10 minute manicure

So.. you’re rushed for time, but want that french manicure look hu? well- i’ve got the answer.. thanks to Pinterest! (yet again)

I saw this on there the other night and thought it was a great, convenient idea. When I do a french manicure I always take waaaaaaay too long- so here’s a FAST, easy way to do it.

Remember these things from 6th grade? Well I dug mine out from the back drawer and put them to good use! ;)

Just put one on your nail where you want the white to show.. paint it without having to worry about that straight line, let them dry COMPLETELY then remove the reinforcements.

Take a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to remove any excess around the edges or smudging along the lines, apply a clear coat and you are good to go. Literally took me 10-15 minutes!

Pretty easy hu? Here’s another easy thing.. Dinner tonight. We’ve been getting bored with the usual Arctic Charr and Salmon twice a week- so I got some Trout.

Not really sure how to cook it as it comes like this–

So we found a simple recipe, tweaked it a little bit, and went with it. Just season it with some S&P, a little EVOO, grill it skin side DOWN first over direct heat, for 3 min. Turn for another 3-4 minutes then brush with 1T melted butter, 1/2 t. Parsley, 1/2 t. lemon juice, some lemon zest and a little more S&P.

With a side salad, and smashed potatoes- I’d call it a pretty good night ;)

Tomorrow JB and I are riding BEFORE work- out the door on the road by 6:40am. I’ll be riding with him then turning around back home, and he’ll be riding to work.. yes- it’s that time again. Commuting! Hmm.. maybe with my new hours I could do such a thing?

Do you commute to work?

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day and many of us are celebrating because we have the day off work and SUMMER is finally here! While spending time with friends is great and shopping those “Memorial Day Sales” can help you save some cash, take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the day..

To honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives while serving our country – often to make our own lives better and the United States an even an greater place to live.

On my bike ride yesterday I saw a yard completely filled with flags and a sign that said “FREEdom isn’t FREE”..

Thank you to all the men and women who have and still are serving this country <3

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.  
- Lee Greenwood

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Poor Sly was sick for the past week. So whats a mother to do? cuddle him. love him. and spoil him of course.

I’m convinced it was his food as he has a pretty sensitive stomach, so I made him a bland diet to settle it for a few day. Who else does this? totally normal right? chicken and rice.. he gobbled it right up- NOW he’s all better, eating his regular food again..

back to his usual goofball self ;)

After work on Thursday I headed down the Cape for a few days to hang out with the fam. Friday was relaxing, waking up to no alarm clock is always nice, then went for a run before going out with mom all day. Friday night we had a feast with the whole family. Ribs were soooooo good. (kudo’s mom!)

So- Saturday morning we planned a golf outing with Joe, Dave and Dad. Now, I haven’t played this season yet- just to the range, so I was mentally prepared to do horrible. But- I hit all my drives awesome, putting was good, and short game was aiiiiight. However, my irons need some work, ok they were BAD- VERY BAD- so it’s time to practice! It was such a nice day out there, the course was a little weird, but that’s O.K. we always have a good time :)

OooOoH!  Remember this post? well I was informed by one of my fellow twitter triathlete friend on Friday and she pointed out that the they used a picture of JB and I on the website. check it out ! Wicked random, but pretty awesome if I must say so myself ;) I should contact Hammer and tell them I don’t do free advertising.. I mean come on- we’re on a web site and everything! Hmm..


On that note– I think it’s a perfect day for a bike ride..

100 miles.

Thats right. JB and I rode over 100 miles this weekend, into NH too ;) I was hoping we would ride by an “Entering NEW HAMPSHIRE” sign.. but no such luck. I’m gearing up for my century ride beginning of June- so this ride made me feel confident I can do it. Just as long as I have company to pull me along!

Oh- What we did ride by in NH was this little guy- trying to cross the road.. don’t worry- I helped him along.

Rindge, NH..

Saturday 77-

and an easy Sunday 25-


Tonight’s dinner was ALL  on the grill. Perfect weather for it!

We got some fingerling potatoes, tossed them in EVOO, Rosemary and pepper. wrap em’ up in tin foil- grill on direct heat for 40-ish minutes.

As for those brussels sprouts, cut off the ends, microwave them for 3 minutes, then toss in a little EVOO, paprika, pepper, and a clove of minced garlic.. once they are cooled- spear them and sprinkle with a dash of salt to get ready for the grill. Grill direct heat for 5 min, then flip over for another 5..

Have you ever grilled a whole head of garlic.. until it’s butter soft to smear onto a crusty piece of bread?

No? That’s too bad.. because that’s just what we did. Cut off the top of the garlic, wrap it in tin foil and grill it for 30-40 min indirect heat, while the other stuff is grilling.

AND the chicken- JB took charge on that- he marinated it in some OJ, a BBQ Hickory rub, and a little EVOO for 2 hours.

Grill indirect heat for 40 min, then on direct heat for a few minutes to crisp it up a bit-

Enjoy. It all timed out perfect, the grill is always good for that- so long as you know what you’re cookin’ ;)

Hope you had a great weekend, and HAVE a great week!



Wachusett Mountain Hill Climb

Straight from my Eastern Mountain Blog post ;)


Ever heard of the Wachusett Hill Climb? …No?

Well- if you are a Cyclist- I Suggest you look it up (and start training) for next year.  I did it this past Saturday morning and it sure was a challenge. There were over 200 riders, old, young, novice to pro’s. And everyone finished! The race started at 9:30am, where we all began at the bottom of mile hill road. As the bell went off- I clipped right in, and found my groove. Huffing and puffing my way up Mile Hill, I eventually passed a few people along the way. Once I entered the Mountain’s Main entrance I knew I had to give it my all with a slight recovery there, however my legs were tired, throat was dry and my HR.. well- it was high.

I’ve ridden up the mountain before, many, many times however not max effort. My official time was 24:13 with an average HR of 171 and average MPH of 9.1! The winning time overall was 15:00.. yikes. The whole ride I was wondering why I was riding in the race, why I would do this to myself?!?  Just like any other time trial, 5K, or max effort race. Then once the finish line was in sight it was all worth it! Right?

Here’s that strava stuff I love so much-


(Oh and the BBQ and prizes were worth it too!)

Check out my awesome King.. or Queen of the Mountain Hat I got ;)

Today, Justin and I went for a leisurely ride to spin out the legs, however we always tend to go a little harder than we plan. All in all it was a great cycling filled weekend :) I couldn’t have asked for more!