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Tour de Strawberry

So I know I mentioned I was at “The Cabin” and I’ve talked about it on the blog before. But I’ve never fully described the cabin on the blog before.

Ladies & gentlemen, let me introduce you to Strawberry cabin.


(For the record, Hunter is not my last name)

The cabin used to belong to my great-grandma, and when she died my grandparents bought it from all the inheritants. So while it technically belongs to my grandparents, my family is welcome to go up whenever (as long as it’s not booked!), and I definitely consider it our own.

We’ve been regularly going up to Strawberry cabin for probably 13ish years now.

It’s fun in the winter. There’s a sledding hill only a 5 minute walk away.



But I definitely like it better in the summer.



There’s a lake 2 miles away which is awesome to relax at, paddle-boat, kayak, hike, and swim.

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Literally in the backyard of our cabin is a beautiful river which we’ve been known to raft down, relax at, and chill (quite literally) in the water.

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The house in the distance at the top of this photo is ours!



The cabin isn’t big by any means. But wonderfully cozy 😉 There’s a family room area


With some awesome comfy chairs 😉


And the kitchen/dining room area.


(Taken on Thanksgiving)

The kitchen was remodeled a few years ago. Made a HUGE difference in space!


And then our wonderful porch of course.


With the view!


Upstairs is the bedroom. Yes, literally our entire upstairs is one giant bedroom with 8 beds and a bathroom. And that’s where we all sleep!

So there you have it – Strawberry Cabin 🙂 Now you’ll know what I’m talking about whenver I visit “Strawberry.”

Yesterday morning before my run, I rummaged the cabinets and found some oatmeal packets.


Ooops 😉 And 2 cups coffee. Go U-Penn baseball! (My brother’s school/team).

I then headed out on a pretty hard 3.5 miler. The first 1.5 miles was literally a complete uphill battle. But I finished, and that’s what matters!


Talk about perfect timing – almost a 100% 10 minute mile pace!


Post-run leftover pizza and garlic bread from the night before.


This was a Safeway take-and-bake pizza, and I have to say I liked it!

Do you have a specific vacation spot that your family tends to return to over and over again? Something that is special and reminds you of childhood?


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Strawberry Moments

Greetings from Strawberry cabin!

Saturday started with seeing Lonestar at the local county fair.

I tried to take a picture of them on the stage with my phone but failed. Iphone camera < old canon camera.

After picking up some Chipotle (wolfed down in 5 minutes. No joke), we got to the cabin late Saturday night.


Some of the below pictures are recycled from previous trips. But all things I did this past weekend!

Things I love about our cabin:

  • Beachin’ it & kayaking

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  • Swimming to the floating docks and cannon-balling off them
  • Family time



  • S’mores

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  • Coffee in the mornings on the deck

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  • Ice cream cones after a long day at the beach

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  • Hiking!!!



Look familiar? 😉

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(From last year)

Monday morning, I wanted to hike to Cleo’s Baths, but decided to just do a shorter loop around the lake.


About halfway around the lake, you get to the Cleo’s Bath turnoff.


Next time Cleo’s. Next time!

It took me a good 1 hour 30 minutes, which I was surprised at. I’m pretty sure it’s a 3.5-4 mile hike, but usually takes me closer to 1 hour! I also stopped at 3 different times while walking to do 3 sets of 20 standing pushups against the rocks. Not nearly as difficult as normal pushups, but better than nothing!

I did wear my new 3 month old running shoes. I usually wear old dirty ones, but I didn’t want to risk anything with my knee.


They’re only shoes right? Okay if they get a little dirty!

Baby squirrel sighting on the porch!!


Little cutie pie 🙂

Well I’m off for a quick run in this mountain air. See you all when I get back home!S

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Viva Las Vegas

Yes – predictable title 😉

So I’m back from Spring Break (okay, I’ve been back since Saturday night, but I’ve been recovering, unpacking and cleaning 😉 ).

Guys, I’m sorry if this is massive picture overload, but time for the story of Las Vegas….

Left Thursday morning and hit the road for the 7-8 hour drive!

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Got the dancing started early 😉

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What are you talking about we have too much luggage for only 4 people. 4 girls in Vegas – hello?!?!

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On the walk to dinner the first night.

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[insert giant lion above us in this picture. He was cut out]

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Came back to the hotel, and got ready for night numero one!

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No limo for us the first night, but we did get a nice bus!

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And headed to the Veneitian for Tao.

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The next day we explored Las Vegas!

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Hit the pool

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Had some dinner (exhausted – yes we were)

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And got ready for night number 2!

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We didn’t think we could do it. Our feet were killing us from the night before (hello blisters!). Minutes before getting ready, we were lying on the beds watching America’s Next Top Model. Seriously haha.

