Double the fun?

Hello friends!

It is only Wednesday and I am already looking forward to the weekend.  I need a nice relaxing weekend of doing nothing. Yesterday as promised Erik and I went to the gym after work and did not one but TWO liveFit trainer workouts!  We were there for 2 hours. Yesterday’s workouts included the last workout of Week 2, which was shoulders/Abs:

SHOULDER/ABS:

And the first workout of week 3, Legs:

LEGS

Week three brings harder and longer workouts.  The legs workouts this week (2 of them) are BRUTAL, and I love it. I think it’s the combination of the walking barbell lunges and the one leg dead lift that get me every time!

After spending two hours at the gym we were both starving, thank goodness for Trader Joe’s prepackaged meals, because I was not ready to spend an hour in the kitchen making dinner.  We tried out a new dish, Orange Glaze chicken and veggies.  Only 250 Calories and 5 grams of fat per serving!

I added some extra veggies to the meal because I thought it could use a few more handfuls of veggies :)

It was really good, and very cheap, I believe around $5 for the bag, can’t really beat it.  The bag came with about 1.5 cups of rice and we mixed that in after I took these pictures.  All in all it was a great day :)

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday :)

Cheers!

Do you guys eat prepackaged meals? How do you feel about them, healthy or no?

 

Mommy is home!

Hello friends!

My momma is home!!! My sister and I went to the airport yesterday after work and picked her up :) She is doing well, she has a bit of a cold but other than that she was happy to see us :)  We missed her soooo much.

We went out to dinner last night to celebrate her return.  I did not take any pictures but I found a few online that I can share, all pictures from Open Table.  We went to Lebanese Taverna. This place is AMAZING.  We got a group meal called a Mezza. This included, HOMMOS

Tabouleh

Grape Leaves

M’saka

Falafel with Tahini


Kafta Harra

and Chicken and lamb Shawarma

If you have one of these around you, please please please go and try it out. The food is amazing.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Are you guys close with your parents? If they are unreachable do you feel lost?- I know I do!

Weekend Photos

Hello friends!

Oh Monday…. why are you always so rough!?

I definitely have a case of the Mondays today.  On Saturday, Erik and I went to the gym for two hours and completed 2 Jamie Eason’s workouts.  We had been behind on the workouts because of everything that was going on last week so we wanted to do two of them to catch up.  Then yesterday we were out all day at an Iranian New Year’s festival and we went to dinner last night with my family so we got home late… aka no gym again this morning.  I promise we will get back on track.  We will do the last workout from week 2 tomorrow along with the first workout for week 3. After that we will be back on track :) woot!

My mommy comes home today! My sister and I are going to go to the airport and pick her up! I can’t wait!  So for now, here are some shots from our weekend.

Friday afternoon with baby Ella :)

lazy puppy :)

Sunday’s Festival :) we really missed my mommy today…

Then for dinner we went to Bonefish (our favorite restaurant!) and my sissy got the burger (SO GOOD).

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Cheers!

Tell me what you did this weekend!?

Funny Things Friday

Hello friends

I hope everyone is having a good week.  Just popping in today with a few funny/cute things I have seen this week on the interwebs.  Things are good around our neck of the woods, bit stressful but we are getting through it. We have made it to the gym a few times this week, and we are hoping to wrap up week 2 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer this weekend, and starting week 3 on Monday.  It feels good to get up and work out, get my mind off of whats been going on this week, so I am grateful for that.

Anywho, here are some things that have made me laugh this week, enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Might be inappropriate but it is hilarious, and this baby’s expression is adorbs.

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Cheers!

Leave me a link with something funny you saw this week.

Tag, you’re it!

Hello friends.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, they are much appreciated.  I am doing better, but still am feeling a bit uninspired to write a full blog post.  My real life twinsie Erin tagged me in this post a few weeks ago and I think it’s about time I filled it out.  I am supposed to answer the 11 questions Erin came up with and then create 11 more questions and tag several bloggers/friends!  Here we go!

1. What is the #1 destination on your dream vacation list? — I think I would have to say that I would love love love to go to New Zealand.  I mean come on, look at that.

2. What is the most recent or best thing you’ve DIY’d? — My Lima Bean Wreath.  I love it.

3. What is your favorite recipe? –

Cilantro Chicken with Tomato/Avocado Salsa

Pickled Tomato and avocado salsa

  • 1 lb medium beefsteak-type tomatoes, quartered, seeds squeezed out
  • 2 serrano Chilies, thinly sliced
  •  ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 firm-ripe avocados, cut into ¾-in. chunks

In a bowl, combine tomatoes, chilies, and green onions. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring vinegar to a boil. Add sugar and salt and cook, stirring until dissolved.  Remove from heat. Put ginger, garlic, and dry spices in a bowl.  In another medium saucepan, heat olive oil, and add ginger mixture and cook, stirring until fragrant.  Remove from heat, stir in vinegar mixture and pour over tomato mixture.  Let salsa cool, then cover and chill for at least an hour, or overnight.  About 1 hour before serving stir in avocados.

