Monday, December 5, 2016

Scenes from the weekend #3

I should really call these posts "Snaps from the weekend" because the majority of the photos are screen shots from my snapchat.

Should I change it? Let me know!

Friday morning I took my workout to the mall with my Stroller Strides crew and decided to have a treat yo self moment and pick up an Apple watch.

I went back and forth between the 38mm and the 42mm size for a good thirty minutes before deciding bigger IS better. 

The remainder of the day was spent working while Eddie tackled more of his attic project.

Saturday morning I HIIT the gym (see what I did there?) and put my watch to work for the first time. I actually wore my Polar on one wrist and my Apple watch on the other, just to test the accuracy.

 I am thrilled to report my burns were almost exactly the same, they were slightly higher on my AW but I'll take it.

After Molly woke up from her nap we piled into the car and head out for our "family errand day." First stop was BJ's for formula, which I cannot wait to stop having to buy every two weeks, and then Walmart for wreaths.

I was inspired by a late night (9:30 pm) instagram scroll to put wreaths in every window in the front of our home.  Although the photo is a little dark because the sun was setting when we finally finished, we are really happy with the outcome. Eddie wants to get a larger wreath for our middle window but I think keeping them all the same is the way to go, if you have an opinion or suggestion please leave it below!

After Walmart we went to lunch, something we rarely do anymore but it was a nice way to break up the day. I didn't take pictures of our meals but I did capture Molly's mess.

I wasn't paying attention and emptied the dust from her yogurt melts all over the table.
Don't worry, I cleaned it up!

After lunch we stopped at A.C Moore to pick up crafting supplies for Gigi and Molly to work on this week for Christmas gifts. Then we made it to our final destination, Bath & Body works for their $8.50 candle sale.

On the bottom left is "winter rose," I found this one on our way out of the store and quickly swapped it with another I had in my bag already. I am kicking myself for not buying more of this one!

Sunday we adventured into downtown Annapolis for Eddie's first time at the Iron Rooster.

The wait for a table was 35 minutes but we bumped into a few friends who were also waiting so it made the time pass much more quickly.

 One thing the Iron Rooster is known for is their homemade poptarts. They always have brown sugar and mixed berry on the menu then one specialty tart which on Sunday was oreo.

We both found it to be very disappointing but the brown sugar, my all time favorite, was just as perfect as ever.

After lunch we did our weekly food haul at Trader Joe's, what we gained in food we lost in socks. Every time we go food shopping Molly loses a sock, it has gotten to the point the people at Trader Joe's know us because of this. 

All in all, we had a fantastic and busy weekend. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Scenes from the Weekend #2

For those of you struggling this morning, repeat after me:

Short work week. 
Short work week. 
Short work week.

This weekend was another one with no real plans which we were a-okay with. Eddie spent the majority of his weekend working on an attic project he's been wanting to complete. He added flooring to areas that didn't have any and started to re-insulate (is that even the term?) 

I kicked off my weekend with a HIIT class and it was just what I needed after a stressful week. 

Also, I LOVE my Hydroflask water bottle. If you're looking for a great gift to give to someone (or yourself) I recommend one of these. 

After the gym Molly and I had to hide in our room for awhile due to our house cleaners having to come back from the night before (long story) so we watched Daniel Tiger and had some snacks.

These two love to keep me company while I am getting ready for the day. I have to admit, they're very entertaining together, so it's a welcomed distraction.

Once the cleaners had finished working and Eddie took a break from his project we all went out grocery shopping and to pick up our Christmas tree!

Eddie has always been a fan of multi-colored lights, which I also loved when I was growing up, but as an adult, I prefer white. Thankfully this tree has both and eight different light settings, which is completely unnecessary but we're happy with it.

It didn't take Molly long to warm up to our new house guest. I think we will have to baby gate it off once the ornaments go up next week.

