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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

I have two little math equations for you all today to help you discover the secret ingredients in my recipe today!

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Let’s all pretend that we’re back in middle school algebra just for a minute, okay? No whining now, this stuff is good for your brain ;) <– yikes, I sound like a mother already!

1. a + b = c

If “a” is a blogger and “b” is the fall season, what is “c”?

2. x + y = z

If “x” is a healthy living blogger and “y” is a recipe, what is “z”?

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Have you solved for “c” and “z” yet or do you just hate me for throwing math at you on a Monday morning?!

Awww shucks – sorry for making your brains work on the first day of the work week… To keep you as my friends, I’ll just give you the answers, how’s that for a compromise?

c = pumpkin EVERYTHING! {obviously…}

z = coconut oil!

Are you surprised? If you are even semi-familiar with Pinterest, you will see recipes involving pumpkin and coconut oil taking over your pin boards.

And today, I have another one for you!

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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

These perfect fall cookies bake up like a cookie but taste just like your favorite, mouth-watering, dense pumpkin bread with a bit o’ chocolate thrown in for fun.

Plus, they’re healthy because there’s pumpkin and coconut oil involved… or at least that’s what I’m sticking with… ;)

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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies (Adapted from Inside BruCrew Life)

Makes 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed but not 100% melted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 TSP baking soda
  • 1 TSP baking powder
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate minis)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and coconut oil with an electric mixer until blended. Add in pumpkin, egg and vanilla and blend until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly stir dry mixture into pumpkin mixture just until combined. Mix in chocolate chips by hand. Roll cookies into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet (FYI – if you just “plop” the cookie dough on the sheet, it won’t spread nicely like typical cookies which is why my photos aren’t of pretty cookies. If you would like your cookies to have a nice appearance, roll the dough into balls prior to cooking!). Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes and then allow cookies to cool slightly on sheet for 3 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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I shared these with my HLS13 roomies and Jen a few weeks ago. But don’t you worry, I didn’t require any math equations from them ;)

How many pumpkin and/or coconut recipes are on your Pinterest boards? Have you cooked up anything with pumpkin yet this fall?

Sunday Funday + Weekly Eats and Fitness

Well hello again. You’re getting TWO posts in one day – how’s that for a Sunday Funday? ;)

I’m going to recap Nashville in a post later this week. I have a lot of great things to share so I’m going to dedicate one full day to my love for all things Nashville and my cousin’s wedding!

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Kyle and I landed in Chicago just before noon today. It made for an early morning after a night of dancing with my family but it was nice to get home and have most of Sunday to get ready for the work week!

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Before the flight, I celebrated National Coffee Day because, well, why not? ;)

As soon as we landed, we grabbed a cab and headed to Oak Park (where Kyle’s dad and step-mom, Scott and Joy, live) since we left our car and Mitchell there for the weekend. Kyle quickly turned on the football game and I headed out for a manicure and pedicure with Joy! (Treat yoself! P.S. Are you linking up for Treat Yourself Tuesday this week??)

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After being pampered, Kyle and I made a quick trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up some essentials for the week.

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As a side note, check out this gorgeous, leather purse! The Instagram filter color in this photo doesn’t do it justice – I would call it a Marc by Marc Jacobs gray if you know what I’m talking about ;) Scott and Joy just returned from a 10-day trip to Italy and they brought me back this beauty along with a wallet for Kyle. I LOVE my new purse and their photos and stories definitely confirm that I need to get to Italy ASAP!

Once we got back to our apartment, Kyle and I headed out for a run to burn off a few bites of those Loveless Cafe biscuits from brunch yesterday ;)

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The 35-minute run was much needed and refreshing and it apparently made me super productive for the rest of the afternoon. I did three loads of laundry, changed our sheets and prepped a ridiculous amount of food for the week. I have my Spinach & Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups all ready to go for tomorrow night – mmmmm… :)

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Speaking of food prep, we’ve realized that if we don’t get some basic ingredient food prep done on Sundays (bake chicken breasts, prepare a casserole, etc.), we are not going to eat healthy. Both of our commutes are longer than they were in Minneapolis and we’re both pretty darn exhausted by the time we get home after work. This means that we’re (or more like me!) going to be food-preppin’ machines every Sunday night from here on out!

