Let’s Catch Up: ON EVERYTHING.

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Good Morning Everyone!

It’s been a week since I’ve posted a recap. I’ve been running around all week going here and there! It doesn’t look like its going to slow down anytime soon. Luckily, I have this morning time to relax and recap for you guys before I get up and around for the day. I was actually up at 4:15 this morning so I could fit this post in. I’ve been having a hard couple of days with poison ivy all over my body. It makes it harder for me to get everything I need to do done, but I’m trying my best. These steroids have me looking pretty cute and the constant itchy feeling is killing me inside. I contemplated on sharing a couple photos from the hospital, but they are too embarrassing, so I’m keeping those to myself. Turns out, I’m pretty dang allergic to the stuff. (more about that later)

Around eight this morning, I headed to the kitchen to make some coffee and breakfast. I made two eggs over easy and two slices of Applegate bacon.

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The pups were so dang cute this morning. I made Grumples a little bed by the door so he can look out. Tino sits up at the top of the couch so he can also look out too. When I headed over there, Tino leaned over and gave Grumples a huge smooch! Luckily, I had my snapcaht out!

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Lets start with last Thursday night. I headed down the road to Dominic’s (Nick’s little brother) basketball game. It’s crazy how big they have all gotten since last year.

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This game about gave me a heart attack. They went into overtime and won by two! So excited for their first game of the season. I’m sad I missed his Monday game, but I have poison ivy.  Hopefully I can make it tonight.

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Thursday night, Nick came over and made me dinner. We watch the Lions game. #detroitvseverybody

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He made parmesan broccoli, grilled turkey burgers, and I made a tossed caesar salad with turkey pepperoni, croutons, avocado, and parmesan.

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Friday Morning, I finished up the orders! It was madness. I have more to get done today too.

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I love my Erin Condren stickers on the packages!

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Friday morning, I ran three 10 minute miles on the treadmill at an elevation and then turned it down to a low speed and walked for about eighteen minutes at an elevation with five pound hand weights.

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I was excited to workout in my new outfit from Satva. The clothes are super cute and incredibly soft!

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Excuse my morning “no make-up, no hair style” look. They sent me over adorable yoga/running style pants with fun cut outs at the bottom. Those cut-outs are so in right now! They also sent me over a fun patterned tank top with a built in bra and cross cutouts.

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They also sent me a code for my readers: satva1 -the code is for 20% your next order! All of their items are organic and you can read their story here! The items are made from eco friendly cotton and non-GMO bio-ingredients. The clothes fit so perfectly and are true to size.

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After finishing up work on Friday, I headed to pick out an outfit for Nick’s company party. They always throw a great party. I actually decided to do something different to my hair, so I used a heat protector, and curled the ends with my straightener.

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I forgot to take photo that night, but one of Nick’s coworkers said she’d send me one she took of us! I’ll post that when I get it 🙂 I had a black dress on with tan and lace detail. I paired the dress with a camel cardigan, black tights and black high heals. I also wore pearl earrings.

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We left around eleven and headed back to watch elf with the pups. I fell asleep in the first five minutes.

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So much love for this lil guy.

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We had plans to spend all Saturday clearing out the backyard on the new house. It’s all we can do with it right now until the contractors show up to fix up the insides and structure. Before I spent all day working outside, I wanted a breakfast!

We headed down the street to Toast in Dilworth. I ordered two eggs over easy, wheat toast, bacon, and fruit. Everything was delicious!

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I found the cutest little stocking at Home Depot that reminded me of Grumples. Now I need to find one that looks like Tino! I’m so excited to get Christmas pictures of the two. They’re going to hate me!

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After breakfast, we headed to Home Depot to pick up yard tools, cleaning supplies, fire wood, and more!

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We decided to pick up the dogs so they could run around the backyard while we cleared everything.

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Nick started on the roof so he could clear all the leaves and clean out the gutters. This house has been empty for over a year.

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We also met the neighbors and they were extremely nice. They bought a fix-up and redid it as well. This house was such a good find becuase it’s right between South Park and Dilworth. I’m so excited to see everything come to life!

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The house is over a half acre, so we are going to extend a privacy fence all the way down to the road so the dogs have room to run.

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This giant oak tree is going to be removed and we are going to add a back porch.

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I removed about eight tree stumps from the ground and it was pretty dang therapeutic. And no, my socks do not match.

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There was about a foot of leaves covering the backyard, so we spent hours raking and burning. The dogs were loving every second of it.

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I was so proud of myself for starting the fire by myself without gas, using a really bad lighter, and with all the wind.

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I even built the fire pit!:) It’s not permanent, but it was convent for burning leaves.

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We tried to get a picture with the dogs but it was a struggle. We finally got one…KINDA.

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The dogs were in definite need of a bath and so were we! I love the smell of bonfires, but HATE the smell on me.

