AdvoCare 10 Day Challenge–recap & results

So, as you know, Scott and I did an AdvoCare 10 day challenge. It was perfect timing to sneak in 10 days between the 4th of July and our annual week long trip to the Lake.

Just as with my first challenge, I meal planned and prepped like crazy the weekend before. I wanted to set myself up for success as well as my husband (his first challenge!).

And then crossed my fingers for the fiber drink on Day 1. I know I am a broken record, but O.M.G. peaches ‘n’ cream is so so so much better than citrus!

If you missed my previous posts – here was the meal plan for the 10 days and then a WIAW day of eats post too.

My thoughts:

#1. Still a huge SPARK fan. I continue to drink it every morning. I also drink it in the afternoon before and during BODYPUMP. I also use it in the afternoons if I am feeling tired.

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#2. I love how the challenge encourages me to eat healthier snacks. Sure, it takes a bit more prep than just grabbing a granola bar. But I love snacking on nuts (cashews), fruit, fresh veggies with hummus, and homemade larabar balls.

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#3. Yes, I really really wanted a cookie on Saturday night. And if we are being honest, some pizza too. But we didn’t have either. And we survived. And I felt SO much better on Monday morning without having to deal with post-sugar withdrawl/hangover.

#4. I loved having Scott doing it with me too. Having a AdvoCare buddy is the best.

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Someone to cheers your fiber drink in the morning, to remind you about your catalyst before working out, and to notice all your hard work making changes in your body. I’m already trying to convince him to join me for the full 24 day challenge that I am putting together for October –> are you in??

#5. Scott is still loving the SPARK, he’s been drinking it every day post-challenge.

And the results:

Overall, I lost 1.6 pounds and 3 1/2 inches (waist, chest, and hips) .

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Overall, I felt like my stomach was flatter and you could see more definition in my arms. My clothes continued to fit well. I feel like my energy levels are good – morning and afternoon!! And I feel strong during runs and bodypump –> which is an awesome feeling!

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Scott lost 3.4 pounds and 1 1/2 inches (waist and hips). No pictures – someone forgot. Winking smile

Like I said before, already looking forward to doing the full challenge (24 days!) again in October!! Let me know if you are interested in joining in!

Linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday, because ya’ll know how AdvoCare is a great way to treat yourself!

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Weekend Update: 7/20/14

Happy Monday! It’s a pretty happy day for me because I am blogging from the Lake. Smile We took the week off to spend at the lake with my friends visiting from Colorado.

They got here late on Thursday night. So, Friday morning = trip to Caribou.

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5 mile run.

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Play time with friends –> they were bringing top soil to the house so the boys loved watching the dump trucks and skid steers.

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Dinner at Pizza Ranch.

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Cleaning up after dinner. . .

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Early morning Saturday run.

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And then off to Evan’s 4th birthday party. Jodi did such a great job with the Toy Story theme.

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Then, road trip to the Lake. . . and look whose business blog cards I found while looking through my wallet? From Healthy Living Summit last year. Winking smile

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my boys.

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Saying “cheese” in front of the cheese shop. lol.

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Fresh cheese curds = amazing.

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4 mile run around the farm fields of Wisconsin. And this is what happens when I ask Scott to take a selfie of the group.  ..

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Peggy and Finn.

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All the kids.

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Scott’s parents came up to visit for the day. Sunday afternoon boat rides are. the. best.

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And apparently tiring too. . .

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Afternoon chats on the porch.

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And boys having fun.

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Off to go for a run. And get some doughnuts. And then back to the boat for more lake time. Vacation is tough. Winking smile

Hope you had a great weekend (what were you up to?)!! And hope your Monday is off to a great start. Smile

And since my weekend was pretty marvelous, I am linking up with Katie today!!

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Friday Favorites: 7/18/14

happy friday!!!!

I am extra excited because my best friend and her family got here late last night to spend the next week with us! We are hanging out in Mankato for a few days, then heading to the Lake for sunshine, swimming and eating. I am already super excited about making this ice cream cake.

