Why I’ve Been M.I.A.

Hi All!!  I absolutely know that I have been M.I.A. lately…how many times have I said that?  Is it getting as annoying for you as it is for me?

Well, there’s no point in going all the way back to Thursday (MY BIRTHDAY!) but I want to start fresh.  Here’s some things going on in my life:

1. I got a new job!!  Sales wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, so I started pursuing new jobs in marketing and putting some feelers out there.  And luck would have it that I stumbled upon a great job at a company that creates branded merchandise for big companies.  My technical title is Marketing Project Lead and essentially I am a project manager.  I am so excited for my new endeavor and I’ve been focusing on that the last week.  I am sorry that I have been missing, but this is why.  The blog is for me and only me, but the new job has taken precedent.  I will get back to this!

2. I went home for the weekend! It was wonderful.  I celebrated Father’s Day with my dad and went dress shopping with my mom for the wedding.  No dice but we’re getting closer.

3. I’m exhausted.

TOMORROW IS BETTER!

The Sandlot’s 20th Year!

Good Morning!  Happy June 13th to all of you!  Today is my birthday!  I am 25 years old!  I will write a post detailing what I did on my birthday tomorrow, but now I want to get into the last 2 days.

Man oh man has the weather in Michigan been PMSing.  It’s been gorgeous outside (like today) and then rain (like yesterday).  Luckily it only rained last night, but still, pick a season.

I’m going to blow through Tuesday and Wednesday’s eats so I can get the real fun stuff – The Sandlot! 

TUESDAY
Breakfast –  
2 Eggo Whole Wheat Nutri-Grain Waffles with peanut butter and a banana.  This is a class breakfast that never fails. It’s filling, full of protein and potassium.  #yummy

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Breakdown:
2 whole wheat waffles – 170 calories, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 5g protein
2 tbsp Jif creamy peanut butter – 190 calories, 8g carbs, 2g fiber, 7g protein
1 banana – 105 calories, 27g carbs, 31g fiber, 1.3g protein

BREAKFAST TOTAL – 465 CALORIES, 61G CARBS, 36G FIBER, 13.3G PROTEIN 

This meal kept me full for quite a long time.  I was pleasantly surprised, actually, not really surprised, pleased is a better word.

Lunch – I attempted to recreate a recipe from Whole Foods for a smoked mozzarella salad.  It was an epic failure.  It tasted nothing like it!!  I won’t share the recipe since it didn’t turn out and I feel bad about that.  It looked so promising.

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I think the main problem was that I added too much basil. I think it didn’t need it at all.  Note to self.  I did eat the peppers and the mozzarella cheese and a little bit of spinach.

 

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LUNCH TOTAL (I took the calories from the Whole Foods smoked mozzarella pasta salad) – 262 CALORIES, 27.7G CARBS, 3.5G FIBER, 10.2G PROTEIN

I think this is actually too much, but that’s okay.

SNACKS – I had 2 snacks on Tuesday.  One included a trip to Starbucks and one was an apple.

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I love me some skinny iced hazelnut macchiato.

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And an apple.  Please note my signed copy of Cupcakes and Cashmere the book! <– Thanks, Meg!

Breakdown:
1 grande skinny iced hazelnut macchiato – 180 calories, 35g carbs, 0g fiber, 10g protein
1 small Fuji apple – 109 calories, 29.27g carbs, 5.1g fiber, .56g protein

SNACKS TOTAL – 289 CALORIES, 64.27, 5.1G FIBER, 10.56G PROTEIN

I actually exercised twice on Tuesday!  I mean, I did 20 minutes of stretching, which isn’t even worth calculating the total of calories burned, but it’s worth mentioning.

EXERCISE – Some “yoga” and running 4 miles.

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I set out to run 11 miles, but the trail was getting pretty dark and looks like this:

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I have seen too many Law and Order: SVU episodes to run with a clear mind when the trail is deserted and completely lined with trees.  Yes, I know I’m paranoid.

EXERCISE TOTAL – 450 CALORIES BURNED

By the time I was done running, I wasn’t even hungry.  So I ate another banana (not picture) and had 2 graham crackers with PB, chocolate chips and honey!

