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Friday Faves #4

Hello Again! I’ve been loving this gorgeous spring weather, haven’t you? Everything’s in bloom and I couldn’t be happier.

The last few weeks have been busy with some traveling, making travel plans, birthdays and other exciting things and I’ve managed to fall behind, but I wanted to make sure I shared some of the things I’ve been loving lately starting with a couple food things!

Talenti Sicilian Pistachio Gelato

I have been obsessed with this Sicilian Pistachio Gelato and it’s bad because it’s one of the only ice creams I can sit down and eat the whole pint in one sitting. It’s bad and I try not to bring it home too often for this reason. I’m a bit of an ice cream snob and I’d often much rather spend my money on a small amount of amazing ice cream then get eh ice cream for less. This stuff is super creamy and flavorful and there’s enough pistachios to have some in every bite. I tried a cheaper brand of pistachio ice cream lately and I could barely eat it so… yeah this stuff is the best.

Forager Project Organic Cashewgurt in Lemon

I really loved this stuff. If I had been blind taste testing, I would have thought that this was the real stuff. The consistency was on point, the lemon adds the sourness that traditional yogurt has but that’s not to say that it’s sour because it definitely is not. I saw it at Whole Foods and decided it was something I needed to try because I’m trying to back away from dairy since it messes with my digestive system. It’s hard to find worthy vegan substitutes for some of my favorite things and I’ve wanted to try some cashew alternatives but haven’t gotten around to it until now. I’d definitely recommend checking this out!

Forager Project Lemon Cashewgurt

So Delicious Non-Dairy Cashew Creamy Chocolate “Ice Cream”

It’s funny to place two dairy free food items after some real ice cream but I want to share about the things I’m testing and loving! I guess I can’t say I fully love this ice cream alternative but it’s pretty good for a substitute. It’s a bit sweet for me so I think that’s the biggest thing holding me back. It’s definitely creamy and isn’t grainy like some non-dairy ice creams can be though it is a bit stiffer and more dense than regular ice cream. I don’t like the coconut alternatives at all so this was a great creamy alternative to the real stuff.

The Forest Feast Gatherings by Erin Gleeson

My sister happened upon this book as we were browsing through Anthro last month and it is seriously like the most beautiful cookbook you will ever see. I love the illustrations, the recipes, the layout, it’s all gorgeous! The book is organized into different food themed parties such as the “Iced Tea Party”, the “Fall Feast”, “Brunch”, and “Party Buffets”.  There are so many different party options that would even be great to mix and match as each section features a different drink, mix of entrees, and a dessert. I bought it off of Amazon since it was $15 cheaper and I’ve already tried one of the recipes which was the Orzo-Black Bean Salad which was delish. Some of the top recipes I want to try are the Heirloom Tomato Tart, the Zucchini Frittata Loaf, the Squash Lasagna, and the Sesame Farro Salad.

Target summer shoes and sandals

I’ve been wanting to get these sneakers for a while now but hadn’t done it because I was waiting for a good sale. I had these same shoes a few years back and I wore them until the sole wore though and my foot was literally touching the ground. I’d like to get them in another color because I do like them a lot. I also picked up these brown sandals which are extremely similar to the mint colored ones I got 2 years ago. I’m actually really tempted to get them in red and white as well. This Saturday (4/14) is the last day to get the BOGO 50% off deal on all shoes.

Target Lunea Sneakers in Navy

The Great British Baking Show

Brady and I started watching this a couple of weeks ago and it’s my current fave on Netflix. I’ve never been to England but based on most of what I’ve seen from TV (a reliable source), they seem like a much more polite group of people. Either way the show is a huge contrast from most American reality styled shows in my opinion. Watching this show has also really made me want to go to the British restaurant in Epcot when we’re there next month so we can try out some of the stuff! Have you ever been to the Rose and Crown? Is it any good?

Monopoly and Ticket to Ride for the iPad

My iPad died last summer and it’s been sad because I can’t get Monopoly for my phone and I feel like Ticket to Ride would be too small to play on my phone. Turns out, my iPad wasn’t dead, the cord was. It’s a pretty old iPad now so it’s pretty slow in processing between apps but the games still work great and I’m so happy to be able to play a couple of my favorite games again. I don’t like TTR as much as I used to because one of the updates rearranged things so it’s not as great, but I still love to play. It’s fun to play a game in 10 minutes instead of 40-60 with other people. And Monopoly is great because you don’t have to worry about ruining relationships! LOL!

Disney Planning

I thought I’d throw this in because it made me that much more excited for our vacation! Wednesday was the last day of waking up early to reserve Fastpass+ reservations for Disney World; however, the system was down and I had no idea when it was going to come back. Pretty rough when you have a short window to snap up the exact times you’re hoping for. For example, our first day at Disney, we’re going to Epcot in the evening and I was trying to get one of the last 3 time slots for Frozen Ever After. It was the first one I reserved and by 7:01 (one minute after the reservation window opens) they were completely gone. Well anyways, things ended up working out fine but through a little Twitter conversing I got a few personal responses including a Disney countdown! 🙂

We’re so close to going and I’m so excited! Quick question while we’re on the subject, what are the best beaches/areas to visit in northeast Florida? I’m currently looking at St. Augustine and Daytona but if you have any recommendations, I’m all ears!

