Exploring New Places, Fitting in Fitness, & Healthy Eats!

Good Morning, Everyone!

What a great week it has been. Kyle and I originally had plans to go to Ashville this weekend, but when we saw 80% chance of rain, we decided to stay home instead. Thankfully, we had gorgeous weather in Charlotte! I got a lot of stuff done around the house and started playing around with my new video camera. After I hit “publish” on this post, I’m heading over to edit the “vlogging” version of today’s recap post. I filmed so much, and I can’t wait to put it all together and start practicing my video/vlogging skills. I’ll make sure to share the link to the video once it’s done!
The cable and power are currently out with the storm passing through right now, so I’m hoping I can get this recap typed before my computer dies, and I’m hoping the power comes back before it’s time to publish. Although, I don’t mind the quiet house. The sounds from the storm are pretty relaxing, and thankfully, I made a cappuccino before the power went out. I’d say it’s a pretty cozy morning to write a recap blog. I like to think of storms as a gift from God with the reminder to slow down and ground yourself for a while.

I hope you’re ready for a long recap read today! Get your coffee ready 😊
After finishing up my recap post and a couple other important tasks on Monday, I headed out for a two-hour bike ride at the Riverwalk. The weather was too perfect outside to just stay inside, or go to the gym. I needed to be out in it.

Monday’s breakfast consisted of sweet potatoes, kale chicken sausage, 1 egg + 4 egg white omelet, and taco-inspired hummus. I also traded in my black coffee for a creamy cappuccino made with Dharkan Nespresso pods and New Barn barista-style almond milk. 
I stopped to pick up some lemons and cucumber for a green juice on my way home from the grocery store and grabbed this bag of Field Trip cracked pepper turkey jerky near the checkout line. I was so hungry after the bike ride and needed a protein snack for the ride home. It was really good, and less expensive compared to other brands. 
I got so lucky on Monday because as soon as I got home, it started to storm badly. I’ve been caught in the rain on a bike ride before, and it’s not pretty. I was craving this green juice the entire time I was out riding. I was so excited to break out the juicer and enjoy this refreshing combo! I love going to juice bars, but I feel like they can never make them the way I like. They are either too sweet or too bitter. I call this the “Goldilocks green juice” because it’s “just right.” It’s sweet, spicy, and has the right amount of savory.

Goldilocks Green Juice has 2 large cucumbers, 2 lemons (with zest), 1 lime, 4 inches + of ginger, 3 celery sticks, 1 small Honeycrisp apples, 3 cups kale, 2 cups spinach, and one medium grapefruit. Sometimes, I’ll add in a couple of carrots instead of the grapefruit. When I’m done, I’ll pour in 1/2 cup ice cold water through the juicer to pick up any extra juice/flavor. I’ll usually run the water through with the ginger. 
Later in the evening, I had a delicious salad while watching The Bachelorette.

I tossed purple kale and arugula with Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (still my favorite right now) and topped the salad with grilled chicken, blackberries, cashews, and fresh avocado slices. 
I decided to do some deep cleaning downstairs on Tuesday morning after I finished up some blog work. When I do deep cleaning, I literally empty out closets and reorganize them, steam clean the rugs and couch, mop the floors and floorboards, take everything out of the fridge and power clean the kitchen, declutter, and keep going until there isn’t a piece of dust on anything. I get into these cleaning moods and just go all in. Cleaning is so therapeutic to me, and when I’m feeling restless, it’s the best thing for me to do.

Before I cleaned the kitchen, I made delicious lemon & blackberry protein muffins with the farm-fresh blackberries I had in the fridge. They turned out so tasty. They’re gluten & dairy free, and you can find the recipe here!

For breakfast, I had a protein smoothie with one scoop of Orgain vanilla bean plant-protein powder, almond milk, matcha powder, one banana, and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg.
I had a late lunch before hopping back on the computer to finish up some work. I had an omelet with avocado, hummus, and chicken sausage. I also had one of my blackberry muffins (not pictured.) 
When Kyle got home from work, I put my gym clothes on, and we headed to workout together. I ended up doing 45-minutes on the elliptical while listening to a Southern Charm podcast.

