Settling In

Hey friends! Matt, Riese, Freyja, Zara, and I are settling in to our new home. It’s still kind of a hot mess of boxes, but we are getting there… slowly chipping away at it in the evenings after Riese goes to bed!

We mostly cooked at home this week, but we did have one fun dinner out on Tuesday for Matt’s birthday! We walked over to Del Ray Pizzeria with Riese and our friend Shane met us there, too. 

We shared some salad and had pizza, of course! Plus some adult beverages. I love that they have 6 ounce pours so I can try two different things without getting 2 full drinks. 

After so much eating out over the past 2 weeks with the move, I was feeling really ready to have some home cooked meals this week – and to get back into a regular fitness routine, too. 

We got a Blue Apron (<- affiliate link) this week – just two meals worth – and had the first on Monday. It was a yummy Spanish-spiced tilapia with farro and a garlicky lemon yogurt sauce. 

The blistered green beans and cherry tomatoes were especially yummy!

I love our new kitchen – it has an island, which was on my dream kitchen wish list. So nice for prepping!

The other Blue Apron we got was an Asian chicken with freekeh and miso-glazed veggies, but I bought some salmon this week that we needed to use and the flavors sounded like they would be similar to my Sheet Pan Asian Salmon with Veggies (<- loooove that recipe), so we swapped out the protein and saved the chicken for later. 

It came out delicious! 

For breakfasts this week, I finally made my flour free protein pancake again, but we were out of ground flaxseed so I tried peanut powder and it kind of fell apart on me.

Oh well! Tasted good. :) 

flour free protein pancake fail

Another day I had a mini quiche + some roasted potatoes (picked up at Bon Vivante Cafe while meeting with an AnneTheRD nutrition client) – the quiche was just so-so though unfortunately.

I need to make more of my own because having FAST but healthy savory breakfasts on hand is really helpful when Riese is clinging onto my legs… like my crustless quiche with spring veggies!

bon vivante quiche

The other exciting news is that I tried out 2 new (to me) fitness places this week!

We’re about 20 minutes from our old house, so it doesn’t make sense to go to my old faves anymore on the regular… I’m sure I’ll pop in on occasion or on weekends but I definitely want to find some new walkable or super close fave spots for early weekday mornings. 

All the classes right around here seem to be 6 a.m. vs. the 6:45 or 7 a.m. I was doing in Arlington – oof! In some ways it’s nice because it means I can still go to the classes even if Matt has an early work meeting, and then when I get home we have some overlap vs. him rushing right out the door, but that extra 45 minutes/1 hour of sleep makes a difference, too! 

On Wednesday morning I tried a 6 a.m. pilates boot camp class at Mind the Mat in Del Ray – it was tough but I liked it! I was really craving a good sweat and it delivered. I’ll definitely be back.

And yesterday, I hit up another 6 a.m. class – this time a yoga class at Ease Yoga and Cafe. It was a nice, calming flow that felt great too, and I liked the studio a lot – nice vibe. They have a 30 days for $30 newbie special so I’ll be spending a lot of time there over the next month!

Pre-yoga toast with nut butter and banana on the walk over:

Ease Yoga is in the same building as a South Block, so I grabbed a smoothie for the walk back – it had pineapple juice, fruit, kale, spinach, and I added avocado. Yum!

I was starving because I didn’t eat all of the pre-workout toast – my stomach wasn’t feeling ready for it – but then of course halfway through class I was super hungry. Guess I’ll need to eat more beforehand next time even if I’m not really feeling it!

Riese helped me with the smoothie once I got home. ;) #bedhead

Other fitness this week has been the usual: stroller walks!

I did do some jogging on one of the walks this week which was nice to mix it up – and Freyja enjoyed it too. :) I’ll have to do this more often, especially now that our neighborhood is a lot flatter than our old one (b/c let’s be honest: running uphill with a stroller is a little too hardcore for me…).

Matt and I are excited to spend our first full weekend in the house – and in Del Ray – this weekend! We have a lot more unpacking to do and some errands to run, but will definitely make time for some fun, too – and for the farmer’s market (there’s one a short walk away – yay)!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!


  1. 1

    Welcome to the neighborhood – it’s the absolute best!!

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    Roadrunner says

    Great to hear of the progress and the exploration of your new neighborhood. Sounds very nice. Congrats!

  3. 4

    Aw, now I’m homesick for Del Ray! I have a work trip back to DC next weekend and my first stop will be Swing’s, and I know South Block will also be on my list!

    For a date night out, I really love the Sushi Bar – if you and Matt are looking to check out of parenting for one night, it’s perfect! Over 18s only! For Indian, we loved takeout from Kohinoor Dhaba. As my friend says, “absolutely zero ambiance,” but the food is that good. Another neighborhood favorite is the Techy’s Tailor – a little past South Block on Mt Vernon heading north, it shares a building with a locksmith. They completely redid a bridesmaids dress for me on short notice at a fair price. I really hope y’all love the area – it’s perfect now that you have Riese!

  4. 6

    Congrats on the new place! Check out Ascend Underground, a fun boot camp class that’s also on ClassPass. Enjoy Del Ray!

  5. 8

    Good luck settling in! :)

  6. 10

    Sounds like you’re getting a good start on the neighborhood eats. How are the fur babies handling their new home? Can’t wait to see more pics of your new home.

    • 11

      They are loving it! There are some big windows in the back living room that they love looking out. And Freyja is enjoying exploring her new hood via our stroller walks/runs.

  7. 12

    A little off topic from the post, but when you buy/cook salmon, do you get whatever is at the store or on sale? Do you look specifically for wild caught vs farm-raised? Is there a difference in nutrition?
    And what jogging stroller do you have?

  8. 15

    Ooh, your kitchen looks beautiful! It looks like you have a super nice gas stove. That’s a must for us in a house. We have a gas stove now and I could never go back! And having a big island is awesome, too!

    Good luck getting settled in. It always takes awhile for a new place to feel like ‘home.’

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