Four Ways I Care For Myself

I’m learning that I need to take rest days from exercise, spend time outside, find a way to laugh each day, take frequent deep breaths, and spend some time in the quiet without technology and social media constantly buzzing around.

This type of self-care is new to me but I am noticing a difference.  I remain calm longer, smile easier, and feel like I’m actually living life rather than focusing all my energy on being healthy.  Four Ways I Care For Myself | Life Healthfully Lived Continue reading

Rolla Roomie Reunion 2016

Alliterations are fun and so are roomie reunions.  Good thing both of them are in today’s blog post!

So last week I spent some time with my college roommates in Rolla, Missouri where Ashley lives.  I have been to Rolla before, but this was Jes’ first visit so Ashley got to show her all the sites.  Now, Rolla is quite small.  Yes, there is a university there (Missouri Science and Technology where Ashley works) but it only has 8,000 students.  Those 8,000 students make up most of Rolla.  Needless to say, most of our site seeing was not in Rolla.

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Missouri is kind of pretty… especially the Ozarks

We picked Jes up from the St. Louis airport (almost 2 hours away from Rolla) and had dinner at a Thai place called Pearl’s Cafe.  It was pretty good and I had Tom Kha Gai soup for the first time.  It was probably the best part of my dinner and I’ve tried to recreate it but haven’t gotten it quite right. Soon….

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Again… Missouri isn’t too shabby to look at

The next day after a stop at the Giddy Goat (a coffee place that had good variety for small town USA) we headed out to the Meramec Springs.  This place was really beautiful.  There was a fish sanctuary where you could feed fish (which we obviously did) little bridges, waterfalls, the spring, of course, museums, and trails.  We walked around a bit and drove on the historic drive and saw old homesteads and a really pretty overlook of the Ozark Mountains.


Ashley checking out the Slag Notch. Still don’t know what that means


The fish sanctuary and the fish we fed.


Jes and Ashley by the cavern over the spring.


The actual spring… I thought it would be bubbling or something but it kind of just sits there.


After Meramac, we headed to Sybill’s for lunch.  This place was in a super fancy house and they had some pretty good food.  I got a strawberry avocado spinach salad and even thought it was a little sad when I removed the bacon, bleu cheese, and super sweet dressing, I added some sauteed summer squash and it made a pretty good meal.

Next, we went to The Public House which is a joint winery and brewery in St. James.  This place was really nice and had a lot of indoor and outdoor space.  Their gardens had a variety of yard games like bocci ball, Jenga, and lawn chess.  There was a good selection of beer, cider, and wine and while  played some games and caught up on life.  Overall a great time.

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Jes and her giant knight. They are both very excited

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All the beers and a cider

Finally, we headed to a fudge factory. But not just any fudge factory, oh no.

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Seriously, can’t make this up

Uranus Fudge Factory.  Because the best fudge is found in Uranus.  I can’t make this stuff up guys.  There was also a burlesque dancing bar, tattoo parlor, and a food truck plaza.  Ah, the good ol’ US of A.

That night I made a spaghetti squash casserole that will probably be on the blog this week.  Then we just relaxed, watched Family Guy, old YouTube videos we made back in the day (like this one, you’re welcome Ashley) and laughed. Laughing is always a good thing.

It was a great trip, but I am glad to be back to my routine after over a week away.  I’ve got new recipes to share and fall weather has finally made it’s way to Chicago.  October is here and that means my birthday and anniversary are soon, yay!  Oh, and speaking of anniversaries, Happy One Year Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Meyers!  Have an awesome day and enjoy your new (puppy) addition! Rolla Roomie Reunion 2016 | Life Healthfully Lived

How was your week/weekend?

From Indiana to Missouri

I’m a world-traveler this week!  Ok, not really since I’m primarily staying in the Midwest, but I’m still getting out and about this week.

This weekend Adam and I went camping in Indiana at the Duneswood Campground and it was awesome!  I liked our first camping trip but the weather this time around was amazing.  Pleasantly warm during the day and nice and cool at night.

We got there Friday afternoon and promptly set up camp and bought enough food to feed a small army for a week.  What can I say?  I don’t want to run out of food!  I didn’t take into account the time of year when I started cooking because by 6:15 it was dark and I was prepping food by lantern.

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Food NOT made in the dark

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Oh well, it was still delicious.

Saturday we went hiking and while this trail was not as difficult as the Palisades, most of the trail was also a horse trail and it was covered in sand.  Hiking in sand is a little tiring after about oh…. five minutes.  But we did see some fun things on our hike.

Like this sea bug (which I think is a crawfish?): From Indiana to Missouri | Life Healthfully LivedFrom Indiana to Missouri | Life Healthfully Lived

This adorable frog who held still long enough for me to get his picture: From Indiana to Missouri | Life Healthfully Lived

Neon orange fungus that I’m SURE isn’t poisonous: From Indiana to Missouri | Life Healthfully Lived

We also stopped at the beach really quick but were pretty tired after hiking almost 10 miles.  We came back to camp and I proceeded to make a delicious dinner (I’ll share a recipe soon) while it was still light out and we enjoyed the peace and quiet of the great outdoors.

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Exhausted but we made it to the beach!

This week I’m headed out to Rolla, Missouri to spend some time with my roomies/besties.  I’m super excited because we haven’t all been in the same place since my wedding almost four years ago.  Good times are sure to follow.

I won’t be posting any new recipes this week, but I promise there will be some new ones coming your way soon.  I hope you have a great week!  From Indiana to Missouri | Life Healthfully Lived