When I got home, I showered, made a protein smoothie for dinner, and headed to bed because I was tired! I’ll usually watch T.V. before dozing off. 
I was up bright and early to walk the dogs on Wednesday morning. I felt so well-rested. I made a cappuccino and then sat down to do some recipe blogging. 
For breakfast, I made a delicious super smoothie!

It had one frozen banana, one cup frozen blackberries, one tablespoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, one and a half cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, two scoops Orgain vanilla bean plant-protein powder, one teaspoon spirulina, one teaspoon camu powder, and topped with creamy organic creamy peanut butter and chia seeds!
For lunch, I had eggs scrambled with rice and sweet potatoes, hummus, avocados, and cashews. I love making random combos like this because they always turn out so delicious. I was so excited for my Thrive Market box to come on Wednesday! I don’t know why it took me so long to jump on the Thrive Market bandwagon, but it’s amazing. You can buy superfoods, healthy baking ingredients, your favorite products, and more at inexpensive prices. It’s like the Amazon of Whole Foods. When you sign up, you get 25% off your first order, and 20% off the next three orders! I love that they have my favorite protein powder, other superfoods I add to my smoothies, and other baking goods that I use frequently. The Thrive Market brand also has some great snacks, and it’s fun way to learn about new products on the market. 
This week’s haul! *Apple Pie PaleoNola (ommmmg so good) *Vanilla Cinnamon Grain Free Granola *Coconut Wraps *Brown Rice Cakes *Fresh-Roasted Coffee Beans (can’t wait to try these out) *Sesame Tahini *Peanut Butter *Organic Coconut Milk *Shredded Coconut *Protein Powder
Another one of my favorite online spots is Brandless! You’re going to LOVE this one…

EVERYTHING on the site is no more than $3.00! It’s a great place for snacks, spices, nuts, chips, candy, baking goods, cleaning supplies, and more! We are OBSESSED with Brandless 😃 We have been buying a ton of nuts and nut butter for our energy bites. 
On Wednesday night, I headed to the gym with Kyle for another date with the elliptical. I did 40-minutes at an incline while listening to another podcast. After showering off and getting ready for bed, Kyle and I watched another episode of Sharp Objects. The show is so good, but dark. It’s helping us fill the Handmaids hole since we’ll have to probably wait another year for more episodes.
After walking the dogs and working in the morning, I made a vegetable omelet and had an arugula salad on the side. I did step by step photos for the omelet for an upcoming blog. I find it funny that I get asked how I make my omelets a lot! So, why not a post designated to one? 😉 
Around noon, I had a blackberry lemon protein muffin and delicious shake for lunch.

My shake had one tablespoon ground ginger, one teaspoon spirulina, one teaspoon matcha powder, two scoops Orgain vanilla bean plant-protein powder, unsweetened cashew milk, frozen peaches, and ice.
I did a little meal prep after coming back from visiting my dad in the afternoon.

I prepared ingredients so I could have taco salads/scrambles for a few days! That’ll also be in an upcoming post 😃

