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Day in the Life. . . March 30, 2016

Happy Thursday!

I don’t know about you, but I always am sorta interested by other bloggers who do day in the life posts. . . we all know that no days are “typical” but I think it is interesting to see a glimpse into their day to day life. So, today, I thought I would share with you my day from yesterday.

Since I started working Urgent Care back in October, I work three 12 hour shifts in a week, so the days that I work are obviously very different from the days that I don’t. . . I like this new schedule because I have quite a bit more time to hang out with Luke!

5:00 AM – Scott’s alarm clock goes off. He goes downstairs for a run on the treadmill. I roll over and go back to sleep.

6:45AM – Scott has finished his workout, showered, gotten dressed and made smoothies. Luke and I are still sleeping. He comes in and kisses me goodbye and leaves for work.

7:15 AM – I hear “Mooooooooommmmmmm” from Luke’s room. He is normally up around 7, so this is typical for us. I head to his room and he wants to snuggle. So, I crawl into bed with him and rub his back while we talk about our dreams from the night before and our plans for the day.

7:30AM – Up and at ‘em. I get Luke set up with some breakfast – this morning it’s yogurt, some grapes and a granola bar. I feed Abby who is tap dancing at my feet.

8:00 AM – Luke and I watch an episode of Paw Patrol and get him dressed for the day. This morning the pups save a walrus. It’s very exciting. Winking smile 

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8:15 AM  – off to school. I load Abby and Luke into the car and we make the 2 minute drive to Luke’s school. I am looking forward to being able to walk him to school when the weather is nice!

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8:30 AM – We answer the question of the day.

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Hang up his coat. Wash hands. And then I help him pick something to play with. . . this morning it’s making a track with the wood blocks. I let him know that I’ll be back to pick him up before the lights turn out for rest time.

8:45 AM – Back home. Abby gets a treat for being a good girl in the car. I mix up my spark – the newest limeade flavor.

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And yup, it’s awesome. I cannot wait for it to get back in stock! And I get going on my to-do list. This morning it’s cleaning the bathrooms, calling to order tickets for a play at the Children’s Theater next week and laundry.

9:30 AM – Usually I wait until closer to lunch to go running, but the dishwasher repair guy is coming sometime between 10-2, so I jump on the treadmill for 4 miles while watching The West Wing.

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I finish with a core workout from Becky’s core boot camp. And practicing BP97 for Saturday.

11:00 AM – Shower and a smoothie. I finally eat the smoothie that Scott made this morning. It’s SO good! I sit down and watch a little TV before picking up Luke.

12:00 PM – Pick up Luke. He’s always super excited to see me! He says thank you to his teachers and good bye to his friends.

12:15 PM – Back at home. Abby gets another treat for being good in the car.

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She sure is spoiled. Winking smile Luke says he’s hungry, so I set up a little snack plate for him. Peanut butter, grapes, crackers.

12:30 PM– While he’s snacking, I make my lunch. Today it’s 3 scrambled eggs (with eggs from my co-workers chickens – so good!) with some diced turkey.

12:45 PM – We are both finished with lunch/snack, I wipe off Luke’s hands and we head to his room to play. Pirates and fires and rescue and policeman. We cover it all. Smile 

1:15 PM – the repair guy is finally here! Luke wants to watch.

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1:45 PM  – the guy is done. He has to order a part. Boo. We set up another time in a week for him to come back to actually fix it.

2:00 PM – I find a spot that I think Abby threw up (gross) and text Scott a picture of the cleaning solution to make sure I am using the right stuff.

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2:15 PM – I send Scott a video of a dripping faucet in our bathroom and ask what I should do to stop it. We Facetime for about 5 minutes while he talks me through it.

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2:30 PM – Luke is getting pretty whiny while we are playing, so time for a quiet time. Sometimes he sleeps, sometimes he rests, sometimes he reads books. But it’s a good time for him to re-set! Today, he ends up falling asleep.

2:40 PM – I mix up another spark and watch Madame Secretary while reviewing my BP choreo for tonight’s class – going old school with 85.

3:40 PM – I add my pre-workout mix to the little bit of spark I have left. I am loving catalyst + arginine extreme + mass impact.

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3:45 PM – I wake Luke up. . . easier said than done. Kid takes after his Mom and is a totally bear when waking up. I bribe him into the car with a sucker. #truth

4:00 PM – By the time we get to the YMCA, he’s back to his normal happy self. We get there super early because he loves to help me set up my weights.

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4:20 PM – I take him downstairs to Child Watch. He always seems to have a really good time when he’s playing there, so it makes me feel good about bringing him with me to play while I teach

4:30 PM – BODYPUMP time. Class is a nice mix of regulars and a few newbies. 85 is a great release too. I challenge everyone to go heavier on the triceps track and we all feel it!

