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A Tasty Little Giveaway!

by Courtney on September 21, 2010

Today’s lunch, while always tasty, isn’t really anything to get too excited over. So I figured, rather than bore you all with my “Monday Tuesday Usual,” how about we do a tasty little giveaway instead!?!

I guess you could say I’m a little giddy over the new blog layout, and I’m full of positive thoughts and energy today!

I just picked up a brand new box of granola, which immediately made me think of my favorite Granola Blondies.

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Mmmmm, these babies are SO good!!

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So do you guys want in on a batch of these lovely little gems?

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**I will giveaway one batch of my favorite homemade Granola Blondies to a lucky reader today!**

To Enter:

Let’s keep the positive energy flowin’! Leave a comment on this post telling me one positive thing about your day so far. :-D

(U.S. Residents only please – sorry my other fellow friends!)

I will randomly choose a winner and announce them tomorrow morning.

Good Luck! :)

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1 Jen September 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Positive thing about today – it is a bridal shower for a coworker and I made devils food cake cookie dough cupcakes for everyone to enjoy! Thanks to your recipe and a little spin on it :)

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2 Alison September 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I woke up early and finished some of clinical evaluation homework. I am a first year graduate student in Speech Pathology and had my first evaluations with a client yesterday; it went really well!

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3 Brynn September 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

One positive thing – I am choosing to be healthy! I am eating veggies, fresh fruits and whole grains and am going to take a walk on thes beautiful day! I’m in a funk today, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try to make the best of it by making good choices!

PS- those look amazing!

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4 Lisa September 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Good Afternoon! I love your positive engery today. My good thing for the day is I am feeling better. Change of season caught up with me this weekend but I am on the mend.

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5 Marg September 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I just heard back from a volunteer coordinator at my local school district(they’re hard to hear back from) hoping I’ll get to help out at schools soon.

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6 Jordan P September 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I have been having a fairly rough day so far, BUT I just devoured the most fantastic tuna sandwich and spicy vegetables. I feel great now, and ready to face the rest of my day!!

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7 Sarah September 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Hmm… it’s actually been a crazy day! But my positive thing is that I got to stop by my very favorite bakery (WIldflower Pastry) this morning for some breakfast… what a treat! :)

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8 Di @ http://thetreadmilldiaries.com September 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Was able to fit in a fabulous 4 mi run while taking in the fall-like weather in NE. Loved it!

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9 Lauren September 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Well, this is pretty gross, but my roommate and i have had a tiny mouse in and out of our apartment for about a month now. We’ve tried poison, steel wool and several different types of traps but the little sucker was so smart! Last night we finally caught him so needless to say i’m pretty happy the pest is gone!! It’s also a beautiful day here in NYC!

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10 Michelle September 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Today’s been great so far, I got to work on time and there was no traffic on the way!

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11 Michelle September 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I’ve been a busy bee so far today! I feel great though! I got up at 4:50 and did 45 minutes of cardio BEFORE commuting to work (which is about 1 hr and 20 min) whoot whoot! I feel like the energizer bunny :)

Have a great day!

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12 kitkat1126 September 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Last night I finally found canned pumpkin (after months of waiting for it) so this morning I got to incorporate pure pumpkin into my oatmeal. Talk about a positive start to the day!

Love the new blog layout! :)

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13 wnk505 September 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I am going to get to test out my new garmin today! The weather is beautiful here and My family is being super supportive today

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14 Erin September 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

A great positive thing about today: my mom called to tell me that she will be able to come up for my cyst removal surgery on Thursday! At first she could not come and I would be all alone for my first ever surgery since home is in Louisiana and I am in SC, but she called to say that she can! So relieved and even more anxious and comfortable going in to it! :D

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15 Amara September 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Usually I am awake and off to work before my two little boys (ages 2 and 3) are even awake. But today, I woke up a little earlier than usual and was able to have breakfast with them without having to rush out of the door. Might not seem that great to some people, but it completely made my day! Sometimes I don’t even see them until right before they go to bed. Breakfast with them was the perfect way to start my day and it put a smile on my face during my one hour commute to work. :)

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16 Ashley September 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

A great positive thing about today is I woke up extra early without an alarm and managed to do some errands before work, this will give me more time tonigh to relax!

