Summer Staycation

I love having time off from work to just be home. We had planned an overnight at Mohegan Sun, thanks to an awesome deal on Gilt City so I was taking the Monday of the already short week off. I decided that it wasn’t worth working just 3 short days and that I’d be grateful for some time at home. I’m so happy I did. I feel rested, recharged, and rejuvenated. Here’s a peek at how I spent my time.

Michael and I finally took our mountain bikes for a spin at Wompotuck State Park in Hingham. We brought my mountain bike back to MA from NY with us at least 2 years ago with the intention of going for rides. We never did. I’m happy we finally changed that. We rode around for about 2 hours. It was so fun to chat, get some exercise, and enjoy the scenery of the woods! We even got to pop in and see an old friend of Michael’s who lives in Hingham. It was a bit overcast and on the cool side that day so I feel like we planned the perfect activity for the weather.

Biking

Sunday morning we woke up to downpours. We decided to sleep in, have breakfast, watch CBS Sunday Morning (I love that show) before getting our day going. We had originally planned to head to RI for a beach day before heading to Mohegan Sun for dinner and some fun. Since the rain spoiled our plans we decided to stop in Providence for lunch. Michael took me to East Side Pockets since I was craving falafel. It was so good and I can’t wait to go back!!! We wandered around in Providence a bit before heading to the casino.

East Side Pocket

We had dinner at Todd English’s Tuscany and it was great. I’ve been wanting to eat there for awhile, and it was worth the wait. We shared a burrata salad, fettucine carbonara, and a proscuito flatbread. The cocktails were awesome too. I had my favorite, a St. Germain martini with a twist of lemon. After dinner we hit the casino for a bit and had some fun on the slots before heading to bed. Monday we slept in, had a lazy morning, had breakfast, and played some more slots before heading home. It was a fun little night away and felt so much longer than it really was.

Burrata Salad

I spent the rest of week enjoying time at home. I went for runs at Lake Quannapowitt- I love not having to cross a street for 3 miles and running by the water. It’s just so much better than running through town.

Lake Q

I took care of errands I kept putting off, like taking my wedding dress to the cleaners and getting the oil changed in my car. I baked. I baked so much. I made a batch of peanut butter cup cookies for the 4th of July. Lucky for you that recipe is coming soon. I took a stab at making homemade puff pastry dough and apple turnovers. They were delicious but there is so much more room for improvement. I already can’t wait to make them again- there is at least 10 things I’d do differently. I’ll share the recipe and tips once I perfect it but since they are loaded with butter that may take a bit. You can’t make those too often! I made a summer berry crisp that was so flavorful and good, and not terribly unhealthy.

I got to meet one of my best friends babies just hours after he was born. To see the excitement, happiness, and joy on my friend’s face was so special and I just loved holding that little peanut.

We spent time at the beach soaking in the sunshine. I finished a book I had been reading for months and took naps in the sun. I even swam, a lot. It was cold and so refreshing.

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We saw fireworks and celebrated the 4th of July with friends. It was my first time in the 6 years I’ve lived here that I saw the Boston fireworks. They were gorgeous and worthy of all the hype they get.

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And we closed out the week with a day trip to Maine to see our friends and spend one more day at the beach. We chatted, we swam, we ate, and we laughed. It was the perfect ending to the week.

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Heading back to work wasn’t so bad today but I’m already looking forward to the weekend. We are headed to NY to see my family and spend time at our summer house!

How did you enjoy the week of the 4th?

Wedding, Job and Life…An Update!

Hi Friends!  Remember me?!  I can’t believe it’s been a solid month and a half since my last post.  Life has kind of gotten the best of me.  Remember when I started my new job in July and was starting to get into the thick of wedding planning as our date approached?  Yep, turns out both those things require a LOT of time and ENERGY.  When I’m not busy working or planning the wedding I’ve been trying to squeeze in workouts and a little bit of downtime.  And downtime these days is basically me staring at the TV because I’m just totally ready for a break.  Apologies for the lack of posting…I’ll try to be better! I promise!

So what have I been up to?! Well, mostly wedding things.  With November 15th rapidly approaching we are in the final stages of planning all our little details.  If you don’t know, Michael’s an architect and designer.  He’s been loving the wedding and adding tons of little details and creative touches.  Think signs, custom details, our own personal logo and so much more.  I can’t wait to share photos of the big day with you.  Anyway, all that DIY takes time.  We’re also writing our own ceremony which is much harder than I ever thought it would be.  It involves a lot of staring at the computer.  Most people won’t remember the ceremony details and every word spoken but for Michael and I this is what the day is all about and we want it to be special and a reflection of us.  I think we’ll probably write something amazing when we’re under a deadline.  Beyond that we’ve been picking out table linens, and dishes, planning our menu, pairing wines, picking out first dance songs and getting all our vendors the info they need!  October should be fun, I have my hair trial and makeup trial and my final dress fittings.  I’m excited for both.  Oddly enough, I’m also looking forward to all my pre-wedding beauty appointments.  I find getting a haircut, eyebrow wax and pedicure to be super relaxing and pampering!

