Good Friends Make Life So Very Sweet

Good Monday afternoon! I know “good” and “Monday” don’t normally mingle together, but today has been quite a lovely day so far. I really hope it’s been the same for you!

Thursday

Kaci and I were fortunate to get to take the free Barre3 class offered at Elkmont Exchange on Thursday evening, and while incredibly demanding and tough, it was an amazing class! Tough and challenging don’t have to mean you feel defeated or frustrated. I love that each instructor reminds us that just showing up for ourselves is an act of self-love and that breaks are advised so one can come back stronger.

Love my girl! Even five to ten years ago I would’ve never seen myself taking these exercise classes or being so outgoing. I was shy and a bit withdrawn sometimes. Not anymore!

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Kaci and I walked over to the food truck park and enjoyed the perfect meal while chatting, people-watching, and soaking up those late evening sunrays.

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Kaci’s mouthwatering meal.

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My sandwich along with the green beans side dish that we split.

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I adore their turquoise tables!

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Friday

Friday morning began on a delicious note. Mashed avocado toast over wilted spinach and topped with an over easy egg, sliced local tomato, and a plum.

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My step-mom, Karin text this to me, and I admittedly cackled about it! That owl falling would be me. Hahaha

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Mid-point break in preparing our monthly lab reports, so I figured I would take some SnapChats. They never get old.

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Just a sweet girl and her banana.

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After finishing laundry (does it ever end? No, no it does not), I heated the last of our Indian pork chops over rice with roasted butternut squash, and very small amount of wilted spinach. This was the meal that kept on giving!

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Dessert was a Gala apple cut up and topped with yogurt, pb puddle, spicy strawberry coconut, and a side of Jax!

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Saturday

I had plans to join Kaci and our friend, Carla for brunch, so I had this cucumber, watermelon, mint yogurt with pistachios before getting ready. Matt loves melon, yet he wasn’t a fan. I don’t love melons, yet I loved it. Go figure! I say try it! I loved the flavor combo.

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I had to sport my ‘avogato’ shirt because brunch and reppin’ Mason!!

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We dined at Tomato Head, and I chose their Fernando bowl, which included spinach, scrambled eggs, roasted potato, cheese, jalapeno peppers, pineapple, spicy apple salsa, chipotle crema, and I chose the baked tofu over the chorizo. I love me some heat, but I had to remove a lot of the jalapenos because holy guacamole my mouth was on fiya! It prob didn’t help that I tried rinsing it down with hot coffee…genius! The super sweet waitress also gave me a bowl of tortilla chips on the side at no additional cost!

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Carla was so dang sweet and got our meals for us as a birthday gift, and I appreciated it so much! After a ton of fun conversation and laughs, Kaci and I went to Val’s Boutique so that I could get some arm “cannies”. Click over to her recent post to check out her collection of beaded bracelets! I chose to just get one and a dress.

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After reading Mackenzie’s latest Friday Favorites post, Kaci and I knew we wanted to visit Aerie! Have you seen their new campaign? They are genuinely celebrating body diversity, and I’m not just talking a professional model in a larger sized body. Girls with insulin pumps, missing an arm, a gap in their teeth, birth marks, etc. I adore this and was so excited to support it by shopping there! Even their dressing rooms are full of positivity. They left a marker and sticky pad so that you can add your own empowering message.

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My contribution <3

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From the moment we walked into the door, we were greeted by the most inviting, sweet staff! The Retail Manager noticed my t-shirt, and we were able to share some of Mason’s story, which warmed my heart. When we checked out, I asked the cashier about her engagement ring. This sparked a conversation about her upcoming wedding, and she showed us her engagement photos. They were beautiful, and she’s going to be such a lovely bride! I told her I need to come by in January to ask her how it all went. 🙂 I love getting out and making connections with people!! I am not very shy anymore at all.

I had to try one of these organic lollipops at the register. The flavor was super amazing, but the fun thing is that sage seeds are within the biodegradable stick. So you are supposed to plant the stick, water it, and then you should get a sage plant. How cool is that? I’ll keep you all updated on if I can manage to grow it!

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Kaci and I went back to her and Drew’s home and did chores together like the old days. I ate a bowl of cereal on their pretty back deck, and it hit the spot.

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I shopped at Aldi for a few things, and then made my way home. This was a purchase I could not pass up at Aerie. I even text Matt with what I was set to spend, and he told me to still get it. Well, okay then! I can’t wait to take it out to the lake house soon! Give me avocado everything.

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I began to get hungry before it was time for dinner, so a thick slice of bread with hummus and tomato did the trick.