So, what are we eating this week? I’m so glad you asked! ;)

Weekly Meal Plan

  • Sunday: Taco Night – I got one of my red meat servings in and it’s only Sunday!
  • Monday: Spinach & Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups
  • Tuesday: Baked Sweet Potato with Black Bean Burgers
  • Wednesday: Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Thursday: Happy hour & Dinner with friends
  • Friday: Leftovers
  • Saturday: Out to Dinner

Weekly Fitness Plan

  • Sunday: 35-minute run
  • Monday: 6am Spinning Class
  • Tuesday: 6:30pm Vinyasa Yoga
  • Wednesday: Treadmill Run before work (I’m forcing myself to get back into indoor running before winter!)
  • Thursday: 7am Hard Core Class (depending on my meeting schedule)
  • Friday: 6am Spinning Class
  • Saturday: Core on the Ball Class and Run

What is on your menu plan for the week? Did you do anything exciting this weekend?

Hi Y’all!

Happy Sunday from Nashville!

Kyle and I are currently awaiting a delicious Mexican breakfast at the airport before our flight back to Chicago.

I will recap the weekend later (I love the Nashville area!!) but wanted to share a few sneak peek photos of the beautiful wedding and fun in Nashville!

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Iron, Food and Running – How different daily activities impact your iron levels!

Let’s talk about iron. But first, I would like to note that  I am not a doctor or an RD (although somedays I wish I had one of those professions!) so please see your physician before changing your diet or adding any supplements to your daily regimen.

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I’ve been very open with the recent issues I’ve been having with my hair – mainly the issue of it not wanting to stay in my head. My primary physician back in Minnesota contributed my hair loss to the stress of moving, changing jobs and living without Kyle and Mitchell for a month. She checked both my thyroid and iron levels and she told me that both were fine so I figured as soon as the move was over, my hair would stop freaking out.

While I still believe that SOME of my issues stem back to stress, I was having a hard time believing it was 100% stress related when my hair continued to fall out one month after getting settled into Chicago. Thankfully my MIL is a physician in Chicago and was able to refer me (and quickly so I didn’t have to wait the normally obscene amount of time to schedule an appointment!) to a dermatologist office.

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The dermatologist did confirm that women do tend to lose their hair during stressful situations and that it can fall out for up to six months – SIX MONTHS!!! Yikes. He assured me that I was not going to go bald and that I didn’t have any weird scalp diseases (thank goodness) but still wanted to recheck my thyroid and iron levels because – in his exact terms – “my hair was very loose.”

Loose hair, great… ;)

A few days later, his office called to let me know that while my iron levels were not considered to be anemic, they were lower than they’d like to see for someone losing their hair. My doctor wanted to see my iron levels 3x higher than they were at my blood test (approximately 20 mcg/dL).

As an FYI, there are many different ways iron can be measured in a blood test so if you’ve had your iron levels tested and they’re either similar or different than mine, don’t freak out. Our doctors are probably using different measurement methods!

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To resolve my iron issues, I’ve been prescribed a daily slow-absorbing iron pill along with being told that I should aim for 3 servings (a serving is 4 ounces NOT a 12-ounce filet!) of red meat per week (our bodies absorb heme iron – meat sources – better than plant sources). Like I said earlier this week, DO NOT (DO NOT!!!) take an iron supplement unless prescribed one by your doctor. Yes, they are sold over-the-counter but most people are not iron deficient and it is very easy to overdose on iron. And again, overdoses can cause very bad side effects like heart issues and death, especially if a child accidentally ingests an iron pill.

Okay, let’s move onto more happy things and away from topics like death by iron pills!

Before learning about my iron-deficiency, I never gave much thought to how different foods and nutrients interact with the absorption of iron. I’ve gained so much knowledge about this in the past few weeks!

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Ready for some great iron knowledge??!

