Weekend Mini Vacation

This weekend was an absolute blast. I don’t know how we managed to fit so much into two days, but we did!

Shane and I got into Kansas City around 8:45 on Friday night. After checking into our hotel, we decided to head down to the plaza to find a little dinner.

We went to the Cheesecake Factory first, but there was a whopping 2 hour wait there…so you know that wasn’t going to happen. We were hungry!

So we kept walking, down to the other end of the plaza where one of our favorite restaurants, BrioΒ is. It was a long wait, too. But the hostess told us that the lounge upstairs was first come, first serve- so we headed up the elevator and….wallah!


We sat out on the screened in balcony, where there were heaters. It was really nice, quiet and romantic- we were the only two people sitting out there for a while.


It had great vies of the Plaza Lights, too.

For dinner, I ordered a sampling of their amazing Bruschetta and Shane ordered pasta. They were both delicious, and so were our festive Martinis! πŸ˜‰



Saturday mid-morning, we headed back down to the plaza for some shopping and some brunch. The weather was gorgeous, so we took advantage and ate brunch at a place called Gram and Dun– they have an amazing patio, complete with giant heaters and a gas fireplace. The heaters and fireplace, combined with the sun and warmer than average temps made for the perfect brunch.


We each ordered a mimosa, and I had steel cut oatmeal with dried cranberries and Shane ordered a cheese burger.


Later that afternoon, after shopping around a bit and hitting one of my all time favorite stores, we decided to hit up the movie theatre and see the new Disney movie, Frozen.

We both enjoyed it, but I have no idea why anyone would say that it’s better than The Lion King? That’s just craziness.

Saturday night, Shane and I made reservations at Coal Vines for dinner with our friends Amanda and Cameron. (Amanda is that pretty girl who’s also my Maid of Honor, in case you’ve forgotten πŸ˜‰ )

After much stress, traffic jams, zero parking and a mad dash (literally, at one point we were running) to the restaurant so they wouldn’t give away our reservation- the four of us had a lovely time, eating and talking and generally catching up.

After dinner, the four of us stopped to get coffee and then walked the plaza for a little while.


Amanda was kind enough to stop and offer to snap a photo of us. We don’t have very many, so it’s always a treat to get a photo opp!

The one above was the glamour shot- but don’t be fooled, we had several “bloopers” along the way.


Funny smiles.

Non-stop laughter.


Blurred faces.

Ya know, we ran the gammit.

Unlike these two love birds, who took two flawless pictures in a row.


What a handsome couple, right?

After we said our goodbyes to Camanda, we had to hop in the car once again- we had a party to attend. But not just any party- an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

Shane’s friend (and groomswoman) Jaclyn was throwing the party at her apartment, so we headed that way and stopped in for about an hour.

We played a few games, had some laughs and decided to call it a night. We were pretty beat at this point in the weekend- we’re sort of old.


Sunday morning, we got up and checked out of the hotel before heading into Prairie Village for brunch at The Blue Moose. We met my Aunt Julie there, which was a huge treat for both of us.

The three of us enjoyed all kinds of good food while just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. It was a delicious brunch, and I absolutely loved seeing my Aunt. She’s a pretty incredible lady.

We got on the road to head home around 1:00pm yesterday, and made it home around 4:00. Of course, we had to stop on the turnpike for some Dunkin Donuts…the trip wouldn’t have been complete without it!

Then last night, we decided last minute to go see the new Stallone/DeNiro movie, Grudge Match.

Guys- I don’t care what the critics say. Go see this movie. It’s awesome.

So there you have it, our weekend in a nutshell. It was busy, but we got to see so mnay wonderful people and spend so much quality time together. It was a wonderful weekend, for sure.


Alrighty, that’ll about do it for me today. Shane and I have a workout date set for tonight- a way to celebrate our 4 and 1/2 year anniversary (that’s actually today) in healthy form!

Have a great Monday night!

We Did It

So, guess what Shane and I did on Thursday night.

If you guessed “sweat our faces off doing lots of squat jump variations” then hot dang, you’d be right on point. πŸ˜‰


I literally took the above photo in the middle of doing leg swings. Surprisingly, it didn’t turn out nearly as blurry as I thought it might.

Unlike this one…


Which I took standing still during a water break.

My camera’s weird.

I tried to get Shane to pose for a sweaty post-plyo picture with me, but he wasn’t having any of that. So I posed for one by myself.

You can imagine it…can’t you?

P.S.- the workout top I wore is my new one from Christmas. It’s purple, and I love it. Target wins again! (Thanks Mom)


While I hate to cut out early on you guys, I’m going to have to do just that today. Shane and I are currently up in Kansas City for a little mini vacation. It’s our Christmas Gifts to each other, and we’re also be celebrating out 4 and 1/2 year anniversary.

We’re staying at a hotel on the Plaza, which I’m excited about. All the Plaza Lights are still up, so it still look a lot like this:


I grew up going to the plaza all the time with my mom and my Aunt Julie as a kid- she lives super close, so we’d always make time to shop around when we’d stay with her. Lots of wonderful memories!

PLUS Shane and I will get to see some family and friends while we’re up here, which is always a great thing.

Catch ya later guys- have an awesome Saturday!

20 minute Circuit Workout

It’s already Wednesday- can you believe it? Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I am ready for a little R&R with my family. We’ll be traveling to Kansas City this year, and staying the weekend. We have a lot going on while we’re there:

  • Thanksgiving with the Olney clan
  • Hitting the plaza for the holiday lighting ceremony
  • Lunch with my mom’s sister and brother
  • Hitting the plaza again for some shopping
  • Starting one of our wedding registries (!!!)
  • One of my wedding dress fittings (whaaaaat!)
  • Spending a little time with one of my bridesmaids
  • The wedding of a great family friend of ours

Whew! With all that going on, how will I ever find time to fit a workout in?!


Okay, so I know we’re all going to be super busy over this weekend, so I went ahead and threw together a super quick 20 minute circuit workout. I went through it this morning, and loved it. I threw 2 minute long rest periods in there, but you might not need them.

20 min circuit