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Mar 132017
 

Hello there! Did you have a nice weekend? Fabio was out of town for his bachelor party until Sunday afternoon, which meant I had a lovely ladies’ weekend without him. Here’s a look back at the highlights!

Friday

As soon as I got home on Friday evening and walked Jack, I immediately got to work cleaning the house. Since I was away the weekend before, it had been a while since the carpets got vacuumed and the furniture got dusted, and I decided I might as well scrub the tubs and windows while I was at it. Having a messy house drives me nuts, so I figured getting the cleaning out of the way early would leave me feeling more relaxed for the rest of the evening. A little more than two hours later, the whole house was feeling fresh and clean. So worth it! The rest of the evening was spent eating leftovers and watching Grey’s Anatomy before heading to bed around 10:00. Wild Friday night indeed. 😉

Having a messy house drives me nuts, so I figured getting the cleaning out of the way early would leave me feeling more relaxed for the rest of the evening. A little more than two hours later, the whole house was feeling fresh and clean. So worth it! The rest of the evening was spent eating leftovers and watching Grey’s Anatomy before heading to bed around 10:00. Wild Friday night indeed. 😉

The rest of the evening was spent eating leftovers and watching Grey’s Anatomy before heading to bed around 10:00 p.m. Wild Friday night indeed. 😉

Saturday

The alarm went off at 7 a.m. on Saturday so I could get in an 8-mile run before my other plans for the day. It was cold and windy out, but sunny. I wound up running from my house down to the end of the Georgetown waterfront, which was exactly four miles.

From there I snapped a couple of pictures and then made my way back!

I really struggled from mile 6 – 6.5, but then I realized it was just because I was going through all the Rosslyn hills and things would get better if I just kept moving. I would tell myself to just run to the top of the hill and then I could stop to walk if I wanted, and then once the hill leveled out it wasn’t so bad and I kept going. On and on this went, until I was done with Rosslyn and most of the hills. Phew!

I was really proud of myself for finishing this run, especially since I was by myself, cold, and tired from the hills.

Phew!

Once I got home I quickly showered and got myself ready before my mom arrived for some wedding festivities!

First up, we had an appointment with the tailor for my wedding dress fitting. We wound up going to Green & Blue Studio in Dupont since that’s the tailor that the store where I bought my wedding dress recommended, and I was so impressed with the service and knowledge of the women there. It was a bit more expensive than I was expecting (isn’t everything wedding-related?) but definitely worth it to have a dress that fits perfectly on such a big day.

More importantly, my dress – which I hadn’t tried on since July – still fit great and I still love it. Thank goodness!

After the dress fitting, we popped into Boqueria for lunch! I hadn’t been to Boqueria in ages, but their tapas and Spanish drinks were just as delicious as I remembered. My mom and I both started with glasses of white sangria!

Then we got a bunch of tapas to share including the patas bravas (SO delicious), croquettes, shrimp, and mussels. Everything was delicious!

We even decided to get the churros and chocolate for dessert since it was a special day. 🙂

Yum!

After lunch, we had another wedding-related errand to run! The girls’ bridesmaid dresses arrived late last week, and my mom and I went to pick up the ones that arrived at the store (some girls got them sent to their houses, and some got them sent to the store). All the dresses looked gorgeous and I was so happy with how everything turned out! Yay!

After all our errands I headed back home, packed up a bag, grabbed Jack, and then drove over to my mom’s house. A couple of friends had invited me out to Baltimore for the night, but I thought a relaxing evening with my mom and stepdad sounded like a smarter option. We spent the night sipping wine, catching up, and watching cooking shows (our favorite!) before calling it a night somewhat early.

Sunday

I was up bright and early Sunday morning since I had to be back in Arlington for a 10:00 a.m. appointment with my HOA committee, but before I left, my mom made me a glass of juice made with turnip greens, a carrot, and a pear.

Hit the spot!

Then my stepdad brought out whole wheat pancakes topped with homemade strawberry preserves for our breakfast. Wow – these were SO delicious. I hadn’t had pancakes in a long time and these were fantastic!

Everything was incredibly delicious.

Then I said goodbye to my mom and stepdad and headed home for my 10:00 a.m. meeting. As soon as it was over, my friend Kristen stopped by for a hot second to pick up her bridesmaid dress, and after that it was time to head out again, this time for a noon class at Edge Yoga with Fabio’s sister Diane! As soon as she heard the bridesmaid dresses were in, she texted me about meeting up for a yoga/lunch date since the boys were out of town and she needed to pick up her dress anyway. What a perfect time for a ladies’ date! 🙂

The class was really good, and then we headed over to Northside Social for lunch. I had a salad and a bacon scone – hey, it’s all about balance!

