Archives for June 2013

High Five For Friday: Anniversary Edition

annivesary collage

We celebrated our 2nd anniversary last Saturday with a day of fun!

  1. Family picture at a local park.
  2. Family picnic at the park.
  3. Getting ready to go swimming at the dog park!
  4. Anniversary dinner at 801 Chophouse.  They even typed Happy Anniversary!  on our menus!  So cute.
  5. A delicious carrot cake.
  6. The shellfish platter for an appetizer.  First time trying mussels, clams, and oysters!  Not sure I’m a fan!

Happy Friday!  After a ridiculous week at work, I am READY for the weekend!

linking up with lauren

Working Out Over Lunch

Earlier this year, my husband and I cancelled our gym membership and created a small home gym in our basement instead.  It’s convenient, but I still hate coming home after a long day and working out in the basement (or getting up at 5:30 am like my husband – gross!).

Enter our gym at work.  It makes life sooooooo much easier.  Plus, it’s got all the equipment I need AND it’s free.  Score.


So, I started working out in our office gym over lunch about 2 1/2 months ago.  I’m only in the office 2-3 days a week (I work from home half the time), but every day that I’m in the office, I make sure to get to the gym over lunch.  Some days it’s hard if I’m in meetings or conferences or abnormally busy, but I can still manage to squeeze in 30 minutes for lunch at some point.


I end up eating at my desk and working after my work out, which isn’t a change from before actually.  I’ve always eaten at my desk (except for the occasional lunch out with a co-worker), which meant I often worked through lunch and never actually even took a lunch at all.IMG_3874

But over the past couple of months, I’ve grown to love splitting up the work day with a  workout.  It’s sometimes hard for me to break from work or solving whatever problem comes up that day, so this forces me to.  I always feel so much more refreshed and ready to face the afternoon when I get back to my desk.

Since I sit for 8 hours, it’s nice getting in some physical movement in the middle of the day.  Sometimes I’ll take walks with co-workers, but not regularly, so I often sit for 8 hours straight.  Not anymore!! Although, I think I need to get back into standing at my desk.  I don’t have a fancy sit-stand desk, I usually just stack my keyboard and mouse on some large books.  Classy, huh?


Since I don’t want to get all sweaty and gross over lunch, I usually just lift weights.  But I have added short sessions on the elliptical in the past couple of weeks, just to get my heart pumping.  I have to be quick, so I try to superset many moves (doing two different moves one right after the other with little to no rest in between).  Supersetting usually makes for a more intense workout, too, which is great.

I’ve already noticed that I’ve tightened up and built more muscle over the past couple of weeks!  I’ll put together some of my favorite lunch time workouts to share with you all. 

Do you work out over lunch?  What are some of your favorite workouts or tips for lunchtime workouts?

The $5 Garage Sale Mirror

Remember when I scored this $5 mirror from a garage sale a couple weeks ago?


After your suggestions, I ended up going with a darker color.  I used Polyshades in Satin Black (it’s like an oil-based stain, but in actual colors, instead of wood tones). 

I did a light sanding all over and then applied 3 coats of Polyshades.  It was SO messy (since it was oil-based) and I vowed to never use oil-based products ever again!


I added it over one of the beds in one of our guest rooms.  It fills up the empty wall so perfectly!


The wreath was a thrift store find for a buck.  And the little white beaded stick things (no idea of the name??), were a quarter each at Michael’s during their holiday clearance.  I knew I wanted to add something to the middle of the mirror, so, while digging through the closet where I keep all my extra decorating things, I saw the wreath and knew it’d be a nice addition.


I can’t say it enough, but I LOVE that I was able to fill up the empty walls in this hardly-used room for such a low cost!!  Damn, I love a good bargain.

Here’s what I spent total:

  • mirror: $5
  • wreath: $1
  • decorative bead sticks (?): $1
  • Polyshades: already had
  • sandpaper, tack cloth, paint brush, etc.: already had

Total: $7.00!

That’s my kind of project.  It’s so nice to have something large to fill up just another one of the empty walls in our house.  And for seven bucks…you just can’t beat it.

What have you been doing with mirrors and wreaths lately?  What do you think of this project?