Sunshine In My Bones

by jenna on February 15, 2010

First of all, the weather was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G today!!! I felt like I was back in South and it was the first day of Spring. It was so nice that after I left the studio, Adam, Rocky and I decided to head to the COAST for lunch at my very favorite spot—Island Deli. I’ve eaten fish tacos at this place numerous times (they rock my world) but was feelin’ a little something different today so I went with a bowl of clam chowder instead—-

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This was actually a pleasant surprise because it wasn’t the thick, super creamy clam chowder that I’m used to. This tasted “healthier” (haha) and seemed to be made with less cream and more stock, with big chunks of clams and potatoes. It hit the spot! I also snagged a few of the guys fries…

When I got home, I knew I needed to take full advantage of this weather and so I headed outside to work out (it was a little too late for a long bike ride!). Ran a quick mile and a half then followed that up with lunges and push-ups. However, when I got inside and checked my email I saw that Anna had emailed me with tomorrow’s workout plan:

“10 jumping jacks

20 dips

30 pushups

40 crunches (any style)

50 squats or alternating lunges

~~3 rounds, or until we drop!”

Oh boy….here we go again! For a post-workout snack, I ate two kiwis. Lord knows I need to hit the grocery store!

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Italian food was on the menu for dinner….something I need more of in my life! I met a friend here and it was fabulous! I rarely order pasta out (not because its “bad for you” but because a lot of chefs BUTCHER it and the pasta is nothing but mush) but when I see pasta with seafood on any Italian menu, I go for it full force. I LOVE it and ate it all the time in France!

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There might have been a few bites of tiramisu at the end……..one of my favorite desserts :) Sorry for the blurry pic!

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Thanks again for your sweet comments about my hair! I’m having so much fun with it!!! It was so crazy this evening getting out of the shower and seeing my hair SO DARK in the mirror. When I was a blonde I usually flat ironed it to make it super smooth and straight, but I’ve decided as a brunette its more fun to add waves and body and let the flat iron rest.

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I applied root lifter, my favorite Aveda smoothing serum and then blew it dry upside down with a round brush…then used a curling iron to spiral some pieces on top. It seems like a long process but really only took 15 minutes. I’m not a girl that likes to spend a ton of time on her hair!

Night!

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I love that your hair color matches your ‘brows now – cute!

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Stef February 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

kiwis and tiramisu, sign me up! your hair is cute as ever, if only my hair took just 15 mins to do!

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Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

i haven’t had clam chowder in ages… looks good!
and you’re so lucky you can wear blonde AND brown… i look so pale with brown hair that it looks unnatural but I do what you used to do and flat iron my hair or throw it up in a messy blonde. i dont know why but i’m afraid to tossle my blonde hair? i have a problem with change lol

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Jil February 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Aww, Jenna, you look gorgeouuus (as always)! The hair looks fab, but you just look so happy – and that’s what counts! :) The food looks amazing. I’m a sucker for a good tiramisu, and now you’ve got my craving mussels!

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Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm

seriously you look gorgeous with dark hair! That clam chowder actually looks good and I don’t usually like clam chowder!

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ellen eats beets February 15, 2010 at 10:08 pm

the hair looks wonderful! I loooove new england clam chowder, but that stuff looks delicious as well!

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Ruth February 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Wow, I LOVE your hair! It looks so great and super awesome!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I keep comparing it to your side bar photo and still can’t believe you’re a brunette!!

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Mama Pea February 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I LOVE your new hair. I’m assuming it’s just a tad darker than your natural color? In any case, it really suits your coloring, and you look just gorgeous.

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Send some sunshine to Paris!!! Or perhaps you!? I’ll take you out for spaghetti aux fruits de mers =)

LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair. Seriously making me jealous. I so badly want to do that with my own. Sigh! Looks gorgeous on ya!

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Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle February 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm

haha i know how you feel on not wanting to spend much time on your hair! When i got my short sassy cut, I spend more time on that as opposed to when I had LONG hair! I could just let my long hair dry curly, the curly=not so good with the short hair

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lz February 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm

awesome meal! you look stunning in that picture.

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Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 15, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Your hair looks so good, you’re really making me want to change mine!!
:O Tiramisu..one of my favourites! I make an amazing ‘healthy’ version of one and I think it tastes just as good as the real one. I’ll have to make it again now I’ve seen it on here :P

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Rocky Slaughter February 16, 2010 at 12:34 am

….cont’d
WHAT IS THE ADDRESS OF THE MAIN U.S. CAPITAL BUILDING IN AMERICA?

