Oh my gosh it started raining here last night around 8:00 and it has not. stopped. since. Seriously, not once! I have an irrational hatred for being out in the rain (I love watching it wrapped up in cozy blankets indoors) so I have no idea what possessed me to tackle a giant to-do list in the downpour!


I spent WAY too much time (and money!) at the mall, and looked like a drowned rat when I was done, but I am officially ready for Vegas! I got some cute dresses and jewelry, then picked up these adorable shoes at…drumroll please

Payless. Payless!! I don’t even know what possessed me to go in there, but I’m glad I did. These heels are high, but comfy. And they’ve got a cute little zipper in the back. Plus I paid less for them. So, win. ;)

After all my errands were done, I made a final dash indoors for the day and stopped by the gym to tackle this quick & dirty 5-4-3-2-1 Treadmill Routine:

Time Speed
0-7 4.0
7-10 6.0
10-15 6.5
15-19 6.8
19-22 7.1
22-24 7.4
24-25 7.7
25-30 6.5
30-34 6.8
34-37 7.1
37-39 7.4
39-40 7.7
40-43 6.0
43-50 4.0 w/ 4% incline
Total: 5.1 Miles

This was based on the 5-4-3-2-1 Routine I did a couple weeks ago, and I increased my speed by .3 mph every 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 minute interval. Seriously love this routine!

A special snack was dangling in front of me on a fishing pole in my mind the whole time I was on the treadmill, and I whipped it up the second I got home: apples, ginger cats and chocolate hazelnut butter!


I’ve been saving this packet of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter in my cupboard for a special occasion, and today felt right.


O.M.G. It tasted exactly like a Ferrero Rocher ball – my favorite!!


Hands down the most delicious nut butter I’ve ever had. Even better than the Honey Roasted Peanut Butter I get at the Farmer’s Market every summer. It was AMAZING!


I’ve had a lot of chocolate nut butters too, and this one blew them all out of the water. I mean, it seriously tasted exactly like a chocolate hazelnut ball and was insanely yummy on Trader Joe’s Ginger Cats. Can’t wait to get more!


A few hours later I made an early dinner of Spaghetti.

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I cooked the pasta while Ben made the meat sauce. Look at that piece of man meat! ;)

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Local Gino’s Marinara Sauce was simmered with local Graziano’s Sausage and topped whole-wheat spaghetti. On the side was a killer piece of garlic-cheese bread.

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This is actually 5 Cheese Garlic French Bread from the Schwan Man, which smelled intoxicatingly delicious as it was baking.


So good when dipped in the spicy sauce!


Easy and yummy. :)


Ben said he was extra hungry tonight, so I made him HUGE bowl of elbow macaroni. Oh, men. ;)


In other news, tonight is hubby night! Ben has been out of town for work since Wednesday and I missed his sweet little face. ;)


But not that beard…pokey!

Off to snuggle. Have a great night!


Do you prefer flats or heels?

I love flats. Flats, flats, flats. Always flats! Vegas does crazy things to a girl though, and I am pumped to wear my new heels!