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I spent hours raking up leaves with Anthony, digging out tree stubs, burning leaves, bagging leaves, cutting barb wire off the fence, and ripping up roots and weeds. I was sure we’d dig up a dead body somewhere in there because we dug up about six pairs of shoes.

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And it was freeeeeezing!

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The dogs also ran around the house. It’s still empty and not livable yet. The contractors are going to come and fix everything after Christmas.

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His fur makes him look so fluffy! He’s due for a cut soon.

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Someone actually called the fire department because they saw smoke coming from the back of the house. No one has lived in the house for over a year, so they probably thought there was a fire. The fireman came to the back of the house and started cracking up when he saw our little fire pit.

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The only room we can work on before the contractors come is the back mudroom. Here are the icky before photos. Below is our inspiration board and what we plan on doing to it. We started ordering supplies this week.

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We are putting in hardwood floors to match the rest of the house, changing the backdoor, adding a new washer/dryer set, painting the brick and the walls, adding baskets, replacing the window, and putting in shelves/cabinets. We ripped up all the floors, walls and ceilings. I’ll post that photo soon. We are going with a rustic and grey look.

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After a day of yard work, we headed over to my parents for the Hawkeyes game. I love my parents christmas decorations!

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We had salad, pizza, and wings! Well deserved.

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Beggars.

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It was such a good game, and I’m so sad they lost. They played their hearts out though! I’m excited to see them play in the Rose bowl!

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I spent Sunday cooking away! I have some of the recipes posted already, but will post the others later. Above is a crockpot cheese dip with hot peppers, bacon, and sausage!

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Grandpas Gumdrop Cookies & Bacon Wrapped Meatballs!

Anthony and Nick were over watching football and testing all the food.  We brought the cookies and baklava over to Nick’s parents house and I finally watched Elf! LOVED IT!

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I’ll post the Baklava recipe later! It was sooooooo good!

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I made some pineapple glazed ham!

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And the best cheesy biscuits and gravy! Nick wants me to make a huge batch to bring over for out cookout/tailgate on Sunday!

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My poison ivy outbreak started on Sunday night. There was just a spot on my face and a couple spots on my arm. At first, I thought it was just bug bites.  I stopped at CVS to pick up some calamine lotion and Ibuprofen.

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Monday morning breakfast: almonds, chocolate raisins, Greek yogurt with banana, and a bowl of cherries.

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This is why running outside is so much better than the treadmill!

Even though I had a fantastic run, I shouldn’t have done it. I think the run and the hot shower spread the poison ivy all over.

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Tuesday morning, woke up with it all over my body. My face was/and still is blistered and red. My eyes were almost glued shut on Wednesday and I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to go to the hospital. They got me in there right away because I had it in my lungs and my airways were starting to close and I also had a fever of 101.4. They quickly gave me a a Benadryl shot and a shot of steroids. They kept me under watch until the labored breathing went away and my temperature went down. Anthony and Ben both have poison ivy too, but Nick doesn’t. Lucky…

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Yesterday morning, I headed over to pick up my prescriptions and then relaxed a bit with the pups. I was in so much pain.

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It got better throughout the day. I decided to drive out to my parents house to let the dogs run around and play.

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I feel so bad when I can’t go out and walk with them, so I like to let them just run and play to get all their energy out. They are the cutest!

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I didn’t feel like cooking dinner so I bought soup, juice, watermelon, and a salad at Harris Teeter.

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I also bought some lottery tickets 🙂

I was hoping I could run today, but doesn’t look like thats going to happen! I’m hoping it gets better by tonight!

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I just relaxed last night editing photos and writing up the recipes!

Now, I’m off to go get ready for the day! So much to do and so little time!

xo

THREE QUESTIONS FOR YOU! 

  1. Have you ever had poison ivy?
  2. What is a recipe you’d like me to make?
  3. What is your go-to workout outfit?

Comments

  • Adina

    I’m extremely allergic to it as well. Been t the hospital a lot for it. I know how you feel. 🙁 Congrats on the house! I am slowly catching up on all of your posts. I love watching you progress through the years. Giveds me hope that one day my life wont be a sad wreck hah. Just maybe slightly jealous as well lol.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Stinks 🙁

      & thank you so much for the kind words!! I bet your life is amazing and the best thing about our life is we get to control it! XO XO

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  • SpeedyC

    A quick heads up that poison ivy can spread in dogs fur, but as it’s an oil you can make sure not to get it by washing yourself and the dogs with dish detergent if you think you touched it!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery

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  • Lauren

    can’t wait to buy some satva clothing! thank you for the discount! =)

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  • Kris

    Please do NOT put steroid creams on your face! It might trigger periorial dermatitis outbreak, and that one is not so easy to get rid of.

