Happy Monday

December 12, 2011

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Pancakes or oatmeal?

Pancakes or oatmeal?

Tough decision on a Monday morning!

Ultimately I went with oatmeal – stuffed into a near-empty Sunflower jar.

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Great decision :)

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The Mix

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • Cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Banana on top
  • Sunflower residue
  • Grawnola

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Tea slurp. I don’t think I can ever go back to non-frothed tea again!

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I’m very fortunate to love my line or work and lucky that I also love Mondays. I prefer the routine of daily life, healthy meals, and workouts to the more hectic and unpredictable busy-ness and fun of the weekends. I am one who loves routine, even if it does get boring at times. And for that, I am thankful.

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[Hunger Games is soooo good that I read for an hour last night!]

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1 kathleen @ the daily crumb December 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

i thrive from routine and sticking to my daily habits. i love a schedule and a plan… my husband calls me a total dork, but it’s what works for me :) after a long, indulgent weekend, i’m happy to be back to the structure of monday morning!

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2 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

Sunflower seed butter is wonderful! And I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games, I couldn’t put them down!

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3 Anna Resman December 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

Monday mornings are the best! Just finished morning workout and now I have three hours to get things done before class – such a good feeling.

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4 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

I had oats in a jar too for breakfast! So fun.

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5 Johanna B December 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

I need to buy some longer spoon before I make OIAJ a regular on my breakfast menu.

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6 Cait's Plate December 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

Oh my gosh when I opened up your blog for a second I thought I had gone to mine! We had pretty much the same exact breakfast! Great minds think alike :)

PS – You are making me DIE to read The Hunger Games! I can’t wait to finish my current book so I can move on to it!!

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7 Lindzjane115 December 12, 2011 at 9:43 am

There is such comfort in routine, and the feeling of productivity that comes with a busy week after a slower weekend!

I can’t wait to get through my jar of Sunflower butter so I can try this version of oatmeal!

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8 HRCK December 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

I’m so thankful that I love Mondays as well. I haven’t felt Sunday night dread since high school, and it’s a big blessing!

Those oats look amazing…

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9 Khushboo December 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

I’m also a fan of Monday mornings: something assuring about knowing what to expect!

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10 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

Oats in a jar–YUM!
And I’ve read and heard so many great things about The Hunger Games! I really want to read it…especially with the movie coming out!

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11 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

I never re-read books but you’re making me want to with Hunger Games. I absolutely LOVED that series. Happy Monday!

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12 katie @KatieDid December 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

I too am a sucker for familiarity and comfort. But routine wouldn’t be so great without the added random bursts of spontaneity though (in my opinion!).

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13 Lena @Fit on the Rocks December 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

I love the predictable “boringness” of routines most of the time, but I’ll throw myself for a big loop here and there so that I’m not totally zoned out with life lol. I think Hunger Games is next up for my book club, so I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

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14 modernworkinggirl December 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

Ooh, Sunflower Seed Butter looks delicious. We don’t get much fancy stuff like that in England :) But I do have sunflower seeds – maybe I should throw some in a blender!

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15 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

i had the SAME thing for breakfast in the same exact jar. ;) no pumpkin or granola in mine, but pretty much the same. twas gooooood!

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16 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

routines and predicability are beautiful…love them.

As a mom I have learned that nothing ever is predictable anymore! There is *some* order to the chaos, but it’s more chaotic than orderly many days. B.K. (before kid) life was wayyy more predictable. People wonder why I stay up so late…yeah, that’s the only time I can get things done :)

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17 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

Your oatmeal in a jar looks so comforting…especially with the antique looking spoon. I also love my daily monday routine after a busy weekend…although today I am mixing it up with a haircut. As luck would have it, my neighbour with curly hair like mine, is a hairdresser. Social visit and haircut all in one!

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18 Justeen @ Blissful Baking December 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

I had oats in a TJ’s sunflower butter jar this morning too :) Mine were overnights oats though – I used a combination of Greek Yogurt and eggnog and it was incredible!

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19 Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

I NEED routine. Much like a newborn. I need to plan, I need it automated. It’s so much more relaxing.

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20 Marie@feedingfive December 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

After you’re done with the book you have to go online and watch the trailer for the movie (coming out next year), it looks sooooo good.

I rarely go to the movies or get excited about movies but for once in probably 5 years I am seeing this one in the good theater, not the dollar theater. It really does look just like it reads.

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21 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I have been holding off on viewing the trailer but I CANNOT WAIT!

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22 Angel7 December 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

Even though I like pancakes, I would probably choose oatmeal most days.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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23 Karissa December 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

I know you wrote about this before, but I can’t find the old post… how do you froth the milk for your tea?

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24 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I have a cheap frother from IKEA. I heat the milk in the microwave for 26 seconds and then froth away, then pour the tea on top

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25 Karissa December 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Awesome thanks!

