An Exciting Blog Moment and Allergies Bite

Good Morning, all.



Zach got that shot this morning from our rooftop.  Talk about good morning, huh?


You guys — I still am waking up almost every morning feeling like crap.  This morning I finally had a little bit of drainage (TMI, I know), but the head ache and body aches continue.  Fortunately, the symptoms seem to fade through the day (thank you excedrin) but I’m starting to get a little tired of the season allergies…or whatever they are! haha

Needless to say, I slept in an extra 45 minutes and did not get any yoga done.  I am still hopeful that I can squeeze in a yoga session at lunch and get out for an easy run this afternoon if I’m feeling better.  I’ll keep you guys up to date!

Last Night

Moving on from the boring, non happy stuff, I did have a bit of an exciting little thing happen last night.



The blog got it’s first gift yesterday 🙂

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Baking Steel is a company with a great story who obviously knows their audience.  This homemade pizza loving girl is excited to try this out this weekend :).  Check out their website, seriously.  They have a great story and mission — including working with the Great Boston Food Bank.  Pretty awesome.

I’ll be back this weekend with a review after Zach and I certainly use it :).


You all saw the photo post last night, but Zach and I had an AMAZING Dinner at Duo last night that included amazing cocktails, a starter or tomatoes and bread, and an entree of salmon, creamed corn and roasted veggies last night.



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It was a perfect night and we left with full tummies and full hearts.

I also want to throw out a big THANK YOU for everyone showing the blog love on facebook . . . you guys are all amazing, seriously make me smile everyday 🙂


Question of the Day: Anyone else getting knocked down with allergies right now?


A Humbling Night at the Ball Park: Love Yourself Link Up

Edited to Add:

I am including this post in the Love Yourself Linkup from the truly amazing and inspiring  The experience I had at the game humbling and one that i am truly thankful for.  Sometimes we all need a reminder of how we affect people, and the difference we make in people’s lives.  Even when we don’t notice it.


Last night Zach and I were lucky enough to be given tickets to the Cards/Rockies game from his very sweet, thoughtful and generous cousins 🙂

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It was my first time at Coor’s field, so I was excited to check out the stadium, especially knowing I was going to enjoy my Card’s in the process 🙂  It didn’t hurt that Zach’s cousin was also from the midwest and a big fan of the Birds.  It always good to have support when you’re rooting for the “other team”

Thanks Steve and Karen!  We had a GREAT time !  You’re awesome

the Game

The game started at 640, so Zach and I made a beline for the stadium pretty quickly once I got home.

Thankfully, we live within walking distance of all of the major stadiums in the city, including Coors. . . so driving and parking are never an issue.

We chatted away about our busy months ahead as we enjoyed the 20 minute walk

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. . . we may or may  not have brought beverages for the walk.  please don’t judge me.

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We got to Coors about 6 PM and met up with the family to get our tickets and find our seats.

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We were able to hang out and catch up a bit before the game started at 6:40.

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There was a children’s choir that came on to sing the national anthem, and it was seriously the cutest little thing I’ve seen in a long time.

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They did so well and had the small crowd that was there for last nights game on their feet singing along with them.

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Then of course, the players took the field and were ready to play some ball

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Being from Saint Louis I was obviously rooting for the boys in red

They started out tough, going 3 and out for the first 2 innings and letting the Rockies jump ahead by 2.

But by inning three, we tied it up, took the lead in the middle of the game, and kept it for a big W.

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Love Yourself Link Up Moment

In between the top of bottom of the third inning, my tummy started grumbling and i knew it was time to eat.

Thankfully, Coor’s field, like much of Colorado, is happy to be providing some healthy options, and a variety of different foods!

Zach and I went to walk the stadium to find something delicious, and were quickly drawn in to a small stand that was advertising Gluten Free.

Now I am not gluten free by any means, but I do have a quasi sensitive tummy and feel like my body just appreciates the easier to digest grub.

So, I went up to the little stand and saw a quesadilla that automatically drew my attention.  So much so that I didn’t even see who was behind the cash register.

As I was ordering my food and preparing to pay, I was surprised when the cashier said

Cashier: Hello Ashley!

I was totally confused and thrown a bit off by this person knowing me…

Cashier: You don’t remember me?  From {insert name of my place of employment, which i will keep private for personal reasons}

I IMMEDIATELY knew who he was when he said that.

You see, the cashier is a client of mine who I have worked with, along with many of my colleagues, for the past year.

He had been through some very tough times, and our agency was able to provide him with the basic needs, shelter, and helped him to find his current job at Coors Field.

He was so proud, as was I, to see him doing so well.  And it meant a lot to me to see him succeeding.

Then I tried to pay for my delicious looking food. . .

Cashier: Oh, it’s on me

Ashley:  Oh no, I can’t let you do that!  

Cashier: No, it’s on me.  How could I not after how much you all have done for me.  It would mean a lot to me to pay you back.

I really didn’t know how to respond at this point.  I ethically felt like I shouldn’t take the free food, but I could tell he wasn’t going to let me pay.

When i eventually politely accepted his offer, he graciously shook my hand and let me know that it meant a lot for him to do something for me after everything our agency has done for him.

We chatted for a minute, and then we were on our way.

Both Zach and I were a little thrown off my the exchange, but I’ve thought about it a lot since last night.

That man was so proud to be doing so well, and he was able to do something for somebody else in return for a lot of hard work and effort.

Sometimes I am just frustrated with work, and some days I feel like I can never do enough.  But nights like tonight remind me that we are helping people, big or small.  And by even running into this man and giving him the opportunity to help ME in return, he felt pride himself.

What a cool moment.  And one I’m going to try really hard not to forget.

