Reflecting on the Week

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Have you ever been extremely tired, however you just don’t feel like going to bed? That is me tonight. I have heavy eyes that are fighting to stay open, but I’d rather sit here and blog while watching my movies. Most likely I won’t make it through his post and I’ll have to finish it in the morning

That didn’t take long. I was out right after that paragraph.


First off, I am pumped up today! It’s IOWA GAME DAY! I’ve already put on my Hawkeye shirt.:)

Since it’sย Saturday, I wanted to reflect back on my week and share some things that I did, ate, and loved!

^ Tuesday Morning Breakfast: Energize toast with almond butter and jelly, blueberries, strawberries,

Tuesday night I went to cross fit with Nick, and then we had chipotle for dinner. I usually get their salads topped with half and half chicken and steak, a little bit of cheese, black beans, corn, and a little bit of brown rice.

I finally got the feeling back in my legs. That workout was tough, but I liked it and can’t wait to do more.

The middle wrap is a whole grain flatout wrap with lettuce, avocado, mustard, turkey, and mozzarella.

PPicMonkey Collage

My life was filled with puppies this week. I was in dog heaven!

Grumples had a checkup on Wednesday for his ear and everything is good! He is prone toย infections because he has the floppy ears.

PicMonkey Collage

Tino, Chip, Grumples, and Rudy!

Nick and I went to Wes’s house for the first college football game on Thursday night. Wes is a huge foodie and always makes unique meals. Thursday he made brats topped with pickled onions and cucumbers, spring mix lettuce, dijon mustard, and a jalapeรฑoย jelly. I’m not a huge brat person (or hotdog person) but I did have a bite of Nick’s to try it. It was pretty freaking good.


Orange ginger Siggi’s yogurt is something I’m LOVIN’ lately! I love anything ginger. I love the chunks of ginger and oranges in this yogurt.


I mixed in some of those chocolate covered chia seeds, Nature valley oats, and some cinnamon roasted chickpeas.


Check out that dirty face. I had to clean all my sheets yesterday because grumples decided to hide his bone in the dirty rocks. I tried to scrub it out and give him a bath but it’s all stained. He gets groomed next week, thank goodness!


The nylabones are the only toys to keep them preoccupied.


These two are non-stop!


And out of all the places they could ย have picked to chew their bones…it had to be my bed.


In order for me to get into the mood to study, I need to be relaxed. So I put a playlist on spotify, turned the lamps on and burned a pumpkin spice scentsy.


I also made coffee!


Later in the afternoon, my canvas arrived! I ordered a couple last week and then ordered more this week! I should have more coming soon.


I had to hang them up immediately. I grabbed the nails and a rusty old hammer!


The first photo is the shot I took a couple weeks ago after having dinner at the Garden Cafe.ย 


The second shot is the photo I took in Maine at a coffee shop in Ogunquit.


While I was cleaning some of the storage room, I found this painting I did when I lived in Chicago! It doesn’t match anything I have, so I may give it away.


After cleaning, doing laundry, studying, and walking the dogs, I made a banana mango raspberry flaxseed smoothie!

It had almond milk, ice, frozen mango, frozen raspberries, a frozen banana, 1 packet stevia, and ground flaxseeds.


I also made those outrageously delicious brownies yesterday; it’sย the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe. I was planning on making them Thursday, but Charlotte traffic put a hold on them. I’ll be bringing these out for the games today!

What are you guys doing this weekend?


Don’t forget to check out the new items and the new web design!ย 


  • Jordan

    love you

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  • Megan

    I LOVE that painting! I remember when you first did it! I screen shot it and put it as my background on my ipad a long time ago! The colors are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Brittany

    Hi! I was wondering what kind of turkey your use for wraps like above or sandwiches. Lunch meat turkey is one of my favorite things but I know it’s not the best thing for me to be eating all the time so looking for an alternative. Do you use lunch meat or slice your own fresh?

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  • Katie

    Just curious what your going to school for? Love your blogs!!!!

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  • b

    ahh the talk about the scented candle, coffee, and relaxing music really soothed me. tara your writing really makes me want to try all kinds of things

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  • Lauren

    I have been following your blog for 4 years now Taralynn, and I look forward to new posts all the time!

    I remember when you first posted that painting you did. I wanted to buy it all those years ago, and I am still interested!

    I have a question about this post: Where do you get your canvas prints done? I’ve been looking for somewhere that can do them properly, and yours turned out amazing!

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  • Selene

    The wall pictures are amazing!

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  • Melanie

    Siggi’s orange ginger yogurt is the BEST! And cinnamon roasted chickpeas?! Those sound amazing!
    Your artwork looks beautiful btw!

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  • Zully Hernandez

    Your hammer reminds me of mine lol – but hey they still do the job! I’ve got to try that brownie recipe soon.

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  • Linda B

    Keep your artwork…In 20,30 years , you will happy that you did. I’m happy I kept a lot of mine.

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    Schools starting soon and I have to hit the sack earlier and get used to sleeping earlier and waking earlier. ๐Ÿ™‚ happy long weekend!

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  • Caitlin

    Those portraits! Amazing! Definitely went out and bought that ginger Siggi’s today after seeing your post. Can’t wait to try it, it sounds divine, thanks! I’m loving everything ginger…have you had the KIND Cashew Ginger Spice bars? AMAZING.

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  • Angela

    Sounds like an amazing week! All of the food looks amazing, and your canvases are absolutely beautiful! I have also been having the same problem with not getting to bed on time… I will be physically exhausted, but my mind won’t let me go to sleep!

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  • Kelly

    Be careful with the Nyla bones, my pit bull broke his canine tooth in half chewing one ๐Ÿ™

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  • Robyn

    You should sell that painting in your shop. It’s beautiful! I would totally buy it!!

    Reply to Robyn

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