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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Running Tips for Beginners

Running Tips for Beginners:

  • Create a calendar/schedule.  Schedule your run so that it is not an option.  I keep a calendar on my refrigerator and each day I write down the number of miles I go.  It's right in front of me when I make a decision about what I'm going to eat each day and it's in the open for me to see as motivation and encouragement.
  • Get the proper gear.  Most importantly, have comfortable running shoes fitted for you.  If you have flat feet, get shoes that provide arch support.  If you land unevenly, get a shoe that provides stability.  If you land hard, get a shoe that provides comfort.  Don't be ashamed to put those shoes on and jog a few laps around the store.  Places like Dick's Sporting Goods even have kiosks where you can step and see what category you fall into.  
  • Another important thing, have clothing made out of proper material.  If you are running in the heat, do not wear a cotton t-shirt.  It's going to slow you down and keep you covered in sweat.  At the very least get a fitting sports bra.
  • Find an accountability partner/source.  I use Nike+.  I love it.  Since upgrading, it has a social network aspect to it that allows you to compete with friends, encourage one another, and challenge each other.
  • Feed your body what it needs.  If you drink 5 sodas a day you are a. not going to want to run, b. not going to feel good during your run, and c. not going to get much out of your run.  If you hate water, put fruit in it.  I love adding some lemon juice to mine.  
  • Make small goals.  Start off by trying to run a whole mile without walking.  Decrease your mile time.  Add another mile to the distance.  Sign up for a 5k.  Each accomplishment will motivate you to continue.
  • Above all else, know that runners do not have to be the fastest, the strongest, or able to run the longest.  You are a runner simply because you run.  

Want to be a runner?  Convinced you're not?  Read this post I wrote about becoming a runner.

p.s. don't forget to link up for Fitness Friday tomorrow!  share your fitspo, goals, or healthy recipes.

Linking up for Biggest Loser Blog Edition and Creating Community
A Royal Daughter

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Something Old & Something New

Sweater: Gap (similar), Top: American Eagle (similar, love this one) ,
Skirt: Thrift (similar), Boots: Gap (similar), Jewelry: Lila's Trunk

Do you ever think about the things you hold onto?  The things that you just are never ready to let go of?  Sometimes I look through my closet or cupboards trying to figure out what to purge and what to save and there are some things I just can't let go of!

It's the craziest stuff, too.  Like the skirt I wore to my college graduation.  Or the Popples glasses I got at Goodwill and used in my first apartment.  The indoor soccer shoes I got in 5th grade (that still fit) even though I haven't played indoor in years.

Then there is other stuff that is so dispensable to me.  Like a sweater I never even tried on after receiving it as a gift. (Thank God I didn't get rid of that one...2 years later Plato's Closet didn't take it and I am very thankful for that.)  I don't know exactly what warrants an item being "trash" or "keeper."

This outfit is the perfect mixture of old and new.  I think sometimes old things gain new life from the breath of new.  Is that too deep for humpday?

Since it's Random Wednesday, I thought I would share with you what I got in my January CARA box.  This month's CARA box was supposed to inspire and prepare us to maintain our goals/resolutions.  Ironically, I had Taber and we had very similar goals in that we both love running.    Check out her blog if you want to see what I got her!  Sweet Jess sent me my thoughtful package.

She filled my box with a nice, new water bottle to rehydrate.  She put almonds inside to refuel.  She put energy drink in to reenergize, candles to relax, and some note pads for blogging purposes!

I love everything, Jess!  Thank you so so much!

Cara Box

pleated poppy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Let me explain...

**Check out my guest post over at Calm Delight today.**

Saturday I drove through the icy wonderland to Raleigh to meet up with Angela to do some major boutique shopping.  It was a blast!  We had a great lunch at Cameron Bar and Grille and then hit up boutiques including Fedora, Uniquities, Clothes Hound,  Vestique, and Fab'rik.  I can't wait to show you what I got!  Angela got me to step outside my comfort zone and try something new!

And no, I don't feel guilty.  Let me explain...
Cardigan: Gap (love this option), Top: Gap (old, really cute option), Jeans: Levis (old, similar),
Boots: Steve Madden (similar), Bag: Franco Sarto (similar)

Bag: Franco Sarto via Belk, Jewelry: Stella & Dot

This bracelet is my new favorite bracelet.  I've been wearing it with everything!

