Friday Fun-day!

In between homework and chores, Mommy and Luchi have been having tons of fun in the kitchen! Luchi had some homemade sweet potato mash and Mommy had a fruity salad and roasted chick peas for lunch! Girls gotta eat! This amazing new popcorn I found has been in a bowl by my computer screen for some of the morning as well! What an awesome snack! Eat whole foods and feel amazing!

I just piled anything fresh I had into a bowl to create this masterpiece. Apples, raspberries, tomatoes, avocado, peppers, feta, and spring mix topped with raspberry walnut dressing.

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These are just organic garbanzo beans from a can, rinsed, dried, tossed in 1 tbsp of olive oil, baked for 25 mins at 400 degrees and then sprinkled with spices of your choice! (I used 1/2 tsp of each, salt, coriander, paprika, and garlic powder) They are crunchy and delicious! 4 points plus for 1/2 cup.

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Look at those little teeth!! I love this baby!!

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We are going to finish our Valentine’s this evening…stay tuned for that post!

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A Perfect Sunny Sunday

In keeping with the theme of this blog (a peek into my simple, balanced, small town life, for those who are new readers) I hope this post once again inspires you to find happiness in the daily experiences that make up your life…

This morning I woke up at 7, straightened up a little bit around my house and got dressed for a boardwalk stroll with one of my favorite people, my friend Deirdre, who I have mentioned in past posts. I drove onto the island of Ocean City, NJ and I snapped a few photos while I waited for her… my home is so beautiful!

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I snagged a shot of a few birdies enjoying some breakfast.

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Speaking of breakfast, in the middle of our stroll, Deirdre and I stopped for “banana whips” from the Bashful Banana for breakfast. They are made of only frozen bananas which are put into an appliance to create an ice-cream-like treat on which I personally topped with fresh raspberries and granola! It is the most delicious and healthy breakfast! Deirdre threw a few chocolate chips into hers!

We caught up and had an amazing time as usual, I love her!

We parted ways to go about the rest of our days, which of course, on Sunday’s means the grocery store and laundry, for me. Once those chores were completed it was still before noon (on a normal Sunday I would be prepping some food for the week but my MomMom came down to visit for the day so the food prepping chores were rescheduled until she went home; my MomMom takes priority over almost anything) so I still had a full day of fun ahead of me!

My mom and I took her to see my new house, we went to visit my aunt and then we went back to the boardwalk for late lunch at my favorite restaurant in the whole world, The Hula Grill! We stopped into Shiver’s, a 115 year-old Salt Water Taffy and Fudge shop for a few taffy’s, to satisfy our sweet teeth and headed home.

A little exercise, good food, time with friends and family, feeling my little baby rolling about inside, and the smell of the salt air made for one special and irreplaceable day!

Below is a photo of my MomMom and me from when I was a kid. I was all dressed up for my dance recital in Ocean City, where else?! I cried the entire time on stage.

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If you are ever in the area, one, if not all, of these aforementioned establishments really deserve a visit!

Thanks for reading, happy sunny Sunday!