I also had a latte afterwords, which totally hit the spot.

Eventually – after spending way too long chatting – it was time to head our separate ways, and after saying goodbye to Diane I stopped by the grocery store and then to the airport to pick up Fabio.

Phew! It was a fun-filled, busy, girls’ weekend indeed!

Question of the day: Tell me three things you did this weekend!

 Posted by on March 13, 2017
Mar 082017
 

On Thursday of last week, I headed out for a surprise bachelorette adventure with 11 of my best friends!

I spent the morning finishing up my packing, and then hopped in an uber at around 10:45 am. From there we picked up my friend Megan, and then rerouted to Regan airport. When we arrived, Megan handed me my boarding pass, which said we were going to Fort Lauderdale!!! Woohooo!!!

We got to the gate by 11:30 or so, and decided we needed to celebrate with some margaritas.

As you do!

After a quick and easy flight where Megan and I spent a ton of time wedding planning on the back of one of the airsick bags (I wish I was kidding!) we had arrived in paradise!

Our friend Catrina arrived from California at the same time as us, so after greeting her with lots of hugs we all hopped in an uber and headed over to the house where we’d be staying for the long weekend. I didn’t know anything about our plans at that time, but I was really happy to hear we had a house instead of a hotel since it meant we could spend more time together.

After driving past lots of palm trees, we arrived a huge house just a few blocks from the beach. When we came inside, my friends Hana, Bianca, Sam, and Britt were all waiting for us with a bottle of champagne!

I spent the next half hour or so wandering around the house in awe. First of all, the place was humungous with enough room for all 12 of us to sleep comfortably (no air mattresses needed!). It also had an awesome back yard area with a big pool, hot tub, patio, and bar area. AND my friends had decorated everything so adorably with lots of bachelorette/bride decorations. They are seriously the best!!

After the house tour, I immediately poured myself a cup of champagne and headed outside!

My friends had strung up a bunch of glittery tank tops for us all – mine said “Drunk in love” and the rest said “Just drunk.” Haha!

These were so adorable and were definitely a big hit with the girls.

We spent the next few hours sitting by the pool, enjoying the warm weather, blowing up floats, munching on chips and salsa, and catching up!

The swan float that the girls bought me was particularly difficult to blow up and required some teamwork.

After what felt like forever, we finally got the whole thing blown up. Can you see my thumbs up below? Haha!

The heart was quite a bit easier. 🙂

During the rest of the late afternoon, the girls finally told me what the plans were for the rest of the weekend which included a beach day, a pool day, and a drag queen show, among other festivities. Woohoo!

Does life get any better?

Eventually it was time for us to head inside and get cleaned up for dinner! My friends bought a bunch of photo props, which I thought was really fun.

We had some trial and error with a selfie stick before eventually getting it right. Lol!

Girls!

My high school besties!

Me and my Maid of Honor, Bianca!

She and Megan did most of the planning for the trip and I am so, so, so thankful to have such amazing friends in my life.

For dinner, we decided to walk down the street toward the beach see what we could find. We wound up stumbling upon a place called Taco Bar, which was really more like a taco club.

We sat on white couches and listened to great music from a DJ like we were in a club, but we got to eat tacos while doing it! It was totally my kind of place!

We had a blast sitting with each other and enjoying our delicious tacos (and drinks!) as well as the music.

Whee!!

We didn’t stay out too late since it was our first night, and after dinner all the girls hung out on the bed chatting for a while. It was the perfect way to end day 1 of my amazing bachelorette party!

A few of the other girls arrived in the middle of the night due to a combination of not being able to take off work on Thursday and delayed planes, so when we woke up the next day the rest of our friends had arrived! Yay!

More to come! 🙂

Question of the day: Have you ever been to Fort Lauderdale?

 Posted by on March 8, 2017
Mar 062017
 

Well friends, I’m back from the most amazing bachelorette weekend in Fort Lauderdale with my AMAZING best friends.

Seriously, I cannot even begin to tell you how fantastic they are and I am so, so lucky to have such thoughtful, caring, funny, loving, supportive people in my life.

I have about a billion pictures from the trip and it’s going to take me some time to sort through them all, so it might be a couple of days before I get a recap post (or two) up.

I’ll be back with an update for you soon!

 Posted by on March 6, 2017
Feb 272017
 

Hellooo! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was a pretty good one and was filled with fitness, family time, and relaxation. Not bad at all! Here’s a recap.

