by Janetha on April 28, 2013

in BLEND,eating out,fun with friends

hello! wow.. i haven’t written a post since last wednesday, and even then it wasn’t really a legit post. what can i say, times are busy. 

first things first, the winner of my 4-year-blogging-anniversary giveaway needs to be picked. thank you all for your kind comments on this milestone. the randomly picked winner is #320, nicole. congrats! speaking of giveaways, make sure you enter the jamberry giveaway! it will run until this coming friday. 

so.. guess where i’ve been all weekend? 

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park city! my blend retreat co-hosts, lindsay and katie (and her little girl), joined me here in utah for a weekend full of finalizing details for the upcoming retreat. it is less than three weeks away! we actually started the weekend off with a workout at GPP. 

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katie has been doing GPP from home and lindsay has corresponded with neil, the owner of GPP, a bit. it was cool for them to get a workout in AT GPP. we did storker, my very first GPP workout ever! 

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after the workout we headed to salt lake to have some dinner at blue lemon. i was so hungry that i only remembered to take a photo of the hummus. whoops!

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i ordered my favorite–the turkey burger sandwiched between two portobello mushroom caps. they got the order wrong a couple of times, so they brought us four free cookies for the trouble. it’s a great restaurant with fabulous service!

after dinner we headed up to park city and checked into the hyatt escala lodge, which is the location of blend retreat 2013. it’s super swanky and i can’t wait for you all to come and enjoy the venue with your blends!

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lindsay, katie, and adrienne had had a long day of travel, so we zonked out quite early friday night. we woke up refreshed on saturday morning, ready to get to work! we had breakfast and coffee there at the hotel. the full restaurant isn’t open right now, but they have a great cafe next to the lobby with plenty of delicious options. it was so nice to share my morning with these three girls!

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i had to leave for the afternoon to attend a funeral, so i left the girls in park city for a few hours. i returned around 3 o’clock and got back to work on retreat business. we had (and still HAVE) a lot to do for the event! 

after a few hours of work, we took a break for dinner. neil, lizz, and amy from GPP came up to park city to see the space they will have for the saturday morning boot camp, then they joined us for some sushi at the flying sumo. 

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it was neil’s very first experience with sushi and i have a hunch that it may also have been his last…

 it was back to business after dinner.. we were up until midnight making lists, checking them twice, emailing sponsors, and making rooming arrangements. i feel like we got a lot done!

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sunday morning we woke up, cleaned up, and finalized the rooms needed for the event. we checked out of the hyatt and then headed to squatter’s for some breakfast. i introduced katie and lindsay to utah scones!

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they weren’t quite as good as momma b’s, but they did the trick. 

adrienne had quite the time at breakfast. love this little girl!

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we bummed around at the outlet mall for an hour or so before heading to the airport where we said our goodbyes. it wasn’t too teary, though, since they will be back in just three short weeks for the retreat!

that was my weekend in a (very long) nutshell.. and now i have a family to hang out with. missed them this weekend!

if you are still on the fence about coming to blend retreat, hop on over to the registration page and sign up! i will be doing a post early this week about the final details and schedule. i’d LOVE to see you all there. it’s going to be fun-filled and fabulous!


1. what was your weekend highlight?

2. what food(s) is your city or state known for?

xo. janetha g.

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ozlem April 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Blue crabs and crab soup!

Alex @ Alex Tries it Out April 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Ahh!! So excited for Blend.

Weekend highlight – PRing my half marathon this morning!

And my state is known for Sweet Corn, although I wish it was for some kind of seafood. Yuuuum!

Sara@ fitcupcaker April 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I’ll be there! I can’t wait!

Megan April 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Weil it’s not my hometown, but Omaha is known for steaks! Omaha Steaks

Meagan April 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Hey girl! This is really random but I bought several of those plant fusion protein powders that you raved about and I really don’t like them at all. I tried them in recipes and all sorts of things and the smell and taste just make me want to vomit. Anyways, I would love to send/sell them to you. I have cookies & cream, vanilla and 2 chocolate raspberries. I tasted all 3 of them but they are mostly full and one of the chocolate raspberries is unopened. Let me know if you want any/all of them!

Janetha April 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

bummer you didn’t love them. different strokes for different folks! yep you bet i’ll take them off your hands. email me at mealsandmoves at gmail dot com and we can figure something out!

Meghan @ After the Ivy League April 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

So fun! Looks like you guys are having a great time getting those last details finalized. Highlight of my weekend was definitely spending some time with my sister, niece, and nephew. Oh and the beautiful weather!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm

This makes me EVEN MORE excited for Blend! :)

lindsay April 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

CANNOT WAIT!! Love to you three.. er three and a half?

rest up!

Annette@FitnessPerks April 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I am uber excited for BLEND! thanks for working hard for us all ;)

Erica April 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

gah! I so wish I could come! I want a utah scone. Highlight of my weekend? Half marathon this morning! South Carolina is known for a lot of things…but probably most notably shrimp and grits, boiled peanuts, candied pecans.

Janetha April 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

i need to meet you. so. dang. bad.

good job on the race :)

andrea April 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I so want to go!!! I may just bite the bullet and book the flight I already have my ticket! Convince me lol, Im kind of shy so Im not sure why I bought a ticket knowing id be coming solo but I was trying to step outta my comfort zone.

Katie April 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

You should come! Janetha and I are both married to super shy folk…so we know how to make your kind feel comfortable and included. :-) You will not regret it. I promise!

Janetha April 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

If you don’t come I will cry myself to sleep. I REALLY want to meet you! PLEASE come. Please.

andrea April 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I heart you! The only decent flight leaves at 154 pm or 12 am Monday high. I’m trying. To work on coming!

