Monday, December 30, 2013

What's next

As new year's eve quickly approaches, many will be posting some resolutions for the new year. I came upon this site of 25 new year's resolutions every person should make, and I really liked it. Some of the items mentioned do not apply to married folk, but the following really stuck out to me. I want to concentrate on these this coming year: 

3. Leave the country. If you don’t have money, look into doing charity work abroad. Some programs will sponsor you.
- I hope to take Drew somewhere this year. We'll see if we can scrape around the funds!
Our honeymoon July 2011
8. Rid yourself of “frenemies.” Don’t spend 2014 surrounded by people you secretly despise.
-Working on boundaries, and this is definitely part of it. I want to surround myself with positive people that love me and that will put in effort to have a relationship with me.

14. Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be something you use daily, but documenting your experiences is incredibly important. You’ll appreciate it later.
-I've already started with this little ol' blog. I'll have to keep this in mind on days when I don't feel like posting!

16. Help strangers. “Pay it forward,” do good things for the world — and don’t post a Facebook status about it.
-I think RAOK is such a wonderful thing, but I get really tired of people bragging about it on social media sites. I think Random Acts should truly be that, random, and anonymous. I remember a random act of kindness that someone gave us last year, and I want to do something like that for another person this year.

18. Turn off your smartphone at dinner.
-I want to work on being present when I'm with Drew. I need to be better at focusing on him, especially during meal times.
I went back and read through my goals from last year. They were:
  • Run a half marathon (this didn't happen, but I ran a 10K which was the farthest I had ever gone! 2014 is my year for my first half)
  • Hit my goal weight (nope)
  • Feel good in a bikini for our vacation(This I did accomplish!)

Do you have any resolutions this year? 
Did you accomplish your list from 2013?

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Recap

Our Christmas morning started out at my parent's house with my brother and my niece. My husband and I decided not to do gifts this year, so as soon as we woke up we went to the Drudge household. We began with a delicious breakfast of egg casseroles, french toast casserole, biscuits and gravy, and fruit. My mother went all out this year, and it was amazing. My favorite was the french toast casserole- SO good. 

After breakfast we opened our stockings. Lilah stole the show, of course. 

She preferred to play with my dad's coffee mug and cologne over her toys. 

After stockings, we went into the front room to open the presents from Santa under the tree. I bought Lilah this caterpillar tunnel, and it was PERFECT! It was really cheap too, so that was a huge score. Auntie Em won in the gift department. 

She was timid at first, but as soon as we put her baby inside, she was all for it.

On of the first presents from Santa was a big sled that she won't be able to use for a few years yet. I'm not sure why Sandy Santa bought it but it brought her joy. 
Lilah wanted to open all of her remaining presents inside the sled.
My mom found a soft book of "Are You My Mother?" which was one of my favorite books when I was little. I had to read it to her, and she loved it. She is obsessed with books, which makes the teacher in me so happy.

After opening presents we relaxed and talked for a few hours before my brother took Lilah home for a nap. After Drew and I left, we both said it was one of the nicest Christmases we've had there. It was so relaxed and exactly what Christmas should be.

After leaving my parents, we went to my inlaws for the second Christmas of the day. Once again, we were totally spoiled. With Drew's family, we draw names and have a spending limit, and then his parents always get everyone gifts as well.

I had Jenni, and bought her herb scissors, a cookbook stand,  and the World's Greatest Potato Masher. Oh so they claim.
Andrew's mom had my name, and I recieved a curling wand and a Sephora gift card. I am in LOVE with the curling wand, and I asked for lots of gift cards so I can go get some new makeup this week.

The next picture is terrible, but I had to post it anyway. My mother in law bought us underwear, and accidentally gave Katelyn a pair that said, "Good all year" on the butt. We laughed so hard. She obviously did NOT know it was on there.
Andrew's favorite gift was an Ohio State basketball warm up from his sister Katelyn. 
After opening presents we went back to our house to pick up Jeffery so he could come and hang out with us the rest of the evening. He was also spoiled by our families! He received two stuffed toys, a box of treats, and even a homemade treat maker. Ridiculous!
Jeffrey can never leave my Mom in law alone, he just loves her. Drew took this super sweet picture of them together.
We had an early dinner at B & M's (my inlaws) of meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodle salad,  veggies, and rolls. All homemade, but of course.  