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26 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather December 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

Frothy tea sure is the best!!! And I gave in to oats this morning too… always a good decision :)

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27 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine December 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

So which book are you on—the first one? I loved the whole series, but the first book was definitely my fave! I think it was just the shock value of the subject matter!

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28 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Yup! First

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29 Heather December 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

Just catching up on the weekend posts and comment “drama”. I do think it’s unfortunate that people seem to give generally mean spirited comments on your blog. I’m sure that can’t be easy to read. However, as I know you and other HLBs are frustrated with the negativity, I do have to say that when you purposely put yourself in the plain view of public, I think it’s naive to expect only good. You open yourself to criticism (yes, even some mean spirited).

It’s always been difficult for me, personally, to take criticism, even constructive and as I’ve grown in my career and life in general, I’ve learned to thicken the skin a bit. My best advice to the HLBs is to do the same. Unfortunately it’s something that’s going to come with the job!

And with that said, Happy Monday!

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30 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I’ve decided I don’t believe in constructive criticism. I believe in FEEDBACK. I think constructive criticism implies a certain bias, unapproval or negativity of the giver – it uses the word criticize. I know it’s a phrase that is used in all kinds of fields, but I just don’t like the phrase. How often do you hear “no one likes to hear constructive criticism, but…” I have never, ever asked for constructive criticism and guess I should be more clear that simply by blogging, I’m not asking for it.

What I do really appreciate is feedback and good questions. I have no problem with anyone asking me a question about anything I’m doing/saying/writing about. And of course I welcome feedback on things. I DO want to know what people think so long as they are doing it in a polite way.

That said, my skin is much, much thicker than it was 4 years ago :) I mostly let the negativity roll off my shoulders. I’ve learned I can’t win – I’m damned if I do, damned if I don’t – in just about every single situation I could blog about, so that makes the negativity more meaningless to me.

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31 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

Oats in a jar! Perfect way to start off the week.

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32 Roxanne December 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

I finally googled Hunger Games! You talk about it so much that I had to know what it was about! LOL

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33 Emmy (WIne and Butter) December 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

You ARE lucky! I consider myself to earn some major “smug” points because I love staying in and reading and mornings in general. But Monday mornings still make me want to crawl back into bed until Tuesday has arrived…. This morning I cheered myself up with a mince pie though! That was cool. x

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34 Olivia @unleashingmymind December 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

I really need to read The Hunger Games! My ex boyfriend worked on the movie over the summer so I would like to read it before the movie comes out.

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35 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

How cool!

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36 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

I have been waiting to read Hunger Games for a while now. I’m excited to read it over the winter break!!

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37 Amanda December 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

I agree about liking the week-day routine. It can be nice to have a set structure, although I also enjoy the free time on the weekends. It’s nice to have both. :)

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38 lynn @ the actor's diet December 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

our sunflower seed jar is halfway down….excited…

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39 jojo December 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

i would love mondays too if i didn’t have a real job to go to either.

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40 eliza December 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

and why do you read her blog?

Kath, I LOVE routine too. Makes me feel sane and like myself. I like fun (and cookies) but in balance! Have a good day.

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41 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Guess that makes this blog a figment of your imagination, if it’s not real that is.

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42 jenna k December 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm

just because someone doesn’t have a mon-fri, 9-5 job doesn’t mean they don’t have a job.

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43 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

I always end up being really torn between the weekend and the week…I really love to sleep in, but I love routine as well! I guess maybe I should just make weekend sleeping-in my routine? ;)

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44 Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Oats in a jar! I need to go through my peanut butter quicker so I can do that!

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45 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I am a routine gal too! I need to start reading the Hunger Games… :)

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46 Jennifer December 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

What a great way to use up a jar of sunflower butter. :) It all looks so delicious and crunchy.

You have my curiosity up now about the Hunger Games so I’m going to have to check it out. :)

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47 Lyn @ Life Lyn Style December 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

My local Gread Harvest in MENTOR OHIO (near Cleveland) is making the C-ville Crunch granola for me this week! Spread the word. :-)

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48 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

WOO HOO!!

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49 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

OIAJ.. perfect way to start a monday!

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50 Kate December 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Oh my gosh am I a routine-oriented person too! It’s always nice (and easier) to return to no booze, healthy eating on Mondays! As always, love reading your blog, Kath!

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51 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I’m looking forward to trying sunflower seed butter once my Better N’ Peanut Butter is gone.

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52 Kristen December 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I LOVE the hunger games!! Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down and finished the whole series in a week…can’t wait for the movie to come out!!

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53 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I know, The Hunger Games is WHERE it’s at!

