Leg Day – Machines

Posted by Hey Jill on Nov 14, 2013 in Workouts

Today’s Leg Day Work Out – 1HR

Warm Up – 5 Minutes on stair machine, increase speed once every thirty seconds

Super Set # 1 (3 x 12 each)
- Box Jumps
- BOSU Squats

Super Set # 2 (3 x 12 each)
- Step Ups with Dumbbells
- BOSU Single Leg Bridge

Super Set # 3 (3 x 12 each)
- Standing Calf Machine
- Glute Machine

Super Set #4 (3 x 12 each)
- Thigh Abductor Machine
- Leg Extension Machine

Super Set #5 (3 x 12 each)
- Thigh Adductor Machine
- Single Leg Balance with Leg Extension

Last Set (3 x 8 each)
- Barbell Squat

I always end Leg Day with barbell squats. Right now I can only do 95lbs. Once I’m able to do 3 x 12, I’ll increase the weight.



Meal Planning for the Week of 11/11/2013

Posted by Hey Jill on Nov 11, 2013 in Recipes

Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you to all who have served to keep this great country free.

Today, I did a lot of housewifey type activities. Cleaned the bedroom and the floors. I also started removing the caulk from the master bathroom shower. Wish me luck on this project. We’ll be using the 2nd bath shower for a day or two.

I also worked on this week’s meal plan. I did a great job on my own of eating healthy foods between Monday and Friday. But as soon as the weekend hit, all that went out the door. I can’t have that happen again this week.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Skinny Crock Pot Thai Peanut Chicken – adapted from RachelSchultz.com
This is currently cooking as I write. I’m going to add coconut milk to the sauce after seeing it in other crock pot thai chicken recipes. It smells good. I didn’t use a good peanut butter though, so we’ll see how it turns out.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
We have pizza from Sunday night and hopefully some from the crock pot dinner on Monday.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Turkey Haystacks – from Sugar High
I’ve made this meal many times. Since we will have rice leftover from Monday’s dinner, this seemed perfect for a quick mid-week dinner.

Thursday, November 13, 2013
Brandon has bowling on Thursdays so we usually don’t have dinner together. Thursday is always leftover night.

Friday, November 14, 2013
Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Sausage, and Peppers – adapted from SkinnyTaste.com
I was going to make a breakfast casserole a few weekends ago and since Brandon doesn’t like sausage, I bought chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s instead. Well, I never made the casserole and I have a package of chicken sausage sitting around. This is another quick and easy recipe that I’ve used before. I’m subbing sweet potatoes instead of potatoes because it really is the season for sweet potatoes.

I also have two packets of marinated chicken and some amazing crusted tilapia from Trader Joe’s in the freeze. In the event we need a different dinner or dinner for the weekend, we have some good options.




Worst blogger ever

Posted by Hey Jill on Nov 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

I haven’t updated this blog in almost a year! My bad. I’m going to try really hard to update the blog more frequently. I mean, if I’m able to update this once again in the next year, I’m already ahead of last year.

Here’s a funny picture of Reggie to make it all better.

Goofy Reggie

Goofy Reggie


Back to meal planning

Posted by Hey Jill on Nov 24, 2012 in Recipes
After a work heavy few months, it’s nice to be back to blogging! And cooking! As much as I’d like to fill everyone in on the details of my life since my last post, I just can’t. There’s been too much going on and I didn’t take any pretty pictures… so.. on to the new!
Now that I have more time on the weekends to sit and plan meals, that’s exactly what I am doing now. I usually look through the fridge to see what items that I have that I need to use and plan from there. Today, however, our refridgerator is practically empty, so I get to start with a blank slate!
Right now, I have SkinnyTaste and Pinterest pulled up. Here is the plan for this week:

Meal Plan for the Week of 11/25

Lunch – Sliders made from today’s leftover roast and Skinny Crab Rangoon as a snack during football.
DinnerPeruvian Roasted Chicken with Cream Cheese Corn

Dinner – Leftovers
Dinner - Leftovers
Dinner – Out
Dinner – Out @ Michelle’s Wedding!!!!


Misadventures in Shopping

Posted by Hey Jill on Jul 30, 2012 in Fashion

This weekend, Brandon and I took a trip the Scottsdale Fashion Square to do a little shopping. We’re going to his brother’s wedding this weekend, so I wanted to find a few new outfits to take on the trip. Unfortunately on Saturday  I came home practically empty handed. Luckily there was still Sunday!

