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I couldn’t decide on a title today.  Some of my options were:

  • Sweet Crepe!
  • Champagne in the Mornin’
  • Panera take 3

You see, I opened this jar of jam the other night and at first thought something was wrong.  It was so….chunky!!  And then at first taste, I tasted vague hint of alcohol.  Bummer Sad smile The jam must be bad.

I took another bite.  Yes.  Definitely some alcohol.  Then I noticed the name.

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Awww champagne.  Yes, now that makes sense.  And the chunks?  My friends, that was just the overload of blueberries.  So amazed.  And So delicious.  I am obsessed.

I mixed it with some cream cheese to top my protein pancakes with.

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Pancakes made with:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Almond milk
  • ~1/4 cup pumpkin

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Delicious, but these pancakes were so moist, they took FOR-EV-ER (Sandlot anyone??) to cook. 

And the next morning I decided to make a sweet crepe.  Egg white omelet filled with the blueberry jam + cream cheese mixture.  With 2 1 1/2 Morningstar sausage patties on the side.  I might’ve been feeling nibbly.

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It’s been rainy here.  Very. Very. Rainy.

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And now I’m at Panera blogging away.  I got off work early, and felt the need to come somewhere productive to blog. 

Unfortunately, I couldn’t turn down the “.99 cent pastry with any meal + drink purchase.”  Darn.

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I longingly eye this Cobblestone pasty roll thing every time I’ve been to Panera. 

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Honestly?  It looks good.  But isn’t great.  It basically tastes like cinnamon raisin bread with a tiny bit of frosting drizzle.  I was expecting more of a cinnamon roll type of flavor.  I nibbled on half before my meal came.

Chicken Fuji Apple salad + black bean soup + whole grain baguette. 

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Considering the fact that I snacked a lot at work this morning, I am now stuffed.  Drinking carbonated soda doesn’t help either Winking smile

Panera take three was a bit more of a success than my past visits.  Although my baguette was a bit on the burnt side.  Here’s my ranking so far (based on what I’ve gotten here within the 3 visits since it opened):

1. Fuji apple salad
2. BBQ chopped salad
3. Thai chicken salad

1. Chicken noodle soup
2. Black bean soup
3. Vegetable pesto soup

There salads are just so…..skimpy!!  Definitely needs more to it.  But the baguette still ranks #1 in my heart.  I love it.

I have to say once on vacation I got a turkey sandwich on their cinnamon raisin bread.  Sounds odd.  But it was amaze.  Sweet + savory peeps.  Do it.

 

What’s your favorite pastry?

I’m not a big pastry person.  Okay, that’s kind of lying.  They taste delicious.  But I can easily turn them down.  I definitely like sweet, doughy, frosting covered things.  Or an ooey gooey caramely baked good.  I’m not a fan of flaky things (think croissants or scones). 

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Shake it

My breakfast was bomb.

Yes bomb.

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I knew I wanted to use my near-empty pumpkin butter jar for something.

Yay for yogurt messes!  Rather than cereal, I found some old old Heart Thrive bars in the freezer.  Yummy.

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So pretty.  Reminds me of sand art.

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Lunch was pumpkiny as well.  Surprised?  No?  Really?  Why not? Winking smile

Pumpkin pancakes.  Topped with peanut-butter-pumpkin-maple-syrup (peanut flour + syrup + a scoop of pumpkin butter).  And pumpkin cream cheese.

Oh Lord.  Even I’m pumpkind out by that description.

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Ugly.  But soooooo good.

 

And for dinner….

A few weeks ago, I was sent some Shake ‘n Bake to try out.  Shake ‘n Bake makes it easy to coat your chicken with delicious crispy flavor. 

The box comes with a plastic baggy and seasoning to shake shake shake!

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After baking in the oven, and served on some adorable football plates (perfect for football parties!):

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I also had some laughing cow and masala dip on the side.  IMG_1769-1

And black beans.

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Actually quite tasty!  And not too spicy either, especially for buffalo chicken seasoning! Winking smile

I ended up with crispy chicken tenders for dinner in an easy 20 minutes (5 minutes prep, 15 minutes cooking!).  And it was delicious.  This was definitely a delicious low-fat alternative to buffalo wings.  I do wish, however that the ingredient list wasn’t quite so long.  But you can’t be too picky about those things all the time!

 

Want to try out Shake ‘n Bake for yourself? (Please note that this was sent to me for free, and Shake ‘n Bake is supplying the products for this review and giveaway).

