Shopping/No shopping Updates

Hi friends!

I don’t think I gave you guys an update in November with the whole no clothes/shoes/accessories shopping so I thought it would be a good time to do one now!

When I started this journey I had planned on going strong and not buying anything until July 2020, but unfortunately (or fortunately) that won’t be happening. The timeline was probably a little over-reaching for me.

I decided to do this because I did feel like I was buying things without considering how often I would use it, how it fit into my wardrobe, how long it would last among other things. I also felt like I was buying things way to frequently and I needed a cleanse of sorts.

I needed to go cold turkey and figure out how to use the clothes I had AND what pieces I gravitated towards, what I get the most use out of, and what I didn’t really look forward to wearing.

I got the answers I was looking for and found some pieces I had been looking for so I took the leap and bought them. I will go more into depth about what I got (THAT was a journey in itself) in a later post.

I won’t lie, I was pretty bummed about not being able to make it to July 2020, but I also realize that the point of this was to become a more responsible consumer and I hope I don’t forget this lesson anytime soon.

Thanks for coming along with me on this journey! I’ll see you guys next week!

What we ate on Thanksgiving

The past few years we have made burgers for Thanksgiving, but this year we decided to switch it up and go a bit more traditional. I won’t lie we didn’t really make anything from scratch (other than the Brussels we roasted and ate for breakfast 😀 ), but the meal ended up being pretty delicious!

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We had both sweet and regular mashed potato. The mashed potato ended up being our favorite out of these two-although I will say that the mashed potatoes weren’t as garlicky as I thought they would be?

A corn casserole dish…or as Trader Joe’s calls it Corn Pudding. This was interesting in that the top was the texture of flan.

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We obviously had to have gravy and were super pleased to find that Good & Gather had made a turkey gravy. This was super umami in flavor and really brought the meal together.

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Plus turkey and rolls 🙂 I won’t lie the turkey was turkey to me because I am usually in it for the sides, but who isn’t?

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The only thing I felt like we were missing was cranberry sauce. There’s something interesting about cranberry sauce-I didn’t think I would miss it, but while eating this all I could think was “this NEEDS cranberry sauce.”

Later on we made sandwiches with the rolls and leftovers and again I felt like the slight tart/sweetness from cranberry sauce would have taken it up a few notches. I guess we know for next time!

For dessert we had decided on pies and went for a slice of apple and a slice of chocolate mousse-both of which were really good!

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That concludes our Thanksgiving meal, but I can’t conclude without giving hubby a big shoutout for these pictures! Thank you babe for taking these ❤️

How was your Thanksgiving and what did you guys end up eating? Let me know in the comments!

Birthdays and giving thanks

If you couldn’t tell from my Monday post we have a lot to be thankful for this past year and one thing I am most thankful for is my wonderful husband!

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It is his birthday today and I just want to take a minute to let him know how grateful I am to be his wife. Babe, thank you for being the incredibly kind, generous, and loving person you are. The way you take things in stride and see the brighter side of things-no matter the situation is something I am in awe of.

I know I tell you all the time but you really are the best husband ever and to top it off you are so stinkin’ hot! I love you so much and hope you have the best birthday ever and that this year brings true all your wishes!

Besides birthday wishes I wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I know I normally do Monday/Thursday posts, but since I’m doing this one today I figured I’d combine the birthday/Thanksgiving. I hope you guys are getting to spend some good quality time with family and eating some delicious food!

I’m not sure if I’m going to be taking pictures of our Thanksgiving, but if I do I will most certainly share that with you!

Happy birthday babe, Happy Thanksgiving my friends, and have a lovely weekend!

To-Do Lists

One of the greatest pleasures in life (I think) is putting pen to paper and crossing out something you have completed.

These past couple of months I’ve been able to do that with some long-term stuff, some short-term stuff, some fun stuff, and some adult-y stuff. I’m feeling extra thankful this week for all our blessings so I wanted to share some stuff I’ve been able to cross off on my list 🙂

One of the big things was selling the house! Still very grateful and happy to have that process complete.

Buying Halloween candy after Halloween on sale is #adulting. Keeping this large bag of candy in a house with 2 people is #peterpanning.