HMMMM!?!?!?!

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!?!?!??!!

(don’t worry, it’s a trap.)

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Lola February 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

Your hair is so YOU. I always thought you were pretty as a blonde but now I can’t even imagine you going back. It’s like a softer look or something…I don’t know….I just know I LOVE it.

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Lola February 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

Your hair is so YOU. I always thought you were pretty as a blonde but now I can’t even imagine you going back. It’s like a softer look or something…I don’t know….I just know I LOVE it.

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Leigh Ann February 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

Your hair is gorgeous!! I love it :)!!

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Rachel (Suburban Yogini) February 16, 2010 at 2:19 am

So jealous of your weather.

Haven’t had clam chowder since I was last in Boston.

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Jennie {in Wonderland} February 16, 2010 at 3:11 am

Wow wow wow! Your hair is super stunning… it’s looking better and better. It makes your eyes go POW! [Sounds gross, but it's a good thing!]

I’m also jealous that you can ‘do’ it up in 15 minutes. Is your hair pretty thick?

BTW: What colour did you ask them for at the salon? I’m always trying to go for that shade of brunette and it never seems quite right. Yours looks so chocolately and that’s what I want.

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jenna February 16, 2010 at 7:47 am

Jennie,

This is super embarrassing BUT….I totally brought in a photo of mandy moore and was like I WANT THAT!! :) Its sort of a “chocolate brown” but has some unplanned red tones in it that I’m not if I like yet or not.

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christie, honoring health February 16, 2010 at 3:27 am

Even 15 minutes is too long for me to spend on my hair! I have a pixie cut and have had it for about five years now. I have tried going back to longer hair and the time to make it look cute just isn’t worth it. My hair now, I don’t even have to blow it dry.

I must say though, I love the wavy look, it looks very romantic!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 16, 2010 at 3:40 am

I loooove tiramisu. It is my favorite dessert!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 16, 2010 at 3:57 am

I’m so jealous of your weather!!! And clam chowder was one of my FAVES before I went veg– yours look delish!

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) February 16, 2010 at 4:31 am

I got sore just reading about the workout you have slated for tomorrow. 50 squats/lunges? Yikes! Good thing you’ve begun fueling up on your carbs ala that amazing looking pasta dinner you had. Yum!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 16, 2010 at 4:31 am

I’m doing the same thing with my dark hair! It suits waves so well :) Looks like you had some great seafood on that pasta… YUM!

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Di February 16, 2010 at 4:32 am

I love your new hair color! I transitioned from blonde to dark red awhile back and it was such a great feeling. I hope you continue to love it.

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts! Yum!

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gabriela February 16, 2010 at 4:32 am

That hair color looks SO good on you!!! Nice change. It makes your blue eyes pop out! Gorgeous.

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Darryn (brio.gusto) February 16, 2010 at 4:34 am

That dinner looks ammmaaaaazing!

Glad you’re liking the new hair! I also recently went dark from my natural auburn/dark blonde-ish hair…and it’s been fun experimenting with different styles! I totally know what you mean about letting dark hair have its waves. Looks great!

D

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Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 16, 2010 at 4:35 am

It’s healthier for your hair not to flat-iron it every day anyway, so you’re saving more than time! I love it dark! :)

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M. February 16, 2010 at 4:44 am

I looove this new look-your hair is just HOT and stunning girl.

Here’s a fun blog idea for you,after a week or so let us know if you feel people(in general,not really ones you know!)treat you any diff as blonde/brunette?
It’s an age old question,but I think there is something to it!

You look sultry and gorgeous-look out Cali men!

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eatmovelove February 16, 2010 at 4:50 am

Were you a natural blonde in the first place or did you dye your brows/always have darker brows?
How do you feel about running as well? Is it something you aspire to get back to – set some goals, etc?
I thought I was getting back into it months ago – only to be mistaken….now I’m grateful for the time for a walk I guess and trying to figure it all out…
and YES to PASTA :)

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amanda February 16, 2010 at 4:57 am

Dinner looked pretty good. I am not a huge pasta fan anymore but I would have ordered this in heartbeat after looking at it.

