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Your Eat Pray Love “Word” & Wardrobe Challenge Day 12

Hello friends!  Thank you so much for the birthday wishes.  I had a fantastic weekend with my girls on Long Island.  After an interesting train ride (ha), we shared some authentic wood-fired pizza with fried eggplant on it.  Yum!  Saturday was my actual birthday and I started the day/28th year out right with a seven mile run 😀  I can’t even believe that I just wrote that.  If you had told me a year or two ago that not only would I voluntarily run seven miles on my birthday but actually consider it one of the highlights of the day (among many highlights) I would have laughed and laughed.  I love the “new” me. 

I tried a new fuel source during the run- chocolate mint gu.  I received a free sample from my local running store and figured why not try it?  I flippin’ LOVE it.  It tasted like chocolate syrup and the texture didn’t bother me at all.  I recommend drinking a lot of water with it, because it was a little thick. 

One of my fave bloggers, Tina, had a birthday yesterday.  She wrote this great post saying that “you know you’re a healthy living blogger when..” and listed all of the health related items that she wanted for her birthday.  I received some AWESOME gifts for my birthday- 10 hot yoga classes from my stepmom, a hot yoga outfit from my bestie Kristin, an entire lululemon outfit (crop pants, sports bra and tank) from Bri AND a gift card to lululemon from my friends Nicole and Alicia.  Fitness related much?  Nicole and Alicia also let me know that there was a lululemon store less than FIVE minutes from Nicole’s house on Long Island AND the store was hosting a free yoga class Sunday morning.  Awesome birthday gift, eh?  Kristin and I skeddadled over there Sunday morning for a fantastic yoga class and I then spent my gift card on an awesome pair of running shorts.  By the way, I love the word awesome, if you couldn’t tell.  I wish there was a lululemon store in the area.  I would definitely try to work there.  And spend my entire paycheck there.  Anyway.

Today is day 15 of the wardrobe challenge.  Woohoo, HALFWAY DONE.  I am proud that I have stuck with it.  Saturday (Day 12) I didn’t get a full length picture:

My own personal version of sex and the city- Me, Nicole, Alicia & Kristin.  Love these girls!  Outfit:

  • Yellow tank- Banana Republic
  • Black cardigan- J. Crew
  • Skinny jeans- Express
  • Black pumps- Aldo
  • Necklace- Lia Sophia

On Sunday we had a suprise baby shower for Alicia (she is having a little girl in December!) complete with Crumbs cupcakes.  Overall, it was an amazing  weekend 🙂

Holy ginormous cupcakes!  I definitely dominated the peanut butter cup cupcake in the bottom right corner.  Amaze. 

Last week I wrote about Eat Pray Love and asked you what one word you thought defined you.  I loved the responses:

I loved the words you guys selected!   They are all positive and demonstrate a thirst and passion for life.  I’ve been trying to come up with a word for myself and although I don’t want to limit myself to one word, I think I have it.  Effervescent.  For whatever reason, that word happened to pop into my head.  I googled the definition:

1. To emit small bubbles of gas, as a carbonated or fermenting liquid. Uh, no.

2. To escape from a liquid as bubbles; bubble up. Nope again.

3. To show high spirits or animation. YES.  

I don’t think I am like this all the time, but it is something that I strive towards.  Not necessarily to be animated but to appreciate life and radiate positivity.  To be happy.  Although when I eat something that is particularly delicious I tend to get a little animated.  So, for now, I am choosing my word to be effervescent.  Like Molly said, I think we are constantly evolving.  So who knows what my future word will be 😉

Tonight I have a run with Jen (wahoo) and then I’m meeting up with some peeps at a coffee shop.  Do you guys have any fun plans for the week?  Thank you for reading and enjoy your Tuesday!


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Eat Pray Love, Wardrobe Challenge Days 5 & 6 and More Cookies!

