1. I know I told you last week that I don’t love oatmeal, but that was a bit of a lie. I do like oatmeal – Quaker flavored instant oatmeal that is. It was my staple breakfast for probably over 10 years as a kid, my favorites being peaches and cream and strawberries and cream. So, so good. I even used to eat it DRY. Yes, like straight out of the package. I love normal food.

2. Another totally underrated snack is tortilla chips with cheese melted on them in the microwave. And no, I don’t mean tortillas cut into triangles and baked in your oven… though I can make do with those in a pinch. Crispy, out-of-the-bag tortilla chips. Grate your cheese, pile it on top, zap for 30 seconds, eat. Welcome to my teenage world of food.


3. A few weeks ago in yoga one of the instructors was playing Lucia Micarelli, to which I had to stop mid-downward facing dog (this should tell you *just* how calm my mind really gets) and find out exactly what music was playing right that very instant. I’ve since downloaded every piece by her and it’s all I’ve been listening to. I don’t even know what this classifies me as anymore.


4. At the risk of sounding trendy, I’m gonna be straight up and tell you that I really love this chocolate coconut water.

Up until this point the only thing coconut water has been good for is my gag reflex – I’ve thought it was disgusting. But this stuff tastes pretty good, sort of like a thin chocolate milk with a hint of coconut flavor. And no, I’m not going to tell you that it tastes like chocolate milk because that would be like telling you that kale chips taste like potato chips. Uhhhhh no.


4. Bella graduates from puppy school tomorrow.

Hopefully between then and now she will learn where she can and can’t sit.


5. We are looking to take a mini vacation for our anniversary, which has to be hugely husband-approved since he hasn’t been on vacation this year. I am really, really bad at geography (but not as bad as I am at math), but we want to stay mainly on the East coast… but it doesn’t have to be on the coast. Does that make sense? That was a lot of “but’s.” How about you just tell me where an awesome place would be to visit?


6. I really want to buy these boots, but only if a pair of legs are included. I think that’s more than fair considering the price.

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120 Responses to “Tuesday Things.”

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey — September 6, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    Washington, DC is a pretty awesome place to visit if you ask me! =)


    • Jessica — September 6th, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

      Totally agree, but we went there last year for our anniversary! :)


      • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — September 6th, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

        Washington, DC is exactly what I was going to suggest, since I live there haha…

        P.S. I wasn’t huge on oatmeal either until I started mixing it with Nutella, peanut butter, and mashed banana. It’s like 700 calories, but completely worth it.

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    Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life — September 6, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    I still haven’t found or tired chocolate coconut water yet. I’m not sure if I would like it although I love the regular stuff! Oh, and those boots are super cute!


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    Deirdre — September 6, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    I may be partial because I went to school there, but Burlington, VT would be a wonderful place to spend your anniversary! A great city with delicious food, beautiful sunsets over the lake, lots of hiking, and last but certainly not least…the Ben and Jerry’s Factory!


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    the traveling cupcake — September 6, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    Frye boots get me every time! Whenever I’m looking at boots on Piperlime and see a pair that make me swoon, I already know they are going to be Frye and I cry when I see the price. Every.dang.time.


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    Lisa @ Life in Green — September 6, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    I loved the quaker oatmeal too – still do tho I try to make an effort to avoid it. I guess I still eat it a lot, but it’s the effort that counts right?

    My favorite snack in high school was reg. Doritos with pepperjack cheese melted over the top. I actually forgot about this snack so I don’t currently try to avoid it – but starting today I will probably try to.
    Thanks for the reminder.


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    Shanna, Like Banana — September 6, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Endless.com has less expensive Frye boots ;) Check ’em out!


    • Jessica — September 6th, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

      I love you.


  7. #
    Danielle — September 6, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Charleston. The end.


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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — September 6, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    #1 and #2. YES. I loved the instant oatmeal packets and I used to do that with tortilla chips too! I love your Tuesday things. :)


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    Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy — September 6, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    I’ve always hated coconut water, but I’ll have to give that kind a try. Chocolate makes everything better.

    And out of the bag tortilla chips and cheese is NOT underrated in this girl’s book. in any way, shape, or form.


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    Summer — September 6, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    Fryes….swoooooon! I own exactly one pair (not that pair) and only because I found them on a clearance sale clearance again seriously-someone-please-buy-these rack for like 283% off. Every time I see a pair at DSW now I drool a little bit and my heart hurts. Mine are SO comfy and amazing and it’s a life goal to own another pair.

    Omg. Just saw the comment about Endless.com. GOTTA GO, BYE.


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    Janelle — September 6, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    If you wanna head north, I suggest Maine. I hear it’s great pretty much any time of year. If you want to head south, I suggest Savannah GA.

