Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend Review 63

This past weekend I focused on catching up on my sleep. I find that when I don't workout I have a hard time sleeping which has led to some very late nights of laying in bed wide eyed, willing myself to fall asleep.

I've been pretty constant with my classes at the new studio I joined for the month which has led to better sleep, but those late nights caught up to me and I had some of the best sleep this weekend.

Friday night Mike and I went to Blaze Pizza. I was contact by Blaze to see if I would like to try out their new location in St. Louis Park and I of course said yes because, pizza.

From the moment we walked in the staff was extremely friendly and helpful explaining the process.

First you pick your sauce, then your cheese, meats and finally veggies then they throw it in a blazing hot oven and in the a couple minutes, literally 3 minutes, your pizza his done to perfection. I went with a pepperoni pizza with half black olives and half pineapple.


Mike went a little more wild and chose the white sauce with tomatoes, arugula, goat cheese and chicken.

After our pizza we went down the road to his grandparents and spent the night chatting with them and his mom. One would typically think that spending a Friday night hanging with a couple of 90 somethings wouldn't be very fun, but those two are rather sharp at their ripe age.

When we left his grandparents we had the option of meeting some of my friends out, but I opted for a movie and my couch. I made it half way through Horrible Bosses 2 before calling it a night and putting myself to bed.

I got close to 10 hours of glorious sleep before I had to go to a 75 min barre class. I had not been to this class or had this instructor before and let me tell you, she kicked my ass. Half way through and my whole body was trembling. It was similar to the other classes I've been to, but since it's 75 min instead of 60, we hold everything for about 16 counts instead of the normal 8. I'm still feeling it today.

After class I swung by Lunds & Byerlys to pick up a quick lunch of wild rice salad before getting ready for my cousins bridal shower. As I was getting ready to jump in the shower, I realized I didn't have any hot water. The water just kept getting colder and colder. It was so cold and unpleasant I was about ready to cry.

The bridal shower was beautiful as always. The aunts on my mom's side of the family know how to throw together beautiful parties with plenty of delicious food, wine and desserts. There were 7 different types of miniature desserts and yes, I had all 7 of them....well, sort of. One may or may not have spilled down the front of my dress.

Sunday was another lazy morning with a late wake up call. I felt so refreshed that day so Mike and I tried going to a small diner near his house for brunch, but they had a 45 minute wait so we drove back to his house and walked to the 5-8 Club for some Juicy Lucy's. Can't go wrong there!  After our Juicy Lucy's we went to a friends house to hang out in their pool.

Out of the last few summers, this is definitely the one to know someone with a pool. Especially since I haven't been able to make it up to the cabin very often this Summer and I'll only be up there for 2 weekends in August.


We spent the whole day in the pool, drank a few cocktails and grilled some dinner before the sun and wine hit me and it was time to go home.

When I got home, I still didn't have any hot water so I threw my self in to bed and called it a night.

I'm happy to report that I do have hot water now and a good long shower is in the very near future.

-xo

Friday, July 24, 2015

Do YOU!

You need help moving, I'm there. My little sister moved a couple years ago and had just sliced her finger. I wrapped and packed up her whole kitchen and helped her move in to a second story walk up.

Friends need a dog sitter for a honeymoon? Last minute trip out of town? I'm there. Just leave some hard cider in the fridge.

Having a bad day and you want to unwind at happy hour? I'm there. I think I can skip the gym and be there for you.

What I'm realizing is, it's not always good thing to be a people pleaser. Say no every now and then.

Do what you want to do and try not to let what others say bother you.


This has filled my head lately, knowing that I most likely disappointed people by backing out of a get together, after many others had backed out.

There comes a time in your life when you have to do what's best for you. Do what you want to do and not let others influence you to do something you don't want to do.

Life is short.

Live it for you.

~xo

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Breakfast Bars

The most difficult thing for me trying to get in a healthy groove is not having others around me join in. That might be for my lack of sharing, because if I fail I don't want to be judged, but I finally have someone on board.

Well, actually, he let me know he wanted to get healthy, so now I'm on board with him.

To kick things off I'm signing up for every class I can make at the studio I joined and our Tuesday and Thursday date nights are spent at the gym and then making dinner together.

What do the fit folk say?

'80% food 20% exercise'

'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day'


I tried my hand at making homemade breakfast/energy bars. They weren't perfect, but I'm enjoying eating them.

If you have a food processor, this is a simple 3 ingredient breakfast bar that will give you everything you need to jump start your day.

1 cup dates (dried and pitted)
1 cup dried cranberries (or dried fruit of your choice)
1 cup almonds

Process in the food processor until everything is formed in to a ball and well blended together. Spread out on wax or plastic wrap in to an 8x8 square and let sit in the fridge for an hour. Once set, cut in to bars.

I added dark chocolate chips and chia seeds to my bars.

I have what I'll call a beginners food processor so it's quite small and not super powerful so I made mine in batches and there may have been less dates in my last batch which made it so not everything stuck together as it should.

That worked in my favor though because it was a super tasty topping to my morning yogurt.


Enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Review 62: Burning It Down

Happy Monday! The last couple of days flew by. Sometimes I think the heat and humidity do strange things. Like put us in a time warp and next thing we know it's back to responsibilities and working for the man.

 As soon as I got home from work on Friday I quickly changed, grabbed my yoga mat and went to Six Degrees for a Barre class. I told ya'll how they had a great offer if you found the studio via ClassPass so I signed up for a month of classes.

I really love the Friday evening barre class. The instructor is awesome, you get a great workout and the class fly's by. I'm excited to try out some new classes, including their reformer class. Have you ever taken a reformer class?

 After class I picked up some dessert to bring over to Mike's. He had some friends coming to town to run the Tough Mudder and Friday was carb-load night! Mike grilled up some chicken and made some spaghetti with herbs he let me plant at his house. There's nothing better smelling then fresh herbs.

We spent some time lounging outside and catching up before the guys wanted to go inside and get ready for their big day. I started seeing a lot of flashes and hearing what I thought was just planes since his house is really close to the airport. I looked at my phone and realized those were not plane lights/engines, but we were in a tornado warning and a big storm was brewing. Just then we lost power and didn't get it back until close to noon the next day.

Saturday morning I woke up extra early to get some items from my apartment so I could watch the guys do the Tough Mudder and just as I pulled away from Mike's house, he called to tell me the run had been cancelled. I couldn't have been more happy about that.

The storm from the night before ruined the course and uprooted several trees around the city. My car was spared from a large branch that landed right next to it. Since we were without power and now had all afternoon open, we conned one of their friends to let us come over and use his pool. We spent a few hours floating around before we had to get ready for the Big Revival Tour!

We arrived a bit late to the concert so we missed Old Dominion, Cole Swindel and most of Brantley Gilbert. As much as I'm not a big fan of Jason Aldean as a person, I really like his music and he was a ton of fun to listen to. Kenny came on after Jason and he's just a little ball of energy.






After the concert we tried going out for a bit but every bar was packed so we called it a night which I think was a good call.

Sunday was the most lazy day I've had in quite some time. As Mike slept, I took advantage and caught up on my RHOC and Kardashians and while I slept, he watched golf.

Later in the evening I went over to my parents to drop off an over due birthday present for my mom and hang out with my little fur baby.


I just love that face!

I hope everyone else had a great weekend as well!

-Ali