One time I ran a half marathon…

I ran my first half marathon in April 2016. It was by far one of the hardest goals I have ever set in my life. It was a glorious feeling once I crossed the finish line.

During the second half of the race, I swore to myself I would never do this again. About 20 mins after I crossed the finish line the BF asked if I would run another one. An instant ‘heck no’ came to mind – but then I really thought about it and said yup. That feeling

That was the moment I thought I would become a regular race participator. 72287503

 

Fast forward to October 2016 and I haven't ran since my last 10k in June.

I haven’t really done much running since June. And when I say I haven’t really done much – I mean I have done no running at all. Between wedding season, a move and honestly just a loss of motivation – my running shoes have started to build dust!! A few nights ago Avery and I went on a walk around the neighborhood and I’m not sure if it was the great weather, the great company, or just the lovely feeling of walking but all of my running motivation came flooding back to me.

I am ready to start training for my next Half Marathon again! This time around my goal will be different – not just to finish but to finish under a specific time (time: TBD)!

You can find me dusting off my running shoes and creating a training program (which will include weight training and more cross training this time around)! Over the next few months, I will post updates how the training is going!
Have you ever ran a race before? I would love to hear about it.

I’m all about Fall… and its drinks!

Fall is my season. [no joke] I love football season, jeans & sweatshirts, the weather in Michigan,  pretty trees, fall tv lineup, Halloween, cinnamon-everything, pumpkin-everything… but one of my absolute favorite things about fall is the drinksHere are two of my absolute favorite!

Brewery Vivant’s Pumpkin Tart Beer

Pumpkin Tart Beer

In the last few years I have grown to LOVE pumpkin beer. I look forward to it every summer and mourn it during winter [well I mourn a whole lot during winter – but that’s a separate post]. This is by far one of my favorite pumpkin beers! The sweet and tart pair perfectly together! A great way to enjoy fall. (Can be found at Brewery Vivant!)

Apple Cider Sangria (homemade)

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Usually when I think sangria warm summer months come to mind – but this sangria changed the mindset! This apple cider sangria was so easy and very delicious!! (We do not own a pitcher so I separated this recipe into 4 mason jars)

  • 1 bottle of white wine ( I used a pinot grigio from trader joes – 2 bucks!!)
  • 6 cups of apple cider
  • 1 cup of caramel vodka
  • 2 apples – cut into chunks

Mix everything together and place in the fridge for an hour! Make sure to enjoy the apples at the end!

Do you have any favorite fall cocktails?! I would love to hear about them!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Favorites

It’s a great time of the year – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! This sale is da bomb because the items are brand-new and in-season. Unfortunately,  I do not live near a Nordstroms so I will be doing all of my shopping online (still trying to convince the BF a trip to Chicago is necessary for this blog post ha!).

July 22nd is the official start date and the deals stop on August 8th – unless you have a Nordstroms card in which case you can start destroying your bank account now!

It’s times like this when I really need to keep my budget in mind – all these amazing deals are very tempting! But who really needs to eat lunch every day (haha – JK!)

Enough with all of the details; let’s get into the fun stuff! I present to you my top 5 favorite pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories. I explicitly used the word top 5 because there are a lot more items I like but the top 5 made me feel normal felt reasonable to post about.

 

Top 5 Favorite Clothes:

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1. Cowl Neck Shift Dress [Comes in multiple colors and I want them all!]

2. Lace-Up Back Tee

3. V-Neck Ruched Dress [This would be a perfect date night dress!]

4. Draped Utility Jacket [A fall must]

5. ‘Twice as Nice’ Layered Shorts

Top 5 Favorite Shoes

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1. ‘Caspian Sneaker’

2. ‘Tennis Classic Ultra-Textile’ Sneaker

3. Peera’ Cutout Bootie

4. ‘Majorca’ Peep Toe Bootie 

5. ‘Omani’ Block Heel Bootie

Top 5 Favorite Accessories

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1. ‘Large Daniela’ Leather Crossbody Bag

2. Butterfly Sunglasses

3. Fossil ‘Tailor’ Watch

4. ‘Tala’ Leather Crossbody Bag

5. Wool Round Crown Hat

Are you going to be participating in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?! I would love to hear what you are buying!

A Fiery Date Night

Avery planned a surprise 10 month anniversary date night and it was fabulous!

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We started the night at Sushi Kuni (this place is scarily close to our new apartment) and it was amazing! The restaurant was very intimate because the crowd was light and the atmosphere was dark – perfect for a date night. At dinner I came up with a fun conversation topic,  we each named 5 things we want to do as a couple! I like to think of this as a start to a ‘Couples Bucket List’.  It was super fun to talk about all the adventures we hope to go on one day!

