Things I’m Loving Lately: December 2012/January 2013 Edition

Hello, blog world.  Between having Monday off and knowing I only have a half day on Friday before I leave to visit Jen, this week is flying by.  I’ve got lots to do between now and then, so let’s hop to it.  Time to discuss some things that I’ve been loving lately!

Favorite Things

Keurig + New Coffee Mug

My parents bought me a Keurig for Christmas this year, and I’m not sure how I ever lived without one before?  I love it!  I don’t use it everyday because my company offers free coffee at work, but it’s perfect for days where I’m working at home and on the weekends.  I remember being torn for a while whether to just get a regular ole coffee maker or the Keurig, but I’m so glad I got the Keurig because I would never need to make a whole pot of coffee – it would just go to waste.

Christmas Day:  Keurig

And an extra accessory I’ve been loving to go along with the Keurig, my new coffee mug that Tim’s grandmother got me for Christmas.  I needed one of these for my desk at work!

coffee mug

The Biggest Loser

I am seriously obsessed with this season of The Biggest Loser.  Between Jillian being back, the focus on fighting childhood obesity, all the talk about being accountable for your health, and Bob Harper’s Deck of Cards workout… I’m so hooked.  Plus, all the mentioning of worksite wellness is getting me fired up!

biggest loser


Nut Butter on Pancakes

The other day, Jen posted about the pancakes she made with Nutella on top.  Feeling inspired, on Monday I scarfed down a similar plate:  blueberry pancakes with Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter on top.  And also a dab of the maple syrup from Dakin Farms that Santa put in my stocking.  So so good.

Blueberry Pancakes

New Old Navy Shirt

Last week, I totally took advantage of Old Navy’s 40% off their active line sale.  It was a little picked over, but I snagged this bright green long-sleeved GoDRY running top.  I love it and wish I grabbed it in other colors because it was seriously $8.  And it has the holes for my thumbs, which I’m a huge fan of.  Next time!

old navy godry running top

Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale

New beer discovery!  I ordered one of these Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ales while out to dinner at Amici on Federal Hill this past weekend with Slesh, Bridget, and the guys.  It’s quite possibly a new favorite!

saranac blueberry blonde ale


What about you guys?  What are some of your favorite things lately?

For my past favorite things posts, click here!

P.S.  I am SO SORE this week… between the two Best Body Bootcamp workouts I’ve done so far this week and teaching Dynamax Bootcamp on Monday night, I’m definitely feeling it.  I’m psyched for a well-deserved rest day today!

Christmas Day 2012

Like I mentioned last week, this Christmas was one of the better Christmas’s I’ve celebrated in a while.  Tim and I celebrated Christmas Eve with his mom’s side of the family at his cousin Kelly’s house (his dad’s side celebrates earlier in the month, so we already had that under our belts), and we celebrated with my family on Christmas Day.  I was pretty worried this year about being able to see everyone, but somehow it all worked out which I was really happy about.

Last year was actually our first Christmas morning together, but this year was our first Christmas morning together in our own place.  Big difference!

We started the day by exchanging our stocking stuffers.  I seriously love filling stockings for people.  Can you guess whose pile is whose?

Christmas 2012:  Stockings

We then exchanged our gifts to each other.

Christmas 2012:  Christmas Morning

I didn’t get a picture of everything, but we somehow ended up with four gifts each for one another (unplanned).

For me:  A kindle, an immersion blender, new tips for my frosting gun, and the Peanuts holiday special DVD set (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas).

For Tim:  A new backpack, a water bottle, slippers, and two cookbooks.

Christmas 2012:  Gifts

After we exchanged our gifts, we continued the tradition we started last year of making a fun and different holiday breakfast.  Last year we made green apple cinnamon protein pancakes.  This year we made a mushroom spinach baked egg casserole with maple pepper bacon on the side.  Recipe coming soon!

Mushroom Spinach Baked Egg Casserole

We then ended up rushing a bit, but were only 20 minutes late to my parents’ house where we exchanged gifts with my immediate family (parents, brother, sister).  I got some more really fun stocking stuffers.  My mom Santa puts together a mean stocking.

Christmas Day:  Stocking Stuffers

My parents gave me some really nice things including a Keurig (woo!)…

Christmas Day:  Keurig

…a cover for my Kindle (took some collaboration with Tim), a new workout top, red pants, a new scarf, and a nice serving bowl for dip.  My sister got me some Bath & Body works things and my brother got me a set of 15 pound weights for my apartment since the weights I own (8’s and 10’s) are way too light.

After the present exchange, we helped my parents get the house ready.

Christmas Day 2012:  Festive

And do some prep work in the kitchen.

Christmas Day 2012:  Kitchen

Then my mom’s side of the family began to arrive.

Christmas Day 2012:  Family

We had dinner first, which consisted of avgolemono soup, a holiday ham (Tim cooked up the one my company gives us every year), pastitio, tiropita, salad, rice, bread, and souzakakia.  So good… and Greek!

Christmas 2012: Dinner

We opened some more presents after dinner, but by that I mean we watched my almost four-year old god-daughter tear through all of her gifts at record speed.  She’s the cutest thing, but phew, does my cousin have her hands full!

How cute is Layla?

Christmas Day:  Layla

She’s getting so big!

Christmas Day 2012:  Me & Layla

Here are some more pictures from the day!

Me and my dad:

Christmas Day 2012:  Me & Dad

Me, my dad, and brother:

Christmas Day 2012:  Dad, Tony, Me

Me, my mom, and brother:


Me & Tim:

Christmas Day 2012:  Me & Tim

Annual 5 cousins photo:

Christmas Day 2012:  Cousins

Christmas Day 2012:  Me, Lexa, Layla

Around 5:00, Tim and I packed up our stuff and drove down to see my dad’s side of the family.  My immediate family all took Wednesday off to see my grandfather, etc. but Tim and I did not have the day off from work so we wanted to make sure we could see everyone on Christmas Day itself.  I unfortunately didn’t take any people pictures on Christmas night while we were visiting them, just of the cookies I brought down.

White Chocolate Peppermint Drop Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Drop Cookies

We were very happy to get to visit with everyone, and had a great time catching up with everyone.

Twas a very Merry Christmas, but I can’t believe it’s all over!  The season always comes and goes so quickly, and then BOOM it’s over.  Don’t you think?

Leave a comment on this post telling me what the best part of your Christmas this year was!