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Afternoon Blogging: Simply Taralynn

Happy Friday!

I’m so ready for the weekend. I’ll be heading down to the beach with Becca for a best friend’s weekend tomorrow! We have a BLAST on trips. ย I hope you guys have some fun plans in the works. I just dropped Grumples off at the groomers and now I’m sitting here with my cup of coffee ready to catch you all up on my week. I hate taking himย to the groomers because he makes me feel so guilty. He starts shaking, crying, and holding onto me. It breaks my heart, but I know he’ll feel so much better in this heat with less hair.

We hit a record heat in Charlotte yesterday and I planned on staying in, but my outdoorsy side was eager to get out and do something.

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I lathered on my sunscreen and headed out for a four mile walk yesterday afternoon. There was no way I was going to run in that heat and it didn’t get any cooler outside as the night went on.ย I planned on a gym workout later in the evening anyways.

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I cleaned up after my walk and headed out to do some errands. I dropped off all the shop orders at the post office and then stopped at I Love Juice Bar for an afternoon pick-me-up. I usually get a fruity flavor or Matcha, but decided to switch it up! ย I ordered the Coffee Janet smoothie. It had raw cacao powder, coffee, hemp seeds, plant based protein powder, almond butter, banana and organic almond milk. It tasted like a Starbucks Mocha frappuccino (obviously healthier)!

Simply Taralynn CIRCUIT WORKOUT

I met up with Becca for a night workout in the gym.ย We set up a super intenseย circuit and alternated back and fourth for almost two hours. We talked more about doing our videos and how we want to set it all up. I’m pretty pumped to start doing them! We always feel so sore and accomplished after our workouts, so I think it would be fun to have you guys try them at home. We have both seen so much progress and definition changes in our bodies.

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After our workout, we headed to Hobo’s for salads. I had all the veggies, tofu and chicken ready to grill, but we were too tired. It was 9:15 and having someone else wait on us sounded so much better. I ordered the classic Cobb, whichย had mixed greens, avocado, egg, grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, tomato and pecans.ย We definitely caved in and split some fries!

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I know I’ve blogged since last Wednesday, but I’ve left so many things out. I figured it would be a good time to go back and catch you all up!ย This is going to be one long blog post, so prepare yourself!

It was gorgeous out last Wednesday, so I spent the afternoon soaking up the rays at the pool after my workout. I went to a spin class and it kicked my butt! I love switching up workoutsย because it’s great for the body.

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I took Mr. Grumples out for a walk later in the evening. I love when it cools down because there is noway I can take him in the heat. I made a latte with skim milk, two espresso pods from my Nespresso and whipped cream on top when I got back!

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I met up with Becca uptown for dinner and a walk Wednesdayย night.

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Jasons Deli Charlotte NC

We drove all around trying to find a place to eat, but we ended up grabbing a salad at Jason’s Deli. I wasn’t mad about it. I love their salad bar!

I dropped Grumples off at my parents house Thursday morning before heading to Asheville for the day.

Downtown Asheville NC

Read all about my Asheville trip here!

Mr. Grumples

Grumples was impersonating how I felt on Friday morning. I was running on three hours of sleep!

Latte With Rainbow Sprinkles

I figured adding rainbow sprinkles to my latte would make me feel better, or maybe it was the caffeine.

Delicious Dinner Night: Roasted Veggies, Turkey Meatballs, Sticky Rice, Sweet Chili Shrimp

I was excited to have a Friday nightย in with Kyle. I decided to cook up everything I had in the fridge instead of running to the grocery store. I made turkey meatballs, baked chicken, shrimp, sticky rice, and roasted vegetables.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetable Recipe

Homemade Turkey Parm Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Sweet Chili Shrimp

Shrimp cooked with black pepper, garlic powder & sweet chili sauce!

Garlic & Herb Chicken

Baked Chicken Recipe!

Delicious Dinner Night: Roasted Veggies, Turkey Meatballs, Sticky Rice, Sweet Chili Shrimp

*disclosure

I made sure to keep my portions small because we had an evening run planned. I didn’t want to feel to full. I normally eat way more than that!
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Kyle is getting into the whole running thing and he’s doing so well. I love pacing him! We did two miles on Friday night and then walked the rest of the way. I hope he’s ready to go three tonight!

Running during the evening is so pretty and much more tolerable. I don’t know why I torture myself with day running.

We ended up popping some popcorn and falling asleep to a movie after the first ten minutes.

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Grumples and I woke up really early to work on the blog and have coffee. I love love love commenting back to my readers on Saturday mornings.

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Kyle and I went on an early morning run at the Riverwalk and it was so nice outside! We were super blessed with gorgeous weather over the weekend.

