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2010 in Review – Fall

October 2010- This Fall started out a little crazy with flooding in Philly!!

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I then got myself a little present – the Vita-Mix! Is it wrong to love a blender?

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Then Fiancé and I celebrated our one year of being engaged which I decided to call our Engagement-aversary!

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After our celebration we headed back to Chicago so I could run my first Marathon. I asked for positive running vibes because I was nervous, but I was excited to wear my new shirt!

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My first marathon was tough, but it was very exciting!

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Before all the Marathon fun, we enjoyed Chicago a bit going on the Near North Chicago Food Planet Tour and an Architectural Boat Tour.  Both were fabulous ways to see the Windy City!

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I came back from my first marathon and was ready to enjoy Fall in Philadelphia. I started my making butternut squash soup.

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The Fiancé and I went apple picking at Linvilla Orchards. We picked apples, got a pumpkin and ate cider doughnuts – Oh My!

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Other awesome Fall eats include Pumpkin scones and butternut risotto.

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It was also fun when we went on the Bucks County Wine Trail for the day.

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The end of October was when we celebrated Fiancé’s 27th birthday.

For his birthday I made a Homemade Apple Pie – just for him!

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And we ended October with a very Happy Halloween – Jackson celebrated by dressing up like a turtle. He rocked the look, obviously.

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November 2010- We started off this month with a visit to the 2010 Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival.

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But before I knew it, it was time to get back down to business and focus on the New York Marathon Mile by Mile. I had learned so much from my first marathon a few weeks earlier in Chicago, but I had the wonderful opportunity to run NYC this season too, so I took advantage of it

I went to the NYC Marathon Expo

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Embraced the craziness of the NYC Marathon morning

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And I ended up running an amazing NYC Marathon – complete with a new PR that took about 20 minutes off my Chicago time! Woohoo!

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After rocking my 2nd marathon in a month I had to make some serious changes on my bib board to make room for my marathon medals.

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Fiancé & I celebrated 5 years of Love

And we decided where we wanted to go on our honeymoon

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Then, before I knew it, it was time to say Goodbye to the Pumpkins after Thanksgiving with my family. I was very thankful for so much this year.

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December 2010- It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas very early this year. so Fiancé and I decided to get our tree up quick!

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We decorated our tree the best way we knew how and had all our friend over for a little Holiday Party.

Oh! And Jackson and I Elf’ed ourselves too

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Fiancé and I went on a little cruise as our Christmas present to each other.

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And we got back just in time to celebrate the holidays with our families.

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2010 was an amazing year. It flew by in the blink of an eye but it was filled with lots of amazing events!

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2010 in Review – Summer

Here is how I spent my summer –

July 2010 – Started the month off pretty awesome. My picture appeared in a nationwide ad campaign for Solixir. Exciting stuff!

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Did a little running in Valley Forge as the beginning of my marathon training.

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I also completed my first brick workout as part of my triathlon training

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We also had our first tasting for the wedding! Wedding cake makes me happy!

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Then we moved into our new apartment

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And ended the month with a trip to the Philadelphia Brewing Company

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August 2010 – August started off with my first triathlon competition. It was long and hard and I drank more Schuylkill water than I wish to admit. But its cool to say that I completed a TRI!

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Then I headed over to Chicago for the Healthy Living Summit. This was my first time in Chicago – it was fun to see the city! My favorite parts of Chicago were the bean and the deep dish pizza!

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Another favorite part of Chicago was running though the city with friends! I even did my first 16 mile run on Lake Michigan with some blogger buddies.

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During my Chicago trip I also got to visit the Frito Lay Factory in Beloit, WI. It was awesome to see how a chip becomes a chip!

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I came back from Chicago just in time to celebrate Jackson’s 4th birthday !

Ran my first 20 mile run  and posted some Helpful Hints to Start Running

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September 2010- Fiancé and I started off the month by getting Earl’d along with a visit to the DogFish Head Brewery.

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Then we spent a day out on a pontoon boat with my family.

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I also made lots of good eats this month! I created one of my most favorite meals ever – Spicy Thai Peanut Sprouts! YUM!

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Made my first Risotto – Vidalia Onion & Feta. This was amazing.

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Enjoyed my first Kale – it’s not scary! It’s yummy! Embrace it!

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I also made my first yucca root creation. Yucca fries = awesome!

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In September we also celebrated Kate’s 30th Birthday with a surprise party!

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I also went to see Lady Gaga in concert with some lovely ladies.

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Then I ran the Rock & Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, otherwise known as my attempt at 22 miles.

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I ended September and the Fall with a day on a Philadelphia Chocolate Tour with my lovely mother. It was choco-liscious! :)

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How did you spend Summer 2010?

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2010 in Review – Fall

October 2010- This Fall started out a little crazy with flooding in Philly!!

