So Much Happy <3

Blogging Recap Post!
Good Morning!

I hope you’re all having a great week. Only one more day until Friday! 🙂 It is going to be a beautiful weekend and I have so many outdoor activities planned. I’m hoping this weekend is filled with wine, yoga, running and dog walking. I may even treat myself to some ice cream this weekend to celebrate the beautiful weather. Any excuse to treat yourself, right?

Before I go into the weekend, I want to share what I’ve been up to this past week! I love doing the recap posts because it allows me to reflect on the week and it inspires me to continue enjoying life to the fullest. As I said before, “I make everyday my favorite day ever.” Plus, coffee and blogging go hand in hand.

*after about six Snapchats from you guys…I finally headed to Pier One & bought the mug! Thank you for thinking of me 🙂

running

I’m taking this post all the way back to last Monday. I’ve blogged in-between there, but have missed a couple activities! It was beautiful on Monday so I decided to fit in a nice run in one of the hilliest neighborhoods. I regretted it the next day when my legs were super sore and I had to hike up a mountain.

A couple hours before every run I always have cereal and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It’s the only food that doesn’t cramp me and it fuels my body properly before a run. I always end my run with a 100-200 calorie protein snack for recovery.

Looking Glass Rock Mountain/Trail/Hike Falls Asheville NC

Tuesday was all about Becca’s accomplishments and we hiked a mountain in Asheville to celebrate! You can read the post here 🙂 We also had dinner and coffee in Asheville before we headed back to Charlotte.

ENGLISH MUFFIN AND EGGS

On Wednesday morning I did yoga with a friend at one of her groups in the park. It was really nice and peaceful. When I got home I had an English muffin and a boiled egg.

Carmelo's Pizza Fort Mill SC Carmelo's Pizza Fort Mill SC Carmelo's Pizza Fort Mill SC

Wednesday night was all about Pizza and Harry Potter. We had pepperoni pizza and Hawaiian pizza from Carmelos in Fort Mill, SC. Carmelos is one of my favorite places to have pizza. They have the New York style pizza with the chewy cheese! They also have good salads.

One thing I’ve learned about living a healthy lifestyle is that you HAVE to treat yourself to your favorites now and then, otherwise you’ll feel deprived and crave the unhealthy foods even more. It’s also about moderation. Instead of eating numerous pieces of pizza, I have one slice with tons of salad.  I mean, what’s the point of running all the time if you can’t enjoy a slice of pizza now and then? Moderation is KEY.

Simply Taralynn Running & Fitness

I always run three miles on Fridays. This was such a strange run because I ran in and out of rain clouds. I like to drive out to the country and run the open roads. There aren’t many cars and it’s absolutely beautiful. I did pretty well on my time too! To be honest, I wasn’t going to run on Friday at all. I kept telling myself not to do it, but then found a little motivation to just suck it up and go. After the run, I was so happy I did it and that feeling is what motivates me to run over and over again. The first five minutes of the run is always the worst five minutes. After you hit that point, it’s enjoyable.

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Running is not only a great feeling, the views you get to see and the beauty that surrounds you is also a reward. It makes me realize how blessed I am sometimes.

frozen mixed berries, banana, pineapple, almond milk, spinach, kale & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder.

When I got home, I showered off and then made a delicious protein shake. It had frozen mixed berries, banana, pineapple, almond milk, spinach, kale & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder.

bLUE APRON

We decided to stay in on Friday night and drink wine, some margaritas and food prep the Blue Apron! We blasted Taylor Swift and rocked the slippers and sweats!

Riverwalk Carolinas Rock Hill SC

Becca came over on Saturday morning and we headed to the Riverwalk to get a nice workout in. We decided to do some walk/run intervals. Those are the best for burning fat and increasing your heart rate!

Riverwalk Carolinas Rock Hill SC

The weather was perfect and the the river was beautiful!

Riverwalk Carolinas Rock Hill SC

I was surprised at how empty the trail was. This is one of Charlotte’s hidden gems and one of my favorite spots.

Riverwalk Carolinas Rock Hill SC

There is something about a Saturday morning walk that makes you feel so good. It’s a great way to kickstart the endorphins and start your weekend the right way.

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We did five relaxing miles! We usually go out for coffee on Saturday mornings, but Becca had an appointment so I headed home and made a delicious protein smoothie for breakfast!

My smoothie was made with frozen blueberries, banana, peaches, almond milk, spinach, kale & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder!My smoothie was made with frozen blueberries, banana, peaches, almond milk, spinach, kale & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder!

My smoothie was made with frozen blueberries, banana, peaches, almond milk, spinach, kale & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder!

