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How was your weekend?

I am trying to make my weeks in the summer just as FUN as my weekends. How do you make your mid-week feel like a Saturday? Can you believe the 4th of July is already almost here!

One of my Summer Bucket List items was to go HERE. So I signed up for this RACE and will be running on the island in September ( not really still summer, but still counts!). You should sign up and run it with me! Yay go do it, they have a 5K and a 5 Mile Option, go sign up too!

Sign up we can run together!

Sign up we can run together!

For starters I have been taking an hour or two vacation time on Friday afternoons to make my weekends feel a little longer but not use too much vacation time. It is working pretty well and makes Friday’s fly by and the weekend feel more relaxed and enjoyable!

Friday I hit up the farmers market. I really do think the veggies and fruits are healthier, and less expensive and your supporting local farmers, but some veggies I have legit no idea what they are. Just me? Anyone else surprised they don’t know what veggies are what sometimes ha.

Copley Sq. Farmers Market

Copley Sq. Farmers Market

Surprisingly I never had a problem remembering Ice Creams, kinds, flavors, or trying the unknown of those ha. Don’t worry I ate a lot of varieties of ice cream this weekend.

Yup I eat like a 5 year old, and am not the best sharer.

Yup I eat like a 5 year old, and am not the best sharer.

Yes this happened.

Yes this happened.

You would think I would be all about healthy eating, and all fitness all the time, but that would not be further from the truth. I think you need BALANCE in everything you do! The three main things I do always try to keep going are:
SLEEP
HYDRATION
RECOVERY
I am a big believer that if you are hydrated, rested, and recovered in life and fitness you can achieve some great things. Eating healthy, adding cross training, hitting the hills- yes they all help, improve, and get you closer to your goals, but without Sleep, Hydration, and Recovery you don’t have a good foundation. And do you really want to build on some shaky land?!

Rest, Hydrated, Recovery, Watch a SUNRISE!

Rest, Hydrated, Recovery, Watch a SUNRISE!

My weekend was a perfect mix of relaxing, doing, and playing! Saturday morning I did a 1.5 hour Burn90 class and I was feeling it. We had to carry a “device” for the class that weighted 20 lbs. It made me realize the extra effort carrying around any extra weigh it! I was huffing and puffing on the hills with my sand bag! I then had to get my car inspected which is just so much fun I can barely handle  it! ha.  I also got to hang out with this little man on Saturday! LEGIT. HAPPIEST. BABY. EVER! His parents went out to a friends and wanted to enjoy the summer night and some wine so took their bikes, how awesome is that- a new must do try for date night out when you both want to relax and enjoy!

Baby L

Baby L

Don’t get to worried that little A and J were left out this weekend, the are always part of the weekend fun. We did breakfast/ morning by boat on Sunday and it was perfect weather. I absolutely love watching my dad interact with them, it melts my heart and makes me filled with so much love. He moves slower and more cautiously with them, and lets them lead the pace and explore.

Breakfast by Boat, yes please!

Breakfast by Boat, yes please!

I could spend every morning eating like this!

I could spend every morning eating like this!

When it gets hot eating, jump in the water.

When it gets hot eating, jump in the water.

The Lynx ship was also in town so we got to explore that. Little miss A taught us all about the pirates and the ropes and sails. J man was more inquisitive about where the cannons were and where the real pirates were.

The LYNX Ship.

The LYNX Ship.

We also did a Baby Bootcamp style work out on Sunday, and I got to say A and J really got some moves. Check out the little bear crawlers.

Totally random side note by I HATE Iguana’s.  Sharks and wild chickens, but Iguana’s live in St. Thomas and whenever I visit or think about visiting they are always there I can’t get away, and I know they will ate me whole if they get me so lets just say I avoid them. My sister sent me this, and it totally applies to me and Iguana’s. Do you have an animal you wouldn’t mind seeing GONE!

How I feel about...

How I feel about…

Also I got to enjoy the Muffin Shop Iced Coffee this weekend a few times and it is 110% the best Iced COFFEE in the world. Ask anyone that’s tried it, it is the best by far.

See you just need to sign up and run the 5 Miler with me in September, You’ll get to try the worlds best Iced Coffee and I promise  it will be Iguana free.

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I’ll need a few of these this Monday!

 Happy Monday and Holiday Week! Enjoy the moments! 

 

It’s been a week…

How has your week been? Did it fly by? Drag on? Did you have an amazing week, or struggle on through? Lately I have been watching how, ho hum people are about life, no enthusiasm, no passion, nada. It seems kind of boring to me, right? Like you do the same thing everyday and don’t even enjoy it? I know everyday isn’t going to be filled with Skittles and Sunshine, but seriously how hard is it to simply be happy. Even if your not where you want to be, or doing exactly what you want to be doing, can’t you be a little happy about it, maybe even smile?!? I have some really awesome friends and we are all at different stages of our lives and dealing with different things and all seem to agree that if everyone could just be a little nicer, kinder, and smile more the world would be better, happier, and down right more awesome. And if you need some WINE to help get you smiling this weekend head over here.

