Bucket List 2015

It’s already 31 days into January, and I have no excuse!   Well except for the fact that I’ve been super busy living up the start of 2015 instead of planning for the year ahead…I know, so not like me!  But while I’ve been running, working, yoga-ing, studying, and hanging, I have been thinking about what I want this year to look like.  Which leads me to my 2015 bucket list.  It’s going to be a special and memorable year, and it’s going to be a busy one.  So my main focus is on being present, enjoying all the little moments, focusing on friends and family and keeping everything in perspective!  Sounds great!


2015 Bucket List


Set and follow a budget (for real!)

Pass my test

Have a fun stress free wedding day

Stay healthy



Do a triathlon

Feel confident in a bikini

Continue to build muscle strength

Keep my skin healthy



Be present

Teach more yoga/take yoga trainings

Read good books

Give back and volunteer



What are you hoping to accomplish in 2015?

I’m definitely expecting a lot more fun…


Double Computer Bag Day

You know it’s a crazy day when you return home with two full computer bags weighing you down (amongst other things in your arms).   Which is exactly how yesterday ended. My day didn’t begin as planned…instead of snoozing my early morning alarm, I changed it to two hours later and fell back into a glorious sleep.


The rest of the day looked a little like this…work, after school yoga program at elementary school, work, library, home for dinner, wine, and a little paper work, crash into bed with Cooper.


This morning, I knew I couldn’t skip my work out (having already used the ‘I’m too tired’ excuse yesterday), so I was up and out the door before the sun was  present in the sky.  My big plan was to attend the 6am yoga class and then go home shower and work until around 11am when it was time to leave for our tasting.  Everything went mostly to plan, minus a few minutes of internet shopping and Instagram viewing during the allotted ‘study’ time.


Then, the BOY and I had the excitement of tasting possible wedding food and desert with our families.  They set up the table fancy like wedding day and we got to try…well that part is surprise…you’ll have to wait and see!

Spending Friday night (eating tasting leftovers) catching up on the DVR and prepping for tomorrow’s yoga classes (the last in this series).  What a much better way to end the day then lugging around double laptop bags : )


How did your week end?

Meet Me at the Barre

I should start by confessing that I have been moving and thinking non stop for 12 hour and am thrilled to sit down, unwind, and blog a bit.  That being said, hang in there with me if I sound a bit loopy as I collect my thoughts : )


This morning started with a wake up from Cooper, breakfast, and paperwork.  My abs were talking to me a bit after yesterday’s yoga class, which is always a good feeling.  Then I braved the cold to get my car emissions checked before my training session at the gym.  I was ready to go after missing last week’s session to work.   Afterwards, I grabbed my yoga mat and attended the 11am barre class.  Although I don’t typically double up on workouts, I have been wanting to try a barre class for a year or so.  My yoga studio just added them to their schedule…hooray!


The class times don’t work great with my work schedule except for this one, so I had to check it out.  The class got started and we never stopped.  I was expecting a bit of warm up…maybe a stretch or two, but no.  We did lunges, plies, releves, and arm work.  And that was just the first 10 minutes.  After my strength session, I could barely lift my arms without the weights, but I hung in there.  And then we got to our glutes.  The glute series was brutal and my new friend next to me (who came from the yoga class) and I were laughing by the end because if not, I think I might have cried…ha ha!  And then we finished with core, which was phenomenal and 1 hour later, I was nothing shy of exhausted…but also exhilarated.  The class was REALLY fun!

By the time I arrived home, I was starving.  I had some leftover chicken for lunch on a salad, showered quickly, and then the BOY and I headed out to Costco and the grocery store.  I must say that we have fallen into an easy rhythm of meal planning, and I have fallen into the habit of letting him make dinners during the week.  A habit I could get used to!


When we got home, we had enough time to unpack our groceries, love on Cooper, and pack up our bags for the library.  The BOY has been a trooper about coming with me while I study, and I find I am way more efficient outside of the house.  The other exciting thing (after 3 straight days at the library) is that I discovered that it has TONS of CD’s.  I have been borrowing some new age and kids music to update my yoga playlists.


