A healthy WEEK deserves a weekend CHEAT :)

I made it through another week of healthiness! So of course I cheated a bit this weekend; luckily, not nearly AS bad as last.

We made pizza Friday night, I created a caramelized onion pizza and Mike made hamburgER (he says “hamburg” but that word bugs me out…not sure why, but I don’t like it lol). Saturday I had a Reeses cup and bowl of home made strawberry shortcake around noon while I was busy being lazy. Come late night I was starving, and had been craving McDonalds french fries all week, so I caved- I swear it may have been the best McDonalds I had ever eaten.

Sunday I spent on the couch witnessing this madness, and was pretty good about not over-indulging in the huge tray of yummy chipolte flavored nachos that were on the table. I had a slice of strawberry ice cream cake and a chocolate, peanut butter, frosted flake treat that I had made earlier that day!

Again, not the best choices, but I feel like I earn my right to a little junk after five days of fruits, veggies, and multi-grain. The good thing is, come Monday morning, I am SO ready to get back into my health spree 🙂

While you were watching the NFC Championship….I was watching this.

I spent my Sunday as I usually do- in front of the television (with a slight attitude as I was missing yet another episode of Bravo’s Real Housewives), watching my boyfriend nearly die of heart failure during the Giants game.

Seeing as I really had no serious attachment to the game, I spent the full 6+ hours of Sunday football tending to my cuticles, making my grocery list, tweeting, and documenting the absolute craziness that I was witnessing.

Watching a man watch sports is a sport in itself. It never ceases to amaze me the lengths they will go to root for their team. Yesterday was quite a spectacle…let me give you a photographic play by play (no pun intended) 😉

PIC 1) The game started out like any other, relaxing on the couch, eating, joking…all fun and games.

…Then the other team scored.

PIC 2) Fun and games are over. Time to lose the sweatshirt, and stand for the next 3 hours.

PICS 3/4) It is important to bring bring an inanimate object into play- something to  lean on, kick around, rest on for extra support.

We made it through the first half alive and well. The game was close, but there was still plenty of time for the Giants to pull through for the W. The second half began…

PIC 5) The Giants started to slack a bit, Mike had to leave the room. He *couldn’t* watch. So he sat in the bathroom…praying. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture, I didn’t want to bother him during those personal moments. When the G-Men picked it back up, he was alerted by one of the other males in the room, and returned in a jersey. As he entered the room he pointed to his jersey… said, and I quote ” I think I needed to rep my team, they FEEL this!” Sure they do, babe.

PIC 6) At this time we weren’t doing so hot, so Mike started taunting the other team.. “How are YOU gunna sleep tonight?!” he told one of the guys on the bench. “Just score the ****** touchdown! Just score the touchdown, how about THAT!?” he yelled at one of the Giants players. When they didn’t score the touchdown, he went back to the bathroom to pray lol.

PIC 7) This was interesting. He came back and decided brush his teeth…for about 8-10 minutes.

The screaming, pacing and jumping continued; I swear you would have thought I were sitting in on an advanced cardio class.

PIC 8) The squats. Up down, up down, up down- we were headed towards overtime.

PIC 9) The 49er’s fumble after one of the Giants knock the ball out of their hands…“TIGHTEN UP BOY! TIGHTEN UP! HAAAAA!” ………”Are they CRYING!?” It was coming down to the wire…the Giants were in position to make a field goal and win the whole thing in overtime. It was tense in that room- thinking back, I don’t think I was breathing. “This is where dreams are made boys!….PRAY! I’m right there with you!” he yelled in an effort to comfort his team.

10) They made the goal and were on their way to play the New England Patriots in the 2012 Superbowl.”SEE YOU IN THE SUPERBOWL SONNNN!!!!” And then this happened…a Peter Pan-like jump(?!) I am so glad I was able to document the burst from this boy.

Lot’s of celebrating, screaming, and cheering went on as everyone rushed the field. And then began the calls…….

I guess it’s standard for guys to call EVERY OTHER GUY who is NOT a fan of their team to remind them that THEIR team just won…(sore winner if you ask me) 😉

Mike made not one, not two, but THREE calls to Giants haters.

The best call was left on the voicemail of some kid who had a nasty status about the Giants on his Facebook. Mike had met him once, but I think he may be seeing him again “I HOPE YOU SEE ME IN YOUR DREAMS! NEXT TO ELI, JACOBS AND BRADSHAW!!”  …was that really necessary? I really didn’t think so, but I wasn’t going to interrupt procedure.

After calls were done, it was all smiles and relief. My boyfriend is a certified nut job, but I love him.

