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Treat Yourself Tuesday: November 12, 2013

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Happy Tuesday!  Okay, so maybe I am not such a fan of Tuesday and that sentiment was a bit facetious.  But hey, I am trying to be positive.  That’s what counts, right? 😉  One thing that I do not have to be sarcastic about is how great I treated myself this past weekend.  Let’s join in with Becky’s Treat Yourself Tuesday link-up and take a look!

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As I mentioned on Friday, I spent the majority of my weekend in Des Moines with my mom.  We did a little shopping, some eating, and had a fantastic time at the Keith Urban concert.

I majorly needed to stock up on some not-so-fun clothing items.  You know, bras and work clothes.  It doesn’t get more exciting than that, huh? 😉  I won’t bore you with everything, but here are some highlights:

treat tuesday 111213 5New work pants that actually fit now that I am putting on some pounds to get myself back to a healthier weight & a super cute shirt from Express (so maybe I won’t just be wearing that one to work!)…

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…and a cute collared shirt.  I am loving this preppier look, lately, especially for work.  I hope to find a red sweater that I can wear this with, too!  My office is freezing, so the more layers the better!

My mom (and her Costco membership) also hooked me up with some essentials:

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A humongous box of oats (yes, I go through that many!) for only eight dollars, which is an insane deal, and a huge container of almond butter (also for only eight dollars).  I was loving these deals!

After spending hours shopping, my mom and I went to dinner at Gateway Market and Cafe.

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I ordered the Vegan Tofu Bahn Mi Sandwich with the Market Side Salad.  This sandwich is SO good.  Anytime that I am in Des Moines I pretty much HAVE to go to Gateway.  The restaurant is very vegan/vegetarian-friendly, which I obviously love!

After dinner, it was time for the main reason of our trip:

100_0234The Keith Urban, Little Big Down, and Dustin Lynch concert!

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All three acts were awesome and played for a total of about four hours.  Keith was obviously the highlight of the show ;).  Not only is he good looking, but he is an awesome entertainer.  He brought people up on stage, came into the crowd to sing multiple times, and even gave away one of his guitars to a fan.  He sounded terrific live and brought a ton of energy to the arena.  The only thing that I was a bit disappointed about…his Aussie accent seems to have nearly disappeared over the years.  This is the second time that I have seen him in concert and my mom and I both commented on how strange it was that he hardly sounded Australian during the majority of the show.  Such a shame because I am a sucker for a nice accent! 😉

After my busy and fun time with my mom, I arrived back in Omaha and ended my weekend getting myself even more in the spirit for the holiday season.

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I know that it is not even the middle of November, but once this month hits I really get into the spirit of the holidays.  November and December are probably two of my favorites months because I absolutely love Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I bought this little 4 1/2 footer and a few ornaments because I decided it would just be so wrong if I didn’t have a Christmas tree this year.  It is positioned directly across from my couch and I love looking over and seeing the gorgeous lights.  I chose some gold/bronze/brown ornaments and my mom purchased a few ornaments at Crate and Barrel for me to help get my collection started.  It is certainly a work in progress, but is already making me so happy and ready for Christmas!

How have you treated yourself lately?

Do you any have Christmas decorations up yet?

