6 Goals in 6 Weeks – Week 5 #6in6

21 Jul

How am I 5 weeks into this already? I’ve only got 1 week left! So how did my fifth week of 6 goals in 6 weeks go? Did I do any better? Well… why I thought to plan this over my birthday I will never know!

1. Less soda - I’m still sticking with 48 oz or less during the week and even less on the weekend which is great. I thought I was going to go over at the beginning of the week (do to severe sleepiness), but I kept it under 48 oz.

2. Exercise/Run at least 3 times per week - I ran twice this week. I had every intention of busting our day #3 but then I fell on Saturday while roller skating and that kinda killed that. Hopefully I will start feeling better soon so that week #6 isn’t a bust.

3. Lose 6 pounds -Even Steven! I haven’t lost any and I haven’t gained any. I guess that is better than nothing!

4. Go to yoga once a week - I went to yoga this week and my friend joined me again! I was sore from our adventures in Miami last weekend so my body REALLY needed the yoga.

5. Only eat out twice a week - It was my birthday week so I ate out 3 times, but that is still pretty good right?

6. Drink at least 72 oz of water a day - I drank at least 100 oz of water everyday again this week.

I probably shouldn’t have planned my 6 goals in 6 weeks over my birthday, but life just gets in the way sometimes right? Hopefully this last week won’t go too horribly. I’m already starting to feel a little better since my fall, so we shall see.

Bring on week #6!!

Wish You Were Here – Residence Inn Miami Airport #FloridaWish

18 Jul

This past weekend was our trip to the Residence Inn Miami Airport as part of the Marriott Wish You Were Here promotion. After I arrived home last night I started trying to figure out how to organize my blog post(s) about our experience. Since we had a wonderful experience, I finally decided to break the post up so it wasn’t information overload. This way I can share about our great overall hotel experience, the hotel itself, amenities, and the pet friendliness of the hotel.

Wish You Were Here - Residence Inn Miami Airport

We headed down to Miami on Friday and checked into our hotel around 2 pm. The hotel was amazing! It was an older hotel, but it had been completely redone. The inside was so inviting and it felt the way you’d expect a Florida hotel to feel. The hotel was part of a Marriott “campus” which also included a Courtyard by Marriott and a Marriott. The entire campus was gated and beautifully maintained.

Wish You Were Here - Residence Inn Miami Airport

Our room was perfect! It was a 1 bedroom suite (with a king bed) that had a full kitchen, living area, and a huge bathroom. The kitchen was a great size and included a full-sized fridge, microwave, stove/oven, and even a dishwasher. The cabinets were stocked full of everything you could need during your stay. They even had microwave popcorn for you! There was a table for two right by the kitchen so that you could sit down and enjoy your meals.

Wish You Were Here - Residence Inn Miami Airport

The kitchen opened up to the living area which included a desk (with an ergonomic chair), a couch (that had a pull out bed), a chair, coffee table with ottoman, and a nice sized flat screen tv. The window in the living room made the whole area feel light and bright, but it did have the standard hotel blackout curtains in case you wanted it a bit darker. We took advantage of the black out curtains in the living room and bedroom since we were on the first floor and people could see in.

Wish You Were Here - Residence Inn Miami Airport

One of the best things about the room was the door that separated the living room area from the bedroom and bathroom. Once through that door, you can get to the main part of the bathroom which included a large sink area with loads of storage. There was also a closet in this area as well. In its own room was the toilet and the shower. The bedroom included a wonderful king sized bed, a dresser with a tv, and another closet. The room had everything you needed and still felt cozy.

Wish You Were Here - Residence Inn Miami Airport

The room, along with the rest of the hotel, was very modern. The decorations were in nice bright colors, the artwork was modern, and the light fixtures were even fun. They were the kind that you would pick out for your own home. They didn’t look like something that came from the “generic hotel lights” catalog.

The hotel lobby was so open, bright and inviting. Most of the walls were windows which made the space seem even bigger than it was. The whole lobby was filed with comfortable furniture groupings that just screamed “come have a seat!” A complimentary breakfast was offered every day and the breakfast area was off the lobby. This provided additional seating as breakfast was crowded every morning.

Wish You Were Here - Residence Inn Miami Airport

Right outside the lobby was a beautiful courtyard area that included two tables dining tables and some really comfy couches. Connected to this area was the hot tub. Since there were three hotels on this campus there was a large pool area that all the hotels shared. It was a very short walk from our hotel, but it was nice having the spa right there as well. Especially since it was right outside the fitness room.

