WIAW: Boston Eats

You know how they say there’s no better feeling than coming home? I have found that to be especially true this week. I have just been at such peace being back in my own bed, snuggling with my cat children and being able to see my dear friends again. 

I actually had Monday off, so I was able to meet my two best friends for lunch and it was so good to catch up. Even though, I was only gone for a week and a half, it felt like months. I’m not exaggerating at all…but I really think when I landed in Augusta over the weekend that everything was in hyper mode. The trees and the grass just looked so vividly green. The sun felt so ridiculously warm. All that to say, I am very much enjoying being home.

The thing that I do miss about Boston? The food. Oh, the food is so good there – specifically, the seafood. Although I didn’t get to really get out and see Boston last week, I was able to go to some of Boston’s best restaurants because a girl’s still gotta eat!

atlantic-fish-boston-review

I don’t know what I loved more: the salmon or the sweet potatoes. (Atlantic Fish Co.)

clam-chowder-boston

Just one of the many cups of clam chowder I consumed.

the-salty-pig-review

I discovered my new favorite type of cheese and it’s name is Gouda. (The Salty Pig)

judy-garland-abe-and-louies

The absolute best restaurant I ate at while in Boston was Abe & Louie’s. I actually ate there twice. Both times I ordered the Judy Garland, which is my new favorite cocktail ever FYI. As if I needed another reason to love this restaurant, check out their version of bacon:

abe-and-louies-bacon

towne-stove-boston-review

I don’t know why, but a lot of restaurants in Boston have Brussels Sprouts on their menu. I wasn’t complaining! (Towne Stove)

mistral_dessert_boston

Dessert Sampler at Mistral

godiva-chocolates

And when in doubt…Godiva chocolates. Always Godiva chocolates.

So, who is hungry? : )

What is your favorite type of cheese?

What is one vegetable you’d like to see on more restaurant menus?

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

Back from Boston

I’m back!!!

Gosh, it feels like it has been forever. Wait, probably because it has! It feels so good to be back home relaxing on my couch after a very, very long week and a half in Boston.

First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to all my incredible guest bloggers who took over the reigns for me while I was gone. I absolutely loved each and every guest post and was so excited to share them all! If you missed any, please be sure to check them out:

Green Pina Colada Smoothie from Lakeshore Runner

Thoughts on Online Dating from Anchor in the Stratosphere

4 Things to do in Boston from Comfy & Confident

How to Reclaim Your Day in Five Easy Steps from Balancing B

Masters Q & A from bump & run

Second of all, thank you so much for all the support and well wishes surrounding my work meeting in Boston. Things went really well! Way better than I was expecting. It was still a very busy/crazy week. My days started around 5:30 AM and didn’t end until around 11 PM. There was no time for workouts. However, I did average 8-9 miles of walking each day, so I think it helped even everything out. 

Since my days were so packed, I don’t have a ton of fun pictures to share from my stay in Boston, but I did snap a few random ones that best show you how my days looked.

starbucks

 I don’t even drink coffee, but you better believe I learned to deal with it. Thanks to Starbucks and your overly sugared coffees. 

daily-devotional-purpose 

I read this same devotional every single morning. God seriously carried me through this meeting. 

snowy-boston

 How I saw Boston 99% of the time – through the window. 

gerber-daisy

 I have the best coworkers who bring me flowers to brighten my day. 

boston-marathon-finish-line

 When you have exactly one hour of free time in Boston, seeing the Boston Marathon finish line is a must. Talk about life goals. 

back-bay-boston

 Oh Boston, you are so cute. I hope I can go back soon and actually enjoy your quaint streets.

Now, please catch me up on what is going on with you?

What fun things have I missed?

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

Guest Post: Master’s Q&A

HAPPY FRIDAY! 

I cannot even begin to describe how happy I am that this week is over and I get to head home soon. Speaking of home, I have one final guest post to share with you this week and it just so happens to highlight the beautiful city I get to call home: Augusta.

When I asked Bre and Ree from bump & run if they would like to guest post, I immediately knew what I had in mind. As golfing enthusiasts, I wanted Bre and Ree to be able to impart some of their knowledge about what they love. And with spring approaching, I wanted to highlight something that my city is known around the world for: The Master’s! So, I’ll leave it to the pros from here on out. Thanks so much Bre And Ree!!

Hi everyone! It’s Bre and Ree from bump & run and we’re thrilled to be able to share some info about one of our favorite sports with Stacie’s lovely readers!

