Scenes From Greek Easter 2014

I’m playing catch up with my recap posts! Today’s recap is of Greek Easter.

My family’s Easter traditions include:

–Church in the morning

–Going to my Papou’s house

–Taking 25 combinations of awkward family photos on the back deck <— we seriously take the same pictures every single year

–Eating a lot

–Annual Easter egg cracking tournament which you can read all about here.

Here’s the photo shoot:

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

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Here’s the food:

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

And here’s the egg cracking tourney:

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

Greek Easter 2014

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This year we took our egg cracking tournament to the next level because Uncle Chris had a giant trophy made and called it the Avgo Award. In case you are wondering, “Avgo” is the Greek word for egg. We are a bunch of nut cases, don’t you think? In our defense, we each knew about three other people who were trying out this tradition with their own families this year. Maybe we’re setting a new standard for everyone else to follow?

–Let’s chat–
What’s the weirdest family tradition your family has?

For past F&F Easter posts that you probably have absolutely no reason to look at right now since Easter was a month ago, check out:

Catch you guys later!

Life Lately {April 2014}

Morning! Time to chat about what’s been going on in my life lately. As you guys know, April was busy busy!

Life Lately

At the beginning of April, I flew out to Minnesota for work. I did several different staff trainings throughout the week, but the highlight of my visit was obviously the day I got to focus on our wellness program.

Minnesota Wellness Program

Other highlights included some pretty good hotel workouts, a delicious margarita, and my first outdoor patio meal of the season.

Minnesota

April weekend highlights include:

My Chicago adventures, which you can read all about here if you missed my recap post.

Chicago: The Bean

Tim’s birthday weekend, which included dinner at The Blue Dragon, a two-hour brewing session at Hopsters, and dinner with his family at The Local in Newton.

Tim's Birthday: Blue Dragon

Greek Easter, and as always, there was lots of food and our annual Easter egg cracking tournament.

Greek Easter 2014

Marathon Monday, which was spent with our friends Bret and Ashley in Cleveland Circle.

Marathon Monday

And finally, Slesh’s bridal shower in Connecticut.

Slesh's Bridal Shower

Some other things from my month:

Pretty flowers

Flowers

Worksite wellness meets office antics

Wellness Works: Work antics

Homemade pretzel night

Homemade Pretzel Night

A fun fitness focus group at Reebok Headquarters with fellow Fitfluential ambassadors

Fitness Focus Group at Reebok

NatureBox snacks to my doorstep. I really enjoyed the three-month subscription that Tim’s sister gave me for Christmas, so I was pumped when POPSUGAR offered to send me another box through my relationship with them. I know there are a lot of subscription boxes out there, but this one is my favorite out of the three different ones I’ve tried so far. If you guys are interested, the POPSUGAR Must Have Snacks by NatureBox will be 50% off for a limited time here. I highly recommend trying it!

PopSugar Must Have Snacks by Nature Box

That’s it for April! I know we’re well into May already, but here’s what I have going on this month (a couple of which have already happened):

  • Blog friends dinner with Steph and Caroline
  • Katrina’s shower and bachelorette weekend
  • Bottling session at Hopsters for the beer brewed in April
  • Maybe finally seeing my friends from home? My childhood friend Matt just proposed to his girlfriend Katie last weekend!
  • Work 5k obstacle race
  • Mother’s Day
  • Slesh’s bachelorette weekend in New York
  • Dinner date with my friend Erin
  • Two free weekends, woohoo! I’m remaining non-committal for now, but I can’t decide if I want to try to escape to the Cape to kick off summer or stay at home and just relax with no plans. We’ll see!

–Let’s chat–
What are some of your highlights from April? What fun things are you looking forward to in May?

Disclaimer: POPSUGAR and NatureBox provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have Snacks by NatureBox box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own, and POPSUGAR and NatureBox did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Life Is Busy + Easter Recipes

Hello!

I’ve missed my regular posting schedule over the past couple of weeks, but life is simply too busy right now with everything I have going on. I keep reminding myself that it’s all fun stuff and that this little old blog of mine will be right here and waiting for me once things calm down a bit. Thanks for understanding!

Here’s what’s on tap for the next week or so:

–Tim’s birthday is today!! The old man is 29. We’ll be heading out for a nice dinner and drinks tonight. I was away in Minnesota and Chicago last week, and he was away in Missouri and Minnesota this week, so I am really looking forward to having a quality night together tonight and catching up. This morning before his flight home, I sent him a little homemade e-card that I put together with PicMonkey. I listed three restaurant descriptions and asked him to choose one for tonight. Can’t wait to see where we end up! Tomorrow we’ll be doing more birthday related activities and seeing his parents and sister at night.

Me & Tim Black & White

–Sunday is Easter. Orthodox Easter falls on the same day as Catholic Easter this year, which means no Easter candy sales for my dad and his favorite joke. We’ll be heading down to see my dad’s side of the family in New Bedford, and per usual, we’ll be having our Easter egg cracking tournament.

 

Easter Egg Bracketology 5

–Monday is Marathon Monday and a big day for Boston after last year’s tragedy. Tim and I will be meeting up with our friends Ashley and Brett for brunch, and we are planning to watch the marathon from the Cleveland Circle area. It’s going to be such an emotionally charged day, and I just cannot wait to be surrounded by all the very reasons that I love this day in the city.

Marathon Monday

–Tuesday morning I will be participating in a fitness focus group at Reebok headquarters through Fitfluential. It’s the first time I’ve been involved in something like this, and I’m excited. Reebok is right next door to one of my company’s locations, so it works out well. The shopping part is pretty awesome too.

reebok bags

–Then the rest of next week will be completely focused on getting ready for Slesh’s bridal shower! I can’t believe the weekend is finally here. This week I spent a couple of nights shopping for an outfit and for other things (can’t give away any surprises), and next week I’ll be putting together the logistics of everything. I can’t wait for my best friend’s special day!

Me & Slesh Birthday

Phew!

Please tell me I’m not the only one with an absolutely crazy spring?

For those of you who celebrate Easter, I’ll leave you guys with some recipe ideas for this weekend.

For dessert, try:

For appetizers, try:

For a side dish, try:

For brunch, try:

Just in case you’re scrambling for Sunday. 🙂

Enjoy!