Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekend Recap via My Social Media

The weekend kicked off with beautiful weather & I had to giggle when Miss Jennie snapped me this pic of Ella "sun tanning." Don't worry folks, that bathing beauty is sporting SPF 50! I was definitely jealous though as I sat inside at my desk grading papers! 

After school, I packing up the girls & sent them on the way with Grandpa Dave to spend the weekend in Eric's hometown. Eric's mom had asked us if she could keep them for the weekend, and since we had a yard sale planned plus friends in town from Pittsburgh, it was the perfect weekend for her to have them! 

Once they were on their way, I headed over to my sister's to put up our yard sale signs & drop off all of my items at her house. 

Eric & I had a grown up date night planned, so I curled my hair & got dressed to impress. 

We went to see The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling, but came across this sign in the lobby & I had to send a pic to Ella! I'm trying really hard to convince her to watch Finding Nemo with me so that we can watch Finding Dory in theaters. This is completely self-serving because I just love Finding Nemo, but she doesn't seem interested at all! 

The Nice Guys was pretty good. It was funnier than I thought it'd be & I was surprised at the chemistry between Russel Crowe & Ryan Gosling. My only complaint - Ryan Gosling didn't take his shirt off once. When I pay good money for a Ryan Gosling movie, I expect abs. 

We left the movies & headed to meet our friends from Pitt at a bar on the water. Two things - I haven't been to a bar on a Friday night past 7 pm in a LONG time & I had to pay a cover charge to get in. Seriously? Anyways... we had a great time & got to catch up with friends we don't get to see very often. 

We're going to both of these girls weddings in September! I've been friends with Kristi (center) since high school & cannot wait to see her as a bride! 

The next morning I was up & at my sister's house by 7 so we could get the yard sale set up. By 8:15, I'd made my first sale! 

I ended up making about $100, which was more than I expected, so I was happy! We stayed open until about 2:30, then loaded everything up that we were donating. I dropped that off to Salvation Army on my way home, then stopped at Sonic for my kind of Happy Hour :)

Not going to lie, I took a nap after that. But I rallied by 5 & took Charlie out for 4 miles. As we were coming around the corner back to our house, we ran into my best friend & her kids out on their walk, so we joined them for another mile or so. I didn't feel all that bad about the ice cream after that! 

Sunday morning started off with a 3 mile interval run with Charlie in gorgeous 60 degree weather! Then I came home & got ready to go shopping with my sister. Kind of the perfect Sunday... 

I made a few returns & bought some things for the girls that are SO cute! Plus we shared our favorite meal at Friendly's! 

I got home from the mall around 3 and it was sunny & gorgeous. I decided to sit out in our yard & read my magazines until it was time for dinner. Sitting that long in peace felt so foreign to me, but I really enjoyed it & was as refreshed as ever. 

And today... my babysitter has the stomach bug. So the girls are home, I called in to school, and we're going to enjoy being together again. I'll be sure to share those shenanigans tomorrow! Have a great Monday! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Life Lately & Friday Favorites...

So today, we're blending the post that was supposed to publish yesterday but didn't, with the one I had planned for today. #improvise #staywithmepeople 

The weather has finally started to warm up this week & my sweet little Ella has been busy outside all week long, picking every flower in sight. She just runs all over our lawn & collects bouquets for me :) Her dad is loving it because there are never any dandelions in the lawn, but Ella did get quite upset when he went to mow the grass the other night! These little bouquets are my favorite this week! 

You may have noticed in the picture above that Ella has tape around her glasses. After 9 months accident free, her glasses got broken! Thankfully we bought the kind with a 1 year warranty & a new pair will be here soon. In the meantime.. she'll be the girl with tape on her glasses. 
Seriously, it's just too funny not to laugh about it! 

My favorite little nugget is just getting too big, too fast! Bathtime is her favorite & I just love watching her splash in the tub with her sister. They're both obsessed with this swimming Ariel doll that Aunt Britt got Ella for Christmas. If you have a toddler in your life, I highly recommend it as a gift!

Another great thing about the weather finally getting warmer, is that I've finally been able to bust out a few spring outfits! Most of my pieces are older, but it was still exciting to pull them out again, especially since I couldn't wear any of them this time last year! 

top - LOFT // shorts - J.Crew // sandals - Birkenstock via Nordstrom
pants - Banana Republic // tank - Banana Republic // sandals - American Eagle
Ella has been totally procrastinating in the mornings lately & coming up with a zillion and one reasons why she shouldn't get dressed. On Wednesday, it was that Minnie & Tink wanted to take a picture with her in her pajamas. It was too cute of a request to deny, but once it was over I was like "OK, pictures done, get dressed! We need to get to school!" 

And while I fight the good fight with Ella, this one just crawls around chewing on everything in sight! We discovered two more top teeth coming through this week! 

Last night we took a stroll to our favorite playground - the one by my sister's house - only to find that half of it is under construction! Ella totally made the most of it though & still played her little heart out while my sister & I chatted with Livy. 

The rest of last night was spent hauling things up from the basement, cleaning out closets, and sorting through bins. I am SO over clutter & since the girls are going to see Eric's mom this weekend, my sister & I are hosting a yard sale! We have a ton of great items, so if you live in the Rochester area, send me an e-mail & I'll give you the information! The weather is supposed to be sunny & 70, so I'm looking forward to a day outside and making a few bucks :) 

Have a Great Weekend! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Working on My Fitness...

I haven't posted a fitness update in quite awhile, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't been a priority for me. If you recall, I set out to drop 10 pounds at the beginning of January & I did it! My clothes fit awesome & I'm finally to a point where running a mile feels comfortable again. All in all, it isn't a bad place to be 10 months after having Olivia.

I'm not the type of person to rest on my laurels though. I'm always looking for a way to improve, so I decided to set some fitness goals for myself for the next 5 weeks in hopes that I'll be feeling (and looking) amazing for the start of summer vacation!

Goal 1- Strengthen My Core

I have my cardio endurance back, but my abdominal muscles are weak. So weak. I know that having a strong core benefits your overall health, but if I'm being honest, I just want a flatter stomach for bikini season. I hate having to walk around in my swimsuit sucking it in, so I'm going to buckle down now. I've already been doing this for a week & my planks are getting so much better. I think I have the most work to do with my upper abs & obliques, so I'll be pinning exercises to focus on those as I progress! 

Goal 2 - Eat More Whole Foods

Confession: I eat like a five year old. Actually, my three year old eats better than I do. My husband & I have both decided to dedicate the next month to more whole foods and less processed crap. Thankfully, it's already grilling season, so I know that we can make this happen! I'm currently focusing on my lunches because I tend to pack whatever is easiest to toss in my bag. Hopefully, with a little more planning I can make these a lot healthier! 

Goal 3 - Be Able to Do Any of These Workouts Without Dying

Overall, I know that my time in the gym is going to be very limited this summer, so I'm focusing on workouts that I can do in my yard while the kids play. I've already pinned a ton of ideas to start trying, and I think the variety will help me stay interested. The problem is, they're way harder than you think they'll be when you pin them! I'm going to put my nose to the grindstone & push though. The results will be worth it. 

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