Weekend Recap: Coffee, mother/daughter dates, & evening drives!

Happy Monday to you all! I am writing this recap on Sunday night because tomorrow I have to be up early for work. I cannot believe school starts this week. I feel super underprepared. I also can’t believe the eclipse is tomorrow. Everyone I know is freaking out about it. Is it bad that I am not all the interested? I think it’s cool and all, I am just not super gung-ho about it. (Do people still say gung-ho?)

Anyways…I had a super relaxing and restful weekend in preparation for the first week of school! Let’s get right to it shall we?

Friday afternoon I picked up my mom and we headed to a new sandwich shop downtown called ROAM. The inside was super awesome and the shop is tucked away in the prettiest ally in Bowling Green.

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I ordered the chicken salad on sourdough and my mom ordered the tuna salad on wheat. Both sandwiches came with a bag of organic chips. I highly recommend ROAM for a quick-lunch stop!

After eating, we walked over to Spencer’s to grab some lattes. Almond milk latte for me!

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I dropped my mom back off at work and then I headed into work myself.

After I got off work, I met my mom at the park to walk the trails. I love hanging out with my mom…incase you couldn’t tell. After our walk we headed back home to veg out on the couch and watch Royal Pains on Netflix. Everyone in my family was working late Friday so it was just my mom and I!

I had leftover BBQ pork and brocoli for dinner. A little later I had some mint chip and chocolate chip ice cream to end the night.

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The next morning I woke up and made my mom, dad, and I some eggs and bacon. I also had a couple cups of coffee ❤

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Around 10 my mom and I headed to Panera to meet up with some of the ladies in our church for a meeting. I had a unsweetned iced tea. After Panera, my mom and I went to TJ Maxx to find me a new purse. I also ran into a couple of the sweetest girls from my church. (Hi Kate, Alethia, and Sophia!!)

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After TJ Maxx we headed to Jimmy Johns to pick up lunch to bring to my dad and Danica who were both at work. I had the “unwhich” with turkey, mustard, cucumber, tomato, cheese, and avocado.

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After we dropped off lunch to my dad and sister, we drove around looking at houses for sale. With no luck, we headed back home to take a nap. Driving around is exhausting!

After watching a couple more episodes of Royal Pains, I got ready to have dinner with Barrett and his parents for his dad’s birthday! We went to Samurai. I had a little rice and some vegetables. I also drank about 8 glasses of water to wash out the sodium from all the soy sauce! …I was peeing the rest of the night. Hah!

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After dinner, Barrett and I picked up drinks at Starbucks and drove around the back roads of Bowling Green just talking about life. (These are my favorite kind of dates with him!) He starts a new job this week so say a prayer for him!

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After driving around, Barrett dropped me back off at my house and then he went to meet up with some of his friends at a bar.

I watched a couple of episodes of Hart of Dixie with Danica and then I crashed into bed.

I woke up around 8:30 on Sunday morning to get ready for church. Barrett came and picked me up which was sweet. We don’t usually ride to church together so it was a nice treat!

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After church, Danica and I picked up iced coffees at Panera and did some errands. I also ate an RX Bar with my coffee. I love this flavor! It tastes like a pancake.

When we got back home a little later, I ate some more pork and broccoli with a few plantain chips.

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I started typing up this blog post and Barrett came over. We headed to Kroger together to get some kombucha and ingredients to make No Bake Cookies for my mom’s work.

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When we got back to my house, I made the cookies and snacked on some chips and salsa while Barrett took a nap. A couple of hours later, we watched Suits with my dad and ate pizza. I ate the vegetable Caulipower pizza and it was amazing! I enjoyed some with a glass of wine. After my pizza, I ate a No Bake Cookie just to make sure they tasted OK 😉

Just as I had finished my cookie, the power went out! So we all sat in the dark for about 45 minutes. I am finished up the rest of this post now that the power is back on. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I will see you here Wednesday for a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. I am hoping to post a couple of back-to-school related things soon as well!

