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?

oodles of zoodles

Oh hello my loves!

Just popping in to let you know I am still alive!

As much as I love blogging, gone are the days where I have the extra time, or really the motivation to spend creating and experimenting in the kitchen. Trust me, I still love creating healthy new dishes and it does still happen, but I just don’t have the time to actually spend a whole day experimenting in the kitchen. Trust me, I miss it.

But I do still have the time to share fun and exciting new products I have been using and updates on my daily happenings.

Let’s start with a new toy that I recently got!

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I have seen oodles of zoodles all over Instagram and finally decided to cave and get a spiralizer! Now, I will disclose I have nothing against real pasta or carbs and did not get this to replace all my noodles with zoodles. Let’s be real nothing replaces good ole pasta. But I also love my veggies and thought this would be a fun way to get more creative. And I love kitchen gadgets.

I know you can spiralize endless veggies, but I started with the standard zucchini.

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I wasn’t aware I had multiple blades so I used the one that was already assembled. So my first zoodles were ribbons, which was fine with me because I had a little bit too much fun making them!! Matt and I even made a silly video. Yes. I’m that lame. #noshame

I made the mistake of going to Pinterest to look for recipe ideas. Gah, there were so many I wanted to make. But I ended up just making one of my favorite spicy peanut sauces and used that as my first dish.

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Mmmm spicy peanut zoodle goodness.

The only down side to these were they are literally one continuous string. Next time I think I will cut it up into smaller pieces. That’s probably what most people do anyways right? I’m new to this, bear with me…

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But I will say I am already having a blast with my new toy and I know more delicious spiralized dishes are in my future.

But I must admit that’s the majority of the home made goodness that’s been going on.

And don’t worry, my sweet tooth is still going strong.

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Along with my indecisiveness. Let me take this opportunity to express my appreciation for good service.

Matt and I went to TCBY and I could not decide what I wanted. I tried I think every flavor, and the girl was so awesome and patient with me. Then she made the amazing suggestion to get both soft serve and ice cream in a waffle cone since I couldn’t decide between the two.

I proclaimed I can do that?? And she responded you can do whatever you want.

So this cone was not only delicious, but the experience was great as well.

Seriously, good customer service is hard to find, so when I find it I really appreciate it.

How sweet.

Well loves I hope you are all having a great week and stay posted for more spiralized deliciousness.

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What would you spiralize if you had a spiralizer?

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snapshots and highlights

Hello loves!

I hope you all are having a relaxing weekend. I’m sure I sound like a broken record when I say how they seem too short, but it seems like my weekends are a broken weekend as well!

Time seems to be flying and I can’t believe July is almost over, however with the crazy heat we have been having here in Phoenix, I am welcoming August with the hopes that summer will soon be gone. Because seriously, record breaking 116 degree days are getting pretty old pretty quick.

Life other than work has been pretty mundane, but I figured I would give you guys a few snapshots into what has been going on lately.

Something not so new is I have been on a huge sushi kick lately. I swear I never get sick of the stuff!

It started with a dinner out with a friend.

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I love a good classic rainbow roll and we found a sushi spot that just always hits the spot and their rolls are huge, so one roll (plus sashimi and a seaweed salad) fills me up. This girl can eat.

But having good sushi always does one thing to me.

Makes me want more.

So bad that I even settle for grocery store sushi.

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Not once.

But twice.

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Then Friday when you would think I had enough sushi.

No. I asked made Matt meet me at Whole Foods for dinner.

With one thing in mind.

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More sushi.

Last time we went they were out of my favorite roll, which made me super sad, however it did give me the opportunity to discover that they had an amazing sesame glazed tofu that was a pretty tasty substitute.

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The sauce was so amazing that I asked for extra on the side.

Tofu never looks super appetizing, but goodness, this tasted amazing.

More repetitive eats from the week have been amazing salads I have been making lately for lunches.

I use to always have some sort of sandwich for lunch, but in trying to cut some wheat/gluten from my diet I started making salads.  So I didn’t want to admit this, but I really think I was having some sort of reaction to wheat because once I started having salads (making sure to always include a protein and healthy fats) I noticed such a change in my energy level. I use to get the typical 3pm crash, but I noticed I don’t anymore and that I still have plenty of energy. Dun dun dunnn. I loved my sandwiches so even though I welcomed the fact that I no longer had that crash, I was sad to give up my sandwiches. Well, I kind of take that back, I don’t miss them all that much.

