If you follow me on Instagram, which you definitely should, you know that my trip to California got cancelled at the very last minute due to some circumstances beyond our control. Basically, there was a situation with our rental car that occurred could not be resolved in time for our trip. Luckily, we have rescheduled it for the end of the month.
Since I did not have to rush home and finish packing on Friday night, it was a pretty uneventful evening of Netflix and sweatpants. Damiean has had quite a few co-workers quit lately which is altering his schedule and making it harder to make plans in advance but we are making it work as best we can. I am lucky that both of us appreciate relaxing on the couch spending time together more than we like putting on real pants and going out.
Saturday morning I finally got a chance to sleep in and it was glorious! Because I have been working some Saturdays, time feels like it lasts forever some weeks. This past week was one such time. After a leisurely breakfast, I ventured out to Target and actually got out of the store for under $20! A rare occurrence since Target has a way of convincing me I always need more. ** Side Note: How cute is the new luggage they are carrying!**
After we got home, Sydnee and I made our own coffee and used our AMAZING customized cups!
After a bit of coffee and down time working on a few projects, Sydnee and I took Lillie Belle out for a mile and a half walk around the neighborhood.
The rest of Saturday was pretty uneventful and I spent most of it working on a big project is finally almost ready to share here!!
Sunday was a leisurely day spent mostly on the lake. The weather is supposed to be rainy this week so we were lucky to find a day that was relatively calm and cool outside without being too cold.
Once I got home, the day flew by like they always do and I had to put away laundry and get ready for a busy week. I think we counted that there are 12 Saturdays in tax season and we are just about halfway through! Trust me, I am counting down the days until the end!
O.M.G. how is it only Tuesday? Hasn’t this week lasted for 5 years already? It doesn’t help that we are in the BUSIEST season my company has and everyday feels like forever.
I promise I am trying to get it together and be present here on the blog everyday. However, it is taking time and energy to do that along with everything else so I am taking a breathe and gathering my content to make a plan.
Today I just wanted to share with you a funny realization and something I find myself saying out loud every night. Why is it always 10:30!
I don’t know about all of you but I try my hardest every night to get in bed early so that I can get enough sleep to not be exhausted the next day. That is usually easier said than done and most nights I am lacking in the sleep department. One thing I have realized though is that no matter how early I put on my pajamas and start getting ready for bed, it is always 10:30 by the time I am finally getting into the bed! I don’t know where the time seems to go in the between but it someone always finds a way to fast forward! Do any of you experience the same thing?
This week is a little bit different than others because while I am working part of Saturday, I actually have Thursday off! That is a nice little break in the middle of the week to actually go out into the world during the day and get things done.
Damiean and I celebrated our Valentine’s Day last night, sorta. By that I mean that we love each other every day of the year so last night we spent time together going to dinner, listening to music and exchanging cards and small gifts. Today was just busy- starting with a work out this morning, coffee with my sister, getting my hair cut and colored and then an early lunch/dinner with my family. Are you celebrating today or holding off until the weekend?
Since today is Valentine’s, but some some people wont be celebrating until this weekend, I wanted to share with you my how-to on Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Treats. These are super easy and would be fun to make with the kids as well.
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag of mini marshmallows
6 cups rice krispies cereal
1 cups pink melting chocolate chips
Melt the butter on low heat in a large pot. Once the butter is melted stir in vanilla and add marshmallows slowly. Continue stirring until marshmallows are completely melted. Remove pot from heat.
Add in rice cereal and stirring as you go. Continue to stir until thoroughly mixed.
Grease the back of a flat spatula and press mixture into an 13 X 9 pan that is coated with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper. If you want to add some additional holiday decor- Add sprinkles to the top and press again lightly so the sprinkles stick.
Once cooled, use a lightly greased cookie cutter and cut into shapes desired (whatever size you would like) and set on wax paper.
In a small bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave at 25 second intervals stirring each time until chocolate is completely melted. If chocolate seems gloopy, add about 1 teaspoon of vegetable shortening until it becomes smooth. Dip rice krispie treats in chocolate, shaking off excess chocolate, then add sprinkle to the top. Another options is to use a fork and drizzle chocolate over the top of the treats.
Let chocolate set up and serve.
