Thursday, August 31, 2017

Work Wear for the Week Vol 7

I have a new work wear for the week post to share today!  I took a break from these posts last month, due to the Nordstrom sale, but I am back with them and am sharing what I wore last week for work!

Top - Loft (different color) / Pants - Loft / Shoes - Calvin Klein / Earrings - Kendra Scott

Dress - Eliza J / Shoes - Calvin Klein / Earrings - Kendra Scott

Cardigan - Loft (solid colors) / Dress - Lush / Shoes - Calvin Klein / Earrings - Kendra Scott

Sweater - Banana Republic / Pants - Loft / Shoes - Vince Camuto (Similar) / Earrings - Kendra Scott

Peplum Top - Similar / Jeans - NYDJ / Shoes - Vince Camuto (Similar) / Earrings & Necklace - Kendra Scott

For more of my work wear looks:

Linking up with Annie.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: August 2017




I am linking up with my usual Wednesday girls - Jessi and Jenn for What's Hap-pinning Wednesday and Shay for What's Up Wednesday.

What I'm eating this week...

Monday: Ashley's Healthy Chicken Fajita Bowls
Tuesday:  Italian Beef (recipe to come!)
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday:  Leftovers
Friday: TBD

My original plan was to have Grilled Chicken with a salad on Wednesday, but the Chicken Fajita Bowls made a good amount, so there is lots for leftovers - same with the Italian Beef!

What I'm reminiscing about...being home this past weekend had me thinking about living back home - I just am missing that small town feel! 

What I'm loving...the cooler weather we have been having!!!  It has been cooler in the mornings, which I am just loving.  As always, I am ready for fall!

What I've been up to...the month started out a bit slower, albeit with a long weekend!  It was the most gorgeous day and we thoroughly enjoyed it with a winery stop and lunch outside!  I also shared a bit more about myself, with The Blended Blog Asks link up - that was super fun!  As a way to help keep myself a bit more active at work, and stay on top of my budgeting, I posted my tips and tricks on both subjects.  I announced a fun fall link up that actually starts this coming week on Wednesday - our first topic is our favorite fall drinks!  Speaking of favorites, my favorite little guy turned 2 this month!  We celebrated with a fun family party in Indy.  My favorite 'health-ish' dessert made it to the blog, I got to experience the path of totality for the eclipse (side note: my hometown is not in the path for 2024, however, Indy is, so we may have to move the party to my brother and sister in law's!) and the last weekend of the month brought another birthday celebration - this time for my grandma!  It was a full and fun month!  










What I'm dreading...while I am definitely not dreading decorating for fall this weekend, I am dreading the mess it makes.  I always feel a tiny bit overwhelmed when all my bins are out and stuff is everywhere.  However, I cannot wait for all the coziness fall decor brings!

What I'm working on...same as last month - organizing.  I definitely want to declutter, especially my kitchen.  It's a bit hard because my kitchen is tiny, with not a ton of storage, which means things need to be out on the counter.  Hoping that with some rearranging, I can get a few of those things off the counter, but still some place that is easily accessible.


What I'm excited about...my mom coming to visit this weekend!  And fall decorating!  And September!  And the Pumpkin Spice Latte!  The list of fall related items that make me excited could go on and on.  


What I'm watching...the devastation happening in Texas.  My heart just breaks for everyone affected.  The only silver lining to this (and other disasters) is the coming together of people.  Seeing regular citizens, in addition to all the wonderful rescue and aide workers, helping out is just amazing.      


What I'm reading...Plantation by Dorothea Benton Frank.  I am a little over half way done and it is good!

What I'm listening to...Small Town Boy and Hurricane have been my two very favorite songs lately.


What I'm wearing...I wore this black and white dress to work on Tuesday and I just loved it.  I even got a compliment on it!  Pricey, but it's so classic, I know I will wear it for years to come.  Also, you can check back tomorrow for a new work wear for the week post!


What I'm doing this weekend...my mom is coming to visit and we are going to decorate for fall!  Not to mention, it is a long weekend, so having another Monday off will be a great treat!