The winner will receive:

  • A sample of NEW Shake ‘N Bake Crispy Buffalo
  • Football-themed serving plates
  • A tip sheet that includes tips on how to host the perfect football party
  • A $50 American Express gift card to outfit the rest of your party

 

I’m not a big football fan, but this would be perfect for any sports game watching.  I served it during baseball World Series time Winking smile

To enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite sport to watch
  • Spread the word and link back to the giveaway

With the holiday coming up, I’ll give you some extra time and will pick a winner on Friday November 26. 

Ready…set…get shakin!!!

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Fluffy as a Pancake

Last week I had a couple days where I was able to sleep in (man I miss those mornings.  I’m tired and dying this week).  Anyways, I took advantage and made some pumpkin pancakes!

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This recipe is deeeeeelicious and makes a huge batch. 

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So, I have plenty in my freezer!  It’s honestly one of the best homemade pancake recipes I’ve found.

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And pancakes topped with cream cheese are just….well…awesome.  Yes, that’s it.

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Today started my “back-track-no-sweets-for-21-days” challenge.  You know I’m all for treats and things in complete excess moderation.  Which might explain the fact that I still had half a cookie post-run, and hot chocolate tonight. 

Even though I’m on a “back-track-no-sweets-for-21-days” mission.

But I’m okay with that, because it’s mainly the loads of Halloween candy (I blame you candy bowl at work!!), cookies, and fudge I’m trying to wean off of. 

Baby steps, folks.  Baby steps.  (Baby steps always reminds me of “What About Bob?”  Anyone….anyone?)

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Meant to be

I love pumpkin.  I really truly very much do.

I know blog-world has some sort of obsession with canned pumpkin.  But I’ve actually been enjoying canned pumpkin long before I discovered blogs.

For 4 years now I’ve been making pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin smoothies, and pumpkin yogurt. Year-round.  Who says pumpkin is only for October-December??

 

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Dear pumpkin yogurt.  I love you with all my heart.

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I need to make a pumpkin smoothie soon.

At work I snacked on multiple snacks, including corn bread.  Yum.

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Corn bread, you rock.

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Thursday and Fridays are my evenings off from the hospital, so I decided to do my long run Thursday late afternoon.

You know oats are my staple pre-long run fuel.  Breakfast….or 2:00 pm lunch.  It works.

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OIAJ?  Even better.

Nuttzo – you were an expensive, once in a lifetime splurge.  Yummy and unique.  But not good for my wallet.

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If you find it on sale, or are able to splurge, I do recommend it.  It had a very flaxseed taste.  And there were literally huge chunks of nuts throughout.  Quite delicious.

I added some chocolate hazelnut butter and a few of those chocolate filled cookie things from Trader Joe’s.

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This was my last long run before my race next weekend.

Distance: 9.5 miles
Time: 1:28:16
Avg Pace: 9:17

I’m not going to lie when I say this run wasn’t hard.  It got me kind of worried.  I’ll have to do 4 more miles?  But I know every run is different.  I’ve had an excellent 12 miler, a tough 11 miler, and some speedy 5 milers.

I know I’ll survive my half next weekend.  And hard or not – it’ll be worth it Open-mouthed smile

It was also my first run sporting not one, but 2 knee braces.

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I’ve been experiencing an increase in knee pain the past week, and I can’t tell you if it’s my orthotics, shoes, lack of strength training, etc.  But to be safe, I ordered a second knee brace for my other knee.  Knee braces aren’t a cure-all.  But it’s better to be safe than sorry on this one.

I didn’t take 1 picture of the rest of my night.  But let me put into words what a long run does to me:

6:30 – arrive home from my run.  Head straight for my TV to turn on dish and figure it all out.  Hello – the Giants were in the playoffs.

7:15 – After failing to make my TV work, remember I need to foam roll.  Shite!  Get to it.

7:30 – Finally make dinner since it’s been an hour and I’m starving. Eat sweet potato gnocchi with pumpkin pasta sauce, feta cheese, and a side of veggies and potato mixture.

7:45 – Stuffed.  For sure won’t eat the rest of the night.

8:30 – Hungry.  Pop a large bowl of popcorn.  Season generously with garlic salt.

9:30 – Hungry.  Make myself a mug of hot chocolate.

10:15 – Hungry.  Have a small bowl of pumpkin ice cream.  And by small bowl, I mean 2 servings.  Since 1 serving is enough for a mouse.

Long runs obviously spark my appetite.

And this morning I continued the pumpkin trend with pumpkin peanut butter pancakes!  And pumpkin spice coffee.  3 cheers for the return of pumpkin coffee!!

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I followed Jenny’s pancake recipe.  Although I added a bit more milk to the mixture.

