My Little Herb Garden, Yoga, Healthy Eats & Spring Temps!

Good morning & happy Monday! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend.

I woke up around 5 am so that I could fit this blog post in before heading to yoga this morning. I mentioned last week that I was going to start my week off right by devoting an hour to a yoga class to help me set my intentions for the week. It seemed to do the trick last week because I felt very calm and motivated to get everything done. I was even calm and laughing during some of the most hectic moments (if you saw my Instagram story yesterday, you know what I’m talking about.) I’m braving it out again and going to the advanced class this morning, so wish me luck! I was so sore after last Monday’s class. I’m so bad at it compared to everyone else at this point, but it only motivates me to keep going and improving.
I’m about to admit to something that I guarantee at least one other person will be able to relate to. I get to class super early so I can find a place in the back. I HATE being upfront in yoga classes (at least not right now anyway.) I’ll usually find a spot, put my stuff down, and then go run a mile to warm up my muscles before class starts. I find that cardio before yoga helps with my flexibility.

Going to yoga used to be so hard for me to do. I used to be self-conscious of my form, my lack of yoga terminology knowledge, and never let myself truly relax. When I stopped worrying about others around me, I began to let myself learn and become comfortable with my practice. Now, I work harder on grounding my mind and allowing myself simply be in the moment. The more you go, the better you get, and that’s with just about anything in life.
It was a pretty cold morning on Monday, so I warmed up with a yummy bowl of oats and a cappuccino for breakfast. I was so hungry during yoga, that I almost walked out. (I learned my lesson and have a muffin waiting for me to eat on my way to yoga this morning.)

My oats had sliced banana, cashew butter, pumpkin seeds, and nuts on top. I usually just cook my oatmeal in the microwave for one minute with water. I do it the lazy way.ย 
At noon, I headed to the eye doctor to pick up my new glasses. I had been wearing my old glasses with tape around the sides because I kept putting off the eye doctor. It feels good to finally have glasses that stay on my face that align with my vision. I had a couple of people asking about the brand on Instagram! They are Hackett, and actually from the men’s section. I have bigger cheeks, so I always feel like women’s glasses fit too small on my face.
For lunch, I had leftovers from the weekend.ย It consisted of ground turkey with rice and sauteed cherry tomatoes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and cabbage. I sauteed the vegetables with toasted sesame oil and sea salt. After lunch, I worked on some more writing.ย 
I was hungry later in the afternoon after a dog walk, so I made a protein smoothie bowl with Forever Beautiful superfood mix. They kindly sent me over a couple of mixes to try out. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence, but my skin has been 100% clear for the first time in years (this is not an ad.) This superfood mix has the six most powerful skin superfoods. I usually have to buy them separately, so it’s great that they are in one mix.

Superfood Mix Ingredients: Chia Seeds* (Nicaragua), Acai* (Brazil), Maqui* (Brazil), Acerola* (Brazil), Maca* (Peru) and Blueberry* (Finland) Powder. *Organic Certified

If you go to the Your Super Foods site, you’ll be able to find some other mixes! I’m interested in trying the Energy Boost and Muscle Power!

The rest of my smoothie had raspberries, protein powder, 1/2 banana, cashew milk, pineapple, and ice. I keep all of my fruit frozen to get the perfect smoothie bowl texture.ย 
For dinner, I had kale tossed in Tessemae’s Green Goddess dressing with sliced avocado, grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, and cherry tomatoes on top. After dinner, I headed out for an evening walk with the dogs and then did a load of laundry before sitting down to watch American Idol. I think they did a good job getting Lionel Richie as a judge.
I woke up so sore from vinyasa on Tuesday morning. I decided to skip out on Tuesday class and just get work done at home.
I was extremely excited because Tuesday was devoted to the gluten-free vegan carrot cake creation! I had been wanting to do a gluten-free and vegan carrot cake without all the sugar in it for a while now.

