Friday, August 4, 2017

Happy Weekend

Happy Weekend Y'all! I am happy to report that I am safe and sound in the Keys and thoroughly enjoying the next few days of relaxing with my girlfriends. We have a lot of fun activities planned and I can't believe my oldest friend from going up is getting married in just a few months! Here's this weeks links and finds...

+ I have tried a few podcasts finished a few like Criminal and S-Town but ultimately haven't been able to find any others I like. I am hoping to check out a few on this list, any recommendations? 

+ Natalie always has the most amazing recipes and I was so excited when she posted this Baked Mexican Corn. It looks too yummy and easy not to try. 

+ Y'all... this home is perfection. I am ready to move in. 

+ I always think it's interesting to see what other people eat in a day, whether it be other friends, or bloggers, or even celebrities. Sometimes it gives me a little motivation to try something new or change up what I am doing. Check out what this nutritionist eats throughout the week. 

+ I brought this book along on me with my trip and it has been so good so far, definitely one that keeps you on your toes and engaged. 

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Yours truly, 
Emily Ann

Thursday, August 3, 2017

N Sale Picks

N Sale Picks
The Big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends in just a few days so I thought I would share my picks above. A lot of items have sold out but I hope they will restock a few things over the next few days. I have heard nothing but amazing reviews about the High waisted Zella leggings, anyone tried them? Also a good time to stock up on Voluspa candles while they are on sale, I always give them as gifts or love having them around the home. I also am in major need of some new basic tees and thought I would give these Lush ones a try, they look so comfy and that they could be dressed up or down. 

I am officially on my way to the Keys today but hope everyone has a great rest of their week!
Yours truly. 
Emily Ann

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mid Week Thoughts

Happy Wednesday guys! I can't tell you how happy I am that it's Wednesday, this girl has been working since last week, including the weekend and I am officially off until next Tuesday. Cheers to that! I am also super excited because tomorrow I am heading to Key West to celebrate one of my oldest friends for her bachelorette party. I have never been to Key West and even though the weather is looking a bit iffy, I can't wait to relax, spend time with old friends, and hopefully get some time in the sun. Today I am popping in to share some random thoughts and happenings from this week and last...

- I just finished The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn and would highly recommend it. I stayed up until after midnight last night finishing it and couldn't put it down. 

- While packing for Key West, I realized I don't really have any matching pajamas or pajama sets. I am a big tshirt and boy shorts type of gal but figured I may need to step my game up for a weekend away with girlfriends. Enter Target's sleep shorts- so cute and comfy and I officially feel like I have adult pajamas. I picked up the above stripe pair and also a palm print. 

- The weather has been absolutely amazing in North Carolina this week that I am dreading it going back to being so hot and humid. Monday morning I was able to enjoy my coffee on the porch and actually felt a little chill in the air, dare I say I'm ready for fall?

- If you are looking for a new background on your phone or computer, The Everygirl just released their August backgounds

- Since getting back into my workout routine I have definitely increased my frequency of lifting weight as well as went up in weights and I would be lying if I said I couldn't tell a difference. Each week it is so satisfying being able to go up in all areas of weight including arms, legs, and back. If you are feeling apprehensive about lifting like I was and just lost in general, I encourage you to try it, I am loving the results. 

-  This week I tried out a new Trader Joe's product that did not disappoint- Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage. Holy yum y'all, these were amazing. I sliced mine, cooked them in a skillet and tossed in zoodles and marinara and was so pleased with how it turned out. 

Today I am planning on running a bunch of last minute errands for my trip and counting down the minutes until I am wheels up and headed to the Keys!

Yours truly, 
Emily Ann

Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy Weekend

Happy Weekend friends! This week absolutely flew by and I did not hate it. After being at camp all last week to being away last weekend, I am really looking forward to some down time and heading to Richmond for the day to meet my mom. My birthday is on Monday and we planned a bit of girls day, brunch, shopping, nails... I cannot wait. If anyone has any good restaurant recs in Richmond please sent them my way, it has been way too long since I was in one of my favorite cities. Here is this week's finds and links...

