WIAW 71: Snow-Hiking, Sushi and Suprises!


Happy Wednesday! If you’re looking for today’s giveaway- come back in a little while. I promise that another one will be posted today! In the meantime, feel free to check out the first two giveaways from the Season of Giving:

Monday’s Giveaway: Jamberry Nails

Tuesday’s Giveaway: KIND Healthy Snacks

For now, I’ve got a whole truckload of photos to share from last Saturday (which was pretty much a perfect day!). Keeping with the WIAW theme, you’ll also see what I ate throughout the day.

It was SO nice to sleep in and not really have anything on the agenda for the morning. Greg and I made breakfast and chatted about what we wanted to do that day.

flapjacked waffles

I had FlapJacked Apple Cinnamon waffles (with fresh cranberries!) with a little cottage cheese in the middle and some Coconut Secret syrup on top.

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Four Years Old [& Cake for Dogs]


I know that I don’t even have to tell you that I’m a crazy dog lady.

I even have a hashtag on Instagram devoted to one of my dog’s silly antics (which is #sillylance in case you’re wondering). If you’re not a dog person, you’ll probably just think that this post is a bunch of nonsense. However, if you’re one of my people… you’ll totally get it.

Jackson and Lance came in to my life in late January 2010- just a few weeks before my 30th birthday. If you want to read all about all of the crazy, fun and sometimes frustrating puppyhood years, feel free to check out my old blog! Here’s a quick trip down memory lane…

Our first family portrait (right after bringing the boys home that first day):


The day after we brought the boys home we got 3 feet of snow (also known as Snowpocalypse 2010)!

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Boulder, Baseball & Rock ‘N Roll


Good Morning! I’m going to attempt to keep it short and sweet today with a few snapshots from (and words about) the last few days.

I don’t know how it is where you live, but the weather was wacky here this weekend! When I woke up on Friday morning and looked outside I was surprised to see about 3″ of snow on the ground. It’s the first real snow we’ve had this season (other than a very small dusting earlier in the month) and someone was very excited about it…

Lance Snow

The sun came out later in the morning and by 3:00 that afternoon it was completely melted! The sun decided to stay around for the rest of the day and continued to shine all day Saturday. Greg and I decided to spend the morning sleeping in (yay!) and then headed into Boulder for a little bit of hiking.

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This Week


Whoa- this has been one long week. Now, of course I know that it’s been the same amount of time as any other week- but the days have just seemed to move a little bit slower. Originally Greg and I had planned on taking a Colorado-cation (I think that’s a Lynne term) this weekend but some events from earlier in the week have caused us to change our plans a bit. Our plan was to head down south (to either Steamboat Springs, Crested Butte or Durango) for a couple of days but that will have to wait until another time. Instead, we’re going to take a day trip (finally!) to Wyoming and hit up some breweries in Ft. Collins on the way back home. I’ve actually never been to Wyoming and the border is only about 90 minutes from my house. It’s about time I step foot in that state!

The week started out with some drama (which is why we decided not to go away this weekend) and it’s all because of this little guy…


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One of my favorite types of posts on my friend Cassie’s blog is her “confessions” series. Every time she writes a new confessions post I find myself nodding in agreement to everything she writes (and typing out comments that are way too long). Coincidentally, Cassie added a new Confessions post yesterday that I just noticed as I was typing this post!

In the words of Usher: these are my confessions:

1. I talk to my dogs more than any sane person should.


I make up songs about them, tell them I love them 100x a day and have actual conversations with them (as if they would respond back). I make up voices for them (to talk to Greg) and am convinced they’re really people trapped inside of adorable dog bodies. They both have incredible, distinct personalities and are very much “my children.”

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[Almost] Famous


Hello! I’m here to let the cat out of the bag today on a secret that I very briefly mentioned last month. Don’t get too excited now- it’s not really a big deal. :)

I wouldn’t consider myself a regular reader of Money magazine, but this particular issue catches my eye every single year. I always have to read it- because who doesn’t want to know where the “best” places to live in the U.S. are?! (“Best” is subjective of course- Money bases their decisions on how well a town is doing economically, from unemployment rates to job growth to housing appreciation, affordability and more; whether it’s a “good” place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools and a strong sense of community, etc.)

If you happen to be out at your local newsstand, grocery store, library or any other place where you can buy magazines, you should pick this issue up and thumb through it a bit.


If you read the main featured article, you’ll see that the town of Sharon, Massachusetts is named the #1 Best Place to Live. Number two is Louisville, Colorado, which is the town next-door to where I live.

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A Week of Instagrams


Happy Friday, friends! I’m so excited for today- because it’s finally here- BLEND!! I can assure you that I’ll be having a crazy fun time with my fellow blogger friends in Park City, Utah this weekend (and I’ll be back to re-cap it all next week!). You can search the hashtag #blend2013 on Twitter or Instagram or follow @blendretreat for photos from the whole weekend. :)

Speaking of Instagram…

I’ve mentioned it once or twice before on this blog, but I’m slightly obsessed with Instagram. I never really got into the whole Twitter thing, but as soon as I downloaded the Instagram app a little over a year ago, it was love at first sight. Sometimes I’m a little out of control with and I think that I might need to force an intervention for myself. I love taking pictures (I have two art degrees and taught high school photography for seven years!) and documenting things day to day. Feel free to follow me @OatmealLauren (I’ll admit it though… at least 25% of my photos are of my dogs).

Today I thought I’d take a look back at some of the Instagram photos I’ve posted in the last week.

A collage of my pedicure/lunch date with Tiffany:


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