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life lately {& weekly menu}

I know it’s been a bit.. Life has been so hectic between summer plans, working and managing our new schedule which I hope will be over soon.  Matt has been working every other day (literally, every other day) and it’s not only been hard on him, but on me and Penelope too.  I can’t seem to grasp the concept every Monday when I’m back to work I am confused all over again.

Our life in photos lately is a lot more accurate and self explanatory.

My cousin, Bret, the Groom and Stephanie.
my soon-to-be official cousin-in-law, Stephanie, at her bridal shower.
Our little family celebrating the fourth of July on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Penelope party pooped on the boat.
Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys & NELLY at Fenway Park. Nelly was so thankful to be there and it melted my heart.
Got in a beach day with my non existent summer husband!
Our new favorite summer Sunday dinner- anything surf & turf!
My Salve Regina college roommate had a baby, meet Brooke Alissa.
Penelope with her 7 month old Uncle Murph.  He is absolutely in love with her and he gives her a huge run for her money.
We went back to the spot on Block Island where Matt proposed 3 years ago this August. It was so special to see it all again and really take it in this time!
A little late engagement selfie.
A Charlie O’s stuffie! I love these things, especially after being on the beach all day.
My dear friend, Kathryn, is having a BOY!

Life has been so good lately. I can’t even believe we are at the end of July and summer is on the back end. I am heading to Newburyport this weekend for my college besties’ 30th birthday celebration and I cant wait to share all the details next week.

I put together a quick menu for you guys finally this week. The theme of this summer has been quick, easy and as healthy as possible when I can- since stuffies seem to be my weekend treat of choice. Hope you guys enjoy and have a wonderful safe weekend.

Weekly Menu 7.30.17

Christie Marie xo

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what we did this weekend {and a weekly menu}


Another weekend in June has passed. HOW!? And what is up with this weather? I hope July brings normal summer weather.

The weekend started early for us. Penelope and I helped move my brother into his new apartment on Friday. She had gone to camp in the morning so she had a very eventful day! Excuse the poor quality photo and lack of living room furniture.p-at-apt-e1497901476720.jpgWe didn’t finish and stop until about 8:30, at that point we were starving so we dropped Penelope off at my parents house and had sushi in my hometown.  For rural Massachusetts, this sushi is seriously unreal.sushi-dinner.jpgSaturday we got an early start back to RI and woke Matt up in time to head out for breakfast.  Since we haven’t been seeing all too much of each other this is our new usual, but hopefully not for long! Though there’s nothing quite like someone else making your eggs. We got a lot of our weekend stuff out of the way before heading out to meet up with some friends for dinner and drinks. I was hesitant about trying a new place on a whim, but it ended up being so awesome. Anyone been to the Thirsty Beaver in Cranston? The outside didn’t make it look like much, but the food was insane. I chose a salad instead of my fries and it was so crisp and fresh I was so happy I got it! The reuben was literally the best I ever had. I was full after half and would have been content even just eating the meat, it was that good.saturday dinner

Sunday went a little hay wire, Penelope woke me up at 5:30 am sick.  Poor thing could not stop throwing up. I banged out my morning errands and hung out with her until I had to leave for a surprise birthday/Father’s Day party in the North End of Boston. Matt was working so leaving Penelope was the saddest thing and I hated that she was going to be alone. But by the time I left she had stopped throwing up and just wanted to sleep.

You really can’t eat anywhere bad in the North End, but we went to one of our all time favorites, Pagluica’s. If you have never been there, do yourself a favor and go. The food is so amazing and a cute little old man was even walking around playing Italian songs on an accordion.

Looking forward to cleaning myself of all the food and alcohol this week.  Focusing on a clean week and luckily my menu already depicted that for me and I don’t have to make any adjustments.

Weekly Menu 6.18.17

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend celebrating their Dad’s, mom’s who act as both Mom & Dad and of course fur Dad’s too, like our beloved Matteo!  Have a wonderful week!

Christie Marie xo

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what we did this weekend {and a late weekly menu}

So cliche, but Monday comes way too fast.  Someone really needs to work on making the work week 4 days and the weekend 3. I SWEAR I would be productive on that one extra day!

We had a very busy weekend and the weather finally cooperated. It was so nice to see the sun and not have to warm up my car before I got in it.

Friday night I was able to leave work an hour early for a dinner date with Matt. We scooted to the city to go to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, Tortilla Flats. It did not disappoint. Since we ate dinner so early we decided to stay in town and grab a dessert drink al fresco on Thayer street.

Saturday I got an unintentional early start at 5:30 am thanks to Penelope. Good news is I was done with my grocery shop, morning coffee and outdoor run by 10. Matt was working all day and I texted some friends to see if P and I could visit them and their new puppy, Goose.  On our way up we grabbed the newest Ruggiero some treats and a toy and spent the afternoon relaxing in the sun while the puppies wrestled between nap breaks.


Saturday night I happily made myself a random concoction from the pantry and fridge and had dinner on the porch with P {she actually was passed out from her play date} and listened to music and enjoyed the rest of the day.

Sunday I had no idea what the day was going to bring.  Matt was overwhelmed with options so we started our day with going out to breakfast to sort out all plan options. From breakfast we decided we were going to take on the Roger Williams Zoo.  We were the only people there without kids, but we could have cared less. IMG_6701

Then we were back at square one with nothing to do at about 11 AM.  We accidentally stumbled upon the Providence Flea Market. It was terrible to say the least if I’m being honest.  There was maybe one stand with useful things and they were hand painted signs I don’t need right now, but they were beautiful and the girl was painting them right there as well which was a nice touch.

