|March 10, 2014||Uncategorized, Weekend Recap|
Happy Monday, friends! We had a gorgeous weekend here in the Philadelphia area. The weather stayed around the low to mid 50s and we didn’t get the flurries like the weathermen had anticipated. I’m hoping that the nice weather is here to stay and that spring is right around the corner. Last time I said that we got 10 inches of snow…
Anyway, here’s a recap from my weekend.
On Friday night, Bryan went to a jazz concert with his dad so I had the apartment to myself for a while. I don’t know about you, but I hate doing laundry. I also HATE folding clothes. I’ll usually lay them on the bed for hours or place them across our clothing drying rack for days before putting them away.
After finishing up the laundry, I caught up on some reality TV, started writing my wedding vows, and took a brief nap on the couch. That was basically my Friday night in a nutshell.
On Saturday morning, Bryan and I drove out to Phoenixville for my wedding makeup trial. I’m usually a wonderful artist who I’ll talk about in a post later. My only request was that I look like myself and keep the eye shadows mainly neutral with the focus on good skin. She used the Temptu airbrush makeup system and individual fake lashes. I was thrilled that the makeup stayed on all day and didn’t irritate my skin at all!
A little while after my makeup trial, Bryan and I met up with our caterer at our venue for a walk through. It was pretty frustrating to try to envision what the space would look like on our wedding day, because there was still a lot of dirty snow everywhere. Bryan and I are going to go back in April and take another look before the big day.
Ok Sunday, my friend Lauren and I went to my hair trial appointment. Overall, I am pretty happy with how my hair turned out. For the day of, I’m going to tell the stylist to put WAY less hair spray in my hair. She put at least a half of a bottle throughout my hair and I just felt uncomfortable all day. I’m used to a softer head of curls and I don’t want anything different for my wedding.
Once that was done, we went to the mall to look for a headband for the reception as well as a dress for my bridal shower. Luckily I found both! I’m not posting pictures of them until afterwards, but the headband is from Nordstrom and the dress is from Free People. I’m really excited about them!
On Sunday night after dinner, I ate a bunch of fruit, drank some water, and watched more episodes of Baby Daddy. It’s such a hilarious show!
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- What did you do this weekend?
- What’s your favorite night-time snack?
- Any goals for the beginning of your week?
|March 6, 2014||Goals|
I can’t believe it’s already March. Doesn’t it feel like Christmas was last week?! My wedding is less than two months away and it’s starting to catch up to us. There are so many things to still do. Maybe I’ll do a post next week about all the things that need to get completed by May 2. I’m sure no one will care aside from myself, but it will help me keep things organized.
Anyway, since it’s now March I figured I should probably do my monthly goal recap and goal setting post. Enjoy.
Dedicate more time to working out (Completed). Since purchasing my own set of dumbbells, I’ve been lifting much more frequently than in months past. I’m also doing yoga more frequently. I call this a win! I definitely want to get back into running, especially since I have a 5K race in the middle of April. My goal is to at least try to run the entire thing. I haven’t run consistently since training for the half marathon I did in Nov. 2012. That seems like decades ago and my body definitely feels like it was.
Be in bed by 10PM every night (Somewhat completed). Although I’m getting to bed earlier than before, I tend to lay in bed for a while on my cell phone. It’s a nasty habit, but I can’t seem to let it go. I don’t have a lot of time during the day to just browse Instagram or Pinterest, so when I go to bed it’s the perfect time.
Complete items on my wedding to-do list (Completed). This month, I had my first fitting, scheduled my hair and makeup trials, sent out my invitations, ordered our guest book, ordered our table number holders, somewhat designed our programs, somewhat figured out a signature drink, and probably a lot of other things. February was a busy month for wedding planning, and I know for a fact that March and April will be even busier.
Ok, now on to my goals for March.
Get more organized for the wedding. This includes making final decisions on things, buying whatever else that still needs to be purchased, making payments on our massive vendor bills, and many other random wedding things. I’m being vague I know, but there’s just too many things to still do that I can’t wrap my head around how my friend Lauren plans weddings full-time. Laur, how the hell are you still sane?!
Continue doing yoga at least a few times a week. I love yoga. I think I’m actually going to do yoga the morning of my wedding to calm me down and ground me. Reflexion Yoga is my favorite yoga video website (duh, you already knew that) and for a limited time I have a promo code for you! Click the link in my side bar. It’s 30% off with the code NICOLE30. I’ll be doing a full post on this probably on Tuesday, so keep an eye out if you’d like more information.
Get through the month without any crazy wedding-related meltdowns. In general, I’ve been pretty good with not letting the small stuff bother me in terms of the wedding. Sure, we’re not taking a honeymoon and I was pissed/upset for a while, but there’s no use in getting upset. Sure, we’re only inviting 80 people and I’m scared our ceremony will look bare, but our closest family and friends will be there. This month I strive to try to like wedding planning and enjoy it while I can.