Morning Run RIverwalk Grapevineย Workout

We grabbed coffee at the Grapevine on our way out, and then headed to the gym to finish up our workout.ย I did abs and some armย workouts with weights.

Not a bad view…

Le Sombre Chai: Amelies French Bakery

Kyle and I headed to Dick’s Sporting Goods so I could buyย new golf shirts for my dad for Father’s Day. We headed to Amelies after to grab some afternoon coffee. He tried out their blueberry tea and I had theย Le Sombre Chai! Kyle took Grumples back to his place for the night since I had some interesting plans with my mom and Becca.

Rosedale Plantation Haunted House Tour

Becca and my mom love paranormal stuff. My mom bought us tickets to join the Charlotte Paranormal Society at the Rosedale Plantation for a ghost tour. The plantation was so pretty.

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We planned on grabbing dinner before the tour, but we were running behind! The tour ended up being from 7pm – 11pm and we were starvin’. We couldn’t leave because they locked the gates for security.
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We didn’t see any ghost or get any encounters. We spent some time in the cellar and then walked the grounds.

Rosedale Plantation Haunted House Tour

We filmed live footage on snapchat. Our videos were weird, but we had to make the best of it.

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I woke up early on Sunday morning so I could run to the store and pick up ingredients to make dark chocolate covered strawberries. They are my dad’s FAVORITE and totally easy to make. I just melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave, dip the strawberries in, coat them in sliced almonds and let them dry on wax paper!

Father's Day Brunch

Becca, Kyle and I headed to my parents for a Father’s day brunch.

Father's Day Brunch

Scones with coffee? YES PLEASE!

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I had mixed fruit, bacon, half an English muffin with blackberry jam and scrambled eggs. My dad cooked up the eggs and bacon on the grill I got him for Christmas!

Pool Day

After brunch, I headed out for a three mile run. It was so HOT & TORTUROUS! I cooled down at the pool with the girls afterwards.

Grilled Restaurant Style Fajitas at Home!

Kyle and I decided to have fajitas for dinner. I chopped up veggies, chicken, and steak to grill!

Grilled Restaurant Style Fajitas at Home!

Before adding the meats to the grill, I seasoned them with soy sauce, olive oil, and a tablespoon of honey.

Grilled Restaurant Style Fajitas at Home!

Once the vegetables and meats were grilled, I added them to a large mixing bowl and added two packets of organic fajita seasoning.

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I also made some organic whole grain Spanish quinoa & rice blend. This brand was so delish!

Grilled Restaurant Style Fajitas at Home!

For our toppings we had, habanero cheese, avocado, salsa, black beans, plain Greek yogurt, and lettuce.

Grilled Restaurant Style Fajitas at Home!

I scooped all of mine into a lettuce cup!

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These were super filling and tasted just like the restaurant’s…if not better ๐Ÿ˜‰

We watched the NBA Finals during dinner! Such a great game.

GRUMPLES

Grumples and I went out for a long walk on Monday morning. He quit every 1/4 mile! It took us a bit to get back to my place. He pulls me into the shade.

Coffee after our walk <3

Kathy Davis Bedding Giveaway

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Coffee Vanilla Protein Shake

I made a coffee protein shake for lunch! It had vanilla protein powder, cold-brew coffee, almond milk, ice, stevia and a banana blended! SO SO SO GOOD. I topped it with a little whipped cream. If you need a healthier alternative to the Starbuck’s frappuccinos, this one is it!

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Monday night was a blast! Becca and I headed to the football stadium to run the track and do bleachers.

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It was so pretty outside and the sunset was gorgeous from the top of the bleachers.

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We did aย set of bleachers (up down 12 times) followed by one lap around the track. We repeated that five times. My legs were on fire!

Football Stadium Workout: Simply Taralynn

We headed to the gym to do some weights for an hour after our field workout! Of course there is never a time where we are not goofing off. This happens when we have the gym all to ourselves.

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After the gym, we made veggie burgers and roasted vegetables while watching a conspiracy theory documentary about the moon.

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Weirdly enough, I took photos of the moon that night because it was screaming for a photo shoot.

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Grumples and I went to the track together early morning on Tuesday! There was no one there and he ran up and down the bleachers with me. It was the cutest thing. After our workout, we headed to Dunkin Donuts to grab a unsweetened blueberry iced tea. If you haven’t had one of these, they’re super delicious and taste just like a blueberry muffin!

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We got the girl’s together at Nan & Byron’s on Tuesday night! We gave up on watching the Bachelorette because it’s SO BAD. I ordered the Greek salad.

Southend Charlotte Nan & Byrons

I bought this dress at Francesca’s four years ago and I forgot it was hidden in my closet! I will be adding a section onto the shop for some of the clothes I do not wear anymore! I have way too many clothes and it’s time to make some room! I have a lot of workout clothes, dresses and pants I do not wear, so why not get rid of them!?

