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?

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.

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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?

i cooked…once

That basically sums up my eating lately. Needless to say I have not been cooking much, not anything of interest anyways.

This is about as fancy as my meals have been lately.

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That would be zoodles in a Japanese miso broth that I got in my latest Graze box.

I know. Fancy.

I must really be dropping the ball in the cooking department because Matt even stepped up his game and made us dinner one night. I guess he wasn’t impressed with my coffee cup dinners.

I’m glad he did though because he made the most amazing chicken tacos.

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He even wanted to plate them all pretty for the picture. I soon ruined their beauty made them more amazing by adding about half more of an avocado to mine. I don’t know what’s been going on with me lately, but I have been obsessed with avocado lately. I can’t get enough.

But that’s about it in the home cooking department. There has been a lot of eating out, but I like to say with good reason.

We got invited out for a double date and at our company’s request, sushi was on the menu.

It has actually been awhile since Matt and I have had sushi, so we didn’t hesitate to accept the offer.

We started with the most amazing tuna sashimi.

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This was before the whole tuna scare, I’m not sure it would have stopped me anyways.

We then both ordered a sushi roll. Matt ordered the eel tempura roll and I got the salmon roll.

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We usually end up sharing each others rolls which works out because both were very delicious.

There has been another reason for the lack of creative meals as in Matt has been traveling a lot and hasn’t been home. His mom has been sick and in the hospital basically since our wedding. It’s been a frustrating month of the doctors not being able to tell us what exactly is wrong and it has been a headache with poor hospital care and a total lack of communication between hospitals and staffing. It’s a long story and I could vent for hours, but I’ll save you that drama.
So with Matt on the road I have had a lot of nights and dinners alone.

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Some nights were simply Whole Foods sushi, eaten on the floor.

At least I have my kitties and pup to keep me company. Other than the begging, they are pretty good dinner company. Not so great in the dinner conversation department.

When Matt returned however we thought we would have a night out to spend together.

We decided to go to True Food Kitchen which is one of our favorite restaurants. Their food is always so fresh and delicious.

We of course got cocktails to start.

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For an appetizer we decided to stick with a favorite of the herb hummus.

The pita had a perfect crisp to it and as per usual I stole all the feta.

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For our dinner entrees Matt decided to go with the fish tacos.

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I ordered the papaya salad and added salmon.

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And of course one of my favorite parts of this salad was the half avocado it was served with.

This salad really is becoming one of my favorites.

After dinner we got some gelato from an amazing gelato shop that is conveniently located next door to True Foods and headed home to veg out on the couch.

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A perfect date night if you ask me.

Sadly I think my future holds more dinners on the floor or eaten out of coffee cups, but that’s just life right now. And I just have to rolls with the punches.

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Sometimes I think lazy dinners can be quite marvelous. What are some of your favorites?

my last single valentine’s day

Hello my loves!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day regardless of if you are in a relationship or single. I kind of have the outlook that it is just a Hallmark holiday, but I am not going to lie, I am a girl and what girl doesn’t like a holiday about love?

This Valentine’s Day was an extra special one for me. It was the last Valentine’s Day before Matt and I will be married!

Ahh! Seriously guys, my wedding is in a little over a month away. I really hope I have everything together.

But on to my Valentine’s Day recap.

I had to work that morning, but Matt and I had made dinner plans for the evening. We really don’t go all out and just always look forward to a nice evening out together.

My day did start with flowers.

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Ok confession. These were not my Valentine’s Day flowers. Matt and I kind of bickered the day before and these were according to Matt “Sorry I was a butthead flowers”. I did get Valentine’s Day flowers (which I had to sit at work an extra hour to wait for because they were delivered late) but those have yet to bloom and these were just as pretty.

And I got Matt in my opinion the best card ever.

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Yes,  I got him a giant Valentine’s Day card. I mean. As soon as I saw them, I couldn’t not get it for him.

