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Happy Labor Day Weekend Recap

I am creating a hybrid post today: Happy Labor Day Weekend Recap! Kind of like Christmahannukwanzika. But for the end of summer. 

Linking up with Katie and Erin to celebrate the weekend and Jenn and the WIAW Crew!


Friday was pretty chill–I had clients throughout the day, so I spent the time in between at Whole Foods (as usual, lol) and then at a coffee shop that I used to frequent until I got kicked out during my coaching call (I don’t blame them–I was desperate that day and that was my closest WiFi hotspot!).

I have another really exciting project on the docket, separate from my book. The book is going to take a while as I want it to be a real, true book, not just an ebook, and that means funding, research, and more. This current project is something that I hope to have up and running in the next few weeks! More to come on that VERY soon!

Delicious trip to the Sultan's Market Salad Bar! Lincoln Park Chicago @suzlyfe

I’m in the midst of spoiling myself rotten with my meals–I went to Sultans Market again. I am slightly obsessed with their salad bar. Their schwarma and falafel are delicious (Alex gets them) but I go to town on the salad bar. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. 

Current Netflix recommendations and ones that I would totally add to my Netflix Recommendations: 

  • Hinterland
  • Marcella
  • Broadchurch 

Really great police mysteries set in Britain. I watched them straight through, could stop! And I had forgotten that Peaky Blinders now has new episodes out–MUST WATCH THEM.

netflix marathon


Saturday, I was up bright and early, but not moving. I had my pre run coffee and bagel with nut butter, but I just couldn’t get out the door!

The view from Morgan's brother's condo sums up how gorgeous of a day that it was!

The view from Morgan’s brother’s condo sums up how gorgeous of a day that it was!

The weather was perfection, and I wanted to run, but I also wanted to go back to sleep. So I postponed my run a little bit and then headed out for 9 miles. I had planned on 10 but I miscalculated my turn around and then was literally running late so gave a shrug to that last mile, lol.

I cleaned up, got a bit of a refuel with a Vital Proteins smoothie and some carbs and then headed downtown for a day with my friends and the beach!

We met at a favorite brunch place, but the wait was too long so we went on a wild goose chase to find another spot and finally ended up at a Toni Patisserie & Cafe that was delightful. I love this Harney and Son’s tea–I have the same flavor of hot tea from them, and it was great to have it cold. I got the Salmon Fume Tartine, and it was the glutened version of what I had the weekend before with Erica! Delicious, but light.

Luckily, we took giant pretzels to the beach, and I hammered those 😀

I LOVE SUMMER! Labor Day Weekend 2016 Ohio Street Beach

Dear summer, NEVER EVER END

Rose all Day! Streeterville Social terrace was perfect for a glass of Acrobat Rose! More on @suzlyfe Labor Day Weekend at

We stopped for a drink at Streeterville Social (in a nod to Shawna, I got rose) and enjoyed the gorgeous terrace. 

After heading back to Court’s friend’s brother’s condo (where they were staying), we got cleaned up and then headed to dinner at The Gage, which was FREAKING AMAZING.

The Gage Shishito peppers appetizer is amazing! A must go to place next to Millennium Park In Chicago. Get a review at

We started with the shishito peppers (so popular right now!). Bonito flake, spicy aioli, crushed peanuts, chicharon, lime. GET THEM.

The Gage Burger is amazing! A must go to place next to Millennium Park In Chicago. Get a review at

Then I got the burger and it was capital F Fabulous. Morgan (Court’s friend) got the venison burger, and she raved about it as well. Also, get their fries. Just as amazing as I remembered.

After dinner, we headed to Cindy’s Rooftop for another round of drinks and some serious people watching. It was a perfect night, and we had so much fun!

When I go home, I was starting to feel a bit hungry again, so I made another smoothie and a Luna Bar before bed. I’ve been so hungry, or at least munchy, of late! SO I am feeding the beast 😀


Another gorgeous day. Simply stunning. I got up to do some work and ended up working through lunch and then meeting the girls the North Coast Music Festival!

Another gorgeous Chicago late summer sunset. Happy Labor Day Weekend! @suzlyfe

Rose in one hand, burger in the other, a perfectly balanced #laborday weekend! #ldw #bgbcommunity Click To Tweet

Alex gets home this morning but has to go directly to the hospital for work, but we are going to try to meet Court and Morgan for lunch while they go get their tourism on. 

What were you up to this Labor Day Weekend (or regular weekend)?

Who is working today? Anybody have big plans?

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  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    So.Much.Good.Food! I’m drooling here! We had a quiet weekend here as my husband worked all weekend long (and tonight too). We got outside for bike rides, the girls had a sleep over (omg, crazy) and we are heading to see my family today for a BBQ! Enjoy you Monday!

    September 5, 2016 at 5:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds amazing! What a great weekend for you!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    The whole getting a book published process can be really stressful, so if you want any advice, just let me know! Definitely send out some ideas to some lit agents though.

    September 5, 2016 at 6:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will definitely hit you up–especially about the talking to agents!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Looks like a fantastic weekend! Mine was very low key. As in, I did nothing!

    September 5, 2016 at 6:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      September 8, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Have you watched Stranger Things on Netflix?! Oh my gosh it’s so good. Add that to your list. That sunset.. beautiful! Hope you enjoy your day!!

    September 5, 2016 at 6:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Everyone is raving about Stranger Things, but I just don’t think it is my jam. but I will try 😀

      September 8, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    remind me to move to Chicago next summer, mmm k? keep that rose chilled for me.

