Best place to do vacation research?! And my workout!

So like I said yesterday I am heading to Bangor, ME on Friday for a mini vacation and last night I was trying to do a little research and figure out what to do up there for three days. Chris and I have already planned our restaurants out but what to do in between eating is the question! I started using tripadvisor.com which is also an app as well as a web page. I really like it because you can enter the city and state and them once you do that it breaks it up into categories.

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What to eat, what to see and where to stay! You can click on the recommendations and see actual reviews which I especially liked! Although there is not a lot to do up in Bangor in the winter except for freeze your butt off, I think we will figure something out! If anything well just camp out in the hot tub at the hotel for three days!

This morning I had to wake up to help a friend out by watching her son until his daddy gets out of work at 8:30 AM! Followed by an awesome workout! My resistance to running is definitely getting a lot better. I’m not fatigued after five minutes which is awesome and it really lets me know that this program is working!

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Also, my friends (the ones I babysat this morning for) just got a Great Dane puppy named talula and she is adorable but huge! She’s only three months old!

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Off to work I go! Only until 5! Great short day! 🙂

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Where have I been?! Don’t forget about the giveaway!

Sorry I haven’t been around for a few days! Tuesday and Wednesday I had to wake up at 5AM to watch this little cutie!

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He truly is one of the most fun and cute one year olds I have had the pleasure of entertaining! He is Chris’ godson and his Mama works early and Dad works overnights so they needed someone to watch him for a couple hours! He slept most of the time but when he did wake up he was too cute!
So I have been extra tired by the time I get out of work so I really have just grabbed my book The Secret Keeper and read it until my eyes were too heavy to keep open! I finished the book last night and am going to start writing my book review for Peanut Butter Finger book review! If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it! I couldn’t have predicted what was going to happen in the last chapter! I had to re-read the last chapter to make sure I understood what was going on! This is a winner!

Here are a few pictures of things I have been eating over the past few days!

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Lots of yummies! Although I only worked a four day work week I am very happy that today is my Friday! I feel like I have been going non stop this week and I need a break! On Tuesday I went and looked at another house and I love this one but the price is at the top of our budget and we Wally wouldn’t have too much of a backyard which is hard for because because I grew up in the middle of nowhere with hardly any neighbors! This neighborhood is highly residential!

In other news a friend of mine told me that she is pregnant again and I am so happy for her! It’s such an exciting time! Although Chris and I aren’t getting married for another year and a half I couldn’t picture myself having children right now so I am happy that my friends are so I get to spend time with their kids!

This morning I slept in because I needed a little extra rest! Remember a few days ago when it was only 3 degrees? Ya well today and yesterday temperatures reach about 60 degrees…oh New England! I headed right to the gym after I woke up and did an awesome running workout!

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How has your week been?

Uneventful Sunday!

Well…Sunday was an uneventful day with a few errands and a lot of reading! I usually work on Sundays but luckily I switched with a coworker and I had a three day weekend! And now only a four day work week! I woke up relatively early yesterday morning because I wanted to get grocery shopping out of the way! I grabbed a lot of great food and ingredients to make some yummy recipes from my Taste of Home diet Comfort Food cookbook!

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Lunch yesterday was a rueben, Trader Joe’s butternut squash soup and mango and peach smoothie!

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After grocery shopping I literally parked my butt on the couch and really got into the book The Secret Keeper for PBFingers book review! I’m almost done with it and it is really good!

For dinner I made buffalo turkey burgers with crumbled blue cheese on top! Yummy!! That’s a recipe from the Taste of Home diet Comfort Food cookbook!

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I served it with some oven roasted green beans and raw red pepper strips!

Yesterdays workout was done in the comfort of my apartment because all I had to do was sit ups and push ups! They are getting harder slowly each time I do them because the amount keeps increasing so my arms and abs are usually burning by the end!

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I love how in the upper right corner it tells you how many you have done since the beginning of the program!

For my dessert after my workout I recently discovered that health choice makes frozen yogurt and they come in three packs. Each cup is only 100 calories which is great! I bought the strawberry and the vanilla! Last night I had the vanilla with craisins!

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This morning is back to the work grind so I woke up early to hit the gym but of course I forgot my gym card so I had to head back to my apartment to get it…luckily we live a minute from the club house! I felt really good after this workout! Full of energy and ready to tackle Monday!

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The running durations are quickly getting longer and my tolerance levels are way higher!

After my workout I had a filling breakfast of chicken sausage, one egg, and multigrain toast with butter! Now it’s off to work I go! I’m hoping that when I get out tonight I can finish my book so I can write my review!

Wow! That’s a lot of pictures! That’s what is get for not posting yesterday!

Check back this week because I’m going to be having a giveaway and there will be (5) winners!!!

Wedding locations!

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with the cutest little man in the world! Chris’ godson Aiden! He slept most of the time, he’s a year and two months but he is the cutest! He says meow now and it is the funniest thing I have ever heard! For lunch I had some butternut soup from Trader Joes with croutons…yummy! After Aiden left I had some chicken sausage and turkey bacon stir fry which was awesome!

