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Surprisingly Successful

by Courtney on February 18, 2013

Happy Monday to you all! How was the weekend? Do anything fun?

Well I know I already shared my Saturday with you all, but I don’t have quite as much to share for my Sunday. Jay and I did a few things around the house for the majority of the day, before heading over to my parents’ house for dinner.


On the menu was roast beef from the rotisserie, baked sweet potatoes, sugar snap peas, corn, and mom’s scalloped potatoes.

Don’t let my plate fool you…I most definitely went for some of those ‘taters.


Jay and I spent a few hours with mom and dad, chatting a ton about baby stuff and both of our upcoming trips (they’re headed to Florida with some friends next month). It’s always so nice to hang out with them. Smile

On our way back home, I was surprisingly successful in getting Jay to make a quick pit stop…


Despite the fact that it was about 15 degrees out and the wind was blowing hard enough to take your breath away, I still wanted some fro yo. Usually, I have to put in some really good effort with pleading my case to make a trip for the good stuff, but he was more than happy to make the stop last night. Smile


I got the same killer flavor as the last time we went to Dante’s and it was just as amazing as I remembered it being. Yummmmm.


This morning, I slept until about 7:15 (no work today) and got my workout in for the day, which was a slightly extended version of my 10-10-10 Strength & Cardio Circuit. After that, it was breakfast tiiiiime.


The food situation in our house right now is pretty sad. Since we’re leaving for Mexico tomorrow, we’ve been trying our best to just finish up what we already have. Thankfully, we still had some ingredients to make a delicious bowl of cereal.

Today’s bowl included Special K Oats & Honey cereal (only one kind today…can’t remember the last time that happened!, strawberries, bananas, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chia seeds, and a little almond butter drizzle.


Soooooo good.

Today is going to be BUSY for us. We have a few last minute items to pick up from the store, clean up the house, take out our suitcases and start actually thinking about packing, and then I also still have a few posts to write up for later this week…I have three different giveaway posts for you guys while I’m away later this week, so be on the lookout!

But for now, I better get crack-alackin’ on this to-do list, because I have a feeling today is going to just FLY by. Catch ya later, gators!

Question for the Morning:

When it comes to packing, are you the plan-ahead type, or more last-minute?

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1 Claire @ Flake And Cake February 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

That baked sweet potato looks perfectly done – crispy skin and gorgeous smooth on the inside – yum!! Love the look of your fro yo too, I have a serious craving now!


2 kim@hungryhealthygirl February 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

Sounds like it’s going to be a busy one for you!! Have a super fun trip and hope all of your travels are safe!!


3 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign February 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

I’ve been craving froyo all weekend–might have to pop in our local shop today and get some!

Have a great trip! I’m definitely a planned packer–I usually start laying things out a few days before the trip and have a million lists going.


4 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

Isn’t it funny that no matter how cold it is outside we can still always crave and be in the mood for frozen yogurt or ice cream?? Amazing how that works, huh? ;)


5 Melissa February 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

I have to comment that I think it’s so wonderful how much time you spend with your family. Knowing the importance of family love and support, you clearly have the right background to raise a family on your own :) Being a longtime reader, I’m really happy for you and Jay!

On a completely separate note- and rather unfitting to that previous comment… ever since you changed your server (? or something. I don’t know what..) a few months ago your ads have been of the…how do I say it…boobalicious sort?? Didn’t know if you knew/were aware/care, but I’m getting greeted by a lot more (and larger) female mammary glands while visiting your blog. Not that it’s stopping me from popping by, just thought I’d let you know!


6 Courtney February 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

Really?!? That’s strange…I haven’t seen anything like that on my end. Usually, if the ads aren’t being filled by the campaigns (which I approve, and none are boobies lol) then it usually just picks up things from other websites I’ve been going to. So, for example, the ads on my end have been filling up with a lot of baby stuff these days. If it’s coming from a particular website and you want to email me, feel free and I can look into it more!


7 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes February 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

Yum! I can have fro yo no matter what the weather is like :-) Definitely a last minute packer… I’d love to plan ahead but it just doesn’t happen. Speaking of I am going out of town Thursday and need to pack! My thought process is along the lines of… I work better and more efficiently under stress so why not wait until 10 minutes before leaving?


8 Meghan @ After the Ivy League February 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

Enjoy your day off!! Planning and packing for a trip is kind of a pain, but SO worth it. From 15 degrees and brutal wins to sunny and warm Mexico, ahhh I’m so jealous! Have a blast!