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Island Girl Eats February 16, 2010 at 4:59 am

I think that I prefer you with dark hair. It makes your eyes stand out so much!
I love seafood pasta – good choice!

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theemptynutjar February 16, 2010 at 5:03 am

wow is all i can say
i cannot imagine running for 5 minutes
seriously
a walker for life it seems….certainly years….if i ever do it or anything more again i will be walking on air with treasuring it :)
restaurant food looks fun
do u plan to keep brunette for long? or just for a short time?

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jenna February 16, 2010 at 7:46 am

theemptynutjar,

Hmm well now that I did it, I think i’m stuck with it for awhile…at least a few months. I really like it!

M,

I think I’m still in that “cognito mode” stage…except as a brunette I kicked rocky and adam’s butt in history trivia so maybe I became more intellectual?

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Jenn @ Livewellfit February 16, 2010 at 5:08 am

Love outdoor bootcamp! I can’t wait for Boston to warm up so I can do that. Today…no go. Snow snow snow!

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Anais February 16, 2010 at 5:17 am

I absolutely adore your hair like this!!! If I had the funds I would’ve done the same this summer! What Aveda serum are you talking about? Would it help make it less frizzy? Because I blow dry mine and it overall looks good except I get this halo of little frizzy hair… ugh!

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GurlOnA"Diet" February 16, 2010 at 5:18 am

you look so purty! your hair doesn’t look overdone at all, which i love…and i’m jealous you found “healthy” clam chowder…regular chowder is too rich for me, even though I love the taste!

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Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 16, 2010 at 5:37 am

Sounds like a glorious day, hope that weather comes my way!

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

My hair takes *forever* to blowdry (at least 15 minutes of just drying time.) Crazy!

The clam chowder looks yummy! :D

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Kerri February 16, 2010 at 5:57 am

Hair looks so fun and love that you posted the workout plan for today… inspiration:)

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ashley February 16, 2010 at 6:03 am

I am loving the new hair!! It’s beautiful on you.
And blurry or not, that tiramisu looks delightful!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 16, 2010 at 6:03 am

Can you send some of that lovely sunshine over to the east coast?!! Tiramisu is my favorite dessert ever…well that and key lime pie :)

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Sophie @ yumventures February 16, 2010 at 6:09 am

I agree, there is nothing like a seafood pasta! So jealous of your nice weather — its snowing here!

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Danielle (Coffee Run) February 16, 2010 at 6:11 am

I do really like your hair! Your inspiring me to do something with mine lol

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chandra h February 16, 2010 at 6:22 am

eeek your hair looks so good Jenna! :) just caught up on your weekend posts. i love it!!! <3

http://www.prettytimepiece.org

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chandra h February 16, 2010 at 6:22 am

eeek your hair looks so good Jenna! :) just caught up on your weekend posts. i love it!!! <3

http://www.prettytimepiece.org

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Katy ( The Balanced Foodie) February 16, 2010 at 6:25 am

Good, glad to see more pictures of your hair! It really looks like it was made for you! How amazing that you can just drive over to the coast of California on a beautiful day and have lunch! Sure I could technically do that here in Florida but Cocoa beach is just not as beautiful! :) Your pasta with seafood looks delicious! It’s one of my favorites too.

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Leena February 16, 2010 at 6:25 am

i hate spending a lot of time on my hair too.. but i gave super duper thick and long hair it’s hard not to! i seriously love your new color though – it’s so you! brunette’s seriously do have more fun ;)

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skinnyrunner February 16, 2010 at 6:29 am

fish tacos to me are the epitome of california eating, so good!

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Kayla February 16, 2010 at 6:35 am

I absolutely love your new hair, you’re so darn cute! Lucky you about the weather. I heard on the news yesterday, somewhere in Northern Cal a huge wave came over and injured some people! Was that close to you? I was born and raised in the bay area, but now I’m a Texan girl ;-)

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Andrea February 16, 2010 at 6:41 am

It’s such a nice change to give your hair a break from the flat iron. Mine feels smoother and looks healthier when I’m not constantly heat styling it too! You look beautiful!

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Robin February 16, 2010 at 6:45 am

You make an awesome Brunette…Love it! I read your blog often and thought of you when I received this award. So, I nominated you for a “beautiful blog” award! You can jump over to my blog to redeem or you can just know that you have a beautiful web site that I believe all women need to read!

