Friday, February 27, 2015

Goal Tracking & A Giveaway!


If you remember this post from a few weeks ago I talked a lot about the things I wanted to do differently and some of my goals and changes that I wanted to make going forward.  It’s been about a month now and I thought what better way to hold myself accountable then by recapping my progress…

Revamping my diet…
PASS.  This is going really well.  You guys can tell by my Friday Favorites posts and Instagram photos that I am UHBsessed with my spiralizer and have been eating zoodles at least 2x a week.  That is about how often I was eating regular pasta and this substitute has been amazing.  I’ve eaten them both raw and cooked and have really enjoyed every recipe that I’ve tried.  I’ve also been really focusing on stopping when I’m full, that is a challenge for me because if I love something (which is mostly everything I am eating) I just keep going until it’s gone rather than stopping when I’m full.  So far, so good.



Revamping my workout routine…
HALF-PASS.  It’s been hard to work out because my back has been bothering me, I have a lower back issue that stems from when I dropped my motorcycle a few years ago and tried to pick it up, never the same since.  I really need to get to the chiropractor.  I’ve been really taking it easy on the DailyBurn workouts since this started.  I’m hoping that between the chiro and the yoga classes that I’m registered for in March that I can start feeling better.  My next big purchase is going to be a treadmill because it’s something I can do, I love to do, and it won’t cause me any pain. 



Revamping my finances…
HALF-PASS.  I still had a few expensive Target trips and did some minor online shopping, but we made our first full house payment in February and we got a really nice, unexpected tax return this year which gave us a nice little boost in our savings.  I would say pass, but I still feel like there’s a lot of room for improvement.


Revamping my Infertility Treatment…
PASS!!!!!!!! This by far was my biggest accomplishment this month, mostly thanks to our new doctor who shares some of my same concerns and is addressing them, you can read more details here!  Although the one thing I said I really wanted (PGS) he advised against, I’m trusting him as a doctor that following his recommendation to not have the testing will be the right choice.  I hope I don’t regret this.  Fingers are still crossed for the Eeva testing as well and my hysteroscopy is scheduled for Tuesday!


Revamping Life in General…
PASS.  You all saw that I went from a blonde to a brunette again which I haven’t done in a couple of years.  I decided to make a change and I love it!  I've also been trying to organize and box up some of our stuff that we haven’t really used since living at my parents and getting it ready to be moved.  I got all of our bedroom furniture ordered, but putting it all together will be on the list for next month!  I've also been working on weeding out the closet and selling and donating different things.  Lots of good things happening.



One of the other things that I've added to my self-care routine is the It Works! Wraps and their Greens.  I've used their Greens for a while; I add them to my smoothies because they are equal to 8 servings of vegetables!  They come in different flavors and can be mixed in with just water.  I will tell you, these wraps really do amazing things and using them along with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, you will be thrilled with the results.  I've even used the wraps at times that I’m not working out at all and have seen amazing results.  I’m pairing up with my amazing friend and sponsor, Amanda to giveaway not one, but 2 wraps and a week’s worth of the Greens!  You can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!  The winner will be announced a week from today! 
I am not going to be really adding anything to my list of goals, I’m just going to continue to work on these, even the ones I've passed on, I still want to continue to work on.  I've realized, especially now that we are on the finishing stages of the house, it's impossible to 100% commit myself to all of these things, but  I feel confident that I will continue to make these lifestyle changes for the better!

Goal Tracking & A Giveaway!


If you remember this post from a few weeks ago I talked a lot about the things I wanted to do differently and some of my goals and changes that I wanted to make going forward.  It’s been about a month now and I thought what better way to hold myself accountable then by recapping my progress…

Revamping my diet…
PASS.  This is going really well.  You guys can tell by my Friday Favorites posts and Instagram photos that I am UHBsessed with my spiralizer and have been eating zoodles at least 2x a week.  That is about how often I was eating regular pasta and this substitute has been amazing.  I’ve eaten them both raw and cooked and have really enjoyed every recipe that I’ve tried.  I’ve also been really focusing on stopping when I’m full, that is a challenge for me because if I love something (which is mostly everything I am eating) I just keep going until it’s gone rather than stopping when I’m full.  So far, so good.