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Cool entrance to the club where we thought peace signs were necessary?

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I’m obsessed with this picture. Wish I was in it 😉

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And then this is what happens to your foot when you wear brand new $20 Target heels two nights in a row.

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Foot will not be seeing the inside of a shoe for a while now. So not sure what I’ll be doing about the gym! :-/

And that is the (shortened PG-version 😉 ) of Vegas. It was crazy fun and quite the experience! You must go at least one time. So weird and quite the funny experience to see stumbling drunks in the middle of the day…haha. Unfortunately, we didn’t see everything we wanted to see – no shows, no Bellagio fountain (while it was on), no Vegas sign. But that just gives us reason to go back!

My body is seriously still in recovery mode from all the alcohol and food. Not lying. Still bloated/swollen/stomach aches going on – I want to head to the gym so badly! I’ll attempt a swim today.

How has the past week been for everyone else? Fun spring break stories (for those who’ve been on break)??

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My vacay was filled with lake & food time!

Ready to hit up the lake for day numero dos:


I guess my grandma likes to be artsy and take angled pictures?


She’s rockin’


6 mile hike around the lake:




Wait…who found their way into my bag?


Ooooh…that’s right 😉 Pure deliciousness.

Milk dud brownies & ice cream topped with PB & chocolate chex mix:


Does another brownie for breakfast pre-breakfast snack sound okay?


$4.30 splurge of artificial ingredients yummy Caramel light frappucino during the drive home:


I never get this favorite drink of mine, but splurged today!

I’m going to miss breakfast & computer time from this view:


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1. Chillaxin with good reads:


2. Beach & raft time



3. Beautiful walks & hiking:


(The river below our cabin)


4. Brownie batter fights




5. Watching an ant drag a bee for 15 minutes to his dinner


6. Winning the board game Settlers of Catan


And some good food:


  • 1/2 a honeydew melon
  • Fage greek yogurt
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • 1/3 chopped nectarine
  • Sprinkled with spelt cereal


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Hi guys I’ve missed you! 😀  So this weekend was a blast.  I absolutely love Disneyland beyond belief!  It’s actually a life goal of mine to run the Disneyworld marathon, or at least the Disneyland half (if I can’t make it to Florida!).  A friend of ours got us free tickets because his dad works for the company – SCORE!!

After driving down Thursday night, we woke up early Friday morning to hit up the park for an all day adventure.  9:00 am – midnight!

Waiting outside the parks & posing with a random letter (they had no ‘T’ or ‘S’ to stand for our names!) as part of the CALIFORNIA sign:


We then headed into California Adventures (even though us girls really wanted to go to Disneyland first).  For those of you who’ve never been, basically California has different California “lands” (Hollywood, wine country, a boardwalk, a mountainy/woody area, etc).  The big rollar coaster was closed, so we did the new Toy Story ride (kind of like an interactive video game where you ride in cars and can shoot at 3-D targets).


Group in front of the grizzly mountain waterfall ride:


And we rode Soaring Over California.  That ride is awesome.  You basically “soar” over a giant movie screen showing scenic views all over California.  It feels completely real because they even stimulate wind and smells (you can smell the ocean!).  It’s cutely and creatively decorated, but not as “magical” as Disneyland, and can get tiring quickly.  You feel like you’re at an actual amusement park or boardwalk.  So after about 2 hours over there I was ready to get to the Magic Kingdom!


I love Main Street USA! I’m a huge history buff, so I love historical things such as this street.


We hit up most of the rides including Pirates of the Caribbean, where I saw Johnny!


Unfortunately we didn’t run into the real Johnny like I did last time at Disneyland. 😉


My little 8-year old sister has been obsessed with Johnny Depp since she saw the first Pirates movie when she was 4 or 5.  I mean obsessed.  She has a life-size poster of him (in our room that I share with her at home!), her pillow case has his picture on it…she thinks she’s going to marry him.  It’s hilarious!

I got to go on the new (re-done) It’s a Smallworld ride.


My favorite…Indiana Jones!

IMG_4216-1haha I find this picture of me and my roommate hilarious.

Mad Hatter teacups:


Don’t worry, no one got sick 😉

Lesson learned, don’t try fitting 4 huge guys in 1 teacup:


Finding Nemo submarines was the longest line we waiting in (50 minutes!) and the most boring one!


We get excited 😉


Unfortunately we only saw a few characters – Tigger, Pooh Bear & Mickey, but the only one we stood in line for was Mickey.  You have to meet Mickey Mouse while at Disneyland!


