Monthly Archives: March 2012

Blogs need vacations, too, right?

Well, blog writers do. And even though I’m not going anywhere, I’ve decided to take a spring break from blogging.

I wish I could be one of those bloggers who has a ton of free giveaways and guest writers. But I don’t. And at the moment, work is overwhelming! And since it means writing on the computer all day, even when I feel inspired to share something with you guys here, it seems more like a chore than hobby.

Rather than posting just for the sake of posting (and it probably becoming apparent that my eyes are crossing and my heart isn’t in it), I’m calling a time-out. 🙂

I love, love, love sharing new things I’ve tried with you guys and quadruple love that you take the time out of your day to come read and comment! I hope you can relate to that little voice in the back of my head saying, “Step AWAY from the computer.”

Please come back and meet me next week for regularly scheduled blatherings, haha. Maybe leave comments about how much you miss me (kidding) or what you’d like to be doing if you were on spring break.

 See you next week!

xo, -Adriane


Fit Friday: 6 Core Truths

Turns out Martha Stewart isn’t all ribbons and paint swatches. She knows fitness is a good things, too.

Their leg lifts.

While I searching for something else on her Whole Living website, I found an article and the first sentence was, “Crunches are not enough.”

Their ab vacuum...I wonder why they call it that?

They go on to describe six key core moves to get results. It’s about using big muscles, little muscles and breathing to see change.

Their basket twist.

“There’s much more to your belly than meets the eye. Most people target the six-pack surface muscles but neglect the deep abdominal ones, namely the transversus abdominis, iliopsoas, and diaphragm. Not only do these key players cinch your waist, they enhance crucial functions of your body — breathing, digestion, and relaxation — and help you stand up straighter. They are the source of your center of gravity.”

Sounded good to me…

Their example of the revolve ab pose.

Although they aren’t easy (technically hard as well as challenging), I think it makes sense and trying anything is better than doing nothing.

Doesn't this just look like it has to work (or break?) something?

Here are the six moves:

  • Revolved Ab Pose
  • Abdominal Vacuum
  • Elevated Leg Lifts
  • Basket Twist
  • Leg Thread
  • Superwoman


Find them all here with instructionsand see what you think! Have a happy and fit Friday!

A year ago today

…Was my very first blog post

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year. Happy birthday, little blog!

Do blogs eat cupcakes? Maybe I'll help you eat that later...


I’ve learned how to be more efficient with pictures (storage, sizing and quality!).

I’ve relaxed on the schedule and post when I’m inspired, not just because I have to 7 days a week.

I’ve pushed myself to continue to try new things because even if I hated it, it’d probably be a good blog topic.

I’ve communicated more with some extended family and strangers than ever before.

I’ve realized getting that new comment notification (or a friend who asks about something they saw because they read a post) completely makes my day. 🙂

I’ve found even more bloggers to {platonically} love and follow.

I’ve used my husband as an editor, which is funny because it’s a complete role reversal from the norm. But I love it.

Overall, I think I’ll keep it up for as long as I still enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by and reading/visiting/commenting/letting me share. Go try something new…You’ll never know if you don’t try!

xo, -Adriane

Welcome, spring!

Today is the vernal equinox–the first day of spring!

Although this was one of the weakest winters ever, we did have a couple days of bitter cold, and am just fine with the 80-degree breezy days we’re currently experiencing.

I even took 15 of my lunch break to head down to the riverfront and just sit. Glorious.

These pasty stems needed some vitamin D therapy!

And we are also kicking spring cleaning around the house into high gear.

Just look at all the leaves Jeremy raked up in the past day.

That's 14 bags.

There are even more leaves still left, but we ran out of bags…and steam.

Carpe spring! 🙂 What’s today look like where you are?

St. Patty’s weekend recap

I find the best way to get through a busy or mundane Monday is to ride the high from the weekend! I spent most of Saturday doing nothing. I was feeling kinda bleh so it was nice to be low key. Got the AC unit inspected, napped and made corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

If you’ve never made it this way, I highly recommend it. I’ve made this the past two or three years and it never disappoints. My basic instructions are to simply place brisket in the slow cooker with spice packet it comes with. Pour in 3 cups of water and set on high for 6 hours. Then I add quartered carrots, potatoes and cabbage and leave for another 30 minutes. Then, serve!

Mmmmmm, St. Patrick would be proud.

You really can’t mess it up. This year, I used more water and put the carrots and cabbage in right from the beginning. They were a bit mushier than normal but still in-tact and delicious. We also opted to mash our potatoes. No matter what, your belly will be happy and your house will smell amazing.

We spent Sunday outdoors soaking up the Florida sunshine!

Enjoying 83 degrees and the smell of sunblock.

And even though it was a day late, St. Patty’s Day was still honored.

Like at O'Malley's in St. Augustine

We walked around Old Town St. Augustine for a little while. Jeremy found a store after his own heart:

The sample display at Olde Town Jerky.

Yep, it was a whole store dedicated to jerky. Many flavors and species. Black Pepper Wild Boar was our favorite!

OK, there was some non-jerky items, too like this canned rattlesnake meat.

We didn’t try it. Instead, we thanked the owner and headed down to the Fort.

The Castillo de San Marcos

See the canons?! They still fire them and it’ll scare the crap out of you if you are ignorantly sitting on the nearby seawall. 🙂

Just hanging out.

I’m a smiler. He’s more of a ham…


It happens, haha.


We talked and watched the boats.

It looked like a pirate ship!

And enjoyed the view.


We only stayed a couple of hours but it felt like a mini getaway.

Did you have a nice weekend? Have a good Monday? Make one of your days great and tell me all about it! Misery isn’t the only one who loves company. 🙂

PS- One person had a GREAT, lucky weekend, and that was the winner of the HGTV Dream Home. Congrats, Vicki. I wish your family many happy memories there.

Online video distractions

Well, since I haven’t yet heard from HGTV people, I guess I have to assume that I did not win the Park City Dream Home. Bastards. I mean, I didn’t really want it anyway…It was an honor just to be able to enter…world peace.

So, instead of focusing on that I am enjoying catching up on YouTube videos. Here’s what I recommend:

1) This Jessica Biel interview.

I’ve always been a fan, but hearing about her binge eating at Dunkin Donuts and cheat days while dieting for action movies makes me love her. Also, the British woman in this video is hilarious! It’s a great watch all the way through.

2) This whole series of Bad Lip Reading

Our friend Joey told us about this series, Find it on YouTube or at the original website, It’s real video dubbed with what it looks like they could be saying. It’s fantastic.

In particular, the political ones are the best.


3) I wanna know where da gold at!

And because St. Patty’s Day is this weekend, a throwback to leprechaun spotting.

Oh how I love and appreciate this video.

It’s Thursday and I can see the weekend getting closer! Everybody say yeeeaaaaaah!!!


Your idea of a dream house

For someone, the HGTV Dream House will be theirs!

Official picture of the backyard from HGTV.

This year’s HGTV Dream Home is in Park City, Utah. Park City has beautiful and amazing things to do all year from the Sundance Film Festival to world-famous ski resorts.

Since I love it out west, my husband loves the outdoorsy things out west, and we have family currently in Utah, this house isn’t far from my house. I definitely entered and am going to be so excited for whoever wins. I love the exposed beams and open feel on the river-front. Of course, stocked with every latest and greatest appliance and professionally designed doesn’t hurt either! But maybe it’s not your kinda dream home or it’s just in the wrong place.

HGTV folks are notifying the winner sometimes this week and we’ll all find out who the lucky person is this Saturday, and I can’t wait! Anyone else tuning in to find out who wins? What’s your dream house look like?