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    how to maintain a work-life balance

    Between work (both jobs), the gym, nutrition, family, and maintaining a social life, sometimes I’m not sure how I make it through some work weeks. Work is an important part of my life and I take it seriously. Not only because it’s how I make an income, but because it allows me to grow – professionally and personally. That being said, work doesn’t need to fully consume your life. In fact, in my opinion, it shouldn’t. Obviously, I’m all about balance (hello – Angela’s Balanced Life!), and I used to think that that meant with my fitness, food, and social life. But it’s more than that. Balance is important in…

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    Lessons Learned Working 9-to-5

    Growing up, I don’t think many people think, “I can’t wait to work 9-to-5!” But the reality is, so many people do end up working the 9-to-5 shift not thinking it would ever be them. Going into college, I never really knew what I wanted to do even when I was finishing my degree, but a part of me believed that getting a sit down down, office job was a bad thing. That conforming to that standard would make me a boring person. At one point in my life, I wanted to work in the music industry, possibly touring with bands or even on Warped Tour – that was my dream. Then I saw…

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    Gardening Update

    At the beginning of summer I was inspired to jump into the gardening game. I really like the idea of having a garden with fresh veggies that fit into my fitness and nutriton plan. Buying clean and organic are ideal, but there’s something special about food coming straight from your garden. This year, we planted a few basics in our garden, just to get the feelers out and so far, so good – here’s the post where I shared the beginnings of the garden. We’ve already been talking about more updates we can make to the yard to optimize our gardening space – not only for vegetables but also for some…

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    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…

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    Gardening and Thrifting Fun

    Happy June! For the first time in my memory, I’m enjoying the warm, summer weather. It’s been the 80s the past few weeks and I was loving it, though I could do without the humidity. I consider myself a fall girl and have dreaded summer in years past. I’ve gone the past two summers without air conditioning and my hair expands larger in width by the minute during Minnesota’s humid summers. Now I can’t wait to get outside (with SPF on) to get some sun on my skin, lay out at the lake, and get some yard work done. This spring has inspired me to try new things that I even previously…

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    Friday Favorites | 2.19.16

    Welcome weekend – I’m happy you’re here! This weekend, we’re having our postponed Valentine’s Day due to the little illness I had last weekend and then I’m having brunch with some old coworkers on Sunday. Still trying to decide what to make, but I do hope there’s mimosas! BEAUTY |  After searching for a new tinted moisturizer and not finding what I was looking for, I decided to look through my collection hoping to find something good to use. The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer was my go-to a few summers ago, and it’s been great now. The product lasts all day with a good powder and setting spray, has decent coverage, and is…