Busy busy week in my neck of the woods, so here is another weekend recap of mostly pictures - enjoy!
Friday morning we began our weekend trek to Chicago. Cubs vs. Phillies was our main event on Friday and Saturday afternoons. You better believe I was decked out in my Phillies gear... but I couldn't let Josh out to dry since he is a big Cubs fan, so I dressed for both teams :)
We asked another couple to tag along, and we all had a blast! Don't mind my hat covering my eyes in this photo.. no clue what I was doing here.
After the game we walked around Chicago and had a beautiful dinner at a French restaurant. So good that I was too concerned with eating and drinking to take any photos. After dinner, we had a few more drinks at a different bar, and enjoyed each other's company.
The next morning we walked to a lovely little place for brunch. The food was soo good. It was a plus that we walked everywhere because we sure enjoyed our meals :)
After brunch, we did a little damage on the Magnificent Mile. Nordstrom Rack, you are welcome for all the money I spend at your store. I saw this shirt, and almost bought it, but my hands were already a little too full of other items :)
It is always a must to do a little bar hopping in Wrigleyville before the games.
We got to witness the Phillies pitch a no hitter against the Cubs on Saturday. This was something I didn't even realize was on my bucket list until I got to see it - so incredible!
We got back home later Saturday night, so Sunday was a slow morning. However, I needed to get my butt in gear and get moving. Josh was going to help his brothers get their new house ready to move into, so I decided to meet him there... by bike. I ended up taking the Monon Trail from our house to theirs - a total of 15 miles. That might sound like a lot, but honestly it was easy, flat riding and I really enjoyed every minute of it.
The weekend ended with a little treat to myself. I have been wanting to get my nose repeirced for a long time now, and just never pulled the trigger. I had my nose pierced for 5 years, and then had it out for about 3 years. Welp, I got it repeirced, and I am SO happy I did! Don't mind the creepy selfie I took of it right afterwards :)
It was another Summer weekend for the books!
This post is going to be super short because it is honestly one of easiest recipes I have ever made. This is the perfect week night dish for me and husband. It can be made ahead of time and reheated, or just thrown together on the skillet before eating. It takes no time at all, and it is paleo-friendly too!
1 pound organic ground turkey
1 container of organic broccoli/carrot slaw
1/2 jar of organic salsa
seasoning for meat as you like
- Brown meat in a skillet over medium-high until cooked through. Season as desired.
- Add the slaw to the skillet with the meat. Stir until slaw reaches texture you like.
- Add your favorite salsa at the end and stir all together.
- Serve and enjoy.
Didn't I tell you.. SUPER EASY!
This weekend recap is going to be mostly photos, so if you're not into that then I apologize ahead of time.
This past weekend was nothing short of fabulous. My family came to visit, and we had a blast! One of my sisters couldn't make it, so we made sure to send her pics throughout the weekend so she felt apart of it all.
Friday evening my sister joined me at CrossFit. She had never participated in a CrossFit class before, but she kicked butt! Right after that we headed to the track to do her preseason workout together. Let's just say, I'm still sore.
Later that day we all went fishing. We didn't catch anything.. except for a whole lot of weeds.
Friday night we went to the Dave Matthews Band concert. It was so so so fun! I went last year with my other sister, and so it was great to experience it with Cody this year. Hopefully, we can all go together one of these days!
Of course we love that Josh tags along too :)
We enjoyed the show with some great friends.
Saturday morning it was time to sweat again, so we made our way to a local trail and got in a great workout together. Josh and dad opted out of the workout, and went to the local cigar shop instead.
On Saturday night we got to experience the second Dave Matthews Band show!
Another great show with great company!
It was a beautiful night to be outside enjoying some music and dancing along.
Sunday was full of activities.. we started out at the driving range. By the end, we were all sending the balls sailing through the sky!
Next was the batting cages, and then we enjoyed a friendly competition of putt putt.
Before the day ended, we made our way to the track for another workout. It was so beautiful all weekend that we just had to be outside as much as possible.
On Monday, we adventured on a little road trip together.. complete with a stop at a hole-in-the-wall greasy spoon diner too. I wish I would have snapped a pic of the place. The food was sooo good there.
As always, it is so sad saying goodbye to my family, but I am already looking forward to the next time I get to see them. They are my foundation, and no matter what happens, they are and always will be my people. Thankful to call these people my tribe and my family.
