Day in the Life — May 2017

It’s been five months since my last Day in The Life post so I thought it’d be fun to change things up today and share a glimpse into my Tuesday. If you want to peek behind the curtain more often, follow me (@megkayrich) on Twitter and Instagram!

6 AM: My alarm goes off. I debate sleeping in and just straightening my hair, but decide to get up and curl it instead.

6:30 AM: After my hair is fixed and I’m dressed, I take Murphy out for a little walk and for him to do his business. He is not a morning pup, so once he’s done, he gets back in bed with Ryan while I tidy up the house (wash any stray dishes, prep lunches, etc) and fix his KONG toys for the day.

7 AM: Finish up any chores, scroll through social media, get the paper and head out the door. Ryan works later in the day, so I leave him and Murphy in bed for a couple more hours.

7:15ish AM: Lately breakfast has been very grab-and-go. It’s a very busy season at my job, and I like to get to work early and get started on some of my big projects before the office gets really busy. 

7:35 AM: Get to work. It’s me, my boss and one reporter. It’s nice and quiet. I answer some emails and get started on work.

9 AM: Most of the reporters and my other co-workers are in the office by now. We talk about the local news, what’s new on Netflix and any other office gossip. I also try to take a couple laps around the building at this point. I hate sitting for so long. I really wish we could have standup desks.

9:30 AM – Noon: Work work work work work work. Lots of emails, phone calls, meeting, and writing.

12:15 PM: Head home for lunch. Let Murphy out of his crate, play fetch, eat lunch.
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1:30 PM: Back to work. More writing and meetings.

3:30ish PM: Snack time! Great Harvest banana chocolate chip muffins are the best afternoon treat.

5 PM: Leave work and head home!

5:15ish PM: Play some fetch with Murphy before starting my workout. Lately, I’ve been doing 2-3 miles on the treadmill, some free weights and abs.
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6 PM: Start dinner. Tonight is tacos!

6:35 PM: Ryan gets home! We eat dinner and watch some tv.

7:30 PM: We stretch and sometimes do pushups and crunches in our living room. We love some healthy competition. I also lose when it comes to pushups.

8:15 PM: Watch a few episodes of The Office, our favorite show. No matter how many times we watch it, it never gets old.
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9:30-10 PM: Get ready for bed. Lights out.

Pretty normal schedule to me, but I still love these posts. What did your day look like?

Birthday weekend 

I’m officially 25! I can now rent a car by myself and my car insurance went down. Yay adulthood.

My birthday weekend started off with a potluck at work on Friday. Also cookie cake. Which is a birthday necessity. 

Saturday morning we hit the road for our weekend getaway in STL. Thankfully Ryan and I like the same music and love listening to comedy, so our roadtrip was filled with lots of karaoke and tears from laughing so hard.

STL has become one of my favorite cities and I love getting to go to several baseball games throughout the year. We’ve done all the touristy things before, but I loved that our hotel was right by the arch. It made my morning coffee that much better!

Sunday we got so burnt from being in the sun all day, but it was so worth it to see the Cardinals beat the Giants. It was the perfect way to spend my day turning 25.

Now it’s back to the real world this week. The good news is, after five days of work, I get a three day weekend! Happy Monday, friends! Let’s make it a good week.

Setting up a mimosa bar

So I know there hasn’t been a ton of every day running on the blog lately, but I’ve been in a funk and have over-committed to too many events, so here we are.

I always want this blog to be about my life and since it’s birthday weekend, here is a fun post about how to set up a mimosa bar for your next party!

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What You’ ll Need

  • Prosecco/Champagne
  • Fruit
  • Fruit Juice
  • Champagne Flutes
  • Pitchers
  • Bowls for Fruit
  • Beverage Tub
  • Labels
  • Decor

How To Make Them

To take the guesswork out & set up a chalkboard sign with instructions that read:

  • Pour the Bubbly
  • Add the Juice
  • Top With Fruit

Have guests serve themselves according to their own preferences, but we recommend a 1:1 ratio of Prosecco/champagne to juice for each mimosa.
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How Much You’ll Need

You can make 6-8 mimosas out of every standard 750 ml bottle of sparkling wine, so for a party of 20 people where each guest will have two or three drinks we recommend buying about 6-8 bottles of Prosecco.

I recommend serving four different kinds of juice — everyone loves options.

The easiest/most popular options are orange juice, strawberry lemonade, cherry juice, and an orange-mango juice. Most people will opt for the classic orange and bubbly mix, so stock up on a larger bottle of OJ. Smaller bottles should be fine for the rest, but it’s your party, so stick up as you see fit! As for the fruit, pick up a few pints of whatever is in season.

Decorate!

Now add some sparkle, garland, balloons, whatever else you want and call it a day. Hosting should be and not super stressful. Make it a party, call it a day and go party with your girls.

Enjoy & bottoms up!

