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Handsomely Rewarded August 19, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,giveaway,lunch — Holly @ 21:33
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Yes, that is today’s theme.

Confused?  As always, let’s just jump right in!  Although I wouldn’t say breakfast was necessarily handsome, but it sure was gosh darn rewarding (for my stomach, that is).

Barbie's Peanut Butter Puffins, skim milk + naner

Barbie's Peanut Butter Puffins, skim milk + naner

After a two-hour meeting, my stomach hated me.  In turn, I rewarded it for its patience by channeling Cleopatra once again and eating my organic red grapes sans handsome banana leaf wielding men to fan me.

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just call me Cleopatra

black beans masquerading as poop is not handsome

black beans masquerading as poop is not handsome

However, the avocado remained both handsome and rewarding :).

The mid-afternoon munchies were everything a gal could ask for.  I like to call it (d) all of the above.  Salty, sweet, handsome + rewarding.  Does it get any better than that?

honey braided twist pretzels

honey braided twist pretzels

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more pretzels dipped in my new fave applesauce

Before I knew it, I was handsomely rewarded.  The past couple weeks, my days have absolutely FLOWN by, and before I knew it, twas’ the end of the day.  I walked my mile home, threw on some running gear, popped two Black Cherry Clif Shot Bloks (great for peeps who don’t like the goos or jellybeans) and cranked out 7 miles.

When I got home, I rewarded myself with this handsome dinner…

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garlic zucchini omelet atop a bed of sauteed kale

up close and personal

up close and personal

Luna & Larry's Pineapple Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Luna & Larry's Pineapple Coconut Milk Ice Cream

As if that dinner wasn’t enough of a reward, I decided to bebop over to Whole Foods for some mysterious ingredients for a certain dinner party I shall be attending tomorrow night.  I enter those fateful doors and what do I see…

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the THREE flavors of yogurt I had been dying to try!

…oh my children, it gets better!!!

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you know what these babers are

Does it get any more handsome or rewarding than this?  I mean…Jake Gyllenhaal or the Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar? Okay, I would still pick Jake, but you get my point.

Soooo…you are probably thinking, but Holly – that’s great you had a handsomely rewarding day, but what about the rest of us?  I am one step ahead of you.  I know some of you are still trying to find the elusive Laras (it took me awhile too!) so I thought why not share the love with a GIVEAWAY!

That’s right…the best part?  There is not one set of the new Laras but THREE sets to giveaway!

Jocalat German Chocolate Cake
Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar
Peanut Butter and Jenny Jelly Larabar 

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it is your turn to be handsomely rewarded

Here’s whatcha gotta do:

(1) Write me a limerick about your favorite Larabar flavor or the flavor you would most like to try
(doesn’t even have to be a new one!) in the comments section.

For a limericks refresher, click here.
(***Hint: 5 lines, rhyming pattern AABBA)

(2) Link back to this post on your blog and leave a 2nd comment with the link.  If you don’t
have a blog, just write me a 2nd comment about something random.  It don’t matter.

 

There will be three winners who will each receive the three new Laras.  The giveaway ends on Sunday night at 10pm CST, and winners will be announced Monday morning!  

That will give you something to look forward to for that icky Monday morn :).  Now I need to get to bed before I eat all the Larabars currently in sight.

 

Walkin’ On August 17, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner — Holly @ 20:44
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I can’t believe I forgot to tell you all about the best part of my new job – I GET TO WALK TO WORK! Yep, that’s right.  I am exactly 1 mile from the ol’ workplace which means I get to save gas, avoid traffic and get a solid 2-mile walk in everyday.  It’s the little things that bring a smile to my face :).

New products also bring a smile to my face.  Since I joined our local co-op, I was given a bomb diggity coupon book full of awesome deals including this baber…

seriously, i think it tastes like sourdough bread.  anybody else agree?

seriously, i think it tastes like sourdough bread. anybody else agree?

A FREE loaf of French Meadow Sprouted Spelt Bread.  Retail value: $6.59. I also got a FREE bottle of organic agave syrup.  Retail value: $6.89.  Score and score.