I've decided that February is going to be Fashion Freeze February for me.  So, starting this Friday I am not allowed to spend any of my $moolah$ on anything related to fashion.  I'm sweating as I write this.  My armpits are perspiring and I'm veklempt.  Oh boy...

Okay, let me explain why I'm doing this...

  1. I'm working toward my National Boards and it's expensive, peeps!  Can't wait to get that first check if when I pass and celebrate! (Please, keep praying btw...I can definitely feel them.)
  2. There are so many cute things in my closet that I need to learn to rework and this is giving me a whole 28 days to focus on them.
  3. The way I see it is if there are still things in my closet I haven't worn or can't figure out how to wear in those 28 days, it's donation time!
  4. Last, but certainly not least, I'm attending a Clothing Swap on February 28 where you bring in several pieces you want to "trade."  For each piece you bring in, you get a ticket.  Each ticket "buys" a piece someone else brought to "trade."  Sounds ah-may-zing to me!
Be prepared to see me remixing, revamping, and shopping my closet!

**Don't forget to link up your fitness motivation, healthy recipes, 
or goals tomorrow for Fitness Friday**

Monday, January 28, 2013

We interrupt this program to...

Sorry, folks.  No Tales from the Teacher's Lounge today.  It's way too important of a day to stick to the reg.  Instead, I must pay homage to the day that created the man that helped to create me.

Happy birthday, Daddy!

Over the years you have taught me so much...
how to ski downhill using the pizza pie
how to get on and off a chairlift all by myself
how to drive a stick shift...as painful as it was

how to stack wood in ranks
that jeans are not as warm as sweats
how to tackle a DIY project

how to laugh so hard it hurts
the importance of reading
how to properly cook bacon and eggs

how to check the oil in my car
how to speak the truth...even when it hurts
how to show love

I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful daddy in my life.
You are loving, supportive, involved, and understanding.
I know I can call you and talk or cry and you will always be there.

You have always been my biggest fan: cheering me on at ball games, watching all of my plays and concerts, driving me all over the North Country to get me to practice, rehearsal, 4-H meetings, and Girl Scouts.  I never heard you complain.  Not once.  You always do what is best for your family.

Not just your family, your community.  Dad, the fact that you have served 13 years on the schoolboard, several more years on the BOCES school board, and are now on Town Council has had a huge affect on the children you raised.  Because of this, we know the importance of standing up for what you believe in, not fearing other people's menace, and the difference one person can make.

The love you've always shown Grandma and Grandpa Wrisley, Mimi and Papa, and all the members of your family is so genuine and tangible.  I understand the significance of a helping hand, a card in the mail, a phone call, and volunteering because I've seen you do it for them and others.

Thank you for being willing to lay on the floor with me and color, read a book, or even play Barbies.  Thank you for being willing to make enemies to give Josh and me the best school possible.
Thank you for being an amazing daddy, but more importantly, an amazing husband to mom.
Thank you, daddy, for being you.

I love you.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Coffee Date

If we were sitting down for coffee and I really opened up my heart, I would say...

I'm feeling really confident about National Boards right now.  I've been working hard and I'm praying its all going to pay off in the long run.

I'm really excited to be going to lunch and shopping with my friend, Angela today.  She is a gem.

This week has been rough on me.  I've been really homesick, I got into an argument with my brother, and definitely cried over spilt milk...more than once.  It doesn't help that my mom is sick with the flu and I just want to be home laying on the couch, watching Lifetime movies with her while she gets better.

I've decided that February is going to be "Fashion Freeze February" for me.  In other words, I'm not purchasing anything "fashion" in the month of February.  I have some gift cards left over that I can use if something really catches my eye, but I am not using my money to make a purchase.  With that said, at the end of the month I'm attending a Fashion Swap that I'm super excited to cover in a future post.  It will feed my desire to shop and it is free!

I love icy, snowy weather.  Going into school late or getting out early brings me unexpected joy.

I'm looking forward to spring break.  A week in Charleston with my hubby.  Love.