Revamping my workout routine…
HALF-PASS.  It’s been hard to work out because my back has been bothering me, I have a lower back issue that stems from when I dropped my motorcycle a few years ago and tried to pick it up, never the same since.  I really need to get to the chiropractor.  I’ve been really taking it easy on the DailyBurn workouts since this started.  I’m hoping that between the chiro and the yoga classes that I’m registered for in March that I can start feeling better.  My next big purchase is going to be a treadmill because it’s something I can do, I love to do, and it won’t cause me any pain. 



Revamping my finances…
HALF-PASS.  I still had a few expensive Target trips and did some minor online shopping, but we made our first full house payment in February and we got a really nice, unexpected tax return this year which gave us a nice little boost in our savings.  I would say pass, but I still feel like there’s a lot of room for improvement.


Revamping my Infertility Treatment…
PASS!!!!!!!! This by far was my biggest accomplishment this month, mostly thanks to our new doctor who shares some of my same concerns and is addressing them, you can read more details here!  Although the one thing I said I really wanted (PGS) he advised against, I’m trusting him as a doctor that following his recommendation to not have the testing will be the right choice.  I hope I don’t regret this.  Fingers are still crossed for the Eeva testing as well and my hysteroscopy is scheduled for Tuesday!


Revamping Life in General…
PASS.  You all saw that I went from a blonde to a brunette again which I haven’t done in a couple of years.  I decided to make a change and I love it!  I've also been trying to organize and box up some of our stuff that we haven’t really used since living at my parents and getting it ready to be moved.  I got all of our bedroom furniture ordered, but putting it all together will be on the list for next month!  I've also been working on weeding out the closet and selling and donating different things.  Lots of good things happening.



One of the other things that I've added to my self-care routine is the It Works! Wraps and their Greens.  I've used their Greens for a while; I add them to my smoothies because they are equal to 8 servings of vegetables!  They come in different flavors and can be mixed in with just water.  I will tell you, these wraps really do amazing things and using them along with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, you will be thrilled with the results.  I've even used the wraps at times that I’m not working out at all and have seen amazing results.  I’m pairing up with my amazing friend and sponsor, Amanda to giveaway not one, but 2 wraps and a week’s worth of the Greens!  You can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!  The winner will be announced a week from today! 
I am not going to be really adding anything to my list of goals, I’m just going to continue to work on these, even the ones I've passed on, I still want to continue to work on.  I've realized, especially now that we are on the finishing stages of the house, it's impossible to 100% commit myself to all of these things, but  I feel confident that I will continue to make these lifestyle changes for the better!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Faves!

Ok, I seriously cannot believe that I'm already drafting my FF post for the week!  These days are just flying by, but with this -15 degree weather we're having, I'm ready for Spring I'm welcoming the time moving a little quicker these day!

Forget Spring, take me to the beach!


Favorite Moment:
So much progress on the house!  Joe has been off and working his ass off for 12+ hours a day getting the bedrooms painted.  Our bathroom vanity is in, but I found out Home Depot canceled the counter top so now we have a nice custom vanity with no top on it.  I called and they said that the refund that I received was probably for the counter top being canceled so now we've got to get another one ordered and paid for.  I am NOT happy with them right now.

So obviously missing from this is the granite counter top.  I apologize for the crappy phone photos.  I fully intend on doing a photo shoot of the entire home and a virtual tour once it's all said & done. Bare with  me for now!  



Favorite Recipe:
Finally, a week without a zoodles recipe!  I made these Chicken Avacado Burgers and holy yum!

Favorite Pin:
Ummm, yes to all of this!  Of course the link leads you to Newport Skinny Tea rather than where that fabulous bathing suit is from, but still, swoon!