  • To start, here is a great list of foods (from all food groups – fruits, veggies, meats, legumes, etc.) that contain high levels of iron.
  • Foods/Nutrients that interfere with iron absorption – these foods won’t block iron absorption 100% but they do decrease your body’s ability to absorb the nutrient (source and source):
  • Calcium, including dairy products
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Wine (bahhhh!!!)
  • Cereals, including corn, rice, oats and wheat bran
  • Soy products
  • Egg yolks
  • Iron is best absorbed by your body when consumed with Vitamin C (thanks Katie!)
  • Running and other impact-based exercises can decrease your iron levels (who knew!) First of all, your body loses iron when you sweat – not a lot of iron but if you sweat a lot (I do!), it can add up. Also, small blood vessels break in your feet when you run – and although it is a small decrease – your blood iron level decreases (source).

So what am I doing to make sure my body is absorbing iron at optimal levels?

  • Drinking a glass of OJ (not the kind with added calcium) with my iron pill
  • Taking my iron pill mid-afternoon – this allows me to avoid most food interactions by taking it at least 2 hours after lunch and at least 2 hours before dinner
  • Consume my dairy (yogurt) and coffee/tea in the mornings – 8ish hours before I take my iron pill
  • Aiming for 3 servings of red meat per week – This is difficult for a former vegetarian!
  • Avoiding wine with high-iron meals – No steak ‘n’ wine nights for this gal for now…
  • Not running an obscene amount of miles – no more marathon training for me. It’s more important for my iron levels to increase to a healthy level than for me to cross that 26.2 mile-marker. My doctor told me that I “could” run the marathon but that he didn’t recommend adding the extra stress to my body while it is recovering. Bummer :/

It can take up to 6 months for your body’s iron levels to increase to appropriate levels so I will be returning to have my blood checked in a few months to monitor the progress. Until then, I’m making sure I’m eating well, exercising (nothing extreme) and reducing my stress levels!

Did you learn something? What knowledge can you share about iron or other nutrients?

End-of-Summer Entertaining Tips

Happy Thursday!

Today I’m excited to share with you a guest post from Alexia Foods – you know, the company with the AMAZING sweet potato tots and fries. Oh yes, don’t tell me you haven’t been convinced to purchase – and eat – an entire bag of those after seeing them at your local Whole Foods ;)

This post is all about how to entertain guests in the late summer/early fall months plus a delicious recipe at the end. I know I’m going to take full advantage of the tips – entertaining = new friends, right?!

Here’s Brittany from Alexia Foods – 

As hard as it is to believe, summer is quickly coming to an end. Stores are stocking up on sweaters, boots and pumpkin-flavored pastries, which means one thing: now is the time to take advantage of summer weather before it’s over!

And what better way to take advantage of summer than by having friends and neighbors over to enjoy the last of the warm weather before fall arrives. To get the most out of your get-togethers, follow these easy tips for end-of-summer entertaining:

Use your outdoor space.

If you have a porch, balcony, backyard or rooftop that can hold a decent number of people, entertain out there rather than inside your home. Outdoor entertaining is definitely a seasonal occurrence so use your outdoor space while you can.

Keep it light.

Before we get into thick and hearty fall foods, embrace summer flavors. Nobody likes to feel heavy and weighed down by their food when it’s hot out, so stick to light, fresh flavors. Avoid roasted or deep fried foods and serve lighter appetizers like oven baked onion rings or fresh fruit. Be sure to also feature summer produce while it’s still in season.

Prepare for the elements.

If you do decide to entertain outside, be prepared for impromptu rainstorms or windy evenings. As a precaution, put candles in mason jars to prevent them from getting blown out by the wind and keep some outdoor umbrellas nearby for quick and easy setup.

Use your grill while you can.

It’s much less fun to grill when it’s cold or snowing outside, so use your grill while it’s still nice out. Burgers with grilled veggies is an easy meal to make when you’re casually entertaining, and you can easily lighten the meal up by using ground chicken or turkey instead of beef.

Stay hydrated.

Even though it’s late in summer, humidity can still get pretty high. Keep your guests hydrated with multiple drink options and drink stations so that everyone can always have a drink within reach. You don’t need anything fancy; even something as simple as flavored water is always perfectly refreshing.

Here’s an easy recipe perfect for entertaining on the last of the warm summer evenings. Serve with fruit, pita chips or sweet potato fries for a light appetizer that’s delicious and super satisfying.

Curried Yogurt Dip

  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. hot pepper sauce

Blend everything together. Chill and serve.

