Oh The Places You’ll Go

My  living room this past weekend looked like a wedding central galore. Now, everything is put together and will be boxed today ready for Puerto Vallarta.


Besides our luggage and possibly 2 boxes we are checking in, I will be carrying-on my wedding dress on the flight on Friday. I’ve got to make sure it’s safe and doesn’t leave my side 🙂

Since I brought home the dress last week, it has been taking up a lot of room, a whole sofa on it’s own.


This morning started off early, I’ve been beating my alarm clock all week.


I brewed the last of my cocoa coffee. I love this flavor and will replenish once we are back from our trip.

I did a cardio session at the gym this morning. 30 minutes on the treadmill for my HIIT workout and then 15 minutes on the elliptical reading a magazine. I covered 4 miles total in 45 minutes.

I’m still feeling the soreness from the Body Pump class I took this weekend so I felt a little stiff this morning. I had to get the muscles moving again so I can move freely again and feel like myself.

French Toast was for breakfast this morning.


Dakota bread (slowly using up the frozen loaf) dipped in egg wash. The egg wash consisted of egg mixed with stevia and cinnamon to add sweetness and flavor.

Caramelized banana layer.


Topped with chia seeds for crunch and maple peanut butter.


Drizzled maple syrup (maple syrup + coconut oil melted together) to top it off.


It was delicious. I cooked the remaining egg wash and ate it on the side.

Quinoa Makes It Special

Every time I add quinoa to my dish, it automatically makes me think that my dish is special…short of fancy, but still special.

I guess I’m used to making brown rice and eating it all the time so whenever I change it up and cook a batch of quinoa, it feels special.

I mixed leftover roasted broccoli with plain quinoa and sprinkled some Garlic Gold nuggets on top. It’s so simple, but it really makes a difference when you want to change things up so that food doesn’t get boring.


So nutty and chewy. I took my time enjoying each bite, unlike when I eat brown rice when I usually just inhale it.


Whole Grain Quinoa is the most nutritious of all grains. It’s high in fiber, a good source of iron, and has all the eight essential amino acids.

I bought a huge bag of Bob’s Red Mill quinoa at Costco and it has lasted me a long time, more than a year. It has a long shelf life and I keep mine in a sealed glass jar.

Stir fried tofu on the other side of the plate. My favorite way to prepare tofu, still to this day. I’ve tried cooking it with different oil, but I always go back to using coconut oil for this dish.



My goal is to have at least 30 quick go-to dinner meals on hand that Chris and I can whip up on week nights. This will be filed as one of them.

I like quick meals or semi-homemade meals for week nights and save the more intensive recipes for weekend where I have more time in the kitchen or when I do my batch cooking on Sundays.


Wedding Ceremony Reading

This is not a traditional wedding ceremony reading, but then Chris and I are not traditional either. We have one serious and one not so serious reading during our ceremony and I was thinking of using this for the fun part.

Oh the Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the couple who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care.
About some you will say, “We don’t choose to go there.”
With your heads full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down, any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.
It’s opener there
in the wide open air,
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to great heights!
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have all the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang, and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because sometimes, you won’t.
You’ll get mixed up of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with so many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with great care and great tact
and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
You’re off to great places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So … get on your way!


  1. Aww that poem made me smile 🙂 This is such an exciting time and you are so prepared. Enjoy every minute and take it all in. I cannot wait to see pics!

  2. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    That’s is the cutest poem definitely puts a smile on your face. 🙂

    That french toast looked delicious with a slightly grilled banana. yummy!

    I’m so happy for you I can’t wait to see pictures and videos.


    • I like the poem because it’s lighthearted and fun spirited…just like me and Chris 🙂

      Have you decided on the location for your special moment with the hubby? I want to know details 🙂

      • Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

        Actually I have thought about it, even though it’s just going to be us and the kids I was thinking of “The Inn of the Seventh Ray” it’s by Mulholland Drive.