Thing I'm looking Forward to:
I'm ready for this next IVF cycle to start.  I am really excited and have a 100% great feeling that this will be it.  I'm not sure that I ever felt this assured for a cycle yet.  Maybe I'm getting my hopes up too much, but I have to keep true to my conviction of positive attitude+positive vibes=positive outcomes.  Life is pretty good right now, even with infertility and I'm going to continue to be happy and just let things happy as they are happening.  I'm trying not to wish the time away, but I am anxious at the same time to get some answers.  I'm sure it will all happen at once for us, IVF cycle, moving into the house, all that fun, big, important stuff will all come at the same time but I am up for the challenge and I welcome all of these things with open arms because I am so blessed to be where I'm at right now.  Building such a beautiful home and being able to say that I am doing a 4th cycle of IVF, some would think that's a crazy thing to say, but it's because of my kick ass medical insurance that it's even possible that we continue down this road.  Of course I would've liked cycle #1, 2 & 3 to work, but they didn't and that's just life.  Moving onward and upward!  I'm not giving up.


Happy friday blogland!!




Friday Faves!

Ok, I seriously cannot believe that I'm already drafting my FF post for the week!  These days are just flying by, but with this -15 degree weather we're having, I'm ready for Spring I'm welcoming the time moving a little quicker these day!

Forget Spring, take me to the beach!


Favorite Moment:
So much progress on the house!  Joe has been off and working his ass off for 12+ hours a day getting the bedrooms painted.  Our bathroom vanity is in, but I found out Home Depot canceled the counter top so now we have a nice custom vanity with no top on it.  I called and they said that the refund that I received was probably for the counter top being canceled so now we've got to get another one ordered and paid for.  I am NOT happy with them right now.

So obviously missing from this is the granite counter top.  I apologize for the crappy phone photos.  I fully intend on doing a photo shoot of the entire home and a virtual tour once it's all said & done. Bare with  me for now!  



Favorite Recipe:
Finally, a week without a zoodles recipe!  I made these Chicken Avacado Burgers and holy yum!

Favorite Pin:
Ummm, yes to all of this!  Of course the link leads you to Newport Skinny Tea rather than where that fabulous bathing suit is from, but still, swoon!

Thing I'm looking Forward to:
I'm ready for this next IVF cycle to start.  I am really excited and have a 100% great feeling that this will be it.  I'm not sure that I ever felt this assured for a cycle yet.  Maybe I'm getting my hopes up too much, but I have to keep true to my conviction of positive attitude+positive vibes=positive outcomes.  Life is pretty good right now, even with infertility and I'm going to continue to be happy and just let things happy as they are happening.  I'm trying not to wish the time away, but I am anxious at the same time to get some answers.  I'm sure it will all happen at once for us, IVF cycle, moving into the house, all that fun, big, important stuff will all come at the same time but I am up for the challenge and I welcome all of these things with open arms because I am so blessed to be where I'm at right now.  Building such a beautiful home and being able to say that I am doing a 4th cycle of IVF, some would think that's a crazy thing to say, but it's because of my kick ass medical insurance that it's even possible that we continue down this road.  Of course I would've liked cycle #1, 2 & 3 to work, but they didn't and that's just life.  Moving onward and upward!  I'm not giving up.


Happy friday blogland!!




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Currently...

Thanks to miss Aimee for this idea, it's been a while since I've done one of these posts and she really covers all her bases so here we go...

Drinking... I'm loving the bai5 bubbles in Bolivia Black Cherry, so yummy, and not too bad for you!  Sweetened with Erythritol rather than sugar!

Wearing... I wish that I was wearing this super cute shirt I ordered from The Nest on Main.  I just got it in the mail and it is seriously lime colored, more than what the picture shows.  It's really cute! Bring on Spring!



Reading... Some inspiration from Ernest Hemingway, especially this, which is what I try to apply to my own writing..

Watching... Currently on my DVR: Brooklyn 99, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Archer, and Justified, yeah we have a lot of catching up to do!