Sad story.  One of the guys in my group knocked on Mickey’s head when we went up to him.  What?!?!  You don’t do that to Mickey Mouse!!  What a jerk!  It was funny though because Mickey took him to the corner and put him in “time-out”.  They made up, and Mickey gave him a hug afterwards, but I was so embarassed.  I’m not really friends with this guy, and that was just a mean thing to do!

I was keeping my eye out for the princesses and Mary Poppins (one of my faves!), but no such luck.  Last year picture with Mary Poppins (because I love them):


In front of Splash Mountain.  We opted against standing in the 80 minute long line for it.


The mean Mickey attacker got called up to be a part of some New Orleans Mardi Gras show!  That was exciting.



I’m so happy we got to enjoy the fireworks show.  Last year it was too “windy” and they cancelled them on us at the last minute :-(.  Disneyland fireworks are the best I’ve ever seen in my life.  And it doesn’t help that they’re choregraphed to Disney music and sound clips!  Random fact: Each fireworks show costs something around $45,000!  Crazy.

Some intense photography taking:


Check out what I was taking a picture of!


Balloons!!  They’re a blown up Micky head balloon within a clear balloon.  The cool part was that they had some battery operated flashing light system, so the Micky head flashed different colors.  Sweet!  Too bad they were $12!!

After walking around non-stop all day, we were starving at night!  Our midnight snack as the park was closing…ice cream from the Main Street ice cream shop!  I got a scoop of cookies n’ cream and a scoop of Nestle cookie swirl.  The waffle cones smelled way too good to pass up 😉

IMG_4233-1I’m usually not a huge fan of cookie dough ice cream (I just pick out the cookie dough, HA!), but this was the best cookie dough ice cream of my life.  I don’t know if I was just super hungry or what, but it was swirled throughout, and just plain A-MAZING.

Unfortunately, I really didn’t get many pictures of my eats (and they weren’t all too exciting anyways!).  My food stash bag sure came in handy though!  Friday morning breakfast was a Rudi’s spelt English muffin with my barney butter sample.  I didn’t feel like spending $10 on a blah sandwich or something for lunch, so my “lunch” (more like random snacks) throughout the day/afternoon consisted of a Clif z-bar, cherry pie Larabar, part of a delicious snickerdoodle cookie, and this wonderful pineapple dole whip:

IMG_4210-1I had heard so many raves about this thing, I knew I had to try it out.  I checked out the ingredients list, and even though it has tons of crap stuff in it (including partially hydrogenated oils), it was crazy good!  Tasted just like airy, whipped pineapple froyo!

That night we crashed at Sara’s (my roommate) sister’s house, and in the morning she made us cinnamon rolls:


I had 1 1/2 doughy goodness straight out of the oven 🙂 Plus a baggy of dried cereal out of my stash, since I’m always starving right upon wakening!

Saturday we were exhausted, but managed to squeeze in a little shopping at Forever 21 😉 Then we headed to the Dodgers game!


Too bad I’m a Giants fan (Giants & Dodgers are rivals!), so I had to root for the Marlins (who they were playing against).  It was an awesome game.  3-3 bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, runner on 2nd & 3rd.  Dang!!  The crowd went crazy when the Dodgers scored (and won the game 😦 ).



We had awesome seats:

IMG_0538I think that’s Manny Ramirez running.  Can’t tell for sure though.  Our seats were right by him in the outfield and everyone was crazy chanting his name.

You don’t even want to know what my dinner was!  Heart Thrive lemon poppyseed bars (deeeelicious – review coming soon!), 1/2 Clif pumpkin pie bar (my last one!), and a pack of TJ’s trailmix.  Seriously the only food options around us were hot dogs, red-meat sandwiches, fish tacos, and giant pretzels.  No joke!  They really need to work on their vegetarian/non-red meat options!  I really didn’t want to spend $6 on a giant pretzel, so “grab-bag” it was!  I really need to go on a bar detox.  haha.

After the game, we crashed at our friend’s house this time since it was closer to the stadium.  In the morning, his parents were insanely generous enough to make us all breakfast!  They whipped up a batch of pancakes, bacon & supplied Costco muffins.  How kind! 😀 Unfortunately, I really wasn’t feeling the pancakey breakfast (plain ol’ bisquick), so I had 1 pancake (to not be rude, of course!), a few bites of a giant Costco blueberry muffin (you know how huge those things are!), and the other 1/2 of my Clif bar (RIP pumpkin pie  flavor).

We then hit the road so I could make it home to meet my sisters who were coming to visit for a few days!  Phew!  Can’t a girl get a moment of rest? 😉 I had a fun (but quick) sister visit, and the Lady Antebellum concert was amazing!!  So stay tuned for that recap in another post 😉

I had an AWESOME weekend 😀 It was so much fun, and I hung out with some great people.  I only hope to become better friends with most of them in the future (Mickey Mouse attacker not included).