We came back home around 6:30pm and noshed on cheese, crackers, and apples while we started cooking dinner.  The BOY made some delicious shrimp to top our pasta and zoodles.


I call this photo #couplesthatcooktogether.  Dinner turned out wonderful!  And I even have leftover shrimp for lunch tomorrow.


Which brings me to now…finally a moment to sit and relax (in between folding laundry) and complain about my sore and tired muscles…ahh!  I had plans to bake these bars tonight, but crashed with some dark chocolate instead.  Life has been exhausting and busy lately.  It has occurred to me that for the next two months that is probably just how it will be…moving from one place to the next, cramming in study sessions where I can.  I’ll  definitely try to sneak in some good workouts (more barre please) and baking too!


Have you tried a barre class?  Any tips for beginners?


Meal Planning 1/26/15

Monday: Pasta/Zoodles and Shrimp

Tuesday: BBQ Pulled Pork

Wednesday: Chili Night

Thursday: Pork and Veggies

Since We Last Spoke…

I got to catch up with my old coworkers at a continuing ed course and even bumped into a student of mine from 4 years ago.  Man, I am getting to me an old timer in this profession : )

The BOY and Cooper spent the day (while I was in class) building a fort.

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I am feeling almost back to my pre-cold self.

I’ve sent about 100 emails in an attempt to get my life back in order.

Indiana won their basketball game against Maryland!


I went to the dentist.  No cavities!

I taught three yoga classes.


I planned next week’s yoga classes.

I went back to the the library…it’s so hard for me to be here and not reading and checking  out every book.


I drank gingerbread tea.

It snowed (just  bit).


I met my mom and a friend at hot yoga.

Then did post yoga lunch with my friend at Protein Bar.

Followed by an almond milk berry smoothie.


I finally made it to Sunday!

Counting Down Until the Weekend {aka Sunday}

This is the week that never ends…it just goes on and on my friends…

I mean, I get that I am spoiled.  Few people work a 4 day work week (although I stuff in a good 10+ hours each day), but when you do only work 4 days a week and have for over 6 years, you get yourself into a nice smooth rhythm that involves 3 long days of recovery.  So a week like this week…is a struggle!  I worked Monday through Wednesday my typical days with two great workouts.  I came home from work last night and crashed onto the floor with Cooper and couldn’t find the energy to arise.  10 minutes later (with encouragement from the BOY), I was able to motivate myself off the floor and into the kitchen to make dinner.  I went to bed nice and early last night, and I slept in a bit this morning which was delightful, had a light work day, and was then off to the local elementary school for their After School Enrichment program, where I teach kids yoga.


I have an energetic group of nine K-1st graders in the class.  Today, we went on an African safari.  They got really into it which makes the afternoon so much fun!  (Note: above is recycled picture from summer on similar Air Africa flight).  Since my work day ends after the class at 4pm, it gives me a nice opportunity to hit the books.  With the busy start to the work week combined with my not feeling 100% status, I haven’t been studying as much as I had hoped.   Thankfully, my cold/sinuses seem to be (slowly) getting better.  I debated finally going to the doctor today, but decided that I was better…just really run down.


I planned to go straight from work to the library and actually chose the library in the town over, which is on my way home (as opposed to our library which is past our house).  I worked 3 straight hours and felt great about all that I accomplished.  And as I left at 7:20, felt super hungry.  I swung by the grocery store to grab us some dinner.



The BOY was craving ramen and requested that I bring home the best cheap ramen that I could find.  Which I did!  And then cracked open a bottle of red wine.  After the week I’ve had (and because I finally feel better), I needed a glass two glasses while we watched the Indiana game.


Red wine + a new box for Cooper + an awesome IU basketball game…life doesn’t get any better in this house.!!!  Which leads me to this moment…savoring my last sips of wine, babbling on my blog, and planning for Saturdays 3 yoga classes.  Tomorrow, I have an early morning and a long day of learning at a continuing ed class.  Then Saturday, it’s back to work for my jam packed kids yoga classes.  Like I said…this is the week that doesn’t end!  But Sunday is right around the corner and then my real weekend begins!

