20 October 2014

Playtime: Make Yourself

A few months ago, I committed to personal training sessions in an effort to mix up my exercise routine while cutting back on running.  I deserted Planet Fitness in favor of a fancy gym with TRX, kettlebells, heavy ropes, stability balls, steppers, chin-up bars, a jungle gym and other equipment I had never before encountered. The extent of this cardio queen's strength training routine involved some dumb bell rows and a few minutes on the machines pictured in the commercial below...once in a blue moon when I wasn't gutting it out mile after mile on the treadmill.

But I've been building muscle with a trainer in pre-dawn sweat sessions two or three times a week for awhile now. Although I've mentioned it here on the blog briefly, I haven't really gone into detail about my progress or the exercises.

10 October 2014

Friday Finds: Wear, Read, Eat, Do

TGIF! Here are a few things on my radar this week...


I recently stumbled upon The Classy Cubicle and want to raid blogger Mary Orton's closet! She has mastered the chic, preppy professional look, for sure!  Mary is not only a fashionista but also works in finance. How she finds the time to pull together these classy combos and take magazine-quality photos, I don't know!

03 October 2014

Interior Envy

Say what you will about her music, acting career and foray into fashion, but it's indisputable that Jessica Simpson has an eye for interior design! Her mini-mansion (5500 square feet) just went on the market for $8 million, and Lonny gives readers a sneak peek into home set in the real 90210 zip code...  

01 October 2014

Weekend Rewind: Yoga, Saratoga, Flowers and Food

Good morning, friends! I can hardly believe that it's been almost two weeks since I checked in! Travels for work and personal training sessions have thrown my schedule off, leaving little time for my favorite part of the day-- blogs and coffee in the morning.

17 September 2014

Five Things

Some bloggers are big on the Five Things Friday posts, but I'm breaking the pattern. So here are five things happening in my world this Wednesday.

Every autumn, I rediscover how much I love tea...Irish breakfast tea with a spot of sugar and milk brings me back to memories of living in Galway...And herbal tea that seems to soothe...well ... everything.


10 September 2014

Little and Big...

These are old news for all you mommies out there, but I just stumbled upon Freshly Picked mocs while scrolling through Instagram. (They've also been featured in People, Parenting and In Touch.) They're just adorable! If only the little ones in my life were just a wee bit smaller, I'd be buying them in an instant!

09 September 2014

SUP and Summer Wrap Up

It really was like a switch flipped on Labor Day! Seems that the seasons have changed from summer to fall in just one week! Here's the weekend/week recap complete with links to a couple of recipes...

On Labor Day weekend, the Sailor and I managed to play tennis twice (yay for finally getting out on the courts) AND, at long last, I crossed off stand-up-paddle board from my Summer Bucket list. I wanted to try it when I was in St. John, but none of the beaches I visited had boards for rent. Then the Sailor and I attempted it two other times- weather/wind and work interfered. I was just starting to think that it wasn't meant to be when we got out on the lake on a picture perfect, calm day.
Jillian "Shark Girl" Morris