Friday was quite the day!
I’ve been slowly making my way through the rebranding process over the past couple months with the help of Morgan (that I met through Kylie) who recently started Levant Design Co. She was amazing in helping me capture the feel I was going for with the blog – clean, lots of white space and airy with a feminine feel. And she was so fun to work with! I highly recommend if you’re ever in the market for branding. I then took that branding board to Shari over at Little Blue Deer Design and she was like a magician! Within 48 hours she had totally transformed my blog and super pleasant and efficient to work with – and affordable! I’ve had some not so positive experiences with blog design in the past, but this time around I want to shout to the rooftops how smooth my experience with both Morgan and Shari was. So that was most of Friday…getting everything ironed out and set up with the blog.
And it feels so fresh and new now! My mind feels clearer because the blog is so much more organized, functional and cleaned up. I hope you guys like it too 🙂
By the time 6pm rolled around Nick and I found ourselves still staring at computer screens. And I quickly realized it was Friday and work time was over. So I rummaged the pantry to make the most random cheese plate ever.
I’m trying to clean out the pantry and so the randomness of this board included sharp cheddar, graham crackers, jam (actually a good combo) pretzels and mustard, cheese crackers and pecorino and some honey pecans. Random but still tasty.
We had originally planned to head to Boston to look for an apartment this weekend…but Wednesday night we nixed the idea (updates on the move coming later this week..) so we didn’t have many plans going into the weekend. While snacking on cheese, we bought tickets to a jazz club and decided to have a date night in the West Village.
We biked up to Spunto, one of our favorite pizza places, and cozied up at the bar. We ordered some wine and split a large pizza – half veggie and half veggie + pepperoni.
After dinner we walked over to Mezzrow, which is really cozy and intimate jazz club that almost feels like a speakeasy. We ordered a whiskey – on the rocks for me and neat for Nick – and settled in.
I don’t really know that much about jazz and have never paid to go listen to jazz, but it was so relaxing and fun. If you want a low key night in New York, highly recommend this place!
We taxied home, ate ice cream + cookies and headed to bed. Usually three drinks (spaced out over time) is my limit for still feeling good when I wake up…but my body was not having it Saturday morning despite feeling totally fine when I went to bed Friday night. Blahhh.
I’ve had peppier Saturday mornings…
Lesson learned, don’t end the night with whiskey. But the show must go on! Nick made coffee, I made breakfast and prepped for a Nutshell client. English muffin with cream cheese and everything seasoning on one side, jam on the other plus scrambled eggs with spinach.
After my client call, I went on an hour walk and listened to a new audio book, Dance Stand Run. By the time I got back from the walk I was feeling much better. Breakfast + coffee + fresh air ….whole new woman.
Saturday afternoon was rainy and cold so I hunkered down inside and watched several episodes of Grey’s while going through old blog posts. Ohhhh my. Five years later and so much has changed. I’m archiving a lot of 2012 to 2013 posts since I was sipping the “clean eating and kale saves the world” kool aid and that is the antithesis of my message now. I’m going back through my older posts that are still relevant and cleaning up some of the language so they align more with intuitive eating and health at every size. There’s still some diet language in a lot of those older posts even when I’m writing about eating more and decreasing stress. So anyways, a very tedious process but one that is so important as this space continues to grow. I never want someone to read a post from 2017 and then a post from 2014 and feel confused. All that to say, I’ve been on my own journey both personally and professionally too!
Lunch Saturday was a green smoothie + popcorn + banana bread with nutella + a whole milk vanilla latte. Weekend lunches usually look like this.
Nick and I had Saturday night dinner plans with friends but then life happened, unexpected stuff came up that became a priority and we cancelled plans. Instead, we spent the night at home and grabbed dinner at Hudson Eats which is basically a huge food court with lots of fast casual restaurants. I ordered sweet potato fries from Unami Burger and then got a bowl from Dig Inn that was chicken, brussels and cauliflower over greens and farro.
Sunday was a new day. We slept in and spent the morning reading. I snacked on a banana and pb and later on made pumpkin pancakes with scrambled eggs for brunch. The exact same ones as we made a few weekends ago. Topped with pb + banana and butter.
I wrote and sent out this week’s email newsletter and then Nick and I went on a 3 mile jog for some fresh air. I will miss running along with west side highway so I’m trying to soak up as much of it as I can.
On the way home, I stopped into Whole Foods and grabbed a few groceries for the week.
Talked to a couple of girlfriends in the afternoon. Ate the same lunch as yesterday – smoothie, popcorn and the last piece of banana bread. We looked at apartments in Boston and found one we really really like. So we spent a good bit of the afternoon calling the broker and talking through that. I’m in this weird place where I’m really excited about the move, but it doesn’t quite feel real yet since nothing in our New York life has changed that drastically. Maybe when we start packing this week things will feel real..
Later on I baked this loaf of pumpkin bread from one of my favorite cookbooks, At Home In The Whole Food Kitchen. My friend gave it to me as a wedding gift and I use it weekly.
I took a slice to eat as we ran out the door to bike up to church. The cinnamon sugar walnut swirl is what makes this bread! I’ll now be swirling cinnamon sugar into every loaf of quick bread I make.
Sunday evening wrapped up with a simple and random dinner of black beans with melted pepper jack + green beans + roasted white sweet potatoes.
After dinner, I made some granola while chatting with a friend on the phone. Planned out Monday. Ate a cookie out of the freezer. And tucked into bed early.
How was your weekend? Any new recipes you made? Share in the comments!