How do you count down until the weekend?

Weekly Workouts {You Should Try}

While reading Women’s Running Magazine this weekend, I came across a speed workout.  Usually I try to do a ladder type run or long intervals along the track.  But when I walked into the gym Tuesday morning before work, I was just happy to get there.  And when I looked at the track, I just wasn’t feeling it.


Luckily, I had read the magazine and used it for inspiration creating this easy-ish workout.

5 minute warm up

30 second sprint/ 90 second recovery (any speed…just faster than your warm up)

Repeat 10 times

5 minute cool down

Some planks!

It was the perfect 30 minute, ‘I’m recovering (I hope!) from a cold and don’t really feel like running, but I just signed up for my first race of the year (woo hoo!) and I love running run!’  Does that make any sense?  Well, it seemed to.  With the temporary changes in my work schedule, Sunday-Tuesday seem to be the best days for me to exercise. So I was up again even earlier this morning for the 6am strength class.



This morning’s workout was brutal.  Warm up…100 crunches (you choose)…and then sprint/strength intervals (ie sprint 10 burpees x2, sprint squat jumps x2, sprint push ups x2…etc. you get it).  Then it was back to the crunches and back to the intervals.  Like I said, brutal!  And made worse by my lack of energy situation.  On my way home, I downed some beet juice (a new favorite).  I know I should save money and make my own but it is just so much easier to buy it.  Both workouts were fantastic, but I’m looking forward to a day off tomorrow.  I had another busy day of work and now I feel a bit like this…


Sweet Dreams!

Super Short Weekend



While most people (in the US) are looking forward to their 3 day weekend, I (who usually has a 3 day weekend) had a puny 1 1/2 day weekend.  Not to worry, I packed a lot in!  After Saturday’s kids yoga class, I met my besties for some bridesmaid dress shopping, lunch, and All Chocolate Kitchen.  Yum!  When I got home, I hit the books preparing for this morning’s study session. 

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I went to bed nice and early (thanks to my NyQuil induced haze) and awoke this morning groggy and ready to turn off my alarm.  But since I was meeting a friend at the 8am yoga class, I powered through.  And I was happy that I did!  Because the class was amazing (although my balance was a bit off with the stuffed up head and all) and because I got to catch up with my friend!  My nose didn’t slow me down too much and by 11am, I was parked at Potbelly feeding my post yoga hunger with a tasty toasted sandwich.


I met my study buddy to discuss how not prepared we are for our test 8 weeks away.  When she left, I stayed to continue working until the place became overrun with Sunday soccer kids.  Not ready to be completely finished, I walked a few doors down to Starbucks where I found a seat in the sunshine and downed refillable green tea while making my way through a long and tedious chapter.


I finally gave up just before 3 heading out into the last of the sunshine.  I made two stops on my way home, Whole Foods and Mariano’s, for food for the week.  Since I’m working tomorrow, I had to battle the Sunday crowds which was slightly annoying and even worse because my nose started to run.  When I came home, I was exhausted and the sweet BOY helped me unpack all of the food.  I watched the end of the IU game with him and then we made dinner.


Due to lack of energy and creativity, I kept this week’s meal plan SUPER simple!  I picked up a lot of easy to make meats and veggies and thawed out some chili from the freezer for lunch.  I grabbed some cold pressed juice to help me battle my cold and healthy snacks.  I certainly didn’t meet my goal of cooking each week, but I am hoping to have more time next weekend to try some of the new recipes I’ve been pinning.  Looks like I’ll have a sous chef!


I have a packed 4 days of work followed by a Friday continuing ed class but then a full 3 day weekend to recuperate!

Meal Planning 1/18/15

Sunday: Chicken Stirfry

Monday: Potato Bar

Tuesday: BBQ Pork Tenderloin and Brussel Sprouts

Wednesday: Turkey Taco Meatloaf

The rest of the week is TBD!  My brain couldn’t get wrapped around anything that far in advance : )


What did you do this weekend?

Was it long or short?