Topped off with peanut butter maple syrup and a generous amount of strawberry jam.  Pumpkin PB&J pancakes if you will?

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To make the syrup I mixed 2 heaping scoops of peanut flour with maple syrup.  It was delicious.  And that’s why my syrup looks oddly chunky.  No worries.

Confession: It’s 12:26 pm and I’m still in my pajamas.  I spent the morning watching Couples Retreat on TV.  And I don’t feel guilty whatsoever.  This is my first morning 100% completely off in over a month.  And it’s glorious.

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Back to basics

I’m probably overwhelming you with blog posts. Although…I hope not! Once upon a time Last school year, I wrote almost a post a day. Once I went home for the summer, my schedule was wack and was also camera-less. So my posts fell to only rarely. Now that I’m getting back into a schedule of work and eating my own foods, posting should be more regular!

This morning I was able to sleep in (praise the Lord Jesus!). And got up to make pancakes! I have no flour, but I improvised with my Trader Joe’s peanut flour.

I combined:

  • 1/4 multigrain oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut flour
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda & baking powder
  • Cinnamon

Cooked on the griddle….okay, they didn’t exactly come out perfect. They broke while flipping.

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I topped them off with a sauce made of the peanut flour & some almond milk until the right consistency.

With some REAL maple syrup for dipping.

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They were okay. Kinda dry. And I wish I had my SF syrup to douse them in. Yes, I admit. I like my SF syrup. Partly because it’s not as sickly sweet. Partly because then I can douse my pancakes in syrup without feeling quite as guilty. Hate on the SF stuff or not – but I like it!

Guys – I was still exhaused this morning. Even after waking at 9:30. Even after lazing around all morning. I totally debated on running or not. But I did. And I’m happy I went out!

Distance: 4.72 miles
Time: 44:38
Avg: 9:27

I went down I route I always have trouble with. It’s slightly downhill one way, slightly uphill the way back. In the direct blazing sun. But I felt I kept up a good pace for it!

Note: I don’t stop the watch during my walking breaks. But I do pause it when I need to stop in the shade. Particularly stop with a side cramp. Which I’ve been getting every run.

Quick lunch between showering and work – the rest of my egg white salad with tortilla “chips.”

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I simply sprayed a whole wheat tortilla and sprinkled with salt, garlic & pepper. However it never got truly crispy like Flatout wraps do. Those rock for “chip” making.

Plus a handful of these on the way to work:

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I actually remembered my camera phone today on my dinner break and managed to snag a picture! Unfortunately it was one of the more boring days – all of the entrees had meat or fish :-/ So I stuck with the salad bar:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Kidney beans
  • Black beans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Blue cheese (that’s all they have)
  • Honey mustard dressing

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+ a side of scalloped corn. It looked kinda good. (which I didn’t get a picture of)

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I actually really like how the hospital cafeteria has the nutritional information below most of their food they serve. It kind of helps me order. While I am stoked about getting a free meal every shift, I am worried about eating all the sodium and homecooked type of meals. The nutrition info can help keep me straight.

My hot chocolate goes undocumented literally almost every night, but tonight he (or she?) demanded an appearance.

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Resting on my new lap desk.  The lap desk’s name is Lil’ P. I will one day get to the story behind my lap desk’s name. But I’m not sure you want to hear it.

Yes, I know I’m dumb for having my drink right next to my computer. Yes, I know one day it’s likely to spill on the keys, causing a catastrophe and the world to end. And yes, I know since I know that it’ll eventually happen one day, I shouldn’t rest it there.

But do I listen to myself? No.

I now have a plain yogurt freezing in the freezer right now. I’ll let you know how that turns out tomorrow.

First 6 am shift in the morning – let’s do this!

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First up, Thursday night at Farmer’s Market, I had the BEST teriyaki chicken bowl ever. As luck would have it, I forgot both my camera AND my phone at home, so no picture. But it looked a lot like this, just minus the greens (I only had chicken & white rice. Doused in about 1 cups worth of teriyaki sauce)

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I had to post about this because it was actually quite a good step for me. This was most likely slightly fried chicken with skin over about 2 cups worth of white rice. In the past during my stricter (aka not healthy) eating period, I would never ever get white rice. I would have found something at Farmer’s that was bland and all completely healthy/low calorie. Sure, white rice is “empty” carbs and brown rice is better for you. But some white carbs now and then are not going to kill you!

I was very very satisfied with my absolutely delicious meal 😀

Then Friday morning I fueled up with 1 Vans Flax Plus waffle with figs (picked up at Whole Foods this past weekend with a coupon!). Topped with a blog of yogurt and some syrup.

