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Friday Favorites: Fall + Abby + New house + New job

Heck yes to the weekend!! We are back in Wisconsin to pack up some boxes, celebrate Halloween with my sisters and to enjoy some family time!

But, for today. . . here are some of the things that made me smile this week. . .

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Abby’s puppy energy. I cannot believe she just turned 11 years old because seriously, she wants to play all. the. time.

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Quick shout out to Influenster for sending me some Annie’s Soup. Luke LOVED it. Seriously, I didn’t even get to try any of it, because he slurped down the whole box! Anything that my sometimes picky toddler eats all gone is a total winner at our house.

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Random afternoon coffee break.

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Flowers from my co-workers for my first day at the new job. So sweet and thoughtful!

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And my husband surprised me with lunch and a treat on my first day too. Such a nice thing to make my day better!

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Fall running!! <love>

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Apple cider season. Perfect when you drink it warm snuggled in blankets on the couch!

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My face after GRIT. That class is probably one of the most intense things I have done. And it is awesome. Winking smile

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Progress on the new house. I spent a few days this week painting the master bedroom and the mud room. Progress is happening!!

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What are you up to this weekend?? Smiles from the week??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Thursday Random Thoughts

I’ve had a bunch of random thoughts lately and I thought I would put together a post to share them all with you. . . and let me warn you, these are totally random, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. . . Winking smile

How come I haven’t been using a cookie scoop before? It’s the perfect thing to use for cookies (duh) and recently I used it to scoop muffin batter and it was amazing. No drips and all the same size. brilliant.

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Did you know they make “slow melt” popsicles now? They have gelatin in them so they take longer to melt. Perfect for little kids. These were a life saver when Luke was sick with strep throat and was eating these on the couch!

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Highlander buddies.

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Scott and I would always comment on people’s cars in their garages while we are out on runs and would laugh when they had 2 of the same cars or 2 cars from the same car company, and say something like “oh man, they must really like Toyota, Subaru, Honda, etc.” and now, we are totally those people. we not only have 2 cars from the same company, but we have the same car – the Toyota Highlander. what can I say, it’s an awesome car. And in our defense, they are two different model years. Winking smile

Baby nail clippers.

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Where have these been all my life? They work way better than normal nail clippers. The handle is way better for gripping and the small clipper part makes it way easy to clip just the part of the nail you want. Seriously, even if you don’t have kids, pick up a pair.

And random laugh for you today. Please excuse the language. Winking smile

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I cannot sleep without white noise and this app saves my nights when I am traveling.

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So, super embarrassing to admit, but sometimes I snore. . . usually after eating sugar. . . like a bowl of ice cream before bed. And my friend, Melanie, hooked me up with this essential oil – Valor.

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And OMG it is amazing. I have no idea how it works and my medical brain says it shouldn’t, but I put a drop on my big toe and no snoring. Craziness.

So, there you go. Randomness for your Thursday.

Do you have any random thoughts to share??

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!

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BODYPUMP 95 {review}

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So, as you all know, I am a Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor and I teach a few times a week at different fitness clubs in Eau Claire. . . . and now, I’m back to teaching at the YMCA in Mankato!

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If you aren’t familiar with BODYPUMP, check out my “what is BODYPUMP? post.” And find a class near you. Interested in becoming an instructor? Check out my posts about that too.

Every quarter, Les Mills puts together new moves and music for the latest release.I think that it almost always takes me a few times of doing a new release before I really love it. Now, there is usually a song or two that just aren’t my favorite for whatever reason. . . but overall, I really have enjoyed all the releases so far.

I took my training on BODYPUMP 84.

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Since then, I have learned the releases since then – 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94 and now 95. (Other reviews here) I also have learned 64, 80, 82 and 83, since some other instructors at the YMCA had those training DVDs.

So, after teaching it for a few weeks, here are my thoughts on the very latest release. . .

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#1: Warm up – “Outside

Good warm up song. Nice mix of the standard moves to get the body ready for the workout. I always like the addition of plates at the end to warm up the shoulders too. And I love when they put power presses in the warm up – great full body move to get the body going.

#2: Squats – “Bukem”

I’ll be honest. It’s not my favorite. I just can’t get into the song. What ever happened to squat tracks with lyrics??? That being said, I actually really LOVE the workout of this track. 5 minutes in wide stance with NO breaks. That is AWESOME!

#3: Chest – “Uptown Funk”

I was super nervous about this one because when I first got the music and saw this song listed, I was already over it. It was so overplayed this summer on the radio! But, the same craziness that always happens with BP music, happened again. . . I love this song again. And I think this is a super fun track! And a nice mix of working the chest from all different aspects using the chest press, A press and pushups. I think that bottom half fast pulses are awesome for fatiguing the pecs and this song does not disappoint.

