Well, hello there, friends! Long time no WIR (Week In Review), right? I’m sorry I haven’t posted one of these in a couple of weeks. I did say from the beginning that I wasn’t planning on posting every single week, but I did not intend for two in a row to pass with no post. Time sometimes can get away from you, you know? If you’ve been keeping up with me on Twitter and my MHWL vlogs, you probably haven’t missed out on too much. It’s recently occurred to me that I share a whole lot of my day-to-day life with you. I’m not sure why I didn’t really consider if before. It’s a good thing I like sharing, as you well know by now!
Leftover Easter Treats
Last weekend revolved entirely around Easter with lots of food preparations and time spent with family. I am the baker of the family and supplied the family favorite baked goods as I usually do for the Easter feast. My personal favorite Easter specialty is Paska Bread. It’s so much fun to bake bread! It’s even more fun to eat bread fresh out of the oven! I plan on sharing this recipe at some point due to all of the interest in it. It’s a tasty treat and makes for beyond excellent morning toast smothered in butter.
Spring Has Sprung
It’s official. Spring is here at long last in the Midwest! Sunny days mean longer walks with Winnie and daffodil shoots peeking up in the flowerbeds. Not to mention longer days in general, which I absolutely love and appreciate. Spring always puts a certain pep in my step. The weather’s still on the chilly side, but warm enough for the lighter of my winter coats and even some fleece-only days. I’ve been enjoying wearing my new favorite American Eagle Skinny Jeans with my J. Crew boots. I also noticed I tend to wear more grey in the spring and lots of purple and green eye shadow. I hope to have a few new spring current looks up soon on TBBB [link] featuring my favorite spring makeup!
Spring also means tons of new releases and lineups in the beauty world. I lucked out and cashed in on some pretty sweet sales at Walgreens this week and stocked up on Maybelline mascaras and Wet ‘N Wild eye shadow palettes in pretty spring colors.
I Work Out
After taking a full month off running after the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon (see this post for more info) when I injured my left knee, I decided to give running a try again about a couple weeks ago. Sadly, the knee injury popped up again about a mile in. After a discouraging walk home, I decided to finally make a doctor’s appointment. Unfortunately, I can’t get in until late April, which means at least another month off running. I miss it, but I am really quite lucky that my knee only seems to hurt when running. I’ve been able to do other types of exercise, including HIIT workouts on the elliptical, yoga, and cross and strength training with my favorite Jillian Michaels and Tone It Up workout DVDs. I’m on a real exercise kick right now, which tends to grab me every spring. I’ve been aiming for a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise six days a week, including a 30+ minute cardio session first thing in the morning (otherwise known as a Tone It Up Booty Call) with an additional 30+ minute cross/strength training workout or yoga session later in the day. I’ve designated Friday as my rest day, but I still go to a 75-minute yin yoga class to stretch my body and my brain out after a long week. I don’t know how I’d get through any of my workouts without my beloved VS Pro sports bras.
I ❤ Harry Potter
I’ve been on a huge Harry Potter kick since we visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter At Universal’s Islands of Adventure on our most recent trip to Orlando. Don & I have watched an HP movie every weekend since, finishing up with the fifth (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) just last night. All of this HP goodness really makes me want to read the books again. I have way too many new reads on my bookshelf to do so at the moment, but I feel like I will probably venture back to the HP series sometime this year. I decided to take a Sorting Hat type of quiz online a few days ago to see what Hogwarts House I would be placed in if I were ever to attend. I’m a Hufflepuff! Fun times!
Cake Is Good
We celebrated Don’s sister Emily’s birthday this past weekend. Our family loves to get together, celebrate life, and eat delicious food together. Does it get any better than that? If you watched my target=”_blank”>vlog from party day, you’ll see that Emily has really popped even just since Easter. Baby Girl’s arrival is only one month away! I’m incredibly excited to be an Auntie again and even more excited for Emily and her husband Dave to begin their new roles as parents. That is one lucky Baby Girl! I’ll definitely keep you posted when she does make an entrance. In the meantime, I’ve already started daydreaming about all of the cute outfits I can buy her and tea parties we can have in a few short years. Auntie’s are meant to be spoilers in the best way possible.
I’m actually on a plane as I write this, heading out to the family abode in Utah for a couple weeks of R&R and catching up on projects, correspondence, and quality time with Winnie. I hope to check in again next week with another WIR. In the meantime, you can find me all over the place, links always on the right sidebar here on OrganizedJen.com. I hope you all are having a great day! Thanks for stopping by 🙂