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Breakdown:
1 banana – 105 calories, 27g carbs, 31g fiber, 1.3g protein
4 total honey graham crackers – 120 calories, 21.5g carbs, 8g fiber, .19g protein
2 tbsp peanut butter – 190 calories, 8g carbs, 2g fiber, 7g protein
1 tbsp honey – 64 calories, 17g carbs, 0g fiber, .1g protein
1 serving mini chocolate chips – 70 calories, 9g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein

“DINNER” TOTAL – 549 CALORIES, 82.5G CARBS, 41G FIBER, 7.1 G PROTEIN

TUESDAY TOTAL CALORIES – 1,565 CALORIES CONSUMED, 235.41G CARBS, 85.6G FIBER, 41.16G PROTEIN (net calories after run is 1,115 calories).  I’m quite pleased with this.  I had whole foods and exercised.  If I did this every day, we’d be in great shape….

…which brings us to Wednesday!

Breakfast – The day started off really well, with a banana, Chobani Greek yogurt and some granola.

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Breakdown:
1 banana – 105 calories, 27g carbs, 3.1g fiber, 1.3g protein
1 Chobani strawberry banana Greek yogurt – 160 calories, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 14g protein
1/4 cup vanilla almond crunch granola – 120 calories, 22g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g protein

BREAKFAST TOTAL – 385 CALORIES, 68G CARBS, 6.1G FIBER, 19.3G PROTEIN 

This breakfast was quite filling and I didn’t get hungry for lunch until 12:30!

Lunch – Of course a trip to Whole Foods was in order.  Why not?  I purchased a La Croix lime sparkling water and a salmon avocado roll with multi-grain rice.  Supper yummy!  I really like adding flavored sparkling water to the mix.  It’s still drinking water but isn’t boring!

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LUNCH TOTAL – 205 CALORIES, 33G CARBS, 2G FIBER, 7G PROTEIN 

Not too bad.  But then, I ate some snacks!

SNACKS – I had 2 long Tootsie Rolls because they were in the office, and when was the last time you had a Tootsie Roll?  But then I was healthy and had an apple…but then I had some Graeter’s mint chocolate chip ice cream.  YOU MUST GET THIS CINCINNATI ICE CREAM!  I used to go to the storefronts all the time as a kid and now it’s sold in Whole Foods.  It’s the best ice cream because it’s got HUGE chunks of dark chocolate, yes please!

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Breakdown:
2 Tootise Rolls – 70 calories, 14g carbs, 0g fiber, .6g protein
1 Fuji apple – 109 calories, 29.27g carbs, 5.1g fiber, .56g protein
1.2 cup Graeter’s mint chocolate chip – 300 calories, 31g carbs, 0g fiber, 3g protein

SNACKS TOTAL – 479 CALORIES, 74.27G CARBS, 5.1G FIBER, 4.16G PROTEIN

So those snacks weren’t so great, but they were delicious.

And then it came to an Italian dinner!  We love Italian food.  We love pasta.  We love bruschetta.  So that’s what we had!

Dinner – homemade bruschetta on Italian bread, Barilla plus spaghetti over Mario Batali sauce and roasted veggies.  All I did to roast the veggies was preheat the oven to 450 degrees, put cauliflower and a little bit of broccoli in mixing bowl, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and a few tbsp of garlic salt and then cook for 17 minutes.  So easy and amazingly delicious!

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Breakdown:
2 servings of bruschetta – 204 calories, 34g carbs, 2.4g fiber, 6g protein
2 oz pasta – 210 calories, 28g carbs, 4g fiber, 10g protein (the plus gives it all the protein)
1/2 cup sauce – 70 calories, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g protein
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese – 22 calories, .2g carbs, 0g fiber, 1.9g protein
Roasted veggies – 100 calories, 5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 2.8g protein

DINNER TOTAL – 606 CALORIES, 44.2G CARBS, 8.9G FIBER, 22.7G PROTEIN 

WEDNESDAY TOTAL CALORIES CONSUMED – 1,670 CALORIES, 219.47G CARBS, 22.1G FIBER, 53.16G PROTEIN

All in all, Wednesday wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but definitely too many carbs consumed.  But, it wasn’t over 2,00 calories which is my goal never to go over!!  Job well done!

 

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of The Sandlot.  I LOVE THIS MOVIE!  Not only is it about baseball, which I love, it’s got some great one liners.  “You’re killing me, Smalls” is my all-time favorite.  “FOR-E-V-E-R.”  “The Great Bambino.  Oh, I thought you said the great bambi.”

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Naturally, when I was wandering the aisles of Target and I stumbled upon a dvd of this glorious movie for only $5, I had to snag it and watch it on the anniversary!