5:35 PM – class is done. equipment cleaned up. I go get Luke and he’s busy playing cars and doesn’t want to go. I promise him some time in the ball pit.

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5:40 PM – I realized that I probably should find this kid some bigger shirts. #lookatthatbelly

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6:00 PM – Back to home. Dad’s home! We all chat about our days and get Luke started on dinner. Some nights we eat as a family and some nights Luke eats first and then we eat after he goes to bed. Tonight, he gets to eat first. Mac and cheese, grapes, yogurt and chocolate milk.

6:30 PM – Bath time.

7:00 PM – PJs, books, prayers, lights out.

7:20 PM – I get started on dinner. Tonight it is super easy thanks to a kale salad mix I picked up from Sam’s Club. I add in some leftover chicken from Easter dinner and mandarin oranges = dinner is served.

7:30 PM – Wednesdays are Survivor night, so we eat on the couch while watching!

8:00 PM – I mix up some Oasis and we watch the rest of Survivor.

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8:30 PM – We have some phone calls with our relator about our house in Eau Claire – good news we have an offer!

8:45 PM – we are both tired, so we start getting ready for bed. Brush teeth, let Abby out one more time, tuck Luke in and give him one more kiss and comment on how adorable he is when sleeping.

9:00 PM – Bed! But not really, Scott usually cruises the internet, while I read one of my books. Tonight I finish this one. . .

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9:35 PM – Goodnight kiss and lights out.

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out loud!

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Weekending. . . Easter

I don’t even know what happened to Monday. The day just flew by! 

But I think I’m also still on a sugar high from the weekend. . . 

started with a fro yo date with the husband on Friday night. . . Luke was hanging with Grandma Mary (my Mom) and I had to work late so an after work date night with fro yo + Sam’s Club + the grocery store. #adulting

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On Saturday, quick treadmill run and then we were on the road to the cities. 

First stop – Mall of America to have lunch with Scott’s family. 

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And then to my Mom’s house for Easter dinner and hanging out. The highlight is always the pistachio dessert. . . which Luke decided he needed 2 pieces. Yup – he definitely is my kid! 

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And then we got Luke’s Easter basket ready – new Paw Patrol shoes + socks + gardening tools + new shark bath towel + a new book 

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Picked a good hiding place.

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The next morning. .. looking for his Easter basket (with help and adult supervision. Winking smile

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Success!

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Abby was tired from all the celebrating and eating her new bone. 

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Afternoon play d’oh date.

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Practicing BP 97 for the launch this weekend. Whoa – holy bottom 8’s!

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Easter dinner. Tablescape by Luke. 

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Pineapple soufflé

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Cheesy broccoli orzo

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And my first ever baked chicken

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Dinner success. 

Un-pictured –> eating my bodyweight in Cadbury eggs. #yolo Winking smile 

And Easter success. Smile 

Hope you had a great one! Highlights??

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Friday Favorites: new shoe love

Happy Friday! We made it! Smile

And how is it Easter weekend already? Craziness!! We are headed to the cities tomorrow to celebrate Easter with lunch with Scott’s family and dinner with my family! And then planning to have a low key Easter day back at home.

I’m super excited for the Easter bunny to come for Luke – he is going to L.O.V.E. his Easter basket! In our house, the Easter bunny hides the baskets – do you do that?? My Dad was the master at hiding baskets. Often times we would get up early and look before church but we wouldn’t find them until after church and with lots of clues! I wish I would have kept a list of all the crazy places he has put them.

I’ll let you know how it went on Monday!

And now a few of my favorites from the week. . .

new running shoes!!

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I was super bummed because I didn’t love the newest version of my go-to running shoes, so I headed to the local running store (River Valley Running) and they were awesome and super helpful. He even encouraged me to try a pair of Nikes. . . which I have never run in Nike before.

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And guess what? I loved them. I took them right home and ran 6 glorious miles in them. Love.

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random work lunch from Panera. Their Mediterranean veggie is quite delicious (minus the red onions – don’t need those at work!). Smile

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this birthday card I gave Scott. makes me lol.

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playing with Luke in the rain.

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splashing in puddles is the best.

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and it always amazes me that he can be entertained for so long playing in the sink.

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I think he sat there playing with a slow trickle of water for 30+ minutes.

Your favorites from the week??

Whatcha up to for Easter weekend??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Foodie Favorites

Happy Wednesday!

HUMP DAY! LOL. That always make me laugh. Yup, I am a 13 year old boy on the inside. Winking smile 

Anyway, I wanted to share some of my recent eats and favs because I love seeing what other people are eating and making to get new ideas!

Fruit punch spark has been my jam lately.