Needing... To unsubscribe from Zulily like ASAP!  They make it practically impossible without logging into your account which then turns into a cart full of stuff that you just can't pass up because it's been marked down to 70% off!  I got two of my wishlist Tom's for 40% off this week and I have to admit I am pretty pumped.  I could never get myself to purchase either pair at the original price.  



Loving... My new print from UO!  It's perfect for out at the house.  I've got a couple ideas of where it might go, I'm excited to see where it ends up!

Wanting... Do you guys remember that bedding that I posted last week?  I found out that Nordstrom doesn't sell the pillows anymore so I searched them out online... SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS a piece.  I'm having a really hard time justifying that one so I might have to pass on those details.  I did get the duvet cover already, but those pillows are just killin me!


Anticipating... Aunt Flo!  I hate to say that, I hate it so much that I wish for a period, but she should be here any day now and the sooner she gets here the sooner we can start the testing for #IVFTake4 (thanks to Rachael for coming up with that hashtag, and congrats to her on her BFP!)

Eating...Fruit like it's going out of style!  I've been obsessed with Cuties, pineapple, and watermelon lately!  I'm not sure if it's because it all reminds me of summer or what!  

Doing... Lots of work at the house!  Painting is in full swing and the 3 bedrooms are really coming together.  Joe's dad got some of the lighting installed for us and we should be putting closet doors on soon.  Every little bit counts!


Learning... A lot about painting!  That will be a common theme for us over the next several weeks. Joe taught me a lot about proper painting techniques and I think I'm doing a pretty good job so far.  I just hope that I can live up to his standards! LOL!

Wishing... For warm weather!  It's been in the single digits here during the day when the sun is bountiful!  Over night it's been well below zero.  Those 15" of snow that we got over 2 weeks ago is still here and it's all so frozen that I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon.  So over winter!.



Plotting... Actually nothing!  For once!  I usually have all kinds of plots and plans up my sleeve, but with the house going on I've been hardly committing to anything lately.  If I was going to plot something it'd be a vacation to somewhere super warm!

Bermuda looks great!

Disliking...Can I say weather again?  How bout the fact that not every weekend is 3 days.  It's amazing how much more I can get accomplished with an extra day to do things!  Who's with me!?

Currently...

Thanks to miss Aimee for this idea, it's been a while since I've done one of these posts and she really covers all her bases so here we go...

Drinking... I'm loving the bai5 bubbles in Bolivia Black Cherry, so yummy, and not too bad for you!  Sweetened with Erythritol rather than sugar!

Wearing... I wish that I was wearing this super cute shirt I ordered from The Nest on Main.  I just got it in the mail and it is seriously lime colored, more than what the picture shows.  It's really cute! Bring on Spring!



Reading... Some inspiration from Ernest Hemingway, especially this, which is what I try to apply to my own writing..

Watching... Currently on my DVR: Brooklyn 99, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Archer, and Justified, yeah we have a lot of catching up to do!

Needing... To unsubscribe from Zulily like ASAP!  They make it practically impossible without logging into your account which then turns into a cart full of stuff that you just can't pass up because it's been marked down to 70% off!  I got two of my wishlist Tom's for 40% off this week and I have to admit I am pretty pumped.  I could never get myself to purchase either pair at the original price.  



Loving... My new print from UO!  It's perfect for out at the house.  I've got a couple ideas of where it might go, I'm excited to see where it ends up!

Wanting... Do you guys remember that bedding that I posted last week?  I found out that Nordstrom doesn't sell the pillows anymore so I searched them out online... SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS a piece.  I'm having a really hard time justifying that one so I might have to pass on those details.  I did get the duvet cover already, but those pillows are just killin me!


Anticipating... Aunt Flo!  I hate to say that, I hate it so much that I wish for a period, but she should be here any day now and the sooner she gets here the sooner we can start the testing for #IVFTake4 (thanks to Rachael for coming up with that hashtag, and congrats to her on her BFP!)

Eating...Fruit like it's going out of style!  I've been obsessed with Cuties, pineapple, and watermelon lately!  I'm not sure if it's because it all reminds me of summer or what!  

