A Weekend At My Sister's

I spent this past weekend dog-sitting at my sister's house and it was seriously just what I needed! She and her little family had plans to go camping with her in-laws and I jumped at the chance to stay at her house and take care of Hurley. Her dog is super low-key so all I had to do was let him out a few times and feed him -- piece of cake! 

I headed over to her place on Friday evening with a big bag of groceries and got to work cutting up some veggies and doing a little meal prep for the week and for dinner that evening. I also whipped up a batch of my favorite pumpkin bread and popped that in the oven just as Andy arrived.

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Andy wanted pizza and I was hungry for a veggie stir fry, so after the pumpkin bread was done, I put the pizza in the oven and then tossed all of the cut up veggies into a large pan and later added some sauce and peanuts. I love my stir fry veggies to be a little crisp and this meal did not disappoint! This one contained red onion, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, red pepper, and zoodles.

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After dinner, we made some homemade popcorn and settled in on the couch for a movie. We ended up watching this one and we both enjoyed it so much! 

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The next morning, I enjoyed a piece of the pumpkin bread and relaxed for a bit before heading outside for a long walk.

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I walked over to the neighborhood where we had originally put an offer in on a house and it was so fun to walk through this area even though we didn't end up choosing this house in the end. It was also sunny and unseasonably cool as I headed out for a walk and it felt SO good! September can't come soon enough for this fall-loving girl! 

Are you ready for fall or are you savoring summer?
Favorite stir fry ingredients?

Girls' Day with My Mom

Another beautiful spring weekend is in the books! 

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After work on Friday, Andy and I met at the mall to run a few errands before heading home.

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We were both starving by the time we arrived, so we grabbed a pretzel to eat while we shopped -- not sure if it was this particular place or what, but I remember these tasting better when I was a kid.

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Afterwards, we did our weekly Costco haul -- we were out of a lot of items, so our cart was a lot more full that usual! 

Since we were with Andy's side for Mother's Day, my mom and I spent the day together this past Saturday. We celebrated Mother's Day and her birthday since it always falls during the same week! 

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We started out by going to the arboretum -- it was surprisingly really cool on this particular morning but once we started walking around, we warmed up a bit! 

Afterwards, we headed to Wayzata so that I could go to my eye doctor appointment. My eyes have been SO dry this year and after not having success with wearing glasses and using eye drops, my doctor suggested punctal plugs, which are little stoppers that go into your tear ducts to help your eyes retain more moisture. I got fitted for them and then he put temporary ones in until my semi-permanent ones come in.

Since we arrived in Wayzata a little early, we headed to my favorite little French bakery / restaurant to grab a macaron! The ones at Bellecour are seriously the best! 

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After my appointment, we headed down the street to Crisp & Green for lunch! I'd been wanting to try this fresh salad spot for awhile now, and this day felt like the perfect opportunity! I went with the "Yacht Club" salad with black beans in place of shrimp and it hit the spot! It had a jalapeno-lime vinaigrette and it was so tasty! My mom ordered the fiesta grain bowl and it looked equally as delicious! I'll definitely be stopping by here again! 

Afterwards, we did a little more shopping and then went our separate ways. I ended up taking a nap when I got home and then finished my recent library book before watching some tv with Andy.

What are your favorite girls' day activities?
Favorite spot for salads?

Mother's Day Weekend

Last weekend, we headed up to Andy's parents' new house to celebrate Mother's Day and Andy's sister's birthday! 

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The fact that we were also celebrating Jen's birthday was a surprise, so we all got there a little earlier than she did!

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On our drive there, we stopped to pick up some fresh flowers and a few things for the party -- this little bouquet smelled so good! 

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I also picked up this eyeshadow palette to include in Jen's gift -- these rosy neutrals are so pretty! 

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While at Ulta, I also picked up another tube of my favorite concealer -- you guys, this is seriously the BEST! It covers and blends SO well! 

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After lunch with the family, we headed down to the lake where Andy, my brother-in-law, and nephew were skipping rocks.

