Weekend Review!

This weekend…how shall I describe it…perfect, awesome, and cold.  Yep, that about sums it up.  And Happy belated Valentine’s Day! We kicked off the weekend with a trip to Grit and Grace.  Such an awesome restaurant that we would highly recommend.  The food was delicious and the service was great! We had a fabulous time.  Nick and I are so bad at taking pictures…I need to make that a priority!

Saturday morning was cold and snowy.  My Step class was cancelled because the roads weren’t too great.  So therefore…a lot of this happened…coffee and snuggles with the animals! I am totally one of those crazy pet lovers, and okay with it! Can you spot Louie! Henry is so desperate for attention.  He saw me laying with the cat and naturally came up and laid on top of Louie to get the proper attention!  puppy snugglesAfter a few errands, we were stuck in the house all night! It was cold, snowy, and did I mention cold?! I thought it would be fun to do a Fondue night for Valentines Day! I followed this Fondue recipe, it was soooooo good! I think we will def make it again. I surprised Nick with all kinds of goodies.  What better way to a boys heart than a cheese and meat plate?! He loved it! I added all sorts of touches…nuts, jams, a bunch of different cheeses, french bread, olives, and a few other goodies!meat and cheese tray

I opted for some homemade gifts this year! I created a Date night jar! We always are saying we should do this or that but never do….So I saw a bunch of ideas on Pinterest and got creative! I had such a fun time creating the jar! I made the first date, Fondue night! Nick really liked it too! I am excited for some upcoming date ideas!!!

We woke up on Sunday craving French toast!!! Although, I ran out of butter, syrup, and vanilla.  But I managed, the french toast turned out yummy!!! I used lots of coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, and pecans! This happened…French toast

After lots of coffee,french toast and an episode of Mad Men, we got ready to venture out into the cold.  We headed to the Car Show at the Pittsburgh Convention Center, grocery shopping, and a target run.  I ended the day just relaxing and catching up on cleaning/laundry/and other chores!

It was a great weekend that ended too soon! Now onto a busy and fun week!!

What did you do for Valentines Day?! What was your best meal this weekend?! 

 

 

Core Crusher

WOW, its cold in Pittsburgh. As expected,it is January. But still, it’s just shockingly (is that a word?!) cold!!!

So I have a great core workout for you to warm up the body! I am not a fan of “AB” exercises.  They aren’t my favorite, unlike squats, I could do those for days (I know, strange!) But I find core circuits to be fun and a challenge that I like.  There are several different exercises on here, so its a good variety.  I created this for my own  workout but also tried  with a client, and she loved it! If you try it, let me know what you think!Core Crusher

Now, on to food. I am always looking for healthy recipes to try to  and also keep my interest in meal planning! I love to cook! So, I was searching SkinnyTaste which is one of my favorite spots to go to find new recipes…and This recipe sparked my interest.  Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast.   Guys, it was SOOO good, you have to try it! and anything in the crock pot is a WIN! I made it on Sunday and ate it on top of a large salad and same with Monday night. It had SO much flavor! I did splurge on a pork shoulder from Whole Foods simply because I am trying to buy better animal products when I do eat them. (That’s a whole post topic in it of itself) I feel it was definitely worth it.  Also, if your counting Weight Watcher Points, it was 5PP for a 3 oz serving! You must try it!

Have a fantastic Thursday, stay warm!

What are your least favorite types of exercise?! Do you have a must try recipe?!

Virtual Coffee Date

 

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Good Morning!  How is everyone this morning?!
One of my favorite blogs, Eat, Live, Run, will often write a post called a virtual coffee date, it’s simply a post as if we were having a coffee date! Like if you and I were sitting at my local coffee shop, what would we talk about?  Gossiping, catching up on life, ya know…chatting it up! I really loved the idea of the “coffee dates” so I decided to borrow it!
So, grab yourself a hot cup of coffee and lets start talking…go ahead, I’ll wait! 
If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that I am leaving to go on vacation tomorrow morning! EKKKKKK! I am SO excited! To actually be off for 10 days…I can’t even begin to show my excitement!  I am totally burnt out from work, and could really use a recharge. We are heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! I think what I am most excited for is relaxing by the beach. Nick and I are headed there with his family and we both are really looking forward to it. Sun, fun, family, and relaxation! What more can you ask for?!   
I would tell you that even though I am SO excited for vacation, I am anxious about leaving Henry! I know, I know! People think I am crazy! My mom is going to be watching Henry for the week. She is in for it! I am sure they will have a blast! 😉 THANKS MOM!!!  (As I am writing this, he is curled up next to me, I can’t even stand the cuteness!)
I would tell you that I am disappointed in myself because I haven’t been exercising regularly like I should! My schedule has been a little hectic (Sounds like a typical excuse!).  I have squeezed it in when I can, but have felt guilty about it.  I guess I am only human…right?! Please tell me I am not the only one! 
I would ask you what books your currently reading.  I am planning on reading at the beach.  I have about 100000 books that are on my “to read” list.  Up first…The MatchMaker by Elin Hilderbrand I think it will be the perfect beach read! Also on my list, The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison.  Let me know if you have any suggestions to add to my list! 
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I cannot stop listening to Rather be by Clean Bandit, latch by Disclosure.  I would also tell you that I have been obsessed with Nora Jones station on IheartRadio! Random! It’s the best with a glass of red wine in hand.
And lastly, I would share with you my new favorite summer drink! There is a local bar that sells a drink called a cucumber peel….Cucumber vodka, lemon, and club soda, with a big cucumber slice in it.  Guys…its to die for! If I were to recreate it, I would add mint! 
 
I hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy it! 
If we were having coffee…what would you have to share! 

Pop Up Wellness Fair

Holy Moly it is JULY!

Where is time going? June flew by! How cliché to say, but seriously, time needs to slow down a bit!

Just wanted to share, if you’re in Pittsburgh, there is a pop up Wellness Fair in Market Square today! I will be there! And….its gonna be a hot one today! So stay hydrated!

Here’s the info:

What: POP-UP Wellness Fair & Yoga Class

When: Tuesday July 1, 2014 | Wellness Fair  11:30 – 2 pm

Where: Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh

Cost: It’s free!

Exhibitors

Come by and connect with the people and businesses helping transform Pittsburgh into Fittsburgh!

  • Free Yoga class w/ LA Finfinger 12pm-1pm
  • Pittsburgh Public Market
  • East End Food Co-op
  • Supplement Central
  • About Time Protein
  • Douglas Labs/Klean Athlete
  • Dynamic Paddlers
  • Find your Flow
  • Ascend Pittsburgh
  • Zeke’s Coffee
  • Friends of the River Front
  • Let’s Move Pittsburgh
  • Roar – teen workout
  • Evive Water Station
  • Caroline Shannon – Gluten Free Revolution
  • Venture Outdoors
  • Primal Fitness Pittsburgh
  • Muv Integrated Fitness
  • Axle Spin Studio
  • Steel City Road Runners
  • Aero-tech designs
  • The Food Tasters
  • Run Intended
  • Burgh Bites Cart
  • GNC
  • Decco Resources
  • MIX Salads
  • Gold’s Gym
  • PNC YMCA
  • Mind Body Moxie
  • Verve 360
  • LA Finfinger
  • Primal Fitness Pittsburgh
  • Elite Runner and Walker
  • Stand Up Paddleboard Pittsburgh
  • Healium
  • North east paddleboard company

Just thought I keep you all in the loop, If you see me, say hello!