Side note: Did you know Smalls’ mom is actually Katie from Animal House?  (I also am a huge fan of Animal House).  MIND BLOWN!

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As the mom (Source)

She looks pretty darn good!!  Classic movie! 🙂

And if you’ve read this whole thing, please email me and I will send you a prize!

What I’m Loving Wednesday

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This edition of What I’m Loving Wednesday is focused around one article from The Atlantic. 

It’s an article titled, “How to Live in a World where Marriage is in Decline.

As a woman who is about to embark on the new world of marriage, I found this article extremely interesting.  The most interesting fact is that every state has seen a decline in marriage in women aged 25-49, except Utah in the 1990s.  Those Mormons sure are into marriage.  (joking, I actually know quite a few Mormons from high school.  Come to think of it, they’re all married with at least one child, but I digress).

The article says that in order to reduce the decline in marriage we need to do reduce the disadvantages of unmarried parents.  This to me seems like it would be the opposite.  If you wanted to increase marriage, wouldn’t you want to reduce the advantages to being unmarried?

There are quite a few graphs in the article that don’t make much sense to this left-brained girl.  I’m just intrigued by any articles that discuss marriage because I’m at the time in my life when I want to learn all I can to have a successful marriage.

All in all, it’s an interesting read whether you believe it or not.

What do you think it takes to be in a successful marriage?

It’s a Sunny Day!

Okay, name that tv show?

Anyone…

…Anyone?

If you guessed Sesame Street, you are correct!

 

I loved this show as a kid!  Who doesn’t love a big yellow bird teaching you the alphabet?

Let’s recap yesterday, shall we?

BREAKFAST – I’m a huge fan of on-the-go breakfasts lately.  It’s so easy to grab a granola bar and a piece of fruit and run out the door.  Monday was no different.  I ate a banana and a Luna chocolate dipped coconut granola bar.

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Breakdown:
1 large banana, 121 calories, 31g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 1.5g protein
1 Luna chocolate dipped coconut granola bar, 190 calories, 25g carbs, 3g fiber, 9g protein

BREAKFAST TOTAL – 311 CALORIES, 56G CARBS, 6.5G FIBER, 10.5G PROTEIN 

This kept me full pretty much until lunch.

LUNCH – I went out to eat with some co-workers for lunch and it was so delicious.  We went to a restaurant in the area, Red Ox, where we split an appetizer and I had a salad.  So tasty!

As an appetizer, we ordered garlic bread and cream cheese dip.  It came highly recommended and was definitely worth it!  I had 2.5 bread sticks!

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And then I ordered a chopped chicken club salad with grilled chicken, bleu cheese, gorgonzola dressing, tomatoes, onions, bacon and cucumber.  I didn’t even put a dent in this huge salad!

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Here are my rough estimates for the calculations (it’s really hard to calculate a restaurant):
2.5 breadsticks with cream cheese (I used the calories at Pizza Hut because they tasted similar) – 350 calories, 47.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 12.5g protein
Chopped chicken club salad (I found a calculation that was based on Red Ox but it’s based on the whole salad and without dressing.  So, I divided these calories by 1.5 because that’s a little more than the portion but includes the dressing) – 407 calories, 12.8g carbs, 3.2g fiber, 44.7g protein (thanks bacon!)

LUNCH TOTAL – 757 CALORIES, 60.3G CARBS, 5.7G FIBER, 57.2G PROTEIN 

Wow – that’s a lot!!

I didn’t exercise yesterday – woohoo rest day.  Although, I probably should have thanks to all those calories in lunch!

SNACK – I ate half a treat that someone brought into the office.  I have no idea what’s it was called, but I’m guessing it had about 150 calories because of the portion size.

I came home and it was time for taco night!

DINNER – A taco salad!  I had ground chuck, 2 crispy tacos, romaine lettuce, tomato. Mexican cheese and avocado.  It was quite delicious.  I didn’t even notice the lack of sour cream!

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Breakdown –
2 crispy Oretga taco shells – 240 calories, 32g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g protein
Taco Meat – 90 calories, 7g protein
1/4 medium tomato – 22 calories, 4.82g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 1.08g protein
Romaine lettuce (1 cup) – 10 calories, 1.8g carbs, 1.2g fiber, .6g protein
Mexican cheese (1/2 cup) – 182.5 calories, .94g carbs, 11.5g protein
1/3 avocado – 107 calories, 5.6g carbs, 4.6g fiber, 1.3g protein

DINNER TOTAL – 651.5 CALORIES, 45.6G CARBS, 11.3G FIBER, 25.48G PROTEIN 

This didn’t fill me up all the way, so I had dessert.