Before I had to go to work, we decided to go get coffee together.  We stopped at the Starbucks that is next to my work and not only did my barista put a cute foam heart in my Flat White, but they also had cute little photo-booth cut outs laying on the table. Matt and I of course had some fun with them.

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Then to make my morning even better, one of my co-workers brought in Einstein Bagels and some of them were shaped like hearts! Super cute. And super yummy.

For our Valentine’s Day dinner we decided to dress up a little bit, and of course had to take some bathroom selfies before we left.

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For dinner we chose to go to True Food Kitchen, which is a place we both love, but haven’t been too for awhile.  We knew they would be busy and made reservations for 7:00pm. Before dinner we decided to go grab a drink and of course went to our favorite Whole Foods which was right down the street.

Oh and more selfies happened.

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When it was time for our reservation we headed down to the restaurant.

I was pretty hungry so we decided to get an appetizer of their herb hummus and pita.

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 Oh my goodness. This hummus is amazing. I love the addition of the feta cheese. I really think feta is one of my all time favorite cheeses!

I tried not to lick the whole plate as I was very excited for my entree.

I actually decided to try something new, which for me is rare, once I find a dish I like I usually stay with it, but I was really in the mood for salmon, so I ordered their Thai Green Papaya Salad and added salmon to it.

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1. Seriously look at how huge that piece of salmon is. And yes. I ate every last bite.

2. I love how much avocado they give you.

 This salad was very fresh, and being a huge lover of kelp noodles, I was excited to see so many of them in the salad.

I definitely would order this again.

Matt ordered the Panang Curry and he added tofu.

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I of course stole a few bites and it was delicious as well.

And what would Valentine’s Day be without dessert?

I absolutely love their flour less chocolate cake and was looking forward to it during the whole meal.

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Matt ordered the Coconut Banana Chia Seed Pudding. It was very very good. I think we both made good choices!

So overall, a very good night out and we had such a great time together.

I am very excited for our next Valentine’s Day which will be our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple!!

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Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?
Do you prefer to go out or stay in?

a perfect birthday

Long time no talk my loves!

I feel like so much has happened in such a short amount of time. Let me catch you up a bit.

It seemed like Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye and very quickly it was my birthday!

Considering my birthday is only three days after Christmas it really is a blink of the eye.

We didn’t have any huge plans for my birthday, really it’s just another day, but I was lucky this year for it to fall on a Sunday so I actually had the day off and Matt and I planned to just kind of play things by ear.

We have a Sunday tradition of going to a local coffee shop that also happens to serve alcohol 24/7.  Don’t judge, but on Sunday’s yes I do start drinking at 9am.  But I get a Pomosa, which is a Mimosa, but with pomegranate juice instead of orange juice, so it’s kind of healthy right?

Whatever, it was my birthday.

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The day only got better. Matt was nice enough to treat me to a manicure, so he took me to do that while he did some work at home. Matt has been amazing since my car accident, since the insurance deemed my car totaled you are only given a rental for 7 days after they make an offer on the vehicle. I found that kind of silly, but Matt had been great about taking me to work and carting me around town so I can run my errands.  It may seem small and something a significant other “is suppose to do” but Matt was so selfless and never made me feel like it was a burden to take me places. That kid seriously humbles me sometimes.

The one thing that we did plan for my birthday was dinner.

And I’m sure it’s no surprise what I wanted.

Sushi.

We went to our favorite sushi restaurant and decided since it was my birthday we would get a little crazy and order something new.

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Well nothing too crazy for us, we both know we like eel, but have never gotten the eel nigiri so we decided to start with that.  It was amazing. I have a feeling we will be getting it every time now.

Matt and I then split some tuna sashimi and he got a soft shell crab roll.

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I decided to go with the salmon roll – one of my favorites.

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Dinner was of course delicious and was a wonderful birthday treat.

We had plans to go to our city zoo as they hold a special event called Zoo Lights, but it has been ridiculously cold here and all I really wanted to do was go home, put on some sweatpants and relax.