What did you do this weekend?
Being cooped up in an office all day long can leave you feeling tired, cranky, and not so great. Well, there might have a solution for you.
Take your work outside. Being outside does the body, the mind, and the soul some good. Whether it’s a bench in a nearby courtyard, a table at a sidewalk cafe, or a lawn chair in your own backyard, there are so many outdoor places where you can brainstorm, daydream, or create a personal work space.
If I am working from home on a beautiful day, I will take my laptop to my patio. I am even lucky enough to have a little outdoor oasis at the office.
Studies have shown that encounters with nature help alleviate mental fatigue by relaxing and restoring the mind, which ultimately contributes to improved work performance and satisfaction.
Here are 6 ways that working outside can benefit your overall well-being:
1. Soak up some sunshine. Get some , one of the fat-soluble vitamins essential to strong bones and a healthy immune system.
2. Take a stroll. No matter how ergonomically-optimized your workstation is, sitting stationary in an office swivel chair for hours on end doesn't enhance your posture. Get out of your seat and onto your feet. When you choose to take a walk, it does your body good. One way to get some daily low-impact exercise is to take meetings outside and walk with your co-workers or colleagues.
3. Commune with nature. When you feel tired at work, your first thought may be to pour yourself another cup of coffee. But a caffeine jolt is just a short-term fix that can come with a crash. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit the natural, healthy way by getting outside and into nature.
4. Breathe in fresh air. Sometimes indoor air pollution can be higher than outdoor pollutant levels. So if you find it more difficult to breathe when you’re at work, your lungs may actually be doing overtime duty by trying to filter double the amount of particulate matter floating around. Get outdoors and exercise your lungs so you can breathe easier and feel better.
5. Cultivate your creativity. Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, was known for his walking meetings. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has also been seen holding meetings on foot. Perhaps you’ve paced back and forth on occasion to drum up ideas. It might help you think outside the box and find the innovative solution you’re looking for.
As I mentioned in my 4th of July Weekend Recap post, I made a delicious fruit salad a couple times now, and just have to share it. It is a perfect summer side to any cookout or meal. Super easy and healthy, fresh ingredients.. you can't go wrong with this one!
Honey Lime Fruit Salad
Honey Lime Dressing
Note: This is a Paleo-friendly recipe!
Our fun-filled weekend began on Friday night when we attended another rendition of concerts in the park. We joined some of our friends to see The Flying Toasters perform. We love being outside as much as possible in the Summertime, so we really enjoy events like this where you can take your own food and beverage, listen to good music, and hang out with friends.
Afterwards, Josh and I enjoyed a drink on the back patio while watching Leo attempt to catch lightening bugs. Friday night entertainment at its finest!
Saturday morning started out with coffee on the patio in our pjs. Perfect start to the day in my opinion.
Once I finally got my butt moving, I decided to go for a nice little jog around the neighborhood. It was perfect weather for it.
Then we went around town running errands. I finally got my very own set of golf clubs! I am so excited to test them out this week at the driving range! Not to mention, I am kind of obsessed with the color grey, so this color combo is everything to me :)
Later Saturday night we had tickets to attend the Pat McAfee Comedy Show at the Palladium in Carmel. Pat is the punter for the Indianapolis Colts, and decided to try his hand at stand up comedy for his charity. He did a great job - it was a hilarious, fun time and a beautiful venue.
As I have mentioned before, Josh and I love to be outside, explore, and try new things.. one thing we started doing is fishing together. We picked up this little cheap 'tackle box' to organize all of our fishing goodies.
We spent a couple hours fishing in one of our neighborhood ponds on Sunday afternoon.
We didn't catch anything this time, but this little guy decided to hang out with us. It was a beautiful day to be outside and how fun to just be able to spend time together and laugh at how awful we are at fishing :) But seriously.
After our fishing escapades, we had some errands to run before tackling our weekly meal prep. Errands usually involve Starbucks (duh), so I got to try their new small batch cold brew. I added some sugar-free vanilla too. I thought it was delicious, naturally.
I must also share that I had the best salad ever on Sunday. It is from Which Wich. Instead of getting sandwiches, we went the Paleo route, and created our own bowls of salad - - I got tons of veggies, added some meat, then some oil and vinegar for the dressing. I am not great at taking food pics, but this was seriously SO good.
