Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Life Lately

I'm currently obsessed with Aldi Chopped Salads, especially the Sesame Ginger one. So. Good. I think it's at Kroger too and I highly recommend it.

This guy just loves to snuggle right when I'm trying to drink my hot coffee. I just cannot say no!

I'm also quite obsessed with Bath and Body Works candles again. I tried to go without them and buy Target or Aldi, but they just would not do. There was a great sale last week and I stocked up. Currently loving Pumpkin Cupcake right now. It smells like fall!

I'm also really loving my protein shakes even if the weather is getting chilly. I throw in two cups of spinach, one scoop FitMiss Vanilla protein powder, one drop vanilla extract, one cup black coffee and a dash of cinnamon. SO. GOOD.

This is my iphone home screen and I love it so much. It just makes me so happy every single time I look at my phone (which is a lot!).

Speaking of phone, I got the new iphone 7 and it's awesome. Rose Gold for the win! I'm noticing any huge differences, but I purchased more space so I love having more apps on my phone and I'm digging my new sparkly case.

My sweet friend had a fun fall get together last weekend and it was so great seeing my favorites. We played Apples to Apples and laughed and ate yummy food. Perfection. I didn't go to bed until 1:30 a.m. which is super late for me so it must have been a good night!

Also, it's sweater weather and Manny could not be happier to be back in his sweater.

So I finished Sing It On which was this great a capella documentary. It was a little sad, but so good. They showed the ICCA Finals and The G Men, an a capella group from the University of Michigan, won third place. And now I'm obsessed with them! Check out this video.

So that is life lately. Pretty low key. Chillier temps. A capella. Still loving my protein shakes. Obsessed with my new phone. Fall candles. Fun with friends. On a salad kick. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mondays with Manny

Pretty sure this is what he does all day every day we are at work.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Book Review (Edition 1)

I have been on a reading kick and I’m so excited to share some of my good reads. I highly recommend them! If you have any books you think I should read please, please, please leave it in the comments. I'm hoping this will become a series I do each month. Lets take a look at the books I've read in September and mid-October.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult was intense and sad. I've only read two of Picoult's books but they have both been intense and depressing. I'm not sure I'm a fan of that, but nonetheless I couldn't put this book down and had to keep reading. So there's that. It was about a school shooting so it was a little too real and dark for me, but Picoult is such a great writer. She makes you feel for the characters and there is a twist at the end that made the book worth it to me. Recommend!

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson was my favorite, favorite, favorite! It was my first Patterson book and it will not be my last. I just checked out another one and I'm sure I will be reading all of his books over the next year or two (he has quite a few!). He is such an amazing writer. I finished this book in a day and a half and could not put it down. Each chapter ends with a cliff hanger that kept me wanting more. I haven't devoured a book that fast since Girl on a Train. I'm a huge fan of Patterson and cannot wait to read more!

The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand was my second favorite book I read this month and my favorite Hilderbrand book to date. I just loved the suspense and the story lines of all the characters. I had to know what happens which is a quality I love in a book, but find it hard to find. It had my interest and held my interest until the very end. Hilderbrand is just such a great writer so this was a quick read.

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin was a little sad, but interesting. I got attached to the characters and was interested to see what happens. It wasn't something I couldn't put down, but it was a fun read. I enjoyed the book simply because it was Giffin. She can make anything interesting! I could have used a little more closure at the end though.

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand started out a little slow and then about halfway through the book I just could not put it down and finished it very quickly. It was a fun, beach read. I loved reading HIlderbrand books while sitting at the beach. Definite perk! My mom borrowed this book after me and loved it too. Definitely a fun, easy read.

What are you reading lately?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Life Lately

I'm still on quite the reading kick. I just finished First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. Giffin is one of my favorite authors and this book was good. Not my favorite, but not my least favorite either. I would recommend it for a fun read.

I still love Aldi's and shop there once a week. Last week I found this fun fall décor and had to purchase it because glittery pumpkins.

Halloween is kind of a big deal in my subdivision and this house really goes over the top so I had to snap a picture.

Two weeks ago while G and I were walking we spotted this owl. How cool is that?

The weather has been absolutely amazing lately. Sunny and 60s and just perfect for hikes around the lake.

Manny loves the hikes with different sites and smells and so do we! I just could not get over how beautiful the water is when the temperatures drop. Stunning!

It is tea weather! I'm obsessed with Brighton Tea from the Farmer's Market lately. The Migraine blend really does help with the headaches I have been having lately. Please note my awesome Aldi candle too! See also: I heart Aldi.

It's also bonfire weather. G made an awesome day fire this past weekend and he listened to music and relaxed and I sat next to him reading for hours. It was perfection. The weather was just incredible.