7th Street Public Market Charlotte NC

After Becca’s appointment, I met her uptown. We had been wanting to go to the 7th Street Public Market for a long time, mainly to try out Not Just Coffee! I’ve been stalking them on Instagram for about two years. The 7th Street Public Market promotes local farmers, food artisans and entrepreneurs. When you walk in, you get a whiff of fresh baked goods, coffee and pizza all at once! It’s heaven. When I walked into the market, I walked past a farmer in hat, plaid shirt, jeans, boots and he was pushing a wheelbarrow full of produce. He had icy blue eyes and I nearly died after he shot a smile at me. Not only did he smile, he hat tipped me…I thought that only happened in the movies.  I had Becca pinch me because I felt like I was in a Nicholas Sparks movie. I hurried up and headed towards the coffee so he wouldn’t notice my giant blushed cheeks. I don’t know why I’m sharing this story, but I’m sure you’ve had something happen to you like this at some point in your life 🙂

7th Street Public Market Charlotte NC lENNY BOY

I get so excited when I see Lenny Boy Kombucha around Charlotte. It’s the first Kombucha I had ever tried and that is when I fell in love with it.

7th Street Public Market Charlotte NC

The produce at the 7th Street Public Market was so fresh and very inexpensive. They had fresh cheese, milk, eggs and meats.

Not Just Coffee Charlotte North Carolina

Not Just Coffee was very busy. Why? because the coffee was so damn good. I am a coffee snob and have turned most of my coffee drinking friends into coffee snobs. This would please any coffee snob on earth. Did I say “coffee snob” enough? Coffee snob.

Not Just Coffee Charlotte North Carolina

I ordered a latte with an extra shot of espresso.

Not Just Coffee Charlotte NC

The coffee was creamy, the espresso was smooth and rich. The beans were roasted perfectly and I couldn’t find one thing I didn’t like about the coffee, other than it was too pretty to drink. Drinking the coffee was like stabbing a gorgeous painting on the wall…I felt like I was destroying beautiful art.

charlotte nc rock bottom brewery uptown

Since we were already uptown, we decided to enjoy the afternoon up that way. We stopped at Rock Bottom Brewery for salad and I ordered an IPA because it sounded so good. It was called GODDESS.

Rock Bottom Brewery ChrAlotte NC

I had the grilled chicken cobb. It came with bacon, lettuce, egg, avocado, grilled chicken, cojita cheese, tomatoes, and ranch on the side. SO GOOD!

Rock Bottom Brewery Charlotte NC

Becca had the Waldorf salad it was fantastic! It came with walnuts, cranberries, arugula, apple chips, goat cheese and honey mustard dressing.

Grumples and Kona Goldendoodles

I headed home after lunch because Shaughna was coming down with Kona Boy! I’ve gone up to D.C. to watch Kona while they were in Hawaii and I always have a blast with him. This time, she brought him to me so he could hang out with Grumples and spend some time in the Carolinas while they headed off to Hawaii this time.

Grumples and Kona Goldendoodles

Grumples is currently in dog heaven and they play nonstop.

Coffee Detroit Lions

Shaughna stayed here with us on Saturday night. I love catching up on life with her and she’s always fun (hilarious) to talk to. We had several cups of coffee and just chatted away. Becca headed over as well.

Grilled Chicken, Roasted Vegetables & Healthy Dinner

Shaughna has been doing the Whole 30, so for dinner I decided to make something we could all eat. I LOVE making roasted vegetables, so I went with that! They are so filling and delicious.

Grilled Chicken, Roasted Vegetables & Healthy Dinner

I chopped up carrots, sweet potato, bell pepper, zucchini, brussel sprouts, squash and onion. I tossed them with olive oil, black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, minced onion and onion powder. For ours, I added a little drizzle of honey.

Grilled Chicken, Roasted Vegetables & Healthy Dinner

I made some chicken breast with the same seasoning on the indoor grill!

Grilled Chicken, Roasted Vegetables & Healthy Dinner

I cooked the veggies for one hour at 400 degrees and continued to stir them every 20 minutes.

Grilled Veggie Burgers

Since Becca is a vegetarian, I cleaned the grill off and then grilled some black bean veggie burgers for her.

Grilled Chicken, Roasted Vegetables & Healthy Dinner

I need to start making these meals more often! It was so good and super easy 🙂

Grumples and Kona

Sunday morning these guys were ready to go on a walk! They keep me so active!

Grumples and Kona

Usually we can take the dogs to the coffee shop and sit outside, but it was SUPER cold (for southern blood). We decided to walk them in the neighborhoods instead. I don’t like to go out to church or anywhere until the dogs get their workout in. I’d rather them be worn out and sleep when I leave.

Simply Taralynn: Street Style

I never used to post my outfit pics, but after numerous requests, I have been getting more photos! As I said before, I’m not fashionista or fancy dresser…I keep my outfits very simple and casual.

Simply Taralynn: Street Style

The coat is from Golden Tote! I felt like it brought out my inner Cookie Lyon! (Empire fans know what I’m talking about.)

Simply Taralynn: Street Style

This is how BASIC I am…
Shoes: Bass & Co
Jeans: AE
Purse: Cato
Sweater: Target
Necklace: Simply Taralynn Collection
Sunglasses: Aldo

Simply Taralynn: Amelies French Bakery Rock Hill SC

We have actually decided to break our addiction and try something else this Sunday…I don’t know how I’ll live without my Chai & Homemade parfait. We have been going to Amelie’s French Bakery every Sunday for months!