What was your favorite gift this Christmas?
-Mine are boring but I was super excited for gift cards and money. 
What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
-Mine is opening stockings. I'm not sure why but they are always my favorite. 
Favorite food item you enjoyed this week? 
-Mine, by far, was homemade toffee. Oh and homemade rolls. mmmmmm

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gingerbread house extravaganza

Christmas Eve we went to Andrew's aunt's and had a blast. I went in thinking I would just eat veggies and a protein, but everything was coated in cream of something so I just had a little of everything. It was delicious and I don't regret it a bit! 

Andrew's aunt  is a teacher like me, so she had come up with a gingerbread house making contest. I was so excited to do this! 

When she told us to start, I qucikly started working on the foundation of the house. I wanted to get it done quickly so I could begin concentrating on the decorations. Everyone paired up into partners, and I was stuck with my husband. I love that man, but he is not the best with decorating... well.. anything. I tried to have him start cutting twizzlers for the sidewalk, but he proceeded to make our gingerbread man into a zombie. oy. 

Almost immediately after I had glued the peices of our house together with frosting, it collapsed and was ruined. The gingerbread was really soft and I tried to put WAY too much frosting on the roof, so it was done before we even began. 

 Andrew of course thought this was hilarious, and told me we could now go for the zombie theme.  I was down.

We finished our lovely scene with a white flag coming from the rubble, a zombie squirting blood from the missing arm, and rubble around the scene. Festive, right?

Andrew's cousins Ben and Nicole's house also collapsed, so they turned it into santa's sleigh with reindeer. Clever.

The two remainig houses were great! one was traditional.... 

While the other was a "beach house" with a pool, gingerbread people in bikinis ,and a palm tree. 

Ours was still the best. No?

We laughed a lot and had a great time eating and catching up with family. We got home late and Drew and I stayed up and celebrated Christmas together. It was a great night! 

Have you made a gingerbread house before?
What did you do on Christmas Eve?

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It's Christmas Eve!

It is finally here!

Yesterday I was lazy and kept putting off my run. Finally around 2 pm I made myself get dressed and went out into the cold. It actually felt really good to get outside and run. I was very close to driving to the gym, but I'm glad I didn't wimp out.

While I was running I ran into Buddy the Elf. It brought a smile to my face.

After my run I had a hair apt, and found out that I won a drawing! I never win anything, so this was super surprising. I won a new straightener, a product, and a few styling tools. Merry Christmas to me!

When I got home from my apt, I ended up getting sick. I had felt a migraine coming on earlier, and hadn't eaten much, so I think the combination of the two made me sick. I had some toast when I was feeling better before bed, and that stayed down okay. Other than that experience, this cleanse has been a breeze! It's hard to believe tomorrow is my last day on the cleanse. I look forward to the next phase.

Tonight we are heading to Drew's aunt's house for the Blue family Christmas. I am excited to spend time with his family, it's always a good time. As for food, I am just going to do the best I can. Normally during holiday meals with our family, not a whole lot of veggies are around. If we do have salads or veggies, they aren't the healthiest. I am going to do the best that I can, but not deprive myself. I already know I will not have my typical three rolls. I've had enough carbs lately (with my toast last night) and I'm not really craving them anyway. We'll see how it goes!

Tomorrow we are going to my parents for brunch in the morning, and then to Drew's parents the rest of the day. I'm so excited to give everyone gifts- I think we did a great job picking gifts out for everyone this year!

I'm sure you've seen a website listing great gift ideas for whoever. I stumbled on a website that shows the 9 worst gifts for runners. I thought it was pretty funny. I can't think of a terrible gift I've received before, but I do have a funny story about my brother. When we were little, by brother was HORRIBLE. I mean, seriously, he was bad. Year after year, my parents kept telling him that if he was bad, Santa would only bring him coal. One year, my parents filled his stocking with coal as a joke. He cried. To this day I stick crack up when we open stockings.

