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Boca Grande Beach fun by A Lady Goes West -- November 2018

Hello, my pals! How are you? I’m doing nicely! Again into the swing of issues after every week away in Florida for Thanksgiving. We arrived house on Tuesday night time to seek out the air had lastly cleared, and it had rained within the Bay Space — two much-needed issues.

It was again to enterprise as normal, with unpacking, plenty of laundry, an enormous grocery purchasing haul, educating a barre class, returning to the fitness center and even starting to tug out our Christmas decor for our first vacation season in the home.

This week additionally included an unlucky state of affairs within the parking zone of Entire Meals, through which I received locked out of my new automotive by means of a technical fluke and discovered myself standing within the solar with nothing however my telephone and Brady — who had a moist diaper, was hungry and approaching his nap time — completely stranded with no capability to get round and not using a automotive seat. Dave was caught in an essential assembly in San Francisco, so I didn’t even hassle calling him. Thank goodness for the smarts of my pricey pal, Kicki, who helped me work out learn how to get distant entry to my automotive with an app that I didn’t even know existed after about 30 minutes of panic — ahhhh! Good occasions! Enjoyable reality for all you people on the market: Should you put your bag together with your key in it within the trunk of the automotive with out first unlocking the automotive by way of the door, it can get caught in there. I didn’t assume it was attainable with the best way keyless entry works nowadays, however it’s! 

Shifting on, let’s get to our typical choice of random favorites as of late …


Hanging with associates and household in Florida

We spent a full week in Florida, which was enjoyable and fantastic. There’s a brand new continuous flight on Southwest between Oakland and Orlando, which we tried out and might do once more. As a result of we all the time fly Southwest (racking up loyalty factors at no cost flights, no baggage or change charges, YAY!), we’re used to connecting, so it truly made the journey half appear not fairly as horrible. Brady didn’t nap on both flight, however we have been capable of hold him busy and even strap him into the center seat. With our ninth roundtrip flight underneath our belt with him, I’m considering of writing a publish on methods to journey with a child, so keep tuned for that and let me know if in case you have any questions on it.

One of many journey highlights? Letting little Brady put his ft within the sand and Gulf of Mexico. He’s been to Boca Grande seashore earlier than, however he was somewhat not sure the primary time, so this time was a whole lot of enjoyable for him. We went with my mother and father, and it was such a pleasant journey. I really like the gulf air!

Boca Grande Beach fun by A Lady Goes West -- November 2018

We stayed at my mother and father’ home in Englewood for a lot of the journey, and we frolicked with them, and my brother, Matthew, and his spouse, Stephanie, (who got here down from Atlanta) for a few days too, and in fact, all of us celebrated Thanksgiving collectively. I additionally obtained to see certainly one of my pricey girlfriends and bridesmaids, Kristen, on our final day in Southwest Florida as properly.

Boca Grande Beach fun with Brady by A Lady Goes West -- November 2018

Boca Grande Beach fun with Brady feet by A Lady Goes West -- November 2018

Then, we went as much as Orlando for our final full day and night time in Florida. We walked round Winter Park and even toured Dave’s school campus, Rollins, which was an enormous journey down reminiscence lane as we talked about the best way our lives have been once we lived in Orlando greater than six years in the past — boy, occasions have modified. (Although I didn’t know Dave in school and met him after he graduated, it was nonetheless the right place for reminiscing concerning the metropolis the place we each began our skilled lives, then dated and acquired married.) 

Rollins College visit by A Lady Goes West -- November 2018

Then that night, we frolicked with our buddies, Jess and Amanda, at their home in Winter Park. We stick with them each time we return, and it was superior to catch up and even introduce Brady to their son, Jack. Dave and Jess received to exit to a bar to see another man pals, whereas Amanda and I stayed at residence in our pajamas whereas the kiddos slept. Nice by me!

I might have liked to have seen extra individuals throughout our time in Florida, however I discovered pretty early on in my visits that it’s not attainable to see everybody. At first, I might over-promise get-togethers and find yourself driving everywhere in the state simply to see individuals, and the go to would fly by, and I felt like I by no means sat down or relaxed. Not anymore. My precedence is all the time my mother and father first, and then some other little go to that occurs with pals — when it really works — is icing on the cake! We had some good icing this time. 🙂 


Household photographs gown

I lately purchased this gown for lower than $50 for the aim of sporting for our household photographs. It’s tremendous cozy and is that midi size that appears fairly flattering on everybody. You’ll find it right here. I’ll undoubtedly be sporting it once more, in all probability with a denim jacket and flats subsequent time.

2018 family holiday photos 8 by A Lady Goes West

Purple ruched gown

I purchased this gown a number of months in the past and lastly received round to sporting it in Florida to the mall (the place I used to work in highschool and hang around so much too). It’s a cosy match, however has a pleasant ruching on the midsection. The precise gown I’m sporting is presently bought out, however there are a couple of comparable ones from this model, which have nice evaluations.

