Celebrating Andy's Birthday

I haven't been blogging much because we've been having some issues with our Thunderbolt display for our Mac. I'm currently blogging from my old laptop at our kitchen island and Andy ordered a new display which should be here tomorrow, which means I'll be back in business very soon!

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This past weekend we headed out to celebrate Andy's birthday! It's crazy to think how much has changed since his last birthday! 

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We started out on Saturday with a long walk through our new neighborhood -- we ended up walking over five miles and it was fun to explore around the area! As we arrived home, a few of our neighbors were out -- including a few that we hadn't met yet, so we introduced ourselves and chatted for a bit. It just makes my heart so happy to be living in this neighborhood full of people around our age and in a similar stage of life. We're having a neighborhood block party in a couple weeks and I'm seriously so excited for it! 

After showers and getting ready, we headed out to do some shopping before grabbing dinner. Our first stop was IKEA and we both agreed that we're kind of over that store after browsing around and realizing that we're past the stage where items from there work for our lifestyle. 

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So naturally, we headed to Crate & Barrel afterwards, which is definitely more up our alley.

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We browsed around for a bit and came across this gorgeous couch, but didn't end up purchasing anything.

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We also walked through Restoration Hardware, which is a store that we both love! Now that we have a house of our own, I really want to step up my interior design game and bring my design background into it.

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Afterwards, we went out for dinner in The Galleria -- I said "this is so good" around six times while eating this vegetarian kung pao stir fry. It seriously hit the spot! I want to find a good kung pao sauce recipe so I can recreate this spicy dish at home.

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Afterwards, we drove around to a few Caribou Coffee shops so that we could see my additions to their fall collection on the shelves and purchase a few to take home with us.

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I headed out for a run on Sunday morning and it felt so good to breeze through the neighborhoods and local trails while listening to my workout playlist.

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Once I got home, I immediately went to work making a pumpkin soup -- I saw a photo of it online, and decided to take a stab at creating my own version of it. It was a mix of pumpkin, carrots, onion, apples, spices, vegetable broth, and coconut milk all simmered together and then blended up to create a rich and velvety soup. It turned out so well and I'm looking forward to enjoying it throughout the week! 

I spent the rest of the day doing some meal prep, laundry, and reading a library book -- it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday.

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Andy brought home a few paint samples and paint color books while he was out during the afternoon and these made me so excited! Our walls are gray, but we'd like to switch them to a different shade of gray (#designerproblems) -- hopefully within the next month or so! Our neighbors that we met on Saturday invited us inside their house to see their recent remodel and it had us both itching to make some changes to our home so that it feels a little more like "ours."

Later that evening, I made homemade enchiladas for dinner and then gave myself a manicure while watching TV before taking a hot bath and calling it a night. I love our low-key Sundays -- they're the perfect way to recharge before starting a new work week.

I need your advice -- what's a great neutral gray paint color (no warm or cool undertones)?
Favorite kind of soup?
Black bean or tomato are my favorites! 

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?