Our Garden and A New Package

Who’s doing the HappY FridaY DancE?


I’ve got a half day of work planned, followed by a nice easy hike (hopefully the weather cooperates with me this time) and then a Whole Foods donut to celebrate a good week.


those aren’t the donuts I got, but don’t they look GOOD? Must make them.

I’ve been even more strict than I anticipated with the “no gluten, no processed goods” diet this week, and am feeling GREAT.    Sure, it’s only been a week so I can’t know anything specifically at this point, but what I do know is I feel good and am planning on keeping as much gluten as possible out of my diet for the time being.

Now, with that said, yes I picked up a small cake donut from Whole Foods, and no I do not believe it is gluten free.  I plan to eat it slow and use it as a test to see how my little body reacts.    My honest hope is that I do NOT have a serious intolerance, but that my body just functions better eating more real, whole foods and less gluten.  We will see :).


I started the morning with a 15-20 minute self guided yoga practice, solely hoping to hold stretches and work out the kinks from my sore muscles.   It worked 🙂 Lots of forward folding, side stretching, and deep breathing, perfect for first thing in the morning.


I was missin’ Mom and Dad a bit, so I spent my afternoon lunch break walking the park near my office and chatting with my main man, Daddio.  Notice the clouds in that picture?  Not 30 minutes before I headed out the skies opened up with a HUGE thunder storm.  Welcome to Denver!

Core Power

I had to be into work early yesterday for a special program, which meant I also got to leave early (YAY).  The timing was perfect because it opened up a 430 Hot Power Fusion class at Core Power.

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Unfortunately, I had run out of my free week so I took the plunge and picked up an (expensive) 10 class package.  I spent the 60 minute classes trying to keep the sweat from burning my eyes and loved every detoxing second of it :).  Totally worth the investment.

I got home early, so showered and then enjoyed the evening on our back patio, rehydrating like a pro

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Ok, at least there was water included….

Until my hunger finally hit around 730.  On the menu, Chicken kabobs and salads with feta and edemame.


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The salads were simple greens and tomatoes from the garden, mushrooms, and the edamame and feta mix from Sprouts. YUM.

Zach also grilled up some DELICIOUS chicken that totally hit the spot.

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All together now.

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Mmmmmm….making me hungry and it’s not even 930!  Notice the doggy tail in the bottom right corner of that picture?  Fail, Gus!

More Office episodes and gluten free cookies wrapped up the evening.   I think I fell asleep on the couch by 10 PM last night.  Man I’m exciting.

Zach’s Garden

And because my family is far away and love to see the progress that we’ve done on the house (don’t worry, I’m planning  a little house tour next week), here are some pictures of the garden I wanted to share with everyone.  So proud of the hubby :).

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The main view of our largest garden area.  Our goodies include lots of lettuce, raspberries, carrots, onions, tomatoes, etc.

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Close up shot of the lettuce

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Close up shot of our raspberry plant

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And Zach’s newest creation, a new garden bed that Zach built, painted and set up totally from scratch.

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A larger view, and of course, gratuitous picture of my fur lady.

Just a quick tour of the garden.  Who knew the boy had such a green thumb?

Do you have a green thumb?  Do you like to garden?

Thank You . . . Cheers and Dinner

Thank you all so much for all the love and support you’ve shown the past few days 🙂 With all these wedding heavy posts lately, everyone has been sharing their love and excitement for Zach and I and it really means a lot to me.

This is such a unique and special time in our lives and I’m so thankful that I will have this new blog to look back on during this time.  This last month has been a bit hectic and crazy, but I wouldn’t have changed a second.  So thank you to  everyone for being a part of it! 🙂



When I first looked up group hug, this is what I found.

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ummmm…. not so much what I had in mind.

Moving on 🙂

As always, Thursdays are my late nights at work, so my go-to plans are to get food in my belly ASAP and relax.  Normally with bad TV.

Tonight I came home to a homemade salad and steak ready to go on the grill prepared by the boy.



Salad included

  • fresh greens (lots of kale tonight)
  • fresh basil
  • broccoli
  • garden tomatoes
  • a few grapes
  • a new-to-me Sante Fe Blend dressing

Does anybody else LOVE salads the way I do?  I hope you all don’t mind that at least half of the meals I post on here include some kind of salad or side salad.  I love the mix of different flavors and ingredients, what can I say 🙂 Especially now that we have our own little garden that or salad stars can come from!





Our little urban veggie and flower oaisis.



And now, Zach and I are off to enjoy the evening with the last part of the gift his work group sent us this morning.

Something about champagne always makes me feel happy.  We never have it, but after a day like today, is there a better way to top it off than a nice cheers of bubbly?


Question of the Day/Night:  Is there any meal/food you don’t get sick of?

For my married friends, what was your favorite memory pre-wedding?  And for my single friends, what are you most looking forward to in your big day?