Yesterday was the coldest day we have had this Fall but Molly and I  got bundled up and spent the day with my parents in Delaware. Tax free shopping, woohoo!

We spent the majority of the day in the car because the wind paired with the cold was just too much for this little tamale but we had fun just being together.

We got home late Sunday afternoon, just in time for dinner which is Molly and Daddy time. While they ate I tackled a project of my own.

Molly's hospital bracelet and the hat she wore when she was born. My plan is to have it on our tree year after year until she is old enough to have a tree of her own and then it will go on hers, if she wants it too. 

I don't love how the hat and bracelet are laying inside of the ornament so I may have to buy a smaller one or glue them together somehow. 

Any suggestions/ideas are greatly appreciated.

I wanted to leave you all with this photo I came across this weekend. I shared it on my Instagram for many reasons but with this week being Thanksgiving it really resonates with me.

Take your life and make it the best story in the world.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

5 Things I am excited about right now

1. The new Bruno Mars cd that drops tomorrow.

I pre-ordered it the minute I heard 24k but really, who doesn't get excited about new Bruno music? This will also give my family a break from listening to the Hamilton soundtrack in its entirety, every day.

2. Thanksgiving. I can't believe we are one week away from the biggest eating day of the year! 

(last Thanksgiving)

This is the last first holiday for Molly since she was born three weeks ahead of her due date and joined us for Christmas last year. I can't wait to see her reaction to all of the new foods she gets to try.

3. Decorating our home for Christmas. This is our first year as homeowners and I have yet to decorate for a single holiday we have had here but Christmas? It's on! 
( Last Christmas in our townhouse)
Eddie has already measured the outside for lights and I am in the middle of trying to pick our tree, which is a much more difficult process than expected. The one thing I am worried about? Molly destroying our decor. This should be an interesting 5 week experiment.

4. Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.

 Although the shows quality has taken a total nose dive over the last decade I still watch it every year because it's tradition. Being a New Yorker I have so many memories of visiting the tree year after year that the lighting feels like the true Christmas season kick-off.

5. The weekend. I know this is cliché but I really am looking forward to this weekend.

Work has been insane and poor Molly has been sick with a cold, which means no sleep for either of us. We have NO plans (as of now) but I know I will be treating myself to some alone time at the nail salon.  Even if it's only an hour, I cherish that time by myself.

What are five things you're excited about right now?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New must-have products from Trader Joe's

It seems that we alternate our food store of choice every week, depending on our needs. This week we opted for Trader Joe's which around the Holidays is always dangerous because they bring back old favorites while introducing you to new "must-have" products.

For the sake of the blog I took one for the team and picked up a mix of health and a  few not-so-healthy finds to share with you today.

First up, these pre-cut vegetables.

With Molly eating solids three times a day now I find myself struggling with what to feed her. Her two favorite vegetables are sweet potatoes and butternut squash so this seemed like a no brainer for us.

I'm not quite sure what I will have this with just yet but I was afraid if I didn't grab it this trip I would miss out. Trader Joe's FOMO at its best.

Sticking with the cauliflower theme, I had seen this on the Trader Joe's list instagram last week and was so excited when I saw it in our store. Eddie and Molly both gave me a questionable look when I squealed with excitement over it. Again, I have no idea what I'll have it with, but at least it's in our fridge!

Neither Eddie or I were sure if these were new but we decided they would be a quick lunch or dinner option on our hectic days. 

The apple cinnamon sticks have been a long time favorite of mine but I only pick them up during this time of year, I may have grabbed two bags just in case Molly loves them too.

The turkey stuffing kettle chips were another scrolling through instagram find and partly what prompted me to suggest shopping at Trader Joe's for the week. We broke into them as soon as we got in the car and if I had to rate them on their flavor accuracy, I would say an 8. These chips are the perfect accompaniment to a sandwich, preferably chicken salad.

Okay, enough about the chips.