Kyle and I took the boys for a long dog walk on Thursday night, and just relaxed. I watched the Southern Charm reunion show part one before bed. No shame in my reality show obsession. 
I was up at 6 am on Friday morning. I made a quick little shake with cashew milk, frozen blackberries, and one scoop of Orgain vanilla bean plant-protein powder before Kyle and I walked the dogs. We usually do about a mile and a half in the morning before he goes into work. Sometimes I’ll beat him to it if I’m too impatient for my morning coffee. 
For breakfast, I had a scramble with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, cashews, and avocados on the side. I’ve been adding cashews to my eggs lately, and it’s such a game changer. It adds a salty crunch, and I love it! The best thing I’ve had all week was the Sriracha cashews from Thrive Market. They were so good that we ate them in a day! They would be great on a salad or egg scramble.
For lunch, I had one cup of unsweetened SoDelicious coconut milk yogurt with chocolate Orgain fudge brownie protein powder, Vanilla Cinnamon Grain Free Granola, and cashews on top! Yum! This is a great low-sugar, high-protein, and low-carb way to treat your sweet tooth.
For dinner, I had a taco salad filled with ground turkey taco meat, white beans, bell peppers, onions, guacamole, shredded lettuce, and salsa. I ended up eating like five cups of shredded lettuce, and I was stuffed! Big salads are my favorite 😊
Kyle and I headed to the tennis courts to play with my parent’s on Friday night. I was still stuffed from dinner, so I thought tennis would be a good way to de-bloat. Note to self *don’t eat so much lettuce…bleh
We played for a good two hours! I put a little video together and linked it below 😀 🎾  I’ve had so many people ask if I could do a video from our little tennis matches.

We were just playing for fun with my parents. I’ll try to sneak video of my Saturday matches with the group next time 😂 (videoing strangers make me feel like a creep.) 
I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning because I was so excited to see Becca’s new house! She just moved a week ago, and I’m so happy for her. After walking the dogs, I had a piece of toast with jam from the farmers market and then had a cup of coffee before heading allllll the way out to the countryside. I’m sad that Becca and I now live 50-minutes away from each other, but we still plan on seeing each other as much as we can. We were talking about the days when we were literally ten minutes from one another, and it makes me sad 😔

The upside of her move? Exploring new areas! 
After falling in love with Becca’s new house and getting the tour, we headed to the Farmer’s market. 
We were both so hungry around 11, so we decided to stop in the Stone Table for breakfast. We were walking around Monroe’s downtown and saw how cute it looked. I don’t know why I haven’t heard of this place before, but I think I’ve found a new favorite gem outside of Charlotte. 
I can’t wait to show you the video footage of this place! It was exactly what we were looking for 😊 They had healthy farm-fresh food, pressed juices, french press coffee, and a super healthy menu. The place was adorable inside, rustic, open, and tons of seating.

The staff was so friendly and helpful 😊  I ordered a velvet juice and it was filled with ginger! It even had beets (i hate beets) but tasted really good! I ordered the EVOO sandwich with extra kale instead of the bread. The eggs were cooked to perfection, the avocados and kale were so fresh, and I had to stop myself from ordering the same meal to go! I loved this place, and I can’t wait to take Kyle here. And the coffee? HEAVEN. Becca ordered the cheddar housemade chicken sausage sandwich and said it was amazing. I just want to go back like NOW!

If you’re looking for a cute little town to explore, head to Monroe. It’s quiet, but they have a lot of great local business to enjoy! 
We walked around a few boutiques and stopped to take some cool photos of the town.
I decided to pick up some fresh donuts from Your Mom’s Donuts! Never a bad idea to keep frozen donuts in your house 😃
This little donut shop was so cute! We ended up grabbing the only donuts they had left. 
Hello, birthday sprinkles! 
Why are donuts so dang good?
We grabbed the chocolate glazed donuts, glazed stuffed cookie dough donut, and birthday sprinkles! 
I got home around 2 pm and had a slice of bread with guacamole before heading to the mall with Kyle. I spent an hour and a half just walking around trying on dresses with no intention of buying anything while he was getting a couple custom suits designed for work (he fancy….) I did buy a t-shirt for $10 at Jcrew because I loved the color. I really don’t need more t-shirts 😂 
We stopped at Whole Foods on the way home to pick up some groceries for Kyle’s meal prep, and to keep a few of our other favorites in the house.

