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July 17, 2014

Summer Nature Trail

I woke up wanting to go for a run this morning. I didn’t want to stress about time or distance, but instead just get in a good sweat and enjoy the views of the trails along the way.

On my way out, Scott decided to tag along so I brought Roadie and made it a family outing. I’m so glad they were with me this time!

roadie and scott see a deer.jpg

Smack dab in the middle of the trail loop, we saw a deer. It’s not unusual to spot deer around our neighborhood, but getting close enough to take a picture of one is. I couldn’t believe how calm this little guy was!

deer on the trail.jpg

Of course, Roadie eventually freaked and scared him off, but for the few moments that we were completely okay with each other, it was a really neat experience.

We kept running, but I couldn’t help but to stop and snap photos of the nature that surrounded us through the rest of our trail loop.

river on the trail.jpg

I’m not used to seeing a sea of green and flowers everywhere.

flowers on trail.jpg

As much as I was complaining about the weather yesterday (it was in the mid-fifties… and I don’t want to talk about it), a fabulous Michigan summer day showed up today and I was pumped to be able to take it all in!

daisies on trail.jpg

Even though I can’t enjoy them for half of the year (thanks a lot, Polar Vortex) I’m so grateful that we live in a good neighborhood close to numerous running loops and trails.


Before our run, I ate half a slice of chocolate peanut butter banana bread to have something in my belly, but was definitely hungry upon our return. We didn’t do an incredibly long distance (3.5 miles) but I was feeling great and ready for a recovery breakfast, nonetheless.

I have been long overdue for making egg whites with my favorite additions: spinach, tomatoes and feta!

veggies in eggs.jpg

I just love that combo.

egg white with spinach and tomatoes for breakfast.jpg


Well, I better get going. I have a recipe project to get to and a house to put together before my dad arrives in just a couple of hours.

I’m so excited he will be visiting for the day! He’s leaving for another city tomorrow, but I’m hoping to see him again on Sunday at my grandmother’s cottage.

If the recipe goes well, I hope to check in and share before we all head out to Grand Rapids for an event tonight. Happy Thursday!

Questions of the Day

• Do you live close enough to take long walks, runs, or bike rides on trails?

• What are your favorite ingredients to throw into eggs?

July 2, 2014

WIAW #56: Give Me All The Almond Mix and Cucumber Water

Hello! I hope you are doing well on this summery Hump Day.

This week, Scott and I have been making an effort to go to bed earlier in order to wake up earlier. It’s been going relatively well, with the exception of this morning. I think I might be coming down with something, because I woke up with a sore throat, a cough, and an achy body.

I had big plans of publishing this post well before lunch time, but hey, I guess at lunch time will have to do. Either the allergies are different up here or… I’m just getting old. Both of us roll out of bed congested, sore and in some kind of pain every day. It’s nuts!

But enough about our first world problems. I’m ridiculous to even complain here. In an attempt to kick whatever is trying to get me down, I’m upping the Vitamin C intake and trying to get as much sleep as I can. Hopefully that does the trick!

Jumping back on the What I Ate Wednesday train, this week I have a full day of Tuesday eats to share with you, along with some random thoughts thrown into the mix. (Isn’t that always how it goes?) You know you love it.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

(Thanks for hosting another week, Jenn!)

I’ve been back on an oatmeal kick again.

Breakfast was a popular one this week sided with a “fancy” coffee, thanks to a milk frother my mother gave to us.

oatmeal breakfast with coffee

Nature’s Path oatmeal (hot cereal) topped in fresh berries.

natures path oatmeal with berries

Throughout the day, I had a small jar of Red, White, and Blue Almond Mix nearby to snack off of.

Summer Red White and Blue Diamond Mix

It’s kind of addicting.

cucumber and lemon water

So is this cucumber lemon water I’ve been refilling constantly!

I had an appointment at the Apple store at 12:30, so I got ready and went to the kitchen to throw something quick together for lunch.

turkey and veggie quinoa lunch

Simple Truth Mediterranean Quinoa topped with rotisserie turkey, sliced cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese.

I don’t know why I haven’t been buying rotisserie chicken or turkey on a regular basis. It makes substantial meals come together quicker than ever!

I spent the next couple of hours running around town and stopped by Scott’s office to scan some documents. Our Cannon printer is fully capable of doing that sort of thing, but somehow I can’t figure out how to make it work. I swear I’ve tried everything. When Scott does it and even shows me how he does it, it works. But when I’m alone and complete the same exact steps, it freezes. I’m convinced that our printer/copier/scanner hates me.

Anyways, I returned home right around 2:30 p.m. to hop on a call with a friend of mine who helps me with the blog on the back end. I also enjoyed a crunchy braeburn apple.

braeburn apple

I’m so grateful to have him as a reference, but every time I talk to him I have a list of twenty more to-do’s I want to get done immediately. This growing blogging adventure is always a work in progress my friends!

While on the computer, I had a few more handfuls of the patriotic almond mix and before I knew it, it was time for me to get ready to celebrate a friend’s birthday for dinner.

I hopped in the car and took a package of Fiber One fruit snacks with me.

fiber one fruit snacks

We met at a local bar to be able to watch the World Cup and I just had to get a hard cider.

angry orchard hard cider

I picked that over the birthday cake and attempted to keep it “healthy” by ordering a spinach, bacon, and egg salad.

spinach and bacon salad

Not too shabby for bar food, right?

We didn’t stay too long after the game ended (we still love you, Team USA!) and Scott and I went straight home.

I tidied up around the house for a while and when I was just about to take a shower I got the urge to go for a run outside instead. I still can’t get over how late the sun stays out these days!

neighborhood run

By the way, I finally figured out that the white swans that are always by this tiny lake are not real. Ha! It only took about two years for me to catch on there. The ducks, on the other hand, I believe are alive and cute as ever.

I grabbed Roadie and set out right around 9 p.m. for a sunset run. I didn’t know how long we would run, but soon realized he was loving it and kept him out as long as he was able to keep up.

run with roadie at night

He seems to do much better when the sun isn’t beating down on us, so I took him through the “short loop” through the trails.

run with roadie on trails

He kept pulling me the entire time, so we just kept running. As we made our way back to our subdivision, I realized we were going to break Roadie’s long distance run record! I’m so proud of him for completing 4.5 miles!

Roadie after a run

It’s amazing how much the weather can affect our runs. It was perfectly light out without being sunny, and just the right amount of breezy in the low 70s. I’ll take that any day!

We came back inside and went straight to the showers. Finally, I came downstairs and made myself a fruit and yogurt smoothie.

fruit and yogut smoothie

Raspberry Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, banana, and almond milk.

It was good, but I should have definitely added ice to make it thicker and colder. After the smoothie, I foam rolled for a good ten minutes and went upstairs to call it a night. I think all of us were pooped!


Today I opted for Scott to take the car so I was forced to stay home and get some things done, including studying. You guys… I am SO behind. I started out really strong there for a minute, but the craziness of summer outings and travels have done me in. Time to get back to my schedule and hunker down.

See you later on this afternoon with some blogging tips!

Question of the Day

• What are some of your favorite smoothie combos? I’m in need of some inspiration over here…

• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.

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