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13 Mar

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Coming up Roses

12 Mar

Today my mother and I met with the florist to go over exactly what we need.  I am super excited about the flower! We are keeping the color scheme pretty neutral.  Ivories, creams, blush pinks and some greenery.

blush pink roses: comming

creamy hydrangea:

Ranunculus:

My bouquet and the centerpieces will have all these flowers.

My bridesmaid’s bouquets will be made up of blush pink roses and hydrangeas.

Groom and groomsmen, fathers and grandparents will get rose boutonniere,

My mother and soon to be mother-in-law will carry a few long stem white roses tied with ribbon.

Here are some of my eats today:

Breakfast was “fight the hangover oats”:

In the mix 1/2 packet instant Irish oats, 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp pumpkin pure, 1 tsp plain yogurt, handful of raisins and water. I also had two cups of coffee.

Later on  I had a few bites of P-O double’s pizza, and a an apple with some peanut butter mixed with cinnamon and raisins.

For dinner I got a Greek salad take out. It wasn’t very pretty so I didn’t take any pictures.

Now its Jersey Shore Time!

~ Nicole

Lent, Better Late then Never

12 Mar

I’m a little late with this whole lent thing, but better late than never right?

Last night I met up with some of my good friends from high school. We went to Figz on Charles Street in Boston.

Figz has a stylish upscale feel to it. The space is very cramped and every one is on top of each other. If I was on a date with my fiance this would have really bothered me, but since it was a casual evening of catching up with good friends, I didn’t mind. My friends started off with the mussels which smelled great, and got good reviews. For the main course we split a pizza, ½ bianco and ½ fried calamari. I had a slice of the bianco. I’m not a huge pizza person, so I am not the best judge of pizza, however this pizza was pretty good. It was a thin crust pizza loaded with arugula, and tomatoes sprinkled with oil and parmesan cheese. ( I didn’t take any pictures because I still feel awkward snapping pictures of food in public)

After dinner and two glasses of wine later, we headed to the Liberty Hotel for some cocktails.

This was my first time at the Liberty Hotel. I was very excited to check it out. A few years ago I watched a documentary about how they transformed the  Charles Street Jail into this magnificent hotel.

The atmosphere in the bar is great! Dark, trendy, spacious and unique. You would never know it was once a jail. (except for the illuminated cell bars that line the walls in the hall. ((I have bachelors in criminal justice, so I was particularly excited about the jail turned hotel!))

Ok, back to this whole lent thing, after 3 glasses of wine and a steady buzz later, here I am feeling awful. I never use to have such a negative reaction to wine, but in the past several years, even if I have just one glass, I wake up in the middle of the night chugging water like I have crossed the Sahara dessert. Even though my heat is pounding, and I feel awful, I become restless and can’t fall back asleep. So when I woke up at 5am after 4 hours of sleep, I decided no more alcohol until the end of lent. Well, except for April 9th. Our good friends are getting married, I can’t not drink at a wedding, I’m not that good!

But that’s it! No alcohol until the end of lent!

~Nicole

Fun Video Friday

11 Mar

TGIF!

I love watching videos on YouTube. Who doesn’t? I love finding old commercials, and theme songs to my favorite classic TV shows. I love watching music videos, and “how to videos”. I love the random goodness that is YouTube.

Here are a few of my favorite right now:

If you like Jersey Shore, you will love Jersey Floor:

This video is amazing and adorable (watch at least until 2:25 in):

Here are some of the todays eats:

Breakfast: smoothie with spinach/ mixed berried/flaxseed/ blueberry muffin protein powder/ splash of OJ/ water

Snacks:  apple/ orange/ almonds

Lunch: leftover stir-fry salad

Happy Friday!

~Nicole

Is it summer yet?

8 Mar

I know, it’s not even spring yet, but I am sooooo ready for summer. Maybe it’s the slight increase in temperature. Maybe it’s the green grass that is finally showing threw the melting snow. Maybe it’s the fact that my wedding is getting closer and closer, or maybe its all the bathing suites a bought yesterday, but I want summer now!