Obv, I had to use this newfound bread at breakfast, so I concocted Ol’ Faithful:

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AB+B toast and a glass o' skim milk

Mid-morning brought along a snack attack so I channeled Cleopatra and ate my grapes straight off the vine. Unfortunately, I had no man servants to fan me with banana leaves while doing so.

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organic red jewels

I met up with a dear, old friend for lunch who I hadn’t seen in awhile.  Unfortunately for you guys, it was one of those times when photographing your food isn’t really appropriate or important.  However, we went to a bomb diggity Costa Rican restaurant called (what else?), Cafe Costa Rica.

I had a ginormous vegetarian plate of rice, beans, plaintains, cilantro and tomato. Twas’ bomb diggity.

When I arrived back at work, I found out my presh co-worker baked a plethora of yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkles with a welcome reception para moi today!  So of course, my boss and I had a little fun with them before the guests arrived…

smile.

smile.

…and then I promptly devoured one.  Yellow cupcakes + chocolate frosting = classic bomb diggityness. 

The day flew by like whoa, and before I knew it, I was walking the 1 mile home.  Then I had a tough decision to make: go to yoga at 7:30pm or attack the pile of laundry sitting in my closet.  Unfortunately, the laundry won out.  In fact, I am actually blogging right now from the laundromat (thanks to some covert Wi-Fi stealing).

However, I did need some dinner sustenance beforehand.  No need to always go to a Chipotle for a burrito dudes and dudettes, the homemade kind is just as tasty…

sprouted whole wheat tortilla
1/4 cup cumin-spiced black beans
1/4 cup salsa
1/2 avocado
lettuce
fajita veggies (peppers, onions & tomatoes sauteed in EVOO)

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what a beautious burrito

It was the definition of a hot mess.

Apparently this also made it in my mouth after dinner…

yep, more pineapple coconut milk ice cream goodness

yep, more pineapple coconut milk ice cream goodness

Tasks for the evening:

  • Fold laundry
  • Put together IKEA kitchen storage (which knowing IKEA, could take 5 minutes or 5 hours)
  • Read blogs
  • Figure out which health insurance I want
  • Organize finances/make a budget

Yep, I’m officially a grown-up.

Apparently, I try to sidestep this fact by repeatedly using the word “bomb diggity,” hoping it will prolong my youth.

 

Fun Lunch Friday August 15, 2009

Good morning dudes…I don’t think I’ve ever blogged this late.  Being a g’ma, it’s often hard enough just to find me up past midnight :).

Brekkie was especially delish this morning thanks to the tag team of champions: yogurt mess + Heart Thrive:

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nonfat plain yogurt + ground flaxseed + shredded coconut + strawberries + dollop o' raspberry jam (straight-up Smuckers - the good stuff)

Cranberry Heart Thrive Vegan Energy Bar

Cranberry Heart Thrive Vegan Energy Bar

Sorry Heart Thrive peeps…the Cranberry is BY FAR my least favorite.

However, my snack more than made up for it.  A homemade concoction of Banana Nut Cheerios + sunflower seeds a.k.a the ying (sweet) and the yang (salty).  Makes for maximum satisfaction.

mid-morning munchies

mid-morning munchies

I can’t believe I have totally forgotten to tell you how WELL my first week at the new job went.  My boss is fantastic.  My co-workers are incredibly helpful and funny.  And there is minimal scanning involved in the job.  Give it up!

Yesterday, we instituted Three Question Thursday at work a la Kristin, and today we proclaimed Fridays as “Fun Lunch Friday!”  Where is the most obviously funnest place to go ever?  Chipotle, obv!

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burrito bol: rice, black beans, mild salsa, fajita veggies, truckload of guac and lettuce

Shoutout to my homegirl Alison who recently had her first Chipotle and obv, loved it!

Friday flew by and before I knew it, I was done with my first week of work.  Woowoo!  Then, I skedaddled on to my new flat (yes, I want to be British so I am calling it “my flat”) to whip up a quick dindin before hitting the road BACK across the border to Minnesota for a wedding.

