Just Me aghan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1 Year Anniversary Getaway to Orlando

This past weekend was my 1 year wedding anniversary. As usual time got away and we didn't plan anything big to celebrate. So over lunch at Sunset Grille on Saturday we came up with a quick getaway, and thankfully had a neighbor willing to care for our dogs. {You rock Kim!!!}

St. Augustine Drone

We arrived in Orlando Saturday evening at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. This was a legit resort, not just a hotel with a pool calling themselves a resort. There were 2 pools with waterfalls, a water-slide, and a lazy river, we also had access to bikes, kayaks, hammocks and the tiki bar by the pool.

St. Augustine Drone

Our first night there we went to a taco joint on Universal's City Walk. It was awful  Taco Bell would have been better. Stale taco shells, bad meat, crappy chips and salsa... Overall we were not happy, at all.

St. Augustine Drone photo of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

The rest of our meals and time in Orlando made up for it though. The in-hotel restaurant Cascade was our breakfast stop before heading to a day of pool lounging. Dee had an Eggs Benedict with Crab (tons of crab) and I had a Zucchini and 3 cheese Frittata- Yummy!

We had an awesome time relaxing by the pool in the morning then took a break from the sun midday and I actually went to the gym! Weird right- gym on vacation? It was good though and I need to keep up my training for the 10K in November. I got in two miles on the treadmill and then headed back up to hubs. It was our anniversary trip after all...
St. Augustine Drone
Then it was back out to the pool and another Caribbean Colada for me. Someone please bring me one of those now, it was soooo good! A storm rolled in and cut our pool time short, but it was time for showers and dinner so that worked out.

St. Augustine Drone

Last time we were in Orlando we went to Hash House A Go Go for breakfast, the meals were MASSIVE! That of course was dinner, our true anniversary dinner- yes. Again the food was amazing and way too big. Dee went for another Eggs Benedict meal, with chicken this time, and I had Chicken and Biscuits. Our cocktails there were average sized, but the wide straw made it seem bigger and trucker status like the food.

The trip of course was not long enough, but it was nice to get away for a day or so and not worry about anything at the house.

Grotto at the pool
Not the best photo but one of the few we took of the two of us.

I love you Didier Eduardo! I cannot believe a year has already passed since our wedding. Time really does fly when you're having fun!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Snip Snip - I Cut off 9 Inches for Children With Hair Loss

After growing my hair out for the last 5 years I took the plunge and chopped off 9 inches for Children With Hair Loss (CWHL). My hair had never been as long as it was yesterday at 3:00 before my appointment. I grew it long partly for my wedding, and as it's almost our one year anniversary I figured it was time to cut it. After finding an organization that took color treated hair with an 8 inch minimum I started hunting for the perfect new cut.

Donated my hair to Children With Hair Loss
I cut off my long hair for a long angled bob. Going shorter next month. ;)

Yes of course it was scary and I had grown a little attached to my long do. But it was to the point that it would take me 10 minutes to just comb my hair out - ridiculous.

Long Bob Before and After

It's easy to donate your hair to Children With Hair Loss. Make sure your hair falls within their requirements, print the form, and head to your stylist to have it cut. After you mail your hair in they will send you back a certificate for your kindness. CWHL donates to over 300 children every year.

Cut 9 inches of hair to donate to CWHL

Knowing that a child will be given a wig with part of my contribution, and have a little more self confidence to tackle the world after an illness is what pushed me to go for it. If you are considering a major hair change keep Children With Hair Loss in mind.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fashion Friday: Triple Navy Straps

TGIF! The weekend couldn't get here soon enough. I have a hair appointment this afternoon that I've been stewing on for over a month now. My Pinterest board is proof of that! A major change though on that front, I'll post a photo to Insta for anyone who cares to see. ;) Snip snip!

I am always on the lookout for cute and affordable outfits. This adorable Printed Strap-Back Scoop Dress from Aeropostale is just that.

The strappy open back adds a bit of edginess to this fun, playful sundress.

I love my little deer! :)
My husband has been playing with his drone a lot lately so we've been visiting our local landmarks so he can get footage. It's giving me time to get some more pictures for this blog too which is great. These are from a visit to The Great Cross at the Mission of Nombre de Dios here in St. Augustine.