Simply Taralynn: Amelies French Bakery Rock Hill SC Simply Taralynn: Amelies French Bakery Rock Hill SC

We always split the croissant because it’s so delicious!

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Sometimes I go with the dark roast coffee, but sometimes I simply want a Chai! Depends on my mood 🙂

Simply Taralynn: Amelies French Bakery Rock Hill SC

It’s the best Chai around!

Simply Taralynn: Amelies French Bakery Rock Hill SC

It’s the simple things in life like coffee traditions that make me happy.

goldendoodles

After coffee, my mom came over to my place to walk the dogs with me. She loves dogs more than anything! It puts her in a happy place.

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My mom stayed behind to relax and play with the pups so I could go for a walk/run at the Riverwalk with Becca. It was a GORGEOUS day and everything was so green. I am so lucky to have a friend like likes to explore and workout as much as I do. It’s fun to have a buddy instead of doing everything alone. I’m aware that I talk about her all the time, but she’s one of the greatest friends and we are always out exploring!

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I hate the days that are super chilly, but super warm at the same time. I never know how to dress before heading out and I always end up getting so hot!  Riverwalk Carolinas Rock Hill SC Clt Charlotte

Six miles never felt so good!

Kona the Goldendoodle

Kona was happy to see me when I got back! Kona and Grumples are both humans in dog costumes. He jumps up and hugs you tight. I love it.

sushi night

Sunday night consisted of Sushi and catching up on Empire! That show is my jam. I listen to the soundtrack nonstop.

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There may or may not be a piece of sushi in my hand…

blogging and coffee

I sat out on the patio and caught up on work all Monday. It was so nice out!

guacamole and salsa tuttorosso

I also had some friends over for wine, chips, guac and salsa! You can find those recipes here! 

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I love that it doesn’t get dark until 8pm! Becca and I decided to walk the pups before packaging orders for the shop.

 Grumples & Kona: Goldendoodles

I love walking the back neighborhoods (the hilly neighborhood I run) because there is little traffic and it’s so beautiful.

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SO CHILL!

 Grumples & Kona: Goldendoodles

I headed to the kitchen to grab a glass of water and came back to this…

basketball workout

I headed to the gym to play basketball with a friend around 2pm on Tuesday.  I love a good basketball workout! 🙂

My smoothie is made with frozen blueberries, banana, pineapple, almond milk, spinach, kale, chia seeds & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder! I also topped it with almonds. I love when the almonds sink to the bottom and get super cold! It's like the surprise at the bottom of the cereal box.

After playing basketball, I whipped up a late lunch protein smoothie!

My smoothie is made with frozen blueberries, banana, pineapple, almond milk, spinach, kale, chia seeds & Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder! I also topped it with almonds. I love when the almonds sink to the bottom and get super cold! It’s like the surprise at the bottom of the cereal box.

Grumples & Kona: Goldendoodles

Later that night, I headed to my parents house for dinner with the pups.

Grumples & Kona: Goldendoodles

They had so much fun running around in the backyard.

Grumples & Kona: Goldendoodles

They were zonked when we got back to my place.

apples and peanut butter snack

I went for a long walk on Wednesday morning with the pups. I was actually brave enough to take them by myself and they did pretty well. It’s Grumples that likes to pull a bit. They finally started walking side by side.

When I got home, I had an apple with peanut butter. I love this as a snack!

summer farmers market

It was BEAUTIFUL out:) I decided to stop at the market and grab some fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fort Mill SC The Peach Stand Strawberries

The Peach Stand in Fort Mill has the BEST strawberries and produce! I’m so lucky to live so close. The strawberries taste too good to be real and they’re sweeter than candy! They are literally flawless. I also bought a bottle of wine for Friday night. Strawberries and wine go together like peas and carrots.

I made a little snack mix that had almonds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, toasted unsweetened coconut, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

When I got back, I went to the gym to lift weights. When I got home I made a little snack mix that had almonds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, toasted unsweetened coconut, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

roasted vegetables

I had a late lunch that consisted of leftover roasted vegetables and chicken from Saturday night.

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Becca and I have been working on tons of projects lately, so after working for a couple hours last night, we decided to take a break and go grab some dinner.

Taralynn McNitt: Simply Taralynn

I’ve been wearing so much pink lately. Becca said it looks like “pink threw up in my closet.”…She’s so wonderful lol

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Super simple outfit again & almost the same as my Sunday morning coffee outfit 🙂

Jeans: AE
Shoes & Bag: Cato
Top: Express
Necklace: Simply Taralynn Collection

Akahana Asian Bistro Fort Mill SC Baxter Village

We went to Akahana Asian Bistro, one of my favorite spots in Baxter Village. I ordered the house salad with ginger dressing. I could have had five of these and called it a meal because it was so good.

Akahana Asian Bistro Fort Mill SC Baxter Village

For my meal, I had chicken lettuce wraps with MSG free/low sodium sauce!  THESE ARE SO GOOD! 

Now, I’m off to the post office to mail some orders and then out for my daily run! 🙂

Questions for you! 

