Ikea Marathon & Vegan Treat Feast: Weekend Recap!

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In lieu of running my (cancelled) half marathon, I made a last minute decision to whip down to Southern Connecticut to visit my sister, bro-in-law and 11-month old nephew for the weekend. I felt like a change of scenery and chasing around the little man would be a proactive way to get over the cancelled race grumps. Also, my sister and brother in law provided an extensive vegan treat feast (of Children’s Menu-worthy “little kid foods”): popcorn, mac n’cheeze, pizza, ice cream cones. So, instead of burning off 1300 calories running the half, I ate the equivalent amount of calories in vegan treats (I’m the vegan pizza eating champion of the universe, FYI – I could put down a whole large pizza by myself in one sitting, #skillz). If you don’t think that the best Saturday night ever is spent on the couch eating vegan pizza and watching COPS, you’ve got to get your priorities straight. πŸ˜‰

On Saturday, we ran the Ikea marathon. With a stroller and cart in tow, we navigated the showroom floor and emerged almost three hours later with fun Swedish gadgets that we may or may not have needed. I feel like every time I go to Ikea, it’s a full day event. No matter what you say, or if you have a specific item in mind to buy, you always end up wandering around aimlessly and looking at all the furniture, opening cabinets and sitting on couches. (Also, have you guys heard of Ikea Hacks? There is an amazing Pinterest board that shows you how to make your Ikea purchases look way more refined and chic. It’s worth checking out, and you can find it here: Ikea Hacks). I got a pretty decent haul of kitchen stuff for under $25:

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RUNDLIG Serving bowl, green bamboo, green, $12.99

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MΓ–NSTRAD Oven/baking mat, pink, $6.99

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DRΓ„LLA Bendable chopping board, green, red (2 pack), $1.99

They have so much stuff there, it is always amazing to look at and check out. I could spend hours looking at all their kitchen section. When you’re on a budget, it’s a great place to pick up servewear and kitchen gadgets without emptying your wallet. Gotta love Ikea (also, I almost never leave without a plant – but since it was snowing and freezing outside, I somehow managed to convince myself to wait until warmer weather). πŸ™‚

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Aaaaaah…Ikea! Full of unassembled furniture just waiting to frustrate you πŸ˜‰

The weather was pretty awful (why is it that wherever I go, the snow follows me?) on Saturday night with an accumulation of about 5-6 inches of powdery snow and a coating of freezing rain/ice, so we stayed in. My sister (a professor who also sometimes moonlights as a bartender) whipped up an amazing gin cocktail with berries, lavender, lime, bitters and other secret ingredients. It was phenomenal.

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Cheers to the mini man! *Clink*

My brother-in-law made homemade pizza crust (!!! something I have never done before, but he christened it “super easy” and so it’s now on the list and will make an appearance on B & B in the future) and an amazing veggie-topped vegan pizza for dinner. We ate pizza wrapped in our respective blanket cocoons and watched COPS and Shark Tank (this was a special treat for me, since I don’t have cable it was gloriously decadent to get to watch actual, live commercials). Also, I’ve made fun of my sister for her strange obsession with watching COPS, but it is seriously so entertaining and addicting! If I learned one life lesson this weekend it was: don’t run from the police, especially the ones with the K-9 unit! πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

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Vegan Pizza by my bro-in-law, R!

I ended my weekend grocery shopping coming directly off the Mass Pike. Second life lesson: don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.

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Oh – all that food? No, that’s not for my imaginary family of 8. That’s all my food for the week (minus some dinner stuff that has yet to be planned).

Also, happy Oscars weekend! I hope you all enjoyed it. Since I’m sans cable, I’ll be catching up on all the Oscar fashions this week via the interwebs and you can bet your bippy that my top fashion picks will show up in my Friday Faves. Until then, I’ll leave you with this amazing infograph I found on Jezebel of Oscar Dresses:

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How was your weekend? What were you guys up to?? Tell me all about it in the comments.

I hope you all have a great week this week! Happy Monday. πŸ™‚

With warmth,

L

xoxox

18 thoughts on “Ikea Marathon & Vegan Treat Feast: Weekend Recap!

  1. Sounds like a good weekend! Funny how the little ones take so much energy isn’t it?
    Our first visit to IKEA was last summer where we purchased some wall cabinets and a secretary. I don’t understand how you make those stupid flat bed carts work?!?!? Do both sets of wheels really have to turn. We were thankful for the directional arrows, or we would have had to spend the night…

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  2. Ikea is just so dangerously great!! Every time I there happens to be something I need! πŸ™‚ I didn’t know about that “hacks” page, I’m going to check it out now to deepen my obsession! Pizza crust is on my to-do list…one day…I love the infographic!

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    • I’m so glad you’re into it! I was loving that infographic so much that I had to share. I saw it last year and thought it was the greatest thing ever! The hacks page is so great and has so many creative ideas of what to do with your Ikea haul. It’s definitely a rad Pinterest board to follow! And Ikea = the best. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Happy Monday!

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    • Thanks!! I DO love seeing what people buy, which is why I thought I’d share! πŸ™‚ I try to keep it healthy during the week (and leave the not-so-healthy fun stuff to eat for the weekends πŸ˜‰ ). When I eat lots of green things my body just feels so much better. The mangoes’ fate is yet to be determined. Sometimes I bring a whole one in for my 3 pm “I’m getting low blood sugar and I will go to the vending machine right now and buy some crap if I don’t have a snack soon” snack time and I use them a lot for topping off my overnight oats for breakfast. I like to have them on hand because they really make a good snack if I’m craving something sweet. They have been so tasty recently, I can’t get enough! πŸ™‚

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  3. I always end up picking up a million bargainous items at IKEA and then getting to the till and realising I’ve spent over Β£100! That cocktail looks ace! I had a pretty quiet weekend but also went shopping hungry and got so much fresh veg that my fridge looks ridiculous! x

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    • Hahaha, I’m right there with you! That cocktail was SO good – my sister has serious skills when it comes to whipping up a great cocktail on the fly. Ikea – it always sucks you in. I had to talk myself out of filling the cart up with random stuff I “needed” and really tried to focus on missing gadgets for my kitchen. They get you though! πŸ™‚

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  4. “So, instead of burning off 1300 calories running the half, I ate the equivalent amount of calories in vegan treats ” >>>
    Haha I’m so glad I’m not the only one who eats instead of working out sometimes! πŸ™‚
    The pizza looks delish!

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