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There is a Mouse in the House

[This post would have been up much earlier had a mouse not invaded my house and nearly attacked me!]

[Yes, I am being dramatic. But, yes, there was a small mouse in here earlier. EEK!]

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who read yesterdays post, and for all of the positive feedback and motivation! I was pleasantly surprised by how many people read the post, and commented on it. Knowing people will be following my progress throughout this challenge (30 day gluten-free, dairy-free, 30 minutes of exercise challenge: http://wp.me/pQbAA-1yE) will absolutely help keep me going. Maybe others might be able to find motivation here, as well!

If you are someone who has experience with a gluten-free/dairy-free (or both) diet, or great thirty minute exercise ideas, please feel free to pass them along. I would love any tips and/or ideas! I have already received a few, which I am very grateful for.

Here are some of the things I bought at the store this week to help me in this challenge:

Gluten free pretzels

Gluten free waffles

Sweet potato chips

Dairy free, coconut milk yogurt

Coconut milk

Coconut milk creamer

Chex cinnamon flavored cereal

Gluten free chicken sausages

Lots of fruits and vegetables

My format is going to [hopefully] be to write about the previous days meals and exercise every day, just as an FYI.

So, on to yesterday…

For breakfast I had two hard boiled eggs cut up, along with a diced avocado, topped with spicy mustard. I took a picture, and then for some reason deleted it, sooo…no picture of that. But, it was really good. I loved the addition of the mustard.

For lunch I had a BIG, delicious salad.

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For snacks, I had a Lara bar (the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor is wonderful), and some gluten free pretzels.

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Since we were ridiculously excited for how nice it was outside yesterday, we decided to grill. We had grilled chicken and veggies (red pepper, onion, and eggplant).

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I had some tea after dinner as my treat for the night. I love having (caffeine free) tea before bed. Helps me relax, and it’s almost like a cue for my body to recognize that it is bedtime. Plus, it usually helps curb any leftover hunger that dinner didn’t satisfy (doesn’t always work, but usually does).

For exercise, Maggie and I went on a lovely walk (for about 45 minutes to an hour). It was beautiful again! I am getting used to this. Please don’t take it away from us, Mother Nature.

I’m off to enjoy a small glass of wine. That mouse rattled my nerves!

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I have a confession to make…

I have a confession…when I am in charge of going out to buy a new bottle of wine for Colin and I to try out…I usually just pick out the bottle with the coolest label…

Ooooh the horror!


Yep, that’s me, the wine connoisseur.

Tonight, we tried the Velvet Devil. It was quite good!

That’s all! Goodnight. :)

No one likes to look like they peed their pants at work (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 30)

Because I am relatively lame – a perfect night to me consists of laying in bed, relaxing and watching a movie, which is exactly what I did last night (movie of choice = Eat, Pray, Love). Now add in the fact that this movie was one I was very excited to see (even wanted to see in theaters but never got around to it) about a book I had just finished (love seeing books come alive onscreen even though they’re usually not as good as the book itself, although in this case I think I did like the movie better) along with the fact that I made a delicious personal-size pizza and washed it down with a glass of wine. Such a good evening.

 

Before

Another before...

After...YUM!

Onto the kindness… So, you know when you’re in a public bathroom and somehow water collects along the edge of the sinks so when you go to wash your hands you get water all over yourself? Isn’t that really annoying?… I think it is. So, today when I noticed it was happening in our bathroom at work I decided to wipe it all up. I wiped it up in the morning and then again this afternoon when I noticed it happened again. Why? Might you ask… Because no one likes to get their clothes all wet and look like they peed their pants at work.

 

Family, friends, food & wine, always makes for a good time

This past weekend was so much fun! My grandpa is home and feeling/looking great, the weather was beautiful and I got to hang out with my sisters, my parents and my best friends. Not a bad weekend. :)

Saturday evening we had my best friend Heather and my Aunt Maureen and Uncle Kevin over for dinner. We sat outside and grilled (thanks Mom and Dad, dinner was delicious!) It was such a nice night out. The food was wonderful and the company was even better!

The star of my blog this weekend, Uncle Kevin!

YUM

I <3 burgers

S'more? S'more what?

After dinner we hung out, chatted, looked at pictures from the wedding and whatnot. Afterward my cousin Catie who lives across the street came over to hang – it was so good to see her!