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black bean burger kale wrap

This bugger was delish!  Also quite easy to make: I sauteed lots of kale in EVOO + garlic (ends up tasting a lot like Kath’s “Kale Chips” – which if you haven’t tried, you must!) then stufffed it in an Ezekiel tortilla and topped with a Morningstar Spicy Black Bean Burger. Voila!  Dinner is served.

Not without some frozen applesauce for dessert of course…

Musselman's Blueberry Pomegranate Applesauce

Musselman's Blueberry Pomegranate Applesauce

Insert 4-hr. car ride here, including snacks:

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zucchini slices + almond buttah

I had maybe 1/2 the zucchini and 2-3 tbsp. of the AB…about?

After I finally arrived back in the Minneapolis, I met up with my besties for some drinks at the bar where our other bestie works.  Quite vague details, I know.  However, I had a slight headache and was uber-tired from the drive (anybody else MORE tired from driving than actually working out and doing something active?), so I munched on some bar popcorn (a couple cups?) and just chatted.  Drinks before a 16-mile run doesn’t sound like a good idea to me.

Tomorrow’s agenda: run, shower, IKEA run and then wedding time!  Woowoo!

Good night y’all and again, it’s good to be back 🙂

 

My New Boyfriend August 13, 2009

Everybody…meet the newest member of The Healthy Everythingtarian family…

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Meet my new love...McMac!

I can’t even express how hard I fell in love with McMac.  At first opening of the box, I knew me and him were meant to be.  He’s sleek, suave and ultra sophisticated.  Just my kind of guy.

The even better news?  The same day I got my new comp (shoutout to Daddy Everythingtarian for helping his dear daughter purchase said McMac!), my Internet equipment also came!  As of 8pm tomorrow, I will be with computer AND with Internet.  Release the doves and let the animals run free – freedom is here people!

I don’t think I even begin to say how much I missed y’all.  Even though moving into the new hippie abode has been taking up lots of time as has starting a brand new job, I knew something was missing from my day-to-day activities.  So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for being patient and sticking with me through all of it. Your dedication shall be rewarded my people.

 

Back to the good stuff….THE EATS!  Here is a sample buffet of what yours truly has been putting in her workin’ gal belly:

First, multiple, consecutive days of overnight oats (alert: new obsession!) using the standard recipe:

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup organic skim milk
1/4 cup POM juice
1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut

~ soaked overnight ~

fruit of choice
hunk o’ almond buttah

bananas are the popular topping of the week

bananas were the topping of the week

yep, more overnight oats

yep, more overnight oats

Shoutout to Jess for finally turning me away from the darkside and towards pepperjack cheese!

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toasted portabella veggie sandwich with pepperjack and a side salad

veg tikka masala stirfry over brown rice and frozen applesauce

veg tikka masala stirfry over brown rice and frozen applesauce

***OBSESSION ALERT***  Go home and freeze your applesauce right now.  It will be the most delightful summer frozen treat you have experienced yet.  Just trust me.

Without working Internet or TV, I’ve resorted to doing makeovers in my spare time…

pre-makeover

pre-makeover

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post-makeover...isn't she a beauty?

Who knew nonfat plain yogurt, smashed banana, Banana Nut Cheerios, buttloads of cinnamon and almond butter could look so fabulous?  I didn’t.

salsa + black bean + spinach wrap and more yummy applesauce (unfrozen)

salsa + black bean + spinach wrap and more yummy applesauce (unfrozen)

Some pre-run fuel for my mid-week 8 miler (which for the record, was one of the BEST runs I have had in a LONG time!  I think my body does not run well in the heat :()…

1/2 banana walnut muffin

1/2 banana walnut muffin

Now, I sit happily blogging at the cutest lil’ coffeeshop (with free WiFi, yesssss!) around the corner from my apartment with a decaf skim chai latte (brewed with real tea bags…not the concentrate crap).  