Ice Cream Cake with Circus Animal Crust {Lightened Up} - Food Faith Fitness

And yes I timed my 10 day AdvoCare challenge just riiiiiight to be done before they got here! Winking smile

Here are the little things that made me smile this week. . . as usual, please feel free to play along in the comments or by linking up with your blog post!!

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–> Our house is finally painted!!

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For the last 3 months, it’s been an ugly tan color and now it’s the blue-grey color we picked out sooooo long ago! I can’t wait to give someone directions to the new house so I can say – yup, we are the blue house on the left!

–> This cute bracelet.

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One of our BODYPUMP instructors is moving and so tonight is her last class. So Chris and I teamed up and picked out this super cute bracelet to give her. Love all their sayings!!

–> Wearing my favorite workout shirt from my best blends to teach BP90 this week.

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–>Taking “after” photos from my 10 day challenge. –> full recap next week!

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and hearing yet another story of how SPARK helped someone kick their pop habit     –> nice work Joyce!!!

–> Travel time to school/work in the morning.

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Usually Luke is in a pretty good mood and likes to talk and tell me lots of things – what’s out the window, what he’s going to do at school, what he dreamt about last night. I just love these conversations with him.

–> Fruit sale at the local grocery store. Stocked up. Seriously in love with the cherries right now!!

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–> new running shoes. Saucony Triumph 11. And of course, my favorite socks.

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What made you smile this week?? Plans for the weekend?

Spreading the link love by linking up with Heather and Claire again this week.

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WIAW–Typical eats during an AdvoCare challenge

Hey! Happy Wednesday!!

I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday again this week!! And to show what a “typical” day of eats looks like on an AdvoCare challenge.

Start my day with peaches ‘n’ cream fiber drink. I don’t have to plug my nose with this one, but I still chug it. Scott likes to slowly sip his. . . boys.

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Grape spark on the road to work.

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Morning pills – catalyst + probiotic + my iron supplement

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Smoothie at my desk for breakfast. In the mix this morning: strawberries, mango and OJ.

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Cashews. <love> seriously, nuts are the best snack ever.

#twss <– I’m terrible. Winking smile

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Leftovers. Today it’s turkey meatloaf cups with avocado. Not pretty, but got the job done. Smile 

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I wasn’t feeling the grapes after lunch.

So I had a banana with almond butter.

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Plus an (unpictured) extra spoonful of almond butter. Because #necessary

Afternoon snack – wasn’t feeling super hungry, but tired and still quite a bit of work left + planning on a run after work = afternoon spark. Fruit punch this time.

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Pre-run snack – protein ball = protein powder, almond butter and shredded coconut.

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Dinner – Steak salads –> lettuce, carrots, celery, steak, mandarin oranges and pecans. With mustard balsamic dressing. yum!

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And some cherries to end the day –> sooooo good right now, right?

So, there ya go. . . a day in the eats of “clean-eating” AdvoCare style!

What have you been eating lately??

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TYT #11–Freezer Meals Update

So remember how Laura and I got together a few months ago and made a bunch of freezer meals?

I promised that I would report back about how they survived freezing, thawing and cooking. ..

I did one update for cheesy chicken chalupas and pizza casserole. And another one for crockpot chicken fajitas and chicken cacciatore.

crockpot pot roast

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I thawed this one in the fridge and then threw it in the crockpot. Overall, super easy to prepare – you can’t beat dumping dinner into the crockpot.

I had made this one before – just never froze it. . . and I’m happy to say it held up well. **The directions call for adding a can of diet pop. I didn’t freeze that – just added it when I was making it.

Overall grade for freezer meal = A. It was a great meal, easy to prepare, and made dinner a breeze.

Chinese Beef and Broccoli

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So this one was supposed to be a crockpot meal, but Laura made it before me and said that cooking in the crockpot made the meat super tough. So, I just thawed and made mine in the skillet. The beef was good, but the broccoli was overcooked. I don’t think it was the best to freeze the broccoli. If I made this again, I would just buy fresh broccoli to go with it.

