Christmas Weekender

Hi friends! Long time, no talk. I totally lost track of time with the holidays and here we are- back on a Monday with a little catch up from the past few days.

BUT FIRST….Just a reminder to enter my giveaway for a FREE 20×30 custom canvas photo print! It ends Tuesday, so you NEED to enter- it’s super easy, so why not?!!

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Ahhhh Christmas. So many presents! Wes is one spoiled little boy. And I was so excited to share some traditions with him for his first holiday season.

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One of the MANY gifts my mom sent for Wes was a cloth book and the kid was OBSESSED with it for a good 3 days. More for the putting it in the mouth than the reading it, but I’ll still call that a success.

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He also got a stuffed animal (and college $$) from my godparents that he gnawed on for an entire afternoon. The bunny…not the $$. 😉

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I managed to pick up some art supplies as Michael’s amongst all the Christmas shopping craziness and did 3 sets of green footprints to commemorate Xmas 2015.

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Tyler came home early from work on Xmas Eve and surprised me with some hard root beer. YAY! It was really good. PS: We had a super ‘festive’ Christmas Eve by having tacos for dinner and watching Sicario after Wes went to bed. Feliz Navidad?!

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…but starting the tradition of reading The Night Before Christmas before bed!

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Christmas was nice and quiet for us…we didn’t finish opening presents until 11:30am! Some photos to do the talking:

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Xmas jammies!

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Santa brought Wes a wagon full of goodies and he dove right into them as soon as we got up in the morning. Surprisingly, he loves that wooden toys the best! And my mom got him the elf jammies 🙂

And then there were the other billionty gifts- clothes, toys, clothes, toys….SO MANY CLOTHES AND SO MANY TOYS.

Redirecting the attention to me: Tyler spoiled me rotten AGAIN this year. Not only did he get me everything (minus the subscription service) on my wish list, but he got me MORE- a waffle maker, mandolin slicer, bath bombs, bio oil, lulu gift card…..it seems like there’s so much!

My favorite favorite favorite gift was his take on my request for a personalized gift from Wes– a Tiffany’s cuff bracelet with Wes’s initials engraved! So precious.

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We had a delicious steak dinner and called it a night! I had a wonderful first Christmas as a family of three (or….five. The dogs were spoiled beyond belief with treats treats treeeeeats). I am psycho and did a workout in the basement after Wes went to sleep while we also watched a few episodes of Longmire. Psycho in the sense that I just wanted to move a bit since it was too cold to walk the dogs!

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Saturday: It was another slow morning- Elmo had it a bit rough.

We meandered over to Home Depot and scored some Christmas decorations on clearance and some other odds and ends around the house. Wes officially prefers to be carried in the Ergo over the stroller which makes for an interesting way of attempting to drink coffee 😉

I took the dogs for a long afternoon walk then we Skyped Tyler’s family so Wes could meet his cousin!

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We had chicken parm for dinner and Tyler got me yet another beer to enjoy (which I did).

After Wes went to sleep, we watched The Walk and headed to bed.

Sunday: Only one photo from the day, but I think it’s a pretty decent one:

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I put my new waffle maker to use and made a batch of buttermilk waffles and they were. THE.BEST.

Tyler was a doll and pretty much gave me a day for myself because I was able to head over to the mall (BIG MISTAKE…the crowds!!!! Arghhhhh). I returned some stuff and used a gift card for a few pairs of the best leggings EVER from Old Navy (pics soon, I am currently typing this in my jammies in the basement and watching Girlfriends Guide to Divorce. My new favoritest show.)

I rounded out the afternoon with a workout, walked the dogs, and sushi for dinner.

Man. What a week. And what’s even better- Tyler’s off from work this week!

How was your Christmas? Best gift? Any good eats? Family traditions?

Friday Facts

Happy Friday everyone! Man..only one week until Christmas! I am way too excited to have our first Christmas with Wes. And have cinnamon buns for breakfast. And presents. Here’s some stuff from the week…

  1. Tyler made an Irish Cream Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake and it is SO GOOD. I’m not a cheesecake person, but I have been anxiously waiting for Wes’s afternoon nap each day this week so that I can sit in quiet and enjoy a piece.

2. I won a giveaway on Instagram which consisted of a pack of mulling spices. They were dropped off at my house today, and I can’t wait to put them to use! (I tried to track it back on Instagram and it seems the photo was taken down? Womp.)

3. I met up with Susie on Tuesday night for dinner at Wurst. It was VERY important that we got the giant pretzel, but also had salads to round out the meal. Since we got the check by 7:30, we decided to head over to Proof to have fancy cocktails. They were ok, but not really worth the $14 price tag. I was home and in bed by 10pm. WINNING. I wore my new blanket scarf that had just came in the mail that day. (Ps: I ordered it from a credit I had on Zulily).

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4. Of course I have to include some pictures of Wes in here. He had his first bath in the big tub this week and started using the spoon to feed himself! (most gets flung, but at least it’s progress!) Oh, and I posted his 8 month update this week too.

