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Birthday Presents and Other Happy Things

I know I’ve said the word ‘birthday’ several times lately, but I love celebrating so I suppose it’s not a surprise.  I got almost everything on my wish list and some things that weren’t on the list, and yesterday when I got home there were some fun packages waiting for me.  I love presents whether it’s my birthday or not so I was thrilled to find a package from Leslie.  She knew that I wanted a Bahama Breeze Yankee Candle, and she made it happen.  Thanks, L.  My place smells amazing now!

Bahama Breeze Yankee Candle

My sister also sent an insulated HydroFlask bottle, and I am in love with it.  Seriously…I’m blown away by its performance.  Living in New Orleans means that every day is sweltering.  I brought the bottle with me as I ran errands, and after leaving it in the car for about an hour while I was on campus, I opened it – expecting the water to be hot, and it was still freezing.  It was as cold as it was when I filled the bottle.

Kenlie's Hydro Flask


My mom has a Hydro Flask too, and it keeps things cold forever so I did a little experiment of my own.  After dinner last night I filled my bottle with ice, closed it and left it on the counter, and today after lunch the ice was still solid.  Check out the photo above.  The one in the bottom corner was taken after about 15 hours. Crazy, right?

I drink at least a gallon of water per day so I won’t need it to last that long, but it’s so cool that it does.   And it’s teal…Bonus!  Thanks again, Sis!

She’ll be here soon with my niece, and I’m looking forward to it.  This will be my last visit with Hannah before her little sister joins us in the world so Auntie is going to try to make her trip especially awesome!

It has been a good week.  I’ve made some healthy choices, but I can still do more than I’m doing.  I’m trying to reframe my thoughts on eating.  I need to remember that I don’t have to eat healthy foods; I get to eat healthy foods.  When you look at it that way, it makes everything feel different, and after chatting about it with Dani and many other friends at Fitbloggin, it seems to be clicking in my mind.  Dani is working on reframing her thoughts too, and she wrote a blog post about it here.  Check it out.

Right now it’s time for me to study for mid-terms because the first one is happening tomorrow.  I have another paper due too so I should consider doing that now as well.  I’ll break for Bikram Yoga, then I’ll get back to the grind.

I hope everyone is having a great week.  It feels like it’s flying by here.  What are your plans to be healthy today?  Also, does anyone else have a Hydro Flask?  Do you love it as much as I love mine?



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    July 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Wow! Very impressive water bottle! I have to check it out – although I’m expecting it to have a high price tag for such performance and I’m probably a little too frugal to splurge. Still amazing, though!


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      July 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      It is amazing, Kristin. I want a few more. Ha..

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    July 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    This looks like it can be used for a compact veggie holder for work. Fill it with ice to get it cold then empty then fill with cut up fruits and veggie snacks!

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      July 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      After checking out the website I learned that they have food specific ones too. I want one of everything…If only I were independently wealthy..ha

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    July 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Happy belated birthday!!!! I love Yankee candles! I am such a “food” candle smeller — I need to try one like Bahama Breeze to keep me from craving a sweet 😛

    I also need one of those Hydro Flask!! Perfect for a hot summer in TN!

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      July 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      I love them too, and I’m all about Christmas Cookies, Pumpkin Pie, etc, but when I smelled Bahama Breeze I loved it. It still smells sweet, but it doesn’t make me want to eat anything. 😉

      The Hydro Flask is ammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmazing!

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    Katie J
    July 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

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    July 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Happy belated Birthday! Mine is today so were are horoscope sisters!

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    July 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I didn’t know you did Bikram! I love it! Have you used the water bottle during yoga yet? How does it hold up there? It’s easy enough to keep water cold in a house with air-conditioning, but in a room heated to over 100 degrees, that’s the real test in my mind!! If the bottle holds ice through the end of class, I have to order it!

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