DESSERT – Graham cracker with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips!  The man and I split this while we watched 30 Rock in bed!

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Breakdown:
1 graham cracker – 30 calories, 5.38g carbs, .2g fiber, .48g protein
1 tbsp peanut butter – 94 calories, 3g carbs, .95g fiber, 4g protein

DESSERT TOTAL – 124 CALORIES, 8.38G CARBS, 1.15G FIBER, 4.48G PROTEIN 

This exercise is definitely helping me.  I definitely thought there couldn’t possibly be that many calories in a salad, but that is NOT true!

GRAND TOTAL – 1,993.5 CALORIES, 170.28G CARBS, 24.65G FIBER, 96.66G PROTEIN 

It’s safe to say that I ate too much yesterday and the calories didn’t come from the best foods.  But, now that I know, I’ll do better!

Sunday Funday?

Hello Again.  How’s your Monday going?  Mine is going swim-ingly.  Is that a word?  Not sure.

Any way, let’s jump into what happened yesterday.

BREAKFAST – The day started like many normal Sundays: coffee and peanut butter whole wheat toast.

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And in the spirit of my Motivation Monday here are the calorie break downs:

2 pieces of Brownberry 100% Whole Wheat bread – 220 calories, 40 g of carbs, 6 g fiber, 10 g protein
2 tbsp Jif creamy peanut butter – 190 calories, 8 g of carbs, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein

Breakfast Total – 410 calories, 48 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 17 g protein 

I went to the gym around noon and ran 1.5 miles and then stretched for 20 minutes.  Those 20 minutes of stretching is exactly what the doctor ordered.  I’ve been fairly sore lately and I can tell my body is extremely tired.  I need to take a break so I’m ready for my half in 2 weeks.  I have learned that I need to listen to my body and that’s the most important thing.  What’s good for me isn’t necessarily good for others.

Then, the man and I went to the grocery store for some delicious eats!!

SNACK – I ate an amazingly delicious Luna chocolate dipped coconut bar.  It’s seriously one of my favorites.

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Snack Total – 190 calories, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein 

I then read some blogs, Reality Tea anyone, and sipped on a Corona.

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Corona Total – 155 calories, 15.5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein (including 1 lime serving)

And then when it came time for dinner, all we wanted was guacamole.

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This definitely hit the spot.  And this is literally all I ate for dinner.  I ate my body weight in chips and guac, which is just the way I like it!  I’m going to roughly calculate the calories in the guac and chips, but I didn’t count my servings.  It’s an educated guess.

2.5 servings of homemade guacamole (based on these nutrition facts) – 375 calories, 20 g carbs, 15 g fiber, 5 g protein
4 servings of Tostitos Original Restaurant Style chips (1 serving = 7 chips) – 560 calories, 114 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein

DINNER TOTAL – 935 calories, 134 g carbs, 19 g fiber, 13 g protein 

This was absolutely crazy!  Who knew there were so many calories in tortilla chips?  I guess I should stop eating these!

THE GRAND TOTAL – 1,690 calories, 222.5 g carbs, 30 g fiber, 39 g protein 

Based on this, the calorie number isn’t bad, but I definitely didn’t get enough calories from whole foods.  But, for a Sunday great day that doesn’t include the calories I “burned,” which is probably about 100, I consider it a delicious day.

Was your Sunday fun?  I think a Sunday Funday includes consuming alcohol on Sunday.  So, I indulged in a Corona, so it’s a Funday!!

Motivation Monday

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Happy Monday!  Another week is upon us and I have to say, I am pretty pumped for this week.  I’m really looking forward to this weekend because I’m going home to help my mom find a dress to wear to the wedding.  She has been shopping and found a couple dresses she likes but wants to get my opinion.  My mom, sister and I are the kind of shoppers who don’t shy away from an opinion (and that’s true for things other than shopping) and can tell immediately if we like something once it’s on.

In the spirit of shopping for the wedding, I’m motivated to eat extra healthy this week.  It’s my Motivation Monday.

The whole point of this blog is to document my journey from flab to fab for my upcoming wedding!  It’s time to kick it up a notch!

This week I am going to track my calories, via the blog and some online tools, work out hard and eat more fruits and veggies!  That’s my goal.

