Books, Daily Happenings

It’s The Little Wins In Life

Hello and happy Saturday! I have no idea what I’ll be doing today but it’s supposed to rain so I have a feeling I’ll be in doors. Oh well, what can you do. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Friday started off with a yummy breakfast. I had scrambled eggs and an oatmeal muffin with breakfast. The muffins are so good at keeping me full until lunch and I love that I get a little fruit with them since I added strawberries and blueberries to it. Plus the recipe makes 12 so I don’t have to make them for another 2 weeks which is a win in my book.

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On my lunch break, I got started on my next book.ย Before the Fallย by Noah Hawley is about a private plane crash that leaves two survivors: Scott Burroughs, a painter, and JJ, a four year old boy and the only survivor from a powerful and wealthy family. It tries to find out what exactly happened on the plane that caused a crash since so many influential people died as a result. Some say it’s an accident while others say foul play is involved. It’s a good read and definitely caught my attention from the start!

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My company is awesome in that we get to have 4 hours each quarter that we can use to leave early and it doesn’t count against vacation times. I ended up taking 2 hours last night and was able to get a grocery store trip and 4 recovery miles in before I typically leave work, another win for my Friday! Now 2 hours isn’t a ton but mentally it’s amazing and it’s basically free time to do whatever I want with. After my run I snacked on my last kiwi, pretzels and cashew butter.

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When I was at Aldi’s earlier this week to grab cashew butter, I stumbled upon frozen meat that was for Philly cheesesteaks. Cheesesteaks are a go to take out option for Alex and I so I immediately grabbed the box when I saw it. Personally I think they underestimate how much meat should be on a sandwich but otherwise it was extremely easy to cook and tasty. The cheesesteak along with roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts was a solid dinner to kick off the weekend.

Once dinner was all cleaned up, I read a little on the couch while Alex played the guitar. Then we turned on the second half of Field of Dreams. It was definitely enjoyable and I liked it! Once that was done, I headed to bed.

Question of the day: What’s the last little win you had?

Weekly Obsessions

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Happy Fri-yay friends! How was your week? I had a pretty exciting week which you’ll see why below. I don’t think there’s anything on the agenda for my weekend as of right now and that’s fine by me! Earlier this week both Alex and someone in the comments commented on how we still have Christmas decorations up…no shame! But since it’s almost March maybe I’ll make a trip to Home Goods to get some spring decor. Nothing like a weekend full of rain that’ll get me to shop. Alex is also sharing one of his favorites today so I hope you enjoy it! Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

My New Haircut

Haircut Feb. 2018

I mentioned last week that I was getting my haircut this past weekend. Since the lady blow dried it nice and straight with a little curl at the end, I wasn’t sure what it would look like once back to my natural curls. As anyone with curly hair can attest to, it can be a little nerve wracking to get a haircut (just me?). Worrying was pointless because it turned out great. The length is so nice and my hair feels so healthy right now. I’m loving the shorter length that is has right now!

Kiwi

Kiwi

When I was walking through the produce section last weekend, I must have blacked out because all of a sudden kiwi were in my shopping cart. At least the impulse buy was healthy right? It’s been nice coming home after work or a run and cutting up a few and eating them in a bowl. In case you need an easy way to take the skin off try this trick: cut the ends so it can stand up flat. Using a spoon, go into the kiwi and follow the curve of it. Try to get it very close to the skin so you get as much fruit as possible. It’s the easiest way to take the skin off in my opinion.

Queso Chicken Chili from Pinch of Yum

Queso Chicken Chili

Technically this is a recipe for a crockpot but I don’t own a normal size crockpot. Mine is 1.5 qt (I believe) which is pretty small. I saw this recipe pop up on a few blogs last week and decided to make it on the stove on Sunday. Oh my goodness…this recipe is a winner everyone! It’s definitely a little more work on the stove since I would occasionally stir it since the heat is concentrated on the bottom but I would happily put the effort in. The only change I made was putting two chipotles in adoba sauce in the pot and they kinda of just broke apart over time which gave a really nice flavor. It makes a big batch and we’ve had it for dinner 3 times this week. The rest went in the freezer last night and I’m already looking forward to eating it again. My favorite way to eat it is by topping it with some avocado and dipping tortilla chips in.

