Running a 5k

If you told me six months ago that I’d be able to run a 5k decently I would’ve laughed and laughed. In May after not being able to go into work for two months (in which I walked to teach my classes everyday I was at work), and just being in general homebound I started running with B twice a week. At first we ran for 2 minutes and walked for 2 minutes for 3.1 miles. We increased the run time every four times we ran, and kept the walk at 3 minutes. This week we did our last round of running 9 minutes, with walking 3 minutes, and hit our best time yet!

Now that it’s cold out, I have to switch up my running gear, especially since we almost froze running in our regular summer stuff this week. These are my current favorite running choices:

1. Brooks ear warmer headband. I don’t like wearing a full hat when we run, but this headband keeps my ears warm when it’s cold and windy out.

2. Zella zip up coat. Keeps out the cold and is moisture wicking so I don’t get overheated as well.

3. Athleta ultimate sports bra. My favorite, and I have them in multiple colors.

4. Athlete Momentum tank. I love that it stays in place when I run and there are lots of colors to choose from.

5. Adidas running shorts. I’ve worn leggings, but I really prefer shorts.

6. Nike socks. These have a good cushion without being too thin, and don’t slouch.

7. Adidas running shoes. I haven’t purchased a pair yet that I don’t like! They run pretty true to size, I buy a half size larger than my normal.

8. Supergoop daily moisturizer sunscreen. Whether it’s super hot, or cold and windy, I always wear sunscreen.

9. Fresh caramel lip balm. My lips get way chapped from breathing with my mouth open while we run, so this balm is perfect.

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Skillet roasted chicken and potatoes

I made the Barefoot Contessa skillet roasted chicken and potatoes this past weekend. The boys loved it, so it’s definitely one we will add to our rotation! What I love about it, is that it’s pretty much a one pan dish, so clean up is incredibly easy. The ingredients are fairly simple and the recipe is straight forward. My only issue is that it’s fairly time consuming. You have to marinate the chicken for at least four hours, then the total meal cook takes 1 hour and fifteen minutes start to finish. So, plan your time. In addition to the chicken several weeks ago I made homemade rolls. It makes a huge batch, so after they cooled, I froze them in bags of five, and then I can pull them out and bake them on a cookie sheet at 350 for 9-10 minutes.

It was a perfect Saturday night dinner!

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Friday Favorites

Hello, Friday! I realized at the end of this week a good majority of the time in this chair, grading papers. This weekend we’ve got plans to go hiking if the weather is nice and put up our Christmas tree.  Forget Thanksgiving we are skipping straight to Christmas, ha!

Love the cuffs on this outfit!

My mantle inspiration for this year.

Perfect Thanksgiving outfit.

Pumpkin cream cheese pie.

Best treatment for winter skin.

Book on my reading list after I finish Agatha Christie’s The Clocks.

Finally, one of my favorite things about The Queen’s Gambit was Beth’s outfits. I loved how they fit into the time period, but were classic and modern at the same time.

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Chicken enchilada soup

I was supposed to make chicken chili last night, but felt that had gotten boring, so I made chicken enchilada soup instead. We made it grilled cheese style with cheese quesadilla slices on the side and topped with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro.

Chicken Enchilada Soup


  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 can of black beans rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, cilantro


Combine all ingredients in stock pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Serve with cheesy quesadillas, and top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and cilantro.

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Weekend vibes

Right now I’m staring an odd open space in our living room because we moved our furniture for the a Christmas tree but haven’t put up the tree yet. The boys convinced me this weekend to start getting Christmas out, so I’m slowly putting everything up including this guy:

It does feel a little weird to put up Christmas, especially because it’s 75 degrees again, however, in a weird year, I’m rolling with it. And apparently we have reached the plague where hundreds of lady bugs and giant praying mantis show up:

I mean. I’m hoping she eats lady bugs. In exciting news we had a baby deer show up in our backyard:

It was sooo cute! It was jumping and prancing around, I love having the tree line behind us! Sadly J missed his last baseball game of the season because he has an ear infection. However a giant cookie from Edgar’s Bakery helped ease the disappointment:

And playing Mastermind with B:

I also cooked up the sweet potato casserole I mentioned in my Friday Favorites:

I may have added marshmallows on the topping because my boys wanted marshmallows. Happy Monday!