Then on Sunday evening I went with a friend of mine to the Matt Nathanson, The Fray, and Train concert. They all put on a heck of a show! It was the perfect girls night!
Well, I feel like this post was kind of all over the place, but that wraps up my weekend. It was definitely a whirlwind of activities, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
What did you do this weekend?
Even though we celebrated our anniversary a few days early by exploring a few wineries together, we still celebrated on the actual day with a nice dinner.
We decided to try Prime 47, which we have never been to before. We love trying new places. It was highly recommended to us, and since it is a tad on the fancier side, what better time to try it out than on our anniversary.
From the moment we pulled up to the valet parking stand, they treated us like royalty. There gave us personalized menus that said, 'Happy 3rd Anniversary' on them, we received complimentary champagne, and a spectacular dessert on the house. Not to mention, the waitresses, hostesses, food runners, and managers all went out of their way to wish us a happy anniversary and make sure we were doing OK.
As we were perusing the wine list, our waitress recommended a red wine for us. We splurged on a bottle of the Alpha Omega II to share. Such a good choice!
Next, our waitress brought out the meat tray to explain each cut of meat to us. Very helpful to get a good visual!
We started out with an order of the Caprese to share. For the main course, Josh ordered the New York Sirloin with a blue cheese, horseradish, and herbs topping and a baked potato on the side. I went for the Filet Mignon with a crab, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce topping. I couldn't help myself, and ordered a side of the lobster mac & cheese as well. Best. Decision, Ever.
Just when we thought we couldn't force another bite, our waitress brought out the largest half-baked chocolate chip cookie I have ever seen. It was served warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce on top. Don't worry, we didn't let it go to waste.
Back to Paleo now! :)
Here are some photos of the delicious foods we ate - the photos are linked and taken from the Prime 47 Instagram accounts:
The folks at Prime 47 in Carmel really went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner a special occasion. They even called us the following day to ask how our experience was. If you are near any of their locations in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, or Carmel I highly recommend giving it a try!
I am so thrilled to be selected by COVERGIRL as one of the first to review their NEW Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast.
If there is one makeup product that I couldn't go without, it would have to be mascara. I just love having dark, thick, long, and luscious lashes. I pretty much wear mascara on the daily. Now, if I am going out on the town, or want to kick it up a notch, I will add eyeliner to go for a more bold look, which I love. So, you can imagine my excitement my COVERGIRL asked me to review their new mascara and eyeliner products.
Super Sizer Mascara
Product Description: The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara gives you 400% more corner-to-corner volume for full, fanned out lashes. Our amazing Lash Styler transforms even small lashes— just twirl as you apply it to your lashes for an instantly Super Sized lash look. Opthalmologically tested, suitable for those who wear contact lenses. Removes easily with soap and water.
Color: 800 very black
Volume: 4 fl oz / 12 ml
Here is a photo of one of my eyes without any makeup on. If you look closely, you will notice I do have long lashes, but they are VERY light -
This is a photo of my eye with my normal everyday look with the NEW COVERGIRL Super Sizer Mascara:
Thoughts: I was actually pleasantly surprised with this mascara. I am very picky with the type of mascara I use because I have very light blonde lashes. I prefer to use mascara to make my lashes more prevalent with making them darker. I honestly think this mascara did the job for me.
Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast
Product Description: Get the control of a pencil with the intensity of a liquid eyeliner for beautifully defined eyes every time. Our all-new paddle-shaped tip gives you two looks in one—thick and dramatic or thin and elegant. The intense black formula glides on smoothly and dries quickly for instant drama. Clinically tested, suitable for sensitive eyes.
Color: 300 Intense Black
Volume: 1 ml
Here is a photo of my everyday eye makeup, but with using the Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast:
Thoughts: I am not a fan of liquid eyeliner. Never have been. I think it's because I don't have as much control with the thickness/thinness or darkness/lightness. As you can see, it doesn't look all that great on me. Now, that is partly because I don't have much practice with applying liquid eyeliner. I definitely would not wear this liner as my everyday look, but perhaps for a more bold look or an evening event. I would need to practice my application technique before I would get into wearing liquid eyeliner on the daily.
Both products will be available when they hits stores nationwide on July 15th!
Disclosure: COVERGIRL provided me with free product in exchange for a review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.