The Craziness Continues

I’m back!

As usual, Aruba was amazing.

We visited the island for our friends wedding on the Renaissance Hotel’s private island, and it was one of the most beautiful ceremony’s and crazy receptions I’ve ever been to.

SO MUCH FUN!

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We stayed for 9 days, and I can’t wait to book another trip. Aruba is my favorite place to vacation.

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Once Matt and I arrived home, the craziness continued.

We immediately closed on new our house, and are now officially the owners of a two family house in a lovely nearby town.

My favorite part of our house..the adorable farmers porch!

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As for the rest of this busy weekend, it’s all about celebrating the Fourth with friends and family, getting ready to move by the end of the month, and living life one day at a time!

Enjoy yourselves! xoxo

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“Ice” Fishing 2013

Due to the blizzard this past weekend, our Ice Fishing trip consisted of watching our trap from the balcony window, snuggling up by the fire, swimming in our heated pool, and eating loads of comfort food with drinks by the gallon.

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You knew I would find the gymSmile

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The candy store…

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Diesel and our bate

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Sunday morning, post blizzard

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My car when I arrived home…

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It was glorious.

We’re Goin’ Fishin’!

While most New Englanders are preparing for the 18-24 inches of snow set to arrive this weekend, I am packing my bags and heading to NH for the Annual Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Winnipesaukee!…

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Say what?

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Yup. It’s that time of year again!

Our group has endured all types of weather on this lake; From sun to clouds, windy to calm, bearable to downright freezing.

However, this year may bring a whole new level of extremes that we have yet to battle.

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We should have our own show on TLC to document how amusing this will be.

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We have two forms of shelter, one with a wood burning stove and one with a heater, as well as a fire pit, stove for cooking, and of course, vodka, gin, beer, and wine.

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You know…the essentials.

Luckily this was not the year to rent an RV and sleep out on the ice.

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That year was FREEEZING! But as you can see, it was sunny and clear. No blizzard in sight.

Finally after our stay at The Inn at the Mills last year, we decided that there was no longer a need to brave through the cold, and a quaint hotel was just what we needed.

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So while this blizzard barrels through with full force, we will spend our days outside catching fish (trying), and our nights drinking margaritas by the fire, swimming in our heated pool, and keeping warm in our cozy cottage on the lake.

Now that’s ice fishing in style.

If you’re looking for some workouts to do while you are stuck in the house, visit my Pinterest page for a collection of my “At Home” Routines!

Stay safe. Stay warm. And enjoy what is hopefully the first and final blizzard of 2013!

CLICK HERE for a full recap of our Ice Fishing trips from the past!

From Boston to New York

I know it’s hard to believe, but I have never been to New York City.

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I’ve flown over it’s skyline, driven through it’s tolls, and eaten New York Style Cheesecake, but I have yet to walk on it’s streets, ride in it’s taxi’s, and visit it’s many historical sites.

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I’m ashamed. I live 4 hours away.

That’s one half of a work day. A high school dance. A trip to the mall during the holidays. The time it takes to make a quick dinner in the crock pot that tastes like it took all day. There really is no excuse.

I’ve traveled out of the country numerous times, but never driven a measly 215 miles to NYC?

This had to change. Immediately.

So this weekend, Matt and I decided to pack our bags and head to the Big Apple!

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We will site see, take pictures in front of Rockefeller Center, climb to the top of the Empire State Building, wave at Lady Liberty, visit a naked cowboy, and everything in between.

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That was bad word placement.

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Yes, it will be crowded. Yes, it will be hectic.

And there is no better time to see it all, than at Christmas.

Have you ever been to New York? Do you want to join us?

Follow my Instagram, @jenamar1e, for live photos of our trip! Or, simply click the camera on my side bar to take you to the online site.

Who knows, you may even see a few familiar faces Smile

Enjoy your Holiday weekend. Enjoy your families. Enjoy your health, blessings, and each moment that passes.

Most importantly, be PRESENT.

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Tape it up, Suck it up, and GO!

Coffee was my friend today

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I’m still exhausted from my crazy weekend, but the show must go on!

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Chobani, blueberries, almond butter and Kashi with cinnamon

While I was away, knowing that my eating and drinking was not going to be the best, I made sure to fit in a workout 2 out of the 3 days I was there.

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No one was ever in the tiny fitness center at the campground, so this made it easy for me to bang out a workout before the day got started.

