Trying to live in the moment

Have you ever been working on something yet your thinking about a million of other things you need to do? Or you’re eating lunch and you’re thinking about what you should have for dinner? Or worse, have friends in town, be doing something, yet you’re thinking about the rest of the plans for the day/night/weekend? I am 100% guilty of all of this. I’ve noticed it has gotten worse, I miss apart of a conversation because I’m not being present in the moment. So if I give a vague response, “oh yea, haha” I didn’t hear a word you said. 😳 

I had friends from out of town visiting this past weekend and had an “ah ha” moment about being present in the moment. With good friends that I haven’t seen in probably 6 months visiting and 1 friend who is moving in April, I realized that this weekend will never happen again in St. Louis.  A very exciting and but sad thought to have, making me realize I need to be present and enjoy this while it’s here; not looking back wishing I could relive the weekend.

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So here’s what I learned:

  1. Step away from the phone. I am SO bad about being on my phone. Take a pic, oh that needs to be post RIGHT THIS SECOND; then ooo I wonder who has liked my photo. I wonder how many conversations I have misheard or completely missed to being on my phone.
  2. Try to turn off the brain to do list. Having no plans is okay. Seeing where the day takes us, made the weekend so much more relaxing.
  3. Do take pictures of the weekend. While I’m on my phone, I realize I really don’t take that many photos  with my friends. Food, booze, and the pup, spot on with those; but pics with my gal pals not so much.
  4. Just because the weekend is over doesn’t mean you stop talking. I am also bad about this. Use the phone that I’m constantly on to call, text, FaceTime my friends, just to say hi, to update them on life, or to send that random Instagram pic that made me laugh.

With all that being said, we had a fan-freaking-tastic weekend. Many laughs, mimosas, brunching, palm to forheads, and dog filled moments. Wouldn’t have changed it for the world 🙂 .

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Question: What do you do to live in the moment?

 

Xoxo,

 

Katie

 

 

 

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Galentine’s Day: February 13th

It’s only the best day of the year!  

This weekend was one for the books, with the kick off of fish fry season, I mean Lent, Galentine’s Day, and lots of good times and laughs with friends. I also learned that I am not helpful at all with trivia, I think I might have contributed to maybe 5 questions  😳.  While trivia may not be my thing, brunching definitely is.  And when I heard about Galentine’s Day, I knew that it will forever be an important holiday. 

  

What you need for a successful brunch: good food, good drinks, your lady friends, and chocolate.

If you live in Saint Louis and you haven’t been to The Shack for brunch, you need to go there like yesterday. One of my favorite brunch spots, thus making the perfect place for brunch.

First start with an appetizer of bacon  

 
Yes I know, it’s bacon…..I’m a dietitian that loves bacon. Everything moderation, right?!

Then order some delicious entrees like the Mexican Stand Off   

Or the Because we can E-Z

   You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. 

Next some decorations. All I can say is thank goodness for Pinterest. I found these awesome decorations, and thank you to the pizzazzerie.com for creating these.  http://cf.pizzazzerie.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/GALENTINES-Printables-PIZZAZZERIE.pdf

   

    
    
   

Finally a little sweet treat to celebrate this sweet weekend.

   

 Recipe found on allrecipes.com and modified a bit. 

Seriously my  friends are the just the best and any excuse to celebrate something with them, you bet I’m going to plan an event 🙂  

   

After brunch we pit stopped for a drink before seeing How to be Single. If you’ve seen it, what are your thoughts? If you haven’t; I won’t ruin it for you but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I did have a lot of laugh out loud moments but still wasn’t what I was expecting, like crying from sadness not laughing. Yes, I was that girl, crying in a comedy. Anyways Galentine’s Day 2016 was a success. The best part though, valentines day was the next day, all the more reason to spread the love and eat all the chocolate.

Did you know dark chocolate is extremely heart healthy? It can help prevent heart disease, gives you endorphins to improve your mood, and can help protect your skin. All the more reasons to eat more dark chocolate.

How did you celebrate this weekend?!

xoxo,

Katie

 

 

Living and learning

I am still in shock of the events that took place yesterday in Connecticut. My prayers are with the families and friends that were affected. It made me appreciate my family and call my brother who is away in college just to chat and say hi. I am thankful that I can still call and chat with my family and friends. It also made me realize that friends and family are important to me, and I need to do a better job keeping in touch them.
As the new year approaches the thought of new year’s resolutions surface. One that I am adding this year is calling friends and family more often- try to call a different friend each week.

This past week has been a busy, fun, frustrating week. Work was crazy busy, celebrating friends birthdays, went to the FUN concert, worked out, and went to a christmas party. The Christmas party inspired today’s healthy eating tips for the holidays. Lucky for you, I have 2 instead of one!

At the party, there were lots of delicious appetizers and goodies to eat. Most of the time there are mini plates for you to load up on.

Tip #1: Do not stand near the buffet table. Once you get the food you want, STEP AWAY. Go eat in a different room. This way you will be less tempted to grab more food.

Tip #2: While at the party, hold your drink in your dominant hand: right hand if you’re right handed, left hand if you’re left handed. This will make you think twice before grabbing another cookie or bite of spinach dip!!

Happy Partying!

xoxo,

Katie

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