Saturday I did something that I don’t ever recall doing in my life – I lost a shopping bag! After finding a GREAT deal on one of my favorite brands, I somehow lost it in between the men’s department and Z Tejas, our lunch spot.

This was the dress I bought – http://www.dillards.com/product/Chelsea-Violet-Printed-Chiffon-Dress_301_-1_301_503174043?df=03769723_zi. So cute, fits right, and only $35 (there was a huge sale going on at Dillard’s where sale items were an additional 30% off!)… and I lost it.  I’m still holding out hope that someone will turn it in and that Dillard’s going to call me with the good news. But since that didn’t happen by Sunday at 12, I had to move on from my good find.

While I was walking through Dillard’s on Saturday, I ran into this little number. If I had to choose between this one and the original, I would have picked the original. But I’ve been shopping a lot and this caught my eye.

The picture isn’t the greatest. The blue is more of a turquoise. The belt is just a flat brown belt, but I happened to buy some thin belts at a different store that I’m going to sub in. I also picked up some gold earrings at Target to accessorize. I think I want another bracelet or perhaps a necklace to complete the look.

Dress – As U Wish – Dillard’s –  $59.95
Earrings – Target – $5.95

Total –  $65.90

Not bad for a casual rehearsal dinner outfit, right? Oh, going to wear flat gold sandals with the outfit. Not sure if heels would be appropriate. It might make the dress look a little too short.

This dress has been waiting at least 3 years to be worn

I was also looking for an outfit for the actual wedding. I must have a very specific vision of myself because store after store, nothing caught my eye. So… I’m going to do something very uncharacteristic of myself… I’m going to wear a dress I already have in my closet.

A few years ago, I was on a huge shopping binge. I bought this dress from the Limited (along with many others) but never had a chance to wear it. Well, it’s on deck now. I think it’s a classy dress. I’m pairing it with some costume jewelry that I got from Target. And…. since I already had it in my close, it’s like a free dress (to replace the one I lost?!?!). The tag’s even still on it!

Black heels and this will make a complete outfit.

Dress – the Limited – $118.00 (keep in mind that I spent this 3+ years ago!)
Earrings – Target – $7.99
Bracelet – Target – $7.99

Total –  $133.98

But really, out of pocket today I only spent $15.98. What a deal, right?  ;)

Now I have to figure out what to wear during the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but that should be easy. I’ll go into the closet and I’m sure I’ll be able to find some things that I haven’t worn before but will look good. Maybe there’s another shopping trip in the future before Thursday. We’ll see!


Budget Closet Building

Posted by Hey Jill on Jul 1, 2012 in Fashion

Thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled upon this great blog – J’s Everyday Fashion. J takes looks from the runway and stylizes it down to a simple and affordable outfit. What a great idea! I love that she gives herself a monthly fashion budget for new clothes and tries to keep within it.

In addition to this, I also have a book from forever ago that I really enjoyed. It was a book about the basic things that you need in your closet. So.. combining the two, I’m going to start documenting my fashion purchases. This is going to be fun. For one, I have no idea how much I spend on clothing. If I see something I like, I usually buy it. This will make me more conscientious of how much I’m spending. Secondly, I love updating my closet. I ALWAYS feel like I have nothing to wear, so hopefully this fixes that problem.

On our way back from Jerome, Brandon and I took a quick stop at the Outlets at Anthem. I’m always game for a good bargain so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to purchase some new items. For both of us, our first purchase was at The Gap.

Two pairs of shorts, flip flops, and t-shirt for under $50!

The Gap Outlet had a sale on shorts that was buy one get one free. I love BOGO deals! I picked up a pair of Khaki and a pair of Mustard. I also found flip flops in the clearance bin. Lastly, I’m an addict to v-neck t-shirts so I just had to pick one up. Total damage? Under $50!

$23.38 – 2 Pairs of Shorts (BOGO)
$7.79 – 1 Pair of Flip Flops – $7.79
$11.99 – 1 t-shirt

    $4.01 – Sales Tax


The Gap ticket says I saved $38.80! Brandon bought two pairs of shorts and two shirts. I think he spent around $60 on his purchase.

