photo dump

Hello my loves!

Once again I apologize for my absence, but from my last post I think you can understand that I have a lot going on. But that really does not excuse my lack of keeping you all up to speed on what’s going on. I really do love this blog and sharing my life with you all, and now that things are starting to settle I promise I will make more frequent appearances. But since it has been so long, I thought a photo dump of a post might be in order. That way I won’t waste your time with a lot of words, but fill you in with pictures.

I know Easter was a while ago, but I really have to note how incredibly amazing our new neighbors are. All of them have been so welcoming and I think the second day we moved in we came home to this welcome basket. This was the first sign that they were amazingly welcoming, but since then they have proved it even more.

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We know how incredibly lucky we are to have such kind neighbors, it’s seriously a rarity in this city. So the fact that our street is such a little tight knit community it icing to the cake on our amazing house!

So we had a lot of local spots that we knew we were going to miss when we moved. I still dream about these biscuits and gravy on Sunday’s…

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We have been having a good time finding a replacement.

And I’ll tell you what, we’ve found some pretty fancy Bloody Mary and biscuits and gravy…

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This was at a place down town, a bit of a trek to get there, but bacon with a Bloody Mary?

Yes please.

They served their biscuits and gravy with potatoes… which was kind of odd, but not bad.

It was also made with a chorizo gravy, hence the color..

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Next Sunday we found a really cute coffee shop that was more in our neighborhood.

This place had such a cool vibe and had a lot to offer. But per tradition, we stuck with Bloody Mary’s and biscuits and gravy.

When we ordered the Bloody Mary from the bartender, she informed us their recipe had 18 ingredients and it would take her a few minutes to make it.

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Totally worth the wait. This was one of the best Bloody Mary’s I have had. And I’m not even that big of a fan of Bloody Mary’s.

Matt again chose to get chorizo with his biscuits and gravy, again delicious. And their iced Americano’s where amazing as well.

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I have a feeling we will be frequenting this place often.

Even though our old spot was a bit dingy, and maybe not the most fancy set up, I will say I miss their biscuits and gravy the most. And the atmosphere. It’s nice being a regular, so it was always nice to get such a warm welcome when we walked in. Not to say we can’t establish that else where, but for the moment.. the feeling is missed.

We have been exploring for more than just biscuits and gravy.

We found good pizza.

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Good take home sushi and sashimi.

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Good tacos.

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And even beautiful rose gardens where the owner hand picks a rose for you.

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And promptly gives it to your husband to give to “his beautiful wife”.

Yes I think it’s safe to say we have been exploring our new neighborhood.

The house is slowly but surely coming along. Matt and I are both so excited to make it our own, but I can tell you…it already feels like home.

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Do you have any spots where you are a regular?

Do you like Bloody Mary’s? I prefer mimosa’s myself…

exciting news!

Where do I begin?

Ok, let’s be real, I have been waiting forever to spill this news and I officially can!

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Matt and I are officially homeowners!!

Yes friends, we bought our very first house! I know a lot of people say their first time home buying process is stressful and horrible, but other than one small snag (seller scratched the floor while moving out) our home buying experience was smooth and easy.

I would like to thank our amazing realtors for being a huge part in that. They were such a pleasure to work with.

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I also think good karma finally came back to Matt and I. I always say being a good person, even if you get sh*t on in the process, is always worth it and the right thing to do. And I truly feel that all the times Matt and I got taken for granted and all we’ve done for others, finally came back to us. And I couldn’t be more thankful for that.

SOOO excited to get moved in and make the house our own. I have about 93849234 projects I already want to start. Someone needs to remind me that these things take time and I need to do one project at a time. I have a feeling I may bite off more than I can chew. But I’m just so excited!

So needless to say we have been insanely busy. Packing, signing documents, loans, walk throughs. But alas, we still find time to do some normal fun things!

Since we’re moving out of our current neighborhood we have really been taking advantage of some of our local spots that we love.

I am REALLY going to miss our Sunday morning breakfast tradition at Buzz Berry. We go here every Sunday as they have the best biscuits and gravy. And we’ve really gotten to know and love the staff. They are so good to us, so much that one day when they forgot to make said biscuits and gravy, we got a complimentary coffee cake to tide us over while we waited.

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Oh yea, their bloody mary’s are pretty tasty too! Yup, this place serves booze too.

Another tradition I am going to miss is on my day’s off Matt and I go to a local coffee shop Comoncy that is right by Matt’s work. Again we have gotten to know the staff and always have a great morning together.

