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PUMPKIN OAT MUFFINS (no sugar added!)

I've always loved fall. I think it's because I'm a November baby, but every year when October rolls around I get SO EXCITED for pumpkin flavored anything. I love a good PSL and am always looking forward to pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving. (This year my birthday actually falls on Thanksgiving and all I want is one pie just for me - stay tuned!)

These pumpkin muffins are so easy and so yummy. They're the perfect mid-morning snack at work since they can travel easily. Plus, they are made with all natural ingredients and no added sugar! Talk about a pumpkin-flavored win.


Royal Wedding, Party of One

Does anyone have that one thing in their life that started out as sort of a joke and turned into a real obsession? That's my relationship with the Royal Family.

What started out as a gag-purchase of a coffee (or tea?) mug commemorating the engagement of William and Kate turned into stalking out the coffee shop where they first met...

In St. Andrews, Scotland. I also have a picture of the bathroom, because coffe, ya know? 😉
...an early morning watching their wedding before school, two more mug purchases after Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born (Prince Louis is in the plan - but you have to wait at least a year for the cute birthday portraits)...

 
...freaking out over royal horses at Balmoral and buying chocolates shaped like crowns for the Queen's diamond jubilee, and weeping on my couch at 5 a.m. when Harry and Meghan turned a wedding into a real-life fairytale moment.

LOL at the shorts and tights - how 2012 of me!
Yep. I'm that person.

ANYWAY. Like 29 million other Americans, I set my alarm for bright and early on Saturday morning, made some mini waffles, drank a bottle of champagne, and watched as the British Monarchy welcomed a divorced, half-black American into their family (complete with a sermon referencing slavery, the civil rights movements, African spirituals, and a gospel choir).


Let's break it down.

Running Playlist (And More)

I have been getting into running a lot recently. It's one of my 101 in 1001 goals to run a half-marathon (zero percent chance of that happening), but I made it a 2018 goal to run a 5k (and then if that's accomplished before June... a 10k). I used to listen to podcasts while running, but as I've been starting to run longer (and slower) I've been really craving music to listen to that matches the beat of my run.

Enter: Spotify running genre! I run really slow (focusing on distance, not speed!), but I thought it'd be fun to share some of the songs that are on my running playlist.