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I feel like sometimes there are just days when you need a cake...to yourself. I'm not talking a slice that you buy at the store, which I didn't know they even sold sole slices until recently. I'm talking the Sunday morning you wake up and you're like "cake is a good idea."…

{weird} thoughts on love

Our wedding is almost six months away. I'm in a little bit of shock. I remember wishing time would speed up, and my wish was granted. The past eight months have been a blur, and I dream of the big day basically every day. Everything about it is magical to me, from the centerpieces to walking d…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Happiness Challenge This is something I started last Friday, and I looove it. It really puts into perspective the things you take for granted in your every day life. Learn more here. 2. Inspirational Quotes & Lilies I found these quote cards at Target. They provide inspiration for the every d…

boot wish list

Fall is coming. That means a lot of wonderful things, and it also means booooots. One of the most wondrous things of all. I absolutely love wearing boots with jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. I'm itching for a new pair, but I know they're probably not in the cards for me at the moment.…

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kt tape

When I began building my endurance for running, everything was going great! I was able to run longer and not feel so out of breath, but then I began getting painful shin splints. I felt totally discouraged because I felt like I was finally getting somewhere in my running, and then had to stop beca…

six ways to happiness

Happiness. That thing what we are all striving for, but don't realize we have the power to obtain it easier than we think. These are the six ways to happiness...

Why six? Because it's my lucky number, and it makes me happy.

1. Settling. I have always said to "never settle." It'…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Rain The rain in Arizona has been so beautiful.I love having an excuse to have an umbrella.
2. Girls' Weekend One of my best friends, Nikki, came out to stay the weekend and we had so much fun! We ate everywhere, relaxed, enjoyed cocktails, and she bought her bridesmaid dress. 3. Personal Plan…

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foodie fridays

This recipe is from my friend Kris, over at The Chic Wife.
Honestly, check her out because who doesn't love someone who bakes killer chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? You'll love her in general, but the cookies are a plus.

Here is the recipe...

Ingredients 1/2 cup of butter, softened1/2 cup of…

go for it

Fitness and health have completely changed my life. Four years ago I was completely lost. I didn't know who I was, where I was going, and I was forty pounds heavier. Fresh out of college, I was in a body I wasn't confident in and with a Bachelor's Degree in writing that offered NO …

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Mama time My mom and I enjoyed a yoga class, massages, and lunch by the pool at the beautiful Royal Palms. I love our time together. 2. Best friends T and I had a fun photoshoot! 3. Charlie snuggles Charlie loves to watch me study. She's such a snuggle bug.

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what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Disney Movies I enjoyed watching Pinnochio with my little nephew. 2. YouTube Backdrop I finally got around to making my backdrop a little more exciting.
3. Enjoying the moment Matt came home for the day and it was special just soaking up every moment.

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foodie fridays

Wheat Berry and Farro Salad from Bobby Flay.
How delicious does this look? Cold, refreshing, yet filling. The perfect combination for summer.

Ingredients
1 cup wheat berries
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup farro
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard