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?

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

a wedding update and labor day celebrations

Hello my loves!

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend and I hope you were lucky like me and actually had the day off!

I felt like even though I barely left the house, I did however get a lot accomplished. And a lot of the wedding front.

I haven’t updated much on the wedding basically because it has been stressing me out to no ends.

Not only do I feel like there is so much to do, but I am basically doing this all on my own, so it’s very stressful.  I feel like all Matt and I do is argue, whether it be about the wedding, the budget, and the lack of time we are spending together. He is working very hard on his freelance and I know he is doing it make money so we can afford this wedding, and I do not hold that against him in the slightest, however sometimes I feel he doesn’t understand why I am frustrated. I know most men are not involved in the wedding planning, which is fine, but with all my family and bridesmaids being thousands of miles away, I am basically on my own. Which can be a bit overwhelming at times. Slowly but surely though I am getting things accomplished and the wedding will be what it is.

(I have my location and dress so really what else matters, let’s be real)

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But I digress.

One thing planning a wedding is showing me though are the effects of stress and our health.

Before I started planning the wedding I was actually noticing great improvements with my health, mood and energy levels.

I briefly mentioned I was trying to cut some gluten and dairy out of my diet to see if I was having any food sensitivities.  I have not gone completely gluten or dairy free, but I have cut back on certain food items that I do believe I was reacting to. I can not even begin to describe the difference I felt!

But let me tell you, with the whole wedding planning process, I have really started to notice the effects that stress is putting on my body.

I feel like I am always tired regardless of how much I sleep, I am moody, irritable and just honestly emotionally worn out.

This really doesn’t come as a surprise to me though. I have been listening to a lot of health and nutrition podcasts and almost all of them will tell you that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle that the most important things sometimes are not diet and exercise, but sleep and stress. You can eat the cleanest diet, exercise daily, but if you are not getting enough sleep and are always stressed out, it will counteract all of that.

So I am working on de-stressing, taking everything day by day, and trusting the process. Everything will get done and the day will be the best day of my life, not because of the wedding location, decorations, or party favors, but the fact that I will be married to the love of my life and best friend.

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So with that being said let’s move on to more good things!

I know the traditional Labor Day celebration are BBQs, cookouts and parades, but not in our household.

We actually spent more the day inside, Matt working on freelance work and me on wedding stuff.  I actually feel like I got a lot accomplished and didn’t stress out. Woo-Hoo!

We started our day off by going to one our favorite coffee spots Buzz Berry, but instead of getting our typical Americano’s we decided to get a little crazy.

I still ordered an iced Americano, but spiked with in house made Kahlua. Matt ordered a bloody mary.

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They were both delish and a great start to the day.

However, drinking on an empty stomach.

Well you end up with pictures like this.

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I was very entertained with myself.

As mentioned we spent the majority of the day both working on our own projects.  We had made plans for dinner as Fox Restaurant Concepts always sends out coupons for these small holidays.  Matt and I have kind of made it a little tradition to go when we get them since we love basically all of their restaurants. Last year we went to Blanco’s Tacos and Tequilla so we decided to keep with it and go again this year! Because really, on Labor Day, you get Mexican food.

We of course started with margarita’s.

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And guacamole is always mandatory.

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Their guacamole is so delicious, there are seriously like whole chunks of avocado in there. I could seriously eat this whole bowl with a spoon no problem. But I restrained. Had to save room for my meal.

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I debated in between the salmon salad, chicken fajitas, or chicken burrito. I knew all three wouldn’t disappoint, but the salmon was so good the last time I got it, I just had to get it again. Good salmon I feel is hard to find sometimes.

Matt went with grilled fish tacos. Always a good choice.

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We actually went to a different location as we had initial plans to stop by Baskin Robbins on the way home because I had gotten an e-mail alert that they released a new Pumpkin Cheesecake flavor, but while walking to the restaurant we walked past a new to us gelato spot called Frost Gelato that looked pretty tempting.  There ended up being a little bit of a wait to get a table, so while we waited we walked over and sampled a few flavors. They were all amazing, so our dessert plans quickly changed and we decided we would just come back after dinner.

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So glad we did.

 After trying almost every single flavor I decided to go with the Strawberry Yogurt.

Which even though it may be a bit confusing, is was still gelato, just a strawberry “yogurt” flavor. Regardless, it was delicious with big chunks of strawberries in it.

 Overall even though it wasn’t too eventful of a day in terms of activities, it was a very productive day that ended with a lovely meal with my love. And for once we had a wedding conversation without a fight.

So loves, I hope you all had a relaxing stress free weekend. And if things do get stressful, just remember to breath, take one day at a time, and all with work out.

Now if I could only take my own advice.

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How do you reduce stress in your life?

What were your Labor Day activities? Traditional? Non Traditional?

 

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?