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WIAW: Trader Joe’s and Christmas Dinner

  Happy Holidays! I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays so far and is looking to forward to ringing in the New Year next week. I’ve had a great time and I wanted to share some of my recent foods and festivities. Last weekend, I visited Gainesville to work on packing and cleaning the old apartment, since the big move is this weekend. I hardly put a dent in it, but I did get to visit the recently opened Trader Joe’s in Butler Plaza. I’ve been bouncing up and down at the idea of going since I heard we were ... Read More »

Weekend Wrapup: Gone to Gainesville

Good morning! I know I’m a day late for this post, but it feels like a case of the Mondays, so that makes it ok, right? I sort of started my weekend on Thursday, when I was feeling a little restless and decided to get a haircut after work. It’s been so hard for me to commit to a new stylist after having the same person cut my hair in Gainesville for years, plus I experienced a bit of sticker shock after moving to a bigger city.  A coworker recommended a new salon, so I took the plunge and booked ... Read More »

Playing Catch-Up

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend! I went back to Gainesville, packed a few more things I couldn’t bring with me last week and hung out with Troy and a few friends. It just so happened to be Halloween, Florida-Georgia, and The Fest weekend all at once, but I had so many things to catch up on that I didn’t really enjoy any of the festivities. I’ve been AWOL, so let me catch you up quickly. Last Sunday, I officially moved into my new place in Altamonte Springs, a city just outside of Orlando. It’s a really ... Read More »

Farmers Market Finds: Tioga Monday Market

Happy Wednesday! The week has hardly started, and I have some exciting news to share with you… but I may just keep you guessing, since today’s focus is on something a little different. This is Part 2 in a series on Gainesville’s many fabulous farmers markets. If you missed it, check out Part 1 on the Union Street Farmers Market. Tioga Monday Market On Monday, I stopped by the Tioga Town Center to visit their Monday Market, which features vegetables, crafts, organic food, fruits and local specialties. This week, it was pretty small, but the growers explained to me that ... Read More »

Gainesville Beer Run 5K Recap

Hi there! I’ve been silent for a few days, but I’m getting back on the blogging bandwagon now that I have something exciting to share with you. Unfortunately, someone is trying to stop me. On Friday I ran my first official 5K! Technically, it was my first official 2.6 mile race, but more on that little screw-up later. I woke up at the crack of dawn and ate a bowl of oatmeal to hold me over until lunch in Orlando. Unfortunately, I was running late, so by the time I was done with my interview, it was 2:30. I ate ... Read More »

Weekend Wrapup: Good Food & Fitness

Do you ever wake up with that confused feeling on Monday morning trying to figure out if it’s still the weekend or if you have to go to work? I definitely did this morning. Fortunately, I had a satisfying, relaxing weekend to hold me over until next Friday. Friday After work, Troy and I did this 550 Killer Reps workout from BodyRock. I love the old BodyRock workouts where they only use body weight and hadn’t started using equipment like sand bags and bars yet. My time was around 28 minutes, but I didn’t do all 50 walkover pushups. I did ... Read More »

Farmers Market Finds: Union Street

Good morning! When I got back from the Central Florida Bloggers Conference this weekend, I mentioned that I’d be taking this blog in a new direction soon. One of the speakers at the conference really opened my mind up to new sources for content, and inspired me to focus on some of the amazing local things Gainesville has to offer. Instead of complaining about not having a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, I want to praise Gainesville for its farmers markets. We have six weekly! We may live in a small country town, but with ample land and resources surrounding ... Read More »

Labor Day Weekend Wrapup

Oh man! This 3-day weekend was a much-needed one. Every Sunday, I always have this feeling of needing just one more day to recoup after a long week, and today I finally feel like I’m caught up. And the 2nd best thing about a long weekend? The next week always seems so short! So what did I do with my 3 days off? Saturday I woke up uncharacteristically early at 8AM for a bright and early run. It took a lot for me not to go back to bed, and I was a little more motivated because I wanted to ... Read More »

Finally Friday!

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but this week has gone by so slow. Maybe it was the fact that my birthday celebration was on a Tuesday, which made the rest of the week seem like it should’ve been a weekend. Who knows? At least I’m only a few hours away from a well-deserved 3-day weekend! I have no general theme today except to catch you up on what’s been happening this week. Football is Here! Tomorrow is the first Gator game of the season and I’m so stoked! Last year I was so busy with starting a new ... Read More »

WIAW: Birthday Edition

Yesterday was my birthday, and I fell off the health food wagon and ate some tastiness that I’ll be working off the rest of the week. (So worth it!) Monday night, I prepared a bowl of overnight oats. Into the bowl went: 1/3 cup Chobani plain non-fat Greek yogurt 1/3 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup almond milk 1/2 banana, chopped sprinkle of chia seeds I set out some frozen strawberries and peaches to defrost overnight and topped my oats with them in the morning. When I got to work, a yummy frosty cupcake was waiting for me at my desk, ... Read More »