Sidenote: If you drink cow’s milk, lowfat and nonfat milk are perfect post-workout recovery fuel.  It is the perfect balance of carbohydrates + protein to repair those muscles.  Just make sure you buy organic and preferably from small farms – hopefully the milk will come from happier cows :).

 

In happy moving news: I joined my local co-op which is a 5 minute walk from the apt!  It is adorable, stocks a plethora of of local, organic produce and fair trade products and I am part-owner.  I also joined a gym, which I really like so far.  I went to a yoga class on Monday that kicked my arse.  Love it.  Do you like how the two first two things I do when moving to a new city are find the nearest grocery store and gym?  Haha…that is healthy living dedication!

Alrighty peeps, I’m rollin’ out to go read blogs, spend quality time with McMac and pack for my weekend trip back home to MN for a wedding.  The weekend also might involved a lovely brunch outing with our fave Brit…wink wink.

 

Happy Thursday everyone!  Since I am behind the times, I demand (yes, DEMAND!) you leave a comment and tell me something you’ve been up to this week.  Funny stories, weekly goals, exciting news and happy events are all welcome.

My highlight of the day today was having a High School Musical jam session with one of my fab new co-workers in the office.  It ruled.

 

The Gift of Life July 30, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,lunch,seriousness — Holly @ 17:00
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First and foremost my friends and family (they are indeed readers!), I need to give YOU all a big THANK YOU!  All your congratulations on the new job and support for the blog have been nothing short of AMAZING and have helped quell all the moving nerves – so muchas gracias!

B’fast was totes a repeat of yesterday…

Zoe's Cinnamon Raisin Granola + skim milk + banana

Zoe's Cinnamon Raisin Granola + skim milk + banana

However, unlike yesterday, I got to work early today.  I chalk that up to my 9:30pm bedtime :).

When I got to work, I saw this beast hangin’ out in the parking lot…

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rollin' with the platelets...

 WELCOME TO THE 2009 COMPANY BLOOD DRIVE!

Our accounting firm hosted a blood drive this morning in conjunction with the Memorial Blood Centers of Minnesota to round up a bunch of accountants’ blood along with my lowly administrative assistant blood!  Honestly, and in all seriousness, I have been donating blood since high school, and it is so important!

(Warning: Public service announcement ahead)

One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives, which is crucial when 1 in 7 people entering the hospital need blood.  It really takes no time at all (about 1/2 hour from registration to blood donating for moi today) and really SAVES LIVES.  Plus, you get free snacks at the end.  It’s a win-win on both ends.

giving the gift of life

i don't know why my neck looks creepy like that. however, i have O- blood, so even if my neck looks funky, people still want blood from the universal donor blood type (that's me!).

post-blood donating snacks

post-blood donating snacks

Click here to find out where YOU can donate in your area.  Every TWO seconds someone (yep, two seconds right there!) needs blood in the U.S., yet only 5% of Americans donate (another two seconds).  Need more motivation to give?  Click here and help out a brotha and a sista.

 

Onto other thangs…it was a b’fast for lunch day with a smashing jar of Overnightmorning Oats!

1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 (4-oz.) container Stonyfield YoBaby pear yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsp. dried cranberries

~ soaked all morning ~

1 torn Organic Archer Farms pomegranate fruit leather
the rest of my Zoe’s Honey Almond Granola

Overnight Lunch Oats

Overnight Lunch Oats

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what did i ever do before overnight oats?

After lunchie, it was a nice 30-minute walk around the lake to clear my crazy mind.

Then back to work, where I think I also managed to find an uber-cute apartment in Madison.  Cross your fingers it’s as cute in real life as it is in Craigslist pictures (which almost never happens!).

veggie + fruit snack plate

veggie + fruit snack plate

Now, the end of the day is here, and I am off to a company BBQ.  Haha…gotta love those!  I don’t know what kind of eats will be there, but I will try to fly MacGyver style and sneak some pics when no one is looking.  Heck, what do I care if people look and stare?  I’m gone in just over a week.  Pics WILL be on their way later :).