Good evening friends!  The weekend sure does go by quickly.  I’m trying to stretch it out to the max!  I just finished baking another batch of the cookies I made the other day– this time made with dark chocolate chips.  I ran out of vanilla so I named them almond infused dark chocolate cheesecake cookies.  That sounds much more gourmet, doesn’t it? 

You can bet I already at the one in the bottom right corner- there were simply too many dark chocolate chips to leave it just sitting there!


You could say that I’ve been in a bit of a baking mood lately.  I go through phases.  I’m especially excited for Fall because I get to make one of my favorite recipes- chocolate pumpkin bread!  And yes, it is just as good as it sounds 😀

Yesterday I was having a bit of a dilemma with the wardrobe challenge.  All of the ladies in the limo were wearing dresses and I felt I would be under dressed.  However, I stuck with the ten items and wore the light yellow tank tucked into the black tulip skirt with a nice necklace.  Kristin has a picture on her camera that I’ll add to the post at a later date-but I think it was dressy enough!  Annnd I didn’t have to take my beloved jeans out of the mix.  It would have been annoying to have to rotate a dress in on the weekends!  Which brings me to today’s outfit of the day:

  • Greenish-blue tee- Banana Republic (purchased Spring 2010)-Repeat
  • Dark skinny jeans- Express (purchased 2005)
  • Black/teal flip flops (unpictured)- Reef (purchased 2008?)
  • Black knit cardigan (unpictured)- J. Crew (purchased January 2009)-Repeat

I went to the movies today to see Eat, Pray, Love so I wore the cardigan there, as it is always chilly in movie theaters.  Speaking of Eat, Pray, Love- I loved the movie!  I know it has gotten some bad reviews (Julia especially) and I don’t really understand why.  I think it was a great portrayal of the book onscreen, and it definitely gave me the travel bug.  The landscapes in Bali and Italy were especially breathtaking.  Of course, I thought the book was better, but it was still a good movie.  One scene in the movie that also struck a chord with me in the book was where Elizabeth was asked what one word defines her.  At the end of the movie/book her word is revealed and basically ties everything together.  After reading the book I asked myself, what would MY word be that defines who I am as a person?  I don’t know if I could be defined by one word.  As a human being there are so many facets to our personalities and events that shape our lives.   I’m still thinking about that one.. I’ll let you know when I figure it out 😉  What one word defines who you are?  Could you be limited to just one word? 

I do, however, know what my “Eat Pray Love” is/would be.  Eat is simple- Tuscany.  I’ve always wanted to go to Italy to eat the amazing food and drink wine… where better than to do it in the heart of wine country?  Pray– I would like to one day become certified in Bikram (hot) yoga.  I still have a long looooong way to go before I can even contemplate that but it is a far off dream of mine 🙂  Love– my love is my family.  My wonderful husband and everyone else in my life.  I’m a pretty lucky girl. 

What is your Eat Pray Love?

Happy Sunday peeps- this week I’ll have my Born to Run review up (finally) and a guest post Bri wrote on his definition of fitness, among others 😀 Have a good one!


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Exciting Stuff!

Hi friends! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I purchased a new smartphone yesterday- the motorola droid! I love it. I went with verizon for the free skype aspect- skype will be my main source of communication with Bri when he is overseas. Speaking of Bri, I get to see him tonight!! Yay! I miss him so much.

The new blog transition is going well. My next post will be the one announcing the new site! And thanks for your comments on my last post- switching to wordpress simply requires the push of a button! Wow 🙂 I am in the process of transitioning my reader over from my old google account to my new google account but I’m almost there!

I saw SATC 2 on Memorial Day and I was NOT a fan. Samantha really bothered me. It also irritated me that they were essentially promoting Suz*anne So*mmers and all of her hormone added craziness. Miranda was amazing though. One good thing that came out of the movie is that they showed the preview for Eat, Pray, Love, which inspired me to go purchase the book. Wow. I am a third of the way through it and I love it. So far I highly highly recommend!

Have a great weekend lovelies! I’m excited to see Bri but at the same time very sad… he is headed to war! Hopefully this year will fly by quickly…


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