We realized the only thing left to do was grab an appetizer and a drink and sit outside, so we did exactly that. We love going to Hemmenway’s for dinner and they also have outdoor seating when the weather permits {and they let you dine with your pups outside as well!}. We got some raw bar, since we weren’t starving yet and I got a delicious seasonal blackberry cocktail.IMG_6700

We went home to be with Penelope after and took naps.  The weekend felt over at that point, meal prepping and getting ready for the week ensued.  We did have a burger bar for dinner which was so delicious, P agreed.IMG_6699

Now I just have to make it to Friday and hopefully the forecast changes to something a little more appropriate for mid June. Focusing this week on pushing myself during my workouts. I did have a mini personal triumph this weekend.  On Saturday morning I went for a “slow jog”.  These slow jogs ended up  being about 12 minute miles on my worst days. On Saturday they were under 10 minutes! I was so happy with myself that my new slow is my old fast! We can ignore the fact I nearly died when I got home because it was so hot out and had to lay on the kitchen floor.

Also focusing this week on clean eating.  feeling like I need a good week to kick start myself back up. Menu for this week is below.

Weekly Menu 6.11.17

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! I promise I am trying to get better at documenting my days and weekend.  I won’t let Matt touch his food without a photo, he caught on quick!

Christie Marie xo

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weekly meal plan {still working on those goals}

Happy June! I can’t even believe summer is around the corner.

SO, those May goals… Well… The office has been on hold.  Neither Matt nor I are handy and the curtains cannot be hung.  We now have two unnecessary holes in the wall from trying. I’ve also been having trouble finding the exact right things I want to fill the room with from Homegoods. So we tried, that counts for something.

I think I’ve done fairly well with my ‘can do attitude’. I had a few down days here and there, but who doesn’t? Healthier choices have been in full swing and still going strong. Lastly, I have been a gym class hero.  I tried at least 4 new classes this month alone and fell in love with three of them! Looking forward to the momentum in June.

Overall, there’s room for improvement in June, like always. Hopefully we can get my Dad to the house to help with the office and we can start to really enjoy the space.

Moving on, this weeks meal plan is a little weird, I am still getting used to being alone and cooking for one every other day. I’ve actually have been enjoying it (so much more time for chores!), but it’s still an adjustment and feels out of the norm.

I whipped up this menu in about 3 minutes with all my current cravings. Doing my weekly shop on Sunday at Trader Joe’s and very excited about it. Praying I find that cauliflower pizza crust!!

Weekly Menu 6.4.17


Christie Marie xo


may goals

At the beginning of each month I tend to make a list, mental or physical, of goals for the month. The focus of the goals range from health, organization, household, mental, if you can improve it, I can make it a goal.  I don’t always hit all of them, but it feels good to try.

My goals this month are mostly physical health related, but there is a little spring cleaning to finish in the Lynch household.

The first goal is to have a can do attitude. I’ve noticed myself lately telling my self back, “you can’t do that, that’s not realistic”.  This month I want to work on telling myself I can do anything I set my mind to.

Another goal is very simple- finish putting together our new office that we started putting together last month.  When we moved into this house 4 years ago, the room started as a “den”, whatever that is.  It was all Matt’s bachelor pad’s extra furniture.  Enter Penelope last year and we turned the room into her very own puppy play place.  Now that she’s {mostly} trained she’s a “free range” dog. Is that a thing?

Goal 3 is to make all around healthier choices, especially on the weekends. Me and a bestie have signed up to do this together and are constantly snapping all our healthy choices, sharing recipes and ideas and …

This brings me to goal 4, try new exercise routines.  For me this means trying new classes at my work gym during lunch.  I’m really excited to mix things up!

It’s only May 3rd, but I am feeling very motivated and excited to see what this spring month will bring.

Christie Marie xo


{first post} ten things about me

HI! Welcome to my little space, I’m so happy you’re here!  As my closest friends know, I have been talking about starting a blog for a couple years now.  An on going joke is “put it on the blog”. Well, here it is!  I’m excited to share ideas and photos here, if it even helps one person, that would make it worth it.

I thought a fun way to start would be with ten facts about me-

  1. I live in Rhode Island, but grew up in a tiny town in Massachusetts known as Stow. Not Stowe, Vermont, but Stow, MA.  We had one traffic light and not one single Dunkin Donuts until probably 2010 and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
  2. I make a weekly menu on gmail and that’s how I do my grocery shopping every week.
  3. I love driving! I love driving no where, being the driver, driving to the beach, driving at night. You name the drive, I love it.
  4. I try to workout, or do something to move seven days a week.  Sometimes it’s 5, sometimes it’s 6, but I shoot for 7!
  5. I love every single type of music.  Matt calls me the “lyricist”.
  6. I used to hoard clothes and be terrified of parting with them. Now I tend to over donate and wish I kept some things, but that just means more shopping.
  7. My favorite food is mac & cheese and I also think I have developed a dairy allergy so this will be a huge issue for me.
  8. I have an iPhone SE. It ‘s the small remake of the 5 and it’s new.  I don’t care for phones, judge me!
  9. My family are my best friends and my best friends are family.
  10. I’ve owned the same denim jacket for 15 years. Someone has asked me if it is “real” before. I think they meant the tears?

Just writing out these 10 things has me thinking about all the things I can write about. I am really looking forward to sharing all the little things I do to make life just a little easier.