Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekend in Review | Hometown Family Reunion

Helllo everyone! Welcome back to Monday... Let's talk about our busy weekend that we had!



This weekend was a bit of a crazy one. We drove a total of 12 hours to get to my hometown, Napoleon, ND for a family gathering.

Friday:

I actually ended up leaving a little early on Thursday from work because of my stomach (talked about here). It didn't necessarily hurt but I was just uncomfortable being at work. I was going to leave at about 2 but ended up being there until about 3ish. Then I headed home to relax. I wasn't really able to eat dinner that night either. Ugh. Then I had Friday off (like normal) and was able to actually eat a good breakfast. This made me feel like I was actually getting somewhere. I had also started taking my probiotics again to try and help my stomach get over whatever was going on. I was also able to finish up The Santa Clarita Diet. Have you seen it yet? It definitely made me lol quite a few times. I met up with Bill for some lunch, ran a couple of errands and got our stuff ready to head to Fargo for the night. We were able to get out of town around 3:30 and made it to Fargo around 6:45. My parents took us all to Billiards (a pool hall and restaurant in Fargo) and we played some pool while enjoying a couple of adult beverages.









Saturday:

We were up pretty early for a Saturday since we still had a 2.5 hour drive to get to Napoleon. Mya was staying with my parents while we went to Napoleon. Really it was just easier to have her there and my parents enjoyed it! We had some breakfast and then headed back on the road. We made it around noon and were able to hang out with family that I haven't seen in years and some of them haven't even met Bill yet. It was a little different than we were expecting but it was still nice to get back to my roots and see family. The day was mostly spent playing some card games with some drinks here and there. Oh and some great food as well! Saturday night we staying with my cousin and her husband. They just built a new house and boy is it nice! My cousin and her husband were great hosts and we're glad we decided to just stay the night.

*Sorry no picture since it was all driving and family time!


Sunday:

Sunday we got up and got ready to hit the road for the long trek back home. We said our goodbyes to my cousin and her family. Before we left though, we decided to go through Napoleon a little bit. Bill had never been their so we drove around and I explained all the different places and where people lived. It only took about 15 minutes since the town is so small! We got to Fargo around 11am and stopped at one of our favorite lunch spots, Moe's Southwest Grill. It is like a Chipotle but IMHO it is so much better. I really miss that place (although I'm sure my wallet doesn't)! Then we picked up Mya, talked with my parents for just a little bit and then headed home. It was surely a long day but it was nice to get home and not really do anything. We had some chicken in the fridge that either needed to be cooked or put in the freezer so I got a little creative for dinner. I covered them in some sauce and popped them in the oven @ 425* for about 40 minutes. The sauces I used were a homemade bbq sauce from our neighbor and a Parmesan garlic wing sauce from Aldi. It was pretty tasty!



Little crazy of a weekend but that is okay. It is always nice to see family and catch up! Especially when you don't see them very often.


How was your weekend?

What is your current favorite TV/Netflix show?

Linking up with Katie and Tricia!



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday

Hiii everyone! This week has been a little weird if I do say so myself. I haven't done a Thoughts for Thursday in a while so I guess that means it's time for a Thinking out Loud post with Amanda!



1. I woke up on Sunday morning NOT hungry. If you know me at all, that is pretty weird. I knew something was off but didn't really think anything of it. Now it is Thursday and I have only been hungry about 4 times since Sunday. And I haven't really eaten a whole lot of food. It's almost as if my body doesn't want it. It's really weird. Bill is also coming down with something


2. One positive thing about this week is that I had Monday off. Since I wasn't really feeling 100%, it was nice to have an extra day off! The rest of the week has been super busy at work. So between being sick/feeling off and being super busy, all I have wanted to do is get home and relax/sleep.


Cuddle time at the Adam household


3. Now after today, I have the rest of the week off. We are planning on heading to my hometown in ND for a little family reunion with my Bolstad side.

MN Sunset

With no snow on the ground and sunsets like this, it almost feels like spring! MN is supposed to be getting a storm tomorrow so we are hoping that it isn't too bad! The plan for the weekend right now is to head to Fargo on Friday night, then make the rest of the trip to Napoleon on Saturday morning. Then we will make our way back on Sunday. It is quite a long drive so hopefully it all goes well!