Friday

Giant has been sending me their new Savory magazine lately, and each issue has so many delicious looking recipes! I had bookmarked this butternut squash tagine with chickpeas a while back, and I figured Friday night was as good a time as any to throw it together. We are trying to eat more vegetarian (and even vegan…story for another day) meals lately, so I was excited to try this one out!

I wound up making everything in a soup pot instead of in the crock pot (I didn’t have time to get everything ready in the morning) and it turned out great! I also wound up adding a little curry to the dish which I think really rounded everything out. Nice!

I am really liking Savory magazine as a free resource for quick, healthy, and delicious meals, and you can pick it up at the store for free with your bonus card. Just an FYI for any others who shop at Giant! 🙂

While we ate dinner we watched Hacksaw Ridge, which was one of the movies up for a bunch of Oscar nominations. Have you guys seen it? I don’t usually enjoy war movies, but this one was excellent. Highly recommend!

Saturday

On Saturday morning I was up fairly early to get in my long run of the week. Fabio decided to skip this one as he has a nasty blister on his foot so I ran solo. Like last week, I decided to drive over to Iwo Jima so I could spend more time running in D.C.

Can you see the monument in the bottom left there?

It was another gorgeous day for a run, with temperatures in the low 60s and clear skies. Beautiful!!

I initially had 8 miles on the docket, but I decided I would cut my run short because a) I was only able to find a one-hour parking spot and b) I decided I’d rather have some extra time in the morning to hang out with Fabio since I wasn’t going to see him for the rest of the day.

Luckily my route was pretty easy to modify, and after running across Arlington Memorial Bridge, down by the Georgetown waterfront, across Key bridge, and down Mount Vernon trail, I arrived back at Iwo Jima.

Of course I was treated to some pretty stellar views along the way! I just love running over here.

By the time I was done, I had covered 5.59 miles and avoided getting a parking ticket. Sweet! 😉

After my run, I headed home for a quick shower, and then Fabio and I drove over to Northside Social for a breakfast date! It was so beautiful out and we were lucky enough to snag a table in the sunshine. 🙂

For breakfast, I ordered a small latte and a sandwich with smoked salmon, arugula, and a poached egg. Yum! It was fantastic and I had no problem polishing it off.

After eating and lingering for a while in the sunshine, Fabio and I returned home and hung out outside for a bit until 11:00, which is when my mom arrived for our road trip down to visit my Grandma in Hague, VA. My grandma hasn’t been feeling well lately, so my mom and Aunt CC decided a ladies’ weekend might cheer her up. 🙂

Her house is about 2 hours from ours, so we arrived with plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon sunshine from my Grandma’s back deck.

What a pretty view!

We spent some time chatting and catching up until the sky got overcast and a few raindrops started to fall. At this point we went inside and started looking through old pictures, which was a lot of fun! I found some really funny ones of me that I hadn’t seen before. For your amusement…

I thought my smile in this one looked just like the emoji. Haha!

Ooh and do you like my tweety/silvester nightgown? 🙂

Then I stumbled across this really nice photo of my with my Grandpa.

I got a little emotional when I saw this one and decided it needed to come home with me. <3

Eventually it was time for dinner, and we headed out to a restaurant my Grandma likes a lot called The Lighthouse. I got the scallops!

There was also some delicious warm bread and butter. Yum!

When we got back to the house we had one last glass of wine and called it a night. Phew! What a busy Saturday.

Sunday

We drove back from my Grandma’s fairly early on Sunday and were home by 11:00. Woohoo!

After my mom left, Fabio and I ran a bunch of errands and did some chores around the house.

Later in the afternoon, I started packing for my bachelorette party, which is later this week. Eeeeek!!

I currently have seven pairs of shoes to pack which seems excessive even to me. Help!

Now I’m sitting at the computer writing this post and waiting for the Oscars to come on. 🙂

Have a good week, my friends!

Question of the day: Any tips for not overpacking?

 Posted by on February 27, 2017
Feb 212017
 

Global warming is real my friends – this past weekend we enjoyed the most beautiful weather. With clear skies and temperatures in the high 60s/low 70s, everybody was out and about the entire weekend, including us! Here’s a peek at what we were up to.

Friday

When I got home from work on Friday, I saw that I had received two packages: the first was a bachelorette-themed Stitch Fix. I’ve been wanting some fun new pieces to wear to my bachelorette party next week, so when a coworker recommended I get a Stitch Fix and ask the stylist to include a bunch of bach-specific pieces I decided to go for it. I hadn’t ordered a Stitch Fix in a couple of years (!!) but I decided to give it a go. The result? Meh. I didn’t wind up loving anything in my fix so I sent it all back. Womp womp.