  1. Have you ever had a Nicholas Sparks Movie Moment?
  2. What farm fresh food are you super excited for this summer? (I love peaches)
  3. What is one thing on your itinerary for the weekend?

Comments

  • Claud

    You are Kristen Stewarts twin!

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  • Ashton Jury

    I love hitting up the farmers markets when I can. I’m actually off this Saturday so I think I just might have to go do it! I am looking to start up Whole 30 again so it would probably be best to get some veggies. That was so nice of you to make a whole 30 approved for your friend. I swear the last time I did it I just never went out because it was to hard. I can’t say that I have had a Nicohlas Sparks moment… but that’s ok with me. Also that Asian place you went to looks delicious, have you been to Pei Wei? I have one down the street and they’re pretty good at making anything you order Sodium free, GF, no MSG what ever you want. If you ever some to California (specifically Orange County) You’ve gotta check out the Anaheim Packing House it’s like the coffee place you went too, plus they have a ton of other AMAZING places to eat there. My favorite it Pop Bar, look them up! You will be drooling! <3

    Reply to Ashton Jury
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I love the markets too and I just went this afternoon after my run!

      The whole 30 is a pretty cool plan and very natural. I couldn’t do it because I love my wine and pizza too much lol

      PEI WEI IS SOOOOOO GOOOD!

      I’d love to go to a coffee shop like that! Cali still on my list! 🙂

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  • Sunny

    Great blog I have a medium golden doodle named Monte and he is and has been such a blessing to me! Im sure you get you look a lot like a certain Twilight character quite a bit! Keep on smiling and enjoying every moment!

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  • Kacee

    Hi Taralynn,
    I just got my necklace in the mail “be happy”. I haven’t taken it off. Such a great reminder.

    Favorite fruit: strawberries (I grow my own and they are amazing)

    Moving into a new house this weekend looking forward to it!

    I enjoy reading your blog, you are such an inspiration to so many.
    Have a nice week,
    Kacee

    Reply to Kacee
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Kacee!

      That is one of my favorite necklaces.

      That is so cool that you grow your own strawberries!

      Congrats on the new house and good luck on the move!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

      xo

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  • Samantha B

    Hi! I have been following your blog for awhile and buy things from your shop but this is my first time commenting! I love reading your recap posts and your coffee pictures always make me want to go get some right away. Just thought I would show some love!

    1. I’ve never had a Nicholas Sparks moment but sounds romantic

    2. My favorite summer fruit is watermelon! I constantly eat it and I could probably eat a half of a watermelon in 1 sitting

    3. This weekend I am going to a wedding in the DC area so I’m excited to check it out based on your DC posts!

    Reply to Samantha B
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much Samantha! 🙂

      1. It was pretty cute!
      2. I LOVE WATERMELON! I could also eat a half!
      3. You’ll LOVE DC! I’m going on the 29th!

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  • Carly

    I love the happiness that pours out of your posts recently! Even Grumbles and Kona look SO happy and excited to play together!

    I have never really had a Nicholas Sparks moment, but yours sounds cool!

    I love peaches too! I’m also excited for corn on the cob and watermelon! No summer dinner is complete without grilled corn not the cob for me (not to mention I love the cheap prices…. 6 ears for $1!)!

    My weekend was spent outside! Its finally starting to get a bit nicer (at least the sun is coming out even if its still 45)! Lots of dog walks, outdoor runs, and time spent at the dog park!

    Happy Sunday!

    http://www.adventuresarebettertogether.wordpress.com

    Reply to Carly
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much Carly!

      The pups are crazy together and nonstop! I love it:)

      Corn on the cob grilled with parmesan is my fave! I miss the sweet corn from Iowa!

      Its going to be low 80’s today! EEEEEK so excited!

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  • Shannon

    I just discovered Baxter Village last night! I want to live there and drive my golf cart to Starbucks in the morning and sit outside by the fire at the grapevine wine bar on Friday nights lol! The houses in there look like they’re straight out of a storybook. I loved it!! I live near Wilmington but my grandparents live in Fort Mill so I visit often.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      How amazing is that place?! I love how everyone drives around on golf carts and the little village is so cute and safe for night runs/walks. There is so much to do and see! Wilmington is beautiful as well!

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  • Valerie

    The area you live in is absolutely GORGEOUS! 😍 Would love to visit Charlotte someday! ☺️ I’ve been following you since your Tumblr days! I love reading about all your adventures and trying out your recipes! You’re pretty awesome!

    Take care! xxx

    PS: I LOVE Mr. Grumples ❤️ So. CUTE.

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  • Melissa FitzGerald

    I’m so happy that you’re so happy! It’s so great to see 🙂

    1. I’ve most definitely had a Nicholas Sparks movie moment… Except right now, I’m in the middle of the movie, where the girl’s in love with the boy and the boy doesn’t feel the same way. So my life needs to hurry up and get to the ending where they’re together already. Ha!