Bye!

Friday favorites (8/18/17)

Good morning and Happy Friday!

How was your week? Mine was exhausting, but in the best way! There was good food, a lot of tough workouts, and some other exciting things! I got to grab dinner with my long lost friend Cassie on Tuesday and we had so much fun. We picked up right where we left off and I missed hanging out with her. We spend 90% of our time laughing and I missed that!

Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Mine will be starting out with lunch and a long walk with my mom ❤

Below are some things that are making me smile this week! I’d love to know what some of your favorite things are this week!

1. Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea mud mask from Jordan

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Barrett’s brother Brian has a close friend who is from Jordan and she is the sweetest ever! She always invites Barrett and I to her dinner parties and to hang out with her and Brian’s other friends. She is literally Mindy from the Mindy Project, just the life of the party! She went to Jordan recently and brought back these special treats (along with the most AMAZING desserts!) I’ve been loving these sea salts and this mud mask!

2. Southwest Chili Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken from Panera

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I am IN LOVE with salad. I have eaten it 3 times this week!! I love it so much! The flavors are incredible. I was getting a little bored with Panera so I had been avoiding it but my mom and I went Sunday and I decided to be bold and order this salad. I am so glad I did! (Yes, me being “bold” is ordering a salad that uses ranch as the dressing. Haha!)

3. Unsweetened flavored iced teas

 

Along with the above salad, I have been ordering unsweetened iced teas everywhere I go. I love how refreshing they are! My personal favorite is still the unsweetened peach green tea from Starbucks.

4. Simple Mills Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Lots of food on these favorites, huh? What do you expect? I love food! And I LOVEEE these Simple Mills gluten free cookies. I have been enjoying a couple with an afternoon cup of coffee.

5. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis station on Pandora

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With working out more this summer, I have been trying to listen to music that pumps me up. I love this station! It gets me so excited to work out! I really love the song by Eminem above.

That’s all I have this week! I’ll see you here Monday with a recap of the weekend!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!! Are you ready for the weekend? I know I am! I’m trying to think if I have any big plans going on but I don’t think I do. I am hoping for a pretty lazy weekend. Well, hopefully I will go on a bike ride tomorrow morning!

Lettuce get to it! Below are some of my favorite things this week.

1.  Re-watching FRIENDS for like the 10th time.

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I am obsessed with this show. (Who isn’t?) One thing I love about it is that they are not ever staring at their phones! When they hang out they are talking or playing board games and I love that! I know it’s just a TV show but I cannot stand how often people stare of their phones now (me included). Have you ever noticed all the people staring at their phones while they are driving? Drives me crazy! (No pun intended!) Ok…all that rant to say, I love FRIENDS hah!

2. this MUSCLE!!!

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You guys!! I have been working hard at Crossfit all summer and finally!!! A little baby muscle appears!! Hah! You probably think I’m lame but one thing I love about Crossfit is that you are doing something different every single day but you are constantly working hard and BAM you are stronger. It’s the best! …I think my family is really tired of me saying “Hey, feel my muscles!”

3. Caulipower Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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My mom picked up this cauliflower crust pizza at GFS last weekend for me to eat. (LOVE HER!) This pizza was insanely good! First of all, you have no idea that you are eating cauliflower. It tastes like a thin crust pizza. Not that there is anything wrong with regular pizza, I just like trying different gluten-free options.

4. Spontaneous date night with Barrett

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The other night Barrett called me and said he wanted to do be spontaneous and take me on a little surprise. At first I was kind of mean because I was like “It’s 8 o’clock and I hate surprises” (I know, I’m the worst girlfriend ) But, I decided to be nicer and we had THE BEST TIME. We took some M&M cookies my mom had just made, picked up some coffee at Spencers, and then drove around some back roads in Bowling Green just talking about our dreams and aspirations. (Gahhhh I love that kid)

5. Angie’s BoomChickaPop Popcorn

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Angie’s asked to use one of my pictures and they sent me some popcorn as a thank you. I love companies that take time to show appreciation for their customers. Plus, their popcorn has awesome ingredients and tastes amazing. Go check them out!

