New perspectives and a new year

As I grow older…the pressure to have the perfect NYE has completely faded. Thank goodness! Gone are the days of last minute shopping trips for the perfect outfit..and honestly, I’m totally fine with closing that chapter.

NYE 2016 consisted of playing card games with some of my favorite humans, in super comfy clothes, and lots of snacks and drinks.

For the holiday season we took a  whirlwind trip to Houston to see parents (x2), siblings and friends..we jetted back to NYC on 12/27. We were greeted by a surprise visitor (a cousin from Australia) and  played tour guide with her before heading to the DC area on the 30th.  Of course the tour included a stop at Dominique Ansel’s..because frozen s’mores and DKA’s are necessary and to Milk Bar for cereal milk ice cream. All the treats!

Since our long, glorious, and much needed break from work..the hubs an I have been attempting to get back to “work mode”.  Luckily we have a four day work week to ease the transition and our guest heads back home today. To my delight the hubs requested a 30-day eating and workout plan…music.to.my.ears! We were both feeling a bit lethargic/icky after lots of treats/eats over the break.  I’ll share our plan and the meals we’ve had this week tomorrow.

Finally, instead of setting a resolution for 2017, we landed on picking a pillar to hone in on..finances. Not the most thrilling topic but so essential because we know we don’t want to work forever. This year we plan to set quarterly savings goals and to watch impulse purchases (whole foods is where most of mine happen admittedly).  I’m oddly excited to watch our savings grow.

 

Helping of Happy: Part 1

Wednesday..the day of the week where Friday finally feels reachable and despite the ongoing struggle to stay on top of work tasks..a few are checked off the ever-growing list. Sound familiar? I admittedly have a flare for the dramatic, but my mood and outlook always improve substantially by hump day.

Also, if you read my first post, I’m making an effort to highlight my journey to achieving and maintaining happiness. To help remind me of all “the good”, I will share fun finds, memories, products and bits of advice that lift me up on a weekly basis.

City babies all zipped up in strollers inside sleeping bags..so darn cute..honestly I am slightly jealous of how warm they kiddos look. baby strollersThe first snow! I am sure I will dread future snow-filled days..specifically when I “commute to work”..  but Sunday I was thrilled to be able to play in the snow en route to yoga.first snowThe book Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, do yourself a favor and add this book to your reading list. I’ve been portioning small chunks and read them when I need a laugh and escape from reality.so happy

This thai cucumber salad I pulled together randomly to bulk up our dinner last night. Impromptu recipes that turn out well always makes me feel a sense of accomplishment.

thai cucumber salad

I think I am a bit late to the party on this one but the HGTV show Fixer Upper. Maybe its because its set in Texas, or because the Joanna and Chip are adorable..but whatever it is..hubs and I both enjoy the show!fixerLast, but certainly not least, a phone date with one of my lovely lady friends, Jaclyn! We easily gabbed for thirty minutes about her wedding festivities (sooooo pumped!)..knowing I have at least three friend and fun-filled weekends coming up this year brings me so much happiness! weddinnnng

Weekly Eats: 1

Hi friends, hope you had an enjoyable weekend..we had our “first snow” and admittedly frolicked a like little kids yesterday.

Here is a peek of our menu for the week – note, lunch for both of us varies so I won’t include those meals.

Sunday: Out! After a late  yoga class, hubs and I walked to a casual grab and go restaraunt in Koreatown and made  hot boxes of goodies – mine had a seafood pancake, tofu, cucumber salad and glass noodles.

Monday: Buddha bowls, my first attempt at making these at home, I plan on incorporating quinoa, roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes, wilted kale and topping it with a fried egg and avocado plllluus siracha or ketchup. Condiments elevate meals from good to amazing in my book.

Tuesday: Asian turkey meatballs, leftover quinoa, carrot “fries” and spinach with shallots.

Wednesday: Paleo fried “rice”, loosely based on this recipe. Cauliflower, chicken, green onions, shredded carrots and bacon mmm.  Hubs actually likes cauli rice, he’s not so keen to spaghetti squash as a noodle replacement though..pick your battles.

Thursday: My first attempt at a tempeh stir fry..any tips? I plan to modify this recipe and add green beans. mushrooms and rice.

Friday: No plans! Usually this means either a dinner out with friends or date night (my fav!).

Saturday: Trip to Greenwich to hang with Alex and Audra, so whatever the crew wants, will be devoured. Excited already!

Are you trying new recipes this week?