All I can think is thank God the Giants didn’t lose. We’re safe for now, but come Superbowl time things may get really ugly.

I know I’m not the only girl subjected to the madness of a sports fanatic. What team does your man go ga-ga for?

Perfect Snow Day

We had a nice little snow storm in Connecticut today. There wasn’t a crazy amount of accumulation (thank the Lord), but it was enough to convince me to stay indoors.

I was so ambitious on Twitter this morning and made a snow day to-do list; I’m proud to say I pretty much accomplished everything I wanted to do…

I started with a workout, gave myself a pedicure (Zoya-Moxie, a really pretty deep pink polish), and cleaned my apartment a bit. Afterwards, I took a hot shower, snuggled up with a mug of hot cocoa and wrapped myself in some cozy throw blankets. I lit my candles and caught up with the pile of US Weekly magazines that was building on my nightstand. I had time to do some blogging and even found some delicious new dessert recipes to try out.

What an incredibly relaxing day! I’m looking forward to eating (maybe cheating?) and watching a movie tonight! 🙂

How did you spend your snow day? Or are you lucky enough to be somewhere warm and snow-free? 😉

How-To: At Home Gel Manicures

I am a devout gel mani enthusiast and regularly do them at home. People are always asking me where I get my nails done and are surprised to learn that I do them myself. It is SO much easier than you’d think. Those contemplating buying a kit for home, I would highly suggest it. I wanted to share just how easy it is with my step by step tutorial:

(Just a heads up- I use a combination of OPI Axxium and Gelish products. Gel manicures consist of a base coat, nail color, and top coat. Mixing products is not totally taboo)

(My friend Stephanie sent this to me! ^ I died when I saw it, I had to share :))

Okay, so here are my nails at the start. I had experimented with tips the week before so they were looking pretty rough to begin with…

1) Using a buffing cube and nail file- buff and shape your nails until they are smooth on top and have your desired shape/look.

2) There is a clear, liquid solution that is applied to your nails before you begin applying any polish- it helps dry out the nail so the gel will adhere (I apologize, I forgot to photograph it-nothing too exciting lol).

3) Base coat. This is a Gelish Mini Foundation base coat- apply a thin layer to all nails on your first hand without touching the surrounding skin or cuticles.

4) Cure nails in the UV light for about a minute.

*TIP* Don’t touch your nails with anything but the polish brushes throughout the manicure until they are completely done, beacuse they will be tacky each time they come out of the UV light.

5) Paint your first coat of color onto all five nails, again making sure to refrain from touching the edges of your nails or cuticles. I chose to use “Exhale” a Gelish Mini color.

6) Cure under UV lamp for another minute.

7) Apply second coat of color.

8) Cure under UV lamp for another minute.

9) Apply a thin layer of clear gel top coat. I use the OPI Axxium top coat.

10) Cure for 2 minutes.

11) Spray all 5 nails with the nail cleansing solution to help remove any tacky-sticky residue. I use the NAS-99 nail cleanser that comes with the OPI Axxium starter kit.

12) Rub each nail with a cotton ball to remove the solution and tackiness.

13) Repeat steps 1-12 on your second hand.

And there you have it! Your nails are 100% dry, super shiny, and should last for about 2 weeks!

If you have a steady hand and like to do your own manicures, I would highly suggest investing in your own gel manicure system, it is definitely affordable and worth every penny! 🙂

Does anyone else do their own nails at home?

**UPDATE**

I wrote this post last Friday and waited a week to share so I would have an updated picture. Here are my nails this morning… 8 days later 🙂

They are still flawless, but I’m so tempted to paint them a new color! Decisions, decisions 🙂

One of the yummiest desserts I’ve ever tried…

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me tweet that my office building had a pot luck lunch this afternoon. We love doing this once a month or so. This time around, we tried to all bring something healthy. Unfortunately, the office downstairs didn’t get the memo, and one of the women made the most incredibly, sinful desserts I have ever tasted.

She brought these amazing home made oatmeal/apple cheesecake bites; I asked her for the recipe and she gave me a quick step by step of how she created this masterpiece….

Mix a batch of oatmeal cookie batter

Lay it in the bottom of a baking tray

Mix together 2 packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, some cinnamon, and powdered sugar

Lay mixture over oatmeal cookie batter

Thinly slice apples (or pears, peaches…any fruit) and sautee in butter/cinnamon for a few minutes until soft

Lay apple sizes on top of cream cheese

Refrigerate & slice

I totally ignored my effort to eat healthy during the week by having one of these this afternoon, but it was so worth it; and I learned a great new recipe!

Do you have any easy dessert recipes to share?

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