1/31/16

Meal Plan 2.1-2.7

Happy Sunday! I hope you're all resting up and preparing for a new week AND a new month! I love that the new month of Febraury (which happens to be my second favorite month of the year - my birthday month of April being my fave) starts on the first day of a new week.

Talk about new beginnings!

Some friends and I are participating in a month-long LOVE YOUR BODY challenge that focuses on health, fitness, and self care. I'm really excited to get my mind right this month, since January really did me in.

One way that I'm preparing for my new month is meal planning.

This is something I've done pretty regularly since B and I moved in with each other (about 2.5 years ago!), but lately have been slacking with either planning or following through with what I had scheduled.

And since you guys are always asking me where I got my recipes when I post photos on my Instagram, I'm sharing my plan here on the blog for you guys!


Monday: Garlic & rosemary pork tenderloin

Tuesday: One skillet chicken w/ lemon & garlic cream sauce (substituting greek yogurt for the heavy cream to make it a tad healthier)

Wednesday: Baked parmesan garlic & herb salmon in tin foil

Thursday: Skillet chicken w/ mustard cream sauce (just realized I have two of these types of recipes for the week! May change this last minute to lemon & rosemary chicken - a favorite in our house)

Friday: Black bean & feta turkey burgers (B LOOOOOOVES this recipe -- I add the feta myself)

Saturday: Herb & garlic butter salmon baked in tin foil (something about the tin foil changes the flavor of the salmon)

Sunday: Caramelized butter nut squash with sausage and brussel sprouts (the recipe doesn't add meat but I LOVE adding sausage or chicken to this dish)

What do you guys have on your menu for dinner?

1/20/16

It's a Glamorous Way to Hustle

When I turned 30 I had this big vision of rebranding myself and stepping away from the blog that I have had for 5+ years now.

“I’ve outgrown Glamorous Hustle,” I said. “I need something more grown up that I can grow with.”

Everyone thought I was nuts. This was my identity. This was what people remember.

I would get comments on my blog from people I’ve never met before telling me how much my posts hit home. I’d speak with friends who would constantly tell me how much they enjoyed reading my blog.

So, why did I want to change so bad?

I took a hiatus to test out some things on the back end and see what I thought would work better for me. And at the beginning of the month I launched it.

“Introducing the new Megan Muller blog.”

*YAWN!*

And let me tell you, the feedback totally spoke to it. Yes, it was my name. And yes, it had my face on it. But, it wasn’t the blogger that I had grown to love, or the bloggers that others had grown to love!

So, it’s back.

I’m so freaking excited!!!!

Glamorous Hustle is officially back in business and not going anywhere. I can promise you that. Mark my words, this baby is here to stay (unless grandkids come one day and officially think I’m lame – then we’ll revisit it).

What you’ll see here? LOTS of self-improvement. You may recall me saying that this is “The Year of Meg.” Well, I’ve already taken big strides in making sure that’s a reality.

I’m working on a few programs with Beachbody to get my body back to where it was in 2014. And I’ve just recently teamed up with the doctors of Proactiv to ensure that my skin is in tip-top shape as I age into my 30’s (still getting used to that saying).


I’ll share more about everything I’m doing in some upcoming posts – but for now, I’m back!

1/13/16

Insights from a life learner

I’ll let you in on a little secret about me. I want to do it all. Literally, if I could be a student for the rest of my life and not have to worry about debt or paying bills I would totally do it. 

When I was little, I always said, “I want to be a teacher.” That’s it. My profession until I was a college freshman was always teaching. Until I took a few teaching classes and realized it was just not for me.

Then I went into PR and creative writing. Then journalism and social media. Then magazine publishing. Then advertising. 

Now I work in internal communications and still have my sights on other things for my future!

It’s not that I don’t LOVE what I do – because I do, literally I love my job. But, sitting in one profession and putting all of my focus into one topic for the rest of my life just doesn’t sound fun!
The truth is. I want to do it all.  

1/4/16

Glamorous Hustle 2k16


First off, Happy freakin' New Year! Are you guys excited for 2016 and all it has in store for you? I am.

I have to say, I'm grateful you're even here today. It's been quite a while since I hit publish on a blog post and the fact that you stopped by to see what I have to say makes my heart giddy. 

The fact is, I missed blogging! I missed hitting keys and having a little space of my own to share my thoughts, my journey, my ups, and my downs. So, I'm back!

6/30/15

Currently

LOVING: The soreness I’m feeling in my back, arms, and legs today. B & I started the 21-Day Fix yesterday and are both on a mission to lose the 20+ lbs of winter weight that is still hanging on tight.

READING: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I started this during a recent fly to and from Chicago but haven’t picked it up much since (because of the next category). It’s been really good so far though, so I highly recommend it.

WATCHING:  B and I are binge-watching Game of Thrones. Can I just tell you how difficult it is to see so many people talking about it on Facebook without clicking the links? Like, it’s insane. But oh man is it good.

ANTICIPATING: A long weekend! We have been waiting for my Dad for a few weeks now to help us dig up the space in the back yard for our patio, but due to the weather and construction on our street the project has been at a halt. I think this weekend may finally work in our favor and we may be in business!


LISTENING TO: The Cardio playlist on Spotify. I’ve been on the hunt for some new songs to add to my playlists for the drive home, so I love listening to the pre-made playlists for some tunes that make me want to start dancing.