Friday Favorites v.50

HAPPY FRIYAY. I have been looking forward to this weekend for a while because it’s my birthday weekend. I turn 25 on Sunday and I am pretty excited!

One 8 hour work shift is all that stands between me and the weekend — so let’s get it started!

1. Since I’ve already talked about it, it should be no surprise that the number 1 thing I am loving this week is my upcoming birthday weekend!
Ryan and I are heading off to St. Louis tomorrow morning for some fun, good food and lots of baseball! STL has become my annual birthday trip and I look forward to it every year.
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This summertime-like weather puts me in the best mood! While I understand there is a purpose for every season, summer is by far my favorite.

2. Roseanne is coming back! I love this show growing up. It reminded me so much of my own family, it was hilarious.

3. As I mentioned on Wednesday, I’ve read about Suja before on social media and other various healthy living blogs I follow, but have never given it a try until this week. I picked two bottles up at Kroger when I was doing my weekly grocery shopping and I am hooked!

4. We are having a potluck today. I brought cookie cake in celebration of my birthday!

5. I ordered my Fancy Floral Simplified Planner on Wednesday and I AM SO EXCITED for it to get here. I love putting pen to paper and planning my days and weeks ahead. I love the brand and the story behind Emily Ley. Check her out.
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6. My sweet intern left me on Friday and gave me flowers and the sweetest card! I love mentoring younger students and I am so thankful to be in a career I love.

7. The giveaway goodies I won from Julie Wendell arrived Wednesday! If you’re into lifestyle blogs and cute party ideas, go check out her blog!

8. Oh Murph. Looks like someone got bored while I was running on the treadmill earlier this week.

Friday Favorites v.49

There isn’t much to say except that this week has been crazy and I so so thankful for the weekend. 

Let’s talk Favorites, get through today and go home to our pjs and some wine. Deal? 

1. National Fitness Month: The Full Body Runner’s Workout.

2. Finally got a pedicure! My toes were hurting and in desperate need of a pretty spring color! Also, this is a random picture from my work parking lot when we had a fire drill earlier this week.

3. Channeled my inner Leslie Knope and had breakfast for dinner on Wednesday while watching Survivor.

4. I picked up a few things at Target earlier this week and ended up leaving with the cutest pineapple shirt for only $6!

5. For lunch on Tuesday, I ate at the cutest bed and breakfast in McLean County. 


6. Well this recipe looks delicious.

7. I’m thankful this weekend will include time with both sides of my family. Hug your mom and grandmas this weekend and tell every mother figure in your life Happy Mother’s Day. 

8. Someone really likes car rides. I was cleaning my car out and Murphy thought it was time to go for a ride. 

Weekend Catch Up

Happy Monday, friends! This weekend was a busy one in the Richardson household, but it was filled with good food and drinks, sports and friends! This post is a little random, but here is a look into my weekend!

What did your weekend look like?

Friday night we celebrated Cinco de Mayo at home with lots of tacos and margaritas. Not that we need excuse to make tacos, but one always helps 😉

*Those plastic margarita glasses were only 99 cents at Kroger!

I mentioned on Friday in my Friday Favorites post that I was going to meet one of my best friend’s son for the first time! He is so handsome and I was so happy to get in lots of baby cuddles.

Ryan and I both drew Irish War Cry in our respective Derby pools at work, but alas, no win for us. Congrats to everyone who picked Always Dreaming to win the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Chick-fil-A is always a good idea. I hate cooking on the weekends so getting CFA always feels like a treat!

I finally picked up a pair of calf sleeves yesterday from Academy Sports and I can’t wait to try them out! These are the ones I got if you’re curious.

The rest of this week should include lots of graduation-related projects at work, treadmill running and yard work.

Bring it on.

*T-minus two weeks until my birthday! Insert confetti emoji.

Monomeal for breakfast

So the other day on Instagram I saw a post from one of the healthy living bloggers I follow about the concept of eating a monomeal. It’s intrigued me, so I decided to do some research.

A monomeal is a meal comprised of one food, usually raw fruits or vegetables. Simple as that! For example, a bowl of fresh pineapple chunks or six oranges or a smoothie of just bananas and water or half a watermelon or a medley of bell pepper slices.

Basically, we have complicated our lives and our food. More is not better.

Think about a smoothie. Smoothies with 10 ingredients are usually unnecessary – try a smoothie with only 3-4 ingredients. Your gut will thank you.

Benefits to eating monomeals.

I’ve been trying a monomeal for breakfast a few days a week for about two weeks. Last week, I had a bowl of pineapple one day and then three apples on another day.

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Digest fully everything you eat. If there is gas or bloating, then you are not digesting your food properly. Simplify and see what foods work well for you.

While I don’t think this is some life-changing idea. I do like the simplicity behind it. I feel like it’s helping my gut and it’s easy to fix in the morning. Basically a win-win.

