Thursday, July 31, 2014

Birthday Wish List

I always love a good list from my family for their birthdays' so here is my birthday wish list:


I need a good pair of sandals that aren't flip flops. I like these in tan so they go with everything. Size 7.5.


Ooooo I also really love these. I would love to wear these to a wedding I have coming up next month so I can dance all night without killing my feet.


I really love these too. Sheesh, I'm on such a shoe kick lately.

These are so cute!


I desparetly need a new pair of black pants. I walked so much I wore out my old pair and miss them so much. Size large.


I also really love these for walking since I'm currently wearing work out pants I had in high school and G's basketball shorts.


I'm obsessed with maxi skirts and want more, more, more! If I could wear one everyday for a month that would be the dream.


I love this one too!


This dress is so pretty.


It's no secret I am obsessed with candles. Give me all the summer and fall scents. They make me so happy!


I love hoodies so much. I always freeze at work and at restaurants where the air conditioner is on full blast so I always have a hoodie. Most of my hoodies are worn and old so it's time for a new one...or six. I would love one in every color.


I've read Melanie's blog for years and I just love the way she writes. She is so funny I find myself laughing out loud sometimes. 


I feel so old when I say I want a blender, but I do. And it has a food processor, score! Our blender died about a year ago and I kinda miss it now. I want to make protein shakes again and cilantro dip with the food processor. Yep, I'm old.

What are you wanting lately?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wedding Wednesday

I really love writing about marriage and relationships in general, but I'm having major writers block on what to write about on this series. 

So! I decided to put it in your hands! What do you want to know? What marriage or relationship questions do you have? 

I can't wait to hear your questions and I'm even more excited to answer them!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Life Lately

G and I took Friday off and had a nice three day weekend. We slept in on Friday and G mowed the lawn and I cleaned the house and caught up on the laundry. It was a nice productive morning after being gone last weekend and busy every night of the week.

My birthday is coming up so I have tons of birthday coupons. We had lunch at Bennigan's to take advantage of a free meal and then headed over to my brother and SIL's house. It was nice to catch up with them and hang out with Ella.

Ella is just not sure what she thinks of her Uncle G's beard. They were so stinkin' cute together.

Hi Hitch. He is so sweet. He reminds me a lot of Manny in his mannerisms and personality. No wonder they get along so well.

My parents came over around five with dinner from this amazing restaurant. Oh my gosh, so good! Next time I'm getting the goat cheese veggie sandwich Jess got because it was amazing.My parents babysat Ella and the four of us went to The Detroit Zoo for a wine tasting event after dinner.

 It was so much fun! It was a sold out event, so thanks Jess for getting the tickets early! The weather was pretty perfect. Overcast and a bit hot, but it sprinkled a bit which cooled everyone off. And I think made the animals active.

We had ten tasting tickets and a complimentary drink when we walked into the zoo. We stopped at the Italy Bubbles Table first and the wine was so good. Actually, all the wine was delicious except the sangria. Should have know, but it was way too sweet. I stuck to all whites, specifically sauvignon blanc, and they were all excellent.

Jess and I. We had such a blast walking around the zoo, catching up, listening to live music and watching the animals. Oh my goodness, they were so active!

I mean, look at this ape. He was posing for a picture so I had to take one!

Our signature pose!

A nice zoo worker came over and took a picture for us in front of the llamas. 

Break for more wine!

Back to watching animals. We saw a joey learning to hop with his mamma. We saw the cutest tree kangaroo sleeping. Foxes playing endlessly and tackling each other. A polar bear out for a little stroll. Peacocks roaming the zoo. 

The sea lions were swimming around us. The otters were wrestling. The lions were roaring at each other and the lady lion almost pounced on the male. But he got the heck out of dodge. It was so much fun! It was nice to see them all playing instead of just laying around like they usually are during the day.

After about two hours of wine tasting and walking around the zoo, we ended our night with a tasting at the South Africa tent. Excellent wine!

The cover band was really good so we listened to them for a bit before calling it a night. Such a fun night. I can't wait to do it again next year!

Saturday marked 8 years since G and I went on our first date and 7 years since he asked me to marry him. It is crazy how fast time flies when you're in love! We rented Nonstop and I actually thought it was a fun action movie. 

The rest of the weekend was pretty low key. We caught up on our shows. Walked and played with Manny. Sat on the deck and read. G worked on this coffee table he is building which I can't to show you! It was so nice and long and felt like a long time since we had been at work. Love those weekends!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mondays with Manny

The dog days of summer.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fit Friday!

I made three big changes this week.

1. I upped my calories from 1200 - 1400 calories to 1600 - 1800 calories.
2. I'm focusing more on unprocessed foods and lots of fruits and veggies.
3. Stop calorie counting. Spend all that time focused on listening to your body instead and nourishing it with healthy foods.

Why the changes you ask? Well, first I should start with an apology. I'm sorry for not listening to you guys when you said I wasn't eating enough calories. You all were right. I read the articles below and they blew. Me. Away.

