Cherry Peach Smoothie

Happy Friday! I am heading to Houston today to run (or run/walk) the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday! It really is one of my favorite races in Texas and I always have a blast running it. I highly recommend the full or the half marathon to all runners! There are so many positives to the race, the only negative is having to train through the holidays — but there will be more about the race itself in my recap next week.

On to important things like SMOOTHIES!

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During my first trimester I wasn’t a fan of my normal smoothies – they just sounded gross and not appetizing. I am VERY happy to be past this stage and back into having my normal smoothie daily. Smoothies are such an easy way to get in veggies and fruits! I love how I can hide the taste of spinach (or another type of green) in my smoothie.

I thought I would share one of my favorite smoothie combinations with you — check it out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

1 Banana
6 ounces Almond Milk (unsweetened)
2 cups Spinach (or another type of green)
5 slices of frozen peaches
3/4 cup of frozen cherries
Ice

All the ingredients ready to be put into a delicious smoothie!

All the ingredients ready to be put into a delicious smoothie!

My ingredients are all approximate! I use anywhere from 1/2 to a whole banana and sometimes they are frozen if I don’t have any fresh available! If the banana is frozen, you may have to add more almond milk or just add some water. I also just put a couple handfuls of Spinach in the smoothie, it is all about your tastes. If the smoothie tastes too bitter to you just add some more fruit!

All the ingredients (minus the ice) in the blender!

All the ingredients (minus the ice) in the blender!

Add the almond milk to the blender and then add the banana, spinach and then the frozen fruits. Blend. Then add some ice and blend as much as needed. I personally prefer my smoothies more juice like so I will put it through the “smoothie” cycle on my blendtec three times. The above recipe made a little over 20 ounces, if I am using this as a meal replacement, I would probably add in some chia seeds and/or some protein powder.

Pour into a cup and enjoy!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Any smoothie recipe you want to share with me?
Do you juice or make smoothies?
What are you doing this weekend?

19 Weeks Wrap Up!

Greetings from the air! I am currently on my way back to Dallas after spending the weekend in Charlotte with my husband visiting one of my high school BFFs and her husband. It was a wonderful weekend that just makes your heart feel full. Reconnecting with an old friend right where you left off is the sign of a true friendship in my opinion. We had a great time eating our way through Charlotte and watching playoff football. So bummed about the Cowboys losing.

Spending time with one of my best friends!

Spending time with one of my best friends!

During this pregnancy I am hoping to maintain my fitness and complete a couple half marathons. I figured I can keep my blog updated with what I have been doing in case anyone is interested in “pregnant running/fitness.” I am currently 19 weeks pregnant (will be halfway this week – CRAZY!) and have been feeling pretty good the past few weeks! The first trimester definitely was a bit rough with just having no energy and a little nausea but overall I am a lucky woman and didn’t deal with too many issues. I was able to continue to run and crossfit. I think its so fun “running with my baby.”

My fitness goals are:
* Complete the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday!
* Complete my first trail half marathon at 29 weeks pregnant — if for some reason my body doesn’t allow this, that will be fine but I am excited to train and attempt to complete this even if it means some walking. My mom and I are both planning on doing this — Grasslands Half Marathon.
* Continue to run 3-4 times a week and go to Crossfit 3 times a week.

19 Weeks Workouts:

Monday — CrossFit and ran a mile afterwards
Tuesday — 6 miles of hills! This run was a little rough but with a little walking I made it through!
Wednesday — CrossFit in the morning and then a WINDY 4 mile run with my mom — we were hoping to do trails but since they were muddy that was not an option for us.
Thursday — CrossFit — tons of rowing!
Friday — Almost 5 miles
Saturday — Day Off
Sunday — Elliptical

I was planning on getting in a longer run on Saturday but I ended up sleeping in and not having time for it. At this point I am just going to enjoy sleeping in while I can — my husband and I definitely know those days are numbered!

Since I failed to take any workout photos this week - I'll end this with a pic of my pup :-) Thanks Robyn!

Since I failed to take any workout photos this week – I’ll end this with a pic of my pup :-) Thanks Robyn!

