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Weekend: All Is Calm, All is Bright

My weekend was…really good. I took three (much needed) days off of teaching and focused on chilling out (slept 10+ hours Saturday night…yes, yes and yes), spending time with people I care about and working on my book. I’m 15 days away from my deadline, 15,000+ words in and there many more still to be written. It’s a labor of love.

Here are some scenes from the weekend…


Backyard photo shoot with the girls.


She’s getting so big and her legs are long. I think she’s going to be taller than Sullie.


Christmas cookie baking. Flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and cranberry orange biscotti.


Crockpot chicken tortilla soup. I didn’t make this batch but here is my recipe. So easy, so good, so satisfying!


Bacon bowl! Is this awesome or what?


The best kale salad I have ever had! Believe it or not, it was a Publix recipe. All you need is sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt and the Publix Sweet Kale Salad Kit. Here’s the recipe. It was AMAZING!


The puppy life is so hard.


I received a really special gift from a really special friend. This bracelet couldn’t be more perfect for me right now. (And goes perfectly with one of my favorite posts from Danielle LaPorte ever.)


All is calm. All is bright. I feel happy. <3

What was the best part of your weekend? 

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 22, 2014, 8:39 am

    Such a beautiful bracelet!
    The best part of my weekend was that I ran my first ever 5K! It has been my goal all year and I finally did it! I am on cloud nine right now!

  • Nicole @ Runs & WODs December 22, 2014, 8:52 am

    The dogs are adorable!! The best part of my weekend was celebrating the holidays with my CrossFit fam and doing our first white elephant. So much fun!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen December 22, 2014, 9:27 am

    We are home in Indiana for the holidays and it feels SO good!! We have been baking, laughing, card playing, and doing all things fun 🙂 10 hours of sleep….sounds wonderful!!! 🙂 Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

  • Kari December 22, 2014, 10:50 am

    Where is the bracelet from?

    • Jen December 22, 2014, 11:10 am

      i’m not sure!

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