August and September brought both my bachelorette and bridal shower.  I have some amazing friends and family who planned beautiful parties for me!  My bachelorette was a fun, low-key beach day.  We headed up to Good Harbor beach in Gloucseter early in the morning and 10 of my closest girlfriends and I spent the day chatting it up, walking the beach, swimming, drinking sangria and eating an amazing spread of food.  Most of my girlfriends hadn’t met each other and those that did had only met once at a BBQ Michael and I threw in July.  It was incredible how well everyone got along and bonded.  I’ve loved seeing them all connect via Facebook and email and form their own friendships after that weekend!  After an incredible beach day we stopped in downtown Gloucester for a beer at the brewery before heading back to my house for even more amazing food and drinks.  Seriously, the food was unreal.  Everyone drank wine, and chatted over dinner before cake and fun bachelorette games.  Some of best friends and my cousins live in NY and PA so we had a full house.  It was so fun to stay up late gabbing and catching up.  I had a blast and loved every minute of it!

My Mom and Maid of Honor threw me a shower a few weeks ago.  I have to admit I really didn’t want a shower but I’m incredibly glad I had one.  It was really fun to see my family and parents friends I haven’t seen in a while and celebrate with all the ladies.  My mom decorated our house so cute with bridal themed center pieces, Mr. and Mrs. signs, and bells.  Purple is my favorite color so she was sure to work that in with purple napkins and invitations.  Michael’s Italian so all the food was italian themed and she had tons of wine.  She made stuffed shells, lemon chicken, shrimp, sausage and peppers, green beans, caesar salad with my Dad’s homemade dressing, greens beans and bread from the italian bakery with this incredible pesto.  Talk about a spread!  The cake was amazing too.  And for favors my mom had wine glasses made with our wedding logo.  So cute!  It was just wonderful to see everyone and celebrate.  Even my future in-laws came, they drove the 3 hours to be there which was so special!

All the celebrating was a nice break to the planning and it definitely got me even more excited for the big day.  I have some incredible family and friends and am so thankful for all that they’ve done for me!

Beyond the wedding, I’ve been hitting the barre a ton!  I’ve increased my classes to two times a week and I feel incredible!  It’s such a quick, easy and fun workout and it gets results.  It’s perfect for my busy schedule these days.  I also started taking a combo cardio and barre class which I LOVE.  It’s 30 minutes of cardio moves and 30 minutes of weight work.  It kicks my butt every time. Running hasn’t really been happening much lately.  I’ve had a lot of pain in my hip for over a year now.  In January my doctor referred me to a physical therapist and after months of procrastinating I finally went a few weeks ago.  I’d gone to yoga and that night I was in agony.  My hip was throbbing and it really hurt to move so I decided it was time to see what was going on.  The physical therapist told me that my SI joint, piriformis, IT band were all inflamed.  He thought this was indicative of a deeper issue, like a joint injury.  He told me PT really wouldn’t help much if that’s the case and I need an MRI.  His suggestion was to lay off the running and head to yoga and barre a bit more.  I took his advice and have only run once a week the last few weeks.  The good news is that running less makes my hip hurt less.  The bad news is that when I do run, I’m in pain the next day.  I’m planning to get an MRI after the wedding and honeymoon and go from there.  I haven’t done much yoga these days but am ready to get back on the mat and build my practice.  I miss it.

My new job has been awesome and given me some really cool opportunities like attending Hubspot’s Inbound conference.  I learned so much in the 3 days I was there and loved it.  Plus the keynote speakers were awesome.  Simon Sinek’s talk on leadership was one of my favorites.  If you aren’t familiar with him, check out his TED talk.  Shiza Shahid was incredibly inspiring.  She’s the co-founder of the Malala fund.  If you aren’t familiar with her story I suggest you read up on her.  It’s just a good reminder that life gives us opportunities and it’s up to us to use them to make a positive difference in the world.  I left the conference feeling inspired about my work and life in general.  I was also happy to see that many of you found my tweets and Instagrams about the conference motivating and inspiring!

So that’s a quick update on my life!  It’s mostly wedding but there’s still lots of good healthy food and workouts going on.  I hope to have more time and return to regular programming soon!  I miss writing and sharing bits and pieces of my life with you all.  In the meantime, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for real-time life updates!

Tell me, what have you all been up to?!