Are you still friends with anyone from high school?
What was the last weekend trip you took?

The Portland Marathon

As mentioned, I am hoping to continue with my blog! Here is an overdue race report about the Portland Marathon! It was the first weekend of October.

Portland, Oregon has been one city on my list of “I really need to go there” cities. Luckily, my husband is awesome and agreed to do a marathon he had already completed before and we, along with a some of our favorite running friends, all decided to make the trip to Portland for the marathon. Unfortunately, since I had decided to go back to school, our original plan of making it a vacation and visiting wine country near Portland and having a few days to do touristy things was not able to happen. We landed in Portland Friday night and left early Monday so that I could make it home for class.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I had found out I was pregnant about a week and a half before the marathon and checked with my doctor before deciding to run in the marathon. Since I was only 5.5 weeks pregnant at the time of the marathon my doctor said it was completely fine since I had been running and just to take it easy, monitor how I was feeling and to not run if it was over 80 degrees. I already hadn’t really properly trained for the race besides getting in my long runs so it pretty much just reinforced my “running for fun” race plan.

Our first night in Portland Jim and I were the last to arrive and had already missed dinner with our group so we decided to venture out and try to make it to Pok Pok, this Thai place our group had just dined at that we had heard great things about. When we arrived at Pok Pok the hostess basically laughed at us for thinking we could get in SO we decided to walk across the street to Appetizing – http://www.yelp.com/biz/appethaizing-portland” . What a “happy accident” as well like to call it. The food was AMAZING and inexpensive. We then headed to Salt and Straw — http://saltandstraw.com for dessert. We waited in a pretty long line for ice cream and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was SO delicious. I tried olive oil which sounds so gross but was extremely delicious. We were also pumped to discover that Portland has Car2Gos. My husband and his father love these little cars and they were an easy way to get around Portland without having to take the bus or get a cab.

Delicious Salt & Straw

Delicious Salt & Straw

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

The second day in Portland was spent relaxing, going to the expo and getting our number, drinking some coffee and fueling! OH and some jeans shopping at Imogene & Willy. The next morning was race day!

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

Race morning I woke up feeling AWFUL, I think I had just come down with a cold and I hadn’t really slept a ton the night before because of congestion (and you can’t take anything when you are pregnant). My husband basically forced me out of bed and promised me we could stop at the halfway point (or wherever I wanted) if I was feeling awful. I got ready and we walked over to the starting line. I absolutely loved the ease of getting to this race, no need to get there super early, plenty of bathrooms in our corral and it was surprisingly warm out so no sitting outside in the cold. We were not pumped about the heat as we had come to the Northwest to escape the heat but that was not the case for Marathon Morning, it was a sunny, warm and humid day in Portland! We definitely were not expecting to be in the sun the entire race! I ended up not wearing my normal Oiselle Team jersey as sometimes I get too hot wearing it and opted to wear a thinner Oiselle Tank (cross top mesh) and the distance shorts (loveeee all the pockets in the distance shorts). (hint hint, the distance shorts are on sale online right now at http://www.oiselle.com/shop/sale)

Jim and I had decided to run together and he was even running with his phone! The first few miles were pretty rough and I wasn’t sure if I was even going to make it to the halfway point but after we hit about 5 or 6 miles I started getting in a good groove and actually thinking I would make it to the finish. I basically started to feel stronger and stronger with each passing mile, granted I was running at what felt like a pretty easy pace and was basically able to maintain it the entire race. Unfortunately for my husband, he wasn’t feeling better with each step and we ended up separating around the halfway point.

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til 'ya make it!

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til ‘ya make it!

Me at mile 13 - Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile....I just got further and further away from him

Me at mile 13 – Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile….I just got further and further away from him

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first part of the course — beware if you do the half (unless the course changes) that the course is not that scenic, it pretty much runs through an industrial part of town. The second half of this race is really pretty, I really loved running over the bridge and just enjoyed the entire race. I didn’t start to get that marathon cranky feeling until mile 23-24 and it was just a mental battle to not stop and just keep running, the more I kept running, the closer I was to the finish.

