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Labor Day Weekend in Photos

I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day Weekend. Mine was super low-key. I stayed here in Charlotte and managed a nice mix between productivity/work and relaxation/being social. The highlight of my weekend was being able to sleep in this morning until whenever I woke up without having to set an alarm to be somewhere. I turned my phone on airplane mode, turned on my sound machine app and passed out. I slept for 9 hours straight without waking up once. I felt like a new person this morning. In general I average 5-6 hours of sleep a night. While not ideal, I function well on it. I’ve never been one to need a solid 8 hours but that sleep last night was pretty amazing.

Also, thanks for the feedback on the weekly workouts. If you’re using them and they’re helping in any way, I will leave them be. I’m always open to feedback, questions and suggestions. Feedback is an important vehicle for growth as a teacher and a writer. Thank you all for reading! I write this blog for all of you and I want the content to be relevant and meaningful.

So here’s a quick look at Labor Day Weekend in photos.


I kicked it off on Thursday night with a “last dinner out” with a friend who’s due with her first this week. Sangria (for the non-pregnant), chips and guac!


Chocolate cupcake with peanut butter filling and marshmallow fluff buttercream. It tasted even BETTER than it sounds.


Sullie and I watched the Dawgs beat Clemson. SO EXCITED for Georgia football this year. Go Dawgs!


Saturday night sushi.


Sunday poolside with white fluffy clouds (and tequila).


Monday afternoon baking. This is my favorite brownie recipe of all time and I’ll share it with you soon.


I ended the weekend with a girl’s cookout. We decided to get really legit and abandon the gas grill in favor of charcoal. So much better! Who needs a guy to man the grill? 😉

What was the best thing you ate over Labor Day Weekend? As much as I love the brownies I baked, that cupcake wins.

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  • 1
    Anne Marie | Grass Fed Salsa September 1, 2014, 11:20 pm

    This was my birthday weekend, a holiday weekend, and the weekend I got engaged… so it was filled with amazingly, rich food! My favorite was probably Saturday’s late night dinner: king crab legs cooked in Kerrygold butter, lobster tail, grilled red corn, and loaded baked potato. It wasn’t how I’m use to eating, but it was definitely good for the soul to indulge a bit for such a special weekend, and it was a meal I’ll never forget! I think we forget how much a good meal cooked and eaten with the ones you love can really have such a lasting impact.

    • 2
      Jen September 2, 2014, 2:24 pm

      CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement! so exciting!!! and that food sounds so amazing! cheers to good memories.

  • 3
    Sana September 1, 2014, 11:21 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely and restful weekend 🙂

  • 4
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors September 2, 2014, 1:38 am

    That cupcake omg! Yum. Your weekend looks amazing. K love those days that you can sleep in and you actually do sleep in. lol my dogs are notorious for waking me up around 730 every morning… Doesn’t always allow for that peaceful sleep I look forward to. I went to DuPont Forest this weekend and saw some waterfalls. Soooo pretty! Looking forward to your brownie recipe 🙂

    • 5
      Jen September 2, 2014, 2:25 pm

      sweet sullie is all about sleeping in. i’m usually the one that has to wake her up!

      i love dupont! picnics on the waterfalls are the best!

  • 6
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles September 2, 2014, 6:32 am

    That cupcake looks ridiculous. I didn’t have sushi this weekend but I did have my fave salad from the Cheesecake Factory which always makes me happy!

    • 7
      Jen September 2, 2014, 2:25 pm

      haven’t been there in forever! which one is it?

  • 8
    She Rocks Fitness September 2, 2014, 8:31 am

    What didn’t I eat over the holiday weekend and this vacation? Finally was able to let go and just enjoy it all…I have been eating dessert every night…HAHA! My favorite sweet treat this past weekend was 2 homemade s’mores. NOM NOM!

    • 9
      Jen September 2, 2014, 2:26 pm

      girl…sometimes that’s just necessary! 🙂 and homemade s’mores are ALWAYS worth it!

  • 10
    kristin @ W [H] A T C H September 2, 2014, 9:48 am

    [coconut milk] mint chocolate chip ice cream!

    • 11
      Jen September 2, 2014, 2:26 pm

      i haven’t tried the coconut milk ice cream yet but i’ve heard such good things. sounds yummy!

  • 12
    Liz F. September 2, 2014, 10:42 am

    Hmmm. I’d have to day a buffalo chicken dip was the best thing I had this weekend. I rarely eat meat, but was craving chicken. The dip my friend made was amazing … plus the day was filled with SEC football watching and a LSU win, which totally helped the mood 🙂

    • 13
      Jen September 2, 2014, 2:27 pm

      that stuff is good and i had a feeling you were going to tie it in to watching football. tis the season for dips! 🙂

  • 14
    Laura September 2, 2014, 1:52 pm

    I believe I saw you in line at Lululemon on Monday at South Park. I didn’t know how you felt about random strangers, albeit longstanding PBR readers, saying hi so I didn’t introduce myself. Anyways, looks like a great weekend! Sullie is just the cutest!

    • 15
      Jen September 2, 2014, 2:28 pm

      hey laura! yes, i was at lulu on monday around 1:30 p.m. i would have loved to meet you…although i was a bit of a mess having just come from a yoga practice. if we run into each other again somewhere, please say hi!!!

  • 16
    Amanda September 2, 2014, 10:03 pm

    Love me some bullDAWG football!! 🙂

  • 17
    tara September 3, 2014, 1:30 pm

    that cupcake looks sooooooooooooooooo good.

  • 18
    Erin September 4, 2014, 8:54 am

    such a fun/relaxing weekend! Congrats on the 9 hours of sleep! I have to do that every once in a while too and I always feel like a new person when I wake up.

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