The second package was a bit better: my friends from Giant sent me some products from their new “twisted chocolate” line!

Since receiving this package on Friday I’ve already tried all of these and can confirm that they’re quite tasty. Now I want to try the “chocolate hummus” which is made with hazelnuts and probably more similar to Nutella than hummus. Yum!!

Thank you, Giant!

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing on the couch with Fabio and Jack. 🙂

Saturday

We slept in a bit on Saturday morning and then laced up our sneakers and headed out for our weekly training run! We decided to drive over to Iwo Jima so we could run through DC instead of through Arlington, which turned out to be a fantastic decision. I think we’ll do this more often!

Our seven-mile run took us across Arlington Memorial Bridge, past the Lincoln memorial, and down the mall to the Capitol building. Then it was time to turn back!

It was SUCH a beautiful day on Saturday which made our run a million times better. Beautiful weather + beautiful scenery = a great run.

With all the hostility/anger/sadness/disappointments happening in DC right now it was nice to just get out there and enjoy the beautiful day.

7 miles = done! This was one of the best runs we’ve had in a while!

We didn’t go too fast, but our focus for now is just getting our endurance back up. We can always focus on speed later!

After our run we headed home, cleaned up, and grabbed some lunch. Then we decided we weren’t ready to head inside yet so we took Jack over to Shirlington dog park where he splashed around in the water with some furry friends!

He was definitely loving life.

What a happy pup!

After all that swimming he really needed a bath, so we headed to Unleashed for their $10 DIY doggy wash. Poor Jack – he hates baths. Haha!

Later in the evening we stopped by a housewarming party with a few friends, and eventually the beer pong table – which was actually a door – got brought out. Fabio and I played a couple of games and proved that even though we’re getting older, our 8+ year history of playing beer pong together had us on a winning streak. 🙂

We went out to El Centro in Georgetown after the party and wound up doing a lot of dancing! It had been a while since we’d gone out together like that and we had a blast. 🙂

Sunday & Monday

Sadly I had to drop Fabio off at the airport on Sunday morning for a work trip, and I spent the rest of the day running errands, meal prepping, grocery shopping, etc. It was another gorgeous day so I made sure to take Jack on some extra long walks to the park once my errands were complete!

I had off from work on Monday due to President’s Day (woohoo!) so I kicked the day off with a haircut and highlights.

I’m a lot blonder now which I’m loving, even though I know the upkeep will be expensive.

Look at all those highlights!

After my haircut, I met up with my mom for an afternoon of shopping and a ladies’ lunch out! We went to Coastal Flats and wound up indulging in all kinds of delicious (not at all healthy) seafood treats. Yum! The weather was also nice enough for us to sit outside in the sunshine, so I was a happy camper, through and through. Thanks for lunch, mom!

And now we’re all caught up!

Question of the day: How is the weather where you live?

February is usually my least favorite month because of the weather, but this one hasn’t been bad at all! *Knocks on wood.*

 Posted by on February 21, 2017
Feb 172017
 

Happy Fridayyyy!! How was your week? Mine went by really fast, which always a good thing. And now I have a three-day weekend in front of me so I couldn’t be more excited! Woohoo!

Let’s jump right into today’s post with a recap of my workouts this week.

Saturday, Feb. 11 – Rest day! We ran about a million errands this day, so at least I got plenty of steps.

Sunday, Feb. 12 – Ran six wet and cold miles with Fabio. This wasn’t our best run ever, but it wasn’t too terrible either. Listening to the Hamilton soundtrack while running helped. 🙂

Monday, Feb. 13 – Rest day! I don’t usually take rest days on Mondays, but I was all out of classes on ClassPass and didn’t feel like going for another run. It was nice to sleep in!

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga with Anne. We took Monica’s class and it was just as hard as I remembered. She led us through an intense plank series during the class that had my core BURNING. Phew!

Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Bootcamp at Urban Athletic Club with Anne and our friend Kathleen. Our instructor Romain (who we love!) took us through three stations with various exercises like broad jump/burpees, pull ups, mountain climbers, TRX rows, chest presses, thrusters, squats, lunges, and more. It was a great variety and the class flew by!

Thursday, Feb. 16 – FlyWheel class with Fabio. Now that Fabio is signed up for ClassPass (he gets 5 classes a month) I have been LOVING having him come with me to all my favorite spots! He seems to like FlyWheel a lot, which is great for me since now I have a buddy to keep me company during those classes. 🙂

Also, I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude to the shower at my office that never has a line, because it means I don’t have to deal with situations like this:

I have stood in that line before and it is NOT fun. Thank you, office shower!

