Jan 082016

Phew! We made it to Friday!

This week was an especially tough one for me because, in addition to jumping back into a busy work week after an amazing vacation, I started feeling like I was getting sick toward the end of the week. No bueno! I’m going to try to take things easy over the weekend in the hopes that I can beat this thing before it gets too bad, but we shall see!

Luckily, I had lots of other fun things going on this week that made me smile. Let’s take a look in today’s Favorite Things Friday post!

Favorite Milestone

Obviously, being engaged!


Come on, you knew this was coming, right? All week I received tons of kind wishes from friends and family (and you guys! Thank you!) that had me smiling from ear to ear.

I even received a few thoughtful gifts/mementos, like this adorable card from my friend Hana and a nice bottle of wine from one of Fabio’s coworkers.


I also went out to lunch with my friend Claire to celebrate, which was an awesome mid-week treat. 🙂 We wound up going to MOD Pizza, a Chipotle-style pizza place where you can create your own pizzas. Too cool!


I wound up making a mini pizza with white sauce, red onions, basil, tomatoes, sausage, and brussels sprouts. I also ordered a “mini salad” on the side, which actually wound up being pretty big!


MOD Pizza was delicious, and I definitely want to go back to try other pizza combos. It was so fun to create your own!

Claire had a few engagement goodies for me too, because she’s the best. Thank you to everyone for your kind wishes and gifts this week!

Favorite Foods

After all the festivities over the holidays, it felt great to get back to some of my regular (read: healthier) foods this week. I was able to pack a giant salad for lunch every day this week (except when I went out to lunch with Claire) and it felt so good to get all those nutrients back into my system. I was seriously lacking on my intake of veggies over the break!

I have also been eating some delicious apples this week (plus some trail mix on the day I snapped this picture), and trying to plan for healthier dinners as well.


One day I made a big pot of this chicken tortilla soup, topped with Greek yogurt, cilantro, cheese, and homemade tortilla crisps. Yummy! This was especially nice since it’s been really cold this week.


On another night, I made a weeknight staple in our house: hummus chicken with broccoli fritters!


It might not look like much, but this meal is very easy and delicious. Fabio and I both really enjoy this meal and make it quite frequently when we’re looking for easy and delicious weeknight dinners.

Also, I just have to stop for a minute to mention the wine that’s pictured above. My stepsister Maggie bought me this bottle for Christmas, and it’s great! The taste is really nice – fresh and smooth – and how adorable is the bottle?


Obviously she knows I love anything with a dog on it. 🙂 Thanks, Maggie!

Favorite Show

It’s baaaaaack! Did anyone watch the Bachelor this week? Fabio and I had too much fun watching this seriously cheesy/hilarious show, and we couldn’t help giggling over all the dramatic girls. Plus, we enjoyed some champagne while we watched (because, #Monday) and I even had a little piece of chocolate leftover from Christmas.


Hey, just because I’m making healthier meal choices overall doesn’t mean I’m cutting out all my treats! 🙂

So, what do you all think about this season’s contestants? There are some crazy ones, right? (Lace!!)

I actually have some insider information about one of the girls who makes it to hometowns, but I won’t ruin it for you! (She is from the same hometown as Fabio’s coworker Annie, and Annie told us that there were pictures on social media of Ben at her high school.)

Jack, on the other hand, was not interested in the Bachelor at all.



Favorite Sweat

I got some great workouts in this week, including a spin class at Biker Barre and a really tough workout at Urban Athletic Club! (I had another class scheduled for today, but since I’m not feeling so hot I canceled it.)


For some reason (umm, maybe all the Christmas cookies?), this week’s classes were really tough! Phew!

Also, my friends Anne and Kathleen were both really excited over my engagement, and we took this cute (if sweaty) picture at the end of class to commemorate the occasion.


Yay! 🙂

Question of the day: Tell me one thing that made you smile this week.

 Posted by on January 8, 2016

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