Weekly Goodness:: Take 52

Good Morning! How the heck is everyone?!? WOAH this week has been crazy and thankfully gone by SO quickly. This week I was back to work full time and JoMarie started daycare full time. UGH you guys it’s been so hard and I know many of you momma’s can relate. I know it will get easier, but right now it’s just killing me being away from her for so long. I’ve just stopped doing my mascara until I get to work. FOR THE LOVE 😉 Loving this little girl so much is emotional stuff I tell ya! On the bright side of it all, JoMarie is doing so great at daycare and being back to work has been nice and the days fly by with how busy I am. I have been training for a new position for the last two years and I started that position this week.  The excitement of a new position, new office, and new responsibility, made jumping back into work not so bad. So why the heck not throw a few more things into our week….

Nick got hit with the flu bug which caused him to be quarantined to our guest bedroom Monday-Wednesday and I started my very last Graduate class last night. IT HAS BEEN A WEEK and I’m one happy girl that today is Friday! Although it was a crazy week and some unexpected things hit us, I can’t help but see so much GOODNESS and some I want to share with all of you on this beautiful Friday. SMILE today… right now, seriously! Stop for a second and think of your three biggest blessings in your life at this very moment. Aren’t those three things worth being a happy and grateful human today? Forget the stress, ignore the haters, take a deep breath and just SMILE because you deserve to be happy today. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!

Congrats to Libby Snow on being randomly selected for my BCAA IdealFit giveaway!! Libby was emailed and will be receiving her blender cup and BCAA samples next week 🙂 IdealFit is just killing me with their sales lately… I want it allllllll!!! If you have any questions about the products I love and use, ask away!! You can use code: MyGoodness on your purchase for an additional 10% off your entire order. I’ve preached it before and will 100 more times, I am very cautious of what I put into my body and would never suggest something to you all that I didn’t believe in and personally love myself.

On my snapchat (JordynAshley) many of you saw some meal prep that was happening on Sunday. I am obsessed with these roasted veggies! Sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and green beans. They were great in our lunches all week. Literally just put them on a cookie sheet, add some olive oil, and seasoning, bake them and boom! Get those veggies in!!

A plus to being back to work is that I’m required to take an hour lunch. I use this time to workout so it felt great to get some consistent workouts in this week!

What is a weekly goodness post without some baby pictures?! Being away from my mini just sucks, but it helps when her daddy and daycare send me pictures when I’m away 🙂 Here are some from this week. Her little personality is coming through if you can’t tell. She will be 3 months tomorrow and that is just insane to me! Time can SLOW DOWN!

Have a great weekend everyone!! Thanks for stopping by for some weekly goodness and don’t forget to smile today.

Weekly Goodness:: Take 51

Happy Friday everyone!! It has been a long time since I’ve done a Weekly Goodness post. Not for a lack of goodness, more of a lack of time 😉 JoMarie is deciding to nap today after a tough night of sleep, and I for some reason am WIDE awake, so I thought I would pop in to say hello to MyGoodness readers!

I’m sure you can guess what my main goodness going on around here is 🙂 you guyssssss, she’s just too stinking cute and we can’t get enough of her. I have a full post coming up about being a first time mommy so far and how she’s doing but I will say now, Jo is growing like crazy, is starting to smile at us more, she is eating great (hints her every growing cheeks that we love so much ;), she hates tummy time and isn’t a fan of the evenings. Here is some cuteness of her to help brighten anyones day!

Below is a little camera roll version of what I’m loving this week! I have been loving this oatmeal for breakfast. It’s quick and easy which is what I need. I just add water, warm it up in the microwave, add slivered almonds and fruit and breakfast is a go! As excited as I was to have fully caffeinated coffee back in my life, we have learned it takes a toll on Little Miss, so I have to time my coffee intake very strategically and do not have more than 1 cup a day, so believe me when I say, I SAVOR that one cup and get excited for it. HEY, it’s the little things. Wine has been nice to enjoy once in awhile as well 😉 Add in my favorite KIND bars and bath time and this has been a good week! My little monkey is starting to wake up from her 20 minute nap, so off I go. Have a great Friday all and enjoy your weekend!!

