Things I’m looking forward to in May…

Hello friends!

I can’t believe we are already a week into May, where is the time going?? I don’t know about you lovlies but Vermont has decided to crush it lately in the weather department and I couldn’t be happier about it! Today I thought I’d share a few things that I’m looking forward to doing this month because while it will definitely be a busy one it’s shaping up to be fantastic.

1. Finishing Classes.

I can’t even explain to you how happy I am to have a break from classes for a little while. I really wish I could just purchase Rory McIlroy PGA Tour for Xbox and play until I can’t feel my fingers (damn you July 14th). I’ve been watching so much golf lately it’s not even funny. I hope I can get out at least to a range this weekend if it doesn’t rain… this is going to be my season I can feel it!

Golf @ Arrowhead

2. Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge 5K Race.

Next Thursday evening I’m joining some coworkers in Montpelier for a fun 5K race that I’m so excited to be a part of. We are actually sending 3 teams down to participate against tons of other government agencies, companies and non-profit organizations from around the area. I was supposed to run it last year but had to take the boy to the ER after an unfortunate spill on a ATV. This will be my first 5K of the season and lets just say based on my “training” I’m glad it will include dinner and drinks immediately afterwards ๐Ÿ˜‰ P.S. I’m loving my new sneakers, they are very different than my Asics but so far so good. Full post on them coming soon!

Saucony Sneakers

3. Baby Sister’s Graduation!

Meggie Liz is graduating college Memorial Day weekend and I couldn’t be more proud of her! I’m taking a few days off prior to the weekend to drive straight to Tennessee to see a few of my own college friends in Knoxvegas i.e. go shopping, drink margaritas at Soccer Taco & get my hair cut from my dear sweet hairdresser that I haven’t seen in 3 years! I haven’t spent much time in Lexington where Meg goes to school so I’m really excited to head up Friday afternoon to see the sites and hang out with the family to celebrate this huge occasion!

Meghan's High School Graduation

4. Craft Brew Races @ Stowe

I’ve been eying the Craft Brew Races since last summer and this year I am forcing it upon my friend group because it just seems too fun to pass up! It’s $55 for the 5K followed by a brew fest with live music, unlimited samples from more than 20 breweries plus delicious food vendors… oh and did I mention a souvenir glass?? I’m not sure which part I’m most excited about! May 30th friends, mark your calendars and go to Stowe!

Speaking of brew fests I pre-registered for Vermont Brewers Festival tickets last week and got them! Easily one of my favorite events of the year I can’t recommend it enough especially if you go with super fun people ๐Ÿ™‚ Regular tickets go on sale May 15th and last year they sold out in less than 10 minutes!

Meredith & I VT Brew Fest 2013

Miss. Meredith and I at the brew fest a couple of summers ago (hope you are reading this and know that I love & miss you dearly).

So that’s a little glimpse at May for this girl, I hope you are all enjoying spring so far! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have anything you are looking forward to in May?

How have your races been going?

Guess Who’s Back? Back Again…

Aloha beautiful peoples!

A two month blog hiatus was not in the books but with the school semester in full swing and one of the craziest work quarters I’ve ever experienced something had to go on the back burner. I bow down to all of you bloggers out there who never let the posts drop off, I honestly have no idea how you pull it off!

A decent amount has happened in the last 60 days, let us take a look in photos shall we?

Hotel Vermont Ice Bar Mascot

I turned 25 and decided that I have a whole lot of things I want to do before I have to “grow up” so to speak. Case and point, I was given the honor of being the Hotel Vermont penguin at this year’s Ice Bar. Ya’ll know how strongly I feel about being a mascot so to ring in the birthday in costume was the highlight of my life night.

Birthday Bottle Tradition

I have few traditions in my life but one is to share a bottle of the cheapest champagne possible with friends on my day of birth. This year the lovely Danielle celebrated her birthday with us so we obviously had to double to dosage. #twobirthdaystwobottles

Sugarbush

Sugarbush Crew

I spent as much time as I possibly could on the mountain and while I’m happy that it is finally looking (and feeling) like spring around these parts it sure was an epic east coast season for snowboarding. It helps when you get to spend the days with these fine folks.

Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade

I channeled my inner “native Vermonter” to join the hotel friends for the 20th annual Magic Hat Mardi Gras parade through downtown Burlington. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t so freakin’ pumped about this overall game I found hiding out at the local Goodwill. I’m determined to find so many more opportunities to wear them… Zach is over the moon obviously ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mardi Gras King Cake Cupcakes

I started making cupcakes again! I used to love making cupcakes for all occasions and I am so glad it’s something I’ve made the time for. These are my version of “King Cake” cupcakes:ย  cinnamon bun cake topped with cream cheese frosting. I’m not the biggest cream cheese frosting fan but this recipe was awesome. I’ll definitely be sharing soon ๐Ÿ™‚

St. Patrick's Day Denver

Zach and I headed out to Colorado for a week to celebrate my dad’s 65th birthday with the whole family. Between our love for beer, dual citizenship & the fact that Pops’ birthday is actually on St. Patrick’s day this is a holiday we take very seriously in the family!

Beau Jo's Pizza

In my next life I hope I come back as a competitive eater. I’m actually not going to tell you how much of this I ate because I think it would disgust you.

Continental Divide

I used to live out in Colorado and miss it very much so it was awesome to take Zach for his first trip out. We obviously had to pop off a quick photo shoot at the continental divide.

Highest Chair Lift in North America

We hit the highest chairlift in North America at Breckenridge…

Grand Lodge at Peak 7

And spent every afternoon soaking our bones in the hot tub at the bottom of the lifts.

Maria & I

I participated in my first comedy roast and let’s just say I’m addicted. I don’t know if it’s a good thing that I think of people in terms of roast material only now but I’m okay with it. Any situation that gives my sarcasm a place to shine is a situation I enjoy. I have also continued to force photo shoots upon Maria…

Maria & I: Canadiens Game

Like this one we took a few weeks ago at the Canadiens game where we demolished a nacho platter and moved on to massive bowls of poutine… whoops. Did I mention I need to go on a diet?

Kelly's Bridal Shower

And finally, I created this cupcake display for a close friend’s bridal shower last weekend. Kelly is a librarian so I knew I wanted to do touch on that without it being too cheesy. My solution was to create these flowers out of old book pages and while I covered my fingers in hot glue I was very happy with the result. Not to mention the cupcakes were a real hit with the shower guests which was a nice ego boost. The flavors were:

Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese frosting

Vanilla cake with diced Strawberries topped with White Chocolate Buttercream frosting

Guinness Stout Chocolate cake topped with Maple Buttercream frosting and Candied Bacon

And finally Chocolate cake filled with a Reese’s cup and topped with Peanut Butter frosting

It’s been a great couple of months but I’ve missed blogging SO MUCH and I’m so excited to get back to it! As always, thank you for reading, it means so much to me ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s (almost) my 25th Birthday! …Remembering Horrible Life Decisions

By this time tomorrow I will be the ripe old age of 25. This is the age that I will undoubtedly become a fully functioning adult human being because that is when that happens right? To celebrate (early) I thought I’d share with you some of the more horrible decisions I’ve made over the last quarter-century of my life and what I’ve learned from them.

1995: Kindergarten

I got a new hair cut and couldn’t wait to brag about it to my then best friend, Heather. I was so excited I didn’t even wait til the teacher stopped talking during class to blab on and on about my very fashionable bowl cut. Turns out if you talk during class you have to stay in during recess and sit in complete silence at your desk. This silence was and still is my nightmare.

    1995 Kari

My mother used to get so mad about those ears sticking out of the hat in all softball photos.

Life lesson learned: I have learned nothing from this to be quite honest. 20 years later I still talk far too much (a lot to my still best friend, Heather) and will tell anyone who will listen about my hair cuts and other relatively unimportant happenings in my life (aka having a blog).

2000: The Fourth Grade

I made the terrible mistake of calling my then nemesis Heather, a “bloody fish face” after returning from a family vacation in England. Heather did not enjoy this nickname and subsequently turned the entire class against me for an entire week.