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  • Jacqueline Miller

    Hey Taralynn,

    I just wanted to mention, if you have not already, make sure you wash your pups and their beds. I am super allergic to poison ivy and get it from my sweet cuddle bug puppies. If your dogs got it oil on their fur they can be re-exposing you to it! I apologize if someone already said this in the other comments, or your dr already told you. I was reading through to see if someone had but I don’t have time to read them all! lol. I hope you get over it soon! I get it every summer even if I am super careful 🙁
    Jacqueline

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  • Dani

    I’d really like that pineapple glazed ham recipe, I’d like to attempt making that for Christmas! Is there a link to it?

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  • sarah

    Hi Taralynn! Congrats on the new house! I’ve only had poison ivy once and right after getting I broke the same foot it was on so a cast went over it. That was awful! I hope it gets better.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Sarah! It’s getting slightly better, but I’ll be so happy when it’s ALL over with! ahhhhhh. I can’t imagine having poison ivy with a cast! OMG!

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  • Meg

    Mmm Parmesan broccoli AND a man who cooks healthy delish meals?! You’ve hit the jackpot lol!!
    Love the long catch up posts! Dyyyying to see home decor posts! Love your sense of style. I hear ya about needing your own space while in school…I had college room mates and totally needed to be on my own to focus (in my last year now!)

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Meg! He’s pretty great!

      It’s hard to focus on work, school, and getting things done when you have roommates. You feel as if you’re always trying to go out and do things with them, talk, or easily get distracted, so I feel ya! This way, I have some time to myself and my own office. It’s nice 🙂 Especially since I’ve been living with people my entire life.

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  • Melanie

    I am so sorry to hear about your poison ivy! Rest up and feel better soon!
    Looks like you and Nick are having fun getting the new house up and ready! Can’t wait to see more of the transformation. 🙂
    I’ve been looking for a pair of leggings with cut outs! I love that look. Satva has some really cute stuff!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks girl!

      I’m taking it easy until the bad part is over with. I think I’m getting the worst of it now 🙁

      We are excited about posting everything and all the progress! 🙂 & yes i LOVE Satva!

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  • Emma

    I got poison ivy once and I was on steroids for a month. If you find the calamine lotion too runny try Pinxav. It’s a lot thicker and has the same active ingredient (MgO), however it will still stain clothes and is technically a diaper rash cream, but it helped me a lot. I hope you feel better asap!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you emma! I have to blot the calamine with a towel and add layers of it! Definitely runny 🙁 I’ll look for Pinxav! The scrub works wonders!

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  • Anonymous

    So sorry about your poison ivy D:
    I grew up in Maryland and would get it every summer without fail. I was horribly allergic, too, so I would have to take the steroids…hang in there! Oatmeal baths help a lot!

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  • Melissa – Green Palate Life

    Ah, yikes, Taralynn! That sounds like no fun. 🙁 Some people aren’t allergic to poison ivy (I think I’m one of them), but my friend Brennan gets it as bad as you.

    I’m looking forward to trying out some new vegetarian recipes 🙂 I recently became one and enjoy experimenting around.

    THAT OUTFIT IS ADORABLE! My go-to outfit is yoga capris and a loose tank. The comfier the better! 😉

    Xo,
    Melissa

    http://www.greenpalatelife.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yeah, it’s awful! Our friends have it too, but I got it the worst 🙁

      Vegetarian recipes are always fun to make and I finally like tofu!

      Thank you!! Capris are the best! I agree its all about the comfort!

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  • Chandler

    Two other things I forgot to add: 1) I read your other post about the gumdrop cookies, and I LOVE that you’re a part of the black licorice club as my mom likes to call it. 2) Are you and Nick moving in together?! If so, CONGRATS! 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes! I am in the black licorice club and so is my mom 🙂 Nick and I are not moving in together for a while:) I have my own place and that house needs so much work, so I’ll be over there working on a lot of projects. Also, I told myself that I do not want to move in with anyone for a while- especially while I’m in school. I need to focus.

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  • Chandler

    Happy Friday Taralynn! I’ve never had poison ivy, but it sounds awful! I’m glad you’re feeling better. I guess it would be fun to see some more soup recipes on here. I loveeee soup, and it’s fantastic winter food. My go-to workout outfit really depends on the weather! I live in Minnesota, so it’s freezing up here a lot of the year. I like leggings with a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt and a headband for this time of year. I love that you’ve been posting questions to ask us, and your dedication to interacting with your readers. You’re somethin else! Merry Christmas! 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Good afternoon!

      It’s getting worse which stinks 🙁 It’s a pain in the butt. I really need to start bringing out the crockpot more becuase it’s so much more convenient. I’m definitely a leggings person too! I like wearing shorts on walks but thats about it! I actually love the questions and it’s my favorite part of the blog post! I love getting to know all of you! xo & Merry Christmas!