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

After the finish, I made it through the finish area — one major complaint about the finish area was the total lack of water!! With the sun beating on me for 26.2 miles all I wanted was a giant bottle of ice cold water and they only had ones to purchase in the beer tent where you also had to purchase beer! We thought it as a little strange that runners didn’t even get one free beer (not that I would have had one). Once my husband and I found each other we started the slow walk back to the hotel and he had brought some cash with him so he bought me a water :-).

Overall this is probably one of the most evenly paced marathons I have ever run and I definitely had fun running, it was nice to go into a race not really caring about my time. I ended up running one of my slowest marathons at a 3:53:11 which, considering the training I put into the race, I was pleased with.

Running Marathons together is something I'll always love about our relationship!

Running Marathons together is something I’ll always love about our relationship!

This was marathon number 11 for me and I would definitely recommend it! It was the perfect size for me, I had people to run with the entire time but never felt claustrophobic, I definitely just wish we had ended up with better marathon weather. The course isn’t super easy but it isn’t the most difficult one I have run, I actually credit crossfit with getting me through all the hills without much of a problem! It isn’t my favorite course ever but Portland is a wonderful place to visit so run the marathon and make a trip out of it. I really like the finisher shirts (just as a warning they are NOT Nike). The expo was really small and most of us hardly bought anything — maybe a shirt or two.

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Have you ever run the Portland Marathon? Please let me know if you have any questions about it if you are interested in running it in 2015!
What cities are on your “must visit” list? I really want to visit Nashville!
Do you and your friends do destination races?

I disappeared! But I’m Back…..hopefully ;-)

I started blogging shortly before my decision to return back to school. I thought going back to school meant that I would have all this free time to blog, cook, do chores around the house, get in some extra runs………EXCEPT I TOTALLY DIDN’T! I CRAZILY decided to take 3 science classes which meant 3 labs and an additional class on top of that for the fall semester so basically I spent the last 3.5 months going to class and studying nonstop and trying to spend time with my husband and somewhat stay in shape. We also had another little surprise a month after I started the fall semester……I AM HAVING A BABY! I found out at the end of September (just before I turned 30) which meant not only was I back in school I was also really really tired and exhausted all the time. We are very excited about the baby and can’t wait for his/her arrival (not finding out the gender, due in early June of 2015). Pic taken by Samantha von Doersten Photography – can’t get the link to embed – http://www.samanthavondphotography.com

Baby coming in June!

Baby coming in June!



Besides the summer, the fall semester was my first official semester back in school, I really enjoyed my classes and managed to do pretty well in all of them. I definitely overloaded my schedule and will not be taking that many classes in the Spring. I am taking 2 science classes this semester and studying for the GRE, if any of you have any tips on studying for the GRE, please let me know! I am lucky that this semester should end just before the baby is due (as long as this little one decides not to make an appearance too early).

During the last few months I have……..
* Traveled to Seattle to visit my grandparents and take in a couple Seattle Mariner games.

Mom and I at a Mariners Game in Seattle!

Mom and I at a Mariners Game in Seattle!


* Completed my 11th Marathon – the Portland Marathon — made interesting by being 5.5 weeks pregnant (and with a cold) on race day! Will write a recap on this race shortly.
We both finished the marathon....I may have beat my husband :-)

We both finished the marathon….I may have beat my husband :-)

* Went to the Justin Timberlake concert — loveeeeeee him!

JT. Enough Said.

JT. Enough Said.


* Celebrated my sister with a Bachelorette Party in New Orleans along with throwing her a wedding shower!
My sister and I in New Orleans!

My sister and I in New Orleans!


* Watched my little sister get married!
I can't believe my little sister is a married woman! Her wedding was beautiful.

I can’t believe my little sister is a married woman! Her wedding was beautiful.


* Ran the Dallas Turkey Trot (8 miles), Cigna 5K associated with the Dallas Marathon and the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K all with a baby on board!
Finished another Turkey Trot, one of my favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

Finished another Turkey Trot, one of my favorite Thanksgiving Traditions


Ran the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K with my mom and my friend Robin - we are all rocking some Oiselle Fly Style!

