Staycation

The hubs and I had a week off together and instead of flying out somewhere like we normally do we decided to stick around home and discover some places, food, things that we had not yet explored in LA.

The night (Tuesday night) we made our steak dinner from Sun Basket we went to a comedy show. We love comedy and there’s plenty of it in LA. We love the Comedy Store, but are definitely going to be trying some other spots.

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While there we indulged in this soft pretzel with mustard and since we had an early dinner so we could make it to the show we had hot slices of pizza from Vitos afterwards πŸ™‚

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On Wednesday we woke up and worked out at the gym. We had some errands to run which included grabbing bagels and printing our tickets for Universal. We did all of that and made it home, showered, and headed out.

Once we arrived at City Walk I knew I wanted to try Voodoo Donuts. We got their mango jam filled donut with tang dusted on top! B loved it and I thought it was okay-the Tang made it super tart.

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We arrived at Universal around 2pm and stayed till they closed that night at 6pm. Rides now vs rides when you were a kid are totally different. I was definitely nauseated after a couple…they were still fun πŸ™‚

Of course when we went to Harry Potter world we had to get some butter beer. We got the frozen version and boy was it sweet and delicious!

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I couldn’t believe how realistic they make it all seem and how cool the effects are! I did do a photoshoot with this snowman. Shout out to hubs for always indulging my ridiculousness!

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After a full day of being active and being cold we decided to go for some warm comfort food at home. We got takeout Thai from our favorite Thai Blvd Bistro and brought it home. We stuck with our classic favorites-Pad Thai and Panang curry.

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Before stopping for Thai food we had made a stop to grab dessert at Porto’s. We love this place and it’s so inexpensive!

Thursday we worked out and found a nice little area to walk. We ended up walking to a lunch spot, Blue Table, we had been to once before and split a turkey sandwich and a steak sandwich.

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The steak was the favorite!

We walked from there to a frozen yogurt shop and ended up walking around with our frozen treats. We eventually walked back to our car and drove home.

During this time the hubs had been working on making some sourdough. He created starter and he made us a couple of loaves during the break. You guys, sourdough bread warm out of the oven with butter? It is everything!

On Friday we did a hike and went to brunch at our favorite Leo and Lily’s. I got a turkey club and he got a Buffalo chicken sandwich. We split them and they both ended up being just okay! I don’t know if you can tell, but we really love our sandwiches πŸ™‚

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I think I will leave it off here because Saturday deserves it’s own post. We did a little food crawl around LA and it was super tasty πŸ˜‰

Do you guys enjoy staycations?

 

 

Sun Basket

Happy Monday Morning!

I hope you’re having a great start to your week! I wanted to share with you a recent meal subscription we decided to try. We had some time off and thought it would be fun to not just eat out, but also get back in the kitchen and make some tasty meals.

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I did some research and found that Sun Basket was one we hadn’t tried and their meals looked delicious! We ordered recipes for 2 people for 3 times a week.Β For our first box we picked a Mongolian Beef and Spinach, Steak with Mushroom Pan Sauce and Brussels, and a Salmon and Eggplant dish.

We came home Monday to find our box waiting for us at the front door and were so excited to dive in. We decided to make the Mongolian Beef dish that night. This was a super quick and easy meal to make. It was flavorful-I loved the gingery, garlicy beef paired with the fluffy rice and wilted spinach. We added in the roasted broccoli for some extra nutrition. This was our favorite meal out of the box!

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The very next day we decided to go ahead and try the Steak with Mushroom Pan Sauce. Again, it was a 20 minute meal-super quick and came together very easily with 2 people in the kitchen. Even if it was just one person in the kitchen this would be super quick.

We had never made a pan sauce and we ended up loving the mushroom one paired with the steak. Everything was cooked and seasoned so well! Loved this meal!

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Our third was the salmon and eggplant dish. Sadly, I think our eggplant may have gone bad by this time, but it was not our favorite dish. Maybe it was because we like a good pan sear on our seafood? I’m not sure, but the flavors didn’t seem to go well together. Everyone has different tastes and so you may love it if you love saucier fish dishes, but for us not a winner…

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Hubby said at the end of our cooking adventure that this may have been his favorite meal subscription box. I may have to agree! It had fun flavors and things we wouldn’t think about throwing together.