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Brittany J. on behalf of Alexia. To explore baked appetizers great for serving at your next get-together, visit www.alexiafoods.com.

Curried Yogurt Dip? Yes, please! I’ll take that along with some sweet potato fries and throw a party for all of my new friends in Chicago :)

What are some of your entertaining tips? Do you have a winning recipe that you always bring to parties?

Orange Juice, Bras and Other Confessions

Confession: I forgot how exhausting the working world is. Actually having to look presentable in the mornings followed by a commute followed by talking with people all day really tires a gal out… I know I will adjust and find more energy in a week or two but man, once 7pm hits, I am ready for bed!

Confession: Taking the Metra to work makes for a LOONG morning. A 15-minute walk followed by a 45-minute train ride followed by a 15-minute bus ride to get to the office in the ‘burbs equals over an hour commute. Gross. Thank goodness I only have to do this 2x/week (once I get the hang of things around the office) and can be downtown the other 3 days… If I had to do this commute each day, I would have already quit. I’m not a commuter and never will be which is why I live downtown :)

Confession: I actually do like one two things about the Metra commute. One of those being that you can drink adult beverages on the train. While my manager probably wouldn’t appreciate a morning mimosa on the way to work, you better bet that I’ll be cracking open some wine one night a week! (Note to self: Invest in 100’s of mini, single-serve wine bottles for evening commutes home.)

The second thing I actually like about the commute is that I walk through this cute little French bistro market in the evenings when I leave the train station. They have bread and cheese and olives and an assortment of salads and it is my kind of paradise. Katie and I are going to be meeting there for a happy hour in a few weeks and I’m pumped!

Confession: I’m really enjoying my daily dose of orange juice that I’m taking with iron supplements. Thanks to Katie’s doctorly advice, I know I should take my pills with some Vitamin C in order for my body to better absorb the iron. P.S. Do NOT start taking iron supplements without the counsel of your doctor! I have a post coming on Friday alllll about iron but most people don’t need it.

Confession: I’m happy to report that my after-work ritual is still the same. Walk in the door. Kiss Mitchell’s nose. Take off pants. Take off bra. Put on gym clothes. Wash face. Each post-work ritual feels better than the last ;)

Confession: I’m going to be in Nashville this weekend for my cousin’s wedding and need some ideas of what to do during the day on Saturday! I already have some thoughts in mind thanks to Jackie but I’d love to know the main attractions that I NEED to visit within my 4-hour window :) The BEST place to eat, the BEST touristy place and the BEST music place are all things I’d love to experience!

What are your confessions? How long is your commute to work?

#3 Treat Yourself Tuesday {TYT}

Well hello there and welcome to Treat Yourself Tuesday!

Again, a BIG thank you to everyone that participated in Treat Yourself Tuesday last week. I loved reading all of the ways you treated yourself and can’t wait to see what this week has to offer!

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If you’re new to TYT, head over here to read about why I am a firm supporter and advocate for treating ourselves – even in the smallest of ways – everyday! I promise you will fall in love with the idea and once you do, please link up below :)

Before I get into my little treats of the week, I want to thank all of you AGAIN (I’m full of thankfulness today!!) for all of you sweet Tweets, Instagram notes, emails and texts about my first day of work! I couldn’t respond to them right away because I was in meetings all day but they made me smile and I loved feeling the love. You are all seriously the best and I love each of you <3

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My alarm went off super early and I didn’t want to get up but I fit in a quick elliptical workout before getting glammed up for my first day! (Notice the sideways thumbs up??! I was too groggy to even get my thumb the right way, haha!)

Everyone on my team was really nice – I was treated to a bagel from Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast and a lunch out at Freshii and a Starbucks tea in the afternoon. I don’t have any photos because I was not about to be the new girl who oddly takes photos of everything she eats ;)

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I arrived home a little after 5pm to an adorable card from Melanie! She’s the sweetest and this card is just what I needed after my first day. Plus it cracked me up ;)

Okay, now onto how I treated myself this week! Can you guess what I did?

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Yep, a bit more shopping ;) Hehe…

On Friday I found out that my office wears jeans 3x/week and I own one pair – yikes! I went out on an emergency shopping trip for jeans and found a pair of Citizens of Humanity at Nordstrom’s. I also picked up a gorgeous necklace from J.Crew and some beauty essentials from Sephora.