Ran the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K with my mom and my friend Robin – we are all rocking some Oiselle Fly Style!


* Went to Las Vegas and saw Shania Twain!
Shania put on an amazing show in Vegas!

Shania put on an amazing show in Vegas!


* Spent the holidays in San Diego with my in-laws
We gave our niece and nephews t-shirts announcing the arrival of their baby cousin in Texas!

We gave our niece and nephews t-shirts announcing the arrival of their baby cousin in Texas!


* Celebrated my 30th birthday and the birthdays of numerous friends and family members!

I am excited to start blogging again – the husband and I are headed to Charlotte this weekend and then to Houston to run the Houston Half Marathon the following weekend! I hope to continue to find fun recipes to share, places to review, vacations to write about and race reports and maybe some insights on running with a baby on board!

Looping the lake for the last run of 2014

Looping the lake for the last run of 2014

Have any of you taken the GRE? If so any tips?
Any tips on running with a baby on board?
Any blog topic ideas for 2015?

San Francisco and Napa Vacation Part 1

EEEK! It’s been way too long since I last posted — summer school took up a lot more time than I had originally anticipated. It also didn’t help my marathon training progress but that is a post for another day! I want to get this post up about our SF and Napa vacation before I forget all the details! This trip is one of my favorite trips that my husband and I have been on – I highly recommend this trip to all people that enjoy eating and drinking wine :-)

When I decided to quit my job and go back to school, my husband and I decided to take a vacation during my week and a half of downtime. We had tried to go to San Francisco/Napa back over New Year’s at the start of 2013 but it ended up being a little bit of a disaster of a trip. The moment we landed in San Francisco, my husband started feeling sick but “toughed it out” (his words, not mine) to go out that evening for NYE and then go exploring on New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, after a dinner in China Town that evening, he got TERRIBLE food poisoning so we had to cancel our wine tour and hang out at the hotel all day. When we returned from the trip (after flight delays of course), we got to our car and the battery was dead, and then finally made it home and it was 42* in our house because our heat had went out! Needless to say, we needed to go back!

We left on Wednesday and landed in San Francisco that evening and headed straight to the Westin St. Francis — we absolutely loved this hotel! Great location, great service and our room was really nice w/a great view. Once we got checked in and changed, we headed over to Harris’ – The San Francisco SteakHouse. We were really excited for this dinner as my husband has really been wanting to take me to a nice steakhouse. Unfortunately, the food was horrible! We had a great time together but the only part of my meal I enjoyed was my salad. My steak (along with my husband’s) very poorly cooked and the quality of meat was not up to par. Overall it was a very disappointing experience food wise — the service was great but for the price we paid for our dinner, it definitely was NOT worth it. 

Thursday, we slept in and got in a quick workout and then walked to go get some breakfast. We had a really great breakfast and the most amazing lattes!

Beautiful, Delicious Latte

Beautiful, Delicious Latte


After breakfast, we walked over to the San Francisco Giants Stadium, we got so lucky that the Giants were playing a day game on Thursday! They were playing the Cardinals, we got really great seats using http://www.seatgeek.com — and really enjoyed ourselves. It was a gorgeous day and it is so crazy how the ballpark is right on the water!

Gorgeous Ballpark

Gorgeous Ballpark

The crowd was great and even though beers cost $10.25 each, we loved it ha. I really enjoy baseball games and checking out other ballparks but it definitely isn’t as fun as watching my Mariners. 

Jim and myself in front of AT&T park

Jim and myself in front of AT&T park

After the game, we headed back to the hotel and relaxed for a bit before heading off to Bourbon and Branch which is a Speakeasy. We had to have a reservation and a password to get into the Speakeasy and they had a set of “rules” to follow which included no cameras so I couldn’t get any pictures of the DELICIOUS cocktails we had. Both of us really enjoyed this and then went and had a great Italian meal afterwards!

Waiting outside Bourbon and Branch

Waiting outside Bourbon and Branch

Friday was our last day in San Francisco, we woke up (late due to me) and went running over the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately, it was incredibly foggy but it was still beautiful and a fun touristy thing to do while getting in a run!

