Weekly Goodness: Take 37

Happy Friday to all of you! Thanks for stopping by today for some weekly goodness 🙂 (I’m currently putting this post together Thursday evening and I can’t believe how quick this week went by!!) We are constantly a busy household, it’s all we know and how we live, and it works for us 🙂 But the busy has been taken up a notch with this moving business. It’s all so exciting but let me tell you, I am struggling having my house torn apart as we pack. I’ve just been telling myself it is what it is for now and to let it go… I’m working on that 😉

I hope you all have a fun weekend planned! We are bumming about the weather but it is looking like we will get a little bit of sunshine so I can’t complain too much. I know many of us travel over long weekends so I put together a quick and fun workout to do on the road! No equipment needed and it’s still a full body, killer workout! I will be doing this workout this weekend for sure. Enjoy 🙂

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Last weekend we had some sunshine and we were ready to take full advantage! After our workout, we went home to grab the pups and head to a local lake to walk around and have some time outside. The rest of the weekend was full of grilling out, packing, homework, and odds and ends around the house.

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Throw in some seriously adorable puppy eyes, some weekly food goodness, workouts, and a crap ton of packing and that about wraps up our week. I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend! p.s. I’m in love with these Luna bars!!

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**It’s ALL a Choice** iNsPiRaTiOn

Hi Hi beauties!! I apologize for a little MIA taking place over here lately. Luckily, that’s the beauty in running a lifestyle blog is I can take some time off and catch you all up pretty quickly, which I plan on doing in tomorrow’s weekly goodness post, but for now  I’m sending some inspiration out, because this completely inspired me!

My lifelong girlfriend is KILLING it with her health and fitness and I’m not only so proud of her, but completely inspired by her as well. She’s a humble, quiet little thing 😉 so I was thrilled when she was up for me sharing her story and results on the blog with you all. Kylie has always been a beautiful girl with a rockin body but when she decided to take her health and fitness into her own hands and start really treating her body right, it’s amazing the positive changes she felt.  Not only can she physically SEE the difference but she feels amazing about herself and she now has the passion to help others! It’s contagious and when you find out how to feel great about yourself, you want everyone else to feel that good about themselves too! You want to spread that goodness!!

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Kylie’s journey is a great example of making the CHOICE to put her health as a priority.  A choice that we all have and I have had the pleasure of watching so many people actively live out that choice daily and some make the decision for the first time in their adult life. It doesn’t matter WHEN you make that choice, but making it for yourself will be one of your best decisions! Don’t get me wrong, and Kylie I know agrees with me when I say that making the decision to take care yourself and treat your body right by no means is saying you can’t indulge in ice cream this summer or that you need to skip happy hour with your girls! Taking care of ourselves looks different to each of us and that’s the beautiful thing about a healthy lifestyle.

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Do what makes YOU feel good about yourself. Kylie made the CHOICE to focus on herself by jumping into my 7 week core challenge months ago, introducing lifting into her workout routine, jumping on board with the IdealFit products, and her most recent and pretty damn awesome accomplishment is completing the Whole 30! WHAT?!? In case you are not familiar, the Whole 30 is 30 days with no dairy, grains, sugar, and alcohol.  Pretty much only fruit, veggies, meat, and eggs.  It is TOUGH and takes so much drive and dedication. She just jumped right in and decided she wanted to feel great about herself again and here she is 🙂 Here are some awesome results strictly from changing her lifestyle up and making her health and priority and WOW does she look amazing and more importantly she FEELS amazing and has that fierce confidence all women should have! These specifically are recent results from the Whole 30!

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 There is not much I love more than watching the people I love succeed and feel as awesome as they truly are!! Let Kylie be your inspiration today to keep on your healthy lifestyle journey or to start right NOW! It’s never too late to make yourself a priority. Thank you Kylie for being open to share your success with all of us 🙂 You’re an inspiration to many!! xoxo

Weekly Goodness: Take 36

Happy Friday everyone! Has this week gone as fast for you as it has for me? With that being said, I’m thrilled Friday is here and the weekend is so close. A little sore throat snuck in on me Wednesday and seems to be sticking around so the weekend is coming at the perfect time. Ready to lay low… other than packing, errands, homework, and family time of course 😉

A little photo overload for you of the goodness that happened over here this week.  As always, the purpose of these Friday posts are to give you a little look into my world with hopes to brining some smiles and genuine goodness YOUR way to start the weekend. Let’s kick it off with some food goodies this week! Smoothies have been on repeat and a necessity for night class. I’m also thrilled so many of you have planned to make my Ham, Cheese, and Mushroom baked sandwiches, they will not disappoint! Many of you may have witness on my snap chat that my company hosted a food truck Thursday for lunch. It was seriously so good and such a fun idea!