2000 Kari

European vacation photos with a cameo by little sister Meghan back when she smiled for photos.

Life lesson learned: Don’t assume you can use lingo you picked up from visiting a place for a week… it’s not your lingo… nobody will think you are cooler. Be yourself but don’t be an asshole. More 10 year olds need to hear that.

2005: Freshman Year of High School

Ohhh the Great Eye Brow Debacle of 2015… what a time to be an awkward teenager. I don’t even think you could consider my eye brows over-plucked… they just weren’t there. You wanna talk about a learning experience.

2005 Kari

Sharing is caring. Don’t let this happen to you.

Life lesson learned: I wish I would have known that only two years after they finally grew back I would take a field hockey ball to the eye causing them to once again be ripped away from me. They are okay now but they will never be good. You know what’s cool 15 year old Kari? Eye brows. Keep them!

2010: Sophomore Year of College

Ah the year of the Bronzed Goddess. Jersey Shore was big, I was living in the south for the first time in my life and man did I care deeply about looking tan. So much so that I spent hundreds of dollars on tanning bed packages, spray tans and J-Wow Bronzing Lotion. I looked like an oompa loompa but nothing would stop me.

2010 Kari

This was the night Casey and I also ate a 5lb bag of tater tots so you know… live and learn.

Life lesson learned: I practically sailed myself over from Ireland, never will it look “natural” to be a tanning bed regular. I mean besides the fact that it is horrible for you I’d go back and tell myself that even Snookie stopped tanning.

In all seriousness I’d tell 20 year old me to not get so hung up on fitting in. Don’t be so selfish and don’t spend every dime that you absolutely do not have. You are much more likely to not only maintain relationships but create new ones if you embrace the fact that you are a goofy, sarcastic, loud, giggly, dancing fool. I’m serious about the money thing though, former self, you are broke, please stop pretending you aren’t!

2015: The Big 2-5!

While it hasn’t happened just yet I hope that my worst decisions this year are eating too many McDonald’s french fries, being “too” good at applying liquid eyeliner and attempting to hug a police officer.

2015 Kari

I hope I find balance between being taken seriously and not taking myself too seriously.

I hope that I take chances but make thoughtful decisions.

I hope that I keep smiling to show off my (first year on my own dental insurance) pearly whites.

I hope that when I drop the ball I find a way to pick it back up.

I hope I get that degree that has taken so many years and life lessons to get and remember how lucky I am to have been successful along the way to that little piece of paper.

I hope that this is the year that my brother thinks my stories are hilarious.

I hope that this is the year that I get a pony and figure out how to wear a tulle skirt in public.

I hope that I’m a better daughter, sister, girlfriend and friend to those I love so dearly but bring just enough dysfunction to keep making them laugh.

I hope that I become the coolest f&*#ing person on planet earth best version of myself.

2015 Kari

As always, thank you so much for reading! You guys are seriously the best!

Feel free to share a hopefully hilariously horrible decision or a life lesson learned below!

Training Day: Jan 29th-Feb 4th

I’m so happy to report my workouts have gone from non-existent to sporadic to dare I say regularly scheduled! Holla! Here is this week’s success story…

Thursday: Flow @ Sangha

Last week was really great for my yoga practice, I made it to 4 classes and really started to get into a “flow” shall we speak. Thursday night’s class however was definitely a struggle. It was just one of those classes where I spent half the time just feeling entirely unbalanced and the other half of the time thinking about how unbalanced I was. I was frustrated but I just kept telling myself that if I just push through I’ll feel so much better and I really did. Everyone has those classes, Thursday was just mine.

Friday: Spinning @ Cyclepath

Maria and I made it to our weekly spin class date about 15 minutes early and had a really awesome chat with the owners. Little did we know the freezing cold temperatures kept everyone else away that night so we essentially got an hour long private class. They even played Bastille… you guys know how strongly I feel about that band, I was in heaven! Thanks so much to Ian and Kara for taking the time to help us sweat it out also thank you for not making us do push ups ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday: Slow Massage Flow @ Sangha

This was the first time I took this style of class which is described as being mellow, gentle and meditative. I was really excited about it because I love the instructor and I thought it’d be a great way to relax for an hour while still doing something good for myself. I absolutely loved the style of class and I’m so glad I went but I am hesitant about just how crowded it was. The studio is small and the weekend classes seem to be quite popular (such a great problem for them to have in my opinion) but I think I prefer my week day classes with a little bit more space.