BLUEBERRIES AND CHEERIOS

I woke up at 6am Wednesday so I could have breakfast, work and walk Grumples before heading out to meet up with Rachel. My go-to breakfast is always Cheerios with almond milk! I added blueberries this time.

MR. GRUMPLES

That face gets me…

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Rachel and I did an hour circuit. My butt is still burning from the workout!

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Last year at this time, I was miserable with my body and couldn’t stand the way I looked. I had a lot of negativity in my life and was going through a pretty rough patch. I couldn’t be more proud of how far I have come mentally and physically.

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We headed to the pool after our workout and I had some delicious Gold Emblem Abound Banana crisps! The whole bag has 180 calories and they are so good. Banana is the only ingredient! They are the perfect snack. ย I’ll be taking these to the beach his weekend!

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Hydrating with my coconut water!

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I also caved and bought some sugar-free gummy bears! Only 90 calories a serving. TREAT YO SELF!ย 

Infused Water: cucumber, mint, and lime

I love infused water in the summer. This one had cucumber, mint, and lime!

Grumples

I headed to Kyle’s on Wednesday night and Grumples was so happy to see him! <3

I can’t wait to catch up with you soon! Don’t forget to follow my travels on Instagram or Snapchat this weekend! @taralynnmcnitt

I’m about to head out for a workout before picking up Grumples!

Questions for you!ย 

  1. If I set up a July fitness challenge, would you join me!?
  2. What is one snack you must bring to the beach?
  3. What was the highlight of your week?

Comments

  • Will

    You’re so hot

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  • Amanda

    Your video made me LOL! You should post more videos ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Brittany Smith

    If I set up a July fitness challenge, would you join me!?

    YES! I am looking for something to jump start me back on some workouts and healthy eating and I’ve followed your blog for quite some time now and would LOVE to join a challenge.

    What is one snack you must bring to the beach?

    I always bring cucumbers! Light and refreshing.

    What was the highlight of your week?

    Highlight of my week was heading to San Diego with my basketball team that I coach. My husband dropped in and surprised me after driving 6 hours from AZ!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is great!:) Thank you for following!

      Cucumbers are a great snack! I love to eat italian dressing with them!

      Sounds like such a fun trip! Your husband is adorable and I love that he did that! xo

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  • Brooke

    I would love a July fitness challenge!

    I really admire your lifestyle choices and the dedication you have for your body! But, I find it hard to relate sometimes because I don’t have time to go for a 4-mile walk AND work out for 2 hours a day. I work an 8-5 job and feel exhausted when I get home from work at night. We have been hitting 100+ degrees here a lot lately too. Could you make some suggestions on how you stay motivated in the summer heat and how to get the most out of the short time some of us have to work out each day? That would be so helpful. Take care! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Great!

      You definitely don’t have to workout 2 hours a day or more! Your active lifestyle should be realistic and attainable. Maybe try an hour before work if you’re too tired after work! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you do it early morning, it’s not as hot outside either!

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  • Carlee

    I’m the past you’ve talked about your experiences with runners knee. How did that pain come on? Was it in the front or back of your knee? What did you do to rehab it?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      hi Carlee!

      The pain was undefinable. I couldn’t pinpoint where it was coming from other than my knee! I had to rest it for a year and replace it with walking and swimming! If I felt a pain come along, I had to completely stop and start walking. YOU HAVE TO BABY IT! ice and elevate. If it does not get better, you may have to get surgery. Talk to a doctor! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Manisha

    I love reading your blog! I notice you use olive oil when cooking. I read that olive oil has a pretty low smoke point, compared to some other oils, and that it shouldn’t be used at high temperatures. I’m not experienced at cooking, so I’m not sure and I just refrain from using it just to be safe. Is this just a myth? What do you think?

    And I would love to do a fitness challenge!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Manisha!

      I’ve heard something like that but haven’t done much research. I love olive oil and love all it’s healthy benefits. Ill always continue to use it ๐Ÿ˜€

      excited for you to join!

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I would love a July fitness challenge!
    My go to beach snack is dried mango with mixed nuts and coconut water!
    You look great!

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  • Alicia

    1. Yes, that would be awesome! I am training for a 10k and would love the motivation.
    2. I really don’t snack that much at the beach, but two weeks ago I took a salted caramel cupcake with me and it was delish. Lol!
    3. The highlight of my week was reaching my running goal twice!

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  • Angelica

    YeSS!!! I would love a 4th of July challenge!!! Love your blog keep me motivated to be more active!!

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  • Crystal

    You go up the bleachers & down = & call that 1 and you do that “up & down aka 1” 12 times which equals 1 “set”.. followed by 1 lap around the track.. and you do that whole ordeal 5 times?!?! So essentially you do 5 laps around the track and have seen the top of the bleachers 60 times..

