The Real Housewife of Chicago (and her guilty pleasures)

To anyone who knows me, they know that I love watching the Real Housewives series on Bravo. Okay, I lied. I’m totally ADDICTED to them. And to answer your question, I watch every city-even though a handful are definitely better than others. 90% of the time involves old(er) rich ladies who fight like they’re back in 8th grade, but that 10% of the time is the portion that keeps me coming back for more. Whether it’s the slick comebacks (NeNe is the Queen), the “jobs” some of these wives have, or the ridiculously gorgeous lives they live (um Lisa V.), TRH series takes precedent in our household.

While I live and breathe #AIP, I still have my moments when I crave normal people food-a.k.a. sweets. Coincidentally enough I thought of this article while watching RHONJ. I mean, what better way to combine my favorite show(s) than with themed treats around town….treats that I would die to eat.

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Finding the Tropics in the Midwest

When you have no vacation days to spare and are saving for other big life changes (such as moving), how is one supposed to feel like you’re not sitting at home watching t.v. all night. You can certainly take a road trip somewhere close by, you can blow a chunk of your paycheck in one of the bars around town, or you can do what my hubs and I have been doing-cooking more at home.

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Kicking A$$ During the Work Week

Since April, my work life balance has been totally off. Me and my non-food colleagues have been putting in more hours, giving more brain cells, and having less time to decompress. Although I love my current workout regime (bar, yoga, pilates, strength training), I’m exhausted when arrive to class. I definitelyΒ feel like my workouts haven’t been as effective as they were before. I haven’t even been motivated to workout lately-super weird even for me.

Truth be told, because I’m so annoyed/pissed that I have no relaxation time, it affects my motivation and concentration atΒ the gym. Normally, I would useΒ the gym as an escape, but my body/mind areΒ exhausted trying to “zone” out when there’s so many other things on my mind. I finally listened to my husband’s advice and decided to take out my aggression somewhere else than on a gym mat.

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