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17 Seema September 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Hii Courtney! I recently started reading your blog and I’m a big fan of your recipes especially the pumpkin spice cupcakes :) On to my positive thing — this morning, I finished my usual routine early enough to have a sit down breakfast and enjoyed it with my mom. I actually can’t recall the last time we spent a relaxed 20 minute morning meal together and it just felt so wonderful. After I moved out of the house a few months ago, I’ve visited home a few times but each trip is always so short and hectic. This last visit was no different so I was pleasantly surprised, and really grateful for this opportunity. I haven’t lost the silly grin on my face all day :)

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18 Laura September 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I am going to go for an awesome run later, hopefully in the rain! (I live in AZ, this is a good thing here!!)

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19 jessielu September 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I finished my profile for my feature writing class and am really confident about it!

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20 Erin September 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I absolutely adore your new layout!!!

A positive thing in my day today was waking up to my little dog licking my face. She always brightens my day. :)

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21 Lauren September 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I’m going to Zumba tonight and really looking forward to burning off some steam and having fun!

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22 Shanna, like Banana September 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Love blondie brownies!

Positive thing today is that my team is leaving work early to hit up Happy Hour in Denver ;)

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23 ellaroo88 September 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I’m one day closer to being done with my first chem exam. Hair is falling out- but it’ll all be done in 24 hours

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24 Melissa September 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I just ate the most delicious honeycrisp apple that totally screamed “fall” to me. Happy happy girl over here!

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25 Liz @ LBBakes September 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Today’s an XT day on my marathon training plan, and I almost cross trained by sleeping an extra hour this am. ;) But I decided to get up and head to the gym! Woot :)

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26 Brittney September 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm

My puppy gave me lots of kisses this morning before I left for work and it always makes me smile to think of him throughout my day :)

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27 Christie September 21, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I got up extra early to get a great workout in before work!
Woohoo!

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28 Mackenzie September 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Yay Giveaways! Something positive about my day is that someone not really affiliated w/ my office came in and thanked me for the work i was doing and then right after that there was leftovers from a lunch meeting and we all got some tastey chicken ceasar salad! mm!

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29 Healthy Coconut September 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I like the header on your blog…so Sassy, just like you :)

I would love to win this giveaway, I’ve been craving some sweets lately and food always taste better when someone makes it for you.

I got good rest last night and feeling fabulous today. Even though it’s gloomy and raining outside, I’m full of sunshine today. Woohoo!!!!

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30 Courtney Keeney September 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I just had an amazing pilates workout AND got a call back for a job interview!!

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31 Diana September 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm

work is as hectic as ever but my husband is cooking dinner tonight and Glee is on!! Yes!! :)

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32 Erin September 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Today I began my graduate program to become an Elelmentary School Teacher! I currently work full time in advertising but have always had a desire to teach and I am finally doing it! Hearing about everyone going back to school is getting me so excited! 2 more years and I will be able to say the same. Any advice?

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33 Megan (Braise The Roof) September 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Courtney, I love the new layout! What a cute header! It’s sunny and 90 degrees here today and it’s putting me in a very cheery mood. They say it’s supposed to storm tonight but I don’t care because it’s sunny and warm now- I’ll take it while I can get it! :)

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34 Lauren September 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I started my morning off with a homemade banana chocolate chip muffin, it was great!

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35 Karen September 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I had my review at work today and it went FABULOUS!! We started a new program for our reviews to talk more about goals and ways to accomplish those goals…well I can’t wait to accomplish my goals for the year. Hope you have a wonderful day & those blondies look awesome!!

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36 Kristin September 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I took a practice test for the LSAT, which is in 3 weeks, this morning and did really well on it!

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37 Jen @ Jen is Green September 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Love the new look! One positive thing about today: I got my run in at Lunch when I didn’t think I would. Now I can relax when I get home! weee! :-)

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38 atastelife September 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Love the makeover. ;)
And on a positive note – I worked out this morning so it’s O-V-E-R for the day.

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39 Steph September 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Found out I didnt do as bad as I thought on my exam yesterday :)

PS – Those blondies look AMAZING!

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40 Jules September 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm

went to Starbucks this morning! one of my favorite things to do at the beginning of a crazy work day–it just makes everything much more manageable :)

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41 Courtney September 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Made it to my favorite Spin Instructor’s class this morning and sweated like a total BEAST… the banner looks beautiful btw!

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42 Lauren September 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I got an awesome email from my Aunt and Uncle in London saying they’re coming home in December for a visit! Yay!

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43 Dana September 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I went to a new group at church this morning, it was absoultely wonderful! I feel completely revived and met amazing people :)
Happy Tuesday! xo

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44 jennifer September 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I’m a new reader, love your blog. I knew today was going to be a good day when my fiance let me sleep an extra hour and walked and fed the dog. I normally don’t mind but today I need the extra rest. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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45 Rachel September 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm

One positive about the day is being able to sleep in this morning! And finding a cute card for my bf’s dad :)

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46 Amy September 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Oh come on just one. Ok, took an awesome Powerpump class today and really challanged myself to go heavier on the weights and to be right up front by the instructor so I couldn’t cheat!!!!