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I must’ve stared at this bath photo for a good 15 minutes before dozing off last night 😉

5. We have SO many presents under our tree right now. And it’s not even everything. Plus Santa still has to come. I have a feeling a certain little boy is going to get spoiled this Christmas…

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6. Don’t forget to check out MintedLane! The coupon code is only good until Sunday and you won’t want to miss out!!

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7. Best meal we had this week- Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake.

8. I’ve successfully gone all week without the TV on during the day. To be honest, I could have gone without it in the evenings as well, but Tyler turns it on for us to watch a couple of game shows before bed. Only thing I’ve watched has been some random Christmas stuff on Netflix at night, one of which was A Moody Christmas (I think it’s only on Canadian Netflix and not the American one..sorry!) Super funny.

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That’s all from this end! We have lots to look forward to for the weekend, so I’ll be back on Monday to hopefully share some fun stuff!

Christmas Wishin’ 2015

Here’s what I’ve put together for my Christmas list this year. If you’re feeling super jolly and want to send any of these my way, I wouldn’t say no 😉

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bars– Only because I eat one every day and it actually just gets pretty annoying to swing by the supplement store every 2 weeks to get another box. (mostly because I find the employees of the store to be a bit creepy). Plus, it comes to $38 freaking dollars (CAD) per box.

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Rocky Mountain Soap Company soaps and scrubs. I am partial to the lemongrass bar soap, vanilla coconut sugar scrub,  and bamboo body scrub.

Wilton Donut Pan. I really want to start baking donuts at home because…ha, I don’t need a because. They’re DONUTS people. Yum.

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Gap gift card. I want all the Gap things. Sweaters, jeans, activewear, sweaters, scarves, sweaters. Did I mention sweaters? Ok, maybe just any gift card I guess. I shouldn’t discriminate here.

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Salon Appointment. Holy hell in a hand basket do I need to get my hair done or what. My roots are NASTY. I just haven’t got around to making an appointment lately because A) all my money goes to Wes things [minus the spin bike I got last month, so don’t throw that in my face] and B) $$- please refer to A.

Something personalized from Wes. I told Tyler this was a mandatory gift. I can’t wait for Christmas morning to see what he comes up with!

Subscription to a monthly box like Ipsy or Umba (or both). There’s nothing more fun than getting stuff in the mail, so why not have it be a small box of curated goodies each month? FYI: Ipsy is makeup and Umba is comprised of a variety of handmade goods. If I had to pick one, I’d probably go with Umba because I’m not that big of a makeup person and a quick trip to the drugstore could get me whatever I needed.

What’s on your list this year?

I’m back

I honestly just haven’t felt like blogging lately. Mostly because my posts would probably sound like every other blogger’s posts about winter or Christmas or presents or favorites from 2012, etc…but then when you take those topics out of the equation, I really have nothing to write about. Therein lies the dilemma.

If you follow me on Instagram, you pretty much get the idea of how life has been as of late. Lots of yummy eats, and even more adult beverages. In some sort of brief recap:

December 21st– We went to The Keg. Insert the best filet mignon meal ever. And a martini, of course.

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December 22nd– Lunch at Smashburger

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Christmas Eve- made pork tenderloin with broccoli, balsamic mushrooms, and 7 grain rice. And double chocolate cookies 😉

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Christmas Day- Cinnamon Buns for breakfast. Ham, creamed corn, glazed carrots, and twice baked potatoes for dinner.

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December 29th– Eggs Benny for breakfast. Homemade pizza for dins.

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Ok, food pictures are over. Onto workout stuff.

Tyler got me some pretty effin sweet gifts this Christmas. Two of my ‘biggies’ were fitness related. TRX and a Nike+ Fuelband!

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Tyler actually completely dumped my computer for me (so that it would run faster) and he downloaded the new software. It runs SO MUCH FASTER. Once that was done, I set up my Nike+ profile and slapped on the FuelBand right away to see how it worked. And I totally love it! It tracks my active time, distance, calories, and the Fuel I have earned for the day. So awesome.

And I broke out the TRX bands the other day to incorporate a pretty sweet full-body tabata workout. (I’ll post that workout soon!)

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I signed up for Round 4 of Best Body Bootcamp! The sign up deadline is tomorrow and Bootcamp starts January 7th for 8 weeks (and it’s only $25!)

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Layla tried to take part in all my at-home workouts.

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I also got to the gym quite a few times for cardio sessions (spin/run)

And on a final note, Tyler booked my trip home! I leave for NY on January 13th for a couple weeks, and I’m super excited!

Ok wait, one more final note: Check out pv.body (if you haven’t already).

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It’s the monthly mail subscription that assesses your fitness apparel likes and sends you one top and one bottom each month. They’re top name brands, and they generally retail for considerably more than what you pay for the subscription! If you sign up through me, via this link, you get 20% of the normal purchase price of $49. And you’re locked in at that price. I suggest you check it out… I have gotten a few of the boxes already and love the clothing! (Free returns.exchanges, too!)

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What are some good eats you’ve had recently? 

What about workouts?!!