The Wait is Over

July 18, 2011

Bear with me because this post is quite random. . .nothing like a little randomness for a Monday.
The wait is finally over. . . .

I have waited ages to try Chobani’s pineapple Greek yogurt, and I finally found it at the Target in Anchorage!! I was stoked and pretty sure I was doing a happy dance in the store when I saw this. πŸ™‚

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I loved the flavor! I have grown tired of the standard blueberry, strawberry, and peach, so this was a welcomed new taste!

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I just had to share with you the super cute and fun new water bottle I got while in Minnesota. (Craig thinks it looks like a kid’s cup, but I don’t care.)

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I always have a water bottle on me. It helps me drink more water because if it is there, I will drink it. Plus with a new water bottle, I always find myself drinking more. Never a bad thing.

I am honestly convinced I drink more through a straw than when I just sip/drink something.


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I love all the sayings on this bottle.

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A while back, Swanson Health Products contacted me and asked me if I was interested in ordering $25 worth of products from their website with a coupon code from them.

I happily agreed and instantly picked out this container of Vita Coco because I have been wanting to try this for ages!

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I don’t like drinking sports drinks because they are laden with high fructose corn syrup, so I like that Vita Coco used natural sugars to sweeten their beverages.

I really liked the flavor of this—especially the added pineapple. I’ve had plain coconut water before and wasn’t a fan, but the pineapple juice in this beverage made it way better!

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I also purchased this container of Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil.

I do use a fair amount of chapstick/lip balm, but I didn’t love this.

I liked it because it had a fun fruity flavor and it was smooth going on, but I guess it just didn’t blow me out of the water. Next time I would probably just stick with the regular flavor of Burt’s Bees chapstick.


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I was very happy with my services through Swanson Health Products. I was also really excited to see that this company is based out of Fargo, ND, which is right across the river from where I went to college!!

And if you interested in getting some free Swanson Health Products goodies to review on your own blog? Then check out the Swanson Health Blog for all the details.

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An update on my running. . . . . .


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This morning I ran 6 miles at a comfortable pace of 50 minutes. I tried to throw in some fartleks (surges) every so often and really power up the hills in the neighborhood I ran in.

I also was very glad to complete 50 miles this last week. I think I’m on the road to recovery from my marathon!

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Craig and I were finally able to enjoy a coffee date this morning!! πŸ˜€

It has been ages since we last got coffee before work with my travels to Minnesota.


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As always, we brought our breakfast along with us.

decaf drip coffee + overnight oats


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overnight oats with banana slices + Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseed + a reused Yogurtland spoon πŸ˜‰


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Afterwards I rode my bike home and got busy doing things around the apartment: catching up on e-mails, cleaning/organizing, and getting ready for the day.

For lunch, my aunt (who is here visiting for a couple of weeks) and I ate at Middle Way Cafe. This is my favorite place to grab lunch as evident by all this love.


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I love the combo plates: 1/2 sandwich + salad or soup. I’d rather have several different things on my plate vs. one or two things.

Today’s combo plate:

Southwestern Turkey Sandwich + Squash Soup


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The sandwich contained: turkey, tomatoes, lettuce, red onion, sprouts, and the southwestern spread on whole wheat sourdough bread.

I liked the sandwich, but I didn’t love it. I probably wouldn’t order it again, but I had no problem finishing it all.


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I don’t remember what the name of the soup was, but let’s just call it awesome!

I know it primarily contained squash, but I don’t remember beyond that what else was in it.

I usually get a side salad, but I was feeling adventurous today, so I chose a side of soup instead, and I’m glad I did!


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My aunt got a 1/2 Turkey Cranberry Sandwich and the Southwest Turkey Soup. She said both were very good.


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This afternoon, my aunt and I have been busy running errands, getting ready for another Alaskan adventure tomorrow!! I am excited because I have never been to this place before. . . stay tuned to find out about it all!

12 Comments
    1. mmm that soup looks good! and pineapple chobani is my fave! did you know that on their website you can search for stores in your area with certain flavors? not sure if that would help you find new flavors but maybe you could check it out. πŸ™‚

    1. Hope the pineapple chobani was everything you hoped it would be! I have liked most of their flavors…Besides the ones you’ve mentioned, I’ve tried pomegranate, lemon, black cherry, raspberry. It’s good stuff!

      The pattern on that cup is really cute. I have seen several of my coworkers with cups like that (the reusable w/straw). I wonder if I would drink more with a straw…but then I also wonder how I would clean the straw if it gets funky.

      Vita coco is great too – after my most recent half marathon, walking back to my car – a Vita Coco TRUCK pulled up (a fun looking one, with fake coconuts on the roof) handing out free coconut water. It was awesome!!

      1. Yeah, the straw might get funky eventually, but I’m going to try to wash is quite often, and I will probably only use the cup for water.

    1. Hope the pineapple chobani was everything you hoped it would be! I have liked most of their flavors…Besides the ones you’ve mentioned, I’ve tried pomegranate, lemon, black cherry, raspberry. It’s good stuff!

      The pattern on that cup is really cute. I have seen several of my coworkers with cups like that (the reusable w/straw). I wonder if I would drink more with a straw…but then I also wonder how I would clean the straw if it gets funky.

      Vita coco is great too – after my most recent half marathon, walking back to my car – a Vita Coco TRUCK pulled up (a fun looking one, with fake coconuts on the roof) handing out free coconut water. It was awesome!!

    1. I never liked coconut water itself, but I assume it taste better with a flavor. I should try it again.

      Chobani! Love that stuff.

    1. We gave out the plastic cups with straws for a wellness activity at work. The line-up at our staff washroom would indicate we’re drinking lots more water πŸ™‚

    1. I’ve ordered stuff from Swanson!! Tim’s mom swears by elderberry syrup, I thought I’d give it a try last winter to see if it really helped. I think it did – I only got 1-2 colds and they didn’t seem to last real long. When I started to feel a cold coming on I’d up the dosage. Have you ever heard of/tried elderberry? Anyway she orders her supply from Swanson so that was where I got mine, too!

      Also nice water cup!! πŸ™‚

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