An accomplished Sunday

I am fortunate enough to live on the Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap. If you don’t know what that is, it is a split between two huge mountains that separates NJ and PA. If you are a frequenter to the Poconos or to NYC then you’ve probably traveled through this iconic landmark along the way. A large portion of Mount Tammany (the mountain on the Jersey side) is actually part of my family’s tree farm.

Today one of my old friends and I went for a hike through the gap. We started at the bottom by the river and climbed about a mile and half to the top, and then about a mile and a half back around to the bottom.

It was intense. Brisk burn-your-chest air actually felt really good in my lungs, and my legs burned like no other. The best part about this trail was that it was super steep all the way to the top but then levels out and eases you down the back-side of the mountain. A great way to heat up and sweat and then cool down on the way to the car! Im going to be sore tomorrow for sure, and Im totally looking forward to it.

I was thoughtful today and grabbed my fancy camera for fun pictures. Too bad I haven’t charged it in a month…Nobody’s perfect.

My friend Lauren as we started on the trail
My friend Lauren as we started on the trail
Our view of the PA side from the top.
Our view of the PA side from the top.

It was chilly today, and even flurried on us while we climbed to the top. I definitely broke a sweat, but got kind of chilly on the way back down the trail.

We planned on having lunch after our hike and decided Panera was a good choice for a hot drink and a soup.

I had a chai tea latte. Sometimes they are too sweet for me, but this was perfect for today, and seemed extra spicy.

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For lunch, a spicy tomato soup with focaccia croutons (oh baby did I break my wheat rule), and a thai chicken salad with peanuty dressing and pickled vegetables.  soupsalad

I did indulge in the croutons in the soup, but avoided the fried noodles in the salad. I guess I just was picky. This lunch completely hit the spot after such an awesome workout.

I’m just tying up some loose ends tonight. A few freelance flyers to finish up and some laundry.
Full week of work ahead of me!

How did you guys spend your weekend?

Blog love

I love bloggers. I feel a huge connection to them, like we all have similar traits that make us want to document our lives and share things with other people. We all share a bond and a community.

Blogging has become such a positive thing in my life too. I have found that bloggers are extremely supportive of each other, and of their readers. This makes me proud to be part of this community. I love coming to my blog to see that I’ve had new visitors every day and to learn that I’ve inspired someone, even if it is just to make a pizza or go to the store.

With all of that said, I wanted to share two blogs that I have grown to love over the past few weeks!

A Healthy Slice of Life – Brittany is a new mom with an awesome attitude. She shares recipes, daily happenings with her daughter, and healthy living tips. Its a cheerful, inspiring blog to visit.

A Beautiful Mess – Im sure a lot of you have heard of A Beautiful Mess. If you haven’t, you better get over there. I have followed Elsie and Emma on Instagram for a while now, and Im becoming completely, shamelessly addicted to their blog. They post multiple times a day about everything. DIY projects, recipes, design, weddings, restaurants, etc. The photos are fantastic and the DIY stuff that they do is awesome.

(These are just two of my favorites, but if you go to my Blogs I Read button, you will see other sites that I frequent on the daily!)

This past week was chock full and seemed to fly by. I spent the week working my butt off to get ready for Spring at work. Easter is right around the corner, and thats when the Spring-fever madness starts. People love plants…there is something therapeutic about planting a garden and nurturing it to its full potential.

Heres a little taste from my week:

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I plan on going on a short hike today with a friend… to catch up on life and her new job, while breaking a little bit of a sweat. Happy Sunday, I hope you are all doing something relaxing and fun.

Has blogging affected your life in any way? Whether you are a reader or a blogger?