Monday, September 29, 2014

Killin it in the Kitchen at Least

The kids are all settled back in school, hubby is happy at work, and as far as the kids go, I have been killin it in the kitchen this past week (which is a rare feet at my house)

Rarely do my kids finish what is on their plates, let alone ask for seconds so when I find a winner I have to share



 I am 100% convinced this chili is a winner because it has no beans, what is it about kids and beans?  Like oil and water, don't mix.




my kids asked for thirds, enough said!!





Manicotti
sometimes the best recipes are right on the box.



and I have finally found the easiest breakfast for my kids

Pumpkin Muffins
take a box of yellow cake mix, add 1 can of pumpkin puree, mix, spoon into muffin tins and bake for 25 mins at 350.

How easy is that!!




Friday, September 19, 2014

Girl Friday

It's going to be a beautiful weekend here in the mid west.  My plan is to spend every possible second outside.


Tonight we have our annual balloon glow in Forest Park, the pre party to Saturday's race

and if you happen to be anywhere near STL on Saturday around 3pm, just look up and you will see hundreds of hot air balloons racing in the Great Forest Park Balloon Race
it really is magical!!



Also on tap




The cutest butcher shop just opened (never thought I would say that) so the hubs is itching to grill something this weekend...

and if I play my cards right, I can get him to see this with me

Have a beautiful weekend!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Work it Gurl!!

This time of year is always so tough with time management.  Going from summer mode to school mode is quite an adjustment and I don't even have a real job.  Kudos to all the working moms out there, it is all about being organized (something that I am not) and having your schedule down.

The only schedule I have down is where/when I work out, (dinner schedule is next, I hope)  There are so many work out options out there and I like to mix everything up for maximum results.  I guarantee no matter what city you live in, you can find these classes...


Bar Method Monday
Love this ballet workout, light cardio, mainly core conditioning and muscle strengthening.

pros of taking this class...

really cute socks,


and the hope that some day I can have arms like this.




Spinning Tuesday
this is an hour of straight cardio.


pros of this class...
I wear my fit bit around my ankle and it is insane how many calories you burn!!




TRX Wednesday
this class reminds me of bar, light cardio but intense muscle building.


pros of this class
some day I will be able to do this.




Cardio Tennis Thursday




pros of this class...
adorable tennis accessories


and very cute clothes.


Mix it up Friday.  
Fridays mornings I like to fly by the seat of my pants with my workout and it is always depending on my mood.  Friday afternoons is when I play interclub tennis so even if I am lazy Friday morning I will still get a work out in.



On my radar.
Not sure when I will have the time but there are a few new classes I would like to try.  My sister in law in Chicago told me about this class
Shred 415

it is a cardio/interval/strength and conditioning class and I hear it is crazy good.  This just opened here in STL and I have so many friends that are already addicted.  Next Monday I plan on taking this instead of bar.


Also, I am dying to take an aerial fitness class
I am completely jealous of everyone that takes this class, they have the best arms


and last but not least
rock star fit

now time to go to lululemon!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'll take it!

One of the perks that comes with the change of seasons are the incredible sales, there are some great ones going on right now so ladies shop away.  The hubs and I are heading to Costa Rica in October, where it will be 90 degrees so I am definitely thinking of new items I can use on our trip, and taking advantage of every mark down.


The Lilly sale was just insane.
 All I kept thinking was these dresses would be perfect for our dinners in CR

I know it's over but I hope you did not miss it!!



Obsessed with the dress,  the cutouts are perfect
I don't think I can wait until our trip to wear this, it might be making it's debut this weekend




We will be doing a lot of hiking on this trip
these shorts are perfect





There is also a surf school at our resort

 since we will be learning to surf,  I will need this rash guard shirt




The perfect beach strolling shoe



The cutest walking to town shorts



and a few more goodies from Jcrew



Happy Shopping!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Girl Friday

Cheers to the weekend!!

Crossing a few things off my summer to do list this weekend.


Catching up with old friends at one of my favorite restaurants...


Then a little staycation with one of my besties.
On our agenda







My bag is packed  and ready to go



Here's to one of the last weekends of summer!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer's End

It may officially be summer for another month, but mentally I am transitioning into fall.  I am not completely ready to give up lazy summer mornings, afternoons at the pool, and evenings on my porch sipping cocktails but time marches on and fall is right around the corner.

A few things that I am looking forward to this fall
the return of the pumpkin spice latte



chunky sweaters




oversized plaid scarves




warm soup on a chilly night, cant wait to try this recipe



gorgeous fall flowers for my table




a trip to a few wineries in our own backyard


fall nail polish



getting my favorite red wine out of the cellar




and firing up our patio table.


Ready or not, it's coming!!