For dinner, I had romaine lettuce with chicken salad on top, roasted vegetables, white beans, guacamole, broccoli salad, and meat from the Whole Food’s hot bar. 
After dinner, we headed up the road to take our boys for a walk at the lake park near my house. It was a gorgeous night! I haven’t been able to complain too much about the southern heat this year. Maybe I’m just becoming immune to it all. 
I’ve been thinking about getting a kayak. If any of you have recommendations on which one to get, let me know! This lake is so close to my house, and it would be a blast to come out here in the mornings and kayak. 
When we got back, Kyle asked if I could make him more of the chocolate hazelnut protein balls, so I quickly whipped some up. It takes like ten minutes to make these! They really are so good. I’ll have the video of the process up with my recap vlog 😊
After the Sunday morning dog walk, I made a delicious breakfast. I had one egg + three egg whites with leftover taco turkey, chicken salad, guacamole, and sauteed veggies, and beans. 
We were heading to my parent’s house later in the morning to hang out with them and celebrate Grumple’s 7th birthday so I decided to whip up a doggy birthday cake. I just grabbed three dog-friendly ingredients that I thought would work, and it turns out that it did! I couldn’t believe I pulled this off! We actually tried it too, and it was good. The tutorial will also be in my upcoming video! (UPDATE! IT’S BELOW 😃  )t’s so much cheaper to make your dogs a cake than buy them at the store! Plus, it’s better to know what’s going into them.


Look how cute it is!!!!  I think they loved it 💙 I can’t wait to upload the video of them and this cake! 
The boys are always happy when they’re at their grandparent’s house. 
We ended up playing bags and drinking Kombucha in the backyard. This Good Ol’ Ginger Lenny Boy is my FAVE!!

We got home around two. I made a rice cake with creamy peanut butter, banana slices, and had a cappuccino on the side. I was SO tired and needed my afternoon pick-me-up. 
I didn’t plan on going to the gym Sunday afternoon, but when Kyle mentioned it, I thought it would be a good idea. Working out gives me a boost of energy, and I needed something in order for me to keep going the rest of the day.

I didn’t go into the gym with a plan, but I ended up doing a great treadmill workout!

Walk 1 minute (5+ incline)
Jog 1 minutes (3 incline)
Spring 30 seconds (2 incline)
Jog 2 minutes (no incline)

And repeated this for four miles. Sometimes I’d sprint longer when I was feeling it, or jog longer. If I’m going to be on a treadmill, I need to do intervals, or I get bored. This made the time fly by! When I got home, I made a protein shake before jumping in the shower. It had two scoops of Orgain vanilla bean plant-protein powder, half cup of frozen tropical fruit, and one cup of unsweetened almond milk.

After showering off, I helped Kyle knock out his meal prep for the week. He also grilled up some chicken for us for dinner. 
I had sugar snap peas sauteed in sesame oil, grilled chicken with Organic Girl Herb Goddess dressing, purple kale tossed in Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, and then topped with guacamole, tomatoes, beans, and onions.

After dinner, Kyle and I took the boys for a walk, and then I headed upstairs to watch Shark Week and work on my recap post before falling asleep.

Questions for you!

  1. What is one place you always order online from?
  2. What VLOG would you like to see from me?
  3. Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday?

Comments

  • Lee

    OMG. BRANDLESS! Whaaaa?? I am going crazy on their site right now!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  • Caren

    I just poured my coffee, read your blog, and now feel inspired to enjoy the small things!

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  • Sara

    Cute post! Thank you for your recaps. They always make me happy during the day!

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  • Jenna

    I always order online from Amazon… dog food, food prep containers, silicone straws, you name it!

    I want to see a tour of your kitchen/pantry!

    Of course I celebrate my pets’ birthdays. I have a dog and two cats. Actually my cats birthdays are next week!

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  • Sam

    I would love to see a vlog on your must haves from Whole Foods, Thrive, Brandless… wherever you shop and what you need to keep in the house!

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  • Heather

    I’m still trying to fill the Handmaid’s hole right now and can’t find anything! That finale tho!!

    Reply to Heather
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol it makes me mad everytime I watch!! But I totally get it. My mom said if I was a mom, I’d do the same as her, and she’s probably right! Start sharp objects or Marcella!