After the BBQ, it’s off to yoga to fulfill my week’s mini-goal!

 

P.S. Newsflash!  There are limited edition COCONUT M&Ms now in stores!  I repeat COCONUT M&Ms now in stores!  (Thanks to Mama Everythingtarian for keeping us up-to-date)

P.P.S. No strenous activity for 12-24 hours after donating blood.  The lady practically fainted when I told her I was going to run 7 miles tonight…guess that’s not gonna happen…

 

Red Red Wine July 28, 2009

…you make me feel so fine.  You keep me rockin’, all of da time.

Ub40, anybody?

Not going to lie, I may have perhaps just slightly have drank too much red wine at dinner.  Mmmmmm…red red wine you give me whole heap of zing, whole heap of zing make me do my own thing.  Oops…more on that in a bit…

1/3 cup oat bran
1 (4-oz) container YoBaby peach yogurt
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup skim milk 

~ soaked overnight ~

1/2 cup strawbs
1 heaping tbsp. raw almond butter 

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Strawberry Coconut Overnight Oat Bran

Thank you Snackface :).

So dudes, my tumtum has been in absolutely rollercoaster butterfly fluttering mode all day.  I’ve been waiting to hear back from another job and wait which job to take.  This gal is rarely ever NOT HUNGRY and all day food did not sound good. Suriously dudes, this is a rarity.  I literally had to force this down…

organic rasps.  yes, i ate the whole thing.

organic rasps. yes, i ate the whole thing.

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una ensalada grande

mixed greens
cucumber
1 hardboiled egg
beets
tomatoes
carrots
cauliflower
dried cranberries
sunflower seeds
mango pineapple vinaigrette

 

Ummm…I’m watching the post-Bachelorette show, and can I date Reid please?  Soooo cute.  Okay, rando side note.  Did anyone see the lady hysterically crying in the audience when they re-played Jillian & Ed’s engagement? HILAR.

Also, sorry to anybody who may have had the Bach ending spoiled by my big mouth!  I promise a warning next time I give out spoilers on the blog!


After lunch, I got the job answer I had been waiting for!  I decided to take the job offer I got this last week!  Woowoo!  The only slightly sad part is that the job is back in Madison, Wisc. (my ol’ college stompin’ grounds), which means I have to leave Minnesota, which is so sad.  I have to leave new friends, like my fabulous new bloggy bud Angharad as well as my besties and family.  However, I am firm believer that everything happens for a reason – so I look forward to seeing what the future holds!

Suddenly, after I had made the decision, I was hungry again (haha!), hence this lovely…

PB+E (peanut butter on Ezekiel bread)...chompchompchomp

PB+E (peanut butter on Ezekiel bread)...chompchompchomp

After work (in which I could not concentrate the rest of the day – my mind was swinging from limb to limb thinking of the bajillion things I need to do), I ran home quickly then met my friend Brad for dinner.  He’s leaving in two days for Michigan (hollllaaaa Miss K!) for grad school, so we had one last get together at Azia Restaurant, a delicious restaurant which prides itself on “Asian spice meets Minnesota nice,” love it!

a bottle of vino...the beginning of the buzz...

a bottle of vino...the beginning of the buzz...

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Vietnamese Tofu Pho...soooo good!

Brad's eats: Chicken Pad Thai

Brad's eats: Chicken Pad Thai

Brad = suriously one of the funniest peeps ever.  Hence why, two hours later I found myself laughing hysterically, tearing up in laughter and definitely drunkity drunk drunk drunk on red wine.  He also pointed out that yesterday, I accidentally wrote I was meeting up with people from my, pubic relations internship” instead of what it should have been – “public relations internship.”  Just a slight difference between the two – he referred to it as a “hairy” situation ;).

After dindin, I may just have had a couple spoonfuls of vanilla ice cream to seal the deal for the night.

 

Now, I am feeling excited, overwhelmed and nervous for all the changes ahead.  I start my new job August 10th – eeeeeekkkk, that’s like less than a couple weeks!  So much to do, so little time.  I didn’t run 3 miles today like planned – I figured another day off to celebrate wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world :).

