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Skin Care Update + Simone France Giveaway

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Hi guys! Happy November. Um, woah, how did it get here so fast? I started off my day with a power flow class at Village Yoga. Since I’ve been running more, I’ve noticed some tightness in my IT band, hamstrings and lower back. Instead of letting it get worse and then ending up with an injury or in physical therapy, I’m listening to my body and making sure I fit in yoga once a week to keep my muscles loose.

It was a busy day at work today with many meetings and lately, I’ve been letting myself feel very stressed. I’ve been trying to remember to maintain a state of “ease” and also to take a few minutes each day just to sit and breathe. Not exactly meditation, but just sitting, no phone, no computer, and taking deep full breaths. It’s hard to remember to do it, but if stress is really contributing to my breakouts, I’m willing to give it a try.

A few of you asked for an update since I’ve been using Cosmedix. Unfortunately, it’s not working for me. I’m still having pretty severe breakouts and my skin feels really tight and uncomfortable. I also got a Clarisonic. Doesn’t seem to be helping either. So…. I’m going back to the Simone France line. I’m really excited to see if I have the same good results as the last time I used it.

And, speaking of Simone France, they actually sent me a body scrub and lotion to try a few weeks ago – Body Buff & Body Glow. (This gift from them had no impact on my decision to buy their face products again…I’ll be spending my own money on the facial skincare products.) I’m reallyΒ bad at remembering to exfoliate so I was eager to try these products.

Sfimage from SimoneFrance.com

The scrub smells divine and it’s the perfect scrubbiness – not too harsh or too gentle. The citrusy sugar scrub dissolves fairy quickly in the warm water and my skin feels soft and moisturized after massaging it on my legs, arms, everywhere but my face. πŸ™‚ It’s made with oil so it has that slight oil film remaining (there has to be a better way to describe that…), but if you didn’t want that, you could just wash it off with soap. I always leave it because I love how it feels. So soothing and moisturizing! I keep the scrub in my shower and use it once a week. And the Body Glow is my new go-to daily lotion. It’s light and non-greasy, absorbs quickly and leaves my skin very soft.

The lovely folks at Simone France graciously offered to give a scrub and lotion set to one of my readers. To enter, just leave a comment telling me your favorite sandwich! (Sandwiches are on my mind since I just read about their sandwich method…I actually don’t really like sandwiches very often unless it’s a grilled cheese and since I can’t eat good cheese….sigh… anyway, I digress. Sandwich! Go!)

BTW, the votes for a budget post won so I’ve got that in the works. I also have the running post in a draft stage too so I’ll please everyone eventually. Well, not everyone, but at least my readers that asked for it. πŸ™‚ You can’t please everyone and it’s simply no way to live trying to do so.

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  • SuzanneU
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    My favorite sandwich is #32 The Italian Job at a little local deli in my hometown. It is italian meats and fresh mozzarella. What makes it killer is the oil and vinegar dressing. The wife of the owner makes it daily and the recipe is top secret. Even her husband does not know the recipe. So FAB!!

  • Jessi R
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    My favorite sandwich is a BLT! Always so delicious and you can add pimento cheese or guacamole and make it even better!!

  • Jen @nutcaseinpoint
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    That I make: BLT
    That I order: The Grandpa Smith (turkey, granny smith apples, gouda, and mustard on crusty grain bread)

  • Kelly V.
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    I hate making sandwiches, so often resort to crunchy peanut butter with honey. But my favorite sandwich is Jimmy John’s gourmet veggie – the avocado spread is my delicious!

  • Emily
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    I always side with sweets, even when it comes to sandwiches, so almond butter and strawberries (or even better, chocolate hazelnut butter and strawberries or banana) for me.

  • Maryz
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    Grilled cheddar on sour dough with tomatoes…that is my fav!

  • Crystal
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    My favorite is Thanksgiving leftovers (turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and cranberry sauce) on a crispy baguette! Holy yum! I’m hungry thinking about it!