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Graham decided to try his hand with bigger rocks -- he had us cracking up!

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The following day, I went for a long walk and then started a new book down by the lake -- I ended up finishing it just a few days later and it was SO good!

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After reading for a bit, Andy met me down by the lake so we could grab ice cream and walk around together for a bit. We are just loving these spring weekends so much -- the weather is literally perfect right now! 

What did you do for Mother's Day?
Favorite concealer?

Spring Things

This weather that we've been having has been SO refreshing and it's been so encouraging to see flowers starting to bloom!

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I've been taking advantage of this new spring season by going for walks during my lunch break -- feels so good to get some fresh air!

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It's been so fun to pull out my spring and summer wardrobe after having it in the very back of my closet for the past who knows how many months! I own so many of these sidewalk skirts in different colors -- they're so great for warmer months and still work in cooler months when paired with tights! 

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Speaking of spring clothes, my friend Gina recommended these pants to me and I am obsessed! So comfy for weekending but also cute enough for work! I also ordered these joggers and am excited to put together a few outfits using them as the base. 

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Lately, things have been so busy at work! I'm just wrapping up a collection for one of our main clients and am so excited about how it's turning out!

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Last Friday, we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous evening and go for a walk before heading to dinner.

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We went to our favorite taco place and started off with the chips and dips app. This little trio is probably one of my favorite parts of dining here -- everything is so fresh and delicious! 

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I ordered the veggie tacos for my entree -- definitely a favorite!

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The next day, I met up with my sister to hit Target before going for a walk at the Arboretum! We split up and I took Becca in my cart while she took Chloe -- it was fun to have a little helper as I picked up a few groceries. 

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After my time with the girls, Andy and I made our weekly Costco run. I'm definitely a seasonal eater and now that it's warmer out, I'm craving fresh smoothies! I picked up this huge bag of organic strawberries to make strawberry banana smoothies each morning before work.

I think that brings us up to speed since last week! 

Favorite smoothie ingredients?
Any spring / summer clothing staples you'd recommend?

The End of a Week

Sorry to disappear all last week -- there was a lot going on! This past weekend was filled with so many great things and it was just what I needed! 

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On Friday evening, we had a random little HH meeting at work with our creative team before going our separate ways for the weekend. Upon arriving home, Andy suggested renting The Commuter from Redbox, so we swung by our neighborhood grocery store to grab dinner and then picked up the movie. I hit the salad bar and then got a piece of salmon from the deli for a little protein! 

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The Redbox that we went to was inside of McDonald's so of course I had to grab a cone for the drive home! Also, I'm so excited for this new season so my dry and chapped hands can finally get some relief! Our winters are hard on the body! 

The next morning, I headed out bright and early to help my aunt and uncle pack up my uncle's office since he is retiring. We carried so many full boxes down two staircases out to the dumpster and it was such a good workout! It was fun to catch up with my aunt during the process as well!

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Afterwards, she took me to lunch and then I swung by the grocery store on the way home.

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I was starving by the time I left the store, so I broke into the box of popsicles on the drive back to our house.

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After unloading all of the groceries, Andy and I walked to return the movie from the previous night, and then met our realtors at a coffee shop. We're still house hunting and wanted to meet with them to ask a few questions and get their take on a few things. It was super helpful (they are the BEST!) and we walked away feeling a bit better about the whole process. 

Later that evening, we ate dinner and I caught up on Grey's while Andy worked on a project. I fell asleep reading my book -- all that moving and sunshine wore me out! 

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Sunday was super warm and sunny, so I took advantage and went on a long walk while listening to a podcast. On my way home, I texted Andy to see if he wanted to meet me at our favorite little ice cream shop -- 15 minutes later, we were enjoying cones by the lake. I didn't realize that the flavor I chose was a chocolate-based one, but it was still pretty good! It had sea salt, health, and caramel in it! 

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It was so strange to see the lake half frozen and half open-water! Such a weird spring we've been having this year! 

What was the best part of your weekend? 
Favorite spot to get ice cream?