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Thankful Thursday 11.8.12

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas less than 2 months away, now seems like a better time than ever to take a moment to stop, reflect, and thank.

Jessie from Jessie Loves to Run started hosting Thankful Thursday a few weeks ago and unsurprisingly she has had an overwhelmingly positive response!  For more information about Thankful Thursday, click here.

This is my first week participating, but I know that I will continue to take part in future weeks.  Oftentimes I think that we forget to thank, or rather assume that thanks has been given, to all of those who have helped make our lives a little bit better…  I truly believe that it’s the little things in life that mean the most.

The best is yet to comeEver since I wrote that post earlier this week, that saying has resonated with me.  Far too often I get caught up in the little things and have a hard time moving forward unless it’s “perfect” in my mind.  I will be the first to admit that my perfectionist personality can be a hindrance at times, but I will also admit that I am trying to work on it.  Take for example last night’s dinner.  Over the weekend I kept telling Ryan how I want to make more of an effort to cook a hearty, healthy, and satisfying dinner.  At first I was bummed with myself that I opted for boxed soup, but it’s what sounded good at the time.  After I sat down and dug in I was delightfully surprised…  Sometimes the simplest things can be the most satisfying, dinner success!

TJ’s Low Sodium Organic Creamy Tomato Soup topped with a sunny egg + black pepper

Spending time with my BFF.  Last Saturday I met my BFF for a study date.  In between sipping Starbucks and actually working [ahem, the point of our date], we chatted and caught-up since we hardly see each other since she moved downtown.  Anddd I am psyched about our sleepover tomorrow!  We have big plans that include: getting Naked Pizza [get your mind out of the gutter!], watching movies, wearing our most comfortable stretchy pants and slippers, munching on chocolate and popcorn while watching movies, and unwinding from the week.  It should be a stupendously fun night!

throwback to Color Day when we were seniors in high school

Laughing with Ryan.  The past few months have been pretty hectic for both Ryan and I between work, our wedding, and my health-related issues, so I cherish any time we have together.  Regardless of whether we’re out running errands, lazily laying on the couch after work, or playing with Charlie, I love when we spend time together…  Good thing I married him 😉  One of my favorite things about him is that he laughs at his own jokes.  They may not be the funniest joke [most of the time they’re pretty silly], but his chuckle that follows is hilariously cute.

my two favorite guys

Making blends.  What the heck is a blend?  No, I’m not referring to a coffee flavor or a fancy food…  A blend is a blogger + friend = blend!  After coming back from a summer break from blogging, I have truly been blessed to have bumped into so many new-to-me bloggers through link-ups such as Katie’s Marvelous in My Monday or Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday, as well as through Instagram!  Blogging has provided me with a daily dose of motivation, inspiration to try new things, and a chance to share some of my own personal experiences.  I never would have imagined myself feeling so comfortable exchanging information with strangers who now I would consider my blend.

source: check our Tina’s post Why Blog Friends Rule

Zesty Blog Consulting.  I seriously could not thank Cory enough.  I have exchanged messages back and forth with him every day since he started redesigning LAB.  He has made every update that I have requested, has provided me with advice when making tough decisions [such as should the background be green or pink], and even has helped to calm my nerves about the process!  I’m so excited that the new site will be up and running NEXT WEEK [unless y’all got a sneak peek this morning], eek!

XOXO,

Allison

P.S.  This morning I was delightfully surprised and honored that both Jessie and Molly tried my peanut butter pancakes and enjoyed them!  Seeing their pretty stacks of ‘cakes made me feel a bit [pea]NUTTY so I combined my recipes for peanut butter puff pancakes + peanut butter pancakes = PEANUT BUTTER OVERLOAD PANCAKES!!!  Oh my goodness, these were out. of. this. world. AMAZING!

toppings: cinnamon Chobani + coconut bananas + dark chocolate chips + pistachios + dried apricots + honey

Question:  What are you thankful for this week?

Question:  Have you tried Naked Pizza?