Chicken

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless-skinless chicken breasts

In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper. Turn chicken in mixture to coat.  Let stand at room temperature turning occasionally for 30 to 45 minutes, or refrigerate overnight.  Grill chicken.  Serve on rice with salsa on top of chicken.

4. What is the most inspiring or best book that you’ve EVER read? – hmmm. Although I do love the Hunger Games series.. I have to say that My Sister’s Keeper is one of my favorites.  It was very well written and the entire book just stuck with me.  I love all of Jodi Picoult’s books.

5. What are some of your favorite daily blog reads? – Check out my blog roll for my favorite blogs. Heck maybe your blog is in there too :).

6. What is your fave quote? –hmmm… I have two, and I believe both of them 100%

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7. Favorite childhood book — Charlotte’s Web. I read this book by myself in First grade :) My first grade teacher gave me a copy of this book and wrote something very sweet in it, that I still have to this day.

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8. Fave nail polish brand/color — ESSIE!, pink sparkles duh

9. If you won 1 Million dollas in the lottery, what would you do with it? — Pay off all of our debt, and my mom’s house :) Kinda lame I know, but I hate debt.

10. If you could go back and change any event in your life, would you?  If so, what would you change?– Not really sure how I could change it, but I would go back 6 years ago to the day my daddy passed away, hoping that there is a new way to help him recover.

11.  Favorite time of year and why. – Spring, hands down the Spring.  It brings new life, I love the smell of the flowers and hearing the birds in the morning.  It is peaceful.

I tag all the people in my blog roll, and anyone else who wants to do it!

Now go ahead and tag your friends!  Answer my 11 questions and tag your own blogging buddies and ask them 11 questions!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  1.  What is your favorite memory as a child?
  2. What is your dream job?
  3. How many siblings do you have?
  4. Favorite Quote.
  5. What is your most embarrassing moment in your childhood?
  6. If you could change you name, would you? And if you do, what would it be?
  7. Best memory from college?
  8. What is the strangest thing you have seen recently?
  9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
  10. Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
  11. If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?

Cheers!

Goodbye Grandpa, I love you

Hello friends.

Sorry I was MIA yesterday. We got some sad news that my grandfather passed away yesterday morning, so I went to spend time with my mom and aunt.  We found a flight for my mom, so she is on her way to be with her mom and sisters. My grandpa was an amazing man, he was the one that walked me down the aisle and gave me away at our wedding.  He was the sweetest person in the world, and hands down the best dancer I have ever seen.  We will miss you so much Baba Joon. I love you.

This is my favorite picture :)

Thank you to all my friends and family for keeping us in their thoughts and prayers. I am eternally grateful for all of you.

Erik bought my mom beautiful flowers.

My boss sent beautiful flowers to my house, thank you so much.

and Sarah my awesome friend from work got me these.

Like I said I am truly blessed to have such amazingly caring people in my life.  I cannot thank you all enough for being there for me and my family.

Richmond Weekend!

Hello friends!

My nail polish obsession continues…

Cute I know. It isn’t a great picture but you get the idea.

Erik, Alaina, Richie and I went down to Richmond this weekend to visit Erin (my twinsie), and Brandon (and to watch The Hunger Games…  We had an amazing time.  We waited until traffic died down on Friday night, picked up Richie and Alaina from the metro and headed down. When we got down there, the first place we went to was Sweet Frog (sorry I didn’t get to snap a picture).  I had a birthday cake and cookies and cream mix, so good! Then we went to a deli which had an original Photobooth and took tons of pictures.

Photobooths are too much fun, as you can see, ha.

Then we went to McComack’s Whiskey Bar…

Woke up Saturday morning to an amazing breakfast the boys put together.

Fruit Crepes!

I slathered put Nutella on this after I took the picture.

Afterwards the ladies and I went shopping for sunglasses…and came home with a little more than we had intended.  But lets be honest, what woman just goes out and buys the ONE thing they set out to get? Not us.  We met the boys for lunch, and I had a Tuscan Panini (O.M.G) with tomato bisque.

Then it was time for the main event of the weekend, The Hunger Games Movie.. oh wait, I failed to mention that we went to Sweet Frog AGAIN.  This time I had a strawberry, mango combination, delish.

Right after this picture, Erin yelled “What are you looking at”, to two teenage boys…. then tripped and almost fell.  We about died laughing, but luckily the boys didn’t see it, so HA. Stupid teenagers. We were the first people in line so we got the best seats, the ones right in behind the railing, woot!  I loved the movie, but then again I had about 12 months separation from the time I read the books until the movie came out, and I think that helped.  I was not happy with the lack of character development in the beginning of the movie, but in all honesty if they had the movie would have been five hours long.  I wouldn’t have had a problem with that, but that is why the books are always so much better than movies.