 

Weekly Goodness:: Take 50

Happy Friday to YOU!!! It has been a little bit since I have done a Weekly Goodness post, Friday posts have been dedicated to other stuff lately, but Weekly Goodness is back 🙂 at least for this week! Who else is so happy it’s FRIDAY?!? Let’s have a good Friday and let the weekend begin.  We do not have much planned and that is exactly what I am excited about. Those low key weekends are so nice sometimes! Let’s start with some of this week’s Goodness.

I want to share some IdealFit goodness with you all today! They are coming out with new flavors like it’s their job 😉 Caramel Mocha Protein?!? Hello coffee lovers, I can’t wait to try this!! Why wait until January 1st to start working towards your health and fitness goals? If you want some great product that is clean and lean to help you reach your goals, check out these sales over the Holiday’s! Be sure to enter code jelioff10 at checkout for an extra 10% off your entire order. Just a quick reminder why I love this protein so much….

80 Calories
20g Protein
0 Fat / Sugar / Carbs
100% Whey Protein Isolate
Deliciously Smooth Taste

With my due date being this Sunday 🙂 here is a quick baby update! Little Miss is nice and comfy in her little home for now. I’m still not dilated at all and the only progress we made in the last week is she has dropped a little lower. We are trying our best to enjoy this time with knowing she will be here before we know it! But real talk, we are like “okay girl lets go!!” 🙂 p.s. how stinking cute is this picture of our niece and nephew with their little cousin baby bump? They melt my heart!!

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Speaking of these two cuties, Nick and I were able to go watch them Monday evening at gymnastics. Auntie was bummed when I found out their gymnastics was on Monday nights because I have class every Monday night, BUT this week we had a conference call for class so I was able to go 🙂 They were seriously so cute to watch and we were smiling watching them the whole time. Such a fun age!!

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A new purchase that Nick made that I have to share!! We haver never had great luck brushing our dogs. They have very short hair and regular dog brushes do nothing. Although they do not shed a lot, they still do shed hair. Nick found this brush for dogs with short hair and THANK THE LORD!! This thing is amazing you guys!!! If you have a furry friend who has short hair, check this out!! Super affordable too!

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Finishing up this week’s Goodness with some random shots off the camera roll lately. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all have a great weekend!!

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Weekly Goodness: Take 50

Happy Friday!!! WOW am I happy Friday is here!! This is going to be a quick weekly goodness post 🙂 Since last weeks Friday post, it seems like time has been flying right by me. We had some of my family up last weekend for the Gopher vs. Iowa football game and had so much fun tailgating and cheering on our teams with both of our families. We know how rare it is to have our families get along so perfectly and have them enjoy each others company so much…. we take full advantage of anytime we can get them all together! It’s not the easiest task being we live in different states but we make it work!

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The rest of this week has been filled with school work, blog work, actual work ;), and relaxing in the evenings. I want to thank everyone who has taken advantage of the discount I am offering right now on my health and fitness guides! Under my services tab, you can use code WHYWAIT until 10/21 to receive 15% off your order. I am blown away at all of the orders coming through and it has me seriously SO excited to work with many new and familiar faces to help people reach their goals. THANK YOUUUUU!!!!! I recently put a 12 week plan together and donated it to a Wellness Basket my aunt was putting together for a fundraiser, so much fun!! Throw some other goodness in from our week, such as our Daisy girl and her heightened stalking abilities…FOR THE LOVE! This girl won’t give up, if she can’t be laying literally on top of me, she will just sit and stare at me, literally for as long as she has to, until there is a spot open to come lay on me. Don’t get me wrong, she’s adorable, but she took it to a new level this week you guys. OH HAHA okay I couldn’t decide it I wanted to post this text from Nick but I can’t stop laughing at it, so you can all laugh along with me. He will probably kill me for putting this up BUT I will take that chance.  He was randomly texting me things we need to get before baby gets here and his wording on needing to get a breast pump had me giggling. SUCH a dork!

