I bet you can guess how far I went yesterday on my run… I’m so predictable.  I like routine.  I fall into habits way too easily.

I really and truly thought it had to be 85 degrees during my run yesterday but nope, 73.  I feel like a wuss when I think back to summer running at my brother’s house in Arizona.  When I left his house at 5 a.m. to run it would already be in the 90s.  I’ll just sit here and clap for all of you warriors out there running through true heat and humidity;)

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Due to my stalling for 48 minutes (YES, for 48 minutes I found random things to do to keep me from leaving for my run;) the kids were awake and hiding from me when I walked in the door.  They must have been hiding because they knew I was going to have them clean their rooms when I got home.

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Knox is beyond obsessed with the army and yesterday when he met a few men in the army he went right up to one of them and gave him a big hug.  They gave the kids some free gear and Knox said it was the best day of his life.

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My dinner last night included large amounts of carbohydrates of course.  If I kept track of macros, I’m sure I would have been at about 90% carbs yesterday but that’s okay:)  I think the baby really needed all of the carbs for growing yesterday.  I also had some milk, eggs, cheese, spinach and turkey sausage so there were a few more nutrients consumed.

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We went out for family night last night!  This is something that we do each week and it is something I did with my family growing up too!  You can read more about ideas for family night here!  The night includes prayer, scripture, songs, a lesson and something fun (usually involving treats in our family;).

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For our family night treat Brooke chose a cupcake, Knox chose a blue sucker (as seen above;)…

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And I chose a bag of rolls and jam (Andrew joined me with this choice).  All of these stores are right next to each other which made it easy for all of us to get what we wanted.  Lion House rolls are another must if you are ever in Utah.

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Time for some of my FRIDAY FAVORITES!!!

*Now that it is August, I can officially say that This Is Us is on NEXT MONTH. This is by far my all-time favorite show.  Andrew is concerned with how it is going to effect me with my current pregnant emotions because last season I cried every episode and truly felt like these characters were a part of my life.   I get a little bit too invested.

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*THRED WALLETS.  I’ve had one of these for years and years now and I love them.  Basically it is a small wallet for all of your cards that connects to your keys.  They are super small and help me to never lose my cards anymore.  I’ll use them forever because I hate carrying a purse around (although I’m probably going to need a diaper bag soon ha) and this way I have everything I need with my keys!

*Knox’s cuddles.  If you are sitting still somewhere, before you know it he will be right next to you cuddled up.  I love it.

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*Dave’s Killer Bread (pictured with my lunch yesterday and I added garlic butter after the picture).  For some WEIRD reason we switched up the bread we bought and now just went back to Dave’s Killer bread (we get it at Costco) and I am NEVER switching again.  It is the best.  By far.

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*Rich Love by OneRepublic is my current favorite running song.

*We now have a treadmill in a way more open area of our house.  Before it was in a room tucked away that got really hot and now it is underneath a ceiling fan with way more air around (and it’s easier to see the kids too).  It makes the world of difference.  It’s also by my desk so while I work, Andrew can finish up his 10,000 steps for the day!  He has been on track with his goal of 10k steps a day for quite some time now.  I currently get all of my steps in the morning and then I’m done for the day;)

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*This week’s favorite podcasts—>  How I Built This, Man Bun Run (I get to talk to him today and make a podcast wahoo), I’ll Have Another w/Lindsey Hein, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Goal Digger the podcast, About Progress w/ Monica Packer, and Run Eat Repeat (Monica is hilarious and she just started a podcast).

*Brooke is bringing back anklets (or maybe those are in, I don’t know these things) and she wanted me to share her current favorite anklet design.

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*Blitz ball… we play this at Andrew’s parent’s house all of the time and it is a blast.

*I learned how to play this game on Wednesday with the youth in my area and it is WAY fun (and all you need is dice, a pen and a piece of paper)… I got a little too into the game ha!  The instructions are HERE.  I would try to explain how to play on the blog but the instructions I linked too are way better.  Seriously try it, we had so much fun!

*A few people asked about my sneakers from the other day… they are HERE at Nordstrom Rack!

*I just preordered some goodr running sunglasses and I can’t wait for them to get here.  I’ve heard great things about them and as you know, I HATE running in the sunlight without sunglasses.  Excited for some fun variety soon and they are cheap!

