Unpacking & Organizing

I have a feeling that this will be my life for the next several days: unpacking and organizing (and decorating – Yay!)!

Ryan and I have made great headway unpacking the many boxes that are all over our new apartment.

There are still quite a few stragglers that I don’t want to unpack because I have no clue where I want to put the contents, or we’re waiting on some new additions (like a desk!) that will serve as a new home for the stuff. All in good time!

Does clutter bother you or can you just ignore it?

Growing up my room was always messy. My sister was the neat-freak and I just couldn’t grasp how someone could feel stressed out over a mess!

Fast forward eight years and I am that person! I really cannot stand when our apartment looks junky. It eats away at me now!


I knew Ryan and I had plans to take Sadie on a long walk before hittin’ up the grocery store after work today, so I wanted to make sure our dinner tonight was one that we could assemble in a flash.

Thank goodness for the crockpot!

We enjoyed a yummy meal of BBQ pulled chicken with Green Giant healthy vision veggies.

BBQ Pulled Chicken


Dinner Time!

We needed some nutritious fuel to last us though a night that’s sure to be filled with more unpacking and perhaps the construction of the chest of drawers we bought from IKEA yesterday.

I’m thinking a new apartment tour will be in order once we’re fully unpacked!

Coffee Table Post

I’m writing to you now from a coffee table.


What's Left

We no longer have any chairs, couches or beds in our old apartment, so the only furniture that remains is the ol’ coffee table which Ryan is sitting on to check sports stats while I sit on the other side to blog.

Of course my closets are still jam-packed with clothes, and the kitchen is fully stocked, so there’s still a lot left to do, but the brunt of the work is D-O-N-E.

My wonderful father and sister are in Orlando this weekend for an event with my dad’s work, and were kind enough to stop by for several hours this morning to help us move the heavy stuff. They even brought along food and snacks!


Before they arrived, Ryan and I headed to the gym for a quick workout this morning.

I intended to take today off, but since Ryan was going and I felt energetic, I decided to tag along.

At the gym I did a 25 minute treadmill workout that I printed out off of Lisa’s blog:

Lisa's Workout

I followed it up with 10 minutes on the stair master and 15 on the elliptical while I waited for Ryan to finish up.

We headed back home to a yummy breakfast of brownie batter hot cereal topped with Galaxy Granola.

Brownie Batter Hot Cereal + Granola

I think I ate an extra cup of granola right after this. :/ I told you I’m addicted!

Moving, Lunch, Treats

After breakfast, my dad and sister arrived and we proceeded to spend the next several hours moving.

Ryan and I both were so grateful for their help. We got really lucky not only to have their help, but the weather’s help too! It’s gorgeous outside and wonderful weather makes moving a lot less miserable.

For lunch we dug into subs at our new place. My camera was still at our old place, so the meal went undocumented… my apologies. 🙂

My dad and sister left after lunch and Ryan and I sat around in the back yard relaxing for an hour or so before arranging our new bedroom. It’s about twice the size of our old bedroom, so we’re both exciiiited.

Around 3 p.m., we headed back to our old place for a snack and a treat that was really more like a meal, but we were both really hungry again!

'Dilla + Veggies

I ate a quesadilla with veggies before indulging in homemade strawberry shortcake!

I made shortcake biscuits with Bisquick Heart Smart mix, sugar and milk.

Strawberry Shortcake Biscuit

Warm and Yummy

I ate one straight out of the oven before using the other as the base for a strawberry/blueberry shortcake treat.

Ryan and I enjoyed our shortcake with strawberries, sugar and blueberry Greek yogurt on top.

Blueberry-Strawberry Shortcake Bowl

It was a tasty treat and necessary fuel to get us through the next round of moving.

I’m tackling my closets and the bathroom next. Yikes!

Weekend Plans

The rest of the day will be spent moving before we head over to our friend’s apartment for a pasta party! We’re carbo-loading before a 5k race on Sunday. 😉

I’ll be running in a 5k at the University of Central Florida tomorrow morning. My old sorority is organizing the race, so it’ll be fun to see some of my college ladies!

After the race, I’m meeting up with my dad and sister for breakfast before laying out by the pool at their hotel. The rest of Sunday will likely be spent moving and cleaning!