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47 Rachel September 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

It is my 5 year anniversary today! And, I found out I’ll be subbing for YOU on Friday :) Love you lady….and the new digs. Nice choices!

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48 Amy @ Second City Randomness September 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Rain was in the forecast all week, yet today is warm and sunny so I was able to take a break from the office over lunch and get a relaxing walk in. :) Way better than being stuck inside all day…

I looooove blondies. These look fantastic, lady!

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49 rick September 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Todays positive is helping the elderly on my mail route by carrying in their groceries for them. Good seeing you and Jay for 2 seconds last Thursday night

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50 Juliet September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I got to sleep late today and I had a great workout!

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51 Kristen D September 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

today was a very positive day for me. volunteered to reorganize the fifth grade library at a school in harlem! tired but so worth the finished project!
granola blondies can add positive notes to ANY day!

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52 Liza September 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I finally feel 100% better after battling a cold all weekend!

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53 Lindsay September 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

The one of many positive things from my day was that I got to sleep in till 11:30am this morning because I have dropped my calc 3 class that was driving me crazy!! :)

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54 Julia Roseman September 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm

i have been in the biggest autumn mood these past two weeks and have been talking incessantly about all things pumpkin and fall related :)

today, despite having a very late night preparing for a busy day, i was able to push myself to wake up for an early morning work out at the gym. i dread going to the gym and would have much preferred to run outside, but my knees were not up to par this morning. regardless, my morning has been nothing but positive energy! i have been able to fulfill all of my personal demands as well as the demands of my schedule and it feels great!

tomorrow is the official first day of autumn!! i plan on baking a few pumpkin muffins this evening to celebrate

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55 Christina September 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I woke up early and got my workout on =D Those blondies look heavenly!

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56 *Andrea* September 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

i am going to the red sox game tonight with my mom!!!
those brownies look like bites of heaven ;)

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57 *Andrea* September 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

*blondies*

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58 Ashley S September 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm

One positive thing about my day so far is I was finally able to get an international fax through that I’ve been trying to send all day!!

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59 christina September 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

i love it! today i earned that i can get my (disgusting) car cleaned for 1/2 price on wednesday! that’s only $15!

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60 Brigid September 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I felt great on my run this morning! And the weather is perfect today!

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61 kath September 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm

My DH, Jim, had reconstructive hand surgery last week and today, I was able to take him out, get new clothes, shoes and buy him lunch. We returned home, have had lunch and now he is resting comfortable.
this makes me very happy and even better, having the opportunity to share this neat experience!
(We are both hospital workers and times like this are few and far between)

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62 Jenna September 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I’m a new reader to your blog, and I’m loving your new header. Today is the first day in a long time the weather is not in the 90s. Looking forward to spending some time outside this evening.

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63 Molly September 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I discovered a new hiking path RIGHT near my house yesterday, so today I will be bringing my fiance and my little puggle back with me to explore it all together. Talk about your positives!

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64 Kelsey September 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

After following your healthy food blog (along with a few others) for two weeks, I finally had the courage to weigh myself today… I’ve lost 6 pounds!!! I’m so excited and I know it’s just the beginning of a healthier lifestyle!

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65 Andrea September 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Despite some definite lows lately, my husband made today positive by sending me a photoshopped picture of the two of us with our cats heads replacing ours. It was quite hilarious.

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66 Vanessa September 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm

A positive thing that happened to me is that all 17 of my first graders made a 100 on their spelling test!! Oh, and all their hugs makes a very postive day as well. It makes me realize no matter how I look, they love me for who I am. P.S. Love the new look of the blog!

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67 Courtney September 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I am a newer reader to your blog, and I love it!! I am a coach for a 13 year old girls volleyball team, and we have a game tonight! I love coaching these girls. They are so much fun, and bring so much joy to my life! This makes it a great day!

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68 Karen September 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Something positive about today is that the laminater at work is working again! I was able to laminate lots of things for my students :)

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69 Kathryn September 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I’m an early childhood special education teacher and today my 4 year old student who is severly delayed did something I’ve never seen him to before-grab/hold a toy for a period of time. This sounds like nothing, but for a child with such significant delays, it was a huge success! This definitely made my day.