Overall grade for freezer meal = B. It was an ok meal, easy to prepare, but wasn’t my favorite.

Scott liked it. . . Smile 

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Hawaiian BBQ pork

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I’ve made this one before. . . and it turned out much better last time. I don’t think this one was the best for freezing. The sauce thinned out and separated. Bummer. Thankfully, it wasn’t anything that extra BBQ couldn’t fix. . . but I wouldn’t make this one as a freezer meal again. Regular crockpot meal = yes, because it’s delicious.

Overall grade for freezer meal = C. It wasn’t a great freezer meal. It was still edible with lots of BBQ sauce. BUT, this one is still on my crockpot meal rotation. Smile 

Have you made any good freezer/crockpot meals lately?? Please share your link!

Linking up with Becky for TYT = because meal planning/freezer meals is one of the best ways to treat your future self.

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Weekend Update: 7/13/14

Wow – that weekend just flew by! I am hoping this next week flies by because on Thursday my best friend, Peggy, and her family are coming to visit for the week!! I . cannot. wait. Smile 

Started my weekend with AdvoCare 10 day challenge – Day 6 = grape spark + catalyst + probiotic

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Then, off to Le Sueur for the Crazy Dayz 5K. . .

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which because of a poorly marked course, was actually just 2.5 miles. But we still had a good time.

Luke is doing pretty good in his big boy bed. . . he loves to curl up in the corner of the bed, which makes him look so small!

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Pedicure during naptime.

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“Suffering” during the challenge – chipotle for lunch!

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Afternoon shenanigans + the newest SPARK flavor – Pomegranate!

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Afternoon baking. with a helper. Fudgy larabar balls. yum.

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And a new dinner recipe = success. Don’t worry – I’ll share soon. Winking smile 

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Sunday morning. Smoothies for everyone. And Luke was quality control.

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Then, we had some friends over – Jennie and Ryan – and their two little ones – Everette and Norah.

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So nice to have them over to the new house and to catch up.

They brought beautiful flowers and yummy pancake mix.

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And Jennie made this amazing salad for lunch that I will  have to recreate and share!

Afterwards, naptime on the couch.

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5.5 mile run in the sunshine.

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Turkey (with Jennie-O) meatloaf muffins for dinner.

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And couch time with PLL – we just finished season 4 – OMG when is season 5 coming out???

And since my weekend was pretty marvelous, I am linking up with Katie today!!

What were you up to this weekend?

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Friday Favorites: 7/11/14

Happy Friday!!! Did this week seem extra long for anyone else? I blame the 4th of July. . .

Anyway, it’s another week and time to share my Friday Favorites – all the little things that made me smile this week.

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**I’m going to AdvoCare Success School 

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Apparently it is 20,000+ AdvoCare distributors….at Cowboy Stadium!! 2 days of listening to some of the very best in the company, endorsers like Drew Brees & Jason Witten speaking, lots of new product reveals and samples, and hanging out with my AdvoCare team!!!!! I’ve heard it can be pretty life changing. Plus how could I say no to time with my best blend Becky? And an unlimited amount of SPARK? And learning more about AdvoCare? I am SO excited!!

**Cheers-ing my husband with our peaches ‘n’ cream fiber drink

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and I am so happy to report that it is WAY better than the citrus.

**Family runs after work <heart>

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**This quote. One of my favorites. #truth

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**Snail mail from friends – thanks Caroline!!

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**Luke sleeping in his big boy bed. Sniff – when did he get SO big?

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**Teaching BP90 – the latest BP release rocks.

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And I LOVE teaching it. Planning to teach it again next week and can’t wait.

**Abby’s paws after getting groomed. I really need to take a before picture – but they just look so lady like and dainty afterwards. Love it.

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What made you smile this week?

And what are you up to this weekend? I have to work so we are hanging around home –> Having some friends visit, trying to get a few more projects done around the house and a family 5K in the small town where I work on Saturday morning.

Spreading the link love by linking up with Heather and Claire again this week.