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But the one thing I think I will miss the most… my favorite sushi restaurant. Not only do they make the best sushi I have found, but yet again, we have gotten to know the sushi chef’s and are always treated so well. When it comes to dining out the experience is just as important as the food. Luckily we get the best of both.

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His and her rolls.

But even though we are leaving some pretty amazing places behind, we have been exploring our new neighborhood which has some pretty neat places that soon may be our new regular go to spots.

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We have been having a lot of fun out in the world exploring, but there has actually been some delicious-ness going on at home too.

I can’t say I’ve been cooking gourmet meals by any means, but I did whip up some amazing chicken tacos one night.

I definitely took a short cut and used rotisserie chicken and just added a can of Rotel tomatoes and let it simmer and marinate. Put in purple corn tortillas and topped with allll the avocado.

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And since we are trying to save some money, being new home owners and all, I attempted to make my own veggies rolls at home instead of stopping by Whole Foods.

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Mine were a bit messier, and I swear what makes these amazing is the wasabi-mayo sauce that Whole Foods gives with it (thankfully when I go I grab extra’s so I had some at home) so they were a pretty good substitute.

However, the nights Matt plays dodgeball and I know I am having dinner alone…sometimes I can’t help but pick up sashimi on my way home from work.

AJ’s Fine Food salmon sashimi is seriously the best I have ever had. And I am picky when it comes to my salmon.

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It’s like buttah.

Well loves, I would love to stay and chat, but I have an apartment to pack up!!

Moving is so bittersweet. I hate packing, but am so excited to get into the new house and make it my own. But seriously the whole process..packing/unpacking, I could do without.

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Do you have any exciting news?
If you own a house, how was your home buying experience?

mermaids, mimosa’s & puppies

Hi loves, it’s time for that check in.

Sometimes when you get in that normal rut, you think nothing is really going on, but in looking back SO much has gone on. Does anyone else feel that way? Our lives are OUR lives, so sometimes they don’t seem extra special, but it’s still fun to share those moments with others. Keeps up connected!

Let’s start with one of the more fun updates.

I’m officially a mermaid!

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My hair dresser talked me into getting aqua in my hair… I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about it, I’m still adjusting. I like it, but just don’t know if green/blue is my color. I love the purple and have had that before, but we’ll see if this whole aqua thing grows on me.

As per usual Matt and I have been keeping busy, but since we work so much on our side businesses we really try to get out in the world and work on the go. We actually both seem to get a lot more done when we are out working because surprisingly enough, there are less distractions.

We found this cool little place that had an outside bar that we ordered a few drinks and lunch.

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Nothing like a grapefruit mimosa, work and palm tree reflections. This is the time of the year I love living in Arizona. It’s already in the 70’s and beautiful here.

Matt ordered a hamburger topped with roasted red pepper and some sort of aoili. I don’t eat a lot of red meat and am actually very picky when it comes to my hamburgers, but I stole multiple bites of this. I couldn’t stop, the flavor combination was on point.

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And those fries…

On my days off Matt and I have a tradition of getting coffee and breakfast, he doesn’t have a lot of extra time in the morning, so I appreciate he takes the time to spend with me.

However. Men. Too busy eating to take a selfie with me.

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I ended up walking to work for the later part of my afternoon and before I knew it Matt was texting me that he was done with work. Well… since I was out.. I had him meet me for a drink before we went home to have dinner.

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And a margarita always sounds good.

And what would an update from me be without a little of this.

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Because puppies.

Well loves I hope you all are doing just wonderful. Until the next check in.

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Tell me one thing you’ve been loving lately?

How do you spend your days off?

drinks, drinks and wild foods

Hello friends!

I hope everyone’s week is going fabulous.

Mine has been busy busy busy.

But you know I love to check in to let you know what I have been up too and also to check in with all you lovlies.

So tell me, how have all of you been? Any exciting news?

We’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off, both of us busy with our side business’s and others fun life stuff, but somehow we always find time to have a little fun.

We recently checked out a new to us Thai restaurant that had high recommendations.

Red Thai is located in a little strip mall and from the outside may not look like anything special, but it was really neat inside.  Think NY Thai restaurant, more modern. They had a really nice bar set up that lined the whole inside of the restaurant and also had anime playing on big screen TVs. There was also a DJ mixing live music, so that was also a fun twist.  Overall it just had a really cool vibe and atmosphere.

Matt and I were meeting some company so while we waited we ordered a drink.

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I ordered the Pinku No Hana, which seriously tasted of flowers. It was made with sake, jasmine infused vodka, and ruby red grapefruit juice. It was such a refreshing drink.