But before you go…check out Megan’s Chobani giveaway!  Man oh man I love me some Greek yogurt!

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Okay first off…Mr. Keith Urban was fantabuloso!!!! Amazing amazing concert.  He is just such a great singer, performer, and guitarist.  But I shall get to that…

My sister and I started the roadtrip on the right foot…Starbucks style (of course):


Apparently I didn’t get the memo that it was a “cute” not “funny face” picture.  Then we hit the road to LA!!  What do you all think of this dude we passed on the drive?


Remind me never to move to LA.  It took us 30 minutes to go 1.5 miles off the freeway.  We finally arrived at The Grove (a shopping center) where they have an (cue drumrolls please) American Girl Store!!!


Okay, girls, who else was completely obsessed with American Girl dolls?  Now you understand my excitement at a whole store of them, right?  Or am I just really a 7 year old kid?  My absolute favorite was Samantha (who I dreamed of actually being), and I was so excited to see her whole “land” and display in the store.  Now I don’t know if you all heard, but she was “retired” recently, so apparently they stopped producing her and all of her accessories.  Which means that she was absolutely nowhere in the whole store.  At all.  Shouldn’t they have some sort of “Retirement” section, or something?  Man, I was devastated!  I don’t get to see her fancy dresses or early 1900’s historical display?  😦 At least I got to see Kirsten!  (my second favorite doll):


And my sister go to see all her Molly dolls:


And what LA trip would be complete without froyo of course!  I got to try out the new Pinkberry flavors – passionfruit, pomegranate, & coconut!  Man soooooo good!  With mango, kiwi, and blueberry toppings:


We then walked around the huge Farmer’s Market with tons of little food stands/shops, gift shops, candy & nuts shops, etc.  This nut stand was having quite the deal – 75 cents for a small container of freshly ground peanut butter! Since it was one per person, I made my sister buy one also 😉


I think they’re about 10 oz each.  What a steal!

Dinner was a BBQ chicken panini with the most BBQ sauce I’d ever had on a sandwich in my life!  And I am in love with BBQ sauce.  I usually have to ask for extra on the side.


Sorry for the blurry car shot as I ate it on the go.

Then off to Keith!! So here’s where I got super sad 😦 There we were, waiting excitedly for Sugarland (who was opening for Keith – and we love Sugarland), when Lady Antebellum come on stage.  Wait, what?!  Apparently the main singer of Sugarland lost her voice the night before when she performed with Kenny Chesney.  Nooooo!!!  Don’t get me wrong, I also love Lady Antebellum.  Under any other circumstances I would be stoked to see them perform!  But the ironic part is that they’re actualy performing next week at the local Mid-State Fair, and my sisters were already planning on driving down next weeked to go see them with me.  Out of all country performers, it had to be the group we already have tickets for in a week!  Ahhh the irony.  Oh well, they were wonderful (as much as I would have loved to see Sugarland!).


Keith was great and we had a fantastic time.



I love all his songs, but I definitely rocked out to my favorite ones –  You Look Good in My Shirt & I Wanna Love Somebody Like You.

Rather than pay for a hotel, we just decided to hit the road back to my house.  It was a tiring late night drive, but we had coffee, veggie chips, and a delicious PB&J on Rudi’s spelt bread to keep us energized until we got back here at 3:30 am.

Needless to say, I was quite tired this mornin’, but for some reason I woke up at 9 and couldn’t fall back asleep.  So I decided to take advantage and hopped up for a quick 25 minute walk (about 1.7 miles) while my sister was still sleeping.  We then grabbed lunch at a deli I’ve been dying to try.

Turkey, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onions, peppercinis & cranberry relish (the star of the show – it added just the right amount of sweetness) on a wheat roll:


(sorry for the awful quality picture) A little more than half of it stuffed me at lunch, and I hate this second half for my afternoon “snack” at work.  Plus a delicious (unpictured) peach.

Dinner was a repeat of my Black bean burger salad the other night because this thing was beyond awesome.  It was massive – I used up an entire bag of spring mix salad blend!

But before I go, check out Angela’s post on appreciating our bodies and loving the journey.  She’s challenging everyone to sit back and reflect on the good choices we make each day.  So here are mine about today:

  • I got up and went on a walk this morning rather than lay in bed.  It was short, but refreshing!
  • I listened to my body at lunch and stopped about 60% of the way through my sandwich because my stomach was hurting.  I’d already taken a few bites of my second half, and it would have been so easy to finish it.  But I wrapped it up and ate it later when I was actually hungry again

Well I’m off since I’m exhausted.  Gym and physical therapy in the morning!

Here’s another Amazing Grass giveaway!  I really want to try this stuff out!

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