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  • Katie Meshko

    Oh my gosh.. so much goodness in one post!!! Where do I even start?! Oh I know, how about Grumples Birthday celebration.. I died. Thats the cutest thing EVER. All of the food looks so delicious – especially that green juice! I’ve been trying to add more greens into my diet so I love that. I’ve also been wanting to try Brandless but havent yet for some reason.. maybe I will now! I cant wait to see your vlog! XO

    Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

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  • Kristin

    Can you share the shirt that you bought? You are always dressed so cute!

    Reply to Kristin
    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’s the blue one I’m wearing in the photo with Leo! I can’t find it on their site, but I’ll grab it once it’s out of the laundry to check the tag! 😀

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  • Annie

    Which podcast are you listening to? I love anything Bravo related.

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  • Beth

    I would love to know more about the deck and patio furniture you and your dad built! We just bought our first house in February of this year and it has a tinsy tiny screened in patio. We hope to knock down the walls and expand the patio with decking, and would love to know more about how you guys DIY’ed it!

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  • Tiffany Harris

    1.I love to order off Poshmark a lot and amazon of course. Bargin shopper.

    2. Just an Everyday life of Taralynn or your puppies of course.

    3. Yes I sure do. I have a goldendoodle named Lady (Disney Obsessed) and her birthday is August 15 she is turning 2 so I will definitely be making her a puppy cake. Love the idea.

    Random question: where are your stripped shoes from? They are super cute.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Great bargains there!!

      awww I’m doing a video like that right now!!

      Happy birthday, Lady!! (ill have the recipe up soon)

      They’re like three years old! From bass and co outlet!

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  • Anna

    how do you steam clean your rugs over the hardwood floor?? I have always been afraid to try.

    Reply to Anna
    • Taralynn McNitt

      My steamer isn’t giant, it’s more like an “area” steamer, so it’s not as strong! The rug is pretty thick so I usually just spot treat it and then go over it with the carpet shampooer.

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  • Sarah

    The place I order from the most is probably amazon prime. Its getting absurd where I will order stuff like paper towels just to save a trip to the store when life gets busy. For kayaks I would say look into inflatable ones. The two I have are very heavy duty (you can go over rocks and rapids and be fine) but they are super easy to travel and store since they fold up nicely. LOVE Grumples b day pictures

    Reply to Sarah
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahaha, I get all my toiletry on Amazon as well. It’s actually on subscription mode 😂

      I’ve never heard of inflatable ones! I’ll look into it!!

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  • Kelsey W.

    I love ordering from Chewy! I always get my stuff the next day even with standard shipping and they send me a hand written Christmas card each year! Amazon has been my other go-to over the years, but they’ve been slipping lately–2-day Prime shipping takes 4-5 days and they’ve increased the membership fee! Definitely in the market for more reliable sites so I will check out the 2 you recommend! 🙂 I hope you have a great week! xo Kelsey

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Omg, I’m going to have to a Chewy order. Everyone is talking about it, and now I feel like I’m missing out!

      xo xo

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      • Cass

        Chewy is AHHHMazing! My pup takes join supplements daily and they are $20 cheaper on Chewy than they are at any vet’s office. His food is $10 cheaper as well; plus free delivery! So I save $30 a month plus it gets delivered to my door in 1-2 days and I don’t have to go to the vet’s office and the pet store plus lug around 30lb food bags! I tell everyone to look into Chewy.com! They also mail me handwritten post cards to say “thanks”.

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          Lol i just made my first order!!!! I found the same ear cleaner I use on Grumples for $8.99 My vet usually charges like $30 for it!! so excited! Also got some toys!

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  • Brittany

    I considered getting a kayak myself but then I thought how big and heavy they can be. 9 times out of 10 I’d be loading it on and off my car solo. I knew it would be a challenge. I think ocean kayaks are open face and potentially lighter? Best advice is to shop in person to get an idea of weight.
    Ultimately, I decided against a kayak and found a new love for paddle boarding and decided to purchase that instead. They are easier for me to lift, carry. Again, shop in person where you can get an idea on length, weight. Etc.