Coach Handbag - for $182

Okay, and now for my splurge… My friend kept telling me about the Coach outlet and how it was so big and wonderful. I had to go there after hearing about it. It was a great day to go too because they were giving out 30% off coupons. With that, my purchase doesn’t seem so bad does it?

It’s gorgeous right? And for only $182.86 (tax included). So glad we made the stop.

So the handbag is not a normal monthly expense for me, so it’s not going to go in the budget. My rules. :) So, so far, I’ve spent a little under $50 for July. That’s a great start, I think.


Arizona Travels – Pt 1

Posted by Hey Jill on Jul 1, 2012 in Arizona, Fashion, Travel

This year marks Arizona’s centennial. Having lived in Arizona for the last 11 years and only visiting the major cities, it was one of my goals to visit as many Arizona cities as possible. This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Prescott and Jerome.

View from our hotel

Prescott is approximately 90 minutes away from Phoenix. It’s a little bit cooler (not by much, but every bit helps when Phoenix is pushing 115!), a lot greener, and there sure are a lot of hills! We stayed at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. It wasn’t walking distance to downtown Prescott, but it was about a 5 minute drive. Our room was pretty comfy – enough to sleep 6 even though there was only 2 of us.

We headed straight to Whiskey Row – one of Prescott’s main attractions – after checking in at the hotel for dinner and drinks. Whiskey Row basically a nice long row of bars (or saloons, if you will). There’s an eclectic crowd in Prescott the weekend we went. I couldn’t tell if it was like that all the time, or if it was because of the Rodeo in town. Either way, it was fun to people watch. Lots of cowboys and bikers and their ladies.

APS Parade Entry

The next day we went to the Prescott Rodeo Days Parade. One of my clients hosted a BBQ along the parade route so we had great front row seats. The parade seemed to last forever so we took a quick break to go walk around the arts and crafts section. I found someone who was selling hats for dogs. As much as I wanted to purchase one for Paris, I knew she wouldn’t wear it.

After the BBQ, we headed out of Prescott and towards Jerome. I picked Jerome because it wasn’t too far away from where we were and it was also home to Bitter Creek Winery. We first tried wines from Bitter Creek back in February at the Arizona Centennial Celebration. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to do another tasting at the winery. The road to Jerome from Prescott was awful. It was a winding road up the side of a mountain. I hate driving in general. I hate driving uphill and around curves even more.

One of the streets in Jerome

The drive was worth it though. Jerome is such an interesting little town built against the side of a mountain. Apparently, it’s Arizona’s oldest town (I haven’t had time to fact check, so please correct me if I was told wrong). We had our wine tasting (definitely get Bitter Creek’s Death. It’s awesome.) and walked around the town for a bit. I think I’d like to come again in the winter. There was a gorgeous picture of a snowcapped Jerome at the winery that I’d like to see in person. Since the town so up high, you get great views.

Verde Valley

I think Brandon and I are going to try to hit up Tucson next. I’ve been there before, but not really as a tourist exploring the city. While we’re down in Tucson, I think I we might try to go to Bisbee and Tombstone too. Or do a Southern AZ wine tour. There’s a lot to see in Arizona. I just need to get outside of my east valley bubble.



Posted by Hey Jill on Mar 26, 2012 in Inspiration, One Day

I saw this little saying on Pinterest a while ago and though it was just the most adorable thing. What a good standard to use when finding your future husband.


Quick Dinner – Pasta with Ricotta

Posted by Hey Jill on Jan 23, 2012 in Recipes

Monday nights are reserved for dinner at home. The BF usually works all day on Mondays so it’s just easier for us to eat in. Having recently discovered Pinterest and having a strange craving for pasta, I decided to search for pasta recipes for tonight’s dinner. 

Thanks to the Pinterest community, I found this recipe – Bow Tie Pasta and Italian Turkey Sausage Skillet Meal. It was great! It was super quick and easy to make. I made some modifications. The BF doesn’t like sausage, so I just subbed ground turkey and added some garlic powder. He also likes spicy foods so I bumped up the red pepper flakes. The next time I make it, I’ll take out the mozzarella. I wasn’t a fan of it in there. I’ll probably just add extra ricotta.

Overall, great dinner. We’re watching The Firm now on the DVR. I just love quiet Monday nights.

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Posted by Hey Jill on Jan 20, 2012 in Inspiration

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