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  • Kelsey

    I am actually very lucky to say I haven’t had poison ivy before and thats weird because I am always walking out in the woods and riding on a fourwheeler and being in places I am sure are filled with ivy but maybe I am not allergic to it. I have only found one thing I am allergic to and thats a type of medicine. But I hope you feel better soon it sounds serious you must be higly allergic.

    I have a weakness for pancakes right now and I am planning on starting a fitness page on facebook for me and a few friends to get back on track with our health in Jan. I would love to be able to still eat pancakes but a healthier version do you have any ideas?

    When I work out I like to wear lose shirts and thin shirts and most of the time I go to cut off sleeve shirts and yoga pants I like to feel comfortable and be in cooler clothes. lol

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes you are so lucky. It’s the worse and it seems like mine isn’t getting any better. I’m also always out in the woods, but apparently the weeds I was puling out of the backyard and throwing into the fire were poison ivy…….dumb move. If it’s three let it be?..whoops! My dad and I are both very allergic, but I’m trying to tough it out.

      I have a ton of healthier pancakes on my blog! Here is the directory! http://simplytaralynn.com/?s=pancakes

      It’s all about the comfort 😉

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      • Kelsey

        Thank you those all look like heaven! I sadly have no syrup or I would be eating some now lol

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  • Amy

    I am so excited for that Baklava recipe!

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  • Misty

    Hi Taralynn! I have never gotten poison ivy that bad ,but know people who do have bad reactions to it,it is horrible and I hope it goes away fast for you. I have really liked all of your recipes that I’ve tried! Do you have any tips on how to use baking stevia in a cake recipe? When I use it in my chocolate cake recipe it doesn’t rise and turns out kind of gummy. In the cake recipe I use g.f. flour too, wondering if that is the problem. For a workout outfit I just recently bought running tights and absolutely love them! Makes my old windpants feel like garbage bags lol! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Misty!

      You’re lucky. It’s a pain. My dad and I are both pretty dang allergic to it. I’ve been on steroids for days and it is just getting worse.

      When I’m baking cake, I use the big bags of stevia instead of the little packets 🙂 It makes a huge difference. The gluten free flour tend to make things much more gummier. When I make banana bread with gluten free flour, it’s always gummy and same with muffins.

      I hope you have a merry Christmas too!

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  • mia

    Hey Tara! Im not sure if you and Nick bought the house together and are planning on living in it together or not, but if so that is awesome! I just wanted to say congratulations! My fiancé and I just renovated a house together and moved in, so its cool that you are doing the same!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Mia! 🙂 It’s going to be a fun one to fix up together, but I’m not moving in because I have my own place and need to focus on school. It’ll take a while to get all the renovations done too!

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  • Shannen

    Oh no! I’m sorry to hear about your poison ivy. Did you get it cleaning up the house? (and are you moving again?!) I’ve never had it, but I have heard that it is some nasty stuff! I am looking forward to making your cranberry chocolate chip cookie recipe, they look delicious! You should try making Cheesy Spinach Bites, or something like that. Or a fruit salsa with cinnamon chips! Mmm I am getting hungry just thinking about them. I look forward to your posts! Keep them up, and feel better!(:
    p.s. what photo editor do you use?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I did! I didn’t realize that it was everywhere in the backyard. I didn’t pay attention to what I was pulling out of the ground and throwing into the fire. I was in long sleeves, jeans, a hate, and gloves but still managed to get it.

      I bet cheesy spinach bites would be good! I just made a spaghettis squash casserole with cheese and will post that recipe soon 🙂

      Fruit salsa and cinnamon chips are incredible! 🙂

      xo

      I just use pic monkey and instagram!

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  • Ann

    Have you ever tried Technu poison ivy scrub? My husband uses it every time he gets poison ivy, it really works! You can find it over the counter, good luck!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I have it!:) I scrub my arms when they get itchy about every 4 hours with cold water and then dab the calamine lotion on! It seems to help it instantly. I had it spread to my leg last night and I woke up and did the treatment!

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  • Tori

    I loved this recap! Those workout clothes are so adorable! I should have asked for some for Christmas. Also, your house project looks so fun! I love doing things like that. I also love the look you are going for. Can’t wait to see the before and after photos xoxox

    Tori

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Tori! The clothes are so stinking soft and comfortable. The house is going to be so much work, but so worth it. We want to make everything DIY and very affordable. There are a lot of things we have to have people do for us, but we’re hoping to do as much as we can! I’m so excited to see it come to life.

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  • sarah

    I am very allergic to poison ivy. I used to get shots made with poison ivy to build my immunity. Try putting some activated charcoal on it. They are capsules you can get at a vitamin store. Just make a paste with a little water and the open capsule. Beware…it’s messy and wear black.