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Next is some goodness I have been keeping an eye on and wanting to share! The photographer and family friend we had at our wedding, has started such an awesome business with her family! They are opening a wedding venue called Red Acre Barn Event Venue and it’s BEAUTIFUL! My aunt told me we are pictured on their website and it brought back some great memories of our special day. If you are having an Iowa wedding, do yourself a favor and check out their website. Weddings at this venue will be breathtaking and they are great people to work with!

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Lastly, some summer hair and kicks inspiration and some web finds! Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the summer like weather!!

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Signs Your Diet Isn’t As Healthy As You Think It Is

Hi beauties! A little informative post for you on this beautiful day.  I have personally been guilty of and witness others daily think they are maintaining a healthy diet, but they are missing many signs that our bodies give us to tell us we aren’t as healthy as we think.  Just because you make a smoothie for breakfast or pass the bread basket at the table doesn’t exactly mean we have a diet that is giving us all the goodness we need! It’s important to be familiar with what signs to watch for to tell us we may need to take our or add different things to our food intake.

Many of us suffer from coughs, colds, and sniffles. These are all quite common and most of us have these symptoms more than once a year. But if you find you are frequently feeling under the weather, it could be a sign that you are suffering more poor health than is “normal.” There are many reasons for this. It could be something serious but more than likely it’s something like allergies, lack of sleep or lack of exercise.  However, it could be a sign that your body isn’t receiving all the nutrition it needs from your diet.

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Most of us know that we should be eating healthy foods. But not all of us can manage to fit in enough portions of the good stuff each day. That is where I fall guilty, I enjoy healthy foods but I know I do not always get my daily amount of veggies and protein every single day.  And there can be times when it’s just too difficult to get enough variety in our diets to cover all the vitamins and minerals we need. Deficiencies in each of the vitamins and minerals can be obvious, or they might not show at all. There will, however, always be some signs that your diet isn’t as healthy as you think.

Pale skin and tiredness are often a sign there isn’t enough iron in your diet. Vegetarians may have incredibly healthy diets, but they can find it tricky to get enough iron. Good sources come from meat, but some veggies can be rich in iron too. Supplements can help here as there are now better ranges of vegetarian-friendly sources.

Frequent colds could be a sign of a vitamin C deficiency. The best sources of this essential vitamin are fruit. Oranges, in particular, are a firm favorite for avoiding those nasty colds. Acne and blemishes  can be a sign of a zinc deficiency. And something as simple as thirst and lethargy may be a sign that you’re dehydrated. An extra pint of water a day may be all you need. A good diet for life can even help you avoid illnesses associated with older age which makes it all seem worth it! Bring on the salad 😉

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Sometimes we experience mental, emotional and behavioral changes when our diets are not rounded. For example, erratic moods coupled with fatigue are signs that you may be deficient in L-Tyrosine. This can be balanced again with a simple daily supplement. We are all different. Some of us are more prone to problems like this. Hypothyroidism symptoms include fatigue, coldness, and hair loss. In this case, you may want to avoid some foods that can exacerbate the problem. Raw greens, for example, can make hypothyroidism worse. Not to scare anyone at all, I just find that being educated on these things are important to know what to watch for and be aware 🙂 

Excess sugar in your diet over the long term can cause diabetes. Symptoms include lethargy, sweats, thirst, and poor focus. But excess sugar can also contribute to cavities in your teeth, blemishes on your skin, and strong smelling urine…Yikes, maybe skip that donut next time 😉 Have a blood sugar test if you are concerned.

Many women notice when their skin is dry or nails are brittle. These can be indicators that your diet is lacking in key vitamins and minerals. Men can struggle to have children if their diet is lacking in essential nutrients. The seriousness of the problems you may experience can differ depending how deficient your diet has been over the last month. Generally speaking, your body can become malnourished if you fail to eat well. Enjoy a healthy meal tonight.

Thanks for stopping by this morning for a little education lesson 🙂 You can never know too much in my opinion, especially regarding your health!

Baked Ham, Cheese, and Mushroom Sandwiches

GOOD morning!! How is everyone’s week going? It’s been such a great week around here and I’m looking forward to it continuing into a beautiful weekend in just a few short days 🙂 I tried a super simple and awesome tasting recipe for our dinner Monday night and we both agreed it was blog worthy!

