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Exciting Thursday

It’s an exciting Thursday over here! First , after a flurry of text messages this morning between me and some of my girlfriends we decided “you only live once” and bought tickets to a sold out Mumford & Sons concert in two weeks!



The concert is on a week night, an hour and a half away and we way overpaid for the tickets but we decided the experience was worth it. I have been dying to see them for years and they’re one of the few of my most favorite bands that I haven’t seen live. I can’t wait. It’s going to be an awesome evening!


And second, my new handbag was waiting on my doorstep when I arrived home for lunch. I am not a big shopper and when I do shop it’s usually at Target or Nordstrom Rack but last Sunday I decided that I was finally going to buy myself a nice purse after wanting one for a really long time. I chose a neutral gray but a fun purple wallet. So happy with my selections!

Now the food.


I have been so good about making smoothies at work every morning instead of getting them out. I love this week’s combo…

1/2-3/4 of a banana
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
3 dates
5 frozen strawberries
Big handful of spinach
1-2 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 cup cubed ice

The Greek yogurt gives it a good tang, the banana balances it out with some sweetness, the dates give it sweetness and texture and the almond butter gives it staying power. Yum!


Lunch yesterday had a Thai spin on it. Red curry coconut chicken soup and vegetable spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce.


Lunch today was a little more basic. Open faced turkey sandwich with herb mayo, avocado, heirloom tomatoes and muenster (I had flashbacks to when I used to eat open faced sandwiches all the time) along with mango and these weird gluten free hummus chip things that aren’t really that great.


Dinner last night was my favorite salad combination as of late. Mixed greens with goat cheese, pecans, dried cranberries and avocado topped with broiled salmon heavily seasoned with salt and lemon pepper. The salmon was wild caught from Alaska and I got a great deal on it at Whole Foods.

Off to tackle my inbox and to do list. Both are frightening!

{ 42 comments… add one }
  • Melissa August 29, 2013, 3:10 pm

    The Thai looks delicious! Where did you get it from?

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:28 pm

      believe it or not…reid’s! they do themed stuff every week and this week was asian.

  • Lauren August 29, 2013, 3:12 pm

    I’m going to the same show! I’m so excited!!

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:27 pm

      awesome! i can’t wait!

  • Amanda August 29, 2013, 3:21 pm

    I saw Mumford & Sons when they came to Chicago for Lollapolooza a few weeks ago and they were AMAZING live. Worth every penny and sleepiness the next day. You won’t be disappointed that you decided to get the tickets 🙂 Have fun!

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:27 pm

      yay! so excited!!! 🙂

  • Charlotte August 29, 2013, 3:23 pm

    This post has so much deja vu for me! I’m going to the same Mumford & Sons concert AND I just bought that exact same purse! I just felt like I was reading my own blog post! Enjoy the new purse; I love mine so much.

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:27 pm

      charlotte…that is such a crazy coincidence!!!! can’t wait for the concert and loving my new bag already!

  • Emily August 29, 2013, 3:30 pm

    Everyone deserves a special treat from time to time! And, what better way than a Kate Spade bag! Love them! 🙂

  • Erin @ Sugar Magnolia August 29, 2013, 3:36 pm

    Love Mumford sooo much!! Very jealous! And the smoothie looks fabulous!

  • Amber August 29, 2013, 3:37 pm

    I saw Mumford & Sons when they came to Vancouver in May and they were AMAZING!! It was a non-assigned seating/standing only concert and we arrived super early to get a decent standing spot. It was SO crowded and my body ached after standing in one spot for over 5 hours but it was seriously so worth it. I cannot express enough how amazing they are live. They seriously sound exactly like they do on the radio or itunes! I would go see them again in a heartbeat and for almost any price! haha

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:26 pm

      this makes me SO excited. our tickets are general admission too but they’ll be worth it!

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 29, 2013, 3:37 pm

    I bet the concert will be totally worth it!! How fun!

    That open faced sandwich sounds delicious. I LOVE muenster cheese!

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:26 pm

      me too! especially in grilled cheese!

  • Kim August 29, 2013, 3:40 pm

    LOVE the purse and wallet! Great choices!

  • Sarah August 29, 2013, 3:47 pm

    Super random question – but where did you find your plates? I absolutely LOVE the design, and would love to find something similar!

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:25 pm

      they are vietri: http://www.vietri.com/ but i wouldn’t recommend them. vietri is a little over priced for the quality. they are supposed to be oven proof, dishwasher friendly, etc but they’ve all chipped and broken. 🙁

  • Paige @ Your Trainer Paige August 29, 2013, 3:49 pm

    Ahh, that’s awesome! I think a Mumford and Sons concert would be so much fun.

