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Catching Up

by agirlandhermutt on April 8, 2014

Hello there! These past few weeks have been NUTS. For the first time in what seems like forever I can take a deep breath and just relax. Over the past month I have been traveling (Joplin and Atlanta!), moving and of course, trying to keep up my workouts while surviving work. With a few weeks of nothing major on the calendar, it is time to get to business getting my life in order.

First…Boston locals, be sure to check out my giveaway for a JustAddCooking 3-meal box!

Next…Let’s have a quick chat about all those shenanigans I mentioned above.


A few weeks ago I flew out to Joplin, Missouri to meet up with my Dad to visit my Grandma.

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Flights are good for reading all the magazines that I buy and NEVER read when I’m at home. I also got new sneakers. LOVE THEM.

We like to fly into Springfield and drive from there. The airport there is just a bit busier. *sarcasm*

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The main purpose of the trip was to spend time with my Grandma, which we did a lot! But I also got to spend some quality time with my Dad. There is no one that can make my Dad laugh like me and vice versa. My Mom and BF do a lot of eye rolling when we are together.IMG_2860

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While in Joplin we also got a chance to check out how much they have rebuilt since the devastating tornado in 2011. The tornado killed 158 people and caused about $2.8 billion in damages. I’m so impressed by how many new buildings, parks, businesses and such have been repaired and/or opened since then. This picture was the sight of the church that my parents and I attended when in town. The cross and the priest who had taken shelter in a bathtub were literally the only thing standing after the storm. The church has since rebuilt on a new site, but this incredible reminder is still there.

Obviously I did a little indulinge (see drink photo above) while I was away, I also got sweaty in the hotel gym. I did a few HIIT workouts and lifted some weights. I love a good hotel gym!
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I came home from that trip to the final push for my move out of my apartment. This just wasn’t moving though. I was purging. The amount of garbage that came out of my house was unreal.


I lived in my apartment for 5 years. Everything about that apartment was perfect for me. However, when we decided that it was time for me to leave it also felt like it was the right time to go. Just like people serve a purpose in your life, this apartment served a purpose in mine. I lived on my own. I grew up (a little).

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I’m all moved into my new place with my permanent roommate (the fiancé!) and trying to resist the urge to just throw every box I brought with me away. I hate unpacking almost as much as I hate packing.

So what do you do when you are stressed from moving?! You work out more. I tried all kinds of workouts the week of the move thanks to my ClassPass (more on that later this week!), but the actual day after my move I was booking it over to Chestnut Hill for my VERY FIRST SOULCYCLE class with the Boston Bloggers!


I’m going to try out another class before I give it a full review. Stay tuned!

I had one week at the new place before hopping on another plane. During that week I did the Tone It Up 5 Day Slim Down. Nothing crazy, just getting my food back in order.


Random purchases over the week to make me feel better and less stressed included:

Athleta Purple Pants that I have no business wearing but I am absolutely in love with.

A manicure that included a little bling for my bling finger.

And a phone case that is in no way indicative of my age or maturity level. SHINY!

After a week of living in boxes and attempting to get my life back in order, it was time to fly down to Atlanta for my buddy, Allison’s, wedding.

There was food!

Grilled Chicken Salad at Tap

Chickpea Cake with eggs & grits at The Porter. GRITS!!!!

There was drink!
Monday Night Brewing Drafty Kilt and Fu Manbrew

There was laying around in the sun.
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There was working out.
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There was thrift shop looking. Not buying. I’m not good at thrift shop buying. IMG_3314

And there was lots of love…wedding style!
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Congrats Allison & Kevin!
Seriously. Wasn’t she just the best lookin’ bride?!


And that is that! Back to the real world, unpacking and the gym. See ya soon!

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34th Birthday Celebration!

by agirlandhermutt on February 21, 2014

Hello, hello, hello! The last time we chatted was my birthday (last Thursday!) so let’s pick up there and get all caught up. I have so much I want to tell you and document for my future forgetful self!


The majority of my birthday was spent at work. I had to get there early and I left a little late. Such is life. There was also a really fun snowstorm to make everything super entertaining.

I had plans to go to a special yoga class through Back Bay Yoga at the Harvard Club with the BF and Megan.Unfortunately the BF came down with a fierce cough a few days prior so Megan and I enjoyed a girlie yoga date.

