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Thanks for stoping by! That's me, and my super cute and spunky 1 year old, Nora. When we're not laying on the floor taking selfies, we also like to bake, take lots of pretty photos, and practice yoga. Aside from posting way too many pictures of Nora on instagram, I also take pretty wedding picures and make pretty baby items. So browse around, and keep up with all the latest.
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Feb
14
2012

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Valentine's Day Paper Heart
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Jan
12
2012

Add another tick to my ever growing list of hobbies… I’ve recently fallen in love with knitting! Seriously, I know this makes me sound like such a little old lady, but there is just something about knitting that is serene, relaxing, and fun.

Ok, so I cheat, and knit on a loom… maybe one day I’ll graduate to real needles. One day.

My MIL got me a whole awesome set of looms of all sizes, and I’m making socks…. pink fuzzy socks. Don’t judge me.

I’ll post some pics when I finish them, right now I’ve knitted the leg and heel of the sock, and am working towards the toes… and then I have to make a second one… ya know, so I have a pair. :)

What is your new fun hobby or craft that you’ve recently started up? And, are there any other knitters out there??

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Jan
10
2012

This post is difficult to write because I have to admit to a pretty big failure. It is also why its January 10th, and I’m finally posting my first post of the new year. I don’t know what happened between Halloween and Christmas, but I got into a funk and I just couldn’t get out. It started at Thanksgiving, when I just stopped my yoga and running workouts… and I tried to get back into it, but I just didn’t. And Christmas? pffffshhh, forget about it. I don’t think my yoga mat has seen the soles of my feet in 3 weeks.

Something got me way side tracked. Something got me in a funk, and I really want to come out of it because I felt so great when I was on my routine. Between Christmas and New Years I was off from my full time job; a glorious 1.5 weeks of paid time-off. One of the few perks of working at Yale. And it was surely glorious. So glorious, in fact, that I spent the majority of my time-off sitting on my couch watching TV or playing flight control on my iPhone. I could have done SO much that week, and I didn’t do a damn thing. Not even a load of laundry. I really couldn’t tell you why I was so lazy, but I just was. There wasn’t a thing I wanted to do more then just be lazy and do nothing.

But you know, sometimes, you just need to recoup. Sometimes, you have to allow yourself to do nothing. I guess I needed it. And you know what, when you fall off the horse, you just get right back on again, and keep going. Its easy to just give up on things, but that’s not what I want to do.

So, Workout Challenge, you may have won a few rounds there, keeping my butt firmly on the couch and causing me to come dangerously close to being labeled as a “couch potato”, but I’ll kick your ass even harder. Week 6, 7, and 8 were just abysmal. I wont even bore you with what little I did. Instead, I’m just going to do what I did with week 4… I’m going to redo them. So, this 10 week challenge is really turning into a 20 week challenge… well, that’s okay. I’m ready for the fight.

This week, January 9-15th, is my “new” week 6. I will pick up my recaps from here and finish this challenge come hell or high water, and no amount of Christmas cookies or cheese cake will stop me!!!

Wish me luck!!

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Dec
29
2011

I can’t believe its December 29th. Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas! I sure did. I’m off from my full time job until the 3rd and I’ve been taking full advantage of my time off… and that of course means my days have been spent in my pj’s cuddled on the couch with Vespa and Leo… obviously.

I’ve got a ton of posts to throw on here, as well as a couple of weeks in my 10 week workout challenge to update you all on (I’ve been a bad blogger, and haven’t posted a week 6 or week 7 recap yet, but don’t worry, it’s coming!). But for now I’m taking full advantage of my time off and am taking a much needed break from all things social media. So, this will be my last post of 2011!! Geez, I kinda feel like I should leave you all with something so much more then just this. Well, since pictures make a post a 1000 times better, I’ll leave you with some pictures from the last few weeks. This has, in a nut shell, been my wonderful life. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa (and anything else I forgot!) to everyone and I’ll see you in the new year!!!


A Christmas photo shoot of my adorable niece, Julia Grace! (more pics of her to come!)

Christmas 2011


Leo and Vespa in their Santa hats

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011


I baked a bunch of sugar cookies for Christmas, and spent something like 5 hours decorating them with royal icing. I’m a freak, I know! But they came out super cute!!!

