now and the end of next week. Womp womp. I was planning to take a spin class on Thursday, but once I saw that I didn’t have enough classes to get me through next week I canceled and took a rest day instead. Plus, since I did two workouts on Wednesday I figured that was good enough. 🙂

Fri., April 7 – It’s Thursday night as I write this, but tomorrow’s plan is to run 3 miles with Jack in the morning!

All in all it wasn’t my best week of workouts – there was a lot more yoga than usual and I could have included a bit more cardio – but I was still happy with how things went, especially after the successful 10-miler on Sunday.

I will leave you with this last fun tidbit from the week. On Tuesday evening, Fabio and I headed out to walk Jack together after work, as we usually do. The weather was so beautiful (70 degrees), and when we got to the park where we always take Jack, we saw that the local high school’s baseball team was playing. Since it was so nice out, we decided to sit on the bleachers and watch the game for a while.

In case you’re a new reader, Fabio is a HUGE baseball fan, so he was really happy to be out there watching a game for free. I was just happy for some extra time in the sunshine!

Once we had watched a little more than an inning, we decided to head back home, but not before stopping at the concession stand so Fabio could get a hot dog. What would a baseball game be without a hot dog?

He was nice enough to give me two bites on the walk home too. What a guy. 😉

Question of the day: What sports did you play in high school?

Fabio played baseball, and I was a cheerleader!

Throwback pic with Bianca and Hana!!

I’m on the bottom there somewhere…

I have a feeling we’ll be stopping by more of these high school baseball games throughout the year, and I’m dying to go to one of the football games in the fall to watch the cheerleaders!

 Posted by on April 7, 2017