Labor Day Healing: Part Two

In case you missed it, here’s Part One!

On Saturday night, I was hit with some sort of stomach bug. I’m not sure where I got it, but it only lasted until the middle of the day on Sunday. My mother was pretty sure it was stress related. I think I believe her.

When I felt a little better on Sunday afternoon, I accompanied my parents on the most distracting outing ever: food shopping. Seriously, there’s nothing better than walking around Trader Joe’s to take your mind off of things.

Here’s my loot:

Trader Joe's

I’m not really sure how I spent more than an hour in TJ’s and only ended up with six things. I usually buy the whole store.

On Monday morning, I met this gorgeous lady in Nyack for breakfast:


I met Mareesa while interning and freelancing for The Saratogian last summer. She was recently offered a position at The Journal News, the newspaper for Rockland and Westchester Counties. This fabulous news meant that she would be moving from Saratoga Springs to Weschester. She now lives only a half hour away from me, which means I get to see her all the time! Her move down here could not have come at a better time!

The restaurant we originally planned to go to was closed (for Labor Day? because it was Monday?), so we ended up at a diner on Main Street instead.

I ordered a delicious iced coffee to start.

Iced Coffee

And decided on the Tijuana Omelet for breakfast:

Tijuana Omelet

It was stuffed with peppers, onions, jack cheese, and salsa. It sounds and looks better than it actually was. The eggs were a little rubbery. I didn’t mind, though. I was there for the company! 🙂

After breakfast, Mareesa and I headed to Target, and spent five hours there. You think I’m kidding…

When we finally parted ways, I went to the gym for a much needed workout, and then home to devour this entire pizza:


I have a serious weakness for fresh tomato, garlic, and cheese. I probably could have eaten the whole thing by myself, but I didn’t because my mom ordered it to share with my brother, Adam, and sister-in-law, Sarah, who were coming over for dinner with my nephew, Nicholas.


I restricted myself to two slices.

I had a wonderful long weekend, and I hope you did, too!

To wrap up this recap, here’s a very blurry, but very adorable picture of my nephew.

Nicholas Have a great Wednesday! <3

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Burritos and an Operation Beautiful Giveaway

If I’m good at anything, it’s making breakfast burritos.


And, no, I don’t feel silly bragging that my specialty is one of the easiest things in the world to make.

Breakfast burrito

You can make these suckers with a variety of ingredients, but I like to keep mine simple.

  • 2 Scrambled Eggs
  • 1 Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla
  • 2 spoonfuls of Newman’s Own Black Bean and Corn Salsa
  • 4 or 5 Slices of Avocado
  • A Generous Sprinkle of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Voila! Breakfast burrito

If you feel compelled to eat your computer screen, please stop reading, and make a breakfast burrito right away.

If you’re not drooling all over your keyboard, please turn your attention to the GIVEAWAY I’m about to announce!

The other day, my wonderful friend, Dara, presented me with the Operation Beautiful Book!

Operation Beautiful

Since I already own a copy, I want to give this one away to one of YOU! (I got Dara’s and Caitlin’s permission, of course!)

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that last summer, I met up with a great group of bloggers in NYC to support Caitlin as she promoted her book on the Today Show.

Operation Beautiful Cheerleaders at the Today Show last summer Al Roker holding my Operation Beautiful Sign

I absolutely adore Caitlin and her blog. Her book is just as fabulous and inspiring as she is!

I know many of you probably already own a copy, but for those who don’t, here’s how to enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post and tell me one thing you do each day to make yourself feel beautiful.

That’s it!

Feel free to spread the word about this giveaway through Twitter, or Facebook. In a separate comment, let me know if you tweet or post about it, and you’ll earn an extra entry!

You have until Midnight EST on Friday, June 17th to enter. I will pick a winner via the random integer generator on Saturday, June 18th.

Good luck!

Operation Beautiful Shirt

Have a great Wednesday! <3

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