My Favorite Places For Healthy On The Go Meals

One of the major changes I needed to adjust to with my new job was my eating schedule. I’m either at home or I’m out and about going to meetings, events, visiting with coworkers, etc. I’ll often find myself out around lunch time and the inevitable question presents itself…where should I go get lunch?

Thankfully, I’m highly turned off by fast food (i.e. MacDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King). Also, thankfully, I’ve found that there are many places where it is easy to stop in and grab a healthy meal.

Here are some of my favorite places to go and grab a quick, healthy meal. Convenient doesn’t have to be bad for you!

Panera

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This one is probably the post obvious, but who doesn’t love Panera? With an array of soups, sandwiches and salads your taste buds can never get bored. I also love how they list their calories on their menu. I’m a big fan of the You Pick Two and my new fav combo is the Roasted Turkey Avocado Sandwich and the Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad. I highly recommend getting their rewards card for freebies and discounts!

Little Greek

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Even though this place is a chain it’s my favorite Greek place in St. Pete (there’s not a lot of options). I haven’t even had their gyro because every time I go I can’t help but get their Greek salad. Their grilled chicken is amazing! It has that grilled taste and really makes the salad.

Chipotle/Tijuana Flats

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I’m a burrito bowl lover and both of these locations offer an awesome, fresh tasting burrito bowl (in Tijuana Flat’s case it’s the Noritto Bowl). Rice, beans, meat and salsa. Can’t go wrong with that.

Rollboto

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This is a local eatery that serves up sushi at a fast pace. Think of Subway but with sushi. You can choose from one of their signature rolls or create your own. You can even substitute brown rice! They also have lots of healthy side options such as miso soup, seaweed salad and cucumber salad.

Publix/Whole Foods/Fresh Market/Rollin’ Oats

I love Publix for when I want a freshly made wrap. It’s also easy to grab healthy snacks like fruit bowls, veggies, etc. Whole Foods has an awesome (albeit costly) salad bar and I love that I can grab a pre made juice/smoothie. Fresh Market also has freshly made sandwiches, salads, sides and sushi already ready to grab and go. Rollin’ Oats is one of my favorite grocery stores in St. Pete. They also have a grab and go area with freshly made sandwiches and salads. Or you can order off their menu at their café. I also love getting a fresh juice or smoothie here as well.

What are your favorite on the go places?

Ugly Smoothies and Easy Weeknight Meals

Smoothies are another one of my favorite breakfasts. I’ll usually have them if I work out in the morning as the second part of my breakfast. I’ll have a KIND bar or almond butter and fruit pre workout and a refreshing smoothie post workout.

Can any one explain to me why the yummiest tasting smoothies are the ugliest?

Exhibit A

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Ugly icky color, but it was good!

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Strawberry Banana Ginger Smoothie

1 banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 handful spinach

1 tbsp. ginger

1/2 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla)

1/2 cup greek yogurt

Blend on high. Pour. Try not to let the color get to you. Enjoy.

My mornings seem to always be more low key than my nights. I seem to have time now to wake up, decide what I’m in the mood for and whip it up without having to worry about being somewhere at a certain time. Most days any way.

But as the day goes on, there’s meetings, emails, working out, taking Maddie to the dog park…before I know it dinner time is near and I have NO clue what to eat.

I’ve started to gather some go-to recipes that are tasty, healthy and most importantly EASY to make during a hectic work week.

Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Rice, beans, chicken, guac…what’s not to love? This is a great recipe when you’re in the mood for Mexican, but want something that won’t leave you feeling like you need a siesta after.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

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There are simple roasted pork tenderloin recipes all over the internets. I learned from Jon to sear it on all sides until it’s browned before putting it in the oven at 400 for about 10 minutes. You can make a simple pan sauce with butter, flour, wine and chicken stock. I most recently used this one. Serve with roasted potatoes and your favorite veggie.

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

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Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t rave enough about this recipe. It is not only simple, but it is absolutely delicious and one of my favorite dishes to make. Best served with white or jasmine rice and your favorite veggie.

What are your favorite easy weeknight meals? Feel free to share!

 

Currently Loving…

Dogeared Rings

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This was a Nordstrom Rack find. Originally $42(!) but I got it for $19. They have initials, but I couldn’t find a K. I fell in love with this one instead. I love the look of all of their jewelry. So delicate and simple…definitely my style!

