August Update on Cutting Down

I think my post went up for “cutting down” towards the end of July, but I started the whole process the beginning of July when we moved so I thought it would be a good time to give an update.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but I did unsubscribe from emails from a lot of retailers. I felt like between ads on Insta, YouTube, and Facebook I didn’t need more temptation. This has helped a lot because I’m not getting pummeled with deals from my favorite spots to shop AND I don’t feel like I am missing out on any great deals since I don’t know about them to start.

As a side note, this has made it much easier to clean out my inbox. I don’t wake up to 50 email notifications every morning.

I will say though that I haven’t felt tempted to buy anything yet. I am very surprised by this because I thought the itch would have started by now, but I am grateful it has stayed away. I don’t know if it’s because I am still settling in and figuring out a schedule and have been dealing with other stressors.

I do wonder if once things get into more of a normal routine I will feel more tempted to run to TJ Maxx or Target. Speaking of Target, the Target I live around has an incredible selection of clothes and accessories. I do avoid going into that department at all costs, but it does sometimes call to me as I am heading to check out.

I have learned about some gaps in my clothes and I have learned a little more about my likes and dislikes. For example, I learned that I enjoy a wider strap when it comes to dresses/tops and not a spaghetti strap mostly because I find strapless bras annoying. I’ve also noticed that I avoid certain pieces of clothing because of comfort, the way it looks on me, pattern, straps, whatever it may be.

Last but not least, because I don’t have the option of buying new clothes I have been doing a better job and wearing pieces I normally don’t and making sure I rotate through my clothes. I’ve definitely been wearing the crap outta all the clothes I brought in preparation for a hot summer.

I know it’s only been a little more than a month, but I am pretty proud of myself. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to complete this challenge! I’ll do my best to continue to do a monthly update.

I am curious if any of you have done anything similar to this? If you have please feel free to leave any tips on how you did it and how it was for you.

Coronado

Good morning!

On a Tuesday morning I headed out with a friend and co-worker to the last session of our leadership conference. I don’t know if you remember, but for the session in April and June hubby was able to come along. Sadly, this time around he had work and couldn’t make it. I was bummed, but super grateful I didn’t have to make the trip alone!

I was excited to have the opportunity to finish the program, but also sad that it would be the last time we would be coming. It was a really great conference and I learned a lot about leadership and myself.

While in Coronado, we made the most of it and had some yummy food.

The first night we went to Maretalia. It’s a lovely Italian joint on the Island and we walked to it. The walk felt long since we were all hungry, but once we got there we were in carb heaven!

After sitting down we were offered bread and a lovely gentleman came around with the bread choices. There was no choice for me other than the big fluffy slices of focaccia. The bread was salty and soft and served with softened butter in a pool of olive oil with a piece of roasted garlic on top. I could eat that bread everyday for the rest of my life!

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I ordered the shrimp campanelle and boy was this good! The shrimp were perfectly cooked and there were tomatoes that added brightness and acidity. I asked for some parm on top which added a nice flavor and depth. The pasta was cooked al dente and I am sitting here drooling thinking about this dish.

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By the time we left the sun was starting to set and our walk home was much easier with the carbs in our belly. We were all tired from our day of traveling and conferencing that we headed back to the hotel to settle in and get some rest.

I had a hard time sleeping-always do without hubby-but I finally gave up, woke up a little earlier than planned and headed to the gym.

As much as I enjoyed the conference it was a lot of sitting and I am not used to that much sitting. The morning workouts gave me life and helped with the restlessness that sitting for long periods causes me to have.

After conference we made dinner plans and walked to another spot on the island-Miguel’s. I had been craving tacos and tortilla chips and queso and had gotten many recommendations for this place. It was another 30 minute walk to this place (we passed Maretalia on the way).

Once we arrived we were seated and served warm chips, salsa, and queso. The chips were salty and crispy, the queso was creamy, and the salsa was bright. It was really difficult to stop eating them.

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The server was really nice and let us know we could order two different kinds of tacos so we could try more than one. I ordered a swordfish taco and a ahi tuna taco. The swordfish was grilled and flavorful and served in a soft corn tortilla. The ahi tuna was seared and chopped up and served in a hard taco shell.

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If I am being completely honest, I ate most of the ahi tuna taco and half of the swordfish taco. I ended up eating the rest of the swordfish, but not the whole taco. It was served with rice and beans and I think I took one small bite of each, but was too full to bother even trying to eat anymore.