    Reply to Brittany
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Brittany!

      I think that’s my concern too and that’s why I’m looking for one I can handle by myself. Loving everyone’s opinions because they are so helpful!

      I’ll definitely shop in person for the kayak and it seems like they’re all on sale this time of year! 🙂

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  • Jordan

    Gosh, your recaps always make me SO hungry!! Everything looks so darn tasty!
    This kind of goes along with the idea of your omelet post — but out of curiosity, what do you do with the extra egg yolks?

    I struggle with buying things online because I don’t want to deal with a hassle of returning something if it’s not what I wanted… (And I’m pretty sure I love instant gratification!) But when I do need something that I can’t find anywhere else, Amazon is my go-to.

    Maybe a behind-the-scenes look of your set-up & photos of your recipe development for a VLOG? I’m always curious as to how that works.

    I don’t really celebrate my Charlie’s birthday – he was a humane society cat, so it’s hard to actually “know” it. But I do have him celebrate the major holidays with us — for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas he usually gets some additional wet food (that he loves!) and a new toy. When your pets are like your children, that’s just what you do, right? 🙂

    Reply to Jordan
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jordan!

      Thank you 😉 I’ll usually buy liquid egg whites, or fry them up in a separate pan to keep in the fridge as dog treats.

      Yeah, sending things back is a pain in the butt, but so is going to a store lol (humans these days 😂)

      That would be pretty cool!

      I love that! It’s funny because animals have no idea what’s going on, but they’re all for it! And I agree, my pets are basically my children!

      Have a great week, Jordan!

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  • Lacey

    I can’t wait for all of your videos!!!!

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  • Angie Cooper

    Love the tennis video and your parents are so stinkin’ cute!

    Looks like Becca moved to my neck of the woods (Union County) and I work only a block away from downtown Monroe. Y’all found two of our best keep secrets, good fresh food and yummy doughnuts!!

    I’m sure your VLOG choices will be just as interesting and informative as all your posts, so VLOG away!!

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  • Jen

    1. What is one place you always order online from?

    My go-to site is Amazon, but I am excited to check out Brandless! That sounds amazing.

    2. What VLOG would you like to see from me?

    How about a skincare/makeup routine?

    3. Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday?

    Nooooot really. My one cat’s birthday is my birthday (as far as we know anyway) and our other just turned 15! I feel like every day is a celebration for her now that she’s made it this far (she still acts like a kitten and is feeling fine). They’re pretty spoiled as is, so a birthday would be just another day in the life 🙂

    Reply to Jen
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jen!

      I’m excited for you to check it out as well! It’s definitely a game changer.

      That would be great! I have the go-to products I’ve used for my entire adulthood! Thanks for the idea!

      Lol that is funny! Yes, cats are so cute, and hard not to spoil every day! xo

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  • Lauren

    What Southern Charm podcast do you listen to? I can’t get enough of that show!

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  • Amanda

    OMG thank you so much for introducing Brandless! I was considering getting a thrive membership again but this is so much better! I love that they are making natural products accessible to everyone!

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  • Nancy

    I loved this weekly recap! Monroe is so cute and that place is adorable!!! It looks like a hidden gem.

    You may have already answered this and if you have please redirect me, but do you take your photos with a camera or phone? Both?

    If so, which camera are you using and loving at the moment? In the process of looking for a new one!!

    Thank you!

    Reply to Nancy
    • Taralynn McNitt

      It really is! I have a feeling all of the empty shops in that town will be filled soon, and more life will come to the town because it’s adorable and such a gem!!