(*Side note, Catie grew up five blocks away from me – well, for most of our lives anyway – and she married “Chris across the street” (from my family.) Basically, Catie my cousin married Chris my neighbor, who is like a brother to me! Quite romantical.)

Anyway, Colin, Catie, Heather and I went into town to meet my other best friend, Mary and her boyfriend Matt at Horace and Sylvias for a few drinks (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATT!)

Sunday Colin and Pops went out to Greenport to golf and my Mom and I got up early, went to mass, then headed out east ourselves. We had a different agenda though. Golf? No thanks! Wine? Yes please!

We packed a kick-ass lunch and brought it with us to Jamesport Vineyards, a beautiful, sustainable vineyard in Jamesport, NY that has been around since 1981.

From their website:

“Sustainable farming attempts to minimize environmental impacts and ensure economic viability in a safe and healthy work environment. We incorporate environmentally and economically sound production practices in our management of vine growth, weeds, diseases, insects, and soil fertility. We encourage you to come visit us to learn more specific information about how Jamesport Vineyards practices sustainability.”

Jamesport is one of my parents favorite wineries out east on Long Island. They also love Pellegrini Vineyards which is gorgeous as well…Both nice places for weddings. :)

My mom and I had such a lovely time together!! I literally LOVE when I get to spend some one-on-one time with my mom. We laugh so much, and she always makes me feel better about all my worries. I feel like I have a lot going on right now and a lot on my plate so it was so great to just let it all out and have my mom be there to listen and make me feel better.

While we were there we tried all whites – The Reserve Chardonnay 2007, The Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Riesling 2008. I really loved the Sauvignon Blanc – very tasty. I literally could have hung out here all day; the sun was shining, there was a nice breeze, we had food and wine and to top it all off a great band was playing. What more do  you need on a Sunday afternoon?

Mom :)

Jamesport Vineyards

Our wines

Yippee

So pretty

Friggin love a good turkey sandwich

The band

Enjoying my vino

Cheers!

Scandalous

Such a cutie

Hi Birdie

After the vineyard, my mom and I met up with Dad and Colin along with the O’Doherty’s (close family friends who have a house out in Greenport) for lunch. I had an amazing lobster roll at Claudio’s.

When we finished lunch we said bye to Mom and Dad and headed to the ferry. Back to Boston!

Overall, an A+ weekend. SO happy to see my parents, my sisters and my best friends. :)

Jack Johnson is amazing. So is Cafeteria Boston & Healthworks (while we’re at it…)

First week back from vacation in one word: busy.

Saturday night we had the Jack Johnson concert, in one word: amazing. ALO played (great band. Their song “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down” is one of my all time favorites) and Glove played as well, so it was a perfect line-up.

I’ve been a huge Jack Johnson fan forever, yet this was my first concert of his and it was just so damn good. He is one of the bests live performers I’ve ever seen. We started our evening out with some sandwiches, chips and beers. :)

ALO

Glove

Secondly, you all know how much I love a good deal. And if you read my guest post over at the Foodies at Work you probably know that I love a delicious burger even more {there’s just nothing more satisfying than a good burger.} Last night I found a fabulous combo of the two; a good deal and a delicious burger. Now, you know I was in heaven, right?!

I met Nicole (my work best friend from my last job) for dinner at Cafeteria Boston on Newbury Street. They have perfect outdoor seating, but it was raining on and off so we sat inside at the bar. We started off with some sangria which was so good, very refreshing. Neither of us knew if we wanted red sangria or white sangria, so the bartender (I am a jerk and am forgetting his name which I’m sorry for because he was so friendly and we really liked him!) let us taste a little of each to help us decide. Ultimately, I chose the white (although they were both very nice) and Nicole chose the red.

Mmmm sangria

Lucky for us, they had $5 burger special! You know I had me some of that. It.was.perfection. The burger was cooked just the way I like it – it wasn’t too small, wasn’t too big or overwhelming, and it had the special Cafeteria sauce on top which was a tasty little surprise. It was honestly so good (and I was insanely hungry) I wanted to order another burger but I had to control myself/didn’t want to embarrass myself…

We also ordered a side of Parmesan fries which was big enough to split between the both of us (I mean I could have finished a whole side by myself, but we were being good.) All their dishes are created using organic grass-fed beef and lamb along with local, organic produce – you gotta love/appreciate that.

I’d like to send a HUGE thank you out to Demetri from Cafeteria, he was so great to us! I’m definitely going back!