Here is another fun site where you can see if you made the naughty or nice list.

Did you made the naughty or nice list this year? 
What is the worst gift you've ever given/received? 
What are your Christmas Eve plans?

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rockin it

This weekend seemed to go by SUPER fast. I hope this is not telling of how my two week break will go. Slow down already!

I am rockin this Advocare challenge! I weighed myself on Friday, and I am already down 5 lbs. I know a lot of it is water weight, but it was exciting to see.

 I was starting to feel a little bla food-wise today, so I went to the store and stocked up on some new goodies. I think that is the trick to eating healthy, you have to keep switching it up. I go in phases where I like something and eat a ton of it, but then I get sick of it can not have another bite for a long while. I am there with jello currently. I ate it so much when I had my tonsils removed, I just cannot stomach the thought of eating any more. I made a batch when I started my cleanse, but it is still sitting in my fridge. We'll see if I can eat it before it goes bad.

On Friday I had planned on going to Mcdonald's for a caesar salad. It's easy to pick off the cheese and just eat the veggies, and have italian dressing on the side. Well, I guess they don't have caesar salads anymore?! They only had two different kinds- bacon ranch (ewww) and southwest (too much to pick off). So I went to Subway instead. My salad consisted of iceberg lettuce, spinach, onions, and chicken. I had sweet onion dressing on the side. Do you know how much these salads cost?

$7! SEVEN! That is ridiculous. The chicken wasn't even that great. Lesson learned. 

I have rekindled the flame with lemon water. It is 1000X easier to get my water in when I squeeze a lemon slice in my water bottle. I actually enjoy drinking water with my lemon in it. Today I might even go beyond my water goal. Overachiever here.. I tell ya.

I'm super pumped to be able to sleep in daily, cook myself breakfast, and be able to run outside! I'm so bored with the treadmill, I just need to log some miles outside. We'll see if I do it or wimp out and head back to the gym.

Saturday morning I cooked up some eggs and a leftover potato for my breakfast. I normally can't stand eggs, so I slathered some sriracha on them, and I could swallow them down.

There is a story as to why I hate eggs. In 7th grade, my dad made me an omelette before school. This was a rare occasion, as he usually left the house before I was even awake. The omelet didn't seem entirely cooked, but I ate it anyway not wanting to hurt his feelings. Later that morning, I got sick. I don't know if it was food poisoning or just the flu, but ever since that day, eggs gross me out. I can eat hard boiled once in awhile, but any other form of eggs (especially omelets!) I typically stay away from. I think this may have been a reason.

The remainder of the weekend involved some face mask action, freaking out my husband, and spaghetti squash kicking. Not bad.

What was your favorite part of this weekend?
Do you have foods you cannot eat due to bad memories?
Ever pay too much for a less than mediocre salad?
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Finished strong

Yesterday I went over to South Bend to run a few errands. I had to order a bridesmaid dress, get some food, and stopped by Flourish to check out some goodies for Christmas presents.

My first stop was to the bridal boutique. My friend Allison's wedding is next year, and her colors are blue and green. We were to pick out an Alfred Angelo short chiffon dress in pistachio. Not too many choices to choose from, but I knew I wanted a thicker strap, and NOT a halter dress (I look horrible in halter tops). I ended up with a one shoulder dress.

After purchasing the dress, I went to Flourish and shopped for awhile. I was very hungry by the time I was done. I knew ahead of time that I wanted to go to Chipotle, and figured I would purchase 2 burrito bowls so that I could have meals the next few days. This turned out to be a great plan.

I adore Chipotle's food, but I also adore that they have fresh lemon slices out. I love lemon in my water. I need to buy lemons next time I'm at the store. It makes drinking water so much more enjoyable! 

Unfortunately, the restaurant was completely packed, so I took my food (and two waters) to go and ate in my car. I'm sure people in the parking lot thought I was nuts, but I was starving.

 After finally getting some dinner, I went to Jet's Pizza to grab Drew his favorite take out...
 I don't understand his love of Jet's pizza.  It's like dominos. Cheap, nothing special, pizza. But whatever. I buy it for him because it makes him happy.