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My husband coaches with a guy who brings us huge bags full of fresh bread every couple of months. It’s SO good! Well he sent Nick home with a big bag of fresh rolls that needed to be eaten or they were going to go bad.  I decided to make baked ham, cheese, and mushroom sandwiches with them Monday evening and we LOVED them. They were so quick and easy and are great for dinner at home or to set out when you’re hosting guests.

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The only thing I would change from Monday’s go at this dinner is usually we would use whole wheat buns but since the purpose of this dinner was to use up the fresh rolls, I was happy to use them! We also stuck to a dairy free version of this recipe but it would be just as good using whatever butter and cheese you desire. I served this with a big salad and it made a good combination.  I also made plenty for left overs so I could individually wrap the sandwiches to take as easy lunches for this week. Win win!

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It was as simple as preheating my oven, sautéing up fresh mushrooms, and putting everything together! And yes for you crazies who hate mushrooms, I just added those in because we LOVE them, these sandwiches would still be delicious without them. Give it a try 🙂

Baked Ham, Cheese, and Mushroom Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dairy free butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 package of fresh mushrooms
  • mini sandwich rolls
  • thinly sliced cooked deli ham
  • dairy free cheese slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish
  3. Sauté your mushrooms in a little bit of butter
  4. In a bowl, mix together butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and onion.
  5. Place the bottoms of the buns in the baking dish and add a layer of ham, topped with your mushrooms, one more layer of ham and finish with the cheese
  6. Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches
  7. Pour mustard mixture evenly over the rolls
  8. Bake until rolls are lightly brown and cheese has melted (around 18 minutes)
  9. Enjoy!
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Weekly Goodness: Take 35

Take 35?!? That seems crazy 🙂 Thank you for putting up with 35 weeks of me sharing these goodness posts with you all, they seem to get a good amount of views each week so I will keep them up! WHO is ready for the weekend? It’s our first weekend of packing up our home in preparation for moving day and I’m actually really excited about it.  We are starting a month before moving day with hopes that it won’t be too crazy come the big day 😉 but who am I kidding, it will be insane regardless. Anyways, I hope you all had a great week and are doing something much more fun than packing all weekend long.

Sharing some random photos throughout my week to hopefully bring some goodness to you all on this rainy day. Little snips of our mothers day weekend, which was such a perfect weekend! I was able to spend the weekend with my mama and still get back to MN in time on Sunday to spend some time with my mother-in-law.  That never happens so it made this year extra special for us!

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This week started off strong with workouts each day and I tried to really stay on track with my food intake majority of the week.  Not pictured is the twix I had Thursday but who’s keeping track of that?! 😉

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I tried a new asparagus and chicken recipe this week and although we did enjoy it, it’s just missing something so I plan to mess with it this weekend and share it with you all next week! How amazing do these dessert tortilla treats look? Talk about a healthier option when you have a sweet tooth. I made sure we have everything to try these out this weekend and I’m overly excited about it.

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Some inspiring finds around the web and that about wraps up my week over here.  Enjoy your weekend and prepare yourself to have a healthy and happy week next week! <3 until next time…

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Ready For A Lifestyle Change? Quick Guide To Change Things Up

The week is almost over and some of us may be looking forward to next week to start fresh!! Sometimes we can get stuck in a rut with our health and fitness and let me tell you, we have ALL been there! We don’t mean to. We may be actively swimming against the tide. But it can be strong sometimes and grab hold of us and keep us in negative surroundings. I don’t think anyone wants to feel down or lethargic but realistically, it’s just our reality some days. Sometimes our lifestyle can have an affect on that and be the thing that causes the negative feelings you may be having. When this happens, it’s a good idea to take a look at yourself and make a few lifestyle adjustments so that you can feel good about yourself and be the best YOU for yourself and others around you. A few adjustments could have a huge effect on your health and well-being. So I thought I would put together a quick guide that has helped me and I hope may help get you started too. Consider these tips and sit down and plan out your next steps to become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself <3 

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Start small and think big

We can be guilty of jumping into things feet first without looking at all the possibilities and not staying realistic.  We see that perfect body on Pinterest or a co-worker eating perfectly and we immediately want that to be us and that’s a very natural thought.  But stay realistic to YOUR current life and think of what small adjustments can realistically fit into your life now, to help you move towards your goals.  The best advice is to start small but think big. Have an end goal in mind at all times. That goal is your motivation! Then make small changes to get where you need to be in order to reach that goal. Accept that it is a gradual process and not something that can be done over night. This can be the hardest thing! But if you are taking a healthy approach to leaning out, gaining muscle, and eating better, it is not an overnight process. It takes CONSISTENCY and commitment. Trust the process. You will not see results in 3 days BUT what you can feel in 3 days is amazing about yourself for treating yourself right.  Our bodies crave activity and healthy eating so if you take those two steps, celebrate that victory! 

