NYE & Word of the Year

by agirlandhermutt on January 13, 2015

Oh hey there! Did you think I forgot you? Yes, we are almost halfway through January, but I’m still in January 1st mode!

So lets chat about the New Year.

First, I spent NYE with my husband at a really fun party in a local brewery, Aeronaut.

The party was the perfect mix of food, beer, music and fun. It was busy, but not crowded at all. We actually picked Aeronaut for NYE because we have been to a few bigger events there and they really seem to have their act together when it comes to crowd control. I hate being all sweaty and elbow-to-elbow with people. Plus, we were in Somerville and to be honest, sweaty people over there typically equals some serious B.O. (kidding! Kind of. 😉 )

FYI…I wore a fuzzy vest that we lovingly refer to as my “Chewbacca Outfit”. And yes. This was in the bathroom. I was saying “Hello!” to my parents. My selfies know no boundries.

The whole night was just really fun and chill. I even got to wear a big ol’ Cookie Monster head. Although, after I put it on I got nervous that I was going to get lice. Heh. I’ll never be a true hippie.

But my beer fun didn’t stop there. Karen’s birthday was this past weekend so the girls and I got together to take her to a Beer & Chocolate event put on by Drink Craft Beer.

Yet another group that really knows how to throw a party with just the right amount of people. I definitely recommend the Drink Craft Beer events!

Karen just recently joined the dark side and started getting into beer (vs. wine). Nice job birthday girl!


Ok, despite what the first part of this blog tells you, I have NOT been just drinking beer since the new year started.

I’ve been thinking about how I want 2015 to turn out. 2014 was an amazing year. I got engaged. I got married! I got to travel. I got to spend time with family and friends. I completed a triathlon! I enjoyed life!

When I started 2014 I declared it to be the year of being Consistent & Persistent. I’m happy to report that I did just that. I worked out. I ate decently. I maintained.

My mom likes to pick a word or phrase for our family each year. This year it is “New Chapter”. Our family is going through huge changes this year. It will be my first year being married. I’m getting my knee surgery. We are taking a HUGE trip. My Dad is retiring. My parents plan on moving up north to be near me. All SUPER exciting things. But all things that take work, effort and are a TON of changes. If you know me at all, change is not my game.

I’ve openly talked about my ability to easily slip into funks, or bouts of depression, after major events. It used to happen when I would go to visit my parents and return home. Or after a vacation and return to the real world. It happened after my triathlon was over. I tend to focus on how great the event was and forget to focus on the amazing things that are coming up. I get better with these situations each year, but I still could improve my way of thinking.

That also could be said about my health & fitness adventure. At the end of the year I found myself getting bummed out that I had basically maintained throughout all of 2014. I lost a little, gained a little and in the end…ended up the exact same weight as I started the year.

Then I had an a-ha moment. Why should I be bummed about that?! I had a really big year and I stuck to my goal…to be consistent and persistent.

So this year I want to keep moving towards my goal. A goal weight. A goal mindset. A goal way of life.

So in addition to my family phrase, I’ve decided to focus on a more personal word. POSITIVE.

There will be stressful times. There will be hard times. There will be excellent times. But during ALL of those moments I want to focus on the positive and not let myself be consumed by the unknown. I want to enjoy what life throws me!

So with all that said, I have made some goals. I’m still making them a bit more concrete, but they are there and I will share with you soon.

I hope you will keep coming back to see how 2015 shakes out. It will be a fun ride!

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A little Christmas Cheer to Finish the Year!

by agirlandhermutt on December 31, 2014

Hi there and Happy New Year! Just last week I was visiting my parents in Florida. I know I was just down there for the wedding, but this was a much needed break from work and life in Boston right before the new year. The Husband had to do quite a bit of traveling after our wedding so we decided it would be best for him to stay at home for Christmas and keep Korky company. Now we are all back in the same spot and happy as clams!

Before we finish out 2014, I wanted to share some of the highlights from this Christmas and share a little bit of the family I’m thankful for. And truthfully, they are thankful for me too. 😉

My parents have 3 trees. 1 main tree and then 2 smaller trees. One that holds my collection of Winnie-the-Pooh and FSU ornaments (I get a new one each year!) and then the other is filled with Hershey and Cambell’s ornaments that we inherited from my grandparent’s tree.

New ornaments for my tree back in Boston!

My Dad, the best bartender, mixed up some yummy cocktails.

There were some great meals, including our traditional Christmas Eve shrimp, crab leg and mashed potato meal and our Christmas Day chinese take-out.

There was tons of puppy time. This is Butch and Spike. My parents call them my brothers and it drives me nuts.

I did some sweating at the gym and at home. My Mom always picks up a week pass for me to use at the gym down the street from them. They also are now the owners of something called a BodyBlade. That sucker is harder than it looks.

