Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Five Things I’m Loving – The Daily Edition

One of my favorite types of blog posts to read are compilations of what the blogger loves. It gives such insight into their daily routine, plus it’s a great way to discover new things!

I found my current makeup routine through one of those posts. I’ve definitely found some great recipes too.

So since I’m busy this week preparing for a conference this weekend, my Board Meeting next week, and just generally don’t have the bandwidth to wax on about my latest meal, I thought I would share Five Things I’m Loving Right Now – Volume 6.

Previous Posts:

Five Things – The No Tears Edition ( <---- LOVE this one! Wow! That was a tough time)

Supper Fail & Five Great Things

Five Things I Love in My Kitchen

Five Things 3.0

Five Things Volume Four

I love reading back through old posts! Particularly that first post, The No Tears Edition. Man, commuting down to Wilmington to finish my degree feels like a lifetime ago, but I remember that day in my Memoir Class vividly. Ugh. I was SO embarrassed! After the fact I was so thankful that I did it, and honestly, writing about the shooting and my stuggles with PTSD really helped me move forward. Sharing that information with a class full of near-strangers……I guess that helped too.

Ah memories.

If I had to title this list of Five Things, I guess I would call it the Daily Edition, because these are Five Things that I love on the daily for sure!

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The Spice Hunter Organic Ranch Dip Mix

I’ve tried Simply Organic. I’ve tried making my own. I’ve even tried Hidden Valley once they went gluten free, but this is BY FAR THE BEST Ranch Dip ever!! I mix it up with 0% Fat Plain Greek Yogurt and dip everything in it. Carrots, Peppers, Cucumbers, Chicken Tenders….my fingers…..it’s so darn good! I buy it at my local Harris Teeter.

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Tessemae’s Vinaigrette Dressings

I’ve talked about Tessemae’s before, but it definitely warrants a second mention. I LOVE these dressings. I literally crave salads everyday, and I think these tasty dressings are a big part of that. Yes, people make homemade salad dressings all the time – I am not one of those people. If you’re not either or you need a quick option to have on hand, I highly recommend these dressings! I buy mine at my local Whole Foods. My favorite flavor: Lemon Garlic

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Cabot Cheese Seriously Sharp Shreds

I found these at my local Harris Teeter last week and I squealed in the aisle! I LOVE Seriously Sharp Cabot, and now I don’t have to break out the shredder each morning. Cabot is the only cheese I have found that I absolutely know is gluten free. Plus it’s a Farmer Owned Co-op – I like that.

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Pure Barre

Yep. I drank the kool-aid my friends. I seriously LOVE Pure Barre. I attend class 4-5 days a week and I can’t get enough of it! It feels less like exercise and more like a daily relaxation I do for myself. It’s super low-impact and I find that with consistency – going at least 4 days a week for several weeks in a row – my body really reacts and changes.

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My Favorite Quick Smoothie

I’ve been drinking these nearly every morning and loving it! You don’t taste the spinach at all, but you get all the nutrients. Recipe here.


Happy Tuesday friends! I’m off to another busy day at work!