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Huge salad with a base of Cruciferous Crunch mix from Trader Joes topped with tons of veggies, pecans and avocado for my healthy fats. For my protein I usually have chicken or turkey on the side. I’m not completely sure if it’s the increased amounts of protein and fat or lack of wheat/gluten that is helping with the energy, but regardless the combination seems to be working for me. And although not completely gone, my bloating has gone down dramatically.

So those have been some highlights on what’s been going on. Sushi, sushi, sushi and a salad. Seriously, that’s my life.

I also have some breakfast highlights to share with you as well, but we’ll save those for another day.

Enjoy your weekend loves.

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Do you get the 3pm crash?

Is there a type of food you crave and could eat endlessly?

 

matt’s birthday celebrations

Birthday’s are fun.

Dare I say even marvelous?

When it comes to my own I basically just look at it as another day. Not because I dread getting older, I just don’t think mine is a big deal it just seems like just another day. But when it comes to celebrating others birthdays? Well I just love them!

Especially Matt’s, because let’s be real, I get to benefit from it as well!

We didn’t do a big ole celebration this year. Since last year was his 30th and we went all out with a bar crawl/scavenger hunt, we took it easy this year.

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But as fun as crazy nights are, quiet quality time nights are just as good.

The birthday boy got to choose where we went for dinner and I’d be lying if I said I was disappointed with he chose True Food as his birthday dinner choice.

It had been awhile since we had been there and we have never been disappointed with a dining experience there.

This night was no different.

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We of course started with birthday cocktails.

I ordered the cucumber-citrus margarita which is a favorite of mine.

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For dinner I wanted to try something new, but to be honest, when I know I like something I always have a debate if I should stray from it in fears of not enjoying the new dish I ordered. I usually order the brown rice teriyaki bowl, but the shiitake and  tofu lettuce cups always sounded so good. I actually gushed about my indecision to our server and she offered to order me a half order of the brown rice bowl and then add one lettuce cup on the side. What an amazing solution! I got the best of both worlds.

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I will say the lettuce cup was very good, reminded me a lot of PF Changs lettuce wraps, which I love. But I am also so glad that I also got to enjoy the brown rice bowl which I added chicken to instead of my normal tofu (I am trying to cut as much soy out of my diet as I can).

Both dishes were great and again I was so glad I got to try them both.

Matt ordered the grilled steal-head salmon which was very good as well.

We both have been obsessed with salmon lately and this salmon was cooked and seasoned amazingly.

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 After our entrees when asked if we wanted dessert we quickly said yes! I exclaimed the birthday boy has to have dessert!

Matt also insisted I order my own dessert instead of sharing his.

Who am I to say no to that?

Matt ordered the lemon tart with strawberry and coconut whipped cream.

As dessert was brought out he got another surprise!

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Seriously, how cute is that? A birthday candle and all!

For my dessert I ordered the flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.

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Oh my goodness. That cake. It was so delicious and as much as I appreciated the individual size, I did not want it to end!

Overall, it was a very nice intimate birthday and as mentioned before as fun as a crazy night would have been, I think Matt really enjoyed his relaxing dinner out.

So happy 31st birthday  my love! To many more.

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Do you prefer big birthday celebrations or small quiet ones?

not so typical

Ugh. I feel like I am so far behind.

I really want to give you an update on Matt’s birthday celebrations, but I still have yet to share my Fourth of July celebrations.

Whoa is the life of I have way too much going on.

So we will save the recap of Matt’s birthday celebrations till a later date and I will share my deliciousness that happened on our Independence Day.

As if we could ever have a standard American celebration.
We started off okay with of course enjoying a few cold ones.

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We decided to venture out this year and go downtown to watch the fireworks, but knew it would be crazy so we headed down early to avoid the traffic. Which left us time for a few brewskies and dinner.

So we of course had the typical American dinner.

Sushi.

I can’t help it, I crave it all the time.

There was only one sushi restaurant in walking distance and we had been to it once before and weren’t impressed, so we really didn’t have high expectations, but that tells you how bad I wanted sushi.

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I’m glad we decided to give it another chance, because everything we ordered this time was great.

Matt was in the go all out mood, so that is what we did.

Yellowtail sashimi and edamame to start.

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Tuna tataki and a spicy tuna roll for Matt.

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Salmon asparagus roll for me.

It may not be your typical burgers and hotdogs (however I would not have been opposed to that!) but it was delicious none the less.

After dinner we still had some time to kill before the fireworks, so we headed to a favorite Irish pub and had another drink.

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Then finally time for fireworks!