What I'm looking forward to next month...fall, fall, fall!  And a road trip with my mom!


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Weekend Recap: Pontiac & Grandma's Birthday!

I am back today with my weekend recap!

Friday was a relatively busy day at work...more so towards the end of the day, of course.  I had some books to pick up at the library (and return) so I made a quick stop there after work.  I absolutely love the library and it makes me so happy to see how busy it is, pretty much at all times!  Dinner was some drinks and apps at one of my local favorites, Bishop's Post.  Most recently, I have been obsessed with their sliders.  SO GOOD!  The rest of the night was spent watching TV and reading.  

I was up early on Saturday since I was lazy the night before and didn't pack for my weekend trip to my parents.  Thankfully it didn't take me too long to pull together and after getting ready, I was on my way!  The drive was relatively uneventful, except for a slight detour I had to make...another one off the interstate!  If you remember to last week, we were detoured off the interstate and it added a whole hour to the trip.  Luckily it was early enough this time that there weren't too many people on the road and I was back on the interstate in 15-20 minutes.  The reason I went home was for my grandma's birthday lunch on Sunday, so Saturday there were no real set plans, which turned out to be so nice!  Normally when I come home it's for a specific reason and we are go, go, go all the time.  This time it was much more leisurely - my mom helped me wrap a package, we walked up to the post office to mail it off, we dropped off some clothes at the cosignment shop and did a little shopping (of course).  While I am trying to do a no spend month, I did end up purchasing some LipSense.  So far I really like it, but will share my thoughts after using it for a bit longer.  My sister in law absolutely loves my mom's Italian beef recipe, and I honestly couldn't tell you the last time we had it.  I asked my mom for the recipe last week and then she suggested we make it while I was home, so we did that after lunch - it's one of those great make ahead meals.  I cannot wait to share the recipe with you all!  After pulling together the Italian beef, mom and I sat outside and read magazines.  My stack just gets larger and larger so it was nice to make a dent in them and to enjoy the outside!  The rest of the day included a bike ride, wrapping my grandma's presents and a yummy dinner.  


Sunday morning my mom and I headed out for a walk and then we all got ready to head up north to my grandma's.  We visited a bit before my aunt and cousin came and then my grandma opened her presents.  She loved every one of them - we were all saying how my mom needs to turn it into a business, because she always comes up with such clever ideas!  We met up with a few others for lunch at Clara's.  It seems like a bit of a tradition to go there for my grandma's birthday and since I hadn't been up for her birthday in a few years, I was beyond excited to eat there again!  My very favorite thing is the bruschetta, although you really can't go wrong with anything.  And the bread - oh my goodness.  This was all before the main meal, too!  I had a little bit of the lasagna, a meatball and meat sauce.  While the picture isn't super pretty. let me tell you, it was all delicious.  We headed back home from the restaurant - both my dad and I did a little napping on the drive home.  Since dad was sleeping (and we had that huge lunch), dinner was popcorn.  My parents make the best popcorn!  



Thunder and lightening woke me up relatively early on Monday.  I was lucky enough not to run into any rain on the way home, though.  Once back, it was back to the grind - laundry, grocery shopping and meal prepping.  And blogging!

It was such a great trip home - very relaxing and fun at the same time, which is the best!

Linking up with Lindsay and Whitney.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Still Weekending

Hey all!  I headed back home on Saturday to hang with my parents a bit and then on Sunday, celebrate my grandma's birthday.  The whole weekend was so much fun, but I think I am still in a food coma from the delicious Italian meal we had for my grandma's birthday lunch!  That being said, full recap to come tomorrow.  As you read this, I am either en route back to St. Louis, doing all the normal Sunday things a day late to prepare for the week ahead, or (if I am productive) getting a bit of relaxing in.

Hope you all have a great Monday!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Favorites: The Eclipse, My New Favorite Realtor, RHONJ, Yummy Food & Big Hair

We made it to another Friday!  This week was a pretty exciting one because...