    Did I understand that correctly??

    Reply to Crystal
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes you did.

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      • Crystal

        oh my!! what a beast!!! I want to try that, what a benchmark! I am totally officially inspired ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you Taralynn, I will try that today. I can’t wait for your July fitness program, because you are creative and inspirational. no wonder you’re transforming so amazingly. WOW!

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  • Karlee

    1. Would absolutely do a fitness challenge with you!
    2. Pinwheel wraps and fruit! If we’re talking unhealthy, I always bring goldfish with me! ๐Ÿ™‚
    3.I got to meet and workout with Kayla ITSINES yesterday-that was a bit surreal! Lol

    Been following for years now, love seeing how you grow! You’ve been an inspiration to me!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Karlee!

      Glad you’re joining the challenge!

      Yum love making those – especially with turkey & lettuce! Goldfish by the ocean…yum!

      I bet that was fun!!

      xo

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  • Jaime Hutkin

    1. YASSS! I love the accountability of doing workouts with others, and it’s easy to stray from routines during the summer because I’m so much busier!
    2. Fruit! Watermelon. I never really want anything heavy while on the beach.
    3. My friend and I got day passes to a hotel pool that had live music and a bar. It was so relaxing and felt like a mini vacation. Then we got dolled up and went out dancing. It was the perfect girls day/night!

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  • Sara

    Hope you have a blast at the beach. I would LOVE for you to put your clothes on your shop that you do not wear anymore because i love your outfits.

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  • Jamie

    1. Yes. I really need to push myself to get better about working out and eating healthy. Very frustrated with my body right now.
    2. My grandma always used to pack chicken salad sandwiches when we went to the beach. Every time I eat her chicken salad I think of the beach.
    3. Spending the weekend with family celebrating my dad’s birthday!

    Reply to Jamie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is life:) We all get frustrated or go through rut periods. Be positive and work towards those goals!

      I love that! My mom used to pack us hotdogs!

      Happy birthday to your dad! I hope you had a great time with your family.

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  • Laura

    This is so random, but is your tattoo on your left arm or your right arm? From the pictures I can never tell!

    Also I have been following you since the days of tumblr, and you have come so far! You are truly amazing!

    Best,
    Laura

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  • Samantha

    You look great!!! I recently recovered from an eating disorder a year and a half ago and I find it soooo hard to lose the extra weight. You’ve always looked great but you look so fit and toned lately and I was wondering what you’ve done to get your body in such awesome shape because I feel like no matter what I do the scale won’t budge and it’s soooo frustrating. Please give me advice.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Samantha!

      Recovering is really tough and I think it takes some time for your body to regulate. Your body is fighting you right now because it doesn’t “trust” you yet. I think you should focus on light workouts like walking, yoga, and little weight lifting. Eat healthy, enough calories, and fuel it properly. It’ll balance itself out and slowly trust you again. I went through the same thing after recovering, so take this time to work on your mind and acceptance. Don’t worry about your weight because that isn’t as important as your health. If you’re lightly exercising and fueling your body, you will be fine overtime! Trust your body and it’ll trust you! If you recovered from an eating disorder, you should definitely ditch that scale. It’s unhealthy and does not define you. It also means nothing! Eat right, lightly exercise, eat enough and DITCH thats scale!! work on your mind!

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  • Sammy Staffa

    1) I would love it if you did a July Challenge! How fun!
    2) I really love bringing watermelon to the beach! Filling and quenches thirst!
    3) The highlight of my week was joining a yoga studio! Love the positivity it radiates.

    – YOU also radiate positivity and happiness! It motivates me daily! Keep it up!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I think it’ll be fun too!

      I like doing things to motivate myself too.

      WATERMELON IS WINNING.

      Im going to try to get more into yoga! I like to challenge myself and go out of my comfort zone.

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  • Trina

    In your “pretending to do abs” snap, couldn’t help but notice your quad muscles! You’re looking so fit, happy, and healthy ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

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  • Dominika

    1. YES!!!
    2. watermelon ๐Ÿ™‚
    3. brothers birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Tarren Roberts

    Ah yes PLEASE do the July fitness challenge and especially do the circuit workout videos!! Those are my favorite type and I would love to have a few videos on hand for days when its too hot to work out outside! (like everyday right now haha)

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  • Elisa

    1.Yes! I like fitness and I love challenges! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2.Watermelon is a must!

    3.My best friend got her diploma, I’m so proud of her ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Katrina

    It’s so awesome to see you so happy, it’s contagious!
    I would definitely love a July fitness challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ Last time I commented I was having a rough patch, trying to work out again after my baby. Now I’m back at it, finally!
    Love your posts <3

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Katrina! LOVE hearing that!

