Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sorry, but...

I'm going to take a little bit of time off from blogging. Maybe a week. Maybe a month? I'm not really sure. I just need some time right now to work through a few things and I think disconnecting is always important. I mean, it is really just important to disconnect from time to time anyway, right?

I love this little blog and I'm not abandoning it, I just don't want anyone to think I fell into a hole.
Let's get real, I haven't been posting a whole lot lately anyway, so not sure that this is coming as a huge shock to anyone.

Oh, and one more thing. 
For those few girls (you know who you are if you are reading this) who have really become angels to me right now, thank you. Your words and time mean more than you will ever know. I'm grateful that there are women out there like you and I really can't thank you both enough.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blogmopolitan Quiz #2

What better way to do a post when you have nothing to write about? Blog quiz link up!
Saves. The. Day. 
Linking up with Erin for the Blogmopolitan Quiz #2. 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Life Lately- The Randoms

I've been a little MIA for the last few weeks. I guess I just didn't really have anything important to write about, so I just didn't write. Taking a break once in a while is definitely needed. 
Here is what I have been up to lately. And some random info. You know, one of those posts.

++ Work has been busy and I'm traveling this week. Seattle is extremely gloomy and rainy and I am already missing the CA sunshine. It was 70 this past weekend. Almost too warm to wear jeans. 

++ I haven't been home in a month and it was so amazing to get out of the city this weekend and spend time with our families. I get really tired of the city after being there for too long and just need some fresh air.

++ He is the cutest thing ever and I just can't get enough of him. I can't believe that he is going to be 2 in June. He still seems like such a "puppy" to me. 

++ I finished with my trainer and I am so happy with what I have learned and what has come out of this whole experience. I lost about 28 pounds and feel and look so much better. I'm still working out just as hard and trying to eat like I have been because I'm not finished yet. Still working up the courage to show the before and after picture. Let me just say that they are pretty shocking.

++ We are going to Maui again this summer and I am so excited. I can't wait and 6 months is to far away to think about it as much as I have been. 

++ Evan and I are going to Disneyland in April. Pretty random, but for Christmas, instead of gifts, we just decided to go on a trip early this year for the weekend and we were thinking of somewhere to go, and we both haven't been to Disneyland in years, so why the hell not! I'm pretty excited. 

++ I also planned a little girls' weekend in Vegas in June and I'm excited to spend the weekend in Vegas. I haven't been in about 2 years, and Rhonda (that is my crazy alter ego) likes to come out and get wild every now and then (and I literally mean like once in a blue moon). It won't be that kind of weekend seeing as though this particular friend and I have pretty high standards and we are staying in a pretty nice hotel and going to Cirque du Soleil and to nice dinners. Not so much "clubbing". 

++ I volunteered at a school auction for my best friend's sister in law this weekend and somehow, we ended up with a cake in our room after the LONGEST, HARDEST volunteer hours ever and when you are THAT hungry and THAT tired, all that sounds good is a hot bath and a chocolate cake, so we did just that. Got in the bath and tore this cake up. Then got in bed and fell asleep immediately. I mean, don't tell me you wouldn't have done the same thing.
the damage...
(don't worry, we cut out a pretty big piece to take home so this was not ALL eaten by us)

++ Is anyone else kind of glad the Olympics are over? I like watching them and all, but I'm just kind of over it. Also, I feel like some of the sports are just so random. You can't argue that bobsledding takes more athletic ability than ice skating or skiing... you just can't. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Obsession with the Tone It Up Girls

If you aren't on the Tone It Up bandwagon, you definitely should be.
I can't get enough of these girls, for more reasons than one. 

First of all, they have a cute show on Bravo about their company that has been growing like crazy over the past year. They are fitness experts and have grown this community of like minded girls. 
They have 2 workout DVDs, a nutrition plan and a great website that anyone can join.
I mean seriously, how cute are they. They have great bods and their workouts are for the everyday girl. Nothing crazy, just effective, simple routines that you can do anywhere with a set of hand weights. 

These 2 girls started as friends who met in the gym, loved fitness and became inseparable and from that, they started making these Youtube videos of easy, at home workouts that they shot on the beach in SoCal. Now, they run this huge blog/website where they have a ton of recipes, workout videos, newsletters, etc. 

I bought their second workout DVD, Beach Babe, and I'm hooked. It has 9 different workout videos and they can all be done at home and are about 20-30 minutes each, focusing on different things. They shot this one in Maui and I can't help but wish I was also on the beach doing my workout while I go through this video. 

The nutrition plan is full of cleanses, a 5 and 7 day jump start, meal plans and all kinds of fitness and nutrition tips. This program is great for someone who wants something low key, easy to follow and simple. There are no special things you have to buy, just clean eating and fun workouts. Simple. Effective. 

I just can't get over how great this program is and how easy it is to relate to these girls. They aren't body builders and they aren't crazy gym rats, they just have a very simple mindset that we should be taking care of the one body we are given. They even talk about fun and low cal cocktails! They don't disregard letting loose every once in a while and having a good time.

If you haven't checked out their site and their program, I highly recommend it. It is a great kick start program, or great for someone just looking to find something that they can stick to that isn't a "diet".