We both love to golf and we’re super jealous that Stacie lives so close to one of the most famous golf courses in the world, Augusta! With the Masters Tournament taking place there next month (April 9-12) we thought we would answer some FAQ’s about one of the most popular sporting events of the year. Even if you don’t golf, be sure to check out the final day of the tournament to see history in the making!

Augusta_national

 (source)

1. What is the Masters?
The Masters Tournament held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia is one of four major championships for professional golfers and the only one played at the same location every year. It is also the only by invitation only tournament and has the smallest number of players as a result. 

In its 80 years it has become one of the most prestigious and historical events for golf. Interestingly, since it began in 1934, the tournament has been played every year except during WWII – the years 1943-1945. 

The other three major championships include the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. 

2. What’s the prize? 
Last year’s winner, Bubba Watson, received $1,620,000; a very big difference from the tournament’s first winner who only received $1500. 

The winner is also presented the very distinctive green jacket, which they may take home for one year. After that? The jacket has to be returned to the club and can only be warn when the player is on grounds. A player also only ever receives one jacket, despite however many times he may win the tournament. 

The green jacket is so cherished and sacred to Augusta that even Jack Nicklaus (the winningest Masters champion) had to beg and plead for a jacket of his own (source). Crazy!

3. Who’s playing this year?
A few of the perhaps more recognizable players include (from top left): Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day. 

Masters_Player_Collage

The full list of players is quite extensive, but here’s the breakdown of who’s favored to win.

(Picture Sources: Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day)

4. So what’s fun about the tournament?

• The defending champion hosts and picks the menu for the Champions Dinner, which is held on the Tuesday before the tournament begins. It’s a dinner that is only open to past champions and certain members of the golf club.

• A par 3 contest is played on the Wednesday before the tournament and is possibly the most adorable thing to watch during the tournament. Wives, girlfriends, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews serve as caddies to those playing. Dressed in Augusta National jumpsuits (like the real caddies), you’ll see little toddlers and kids carrying a light bag or tending a flagstick more than twice their height. So cute! Famously, no winner of the Par 3 Contest has ever gone on to win the Masters the same year. 

Little_Boy_Putting_Masters

(source)

• A legendary golfer, usually a past champion, hits an honorary tee shot on the morning of the first round to kick-off the tournament. 

• Jack Nicklaus has won the most Masters Tournaments with 6 wins between 1963 and 1986.

• Tiger Woods was the youngest to ever win the Masters, and in the same year he broke records by winning with the widest margin and achieving the lowest score ever.

5. What about the ladies?
Unfortunately, Augusta National Golf Club is so incredibly exclusive (with only 300 members) it wasn’t until 2012 that it finally added two women to its membership roster. You might remember, it was all over the papers at the time, Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore were the lucky two ladies. And while women are allowed to play the course, if playing with one of the guys, there may never be an LPGA Masters Tournament; certainly, not one held at the Augusta National Golf Club.

The ladies though aren’t without. They have the ANA Inspiration, which is the LPGA’s Masters equivalent. The ladies’ green jacket moment? The winners jumps into the 18th hole pond, called Poppies Pond. So much more fun than a green jacket, don’t you think? They also get a trophy, but the jumping into water…that’s classic!

Kraft Nabisco Championship - Final Round

 (source)

Are you a golf fan?

Have you ever been to The Master’s?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

Guest Post: How to Reclaim Your Day in Five Easy Steps

Happy Wednesday everyone! Thank you so much for your well wishes for me and the meeting. I have only a few more days left, so the end is in sight!

 

Today, I’ve got another great guest post from Brynn at Balancing B. Bynn is such a rockstar in my book because she manages it all (family, work, fitness, blogging, etc.) with such optimism and grace! I asked Brynn to share some of her tips on how she manages to do it all and hope they are as inspiring and practical to you as they were to me! Thanks Brynn : )

Hi SSS readers! I am Brynn a friend of Stacie’s (through the wonderful world of blogging) and am honored to be here talking with you today! I blog over at BalancingB, am new mom, health coach and consultant who loves to work out and get crazy in the kitchen creating healthy dishes for my family.

bb_mitchell_november

Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle sounds wonderful, but it isn’t always easy. I often see the pictures on Instagram with girls holding their green juice in their perfect outfits sunning in California. Unfortunately, this is far from my reality as a new mom who works from home running two businesses. But I am always striving for a healthy, happy balanced life that includes nutritious foods, exercise and time to relax.
Taking care of my son Mitchell is a full time job in itself. As a five month old we are working on naps and teeth; so days are far from predictable! Around three months postpartum I realized that I was in a baby-daze and needed some self-care and me time. I had lost my energy, enthusiasm and felt drained by the end of the day.