      Glad you’re healthy and moving forward to happiness! You got this. Congrats on being a momma! Can’t wait for you to join me on the fitness challenge.

      xo xo

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  • Leighann

    I would love to follow along with you on a fitness challenge!! It looks like you are doing so well, good for you, girl ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Autumn

    1. I would definitely do a fitness challenge if you set one up! :)))
    2. My go-to snack for the beach is always watermelon
    3. The highlight of my week was Wednesday I hiked at the Amicolola Falls in Georgia and on Thursday I went to the Biltmore in Asheville! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Sarah

    Hello, I was just curious if you still have puppy Tino? I haven’t seen much of him. Love your blog and you are a huge inspiration in my weight loss journey.

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  • Diane

    I love your blog and read it regularly. I am looking for something to challenge me in regards to fitness and would love to follow a workout program for July. thank you!

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  • Carolyn

    1. I would love a July fitness challenge! It would give me the motivation I need to get back in shape!
    2. Fruit is delicious and refreshing at the beach ๐Ÿ™‚ Peaches and watermelon scream summer to me!
    3. The highlight of my week was definitely the surprise flowers I got ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      You look great girl! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m excited you’re going to join!

      I bet the peaches are perfect in GA right now! They are super good here and I love going to the peach stand to pick them up!

      LOVE SURPRISE FLOWERS! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Kristin Cook

    I would try to participate. I am more than double your size so I’d probably have a rough time keeping up, but it would be fun to try ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Jennifer Arteaga

    OMG! You have to make more videos! Loved them lol
    I would definitely join a challenge!
    Watermelon is a must at the beach!
    My highlight this week was finally getting to see Alice, through the looking glass, with my besty before she has her baby.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Jennifer!

      So glad you’re going to join the challenge!!

      Watermelon:D

      That sounds like so much fun and relaxing. I need to go to a movie soon! Congrats to your friend!!

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  • Jamie

    yes, would love to try a July Fitness challenge

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  • Lil

    Your blogs lighten my day!

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  • Nicole Hawkins

    Where are those cute white and black polka dotted pj bottoms from? I am always so envious of the area you live in, it really looks like a great place to walk, hike and bike.

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  • whitney

    Okay heck yes I'd totally do a July fineness challenge!
    Ummm.. I think cold drinks like water, infused/ flavored, and lots of fruit are perfect snacks for the beach.
    It's been a pretty yucky week but I guess the highlight would be having family from Ohio / Kentucky come down to visit.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ I CAN’T WAIT!

      Those are all great beach snacks.

      Having family visit is always fun! I hope you enjoy your time with them!!

      xo

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  • Kyla Woelfle

    Great post! You look awesome and I can’t wait to hear more about your workout experiences with weights, etc!

    I would participate in your July fitness challenge!

    It may not count, but the “snack” I have to bring with me to the beach is fruit flavored sparkling water. I find it refreshing!

    The highlight of my week was today, I have been sick with mono, so I hope that I am finally getting better since I was actually able to be a little productive. I cannot wait to be back to normal!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Kyla!

      Love that you’re going to join!!

      That definitely counts!:) I don’t like sparkling water a ton, but it’s better when infused with fresh fruits! You should try it sometime.

      MONO is no fun! I had it in high school and it’s the worst! Please take it easy and I hope you feel better soon.

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    You’re looking really strong in your workouts, Tara:) I sure wish I could spend a day with you in your eventful life (or so it seems on your blog!). I’d love to meet Grumples are well.

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  • Katie

    I WOULD LOVE TO DO A FITNESS CHALLENGE WITH YOU!!!! You already inspire me to be more active and I have been setting and achieving fitness goals like a beast so a July challenge would be perfect!! I love bringing fresh fruit to the beach, especially because fruit season and beach season coincide! The highlight of my week has been spending time in Boston with my parents and boyfriend, the low point of my week being that extremely exciting NBA finals game that my team lost. Although I can’t complain too much as a Bay Area sports fan ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the post Tara!

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  • Kacee

    1. I would participate ?
    2. Pineapple
    3. I got my masters diploma in the mail!

    Have a fabulous weekend, Taralynn

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  • Shannen

    Your fitness post definitely are motivational. Sometimes I just feel like not doing anything and then I see your posts and know that if I don’t workout that I will definitely regret it in the long run. I would totally be up to a July fitness challenge – I may not do well, but it would be fun to try!
    I LOVE fresh fruit at the beach. It doesn’t matter which kind. Pretty much any fruit is soo yummy and if you can keep it cool it’s even better. I like to freeze my fruit the night before.
    My biggest highlight this week has been having my brother home on leave. We have been so busy since he’s only here for eleven days. But it’s been totally worth it!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Shannen!!!

