Thursday, December 22, 2011


Why is it that when you have one thing to do, a million other things pop up? The Saturday before last was one of those days for husband and I. We started our marathon of par-tays at Natalopalooza's 10th birthday party. Let me just say that I can not believe that my little sister-in-law is already ten years old! Truly she is growing up to be such a beautiful young lady. Second stop was my work Christmas party, which was tough to leave early from because I have such a lovely group of coworkers that I get the pleasure to see everyday that seeing them socially is an even better treat. However we had to hustle downtown to the Red Wing's game for our third stop, to see them win 7-1 over the Winnepeg Jets. The last stop of the night was at the bar for a good friends 40th birthday party. Live music and 40oz beers was the only way to end a busy night.

Natalie is officially 1 decade old!
Go Wings!
40oz to freedom
40oz Colorado Kool-Aids

Sunday was spent with couch cuddles until hubs had a hockey game (they won). After hockey we made Sunday dinner together. These Bloomingburgs make a mean batch of tacos.

couch cuddle master

This weekend was far more tame.  A single party on Friday night at my bestie's house, just a quick four houses down the way.  Saturday and Sunday were slow going and I didn't even so much as get out of my pajamas.  I plan to spend this coming weekend in a similar fashion.  Husband has a few hockey games on Thursday and Friday which are always followed with drinks and good music at our favorite dive bar, Michnos.  Then my boo and I are heading out of town.  This will likely be our last Christmas that will be shared by just us two and we are going to take full advantage of it.  I can't wait to spend lots of alone time with my lover.  It's the quiet weekends that make me the happiest.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

all juiced up

In my lifetime I have tried just about every fad cleanse or detox under the sun.  Sometimes they make me feel good and other times they make me want to kick DJ (or whoever else gets in my way) in the face. 

Last week while reading The Daily Julie, I was introduced to The 3-Day Cleanse.  I was pretty much sold the minute I saw the word "cleanse".  To boot, it's a juice cleanse, giving me a small orgasm over the fact that I get to use my awesome juicer.

I went out and bought the book and read all weekend to see what the cleanse is all about.  On Wednesday night DJ and I hit the grocery store and came home to juice all night.  Fruits, veggies and nuts covered my kitchen island and Bo hid in the bedroom because he hates loud noises.

Thursday was the first day of all juice and I was so full all day I couldn't even drink all the juice!  Day 1 was ultimately a success.  On Friday, Day 2, I felt a little tingly.  I know that sounds weird, but my body was buzzing all day.  It wasn't  a bad feeling and I still wasn't hungry, but I did feel a little loopy. 

Luckily Day 3, was Saturday and I had the day off.  I didn't have to juice anything the night before so the juice was super duper fresh tasting which made it that much more enjoyable.

Overall, I loved this cleanse.  It actually made me feel clean.  My skin without make up was actually glowing all day yesterday.  I thought I would struggle with no solid foods for 3 days but instead I felt full.  It even continued throughout Sunday.  I woke up and made a banana, vanilla, cinnamon juice (I actually felt like this was more of a smoothie because of it's thicker consistency).  I wasn't feeling so ravenous that I HAD to make a big huge meal or anything, instead I was craving more juice.  I craved it so much that I juiced more to sip on through out the day!  I also have been juicing for this whole week.  If you are what you eat then I am turning into the produce section of Kroger.

Friday, December 9, 2011

hazy shade of winter

While I am fully aware of our luck this year with the amount, or lack thereof, of snow we have received,  I am still feeling entitled to a whine and a cry when I have to take extra care balancing on my heels on my out to the car after a mild snow fall.

Despite my hatred for the cold I have the house decorated to the extremes as usual, annoying my husband one twinkling light at a time.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Do you every want something so badly it makes your whole body ache?   Not just a want, an all consuming need for this very something.  I have the ache right now and the wait is unbearable.  Truly unbearable.  Two more days until I will know whether my want will have to wait or not. 

Tonight though I will just have to survive the wait, while I eat dinner prepared by husband.  He's too good to me that wonderful husband of mine.

sweet potato & chicken wrap - oh yum

Fingers crossed and wishes being made...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

an organized mess

I have a ritual at the start of each spring and fall season.  I literally empty every closet, drawer and container in the house and sort through my clothes.  I toss, donate and organize each piece of clothing.  It's chaotic to say the least and it takes days.  I am mid-chaos and I am swimming in a sea of clothing.  Together my husband and I have too many clothes.  TOO MANY!

a very tiny portion of the stacks and piles 

 The only benefit is to this ritual is finding hidden gems along the way that we both had previously forgotten about.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

turkey bender

I don't know about you but I am fighting some serious hangovers...turkey hangover...sweet potato casserole hangover...stuffing hangover...pecan pie get the idea.  The family was over on Turkey day and even though the ham was a little late to the party (sometimes I forget things) dinner was fan-fricken-tastic. 

We all ate, drank and laughed all afternoon, watched the Detroit Lions lose, and planned our attack on Black Friday sales amongst the ads.  It was the exact way I like to spend my very favorite holiday of the year.

{apron: anthropologie}

A few friends stopped by after dinner time and we watched "Home Alone" while we swapped holiday stories and prepared to embark on our shopping excursion.  The shopping plan did not exactly pan out accordingly (people are wacky), but we did walk away with some steals and deals and were home from shopping by 2am.  We went home and slipped into a food coma.  The perfect end to a very relaxing holiday.

The remainder of the weekend was just as relaxing and yummy.  I do believe I ate my way from one day to the next and that would be the reason we are headed to get a new treadmill last Monday.  It was ended on Sunday with my baby Bella Rue's 3rd birthday.  Her and Bo got some sweet treats.