Currently…

Reading…

This is kind of sad, but — nothing, really. I flipped through my StrengthsFinder 2.0 book today, but that’s not too exciting. Since it’s just sitting on my bookshelf, I’d like to start reading Ree Drummond’s book again. I read it a couple of years ago, and it’s one of those books that I wouldn’t mind reading a second time.

Wearing…

Victoria’s Secret sweatpants and a tank top. I have to wear business attire to work everyday, which isn’t the most comfortable thing to lounge around in, so I basically change the minute I walk in the door!

Watching…

The Bachelor. Anyone else? I really liked the girl (who kind of came out of no where, I don’t remember seeing her before!) who went on the Cinderella date last night. She seemed like a real person!

Listening…

To the radio on the way to and from work. Lately I’ve been listening to Radio Disney because over the course of my one-hour (round trip) commute, they play the majority of the new Taylor Swift soundtrack. Good stuff.

Eating…

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad. This is one of my favorite salads. I made a big batch on Sunday night so I could eat it throughout the week. The dressing is what makes the salad — so good — and it’s fairly simple to make. I cheat and buy packaged shredded Brussels sprouts (I found mine at Super Target), because cleaning and shredding Brussels sprouts is what’s most time consuming if you choose to do it that way. I also use shredded Parmesan cheese instead of Pecorino. Try it — even if you’re not a huge veggie lover, I think you’ll like this salad!

What are you eating/reading/watching currently?

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A Day in the Life

I realized that I haven’t done a day in the life post since I started my job over four months ago, and since Katie is a doing a huge link up on the topic today, I thought it was the perfect time to share! I’m always curious about other people’s days, so I figured that you might be too.

5:30 am: Jordan’s alarm goes off. He is a chronic snooze button pusher, so I start to dread how tired I’ll be today. Sure enough, he pushes snooze for the next hour. I, of course, never really fall back asleep.

6:20 am: My alarm is set to go off in 10 minutes, but since I’m already awake, I turn on the TV to start watching a show that I recorded last night, and encourage Jordan to get moving since he’s still in bed too.

6:45 am: I need to eat breakfast, so I put on my robe and slippers and go into the kitchen for a bowl of cereal. I end up finishing my show (“Kate Plus 8,” if you’re curious — quality TV ;) ) while I eat breakfast… which means I’m rushing to get ready for work later.

7:30 am – 8:20 am: Time to take a shower, get ready, pack my lunch, fill up my water bottle, and hit the road for work.

My awkward “this is what I’m wearing to work” photo

9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Check emails, edit content, eat a snack, edit more content, eat lunch, check more emails, and meet with a co-worker. At my day job I’m a brand editor in the corporate marketing department for a large healthcare company. Basically, I edit and write content to make sure that there are no mistakes and that it fits within the company’s brand standards.

2:00 pm: This is the time of day when I start to feel sluggish (especially when I work through lunch), so I go outside for a walk. It’s colder than I thought it would be, so I do a quick 10 minute loop before coming back inside. Instead of taking the elevator, I do a couple of sets of stairs during this time also.

2:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Check more emails, eat a snack, finish up a couple of projects, and get my things packed up to go home.

5:15 pm: Jordan’s still at work when I get home today, so I clean up the kitchen before it’s time for dinner. I empty out my lunchbox, empty the dishwasher, and do some dishes that were left in the sink.

5:30 pm: I’m feeling pretty tired tonight, but I decide to do a quick workout before I sit down. Tonight, it’s PiYo Buns. This is one of my favorite DVDs in the PiYo set. It’s basically 30 minutes of squats and lunges, and it hurts! After my workout, I take a shower, put on my pajamas, and dry my hair.

6:15 pm: Jordan’s home now, so after I get out of the shower, I get dinner together. I made a casserole on Tuesday night and we still have a lot left, so dinner is easy tonight. I heat up leftovers and we talk about our days.

7:00 pm: Jordan and I turn on “Wheel of Fortune” and I get started on this blog post. If I’m going to blog, this is usually when I’ll do it.

