#85 Treat Yourself Tuesday

I’m fairly certain I say this every week, but HOLY MOLY, is it Tuesday again?! In a few Tuesdays I’ll be holding a baby – MY baby, and that kind of freaks me out to say the least, haha. Time flies when you’re having fun I suppose :)

Now, how about those treats from the past week??

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I finally got our home tour video recorded and published! Check out yesterday afternoon’s post to see our new house in action.

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I had my first Chipotle salad in the new house… with a side of Pottery Barn. Seriously, does anyone have a home that actually looks like what is in this catalog?! I mean, we all wish we could have the Greek Isles in our backyard, but c’mon, LOL.

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Our range was finally delivered and installed so our kitchen is complete (for now)! A kitchen that is ready for cookin’ is totally a treat :)

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I received my NASM certificate in the mail – Now it’s time to whip some bods into shape. Who’s up for a challenge?!

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I helped launch BODYPUMP93 over the weekend. And yes, I was practicing up until the last minute, haha! All I gotta say is OUCH – watch out for those lunge and shoulder tracks.

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Date night at La Bazenne – moules e frites <– so good! And it was followed by homemade dessert on our back patio. An easy Saturday night is always wonderful in my book. Now, to add wine in a few weeks ;)

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Finally, a post-spin donut! I had a coupon for a free donut and well, it just so happens that I needed to find a place with wi-fi and a Dunkin was on the way home from the gym. The stars aligned, what can I say? Hehe…

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How did you treat yourself this week?

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Friday Favs

Fridayyyyyy! To be honest, I have no clue what day of the week it is at this point BUT I do know that this morning I’m kicking off Friday with a 6am spin class followed by 7am BODYPUMP. How’s that for a metabolism boost heading into the weekend? {insert bicep emoji}

I’m linking up with Katie, Heather, and Clare again today to share some of my favorites from the week. I hope y’all had a fabulous week and are looking forward to the weekend ahead :)

1. This poster. I need it. #truth

This retro print will resonate with anyone who has ever trained for a marathon or ironman triathlon. It makes a great gift for any runner, and

2. The Cubs winning on Wednesday evening! Whoop – Not only did they beat the Cards on their last home game of the season, I scored a free Dunkin’ iced tea out of the deal ;)

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3. This post. She’s one of my favs and always gets it spot on. Plus, I took the twerkin’ photo, so I’m taking 1% of the credit for this post ;) Hehe!

4. Sunrise yoga on the rooftop – My last day at EBC is on Sunday. I may cry. Actually, scratch that, I will most definitely cry. Note to self: Bring large sunglasses on Sunday…

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5. Finally, it’s almost time for Chelsea’s destination wedding in Punta Cana! My invite must have been lost in the mail (hehe!), but I will be doing a guest post for her in the coming weeks. I’ll let you know when it’s live – In the meantime, you should most definitely be following her wedding journey. She’s seriously the cutest and I cannot wait to see her wedding photos :)

What’s on the agenda for the weekend?

Confessions + An Announcement

1. Confession – I joined the most expensive gym country club fitness club in Chicago yesterday. It’s like a country club but fitness style. #oops

Kyle wasn’t too keen on the monthly fee (especially since we have a gym in our apartment…) but I justified it since the monthly membership fee is only $40 more than the CorePower Yoga membership I was paying in Minneapolis AND it includes so much more than CorePower did! I have yoga + body pump + cycling + pilates + zumba + kickboxing + ropes training + core classes + barre + SO MUCH MORE. The gym even has 5 pools, a gigantic weight room, an even larger cardio room, a spa IN the locker room, a salon, 2 restaurants, a juice bar, free valet parking (I can walk so I won’t be using this…), a sun deck/fully stocked bar for the summer months, a golf driving range, tennis courts, basketball/soccer courts… I’m sure I’m forgetting something here… Anyways, it’s pretty much my piece of heaven here in Chicago and it is going to be worth every single penny!

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I attended a “Buff Yoga” class yesterday and I’m fairly certain my inner thighs are going to be sore for the rest of my life.

2. Confession – I kinda fell off the marathon training bandwagon. I doubt any of you are surprised to be reading this. I haven’t provided a weekly training recap in, well, weeks and I have mentioned that my stress levels were not very conducive to running. Kyle and I still have our plane tickets to California and I am still running every week just not as far as I need to be for the whole 26.2 miles thing. I’m  planning on running at least the 13.1 miles and then running/walking every other mile after that. We’ll see how it goes but the last thing I want to do at this time is put physical stress on my body and have more hair fall out. I’d rather have hair than be a marathoner ;)

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3. Confession – I freakin’ love Chicago. Minneapolis never really felt like home the 4ish years Kyle and I lived there. Maybe it was because we knew it wasn’t going to be our forever home or because we didn’t have any family there or because we moved there without knowing a single person in the city but regardless, I am so happy to finally be somewhere that I feel like I belong. Plus Chicagoans are SO much nicer than Minnesotans (sorry friends but it’s true!). I’ve already met more people in the 1.5 weeks I’ve been in Chicago than I did in Minneapolis all 4 years. And they’re all nice and actually invite you to do things. Amazing.

