Week In Review (April 14 – April 20, 204)

My Week In Review (otherwise known as WIR) posts are just that: a review of my past week.  I post an update here every Monday sharing some tidbits of my previous week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram.  Here’s the buzz from my week:

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Despite a very strange couple of winter-like days early last week, spring continues to persevere with blooms coming in left and right.  The trees are budding, the birds are nesting, and my yard is flush with bright yellow daffodils.  I love their cheery heads that gracefully nod in the breeze!  While spring is the season of renewal, I like to think specifically of Easter week as a time of rebirth.  It is an opportunity to shake off deadweight and push through to new beginnings with gusto.  While this can be a literal experience, depending on the current situation in my life, I find more often than not that a rebirth of positive attitudes and outlooks is the major shift I feel every spring.  Whether it’s picking a book off my bookshelf that stands apart from my recent reads or committing myself to investing in a new vlogging camera and the implications of such a purchase, these small actions reflect a much larger shift inside.  I feel like I look to spring and specifically Easter each year to give me that special boost I need to break free of old ruts and ways of thinking that no longer benefit me but have somehow managed to stick thanks to the comfort of familiarity.  I am turning a new leaf this spring in my attitude and outlook on life.  I love that we can never possibly have all of the answers in this lifetime, because the journey of learning to me is the best part.  Every year I can have a new lease on life without discrediting my previous experiences.   It is a privilege to live and to learn.

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Speaking of turning over a new leaf, Don and I have been amping up our fitness and tweaking our nutrition lately with the spring season to try to be healthier.  We tend to let ourselves slip a bit into winter hibernation mode in the cooler months between heavier food from all of the holidays and celebrations and less activity with shorter days and icy sidewalks.  Don’s been cooking really well-balanced meals for us most days a week featuring lean proteins and lots of veggies.  He’s working through a longtime back injury with physical therapy and low intensity cardio.  I am upping my mileage a bit on my weekday morning runs and adding in a few more full-body workouts each week as I feel stronger.  I am super excited for Tone It Up‘s annual Bikini Series which is launching in just one week now  You can sign up for free here.  It’s basically an 8-week healthy tune-up guide to get yourself ready for summer.  I love how Tone It Up provides recipe ideas and workout routines to keep you motivated.  I plan on following it in my own way, as I have done since its inception a few years ago.  It is great motivation to turn it up a notch (or 10!).  That’s not to say I am going on a super strict diet from now on, as I do believe that you can and should enjoy the things you love.  Good food is an essential happy-maker for me, but there definitely can be too much of a good thing.  For me moderation is key, and I am focusing on paying more attention to my portions and not eating too quickly during my spring tune-up.  A little chocolate every day makes my heart happy.  Too much chocolate every day makes my stomach hurt and my skin break out, which in turn does not make me very happy.  Balance in everything, right?  We live, we learn.

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This past weekend was all about Easter.  I just love how holidays bring people together!  Don and I kicked off the weekend on Friday by sharing a lovely date nite out at a local French restaurant called Michael with absolutely exquisite food.  I spent all of Saturday baking up a storm (post on this coming on Wednesday), including my family ‘s Easter favorites.  We headed downtown for a night out with friends, stopping at different spots for snacks, dinner, and dessert!  On Sunday we went to church with the family and then shared a wonderful afternoon and evening together at Don’s sister’s house eating good food and laughing together.  I love putting together little baskets of goodies for my nieces both near and far!  In fact, I used to put together little Easter baskets that I would leave in my friends’ lockers in high school.  Some things never change, I guess!  Holidays are great excuses for me to give little tokens of affection to my loved ones.

I am so blessed by the love of family and friends in my life.  I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful weekend with your loved ones, whether you celebrate the holiday or not, and that the sun is shining (literally or just metaphorically as is the case here in cloudy Chicago today) as you embark on a new week.  Here’s to new beginnings!

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12 thoughts on “Week In Review (April 14 – April 20, 204)”

  1. Happy Easter/ Resurrection Day, Jen.

    Appreciate your sharing your life with us. REALLY ENJOYED last weeks vlog. 🙂

    Happy Spring!!! It is a time of new beginnings. 😉 Looking forward to new videos. Would love to see an updated look at you ” fridge tour” video, since you have new one. Just a suggestion 🙂

  2. Hello,
    Your Easter with family and friends sounded lovely! The Easter baskets you made were adorable. I too love to make cute baskets for my children with all their favorite treats and goodies to suit each of their personalities. I hope you continue a spring outlook on life and have a blessed and healthy beginning to the warmer months coming up! xo

  3. Hi Jen! So glad you had a nice Easter! 🙂 Those baskets are really cute! I wanted to say thank you for your video on how to get motivation back for organizing! I needed that! I started a kitchen cabinets and drawers organization project here in my kitchen and was crazy into it at first, as I ordered a bunch of stuff from the Container Store (a place I am now addicted to, but we don’t have one here in the Cleveland area) and when that came I was super excited to get started right away did the whole one side of cabinets/drawers. Well, then I ended up not having the time to work on it for a couple days and after that couldn’t seem to get myself wanting to tackle the rest of it. I am just now doing a drawer/cabinet at a time spending a little time like you said and getting one or two done per day till the rest are done. I am very pleased with how it is all turning out though and must tell you, I got so many awesome ideas from your kitchen organization videos and I’m lovin’ it! 😉 I always decide what area I want to organize and then look back in your older videos to see if I can find a video on how you have done that same area. You give me lots of great ideas and lots of inspiration! Just thought I would share that with you! 😉

  4. Watching some of your older vlogs today… we’ve missed you! I am always more productive when I watch your ditl vlogs while nursing my son in the morning. I’m glad you had I good easter and it’s always nice to get a little glimpse into your life. 🙂

  5. Will you be posting alll your spring goodies recipes this Wednesday?!?! 🙂 I’ve been dying to try your family’s bread.:) Looks delicious.

    1. The bread recipe will be up on Wednesday! Pie & cupcakes are from Martha Stewart cookbooks and I don’t think it’s right to share recipes from books one has to purchase. My cookie recipe is on pinterest 🙂

  6. Hello Jen! How are you? Thanks so much for your thoughtful blog post and I agree with everything you said. For me Spring is also a time of renewal. I love it! My energy goes up and mentally and physically just feel better. Glad to hear your on track for a great Spring! Thanks for posting 🙂 Take care.

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