Friday, Feb. 17 – Rest day!

Overall, I’d say it was a good week of workouts!

And now let’s chat about Valentine’s Day! Of course I wore my favorite heart sweater from J. Crew. My Grandma bought me this sweater a few years ago, and I feel like you can’t own a sweater like this and not bust it out on Valentine’s Day.

When I got home, I saw that Fabio had surprised me with beautiful roses!

He split them up into two vases so I could enjoy them twice as much (you can see the second vase in the background here). He is the best!!

He also knew that I would be disappointed if I didn’t get any chocolate, but I’d be more disappointed if he bought me a whole box (haha!). Yep, he knows me so well. So he bought me just a few Lindt chocolates, which was exactly what I wanted! 🙂

Since we already celebrated our Valentine’s Day date on Saturday, we kept things low-key on Tuesday night and cooked a delicious dinner at home. We played some music from Spotify’s Valentine’s Day playlist (all the while thinking about songs we could potentially use as our first dance song at our wedding – that playlist had so many contenders!), sipped on wine, and cooked dinner together. It’s always nice when Fabio joins me in the kitchen to help me chop and cook!

Before long we were digging into a delicious meal of salmon with cabbage slaw that was tossed in a Greek yogurt sauce with fresh wedges of grapefruit and grapefruit juice (this is one of the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse recipes).

It turned out SO well, and was maybe one of the best pieces of salmon I’ve ever cooked. Delicious!!

We spent the rest of the evening on the couch watching The People Vs. OJ Simpson (we just finished this show – it was a good one!) and snuggling with our furry friend.

The end.

Question of the day: How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?

Admittedly, Fabio and I are pretty terrible when it comes to celebrating these kinds of holidays. I guess neither of us are that romantic? I think Fabio has stepped up his game lately though — this year he did great!

My dad always made a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, and I remember being a little girl and getting some really thoughtful gifts from him on this holiday. 🙂 Dads are the best.

 Posted by on February 17, 2017
Feb 132017
 

Well hello there! How was your weekend? Mine was a fun one, but it went by way too quickly. Sigh. Here’s a recap!

Friday

After getting home from work on Friday and taking Jack on a long walk with Fabio, it was dinner time! On the menu: Bubba turkey burgers and Alexia sweet potato fries (bunless for me, though Fabio had his burger on a potato hamburger bun). Plus pickles, ketchup, and mustard on top. Yum!

This meal is a new staple for us when we want something more “fun” than our regular weeknight dinners, but don’t want to get takeout or turn to something super unhealthy. I have a feeling this one is going to stay in the rotation for a while!

While we ate dinner, we watched the movie Girl on the Train. Though I read the book ages ago, I honestly couldn’t remember how it ended so it was still pretty suspenseful for me. I also had a glass of wine during the movie and a certain furry friend on my lap. Can you see Jack in the corner there? Haha!

This guy loves to snuggle.

I think we were in bed by around 11, which was fine by me! 🙂

Saturday

On Saturday morning we were up relatively early because we had an 8:00 a.m. appointment to get our car serviced (there was a recall on one of its gauge systems and it needed a quick software update). While they worked on our car, Fabio and I ventured over to a little cafe to sip on some cappuccinos.

We wound up spending an hour or so in the warm cafe talking about wedding plans, and I felt pretty accomplished by the time we were done! Soon enough our car was ready and we realized they had given us a free car wash and carpet vacuum while we were there. Sweet!

The rest of the morning was spent running a bunch of errands, including a trip to the mall where I bought two new bathing suits for my bachelorette party coming up in just two and a half weeks (!!). This was a big relief because the bathing suit I bought online a couple of weeks ago didn’t wind up working out, so I was sort of stressing out about what I’d wear. Bathing suit shopping is never a fun task for me (is it for anyone?) so I was really relieved when I found two that I liked. Woohoo!

One of our other errands took us into D.C., and since we were already there we decided to stop into Ghibellina for a lunch date! I’ve been wanting to try the pizza at Ghibellina for ages, and we realized we probably weren’t going to be able to squeeze in a Valentine’s Day dinner on Tuesday, so this lunch would take its place. 🙂

Fabio and I ordered two pizzas to share, and we wound up taking a whole pizza home with us as leftovers.

Both of the pizzas were absolutely delicious, and I really liked that they gave you scissors to cut the pizza slices with. So fun! I definitely recommend Ghibellina if you’re in D.C. and looking for some traditional Neapolitan style pizza.

