A Rainy 4th

Now that 4th of July is behind us, I'm really hoping that the rest of this month flies by because I'm getting so excited to move in just a few short weeks! 

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Andy picked up some of the boxes from our storage unit the other day, so I've been taking advantage of having some time to pack up the house so we can make this a quick and easy move to our new house! 

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On Tuesday night, Andy picked up this movie from Redbox and we both really enjoyed it! I'd definitely recommend it if you haven't seen it yet.

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Yesterday was such a weird day on the weather front -- it kept going from sunny to stormy all day! Due to the rain, we decided to hit Mall of America for a bit to do a little window shopping.

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We didn't buy anything, but it was fun to browse around together! 

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We almost always browse through Barnes & Noble whenever we visit the mall and I love finding new books to add to my requested list at the library. I just downloaded the ebook version of this one on my iPad and plan to start it later tonight! I LOVED this author's other book because of all of the twists and turns, so I'm hoping this one is just as good! 

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Afterwards, we swung by Chick-Fil-A for a quick lunch on the way home. Side note, I've been straying from my vegetarian ways a little bit now and then -- I'll share more thoughts on this later.

We hit more storms on the drive home, so the rest of the day was spent relaxing around the house. I'm not a huge fireworks person, but Andy walked down to the lake to check out the show! 

What is your favorite 4th of July tradition?
What do you typically order at Chick-Fil-A?

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?

Froyo When It's Freezing

This new year has been off to a crazy start! I had a big project due on Friday, so it's been a busy week so far. This past weekend was spent running all over, but it felt really productive and I'm looking forward to this new week. We also start our new small group this week and we are so excited for that!

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Andy had a guys' night planned for later that evening, so I headed home after work and cleaned up a bit before making a bowl of popcorn and catching up on our DVR. I ended up falling asleep maybe 30 minutes into a movie I had recorded earlier in the week and didn't wake up until Andy got home much later that evening. Is it just me or is falling asleep on the couch to a movie / show one of the best feelings ever?

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The next morning, we headed out to the gym -- it was so packed and I was not feeling it. All the machines were taken and there were people everywhere; despite this, I still managed to get a decent leg workout and some cardio in. I think I'll be switching to later workouts until all of these January Joiners are gone! 

After our workouts, we hit Costco to grab a few groceries for the week -- I was excited to find a huge bag of cauliflower rice in their frozen section. This has been my new favorite thing -- I've been making burrito bowls (cauliflower rice, black beans, cumin, tomatoes, olives, sour cream, avocado, taco seasoning, fajita veggies, etc.) out of it lately and it's been nice to switch up my lunches a bit! 

After showers and some lunch, we relaxed at home for a bit before heading out to Mall of America for the evening. Apparently all of MN had this same idea because it was packed -- probably due to the fact that it was freezing outside!

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We made a return at Nordstrom, popped into a few of our favorite stores, purchased some new teas, and ate dinner at FireLake, which might be one of my new favorite restaurants. I had brunch there for Allie's bachelorette party back in August, and their dinner menu was just as good! I had the butternut squash + apple bisque paired with a puffed wild rice side salad and both were amazing!

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As we were about to leave, we walked past a new macaron shop that had recently opened. I had to pop in and grab one before we left -- macarons are one of my favorite treats ever! 

Sunday was spent packing up a few items to take to our storage unit, laundry, meal prep, and blogging. I also read a good chunk of a book that my sister recommended to me -- it's so creepy but I can't stop reading it! 

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Later that afternoon, I grabbed froyo with my sister and little nieces at my favorite yogurt place. It's been SO cold here lately (most days the highs were in the low negatives), but things are really looking up this week with highs in the low 30s! I'm really looking forward to getting a car wash later this week because of it! 

What was your favorite part of your weekend?
Favorite froyo toppings?

A Christmas Date Night

On Saturday evening, we headed out for a Christmas-y date night! My sister and her husband gifted us tickets to a Christmas concert at the church we went to as kids and it was so fun to attend this holiday event! 

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As we headed to my hometown, we made a quick stop along the way at a bookstore to pick up a new Bible study book. I've heard so many good things about this one and I'm excited to start it next month! 

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Afterwards, we headed to Barley + Vine, a local restaurant not far from the neighborhood that I grew up in! This was our first time visiting this restaurant and we loved the atmosphere and menu -- we will definitely be back the next time that we're in town. 

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We had some time to kill before heading to the concert, so we decided to drive around to look at Christmas lights while listening to the holiday station on the radio.

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Some of the neighborhoods went all out -- it was so fun to check out their seasonal decor! 

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Upon arriving to the concert, we grabbed some coffee and a cookie to enjoy before heading in to find our seats. I convinced Andy to let me open one of my Christmas gifts early so that I could use this new little clutch that evening. It will also come in handy for the holiday party and Nutcracker event that we have towards the end of this week! 

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This was our first time attending this concert and we were blown away by how good it was! This just might have to be a new tradition for us each Christmas! 

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There was a full orchestra, Christmas choir, children's choir, aerialists, gymnasts, dancers, and even ice skaters! The show flew by and we were fully enthralled by every performance! 

Do you have any holiday events on the calendar?
Do you enjoy driving around to look at Christmas lights?

 

Thanksgiving Round Two

After Thanksgiving at Robertson Ranch, we enjoyed a relaxing day at home on Black Friday. It was almost 60 degrees, so I took advantage of the warm weather and went for a walk after hitting the gym and our neighborhood grocery store. 

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Later that evening, we had our second annual appetizers, games, and Christmas movies night. I put out a spread of snacks and apps for us and we played a few rounds of backgammon while we ate.

Afterwards, we watched Planes, Trains, and Automobiles -- such a classic to watch during Thanksgiving weekend! We also watched Borrowed Hearts, which is one of my childhood favorites afterwards -- it's kind of cheesy, but I love it since it's one of those "feel-good" holiday movies.

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The next day was Thanksgiving round two with the Kaupang's! I enjoyed a quiet morning reading by the Christmas tree before getting ready to hit the road! 

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Last year around the holidays, I started using a laundry basket to corral everything that we need to bring to gatherings and it works so well! It feels so much easier than hauling a bunch of bags to the car and then into someone's house.

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On the way to Andy's sister's house we stopped to pick up a pumpkin pie from Costco, along with some flowers from Trader Joe's as a hostess gift. Trader Joe's had all of their Christmas goodies out, and I left with a glitter-dusted mini Christmas tree for my desk at work! 

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Upon arriving at Jen's, we had some appetizers while caught up with one another before lunch.

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The afternoon was spent eating a Thanksgiving meal, playing with our nephews, and watching the football game.

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Later on, we pulled out the desserts -- I'm not usually a pie person, but the coconut cream pie was amazing! 

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We left around dinnertime, and on the ride home we decided to hit the gym. We made a quick pit stop at home to change clothes, and then headed over to Life Time for a workout. I read this book while on the elliptical and spent the rest of the time listening to a true crime podcast! 

Sunday was the usual -- write blog posts, meal prep, laundry, and relax before heading into the work week. We had a 4-day weekend for Thanksgiving, which was so nice -- however, I always find myself itching to get back into my regular routine after more than a couple days off! 

What's your favorite flavor of pie?
Favorite appetizer?