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There Is No “Normal”

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July 7, 2014 by Katie

Average, typical, regular, expected, ordinary, conventional, normal.

The topic of “normal” seems to keep coming up in my life and mind these days and I thought it was important to remind everyone that there is no normal.

Normal (adjective): conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected…


Thursday Thoughts

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July 3, 2014 by Katie

1. If you hadn’t noticed from my Instagram feed, I’ve been puppy-sitting Molly all week! The only bad part? She wakes me up a lot a night so I’ve been exhausted all week. Thankfully, however, she slept soundly last night so I’m feeling a lot better today!

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2. Is it bad that I’m not excited tomorrow is a holiday? Don’t get me wrong, I love the 4th but every day I can’t work is a day I don’t get paid for!


Tips For Traveling On A Budget

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July 1, 2014 by Katie

After showing you all the pictures from my trip to France and Spain, many of you asked for tips on how to travel on a budget. As many of my readers know, I don’t make much money in a temp job right now, so a trip to Europe seemed impossible, however I was blessed enough to make it happen.

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So how much did I spend on two weeks in Europe? What would you guess?

I asked my friends this question and they all answered around $3,000 – $5,000 dollars. Well guess what?


Summer Fun with Blue Diamond

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June 30, 2014 by Katie

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions are my own.

Summer is definitely the busiest time of the year here in Chicago, as I’m sure it is most other places. All you want to do is be outside, and there is so much travel with vacations and weddings.

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Because I can’t eat gluten or soy, I am sometimes limited on food choices when I’m away from home. I learned quickly that whether I’m going to work, out running errands or traveling, I always need to pack my own snacks.

Ever since I discovered Blue Diamond’s flavored almonds, I was hooked. Not only are they a healthy and filling snack, but they are SO GOOD. Obviously I said yes when they offered to send me two of their flavors that are great for summer: Toasted Coconut and Blueberry.

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I dug straight into the Coconut flavor and absolutely loved them, I finished them off in three days! I was skeptical about Blueberry, but they were surprisingly good! I’m definitely a sweet over savory kind of person so I loved having a snack that’s normally savory become so sweet!


Thursday Thoughts

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June 26, 2014 by Katie

1. Sooooo I spilled water all over my laptop and I’m not sure it’s going to survive this time. Blogging …
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Writing Process Blog Tour

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June 24, 2014 by Katie

Hey everyone! I hope your week started off well! A little bit ago, Ari, from Ari’s Menu and a good friend of mine, invited me to do the Writing Process Blog Tour, which invites bloggers to let readers in on some behind the scenes information. I thought, why not!?

When I sat down to answer the questions, I realized that my answer is completely different from what it would have been 3 months ago, a year ago, or two years ago. It’s always changing as factors in my life change, such as free time, inspiration, and what I choose to write about.


Happy Friday!

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June 20, 2014 by Katie

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! I saw this quote the other day on pinterest and it made me laugh because, well, it is so true! Haha

Whatever you have planned this weekend, I hope you go into it with a smile and a good attitude, because that always makes things better. And if you’re having a bad day, go buy yourself some flowers:


Thursday Thoughts

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June 19, 2014 by Katie

1. Thank you for all of your kind comments on yesterday’s post! After spending much of my life worrying too much about what everyone thinks, it’s nice to know I can just be myself and still have so many supporters.

2. Remember how I mentioned MADI Apparel a little while ago? Well if you missed it, it’s a new company that’s based on the TOMS shoes business concept: buy a pair of underwear and one pair is donated to a women’s shelter…


How Can You Serve?

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June 18, 2014 by Katie

Over the past year or so of writing this blog, I’ve been slowly and slowly mentioning my faith and tossing it into blog posts. I’ve always been afraid to really discuss it in this space because I’m worried about alienating some of my readers. As much as I love everyone’s support and want to make each and every one of you feel like you can relate to me, I also have to remember to be completely and totally myself.

I am a Christian. It has slowly become a larger and larger part of my life until I realized that it is my life. I am here because of God and my purpose here is to serve him, which means that my faith falls into everything that I do. Well, I try


Making Blends

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June 15, 2014 by Katie

Sooo it took me a little while to write this, didn’t it? I realized that many of you have read recaps from several other bloggers who attended Blend, and for the most part mine would have been the same. We all attended the same meals and workouts, we all talked to the same brands, went on the same hike and many of us explored Park City together as well.

What I want to talk about today is why Blend was one of the best weekends of my life (and no, it wasn’t just because of the swag!). Blend was great because of my own mindset, and because of the other women who attended…


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