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Friday favorites including #babycrafts @panerabread #minimuffins and #running –>


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New Website!

Hi all,

I have  moved to blogging at Check it out for new posts! Thanks,


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Quick Friday Hello

Just stopping in quick to say Happy Weekend to everyone!

And to let you know about my awesome Friday. ..

Started with a great caramel skim latte and a beautiful morning.


Luke, Abby, and I ran errands.


I had an ah-mazing apple Fuji salad from Panera.


I spent quality time laughing and playing with Luke.


I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill doing an incline walking workout without a single peep from my calf. (Still trying to hold off on actually running til Sunday. . . but I am hopeful!)

Did The Fitnessista’s 5 minute Ab Burner <—seriously no joke! Check it out. Winking smile

Dinner was burgers from Schmidt’s Meat Market.

And now chilling on the couch with the husband and a very furry dog between us!


Hope you had a great day too. . . share with me what you did!



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My foodie pen pal–August

Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean started this awesome thing called foodie pen pals. I heard about it thru Healthy Living Blogs and immediately signed up for August. Basically, you send someone a box of goodies and someone else sends you a box of goodies.

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The rules are pretty simple: The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written.

Here is what I sent to Robin (a reader) in Michigan. . .

Angie’s Kettle Corn – made in Mankato, MN –>totally addicting. Scott and I have been known to polish a bag in less than a day. Smile 


Ortega Taco Seasoning with a recipe for Mexican Chicken Breasts (aka Taco Chicken)


Annie’s Garden Jalapeno Dip Mix – made in WI. Great dip for crackers or veggies.


An assortment of my favorite Fiber One Bars, Luna Bars and a Lara Bar.


And a pack of Extra Dessert Delights – Root Beer Float


And finally a cute card!


All packed up and ready to go!

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And here is what Robin thought about her box of goodies:

This was my first time doing Foodie Pen Pals, so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but it sounded fun!  Katie was an awesome pen pal!  I was so excited when I saw the box from her in my mailbox!  It’s hard to say what the best thing in the box was, but I was very excited about a recipe she sent me for Mexican Chicken breasts, and can’t wait to try it. 🙂

And my foodie pen pals were Colleen and Graziella from Baltimore Foodie Baby. They have a really cute blog, where Graziella (the Baltimore Foodie Baby) helps Mom (Colleen) make yummy recipes and then tries them out.

I got lots of good stuff in my goodie box. Check it out!

A super cute card with a picture of Graziella helping in the kitchen.


Homemade blueberry jam


Berger cookies – which I was warned to have a large glass of milk close by


Old Bay Seasoning – apparently good on everything! Including popcorn!!!


‘UTZ’ potato chips with crab seasoning


RPSs – Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches –>ummm deliciousness Winking smile 



I opened the box, went to get my camera to come back and take pictures and this is what I come back to. . . Scott breaking into the RPSs.


A BIG thank you to Colleen and Graziella for a great 1st experience with foodie pen pals. Smile 

Are you a foodie pen pal? If not, and you are interested, check out Lindsay’s blog at The Lean Mean Green – both bloggers and readers can participate.


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The Fair–2012

On Friday, we took a trip to the Minnesota State Fair. It was actually Luke’s second time going. . . but I think he probably had more fun this time!


We went with Uncle Adam.


It was HOT! But the baby did really well, hanging out in the stroller for most of the day. And even took a nap or two.


And of course there was food!

We had:

a corn dog


corn on the cob


University of Minnesota Dairy Barn Vanilla Milk Shake


Pina Colada drink in a whole pineapple




Sunnies in a boat – with an awesome raspberry tartar sauce –> just like last year!


mini doughnuts


Frozen strawberry key lime pie covered in white chocolate


And we walked around



checked out the Jeep display


played with our feet


And my favorite attraction: The Princess Kay of the Milky Way Butter heads. They take huge blocks of butter and carve the Princesses of the fair into them. Super cool! Literally. Winking smile 


Another great year at the Fair.

On the bus on the way back to the car. . .


And the car ride home. . .



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My new favorite website

Have you checked out The Meta Picture?

It is seriously hilarious. Go there if you need a laugh.

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***Disclaimer: some things on this website are NOT funny and can be vulgar. Just an FYI for you! Smile


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Guess what?

I am *finally* on Instagram.

For those of you who don’t know, Instagram is a photo-sharing app.

From their website:

Instagram - Fast, beautiful photo sharing for your iPhone

Meet Instagram

It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family.

Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram. Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it’s as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.

Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?

Have you checked it 0ut?

If you are on it, let me know so I can follow you! If you want to follow me, find me at @running4cupcakes! Smile



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