Tomorrow I’m hosting a dinner party for Christine’s birthday (I missed it while I was in Ireland) so I’m really pumped about it. Hopefully all goes well – more details to come! I can’t wait for the weekend. You?

And last but not least…I hope you took advantage of Healthworks Free Workout Day today – it’s the best gym ever! And on Friday Healthworks Back Bay is hosting a Les Mills launch for Body Jam and Body Pump, you should check it out. They’ll have prizes from Redbones and City Sports as well as refreshments from the Healthworks cafe!

Boy, did I ‘ever save’ with Eversave

First and foremost, Easter was wonderful yesterday. We went to mass bright and early and since it was beautiful out again we hung out outside most of the day. We did come in for a delicious dinner and an amazing Celtics game (more on that in a minute…)

Some pictures from dinner and most importantly dessert…

All set for dinner!

mmm mmm good - Mrs. Temple's lemon cookies !

Ricotta pie - so good !

Another shot of the ricotta pie

Lots of extra hard boiled eggs lying around from Easter? Try some of these recipes from Women’s Health Magazine!

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20356798_1,00.html

Ok back to the Celtics… At this point I don’t even care how up and down they’ve been lately because you know why? They put Lebron in his place yesterday, which in turn put Celtics fans in their place as well – their happy place. The game was a nail biter and I honestly didn’t know if they could finish. They were up twenty points at times – they were ahead the whole game – but at the end it was thisclose! I’m pretty sure Lebron along with the rest of the Cavs thought they were going to pull through and win, but they didn’t! I’m so proud of the Celts! C’s 117, Cavs 113 :)

Yesterday was also opening day at Fenway – the Sox played the Yanks – and also won! Big day for Boston sport’s fans! Sox 9, Yankees 7.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/2010/04_04_10_sox_pregame/?camp=localsearch:on:twit:hp

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/04/there_really_is_a_dr_dre-jay-z.html – Dr. Dre was at the game showing off some of his new ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ Red Sox headphones. He also said that his first single off his new album Detox features Jay-Z (called ‘Under Pressure.’ Sounds intriguing…)

This little boy is amazing -

In other Red Sox news, Victoria’s Secret is now selling MLB gear to make the ladies (and the men?) happy. Check it out -

http://www.vspink.com/style_guide/mlb_collection.jsp

Today’s Groupon is $20 for $40 worth of Indian Cuisine and Drinks at Tantric India Bistro – 123 Stuart Street, Boston

http://tantricbistro.com/home/

http://www.groupon.com/boston

Their side deal is $12 for $25 worth of tea and accessories from the Tea District

http://www.groupon.com/deals/tea-district-boston

Redeem online here – http://www.teadistrict.com/

Today’s coupon from CoupMe is $15 for $30 worth of gourmet tea and coffee delivered to your door

http://www.coupme.com/

http://www.aromaridge.com/

Today’s deal from LivingSocial is $120 to spend on dance classes for only $30 at the Balera School of Ballroom Dance in Newton!

http://livingsocial.com/deals/1385-68-off-dance-classes

http://baleraballroom.mfbiz.com/

Rialto Restaurant offers $1 oysters on Mondays starting at 5:30pm at One Bennett Street, Harvard Square. Check it out -

http://www.rialto-restaurant.com/news/

The Red Rock Bistro (Swampscott) also has $1 oysters on Monday, as well as $1 Sliders, Corndogs and Grilled shrimp!

http://redrockbistro.com/Pages/monday_dollar_days.html

Want to ‘Find Wine on a Tight Budget’? Go to the Boston Wine School’s class this Wednesday (April 7th) from 6:30pm-8:30pm and taste affordable wines around the $10 mark.

More info here – http://www.bostonwineschool.com/

Purchase tickets here – https://www.localwineevents.com/tickets/i_want/295465

The people have spoken – Lady Gaga is most influential -

http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/04/public_deems_lady_gaga_exponte.html

Great tips for shopping on a budget from Style Boston -

http://www.necn.com/03/17/10/Tips-for-shopping-well-on-a-budget-/landing_styleboston.html?blockID=199149&feedID=4418

And, lastly I will leave you with this -

I *just* found out about http://www.eversave.com/boston. They just launched their website and are ready to bring you the *best* deals around the Boston area. Not only are they bringing you amazing deals, you’ll be giving back to the community with each purchase. 10% of the proceeds from select ‘Saves’ will go to local schools and charities. Think about it, you’ll actually be feeling good (not guilty)about spending! It’s a *win-win-win* situation – you get an awesome gift certificate to the hottest restaurants, spas, hotels, classes, etc., you save money, and you’re giving back to those in need. Gotta love that combo! :)

Read more here -

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Eversave-Launches-New-Group-Buying-Site-That-Offers-Consumers-Big-Discounts-Supports-1142538.htm

Today’s deal at Eversave (Boston edition) is $25 for $50 worth of food and drinks at Mantra – 52 Temple Place, Boston. Sounds amazing! More information at Mantra’s website here – http://www.mantrarestaurant.com/

Enjoy!