TALK TO ME
- What are your March goals?
- Did you accomplish what you wanted to in February?
- It’s almost Friday! What are your plans?
|March 3, 2014||Gear, Reviews|
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA.
Happy Monday, everyone! I’m super happy today and no, it’s not because it snowed AGAIN last night and this morning. It’s because I am sharing with you some of my new favorite gear from Puma. You may remember this PUMA post from a few months ago when I tried out their FormLite XT Ultras. I loved their products so much, that I was thrilled to test out some more of their products.
My wedding is in two months (!!) and one of the ways I’m getting toned is by working out at home with dumbbells. I knew I had to buy weights because with this crazy winter weather we’ve been having, there’s no knowing if I’ll be able to drive over to the gym. Having weights at home is super convenient and allows me to never have excuses to skip a workout. It also motivates me to workout, because all I have to do is pick them up, go into my living room and start sweating!
Another thing that motivates me to workout is wearing adorable, high quality athletic clothes. I can’t be the only one who feels this way, right? In college, I would always wear ratty old t-shirts and sweatpants when I exercised. Now, I couldn’t even imagine wearing them and feeling good about myself.
Let’s talk about the Gym Loose Top first. As I mentioned in my Puma post from before, I love loose tops while working out. I hate feeling constricted, but I also hate wearing t-shirts. So loose fitted tank tops are my go-to. Puma’s version is perfect for me because not only is it loose-fitting, but it also wicks away sweat.
Since the top is baggy and low-cut on the sides, a cute bra is a must-have. The Gym-licious bra comes in two different colors and has ACTV technology. ACTV technology integrates athletic tape into the garment to help stimulate your muscles. I’ve never owned athletic gear with ACTV technology, so I was super excited to try this out. I personally love it because the bra stays in place and I never have to adjust it!
When I work out, I live in capris. I probably own more capris than I do yoga pants and running shorts combined. The Gym ACTV Power 3/4 Tight fits me perfectly. I will say that the ACTV athletic tape does take some time to get used to. At first, I was confused because it was sticking to my legs (duh, it’s supposed to), but after a few minutes I actually forgot it was there. The tape helps keep the pants from riding down and getting baggy in all the wrong places.
Last but not least, I want to talk to you about the Bubble XT sneakers. I’m not going to lie. When I first pulled these shoes out of the box I thought, “These look like they have fat marshmallows on the bottom.” After putting them on, I realized that they also feel like they are made from marshmallows… in a good way. They are super lightweight, make you feel like you’re walking on clouds, and are great for weight training.
I also really love the vibrant design on them. If you took a look in my closet 5 or 6 years ago, you would have found all black or white sneakers. Now, I have a pretty colorful collection that I’m proud of. Colorful sneakers make exercising fun and exciting, even when it’s 20 degrees and snowing outside. WIN!
Thank you Puma and Fitfluential for giving me the opportunity to test out these products!
TALK TO ME
- What’s the last athletic gear that you tried?
- Which fitness brand do you usually purchase products from?
- Do you typically buy more structured sneakers or lightweight models?
|February 28, 2014||Friday Favorites|
Friday has arrived, my friends. I’m thrilled because this week went by surprisingly fast. But hey, I’m not complaining about that! I was super busy this week, so maybe that’s why the days flew past me. Here are some of the highlights from this week that make up my Friday Favorites. Enjoy!
This week I’ve been enjoying warm beverages. Although we had gorgeous weather last weekend, this week was freezing and snowy again. When will it end?!
On Monday, I decided that I should start drinking hot water with lemon. I’ve read so many great benefits about it so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s actually really yummy! If you’ve never had it, I would try it out.
I was also excited to try tea from My Beauty Tea this week. The owner was kind enough to send me 2 full bags of loose tea and a sample tea bag of another flavor.
This week I tried the Sweet Mango flavor. Usually I need to add sugar in my tea, but not with this one! The flavor is amazing. I also tried both of the other flavors they sent me, but I’ll be doing a whole post about them next week.
Another Friday favorite from this week were these super adorable pens I bought from the Target $1 bin. They come in packs of two. I have a crazy weird obsession with office supplies, so anytime I’m in a store I go straight to those aisles first.
My last favorite from this week was having a very exciting meeting with a potential freelancing client. As most of you know at nights and on weekends I do writing/communication services/public relations for a few different companies. This week I had a meeting with someone I met a few years ago during a 5K. He’s a motivational speaker and may need help getting his name out to local press. He has such a great story to tell! I’m looking forward to working with him in some capacity in the coming months.
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- What are some of your favorites from this week?
- What’s your favorite blend of tea?