All during the trip my mom and I kept commenting about how wonderful the hotel was and how much we liked it. Being an “airport” hotel we were very impressed with the entire campus. I think sometimes people think that airport hotel just provide the basics, but this hotel goes above and beyond.

Next Up: Our overall hotel experience and amenities

 

*Disclosure: Marriott provided me with a weekend stay at the Residence Inn Miami Airport and a travel stipend as part of this program. What I did during my trip was entirely up to me. All opinions regarding Marriott and Residence Inn are my own.

 

35 Goals for 35

16 Jul

Happy 35th Birthday to me!!

When I turned 30 I wasn’t freaked out at all. It really wasn’t a big deal. Most of my friends were depressed and didn’t even want to celebrate, but that wasn’t me. If I had known then just how BADLY that year would have turned out, I probably would have hidden under the bed that day and never come out. But here we are 5 years later and I’m at another milestone birthday. Today I turned 35. How in the hell did that happen?!

This milestone is a weird one for me. On one hand I am WAY better off than I was 5 years ago. But at the same time there are a lot of things I thought I’d have done by now. In order to keep myself focused on the positive I have decided to create a 35 Goals for 35 list. A list of 35 goals that I would like to complete in my 35th year. I know that I probably won’t complete them all, but it will give me a guide that will hopefully help me to make this my best year yet!

35 Goals for35

1. Run, run, and run some more!

2. 1/2 marathon in less then 2.5 hours :)

3. Run entire 10K without stopping

4.  Read 35 books in my 35th year

5. Take a trip! (Savannah doesn’t count)

6.  Throw an amazing dinner party, and have cooked all the food

7. Go to a concert

8. Call my grandma, or send her a card, every week

9. More DIY projects for my apartment/house – make it a home

10. Take woofer to the dog park at least once a month (more often when it cools off)

11. Better eating habits

12. Drink less than 32 oz of soda per day

13. Go to a movie by myself

14. Perform 7 random acts of kindness in 1 week

15. Take a class just for fun

16.Do yoga/pilates, even if it is at home, once a week

17. Drink 64 oz (or more) of water per day

18. Learn how to use my camera in manual mode

19. Take a road trip

20. Continue Project Life

21. Finally get my tattoo

22. Do volunteer work with the local SPCA

23. Blog at least twice per week

24. Do something “just for me” once a week

25. Move! (more of this one later)

26. Try one new recipe each month

27. Sew an item of clothing for myself

28. Complete a “A Day In The Life” post at least once per month

29. Get rid of 35 items of clothing/pairs of shoes

30. Finally get my Etsy shop REALLY up and running.

31. Finish watching the rest of TrueBlood

32. Read a “classic” novel

33. Write a letter to myself to read at age 40

34. Focus on what I have instead of what I don’t

35. Not regret a single thing!

 

6 goals in 6 weeks – Week 4 #6in6

14 Jul

I can’t believe I just finished up week 4! So how did my fourth week of 6 goals in 6 weeks go? Did I do any better? Well, it was a little hit or miss this week.

1. Less soda - I’m still sticking with 48 oz or less during the week and even less on the weekend which is great. Eventually i’d like to cut that in half again, but for now this works. Friday, Saturday and Sunday I only had 24 oz per day!

2. Exercise/Run at least 3 times per week - This week didn’t go so well with the traveling and such! I didn’t run at all :( I do plan on making up for it this week though. I did case the dog around a dog park AND take her swimming in the ocean, so I did get some exercise in.

3. Lose 6 pounds -Even Steven! I haven’t lost any and I haven’t gained any. I guess that is better than nothing!

4. Go to yoga once a week - I went to yoga this week and my friend joined me again!

5. Only eat out twice a week - Ha! Again, traveling messed this up for sure.

6. Drink at least 72 oz of water a day - I drank at least 100 oz of water everyday again this week. Mom & I kept water in the car with us all weekend, so that kept my water numbers up.

I probably shouldn’t have planned my 6 goals in 6 weeks over my birthday, but life just gets in the way sometimes right? Hopefully this week I can get myself back on track. I have a lot of birthday activities planned but I’ve already made sure to add my running to the calendar too.

Bring on week #5!!

Wish You Were Here – Its time to go! #FloridaWish

10 Jul

Residence Inn Miami Airport #FloridaWish

Tomorrow my mom and I will head down to the Residence Inn Miami Airport for our Wish You Were Here weekend of fun! I’ve really been looking forward to this and we are treating it as an early birthday trip (my birthday is Wednesday). I love that we are going to be bringing the dogs along on our great adventure!