Whether it is having children at home, a load of schoolwork or a demanding job, each person has their own set of challenges we have to manage to achieve a balanced lifestyle. As a Certified Health Coach, I work with women to identify areas of their lives that need extra attention or are out of balance and work to get their life moving in a healthy, happy, positive motion. We then get momentum and set sets to reach their goal. I realized that I needed to do some self-coaching!

What I have learned through my work, schooling and personal experience is that in order to take good care of myself and accomplish everything in a day, I had to do some serious planning and prioritize. Here is how I manage my time in order to have a healthy, happy and productive day that allows me to soak in my son, manage my work and also maintain a healthy lifestyle.

planner_picture2_bb

• Plan out your must dos the day before. I always make a list of the deliverables, appointments, play time, meals and workouts for the following day. If I don’t I realize that my day will fly by and come to an end and I don’t feel as though I have accomplished anything. That is because I let others dictate my time. If I carve out time to do certain tasks then I can decline other meetings, to-dos and distractions. So often our time is wasted by other’s – even social media.

• Prioritize! I know that Mitchell and my job are to-dos every day. But when I do have down time I make sure I am doing things that I want to do, need to do or are serving me. For example, when Mitchell takes a nap I immediately grab my computer to work or pop in a workout DVD. I make sure I am filling my time with positive activities that help me reach my goal of a balanced life.

• Set Yourself Up for Success. Set out your workout clothes, have healthy options in the fridge, make a meal plan for the week, fill your water bottle and practice patience. When I make a healthy choice, others seem to follow and become easier! Oatmeal for breakfast leaves me feeling full and satisfied so I pass on the donut at 10am. Focus on adding in little positives through the day – they add up!

• Me time. Oh my, this is so important. I will admit, me time is much more difficult to come by these days with a baby in the house, but I always take at least 15 minutes a day for just me. What does that mean? A long (very long) shower or bath, reading, talking to a friend on the phone, journaling, watching a tv show, meditating, enjoying a cup of tea, or reading. Me time has been a workout too! Sometimes I realize that I am stressed and there is nothing like a good workout to crush that tension!

• Relax. I am Type-A through and through. But with a baby few things are set in stone. I have learned that some days Mitchell will nap for 32 minutes and that is all I get. So I have to take a deep breath, realize that life is not perfect or predictable and adjust. I ask myself what do I have to do today, narrow it down to one or two items/tasks and focus on those. And you know what? Accomplishing two tasks vs. failing at five is a big win!

family_picture3_bb

Being clear on my definition of health and happiness helps me create days that support those goals. I want to be a mom that is present with my child, a smart and savvy business woman that helps others reach their goals, a loving and dependable wife/sister/friend/daughter. I can only accomplish those things by caring for myself and being clear on what my Instagram photo looks like. Sure, it may be snowing here and I am working on the couch with slippers on with a baby monitor within reach – but from my view things look pretty darn amazing.

Thanks so much to the contagiously sweet Stacie for letting me guest post. Her blog is such a wonderful space and I am so happy to be a part of her world! I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to stop by my blog BalancingB and say hi!

What are some of your biggest challenges in finding your happy, healthy, balanced self?

What does your balance look like?

What is the biggest drain on your day and energy?

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

Guest Post: 4 Things to Do in Boston

Happy Monday everyone!

Even though I didn’t get much of a weekend myself due to working, I am excited that Monday is finally here because I am a day closer to this upcoming weekend and a day off! 

Today, I am honored to have Mattie from Comfy & Confident on the blog! Mattie lives in Boston, so I thought it was only fitting to have her highlight some of the things she loves about Boston since it’s my home away from home this week. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to probably do any of these during this trip, but hopefully next time I am in Boston I can knock these off my to-do list. Thanks for the suggestions, Mattie!

Hi, there!

I am Mattie from Comfy & Confident (www.comfyconfident.com).  I am born and raised in New England and have a huge passion for food, staying fit, running, skiing [really anything outdoors], my family and friends. I currently live in Boston and my blog follows me as I explore all my passions along with sharing my favorite workouts, simple recipes and daily life happenings. Like so many of us, I am striving to be comfortable and confident within myself which isn’t always the easiest thing. :) I am so excited that Stacie asked me to do a Guest Post while she is traveling for work…in Boston, no less!