Golden Gate Bridge Running

Golden Gate Bridge Running

After our run, we wanted to revisit this place where we had a really incredible breakfast on our last trip to San Francisco — the Taylor Street Coffee Shop. It was just as incredible as we remembered! The millionaire bacon is so delicious – sweet and savory all at the same time. I had swedish pancakes and fruit and my husband had the fisherman’s hash (we split the bacon) both were paired with freshly squeezed orange juice. It was the perfect meal before getting in the car and heading to Napa!

Millionaire bacon & fruit plate

Millionaire bacon & fruit plate


Jim's fisherman's hash

Jim’s fisherman’s hash


Posing with my pancakes

Posing with my pancakes

Next up a post about Napa — hopefully it won’t be a month before I post it!

What is one of your favorite vacations you have been on?
What is your favorite thing to do on vacation?

Portland Marathon Training Week 6 & 7

I have been extremely busy lately with traveling and getting ready for school to start so haven’t had time to post! I’m hoping to put together a post from our San Francisco and Napa Vacation soon! While I’m working on that, here is an update on my training.

Week 6 — this week was a rough week for me, for some reason I never felt great on any of my runs. I think it likely had to do with lack of sleep/not paying great attention to my nutrition — I don’t think I was eating enough to fuel my body properly. Overall I wasn’t pleased with this week but I did what I could and just have to try and remain consistent with my workouts and know that eventually I’ll start feeling strong again.

Monday 6/23 – 6 miles, CrossFit Workout
Tuesday 6/24 — 6 mile Hill run, it was a rough day for me, I felt awful pretty much the entire run but was able to finish it.
Wednesday 6/25 — 8.5 miles, CrossFit workout
Thursday 6/26 — Didn’t sleep well the night before, ended up taking the day off and running on Sunday instead.
Friday 6/27 — 7 miles
Saturday 6/28 — 12.5 miles — this was a FAIL of a run for some reason I felt so exhausted and barely made it 12 miles — was planning on running 16 but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.
Sunday 6/29 — Easy 4 miles — still felt ridiculously exhausted but made it through this run.

Totals:
44 miles run
2 CrossFit Workouts

Week 7 — Vacation Week!!

My husband and I went to San Francisco and Napa for a little vacation and it was SO fun and we really had a good time. We actually only missed one run, so I call that a vacation win! This was also a down week/recovery week and with the way I’ve been feeling this week (week 8) it did its job!

Monday 6/30 — After the horrible week before and feeling pretty run down from my weekend runs, I decided to ride my bike instead of running. I rode for an hour and went to CrossFit that evening.
Tuesday 7/1 — 8 miles easy, CrossFit in the evening
Wednesday 7/2 — 6 miles total with intervals — 5 x 3 min hard, 2 min easy. Really pleased with how this workout went — was one of those mornings I really didn’t want to get up, but happy I got up and got it done. I went to CrossFit afterwards so we could catch our flight to San Francisco!
Thursday 7/3 — 50 min on the elliptical. We slept in which was glorious and didn’t have a ton of time so just decided to hit up the hotel gym in the morning instead of trying to navigate a run. No treadmills were available so I figured the elliptical was the next best thing! This day also included a few miles of walking as we walked to the San Francisco Giants game!
Friday 7/4 — 10 miles — we ran over the Golden Gate bridge. It was a gorgeous run, and so chilly! I wore arm warmers and wished I had run in long sleeves! It was sunny when we started and the sun quickly disappeared as we continued running.

Running over the Golden Gate Bridge called for a Selfie!

Running over the Golden Gate Bridge called for a Selfie!

Saturday 7/5 — WINE
Sunday 7/6 — More wine! We did walk a couple miles in the morning though by walking to and from breakfast.

Totals:
1 hour biking
50 min elliptical
24 miles running
3 CrossFit Classes

Have you ever had a rough week of training where every run was a struggle??
Do you like to train when you are on vacation?

Date Night in Dallas: HG Sply Co and Steel City Pops

First — thank you to everyone for your sweet comments on my previous blog post! It was amazing to see that kind of support for my goal of becoming an RD! I’m definitely ready to get started on it! Today is my last day at work which is crazy! I’ll miss my co-workers but I definitely know I am making the right decision in going back to school. Now, on to the blog post for the day!

