Here it is…36 While 36!

by agirlandhermutt on March 9, 2016

Oh hello there! I think at this point in my blogging life the only people that read my little section of the internets are my parents and about 10 friends. So thank you! Also, since I know most of you then you know where I have been for the past few weeks. But just in case…



EEK! How nuts is that?! It still doesn’t seem real. I’m going to do a whole Australia trip recap next week. I need a little bit of time to go through photos and put my thoughts together. Be sure to check back because my trip was really as amazing as you can imagine it might be!

Before we get to those posts, I wanted to share my new X While X list. The last time we talked I reviewed my 35 While 35 list. Surprisingly I didn’t do so bad last year! This year I want to do even better. Experience more. See more. LIVE more!

Without further ado…


1. Visit the Arboretum.
2. Eat at every single Barbara Lynch restaurant.
3. Watch a Red Sox game at the Bleacher Bar.
4. Visit a new city in New England.
5. Check out the Skywalk Observatory.

6. Complete a Whole30 challenge.
7. Attend 1 fitness class a month with my husband.
8. Participate in a biking event.
9. Take a class at every Pure Barre studio in Mass.
10. Learn to do a headstand.
11. Ride my bike to work.
12. Hike to a waterfall.

13. Visit Australia.
14. See the Grand Canyon.
15. Go camping.
16. Take a girls only trip.
17. Go to an outdoor concert.
18. Finally get to Waterfire.
19. Spend a night in a unique Air BnB.
20. See an opera.
21.Be in a tv show audience.
22. See a Ted Talk.

23. Take a photography class.
24. Try a new craft.
25. Complete the PopSugar Must Have Reading Challenge.
26. Treat myself to a spa day!
27. No spend 1 week each month.
28. Take a meditation class.
29. Figure out my “go to” meal or dish to take to a party.

30. Redo my KonMari purging.
31. Print and display beach photos.
32. Go for a walk 2 nights a week after dinner.
33. Add a new furry friend to our family.

34. Create a capsule wardrobe for 1 month.
35. Document my OOTD (outfit of the day) for 1 month.
36. Create a homemade beauty product.


So that is that! As in previous years, for every I item I complete, $5 will go towards something fun (TBD later!). For every item I don’t complete, $5 will go towards a donation to the an animal centric charity (TBD soon). (As always, I donate year round to a variety of charities. This is just for fun and another way for me to donate. )


Update: 35 While 35 List

by agirlandhermutt on February 16, 2016

Despite having a less than stellar 2015, I did pretty good on my 35 While 35 list. There are a few items on here that I didn’t do in favor of doing other fun things, but fair is fair and I marked them as not done. Overall, I’m pretty pleased and looking forward to my 36 While 36 list!

1. Visit the arboretum.- Nope! I came close though. I drove by?!
2. Eat at all of the Barbara Lynch restaurants in town.- In Progress! Not all of them. I’m still working on this one!
3. Check out the Skywalk Observatory.- Nope.
4. Visit Nantucket.- Nope! But I did visit SEVERAL other New England spots.
5. Watch a Red Sox game at Bleacher Bar.- No. This was on the schedule twice and both times I had to cancel because of dr appointments. No kidding.

6. Learn to apply false eyelashes.- DONE! I’m just not into them.
7. Develop a solid night routine for face/body/skin. Done!
8. Do a capsule wardrobe for 1 month.- Nooooooo.
9. Create an inspiration board.- No.
10. Find the perfect pair of jeans.- DONE! Well, yes and no. Perfect for my current body, but not perfect in general.

11. Buy an original piece of artwork.- Yes! I bought a few!
12. Complete 2 pieces of artwork for the house.- In Progress! I have one down and one to go! I only got around to 1!
13. Purge! using the Konmari method.- Yes! I’m doing another round soon.
14. Frame and display family & Korky photos. Done!
15. Buy a car.- Done! I am a KIA SOUL owner!