I have never bought bathing suites at Target before, but one of my friends told me they have really cute ones this year and at great prices. She was sooo on right! I filled a shopping cart with suites to try on, they were all so adorable. (It was like going to the pest store and having to pick out your favorite puppy, they are all perfect!)

What I love about the Target bathing suites, is that each piece is sold separately.  Genius! I don’t know how many times I have tried on a bathing suite set only to have the  bottoms fit and the top didn’t, or vice versa. At only 14.99 each piece (no I don’t work for them), I bought six! How could I resist! I literally danced to the cash register with proof that the bright days of summer are right around the corner!

Here’s what I bought:

 

Hurry up summer!

I miss you,

~Nicole

Treadmill v Hitting the Road

17 May

Do you find it easier running on a treadmill or outside?

I don’t know if there is a “scientific” different between the two, but my body defiantly moves better on a treadmill. Maybe it’s because the treadmill helps propel me forward? There is no moving floor outside, so the only thing making me move is me! I have never noticed a difference until recently. I use to run all the time, both outside and on the treadmill. I could go for long runs outside and never feel weak or unable to finish, oe I would run on the treadmill and be able to challenge my self with hills and speed. I cut way back on running for a while and am trying to get back into it. Running on the treadmill seems so much easier! Especially if I warm up on the step master (it gets my legs nice and loose!) Today, my outside run seemed to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r, (f-O-r-E-v-E-r- said as the kid in the Sandlot) and I had no motivation or energy to motor it up a hill or sprint between telephone poles, or race the traffic (one of my favourites!)  I hope my body will adjust to running outside soon!

On another note,

Tonight’s dinner was absolutely FABOULUS! My goal has been to try one new fruit or vegetable each week. A few weeks ago it was kale, this week it was parsnips, and tonight I prepared both using amazing recipes from the blog world.  Kale Crisps have been all over the place, I just had to try them, and Angela from Oh She Glows has raved about these parsnip fries, so I figured I’d give it a go.

My taste buds are so happy!!!

I love learning new recipes!!

For the Kale Crisp:

  • 5 heads of Kale- washed and ripped into bite size pieces (removing the center stem)
  • Spray oil
  • Salt
  • Minced garlic flakes
  • Onion Powder

Heat oven to 350,Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil and spread the Kale out flat, spray with oil and sprinkle salt, garlic, and onion powder, bake 10minute or until crispy.

And for the Parsnip Fries:

  • 5 parsnips (pealed and cut into fries)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt

Heat oven to 400, line a cookie sheet tinfoil, mix peanut butter, oil and salt, then add parsnips and toss around until coated with the mixture. Spread them out on the pan and bake for 40 minutes, and then enjoy a little bit ‘o’ heaven!

(I made a double batch to have some for tomorrow 🙂 )


Pretty Nice Little Saturday

15 May

What a great day! I woke up with a strong craving for carrots, I have no idea why. I came up with surprising great concoctions.

Carrot Concoction:

  • 2 carrots
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ginger

Bullet-it and watch the magic!

I also had a piece of my failed sweet potato bread.

I was very satisfied with my yummy orange breakfast.

At around 11, P-O double and I enjoyed a glorious  6 mile run.

At around 1, ( once the puppy was fed and wee weed), we headed into Boston to enjoy the beautiful day.  We walked around Faneuil Hall for a while, enjoying the sights.

Can you guess which statue is the fake one?

It’s this one. Yup it was a man! Every couple of minutes he would change positions. Tricky Tricky!

Then we got some $2 drafts at Patty O’s.

Then we headed to Quincy Market!!!

Tones of fresh fruit and veggies!!

I got a pineapple for $2.00, 3 apples for $1.00, 4 oranges for $1.00 and 1 ½ lbs of red grapes for $1.50! (I forgot to take a picture of these delicious buys)

We came home for my very very delayed Cinco de Mayo dinner.

I bought these great tortilla bowls, filled them with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, sautéed peppers and onions, topped with some fake cheese and Joe’s Paradise Island Salsa.

This is Cinco de Mayo done right!

SOOOOOOOO good!

I wish every day were Saturday!