Bye FitBloggin 14 + Giveaway

Today is the last installment of my FitBloggin vacation! I’ve shared so many pictures of my trip and it’s so much fun to look back at all the good times I’ve had.

Sunday morning Mary and I slept in a little later than we had been, 8:00am. I went downstairs to grab coffee and then we headed back up to pack our bags. Breakfast was a quest bar thanks to Clark ๐Ÿ™‚

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After packing things up we said goodbye to Savannah and goodbye to all the great memories the city brought us. I was so sad to see my vacation end, but eager to get home to Phoebe again.

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We stopped about an hour into the drive for lunch which consisted of salads at a Ruby Tuesday’s. Nothing fancy. We both were feeling bad about our food choices the past few days.

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From the second I hopped in the car, all I wanted was a Starbucks! Well believe it or not there were NONE to be found. When we did locate one on the map, it was 35 minutes in the opposite direction, and for a 10 hour drive I was not adding on any extra time.

3 and a half hours later FINALLY a Starbucks. At home in the northeast, you can literally find a Starbucks on every corner and truck stop. The south? Not so much.

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We were both SO HAPPY when we finally got one!

OH and another thing about the south? NO SOY TO BE FOUND! I have no idea why they did not have soy milk at any place in Savannah, but they didn’t. Every shop and restaurant had almond milk which was weird, so I settled for that. I do love soy milk in hot coffee though much better than almond. Even at our Fitbloggin conference they had almond milk and not soy. It was extremely strange! When I finally got my hands on soy at the Starbucks I was in heaven. You know when you can’t have something you crave it more ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the way home we hit really bad traffic once we were in Virginia. I was so anxious to have the drive over with! Going home is definitely a pain in the butt. Our drive ended up being 11+ hours.

I dropped Mary off, finally around 930pm, gave her a big hugย and sped down the highway to see my baby!

When I walked through my parents door I don’t think I’ve ever seen Phoebe that excited. She normally jumps around like a crazy pup, but this was out of control. She jumped and clawed at my face and gave me endless amounts of kisses. It felt so good to see her!

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I did bring both pups home a milk bone covered with doggy friendly frosting from that candy shop in Savannah. Both pups licked off all the frosting. Shelby went to town the second I gave it to her.

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It was finally time to head to home sweet home with my girl and both of us felt happy to be home. Phoebe loves her home, just like Mommy does. We snuggled on the couch and I could tell she felt a huge relief. G-Mama said she moped around the house quite a bit and wouldn’t eat much, I guess she just missed me so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now that I’m home I’ve been hitting the gym really hard to get off this BUTTER WEIGHT! I am officially back on prep and plan on growing and getting stronger for my next shows. I do not regret any food I ate while down in Savannah, I’m used to always being so strict and it was so nice to just eat whatever I wanted and enjoy time with Mary. Here are some of my ‘highlight’ collages from my trip!

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MY FAVORITE! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today I leave you with a giveaway! I received so many little samples and things from my trip that I wanted to share the wealth.

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Here’s what’s you can win:

  • A tote bag with Our Skinny protein shake
  • A box of Better Stevia
  • A georgia peach ninja stress relieverย hand squeezy
  • Nutrish zero grain dog and cat food
  • A packet of NOW foods Toffee Caramel Fudge whey
  • Delish coconut water
  • California Almonds and a perfect portion tin
  • Coconut Chia Bar
  • An oatmeal goodie bag with oats, PB & Co peanut butter, a peanut butter spreader, and powerful peanuts!

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To enter: comment below about your favorite place to visit in the summer time!ย ONE winner will be chosen NEXT FRIDAY 7/11/14 (contest ends at 11:59pm eastern time)ย and announced on Monday 7/14/14 on my morning blog. One entry per e-mail address. Open to US and Canada residents only.- CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thank You for entering!

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Phoebe checking out the goodies!

Good Luck!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

P.S. Happy Independence Day to my US readers!!!

Comments

  1. I am so hoping to go next year! I couldn’t this year due to my college orientation! But next year I’ll be there ๐Ÿ˜‰
    My favorite place to visit in the summer is just various parks/hiking spots here in NJ! I always come back with loads of pictures and great time with my mom or dad ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. My favourite place to visit in the summer time is my cottage! Always good times, campfires, swimming, hiking and the list goes on. We only visit in the summer so its definitely something I look forward too.

  3. Jennifer says:

    My favorite place to visit in the summer is my grandmothers in Delaware. Its so homey there and on the water we relax she cooks we laugh and my kids run around outdoors go on the paddleboat on the lake we just love it!!!

  4. Growing up we always went to Ocean City MD every summer but now that I’m older I like to switch things up and visit some place new every year!

  5. Every summer since my kids were about 4, we’ve been going down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We love going to the beach, going up and down the boardwalk and trying out new places.

  6. My favorite place to visit is New England! We go every year to the coast.

  7. I just recently moved to TX from OH and I’m loving tubing down the rivers and visiting the different parks for climbing, hiking and swimming! So different from anything in OH ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. My favorite place to visit in the summer is my college in Western NY! I go to Houghton College and every summer we hold a week long basketball camp for girls. It is my favorite place to be, in the gym with a basketball!!! Coaching, playing, and sweating my way through the week with my fellow teammates as counselors and the campers is the highlight of my summer.

  9. shaunie says:

    Love to visit the beach where I met my best friend.

