Books, Dog, Sunday In Pictures

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 32

Hi! How was your weekend? I have to say mine was pretty good. It was gross Saturday but the sun was out on Sunday and the humidity wasn’t that terrible. I have something fun planned at the end of this post so be sure to read it all. Have a great Monday ๐Ÿ™‚


I started off Sunday by reading in bed.

Bailey Pancake

For breakfast, Alex, Tory (Alex’s twin) and I had some pancakes. There was a little batter left so Bailey got a tiny puppy pancake.

Bailey With Her Tongue Out

When we dropped Tory off back at their parents house, we took Bailey to run around for a bit. She was in love with it.

Donation Bag

After we got home, I rounded up two huge bags of things to donate. I had gone through a few drawers and had things to get rid of. There was an even bigger bag full of stuff I had already loaded into my car.

Sandwich, Pretzels, Carrots

For lunch, I made a ham sandwich and munched on carrots, pretzels and hummus.

Bailey With Long Leash

We bought a 30 foot leash for Bailey and headed to the park to test it out.

Trader Joe's Basket

I ran to Trader Joe’s to pick up a few staples and grabbed a few new to me items.

Buffalo Cauliflower and Homemade Fries

For dinner, I made buffalo cauliflower (recipe will be up Wednesday) and homemade fries.


After dinner, I grabbed my Nook to finish the book. 5 star and would definitely recommend it.

Today’s post is going to end a little differently than normal. On Saturday, Maureen Gets Real turned 1! I started this blog on a whim at my old job because I was so bored that I needed something to do. Never would I have thought it would become what it is now. To celebrate, I’m going to do a little giveaway! The winner will win a giftcard to the store of their choice. On Friday, I’ll randomly select a winner and announce it in my post. All you have to do to answer is comment what your favorite post of mine has been. It can be something specific (ex: chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes) or a type of post that you like (weekly obsessions). Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

Books, Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

Our First Overnight Guest

Hello! How’s your weekend so far? Even though yesterday was fairly grey and it rained most of the day, overall it was pretty good. Right now the sun is shining so I have my fingers crossed it’ll stay out for a while. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

On Saturdays, I have an alarm set for 6 am so I can get up an run. Apparently my body was done sleeping at 5:38 am since that’s when I woke up. I laid in bed a bit before deciding to just get up and run. It was raining again so I made sure to grab a hat and I’m so glad I did! For some reason, my watch said my first mile was a 7:58 which made no sense since I don’t think it was even a mile and I definitely wasn’t going that fast. The rest of the run was pretty good despite being wet. I ended up with 4 miles at a 9:09 average pace.


When I got home, I quickly turned on the Royal Wedding coverage to watch while I stretched and foam rolled. What did you guys think of Meghan’s dress? To be honest, I thought it was too simple! Now I know there are most likely rules regarding what they can wearing but Kate’s dress had lace when she married William. While watching, I was texting my mom all of my thoughts because I figured she was watching as well. We chatted back and forth. My baking skills need some work though because did you see the cake? Can you say gorgeous?

Chinese Takeout

For whatever reason, I wasn’t really hungry so I didn’t eat breakfast. It’s not worth it to make yourself eat if you aren’t hungry in my opinion. I ran a few errands before coming home to shower. Since it was raining still, I didn’t want to get dry and warm before heading back out so why not rock the post run look out haha. By the time I was home and showered though I was hungry so leftover Chinese for lunch was perfect.


I spent most of the afternoon reading on the couch. I feel like I’m at this really juicy part in the book now. If you enjoy historical fiction and novels that involve telling two different stories then you need to pick up Cathy Gohlke’s Secrets She Kept.


In the late afternoon, we ended to Alex’s parents house to pick up his twin sister Tory. She was coming to spend the night and is actually the first person we’ve had stay the night since we’ve been in this apartment! When we were driving back, I asked if she wanted to bake and she agreed. Tory picked a brownie recipe out and we got to work. The brownies smelled so good while they cooked and it was hard to not cut into them straight from the oven but we waited until after dinner.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

For dinner, we made spaghetti and meatballs. I use the frozen meatballs from Trader Joe’s and they are so good. I pop them right into the oven while frozen and let them bake for 30 minutes. While those were heating up, I made the noodles for us. In my bowl, I added marinara sauce, some cheese and fresh basil to it. Dinner was so tasty and perfect for a grey day!

After dinner, we all cleaned up and decided to watch a movie. We all decided on the recent Jungle Book movie. While it started, we all had some dessert. They turned out delicious and we all ended up having two. It was pretty good but I felt like little kids would find it kind of scary since the animals are more realistic than a carton. Overall it was good but I can’t compare to the original since I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it. Once the movie was over, we all got ready for bed.

Question of the day: Did you watch the Royal Wedding?

Books, Daily Happenings

A Great New Book Plus Takeout

Happy Royal Wedding day! Are you watching? I’m typing up this post while I watch. Kate looks amazing and she had a baby 25 days ago…goals my friends. GOALS. Meghan is going to get out of the car at any second so I’m going to try and get this typed up and ready to go. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚


Friday started out with some puppy cuddles before I hopped in the shower. Thank goodness it was a Friday since the weather was a tad chilly. Well high 50s/low 60s but after some 80+ degrees days that felt cold! Company sweatshirt for the outfit win. For breakfast, I scrambled some eggs and had an oatmeal muffin on the side.