Megan @ A Continual Feast says
Your weekend recaps make me want to live in NYC! Also I love Jess Connolly and really want to read Dance Stand Run – let us know how it is!
haha – I give you the highlights 🙂 Highly highly recommend Dance Stand Run!
Love the new look – very exciting and perfect timing with your transition to Boston and job situations!
We have moved several times and I do not think it feels real til you are packing and then when you are actually in your new life. Very exciting time for you guys though.
Thank you Suzanne 🙂 <3
I spent the weekend in Boston and am now adding it the list of places that I want to live after I finish my NP program (which is going fabulously, thank you for your email pointing me in the right direction 🙂 ) I’ve been to Boston several times before but it’s been a while since the last time and I forgot how much I like it!
I’m so glad you are enjoying the program!! I hope you come to Boston – we love it too 🙂
Carrie this fit chick says
Oh how I LOVE speakeasies! Whiskey on the rocks is my choice too! That bread looks SO dense- I want to take a bite right from the screen!
The bread is fabulous and I highly recommend!
Emily Swanson says
Those cheesy black beans look SO GOOD, and you and Nick find the best pizzas. 🙂 I love that you were able to enjoy some sunshiny weather together with a 3 mile jog.
I really love your new website redesign. It’s so pretty and feminine and fresh! 🙂
Thank you Emily <3
Love the new blog look, Robyn!!
Thanks Hillary 🙂
Amber @ Bloom Nutrition Therapy says
I love, LOVE the blog’s new look! I definitely like how your posts scroll along the top. I used to blog at a different space and much of my older blogs were also riddled with “diet talk”. I now blog at my current spot and am slowly moving relevant posts over and republishing them there. It is very tedious! But just like you, I feel it is important for the integrity of my space for my community.
Sidenote – Those black beans with melted cheese look SOOO good! Never thought about doing that!
It’s tedious but worth it! It was random but so tasty!
I really love the new look! I’m also really glad you spoke to your own personal journey and how you’re touching up some old posts. A few weeks ago I stumbled across a post from 2015 and was definitely confused just by the difference in messages between then and now. Even sometimes lately with the more “diety” cookbooks shown it can be a little perplexing considering the overall positive nature of your message. Thanks for the work you do!
Thank you Caroline and thanks for the feedback 🙂 I think you’re alluding to perhaps the Oh She Glows cookbook? Some of these cookbooks are “plant based” and I think for some people that could be triggering, for others it could simply be another collection of fun recipes. I depend on where each person is personally on their journey…just like we don’t want to glorify eating a certain way, I also don’t want to tie a morality to vegan cookbooks making them “bad” if they don’t have a diet message (weight loss, changing your body etc) if that makes sense? If the recipes are delicious and a fun/interesting addition to our meal routine, I think that’s healthy (I’m not vegan and would feel restricted eating that way so the recipes are an addition, not a guideline) But you bring up a great point – in that perhaps I should write a bit about that so it’s clear for readers and to shed some light on these kinds of cookbooks. Thank you for sharing, truly!
Hi Robyn, I’m a long time reader and a huge fan of everything you do. Recently I have been working extra hard at practicing real intuitive eating after a small slip up over the summer where I fell back into restrictive habits. I’m a 16 year old girl and I have only had one period since I was 13 (I got it back once in June, right before I started trying to “tone up.” Big mistake.) I had my period for 2 years prior to losing it in 2015 and I know I lost it because of my past with restrictive habits. I really want to recover for real this time, and I am trying to push myself every day. As a ballet dancer, it is hard for me because I dance quite often, and I have to look at my body in a tight fitting leotard in front of huge mirrors almost on a daily basis. I have also never been underweight, but I suppose I am under my body’s set weight. I came farther in recovery than I ever have this year up until this summer, and there is truly nothing I regret more than making the choice to try and lose a little bit of the weight I had gained. I am in a bad place once again, but your words and Kylie’s blog are so, SO helpful to me. I have read every one of your posts for almost 2 years, and I cannot tell you how comforting you are to me. I look up to you so, SO much. I really need to recover all the way this time so I can heal my body and get my cycle back, and also so I can finally live my life. I have missed out on so much because of my eating disorder and I cannot take it anymore. Anyways, sorry to ramble, but I was just wondering if you knew any more RD’s with blogs or just helpful websites in general for intuitive eating and recovery? Yours and Kylie’s blogs seem to be the only intuitive eating blogs that don’t still have bits of restriction or disordered eating snuck in here and there. I can’t seem to find anyone else who really preaches true IE and HAES. I would appreciate it so much if you could let me know if you know of any other blogs like yours. I love you so so so much, Robyn, and I am so thankful for everything you’ve helped me through. You mean more to me than you will ever know. <3
Hi Ava! Thank you for sharing your story with such vulnerability. I know I can speak for Kylie too that knowing the blog posts have resonated and encouraged you means so much to us <3 I highly recommend
Marci Evans writes a good blog (although her posts aren't as frequent) https://marcird.com/blog/
Jessi Haggerty also writes a great blog https://www.jessihaggerty.com/blog/
Haley Goodrich also writes an amazing blog https://www.inspirdnutrition.com/blog/
I need to be on the lookout for more!
Nicole @ Laughing My Abs Off says
OMG that pumpkin bread though! Also, yes, coffee really does cure all hehe. And I wish I lived closer to Battery Park bc it seems like a great place to run! Though going to college at Georgetown gives pretty nice waterfront run opportunities as well 🙂 And I love jazz for a low-key night <3