life lately…as told by selfies

You can tell so much about a person by looking at the photo’s on their phones. I realized this when I was thinking about what type of post I wanted to write about. I thought “What have I been doing lately? Anything new to report? What has been on my mind?” I always look to my photo’s because that always gives me a good idea of what I have been doing.

Well I can tell you what has been taking up all my spare time. Online Coaching/Supporting my Challenge Group participants and… Selfies. Goodness. You can tell my life revolves around coffee, drinks, and random nights with Matt.

I kid you not there is not much on my phone. And for your entertainment I want to prove it to you.

This is about a weeks worth or so of photo’s from my phone.

Enjoy.

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Let’s begin with all the shameless selfies.

Sometimes when I have good hair days, I take coffee selfies.

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And sometimes I like to document when I actually get out in the world.

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When I don’t want to seem too vain, I make Matt selfie with me.

On our morning coffee dates.

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More coffee dates (they may or may not happen daily)

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Meeting for a drink after work.

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And some more drinks after work. (these I promise you do not happen daily)

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We also have date night in selfies.

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Sunday breakfast at a favorite spot we hadn’t been too since we moved!

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I recruit others when possible for selfies too.

A farewell sushi dinner with two of our close friends who are both moving.

Delicious food was first had.

Sushi selfie?

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And then real selfies happened after.

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My skills of getting everyone in the photo amaze me.

I then make my pets selfie too.

But really, when Rommy loves our new dining room table more than we do, he deserves a photo shoot.

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This was the first day we had it. I guess he was giving his seal of approval.

He then decided he wanted to have dinner with us.

I know a lot of you are thinking the pets shouldn’t be on the furniture… but that just doesn’t happen in this house.

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And when Ra looks this stoic… I just had to give him a selfie opportunity as well.

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Showing off his new collar…that he continuously takes off…somehow…

And here is how you know I am pretty involved in my challenge group. I have a lot of these on the photo reel.

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Push up challenges.

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Thirsty Thursday water challenges. You gotta stay hydrated guys. Water is important, especially in the heat!

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And a ton of accountability collages. I don’t just coach my challengers, I participate too!

There is still some food in my life. I won’t lie I’m so busy fancy meals don’t happen as often, but I still like to give shout outs to some of my favorite products that help make simple, quick, but delicious meals.

(bagels + almond butter = ah-mazing)

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(side note: I just ran out of my Growing Naturals Vanilla Pea Protein which is a sad time. I literally use this stuff daily, if you need a vegan protein source – get this!)

So yea, that’s basically what my life is right now, and honestly I can’t really complain.

I’m busy, but I’m happy and content.

And I have a lot of these on my photo album too. And life is all about staying positive.

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Reasons To Be Happy

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What story would your photo’s tell?

Do you take a lot of selfies?

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?

staying positive

Friends I am so sorry. I really hate that my posts are so sporadic and unpredictable, but I really feel like that is what my life has become.  Having a full time job and trying to run my own online fitness coaching business is really taking a toll on me. Not only with the blog, but also my social life. Or lack there of.

But alas,  I have managed to get out of my house and do a few fun things that I thought I should at least check in to let you know that I am still alive.

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Life has been so hectic that Matt and I forgot our own anniversary.  For the first 6 months of our marriage we had been celebrating every month and going to the same restaurant every month. Well we both forgot our 6 month and funny enough that was is actually a mile stone. I still can’t believe we’ve been married 6 months! Time really does fly.

I told Matt we could just wait until the next month, but he insisted we still go to our traditional anniversary spot. Well it’s almost our 7 month, but we managed to make it out before then. And it couldn’t have been on a more perfect night. Work has been incredibly stressful and Friday was the worst. To the point where I was almost in tears.  Thankfully I was able to go home early and upon getting home I took a long hot shower.

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It’s amazing how a good shower and a fresh face can immediately make you feel better.