Christmas 2011


Christmas Eve at my parents house, where we decorated the table with home made tissue paper poinsettias…

Christmas 2011

laid out said sugar cookies + a glass of milk + a letter for Santa with my nephew…

Christmas 2011

And then, after showing him that the tree was bare, and that Santa was on his way, threw all of the presents under the tree after he went to bed. My sister and little bro helped me capture this beautiful picture of my parents tree by running back and forth in front of my camera and popping my flash + shinning a flashlight along the bottom of the tree to illuminate the presents! This was shot at: f/22, 15sec, iso100 on my 35mm lens.

Christmas 2011

Happy Holidays everyone! Here’s to an amazing 2012 :)

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Dec
14
2011

I curse you winter, and all of your bittery coldness. Its finally gotten to be too cold around here to run outside, and so I’m left exercising on my elliptical. Which actually isn’t terrible. A few weeks ago I decided to start watching a tv series I haven’t seen before to help the time on the elliptical go by quicker, and so now, every Wednesday morning I put on the next episode of Scrubs. I’m starting all the way at the beginning since I’ve only ever seen a handful of episodes from this series. It really helps the workout go by so quickly!

Well, week 5 was great in terms of my Yoga, which I am loving more and more everyday, but really crappy in terms of my cardio. I just can’t seem to get back into the habit of doing cardio. I think its the fact that I can’t really run outside. AND, this time of year is so incredibly busy! Christmas shopping, cleaning the house up from Thanksgiving (which was 3 weeks ago!), baking for Christmas, finding the perfect Christmas tree. And the fact that it now gets dark at 4:30pm everyday really puts a damper on my cardio efforts. I just have to try that much harder in Week 6!

Here’s my breakdown from Week 5:
*Monday: Rest day
*Tuesday: Yoga 36 minutes,DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Wednesday: Elliptical 21 minutes. .66 miles, 156 avg. heart rate, 235 cals burned.
*Thursday: Yoga 36 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Friday: Yoga 36 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Saturday: Spent the day cleaning the house in the morning and then looking for our perfect Christmas tree… needless to say we didn’t go running, and it was bittery cold out!
*Sunday: Covered a wedding and didn’t get a chance run or elliptical. Instead, we decorated our tree <3 (pics to come!) I'm going to focus on getting at least two days of cardio in Week 6. If I can at least get into that groove, I'll be in good shape to get back to my 3 days of cardio a week. Here's to hoping! If you're curious how Week's 1-4 went, you can check them out here! Intro
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4a
Week 4b

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Dec
07
2011

Ok, here’s my summary of my redo from Week 4 of my 10 week workout challenge. And don’t forget to check out the intro, and Weeks 1, 2, and 3 for the whole journey!

Let’s just say it was a better attempt then my first run, but still nothing to brag about… :/ But hey, I’m only human, and I’m more motivated then ever to really get back on track!

*Monday: Rest day
*Tuesday: Yoga 36 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Wednesday: I usually do the Elliptical but we moved it into our bedroom during Thanksgiving to make room for all of our house guests, and we didn’t get a chance to move it back, so I skipped it and instead, did more yoga! When in doubt, do yoga <3. Yoga 36 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout
*Thursday: Yoga 41 minutes, DVD – Crunch Fat Burning Yoga Workout.
*Friday: Yoga 36 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Saturday: I really *really* wanted to run this weekend. I even brought cloths with me to my parents house for the weekend. WE just didn’t get around to it. BUT I did rake a bagillion leaves in my brother and SIL’s yard, and that was definitely a lot of work. So I’ll take it.
*Sunday: Skipped working out to sew pillows. OH well, it happens.

So, overall, I got in really no cardio, and the weekend was a complete flop.

But, week 5 is already a better week (geeze, its already Wednesday!), so I can say that week 4 was just a weird, crazy week that just wasn’t working for me. I’d rather move on then dwell on it.

I finally went food shopping again, and was able to juice this morning, so week 5 is going to be awesome! Now if I can just make sure to get my runs in, I’ll be golden and right back on track. Wish me luck!

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Nov
30
2011

Well, week 4 was a huge fail for me. With hosting Thanksgiving for 12 people including my 2 year old nephew, housing a house full of people for a week, and eating copious amounts of left overs for 4 days straight, there was just not much time for anything else. I managed to do some Yoga on Tuesday night with my nephew. It consisted of him sitting on my head as I rested between cobra and climbing up my legs as I tried to do downward dog. It was ridiculously cute, nonetheless.

So, I decided to redo week 4 this week, and pretend that last week just didn’t happen. Or maybe just pretend that last week was a rest in between weeks 3 & 4, because let’s face it, you never want to pretend that Thanksgiving didn’t happen… I mean, it’s just one of the best times of the year!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I never got a chance to jump on here and wish everyone a happy one, so better late then never! A [belated] Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Here’s to a better week “4” this week!! And make sure to catch up on my other weeks, follow along as I get back into shape!! : Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.