I too LIVE for routine. Gotta have it :)

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54 TeenyLittleSuperChef December 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I’m totally with you. I have to have a routine in my life or else I get really crazy. Since starting my career working at home recently, it seems even more important that I live by a routine or else I would never get anything done. What type of schedule do you use to organize all the appointments and events you have going on in your life?
Your oats look delicious, as always. My husband thinks it’s funny how excited I get when a jar of nut butter starts getting really low and I can use it as a bowl for oats. I think he’s just jealous that I always steal them before he can try it :)

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55 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I use Google Calendar and Google Tasks. check out the video page for a more detailed explanation!

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56 Tracy December 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I love Mondays, too!! Literally wake up with a smile when I realize what day it is.

I started Hunger Games this morning. My 12 year old daughter is reading it also. For the…5TH time!! I think it’s safe to say she liked the series. lol

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57 Molly@RDexposed December 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I’ve had my frothed for about three weeks now and am totally in love with it!

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58 Brandy December 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I’m reading the Hunger Games too! Reading is the ultimate sleeping pill for me but I’ve been squeezing in every page I can before I fall asleep. I’m afraid to read it during the day ’cause I’ll just never put it down and therefore not get anything done :)

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59 Emily December 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm

i feel the exact same way! i love week-days because i have a routine. weekends are nice, but, there’s too much open space!

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60 Ellie@fitforthesoul December 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Gosh I’m craving SSB! But I’m still waiting for my 4-pack of Flying Squirrel from opensky!!! :P wait, is that the name? yeah… I have those moments so often too~pancakes oats? oats pancakes? haha

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61 Melissa Terlau December 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Kath,

I really want a milk steamer for Christmas this year. I thought you said yours was from IKEA, but I can’t remember for sure. Did you get it recently? I asked my mom for one, and she said she doesn’t know where to find one like you have. Thanks!

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62 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Yes, it’s from IKEA. In the kitchen section. I think it was under $2!?

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63 KellyK December 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I love the hunger games! And I love Mondays too – the return to schedule, organization, and I like to start the week out strong.

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64 Megan S. December 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I love great harvest granola!!

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65 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

oooh I love sunflower seed butter. And this post just reminded me that we are all out!

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66 Fallon December 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I love routine as well!

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67 Claire December 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I enjoy the routine of the week as well. I always feel out of sorts on Sunday and am eager to get back into my eating/working/running/sleeping routine.

Brrrrr it was cold out there this morning!! Hope we get some snow soon!

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68 Lauren December 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Hey Kath!

I have been a long time blog reader! I am writing you at this time as I just found out that my Mom has been diagnosed with uterine cancer (She’s 53). She has a grade 1 endometrial tumour and will be having a hysterectomy early in January. I know that you went through this with Karen and was just wondering if you have any advice/helpful tips. It was actually due to your/Karen’s message to all post-menopausal women that bleeding is not normal and should be checked out ASAP. That’s actually why she went to the doctor, because she had remembered I had told her that after reading your blog (sometime last year-ish?) Thank you so much for educating me regarding this! Anyways, any tips/advice/things to ask the doctor about etc would be so helpful!

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69 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Lauren,
I’m SO sorry to hear this – but also so relieved that Karen’s message was got your mom to the doctor. Will your mom be going through chemo? I think the biggest piece of advice I have is to stay positive and to help her with daily tasks (if you can) like cooking. We did that once a week and I think it helped. I also would stay with her or have someone stay with her the first night or two after the surgery. They often pump women full of gas and Karen was most uncomfortable after the surgery from all the gas in her abdomen, but her pain was pretty well under control. Hope that helps – xo

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70 Cheryl December 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I even love your spoon. The pictures on your blog are beautiful! Where do you find such nice plates/spoons/etc.?!

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71 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

The antique ones were my grandmothers :)

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72 Becca December 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm

ROUTINE, ROUTINE, ROUTINE. I love it, I crave it. Therefore I can totally identify with your love for mornings!

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73 Maria @ Maria Makes Muffins December 12, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I also love my routine. The weekends are so much fun with my husband around, but I sometimes crave the routine of the weekdays when my little one and I are at home together doing our thing.

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74 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I’m a lover of sponteneity myself, although I do find that routine makes it easier to keep up with the usual tasks and certainly helps me eat better. Good things to know about ourselves, I say! :) Happy Monday!

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75 lindsay December 13, 2011 at 7:13 am

I understand the love of a schedule, sometimes I think I get even MORE accomplished when Im busy~strange! Maybe its bc I have to have time management?? Anyway, pumped that after a long 6 month wait, I get to go back to a job I love!!

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76 hemp jogger December 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

with you 100%; i like a little spontaneity, but routine is where its at! can be boring, but i love it.

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77 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 14, 2011 at 7:35 am

I love that sunflower butter! I’m almost out so there’s a jar of oats in my future!

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