Have you tried Sun Basket? What did you think?

 

Back to SF

We woke up Sunday morning to a really gorgeous view of the sun rising outside of our AirBnB. We showered, packed up our things, and headed out for the second leg of our adventure to SF.

We stopped by a Safeway to grab some snacks for our drive to SF and I need a cup of coffee in the morning so we stopped by a local coffee shop to grab some and plan out our day.

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We started our drive and munched on some bluebs. We ended up driving to downtown SF to check out a mall and walk around. It was raining so we were wanting to stay warm and cozy…this thought didn’t last long πŸ™‚

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Soon enough our hunger creeped in and we decided to hit up Limoncello for some sandwiches. If you’ve been to SF you know how hard it is to find parking so once you aren’t leaving. This sandwich spot was a 30 minute walk, but feeling adventurous we decided we were up for it.

You guys it was pouring down rain so hard that we had to stop in at a CVS to buy an umbrella. We finally made it completely soaked, but super excited for our sandwiches.

We got a turkey pesto and a pastrami sandwich. We added their spicy sauce for both and they were both fantastic. I can’t tell you which one to get because the hubby liked the pastrami better and I liked the turkey.

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By the way, they were massive sandwiches and totally shareable. We actually ate the turkey first and then had the pastrami later on.Β After the sandwich we decided to go and check out the Painted Ladies. I just love these houses and how cute they are!

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We headed to our next AirBnB so we can get freshened up and get our stuff unloaded. The house was so cute!

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The bedroom was done in a cheerful yellow and super cozy and clean! We rested for a little bit and listened to the rain spatter on the windows and roof.

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We headed out to the comedy show at Neck of the Woods. It was a pretty good lineup. There were definitely some that were funnier than others. After the show we discovered we were close to Burma Superstar.

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It’s a super highly rated restaurant on Yelp and our friends had recommended the spot to us as well.

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We started with a couple of apps-their well known Tea Leaf Salad. It’s seriously the most interesting salad I have ever had. It’s got all these different flavors and textures…SO MUCH crunch! I loved that they mix it up for you table side.

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We also ordered Platha Dip. It was this super flaky, layered “bread”-similar to an Indian version of paratha-that was served with a warm coconut curry. The curry was savory and perfectly spiced.

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Even though we had every intention of ordering an entree, after having the Platha Dip we had seriously no room. We were full and done! I hope we eventually get the chance to go back and check out an entree or two πŸ™‚

We headed back to the AirBnB for a goodnights rest! We woke up Monday morning to a little bit of sunshine. We stopped by a Panera for a couple of yogurt parfait’s before heading home.

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Have you guys been to Burma Superstar? What did you think?

Carmel Valley

The hubs and I had a staycation recently, but he planned a surprise getaway for us during the start of our week.

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We drove up the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to head to Carmel Valley and do a couple of hikes along the way. Sadly for us, due to the rain, we didn’t get to do one of the hikes. The other one was short and sweet, but absolutely breathtaking.

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That picture definitely does not do it any justice, but the rain definitely added to the beauty and our sense of adventure.

After getting lost along a dirt path and finally finding our way out and back on a nice paved road we arrived at our AirBnB. This place was like a woodsy cabin and all around us was this gorgeous greenery.

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It was all windows so we had some beautiful views. There was a television and we were super grateful for the heater inside because it was chilly!

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After unloading our things we decided to head out and explore the town a bit. We explored the shops a little and ran into some local places. We found a little shop that had some of the best spreads, dips, and caramel sauces. The great thing was we were able to sample everything πŸ™‚

After a long drive and munching on very few snacks we were ready for an early dinner. We found out that a pizza place we bookmarked was within walking distance of where we already were. Dontchya just love it when things work out like that?

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We moseyed on over to Little Napoli where they were pretty full with people. We decided we didn’t want to wait and grabbed a couple of seats by the bar. They had the best pictures on Yelp of this delicious garlic bread-we had to have it.