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Jennifer about her daughter MEGHAN, “My daughter Meghan is amazing!  She is just shy of 13 yrs old and has already found her love for running.  It doesn’t matter the weather, the distance, or the place she has come to love running.  She has some very big goals for 2017 and she is constantly working towards them.  She does have some big hurdles to pass because she is small for her age. Despite being almost 13 yrs old, she is only the size of an 8 yr old, but she runs for herself.  She may not be the fastest but she can run forever.  She recently reached a big milestone for this year.  She has run 500 miles since the beginning of 2017.  She is on pace to reach 1000 by the end of the year PLUS she is training for her 1st half-marathon in October.”

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Elizabeth!!!  “I wanted to share that on July 23rd, I ran my first marathon! I ran the San Francisco Marathon, finishing in 4:17.  My mom went to San Francisco with me and she ran the first official half marathon and she did it in 2:22!  I am so stinking proud of her and of myself too.” You can check out Elizabeth’s amazing blog HERE!

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Do you have a favorite bread that you buy?  For my own selfish reasons… do you have a favorite jam recipe?  It’s my latest craving so just go ahead and help me out on this one;)

What would you say is your absolute favorite show ever?!  Anyone else obsessed with This Is Us and want to do a weekly Skype call so we can feel like we are all watching it together this season?

What are your Friday plans?!?

Do you wear sunglasses when you run?  What kind?

MOM

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I’m totally in on the This Is Us Skype sessions. I LOVEloveLOVE that show!

I’ve been eating the Heartland oat bran bread lately, and it is SO good. I’ve been wanting to try to Dave’s Killer Bread, though. And someone else recommended those sunglasses, too. I might need to get me a pair. I’ve been running after work lately, so I’ve been wearing either my Target sunglasses or my VACAY ones (which I really do love).

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I am not too picky on bread………….I like it all! But when i can get it from a local bakery that is probably my favorite. I have never made jam, I usually buy the smuckers natural strawberry jam, or I get it from the Loveless Cafe in Nashville…………..their peach is the best! (you can order it on their website!)

I think Friends, Full House, Psych, or NCIS would be my favorite shows………a 4 way tie!
And I prefer a hat over sunglasses, but maybe that’s because I haven’t found the perfect running pair yet. Have a great weekend!

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I’m so excited for This is Us to return! September needs to get here asap!

I need to try Dave’s Killer Bread! We usually get the Ezekiel bread from Costco but I’ve heard so many good things about Dave’s!

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I love This Is Us! Definitely a good one to let out all those pent-up emotions ;) Favorite show though right now is Outlander. My boyfriend calls it the “time-traveling Scotsman show,” which is not entirely accurate but does prove he listens to me haha! It also comes back in September and I can’t wait!

Friday plans include work, running at lunch (hopefully), homemade pizza for dinner and relaxing and getting mentally prepared for my long run tomorrow — 10 miles eeeeeeeep!

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It’s so cute how Knox ran up and gave the army man a hug! I think it’s important to give thanks to service men and women and it looks like Knox learned that at a young age.
I really need to start watching This Is Us. With my class schedule last year, I wasn’t able to watch the first season. I might have to jump on the bandwagon so I can catch up. The plan for tonight is to go to a bbq for someone’s birthday but come home early so I can go to bed early. I have a 5 mile progression run tomorrow eek! Since I didn’t hit my tempo paces yesterday, I’m even more motivated to hit the paces tomorrow.
Have a great day Janae :)

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I don’t wear sunglasses when I run! it’s actually weird because I live in my sunglasses (which are prescription) the rest of the day lol. My favorite show right now is Younger on TV land – favorite show ever is a tough one but definitely from the 80’s! Maybe Family Ties or Facts of Life or Punky Brewster or Who’s the Boss. I can’t decide! Oh and Sex and the City. way too many favorites. ha

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Reading about other people’s running accomplishments is such a great motivation. Thank you for sharing those!

I am obsessed with Dave’s Killer Bread as well. I don’t eat a ton of bread, but that is some seriously tasty bread, and it’s good for you! I’ve never made homemade jam, but I can understand the love for it.

Favorite show ever… that’s a tough call – maybe Friends? I’ve watched it a million times and still laugh at it now. Or maybe Grey’s Anatomy, I’m still hooked after all these years (and all the character deaths!).