The rest of the afternoon/evening was really relaxing and included a nap on the couch, some meal planning, leftover pizza, and the movie The Accountant, which we both really liked.

Then it was another early night in bed!

Sunday

Sunday’s plans included a six-mile run per our training plan for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. It was raining out when we woke up and we debated putting the run off until later in the afternoon when it was supposed to clear up, but I really wanted to get it over with so off we went in our rain jackets and hats.

The route I planned took us through a couple of new-to-me parks, including the really pretty Lubber Run Park which wound through the woods. I bet it would be beautiful in the fall!

Unsurprisingly, our run felt pretty challenging (and wet) and I was SO happy when it was over and we arrived back home. There’s nothing like the feeling you get after completing a run!

After showering up, we headed into D.C. for lunch at Modern Market. The D.C. location just opened at the end of January, and the kind store managers invited me in for a free lunch with a friend. (Lucky Fabio.)

Right away I knew I was going to like Modern Market – the flavor combinations on every meal item sounded phenomenal and I loved the focus on fresh, wholesome ingredients. Plus, each meal had the calories and macronutrients listed so I was a happy camper! My biggest problem was deciding what to order – everything sounded amazing!

I wound up ordering half a blueberry pesto sandwich (omg) and half an order of the butternut cashew soup, and both were incredible. I liked that this order came with a small salad on the plate as well. Extra greens are never a bad thing!

Fabio got the BLT+A sandwich with broccoli cheddar soup, and he was equally thrilled with his lunch. All of the food tasted so fresh and flavorful!

Later on, I also wound up ordering a peanut butter chocolate chunk cookie because it looked amazing, and I just wanted to show you guys the receipt for a second. See how it lists the nutritional information right on the receipt? Now that I’m using MyFitnessPal to track what I’m eating, I found this to be so incredibly helpful.

I also love Modern Market’s values on the back. 🙂

I have to say Modern Market is probably my new favorite fast-casual spot, and now I’m hoping they’ll open a location in Arlington soon. 🙂 Thanks for having me, Modern Market!

The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping and meal prepping.

We’re having these blueberry oatmeal breakfast bars this week, and I’m so excited!

The end.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite fast-casual restaurant?

Before trying Modern Market, I would have said Taylor Gourmet!

 Posted by on February 13, 2017
Feb 062017
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Ours was a really fun one, and we spent the majority of it at Fabio’s sister Diane and brother-in-law Alex’s house outside of Baltimore. It was so nice spending quality time with everyone! Here’s a peek at the highlights.

Friday

Fabio, Jack, and I hopped in the car after work on Friday to make the hour and a half journey to Diane and Alex’s house. Diane had some delicious chicken salads waiting for us for dinner. Yum!

Fabio’s dad had arrived from New York earlier in the day, and his older sister Karen and her daughter, Sofia, were on their way down from New York as well. We had planned to have this “family weekend” back when we last saw each other for Christmas, and I was so happy everyone was able to stick to the plan and get together!

We spent the rest of the evening chatting around the kitchen table before calling it a night around 11 p.m.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, Fabio and I were up before everyone else for a run! It was only 18 degrees out and we had five miles on the docket, so I was not looking forward to being out in the cold for that long.

At least it was nice and sunny out!

As for our route, I looked at my Google maps app ahead of time to figure out where we should go in the neighborhood. It was hard to tell how far five miles would take us, so I made sure to have a couple of back-up routes in case we needed to tack on some extra mileage.

The one thing I didn’t realize about Diane and Alex’s neighborhood was that it was so hilly! Phew! It made the run challenging for sure, but Fabio and I powered through it.

We wound up using all of my back-up routes and arrived back at Diane and Alex’s house after only 4.2 miles. While part of me wanted to keep running the last .8, Fabio and I were both cold and tired and going inside sounded like a better idea. 🙂

Once we got inside we showered up, changed into comfy clothes, and spent the rest of the day relaxing with Fabio’s family!

We had a fun day snuggling on the couch watching Finding Dory (so cute!) and playing with all the dogs.

It was nice and relaxing!

Later in the afternoon, more of Fabio’s family came over, and Alex’s parents joined us as well! We don’t usually all get to see each other except during holidays, so I was really happy that this family weekend worked out.

Eventually we sat down to a delicious dinner of Greek food that Diane, Karen, and I put together, and midway through dinner, Diane and Alex said they had an announcement to make.

….and then Diane pulled out a picture of her sonogram!

I just love this picture. 🙂

Diane and Alex are going to be parents!!! Yay!!!