I stayed busy holding down the couch for a good chunk of the trip too. Apparently, opening Christmas presents was really tiring for me.

And the most important part of the trip of all, I got to spend time with these nuts.

Another fantastic Christmas is in the books. I’m ready to close out 2014 and move on to another great year!


Getting into the holiday spirit

by agirlandhermutt on December 4, 2014

Hello, hello, hello! Back when I actually blogged on a regular basis I would tell you what I was actually up to in my real life. You know, fun things. Since I apparently have decided to become a crappy blogger, that has kind of gone out the window. But I’ve done some really fun things in the last week that I wanted to share so I’m going to do just that!


I don’t have a real Thanksgiving Day recap. My husband and I went out to dinner followed by drinks in Harvard Square. It sounds much sadder than it really was.

We had a good time, had good food and didn’t have to worry about leftovers. Friday was a regular work day for me and he left for a long trip half way across the world. Not exactly conducive to eating leftover turkey sandwiches while laying on your couch in your pjs. No one wants to eat turkey sandwiches and stuffing all alone.

Although I wasn’t too heartbroken about not having to cook a big huge turkey (booo hooo!), I did miss all the glorious sides that go with Thanksgiving. I got it in my head to throw a “Leftovers Party” for my girlfriends and I the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

One can not throw a party during the holidays without having some form of holiday cheer/decorations. I was a little bummed out that the Husband was gone on Friday night so I went to Home Depot and bought out their entire Christmas decorations section of the store. Retail therapy at its finest.

No, we don’t have a single photo on our walls in the living room. We are undecisive…and lazy. Mostly lazy. 😉

If you aren’t familiar with houses in Boston, everything is old. It takes a little getting used to when you move from somewhere like Florida where everything is new, but it ends up giving the house tons of character. For instance, those purple walls and wallpaper wouldn’t be my first choice in a house I owned, but in a rental? Sure, why not.

Several of my family and friends gifted us with lovely items from our Crate & Barrel registry that I was able to bust out and use. I LOVE the simple, but classic look of their serving dishes.

Truffle Deviled Eggs (recipe from Real Girl’s Kitchen by Haley Duff)

Ironically, there was only one person who actually brought leftovers. The rest of us ended up making food for the get-together. Figures.

My contributions to the dinner included Personal Sized Garlic Monkey Bread, Sautéed Brussels & Prosciutto, Funeral Potatoes/Hashbrown Casserole and Apple Pie Roll-Ups. I enjoyed every single one of these dishes!

Who doesn’t enjoy an entirely beige meal?! CARBS!CARBS!CARBS!

My friend, Karen, makes a standout Turkey Enchilada dish and Tiffany brought over Mashed Potato Stuffing. Ummm…I’m never eating stuffing without mashed potatoes insides the dish ever again. What have I been doing with my life?!

Oh, and the best part?! We wore pjs. Really, all dinner parties should include sitting around in your stretchy pants with no bra on.


To keep the holiday spirit alive, the same group met up on Tuesday for a night of painting (and wine) at The Paint Bar.

I have about a million paintings that I’ve done at The Paint Bar lying around my house so we have been trying to hit up the more unique projects that they have been hosting. The last time we painted was back in September when we went apple picking and painted a tote bag. This time it was a Christmas Countdown!

Didn’t we all do a pretty good job?! I love how they are essentially the same project but with little hints of our own personality in each of them!


In other news…I decided to mark #8 off my 34 While 34 list, Eat vegan for a week. A Facebook friend kept mentioning a 21 Day Raw Food Challenge that she was taking part in so I figured that I would give it a try. It isn’t 100% raw (there is some quinoa and a few other cooked goodies), but it does introduce the idea of raw meals and is 100% vegan. I’m on Day 4 of the challenge and things are moving along swimmingly!

My house is loaded up to the roof with produce and other raw foods!

This is a little sneak peek at one of my meals from the other night. It is the Almost Raw Rainbow Bowl. There is raw sweet potato, carrots, salsa, quinoa and hummus in this bad boy. I’ve been posting pictures of my meals over on Instagram if you want to see more.

I’ll keep ya posted on how it goes. It certainly is an interesting (and gassy) challenge and one that I’ll be super proud to say that I finished. You all know how I love a good challenge!


Last topic to update you on…Korky!

Long story short, he is depressed without his buddy here.

My husband is his BFF and he is missing him something fierce. I am definitely his mom, but he is like his cool uncle that he prefers hanging out with more than me. I’m the one who remembers to give him his pills, apply his ear ointment, etc. You know, all the things he really doesn’t like to do.

If you are looking for Kork at any point in the day, he is in one of his beds.

Poor little nugget. Hopefully he cheers up sooner rather than later.


I hope you guys are having a good week! Talk to you soon!