June’s Over? Julying.

After I got back from Pittsburgh, I needed to get some rest and refuel. I finally went to check out Southern Pressed Juicery in Downtown Greenville.

My friend, Christina and I were just talking about pitaya bowls, so I was pretty pumped when I saw one on the menu.

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Dragon’s Blood BowlPitaya, banana, almond mylk, kiwi, coconut chips, bee pollen and raw honeyI also decided to pick up the goods for a one day juice cleanse. I’ve never done one before, mainly because the idea of no solid food boggles my mind to no end.

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Let the games begin.

And that’s exactly what it felt like. A game. Christina told me six times to drink the juices so I would have them spaced out. I stuck to them for the most part. Towards the end of the day I convinced myself that I was going to end up eating something when I got home. However, after the sixth one, I really didn’t feel hungry. MAGIC! I don’t know how some of you do week long juice cleanses. Who knows, maybe someday. Riiiight.

Oh, they also gave me this little guy complimentary…

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Loved it.

Fourth of July weekend was filled with hanging out by the pool, making a ton of food and then heading to Charlotte to hang with my parents.

Spotted this at the grocery store and decided to pick some up…

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5% though…c’mon people.

Needed to be festive with some fruit…

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Strawberries, blueberries and cream cheese / cool whip dip. 

Discovered these with my Mom and had to give them a try…

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But, honestly M&M’s you need to chill out with all the flavors.

Didn’t follow the directions correctly for dying our deviled eggs red and blue…

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Ended up with gender reveal party eggs. 

Ok, now let’s get down to business.  On 4th of July I was determined to make a festive treat and wanted it to be something that I had never had before.  I also didn’t want it to be too challenging to make.  Most importantly it had to be beyond delicious.  I came across S’Mores Magic Bars on Hungry Happenings and knew that I needed to look no more.

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All of the magic ingredients.

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The finished product. 

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The happy girl.

I loved them. Like really loved them.  I brought some to work the next day.  Everyone loved them. Like really loved them.  I made them again a few days later for my friend, Gypsy’s baby shower. I swapped out the red, white and blue M&M’s for M&M mini’s.  I had wanted to get baby blue M&M’s but ran out of time.

I love holidays. I love any chance I get to dress for any sort of theme as well.  4th of July is no exception.  When I got to my parent’s house I asked my Mom if she had any of my Old Navy shirts from when I was kid.  Luckily, she had one of hers from 1999 that she let me borrow.  It went perfect with my Goldsheep leggings.

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A few days later, the 400th Pure Barre studio opened! When I first started taking class there was well under 100 studios.  It’s great to see the growth of the Pure Barre community and the positive impact it has on so many people’s lives!

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These were not my idea. Surprisingly. Clearly I was not going to refuse one though!

Yikes this post is not done with the sweets.  Sometimes I wonder how my body hasn’t gone into sugar shock yet.

Next up, Pure Barre Greenville turned 4! I was in charge of picking up the sweets (obviously). I squealed (yes, squealed) when I saw the cookies when I arrived at The Chocolate Moose.  The cupcakes and cake pops were cute too, but look at these cookies:

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Ok, I’m sure I am just a dork.

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 The red velvet cupcakes were actually my fave (tasting).

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Lauren (owner) & I. 

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I’m lucky to not only teach with these three, but also have them on the Training Team with me! (Helen, Kristyn, Lauren & I) 

Then, it was 80’s day. YES! Another theme.

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I’ve gotten a lot more use out of this leotard than I thought I would. Originally purchased to be cotton candy for Halloween years back. 

Welp, let’s not stop now with the sweets.  A couple of weeks ago Hub City Scoops opened in Spartanburg. I felt obligated to support the new local business, so Matt, Elizabeth and I headed there yesterday afternoon.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream…

Hub City Scoops features ice cream from The Chocolate Shoppe in Wisconsin.  They plan to rotate out over 60 different flavors of ice cream throughout the year.   “They have handmade waffle cones, cups, sundaes, milkshakes, malts, ice cream floats, ice cream cakes, ice cream by the pint and a cookie dessert, as well as coffee, green tea, sodas and candy.” (Upstate Business Journal)

However, I was most excited about their ice cream flight. After having the champagne flight in Pittsburgh, I thought that was my favorite kind of flight, but then I had this…

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From left to right:

  • Fat Elvis :: Sweet banana ice cream all shook up with a salty peanut butter ripple and rich liquid chocolate chips.
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough :: Luscious vanilla ice cream loaded with gobs of soft cookie dough chunks, creamy chocolate chips and a thick peanut butter ripple.
  • Caramel Chaos :: Luscious caramel ice cream packed with mini caramel cups and gobs of marble cream caramel.
  • Blueberry Cheesecake :: Delectable cheesecake ice cream topped off with a tangy blueberry ripple and lush cheesecake pieces.

Blueberry cheesecake was my favorite and Fat Elvis was a close second.

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Oh, and, um, it’s National Ice Cream Day tomorrow!  Will you be celebrating? I sure hope so.

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