I could not be happier for these two and am SO excited for all that is to come. Woohooo!!

Truthfully I was not very surprised by their announcement – I actually had an inkling that Diane might be pregnant back in December – but it was still SUCH a happy confirmation!! 🙂

We spent the rest of the night eating cake, laughing, talking, and even doing some salsa dancing (as this family tends to do…).

Congratulations, Diane and Alex!

Sunday

We drove back home on Sunday and I immediately got to work meal prepping for the week. The grocery store was a mad house with all the Super Bowl shoppers, but we made it out fairly quickly thanks to a shorter list this week.

Now that everything is all prepped Fabio and I are getting ready to watch the Super Bowl! (It’s Sunday night as I type this.)

Catch ‘ya later!

Question of the day: Does your family mostly live nearby or far away?

 Posted by on February 6, 2017
Jan 302017
 

Hello, hello! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was one of the best I’ve had in a while, and I’m bummed it’s already over. Wahh.

Here’s my recap!

Friday

When I got home from work on Friday, I immediately got to work cleaning the house. I knew we had a busy weekend ahead of us and I just wanted to get the cleaning over with. Plus, after two weekends in a row of traveling, the cleanliness of certain things that I had been ignoring (like the tubs in the bathrooms) were really starting to drive me nuts. I was a woman on a mission, and with Fabio’s help we had the whole place clean pretty quickly. Phew!

After that, we sat down to dinner: broiled salmon with Asian sesame salad and couscous. Yum!

We spent the rest of the evening watching Netflix on the couch. We are in need of a new show right now – we tried watching the Black Mirror but I found it to be really weird and also kind of boring. Hmmm. Any suggestions?

Jack kept us company until we headed up to bed.

Saturday

On Saturday we were up bright and early for wedding planning festivities! Woohoo!

At around 7 a.m. I took Jack for a really quick run (just about a mile) and then Fabio and I were showered, dressed and in the car by 8. We met up with my mom along the way, and then before we knew it we were arriving at our wedding venue! My dad joined us for the festivities as well, and we had a fun morning meeting our amazing wedding planner Kathie (she works for the venue) and our florist, Amy. Kathie had set out coffee, muffins, fruit, and pound cake for us. Amazing!

I had to giggle at Fabio and my dad wearing matching sweaters – my stepmom got them these for Christmas and I thought it was funny that they both decided to wear them on Saturday. Twins! 🙂

After a couple of (very fun) hours talking about flowers and detailed plans for the rehearsal dinner and wedding weekend, we took a spin around the grounds! This just got me so incredibly excited for the wedding (no surprise there) and now I am feeling even more giddy than ever. Eeeek! It will be here before we know it!

After saying goodbye to Kathie, the four of us drove over to our next appointment of the day: dessert tasting! Fabio and I don’t want a traditional cake for the wedding, and instead we’re going to have one small cake for cutting and then a bunch of other treats on the dessert table like cupcakes, brownies, bars, mini pies, mini cheesecakes, and cookies.

Kim of the bakery Peace of Cake did NOT disappoint with our tasting – I couldn’t believe how many treats she set out for us! Everything was phenomenal and I tried my best to just try a small bite of everything so I didn’t get too full on sweets, but it was definitely hard.

These were two of my favorite elements: little pies with hearts on the top and crab cookies! We added a bunch of these to our order. 🙂

If you are planning a wedding on the Eastern Shore of MD (or know someone who is) I can’t recommend Peace of Cake enough!

After our sugar coma, we met up with my grandparents for lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Narrows. We love this restaurant because not only is the food great, but the waterfront views can’t be beat.

Woah – don’t mind the crazy hair. It was windy!

None of us were feeling too hungry after all the sweets, so I got a small cup of the cream of crab soup and then shared and order of crab cakes with my mom. Hit the spot!

Lunch was a lot of fun, and I had a great time catching up with my grandparents. We had lots of wedding details to share with them!

All in all, it was such a fun morning, and I’m so thankful that my mom and dad were able to join us for the planning session. Thanks for coming, guys!

When we got home, we relaxed for a bit and then decided to keep the wedding planning going. We popped open a bottle of champagne that we already had in the fridge, and then sat down to answer a premarital counseling questionnaire that our officiant sent us a while back.

We were supposed to work on the questionnaire alone without sharing answers with the other person, so we put some music on and worked on separate computers until each of us had finished. There were some really thought-provoking questions in there, and it definitely made both of us think more about our relationship. I think we were both feeling a little mushy toward each other when we were done. Haha!

