Hello! Hello! And happy Monday. I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend.
Has everyone entered the 80 Fresh Giveaway going on now? It closes tomorrow at midnight. It's a wonderful way to get a chance to try out this fabulous new company. I also have an exclusive Running in a Skirt discount code for anyone who doesn't win and still wants to try it! I also have an exclusive Running in a Skirt discount code for the Ninja Challenge in Raleigh. It looks like a super fun race. Check out the original posts for details.
Back to the weekend fun, shall we? My weekend was filled with all kinds of fun, friends and good food.
It started Friday night with a visit to my favorite sushi place. You might remember late last summer when I wrote about the sushi place closest to my house closing and having to drive 20+ minutes for sushi? So sad! Well, I was thrilled to learn the same owners who closed, were opening up a similar restaurant nearby. It's not as close as the other place was, but it's still relatively nearby and they had an almost identical menu. So happy now 🙂
Sushi is back in my life!
Saturday morning ended up being a lazy morning, working on the blog. I was desperately behind on responding to comments this week, so I got to work! I installed that pluggin that sends an e-mail when you respond to comments. I just found out about it a few months ago, but was apprehensive to add it because I was worried about it slowing my site down. It seemed to not cause any trouble though. Did anyone get those e-mails? Do you like them?
And just on a side note, thank you ALL who leave comments every day. It means so much to me. So much.
The rest of Saturday involved running a few errands, cleaning out my pantry and making my Crock Pot Taco Soup for a girls potluck at a dear friends house. It was the kind of party where everyone put away their phones/cameras and just caught up, but here's what the soup looked like!
This recipe is SO simple, inexpensive and delicious. If you are looking for an easy, fuss-free weekday meal, I highly recommend it.
Sunday was a run day for me. There was still a chill in the morning, but I could just feel spring in the air. It was the kind of run where I just felt such joy. I'm so grateful for moments like these. Running is hard, but this is why it's worth it.
In the afternoon, I drove into town for Jaime's baby shower! Jaime is expecting her second baby, a little girl, in April. I could not be happier for her!
The highlight was looking at all the adorable, tiny baby things and cupcakes! This was legit.
For dinner the Hubs and I met up with Isabella and Jason. Isabella's favorite restaurant is PF Changs, so we took her there. I know I've told you guys before, but she is such a special little girl. I'm so blessed to have her in my life.
(So dark in the restaurant, so the picture turned out grainy!)
After dinner I took a nice long bath and now I'm writing this post! I had such a nice weekend filled with such wonderful people. I hope yours was the same.
Thanks for stopping by today! See you tomorrow for a super fun twist on a smoothie bowl. My new favorite breakfast!
I’m linking up with Marvelous Monday.
How was your weekend??
Rosey Rebecca says
I got your emails! YAY. I love when bloggers have the comment-reply notification installed. I hate having to check back to see if anyone replied to my comment.
Looks like you had a fabulous weekend! Hasn't the weather been just awesome?
Yay! It is so wonderful! I'm sitting on my porch doing these comments and it could not be nicer.
Rosey Rebecca says
Nice! I'm sitting in City Bakery and they have the AC on! I'm sort of freezing. haha
Blane Sherer says
Glad you had such a great weekend.
I enjoyed my weekend. This was the first
week in a month that I did not have to
work an extra night . I was able to travel
this weekend to see my folks and my daughters
and my grandson. Very nice.
Oh good! I hope this weekend is nice too.
Beth @ Sublimely Fit says
Oh my gosh, I would KILL right now for a cup of that taco soup! I haven't met a Mexican dish I don't like, and that looks particularly yummy. Also, you and your hubby are too cute. 🙂 Hope you're having a great Monday!
Thanks Beth! We try- haha! I've never met a Mexican dish I don't like either!
Runaway Bridal Planner says
I haven't noticed your site being any slower, so I think your plugin was good to add!
Such fun pictures!
I love seeing spring pop its head up, we keep getting a few tastes of it here too. But since we need the water, I'd be fine if it rained and snowed for another month or two just to help us out.
I am not a sushi lover, but love cupcakes.... LOL Good think I don't have access to a cupcake right now:)
Cupcakes seem like a much more universal thing to love than sushi! haha 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend.
Mary Beth Jackson says
looks like a great weekend! Food, friends and running- can't go wrong there!
Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood says
I always wondered how people set up those emails - it's been on my "to Google" list for weeks - would you mind sharing the name of the plug in?
Of course! Sorry for the delay! It's "Comment Reply E-mail Notification" 🙂 Hope it helps you too.
I LOVE baby showers and cupcakes. 🙂 I'm so thankful that God is so sovereign over the world and the seasons, and I love that He gives the world a rest with the winter, brings in the glory of spring, the heat of summer, and the pretty colors of fall. All these blessings through Jesus Christ, are so awesome. 🙂 I love sushi too. I haven't had it in a while.
So true! He made such a stunning world! Blessed to live in it 🙂
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says
I did get those emails and I liked it! I don't always go back to the blog to see what the response was to my comment. So thank you!
I wish I liked sushi! It looks so pretty. When I go to Whole Foods in the morning, the sushi chefs are always preparing the day's sushi. So tempting. but no...
It seems like you either love it or can't stand the thought of it. It's very polarizing food-- haha! I hope you are having a great weekend!
Gail Bell says
That sushi platter looks DELICIOUS!!!
After the strange weather of this past week, it sure was nice to see and feel the warmth of the sun again. Hopefully spring is on its way to our mountains;--)
Such a nice weekend and this weekend is even better so far! Loving it! Thanks for commenting 🙂
So happy you had a great weekend and that you have sushi back in your life now! 🙂
Me too! It's the little things 🙂
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
looks like a fun weekend! Want to come clean my pantry out? I keep meaning to...
Sure 🙂 I'll color code it! haha
You had the BEST weekend! 🙂 (I would have loved to run this weekend! Soon, though. Soon.) I'm excited I got to see you yesterday!!
Soon enough! You'll be back and better than ever!
Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections says
That sushi! Yum! I just got into sushi a few months before I got pregnant, but then had to stop eating it because of that, so I'm excited to get back to eating some good stuff (in Hawaii, not Texas lol). I did get the emails! I like that. I've had a plug in like that on my site for a while and I think most people appreciate it. I have a lot of "non blogger" readers who wouldn't otherwise ever see my responses so I think it helps me stay connected with them.
Hawaii has the best fish. I had ahi tuna every day I was there! Probably not a good practice for the long term, but it was great for a vacation 🙂
Dan Steadman says
busy...it was mission conference weekend...The Mill had around 40 missionaries at the church, panel discussion Friday night, workday at the local missions around Spartanburg (shoveling gravel for four hours will wear you out), hearing from missionaries Saturday night and commissioning one of our own to go on and one way ticket to Uganda and the banquet yesterday...now it's Monday
That is busy! Wow! I hope you have a little more free time this weekend.
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
What a fantastic weekend! Running, Sushi, taco soup, baby shower, and friends. That is just awesome 😀
That's Suz! It was kind of perfect 🙂
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
Okay, I now have a HUGE sushi craving. I might have to go out and get some sushi now!
Sorry about that! 🙂 Hope you've tackled that craving.