That’s all I have this week folks. Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

long recap post: Louisville, food, + more! (part 2)

Good morning! In case you missed it, here is the first part of my recap post! HERE

I ended things on Friday night in my last post, so lets pick up with Saturday morning. The weather was beautiful so after I drank some coffee I laced up and headed for a run!

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After my run, I had more coffee, some breakfast, and made sure the kids were alright.

2 eggs, some kale, and a peanut butter chocolate chip perfect bar!

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Around 1,  I had some more kale and chicken and a Reishi chocolate drink from Rebbl. 

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The kids and I also spent some time hanging out with their grandmother. We watched the Kardashians and it was so cute how much Nina knew about them! And I thought I knew everything about their lives! Hah! Then I had to take Lydia to a birthday party. While Lydia was at her birthday party, I walked around Target and TJ Maxx to kill some time. Before I went to pick her up, I stopped at Starbucks for a peanut butter packet and a toasted coconut cold brew.

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After picking up Lydia, we went back home for a while for her and Trent to get ready for me to take them to Chick-fil-a and a parents night out at their gymnastics place.

While they were at parents night out, I took myself on a date to Whole Foods. I also ran into one of my friends from high school (Hi Natalie!!!!!! <3) I ended up only eating the pork and saving the bread for later because my stomach started hurting. Luckily the kombucha helped a little.

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I walked around Anthropologie, Nordstrom rack, and World Market. So my goal was not to spend any money but I had to get a couple of things because they were calling out to me, ya know? The good news, they were on sale! So really its like I spent no money at all.

I was still feeling a little sick and I was getting super tired so I went to pick the kids back up. When we got back home we made some signs for their parents return. I also picked up some flowers to leave them.

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I went to bed exhausted! The next morning I woke up and made some coffee. I also made this waffle with 2 eggs, a  banana, and 2 T of coconut flour. I topped it with blueberries and a little maple syrup.

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I also spent some time with dogs and watched Friends while I waited for my older cousin to wake up so I could leave. Once he woke up, I hit the road back to Bowling Green!

Once I made it back home, I immediately laid down on the couch. I was super tired!

When my family came home from church, I hung out with them for a little while before I went to do some errands with my sister. We stopped at Starbucks for unsweetened peach green teas! I think this is my new favorite.

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Then I spent the rest of the evening eating cauliflower crust pizza and watched Shooter and Suits with Barrett and my parents. It was a perfect way to end the weekend!

Thanks for reading along. I will see you here tomorrow for Friday favorites!

long recap post: Louisville, food, + more! (part 1)

It’s been a while! The only excuse I have is that I have just been extra lazy. I spent Thursday through Sunday in Louisville and then I had a 6 am meeting at work on Monday… so the blog was neglected. But, I’m back and I have so much to tell you!

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Just a little warning, this post will be long. I hope you stay and read!!

Ok, today is Wednesday…hopefully I can remember everything. Let’s back up to last Thursday. I left for Louisville around 9:15 and everything was going smoothly until I hit Elizabethtown. There is a ton of construction going on up there and about 5 minutes outside of Elizabethtown, my tire pressure light came on. I called my dad (freaking out) and he told me to pull into the next gas station. I pulled into a Pilot at the Lebanon Junction and the second I got out of my car I immediately knew which tire it was because I could hear the air gushing out of it. I started freaking out more at this point because I had no clue how to put on my spare tire. I called my dad again and he said to look around for a service station anywhere. THANK GOODNESS there was a semi-truck repair station located behind the Pilot. When I pulled up I immediately started crying… sobbing! I have no idea why. I am a bit dramatic maybe? I was just overwhelmed that this was happening, that I didn’t know anyone, etc. So, I’m sobbing. And when I get out of my car I can’t even explain to the guy working there what’s wrong because I am crying so hard, so I just keep pointing to my back tire and until he finally understands what I am pointing at. The older woman at the counter kept saying, “Calm down, honey. Calm down. Here’s some water.” 10 minutes later, they fixed my tire and didn’t even charge me because I was crying so hard. Luckily I keep extra cash on me for emergencies so I was able to give them a tip for dealing with how crazy I am.