Here's the video Dee recorded while we were there. Be sure to check out his other video's on Instagram too!

Today I'm linking up with:
Vera of Lady and the Blog
Penniless Socialite for Favorite Fashion Friday
Passion for Fashion with Rachel the Hat

Monday, August 4, 2014

Let the 10K Training Begin

If you are following along on my Instagram account you may have seen my recent fitness post noting that I'm training for a 10K while completing Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. I'm not looking to lose weight - I need to gain it. With a goal (race) on the schedule I think this will be the best motivation for me to keep up a fitness schedule. My appetite has already increased from the training and I've gained 3 pounds of muscle over the last month. Wooo!

I'm currently holding my own for solid 25 minute runs, about 2.5 miles for me. I've got a loooong way to go but I am so ready for it. I'm following the 10K training guide from Self Magazine, recommended by the Tone It Up girls. It takes you through training for a 5K, then a 10K and onto a half marathon if you want to continue.


Over the weekend I registered for a 10K in November as part of the St. Augustine Half Marathon Weekend. My goal for this race is to be able run the whole thing injury/pain free. I am really hoping I can run it in 62 minutes; 10 minute miles for 6.2 miles sounds totally doable right? I guess I will see how my training goes once I get past the 4 mile runs. In all honesty I have never run more than 4 miles, I've done a couple of 5K's and really enjoyed them though and look forward to the challenge of this 10K. I was originally considering a half marathon but decided I should try for the 10K first and then go from there if I want to bump it up.

Do you have any 10K tips or is there any techie running equipment you think are a must have?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Changing Tastebuds & Finding New Favorites : : : Why You should Try Vegetarianism

If you have been following for a little while you may remember that I tried out the whole strict vegetarian thing for a year, then added poultry and seafood back into my diet. I still really enjoy vegetarian meals a couple times a week. There are so many combinations out there using beans, vegetables and other meat alternatives that it feels like another world of food and flavors. Over the last two years I have fallen in love with olives, come to like onions, and I'm starting to like red peppers...totally crazy and out of the norm for me. I think a lot of it has to do with a cleansed palette if you will; not having steak, burgers or bacon has made me want to try new things and see what else there is out there.

I'm glad I stuck with it for a year and I could see myself switching back. I just would need to do a bit more research on getting all of the vitamins I need to allow me to workout still, which is the main reason why I added seafood and poultry back into my diet. I would get about 3/4 of a mile in on a run and be at the brink of exhaustion. Protein powders made me break out like crazy and most of them tasted like chalk  so that wasn't cutting it. A couple weeks after adding poultry and seafood back in I was fine for at least 2 miles before I felt even a little weak.
The norm of what my meals look like in a day. Not shown of course are the in between snacks I can't live without.
I.e. granola bars, guacamole, occasional dark chocolate, coconut fruit bars and other various sweets... 
I am now about two and a half years into not having a hamburger, steak, bacon, etc. and I don't even miss it! Sometimes when I smell a steak cooking on the grill it makes my stomach grumble, but have you had vegetables on the grill? YUM! Veggie burgers are surprisingly tasty (with cheese) and I have found that I like tempeh. Tofu is good, but only when it's prepared right. Order this out at a restaurant for your first time, don't try it at home as you won't be impressed.

Struggling with what to make for dinner is a major determent for sticking with any diet.  Pinterest is a huge help when deciding on dinner but it is often overwhelming with soooo many recipes. A lot of times I just flip through my cookbooks until I find something. The easiest for me as a vegetarian and now a pollo-pescetarian has been to make a meal plan for the week and construct my grocery list from there. I can cut my trips to the grocery store from once a week to once every 10+ days when I go that route.

A quick vegetarian meal I found recently and really enjoyed as a chicken salad lover is the Mashed Chickpea Pitas. So easy and hubby (meat eater) even liked it!

If you are considering testing out the vegetarian waters I say go for it, try it for a day. Challenge yourself to a week, a month... who knows you might end up loving it and finding a new favorite food!

Have you tried vegetarianism? Do you have any favorite recipes to share?