16. Visit the Mystic Aquarium. Done! 7/25/15
17. See the Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight.
18. See a musical/play. Done!
19. Visit the Grand Canyon.
20. Book Australia trip! Done!

Health & Fitness
21. Complete the TIU Bikini Series. Done!
22. Commit to 12 weigh-ins in a row at Weight Watchers.- No, I decided to discontinue WW.
23. Be able to do 5 PERFECT push-ups.- I can do 3!
24. Participate in a biking event.- No.
25. Try a totally new-to-me activity. Done! Aerial Silks Yoga at Ebb n’ Flow Yoga.

Everything else!
26. Learn to make pasta from scratch.- Yes! I made gnocchi!
27. Try 20 new beers and participate on Untappd.- Done! Finished 4/25/15
28. Learn to play guitar.- No.
29. Buy a camera and take a photography class.- 1/2. I got a camera, just no class yet.
30. Visit 3 new breweries.Done! Two Roads Brewing Co., Cape Ann, Ipswich and Riverwalk.
31. Take a couples class. Done!
32. Knit a sweater for Korky.- Well this just makes me extremely sad.
33. Hit 100 classes at one Pure Barre studio.- Ugh. NOOOOO. I have 100 total at a variety of studios, but not at one specific studio.
34. Host a brunch themed party. Done!
35. Create a gift/scrapbook of wedding photos.- Yes!

Completed: 19
Incomplete: 16

Not too bad. A good chunk of the items I missed were from the Local section. How sad is that?!

For every I item I completed, $5 will go towards a new pair of Oakley sunglasses. For every item I don’t complete, $5 will go towards a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Total towards sunglasses: $95

Total to charity: $ 80

*Note: I give to charities throughout the year, but this is just a fun little way for me to give incentive to myself but at the same time benefit someone if I don’t cross things off the list.

My 36 While 36 list will be out later this week!!!


February 2016 Goals

by agirlandhermutt on February 8, 2016

A long time ago I wrote about my girls goals group, a group of my friends who email each other every Monday morning to share our goals for the week. I think we have been doing it since 2011? We have been doing an accountability group before Beachbody Coaches were even THINKING about bombarding you on your Instagram to join their Facebook accountability groups.

We usually focus on weekly goals, but I find that I really like when I have monthly goals too. It helps me to stick to my motto for the year, LIVE WELL.

Last month I had a goal of getting to at least 15 Pure Barre classes. I purchased the Pure Resolution package (unlimited classes for Jan & Feb) and wanted to get the most bang for my buck. Seriously. These classes ain’t cheap!


I was out of town for 10 days during the month, but during the 21 days I was in town, I went to 14 pure Barre classes. During my trip to Pensacola I went to another PB studio and rounded out the month with 15 classes total. BOOM. I felt awesome!


On my off days I took some spinning classes, CIZE and a good ol’ stretch video from P90X. Overall, January was a success!

So for February I’m making more goals. This is another short month for me being in town so I’m going to try to make the best out of what I got.


*I want to hit 150 miles for the month on my FitBit. Basically, I need to get moving more throughout the day. I get up from my desk at the end of the day and I’m horrified to see that I only have about 1500 steps. I’m pretty sure it is about 500 to get from my car to my office soooo….. I don’t want all my movement to just be from working out.

*Spinning took a bit of a back burner at the end of last month for me. I’d really like to get to at least one class before I leave town though. I LOVE spinning.

*Spending $$$= at least 10 PB classes. All this snow we are getting is kind of putting a damper on that so far, but I’m getting there.

*Get rid of at least 100 items I don’t need. My friend, Megan, has it as a goal to get rid of 25 items a week. I LOVE THIS IDEA! I’m all over it and hopping on to her goal wagon.

*So my birthday is on Saturday. EEEEEK! I need to update my 35 While 35 and then come up with my new list. YES!

That is it! Small, obtainable goals that will help guide me through February and keep me sane.

Tell me one of your goals for the month!

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