4. I went grocery shopping (before this whole sickness) this last weekend and got some great finds at Aldi! I have a blog post coming up that details some of the finds that I got. I did have to stop at another store to get a couple more things but I got most of the groceries at Aldi.

Aldi shopping trip


That is all I really have for now! Fingers crossed I kick whatever bug I have and can start eating AND head back to the gym soon! Have a great weekend!



Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to Feel Like a Badass In the Gym


We are about a month and a half into 2017 now. Can you believe it?! I feel like it was just New Years! With the new year comes trying new things and setting new goals. A goal that quite a few people set is to get back to the gym. If you haven't been to the gym before or in a long time, can be a very intimidating place. Especially if you go to a bigger gym. Now, me personally I have been a member of Anytime Fitness for at least 3 years and I love it. I love the freedom that I have to go to any Anytime gym at anytime. This was especially helpful when we moved into our new house and there wasn't one really close to the house. This allowed me to run errands and just hit up the gym that was on the way home. The fact that you can go at any time is also convenient! *not paid to say that, I just really like the gym!

One thing to remember when starting something new, is that everyone started at some point. This is especially true in the gym. Everyone at the gym had to start as a beginner and move their way up. Believe me, when I first walked into the gym some years ago to start lifting, I had no idea what I was doing! I remember feeling self conscious, especially walking into the free weights area. I mean it was filled with these big, muscular men, how was I supposed to feel?! Now that I have been lifting for about 4 years, I don't feel that way anymore. I feel confident and know my way around the gym. I have been asked how I got to that point many times, so I thought I would share my top 3 tips for feeling like a badass in the gym!

1. Find a good workout plan.

This may sound like it is simple but with how fast the fitness industry is growing, workout plans are popping up everywhere. I have tried multiple plans and have found that the more simple the plan is, the more I am likely to stick with it. Here are a couple of programs that I have followed that I enjoyed: Jamie Eason LiveFIT 12-Week Trainer, 12 Week Simply Shredded Women's Plan, Katy Hearn's Challeneges and for more of a challenge Erin Stern Elite Body 4 Week Trainer. Most of these programs have information about the workouts and nutition but it is important for you to do your own research as well. Which takes us to #2!


2. Do your research!

Research will not only help your confidence but increase your chances of success. If you are trying something new, spend some time researching on how the moves should be done and what they should feel like. Watch videos to really help you understand the moves. The website that I usually find the best videos is bodybuilding.com. Bodybuilding.com specializes in fitness and have many different reputable articles on fitness. Most of the programs I talked about in #1 have videos on the specific movement in the program on the program's main page which makes it easier. Researching where you are getting the program is also very important. Make sure you are following a program from someone who is trained. I am not trained, I just train so that is why I don't put together any workouts on my blog. I may share ones that I have tried and think you may enjoy, but I do not do any type of coaching. 

3. Have a great playlist.

Music fuels my life. Does anyone else feel that way?! It doesn't really matter what I am doing, music is usually playing. This is especially true at the gym! I have tried a few different things but I would have to say that my favorite (right now) is Pandora. I use my phone, connect to the gym wi-fi and then pick a playlist. Right now I rock out to either the Kid Ink station or the Nicki Minaj station. WARNING: there is a lot of harsh language in both station. Just so you are warned if you decide to check them out. There are a lot of different places you can listen to music, so my suggestion to you is find something that motivates you. Songs that push you and excite you. My best workouts are on days that my Pandora station is on point! I'll be sharing some of the best AND worst stations on Pandora - for me anyway - next week!


Sneaky #4

I just HAD to throw this one in here. If you know me at all, you know that I love me some bright clothing. This DEFINITELY applies to workout clothes. If you think about it though, when you are wearing that favorite shirt of yours with those pants that fit just right with the comfortable flats, you feel on top of the world don't you?! Why wouldn't it apply the same when you are wearing that new workout outfit that you love and got a great deal on? I will be honest though, I have not purchased any "high end" workout gear from places like Athleta or Lululemon. So I do not have an opinion on those brands but I do have some great suggestions for more affordable places. Below I have some of my favorite places and some favorite items at the moment:

Old Navy

Target

Victoria's Secret 



JC Penney


For most of these places, I wait until there are sales going on. I dont like paying full price so I wait until there is a sale for at lease 20% off. There are no favorites from TJ Maxx and Gordmans because these store are more of a first come, first serve. They have a lot of random sections in the stores and it really all depends on the day as to what you will find. There are days when I walk in and want everything and then there are others where I wonder why I even stopped. You win some you lose some I guess!