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Usually I’m an orange spark while working out, fruit punch in the morning and then sometimes an afternoon grape spark. #sparkproblems but lately, I’ve been loving fruit punch all. the. time. I will say that I am super excited to try the new limade flavor which is on it’s way to my house right now. I’ve heard amazing things about it. 

This smoothie combo from Carrots ‘n’ Cake. I’ve been trying to cut down on my caramel latte addiction and this smoothie is a great way to get a little taste of espresso without spending $5 at Caribou. And anything with almond butter is a winner for me. 

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Speaking of almond butter. . . why did it take me so long to jump on the date + almond butter train?

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Deliciousness. It *might* be the perfect after dinner snack to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

And thanks to my friend Chris, I finally found a chia seed pudding recipe that rocks. And it’s super easy. 1/4 cup chia + 1 can light coconut milk. Mix well. Sit overnight. The perfect snack with berries. 

You know what is the easiest meal ever? Frittatas. Seriously, why don’t I make them all the time? I have been loving roasted sweet potatoes + veggies sauteed with a little coconut oil. Topped with eggs and finish in the oven for about 10 minutes. Dinner perfection. And it makes great leftovers! 

These. Crunchy. Salty. Perfection.

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And you guys, have you tried RXBAR yet?

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They are amazing. They are super yummy. I love eating them for an afternoon snack or after my workouts for some extra protein. And no B.S. ingredients. I don’t love how spendy they are, but that’s probably for the best. . . otherwise I might eat 6 per day. Winking smile I would highly recommend the chocolate coconut or chocolate sea salt. 

And carrot juice.

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Honestly, I probably wouldn’t drag out the juicer as often as I do if it weren’t for Luke asking to make carrot juice. Seriously, kid wants to make it every day..  . so, I try to make sure we have the ingredients on hand to make it a few times per week. I always have to make 3 juices – one for me, one for Luke and one for Scott. Bonus points if there is extra for Luke to keep him from drinking mine after he drinks all of his. My go to combo is carrots (lots – probably about 1/2 of a big bag) + 2 apples + 1 lemon. 

Ok – your turn! Recent favorite eats??

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Weekending. . .

How it is Tuesday already? I have a crazy busy week this week so here’s to things flying by!

But first a quick look back to share my weekend with you. . .

Pumping it up. Love that shirt – “show your body who’s boss – Les Mills”

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woke up to a winter wonderland on Saturday. thankfully it quickly melted.

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errands on saturday. grocery store and Sam’s Club. Including spotting this water pad at Sam’s

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– they were the water toy to have on the Lake last year. . .but I’m not sure if it would be worth the price. . .

Finally painted the extra upstairs bedroom! Big shout out to my husband who did most of the work. . . Winking smile

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Right now it’s just an extra bedroom with all our extra furniture. . . but it looks much better with a fresh coat of paint!

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Luke requested “carrot juice” – basically because he loves putting the carrots into the juicer. And he is SO careful when doing it.

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And then he sucks down his glass faster than either of us and then proceeds to drink ours too. #toddlerproblems

family date to panera. and Luke wanting to show off his belt.

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and Target. where Luke wanted me to take pictures of all the toys he wants for his birthday. dream big kid.

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*not shown are the 17 other pictures I took for him. . . if he could have picked up the entire Paw Patrol section for the picture, he probably would have!

treadmill run + reviewing choreo for BP85 this week.

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and THESE. seriously. the best candy ever.

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and #balance. a new blender bottle with fruit punch spark. pink for the win. and I just ordered the newest spark flavor – Limeade! Chris says it tastes like margarita and I’m SO excited!!

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and OMG finished House of Cards season 4. and whaaaaat?? I cannot wait until 2017!?! for season 5. I hate and love that show all at once.

And now Scott and I need something else to watch on Netflix – suggestions??

And now off to work! Have a great one!

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Friday Favorites: March

Happy Friday!

What is it about the week after vacation that makes it seem like the longest week ever? Oh well, I’m just super happy that today is Friday and I have the weekend to hang out and recover.

Looking forward to trying some new recipes, running, playing play d’oh and binge watching House of Cards. Smile 

And now a few of my recent favorites for Friday!

Shout out to Minted.

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I was looking for something to “finish” our mud room. But nothing that we had fit the space/color. And I was looking for something a little more special that just a framed picture. Minted has these awesome foil prints + an adorable picture of Luke = winner!

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Getting pics from my boys while I’m at work. 

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Puppy selfies.

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Hanging up my Easter bunny sign at work.

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Booking trips! Over the next year (nothing anytime soon!), we are going to San Diego, Cancun AND on a cruise to the Caribbean. Going to cross off quite a few of my “Saint Islands” off my list!

House of Cards. 

Oh.my.goodness. Just as expected, I can’t stop watching. I was super worried because I thought the first few episodes of the new season were a little slow, but now it’s picked up and is as crazy as ever. Love it!