Oh, by the way, I walked into the hard corner of Matt’s suitcase on Thursday night, TWICE, and semi broke my pinky toe on .

So what did that mean? Besides the fact that I’m a genius…

Tape it up, suck it up, ice it up, and go!

Then throw on flip flops because sneakers hurt like hell Smile

On Friday, I completed my 500 Rockin’ Reps routine, followed by 10 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill to keep my metabolism roaring throughout the afternoon.

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Since Saturday morning was accompanied by a hangover, I did a moderate 45 minutes on the elliptical, with some stretching to help ease the pain.

Tons of water, frozen grapes, and peanut butter covered rice cakes, and I emerged a new woman ready for round two!

As far as healthy snacks go, I did bring along some Greek yogurt, almonds, fruit and raw vegetables, but when Nutella, Oreos, and S’mores are involved…They clearly win the battle over campfire snacking.

baby carrots and apples vs. a s’more…not even a contest.

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This is why balance is so important.

Taste what you want to taste, make yourself a cocktail, eat what is being barbecued, and go on with your workout as you normally would the following morning.

You don’t eat like this all of the time, so pour yourself a glass (or solo cup) of Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy it!

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There is always tomorrow, but live for today.

I’m off to ice my foot.

ouch.

Truck Yeah!

It’s finally here!!

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Matt and I, along with some friends, are packing up our RV and heading to a Resort Campground near Gillette Stadium for the weekend.

We figured since we would be drinking and unable to drive home after the concert, why not make a mini trip out of it and go camping!

Always looking for a good time Smile

Our campsite has two Olympic size pools, Jacuzzi’s,  a gym, spa, multiple bathrooms, and of course, hot water showers.

aka, MY example of camping.

…say’s the girl who goes ice fishing every year

Be back on Sunday!!

Have a good weekend xoxo

A Quick Trip North

York Beach, Maine. My home away from home.

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 Daily Grind Cafe for our morning coffee.

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Breakfast in my beach chair

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Greek yogurt with blueberries, sliced banana and almonds

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cooler full of fruit, baby carrots,cukes, almonds, low salt turkey, provolone cheese, organic blue corn chips and water

INN on the Blues for dinner

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Sauvignon Blanc, seared tuna steak with steamed veggies

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Fun-O-Rama for games

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Salt Water Taffy getting stretched in the window of The Goldenrod

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moose tracks frozen yogurt AND black raspberry chocolate chip frozen yogurt.

I couldn’t decide between the two flavors, so the only way to solve the problem was to order bothSmile.

Robert’s Maine Grill and Market.

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grilled pesto salmon with grilled vegetables and mango salsa.

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A Taste of Maine, all beers that were available on draft.

So cool!

Sweet Josie’s Candy Store, stalking up on chocolate covered EVERYTHING.

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pretzels, various nuts, malt balls, and my favorite…gummy bears!

Chocolate covered gummy bears = amazing.

If you have yet to try them, please do!

The Goldenrod for breakfast, a must when in York

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scrambled egg whites, dry wheat toast with peanut butter on the side, and a bowl of fresh blueberries.

Pit stop on the way home, The Kittery Outlets!

Yankee Candle <3

My obsession was at an all time high as soon as we walked in

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I’d say 50 new sampler votives should last me a while Smile

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A fresh scented end to a relaxing weekend away.

Spinning and Beach Snacks

The sun is rising later and later, which makes it harder and harder to wake up at 5am.

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Hello moon

I met a friend/client for an early morning Spin class at her gym, and we were both drenched in sweat, but feeling strong by the end.

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I’ve always said that music is the key to a good workout, and this particular instructor was right on with her music choices.

There is nothing worse than trying to push through a spin class while being forced to listen to old school aerobics songs such as “Hit me with you best shot” and “Come on ride the train”

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I’ve even experienced an entire spin session full of Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles cover bands.

Talk about wanting to ride my bike right through the second story window.

This morning however.. great class, great music, great sweat.

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(P.S I’m obsessed with my Polar HRM)

We followed up with a quick upper body circuit that looked like this.

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  • Push Ups-15
  • Shoulder Press-12
  • Upright Row-12

Rest 30 seconds, and repeat for a total of 3 sets.

  • Bicep Curls-15
  • Overhead Triceps Extension–15

Rest for 30 seconds and repeat for a total of 3 sets

Stretch.

I knew exactly what I wanted as my post workout meal, so I immediately whipped up my yogurt bowl as soon as I walked in the door.

