12 months and a baby

Why hello my old friends. I feel that every time I start a new post, it has that same beginning. I have failed the blogisphere and any faithful followers I still have. At least this post comes inside 12 months. I think the last one was a Thanksgiving post, towards the end of November. I promise that 2018 will be better. Not sure how, given the few other things I have going on now... Oh yea did I not yet mention the little peanut princess that arrived four weeks ago? We have some catching up to do... let's recap the last 12 months, shall we? I won't bore you with too many details.
December 2016 Decked the halls. Made some life plans. Booked the Hartford Marathon Foundation Run Irish O'Races that consisted of four 5ks in 2 weekends in March {yes we're crazy, but yes there was beer waiting at the finish line}
Christmas came and went. Little did I know it would be the last Christmas celebration at the castle. More on that later.
January 2017 Whole30 time! Great way to kic…

I'm thankful for YOU!

November. The month to realize all of the things you are thankful for, and then celebrate them with friends and family. I, like many people, like to think of 30 things I am thankful for, for the 30 days of this glorious month in which I was also born. This year, I forgot.. so I'll go halfsies. I am thankful...
For TT obviously. Words cant describe how lucky I am that he picked me, and I am reminded and in awe of him every day.That we are blessed with the ability and means to be building a home together that will house our family, always be open to friends, and celebrate many holidays to come. I don't ever want to take what we have for granted.For my family. I am so lucky to have parents who have always been supportive of me and have let me live my life. I think its because they know they did a good job in making me the woman I am.For my sister. She is my best friend and confidante. She is someone that I trust with my life and I am so thankful for her. I think I am even more ap…

Anxiety, The Princess Bride, and Positive Affrmations

With all that has been going on in my life, my anxiety levels have actually been at a major maximum lately. I think its mostly work and the house, but I need some reprieve that doesnt involve me having to rely on the two Rx I have. I like having them in case of emergency, but I really want to find an alternative way to manage this, since it is pretty much a way of life for me, with no real rhyme or reason as to why, and with no end in sight.
Recently I stumbled upon a blog run by a fitness and wellness coach for women. The post that popped up {a page I follow on FB Girls Gone Strong, had liked it which streamed to my newsfeed} intrigued me. When it comes to blogging, its all about the title. You need to capture your audience in that moment in order to steer them towards your little slice of the web {I really need to get better at this game} and so when I noticed a title that was a quote from my favorite movie of all time, I clicked on it automatically without even reading what the po…

fall, construction + a new routine

My friends, I return. Again. Hopefully this time for good. I've missed you and I've missed this little slice of the www. 
It has been too long for me to try to recap my life over the last {year?} and really, I know you're just wanting a new recipe. ▼

Let's start fresh. It's 2016. It's fall. It's #allpumpkinerrythang. I am here, healthier, and happy about it.

Fall in New England: I don't know where it is that you call home, but in my little tiny state, fall is really the best. I had a girlfriend relocate to the south and as much as I have always dreamed about moving out of this area, I would miss the changing of the seasons, especially summer into fall. Leaf peeping, beer/food festivals, tailgating at college football games. Flannel shirts, boots and leggings, and PSLs. Chili! It's really the best.

Construction: So speaking of not moving south... we aren't. Because....... it's official! Lot #75 is officially our little piece of this earth. Sta…

It all starts here

Hi Chicklets, hope your 2016 is off to a great start!
I'm sitting here, recipe book open, fit bit charging, meal-prepping for what feels like a mini apocalypse. I, along with everyone else in the United States who isn't already on the "Get fit" bandwagon, will be taking the leap, and promptly holding on for dear life beginning tomorrow. While I'm super excited to get back at it, I'm also experiencing that feeling of dread that everyone feels on the Sunday before they hit the re-start button. 
I've had quite the up and down last few years - throwing myself 100% into a Paleo diet leading up to my 30th, and then going on a downward spiral and yo-yo-ing ever since then. The difference as I am getting older, is I feel older. I feel fat. And I don't say that because I want you to say "oh no, sweetie, you're not fat" -- I say it because my body is telling me that it's time to do something about it. I'm tired of waking up and everything…

#FitforFall #CharityChallenge #CharityMiles

Hello my long lost friends of the interwebs. As always, I will announce my return. I'm baaaack! 
I'm really bad at this. 
That being said, though, I have jumped on board with a new fitness/health challenge, and so I want to track my progress HERE, for all of you {although, my guess, is that I have lost my avid following} and am going to work on my health and happiness, all for a CAUSE. 
K+K at Tone it Up {@ToneitUp #ToneitUp #TIUteam} are partnering with Charity Miles for their newest challenge! Fit for Fall will consist of daily workouts, but will also include a 100 mile challenge - raising money for charity. 

If you know me, you know that currently there's some stuff going on in both my personal life as well as my family life. This really challenge really couldn't have come at a better time for so many reasons. Ultimately, I will be using this 8-week challenge as a transformation for myself, and I am viewing the link to charity as a sign that it's time. The …

Snow days + shopping

I'm pretty much done with the winter. Mother Nature has been dropping snow on us week after week and now, she's decided to drop the temps into barely liveable #s. Like what gives? I know, I know, stop complaining. Like I always say, I do choose to live in New England, so it's kind of one of those things. 
I will use this Presidential day off to post about some new things I'm crushing on: Like to Know it {here} >> I kid you not, this site is amazing. Follow them on insta, and sign up on the site... then the magic happens. "Like" any IG pic that is linked back to the site, and it will email you the product details. I've found myself obsessing over fashion bloggers lately and this has made it worse #DangerZoneRoasted Garlic >> Random, yes, but I never roasted garlic before? How and why I have no idea, but my life has been changed for the better. So easy to make! {here} Delicious, creamy, garlicky heaven. It melts- in such a wonderful way. I'v…