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Whew. Are you still reading? Ok, good. Because it gets worst.

So, I’m on my merry way now, driving 55 on the interstate to Louisville. People are honking, people are pissed at me but what can I do? I don’t want to mess up my spare tire! And at this moment, ladies and gentlemen, mother nature decides this is the PERFECT time for me to start my period. Ok, so now I don’t want to drive over 55, I can’t stop because I need to get to my cousin’s house by 1 and I started my period. Great.

Still reading now? Ok, ok.

By the time I get to their house, I take care of my situation and immediately make some lunch (Bless my Aunt for letting me eat her paleo meals) and calm down. I was completely frazzled and felt out of sorts. It didn’t help that I was bloated the size of 9 month pregnant person because of my period. (Alright, I promise not to mention my period anymore!)

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Skip a few hours and it’s time for me to take Lydia to Cross Country. As I am descending the staircase at their house, my sock slips a little and I fall immediately to my backside and slide all the way down the stairs. I start crying and all 3 dogs run over and start licking me and Trent and Lydia are just staring at me probably thinking “this chick is crazy, why the heck is she in charge of us?” Now, a week later, there is still a bruise the size of Jupiter on my butt.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3rd, 2017 WAS NOT MY DAY.

I think that was the worst of my weekend. Are you still here? I don’t blame you if you left. Let’s get back to my weekend!

After Lydia’s XC practice, we headed toward the Fresh Market so I could pick up some dinner. I picked up a salad, some drinks, and chicken for the week.

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I ate about half my salads, saved the rest for tomorrow, and dove into a cup of cookies and creme ice cream because it had been A LONG DAY.

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Around 9:30, I told the kids it was time for bed and I took a long, hot shower before crashing into bed my self.

The next morning, I decided the day was going to be much better! The bloating in my stomach had subsided so I was able to walk instead of waddle, which was a perk!

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After breakfast, I took Lydia to hunt down a place that could fix my tire on my car. My mom suggested a place about 2 miles from my Aunt’s house and it worked out perfectly! They said they could get a new tire in for me that afternoon and I would be good to go! (Also, shout out to my dad for calling the place and getting everything handled!) After that, I picked up some donuts for the kids and we were on our way!

When we got back to home, Trent was starting to wake up (don’t worry, my older cousin was at home with Trent!) so I decided we should get out of the house and go to the park!

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We played at the park for about an hour before calling it quits. We spent most of the day Friday just hanging out at their house. For lunch, I had some grilled chicken with mustard and some carrots.

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Around 3 my tire was in so I took the kids with me to get it put on my car. The whole thing took like 5 minutes, it was awesome!

When I got back to their house, I heated up a tumeric latte.

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When we got back home, the kids decided to swim for a while because the weather was beautiful!

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I made them a chicken pot pie while I had one more of my Aunt’s paleo meals.

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We ended the night with Cheaper By the Dozen and some more ice cream.

I think that’s enough for today. Hopefully you’ll stop by tomorrow for part  2!

Lamb and Beef Stir-fry

Good morning and Happy Wednesday!

Anything exciting going on? I am extra excited for the this week because I get to go to Lousiville and watch my little cousins. We are going to have so much fun!

Instead of my usual “What I Ate Wednesday” post, I am sharing a super simple recipe with you all today. I made this stir-fry for my family last week and it was a hit!

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This recipe makes A TON. I honestly don’t know the exact amount of people it serves because it served 6 people when I made it…and then we ate it for 3 more days haha.

Here we go…

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Lamb and Beef Stir-fry (Can be Paleo and Gluten Free!)