Sunday: Rest

Aka Super Bowl watching and chili eating.

Monday: Rest

We did go bowling that night which was a blast but I’m not entirely sure that I exuded a lot of physical energy getting all of those strikes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bowling

Tuesday: Snowboarding

I took a random vacation day to finally escape up to the mountains for a day on the slopes. It was bitterly cold but the blue skies and sun shining were only slightly less attractive than the huge piles of untouched powder. There were no lift lines, no jam ups on the trails and absolutely no limit to how truly sore I could make myself in one day. It was perfect. We spent most of the afternoon in the glades and also made a few casual pit stops at the Castlerock Pub… because why not?

Sugarbush Mountain

Zach in the glades

Wednesday: Sore

So sore, just so unbelievably sore. I had really high hopes of going to my favorite yoga class of the week around lunch time but I just couldn’t have imagined that would have been very fun in my condition. Walking up the stairs to get to my evening class last night was the worst kind of torture. Oh well, it was worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

On to this week’s plan…

Thursday: 30 minutes of Yoga at home

Friday: Spin Class @ Cyclepath

Saturday: Snowboarding with the family for the birthday!

Sunday: Rest

Monday: Flow Yoga @ Sangha

Tuesday: Spin Class @ Cyclepath

Wednesday: Flow Yoga @ Sangha

I’m really happy with how these last two weeks have gone fitness wise, they aren’t perfect but they are so much better and it’s amazing how great I feel just being more consistent. Hope you are having a lovely Thursday!

How is your fitness routine going?

Bowling: Exercise or not?

Recapping: Quebec City Part One

Hello all and welcome to one of my favorite types of posts… travel recaps!

Warning: This post is decently long, I’ve tried to put as much character in it as possible but if you want to just scroll through the pictures I don’t blame you.

A couple of weekends ago Zach and I joined our friends on a last minute trip up to Quebec City and let me tell you, it was incredible!

Friday Night

We arrived at the Quebec City Marriott Downtown and were immediately greeted by a valet who helped us with our items and led us into the quaint but beautiful lobby. The rooms were on the smaller side but had all of the items we could possibly need for a weekend away. Once we got all settled in to the hotel we headed back down to the lobby for some recommendations for our Friday evening. I can’t for the life of me remember the valet’s name but let’s call him Isaac. He gave us the breakdown of the city and gave us some suggestions for dinner as well as a few local pubs to try out afterwards.

Dinner @ Cafรฉ Au Bonnet D’รขne

Roughly 15 minutes walking distance from our hotel we ended up at this cozy little corner cafe on Rue Saint Jean-Baptiste. The highlight of the menu was their extensive list of poutines which we all decided would be the perfect dish to warm up with. For those of you who haven’t had poutine it’s typically french fries, cheese curds and gravy… it’s also a heart attack waiting to happen but is quite delicious in moderation (aka once every 7 years). The poutine section had everything from traditional brown gravy to a cajun cream sauce and a even a red sauce. I went with the traditional and their take on the Mexicain burger which was topped with onion rings, chipotle sauce, brie and tomatoes. It was a total showstopper of a meal.

Cafe au Bonnet D'ane

ย ย ย Cafe au Bonnet D'ane

A pint @ Nelligan’s Pub

After our hearty meals we headed back towards the hotel in search of the small Irish pub we were told had a great low key vibe which is exactly what we were looking for. The Nelligan’s crowd was eclectic to say the least, everyone from old men throwing back shots and laughing at each other to college aged kids huddled in the back room trying to get a buzz going. Seating was limited but we were lucky enough to have two gentlemen offer to move over so we could get the bench by the bar. We had a blast sitting and chatting with them for an hour, I couldn’t believe how nice everyone was to us. I’ve been to Montreal many a times and each time (in my experience) you count your lucky stars to get one friendly waiter let alone a couple of locals. I tried their namesake ale and thought it was really good but it was the atmosphere that won me over.