My Friday plans are to work a half day, then work from home the rest of the afternoon so I can prepare/pack for my race, then I’m heading to my race packet pick up tonight, race tomorrow! Aaaand I just got nervous typing that. Eeek.

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I cannot wait for This Is Us to come back on!! So glad you shared that because I was just wondering the other day when it was going to be!!

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YES YES YES!!! I cannot wait! Okay, I died yesterday watching your stories about going back to where you got engaged and having a picnic…. I almost cried. I am so happy for you Bess. You deserve the best of the best!

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I love all bread but there is a local bakery here that makes the perfect baguette. That sliced with salted butter is amazing.
Today I am meeting with a potential client – I am a wedding planner – and then having dinner with friends and my husband! It is the start for a long weekend here in Canada so looking forward to some time off.
I love my Rayban Wayfarers in matte black for both everyday and running. So comfy and they don’t move around at all for me.
I have to comment that I really like that you are adding a little bit about your faith lately. I am not mormon but a number of my closest friends are and I have always loved how the focus of your religion is on a strong family. I think the way you are presenting your faith on your blog is great – informative without trying to proselytize :) Keep your family traditions and beliefs coming!

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I need to find the perfect baguette!! Sounds amazing. Okay, you have the coolest job! I should have hired you last year:) I hope the meeting goes well together and enjoy your long weekend! Oh the Wayfarers are the best! They don’t move around on me either (I just need to find my pair ha)!
Thank you for what you said Krista, it sure means a lot to me!!!! Have such a great dinner tonight:)

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I’m not a big pasta person but I do like pancakes and waffles. I tend to get most of my carbs from there or bread. This weekend I’m just working. Do I say that every Friday? Ha…that’s how retail goes I suppose.

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Omg I love This is Us and also cried at every episode. I cannot imagine watching that show with pregnancy hormones in the mix! I always have to run with sunglasses in the summer, but I only wear those cheap freebie ones you get at random expos. They’re light and I figure I’m just going to get them all dirty and sweaty. I’m curious to hear how you like your new pair though.

Also, I’m the same way with routines/ ruts. I think that’s why I like training plans so much because they give me that routine I like, but switch up the runs every day/ week. When I’m not training for something, I definitely fall into a running rut. But I’m seriously impressed by how much running you’re able to do while pregnant!

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SO glad I’m not alone with all of the tears that come with This is Us. That is awesome that the glasses from race expos work so well of you! I will definitely let you know about the goodr ones! YES YES YES… that is what I love about training plans/having a race to train for too! Otherwise I do the same thing daily!!! Thank you Diana and I hope you have an amazing weekend!

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YAYYYY I’m so glad you’re going to be on Rylee’s podcast! YAAAAS. Made my day. I’m going to order those sunglasses too! I lost my RayBans the other day, the pair I’ve had since 2011. I AM SO SAD.

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YOU LOST THEM!?!?!?! NOOOOOO that is the worst! I hope you find them somehow:) Thanks Suzy for filling me in about Rylee’s podcast! He is the best. I loved yours!

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I love homemade bread best, but that’s just not convenient always, so store bought fav is Dave’s Killer Bread. Maybe I’ll share my Grandma’s jam recipe on my blog soon, it is SO GOOD.

90% carbs = 100% happy

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YES for This is Us!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t think about the fact that it’s NEXT month!! Definitely one of my favorite shows. We also were huge fans of Psych and can’t wait for that movie coming out this year too! Then I love the BBC dramas like Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Poldark, etc. They’re my treadmill and laundry-folding guilty pleasures :)

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OH I LOVE PSYCH!!! Thanks Laura for more recommendations… I’ll be watching them on my next treadmill run:) I hope you have an amazing weekend!

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I did not realize that This Is Us is coming back so soon – you just made me so excited! But I would say my absolute favorite show of all time is Parenthood. Nothing can beat it for me.

We buy Ezekiel bread from Costco, but maybe we need to switch to that Dave’s Killer Bread….it looks delicious and I have truly never been disappointed in a Costco product. I do not have a jam recipe of my own, but I bought a jam from the farmer’s market last weekend that only has raspberries, lemon, and sugar in it. It is unreal. I have been putting it on everything lately.

I heard that song Rich Love in a yoga class the other day and tried to repeat the lyrics I could remember to myself all the way home so I could remember to put it on one of my Spotify playlists. So good!!

