Let's be serious. I have flat out sucked at blogging this past week. Sorry about that, ya'll... Justin and I made the move across the river to Cambridge, and as you know, it can be a time consuming process. We only moved a few miles away, but this neighborhood has a whole different vibe! I'm definitely going to miss the Back Bay neighborhood as well as our apartment, but I think we'll be just fine in Cambridge :)
We're barely giving ourselves any time to get settled before we jet off to Phoenix tomorrow to visit the soon-to-be in-laws. We'll also be heading down to Mexico for a couple of days while we're there. I am so looking forward to kicking back on the beach with a cocktail in hand. Also - no cell phones while we're in Me-hee-co, and I could not be more excited to "disconnect" for a few days! Here's to some rest and relaxation ;) Have a great week, loves!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I drink one of these bad boys everyday for breakfast. Not only is it a healthy, tasty and quick on-the-go meal, but it's also a great way to get your greens plus tons of other vitamins and nutrients. Before I give you the recipe I have to give credit to one of my awesome Pure Barre instructors, Nicole, for inspiring this recipe! She gave me the original recipe a while back, and I've made a few adjustments of my own along the way.
2 cups of Spinach
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 tbs. peanut butter or sunbutter
1 small banana or 1/2 - 3/4 large banana
1 scoop Green SuperFood (not pictured)
1 tbs. flaxseed
2 cups ice
Mix together spinach and almond milk in a blender. Once mixed, add in all other ingredients except for the ice and blend. After these ingredients are blended, add in the ice and blend again. Enjoy! :)
Depending on what I have on hand, I usually add in a few blueberries and/or blackberries as well. Also, the Green SuperFood can be found at Whole Foods, but I would recommend ordering it from Amazon to keep the cost down.
I hope you all love this green smoothie as much as I do!
Monday, April 22, 2013
I'm pretty sure you all know how my weekend started off... on lockdown. I woke up Friday morning to about 12 text messages alerting me to what had happened while I was sleeping. I actually work in Watertown. All of that press coverage? Literally right outside of my office. So while I hate that any of this had to happen at all, I'm thankful that it happened overnight and not during work hours. Needless to say I spent all day and night Friday glued to my TV and twitter feed.
It was such a relief to be able to get out of the house the rest of the weekend. Justin and I took advantage of our freedom on Saturday and registered at Crate & Barrel and Macy's. Seriously, SO FUN. It should come as no surprise that I was excellent with the scanner. The employee at C&B who helped us was quite impressed/shocked/surprised that we managed to accumulate a 7 page wish list. What can I say? We wanted to be prepared.
On Sunday we made our way up to Boylston Street for the first time since the bombings. That was tough. It makes it all very real. While it's still difficult to process everything that happened, seeing the memorial and Boylston helped in the healing process. Last week was not an easy one, and I'm happy that we're starting a new one. This city will never be quite the same, but let's just hope the changes are for the better. I think this simple, but to-the-point quote is a good one to keep in mind as we move forward: "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -MLK Jr.
Linking up with the usuals today:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Ummmm... are these not the most fabulous bags you've ever laid eyes on? I discovered Deux Lux last week and instantly fell in love. I mean, how could you not? The bright, shimmery details reeled me in hook, line, and sinker. Above are a few of my favorites, but there are plenty more to choose from, and there's certainly something to fit everyone's personal style. I'm hoping to make the Biscayne Tote mine in the near future. It's a very functional size; perfect for everyday use and also a great traveling tote. Not to mention it has SEQUINS. I think we were meant to be. Which of these fab finds are you lusting over?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Need something to lift your spirits this Wednesday? How about a $450 giveaway?! I mean, that has to help a little bit, right? I guess I should mention that this isn't all coming from me; it's coming to you courtesy of the 17 lovely bloggers below including myself. So enter away below for a chance to treat yourself to something pretty fabulous. You do deserve it, after all ;)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
It's funny how a split second can change things. That morning, I complained at a more than necessary length about having to work and not being able to partake in Marathon Monday festivities. Suddenly, I felt guilty for having complained at all. My heart fell so heavy. It hurt. I had been fairly upbeat for a Monday, and all of a sudden I couldn't even crack a smile and instead, fought back tears.
Justin picked me up from work, and the combination of his presence and the reality of what had just happened filled me with emotion. I held his hand tightly as tears made a steady stream down my face, feeling beyond grateful that I could still hold the hand of the one I love, and at the same time feeling a deep hurt and sadness for those who could no longer do the same.
This obviously isn't the first public tragedy that I've experienced in my 27 years, but there's a different feeling about it when it hits so close to home. Literally. This is my neighborhood. These are the streets that I walk everyday. The finish line is a quick 10 minute walk from our apartment. This is my home. It is surreal. How could this happen? Why would someone do this to these innocent people and this beautiful city that I've come to love so much? Who would want to turn such a joyous event into something awful? I never thought my day would end with a soundtrack of constant sirens and helicopters circling overhead. It's impossible to comprehend.
My heart goes out to those affected by this horrific tragedy. Please know that you are not only in my prayers, you are in millions of people's prayers. God is always present, even during these times of sadness, and He is watching over you. And for that one person (or people) whose intentions were harmful, there are an infinite number of people whose intentions are good. So, I leave you with this uplifting quote from the one and only, Mr. Rogers:
Monday, April 15, 2013
I bet you thought from the title of this post that I ran a marathon this weekend. HA, nope. Tricked ya! But it is Marathon Monday here in Boston! The city was crazy busy with tons of people/marathon runners this weekend. It seriously amazes me that anyone can run 26 miles. 26 MILES, you guys. That's so many miles. (p.s. that's a view of the finish line that I will never cross in the top right picture.)
This weekend was jam-packed with awesomeness, but instead of rehashing every detail, I'm going to share this: I learned about the wonderfulness that is Poshmark. I knew about Poshmark prior to this weekend but had never used it to sell anything. After cleaning out my closet in preparation for our upcoming move, I decided to post a few things to sell through the app. Within about 3 hours I had sold my first item! Cha-ching! I know most of you know about PM already, but if you don't, check it out. I had a lot of clothes that don't fit anymore and shoes that I just don't wear, and it's a great and easy way to earn some cash back for these gems.
Sorry for not sharing the details of my weekend, but they're in picture form above :) Hope you all have a great Monday!
I'm linking up with Leeann and Sami today!