I am really excited about the Fitness Friday link-up I started cohosting 3 weeks ago.  I'm blessed to have met Kelly and this is a great form of motivation for me especially after my conversation with Jen from Fit for Expecting last week.

I have my toes and fingers crossed and I'm praying consistently to win this giveaway for a Canon Rebel.  You should definitely click here and sign up!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Catering Your Program

Have you ever stuck with a work out program, a diet, or an exercise for a length of time and not been satisfied with the results?  Or have you not gotten the same results as your friend?

It can be so frustrating when you think you are doing something good for yourself and you don't see the results you want to see.  What works will depend on what you need and your body type.  This is just one of the reasons I was so excited to partner with Jen of Fit for Expecting in an interview session about my own diet, fitness, goals.  She was able to help me clearly define my health and fitness goals, pinpoint exactly what I was doing to inhibit me from reaching my goals, and give me some ideas on how to make this a lifestyle.

The first series of questions Jen sent made me think about things that were health-related that I was in control of. ( i.e. portion size, only doing cardio and not incorporating strength training)  This was eye-opening to me because it made me realize that these are things I can or cannot do on my own terms.  Nothing is keeping me from addressing these issues.  She asked me what I wanted to see change and what I thought might work toward those goals.
Then things got personal.  She asked questions like:
Are you happy with the way you look?  
Are you happy with the way you feel?  
What makes you quit/fall off the bandwagon?  
It was hard admitting that I'm not entirely happy even though I've been feeling that way for some time now.    It was interesting to see me write down the excuses I had for quitting...no excuse is a good excuse.  I was embarrassed even to write them.  After answering her series of questions, she was able to pinpoint my problem areas, my weaknesses, my goals, and give me some tools to use to achieve them.

"The underlying message that I got from your answers is that you want to feel healthy and be happy with your body. This is a very powerful and DOABLE goal and I recommend that any time you lose focus, you remind yourself of this goal. Everything that you do should support this goal.

To accomplish this goal, you need to really listen to your body. Pay attention to how it feels when you eat/drink certain things and when you are active or inactive. Clue in to what makes it feel good. Do what makes it feel good. Do what makes you feel healthy and happy with your body.

I drafted some resolutions based on all of the information you shared with me. These are of course only my suggestions, so please edit as you see fit. My goal in creating these is to give you resolutions that you CAN achieve. In other words, I want to set you up for success. These are resolutions that you can achieve and that support your overall goal of being healthy and feeling happy with your body.

Resolution 1: Keep a food journal
Record everything you eat and drink and how you feel after. There are several logging options out there, so find one that works for you and stick with it.

Resolution 2: Hydrate!
Keep water with you at all times and drink throughout the day. When you feel hunger pangs, drink water and wait a few minutes to see if your body is actually hungry for food.

Resolution 3: Incorporate vegetables into each meal
Include at least one vegetable with every meal. Try out new vegetables and look for recipes to use them in different ways. This will be a fun and sometimes challenging resolution, but since you enjoy cooking, hopefully it will be a rewarding and enjoyable challenge.

Resolution 4: Find an accountability partner
Share your fitness and nutrition goals with him/her. Since you are a blogger, perhaps you might want to consider sharing them online…putting your plan out there and asking your followers, readers, friends to keep you accountable."  

My next few Fitness Friday posts are going to be in response to this; how I'm feeling, what I'm learning about myself, what I'm doing to achieve my goals, etc.  I'm really excited about this lifestyle.  I've always aimed to be healthy and fit and these tools are going to get me exactly where I need/want to be.  I encourage you to contact Jen and check out the Fit for Expecting website.  Set yourself up for success, cater your program, be the you you want to be.  One of the ways I'm doing this is by eating a salad for at least 1 meal each day so I'm super excited for the #whatsonyoursalad link up at Kristine's blog.  

I want to share with you an outstanding salad recipe this week:

2-3 leaves kale
1 c. prepared quinoa
1/4 nuts (I used pecans)
1/4 golden raisins (I used cranberries)
lemon to taste

The recipe calls for you to mix 2 T lemon juice with 4 T olive oil, but I honestly find that to be too heavy.  I prefer to squeeze 2-3 lemon wedges on a serving before eating.  So delish!

