4 Days Until We Wed

by healthyhitsthespot on July 28, 2014 · 3 comments

Good morning you beautiful faces!

Wow, I’m feeling so relaxed from having time off. It’s truly been such a blessing.

It’s is officially the week of our Wedding. This has been the greatest engagement I could have ever hoped for. I’m sitting here in my office this morning… the house is quiet, Marco is sleeping, and I’m sipping on my coffee and blogging. I’m feeling so calm, full, and blessed. 

For those of you that are reading this and don’t know our story, Marco and I became best friends at 13. I had many best girl friends throughout that time as well, but he was my one best guy friend. He was always the guy who looked our for me. I remember being in those younger years (around 16/17) wishing that Marco and I could be something, wishing that we could have feelings for each other. At that time, we were on such a “friend” level that I never saw that to be possible. Heck, I called him my “brother.” I remember having a conversation with him one day (he doesn’t remember this)… we were outside of my house sitting on the sidewalk leaning our backs up against a brick wall… I said to him “If I could push a button and have anything I wanted happen between us I would have major feelings for you.” Haha!

Another time, when we were 17, we were playing a terrible board game… but come on… we were 17 (and we all bought this board at Toys R’ Us!). We were playing with an Ouija board. There was a huge group of our friends in my living room. By the end of the night it was just Marco and I on the board and everyone was watching it and asking questions for us. Of course, all of our friends asked the board if when we were going to get married. It was “23.” They also asked it when we would have kids, and it said 24. Here’s where we can change the direction of that board ;) Haha! Too soon for us!

I could say “another time” over and over and over here this morning as I’m reminiscing through our memories… Like… that time we went to Senior Ball together… or that time we drove as a group to Santa Monica and Marco and James were singing Kelly Clarkson in the back of my bright Green VW Bug (they were being so funny that night)… or that year that neither of us had Valentines so we went to the beach in his Ford Ranger and talked forever… or the many many many movie/sleepover nights we had (and yes, they were innocent!).

Ah… this is not happening for real! But it IS. This is the craziest thing… In 2012… On June 6th I called Marco after us not talking for six-months… I called him from a blocked number because he had been ignoring me (like best friends, we’d fight too)… He answered the phone and to my surprise was so glad to hear from me. He said he’s been thinking about me like crazy and wanting to call me for 3 weeks. From that day forward we have been inseparable. We’ve stayed best friends throughout this entire time, too… We go through all of the normal ups and downs of life together, work through them, have fun, adventure, travel, support each other, we’ve become one anothers family, we moved in together, do life together… everything… And now to add to the story, Friday we’re getting Married.

Life partners. And there is not another person on this planet I’d rather do the rest of life with. Life will be fun, and it will be messy. We all know life is easy when it’s fun… but when it’s messy, Marco is the one I want to go through messes with… He balances my personality so well when I’m upset… he’s reasonable… he’s calming… he’s encouraging… he helps me with perspective… and I’m the same balance for him.

This has not been about food at all, has it? That’s okay, right? :)

For the entire two weeks before the wedding my goals was to soak up every last moment and enjoy it!

Want to know what our week looks like as the Wedding approaches? Here, let me show you!


Day off together. Setting up a ride for Friday night (Marco’s task). Picking up our friends little boy to get him out of his house for an hour or two (she just had surgery), going to the Gym together, eating out or at home — whatever sounds more fun/relaxing when the time comes.


Getting my hair done, picking up Marco’s Tux, packing for the Wedding night and Honeymoon.


Out of town guests come in, taking our rings to get steam cleaned, getting my car all washed and ready for travel, having a picnic with his family in Ojai and watching Marco’s little cousins concert.


Rehearsal Day! Getting my nails done with my girls in the morning, viewing the Wedding flowers, Rehearsal, Rehearsal Dinner!


Wedding Day! Marco and I are going to spend the early part of the day together (goal: to extend the day!), we’re going to have breakfast, drop off our packed car at the hotel so we can drive it the next morning, and then at 11:00 we will separate. I’m going to get coffee with my girls and then head to the Venue to get ready! Marco will be here at our apartment with all of his guys eating Corrales and getting ready :) Then it’s Wedding time PARTY TIME!


The morning after we’re going to wake up Married :-D and head over to my parents house for a breakfast with the family before we leave for our Honeymoon!

Make sure you’re following on Insta for photos! Oh, and the hashtag you all can follow is #marcopaigewedding

Here’s a couple of foodie photos from the weekend to end the post :)

yogurt with almond butter

0% Plain Greek Yogurt, Organic Blueberries, t. Agave, Granola, T. Almond Butter – mix all together, ENJOY!

egg and spinach sandwich

Ezekiel Bread Toasted, 2 Eggs, Spinach – toast your bread, coat with butter, cook eggs flat with spinach, slice the eggs into 4 pieces and layer into the toast for the pretty look. ENJOY!