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On top of all that, the quesadilla was amazing!

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By far the best food I’ve ever had at a ball park…and it was HUGE.

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It’s hard to tell in the pictures but there were two layers of quesadilla there, so Zach and I split it 50/50.  If you’re at Coors field, PLEASE find the Gluten Free stand.  It’s the best 🙂

the cardinals and rockies wanted to keep the game interesting, so we went into the 9th inning with the cards only up by one.

Bottom of the ninth was intense, until I had a surprise visitor. . .

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So random. . . my good friend Jill from home who moved to the Denver area around the same time I did.  Just so happened to be in the section of seats right near me.  Love her 🙂


baseball treat

So you all know I have a terrible sweet tooth.

When I go to sporting events, I ALWAYS pack a sweet (I actually got caught at the bonco’s game a few weeks ago trying to sneak in a chocolate bar in my pockets.  Apparently they set off metal detectors! Who knew?)

Well, I read about this amazing looking chocolate bar on the blogosphere yesterday . . .

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Bacon and chocolate. . . I was intrigued.

Let me tell you

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This chocolate did NOT disappoint.  I LOVED it — and Zach and his cousin seemed to enjoy it as well.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the combo, but it worked for me. The sweet and salty mix was PERFECT. The only weird thing, I was definitely pulling out small pieces of bacon for the next few minutes after eating it, haha.

My review

This Vosgos Mo’s Milk Bar with hickory smoked bacon cured with Alderwood smoked salt DEFINITELY gets my seal of approval for taste and chocolatey flavor/fun!

The only downside, THE COST!  Hello 8 dollar chocolate bar?

I probably wouldn’t pay full price for it again, but it was a fun ball park snack . . . (and I would probably get it again if it were on sale! it is delicious, that’s just a LOT for chocolate)

Question of the Afternoon:  Have you ever had a moment when you were just out in public like this that really just humbles you?



Nature Box!

Zach and I find our “new favorite” wedding gift with each one we get, but we got one last weekend that is right up my alley.

My amazing maid of honor knows me well and got Zach and I a subscription to Nature box!



Open Me! I’m full of healthy, nutritious and delicious snacks!

I was itching to get our first box ever since I got the email notifying me of my gift!

Just check out their website, there’s no way not to fall in love with the company and their mission.

Discover a Healthier You

NatureBox helps you eat healthier without needing to change your eating habits. We focus on snacks because that’s the easiest habit to change. Do you know that the average American eats almost 25% of their calories from snacking? In fact, snacking is the leading cause of childhood obesity. NatureBox helps you get more out of your day without wasting calories on the bad stuff.

Food You Can Trust

Every NatureBox item is carefully sourced and nutritionist approved. Everything inside your NatureBox will be guilt free so that you can feel great about what you’re eating. You can trust that our products will be made from the most wholesome ingredients and will be minimally processed, if at all.

Try Us Risk Free!

Each box costs just $19.95 and shipping is always free with NatureBox. You can pause or cancel anytime, and we’ll happily issue a refund if you’re not 100% satisfied.

Together, We Give

NatureBox works with WhyHunger to solve the problems of hunger and poverty, while working to make more nutritious food available to everyone. Aside from making donations to WhyHunger, we also donate our healthy snacks directly to WhyHunger partners, including community-based organizations, emergency food providers and summer meal programs for low-income children.

Naturebox also guarantees that all of their foods have:

  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No partially hydrogenated oils
  • No trans fat
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors

My subscription was gifted to me, but Naturebox is something I would absolutely get for myself as well for 19.95 a box.

Our box came this Saturday and Zach and I couldn’t WAIT to dig in!

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The first item that grabbed my attention was the cherry ganache granola


The cherries and whole pecans are my favorite part of this granola.  The bag only has 2 servings, and I’m BEYOND thankful for that because quite frankly there is no self control around this stuff.  It was the perfect snack for our hike with Gus!

The first item that drew Zach’s attention were the whole wheat blueberry figgy bars.


These are basically healthy, REAL, delicious and WAY better versions of fig newtons.  This was Zach’s go-to snack post hike last weekend, and it hit the spot.  I tried one a little later myself, and was impressed with the dough and blueberry flavor!

My third treat was the lemon tea biscuits


These are basically just little mini shortbread cookies with a hint of lemon to add some freshness.  There are about 12 in a serving, which is good because you’re going to eat AT LEAST that many!

The other three items in our box that we are excited to try are


Perfect way to keep fruit in my snack drawer at work!

big island pineapple


Saving these for our hike next weekend!

garden tomato almonds


Perfect Salad Topper!

country ranch sunflower kernels

(all pictures and links are directly from their website)

We are just as excited for these snacks as we were the first, but are trying to practice control!  Otherwise, all these delicious snacks would be done and gone already!

Side note:  they even have a blog! <– check them out!

Honest Review

Zach and I have done boxes similar to this in the past, primarily with fresh local produce and loved it.

Naturebox is different as they are sending pre-packaged “snack food” in a healthy, nutritious manner. But, they seem to have many of the same values/ideals of the boxes we use in the past.

What excited me most about Naturebox is that they are providing us with healthy snacks that seem indulgent, but are made with whole, natural and nutritious REAL ingredients.  These are snack foods that you are going to love and that your body will love!

You know me, life is all about balance.  A big part of satisfying my body’s cravings are giving it WHOLE REAL foods.  And let me tell you, there is nothing artificial about what you’re getting with Naturebox.

I love it — I am excited to finish our snacks from this box and am really looking forward to the next 6 months of boxes I have coming 🙂

Disclaimer:  I was in no way compensated for this post. Naturebox was given to me as a gift and this review is completely my opinion and experience with the product.