Taking a Step Back

Oh hi there, remember me?

While I apologize for my absence, I can’t say it hasn’t been a much needed breath of fresh air. As much as I adore the blogging community, and the amazing relationships and support that comes along with it, at the moment I am at a point in my life where it is best for me to take a step back from this little bloggy blog and focus on a few other aspects of my life.

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All my blend loves <3

This certainly isn’t goodbye, however, as I mentioned in the past few weeks I do have plans for the blog beyond where it is at right now, and those plans are still in the works. So while things will be quiet around here for a while, stick around and I promise you will hear from me again before you know it. As always, you can see what I am up to on Instagram (I am now officially @ginamarie_hlc) and Facebook.

I love you all!

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My Favorite Fall Food Traditions


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I will forever be a lover of hot summer days and warm summer nights, but autumn has a way of stealing my heart every year. Perhaps its the scarves and foamy chai lattes, or maybe its the nights spent wrapped in a blanket by the fire, or it could quite possible simply be the straight up gorgeousness of the changing leaves. Whatever it is, fall leaves me smitten (see what I did there, hmm?).

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Since we know I am all about the food, I thought I would share my favorite fall food traditions.

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Hot Chocolate

Hot Drinks ~ coffee, chai lattes, apple cider…if it’s warm and cozy and I can wrap my freezing hands around it, I like it. I also happen to be an almond milk hot chocolate making expert.

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Baked Goods ~ baking is one of my favorite forms of therapy, and getting to indulge in the end result is nice as well.

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Pumpkin Anything ~ this is just a given. I fit nicely into the stereotype.

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Homemade Soup ~ this is not to say that I am good at making soup…this is to say that I enjoy when other people make me soup.

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S’mores ~ Give me some chocolate, marshmallows, and gluten free graham crackers and I am a happy girl. I am actually hoping to make these babies happen the authentic way this season as I have a potential camping trip in the works.

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Be sure to check out Raise.com if you’re looking to save a few extra dollars on your fall recipes. Raise is the first online marketplace to buy and sell gift cards, where you can buy discount gift cards to your favorite stores or sell your unwanted gift cards for cash. Their gift card marketplace has a wide variety of brands; from Starbucks to Target to Whole Foods (three of my favorite places on earth), they have everything to meet all of your autumn needs. I, for one, forsee myself having way too much fun using this site, and I absolutely love the idea of it.

What is your favorite fall food tradition?

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Labor Day Weekend Snapshots {9/2/14}

Happy Tuesday! I know this post is coming at you a bit late, but it was a holiday weekend and I spent it relaxing and only opened my computer to read a few articles for class. I did manage to capture the highlights of my weekend though, so here we go.

weekend snapshots

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Being my usual crazy self before going out with the mama. Yes, I wake up to this view every day. I know.

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My mom had tickets to Wicked to she brought me along. It was sooo long but I enjoyed it.

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Whole Foods dinner before the show.

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Pre-workout protein chocolate.

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New and much needed gym bag from Apera. I will be sharing more thoughts on it soon!

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Snacky lunch.

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Sunday morning coffee on the balcony.

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Spaghetti squash lasagna. Part of meal prep for the week.

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Labor day spent poolside with this girl.

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Copious amounts of chips and salsa, grapes, hummus, veggies, popsicles, and margaritas were consumed.

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This salsa needs no caption.

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I had a coupon for these Veev Vita Frute cocktails and this one did not disappoint. They are organic and sweetened with agave, so that makes them automatically healthy duh.

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It took us 10 minutes and the help of a dude to light the girl, but we were determined to bbq so we made it happen. Salmon patties and asparagus for early dinner.

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Margarita and neon pants fueled back workout.

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Post-workout bro food and strategic management reading.

How did you spend the long weekend?

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