4. Confession – Kyle’s mom brought us a “housewarming” quiche since we don’t have room for a gift in our tiny apartment and it is seriously one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. It is cheesy and egg-y and is FULL of summer squash. I may have had it for every meal since breakfast yesterday. Remind me to get the recipe from her…

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5. Confession – I love summer but I am ready for the hot weather to be gone and for cooler, fall days to arrive. I am over being coated in sweat the minute I walk outside and I want to be able to take Mitchell for a walk without worrying that he is going to get heat stroke. I’m also kinda over the pool… I know… Ask me how I feel about this confession come January but I honestly get kind of bored just lying by the pool. I think this means I need to work on my relaxation techniques ;)

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6. Confession – I’m addicted to Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s happened y’all and it ain’t pretty. I was anticipating some delicious coffee here in Chicago but Dunkin’ has taken it to the next level.

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Thankfully, I drink my coffee black or I’d also need to be buying some new pants considering how much coffee I drink every day! I’m also addicted to lululemon and may have ridden my bike 10 miles in 100+ degree heat to get the last Sand to Savasana Duffel bag in the Chicago area yesterday. I needed it, obviously ;) I also got a new top to reward my biking efforts!

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And now for the announcement! I promise this will be my last announcement for a long, long time – I’ve just had so much change happening in my life that I have needed to have a life-changing announcement every other week ;)

Drum roll, please…………..

I was offered and accepted a new job in Chicago! (insert big, proud smile right here)

Although I’d do a great job playing the part, it isn’t to be part of the next Real Housewives of Chicago series ;)

I will be working for a large retailer (I’m not sure how they feel about blogs so I’m keeping the company private for now.) here in the Chicago area and will be doing something similar to what I was doing for Target. I’ll be between a few of their offices but when I am at their downtown office, I will be able to walk to work. YES – my downtown office is about the same distance as my old condo was to my Target office in Minneapolis – I am so freakin’ excited!

The company actually called me about 30 minutes before I was getting ready to board my one-way flight to Chicago. Talk about perfect timing! I was able to negotiate a later start date (and more vacation time – details on interview/negotiation tactics will be in a future post…) so I will be starting on September 23rd.

I am so excited to have a job and to have a little bit of time off to allow myself to learn my new city and to relax before jumping right back onto the 9-5 bandwagon.

I took my drug test last Thursday and as long as I pass it (I’ve never done a drug in my life so if I don’t pass, someone laced my pee!), I will be good to go :)

Mini-Confession – I actually felt guilty for a few seconds after receiving a job offer. (Ridiculous, right?) I know of SO many people my age (and other ages) that cannot find a job and there I was – just sorta looking and a perfect job falls into my lap. I quickly realized that I worked my tail off at Target and my resume reflected that. I also rocked my interviews and allowed myself to be relaxed about the entire situation so the guilt went away and I allowed myself to be happy and proud.

So, take this as a life lesson my fellow ladies – Do NOT feel guilty about your great accomplishments! YOU deserve them and you deserve to be happy about them.

Tell me one of your confessions. 

DONUTS! + Guest Posts + A Marathon + A Contest!

Whew – how’s that for a title?

I have a few quick things to share with you today!

1. HAPPY FRIDAY! What are you doing this weekend?

2. It is National Donut Day. Have you celebrated? I have heard rumors that both Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme are giving away free donuts today. Neither have locations near me (thank goodness!) so I’ll be sticking to my healthified version of donuts today!

Healthy donuts?  YES. If you feel the need to indulge in a donut on this national holiday, check out my Chocolate-Glazed Cake Donuts! All of the donut-y goodness you love with none of the guilt :)

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3. I wrote a guest post for Leslee at Her Happy Balance yesterday! It’s all about how to stay active while traveling – whether for a fun vacation or for work. Head on over to Her Happy Balance to check out my travelin’ fitness tips and tricks!

4. Herb on Herbs is doing a Q&A Feature Series with fellow food bloggers and I am their featured blogger today! If you’ve always wanted to learn more about me and my blog, check out my Q&A – I reveal some pretty scandalous things about myself… Okay, not really – I don’t do scandalous things (haha!) but  my Q&A is really fun and I promise that it’ll make you laugh :)

5. I am also guest posting for Brittany at Dulce Vie today! (I have obviously been busy in the bloggin’ world recently!) On Dulce Vie, I’m sharing my favorite Summer 2013 beauty and fashion finds for all you fashionistas out there! If you’re a lover of all things summer like myself, you won’t want to miss this post!

6. Remember those Muesli Fusion Banana-Chocolate Truffles I post on Monday? Well, I am participating in a recipe contest and I need your help! Click on THIS LINK and repin my pin to one or 5 of your boards on Pinterest :) Thanks friends!

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7. Last but not least, I am currently accepting sponsors for my first ever marathon – The Long Beach Marathon on October 13th! I already have a few fitness apparel and marathon fuel partners but would love to partner with YOU! If you’re a blogger or a fitness/health-related company and are interested in gaining some exposure on my blog and social media sites, send me an email at becky (at) olivesnwine (dot) com and I’ll get my sponsorship information out to you!

I think that does it! I hope all of you lovelies have a wonderful, relaxing, beautiful weekend :)

Did you celebrate National Donut Day? What is the one thing you’re looking forward to most this summer?

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