So there you have it, the top 3 (really 4) tips to help you feel like a badass in the gym!


Now some questions for you:

Favorite place to go for workout gear?

What type of music motivates you?

What helped you feel confident in the gym?

Linking up for Wild Workout Wednesday and Thinking out Loud for today's post!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekend in Review | Cancun Resort Review

Gooood morning everyone! Today I am going to be sharing a little review and experience recap of our trip to Cancun, Mexico on January 28th - February 4th, 2017. We went on this trip with one other couple and we were super excited to go! I will be breaking it up between different categories instead of explaining each day. Enjoy!


Booking:

We all used Expedia to research and look for places to go to. When looking at the main Expedia.com page, there is a bundle deals tab. This is where you will find the all-inclusive resorts. This is always what we do, go to an all-inclusive resort anyway. We have been to Mexico 5 times and each time the trips included everything. For instance, our trip cost us around $1300/person which included flight, food, hotel, tax and tips. Normally we take extra money down with us to tip since the service staff usually deserves it! Since we have booked through Expedia a couple of times and each time you book you get points, we had enough points to boost us up to Expedia Silver. Now really this only matters if the resort you are going to participates with the Expedia program. At the time we didn't think that it would really be anything special but I will get into that a little bit later. 

Flights:

         

Both flights (to Cancun and back from Cancun) were through Delta. We decided to pay a little more for nonstop flights. Although we did this, there were plenty of other options for flights that were not nonstop. This can always save you some money if you don't mind stopping somewhere. For the flight there, we were all surprised and had in flight entertainment. This included some music and movies. We have never had this and were not expecting it so it was an awesome surprise! For our return flight, I was already planning on what movie I was going to be watching. Of course, though, there was no in flight entertainment. We had to resort to reading our books and/or listening to music. Now don't get me wrong, I don't mind doing that on a 2 hour flight but 4 HOURS was a long time. Not only that but we were all super exhausted and just wanted to be home.




Hotel:

For the hotel, we settled on the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun (FACC). The prices were a little more than we wanted to spend but the reviews were pretty good. We knew ahead of time that part of the hotel was under construction but that didn't really detour us. I was looking at review and pictures pretty much up until we left. I was ready to go! When we landed in Cancun, we got a taxi and they took us to our hotel. FACC was only about 10-15 minutes from the airport so it was a nice, quick ride. Once we arrived at the hotel, they took us to the side and informed us that we were VIP. This was due to the Expedia Silver. They checked us in at a special desk which included some cold towels and a beverage. This also included some nice rice art in our rooms as well as a bottle of wine upon arrival. We also got robes and slippers as well as some treats every night. 


         

When we got to the hotel, something was going on with me and I felt like my head was going to fall off/explode. I had started feeling bad in the airplane but since all of our Excedrin was in our checked bag, there was no relief for me until we got to the hotel. Once we got o the hotel, I booked it to the room and took 2 Excedrin and had drank a bottle of water. After about 30 minutes (and a drink or two) I started to feel better. Now if you know me at all or have been around awhile, you know that I don't like taking "drugs/medicine" unless I really need to. And this was so bad that I took 2. Geeze! 

ANYWAY...MOVING ON. The hotel, despite the construction going on, was really clean and the staff was AMAZING. Seriously, they would come up to us all the time and ask us if we needed anything. There were a couple of waiters that went above and beyond too. The front desk was also very accommodating. When we first got into our room, we had two double beds when we really wanted a king. So Bill went down to the front desk and they switched us to a king room right then and there. They were also willing to exchange some of Bill's bigger pesos for smaller ones throughout the week that we were there. HELPFUL TIP: normally we take pesos down since the smaller amounts are waterproof. This makes a big difference when you are at the swim up bar and want to tip without the money falling apart (like US dollars do). One part that we did love about this resort is that there was one pool by the swim-up bar and one pool above that one. The above one was an infinity pool and it was HEATED. Now it may not sound like you'd want that but once the sun starts to set and you are getting chilly from being in the water, the heated pool was awesome. The only thing lacking up there is a bar though. You have to catch someone quick or you'd have to get out to get your drinks. There was also a hot tub near the heated pool as well. Most nights we would make our way to the heated pool, then to the hot tub and then head up to the rooms to get ready for dinner. 