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Lastly, I want to give a huge shout out to my best friend!! Jenny was signed up to run the Chicago Marathon last weekend and due to some circumstances, was not able to make it.  So what does she do… just decide to run her own 26.2 miles on Sunday! WHAT?!?! I really can’t imagine the physical and mental toughness this would take and she rocked it! I was able to track her down around mile 18 to pump her up for the final leg and off she went! I am so proud and admire her for this, how awesome!!!

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Have a great weekend all!!! We will be enjoying a 7 hour birthing class on Saturday… more to come on that 🙂

Weekly Goodness: Take 49

Happy Friday!! I couldn’t be more happy that this day is here. Holy cow it’s been a whirl wind this week with Nick finally recovering fully from his sick bug and me picking up right where he left off… the next to nothing immune system while pregnant got the best of me! BUT hopefully I’m about to the end of this crud and can enjoy a beautiful weekend ahead. We have another baby shower this weekend and I can’t WAIT! My Mom and Grandma are coming up for this one so I’m extra excited to have some family time over the weekend. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying this beautiful weather (for those of you in the Midwest) The change of seasons between Summer and Fall is my absolute favorite. Let’s jump in to some goodness happening over here shall we?

Between my first baby shower last Thursday evening (I promise to do a baby shower recap post soon for those of you who have asked!), having our niece and nephew for a slumber part last Friday, and football game on Saturday, last weekend flew by and I’ve been attempting to take is easy this week but it’s also been busy with work, school, and blog stuff, where surprisingly this week flew by!

One thing I wanted to be sure to share with all of my IdealFit lovers today… Now until October 4th IdealFit has a fun sale going on! As many of you have noticed and asked me about, they are coming out with a lot of new protein flavors.  Well for this sale you can get 1 tub of your favorite protein, THREE sample packs of other protein  you may want to try, AND 1 shaker bottle (the easy to take on the go bottles that blends your protein and liquid together. I take one every day to work so my protein is ready to go after my lunch hour workout) anywho… all of this for $49.99. You guys… this is a great sale so if you are up for your protein and want to experiment with some more flavors, go to my link and take advantage!!! I use to pay literally $80.00 just for protein that wasn’t even that great and now to be able to get awesome lean protein, three samples, and a blender bottle for $49.99?!? Yes please! I have told many of you, I’m LOVING the strawberry protein flavor right now with unsweetened vanilla almond milk! www.idealfit.com/jordyn 

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I have three new workout programs that went out just today and I can’t WAIT for these super motivated ladies to get started!! You will all do so great and I will be here every step of the way!!

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Nick and I tried a new recipe last weekend that I will be sharing with you all this coming week. If you love shrimp, comfort food, and an easy crockpot meal, be sure to stop in 🙂

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Lastly just some random snaps on my camera roll from this week! Have such a great weekend all and focus on what really matters and forget the rest!

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Weekly Goodness: Take 48

Happy Friday to you! Cheers to another weekend 🙂 We are moving moving over here with the hubby getting settled back into the school year and with me hitting the ground running every morning at work with the craziness that goes into transitioning into a new position. Time if flying by and I’m doing my best to live in each moment and enjoy this time. It will not be very long and our little miss will be here with us! I know some of you have noticed some more “official” blog posts going on over here. My blog means so much to me and after a little review of daily blog views/comments/and website action from you all, I have decided to start adding in some more health and wellness posts that will not always include such personal stuff about me 🙂 I will absolutely still have my personal posts as I think some of you enjoy those as well, but I promised myself that although this pregnancy and baby are ALWAYS what is on MY mind, that I need to remember what the heart and sole of My Goodness is and that is health and wellness and doing what I can do to help others. I took a little breather away from workout plans and I’m SO thrilled to be doing some again, I missed it!! So thank you for your continued support.

