Scenes From Staycation

Today is pretty much the most depressing day ever because it’s back to work after a really, REALLY awesome week off. It’s been so fun relaxing, sleeping, spending time outside, and celebrating with friends, family, and each other. I want to share our (mostly) staycation with you guys today, so here’s the day by day rundown of our week:

Friday night
We stayed in and made blackberry mojitos and fish tacos to enjoy while finishing season 3 of The Walking Dead. Does anyone own season 4 that we could borrow?

Blackberry Mojito

After hitting up the Waltham Farmer’s Market in the morning, we ventured up to Gloucester where the engagement happened.

Engagement in Gloucester

After we got home from our day trip and dinner, my parents stopped in for hugs and a glass of champagne while we relayed the story.

Engagement: Parents

We drank the champagne on our front porch, which Tim’s parents decorated while we were away for the day. So thoughtful! This picture doesn’t really do it justice because it was hard to capture the porch in one shot, but you get the idea.

Engagement: Porch

On Sunday we slept in and then called and texted what felt like a bajillion people. I also got my nails done before planning an impromptu celebratory BBQ at our apartment with some of our favorite friends.

Engagement BBQ: Friends

Engagement BBQ: Friends

Engagement BBQ: Me and Ashley

Engagement BBQ: Me and TimEngagement BBQ: Me and TimEngagement BBQ: Lexa and LaylaEngagement BBQ: Girls

I just realized that we didn’t get a single picture of any of the men who came to celebrate. Oh well!


On Monday, Tim and I were finally able to get a beach day in. We headed back up to Gloucester and spent several hours relaxing at Wingaersheak Beach.

Staycation 2014: Wingaersheak Beach

On the way home, we stopped at the jeweler to square some things away with my ring. We spent the rest of the night cleaning up from the BBQ the day before, and then I went to bed early since I was teaching class the next morning.


Tuesday morning was an early gym day for me. I taught an outdoor Tabata stations bootcamp workout on the basketball court, and then I stuck around to do a strength workout since I hadn’t exercised Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

Staycation: Bootcamp

After the gym, Tim and I packed up the car and headed first to work to pick up our CSA produce and then to a nearby lake to get our first kayak of the season in. It was a beautiful day, and we just floated around while enjoying the water. We also had a picnic lunch, Tim did some fishing, and I did some sunbathing.

Staycation: Kayaking


Unfortunately, I woke up on Wednesday not feeling so hot. My throat hurt, my head felt cloudy, and I felt stuffed up. I was seriously annoyed because who gets a head cold in July? I made it through the entire winter without being too sick and then I felt all stuffed up on vacation? Gah. Anyways, I slept for 12 hours from 10pm Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. On Wednesday we didn’t do anything outside since it was so humid. Instead, I got another strength workout in with a cardio finisher to try to sweat out the stuffiness. The rest of the day I spent inside getting some things done around the apartment and shopping at the mall for some new shorts. Tim and I also went out to dinner at night to try to beat some of the heat. We enjoyed a bunch of different small plates at Temple in Cambridge before calling it a night.

Staycation: Temple Bar


I woke up Thursday feeling better. I was still stuffy, but without the head pressure and sore throat, so we packed up the car and headed down the Cape for the next three days. I wasn’t going to let a little cold ruin the rest of our time off!

4th of July 2014: Cape

We got to my uncle’s Cape house around noon, ate lunch, and then met my parents and Uncle Chris at the beach. We stayed at the beach for about three hours before stopping by our favorite Cape Cod bar, The Summer Shanty, for a few drinks.

July 4th 2014: Summer Shanty

July 4th 2014: Summer Shanty

July 4th 2014 Summer Shanty

We spent the rest of the night just hanging out, grabbing a bite to eat, and having some more drinks.


The weather on Friday wasn’t as horrible down the Cape as it was everywhere else in Massachusetts, but it still was no beach day. Tim and I woke up and went for a three-mile run to start our 4th of July. It was still humid, so we appreciated when it rained a bit on us during our run!

July 4th 2014: Running

4th of July 2014: Post Run

When we got back, my aunt, uncle, cousin, and grandfather arrived. We spent all day just hanging out together at the house, eating, drinking, and playing cornhole.

4th of July 2014: Breakfast

4th of July 2014: Cape

4th of July 2014: Cape

4th of July 2014: Cape

4th of July 2014: Cape

4th of July 2014: Chickpea Salad

4th of July 2014: Cape Meal

After dinner, Tim and I were on the porch when all of a sudden everyone came out with a big cake singing what they thought was the wedding song but was really the graduation song. It was hilarious! My uncle made Tim put on a big fourth of July hat with a little tux pinned to it, and he made me put on a light up fourth of July crown that he attached a little veil to. Then they made us cut the cake and take one thousand pictures.