I love my little family! And yes, Manny gets his very own chair.

Can we talk about this gorgeous sunrise from the other day? God is good.

I still haven't weighed in, but this flannel shirt fit after years of not fitting in the arms. And my wedding rings fit again. Woohoo!!!

Life has been pretty low key lately. Lots of reading. Long hikes. Sleeping in. Work. Yard work. Cooking. We have cooked a lot lately, actually. Chicken curry, pot roast, grilled chicken and peppers, butternut squash risotto, chili. I don't know what has gotten into us, but I love it!

We are into cozy nights reading or watching Netflix. I just started Sing It On about a capella groups trying to make it to the championships. Ummm... yes please! I'm obsessed. G and I also watched Batman vs. Superman and I wasn't impressed. As much as I love a good action flick, this one was lacking in story and I just could not get into it. We also watched the new Captain America and I loved it until I didn't. We are in need a good movie recc!

Life is good. What's new with you guys?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Myrtle Beach Days 9 - 11

My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by Hurricane Matthew! Stay safe! Love!

Friday was our last full day at the beach. Sad story! Even though I feel I savored every moment it still flew by way too fast.

It was another great beach day. We saw pelicans and we saw a dolphin jump straight out of the ocean! I will never forget that moment. We had sun and hot weather. I swam laps, swam in the ocean (the jelly fish were gone!), walked the beach and read.

The view just does not get old. So gorgeous!

After lunch we came back down and this big dark cloud moved in and it started to rain. My parents went up to the room, but G, Brad and I headed to the hot tub and hung out in there for a while. When the rain let up we swam and caught some really great waves. So fun! I rode in quite a few waves and on my last full day at the beach I bit a wave and broke my favorite sunglasses! But I'll take it over a jelly fish sting or shark bite. A small price to pay for the fun we had in the ocean! We did some more beach sitting and just soaked up our last day at the beach.

In the spirit of trying new restaurants this trip we forgo our usual Nakatos experience and went to Miyabi for our last meal. The reviews were better and a guy at the pool had highly recommended it as well.

Hibachi magic. Our chef was great and very entertaining and the food was incredible. My dad proclaimed it the best meal of the trip! We loved it so much we even each ate our leftovers for breakfast the next day so they didn't go to waste.

It's not a vacation until Brad doodles on your take out box.

Saturday morning I woke up super early to finally get my sunrise. It was worth the wait!

We ate our leftovers from Miyabi, packed up the condo and checked out. Since it was an absolutely gorgeous day, high 90s and sunny, we headed to the beach for a few hours to soak up the last bit of beach time. I rode in so many great waves. It was so hot we swam in the ocean a ton and just had a blast. Soaked up every last moment!

We changed out of our suits, packed up our beach chairs and headed out for a late lunch. We had seen an advertisement for Anchor Café and it had good reviews and it had a view. SOLD. It was too pretty so sit inside on this day. There were plenty of boats and jet skis going by to entertain us and the wind made it bearable to sit outside.

We even saw a cute little turtle family.

I believe every vacation should end with champs so that is what I had.

My mom and I shared the Salmon BLT and fried Grouper. Both were delicious and it was the perfect meal to end our time in MB.

As we walked back to our car we saw some really great yachts. I love a great boat pun and these two were awesome. I decided if I ever owned a boat I would name it "Chasing Sunsets."

We drove the four and a half hours to our hotel in Virginia after lunch. We did stop for some Starbucks on the way out and I embraced fall now that we had left the beach.

We got into town late and were ready for a bite to eat for dinner. Per my parents' recommendation we ate at Hardware Bar and Grill. It's a cute little restaurant in a small town.

G and I weren't too hungry since we had a late lunch so we shared the soup and salad. The soup was Asparagus Bisque and it was amazing! It really hit the spot since the restaurant was freezing.

Sunday morning we ate breakfast at the hotel and hit the road around 8:30 to knock out the eight hour drive we had left. Per our new routine when we started getting hungry I checked out Yelp for a good restaurant.

That brought us to Table Six Kitchen and Bar in Ohio. How awesome is this sign? I was already a fan and knew we picked a good place.

I had the Blood Orange Sangria and it was terrific. Just a hint of sweetness. Perfection.

I had the lobster mac and cheese and it was the perfect way to end our trip. It was creamy and flavorful and comforting. Hit. The. Spot. We reminisced about our favorite parts of the trip and then made the last few hour drive home. I was so deep into my book G had to nudge me and I realized we were pulling into my parents' sub, ha!

We picked up the munchkin and he immediately went to his chair and fell asleep. I think he was happy to be home. It was such a fabulous trip with so many fun memories, experiences, and (of course!) amazing food. It is definitely one I will never forget. Thanks for following along as I relived the good times!