  • 1 lb lamb
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 C tamari (or soy sauce, coconut aminos, or liquid aminos)
  • 2 T oyster sauce
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 3 C riced cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped and diced
  • 1 orange pepper, chopped and diced
  • 1 C frozen peas (OMIT if Paleo!)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped and diced
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  1. In a small skillet add tamari, oyster sauce, and sesame oil
  2. Let simmer and thicken
  3. Brown lamb and beef in a separate skillet (preferably a cast iron)
  4. Salt the lamb and beef when nearly all the pink is gone
  5. Once the meat is done, transfer lamb and beef to a bowl and drain some of the liquid to discard
  6. Leave a little remaining liquid in the pain
  7. Add garlic and onion, stirring until onion is clear and fragrant
  8. Add in riced cauliflower, peppers, and peas
  9. Add salt and pepper to vegetables
  10. Once vegetables are cooked through, add back in the lamb and beef
  11. Once the sauce in the smaller skillet has thickened, add it to the lamb, beef, and vegetable mixture
  12. Coat the mixture evenly in the sauce
  13. Serve on its own or with rice!

Inspired by: Jay’s Baking Me Crazy and PaleOMG

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weekend recap

First things first, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the actual definition of marriage, my parents. You guys are the perfect example of what it means to have a marriage filled with love, honesty, respect, sacrifice, and above all, you teach us what it means to put GOD in the absolute center of your relationship. You guys are everything. Your marriage is so GOOD and pure and beautiful. You inspire me everyday. I love you guys.

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The weekend went by so fast! I didn’t have a lot going on which was nice but at the same time I felt exhausted the whole weekend. I’m not sure what that was about, but I just made sure to lay down and shut my eyes a lot. Let’s back this up to last Friday!

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Friday afternoon I went to Crossfit and we did 2390582 squat cleans. Not to toot my own horn…but TOOT TOOT because I got a PR on my squat clean!!

I was EXHAUSTED after that workout. I went to work and then immediately came home to lay down. My mom and I watched the final episode of season 3 on Jane the Virgin and of course, we bawled our eyes out. Why is that show so good and real?!? It gives me all the emotions!

Once Barrett got off work, he picked me up so we could grab dinner before heading to his parents farm. They were out-of-town so Barrett had to feed the animals and I was just along to keep him company! We went to Azzip Pizza and I got the gluten-free crust with pesto, all natural bacon, and every vegetable they had. It was amazing! They have the best gluten-free crust I have ever had.

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Their pizza’s are pretty big in my opinion so you could easily split one. Luckily, I’m dating a guy who believes in “no food left behind” so he finished off both of our pizzas.

After we finished feeding the animals, we headed back to my house to watch the latest episode of Suits! We are obsessed with that show.

Saturday morning I woke up and ate breakfast with my parents. We had plans to help my cousins fix up their new house so we got ready for that after breakfast. After about an hour of cleaning, I took a snack break. Peanut butter chocolate Lara Bar for me!

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I am so excited for my cousins. Their house is adorable and they have this great view as your drive to their house:

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After we finished cleaning, my mom and I ran a couple of errands and picked up some Chick-fil-a for lunch. I tried their diet watermelon mint lemonade because I wanted something refreshing. This drink was SO SWEET and SO TART. I could only get down a few sips.

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After my mom’s hair appointment we went for a walk.

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After our walk, we headed back home. We both relaxed outside for a little while with drinks and our books.

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Later I went to Kroger with my mom and brother. We picked up a rotisserie chicken for dinner. I made a little salad to enjoy outside.

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Then, I made some popcorn and M&M’s to end the night while watching New Girl with my mom and sister.

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Danica and I both fell asleep on the couch Saturday night so I woke up Sunday morning like, where am I? Haha. After realizing I was in fact on the couch in my own home, I got ready for church!

How beautiful was yesterday’s weather?! After church my family and I went to Wild Eggs. Our meal ended up taking forever so my mom and I got our’s to go since we had to go to Adopt-A-Highway. After Adopt-A-Highway I took a long, hot shower and put on my comfiest clothes. The weather was so nice, I went outside to take a nap. After my nap I had an iced coffee and some fresh fruit.

