Birthday Thoughts, A Story, & Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies

I start my 29th-year today and I think I have some feelings about it.  Good ones, don’t worry.  Also, I have a story to share and I promise if you sit through all of that I will reward you with cookies.

Indulge me.  It is my birthday after all 🙂 Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies | Life Healthfully Lived Continue reading

Birthday Recap and Some Thoughts

Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you had an awesome weekend and are enjoying your fall thus far!

I thought I would do a little recap of my birthday last weekend because it was actually really awesome and I could not have asked for a better day.   The one thing I told Adam that I wanted was for him to plan the day.  I didn’t want to make any decisions or schedule anything, I wanted it done for me.  It’s nice every once in awhile to have someone do all the decision making for you.

So Halloween morning after we both woke up and did a quick Fitness Blender workout, we headed out to breakfast.  I had been wanting to try a place called Yolk for awhile so that’s where we went.  It was delicious!  They had amazing coffee that tasted almost like chocolate and the food was great.  Adam decided to try a little bit of everything and I had an awesome California omelet complete with avocado.

After breakfast, we headed to the farmers market because it was the last day that it was going to be outdoors.  It was kind of pouring rain right when we got there, so we only did a quick lap through, got Adam a donut, and then moved on.  From there, Adam took me downtown and told me that we were going to go clothes shopping for me.  I have been needing new fall/winter clothes for a long time, so this was a really nice surprise.  Plus, how many husbands take their wife out on a shopping spree?!

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Almond Milk Latte of my dreams…

We hit up a few stores on State Street where I bought all the flannel and found some awesome new boots.  You can never have too many boots, right?  After a few hours of shopping both our energies were dropping so we decided to take a break and get some coffee.  We found a Peet’s Coffee around the corner and I decided to try an almond milk latte because my sister is always raving about them.  Good choice because it was awesome.  After we were caffeinated we shopped for a little longer and then decided to head home and chill for the rest of the day.

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These tacos were amazing… still working on that tortilla recipe, so look for that soon!

Once we took the world’s longest bus ride home (rain and Halloween apparently make for lots of traffic) we hung out, watched some movies, and ate homemade tacos.  It was pretty much the best way to end my birthday.  Oh, and I decided to be “crazy” and dyed my hair a reddish-brownish-slightly purplish color.  It’s awesome and I love it.

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As I was looking back over my birthday extravaganza, I realized I was really happy.  Not because I had an awesome day or got cool clothes and shoes or ate delicious food but because I was really and truly happy.  I am content with where I am in life and confident in the things I am doing to go the places I want in the future.  I want for nothing, I have an amazing support system in my family and my husband, and I am blessed beyond belief.

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Birthday kisses from Dot

Maybe it was turning 28 or maybe it was knowing that things change and I don’t have to feel stuck or down in whatever situation I face.  Either way, I’m in a very good place both physically and mentally and I am going to enjoy it!

Things That Are Making Me Happy Right Now

I don’t know about you, but I had a pretty great weekend.  It was filled with family, laughs, and covered bridges.  Adam and I spent the weekend in Brazil, Indiana and I got to experience the covered bridge festival for the first time.

Yes, there was a covered bridge.  There was also a ton of food, crafty things, and pretty much anything else you could think of.  I had a good time and was glad for the time to relax. Things That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

So while covered bridges have made me happy, I thought I would share a few other things that are making me happy right now.

Changing Leaves

It felt like fall would never really come this year.  For most of October, our neighborhood has been surrounded by green leaves and summertime vibes.  Just in the past week or so we have finally had leaves falling and changing color.  I love how pretty this city gets in the fall!

Fall Running PaceThings That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

I love the beginning of fall and the cooler temps because it means I run even faster than normal.  I can’t seem to slow down for the first few weeks of fall running and that’s just fine with me.  I love feeling like I’m flying down the Lake Shore Trail.

New Quilted Sheet SetThings That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

This is how I know that I’m an adult.  I am super excited about a brand sheet set.  This was a covered bridge find and an early birthday present (12 days and counting).  I have been wanting to change up our bedspread for awhile now to something more bright and cheery.  I love the grey and yellow together and I think that Dot approves as well.

All The BakingThings That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

Now that it isn’t torture to turn on the oven, baking all the things can commence.  I am not a strong baker, so I am always trying to improve.  I gave you some carrot cake cookies last week and I’m working on a fall banana bread for you guys this week.  You can also check out my cranberry coffee cake over on Girlish.  Yay baked goods!

Kuri Squash

I am all about fall/winter squash and I’m always excited to try new to me varieties.  I found this one at Whole Foods the other day and figured I would give it a go.  Whelp, now I’m obsessed with it.  I love that you don’t have to peel it, just scoop out the seeds, cut into chunks, and roast it at 425 with a little oil and your favorite seasonings.  It’s creamy and a little sweet like butternut squash.  I bet it would be great in soup or my gnocchi.

The CubsThings That Are Making Me Happy Right Now | Life Healthfully Lived

I was born a Cubs fan and have always hoped that maybe next year would be their year.  It’s looking like 2015 could be it… I will be cautiously optimistic and just keep rooting for my Cubbies.


I don’t know why but turning 28 is sounding pretty good to me.  I think there are some good things in store for my 28th year on this big blue marble we call Earth.  Can’t wait to see what they are…