Nelligan's Pub

After a few more stops on the pub crawl list we headed back towards the hotel but made sure to stop first at the ice rink located across the street and take photos/run across the empty ice. Shh don’t tell anyone.

De La Place D'Youville

Quebec City

Saturday Morning

As you can see from the photo above our hotel was located just outside of one of the gates entering the old city. Saturday morning we ventured down through the winding cobblestone roads to find the historic district of Petit Champlain.

Old Quebec Funicular

Petit Champlain is located so much lower than the rest of the city that you have to take a serious set of stairs or this funicular. We gladly paid the $7 for the four of us to ride down.

Petit Champlain

The minute we stepped out of the Funicular it was like we had just walked into an old European city. I kept comparing it to stepping out of the Tardis because I couldn’t get over how beautiful and different this part of the city was. I’ve finally made a Doctor Who reference on the blog… so happy!

Brunch @ Le Lapin Sautรฉ

My job was to find the brunch locations for the trip (a task I take incredibly seriously) and after reading a ton of reviews online had settled on this gem of a spot.

Le Lapin Saute on Petit Champlain

The entire restaurant was the size of my apartment’s kitchen and so perfectly decorated to be someone’s home in the country. The service was unbelievable, they were so friendly and welcoming. They gave us menus in English (bonus points) and the menu was expansive but fairly priced. Our meals included coffee or tea, fruit smoothie shots, and the entree for around $15 on the higher end.

Le Lapin Saute Brunch

I ordered the maple sauteed apple omelet which came with potatoes and this warmed up slice of baguette. It was all so delicious but that strawberry jam was the best part of the meal. I wish I could have taken it home with me. The servers were so attentive and helpful, they really seemed to enjoy themselves. I would love to go back there in the summer and enjoy my meal on the restaurant’s patio!

Maria and I

We spent the rest of the morning popping in and out of the stores on Petit Champlain which ranged from authentic fur shops to your typical souvenir shops and candy stores.

Bear Attack

Couldn’t resist.

Zach and I Quebec City

This photo is one of my favorites from the trip! I love that you can see the Chรขteau Frontenac as well as the Funicular and the streets of Petit Champlain ๐Ÿ™‚

So that was the first half of our trip, hope you guys enjoyed it! I can’t recommend Quebec City enough, we had such a surprisingly amazing time! Stay tuned for the second half which includes a behind the scenes tour of Hรดtel de Glace, ice skating, as well as a restaurant featured by Anthony Bourdain.

Have you ever been to Quebec City?

Have you ever had Poutine?

Recapping: Cocktails, Comedy & Chili

Happy February Friends!

So I didn’t get any posts up last week but this week I have prepared for what I think is a great week of posts so definitely make sure you stop back by to find out what I’ve been up to (aka where I’ve been eating and drinking). Starting things off is a little recap from what turned out to be quite the busy weekend!

Friday

The new Hilton Garden Inn opened up in downtown Burlington on Friday and Sarah and I decided to check out the appropriately named Armory Grille & Bar just inside of it. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking but it’s definitely a very cool space that I think is really going to take off. The drink menu was a little on the small side but that was to be expected for their first day open to the public. I must say the Burlington Mule was absolutely delicious and I appreciate all places who serve them in the appropriate cups.

ย  Armory Grille & Bar

ย Burlington Mule

Burlington Mule = Smuggler’s Notch Vodka + Rookies Ginger Beer

Sarah and I at the Armory

Saturday

One of the joys of living in a complex with an parking lot is that we have spots off of the street during the dreaded parking bans from snow storms. One of the downfalls is being woken up before 9am on a Saturday to move our cars for the plow to come through. Such was the case Saturday morning so instead of being lazy like we had planned Zach and I hit up the grocery store in order to make this epic feast…

Brunch

We somehow managed to push through our food coma and both make it to the gym after this meal, that’s dedication. Later that night we went out to support our friends in the Best In Show Comedy event at Hotel Vermont. I had seen some of these acts before but I must say that they were so much better than I remembered! I loved the different styles of comedy they each brought to the mic, it was an awesome excuse way to waste an evening laughing with some of my favorite humans. Big shout out to Mike & Adam for inviting us and being hilarious per usual! Oh and the $5 cans of Sip of Sunshine are always welcome in my book! If you are local and have a chance to check out these guys I’d highly recommend it!