 

That’s all folks!

^ Comment below if you get the reference! ^

 

Best beaches in NE Fl?

Have any awesome vacations planned for this summer?

What have you been loving lately?

 

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Food, Friday Faves, Women

Friday Faves #3

It’s Friday! Hallelujah! I actually got quite a few things done this week and I’m happy with how things have gone. How about you? How was your week?

Today I’m sharing a few of the things I’ve been loving this week!

Clothes

Target Dresses

Target has been putting out all their spring dresses over the last few weeks and I am in love. This is always my favorite time of year to buy clothes because as soon as the weather gets warm enough, I live in my sundresses! I picked up three dresses over the last couple weeks and I found another one that is also super cute.

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Friday Faves, Recipes

Friday Faves #2

I’m going to start off my second edition of “Friday Faves” with a question. My husband has a short amount of time to eat lunch and likes to use that time to do paperwork so he doesn’t have as much to bring home; However, he has decided it’s too much work to heat food up or use a utensil to eat with so pretty much all he’ll eat for lunch is a PBJ or nuts, chips, snacks, etc. Not so healthy and PBJs can get dull after a while. What’s quick to make, or easy to meal prep, that fits his picky lunch needs? It’ll quickly become a fave if I can get some new options.

Without further ado, here are my Friday Faves:

The Fitness Marshall I have to start out with this video because if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to! I’ve watched this a number of times because it’s so hilarious and entertaining. I’d definitely try it out.

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Food, Goal Setting, Goals, Healthy eating, Running, Yoga

Sugar Addiction and February Goals

I had mentioned at the beginning of last month that I was going to try Sarah Wilson’s “I Quit Sugar” 8-week program but she advocates against even fresh fruit because of how our body handles it. She may be right and I really want to try and reset my diet and remember what it feels like to eat more fresh food than processed food but I know that I will make myself feel worse and I won’t achieve my end goal if I’m constantly craving and feeling miserable.

I can’t go on a diet. I can’t blatantly cut out sugar. My goal is to learn to control the cravings, make better choices with food, and eat better portions. I don’t want to cut sugar out for a month or more and then at the end of it be craving all the sugary goodness I can lay my hands on.

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Food, Goal Setting, Healthy eating, Life, Meal Planning, Recipes

Apple Picking, Meal Planning, and Calorie Counting

You know how last week I posted about the various bad things that happened all in a row? I was determined to change my fates but not before getting punched a few times first. Apparently I can’t survive without a phone because it tells me everything I need to know, like what the temperature is and how I should dress for the day… so after my phone died, I got a new S7 and while in the process of looking for the right screen protector and case to buy, I dropped it when I was getting out of the car for church and smashed the screen on both top corners of the phone. Sigh. Then on Sunday, I accidentally broke my glasses beyond repair. I mean it was time for new ones but still… now I have to wear contacts until I can get new ones. I don’t love wearing glasses but ever since an eye infection I had in 2011 my eyes have not loved wearing contacts so I rarely wear them anymore. Continue Reading

Exercise, Food, Hiking, Life, Week in Pictures

Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain

The Olympics have ended, school has started, and people are already acting like it’s fall now! Stop it! I’m loving summer and though the temps are still steamy, I’m not wishing away the warm weather anytime soon. Saturday was a hot day but was a day that was begging to be enjoyed so Brady headed out towards Frederick to hike on Sugarloaf Mountain. I’m pretty sure I’ve only been here once and I was probably 9-10 years old when we did it so it was about time for a re-visit!

There are multiple trails you can do ranging from short ones to the summit (the parking lot is higher up on the mountain, i.e. hill) and longer ones out on the ridge and base of the mountain. We chose to hike on the blue trail which was supposed to be a 5 mile hike but I’m pretty sure was a bit longer than that. We went in a clockwise direction though it seems most people are go around the other way starting by the summit. There are some really pretty views out over the Maryland farms at a few different points along the trail.

Brady was the water carrier for the hike and though we had just finished a water bottle before the hike and had a liter for each of us, we probably should have been carrying more because the humidity was high and I don’t know about Braden, but I was dripping in sweat. We used a couple Nuun tabs to flavor up the water and pretend like it was giving us a boost.

The last 3/4 of a mile or so was kind of hard because I was definitely tired (and hungry) and I was feeling some pain in my back and was just ready to sit down. The trail was very steep and rocky in places, but there were also plenty of even-ish terrain strips that were good for catching a breath. It was a really great hike and a place we will probably be visiting again before the cold weather comes.

View from Sugarloaf Mountain

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