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  • Kelsey K

    I love home renovations! We did it on both our houses and it’s so much fun watching your house transform. If you haven’t looked at these websites yet you should check them out (Houzz.com and Country Living). Both have great links, photos, and places to purchase items for renovations.

    1. I had poison ivy a few years ago but nothing to bad; however, when we moved to OK I got Chiggers (little mites that live in the weeds here) while we were working on our horse pasture. They make you break out really bad and are super itchy. I had to go to ER because I had a allergic reaction to them. I had to use chigger killer lotion (pyrethrin) and was still extremely itchy for about a week or two after. My saving grace was prescription strength lidocaine lotion.

    2. If you haven’t tried them yet, you should try Cheddar Bacon Ranch Bread Pulls. They are super easy to make and are great for football parties. I like the version from The Plain Chicken blog.

    3. My go to workout outfit is my Athena Capri and my old t-shirt that I turned into a workout shirt. It says on the back ‘Rise and rise again until lambs become lions’. It’s a nice reminder to how far I have come in my training. I have been training for my first bodybuilding competition (bikini), and am so happy about how much stronger I have gotten over the past few months.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yeah, I’m already excited about it! Thank you for the websites! I do love Houzz.com! I like the home ideas instagram too!

      1. Ew. I used to get chiggers in Iowa all the time! We would sit on the grass and have them all over. You have to paint over the bites with fingernail polish! I didn’t realize you could have an allergic reaction to them!

      2. YUM! That sounds so good!

      3. I love all of the Athena products and I always use my old T-shirts for working out! Congrats on training and all the progress! I couldn’t do it, so keep up the dedication! xo

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  • Morgan

    I am also looking to purchase a fixer upper in the Charlotte area. Do you have any suggestions of neighborhoods/areas to look in?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’s really hard to find good deals for flipping/fixer uppers in charlotte because everything is going so fast with all the investors in the area. Anything from Uptown, south boulevard, dilworth and south park are all getting bought and flipped. A lot of the owners are actually holding onto the properties too. You just have to look everyday for deals and definitely work with a realtor!

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  • Alyssa

    I had no idea you bought a house! Not sure if I missed that or what, but congratulations! Love the inspiration for the mud room, please share pictures when you’re finished! 🙂 I’m sorry you’re so miserable from the poison ivy, I hope you feel better soon! Quick question, where did your parents get the multi-colored light projector from (I don’t know what else to call it, so I hope you know what I’m talking about lol)? I’ve been seeing them all over on houses, but can’t find it in any stores!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Alyssa!

      I have been keeping it on the DL becuase it’s been pretty hectic. We are going to share a lot of the DIY, but thats about it;) My parents got their lights from QVS! My mom is obsessed with that channel. lol

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  • Sarah

    I loved this post! I finally tried your cranberry and chocolate chip cookie recipe! I made them for a cookie swap and they turned out great! I did a blog post about it as well!

    Thanks for sharing Taralynn!

    Sarah
    http://www.sefoster8.blogspot.ca

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  • Kelsey

    You and Nick are moving into a new house together?! How exciting! This seems like a fun fixer-upper project, and I’m sure you’ll do a fantastic job decorating. Can’t wait to see the picture!
    Best of luck, and I hope you feel better! Poison Ivy sucks.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Nope. I have my own place, but we will eventually down the road. I have a lot going on and need the extra space for work. The house won’t be finished for a while. We will make sure to post photos and share all the DIY! XO

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  • Laura Kozarsky

    Hi!! First off, I’m so glad we both stuck to our deal; you watched Elf and I tried eggnog!! I decided to go with the Southern Comfort brand… I thought it was really good! It was a lot thicker than I expected, but had an awesome flavor… I saw they also had a vanilla spice variety, have you tried that?
    1.yes! I used to get poison ivy all of the time when I was younger! My dad is a landscaper and I always caught it from him… the worst was when it would get in between my toes! Ouch!
    2. I’d like any gluten free recipes you could make.. my husband has to eat gluten free so I love finding new recipes.. I plan on making the bacon wrapped meatballs asap!
    3. My workout outfits typically consist of yoga pants/capris, a t-shirt and nikes 🙂

    Take care! Xo

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Me too becuase Elf was so cute!:) & I’m glad you liked eggnog! It’s definitely a hit or miss. I haven’t had the vanilla spice one! If you get the light brands, it’s not as thick tasting, but I also don’t mind the texture.

      Between your toes!? yikes! I have it all over my ankles and my eyes are the worst part

      My friend has an amazing gluten free blog! http://www.healthylivingmaintenance.com!

      I feel ya on the workout clothes!

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  • Brooklyn

    Oh no! I’ve never had poison ivy but I hope yours goes away really quick!
    That picture of you and Tino cuddling is adorable. He is a beaut!
    My go to work out outfit is just shorts and a sports bra. I need new work out clothes so bad. I love the leggings you got!
    http://Www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Brooklyn. You’re lucky you’ve never had it!

