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The Friday Five

Goodbye, winter. Hello, spring (even if it does feel like winter is still lingering in the shadows). After suffering with back pain for the last week, I sure am glad to have two days off and no plans. Here’s to spending the next 48 hours away from my computer, somewhat off social media, and most likely on the couch with a heating pad, binge-watching shows from the week. It sounds like an ideal weekend, if you ask me.

La Boulange

{Decisions…decisions}

Long Island Spring

{Hello, spring!}

Spring Starbucks Cups

{My latest obsession: the spring cups from Starbucks}

Fireplace

{A cozy dinner by the fire}

Chocolate Mousse Cake

{The most #instaworthy cake there ever was}

Instagram Moments

My wait for the weekend is almost over. In just a few hours now, I will be catching up on sleep, reading the new book I checked out from the library, and enjoying two whole days of relaxation.

The last few weeks have been stressful, as I’ve waited for test results and answers. It may seem like I am always waiting for results. That’s because I am. In the upcoming weeks I will be going for a radioactive iodine uptake scan to see what might be causing my antithyroglobulin levels to rise. Should you hear the Imagine Dragons song, “Radioactive” playing on the radio, please think of me!

In the meantime, cheers to the (much needed) weekend!

Adulting

{Story of my life//Image via @sweatpantsandcoffee}

Starbucks

{Exhibit: A}

Spring

{First sign of spring on Long Island}

Weekend Workout

{Gearing up for another weekend workout}

Flowers

{Bold blooms to brighten the work week}

The Friday Countdown

Anyone else feel like this was the longest short week ever? I do! I swear, I thought it was Friday about three times mid-week. Well, today it actually is Friday…so I’m in luck. I spent most of this week feeling like I had an emotional hangover, which I am happy to say may be subsiding. From beginning the week with a slight misunderstanding with a good friend to finishing up the week by getting orders for further testing from my surgeon’s office, the weekend is looking up.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Central Park

{Signs of spring in Central Park}

Boxing Gloves

{Back to boxing}

Tesla

{At a local mall: I’ll take a Tesla with my Tourneau}

Yoga

{Yoga in my new Abercrombie sweater}

Shrimp Caesar Salad

{A healthy lunch—Caesar salad with grilled shrimp}

The Weekend Recap: Wellness Edition

I hope you all had a restful weekend! I had a great day in New York City on Saturday—the weather was ideal for walking around, and I learned a ton from my time at The Ash Center. Overall, the Thyroid Yoga Functional Nutrition Intensive was a game-changer for me. I will share a full review with you on the blog soon.

Here’s a quick weekend recap:

Gym & Tonic Water Bottle

{When your new Nordstrom Rack water bottle matches your yoga mat}

Work Hard Get it Done Pens

{Office supplies from Home Goods}

The Ash Center, New York City

{A beautiful view at The Ash Center}

Juice Press

{My first Juice Press smoothie}

Times Square, New York City

{A stroll through Times Square on the way to Penn Station}

Rest, Relaxation…and a Recap

I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend. Today I’m sharing a quick Instagram recap (you can follow me at @livinginsteil). See you back here on Wednesday!

Tumbler from Nordstrom Rack

{Looking forward to using my new tumbler from the Nordstrom Rack}

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Hearts

{Snacking while I work}

New Workout Pants

{New workout pants for the win!}

Cannoli

{The right way to serve a cannoli}

Saturday Snow

{Some unexpected accumulation on a Saturday}

A Productive Start to the New Year

Don’t you just love the first week of the new year when you are your most productive self? I know I do. While my goals are still fresh, the start of a new year helps me also feel rejuvenated. Last week, I was my most productive self—both at home and at work. All of the things that I had been putting off doing, wanting to do, or needing to do, came together. And thanks to a sudden snow storm this past weekend, I had almost two full days at home to ensure I checked off everything on my to do list.

Sunrise Photography

{Saw my first sunrise of 2017}

Christmas Tree

{Said goodbye to my Christmas tree}

Kickboxing

{Returned to my weekly kickboxing class}

Calligraphy

{Found time to practice my calligraphy}

Snow

{Survived the first real snowfall of the season }

Procrastination, Presents, and Podcasts

It is probably fair to say that I am one of the last people to get moving on their holiday shopping (the perils of having a 9-to-5 job!). Yes, I will be doing as much shopping as one person can humanly do today — so think of me as you likely have your presents all wrapped under the tree and are spending your Friday resting up before the big weekend.

Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in my very first podcast with Ashley Jefferson from Post UnderGrad Life. The podcast is now live on iTunes (you can find it by searching “Post UnderGrad Life”) or you can listen to it here on SoundCloud. If you have free time this holiday weekend, download it to hear me talk about my career path, offer career advice to recent graduates, and share my top three tips that have helped me navigate postgraduate life.

Merry Christmas and happy holiday weekend! I’ll be taking Monday off, but will be back with new content on Wednesday.

Christmas Tree Envy

{Christmas tree envy}

Trader Joe's Snowman Cake

{A cute holiday cake from Trader Joe’s}

Cozy Fire at Honu

{Staying toasty over dinner at Honu}

Plaid Shirt from Gap

{My expression when I realized my new Gap shirt matched my Starbucks cup}

Red Nails from OPI

{Red nails from OPI}

Where Did My Weekend Go?

I swear, it was Friday like five seconds ago. Wasn’t it? In another installment of, “where did my weekend go?” I got to spend some time in Port Jefferson, New York, enjoy a sweet crêpe from Sweet ‘n’ Savory, hang with my one of my favorite local business owners (thanks for the fudge, Chocology!), and all while doing some shopping (I scooped up the softest plaid shirt from the Gap — on sale). So, yeah, that’s where my weekend went. It may have been over in the blink of an eye, but at least I had fun. Hope your Monday is off to a good start!

Here’s a quick recap:

Roast Coffee and Tea

{Starting my day with coffee from Roast!}

Art Gallery at the Art League of Long Island

{A stroll through the impressive art gallery at the Art League of Long Island}

Annual Shopping Crawl in Port Jefferson, New York

{Gearing up for the shopping crawl in Port Jefferson with a selfie}

Sweet Crepe from Sweet n Savory

{A Nutella, strawberry, and broken Reese’s peanut butter cup crêpe from Sweet ‘n’ Savory}

Lucky Brand Booties from DSW

{Ending the weekend with a stop at DSW and a new pair of Lucky Brand booties}

Sweets, Shopping, and Snoozing

I’m still in a food coma as I sit down to write this post, but I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Yesterday left me feeling incredibly thankful and grateful. I’m so honored to have this space on the Internet that you all come to and read what I have to say. I’ve shared a lot about my struggles on this site, and while they have been challenging, I am grateful for them because they have shown me a strength that I never knew I had. So, thanks to all of you for your continued support over the years. Your sweet comments make blogging a truly rewarding experience.

I’m looking forward to sleeping in (which I rarely get to do these days) on this long weekend and getting back to my weekly kickboxing routine. Something about indulging in a seven-layer cake on Thanksgiving (combined with all of the birthday sweets this month), makes working out seem like a good idea.

Of course, don’t forget to hit up your favorite retailers today for some steals and deals. But I have a feeling I didn’t need to remind you about that. Happy shopping!

Anthropologie Earrings

{Birthday earrings from Anthropologie}

Bright Blooms

{Bright Blooms}

Roast Coffee and Tea

{Trying out Roast Coffee and Tea}

Cute Signs

{Love these cute signs}

Allergic to Mornings

{Couldn’t resist buying this super soft sweatshirt at Target}

Pumpkin Pandemonium 2016

I feel like fall is slipping away from me. It’s almost the middle of October, and I have yet to go pumpkin and apple picking (thanks, Mother Nature), decorate a pumpkin, or even buy Halloween candy (it’s probably good that I haven’t done that last activity yet). But I did make it to the Long Island Fall Festival in Huntington over the weekend, where I got my fix of everything pumpkin –- at least when it came to sweets. I’m adding to my fall agenda a trip to Trader Joe’s (because their pumpkin game is always strong)…and maybe then I will finally get my hands on my very own pumpkin!

starbucks pumpkin scone

{Welcome back, pumpkin scone from Starbucks}

pumpkin milk chocolate treat

{Pumpkin milk chocolate treat at the Long Island Fall Festival}

pumpkin spice coffee

{Pumpkin spice coffee is everything}

pumpkin cake

{The best pumpkin cake…ever}

sparking apple cider sangria

{Seasonally appropriate sangria}

Anyone else as obsessed with pumpkin as I am?