When Kyle tried it, he said he only wanted one bite but ended up eating the entire container. Meighan said she licked the plate clean, and my parents were literally fighting over the thing! I think it was a damn success! ๐Ÿ˜€
I am so proud of how it turned out. I’m making again this week, but turning it into a sheet cake. I loved getting photos from all of you who made it! I think I’m going to start sharing your pictures at the end of my recap posts. It always makes my dad when you tag me in your photos.
On Tuesday night, I made a giant dinner salad and headed out to my parent’s house. My mom was having a little surgery (which I will blog about in the upcoming weeks, but it’s nothing extreme!) on Wednesday. I could tell she was kind of nervous, so I headed over there to keep her mind off of it and reassure her that it was all going to be fine. We headed out on a long dog walk together, had dinner, and then when she went off to bed, I stayed up until 2 am editing my carrot cake post because I wanted it to go live asap!ย I was also watching one of my favorite childhood movies, The Cutting Edge to keep me awake. I am not a night person, so I was fighting the eyes!
Leo is my morning spirit animal. Even when we don’t sleep much, we are still happy to be awake with coffee!ย ย I always have to hide my coffee or take it with me when I leave the room because he loves the taste of it. Kyle always says our personalities are the same.ย 
I headed home to get ready before going with my mom to get her surgery. My package of cookies was waiting for me on my doorstep, and I was so excited. I talked about them in myย last recap post! I ordered them for my go-to breakfast before coffee or a workout. They have no added sugar; they’re vegan, gluten-free, and so so so so good!
I made an oat milk cappuccino for a pick-me-up! I was running on four hours of sleep.
I threw on some mascara, blush, lipgloss, and undereye concealer to hide those dark circles!
While my mom was having her surgery, I walked across the street to get some work done and reply back to comments at Starbucks. I ordered a decaf coconut milk latte with vanilla. I also brought an RXBAR for a snack!
I stayed out at my parent’s house a couple of days last week to help out.

We made it back to my parent’s house around 2 pm. I made myself some lunch after stopping at Earthfare for some groceries. My lunch plate had mixed greens with Herb Goddess dressing, trail mix, tortilla chips, and vegetable chili. I also had a Cayenne Cleanse Healthade Kombucha! This is my favorite flavor ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure this is going to sound weird, but I love the tingly spice feeling it puts in your stomach.ย 
The grocery store was out of my go-to green goddess dressing, so I decided to try out the Organic Girl Herb Goddess dressing. It was a blessing in disguise because this dressing is OUT OF THIS WORLD! I can’t compare it to anything I’ve ever had because it’s so unique and flavorful. I could use this as a marinade, a dip, and so on! It was just so good. The three main ingredients are green onion, parsley, and basil. I found this at Earthfare, but you can use their store locator to find it near you. I promise it will not let you down!
We decided to do pizza night! Above is a basil pepperoni pizza. It hadย gluten-free crust with pesto, tomatoes, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.ย 
I love the dairy-free and gluten-free Daiya pizzas! I did a cheese pizza with turkey pepperonis on top and a side salad with the tasty herb goddess dressing!ย 
My mom’s favorite dessert is key lime cheese cake. I picked up the Daiya Key Lime Cheezecake to try out for fun. I wasn’t expecting it to be great since it was vegan and gluten-free. Vegan “cheese” can sometimes be a little off. Well, that’s not the case with this dessert. They really nailed this one! You could NOT tell that it was vegan. If you eat dairy-free or a vegan diet, I recommend this X 1000000000000000. I have the strawberry flavor sitting in my freezer, and I’m excited to try it out. We were so shocked! We cut it into little bite-sized species because it’s so rich that a couple of bites are all you need for fulfillment.