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After relaxing some more outside, my family and I had dinner. Roast with Tessemae’s ranch over arugula, a potato with some grassfed butter, and a few peas and carrots.

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After dinner, Barrett came over. We didn’t get to hang out much because I fell asleep at 9:30…I’m lame.

Hope you all had a great weekend!! I will have a recipe for you Wednesday!

friday favorites

Good morning and Happy Friday! I have another roundup of my favorite things for you this Friday. This week has been THE BEST. You know why? Because I haven’t had to think about school at all! It’s been wonderful. I am currently drinking coffee and watching The Break Up while I write this post. I have never seen this movie before and I can’t stop laughing hah! I love Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn so I don’t know why I haven’t watched this before.

Anyways…. here we go!

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I got these leggings a couple of weeks ago at DICKS sporting goods and I love them! I got them in Dark Ocean. They are perfect for any girls like me who have a bigger booty and thicker thighs. They stay in place, are high-waisted, and my favorite part…they do NOT show your underwear. I absolutely hate when I am trying to squat at Crossfit and I know my underwear is showing. I know I shouldn’t care, but I’m weird so I like when my underwear doesn’t show. Moral of the story: the BEST leggings!

2. Lamb and Beef stir-fry I made for my family last night.

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This meal was super delicious! I took some inspiration from a couple paleo blogs and then kind of did my own thing from there. Honestly, I will probably have some for breakfast this morning because I am craving it! It was so tasty. I’ll post the recipe next Wednesday.

3. This tank top from Steel Mill.

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I got this tank top that says “Fueled by Jesus and Coffee” and I LOVE it. I originally was going to buy Danica’s birthday present and I saw this and I had to have it! It describes me so well. Plus, Steel Mill is having 20% their entire store this weekend, you should definitely go if you live in Bowling Green!

4. Barrett.

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Not to be all sappy but this guy needs a little extra appreciation. He’s been going through some important life decisions lately and I just want him to know that no matter what he is still my favorite. I’ll be honest, sometimes (read: most of the time) I am not the world’s easiest girlfriend to have and yet, this guys still puts up with me and supports me! I hope he knows I will always support him no mater what.

Ok, sappiness over.

That’s all I have this week. Until next time!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you all have an amazing weekend.

Staying Healthy While Traveling

Happy Wednesday to you! I am writing with tired eyes this morning, but I’m on my second cup of coffee so I hope the caffeine kicks in soon! I have really enjoyed these last few days where I do not have to worry about anything school related. I can read what I want, watch what I want, and hangout with my loved ones without having to worry about studying. This summer went by so fast! I am ready to enjoy these last few weeks before school begins again.

So, this post today is all about staying “healthy” while traveling. I am not hear to tell you to only eat rice cakes and carrot sticks, (been there, done that) but to enjoy all the food traveling has to offer but in moderation! I like to eat foods that make me feel my best so I choose to eat the way I do because I know eating certain foods will make me feel bad, physically and mentally.

Lettuce get started!

  1. Pack your favorite snacks!

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When you pack your favorite snacks, you don’t have to worry about stopping at a gas station and buying a bunch of junk because you already have some great snacks with you! Snacks also help if you don’t have time to stop for a proper meal. On our way to Canada, my mom didn’t want to stop for lunch and it wasn’t a problem for me because I had sweet potato chips and beef jerky I could eat instead.

Here is a list of my favorite road trip snacks:

2. Pack fresh fruit / veggie slices

 

Pack apples, berries, oranges, sliced cucumber or carrots, bananas, etc. Packing fruits and vegetables that don’t necessarily have to be refrigerated is handy! I like packing apples and berries or applesauce!

3. Order simple things at restaurants

When we were traveling to Canada we stopped at Panera twice (because it is quick and easy!) and the first time I got a sprouted bagel sandwich and the second time I got a salad. Eating something simple and light kept my feeling my best when we were driving. I knew eating something heavy and large would not make me feel good!