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10 Day Advocare Challenge–what I’m eating

One of the things I was nervous about when doing my first challenge was finding some awesome clean-eating recipes.

It turned out to be not that difficult and I found lots to try.

And I found some favorites.

Going into this 10 day challenge, I picked a few of my favorite AdvoCare friendly recipes to make sure that I make.

And I thought I would share, so that if you are looking to clean up your diet, or planning on doing a challenge – pin this post for ideas!!

Dinner

#1: Curry Chicken

Cashew Chicken Coconut Curry is creamy and satisfying. Plus it'll be on the table in 20 minutes! | iowagirleats.com

#2: Balsamic Crockpot Chicken <—one of my all time favorites. Served over quinoa.

#3: Grilled turkey burgers over salad

#4: Chili

#5: Mexican Chicken Stew – I haven’t made this one yet – but it looks delicious (minus the beans, of course. Winking smile )

Mexican Chicken Stew | Olives 'n Wine

#6:  Steak on the grill with sweet potato fries

#7. Chipotle – love this as an AdvoCare friendly eat out option!!

#8. Crockpot Salsa Chicken

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#9: Marinara crockpot chicken over spaghetti squash

#10: Mango Curry Chicken – another new recipe, but looks amazing!

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Breakfast:
Smoothies
Egg Cups

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Homemade larabars (minus chocolate chips)
3 ingredient pancakes
Banana walnut muffins

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Snacks:
Nuts
Veggies with hummus
Larabars
AdvoBar snack
fruit

What are you eating these days?

Linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!!

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Banana Republic Treat Yourself

So.  .. Banana was having a sale. 40%. I know, right?

Of course, I had to get a few things. . .

But, now that they are here, I’m just not sure.

So, I coerced my husband into taking some pics of the things I bought, to get your opinion on it.

Help me decide what to keep!!

Top #1 –black polka dot

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Top #2 – striped sweater. . does the asymmetrical front and back look weird?

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Top #3 – pink lace – too old lady?

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Top #4: Denim – too country? 

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Top #5: White flow-y top. Too big? Or good for over leggings this summer?

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I am looking for a few new tops for work, summer and I have an upcoming trip to Texas in a month!

Thanks for your help!! And thanks to Becky for hosting TYT link up!!

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Weekend Update: 7/6/14

Oh Monday! After a nice long 3 day weekend with my little family, it doesn’t feel so bad today. . . Smile 

Luke and I started 4th of July at Caribou for smoothies and some outside time.

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Then, a trip to the pool in the afternoon.

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with friends always makes it better.

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trouble. seriously, we are in big trouble. He pulled the stool over, opened the fridge and climbed inside ALL BY HIMSELF. Such a monkey!

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Gillin’ –> Jennie-O was nice enough to send me some turkey franks to grill up for the Holiday. And I was most excited about these Jalapeno Jack ones!!

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And they did not disappoint! Full of cheese with a nice kick from the jalapenos!

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poor Abby HATES fireworks. So. . . I had a lap puppy all night long. I actually really like the extra snuggles, but feel so bad that she is so scared!

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Send some SPARK off to my friend, Nicole!

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Trip to the Farmer’s Market. . .

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BODYPUMP practice + a helper.

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Getting ready for our challenge that we are starting today! . . . making homemade larabars (minus chocolate chips!) for snacks and amazeballs using chocolate protein powder  –> prefect post-workout snack!!

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I also prepped chicken salad (for lunches), veggies and egg cups.

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Family walk and errands.. .

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Including picking up a new mattress for Luke’s big boy bed!! Side note – when did he get SO big??

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Sunday morning breakfast. . .

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And the rest of the day (after a 3.5 mile super humid run. . .) was spent helping Luke “help” Dad with the pantry shelves. .. doesn’t it look awesome??

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Ice cream date at DQ –> OMG the s’mores blizzard is still ah-mazing. Smile 

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And the rest of the night was bedtime, laundry and getting all my Advocare stuff ready for Scott and I to start our 10 day challenge tomorrow!!

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What were you up to this weekend??

Linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday!!

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