Thursday, August 28, 2014

5 Day Weekend!!

Today kicked off the beginning of my 5 day weekend!! I hadn't planned on taking today and tomorrow off from work, but as the days grew closer I realized I had enough vacation days left and a whole lot of stuff on my ever-growing to-do list, so why not? 

So to start my day off, I did ALL the laundry in the house. It's just my husband and I, but between work clothes and work out clothes, we end up with several loads every week. 

I then decided to clean out and organize my pantry for the hundredth time. I'm pretty sure I go through this routine at least every 2-3 months. I've learned though that when our eating habits change, the pantry has to too. I was so excited to get started that I forgot to take a before picture, but here's the result of about 30 minutes of sorting, stacking and cleaning. 

From there, I moved on to picture frames. I had put some up a month or so ago but it just looked too sparse, so I got some cheap black certificate frames from the dollar store to fill in the spots. I still have to get pictures printed to fill the frames, but here's the progress so far. 
***Picture hanging tip: The toothpaste trick! I dabbed a bit of toothpaste on the back of the frame where the nail would go then pressed the frame on the wall where I thought would be good. When I took the frame away there was a little speck of toothpaste that told me where on the wall to hammer in a nail. It worked PERECTLY! I'm so happy with this shortcut!

I did a few other odds and ends around the house, but I still have several things left on my to-do list for the remainder of my extended weekend, so stay tuned!

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's time...

It's clearly been a while since I posted last. About a year ago I suffered a loss of someone very dear to me and it had a greater impact on my life than I had ever imagined possible. I have recently decided that it's time for me to get back out there and do the things that I enjoy in an effort to continue processing my grief in a more productive manner. 

Throughout my grieving process, I just stopped doing all the things I used to enjoy. I stopped running and working out, I stopped cooking and caring about what I was eating, and I stopped making time for me. Because of this, I gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of self-confidence. 

I have now started running again and have started lifting weights with my husband and the weight is slowly coming off. I've also started eating better and am once again eating gluten free. I feel better and am starting to feel more like my old self. I'm happier now and looking forward to continuing down this path.  I have a laundry list of things I want to accomplish in the near, and not so near, future and I can't wait to get started!


Thursday, September 26, 2013


Tonight is the premiere of my favorite show on TV - GREY'S ANATOMY!!!!!!!  Within the last couple of months I have re-watched EVERY episode of Grey's on Netflix so I could be sure that I am fully up to speed.

I have also watched the preview for tonight's premiere about 100 times and with only an hour and a half to go - I couldn't be more excited!!!

This just about sums up how I'm feeling....

I hope you all watch it and enjoy it as much as I know I'm going to! :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Loving the Leopard!

When I was in high school, I LOVED leopard print everything!  I had this awesome leopard print skirt that I wish I still had because leopard is back in style!  Even though I thought I had grown out of my leopard-loving ways, I was wrong....I'm still in love with it all!  So here are some of my favorite pieces that I am loving right now!

To add any of these pieces to your own closet, click on the pics below!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Great Weekend!

I'm so sad that it's Monday morning now because I had one of the best weekends I've had in a long time.  To be completely honest, this is not something you would normally here me say when I'm in the midst of schoolwork, but even with that, it turned out great!

To kick off the weekend we went garage-saling!  My husband and I have been trying to get out to do some garage-sale shopping all summer, but it has never worked out until this weekend...which just so happened to be one of the best weekend's in terms of weather that we've had in a long time.  Sadly I didn't find anything that wonderful at any garage sales, but my husband was super excited to snag some Pete Rose and Michael Jordan baseball cards for $1.

On our way to some across-town sales, we stumbled upon Oktoberfest going on in our Downtown area!  It was an unexpected surprise, so of course we had to stop!  What caught our eye first was the classic car show that was taking place.

There were so many gorgeous cars that were spread out over about 4 city blocks, that my husband and I were on overload, bouncing back and forth between them! I wish I would've taken more pictures, but there were so many people out and about I couldn't get many good shots without someone photo bombing the pic. :(

We were about to finish circling all of the classic cars, when this little girl caught our eye...

I thought it was kind of odd to see a goat at Oktoberfest, so we wandered up to see what the deal was.  Turns out we walked right in to the weekly farmer's market!  We had no idea that this even existed, so of course, we had to browse and buy some great looking fresh produce!  The best deal was the fresh hot peppers that my husband got - 8 for $1!

Since we got to the festivities a little before 11am, most of the vendors were still setting up, so we took that time to walk up and down Main Street which has some awesome little shops!  My personal favorite is this awesome little antique shop.  I could spend hours in this store just gawking at all of the little trinkets and treasures that are piled on top of each other.

Next up on our little excursion was the popcorn store!  We LOVE Garrett's popcorn in Chicago, but since it's a 5-hour drive for us to get some, we were ecstatic to find the next best thing - Abe's Popcorn! Our downtown area has an old movie theatre that has a connecting store that makes their own gourmet popcorn.  Not only do they have the awesome Chicago Mix flavor (caramel and cheese mixed together), but they have about 30 other flavors too!  This is definitely one of my new favorite places in town! :)

We finally made our way back to the Oktoberfest happenings where we got a quick lunch that I definitely could've done without...but I mean really, how often can you get a Lemon Shakeup and a Nathan's Hot Dog in your own town??


After we left Oktoberfest, I decided to tackle my homework.  This was my mid-term week for my Advanced Corporate Finance class and I literally itched with fear over how hard this would be. Not only did I have a 7-problem midterm that I had to take (I know that sounds like nothing, but in terms of this class, that's 2-3 hours of work per problem), but I also had a paper to write, a homework problem set to finish, and a discussion board post to write.  Somehow I was able to get this done between Saturday and Sunday, which meant that I had time left to spare with my weekend!  So the hubs and I rented some movies and relaxed for the rest of the weekend!  

Now that the weekend is over, it's time to head back to reality and get ready for work.  Hope you have a great week!