What do you think about eating monomeals?

Soul2Soul concert recap

So I mentioned on the blog a couple weeks ago in one of my Friday Favorites post that I had won two tickets to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul2Soul tour. Well, the concert was Friday night and it was awesome!


I have been a huge Tim and Faith fan basically all my life, so to see the two together in concert was amazing.

I took a vacation day from work on Friday and Ryan and I headed to Louisville around lunch so we could explore the city some and eat before the concert.

During the opening band, two of our friends surprised us and showed up with seats right next to ours!

***Some background info for you – the tickets we won were from our local country radio station. Several of us at work teamed up together to win a radio game called Codebreakers. The game lasted four weeks and every week was a new prize. Week one was a concert lovers package with tickets to five different concerts. Since I picked the winning numbers, I got to choose a pair of tickets that I wanted and the rest were split among the others at work. Well the week four prize was another concert lovers package of sorts and had more tickets to see Tim and Faith. The two other girls from work had won that morning and left work early to make it to the concert and surprise us! It was such a fun time and I’m glad we all got to experience it.***

Tim and Faith performed some of their most recent big hits like, “Speak To A Girl,” “Humble and Kind” and a song off their album they are working on currently that will release this fall “Breakaway.”


They also sang old favorites like “This Kiss,” “Breathe,” Live Like You Were Dying,” and “I Need You.”

My favorite part of the concert is where Tim stopped singing and let the entire crowd sing the chorus to “Live Like You Were Dying.” Seriously, it gave me chills. It was such a cool moment.


While I hated for the concert to end, I am so glad we got the chance to go! And for free!

Driving home in the rain and hail wasn’t fun, but thankfully we made it back okay. I crashed as soon as we got home and ended up writing this recap from my laptop in bed.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Back with some more running and recipes later this week!

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

Friday Favorites v. 47

It’s FRIDAY! I am off work today and headed to Louisville to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul2SOul tour!

I hope you all have a fun weekend with family and friends. I’ll report back Monday with lots of pictures from the concert, but feel free to follow along with me on my Instastory – @megkayrich.

Now. Let’s talk favorites!

1. YES. This is me. Anyone else jam out in the car while driving to/from work? The best is when a good song comes on when I leave work at 5 p.m. It puts me in such a great mood for the rest of the night.

2. Family creates Blockbuster at home for son with autism after store closes. This is so precious. Family first. Always.

3. Such a good read on detoxes and “detox diets”. Get the facts before you start any type of lifestyle change.

4. We have had some gorgeous weather this week. All of the sunshine is making me itch to be on the lake. I love spending summer weekends on the water. 

5. So Ryan has been playing this game on his phone called BALLZ all week. It’s super addicting and pretty fun. Now instead of Candy Crush, I’m playing this all the time.

6. This. Thanks, MilePosts.
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7.  Oiselle turned 10 years old this week! They have been having some great sales all week long and I am ready to press buy with a cart full of goodies like these Roga shorts and flyte tank.

8. Murphy thinks he is king of the bed. We get our new king-sized bed lat week and it is AMAZING. Seriously best adult purchase we’ve ever made.
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Friday Favorites v.45

Happy Friday! I know many of you probably have the day off, but journalists never get holidays, so I’m at work waiting for the weekend begin! Like many of you, I have lots of family time planned for this weekend, especially with Easter being on Sunday. While I always get to see my family since they live so close, Ryan’s parents are coming in for the weekend, so it’ll be nice to have everyone in one place!

Before the weekend begins (at least for me!) let’s go over some of my favorites from this week.

1. Brooks Greenlight Capris for $20! What a deal. Guys, I love these capris and totally plan on buying some more. They have other colors on sale too, but they are around $25ish.
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2. I’ve mentioned on here before that Anne at Fannetastic Food is one of my favorite healthy living/running bloggers. Earlier this week she shared a post called Mix & Match Grain Salad Bowl Recipes and it totally inspired some of my lunches for the week.

3. Grapefruit Mojito recipe from Somethin’ Southern. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to give it a try this weekend!

4. I feel like I am finally getting faster! I killed all of my workouts this week and even my pace on casual runs has been a little faster than normal. Since I’m thinking about getting back into training for a half, this is super exciting! Maybe a sub-2 is possible this year?!
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5. I celebrated my two year work anniversary on Thursday! I’m so happy to be back in my hometown and working at a job that I love with people who are pretty great.

6. I follow @Disney on Twitter and earlier this week they tweeted this cute picture. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies of all time and this quote instantly made my smile. Plus I love all of the flowers.
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7. Olympian Desiree Linden looks to end 32-year U.S. drought at Boston Marathon.

8. Just in case you missed all of the adorbale-ness that is Murph-dog. Check out my post from last weekend when Murphy and I had a mini photoshoot in the backyard.

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