Be sure to link up your healthy recipes, fitness motivation, or goals below!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

A dress for green eyes

Dress: eShakti, Shoes: Wilson's Leather (similar), Bracelet: bracelets.com

If you've been around for any amount of time, you've probably noticed that I wear dresses and skirts waaay more than I wear pants.  In fact, my students will ask me (on the days I wear pants) if I don't feel well!  I don't know what it is...I just feel like my body type looks best in a skirt or dress!

When eShakti contacted me about doing a product review for them, I got super excited.  Ladies, their dress selection is out of this world!  Not to mention, you can custom order any of their pieces by sending in your own measurements.  I had a really hard time narrowing down my pick, but decided on this green number because I felt it could be dressed up or down.  Let's face it, I don't have many fancy shindigs to attend.

I can wear this dress with tights, boots, and a denim jacket to dress it down for work or I could pair it with patterned tights, fancy heels, and an updo for a night out.  I adore the floral detailing around the neckline.  Amazing perk...pockets!  Not to mention its a jersey fabric (you'd never guess by looking at it) so its uber comfy.

Check out eShakti - you won't be disappointed.  By the way, you also get $25 off your first purchase.  

Linking up with Mix&Match
This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Everybody's doing it::Blogger Pressure

So, you read blogs, eh?
You subscribe to them.  You comment on them.  You talk about the bloggers as though you know them in real life and you've virtually befriended them, qualms and all.

Wait...you don't have a blog, you say?  You've been thinking about it for a while, you say?
Dress: Old Navy, Scarf:gift, Tights: Walmart, Boots: Jessica Simpson, Jewels: Pandora 

Let me give you some bullet points of encouragement to go ahead and start your blog:

  • Creative Outlet; yeah, yeah, yeah its a cliche.  But if a cliche is true, it's true.  Blogs are a fantastic creative outlet.  You have a voice inside that you want heard that doesn't get heard.  Share it.  Shout it from the Blogland rooftop.
  • Accountability.  This counts in a lot of ways.  You can use your blog to hold you accountable for just about anything.  Mine, for instance, holds me accountable to put some thought into my wardrobe choices, read good literature, and maintain a healthy lifestyle incorporating healthy recipes and workouts.
  • Networking.  I have met some of the best people through blogging.  By met I mean virtually and reality.  Not only have I met and made friends through social networking, but by joining TriFABB, I've met (fo realz) so many amazing women.
  • Exposure.  If you have a shop, craft, talent, etc, you need to blog.  Get it out there.
  • Spread the love.  If you have a passion in your heart, chances are someone out there either needs to hear it, shares it, or desires it.

pleated poppy

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Layering my Comfort Zone

Shirt: Aeropostale (similar), Dress: Old Navy, Boots: Steve Madden (similar),
Jewelry: Premier Designs & Stella&Dot

I'm a huge fan of the layered look...just not on me.  At least until now.

I always feel like I look frumpy or bulky when I layer.  Buuut, part of this challenge is growing as a cook and as a fashionista so here I go layering things I would have never thought would go together just six months ago.  I mean, not only am I layering a button up under a dress, I'm wear tartan under stripes!  Look what this blogging world has done to me!
**To prevent from looking frumpy/bunched I wore a tanktop over my button down under the dress to keep everything smooth.  Genius!**

I got this dress at Old Navy with a gift card from my Secret Santa.  I love it.  I have a feeling it will show up everywhere.  So, I needed to figure out some ways to wear it without looking like every other cute girl out there wearing it.  Lately, I'm loving me some plaid so I decided to take a huuuuge leap and layer my plaid button up underneath it.  What do you think?

Link up your layered look below!

Monday, January 21, 2013

You might be a teacher if...