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After dinner I had to run to the store to buy my brother K-Cups for his birthday because my parents bought him a mini kuerig!! And then get gas because I was coming to my parents house early today to look at a wedding reception location and celebrate my brothers birthday! After doing my errands I hit up the gym with my new iPhone arm band! It was a great workout! I’m gradually getting into running longer and longer lengths of time!

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My legs are killing me this morning, nothing a good stretch can’t fix!

This morning I was up at 5am because I had to drive out to visit my parents who live 2 hours away so my mom and I could go take a look at a wedding venue and also we are celebrating my brothers 26th birthday! It was a whopping 10 degrees this morning when I left!

Any who, I’m pretty much in love with this location for the reception! It is so rustic and I love it!

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It was freezing in the barn because it has been winterized but it really is beautiful! There is also a cute patio, covered in snow, that we have have as well for the reception!

Welp, on to celebrations!

What degrees was it when you woke up this morning?

Making lists

After getting 10 hours of sleep last night I decided to get up around 8am and do something productive. Yesterday was my rest day and this morning on the agenda for working out was my push ups an sit ups!
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I dropped another three pounds and feel great! Hopefully I can keep this up! The best part is I don’t feel like I’m starving at all which is a huge mistake I made trying to diet before, I would eat a salad and no carbs and be hungry all day! Not any more!!

So, onto making lists. Making lists is something that I have done since I was in middle school. It has helped me determine what priorities I get done and when I need to do them. It has helped me keep track of my spending and my bills and allowed me to save money. Recently Chris and I have been making lots of lists, our to do list on the weekends, grocery list so we don’t over spend, and our must have list for home buying! I find it so much easier to organize my thoughts when I can see them written down on paper! How do you keep track of everything you do? Do you write lists as well?

I was peaking around some other blogs last night and found this website called skinnytaste.com . I found this one recipe for buffalo cauliflower and it looks absolutely amazing, I would probably demolish the entire plate in one sitting!

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I know what is on my shopping list the next time I go grocery shopping! Cauliflower!!!

This morning after my workout I had a fried egg, a piece of chicken sausage, a slice of 12 grain toast with a laughing cow cheese wedge, and a clementine (love these)! Oh, and a giant glass of milk! I use to hate milk but now all of the sudden I have been drinking it like its going out of style!

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Off to continue The Secret Keeper until I have to go to work!

Don’t forget o check out my post about Nature Box! My box should be arriving very soon!!

Early to bed…early to rise?!

Early to bed, early to rise is not the case in my book! I do enjoy my sleep especially when I don’t have to work until noon! Right now, at 8:45pm I am sitting in my bed debating on actually going to sleep but I feel that would make me rather unproductive so I think I will just continue with my book the secret keeper!

I had an extremely short day at work today which is unusual but greatly appreciated! Before I headed to work I had a grilled cheese and a bowl of homemade french onion soup! (I was too hungry to take a pic)

Also, before I headed in to work I had a snack of carrot sticks and spinach and artichoke hummus. I had never seen this flavor before but I had to try it! It is fantastic! I love spinach artichoke cheese dip but this is much healthier!

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When I got home I had a similar snack, tortilla chips with the same hummus. The hummus is made by cedars and the chips are made by food should taste good which is one of my favorite brands! They tortillas were olive flavor and they were awesome! I had never tried those either…it was a day of firsts!

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Onto dinner, it was totally simple and spur of the moment. I had some left over chicken tenders that I tossed in panko breading and shredded cheese and baked those along with some oven roasted mushrooms, brussels sprouts, and corn. It was all very delicious and simple! I even have plenty leftover for tomorrows lunch!

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Excuse the picture I was about half way through before I decided I should take a picture! Also, when I was much younger I loved eating honey on my chicken nuggets, I tried it again tonight and wondered why I ever stopped!

Off to read my book! If you haven’t read the post about Nature Box that I posted early make sure to! Very cool site and if you send me an email I can get you $5 off your first order!

Have you ever tried something again that you use to eat all the time and wonder why you ever stopped?

Home buying nerves!

Last night Chris and I didn’t really feel too much like cooking but he had some portabella mushrooms marinating in balsamic and garlic so we decided to have burgers! Instead of meat we just use the mushrooms as the “meat” …served with Trader Joes havarti, lettuce, tomato, and onion! They are quite delicious…if you haven’t tried them I definitely recommend it!

I forgot to take a picture but if you can imagine it, it was piled high with veggies!

Yesterday’s lunch was good and filling and didn’t require a lot of though… A slice of bread with laughing cow cheese (blue cheese flavor) and topped with tomatoes! I took a bite before the picture because I just couldn’t wait 😉

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Chris and I have been in contact with our realtor and told her everything we want/ don’t want in a house… We have also been in contact with our mortgage broker to find out what we can really afford…the nerves are starting to hit me that we ARE buying a house! I’m excited and nervous all at the same time! I just want to get what we really want and I don’t want to settle! If we can’t find anything by the end of our lease everything is going into storage and we are going to stay with his parents… We just don’t see any sense in extending our lease because they charge us an arm and a leg to live here…in these so called “luxury” apartments!

In better news, I get out of work today at 5!!!! I can’t believe it! I never get to leave that early! 🙂

Any advice for a first time home buyer?!
What do you do to calm you nerves?

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