      & Tino is such a good cuddled! Grumples is the opposite and likes his space lol. BUT, he’ll cuddle for thirty minutes and be over it.

      running leggings are my go-to and the ones above are my new favorite. I love the material and the cutouts !

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    You cook pretty magnificently for someone who is suffering from ices! Is poison ivy worse than chicken pox?

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  • kelly

    Wait…you moved again? Did you buy that place with Nick? If so, that is pretty exciting!

    Also, you just saw Elf for the first time? What? Haha

    1. Nope. Thank God!
    2. Maybe something vegan? My husband and I try to incorporate vegan eating into our life.
    3. I have one nice work out outfit. It’s just a black top with black tight but stretchy pants. Nothing special..I need to work out more before I can justify buying cute workout clothes lol

    Reply to kelly
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I did not move 🙂 I have my place. The house isn’t livable until the contractors come. I also need my place for school, work, and to focus right now. I’m excited to work on everything though and we will be sharing all the photos!

      1. LUCKY.
      2. We try to do that once a week too.
      3. I just go with comfort. I like the leggings and t shirt!

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  • Gorsa

    Do not even think about running until your poison ivy is gone!!! Raising your body temperature aggravates it/ my husband got it one time and he works in a hot environment, so he didn’t have a choice, but his seriously took a month to clear up.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I haven’t since. I hate not being able to run, but I’m pretty medicated up, so it wouldn’t be a good run anyways. I just can’t wait until its all gone! I hope it clears up before a month 🙁 – at least on my face !

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  • rosie

    congratulations on your new place! Im looking to buy next year but the idea of building and renovating by myself at 25 is a bit terrifying. I had no idea poison ivy could be that bad, we don’t have it in Australia, I hope you feel better soon. I love reading your blog all year around but especially at Christmas time your holiday spirit is contagious 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Rosie!

      You’re lucky you don’t get it in Australia! & I don’t know what hit me, but I’m loving the holidays this year! xo xo

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  • Rebecca

    How are you balancing all of this with school and studying for finals?

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  • Heather

    Aw did you guys buy a house?! exciting!

    I’ve never had poison ivy, and hope i never do! hope you feel better!

    I love busy printed leggings and a tank top. if i have cute workout clothes i always feel more motivated!

    Reply to Heather
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks!

      It is the worst! I hope no one ever gets it!

      As long as my clothes are comfy, I’m good to go! But it always helps to have cute ones! 😀

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  • Ami

    Hey Taralynn!
    1. I’ve never had it but my Dad is really sensitive to it, he uses Fels-Naptha soap whenever he even sees it and that does the trick.
    2. Souffle, I can never make it work
    3. Big tshirt and capris spandex

    Hope you feel better soon! And I can’t wait to see what you do with the house!

    Reply to Ami
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Seems like everyone’s dad is pretty allergic lol. & I’ll have to look for Fels!

      I have never tried to makes soufflé, but I have the torches! I should try!

      YES! So comfy!

      Thanks Ami!!

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  • Ami

    Hey Taralynn
    1. I actually don’t get poison ivy but my Dad gets it horribly. He uses Fels-Naptha soap after he even gets near the stuff and that gets rid of the oils from the leaves.
    2. Souffle’s, I can never get them to work for me
    3. A big T-shirt and compression capris
    I hope you get better, so sorry about the hospital that’s never fun! Can’t wait to see what you do with the house!

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  • Carrie

    I love that you bought a fixer-upper! I love the property brothers and all those HGTV renovation shows. My parents have managed to buy a couple fixer uppers, fix them, and then rent them out to tenants and its the best! The tenants essentially pay the mortgage and the neighborhood looks better because the house finally gets the care it deserves. Have you ever seen Rehab Addict?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I love the HGTV shows too! Nick and I watch them all the time. Nick is obsessed with the fixer uppers and renting them out. He fixed up a place a year ago and has and a renter living in it for a while. This one is going to be ours though.

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  • Tara

    Your poison ivy sounds like a nightmare!! I’m glad you’re feeling better. I’ve never had it. I took pictures standing in the middle of it and didn’t get it! But, cedar does that same thing to me and will spread into my lungs. My mom figured that out when I was a baby and we had a real Christmas tree. The tree had to go quickly! LOL

    Recipe request – I am supposed to bring some kind of chicken dip to a family Christmas next Saturday, but I have never made one and there are a million recipes online, so I don’t know which one to use….I want it to be good!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’s definitely a nightmare!

      I hate it so much 🙁 I had no idea people could be allergic to cedar! I bet that is a tough one.

      Chicken dip sounds really good!