  • Heather @ Heather's Dish
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    muffalettas all the way – extra olives πŸ˜‰

  • Mina
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    My favorite sandwich depends on my mood. If I want comfort it’s a classic PB&J on whole wheat toast ( the PB gets melts). But mostly it’s hummus on sprouted grain bread with whatever veggies I have on hand with sriracha. I don’t have sandwiches often but when I do it’s one of those.

    Mina

  • Lea
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    My favorite sandwich is a fluffernutter (peanut butter + marshmellow fluff)! Maybe not the healthiest thing ever, but that’s okay!

  • Michelle M
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    Grilled cheese w/tomato! Classic.

  • Suzanne
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    I actually have two fave sandwiches: Mozzarella, basil, tomato grilled panini. And pear, honey, and brie panini. πŸ™‚

  • Shanna
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    This BBQ Asian Tofu sandwich at a local deli is the best. It’s all I ever want to eat.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence
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    I really like turkey and cranberry sandwiches!

    I have been using acne.org products and they have been working pretty well..although they are supposed to take a while, and I still have been having hormonal breakouts, offf course.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
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    I love thanksgiving sandwiches, with turkey, brie and cranberry sauce!

  • Gina @ Health, Love, ans Chocolate
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    Fruit and nut butter on sprouted grain bread!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence
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    Also, your skin always looks great to me!

  • an
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    Reubans with turkey

  • Nikki
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    PB+J all the way. I have literally had 4 this week. and it’s only THURSDAY πŸ™‚

  • Aly
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    Pesto, turkey, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese on a toasted baguette. So good!!

  • Kelsey
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    I have been reading rave reviews about Renee’s skin care products.
    Just curious if you or any one else has personally used her line?
    We are never to young to take care if our skin! Thanks for sharing your journey!
    http://www.reneerouleau.com/default.aspx

  • gina
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    I love a basic turkey sandwich on good crusty bread.

  • CalCoastFoodie
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    Tofu, avocado, cucumber, hummus and sprouts and toasted sourdough (has to be toasted).
    Have you tried taking lysine supplements for your skin?

    • Teri
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      I don’t even know what lysine is but I’m about to go research it now. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  • Laurel C
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    If healthy wasn’t the main objective, I’d go for a BLT or a pesto chicken sandwich on ciabatta!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde
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    I’ve had major problems with my skin since I was about 11 or 12, I think (pretty much as long as I can remember!) so I feel your pain. I’m pretty much willing to try anything to clear up my skin, too. I hope you find what works for you! Unfortunately, I think it’s pretty common to find something that works for awhile, and then have to change your routine once in awhile as time passes/ your environment changes, etc. Anyways, my favorite sandwich is grilled peanut butter and banana (sometimes with honey). Yum!

    • Teri
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      Thanks for your empathy! I’m sorry you are struggling too!

  • Chatelaine
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    My favorite subway sandwhich is the Subway Club but I love lots of cheeses and flavors.

  • Danielle
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    I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches!

  • Andi
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    Almond butter, banana, spinach… lol, so great!

    • Teri
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      spinach?? seriously?? i made an almond butter & banana sandwich this morning…but didn’t even think of spinach. πŸ™‚

  • Gabi
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    My favorite sandwich is the turkey rueben from the fantastic no-frills deli across the street!

  • Allison
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    The veggie wedgie! It’s a sandwich at a restaurant in Phoenix. Grilled veggies, goat and mozzarella, and fantastic bread.

    xoxo!

  • Stephanie
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    I love panini’s with roasted vegetables and avocado!

  • KB
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    Egg, cheese, avocado, and tomato on rye bread! πŸ™‚

  • Adrienna
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    I’m not a huge fan of sandwiches — other than grilled cheese, that is! Sourdough bread and a variety of cheeses like goat and pepper jack, and I’m a happy girl.

  • Amanda
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    Grilled cheese, without a doubt!

  • kristina
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    Favorite sandwich is easily a BLT! YUMMY!

  • Sarah
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    I love peanut-butter and banana sandwiches. I had them all the time growing up and I still love them!

