Early Holiday Spirit & East Coast Clothing Suggestions

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Whew that’s a long title! I’ll get to that in a sec, but first I want to say a huge thank you to you all for sending me “get better” wishes because I think I finally kicked this cold out of my system after having a nice, relaxing weekend with the hubby. We pretty much did absolutely nothing Saturday and Sunday and I think it’s just what the doctor ordered πŸ™‚

Friday evenings we never particularly feel like putting that much effort into a meal so we went for a tasting plate of sorts…

Bagel chips, sliced baguette, white sharp cheddar cheese, salami – we also had a plate of veggies and hummus

This salami was a lil too fatty for my liking but still pretty good

Since we were still recovering from our colds we wanted to soothe our souls so chocolate chip cookies it was! Now, this lover of sweets here does not have a mixer – I know, the horror! So when I say we baked cookies, I literally mean that, just plop ’em on a baking sheet and bake! πŸ™‚

I had two right out of the oven – there’s really nothing better than warm ooey gooey cookies…and this kind was pretty good but a lil too healthy tasting for Todd’s liking – it did the job though πŸ˜‰

Saturday morning I was starting to feel a bit better so I went to my spin class to sweat out the remnants of my cold – felt so much better afterwards! Then ran a few errands to the grocery store, got my car smogged, renewed my car registration, came home, ate lunch, then sat on the couch with Todd for the entire rest of the day. It was so nice to relax and catch up on some shows we had recorded like The Walking Dead and then watched an old favorite Office Space – love that movie!

We were feeling something super easy for dinner and I decided to continue our love for Mexican food and made ground turkey tacos. I just browned the meat, then added in a chopped red bell pepper, onion, and a packet of McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix, simmer for 5 minutes, and tada!

Soft for me, hard for him – that’s what she said πŸ˜‰

x 2!

We also continued our love for sweet treats, you know, to feed that cold πŸ˜‰ So we broke out the good ole Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and baked those for a fun dessert! We rarely eat packaged desserts like this, but it’s what our souls needed that weekend πŸ™‚

We each had one and it was glorious

Sunday was another relaxing day filled with a quick gym workout with Todd and then a couple errands were ran. It was another evening of not wanting to put much effort into dinner so it was Mollie Stone’s sushi and salad bar to the rescue…

My salad – kidney beans, garbanzo beans, croutons, beets, and veggies

Todd’s sushi, which I took many bites from πŸ˜‰

Sunday also consisted of me getting into some major holiday spirit. I don’t know why but this year I’m especially getting into the holiday spirit super early. I think the older I get, the more nostalgic I become so Sunday I got my small collection of Christmas decorations up – I hung our wreath on our front door and got out our holiday penguins…

P.S. ‘9ers won!! Whoo hoo!!

And I even picked up a couple Advent Calendars for Todd and I…no matter how old I get, I will be doing this tradition forever. My parents always got me one and it’s a tradition I want to keep for our children as well…for now Todd and I will just enjoy the chocolates πŸ˜‰

Are any of you into the holiday spirit early this season?! Or will you be waiting until after Thanksgiving?

I especially can’t wait for us to pick up our Christmas tree once we get back from New York. Speaking of New York, we’re headed to my in-laws next Thursday to upstate New York (super excited!) and I need some clothing suggestions from you all on what to wear. This California girl has no cold weather clothing whatsoever. I’ll be borrowing some from my sis but I really need some long sleeved tops like thermals, and comfy bottoms to wear with my Uggs like leggings – any of you have some suggestions on where I can get some affordable (cute!) cold weather clothing from? Todd suggested Target and I’m also thinking of checking out H&M. I also want to get some infinity scarves – any of you know where I can find some of those?!


Hope you all have a great day and if you get a chance hop on over to Caitlin’s blog at Healthy Tipping Point to wish her a congrats on some super exciting news! I’ve never met Caitlin, but I’ve been reading her blog since the very beginning and have always loved it. Her blog helped me in many ways in inspiring me to get healthy during my eating disordered/overexercising days…and now that she’s expecting I couldn’t be more happy for her and to follow her along on this journey. It’s so exciting to see so many bloggers that I’ve followed for the past 3+ years get married then pregnant and to be able to celebrate these milestones with them – it’s such a great community to be a part of and to follow everyone’s lives through the internet is a pretty amazing thing πŸ™‚