When it came time to order, I just had no idea what I wanted. It was one of those everything sounded good moments. However, right before I ordered I had seen this salad be served to another table, asked the waiter what it was, and decided to order it. It was a papaya mint salad with fried tofu and topped with crushed peanuts.

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Now. This was a good salad, however, when it comes to Thai food, I should have went with my gut and ordered a meat and rice dish like I typically do. The salad just left something to be desired. However, Matt ordered the yellow curry which was PHENOMENAL and he so graciously let me eat some of his. It just means we’ll have to go back so I can try something else. Darn.

The next day Matt and I had some errands to run and since it was a beautiful day out we decided to stop by True Foods to have a cocktail.

I typically order the cucumber margarita, but just wasn’t feeling it that day, so I asked the bartender to just make me his favorite cocktail.

He chose the Thai Basil Martini.

Little did he know what I just had the previous night.

But to his credit, this martini was so delicious! Again, so fresh. I definitely think this will be my new go to drink there. Matt ordered the Cherry Bourbon Sour which was very tasty as well.

Cheers!

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Other random happenings?

Sometimes it’s the random things that make me giggle.

Like eating sushi in my car when I’m out getting lunch because I am just too hungry to wait until I got back to the clinic.

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Oh! And before I go, I just have to share with you guys.

Have you heard of Wild Foods?

They offer a variety of products, but their main focus is on teas and coffees.

They offer around 19 flavors of tea, which is just amazing! I mean, how could you choose?

Well a really cool thing is you can build your own subscription box, so you can pick and choose what flavors you want. Pretty cool huh?

If you know me I am pretty obsessed with coffee so I knew I wanted to try some of their coffee and they also offer a cold brew, which I love!

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Not sure how to brew tea? Coffee? Cold Brew? They got you covered with their How To page with detailed guides and instructions on how to brew your drink of choice.

It also provides great information on using whey protein, healthy fats, uses for coconut oil.

As good as the coffee smelled and looked, what stole my heart right from the start…

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Oh.My.Gosh. Were these things delicious! It took a lot not to devour the whole bag. If you have trouble deciding what you want to try. These are a must!

So make sure you go check out their site, if you are a coffee or tea lover you will not be disappointed!

That’s it for me! Hopefully I will have more news for you soon! But until then have a wonderful week!

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What would you choose if you made a subscription box from Wild Foods?

Which do you prefer Coffee or Tea?

new year update

Hi loves.

I still exist.

I think the holiday’s everyone gets crazy busy, so I know there are you that feel me on that one, but so much more has been going on around here.

I have had a crazy of a New Year already, a lot of change, a lot of change to come.

Possible job changes, not changing jobs, then changing jobs again?
Yea, it makes just about as much sense to me too. But needless to say, I was contemplating leaving my current clinic for another…then decided to give mine another chance. And I guess I can just leave it at that. It was stressful to say the least.

Thankfully on one of my most stressful days, I had a little stress relief.

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In the form of my love, food, and drinks.

It was so nice just to de-stress a little with the one person who actually matters. Because despite all the petty drama. Certain people matter. And certain people don’t.

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This whole process has really helped me realize I need to stay positive and not let others get to me and run my life. I can’t help it though, I’m a sensitive gal!

Another stress in my life however has been the process of house hunting. Goodness, I did not realize how emotionally draining this process was.

Matt and I joked that buying a house was going to turn us into alcoholics.

After house shopping.

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After finding a house we really liked, considering putting an offer in, and checking out the surrounding area.

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After a day full of putting an offer in, touring the house, getting counter offers, and making the hard decision to pass on the house and keep looking.

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That night we ironically had a dinner date with a friend, so it all kind of worked out. At the end of the day Matt and I really need some food and friend time.

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This was exactly what I needed.

Well friends, that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s been going on, but I wanted to check in with you all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their New Year and all is going well.

OH! One more thing before I leave. I am just so excited that I have to share. I recently started my new Hammer & Chisel program and at first, I’m not going to lie, I was seeing so many people getting all these results and I just felt like I wasn’t see the same in me. But now that I am at the start of my third week, I finally am seeing some results I am so psyched about!

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Honestly I am seeing the most results in my arms, but my lower body is finally starting to catch up!

Can’t wait to see how I progress more!

Well loves. Have a wonderful week.

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Has anything exciting happened in the beginning of your New Year?

playing catch up

Hi friends. Yes I exist. I can’t tell you how many times I told myself I needed to write a post and go figure I found others things to do instead. But with it being Christmas in (oh my gosh) 3 days, I think it’s safe to say we have all been a little busy.

