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Relaxing Weekend & New Blog Love

29 Jul

I really hate to say this but I am almost 80% ready for fall…we have had fall-like weather for a few days now and sweatshirts, blankets, and all things apple and pumpkin sound too fabulous to not dream about. Soon enough…

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This past weekend was pretty low-key. David and I went on a date night after a rough, busy, long week on Friday evening. David got some Goose Island Summerfest beer, I had a glass of Happy Camper wine, and we shared a margherita pizza outside.

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Afterwards, we went down the street where there was a live band along the river. It was really nice and we were home by 10! Saturday I spent the day with my nephews. We had so much fun watching all 3 Mighty Ducks movies while playing games, putting puzzles together, and having a nerf gun war.

On Saturday I was lucky enough to have a phone date with Jessie from jessieloves2run. We have emailed back and forth for a while now and share similar struggles, heartaches, frustrations, and it’s nice to just talk. Since Jessie lives all the way in Kuwait, we set up a phone date because sometimes emailing gets to be a drawn out process! I will admit; I am very naive when it comes to different cultures so I find the way people live very interesting and talking with Jessie always reminds me of how different cultures are around the world. Make sure to check out Jessie’s blog! She is full of positivity and inspiration while being very real about things.

Recently, I came across a blog that I wanted to share with all of you, especially those of you who are struggling with infertility or know someone close to you who is. Amanda at www.aroyaldaughter.com speaks so openly and honestly. When reading her posts I have never had so many “that’s how I feel, too” moments. She is raw, she doesn’t sugar coat, and she has a way of writing that makes you feel comforted and normal.

All of her posts about infertility are linked here. I can’t wait to keep digging and reading more posts about their journey so far and to come.

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Time Travel

26 Mar

Thank you all for your sweet comments on everything going on lately! You can’t imagine the feeling I get when I read everyone’s comments about your support and encouragement, it seriously warms my heart and gives me such a boost of positivity and confidence that is irreplaceable!

Last Thursday we had tickets to an event called Best Fest. It’s the best of everything in our town…best italian food, best mexican food, best long island ice tea, best ice cream,  best hair salon, etc. It’s an annual event that we have went to the past 3 years and it’s totally worth the money (plus it goes towards Hospice which is a great cause!)

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There are ballots leading up to the event where you can vote like at a bank in town or in the newspaper or online so the community votes and they compile “The Best” list and then those vendors can come to the event and serve whatever they won for.

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My sister, mom, and I. I'm so darn proud of my mom!!!! She looks amazing!

My sister, mom, and I. I’m so darn proud of my mom!!!! She looks amazing!

We went hungry because we knew we’d want to try almost everything and be pretty full by the end…and we definitely were! Sample sized things sure add up and by the time you’ve visited every vendor, it hits ya like Thanksgiving dinner! 😉

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If you’ve never heard of a place called Happy Joes, yep…it’s the best pizza in this world! Trust me!

Some of the things we had: Olive Garden salad, Panera bread soup, some Turkey and Dressing Sandwiches (have you ever had one? It’s a totally local thing here so it seems completely normal to smash bread and turkey inbetween a bun…I imagine you are looking at me a little weird right now?), tacos from a local Mexican restaurant, chocolate bunnies, mini desserts, pie, ice cream, stuffed mushrooms, boneless wings, fish, pizza…

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These stuffed mushrooms from our date night were also there!

And then there were drinks…mimosas, margaritas, long islands, wine, the new flavored Lime-arita (Strawberry flavored, like a liquid jolly rancher), a beer that tasted like coffee, and domestic draft.

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Talk about all you can eat and drink!

IMG_20130321_191930This past weekend we had a few hockey games and a girls night with a few friends. We went to a little town in Illinois that has a bunch of shops and restaurants. My friend, Amber, has an awesome breast cancer ribbon tattoo in honor of her survivors and after recently losing her Grandma to cancer, she got her dates added by her name. It was really special to be there with her!

