EDITOR’S BOOK OF THE MONTH: July 2016

For July, I decided to randomly grab a book off of the shelf to be my summer reading for the month.  The only way I knew this was going to work was by going to the thriller’s section at our local bookstore, close my eyes and pull the first book I touch.  Slowly opening my eyes, I almost got discouraged as it was a James Patterson’s book (haven’t found many that I have liked so far) but gave it a chance as the plot line was based in Stockholm, Sweden.

SIDE NOTE: For those of you who don’t already know, I am a dual citizen – both Swedish and American.  Hence why the location of this book jumped out at me… it was like a bright, neon sign flashing in front of me during the most homesick part of my summer!

The book begins with no hesitation, launching you into a murder scene in Europe involving innocent tourists.  New York detective Jacob Kanon flies all the way over to begin a chase all around continental Europe in hopes of catching the killers.  When another postcard is delivered to a Swedish journalist, Kanon jumps on the first flight in hopes of catching the murderers before it is too late.

While I won’t deny that this is not the most intriguing book I have ever read, it was easy enough to read that I was able to complete it within only a couple of days.  It keeps you wanting to flip to the next page to see what was going to happen, were the bad guys going to be caught, or who was the next couple whom would be matched up.

Overall I would give this book 3.5 stars out of 5, worth a read if you can find it at the library or borrow a copy from a friend.

**Just found out that this book will be released on the big screen in 2007**

What have been your favorite summer reads so far?

Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

Swedish cinnamon rolls are by far one of my favorite things to bake in the world!  Growing up half American/half Swedish, my Mom has always made sure that we stay close to our heritage and for me – that was really through baking.

Enjoy!

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EDITOR’S BOOK OF THE MONTH: JUNE 2016

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Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies tells the story of a single Mom Jane and her son Ziggy right after they relocate to a small beach town Pirriwee in Australia.  Soon after the move Jane quickly befriends two women during a kindergarden orientation day for their children.  As the book progresses, so does their friendship which leads to secrets, betrayal and internal struggles bubbling to the surface.

To be completely honest, I didn’t get through this book very quickly.  Not because I didn’t like the story  line or the characters but because I started it on my honeymoon and as soon as we got back I was jam packed with 101 things that took priority.  I know what you are thinking, “What takes priority over YOU time?”  Well, we moved houses and I got a new job – so “me” time had to wait.  When I finally did pick up the book again, I can say with 100% confidence that I did not put it down.  I think this is due to the fact that it keeps you guessing through out the entire 460 pages.  The thing that really kept me going was the fact that you are following a police investigation but you are not sure exactly why or what is going to be the reason for the police to be involved.  Only in the last couple of pages do you actually learn what the crime was and who committed it.

Overall, I would give this book 5 stars out of 5 and recommend anyone to read it (especially before the movie comes out in 2017)

Have you read any of Liane Moriarty’s books and if so which ones?

Starting a Routine with your New Hubby!

Someone once told me that when you go in to the doctor to take a stress test, the first three questions they ask you are, “1. Have you recently moved? 2. Do you have a new job? 3. Are you planning a large event?”  It didn’t take me long to answer all three of them… yes, yes and YES!  Within the past 3 months I have moved apartments, started a new job and got married – to top it all off… I also turned 30. My life has been utter chaos and for being a newly wed, my husband and I have not had a single chance to enjoy matrimony.  That is why we decided that we need to get our shit back together and force ourselves to set a well balanced, daily routine now that we have moved and (almost) finished unpacking.  That is why we decided it is time to start fresh, begin this married life together right and start a very new routine!

Can you remember the last time you had to start a new routine?

Creating a routine is never easy for anyone.  Can you remember the last time you had to start a new routine?  I bet you that it was difficult, frustrating, exhausting and down right despicable.  At least that is how I remember having to start my last routine.  So when my husband suggested we begin a new routine so we can try to get back to our energetic and happy lifestyle, we had to get back to the basics – I was scared to say the least.  For days and weeks he has been trying his best to get me on board and I finally agreed this evening.  In order to convince me that this miserable time would be worth it – but there is one caveat… I am going to record a every step of the journey.  So here it goes…

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Monthly calendar has recently been hung!