- Any fun plans for this weekend?
|February 25, 2014||Food|
If you are interested in reading my other What’s In My Grocery Bag posts, check them out:
Since I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, I figured I would share with you all of the amazing items I picked up at Trader Joe’s this weekend. First off, let me say that I’ve never tried anything at Trader Joe’s that I hated. Everything I’ve ever purchased has been absolutely amazing.
Here’s a look into my grocery bag. This is a long post so go grab a cup of coffee or something.
Butternut Squash Triangoli: This is a staple for me. I get a package of these every single time I am at Trader Joe’s. I love to eat them cold and actually dislike them hot.
Pita Chips with Sea Salt: These are the perfect pita chips in my opinion. They have a great crunch and have enough salt without being too salty. These are perfect to dip in hummus or to taste test pasta sauce (as I did last night).
Pomegranate & Blueberry Flakes & Clusters Cereal: I haven’t tried these yet. Bryan had them last night right before bed and he said he had morbid dreams. I don’t think the cereal gave him the weird dreams, but it’s just something to note . He also said that the cereal tasted good for being a “healthy” cereal.
Spicy Soy & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips: Holy moly! These are amazing and are my new favorite chip. They taste just like spicy Doritos. I instagrammed a picture of them this weekend and said how addicting they are and many of you liked the pic and agreed with me. If you’ve never tried them, please go out and buy a bag. You won’t regret it.
Red potatoes: Another staple in my house. I love baking these and
drowning dipping them in A1 steak sauce.
Grape tomatoes: I generally don’t like large tomatoes. I actually never have. When I was younger, my sister would eat large tomatoes like apples. She would sit in front of the TV with her salt shaker and tomato and just go to town. Ever since then, I’ve been repulsed by large tomatoes so I typically by the grape or cherry versions.
Columbus Pastrami: Obviously this purchase wasn’t mine because you know I don’t eat meat. This was for Bryan for his lunches for the week. He’s pretty picky when it comes to pastrami, but he gave this brand two thumbs up. It has a lot of flavor and isn’t slimy like some pre-packaged lunch meats can be.
Gone Bananas: I love these chocolate covered banana bites. I bought a box last time I was at Trader Joe’s and knew that I’d need a few boxes this time around. I have to force myself to not go into the freezer, because every time I do I grab a few pieces of Gone Bananas. They are just that good.
Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers: These are my favorite frozen veggie burgers. They are packed with lots of veggies and actually taste fresh. I cook them on the stove top and usually dip it in ketchup if you’re wondering.
Arrabiata sauce: I ate this last night when I made baked eggplant and pasta for dinner. This is my new favorite canned spaghetti sauce. If possible, I like to make my own sauce, but this jar is a very close second favorite.
Dried cranberries: I like putting these in my salads. They add a bit of sweetness without being too sweet. These would also be pretty great in a trail mix of some sorts. I hate nuts, so I never make my own trail mix. I would have nothing really to put into it. Aren’t most trail mixes like 90% nuts?
Panko bread crumbs: I used this for the eggplant I baked yesterday. I love panko because it gives the item you are breading a nice crunch.
Roasted garlic hummus: Mmm. I love hummus so much that we’re having a hummus bar at the wedding. It’s one of those food items that I was always scared to try. I am so glad that college Nicole took a chance and tried it one time, because now I am hooked. Bryan eats hummus more than I do, so I’m glad when he picks out yummy kinds.
ZBar Honey Graham: I love ZBars. They are the little sister to Clif Bars. Ever since I went to this dance conference in college, I haven’t been able to eat a Clif Bar. The company was a sponsor at the dance conference, so I basically lived off of Clif Bars all week.
Organic romaine hearts: Romaine hearts is one of the only types of greens that I like in my salads. I like having something crunchy and the romaine hearts give it that extra crunch.
Eggplant: Like I mentioned above, I made baked eggplant with this.
Avocados: I love eating these for lunches. People may stare at me weird for eating a full, plain avocado for lunch but I think it’s delicious. If you’ve never tried it, give it a try and let me know how hooked you are.
Baby spinach: Perfect for adding to salads with romaine or for green juices and smoothies. I must always have spinach in my fridge. I feel lost without it.
Bananas: I love packing these for work. They are the perfect mid-morning snack and give me extra energy to power through the mornings.
Edamame: These are the frozen kind, which I love because they last a lot longer. I steam these, add a bit of pink Himalayan sea salt and go to town of these babies.
Broccoli and cauliflower mix: I like keeping bags of veggies on hand for last-minute dinners. All you have to do is empty the bag into a microwave safe container and microwave for a few minutes. If I have more time, I usually prefer to steam them on the stove top. Either way, it’s a quick and simple way to get your veggies in for the day.
Sugar snap peas: Perfect for salads or for just eating by themselves.
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- What’s your grocery store of choice?
- What’s the best thing you’ve purchased recently?
- How often do you go food shopping?