October 17, 2016


Oh Monday.

Last week was an adjustment. I’ve gone from being totally unscheduled for almost 10 weeks, to back in a routine. I know, y’all are all laughing at me because I was so fortunate to have that time off, so no one feels bad for me. I get it. But it is hard to get back in a routine! I can’t run errands during the day anymore, or do little chores. Trying to learn how to manage my time again will take a few weeks, I think.

By Friday night, I was just exhausted. I went to a work event for a bit,walked home, and was done for the night. I cooked dinner, turned out HGTV, and was in bed by 11. I tried to make up for it on Saturday & Sunday though!


|Rainy Weekend| Our weather was pretty dreary most of the weekend, to be honest. I snapped this on my run Saturday morning. By afternoon, it cleared up and was really nice though. The rain and storms did make for great sleeping weather though – I slept 8-9 hours a night, which was wonderful. I am still getting used to the noise of the city, so some extra sleep is always welcomed.


|Sunday Brunch| I wen to brunch and shopping with a friend Saturday. We went to The Hampton Social (which was amazing), where they had live music and open windows. It was beautiful.


We were seated in the apparently enviable spot under the “Rose all day” sign, so our entire meal, people took photos. Some people even asked us to move. I highly recommend the food, but maybe don’t sit under the sign. 😉

|Dinner at Perennial Variant| My dear friend Jax and I went to dinner at Perennial Variant in Lincoln Park on Saturday night. We had some awesome cocktails, and a bunch of appetizers, and then skipped the main course and went to dessert. Their chai gelato was so yummy.


|Gym Tours| I ran errands, cleaned the apartment, meal prepped/planned, and did laundry on Sunday. I went to visit a few gyms also, but I still haven’t joined anything. Its really hard to find the right place! Right now I am just running outside and going to classes at Core Power Yoga, but I really want a gym with good classes, ideally with two locations – one by my apartment, and one by work. Any recommendations??

|Meal Prep| I did some major meal prepping on Sunday after going to Whole Foods, and a Target date with one of my friends. I roasted peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. I also made a massive pot of turkey chili for dinner tonight and lunches during the week.  While the chili was cooking, I prepped all my fruits and veggies for the week. Cheers to an easier eating week because I prepared!!

Did you do any meal prep this weekend?
Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week! Thanks for hosting the link-up, Biana
October 11, 2016

October Goals


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I’m trying to get back into the habit of setting monthly goals/intentions, now that my life has more of a routine. Fall seems like a nice time to set goals, doesn’t it? Below are my goals for the month – I’d love to hear yours!

  • take a daily walk – morning or night
  • get together with someone new once a week (making friends in a new city is hard)
  • attend a Chicago Junior League event
  • ease back into running with 2-3 runs a week
  • lay off the sugar in preparation for the holidays 😉
  • take a break from shopping to save up for some winter purchases in November
What are your goals for October?
October 10, 2016

Weekending {Chicago Marathon!!}


Happy Monday, friends!!

This weekend was so eventful and wonderful, but it means Monday is far harder than I like it to be 😉

This weekend was the Chicago Marathon, and it couldn’t have been more fun. AR was running his 4th marathon, and my little brother was running his 1st!


This was my first time ever attending a marathon as a spectator, and I feel like I get at !+ on that front. I made treats, had signs, and ran to different parts of the route throughout the day to cheer the men on.

On Sunday morning before the race, my mom, friend, and brother’s fiance all met up. I dropped the guys off at the train station, and then the ladies made coffee & homemade cinnamon rolls (I used Paula Dean’s recipe) before heading out to cheer on the runners. My apartment is right on the race route, which made cheering even more fun. [Note our excellent signs, haha 😉 ]



We met them at the end just before the finished. By that point, we had walked over 5 miles.

Confession: Post-race, I discovered the Giuliana Rancic was cheering people on less than a HALF OF A MILE from me and I missed her. I am utterly devastated by this news. Next year.

I have a new respect for the spectators – it is tough work. But look at how excited the guys were!





So proud of our men for the awesome race! The weather was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. If you are ever on the fence about doing a marathon, I can’t recommend the Chicago Marathon enough. Its so well run, and the city really comes out to cheer for everyone.

You can read our Chicago Marathon 2014 recap here [spoiler: He proposed]
You can read why I deferred the 2016 race here!

Have a great Monday, and thank you for hosting the link-up, Biana!

October 7, 2016

Lately// from Chicago


I’m alive!

The last few days have been a total whirl-wind. Thank you for all of your well-wishes on our moving news! We ended up moving in last weekend to give me a head start on unpacking before my job starts. AR went back to work in Atlanta and left me with all the boxes (thanks, Boo), but I’m just about done.

So many exciting things:

|I passed the bar exam|Results came out at 6:00pm on Friday night, while movers were climbing up the stairs into my new home. This was much earlier than expected. I was so sleep deprived and exhausted that all I could do was cry from relief. I yelled to AR, called my bff (who is still waiting on results), and we popped champagne in our new place. Talk about an eventful day.

|I am in love with our new neighborhood| I’ve spent countless hours walking outside and soaking in our new area. It is so perfect for where we are right now, and I couldn’t be happier. We confined our apartment search to three neighborhoods, and I think we are in the right spot. I can even walk to work!


|I tried a new salon and it wasn’t a disaster| Anyone else get nervous when it comes to changing hair salons? One of my big stressed with moving to Chicago was finding a new salon. I asked some bloggers on instagram (thanks Lauren!) and made an appointment with Jenna at Dennis Bartolomei. I couldn’t be happier with my color and can’t wait to go back next month.

|We are getting unpacked| AR comes back into town today, and we will sift through a few more boxes. I am so thankful for my dear friend and mom for coming over to help me. Those ladies had my home in order in no time! Below is a sneak peak of our new living room – don’t you love those windows???


|Chicago Marathon| This weekending is the Chicago Marathon, and it is bittersweet. I thought this would be my 4th marathon – maybe even a pr – but I’m not even running the race (my doctor and I decided I should defer my entry after my stress fracture in July). But I am excited to cheer on AR and my little brother. I’ve got a fantastic post-race brunch planned, and all my viewing spots are marked off!

Any good race sign suggestions?? My friend is coming over to make posters for the race!
Sending thoughts & prayers to everyone in Matthew’s path. Be safe, lovelies!