What’s In My Bag

Biana over at B Loved Boston recently did a what’s in my bag post and totally inspired me to post mine. I’ve been using the same bag since I got it in September so it’s definitely time I went through it and cleaned it out and started using a new bag for spring.

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Phillip Lim for Target

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Everything I carry around on a daily basis

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I admit that I don’t usually wear lipstick, but I carry 2 around just in case. Hair brush and lint brush are necessary.

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My sister gave me the coach wristlet a couple years ago for Christmas & I keep all my cards in there. The wallet I picked up at the flea market a year ago just because I usually go through wallets pretty quickly.

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I carry all my pens in a HK case I got from Target along with the Sugar Paper planner  & then I keep track of my food & workouts in this cute chevron notebook I got from TJ Maxx. I always pick up cute notebooks thinking I’ll need them someday!

What do you carry in your bag? I love seeing what else everyone carries around all day.

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Weekend Wrap-Up

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This weekend was a whirlwind, which honestly has been the case lately. Friday night was up in the air because it was possible we would have to drive to Maine to buy Mr. H a new truck, but that ended up not happening and we went to crossfit where I deadlifted 225 pounds! I went home and finished baking & frosting 40 cupcakes for a Jack N Jill we had on Saturday.

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Saturday I woke up early to finish everything up for the cupcakes and drop my dad off at the carwash to get his car detailed. Saturday marked the last day in our 2 weeks of testing for Performance team and we had to run a 5k. I have never run a 5K in my life and I can’t run AT ALL so I was not looking forward to it, but I finished it 40 minutes which was under what I thought I would get so I was happy enough with that. Granted on the tenth lap I started crying because my knee was hurting so badly. I went back to the gym and helped set up for the Jack N Jill which was awesome and we did a drinking WOD. Later that night we all met up in Manchester at a bar and continued the party.

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Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday with Mr. H’s family and then I decided that I was going to be lazy the rest of the night and finally finish reading The Wolf of Wall Street which I really enjoyed reading.

Now Monday is here and I am not happy that I am indoors while the weather is so gorgeous! I see some grilling in the future this week as well as lunches outside on a picnic table. Hope you all have a great week!

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Five on Friday

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We didn’t get the house we wanted and are continuing to look. Houses are going so quick that we make appointments to see them after work and then get an email that they sold that morning, it’s crazy! It’s tough too because we want a town with a good school for our future kids and we also want to stay somewhat close to the gym that we go to now.

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My stitchfix came in the mail yesterday and I was so excited! I got my first box for free thanks to Klout and was nervous since I am so picky when it comes to clothes. I think I may do a review of it for you guys this weekend. I’m really torn on whether or not to keep the pants I got, which of course are the most expensive item in the box.

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As you may know from reading my blog my work just moved about a month ago and set up their corporate offices. Well we are moving again July 1st to downtown Portsmouth. I am so sick of the constant unknown and now since we bought all our supplies for the office that we are currently in I will have to move everything myself to the new office. The owner of the company was talking to me and telling me how much I’m going to love the new building and I’ll fit right in because I’m such a hipster. Apparently you only need big glasses to be considered a hipster.

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Crossfit is kicking my ass. I joined the performance team and we are currently on week 2 of testing. Little did I know that this included running, so tomorrow I will be running a 5k for time. If any of you know me at all you know that I DON’T run so this will be interesting. Last Saturday we ran a 3k and I was just screaming give me weights!

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Last weekend we had a baby shower for one of the girls at crossfit and we ended up dragging Mr. H along with us to Babies R Us to buy her gifts and I posted a picture of him outside the store on instagram and one of my cousins got so excited thinking we were pregnant. While I would love to have a baby, without a house it just isn’t in the cards right now. As soon as we get that house though, it’s on!

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The Hunt is On

Since I haven’t had time to finish up my current recipe that I want to share with you I figured I would talk a little about our current house hunting adventure and what has been taking up so much of my time!

Last night we went and looked at a house that we had already seen once before with our previous realtor.

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The house was never winterized and all of the pipes burst causing water damage in the basement. It is a bank owned and would need a lot of work, but both Mr. H and I love the house and are willing to put in the work. The problem with the house is that the bank is asking way too much for basically a shell of a house. We are approved for a FHA rehab loan which would allow us up to an additional $30,000.00 for repairs, which we believe the house would need.

Since the house needs so much work, we decided to go with a house that was pretty much move-in ready, but a little pricier. (You may have seen my post on instagram about it) Well that house had already received an offer and went under contract so we lost out on it. After finally finding a new realtor and getting a contractor, plumber and electrician all together we went and looked at this house again last night. We spent over an hour in the house last night writing up what would need to be done to the house and were excited to move forward today after hearing what the contractor had to say.

