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Top 10 Ways You Know You're a Grown-Up

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I was recently asked by Wendy's® to try their new smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche sandwich and share with you my thoughts. And it really got me thinking! I've been having a lot of those "Oh my gosh, I'm so old" moments lately-- which is pretty sad when you think about it, considering I'm only 24 years old. I get excited over things like loom knitting and home remodels while I still see photos of my friends from high school and college still obsessing over the bar and party scene. Yeah, so not my thing! It's amazing to really take a step back and see how much I've grown up in just the past couple of years.

I'm "wise" beyond my years, if you will. Let's face it. Half the time I feel like I'm closer to a 30 year old than a 20 year old. And I don't see a whole lot wrong with that.

001. You can't eat whatever you want anymore. This is just one of those things that comes with age. I remember the days when I would eat whatever the heck I want and not gain an ounce. I definitely have to be a little bit more careful of that these days!
002. You prefer wine to beer-- unless it's one of those darker fancier beers of course. This one doesn't even need explaining.
003. Sleeping in until 8am is almost difficult. Remember the days when you slept in until noon? Yeah, those days are over once you get a "big kid" jobs and your body grows used to waking up at 5am everyday.
004. You get an adrenaline rush from a freshly cleaned house.
005. You get excited talking finances with your significant other. You know, "I've got X amount of dollars in my savings account, how much do you have in yours?" and "down the road we can pay cash for a vehicle!" Oh I love it when he talks "financial" to me.
006. You'd rather stay home and watch a movie with the family than go out with friends on a Friday night.
007. The idea of starting your retirement fund is more exciting than ever!
008. You don't give a crap if people don't like you. You are who you are and people can take it or leave it!
009. You frequent coffee shops more than bars.
010. You go to Wendy’s® and grab a Smoked Gouda Chicken Sandwich instead of a plain ol' cheeseburger because your maturing tastes need a little something extra!

I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this yummy sandwich. I scarfed it right down in the parking lot before I picked Alea up for preschool the other day and I enjoyed every last bite. So much, in fact, that I also grabbed one on my lunch break at work a couple of days later. I love the smoky, cheesy, grown-up flavor. And the red onions? I die for red onions. They make literally everything taste better!

If you have to choose, and trust me, they'll make you choose, I prefer the spicy chicken. The extra flavorful bite is simply perfection. Don't even get me started on that brioche bun and that caramelized sweet onion sauce? I could eat that stuff by the spoonful!

Have you tried the Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche yet? Would you want to?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wendy’s®.

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My Happy List

It's been a couple of weeks since I've done a "happy list" and it's almost ironic because these last coupe weeks are weeks when I've probably needed a happy list the most. As I've mentioned before, I like to create these little happy lists because they help to remind me that there's a lot to be thankful for in life. We get so focused on the negative and where things could be better in our life, but sometimes we forget the little things that are bringing us happiness throughout the weeks.

001. This Stitch Fix Scarf: This pretty blue chevron scarf from my most recent Stitch Fix is bringing me all kinds of happiness this week. I love that there's a slight chill in the air that allows me to wear this pretty little thang that showed up on my doorstep just last week. Scarf weather is upon us my friends, and pretty infinity scarves make me all kinds of happy.

002. Coconut Flavored Almonds: Oh my gosh. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love these things. I had to quick take a picture before I ate them all so I could show you guys. I suppose I could've shown you an empty bag... but what's the fun in that? If you're a coconut lover like myself, then you need to hunt these down. I found them at Walmart!

003. New Starbucks Mug: Please don't tell Cory I bought yet another travel mug. But, in my defense I use one every single day I go to work and I most definitely don't do the dishes everyday. If I had it my way I'd have a different one for each day of the week ;) But this gold-flaked Starbucks mug was too pretty to pass up. Isn't she cute?

004. Lime Starbucks Refreshers: And paired nicely with my new Starbucks travel mug are the delicious lime flavored Refreshers packets. I'm currently obsessed with everything lime. It's true. And this is the perfect little treat to spice up my afternoon at work and keep me going. Yum. Yum. Yum!

005. Manis and Pedis with Friends: Last week, after work a few friends of mine and I went and got manis and pedis together. It was completely spur of the moment and I absolutely loved it. It's not very often that I get out with friends and it's especially not very often that I do spontaneous little outings with friends. I'm loving the color (I totally copied and stole from my friend Kayla, by the way. She'd kill me if I didn't give her credit!) I chose for my nails. Love that sparkly gold accent nail!

What's making you happy this week?

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Making Healthy Choices on the Go

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It's that time of the year again my friends. School is in session-- although I'm still in denial that I have a preschooler-- work hasn't slowed down a bit, and Alea has swimming lessons every Tuesday. It may not seem like a lot, but add in the fact that we live about forty minutes away from La Crosse and it feels like we're always in the car going somewhere and we're constantly on the move. And with a lifestyle that's go-go-go, like I'm sure many of you are experiencing, too, we need the tools to make healthy choices on the go as well. It's not easy, that's for sure, with a fast food restaurant on every corner and all those center aisles in the supermarket tempting us with all the crunchy and sugary "goodness".

Making healthy choices isn't the easiest thing in the world with this on-the-go lifestyle, but I'm trying my hardest to maintain the wedding figure I worked so hard to achieve-- even if I do crave cheesy quesadillas and juicy cheeseburgers far too often.

That's where this awesome, free Walgreens app comes into play! (Thank goodness!)

3 Tips for Making Healthy Choices on the Go:

001. Walgreens Balance Rewards healthy choices app: This app is simply ingenious. It's similar to other apps I've used, but simplified and improved all at the same time. All you have to do is download the Walgreens app and register for an account. Then, you log into the BR for healthy choices section of the app and you're able to start tracking your steps, weight, blood pressures, sleep, blood sugars, and the amount of water you drink. It's fabulous! I've really enjoyed using it as pedometer and a tool to track the amount of water I'm drinking.

002. Track your Water Intake: If you're using the Walgreens app I just told you about, sometimes it's difficult to precisely track how much water you're consuming. That's why I use my Nalgene water bottle. It has a nifty little measuring tool on the side so you can track your water intake in milliliters or ounces (when will America join the rest of the world with the metric system?) and I even added a little "water map" for myself on the side so I can make sure I'm drinking enough water throughout the day. This also cuts down on how many bathroom trips I make as well ;) Since I'm not chugging large amounts of water trying to play catch-up. Smart thinking, huh?

003. Keep Healthy Snacks Handy: I'm always a sucker for a drive-thru. Let's face it-- lots of us are. IT's so easy to just drive on through and sometimes I think our cars just take control and drive through those nifty little drive-thrus all on their own. That's what I tell myself anyways. You can curb those naughty cravings by keeping healthy snacks handy when you're on-the-go. I suggest Clif bars, bananas, and my personal favorite, coconut flavored almonds. Yum! Sometimes it's just boredom that gets you and you can just snack on something quick and healthy to keep yourself busy and you'll be fine until your next (hopefully healthy) meal!

It's no easy feat to making healthy choices when you're on the move, but hopefully those three tips will help you make healthier choices than you would've made without them. If I can do it-- you can do it too! I'd love to hear your tips, too! I'm always open to healthy living suggestions. The more tips we have in our arsenal, the more prepared we'll be to take on those unhealthy cravings!

How do you make healthy choices when you're out and about?

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