Good morning!

Oh my – my morning Mom walk was like walking through a perfumeria! The crab apple trees that are blooming right now are sooo fragrant – enough to make your eyes water! I can’t wait until the lilac bushes that line a portion of our walk start blooming. OMG I get out bed every morning just to smell those flowers – they are divine!!

I’m taking breakfast on the go today – the same combo I seem to be hooked on: Multi Grain Cheerios, Banana & Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze!

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These two take cheerios from ho-hum to oh-yum! (hahaha, ok I’ll admit, that was lame).

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Seriously though, a sliced banana in crunchy cheerios with ice cold milk = the best.


They make me smile…although slightly less googly then this one:

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I’ve also got an AE fat-free Raspberry Yogurt, for eating oh, I’d say, around 9:30.

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I’m channeling my inner 6th grader with lunch today. I feel like these are the exact same items I used to pack in my bag everyday!


I smeared 2 pieces of EarthGrains 100% Whole Wheat bread with some creamy almond butter, 


and separated them out into two mini sandwiches, because I need quantity at lunch, people! 8O


I’m helping to meet my fresh fruit & veggie quota for the day with a crunchy Fuji Apple (these are soooooo fantastic right now!)


and some baby carrots.


What were you like in 6th grade? I was all over big bangs, long hair, round glasses and…plaid. Yes, I seem to remember a lot of plaid happening.


So lately I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the show House Hunters. National/international, east coast/west coast – doesn’t matter I want to see it! Chances are, if you turn on a television set in my home, it’ll be on HGTV. (Ben just loves that, btw) ;)

Last night, while enjoying an episode about a couple looking for a retirement home in Panama, Ben and I got to talking about maybe building a home one day – one day far, far away – but still one day. Building a house is a very exciting prospect because you get to pick everything out yourself! This got me thinking about what my ultimate dream home would be like.

First of all, the outside would be cottage/craftsman style. I just think this style is so classic and cozy, yet sophisticated. The front would have a big, wraparound porch with 2 rocking chairs for sipping coffee on in the mornings.


The lot would be it least an acre, and have large, mature, oak trees that we could gaze at from our huge back deck when they turned colors in the Fall. We’d also be able to look past the trees from our living room at the divine ocean view. I know, huge oak trees + the ocean? This is a dream home after all!


The living room would sit right off a large, eat-in kitchen – no need for a formal dining room – which would have an old-world Tuscan feel. The countertops would be granite to give it a sense of gourmet, but the furnishings, decorative accents and warm wood tones would make it feel super cozy. Oh, there’d also be one of those central vacuuming systems where you just sweep all the crumbs on the floor into a little vent in the floorboards. I freaking love those things.


As elaborate and luxurious as the home would be in those three areas – style of home, ocean view living room and kitchen – the rest of the home would be very modest. Someone has to clean the place after all! I’m thinking no more than 2,000 sq ft, with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths (a must!) and a basement that’s half finished and half un-finished. Unfinished basements are key for storage and beer brewing. Oh, I’d also love to have a gas fireplace and balcony in the master bedroom. Let’s throw a workout room in there somewhere too. :)

Ahhh, a girl can dream, can’t she?

What does your dream home look like? What are your “must haves”?