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Turnin’ this dreary day around…

It’s looks like this outside today…

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and to make matters worse, my hair is so oily I have to hide it under a hat (because I’m too lazy to wash it :P)

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Considering the weather and my hair, I contemplated snuggling under a blanket and reading all day

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but I also decided I didn’t want a dreary mood to go with this dreary day, so I brightened up my day by painting my nails a summery coral color (Essie // enuf is enuf),

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then I got dressed in my favorite rain boots, drank a hot cup of java from my favorite mug and hung out with my sweet Lucy!

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To top it off, when I hopped in the car to get lunch, “Happy” by Pharrell was blasting through my speakers. I’d say the universe agrees with my plan to turn this dreary day into a (internally) sunny one. 😉

Hope your hump day was as sunny as mine!

Because everything tastes better in a Vitamix

*drumroll please*

I am now the proud new owner of this gorgeous Vitamix!

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I’ve been using my faithful Ninja blender (which I never had any complaints about!) for a couple of years now

But, I always had a twinge of the “i-want’s” whenever I saw recipes that used a Vitamix

For probably a little over a year I’ve been coveting this beast of a machine, but I always told myself that it was way more machine than I needed and I don’t use a blender near enough to justify the cost, blah, blah, blah.

You know, all the responsible stuff you’re supposed to tell yourself when debating a big purchase

*insert Amex rewards fairies*

My American Express points had recently been burning a serious hole in my pocket and after drooling over the Vitamix for the millionth time, it suddenly dawned on me that I might have enough points to buy one!

Turns out I had just enough! While researching different models, I ran across a blogger who said that everything taste better when blended with her Vitamix.  I laughed and thought it was a bit overkill, but that didn’t keep me from using it as an example of why I needed one when telling my husband that I was going to order it (even though he didn’t care what I bought).

7-10 days later, my new BFF arrived on my doorstep!

Let me tell you, I am definitely drinking the kool-aid! The first thing I made was almond milk.  My husband uses it in his cereal in the morning and I use it in my smoothies so I was excited to make my own. Holy cow.  The Vitamix was scary powerful and grinded the shiz out of those almonds!  However, as much fun as it was to pulverize some almonds, I came to the realization that for me, it was too much work to do for the milk to expire in a few days. Plus, my husband prefers the consistency of the store bought milk. A fact that almost had him sleeping on the couch!

I mean, “hello, I just soaked premium almonds for 8hrs, blended the bajeezies out of ’em, separated the “milk” from the almond meal by squeezing it through a specially bought nut sack (yes, a nut sack!) and you’re telling me that you prefer the store bought processed crap over my freshly-squeezed-made-with-love almond milk?! You take it back right now mister!”

After I calmed down though, I accepted that the store bought and homemade did indeed taste a little different and deep down, I’m kinda glad he didn’t like the fresh one better. Otherwise he would have had me making this stuff every few days and then it would have resembled work and taken all the fun out of it! 😛

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I haven’t used the blender a ton yet.  I need to tackle a soup or something big, but last week I made my first smoothie in her (yep, she’s a her. That may be a little sexist of me, but she just seems like a her). Um, all I can say is…that blogger chick was NOT lying when she said EVERYTHING tastes better in a Vitamix!  I used to love the consistency of the smoothies in my Ninja.  I never had a problem with big chunks or anything and I still think it did a decent job, but, wow, the smoothness and melding of flavors from the Vitamix was uh-mazing!

I know it doesn’t look very appealing, but here it is before blending.  Before you ask, YES, it was delicious!  Tasted like an orange creamsicle!

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I threw in…1/2 avocado, 1-1.5 cups orange juice, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder and a dash of honey

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As if you needed more of a reason to own a Vitamix…during my research of the different models I found the holy grail of selling points. Did you know that to clean the blender, you just put warm water with a few drops of dish soap and blend it for 60sec?! What?! Yes, my friends, it is indeed as awesome as you are imagining. If you ever thought about buying one, DO IT! You won’t regret it!

And just because it’s half “OMG” and half “Whoa, I can’t believe it blended that”, check out one thing that may taste better in a Vitamix, but you probably shouldn’t drink it.  😉

Grumpy or Just PMS’ing?

I’m the biggest grump today

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I fussed at the kids for no good reason and I’m pretty sure it’s because I needed to workout and I desperately did not want to.