Abound T-shirts 

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Another Nordstrom Rack find. These tees are soft, comfortable, fit well and are only $10! I am such a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal…I have 5 of these tees now and hoping they last.

This Buzzfeed Article

Anyone who knows me well knows I have an addiction to the Real Housewives on Bravo. I can’t help it! This article had me in hysterics…the gifs perfectly describe what a marketing department is like!

Heads in Beds

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I picked this book up awhile ago and just started reading it. I love memoirs and I thought I’d really enjoy this one since I worked at a resort for 5 years. I’m loving it! I’m flying through the chapters. The author has great humor and I can’t believe some of his stories!

Burlesque 

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A few friends and I had a girl’s night out recently where we went to see a Burlesque show. It was my first and unfortunately it wasn’t the best. I thought there’d be more dancing, but it was more of a cabaret style. It still made me excited to see my next show. I’ve heard Suicide Girls are really good.

This Announcement

The Sundial is a landmark in downtown St. Pete that everyone has been waiting for. They are finally starting to announce store and restaurant openings. Including the opening of this farm to table restaurant and market! I can’t wait until this opens in the fall.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Honey Oatmeal

AKA Elvis oatmeal.

I’m not sure what sparked this thought, but last night I was thinking about bacon, then peanut butter, then breakfast. And all of a sudden it was like a neon sign flashing in front of me. “Bacon and peanut butter…in…oatmeal. Oh, and let’s throw banana in there too! Mmm I can’t wait for breakfast.”

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I love oatmeal. It’s one of my standard go to breakfasts. So simple. So easy. So filling!

I start with a 1/2 cup of Publix rolled oats. Then a 1/2 cup of almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla). To add some sweetness I add a tablespoon of honey.

Mix it together. Pop it in the microwave for about 1:30. Voila!

Now for the toppings that were dancing in my dreams…

Mmm bacon…

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I sliced half a banana on top (ate the other half while I was cooking the bacon). Then a tablespoon of all natural creamy peanut butter. And then…the bacon.

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Take a pretty picture, then swirl it all together for delicious mush.

As Elvis would say, “Ahummana hummana”.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup almond milk

1 tbsp. honey

Half of a banana, sliced

1 tbsp. peanut butter

1 piece of bacon

1. Cook one piece of bacon on medium high heat in a skillet. Place on plate, blot excess grease with a paper towel and set aside.

2. Add oats, milk and honey together and mix with a spoon until incorporated. Heat in microwave for 1:30. Stir.

3. Add banana slices, peanut butter and bacon. Mix together. Enjoy!

 

 

A Letter to My Birth Mom

Happy Mother’s Day! I love being able to celebrate my mom and tell her how extra special she is to me. We had a pretty low key day. We got our nails done and I made a yummy dinner of baked ziti and chocolate cream pie (her fav).

Unless you know me on a very personal level, or it has happened to come up in conversation, most people don’t know that I am adopted.

It’s not something I bring up a lot. Not for any particular reason…being adopted is a part of who I am, but it’s not solely who I am. It’s just a simple fact to me now, just like saying my eyes are brown. I was adopted as an infant and I always knew I was adopted. My parents and I always had open conversations about my birth mother and their story of how they adopted me.

I cherish my mom and my late dad for giving me such a wonderful life and raising me how they did. I do hope to one day find and meet my birth mother. I am curious to see what she looks like, to see if she is anything like me or if I am anything like her, to learn about her and her life. And most importantly, to say thank you.

Every Mother’s Day my mom and I always toast to my birth mother and send her well wishes. In honor of Mother’s Day here’s a letter to my birth mother.

Dear Birth Mom,

Thank you.

These are the two words that I have wanted to say to you for years. Twenty seven years ago you made what was probably the hardest decision of your life. I have often pictured you, holding me in your arms, wiping away tears as you go back and forth on the pros and cons of your decision to put me up for adoption. What it would mean for you. What it would mean for me.

I want to let you know that you made the right decision. I have had a wonderful life and have been loved by two of the most loving people in the world. They cared for me and supported me. Enrolled me in a variety of activities such as soccer and jazz. They set up piano lessons and voice lessons for me. They got me a math tutor and made sure I always had the best tools to succeed. I went to sleepovers and dances at school. We went on family trips, where many memories were made. But most of all they loved me. Which I know, for you, was probably the most important thing you could have asked for.