These were a total impulse buy. There they were hanging out on the end cap, minding their own business and I rolled on by, spotted them and said, happening!

We haven't had ice cream in our house for the last 9 weeks due to my Body Back program (recap/results coming soon) but when I spotted this bad boy and read the description out loud Eddie yanked it from my hands faster then I could finish my sentence.
The woman who was standing next to us grabbed one as well and said she wouldn't have bought it if we didn't spot it for her. I considered that my good deed for the day.

Have you tried anything new at Trader Joe's lately? Let me know if I am missing out on something!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Scenes from the weekend #1

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend like we did. I am starting a new series here on JKS where I share our scenes from the weekend.

Saturday morning I had some girl time and attended a Make, Mingle & Shop event right by our house. It was hosted by a bunch of my momtrepreneur friends and included opportunities to shop at LulaRoe, Pampered Chef, Young Living and more.

I purchased the above outfit from LLR (excuse my snapchat picture) and couldn't be happier with it. The sweater is so soft and something I would never have purchased had I not tried it on that very moment. As far as what I made, I went with an essential oils "stress relief" roller.

Our afternoon was filled with Starbucks, Trader Joe's and Fresh Market to prepare for the upcoming week. Stay tuned later this week for a post on a few new TJ's finds!

The remainder of the weekend was spent snuggling this little cutie pie who is sick with a bad cold. 

Even with very little sleep last night, I feel refreshed and ready to tackle another week of work and workouts. I cannot believe that next week is Thanksgiving already, and soon after our baby will be one.

Where has the time gone?

Okay, enough about me, how was your weekend? 
Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

It's Red Cup Day!


As an avid Starbucks drinker I look forward to this day every year. I love the idea of walking into one of my favorite coffeeshops, ordering a Skinny Gingerbread Latte (this year with almond milk) and knowing it's going to be in a festive cup.

In a way, it kicks off the holiday season.

There are thirteen designs made by thirteen different women around the world and as you can see, they are all stunning. My favorites are the Christmas Lights, the reindeer snowflake that kind of resembles a sweater and Santa with his reindeer.

To add to the excitement, Snapchat got in on the fun and released a special filter in their honor. 

 Molly and I had too much fun playing around with it this morning during breakfast while listening to Christmas music. 

After playing with Snapchat for entirely too long, I got Molly dressed for the day and I couldn't help myself so I put her in some of her new clothes, which are more fitting for December.

Some days you just need a little Christmas spirit, am I right?

The snuggle is always real with this one.

After the gym we popped into Starbucks where I finally got my hands on one and it did not disappoint.

The rest of the day is filled with work but I think some more Christmas music may be in order, just to keep the merriment going.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Celebrate we will...

With today being election day and a rather tense time in our country, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a weekend full of family, friends and celebrations

Because life is short but sweet for certain. 

Friday afternoon we got the good news that our brother in law passed the bar! In honor of such an accomplishment we celebrated with some beer and pizza, is there anything better than that?

Saturday morning Eddie and I packed up our car, kissed Molly goodbye (which was so hard for me to do!) and drove two hours to Philadelphia to attend a surprise engagement party for my best friend from college.

The weather was as perfect as our 24 hour stay in one of my favorite cities. I was so happy to be reunited with friends that I haven't seen in years while celebrating such an exciting and monumental event.

Sunday morning before we made the trip back to Maryland, Eddie and I made a stop at Reading Terminal to bring back some of my father's favorite Jewish meats for our final celebration of the weekend.

I wish I had thought to take photos while walking around Reading Terminal but I was exhausted and slightly hungover so I was determined to get what we needed and back on the road.

After a short drive we were back in time for a quick nap with Molly before celebrating my dads birthday!

We celebrated my fathers birthday at my sisters house with too much food and ice cream but none of us were complaining! Molly even tried her first knish and had a taste of whipped cream, but thankfully not at the same time.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend of celebrating so many people we love and are happy to have in our lives.