+ Last night I uploaded a new recipe I had tried on my instagram story and had a few people ask me for the recipe. I follow this recipe and can't wait to make it again, I am about all about those sheet pan dinners. 

+ I found this to be an interesting read and think I am going to give it a go before my trip to the Keys in a few weeks. Anyone ever tried one?

+ Now that the Nordstrom sale is public AND my birthday is on Monday I am thinking of treating myself to a few items! I am loving these pants, this beauty set, these jeans, and these boots

+ I love a good home tour and this was one of my favorites yet. 

+ Lately I have been majorly researching essential oils and diffusers. Anyone on this bandwagon or have any recs? I was thinking of purchasing this one to start with but open to try others!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! 

Yours truly, 
Emily Ann

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What's In A New Start & Getting Real

Forewarning- this post is extremely personal but I felt like I couldn't jump into the new start of the blog or go on and on about how healthy I plan to be, without talking about what has been going on...

In yesterday's post I mentioned I was hitting a bit of a rewind button after spending too many months living unhealthy and being unhappy. The past month I have worked really hard on getting back to the things that make me feel my best, including living a healthier lifestyle. It's tough to say what really sparked my slump but all I know it I was not myself. I wasn't cooking or eating healthy like I normally do, pizza or drive-throughs became all too familiar, as well as having a glass of wine or two a night. I had stopped working out, was sleeping terrible and just generally felt not myself. The most frustrating part was that making changes and getting back to myself seemed like a daunting task and just nothing something I was up for or had the energy to do. 

Fast forward a few months later on a Sunday and I decided enough was enough. I signed up to try a new spin studio and have been going 3-4 times a week for about a month now, I started meal planning and prepping, and turning to books for further help and inspiration. I can honestly say I feel like an entirely different person then I did a month ago, I feel comfortable in my own skin again, I look forward to every spin class or workout class, and one of my favorite parts of the week is meal prepping for the week. One of my favorite books I have read so far during this turn around time and that I highly suggest is You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. While I know a large part of my turn around was my attitude and outlook, I think this book really gave me the words and tools I needed to hear at the time and I honestly can say it's one of the best books I have ever read, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Now onto what I am doing daily/weekly to keep up these changes. Sundays are an extremely part of the week, I normally spend Sunday morning in bed with coffee perusing through Pinterest or other food blogs on meals and recipes for the week. Once I have my recipes, I head to Aldi and Trader Joes to stock up for the week.

Here is this weeks sample menu for you to see:

2 egg cups with tomato and feta
Mini whole wheat bagel with peanut better and banana 
Morning Snack:
Cottage cheese with berries
Zoodles with turkey meatballs
Chocolate chip granola bar
Afternoon Snack:
Pan roasted veggies (broccoli, red onion, cheery tomatoes, and zucchini) with chicken

In terms of working out, here is my schedule for this week:
Monday- Barbell Strength
Tuesday- Spin
Wednesday Barbell strength or Barre (still deciding)
Thursday- Spin
Friday- Yoga in the A.M, Spin after work
Saturday- Barbell 
Sunday- Yoga or Rest day (still deciding)

As for reading, I am really excited to finally read one of Gabrielle Bernstein's books- The Universe Has Your Back. I will report back with a review shortly. 

I would love to hear anyone's tips or tricks for meal planning or incorporating different workouts or even what helps you feeling your best. 

Yours truly, 
Emily Ann

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hitting Restart

How is it been November since the last time I posted? I knew I had intended to take bit of a blogging break but I think I let a litttleee too much time go by. Excuse the silence around here, to be honest I was feeling less then creative and started to look at the blog as something I dreaded which is something I never wanted. I originally started this blog while I was living in Charlotte working at my internship almost 7 years ago- so crazy. Since then I've moved to two new cities, worked for 2 amazing organizations, and most importantly been figuring myself out.

