Lately 4.12.15-4.18.15

It has been a tough week. But looking at this picture makes me super happy.

nora
(She Is The Cutest Dog In The World. I Miss Her So Much!)

miss her!!
(Nora Enjoying Mom’s Deck!)

Maybe it is the change of seasons that has gotten me down. Who knows. But believe me, I am glad the warm weather has finally arrived! :) There is plenty to look forward to!

portland
(Bright Blue Sky!)

There isn’t much to feel sad about. I celebrated a one year anniversary with this guy!
anniversary
(He Can ALWAYS Make Me Laugh!!!!)

we are cool
(We Are Cool Cats!)

beaut car
(I Received A Beautiful Card And Flowers!)

We took a nice walk on Sunday!

great walk
(Beautiful View!)

We enjoyed a baseball game on Monday!

baseball game
(Beer, Pretzel, Beautiful Weather And Baseball! It Can’t Get Much Better!)

%22i didnt do it%22
(I Didn’t Do It!)

simply me
(We All Need To Smile More!)

I don’t know what has been sucking up my happiness. But I have had enough. I am tired of being sad and I am sure everyone in my life is tired of it too.

All I need is hope. So please send some this way if you have any extra.

I will see you guys next week!

Lots of love,

Lauren

Lately 4.5.15-4.11.15

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday. I hope you all had a great week!

I know for me it was hard to get back to routine. I had such a great Easter weekend with family and friends.

boyfriend
(Saturday morning enjoying breakfast and coffee!)

This week I discovered a company called Oscar Insurance. I want to include the topic of de-stressing which was brought to my attention when examining this company. They want to help people like us create a more stress free time by fixing the health care process. They think having a healthy lifestyle is super important and provide their members a free Misfit band with the opportunity to earn back cash rewards when they meet their own goals. Also, they believe stress is a significant factor concerning our health and they want to help you! They have this Doctor On Call service where you can contact a doctor right through their app rather than having to make an appointment.

These pages provide some information that might be useful to you:
https://www.hioscar.com/faq/new-jersey-health-insurance/
https://www.hioscar.com/faq/new-york-health-insurance/

Stress is very unhealthy. It can affect your relationships, cause sleepless nights and affect your weight. However, most people don’t think of stress as a unhealthy habit. People don’t think of stress is a significant part of weight gain, acne, and depression. When I studied at The Institute For Integrative Nutrition it taught me that Stress is a significant part of a unhealthy lifestyle!

A healthy choice to consider as a way to de-stress can include eating a apple instead of candy as a snack or getting in exercise during your break instead of not taking one at all. Other examples of healthy ways to bring your stress level down could be drinking a cup of coffee or tea, taking a walk, or writing in your journal.

A weekend away with family and friends was a perfect way for me to de-stress. I got to see my family and long time friends, had others cook for me, got my nails done, and even got in some down time drinking warm beverages from a coffee mug made by my best friend! So much great therapy all in one weekend!

kelsey nails
(Relaxation is key!)

What also helps me de-stress is making time to prep healthy food so I have it available to me when I need it during a busy work week. When I got back from my weekend in NH I didn’t have a lot of food prepared. I found time on Monday before work to prep my healthy pumpkin pancakes so that I had them available to me the rest of the week! This is a great way to become less stressed during a busy work week!

I have told you what works for me to become more stress free. If you think you may need some help on becoming more stress free I encourage you to contact Oscar Insurance or simply try one of my techniques!

Although I had an amazing time with my family last weekend I was happy to relax and de stress this weekend.

More fun weekends will be here before I know it!

I hope you enjoy your Sunday and I will see you next week!

Thanks!

Lauren

Lately 3.29.15-4.4.15

Happy Easter Weekend everyone!

easter easter2 easter3
(Easter 2014)

I hope you all are having a great weekend whether you celebrate Easter or not! I am so happy to be home with family after a crazy LONG week.

Thank goodness I have this guy to make me laugh when life is stressful!

i love him so much
(Such a cute cat!)

In 9 days it will be our 1 year anniversary! I can’t believe how wonderful this past year has been. It went by so fast!

my bae
(I love him so much!)

This week dinner’s have been great! Salmon, Thai Pasta, and Salads galore!

salmon
(Dinner on Tuesday night! Salmon!)

me3 me4 me5
(Selfies! Because I can!)

