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Rain, rain go away!

Today was another rainy day in Charlotte. I feel like it’s been months since I’ve seen the sun!  Last summer we had a cold and rainy summer the whole way through, so I was excited this year when we got more warmth and sunshine than rain.  Apparently I spoke too soon because these rainy days have barely let up over the past 3 weeks.

Today was another long day at work setting up classrooms and scrambling with last minute meetings before our first open house of the school year (I will have one more to attend on Thursday). I thought I would run home for a couple of hours to decompress before having to head back that way. I should also mention that I’m anxiously awaiting my order from Netrition.  I ordered a lot of new things this time along with some of my normal PB2 and Joseph’s tortillas (super soft, tasty and low carb!!)  Let’s be honest…. We all know that’s the real reason I came home!

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Red cardigan- Target (on sale for $14!!)

Beige skinnies: Express ($50)

Tank top: Charlotte Russe ($7)

Diamond necklace- vintage piece from my mom

Watch- Gucci, compliments of George

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George got this as a Christmas present for me 3 or 4 years ago… He picked it out on his own too. I’d say he’s definitely a keeper! 😉

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184 days to go…

It’s official. Today was the first day of a new school year.

I’m sad because I can no longer sleep in, go to morning gym classes, eat whenever I want and do whatever I want but I’m looking forward to a fresh start. I love that each new school year feels like a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t imagine having a job that basically never changed on a day-to-day basis. I would get really bored.

Even though today was the first official day back, it was only a teacher workday along with the rest of the days this week. My outfit is a little more casual than my typical work attire, but we also had pictures today that required a wardrobe change so I didn’t really feel bad for dressing down.

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Shirt: Victoria’s Secret Pink v-neck

Pants: Forever 21

Bracelets: Express

Diamond necklace: vintage (from my mom for my 21st birthday)

Sadly the shirt and nice, straight hair had to go (rainy weather is no good on picture days!!) quickly after arriving to work so I’m glad I didn’t wear something too cute. Got to save those for the days where they actually matter! 😉

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Pumpkin in July

Yes, I’m aware that it is now August, but I had planned to write this post last week.

Obviously I never got that far.

Unfortunately I do not have another fashion post as of yet. 😦  Like I said, it is my last week of summer vacation, so I’m really living it up in my gym clothes and slacking on the showers until late at night.  Yea, I’m basically a mess.  But only because I can be right now.

It’s ok, I have better things to share anyways.  If you can’t guess already that must mean it’s food related because, honestly, what’s better than food?

Since school is about to be back in session, I’ve been more in the fall mode rather than the summer mode.  This means that I’ve been actively searching for pumpkin coffee and special edition holiday creamers already, even though I know they won’t be out until the end of September.  Wishful thinking.  When I stumbled upon a pumpkin product I had never seen before, I just knew I had to grab it.

Nooooooooosa

Nooooooooosa

Behold: the Noosa yogurt in a flavor that may actually rival their strawberry rhubarb flavor.

When I told my sister that little fact, she freaked out a  little.  I think I may have hurt her feelings because she told me I wasn’t allowed to make those types of comments to her.  The girls in my family are pretty protective over our food.  We all think that stems from the fact that my mother used to steal items off of our plates constantly when we were growing up and we’ve always felt the need to protect the plate…. in full-on arm covering, hunchback stance.

Anyways, if you have never had the pleasure of trying noosa yogurt before, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on.  It is the creamiest, most flavorful yogurt base that you could ever dream of.  It almost reminds me of a cream cheese-like consistency.  They use all natural ingredients and their cows are all hormone free (you can also see from the lid that their cows are happy- I think that makes all the difference in the world 😉 ) and their products always taste extremely fresh.  As I mentioned before, this pumpkin flavor definitely delivered on all accounts.

When I picked it up, I was a little worried that it was going to be a mixture of canned pumpkin and yogurt which is fine, if not a little boring, but boyyyy was I mistaken.  The pumpkin in that little container is full of pie spiced flavor; think nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger.  Mixed with the creamy yogurt, I almost think of this as more of a dessert than a breakfast item but we can’t be too silly here.  Who doesn’t like sweets for breakfast?!

The nutrition facts on this little baby refer to the entire container (which is 8 oz, but I swear it looks like way more… if you need a comparison, a typical container of Greek yogurt is about 6 oz), in which there are 290 calories, 14 g of protein and 30 g of carbs.  The calorie count really isn’t that bad, but I’m not a huge fan of the carb count.  I’d rather get my carbs from eating bread so instead of eating the entire container in one sitting (I really, reallyyyyy wanted to) I took about 1/4 of the container and mixed it with about 4 oz of plain Greek yogurt.  I also added in 1 Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax bar for some crunch and a small drizzle of honey with extra pumpkin pie spice.

Heaven in a bowl

Heaven in a bowl

Overall, this breakfast was very filling, low on calories but high on protein and DELICIOUS.

I definitely see more of these yogurt bowls in my future.  It’s a great breakfast to enjoy after a hot workout that works up your appetite!

**If you’re interested in trying the Noosa yogurt, here is a coupon for 55 cents off.  They are running a special at Target right now (and they do this special quite a bit) for 2 containers for $4. With the coupon, that means that you can get 2 containers of this yogurt for $3.45!  Even though the size of the yogurt doesn’t sound like much, trust me when I say this will last you, unless you’re like me and can’t put the container away after eating 1 serving.  I have tried many of their flavors and haven’t found one that I don’t like yet!  Happy shopping!