    Keep us posted!


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    Christine — September 6, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    Every time I see a picture of Bella, my heart melts. I love her. Oh, and of course those Frye boots are FAB!


  13. #
    Erica — September 6, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    Charleston!!!! Or savannah or asheville


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    stephanie @cookinfanatic — September 6, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Well, looks like I found something new to listen to on my headphones at work finally haha… booyah!!! Talk about talent, this music is beautiful! Thanks for sharing even if it did mean a less than relaxing yoga sesh… and P.S. sometimes I listen to Adele or ummm techno (??who am i??) on my IPhone while I do yoga downloads at home. true story haha. whatevs ;)


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    laura — September 6, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    I loved Asheville NC. Stay at the Biltmore – you will LOVE it. They have a couple great restaurants right on site that you don’t even have to drive to get to.


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    Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes — September 6, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    I used to live in D.C.- love that city!
    And Bella is adorable!! My husband and I are debating if we should get a dog- he really wants one, I’m still unsure. But that picture sure makes me want one! :)


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    Michelle — September 6, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    Sigh…those are the exact same boots I want! Love them. I just got back from The Forks, Maine which is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but it’s gorgeous and there’s lots of opportunities for white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, etc. (if that’s your thing). Portland, Maine is also adorable and it’s actually near an airport.


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    Cait @ Cait hates Cake — September 6, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    That chocolate coconut water has been sitting in my fridge for the last week. I’ve been afraid to try it. Now I will.


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    Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen — September 6, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    New England in the fall cannot be beat! Simply beautiful. Vermont (Ben and Jerry’s Factory – hello. And the most gorgeous state ever), New Hampshire (amazing coastline!), or Boston. Bonus – everything in New England uses cream and/or butter, and it’s cold so you can mask your chowder belly with a cute jacket and scarf combo. There are also some gorgeous places along I-81 in VA in the mountains including some wineries.


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    Abby — September 6, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    I can only drink the flavored coconut water…and the chocolate is definitely the best! Go to Tennessee. It’s gorgeous. The Smokey Mountains are where it’s at.


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    Jessica — September 6, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    First off: Check out endless.com! They usually have expensive shoes cheaper and will put them on sale. They are run by Amazon so if you have an Amazon Prime account you even get the free shipping or $3 overnight shipping! http://www.endless.com/FRYE-shoes-handbags-accessories/s/ref=dp-bb?ie=UTF8&brands=FRYE

    And as for where you should go…Savannah! Stay in the historic downtown! Such a beautiful romantic city that is the perfect Fall destination. They have tons of fun restaurants, shopping, BnB’s, and are famous for their ghost tours!


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    Bev Weidner — September 6, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I agree with tortilla chips with melted cheese on them. I jumped up and ran down the street just now screaming that SOMEONE AGREES WITH ME ON THIS.

    I got stared at.

    Why don’t you guys go to…..oh…hmm…Nashville for your anniv! Particularly Oct 7th and 8th. And you might need to leave hubs at the hotel.


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    Anna — September 6, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    Denver! I may be partial since I live here, but it really is great. There’s tons to do in the city and then the mountains are only about a 20-30min. drive away-the aspens are just starting to change colors. Plus, the weather has been great lately!


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    Amy Persechini — September 6, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    The Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY (we used to stay in Old Forge as our homebase and take drvies to other areas each day) or if you are wine lovers, a tour of the Fingerlakes wine district in upstate NY is gorgeous. There are hundereds of wineries surrounding the gorgeous Fingerlakes, numerous villages and towns and lots of B & B’s. I used to live in Rochester, NY and miss both of these places so much.


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    Andi T. — September 6, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    My husband and I are going to Cape May, New Jersey for our anniversary in a few weeks. It’s such a sweet little town. Good restaurants, gorgeous bread and breakfasts, and some adorable shops! Plus, the beach…


  26. #
    Danielle — September 6, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    We are in the same boat with our puppy.. totally going to fail puppy class. :( haha


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    Cait's Plate — September 6, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    Oh I was ALL ABOUT #2 when I was younger. Best. snack. ever.


  28. #
    Melissa — September 6, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    Chips and cheese made in the microwave are delicious. The end.


  29. #
    lisa — September 6, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    you must visit charleston! it won’t be crazy hot this time of year, and there is tons of delicious food and great shopping!


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    Halerie — September 6, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    Asheville, NC. The fall foliage is gorgeous, the food is excellent (and nearly all local), and the beer is delicious (if you’re into beer). There’s also the Biltmore Estate nearby, which is supposed to have amazing gardens (I didn’t make it there when I went to Asheville, but I definitely want to go).


