Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hallway update

The hallway gallery wall is finished!

Sorry the pics are a little dark, this hallway doesn't get any natural light.
This was taken at 3pm.

Artichoke print from etsy and "I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweet heart" print from etsy.
My Canadian coin art project, etsy state print, evening print of Sagrada Familia from Barcelona.

Opposite wall - Asparagus print from etsy, "Safe plants for kitty cats" print from etsy, our wedding invitation...

State print and Notre Dame print we got in Paris.
"We're all mad here" from the Cheshire cat! I found this in pinterest and printed it myself.

Bamboo forest picture from Maui - our first artwork purchase together! And a wedding collage on the right.
I like how the hallway has come together and am happy with all my etsy prints!

Monday, May 27, 2013


Mon, May 20thI thought we had bootcamp, but my instructor was still out of town that morning, so I decided to run in the evening…. Not the best idea since it was soo hot.  It turned into a 1.2mile run (0.2mile warm-up walk, 1mile in 9:29) and 2.17mile walk with Molly.

Tues, May 21stBootcamp morning with ~1mile of running and my ladies fitness class in the evening.  We had a new instructor who was okay.  She is a dancer and the workout felt like an aerobics class.  This white girl has no rhythm, so I try to stay away from coordinated aerobic/dance-like classes!  I’ll be back, since I know she is temporary sub, but you won’t be finding me at any other aerobic/dance workout classes!

Wed, May 22ndOff morning – had an 8am meeting!
Thurs, May 23rdBootcamp morning! And 1.65mile walk with Molly in the evening.

Fri, May 24thLast bootcamp L  I had mentioned before that the gym was closing.  It did at the end of April and we have been working out in another gym for May.  I have really enjoyed my ~13months of working out there.  Hopefully, I can find another great place to workout to augment my running.  In the mean time, my goal for June is to finally get back into the pool!  Have I ever mentioned that I swam competitively for ~9years (8th grade – college)!  After being in the pool 30+ hours a week, I have had little interest in getting wet.  But with my foot thing, I have been thinking more and more about getting back in the pool, so I set a goal for June!  I hope that by putting it on the blog, you will hold me to this goal!

Sat, May 25thRun morning – 3.1miles in 31:34!  And 2mile cool down walk with Molly.  It was ~50degs out, perfect running weather for me!
Splits –
Mile 1 – 9:33
0.61miles @ 9:35
2min walk break
0.42miles @ 9:37
1min walk break
0.93miles @ 9:52

Sun, May 26thAnother run morning – 3miles in 31:23 and 1.64mile walk with Molly.  It was ~55degs out, again perfect running temps!
Splits –
Mile 1 – 9:42
0.16miles @ 9:26
2min walk break
0.76miles @9:56
2min walk break
0.89miles @ 9:42

Mon, May 27thSort of a lazy morning….I had plans to run, but I didn’t sleep well, so we just took Molly for a 2.5mile walk.  The holiday was spent doing chores around the house, cooking, and napping!  Hope you had a great Memorial Day!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Power Blueberry Muffins

Another Pinterest find!  Blueberry muffins made with Greek yogurt and oatmeal.

I did make one change and have one recommendation....
Instead of 4tbls butter, I used 2tbls butter and 2tbls olive oil.  I really like the taste olive oil adds to baked goods.
The recipe recommends Chobani Greek yogurt.... I did a Greek yogurt taste test and Chobani is by far the worst Greek yogurt on the market.  To me it is very grainy, resulting is a awful texture.  In my opinion, Fage is the BEST Greek yogurt on the market.  I like the plain yogurt and also the added fruit cups for breakfast after bootcamp.  So, in conclusion (rambling...) just pick your favorite Greek yogurt to use.  And it if you haven't tried Fage, get to your grocery store!!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

WWW and 400th post!

Happy 400th Post!

That is our 6yr old niece with the soccer ball and pink shorts!  Cutie!

Mon, May 13thLate night watching hockey (Go Red Wings!!), so I slept in and we took Molly for a 1.76mile walk in the evening.

Tues, May 14thEasy run morning!  3.01miles in 28:37
Splits –
Mile 1 – 10:01
Mile 2 – 9:20
Mile 3 – 9:11

Wed, May 15thAnother easy morning run – 3.18miles in 31.38
Splits –
3:30min warm-up walk
Mile 1 – 9:15
Mile 2 – 9:19
Mile 3 – 9:27

Thurs, May 16thBootcamp morning!  It was hard and I was dead after.  We did 10x 10sec sprints on the treadmill at the end.  Ouch!

Fri, May 17thEarly morning walking with Molly – 2.33miles.

Sat, May 18thSort of unplanned day off.  Started the day off early with birthday donuts for our nephew, errands, and soccer games.  I was going to walk Molly in the evening, but was too lazy.

Sun, May 19th - Rained out again :(  I was able to do some arm weights and stretching!

This coming week should be tough - it is officially the last week of bootcamp and I am planning on going Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning!
Hope you had a great workout week and an great upcoming week!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mixed Nuts - more furries!

Gussy sleeping on what was supposed to be the dog bed for the office!