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I found a frozen wild caught shrimp fajita mix that sounded perfect for dinner. I simply sautéed the green beans with everything bagel seasoning, and then wiped out the pan before sautéing the shrimp and vegetables. The seasoning packet was more than enough, so I just sprinkled maybe a third or so of it. I also sprinkled some of it over our cucumber/tomato/avocado salad. Matt munched on tortilla chips with his, and we both agreed this was a quick, awesome meal.

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Dessert was ginger, turmeric, and black pepper stirred into yogurt then topped with thawed mango, Love Grown Comet Crispies, and roasted peanuts. I discovered from Alexis that the pepper helps to release the nutritional benefits of turmeric. I’m always learning!

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Sunday

I have to say I was quite pleased with this oatmeal creation! I have been really into chopping up our oats to make my oatmeal more porridge-like and creamy. I made it with cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, and milk. I then added frozen berries and heated through before drizzling with molasses and topping with roasted peanuts and date paste simply from blending a date with enough water to create a paste consistency.

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Rachel loves this spot in the house and is often catching some sunrays. <3

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She helped me with my Barre3, and then I got cleaned up to sadly take her to the vets. We’ve noticed she’s lost some weight, and with her blood sugar levels, I get really nervous. Sadly, they were unable to draw blood for her senior blood work, so we’re scheduled to return tomorrow. Per their records, she has lost 0.7-1.0 pounds, so my heart sank. Please keep our princess in your thoughts! My heart can’t handle any of my babies not being well.

I am really grateful that Matt is a nurturer and can bring my seemingly dead plants back to life. He poured a lot of water over my gorgeous hanging plant, and it sprung back beautifully. I need to try harder!

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My succulents are going strong.

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Our crepe myrtle is in full bloom and is such a gorgeous color.

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My aloe plant that Matt also rescued. #plantwhisperer

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Lunch was my leftover sandwich from the food truck park along with green beans and tortilla chips.

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I finished this chocolate bar, so now I need to find a new one to try. Any suggestions?

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I tried my hand at a little DIY project, and let’s just say I won’t be quitting my day job. Lawd. Thankfully, Matt is also handy (is there anything he can’t do?), so he’ll be helping me to finish it. I can’t wait to share the final before and after!

I had to go by Wal-Mart, and I never can avoid buying something new from the Pioneer Woman collection. I finally upgraded our salt and pepper grinder situation. Blue on blue on blue, but I love it! Matt asked if I plan to get everything PW one day. I almost want to, ha! Her lines all coordinate despite the pattern. But I don’t want to make it look almost tacky. What are your thoughts? Do you fall hard for a certain brand or look, and if so, then how much do you like to decorate  with it?

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Up close and personal. Aren’t the etched designs super pretty?

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Dinner was random but tasty: organic canned pinto beans, steamed vegetables, cooked sweet potato, avocado, and TJ’s champagne pear gorgonzola vinaigrette. I packed this for our lunch, and my clinic manager jokingly gave me a hard time for such a weird bowl. Any fellow odd food combo peeps out there?

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Dessert was yogurt, frozen banana, Love Grown granola, and sweet spicy coconut.

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Monday

I was in the mood for eggs, and thankfully, we have a ton! Matt’s friend gave us two dozen farm fresh eggs, and we already had almost two dozen. I made fluffy scrambled eggs with Sargento tomato basil cheese over wilted spinach, Dr. Praeger’s carrot potato puffs with ketchup, and plum with cinnamon.

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This is my dress from Val’s that I absolutely love! I love the vintage vibe. If you can’t tell, I love vintage everything.

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Wishing everyone the very best week ahead!

12 thoughts on “Good Friends Make Life So Very Sweet

  1. A side of Jax & Ray tail! Jax is always in the same spot looking up at the same thing. hahaha

    Caturday was fun, & I love sharing about sweet mace!!

    I love PW but also mixing & matching. I do love a good neutral but also love incorporating colors & patterns.

    I am praying hard for sweet baby girl!

    PS Thanks for the blog share, ‘ppreciate it!

    1. Yes!

      I loved it so much!

      I think I need to remember, “less is more” and use it for pops of color and patterns but keep a neutral vibe going as well. So that it stands out, not drowns out!

      SO many prayers for Cray Bay!

      Of course! <3

  2. How awesome you guys found a free class! You always find the steals! Food truck food is sooooo gooood without fail. Bahahha that owl picture is too funny.

    OOo now I’m craving squash! It’s one of those foods that year round sounds sooo good.

    Lol , “a side of Jax”

    That Avogato shirt is ahmayyyzing!