Red dress at the mall by A Lady Goes West -- November 2018

In my espresso cup? The Starbucks Toasted White Chocolate Mocha made with almond milk, maintain the whip. NOT a wholesome drink, however a tasty one, and the one which Dave and I maintain getting as a deal with each couple of days. We had it for the primary time earlier than heading to Florida and are each hooked now. Goodie. 

Tiny Gator slippers

This matches into the style class, proper? I attempt to not put an excessive amount of child stuff into the favorites posts, however I needed to share these. My brother and Stephanie are SO beneficiant with Brady and are continuously getting him presents. Once we noticed them for Thanksgiving, that they had picked out a number of books and these College of Florida Gator slippers for our little man …

Brady Gator slippers by A Lady Goes West -- November 2018

I attempt to hold Brady’s ft coated at house more often than not, as a result of it’s a bit of chilly in our home, so these are good. He jogs my memory of a bit previous man in them. Matthew and Stephanie (properly, let’s be trustworthy, in all probability simply Stephanie) ordered the slippers right here, and they seem like bought out, however there’s tons of different cute child gear.


Tremendous mild A Woman Goes West Guide Membership Ebook

For those who’re within the temper for one thing enjoyable and mild to learn, then that is it — “When Life Gives You Lululemoms” by Lauren Weisberger. A couple of of you talked about we should always do some fiction for the subsequent guide membership, so right here we go.

When Life Gives You Lululemons book by A Lady Goes West -- November 2018

I ordered this e-book and began it, and up to now I’m having fun with the twists and turns of the story. It’s from the identical writer who wrote “The Devil Wear Prada” and is predicated on the character Emily’s life after leaving Runway and managing movie star reputations. Not likely a ebook worthy of dialogue subjects, however I’ll submit extra within the A Woman Goes West Buddies Fb group concerning the e-book in a couple of weeks, if you wish to learn and be a part of alongside.


Weekly exercise recap

And now we’re into the health.

Right here’s a take a look at my workouts from final week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Relaxation day
  • Wednesday: 15-minute stroll/run and 5 minutes of body weight work, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: 30-minute run, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 30-minute Les Mills Barre class at residence by way of Les Mills On Demand, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday: 20-minute run, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: Relaxation day

This week of workouts was a lot lighter whereas I used to be away in Florida, and that’s wonderful by me. I switched issues up by performing some jogging/mild operating with Dave (and Brady within the stroller), and that felt okay. I don’t love operating, however I do like exercising with Dave, and it gave us an opportunity to talk and transfer our our bodies within the solar. I didn’t thoughts this break from the fitness center or from intense train in any respect, as a result of it’s sensible to take a while off right here and there to reset. 

Outdoor Florida workout by A Lady Goes West -- November 2018

Right here’s the sunshine exercise I did outdoor on Wednesday at house in Florida, which took 20 minutes complete and was simply sufficient to really feel like I had moved, with out taking an excessive amount of time away from the day …

  • 5-minute stroll
  • 10-minute jog
  • Body weight superset, repeated two occasions via:
    • 20 strolling lunges
    • 20 plank shoulder faucets

Steered studying

Greatest hyperlinks from across the net

  • Pure chilly cures. This can be a actually thorough and useful article on how one can keep away from colds this season the pure method. I want to leap on the Vitamin D practice maybe, however have all the time been a fan of my neti pot. Take a learn.
  • Gal Meets Glam podcast interview. I listened to this podcast episode over Thanksgiving break and liked it. I’ve been following Julia from Gal Meets Glam on Instagram for a very long time, and she lately launched a gown line. She works together with her husband and has such a profitable enterprise, so I used to be wanting to study extra about her path on this interview on The Skinny Confidential Him and Her Present. Tremendous fascinating stuff to me!
  • IT band workouts. Want some assist together with your IT band? Amanda provides you three single-leg actions which are useful for everybody. Keep in mind, it’s essential to work both sides of your physique by itself in your workouts each on occasion in an effort to repair potential imbalances.
  • Plant-based protein. I like to eat so many of those totally different types of plant-based protein. I’ve eggs most days and fish and grass-fed beef as soon as every week every, however aside from that, I’m just about plant-based in terms of my protein. I feel oats can be my favourite supply. What’s yours?

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Have a terrific weekend!

I’m heading to an occasion in Marin on Sunday afternoon, however aside from that, we’ll be getting some home stuff achieved and laying low over the subsequent two days. See you quickly, buddies!

Questions of the day

Have you ever adorned for Christmas but?

What are you as much as this weekend?

How was your Thanksgiving?

Do you ever take day off from the fitness center?

What’s your favourite festive drink from Starbucks?

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