For dinner we had some leftover chicken sausage and brussels sprouts from earlier in the week, plus some of Fabio’s homemade mozzarella sticks we had in the freezer. We also finished up the champagne!

After dinner we watched the longest movie ever (the Physician – it was just ok) and then hit the hay. What a fun wedding planning day!

Sunday

Sunday began with a trip to the dog park.

Then we ran a bunch of errands including Home Depot and the grocery store. I’m starting week 2 of Designed to Fit Nutrition and was really excited about some of the scheduled meals this week!

The rest of the afternoon was spent prepping and organizing for the week ahead!

This also included making a batch of fresh juice. This week’s concoction had carrots, beets, kale, other random greens, parsley, ginger, an apple, and a pear. Yum!

Once the meals were prepped for the week, I folded some laundry and watched one too many episodes of Fixer Upper (the house envy was becoming crazy). Fabio also had a fire going for us and I enjoyed some delicious green tea!

For dinner I made us some mac ‘n cheese using a “sauce” of Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, sundried tomatoes, and garlic whirled in the food processor, alongside some random chicken sausages we had leftover in the fridge. Plus a salad on the side!

It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend. 🙂

Question of the day: If you’re married, did you have a traditional cake? If you’re not, would you want one at your future wedding?

 Posted by on January 30, 2017
Jan 242017
 

Hello there! How’s your week going so far? I took a little hiatus from the blog yesterday because I wasn’t feeling quite like myself – I’ve been really exhausted lately! I figured catching up on some sleep on Sunday evening instead of blogging would do me some good, and now I’m feeling much more rested and am back with a recap of my weekend!

Friday

On Friday evening, Fabio, Jack, and I hopped in the car and drove up to New York for Fabio’s 10-year high school reunion which was on Saturday. Yep, another weekend, another road trip. On our way, we stopped by Taylor Gourmet for dinner and I got the archer salad with kale, garlic farro, chicken, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and oranges. It was SO delicious and I wound up eating the whole thing. Yum!

We made really good time and arrived at Fabio’s dad’s house in Queens by 10:30 pm! I think that’s a new record for us. We stayed up talking to Fabio’s dad for a little bit and then it was time to hit the hay!

Saturday

Saturday morning began with a long walk for Jack around Fabio’s dad’s neighborhood! I think Queens is so interesting – every block looks completely different!

It was a really nice, sunny day on Saturday – if a little windy.

Later in the morning, we met up with Fabio’s sister Karen and her daughter/Fabio’s niece, Sofia for lunch! We went to a Colombian restaurant per Fabio’s request. 🙂

We started off our meal with some salad…

…and then we all ordered the traditional Colombian platter of steak, rice and beans, an egg, chicharonnes, half a plantain, a small arepa, and a slice of avocado. I can never get over how much food this is! I only ate half and then took the rest home for Fabio’s dad (who sadly had to work on Saturday).

After lunch, we decided to take advantage of the sunshine at the park! Sofia and I had fun with Snapchat in the back seat. 🙂

Haha!

Before long, we had arrived at the park! (We stopped to pick up Jack along the way.) We had a really nice afternoon walking around and enjoying the sunshine.

Then we took Sofia to a huge playground where spent some time climbing and running around with the other kids.

After Sofia had enough of the playground, we headed out for some fro-yo! We went to Red Mango and I enjoyed a small cup of the original flavor with strawberries, pineapple, chocolate chips, and Oreos. Yum!

Yay for ice cream!

Fabio’s dad wrapped up his work around this time, so when we were done with our fro-yo we headed back to his house where we watched Zootopia. I may have fallen asleep for a few minutes during the movie. 😉

When the movie was over we said goodbye to Karen and Sofia and got ready for Fabio’s 10-year high school reunion! My mom asked me to take a picture of what I wound up wearing, so I snapped this awkward selfie and sent it to her. I figured you guys might want to see too!

The reunion was held in the cafeteria of Fabio’s high school which, if you ask me, was a little strange. We had a fun time though and I enjoyed meeting some new people and seeing some of Fabio’s friends who we hadn’t seen in a while.

After the party we all headed to a bar in Bayside, New York (near his school) and had a great rest of the evening.

Sunday

As soon as we woke up on Sunday it was time to hit the road! We got home at around 3:00 p.m. (while listening to the Hamilton soundtrack in the car – my new favorite road trip tradition!) and immediately started meal planning, grocery shopping, and prepping.

I was absolutely pooped after that, which explains why I took the mini blog break and postponed this post until today.

And now we’re all caught up!

Question of the day: What do you like to do during road trips to pass the time?

 Posted by on January 24, 2017