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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!

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Life, Thinking Out Loud, Vacation

Thursday Thinking Out Loud (TOL) 9-8-2016

Today I am going to be doing my first Thinking Out Loud linkup with Amanda from Running With Spoons! I’ve been reading her blog for a while and decided that today I had some stuff I wanted to share with you so I’m going to jump right in and share some of the things I’ve been thinking about and loving lately…

1. Aly Raisman

The best news ever was announced yesterday!!! Aly Raisman isn’t planning on retiring yet and after a year off she’s going to resume training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! I love Aly so much and was feeling a bit bummed because it seemed like she was probably going to retire but she is so phenomenal and fun to watch. I watched the all around event live and I almost cry even just seeing this photo because it was a perfect moment.

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Exercise, Holidays, Life, Vacation

A stinkin’ hot (but fun) day at King’s Dominion

On Friday, Brady, my sister Hanna and her friend Chris, and I drove a couple hours down to Kings Dominion in Virginia for a fun day of roller coasters and water slides! We left in hopes that we’d get there before park opening and be in the front of the line for the “Volcano” which is probably the best roller coaster in the park. Of course we headed straight there only to find it was closed. It was already insanely humid at hot. Just walking through the front park of the park already had me sweating all over. Brady and I bought a souvenir cup for $13 that would give us free refills for the entire day. It was a no-brainer because I think water bottles cost $4 a piece. I feel like we always drank through it within a minute or two of refilling because we were so hot.

I sat out while Hanna and Chris rode Intimidator 305 which is an insane high speed (and jerky) roller coaster themed after the late Dale Earnhardt. It’s a great ride that I rode right after it opened in 2010 but I knew there was no way I’d be able to handle it with my back because it jerks from side to side really hard.

Our second goal was to make it into the water park as soon as it opened at noon because we knew it would probably be packed by mid afternoon. We walked straight onto ever single slide. Huge difference from last year when we waited over a half hour just for this one slide that Hanna rode this year 3 times in a row in less than 10 minutes! It’s a crazy slide where you step into a tube with a see through floor beneath you. It counts down from three and then the floor drops and you fall down into the slide. I think it freaked me out more last year because I had waited so long and had listened to scream after scream. Since I got straight on it this time, I didn’t have as much of a chance to freak out but I was still shaking for a few minutes after.

Hanna convinced me that I needed to leave my flip flops in the locker so after 2 hours of walking around barefoot, I was starting to get legitimate burns on the bottom of my feet because the pavement was so hot. Also, I kept my glasses and sunglasses with me the whole time and ended up losing each pair once in the end pool… Sorry to anyone who’s ever been a lifeguard and had to fish for sunglasses! By the time we left the water park, decently long lines had formed for most of the slides so good call to get there early!

Drop towers have always been my favorite rides because I love that falling sensation (I love the Tower of Terror at WDW!). Hanna and I rode it twice and probably would have kept going if the guys weren’t being boring. The new ride at King’s Dominion this year is called Delirium and is basically a giant swing with a circular base that you sit around while it spins and swings back and forth. Maybe it sounds boring or doesn’t make sense, but it was easily my favorite ride of the day. I love the falling feeling and I love the swinging feeling so this ride was relaxing, thrilling, and so much fun at the same time.

We came back through the front of the park for lunch and then we jumped on the log flume ride so Brady could get soaked.

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Graduation, Life, Vacation

My Husband is now a Doctor of Physical Therapy!!!

I don’t think that title is enough to exclaim how excited I am and how proud I am of my husband for passing his boards and graduating after a long and hard 6 years of study!!! It’s been a long time coming and I’m a very happy wife after this weekend celebrating my husband.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Graduation Regalia

Brady took his board exam on the 19th of July and found out his results on last Tuesday after a long week of waiting and he found out that he PASSED! He was able to go into graduation weekend knowing all he had to do was lock down a job. Almost half of his class of 38 took the exam since the next one isn’t offered until October.

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Anniversary, Iron Girl, Life, Vacation

5 Things I Did This Summer

Summer is coming to a close… boohoo. I don’t mind autumn too much because it has some of the best seasonal foods as well as pretty trees and such BUT it means that the weather is getting colder and soon we’ll have “naked” trees everywhere. I dislike naked trees and I hate being cold.

To get me through the horrible winter months, I wrote this “5 Things I Did This Summer” list so I could look back on the good times and feel a little warmer inside.

1. College Graduation

I suppose this was technically in the spring, but it started off my summer well. It may have taken 5 years to get a 4-year degree, but I finally made it!

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2. Moved from Michigan to Maryland

Braden just entered his 3rd and final year of PT school and he’s starting his clinical internships this fall. We were lucky that he was able to get placements for all 4 internships in Maryland near our families. However, this means we had to move states and pack up our first little nest together. Luckily we had some kind family members living nearby to help us out or else we’d probably still be trying to move.


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3. Anniversary Vacation 

We wanted to do something special to celebrate our first anniversary so we spent 2 nights and 3 days at the Atlantis Inn in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This is my favorite beach spot “near” us so we had a lot of fun riding our bikes through Cape Henlopen State Park, eating ice cream, playing mini-golf at Shell We Golf, and just relaxing on the beach.

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4. Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

I spent the majority of my summer preparing for this event and it is probably the biggest highlight of my summer because I got to see all my hard work pay off. You can read about this one here.

Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

5. Packed and sent my sister off to college

What a little grown-up she’s become. It’s especially hard to see her go because I’ve just moved back home after being away for 5 years. Well now she’s the one heading off to another state to become a smarter human being. Bye Nani :'(

High School Graduation

This is how we said goodbye…

…and this was me after she left.

I know I’m going to blink and it will be summer again soon, but for right now, it’s just really hard to say goodbye!