Wanted: Motivation.

It seems that I have fallen victim to the cold Chicago Winter, and I’ve got the dreariness to prove it.

My lack of energy, exercising, and eating healthy (per my New Year’s resolution), have all fallen by the way-side and I don’t know how to climb out of this hole.

Does anyone else feel this way?

I signed up for a 5k that I am actually running (read: walking) on Saturday. I signed up because I knew that the New Year resolution inspiration would ware off quick and I needed something to keep me going. Can I be honest? I failed. Or, gave up, is probably more suitable. I gave up before I even tried. I have never run a 5k before and my first one is going to be a complete catastrophe. I am not prepared even a little bit, and when my aunt (we’re running it together) said “It’s just for fun, I’m not really practicing either,” that was all I needed to justify my lack of preparation.

Aside from the 5k, I also wanted to eat better, and cleaner. For lent, I gave up fast/fried/greasy food, and even got Dominic to join me. There is no one I spend more time with than that man and him and I have the same eating habits. We’re terrible. We’re enablers. If only we followed the diet of the other person we spend all of our time with (little miss), we’d be thinner in less than two weeks!

Which brings up another point, why shouldn’t we be eating what (and how) Olivia is eating? We are so set on making sure that she doesn’t know what french fries are, eats a ton of fruits and vegetables, and there is always tons of color on her plate (don’t worry, she definitely knows what ice cream is, we’re not that terrible.) We want our beautiful girl to live this healthy lifestyle but how can we ask that of her if we don’t follow suit?

Well no more.

Diabetes runs in my family. In both of our families, actually. And that is the main reason why I have tried to monitor what Olivia eats so carefully. We don’t want her to suffer with health problems, and we want her to live a very long, healthy, life. I also want need that for Dominic and I. We want to be around as long as possible to watch Olivia grow up into the beautiful woman that we know she’s going to become.

We’ve talked and talked about what we need to do to ensure that we live that long, and the answer was simple: we need to be each other’s conscious, instead of enabling each other to eat unhealthy and not workout (or at least be active), we need to push each other to get to where we want to be.

We’re obviously not going to be axing out all food completely, we’re just eating smarter, and everything in moderation. I’ve already started to pin a few recipes to my Pinterest Boards so that we can eat healthier, without having to switch to a boring boiled chicken and steamed vegetables diet. I’ve also looked into different exercises OTHER than running because running is just not my thing. I really want it to be, but it’s not.

We need to do this for ourselves (hello, we’re getting married in September and we want to look good!) but more importantly for Olivia. We need to be positive examples and stick to the healthy lifestyle that we so quickly push on her. Our unhealthy-ness has gone on long enough.

And if you’re wondering, this post has definitely served it’s purpose. I feel happy, I feel excited, I feel motivated. And it feels good.



P.S. Last night for dinner, I made one of my bffs and I Weight Watchers Enchiladas and they were amazing! I ate those suckers up so fast that I forgot to take a picture! I can’t wait for Dominic to try them when I make them again!

P.P.S If you have any recipes, tips, or tricks you really like, I’d love to hear them!

P.P.S.S A little dose of Olivia to get you through your day:



A Baby and an Actual Baby.

Happy Wednesday, Guys!

Last week, I mentioned that I finally got to meet my little nephew, Evan. One of my dearest friends gave birth to him in January and just recently moved back to Chicago after living NW for quite some time.

Evan is the most beautiful little boy, and I instantly fell in love with him. He is so cozy, and calm, and although I heard he has a cry that is equivalent to a Michael Jackson screech, I didn’t get to witness it. Nope, instead he laid in my arms and slept and smiled, and opened his eyes for a few seconds, and slept, and smiled.

Olivia didn’t really show too much interest in him, but she didn’t get jealous while I was holding him, either, which I must admit, was a little surprising. The only time she started to act up, was when she saw me feed Evan a bottle of milk. I don’t know if she didn’t like the fact that I was feeding some one else, or if she just wanted a bottle  because we gave her milk in her sippy cup and she still wasn’t satisfied.

I can’t wait to see the two of them grow up together, and I am so thankful that Alexis decided to move back home!

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And then Alexis sent me a few that she took from her phone:

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I already can’t wait until the next time I get to see him :)



P.S. Last night, I had very ripe bananas that I needed to use, so I pulled up a recipe for ‘Toddler Muffins’ and this is the one I used. They were SO good. I put some chocolate chips in a few of them for Dominic and me, but I actually really liked them without. Next time, I’ll probably sneak in some carrots or use sweet potatoes. Olivia really does not care for bananas (or anything really….although she is getting a little better) but she LOVED these muffins, and that is enough for me to make them over and over again :)


Weekend Review.