      I am the same way. Sometimes I don’t feel like working out and then I read people’s comments or look at others workout out for motivation. I’m so happy you’re going to join the challenge. Believe me, you’ll do well. Tell yourself you’re going to do well ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think everyone loves fresh fruit at the beach!

      Glad you’re spending some time with your brother! I miss mine and need to visit him soon!

      xo xo

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  • Anna

    1. Yes, I would join you! I NEED motivation and that would be a great way to get my butt in gear ๐Ÿ™‚
    2. My beach snack is beer with clamato juice haha. Or I guess mixed nuts are a second choice.
    3. Highlight of my week was today and learning that I am FINALLY getting a new air conditioner in my apartment. I’ve had the same ancient one since I moved in 5 years ago (and I’m sure it was there maaaaany years before that. It makes loud scary sounds, and they finally agreed to replace it. I can’t wait to get home from work and see it… if they keep their word and have it done today haha. We’ll see about that I guess ๐Ÿ˜› Love these catch up posts! Your life looks so perfectly happy, and I’m striving to live the same way!

    Reply to Anna
    • Taralynn McNitt

      So glad you’re going to join!

      Hahaha love your honesty. Can’t go wrong with a beach beer! Mixed nuts & beer? WIN!

      That is a great thing especially since its summer!!!!

      ALWAYS strive for happiness!! xo

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  • Jenny

    You seem to be having a great summer! So thrilled for your happiness. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. If I set up a July fitness challenge, would you join me!?
    TOTALLY!! I’ve got a beach vacation in August and my summer is going to be focused on fitness.

    2. What is one snack you must bring to the beach?
    Coconut water or sparkling water. I have trouble drinking plain water, and these help me stay hydrated.

    3. What was the highlight of your week?
    I hosted an ice cream-themed happy hour for my coworkers, with a build-your-own ice cream sandwich bar and champagne sorbet floats. It was a huge hit!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Jenny!!

      I’m loving the summer so far!

      1. I can’t wait for you to join! I am feeling a summer of fitness too!!
      2. LOVE COCONUT WATER on the beach. SO GOOD for hydrating.
      3. That is the CUTEST idea! I bet they loved that.

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  • Caryn

    yes, please do a fitness challenge!!!! you look awesome!

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  • Nelly

    How did you get so comfortable with yourself mentally and physically? What changes did you make

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  • Chandler

    Yes, I would absolutely do the fitness challenge. I love bringing pretzels! I especially like gluten free ones because they’re crispier! The highlight of my week was finding that my new roommate can move in a week from tomorrow! So pumped. Also, I LOVE your relationship with Becca. It’s so sweet, & I’m so happy you’re doing so well ๐Ÿ™‚ you’re very inspiring, Taralynn!

    Reply to Chandler
    • Taralynn McNitt

      So happy to hear that!

      The gluten free pretzels are so much better than the original ones! If you have a sweet tooth, add a marshmallow on top and microwave it for ten seconds! Sounds weird, but its a game changer.

      COngrats on finding that new roommate and your move!

      & I love it too. She’s the best!!
      xo xo

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  • Melissa

    Woo woo! I love your recap posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If I set up a July fitness challenge, would you join me!?
    Yep! At least try to keep up, lol

    What is one snack you must bring to the beach?
    I love bringing watermelon and pineapple. Grapes too!

    What was the highlight of your week?
    My boyfriend’s mom was in town so it was really nice exploring + doing things we don’t do so often (like play mini golf). ๐Ÿ™‚

    Xo,
    Melissa

    http://www.Greenpalatelife.com

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  • Megan

    If I set up a July fitness challenge, would you join me!?
    – I would totally join you for a July fitness challenge. I am looking for some extra motivation and am very interested in getting into running.

    What is one snack you must bring to the beach?
    -My go to snack at the beach is always watermelon. It just tastes better with my toes in the sand.

    What was the highlight of your week?
    -The highlight of my week is happening tonight when I get to see my SISTER!!! and the start of my vacation! So excited!

    Have a great time!

    Reply to Megan
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Megan!

      So happy to hear you’ll be joining! woo hoo!!

      As I said before “WATERMELON FOR THE WIN”

      I hope you had so much fun on your vacation and seeing your sister!!!

      xo

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  • Aimee

    You are looking great girl! And you sound like you are in a much better place. I love catching up on your recaps! Also I love the idea of you setting up a section of the shop with your clothes. You always have such a cute style!
    I would love a fitness challenge for July! You should set it up!
    My favorite beach snack is either PopChips or fruit!
    The highlight of my week is getting hired at my new job! That and having this whole week to lay by the pool!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Aimee!!

      I am definitely in a much better place and incredibly happy. & thank you! I just don’t see the need to have SO MANY clothes hanging around that I do not wear!

      I am definitely working on it!

      both sound like great snacks!