Doing... Lots of work at the house!  Painting is in full swing and the 3 bedrooms are really coming together.  Joe's dad got some of the lighting installed for us and we should be putting closet doors on soon.  Every little bit counts!


Learning... A lot about painting!  That will be a common theme for us over the next several weeks. Joe taught me a lot about proper painting techniques and I think I'm doing a pretty good job so far.  I just hope that I can live up to his standards! LOL!

Wishing... For warm weather!  It's been in the single digits here during the day when the sun is bountiful!  Over night it's been well below zero.  Those 15" of snow that we got over 2 weeks ago is still here and it's all so frozen that I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon.  So over winter!.



Plotting... Actually nothing!  For once!  I usually have all kinds of plots and plans up my sleeve, but with the house going on I've been hardly committing to anything lately.  If I was going to plot something it'd be a vacation to somewhere super warm!

Bermuda looks great!

Disliking...Can I say weather again?  How bout the fact that not every weekend is 3 days.  It's amazing how much more I can get accomplished with an extra day to do things!  Who's with me!?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Day Recap

Happy Monday everyone!  I'm off today so I am able to get it together enough to actually have a weekend recap post!  I can't remember the last time I did one of these, but this past weekend was great and I'm excited to be able to share it with you!

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw the picture of me at work with my special delivery from Cupid the Cupcake.  We have a local business here called Life's Sweeter Side.  She's really known for her gorgeous candy and cupcake bars at weddings, but she is also known for her cupcake deliveries.   Here's the link to the YouTube page, since it won't let me post it into the blog for some reason. It's pretty funny and worth the minute and a half of your life it will take to watch.  I was completely surprised and had no idea Joe had this planned for me.


 
seriously amazing spread from Life's Sweeter Side

Joe also got me this acrylic canvas I'd been wanting.  The high heel is actually metallic and textured.

Friday night we had a surprise party for a friend of ours who turned 30, it was fun but we stayed out wayy too late!  You know how recovery time gets as you get older, it gets a lot harder.  Saturday morning was a little rough but I dragged myself out of bed and did my Saturday errands with my mom.  We had to hit Home Depot for paint since we were finally able to start painting the bedrooms at the house (yay!) and 1 hour, 17 gallons of paint (for just 3 rooms!), and $628 later we were done! 

Saturday afternoon we spent paining for a few hours.  I absolutely hate painting and I'm required to go through Joe's Painting Class every time we paint.  He is really good at painting and wants it to look perfect because his drywall finishing is perfect.  Once I passed his class I was let loose with roller and a pan full of paint.  The #1 necessary requirement for painting you ask? Patience.  I pretty much laughed in his face when he said that, he responded by saying, I know that's hard for you, so I'm glad he understands.  I'm trying my best to do a good job since this is our house and he has done such a great job on the drywall.

After a couple hours of painting we got ready for dinner with my aunt and uncle at an Italian place called Alberto's.  We went there for NYE and we really loved it so we had to go back.  We had so much food and lots of fun!  We were exhausted afterwards so we called it a night early.  


Joe's lobster tail over scallop, shrimp, and crab stuffed homemade raviolis  

 Yummy rosemary garlic beef ribs that were unbelievably tender.

 Can't have Italian without a little split bottle of Chianti!

My asiago gnoccchis! So yummy!

 Hazelnut coffee flavored ice cream

And my lemon sorbet! 

Sunday morning we got up and started painting again right away.  I'm actually really happy with the way that the room turned out.  I was so paranoid about my lines, but you can't see them at all.  I had a baby shower to go to for my best friend's little sister so I had to cut out early for that.  


 First guest bedroom ready for paint!

Today I'm off and so is Joe so I'm going to go to breakfast with my bestie and her family since they're heading back to Indy today and then I'll spend the rest of the day doing you know what... PAINTING! That will be my life for awhile now.  My grandpa was in the hospital last week with pneumonia but is home now so I'm going to deliver a Valentine's gift to him too today!  Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
 
Blog Design by Imagination Designs
Graphic by OctopusArtis