#4: Back – “Beautiful World”

There is something magical that happens with this song and the first few sets of clean and presses. You have to do the release to know what I am taking about, but I like to cue the first set and then be quiet and let the song speak for itself. I also like the addition of 2 quick sets of front squats and presses. And I like adding weights with each set – makes it progressively harder and that last set is killer!

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#5: Triceps – “Irresistible”

Decent song. I like the tricep dip bottom half pulses. They burn so good! Nice mix of work without the bar – overhead extension, tricep dip, and kickback row.

#6: Biceps – “GDFR

While this song is  super repetitive – I still like it. All the mid-range pulses really target the guns and the plate row is fun with the lyrics (POP it!) and a good active recovery.

#7:  Lunges – “Burnin”

So, when I first listened to this song, I hated it. I was upset that there was another techno song with basically no words. My husband makes fun of this song and says it sounds like I am rocking out in a Swedish nightclub. And while that’s true, this actually ends up being one of my favorite songs of the release. The pulse beats will get stuck in your head. And 7 pulses are no joke. Good challenge for the legs!

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#8: Shoulders – “I Am Machine”

At first, I was sad that there were no pushups in this track, but OMG, all of those upright rows kill it. Good mix of using the bar + plates. Total shoulder burn.

#9: Core – “Sugar”

I just really like this song. And I think this is a good core track. The past two releases, I have been asking for some plank work and this release finally delivers! I think the rotating hover is a good core challenge. And pulse crunches are always a winner in my book.

#10: Cool down – “Brother”

This song is just meh for me. Overall, it’s a good stretch after a killer release!

Overall, I thought this was a really strong release. Lots of quick transitions with minimal breaks and making every rep count.

But, I am already excited about seeing what’s in store for BP96!

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Have you done BP95??? What did you think?

Linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday – because if you’ve ever done bodypump, you know it is an amazing treat for your body. Smile

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Friday Favorites: Fall days and new starts

Hey! Happy Friday! Smile

This week FLEW by for me. . .with moving, working on the new house and starting a new job. . . I need the weekend to recover!!

Here are the things that made me smile this week. . .

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Spending extra time with my little boy. I had a few days off of work before starting the new job and I took advantage of some extra play time hanging out with Luke!

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Pictures from Sadie’s birthday party. My little sister’s dog turned 3 last week and we had a little party for her, complete with cupcakes. Super cute.

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Progress on the new house.

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We bought a super cute little house, but there was quite a bit of work (understatement!) to be done. Scott has been working his butt off every night after work to get it ready for Luke and I to move in. He’s scraped all the popcorn ceilings, painted every room and totally replaced the flooring – including the sub floor – in the entire upstairs! The progress is SO exciting. Looking forward to moving in a few weeks!

78 degree day in October in Minnesota + running = priceless.

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Luke playing t-ball. So adorable.

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Perk of the new job. . . being able to take a mid-morning pump class! I started the new job on Wednesday. I’m working in the Urgent Care department and will be working 12 hour shifts.  . . so I’ll have some days where I won’t be working during the week and plan to take full advantage of the extra time!

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Plans for the weekend include – running + working on the house + working on Sunday + movie night + family snuggles.

What are you up to?? Smiles from the week??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Things I’ve Googled recently

So, I was googling something recently and my google search history popped up and it was craziness all the random things that I think about and/or look up. . .. so I thought it might be amusing to share with you some of the recent things I have looked up. . .

Amaretto sour recipe – I was double checking the “correct” way to make an amaretto sour. I always make it with amaretto + sprite and it’s delicious.

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But apparently, the actual recipe has sour mix in it as well.

Mr. Golden sun song. Do you know that song? Scott looked at my like a was crazy when I started singing a little part of it to Luke one afternoon and then I couldn’t remember how it went, so I looked it up. And Scott swears he’s never heard it.

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The Heir – Keira Cass.

I can’t believe I still haven’t read this book. I loved the first books in the Selection series and was waiting and waiting for the final book to come out. So, I checked to see when or if it had come out. .. it was released in May. If you haven’t read the series, I can’t recommend it enough!

How to peel garlic? Also known as.. .  there is no good way to peel garlic.

Average temp in Key West in January? because we are going there in January!!

how does Dexter end?

I couldn’t remember if I had watched the last season of Dexter or not. Bad news for me, I haven’t watched it, but I didn’t figure it out until I read most of a synopsis  of the very last episode of the series. Total spoiler.

what is the most expensive buffet in Vegas?