9 Meghan @ After the Ivy League February 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

winds* woops haha


10 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries February 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

You can never go wrong with fro yo, no matter how cold the weather is in my opinion! ;) As for packing, I’m usually a last minute kinda gal, which is SO unlike me in most other areas of life. Ha! I suppose packing to go back and forth between my mom’s and dad’s house growing up has something to do with it. Good luck at getting everything done today!


11 Melanie @ Beautifully Nutty February 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

I can’t believe you leave tomorrow! How exciting! When it comes to packing I definitely plan ahead but then I’m always scrambling to pack last minute! Have so much fun!!


12 Kathryn February 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

We’re actually leaving on our trip Thursday! We’re going to Disneyland, woohoo! Last night, I started packing everything that we won’t need/use between now and then. Wednesday night, I’ll do laundry and finish packing clothes and such and Thursday will be just throwing toiletries in the bag.


13 Lindsey February 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

I used to be the plan ahead, make a list, pre-pack a week ahead but the last couple of trips we have taken I am packing the day before with no list and so far we have not forgotten anything major!


14 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

I absolutely adore travelling, but packing is definitely the bane of my existence. I’ll plan ahead by making a rough list of all the essentials that I need to take, but when it comes to actually filling up my suitcase? That’s definitely a last-minute rush effort… especially when it comes to things like toiletries and makeup – those get thrown in pretty much right before I leave for the airport :lol:


15 Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well February 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

I used to be into planning ahead, but I’ve started to get lazy and do it all last minute now. I need to change back!


16 lyric February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

Well I’d say Im a last minute! Either the day of or the night before… I like to procrastinate and after the trip it takes me forever to unpack!


17 michelle kim February 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

I’m usually planned ahead in that I start making a list of things that might slip my mind when it actually comes down to pack.
So excited for you! It was always kind of fun for our family whenever we had to clear the fridge of food that might spoil. Haha, I don’t know why.


18 chelcie @ chelcie's food files February 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

so jealous of your upcoming Mexico trip!! i wish I ended up getting fro yo yesterday but I was just too cold!


19 Julie @ Better Life with Burgers February 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

Ahhh that day before vacation always goes so fast! It’ll be worth it though. Can’t wait to hear about your trip! Have fun and enjoy!!!


20 Brooke @ Running In Heels February 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

Froyo is good any time of year as far as I’m concerned!


21 Victoria @ Reluctantly Skinny February 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

I had a craving for ice cream last night, even though it was 16 degrees! Have fun on your trip – I hope it stays nice and warm in Mexico!!


22 Lynds @ Where the heart is February 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

I’m more of a long-term-ahead packing type! Lol If that makes any sense! I keep my suitcase out at least a week or two before my trip and throw stuff in there whenever I think of it.


23 Lindsay February 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

I’ve never put almond butter in my cereal. Why have I never put almond butter in my cereal?? Looks delish. Enjoy your day off :D


24 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake February 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

I’m definitely more of the PLAN ahead, but I usually end up actually DOING at the last minute!


25 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

Whenever I go on a trip, I’ll get out my suitcase a week before…and then it will sit in the corner until the night before I leave, when I’ll start frantically throwing things in there. Is it any wonder that I always forget SOMETHING whenever I go somewhere? (usually my glasses, or toothbrush, or contact solution…without fail, I always forget something).


26 Sarah @PickyRunner February 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

I’d say convincing him to get froyo with you is a success too! You’re going to have SO much fun in Mexico and having dinner with the parents is the perfect way to prepare for your trip. I’m terrible about packing. I packed for my month in Denmark last summer the morning I left!


27 Erin @ Axell's Kitchen February 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

Definitely last minute, I hate packing! My husband is a Marine, so he is very meticulous on how he packs and gets so frustrated by how “I don’t fold or position the clothes properly.” So annoying lol


28 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

I;m horrible when it comes to packing! I pack the night before, spend hours trying outfits on and getting angry because I don’t like any of the clothes I have! Have fun in MX!


29 Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns February 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

i do 75% of the packing ahead of time, then the day before and part of the day of, i like to leave 25% for last minute ;)


30 sara @ fitcupcaker February 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

I love special K, I think I always have it in the house. yay for mexico…I try to plan ahead for trips, but whether it happens or not, its hard to say. I usually have to end up helping my hubby pack because he forgets like a million things!


31 Chelsea @ Cardio and Cocktails February 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

I am constantly making my packing list (both in my head and on paper) before a trip. For some reason I am so paranoid about forgetting something even though most destinations will mostly likely have those items anyway. I actually have a travel toothbrush, razor, etc so that I can pack everything the night before instead of having those few items that have to be packed last.
Shane and I are always hanging out with my parents and we end up leaving there hours after we planned to. We’ll actually be living with them while our new house is getting built so it’ll be cozy for sure!