Best in Show @ Hotel Vermont

(photo cred Hotel Vermont’s facebook)

Sunday

I really like to grocery shop. I like to make the lists, save the coupons, and I especially like sorting the groceries to bag them in the most appropriate manner possible. This is by far the dorkiest quality I have but it’s the truth. I’d dare say I’m the best grocery bagger that’s ever come out of the state of Vermont. That being said, I have a few deeply held beliefs on grocery shopping and they are as follows…

1) Do not go on the day of the Super Bowl.

2) Do not go on any Sunday, ever.

3) Do not ever go on the 1st of the month.

I am here to admit that I broke all of my rules yesterday and it was the worst decision I’ve made in a long time. I stood in line for an hour. There was a kid passed out under the flower stand the lines were so absurd. I’m still completely traumatized thinking about all of the horribly bagged groceries that must have come out of the place that dreadful afternoon. Hopefully when I turn 25 on Saturday I stop making such poor life decisions.

After the disaster that was the grocery store Zach and I managed to pull off a pretty decent spread for a few friends coming over for the Super Bowl. We had ourselves a little chili cook off and managed to incorporate cheese into every single dish which is never a bad bet.

Super Bowl Chili Cook Off

While I was thoroughly bummed with the outcome (I freaking hate the Patriots) I did find solace in knowing that one day my dream of becoming a mascot can not only come true but it can come true in the form of a singing shark during the Super Bowl halftime show. My career goals have just changed dramatically.Super Bowl Singing Shark

So yeah now you know that I’m a grocery store nerd and an aspiring dancing shark, you are welcome.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday! Come back tomorrow for the first half of my Quebec City recap!

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Have you attended many comedy shows?

How do you feel about the grocery store? I’m willing to bet probably not as strongly as I feel.

Recapping: An Overnight in Saratoga Springs

Hello all!

I wrote out this entire post on Sunday to be able to post Monday and then of course my computer crashed without even saving a single draft… #bloggerproblems. So anyway sorry it took a couple of days to post but in any event Sarah and I had a great time during our little getaway to race country Friday night.

First stop was to Olde Saratoga Brewing Co where I managed to walk in on someone using the restroom immediately upon arrival. Where there is an awkward situation, there is an incredibly awkward Kari finding it. Sorry dude! After that adventure I spent 5 hard earned dollars on choosing 6 beers to sample from their impressively long list. The tasting room was really cool and they even had some doughboys for sale from a local company.ย  The beers ranged from Lagers to Stouts and everything in between. I really liked their Saratoga Lager but the IPA stole the show. The Moonpie Oatmeal Stout was surprisingly delicious and Sarah and I both liked their Peanut Butter & Jelly Stout.

Olde Saratoga Brewing Company

We made a quick stop at the Courtyard we were staying for the night before the chilly but easy walk downtown. While most of the shops were closed on Broadway you could tell that this would be an incredibly fun spot to hang out in during the warmer months. Very similar to Church Street in it’s design and even some of the shops they had mirrored the ones here in Vermont.

The girl at the brewery recommended Boca Bistro for it’s fantastic tapas menu. The space itself was awesome! From the exposed brick to the tin ceilings, they really did rustic meets modern so well. I have had a small huge obsession with pigs since I was a kid so the metal pigs scattered through the shelves were my favorite part. Sarah and I were beyond impressed with the staff, everyone we encountered was so warm and welcoming. The food itself was delicious and it came out unbelievably fast. We tried the ham croquettes as well as the pork belly for our plates. The croquettes were good but I don’t think I’ve ever had pork belly that well done. We could have easily bellied up (pun intended) to the beautiful bar and reordered that one plate 10 times that night. Instead we asked our friendly waiter, Mark where we should head to next.

