Burlesque show

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Thank you all for your sweet comments on my In a funk post. I appreciate it more than you know. Sometimes all it takes is a few encouraging words! Unfortunately I have been super sick all week so I haven't been able to do much fitness-wise, but overall my attitude has definitely changed, and I think that is what is most important. Not only do I have an amazing family, friends and boyfriend to encourage me along the way, but I also have all my virtual blog friends! Heh. If somebody would have … [Read more...]

A bit of a funk

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I have had a rough few weeks. You know what they say, when it rains, it pours. Oyyy! My stress load has been a combination of financial issues, frustrations with my job, cramming in studying for exams and trying to get my physical fitness back in gear after my surgery recovery. It's been quite a load to handle. In addition to everything going on in my life I've had some horrible body image issues lately. I just haven't been feeling that good about myself. You know the feeling, when you … [Read more...]

pumpkin festival

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Today I spent the afternoon at the annual Pumpkin Festival here in town at Hunsader Farms, the fabulous picking farm I visit for produce. The festival draws a huge crowd, estimated at around 60,000 each weekend, and takes place for the last three weekends in October. Complete with hay rides, pumpkin launching, pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, tons of games, food and a plethora of local and traveling vendors featuring items like wood carvings, homemade candles and soaps, canned goods, … [Read more...]

Blog Makeover!

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It's makeover time! Remember when you were younger and a "makeover" meant having one of your best girlfriends dig out her fold-out makeup bin including crumbling eyeshadows, crazy shades of lipstick and glitter eyeliner, for an all-over  beauty regime? Well, I remember those days. I was so jealous of my girlfriends that had huge makeup sets while I clung to my collection of Mom's hand-me-down gift-with-purchase-freebies that didn't suit her color palate. :::Sigh::: And I certainly never thought … [Read more...]

New kitchen-ware and homemade bath scrub

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If you know me personally, or if you have ever read my about me page, you know that I'm obsessed with kitchen-ware. Is that the appropriate word, kitchen-ware? Basically anything that goes in the kitchen. And I'm a bit of a kitchen snob too. I like the pricey stuff. Oyyy. There is something about high quality French cookware, professional chef's knives and designer appliances that makes me weak in the knees. If I even smell a kitchen store from miles away, I must visit. One of my favorite … [Read more...]

A Friday Fitness Feature: Run Girl, Run!

A Friday Fitness Feature: Run Girl, Run!

Today is a guest post by one of my favorite blogger gals, the lovely Kate Lainey from With a Heart Full of Daisies. I've been reading Kate's blog since I first started blogging, and even though we have slightly different blogging styles I feel like I can really connect with her because she always speaks from the heart. Her blog is full of gorgeous photos and ideas centered around home decorating, fashion, healthy eating and lifestyle, fitness and life's moments. She just got married this summer … [Read more...]

Some Book Reviews

Some Book Reviews

Although I got my sweaty lil hands on this cookbook earlier this week, I decided to wait until I had completely read it to post up a review. That's the way reviews usually work anyway, right? Usually I just love to announce that I'm reading something and say, so far, so good! But that's hardly appropriate for book reviews. So I'm changing up my method. I finished two books this week so I am going to review them for you all. You're welcome. ;)Let me preface by telling you how eager and excited I … [Read more...]

Food photography

Food photography

Happy Friday lovelies! I hope everyone had a wonderful week like I did. My week was filled with lots of quality mother-daughter time, which I always love. I try to make a point to spend some extra time with my mom when I get back from my Colorado trips, because it's usually been weeks since I've seen her. I'm a lucky girl, my mother is a short 30 min drive from my house. We work together, so I usually see her for work once or twice a week (I do most of my work from home). BUT, I soon learned, … [Read more...]

WIAW and guest blog posts

WIAW and guest blog posts

So I've been sort of slacking in my What I Ate Wednesday posts this month. My excuse is... I forget? I'm lazy? I forget to to take pictures of what I eat mostly... I focus my picture taking on new recipes instead. And more than anything, I can't imagine why my food blogger friends would want to look at another bowl of oatmeal. Bahh whatever, THIS week I have some eats to share with you all. Head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out the WIAW link party. You will meet lots of awesome bloggers … [Read more...]

Not one, but TWO giveaways!

Not one, but TWO giveaways!

So I'd like to share with my lovely readers one of my fav kitchen products. Tervis Tumblers. I've snuck these into many blog posts in the past but I've never really talked about them. (and if you keep reading, a giveaway might just be involved!) Tervis Tumblers are sold nationwide but they are made right here in my hometown of Sarasota. A good friend of mine works over at Tervis and sent me a lovely care package last week. I literally squealed with delight when I opened it!I'm a huge Minnesota … [Read more...]