We haven’t decided for sure what we are going to do, but we do have a few things on our list of ideas.

Bill Bird Marina

First up is Haulover Park. Its a 1.4 mile beach park that has a dog park AND a dog friendly section of the beach. Neither of our dogs have been to the beach before so we are looking forward to taking them. There is even a clothing optional section of the beach, but I don’t think we’ll be visiting that this trip (tee hee).

When I found out that there was a Shake Shack in Miami I immediately added it to my wish list for this trip. I think I’ve talked my mom into at least stopping by for a milk shake.

I also plan on spending some time by the pool reading. It wouldn’t be a birthday trip without some time by the pool. My new Kindle (thanks Pop-pop) arrived in the mail this week and its all ready for its inaugural trip to the pool! Now I just have to figure out which book to read.

I love that other than where we are staying we really don’t have a “plan” for this trip. I’m a planner at heart and its hard for me to not plan every aspect of a trip, but sometimes its just nice. I’m looking forward to just playing it by ear and enjoying time with our pups.

*Disclosure: Marriott is providing me with a weekend stay at the Residence Inn Miami Aiport and a travel stipend as part of this program. What I do during my trip is entirely up to me. All opinions regarding Marriott and Residence Inn are my own.

 

 

CMYE: Yelp’s Happy Hemp Day @ Tijuana Flats

8 Jul

Last week I got to attend another great Yelp event! I want to start off by saying how GREAT the staff at the Tijuana Flats in Thornton Park was. The managers, the servers, and the kitchen staff were amazing. I was so impressed with how quickly they got drink orders (and refills) and how even with all the food coming out of the kitchen at one time it was all still hot and ready to go. So a great big two thumbs up to them!

Chips, dips, and sangria!

The purpose of this Yelp event was to be able to try out 3 new burritos that Tijuana Flats will be adding to their menu this week. We tried the Pie Roller (think of a pizza burrito), Sweet Hemptation (filled with crispy chicken, churros, bacon, maple syrup and cheese), and the Tree hugger (filled with lots of veggies and tortilla chips). All three burritos are made with hemp seed tortillas. How cool is that? My favorite was the Sweet Hemptation. It was really odd, but really tasty. It was kinda like a chicken and waffles burrito!

One of the neatest things about these three new burritos is that they were created by Tijuana Flats staff members. They held a contest with their 100+ stores for employees to create a new burrito. Each new burrito could only contain 2 items that weren’t already found in the Tijuana Flats kitchen. The top three contenders were introduced last week and become a permanent part of the menu tomorrow.

As always we were treated with loads of Yelp swag, adult beverages, and some fun Tijuana Flats swag as well. It was a fun start to the long holiday weekend! Thanks to Tijuana Flats and Andi (our wonderful Yelp CM) for a great event.

6 goals in 6 weeks – Week 3 #6in6

7 Jul

I can’t believe I just finished up week 3! So how did my third week of 6 goals in 6 weeks go? Did I do any better? Well, it was a little hit or miss this week.

1. Less soda -  I cut down to 48 oz or less during the week and even less on the weekend. I think on Saturday and Sunday I kept it below 36 oz. Since the bulk of my soda drinking seems to be during the week I just need to not bring it with me to work. If I don’t have any soda I can’t drink any soda. Right?

2. Exercise/Run at least 3 times per week - This week didn’t go as well as last week, but I did get a 2 mile run in on the 4th of July. Between after work activities and being at my mom’s for the weekend it was just a little bit harder. I know that isn’t an excuse, but its just how it went this week.

3. Lose 6 pounds -Even Steven! I haven’t lost any and I haven’t gained any. I guess that is better than nothing!

4. Go to yoga once a week - I went to yoga this week and even introduced a friend to the class! She really enjoyed it and will be joining me again on Tuesday.

5. Only eat out twice a week - Even with being home for 3 days I still only ate out twice this week. Mom and I made an effort to eat at home and stuck to it. We even celebrated my birthday early with family and had a great home cooked meal. It MAY have ended with an AMAZING birthday cake, but you only turn 35 once right?

6. Drink at least 72 oz of water a day - I drank at least 100 oz of water everyday again this week. I continued with the carbonated flavored water which really helps.

So overall I’m pretty happy with how things went during my first 3 weeks. So what do I need to change for the second three weeks? Well I would like to up my mileage with running and make sure I hit those 3 days each week. I had hoped to do it last week, but it didn’t happen.  I’d also like to try and eat even better this coming week.

Bring on week #4!!

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