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Friday Favorites

I do enjoy our midday work walk breaks! I’ll be sad once we both are back at work full time, although who knows if we will ever be there again. Oh and I tested the NARS matte foundation without the primer and I liked it better without the primer. I did get a bit shiny by the end of the day, but it still held really well.

Perfect holiday stems.

My HIIT and Yoga I did on Monday.

Sweet potato casserole for the weekend.

Sweater weather inspiration.

And continuing with the Fall casserole trend, French chicken casserole.

Just discussed this with my students! Here’s hoping the full results are in soon.

Love this Instagram.

Holiday festive earrings.

Candy bento box!

Carline podcast of the week.

Finally, so much love in one video. The best!

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Sephora holiday sale purchases

Talk about a quick turn around! I ordered my Sephora holiday sale items on Saturday and they were here by Tuesday. Since the sale is still going on, I’m sharing what my final purchase items were from the sale:

I love the NARS lip pencils, so when I saw this set, I immediately added it to my list. I also realized I was out of one of my favorite NARS blushes, so I picked up that as well. Those two items, the Tarte palette, the Peter Thomas Roth mask, and Clinique Almost lipstick I put in a bag for B to add to my Christmas stocking. The refills I decided I needed now were my retinol cream, B-hydra serum, hair spray, and heat protectant. In my this or that debate the winners were:

I ended up choosing the NARS foundation and the Sephora brand moisturizer. I tried the NARS foundation yesterday:

And I do like it so far. It is a bit “heavier” than the NARS sheer glow foundation. I applied it with a beauty blender, I feel like a foundation brush would’ve made it too caked in spots. I tried it with the becca primer, and tomorrow I’m going to try it without the primer to compare. I’ll check back in and let you know how it is. Happy Sephora sale shopping!

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Brunswick stew

Using leftover shredded pork from last week, I made this Brunswick slow cooker stew on Sunday. I left out the onion, and added kale and greens from my front porch pots. I also added a yellow pepper and frozen peas. It was sooo tasty and the perfect meal after a cold, windy late night baseball game:


A wasn’t dramatic about the chilly temps at all. It was worth it to be at the freezing cold game because J’s team finally won!

He got to play short stop, and got a run in at the end to help his team win the game. It was so exciting! And we got to return home to dinner being ready to go!

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Last bit of Fall…

I hope your Halloween was as classy as ours was! Yesterday, in one fell swoop all of the Halloween decor came down. The boys pitched in and were a huge help hauling it all up the stairs to go in its respective attic boxes. I need one more plastic tub for storing, as we got a few new Halloween items this year, but once the items go in that it is officially put away. The boys are already chomping at the bit to get Christmas put up, but I’m holding them off for one more week to enjoy the last bit of our Fall items. Also, because I really need to replace a fall storage box that broke in our move, so I can’t quite put it all away yet. Plus, this week I’m planning to read each of our fall books one last time with the boys:

And I’m still enjoying that I actually created one big bow for my lighted pumpkins (next year I’ll get the rest done):

And our little turkey needs a quick moment to shine:

Because soon it will be Christmas trees and all the winter things!

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Friday Favorites

Holy winter, Batman! It went from 70 to 50 in the course of four hours yesterday and now it is downright frigid. Our backyard looked the most Halloween-ish as the sun went down last night with the wind whipping through the trees. I convinced the boys that they needed coats today which was no small feat. This weekend we are looking forward to a low key Halloween, I’ve got a scavenger hunt prepped with surprises in contrast to Trick-or-treating.

Making Choux pastry this holiday season, with maybe peppermint filling?

On my reading list after watching My Next Guest Needs no Introduction with Melinda Gates.

Cookbooks for the holiday season.

Skillet roasted chicken for dinner next week.

The powerlessness of words.

Well we’ve got our election night plans.

Yoga practice of the week.

Stocking up for winter.

Also on my reading list after watching The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.

Finally, pajamas on my Christmas list.

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