No big plans for tonight….going to the gym after work to get a good workout in and then making dinner at home with Chris and staying in. My favorite kind of night! Have a great weekend. :)

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So Dave’s Killer bread is absolutely the best!! My husband tried to sneak in a different one a month ago and it was just not as good. Also can’t wait for This Is Us! I got so invested in the show last season and yes with pregnancy the hormones will make you cry even more. I also can’t run without glasses. I have these really cheap 3 dollar ones from Claire’s right now that are working for me. Lol

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My name is Elijah and I am 7. My mom reads your blog and I like to see pictures of your kids. I love your blog.

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ELIJAH!!!! YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!! Thank you so so so much for your comment and I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your mom!!!

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Your reply just made his day! Thank you!!

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OMG THIS IS US STARTS AGAIN SO SOON!!! I didn’t even realize this!! I’m down for a weekly Skype call ;)

I really like Food for Life’s Ezekiel bread! I always have a loaf of that in the freezer. I don’t have a jam recipe but my old roommate used to make jam at least twice a month and it was the best thing ever. I miss those days…

My Friday plans are to be really productive at work, leave work early, then go home and make a huge veggie/tofu/lentil bowl for me and my boyfriend and watch a silly movie (we’ve been into Lifetime movies lately and they’re ridiculous but addicting).

Hope you have a great Friday, Janae!

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Those sunglasses look AWESOME! My favorites are the Oakley Proxy sunglasses but I lost my last pair(and every other expensive pair) so I’m not allowed to buy fancy ones anymore lol.

Have a great Friday!

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HAHAH yeah, I don’t think I’m allowed to buy fancy sunglasses anymore either… I lose them too often!!! I hope you have a great weekend Stephanie and thanks for your comment today!

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I sweat a lot when biking/running or walking in the summer….I have yet to find a decent priced pair of sunglasses that don’t slip around from my sweat! (OK…I found a pair at -of all places- at Fleet Farm and they work 80% of the time with occasional slips for $25 so score but curious if others have recommendations too)

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Great Q Kathy!!! I find that my ray-bans don’t slip around but my face doesn’t sweat a ton (I just sweat a ton everywhere else ha)! I’ll let you know about the goodr when I get them! ANYONE ELSE HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS!?

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My favorite bread is from a local bakery…rustic country. It makes the BEST grilled cheese sandwiches. I need to try Dave’s Killer Bread. So many people seem to love it.

Right now, I’m really enjoying Fear(less) with Tim Ferriss. If you like the How I Built This Podcast, you will like this show. It’s on Audience Network. The season finale was Tuesday, but I’m sure you can watch online or catch replays.

No big Friday plans. I like to stay home and rest and get stuff done at home so I can RUN ALL WEEKEND!!

I wear Maui Jim sunglasses. They are my absolute favorite. They have some styles in smaller sizes for people like me with small faces and heads…lol. I need Brooks Running to bring back the only running hat that fits me. Some of my old ones are getting yucky despite weekly washing.

Happy Weekend everyone!!

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Okay, so I might need to make a trip to rustic country so I can make one of these grilled cheese sandwiches please! THANK YOU for letting me know about Fear(less)! I cannot wait to check it out:) THANK YOU and enjoy your weekend of running! Oh I have the opposite problem with sunglasses/hats… my head is too big ha! Which hat was it? Maybe I can tell Brooks to bring it back!

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LOL!! It’s the Mesh Running Cap. It’s a lower profile hat, so it doesn’t hit my ears. I think I have 5-6 of them, but my favorite one is the plain white one.

If there is even the slightest possibility you could convince Brooks to make it again, I would be soooo grateful. Look on my IG @elawrence67…I’m wearing one it almost every pic I’ve posted :)

Let me know what you think about Fear(less)

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Those wallets are super cute!

My all time favorite show was definitely ER. I started watching it in junior high, and continued through to the last episode in 2009 – that was after graduating from university. I don’t think any other show has help my attention for that long – I’m guessing 12 or 13 years. There were so many great characters on ER.

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Oh I loved ER too… I started watching it around junior high too!! I hope you have a great weekend Fiona!

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What what what!?!? I didn’t know it started that soon I thought I had an extra month! Perfect timing, I just finished Gilmore girls for the first time. I loved it.

I need a new wallet, maybe I’ll look into that one.

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Oh I am so glad you loved Gilmore Girls… the best!