PLANNING: Major home renos – read: back yard, kitchen, downstairs bathroom, and addition of an upstairs bathroom. I’m nervous excited and can’t wait to see how it all transforms the house.

WORKING ON: My CEO’s blog. Seriously one of my favorite parts of my job!

WISHING: Summer would slow down just a tad. I feel like all the snow JUST melted and we’re already approaching the month of June. How is it that the warm months go so quick and the cold months seem to last forever?


What are your plans for this long weekend?


5/26/15

A very adult MDW

Happy Monday Tuesday everyone!

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's week will be spent thinking today is yesterday, right? Tuesdays seem to go by pretty fast for me, as most of my day is filled with meetings.

How was everyone's MDW? Mine was totally adult. But, I'm happy to report that the enormous dirt pile in our driveway that had previously been filled with around 1,200 paver stones, millions of tiny rocks, about 200 misc stones, and a whole mess of garbage has officially been completely cleared out.

A HUGE thanks to my Mom for spending all of her Monday with B and I as we nearly died from beat through the heat until we hit pavement. The next few days we are expecting to get rain in our neck of the woods so I'm hoping that the huge brown spot where said rock pile once resided will go back to green.

Fingers crossed.

Here are some highlights from my weekend.


Riding dirty in the car with my main girl. Seriously, home girl needs a bath.


Finally set up the wine fridge B's brother bought us for Christmas. We went to visit some friends and my Mom proceeded to let me know about a friend of hers who's neighbor had one that caught on fire, but "thankfully they were home and it didn't burn the whole house down." I really enjoyed the rest of my evening (says a very paranoid fur mom). 


These babies. Is there anything better than babies who you get to snuggle and smooch all over but hand back to their parents to bathe and put to sleep? It also helps that these two are ridiculously gorgeous. 


Morning snuggles with our girl. Elphie is a super snuggler on weekend mornings and tends to take over my pillow. Not seen: Zeke sprawled out between B & I. 


This guy has no idea that next week he's getting fixed. If there is anything more fun than spending a 3-day weekend chasing his sister around a huge fenced in yard, he doesn't care. This boy LOVES life.
 

And this? Just looking at this picture is making me itchy. Our favorite tree in our yard is COVERED in poison ivy. COVERED! It reaches the tippy top of this poor tree. Thankfully my mom is super human and clipped the root (that was thicker than the tree in our front yard) so we could spray the heck out of it. In a few days it'll be raining poison ivy in our backyard when this thing starts to fall. 

Oy vey.

We are so close to being done with yard work. One patio left to build and then we are officially on "pretty it up and enjoy" mode. I'm so looking forward to when that day finally arrives. 

Our meals for the week are kind of all over the place, as we have a first birthday party (that little beauty in the picture up top), a friend coming to stay with us for a day or two, and I have dinner plans with B's mom. So, I'll spare ya the one or two days of meals that I actually have scheduled. 

What did you guys do this weekend?



5/19/15

Revenge of the poison ivy

Guys, would you believe it if I told you that I had poison ivy AGAIN!?

If you follow my Instagram, you'd see that B and I spent the entire weekend finishing up the front walkway. I'm SO proud of how well it came out. Here are some photos of the process.


And here are some closer pics of the finished product.





The blue stuff is grass seed. The construction that we were doing sure did a number on the grass on our front lawn so we have a lot of replanting to do. And then here it is at dusk with the lights!



B says we may have overdone it on the lights, but I like the way it looks. What about you guys?

What you don't see to the right of the house is a final flower bed that is now the home to two bushes and an azalea bush. We have  had ivy on the side of the house that I always loved. It ran along the base of the house and made it look so green there.

Well, I tried to trim the ivy back because it was killing my azalea bushes. Every time I'd pull a vine it would go in a completely different direction, which made it apparent that the ivy was taking over the side flower bed and making it's way INTO the house!

Yes, into the house. It was running underneath the siding and climbing into the basement window. So, it had to go. 

I went to town ripping all of the ivy out. It took me close to an hour easily. And with one big bunch of vines and leaves picked up and thrown to the pile of plants we need to bring to the dump, I turned to see a single, shiny, red leaf

JUST ONE!

But that ONE leaf sure did a number on my tank top, capri pants, sandal-wearing self who hadn't thought to change after Barre3 because "the flower beds are safe and don't have poison ivy."

HA! I pity the fool.

I'm back on a 10-day dose of prednisone, covered in anti-itch cream, and enjoy my sleepless nights filled with itching and tears. 

I have a meal plan for the week (which I'll share below), but lord knows this girl does NOT want to cook dinner in the heat to itch like crazy. 

How was YOUR weekend? 


Monday: B had kickball, so I made myself pesto shrimp with brown rice

Tuesday: Thai spiced turkey burgers (didn't make them this weekend, as we were SLAMMED with work and ended up going out)

Wednesday: Jerk pork chops (again with Tuesday's recipe) and asparagus

Thursday: Lemon & Rosemary chicken w/ brussels sprouts

Friday: Mahi Mahi w/ basil butter over quinoa

Saturday: Having a gal party, so probably will just have apps. Menu still TBD

Sunday: Mango salsa chicken tacos

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to be back to regular soon.





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