A Midweek Celebration For Being Debt Free

Champagne For No Student Loans

I made a goal of my after graduating that I would pay my student loans back as soon as possible. After doing a few rough calculations, I challenged myself to do it within a year of graduating college. Paying them back so quickly was a personal choice and it was not a small amount by any means either. This week, I put in the final payment on my student loans!! It feels so good to say that y’all. I paid a small amount during the final semester of college due to some scholarships I received but the bulk was paid back starting in June 2017. So in 8 months I was able to accomplish my goal. Alex and I decided to celebrate with a little champagne during the week!

To be honest and frank, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share this on the blog or not. By no means do I want it to come across in a bragging manner or that I’m better than someone for paying down my loans this quickly. Everyone’s financial situation is different. With that being said, I hope you can all understand why I am sharing about this accomplishment.

Alex’s Favorite

Maureen In PJs, Green Mask and Messy Bun

Alex wanted to share something with you all. Everything after this sentence is in his words.ย This is Alex here: After a long day of work, client meetings, classes, and real estate licensing, I get to come home to a green creature from Star Wars. #blessed

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessed with this week?

Daily Happenings

Movie Night

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. I’m checking in after a relaxing night in with Alex last night. Poor guy wasn’t feeling too good so he ended up moving a late meeting. I won’t complain though since I got him to myself al night hehe. I hope you have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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We woke up and the weather was once again amazing! It was close to 55 at 5 am. Somehow Alex and I woke up and managed to get ready with enough time to have a treat of a breakfast during the week. We enjoyed some bacon and eggs. Warm weather in February and bacon and eggs on a Wednesday? Heck yes!

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At work, I startedย Another Brooklynย by Jacqueline Woodson. The writing style is really unique and it honestly took me some getting used to. It’s almost as though it’s written in a mix between poems and normal paragraphs. Once I got used to it, it was really easy to read. Due to the writing style, it was incredibly quick to read! I read 129 of 170 pages in my lunch break.

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When I got off of work, I made a quick pit stop to pick soup up from the store for Alex then met him at home. I prepped out lunches for the next day then made some more oatmeal muffins. I’ve found that these fill me up more than toast does but I’ve been too busy to make another batch. This is the recipe I loosely followed. I omit bananas, add chia seeds, frozen blueberries and frozen strawberries.

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For dinner, I made another quesadilla to use up leftover black beans that we in the fridge. I also put a bowl of Caesar salad together and used half of the avocado into it. The other half topped my quesadilla. Such an easy and delicious dinner!

We got everything from dinner cleaned up and then settled in on the couch to watch a movie. We originally planned on watching the first Guardians of the Galaxy but it wasn’t anywhere to be found to stream. Netflix had the second film so we turned that on instead. I hadn’t seen the first one and had no problems picking up on anything in the movie. There were some really funny lines when you least expect it.

Since I’m stubborn, I had to finish the book once the movie was over since I was so close to being done. I actually read when we paused the movie to use the bathroom and get drinks so I had maybe 30 pages left at that point. Luckily the pages are short so I finished it rather quickly. Overall I really enjoyed the story. It is about how your friendships change as you grow during your teenage years. It’s an easy read for sure but not mindless in anyway due to the writing style. Once I finished reading, I closed the book and headed off to bed.

Question of the day: What’s the last movie you watched?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

Another February Run In Shorts

Happy Wednesday! This week seems to be flying by for me. Does anyone else feel this way? It’s currently foggy out here in Jersey but the thermometer is supposed to go over 70 degrees so I’ll take the fog! Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tuesday started out pretty typical with a nice early alarm before getting ready for work. For breakfast, I had scrambled eggs and toast once again. When I checked the weather and the temperature was in the lower 50s before 7 am. That meant no coat for me! It was amazing to not need a coat in February.

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During the day, the sun was shining and all I wanted to do was see if my laptop could get wifi outside so I could enjoy the amazing weather. After work, I practically ran to my car so that I could get home and run. It was another February run in shorts! 4 easy miles before doing an arms and abs Blogilates video. These are fantastic if you want some shorter videos. Each on was about 10 minutes and the burn is real.

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Alex had a late meeting so it was just me at home. I turned on a podcast while I got some things crossed off my to do list. When it came time for dinner, I wasn’t starving (probably because I had a spoon or two of peanut butter while making my lunch…) so I ended up just roasting some potatoes to enjoy. This time I topped them with some nutritional yeast and my usual ketchup and hot sauce. The yeast didn’t have a huge cheese flavor but that could definitely be because I had condiments on top of it. While I ate, I turned on Chicken Little because I’m clearly a mature 22 year old.

