Had to Loosen Our Belts


Good morning!

Dunh-dunh-dunhhhhhh…we all knew this day would come! After four and a half glorious days of vacation which included decorating for Christmas, catching a disaster flick, an unforgettable Thanksgiving and some Pomtinis – it’s back to the grind!

Like I said yesterday – I’m suprishingly feeling ready to go back to work. Four and half days was the perfect amount of time off. Any less and I wouldn’t have been ready to go back. Anymore and I might have started getting bored. Plus I know that in less than a month, I’ll have another little break for Christmas. Gotta love the Holidays! If you’ve been off for the past couple of days, are you feeling ready to go back?

Speaking of the Holidays – Ben and I were talking last night and both of our belts have been getting a wee bit tight as of late. Maybe it’s the Holidays? The cold weather? It’s probably a combination of things, including eating dessert with reckless abandonment… Either way, we’re going to work really hard in the next couple of weeks to eat very clean, mindfully and making sure we get plenty of exercise into our schedules.

I’m kicking my mindful morning off with light and healthy Fruit, Yogurt & Granola Parfait. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something about this exact combination – fruit, yogurt and granola – that is very satisfying and special. It’s like something you’d have on vacation…know what I mean?!


In the mix:


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Do you eat flax seeds? Supposedly they’re high in protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They, along with the pumpkin seeds in this granola, make for a nice crunch and chew.


My eyes may have been a bit bigger than my Christmas bowl this morning – I was spilling granola everywhere as I ate this. 8O


Putting today’s lunch together involved scraping the very bottom of the barrel. I didn’t go on my weekly grocery shopping trip yesterday because Ben and I are hitting up the store tonight to shop and grab dinner. Nevertheless, I ended up packing a pretty good spread, I think. :)


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Lots of variety and crrrrunch make for a very satisfying meal in my opinion.

In other news, today is Cyber Monday! Cyber Monday is the unofficial “kick off” to Holiday shopping and a day when you can find especially good deals online. Boo yah!

I don’t LOVE doing my holiday shopping online because it’s harder for the people I give the gift to, to take it back if they don’t like it (hmmm, maybe that’s a reason why I SHOULD do my holiday shopping on line, muwhahahaha!) but I do like to see if there’s any good deals I can snag for clothes for Ben and I!

In other, other news…

  • Come back this afternoon for a divine recipe, straight from my family’s Thanksgiving table, and
  • Stay tuned for a very exciting holiday announcement tomorrow! :D

Have a great Monday everyone!


Have you started on your holiday shopping yet? Do you ever shop online for gifts?

I have 80% of my holiday shopping done already – I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten it all done so early! That trip to the Mall of America was certainly put to good use this year.

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  1. Because my family is spread out all over the country, majority of my shopping is done online.

    There is that part of me that truly loves battling the crowds at the shopping malls during the holidays :)

  2. I am soooo not ready to be back, but ready for a routine. :) I don’t have any shopping done yet. If I start early, I spend too much. I love the hustle and bustle!

  3. Lizzy 11.30.2009

    I am totally not ready for the holiday weekend to be over. i’m such a sucker for having nothing to do and spending time with family! Hope you have a great day!

  4. Evan Thomas 11.30.2009

    80%?! You are so on top of things
    I might have to grab some of these deals for myself online!

  5. It depends on what I’m getting my family if I shop online. If it is easier to have the ship to option I do. I like the ease of it since they live far away and I don’t see them that often even for holidays. THis year I bought it all in the stores though which means shipping anyway.

  6. Niki 11.30.2009

    Looking forward to the recipe!! So far, I’ve found some pretty good deals for Cyber Monday! Check out Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime! But, I haven’t been buying any gifts! Just stuff for me! Better get on those gifts!

  7. Nancy 11.30.2009

    I’ve never heard of cyber monday before, that’s interesting. In fact, I’m way ahead of the game on most years. I have been doing my Christmas shopping online for the past 3 years and I haven’t looked back.

    All I have to buy for now is another few bath & body works things for my Mom and a little something for my Boyf.

  8. Yasmin 11.30.2009

    Such a festive looking bowl with my favorite granola! I jumped on my Christmas shopping this past week and I think I’m done thank goodness!!!

  9. Jenna 11.30.2009

    Mike and I are going grocery shopping tonight too. I am going to try to stick to a budget this week :).

    I think the extra weight may be extra winter padding for us Northerners to stay warm during the winter, lol. I haven’t gotten mine on yet, but it is bound to happen at some point!

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