To me, you are the bravest person I’ve ever known, even though I have never met you. I have thought countless number of times what I would do if I had been in your position. And each time it pains me to even think about the confusion, frustration, anger and hurt that you must have been facing.

I hope to one day meet you and to tell you all of this in person. But for now I will continue to send you well wishes and hope that you are living the life that you always wanted to live.

Love,

Katie

How to Control a Full Plate

I have always loved having a full plate. I’ve always said I am never happy unless I have a million things going on at once. I love multi tasking and being a part of something. But lately, my plate runneth over…and I’ve recently realized that some things just have to give. Prioritize In October, I started a new job, which I absolutely love. It’s a great fit for me. My job entails me to do a lot of local traveling and I am always on the go. And I love it! Soon after, I accepted a Brand Ambassador job with KIND. It was a part time position and I thought it would be easy to fit into my schedule and a great, fun way to make some extra bucks. On top of that, this year I was on the Junior League of St. Petersburg’s board as Communications VP. This position entails overseeing our three communications committees. Eventually, I started to get burnt out. As much as I loved being busy every day and every night, I was longing for a simple night at home, where I could lounge on the couch with Maddie and watch some TV and just RELAX. I was also finding it difficult to make time for friends and my mom, both of which are really important to me. Something had to give. What was most important to me? What could I cut out? That’s when I decided that as much as I loved my new job with KIND, I just didn’t have the time for it. Having time for friends, family and myself was much more important to me. And as our League year comes to a close, for the first time in my League career, I have chosen not to take on a leadership role. I can still be involved without taking on a potentially overwhelming position. I’m on the Education and Training committee this upcoming year and I’m excited to see what the year will be like! With my time with KIND ending and Junior League taking a back seat, I can already feel the stress melting away. I’ve realized that part of being healthy and happy is to sometimes take a step back and evaluate what you’re involved in, how it’s effecting you and your life and adjust accordingly. I have also always been a “yes” person. As in it’s very hard for me to say no to things that I might not necessarily want to do or have time to do. I have tried to fill every minute of every day. And that’s not a good thing. I’m learning to prioritize within my life and say “no” to the things that can wait. Are you like me? Do you have trouble saying “no”? Do you fill your plate with too much?

CrossFit Open 2014

Sweat is dripping into your eyes. The skin on your palms is beginning to tear. Your heart feels like it’s about to pump out of your chest. Voices scream encouragements at you. “One more, one more!” “Pick it up!” “Come on, you got this!” The buzzer sounds and you huff in relief as you find a clear spot on the floor to lay down and catch your breath.

This is the CrossFit Open. Take the best CrossFit class you’ve ever taken and times it by 100. The workouts are harder. The energy is higher. The accomplishments are greater.

The CrossFit Open is the beginning of the CrossFit Games…for more info you can check out the official website.

Last year when the Open was upon us, I had only been doing CrossFit for a few months and didn’t think I was ready to participate. This year, our coaches encouraged us all to register for the Open. The Open is open to all CrossFitters…it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or a professional, all are encouraged to enter and test their limits.

So signed up I did! And I am SO glad that I did.

How the Open works:

The Open WODs are announced on a Thursday night. During the Open our box did the Open WODs that Saturday. Each person was paired with a judge, who kept count of all of our reps. Our total number of reps was our final score. You then submitted the score on the CrossFit Games website, it was validated to be made official and that’s it!

14.1

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
30 double-unders
55-lb. power snatches, 15 reps

My score: 125

My heart was pounding with excitement when the first Open WOD was posted on the CrossFit Games website. And then, as soon as I read it, my heart sank. Double unders??? I couldn’t do double unders and instantly paniced as I thought I was out of the open before it even began!

I messaged my coach and he said not to worry. Just come in early and work on my double unders before doing the WOD.

Jon and I had a wedding to go to in New York the weekend of the first Open WOD so I was able to schedule a time with my coach to get judged before we left. I arrived and grabbed a jump rope and started practicing. After a few minutes something amazing happened. Something just “clicked” and BOOM…I did a double under! And then another. And another! I couldn’t string them together, but I was doing them! I was so excited.

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Overall it was a short and sweet WOD, but definitely tough. It was a great one to start out with I thought since it was one where it was easy to push yourself.