**Tomorrow is the fashion link up part of our New Year Challenge.  
The challenge is layering.  Hope to see your outfits!**

Tales from the Teachers Lounge

  1. You get a secret thrill out of laminating things.
  2. You can hear 25 voices behind you and know exactly which one belongs to the child out of line.
  3. You walk into a store and hear the words, “It’s Ms./Mr. ____________ and know you have been spotted.
  4. You have 25 people who  accidentally call you Mom/Dad at one time or another.
  5. You can eat a multi-course meal in under 25 minutes.
  6. You’ve trained yourself to go to the bathroom at two distinct times of the day, lunch and planning period.
  7. You start saving other people’s trash, because most likely, you can use that toilet paper tube or plastic butter tub for something in the classroom.
  8. You believe the Teacher’s Lounge should be equipped with a margarita machine.
  9. You want to slap the next person who says, “Must be nice to work 7 to 3 and have summers off”.
  10. You believe chocolate is a food group.
  11. You can tell if it’s a full moon without ever looking outside.
  12. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, “Boy, the kids are sure mellow today.”
  13. You feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior when you are out in public.
  14. You believe in aerial spraying of Ritalin.
  15. You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
  16. You spend more money on school stuff than you do on your own children.
  17. You can’t pass the school supply aisle without getting at least 5 items!
  18. You ask your friends to use their words and explain if the left hand turn he made was a “good choice” or “bad choice.”
  19. You find true beauty in a can full of perfectly sharpened pencils.
  20. You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer.
  21. You understand, instantaneously, why a child behaves in a certain way after meeting his/her parents.
Jeff Foxworthy wrote this and I couldn't get over how true it is.  Just had to share in case any of you teachers can relate.  - Which ones do you relate to?

A few others to add to the list...
  • You grab the entire box of notebooks rather than a few.
  • You find your id badge in the dryer at least once a week.
  • Your Kindle is full of YA titles.
  • You smack your lips at your husband.
  • You think the letters R, T, and I should be removed from the alphabet.
  • You wonder why there isn't a class called Paperwork in undergrad.
  • You sigh when people don't know what AIG, EC, ESL, RTI, ELA, LD, ELD, EMD, etc. mean.
  • You use words like propaganda instead of promotion.
  • Lice, roaches, B.O., and Axe don't scare you.
Come on, teachers, what would you add?

Optimistic Monday

Sunday, January 20, 2013

#Clubsexy Staycation

In light of trying to be less selfish and trying to do more for my hubby, I was enlightened by Kaitlyn's post about her #clubsexy night she created for her husband.  Sarah Horn says we should do special things like this to be more like Cinderella a Proverbs 31 wife.

By the way, I'm starting to think Cinderella knew what she was doing...I mean she ended up with the prince.  Clearly, all that hard work paid off.  Perhaps it will for us...

So, Saturday while hubby was golfing, I set up our own little Staycation.  We have been very busy lately and he got home late from work every single night this week.  I thought we could both use a relaxing night in.  Our night didn't consist of a dance club like Kaitlyn's did, but it was full of our favorite things to do together.

We love fondue - let me rephrase that...we love chocolate and cheese fondue.  Every time we've gone to The Melting Pot we've felt its slightly overrated.  #sorrynotsorry I broke out my fondue pot and prepared fruit, angel food cake, pretzels, and marshmallows to go with it.  You could definitely do this in a crockpot if you don't have a fondue pot.  (I used my little one for the cheese.)

My husband's favorite game is Monopoly so I took one for the team (I don't hate it, but I never win) and got it out so that we could play a friendly game.  At one point he said, "This is turning into war."  It was intense.  Of course he won.  He always does and no, I don't let him.  I don't stand a chance. 

Fondue Recipe
1 bag milk chocolate chips
10 marshmallows
1/4 c milk
1/4 c whipping cream
Nutella to taste

Put the chips and milk in on warm (don't let it get too hot - it will burn).
Add marshmallows and let melt.  Once melted, add whipping cream and Nutella to taste.
*Of course, I added Nutella because I'm addicted, but you don't have to*

She makes her own bedspreads.  
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.

She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
Proverbs 31:22-27

Oh boy, here I've been feeling so confident about this whole thing and then I see these next few verses and I'm hit with all that I struggle with.  I've got the whole making bedspreads, dressing in fine linen, and making garments to sell thing down.  However, I don't always let my husband see me that way.  I don't know about you, but often as soon as I get home, I am in my sweats, Uggs, jewelry off, hair up, grunge mode.  My hubby comes home to that every night.  Don't get me wrong, he has never complained, but it probably wouldn't hurt for me to stay in my nicer clothes a little longer and let him actually see me made up.