This was last year on a girls night we had...silly me didn't take ANY pictures of the 3 of us Saturday night!

This was last year on a girls night we had…silly me didn’t take ANY pictures of the 3 of us Saturday night!

Before her appointment, we went to a restaurant called Gobbie’s. They make these pizza dough balls that are so amazing we pretty much filled up on those and salad, getting a to-go box for the rest of our meal.

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Their raspberry vinaigrette was amazing!

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A pita stuffed with chicken, lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, and italian dressing and seasoned fries. Very good!

A pita stuffed with chicken, lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, and italian dressing and seasoned fries. Very good!

After the tattoo appointment we headed back home and went to our favorite little spot called Corked. It’s a chocolate, gelato, wine place and they have little couches and tables set up to visit and relax. We split a bottle of wine and shared a lot of laughs!

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Now after all of that food talk…I’m pretty hungry! It was a great weekend and I am looking forward to a little longer Easter weekend around the corner! We are possibly going to reach 50! Bring out the shorts and flip flops!

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My First Trader Joe’s Experience

18 Feb

Happy Monday! This past weekend, David and I road tripped to the nearest (about an hour and a half drive) Trader Joe’s. We made a day out of it and went to the mall and did a little shopping and then headed to stock up on a few items I’ve been wanting from Trader Joe’s and see what all the fuss is about. Around here, not to many have heard of Trader Joe’s before so I wasn’t really sure on what to expect and we had a lot of people ask us what Trader Joe’s was when we told them we were going there.

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In case you aren’t familiar with Trader Joe’s, it’s a smaller sized grocery store that carries a variety (mostly Trader Joe brand) all natural, wholesome, organic food for a fraction of the price of the same product found in your grocery store’s organic section.

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What I really wanted was some Cookie Butter (my friend, Priscilla, sent me some a while back and it’s almost gone! It doesn’t really have any nutritional value to it, the calories are less than peanut butter but there isn’t as much protein in it because it doesn’t have nuts BUT it’s pretty awesome on top of ice cream or with pretzels dipped in it…I’ve also seen some dessert recipes that call for it as well.

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We started at one end of the store and worked our way to the other end. It was a bit overwhelming the whole time we were in there because of course we went on a Saturday early afternoon and I swear it was the day to go to Trader Joe’s because the place was packed! Carts, people flying around…a zoo! Unfortunately, this made our whole experience a little less relaxing than I had hoped. I felt like everyone knew what they were getting and where to find it and it never failed that we happened to be in their way looking at all of the products.

Some of the stuff they had I can get back home so I passed over some that I may have gotten if we had a Trader Joe’s closer to us but I got stocked up on some specialty items that I wanted to try or knew I couldn’t beat the price back home (like their Hummus salad dressing, some salsa, Quinoa and black bean chips, frozen chicken breasts, etc.)

With our cart loaded up, we checked out…but not before stopping and getting a few TJ’s bags and candy bars. The PB&J chocolate bar that I’ve seen on a lot of blogs lately was devoured by David and I before we hit the highway to head home.

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I’m excited to try all of the items we got and share with you my thoughts on some of the products. I wish we had a Trader Joe’s closer to us but it was a nice day trip together and fun to experience Trader Joe’s for myself!

I lost my sun glasses! I'm sure I'll find them somewhere (my friend's wouldn't exactly explain me as organized...) So my Color Run obnoxious green sun glasses road tripped with us!

I lost my sun glasses! I’m sure I’ll find them somewhere (my friend’s wouldn’t exactly explain me as organized…) So my Color Run obnoxious green sun glasses road tripped with us!

Our weekend ended with my Mom’s birthday! (Happy Birthday Mom!!!!) We had a very nice dinner together Saturday night at a restaurant called Houlihan’s (it’s a chain, have you ever ate there? They have THE best fish tacos and pretty good chocolate martinis!). The weekends always go by so fast!

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What’d you do this weekend?

Do you have a Trader Joe’s near you? What are your favorite products?