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We had quite the adventure getting home after the fireworks.  Let’s just say it took about 2 hours and walking about 3 miles before we finally got a ride home, but we made it!

So your typical Fourth of July? Nope. But would you expect any less from me?

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Did you have a typical Fourth of July?


quick catch up

Hey friends! I know. Long time no talk.

Ironically a lot has been going on, but I have just been so busy that I haven’t had time to actually sit and write a post.

So let’s do a quick catch up on what’s been going on.

First I had a very exciting weekend, which now was a week ago.

Matt’s parents came into town as they both had eye appointments and decided to stay in town over night, so we were actually able to spend more time with them.  We met them for dinner after their appointments and decided to have an early birthday celebration for Matt.

And what’s a birthday dinner without cake?

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We all split a chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream.

Yes this was as good as it looks.

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Yummm. Up close of the warm chocolate deliciousness.

It’s a good thing we were sharing, I could have easily demolished this whole thing myself.

The next day we took Matt’s parents to one of our favorite local breakfast joints The Breakfast Club.

I ordered a 3 egg white omelet with red bell peppers and onions with broccoli, tomatoes, fresh fruit and cottage cheese on the side.

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This was the perfect light breakfast to start the exciting day I had ahead of me.

However, I wasn’t prepared for how exciting it was going to be.

Since Matt’s mom was in town and we actually had more time, we decided to take advantage of it and go wedding dress shopping. Now, I really had no intentions of purchasing a wedding dress in the near future as our wedding is not until April 2015, but I thought it would be a nice opportunity to get an idea of what I liked and was looking for.

Let me tell you, the second dress I tried on.. I fell in love with.

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It fit perfectly, I felt beautiful and I thought it would be perfect for the outdoor ceremony we are having. I thought I found my dress.

But I wanted to try a few others on just to see my options.

Well guess what guys. The fourth dress I tried on. It truly was the one.

I went back and forth between the two just to make sure, and yup. The fourth dress won every time. I knew it was my wedding dress.

So loves. I said yes to a dress and purchased it!!

(I however can not post the real dress as I am traditional in the sense I do not want Matt to see it!)

I can not describe how excited I was! I had texted Matt almost immedietly, but when I got home all I wanted to do was go celebrate.
So that’s what we did.

With fancy drinks!

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We went to a restarant called Pig and Pickle that is known for their unique drinks and meat dishes. Now, since I don’t eat a lot of meat, eating there was never too appealing to me, but the drinks sounded good and I love that they try and source everything local when they can. To drink I ordered the Stonie Bah-Lonie which was made with Hophead vodka, fresh lime, grapefruit juice, hop-grapefruit bitters, with an IPA float.  It was interesting but probably not something I would order again.

Matt got two drinks. His first was called The Landing Strip which was made with Breckenridge bourbon & Breckendridge bitters with cinzano & black cherry. I of course stole the cherry.  As we were drinking out first drinks we saw the bartender prepare this ridiculous looking drink. In asking what it was, it was their house Bloody Mary, but goodness did they know how to garnish!

Loads of pickled veggies and the kicker was a piece of their pork belly. Matt was in heaven.

To continue the celebrations we decided to go out to dinner later that evening.

We decided on a favorite of ours Blanco Tacos and Tequila.

In ordering though I was conflicted. I haven’t talked about it much on here, but I have been doing a mini elimination diet and trying to cut gluten and dairy out of my diet as I have a suspicion I may have an intolerance to one of them.

That makes going out for Mexican a bit challenging.

I did it though.

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We still ordered guacamole, but I resisted on the chips. You better believe I ate the guacamole out of the bowl with the spoon. With no shame.

For dinner instead of my regular chicken burrito (which I missed dearly) I opted for a salmon salad. Ok. Now I will say it was hard going to a Mexican restaurant and not getting my burrito, but this salmon was amazing.  Matt also got salmon, but on top of a potato hash and we both agreed it was some of the best salmon we have had.

So basically that weekend was a really good one and buying my dress really makes the wedding a lot more real. It also made me realize I have a lot more to plan! But it really got Matt and I excited and motivated. And I have my wedding dress! ahh!

Well loves I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I will be back soon to fill you in on the Fourth of July fun that was had!

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If you’re married did you immediately know your wedding dress was the dress?

 

i’m alive…barely

I’m alive. I promise. But barely.

Work has been insane. Usually during the summer time we slow down, but we have been going strong so far.

Good for business, but it makes tired doctors and techs.

