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Just recently I received some pretty awesome mailing labels from PETA, and even more recently I bought a house! This leaves me with a terrible dilemma of not letting all of these cute, compassionate mailing labels go to waste!

Here’s where you come in: I want to send out cards/notes/whatever to use up my labels (before I have to…gasp…*order?* new ones).

So leave me a comment with your email address, shoot me your mailing address via my contact form, or send me a DM on twitter, and I’ll send you something in the mail! 

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We Made A Tiny Purchase…

We bought something this weekend…

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Okay, not just the gazebo…but the house that it comes with!

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And since it’s an older house and needs some remodeling, my first thought was “let’s go to IKEA!”

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Since we were already in the Baltimore area, I persuaded the dude to take a detour to Trader Joe’s since neither of us had ever been there before. I loved it! Unfortunately, we couldn’t get any perishables because we had over an hour drive home, but we picked up some goodies. I had to crack open the kale chips and the chocolate bar on the way home. I really wanted to try their almond butter because it was recommended, plus it’s way cheaper than any of the stuff in our grocery store, but alas, the shelf was completely empty. =( Another thing we noticed was how friendly everyone was. The older lady in front of us let us go ahead of her because we only had a few things, and then clerk asked me how I was doing, and he seemed so genuine. We probably just happened to encounter nice people, but it was a very pleasant trip.

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The spinach and garlic chips are so good, I want to die and go to garlic heaven. =)

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Pow! Perfect snack for designing our kitchen!

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So good! I can’t believe how delicious they are!

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I’ve had a coupon for this for a while but hadn’t seen it anywhere. Of course, I found it at Weis and didn’t have the coupon with me, but it was on sale so I tried it. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but every once in a while I like an iced latte. Overall, it’s pretty good. There’s no high fructose corn syrup, but it still has too much sugar for me (20g per 8oz). It’s also a little thinner than I was expecting, but the coffee/mocha flavor is spot on. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than getting an iced soy latte from Sheetz.

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We finished off the weekend with some delicious vegetable curry and my favorite inari (tofu skin) rolls.

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Monday morning body fat% =19.1. I can handle that.

Our inspections are this week and then we still have a while until closing. Any words of wisdom for a first time home owner?

Weekend Wrap Up: Dropping Fat and My First Massage

I must’ve done something right this past weekend because somehow I lost about 2 lbs and dropped to 18.8% body fat. I think it might just be one of those fluctuations that don’t really matter because I’m not sure that I “earned” the fat loss. I made (and ate) brownies, had half of a beer, and a delicious piece of baklava. I don’t care for sweets in general, and I never ever liked brownies, so having them in the house is a rare occurrence. And even though baklava is sickeningly sweet, there’s just something about it, that I can’t resist a good piece.

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I got a small, but great workout in on Friday (yoga, abs, 2.5 minute plank), which probably helped, and did a 3 mile walk on Saturday. I almost went to the free yoga class at Keystone Yoga Studio but I kind of talked myself out of it. I was up early and wide awake, but I’ve never been there before and just kept thinking of all the work I should do instead. I definitely want to try it out at some point.

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I also got an amazing massage from Polished Spa and Salon. It was my first professional massage (I had a spa treatment done once at Park Ave), and it was great. I got there about 25 minutes early, and they brought me in right away. The masseuse I had was Christine, and she was so incredibly friendly. She explained a little about the massage and what I should expect and then left me to change. When I was laying on the table waiting for Christine to come in, all I could think about was how relaxed I was and how I needed to create a room like that in my house…dim lights, relaxing music, aromatherapy..I almost fell asleep before she got in the room. I got the Ashiatsu massage, which is done mostly with the practitioner’s feet, and I loved it. I like really rough massages and it was the perfect amount of pressure.  I tried to meditate while I was in there but I couldn’t keep my mind focused, probably because of the constant movement, and definitely because I kept thinking how great it felt. I wish I could afford to get weekly (or even monthly) massages because I think if it was a regular thing, it would be really beneficial.

I’m thinking I should review different massage parlors/techniques in the area …if any massage practitioners need a review…=)

 

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Yesterday, I signed up for the DailyHiit’s 7 day challenge, I will be starting today, woo hoo!

I love the p90x workouts, especially the ab ripper x. There are a few exercise in ab ripper x that make me nauseous (think vertigo), so here is my modified (and way easier) version that I do a few times a week:

  • 25 In and Outs with arms on the ground
  • 50 bicycles forward
  • 25 Crunchy Frogs
  • 50 bicycles in reverse
  • 25 In and Outs with arms raised straight above head
  • 75+ Mason Twists

(For good descriptions of the exercises check out this page. There are also tons of youtube videos out there with the info.)

I like really basic exercises that you don’t need equipment or a lot of time/space to do. These are my other almost daily exercises:

  • Plank
  • Push-ups
  • Squats at the wall

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Friday: I was good and stuck with my green smoothie, had a left over stuffed pepper for lunch, a handful of mini chocolate chips for a snack, a vegan chicken patty burger w/asparagus for dinner, and a brownie for dessert.

 

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Saturday: Baked oatmeal with cherries, cinnamon and coconut, green smoothie, falafel with a few waffle fries and baklava from Shab’s Pita Stroller, and a brownie donut for dessert. Saturday was my 3 mile walk, and my massage!

 

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Sunday: Green smoothie, cup of 1/2 coffee and 1/2 unsweetened vanilla almond milk, brownie donut, baked cherry oatmeal with coconut, and a wonderful Cinco de Mayo feast..Daiya quesadillas, taco salad, rice, black beans, and corn.

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Also on Sunday I destroyed my resistance band. =(

Final thoughts

This past week, someone who I greatly admired suddenly passed away. The suspected cause of death is a massive heart attack, even though although he was seemingly healthy, and only 65. A lot of things have been running through my head, but  at the end of the day it reminds me to strive to be healthy and enjoy the time I have with my loved ones, because no one knows when it will be your time to go.

What is your motivation to keep healthy?