Mattie _ Comfy & Confident

While I am pretty sure it is no secret that the winter in Boston has been ridiculously snowy and cold, there are still some fun things to do while you are in town. And since Stacie is here visiting, I thought it would be fun to share 4 things to do in Boston in the winter under $25.

Rise to the top of the City: At the top of the Prudential Center (the mall in the middle of the city) there is an amazing restaurant called Top of the Hub that overlooks the entire city. Warm up with a warm chocolate cake, grab a cup of hot tea, or relax with a nice glass of wine. If you are feeling really into it, you can do the skywalk observatory ($12 adults/$8 children/$10 students and seniors) and really take in the view of Boston.

Skate on the Frog Pond: Rent a pair of skates and test your skills on America’s oldest public park’s ice skating rink in the center of the Boston Common. The Frog Pond features concessions, skate rentals, rest rooms, and a warming area. Admission is $4 per person and skate rentals are $9 and $5 for children under 13.

Tour a Brewery: Boston Beer Company, Sam Adams, and Harpoon Brewing Co are all in Boston. The Sam Adams Brewery offers hour-long tours every day with tastings of several of their award-winning beers, and Harpoon offers tastings every weekday with weekend tours when they aren’t brewing or packaging. The Harpoon tour costs $5, while the Sam Adams tour is free with a suggested $2 donation – the proceeds at both breweries go to charities. I personally love the Harpoon Brewery… they sell delicious soft pretzels to pair with your hoppy IPA.

Visit the Museum of Science: Boston has a rich history and you can learn all about it through many great museums, historical buildings and aquariums. Some of my fondest memories are coming into to city as a kid to go to the Museum of Science with my grandparents to see all the crazy exhibits and shop in the gift shop!  Revel in the culture and be amazed at the same time with a visit to the Museum of Science. Admission is $23 for adults.

I could keep going for days, but unless you have days to tour the city you will have plenty to do with these 4 suggestions.

Mattie Riding a Hubway around Boston

I have to tell you – I can not wait for the snow to melt and we can rent Hubways and tour the city on bikes!

For more things to do around Boston, click over to my blog and check out all my fun adventures.
Thank you Stacie for letting me write a fun post on your blog!

Have you ever been to Boston?

Do you research things to do in a city before your travel or do you wing it?

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

Guest Post: Thoughts on Online Dating

Hello everyone! I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I made it to Boston! My meeting actually starts this weekend, so from here on out it’s going to be “Go” time for me. In the meantime, I’ve got some awesome guest posts lined up for you today and for next week that I am so excited to share. 

Today’s guest post comes from Alison at Anchor in the Stratosphere. Alison is a dear blogging friend of mine and when she mentioned the idea for her guest blog today I was immediately intrigued and wanted to read it for myself. So, without further ado, I’m going to let Alison take it away…

Hey everybody hanging out here with Stacie! It’s so awesome to finally meet you! I’m Alison and I normally post over on Anchor in the Stratosphere. I’m covering for Stacie here today and wanted to talk to you about something that’s been on my mind for a while. Online dating.

Full disclosure…I met my husband on eHarmony.

Which is to say I met my husband by knowing what I wanted, dedicating a bit of time to finding him, and when options presented themselves, I selected the one I liked so I could learn more about him. How is that any different than knowing what you want, deciding to go out, going into a bar, having options, and making a choice?

With Lee and I online is only the way I found him, then I dated him in the real world. Our actual relationship was no different than anyone else’s once we met for our first date. That leads me to my 6 thoughts about online dating.

thoughts-on-online-dating

//You still need to know yourself and what’s important to you

Meeting someone online does not excuse yourself from knowing and loving yourself and being sure of what you want. These things can always be fluid and changing but if you go into the process of dating (no matter where) without knowing and loving yourself, it’s just not going to work. One thing I did like a lot about online dating was that it made it easy for me to share the fact that I was saving myself for marriage right off the bat, without the poor guy having to buy me dinner before finding out he wasn’t going to get any. It seriously decreased my page traffic but I knew I needed someone that was ok with that.