1.  The eclipse!!!  I was lucky enough to be in the path of totality, and it was such a neat experience.  I went into work that day, but was prepared with my glasses and headed outside at about 1:00 to check it out.  The majority of the building I work at is glass, so I able to look up at the sun (though the glasses) and see the eclipse that way, as well as see it in in the reflection off the building!  Pretty soon, it was getting darker and darker - the street lamps lit up, you could see all the lights in the building shining out, and it got a lot cooler.  All of the pictures I had seen were of just the eclipse, so I was expecting it to just be dark outside and then see the light around the moon in a perfect circle...like all the pictures!  However, it was almost like a sunset outside.  The sky was full of different colors and just absolutely gorgeous!  I am already excited about 2024.  I believe my hometown is going to be on the path of totality, so I already told my parents they had better prepare for a party!  

2.  My sister in law has recently become a realtor!  One of the ways she is getting her name out there is through her YouTube channel.  We did a little family previewing last weekend and I just love her videos.  So far you can check out her intro video (which if you have ever watched The Office, it will have you cracking up), a closer look at two of the local farmer's market vendors ( honey / eggrolls), a handy home hack, and a little real estate decoding.  If you have any real estate needs and are in the Indy area, or even outside (she can connect you with people in your area!), please feel free to reach out!  I took a picture of her card below for her contact info.



3.  I am so excited that Real Housewives of New Jersey is coming back!  They announced their premiere date (October 4th) and it looks like it is going to be one interesting season.  Siggy and Delores seems to have tiffs with a few of the ladies, which I am curious about, because I feel like last season they definitely were more peace-makers than anything!  There is a little part of the trailer that seems like Melissa and Teresa aren't as tight as they were or at least they are in a tiff, which I hope it just a one off, because I really like when things are good with them!  I think sometimes the people on the show / the producers think they need all this drama and fighting for the show to be good, but honestly, I would find it even more enjoyable if everyone pretty much got along and were just having fun together!  Anyways, I am just really excited for the new season!

4.  Yesterday I shared one of my very favorite desserts these days - Strawberry, Whipped Cream & Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crumble.  It is so good and I think it is one of those healthier but still indulgent desserts.  Not to mention it takes hardly anything to pull it together!  Another food related post I saw this week that I can't stop thinking about was from Designer Bags & Dirty Diapers.  I seriously love ALL of her food posts.  She shared how she is trying to cut carbs a bit to lose some weight, so instead of using rice for taco bowls, she is using cauliflower.  And then using the leftover cauliflower with breakfast.  Both meals she shared look delicious and seem super doable.  You can bet that taco bowls are on the meal plan for next week!



5.  I got my haircut last night.  Usually when my hair appointment rolls around, I am having some really good hair days, which is almost disappointing that I am getting it cut, when it finally is cooperating.  However, this time that was not the case.  I was ready for a cut and ended up getting and 1.5 inches cut off.  Not a ton, but still noticable, at least to me.  While I was there I also picked up this Big Sexy Hair Powder - it is supposed to help with volume.  I have seen this online and heard good things about it so I am excited to give it a try.  I hope it works for me!



I hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with Andrea, ErikaApril, and Katie.

         

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Simplest & Most Delicious Dessert: Strawberry, Whipped Cream & Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crumble

I have a super, yummy and oh so easy recipe for you today.  I don't even know if it consitutes as a recipe, because it's that simple!  I pulled this together one night when I was craving something light and sweet.  It was even better than I imagined it would be!


Strawberry, Whipped Cream & Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crumble
Strawberries
Reddi Whip
Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Cut up your strawberries in half or thirds, depending on their size.  Top with whipped cream.  In a ziploc bag, add 5 or so dark chocolate covered pretzels and with a cup or mallet, crush the pretzels into a crumble.  Top whipped cream with the pieces of dark chocolate covered pretzels, adding a whole pretzels for garnish.

I feel like this is one of those desserts that seems a bit fancy, even though it is the simplest thing.  And let me tell you, the strawberries paired with the whipped cream is heavenly, but adding the chocolate pretzels adds a bit of salty to the sweetness which is delicious!