While I waited for Matt to get home, I did some personal development and read a little.  Again, it was just so nice to relax, read and remember to be positive and focus on me and bettering myself.

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I freshened up a bit and we were off to an amazing dinner.

No big surprise where we go for dinner.

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Oh how I love sushi. I don’t think we ordered enough do you?

And needless to say with the week I had some sake was had as well.

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After dinner we stopped by the park and took a walk around the lake. The weather is finally starting to cool down here and the nights are beautiful.  We ended the night swinging on the swings and went home to veg and watch some TV.  It was a little late, but it was the perfect anniversary night.

 Saturday morning we decided to go out and grab some breakfast at a popular Brunch spot. Thankfully they have good Americano’s and the weather was nice because our wait was quoted at 10 minutes and it took more like 30.

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The rest of the day was spent working with random errands in between. Typical Saturday for us really.

Sunday started off typical with us getting our traditional biscuits and gravy and I guess it was a trend of our breakfast’s taking longer than normal, because the girl ended up forgetting to make our coffees because she got too busy. O’well right?

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Matt’s parents also came to town Sunday so we met them for lunch. Well, since Matt and I had a later breakfast we weren’t really hungry for lunch, but when they ordered dessert…

Well I couldn’t say no to a bite (or three)

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This Apple Caramel Cheesecake was to.die.for.

And now it’s back to the drawing board for another long week at work, but I am determined to stay positive and make the best of it.

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What do you do after a long stressful work week to unwind?

wedding wins and happenings

Hi loves. I’m still alive. I promise.

My weekend just started and I feel like it’s almost over. Oh the joys of working every Saturday.

But that won’t be changing anytime soon, so I guess I should just stop complaining about it.

I’ve been keeping busy with the whole wedding stuff and actually getting a lot done!

We got some of our engagement photo’s back and I am just in love with them! Our photographer is seriously amazing and the main thing I loved about our session was we didn’t do the cheesy posed pictures. She actually told us we weren’t allowed to do any (I did request a few specific poses) but she wanted us to basically just hang out, be ourselves and she would capture the true emotion.

And she did!

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We did some inside the bar and our photographer actually found this really awesome hallway to do some shots in. I think they all turned out great and I can’t wait to get more back.

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Other things checked off the wedding to-do list, I finally chose my bridesmaids dresses and I bought my wedding shoes! It seems like all my purchases have kind of been not planned, just felt right, but I think that’s the way it should happen.

As for the bridesmaids dresses, my sister went to try on dresses I liked and randomly tried on another one she liked and I ended up loving it best! I went to a local store to look at color swatches and they offered to let me try on the dress. What girl doesn’t like trying on dresses?

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I will have it in more of a light cappuccino color that I think will go really well with our theme.

As for my shoes I went just going to get a feel for what heel height I wanted. I found two pairs that I liked…

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One pair I really thought was a classic shoe and the other had a little glam to it. I of course wanted a little more glam and it turned out they were on sale so I figured why not.  Well turns out they were on extra sale and I got an extra 50% off the already reduced price. So let me just tell you, I paid $15 for my shoes.

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Now if I could just get Matt to choose and decide what he is going to wear… that would be nice.

Boys gotta love them. At least he does cute things randomly for me though.

Like when he went to our local coffee spot to get us some coffees, I stayed home to start breakfast.

My iced Americano had a very special message.

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His and hers coffee. That coffee tasted extra good.

And if that didn’t make breakfast all the better, Matt was actually a sweetheart and had dinner ready for me after an extra long day at work.

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Baked chicken with quinoa, steamed broccoli and I toasted up a bread stick from Great Low Carb Bread Company in the oven when I got home .  They sent me a few new products and this was one of them.  I will admit that they aren’t as buttery as I would like and were a little dry, but I loved the texture of them. I did discover that they are a great dipping vessel. And you guys know how I love to dip!

I made a little marinara dip and solved that problem.

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In sending me their new products I begged them to send a few more of their squares. I love these things!

The brownie is by far one of my favorites to use as my dessert.