Food:

Breakfast was really good. This was a buffet style of breakfast and offered a lot of different options. It had made to order omelettes, a yogurt bar, cereal, oatmeal and that is just to name a few things. I normally went with some over easy eggs and some protein + carb or an omelette. Lunch had a variety of options. They had a place called Cevichería where they served some bomb fish tacos. They had a grill stand where they served nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries. Pretty much american fried food. They they also had a pizza stand where you could get made to order individual pizzas. These were all pretty good but I would have to say my favorite was the restaurant for lunch. This restaurant turned into the Asian restaurant at night but during the day they served a lunch with a salad bar. I would head up and get a salad. Then order a chicken and steak wok mix. It was REALLY good. So good in fact I had it 3 days in a row! One thing about all inclusive resorts is that a lot of them have restaurants that you have to make reservations for dinner. Sometimes this can be all of the restaurants with exception to the buffet. FACC only had one place that required reservations and that was the steak restaurant. The other restaurants that they had included an Italian restaurant, a Mexican restaurant and an Asian restaurant. We were actually able to enjoy all of them! We pretty much all agreed that the Italian place was the best. We tried a variety of things but I would have to say the most memorable was the octopus that I had as an appetizer. It was overall pretty good but a little chewy for my taste! The Mexican place was also very good. They actually made fresh guacamole right there at your table! Normally when we go to Mexico, we got to the dinner buffet at least once but not at this place! So if you are wondering if they buffet for dinner was good...I have no idea! 


Excursion:
We decided that while we were there we were going to go on an excursion. The one we did was called the Jungle Boat tour. We decided to go to the Marina across the street from our hotel and depart from there. We arrived and we were assigned a speed boat. The speed boats fit 2 people and they go over a very condensed version of instructions on operating it before we take off. After the instructions, we hit full speed and headed out to the reef to do a little bit of snorkeling. Unfortunately it was pretty windy this day and a little chilly but we still enjoyed it. The first thing that we saw after getting into the water and putting our snorkel gear on was a massive sting ray. He was swimming right below us. We were also able to see some fish and other sea life. I get pretty freaked out by fish so after awhile, I was done and ready to get out. I have no problem touching fish if it is on my terms, but not on the fish's terms. UGH! After everyone was done snorkeling, we headed back to the marina with a little detour. We went through this small channel and ended up seeing a baby alligator or crocodile. I have no idea what one it was but the guide saw it and stopped to show us. After that we got back to the marina and headed back to the hotel. We really like that the excursion was only for a couple hours so that we weren't away from our resort all day. Because, I mean we already paid for it why would we want to be away for so long?!

One other thing that Bill and I did was get a massage. We only went for 25 minutes as we didn't want to be tired for the rest of the day. I would have to say that I would do it again but not with the person that I got. She was not that great and I just felt like someone was very lightly rubbing my back the entire time. Bill said his was great and that she was using her elbows and everything. Darn him!


Overall:
We really enjoyed this resort and would recommend it to anyone! It will be interesting once all of the construction is finished though. Since we went and only 2/3 towers were open, things might be different if they are at full capacity. We really enjoyed everything they had to offer and found that the staff was always willing to help us out if we needed it. 


Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekend in Review | Back from Mexico


I can't believe I am back already! I barely feels like I left (insert crying emoji). It was a blast and I plan on having a post up later this week with a recap. For now, I let you know what we did yesterday since that was the only day home.

Sunday:

We did NOTHING ha! Our bags are still laying in a couple of different rooms of our house actually. We both just felt too exhausted. I did, however, get my butt up and went to the grocery store since it was preeety bare. We also picked up this lovely girl from Bill's co-worker's house since she was watching her.


She was pretty excited to see us and they were sad to see her go. They have a younger son (around 6ish) that had a pretty strong bond with Mya so there were some hugs and goodbyes from him. This picture was after about 5 minutes in the car. She slept all day as well (she must take after us)! Neither Bill or I wanted to get back to adulting today but what do you do?! Until my post later this week, here are some pics from Mexico. 





Thanks for stopping by! See you soon with a full review!

Linking up with Katie!