14.2

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:

From 0:00-3:00

2 rounds of:

10 overhead squats

10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 3:00-6:00

2 rounds of:

12 overhead squats

12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 6:00-9:00

2 rounds of:

14 overhead squats

14 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

65-lb. overhead squats
Chest-to-bar pull-ups

Score: 10

I was hoping there would be another CrossFit “miracle” and I would magically be able to get a chest to bar pull up, but no such luck. However, this seemed to be a hard one for everyone…even people who could do pull ups. The overhead squat weight was a tad hard for me, but I banged those 10 out and tried my hardest to get just one pull up, but nope…I was done. Talk about a quick WOD!

14.3

Complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
95-lb. deadlifts, 10 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
135-lb. deadlifts, 15 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
155-lb. deadlifts, 20 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
185-lb. deadlifts, 25 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
205-lb. deadlifts, 30 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
225-lb. deadlifts, 35 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch

Score: 72

This WOD made me jump for joy when I saw it. I LOVE deadlifts…they’re my favorite. And I was SO happy to hear that we could do step ups for the box jumps. Ever since I took a spill on a box jump I’ve been afraid of doing them so always opt for step ups. However, once I was doing the WOD and watching other people do it, I realized how potentially dangerous this WOD could be. This is the Open. People were really pushing themselves to their limits. Deadlifts are easy to skimp on form and for safety reasons it’s important to keep your back straight during this lift. But I saw a lot of rounded backs during this WOD. I tried to be as careful as I could, and probably could have gotten more reps, but I didn’t want to compromise my form. This was definitely a challenging WOD!

14.4

Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 14 minutes of:
60-calorie row
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 14 lb. to 9-foot target
30 cleans, 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups

Score: 68

Whew! Another toughie. Toes-to-bar…another movement I had yet to perfect. I am also SO slow on the rower. As I practiced my toes-to-bar another CrossFit miracle happened! I was able to do them! Granted, not a lot, and a bit sloppy, but I could do a few. I spent about 8 minutes on the rower and then spent the rest of the time trying my best to get those toes-to-bar in…I only got 8, but that’s 8 I couldn’t do before!

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14.5

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
65-lb. thrusters
Burpees

Score: 0

Ugh. The WOD that wasn’t…unfortunately, I got sick the week of this WOD, which included a terrible hacking cough. I actually got up Saturday morning (hacking away) and got dressed and ready to go to the gym. Jon rolled over in bed and said “Are you kidding me?? Katie, you’re sick…get back in bed. You can’t workout today.” I muttered that I was fine *cough cough* and went to take Maddie out. As I took her out I evaluated how I really felt and then imagined how I’d feel trying to do a total of 74 thrusters and 74 burpees. Yup. Wasn’t going to happen. Back in bed I went. I was so bummed to have missed the last WOD, but I needed to practice what I preached and listened to my body. And my body was letting me know it needed rest.

Overall, I am so happy that I participated in the CrossFit Open. It was the best experience I’ve had since joining CrossFit and really enhanced that “family” feel of our gym. It was also a great time to work on my weaknesses (and conquer them!) and show myself what my strengths are.

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Did you participate in the CrossFit Open? How was your experience?

Best Damn Race 2014

Yes…this post is long overdue…but better late than never right?

Everyone has that race…the one they don’t train for. For me that was last weekend’s 10k at Best Damn Race.

It wasn’t intentional. I was fully prepared to train for a 10k and was glad that I chose an achievable distance that I could work on PRing at. For those who aren’t familiar with Best Damn Race they are known for opening up their registration price for races at $1 and going up $1 as time passes. I don’t remember how much I ended up paying for the 10k, but I know it was a steal. The first year they did it their site broke down because of all the traffic! They do registration early…almost a year before race day…so by the time it nears it kind of sneaks up on you.

Anyway, long story short, Jon and I ended up getting invited to a wedding on the same day as Best Damn Race. So since we planned on going to the wedding I was going to give up my race entry and not race. But then last minute Jon had to work and Massage Envy was actually a sponsor of the race and was doing chair massages so I had to work too.

I went back and forth between wanting to race or not. I hadn’t been running AT ALL since my half in November (how’s that for a break?). But the night before, at a co-workers encouragement I decided to run anyway. Training or no training.

My alarm went off at 5 a.m. Whew, I had not seen that hour in a lonngg time.

Driving wasn’t bad at all. At that hour no one else is around…things slowed down a bit as I neared the race site. I drove around for a bit trying to find parking and eventually ended up in a dirt lot, which wasn’t far from the race start.

