Another Summer Week

After a very successful weekend it’s time to take on another week! Friday night SL and I walked down to a new restaurant near our house, had a quiet dinner and laid low for the rest of the night because we knew Saturday would be a busy one.

Saturday brought perfect weather so we took advantage and made it a boat and beach day. SL, myself, and three others packed up SL’s boat and spent the day on the water and on the beach.

boat day

It was perfect. We even grilled corn on the beach. It wasn’t a complete success (some burnt kernels, some cold kernels) but it tasted amazing so it wasn’t a failure either.

beach corn


It was a perfect summer day. Much needed because Sunday was rainy and gross. We used the day to sleep in, make a leisurely breakfast, visit a few open houses and prep for the week. I got a TON of prep work down so I felt good about being prepared for the week.

My menu for this week looks a lot like last week’s because last week didn’t go as scheduled (but in a good way.)

Monday – Chipotle Chicken + Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday – Shrimp Tacos

Wednesday – Lemon and Olive Chicken + Quinoa

Thursday – Leftovers (because we will be away for the weekend)

Friday – Out

Weekend – Maine! Which means hiking, kayaking, swimming and more outdoor fun!


I found my old Insanity DVDs while cleaning out my parents house last weekend and I did the Plyometric Cardio Circuit on Friday and I loved it (again). It was so hard but I really enjoyed it so I am going to add the DVDs into my routine this week. I am not sure if I’ll stick the Insanity calendar perfectly but I’m looking forward to getting back on the Insanity wagon.

I also plan to run and/or hop on the elliptical a few times.

I have some fun posts planned for this week that I can’t wait to share…stay tuned! Have a great Monday!

Friday Favorites – 7.25

July 25th?! When did that happen? This summer is flying by way too quickly for me. That’s not but but you know what is…FRIDAYS!! I couldn’t be happier that this week is coming to an end. Work has been super busy and SL was on vacation so he got to sleep in every morning as got up early and trekked into the city. Woof!

SL is starting a new job on Monday and I am really excited for him. He’ll be back in the city so hopefully we can start commuting together here and there. I would love it…he might hate it! Ha.

Anyways, on to our regularly scheduled blogging…here are some favorites this week.

My Easy Pesto


I bought a basil plant at the grocery store a few weeks ago and it has started to grow like crazy. This is great for me because it means homemade pesto! If you know me or have been reading this little blog for any amount of time you’ll know I don’t like cheese. Most (if not all) pestos in grocery stores are made with cheese so I veer away from them. Mine is dairy-free (and therefore vegan!) and delicious (and only 5 ingredients).

Emily’s Pesto

  • 1.5 cups fresh basil
  • 3 T pinenuts
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 -2 cloves garlic (depending on how much you love garlic)
  • 1/4 t course sea salt

Add all ingredients to a food processor (mini ones work great for this) and process until desired consistency. Then devour! I used about half of this in my Pesto BLT Pasta Salad last week and the rest to top salads, chicken and left over pasta.

Instagram Life vs. Real Life

Instagram Collage

OMG this article was so funny and so true! Olivia inspired me to look through my Instagram and do the same. Keep an eye out for that post next week :)

Free coffee on my way to work


The Coffee-mate street team was hard at work this morning giving out free iced coffee and hot coffee loaded with their creamer. I snagged an iced coffee with Caramel Macchiato creamer and it was delish! Perfect way to start my Friday morning!

Just a few more hours of work, a hopefully painless commute home and it’s weekend time! Peace and love homies.