Linking up with Annie.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dialated Eyes

Yesterday after work I had my annual eye doctor appointment.  I have terrible eyesight, but actually enjoy going to the eye doctor because my doctor is the nicest.  She is just one of those people that is always so upbeat and can instantly put you in a good mood.  She did me in today, though, because I unfortunately had to get my eyes dialated.  I haven't had this done too often, thankfully, because I am not a fan at all.  I mean, I am not sure who actually is, but you know what I mean.  And it always cracks me up, because you cannot see close up, yet the end of the appointment is the time when you order contacts and pay, all the while not being able to really review what you are ordering / paying for!  I know getting your eye dialated doesn't last too very long, but it's long enough and I get a terrible headache from it and am pretty much down for the count the rest of the day / night.  So no real post for today.  Just my quick little recap of my eye appointment yesterday.  To end on a positive note, my eye sight did not get any worse!  Always a good thing for me!
    

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Nightly Routine

I was talking to Sarah about blog post ideas and she suggested sharing my nighttime routine.  I thought this was a good idea and I always love reading posts like this from others.  So without further ado - my nighttime routine.


1.  Contacts.  I have terrible eye sight.  Absolutely terrible eye sight.  So the first thing I do when getting ready for bed is remove my contacts.

2.  Make Up Wipes.  My mom introduced me to the Neutrogena face wipes last year (or earlier this year?) and I love them.  I really feel like I have seen a difference in my skin since using them.  Side note: I sometimes have to redo my eyes with this wipe after washing my face because I tend to wear a lot of mascara, so I set it to the side after doing my whole face and then do a quick wipe after step 3 before throwing away.  This way I don't waste another full wipe just to clean up the bit leftover under my eyes!  

3.  Cleanser.  I have been using the Biore Charcoal Cleanser for a while now, and have been very happy with it.  To switch things up, I recently bought the Biore cleanser with baking soda in it.  This one intrigued me a bit since it is an exfoliant, too.  I am still using up the last of my charcoal cleanser, so I will report back on the one with baking soda after having used it for awhile!

4.  Clarisonic.  I picked this up about a month ago and absolutely love it.  I use this every other night, since my skin is a bit more sensitive, but really like it.  I feel like I have seen some results, like smaller pores and just overall nicer skin, but I know it probably hasn't been long enough to really tell.  Either way, I just love how soothing it is!  Side note: I don't know if I am actually supposed to wash my face beforehand, since you use a cleanser with the Clarisonic, but I just felt like using both works best for me.    

5.  Tretinoin Cream.  I got this prescription from my dermatologist.  I have heard this is just something really good to use for anyone in their late 20's and beyond.  The doctor told me it would help with some of the spots that do pop up, as well as just better my skin overall.  It's a bit drying for me, so like my Clarisonic, something I only do every other night.

6.  Brush teeth.  I have mentioned this toothbrush before, and how my dad decided I NEEDED to have it, which was a little humorous coming from the person who usually thinks the things I need are more tool / car - related.  It's so cheap compared to other electric toothbrushes, but just as good, in my opinion.  Going to the dentist is never my favorite, but this past visit my hygienist told me how great my teeth looked and how much they have improved, which we both thought was probably largely due to this toothbrush.  It comes with specific instructions on how to brush your teeth with the brush, and I thought that was super helpful.

7.  Moisturize.  This was one of my Friday Favorites last week - Neutrogena's Hydra Boost Water Gel.  As I said, I had a sample of this, loved it and bought the full sized version.  It goes on really light, but is very hydrating.

8.  Eye cream.  Right now I am using Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream, but honestly, it isn't my favorite.  I haven't really noticed any changes, and while I know it works wonderfully for some people, it just isn't the right product for me.  However, I am still using it, because I don't want to waste my money.  I was using Clinique's All About Eyes cream prior to this one and I think I will be going back to it.  If you have any suggestions when it comes to eye cream - please let me know!  

