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Weekend: We Love Movies + Holiday Party

It somehow became 11 p.m. on Monday (how does that happen?) so here is a quick weekend recap.


Friday morning clients followed by teaching yoga, lunch meeting (salad with avocado and a chickpea sweet potato burger), facial appointment (very needed peel) and then a quiet night at home catching up on work and life.


I defrosted some spaghetti sauce from the freezer and served it over spaghetti squash. We snacked on a cheese plate while we were cleaning the house and cooking dinner.


We watched Meryl Streep’s new movie, Ricki and the Flash which I wish I could say was worth watching but kind of missed the mark.


Sushi Saturday lunch at Y2 after taking and teaching. Apparently this is the new cold weather routine.


We had our studio staff holiday party on Saturday night. You know it’s a yoga party when it ends with crazy yoga poses and acrobatics. Never fails. I got convinced to reenact this Dirty Dancing scene but bailed and pleaded with my friend not to let go of my hands. There is only so much trust one has being lifted overhead after wine. Ha. (The Bounty product placement is thanks to our holiday giving tree where we are collecting donations to support local charities.)


I got up Sunday morning and went a little cray cray decorating the house for the holidays in prep for a party I am hosting this weekend. We broke for brunch at Earl’s Grocery so I wouldn’t have to cook.


Earl’s has definitely become our favorite casual spot to grab good food. I had a grit bowl with cheddar stone ground grits, crispy pork belly, a fried egg and green tomato chow chow. It was yum. Green juice on the side with kale, cilantro, jalepeno and some other good stuff.

I came home from brunch and got busy doing house stuff like cleaning, organizing and doing laundry until I had to teach yoga at 4.


We watched the most amazing Pixar movie on Sunday night, Inside Out. I posted on Facebook about it earlier today and shared messaging about it with both of my classes. It was so wonderful.

The story is about an 11 year hold who moves from her childhood home in Minnesota to San Fransisco with her family due to her father’s job. It mostly takes place in her head and is told by the emotions Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness. It’s a beautiful lesson to children (and powerful reminder to adults) that all of these emotions are important and useful at times. And although it would be great to feel Joy all the time, sometimes Sadness can be an important gateway to experiencing Joy.

Please watch.

And yes, we love movies and staying in and relaxing! πŸ™‚

Have you seen any good movies lately? PLEASE share if you have

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  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West December 7, 2015, 11:59 pm

    Hi Jen! Sounds like a full weekend! I did some Christmas decorating as well, and my party season kicks off this upcoming weekend. As far as Inside Out, I heard it was fabulous but haven’t seen it. I actually haven’t seen a good movie in a while. Have a great week, lady! πŸ™‚ Three cheers for sushi in any season!

    • Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 10:06 pm

      I highly recommend watching it!! So good. I hope you have a great week as well!

  • jen December 8, 2015, 1:07 am

    (i’m also a jen :))

    i just saw creed (in the theatre) this weekend and have been recommending it to EVERYONE. it’s sort of a continuation of the rocky series (except rocky is obviously an old guy now). regardless if you are/were a fan of rocky, though, creed could stand alone, and it was SO good!!

    • Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 10:07 pm

      Sounds good! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Hilary December 8, 2015, 7:08 am

    I love pixar movies, but just animated in general! Can’t wait to watch this, this weekend thanks for the suggestion!

    • Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 10:08 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope you love it as much as I did!

  • Pam December 8, 2015, 9:10 am

    Jen, I loved Rickie and The Flash! You must have to be old to relate to the songs! What I loved about the movie besides Meryl Streep, were the family dynamics, she chased her dream at the sacrifice of her family, and the story line of the unconditional love she had for her children. She was there for them when needed. Her band playing at the wedding was awesome. I thought it was a wonderful movie. Haven’t seen the Pixar one.

  • Amanda December 8, 2015, 9:15 am

    Your food pictures look so yummy! I really want to see Ricki and the Flash, it’s unfortunate it fell flat though. My work Christmas party isn’t half as exciting as yours looks lol. Inside Out looks so cute.

  • Victoria December 8, 2015, 9:57 am

    Just had to comment on the movie part of this post. I am not much of a movie person.. I’d rather drink wine and talk/listen to music/cook/play cards as opposed to watch movies. Worst case I’d watch a good tv show or an old movie favourite. My boyfriend on the other hand enjoys movies and over the past many years has always wanted to watch the new Pixar movies. A few weeks back he convinced me to watch Inside Out and omg I LOVED it. Such a complex, layered movie that makes you think and reflect the whole time. Also really made me think about my own life, the emotions involved and what to consider is really important. Every time I’ve told others to watch it they kind of just laugh because its cartoon. I agree… PLEASE WATCH.

  • Sara @ Oats & Rows December 8, 2015, 11:23 am

    Earl’s Grocery is still high on my list to try! I just went to Soul for the first time this weekend and loved it. Earl’s will definitely have to be the next new-to-me restaurant to visit. Your weekend looked relaxing and fantastic!

  • Rachel K December 9, 2015, 12:25 pm

    I totally agree about Ricki and the Flash! I reallyyyy wanted to like it, well, because Meryl Streep. Not worth watching at all. I watched it when I visited my family over Thanksgiving weekend and coincidentally enough we were deciding between that and Inside Out. I had a feeling Inside Out was better but my brother vetoed. It’s on the top of my list now!

  • Laura December 9, 2015, 1:53 pm

    Totally agree about Inside Out. I saw it with my kids (7 & 5) and I think I loved it even a bit more than they did! I definitely had a tear in my eye. I love when kids movies are beyond fart jokes! I totally recommend The Peanuts Movie as well. πŸ™‚

  • Nicki December 9, 2015, 10:34 pm

    I haven’t heard of Inside Out (even though I LOVE Pixar movies!) and now I need to see it…especially since I moved at the age of 10 from Toronto to Seattle with my family due to my father’s job. I know I had ALL of those feelings (maybe even more since I moved countries as well) so this is a must-see ASAP πŸ™‚ Thanks for the rec!

    I’d highly recommend Sicario – if it’s still in theaters, I saw it about a month ago.

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