4. Get moving!

When I travel, I like to walk as much as possible since traveling to your destination usually involves sitting for a long period of time. Luckily in Canada, we got take several small walks throughout the way and we spent one afternoon hiking. So, go on walks, go for a run, rent a bike, try out a local gym, swim some laps, anything to get you moving!

5. Enjoy where you are!

Don’t take life so seriously. Traveling is supposed to be fun! You don’t have to eat 100% clean and miss out on the yummy food the culture around you has to offer. Everyday in Canada I had 1 maple Timbit, 1 chocolate Timbit, and 1 birthday cake Timbit. You know why? Because Bowling Green doesn’t have Timbits and I wanted to enjoy some while I was in Canada! I also drank a lot of wine because…wine. Anyways, I’m not saying you should go overboard and eat 53 donut holes, but just have small bites of what looks good and enjoy it!

I hope this helps you next time you are traveling!

Canada trip part 2

Today I am sharing Part 2 of our Canada trip! Incase you missed it, here’s Part 1!

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After our morning walk, we all went out separate ways for a little nap before driving farther North. It took about an hour and a half to drive to the zip lining place. The drive was beautiful!

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On the way there, we stopped in a small town to have lunch and walk around. We went to a brewery first to taste test a few beers. We look so tired!

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We had lunch at the cutest little restaurant! I got these steamed pork buns with a korean beef inside. They had such a unique menu.

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(Ignore my disgusting chipped nail)

Birthday drink for the birthday girl! (Don’t worry, no alcohol was involved)

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Then, coffee!

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And…more driving…luckily we were almost there.

 

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When we got to the zip lining park, we had to hike about a mile to the actual zip line. We also got to see the inside of some caves along the way. Once we finally got the zip lining area, I was a nervous wreck! I have zip lined before but never one that was so high up or a 1/2 mile long.

Right after we zip lined, we walked across the most beautiful suspension bridge. You could see for miles!

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After the bridge, we took a tractor ride back to our car. We had an hour and a half drive back and I was exhausted. I slept most of the trip back. Once we finally got back to the house we were staying in, we got cleaned up a little and went to hangout with my family. My uncle made roast with grilled corn and potatoes and carrots. They also bought a cake for Danica’s birthday! It was so sweet.

The next morning, I started the day with eggs and granola before we did some last-minute shopping for the Pig Roast BBQ.

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We spent most of the day relaxing before the Pig Roast started around 1!

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Lots of rose was sipped and the most delicious appetizers were eaten. My favorite was the grilled cheese between grilled watermelon and grilled pineapple.

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We sat around talking for a couple of hours and then it was time to feast! My Uncle is probably the most amazing chef so there were tons of different meats for everyone. I can’t remember them all but I think there was shrimp, pork shoulder, chicken wings, chicken thighs, ribs, and…I can’t remeber! There was so much food! He also makes the BEST baked beans. All from scratch.

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I was so, so full when I was done! My mom, sister, and I went on several little walks throughout the night to help with our digestion.

I went to bed pretty early that night because we had such a long drive ahead of us!

We woke up around 4:30 the next morning to get on the road back to Bowling Green! I had downloaded some shows on Netflix to watch on the way back home. We stopped at an IKEA in Cincinnati on the way home. That was my first time ever going and to be honest, I hated it!! There were so many people, too many things to look at, and everything seemed really cheap. Don’t hate me! haha, that is just my opinion.

We also stopped at a Panera (where else?) for lunch!

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We got home around 7:30 (Hallelujah!) and I took a long, long shower. Long car rides make me feel super gross for some reason. Then Dancia got to open some gifts!

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Love that girl!

Well, that’s all folks! I will post about staying healthy while traveling tomorrow!

Thank you Aunt Janet and Uncle Casey for having us! We always have fun. Love you guys!

Thanks for reading ❤