We walked to Hotel Del Coronado and saw these incredible sand castles. I think there had to have been a competition of some sort. We ended up unintentionally taking the long way home so it was a long walk, but we didn’t mind. We were fueled with yummy food and beautiful weather.

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After the conference Thursday we headed back home. I was super excited to see hubby, but by the time I got back he was still at work. I did come home to this which was so sweet. He is honestly the best husband ever!

We ended up going out to sushi that night at Sushi Hachi. We ordered some edamame and a few rolls. We both really enjoyed these and they were on the fresher end of the spectrum rather than the fried or cooked rolls we sometimes get. I feel like this might turn into one of our regular sushi spots πŸ™‚

Have you guys been to any of these places in Coronado? Let me know in the comments!

Kodiak Cakes Review

Good morning everybody!

Today, I am bringing you a review of the Kodiak Cakes Protein-Packed Power Flapjacks in the buttermilk flavor. Phewww that was a mouthful!

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I love finding more nutrient dense options of the things I already love and eat. I used to get the Kodiak Cakes pancake mix and make it myself, but these seemed like a great option for people who are super busy and need a quick breakfast or even just something easy to make at work with a microwave.

I enjoy pancakes and waffles, but I get full fast so I have a hard time having both pancakes and something else to make sure I get protein. If I just have a waffle or pancake I tend to be hungry again in about an hour or so. Nobody got time for that, so I wanted pancakes that had some protein to keep me fuller for longer.

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When you open the box they have already packaged up each serving size to help make it easy if you do need to pack it up for work because you can just throw it in your lunch bag. The con here is that it’s not environmentally friendly…

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3 in each package…

Of course, it doesn’t matter how quickly you can make it or how much protein it has if it doesn’t taste good. Thankfully, this tastes like pancakes, but the texture is a little on the drier end of the spectrum. I don’t mind because I spread creamy peanut butter on and dip it in maple syrup, but if you’re planning on eating it plain just know it’s dry so bring almond milk to drink.

I liked these and will probably repurchase as a good option to take to work or have on a busy morning. If you have tried these frozen pancakes or the Kodiak Cake mix let me know what you thought in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

 

Oh the food we will eat…Paul Martin’s

One particular Friday night, after watching Hobbs and Shaw at AMC, we decided to grab some dinner at Paul Martin’s.

Mind you I had already been eyeballing this place and seen some things (quite a few things) that really piqued my interest and knew we needed to come here. We arrived and were seated pretty quickly. I immediately loved the vibe-it was a pretty filled restaurant with a good buzz of chatter filling the air. It was lively!

We glanced at the menu and figured out what we wanted to order and went for it! We decided on the grilled artichoke for an app, the short rib for our main, and picked roasted cauliflower and Brussels to add on as sides.

We started with this beautiful bread and butter situation. The bread was just slightly warm, but so soft in the middle and crusty on the outside. The butter was salted and soft-super easy to spread! I honestly don’t know if there is anything that tops a good bread and butter combo for me…it’s just so good.

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We have never had artichokes and we were a bit confused on how to eat it. To be completely honest we just looked it up and I kind of wish we had looked it up while there because we wasted a lot of edible artichoke :/ The pieces we did eat though were super flavorful and had that lovely charred, salty delicious taste that I adore!

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The roasted cauliflower and Brussels were so good. The cauliflower was nice and garlicky from the pieces of roasted garlic that were hidden amongst the chunks of cauliflower. The Brussels were crispy and soft and absolutely delicious.

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The short rib was so tender you didn’t need a knife and the mashed potatoes that came with it were very smooth and creamy.

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The food was a HUGE hit with us and the service was really great! We will definitely be keeping this place in mind as an option for date night. If you have a Paul Martin’s near you, you absolutely should check it out!

What we’ve been up to

Let’s just say we are excited for things to settle down and build a routine and we’ve been working very hard on making that happen.

In terms of food….

Lots of avocado toast

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Burgers of the veggie and meat kind

Re-purposing take-out with broccoli, eggs and other things

Waffles and yogurt

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Ice-cream sandwiches…

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In terms of selling the house we’ve made a few repairs and gotten things in order to continue the escrow process. We are ready to be done!

We’ve also been selling things on FB market (thanks for the tip Mackenzie) in order to downsize and live a little more clutter free!