  • Helen
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    I may be the only person in the world but I’m not a huge fan of sandwiches. I think it’s the bread to filling ratio. I usually just pick the insides out and eat it πŸ™‚ But I had the BEST sandwich of my life this summer. It was an Italian with tons of deli meat and this awesome Italian dressing! So delicious and perfect

  • Mrs Type A
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    My favorite sandwich is the Turkey Pesto sandwich at Remedy Diner in Raleigh. Actually, next time you’re here you need to try this place. Lots of veggie/vegan options but lots for us meat-eaters too. It has turkey, pesto mayo, bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato. mm!

  • kayleigh
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    Homemade is just a plain grilled cheese! When I go out I like to get the BLTA at a local restaurant called NOFO @ The Pig. It’s on Hawaii bread and has brie cheese and pepper jelly on it. Drooling right now just thinking about it πŸ™‚

  • Michelle
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    I think heating sandwiches makes them 100% better. My favorite is ham, Brie, & apple panini.

  • Tracy S
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    Plain old turkey with tomato and lettuce!

  • Stacy
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    My favorite sandwich: Apples and melted brie on toasted wheat or the “Green Thumb” sandwich, which has roasted veggie goodness!

  • Melanie
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    My favorite sandwich is a tahini egg sandwich. But sometimes good old grilled cheese is all you need!

  • Lauren L.
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    This sandwich from an amazing little bakery in the town where I go to law school (Lawrence, KS): Turkey & Cranberry Relish ~ Turkey breast roasted daily, accented with garden greens, fresh mayonnaise on Multigrain bread. I LOVE it and try really hard to just get it once a month or so. That turkey is to die for.

  • Marie D
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    My favorite sandwich is a BLT in the summer. I miss those fresh, locally grown tomatoes!

  • Kellie
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    Hummous, avocado and cheese with a lot of veggies. It is my go to every time.

  • melanie
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    i don’t tend to eat that many sandwiches, but i do love a BLT every now and then, especially with a bit of avocado tucked in!

  • Kelly
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    I worked at Quizno’s for three years, so I became very sandwiched-out. But I still love a classic pb and j or turkey with lots of veggies!

  • holly
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    why would you ask such a tough question?!

    well, i am going to go with the tofu reuben, since i made it for the manfriend this past week and he LOVES them! i also love a good grilled cheese. or ABLT (BLT with avocado). or this cream cheese/turkey/french dressing/sunflower seed delight at a small cafe where my parents live.

    like i said, why would you ask such a tough question?! πŸ˜‰

  • McCall
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    I love a good grilled cheese too!! Or any sandwich from Kneader’s. YUM!

  • Heidi Lyn
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    I love a caprese sandwich . . . basil (or pesto), mozarella, and big chunky tomatos! P.S.- Clarisonics are awesome, but it takes a long time of consistency to see the results. I used mine for a year, before I looked up and realized that somewhere over the past year, my skin turned from blah to gorgeous!

  • Alysha @Shesontherun
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    A fluffernutter! PB and marshmallow fluff πŸ™‚

  • Erin D.
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    Grilled Cheese all the way, but with an interesting cheese like gruyere.

  • Jennifer
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    I make a chicken, roasted red pepper, mozzarella, and homemade pesto sandwich on grilled sourdough! Yum!

  • Becca
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    I love a good veggie sub-style sandwich – with avocado and cream cheese, and all the other veggies.. so good!

  • Kelsey
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    i like hummus, grilled cheese, and caprese sandwiches!!

  • Audrey E
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    I LOVE a good home made BLT … but also pretty much any sandwich with avocado on it. yum!

  • Adrienne
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    Definately a toasted pb&j!!!

  • lindsay
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    Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic.

  • lindsay
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    I also enjoy grilled cheese.

  • eirinn
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    I love me a tomato, mozzarella, and basil panini.. mmmm

  • Darbi
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    Apple and Cheddar and a close second, pb and J!

  • Stephanie S.
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    BLC! A bacon-lettuce-cucumber sandwich

  • Rachel B - Busy Mama
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    Favorite sandwich – tuna melt with tomatoes! Yummmm!!!!

