Giving Thanks Survey

I’m linking up a little late for this month’s little questionnaire!

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1. Have you ever kept a Gratitude Journal? Yes or No?
Yes! My friend Ashley gave me this one for Christmas a few years ago and it always helps me to remember the good things in my life. I really need to get back into a regular practice of journaling what I’m grateful for because it really makes a difference in my mindset.

2. Hosting Thanksgiving at your house? Yes or No?  
We are still making our holiday plans! We’re not usually this last-minute but this fall has been crazy!

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3. Favorite Food from The Thanksgiving Meal?  
I’m not a huge Thanksgiving foods person, but it is my favorite holiday! Kind of ironic, I know! I’d have to say my favorite part of the meal is pumpkin pie topped with lots of whipped cream and a cup of coffee!

4. What one thing in Nature are you most grateful for?
Pretty fall leaves in the fall and then snow once November / December hit! Last night  when I left work and stepped outside, it smelled like winter and there were flurries falling from the sky. It made my heart so happy — I just love the holiday season so much!

5. Pumpkin Pie: Yes or No?
Yes! We usually pick one up from Costco!

6. Traditional Cookbook:
I’m not a huge “follow a recipe” kind of person, but when I do, it’s almost always from Pinterest.

7. Oven Baked or Deep-Fried Turkey?  
Oven baked

8. Thanksgiving Leftovers: Yes or No?  
Not a fan!

9. What is one household product your most grateful for?  
Okay, so our rental house before we bought our new house didn’t have a dishwasher and after living 2 years without one, I have so much appreciation for having one again!

10. Are you most grateful for home cooked meals or restaurant meals?
Both — I usually prefer homemade but enjoy going out to eat with Andy or friends!

Pick a question or two and answer below! :)

Vacations Survey

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for their monthly questions and today's topic is all about vacations! 

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1. Will you go on a a summer vacation this year? 
We aren't really summer vacation people since the weather in MN is finally nice!

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2. Do nothing but relax or a pack it all in vacation?  
If I'm going somewhere special, I like to sightsee and do activities that are unique to that location, but overall I like my vacations to be relaxing! 

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3. What month do you like to vacation? 
Sometimes we'll go places for our anniversary (October), but otherwise February / March is usually my favorite since we're so over the cold and snow by that point! 

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4. Cruise: YES or NO? 
Nope! Rooms are too claustrophobic for me and I prefer to be on land. :)

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5. Favorite vacation tradition?
Getting a mani + pedi before the trip and getting Starbucks at the airport before flying out.
  

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6. Most memorable vacation?
I'd say our trip to Arizona last year was my favorite! 

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7. Pack light or Pack it all? 
I pack it all -- I need to have options!

8. Hotel, Condo or House? 
Hmm, depends on the trip! Probably prefer house / condo because then you can buy groceries and cook -- I always get so tired of eating out for every meal by the end of a vacation.

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9. Favorite thing(s) to eat on vacation? 
It's always so fun to try out new restaurants as well as treats and meals that are unique to that particular area.

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10. Warm or Cold Destinations?  
Typically warm since we live in a tundra! ;)

Favorite vacation that you've been on?
What's one place you'd love to travel to?

Summer Survey

I've seen this little summer survey floating around the blog world and wanted to fill it out! 

1. Walk or Bike Ride?  
I'm more of a rollerblader than a biker, but I LOVE going for walks year-round! In the summer, I usually go in the morning before it gets too hot outside.

2. Favorite Picnic Food?
Sub sandwiches or watermelon! 

3. Pool or Lake?
Definitely pool! I just can't do lakes -- something about not being able to see the bottom.

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4. Favorite Flavor of ice cream? 
Oreo or Mint. I also love Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia!

5. Ice Cream Cone or in a Dish?
Cone

6. Flip Flops or Slides?
Flip flops

7. Jean Shorts or Jean Capris? 
I don't really wear either. For summer, I usually go with shorts like these.

8. Favorite summer Fruit? 
Usually watermelon

9. Corn on the Cob or Cut Off the Cob?  
Off the cob! 

10. Favorite summertime song?  
I feel like it changes every summer

11. Favorite summertime activity?
Reading by the pool

12. Favorite Berry? 
Raspberries

13. Bikini’s, tankini’s or one pieces?
Bikini -- I love these ones.

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14. Dresses or Skirts?
I have a bunch of these skirts in a variety of colors and styles -- they're so comfy!