In terms of staying strong and healthy we’ve been working out (basically everyday since I had been waiting to start work). I continue cycling through our gym, the apartment gym, and HIIT at home. We’ve been loving post dinner walks when the weather cools down.

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For work-hubs started a while ago and I have completed hospital orientation and I am about to wrap up floor orientation.

I think that’s all for now, but let me know what’s going on in your lives! Talk to me in the comments below πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

Cutting down and Cleaning out

I’ve been avoiding writing this post because writing this post means I will have to stick with it…

Long story short I decided after our move that I will not be buying any more clothes, accessories, or shoes until after July 2020. I kinda avoided telling hubby for a little while too because, again, saying it out loud would make it a concrete thing that I would have to follow through on.

I took the plunge and told him because honestly there’s nothing quite like a move to encourage you to get rid of things and question your decision of buying stuff. We did donate a bunch of clothes before the move and some after, but it really opened my eyes to the amount of things we acquired in just a couple of years.

The things I have now are things I feel like I will wear and use and love, but I really wanted to test that theory out. Do you guys have a ton of things to wear but only rotate through a few things? I know I do, so I wanted to see if I could encourage myself to wear more of things I already own.

At the end of the year the things I haven’t worn are going to be donated. I feel good and strong about this now, but I know it will get tough because I do love clothes and accessories and shoes…

I decided to do this for a few reasons:

  1. Avoid being wasteful-I keep buying new things so I don’t get as much use out of my clothes as I could/should.
  2. Easy to keep organized-I don’t have clothes overflowing out of my dresser/closet. This also allows me to see what items I am missing or what items I may need more of.
  3. Buying clothes/shoes/accessories is more of a want at this point and not a need. I have enough clothes for every occasion and season. I have more than enough jackets for the winter and plenty of dresses and shorts for the summer.
  4. A perk of not buying more stuff is saving some money honeyyy πŸ˜‰
  5. It will get the creative juices flowing in terms of coming up with outfits and pairing things up that I may not have thought of otherwise.

I have plenty of rational reasons in my head, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to stick it out and do the darn thing. I will definitely do my best at keeping you guys updated…maybe even like a monthly update?!

Thanks for reading lovely peeps! Let me know if you’ve ever done something like this and how it went? Any tips on how to get through?

What we’ve been doing and eating

It feels nice to be somewhat settled in and writing once again! We have finally moved into San Bernardino County and managed to somewhat organize ourselves and our lives.

Once we got everything situated into where we think we would like it we also started tackling alllllll the address changes with all the people. You guys-someone needs to invent a one stop shop way of doing this! It’s crazy how many people you have to call and how many websites you must visit to change your address.

Throughout all of the craziness we did manage to workout first thing every morning just to help the endorphins start flowing and get us both in a good head space to tackle whatever the day had in store!

During this time the cooking was minimal, but we did go out and get some fruit and snacky veggies (baby carrots).

We’ve also been trying to get a lay of the land through the food that is around us so we’ve had some fails and wins-some I took pictures of and some I did not.

My hubby loved these donuts and I thought they were mediocre…

You guys are going to think I’m nuts, but since moving here I have discovered Denny’s. I’m not crazy, but I am obsessed with their veggie egg white skillet. Only, I get it with poached eggs and it is so freaking good! I wish I had gotten a better picture, but such is life when you’re post-gym hangry πŸ˜€

I also got these strawberry pancake puppies from there because again #hangry and they smelled and tasted like heaven. I could only manage to eat one, but that one was so good I ate another. I saved the rest and tried them later that night and you guys-still incredible!

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Another day’s bagel-I love a good everything bagel with lox and cream cheese. This one had tomatoes, onions, and capers too!

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We went to Berries for frozen yogurt. They don’t have too many flavors, but they will take whichever flavor of yogurt you pick and smash/mix in any add-ins. It’s very similar to Marble Slab or Cold Stone, but with frozen yogurt. We picked a vanilla base with strawberries and chocolate chips. Since it was frozen yogurt it got melty pretty fast, but man was it yummy!

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We’ve been trying out a local cake place and so far it’s been kind of a hit and miss situation. One we loved and some others not so much…

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We went to Waba for a healthier fare and enjoyed our bowls! I was so full after this because I literally inhaled it down-totally worth it!

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One particular day we headed back to LA and I had “snacks” in the form of tacos from Tocaya.Β After anything savory I immediately need sweet and so we stopped at Eataly and picked up these adorable treats!

