Green Smoothie Recipe



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.

Ingredients:
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
4-5 strawberries
1 scoop Green SuperFood (not pictured)
1 tbs. flaxseed
2 cups ice

Directions:
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!

 


The Weekend: #bostonstrong Edition


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:

 








Fab Find: Deux Lux

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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?



$450 Giveaway!


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 ;)




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Boston


Yesterday started out as any other day and ended as one I will never forget.  I'll remember mine and Justin's morning walk to the car where we complained of having to work on a holiday and miss watching the race.  I'll remember the outfit I wore. I'll remember the 3 p.m. meeting I sat in so relaxed, not knowing the complexity of what had happened just minutes earlier. I'll remember the sun that shined so brightly, matching the emotions of the city that morning but contrasting them starkly come 2:50 p.m. 

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: 










The Weekend: Marathon Edition


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!










Finding Balance

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How often do you feel like you just can't balance everything that's put on your plate? Or maybe you do manage to balance it all, but you feel stretched to the limits? I've felt this way quite often lately, and sometimes it makes me feel like something just has to give. The problem? There's nothing that I want to give up.

I want to spend time with Justin, call and catch up with my family and friends, go to barre, make wedding and honeymoon plans, maintain and create new friendships with people in Boston, blog, and cook dinner every night among other things. I want to ensure that our apartment is clean, the dishes are done, and that we have clean clothes to wear.  Looking at this list, you'd probably say that I should give up barre or blogging. And this is where I say no. These are the things that I do for me, and isn't it important that we do the the things that make us happy? I'm a firm believer that if I'm happy, there's a much better chance that I will bring joy to those around me. 

The sad truth is that my life really isn't all that stressful and I don't have that much going on compared to a lot of people. And I know that this issue will only get worse as we add some mini Morgan's and Justin's to our family in the future. For now, though, I need to learn how to balance and not tip the scale so heavily in one direction or another as I feel that I'm sometimes doing. So, I turn to you. What do you do to maintain some sort of balance in your life? How do you prioritize?



My Soul Mate. In Swim Suit Form.

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I first saw this swimsuit 3 days ago. I've been lusting after it ever since. Our good friends at Anthropologie have really done it this time. They have me wanting to drop some serious dough on these two small pieces of fabric. As a side note - how can they charge so much for really, barely anything?

Back to the topic at hand... I've done quite a bit of rationalizing and justifying to myself as to why I deserve should be able to make this ridiculous purchase. For one, I have a honeymoon in November. And I'm going to need to look good while I'm on it. This suit should do the trick, no? Two, I have two trips planned in May for which I will need a bathing suit. This one will serve the purpose. Three, this suit will be a perfect companion whilst lounging on the beach all summer. Four, I can't stop thinking about it.

I have never spent this much on swimwear, but this suit needs me just as I need it, you guys. Right? Tell me I'm right. Please. Just tell me. Or send me a donation. I'd be ok with that too.



The Weekend: Kicking Off Wedding Season Edition!

This weekend was a fun one, but I wasn't the best at taking pictures, so you'll just have to take my word for it! The picture above was from a friend's wedding. We had a great time, but too good of a time to be bothered with snapping pictures if you know what I mean. This was the first of a record number of weddings we will be attending this year, and I'm thrilled that the last one we attend in 2013 will be our own :)

We did some very serious sleeping in on Sunday and filled the rest of the day with way too much food, the ACM Awards, and some Mad Men.

Those glorious two days went by far too fast, but I'm actually happy that it's Monday. Today arrived with some very spring-like weather that's actually going to stick around for a few days!  If I'm a bit absent this week it's because I'm out enjoying the gorgeous sunshine ;) Hope ya'll have a great Monday!

I'm linking up with Leeann + Sami today!


 





Carl + Nicole: A Chilly Maternity Session

It was FREEZING the day we shot these photos. We had gotten about 7 inches of snow the night before which made for some nice scenery but some not so nice temperatures.  These two were troopers, though, and toughed it out despite the frigid breeze coming off the water.  They welcomed their little bundle of joy 1 month ago, and he is a doll from what I've seen on Instagram. Congrats, you two :)





The Weekend: Easter Edition


Well, besides Instagramming like a crazy lady this weekend, I did do a few other things. After a busy week last week, I was thrilled to hit the hay at 9:30 Friday night. Yes, I'm terribly exciting.

I woke up early Saturday morning feeling super refreshed. A good night's sleep was just what the doctor ordered :) I filled the day with barre, brunch, a trip to the market to gather some (incredibly cheap) fruits + veggies, and enjoying the gorgeous weather. It was so nice to see some signs of spring! I also gave the new hazelnut macchiato a try at Starbucks. YUM, my friends. YUM.

We started off Easter Sunday with the early service at church which was wonderful.  Justin and I split ways after church to get our separate workouts in. Post-workouts, we spent the rest of the day eating way too much food and indulging in a few margaritas.  That's why we work out, though, right? It was even nice enough out that we made our way out to the dock to watch the sailboats!

It was a lovely weekend, and while I'm sad to see it go, I'm excited to turn the page in my planner and welcome April! Here's to hoping this month has some nicer weather in store for us than March did! :)

I'm linking up with Leeann + Sami today!





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