So I thought to catch you up on what’s been going on, I would do a photo dump of a post. It’s more fun to look at pictures rather than listen to me talk, or read for that matter.

So let’s go back.

I made a very heartfelt post on Instagram the other day after I had posted this picture of a sushi dinner out with Matt.

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Yes I know it is a lot of food. And yes, we did eat it all. I got a lot of comments of “oh my gosh how can you eat so much and stay skinny?” A few thoughts ran through my mind when these comments were made. One was “am I eating too much?” And then I really thought about it. I eat to enjoy food and to enjoy the moments. And I also work hard to be able to eat these meals on occasion. (and in reality, this isn’t that much food, Matt and I split this and let’s be real, I’ve eaten more) I am a firm believe in a healthy balanced lifestyle and sometimes that means one more glass of wine than I should probably have, but it also means staying on track with my fitness. So in response I made this post.

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I do work hard so I can play hard.  My post basically said this was me the day after my big meal out and this is why I feel no guilt or even think twice about having a big meal. I can’t say I believe in the 80/20 rule, I just believe in living life and being healthy. And for me that’s eating clean and being active. And if I have a dinner out, I don’t even give it a second thought. It’s all about the moment, and this sushi dinner and a date with my husband. That’s what it was about. I could basically ramble forever, but basically my point is, think about your comments  before you say them. I know the comments were not made to be hurtful, but you never know how someone may interpret them.

On to more fun things.

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Like puppies in boxes. Work has been a little crazy lately, but I swear puppies make everything better.

Other things that make everything better?
All the chocolate.

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The Christmas goodies have been rolling into the clinic. And there are just some things I can’t say no to.

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Adorable mini cupcakes.

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Homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Just to name a few.

Other things I’m loving.

Yes, I wish the weather was more Christmas spirit like, but when it’s nice enough for me to walk everywhere on my day off…

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I’m a happy girl

Something else that makes me a happy girl?

My mornings with my husband.

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So to my fellow wives and girlfriends, I know we always love our significant others, but do you ever go through times when you really love them? Does that make sense? I always love Matt, but I go through these times where I am just so deeply in love with him. And I love it. Too much love? Never.

(side note about this picture. this may be why i love this man so much. i had to rush out because matt had to get to work but we wanted to get coffee and breakfast, so i had no make up on, and one of the first things out of his mouth was “you are so beautiful” and i know he meant it.)

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Maybe it’s because he takes awkward kissy selfies with me with public.

And he buys me wine.

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Well loves I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, take this time to cherish the moments with your friends and family and remember this time is about love and being grateful for all we have in our lives.

(i mean i hope you get some cool gifts too)

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Ladies, why do you love love your significant other? I mean like love them?

Are you ready for Christmas? What are you most excited for?

commit to stay fit [and some updates]

Hello friends. I don’t think I even need to apologize for my MIA status ( even thought I am so sorry ) but I feel like you are all use to it. I don’t even know where time is going because seriously, it’s almost Thanksgiving. Before I know it, it will be Christmas, my birthday, the New Year and then my mind will explode.

So what have I been up too? Lot’s and nothing new all at the same time. If that is even possible. Things are still busy with the new business, it’s a slow month, but I know that is just part of the business and there will be ups and downs. I actually came across this neat info graphic and even though so simple, so true. Sometimes we need little reminders like this, so we don’t freak out and just want to quit.

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Oh so true.

However, on that note, I am still loving being an online fitness coach. It seriously is just so rewarding helping others on their health journey’s and being able to be a part of it. I also know the holiday’s are a time where we all kind of struggle with maintaining a clean diet and keep up with our fitness. I myself am no exception. Especially when treats like these pop up at the clinic.

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I mean who can say no to the most adorable paw print cookies? This girl can’t. So what I am really trying to focus on is giving myself permission to enjoy these treats and not let myself feel guilty afterwards. I don’t want to say I am a believer in the 80/20 rule, but I am a believer that it is OK to have a cookie once in a while. I eat healthy the rest of the day, so 1 cookie will NOT undo all my progress and effort I have put in. It’s almost like I eat clean and keep my fitness up the rest of the time so I CAN eat these treats guilt free. I know on Thanksgiving I will not be restricting and will fully enjoy myself because I know I will get right back on track the next day. (ok so at Matt’s parents we always have cinnamon rolls for breakfast the next morning, so maybe the next next day 😉 I mean I can’t break tradition…)

But before we get ahead of ourselves and pretend it’s already Thanksgiving (I want time to go as slow as possible these days) let’s take a look at what happened last week.

Again, everything and nothing all at the same time.