    2. This is going to sound like the WEIRDEST answer… but I haven’t had much luck with produce at Chicago’s farmer’s markets for the past few years. I get much better stuff at Whole Foods or even Jewel! However, I’m SO excited for farmer’s markets to come back because it means I get to stock up on my favorite soap from a local vendor… It’s goat’s milk and tea tree oil, and my skin loves it!

    3. I’m dog-sitting for my friend for the next 10 days, and since I don’t have dogs of my own… my plans pretty much consist of soaking up as much puppy time as possible when I’m not working. 🙂

    Reply to Melissa FitzGerald
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Melissa!

      1. If he doesn’t feel the same way, make sure you don’t spend too much time chasing after him. You deserve someone who knows 100% that you’re it and wants to invest as much as you. You deserve nothing but then best! Most likely, he’ll come chasing you in the end 😉

      2. Not weird at all! I also LOVE the Whole Foods soaps!:)

      3. You and me both!!

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  • Sarah

    I love that you included your Nicholas Sparks moment! It was super cute. I’m sad to say I haven’t experienced a similar moment . . . but I’ll keep my eyes out for one! 😉

    I like when you share your outfits because they are cute and relatable.

    Becca seems like an awesome friend and it’s cool that you guys can do so many things together!

    Reply to Sarah
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol I just thought it was a super cute moment and had to share! It will happen 😉

      Thank you so much! They’re pretty basic, but some people like them!

      She’s the best!!

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  • Brooklyn

    Roasted veggies are one of my favourite meals, so good!
    Becca seems like such a great friend, I’m so happy for you that you have someone like that 🙂

    Kona and Grumples together look adorable!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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  • Chandler

    1) Have you ever had a Nicholas Sparks Movie Moment?
    Can’t say that I really have! I’ve been to some super cool places that remind me of Nicholas Sparks movies, though.
    2) What farm fresh food are you super excited for this summer?
    I’m super excited for watermelon!
    3) What is one thing on your itinerary for the weekend?
    We’re having a patio party at my parents house (lots of wine and yummy cheese boards)! I haven’t seen my family in a while because I was in LA for a week on a business trip. It’s also going to be in the 70s this weekend, and for MN, that’s amazing!
    Question for you: which running app do you use?

    Reply to Chandler
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Chandler!

      Every time I’m in Charleston or Southport, I think of his movies!

      Watermelon is so good, especially with pineapple!

      That sounds like so much fun! Enjoy the warm weather!!

      I use Runkeeper!

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  • Nicole

    firstly, your hair in braids looks so gorgeous! Also, you and I share the same pizza strategy… I always load up on salad, and soaking up the leftover dressing (I usually go heavy on vinegar and lighter on the oil) with the crust means I actually enjoy eating the crust instead of just mindlessly eating plain bread.

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  • Kristin Cook

    Glad you are doing well and enjoying the weather as much as I have been.
    Where is the riverwalk? I would love to explore it myself!

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Sounds like a great week! Its finally starting to get warmer in PA as of this week im so happy! I also love that its not dark as early…I love taking a long walk or having time outside after being stuck at work all day!

    Reply to Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    • Taralynn McNitt

      It was a great week!

      You guys deserve the nice weather! The longer nights are what I’ve been waiting for 🙂 Long walks are perfect for the longer nights and I’m sure it’s a nice outlet for you!

      xo

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  • Sarah

    Awe my dog gives me big hugs just like Kona! I love it. People ask me all the time if I have a kid I’m like nope just a dog! That’s how human she is to me 🙂 I love lettuce wraps! You can literally put anything in them.. Burgers, fajitas and shredded buffalo chicken with avacado is my fav!

    Reply to Sarah
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Kona is such a hugger! Grumples does it too 😀

      Dogs are kids to me lol Lettuce wraps are the best! My friend and I are going to attempt a tofu version of these! I think the lettuce tastes so much better than the tortilla!

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  • Tara

    1. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Nicolas Sparks moment before. Your’s sounds cool!

    2. I am super excited for peaches too! Those are my absolute favorite fruit. I’m also excited for okra. I love roasted okra.

    3. My weekend plans consist of my last long run before my marathon, probably some good food, and a lot of sleep!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      1. It was just a cute moment lol 🙂

      2. FRIED OKRA IS AMAZING! I know it’s not healthy, but I like to sprinkle it over my salads. I need to try roasted okra! I had never had okra until I moved down south!

      3. Can’t wait to hear all about your marathon!! 😀

      xo

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  • Valerie

    1. Have you ever had a Nicholas Sparks Movie Moment? Yes I have!! On New Year’s day, my guy friend who I had always wanted to be more than just friends with stopped over and we went for a drive. It was the first time in years we had gotten to hang out or really talk much. I was walking back to my front door from his truck, a little disappointed that he hadn’t said or done anything to make it seem like he had feelings for me like I had thought, so I figured it must just be in my head. I was almost to the front door when I heard the door shut on his truck and him running up to me saying “wait!” I turned around and he looked super nervous so I asked “what do you want?” and in response he kissed me. When he pulled back he said “I’ve wanted to do that for so long and I couldn’t miss my chance again.” We’ve been together ever since. 🙂

    2.What farm fresh food are you super excited for this summer? I love going to pick strawberries in the summer!!

