Saturday, July 7, 2012

what's been going on lately...

well, i've been busy! normally i would break into my "sorry for my scarce posts" spiel but, honestly i haven't really had too much to write or tell you about... 

dance is going well - the kids are doing a great job and doing really well at feisianna :)  we are prepping for the MAR oireachtas in november and they're doing phenomenal with their step prep!  i cannot wait until thanksgiving weekend to see these kids perform on that huge stage and see what they can do! 

work is, well it's work...  we've been on and off mandatory overtime.  i truly like the job, and i can't complain about the extra income but it sure is exhausting after a while - especially in the summer.  their new thing is making us work an 8 hour saturday..??  corporate america is sucking my soul.

SUMMER!  summertime is here in full force and we've had days straight of 90 degree temps!   dana and i are training for the rochester 1/2 marathon so it's been a bit difficult to get out there and get our long slow runs in before the heat strikes on the day.  we're up to 8 miles, hitting the road on tuesday (i hope).   the weather has been so amazing it's been so easy to do things outdoors these past few months (months!!!).  i cannot remember the last time the weather was this good in the summer.  
i've been to 3 concerts so far (lady antebellum, sarah mclachlan, and tim mcgraw), all amazing!!  truly my favorite part of summer - all the live music :)  next up, i hope is toby keith, possibly bonsai festival and kelly clarkson?? who knows.  and park ave festival is coming!!!  love this time of year - keep that great weather rolling. 

what's been going on lately with you guys? what is your favorite thing to do in the summer..??

Monday, June 25, 2012

eBay treasures...

so, there's nothing spectacular about this handbag.  it's ginormous by some standards, a tote even...  it's utilitarian and classic.   i found this baby on eBay "NWT", for you non eBay'ers that means New With Tags.   the joy of eBay is that this bag was about half the cost.   sure, it's not this season's style and it may not even be classified as a summer bag - but, it was new, inexpensive, and now it's mine.  

eBay has made us baller's on budgets feel like kate moss with their new focus on fashion.  making it easier and easier to get your hands on designer items for less.  making this frugal chick a happy one. 

what have you found on eBay lately?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

i know i post a lot of snaps of this little guy - but c'mon, look at that face!  how could you not!!

also, thinking of upgrading my kodak z981 to a dSLR - any suggestions? looking at used canon's at the moment :) 


Saturday, June 16, 2012

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

paleo lifestyle...

on tuesday of this past week my 30 day challenge came to a close.   i learned quite a few things, for example - it's extremely difficult to sit in front of pizza and german chocolate cake while eating a plain piece of roast beef...   
what i learned that stands out the loudest is to be ingredient conscious.  this has taught me to scour the nutrition facts label of everything!  i mean, things i never would have before like a chocolate bar.  it has really taught me (even though i thought i knew this) that you can make healthy natural choices when you're out to eat.  

my body feels great, if i skip a workout due to life i don't feel guilty because i don't feel bloaty!  for most women this is truly key to feeling good about themselves.  no bloat = no poochy tummy = wearing clothes that look and feel great on you without trying to hide parts of your body!  i mean, of course i would promote wearing clothes that fit your body type and flatter you..  

needless to say i'm going to try to stick to this as best i can.  a lot of markets make it very simple to eat organic and natural now-a-days.   we also have a natural food store here in rochester (lori's natural foods), this is wear i found the organic almond flour meal for my zucchini bread yesterday.  

here's the recipe:

1/2 cup almonds, ground
1 small banana, fresh
1 cup zucchini, grated
2 medium egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
2 pieces Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie 86% Cocoa (or any other brand you'd like)
1 tsp baking powder

Mix all together and put into a greased bread pan.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 mins or until fully cooked

Friday, June 8, 2012

life lately according to my iPhone photos

i realized the other day, that the only photos i have of myself on my phone are outfit shots?  so, my new effort will be taking more photos of everything..!! :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

zoo snaps

mr romeo suffered from spf in his eye and was a little grouchy for the first half of our zoo adventures.  fortunately, his mood lightened soon enough and we were able to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful animals.  the lions and the tiger were my personal favorite, but i always have had a soft spot of mr polar bear :)