Oh My Mint

Morning!

How was everyone’s weekend? Pretty peachy over here :)

Yesterday morning I had a change in plans, client-wise- and thusly, running-wise, and all of the sudden I was getting ready for a 6.5 mile run.

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As I mentioned earlier, my next race in the Frank Lloyd Wright 10k in Oak Park. My goal for time is around a 9:00 minute mile, but I actually might need to revise it, because today I finished 6.5 miles with an average pace of 9:02…and it was somewhat hilly!

1 – 9:23

2 – 9:03

3 – 9:05

4 – 8:55

5 – 9:01

6 – 9:03

6-6.4 – 8:14

Whoop whoop! I think now my goal will be around an 8:45 min mile.

After stretching and showering, my muscles were craving some protein + carbs. My favorite post-run fuel is smoothies – and lately, of the chocolate + spinach variety using Chocolate Vega Shake and Go protein powder, frozen bananas, almond milk + spinach. Today, however, I was out of spinach (*gasp*) so I got creative…

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this is some mint from my flower bed. But it’s not just any mint…it’s a chocolate mint plant!

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Oh…my…mint, this warps a smoothie from an 8 to a 10. A hard 10!!! (She’s Out of My League, anyone?) I sprinkled some Trader Joe’s Pecan Praline granola on top for some crunch – yum!

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However, I still maintain that Ezekiel granola is hands down the best granola to top smoothies.

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Perfect post-run fuel!

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Saturday Shane and I drove up to the Chicagoland area to visit a few of our favorite stores. Actually, this was “the main reason” we took the 1 hr 45 minute drive up:

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but stops were also taken here:

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and here:IMG_0303

Shane was almost as excited as I was…

 

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Haha

We also made the obligatory stop at the WF cafe for some lunch. I basically got every vegetarian option available, in a paper basket.

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They weren’t exactly on the way, but the husband knows how much I crave Whole Foods and Lululemon. Maaaajor haulage ensued. Poor wallet, heh heh :) But it’d been a while since I’ve been to either to be fair. ;)

Anyway, back to the “main reason” for the mini roadtrip. A while back, if you remember, I left the house in a fury and broke a few things in my path of destruction. It left our entry way bare. Finally, FINALLY we got a replacement that Shane “didn’t need any help with” ;) putting together. One hour later…

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He got it!

 

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We also got two square, woven baskets to put in two cubbie holes, and a cat to put…wait a second!

 

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LOL. This is Clarabelle’s favorite new hang out spot. No loitering in the cubbie holes, Ceeb! :-P

We also got some new flatware and dishes:

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I’m guessing I totally butchered the correct way to place these (sorry, Sabrina!! ;) )

Don’t they look good with food in them?

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Chipotle vegetarian burrito bowl was the way to go after a day of driving ;)

The dishes we had previously were from my college years, so I’d say we were due for a new set ;)

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Well I’m off to train a couple clients (a new one today :D ) and get my workout on. Catch ya’ll later!

What’s your favorite home furnishing store? I love IKEA, but Crate and Barrel probably takes the cake. And can you believe I’ve never bought anything from William Sonoma? The closest one is two hours away, and we just haven’t happened to buy anything from there! It feels like WS is very popular in the blog world.

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Comments

  1. Anne @ a daily slice says:

    Look at those splits!! Awesome job lady :) I love Ikea too–that’s really been the only thing we can afford right now!!

    Williams and Sonoma has some beautiful things, but super pricey. I always have to go in and look anyway…

  2. Laura (B Foxy Fitness) says:

    Girrrrrl, I <3 <3 <3 IKEA! Being in that store is dangerous for my wallet! Target comes in a close second for my home furnishing store of choice. Everything's cheap and easy to assemble.

    That 2×2 cube is chic! So it was buy one item, get one free cat at IKEA today? ;)

    Chocolate mint smoothie with chocolate AND chocolate mint?!?! OMG…it looks divine!

  3. Oh Ikea! I swear… I sometimes get lost in that store when I go! And yea for Whole Foods! I love how excited I can get about a grocery store…

  4. Love the new kitty holder:) My dad used to grow chocolate mint too, so good!
    I have to drive 2 hours to civilization too. Oh Whole Foods why can’t you be everywhere!

  5. I love William Sonoma but it can be really hard on my wallet! Everytime I turn around , in the store, I see some amazing thing I didn’t know I needed.

  6. Chocolate mint plants exist? You learn something new everyday.

  7. Haha, I love how Clarabelle has already set up shop on the new furniture :)

    The mint smoothie sounds so fabulous!

  8. WAIT- Ezekial makes granola?? How do I not know about this!?! Your cat is adorable! Glad you got your Chicago shopping fix. ;)

  9. Ohhh, what a gorgeous kitty!! Is she a Maine Coon (or part Maine Coon)?? We have two coonies!
    Great blog – I will be subscribing!

  10. Sounds like the perfect shopping trip! Great run, too…you will be awesome for that 10K!

  11. haha YES shes out of my leauge–funny movie! and omg I visited lulu this weekend too, I really cannot walk out of that store without buying anything its SO bad, I should have never walked in! but I love it oh so much!

  12. I never heard of a chocolate mint plant! I lovee chocolate mint!

    My favorite store is Williams-Sonoma. Mainly because I have a WS outlet in my town so everything there is almost affordable!

  13. ooh a few of my favorite places!! Love the cubbies – we have the 8-cubbie in our room with 4 of those baskets – LOVE THEM!

    Great run!

  14. I haven’t shopped IKEA yet, and was just thinking about that the other day. Your trip has inspired me to get up there and get shopping!

  15. Too funny that Clarabell likes the cubby!

    I love WS! Carl and I used to wonder in there all the time before we were married. We haven’t been in there as much lately but there is just something about it that is so homey :)

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