We are doing a camera roll addition of Weekly Goodness this week 🙂 AKA: the short version as I’m running around like a crazy person this week. I want to thank all you mamas out there who have been so sweet to offer up some advice that I asked for!! You all helped so much with knowing what to register for, for the baby’s arrival and even more importantly, so many of you were responsive when I asked for questions to ask daycare interviews. We have started the process of finding the right daycare fit for us and although google is filled with lists, having some of your personal experiences and questions was really helpful!! You all are the best! Here is a little photo take on what made this week full of goodness for me! Glucose test was this week, family time, workouts are still feeling great, and some other random goodness along the way!

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Have a fun and safe weekend everyone!! Thanks for stopping by today 🙂

 

 

Weekly Goodness: Take 47

It’s FRIDAY, it’s SEPTEMBER, it’s A LONG WEEKEND, and I’m a little loopy today as it’s 5:45am as I’m typing this and we didn’t get to bed until after 1:00 YIKES!! So bare with me a little bit with this post 😉 We had the first Gopher Football game last night and it was an 8:00PM start time on a Thursday night?! Do these people not know that this 26 year old lady gets anxiety when I’m not in bed by 10:00?? 😉 All jokes and delusional Jordyn put aside, we had a blast at the game last night and are so excited for College Football season.

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Big shout out to all of you who started my September Full Body Challenge yesterday!! You are already ahead of this girl 😉 yesterday was an odd day for me so I will be completing days 1 & 2 today during my workout. I know some of you jumped ahead and are looking at the end of this challenge thinking WHAT IN THE WORLD but I promise, i prepare you and build you up for what is to come! You will all do great!! Thank you as always for the participation, support, and love for these workouts. It’s only because of you all that I keep them coming and stay motivated myself.

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This week has been one full of love as two of my best girlfriends celebrated birthday’s! So much fun!!

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I’m ready to jump into Fall AND I have the most exciting news EVER (for myself that is) I’m finally gaining my taste back for coffee. I was a coffee L-O-V-E-R before being pregnant and lucky for me, when I became pregnant I couldn’t stand the smell or taste of coffee so it made it super easy to cut it out for little miss. Well bring on the decaf pumpkin spice lattes ladies because the coffee taste buds have returned and I’m welcoming them with open arms. I legitimately had a fear that I would never like coffee again, well thank The Lord, those worries are gone 😉

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Last but not least is this ridiculous (cute) picture that is worth sharing on My Goodness. Guinness has always been my boy but lately has really gravitated more towards Nick. To say I’m a little jealous is an understatement but I’m trying to roll with it. It is actually a good thing to get him off my stalker list a little bit before our daughter arrives but I miss my Guinness cuddles. SO I have discovered one way to get this 60 pound beast back in my arms is to venture into the nursery and sit in the rocking chair. He immediately hops in my lap every time. I know it’s over the top but I don’t care. This is also a little sneak peak of the nursery. You guys we LOVE it and it’s exactly what we envisioned. Can’t wait to share it all with you. Have such a great weekend everyone and God Bless!!

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Weekly Goodness: Week 44

Well good morning to you fine people! I hope you all woke up happy and healthy on this beautiful Friday morning. This week has been full of longer work days, late evening class, homework, and new workouts for this girl BUT I promise it is not as bad as it sounds 😉 Although it’s a lot of work, I am really loving the current class I am taking and I am learning so much, so it helps the early mornings of paper writing and presentation prepping (pregnant lady realization: doing homework at night after work, working out, dinner, and picking up just DOESN’T happen for me. Getting up early works much better!) I remind myself weekly that I only have FOUR more classes before I complete this Master’s Program and that keeps me motivated. Enough about the boring stuff, lets get to this weeks GOODNESS.

You guys, we have until Monday to save 20% off with code MYGOODNESS over at Amanda Deer Jewelry. I can’t wait for my order to arrive and I’m so glad so many of you are enjoying this discount offer with me. Her jewelry is so stinking cute and dainty, I wish I could have it all.

