You know why I really love the holiday season? Parties!
Eating obscene amounts of Hors d’oeuvres and matching my nail polish to my lipstick is completely normal.
Dressing up in things that sparkle and sipping chocolate peppermint beverages make cold nights divine.
Eating cookies for dinner? You bet!
I’ve been to three holiday parties in the past week. Not to mention several breakfasts and lunches with my co-workers. I love the fact that these people know how to eat! Our brunch the other day consisted of Dunkin’ Donuts (I even got the pumpkin one!), cinnamon-peach whole wheat French toast (totes good), apple filled croissants, sausage egg bake, and three different types of breakfast burritos.
It won’t be long until I’m putting sweets in the office kitchen. In the meantime, I’ll continue to eat my co-workers peanut M&M’s out of her automatic candy dispenser. I’ve decided I want an automatic cinnamon roll dispenser.
Another thing that lights up my holiday season: Pie. Creamy, sweet, crunchy, dreamy, fruity, nutty, warm, chocolatey! Pie can be all things.
It’s Christmas shopping time and I haven’t even gone yet! I’ve got lists to make and things to do. I need to stop dyeing my hair and get serious about my holiday shopping strategy. Standing in line just isn’t my thing. I’m also traveling for the next week, so I need to get it together soon!
In order to be successful in my shopping endeavors, I’ve got to resist the urge to bake pies and buy adorable baking pans for myself.
Being busy has its perks. Like drinking too many vanilla lattes and making really awesome pies late at night. My creativity is buzzing all day. I love being engrossed with a long to-do list. I enjoy being barely able to pencil a hair appointment in. I don’t know what to do with myself if I don’t have an activity, or something pressing. I actually need to stop checking my Blackberry while driving.
Throwing it into the backseat might be the only solution.
I have to remind myself that a little relaxing is good sometimes. A girl needs some time to herself.
Did you know that baking to relieve stress is called ‘stressbaking’? You can find it on Urbandictionary. It’s totally real and happens a lot to me! Another great stress reliever is yoga. I actually went to a yoga sculpt class tonight. You do yoga with weights in a heated room with lots of lunges, squats and sexy ab moves. It was perfect because I think I finally sweated out half the pie I ate the last week. Hehe.
They happen to be really incredible and despite my efforts to use Turkey Day leftovers, it didn’t happen. After my battle with the flu, I didn’t want anything heavy. I know your body needs a break from that comfort food too! Lettuce wraps with sassy sauce and delicious toppings might do the trick.
I made these lettuce wraps once before for some guys. There were not any leftovers. Why do guys love buffalo sauce so much? It’s a little mind boggling.
An extraordinary little place called Vegas happened to me this weekend.
I ate at a place called the Pink Taco. Questionable name, but okay Mexican food.
I have at least six blisters on my feet. This could be a result of wearing high heels or possible swing dancing. Not sure.
I had a Pumpkin Margarita with a nutmeg powdered sugar rim! Wolfgang Puck is a genius margarita inventor. He should probably cater my wedding someday if I get married. Also his french fries are ridiculously addicting. I’m upset about it.
I went to the Marine Corps Ball. I know you are going to ask, so I’ll just tell you now that I didn’t see Justin Timberlake or Mila Kunis.
Besides this, I gambled a bit and I did a lot of other things that probably shouldn’t be mentioned on this blog. I am an angel.
Another interesting note: on my flight back home someone passed out in the middle of the plane aisle. That’s when you know you had too good of a time in Vegas. Tsk Tsk.
Besides Vegas, I’ve been incredibly busy. I was in California for a week vacationing, laughing, eating good food, shopping, living the good life for a bit. I’ll post pictures soon!
Thanksgiving comes with family chaos and a ton of laughter.
The end result is learning that no family is perfect. You’re not either. Yep, we’ve got some pretty funky quirks! It’s all apart of Thanksgiving though – The crazy aunts. Drunk uncles. Awkward cousins. Happy bellys. Warm pumpkin pie. Catching up.
What were you thankful for last Thanksgiving? Chances are this year is different. You’ve had 365 more days. Things have changed for you and me, big time! Did you get a new job? Did you meet someone special? Did you have a baby? Did you live through a tragedy? Did you reach a goal?
Write it down! Savor it. Close your eyes, reflect and smile for just a moment.
The truth is, you’ve got to appreciate it all. Cherish it even. This is your history; these will be your memories forever. Celebrate with turkey, wine, and good pie! Drink and eat for your accomplishments and other’s ambitions! Don’t forget to take plenty of snapshots. Be sure to remember it.
These moments will never come again. Maybe that’s what makes them so beautiful.
Well, I’ll be honest with you, it’s hard. Like really hard!
It can be difficult even knowing where to begin. There are temptations everywhere you go! Especially when you’re waiting in line for your morning cup of joe at Starbucks. Next to the register awaits buttery banana walnut bread screaming to be paired with a salted caramel hot chocolate. I’m totally guilty! After munching on this, a headache and guilt ensues. My eyes were bigger than my stomach. Again.
I’m here to tell you that eating healthy takes a lot of experimenting. Some days you’ll eat beautiful colorful salads, quinoa, and everything labeled organic and natural. Other days you’ll feel as though your car drove itself to the McDonald’s drive thru as you barely remember chomping on salty french fries. You’ll eat these Poptartsfor breakfast simply because you love them. You’ll give yourself excuses too. Maybe your boyfriend and you broke up and you ate a pint of Ben and Jerry’s plus six chocolate chip cookies. (Okay you might have good reasoning here– that jerk)! Of course we all have that love/hate relationship with Chinese buffets.
I’m obsessed with Berets.
No matter what the case, we all have downfalls! Most of the time we feel regretful and guilty, but learning from those indulgences and moving on is the only thing you can do. While giving into your cravings is okay every once in a while, the trick is realizing that your body is happier eating eggs and oatmeal for breakfast. Chocolate chip muffins bigger than your face are awkward to eat and big no-nos. Oh, and that inhaling that box of Oreo cookies isn’t going to solve a crisis. Even though I really wish they would.
But where do you begin with this health chaos you’re in?