DSC_0594

I then got myself a little present – the Vita-Mix! Is it wrong to love a blender?

DSC_0517 

Then Fiancé and I celebrated our one year of being engaged which I decided to call our Engagement-aversary!

Picture 205

After our celebration we headed back to Chicago so I could run my first Marathon. I asked for positive running vibes because I was nervous, but I was excited to wear my new shirt!

chi 589

My first marathon was tough, but it was very exciting!

DSC_0490

Before all the Marathon fun, we enjoyed Chicago a bit going on the Near North Chicago Food Planet Tour and an Architectural Boat Tour.  Both were fabulous ways to see the Windy City!

chi 340

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I came back from my first marathon and was ready to enjoy Fall in Philadelphia. I started my making butternut squash soup.

DSC_0891

The Fiancé and I went apple picking at Linvilla Orchards. We picked apples, got a pumpkin and ate cider doughnuts – Oh My!

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Other awesome Fall eats include Pumpkin scones and butternut risotto.

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It was also fun when we went on the Bucks County Wine Trail for the day.

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The end of October was when we celebrated Fiancé’s 27th birthday.

For his birthday I made a Homemade Apple Pie – just for him!

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And we ended October with a very Happy Halloween – Jackson celebrated by dressing up like a turtle. He rocked the look, obviously.

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November 2010- We started off this month with a visit to the 2010 Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival.

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But before I knew it, it was time to get back down to business and focus on the New York Marathon Mile by Mile. I had learned so much from my first marathon a few weeks earlier in Chicago, but I had the wonderful opportunity to run NYC this season too, so I took advantage of it

I went to the NYC Marathon Expo

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Embraced the craziness of the NYC Marathon morning

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And I ended up running an amazing NYC Marathon – complete with a new PR that took about 20 minutes off my Chicago time! Woohoo!

DSC_0834

After rocking my 2nd marathon in a month I had to make some serious changes on my bib board to make room for my marathon medals.

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Fiancé & I celebrated 5 years of Love

And we decided where we wanted to go on our honeymoon

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Then, before I knew it, it was time to say Goodbye to the Pumpkins after Thanksgiving with my family. I was very thankful for so much this year.

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December 2010- It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas very early this year. so Fiancé and I decided to get our tree up quick!

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We decorated our tree the best way we knew how and had all our friend over for a little Holiday Party.

Oh! And Jackson and I Elf’ed ourselves too

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Fiancé and I went on a little cruise as our Christmas present to each other.

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And we got back just in time to celebrate the holidays with our families.

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2010 was an amazing year. It flew by in the blink of an eye but it was filled with lots of amazing events!

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2010 in Review – Summer

Here is how I spent my summer –

July 2010 – Started the month off pretty awesome. My picture appeared in a nationwide ad campaign for Solixir. Exciting stuff!

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Did a little running in Valley Forge as the beginning of my marathon training.

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I also completed my first brick workout as part of my triathlon training

taste 454

We also had our first tasting for the wedding! Wedding cake makes me happy!

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Then we moved into our new apartment

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And ended the month with a trip to the Philadelphia Brewing Company

taste 398

August 2010 – August started off with my first triathlon competition. It was long and hard and I drank more Schuylkill water than I wish to admit. But its cool to say that I completed a TRI!

momspics 032momspics 056

Then I headed over to Chicago for the Healthy Living Summit. This was my first time in Chicago – it was fun to see the city! My favorite parts of Chicago were the bean and the deep dish pizza!

HLS 204HLS 302

Another favorite part of Chicago was running though the city with friends! I even did my first 16 mile run on Lake Michigan with some blogger buddies.

HLS 351

During my Chicago trip I also got to visit the Frito Lay Factory in Beloit, WI. It was awesome to see how a chip becomes a chip!

4889733062_ba3521c12b

I came back from Chicago just in time to celebrate Jackson’s 4th birthday !

Ran my first 20 mile run  and posted some Helpful Hints to Start Running

Snow 481

September 2010- Fiancé and I started off the month by getting Earl’d along with a visit to the DogFish Head Brewery.

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Then we spent a day out on a pontoon boat with my family.

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I also made lots of good eats this month! I created one of my most favorite meals ever – Spicy Thai Peanut Sprouts! YUM!

blog 153

Made my first Risotto – Vidalia Onion & Feta. This was amazing.

gear 057

Enjoyed my first Kale – it’s not scary! It’s yummy! Embrace it!

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I also made my first yucca root creation. Yucca fries = awesome!

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In September we also celebrated Kate’s 30th Birthday with a surprise party!

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I also went to see Lady Gaga in concert with some lovely ladies.

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Then I ran the Rock & Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, otherwise known as my attempt at 22 miles.

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I ended September and the Fall with a day on a Philadelphia Chocolate Tour with my lovely mother. It was choco-liscious! :)

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How did you spend Summer 2010?

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