The last few verses are what really get me.  Strength, dignity, laughs without fear, wise words, kindness, curing laziness.  Yeah...I don't know about all that.  I mean, I'm trying, but I'm failing on the reg.  I lift heavy weights, but strength isn't really my strong point.  Haha.  I can't say I've ever laughed without fear of the future.  I'm a worry wart.  Recently I saw an interview with 50 Cent (no, that's not a typo) and he was telling Oprah, "You either worry or pray.  Don't do both.  If you do both, what does that say about your God?"  Wow - who woulda thunk I would be learning that from 50 Cent?!

I also have to admit that all last week our house didn't get swept or mopped because it rained literally every single day and I just didn't see the point since our pups were tracking in mud each time they went out.  I'd say that's definitely laziness.  

So, I've got lots to work on this week!  Hope you ladies are up for the challenge!  Remember to comment sharing what you think about the book so far and share any interest you may have in doing the P31Challenge as a link-up.  
A Royal Daughter

Saturday, January 19, 2013

An Apple a day ain't too Shabby

I recently came across this great online boutique, Shabby Apple.  I have to admit, the fabulous photos led me to believe it would be out of my budget so I didn't look for a while.

Then a blog was hosting a giveaway and I went to the site to see what I would use my gift card to buy in a perfect world kinda way.  And I was hooked!

I lalala love their clothing.  You know me, I'm a dress/skirt kinda gal and this store has classic, beautiful, quality product.  If I was rich and had no budget woes in the world I would buy these immed:

These colors were made for me.

The peplum is rocking my world.

Love this dress.

Thought you might be interested in checking out their site!

Friday, January 18, 2013

I think I can.

I have a confession to make...  
My self confidence and body image are dwindling.

I've been talking to Jen of Fit for Expecting (no, I'm not pregnant) and our conversations have really started to put things in perspective for me.  I'm excited to share that Jen is going to be doing a guest post on my blog in the near future sharing the process of how she helps you pinpoint your trouble zones, how to set healthy goals, and some techniques to use to reach those goals.  (Part of the reason she is helping me is to show you how the process goes.)

In the few times I've chatted with her, I am already seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.  This is do-able.  My goals are reach-able.  I am conform-able.

It is important to understand that our genes do not dictate - our decisions do.  I am guilty of using excuses, cravings, and self-doubt as reasons to eat whatever I want, workout as little as I want, and continue losing notches in my belt.  I'm so excited for what Jen has in store for you and for me!

In the meantime, here are a few things that are helping me keep my goals in sight right now:
  • Nike+ Since updating with ios6, this app has become a form of social networking as well as a tracking device for my runs.  I now have friends that I compete against and that encourage me while I work out.  Accountability made easy.
  • #whatsonyoursalad link up on Kristine's blog.  It's also all over Instagram (coachgaines13) and Twitter (missgarvey).  It has encouraged me to try new salad ideas, eat a salad each day (so I can post a picture), and make healthier choices.
  • Fitness Friday linkup.  That's right, this here link up is encouraging me.  I'm so grateful to Kelly for allowing me to be a cohost.  I look forward to writing this post each week and it motivates me to do more throughout the week so I have more to share.
Here are my #whatsonyoursalad pictures for the week:
Doing this link up has encouraged me to choose a salad for at least one meal each day.  I encourage you to do the same.  I feel so much better when I do.

I turned my salad into a soup: tomatoes, celery, onion, zucchini, green pepper, and sausage.

Romaine, spinach, tomato, onion, green pepper, carrot, hickory smoked tuna, and onion strips
I have to tell you the hickory smoked tuna in Tuesday's salad made the salad!  And it was a pouch of hickory smoked tuna!  All I did was open it up and put half of it on top of my veggies.  Yum.


In an effort to make healthier choices, I had salad with a side of stuffed shell for dinner.
I repeated Tuesday's salad - it was so darn tasty!

I have to tell you a few things about this #whatsonyoursalad link up.
1.  I am loving learning new salad recipes from all the ladies that link up!  I'm super excited to try some of the new ideas from this week; particularly the dressing ideas.
2.  I, too, once thought salads were only good in a fried tortilla bowl, with croutons loaded on, or covered in ranch dressing.  Wow, was I wrong!
3.  I found a salad dressing that has changed my relationship with greens and possibly my life. Yum.
Goddess Dressing

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