That's it!  It sounds like a bit of a process, but it really doesn't take that long at all!

Linking up with Lindsay and Whitney.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Weekend Recap: Jack's Two!

Before I get into my weekend recap, I just wanted to share that Peacock Paper & Gifts Essential Planners are available for pre-sale today!  Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost has put so much time and effort into making a really comprehensive planner and I highly suggest you check them out.  She did an unveiling video here, so check it out and see what you think!  Also, now is the time to buy, because with the pre-sale you get $10 off the regular price.  I already know I want the weekly version - the only question now is do I go for the navy polka dot cover or the blush gingham?!  Decisions, decisions!

On to the weekend!

This weekend I went to Indy to celebrate my nephew's second birthday!  The plan was to leave work a bit earlier to avoid some of the Friday night traffic.  While we did miss some, it was still a longggg drive.  An hour was tacked onto the trip due to a multi vehicle accident.  Everyone had to exit the interstate and get on a two lane highway to avoid the accident.  It took us a long while to go about 10 miles...by the time we were getting back on the interstate, it was still closed behind us.  Hopefully no one was hurt!  The rest of the drive was pretty uneventful.  Since we got in so late, we just grabbed Jimmy Johns before calling it a night.

The party was on Saturday, but we had some time beforehand, so we decided to check out Wild Eggs for breakfast.  It was sooooo good!  There are multiple locations, but unfortunately none in Missouri or Illinois.  The menu is pretty big, so it was hard choosing, but ultimately I went with Mexico City Maria's Chilaquiles.  Delicious!  Our contribution to the party was a fruit platter, which we picked up from The Fresh Market.  It was super good and I highly recommend that place if you are in need of a fruit platter.  The price was comparable to everywhere else and the fruit was so fresh!  On to the party!  Jackson was a bit miffed when we arrived because he couldn't have a cupcake, nor could he open any presents (especially the bag with Lighting McQueen on it since he is Cars-obsessed!).  My sister in law gave him the choice of lunch or presents and he very, very clearly said 'presents,' so that is just what we did.  It was kind of hilarious, because when he opened our present, the first one he opened (a magnetic gear set) he said no and tossed it to the side.  I was like oh no, haha!  The second gift, a little basketball hoop was more well received, though.  He was SO proud of himself when he would put the ball through the hoop.  It was too cute!  He made it through all his presents and then it was time for lunch.  Everything was so delicious.  The rest of the party was spent visiting, playing cards and then playing with Jack post-nap.  It was such a great party and it was sad to leave.  We decided to try out a restaurant my brother recommended for dinner, a pub called Chatham Tap.  It was good and the weather was so nice we spent a little time after dinner walking around the area.  And, I received a video from my brother later in the evening showing Jack playing with the magnetic gear set I got him, so it made me feel lots better about my present choice!





This isn't the BEST photo ever of either of us, but I love it, because he is totally giving me the same look the rest of my family does when I want to take pictures.  And please note this was post nap, which is why he has a bit of bedhead.

It was nice to spend Sunday morning waking up leisurely and indugling in a little Starbucks.  If anyone else watches the Sunday Morning show, they covered Casey, IL, which has the largest rocking chair, wind chimes, golf tee, and much more.  We actually stopped there on the way to my brother and sister in law's one time (post here), which made it so cool to see the town on TV.  One place we didn't see was the largest mail box, which you can actually go up in and also mail a letter from - the return address with have a stamp saying it came from the big mailbox in Casey!  Definitely will be having to make a stop there next time we head over to Indy!  The plan was to stop at Firefly Grill, our favorite place between St. Louis and Indy.  Unfortunately, the food was a tiny bit disappointing this visit, but they seemed super busy (possibly due to eclipse traffic), so we won't judge them by this one time.  The rest of the drive was ok, with stops here and there due to construction and road closures.  Once back home, it was time to get ready for the week again.  I honestly think I was more productive yesterday than on a regular Sunday!  Grocery shopping was done, meals were prepped, laundry was going, and a yummy dinner was made!