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We also ordered the burrata which came with some roasted red peppers. I won’t lie I thought the burrata would come with crostini or something to eat it with, but it didn’t so we just used our garlic bread. Is it a thing to just eat burrata by the forkful??

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We nibbled (who am I kidding, we scarfed down) on our apps and perused the menu to figure out which pizza to order. We settled on their version of a margh (surprise, surprise!).

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The pizza was Neapolitan style and it had a crispy crust and gooey cheese. The billowy edges of the pizza and bubbly cheese are always my favorite parts. We weren’t able to finish all of it and took the rest back to the AirBnB for later.

We ended up spending the rest of the night watching The Innocent Man on Netflix until we fell asleep. It was a pretty fantastic first day! I’ll see you Thursday for our SF adventures πŸ™‚

Have you been to Carmel Valley or Carmel by the Sea?

 

Saturday Shenanigans

I just love the word shenanigans! I try to not overuse it, but every time I say it, it just makes me so happy! Anyywho, I am having to split this weekend post into two so it’s not super long. You’ll see what we got up to on Sunday on Thursday’s blog πŸ™‚

We started Saturday off a little slow. We had a late Friday and didn’t get up till 9am on Saturday. This is actually super late for us, but it was fine since we didn’t have anything planned for early in the day.

We’ve had this tickets to Magic Mountain for a while so we headed over there and checked out the park. It was a surprisingly warm day and we tuckered out pretty quickly and decided to head to “brunch.”

Sandwiches seemed like a great option so we went to Mendocino and ordered our favorite Peruvian Steak Sandwich and their Pesto Turkey Tartine.

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Neither of use realized that the turkey was a tartine till it came to our table. It was super messy, but pretty delicious. Honestly this did not need to be a tartine, it really needed another slice of bread!

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The steak sandwich was delicious as always-a little spice, a lot of savory.

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We headed to the Grove after this to check out the sights and Christmas decor. When we got there we realized we needed something sweet and ran into this crepe shop.

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We created our own with strawberries, banana, and nutella. Holy cow was this so yummy! We finished this super quick!

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We walked around a little more and then headed back to the car for another little bakery adventure. I’ve talked about Porto’s on the blog before and we LOVE it. It’s a really great bakery and the prices are fantastic.

If you ever have a chance to visit Porto’s I highly recommend it. Depending on when you go the lines look crazy, but they go by super quickly. It also gives you a chance to figure out what you want!

We headed home with our goodies and relaxed for a while until our tummies started to tell us it was dinner time. We found a new sushi place on Yelp, Raku Teriyaki, and decided to give it a go. They had 4.5 stars and 233 reviews so we figured it was a safe bet.

 

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We got a few rolls and two orders of nigiri. The nigiri was $6 to add on to a roll so we thought why not?

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The hubs and I both thought they were good…I may have enjoyed them more then he did πŸ™‚ The fish was fresh and tasty and I always love it when the flavors on the fish complement the fish and not overpower it. Raku did that pretty well!

We had some watermelon kombucha to wash it all down! This is one of my favorite kombucha flavors from this brand.

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We decided to get a “few” items to have for dessert that night and may have gone just a tad overboard. We got their cheese roll, guava and cheese pastry, tres leches cake, flan, chocolate cake, mango mousse, and a hazelnut chocolate cookie. All of this was under $20 and all of it was delicious!

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Don’t be alarmed we definitely sampled all of the things, but did not finish all of it. We ended up warming up the cheese roll the next day in the toaster oven and it was just as good!

It was pretty fantastic foodie Saturday all in all πŸ™‚

What’s your favorite bakery? What do you get from there?

 

 

Meals and snacks

Happy Thursday my friends!

I mentioned a few posts ago that I’ve been in a more snacky mood recently which has been fun, but I’ve also had to reign it in to make sure I get my colors and protein.

To be completely honest I probably do a pretty okay job at getting in my protein, but I do what I can and don’t stress too much about it. I’m great at eating veggies and fruit so the colors part is a little easier for me πŸ™‚

This was a yummy breakfast one day when I wanted something simple. I did eat half a plate of spinach before this while deciding on what to make for breakfast! Eggs, sourdough toast, and tomatoes noms!

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Boom Chicka Pop has my heart with this sweet and salty kettle corn. I LOVE this stuff and have gone through more bags then I can count. If you haven’t tried it, you absolutely need to! It is crack!

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We had lunch out one day and I got Panera’s pick two while the hubby got a bowl from Cava. I picked the chicken frontega and cobb salad and both were yummy. I definitely did not finish everything and had leftover salad later that day as a snack πŸ™‚

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Okay, so I constantly hear about these Mary’s crackers and I always go back and forth about trying them because to be completely honest I don’t know how I feel about paying $5 for a box of crackers! Recently, though I have been huge into cheese and crackers (going back to the snacking) and have been loving trying new ones out. These were on sale for $3 so I figured I would give them a shot and boy am I glad I did! They are nutty and crunchy and so good!

I’ve been eating them with guac, cheddar, brie, hummus, and just straight outta the box. They are so yummy!

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Speaking of brie (and cheese and crackers), I’ve been loving these little individual brie bites from TJ’s. I like that they are portioned out and easy to eat. They are super creamy and delicious!

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This meal is a perfect example of my recent snacky meals. I could eat this and then have grapes for dessert and be perfectly content. I want to say I would be content forever, but we all know that, that would be a BIG lie and I will be onto something else right after this post comes out πŸ˜…

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This next item could be a snack or a dessert or your snacky dessert? I don’t know, but it is pretty darn good! These are a Costco find-Greek yogurt bars coated in dark chocolate. The chocolate is actually really creamy and not bitter like in most dark chocolate. The yogurt part inside is like the texture of soft ice-cream, but thicker. It is a little tart, but enjoyable. They go in your fridge so the texture stays consistent!

Both hubs and I have both been enjoying these. They are pretty small, but I am good with half of one usually. Right now, I prefer the vanilla over the strawberry, but that will probably change soon!

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This post has been long enough I think so I will cut it off there! I will see you lovelies Monday with another post, but meanwhile let me know what your favorite snacks are and if you’re eating has changed in the New Β Year. Till next time!

 

Friday Night Fun

Good morning lovelies! Welcome back to another post πŸ™‚

Every fun filled weekend begins with a good Friday night? Am I right?

Let’s start at the beginning shall we?

We ended up heading to the mall and grabbing some coffee. This iced oat milk latte is a total dream from La Colombe. Honestly, this is hands down one of the best coffee shops ever. Their coffee is always smooth, never bitter. It is perfect the way it is and it doesn’t need sugar, but I do add a little bit of simple syrup for sweetness because it’s me and I like things a little sweet πŸ˜‰

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We mosied around and took in the sites until we were ready to head out and find some dinner. We love Vito’s. You all know this, we know this. It’s not a secret. Sorry (notsorry) about the messy box-we ate a slice in the car. Lawwwwdyyy is it delicious when it is super fresh!

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Since we were trying to figure out dessert we also headed to Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar. I’ve been wanting to go since it opened, but I am not a fan of huge lines (who is?) so we waited and our patience paid off because we had 2 people in front of us! Winning!!

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We had to get her famous crack pie. It’s pretty similar to gooey butter cake if you’ve had it, but this had a cookie crust. To be honest this was our least favorite item. I’m not saying it wasn’t good, but it was just sugar (again not a bad thing, but a tad too much). I know a LOT of people love this item and it’s their favorite thing, but I preferred the other two items much more!

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Speaking of other two items we also got the birthday cake truffles. These were yummy! Sweet, but I liked the texture of the crumbly cake and the smooth frosting holding this together. It was definitely a birthday cake flavor which I LOVE!

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The last item we bought was a slice of the birthday cake. The hubs and I agreed that this was delicious, but we weren’t sure if it was worth $7 a slice. The frosting was light and airy. The cake was also pretty light, but held up well to the frosting. Thinking back on this cake now I’m a little ashamed to say (babe don’t kill me) but I may pay $7 a slice for this…I mean look at it!20181221_210833

It was all about the experience and we had a VERY enjoyable experience at the bakery. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. The decor was so cute! I would recommend a visit if you ever get a chance because they have some yummy sweets and frankly, I think Christina Tosi is pretty awesome. I mean have you seen her on Master Chef?

