Spring is here! {And other good things}

Friday, March 20, 2015

Well hello there, Spring! After lamenting about cold weather, exactly zero snow days (for Columbia, SC anyway) and dreaming of the colors and styles of spring, I think she made her grand entrance this week with a few beautiful days in the 70s and 80s.

Here's what I'm loving this Friday:

ONE. It shouldn't go without saying: today is the first day of SPRING and I'm so excited! Although it's a little chilly and dreary here today, the rest of the weekend looks like it will be nicer. I might even try to get some sun and Vitamin D in the backyard. Looking forward to putting out my sweet little Easter decorations this weekend and maybe even updating my front door container gardens.

TWO. My team and I nailed a huge event we had this week (on St. Patrick's Day) that we've been planning for about 7 months. What a HUGE relief to get that crossed of my list! Plus, all my speakers showed up, the food was tasty, the presentations ran on time, and the attendees were pleased. What more could I ask for? Now on to the next thing!

THREE. Let the Madness begin! My bracket has already been a little busted, but I think most have so there's that. My office has a March Madness pool that includes our significant others, so that keeps things interesting (like we needed another distraction at work). I've got Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville and Duke in my Final Four with Kentucky winning it all.

FOUR. I won this Aveeno gift basket in a raffle at a Junior League dermatology event this week, but I almost won 50 units of Botox. (The raffle drawings on either side of my gift basket were for Botox.) I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be happy or horrified if I'd won the Botox. Honestly. I'm 30 and all I hear is that if I start now, I won't need as much later...the question is, do I want to start at all?? Anyone had Botox yet?

FIVE. I'm two months in to being completely Gluten Free and I'm feeling GREAT! I've been completely off of steroids (taken to calm my Crohn's flare) for about 5 weeks and GF for 8 weeks and so far, no signs of a flare coming - knock on wood. It's been easier than I thought. And I can truthfully say that I have not cheated - not even one little bite of anything that I knew had gluten in it! I'm still looking for easy GF dinner and dessert ideas, so please share if you have any good ones!

Looking forward to a great weekend and enjoying the springtime air!

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  1. That's awesome your event went well! I love Aveeno products, they're wonderful. Girl, you look great - no need to start botox in my opinion :)

  2. Snow is here today but hey, this has to be the end!! I’ve had my Easter decorations out for a week or so now (I skipped right over St. Pat’s) and it makes me so happy! Awesome that the event went well; even better that you don’t have to worry about it anymore!

  3. this post deserves several congrats!!! My friend went gluten free for a little while and it happened to be over her birthday so she made that black bean chocolate cake (pinterest it) and I have to say, it was pretty good. More moist and maybe brownie like than your normal cake but not too bad. SO that might be worth trying!
    One of my favorite meals growing up was black beans and yellow rice. From what I've been told rice is generally gluten free so you may try that. I usually get the yellow safron rice (in the mexican part of the grocery store typically) and black beans. I'll cut up some red onions to go in the black beans(or onion powder will do) and cook them up. Top the rice with the beans. And if you're strange like me top it off with a bit of nonfat plain yogurt (in place of sour cream). Now I'm craving this...

  4. Congratulations on your successful event, I know that was such a relief once it was over! The beautiful, spring weather has been fabulous the past few days! Xo, Stephanie


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