Mid January Updates

Happy weekend! 

It’s been a busy start to 2015 and my plate is fairly full right now.  What this means…that at the end of the day, there just isn’t enough time to do all of the things that I want to do.  And sadly, blogging isn’t a top priority right now.  So I thought I’d take a minute to fill you in on Life Lately

HEALTH:  I have a cold.  It has been slowly coming on for about a week now, starting with fatigue and currently I’m at the red, puffy, and runny nose stage. I am working hard to prevent it from turning into a full blown sinus infection, but currently walking around like a bit of a medicine head.


TEST: Less than 2 months away and I am trying to get in as much study time as possible.  I feel a bit behind and keep looking for more hours in the day (or more energy at the end of the day) to catch up.


WORK: My schedule is busy.  Kids yoga is back on Saturdays, and I am teaching an after school enrichment to kindergarteners on Thursdays.  I LOVE it!  All of it!  But the planning is time consuming, and I try to have new and exciting playlists for the kiddos each week.


EXERCISE: My goal was to maintain my 5 day per week exercise streak.  However, with the change to my work schedule, this has been tough.  I am getting LOTS of exercise moving and dancing about with the kids.  For inspiration, I have been attending a bunch of yoga classes.  Last weekend, I was at the studio 4/5 days working out and finding balance.  I’m hoping that my nose is well enough to meet a friend at the 8am class tomorrow.


WEDDING: I was feeling really good about where we were at in regards to wedding planning…and then 2015 arrived!  We had our first snafu and had to find a new photographer, got our tasting scheduled for the end of this month, and today I went bridesmaid dress shopping. 


READING: Just found out today that The Boston Girl is available and waiting for me at the library.


LIFE: I’ve been looking back and reflecting on the past year and focusing on the exciting future ahead!  Hoping to have my 2015 bucket list accomplished soon.


Have you been busy?  Update me on your month!

Lately I’ve Been XXIX…

Doing yoga

Teaching kids yoga


Reading magazines

Thinking about my 2015 Bucket List

Studying at Panera


Complaining about the cold

Doing LOTS of laundry

Eating Thai food

Playing hide and seek with Cooper

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Drinking tea

Binge watching Downton Abbey (while drinking tea)

Eating lunch with my Mom at WF


Creating cheese plates

Planning for my wedding


What have you been doing lately?

All Chickened Out

My 5 days of ‘vacation’ have come to an end.  I was happy to catch up on sleep, catch up with friends, and catch up on my DVR! 


Yesterday, the BOY and I did our grocery shopping for the week.  He informed me (as I was making our meal plan) that he is ‘all chickened out’.  I had overbought on the chicken for Friday night’s dinner, so I decided to use it for lunch this week.


I found a fantastic looking recipe that used almost every spice in my cabinet.  I placed it in the crockpot and a few hours later, the smell had the BOY asking about what was in the crockpot.  I told him chicken : )


The recipe says to serve this chicken with BBQ sauce, but I must say that I will be eating it plain served with a sweet potato and sprouts.  YUM!  Even though the BOY is all chickened out, he has been eyeing this too!

Add this to your MUST TRY in 2015 list!


Meal Planning 1/04/14

Sunday: Leftovers and Kale Chips

Monday: Chicken Curry

Tuesday: BBQ Pork Chops and Broccoli

Wednesday: Taco Wednesday

Thursday: TBD

Lunch: Island Pulled Chicken


Slow Cooker Island Pulled Chicken

From Jeanette’s Healthy Living


  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons thyme
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or hot paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice (I used apple juice with some cinnamon stirred in)


  1. In a small bowl combine onion powder, garlic powder, cloves, ginger, allspice, thyme, dry mustard, salt, paprika, cumin, sugar, black pepper and cayenne. Use fingers to rub spices together to ensure that ginger is dispersed throughout. Rub spice mixture all over chicken breasts.
  2. Put chicken in the slow cooker. Pour apple cider over to cover.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker. Use two forks to shred meat. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the remaining liquid over the meat and mix to combine.
  4. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce, cilantro or scallions.