Let me know if you’ve had a chance to visit Milk Bar and what you thought in the comments πŸ™‚ Till Thursday! See you later!

Full Day of Eating

It’s my first Full Day of Eating post in 2019 and I am here for it!

I love starting my day off with a yummy Β breakfast so today it was a bowl of greens, grape tomatoes, potatoes, and eggs! Noms!!

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I’ve been having breakfast later which means later lunch. The only problem with that is during the work week we have earlier dinner so a big lunch means I don’t want to have dinner. My solution? Have a smaller/snackier lunch. I’m happy with that and you guys know I LOVE having little bit of everything so this is perfect!

I decided on a half grilled cheese, greens, tomatoes and a little bit of golden lentil soup from Amy’s.

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The other trend you may notice is that I tend to eat the same veggies with most meals. This is because there’s only two of us and I hate buying a bunch of produce and throwing it away because I didn’t have time to use it. To avoid this I will buy a few different veggies and use them up throughout the week.

I’ve also been buying frozen bell peppers to add to eggs and frozen breakfast potatoes because it keeps pretty well and sometimes it’s even a little less expensive.

For dinner we ended up going to an AYCE sushi place called Hikari. It’s actually pretty close to the other AYCE Β sushi place we went to, Maru. This place was delicious, but we still prefer Maru.

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Hunida’s blogs have me on a sushi kick!

Hikari also gave us complimentary green tea ice-cream at the end of our meal. It was sweet and had a very mild green tea flavor!

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We came home after this and relaxed until it was time for bed πŸ™‚ what have you been eating? Do you have a favorite AYCE sushi place?

 

Tomato love

You guys know I love eating the rainbow whether that be with vegetables or skittles. Eating in color feeds your eyes and your stomach and I am all about that! Recently, I’ve been on a tomato kick and love having a few with basically every meal.

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It adds a fun juicy texture, some sweetness, and amps up the nutrients in my meals. What more could a girl want?

Did you know that tomatoes are good for your heart health? Lycopene, that is found in tomatoes, can actually decrease the bad cholesterol in your body. There’s never a bad time to start taking care of your heart and if adding in some ketchup or eating a tomato or two can help, why not?

They lycopene in tomatoes also can help in preventing sunburn. I would love to say that I am on top of my skin regimen and wear sun screen every time I go out, but I most definitely do not so if tomatoes will help me out even a little bit with that I will take it!

The fluid in fiber in these delicious guys will also help you out in the digestive department…we all know that a sad gut is a major pain in the butt πŸ˜…Β We all want to have happy tummies especially with all the cookies that we are consuming so adding in tomatoes can help make sure you stay nice and regular πŸ™‚

I’m not sure if bathing in tomato juice will make skunk smell go bye since I have no experience there, but it does so many other wonderful things!

How do you guys feel about tomatoes? Do you love it or hate it?

Recently

Hi Friends! I thought it would be nice to sit down and catch up on stuff that’s been going on recently…hence the title πŸ˜‰

As I am writing this I am not feeling the best-congested, coughing, cold. Basically, a freakin’ delight. We got some manuka honey to help me combat the cough at least so I’ve been chugging that down with my hot lemon water.

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I still workout even though I haven’t posted anything workout related in who knows how long? I’m still working out 4 days a week anywhere from 30-90 minutes depending on how I’m feeling. I’m also still loving weights, machines, cardio, pilates, bands…I think you get the point!

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I’ve been really loving naps! I didn’t think I was a nap person, but there’s nothing quite like napping during the weekend. I’m getting old or maybe reverting back to being 5 years old, either way I’m fine with it as long as I get to nap πŸ˜…

I love snacks, but recently I feel like I live off snacks. I just want a little bit of everything and haven’t been feeling super meal oriented. Sometimes it’s grapes or tomatoes or carrots and other times it’s plantain chips or chocolate pretzels. You know now looking at that nap situation and this snacking situation I am more and more convinced I must be Peter Pan…

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Keeping my makeup simple has been kinda nice. I either wear no make up besides doing my brows a bit or I do some concealer and mascara…very rarely eyeliner and call it good!

How are you guys doing? What’s been going on in your lives?