15 thoughts on “Early Holiday Spirit & East Coast Clothing Suggestions

    Shanna, like Banana said:
    November 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    This post makes me smile for so many reasons πŸ™‚

    1. I don’t have a mixer either and I bake all the time. I think mixers are overrated!
    2. I like my tacos soft and Zach likes his hard too..hehehe.
    3. Love advent calendars, even if the chocolate inside isn’t all that tasty, it’s still super fun.
    4. Check out these infinity scarves (20% off today only!): http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=59444&vid=1&pid=119089&scid=119089022

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Girl now I know why we hit it off so well πŸ˜‰ Every one of those comments made me smile and laugh out loud, love it! And what’s with the men liking (their tacos) hard and us women going for the soft??!! heehee πŸ˜‰

      Ahhh love those infinity scarves, and 20% off! Sweet! Thanks girly!!

    Amy said:
    November 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Glad your feeling better.
    We’re going to start putting Christmas stuff up on Sunday. I can’t wait.
    I’m so jealous I love New York. Have fun!!!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Amy! πŸ™‚

      Yay for early Christmas spirit!! I love NY too – it’s a definite added bonus that the hubby is from there πŸ˜‰

    Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life said:
    November 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I’m so happy you are feeling better! You and your husband are just like my husband and I. We never want to put in much effort on Friday nights for dinner so we try and get take out, go out to eat or get something super easy to throw together. I love you snack board! I can’t wait until I can have salami again! Yum! Those cinnamon rolls looks great! I’ve been wanting to make my Mom’s recipe for a while now, but am waiting to bake them the night before Thanksgiving and I can’t wait!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks so much Kjirsten! πŸ™‚

      Yes Friday nights are the best for keeping it low key – love it!

      Yikes! I didn’t even realize you can’t have salami during pregnancy?! I know I’ll definitely be missing a lot of things when it’s my turn – oh boy!

      Wow I bet your Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls are delish – what an amazing treat to have for Thanksgiving morning! πŸ™‚

    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries said:
    November 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Looks like a perfect relaxing weekend!! I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better too. Sometimes all you need is some down time and extra rest. All of your eats sound and look delicious!! Great choices on the chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon rolls. πŸ™‚ Ground turkey tacos are one of my favorite easy meals – they’re always a “go to” when I’m feeling lazy and/or craving Mexican food. And those advent calendars are a huge tradition in my family too! I will never let go of it either. πŸ™‚

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Ashley! πŸ™‚

      I know aren’t Advent Calendars the best?! Only with those chocolates were a bit bigger! πŸ˜‰

    lapiattini said:
    November 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    ❀ the pilsbury cinnamon buns (sooo good) and then advent calendar. I'm definitely in the holiday spirit already and started my xmas shopping last weekend. i usually wait until the weekend after thanksgiving to put up decorations but after seeing yours i wanna get them out!
    Have a fun time in NY- Old Navy and Target are great for some affordable clothes.

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Yay for Xmas shopping already!! I have a feeling I’ll start this weekend and when I get back from NY πŸ˜‰

      Old Navy is a good call – always forget about them. Thanks girl!

    Laury @thefitnessdish said:
    November 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I just love you, you;re so adorable πŸ™‚

    I got lucky last year and got a mixer for Xmas. Well, Michael gave it to me early so I could bake for Xmas. I used it a lot over the holidays but honestly other than that I have only used it a few times. It did make my life a lot easier when I was baking 500 batches of cookies….but you’re not missing too much πŸ˜‰

    I am SO in need of winter clothes! H&M is a definite score. Or Forever 21 with your body πŸ™‚

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 9, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Awww Laury…love ya too girly and you’re the absolutely sweetest πŸ™‚ I think I will check out Forever 21 per your suggestion πŸ˜‰

      And I sooo wish we lived closer – I would love a leopard infinity scarf!! How adorable – can’t wait to see it on the blog! xoxo

    Laury @thefitnessdish said:
    November 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    PS–got the cutest leopard infinity scarf at a local boutique for $15.00 the other day. Going to post it this week i am in love. They had like a million I wish I could shop for you and send one!!! So many choices!

    Sherri said:
    November 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Love the Christmas spirit. I thought you thought I was goofy when I put up the tree last year the weekend before Thanksgiving.

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Haha I think I did at the time but now I love it!! Bring on the Xmas tree! I hope it’s there for Thanksgiving when we get back from NY! πŸ™‚ xoxo

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