We literally had nothing else planned for the weekend, which was awesome, so we headed back to Brandon and Erin’s house and had burgers and played Dance Party.  It was sweaty, but fun.

Sunday

My favorite part of Sunday… Brunch

Veggie Omelet and hashbrowns (oh my).

Erin took some awesome Polaroid pictures while we were there.

We headed home after brunch, we had to get back to go out to dinner with my family to celebrate the Persian New year :)

I celebrated with a new Dogfish head seasonal beer before we left.

This MIGHT just be better than my beloved Magic Hat #9. I will have to taste test it again, so I will get back to you. The only problem is that this beer is quite expensive, and I think it is only a seasonal beer, sad.

We had an awesomely delicious time at dinner, check out my new outfit I got this weekend :) looove it!

But now its Monday and it sucks, haha.  I think that Mondays are worse after an awesome weekend.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a better Monday morning than I am having!

What did you do this weekend?

Are Monday’s worse for you after a great weekend?

Obsessed

Hello friends!

I’m glad I am not the only one that feels doughy sometimes after training, but I am happy to be back in the gym and on a routine!  We finished week 1 of Jamie Eason’s livefit trainer this morning and I feel good.  I really love how the first two weeks are a bit easier and have shorter workouts so you don’t get burned out when you are first trying to get back in the swing of things. Feeeeelllls good :)

Recently my twinsie, Erin and I have been obsessssed with nail polish. We have been picture messaging each other our nail colors.. lame I know, but we love it.

Via Erin’s text message

my new pink nails

I don’t know why, perhaps it’s the nice weather, but we love it.  She got a few of the Hunger Games nail polish colors, which I cannot wait to see tonight.  I went to the store yesterday on a quest to find them, but my Rite Aid did not, lame.  They did have some awesome spring colors that I had to get.

And i 100% regret not buying this color that I found yesterday,

It said it was a top coat, and I already had nail polish on so I couldn’t test it. Ah its so sparkly, I might have to go back today and get it.

Speaking of amazing weather, I love being able to go home and take Ella out for walks in the nice warm weather. She likes it too!

After our walk, I got back home and made dinner again, whaaat I am on a roll.

Stir-Fry is one of the easiest things to make.  We had a huge bag of frozen veggies from Costco, I marinade the chicken in a sauce I got from Costco (sorry I don’t remember the name), then saute it before adding the veggies and 2 eggs.

Serve it up on some rice or noodles and you are good to go.  Sometimes I like to cook the chicken in a peanut sauce I throw together with soy sauce and peanut butter… mmm so good. The best part…leftovers the next day!

Sorry I know this post was semi-lame, but right now other than the Hunger Games, nail polish is all I can think about.

Anyone else obsessed with painting their nails?- no? just me?

I hope everyone has a great Friday and an even better weekend!

Cheers!

Lifting Again

Hello friends!

Monday morning my hubby and I woke up before the sun was out and headed to the gym to start Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer again.  This time I will be able to put in the time needed to do all of these workouts.  We managed to do the first 30 days of the trainer back in December when I first started my half marathon training, but as my run got longer, I had less time to lift in the gym.  We decided that after my half marathon we would start it again.

I have never trained for such a big race before, and I didn’t realize that when you run that much you tend to lose a lot of muscle, and get “doughy”.  Ideally, I would like to be able to run and do weight training, but with a full time job I don’t see myself being able to put in that much time at the gym.  But I might be able to start going for short run during the week, outside with Ella.

The first week of the LiveFit trainer, as a three day rest period built in, and it is probably for a good reason, but I just cannot take three days off in a row.  So instead, Erik and I took Wednesday off, and moved Leg for this morning, and shoulder and Abs for tomorrow.  We will take the weekend off, and get right back to it on Monday.

Last night I made dinner for the first time in a week (we have been so busy, we are just making quick meals), and it was aweeesomesauce.

 

Grilled Chicken (with Nando’s sauce), Steamed french beans, and Veggie Qunioa. It was amazing.

And I just realized that tomorrow is Friday, and I get to see the Hunger Games this weekend with my twinzie :)

Cheers!

Has anyone else felt doughy while they are training for a big race, or can you fit in time to lift?

Have a great day!

Sissy’s Soccer Game

Hello friends!

Thank you all again for your heartfelt comments, they really make my day! If you haven’t had a chance to read my Race recap take a look :) And don’t you worry I have been rewarding myself since then..

Horrible I know. They are so cute I can’t get enough of them!

Monday night, Erik and I went to my sister’s high school soccer game! This was her second game, but the first game she played in because she was sick last week. I got there and immediately started taking pictures… she turned around and yelled at me. Too bad, what good is a little sister if you can’t torture them a bit :-p

Here she is waiting to sub in!

Some action shots!

Isn’t she the cutest little sister ever!? I love her. They won!

I am very happy we were able to go watch her play.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

If you have younger siblings, do you go to their sporting events?- my sister sat through a good 10 years of softball for me, the least I can do is go to her high school games :)

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