Guess what I woke up to today?!

SUNSHINE!!! Finally! It was so gorgeous that I decided to go for a 3 mile run after my Mom and I were done walking. The 65 degree air felt fantastic and, I’m happy to report, it was one of my better runs! Oh except for the part where this small, black dog chased me for two blocks at one point, barking, and its owner did nothing to stop it. Except for that. ;)

Breakfast was even better, as I made a big bowl of Cherry Almond Oats!


In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup each old fashioned oats, unsweetened vanilla almond breeze & water
  • 1 banana
  • almond extract, cinnamon
  • Bing cherries
  • Sliced almonds


I actually added an overflowing 1/3 cup each of almond milk and water, so the oats were nice and plump and creamy. I LOVED it that way.


Cherry + almonds = ace flavor combo. I could seriously eat this bowl everyday.


Check out that sun ray in the background – it’s going to be a beautiful day! The weather woman (Jeriann!) gave today’s forecast a 10 out of 10. :D


I brought my chop once, eat twice Veggie Salad and watermelon for lunch. 


In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Baby spinach
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Snap peas
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green onions


This salad is HUGE and it kept me full all afternoon on Monday. I’m banking on the same thing today.


Can’t wait for this cold, sweet watermelon either.


This is actually the last of the giant one I cut up this weekend. I never knew my husband liked watermelon so much?! He’s been hoovering it down!


Oh, I did make it to the grocery store last night to pick up some Crystal Light Lemonade packets!


I saw these Diet Snapple on-the-go packets too and decided to give the peach flavor a whirl. I heart peach tea.


Don’t get me wrong, I lurve water – I try to drink 100+ oz a day – but sometimes you just want something with FLAVOR, know what I mean? Plus, it’s so much more thirst quenching to slam an ice cold lemonade or peach tea then water. I don’t know why, it just is!


In other news, Al Roker was in town yesterday giving over a half million dollars to the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers! He’s on a five city tour, in five days, giving away money to charities in his 9th annual “Lend a Hand” campaign, and the IHYC was one of the lucky recipients. Cool!

In even MORE thrilling news – it’s already Thursday! I don’t know how or why, but this week has absolutely flown by. Gotta love that.

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday…what are your plans for the 4th of July? What’s your favorite part about the 4th? Fireworks, BBQs, lakehouses?

International friends – tell us about any similar celebrations you may have!

Have a great day!