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Truth is… 
Time management has been a challenge for me lately. I love blogging, but I’ve had a hard time balancing school , work, and life over the last few months. One New Years resolution of mine will be to blog a couple of times a week, mostly because it truly makes me happy to write, reminisce, and share thoughts and recipes.
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Thanksgiving this year was one of the best that I can remember. Great food, great family and lots of laughs, I just loved it.
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I am mentally (and physically) exhausted from studying for finals. I have had 3 finals over the course of the last two days, and in the last two weeks, I do believe I’ve studied more  for chemistry than I have for any other subject EVER. Lets hope it pays off.

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I recently found out my anatomy & physiology credits from Australia aren’t being accepted for course credit at the college I’m attending, and therefore I must repeat A & P in America. Truthfully I cried for about six hours thinking about the effort and money I spent to take that class…but truthfully I know everything happens for a reason and it will all work out in the end.

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I love my grandparents more than anything and selfishly I want them around forever. Watching them struggle with old age has been nothing short of challenging, so I’m always so happy when we’re together and we can dote on them.
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Friendship is a blessing. I spent last Saturday in Boston with some of my dearest friends and I truly loved each and every second.
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I really miss outdoor running. While in Australia, most of my workouts were outdoors and I sort -of became accustomed to it. I certainly enjoyed fall running to its fullest in New England, but Maine winters +snow+black ice+frigid temps=no more running for me. However last week and this week, I managed to sneak in one run each week on the “warmer” days, and walk/runs with my Mom. It was blissful!
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I’ve been making a protein shake each morning for breakfast to go along with my fruit and yogurt, and I am absolutely amazed at how long it keeps me satisfied. Arbonne protein powder for the win!
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The holidays are my favorite time of year. When else can you bake and shop every single day and not need an excuse to do it?
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My Mom and I may have a T.J. Maxx problem…just sayin’.
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I made these iced oatmeal cookies last week and they were EPIC. Mother Thyme is a genius. I’ll most definitely be making these  over and over again.
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Brandon arrives home for Christmas in 12 days. To say I’m a little excited would be an absolute UNDERSTATEMENT!
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Got any truths to share?
What’s your favorite thing about Christmas time?
Anyone else have a TJ Maxx “problem”? : –)

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Things I’m Loving in australia…week 3

Hello again!  Is anyone else speechless that it’s nearly December? Brandon and I say to each other almost daily that it feels like July here, so this past weekend, we decided to kick off our holiday season by bringing American Thanksgiving to Australia. It definitely helped get me into the holiday spirit and besides, we really didn’t want to miss out on turkey, pie, and all the fun everyone was having back home! So together we shopped, chopped, baked, stayed up VERY late, and served up a “Friends-giving” for 14 of our friends. While turkey day was definitely the highlight of last week, here’s some other things I loved:

1) Mail from home…thank you Mom and Julia!
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2) Cadbury Crunchie Chocolate bars…or really any Cadbury bar, seeing’s how the average size chocolate bar here is the size of a water bottle. King-sized chocolate bars for a regular-sized price? Sign.me.up!
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3) Running to views like this ( so Beverly hills 90210-ish, don’t you think?!)
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4)  New friends
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5) Homemade pizza nights with my sweetie
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6) New furniture to hold the (way too many)clothes I brought.
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7) Witnessing Brandon make pumpkin AND apple pie from scratch. So proud, so proud.
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8) Palm trees and the beach.
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9) Late night cooking with my favorite.
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10) Friends-giving Success!
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What are you loving this week?