      Congrats on your new job! I hope you enjoy your pool week and relax as much as you can!!!

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  • Brooklyn

    I wish I had a friend like you and Becca who wanted to do tons of different workouts with me! It looks like you guys always have so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would definitely join in on your fitness challenge!
    My must bring to the beach snack is watermelon. I’m all about the watermelon right now, it is so refreshing.

    The highlight of my week has been binging on fruit and watching Dexter with my boyfriend ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey B!

      Come move down to the South:) I really am lucky to have a friend like Becca. We go out and do so many crazy and fun things together!

      So glad you’re going to join the fitness challenge!

      I think everyone can agree on watermelon ๐Ÿ™‚

      Fruit & Netflix binge is the best!

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  • melodie

    Hi Tara! Nice to see you’re doing good with your fitness!
    I ran a 10K this morning and went for a walk this afternoon. You inspired me to go walking even though I already id my daily workout.

    1.If I set up a July fitness challenge, would you join me!?
    I would be interested to hear more about it…
    2.What is one snack you must bring to the beach?
    Fruits!
    3.What was the highlight of your week?
    I was sent the first pictures of my new pup. I’m going to be welcoming my first dog home in 7 weeks: a cockapoo (cocker spaniel X poodle)!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Melodie!

      You killed it with the workouts this week! Nice job on running a 10k. Make sure you’re getting tons of water in you! I’m not sure if it’s hot where you are, but it’s BURNING up here.

      I can’t wait to share what I have for it!

      Fruits are always great for the beach! Great way to hydrate.

      Yay! Love puppies!! xo xo Enjoy your little one!

      I hope you have a fantastic week!

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  • Alyson

    1. YES! I would love that, actually.
    2. Watermelon, hands down. SO refreshing.
    3. Probably coming home to pink roses, chocolates, wine, and a super sweet card from the boy. Being romantic isn’t his strong suit, so this made me smile.

    Have so much fun at the beach this weekend. Girls trips are seriously the best ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply to Alyson
    • Taralynn McNitt

      So happy you’re going to do it!

      WATERMELON FOR THE WIN!

      That is the cutest. Your boyfriend is a keeper! I’m sure you were very deserving of that!

      My trip was GREAT!:) & THANK YOU!

      I hope you have the best week ever! xo

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  • Livie

    Yes! Please do a July fitness challenge thingy! I’d totally join in- I need to get my butt in gear!!!

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  • Chelsea

    1.If I set up a July fitness challenge, would you join me!?
    -Ummm, let me think…. YES!!! That would be the bomb.com ๐Ÿ˜‰
    2.What is one snack you must bring to the beach?
    -Trail mix, water, and fruit! This is what sounds good to me right now, I don’t live near a beach! :,,,,,,(
    3.What was the highlight of your week?
    -My sisters gender reveal party and watching the sonogram <3 Adding another baby girl to the family!

    Reply to Chelsea
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Chelsea!

      So glad you’re going to join!! i’ve been working on the challenge and it’s going to be pretty fun!

      Those are all three GREAT snacks to have at the beach – especially water!!

      so fun!! congrats on becoming an aunt! YAY FOR THE GIRLS!

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  • Emily B

    YES! I am always looking for different workouts and I struggle to find things other than running in the summer!
    I don’t live near a beach, so…….. ? If I did, I’d probably bring Boom Chicka PopCorn cause I’m obsessed.
    Lunch date with my husband was a big highlight especially since we haven’t seen much of each other this week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      GREAT! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I love how the grocery store is offering so many new flavors/brands of the low cal popcorn! It’s my fave.

      A lunch date with your husband sounds super cute ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that!

      xo hope you have a great week!

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  • Marie-Cรฉcile

    I would love to follow a fitness challenge ! That’s exactly why I am looking for! That’s a really great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Amanda T.

    I am SUPER proud of you! You look fantastic and STRONG! I am a huge weightlifting geek since I discovered CrossFit a year and a half ago! I am even competing with my girls next month in Girls Gone Rx! All money goes towards breast cancer…so in other words I would love to join in on a fitness challenge!
    And a beach snack? Definitely almonds or plantain chips ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply to Amanda T.
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Amanda!

      I’m proud of you too. Crossfit is TOUGH! go you. I can’t wait to hear all about your competition! You are super inspiring. I also love that the money goes to a great cause.

      I’m happy to hear that you want to join my fitness challenge! I can’t wait to get it going.

      almonds!! yum! We had wasabi almonds at the beach this weekend.

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  • dehlia

    You should do a longer post about how you felt last year vs today, you’re newly gained positivity is so inspiring. What was the process from then to now? How did you change? It looks like you removed a lot of things in your life that were draining you, and you smile so much more now in your pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Dehlia!

