Minnesota Vacation

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Just a few pics of our Minnesota vacation so far... My dad's house, view from the boat on the lake The lake front, docks and fire pit My sweeti getting ready to head out for a boat ride Small fishing boat in Pleasant Lake We took the fishing boat out for a romantic boat ride at dusk Dad's backyard at dusk My dad and his lil lake dog Ziggy Back of the house I got this cute lil sign for my dad and step-mom for their first year anniversary last year A true … [Read more...]

Love the Life You Live

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Is it just me or is summer really flying by? I can't believe July has nearly passed us already! It's more than halfway over and I wish it would never end. The only thing I'm happy to see out of my sight is summer school! We've had some very humid and hot weather here in Florida, but we've also had a lot of rain which helps to cool things down. My sweeti and I spent all of last weekend enjoying the beach and having our own little "staycation". We headed down to Longboat Key, for an ocean swim and … [Read more...]

My new favorite finds

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Some new (to me) stuff I've been digging lately... EOS-Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm I really love this stuff! All natural and mostly organic ingredients! It does contain Beeswax (FYI vegans) but EOS does not test on animals which is what I am more concerned with. Plus the balm comes in a cute little bubble case and because of its size it never gets lost in my purse! I have the summer fruit and sweet mint flavors. Lavender & Jasmine Essential Oils I snagged a few … [Read more...]

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...]

Visit from dad, hydroponic farm trip

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This past week I had 4 exams in 5 days. That's... insanity right? Perhaps the professors all whispered behind my back to see how they could possibly make my life a bit more stressful than it already is!?  Ugh! So I've definitely let my blogging slack recently, but as you can see I've had good reason! But my exams are finally over,  so I have a bit of breathing room now! This weekend I got a surprise visit from my dad, who lives up in Minnesota with my step-mom and brothers. I was really … [Read more...]

Mom’s birthday at Columbia Restaurant

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Last weekend was my amazing mama dearest's birthday! We all rallied and headed up to St. Petersburg pier for a relaxing and quiet evening at The Columbia Restaurant, a family favorite. One of Florida's oldest restaurants, dating back to a small pub in 1905, the Columbia is still family-run (5th generation!) It has blossomed into an extravagant and decadent dining establishment, serving top-quality Spanish and Cuban cuisine, with 5 Florida locations. They offer a delicious assortment of … [Read more...]

Blackbird fly, into the light of the dark black night

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Well hello there blog land! I thought you deserved an update, since I've been in a bit of a blogging funk lately. I told myself I'd be blogging like crazy through my knee surgery recovery, and yet I've found myself busy with other things. Back in school, a bucket-load of work piled on me, and sleeping way more than usual have taken up a majority of my time. Ok, in all honesty I should probably add Netflix and spending time with my amazing man to the list, but hey, who's counting? I've officially … [Read more...]

Shedding that holiday weight gain

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There are three little words that I loathe. Three little words that will make most people retaliate with rock-solid New Years resolutions, promises to do better, do more, and push harder. Three little words that are practically unavoidable--at least for me. Holiday Weight Gain. Blah. As someone who follows a wholesome plant-based diet, and makes taking care of her body a top priority (I even got the oh-so-sweet compliment from my man earlier this week "You are probably the healthiest … [Read more...]

Post-op update

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Hello lovelies! My knee surgery went quite well on Wednesday, and I thought I'd give you all a bit of an update and share some of the good and (ehhh) not-so-good highlights. Since this was my second surgery for my PVNS (Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis), I went into it with a rough idea of what to expect beforehand and throughout the recovery process. The surgery was outpatient, so I was in and out within a couple of hours. I was scheduled for 2 pm, but they requested I be in at 12:45 to get … [Read more...]