The combination of the cold and snow with the cozy fireplaces at the Harvard Club made for the perfect OMMMxperience.

In addition the unique venue for class, there were also live musicians playing. I’m telling ya, if you ever get a chance to do yoga to live music, YOU MUST. It was just really cool. I don’t even have a better description than that.

Although the BF (who I should mention is now a fiancé but I don’t know how to abbreviate that so we will continue to call him the BF ;) ) was feeling a bit under the weather most of the week, he rallied to take me on my annual birthday trip. This time we stuck close to home and headed up to Portsmouth, NH for a few days.

On our way there we made a few pit stops including one to a previous favorite, Jewell Towne Vineyards.

Our next stop was at a newer brewery in Newburyport that we had been hearing great things about, Newburyport Brewing Company.

The brewery itself is in a little industrial park-looking area. It isn’t a super fancy looking place from the outside, but the beer inside?! AMAZING! They are doing some really great things at this brewery, including embracing the canning trend. Which I love.

They have a double IPA that is out of this world. It doesn’t come canned, but if it ever does? I will clear their shelves of it completely!

It was Valentine’s Day so they were giving out little tastes of one of their special Belgian Dubbel and little cake bites from Eat Cake. I had no idea that cake and beer paired so well together. Happy birthday to me with the perfect little treat!

We will definitely be back to NBPTBrewing soon! Until then I will be rollin’ around in this little sweatshirt with their logo on it that the BF got me.

Fun Fact: I like all clothing items that are brewery related. But if it is a hoodie?! I’m in love.

Portsmouth is only about an hour or so from my house and is a pretty easy drive so we often stop into town after a beach visit or on a random Saturday. We have a few long-time faves for food and we visited one for dinner that night. Flatbreads!

I adore their pizza but my biggest tip, and one I often forget myself, is to stick to the pizzas on the menu. The specials always sound great, but never quite live up to the tried and true menu pizzas.

On the way home we came across a club that could be heard pumpin’ all the way from the parking garage across the street. I couldn’t help but laugh. Apparently NH folks don’t let a little snow stop them from partying.

The plans was to hit up Portland, ME on Saturday but the forecast was calling for some serious snowfall. We decided to stick close to home and just wonder around downtown Portsmouth. There are TONS of little cute shops, restaurants and bars to keep anyone entertained for a few hours.

I’m glad we stayed put because the snow AND ICE ended up being pretty overwhelming at a few points.

Dinner was a good ol’ fashioned sushi extravaganza. Erin and sushi are a must around the birthday!

This is going to sound totally lame, but we ended up just heading back to our hotel after dinner. We cuddled up and watched tv, played around on our ipads and just enjoyed not really having to do anything. No walking Korky in the freezing cold. No housework. No phone calls. Nada. It was lovely! Being 34 never felt so good.

On Sunday morning we wanted to hit brunch before heading back home. This is where things went downhill. Not because the food was bad, but because we just ate WAY TOO MUCH. It was overload. But

Brunch was at Street. I had the B.A.S.H., bacon, avocado, scrambled eggs and hollandaise, all riding a crispy butter-grilled bun, and a Blood Mary. I then wanted to lay down and juts die. Or nap. Either one would have worked. UGH.

We were both in need of a quick pick-me-up before the drive home so we stopped at our regular beach spot so I could see if snow actually lays on the sand. I’ve always wondered about that!

Turns out…it does!

Despite a slightly sick partner-in-crime and some serious snow, I had a fantastic birthday trip!

The indulgences were a bit much so the minute we got back to Boston the gym clothes were thrown on and we were off to the gym. I did some interval work on the elliptical and tried to sweat out all the beer, bacon and avocado from my system.


So what is coming up?! Well, of course, the next round of X while X. I’m almost finished with my 34 While 34 list and have a fun update for how I did on the 33 While 33 list. Spoiler alert…I didn’t get them all done. Heh. Big surprise.

I’ve also been working out like a champ. There will be a big review of my Pure Barre experience so far and also an update on how I’m doing in the weight loss category in general.

FUN! See ya soon!


WIAW: Miami & Soft Food

February 5, 2014

Just a few days ago I was in Miami enjoying some warmth, sunshine and a little bit of humidity. Today it is snowing until it can’t snow no mo’. I’m all home and cozy riding the storm out. The crockpot is doing it’s thing. Hot chocolate is steaming next to me. I’m working away on […]

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