Alrighty everyone! I hope you all have an amazing Monday! I’ll be back here tomorrow :) This week will be more Wedding focused than food focused… which I think you can all enjoy :)

Love, Miss Paige Burton (not for long!)

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Full Vacation Mode

by healthyhitsthespot on July 25, 2014 · 4 comments

Good morning everyone! I swear, I intended to sleep in a bit longer today, but I woke up at 4:55 ready for my early wake-up. So, here’s a timely blog post for you all :)

Oh, by the way. I’m on vacation now! I’ll be blogging today & next week as much as I can. Here are the plans we have left :)

Saturday: eyebrow waxing appointment — ah, I love these!

Tuesday: hair appointment/final trail

Wednesday: Honeymoon packing! Wedding Day packing!

Thursday: nail appointment with my girls/flower viewing/Rehearsal Dinner


Saturday: breakfast with the family/leaving for Honeymoon!



eggs and toast

Eggs and Ezekiel toast

Pretty flowers

Plus pretty flowers around the house

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In our special vase that my cousin/Bridesmaid Holly bought for us :) M + P 8.1.14

Body Works Class @ 8:30


peanut butter banana smoothie

I was really hungry after the class. I had leftover PB/Banana smoothie and…

small portion leftovers

…a small bowl of leftover harvest grains/stir-fry. Can’t wait to have the last of this today! So good!


small lemon fig bar

My Mid-Morning snack really filled me. I didn’t get hungry for lunch yesterday, but instead had a few small snacks until dinner. First was a small lemon Fig Bar.

yogurt granola blueberries

Next was about 1/4c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt, blueberries, a tsp. of honey, and a sprinkle of granola.


Right after my yogurt, a banana

hummus and carrots

From 4:00-6:00 I had a break from work, so I called in Spencer Makenzies Fish Taco’s for Marco and I — 2 for 1 Monday-Thursday from 3-5pm :). It was a 1.5 mile walk there and back, which was perfect to do in the middle of work. I was hungry by the time I got home and it was still about 30 minutes until Marco would be home so I snacked on two carrot sticks with hummus


spencer Makenzies

Look at that color!

giant fish tacos

We had a full dinner: each two fish tacos + salad that I made at home for the side. So good! We ate this by the pool :)

Petite Treat

cookie dough petite treat

I knew I wanted something sweet once I was off work at 7:30, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted. So, I sat down and watched Netflix with Marco for an hour. Toward the end of that time I knew just what sounded good: a cookie dough ball from M’s cookie dough. I had one and totally savored it :)

Alrighty! That’s what I’ve got for you today! Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll see you back here Monday morning!

I am officially off for two weeks on Vacation. Time to relax, get pampered, and ENJOY!

Love, Paige

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Double Daily Eats + Primary Food Fulfilled

by healthyhitsthespot on July 24, 2014 · 8 comments

Good morning all! Sleep well? How was your day yesterday?

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I mentioned on my facebook yesterday that a double blog post was coming today! So, here it is! Like the HHS facebook page for more constant updates and communication :)

Let’s get started with two full days of Daily Eats, shall we?

Tuesday and Wednesday.


eggs and toast

Eggs and Ezekiel toast with Kerrygold Butter.


chocolate peanut butter clif bar

Clif Bar — Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch. What’s your favorite flavor?



Rosemary Raisin crackers with Chevere Honey Goat Cheese and blueberries.

I actually ate a few crackers while I was standing and making this plate, so I added them into this photo (to show you all), and then took them back out. Ha! Got a little ahead of myself there ;)

close up

This is how I enjoyed it. Yum!


yogurt granola fruit

Two-three hours after my cheese/blueberries/crackers I was hungry again, so, I made this bowl of goodness.

One banana, blueberries (buried), granola, slivered almonds, and plain greek yogurt on top with honey. Yum!

yogurt granola fruit all mixed up

When it’s all mixed. Eeeeerk :) So good!

turkey and ezekiel

A couple of hours after that, I made Marco and I a snack before we went to get our teeth cleaned. We were both pretty hungry and knew we wouldn’t be eating dinner until 7:30/8:00. Ezekiel, mayo, and 2 slices of turkey open-faced. So simple!


split pea soup and tuna

Dinner was the item on this weeks Meal Plan that I said you can’t knock until you try it!

split pea soup and tuna

Gosh… the photo doesn’t help! BUT, if you like tuna, and you like split pea soup, you’ll like this.