The necklace was only $30 (woohoo!) I decided to take a risk and try the new Sugar Lip Treatment – LOVE IT! It leaves my lips so soft and isn’t very sticky like most lip glosses. If you haven’t tried it, Lash Perfekt mascara gel is seriously the best thing ever. It conditions your lashes, making them more healthy and it looks so natural when applied.

Next week (or I guess this week…) – no shopping, I promise! I have to wait until I get my first paycheck before I hit up anymore stores… Stay tuned for a creative TYT next Thursday :)

Now I’m curious, what did YOU do to treat yourself this week?

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Zucchini-Summer Squash Quiche

Even though it is now fall and the leaves are starting to change, I am still seeing an abundance of summer squash and zucchini at my local farmers’ market and my grocery store.

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Now, I’m not complaining here – I just think it’s interesting that something with “summer” in its name always tends to push its way into fall. Maybe its abundance is because of the late summer we had or the fact that it is still in the 80’s (at least here in Chicago!) – whatever the reason, I have the perfect recipe for you to use up all of that leftover zucchini and summer squash that you’ve received in your CSA box or that you decided to pick up at your farmers’ market!

Zucchini-Summer Squash Quiche

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I first tried this recipe when Kyle’s mom brought us a quiche as a housewarming gift upon our arrival to Chicago. Since our apartment is tiny, we requested no gifts but how could I say no to a homemade quiche?

After my first bite, I immediately asked for the recipe from my mother-in-law. The quiche was more than just tasty, it was delightful and the perfect combination of eggs, veggies and cheese.

To my surprise, the recipe was much easier than I anticipated. With a short 20-minutes of prep time followed by 30 minutes of baking time, you can have a delicious, homemade and healthy brunch (or lunch or dinner, if you’re anything like me!) for your family in under an hour.

What adds bonus points to the ease of the recipe is that this quiche stores well in your fridge for up to 6 days, making it the perfect make-ahead meal or gift option for new parents or new neighbors!

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Zucchini-Summer Squash Quiche

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 4 cup zucchini and summer squash, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 TSP parsley flakes
  • 1 TSP garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 TSP basil
  • 1 9-inch pie crust
  • 2 TBSP mustard

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a large non-stick pan with cooking spray. Saute zucchini, squash and onions in pan over medium-high heat, until browned and soft, approximately 15 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, combine eggs, cheese, parsley, garlic and basil in a large bowl and mix. Brush mustard onto bottom and sides of pie crust. Stir cooked vegetables into egg mixture and pour into pie crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. If edges are browning too quickly, tent tin foil over quiche. Allow to sit 5 minutes before serving, enjoy!

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If you feel like being fancy, by all means make your own pie crust from scratch. I just took the easy route for this recipe ;)

Do you bake or cook for new neighbors or new mamas? What is your go-to dish?

A pizza contest, the downtown camel and weekly eats!

I almost named this post “The Final Housewife Weekend” but then I remembered that things are rarely ever final so I changed the name ;)

Per the usual of the past few weeks, I am going to share a photo recap of the weekend! Chicago never disappoints and our weekends are always a blast :)

I’m going to start with Thursday because there were lots of happenings in the ONW household that are worth recapping!

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I am officially an Illinois resident now – after a scary morning train ride/walk through a super sketch area of Chicago (not kidding, a cop actually stopped to ask if I were lost…) to the drivers’ license office, I passed my test (100% baby!) and am now licensed to drive here :)

After my driver’s license experience, Mitchell had to make an emergency vet visit. His eyes weren’t looking the best and it turns out he had an eye infection :( Our new vet is amazing though and high-fived me for keeping him so healthy – I love visiting vets that are obviously in love with their jobs!

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I am happy to report that Mitchell is back to his rambunctious self and his eyes look much better. I even think he kind of likes the eye drops!

Thursday night involved a sushi date night at Sushi Dokku where I treated myself to a pineapple cocktail – yum!