These articles just clicked for me. I was always hungry. Cranky. I walk at least an hour and a half a day so I need to fuel myself properly which means more food. Also, I realized I enjoy eating more unprocessed foods because I can eat more of it and feel full longer. I can have one cup of macaroni and cheese and be hungry the rest of the night, but I got to eat mac and cheese! OR I can eat lean meat, fruits and veggies and feel full all evening long. Hmmm I think I rather have the latter option.

I'm growing up! I know this is probably all common sense to most of you guys, but it's finally clicking. Sometimes I am just a slow learner, okay? I just realized I was getting all consumed with it again. Weighing in weekly. Counting every single calorie and feeling guilty for going over. It wasn't working anyways. Was I eating too little? Too much?  I need to just focus on listening to my body. Fueling it with unprocessed foods. Upping my fruit and veggie intake. Enjoying life. Take a bit of a break from the scale so it doesn't own me. There won't be as many pictures on these posts because I really don't want food to be so all encompassing. I want to move more. Eat healthier. Just live my life. I always hear people lose the weight when they stop thinking about it as much. Kind of like how you don't meet the man of your dreams until you stop looking. So here it goes. It has been much harder than I thought to not count calories. It was quite the addiction.  

My breakfasts this week have been a hard boiled egg and half an avocado on toast with a side of Michigan cherries. My lunches have been edamame and a Morning Star chicken patty with Laughing Cow Cheese and Romaine lettuce.

My afternoon snack has been pineapple and a Kind Bar.

This week has been busy with something going on every night. It's all great stuff, it just makes eating lean and healthy a bit trickier. We have literally been go, go, go or eating out so I've just been making the healthiest choices I can and just eating half of a restaurant portion. Leftovers for lunch are the best!

How are you guys doing?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thirteen for Thursday

1. I switched things up and instead of taking most of my vacation time in December, I'm spacing it out more. A couple three day weekends in the summer. Time off in September. Time off at Thanksgiving. As much as I loved having half of December off, the weather isn't all that great. I rather enjoy these beautiful fall and summer days off! 

2. At work, a co-worker was on vacation so his team completely covered his desk in post it notes. Creative, huh? And pretty hilarious. 

3. What happened to Undateable? I was in love with that show and it hasn't been on the last few weeks. Boooo. It needs to come back. I just checked and it doesn't look like it has been cancelled. Phew.

4. How is it August next week? Why does summer fly by so quickly? Why doesn't winter go this fast? I do feel like I'm completely embracing summer though. Lots of lake house weekends. Lots of walking outside. Soaking up the sunshine. Eating on the deck. Gosh, I love this time of year. Even though I'm sun burned and have a few mosquito bites. I still love it so much.

5. We picked up Manny from the kennel Monday night and I think he was happy to be home. He crashed. Also, doesn't he look like Batman here? I'm not too happy with our kennel though. He had to pee so badly when we picked him up and he was dying of thirst. Poor little guy.

6. G and I are going to a wine tasting event at the zoo this weekend with my brother and SIL. I'm so excited! What is not to love about wine and animals?!

7. I'm really slacking on my reading lately. I just have not been able to get into a book lately. I was on such a streak of good books and then hit a bit of a slump. 

8. I'm in a bit of a movie slump too. We watched three movies this weekend and I was not totally in love with any of them. Let me know if you have any recommendations! 

9. Work has been really good. I started a new position this month in internal sales and I absolutely love it. I didn't expect to love it as much as I do, but it's so much fun! Change is always stressful for me, but now that I'm into it and know what I'm doing I'm having the best time.

10. This is a pretty awesome blog post. Paige has such a healthy way of looking at food and fitness and body image in general. I'm a new fan of her blog!

11. Tonight we are reuniting with our small group friends for sushi. I cannot wait to see everyone and catch up. Also, I'm really craving sushi. Last night we met up with G's old boss and it was fun to catch up on life.

12. Saturday marks 7 years since G proposed to me and 8 years since we dated. That is crazy! We have know each other for almost 9.5 years. Wow. We are old. But I love it. I love our story. 

13. Life has been pretty great lately. A good mix of relaxation and fun. Hard work. Enjoying summer. Enjoying life. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nice vs. Kind

G and I got in this discussion last week about being nice versus being kind. Who even knows how these conversation topics come up, but I had been thinking about the quote “Nice girls don’t change the world.” I read that book by Lynne Hybels years ago and it alarmed me. I always thought I was too nice. I don’t want to be nice. I do want to change the world. But I didn’t give it much thought again until recently.

I think one of the main things I’ve learned after turning 30 is that being nice can mean being a push over. Getting walked all over. Being fake. I think the people pleaser in me was nice because I just wanted to make everyone happy. But what about me? Who will advocate for me if I don’t? I started to realize being nice was exhausting. Trying to please everyone was impossible. I didn’t want to be fake. I didn’t want to be walked over. I learned from a wise co-worker that saying the hard stuff or what you really feel is the only way to help someone grow and for yourself to grow.

I don’t want to be nice. I want to be kind. I feel like Jesus was kind. He didn’t let people walk all over him, but he was never rude. He was authentic and he was real without being disrespectful. He genuinely loved people. He was compassionate. I want to be like that. I don’t want people to say I’m nice. I want to be known for being kind. And yeah, that may be harder. Not everyone will love me or even like me. But if it means staying true to who I am and what I stand for it’s worth it.