4th of July 2014: Cake

July 4th 2014: Cake July 4th 2014: Cake

As you can see, Tim smashed the cake in my face, and I told him that it better have been the first and last time he did that! The rest of the night included games, strawberry prosecco floats, and more relaxation.

4th of July 2014: Strawberry prosecco floats


When we woke up on Saturday morning, the weather still wasn’t so hot, so I did the Baby, You’re A Firework workout that I posted last week. Once the sun popped out, Tim and I packed up our things and said good-bye to my family.

July 4th 2014: cape

We then headed to the opposite side of the Cape to visit with our friends Jeff, Jill, Cate, Joe, and Nicole for the afternoon. I was happy to squeeze in another couple of hours at the beach and see baby Hannah.

July 4th 2014: Falmouth

We left the Cape around 6:30 to go to Katrina’s parents house (halfway home for us) where she was throwing Geoff a surprise 30th birthday party. We wrapped up the night with more fun friends and some night swimming. Geoff was surprised and happy, and I was happy we could be there for his day.

Staycation: Geoffs 30th


Cue Sunday blues. A lot of the day was spent catching up from our week off, but I was able to sneak off to the pool to meet Slesh for a couple last hours of sunshine and last minute wedding talk. I cannot believe her big day is in less than a week!

Staycation: Pool with Slesh

And that’s that! Do I have to be back in the office today?

–Let’s chat–
What’s been going on with you in the past week? How did you spend your 4th of July? How are you enjoying summer?
Do you have any time off to look forward to?

Baby, You’re A Firework {Workout}

It’s my favorite holiday, woohoo! As you can imagine, I have spent a total of zero minutes reading blogs on my staycation/engagement week, so you’ll have to wait until next week for another round of Friday Favorites. In the meantime, I whipped up a quick 4th of July workout for you guys if you’re looking to sweat a bit before any BBQ or fireworks action today.

Baby, You're A Firework Workout

This one only takes 15 minutes and requires no equipment, so you can do it anywhere. It’s a timed circuit, so the point is to tally how many rounds you can do in the prescribed time while keeping good form.

  • Bursting squat jumps: Just do a regular squat jump, but try to get extra height. Like a firework bursting into the air. 😉
  • Star pushups: Do a pushup, return to plank position, and tap each hand to the opposite shoulder (one at a time) before doing another pushup
  • Star v-sits: Start lying on the ground with arms overhead in a V and legs hip width apart so you look like a starfish. Come up to your v-sit in that star position, pause, then return to the ground.

If you’re looking for any patriotic tunes to keep you going (or for your parties), here are some suggestions:

4th of July Workout Playlist

Let me know if you try the workout, and have a fun and fit day today!

–Let’s chat–
What are your 4th of July plans today? Is it sunny or raining where you are? Are you getting a workout in or is today a rest day?

P.S. If you’re looking for other 4th of July themed workouts, my friend Monique posted a little round-up on her blog this week. There are some good ones in there!

Red White & Blue Salsa

Confession.  I’m almost as much of a sucker for themed food as I am for themed gifts or themed workout playlists.  You guys probably knew that already though.

Here’s the appetizer recipe we made for the 4th of July this year, and of course it incorporates the colors of the American flag.

Red White and Blue Salsa

Red White & Blue Salsa

Recipe inspired by and adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod


  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (the BLUE)
  • 1 cup diced strawberries (the RED)
  • 1 cup diced jicama (the WHITE)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup  chopped red onion
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dipping food of choice


Mix all together in a bowl and season with the s&p!

Red White & Blue Salsa

In this dish, the sweetness of the berries contrasted nicely with the tartness of the jicama and the cilantro flavor.  If you aren’t sure what a jicama is, I explain it well in this post.  I wrote that post after my co-worker Dawn brought me a jicama to try once.  It was still hard to explain to my family members who kept saying, jic-a-whaaa?

I served the salsa with two new chips I picked up at Whole Foods.  Have you guys heard of simply sprouted Way Better Snacks?  I brought the no salt naked blues tortilla chips and the simply sunny multi-grain tortilla chips.  Both flavors were good, and I didn’t feel the need to keep eating chip after chip.  Since chips and salsa are my weakness, I think I’ll definitely get these again!

Red White & Blue Salsa

If this salsa catches your attention, you may also be interested in:

Do you prefer a regular old salsa or do you like trying different flavors?  Do you get your salsa in a jar or make it homemade?

Today is a pretty huge day at work for me as I’m finally pitching the entire wellness program that I’ve built for the past 9 months to our C-level staff and senior execs.  Eek!  Wish me luck, friends!