Boca Bistro Tapas

Don’t be fooled by my horrendous plate photo abilities, that sweet potato puree mixed with the tomato relish was perfection.

Mark suggested we try out Seven Horse Pub for round two of appetizers and other beer options so off we went. I can’t say too much about this place other than your typical bar/restaurant. The beer was pretty good, the spinach and artichoke dip was standard but it definitely seemed like a fun place to get out and watch a game.

Our lovely friend Chelsea suggested we hit up Circus Cafe for a cocktail during our trip so that was the next step. It was a little dead in there but that was easily overlooked thanks to the amazingly funky atmosphere! To be fair though we were there about 5 hours before I assume real people go out (we had a self-given curfew). We just ordered a couple of drinks but the menu looked so fun! I would love to go back to try it out for lunch or dinner (if I can pull myself away from that tapas menu that is).

Circus Cafe Margarita

The final stop of the evening was to Henry Street Taproom a place that if it relocated to Vermont I would without a doubt become a regular. This place was at the top of my to do list going in and every single person confirmed that we needed to try it out. So many beers, an awesome fireplace, such a great casual place for the locals and non-locals to hang out.

We had a blast exploring downtown and I can definitely see many more trips to the area in the future… like when the weather is above zero degrees. My only regret is not taking a picture on the horse statue outside of the hotel. You avoided me this trip horse statue, next time you won’t be so lucky. There you have it folks, I’ve officially run out of synonyms for “delicious” and “awesome” so I guess I’ll end this recap here.

See ya later, Saratoga Springs ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever been to that area of New York?

Do you have any trips coming up? Zach and I will be joining another couple for a trip to Quebec City this weekend and we can’t wait!

Fun Facts Friday!

Hello there friends! Let’s get right down to it, shall we?

1. You need to stop what you are doing and follow Broad Street Dough Co. on Instagram.

Broad Street Dough Co. Instagram

How incredible does this thing look? I literally salivate every day they post a picture. I am actively searching for reasons to get to New Jersey purely because I need to get to this doughnut shop. It’s becoming an obsession.

ย 2. My fitbit is starting to grow on me.

Fitbit Flex

My sister got me a fitbit for Christmas and I’ve basically been wearing it every day since. I’ve been learning how to use it and while I’m still struggling with the sleep function (they lie when they say just tap quickly) but otherwise I’m a big fan. I like being able to track my food and exercised that aren’t picked up by it (i.e. those yoga classes). So yeah so far so good!

3. This Sole Society stripe weekender bag needs to be mine.

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I’ve been looking for the perfect weekender bag and I’ve had my eye on this one for quite some time now. I love black and white stripes plus the size would be perfect for quick trips. Bonus it’s less than $65!

4. This etsy dinosaur ring is amazing.

Etsy Dinosaur Sterling Silver Ring

I mean can you imagine “oh hey nice dinosaur ring” as a compliment? It would be the best compliment I’ve ever received.

5. These Salted Caramel Brownie Bites from Inside Bru Crew Life could be the best thing that’s ever come out of the food blogger world.

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No explanation needed.

Now I must go pack up my things for our little road trip, have a happy weekend everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Training Day: Jan 8th-14th

Late in the day post but a post no less!

Thursday: N/A

I planned for a yoga class during lunch but had some pop up meetings at work that I couldn’t get out of. I had already made plans after work to see the lovely Heather once more before she left for New Orleans (a date I’d never miss) so sadly my work out plans did not happen.

Friday: Cyclepath “Club Sweat” (70 minutes)

I’ve mentioned my cyclepath love many times on this old blog of mine but it truly is such a great spin studio. I mean one of the owner’s checked us in, gave us glow stick bracelets and then even took the class with us! It was one hell of a high energy class let me tell you! I haven’t sweat like that in awhile but it was soooooo good. We did a lot out of the saddle which really got my arms and core involved which I loved. The playlist was perfect for the style of class, Maria and I are on a mission to figure out what the last song they played was!