After the nice 55 degree weather we had on Tuesday and Wednesday (hello, Chicago!), it didn’t make it over 15 degrees on Thursday, and it stayed at a brisk 9 degrees all day on Friday. Because of the low temps, Olivia and I were cooped up in the house. So when it was 30 degrees on Saturday, and despite the surprising snowfall, our little trip to target felt like we were going to Disney World. Okay, okay, so maybe that is a bit dramatic, but we were pretty excited to get out of the house.


Like I mentioned before, it was pretty cold on Friday so we stayed in. It’s become a (really bad) tradition that we eat wings, and watch TLC’s Brideday. For those of you that don’t know, Bride-day is something that TLC does on Fridays where they play wedding shows all night. A guilty pleasure at it’s finest, at least now it is. So that’s what we did. And then at 11 at night, I had this disgusting craving for something sweet, mainly cake. So, I pulled up a recipe off of Pinterest (which led me to Babble) and made a three ingredient, one minute, mug cake. Man oh man, did it hit the spot. It was delicious and easy and as I was eating it, I couldn’t help but think of atleast ten different ways to tweak the recipe.


Whisk one egg, 1/4cup of powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder in a mug, make sure it’s all mixed together really well, put it in the microwave for one minute and BOOM. Chocolate cake.

Next time, I think I’ll try adding a swirl of peanut butter, or nutella. Just for the extra flavor of course ;)

We obviously went to bed very happy people.


Dominic had Saturday morning off, which meant that I got to sleep in. When I woke up and came downstairs, I was welcomed with a huge smile from Olivia because her Daddy put down the alphabet mat that she received as a birthday gift, and she loved it.

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I’m not sure why he made it into a wall like that, but I kind of like it.

And then we headed out. It FINALLY snowed! I have been waiting for this day to come. However, it was one of those ‘mom’ moments where you build up a certain dream in your head and plan it to go a certain way, ever have one of those? Well in this particular dream, Olivia loves the snow and wants to touch it and she’s laughing….but the reality…Well, this was the reality:

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Unimpressed baby was very unimpressed. Sigh. Maybe next time.

Then we went to target, our happy place.

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This was her first time at said happy place since her new found ability to walk. Although she’s pretty slow, with those short legs, it’s still fun to see her get into everything because it’s at her level.

And then the last thing that we did on our nice Saturday was putting together her toy box  She got it as a Christmas gift from my grandmother but it was on back-order for the longest, it finally came in last week and it is sooooooooo cute! My dad helped me put it together and afterward he put her inside. Should I have expected anything else?

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We put all of her toys in it and the toy box is so big that it made it look like she had such a small amount of toys! It’s seriously so cute though and now Olivia has her own little corner in our living room.


Superbowl Sunday. An American Holiday. The only football-y thing Olivia has is a pink Chicago Bears jersey that she received for her birthday, so that’s what she wore.

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(A little peek at her new little play corner)


I will admit, I am not a fan of football. I never have been. I really don’t even know how the game works. When I was in high school, I was a cheerleader, and when I would cheer at the football games, I really had no idea what I was cheering for, I just loved to cheer. How embarrasing. Anyway! In my opinion, the best thing about the Super Bowl is the food. While I completely FAILED to take an actual shot of the food, our spread wasn’t too bad. We had hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls, crescent roll pizzas, chili cheese dip, and I attempted another Pinterest recipe- Baked breaded mozzarella cubes. They didn’t come out good, and I was kind of upset because I had such high hopes for them. Oh well, I guess you can’t win ’em all. We also had meatball sandwiches, and donuts, and we were going to make pasta, and actually, I don’t know why we didn’t.

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I am usually really good about snapping pictures all night but while the guys watched the football game, us ladies did wedding planning. We finally ordered our save the dates, set up an appointment to book the caterer, and browsed Pinterest for even more inspiration. In fact, the only time I even remotely looked at the TV was when Beyonce was performing. What. A. Woman. I really like Beyonce, I think she is such a positive role model and her performance was seriously amazing. And that Destiny’s Child reunion? Unreal! I think that was one of the best half time shows the Super Bowl has had in a while.

I’m curious to see whether Olivia picks up her daddy’s love for football, or her mama’s love for eating the football snacks.

What did you do for super bowl Sunday?