Being in the blog world it's so easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to everyone else and thinking your not as good or you should be doing better or really just being so hard on yourself. Enter- my blog break where I decided enough was enough and I needed some time away. After taking these past few months off, I am feeling much better and looking forward to picking things up around here. I can't say a whole lot has changed since the fall in terms of my personal life, still working the same job, still surrounded by the same amazing friends, however I did move homes mearly blocks away from our old home. So all in all, still the same me and if your still reading this rambling, thank you for sticking through it! 

Being that I've been gone for some time, it seemed appropriate to do a little getting to know me again, so here's a little background and a fun fill in the blank....

+ My name is Emily, middle name Ann, my mother also has the same middle name and it is my grandmother's first name.

+ I live in Raleigh, North Carolina and moved here almost 3 years ago from Richmond, VA.
+ I currently work at a Children's Hospital as a Child Life Specialist. I absolutely love what I do and consider myself lucky to have found something I look forward to doing every day.

+ I went to East Carolina University, Go Pirates!

+ I love music of all kinds, cooking in the kitchen and could spend every day at the beach if I could.

+ My biggest pet peeves are bad manners and rude drivers.

+ My guilty pleasures include mani/pedis, a good glass of wine and cheese plate, and binge watching shows on a lazy Sunday morning. 

Now for a fill in the blank....

Favorite song: Cry to Me by Solomon Burke

Book I am currently Reading: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

Favorite Thing to Cook: such a tough but probably Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs or salmon!

Women I admire: My grandmother and Jacqueline Kennedy

Things I can't live without: coffee, under-eye concealer, Spotify, and pizza.

Drink of Choice: Sauvignon Blanc or Vodka soda with lime 

Favorite Beauty Advice: ALWAYS wash your face at night

I also want to mention that I am going to try and steer my blog more towards living a healthy lifestyle and what that means for me. These past few months, I really gave myself a break from working out, eating healthy, and just taking care of my body in general. The past month I've spent a lot of time getting myself back into a routine and couldn't be happier. I feel my best when I am taking care of myself, working out 4-5 times a week, cooking and eating healthy meals, and mostly importantly setting aside time to do the things that make me happy and grounded. I decided this go around I would also create an instragram account directly related to my blog. You can follow along here.

Hope everyone is having a good start to their week and thank you for reading through all this blabbing!

Yours truly,
Emily Ann

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Catching up

Now that I have a few days off for Thanksgiving, I thought it would be a good time to catch up on the  'ol blog. As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, life has really been crazy and I feel like I've barrely had any time to relax since ending summer and it now being Thanksgiving week! Here's a bit of what I have been up to...


I need a new show to get into but I have watched a few episodes of This is Us as well as The Crown on Netflix. I also thought of hopping on the Gilmore Girls bandwagon as I have yet to ever watch it so stay tuned. Anyone have any show suggestions?

Lately I've definitely kicked up my cooking lately and have been so happy to try a few new recipes. These are a few of my favorites I've tried out recently...

So far I only have a few things on my Christmas list but am hoping to get some more ideas while I'm home. So far I have my eye on...

Fitbit Charge 2

With Christmas only weeks away ::insert shocked emoji face:: I am trying to get as much of my Christmas shopping done this weekend as I can. A few of the things I plan to gift include this amazing earring rack (for someone who has everything), this staple clutch,  these cozy pajama pants, and this classic looking tray

I have read so many good books lately, most of which I've gotten from the Reese Witherspoon Book Club. Last night I started The Couple Next door and stayed up entirely too late reading it but am already half way done, it's so good. Next will be The Truth About Jellyfish and The Girl in Cabin 10,

Having five days off to relax and hang out with my family and catch up with friends from home. The past few times I have been at home it's been super quick and only been an overnight stay which hasn't left me much time to spend with friends or family. This trip, I took 4 days from work and can't wait to just relax and spend time in one of my favorite cities, Annapolis! 

I am in full red wine mode lately but seriously having a hard time figuring out what I like. I'll try a pinot noir and like it and then a merlot and also like it and then a cab sav and like it too. I tend to like something not try at all, super smooth, and pretty bold. 
Any recs?

Needing to hear:

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Yours truly, 
Emily Ann