As I started towards the start line I found a few friends and we chatted until it was time to race. However, there were some snafus, which caused the race to start late.

Once we finally got going I tried to start off at a good pace. Eventually I had to allow myself to take a walking break. Once I took that first break I knew it was going to be a long walk/run race. I just took it little by little, mile by mile. I purposely left my headphones at home since I wanted to just experience the race in full. I loved hearing the rhythmic pounding of everyone’s sneakers hitting the pavement. And people watching as we made loops. There were some boring parts though as we ran up and down streets with no cheerers or spectators in sight.

Eventually the end was near. I could hear cheering and an MC yelling out people’s names. The finish line was in sight and I pumped out all I had and crossed the line at 01:09:41.

Definitely not a PR that I would have originally hoped for months ago. But considering I walked a good amount of the race I was pretty happy with that time!

After I crossed the finish line I headed towards the massage tent where I remained for the next few hours working the Massage Envy table and getting people loosened up with chair massages. It was a great morning!

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The day after the race an email came into my inbox from the race director that was to everyone who ran the race the day before. It was lengthy and explained all of the snafus that happened, why they happened and how they were going to fix it. This only begin the second year of the race there are bound to be some things that need to get worked out. But I was SO impressed that he took the time to write that email and it really showed how passionate he is about making the Best Damn Race…well, the best damn race! Looking forward to next year!

Did you run Best Damn Race?

Key West 2013

About a week before Christmas I got a call from Jon’s sister Tori asking me if I wanted to spend the weekend after Christmas in Key West. Ummm…YES! Word to the wise: never turn down a trip to Key West. It’s guaranteed fun!

Unfortunately Jon had to work and couldn’t take time off. I drove down to Cape Coral Friday morning and did some work until everyone was all ready to get on the road.

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Key West here we come!

Jon’s sister Alyson is in the drivers seat. In the back we have our friend Nick, Jon’s sister Tori and her boyfriend, Adrian.

From Cape Coral to Key West it’s about 6 hours. We ran into traffic and took quite a few stops so it took us about 7. It sounds long…and it is…but it’s always fun with friends.

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This was a surprise trip for Adrian. He lives in England and had never been to Florida before. We had fun going down Alligator Alley and trying to spot alligators for him.

We even pulled off at a rest stop where we saw one in the water!

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We didn’t have time to stop for dinner so we got fancy and made sandwiches out of the back of the car.

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#thisishowwedo

It was after 8 p.m. when we got into Key West. We arrived at The Garden House, where we were staying the for the weekend. We unpacked and rallied for a night out on the town.

Our first stop was Irish Kevins, a favorite of ours. They always have awesome entertainment and a great vibe.

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Next was Sloppy Joes, which also had a fun group playing.

Then it was Captain Tony’s Saloon, where we tried to get coins in the fish’s mouth. I never knew this was a thing!

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We tried to go to The World’s Smallest Bar, but it was already a bit crowded (ha). So we decided to get some pizza…

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…and call it a night.

The next morning we headed to the beach, which I had never been to in Key West. It was a bit windy and a little chilly, but the sun poked out a few times.

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And Nick tried to go spear fishing…without much luck.

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When lunchtime rolled around we headed to another favorite spot, Hog’s Breath Saloon. I was so hungry I didn’t get a pic, but I had the Chicken Dinner, which came with rice, beans and plantains. Yum!

After lunch we stopped at Flying Monkey for the typical Key West frozen drink.

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Mine was a mix of pina colada and a rum runner…mmm!

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We headed back to the B&B for some pool time and to get ready for that night’s festivities.

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For those who have been to Key West before you’ll know that it’s a very…colorful, place. I call it the Vegas of Florida. We hit up all of our favorite “colorful” places that night, including Garden of Eden and Bourbon Street. But the experience of the night was bull riding at Cowboy Bill’s.

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How classic is my face??

This was my first mechanical bull riding experience. In a dress no less! Let me just say…that ish hurts!! I had bruises on my thighs for a week.

I am the least adventurous person I know, even when it comes to stuff like this. When I got on the bull I felt like I was high up and then when it started moving it moved faster than I thought. And then I just wanted off because I didn’t want to get thrown. I tried to let the girl who was controlling it know I wanted her to turn it off, but she wasn’t having it. I eventually got thrown off, but all was good! What an experience and what fun!

