Happy One Year Blog-iversary to Me!

Friday SnapChat shenanigans.

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I had to go by Wal-Mart to get a yoga mat for each Kaci and myself. While doing so, I stumbled upon this owl-dorable pillow. I wanted it so badly (!), but I practiced self-control. I snapped a photo then went on in search of our mats.

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We discovered that a free class was being held by Barre Belle Yoga, so we jumped at the chance to participate! It was held at the Aveda studio downtown.

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My new mat on the right / Kaci’s mat on the left.

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Bright and colorful is the way to go. ūüėČ

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I love sharing these experiences with my girl! Pre-class photo together.

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Once home, Matt and I assembled a delicious dinner together.

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We watched Thursday night’s episode of Bones and then finally got a good night’s sleep.

Saturday began with a cottage cheese, nectarine, local honey, and roasted nuts parfait along with two slices of toast. I found a great zucchini bruschetta at Big Lots, so I spread that on one slice and layered avocado on the other. Matt had a sausage egg scramble sandwich. Yum.

I hit the jackpot on free exercise classes this past weekend! I joined Pure Barre Knoxville for a free Pop-up Class in the Park. It. Was. Incredible! The instructor did a wonderful job leading us through each exercise.

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I found this V8 Infused Water at Big Lots too, and I have to say it was quite tasty.

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Each of the three photos below were taken by Pure Barre employees. Look at that awesome turnout!

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Some may not think of this as exercise since there are not heavy weights, but I will tell you I received an amazing workout. I immediately felt it in my legs, core, and back in the best of ways. I knew I had engaged my muscles in a different manner.

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I love how I have been able to push myself out of my comfort zone, and in doing so, I’m meeting so many fun people! It helps me to continue to learn more about myself too.

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They are offering one free class to new attendees, so this evening I will be taking a class in their studio. I can’t wait!

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I went by Whole Foods and got us two great bags of coffee and a whole lemon pepper rotisserie chicken all on sale. Score! Pure Barre also gave out deodorant and Quaker Oatmeal Cups.

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I gathered up our lunch and took it over to Matt’s dad’s where he was working on his car. We’ll be at the race track July 4th weekend! Salads for us both topped with kalamata olives and goat cheese. I added Tomato Head hummus to Matt’s while I had my Breakfast Flats with peanut butter.

After a hot shower, I did dishes, laundry, vacuumed, and cleaned our place. I stopped to nosh on an apple and peanut butter, round two. I did so while wearing the most appropriate tank by Eat Healthy Designs. =D

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Matt got home early to help put together what we believe was an insanely delcious meal. I’ll be sharing the recipe tomorrow!

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We were feeling a bit wild, so we each made a mug of coffee to go with our dessert.

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Unfortunately, Matt’s French press from World Market is flimsy, but we’ve yet to spend the $20+ on a replacement Bodum beaker. So he just combined the two. They’re actually quite pretty together!

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We watched at least three episodes of John Oliver’s show, and he had us laughing so hard.

Matt was a sweetie and offered to get up and feed the babies around 6:00 when they were being relentless. We slept in, woke up slowly, and felt amazing on Sunday. We split, warmed, and filled our leftover baked sweet potato with peanut butter and granola. On the side we had yogurt topped with Wyman’s of Maine thawed mixed fruit and bourbon peach jam.

Before I had even sipped my coffee, I washed dishes, cooked a huge batch of quinoa, and prepared our lunches for Sunday and Monday. A good night’s sleep will do wonders! I used chicken broth and the leftover water from when we steamed our purple cauliflower to cook the quinoa. Nutrients are leeched into the water, so rather than toss them, we used them in cooking. The water was a gorgeous blue too! #Koritip

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I met up with Kaci at K brew for an impromtu get-together, and we had the best time. She treated me to a chocolate chip cookie made by VG’s Bakery as repayment for her yoga mat.

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I had to go by Kroger then finally pulled my journal out to make some entries. I’m awful at not staying consistent, but I’m still glad to record even sporadically. It really is soothing and fun to go back and read.

For dinner, I decided to use our injera bread like tortillas, so we made chicken quesadillas. I shredded aged sharp white cheddar and pepper jack while Matt shredded the remainder of our whole baked chicken. I seasaoned and sauteed peppers and onion to accompany it. Salsa, yogurt, and avocado completed our meal. Yes, it was a lot of food, but it sure hit the spot. Matt agreed to go on a short walk with me before showering, and it was perfect.

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I had a small tangerine and a few prunes sprinkled with chia for dessert along with a tea latte. We watched one more episode of John Oliver’s show and then called it a night.

This past Saturday marked one year since I started this blog, and I’m so thankful I did! I love sharing positivity and nutrition through this platform. Thanks for checking in and reading!

**Today is also the official anniversary of my mother’s death. She was an amazing, smart, and beautiful woman who I miss dearly every day. I wish I knew what she thought of this space, my cooking, who I’ve become. But I’m grateful I had her in my life for almost 18 years. She was the best mom. ‚̧

Our sweet girl was so snuggly this morning.

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Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

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