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….Getting more candy was not on the to-do list, but when there’s a See’s what’s a girl to do?

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It was time for me to renew a certification so I knocked that out over the course of a few days. I was especially happy that I was able to complete it during a weekend where B had work events all weekend instead of having to do it during a weekend we were off together.

Going to Corner Bakery for breakfast had been on our list…going twice in one weekend? not so much.

Speaking of restaurants-going to Pita Street was on my list since I saw it and was super excited to check out the food. It was so so good!

I was super happy to be able to complete a student loan thing. I had talked to them on the phone to verify completion, but getting the letter and having the paper in my hand was a really big check off on the to-do list.

Is there any big or small things you guys have crossed off that meant a lot? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Oh the food we will eat…Combine Kitchen

Since moving I’ve been on the hunt for a brunch spot-on Yelp this place has 4.5 stars and 1085 reviews so I had to check it out.

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We arrived after a workout ready to eat! We ordered two savory items to share-one being the steak and egg toast and the other being the lox toast.

We tried the lox toast first which came with house cured salmon, dill cream cheese, watermelon radish, pickled red onions and candied mustard seeds served on a slice of toasted bread. I loved everything about this toast-the silkiness of the salmon, the perfect amount of cream cheese, the bite from the radish and pickled onions and the sweetness from the candied mustard seeds. It was so good!

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Next up was the steak and eggs which arrived with skirt steak, poached egg, topped with salsa verde on a hefty piece of garlic toast. This had a side of arugula with lemon vinaigrette which we also added to the toast to add some texture and brightness. This toast was the hardier of the two and the more savory.  It was just meaty and had some creaminess from the egg and brightness from the salsa verde, but adding the arugula helped add a freshness that it needed.

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I won’t lie I did add sriracha to both of these because I love some spice and I loved it that much more!

I will be back to have more food because I really, really enjoyed this place and the eats!

Things that annoy me

This is in no way meant to offend anybody, but I love reading these kinda posts and having that “hallelujah” moment so just grab a snack and have a good laugh, a vigorous nod because you get it, or leave me a comment if you’re like “you’re nuts, I love that.”

Numero uno, when I’m at the gym and doing cardio I don’t like having someone on the machine next to me IF there are multiple of the same machines open. I totally get it when there is only a few of the same type of equipment and you have no choice but to get on the one immediately next to me, but if there’s 15 in a row and nobody else is on the other 14 why must you be right next to me? WHY??

You guys, I’m a very friendly person and I am not a road rager type personality, but oh my ‘lanta does it really get under my skin when someone is in the far left going 55 in front of me and there’s no way for me to pass them, but I can see miles and miles of space in front of them and the vehicle in front of them. Is this just me?

Cellulite-why is this a thing? Also, why is it that women are more prone to having them? It’s not like we don’t have enough on our plate! I workout and eat right a majority of the time, but I definitely have some cellulite on the back of my legs and butt. Am I going to stop eating cookies? No. Do they annoy the crap outta me? Yes!

That’s all the annoyance I have in me for today! Let me know what bugs you if anything and if you find any of these things annoying or if you absolutely love/don’t mind the things I mentioned. Thanks for reading!

Can’t get enough

I have quite a few things that I can’t just seem to get enough of and I thought it would be fun to share!

Good Bones on HGTV and The Office. The first is pretty self explanatory…I love a good HGTV show. The second I never thought I would be as enthralled as I am-it’s just cringe worthy hilarity at it’s best!

These Takis and baby carrots. The combo of the spicy limey chip with the crisp, sweetness of a fresh carrot-I can’t get enough. It’s a little odd, but trust me!

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Hubby-made burgers. This man can make a mean burger and I am drooling just thinking about this one. Also shout to hubs for this incredible photo! Any photos you see on this blog and think, “man that’s a good photo” was probably taken by the man, the myth, the legend-my husband! Thanks babe!

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I needed a new phone case and saw an ad on Insta…funny how that works. I checked it out and fell in love with this case by Casely. They have a great selection of cases for both and Android and Apple users. After having this case for a little bit I can say I still love it!

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I’ve always loved pizza, but recently my love feels like it’s gone to another level. I can eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and be perfectly content. Recently, the addition of all the veggies is all I want for a good delicious meal!

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Salmon is another thing I’ve always enjoyed, but recently find myself salivating at the thought of it. I’m not particularly craving any other seafood, but give some baked salmon and veggies for dinner and I am a happy girl 🙂

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What’s some stuff you can’t seem to get enough of?

Good food, great company

Happy Monday lovely people!

I hope you’re all kicking the week off strong! We’ve been enjoying some yummy food the past week or so and I thought it would be fun to share 🙂

We kicked the weekend off with a little date night at Paul Martin’s. We looked through the menu, but finally settled on getting a couple of mains. We had to get the short rib since it was so good last time and we got a blackened ribeye. We shared and loved both dishes!

A little flash back to the week though would give us this homemade dinner of salmon and veggies. I found this mustardy cajun sauce recipe to use and I’m a little obsessed with it. I can almost taste it!

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We had been on a burger kick that got interrupted by some busy schedules, but we finally jumped back on the wagon Sunday and were not disappointed. These burgers were so good-caramelized onions, garlicky cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, and In n’ Out spread. Also, carrot fries!

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I think we temporarily went crazy and decided to buy a Costco cake-the only reason this is a little wild is because we are TWO people…but we had bought this cake before and knew we loved it. The chocolate tuxedo cake is so good! I love the layers of texture and flavor! Highly recommend-even if you are only two people 🙂

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I love yummy food, but I have to say that good food is made a million times better by great company. I love being married to my foodie partner in crime and each day (food related or not) is a wonderful adventure with you.

That’s gonna wrap up my good eats post, but I’m dying to know what you’re good eats were in the comments below!

HIIT and workout updates

There are so many benefits to HIIT…just google it and you’ll get a nice long list, but honestly there are benefits to just moving your body. I’m still enjoying HIIT on days I don’t go to the gym and don’t have work.

I don’t workout on days I have work. God bless the nurses that are on their feet for the 12 to 13 hours and manage to squeeze in a workout before or after work, but I am not one of those peeps. On days I don’t have work I work out at home and do a HIIT session which I love or if the hubs and I both have some time we’ll go to the gym.

Since our move from The Valley to San Bernardino County we have been walking a LOT. We live in a super safe area so it’s nice to be able to walk either super early or after the sun has set. On days I am off, but hubby still has to go in we’ve been getting up at 6am to do a nice little walk. We also do after dinner walks everyday that I am home.

If we need to grab a couple of bananas or something random we are within walking distance of grocery stores so we’ll just take a quick walk over. It’s been so nice to live somewhere where walking more is possible!

Besides the walking not much else has changed in terms of fitness. I have always said and will always say there is no right way to “exercise.” Every body is different and every body reacts differently to different movements. You gotta do what’s good for your body and something your lifestyle can maintain-that’s a healthy life.

What have you guys been doing to keep your body movin’ and groovin’?

Salmon, salmon everywhere

I’ve been craving a good bagel and lox and since I couldn’t get that to happen I compromised and decided to buy some lox and use my Everything but the Bagel seasoning and sourdough to create a bagel feel.

I toasted my sourdough, shmeared some whipped cream cheese, sprinkled on the everything seasoning and layered on the lox. Let me tell you, it was not the same as a bagel (duh) but it was a filling and yummy lunch!

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I tried it with avocado (we had some ripening and in need of use) and loved it, but to be completely honest I did not enjoy this lox. I will probably be sticking with the TJ’s version. I’m super picky about flavors of fish, chicken…any meat. This was really fishy!

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I love having salmon once a week (hopefully we’ll work up to the twice a week), but in our small apartment it can really smoke it up when I pan cook it. I wanted an easier way to make it and decided to bake it and then put it on broil to create a little bit of a crisp on top. This salmon was so delicious!

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If you’re intimidated by making salmon in a pan I would highly recommend just throwing it in a 350 degree oven. For these two pieces it took about 12 minutes or so to cook and then I broiled it for a bit. I am already looking forward to next week’s salmon!

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What’s your favorite fish to eat? How do you cook it?