The motivation: DRESS!  DRESS!  DRESS!

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No, this isn’t my dress, but you get the point! I want to look hot, hottie, hot and this week, my dress is serving as motivation!

What’s your motivation for working out and eating healthy?

Does Tennis Count as Cross-Training?

Wow!  I know I’ve said it before, but this past week has flown!

I have been pretty bad with my eating lately and I would like to blame it on Aunt Flow.  She is bit*ch.

Let’s do a recap of the last few days.  Prepare yourself.  It’s going to be a long one!!

THURSDAY – Isn’t that crazy that the last time I blogged about my food was Thursday?!  AHHH!  So sorry.

Thursday started out at my favorite breakfast shop: Starbucks.  I ordered a grande skinny hazelnut macchiato.  According to Starbucks’ web site, this is 190 calories.  This calculation includes full-fat syrup and I always get a skinny, which is non-fat milk and sugar-free syrup.  So, over calculations!!

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Lunch on Thursday was a delicious sub from a local sub shop: Dibella’s.  It’s described as ‘old fashioned submarines’ and it’s pretty much amazing.  I’ve ordered their veggie before but on Thursday, I ordered a small (6.5″) turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion and yellow mustard on toasted multi-grain bread.  It was amazing!  If you’re ever in Michigan, I highly suggest this place for a sub.

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Snacks – I love snacks.  Like really love them.  My snacks were a combination of good and bad.  I had strawberries…and then I had a chocolate chip cookie.  But that cookie was so delicious!

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I don’t remember what I had for dinner.  I’m pretty sure I went to the gym…can’t remember.  This is why I need to write DAILY!

FRIDAY – Friday was a really good day.  I went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the elliptical and then a great arm workout.  I was definitely sore.

Friday started out just the way I like it: with 2 pieces of whole wheat toast and peanut butter.  So filling.

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And then lunch was completely random, but I was home and was lazy.  I heated up some taquito’s with some light sour cream.

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Snack – I had a Nature Valley Granola Thin.  I forgot how amazing these are!

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DINNER – Friday’s dinner was pretty random.  The man plays in a soccer league and doesn’t usually get home until about 8, so I’m always starving!  To combat my hunger, I made a salad with romaine lettuce, broccoli and carrots covered in Bolthouse Farm’s creamy yogurt blue cheese dressing.  Seriously, this stuff is amazing! And it’s only 35 calories.

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Then, when the man got home, we decided to order some take out Chinese food.  I know, I know, Chinese food is super bad for you…but I didn’t eat that much.  #portioncontrol  I ordered the sweet and sour chicken and rice.  I probably had 1.5 servings.

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We spent the night snuggled up in bed watching our own Law and Order: SVU marathon.  Who doesn’t love Olivia and Elliott?  They just make me so happy!

SATURDAY – A crazy Saturday.  We had lots of errands to run (including going to a car dealership to shop for a new car!) and then I just wanted to sleep.  I did about 20 minutes of yoga as exercise and I feel really good.  After our errands, we came home and played tennis for a little over an hour.  The man is super great at tennis and I want to be.  We hit back and forth and got some really good volleys going.  The good news is, I woke up Sunday morning and my arms were sore!  Probably a combo of Friday’s work out with tennis moves that I’m not used to.  What a fun day!

BREAKFAST –  Before we did anything, we ate breakfast.  I ate 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with strawberry jam and butter.  So delicious.

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We ran our first errand, and then swung by the man’s all-time favorite place: Chipotle.  Anytime we do anything wedding related or something he doesn’t really want to do, I bribe him by saying we can go to Chipotle for lunch!  Works every time!

LUNCH – I ordered a burrito bowl with brown rice, chicken, guacamole, lettuce and cheese.  It was quite tasty.   I think I’ll be ordering the brown rice from now on!

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Then, we went to one of my favorite places:

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Anthropologie!

I love this store.  Although I can’t really afford the majority of the clothes in there, I left with pair of blue earrings and the ‘J’ mug. Score!

SNACKS – My main snack, another trip to Starbucks, but this time, it was for an iced skinny hazelnut macchiato!

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And a trip to the mall would not be complete without a trip to Godiva!  I ordered a chocolate dipped macaroon.  #yummy

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DINNER – Leftover Chinese while watching The Dilemma on E!  I had low expectations for this movie, but it was actually pretty good!  I love Vince Vaughn.

I can’t believe it’s Sunday, but it’s time to start dinner!  How was your weekend?