8:00 pm: Once my blog post is published or scheduled, I check social media and then relax for the night. Sometimes I’ll finish up laundry or dishes during this time, but I don’t need to do any tonight. I eat a bedtime snack (Mini-Wheats!) and watch TV while Jordan plays his video games.

9:00 pm: Time to get ready for bed! I don’t fall asleep right at 9:00, but I like to be ready for bed in case I do. During this time, Jordan and I will usually watch a show together (our Wednesday night show is “Modern Family”) until we fall asleep. We both require a lot of sleep, so the earlier we fall asleep, the better.

And that is what my day typically looks like!

What does your day look like?

How much sleep do you require?

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5 Nutritious Winter Recipes

Getting proper nutrition in the wintertime isn’t always easy. We are surrounded by sweets during the holidays, and when it’s negative degrees and snowy outside in January, a big, cold salad doesn’t always sound appealing. I try to get in my fruits and veggies when I can, but the thing that makes the greatest impact on my diet is meal planning. If I have a healthy meal plan and stock up on healthy foods at the grocery store, I know I’ll eat well during the week.

Some of my favorite wintertime staples — all easy things that I can throw in my lunches or pair with my breakfast — are sliced apples, Greek yogurt and granola, carrot sticks and green pepper slices, and fruit and yogurt smoothies (I blend frozen fruit with Greek yogurt and coconut milk — easy!).

Picking out recipes for dinner can be a little bit more tricky, though. I find myself making the same recipes week after week, when I’m really craving variety. Recently, Kretschmer Wheat Germ reached out to me asking me if I’d share some of their healthy recipes, and I couldn’t resist — I’m always looking for new dinner ideas!

According to the Kretschmer website, “Wheat germ is the part of the wheat that sprouts and grows into a new plant. It’s the most vitamin- and mineral-rich part of the wheat kernel, but it’s left out when wheat is processed into white flour.” It’s packed full of nutrients like Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Magnesium and Zinc. The best part is, it’s available in the grocery store, and you can add it to almost any food that you might make.

Add these vitamin-packed recipes to your meal plan this week:

Butternut Squash Soup with Wheat Germ

Warm Cabbage, Apple and Wheat Germ Salad

Buttermilk Cornbread

Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Wheat Germ Pecans

Crispy Cauliflower with a Twist

 

In exchange for writing this post, I received one Kretschmer product free of charge. I was not compensated in any other way. As always, all opinions are my own.

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10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Monday, already? The weekend flew by! The good (and bad) news is, we got an ice storm last night, so I’m working from home today. A lot of the schools in the area are delayed or closed, so I didn’t want to risk driving in. I’m thankful to have a job that can be done from my laptop!

After a couple of weeks of ice and snow, the weather has got me feeling a little bit down. I’m guessing many others are feeling the same way, especially after the rush of the holidays has ended. Because I typically experience these feelings every winter, I’ve taught myself a few ways to beat the winter blues, and hopefully, they’ll help you too!

1. Watch your favorite TV show(s). It’s a struggle to get out of bed in the morning when it’s icy and cold outside, but knowing that I have something to look forward to after work helps me get to work and get through my day. For me, this often means looking forward to my favorite (and sometimes cheesy) TV shows. TV is something we bond over, so it’s fun to watch a show (my Monday night show is ‘The Bachelor’) and then discuss it on Twitter, or with friends and family!

2. Light a candle. It’s easy to wish winter away…to say, “I’ll feel so much better when spring is here!” And while that statement is probably true, sometimes it’s good to give in to winter and enjoy it while it’s here. One of my favorite ways to do this is by turning off the lights, lighting a candle, and curling up under a blanket. I feel a little guilty doing this when it’s nice and warm outside, so winter is the perfect reason to do so now!

3. Sit in front of the fireplace. Going along with what I said above, there’s no better time to sit and lounge, especially in front of a fire, than when it’s cold and snowy outside! One of my favorite weekend activities is reading a book in front of the fireplace. Our fireplace is in our living room, which is free from distractions (no TV or computers), so I love laying on the couch and clearing my mind.

4. Exercise. There’s nothing that boosts my mood more than a good workout. Even if it’s not possible to get out of the house and go to the gym, or hit the pavement for a walk or a run, there are plenty of workouts that can be done right at home. Right now I’m enjoying PiYo for a quick energy boost before or after work!