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  • nikita khara

    Are you flipping to re-sell or flipping to eventually move into? Sounds like a fun project. I don’t have the patience for that 😛 I’m more into projects that take a few days.

    Reply to nikita khara
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Just fixing up to live in! I won’t be moving in for a while as I have my own place and need all the extra room for work right now. I also don’t have the patience to live in a place that is getting fixed up while staying organized! so hard!

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  • Whitney

    Ouch! Poison Ivy sucks I’ve been there, done that! I feel for you girl! Hope you get to feeling better! The pups are so cute! Grumbles looks like a little sheep with all his fur! Lol I didn’t know you and Nick bought a house. Did I miss that post? I’m so happy for you guys and can’t wait to see how it turns out! Hope you have a awesome holiday season!

    Reply to Whitney
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Ugh. so sucky! & thank you! I hope it goes away. I’ve been to the doctor three different times now. The dogs are so fun and Grumples definitely needs a haircut! He’s so fluffy. We are excited to post all the DIY! I’m actually letting him write all the DIY posts and I’ll be doing the photography! It’s going to be so much fun.

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  • Heather

    Congrats on the new house. I can’t wait to see the projects that y’all do! I love the inspiration board. I’m building a new house right now and was so overwhelmed with picking out all the colors, granite, flooring, etc., but luckily my hubby and I were pretty much in agreement on most things! That makes it so much easier!

    Sorry about the poison ivy! Ouch! I’ve never had that, but I’ve had poison oak and that was not fun!

    Reply to Heather
    • Taralynn McNitt

      We are exited to post all the projects! He is really excited as he is going to write them all! He loves letting me pick everything out, which I love! Pinterest has been such a big help.

      & thank you! I hope it clears soon!

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  • Jeanine

    Love this long updates! And congrats on the house, no doubt you will do an AMAZING job fixing it up! Can’t wait to see!
    Also I had a question for you. There’s a chance I’m moving from New York for a job in Winston Salem(looking to move btwn Winston Salem and Charlotte) in the next month (fingers crossed!) and I know you’ve been to sooo many restaurants in Charlotte, if you had to choose- what restaurant would you recommend trying out first?! I’m a big foodie and I’ve been researching but figured I’d ask a pro! Haha

    Reply to Jeanine
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Jeanine!

      Congrats on the upcoming move. My aunt and uncle live in Winstom Salem and love it. You should definitely go to NAN & BYRONS! it’s my favorite!

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  • Katie Fitzpatrick

    I must have missed a post some where along the line, Congrats on the house! That’s so exciting!! I can’t wait to get a house of my own. Good luck with all your renovations 🙂

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  • Sarah

    Hope the poison ivy clears up 🙁 That is the worst!

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  • Shannon Parker

    Grumples and Tino are too cute! I can’t wait to get a dog with my boyfriend. Do you have any recommendations about how you chose the right dog for you (as a couple) and sharing responsibilities (day-to-day and financially)?

    Congratulations about the house, I must’ve missed that post. Sorry to hear about the poison ivy, I’ve never gotten poison ivy before, but my dad is highly allergic so I hope I never get it. I’d love you to make peppermint anything (cookies, bark, coffee, or something else with peppermint in it). Thanks!

    My go to workout outfit is a t-shirt and running pants/leggings. Some days I wear my stuff while running errands so I can jump right into my routine when I get home, to prevent me from procrastinating the workout. I love the updates, thanks for being such an inspirational blogger (you inspired me to seek help for my eating disorder) and remind me that life is one big adventure if you don’t let monsters keep you trapped in your mind. You’re absolutely the best Taralynn. 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Shannon!

      I love the pups to death. Grumples is my responsibility and I pay all of his vet bills, food, etc. Tino is also my responsibility, but Nick buys all his food/vet bills. He stays with Nick most of the time, but when Nick is working a lot, I take him. I always buy Tino food, treats, toys, collars etc and Nick does the same with Grumples. We don’t really have a set of rules, but we just do what is convenient. Just make sure you talk about what would happen if you guys were to break up…it can be pretty sad. If you guys live together, I’m sure it’ll be easier.

      You’re so lucky to have never gotten it! My dad is also very allergic!

      I also wear the tshirt/running pants!

      I’m so happy you’ve taken control over your E.D. and it’s 100% worth it! Always a battle, but it gets easier and easier. Thank you so much for the kind words!!! xo xo

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  • Charis

    Hope the poison ivy heals soon! I’ve never had it, I’m not sure if it’s in the UK. That house sounds amazing! Can’t wait to see what you do with it 🙂

    I think you should make mmhencha, it’s a Moroccan pastry which translates as ‘coiled like a shake’, it’s packed full of almonds, honey and butter and is freaking amazing. DOOOOOOO IT! 🙂 xxx

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  • Kate

    Wanted to let you know, the Satva coupon code does not work for me. I really love that outfit, though 🙂

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  • mia

    Are you and nick planning on moving into this house together once its renovated? If so, that is awesome and congratulations! I have been following you for a few years now and have always been a fan.