    3.What is one thing on your itinerary for the weekend? I get to dog sit for my friend who lives out in the country all weekend, and the weather is supposed to be gorgeous! 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      1. My heart just melted reading that story <3 I think that is the cutest thing ever! Definitely a movie moment. I love it!

      2. Strawberries are so good. I just had some for breakfast.

      3. I’m also dog sitting 🙂 Enjoy the beautiful weekend!

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  • Sara

    I love your shoes! your hair! your shirt! your purse! your jeans! your necklace! you!

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  • Leslie

    Hey Taralynn! Definitely know what your talking about with those Nicholas Sparks moments, but mine have usually turned out incredibly wrong and I get super awkward and so not cool! Haha I cannot wait for summer fruits! Mango’s are the best, but I’m just excited for all my smoothies I’ll be making! My weekend will be serving as my mama’s date to a family friend’s wedding (My dad agreed to be our DD, so that’s pretty rockin! My mom is literally the best to goof around with at weddings! And we’re supposed to have great weather here too (FINALLY!) Have a great weekend!

    Reply to Leslie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol I am an incredibly awkward person as well, so I’m right there with ya!

      Summer fruits are everything!! I love mangos when they are in recipes. I don’t like them by themselves for some reason. Weddings are so fun 🙂 I love that you have a great relationship with your mom!

      Enjoy your weekend and beautiful weather!!

      xo

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  • Leslie

    Hey Taralynn! Definitly know what your talking about with those Nicholas Sparks moments, but mine have usually turned out incredibly wrong and I get super awkward and so not cool! Haha I cannot wait for summer fruits! Mango’s are the best, but I’m just excited for all my smoothies I’ll be making! My weekend will be serving as my mama’s date to a family friend’s wedding (My dad agreed to be our DD, so that’s pretty rockin! My mom is literally the best to goof around with at weddings! And we’re supposed to have great weather here too (FINALLY!) Have a great weekend!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I am an incredibly awkward person as well, so I’m right there with ya!
      Summer fruits are everything!! I love mangos when they are in recipes. I don’t like them by themselves for some reason. Weddings are so fun 🙂 I love that you have a great relationship with your mom! YAY DAD FOR BEING DD!
      Enjoy your weekend and beautiful weather!!
      xo

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  • Jennifer Arteaga

    1. Yes I have and he was a farm boy <3. Lol
    2. PEACHES!!!!!!!
    3. A play of Charlottes Web.

    Love the puppies they are so cute!

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  • Lindsay

    You are unbelievably beautiful.

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  • Jaime

    1. Love your little moment! Last summer I dated a guy who took me on the most magical but simple dates. On one date we walked through a park in the ‘golden hour’ before sunset and kissed on a bridge over a creek. I looked up and saw a beautiful deer staring at us. It felt like I was in a movie! Another time we were laying on a blanket by this cornfield at night (I’m from a pretty rural area) and saw several shooting stars! He ended up being a jerk, so the movie moment didn’t last but it was still nice 🙂
    2. RASPBERRIES! I could eat them all day. And berries in general.
    3. I volunteer at my hometown’s monthly community meal. The area homeless and other people in need will come and eat with us and it’s just really nice to do something as basic and simple as sharing a meal together. It’s also supposed to be super nice out so I’m hoping to either make it to a yoga class on the riverfront pier in Philly or go for a run!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’s all about the simple moments in life <3 He sounds like a real romantic! I know all about the cornfields (from iowa)……….& your ending was so realistic ahahahahahaha!

      Berries are so good. The blackberries at the markets here are like 3x bigger than the normal size!

      I need to make it to Philly soon! 🙂 I hear so many amazing things!! Enjoy your weekend.

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  • Sarah

    I absolutely LOVE your recap posts! They are the best. I wish I had more time to devote to hiking during the week- it seems quieter and less people are out then. But I can’t get out during the day, due to my job 🙁 I can head out on the weekends though, which is still good! I just stick to running in the evenings on weekdays after work.

    I cannot wait for fresh strawberries! I’ve been eating them the past few weeks, but they just aren’t sweet enough yet. Nothing like strawberries in season!

    Are you still doing YNAB? I know you said you were cutting down on going out to eat and buying things. I really liked that post because I am trying to be more conscious of my spending, as well. You should do an update! It’d be cool to know how you’re balancing everything!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much Sarah!

      Weekends are great for hiking and if you go earlier in the morning, less people are out! Running is just as great:) I can’t wait to get out there today.

      The strawberries here are SUPER sweet. I can’t get over them. I just had them for breakfast and regretted sprinkling honey on top!