But not before picking up some dessert.

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Staying classy with frozen yogurt and wine.

It was the perfect way to end my birthday.

Well loves that is at least a quick update to what’s been going on, however I have so much more to tell you.

Lot’s of new and exciting things have already happened for me this new year!

Until then I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to their new year!

wedding fun and dinners out

Hello loves! Long time no talk!

As always I have been busy busy busy, but this week I actually have two days off from work, so I am trying to take advantage and catch up on a few things. Of course wedding planning takes the forefront, but I also thought since it was What I Ate Wednesday time, I would give you guys a little sneak peak into what I’ve been eating lately.

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Fall into Good Habits: WIAW

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But while we’re on the wedding talk I will just mention that Matt and I did our engagement photo session over the weekend and had a blast! We did it at a local spot called the Brat Haus.  We chose this location because we wanted it to be a bar scene and not only did their inside bar have some great photo options, but they also had fun outdoor areas to take pictures.

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One thing I will say is I love our photographer. She had gotten there before up and as we drove us she basically ran to our car with excitement telling us all the ideas she had. We had so much fun with her and she really wanted us to just be ourselves, hang out and to let her capture our real love. And she let me take an Instagram selfie at the end of the session. A sign of a true great photographer.

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We haven’t gotten the photo’s back yet, but she did post a teaser on her blog.

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(photo courtesy of Katina Patriquin Photography)

I can not wait to see the rest!

But enough wedding ramble, on to the foods!

I will admit most of it has not been home cooked. We have been eating out like mad people, but honestly I’m not really complaining.

Dinner dates at Whole Foods have been happening a lot.

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It just is honestly so convenient after work, and since we have basically become regulars, it just feels like we’re hanging out with friends at the bar and having dinner.

I also think I could eat sushi everyday. And their brussels sprouts on the hot bar.

Which is a good thing because a few days later we had a sushi date with a friend at our favorite sushi spot.

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I usually get the Rainbow Roll, but decided to try something new and got their Alaskan Roll, which was spicy salmon, krab mix, and cucumber. Anything from this place is pretty much amazing, their fish is always so fresh.

The lack of cooking continued through out the week. When you have good food so conveniently close to you sometimes it’s just too easy to just eat out or grab something and bring it home.

Enter Chipotle.

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Matt and I have a thing that every time we get Chipotle, we have to eat it picnic style and eat on the ground. It’s silly, but it’s because the first time I ever had Chipotle he actually laid out a blanket on the floor and we had a little picnic.

And to keep the Mexican theme going, it was just Taco Tuesday (is this a thing anywhere else? apparently it’s a huge thing here in arizona, but i hadn’t heard of it before moving here).  Soooo of course Matt and I had to go get some taco’s.  I met him for lunch after some errands and taco’s were had.

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We were both surprisingly impressed with these taco’s. Carne Asada with a pickled jalapeno salsa, avocado cream, and pickled cabbage. Not only were these taco’s pretty to look at, they were absolutely delicious.  It was the perfect combination of flavors.

Some other tasty treats to mention.

I recently won a giveaway for Bare Snacks Coconut Chips.

Now let me say. I have been on a pretty big coconut kick as of late. And I knew I liked coconut chips to start with, but their chocolate bliss coconut chips. Holy Goodness. These things are ah-mazing.

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I’ve been putting them on basically everything, even fro-yo brought home. I mean why pay for mediocre toppings, when I have more delicious ones at home?

And one last thing to mention.

HOLIDAY CUPS.

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I may or may not have gotten a little too excited when I got my coffee the other morning and saw the holiday cups were back. I know everyone loves their holiday flavors, but white chocolate mocha’s with soy will always be my winter beverage of choice.

Well loves off to do more wedding fun stuff, I hope you all have a wonderful week.

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What is your favorite winter drink?

Do you celebrate Taco Tuesday?