Maria and I Cyclepath

Also, you know how last week I mentioned how I fell in love with my new Hunter boots? Well I love them so much that I forgot them at the studio and obsessively drove back to the studio only to find it closed for the evening. I immediately emailed the owner to make sure that they would be there when I arrived AS SOON AS THEY OPENED the next morning. He was really nice and practically didn’t judge me for leaving my kids behind at all.

Saturday: In Home Yoga (30 Minutes)

I was really hoping to get to the yoga studio but unfortunately some car issues have created quite the stand still in my schedule. I did complete a 30 minute yoga series while watching “Tree House Masters” (addicted, seriously Mr. Nelson BUILD ME A TREE HOUSE!)

Sunday: Planks (10 Minutes)

The plan was to snowboard but the car situation mentioned above sidelined that goal. Super bummed that I didn’t make it to the slopes but I will try again this Sunday! I did some planks that I didn’t want to do but felt inspired to do while watching football.

Monday: N/A

I had planned for Monday to be a rest day and rest day it was!

Tuesday: Running (30 Minutes)

I was trying to get to yoga again but ran out of time and instead took to the gym in the office to get a 20 minute run in (plus 5 minute warm up and cool down). It felt good to get my legs moving!

Wednesday: N/A

I wanted to get some sort of work out in but it didn’t happen. I did almost reach my step goal on my fitbit though so that is super exciting!

Week Overall: I felt alright about this week, it wasn’t as active as I hoped but it was okay.ย  I was definitely trying to make it to yoga more than once in the week but my schedule got the best of me. I’ll try again this week though!

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Yoga @ Sangha before work and then headed off on a road trip to Saratoga Springs, NY with my lovely lady friend Sarah!

Saturday: Does shopping in Saratoga count?

Sunday: Snowboarding (hopefully) with my dad! When your parents live in Colorado they don’t exactly see the “joy” in Vermont skiing unless the conditions are damn near close to perfect. So let’s hope for great weather ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday: Yoga @ Sangha

Tuesday: Spin class @ Cyclepath

Wednesday: Yoga @ Sangha

How did your work outs go this week?

Anyone ever been to Saratoga Springs?

Recapping: A Very TV Weekend

Happy Monday everyone!

So I’ll be honest, I watched a lot of tv this weekend. It was a lot more than normal but quite frankly it was freaking awesome.

Friday: Maria and I went to a spin class Friday evening (more on that Thursday) and then enjoyed a very classy meal of Auntie Annie’s mac and cheese, fruit, snacks & of course wine. While doing so we caught up on the newest season of the Bachelor and lordy was that entertaining. I don’t understand why I haven’t watched in years but I’m totally hooked to the drama. My first impression rose goes to Kaitlyn. She is ballsy, judgy and hilarious. I want to be her best friend (so far).

Friday Night MealPerfection for a Friday night in.

Saturday: Playoff football obviously. SO BUMMED THAT THE PATRIOTS WON. Gah I can’t stand them. Growing up in New England they are shoved down your throat and I’m super ready to return to the days of them being horrible. I was sort of hoping for the upset of Seattle just for some interesting story line but I’m okay with the win.

Sunday: More playoff football, Peyton lost and I’m still a wreck about it but hey at least I took a selfie before. #noshame

Denver Broncos

The Golden Globes (and laundry) took over my Sunday night festivities. I didn’t notice til posting this that some of my favorite looks are all in the same color scheme but oh well!

Ellie Kemper

I mean of course Ellie Kemper looks adorable. When does she not?

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale is always a favorite for me. Though I’m not totally in love with the hair.

Reese Witherspoon

Oh Reese, you look like a beautiful statue.

Is anyone else as big a fan of Eddie Redmayne as I am? That side smile? Gosh, I’m completely smitten. I think I mentioned to Zach how attractive I think he is at least 6 times during the show. Oops!

I loved the Globes, I just wish there had been more Tina & Amy.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Did you watch the Golden Globes? Did you have a favorite look?

Did your team win this weekend? If it was the Patriots I semi-apologize for my rant ๐Ÿ˜‰