June 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Other | 2 Comments
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Update your Feeds, Blogrolls, Google Readers, and Subscriptions because I am officially on a self-hosted blog!

Health, Happiness, and Hope!


*Be sure to add to your Google Reader to receive updates!*


I’ll be keeping this blog open for a few days so everyone can make the switch over, then will be purchasing a redirect to my new blog, so make sure you do the updates to your feeds ASAP!


A huge thank you to Matt for helping me get the blog started and putting up with all my “Wait, go slower so I can read through this page” insanity.  Matt definitely knows what he’s doing when it comes to self-hosting, setting up a blog, fixing blog meltdowns, and other technological insider details that I have no knowledge in whatsoever. 

If you’d like Matt to help you out with any of your own blog details for a small fee, give him a shout… he’s an awesome guy, trust me. Winking smile


I look forward to seeing you all on my new, self-hosted version of Health, Happiness, and Hope!











The Comparison Game

June 4, 2011 at 7:52 am | Posted in Breakfast, Other | 8 Comments
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The last two days have been – for lack of a better word – INSANE! 

Although I was only gone a week and didn’t have work or school to worry about missing, there is always a lot that needs to get caught up on after being gone.  Between unpacking, answering emails, doing 6 loads of laundry, going grocery shopping, doing returns at the mall, and running errands at Target and the bank, I now understand why my mom always dreaded taking our family on vacations when I was younger. Winking smile

I finally feel a little more caught up today, so hopefully I can manage take a relaxing weekend off!

Yesterday morning I decided to open up the Living Harvest Unsweetened Hempmilk that I had bought a few weeks ago and give it a try.  If you remember, I had tried the sweetened original a while back and definitely wasn’t a fan, but I figured it was still worth giving the unsweetened version a shot.


I tried it out on my cereal (Nature’s Path Whole O’s with an organic banana on the side) for breakfast.


The verdict?  I APPROVE!  I’ve never been one to like sweetened versions of any milk product, so I’m glad I gave the unsweetened a chance!  The “bitter” taste of the sweetened hempmilk was gone and replaced with a smooth, rich flavor.  Totally worth trying yourself!

I also have been on an Americano kick lately at Starbucks instead of my usual coffee (who am I???).  I actually really like the nutty taste and more full-bodied flavor to switch things up!



Yesterday I managed to walk 11 miles (one 6-mile walk in the afternoon and one 5-mile walk in the evening) and it felt AMAZING!  Walks are definitely what keep me sane and stress-free. 

On my walk in the afternoon, I happened to come by this dude who scared the crap out of me when he sauntered out of the woods. See him peeking out behind the tree in the first photo?




You know you’re in Wisconsin when you start seeing raccoons walking 5 feet from you, completely unafraid of your presence. Winking smile  I’ve seen quite a few raccoons in my day since I grew up living in the woods, but this was probably the closest I ever got to one in the wild!  I’ve been mere feet from black bears, deer, foxes, wolves, fishers, turkeys, and SO many more… I guess it just comes with the territory!

Have you ever gotten up close and personal with wildlife?


Thankfully today’s to-do list is much more manageable and I’m finally getting back into my regular routine.  I believe some tanning time with a good book is in order if the sun decides to peek out!








What a Week!

June 2, 2011 at 8:26 am | Posted in Other | 21 Comments
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After an unforgettable and incredible week in Alabama with Matt, I’m back in action and blogging from my apartment in Madison!


Besides a few rough patches in regards to flying Delta Airline, don’t screw up a “first-time-flying-alone” traveler’s flight plans and send her through Detroit (aka my worst fear after a bad experience when I was younger) on a layover – I had one of the best weeks of my life!


Matt lived up to his reputation as a kick-ass cook and kept me well-fed the entire week.

Check out his posts on a some of my favorite meals:

Ice Cream and Pizza


Build Your Own Waffle


Build Your Own Omelet


Incredible, right?


We also made 3 stops to the Birmingham Whole Foods for their Hot and Cold Bars. 




Birmingham Whole Foods puts Madison Whole Foods to shame.  Seriously.


I’m not going to lie… Alabama isn’t the most exciting place to visit as far as sites to see and things to do, but just hanging out and spending time with Matt made it the perfect trip!  We did a lot of walking around, going to malls, watching movies, shopping, seeing the campus, and eating amazing foods.  I couldn’t have asked for a better week. Smile






Last night at 10:30pm, I arrived safe and sound back at my apartment in Madison.  It was SO hard to leave Matt in Alabama after having such an incredible week, and I don’t think I’ve ever had such a tough time saying goodbye to someone.  I can’t wait to do it all again sometime soon!

I didn’t get to bed until 1am with all the built up energy from the day and woke up at 6:15am this morning, so I have a feeling a crash is in the works for this afternoon. Winking smile  First thing’s first though… GROCERY SHOPPING! 


Hope everyone had a fabulous last week as well and can’t wait to catch up with all of you!








Travel Time

May 25, 2011 at 8:01 am | Posted in Breakfast, Other | 12 Comments
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In one hour a good friend will be picking me up to take me to the airport!

Bags are packed (this is going to be interesting getting around the airport):


Breakfast was served with a side of Sudafed (airplane ear) and Dramamine (motion sickness):


And now I’m sipping on my Starbucks caffeine before heading out! See you guys in one week! Smile








Summer Plans

May 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Other | 16 Comments
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You know I’m traveling by plane when I…

… buy Big Red gum.


I realize this would probably makes sense to no one besides my immediate family who has traveled with me before.  My ears go through some pretty intense pain when taking off and landing (I’ve heard it called airplane ear before), so I chew Big Red gum during both times since it’s the most “chewy” gum I know of.  I actually haven’t had Big Red in 7 years – the last time I flew somewhere.  I also drink water and take Sudafed to prevent the pain, and it seemed to work well the last time I flew. 

… measure my one and only duffle bag to see if it fits the carry-on requirements.


I was 4 inches under!  Let’s just say I’m totally curious as to how I’m ever going to fit a week’s worth of packing in this thing.

… try to stuff as many 3oz bottles as I can into a quart-sized bag.


The bag on the right fit the most bottles in case you were curious. Winking smile


Trust me, there will be even more stuffed in here in a week.

… buy a non-electric toothbrush and holders, and disposable razors.


SO sad that electric toothbrushes aren’t travel-friendly.  I’m obsessed with mine!


So the real question… where am I going?

One week from today I’m heading to Alabama for a week to visit Matt.  Never actually thought I’d ever say I was going to Alabama, but life can throw some unexpected (and very good) plans at you sometimes.  I’ll be taking the week off from blogging during that time, so no need to call the police or anything if I’m MIA starting next week. Winking smile

I haven’t flown in 7 years, and that was with my family, so of course I didn’t pay any attention whatsoever to what we were doing.  Therefore, I’m a little nervous about flying, especially with a layover in Memphis, but I have a good friend dropping me off at the airport who I know wouldn’t leave me until I knew what I was comfortable with the whole airport situation. 

I’m the type of person who starts packing and preparing WAY ahead of time, so of course with flying in the mix, I wanted to get started early. 

Do you have any tips for flying?


My other plans for this summer aren’t nearly as interesting.  I’ll be taking 2 summer classes (a Comm Arts class and an Ed Psych class – both are 4 weeks long), and I’m still teaching 3 yoga classes a week.  Of course, if it ever warms up, I’ll be laying out in the sun and just enjoying getting outside! Smile

What are your summer plans?








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