My husband and I try to go on date nights every so often. It is a fun way to make sure we have good conversations, have no distractions (tv, work, phones) and just get out and enjoy each other’s company! Lately my favorite place to go for either date night or a girls dinner is HG Sply Co for dinner and walk next door to Steel City Pops for dessert!

Strip on Greenville Ave with HG Sply Co and Steel City Pops

Strip on Greenville Ave with H&G Sply Co and Steel City Pops

HG Sply Co. is a restaurant based on the paleo diet. HG stands for Hunt and Gather, it was created to have simple clean food, classic drinks, and humble hospitality — which it does! Not everything on the menu is paleo but there are plenty of paleo options and everything is pretty much fresh, local and the best part — DELICIOUS.

A list of some of the local ingredients used at HG.

A list of some of the local ingredients used at HG.


We started with the ginger garlic hummus that came with cucumber, red bell pepper, granny smith apples, jicama, cauliflower and bacon chips (yes BACON). It was fabulous — it had a unique flavor to it and tasted extremely fresh with the fruit and veggies. The bacon was definitely a delicious touch. We are also fans of getting the nachos for an appetizer but decided to go a little healthier this time around.
Delicious hummus plate -- check out the bacon!

Delicious hummus plate — check out the bacon!


We both also started with a cocktail — we decided on the Moscow Mule (my personal favorite cocktail right now). They have a ton of different cocktail options and even have some infused liquors that they can make some specialty cocktails with. For you CrossFit lovers out there they even have a couple cocktails named after CrossFit moves like the Double Under!
Cheers! I love how Moscow Mules always come in copper cups.

Cheers! I love how Moscow Mules always come in copper cups.


Besides having great cocktails and appetizers, Monday-Friday at HG Sply Co they have a sunset toast. This is where they give out a free sample of a drink and thank everyone for coming while toasting to the day. When I went for a friend’s birthday they even announced it was her birthday and toasted in her honor! It is a nice touch to a restaurant that is always full.
Cheers!

Cheers!


We both really enjoyed our dinner, I had the Tex Mex Bowl, my husband had the ribs. Both of us were really satisfied without being overly full. Every dish I’ve had has been amazing but the Tex Mex Bowl is definitely my favorite — the egg just adds an extra touch!
Tex Mex Bowl

Tex Mex Bowl


Ribs with Fries

Ribs with Fries


My tips for HG Sply are — MAKE A RESERVATION, it is impossible to get a table inside without one without a long wait. You may be able to get a table at the bar but if you know you want to eat there, make a reservation. They do have the rooftop bar that does serve a limited menu as well if you don’t have a reservation. Cilantro is on almost EVERYTHING. If you don’t like cilantro make sure to request your dish without cilantro as it isn’t listed in the descriptions for most dishes. Have dinner around 6 or 6:30 so you can enjoy the sunset toast during the week. It is a fun little touch and a free drink! After dinner we headed up to the roof to check out the scene – it is a great place to enjoy a drink and they help combat the heat with numerous fans and shaded areas.
Great view of downtown

Great view of downtown


They normally have live music playing on the rooftop

They normally have live music playing on the rooftop

Herb garden growing on the roof

Herb garden growing on the roof


Finally it is time for dessert! We walked next-door to Steel City Pops. The entire shop is popsicles! They have fruit pops and creamy pops — both are equally delicious.
Lots of choices!

Lots of choices!


Both of us went with a fruit based popsicle — I had watermelon, Jim had pineapple jalepeno.
Delicious! Sitting outside on one of the many benches they have outside the shop.

Delicious! Sitting outside on one of the many benches they have outside the shop.


I’ve now had five different flavors at Steel City Pops and they have all been delicious. It is the perfect treat on a hot summer day! I highly recommend trying out the HG Sply Co and Steel City Pop combination — it really is the perfect date!

Do you and your significant other have regular date nights?
Any date night suggestions?
What is your favorite treat on a hot summer day?