Holiday Returns

I think three quarters of the population in Ocala decided to handle their holiday returns yesterday. After an early morning church service, Ryan and I hit up a few stores to make some returns and exchanges.

Our first stop took us to Dick’s Sporting Goods where Ryan and I spent some time combing through the sale racks.

I found a cute pair of mesh Under Armour shorts that were on mega sale.

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When I tried them on and the extra thick waistband didn’t dig into my sides, I was sold.

We then walked to Ulta because I recently received an email saying that I needed to use the rewards points I’ve accumulated this year. Unfortunately, after speaking with someone at the checkout counter, I learned that the Ulta in Ocala doesn’t accept rewards points (but you can accumulate them there because that makes sense), so I was out of luck. Looks like my mom will have some rewards points to use at the Ulta in Jacksonville!

Before leaving, I made one purchase inspired by my friend Ashley.

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Big Sexy Hair Powder Play!

I used some of Ashley’s Powder Play when we were in New York City earlier this month and it added some much-needed volume to my super-flat roots. It’s basically an odorless sticky powder that allows you to easily fluff up your roots. Let’s hope it can work some magic on the thinnest hair in the world.

Before leaving Ulta, Ryan and I took some time to smell the fragrances on display.

Guess who has their own perfume?

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The Biebs. Oh yes.

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When I asked Ryan why in the world Justin Bieber’s “Girlfriend” perfume didn’t find its way into my Christmas stocking, he said it’s because I’m not his girlfriend, I am his wife. Ah! Makes perfect sense.

Ryan and I made one more pit stop before heading home for lunch.

At Carlton Cards, I laughed out loud when I paged through this book.

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That last one is spot-on in our house.

Ryan likes it to be a cool 75 degrees inside and I like it to be 110 degrees at all times. Winking smile


Once we arrived home, lunch came together quickly.

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Sautéed chicken sausage + Zucchini + Sweet potato

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Plus some midday Blue Bell gingerbread house ice cream for dessert!

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After lunch, we bundled up and drove out to the nearby hiking trails to complete a 4.5 mile loop with Sadie.

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It was chilly but within 10 minutes of walking, we warmed up and had a great late afternoon hike.

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Toward the end of our hike, Ryan suggested dropping Sadie off after we were done on the trails and heading back out for a casual dinner at Pronto’s Pizza, a local Italian restaurant.

A guy at our gym highly recommended Pronto’s to us last week and we’ve been looking for an excuse to try it ever since.

We decided to order our own salads and then share a calzone.

I opted for the Greek salad and ate every last bite, including the three buttery garlic knots that came on the side.

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It was fantastic and included lots of black olives and creamy feta cheese.

The calzone was delicious as well and they were quite generous with the cheese!

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We spent the rest of the night cuddled up on the couch watching The Hunger Games that we rented from Red Box.

Now I need to shower fast because we have a late morning movie date on the books!


  1. Jackie says

    I love pronto pizza! I’m originally from NY so when I moved to Ocala I was on a mission to find decent pizza. My boyfriend turned me on to Pronto and we go often! I’ve never been disappointed.


  2. Megan K. says

    I love how active you are as a couple! I notice how many things you get out to go do together, especially on the weekends. My boyfriend and I have varying schedules and he typically works weekends so it’s hard to find time to get out and do things.


  3. says

    Ha – I love that book – but I also laughed about Ryan keeping the house at a cool 75 degrees – that would be roasting in our house – we keep our house at 59 degrees in the winter and 70 degrees in the summer. It’s crazy up here in MN!


    • says

      Same here – but we up it to about 62 degrees in winter!! I am always wearing about 3 layers in the house and just bought a big fleece blanket for when I sit and read or watch TV at night!!


  4. Bayley Crane says

    Happy NYE! I just wanted to let you know that thanks to your blog – I’ve registered for BBB Round 4! Can’t wait for Tina to kick my booty! 🙂


  5. says

    The heat one is so true in our house, too! At minimum, I like our house to be 75 and then I’m still wearing layers of warm clothes.
    We had a nice family trail hike with the pup, too. So fun!
    Happy New Year, Julie!


  6. says

    Ahahahahaha I received that porn for women book as a bday gift a few years back LOL

    I remember the “one” celeb all the teenage girls were crazy about when we were younger, like backstreet boys, JT, Aaron Carter, Leonardo dicaprio, etc. Anyway, is it just me or does it seem like bieber is SO much more of a tool than JT etc…for lack of a better way of putting it..


  7. says

    *hangs head in shame* I asked for, and received, the Biebs’ “Someday” perfume for Christmas! I love the sweet smell and it stays on all day. Haha wow, I feel silly just saying that!