Because I was running on very little sleep, I fell asleep around 9 pm!ย 
The weather was so beautiful on Thursday morning. I made some coffee and headed outside to sit on the swing while the dogs played in the yard.
I made it to Yoga a little later in the morning. It was alignment yoga, so it wasn’t advance. It’s great for getting a deep stretch and relaxing. I love being able to disconnect from all technology and just focus on the moment. When I go out on dog walks, I leave my phone at home 90% of the time. I also use that time to shut off from it all.ย 
I made a smoothie after yoga. It had frozen cranberries, pineapples, raspberries, coconut water, and vanilla protein powder.ย 
Later in the afternoon, we took the boys for a cow ride. I know this may seem silly, but my dogs LOVE cows. I can’t even say the word “cow” without them freaking out. We drive the back country roads and take them by all the farm animals.
They were in cow heaven! They start wagging their tails, crying, and barking.
Why is everything so much prettier on the countryside?
For lunch on Thursday, I had a giant salad with herb goddess dressing, guacamole, and the chipotle black bean burgers from Gardein. This was the week of amazing finds! These black bean burgers are legit restaurant style if not better.
I ended up having the same for dinner but with an egg, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts on the side.ย 
The LAST piece of carrot cake for dessert…
I told you guys the story about the baby bird in this post! He’s been doing great back up in the nest with his mama! The poor little guy is still too small to fly.
They live in the nest in the palm tree. The mama is very tame and absolutely loves my dad! It’s the cutest. He talks to her every morning and calls her “mama.”ย 
The parent’s of the baby dove were going crazy on the roof when their little one fell out of the nest. As soon as she was back in the nest, the mom flew in to be with her. The dad goes in to feed them every morning. I just love these birds ๐Ÿ™‚
I headed home on Friday morning to have coffee and get all of my work done. I made a delicious oat milk cappuccino! ๐Ÿ™‚
For breakfast, I had a smoothie bowl! It had blackberries, cashew milk, peaches, protein powder, and the forever beautiful superfood mix.
Around noon, Meighan and I headed out on a 6.5-mile walk at the Riverwalk. It was a perfect day to get outside!ย 
For dinner, I had Siete grain-free chips (they are bomb), mixed greens and cherry tomatoes with herb goddess dressing, and the best combo ever. You guys HAVE to try this…

Udis gluten-free sandwich bread toasted with a Gardein black bean chipotle burger, guacamole, and black bean salsa on top. I will be having this exact thing for dinner tonight! I could eat this over and over again. Kyle loved it too.ย 
I headed to Power Yoga on Saturday morning.ย This was definitely a great class for strength training! Boy, was I sore!

I had a lot of questions on my Instagram about my yoga mat, towel, and blanket!ย Here are the links for those of you asking!

Yoga Mat (Kaleidoscope design)
Yoga Towel
Yoga Blanket
I wanted to put together my herb garden that I had been dreaming of all winter! It was 80-degrees out on Saturday, so perfect for being outside! I am going to do a separate post on my DIY pots and rustic shelves! ๐Ÿ™‚
I didn’t do my gardening alone. The two little girls next door helped me every step of the way. It’s so funny how kids think that littlest tasks are so fun! They were so curious about the plants, gardening, and the growing process. Hopefully, they learned a thing or two! ๐Ÿ™‚ They also drew a picture of me and I think it’s pretty accurate! haha. I let them pour the dirt, water the plants, and then they stuck little cupcake stickers all over my front porch pots. They are now the best-looking pots in the neighborhood.
I had guacamole toast with the green goddess dressed mixed greens on top for an afternoon snack and it was so tasty! I also made an oat milk cappuccino while I worked on the lettering.ย 
Lucky for me, Kyle made dinner again. He has been trying to perfect his wings for a while now. I think they are already perfect and way too delicious. They are so crispy and taste restaurant style! These wings had gluten-free Szechwan ย sauce. I had Siete chips and a side salad as well.ย 
I woke up early on Sunday morning to have coffee before my parents came over. My dad brought his tools to help me hang the shelves and I was so excited!ย 
While my dad worked, I made a delicious smoothie bowl for breakfast.

It had frozen strawberries, banana, protein powder, and cashew milk. I’ll be having the same after yoga this morning!
Well, the calm morning took a turn…

