Things I’m Loving Lately

Hi all!  Happy Wednesday.  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the week goes by! Lately I’ve found myself getting upset or annoyed about small things that in the grand scheme are really not that big of a deal.  I realize that sometimes I let small negative things bring me down when they don’t have to.  I used to be very unhappy about my job and it seeped into the rest of my life.  Now that I have an awesome new job, I feel like I should just be happy all the time.  But, we all know life is full of annoyances and inconveniences.  In an effort to forget about these small things that don’t really impact my overall health, happiness and wellbeing, today I’m going to focus on Things I’m Loving Lately.  These things really, truly make me smile.  

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1.  Any and all things pumpkin.  Pumpkin craze is in full swing and I’m soaking it all in.  I recently found these pumpkin spice English muffins at a local Target.  Oh man, they are so good.  You don’t even need anything on them!

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Plus, they go perfectly with my pumpkin coffee from Dunkin Donuts.

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Every year I buy this pumpkin bread and pumpkin butter from Williams Sonoma.  I absolutely love both.  I’ll probably make the bread closer to Thanskgiving. 

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2. Fresh flowers.  I love fresh flowers and these ones at my parents’ house this weekend were absolutely gorgeous.  Something about fresh flowers just brightens the day!

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3.  Gluten-free desserts.  I have no medical need to eat gluten-free but the gluten-free bakery that opened around the corner from my apartment was just calling my name.  I have to say that I really enjoy the gluten-free treats because they are just so gooey and yummy.

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4. Apples, apples and more apples.  My cousin bought us a ton of fresh apples when they went apple picking.  I love honeycrisp but they can be so expensive.  We really lucked out that my cousin got us an ENTIRE bag!

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Also, I bought this new apple butter and it is so delicious!  Tis the season!

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5. Stripes for fall!  I broke out this shirt over the weekend and I forgot how much I love my stripes!

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6. Stack Wines.  These are the coolest things!  They are single serve wines that stack on top of each other.  Plus they are in shatterproof plastic containers making them perfect for picnics.  The quality of the wine is pretty standard but it’s perfect for a day out with friends.

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Readers, what are you loving lately? 


  1. Mmmmmm, yup… this settles it. I need to go out sometime this week to pick up some pumpkin coffee. It’s time! 🙂
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  2. so much pumpkin! The English muffins look the best! and I haven’t ever tried a gluten free bakery. The stripes are super cute!! I am loving the fact that we get an extra hour of sleep soon. Mama needs it 🙂
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  3. I love this. Focusing on the positives in life is so important. Right now I’m loving my body and it’s ability to train for a marathon. I’m also loving the gorgeous Chicago weather bc I know it won’t last!! I’m also loving my new job too 😉

  4. I buy the Pumpkin spiced bread from WS too! I knew we were soul mates. I have to try those english muffins – who knew Pepperidge Farm joined the pumpkin craze? How jealous am I that you have a gluten free shop “around the corner.” Not that I need gluten-fee but I have cows and corn “around the corner!”
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  5. Pumpkin Spice english muffins….I’m running to Target ASAP. I love all of your loves, too! Stripes and apple butter and those GORGEOUS pink roses. I can almost smell them. Happy Wednesday!

  6. Love the stripes! Never heard of or seen the stack wines! They look convenient. I’ll have to try those. I am loving these type of post. Just read one yesterday similar. I am going to jump on the bandwagon. It’s always good to throw positives out in the atmosphere!
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  7. Loving those stack wines – what a great idea! Lately, I am loving homemade granola. Something about the smell of it baking is so comforting and fall like.

  8. whoa those stack wines are SO cool! do want! 🙂 and i am now craving pumpkin even more than i was before (if possible) i need to eat something pumpkiny at some point today. its been decided. and i love the whole tone of this post- its so important to focus on the good things 🙂
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  9. I love those stackable wine glassses and I think I have to try the pumpkin english muffins ASAP!

  10. I love the stackable wines! I am going to have to try these out soon. I have never been into pumpkin but I feel like I need to give it another try. 🙂
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  11. I’m sorry but I just don’t get the pumpkin allure. I love pumpkin seeds though! Right now, I’m loving the ability to be able to do so many fun things like go to #FitSocial and the CBGB movie premiere I went to last night.

    I’m also looking forward to coming to NYC soon. BTW, if you’re coming West, we need to figure out if we’ll be in the same place at the same time!
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    • Yes! I don’t know if I’ll be in your area…I’m going to Palm Springs for a wedding then Laguna Beach and then (hopefully) Yosemite. I’m not going to be in L.A. at all. 🙁 I will, however, be around when you are here later this month!

  12. OMG – I need every single one of those pumpkin things!! YUM! I keep seeing the stackable wine – so cool! I need to find them in my area. 🙂

  13. I just noticed how many healthy living bloggers are lawyers! Very interesting. I am glad you are loving the new job! As far as the pumpkin english muffins go, that’s probably the best thing since sliced bread! (Corny! but I had to say it!)
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    • There are quite a few lawyers out there aren’t there! They are really good. I meant to grab some more this weekend but I ran out of time!

  14. I love your stripes too! You look adorable.

    There are so many wonderful things in this post- the flowers, the apples, those treats! Man, that would be dangerous for me to have around the corner from my apartment. Good luck with that. 🙂
    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted…Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut Hemp Seed GranolaMy Profile

  15. I am literally loving everything you’re loving. Does loving your blog count??? Also I recently discovered chocolate covered dried strawberries and I think there may be crack in them!
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted…Pumpkin Spice Plantain ChipsMy Profile

    • Thanks Davida! 🙂 I’ve never had chocolate covered dried strawberries…I’ve only had fresh ones but dried sound amazing because they are portable! So dangerous.

  16. Everyone is excited for pumpkin but I am excited for apples! They are available year round in California (like most produce) but there’s nothing like fall apples! I really like the single serving wine idea, where did you get them from?
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    • I love apples too! I held off on pumpkin mania until October! I got the Stack Wines at my local liquor store but they have locations on their website.

  17. I understand how you feel. You think that this one thing is going to change everything but it only changes a small piece and the other stuff is still there. Ugh! But when you can focus on all the things you love it really helps. That striped top is adorable!
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    • Thanks Carla! Definitely agree about everything staying the same but it’s all about perspective and my problems really aren’t that big.

  18. Where did you find those wines? That is too cool! I’m drinking Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin K-cups this morning too 🙂
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  19. i love anything pumpkin as well! i also really love egg nog when christmas time rolls around.
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  20. I like that you’re focusing on the little things that make you happy in this post!

    I also love fresh flowers, pumpkin and apples!! My hubby will eat like 3 apples a day so when I buy them, I hide half of them in the fridge and put the rest in the fruit basket. Apple portion control!! Ha.

    • Haha! My hubby eats everything in site at home too. He has learned now though to only eat approved snacks. To be fair I’m home way more than he is so I often only buy just enough for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack for me.

  21. Those stackable wines are so cool! I’d be keeping one on me for emergencies :-p And that pumpkin pecan butter – definitely want.
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  22. Loving all the apple/pumpkin butter you have! SO good on anything and makes me feel like Fall is really here :).

    Ahh honeycrisp apples… I still haven’t been able to find any at my local grocery store, and it’s driving me insane!
    Christine@ Apple of My Eye recently posted…Pumpkin Spice Apple ButterMy Profile

  23. Perhaps, you would consider then, the opportunity to pick your Honey Crisp next September in Westport, MA. It will be A Thing You Love–seaside small town, dotted with New England stone walls, vineyards, winery, brewery and apple orchards!


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