      I have been using it and I love it’s notifications 🙂 I do like to go out with friends and I think that plays a huge role in my social life and lifestyle, so I just fit it all in. 🙂

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  • Emily B

    I love what you said about moderation. I totally agree and try to life that kind of lifestyle. My husband and I were out of town this week and we had a couple of days of indulgence and it was great…but my body definitely was telling me it was time to get back on track! I strive to live a balanced life..the best of both worlds in my opinion 🙂
    1. The only one that really comes to memory was a long time ago when I was a freshman in high school. I was super uncool and definitely not a popular kid. I was Pop Choir and it was the day of our concert and the super hot popular senior who I had a major crush on stopped me in the hallway and asked if I would sing a duet with him for the concert that night. I was so in shock and I definitely couldn’t stop smiling all day. Probably the highlight of my entire high school career. LOL.
    2. I am super excited for all the fresh fruit — but especially peaches and cherries. Love them both SO much.
    3. Just chilling and have as relaxing a weekend as possible 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey Emily!

      Balance is a must and I always feel so much better with a balanced diet. I always feel off if I indulge too much and last year I totally let myself go for a bit (relationships) and I never felt myself! Now, I have this moderation thing down.

      I was also in pop choir 🙂 Your story is super cute and reminds me so much of my high school experience as a freshman!

      Cherries are so addicting!

      Enjoy your relaxing weekend! xo

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  • Whtiney

    Yay for trails! I finally found one without ducks lol. It’s 30 minutes away but totally worth it. haha gotta love Ornithophobia. 9 miles everyday <3 And chai teas are so amazing. Second favorite kind of tea. And oh my gosh Kona is so precious!

    1. Can't really answer this, considering I don't really watch Nicholas sparks movies or read the books lol.
    2. Strawberries are so rad. So yeah, I'm excited for those lol.
    3. I'm hanging out with friends and working on essays for class. So half fun and half not lol.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol I’m sorry but your comment made me laugh! BUT, I’m glad you found a path without ducks! You do 9 miles everyday? That is awesome! GO YOU.

      Kona is a doll! & the friendliest lil guy.

      1. Nicholas Sparks movies/books are everything <3
      2. AGREED.
      3. Enjoy your weekend!

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  • Racquel

    You’ve mentioned “we” a few times and then mentioned Becca coming over after!! Did you get a new roommate??

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  • Annie

    Hey Taralynn,
    I love reading your posts, your positivity lately has been motivating and inspiring to me. Since reading your post about every day being the best day ever, I’ve subconsciously changed my way of thinking of things and am a lot more positive in general! I’ve never commented before but have been reading your blog for around 4 years now, and I am so happy to see you look happier and healthier than ever!
    I was wondering about your runs alone. I’m 19 and live in a college town, and I feel uncomfortable running far away from the population as I am worried someone might take advantage of me or something. Sounds dumb, I know, but there have been a few cases at my University in the past few months. Do you bring anything to protect yourself? I want to be able to go for long runs too haha and would love to find a way without feeling scared.

    xx Annie

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Annie!

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so happy that my posts have helped you look at life in a more positive light & I hope that it’s helping. I think being more positive has made me happier in general and it motivates me to keep striving to be the best version of myself possible.

      You do not sound dumb at all. I make sure to do smart running…I NEVER run on trails that are secluded. If they are secluded, I make sure to have a friend with me or pepper spray. Try to find public areas to run and safe neighborhoods. Its smart to be cautious! Also, always let your friends/family know where/when you are going to run. Tell them you’ll call them after the run!

      xo

      xo

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  • Chandler

    1) Have you ever had a Nicholas Sparks Movie Moment?
    Can’t say that I really have! I’ve been to some super cool places that remind me of Nicholas Sparks movies, though.

    2) What farm fresh food are you super excited for this summer?
    I’m super excited for watermelon!

    3) What is one thing on your itinerary for the weekend?
    We’re having a patio party at my parents house (lots of wine and yummy cheese boards)! I haven’t seen my family in a while because I was in LA for a week on a business trip. It’s also going to be in the 70s this weekend, and for MN, that’s amazing!

    Question for you: which running app do you use?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Chandler!
      Every time I’m in Charleston or Southport, I think of his movies!
      Watermelon is so good, especially with pineapple!
      That sounds like so much fun! Enjoy the warm weather!!
      I use Runkeeper!

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  • Amanda@ The Kitcheneer

    YES!!! I am loving your new motto in life to have everyday as your favorite bestest day!
    My Nicholas Sparks moment was one of the best days of my life. My now husband and I met in college and once I saw his bright blue eyes from across the room I just “knew”. I even told my mom that same week that I was gonna marry him. And I NEVER told her that about anyone before! He’s been by my side since and supports me in everything. But he knows that A Walk to Remember is my favorite N.S movie so he woke me up at an awfully early hour one day with his truck packed with our bikes and drove us 6 hours to South Port,NC where the movie was filmed!It’s one of the prettiest places I have ever been to! He was so nervous all day and after walking on the beach for a few hours he pulled out a box, got on one knee, and proposed! So, who knows? Maybe just one look can change your fate. God places people in our lives in certain moments for a reason. I am a firm believer in that! So maybe Mr.Dreamy eyes???? ;)Love your recap posts!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It really works! Even lazy days can be exciting if you make them 🙂

      I love your story and how you guys are married <3 That is adorable. Your proposal story is beautiful and I love southport as well! Little things can change fates for sure. Lol I don’t think I’ll ever run into Mr. Dreamy eyes again, but it was a beautiful 30 seconds lol

      & enjoy your weekend!

      xo

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  • Chelsea

    1.Off the top of my head I can’t think of any. But I love the books and movies! (Well, most of them ;))

    2.All the things!! I love all fresh veggies more in the summer because I love the flavor they get from the grill. Unfortunately I don’t eat my veggies like I should. And fruit is always so refreshing in the summer! I wish I craved it more in the winter month. I’m just excited for all things summer! Watermelon and grapes are my favorite fruits and (grilled) asparagus and summer squash are to die for!

