Change of Plans

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Let me just start off by saying that this weekend has drained every ounce of energy I have. Despite my exhaustion/annoyance/aggravation, I am going to tell you all a story about my weekend. Here we go: Saturday morning started off bright and early at around 7 am. I ran around and helped my mom set up our garage sale. We wanted to get rid of all of our old clothes so we decided to throw a garage sale to do so. Why not make a couple bucks before heading back to college? Within minutes of putting up the signs, people began to flood over to our house. I got a kick of our make-shift clothes rack. Fancy, right? While it was nice to have lots of people buying our stuff, I became very tired of working the garage sale. … [Read more...]

Friday Faves: Fall Edition

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Happy Friday! Thought I'd share a Katy Perry gif to show my excitement. Lol. To be honest, it doesn't really make a difference for me that it's Friday. School still hasn't started.. so everyday feels like a Friday.  But for those of you who are currently in school and/or working, happy Friday! With all of my free time lately, I have been spending quite a bit of time on a wonderful site called Pinterest (you can find me here). Now that fall is around the corner, I have been looking at more and more fall related pins. I'm obsessed with Fall. Yesterday morning marked the first "fall-like" day for me. I woke up freezing and noticed that it was only around 50 degrees. The same thing happened this morning. While I do miss that … [Read more...]

Dog-Friendly Apple Peanut Butter Biscuit Smoothie

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When it comes to smoothies, I'd like to think that I know a thing or two. Garth also knows a thing or two about what he likes to eat. If he doesn't like the way it smells or tastes, he won't eat it. Smart dog. With that said, I decided to make Garth his very first dog-friendly smoothie. Inside my blender, I threw in an apple, peanut butter, milk, dog biscuits, and some ice. The finished product looks pretty bland and a tad gross..  Despite it's appearance, Garth already seemed to want it.   First he had to sniff it and see if it met his expectations. And within a few seconds he devoured it! My favorite part about watching him was his refusal to give up on the last few drops. He couldn't exactly fit … [Read more...]

Restaurant Guide: Panera Bread

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Whenever my family wants to go out for lunch, I always try to think of healthy restaurants to visit. Panera is always one of the restaurants on my list, but not everything there that sounds healthy is healthy. So, I did some research for you all to help give you ideas on what to eat at Panera Bread. First I am going to list Panera's healthiest options.. that are actually filling and pleasing to the taste buds. These are a few of the lowest calorie to fat and carbs ratios I could find. The meals above not only are healthy, but they look appetizing. Unfortunately, I might have to ruin your favorite meal from Panera.. Below are some meals that you should avoid: I know that the Mac & Cheese from Panera is loved by most the … [Read more...]

Tea Talk Tuesday ::Last Week Home::

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Alrighty everyone, grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and let's chat! For those of you who are new around here and have no idea what Tea Talk Tuesday is, read my first TTT post here. I have been getting quite a few questions on what exactly TTT so let me quickly explain! TTT, or Tea Talk Tuesday, is meant to serve as a virtual coffee date if you will. It's where I share whatever thoughts I have with you all as if we are sitting in a cafe, like Starbucks, catching up/ chatting. For those of you who have blogs and want to participate, just view this as a way to chat with your readers. I also hope to hear all of your thoughts and responses as well! This shouldn't just be about me talking and you guys listening, or reading I suppose, but a … [Read more...]

Skunked

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Today was just one of those days where nature seemed to be against me. This morning at around 3:30 am Garth decided that he needed to use the bathroom. Fortunately for me, I don't wake up easily so he bothered my mom instead. Being the light sleeper she is, she heard him panting at her bedroom door. She then sat up and asked him what he wanted. As usual, he did his "let me out" bark. Lately Garth has been needing to use the bathroom early in the morning, so my mom has been getting used to his bathroom routine. I think he is having trouble holding it because he is getting old. My mom then walked downstairs and let him out in our front yard. Rather than watching him, she decided to use the bathroom herself. When she opened our front door … [Read more...]

Elmhurst Fest & Snuggery

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This afternoon my mom, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, and I headed over to Elmhurst for Elmhurst Fest.The weather was absolutely perfect, not too hot but just right. At the fest, there was a bouncy house & mini golf for the kids. I couldn't get over how cute the mini golf was! While wandering the fair, I couldn't help but to notice a shop with vintage appliances! How neat is that television?! I also thought that the washer looked pretty cool :) In addition to all of the festivities, many shops hosted sidewalk sales- my fave!  I also love Elmhurst's old movie theatre! I can't get enough of it's retro look.And while there were many food tents set up, we decided to eat lunch at a local restaurant called … [Read more...]

Restaurant Guide: On the Border

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  Every health magazine, book, doctor, dietician, friend, Jillian Michaels, you name it,  all say that restaurants are bad and will make you fat and that you should avoid them all like the plague. While the correlation between obesity & going out to eat has been proven, we still continue to eat out. Why? Well restaurants are a part of our culture. They are simply unavoidable. In fact, many people use restaurants as a way to socialize with friends and family over a good meal where no one has to clean up or cook. With that said, I am going to be sharing my tips and advice with you all on how to order smart. Just because you are going out to eat doesn't mean that you have to eat 10,000 calories. Therefore, I will be … [Read more...]

Dulce Vie Turns 2!

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I can't believe that it has been exactly two years since I began Dulce Vie. It started as a way for me to practice writing and share my thought, experiences, and knowledge with you all and has grown into so much more. I want to give a special thanks to my mom and grandma for supporting and encouraging me to keep Dulce Vie up and running. Without them I don't know where Dulce Vie would be today! As for my whereabouts today, I have been running errands with my mom & made a boba stop! My friends and I usually go and get boba together back at school, so it was nice getting it over here with my mom. Changes things up a little! I also went and got my eyes checked.. and boy was I surprised with my doctors diagnosis. After doing several tests and … [Read more...]

Tea Talk Tuesday: Relaxing

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I almost forgot that today was Tuesday.. I guess that's what happens when you're not in school yet.  As I mentioned in my last Tea Talk Tuesday, feel free to join in and use the photo above if you would like! Just make sure to link back to me :)   Now I know that I mentioned Boys in the Boat in my last TTT post.. but I really like this book. It makes me proud to be apart of such a great sport & motivates me to work harder. This book is definitely an inspirational book. It's also a true story, so if your only like reading about things that have really happened *ahem* grandma, then this book is for you! As I mentioned earlier, it is going for $7.99 at Costco which is a great deal! As for summer happenings, I have … [Read more...]