Along with great conversation we had great food! For an appetizer we had tempura shrimp, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and onions all battered and fried.

For the main entree, we got three specialty Sushi Rolls. They were all delicious and unique!

 

Pako Roll (Avery’s favorite!)

A deep-fried yellowtail and cream cheese roll is placed into a roll with cucumber and avocado. Eel and sesame sauce is drizzled on top.

Harry Potter Roll (Had to)

Baked to perfection. Shrimp tempura, cream cheese, topped with spicy crab, mozzarella cheese, and eel sauce is cooked together in an oven.

BBQ Roll (Best sushi presentation ever)

ON FIRE – spicy tuna, crab, asparagus cucumber, topped with shrimp, spicy mayo and unagi-sauce.

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Literally guys, this roll came out on FIRE!! 😮

I have never seen anything like the BBQ roll before; it started out with a ‘fresh off the grill’ flavor and then ended with a lot of spice!
After dinner, drinks and a quick PokéStop (yes, the bf has got me playing this game); we went and saw the CUTEST movie – The Secret Life of Pets. I am in love with this movie. It warmed my heart oo so much and was hilarious!  I would highly recommend you see it ASAP! It made a perfect date night movie.

Have you ever planned a secret date night? I would love to hear ideas so I can plan our next one.

Moving: Out With the Old, In With the Different

So, I moved.

A little over a week ago I left my cute, little 1 bedroom apartment in the city and moved in with Avery (the bf!) to a large 2 bedroom apartment complex in the burbs! I never I thought would be out of the city already, but I am loving it so far!

I might have gotten a little crazy leading up to the move… but the time spent creating a detailed moving day schedule and an extensive move out checkout list paid off because our move was FLAWLESS! (is it just me, or does that word make you want to turn on Beyoncé immediately?!)

Here are some thoughts about my old and new apartment!

 


What I will miss about my apartment in the city


Proximity – I lived in the middle of a very hip neighborhood. A stone’s throw away from my favorite breakfast joint, bars, restaurants, and shops. Any place we wanted to go was a quick Uber ride away and I loved it.

Running – A couple of months back I ran my first half marathon and that required a lot of training. I loved being able to walk out my apartment and start a run that might end up down by the lake or through downtown!

Trash Location – This may seem silly, but walking by the dumpsters every time you go to the parking lot was hella convenient! Now we have to drive our trash to the compactor in our complex (little prayer our bags don’t ever break in the car)!

It Was Mine – This is just me being honest; I loved my old apartment because it was all mine. I picked it, I decorated it, I made it feel like a home. I was proud of myself for moving out on my own in a new area!


What I am loving about our apartment in the burbs.


All Da Space!! –  I went from living in a very cozy 1 bedroom to a very spacious 2 bedroom. The space difference is night and day (We have a walk-in closet and a personal vanity in the bedroom – so I guess sometimes dreams do come true!)

Outdoor Space–  We have a cute little patio that faces woods and a pond. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee or an afternoon drink!

New(er) Proximity – I am a tad addicted to ‘newness’. So having an apartment in a new area is always exciting! New restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

It’s Ours – There is something special about making decisions with another person, and making them with Avery has proven to be amazing. We get to make this new apartment feel like ours, and that is super exciting!

I will post pictures of the new apartment once we get some decorations up!

Have you  ever made a move to or from the city? I would love to hear about it!

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Am I a Cook?

A common question that comes up when meeting new people is “So do you like to cook?”. My answer has always been “Do ramen noodles count?” followed by a look of horror.

I have never considered myself a cook – I identify as a professional online chef (if a restaurant has an online ordering system there is a very high chance I have used it…more than once!).

One night, after I cooked for the boyfriend and I a bomb-ass meal, he made a jaw-dropping comment to the tune of: “From now on when someone ask if you cook, you can say yes.”

HOLD THE PHONES…
Little ol’ me an actual cook?
Nah.

So I begin to think , what exactly makes someone a cook?

  • Enjoying cooking?
  • How often you cook?
  • Who you cook for?
  • How complicated the food you cook is?
  • If you follow a recipe or eyeball everything?

Lately, I have been doing more cooking in an effort to save money and eat healthier but does that actually make me cook?

The next time someone ask me if I like to cook maybe I’ll have to respond TBD. For now I will stick to cooking for Avery, while following a simple recipe about 3 times a week.

Do you consider yourself a cook?! I’d love to hear some of your favorite, SIMPLE recipes.