Thankfully I have these cuties to keep a smile on my face.

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Puppies really do make everything better.

So I think it can be assumed my eats and activities has been a bit boring lately.

Dinners have been take out and eaten on the floor.

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More Whole Foods sushi eaten on the comfort of my floor. You know it’s good when you have a kitty stalking your food.

I love how I can just run into Whole Foods, grab some tasty food and be able to enjoy it in the comfort of my home.

They were out of my usual tuna roll, but I got the salmon instead which was just as good. And extra good with the addition of my Little Soya soy sauce. I love it so much better than the little soy sauce packets they give you.

Friday was my day off, however I feel like most of my days off turn into get every single errand done days.  In between trips however I met Matt for lunch and to watch the World Cup. I’m not huge into soccer, but he is and it was a nice chance to see him.

We met at a bar close to Matt’s work that was playing the games and while we were watching we were offered a sample of their salmon and chive cream cheese crosanti’s.

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There is something about smoked salmon, cream cheese and a toasted baguette that is just always good.

And these were good.

I wish I was able to have more.

I had eaten a late breakfast, so I wasn’t all that hungry, but it was Matt’s lunch break so he ordered some food.

Let’s just say I had a little food envy.

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He ordered a steak sandwich with caramelized onions and fries.

Don’t worry, I quality controlled those fries. They were up to par.

As we were just about to leave we were treated with another freebie.

Cake pops!

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Who doesn’t love free cake pops?

Crazy people.

And I’m not crazy.

However, I do think that cake pop set off my sweet tooth.  Because after dinner I was craving more sweet.

Thankfully I have an amazing fiance who caters for my sweet tooth and took me out for some gelato!

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Chocolate Banana for me!

I just love all things ice cream.

Well loves I’m off to melt into my couch and wish I never had to get up.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Are you watching the World Cup?

 

 

no one is perfect

I want to acknowledge something, that even though may be obvious, still needs to be said.

I always try to keep things light on my blog, I love to focus on the positive, the marvelous moments, and happy times.

Truth is. My life is not perfect.

I feel like blogs sometimes always portray life as being all rainbows and butterflies, but we all have our struggles, frustrations and challenges in our lives.  Again, I’m sure this is all common knowledge, but for this Marvelous In My Monday, I really did want to focus on the positives of my weekend, because there were a few rough spots.

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Even though I love Matt with all my heart and I know he feels the same, we still have issues and tiffs here and there. But rarely do we ever really fight. However, we had a very rough weekend, and I can’t even say why, we just were not communicating and were not on the same page like we normally are.  However, one thing I love about us, is we try to figure things out, communicate and solve the issue at hand. We will never give up on each other and that is how I know it is real, true love.

I even got him flowers to show him how much I love him.

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We had a busy day planned that I don’t think helped our situation. A pool party at a friends house and dinner plans that almost didn’t happen, but I am so glad they did.

I think we both really wanted to be stubborn and just go home (the biggest part of the fight happened while driving to dinner), but I kind of knew if we stuck to our plans of going out to eat, it would almost force us to be civil, talk about things and hopefully solve a few issues.

It did.

And on top of that we had an amazing delicious meal.

We ended up going to a new to us restaurant called Tottie’s Asian Fusion.

It has a mix of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese foods on the menu.

To start we shared a Dragon Roll.

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I really loved that the menu offered such a wide variety of items. We all know I love my sushi and it sounded really good,  however I really wanted to take advantage of the Thai dishes. So I am glad I was able to do both.

For dinner Matt got the Tangerine Beef.

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I of course had to sample his dish and it was amazing. The sauce had a really nice fresh tangerine/orange flavor to it.

For my entree I chose the Ginger Thai Grilled Salmon with steamed vegetables.

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I was surprised to see the dish come out with this thick purple sauce (I swear there is salmon under there), but I was pleasantly surprised at the taste. It was delicious. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the sauce was so flavorful. I ended up covering the veggies in it as well.

 I am happy to report that the mood got much better between Matt and I. We talked a lot of things out, and even got classy dessert after dinner. In the form of McDonald’s hot fudge sundaes. Don’t judge. I really wanted a hot fudge sundae and it was the closest place that had them. Fun fact, I didn’t even know McDonald’s had hot fudge sundaes until Matt said something and I cut across 3 lanes of traffic to pull in.

So loves, I guess my main point of this is remember we are all human, we are not perfect and life is not always rainbows and butterflies, but there really is always a positive and that is what we need to focus on.

Until next time. Stay Marvelous.

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