Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WIAW + a Giveaway!

Happy WIAW! Today turned out to be quite an adventure, so let me fill you in.





7:15 am - Breakfast
Banana bread and tea
 I woke up at 7 for a little bit of work and to write this morning's blog post. Though a certain someone wanted to keep sleeping.

In it, I discussed my summer bucket list and gave a review of The Simply Bar. Check it out, and then enter my giveaway (details below). I also did half of a yoga video before showering and getting ready for my errands.

10:15 am - Baby carrots
The container fit perfectly in the cup holder!


I munched on these while I stopped at the bank, went to The Grove's Crate & Barrel, grabbed a few items at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and stocked up on produce at Trader Joe's.

Hello, color! Nice to see you again!

 1:15 pm (why are these all :15?) - Lunch


2 scrambled eggs, 1/2 diced tomato, 1/2 avocado, whole wheat tortilla, and cheddar cheese

I gobbled up lunch while I unpacked my Crate & Barrel goodies:


6" chef's knife, orange stripe bowls, wooden spoon, 4-cup measuring cup, picture frame for Terry's grandparents, box grater, a muddler for cocktails, and towels. I finally used up the last of our wedding gift cards. A successful trip, I'd say!

3:00 pm (there we go) - Snack
Chocolate cookies

At this point I got to work on my project for the day: organizing our hallway cabinet.

Before

During

My little helper

After!

7:00 pm - Dinner
Zucchini latkes

I saw this recipe on Courtney's blog the other day (along with two other delicious-looking zucchini recipes) and thought we'd give it a try. It was phenomenal! Such a quick side dish and something very different.

We also whipped up a quick salad: corn, avocado, tomato, lettuce, and red onion with a BBQ sauce-honey-Greek yogurt-apple cide vinegar dressing.

After dinner, we took a long walk around our neighborhood and then enjoyed a piece of marble cake from our anniversary night.

Another delicious day over here! Tomorrow I have plans for a meeting at my new job and lunch with a friend. 

The Simply Bar Giveaway
Get excited, folks! Time for a giveaway! I reviewed The Simply Bar earlier this morning. For a chance to win one of each flavor (Cinnamon Pecan, Caramel Peanut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Lemon Coconut), you can:
This opportunity is only open to US residents. I will randomly select a winner on Friday at 5 pm PST.

Good luck!

31 comments:

  1. what a great day of eats.. and love all your new items :) Thank goodness for giftcards right?!!

    Vacation in either Greece of Thailand -- which we decided on Greece in September! :)

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    1. Oooohh Greece! I've never been. Hope to hear all about your trip!!

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  2. I would like to run a 10K by the time the summer is over! (:

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    1. Awesome! Do you know which one you want to do? Good luck!

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  3. My summer bucket list - I want to take some scuba diving lessons! That would be exciting and fun to do on boating trips!

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    1. Good luck with scuba, Renata! My husband is a professional diver now and LOVES it!

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  4. I follow you now on Twitter and tweeted your giveaway! Fabulous review and I'd love to try that Lemon Coconut! Thanks so much!

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  5. the biggest thing on my summer bucket list is to learn how to grill! i've been staying with my parents so i'm getting a lot of practice watching my dad and i'm ready to start trying myself...unfortunately all i have at home is a grill pan, so that will have to do!

    also, your anniversary cake looks SOOOO delicious :)

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    1. Hooray for grilling! We just got our first grill, so we'll be learning right along with you! Let me know if you come up with any tips or recipes!

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  6. I need to get to the berry picking place stat!
    shulrick@yahoo.com

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    1. Berry picking sounds like so much fun!

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  7. Hi Julie! I just stumbled on your blog, and what a coincidence it's Giveaway day! :)

    Love your cat "helping" you organize the cabinet. My dog does the same thing when I'm cleaning.

    This summer we want to finish renovating our house and put it on the market. We bought it as an investment in January and it's almost done. 'Tis the year of being entirely too grown-up for us!

    ... and now I shall go follow you on Twitter.

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    1. Congrats on the reno! What an incredible accomplishment. Good luck with selling it!

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  8. To go on a Caribbean cruise this summer! So much fun - it's on my to-do list! Thanks for the great review and giveaway - Lemon Coconut looks delicious!

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    1. Woo hoo! LOVE cruises! Have you decided which islands or which cruise line? You'll have a blast!

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  9. The biggest thing on my summer bucket list is to enjoy casual reading. I read so much for work that I rarely do casual enjoyable reading. I'm going to start with The Hunger Games. :)

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    1. I know the feeling all too well! Hunger Games is a great one to start with!

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  10. Go to a water park with my husband on a weekday.

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    1. What a fun idea! I hope you do it - go on a slide for me! (But not one of those vertical drop ones. Those are scary.)

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  11. Taking my wife on a long awaited anniversary vacation! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Awesome! Happy anniversary to you!

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  12. On my summer to-do list: learn how to relax and appreciate being lazy and tanning! Lol. I'm reading Chelsea Handler's book Are You There Vodka? and it's an awesome way to force myself to relax with a few laughs.

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    1. Haven't read that one - I loved Tina Fey's Bossypants though. :-)

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  13. Hi Julie! On my summer bucket list....catching up with old friends!! Life gets in the way sometimes! One last weekend getaway...maybe Boston or DC!

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    1. Hi Jessica! Thanks for entering! :-) Hope you squeeze in that trip!

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  14. My summer bucket list includes: getting up on the air chair, golf, fun visit to Cabo, finish my Tom Clancy book "Dead or Alive ", and then start using my new Nook :-)

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    1. And to have an awesome birthday + see me one or two more times!

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  15. One thing on my summer bucket list is to make popsicles with my Zoku quick pop maker. I love reading your blog!

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    1. Thanks so much! I saw a popsicle mold at Crate and Barrel the other day and almost bought it. Hope yours turn out great!

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