Thanksgiving 2011 Whoopie Pies

Why yes, those are pumpkin whoopie pies! :D And they were delicious!!!

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Nov
21
2011

All I can say is, thank god it’s Monday. Which is weird, because Monday’s mean the beginning of another week… back to the daily grind. But I got to bed late, and I didn’t have to get up early to workout today because today is my rest day. And thank god for that. Rest. Ahhhhhhh. If only I had gotten enough!

If you missed my previous recaps for my 10 Week Challenge, you can read them here:
Intro
Workout Challenge Week 1 Recap
Workout Challenge Week 2 Recap

My goal of getting more sleep didn’t really pan out in week 3, so I will be repeating this goal this week. I’m not hopeful though, because this week is Thanksgiving and That usually means a house FULL of family, including my 2 year old nephew. Sleep? Not so much this week! But I’ll try.

I’m also considering adding in one more day of cardio, as my run on Saturday was extremely tough and I feel like I’m not building up enough stamina only getting 3 days of cardio a week. Greg runs with me on the weekends and he literally doesn’t even get out of breath, whereas I can’t get rid of the stitches in my side for the life of me! Sunday, however, was a much better run, and I had my best time of a 9:08 min/mile run! So, we’ll see.

My recap for week 3 looks a little like this:

*Monday: Rest day
*Tuesday: Yoga 36 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Wednesday: Elliptical 25 minutes. .78 miles, 164 avg. heart rate, 301 cals burned.
*Thursday: Whittle My Middle Core workout: planks, side planks, and squats 20 minutes.
*Friday: Yoga 36 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Saturday: Running 3.51 miles (with Greg!) 9:59 min/mile pace, 362 cals burned. Yoga 36 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Sunday: Running 3.51 miles (with Greg!) 9:08 min/mile pace, 365 cals burned. Yoga 36 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.

For week 4, I’d like to add in more water consumption. I’ve noticed that I’ve really fallen off the hydration wagon, and I can be better then that, so I’m actively trying to drink around 64 oz a day for week 4. And we’ll see about adding in another day of cardio… depending on how much turkey I eat this Thursday!

Here’s to a turkey filled week 4! Who else is ridiculously excited for Thanksgiving this week? I’m hoping to squeeze in my workouts in between all of the eating, game playing, and movie watching we have planned for the week and weekend. :)

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Nov
15
2011

Last year, for Christmas, I got a really nice Breville juicer from my MIL, and we maybe pulled it out of the cabinet one or two times to make juice this year ::embarrassed::. She even gave me this really cool book with hundreds of juice and smoothie recipes. They all look SO good, and I really *wanted* to make juice, but I just didn’t really know exactly how. I was kind of afraid of messing it up. I mean, the point of juicing is to get vitamins and nutrients, and to make really delicious and healthy drinks. My mom makes these crazy juices with all sorts of weird veggies like Swiss Chard and bok choy. :-/ I thought for sure that when I tried my first juice it was going to taste like a cross between oranges and wet baby diapers. And this was definitely NOT something I wanted to consume.

But finally I decided to dive in and just try it, because you’ll never know unless you try, right?

And let me tell you, my juice, despite having swiss chard, spinach, AND kale, did NOT taste a thing like wet baby diapers. Ohhhh no, quite the contrary. My first juice had the most wonderful sweet and tangy flavor. You couldn’t taste the bitterness of the greens at all, but they were in there, on yes they were. I saw them go in, and yet… all I could taste is the tangyness of the orange, and the sweetness of the strawberries and carrots. All in all, my first juice was a raving success, and I’m hooked.

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

Which is why for November, juicing is my favorite thing! I’m so addicted to juicing that I now make sure to get up extra early in the am to make a big 32oz batch of fresh juice. I drink a big glass of it on my way to work, and feel full and satiated until lunch time!! No joke. I’m not sure how long the juice will keep in the fridge, so I only let it sit 24 hours. I also drink juice with lunch. I’m planning on trying a ton of different recipes, and I’m sure some will tank, like my fist attempt…

Meet, my first Green Monster.