Nicole C April 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

Hi Andrea! You can come hang out with me and my buddy that is joining me. I’ve been working on not being so shy for a while now so I know how you feel. I don’t have a blog though but I promise I am not a weirdo ;) but I think you should totally go!

Christa @ Edible Balance April 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

It’s getting SO close! The hotel looks gorgeous :)

I wish my city was known for the incredible mountains just minutes away, but most know it because of the Calgary Stampede… ‘Cowtown’ ;)

Didn’t have much of a highlight this weekend, but I am just about to pack for a week in San Francisco!!

Liz April 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Those Utah scones look amazing!!
I’m from Wisconsin, so we’re probably best known for beer and cheese curds! Yummmm

Nicole April 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I am so sad that I can’t go to blend but winning your giveaway will ease some of the pain-woohoo!

Fun fact- I’m from the home of Jell-o. There’s even a Jell-o museum. Pretty wild stuff.

Janetha April 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Whaaat? I thought Utah had the corner on Jell-O!

Nicole April 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

Haha, well it was invented right here in LeRoy, NY. We even do a “Jell-o play” in the 4th grade to learn all about this history. And yes, it’s just as boring as it sounds.

Katie April 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I wish I had some of those scones right now. I should have packed them up.

(and I never taught you to use feedly. Although I know you can figure it out on your own, I’ll show you in three weeks if ya want.)

Love you big time.

Beth @ Mangoes and Miles April 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

My weekend highlight was probably finishing a 10-page English paper. Doesn’t my life sound great? :P

I wish SO badly I could be at the retreat! I’m running my first half on the 19th though, so that’s not going to happen. :( I really, really hope it happens next year so I can go! It sounds like an awesome time!

Heather @ Heather's Dish April 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

GAH! So jealous and excited you three spent the weekend together!!!!

Monica April 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Those utah scones look delicious!

You have an awesome blog!

Julie April 29, 2013 at 12:06 am

Avocados! I have something with avocado everyday. It’s crazy – I used to live in North Carolina and would ask for avocado and they’d suggest pineapple, probably from a can nonetheless!

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats April 29, 2013 at 3:40 am

Those Scones look awesome!

Melbourne Australia is known for having a really large mix of different cuisines. We do exceptionally good coffee here and dumplings are a staple for quick dinners.

katie April 29, 2013 at 4:52 am

I am SO sad I can’t be there. I wish I could and the swag bags are going to be sick I know too. Boooooooo! I had to get and get pregnant, haha! Baby G and I will be there in spirit! <3

Love all you girls!

Linz @ Itz Linz April 29, 2013 at 5:48 am

St. Louis is known for our thin crust pizza (SO GOOD!) and toasted raviolis!!

Tamara April 29, 2013 at 7:54 am

Awesome pics and gathering. How fun!! Adrienne is adorable.

Highlight(s) of the weekend: the wedding of dear friends on Saturday, and a bday dinner for my husband’s aunt yesterday.

Foods Michigan is known for: cherries, coney dogs (in metro Detroit), and pasties (savory meat/veggie pies w/veggie crust, sort of like calzones but they’re not Italian).

Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen April 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

This is just making me even more excited than I already was! I’m glad y’all had a fun weekend, and now I have too many restaurants to try to visit in such a short time…

I grew up in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”–Kennett Square, PA. I don’t know if we can really still claim that, but it says it on our water tower, so I’m going with it.

Nicole C April 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

My highlight was making funny faces with my unofficial niece at my BFFs daughters 3rd birthday. Hilarious at the faces she can pull off..oh and the soccer ball I got her was a huge hit. She’s quite the athlete.

I have one sad note to through in, my other BFF moved to Washington. It’s so crazy, I have known her since first grade.

I would say that since my city is so classy, we are known for the buffets.

Ja @Ja on the RUN April 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Those scones look yummy!

I’m not sure what’s unique here in OHIO. LOL! :) Corn?! :))

Deb D. April 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I cannot wait to come to Blend! Meet everyone and have a wonderful experience! The hotel does look very swanky indeed! :)

the delicate place April 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

i am so sad i can’t come but this week my life has been rocked. quite literally and i had no idea. i bought a house, my brother is moving, nate’s grandpap died and i spent the weekend in philly extremely saddened by the events and then my mom was in the er this morning. WUT. is going on? universe…help me?

pittsburgh is known for many things: isaly’s chipped-chopped ham, pierogi, primanti-bro’s sammies and a whole host of other eastern-euro goodies!

purelytwins April 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm

wahoo we are soooo excited!!!!
we are counting down the days!

Ashley @ Freckles & Spice April 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

So pumped! I’ve been so paranoid that I’ve been not getting emails haha. Its soo close I can almost taste those utah scones now!

I’m from syracuse, ny and we have something called salt potatoes that I have never seen anywhere else. They are at all fairs and bbq’s. They are these little potatoes that you can even buy in 5 lb bags with the salt at the grocery stores. The salt protects the potatoes from getting all water logged as they boil and they are super flulffy and creamy.

Traci April 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

i’m originally from new jersey, which is known for taylor ham! i now live in connecticut and it sadly does not exist here. blend looks fun!

Annie Bananie April 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm

what are Utah scones?!?!

My boyfriend lives in SLC and I’m going to spend June and the better part of July there. Scones=must have!

Janetha May 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

You gotta have one when you come!

Trisha May 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I’m so bummed I can’t make it to Blend. I’d love to meet so many of you awesome ladies! Here is Wisco, we’re known for beer and cheese, but you already know that. ;)

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