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  • Jessie November 12, 2013, 6:53 am
    You look so much like your mom! You both are stunning. I'm glad the two of you had a nice weekend together. I mean how could you not when it involves Keith Urban?! Lucky :) Jessie recently posted...Journaling: yes or no?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 1:58 pm
      Aww, thanks so much Jessie!! That was really nice :).
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate November 12, 2013, 7:14 am
    I love Keith Urban! I have only seen him once, but he was such a good performer. I also love the Christmas tree!! :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 1:59 pm
      He is awesome! He is definitely one of the best entertainers in country music!
  • Jackie November 12, 2013, 7:41 am
    I love your tree! I'm obsessed with the holiday season! My boyfriend calls me an elf! Jackie recently posted...Best news ever!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 2:17 pm
      I would take that as a compliment! ;) The holiday season is the best!
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 12, 2013, 7:48 am
    Gah! I'm trying to hold off on decorating my tree until December 1st, and here you are tempting me with decorations. I may have to break my rules and bring out the tree a little earlier this year -- I love the coziness that the lights add now that the days are a lot shorter.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 2:18 pm
      Do it!!! You will SO not regret it! My apartment is extra cozy now :).
  • Emily @ More Than Just Dessert November 12, 2013, 8:06 am
    What a fun weekend!! I saw Keith in DM a couple years ago and now I am so interested in seeing him again because I want to hear this accent change! haha Emily @ More Than Just Dessert recently posted...Thankful Thursday + Restaurant Review (Hearth)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 2:23 pm
      He is awesome! It was definitely one of the best concerts that I have been to...totally sad about the accent, though. It is still there, but far less pronounced! :(
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien November 12, 2013, 8:10 am
    All those oats and almond buttah for only 8 bucks?? What a steal! Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted...Savory Chia Oats with Salsa, Avocado & Fried EggMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 4:33 pm
      I know, right? I was shocked!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness November 12, 2013, 8:24 am
    My mom always used to bring me that huge thing of oats and same almond butter from Costco. Neither of them ever last all that long in my house. I'm glad you and your mom were able to have a fun weekend together! Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...Treat Yourself Tuesday – little indulgencesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 4:34 pm
      Yes, they definitely don't last long. It amazes me how quickly I go through them!
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life November 12, 2013, 8:52 am
    Looks like a wonderful trip! I don't really listen to country music, but those concerts always look like a blast. Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...Trusting The FutureMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 4:35 pm
      They are SO fun! Country artists are almost always great entertainers!
  • Lucie November 12, 2013, 8:57 am
    Aren't Mom's the BEST?? Sounds like you had so much fun together! I love your shopping clothes, so cute! And I am really jealous on your christmas tree - I never had my own, I need to change that! Lucie recently posted...Homemade Almond Butter: Salted Vanilla Cinnamon & Cacao CoconutMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 4:35 pm
      Moms definitely ARE the best!! You definitely need to get your own tree, even if it is just a smaller one like mine!
  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog November 12, 2013, 10:15 am
    I love Keith Urban!! Sounds like a great concert. :) Costco has some really awesome deals - the almond butter being one of them. I also like when they have avocados in season. Their prices on those are unbeatable. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog recently posted...WIAW #54: Whoa… it’s Wednesday?!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 4:36 pm
      Keith is amazing!! And thanks for the heads up on the avocados. I'll have to remember that when they are in season!
  • Taryn November 12, 2013, 10:18 am
    I'm so jealous you have a tree up already! My boyfriend doesn't "put his foot down on many things," but waiting on the tree until after Thanksgiving is one of the few he does. As a result, I cannot wait for Black Friday! Oh, and I love the collared shirt.. so cute! Taryn recently posted...The Key to HappinessMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 4:37 pm
      Haha, too funny!! Once November hits I am instantly in the spirit for Christmas! ;)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies November 12, 2013, 10:57 am
    So not a grinch, but it's just too early for Christmas! I grew up in a town where it's Christmas year round (Seriously.), especially once November hits, and sometimes before Halloween. Plus, businesses usually put up "Easter Trees" and "Independence Day Trees". I just need the majority of November to prepare to be overwhelmed :-p Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Apple Butter PancakesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 4:38 pm
      Haha, that is too funny!! ;) Maybe I should move to that town! ;)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes November 12, 2013, 11:25 am
    awww such a fun weekend!! I saw Keith Urban in concert last summer and thought he was AWESOME! And what a fun weekend with your Mom!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 4:38 pm
      He is SO awesome! It was definitely one of my favorite concerts that I have been to.
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl November 12, 2013, 12:06 pm
    Awww.... I love your little Christmas tree! November and December are my two favorites, also. Cute picture of you and your mom.... sounds like a really fun time. I used to always stock up on the almond butter at Costco, but the last few times I've been in they haven't had it. :(
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 4:39 pm
      We certainly think alike in a lot of ways!! :) And what a bummer about the almond butter...that is just wrong...they should ALWAYS have it! ;)
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine November 12, 2013, 5:26 pm
    Shopping, a concert AND a Christmas tree??! Now you're speaking my language ;) love the new tops and pants! And you've given me the urge to get a Christmas tree set up... Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...#10 Treat Yourself Tuesday {TYT}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 6:22 pm
      Do it, Becky! It has made me extra happy these past two days. I just love the holiday season! :)
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health November 12, 2013, 6:17 pm
    Love the new outfit and the pic of you and your mom! I like it when you mix it up with the TYT posts. That sandwich looked amazing too. Definitely going to Gateway if I'm ever in Des Moines. No Christmas decorations yet! I usually wait until after Tofurkey Day. ;) Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna Roll UpsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2013, 6:23 pm
      Thanks! I am trying to incorporate in a few more posts outside of just recipes..though I do love my food! ;) And you seriously crack me up! I LOVE that you called it tofurkey day!! ;)
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 12, 2013, 8:34 pm
    That tofu Banh Mi sandwich sounded amazing!! I love Costco we went last Friday too and I got a big box of Almond milk and some of the original crackers of Mary’s Gone Crackers. I bought a free-standing mini-reindeer a few years ago and it just sits in our apartment all year round ;) Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...Back to the original – WIAWMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 6:19 am
      Haha, love it!! I need to start incorporating some Christmas decor in my apartment all year round ;).
  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit November 13, 2013, 10:39 am
    That would be an awesome concert! I saw Keith Urban in Halifax, NS a few summers ago with my university friends and he was amazing. I would love to hear Dustin sing Cowboys and Angels live <3<3<3 PS SO excited you have your tree up! I've been bouncing about Christmas all week and I'm just waiting for everyone else to jump on board haha ;) Elyse @ Lizzie Fit recently posted...{Vegan} Eggnog SmoothieMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 13, 2013, 7:33 pm
      Keith is AWESOME!! And yay for Christmas! I'm glad I'm not the only "crazy" one out there! ;)
  • Danica @ It's Progression November 14, 2013, 5:53 pm
    I saw Keith Urban in concert a few years ago and I was really impressed by how great he sounded! And those are my 2 favorite things to get from Costco, too - both are SUCH a great deal! Danica @ It's Progression recently posted...Sweet-Filled Acorn Squash Bowl {recipe} and WIAWMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 16, 2013, 3:06 pm
      Yay for Keith AND Costco!! They both made for a fantastic weekend with my mama.
  • Casey @ Salted Plates November 16, 2013, 2:33 pm
    that bahn mi sounds yummy! I have been craving one for a while now so I need to go find or make one soon Casey @ Salted Plates recently posted...Brew Day Picnic at the Spring GardensMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 16, 2013, 3:06 pm
      Aren't they SO good? They are one of my favorite ways to eat tofu!

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