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Lately & A Protein shake for coffee lovers

Hello, hello! Here we are on the last day of July…can you believe it? I sure can’t! Just 5 more weeks and I move back to Massachusetts with Brandon…eeeek! Where has summer gone? It is FLYING by. Since my schedule has pretty much been all over the place the past few months, it seems like time is going by faster than ever. Some nights I’m in Maine, others I’m in New Hampshire, now-and-then I head to Boston, and I try to get to Cape Cod when I can. On-top of that, there’s been weddings, work every weekend, and apartment searching. Needless to say, life lately has been very busy, but fun too! Lately in the last few weeks I:
…attended a beautiful wedding:
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Our friends Anna and Matt said ‘I do’ in a beautiful outdoor ceremony, filled with heart-felt vows, readings, wonderful people, and so.much.love. I adored every second of it!
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…have spent my days off with my Mom:
Sadly, my time of living back at home with my parents is quickly coming to an end, so I’m trying to soak in as much time with them as possible. My Mom and I have planned an outing each week where we do something together that we both love. Last week, we shopped and had lunch on the water. This week, we worked out together, shopped again, and went blueberry picking.  I couldn’t love this lady more. 
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…have been addicted to making the same breakfast, every day:
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Truthfully, I get into breakfast ruts quite often, meaning I eat the same thing over and over again every day. However, when I decided to do a gluten-free, dairy-free cleanse a few months ago, I began starting my day with a homemade protein shake for breakfast (along with a bowl of fruit) and to this day I am still hooked on this combo, even post-cleanse!  This recipe is just too good not to share. For the coffee lovers out there, I think you’ll love this shake. To me, it tastes just like a Starbuck’s Frappuccino, without the added calories and extra guilt. I literally eat/drink this 6 days a week before work in the morning. It’s delicious, satisfying, gluten-free, dairy-free, gives me the coffee taste I crave AND keeps me full for hours.

Double Coffee Lover’s Protein Shake
Ingredients
1/2 cup reduced sugar Almond Milk (I use Original or Vanilla Almond Breeze brand)
5-6 frozen strawberries (mostly de-thawed)
1 handful of fresh spinach (washed and dried)
2 scoops Arbonne Vanilla Protein powder
1 packet instant coffee (I use Nescafe Taster’s Choice hazelnut flavor)
1 TBSP decaf instant coffee
1/2 cup crushed ice (to start)
2 TBSP cold water
Shake of cinnamon

Directions
1) Add almond milk, thawed strawberries, protein powder, and spinach to blender.
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2) Using a coffee mug, mix instant coffees together with a splash of water and stir for a few seconds until it’s mixed together. Then add this liquid to the blender.
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3)Top with crushed ice, water, and cinnamon.
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4) Blend until mixed well. If the shake is too thin, add more ice. If it’s too thick for your liking, add more water and/ or Almond Milk if desired. Enjoy with a spoon or a straw!
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I can’t get enough of this protein shake. I make mine thick enough to eat with a spoon, but it’s delicious through a straw, too. If you try it, I hope you love it.

What have you been up to lately?
Do you make shakes for breakfast? If so, what’s your go-to recipe?
Do you “eat” your shakes, or am I the only one?  Winking smile

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A birthday wish for my beautiful mom

Today my beautiful Mom is 60 years young.
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We started off her special day with a mother/daughter work-out, which is truly one of my favorite things to do together. Having a work-out buddy that is your Mom and best friend is so.much.fun.
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I struggle to find the right words to describe my Mom, because there’s just too many of them: compassionate, giving, loving, beautiful, spirited, kind-hearted, honest, loyal; anyone that knows her would surely say all of those things,  but she’s  more than that too.

-She’s a wonderful wife
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-An outstanding mother
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-A loving daughter
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-A do-anything-for-these-puppies Nana

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-A remarkable business woman
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-A supportive sister
-A caring Aunt
-A loyal friend
-A positive role model
-A dedicated volunteer
-A top-notch cook

…I mean really, I could go on and on!

Today I wish my Mom a wonderful birthday and a spectacular year ahead. I’m so happy to be with you and I love you more than words can say.

I made her a cookie-cake last night to try and express my infinite amount of love for her….what do you think? Did it work?
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Does she look 60 to you? I think not!  If 60 looks this good, bring.it.on!

P.S. My good friend Monique asked me to guest-post on her blog over the weekend. Hop on over to her blog and check-out my ‘starting over’ story here!

Mother’s Day (and birthday!) wishes

Hey there! I hope you’re having  a fantastic weekend. It’s already Mother’s Day here in Australia, so I’d like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful Mom’s out there.  You have the hardest jobs in the world, and are all truly an inspiration to me.  Since I can’t physically be with all of the special Mother’s I know today, I ‘m sending you all my love in this post!

A Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful Mom…
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My beautiful Nana…
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My beautiful Mem…
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Brandon’s beautiful Mom Sue…
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My beautiful Grammie who is looking down on us…
All of my Aunts, cousins, friends, and the other lovely Mom’s I know…
…and to my beautiful sister, the best doggy-mommy I know!

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Besides just Mother’s Day, today also marks my Dad’s birthday. He and my Mom are celebrating in Boston all weekend and I wish I could be there more than anything. You don’t look a day over 40 Dad : –) Love you!

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(Fun fact: My Dad is a twin too! They are both over 6’6 and even though they are turning 67 today (!!!), they are still best friends. Twins run in our family and it’s the best!)

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Hope you have a special rest of your weekend!

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day?
Do twins run in your family? Please share!