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    Affordable Summer Date Ideas

    Summer is finally here – I can say it. It was a long winter for us here in Minnesota so I’m ready to spend as much time outside and out of the house for the next three months. Jake and I have already been spending our weekends in the garden and our evenings taking walks, and I’m soaking it all. Along with enjoying summer, we’re also being careful with our money. In a previous post, I shared that one our goals for 2018 was to be as close to debt-free as possible by the end of the year. With that, we are being particular about the social activities we’re participating…

  • Lifestyle

    Happy Thanksgiving | 2016

    Thanksgiving is a special time of year for me because it’s near my birthday, and sometimes even falls on my birthday. In fact, I was born on Thanksgiving so the holiday is always a good day for me. I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. I love the food, despite not having eaten turkey since high school. It’s also the start of the holiday season. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to love Christmas and all that comes with, not taking any of it for granted. I’ve taken this time of year to relax on tracking my calories and macros, not worry about being on a strict gym schedule, and enjoy my…

  • Lifestyle

    Enjoying Summer

    This week I’m taking a break from my usual recipe of the week. I’ve been slacking a bit on the blog posts lately, and that’s simply because I’ve been out enjoying summer. Minnesota’s summers are short lived, and once you get out and feel the warm air you don’t want to go back inside. Our summer’s are around three months, but they can be a bit longer if you end up with a mild spring and/or fall. This season was one of those seasons (so far) and for the first time in a long time I’ve actually enjoyed the hot air and humid days. Because of that, my blog hasn’t…

  • Recipes

    Protein Pancakes & Banana Oatmeal Cookies

    Pancakes and cookies while on a cut? Sure – if they’re made to fit my macros! These are two super easy recipes to have on hand not just for a cut, but anytime you have a sweet tooth. PROTEIN PANCAKES Pancakes have always been my favorite breakfast item since I was little and my mom would make them the size of the plate. These aren’t quite as big when all said is done, but they’res still tasty! I’ve been making these pancakes for a while now and it can be modified with additional ingredients, like chocolate chips, cinnamon, peanut butter powder, sprinkles – whatever you like. 1/2 C cottage cheese…