//You might still meet “creeps” and “duds”

Someone once told me they were quitting their online site of choice because it had been a whole month and they had only met duds. Well, you’ve been looking in the real world for a lot longer with the same batting average so give it some time. The online dating world is still full of real people and you won’t be attracted to many of them. The best way to avoid creeps is to stay clear of free sites; it’s waaay to easy for a married, psychotic, or just plain gross man to have several profiles going on a free site at one time just so he can talk dirty to girls in the evenings.

//You still need to be honest

Lying about yourself might get you a date but not a long term relationship, no matter where you’re meeting people. There may be things about yourself that you think it’s best to hide to increase your odds, but what do odds matter when they won’t like the real you? Also, if someone puts something on their profile that breaks a dating commandment for you or is against your lifestyle, don’t date them anyway assuming they weren’t serious. That’s just not fair.

//Getting to know someone online first can be nice…and dangerous

In some ways being able to get to know someone a bit before you even meet them can be really nice. You can laugh, gasp, and aww in the privacy of your own home. You feel more comfortable sharing about yourself when you’re not actually sharing in person. Be warned though, it is easy to get a false sense of security and comfort with someone and forget you can’t even swear on a Bible they actually exist just yet. When you finally meet, don’t forget they are still technically a stranger and don’t rush into things because you “feel like you’ve known them forever”.

//Many of the same rules still apply

When you decide to meet for the first time, forget where you met, forget how long you’ve been chatting or exchanging messages. YOU DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW THIS PERSON. Take the same caution you would on any first date, and trust your gut. Don’t let them pick you up, always meet in a public place, and make sure lots of people know you’re going out on a date and what time you expect to be home. Have someone waiting to hear from you when you get home.

//Online dating is a choice you can make, or not. It’s up to you, and it’s just another way to meet someone.

It’s not for everyone, but it’s also not just something for the socially inept or sheltered. It’s just another avenue you can add to your arsenal for finding Mr. Right. If you’re not ready to date, struggling with some stuff, or unhappy with your life, online dating won’t cover that up or change it. At the same time though, if you’re looking to cast a wider net and find a serious connection, it might just be perfect.

How did you meet your significant other?

Have you ever tried online dating?

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

Guest Post: Green Pina Colada Smoothie

Happy late St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you had your fill of Irish related fun and managed to make it through your day without getting pinched : )

Today marks the first in a series of guest posts that will be on my blog while I am busy working in Boston. I am so, so sad that I have to be MIA from the blogworld for such a long period of time, but I guess I gotta go be a an “adult” or something like. Don’t worry, I will not be leaving you high and dry though. I am ridiculously excited to say that I’ve got some great guest posts lined up while I’m away, so keep checking back on the usual Mon./Wed./Fri. schedule because (trust me) you don’t wanna miss out!

So now, I’m going to let my friend Sara take over!

Hi All! I’m Sara from Lake Shore Runner. I am so excited to be here; thanks Stacie for allowing me to take over Simply Southern Stacie for the day. I hope all of your conferences are going well in Boston, and can hopefully enjoy a little of what Boston has to offer. At least get some clam chowder! 

Lake-Shore-Path-Chicago

 

Before getting into the topic of the post I wanted to give you a little bit of background on myself. You might be able to tell from my blog name, I love to run! Specifically on the Lake Shore path in Chicago! Hence where the name of the blog came from Nothing beats training for your next race on the beautiful path. I will even go as far to say even in the winter! Polar vortex and all.

Marathon

 

Other than running – I love to share quick, easy, healthy recipes (Stacie and I share a love for recipes that have minimal ingredients but don’t lack flavor) on Lake Shore Runner. Some of my favorites are:

Chorizo-Mexican-Fritata

 

Chorizo Fajita Frittata
Butternut Squash Mexican Quinoa
Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
Coodles & Zoodles Greek Salad
Quinoa Spaghetti Bake
Cashew Pancakes

One of my favorite things to experiment with in the kitchen are smoothies. There is something about throwing a bunch of things in a blender and hoping for the best once all blended together. And most importantly you can get in an extra serving of veggies for the day by throwing in a handful or spinach or kale. More often than not (depends on the other ingredients in the smoothie) you can’t even taste the veggies.


In honor of the recent holiday I wanted to share a very green smoothie with you.

