Christmas 2014 in Photos

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Happy Holidays! Here are some photos from our 2014 Christmas:

Christmas 2014 in Photos

Christmas 2014 in Photos

Christmas 2014 in Photos

Christmas 2014 in Photos

Christmas 2014 in Photos

Christmas 2014 in Photos

Christmas 2014 in Photos

Christmas 2014 in Photos

We were able to see both families this holiday season, which was really nice. I’m still in vacation mode and hoping to enjoy some more R&R. I’m also gearing up for the new year with some good books, quality time for planning and organization, and a little fun, too! PS Did you see the “Santa potatoes” above?

In other news, can you believe our FIFTH annual Eat in Month is just a few days away. Time to get menu planning and grocery shopping! If you’re not familiar with Eat in Month, you can check out the 2013 post by clicking here. I’ll be posting details for the 2015 challenge soon. Get ready to sign up! In the meantime, check out this Pinterest board of Eat in Month ideas I created for the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bailey’s Birthday 2014

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Just after coming back from Zumba Convention 2014, it was time to celebrate Bailey the corgi’s 7th birthday! I can’t believe how old he is. I feel like he’s still a puppy most days. He had a great birthday with two of his favorite things:

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The cake is pretty big, so it’s great for sharing…or spreading out over a couple days.

Bailey's Birthday 2014

Bailey's Birthday 2014

Bailey's Birthday 2014

Cake is the only thing that matters!!!!!

Bailey's Birthday 2014

Bailey's Birthday 2014

Bailey's Birthday 2014

Bailey's Birthday 2014

Bailey's Birthday 2014

I took Bailey out for a ride around town with the windows down. he loved it!

Happy Birthday, Bailey!

Insta-Chic {4-12-2014}

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Happy weekend! Hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful spring weather as much as I am!

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I went with my friend Lindsey to see Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour with Cirque du Soleil. The show was SO fun! The show featured mostly dancing, which surprised me a little since I associate Cirque with elaborate acrobatics. It was still a blast and also made me feel very sentimental since I, like many of you, grew up listening to Michael’s music and watching his music videos. I actually wore out his tape when I was a kid from listening to it too much! I enjoyed the selection of songs and how they worked in poems and sound clips of Michael talking throughout the show. And they even encourage you to stand up and dance for the last part of the show, which makes it feel like a big party celebrating the king of pop.

If you’re a big Michael fan like me, you may want to check out the official show soundtrack, which features remixes and different cuts of almost 30 songs for about $12 on iTunes.

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In other news, I’m definitely ready for Lent to be over. I want dessert! I made this chocolate banana smoothie for a post-dinner non-dessert. It was made with just bananas, unsweetened cocoa powder, flaxseed, and rice milk, but it tasted a bit like chocolate pudding. Yum! Still not as good as a cupcake, though.

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And poor Bailey had a rough week. He was sick last weekend and then had to get a tooth pulled on Thursday! He’s quite the chewer, and he actually cracked a tooth awhile ago. We were worried it may get infected, so we took him in for a cleaning, and they decided the tooth needed to come out. Poor little guy. I picked him up from the vet with the tiny paw print bandage in the photo above. Luckily, he’s feeling much better already, so he seems to be having a quick recovery.

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Hubby and I had a date night on Friday and went to the Studio Movie Grill to watch the new Captain America and get dinner.

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Dinner was okay, but we decided to get snacks and a drink after the show at Enso since we were already at the Epicentre.

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To celebrate the spring weather, I spent a little time on today hitting up a local nursery to get some herbs and plants for some pots around the house. My mom is growing some more herbs for me, so I just got two Italian parsley plants and one mint. The mint is actually called “mojito mint”, so I guess we know what I’ll be drinking this summer. Anywho, I had a great time soaking up some sun and getting my hands a little dirty. I miss growing herbs and vegetables. I definitely need to talk my family into visiting so they can install a garden in our backyard. I’m ready!

Cold Spring and No Dessert for Lent

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Hello! Hope you all had a great week.

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Bailey says, “Hi!”

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I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are, but it’s been really cold around town lately. We had some 70 degree weather awhile back, but I guess that was just a tease. This week has been all in the 50′s, 40′s, and even 30′s! I’m ready for spring!

The only upside I found this past week was making a big slow cooker batch of my beef and 3 bean chili. Chili is such good cold weather food. We enjoyed ours with fresh-grated cheddar melted on top and Great Harvest jalapeño poppers on the side. Those poppers are almost as good with chili as the classic PIC – cornbread. The poppers are like white rolls stuffed with a jalapeño slice and cheddar cheese…yum! We warmed ours up in the oven for a few minutes for that fresh-baked taste.

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The weather seems to only be adding to my stress levels lately. I’d like to say I’m trying to balance that out by sleeping more, but I’m not good at going to be early. So, instead, I’ll continue to try to eat healthy and get plenty of water, fruits, and vegetables.

We had pizza for dinner tonight, but breakfast, lunch, and dinner were lacking in the veg category, so I decided to have a snack of edamame with coarse salt and zesty spices for a movie snack.

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And I gave up dessert for Lent, so no sweets for me for awhile. I’ve decided that smoothies are okay post-dinner because I get extra fruit (and often times vegetable) servings. So far, I’ve had a couple simple green monster smoothies after dinner, and though they aren’t a true dessert, I’ve enjoyed them quite a bit.

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I’ve felt pretty wiped out this week. I think things started out poorly when I spent most of Monday from 8am – 7pm in meetings at work., and I’ve been playing catch up since then. Bailey and I are hoping for some good R&R this weekend.

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Here’s something to think about for the weekend – Yogi Tea wisdom – “Let your heart guide you.”