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15. One Word to describe Summer?
HOT.

Spring Survey

I'm linking up today (even though it's a day late!) with The Blended Blog for their April survey! 

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1. What 3 colors remind you most of Spring?  
Pink, Green, Yellow

2. What is the first thing you’d add to your wardrobe in Spring? 
I need a few new shirts and some shoes! I ordered this shirt and this shirt the other day and was bummed to find out that they were cut a lot shorter than the ones I bought last spring -- I like my tees to be longer so that they can be worn different ways (knotted, tucked, etc.). I'm planning to exchange them this week for something else; however, I did order this blush colored cardigan in that same online order and I'm obsessed with it! Would highly recommend it! 

3. What is the first wardrobe item you ditch in Spring? 
Winter boots!

4. Who mows the grass where you live?  
It's hired out

5. What’s Spring like where you live?  
It's really a toss-up! Sometimes it's 65 and sunny in March, while other years we have snow until the end of April. We're currently under a blizzard warning and are anticipating up to 10 inches of snow by tonight. 

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6. What’s Your favorite thing about Spring?  
Spring flowers, Easter candy, lots of trips to the arboretum, and warm weather!

7. Are you a Spring Cleaner?  
I tend to clean all throughout the year -- I can't stand clutter!

8. Are you a Baseball Fan?  
Nope! 

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9. Tulips or Daffodils?
Tulips are one of my favorite flowers!

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10. Favorite Outdoor Spring Activity?
I love going for long walks outside and also enjoy waking up to hearing the birds chirping. Our winters are so, so long and spring is always welcomed with open arms around these parts!

11. Flowers in the Ground or in Pots?  
Both!  

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12. Favorite Bird?
Any that chirp in the morning :)

13. Car Wash or Wash Vehicles at Home?
I typically go to the car wash

14. When Do You pull out Your sandals?
Usually not until May because our spring mornings are typically pretty chilly. 

What's Up Wednesday #1

Today I'm linking up with a little survey -- these are always so fun to fill out! Enjoy! 

What we're eating this week:
Watermelon! The last few that we've picked up have been perfectly ripe! 

What I'm reminiscing about:
My short hair! I keep going back and forth on whether or not I should cut it off again. I feel like a short and sassy bob is more "me", but it's so nice being able to throw it all in a huge bun on top of my head at the end of the day.
 

What I'm loving:
Running early in the morning just as the sun is coming up -- it's such a refreshing and energizing way to start the day! 

What we've been up to:
We've been going for lots of walks around the lake and really taking advantage of how "walkable" our city is. We can literally get groceries, see a movie, hit the library, go out to dinner, etc. all on foot throughout our neighborhood. 

What I'm dreading:
These long stretches of humidity that the weatherman keeps predicting

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What I'm working on:
Some cute little fair food illustrations! 

What I'm excited about:
The fact that fall is just around the corner -- I told Andy that I might cave and make homemade chili next week because it's been on my mind for the last two weeks.

What I'm watching / reading:
My sister got me hooked on Riverdale, so I've been watching that on my cardio days at the gym! As for reading, I just downloaded Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline onto my iPhone.

What I'm listening to:
This is my favorite song to run to lately! 
 

What I'm wearing:
My favorite distressed skinny jeans and Madewell v-neck tees are my daily uniform in the summer

What I'm doing this weekend:
I've got a pool day with two of my friends on the agenda, and then we're hitting the fair with my sister and her little family as well! 

What I'm looking forward to next month:
My bestie's bachelorette party + wedding and Andy's birthday! I love celebrating life events with those close to me and am literally counting down the days until each of these events! 

What else is new:
While shopping with my friend Hanna, two weeks ago, she had her eyes on a pair of these adorable blush pink slip-on sneakers at the Steve Madden store. I happened to find a super similar pair for less than half the price while I was out and about at Target last weekend so I texted her a pic! She picked them up and now I'm seriously considering them because the color is so pretty and I love cute little slip-on shoes! 

Bonus Question = What's your favorite thing about summer?
Pool days! Fresh Watermelon! Going for walks or runs early in the morning! 

Pick a few questions and answer them in the comments below! 
What's your summer uniform consist of?
I'm almost always in a basic v-neck or tank that I've dressed up with some jewelry.