Green-Pina-Colada-Smoothie

Ingredients

• 1/3 Cup Frozen Pineapple
• ¼ Cup Frozen Mango Slices
• ½ Cup Coconut Milk
• Handful of Spinach or Kale (Whatever your personal preference is on which green and amount)
• Dash of Cinnamon
• Optional: Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (If you want to give the smoothie more staying power)

Directions
• Wash Kale and or Spinach
• Pulse/Blend Kale and or Spinach in the blender first. This will break the greens down more so you do not have clumps in your smoothie. No one wants to have to chew kale while sipping on their smoothie.
• Include all other ingredients in the blender with greens and blend until everything is well mixed together.
• Pour into a glass and top with an umbrella. Enjoy!

I know green shakes are all the rage right now with Shamrock Shakes at McDonald’s (can you believe I have never had one?). The difference between the Shamrock Shake and this green smoothie is that this one will make you feel like you are sitting on the beach enjoying a delicious drink BUT it is totally guilt free. You are getting your fruit and veggie servings in without even knowing it.

Some of my other favorite smoothie recipes are:

Not Your Mom’s PB&J Smoothie
Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

Thanks again to Stacie for letting me share a recipe with you guys today! I’m so grateful that she asked me because I love getting introduced to new readers and finding new blogs to read I’d love to connect and stay in touch with ALL of you. Yes All! You can follow me at Lake Shore Runner, on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Bloglovin.

Have a great day! And go enjoy a smoothie. I think I am going to!

OK – now who is hungry after seeing all those great recipes? Thanks so much for sharing Sara!

Did you eat/drink anything green for St. Patrick’s Day?

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

2015 Goals Update: February and March

Hey y’all!

I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was pretty low-key. I was originally supposed to run a 5K trail race on Saturday morning, but it rained all day and night Friday, so getting up and runny a muddy trail just did not appeal to me on Saturday. Instead, I enjoyed a much needed morning in bed before going out and running some errands.

Also on Saturday, I had the privilege to attend a talent show and art auction for the Foundation for Therapeutic Options which provides children with special needs the access to the therapy they need to grow and continue to do the things they love.

My good friend Leeanne’s daughter danced beautifully in the talent show portion of the event and Leeanne (Leeanne Usry Fine Art & Photography) made some gorgeous, unique artwork which was auctioned off.

leeanne-usry-fine-art-and-photography 

leeanne-usry-fine-art-and-photography

 It was such a beautiful and inspiring event to witness! It’s such an honor for me to be able to see Ava grow into a compassionate, intelligent and driven little girl.

Onto Sunday…I actually slept in on and by that I mean I slept past 8 AM. 8:30 to be exact. It was marvelous. And it probably won’t happy again until the end of April.

After church, I spent most of my afternoon enjoying the gorgeous weather outside and then packing (Boo!). Just in case anyone wants to know what a week and half’s worth of clothing looks like, here ya go:

packing

 And that was my lovely weekend! Low-key, right?

Since, I’m pretty much going to be MIA from the blog and my life in general for the rest of the month coming up soon here, I figured I would combine February and March’s goal updates into one.

2015-goals-update

 For my Mind:

Read one book a month – Check! In February I began reading Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler. It came highly recommended by my friend Jennifer. I was a bit hesitant at first I thought “Oh great, another cheesy relationship book…”, but this book couldn’t be farther from that. Specifically, it follows the a detailed look at the book of Song of Solomon and how that relationship gives us a blueprint of how relationships are intended to be. Overall, I highly recommend book to everyone: single, engaged, married, divorced. There really is something to be learned for every stage of life.

mingling-of-souls-review

[source]

For my Spirit:

(1) Memorize one verse of Scripture each week – I’ve been kind of slack on this, so I need to get back at it for April!

(2) Begin keeping a daily prayer journal – This is still going really well and has been such a blessing to me in so many ways. It’s just so comforting for me to see how God ordains even the smallest things in life.

For my Fitness:

(1) Take one fitness class week – Ummmm…ok, no. But with PureBarre and Orangetheory coming to Augusta, I’m sure this will be changing soon!

(2) PR in a 5K, 10K and Half – Check! I PR-ed in the Augusta Half at the end of February!

For Others:

Look for opportunities to serve by volunteering more – Check! I was able to volunteer at the beginning of March with one of the local animal rescue groups during their adoption day. I’m really looking forward to helping out more once April comes.

For the Blog:

Utilize guest posts more when I travel – Check! I’ve got such a great line up of guest posts for you this week and next week. I can’t wait for you to read them! (And a huge thank you to all you lovely ladies who have helped me out by writing the posts!!)