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Sweating Pink // Favorite Finds Friday 11.2.12

Yesterday I received the best afternoon pick-me-up, better than a Starbucks cappuccino or a chunk of dark chocolate…

I am so excited and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to join a group of strong, inspiring, and motivated women!  As seen on the Fit Approach website, “Sweat Pink Ambassadors live the Fit Approach mission every day: they sweat hard, play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves.”

All of my excitement powered me through 1 + 1/2 TNT sessions last night.  Ryan was late because he had to get an MRI that took longer than expected, so I happily stayed behind with him to make-up what he had missed.  By the time we got home I was ravenous and raided the kitchen, snacking while I threw together the epitome of a kitchen sink salad.

veggies + TJ’s chicken & veggie dumplings

I also had an unpictured bowl of chicken noodle soup and rice cakes topped with cottage cheese [hunger > pictures].  I could not be stopped and finished off the night with a sweet cereal yogurt bowl for dessert.

Surprise, surprise, this morning I served up a stack of cereal pancakes.  Today’s cereal of choice: TJ’s Honey Nut O’s!

honey nut pancakes topped with plain Chobani + unsweetened coconut + pistachios + honey

P.S.  While I was busy packing Ryan’s and my lunches for today, Charlie was also busy…  He ate the peanut butter filling and left me the pretzel shell, he’s so kind 😉

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Good Food: Cooking Light’s Top-Rated Chili Recipes

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My Style: Staying Neutral on the Weekends

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Sweet Treats: TJ’s Melted Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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Events: Garden Party Wedding

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Health & Wellness: I Workout for Me

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Words of Wisdom: Sparkle

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Cuties: Kids & Pet Kisses [The Ellen Show]

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For the Home: Hand Crafted Sofa Table

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Places to Go: European Beech Trees in Mariemont, Belgium

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Flowers: Flower Delivery Boat

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Laughing Out Loud: An Alpaca!

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DIY Projects: Travel Snack Kit

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Education & Learning: Funny Food Ads from the 1900’s

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Wedding Attire: Grand Dress, Grand Hall

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Looking Ahead to Baby: Kiss Me Goodnight

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“It often seems, looking back, that the unexpected comes to define us, the paths we didn’t see coming and may have wandered down by mistake. The older we get the more willing we are to follow those, to surprise ourselves.”

~ Anna Quindlen

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  Do you have a favorite chili recipe?

Question:  Have you heard of the term flexitarian?  Do you associate yourself as a flexitarian?

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Favorite Finds Friday 10.26.12

Do y’all watch the news?  I watch the Today Show every morning while I’m eating breakfast, but this week I’ve had no desire to tune in.  Why?  Because every other segment Al Roker [I have nothing against him, he’s just doing his job] has an update about Hurricane Sandy.  If you haven’t heard, Hurricane Sandy is supposed to be a big bully storm that may bash the mid-Atlantic and Northeast Sunday into early next week.  You can read more about it here.

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BUT, there are two different models and they’re predicting two different paths…  I’m in favor of whichever one says that Sandy is going to stay out to sea.  I’d like to go to Kings Dominion on Sunday and I’d like for our power to stay on *fingers crossed*!

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Good Food: Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Parmesan Sauce

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My Style: Top Knots

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Sweet Treats: Whole Grain Soft Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Events:  Pink Mirrored Vases

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Health & Wellness: Self Respect

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Words of Wisdom: Everything Happens for a Reason

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Cuties: Curly Cockapoo

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For the Home: QLOCKTWO Clock

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Places to Go: Cities to See

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Flowers: Fall Bridal Bouquet

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Laughing Out LoudI’m a panda.

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DIY Projects: Chalkboard Painted Wine Glasses

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Education & Learning: 15 Grammar Goofs

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Wedding Attire: Garden Elegance

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Looking Ahead to Baby: Handmade Knitted Mermaid Baby Costume

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“Don’t forget—no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” ~Charles de Lint

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  If you’re on the east coast, are you preparing for Hurricane Sandy?

Question:  What are your fun weekend plans?  I’m celebrating my birthday dinner tomorrow and *hopefully* going to Kings Dominion on Sunday!  Lots of fun times with friends!

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