    Thank you for the reminder to do some yoga. I’ve been running more lately and definitely have been noticing my lower back and hamstrings getting tight. Looks like I better make some time for some vinyasas this afternoon.

  • Katelyn Rose
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    My favorite sandwich is my mom’s grilled cheese with onions and salami!

  • Debra Kelley
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    Lean roast beef, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes on grilled sourdough bread.

  • Linds Forrest
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    Turkey sandwich with pepperjack cheese toasted with pesto. mmm….

  • Jeanne
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    My favorite sandwich is hummus w tomato slices. And ice cream sandwiches too haha.

  • Rebecca
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    My favorite sandwich is crunchy almond butter and pumpkin peacan butter on udis multigrain bread

  • Kelli
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    Grilled cheese with pesto and tomato slices!

  • Sinead
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    Avocado, sprouts, bacon, harboiled egg on toasted brown bread. I would love one right now!! πŸ™‚

  • Trisha
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    I had a pretty awesome grilled cheese today. Caramelized onions, tomato, avocado & tons of gouda cheese on fresh baked focaccia. “Gourmet” grilled cheese sandwiches like that are generally my fave but I’m a sucker for anything pressed panini style!

  • Kelli
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    I love a good ole fashioned grilled cheese sandwich cut into 4 squares ..makes me feel like a little kid again πŸ˜€

  • Rachel
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    I always love a good old peanut butter and banana sandwich : )

  • Dawn
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    Starbucks has a chicken salad sandwich made with dried cranberries and tarragon that I’ve been obsessed with!

  • Moira
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    I like an oldie but goodie-whole wheat bread, turkey, mustard and lettuce!

  • Leah
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    Lately I’ve been obsessed with grilled cheese sandwiches!

  • tara
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    Since it only comes once or twice a year – a leftover cold turkey and stuffing sandwich with some mayo on homemade bread. I’m dreaming of it already!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats
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    Right now my favorite is a fried egg and avocado sandwich. SO GOOD.

  • Jessie
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    I love italian subs!

  • Lesley
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    I love a good chicken club sandwich with avocado! Yum

  • Kara
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    I love a good ol’ BLT! Even better with avocado…a BLAT! πŸ™‚

  • Therese
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    Grilled cheese sounds amazing now! And I can’t eat dairy or gluten, either, so it’s tempting but off-limits.

    Also, after oil-cleansing methods, different creams, soaps, etc I finally sucked it up and started Accutane. I’m SO glad I did.

  • Ashley
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    Definitely gluten-free, lactose free grilled cheese. I use udi’s millet chia bread. Also, did you know Cabot’s cheddar cheese is naturally lactose-free? I don’t know if you’re sensitive to lactose, or casein, but part of the aging process naturally eliminates lactose in their aged cheddar cheeses, and it’s delish. I’m super sensitive to lactose and I’ve never had a problem. Also, Trader Joe’s makes this “lacy colby jack” it’s has a swiss cheese appearance to it, which is lactose free and is SO, SO good.

  • Dana
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    One of my favorite sandwiches to make: turkey, sharp white cheddar, and grilled onions on those little Hawaiian rolls. Yum.
    Two of my favorites to buy: a good Italian hoagie and/or a chicken cheesesteak. Double yum.

  • Jen
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    Thank you for updating about Cosmedix! I bought it myself – so, hopefully it works for me…or else I’ll be going this route too! Thanks again for the update – my acne appreciates it!

  • Brenda
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    My favorite sandwich is white cheddar, tomato, avocado, onion, lettuce, chipotle mayo on wheat. YUM!

  • Julie
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    love grilled cheese and ham
    thanks

  • Lauren
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    Turkey, avocado, and pepper jack cheese!

  • Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest
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    I love veggie sandwiches–especially ones with avocado slices, cucumbers, sprouts, roasted red peppers and tomatoes.

  • Kristine B
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    A BLT minus the T. Someday I’ll try it with the tomato but for now, I just like whole wheat toast, lettuce and turkey bacon.