march foodie penpals

Have you heard of Foodie Penpals? It’s the brainchild of Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean. Each month, hundreds of bloggers and readers come together to do a massive food gift exchange. Lindsay sends us our matches at the beginning of the month, we head out and spend $15 getting some awesome foodie loot… 

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confessions…

hunger games1. My laziness is so pervasive that I rarely heat up my lunch at work because it requires a 30 second walk to the microwave and I just cannot be bothered to do that. I eat so much food cold that should probably be heated up. Cold spaghetti really isn't all that bad, though. 2. I have so many things going on that I haven't mentioned on here. Big, scary, awesome things. To give you an idea: you are reading. . .
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what i ate wednesday: back in the habit

mimosas beachMy eating while on vacation was, well, vacation-y. I'm a big believer that vacation should be decadent and luxurious and we successfully checked each of those boxes off for every meal we had. We had dessert everyday (more than once a day), we drank a lot of fruity, sugary drinks and we had our fair share of creamy, butter-laden dishes. And it was fantastic. I had crab cake eggs benedict (!). And an entire meal made of just Corona, tortilla chips,. . .
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a week in paradise

me baseball babyfaceVacation was awesome. And I mean awesome. A big, huge thank you to all of the lovely and talented guest posters that were able to step in while I was doing this... And some of this... And a whole lot of this... A week on the beach was exactly what we needed. While we've taken trips in the past few years, this was the first vacation where Babyface and I both totally shut off from our responsibilities in our entire marriage. It. . .
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light and creamy piña colada

pina coladaSo, we're back. And I'm trying to pretend we aren't. It was an amazing week and I will share recaps of all the awesomeness we had over the past week with you soon, but for now, I'm wallowing in denial. But even that can only last so long. Tomorrow I go back to work and that will be one heck of a wakeup call. Especially considering I haven't set an alarm clock in almost 10 days. Insert moan and groan. . .
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[guest post] three tips to help college students stay healthy

IMG_7479.jpg[box]Hi guys! I have one more post to share with you while we are making our long haul trip back from the beach. I'll be back later this afternoon with a recipe post, but for now, enjoy some sage advice from my friend, Miranda. She's a college student who is trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle on the budget and time constraints of a student. Take it away, Miranda![/box] Hi, Back to Her Roots readers! I'm Miranda and I. . .
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[guest post] easy peasy vegan potato salad

dallas&char[box]Alright guys, today is officially our last day on the beach and I'm pretty much crushed to have to return to everyday life. Tomorrow we start the long and bittersweet drive back to Indiana. I'm sad to be leaving, but I miss Puppyface something fierce, so I'm excited to get home to see The Fluffy One. In the mean time, I have an awesome recipe to share from my Canadian vegan friend, Char. I can't wait to get back and. . .
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[guest post] tropical green smoothie

IMG_0225[box] Hi guys! I have another fun guest recipe post to share with you guys from another one of my favorite bloggers, Lindsay from Running with Tongs. She felt particularly inspired by my tropical vacation and has a great warm-weather-inspired smoothie to share with you. Take it away, Lindsay![/box] Hi, I’m Lindsay, a health coach, who blogs over at Running With Tongs  where I blog about eating healthy, staying fit and living a happy healthy life.  I am also currently. . .
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[guest post] happiness outside the numbers

Nicole[box]Hi friends! I have another guest post to share with you while I'm off splashing in the surf. This time, I've got a great post from Nicole over at Prevention R.D. I'm constantly drooling over the delicious recipes she posts and you should head over there to check some of them out! Today, she's stopped by to share a little bit about an "A ha!" moment she had while speaking with a health coach. To entice you even more to become one. . .
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penne rosa with shrimp

penne rosaI've been holding out on you guys. For a few weeks now, I've been stockpiling recipes so I could have some fun yumminess to share while I was chillaxing on the beach this week. I felt particularly guilty about holding onto this one because it had all the elements of my favorite kind of recipe: supremely easy, speedy, delicious and healthy. But think of it is my gift in exchange for disappearing for a week. I go hang out on. . .
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things i’m digging: vacation edition

137880871. Teal Braided Flat Sandals from Target These sandals make my feet happy. The teal color is bright and vibrant and I love the way they look on my feet. I thought they'd be uncomfortable, but I've been wearing them all around and they've been great from day one. Perfect sandals for going from a day on the beach out to a nice dinner. 2. My Kindle I know my Kindle (named Peeta, in case you were wondering) has already. . .
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[guest post] reconditioning your taste buds

michelle[box] While we are off enjoying some sun and sand, I thought I'd share with you guys some guest posts from some of my favorite bloggers out there. Some you'll recognize, some you might not. Either way, they are all fantastically talented! First up I'm sharing a post from my friend from across the pond, Michelle. She is a talented recipe developer and food photographer and says adorable things like "yoghurt" and "favourite". Hope you love this delicious recipe she. . .
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see you in a week…

I'll be more or less absentee for the next week while we're enjoying the sand and sun. During that time, I've got some great posts scheduled for you and, thanks to the help of some friends, some awesome guest posts to share, too. I hope you have an excellent, fantastic, wonderful week. I'll bring you back some shells.

tips for a healthy road trip

Starting bright-and-early tomorrow morning (well, depending on how late tonight's IU game goes) Babyface and I will be off on the open road on our way to the beach. When I've mentioned that we a road-tripping it to Florida to people, they've all had the same reaction—total disgust. Seems like most folks aren't fans of being in a car for two days, but Babyface and I love it! We really enjoy the extended time together to talk about life, listen. . .
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confessions…

grandmas1. Every time I see someone running out on the trail, I think, "Wow, they look absolutely miserable." I used to think, "Wow, that looks fun!" I think my running days may be over. 2. Even though I only see them once a year or so and we aren't all that close, I love my grandmothers-in-law. They are exactly what grandmothers should be like. Warm, concerned, loving, cookie-baking. My relationship with my grandmother was not the greatest, so I greatly. . .
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