I know I’m supposed to say, “Ooooh, I just love working out and taking care of my body!”

But, the truth is, I workout because I have to

because I should

because I want to live a long life

because I don’t want to see my pants size (or the scale) keep going up

because I know that staying active is a large part of staying healthy

because I want to set a good example for my kids

because I know that in the grand scheme of things, I’m a happier person when I’m working out and eating healthy

But, I hate it.

If it were up to me, I’d stay in the house all day,

watching movies, playing games, reading, eating, etc.

Obviously I’d get tired of this if that’s all I did so I do like getting out of the house occasionally too.

The point is, I’m a grump today and working out helped a little, but not a lot.

So maybe I’m pms’ing too.

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All I know is that I want to curl up on the couch and watch movies, or surf the internet or read a book

Eating too.  I like to eat.

And, just because it’s pretty much how I feel today.

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Sadly this only goes for my husband and kids.  I hold my crazy in for everyone else.

Monday Morning Ramblings

Seriously ya’ll, my weekend flew by.

I wanted to get my tree taken down, but here I am on Monday, with the tree still up!  It WILL get taken down this week danggit!

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I am trying to get more organized.  It’s one of my New Years goals (goals that I need to post so I can visualize and make them happen, but yeah, still need to get that written up).  I bought a cute new planner.  Nothing special, but it’s a place to write out my important dates so I can see them all laid out.  I have tried and tried to get with the digital planning, but I need to write it out, with a pen & paper and actually SEE it.  My husband does not understand because he’s such a digital planner type of guy, but it not only helps me remember things, but it motivates me to stay on track.

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I also started Shaun T’s T25 workout by Beachbody last week.  **our living room has been converted to the exercise room so that’s why the table is moved in the photo above**  Today starts week 2!  My hubby is doing it with me so that is helping me stay accountable.  But last night I wrote out my workout calendar for the month and hung it by my desk.  I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me.  It’s just so cute and structured.  I love seeing it all written out and planned!

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Now if I could get on track with my eating and meal planning, I’d be golden!  That is on the agenda for this week.  Over the weekend, we had a birthday party, it was rainy and gloomy, my teen was doing a 31-page extra credit history packet (that I cursed her under my breath for because if her grade was better she wouldn’t have to spend hours trying to bring it up with EC!) and also working on a science fair board.  Ugh.  And now it’s Monday and my precious weekend is over.

*sigh*

Oh well….it does no good to complain about it now, does it?  Just gotta pull on the big girl panties and get on with the week!

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As a parting note, I read this quote today and I really (like super really) loved it.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. ~ Mark Twain

I’m not sure I would have fully grasped it before going to France last year, but as much as traveling gives me anxiety and as much as I love my comforts of home and long for them while I’m away, there was something really special about experiencing the way other people live.  I don’t want to stay in my one corner of the earth for my entire life.

just over here watching ice melt.

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I’ve had major A.D.D. trying to blog lately.

I deleted 3 blog posts that were 90% finished, but weren’t relevant anymore

I have ideas, but can’t seem to get them typed in a timely manner

*sigh*

must.

focus.

I got some sweet Hunter boots and a new purse as belated Christmas presents, but it’s been so blasted cold and I haven’t gotten dressed out of workout clothes, sweats or jeans & a tee yet so I’m waiting to blog those properly.  Although if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a sneak peek at the purse.  😉

In other news, here in FL we had a bit of a cold snap.  It was so cold I had to drip all of the faucets in the house overnight to make sure the pipes didn’t freeze.  Okay, it’s debatable whether I had to drip them or not (newer house and not sure if that’s outdated advice), but the news people were fuh-reaking out about the temperatures and they told me to do it.  So, we dripped…all night…on all 6 faucets.

Last night we turned the sprinklers off, but apparently not before they had already started up so this morning we woke up to icicles in the yard!  The kids thought it was uber cool and obviously I did too since I spent 30 min taking macro photos of them in the cold.  😛

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Happy New Year!

For the last couple of years we’ve let the kids stay up and ring in the New Year with us.  They think it’s awesome to stay up until midnight and get to drink sparkling cider out of wine glasses.  🙂

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My 15sec recap of 2013

My first attempt at our year in review. #flipagram made with @flipagramapp ♫ Music: Ingrid Michaelson – All Love

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