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Then I headed out on a run which was actually quite difficult! Even though I’ve been slowly increasing my mileage on my long runs, my short runs still seem just as difficult as they did 2 months ago. Why do I not seem to be building up my endurance?

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 37:33

Later in the afternoon I got to work on baking for Old Navy’s fundraiser bake sale. Since I had no oats to make cookies, I used my great-grandma’s Congo Square recipe!

Mama’s Congo Squares

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 lb box brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 2/3 cups sifted flour (I used whole wheat – all I had)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Mix-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, etc)

Heat oven to 350F. Grease a 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch pan (I used 8×11) with 1/3 cube of butter.

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Cream rest of the butter with brown sugar and vanilla.

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Beat in egg, one at a time.

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Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients slowly on low speed.

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Mix in chocolate chips &/or nuts (I used chocolate morsels and cinnamon chips)

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Spread dough evenly (it will be very thick) and bake for 25 minutes.

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Let cool and cut into squares. It will be dense/doughy!!

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I always loved licking the mixure.

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Although growing up, my mom’s Kitchenaid one looked like this. I took pride in licking it so clean she claimed she “didn’t need to wash it!”

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My sister always got to clean out the bowl. Unfortunately she’s not here today to do so 😦

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Good thing I am though 😉

Ooey gooey doughy goodness.

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Although I do like my mom’s cookies more.

This morning I made protein packed whole wheat oat pancakes!

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Dry ingredients:

  • 1 scoop whey protein powder
  • 3 T wheat bran
  • 2 T whole wheat flour
  • 3 T multigrain oats
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • Almond milk (didn’t measure – pour to right consistency)

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Then topped with cream cheese, PB, & some syrup.

They were a bit dry this morning. I think I may have used too much protein powder.

Now I’m off to enjoy the heat! My brother’s band is playing at a day party (aka drunken Freshman day party), so I’m hoping to get in, see them play, and get out quick 😉

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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Staying Power

These puppies have some mad staying power.

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Fitnessista inspired protein pancake, with a few changes. The first time I made them, they came out slightly dry. The next couple times were too mushy. This time, I used a secret k not-so-secret ingredient: OATS!

  • 2.5 T soy protein powder
  • 2 T WW flour
  • 2 T wheat bran
  • 1/4 cup multigrain oats (from TJs)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • Copious amounts of cinnamon
  • Some splenda
  • 1 egg white
  • Almond milk (didn’t measure – just added until right consistency)
  • Cinnamon chips (not chocolate chips!!)

Topped with strawberry whipped cream cheese (Einstein’s brand) and syrup.

Yessssss. Perfectttttt.

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I forgot how much I love oatmeal pancakes! A few years ago I lived off of pumpkin oatmeal pancakes, and won’t go so long without them again!

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Was I hungry 3 1/2 hours later when I had some strawberries and Camel Dessert Hummus? (Caramel apple flavor, by the way is a-mazing. Tastes exactly like a caramel apple.)

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Nope, not hungry. But it was sure tasty.

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Hungry 5 hours later when I stopped by Cowboy Cookies for a spontaneous giant treat?

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Nope, not hungry. But pretty disappointed by “The Wrangler” (oatmeal chocolate chip cookie). It was way too buttery and flaky for my taste. I like chewier, denser cookies that don’t taste like butter. So I only picked at it and ate about half? But seriously, their other cookies rock and I highly highly recommend them (especially the snickerdoodle!)

Hungry 6 hours later when I munched on carrots & BBQ ranch dip?

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Nope, just munchy.

I really didn’t get honestly hungry until dinner time. Sure, I snacked all day. But I usually need substantial meals or I get shaky.

Power to ya’ pancakes!

I wasn’t even that hungry for dinner, so I had cinnamon raisin oats. With blobs of nut butter obvs.

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This brand. I was lazy.

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Except it tasted slightly like…plastic? I’ve had these oats multiple times in the past, and got the same plasticy taste. Not sure what it is about them. So I left quite a bit in the bowl. Sad waste 😦

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And then I had an apple + hummus.

K, so maybe my appetite is just out of whack and the pancakes didn’t keep me full all day. But they still have staying power. Yummy staying power.

And soon after got all glammed up and ready to head downtown. Gotta love Thursday nights – drink specials and no bar covers? Me likey.

With my new boots on 😀

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Which you unfortunately can’t see in the picture :-(. And I look ginormo compared to my teeny roommate!

Now I’m taking it easy becaue I work 7 am tomorrow until 4:00. Old Navy’s $1 flip-flop sale is tomorrow and it’s going to be ca-razy!! Check it out 😉

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