During lunch at work, I started a new book.ย Secrets She Keptย by Cathy Gohlke is a historical fiction novel. The one part is about Lieselotte, a German living in Berlin during World War II, whose father rises in the ranks of the Nazi party. Fast forward thirty years, and her daughter, Hannah, discovers upon her mother’s death that she actually has family in Germany. Hannah heads to Berlin to learn more about her mother. It’s a great book so far. There’s lot of twists and turns and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

After work, I headed to the grocery store to pick up a few things for the week before heading home. Alex and I leashed Bailey up for a walk and to try some obedience training outside. The dang wind ruined that plan but we got a little bit of training in and she’s getting better. When we got home, I read some more on the couch while Alex worked a bit.

Chinese Takeout

For dinner, we ordered in Chinese food. We got some pork fried rice, cold sesame noodles, pork dumplings, and chicken with hot pepper sauce and peanuts. We probably could have ordered half of it and been totally satisfied but oh well. Leftovers are always delicious! After dinner, we hung out on the couch and watched The Office before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What did you have for dinner last night?

Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions XVII

Happy Friday! It’s going to be a wet weekend here in New Jersey but I honestly don’t mind. I feel like it’ll force me to get things done. Hopefully the sun will be shining near you though!

I want to share a few items that I’ve been obsessed with this week. Let me know something you’ve been obsessed with too.

The Script

I’ve been a fan of The Script for years and just adore their music. This past week I’ve been listening to all of their albums on shuffle. It’s soft enough that I don’t focus on it while I’m working but at the same time it’s not instrumental music and has a nice beat. One of my favorites has been Superheros. All of their music is good though and you should definitely check them out if you haven’t.

up & up Micellar Cleansing Water

up & up micellar cleansing water

Now that the weather is warming up, I want to take care of my skin a little extra. Running in the heat leads to more sweating which mixes in with the sunscreen I put on my face. Since I don’t want all that junk stuck in my skin, I’ve been using this micellar cleansing water from Up & Up that I picked up at Target. This stuff works! I haven’t had a pimple at all since I started using it. I remove my makeup and use my normal cleanser before drying my face. After shaking the bottle up, I put the product on a cotton ball and wipe all over my face. It gets any residual oil, dirt and makeup off without drying my skin. For under $5 you can’t beat it to make it feel like your face is fully clean.

Fresh Basil

Basil Plant

I’m happy to report that the basil plant I bought a few weeks ago is going strong. Not only is it still alive but it’s grown, woohoo! I’ve been adding it to as many dishes as possible recently. Dried basil is good but fresh is just next level. I may start cutting the leaves off the plant and save them to try homemade pesto. Have you ever done that? On one hand, I don’t want to cut off too many leaves that the plant dies but on the other hand fresh pesto sounds amazing.



I’ll bet someone that my parents are shocked that I’m saying I’ve been obsessed with bananas this week. For as long as I can remember, I never hate bananas because, and I quote, “the texture freaked me out”. Well my taste buds have changed you guys because I now like bananas.ย Mom and Dad that’s probably the little quake you felt ๐Ÿ˜‰ย I noticed that I prefer when they’re a little brown, slightly mushier and they seem sweeter to me too.

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

Books, Daily Happenings

Do I Like Or Dislike This Book?

Hello friends! I woke up to a steady rain this morning and it was honestly really nice. Am I the only one who enjoys laying in bed listening to rain? I laid in bed a bit to enjoy the rain before getting up. It’s supposed to rain most of the day but I have my fingers crossed it’ll stop before I get off work so I can get a good run in. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

Wednesday started out similar to Monday. We made bacon and eggs again for breakfast. There’s something about bacon on a weekday that feels like a luxury in a sense. Growing up I used to only have bacon on weekends if my Dad would make a big breakfast so having it during the week feels like fun. Plus it’s halfway through the week so why not celebrate it with bacon ๐Ÿ˜‰

Work was pretty good! It was one of those days where I felt like I kept crossing thing off my to do list even though I was adding things to it as well. During lunch, I kept reading Ten Thousand Saints. I made good progress and was kind of glad it was grey and raining on and off so I had an excuse to be able to sit and read after work.

When I was driving home, apparently Alex passed me and decided we were going to race. Well I didn’t know that until I was on my normal route so I couldn’t even try to beat him. Spoiler alert: Alex won. Bailey and I played while Alex finished up a work call then we went for a little walk. Walk may be generous since it was still kind of drizzling so we went outside to have her go to the bathroom, said hello to the kids playing near the park who were pumped to see her then walked to the dumpster to throw a bag away. At least we got outside in between the rain!


Once we got inside, I grabbed my Nook and water bottle then settled in on the couch. I was determined to finish the book since I had under 100 pages left. This book is one I can’t decide if I like or dislike. As weird as that may sound, I think it was the plot. Jude and Teddy are best friends in 1987 and Teddy dies of an overdoes on New Year’s Eve. Jude goes from one extreme of drinking and drugs to the other in the span of a few months. Then Teddy gets someone pregnant even though they just met and were alone for an hour so there’s that part of the plot. It was good, don’t get me wrong I just don’t know if I’ll run around recommending it to people.


Since I accomplished my goal for the night, I was ready to get dinner started. Tacos was an Alex requested meal and I’ll never say no to a taco. Funny story though, a few weeks ago I bought what I thought was a pack of ground turkey but may have actually been ground pork. I know that sounds ridiculous because how could you not know but I think they were right next to each other and I wasn’t paying attention. So we don’t actually know what meat we had last night but it was good none the less! I loaded up my tacos and was shocked they didn’t fall apart when I tried to eat them.

We watched an episode of Billions after dinner. If you have access to Showtime then I highly recommend this show. It’s drama but not unrealistic drama. Okay maybe it’s a little unrealistic but I’m not worth $10 billion dollars like one of the characters in the show. A girl can dream right?! After the episode we read a bit before getting ready for bed.

Question of the day: Have you ever read a book and not been able to decide if you liked or disliked it?