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70 Jess Masters September 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Positive…had my first experience with cadaver lab today. Not only did well with the bodies themselves and overcoming some anxiety about death, but also did very well in identifying the muscles on the cadaver itself.

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71 Elizabeth September 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I work your basic 9-5, but today my boss let me go at 2 for no reason. And I still get paid for it. Pretty sweet!

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72 Anna September 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Positive thing today – I called my sister (who I knew was having a bad couple of weeks) and told her I loved and missed her. Every little thought helps someone who isn’t feeling so hot. Those blondies look SO. GOOD!

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73 Jennie September 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm

One positive thing about my day is that I made a BOMB.COM adapted turkey meatloaf recipe, and the husband loved it! He normally doesn’t really like meatloaf but he had 3 helpings of this one.

Definitely going in the win column. :) Even though I’m stuffed from dinner, I want to dive into my computer to eat those blondies.

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74 Erica September 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I got to have a mid-week date night with my fiance! ;)

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75 Ally September 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I found your blog through your amazing recipe on Tina’s CNC website! (your guest post) I have been following your blog since! Today, I get to take a break from studying (I’m a grad student) and have homemade dinner with my boyfriend! Two positives seeing as I don’t always get to eat a great meal!

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76 molly l. September 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm

hi! i found your blog through your guest post on CNC!

one positive for today- i’m feeling revived after a new ‘do from the hair salon- a great mid-week pick-me-up!

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77 briana September 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I made cupcakes for a coworkers bday for tomorrow!

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78 Tori September 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm

My something positive is that for an afternoon snack I endulged myself with some delicious Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Corn. Mmmm! And it will only get better considering GLEE comes back on tonight!

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79 Elizabeth September 21, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I love that it warmed back up a little after a chilly weekend!

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80 Shayla September 21, 2010 at 7:22 pm

My positive thing today has pretty much been all week long because I got a job!! I was laid off and unemployed for almost one year so I am so excited and will ride this high for awhile!! ;)

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81 Beth September 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm

A positive thing about my day was that I got to enjoy a nice hour long walk with my fiance after a busy day of work and then enjoy a healthy dinner together!

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82 Alex Clark September 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I had a GREAT cross training day; and I came home to a wonderful dinner prepared by my husband. Absolutely POSITIVE day!

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83 Laura (Starloz) September 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I love the new blog, its adorable & perfect!

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84 Caitlin September 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I have actually had a really rough day! But, in the midst of my car problems this morning, I got a ride from a dear friend who I hadn’t seen in months and we got to catch up for a few minutes. That helped :)

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85 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Yummy!! Something positive about my day so far: dinner. Pumpkin-apple oats for dinner. Totally made my evening!!

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86 Carrie September 21, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I got promoted from a contractor to a FT employee *and* a raise+benefits. I’m pretty excited right now. :D

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87 Donna September 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm

After having a not so good day at work I asked myself, “how much more can I take”. I came home to the smiling faces of my beautiful children and realize I can take as much as necessary as long as I have my life with them. My positive part of my day is my children!

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88 Allison September 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

A positive thing that happened today was taking time to truly listen to my friend in a time of need. She has a lot on her plate right now and just needed someone with a nonjudgmental ear to listen to her. It made me feel good when she smiled after our talk because I knew that her spirits had been lifted…even if just a little bit. :)

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89 caitlinandkaty September 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I had a lovely run and body pump class with my roommate today. We are so busy sometimes we don’t get to hangout. So, this was the perfect opportunity!

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90 Heather T September 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

A positive thing about my day is that I’m not nearly as sore today as I was last week after my soccer game. And I can ALMOST touch my toes, lol.

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91 Teri September 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm

My positive for the day….I fit in two really good workouts! :)

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92 Chelsea September 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm

What a great way to focus on happiness–positivity! I had a good day at work, and I had a fun run tonight with my running group :)

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93 Megan September 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I just took a study break and reminisced with one of my friends form high school…plus, I figured out all my accounting questions I couldn’t figure out yesterday in one try!

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94 Gretchen September 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Today I got up early and worked out in the morning before work! It’s amazing what an early sweat sesh can do for your day!

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95 Ilene September 22, 2010 at 12:13 am

Today I have almost no work to do! Hallelujah!

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96 Jessica September 22, 2010 at 12:19 am

I started my day with an amazing bikram yoga class!

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97 Erin September 22, 2010 at 1:16 am

I am new to your blog and I love it! I’m in New Orleans for a work meeting. I had to present to about 40 people and my boss told me I did a great job so that’s my positive thing for day =)

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98 Linda September 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I started my day with a Green Monster Smoothie!

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