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And let’s be real, anything topped with reddi-whip is extra amazing.  Matt and I randomly picked up a bottle at Target the other day and I seriously forgot how simply good it was. And yes we do reddi-whip shots each time we use it. You just have to, I think it’s a rule.

Well loves it’s Sunday, so I’m off to do what I do best.
Drink beer and watch football.

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what i ate on vacation

Hello loves!

This post really serves a dual purpose.

1. I really want to gush and flood you with adorable pictures of my new niece. Because seriously, babies are the most amazing thing ever.

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2. I really wanted to focus on something that I feel is a very important topic. When you live a healthy eating lifestyle it is so easy to get sucked into the “I have to eat perfect and clean 100% of the time”.  I will admit I once lived in that world, but now a days, it’s just not how I live my life.  I can’t even say I believe in the 80/20 rule or everything in moderation view.  I really feel we should all just enjoy life, eat what we want when we want, and listen to our bodies.  Our bodies are so much smarter than we think and more than likely will not always crave or want junk.  I found this out in my weight gain journey when my nutritionist told me I needed to have desserts every night. My first fear was I would always crave a sweet treat, but trust me, after having ice cream every single night, you do in fact get sick of it.

But on to my more important point.  In visiting my niece I was a guest for 5 days at my parents and at my sisters.  This obviously meant I did not have my own kitchen with my own foods.  I was at their disposal on what they had and what they typically ate.  Of course the initial fear set in and the thoughts of “what if they eat foods I don’t deem “healthy” or “safe”. What is they want to go out every meal?  Well, then that’s what I would do. And it was a great challenge for me.

So today I bring you what I ate while on vacation and how my body reacted.

Another concern I know a lot of people have is the fear of gaining weight when on vacation.  My views on this are even if you do gain a little bit of weight due to eating different foods, once you get back your body will more than likely balance out.  You don’t lose 10 pounds overnight so it’s silly to think you would gain 10 pounds in that short amount of time. And as mentioned, even if you did gain a few pounds, I can almost guarantee they aren’t permanent and again it will balance out.

I will say probably 80% of my meals were eaten out on this trip. Starting with breakfast the day of travel.  Our flight was at 7:30am so needless to say breakfast was eaten at the airport.

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Yup. Mimosa’s at 7:00am. No shame.  Matt and I also shared a side of fresh fruit and then also grabbed some Chobani’s to eat later on the plane. I also had a banana. Not quite the breakfast of champions, but that early…at an airport…our options were limited.

Needless to say when we landed we were starving.  My parents picked us up from the airport and we stopped for lunch at a place they really wanted to take us. Why? Because it had 30 beers on tap.  My parents know me too well.

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I am so thankful that I have such a better relationship now with my parents. We all go through our hard times and I really feel our relationship is stronger now that we’ve moved past most of our issues. It’s good to have fun with them again, because let’s be real, they are where I get my quirky personality from.

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For lunch I ordered the chicken avocado salad, which I was so happy to see came with tons of avocado.

The chicken was a little sub-par, but the lime vinaigrette it came with made up for the lack of flavor in the chicken.

After lunch we all actually took a nap and after we rested for a bit my mom and I ran to the store to get some last minute items for dinner.

And I was so excited about dinner.

Mom’s home made taco’s (that were made by Dad!)

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This was one of my favorite meals growing up.  My mom always told me I didn’t want to know what she put into her famous tacos as I probably wouldn’t want to eat them if I knew, but whatever she puts in them…they were just as amazing as I remember.

Another small thing that really brought back some nostalgia was cooking the tortillas over the gas stove.  I don’t know what it is, but it just makes them taste better.

After dinner my mom had bought oatmeal raisin cookies that she swore were better than her homemade. Which to me seemed impossible because I love her home made cookies. But let me tell you, these cookies were ah-mazing.

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So good I took about half the container home with me. So good that half of those didn’t make the trip home. I couldn’t stop eating them!