When Alex got home, we hung out a bit and then I finished Before I Go to Sleepย by S.J. Watson. The entire time, my thoughts kept switching on how I thought the book would end. It kept me interested the entire time which was amazing. If you are looking for a thriller then check out this book. It’s also a movie so now I want to get my hands on it to compare the two. Once that was finished, I headed to bed.

Question of the day: Is the weather unusually nice by you for February.

About Me

11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me – Sunshine Blogger Nomination

Hi friends! I hope your week started off on a great note yesterday!

Last Friday, Jessica over at Room for Gelato nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Jessica, her husband and their dog are currently living in Germany. She posts on a lot of different topics about things she misses from the States to how Germany and the US compare to each other, plus life in general. Some of my favorite posts from her are all about their European travels (I can’t wait for her Barcelona recap posts). Cue the jealousy of being able to travel all over Europe easily!

Today I’m answering 11 questions that she asked me and will be nominating another 5 people to fill it out. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why did you decide to start blogging?

I decided to start blogging because I was extremely bored at my job. My days were spent with little to no work to do and since I had been reading blogs for years, I just signed up and started on one day! I had actually thought about starting one before then but was always scared and nervous to.ย Note I have since left that job, my days are packed now which I love.

What would you do if you werenโ€™t blogging? If blogging is your side hustle, what would your side hustle be if you werenโ€™t blogging?

If I wasn’t blogging I would have a pretty similar life to be honest. I’d still be working a job in packaging engineering, running after work, cooking, baking and reading. The only change I could see would be that I’d read even more. I don’t have a side hustle so I think my ideal one would be to bake for others.

Where was the last place you traveled?

The last place I traveled was to Chicago with Alex at Christmas to spend a few days with my family. If you don’t count going to the place I grew up then it would be Knoxville to visit Alex’s friend Boomer in later October. Well I went to Colorado in December as well for the longest work trip of my life but I didn’t exactly pick to travel there so I’m not counting it.

Who was the last person you texted? What was the text?

The last person I texted was my mom and it said “You’re welcome!”. She wants to buy a pair of Sorel boots so I sent her a bunch of pictures and info about the ones I have.

Whereโ€™s your favorite place to shop?

To be honest, I haven’t bought clothes in the longest time for myself. Some of my favorite stores are Francesca’s, Macys, Target and J. Crew.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

For the longest time, I wanted to open my own book store! Growing up in my hometown, there was a small bookstore that I loved. One time I even won a gift certificate to it and it was awesome to pick out books for free and my parents had to let me get them since it was my “money” to spend.

Then in high school I wanted to be a cosmetic chemist (the creator of makeup) but I wasn’t sure if a lab setting would be the right place for me.

Whatโ€™s your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is probably summer. I love wearing cute dresses and sandals while being able to go to the beach and swim. Plus it has my birthday and favorite holiday so you can’t beat that. Life is just better in summer to me.

Favorite motivational quote?

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” – Richard L. Evans

Whatโ€™s your favorite sport to watch and play?

I love watching hockey! It’s so fast paced and had very little stops. In terms of playing, I enjoy running and volleyball is fun too.

If you could only go to the same destination for vacation each year, where would you go?

This is so tough! Honestly, it would have to be Culver, Indiana. It’s a tiny tiny town in the middle of Indiana. We drive by farms to get to it but my grandparents live there and there’s a lake. I spent so much time there in the summer growing up that it has a lot of happy memories for me. I can’t wait to have kids and bring them there to experience it for themselves.

What advice would you give to your 16-year old self?

Don’t worry about what other people think. It sounds generic I know butย  If you want to stay home on a Friday night to read then do it! Your friends won’t judge you for not going out one time with them.

I tag:

  1. Pizza & Pullups
  2. Running in a Skirt
  3. Nathy Cure
  4. Mack Marie
  5. Just Me Chelsea B.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 5 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Your Questions:

  1. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
  2. What has been the most rewarding thing you have found with blogging?
  3. What’s your favorite food?
  4. Would you rather be hot or cold?
  5. What’s one trend you don’t understand?
  6. If you could have a job and housing completely taken care of, where would you move?
  7. What is one thing you never leave home without? Aside from the obvious things like keys, wallet, and your phone.
  8. Chocolate or vanilla?
  9. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
  10. What is your favorite place that you have visited?
  11. What’s one thing on your bucket list and why?

Question of the day: Pick a question above and answer it in the comments below!