5. Eat well. If you’re not eating well, you’re not going to feel very well either. I’m all about the 80/20 rule, and I think it’s really important to get in 80% of nutritious foods, especially during a season when our immune systems are more vulnerable. Some of my favorite healthy winter comfort foods are lemon chicken orzo soup, creamy white chicken chili (if you’re extra health conscious, you can substitute the sour cream for Greek yogurt — I’ve done it and it still tastes good), and rice and bean casserole with guacamole.

6. Play like a kid. Do you remember feeling down in the wintertime when you were a kid? Me either. Probably because we were too busy playing! For an extra boost of energy, go sledding,  build a snowman, pick up a coloring book and some crayons the next time you’re at the store (I find coloring so therapeutic), or play a board game with your spouse. Jordan and I built a snowman last year after being cooped up in the house for days, and it was fun to act like kids for an afternoon!

7. Spend time with loved ones. Perhaps it’s because I’m more on the introverted side, but when it’s gloomy outside, I have a tendency to want to curl up by myself inside. The thought of being social just doesn’t appeal as much to me in the wintertime. However, I know I’ll always feel so much better once I do get out and socialize. Some of my favorite ideas: meet a friend for coffee, have friends over for dinner, host a football watching party (my in-laws hosted one last night, and it was nice to get out and see everyone!), go bowling, meet up with friends for a mid-week dinner date, or spend Sunday night dinner with your family.

8. Turn up the music. I listen to Christmas music from the first week of November until Christmas Day, so when the radio stations go back to regularly scheduled programming on the 26th, it takes some getting used to. Listening to music always lifts my spirits, though, so in the wintertime, I tend to listen to artists who have a cozy, holiday feel without actually singing about Christmas — Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and Colbie Caillat are a few of my favorites.

9. Complete your favorite chores (and get to the rest later). Hear me out on this one — if you live where it’s cold, you know how hard it can be to complete chores/run errands when it’s zero degrees outside. The reality is, everything might not always get done when you want it to, and that’s okay. That’s why I like to pick my favorite chores and do those first — getting something done is better than getting nothing done. My favorite is grocery shopping. Even if I can only drive 20 mph to get to the store, once I get there, roaming the aisles at Super Target is calming and fun to me. For you, it might be cleaning out closets or finally getting to the bottom of the laundry basket.

10. Treat yourself. When you need a little pick-me-up, treat yourself to something you love. Maybe it’s a massage or a haircut, a little bit of online shopping, a cookie from your favorite bakery, or even a new book from the library. Having little things to look forward to always lifts my spirits.

How do you beat the winter blues?

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New Year’s Weekend

The Christmas decorations are packed away, the house is clean and the laundry is done, and it’s time to go back to reality. As hard as it was to get up for work today, I know that by the end of the week, it’ll probably be nice to be back into a routine.

Before we jump into 2015 fully, though, here’s a look back at my long New Year’s weekend…

I only had to work a half day on New Year’s Eve, so in the afternoon I went over to my parents’ house to bake cookies with my mom. New Year’s Eve cookies are now a thing :) .

My sister and brother-in-law hosted a laid back New Year’s Eve party at their house this year. Jordan and I have hosted it the past two years, but I’ve gotta say, it was nice going somewhere else this year. There were 12 of us altogether, and we spent the evening snacking on appetizers, catching up, playing Just Dance, and watching the ball drop. Everyone was tired, but we all managed to stay up until midnight!

My mom made this pie for the celebration, and it was so good. Jordan ended up splitting this piece with me because it was so rich — but worth the calories!

New Year’s Day is our dating anniversary, so this year we celebrated the same way that we spent our first date six years ago — bowling. We hadn’t been in so long and forgot how much fun it is!

The rest of the weekend was spent taking down Christmas decorations, washing and putting away all of the kitchen gadgets I got for Christmas, and resting. 

If you’re going back to work today after a long weekend, like me, I wish you luck. Happy first week of 2015!

How did you spend New Year’s Eve?

Did you enjoy a long weekend?

 

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