A Lot to Be Thankful For

Can someone start a new Friday link-up? It seems all the ones I participate in or have done in the past are just getting huuuuuuge and I'm not sure how much actual clicking around/hopping is getting done. Anyone out there have any ideas? I'd love to get one started... or learn about a smaller one that maybe I haven't seen yet? :)

Nevertheless, it's Friday and I feel like I've got a lot to be thankful for this week. It was the same ole, same ole at the office all week, which can make the hours drag, but so many other things have brought me joy this week I just feel like I could bust! And I know you're all just dying to know what those things are so here we go:

1. This weekend! The obvious choice, of course. Jared and I get to hang with some family friends that we haven't seen in months and months and months. I truly think it might have been August when we saw them last! Unacceptable. I'm glad we're changing that tomorrow!

2. Blog-friend-turned-real-life-friend-Allison announcing her pregnancy with some of THE cutest pictures ever. I'm so happy for her and Drew and cannot wait to see her next week for (another) much overdue catch-up session. Fun fact- our last get together was in February and she was already pregnant but I didn't know it!!!!

3. New running shoes! I have been talking about needing new shoes forever now and last weekend I finally bit the bullet and got some. I accidentally fell in love with a $100 pair of Brooks, but even though they were like wearing comfy marshmallows on my feet, I couldn't justify the price. I'm glad I held off though because I found some babies on clearance at the Nike Outlet for dirt cheap and they were the last ones in my size. It was fate. I've run in them a few times already and they are PERFECT.

4. I worked out every single day this week! Mon-Fri! That is not something normal for me, but I'm hoping it becomes the new normal. Jared and I have been better about mixing up our workouts, some days cardio, some days weights and I even did Zumba once this week. How are everyone's goals going for the #4weeksfit challenge? Don't forget to use the hashtag- I've enjoyed checking in on you all! 

5. I get to see my one-and-only adorable niece SO soon. I've been counting down the days for awhile now and I know I'm just going to spoil her silly when I finally get my hands on her. I'm sorry in advance, sis! ;)

6. The blog design business is busy, busy, busy and I wouldn't have it any other way. I finally updated my page so if you haven't checked it out in awhile- please do.

7. I love when Jared and I's paydays fall on the same day. We're on different pay schedules, so it doesn't always work out this way, but this week it did. While I'd love to spend all that money in one place, you know we'll be putting it towards those pesky student loans. But still... for about 24 hours we feel "rich" and it's a fun feeling.

8. New delicious recipes. I made a mexican-style quinoa dish for our lunches this week. Bonus- it's a one pan dish! I'll share full details next week, promise! You're gonna' want it ;)

Well, I guess 8 things seems like a good number to stop at today. 
Happy Friday! What are you thankful for this week???


27 comments

  1. Mmmm yes gimme all the quinoa!!!! ;) so darn yummy. I'm glad we made it to Friday! Can't wait for you to see your cute little niece!!! :)

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  2. Ohhh have a blast this weekend! Always good to see old friends! =) I'm so happy for Allison, I can't wait to watch her become a Mom! And YAY to working out everyday this week... and new shoes!!! =D

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  3. Yay for awesome weekends, babies, workouts, and especially new running shoes!! What a fantastic week you are having <3

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  4. I'll join you in a friday link up, but i have no ideas. :)

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  5. Yay for getting to see your niece so soon!! And of course the friends and family you haven't seen in forever too. I too need running shoes like WOAH! I might need to make a Nike Outlet run (pun intended) soon. We could have a blate?? And you and I both love a good deal, we could do a link up sharing a few deals of the week? Could be good right before people shop over the weekend? Just a random thought.

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  6. I'm thankful for every single time you post quinoa recipe! ;)

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  7. I'd totally be down with doing a linkup on fridays. I'll think of some ideas :)!

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  8. Go you for working out all this week!!! Enjoy spoiling your cute niece!!! :) Have a great weekend!!

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  9. Oh, I totally agree! That 5 on Friday has gotten INSANE. I'll start a link-up with you :) I used to do a "Friday Facts" post - pretty generic, but it's a start!

    Congrats on the working out! 5 days in a row is HARD, but it feels so good once it's over and you can say you did it! You're gonna rock that bikini this summer!!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  10. Lady, just start your own linkup! That is precisely why I never did that five on friday thing or whatever. I decided long ago that linkups with 100+ people is pointless for the most part. But don't get me started ;)

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  11. I've been doing the 5 on Friday link-up recently just to meet other people in blogland and holy moly! Talk about overwhelming. Please do your own one that is a little smaller. That way you can actually meet people and get to know them a little better :)

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  12. Just made Mexican quinoa the other day and it was SO good! Glad you found a new pair of running shoes!

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  13. That Mexican quinoa is delicious! I love making the leftovers into quesadillas the next day!

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  14. I would be down for a thankful friday or favorites friday or something like that, I'd love to start a link up with you!

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  15. Paydays at the same time are the best thing to look at, I completely agree. Stupid bills getting in the way of ultimate riches though...

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  16. You could make this post a weekly link up! I would be in for linking up! :)

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  17. How about a student loan themed linkup? There are a lot of us trying to slay them.

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  18. Frugal Friday link-up??? I love hearing how others are saving money and where the deals are at.

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  19. You had me at comfy marshmallows..

    Wait.

    What were we talking about again?!

    Agree about the link up..we should really try to think of something new and fun!!

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  20. I think I'm making that dish this week ha-ha Can't wait to try it with my own little spin on it :)

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  21. I agree there needs to be a new Friday link-up I dont like the ones w 300+ people its just too much! I am planning on making a quinoa bowl w corn, black beans, etc....kind of like a chipotle rice bowl.

    Yay for new running shoes!!!

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  22. I did the same as Samantha, I did a Fun Facts Friday, but then I ran out of fun facts, haha! I'm not that interesting. I would join a link up you did...how about...you pick the first topic and then whoever gets the most views (I assume you can do this because on other link ups they always say, "last week this was the most viewed one") then that person gets to pick a topic and so forth?

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  23. Just checked out your portfolio...gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

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  24. fun! i need a good qinoa recipe to try out, they always seem to be a mexican or southwest style too!

    i am in to help you figure out a fun friday link up idea!?!?!

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  25. You should check out the Friday favourites link up that Amanda does over at meet @the Barre :) similar to 5 on Friday but way smaller!

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  26. If you start a new fun Friday Link-up, I'll join up! hmmm. thinking. thinking.

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