Life Update

Hi everyone!

So I kind of dropped off the face of the Earth after Thanksgiving. Sorry about that!  Thanksgiving was a lot of fun, but unfortunately I forgot to take pictures for you guys of all the yummy things I ate! I have to say, I was really happy because I ate soooo little in comparison to years past. I couldn’t even finish my plate because I knew I was going to be sick if I did, and I really held back on appetizers and desserts this year. I did have a few cheats, but all in all the day was a success.

One of the cheats I had was brought by my friends from Ohio, who shared the holiday with us this year. In Ohio, apparently it is very common to have “noodles on potatoes” for a holiday side dish. That’s right, you heard me, “noodles on potatoes”. Basically they make homemade long noodles, and cook them in a chicken or turkey stock, and then ladle that on top of mashed potatoes. I did have some, and let me tell you it was delicious, but definitely a peculiar dish! My family, who are all from New England, were confused at first, but it was a hit in the end. Definitely NOT Paleo, but still yummy! My favorite dish this year, was actually kind of a random one. Every year we have carrots mashed with turnips, and for some reason, this year it was my favorite thing that I ate! It’s funny how my tastes have changed.

The  next few days were filled with online shopping, leftovers, and relaxation. All of which were very needed, as this week was absolutely crazy. Work was insane, and I was exhausted every night when I came home. We managed to make some tasty dinners though, some of which are pictured below. A couple of nights we had this delicious pizza topped with ground beef, ricotta, prosciutto, roasted garlic, and caramelized onions.

Meat Pizza

Another night we had some sirloins from Trader Joes that we cooked in bacon fat, and topped with caramelized onions, and on the side I made green beans with adobo and bacon pesto. For lunch  this week, I either ate leftover turkey or clam chowder, and I fasted one day as well. We had a special delivery to the office of a box of Godiva chocolates, so I did treat myself to a few of those. After all, they were sent because of all the hard work we do, so I think I deserved at least a few since I work my butt off everyday!

Steak

So that has been the last week or so in food. As for fitness, Tom decided to buy some resistance bands so that we can get a little extra strength training into our routines without having to use weights. I really like them so far, so hopefully they will help me tone up. I also got a Tai Chi DVD from Amazon to try. I have had some issues with balance ever since an episode of vertigo in 2010, and I know Tai Chi is a really great rehab technique for balance, plus I think it will help me out with core control as well. I can’t wait to try it. I had started to notice some changes in my body before Thanksgiving that I was happy about, however after being a couch potato for a few days and having the treats that I did, those changes aren’t as noticeable anymore. It’s going to be tough, but I really would like to lose weight and gain self-control this holiday season, and instead of going crazy like every year before!

As for nails, I’ve only painted my nails once since my Thanksgiving tutorial. I was in the mood for something simple and sparkly, so I combined the two polishes below.

Final 1

L’Oreal’s “Hidden Gem” is a blackened teal and purple duochrome matte glitter with medium-sized silver glitter particles. It is a really gorgeous formula, but unfortunately, the brush in my bottle was cut on a completely awkward angle, which was clearly a manufacturing mistake. I tried to trim it myself, but it didn’t work out as well as hoped. In the end, I was still able to apply the polish nicely, and used 3 coats. I wasn’t in the mood for a textured nail, so I decided to top it off with Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in “Twinkle Toes-ty”, which is from their holiday glitter collection. This is a fantastic top coat filled with chunky gold holographic hexagonal glitter and smaller glitter as well. It applied epically well, and I had no trouble with distributing the glitter evenly across the nail.

Nails 1

I have been wearing this manicure for 5 days now and I haven’t had a single chip and you can just barely begin to see the tip of my nail peaking out, so it was an excellent combo for not wanting to touch up. Hopefully it is not a pain to take off though! This morning I made a tasty breakfast for Tom and I, as he is working from home today. We had omelet’s filled with some mozzarella, turkey breast, bacon pesto and tomato sauce. I also made an eggnog coffee to go along with mine. It was all delicious and filled me up for the morning, as I bravely headed to the mall for some Christmas shopping. I have a Christmas party to attend tomorrow night, therefore I must have festive fingertips, so I’m going to be working on some holiday nail tutorials this weekend. I will also be posting my review on some of the China Glaze “Happy Holiglaze” polishes very soon. I will leave you now with a picture of my breakfast and my adorable baby Christmas tree, as I am off for a walk around the neighborhood.

Omelet

Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and I’ll talk to you soon!

xo Becky

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