monday musings | 118

This is real life for ya!

>> Look who's back in action! We've been living in Charlottesville for about three weeks now and we're really loving it. The house is about 90% set up and my little home office is really coming together. We're settling into a routine which feels really nice. Nothing like having a clean slate to really get things in order. We joined the gym next to C's office and we've really been liking it, especially all their classes. (We did an epic hour and 45 min yoga class on Sunday morning, whoa). 

>> I signed up for the Baltimore Half Marathon and starting this weekend, I'll have 12 weeks to train. I'm basically doing couch to 13.1 here but you know what, I just need a little race incentive to get my butt into gear. Additionally, because we have such easy access to this gym, I think I just need to pick a great show on Netflix and binge watch while I do my runs - any suggestions? 

>> We've been doing a decent job cutting way back on carbs and making some super easy and delicious lunches and dinners (recipes coming soon!). I made this amazing Carrot, Sweet Potato, Red Lentil soup out of this book and we've loved it. A old standby favorite is traditional meat sauce and we normally put it over spaghetti squash but since that's not in season, I got my hands on a spiralizer (just a cheap $6 one) and made a whole pile of zucchini noodles. It was so delicious! 

>> Ok so like I said, we're doing a DECENT job of healthy eating...but we did also join a cider club which I'm super pumped about.

>> The move forced me to REALLY cut back on all the beauty supplies which feels so freeing. I'm no longer a Birchbox subscriber (I know, it had been 5 years!). I'm looking forward to simplifying things a bit in my morning routine especially because I'm now working from home. I also discovered a great site where you can order samples of luxe beauty products but YOU choose the samples which I love. More to come on this...

>> Speaking of working from home, I'm really enjoying it so far. I have been able to be super productive especially now that I have the dedicated office. I don't really go in there on the weekends which makes it feel more like "work" in a good way. I got a beautiful desk and chair that are working great. I'll do a full office post soon once we get everything hung on the walls. 

>> Each year, I go back through all our photos and make a photo book that commemorates that year of marriage. It's such a sweet reminder of all the fun adventures we had and it also ensures that our pictures make their way out of the computer and into our lives. I know these books will be really special as the years go by. (Hard to believe we've already been married for 2 years!)

>> Oh, and we're getting a puppy in three weeks...


  1. I would love, love, LOVE some tips/recipes for healthy lunches. We do pretty well with dinners, but lunch (and snacking) is struggle - city for us (me). Ah! Also, what a GREAT idea about the photo book! I am sure you (and your kids someday) will love looking back on that - soo cool!

  2. I've been loving this little e-book (and the blog is fab too).


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