We marked where I wanted the shelves hung. My dad used his stud finder to find the support, but the stud finder read the drain pipe as a stud. WHOOPS! It was so scary at first because we had no idea there was a drain pipe there. Who puts a drain pipe there?! We were so lucky it wasn’t a waterline. Even though it looks like a really bad situation, it could have been worse and it makes for a great Easter memory. ย It’s situations like this where you just have to accept them, laugh about it, and fix it. I’m lucky enough to have a dad that is really good at this stuff! The cool this is that I get to learn how to do it all.ย 
We headed to Home Depot to pick up a temporary fix. My dad and I are going to replace the pipe and add drywall on Tuesday, so the big reveal will hopefully be up by Friday! I’m just so happy I wasn’t home alone trying to hang up the shelves. I would have been so freaked out with water shooting out of my wall! I probably would have called 911 (but not really.)
We hung up one shelf to cover up the hole temporarily. This isn’t where it’ll be, but it looks much better than having a big hole in the wall! I’ll include all the shelf and prop details in my plant/shelves DIY post!ย 
I had a delicious lunch late in the afternoon! I just can’t get enough of this burger combo.ย 
Gluten-free toast with mixed greens tossed in herb goddess dressing, sweet potato slices, a chipotle black bean burger, salsa, and guacamole!
After lunch, I greased up my face and chest with sunscreen and headed out on a three-mile walk. It felt so weird to walk alone without the dogs for the first time in like a year. I just need to decompress! Walking is a great way to de-stress.
When I got back, I turned on Fixer Upper, made an oat milk cappuccino, and worked a bit.ย 
Later in the afternoon, Kyle and I took the boys for a dog walk together and worked on their training. We’ll be meeting back up with their trainer on Sunday at our house, so it’ll be interesting to see how they behave in their environment!

For dinner, I went with something sweet! My lunch was so savory, and I was craving a light smoothie bowl. It had 1/2 cup frozen blackberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 1/2 cup cashew milk, vanilla protein powder, and topped with granola!

I ended the night watching American Idol and Naked And Afraid while blogging!

Questions for you!

  1. Have you ever had a DIY fail?
  2. How was your Easter?
  3. Do you like sitting in the front of back during fitness classes?

Comments

  • Joanna

    Have you posted the DIY plant pot tutorial?

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  • Birchi

    Wow, yummy food!

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  • Wendy

    Hey Girlie! Your smoothie/smoothie bowls always look so amazing! When you blend them-do you use any ice?

    Reply to Wendy
  • Carlee

    Have you tried Trader Joe’s green goddess salad dressing?? The one in the salad section, not the shelves. It’s the same way–very few ingredients and can be used as a dip, dressing, etc. I recommend it!!!

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  • Brit

    Your wall story made me laugh! Thanks for keeping it real.

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  • Elisabeth

    I’m gonna try that carrot cake recipe soon! It looks soooo delicious!

    Have you ever had a DIY fail?
    I am the definition of “DIY fail”, I can’t do anything good with my hands (focusing on simple tasks is very difficult – but I’m the best when you need to assemble furniture!)

    How was your Easter?
    I eated chocolate, went running on the beach (I have a race in less than three weeks) and cleaned my house (traditional spring cleaning)

    Do you like sitting in the front of back during fitness classes?
    In the back! I hate it when people look at me

    Reply to Elisabeth
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hope you enjoy it, Elisabeth!

      hahaha that is so funny. IM HORRIBLE at assembling things because I HATE directions. I have to watch youtube tutorials lol

      omg sounds like the perfect Easter!

      lol me too girl!

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  • Liv

    Ahh your herb garden is so cute!! I just kill my herb plants some way or another. Also jealous of your 80 degree weather haha

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  • Dani

    Do you eat meat?

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  • Kelly

    oh my gosh I am glad the DIY issue wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Still a bummber!

    I actually have a question for you, would you please share what kind of shoes you wear for running? I am a newish runner and all I wear right now are $30 athletic shoes from CostCo ๐Ÿ™‚ and though they are nice, they aren’t what I need for the amount of running I do. Thank you in advance.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol, yes! Still a bummer, but a lesson learned ๐Ÿ˜€

      I would totally get fitted for running shoes! We all run differently and it’s important to pay attention to that! ๐Ÿ™‚ I do love Asics though.

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  • Aimee

    Your hair is so pretty. Do you take vitamins?

    Reply to Aimee
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Aimee! Thank you so much!

      I do take them! ๐Ÿ™‚ I take vitamin D along with the vitamins recommended from Care/of! Check out this post for the details ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Erin

    I started my first little garden this past weekend! I picked up some houseplants for some indoor greenery and some sunflower seeds for outside ๐Ÿ™‚ This weekend I’m going to pick up some pots for my own herb garden. I want to do vegetables but it’d be too challenging with the small amount of space I have + city rats!

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  • J

    What is your favorite spice? what is your favorite fruit?

