How travel makes you smarter, sexier and more productive – Lonely Planet blog

How travel makes you smarter, sexier and more productive – Lonely Planet blog.


I need to travel more!! hehe.


Happy 4th!

Well, since it is the actual fourth of July- happy day to all!

I had to work today, as is expected in the world of retail. All my vendors and installers were closed so there was a general lack of doing anything on my part. I’ve been working on our 1st cookbook for the store- it’s been awful trying to get recipes from people. It’s understandable though because someone attempted to do the same before. People sent in tons of recipes and nothing ever happened, so I can see why people don’t want to be bothered again. We had a breakthrough recently when we were able to find the recipes collected- sweet!! We’re also trying to organize our annual holiday party. We’ve gone to the same place the past two years and are looking into something different. Here’s what we have in mind now:

Fun, right??! I’m not sure if that’s a definite. The budget still has to be worked out.

Last night I made stuffed shells. Yum! I made my own sauce and it came out a bit spicy! Adam and I also went for a walk. I ran a little bit. It didn’t feel as bad as I thought it would. In fact, I’m hoping to go back out tonight. I’d like Adam to join me, but I’d be ok going by myself. I really need to get on track with exercising, not only to complete my goal, but because my bridesmaid dress is a bit snug. I have two months! Ekk!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Happy Pre-4th of July

We had a small (smaller than usual) family gathering today for my grandmom’s birthday, which was yesterday, and the 4th of July. My sister and her family are down in family visiting her husband’s family so it was quiet without my three young nieces running around and beating each other up. My cousin and her fiance weren’t there either because they’re in California visiting his family. Man, I think maybe we should go visit my hubby’s family so we can get out of Jersey too. Seems to be the thing to do right now! haha. I know if he had the choice he’d visit his mom’s side in Texas- he doesn’t get to see them as much. Personally, I am not a summer or heat kind of person, so Texas doesn’t do much for me. I’d rather sick to the cooler state of Maine, which is where his dad’s side lives.

I made a delicious chili earlier in the week that got better each time it was heated up for leftovers. That’s the awesome thing about chilies, stews, lasagnas, etc.- they get better and better. You can’t say that for a lot of food. Last night I made a “simple red bean and farro stew,” or at least that’s what the recipe was called. I guess it was simple enough, and even with the somewhat surprise ingredient of kale; it was pretty good. Don’t get me wrong, I love kale. I’ve just never had it in a stew. When I was on my vegan kick I had steamed kale with a pinch of salt with breakfast almost every morning. I grew to really enjoy the taste of it. Everyone else thought I was crazy and took bets on how long the “vegan phase” would last. Out of the three weeks I planned I think I made it almost completely through the second week. The main issue I had was that I just didn’t have enough time to cook everything I was suppose to be eating. Maybe if I was a stay-at-home mom who had a large family to feed it would have worked, but with just the two of us it was way too much. It also didn’t allow for leftovers enough. I had all this food and I was suppose to just keep making more. And the recipe wouldn’t repeat for a week or more so the batch I made wasn’t good anymore. I really enjoyed the recipes, though. I think if I were to do it again I’d have to modify it for my lifestyle.

I go through phases anyway with food. I’ll be on a health kick for a week or two, and then I’ll binge on bad food for a month. Not a great balance, I know.

Did I work on any of my goals this week? I did clean a little bit. I want to get boxes so I can go through my books and then pack them up to donate. I also spent time with family, so that’s a bit of #18 I believe. I also cooked! So yay to # 5. I also did at least two posting this week so I’m on track with #1. And while I kind of ate better I also didn’t- we had cake for my grandmom’s bday and we bought chocolate cake last night! It wasn’t as good as I hoped though. I really wanted homemade chocolate cake. Next time I’ll make it!! I attempted to exercise once this week. It was pitiful really. I started out strong and tried to stay positive but I couldn’t get through it. It wasn’t just because I felt like a fat lump out of shape who couldn’t breathe- I was also bored. It’s a dvd that I’ve done many a time before so I know exactly what to expect, which also means I know when my least favorite parts are coming up….so I think I need to find something new. My hubby agreed to go bike riding with me tomorrow. Hopefully I can hold him to it!

With that I’ll leave you to continue with your day. Cheers! πŸ™‚



Top ten myths about introverts – Jerry Brito

Top ten myths about introverts – Jerry Brito.

Bwah! Being an introvert I can agree with a lot of this! πŸ™‚

Watermelon Limeade – Martha Stewart Recipes

Watermelon Limeade – Martha Stewart Recipes.

Check this out- looks so good!! I’ll definitely been trying this soon. What a great summer drink! πŸ™‚

Grocery haul

Today I went grocery shopping to start the week off healthish….yesterday was ruined by leftover pizza for breakfast. So good though! :/

I got veggies, fruits, beans, cereal, soups- all kinds of yummy things! For breakfast/lunch I made a tofu scramble and potatoes. Here’s a pic of my grocery haul and delicious breakfast:

It came out really good. Of course I shouldn’t have eaten it all, but I couldn’t help myself. That’s always a problem. Even if I eat healthy food I still eat too much of it. I can’t seem to stop myself even after I’ve reached that “full” feeling. Then it goes into feeling overstuffed and gross. Right now I’m making dinner- rice & veggies. Pretty simple! Tomorrow I’ll post my meal plan for the week. I still haven’t started an exercise plan yet. There is more to come! πŸ™‚

My “25 Things to do Before 25” Goals

Hello! It is officially six months until I turn 25- a quarter century! I know that turning 25 does not really make me “old,” but it’s still weird! It’s hard to believe that it will be 7 years since I’ve graduated high school. In my mind I am still 18 years old. Since then I’ve graduated college, bought a house, got married- but some part of me is still waiting for that moment that it really hits me that, “Hey, you are a grown up!”

I have a lot of things I’d like to accomplish before I turn 25 and hobbies I’d like to work on, so I thought documenting it would help. I came up with “25 Goals Before 25” to keep myself on track. I have wonderful habits of procrastination and laziness that holds me back from doing things I’d like to finish. Hopefully I can work through them! πŸ™‚ Some of my goals have to do with cleaning and organizing my house, or life in general. Others are job, hobby, and health oriented. Some are just plain silly. They are just a compile of things I’d like to do and be able to say, “Hey! I did this!” I hope you enjoy my journey with me!

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