      I think my positivity and happiness came with getting rid of a lot of negativity in my life. You are in control of your own life and if you start feeling bad or unhappy, you have to analyze it and make changes! Now, I just go with the flow and let life happen. I’ve never been happier or more in tune with my body and emotions.

      xo

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  • Ashley

    Your legs are killer! I’d love to see some of the circuits you set up. And totally in on the fitness challenge! I just started lifting weights a few months ago and LOVE it!

    Highlight of my week was a perfect beach day on Monday with perfect waves.

    Any kind of fresh fruit or smoothies on the beach is perfect to me!

    Reply to Ashley
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Ashley!!

      Weight lifting is so fun and easy! I love mixing up workouts now.

      Beach days are the best. I had an amazing one ๐Ÿ™‚

      Fresh fruit is always good on the beach.

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  • Amanda Klems

    1. YES!!!!! I would love to join your workout group. You are so fit, and your blog inspires me every day to get my butt exercising! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    2. I don’t get to go to the beach often, but when I do I like to bring fresh fruit. It helps keep me hydrated and full!
    3. The highlight of my week this week has been packing and sorting through all my belongings. We are moving in three weeks, and I have tons of old clothes that I’ve outgrown, or have stretched out/faded, etc. that needed the boot! I know that isn’t very exciting, but sometimes it feels good to purge!

    Reply to Amanda Klems
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Amanda!

      I love fresh fruit at the beach as well!

      I love packing and getting rid of things I don’t need anymore! That is the beauty of moving. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Bethany

    If I set up a July fitness challenge, would you join me!?
    – Absolutely!!! Your bleacher workouts make me want to try it out!! I injured my back pretty badly 2 weeks ago, so I haven’t been able to do a decent workout.. but I am going to try to tonight! I think i just need to shake up my workouts a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring on the challenge!

    What is one snack you must bring to the beach?
    – Ice. Cold. Watermelon. Or any kind of chilled fruit!!

    What was the highlight of your week?
    – My roommate and I made chicken enchilada spaghetti squash last night! SO GOOD! But next week I am going to Charleston for the 4th of July weekend, so I am counting down the days! I need some quality beach time ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply to Bethany
    • Taralynn McNitt

      The bleacher workouts are great! Love to hear you’d join me! XO

      WATERMELON YES!:)

      That sounds so amazing!! You’re going to have a blast on the 4th of July! Beach time is always needed.

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  • Jennifer

    YES YES YES PLEASE

    I love bringing grapes, or any fresh fruit really, to the beach!

    The highlight of my week was getting to start my work-from-home part-time job with Stitch Fix!

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  • Lena

    please do a July fitness challenge!!! that would be cool!

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  • Alanah R

    Yes to the July fitness challenge!

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  • Jessie @ The Acquired Sass

    1. Definitely! Not sure what all it would entail, but I already use summers to mix up my workout routine, so I would definitely join. Just not sure I would commit to hour long circuits since I would probably add it on on top of my other workouts.

    2. I try to avoid the beach. Haha. It’s really not my favorite. Sand + sweat + salty water? Nah. But, I take watermelon everywhere I can in the summer. So simple to toss a tupperware full in your bag & it can even be finger food!

    3. The BF & I planned a 4 day weekend for later this year. We booked a B&B & I think we’ll luck out & it’ll be during prime leaf peeping season. So I’m pretty excited.

    But, I think the best part of the week is yet to come. I’m headed to Milwaukee for a friends reunion & get to meet a new blog friend too (for coffee!) Don’t know what our plans are, but I know it’ll be a blast.

    Happy Weekend! Gonna have to try some cold brew so I can make a homemade frapucino. Those are my favorite in the summer!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is great to hear! I won’t be having hour circuits in the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ It’ll be very easy and attainable for everyone.

      All of that sand and sweat is the beauty of it! Now having it stuck to your watermelon would be the worst!

      That is going to be fun! Love weekends like that.

      That’ll be such a fun little trip! ESPECIALLY IF COFFEE IS INVOLVED!

      Let me know what you think of the frap ๐Ÿ˜€

      xo & I can’t wait to hear about your weekend.

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  • Emily Weir

    I would definitely be down for a July fitness challenge! I’ve been looking for ways to mix up my workouts since I’ve hit a bit of a plateau.

    And my go-to snacks for the beach are a combo of salty and sweet. Watermelon and grapes do great on the beach, and some type of cracker to get my salty fix!

    And the highlight of my week has been preparing to move! My husband and I finally closed on our first home and get to move in tomorrow! Woo!

    Reply to Emily Weir
    • Taralynn McNitt

      So glad to hear that and plateaus can be a pain in the butt!

      Watermelon on the beach is perfect <3

      Congrats on your home! That is SUPER exciting. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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