Split Pea Soup & Tuna Over Toast: toast one piece of Ezekiel (or make a Grilled Cheese like I did for M). While that’s toasting, bring 2 cans of Split Pea Soup and two cans of drained Albacore Tuna (in water) to a boil. Reduce to low, cover, and let warm together. Butter your toast, lay it in a bowl, and pour the soup over the toast. Enjoy! 


chocolate chip cookies

Tuesday night I baked Marco cookies. I enjoyed one and then stuck with my smoothie. They were super yummy :) They’re the TJ’s brand that you take home and bake :)

pb banana smoothie

My smoothie was ice, almond milk, banana, PB, and flaxseed. I made enough to have twice, so I still have some in the fridge today :)

Okay, onto Wednesday.


eggs and toast

Eggs & toast.


chocolate chips clif bar

Chocolate Chip Clif bar after my final Wedding appointment :) Mom and I went to Whole Foods & Target, and I snacked on this as we walked around. We also got coffee’s at Starbucks. Love my Mom.


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Lunch was Fish N’ Chips & Salad that I split with my Mom from Andrea’s. We went out for my Uncle Dave’s Birthday :)

Best Fiance I Could Ever Ask For!

unpacked wine glasses

After lunch with my family I came home, worked, and then headed back out for the bank, getting gas, picking up Mom, and headed to my Final Dress Fitting. Which by the way, went really well! We picked up the dress this time!

Right after my appointment, Marco called to see how everything went. I just want to take a moment (or two) to share the sweet things he repeatedly does… because it means a huge amount to me.

When he called, he said “I know you’ve had a busy day — do you want me to pick up dinner for us?” First sweetest thing. I thanked him but had plans to cook at home. After the appointment I went home to:

  • unpacked new wine glasses
  • cleaned dishes
  • a made bed
  • the music on
  • the trash taken out
  • the mail brought in
  • a big hug & kiss
  • and the sweetest note on my white board

nicest fiance

Talk about an encouraging partner. These are the things… When people put in time to show you that they love you. I guess I’m a Words of Affirmation/Act’s of Service Girl, aren’t I? :)  <– Five Love Languages.


making dinner with wine

So, when it was time to make dinner I poured a glass of wine in my new wine glasses (thanks Terry & Jinna!) and made dinner with the music on. Ah. Good night :)

dinner recipe

Dinner was beyond me good. I don’t even know how to describe how much I loved it, ha!

dinner close up

Easy Shrimp Stir Fry with Harvest Grains: cook two bags of Trader Joe’s Shrimp Stir Fry (add 1/2T of butter towards the end. Cook Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains (add 1/2T butter towards the end — calls for this, but wait until the end instead of putting it in with the water). Have the two together. Enjoy! 



After dinner, Marco and I watched Netflix together (pretty much nightly routine). I ended my night with a piece of 86% dark chocolate and cuddles with my boy. Primary Food (non-food sources of nourishment) tank = entirely full.

Now for another good day. Remember, my goal this week is: to enjoy every last day of being just engaged :)

Love, Paige

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Impress Your Friends With This Dinner

by healthyhitsthespot on July 22, 2014 · 4 comments

Hey y’all! Good morning to you.

There are 10 DAYS until the Wedding. I’m feeling peaceful after an emotional morning. Not the cold feet kind of emotions (not that at all); more like the kind where you feel super sensitive to anything anyone says/does (not Marco either, haha — he’s been my helper through this time). I’m telling you, this is a happy/sensitive time for girl!

Let’s get into yesterdays eats plus an amazing dinner recipe. Rodney and Marco approved!



Cereal mix: granola, toasted oatmeal flakes, shredded spoonfuls, slivered almonds, blueberries, and almond milk.


coffee and clif bar

After breakfast I went flower shopping for the Wedding. When I was done, I stopped by my Mom’s house to take a coffee break. I enjoyed a Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif Bar with my coffee.


beans and carne asada

This is just about the ugliest lunch I’ve ever had, but… I had to take a photo. Sorry! Haha. I had a small bowl of beans with carne asada before I left Mom & Dad’s house. All homemade :)


breakfast burrito

Not too long after the beans (maybe 2 hours) I was making Marco a breakfast burrito (he sleeps late on Mondays) and discoverd that there was enough for me to have one some too. So, I enjoyed an afternoon meal with him before getting our Marriage License, running errands and going to the Gym.

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Wow, that’s blurry! See it on my instagram.

