Life lately. We are moving.

Hi friends– I’ve been a bit out of it lately as you can probably tell from the lack of blogging. To be honest I’ve been in a funk where I don’t want to cook, like. at. all. so we’ve been eating out a good bit.

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Last week I was in jury duty for 2 days and also found out that we have to move out of the house that we love. We are renting and our lease is up at the end of April and we cannot renew because the landlord’s family is moving in. Talk about bummed when we heard the news.

We’ve made this little community our home and we were not quite ready to find a new place. It’s in one of the prime spots in College Park with cobblestone streets and really good neighbors all around who have pumpkin carving parties, holiday get togethers, and decorate the light posts during Christmas.

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We live in a 2/1 colonial style house with so much historic charm, all hardwood floors, and a gorgeous mature back yard with privacy fence and fruit trees. Not everything is updated, but it’s fresh and clean and the kitchen is white and airy. Check out our house tour here.

Over the past week since we’ve found out that we have to move, I’ve had ups and downs of happiness for a new chapter and the possibly of finding bigger house with some modern amenities and maybe more than one bathroom, and at the same time lots of sadness knowing that we won’t be living here 5 weeks from now and this will no longer be home. It’s our first house since we’ve been married because we lived in a garage apartment for the first 2.5 years. We have lots of memories here and we just aren’t ready to leave.

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I remember the effort it took to find this place, countless months of looking on craigslist, trulia, zillow, hot pads, local reality websites, and driving around looking for “for rent” signs like a mad woman. It’s exhausting and with a hard deadline of a move out date coupled with the “we don’t want to move” and “this place is going to be hard to beat” attitude, this time around it’s even more of a challenge…. 

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Happy Birthday Eric + Our Disney Staycation

Happy St. Patty’s Day!! We had a big week last week which is one reason that I’ve been really quiet on the blog front. I have recipes made for you I just haven’t had time to sit down to edit the pictures and type up the recipes. Life can be exhausting sometimes, right? Last Wednesday… 

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This sweet potato smoothie is creamy, tart, and refreshing. I can't get enough of that sweet orange color!!

Sweet Potato Smoothie

This Sweet Potato Smoothie is creamy, tart, and refreshing. I can’t get enough of that sweet orange color!!  We said goodbye to two of our interns yesterday that have been with us for the past 6 weeks. I love being a preceptor to interns that have a passion for our profession because I know that they… 

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Slurp on a Ginger and Greens Smoothie made with fresh ginger, frozen fruit and 2 cups of greens!! It's super refereeing and cleansing!

Ginger & Greens Smoothie

Slurp on a Ginger and Greens Smoothie made with fresh ginger, frozen fruit and 2 cups of greens!! It’s super refreshing and cleansing! This post is sponsored by the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA), all opinions are my own.  Happy March! How is it already March? As much as I enjoy the Christmas season, Easter is… 

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Old Fashioned Fudge Brownie | Why Eating a Brownie Can be Good For You via @KristinaLaRueRD

Why Eating A Brownie Can Be Good For You

I received a lot of wonderful feedback on my post a few weeks ago addressing the possibility of eating too clean. Thank you to all who offered your opinions! These responses have prompted me to continue with writing on this philosophy by discussing the value of moderation, and how eating a brownie can be good… 

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10 Ways To Use Shredded Chicken for Easy Weeknight Meal

Making weeknight meals easier is a must in our house. I got home yesterday from literally what felt like the longest day ever, and was like nooooooooo… I don’t want to cook. I was protesting up a storm, but I know I went grocery shopping and had food in the fridge that I could toss together… 

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These Healthy Chicken Enchiladas are made with homemade enchilada sauce that you can feel good about. This simple weeknight meal will quickly become a family favorite. Serve with a side of beans and shredded lettuce.

Chicken Enchiladas made with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

These Healthy Chicken Enchiladas are made with homemade enchilada sauce that you can feel good about. This simple weeknight meal will quickly become a family favorite. Serve with a side of beans and shredded lettuce. Happy Friday long lost friends! I’ve missed you. This week has been too crazy for my liking. I’ve been working late every night… 

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Say "I love you" with this Pink Cashew Cream Smoothie for two. It's made with good for you ingredients like kefir, tart cherries, cinnamon, and raw cashews. So creamy!

Pink Cashew Cream Smoothie

Say “I love you” with this Pink Cashew Cream Smoothie for two. It’s made with good for you ingredients like kefir, tart cherries, cinnamon, and raw cashews. So creamy!  It’s {almost} Valentine’s day and with that in mind, I made this pink smoothie! I don’t know about you but I’m really excited that this day falls… 

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