|July 7, 2014||Holiday, Weekend Recap|
Happy Monday, readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I know I sure did.
On the Fourth of July, it rained a bit in the morning, so a pool day wasn’t an option. We headed over to the Elmwood Park Zoo instead. I put on my trusty Converse sneakers , which may be the most versatile shoes I own. I can wear them in the fall with jeans and a sweater or in the summer with shorts and a tank. The zoo doesn’t have too many animals, but it was nice to walk around for a little bit. Every one there was in the holiday spirit and was wearing some sort of red, white and blue.
After the zoo, we watched TV and relaxed on the couch until it was time for fireworks! We went to the same park that we go to every year. This year was even more crowded and even had a carnival, so we were glad we left early to find parking. Most people arrived right before the fireworks began, so we were able to get a great seat in the field. Before the fireworks started, we listened to a live band and ate funnel cake and fried Oreos (the best/worst food you could put into your body). I personally enjoyed the festive music, including “Firework” by Katy Perry, “She was an American Girl” by Tom Petty and “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen. In my opinion, this year’s event had better fireworks and music than years past!
The rest of the weekend was spent watching Netflix, laying by the pool, cleaning the apartment, running errands and having dinner at the in-laws’ house. We also realized that we have a leak in our guest bathroom and water is dripping from the ceiling. Let’s hope that gets fixed today!
TALK TO ME
- What did you do this weekend?
- Did you do anything fun for the 4th?
- What are your plans for this week?
|July 4, 2014||Holiday|
Bryan and I on the 4th of July, 2012
Happy 4th of July! Hurricane Arthur is coming our way, so I’m not sure what our holiday festivities will be. I’m hoping for some time relaxing at the pool, watching fireworks, taking photos with the Nikon my father-in-law let me borrow, and sleeping in. I hope you all have a great, fun and safe holiday!
TALK TO ME
- What are you doing for the holiday?
- Are you traveling out of state?
- What’s a 4th of July tradition of yours?
|December 31, 2013||Goals, Holiday|
Just so you know what you’re in for, this may be a somewhat long post.
Well my friends, it’s the last day of 2013. This year definitely flew by for me. As many of you know, I got engaged in December 2012, so a lot of my time this year was spent planning my May 2014 wedding. I can’t believe the day is only 4 months away. Where did this year go?!
Over the past few days during my commute to work, I reflected on this past year. What were things I was proud of? What do I wish I could have done differently? What did I learn about myself? Of course I’m not going to answer those questions here on the blog, since it’s kind of personal, but I do want to address one thing:
I wanted to do a post about this a few weeks ago, but never had the time to sit down and process my thoughts. Since I now commute about 30 minutes to work in the morning and at least 45 minutes on my way home, I have a lot of time to think.
I thought a lot about what I wanted my new years resolution to be and whether I wanted to continue making monthly goals here on Simply Nicole. Well, yes I do still want to continue making monthly goals because I think it’s important to make short-term goals to keep you focused each month. Sure, there are some months when I forget about my goals, but this year I am going to make a conscious effort to accomplish them.
The answer to the other question — what is my new years resolution — is to take risks and be myself. Be myself through every aspect of my life. Every choice I make I want to ensure myself that it is something that I would do. I am in control of my choices.
In the past I’ve declined buying things because it didn’t fit into the style I had. It wasn’t something I would typically purchase and it wasn’t something that I thought people would expect to see me in. This year I’m going to buy things because I like them. It’s as simple as that. I’m tired of trying to have just one specific style. I’m going to buy pieces that I’m proud to wear. Quality over quantity this year.
In the past I’ve also declined going places and doing things because it made me uncomfortable. Going out for a drink on a work night? Typically I wouldn’t do such a thing, but this year I want to really strive to balance my work life and my personal life. There’s no problem with going out every once in a while if its something I want to do.
The list can go on and on of all the things I want to do this year. But it all stems back to one thing. I vow to be myself and take some risks… because I want to.
Talk to Me
- What is your new years resolution?
- What are you most proud of from this past year?
- What are you looking forward to most about 2014?
|December 26, 2013||Holiday|
Hello! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday. We started our festivities a few days earlier, so I’m exhausted from all the fun we had this week.
On Monday night after work, Bryan and I had dinner with our friends who now live in Atlanta. It was so nice to see them for the holiday. We enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner and lots of wine! I also was finally able to meet their new dog, Cooper. He’s a pretty large dog, but oh so cute!
On Christmas Eve, we went to my Dad’s girlfriend’s house in Delaware. We exchanged gifts, ate lots of appetizers and had dessert. It was a relaxing Christmas Eve and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My dad also raved about the new Eminem cd. Enough said . I think I might have to check it out.
For Christmas morning, Bryan and I enjoyed breakfast at our place and exchanged presents. He bought me a gorgeous Pandora bracelet and charms + this slouchy black beanie I’ve had my eye on. After a relaxing morning of watching a few episodes of Scandal, we eventually drove over to Bryan’s parents’ house for more presents and dinner!
It’s truly been a fantastic few days and I am so blessed to have such amazing friends and family. I hope you all had a fabulous holiday with your loved ones as well!
Tomorrow is my normal Friday Favorites post and I have some great products to share with you, so make sure to check back tomorrow for that!
Talk to Me
- What did you do on Christmas?
- Does your family have any holiday traditions?
- Do you have to travel far during the holidays?
|December 4, 2013||Holiday, Reviews|
If you’re anything like me, you acquire many fitness related items throughout the year. Who needs another work out top? Not me. This year, I wanted to put together a gift guide for active women that included things that most women don’t already have in their closets. So if you have a special woman in your life or if you are an active woman yourself and need to purchase a gift, keep reading!
*This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.
1. Koss FitBuds | $29.99*
These FitBuds are a sweat resistant ear bud that is 33% smaller than any other Koss ear bud. The reason I love these so much is because each set you purchase comes with three different sized ear cushions for the perfect fit. For my ears, I’ve found that the smallest cushions work best. Koss’ female designers teamed up with Gold Medalist Dana Torres to create these headphones which are the first ones designed specifically for women, by women. How sweet is that?
2. Koss FitClips | $29.99*
These FitClips also made by Koss are my all time favorite headphones because they stay put and like the FitBuds, they are sweat resistant and come with three different size ear cushions. With small ears, sometimes it’s difficult to find headphones that wrap around my ear that fit. This version from Koss stays put without having to frequently adjust them!
*Retailers will promote these products at $19.99 this holiday season. You can purchase at: Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Kmart, Walgreens and Sears.
Other great options this year:
3. Thera-Roll Firm Roll | $15.95
4. Nike FuelBand | $143.39
5. 5lb Chrome Dumbbells | $39.99
6. Fitness Gear Flexibility Band Kit | $24.99
Talk to Me
- What fitness items are on your wishlist this year?
- Who do you still have left on your gift-buying list?
- What’s the last set of headphones you’ve purchased?