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Greek yogurt, blueberries, 1/2 sliced frozen banana, 1/2 cup Kashi GOLEAN, 1/2 Tbsp raw almond butter, and cinnamon.

craving demolished.

My family and I are heading to York Beach Maine for the weekend, so I need to get my procrastinating self packed.

Along with a few outfits and toiletries, I make it a point to pack some snacks for the beach, and to munch on before dinner.

Vacation Snacks 101

  • 100 calorie almond packs/Nut butter packets (such as Justin’s)
  • Easy fruits-apples,oranges,plums,peaches,grapes,strawberries
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • String Cheese
  • Ziploc bags of raw veggies
  • Tuna packets/Boards Head Low Salt Turkey deli meat
  • Rice Cakes
  • Protein Powder/Bars
  • Popchips
  • Pickles
  • WATER..and wine Smile

It’s always better to have your own options, other than what’s available on the boardwalk or brought by others.

Turn down the Lays, soda, and pizza, and opt for a bag of popchips with your sandwich along side a crunchy pickle. Munch on sliced turkey rolled with cheese and a handful of almonds, rice cakes with a packet of nut butter, or a hard boiled egg with a piece of fruit.

Simple on the go snacks that provide energy, nutrients, and salty craving control. Along with bottled water, you’ll be set for the day!

Enjoy your first weekend of August!

 xoxo

Home Again!

All of this traveling has left me exhausted, but each trip is well worth the fatigue  Smile.

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“Cape Cod” bush

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On the Ferry heading to Martha’s Vineyard!

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Ferry Snacks

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Where we stayed this weekend.

It may look small from the outside, but this 7 bedroom, 5 bath “cabin” in the woods was absolutely gorgeous.

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Matt and I slept in the master sweet, and let me tell you, I could not get my butt out of this bed before 9am.

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It was like sleeping on a cloud with a duvet and puffy pillows.

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Our first night was spent at Nancy’s, which is an indoor/outdoor restaurant located on Oaks Bluff Harbor.

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Salmon salad with pita chip crumbles, tomatoes, cucumbers and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

We sat at the bar for a while before heading over to a Karaoke bar in town. We snagged a high top table with our drinks, and watched people sing their hearts out.

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Both the song book and the drinks were no joke.

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This ain’t water…

The next morning, I chugged some much needed H2o and made myself a nice cool breakfast.

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Plain Chobani with fruit and chopped walnuts. Side of black coffee

Friday morning started off a bit cloudy, so we walked through Edgartown before heading over to the beach

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I love unique art like this.

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It really is such a beautiful island.

We started to get hungry after all that walking, so we stopped by Skinny’s Fat Sandwich’s to grab some lunch.

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Matt’s Italian wrap

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My veggie wrap, with chicken.

Both wraps were stuffed with delicious and fresh ingredients. I could only eat half, saving the rest for a mid-day snack.

The sun finally began to shine around 12:30, so we drove over to State Beach and laid in our beach chairs for the rest of the afternoon.

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I’m not a beer drinker, but on a hot day, Bud Light Lime is so refreshing.

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State Beach is also where you can find the “Jumping Bridge”, a big tourists spot on the island, mainly because it was used in the movie “Jaws”.

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Speaking of sharks, on Friday night, we ate at a Mexican restaurant called “Sharky’s Cantina”

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I ordered the “Skinny-Rita”, minus the addition of sugar in the lime juice and lemon mix.

The food at Sharky’s was amazing, and their fresh guacamole was the best I’ve ever had.

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For my meal, I ordered a mixed green salad topped with grilled chicken and grilled vegetables, using fresh salsa as my dressing.

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Matt ordered the “Surf and Turf Burrito”, which was filled with flank steak, grilled shrimp, veggies, salsa and cheese.

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We all took a nice long walk around town after this meal, and slept like babies until 9:30 am.

Saturday morning was spent packing up our things and heading back into town to wait for the ferry.

While waiting, we sat at a local ice cream shop that had my favorite flavor..

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Purple Cow Frozen Yogurt. The best.

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Our initials Smile

Finally the ferry arrived, and we were on our way home again. It was HOT, and the breeze on the water felt amazing.

We watched a man feed a seagull that was floating gracefully above the ferry, and it was so cool to see.

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Martha’s Vineyard truly is a little slice of paradise, and I look forward to going back next year.

Now it’s back to reality!