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Yup, $58 is an insane amount for a buffet. But the Bucchanal is amazing. Still not worth it, but still delicious. For the record, the second most expensive buffet is at the buffet at the Wynn at $40.

cosmopolitan fire.

The last time I was in Las Vegas, Laura and I stayed at the Cosmopolitan {btw – I would totally recommend that hotel – super nice!} and they had a huge fire at their pool this winter. And apparently, Scott hadn’t heard about it, so I pulled up pictures to show.

why does mayo clinic have three shields?

I just attended a leadership conference at Mayo Clinic and Scott and I were talking about the Mayo Clinic logo and the three shields. He thought it was to honor the founders, Dr. William Worrall Mayo and his sons, Dr. William James and Dr. Charles Horace Mayo, but I was pretty sure it was the representation of the three main activities of Mayo Clinic-patient care, research and education. So, I had to look it up to see who was right. . . and yup, it was me. Smile

how to tell when a fig is bad.

I tried out Hello Fresh meals (use this code P4W57Z for $40 off your first delivery!) and got busy and didn’t eat one of the meals for about a week and when I took the figs out of the container, I had no idea if it was still good or not. And honestly, I’m still not sure if they were good or not. I decided to err on the side of caution and didn’t use them. The meal was still awesome.

can you bring a razor in your carry on? I probably fly twice per year, so I can never remember all the TSA guidelines, so I always have to double check while I am packing. The answer was yes.

What crazy or interesting things have you searched for lately??

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!

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DIY Pumpkin Flower Vase

So, last week, ProFlowers sent me a beautiful Halloween inspired bouquet of flowers.

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So pretty, right?

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They had asked me to make a DIY pumpkin vase and they would send me some flowers to go in it.

And, honestly, when the flowers arrived, they were so pretty. . . I didn’t want to use the flowers to make the craft!

But, after a few days, I decided that I would give it a try.

And you guys, this was so easy and turned out so adorable!

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It was really easy to make. Just cut a small hole in the top (like you would do if you were carving a pumpkin. Then, scrap some of the insides out. Cut a few flowers to fill the hole in the top. Add water. And done.

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Luke and I delivered it to my Mom for a little Halloween cheer at their house!

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In full disclosure, Luke totally dropped the pumpkin on the way into the house and cracked it!

But, thankfully, it was just a little crack and we were able to put the flowers back in and it held water. .. ahhh life with a three year old helper. . . Winking smile

I will definitely be making this little craft again next year for Halloween!

Thanks ProFlowers for sending me these beautiful flowers!

Linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday .. . because flowers and crafts are definitely treats!!

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Weekend Update: Pumpkins, KidsK, and Minnesota

Oh Monday. . .honestly, after a busy weekend, I am happy it’s Monday!

I met up with a friend at the YMCA super early (5:30AM!) this morning for Les Mills GRIT. Man – that class is HARD CORE! Double spark for me today!!

Anyway. .. here is a quick recap of the weekend.

Trip to the Pumpkin patch.

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Jumping!

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Christmas card contenders.

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Lunch with Aunt Jenny.

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Someone turned 11 years old!

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Officially headed to MN.

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Teaching ‘Pump at the YMCA.

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Progress on the house!

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Meeting Stomper – the MSU mascot.

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Helping Mom lead the pre-race stretches at the KidsK.

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KidsK. Running is better when holding hands with friends.

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Finishing holding hands with Stomper and Dad.

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Finisher!

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Spectating the Mankato Marathon with Mom.

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And helping Dad at the house. . . checking out the new sub floor. A HUGE thank you to my brother in law and father in law for helping all weekend to get the new floor put in!!

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And now, off to work! Hope you have a great Monday. Smile 

How was your weekend??

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!

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Friday Favorites: 20 questions {another survey}

Happy Friday!!

I’m in a survey mood today. I saw this on Becky’s blog last week and I’ve wanted to fill it out ever since. Today seems like the perfect day so here goes Smile

What is your road trip essential snack?
Target trail mix. Seriously, so good!

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You’ve been handed two free round-trip tickets…who are you taking and where are you going?

I’d have to choose between 3 different options:

#1 – Luke and South Padre Island. It was so fun to watch Luke play on the beach when we went last year and I’d love to take him back and spend some time in the sand.

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#2. Scott and Norway. It is on both of our bucket lists to go to Norway and see the glaciers.

#3. I would need 3 tickets for my sisters and I to go to France. I think we would have a blast and they both speak French!

What was your high school jam?
Geez, I can’t remember back that far. Late 90s pop was what we rocked out to. I have good memories of going to a Blink 182 concert with my friends.