30 minutes ago on a conference call with my husband and our realtor she told us that she just spoke with the bank and they have been negotiating an offer for a couple days now. My heart sunk when I heard that. I can see us raising our family here and hosting all the holiday parties around the fireplace. We will know in about an hour if the house has gone under contract or not. My husband just repeated to me, it’s a business transaction don’t get attached and everything happens for a reason, but I just can’t help but feel a little disappointed that the house I fell in love with might not be ours.

I am holding out hope that it falls through once the buyers realize how much work really needs to be done, or once they have the home inspection and it doesn’t go as well as they hoped. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m praying for it anyways.

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April Showers

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I cannot believe it is April 1! 2014 is seriously flying by. I am hoping to have a post for you tomorrow, but that all depends on what time I get home tonight to finish up my project!

Work is really busy right now, we are still in the process of trying to buy our first home, and I’m attempting to join the performance team at crossfit which is a huge time commitment. I’m trying to work blogging into all this chaos and clearly I am failing right now, but I think sooner or later things will slow down with work and I won’t be so mentally exhausted by the time I get home.

I’m also participating in a webinar tomorrow night at 9 pm ET about 10 mistakes bloggers make hosted by Danielle Herzog of Martinis and Minivans. You can sign up here to attend! I may be half asleep, but I’m excited to hear what everyone has to say.

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In the Kitchen – French Macarons

I have always wanted to try my hand at making French macarons, but always been a little scared since they can be so fickle. Thankfully I found Food Nouveau and read and watched all her tips to make the perfect macarons. Of course I was impatient while they were in my oven (which takes forever to cook anything) and I pressed a little too hard on some of the shells.
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Following her directions I used Wilton’s “rose” gel food coloring to make my macarons this beautiful pink color. For my filling I used my leftover white chocolate frosting which was out of this world.

Some tips for making macarons:

  • The egg whites need to sit in your fridge for a day or two before you use them so think ahead!
  • After baking the macarons & filling them they need to sit in the fridge for another 24 hours
  • You have to be very precise when measuring the ingredients so you should be using a scale to make absolutely sure!
  • You have to double up your cookie sheets so keep that in mind to the amount you want to make

Ingredients

  • 90 gr egg whites (about 3)
  • 30 gr regular granulated sugar
  • 210 gr powdered sugar
  • 125 gr almond meal

Directions

  1. Take your egg whites out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature
  2. In food processor finely grind the powdered sugar and almond meal together for a minute.
  3. Sieve the mixture into a bowl so that the larger pieces do not pass through, those can be thrown away. Place this bowl aside.
  4. Using your cold stainless steel bowl start beating your egg whites and medium/high speed. Once your whisk starts leaving marks and your whites are bubbly you can add a tablespoon of granulated sugar
  5. Continue to beat and slowly add the rest of the sugar over the next minute. Continue to beat on high speed until the whisk creates stiff peaks.
  6. Add in your color and slowly fold from the bottom of the bowl to the top.
  7. Continuing the folding method you want to start folding in the dry ingredients slowly, making sure there are no pockets
  8. Double up your baking sheets and line with parchment paper.
  9. Pipe your macarons onto your baking sheet and let sit for an hour to dry out
  10. Halfway through, preheat your oven to 300 degrees
  11. Bake for 12 minutes, after 12 minutes continue to watch your macarons as you don’t want them to burn. You can lightly tap on them and if they are firm they are ready.
  12. Let them cool on a rack, once at room temperature you can add your filling and put them in the fridge!

Weekend Wrap-Up

No surprise here that my weekend was relatively boring and was mostly spent at the gym. Saturday I did spend the day at the mall looking for some cute spring dresses and new jeans, but of course I just left with new gym clothes. We went and saw Divergent Saturday night and I have to say that while it did stray a little from the books it was actually really good and even Mr. H liked it (even though he says it’s exactly like Hunger Games.)

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Sunday once again we were at the gym in the morning as Mr. H completed 14.4 for a second time and blew his score from Friday night out of the water. We stayed at the gym for way longer than expected and had to rush around the rest of the day to try and make it to my sisters in time for dinner. We also happened to make a pit stop at the outlets because we heard that Reebok was having a sale on nanos. I didn’t end up getting the sneakers that were on sale because they didn’t have my size in the color I wanted BUT I ended up getting the same shoe in a kids size in an awesome color. I never thought I could buy kids sizes, but that was awesome as kids shoes are typically a lot cheaper than adult shoes.

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Monday has come way too quickly as I feel like I got nothing accomplished this weekend, but at least on the bright side we may have a snow day this week if this storm doesn’t go out to sea. I want spring just as much as the next person, but I do love me some snow days!

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