  10. Alexandria says:

    My favorite place in summer time to visit , is oahu Hawaii ๐Ÿ™‚ my husband and I lived there for 8 years and I gave birth to my 1st son in the ocean ๐Ÿ™‚ pupukea beach to be exact it was done with a doula and myself alone ๐Ÿ™‚ he deployed at the time , every year we go back oahu for a week and I always have to stop at the beach where I had him ๐Ÿ™‚ so oahu Hawaii , pupukea beach is my favorite summer spot ๐Ÿ™‚ we’re currently in Colorado Springs where he is now stationed for the 4 years ๐Ÿ™‚ (no one was at the beach at 4am when I had him lol as a disclaimer to not freak anyone out :p he swam in the ocean before he offically born ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Evylyn Brown says:

    My favorite place to visit in the summer is the Oregon Coast. All beaches in Oregon are public which is awesome. The weather is always gorgeous. Temps range from 60 to 80. The water is cold, but I don’t mind.

  12. My favorite place to visit in the summer is Aruba! My husband and I have a timeshare there and LOVE it!

  13. Tricia Z says:

    My favorite place to visit in the summertime is the beach…any beach whether here in Hawaii or in Michigan, where I come from. It’s just so great to hear the waves and feel the breeze!

  14. My FAVORITE place to go in the summer is the Warren Dunes National Park on Lake Michigan. I love the beautiful beach, cozy vineyards, and vast blueberry and apricot picking farms!!

  15. scarinkaren says:

    My favorite summer vacation is Emerald Isle, NC. The beaches are pristine and not crowded. The water is warm and the waves are gentle. Plenty of space to spread out and enjoy time with family!!!

  16. Summertime is the only time it pays to live in Rhode Island. I don’t need to visit anywhere but the beaches!

  17. My favorite summer spot is the beaches at Lake Michigan. Sand, sun, and lots of ice cream!

  18. I loved going to Atlantic City when I was younger.

  19. My favorite summer place is Nantucket! beach, biking, swimming!

  20. anastacia mosher says:

    I love going to our local state parks and hiking. We have the beat scenery and I am lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

  21. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Best hiking in the country, hands down!

  22. I love visiting Covina and La Jolla in the summer time. I have family in California and we always have a blast when we are there.

  23. I love going to the beach… the ocean is so calming and the sunshine makes me feel wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Catherine says:

    My absolute FAVORITE summer place to visit is the terrace behind University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union. It’s absolutely beautiful to sit out on the lake, behind my alma mater and enjoy the view with a cold beer. I spent hours reading here when I was in college, plus countless nights with friends enjoying pitchers of beer over great conversation! Without a doubt, as soon as summer hits, there is no greater feeling than sitting out on the Union terrace.

  25. Tiffiny L says:

    My favorite place to visit is Gatlinburg, TN. Love the mountains!! Go in summer and in the fall – seeing the leaves change colors from summer to fall is amazing!!

  26. Prasert says:

    Duck North Carolina is a great place to go in the summer.

  27. My favorite place to visit is always the beach. It’s so relaxing and the weather is always great.

  28. Jennifer DeMoss says:

    My favorite place to visit is the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I am from CA so going to the farthest point of the East Coast is so cool! I love the Atlantic and it’s constant ebbs and flows of its temperature and wave patterns. I also love the random thunderstorms in the summer, they are so romantic! ๐Ÿ™‚ OH and who can beat laying in a hammock hearing waves in the background?!

  29. I love visiting any beach during the summertime.. My favorite is Myrtle beach or Virginia beach

  30. There’s no place like northern Michigan in the summertime, hanging out on the lake or walking the dunes I can’t get enough of it!

  31. I love Thailand! I’ve only been there once but it was very memorable.

  32. San Fransisco is my summer go to! City vibe, fun sights to see and a great nightlife ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. My favorite place to visit in the summer is Fenwick Island, DE. It takes less than 3 hours to get there from Baltimore (yes – I’m a Maryland blogger, too!) and yet it still feels like it’s millions of miles away. Sun, sand, beach, ocean and SEAFOOD… the best!

  34. I love love love a good summer trip down to my family’s cabin! Usually when we go, all of my family and nieces and nephews come too. It really is just so much fun and always so great to see everyone while fishing, canoeing, or horseback riding. It’s easily one of my favorite places on planet earth. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. My favorite place to visit in the summer is the beach. I know it’s cliche, but the sun and the waves just make me so happy.

  36. Gloria Do says:

    I love to go to a jazz festival in the summer. Something about walking and listening to music for hours is so relaxing even when there is tons of people.

  37. My best friend has a beach house in North Carolina and we make a trip down there every summer. The water is so gorgeous and it’s our time to catch up on life. We went to two different colleges and we work in different cities so it’s our little get away time.

  38. The beach….we go every year – I absolutely LOVE it…just sit and relax – no worries ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I would have to say that my favorite place to visit during summer is Portland, OR. Being from southern California everyone is at the beach or going to the beach or doing something that has to do with the beach, and growing up around it, it can get a bit old. I love venturing to a city that is completely different than most typical beach towns where I live. Portland anytime of the year is great because I’m a rain junkie, but there is nothing like Portland during the Summer. It is finally warm enough to wear shorts, and you finally get to really see just how green and beautiful the state is when it isn’t covered by clouds and rain. There are so many places to hike, so many shops to explore, but I have to admit that the best part HAS to be berry picking. There isn’t anything like delicious fresh Oregon berries on a hot summer day ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. I love Savannah so much!!! I used to live in Atlanta and would visit Savannah in the summer time. I am so jealous you got to go to fitblogging there!

  41. My favorite place to visit in the summer is Tampa, Florida. It’s where I grew up and all my childhood friends still live there. It’s almost like time was frozen in the part where I grew up and it’s like traveling back to my childhood whenever I go there.

  42. My favorite summer vacation spot is Las Vegas. Bright lights, sounds, events–so many exciting things to do! And when I need a break from the hustle and bustle of this busy city, I can relax by the pool to recharge!

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