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House Hunting Update
Last week, Dan and I put in an offer on a house that we really liked! It seemed perfect to me- great location, at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, plenty of storage space and a huge back yard. We ended up in a bidding war with another couple, and nearly got the house but couldn't move in as early as they wanted, so we passed.
I was disappointed at first, but now I'm realizing all the things that weren't great and I was willing to put up with- walk to bus stop was down a busy road with no sidewalk, the flat yard ended at a cliff which would scare me with Selma running around outside, the bedrooms were tiny and so was the kitchen.
Now that Dan and I went through the process of putting in an offer and getting close to owning it, we learned a lot and are going to be able to make better choices next time around when we find the right house. I also learned that I should see the bad things about a house and not just fall in love and ignore warning signs!
I successfully completed the Whole30! My final day was on Tuesday, and I am proud to say that I didn't cheat or crack at all. I'll be posting a more thorough review of the program and my thoughts, but I wanted to share a few today.
This wasn't really a big challenge for me, which surprised me. I think it worked so well because I love to cook, and I've wanted to get better about meal planning and prepping. This program forces you to do all of that, so it was a great chance to get my act together! It felt good to pack my lunch every day and not go out to restaurants- and my wallet is thanking me as well.
To treat myself on Day 31, I baked Martha Stewart's Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake (which was FANTASTIC) and tried a Suja Juice for the first time. I'm not planning on going crazy and changing my diet back right away. I'll still be eating the majority of my meals following Whole30, but won't be as strict when it comes to checking labels and eating out. I'm hoping to keep up my habits of meal planning and packing my lunch every day and eating lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and meats!
Have any of you heard of the virus that's going around in South and Central America? I've heard bits and pieces about it, and Dan is a bit concerned about it since we're getting married in Belize in a few months. After doing some research, it seems like the virus isn't too dangerous- symptoms last for a week and aren't life threatening to normal adults. I would be more concerned if I were pregnant (or planning on getting pregnant soon), so I'm hoping we'll be alright.
I'm not one to get worried about things like this, but I decided to be safe and get some products to protect against mosquitoes while we're there. We'll be doing a lot of outdoor adventure-type activities and staying for half of our trip in the middle of a jungle, so better safe than sorry, right? I purchased two natural bug repellents- Beat IT! and Invisiband. I'm hoping these keep us safe, and neither of us get the virus or bring it back to the U.S! Do you think Dan will appreciate this as a Valentine's Gift? "Happy Valentine's, fiance..here's some bug bracelets!" I know, I'm such a romantic.
I got these product recommendations from Shay, who is going to Thailand! (kinda jealous..not going to lie.)
My one year blog anniversary is coming up at the end of February, and I want to do something special! I'm thinking about doing a giveaway of some of my favorite products, and I would love suggestions on what you would like to be included. Are there some new products out that would be a fun addition? Is there anything that you've been wanting to try that I can include? Please leave me some suggestions so I can start to get the prize together!
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