Meals have been super simple lately. But that doesn’t mean not delicious.

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Deli turkey, 1/2 avocado and veggies and hummus. Simple, but delicious and satisfying. And I think I’ve said this before, but sprinkling sea salt on your avocado… life changing.

Speaking of sprinkling things, on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s I fell trap to the must try all the new things. I swear I walk into that place needing 1 thing and 10 things end up in my cart. Well it’s not completely my fault (at least that’s what I tell myself). For example, I had this guy in my hand and the worker informed me 1. it was good 2. it was limited time and 3. it was flying off the shelf. Ma’am you are wonderful at your job, because this landed in my cart to try.

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(if anyone is interested in trying this, the coffee flavor is very strong. not a bad thing, but just an FYI)

More random fun things:

Free Wine

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My boss gave me a bottle of wine as a thank you for doing so well when I covered for a co-worker when she was out on maternity leave. (side note: i totally know a client gave him this wine, and he didn’t try to pretend like he bought it for me or anything, but i kind of laughed.)

Puppy Sitting

I’ve posted before about this dog…goodness I love her…Matt won’t let me have her. But my co-worker let me puppy sit her again. When I was bringing her back to work with me, I didn’t have enough hands to carry her.

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Sometimes you just have to improvise and carry dogs in your sweatshirt.

She loved it, don’t let that face fool you.

And now it’s Sunday and Matt and I are doing all our traditional things. He’s being a trooper since he has been sick all week (how i haven’t gotten sick is beside me) but we have managed to make it to our biscuits and gravy breakfast

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And we’re now out watching the football game and working.  This is actually something new that we started doing (the working part, not the watching football) because for both of us we are somehow more productive when we are out of the house.

So this post probably would have taken me all day to write and finally post and now I think I will actually get it posted within the hour that I started.

Mind blowing, I know.

So loves, with that being said I am actually going to try and watch the game, even though it continues to be painful to watch the Colts play this season.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

On a last note I did want to say if anyone is interested, I will be holding a 30 day Wellness, Fitness and Gratitude challenge starting Nov. 30. The group will not only be a great accountability group to keep you on track with your fitnes program during the holiday’s, but I will also be providing helpful tips and recipes to stay healthy during the holiday’s. As I said so many of us stress about gaining weight, but there are so many things we can do to make sure we stay on track during this time.  Leave a comment below if you are interested or feel free to e-mail me at debbiequirkbbc@gmail.com for more information!

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 Are you ready for the holiday’s?

What do you stress over the most during this time?

Have you started Christmas shopping? I really need to get on this!

purple hair don’t care

Hello my loves!

I hope you are all having a very relaxing Sunday. I just wanted to pop in real quick to let you all know I am alive and well and share some of the weekend happenings.

It’s actually been pretty quiet around here. I am back to working Saturday’s, which I didn’t hate, but I am not going to lie, I got kind of use to having the weekend off. I’m glad Matt and I were at least able to get to the farmers market once.

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This weekend was basically spent running errands and working. Matt and I are both very happy running our side business’s, but I’m telling you, if I’m not at work, I’m at work. 😉

But Sunday was a day for fun!

I swear I can’t sleep in even if I want to. My body is on such routine that even on my days off I am up by at least 7am. Which to me is actually sleeping in! Sunday’s are no different, but I take advantage of my early mornings and get my work out done right away.

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Sunday’s are technically rest day on the 21 day fix, but I usually add a random run in the middle of my week instead of the scheduled work out and use that as my rest day. So today I did the Dirty 30 and it’s a good one.

When Matt finally stirred we went out and did our traditional Sunday breakfast of biscuits and gravy. I kid you not, these are not fancy by any means, but are seriously the best biscuits and gravy. I honestly get so excited when for them.

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We also were silly and took selfies. Matt made the comment that I never look at him when we take kissing pictures…

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This might be why. I make it pretty awkward.

Love him. Love us.

So I’m not sure if you can really tell from the above picture, but I got my hair cut and colored.

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Yup. #purplehairdontcare

I pretty much love it, I am just hoping it doesn’t fade out as quickly as I think it will.

So a little side note, I have that triangle hair line in the back and typically get it shaved off because I think it looks silly.  Well when my hair stylist was cutting my hair she made mention of a new trend. It’s kind of like when the guys were shaving lines in the sides of their heads, well I guess it’s a girl thing too.

I found these that I thought might look cool.

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 I love the bottom cut. Not quite sure that I can pull it off.

Well loves I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a wonderful week.

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What do you think of the line shaving?

Do you have any weekend traditions?