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Next is some online inspiration I came across this week. SEE I’m not THAT busy if I have time to search Pinterest throughout the week 😉 We have started to put the nursery together and I can’t wait to feature a nursery reveal on the blog and share some tips that helped us. Although we now know we are having a little girl, my husband and I have pretty neutral taste and that will show in her nursery. Here are some nursery inspo pics I found and of course have to feature one of my favorite bloggers of all time and one of her little’s nursery. Thanks Andee for the inspiration 🙂

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Puppy love! Our Guinness boy was featured on the TagsForHope Instagram last week 🙂 so handsome! Alright, it’s time to talk about miss Daisy. Many of you are loving her on my snapchat (JordynAshleyFitness) as I’m making humor out of her odd obsession over me. She is EVERYWHERE. and I mean E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E- I turn at home. I will think I sneak out of bed in the morning and jump in the shower to turn and find her laying on the bathroom floor. We will be watching TV at night and she sits so close to me I could turn my head and we would bump noses. I mean it’s cute and funny and I love her so much but FOR THE LOVE OF SPACE. I keep being told she knows I’m pregnant and that is why, but I’m not convinced of that just yet. I just think she realized how awesome her mom is and she wants to observe my every single move 😉 kidding!

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Lastly some random goodness! Why not throw in a bump picture as I’m 5 1/2 months pregnant this week and can’t believe how quickly this second trimester is going by. Also, DON’T click THIS link if you’re not caught up on the bachelorette yet but if so, go read this! I got a kick out of it. I’m just not sure about this season anymore. My favorite guy is gone and I’m just not sure I can forgive JoJo for that one 😉 Last but not least, I am so excited for the My Goodness August fitness challenge! This is a core challenge and it begins on Monday so be sure to stop by this weekend to check it out and get ready. This challenge is sponsored by IdealLean and will feature some fun giveaways throughout the month of the challenge. One of the great things about this challenge is you can do it anywhere and can do each move with NO equipment, or just need one dumbbell if you would like.

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**Thank you all SO much for the consistent support with My Goodness! This blog has evolved into so much more than I EVER imagined in the last two years and has become such a fun part of my life. I have made so many connections, partnerships, friends, and gained so much goodness just from following my real passion of spreading the goodness and helping others with their health and fitness lifestyle by being open with my own.  The genuine support NEVER goes unnoticed and I couldn’t do this blog each week without the love and support you all provide so THANK YOU.  It truly makes me so happy to hear, read, and know how many of you love stopping by and catching up on my blog**

Weekly Goodness:: Take 43

Can I get a HALLELUJAH that today is Friday?!? This week has just drug on and on for me and I am feeling refreshed already just knowing today is Friday and the weekend is ahead of us. I hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend with your loved ones! Skipping right on over to the goodness that this crazy week did bring over here 🙂 There is always some sunshine even during some cloudy weeks!

I received some fun packages this week that I’m excited to share with you all! I’m sharing two today and a little spoiler for you all, don’t forget to stop by the blog on Monday for a fun collaboration I am doing 🙂 I really think you all will LOVE it as much as I do! But first, on to this weeks deliveries. One of my sweetest and bestest friends and her family sent us the nicest package for my pregnancy and for our baby girl! My heart exploded opening up this box full of love. I have been literally obsessed with the Aden & Anais swaddle blankets for years and always knew I would buy them for my babies so when I saw them in our box I was beyond excited! Add in an adorable Chewable Charm for the little miss (which Nick thought was the coolest thing ever), cutest outfit and blanket, and some goodies for pregnant mama and my day was MADE! Thank you again Caitlin and the boys, we love you!!