Wanting to use these as a fun gift for family or friends? Place treats in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon!
These were so much fun and I have such a wonderful time making them!
I feel like it has been forever since I last sat down to write when in reality I have scraps of paper and lists everywhere with topics I want to discuss with you and stories I want to share! I really took some time this weekend to get myself organized and set to take all areas of my life to the next level.
There are some very big things in the works here behind the scenes and I am excited to bring you along on those journeys with me! A few things to look forward to this week:
Universal Studios Review
Voodoo Donut Review
My Chocolate Dipped Valentines Marshmallow Treat How-To
My motto now is Let’s Do This!
Tell me something you are excited about this week!
I hope that you are having a fantastic weekend so far. This weekend,I will be heading over to California to spend some time at Universal Studios. I am excited to see the new updates that have taken place lately because I haven’t been to Universal since 2015 when Damiean and I went on vacation there.
I am very excited it is a new month because it always feels like it is full of potential. I have a lot of goals for this month and a lot of things I want to share with you.
For now, I hope that you will follow along with me on Instagram @runningaroundwithlindsey to see what we are up to in Universal!
I hope all of you are having a wonderful day so far and that your week has been going smoothly.
I wanted to drop in today to let you know why you have pretty much seen radio silence on social media as well as the blog. It was not intentional, just simply what life demanded at the time.
A few weeks ago I got a call from Damiean that his mother had been diagnosed with bone cancer. As the days went on we found out that not only did she have it on one location, it had spread to all of her vital organs and was taking its toll on her body. All of this was coming at us during the holidays so the stress levels were insanely high and we continued to move forward in survival mode. A few days before Christmas we had to make a decision on going back to Boston or not, this decision was going to be based on a doctors appointment. Based on the information we received, we booked our plane tickets and were ready to head back East on New Year’s Eve.
The days seemed to tick by so slowly but sped up once we had celebrated Christmas. After that it was scrambling a little bit to put together the clothing we would need since the temperatures vary quite a lot from here to Massachusetts. After repacking my suitcase about 10 times, I felt ready enough by the time our departure date rolled around on December 31st. That day was insanely busy with work, family lunch and then finalizing all my carry on bag items before heading to airport.
We arrived via SuperShuttle around 8:30p.m. for our 10:45p.m. flight. We made it easily through security and decided to grab a quick bite at the airport before heading to our terminal. Once our flight got a little closer we headed to the terminal store to pick up a bottle of water and Powerade as well as some gummy Lifesavers for the plane ride. Time flew by and as nervous as I was to fly, it was time to board the plane! We got settled into our seats and waited probably 45 minutes before someone let us know that we would need to deplane because our captain did not show up. They let us know they would keep us up to date but it felt like forever before someone let us know any information on when we might be departing.
At around midnight, Happy New Year to us, they finally let us know that our departure time would now be 2:00 a.m. Since it was only another 2 hours, we decided to hunker down and start watching a movie. As the 2:00 hour neared we were anxiously waiting to see some movement on the part of the airline to start the boarding process. As we watched and waited, I received a text message letting us know that our departure time was now 9:00 a.m. To say people were disappointed and upset is an understatement!
The options were given to us to either stay at the hotel or take a shuttle to a hotel to sleep for 2 hours and then return to the airport. We opted to get a few hours of sleep at a hotel and come back in the morning for our 9 o’clock flight. By the time we were back in the terminal the next day, we were exhausted. We got through security pretty easily, enjoyed some breakfast and then headed to our terminal. Luckily, we saw quite a bit of a crew in the area so we were excited at the idea of finally making it to Boston!
The flight to Boston was pretty uneventful and quite considering the fact that most people were asleep the entire 4 hours there. Finally, 12 hours later, we arrived in Boston where it was 30 degrees! We ventured out to get our rental car and head to the hotel to change clothes and then head to the hospital.
We officially arrived in Boston on January 1st and would not be heading home until the 7th. During our time there we spent a lot of time Damiean’s family and when time allowed we ventured out into the city. I will post another blog about our adventures out there but since this one is getting lengthy want to get to the point!
Also, can we please note that there is literally a Dunkin Donut on almost every corner in Massachusetts! I was totally not complaining!