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  • Kelli

    1. Every time I try something DIY, I fail. I am totally inept when it comes to anything even mildly artistic or creative. Ugh! I will continue through the struggle!

    2. Easter was good! Uneventful, the best kind ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. I used to always go in the WAY back of the class, but then other people would get in the way of the instructor and idk what I’m doing so I have to see her. I’ve settled for the middle, so I can creep on other people and the instructor as needed lol

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  • Shelby

    So, I recently bought maca powder to try out in smoothies and in my yogurt. I mixed it into my yogurt and the smell and taste made me gag. I even tried to bake it into something and that didn’t work… had to give it away. Does the forever beautiful blend have a strong maca smell or taste?

    Reply to Shelby
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Shelby!

      You definitely want to use maca with other ingredients! I always blend mine in my smoothies and I can’t taste it ever! I definitely wouldn’t mix it in my yogurt, but you can’t taste the maca at all in this mix! I also have a ton of other fruits coating it, so that helps! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Shannen Arnett

    Oh my goodness! I was watching your stories on Sunday and it made me laugh! It’s totally something I would do! I can’t wait to see the finished product. Green is quickly becoming my favorite color. Haha I am obsessed with plants and gardens. And those little girls are adorable!
    Your photos are so colorful and they are definitely chasing away the winter blues. It makes me so excited for the warm weather to be permanent.
    Also, your glasses! I love them so much! And I totally understand about having to buy men’s glasses, I have the same problem! At first, my mom thought I was just trying to be trendy, but once I actually started wearing them, she realized how much of a difference they make! I have been looking for a new pair after my old ones snapped. Contacts are great, but I miss having glasses!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Shannen!

      Lol yes, you’re right! Green allllll day ๐Ÿ˜€

      So happy I can help chase away those winter blues! Ugh…FINALLY WARM HERE!!!!

      I feel like contacts never work for me! They are ALWAYS blurry lol

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  • Virjinia @ With Purpose and Kindness

    Aww the birds! That’s so sweet of your dad. My Easter was pretty relaxing and I spent the time with family after church. I haven’t really have DIY fail because I know that I am not artistic or handy enough to try things on my own. The most I’ve done is build Ikea furniture lol. Glad you got it figured out quickly though!

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  • Ann

    Happy Spring season, love the herb garden! Did you buy the wood and stain them yourself or just buy the shelves pre-made? Either way, they will be so pretty and functional! And, your glasses are too cute on you! My daughter has similar ones and she always gets compliments. Happy belated Easter as well and wishing your mom a fast recovery.

    Reply to Ann
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Ann!

      Thanks so much! & happy spring to you!

      I bought them, but my dad and I are going to make the ones for the office.

      Thanks so much:) I bet your daughter looks beautiful! xo

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  • Trisha

    Iโ€™ve just started doing yoga and love it! It makes me a little relieved to hear you think youโ€™re bad at yoga! I was so intimidated at the thought of being the worst one (aka wrong form and constantly falling over) that it made me not go…but now I just donโ€™t care! Iโ€™m usually off to the side, close to the front.

    My dog, Carmen and I spent Easter at Folly Beach, then the waterfront park in Charleston! It was the perfect day!

    Reply to Trisha
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Trisha!

      I love yoga, but I’m definitely not great lol

      I’m so glad to hear you’re going and not giving up on it! I was the one falling over at first, but now I’m so much stronger, balanced and quicker.

      Ahhhh sounds so perfect! I love Folly!

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  • Haley

    I hope your mom is recovering well!

    I love your little herb garden and can’t wait to see the final reveal. I would probably start crying if water came out of my walls!

    My family and I went to church and then had an Easter egg hunt with my little cousins.

    Thank you for your blogs!

    Reply to Haley
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Haley!

      She’s doing AWESOME!

      Lol the only thing you can do in that situation is not panic and think of a solution lol

      Sounds like a great Easter!

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  • Jessie

    I can’t wait for your post on the shelves!

    I’m always in the back too.

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  • Kristin

    I love the colors of your wall! What is it called?

    Reply to Kristin
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Kristin! I like it, but it tends to look yellow in the evenings for some reason! I’m thinking about going lighter.

      The color came with the house, so I have no idea what it’s called!