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Next up was a complete splurge that I do not regret even a little bit! I have had a number of girlfriends rave about Erin Condren’s life planners but I just never pulled myself to jump on board and order one. Well…. my sister-in-law ordered the cutest life planner and told me how great it would be for me and especially once baby arrives and life becomes even more crazy where my Type A personality will need this planner. SOLD! Between working full time, getting my Masters, expecting our first baby, blogging, and designing workout plans, keeping my schedule straight and organized can be a challenge. I mean it took some MAJOR convincing from her 😉 but you guys…. these planners are so amazing for people who love to plan and stay organized. It does seem a little pricey for a planner, I won’t deny that, but I promise if you’re anything like us and need to plan out your entire year in January 😉 it is worth it! Plenty of writing space, meal planning inserts, workout tracker, birthday lists, pockets for important papers, personalized, amazing, cute! You get the point.

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Lastly is some random goodness from this week! I am just over 20 weeks pregnant and this little girl is moving around more and more each day. Nick is finally able to feel her move and that is pretty neat to watch.  She’s growing perfectly and everything is going well! This week was my first week that seemed to be filled with a little extra emotion. Oh my!! My first sign should have been on Monday morning when I realized we are getting close to needing to be out of my pre-pregnancy skinny jeans or start using that hair tie trick I hear all about and being emotional about that?!? WHAT? I had to laugh at myself. You mamas were not joking when you said the emotions are uncontrollable. All is good now but holy cow, a certain song, look from someone, or really just anything had me emotional this week.  All part of this beautiful process… at least that is what I was telling myself when I choked up when the song “HOLY” came on the radio for the second time… IN ONE WEEK. FOR THE LOVE!  I am a proud sister as my little sis played in the state softball tournament and was pictured in my home town’s newspaper, way to go #23!! We finally replaced the lights over our island in the house and I’m obsessed with these pendants a little bit 🙂 I promise I will eventually put a little post together about the new house with pictures, a lot of you have asked and I WILL get around to it, pinky swear 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone and we will chat again soon!

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Weekly Goodness:: Take 42

It’s FRIDAY and the sun is shining and a holiday weekend is here 🙂 We couldn’t be more excited about this 4th of July weekend! This will be our first weekend in our new home together, without Nick having to coach baseball and be gone all weekend! We have some fun stuff planned with family and friends and also some alone time for us to just enjoy the long weekend. Can’t wait! I hope you all have a really fun and safe holiday weekend.

Before I jump right into this week’s goodness post, I just wanted to take a second to share some thoughts I have been having recently. It seems lately I have been hearing about more people being taken from us far too early. Expected or unexpected, to see young families lose someone is absolutely heartbreaking and leaves me speechless. It’s hard not to witness these heartbreaks and let them not weigh heavy on my heart and consume my thinking. So instead of questioning WHY these awful things happen and why loved ones are taken from us, I’m just going to pray for those people endlessly and hold on to my crew even tighter! I just encourage myself and you all to let GO of the small stuff that does not matter, let go of everything that doesn’t deserve your love and kindness and grab on to your family and friends who deserve all of the love you can give! We just never know what tomorrow brings and I know that’s an over used saying but… it’s so chillingly true.

OKAY! Now, on to some brighter thoughts…

First up is my excitement for my July fitness challenge! It starts today and I am so pleased with how many people I know are taking it on and taking a step to feel better about themselves this month!! Join in, you are not alone 🙂 I have a handful of family members for mine and my husbands family joining me, tons of girlfriends taking on the challenge (thanks girls, you are all going to rock it!!), myself of course, and lots of instagram and blog followers! WOOHOO here we go!! Reminder: Yesterdays post gives detail to each exercise on this challenge!

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Next up is some favorite eats from the week! Many of you see these on my snapchat so sorry for the double coverage 😉 but I forget to take pictures on my phone and do a lot of snap saves for these posts. Nick and I have been so busy (shocker!) since we moved that we hadn’t had a meal sitting down just the two of us at the house yet. Nick made an amazing salmon and asparagus dinner on the grill this week and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I’m also obsessed with these dairy free grilled cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread with avocado and tomatoes.

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Just some other random shots from this week 🙂 puppy cuddles with the baby (the four of us are into naps these days). Our FENCE we finally have installed at the house, run FREE puppies!! Workouts, growing baby belly, having my mom here to visit and more <3 Have a great weekend everyone! God Bless.

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