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Things I've Learned in My 20's

1. Always send thank you cards, there is nothing more polite or more appreciated.

2. Save money, even if it is just a little each month (like even $20 is fine. Someday it will add up).

3. Your parents were right all along. About everything.

4. Take vacations. Even if it is just a weekend away, your mind and body needs a break from work.

5. Sleep on a big purchase. Don't be impulsive.

6. Make time for the people in your life. Your friends and family will always be the most important.

7. Take care of your skin. Wear sunscreen and moisturize.

8. Read/watch the news. It is important to be informed about the happenings in the world.

9. Always be overdressed, especially at work.

10. Take really good care of your teeth. Brush, floss and rinse several times a day.

11. Anthropologie candles are the best and worth the investment.

12. Live alone at least once. It is the best thing you will ever do.

13. Don't walk around with chipped nail polish, it isn't cute.

14. Memorize phone numbers. One day you will need to know a number and you won't have your cell.

15. People won't take you seriously if you don't stick to your word.

16. Always, always, always be on time. Everywhere. Be early.

17. Never show up to a party empty handed. A bottle of wine is perfect.

18. Exercise. Your body won't be able to do things like this forever.

19. 401Ks are important.

20. Heavy makeup looks good on no one.

21. It is perfectly OK (and even healthy) to spend a weekend night at home, alone. In your PJs.

22. Not everyone you've ever met (especially from college) needs to stay in your life forever.

23. Don't over share on the internet (blogs, facebook, instagram).

24. If you are mad at someone, talk to them about it. They can't read your mind and it does no good to hold all of that in.

25. Learning to cook is one of the most important things ever.

26. Invest in a simple black dress (a nice, non-club-y dress) and some good lipstick.

27. College didn't teach you anything about the real world. That is all just picked up along the way.

28. Educate yourself on politics and vote. It doesn't matter what you believe or who you vote for, just get out and vote.

29. Everything that you put online (or in writing, for that matter) is permanent, so think before you hit send.

30. It is OK to not have it all figured out by 25.

31. Stop shopping at Forever 21. There is a reason that "21" is in the name.

32. Drink more water.

33. Embrace new friendships. Making friends in your 20's is hard and you never know when you're going to meet a few girls you really click with.

34. Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do, both social and at work, suck it up and stay poised and do it with a smile.

35. Live in the moment and stop constantly waiting and wishing for the next new/best/exciting thing. The years go by way too fast.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Football Rants... And I Hate Football

So... I've never cared about football. Like ever. 
In fact the only reason I like the Super Bowl is the commercials and the junk food. 
I'm by no means a "loyal" 49ers fan and since we lived in both Seattle and now in SF, I went into this playoff game not really caring who won, to be perfectly honest. 

Someone at work (remember they are based out of the PNW) sent a nasty-gram e-mail with something along the lines of "beat the dirty 49ers". Something inside of me just snapped.
I can't even explain it. I just immediately got defensive of the 49ers. I mean, how dare they talk like that! Seattle is a joke of a sports city! Has anyone been to a Mariner's game lately? They can't give tickets away!

The whole game I was yelling and clapping and yelling and clapping. Yelling at the TV like an idiot. I don't even like football, remember!

I'm not going to sit here and say Seattle played a bad game, because they didn't. 
There were SEVERAL calls made that were completely illegal and wrong. 
On one return, the SF kicker was taken out by one of the Seacocks and that is like the first rule of football! Don't hit the kicker! Immediate foul! And if you hit his planting leg, oh, you're in big trouble, the ball should go back to the returning team for an automatic first down. 
It did not. It was given to the Seagulls and they scored a touchdown on that possession. 
A touchdown that shouldn't have even happened because they shouldn't have had the motherloving ball. 
This was just one of a few dirty calls by the completely incompetent refs of this game. The conspiracy theory that the NFL rigs the games to fix who is in the Super Bowl, well now I understand that theory.

Also, can we talk about Richard Sherman for a minute. 
 Even Erin Andrews was scared for her life because this large, Whoopie Goldberg was about to kill her just for being in his presence. 
I'm sorry, but he is a perfect example of the Seattle fanbase. Trashy, trashy, trashy. 
Throwing food at a VERY injured 49ers player being carted off the field? Classy. 
12th man? Let's get real. 
The Bronco's just got a whole hell of a lot of new fans. Seattle seriously doesn't know what kind of wrath will be coming down on them in 2 weeks. It might actually be more exciting to see Seattle lose yet another Super Bowl rather than seeing the Niners play in it. 

Anyway, that is all for now. And if you are a Seahawks fan and I offended you in this rant? You should think about just how long you've been a fan, and if not longer than this season, you are just as bad as all of the other bandwagoners out there. Even Macklemore isn't a ride or die fan. Shocker. 
Happy Monday, everyone!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weeknight Healthy Dinner: Pork with Mushroom Wine Reduction

With such busy schedules, it is hard to spend time on dinners during the week. I get so sick of the grilled chicken and broccoli that sometimes I just need a complete change.
Since I've been on my plan with my trainer (4 weeks left, I'll post an update on the whole thing after), it has been tough to think of clean dinners that aren't boring. 

I planned out a week of dinners and then hit Whole Foods to get the goods. I picked up some nice, small cuts of pork and shiitake mushrooms and decided to just wing it and try it without a recipe. 

I started with butternut squash, cubed, tossed with S&P, EVOO and a little chopped rosemary (fresh) and baked that at 350 for about 20 minutes. 

While the squash was baking, I sauteed some mushrooms and garlic in EVOO to get the mushrooms soft. I added about a cup of red white (I used Cabernet) and let it simmer on medium until the alcohol burns off. I then added a little but of chicken stock and about 2 tsp of cream to just lighten it up a bit (you could use milk as well) and a sprinkling of fresh chopped rosemary. Once this reduced down and the mushrooms were cooked, I seared the pork for about 4 minutes on each side, in a very hot pan. I baked some asparagus and it all came together quite nicely!

What are some of your favorite go to meals for weeknight dinners?