Ever since I bought my house, I dreamed of the day that I could redo my kitchen. My original kitchen was fine, but not the kitchen of my dreams! The biggest purchase I made in my remodel was new quartz countertops. They are one of the biggest purchases I have ever made (other than my actual house and car). I was so happy when they were installed and for the first few weeks I didn’t even want to use them.
Quartz is more stain resistant than granite or marble countertops because it is not a porous stone, but you still want to make sure that you are taking proper care of them to prevent damage. Quartz is actually made of ground up stone held together with binders. This gives you the look and feel of stone without it being an actual slab of stone. There are a few things to know about quartz countertops in order to keep them looking their best.
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Last weekend, I ran my 3rd Twin Cities marathon. As I shared earlier, my training went pretty well up until September. I think I hit almost every run on my plan, and my first 20 miler felt really good. Then in September, my IT band started flaring up and I came down with a cold. I got my second 20 miler in, but it was ROUGH. I also started missing more workouts than I completed, just trying to get my body to recover.
I spent the day before the marathon in bed with body aches and a fever. If you’ve been following along, this is the exact same thing that happened last year. Knowing how miserable last year’s race was, I was dreading having to go through that again. I woke up on race morning and didn’t feel as bad as the day before but was really nauseous. Last year I made the mistake of not eating before the race, so I ate a starch bar and a spoonful of peanut butter. I kept sipping mint tea to try to help, but it didn’t seem to help. I just tried to get ready and calm myself before the race.
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If you own your home, now is the time to complete your fall maintenance tasks to ensure your house is ready for the winter. It’s important to stay on top of things so that they don’t end up costly problems down the road! Did you know if you don’t turn the water off to your outdoor hoses AND drain them out, they can freeze and explode during the winter? Take it from me, that’s not a fun problem to have!
Preparing your yard for winter also helps save headaches in the spring– if you keep your gardens and lawn free of leaves, you won’t end up having to clean up soggy leaves when the snow melts.
Here are the steps that I follow every fall to make sure my home is ready for the changing seasons.
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Fall is the time that everyone starts thinking about refreshing their wardrobe. When the weather starts to cool, it’s time to put away the summer dresses and pull out the scarves and sweaters. As you’re thinking about new pieces for fall, there are a few items that you won’t regret splurging a little more on. These items will last for year after year, and probably end up saving you money in the long run!
Here are my tried and true staples that I would totally splurge on again:
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Fewf! I almost missed this month’s what I’m loving post, but made it with one day to spare! It’s been a busy month for me with work and personal obligations, but it’s always important to take a pause and think about what inspires me.
Fall is such an inspiring time if you just take a moment to take it all in. Fall isn’t when things end, its when things begin to transform. This month’s post is all about beautiful fall colors and how to celebrate them in your life.
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A few weeks ago, I shared my review of hello fresh meal service. The service fit pretty well with my lifestyle and (lack of) cooking abilities, and I have continued the subscription. Right now, I have been doing every-other week deliveries of 2 meals. Because the servings are so large, I end up with 4 dinners from each meal, so it usually lasts me about 2 weeks of work night meals.
If I don’t love what the options are for a week, I just skip that week and wait until the next. It’s really nice to be able to skip whenever you want without being charged! I have also found that the ingredients last until the next week in the fridge, so if I don’t use a meal one week, its fine the next!
I’ve also begun “prepping” the meals on Sunday nights, so that they are ready to go for dinners during the week. Between work and marathon training, I like to make dinners as quick as possible to prepare since I don’t have an hour to cook every night. I’ve been preparing the hello fresh meals ahead of time, and found a few tips and tricks to keep them fresh for the week ahead!
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