Would you rather have a perfect bum, or a flawless face?

Flawless face. I can always use squats for that perfect bum.

What shows are you ashamed to admit are on your DVR?
Nothing..  . the most “trashy” thing I watch is probably The Bachelor/The Bachelorette.

What’s your ringtone?
Uh I don’t know? It’s almost always on silent/vibrate.

What was your first car, and did you name it?
A white Saturn. No name. It was the worst winter car ever because it was so low to the ground, I got stuck all. the. time.

Do you have any siblings, and if so, where are you in the birth order?
Middle child ftw.

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What would you request for your last supper?
I’d have to say pizza and ice cream. I know, so fancy, right? Winking smile

Have you ever been hospitalized, and if so, what for?
Twice – once with Luke and the second with my surgery this summer.

How tall are you? Do you wish you were taller, shorter…or are you just right?
I am 5’4″ and I think that’s a good height. Smile

Do you prefer to DIY or hire it out?
Totally depends on the project. So, both?

What do you eat for breakfast?
Usually spark + a granola bar (lately I’ve been eating these)

What would you do for a living if you didn’t need money?
I would teach BODYPUMP.. . . but not every day because I don’t think my muscles could take that!

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Finish this sentence: Every room needs….
something on the walls? I think hanging art/pictures/etc on the walls makes a house feel more like a home.

How frequently do you wash your hair? Do you have any hair secrets or tricks?
Pretty much every day. I can’t get away with not showering after working out because my body likes to sweat. A lot. But if I don’t work out, occasionally, I won’t shower and then dry shampoo is my best friend.

Will you leave the house without makeup?
Every day. I almost never wear makeup. But I am a total chapstick addict. Winking smile

You just unloaded your Halloween haul…what candy do you go for first?
Reese’s! The Halloween pumpkins are the best!

Your turn! Answer one of the questions. And whatcha up to this weekend??

I am teaching BP tomorrow morning, Luke is running a kids run, we are spectating the Mankato Marathon, and lots of little things in between – see ya on Monday with a recap. Smile 

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

 

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Luke 3 year old thoughts. . .

I thought I would share a little update on my favorite 3 year old. . . and the other day he was in a good mood for answering questions, so a little life update survey. . .

What is your name? Lukie Thompson

How old are you? 4! giggles. . . . no, Mommy, I’m 3.

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What’s your favorite color? Green

What is your favorite movie? Monsters Inc. and Nemo

Who is your best friend? Mommy and Daddy and Abby

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What is your favorite snack? M and M’s

Where would you like to go on vacation? Florida (I guess we have to come visit Becky!)

From our trip to Marco Island in 2013.

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What is your favorite toy? Trucks. . . firetrucks and garabage trucks and semi trucks and loader trucks and big trucks and little trucks. . .

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What is your favorite outfit? My fire truck shirt!

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What do you want do when you grow up? A big firefighter

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Who is your favorite Disney princess? Maleficent (from Sleeping Beauty)

What is your favorite book? new books from the library

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What is your favorite song? Twinkle Twinkle

What is your favorite thing to do outside? dig holes for something and play with Dad’s hose.

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What is your favorite restaurant? Old McDonald’s

What is your favorite game? basketball

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What do you love? the cool toys that Grandma Way has and my fire truck from Grandma Mary and books and .. .

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What makes you happy? watching mommy’s iPad and family hugs and reading books

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What makes you sad? when I have to leave Grandma Mary’s house.

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What’s your favorite thing to do with Mommy? Go to the YMCA and get to play with the big trucks and trains in Child Watch while she teaches bodypump.

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What’s your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Go to MN-DOT (daddy’s work) and play with Dad’s stuff on his desk.

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And then, he was done answering questions. . . off to play with trucks. Smile

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!

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Fall Favorites {recap}

Just popping in today to share with you a recap of some of my favorite fall posts – recipes, crafts and running! Enjoy! Smile

Crockpot cream cheese chicken chili . . . perfect for football Sunday!

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Apple cheesecake bars  . .. drool. that crumb topping. just stop.

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Pumpkin bars with salted caramel cream cheese frosting. fluffy bars with amazing cream cheese frosting. seriously, so good.

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Halloween Trail Mix. . . simple, easy, delicious.

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Mini pumpkin muffins. .. so cute, right? and delicious. and super easy.

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Halloween baby craft project <—one of my all-time-favorites

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DIY Fall Craft . . . so easy! one of my favorite fall decorations.

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Why I love fall running . . .. umm basically because it’s awesome. Smile

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And with lots of fall races coming up . . . my favorite spectator tips.

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What are your fall favorites??

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