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Friday night involved wine and dinner at a friends that even included a pizza-making contest! We all topped our own crusts and voted on which one was the best. I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that my pizza (a twist on the classic margherita) won, hehe…

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On Saturday, Kyle and I spent the day (and night) in Evanston – home of Northwestern University. We had tickets to the football game and decided to spend time exploring the town.

Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, we checked out Tommy Nevin’s Pub – a fun Irish sports bar – for beers and lunch before the game. I had a grilled steak salad with lots of cucumber and avocado.

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We walked from downtown to the stadium for what seemed like FOREVER (I think it was 2.5 miles) and then finally made it to the stadium after the game started. Northwestern’s football stadium is super small and quaint and we really liked how intimate it felt.

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After the game we spent some time walking around Evanston and soaking up the views of the lake. All of that walking – at least 6 miles – left us hungry so before catching the Metra back home, we stopped for some amazing Greek food at The Olive Mountain for dinner! The service was great and the food was even better – I definitely recommend this restaurant if you ever find yourself in Evanston.

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Being the cold wimp that I am, the 58-degree weather had me shivering on the walk to the train, so I stopped for a quick cup of tea to warm up. I am NOT ready for winter!!

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This morning started out with 2 (yes, TWO!) workouts – a body strength class followed by cardio kickboxing to end the weekend on a healthy note.

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The workout left Kyle and I STARVING and there was conveniently a taco festival a short train ride away! We hit up the taco fest with some friends and enjoyed the perfect fall day in downtown Chicago. To my surprise, they were offering camel rides (because camels have so much to do with taco cuisine…) at the festival. I can’t make this stuff up, people! I had to get a photo with the camel – I only look slightly terrified ;)

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The rest of the night is going to involve preparing for my first day at my new job tomorrow (wish me luck!), listening to the Chicago Bears in the background and relaxing.

Since I am heading back to the real world this week, I thought it was time for me to start meal planning again! I picked a bunch of quick-to-prepare meals this week since I don’t know what my new schedule will entail.

Weekly Meal Plan

  • Sunday: Spinach and Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups
  • Monday: Creamy Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Cheese via Cooking ala Mel
  • Tuesday: Leftovers
  • Wednesday: Baked Chicken & Black Bean Tacos via Undressed Skeleton
  • Thursday: Hamburgers and Sweet Potato Fries or Leftovers
  • Friday: Rehearsal dinner in Nashville for my cousin’s wedding – Can’t wait to see the fam!
  • Saturday: Wedding!

Again, since I’m back to a big girl schedule, I need to start planning my workouts so they happen during the week! Here’s what I plan on doing to stay fit this week.

Weekly Fitness Plan

  • Sunday: Cardio Kickboxing + Body Strength Class (done and done!)
  • Monday: 30-minute run before my first day of WORK – eek!
  • Tuesday: Vinyasa Flow, Bar Blast or Body Pump (depends on my work schedule)
  • Wednesday: 30-minute run before work
  • Thursday: Yoga Barre Fusion or Vinyasa Flow (depends on my work schedule)
  • Friday:  Body Pump + 30-minute run
  • Saturday: Elliptical + weight work in hotel gym OR rest – depends on how crazy my fam gets on Friday night ;)

Have you ever had a camel ride? What is your favorite kind of taco? What did you do this weekend?

My last day…

Welp, my time as a housewife, full-time blogger and stay-at-home mom to Mitchell are quickly approaching their end.

{Cue sobbing and asking Kyle if I really have to go back to work.}

Because of this, I am taking the weekend of from blogging starting right now! (Except for Sunday night because I’m doing some fun stuff the next few days that I want to share with you all!)

No posting, no reading blogs, no sitting in front of the computer AT ALL this weekend. I’m going to get out and enjoy life while I still have no work stresses on my shoulders :)

Since I don’t know what my new work schedule will entail, I’m going to cut back on the blogging a bit over the next few weeks. Best to under-promise and over-deliver, right?

I still plan on doing a weekend recap, a recipe, Treat Yourself Tuesdays and some sort of 4th post each week but don’t be surprised or concerned or sad (because I know y’all will miss me ;) ) if you don’t see quite as much activity from me.

*Also, if you’re interested in doing a guest post for me sometime over the next, let me know! I’m open to ideas!*

On that note, have a wonderful weekend and wish me luck on Monday!

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