        They also have Vegan options which I’m so excited about.

        They did say they can accommodate us on such a smaller scale with all the wedding necessities near the garden area.

        I figure the girls can have the same dresses, I’ll still have a wedding dress and what not. Have professional pictures taken and then go somewhere for the honeymoon sometime down the road.

        I was even thinking of having a wedding invitation made for our photo album/scrap book and maybe creating something untraditional stating that we are married with our names and date for close family and friends.. Heck who says we have to follow the tradition right?! 😛

        we were looking at my monthly expenses and we would be saving about a thousand if we got married and I moved in to his apt. until we bought a house.

        So will see will let you know what we decided and I come up.



  3. That poem is so cute!!! Ya’ll are going to have a gorgeous, wonderful wedding!!!! 😀

  4. Cute! That broccoli/quinoa def looks like a good weeknight dinner! I have coconut oil too but haven’t used it much (still a huge jar left). Maybe I should cook with it too!

  5. LOVE the poem! How sweet! I love it so much!!! Gosh your big day is going to be here! Im so EXCITED for you and Chris! I can not wait to see all the wedding recaps!!!!!!! U are going to be beautiful! Most beautiful bride ever! Enjoy every moment of your wedding day!!

    Love ya!!

    • Thank you so much. You too girl, your day is almost here. I will need to catch with you after we return from the wedding and then honeymoon. By the time we get back at the end of June, I will be able to see your beautiful pictures from your wedding too.

  6. I LOVE the idea of using oh the places you’ll go in your wedding!! SO cute 🙂 🙂 I want the caramelized banana from your breakfast 🙂 And I NEED that TJs coffee cocoa- have I mentioned that I can’t wait for our TJs to open 😉 SO exciting that everyone is getting close. Yayy for the dress 🙂

    • When is your TJ’s opening? I hope really really soon. I’ve made 2 trips this week and made some impulse buys. They have great stuff, you’ll want to try everything.

  7. that french toast looks amazing!!!! And I adore quinoa! makes everything so much better!

  8. Lea, I CRIED! I am reading that to my seniors when they graduate. I love Dr. Seuss! SO beautiful for a wedding too. ❤

    • Awww Amanda, I know that you were already emotional from your story this weekend about the kids. It’s a great poem and I’ve read it many times and always feel good afterwards.

  9. Aw! I love that poem! I think it’s great that you are having it read during your wedding! 🙂 I cannot wait to see the pictures from your wedding! I bet it’s going to be amazing! 🙂

    • Thank you. How is your planning coming along?

      • I’m doing things pretty slowly. We are penciled in right now at Disney World but we have to wait until July to put in definitely. Then we can’t really do that much until we are a year out which will be November. So I’m slowly organizing things. We are getting engagement pictures taken in July. I’m excited about that! 🙂

        I really want to make a monogram for us but I am not good with graphic design at all. How did you design a lot of your things for your wedding?

      • Oh cool, what a fairytale wedding that would be being at Disneyworld. I went to a friend’s wedding at Disneyland 2 years ago.

        I didn’t start my planning and we didn’t decide we were doing destination wedding until 9 months out and we got our final guests count at the end of February. I looked at DIY wedding blogs like weddingchicks.com for inspiration. They also have free templates. Once I do the DIY posts on the blog after the wedding, I’ll be linking to the source and I have templates saved too that I can email to you. A lot of the things I did were DIY, but it was manageable because I have 40 guests. I’m not sure I would have done a lot of DIY if we had a local wedding and had 200+ guests.

      • That sounds great! That would be so incredibly nice of you! 🙂 I appreciate it. We are planning on having a small wedding too. I’m thinking our guest count will be around yours or possibly less. 🙂


  1. […] The party edition of our fun wedding ceremony reading. […]

  2. […] We had two readings during the ceremony. Janell read the second one. She read “Oh the Places You’ll Go – by Dr Seuss“. […]

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