Still Alive, Thanks For Asking

Hi there!

I guess I’m kind of all or nothing. I either blog every day for a year, or I don’t blog at all for 2 months. Hakuna Matata.

It’s interesting to see what people have been reading while I’ve been away. Stitch Fix Reviews are always popular, and it seems like some of you guys like workoutsrecipes, and/or cats. That works for me!

Because it’s weird to take 2 months off and not explain it, here’s what I’ve been up to: Andrew and I moved to Campbell from LA, it’s nice. We both started new jobs, they’re great. The Kevins are still here.

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…But enough about me. What have you been up to? Good summer? Good vacation? Good hike, meal, yoga class?

 

Speaking of yoga and brilliant segues!

 

One of the things that reminded me I had this thing called a blog after 2 months in the first place was finding a great yoga series on YouTube and wanting to share it with you. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a 30 Days of Yoga series on the Yoga with Adriene channel. Oya, and this is not a sponsored post, I’ve just really liked the series so far.

Two thumbs up from me. Adriene is laid back and likable. She’s specifically awesome as an online yoga instructor. Each day’s video lesson is between 15 and 30 minutes long, so some days I’ll do two videos, some days I’ll just do one. I think I did three last Sunday. Yoga feels great after a move.

My current yoga level is tight-muscled beginner at best, but I think Adriene’s videos would be satisfying for a more advanced yogi, too.

 

Yoga and running have been my focus on the workout front lately, so what’s been happening on the food front?

 

Andrew and I tried Blue Apron. It probably won’t become a super regular thing for us, but we both liked it and agreed we’d be down to do it once a month or so. We already like to cook and enjoy coming up with meal plans each week, but if you’re someone who doesn’t want to have to think, Blue Apron would be a great way to maintain a good rotation of healthy, satisfying dinners.

We received two deliveries, for a total of 6 meals. Even the recipes that weren’t our favorites (shrimp and grits) were still successful meals. The seared pork chops (below) were one of our favorites. The three cup chicken was also good.

blue apron seared cod

 

Campbell has a happening Farmers’ Market, and we’ve been attending weekly. Sadly, however, this has not been a great year for peaches. Has anyone else found this to be true? I have a hard time believing the mealy peach phenomenon is unique to Campbell. We did find a good meat guy, though.

 

And now a little something for the Stitch Fix reader segment. Take a peak at some killer wedding coordination between Andrew and I earlier this summer. Our first wedding attended as a married couple was super fun. You continually notice how much work went into the wedding you’re attending.

wedding ware

 

In other news, Andrew just handed me a cookie. A TJ’s Maple Leaf cookie. Whoop there it is.

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Cheers and Happy Friday!

 

Amy

 

 

Question: Andrew and I haven’t found a gym up here yet. Has anyone heard of Fitness Evolution? Is it seriously just $10/mo? Watch’s the catch?

Spring Favorites

First Day Of Spring & Friday Favorites

Spring is here! YAAY Spring!

Spring has sprung, and so has my orchid! Eight flowers have bloomed but there are still two buds to go. I will never get over the incredible beauty of orchids

 

Spring Orchids

 

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while. Andrew and I are heading down to sunny San Diego tomorrow and on Sunday, we’re running our first 5k. I’m sure we’ll have no problem completing the 3.1 miles, but what I’m most excited about is running it together. (Also looking forward to a well-deserved brunch afterward.)

 

Let’s kick off this spring weekend with Friday Favorites! If you’re new around here, this post does a good job of explaining what Friday Favorites are all about. As always, feel free to add your own favorites in the comments below.

 

Friday Favorites

New nail polish colors

I’ve been rocking the red (on the left) for a while now, but I’m really digging this new pink (middle).

Spring nail polish colors

 

Coloring books

I was going to specify “water-coloring in my brand new My Little Pony watercoloring book”, but I just saw these adult coloring books and now I’m questioning everything…

Secret Garden coloring book

Secret Garden coloring book

 

This full body at-home workout

I completed this workout twice this week, and I was a hot, sweaty mess by the end of it both times.

Springtime At-Home Full-Body Workout #nogymrequired #fitness www.amym4gic.com

 

TJ’S  Coffee Latte & Cream Bars

These were a definite impulse buy last Sunday (when it was 94 degrees), but it turns out that they’re really good. Each bar is pretty small, but that’s probably a good thing.

TJ's Coffee Latte & Cream Bars

 

Loaded Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I’m considering making another batch of these cookies to bring with us to San Diego this weekend. They’re gluten free, refined sugar free, and full of healthy fats, so I’m thinking they might be a good pre-race breakfast.

Loaded Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies #glutenfree on www.amym4gic.com

 

Two Year Anniversary post on Amy M4gic

I’m honored that you guys seemed to enjoy reading about our wedding in Monday’s post, which was by far the most popular post of the week. I still can’t believe Andrew and I have been married for two whole years.

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Fun links from around the web:

Instagram sugar cookies – The video is mesmerizing.

Susan Cain’s great TED Talk on Introverts – Introverts Unite!

There has been an unsettling amount of violence in the news recently, and for some reason this important story has been overlooked: A Dog Saved Her Puppies From A Forrest Fire By Digging A Hole For Them [Buzzfeed]

 

What great finds did you come across this week?

 

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As always, you can see what others are loving this Friday on Heather’s awesome blog. Cheers!