You know you’re getting old(er) when you’re ready to hit the hay at 11 p.m. We made it an early night, but we had had a long day.

In the morning we packed up the car and headed out. But more adventures awaited us!

We had to stop at Robbie’s so Adrian could feed tarpon!

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If you ever got to Key West this is a must stop place. Touristy but fun. We stop each and every time.

Our next stop was in the Everglades…

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We were going on an airboat ride! This stop was a surprise to me and Adrian. I’d never been on an airboat tour so I was very excited.

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Our boat captain was a lot of fun and he told us some cool stories. We zipped and zagged through mangroves and saw another alligator. And the captain even pretended to throw me overboard to fed me to the gator haha.

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If you ever have a chance to take an airboat ride, I highly reccommend it. It’s one of those typical Florida things I think you just have to do.

And that’s another Key West trip in the books!

 

 

 

Lately

Even though I haven’t had a chance to sit down and write some actual posts I still wanted to give an update on some fun things that have been going on. So here’s a rundown!

New Years Day Party – My friend Lora had her annual New Years Day party. This is one of my favorite parties throughout the year. We gather with friends and enjoy champagne, collared greens, black eyed peas and all those other foods that are deemed to bring you luck. Always a fun time!

Yoga with Lora – Lora taught a fun class at the Timothy Raines art gallery in downtown St. Pete. I hadn’t done yoga in so long and this class was tough for me. But I was glad I got some stretching in.

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Sick – The day after yoga I realized I was sick. Ugh. Luckily it only lasted about a week with a few days of me feeling pretty out of it. Luckily puppy cuddles helped.

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Mayoral Ball – The Junior League of St. Petersburg hosted the Mayoral Ball for new mayor! It was a fabulous night and made me so proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.

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Karen’s Birthday – My friend Karen celebrated her birthday! We had a yummy sushi dinner and then drinks at Mandarin Hide. And no birthday is complete without champagne with a sparkler!

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KIND – I have a new side gig! I’ve accepted the position as a Brand Ambassador for KIND. They had called me for a phone interview around the time I accepted my position at Massage Envy. It’s a part time job so I figured I’d do the interview to see if anything came of it. Fast forward a few months later and here I am! As a brand ambassador I’ll be representing KIND at local events and in store demos, as well as helping them with KIND acts in the community. I’m so excited to be a part of another amazing brand and will keep you up to date!

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Enterprise Dog Park – Jon and I have been wanting to take Maddie to this park for quite a while and we finally decided to go. It was one of those perfect weather kind of days and Maddie loved the change of scenery. The park has a trail that you can walk along and is much more fun than just a plain open area of grass.

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Lone Survivor – I saw Lone Survivor with my friend Ashley. It was really good, but much more graphic than I expected (lots of blood and such). If you go see it bring tissues. What an amazing story.

Neuhaus Chocolates – My aunt in NY always sends us Neuhaus chocolates at Christmas. They are the BEST chocolates I have ever had. Seriously. Go buy a box. Or two.

JUICE – I love it. That’s pretty much it. Oh, and I wish it wasn’t so darn pricey. To buy and to make.

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CrossFit Games – Yup, I am officially crazy. I signed up for the CrossFit Open. Our coaches have been encouraging everyone to sign up and since I thought of myself as still “new” last year I didn’t sign up and promised myself I would this year. I like that on their site they say that the open is literally open to everyone. And I’ve heard they’ve scaled back the first couple of workouts so that everyone can feel more comfortable in participating.

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Dinner with Kyle and Jesse – We had a lovely dinner at our friends, Kyle and Jesse’s, house. We brought Maddie with us and she and their dog Barkley played like crazy while we feasted. My contribution was a homemade lemon tart with a rosemary crust that was made with greek yogurt. I over worked the dough a bit and the crust was chewy, but it was still great tasting!

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Car Troubles – Oi vey. When it rains it pours. I’ve had to do SO much to my car lately. I fixed two oil leaks, got new tires and then my serpentine belt broke on me. Hopefully my poor car doesn’t have any other repairs in the near future.

Family – My family was just here this past weekend for a little family reunion! My aunt and uncle from NY came and so did my uncle and his girlfriend from Texas. I hadn’t seen my uncle from Texas since I was maybe 10 years old, so it was especially great to see him and get to know him better now that I’m an adult. We all had a great weekend catching up, learning Texas Hold’Em and having fun!

 

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