    Ahhhhh! I love how awesome your experience was with Aerie There are few brands I feel like I can 100% support, but they are one of them!! It sounds like truly the greatest workers there too, and I bet you equally made their day!

    Is that lollipop for REAL!?!? what a cool idea. And that avocado pool float is tooo fun.

    Aw oh my gosh, no Praying for Rachel! Keep us posted, please!

    For chocolate bars- I’m not sure if they sell it on the east coast, but TCHO chocolate is some of the best!! Yummy, yummy!

    Those salt and pepper shakers are ADORABLE and I love the whole look of the table. Soooo cute.

    Weird food combos are the best combos.

    Have a great week, Chica!

    1. I am so thankful whenever we can take a class for free! They are worth the cost, but free cannot be beat. 🙂 Right?! Food truck park food is just so satisfying. Maybe it’s the open-air and casual environment, but I love it. I swear I’m so clumsy, that for sure is me!

      Jax makes some of the greatest photo bombs!

      It’s one of my absolute favorite tees! One of my best Amazon finds for sure.

      Same! So many brands I like but am not drawn to like I now am Aerie. They truly believe in this campaign, and it shows in their employees and advertisements. I can’t wait to go back!

      I had to ask if I understood the whole planting the stick correctly! I need to get a pot and soil to get it going asap! I should’ve bought all three flavors!

      I will! I swear I just want to protect our babies from anything awful. She was a rock star yesterday! She was so brave and such a good girl while they had to stick her multiple times. She didn’t even flinch when they stuck the needle into her abdomen to extract a urine sample! I was a proud mama.

      Oh I have seen those, and they’re available here! I’ll get some next time I’m at the store, thank you!

      Oh thank you so much! It’s a baby table but has worked well for us for almost three years now. One day we’ll upgrade to a four-seat table and will turn this into a true breakfast/coffee table. 🙂

      Thank you! I feel the same. He just needs to get with the program.

      You too, doll! xo

        1. They did!! Medical can be so straight forward at times & then confusing at best at others. This very educated doctor said her fructosamine was so low that he doubted she was ever diabetic or pre-diabetic. 🤦🏼‍♀️ So we’re slowly transitioning her back to the food she ate with her brothers before all of this. In a year, we’ll have her rechecked. He said everything – kidneys, thyroid, blood count – looked perfect for any cat, especially one who is close to 11.

            1. I know life isn’t about being fair, but I can’t help but feel it would be unfair for another one of our sweet, innocent babies to be sick! Thank you soo much for your genuine care! Gosh, it means so much.

  3. Oh my yummy! So happy to have found your blog! This post is the kind I dream of reading daily. I looove all of the food photos!

    The food truck grub looks fantastic!!! So do those shrimp fajitas you made.

    So sorry to hear about Rachel losing weight & her sugar levels, I have 3 cats so I know how worried you must be. I hope everything turned out fine at the vets!

    You ate just like me with the chocolate bars! I always have one in my freezer & look for a new one to try when I’m done. Have you tried Theo’s or Endangered Species yet? I’m a dark chocolate fan, too!

    I do not blame you for the PW stuff. It’s all so dang cute! & so us that dress! I love it! ♡

    1. Wow, thank you so much! I’m really glad you love the content!

      I don’t know what it is about food truck food, but it’s always so darn satisfying. If you have an Aldi nearby, then I definitely suggest the shrimp fajitas! Quick and full of flavor.

      Thank you so much! In May we lost our middle purr-baby after his brave fight with cancer for a year. So we feel so anxious and want to be careful not to overlook anything. The great doctor said he feels Rachel may never have been pre- or diabetic. Go figure! So we’re slowly transitioning her back to the food she ate prior.

      I have forgotten about those two chocolate bar brands, but I love Endangered Species! I’ll need to stock up soon! Dark chocolate will always be my favorite!

      Thank you!! I can’t deny my love for PW, so I just go with it. 😉 I love this dress – totally worth the splurge. Have a great day!

      1. Yes! I agree, food truck food is always so darn good!! & I wish wish wish I had an Aldi nearby but they don’t exist out here in Vegas! 🙁 I actually used to work at one when I lived in Minnesota!

        I am so so sorry to hear about your loss. <3 But, that's such good news about Rachel! Yay!

        Hope you're having a nice weekend!!

        1. They need to build an Aldi!

          Thank you so much. Mason was our sweet, food-loving baby boy. He completed our family, & we miss him so much. But I love reliving our memories & sharing about him! Rachel’s news was such a relief!

          Hope you have an amazing weekend too!

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