Ultimate Coffee Date 3

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Hey strangers!

After two weeks of soccer and back to school craziness, it feels so so good to have some down time on the couch, watching MN Gopher football, and getting the chance to catch up with you all.

Today I’m linking up with my friend Nikki and her co-hosts Jill, and Lynda for their Ultimate Coffee Date link up. It’s a great way to catch up and discover new blogs. Definitely one of my favorite posts to write. :)

This morning I was coaching a soccer game, so although it’s no longer morning, it feels like it to me because I actually have the time to relax. And although I’m not currently drinking coffee, I am thinking about making myself a cup of tea. So if we were having coffee (or tea in my case!) this evening, here’s what I would share with you:

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you…

that my soccer team is on a four game winning streak! We are currently first in our conference. All of this positive thinking is really paying off. :)

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…

that I attempted (attempted being the key word here!) to make my own almond milk. It wasn’t a complete success, and I will definitely be trying it again now that I’ve learned from my mistakes. However, it was much creamier and way more tasty than the store-bought brands! I used it in these blueberry muffins I made the other week. Mmm mmm.

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(Almond) milk, does the body good.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…

that the reason I’m having tea is because I came down with a nasty head cold. Between the change of schedule with going back to school and having two games this week, it’s been all run and no rest. Now that soccer is over for the weekend, resting up is exactly what I’m doing.

I’ve talked about my love for Source Naturals Wellness Vitamins here before, but the other one of my must-haves for when I’ve come down with a cold is Boiron Coldcalm pills. Yesterday was the first full day of my cold, and by taking these and those wellness vitamins, I’m feeling so much better already!

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how much I love doing yoga on our back porch to this view. It’s so quiet and peaceful back there. Especially with all of the cute squirrels running around, playing with one another, and chomping on their food. Yes, I am a squirrel lover. My favorite yoga-at-home app is Yogamazing. Chaz is an awesome instructor and I love that the videos are organized by topic (i.e. yoga for back pain, etc.).

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 sweet peace and lovin

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…

I’ve found a new favorite “breakfast” bar. Not really labeled as a breakfast bar, but it is what I’ve been eating every day for breakfast during the work week. They are called the Perfect Bar. I love that they are gluten-free, free of processed sugars, and have a good amount of protein. The Cranberry Crunch is my favorite so far!

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that I’m thinking about making an upcycled t-shirt rug. For those who know me, I’m not really the crafty type. However, since we’ve moved I’ve realized how many friggin t-shirts I have, and need to get rid of. Instead of donating them (let’s be honest, some are just too worn to be donated), making them into rags (already got enough of those), or throwing them (I’m trying to reduce my waste!), I’d like to make them in to this kind of rug. Only problem is, I am not a sewer (my mom, however, does alterations for a living). Think I could rope her into helping me? :)

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you…

that life is busy, but good. So much to be grateful for. Every single day.

Ever made your own almond milk? Favorite breakfast foods? Fall crafts you can’t wait to start?

Have a great rest of your weekend all!

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Goooood morning!

And Happy Saturday. :)

This is the first Saturday in a long time in which I’ve been able to a) sleep in and b) not have to get up and rush off to something (other than two weeks ago when we were up at the cabin!).

It feels great. And also gives me time to write this post and link up with Nikki, Jill, and Lynda for their Ultimate Coffee Date link up!

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I posted my first Ultimate Coffee Date awhile back (you can read that post here), and it’s time I joined in on the fun again!

The Ultimate Coffee Date is a fun way to share what’s going on in life, and connect with other bloggers. If you’re a blogger interested in linking up as well, check out this how to guide. Check out Nikki’s other co-hosts Jill Conyers and fitnessmomwinecountry too!

So what’s on my mind this morning?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…

how excited I am to be all moved in to our new house! We closed on Monday, and were officially out of our apartment on Thursday. Just have to put everything away (and buy a few things!). It’s been a long week, and now, it’s time to put our feet up and enjoy! :)

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you… 

that I love discovering new neighborhoods. A friend of ours stopped by the other day to see the house, and we headed out to this local cafe I heard was good. We are within walking distance to downtown White Bear Lake, and I love that we have lots of new shops and restaurants to try out. I had this chicken salad with strawberries, slivered almonds, blue cheese, shaved fennel, and a lavender balsamic dressing. Healthy and delicious!

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you…

that I just love the Farmer’s Market. Another great thing about where we live is that there is a Farmers Market on Friday mornings right in downtown (that I was able to walk to!). I picked up some kale, spinach, fingerling potatoes, green beans, green bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, local string cheese, and a bouquet of beautiful flowers for under $40. You seriously cannot beat that!

