Lucky New Year

Although we didn’t succeed in eating any black eyed peas on New Year’s Day, 2014 is starting out to be a pretty lucky year for us! On Sunday we stopped by Earthfare (our favorite grocery store) to check out their natural health fair, including vendors, samples, and a drawing. And later that afternoon we got a call telling us that we had won the grand prize in the drawing! It’s a basket full of natural health goodies and $100 Lululemon gift card. We were beyond surprised!

20140124-213137.jpg Also, I didn’t win it, but I was able to get a belated Christmas present of an iPad Air, which I consider pretty lucky! Matt and I got our iPad 2’s the day they came out a few years ago, and I use mine for everything. When we were in Norway last year my iPad had a very unfortunate encounter with the real tile floor in our apartment which cracked the screen. Rather than pay to replace the screen (which is very pricey) we decided to wait and see about getting a new iPad when the next version was released. And here it is! It’s sooo much lighter than my old one and the retina display is incredible. I wasn’t really a fan of the Smart Cover color options this time, so I went with this neat origami case from moshi that works in much the same way.

20140124-215028.jpg It also has a translucent hard shell on the back for added protection against tile floors.

And in case you’d like to know, the other two big presents I got for Christmas were these awesome Keen boots. They’re so awesome, in fact, that I’m pretty sure I’ve worn them on every outing except once since Christmas. And that was the day it was so unseasonably warm that I wore my Toms without socks.

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…and the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer. It was a complete surprise, and I was so excited! I tried it out a few weeks ago with a pumpkin frozen yogurt recipe using one of the ten (!) cans of pumpkin purée that I made from just the two pumpkins from my garden. It turned out pretty good, and I can’t wait to try more recipes.

P.S. Finally took the ornaments off the Christmas tree today. Yay, me!