I’m cutting myself off there and hope you guys are having a great start to the week!

 

 

San Diego Round 2

I don’t know if you guys remember/know, but I had made a trip to sunny SD in April for a leadership conference. It’s a 3 part conference and part 2 was in June.

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My view from the conference

Hubs and I drove up there Tuesday and had some delicious eats and treats when I wasn’t at the conference.

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For lunch before the conference we went to Big Thyme and ordered a reuben sandwich and salad to share. The hubs loved this salad so much that he ended up going back the next day and getting one for lunch!

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Yes, that is watermelon in our salad and it was actually pretty wonderful! I’m not a big fan of fruit in my salads, but maybe I am??

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Night one, some friends, the hubs, and I went to Barbusa. I was hungry and luckily were able to get seated immediately. We ordered some apps to share: arancini, cheese bread, and burrata.

The hubs and I shared a salad and this salmon dish!

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Afterwards we walked around Little Italy and fell in love with the delicious smells of pizza and pasta and the sweet stores that lined the streets.

I’m guessing we must have been on an Italian food kick because for dinner the next night we went to Isola Pizza Bar. Obviously we had to get the margherita pizza, but for our apps we got the shrimp and polenta along with a roasted veggie dish that was listed under the salads.

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I was intrigued by the dessert menu and while hubs got gelato I got a tiramisu…it was pretty delicious!

After a morning of conferencing the next day we drove home. It was a fun trip and even though I didn’t get too many pictures of everything seeing the ones I did take gives me the warm fuzzies πŸ™‚

I hope you all have such a great weekend! We have family coming in today for some fun celebrations this weekend and I am so looking forward to it!

What’s your favorite Italian food? Have you been to Little Italy in SD?

Meals and Things

I thought it would be good to share some random meals I’ve taken pictures of in the last couple of weeks!

I think you guys saw this on my Sardinely Delicious post, but I really enjoyed this mish-mosh of sardines, kale, tomatoes, and crackers!

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Keeping up with the fish theme I am back into lox and avocado toast-I’ve been loving it with a few slices of tomato stacked between the lox and avocado. It’s just so satisfying and delicious!

This gorgeous dinner was at Joey one late Saturday Night. We had the Korean Cauliflower, Lobster Ravioli, and Molten Chocolate Cake. It was an excellent meal!

We are loving sandwiches in this household (not anything new). This particular one was made by us for dinner one night-slices of beef, white cheddar, and a mixture of horseradish and mayo all sandwiched between two slices of sourdough.

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This one was from the mall food court and featured turkey, chipotle mayo, tomato, avocado, and other goodness! The panini press crunch is everything!

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We shared this hazelnut chocolate from Godiva after the panini as our dessert…we always need dessert.

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We tried out a new bakery and got a few things to try! The almond cake was a bit dry, the nutella cheesecake was good, and the fruit topped parfait/cake item was delicious πŸ™‚

Burgers with tomato, peppers, and white cheddar.

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For our burger side we roasted some potatoes and Brussels. I don’t have a post roasting pic, but this was too pretty to not snap one!

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What have you guys been eating lately?

 

 

Sardinely Delicious

Get it?? Sardinely like certainly?? Okay maybe just me, but y’all know I’m a big cheese bun πŸ™‚

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Anywho, if you haven’t already guessed this post will about my current favorite thing to eat-sardines. My sardine journey began one day at Costco. The sweet sample lady was handing out smoked sardines on Ritz crackers…I gave it a shot and became a little obsessed.

I love the Wild Planet Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lightly Smoked. Say that 5 times fast!Β I could eat it pretty plain with a little mayo and be perfectly content, but crackers and bread are always nice too.

I won’t lie I start loving food items because of the taste and then I really get excited when I learn that they are good for you and that’s kiiiindaa what happened here.

Sardines are great for you!

They have Omega-3s which is an anti-inflammatory and it can keep your blood pressure down!

Great source of protein especially for someone like me who could live of carbs, fruits, and veggies. I workout plenty and it’s nice to know my body is getting some good protein to help it build up the bones and muscles I work so hard to healthify.

I’m not a fan of dairy milk and even almond milk I only drink occasionally (read: with cookies). I do have cheese, but I still think about calcium intake and sardines are a great source of calcium.

All these things make them that much more delicious to me! How do you feel about sardines? Hate ’em, love ’em? Let me know in the comments!