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you…

that I found a new favorite yogurt. Dreaming Cow Strawberry Pomegranate Grass-fed yogurt. Not as thick and creamy as Greek (or with as much protein), but I love that it only uses fruit juice to sweeten and is all-natural. And it’s got a great creamy texture without the sourness of other yogurts.

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And that my friends, is a wrap!

Any tips for this new homeowner? Favorite yogurts I should know about? Anything else you’re loving about the summertime?

Have a great Saturday! :)

 

Link Up: Ultimate Coffee Date #1

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Good morning! And happy weekend! :)

This morning I am linking up with Nikki at Grab Your Kicks. Nikki and I went to college together, and I just love following what she’s up to these days! That’s part of the beauty of technology, right? To connect with and stay in touch with those you otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

Nikki hosts this Ultimate Coffee Date, and I can’t help but join in!

It’s a fun way to share what’s going on in life, and connect with other bloggers. If you’re a blogger interested in linking up as well, check out this how to guide. Check out her co-hosts Jill Conyers and fitnessmomwinecountry too!

So, what’s on my mind this morning?

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you… that I actually don’t drink coffee. Although I love the smell, I cannot stand the taste. Nor what it does to my body (I’m a little caffeine sensitive). The only time I enjoy coffee is if I’m having a cappuccino after dinner with a delicious chocolate dessert. But even then, it’s only a few sips! I do enjoy tea however. Especially the kind with steamed milk (hello Chai Tea Latte!). And especially if the milk is non-dairy (hello Almond Milk Chai Tea Latte!).

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Almond Chai Tea Latte from FireRoast Cafe in South Minneapolis.

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you…. that this is the earliest I have been up on a Saturday in awhile. Although I usually start tossing and turning before 6 (when I normally get up for work), I actually felt well rested and got out of bed by 7 this morning. Must have been because I feel asleep on the couch around 10 last night while watching the Wild play. :) That was my strategy all week for the them winning, but it obviously didn’t work last night!

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you…. that I have been super busy lately! Between planning a wedding, house hunting, food truck researching, teaching (of the school and yoga kind!), and my coaching duties, life has been nuts! However, I can honestly say I wouldn’t want it any other way. Every opportunity is something to be grateful for. This weekend, however, is the first weekend where I literally have nothing going on. And boy does it feel good.

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you…. about how sick everyone around me has been! A few weeks ago I had a bad cold, the fiancé was sick all this week, and a lot of my co-workers and students are sick too. We have been loading up on the vitamins at our house (these are our go to favorite!), and making and eating delicious soup. Like this light version of Chicken Wild Rice soup.

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If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you…. that there are only 5 weeks of school left. It’s crazy to think that another end to the school year is upon us. I’ve enjoyed this year more than last, for a reason I can’t quite put my finger on. I love my students and always have, but something has just felt different (and better!) this year. Maybe it’s because I’m in my fourth year, and am finally hitting my teaching stride. :)

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you…. that the fiancé and I are having date night tonight. Mexican style. I used to hate Mexican food, but I think it was just that I had never had real Mexican food. You know, the un-American version that includes lots of seafood and not so much dairy. We tried this new place in Minneapolis this winter, and loved it. Were hoping to go back tonight.

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you…. that my allergies have been pretty much non-existent this spring (I’m hoping I’m not going to jinx myself by saying that!). The sinus pressure, headaches, and fogginess have been no where to be found. Although I no longer drink milk (which I think helps), I also am eating very limited amounts of gluten. I had heard about the link to gluten and allergies before, but never really believed it until now. Even last Fall when I was first trying the gluten-free business out, my allergies had been better than they had in the past.

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you…. that I am back on the juicing train. The fiancé and I received our juicer as a Christmas gift, and were off to a great start. Then, the end of winter was extremely busy, and I just couldn’t seem to find the time. Last night I juiced what I had in the fridge: 1/2 pineapple, 1 pear, 4 carrots, 3 kale leaves, 3 beets, and 2 celery stalks. It turned out delicious. And ridiculously pretty! I’m enjoying the extra glass this morning.

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If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you…. how excited I am that the sun is out this morning. After an entire week of heavy rain, it’s about darn time. I’m looking forward to getting outside for a run or walk and soaking it all in.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for this Ultimate Coffee Date. Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to comment below to let me know what’s on your mind. :)

Have a great weekend everyone!