After the Gym, we went swimming with our friend Rodney and I made us all dinner.


mahi mahi and flounder recipe

Harvest Grains, Baby Broccoli, Flounder, and Mahi Mahi. This was on last weeks Meal Plan, but we never got to it so it carried itself on over to this weeks Meal Plan.

Harvest Grains: cook as directed on the Trader Joe’s bag (easy!)

Baby Broccoli: sauté with small pours of water/olive oil plus minced garlic, sliced onion and sprinkled salt and pepper (I used a little bit of water and covered it to get it to steam a bit and cook through) 

Flounder: cooked as directed in the oven. Seasoned with olive oil, butter, and garlic. Heavenly! Made the mixture by mixing olive oil, then butter, and garlic in a small pot over low heat. Poured over the fish mid-way through cooking it… Smelled soooooo good. 

Mahi Mahi: seasoned the same as above on the George Forman Grill. 

Rodney told me to write that he APPROVED! Really, it’s GOOD!

Petite Treat


Finished off the last of my Talenti. Enjoyed it straight out of the container because let’s face it, the container was pretty and I was going to eat what was left. This was heavenly :) I’ve babied this one container for a while now.

Alrighty y’all! Well, tonight Marco and I are having toast with split pea soup and tuna. The one that I said “don’t knock it ’til you try it!” Come back tomorrow to see what the heck I’m talking about :)

Love, Paige

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Last Week Til’ Wedding Vacation

by healthyhitsthespot on July 21, 2014 · 2 comments

Hey Y’all! Good morning!

So, this is the last work week until the Wedding. Which means, the last week of Wedding To-Do’s and the last week with Clients. Then I’m on vacation for two weeks, and we’re GETTIN’ MARRIED!

This week:

  • Monday — Flower Appointment, Marriage License
  • Tuesday — Marco and I teeth cleaning (hehe)
  • Wednesday — Final Wedding Appointment w/ Venue and Final Dress Fitting
  • Friday — On Vacation!

I made this weeks Meal Plan simple because my ultimate goal is to enjoy Marco, our last 11 Days just Engaged, and to have fun with the Wedding Planning. Stress, you’re not invited. This is all fun!

Meal Plan items:

  • Baby Broccoli, Mahi Mahi, Harvest Grains (didn’t get to this last week)
  • Grilled Paninis
  • Veggie/Shrimp Stir Fry
  • Split Pea Soup w. Toast & Tuna (don’t knock it til’ you try it!)

And of course, if there is any day that we’d rather eat out, that’s fine by me. Like I said, number one goal these next two weeks, HAVE FUN and stress over nothing <– every detail/worry that could come up is small in comparison to the way we will be united on August 1st.

I’m happy to report that I’m feeling excited, relaxed, and at total peace. I don’t feel like it needs to rush to get here and at the same time I’m extremely excited for the day and Honeymoon.

Here are some photos from this weekend :)

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Marco & I got bugers and shared a salad at Bombay’s! Best Burgers in Ventura.

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Mine was a veggie burger with grilled onions, a veggie patty, and bleu cheese crumbles. Ah. Heavenly.

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After our burger date we walked around Downtown and landed ourselves at the Tavern for Ashten’s Birthday!

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The next day, Saturday, Marco left bright and early for his Bachelor Party. They had FUN! :-D

I went to my Momma’s house that day, wrapped up some Wedding details, and hit the grocery store to prep for my Sister staying the night. Flowers, Breakfast (Greek Yogurt, Granola, Blueberries), and Coffee :) Oh, and Goat Cheese + crackers, which we never got to.

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My Mom, Sister, Aunts, and Cousin came over and dressed me up. I told them that I wasn’t going to wear it through the night because it was Marco’s night to shine ;) But, we did snap a photo.

We had so much fun. We sat around my house, drank wine, talked for hours, walked to dinner at Nature’s Grill, and talked some more. Then at night, my Sister stayed the night with me and we layer in bed talking for 2 hours.

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My Sister and I walking to Nature’s Grill with the fam!

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At Nature’s Grill I got my favorite! Veggie Quesadilla with no cheese + a side salad with Tahini. I gave that sour cream away too. I’ve been limiting dairy as I’ve felt I’ve needed too, but haven’t taken it out 100%. I’m feeling good about this. Belly, mood… the whole deal happens when I have too much.

Jinna and I woke up Sunday morning and went with Dad to Step Class, and then had breakfast at our parents house. Dad made us AWESOME breakfast burritos! Marco came home around 3:30, and is still sleeping now ;) My boy… Haha.

Alrighty everyone! I’m off to get dressed and head to our flower appointment! Today looks somewhat like this: work, Wedding, work, Wedding, work, Gym. Enjoy your day :)

Love, Paige

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