Woohoo – we made it to Friday! Anyone have fun plans for the weekend? Fabio and I are actually headed back up to Otis, Massachusetts to see my aunt CC and uncle Steve get married! Although they’ve been together for something like 12 years (!!), they never officially tied the knot and will be doing so at their lake house in the Berkshire mountains on Saturday. My mom, stepdad, and uncle will all be coming up for the occasion too, as will Steve’s family, so I’m really excited! Can’t wait for the celebrations. 🙂
Anyway, before we can get to any of that let’s take a look at some things that made me smile this week!
Favorite New Breakfast
Now don’t get all crazy thinking that I replaced my favorite cereal and banana breakfast combo (I didn’t), but I did buy a package of these double protein Thomas’ English muffins last week and really enjoyed them!
I actually had these for the first time when we went up to Otis over July 4 weekend. Aunt CC’s and uncle Steve’s eating habits are pretty similar to ours (eat healthy 80% of the time and indulge on wine, homemade ice cream, and good cheese the other 20% – or something like that 😉 haha) so they toasted up a bunch of these double protein English muffins for us while we were up there and served them with local jam. Yum.
While I was grocery shopping last week I decided to pick some up, and Fabio and I devoured them in no time! I liked having half with PB and banana and half with Earth Balance butter, while Fabio liked Earth Balance butter and homemade blackberry jam that my stepdad made. So good!
The best part about these muffins is that with 7g of protein, this little breakfast kept me full all morning. Of course it’s still a super processed product with lots of weird ingredients so it’s not perfect, but sometimes you have to choose your battles.
I definitely recommend these if you’re into English muffins!
The other day my office building held its annual ice cream social for tennants, complete with Baskin Robins ice cream and an assortment of toppings. I wound up getting chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and topping my cup with hot fudge, Reese’s pieces and Oreos. Because, you know, #ChelseaEatsTreats.
Yum! Such an awesome mid-afternoon pick me up.
Ok I know Mondays usually suck, but just listen to how good this one was.
First, work went great and I got a lot done. Always a good thing. After work I met up with Fabio, who had a nice little Starbucks surprise waiting for me (mocha frappuccino for me, caramel for him).
Then we drove over to Cantina Marina, our favorite outdoor summer bar, for a “yappy hour” with our friends James and Shelley and a whole bunch of furry friends!
The yappy hour was a fundraiser to benefit City Dogs Rescue, a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers who rescue dogs from kill shelters. Since we rescued Jack from a similar shelter back in 2011, we always try to support dog rescue organizations. Plus a happy hour at one of our favorite bars with good friends and lots of furry faces? What’s not to love?!
Jack with James’ and Shelley’s dog, Riley
These two. <3
We had a really fun time at the bar chatting with James and Shelley while the dogs socialized, and by the time we left Jack was pooped. Success!
Overall it was such a nice evening and it was definitely better than most Mondays around here.
I <3 summer.
Favorite Switch Up
Recently I feel like I’ve been doing the same few workouts over and over, even though I’m on ClassPass which is supposed to encourage you to switch things up. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit and I’ve found a few really good studios I like! That being said, I want to start switching things up with my workouts (hence my return to November Project last week).
First up, I headed to Biker Barre one day last week for barre and one day this week for cycling. (Read my past review of Biker Barre’s cycling class here. I guess I never posted about the barre class there? I’ve taken it once before and thought it was pretty decent – not my favorite DC barre class but still a great workout.)
Both classes were excellent and I am going to try to incorporate this studio into my regular routine.
I will definitely be back soon!
This studio was totally new to me and I have to say I really enjoyed it! Unfortunately there’s no shower or changing area (unless you count the bathroom), but other than that I thought the facilities were great. The class was really good too, and all of my muscles felt the burn. Jojo warned me to use the small set of weights for the arm exercises, and I’m so glad I did!! They were no joke! Definitely a great workout.
After class we stopped at the nearby La Colombe for iced coffees (as did 90% of our class, it seemed like). It was an adorable little coffee shop and the coffee was delicious, so I’ll definitely have to go back. Yum!
Such a fun way to start my Wednesday morning.
Last night for dinner we had the most amazing homemade cheesy pizza.
For some reason I got out of the habit of making homemade pizzas (probably because I don’t like using the oven much in the summer?) but when Fabio requested adding one to this week’s meal plan I was more than game. Gimme all the cheese! (BTW I used this recipe and the dough attachment on my new Kitchen Aid mixer, and it turned out great!)
Is there any food better than pizza?
Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Question of the day: Name one thing that made you smile this week.