What I'm eating this week:
I have been snacking on flavored Blue Diamond Almonds lately. I tried the Caramel ones and didn't care for them much, but the Wasabi & Soy Sauce and Salt 'n Vinegar flavors are winners for me. And the label isn't kidding about "Intense Taste." But that's what I like about them!
What I'm reminiscing about:
My recent experience chaperoning a school field trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I like animals well enough, but I wouldn't necessarily consider myself an "animal lover" the way some people are. But we had so many great up close views of so many animals I couldn't help but get into it. I may have gone over my daily Snapchat quota with pictures like this:
What I'm loving:
Back in August, Erin told me she was loving the new Tunic Tees from the Express One Eleven Collection. She also said they were just like the London Sweaters that we both loved last year, so I told her I would try them when the weather cooled down here. Now that it's under 90° most days, I finally gave them a chance and now I'm loving them too!
I also swear Express was spying on our text conversations because they are now starting to call this Tunic Tee the London Tee. The stock photos and reviews are the same for these two items, but they have it listed under two different names for the time being:
One Eleven Tunic Tee vs. London Tee
They also keep releasing tempting new colors and prints for this tee! Luckily it's under $20 so I don't feel too guilty collecting a few here and there.
What I'm excited about:
Weather under 90°!
What I'm working on:
Training myself to do the splits. Maybe that sounds like a crazy goal, but since two of my main hobbies (dance and martial arts) have a strong emphasis on flexibility, I'd like to improve mine. I am pretty flexible thanks to my daily stretch routine, but it's only enough for maintenance. I've been at the same level of flexibility forever and I feel like it's time to push myself to the next level. I spent some time this month reading articles about how train for the splits and this one was the most helpful and relevant to me. It's a long article but I've been incorporating some of the techniques for about a week and a half and have seen big improvements already. It's not easy at all, but it's working!
What I'm watching/reading:
Watching: Dancing with the Stars. I need to watch this week's episode, but other than that, this is the only show I'm keeping up with at all. Reading: The Heist, by Janet Evanovich. I loved the Stephanie Plum Series so I decided to check this one out as well. It's entertaining so far (30% completed) and has the same pace as a Stephanie Plum book.
What I'm wearing:
I share my outfits (almost) daily on Instagram and recap them in my Friday blog posts, so I think my regulars already know what I'm wearing! That said, I always find it fascinating to see which outfits get "liked" more than others (it's rarely what I expect!), so I thought I'd share my top four "Most Liked" outfits on Instagram for October:
Express / Cami: Express / Necklace: Express / Jeans: Express / Booties: Express / Bag: Express / Ring: Target / Nails: Chanel "Taboo" (gift from Rachelle)
Express / Necklace: Express / Tank: Old Navy / Jeans: Nordstrom / Shoes: Sole Society (Similar) / Ring: Kendra Scott (c/o) Bag: Amazon
Express / Top: Express (Similar Print of same top) / Short Necklace: Kendra Scott (c/o) / Long Necklace: Express / Jeans: Express / Ring: Target / Bag: Aldo (Similar) / Shoes: Forever 21 (Similar)
Express / Necklace: Express / Tank: Target / Skirt: Express (Similar) / Tights: Target / Booties: Target (Similar) / Bag: Amazon
The Top Four Front View:
What I'm doing this weekend:
This weekend is going to be crazy busy but in the best way. My parents are coming in town for a visit. Then there will be two Halloween parties to help out with at school, an adult Halloween party with friends, and a neighborhood Halloween party for kids. Add some baseball practices and games for the kids, a Black Belt test for my 8 year-old, some fitness classes for me and that should explain why I don't post on Mondays anymore! No time for blogging on the weekend!
What I'm dreading:
Exhaustion. As much as I'm excited for each of the individual events coming up, I definitely get exhausted when they are all lumped together in a short period of time like this!
Bonus Question: Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe?
I love to make homemade rolls for Thanksgiving. This recipe is an easy favorite. I typically make the dough and let it rise in my bread machine, then roll and shape the rolls before baking in the oven.
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