Ebates — > I know I know, I‘ve probably been living under a rock and am the last person to sign up for Ebates, but in case I’m not the very last person, check it out! Free money back for shopping online. AND the website is updated with current sales/promotions for stores. Win and win. And yes, you really get the cash back – they literally send you a check each month!

Your favorites from the week??

Whatcha up to this weekend??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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10 things you maybe didn’t know about me. . .

1. I don’t wear makeup. #chapstickaddict.

2. I always change the radio station when trivia comes on. I almost never listen long enough to hear the answer and that drives me nuts!

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3. I am so much more productive when I am super busy.  And I cannot live without my planner and to-do lists.

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4. I sleep on the left side of the bed unless Scott is gone, then I sleep on his side.

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5. I adopted Abby from a humane society in Wisconsin the weekend before finals of my first semester of medical school. Thankfully, I managed to still pass all my finals and potty train Abby. . .

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6. I can’t sleep without white noise. fan at home. app when traveling.

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7. Keith Urban is my all time favorite singer and performer.  And I totally have a huge crush on him. #sorrynotsorry

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8. I cannot believe I have an almost 4 year old (in April). seriously. Didn’t we just bring him home from the hospital?

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9. While I love cupcakes, I would probably pick ice cream over cupcakes for my favorite dessert.

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10. Every night when I crawl into bed, I think “I love bed.” seriously, every night. it’s my favorite. Smile And there is nothing better than flannel sheets in the winter.

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Your turn – share something random with me!! Smile

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out loud!

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Weekending. . . Pi Run

Hey there  – happy Monday.  I’m back to work today after a week off. . .

But the weekend was awesome. Smile 

Kicked off the weekend with teaching Weekend Warrior and PUMP at the YMCA.

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Luke and I hit up the library and learned a little about the human body.

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Fun with friends (and pizza dough) at dinner.

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Celebrating Scott’s 35th birthday. . .

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Nice weather outside = playing play d’oh on the screened in porch.

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Snuggles with Abby. heart melting.

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And Sunday afternoon we headed to a local small town for the annual Pi Run put on by the high school science department.

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The best part is the pie afterward. Smile 

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And finished off the weekend with a trip to the park and taking in the sunset.

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Hope you had a great one. . . what were you up to?

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

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Friday Favorites: Rent the Runway

Happy Friday!! Even though we’ve been off all week for Spring Break, I am still looking forward to the weekend.

First of all – HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my amazing husband.

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35 years today! Looking forward to dinner and birthday cake with friends tonight to celebrate.

And now, I need your help! I have a wedding coming up in April + the rehearsal dinner and I need something to wear for both events. I’ve heard good things about Rent the Runway and decided this might be a good time to check it out. But there are SO many options to choose from!! Help me pick??

Option #1 – ML Monique Lhuillier – gravitate towards you sheath ($30)

Option #2 – Slate & Willow – Navy Petal Dress ($40)

Option #3 – ML Monique Lhuillier – French Kiss Frock ($45)

Option #4 – Slate & Willow – Amy dress ($40)

Option #5 – Yoana Baraschi – Pepin Sheath ($65)

Option #6 – Carmen Marc Valvo – Rosette Envelope Dress ($70)

 

Option #7 – ML Monique Lhuillier – Ring Around Dress ($75)

Option #8 –  Badgley Mischka – Flora Chiffon Gown ($70)

Option #9 – Nicole Miller – Felicity Gown

Option #10 – Shoshanna – Mia Maxi ($70)

Ok, so now I need your top 2 picks – one for the rehearsal dinner and one for the wedding. Smile 

And now off to the weekend!

Plans for the weekend include teaching pump tomorrow morning (8:15am at the YMCA!), painting the upstairs bedroom, and finally getting some things put up on the walls downstairs! Also, it’s supposed to be super nice, so I am going to pick up a few steaks for grilling on Saturday.

Whatcha up to this weekend??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Spring Break 2016

Hey there! Happy Thursday!

We’ve been having a really fun time with our”staycation” over Luke’s spring break.

I thought I’d pop in today to share some pictures of the last few days. . .

We headed up to the cities to visit my Mom and sisters.

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Celebrated our 10 year engagement anniversary (we got engaged on the steps of the cathedral) with a 5 mile run.

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A trip to the MN Zoo.

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Celebrated Scott’s birthday (early – it’s on Friday) and Laura’s birthday with my family. I made chicken parmesan. <—super old post alert, but it’s SO good!

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Started the next morning with a family trip to Caribou.

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#truth

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And then went to the Minnesota Children’s Museum. .. which was fun, but a little bit of a disappointment – our local children’s museum is much better!

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And snapped some pictures of my big little boy. . .

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I cannot believe he is going to be 4 years old next month!

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And now off to have more family time. Smile 

Hope you are having a great week!

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