    Loving the Porn for Women book, too! I’ve seen it in a few stores and have so many girlfriends I’d love to gift it to! 🙂


  8. says

    That book is hilarious…and so true! 😉
    My daughter has the Girlfriend perfume and I have to admit that it smells really good. However, it doesn’t feel right for me to wear it. (I’m OLD!) If someone asked me what perfume I was wearing I would be embarrassed to answer. 😉 I did get some perfume for Christmas, however, that I am not embarrassed to admit. Dot by Marc Jacobs…cutest perfume bottle ever!


  9. Mama says

    Loved the “Porn for Women” book. I read the whole thing, while laughing, in a store. Ulta points are good for online purchases. Maybe you can use it them for something you saw in the Ocala store. Just a thought… xo M


  10. says

    Julie, as a fellow blonde with thin hair, that Big Sexy Hair Powder will rock your world! I use it when I’m going out or need my hair to stay nice voluminous! It is kinda sticky, but it’s amazing to use every once in a while. You should try their hair spray too. Your hair will not move.
    Happy New Year!


  11. says

    That book is HILARIOUS. That’d be a great gift for a white elephant Christmas exchange or something. I agree about the last one though — my ex always used to laugh at me because as soon as it dips below 80 degrees, I’m shivering.


  12. Mary Babicki says

    Julie, you can order online from, use your rewards points, and get free shipping for spending $50 (before the rewards points are applied). I do it all the time! It makes absolutely no sense that you can’t redeem your points there. I would definitely call customer service.


  13. Geneva says

    Julie you should try the dry shampoo by the Suave Professionals line. Its the only dry shampoo that i found to actually work, and i tried tons of expensive brands before so i was really surprised that a $2 can worked so well. It also gives great volume. I use it daily, even when my hair is freshly washed, because its the only thing that gives me lasting volume without feeling sticky.


  14. says

    I received that porn for women book for Christmas a year or two ago from one of my gfs. It is now a coffee table staple and I love seeing peoples reaction to looking through it!


  15. says

    That porn book is sooo spot on!! I love that 🙂 Also, that Big Sexy Hair Powder Play is absolutely amazing. It works great when you have dirty hair as it gets rid of that “Greasy” look that sometimes starts to show when I skip a day of washing. I seriously love that stuff!


  16. says

    Haha! My husband wants to keep the house WAY warmer than I like! I would rather it be chilly in the house and need to use blankets instead of sweating in a t shirt and shorts.

    Your lunch looks SO good, I’m such a sucker for greek salads.


  17. says

    Haha it’s true, I work in retail on break from college and everyone was doing returns yesterday!!

    Aw you and Ryan have such a cute life together, I hope when I get narrow someday my husband and I have as much fun as you two!!


  18. sandy says

    sooo….you went out to return stuff and took pictures of pages of a book? Do people not think you are crazy when they see you out? I come on here for recipes, but sometimes do not get the self importance of bloggers. Look at me! Check out my cute outfit! Here is what I did today! Get a journal.


    • says

      i’m sorry you feel that way, sandy. there are a lot of food/recipe-focused blogs out there, so perhaps that would be a better fit for you? my blog follows my life and doesn’t include as many recipes as blogs that strictly focus on food/recipes, so if my style of blogging doesn’t appeal to you, there are a ton of food blogs out there that would likely be a better match.


      • Jen says

        I’m sorry people can be so rude, Julie! Keep doing what you’re doing! Your “About” page clearly states that this blog shares recipes, exercise tips and musings about your life. It really IS your journal, just online! If people don’t want to read it, don’t read it! I do not understand actually taking the time to post unkind words. There are plenty of us who really enjoy your cute outfits and daily adventures, so keep posting and Happy New Year!


  19. Crystal G says

    Oh man! I’ve had my eye on that blubell gingerbread icecream for weeks! I may have to break down and get it; it looks so good!


  20. Ryann says

    Julie — just wanted to say that I think your hair is beautiful! I have lost the majority of my hair due to ongoing illness (I suppose you could say that I, and not you, have the “thinnest hair in the world”). I’m sure that you are making your comments in jest, but just remember that some ladies would be thrilled to have your hair. Thanks!


  21. says

    I have to say Julie, I love how cute you and your husband are and appreciate the example you two set in not only how visibliy in love you both are, but how you both seem to be best friends! Love seeing you Floridians bundle up for the “cold weather”! I am from Florida, but I have been living in the Midwest for the last two years and it is FREEZING here! I miss the Florida cold!

    I also LOVE those shorts! I might have to get a pair. . .


  22. Lia says

    My hubby and I also ventured out to tackle the returning tasks and it was packedddd. It was fun to spend time together though and we treated ourselves to a beer and dinner out afterwards!



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