Think about your surroundings

A lifestyle change isn’t just about you. It is about everything to do with your life. It’s your surroundings and the home you live in. Is anything in your house getting you down? Is it affecting your mood? Then there are your finances. Are you struggling to pay the bills? Are there ways you can be smarter with your finances to make you feel better at the end of each month? Take a look at your whole lifestyle and work it from there. Making little positive changes to improve your general life and home will make improving yourself easier to achieve. At the end of the day our families come first and I have learned that when I feel great about myself, I’m able to give my best self to my family and loved ones. 

Have a positive mindset

Raise your hand if you’re hard on yourself… both of mine are raised high! Our mindsets have a lot to do with whether we keep things up to reach that long term goal, or whether we give up again and just know we will start again later when it’s a “better time”. Little hint: that “better time” is never going to be perfect so be easier on yourself and stop giving up so you can stop starting over. If you are particularly negative about yourself, then things are never going to change. It’s about developing a habit of thinking more positive, for it to then become a natural way to be. You kick butt, so lets start acting like it 😉 You must start your day with a positive thought and finish it in the same way. A great way to practise being positive is to be grateful for what you have. Being thankful for that lovely meal you just cooked your beautiful family or your ability to wake up each day healthy, or your loved ones  for being supportive. It could be anything. It will get easier the more you do it.

Think about your diet

Your diet is a big thing when it comes to your lifestyle. What you put into your body is exactly what you will get out of it. PERIOD.  If you work hard at the gym, but do not fuel your body with healthy nutrients, your results will be very limited.  It’s recommended to get all the nutrients and vitamins we need from the food we eat. But sometimes that isn’t possible for very busy lifestyles that do not make the time to eat healthy everyday, many people considering things like New Sun Natural Supplements which can help you to always achieve a balanced diet.

Be more active

Finally, the last thing you can do is exercise more. This could be walking or even jogging regularly. You may want to consider joining a local gym. Sometimes heading to classes is a great motivator to keep something up. Especially if you make some friends in the process. If you haven’t exercised in a while, it may feel like hard work. But you will soon grow to love how you feel after. If you are lost as to where to begin, or what workouts you should be doing, I can help with that and there are a ton of other workout programs out there to try as well! 

I hope this guide kick starts your healthy lifestyle change 🙂 Have a great day and do something to make yourself proud today!! 

Acai Bowl: My Goodness Version

Good Morning!! I hope everyone’s week is starting off great! It’s a little rainy in my neck of the woods, which can make for some sleepy mornings BUT on days like today, that just isn’t an option 😉 I spent the morning putting this post together before I left for work, will workout over my lunch hour, back to work and straight to class after work until 10:00 tonight.  It’s only once a week so I can’t feel all too sorry for myself! But on these days, I really do need some extra natural energy to help me get through without dragging.

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I’m sure many of you have seen these acai bowls all over the internet and that’s for a good reason.  They are PACKED with goodness that our bodies love, keep you full for a long time, take care of a sweet tooth, and are not too difficult to make. Before we jump in to talking about how I like to make my “goodness bowls” <— what I like to call them, let’s talk about what acai bowls really are and what all the hype is about.

These bowls are seriously like ice cream you guys but we get to skip all of the extra calories and unnecessary toxins that are in ice cream.  An acai bowl is basically a really thick smoothie that’s been topped with tons of power foods and just so happens to taste AMAZING and be super good for you.

You actually can buy acai bowls at most local juice or smoothie spots, but I enjoy making them at home much more because it’s cheaper and I can personalize the bowls however I would like.

Unfortunately in the U.S. acai berries come not as a whole fruit, but as frozen puree. And can be tricky to find as they are found only in the freezer section of local health food stores, Whole Foods, or purchased online.  This is why I make my own smoothie base and add the toppings I like.

I have mentioned many times that I drink smoothies a lot for breakfast.  Well I make the base of my goodness bowls the same way, but less liquid and more fruits so that it is much thicker (more like ice cream).  After the smoothie is made in my magic bullet, I empty it into a bowl and add my toppings and enjoy!