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes August 29, 2013, 3:59 pm

    Love that purse and wallet – so cute!!

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:24 pm

      thanks! i’m overly excited about it! 🙂

  • Ashley N. August 29, 2013, 4:35 pm

    I am SO jealous of your Mumford tickets!! I just watched their Red Rocks show on a random TV channel the other week and it was amazing. Also, love your wallet and purse! Kate Spade has such adorable and fun merchandise.

  • She Rocks Fitness August 29, 2013, 4:37 pm

    I would have to agree with you that goat cheese, pecans, and dried cranberries is an amazing combo on salad. Top it with delicious salmon and you can never go wrong. Have a blast at the concert. Love them! Good Luck getting through the “to do” list, before the weekend. Hopefully you will be disconnecting a little bit.

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:24 pm

      unfortunately i’ll be connecting as i have to launch two websites but at least i’ll have some downtime to focus!

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run August 29, 2013, 4:45 pm

    You only live once – have a blast at the concert 🙂

  • Krista August 29, 2013, 4:56 pm

    I’m in a similar Mumford situation–I’m seeing them an hour and a half away on a weeknight. It will be so worth it!! My fall is completely packed with bands I’ve been waiting to see for long, long time. I can’t wait for the next few weeks. Have fun at the show!

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:22 pm

      i’m not regretting my decision at all. will be SO worth it! i cannot believe i’ve never seen them!

  • Sera August 29, 2013, 5:27 pm

    I saw Mumford last year at Red Rocks (it was actually filmed for the Road to Red Rocks documentary they did) and it was literally one of the top two shows I’ve ever seen! I had seen them the year before at a smaller venue in Denver, which was also amazing. I thought they were going to be a little too “quiet” for Red Rocks, but they killed it. Whenever I get the chance to see them, I jump at it, so I know you are going to have a blast!

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:22 pm

      that’s awesome! i’m so excited. i would kill to see a show at red rocks. what an amazing venue. i can see them bringing it there!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun August 29, 2013, 5:50 pm

    I want to begin incorporating more smoothies into my diet, but we have the worst blender in the world that can’t blend anything and a new one is not in my unemployed budget – maybe someday soon! Keeping fingers crossed a job will come my way!

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:21 pm

      smoothies are THE WORST with bad blenders. that’s why i make them at work with the vitamix. it takes me 5 minutes to get them blended halfway decent at home.

  • Kate August 29, 2013, 8:36 pm

    You will not regret the price of those tickets! Just saw Mumford perform while they were here in Ontario, and they were amazing! Enjoy!!

    • Jen August 29, 2013, 9:21 pm

      not regretting it at all. so excited and going with such fun friends. will be amazing!

  • Maggie August 30, 2013, 12:23 am

    Have been to a few of your yoga classes and have been reading your blog for several years–you rock. First, Mumford and Sons is definitely a concert worth the splurge. Second, I have a similar Kate spade crossbody and neutrals are the best, they work with everything! And kate spade makes good quality leather products. I rarely comment on blogs, but you just seem like you’re recently invigorated and I’m happy for you. Cheers.

    • Jen August 30, 2013, 10:41 am

      thanks so much for the kind comment maggie! happy friday!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen August 30, 2013, 5:07 am

    LOVE the purse! Also, I am going to have to try dates in my smoothies…do you put them in for added sweetness? How does it effect the consistency? Do they get pretty chopped up?

    • Jen August 30, 2013, 10:41 am

      i put them in for sweetness and texture. they do get chopped up in little pieces but definitely not pureed. i use a vitamix at work. not sure how they would do with a standard blender. i got the idea from whole foods!

      • Julia August 30, 2013, 1:41 pm

        I use dates in my green smoothies as well, using a Magic Bullet to blend. They add a nice sweetness but usually do not get chopped much (if at all).

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers August 30, 2013, 10:19 am

    Enjoy the concert! I adore your new purse. Kate Spade purses are my favorite, and that means something since I’m not a huge shopper either.

  • Corrie Anne August 30, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Looooove Kate Spade!!!!! So cute.

  • Katherine August 30, 2013, 2:35 pm
  • Sara September 5, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Just catching up on your posts now! I’ve seen Mumford and Sons twice (the second time was on Tuesday!) and you will not regret those tickets!! We had tickets in the “pit” section, and we were worried we’d get trampled. Not so with the Mumford crowd! No crowding, plenty of space, and a great experience. Enjoy!!

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