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I always wear eye protection when out and about. I have a fear of something blowing in my eye! I have the best pair of oakley commits (don’t think they make them anymore). They have one set of clear lenses and one set of sun-blocking lenses. I have had them for about 6 years and they work absolutely perfectly. … since reading Marie Kondo’s tidying-up book, I’ve come to really not want to buy ANYTHING I don’t absolutely need. It has nothing to do with money and everything to do with figuring out what brings happiness.

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I LOVED the commits… I used to wear those every single day! I wish I could find mine! I need to read that book asap… sounds awesome!!

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I love that Knox wants to cuddle all the time! I want my kid to be just like him since I’m always ready for that too :)

I don’t have a favorite jam recipe. But I LOVE to mix strawberry jam with butter on top of my bread. So delicious!

My absolute favorite show of all times is Sex and The City. I used to watch it with my best friend back in the day. We loved it so much.

Friday night plans are eating a high-carb dinner for tomorrow’s long run.

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GOOD LUCK ON YOUR LONG RUN TOMORROW!! You are going to rock it Nathaly!

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I love This is Us, can’t wait!

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So happy you love it too! Next month will be here before we know it;)

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I love This Is Us too. And you can tell Andrew that this non-pregnant person cries over every episode too!!

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I’m not alone!!! Thank you Laura:) I wish we could all get together to watch it and cry together ha! Enjoy your weekend!

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I’ve been wanting running sunglasses and keep meaning to ask you about them since I know you wear them. I’ll go buy a pair of those ASAP!!
Parenthood, Parks and Rec and Friends are my top 3 favorite shows. I do like This is Us. I wouldn’t be mad if we had viewing parties together ;) I won’t judge your crying because I’ll be right there with you!! Haha

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Just ordered a wallet. Thanks for the recommendation! Reasonably priced and even more reasonable shipping costs.

And I LOVE my goodr sunglasses. I need to order more cause the lenses didn’t fair so well after exposure to salt water. I still love them though. Lense spots and all.

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Try making freezer jam (there are tons of easy recipes online). It’s an awesome way to use up fruit when you have too much that’s ripe at the same time… although “too much fruit” probably doesn’t exist in your world ;) Plus it’s super quick and you can control the amount of sugar. I love doing a blueberry/nectarine or strawberry/peach combo.

And Yay for knox cuddles, This is Us and that wallet – genius!

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Good call… I totally need to do that Michelle, thank you! HAHAH yeah you nailed it… we don’t usually have any leftover fruit right now but we can make that happen! Oh your combos sound like heaven to me right now. I hope you are having a beautiful day!!

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I have prescription Ray Bans but I never remember to change into them when I go running. In other news, I fell on my run on Monday and banged up my knee pretty bad and haven’t been back out to run since then so I’m enjoying this accomplishment post so I can see what everyone else is up to.

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OMG THANK YOU! For the Thred Wallet link! I have a wallet that attaches to my keys right now and it’s falling apart. Great price and cute designs. Thanks!

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Oh this makes me so happy! Let me know what you think of the one that you get. Have a great weekend Jaime!

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I love Bon Maman jams! I think they have them at wholefoods:)
My fave show ever is probably Parks and Rec or The Office…but I also got super into this is us while I was on the tredmill this past winter! I’m only halfway through the season, though, so I’m planning a good binge before I head back to work at the end of the month!
I am in full-on recovery mode since I just wrapped up 2.5 weeks working at a camp for kids with social cognitive disabilities on the west coast. So rewarding….and so exhausting!! I let myself sleep in today and just enjoyed the peace and quiet of home:)
I sometimes wear my ray-ban wayfarers when i run, but thats mostly because they’re prescription and I kind of need them to see. I put my headbands over the part that goes behind my ears to prevent bounce. Someday I’ll invest in a pair of prescription running glasses!!

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This is us, the best, totes emosh!? in ireland so think we might get a little later hope not though will have to check out when it’s gonna be shown here.

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This Is Us… best show ever. Can’t wait! My other favorite show is the Gilmore Girls. My daughter & I love to watch the old seasons together :)

You guys haven’t done a video in a long time. You should do one if you have time!

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You are going to LOVE the Goodr’s! And I promise one pair won’t be enough :). I love mine and they are so comfortable and the colors are so fun I had to have more!

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I have never seen This Is Us! I’ve got to get on it! I love the family night thing! Awesome!

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