When I got home I quickly gathered what I needed for my gym bag and went to bed. I was exhausted after the long day. It was tough getting up this morning, but worth it. It's so nice to get my run done in the morning, and start the day with endorphins. 

Today's run was slightly better than Tuesday, when I had to walk more than run. I had to stop one of the running portions a few seconds early, but I finished strong. I'm crossing my fingers that my weekend run will bring out some strength and I will be able to do the entire run! We'll see. 

Do you like flavored water? Whats your favorite combination?
Is your Christmas shopping finished?
What did you have for dinner tonight?
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Flourish's Hoiday Gift Guide


I take pride in having my Christmas shopping finished early. I've been known to buy Christmas gifts all throughout the year. Right AFTER Christmas is a great time to pick up some things for NEXT year's Christmas. Unfortunately, this year I was not ahead of the game. I waited until December to even begin. I would not suggest doing this, and I doubt I will make the same mistake again. Fortunately, I think I am almost done Christmas shopping after a stop at Flourish this week. I've now purchased gifts for everyone except my brother and my father. Men are so much harder to shop for, and they never want to give any ideas. So annoying.

I'm here today to bring you a few last minute shopping ideas from Flourish Boutique! I was invited to find some of my favorite items and share them with you. I went on a mission for Christmas gifts, and more than succeeded.

As I walked into Flourish this week, I was taken aback with how beautiful the dresses were right in the entrance of the shop. Ladies, if you are looking for a dress to wear for Christmas parties or NYE, Flourish is your place. Trust me.  Take a look at the Holiday Glam section if you are shopping online.

This beauty was one of my favorites for a party-

I was very close to buying this for myself. I like how you could wear it for any season.  

I was eyeing this Chevron headwrap but decided to go with this one instead.

I found some super cute boot socks as well. These are the perfect winter accessory, and a great stocking stuffer!

I keep eyeing these patterned leggings. I am in love with these winter cheer leggings.... I love the colors! I'm not quite brave enough to wear them yet.

What is your favorite Flourish item?
What are you hoping is in your stocking this year?
Finished with Christmas shopping yet? 

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*This post sponsored by Flourish Boutique. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Just a quick note

Hi! How is your day going?

Mine was crazyyyyy busy. I just got home at 7 and packed my bag for the gym tomorrow, got my food and everything ready, and now I have to go to bed. I'm exhausted, but in a good way!

Tomorrow should be a great day, simply because I do not have to drink my fiber drink tomorrow morning. That stuff is disgusting. The first two days, it went down fine. Today however, I tried to drink it with water instead of orange juice. MISTAKE! I plugged my nose and tried to down it, but it almost came right back up. Disgusting.

Other than my fiber drink, the day went well. The highlight was a Chipotle burrito bowl. I only ate half and bought two, so I have meals for a few days! Woot!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

No more hangry

Today felt much better than yesterday did. I kept the HANGRY away- so I think my husband is pleased.  My snack today consisted of an apple and almond butter, and tonight I have some sugar free jello to eat. I haven't needed a morning snack so far. I pack one just in case. Maybe I should eat it anyway?

I started the day at the gym, doing my second week of C25K. I am not going to lie to you, I was struggling. I was running about a 8.57 min/mile pace in between walking, and it was tough. I was so glad when the cool down finally came around, I almost cheered. 

Tonight for dinner I had some baked chicken, spinach salad with egg, bacon bits, and green onion, and some "crackers" on the side. The crackers are made with only rice and seeds. And they are delicious. I love them. 

If you are celiac or gluten intolerant, try these out! 

Tomorrow I am going to a special event and to do some shopping 45 minutes away immediately after work, so I was trying to think of a good place to eat. Not only do I have some dietary restrictions, I want to be comfortable eating there by myself. I think Chipotle sounds like my best bet! I can load up on rice, veggies, and chicken. I need to remind myself not to have any cheese, but other than that, my normal burrito bowl should be good. I told Andrew I might buy an extra one to bring home for dinner the next day! 

What do your order at Chipotle?
Are you ever relieved when a run is over?

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