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  • Anne

    This post came up in my Google feed. It’s scary how it knows how to match our interests so we see things we relate to, almost too much. Anyway, you remind me a lot of myself, and I have a blog on WordPress that talks a lot about herbalism since I am studying it & reflecting on my journey. Take a look if you get a chance: aspiringherbalist@wordpress.com
    Love your way of eating and habits!! Very balanced and so full of scrumptious foods ๐Ÿ˜Š. ~Anne๐ŸŒป

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    Okay so first… The carrot cake was SO GOOD. It was seriously one of the yummiest I’ve ever had! I’m so addicted. And I’m so glad that you tried the Daiya Cheesecake because I wasn’t sure it’d be good since their cheese can have that off flavor (but I still need to try the pizza since I hear it’s way better on that). I’ll be buying one next shopping trip!
    I’m definitely an in the front person in classes haha. I really have a hard time with form since I favor my right side so hard, so being in front of the mirror helps me with that!
    My entire life is one big DIY fail haha. I always have grand plans of DIY projects and the turn into big fat Pinterest fails. I think my worst one was when my friend and I made those amazing ornament wreaths and it took HOURS and turned out so good… And then I dropped it! I seriously almost cried. Christmas explosion in my face!
    Easter was perfect and now I’m so excited that spring is happening. I love this season! We’re going to start our garden soon but I love the idea of having a little herb garden inside too!
    Happy Monday!

    Reply to Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Susie!

      I’m so happy to hear that you loved the carrot cake! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am not a fan of their cream cheese! BUT THEIR CHEEZECAKE AND PIZZA IS AMAZING!!!!!!!

      Luckily my gym has the mirrors on the sides in the back!

      lol oh no!!!!!! but that is seriously something I would do! I actually dropped the carrot cake after taking photos it, but luckily caught it before it hit the ground and I pieced it back together. lol

      Have a great week!

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  • Stephanie M.

    Great post! I hope to be able to do yoga soon. In graduate school it’s tough to find the time, and money, so I hope once I graduate to be able to pay for classes again. It’s not the same as doing a YouTube one at home! Also, are you wearing a ring on your ring finger in the post with your glasses/coffee mug?!

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  • Brooklyn

    I love your little herb garden so much! I live on the 11th floor of my apartment. I want to have a little balcony garden so much but the birds (crows, pigeons and seagulls) have destroyed all of my neighbors balcony gardens so far. One day ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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  • Olivia

    I’ve been meaning to try making my own Green Goddess dressing but who really has time for that! I’ll have to check out the Organic Girl brand, sounds way easier! Also I’m very intrigued by your superfoods mix! Do you have post all about that? As always, I love keeping up with your blog!

    Reply to Olivia
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I may try to do the herb goddess once my basil grows out! But it’s sooooooooo gooooood!!!

      I don’t have a post on it, but if you click the link where I mention it, they have all the details on their website!

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  • Heather

    Might I suggest you do a workout legging review? You recently bought a pair of lululemon leggings and I would love to know details about if they are squat-proof, if they show sweat easily, and if they have washed well. You wear a lot of workout gear so it would be great to know your recent favorites and if some items are worth the splurge.

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  • Amber

    I can’t wait until it gets warmer here in NY so I can start my garden! BTW those smoothie bowls look so amazing!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Katie

    Thank you for always posting your salads! They are so inspiring to try and incorporate more salads and veggies into our weekly meal planning. I love your cactus mug – where is it from?

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  • Lindsey

    Why are your recap posts so relaxing?! My Monday got off to a super late start and now I am really relaxed andrady for the rest of my day!

    This post has made me consider giving yoga another shot. I just found out there is a yoga studio in my town and I think it might really benefit me! I can’t wait to see how your herb shelves turn out!! The pots are too cute.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Lindsey!

      Awwww that just made me smile! ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel like writing them is relaxing.

      I did yoga on and off for a while, but now I’m really diving into it since my gym is offering so many classes with new instructors. I think it’s one of those things where you really have to let yourself be comfortable with it and give it a chance. It’s easy to do it one time and never go back.

      And thanks so much for reading!

      Have a wonderful & relaxing week!

      Taralynn

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  • Galie

    Your house is the cutest!

