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Thankful Thursday Week 12


Pretty crazy that we are 12 weeks into 2014, right?!  Time is flying by!  And I am so, SO happy because today is the first day of spring!!  Woohoo!  While it's not exactly spring weather in Chicago yet (we have snow in our forecast next week), I can definitely tell it's on the way.  I love hearing the birds chirping in the morning and love the fact that it is staying light out until 7pm.. it's all about the little things.  And that is what this link up is all about - celebrating the little things we are thankful for each week!  I hope you'll link up with my 3 cohosts and I - Mia at Make Me Up Mia, Carly at Carly Blogs Here and Kristal at The Strong Family - for today's Thankful Thursday :)

Thursday, March 13


Some people live for their morning coffee, I live for my morning orange juice.  And not just any regular old OJ, it has to be Mariano's freshly squeezed.  So.Good.  If you live in the Chicago area, do yourself a favor and stop at Mariano's and buy a bottle of this.  You'll never look back.

Friday, March 14


I spent all day cleaning the apartment before our visitors arrived (nothing like having people over to force you to clean...) and decided to take a little break on our porch.  It was only 50 degrees out but our porch is enclosed by our building so no wind reaches it which made it feel at least 10 degrees warmer!  It was so nice to feel the sun's heat.

Saturday, March 15


Nick's cousin and his wife stayed with us over the weekend!  We had to take them to see the Chicago River get dyed green and then we proceeded to get some green beers.

Sunday, March 16


After our visitors left, we headed to the early afternoon church service.  I love spending Sunday's here and am happy we found a church we really feel at home at in Chicago!

Monday, March 17


I attempted crockpot white chicken chili and OH MY, good.  Look for this recipe soon!  I had to throw the avocado in there for something green.. it was St. Patty's Day after all!

Tuesday, March 18


Haha I'm sorry for this awkward/slightly gross picture.  We played in the championship game for our volleyball league on Tuesday night and unfortunately lost.  I was bummed so when I got home, I had to do something to cheer myself up.  The obvious answer was to try my new face mask of course!  Thanks to Biana at B Loved Boston for the recommendation, I'm loving the Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask!

Wednesday, March 19


Rainy days make me happy because I get to wear my Hunter boots!  One of my best purchases this winter - I wear them all the time, rain or shine!

26 comments

  1. I DO live for my morning (and afternoon!) coffee but should take a cue from you & opt for the healthier choice of OJ. Hallelujah Spring is here!!!!! (Kind of I guess :))

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  2. I love how visitors force insane cleaning sessions. I hate it while doing it but love it after! Xx.

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  3. I keep missing this link up - writing it in my planner! I love this! I love your outlook!

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  4. I live for my morning coffee, but that OJ sound delicious...I'm def going to get my hands on some to try!

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  5. I'm so happy that you're liking the mask!!! I wish we had some of that OJ here...sadly just the Tropicana kind lol!! Happy Spring!!

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  6. I need hunter boots - so cute!!!! Your chili looks delish and I hear you about the cleaning sessions before visitors! Those are the most stressful and productive ones!

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  7. I'm ashamed to say the only time our house gets "really" cleaned is when we have people coming over. Love the hunters-I've been wanting to pull the trigger on a pair.

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  8. I'm the same way about the rain - i'm thrilled because the Hunters are screaming at me.

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  9. Losing games are no fun, I feel you on doing something fun afterwards.

    Love the green river picture, I want to visit it one day!

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  10. Lots of GREEN in your pictures this week :)
    I always think its very unhealthy to dye a river. I don't know how they do it... crazy!
    YIPEEEEE for those boots & your shades - super cute!!!
    That reminds me - I have a new face mask I've been wanting to try. Putting that on my to-do list!

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  11. I'm drinking orange juice as we speak! (but not fresh-squeezed) and Hunter Boots are a lifesaver! I absolutely love mine!
    xo

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  12. Look at that gorgeous green river! I am trying hard for 2015 to be there!!

    That bachelorette party I mentioned...yeah she doesn't want to travel out of St. Louis anymore. Boo to her.

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  13. Happy 1st day of spring!

    Looking forward to your white chicken chili recipe :)

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  14. Yum that OJ sound pretty tasty! Yay for sunshine, and I've got to get that mask! Happy Thursday girl :)

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  15. I'm literally groaning over here....totally forgot to link up! I swear if my head wasn't attached to my body....I'd probably lose that as well! I promise I'll get my act together! I love my Hunter boots all 4 times I've been able to wear them in FL but at least they will last for a long time right? xoxooxo

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  16. I love the mask picture! Your lashes are so crazy long- so pretty! My husband is an orange juice every morning no matter what person too! Every once in a while it really is so refreshing, I have to have my coffee first thing though :) And we have snow in the forecast for next week too! Ahhhh I'm hoping it's wrong, but I'm trying to just enjoy a nice few days for now!

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  17. I've always wanted a pair of Hunter boots! Maybe I'll make the investment when winter rolls around again later this year ... oh wait, it hasn't even left yet! :) My mom is obsessed with Mariano's - have you ever tried their mostaccoli? Delicious!

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  18. I am so thankful it is warming up, too! That soup looks amazing!

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  19. Huge cheers to spring! Nothing like sitting in the sun to instantly feel better. Can't wait for the chili recipe. We have to see Chicago at some point - you and Jillian make it looks so fun!

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  20. That green river is insane! So glad you've found a church home that you love so much! And I'm dying for some Hunter Boots. I seriously think one of my first purchases when I get a real nursing job will be some!

    www.lincsmomma.blogspot.com

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  21. MARIANO'S!!!!! ahhhh i miss thee

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  22. oo i need to try that OJ! happy "spring" ....hopefully it stops snowing soon! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  23. Yeahhh Hunter Boots! That's so cool you got to sit outside for a bit-what a perfect spot! I bet it's sweltering in the summer with no breeze though. Happy first day of spring!

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  24. I mean your food always looks the best!! We had to clean our apartment for visitors this past weekend and then they didn't even come lol but at least I have a clean apartment!

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  25. I got that face mask also :) I haven't used it yet. I used it on my husband and he says he liked it.
    Orange juice? Man, I always try and I can never do it. I bet if I try some of that one, I would fall in love!

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  26. Satisfy! Plans delightful your blog space is commonly!
    This is exactly for that reason important, you do not need still be aware of! Seeker Hunter willies! It's for that reason cold you've got to make sure you lay out of in a bit-what a wonderful notice! Document solution it will be sweltering on the the summer time without having any breeze even if. Cheerful first of all moment about the warm season comes!
    Thanks to all

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