If you haven’t made homemade Reese Cups before. You need to get on it!

i eat way too many
(SO GOOD!!!)

I am so happy the sun has been out more often and it is slowly getting warmer!!!

I hope you all enjoy your day and I will see you next week! I hope the Easter Bunny is good to you. ;)

Lauren 

Lately 3.22.15-3.28.15

Hey everyone! Did you catch last week’s Lately post? If not, you can read it here! :)

How was everyone’s week? A busy one? A relaxing one?

My favorite snack as of late is this

best snack
(Dried Cherries, Synder’s Pretzel’s, And Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter!)

What has been your favorite snack?

I enjoyed homemade Lentil Soup one night this week
soup
(Chris’s Mom Made It For Us!)

Any yummy and new recipes you tried this week?

I didn’t make any new recipes. However, I did make Homemade Pumpkin Oat Pancakes for the week and Double Chocolate Chunk cookies to snack on for a while! Yum!!

Nothing better than to be stocked up on tummy and healthy treats!

One of the kids I Nanny for drew this.

isabel's drawings!
(How Great Is This For A 7 Year Old?!)

fri night
(Beer, Apps, And Soon To Be Pizza= The Best Friday Night!)

natural
(No Make Up!)

poor kitty
(Cute Cat!)

Breakfast As Of Lately!

usual bfast
(Pumpkin Pancakes With Peanut Butter And Maple Syrup, Fruit, And Coffee!)

I hope you all enjoy your day and I will see you next week!

Thanks!

Lauren

This Month’s New Music: March 2015 Music Playlist

March 2015 Music Playlist is here! 

You can read February’s 2015 Music Playlist here!

Thank goodness Spring is close! I can’t wait. Not having to bundle up each time I step outside is the best! 

me
March 2015 Music Playlist: 

1. Ellie Goulding “Love Me Like You Do”
2. Zac Brown Band “Homegrown” 
3. Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo “Time Of Our Lives” 
4. Ariana Grande Feat. Iggy Azalea “Problem”
5. Ed Sheehan “Thinking Out Loud” 
6. Breaking Benjamin “Failure” 

Lately 3.15.15-3.21.15

Hello everyone! Check out last week’s Lately Post here! :) 

I hope everyone had an awesome week! 

Chris and I enjoyed a Date Night last weekend! 
chris and i
(UNO’s For Date Night!)

However, last night was a lot of fun too! We enjoyed dinner at Friendly’s and then went to the movies to see Insurgent! SO GOOD! Not as good as Divergent but still amazing! 

This is Seth and Emma! They had Career day at school on Monday!
kids i nanny for
(Army Man And Veterinarian!)

My Dad came to visit on Tuesday.
i love my dad- whole foods
(Enjoying Dinner At Whole Foods!)

Breakfast As Of Lately!
breakfast as of lately
(Pumpkin Oat Pancakes Topped With Peanut Butter And Maple Syrup And A Pink Lady Apple With Cinnamon!)

cozy dad
(Cozy Father Sleeping!)

Throw Back.. Oh how I could use two donuts right now!
throw back
(Yum Yum Yum!)

Throw Back number two!
throw back2
(I Need To Purchase That Candle Again, It Smells So Good!!)

It was a busy week and I am glad to be relaxing this weekend! I hope you all enjoy your Sunday and I will see you all next week!

Thanks!

Lauren

Lately 3.8.15-3.14.15

Hello everybody! I hope you had a great week.

Please check out last week’s post here!

My favorite part of the week was prepping my favorite Pumpkin Spice Pancakes! Just wrap them in foil, place them in the freezer, and you are good to go for the week!

pancakessss
(Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, Favorite Breakfast So Far!)

My lovely boyfriend gave me the best birthday gift!

 

giftsss

(Lush Giftcard, Glitter Gel Pens, And Food Clips!)

He is the best, most handsome boyfriend! :)

I love my man love him
(So Silly!)                                         (So Sleepy!)

so serious
(So Serious!)

A favorite dinner of mine is Homemade Pizza! What is yours?! 

dinner
(I Love Pizza!

What did you all do this week that was fun? The Bachelor Finale was on Monday! Who watched it?!

JENGA!
(Jenga Was Also Played!)

I hope you all enjoyed your week and I will see you next time!

Thanks! :)

Lauren