Gotta runsky, but I hope y’all had a fab day!

 

What’s your fave 80’s tune?  Red Red Wine most def ranks high on the list!

 

Eat, Shop, Run + Wed, Part 2 July 26, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,Japanese,lunch — Holly @ 22:38
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Oy vay…what a weekend!

After 3 hours of driving through Wisconsin country, I made it to the ‘rents house!  Tomorrow morn, I have an interview in Madison, which is much closer to Barbie + Ken’s house than MN.  Instead of a 4 hour drive, I will only have a 2 hour drive to get to Madtown for my 10am interview.  Whoop!

Alrighty, where did I leave off?  I believe you all got a recap of the wedding fun to be had in Part One, so I shall begin this morning upon my awaking.  Pretty tired from the 13 miles + night o’ dancing, I woke up at 8:30am to let out the beast one last time.  Then I opened the fridge and had a bit of this…

Peach Chobs + Zoe's Honey Almond granol

Peach Chobs + Zoe's Honey Almond granol

The fridge was quite bare.

After eating, I met up with two of my bestest friends in the world for perhaps the most perfect morning ever.  We grabbed coffee (and some extra sustenance for me) at a fabulous local coffeehouse called Spyhouse Coffee and headed off for a GLORIOUS morning walk around the lake.  Instead of a mom walk, it was a friend walk :).

organic...lovin' that!

organic...lovin' that!

After gabbing and walking about 5.5 miles (we went around twice – we had LOTS of catching up to do), we finally parted ways.  I headed straight to one of my greatest weaknesses in the world: Whole Foods!

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tuna avocado brown rice roll

vegetarian satay

vegetarian satay stir fry

After lunchie, I organized and packed all my stuff up at my cousin’s apartment, blogged Part One of the weekend and said my goodbye to Angus the Beast with a big ol’ kiss.  Who am I kidding? There was no kiss.  Dogs are growing on me after my childhood attack by my neighbor’s show poodles, but I am not making that much dog progress.  I threw Angus an extra treat instead :).

Then, I purtied myself up and headed off to my friend’s wedding shower.  I’ve known Miss Lisa Soon-To-Be Smith since 3rd grade…we go wayyyyyy back peeps.

15 years of friendship right up in herre...

15 years of friendship right up in herre...

Between the norm present opening and games (which by the way, I broke my 5 shower winning streak tonight, ugh!), I munched some nom nom nom shower food:

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fruit salad, beans + cranberry pasta salad...oh yeah, and a diet coke

plus obv, some marble cake

plus obv, some marble cake

Then, I hit the road for 3 hours of cruising through God’s country Wisconsin, haha ;).  Not before snacking on my fave Lara of course…

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macaroony goodness

It’s been such a busy last couple weeks (and an obv busy day planned tomorrow!), I’ve decided to make some mini-goals for the week to try and re-prioritize to make some time for me to decompress and RELAX!

  • YOGA! I haven’t been to a real class or done a real yoga sequence (minus some stretches here and there) in more than two weeks.  Honestly, I can feel a real difference in my body, and I am dedicating myself to doing two 1-hr. yoga seshes this week!
  • Block out time on the planner – this upcoming weekend is the first weekend in almost two months that I haven’t had anything planned (minus another bloggy meet-up with Angharad, which totally counts as decompressing – in the form of food of course). So, my goal is to keep it that way!  An open weekend here I come – please yell at me if I try to plan anything!

What are your mini-goals for the week? If you don’t have any (which I normally don’t), think of two things you would like to get accomplished this week, and we’ll all make it happen together.  Holllllaaaaa!

So…totes props to you all if you made it through both Part 1 AND Part 2 of this crazy weekend I call my life.  Lots of fun was had, lots of laughing was done, lots of droppin’ it like its hot happened, and I couldn’t be more excited to crash into bed tonight. Tomorrow, I promise I will get caught up on all your lovely blogs and lives ~ until then, happy zzzzzz’s to everyone!