Gussy sleeping in her wine box!

Artichoke (aka Princess) on her tuffet.

Gussy - my grading buddy.

Molly's favorite afternoon treat - rolling in the front yard grass!

Arti - Sunday morning snuggle buddy

Arti playing with a plushy I am using for work.  It is supposed to be a sickle cell, not a cat toy!

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Another fun workout week!
Mon, May 6th2mile morning walk with Molly and my Mom.
Tues, May 7thLadies fitness class in the evening with ~0.5miles of running in circles!

Wed, May 8thEasy 3.17mile run in 28:31 in the morning and then a 1.64mile walk in the evening with Molly.
Splits –
3:30min warm-up walk
Mile 1 – 9:34
Mile 2 – 9:19
Mile 3 – 9:28

Thurs, May 9thBootcamp morning!!
Fri, May 10th2mile morning walk with Molly and G.

Sat, May 11th4.2mile morning run! And 2.14mile cool-down walk with Molly and G.
Splits -
3:30min warm-up walk
1mile easy warm-up run @9:24
2min easy walk
3 x {5min fast – 1st: 0.56miles @8:56, 2nd: 0.56miles @9:00, 3rd: 0.56miles @8:56
         2min easy walk}
1mile warm-down @ ~9:51 (hilly finish!)

Sun, May 12th 2.35mile morning walk and 1.7mile evening walk with Molly and G!  Lots of walking this weekend!


Friday, May 10, 2013

My new friend

Have I told you about Nadeau furniture store?
I love love love this store and would buy everything in it!  They sell solid wood furniture at very reasonable prices.  We got that bookshelf/liquor cabinet for ~$650 back in November and my nightstand a few years ago for ~$130.
Again, I love my nightstand and would love to get more matching pieces, like the buffet....
Sadly, we don't have room for a buffet, so I have been keeping my eye out for another small cabinet to match my nightstand for our charging station in the living room.  Our lovely Pottery Barn charging station has lived on a black TV tray for years!  Yuck!
The other weekend I finally broke G down and he let me get the small cabinet!!

If you live in a city with Nadeau, definitely go check it out.  Your house and wallet will thank-you!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring Pinterest Challege - Curtains!

The stars aligned again for me to participate again in the YHL and Bower Power Spring Pinterest Challenge!  No sew Ikea - grosgrain Pottery Barn inspired curtains!

Our office was in need of some curtains and I wanted to get it done before my parents visit this past weekend.
I did try a few premade options from the new Threshold collection at Target (in blue and in navy), but they were too busy with the rug.

I had pinned these curtains from Pottery Barn and Etsy, but they were too pricy and not the right colors.  I do love me some grosgrain ribbon!  And this pin came up in my feed - View Along the Way blog and was sold on DIYing my own curtains!

I started out with Ritva curtains from Ikea ($25 for 2 panels in creamy/off white) and curtain rods from Home Depot ($25 each in brushed copper - matches the new door knobs) and jade grosgrain ribbon from The Hair Bow center ($14/50yds).  I hadn't picked a ribbon pattern yet, so I thought more was better.  And I would need to repeat the pattern 4 times = lots of ribbon!

The windows are close to the wall and having 2 full panels, was too much curtain, so I cut each panel in half and hemmed the bottoms.
1st - pin the curtains in half
2nd - Iron the curtains in half - helps with cutting a straight line!
3rd - I used the lines on my ironing board cover to get a straight, matching hem with iron hem tape!
4th - Finish the bottom hem!
I decided that since I wouldn't be able to get horizontal ribbon even between each panel and it would continually annoy me every time I saw it, I would stick with just vertical lines. 

I used one width of ribbon as a guide for the actual ribbon and more of hem tape later (I had some hem tape already, but had to buy more, so I would guess that I used ~$10 of hem tape), and I was done!

I love how they came out and how the room is coming together!  
Enjoy some more after shots - 

For ~$100 I was able to DIY my own curtains and I love the look.
Hope you enjoy it too!

Sunday, May 5, 2013


 Mon, April 29th Easy run – 3.01 miles in 28:33 and then a cool down walk with Molly – 1.62miles.
Splits –
Mile 1 – 9:17
Mile 2 – 9:43 – tired legs!
Mile 3 – 9:28

Tues, April 30th Bootcamp morning and then my ladies fitness class in the evening.  In total I ran 2.5miles during both workouts!

Wed, May 1st Off/rest/Nephew birthday morning donuts!

Thurs, May 2nd Bootcamp morning with a ton of burpees.

Fri, May 3rd 2.07mile morning walk with Molly and G.

Sat, May 4th Unplanned off day – hard ran all day!

Sun, May 5th Sort of a off day – it still raining and totally soggy out, but the afternoon cleared up for a few hours and my mom and I were able to get in a 2mile walk with Molly!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

April Mileage

Running - 35.62 miles (up 15 from last month)
Walking - 23.05 miles (down 13 from last month)
I guess there are not enough hours to keep up my running and walking mileage!
Some beach pics - 


Yearly totals - 113.88miles running, 118.20miles walking