Our arrival home was supposed to be 8:15p.m. on the 7th and while we did land at 8:15 we did not actually get to deplane until around 10:00p.m due to the plane in front of us having engine trouble and blocking the terminal. Once off the plane, finally, we boarded our SuperShuttle and headed home so that both of us could head to work the next day. It was a rough transition back considering not only the pure exhaustion we were dealing with but also the time change we were adjusting from.
When we left, Damiean’s mother was very lethargic and not coherent most of the time. I am thankful we did make it to Boston so that Damiean could spend some time with his mom and at least say a few words. We arrived home on Monday and Damiean’s mom passed away that Thursday. This is a big loss for him, not only because this is his mother but because he has a very limited amount of family. We are taking each day one at a time and life has just felt like a blur lately.
In addition to all of this, when we arrived home I got very sick with a sinus infection and have actively been on medication for a few days. Since I am finally climbing out from under a rock I wanted to make sure I let you know that I am ready to return to the world and continue sharing my life and adventures with you!
If you have made it this far, you are a saint and I am forever appreciative of your love and support. We will be getting back to our regularly scheduled program and I really do have some exciting things in store.
I hope you all had a fantastic and safe Thanksgiving and are out finding some amazing deals! Today is MY BIRTHDAY!
Today, I join club 33 and while I wish that meant access to the exclusive club, it actually just means I am another year into my 30’s. I definitely do not mind being in my 30’s, these years have definitely been full of self discovery and I am excited to find out what else there is in store for me.
While 32 was a year filled with memorable moments, laughter, love and joy. I am so excited to see what 33 looks like!
I am always so happy when this day finally comes around because it means I finally get to relax a little bit over the weekend! Last night was date night number 2 for the week and Damiean and we enjoyed a double date night with my sister and her boyfriend watching the Coyotes Game at Talking Stick Arena. Tomorrow, my middle sister and I will be at the farmers market and Sunday will hopefully be another great day at the gym.
Speaking of the gym, I wanted to share with you an experience I had recently during my first yoga class in awhile. I didn’t tell you about this last week because I wanted to take some time to explore exactly why I was feeling the way I was and reacting the way that I did.
If you have ever taken a yoga class, you know that you get the opportunity to connect with yourself and become more aware of yourself and exactly how you are feeling.
For me, this was a moment of self relization. I am almost sad to admit that my job often makes me feel anxious and stressed to the point that I sometimes experience anxiety attacks that wake me from a dead sleep. Not a great way to live. While I cannot just up and quit my job, I am trying to be more mindful and aware of easing that stress and being in control of my emotions. One way I was hoping to aide in this was by going to a yoga class. A few years ago I was attending yoga/pilates twice a week and felt amazing.
While the class on Sunday did in fact make me feel less stressed and loose, I also felt all the feels while practicing! Within the first 5 minutes we were instructed to really get in touch with ourselves and be aware of how we were feeling.
I started to cry. I literally was wiping tears off my face and the realization hit me that the reason I ignore feelings and trudge through the stress of my days is because if I stop for a second I might start crying and not be able to stop. This kind of hit me like a bus and I set the intention that I was going to try harder to acknowledge feelings and deal with them as they come instead of pushing them away and choosing to ignore them.
While thankful Thursday is not a regular occurrence here on the blog, since it is November, I figured I would share with you some things I am extremely thankful for now and everyday!
First and foremost on my list, I am thankful for my family.While we might butt heads sometimes and get on each others nerves, I am always grateful that they have my back and are there for me at the end of the day! Plus, we all love doing Disney together so I always have a travel buddy!
My Amazing Boyfriend!
While I do feel that Damiean is family to me, he deserves his own mention. I am thankful for him because he supports me without question and loves me unconditionally everyday. I am so grateful to have him to lean on when life gets tough and to always know at the end of the day that I am loved so much!
I will always be thankful that I met a majority of my best friends so early on in life. I have been lucky enough to call my best friend, my best friend for almost 30 years! Even though our lives are ever changing, we are always able to pick up exactly where we left off.
While I may not be the healthiest person the planet, I am thankful for the ability to be healthy enough to go on new adventures, spend time with family and friends and run half marathons.
This one is mostly just for fun but I am thankful for coffee! Especially holiday cup season at Starbucks!