Hope everyone has a great Monday!  

Linking up with Biana.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites: Link Up Announcement

Happy Friday!  This week was a little busy for me, so I felt like Friday was here before I knew it!

1.  Jack's Birthday!  My sweet little nephew turned 2 yesterday!  I cannot wait to celebrate him!



2.  I got a sample of this Neutrogena Hydra Boost Water Gel from somewhere (I think maybe in a box of make up wipes) and absolutely loved it.  It's super light, but super hydrating at the same time.



3.  I wore this navy dress to work yesterday and I love it so much.  The longer sleeve kept me warm, and it was nice not to have to add another layer to do so.  I really like the fit and flare, especially with the ruffle at the bottom.  It's very professional, yet still fun!  I even got a few compliments, which always is a plus!



4.  I mentioned this week was a busy one above, but it really was for me.  Monday was book club, Tuesday was an impromptu happy hour, Wednesday I spent the night cleaning my apartment and doing a little pampering (used my favorite face mask and my favorite nail polish in Haute to Trot), and Thursday I picked up a few United Way donations, made a stop at Target, cleaned out the fridge and even did my meal planning for next week.  I will be honest and say that I usually like sticking to my routine of either going to the gym or out for a walk after work, then just taking it easy at home, but I kind of liked how the week just flew by!  The next few weeks are going to be a little busier than my norm, too, so hopefully I will still be liking it by the time things slow down a bit!

5.  If you are like me, then you are READY for fall.  To kick off the season, Sarah @ Meet the Shaneyfelts and I are hosting a link up on Wednesdays in September.  We will be sharing our favorite fall drinks (PSL, anyone?), favorite fall fashions and of course, our fall decor.  If you remember, we did this series last year, but this year are making it a link up.  We would absolutely love if you would join us in sharing your fall favorites!


Linking up with AndreaApril, and Katie.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Simple Way I Track My Budget

Budgeting is something that has always fascinated me.  I love seeing where I can cut costs and how to make my savings grow.  I also love reading about how others budget and seeing if I can incorporate any of those ideas myself.  I've blogged about budgeting a few times in the past - making it a goal to improve on what I already do and pinning specific ideas.  While I haven't changed things up too much from when I first started keeping track of my budget, improvements have been made, which I really like.  I do recognize that how I do things may not work well for you, just the same as how you do things may not work for me, but since it is a topic I am interested in, I thought I would share!


To start off with, I came up with my budget.  I wrote down my income, fixed expenditures (including savings), and then various other things I spend money on like clothes and entertainment.  Once I had those categories all broken out, I created an excel worksheet to track my actual spending, as pictured below.  I put all the categories across the top, with the days of the month on the lefthand side.  Each category is totaled at the bottom, then totaled across to show if I am under/over spending for the month.  I create a tab for each month and throughout the month, I will fill it out with my actual spending.  I keep all my receipts and go through them, adding to the spreadsheet, as well as compare to my bank statements.  This allows me to track my spending in one central place.


I used to only do that, but it wasn't giving me what exactly I wanted, which was a quick look compared to my budget for every month in the same tab.  I decided to create one and thus, the tab below was formed.  I have my budget on the left, then for each month, I pull in what I actually spent from the corresponding month tab (shown above) and compare expected vs. actual.  For the variance, I also use conditional formatting and set it up so that if I spent less than budgeted, it pops up as green, or vice versa if I spent more than budgeted, the variance will be red.  This let's me see which places I may be under / over spending, and adjust my budget as appropriate.


I think the reason I choose to use excel for budget tracking is because of my background in finance.  I have used it for work for so long, it's just something that I am comfortable with and am able to control and customize the tabs to my specifications.

That's what works for me - if you have any great tips or tricks, please share!

Linking up with Annie.
      

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

4 Tips To Help You Stay Active While Working A Desk Job

Today I thought I would share a few tips on staying active at work, specifically if you have a desk job.  This is something I need to improve on myself, so I thought if I shared my ideas, then it would also hold me a bit more accountable, as well.