Yours in Health, Robin

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Emma Ruth February 16, 2010 at 7:06 am

oh la la! being a brunette myself, i love girls that switch to the dark side:)

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Frances February 16, 2010 at 7:11 am

I love your hair.
How do you afford to eat almost every meal out? I’m on a budget, and eating in restaurants just really adds up!

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Lauren February 16, 2010 at 7:30 am

haha, too funny…I used to always flat iron my blonde hair, too. Now that I’m a red-headed, I prefer it tousled. Interesting how that works!

The color is so becoming on you–it looks very natural!

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Paige (Running Around Normal) February 16, 2010 at 7:39 am

That style looks wonderful! I’m horrible with styling my own hair (or anyone else’s for that matter!)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) February 16, 2010 at 7:39 am

so cute! i love the waves! that soup sounds fantastic, i could totally do a bowl of it right now :)

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 16, 2010 at 7:54 am

I hate spending time primping. It’s like wasted time out of my day that I could be doing something else. Your hair looks great! But even 15 minutes is too long for me :-(

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie February 16, 2010 at 8:03 am

Wowsers! You’re seriously one of those people that looks like a different person when you dye your hair! It looks great though!

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*Andrea* February 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

you look stunning!

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Jennie {in Wonderland} February 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

Jenna,
haha! I love Mandy Moore’s hair!! It’s gorgeous.

I always find my chocolate request ends up with red tones. My stylist always tells me it’s unavoidable because unless they put ash tones in dark hair, they have to go ‘golden’ and that means red. I don’t see how that’s true though, because plenty of celebs have red-free chocolate brown hair.

Still, though, your hair is super pretty.

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Casey February 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

Your hair looks amazing! Love the color. :)

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Rachel @ Shedding It February 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

Obviously way behind, but love the new hair color!! Makes your eyes look so blue!

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Jaime February 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

I love your hair.

And I know you don’t know me, so that might be kind of weird to say, but seriously — your hair is awesome.

Also, now I’m craving clam chowder. Please send. ;-)

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Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

I love clam chowder – so delicious! Looks like your bootcamp plan will be fun!

I can’t get over your haircolour – it’s gorgeous!

K

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Cynthia (It All Changes) February 16, 2010 at 10:02 am

Its funny how new hair makes you feel like a new woman. I got a great cut and now I wear it curly almost all the time when I used to wear it just wavy or straight. Looks great Jenna!

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) February 16, 2010 at 10:23 am

I think your hair looks great like that! Body is always nice.

And I miss clam chowder from back home! I need to make some here =)

xo
K

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Jean February 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

OMG! I almost didn’t recognize you with your new hair color. This is old news, though – where have I been the past few days?! I think it looks great, and goes great w/your skin tone.

I am SO jealous of your warm weather. We just keep getting snow here in OH, with no apparent end in sight. Maybe a visit to your neck of the woods is in order – as long as I can stay until all of the snow melts…

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Ashley February 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

You look gorgeous + happy + confident. [not that you didn't before though ;)] Change can be SO fun! Did your date do a double take!?

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Amanda February 16, 2010 at 11:15 am

Jenna!
Your hair is so pretty! And I am totally craving shrimp now! All of your pictures always come out so good! I am still working out the tweeks of my blog and my camera so I can take better pictures of my food! Thanks for all of the inspiration! :)

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Kelly February 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

That pasta looks yummy. Was it cioppino by chance? I had that last week and feel that it is one of the better choices as restaurant pasta dishes go, since it’s got that flavorful tomato broth and lots of healthy steamed seafood. I wish I could go outside to get some exercise in but it is still too cold for me. Good job on changing up your routine though! That’s probably the best trick to keep from getting bored with exercise. Today at the gym I will try some new things and pretend that I am outside while I’m there.

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Michelle (Life With Relish) February 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Seafood pasta and changing my hair are 2 of my favorite things! It looks great on you!

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Aimee February 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm

you’re adorable! love the new hair color!!

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diana(mymarblerye) February 17, 2010 at 4:50 am

have you felt different since your hair change? Mmm…pasta! It’s good to induldge once in a while! BTW you always have friends in town!

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Kelly B February 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I honestly think that hair color is totally you! I love it, think it looks great, I always want to do something drastic with my hair. When I cut 10 inches off, leaving it chin length about 2 years ago, I was soo scared to do, but it looked good after! next, im thinking bangs, which i haven’t had since I was like 5. ANYway, you look great!

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