C is for Camo, Coors and Classiness

Did you step foot outside over the weekend? If so, I think it’s safe to assume your shoes are probably still wet (unless they’re Gore-tex boots. Mine are not.) and you might possibly have a broken umbrella now in the trash. It was crazy out there!

Unfortunately we didn’t get to run in our race this weekend due to the rain, so that was a bummer. We were planning on it even if it were raining lightly, but it was really coming down so we decided it just wasn’t worth getting ourselves sick over. So Colin and I went to 9:30 mass (we were a few minutes late because of Daylight Savings – it’ll getcha.) Then we rushed over to Newton to drop off Colin’s car then headed to the Southie parade. The rain might stop you from running, but it doesn’t stop you from having fun.

We took the Green line from Newton to Park St., we then took the Red line from Park to Broadway. We figured we would probably be able to grab a cab to get to our friends party. We figured wrong. We decided to just go for it – couldn’t do much else. We power walked a nice little 2 mile walk in the teeming rain. And not to brag or anything – but I’m gonna brag – we didn’t even utter one complaint to each other while trekking! We had our game faces on and nothing was stopping us.

Camo + moustache + 30 of Coors = Colin keepin’ it classy

The party we went to was so much fun – always good to see our friends from Merrimack. It’s so hard getting together now, everyone is so busy being ‘grown-ups’. You have to plan so far in advance to see each other. What happened to living in the same building, just down the hall from one another?

The trek back to Newton wasn’t as joyful as our earlier trek. I was tired, cold, wet, hungry… the list could go on…. Luckily we found a bus took it to our friends Christine and Meaghan’s (aka The Nuge) place, got some food, hung out, then found a cab back to Newton.

Overall the day was boatloads of fun! (and rain!)

Check out some of these pictures from TheBostonChannel.com of flooding around MA. Tomorrow’s supposed to be sunny with a high of 51. I’ll believe it when I see it.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/weather/19995625/detail.html?treets=bos&tid=26511418836813&tml=bos_12pm&tmi=bos_12pm_1_11000103152010&ts=H

On a rainy day such as today what would be better than a movie? The Coolidge Corner Theatre is showing Best in Show at 7pm tonight, tickets are $9.75.

*I wrote about Stoddards Fine Food & Ale the other day. Quick correction… It is not yet opened. They are hoping to have their official opening Thursday, March 18th.*

Restaurant Week in Boston is March 14-19 and March 21-26. A TON of GREAT restaurants are participating – for a full list see here: http://ow.ly/1l5KZ. For a 3-course dinner you pay $33.10, some restaurants are even offering 2-course lunches for $15.10 or 3-course lunches for $20.10! It’ll be busy so save yourself some time by making reservations online through OpenTable.com. We are trying to decide which restaurants we’re going to go to – our top choices are Flemings, Capitol Grille, Strega, Tresca, Smith & Wollenskys. Wish we could go to all of them!

Other exciting food news, Finale is doing a chocolate/wine tasting tomorrow from 6:30pm-8pm at 1306 Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner (617) 232-3233, reservations required. More info here: http://www.finaledesserts.com/events.php

Colin sent me an interesting quiz today, http://kiplinger.com/quiz/financial_fluency/index.html?qid=24 to test your financial fluency. I got a 50 – terrible! Looks like I have to brush up on my stocks/bonds/savings/retirement knowledge. Luckily I’m taking a 2 week course all about the stock market in April, so that should help a little. :) Also, here is an interesting article about the vital years for retirement planning:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1930805_1931673_1931666,00.html 

With that, I’ll leave you with this: Lady Gaga has said ‘yes’ to ‘Glee’

http://www.gossipcop.com/big-glee-for-lady-gaga-and-none-for-coldplay-and-bryan-adams/

I can only imagine what this will bring! Can’t wait for Glee to come back in April!

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