1.  Take the stairs.  I realize I am stating the obvious, but I am always amazed at how many people will take the elevator just one floor.  It's a simple and easy way to get your heart pumping.  While I don't take the stairs in the morning (I get way too warm with all my stuff I lug into work), I try to always take them after lunch or going to meetings.

2.  Walk while you wait for the printer.  This is something I always do.  If I am printing something that takes a few minutes (or longer), I use that time to walk back and forth in the copy room.  It's kind of silly, but honestly, what else are you going to do while you wait?  For me, it's about 10 steps one way, so I feel like I can get an extra 100 steps in no time at all!

3.  Set a reminder to get up and move.  For awhile, I would set a reminder at the same time everyday to get up and walk the stairs.  Just down to the first floor and then back up.  It took no time at all and I always felt better afterwards.  I actually heard this from a girl I used to work with, and thought it was a great idea.  If you aren't a fan of the stairs (or don't have any), you can get up and just do a lap around your floor - another thing I have heard from a coworker.

4.  Park far away.  Another easy way to get in some extra steps!  I will be honest - I don't park in the furthest corner possible, but definitely a few rows back!  This isn't just limited to work either.  I almost always park further back when going to the store, too.  I will be honest, part of that is because my parking skills are a bit lacking, but also to get in some extra steps.  If you wear heels to work, you might not be too keen on this idea, but something I notice with my coworkers is some of them wear different shoes to drive in and then change into their more professional footwear once they get in their building, or at their desk. 

While these tips are nothing out of the ordinary, they are just little things you can do to try and keep yourself active while at work.  

I'd love to hear if you do anything in particular to get yourself moving!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday: Guilty Pleasures

Just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone for your well wishes yesterday!  Yesterday I hit the ground running and felt much better!


I feel like I have a lot of guilty pleasures - most of them relating to the types of TV shows I watch, the books I read and food (of course!)!  While these aren't necessarily guilty pleasures because I totally own them, I still feel like they qualify.

TV shows - I love a good reality show and I do not discriminate!  I have been a faithful viewer of both Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2, since way back when they were just 16 & Pregnant.  Flip to the other end of the reality TV spectrum, and I absolutely LOVE Swamp People.  Of course, I can get sucked into any Real Housewives series.  And watch the episodes over and over again.  I am a big fan of when Bravo airs marathons.  I have mentioned time and time again that I love The Pioneer Woman.  So much so, that I have a ton of her episodes recorded and keep them on my DVR for whenever I get an itch to watch her show.

Books - give me all the cheesy romance novels!  While I do love to read a lot of different books, cheesy romance novels are probably my favorite.  Give me a rich billionaire falling for his receptionist / personal assistant that takes no crap from him, or the person he hired to be his fake fiance, and I am hooked.  Or a SEAL, or any type of military person, who is hardened and then just happens to find his true love.  Or a cowboy...honestly, the list goes on.  I just love those happy endings!  Predictable?  Yes.  Cheesy?  Yes.  I always get sucked in, though.  Pretty much reading in general is somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine - I have been known to stay up late just to finish a good book!

Food - I crave ice cream in the winter.  Not sure why, but I do.  I could eat Chipotle tacos almost every day.  Lots of salt is necessary on my popcorn, which, movie theater popcorn is such a weakness of mine.  I really wish that I could just go in sometimes and buy a bag of popcorn.  I know some places sell 'movie theater popcorn', but it's just not the same as the real deal, in my opinion.  I loved coffee when I was little, but as I got older, I hated it with a passion.  Well that all changed last year when I tried my first PSL and I have been hooked on Starbucks drinks since!  The cost of those drinks definitely make it a guilty pleasure!  Olive Garden breadsticks...pretty much the whole reason to go to Olive Garden, although I do love their salad just as much, but gosh the breadsticks are the best.  Yum!      



...and 2016 Show & Tell Tuesday posts below.


Linking up with Andrea, Erika, AshleyLindsay and Whitney.