The next day we packed up and headed to my sisters. We got on the road a bit later than anticipated and didn’t make it to her house until around dinner time. We stopped by the store to pick up a quick dinner. With two little ones, quick easy dinners are needed so we picked up a few frozen pizza’s and called it good.

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I forgot to snap a picture, but we had the margherita pizza from California Kitchen.

Frozen pizza’s are something I don’t typically eat at home, but I sometimes forget how good they can be.

After dinner we all just lounged around spent time with my new niece Kaylee.

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Babies are precious as is, but when it’s your niece, they are extra precious.

I also got some sister love in right away.

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While visiting my sister had two requests for me.

I make them biscuits and gravy and we go to Dairy Queen. ( I guess all my Dairy Queen posts on Instagram had her jealous and craving it )

Well that next morning I was able to fill one of those requests.

Biscuits and Gravy

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I forgot the sausage when I had gone to the store, but she had some left over chorizo so we used that instead. I loved the added spice.

Even though my sister and her husband eat in turns, they both really enjoyed the breakfast and I loved cooking for them.  I know cooking meals is hard for them with two little ones, so I really loved that I could help them out.

My new niece Kaylee was having some acid reflux problems so needless to say things were a bit stressful for my sister. A 2 year old and a baby that basically is in pain every time she eats. I knew my sister was stressed, so when Harper went down for her nap we put the boys on baby duty and I took my sister out to get her very first pedicure. I think she deserved it.

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She really enjoyed it and it was great to get out with her alone, relax and be able to catch up. I don’t see her enough so I really loved spending some one on one time with her. After the pedicures request number two was filled.

Dairy Queen

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I wasn’t impressed with their swirls, but it still was a tasty treat! And my sister got her Dairy Queen fix!

That night for dinner we decided to do take out. My sister is an extremely picky eater, so we just let them decide where they wanted to go.

I like going to places that I don’t have in Arizona, but my sister suggested Buffalo Wild Wings and really, I love that place so I wasn’t too disappointed.

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I use to be strictly a spicy garlic girl, but as of late I am an asian zing convert. Never thought the day would come…

I know what you’re thinking by now. Pizza. Wings. And of course some of this…

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Not the most healthy of foods. And from a girl with a past history of an eating disorder, you would think by now I would be freaking out.

Well, this really shows how far I’ve come, because I totally went with the flow. I think I was so happy to be around my family, food was not the focus. I will also note that I did not work out once this whole trip either. ( And maybe a bit TMI but my bowels were completely normal as well during and after the trip.  )

We decided to head back a little early to my parents since my sister seemed to be getting a bit overwhelmed with the new baby and having that many guests in her house.

I can’t believe I forgot to take pictures, but we cooked up a great dinner that night at my parents. We all kind of contributed to a dish and it was just a wonderful home cooked meal. We had rotisserie chicken, oven roasted potatoes, fresh green beans and salad with veggies from their garden.  It was all delicious.

Our last day in town before we had to fly out we met for breakfast with one of my best friends who is also going to be a bridesmaid in my wedding.

She suggested this cute little cafe that I had never been to.

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I ordered a veggie omelet with a side of fruit and whole wheat toast.

It’s weird because I don’t typically eat eggs at home, maybe because Matt hates them and we never have them in the house, but whenever I go to cute cafe’s I always want to order omelets.

Kim’s husband and daughter had joined us for breakfast, so it was great to get to spend time with all of them.

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We went back to her house for a bit after breakfast just to catch up and of course talk about wedding stuff!

It was soon time to head back to my parents as they wanted to have lunch with us before they took us back to the airport.

Again, failed to snap a picture, but we to Applebee’s to watch some of the football games and have lunch.  We ordered the pub pretzels and beer cheese dip as an appetizer (which actually the show stealer was the spicy mustard it was served with) and I got the strawberry and avocado chicken salad.  So I haven’t been to an Applebee’s in a long time, but honestly I think the avocado that came on this salad was by far the best I have had served on a salad in a while. It was perfectly ripe and creamy and they did not skimp on the amount. I’m pretty sure I had a whole avocado on my salad and I was perfectly OK with that. The chicken was also cooked and seasoned great. Way to go Applebee’s!

