27 March 2015

Fitness Friday: Jawbone Up 24 Review

Friday is my favorite day at the gym. There are fewer people there than other days, and I feel like I have all the time in the world to complete my workout. It's true that my energy is totally zapped by the time I roll into the parking lot after a long work week, but I always, always leave feeling 110% better on Friday for some reason.

So true! 

25 March 2015

Paper Crush

I cannot get enough of wallpaper! You might remember I first wrote about it here and finally incorporated Cole and Sons Woods in our kitchen by framing a few pieces....

And I wrote about how the obsession lives on in a more recent design post a couple of months ago.  One of these days, I'm just going to take the plunge and slap some up on my walls. Well, not really "slap" it up because I know that there's an art to hanging it. But...I stumbled across Hygge and West's new removable wallpaper tiles and thought "easy-peasy." That could be the solution to the Sailor's reluctance to hang wallpaper and my obsession with it of late.

18 March 2015

Baked Apple Goodness

My duties in the kitchen are diminishing as time goes on. I shouldn't say "duties" because baking is something I used to really enjoy. But lately, the Sailor has been doing all the cooking and the baking. I'm not complaining though! He's far more talented than me and enjoys it. He started out with delicious breads like this Dutch Oven Bread, which he insists is so simple that even I could make it. And he's moved on to chocolate chip cookies (THE best I've ever tasted!), muffins, tarts and more.

This past weekend, I came home from the gym to this breakfast-- An Apple Dutch Baby with maple syrup and fresh strawberries (Good thing I went to the gym earlier!)

It came out of the oven super fluffy like fried dough, and I was expecting it to taste like a giant pancake. It was more of an egg dish though, which suited me perfectly!

17 March 2015

Going Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Given my heritage and love for all things Irish, this used to be a big day in my world. Today the extent of the celebration will be wearing some green and maybe, just maybe, indulging in a Shamrock Shake that I've desperately wanted for a couple of weeks now. I'm probably better off skipping all the sugar and "bad stuff" (anyone read the HuffPo article- yikes?) in favor of making my own at home. 

13 March 2015

Catching Up...

I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since I popped in here. Time is flying! We spent last weekend at the lake in the first time in forever...or since before Christmas. After a quick breakfast with my parents on Saturday morning (The Sailor made this ham and asparagus strata--minus the asparagus), we headed north and spent nearly every minute catching up with friends and family. And we finally made it outdoors for a winter walk through the Narrows with friends. It was so nice to be outside getting some exercise without it being unbearably cold.

It's almooooosssst spring. Time for a resolution. More daylight, more energy and more regular posts coming soon! Here's some pretty stuff for your Friday!

27 February 2015

Five for Friday: Decor, Food and Fashion

Did you ever return from a vacation feeling more in need of a vacation than ever before??? Between logistical issues with travel and having one eye on things back on the home front, I just didn't get the ideal down time to mentally check-out and recharge. It was super fabulous to be somewhere that the sun was shining and I didn't have to layer up like this...

The first day back from vacation, I tripled layered Patagonia fleece and down. This weather back home has been unbearable! Please come soon spring!

11 February 2015

Beach Bound

Just over a month ago, I finally convinced the Sailor that we need a tropical escape. When I was younger, my mom used to repeatedly remind me of the difference between "needs" and "wants." This tropical escape, my friends, is a NEED.

Like everyone else, I am SO over the snow, ice and cold weather. Yes, we do live in the Northeast, so it's to be expected. And it is very pretty the first few times it snows-- I get excited like a little kid all over again. But this. is. too. much. I would relocate to Texas or the Carolinas in a heartbeat if my love would agree to it. Anyway, just about a month ago, we booked a last minute getaway to the BVI's and departure day is nearly here! I couldn't be more excited!