For My Career:

Well, the culmination of our entire year’s worth of hard work is this week and next week with our big meeting. I’m just praying and keeping everything crossed that it all runs smoothly and is another successful meeting for my company!

For my Skymiles:

(1) Go to Disneyland – I might have to remove this one because I just don’t think it’s going to happen this year : /

(2) Travel to at least one new state and one new country – Nothing new to report here.

And that’s my February and March!

Have I mentioned how excited I am for April yet?? ; )

How was your weekend?

Who is someone that inspires you and why?

Thanks to Erin for the weekend recap link-up!

 

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

Friday Faves: Almost Spring!

Happy Friday!!

It has been quite a week hasn’t it? I am very, very grateful that it is the weekend and that I don’t really have a single plan. Sometimes, those weekends are just needed, right? Well, I do have a 5K scheduled for Saturday morning, but the weather has turned rainy here, so I have the feeling it might be cancelled since it’s a trail race. That or it will turn into an impromptu mud run!

Without further ado, let’s get on with this week’s Friday Faves…

friday-faves

 Fave Food: Queen of Kale Sweet Potato Pie 

queen-of-kale-sweet-potato-pie

 I stumbled upon these in Whole Foods the other day and had to give them a try. Surely kale couldn’t taste as good as sweet potatoes, I thought. Wrong! I don’t even know how to accurately describe this, but it seriously tastes like sweet potato pie. It’s a mind game, I tell you! Plus, it’s a Georgia grown product and company, so I gotta represent.

Fave Mail: Wedding Invitations 

april-weddings

 April is shaping up to be the month of weddings for me. I am so excited to be a witness to two of my good friends getting to marry their best friends. Bring on the fun and reunions!

Fave Workout: Pure Barre 

pure barre-augusta

 I mentioned my love for Pure Barre a few months ago after being introduced to it when I visited my aunt in Kentucky. Well, Augusta is finally getting a Pure Barre studio in April! Yet another reason I need March to just get on over with so April can be here. Oh, and I also found out we are getting an OrangeTheory Fitness as well! Anyone ever tried that? I’m curious to hear what you think!

Fave Musician: Sam Hunt 

sam-hunt

 I don’t know what’s going on with me lately, but country music is kinda my jam right now. I’ve always been kind of take it or leave it with country music. I’m from the South, so I appreciate it, but it’s definitely not my favorite genre and I have to be in the right mood to listen to it. Well, something about the weather warming up puts me in that particular mood and just makes me want to blare some good ole country music while driving with my windows down. Specifically this guy. I mean, just look at him. That’s enough reason to be a country music fan right there. 

And that’s it for today because how could I possibly follow that up? Yeah, exactly.

Hope you have a great weekend!!

Do you have any weekend plans?

What is your favorite genre of music?

OrangeTheory Fitness fans? Is it worth a try?

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.

I’m Still Standing

Y’all…

I am soooo sorry for completely just going off the grid this week. I have not even been reading any blogs and I feel so out of touch on what is going on in the blog world.

My life is a bit crazy at the moment. I am a week out from my company’s huge annual meeting. As the assistant meeting planner, you can probably imagine how crazy/chaotic things have been. The last thing I’ve been wanting to do lately is spend more time on my computer. The weather has been so beautiful here lately that I just want to be outside all the time too. I’ve got to enjoy the small window of opportunity of good weather we get before it just turns miserably hot. 

Today, I just wanted to drop by to say that I am alive still! I haven’t forgotten about my blogging buddies in the midst of the craziness. Here’s a brief picture update on what I’ve been up to this week:

spring-in-the-south

 Lots of outdoor runs and walks.

spring-in-the-south

 This is how I feel about that whole ‘no white before Memorial Day’ rule.

spoons-the-game

 Intense game nights always involve spoons.

elton-john-concert-augusta

 Lots of friend time. 

elton-john-concert-augusta

elton-john-concert-augusta

 SIR ELTON JOHN!!!

{Random fact: In honor of seeing the legend that is Elton John in concert this week, I almost titled the blog post for today “The Bitch is Back”, but decided that would be slightly inappropriate…}

Well, that’s what has been going on with me (aside from work that is!)

Catch me up on your life! What have I missed out on this week?

For my Bachelor fans out there: how do you feel about the whole two Bachelorette thing?

Thanks for installing the Bottom of every post plugin by Corey Salzano. Contact me if you need custom WordPress plugins or website design.