Enjoy your weekend!

Packing = Pizza

Throughout the next two weekends Ryan and I will be inundated with packing and moving!

The fun began earlier this week as we started putting all of our pictures, books, decorations, clothing, kitchen supplies and more into many, many boxes in preparation for our move into a new apartment at the end of the month.

Packing Up

We’re fortunate that our new landlord is awesome and gave us the keys to our new place ahead of time, so we can move at our own pace over the next week and a half.

Tonight we’ve been packing and sorting through all of our stuff, so I suggested ordering a pizza for dinner as a little reward for all of our hard work.

We previously enjoyed the $10 large thin crust veggie pizza from Pizza Hut, so we thought we’d see how Papa John’s $10 version of the same pizza stacked up.

We ordered a large Papa John’s garden fresh veggie thin crust pizza with light cheese and pepperoni and sausage on half for Ryan.

Papa John's Pizza

This pizza was 100 percent devoured within five minutes. I kid you not.

My Plate

Veggie Pizza

As if we didn’t get enough in our bellies from polishing off a large pizza between the two of us, we hopped in the car to head to McDonald’s for his and her desserts.

I opted for a vanilla soft serve cone while Ryan ordered a snack size Oreo McFlurry. (Did you know they make McFlurries in a snack size now? News to me!)

Vanilla Soft Serve

We’re off to continue packing (Jealous?). I’m also in a bit of a bakin’ mood, so I may be making yet another dessert for us to enjoy tonight… 🙂

Enjoy your Friday night!

Seafoodie Feast

In keeping with my promise to avoid the grocery store this week, dinner came in the form of a can and two boxes of frozen food from the freezer!

Is your mouth watering yet?

Our seafoodie dinner included:

  • Campbell’s Healthy Request New England Clam Chowder
  • Bantry Bay Mussels
  • Green Giant Immunity Vegetable Mix


This was our first time trying Bantry Bay frozen mussels and they were g-o-o-d!

Mussels in a Garlic Butter Sauce

Immunity Blend Veggies

Broccoli, Peppers and Carrots

The veggies were okay. Ryan was a big fan, but I like the Healthy Vision blend of the Green Giant veggies better.

Creamy Clam Chowder

Soup Talk

New England clam chowder (the creamy kind, not the tomato-based chowder) is my absolute favorite soup. Ryan is a broccoli cheese soup lover.

What’s your favorite kind of soup?

Though clam chowder is my fav, I also have a soft spot for my mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup. It’s beyond delicious.

Wanna know just how delicious her homemade chicken noodle soup is? Then come along on this little journey back to the spring of 2003, won’t you?

My family was in the process of moving from Illinois to Florida because my dad was offered an amazing job opportunity. Though my senior year of high school was over, I was still extremely upset about moving away from my friends and high school boyfriend and refused to pack up my room. (Yes, I was a brat.) I sat in my room amid my unpacked belongings and sobbed and sobbed. My mom called me down for breakfast and I refused to eat (Wow, I really am a brat). Several hours later she told me lunch was ready but I refused to come downstairs.

Then my mom honed in on her amazing mother-knowledge and brought up a tray loaded with the day’s lunch. She had made her homemade chicken noodle soup. I’ll never forget the soft knock on my door. “Honey, I thought you might want some soup. I’m just going to leave a little tray out here for you.”

Chicken Noodle Soup

Initially my approach was to remain firm. I would stay in my room pouting and wallowing in my sorrow.

Then the smell hit me. Hoooooly deliciousness. I had to have a bite. I opened my door just a crack to look at the soup and make sure no one was around. I took a slurp. Wow. It was phenomenal. I moved the tray into my room and polished off the bowl of soup before putting the tray back outside my door.

Then I heard it: laughter. Apparently this was quite funny to my family. Apparently my inability to remain strong and resist homemade chicken noodle soup is humorous. I then felt stupid for letting my taste buds get the best of me.

I continued to refuse to pack up my room and so when all of the boxes from our old house were unloaded into our new house, and my sister’s were neatly labeled “desk supplies,” “clothes,” “bathroom supplies,” my boxes were a mess and were simply labeled “Julie’s Junk” by the movers.

It took my sister about a week to unpack everything. It took me the entire summer.