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.


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?

A Makeover

It’s been a bit quiet here on Live Run Love Yoga and if you’ve been checking in for the last year or so you know this isn’t anything new. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the future of this blog. Many a times I’ve comes this close to writing a farewell post and saying goodbye but something held me back. After a lot of thought I decided that my blog needed a new look and direction. A fresh start if you will.

The old LiveRunLoveYoga felt like it represented my 25-year-old self, which is perfect because that’s how old I was when I created this blog. It was paisley, colorful, and solely focused on running and yoga. At almost 29 years old I don’t love paisley nearly as much, appreciate the simplicity in patterns and design, and have much more to focus on than just running and yoga. I also love the color coral, it just feels right.

Numerous people have asked me about my blog in the past year, and I always find myself saying that there is only so much you can say about yoga, and only so many posts you can write about your runs. I guess the reality is that those two things aren’t much of a focus for me anymore, they are just part of my life.  I don’t teach yoga regularly and to be honest I don’t practice regularly either. Actually, I haven’t practiced yoga since early March. I do run regularly but only 2 to 3 times a week and only about 3 or 4 miles. I don’t have any races planned at the moment and that’s OK with me. I love running and yoga but my life has so much more than just those things.

Life Interests

So what have I been focusing on beyond running and yoga? To start, being a happy wife. I’ve been soaking up every moment of being a newlywed. I’ve been building  a home with Michael. We’ve painted almost every room in our house, bought new furniture, and decorated each room. I’ve learned that I love DIY and you can do so much with a can of spray paint. We’ve spent hours ripping up ivy in our backyard, planting new flower beds, and reclaiming our yard from the encroaching woods. I’ve been spending time in the kitchen baking, and am semi-obsessed with layer cakes. They are just so fun to bake! I’ve fallen in love with reading again and have been devouring books left and right. I’ve been spending time with my family and friends. Our calendar has never been so full of plans with our friends, and I absolutely love it.  I’ve been focusing on my job, working hard each and everyday to build a successful marketing program.

I love who I’ve become in the 3 years since I started this blog and I’m pretty sure my 25-year-old self would too. I’m excited to share all of my interests here on the blog- DIY, baking, good books, highlights from our travels, and more. You’ll still find plenty of posts about running and yoga (as soon as I get back on the mat) too. I hope you’ll come back and learn more about all the things that make me “me”!

What would you like to see on the new Live Run Love Yoga?