Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Fall Weekend and Lots of Firsts 

This weekend we seemed to have had a lot of firsts. It was the first in a while that we were able to relax and enjoy some local activities and some downtime at our house.

It seems like every weekend since we moved in we had something going on that required a road trip and a lot of rushing around. Sometimes it’s a complete mystery to me how we have been able to get all of our household chores done and function like adults (mostly anyway) on a weekly basis.

On Saturday our neighbors invited us to go to Becker Farms to drink beer pick apples.
Ok… we picked some apples too. Which I fully plan to put to use in an apple pie. Every year I have made Kris an apple pie for his birthday, and even though it’s going to be a bit late this year (whoops), I’m still planning to keep the tradition alive.

We also had the most delicious donuts ever and planned to pick pumpkins but we had a few too many growlers of Shipyard Pumpkinhead and a little too much fun with our friends and we all lost track of time (in the best way possible). Luckily there was a house on the way home that was selling pumpkins by the road so we got our pumpkin fix.

We really enjoyed exploring the orchards and surprisingly they were not crowded.

I would just love to know what’s going on in his head in this picture.  Why does he look so guilty? 

On Saturday morning when I was running some errands I decided to finally try kombucha. I know I’m way behind the times on this but I’ve been kind of reluctant to try it because it sort of grossed me out. But it actually gave me a nice energy boost and I am looking forward to my next one.

Side note – apparently you’re not supposed to shake before opening.

One more reason I need to clean my car.

Another first that we’ve finally gotten with the times on is Blue Apron. Our friends got us a 3 meal subscription for our wedding and we decided to give it a try this week. I was pretty amazed with the packaging and impressed that everything stays cold and arrives in such good condition.

We actually saved the ice packs and the insulated box for future tailgating needs.

I was a little skeptical at first because the portion sizes looked tiny before everything was made. Depending on the recipe, some of these are supposed to be 3 servings, but we only got 2 out of them.  Overall though I would definitely do it again (maybe just not every week).  It’s a neat experience and it’s fun to try new dishes, but it’s not exactly a quick ‘throw together’ sort of dinner. And it’s also not exactly cheap.

But I can say we will be keeping the recipes because the meals we have made so far turned out delicious.

Random side note – yay for 70 degree weather in October!  I’m still trying to keep my morning runs with the B dog alive!


Have you tried Blue Apron/Hello Fresh/ any others?  What did you think?

What are your favorite fall activities?

My Summer Fitness Routine, and a Tone It Up Review

Since the arrival of summer I had gotten into a new routine that I really loved. I started a new job in May and have had the ability to start work a little later so I moved my workout routine to the morning. Part of this decision was due to some late nights at work and the uncertainty of whether I would have time to get in a work out. Part of it was because it feels really freaking good to come home  and not have to worry about squeezing in a run (and another shower). And part of it was because I started following the Tone It Up regimen and they strongly encourage morning exercise. 

Now I’m going to be honest. I find K&K to be ridiculously cheesy and sometimes difficult to watch. But when it comes to toning up, those two know what they’re talking about. I’ve read the meal plans and tried to follow them but they’re a bit too restrictive for me. So these are my takeaways which, for me, have proven to be pretty effective. 

1. I started my mornings with their 5 daily exercise moves followed by a 2ish mile run. When you join Tone It Up you get access to their daily exercises. They usually suggest an exercise video of theirs or cardio in addition to the 5 moves and I really just enjoy running too much not to. Plus these are the best months of the year! Unfortunately, it’s finally started getting cold and dark here in Buffalo, so I’m in the market for a new winter routine. 

I really like the daily moves feature of the program because it’s thoughtless for me. Especially if I’m getting up first thing in the morning, it’s so nice not to have to think about choosing a workout. I just log into the Tone It Up app and the 5 exercise moves are up and ready. 

This might be the endorphins talking, but I honestly feel like starting my day with a workout keeps me more present and in tune with my surroundings and my body for the rest of the day. 

2. I have a small glass of their ‘Meta D’ drink. I don’t know what it is about Apple Cidar Vinegar but it just feels so cleansing. It might be 100% in my head but it feels like a great way to jump start your day. The drink consists of apple juice, water, ACV, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. 

The other nice feature about the Tone It Up program is that it’s a one time fee, but there is continued support. Once you sign up for one program you will receive all future updates, and they do continue to update their programs, routines, and challenges so that it doesn’t get stale. Overall, I would recommend it even if you don’t follow it to a tee. 

The rest of the day I go about my business separately from the Tone It Up plan. I had been taking biotin in an effort to grow my hair longer for the wedding along with a multivitamin and fish oil.

I’m not the only one in the house that takes her daily fish oil. (But I am the only one that doesn’t chew it, blahh).

Lately I’ve been loving egg white sandwiches with Swiss cheese on an oatmeal English muffin. The salty and sweet flavors are amazing. I also threw some kale on there to make it feel healthier. 

Now that we’re back from our wedding and honeymoon (details to come!!), it’s been too dark and cold in the mornings to keep running outdoors so I’m in the market for any suggestions! Evenings can work for me but I just really love morning workouts and being able to work out from home. Looks like I better start saving for a treadmill… 

How does your fitness routine change with the seasons? 

Any winter workouts you would recommend? 

Do you prefer mornings or evenings for workouts?