    3. My husband and his family are huge Nebraska fans! So we’re going to the Nebraska spring game! I think we’ll also go to Omaha to the zoo 🙂 really excited about it! I used to live in Des Moines IA so I was only like 2 hours away but never took the time to go there! Now I live in SW Kansas and I’m going. Such is life 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes they send you on emotional roller coasters.

      Grilled veggies are so good! I live off of them in the summer. I like to make them in bulk and keep them in the fridge. Grilled asparagus!!! yum 🙂 Now I want grilled veggies!!!

      Enjoy your weekend and the zoo sounds like so much fun!!! I lived about an hour from Des Moine growing up. We used to drive there on the weekends to go to Jordan Creek mall 🙂

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  • Hillary Danielle

    Love your recap posts!!!

    I just found a somewhat “Hidden Gem” near where I work of a 2.5 mile long trail. I go there during my lunch break sometimes and walk, but today I’m going to conquer running it. I’m just shocked I never realized it was there before.

    I can’t say that I have ever had a Nicholas Sparks movie moment, though I can imagine it would feel GREAT to have one.

    This summer I’m ready for the loads of sweet corn, fresh strawberries, and more cantaloupe!

    As for this weekend, in which it’s supposed to be 70’s (I’m sooo happy! Considering I live in Ohio and LAST weekend we had 30’s and snow.) so that means being outside! Saturday we are going four wheeling for the day and then possibly a bonfire/cookout that night?

    I just know I will be outside enjoying the weather a LOT!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Hillary!

      That’s what I love about Charlotte. I find hidden gyms all the time and people are always telling me about new areas. I hope you have a successful run!

      It was just a silly moment and I couldn’t help but share!

      Being from Iowa…sweet corn is everything!

      Four wheeling and a cook out?! What time should I be there?:)

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      • Hillary Danielle

        We have a blast with a huge group of people that go, we go out about 3-4 times a year. Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend are big four wheeling weekends as well.

        Random question though….I was just thinking about this….when you go to trails and things to run, what do you tend to do with your car keys while you run? I have a key fob (the kind where you just have to have it on you to unlock the car, then push the button to start the car) and never know where to put it….I only have 1 pair of running capris with a zippy pocket, but they are the worst running capris ever (they don’t stay up) so I rarely wear them. I just need some better ideas on where to put it/carry it while I run. Plus I have the iPhone 6s Plus now so that’s already a BIG thing I am carrying in my hand. Just wanted some thoughts from another runner.

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          That just sounds like a freaking blast! My aunt and uncle live out in Columbus and I used to go four wheeling with them. I need to make it out that way soon!

          I have a hidden compartment on my jeep that I hook them to. I used to hide them behind or on top of the tire too.

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  • Jennifer

    1. YES! It was at a country music festival two summers ago. I had been talking to this guy for about a month and me and his cousin were camping with him at this festival. So the first day I met him in person was the day we went! When we got there. A group of us girls were standing around, and I was sitting on the tailgate of his black pickup, and the group of guys were standing a little ways away from us and we made eye contact… not a big deal, but it felt like a Nicholas Sparks Moment! Or a music video moment… either way haha

    2.Fresh Peaches are my absolute favorite fruit! Strawberries and Raspberries come second 🙂

    3. Friday night going out for a friend’s birthday, Saturday hit the driving range with my sister and make a shelf for my bedroom and a run, Sunday relaxing, cleaning, etc!! Perfect weekend. Finally in the 70’s here!! For a few days anyway!

    I hope you have an amazing weekend 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I love it. Those are the moments you never forget. As Tim McGraw would say…

      I’m right there with you on the peaches.

      Your weekends sound exactly like mine! Have a good one! Xo

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  • Sara

    Great Post!!! It’s so great to see you happy!!! You deserve all the happiness in the world!!! Your meals look fantastic!!! Those lettuce wraps and ginger salad though!!!! You definitely need to try to recreate those!!! I’ll work on it too!!!

    This weekend is my trip to go pick up my new puppy Lucy!!! She is a 9 week old chihuahua. She’s all white and looks like a mini version of my girl Lilly!!! I’m so excited!!! Have a great weekend boo!!! Xoxoxo 😘😉

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much Sara!

      I have a couple lettuce wraps on the blog but now I need to attempt the ginger dressing!

      Happy puppy weekend! That’s so exciting:) Hope you tag me in some insta photos of your new pup! & good luck! Xo

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  • Shaughna K Wate

    Thank you for loving the Kone so much! Love you!

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