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    Blog is the New Black — September 6, 2011 @ 6:02 pm



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    Caitlin — September 6, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    Ogunquit Maine, it’s similar to Cape Cod but less traffic. Trails along cliffs overlooking the ocean, whale watches/deep sea fishing, Amazing food in Perkin’s Cove, and adorable shops/trendy restaurants in the center of town. We stay at The Meadowmere. A little outdated but prices are good, indoor/outdoor pool, huge hottub outside and they have bonfires if it’s chilly at night. And my personal favorite: hottubs and fireplaces in the rooms if you’re into that sort of thing on your anniversary…hehe.


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    Caitlin — September 6, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    And if you were married on Sept 25th, I will see you there. We’re going for our first anniversary :)


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    Sara — September 6, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    Savannah is awesome… we took a foodie tour there which was a lot of fun. And it won’t be cold!


  35. #
    Elizabeth — September 6, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    Charleston, SC, is a great place for a mini-vacay! Lots of great restaurants, historic homes and architecture, fun bars and the beach!


  36. #
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — September 6, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    So, I’m totally in love with you for #1 and #2! :-)


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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — September 6, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    I say Asheville, NC. I haven’t been but it’s on my list and a place that everyone loves who goes.


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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — September 6, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been another year already..time flies!

    I used to melt cheese on top of Doritos in the microwave for an afterschool snack as a kid. All the way up thru college and late nights out after drinking. Something about it really hits the spot!

    Lucia Micarelli..if you love her try also Deva Premal. Great yoga music but just all around really beautiful.

    Choc coconut water…I’ve had fruity flavors but never choc. I’ll take your word for it and try it!


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    Ashley — September 6, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    Lucia is great! She toured a good few years with Josh Groban and she is just amazing live. SO MUCH TALENT!


  40. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — September 6, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    Just pull the trigger and fly to San Diego ;)


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    Morgan — September 6, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    In reference to #2, my sister and I totally do this! How else are you supposed to make nachos in 30 seconds? We perfected the art of layering too to get the max cheese to chip ratio. As for a vacay, Virginia Beach is nice now that all the tourists are gone. Same goes for the Outer Banks. Most people go to Nag’s Head, but Duck is just as beachy but more laid back.


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    Sara Gelder — September 6, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    Ummm Jess, did you come to my house after football games in hs? That tortilla chips with melted cheese was my post game Friday night specialty.
    Did you think about put-in-bay Ohio? I know it’s not totally on te coast, but there is so much to do there. A perfect weekend get away.


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    Mama Pea — September 6, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    NYC? I’m pretty sure the city could use a dose of you.


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    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery — September 6, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    I’m so happy to hear that I’m not the only one who ate tortilla chips zapped with cheese when I was a young, deranged child. I also used to put leftover taco meat on them, along with some sour cream and catalina dressing. I can’t tell you if it’s gross or good because I’m too emotionally involved to look at them objectively. hahaha.


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    Stephanie — September 6, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    I have those same boots pinned. As well as another pair. Frye boots are awesome!!


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    Erin — September 6, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    Asheville! It is beautiful and funky and is probably one of my favorite cities to eat in. The Biltmore, great hiking trails, and wonderful restaurants and shops.


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    Emily — September 6, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    I would say Maine.

    For the people saying the Outer Banks and Virginia Beach, is that area ok after the hurricane? I thought there was a lot of damage there …


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    katie — September 6, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    I may be biased, because I live in Asheville, NC…but I’m gonna have to go with Asheville. It’s been called the Paris of the South, has a wonderful downtown with a TON of delicious restaurants and bars, has tons of local art galleries and great local music. There’s also plenty to do in the great outdoors–rafting, hiking, camping, climbing, biking. Yes, there’s also the Biltmore Estate (which is a must-see), but that’s only the tip of the iceberg! Here’s a link for NY Times artcile “36 Hours in Asheville.” http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/travel/30hours.html


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    Dana — September 6, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    Portland, Maine. Amazing little town. Be sure to go see the light houses and go to Poppum Beach. Such a beautiful place. I’m not a huge fan of New England, but would go back there in a heartbeat!


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    Mallory — September 6, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    Since your staying on the E. Coast the beaches might be out. Charlotte, NC is a great place…lived there last year (but like they say you can take a girl out of Pittsburgh, but she’s gonna come back sooner or later – ok I so made that up, nobody says that). Its a fun town. If you want to drive its like 7-9 hours, with most of them being spent in WV or a flight is only like an hour. Lots of cute little green spaces, parks, etc plenty of cute places to shop, some artsy/cultural things & lots of great places to eat. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions if you think Charlotte would be a fun place for yinz to go.


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