Knowing When it's Time to Take a Break

Can we get a little personal? I have been so bogged down with work lately that it's beginning to make me loose my cool. I'm typically not the type to show when I'm at my breaking point. I don't know if it's that I think it's a sign of weakness or what, but I am the type who will internalize all of my stress and let it build and build until I just lose it. Not my best attribute, I know.

 

I'm tired and I need a break. So I took one yesterday. I'm proud of myself for knowing when I need to make time for myself to relax. So yesterday, Chris took Gatsby to her vet checkup for me in the morning and went into work on a project at the office for a few hours. I had the entire morning and afternoon to myself!

 

Even though it was a beautiful 80 degree day outside...I stayed in my PJ's, snuggled under my favorite blanket, put on my favorite movie and just relaxed. I spent time making myself a fancy lunch (something I used to love doing but don't have the time for lately). Took a bubble bath complete with candles. Soothed my overwhelmingly dark under eye circles with cucumbers. And even painted my nails. It was perfect.

 

By the time the Hubs returned I was back to being his wife and not some crazy sleep deprived stranger. A beautiful day wasted? No. A beautiful day gained. Filled with relaxation and renewed strength.

 

What do you do to relax?

 


Perfect Garlic Cheese Bread

Sorry guys no meal plan this week! The Hubs & I are really slacking on in the kitchen department this week since we've been so busy. We finally got around to going to the grocery store last night for some healthy meals and snacks. Enjoy this yummy garlic bread recipe for now!

 

An easy recipe for the perfect garlic cheese bread.

 

There are lots of ways to enjoy garlic bread. With pasta. Soup. Stew. As a sandwich base. As a pizza. Heck, you can even eat it by itself. In fact, I firmly believe that garlic bread is a food group {don't judge!}

 

There are equally a ton of ways to prepare garlic bread. Today I'm going to share with you how to make my version of the perfect garlic bread.

 

It's pretty simple really. Start with a good crusty loaf of bread. I like to use the kind from Trader Joe's that is par baked. Cut that baby in half lengthwise and top with copious amounts of melted butter, fresh parsley and garlic. Then bake to perfection!

 

Perfect Garlic Bread

 

Ingredients:

Loaf of crusty bread

1/2 stick unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

Mozzarella cheese {however much you prefer}

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise and place on a baking sheet. In a small sauté pan on medium low heat, melt the butter and add the olive oil. This keeps the butter from browning. Once melted, add the garlic and cook until the garlic softens. Stir frequently to keep the garlic and butter from browning. Once the garlic is soft, add the parsley and stir for one to two minutes.

 

Pour the butter mixture all over the halved loaves. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Then broil for 2 additional minutes.

 

Allow the bread to cool slightly then cut into pieces. And there you have it...perfection!

 

Sorry there's no fancy pictures here. We gobbled this up way too quickly for that!


Chambray & Colored Jeggings

Happy Hump Day! As promised, I think it's finally time for another outfit post on this blog! It was such a gorgeous day that my trusty photographer (Hubs) got some shots in two different locations.

 

Lately this chambray shirt + jeggings of any sort + boots has been my go-to weekend uniform. I love the look and feel of a good chambray shirt. I especially love the stud details on this one. And jeggings...I could talk about my love for jeggings for hours. They're the perfect combination between jeans and leggings...hence jeggings. Love them! What's more to love? Colored jeggings! Brilliant idea. I love the forest green color of these ones.


Five On Friday

Oh Happy Day, It's Friday!!!

 

Here are my top 5 moments of the week!

 

{One}

The Hub's turned 29 on Monday! Geez he's getting old...{just trying to see if he really reads this blog!} We celebrated last Saturday night out with dinner and drinks with friends.

On Monday I took him out for sushi at our favorite place. He requested green tea icecream...which came out looking all kinds of fancy...

 

 

{Two}

I finally got my hands on a nice photo editing app. I'm trying out Afterlight. Playing around with the pictures in this post so far. Any one like this one? I'd love to bring some brightness and life to my photos that look a little drab.

 

{Three}

I've mentioned before that I work as an Administrator at a school and clinic for kids with autism and I love being a part of it. What I don't love is being stressed out of my mind with all of the new changes happening at my company. Don't get me wrong...it's definitely exciting, but guess who needs to implement all these changes?...yours truly! So I started working full-time again at work. I used to work full-time and moved to part-time when my health took a turn for the worse. I'll get into that another day. I'm looking forward to the new adventure but I'm hoping that my stress doesn't get the better of me!

In fact...my amazing hubby made me dinner last night and got wine and everything because I've been so busy with work {he's a keeper} and I fell asleep on the couch at 7:30...poor guy : (

 

{Four}

We've been sticking to our meal plan! I love this new template that I made for planning and shopping.

I'd love to share it with you all but have no idea how to upload a PDF link on my blog! It's probably super easy but you know me...I'm no techy.

 

{Five}

The Hubs and I took the day off today!! Hallelujah! Probably why I have time to get on here and blog! When I finally get a new laptop I will be back to my regular blogging schedule and I can't wait!

 

Have a fabulous day! I'll be back on Subday with next weeks meal plan!