I actually made this before I decided to pull out my Breville. I found the recipe on my new fav blog, Oh She Glows, and decided to give it a try. Since its fall here in CT, and I’m totally all about the pumpkin flavors, I though her Pumpkin Green Monster sounded particularly delectable, however, I was soooooo very wrong. I think its a personal thing, but I can not eat canned pumpkin without cooking or baking it. The taste just gets to me. I didn’t really figure this out, however, until I made a giant batch of this green monster. I think if you like to eat cooked down pumpkin or canned pumpkin straight up, you’ll probably really like this recipe, but I just about gagged drinking this thing. If you think this is something you might want to give a whirl, you can find the original recipe here from Angela’s website, The Green Monster Movement, and here is my modified version:

PUMPKIN PIE GREEN MONSTER from GREEN MONSTER MOVEMENT:
3 C spinach (lightly steamed)
1 C almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1/3 C canned pumpkin
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
pinch nutmet
pinch pumpkin pie spice
2 crushed graham crackers
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp chia seeds
a few ice cubes

Add all to a blender, and blend away until at the desired consistency. I blended mine for probably around 3-5 minutes to get it really smooth and creamy. Let me know what you think, if you make one!

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

After that tank, I discovered my love for juicing, and now, I much prefer my Breville for a big batch of fresh juice because I’m consuming a huge amount of fresh veggies which are providing my body and mind with all of the essential vitamins and nutrients that I need. And that is what it’s all about! I haven’t given up on the Green Monster though, and I think if I skip the canned pumpkin flavors, and make more traditional flavors, like peanut butter banana, choco mint, and the like, I’ll really end up liking these too!

Have you ever tried juicing? Do you have a favorite recipe?? Post about it in the comments below, and I’ll share some of my favorite recipes as I try more and more flavors! Don’t be shy :)

** If you’d like to see some of my other favorite things, you can click on the category “favorite things” under the title of this post, or just click here. :)

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Nov
14
2011

Week 2 of my 10 week workout challenge FLEW by! I mean, it’s already Monday of week 3! I was SO incredibly glad that I had today off. Monday’s are my day off from working out, and when I decided to star this 10 week workout challenge, I figured if I felt so inclined, I would probably do some yoga on my off day, if anything. But I really needed today to rest. I’ve been waking up at 6/6:30 every morning and going to bed at around 11. It’s not enough sleep, and I really had to catch up this morning. For the next 7 weeks in this challenge (and really from here on out), I’m going to focus on getting 8 hours of sleep each night. I’m definitely one of those people that needs 8. Some need less, some need more. I need 8. I just feel so much more alert, and overall just “better” when I get 8 hours. This past week has been littered with 6 hour sleep nights, and I could really feel it all week. I even fell asleep on my friends Betho and Catherine Saturday night while we were watching Miracle on 34th st.

My workout week recap:

*Monday: Running 3.51 miles at 10:33 min/mile pace, 373 cals burned.
Yoga 35 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Tuesday: Yoga 35 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Wednesday: Elliptical 30 minutes. .95 miles, 161 avg. heart rate, 358 cals burned.
*Thursday: Whittle My Middle Core workout: planks, side planks, Yoga online videos 20 minutes.
*Friday: Running 3.51 miles (with Betho!) 9:56 min/mile pace, 366 cals burned.
*Saturday: Yoga 35 minutes, DVD – Crunch Perfect Yoga Workout.
*Sunday: Running 2.8 miles (with Greg!), 9:37 min/mile pace, 294 cals burned.

Every day this week I was tired and felt just generally drained by the end of the day (8pm.) I could barely stay awake some nights. However, yoga is getting easier and I can already feel my legs becoming more limber and loose, which is awesome. My hips hurt a lot less too, which is nice. As I get older, my joints, especially my hips become stiff if I sit too long is an awkward position, and the yoga is really helping my joints feel so much better. I love it!

I also had my best pace for running this week at 9:33 min/mile. In my prime, I used to run around a 7:30 – 8 min/mile pace, and I’d really like to get closer to that! I’m on my way, and I’ll be focusing on that this weekend.

I’ve also realized that juicing is *expensive*!!! I love my juice so much that I was making my 32 oz. in the morning and drinking 24 oz in one day. ONE day! Yikes. Unfortunately, as the weather is cold here, most fruits and veggies are out of season, making them very expensive. So, I have to bring that down to probably around 12 oz. a day, in order to not drive Greg and I out of house and home. We’re actively price shopping now, looking for the best deals (while still trying to buy as many organic veggies and fruits as I can!). If you know of any killer deals on greens, sweet potatoes, and berries and apples, let me know!

Week 3 looks like it’ll be an awesome one, so stay tuned to find out if I can beat my running pace, and continue to work on my Yoga poses!! :)

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