    September 5, 2016 at 7:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll buy you a bottle!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I love your bathing suit! This weekend I have worked but had Sunday off so I did a long run, visited family and ate a lot. I always think I’ll be productive on days off, but ya know, I wanted to relax 🙂

    September 5, 2016 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds like you needed that! We all need a solid rest every now and then

      September 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I spent last night recovering from my race binge watching “The Night Of”. Highly recommend it!

    September 5, 2016 at 7:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve heard that is awesome!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Lots of action in your little corner of the world. My road trip left me feeling I conquered another ultra, so I’m on the down-low today (after my 3-miler). Blogging and travel do NOT go hand-in-hand in my world, so I’ll be having some one-on-one time with the computer as well….

    September 5, 2016 at 7:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Prop those feet up, and rest up so that you can rock it out this weekend!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Lots of resting and catching up happening here. I don’t know what’s going on with me but I just needed a lot of rest this weekend!

    September 5, 2016 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! I think it is the season!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply kat

    Sounds like a fun, full weekend! I did a whole lot of…nothing. Oh wait – I do that EVERY weekend! lol I actually watched a lot of US Open Tennis since Im sort of obsessed, so I guess there’s that? OH and I cleaned my house 😉

    September 5, 2016 at 7:59 am
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      September 8, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Yum! So much good food! I agree with you–so easy to watch an entire season on Netflix haha. Im off today and couching it up!

    September 5, 2016 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      How much Netflix are you watching 😀

      September 8, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Looks like a great weekend! Yes to Broadchurch on Netflix. I need to watch Season 2, although right now we’re rewatching David Tennant in Dr Who (not on Netflix anymore, thank goodness for Prime).

    September 5, 2016 at 8:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve heard amazing things about Dr Who. I’m afraid to open that can of worms.

      September 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Cora

    And now I want a burger. And drinks on a patio.
    This looks like a marvelous weekend, and the perfect way to cap off summer. I’ve been riding a good balance of sort of some productivity mixed with a hell of a lot of sitting-on-my-bum-eating-on-the-couch-falling-asleep-at-8:30. I’m not complaining.

    September 5, 2016 at 8:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love how at ease you are with that!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Deborah @Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Sleeping in is a nice change once in a while! Loving all your food pics lately. We had a great weekend in Middleburg and now back to reality and school tomorrow

    September 5, 2016 at 8:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love Middleburg! I have a friend whose parents have a property right there–I love that area.

      September 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I love that you got to have some beach time, run time, friend time, good eats time, and rest time. What a wonderfully blessed weekend. 🙂

    September 5, 2016 at 8:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It truly was! I hope yours was as well!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! So jel you got to spend the day by the beach and get tan. Would have loved to do that! Plans for today include blogging+homework+gym+me time to plan and figure my week out!

    September 5, 2016 at 9:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      aka perfection!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Ohhhhh happy weekend!!! It sounds like such a good one! Mine started a little shaky but ended well. And there’s still today!

    September 5, 2016 at 10:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Everyone likes a strong conclusion, right?

      September 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Kelli @Hungry Hobby

    I’m working today but I don’t mind and it’s nice to have the hubby home too!

    September 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, if you don’t mind, why should anyone else?

      September 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    You should watch Luther! Also BBC and the story gets pretty good as you go along. Just add it to your list 🙂

    September 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve already watched and loved it 😀

      September 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    What a weekend! Happy Labor Day!

    September 5, 2016 at 3:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Happy labor day to you!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Oh my goodness all the food. Looks like a perfect weekend to me! My Saturday was full of BBQ and football, yesterday was productivity and family time, and today was shopping and ice cream. Aaand now I’m on the couch where I’m actually supposed to be, contemplating projects and dinner 😛

    September 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAS YAS YAS YAS to all

      September 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    Looks like you had a glorious and FULL weekend 🙂 Saturday and Sunday I watched my friend’s dog, which meant taking him out a lot (which was good for me too). Sunday, my mom and brother came into town and we went to Jefferson Vineyards!

    September 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I LOVE JEFFERSON VINEYARDS. I miss VA wineries..

      September 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Darlene

    What a fun weekend. I ran 12 on Saturday, spent Sunday on our boat and ran a 5k today.

    September 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds like perfection!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Ahhhhhh, late summer goodness! It sounds like you had a lovely weekend!

    September 5, 2016 at 6:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you are just getting to spring! So crazy to me!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Goodness, I’d be obsessed with that salad bar too. :O It sounds awesome!

    Netflix is crazy addicting, many awesome shows!! I don’t want summer to end either, but I’m kinda okay with the weather as it is currently (it’s not humid today <3!)! I'm glad you had an awesome weekend!! <3

    September 6, 2016 at 11:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We’ll add the salad bar to the list of places to take you!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Kerri Mcgrail

    Cant wait to hear more about your book! I love spending long weekends at the beach so that sounds perfect. I did lots of studying this weekend but at least did it outside by the lake with friends!

    September 6, 2016 at 5:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, that definitely makes it way better. Otherwise, it is just a waste!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    All of this food, though. I needdddd. Personally, I think there s NOTHING better than a good burger. Burgers and fajitas are my baseline for restaurants – everywhere does them and it’s pretty hard for them to TOTALLY suck, but if a place does them REALLY good you know it’s a place to add to your rotation.

    September 7, 2016 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I had such a good burger. You would have been in heaven!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply San

    What a fantastic weekend! And yummy food.
    Our weekend was pretty mellow (no big plans), so I read a lot, baked and made a trip to Ikea (my happy place) 🙂

    September 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds magical. I love a good home shopping trip, and maybe some construction (though IKEA is notorious for not being easy!)

      September 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

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