32 Ashley @ Life and Fitness February 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Oh snap peas!!! I could seriously eat them everyday. With regards to packing, I am def. the last minute kind. I save everything for the day before and then end up stressed about forgetting something.


33 Danica @ It's Progression February 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm

So exciting that you go tomorrow! I’m wishing we were too but our vacation isn’t for another 6 weeks…I get really nervous when I pack for trips about forgetting something (anything), so I always write a list a day ahead of time to give myself time to remember what I may have forgotten. My husband just throws some things into his bag literally right before walking out the door haha


34 Karen February 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I bet you can’t wait to leave tomorrow. I hope you have tons of fun and enjoy the nice weather. I would love to get away from the Chicago weather. I usually put my packing list together a few days before I leave then I usually pack a day or two before I leave. I have some bad OCD so if I pack too early then I will just keep checking my bag and usually unpack it to repack it, I know, I am crazy…ha-ha. Anyways, again, have tons of fun! Can’t wait to see some pictures.


35 Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes February 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Ugh, packing is the worst! A few days before a trip, I’ll think about what to bring and put together outfits in my head, but I’ll “save” the actual act of packing for the night before. :)


36 Sara @ The Foodie Diaries February 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I hope you have the best time in Mexico! I can’t wait to read all about it :)


37 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction February 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Jealous that you are going on vacation! I hate packing, but I hate UNPACKING even more! Haha.


38 Natalie @ Free Range Human February 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I usually pack the day before because I have too many things coming out of the laundry that I have to pack!


39 Shel@PeachyPalate February 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Last minute but the day before is great..I’d never leave it until hours before. My friend does it every time and it totally freaks me out! Hope the packing is going well!!! Bet you’re SOOOO EXCITED!!! :)


40 Annette@FitnessPerks February 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Yay fun! Trips on the horizon are the best. Packing, is not. Sorry about that part :( But you’ll almost be on vacay!!! Lucky :)


41 Clara February 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Have a wonderful trip!!!! :)


42 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy February 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

We have Sunday dinner at my parents’ house too. It’s always nice to catch up!


43 erica February 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

i’m such an anxious traveler, i start packing days (maybe even a week ahead). lol.


44 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections February 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I so know that feeling when there’s nothing in the house to eat because you’re about to go on vacation. That’s a much better breakfast than I can usually pull together on weeks I’m travelling!

I am so a plan-ahead person. Even if it’s a short trip, I could start packing a week in advance, mostly just so I don’t wear something during the week that I’d want to bring on the trip.

Have fun in Mexico!


45 Babs February 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I’m more of a throw it all in kinda gal, but my Hubs is one to literally write a list for every packing trip with the number of undies, socks, shirts, etc. Then he methodically crosses it off.


46 Linz @ Itz Linz February 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I’m totally last minute! Like morning of grab stuff and throw it in on the way out of my house kind of packer! :)


47 Stephanie @ StephSnacks February 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Soooo jealous you are going to Mexico tomorrow! I will be in Cancun beginning of April and I absolutely cannot wait.


48 Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness February 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I am horrible when it comes to packing, I usually wait tell late the night before. Your breakfast looks amazing, I have to add peanut butter to cereal! I always add it to oatmeal and yogurt bowls


49 Katie@skinnyminniemoves February 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Gosh I love fro yo, and rainbow sprinkles. Nice choice!

I ALWAYS plan ahead. I make multiple lists that I can check off. I have a packing list, then a list for the morning to go out the door (essentials- tooth brush, cell phone, charger, camera, passport, etc)

And a list of things I need to do before I leave

A list of things I Need to buy.



50 bek @ Crave February 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I’m definitely a plan-ahead girl. Yay, i’m glad you could talk Jay into froyo- maybe you being pregnant and full of hormones has something to do with it? haha.

Enjoy your trip! I look forward to the posts you’ve scheduled & giveaways! And Can’t wait to see what you did on your trip when you get back.


51 Miss Polkadot February 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

Haha, you’re a true froyo lover to still go for it at 15 degrees :D! Not quite as far as I’d go but I’m surprising others with my year-round ice cream obsession, too.

Packing is the worst part of packing for me. Actually, I might travel more often if it wasn’t for my lack of packing skills – kidding … sort of. I’m getting better the more I travel, though, and packing lists definitely help.

Enjoy your trip and soak up all the sun you can get :)!


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