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Some of my favorite toppings to add in are:

*Bananas

*Peanut Butter

*Unsweetened coconut shavings

*Shaved almonds

*Strawberries

*Blueberries

*Dark chocolate semi sweet chocolate chips 😉 just on special days!

*Chia seeds

*Flax seeds

Here is the specific recipe that I made today for my goodness bowl. Try one out!! They take some experimenting to get them perfect, but they are so good and start your day off right!

Acai Bowl: My Goodness Version

Ingredients

  • Smoothie:
  • handful of spinach
  • full banana
  • handful of strawberries
  • 1/2 handful of blueberries
  • 1 TBL of PB
  • 1 TBL chia seeds
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • Toppings:
  • blueberries
  • unsweetened coconut shavings
  • strawberries
  • almond shavings

Instructions

  1. Blend your smoothie together for an ice cream like consistency.
  2. Add your smoothie to a bowl and add toppings
  3. Dig in!
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Weekly Goodness: Take 34

FRIDAY!! Thanks for stopping by today 🙂 You guysssss this weather is beautiful and I can’t help but have a smile on today! I’m so excited for Mother’s Day weekend, and for once on this special day we get to see both my Mom AND Nick’s Mom which is a rare occurrence being they live in two different states.  I hope you all have such a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine.  Jumping right into this week’s goodness…

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A little cinco de mayo festivities went on last night 🙂 Nothing too crazy, but Nick got home from coaching around 7:15 and we decided to go grab a margarita down the street. They were SO good and a great way to unwind and start our weekend a little early.

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I mentioned on my snapchat (JordynAshleyFitness) that Nick and I had a fun day date last Sunday and did some antique shopping.  We bought this old vintage fan and I’m obsessed with it, and YES it does work 🙂 I literally peak in our office every morning just to look at it… I know, a little ridiculous but the littlest things can make our happy meter reach the top sometimes.

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Above are a couple of snacks I loved this week! One extreme to the other with these two.  It’s all about balance right?!

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This week’s workouts consisted of 5 days of lifting lighter and doing more reps.  Felt great!! I did a little longer cardio sessions this week to switch it up (and by longer I mean 15 minutes instead of 10 😉

ALSO IdealFit has free shipping right now site wide so if you are running low, now would be a great time to order some of that goodness! I got my shipment in this week and it’s a little ridiculous how excited I get when these boxes arrive! I’m just loving the results with this product and really like knowing what I’m putting into my body is what it needs and craves to keep me healthy and strong through my workouts.

Well I feel like I could just keep going this week but I’m sure you’ve had enough of me by now! Go enjoy your Friday and weekend everyone!!

Weekend Recap

Good Morning beauties! It’s Monday, it’s now May, and the sun in shining bright and looks like it will be sticking around with us this week.  All of those April showers really are brining May flowers 🙂 Checking in this morning with a little weekend recap.  We had such a fun carefree weekend and some aspects of it I want to share with you all. I hope everyone had such a great weekend and enjoy this sun shining week.

We were lucky enough to have our niece and nephew Saturday and for a sleep over that evening! They are at SUCH fun ages right now and their personalities are just the best. We ate candy, went out for dinner, stayed up way past our bedtimes, had bananas and crackers (saltine crackers were requested) for breakfast, and Noah got to sleep with Auntie and the two puppies… so we had a successful sleepover 😉 I snapped a few pictures and these three melt my heart <3 Aren’t little humans just the best?!

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With no current house projects, travels, or Saturday class to go to, Nick and I were able to fit in partner workouts both Saturday and Sunday which was so nice! Sharing a little 15 minute treadmill workout with you all that I did on Sunday.  It felt great and was a perfect cardio start  to my first workout in May.  Does anyone else feel refreshed when a new month begins?  It’s another chance at a fresh start to kick butt this month and make yourself proud! Our alarms were going off at 5:00 this morning to go workout and we both really wanted to stay in bed.  I said “we only regret it when we skip our workouts, but we never regret getting up and going” that was enough to jump out of bed and get going! Try this treadmill workout out this week (adjust as needed!)

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On Sunday the sun finally joined us and we were itching to get out of the house.  Nick had the idea of venturing to Stillwater for some antique shopping, lunch, and “bumming around” as he calls it 😉 We had a really great day date! Stillwater is beautiful and neither of us had ever been so we embraced it fully.  We shopped around and found a few items we loved but wanted to think about them so we went and had a drink on the river, went and had lunch, and went back to make a few fun purchases.  An awesome weekend that makes today an easy Monday to be happy and smiling.  **It really is the little things** Have a great week!!

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