Life isn't that hard.

Life isn’t that hard.

Also if you need to see some sunrises and sunsets to put your life in perspective here you go! Your welcome. You too could see them if you decide to be a morning person 🙂
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Some suggestions if you are not a morning person on how to wake up!
1. Set your alarm clock 5 mins early everyday, until you are comfortable waking up earlier.
2. Meet a friend! I run with my friend Mandy and there are 110% days neither of us would show if we weren’t meeting each other!
3. Make a “reward playlist” songs you only get to listen to en route to your gym or on your early morning run.
4. LAY YOUR CLOTHING OUT. Seriously who has time to think in the morning! Lay it out, jump into it while your half asleep and go!
5. Reward your self with a treat after! No your not a dog you don’t need to be rewarded with food, but think about a new flavor of iced coffee, or Core Power ( 🙂 ) you can have when you finish.
6. Make plans after work, that way you need to get your work out in!
7. Find a work out that excites you! Something new like the work out below:

Get Fit Friday!

Get Fit Friday!

8. Sign up for a class you need to “pre registrar” for. If you paid, you will go.
9. Make it social! Does your city offer free summer fitness classes? Boston does and you can check them out here. When your being social its more fun!

Free Bootcamps in the North End 6:30am Friday's this summer

Free Bootcamps in the North End 6:30am Friday’s this summer

10. Get a full night sleep! Your body needs rest, you should not be waking up tired, listen to your body, hydrate, and waking up shouldn’t be a struggle!

Food from this week was extra fantastic and yummy! I have been trying to enjoy more summer foods ( AKA fruits and veggies) but also enjoying some treats.
We got Gluten Free Pizza’s from here on Wednesday and they were fantastic! June27iWe had sandwiches at the office brought in from here this week and I highly recommend visiting the north end shop ASAP! I had the Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil, which seems so simply but if a Sandwich can be EPIC this one was. They also make their own pasta and have Gluten Free options which is always a plus!
June27gWe also ate Mexican from here this week, and it was amazing also! Why does mexican food never look good in pictures? It always is so colorful, and fun looking, and then you look at the photo and it looks blah and gross ha, but it was great!
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Speaking of all the food I have eaten this week here are 16 new must try Boston restaurants! I’m excitied to try a few, in particular here and here.

This weekend is the annual Champagne Festival which I will be attending. AKA Day Drinking. Read this if you want to enjoy some drinks this summer in a smart, hangover free, healthy way.

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Champagne Time

Also A and J got these “gifts” this week from my sister and I died because seriously they might be the only two kids in the world that would be in love with getting tooth brushes. Can you get what the family business is ha?

Kids and their toothbrushes!

Kids and their toothbrushes!

Miss A also had her last full day of Pre K on Thursday which means no more commuting buddy for me. I will miss having her especially while stuck in traffic! This week she asked why Wonderland ( a T stop in Revere) is called wonderland. I explained it was where the Wonderland Ball room was located, she laughed and said “bald room” ha does Kenny Cheney play there since he is a bald man. followed by seeing a jeep with a “bikini top” roof on, it sent her into legit hysterics for a half hour. Obviously she got a cake for finishing school.

Last Day of Pre-K Cake.

Last Day of Pre-K Cake.

We also finally celebrated this guys birthday and fathers day. Yes that balloon has a fire truck on it, and yes it’s for my dad not baby J. Shaw’s was slacking and I ran out of time, sorry dad.

Happy Belated Birthday PK

Happy Belated Birthday PK

Also if you follow me on Instagram you know I have a new massive love for these this summer! Don’t these bring back memories! What’s your favorite summer go to treat? I also love THESE!
june27kAlso our office ran the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge this year. It was again a great ( crowded) race, well organized, great vendors, and a nice cool breeze this year. Has your company run it before? What are your thoughts? It’s a 3.5 mile race and a great healthy out of the office activity.

Corporate Challenge!

Corporate Challenge!

Last year I got to start the race, and ran from the front of the pack, so it was a different perceptive this year, more crowded, but when your running as a team and not going for time you can really enjoy the race and learn more about your co workers!

2013 JP Morgan Donated all the funds to the One Fund.

2013 JP Morgan Donated all the funds to the One Fund.

How was your week? It was pretty funny when I look back and can laugh on some of the ridiculousness of it. The people that claim to be one thing are usually the ones who are furthest from it hence all that “claiming” about who they are, what they do, what they stand for, you gotta just laugh sometimes, so I laughed my way through this week.

Are you ready for the weekend? Yes I am, I am always ready for the weekend, those people who get summer Friday’s I am straight up jelous.

Are you “floating” in life right now?
I think I am starting to learn to go with the flow, and the easy path is not the right path always ( at least for me).


Should you smile more?
I think we can all do this!

If you could open your own business what would it be? A Froyo Store or Juice Bar would be my picks!