      I do both! I have like five I’ll bounce back and forth with. I shoot mostly (the nicer pics) with my cannon mark iv

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    I love exploring new spots, especially cafés (you’ll find me going to new, trendy spots frequently on my blog!). It’s nice to see you up and about seeing new things, Taralynn! 🙂 The one place I always order from online is Taobao. It’s a SUPER cheap retail site from China that stocks everything imaginable! 😀

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

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  • Rachel

    I definitely celebrate my dog’s birthday, but I’ve never made him a homemade cake before! I’ll have to do that next year. Can’t wait to see the recipe. Also, Grumples and Leo look super happy to be at their grandparents’ house!

    I’ve never had that kombucha before, but I definitely want to give it a try. I love ginger-flavored kombucha, generally.

    Also, that tennis game looked super fun!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Rachel!

      The cake making was so cheaper, fun, and it’s nice to know what actually goes into the cake! They LOVED it.

      Lenny Boy is so good and I like that it’s lower in sugar compared to other kombuchas.

      Thank you! It’s always a blast!! xo

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  • Amanda|The Kitcheneer

    First off, your parents are awesome and your mom is adorable!
    I LOVE Thrive Market and I also order from Chewy for pet supplies. They have good prices and it beats going to various stores for the same stuff.
    And as far as cute clothes: Francesca’s. I could literally spend HOURS at their store in person let alone online!

    AND YES for pet birthdays! Our kitties get extra loves and tuna “cake” with treat “sprinkles”

    Reply to Amanda|The Kitcheneer
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Amanda!

      Lol thank you! She’s definitely a character! So is my dad!

      I’ve heard of/checked out Chewy, but never followed through. I may have to give it a try!

      I love that the stores are all so unique in each location 🙂

      AWWWW love it! I grew some catnip for my brother’s cats birthdays! lol

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  • Meghan

    Looks like you had a super fun week! I always order online from Amazon, I’m a die hard Prime fan. I love the convenience of it when I’m working long hours and don’t want to make special stops for speciality items after work. If I had a pet I would definitely celebrate their birthday! Unfortunately our apartment has a no pets policy =[. Two kayak recommendations: Perception, and Old Town. They aren’t the cheapest on the market, but they last so long, have comfortable seats, and come in cool colors. I’ve had my Perception for over 10 years and it’s still in amazing condition. It’s been over countless river rocks, small rapids and sand bars and is still going strong! If a store near you ever has a demo day I definitely recommend going and trying out different lengths and styles to find what feels most comfortable. I like my 7 foot kayak because I can load and unload it myself but I know a lot of people prefer a longer one!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Meghan!

      Definitely a fun week for sure!

      Lol, I’m also a prime fan too! It’s great that I can save at Whole Foods with my prime membership now too!

      Thanks for the kayak recommendations! I’ll check those out. I appreciate the tips, because most likely I’ll be handling it by myself, so I don’t want it to be an inconvenience!

      Have a great week!

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      • Meghan

        I just realized I totally goofed on my kayak size, I have a 9 foot, not a 7 foot haha. Are you looking into roof racks at all or would you haul it around in the back of your car (or whatever you drive haha ) If you’re looking into a roof rack, Yakima racks are great and they have rollers so it’s easier to get it onto your car.

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          I have an SUV with the rack on top already, so I’ll just tie it up with the rope. I’d only be going about a half a mile up the road to the lake. Thanks for the suggestions!!

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      • Em

        I’d also recommend Perception kayaks! We’ve had our Perception Sparky models for a good 15 years and they’re still in great shape. This model is perfect for lake paddling and very stable in the water, so it’s forgiving if you’re learning (it’s what I learned in, and it’s still my favourite to paddle today). We have the shorter 7m version like Megan and it’s great because I can unload it myself. We also have an Old Town canoe that has stood the test of time, though I’ve never tried their kayaks.

        Your idea of morning paddling sounds so lovely — AND morning paddles are amazing for wildlife photography, in case you needed another reason to get one!

        I hope you find one that suits you xo

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          15 years? WOW! that’s so good to hear.

          Thank you so much for all the tips!! I’m going to look this weekend at a couple spots in Charlotte!

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