You are probably thinking, “So what’s this ultimate, magical plan of yours?”
*side note: We have never done this before and this is not guaranteed to work*
That’s a great question – for the next 6 weeks, we will be selecting 1 aspect of our routine to nail down.  But until it can get anymore complicated, we decided that to make a list and post it would make us accountable.

So here are 6 steps to create a well balanced household:

  1. Wake up at 6am every morning without hitting snooooooooooze
  2. Weekly meal prep to have 5 lunches and 5 dinners at our fingertips for the work week
  3. Work out 4 days a week – incorporating running in hopes of training for another half marathon
  4. Go to sleep by 11pm together every night
  5. Take one walk a day together with the dog
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New routine list right above the coffee!

For the first week, we decided to go easy – we choose number 5, take one walk with the dog together every night.  Fingers crossed!!

What kind of new routine have you recently started?

 

What, I lost weight… Are you sure?!

Date: May 10th, 2016
Weight: 136.4 Lbs (-3.6 in two weeks, -39.6 overall)
Left-over points from last week: -19 active points left over (I blame it on the new job… makes an easy out LOL)

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Week 0: Am I in over my head?

Date: April 27th, 2016
Weight: 140 Lbs (+1 from last week)
Left-over points from last week: -35 (not proud of it, but trying to stay honest)

Now if you have been read my last post, you would think that since this is my fourth time on Weight Watchers it would make it a lot easier for me to get in the swing of things.  LIES!! In reality, this is completely false and I have no one to blame but myself!!  Once you lose the swing of a good habit that you have created whether it be a workout routine, meal plan, writing a blog post a week, reading a book a month or anything else you can imagine – it turns out to be a lot harder to jump back on the bandwagon.

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Almond Flour Pasta (Gluten Free)

Servings: 8
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute 
Total time: 31 minutes
WeightWatchers SmartPoints Value: 5

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Glory Hole Recreation Area, Angels Camp, California

For the next couple of months, my husband and I have decided that we want to try to go camping in Northern California at least once a month for as long as the weather allows (and seeing as we are in California, I am hoping it will be until the end of October!!)  So, being the spontaneous family we are, we took first chance we got which was last weekend, April 22nd – 24th 2016 and our first stop was Glory Hole Recreation Area, Angels Camp, California.

Now I am not going to lie, we strategically chose the Glory Hole because what it’s name represents in slang terms.  How awesome is it to be able to honestly say, “I have pitched a tent in California’s Glory Hole?” Ummmm…. maybe it is only funny to my husband and I… but I couldn’t get enough of it LOL.

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Why start a blog you ask?

Everyone has their own reason for why they wanted to start a blog. Sometimes it is because you want a creative outlet to share your ideas, or you want to share a specific journey that you are about to embark on, or you are simply hoping that it can be something that you can monetize.  For me, I guess you can say that it is a combination of all of these reasons plus more.  What do I mean by that, you ask.  The answer is easy, my mind is constantly consumed by different thoughts wether it be ideas, projects, life, work, or adventure (to name a few) and I needed a place that I could put all of them.

Next question you are going to probably ask is, “So what are we going to expect with enjoisundae?”  The best answer I can come up with is, we are not quite sure yet but I hope that it is going to be a compilation of our creativity (design, DIY, recipes), our passions (food, fitness, health) and a look into how we live day to day.  Over time it will probably be focused on just a couple of these, but for now it is simply an outlet.

Hope that you enjoi!

Why did you start your blog and/or what do you look for when finding blogs to read?

 

My Journey to a New Lifestyle… Attempt #4

Since I was very young, I had always struggled with my weight.  I may have been a junior national diver, but my eating habits caused me to continue to stay just a little heavier than the norm.  Although it may sound cliche, I told myself time after time that today is the day that I am going to change and become healthy – but that day never came.  I kept starting a fad diet, doing it for about a week and then finding an excuse to cheat.

I told myself time after time that today is the day that I am going to change and become healthy

In 2005, I started my first go at Weight Watchers but only online.  It was only my second year at college and I was surrounded by people who didn’t care in the slightest what they ate, how much they drank or going to the gym.  I found myself paying for months of a program that I hadn’t even opened yet (see how I purposely didn’t say ‘app’… don’t forget it was 2005).  Eventually I got my lazy ass around to cancelling my subscription and moved on with my life.

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