    Reply to mia
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Mia,

      I have my own place, so not for a while 🙂 It’s going to be so fun to fix up though! Eventually I will, but I need the extra room for my work and school.

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  • Amanda

    Poison ivy is the WORST! I hope you’re all better soon!

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  • Helen

    How did you get poison ivy?

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  • shanna

    you bought a house? congratulations, that’s awesome! looks like quite a project. good thing you are both handy and crafty. that will save a ton of money.

    sorry about the poison ivy. that’s awful! no, I have never had it. I can’t even remember what it looks like, but I have been around it a couple times and random lake houses or state parks.

    I’m not sure what I’d like you to make. you make some great looking stuff! I pin a lot of it for future reference. I have some salmon in the freezer and plan on making your salmon dish. the baked salmon with tomatoes? what’s your favorite guilty pleasure meal? you should make that while you’re recovering.

    I work out in old t-shirts and exercise shorts or pants. nothing fancy. I do plan to update my workout wardrobe when I hit a certain weight loss milestone.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      We are going to try to do all the money saving DIY projects we can! I’m excited. Nick is pumped about posting all of the ideas on the blog and I’m going to build a little DIY corner for him. He is so good about letting me pick the things out which makes it so much fun!

      And thank you, you’re so lucky you’ve never had it. This is the worst it’s ever been for me 🙁

      Thank you again! That is one of my fave salmon recipes. Guilty pleasure meal…always pizza! always.

      Comfortable clothes are the way to go!

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  • Amanda H

    Ah I just love those pups! I swear it must be a thing with pit bulls, but they are the CUDDLIEST. That picture of him resting his head right on your shoulder reminded me exactly of what my pups do! SO sweet! 🙂
    As for poison ivy, luckily I’ve never had it that bad! Yikes, hope you get better ASAP. And a good recipe to try would be zucchini noodles! I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with my “veggitti” (couldn’t they come up with a better name?) But I’ve got my boyfriend HOOKED on pesto zucchini with chicken. It is so good, and such a quick meal, too! It’s perfect for when we’ve ate allllllll the wings and beers watching football, and I need a few healthy meals to bounce back! I wish I had a good go to workout outfit. Right now I have to make it to the gym every morning at 5, so usually I sleep in my workout gear (tshirt and running pants) and get out the door as fast as possible! So excited to see more updates on your house. I’ve always wanted to do a fixer upper. Definitely post progress pictures! Good luck!

    Reply to Amanda H
    • Taralynn McNitt

      They really are the cuddliest dogs and LOVE being close to your face to snuggle.

      Lucky you’ve never had it 🙁

      I just got a veggie spiral and can’t wait to make zucchini noodles with it. I have a couple zucchini noodle recipes on the blog that I love!

      We will definitely post the DIY photos! xoxo & nice job getting up so early to work out! So much dedication.

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  • Tina

    Did you move? I am so confused!

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  • Melissa

    1. No I havn’t luckily! I had no idea it could be so severe. I hope you’re feeling better soon!
    2. You may have posted this in previous years but do you have a roayl icing recipe you love for decorating Christmas cookies?? OR do you ever make homemade pudding?
    3. Whenever I workout its usually just any pair of leggings and a tight fitting tank or tee. I hate if im doing pushups or planks for example and my shirt is hanging down and whatnot. If im running though I like shorts and any old shirt with a good sports bra.. I wish I could wear the tanks with the built-ins because their so cute but my… body does not agree with that design :p haha

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      YES VERY LUCKY! & thank you.

      Yes. I love making the royal icing. check out my halloween cookie post! I’ll be doing christmas ones soon!

      I love leggings too! & agree about the hanging shirts during planks or push ups! I don’t mind if I’m at home, but it’s annoying in a class.

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  • Heather

    You look adorable in the work clothes. Love that you are rocking two different colored socks. It is what makes you so relatable! Keep inspiring!

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  • Rachel

    Congratulations on the new house! I hope we get a blog post of the inside! You’re my inspiration for the grey I want in my room, when you did your room post a while ago. Hope you get to feeling better, my friend is HIGHLY allergic as well and had to be admitted, it really sucks. I hope you’re able to find where you got it from and get it taken care of. Can’t wait to try the bacon wrapped meatballs. You should make a series of healthy quick dinner recipes! I’d love that!

    Reply to Rachel
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I love that grey color!

      & thank you! It’s pretty itchy and miserable right now! It’s hard to go out in public knowing what it looks like 🙁 It came from working in the backyard, so we have to get someone else to clear it all out.

      Ill look into doing those dinners! great idea! xo

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