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  • Kelsey Weissner

    Hey Taralynn, hope you had a good Easter! Question–does your mom still make an Easter basket for you? Iโ€™m going 28 years strong with the basket haha! My Easter was bittersweet. My grandpa is very sick in the hospital so I visited him for a few hours, then I had dinner with my boyfriendโ€™s family. Iโ€™m seeing my parents tonight to do a little belated Easter dinner. I love your herb shelf idea! Whatโ€™s your favorite fresh herb? I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever had a DIY fail as I donโ€™t do it myself too much, but I also have a handy dad who can help me if I do fail lol. Iโ€™m more of a middle row kinda girl during classes. Definitely not front and center, but close enough so that I can easily see what moves to do lol.

    I hope you have a nice week! xo Kelsey

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kelsey!

      My mom has always done the Easter baskets! This year was a lot calmer because of her surgery, so we will go all out for Easter next year! I did get her a big pot of flowers for her porch ๐Ÿ™‚

      I will keep your grandpa in my prayers!

      My favorite herb is definitely oregano! I LOVE IT!

      Lol you’re more daring than I am! ๐Ÿ˜€

      xo

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  • Krista

    Love Gardein!! We get their “meatballs” more than anything, but it’s about time we have some burgers ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We actually didn’t get to celebrate Easter this year. My fiance and I dog sat for family this weekend, so with one adult dog and one still a puppy, we didn’t sleep much, ended up coming down with something, and drove back home yesterday. Hoping to feel better this week back in our house! When I was growing up though, we always had brunch at my grandma’s house with pierogies, kielbasa (kolbasi, as her parents, who were Polish immigrants, called it), dyed eggs, hot cross buns, and a few other things, so we DID have pierogies last night in the air fryer with applesauce– does that count? ๐Ÿ˜›

    I almost always choose a back spot in fitness classes. I find it’s easier to focus, even though I know everyone in the class is just there to do their best!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Krista!

      I used to put their meat crumbles in my chili recipes!

      Dogs are a lot of work, especially puppies lol

      I hope you are feeling better as well! Sounds like you guys had a good Easter growing up!! Lol and anything last night totally counts! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Youre 100% right!

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  • Kimberly

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  • Meghan

    I wish I had a green thumb, your garden sounds/looks so cute! I also would have been panicking if I hit a drain line and didn’t have my dad there, I always have to at least talk to him before I start a project and get his advice haha (he lives 2 hours away so sometimes he can’t come help, but always has good advice and deals with my million phone calls ha). I haven’t had too many DIY fails because I haven’t done that much only living in an apartment, but last summer I tried repainting this cute little side table and I wanted to stencil flowers on top. Well, I didn’t tape the stencils down tight enough so there was tons of overspray plus I pulled them off before the paint was fully dry so it ended up smearing and I sprayed it too thick, so even when I tried to respray the top a solid color you could see the smudgy outlines of the flowers haha. Hope you had a great Easter!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Meghan!

      Omg the garden is SO EASY! You definitely don’t need a green thumb! You’ll be able to do it when I post the tutorial!

      Hahahah yeah, that was a bit freaky and i’m so lucky it wasn’t anything extreme!

      Hahahaha sounds like something I would have done. You get an A for effort! ๐Ÿ˜€

      xo

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  • Jen

    I am 100% with you on getting to class early to find a spot in the back! Glad I’m not alone on that one!!

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    Are you still self-conscious when you go to yoga classes? I know that you said that you aren’t anymore, but you still go to the back of the yoga class? Or do you go there just because it’s your favorite spot? ๐Ÿ™‚ sounds like nowadays workout routine consist of yoga and walking. Is that all?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol being in the back is really just so I can copy other people when I have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing.

      That is pretty much what I do but now and then I’ll do a circuit, hike, and go for a three-mile run.

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Awww, I find it so cute that the little girls next door helped you with your garden! โค๏ธโค๏ธ How adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

    All my DIYs end up complete fails – well, most of them do, anyway! I’ll just have to admit I’m not very crafty, haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Charmaine!

      They are pretty cute little girls! Glad I could entertain them lol Ahhh I’m sure they arent as bad as yu think!! xo You are crafty! Look at your photography! Don’t be so hard on yourself ๐Ÿ˜€

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