We then headed off to the airport and surprisingly there was no line for security so we had some time to kill.  As per usual most the of the airport bars were packed, especially with the games on, but a very nice man offered us his table since he was alone and he saw we were looking. To repay his kindness we bought him a round and he was very appreciative.  Pay it forward people, there needs to be more random acts of kindness in today’s world.

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With the time change by time we landed I was starving. We decided to just eat at the airport because I honestly did not even think I could wait for the drive home with out chewing my arm off.

Most of the restaurants were actually closing, but we found one place that was still offering salads and appetizers.

And beer of course.

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Yup more avocado. I think I ate the equivalent of about 5 avocados in 5 days. Again, not complaining.

We finally made it home and I passed out in probably 10 minutes flat.

So loves. That is what I ate while on vacation and let me tell you I did not regret a single meal.  Let me also tell you that I not only did not feel like I gained weight, I actually felt like I lost weight. I contribute it to listening to my body, not restricting, and in reality gave it what it wanted. More food.

So I am really living proof that eating pizza, wings, and drinking a lot of beer for a short period of time will not make you gain weight over night. I had a great time, I didn’t let food control me and my choices and I went with the flow and did what normal people do. Adjust.

And I can’t tell you how I great I feel for that.

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What’s your view on eating on vacation?

Peas and Crayons

sweet treats

Two posts, two days in a row?

Who am I?

This week I actually got two days off, (in a row none the less!!) so I had some extra time to actually sit and write some posts.

Don’t get use to it though 😉

But since I did have the time and it’s been awhile since I have done a What I Ate Wednesday, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity!

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Matt and I have been making a habit of having morning coffee together. Usually we just run down to a coffee shop right around the corner, hang out for a few minutes before I have to rush off to work.

Since I was off from work, I actually had more time to hang with him and we decided to go to a local coffee shop that allows dogs inside. Delilah was very excited to come with and even got a home made treat!

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Coffee with two of my favorites is a great start to my day!

I then got a little fancy with breakfast.

Ok that is a total lie. It may look a little more fancy, but there was absolutely nothing home made about it.

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I guess I wanted dessert for breakfast, but to me that is never a bad thing.

I took a Van’s gluten free waffle and topped it with a scoop of the new Arctic Zero Coconut ice cream and then drizzled NuStevia Cocoa Syrup on top.  It was pretty amazing.

Dinner’s have been fun too thanks to my new spiralizer. I am loving this thing!

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I am basically spiralizing every and any vegetable I have in the fridge!

I  saute them with a little Braggs Liquid Aminos and top it with nutritional yeast and it is such an easy, delicious side.

And don’t think I got sick of ice cream by having it for breakfast.

Pssh. Do you know who I am.

Matt and I have been wanting to go to a ice cream parlor called Slickables that is known for their ice cream sandwiches. Basically you can choose any of their freshly made cookies (flavors including red velvet, mint chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, white chocolate macadamia nut…) and then you choose your ice cream flavor (butter pecan, rocky road, strawberry cheesecake, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough…) Seriously too many choices for this indecisive girl. I of course tried almost every ice cream flavor before settling on a all time favorite.

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For my creation I chose one regular chocolate chip cookie and one mint chocolate chip cookie filled with mint chocolate chip ice cream. This thing was ah-mazing.
I wish it wasn’t so far away from us, or maybe that’s a good thing, because with the endless amounts of flavor combinations you can make I would be totally fine with eating one of these every night. Oh and the best part? They’re only $2.00!! Seriously unheard of these days considering my fro-yo cups cost me about $6.00.

Well loves I hope you all are enjoying your week.

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What kind of ice cream sandwich would you create?