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I Like Candy Bars

by Meghann on September 27, 2010

Lie: All natural energy bars are the most amazing thing in the world and I could eat one every day and not bat an eye.

Truth: I prefer bars that taste like candy bars.

Yes, I do tolerate and sometimes enjoy bars that taste like grass, but when i comes down to it give me chocolate, give me peanut butter, and for goodness sakes give me some sugar!

Those are the bars that make me swoon.

And the new-to-me Honey Stinger Peanut Butter ‘n Honey bar I tried for the first time this afternoon definitely made me swoon.

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I stocked up on fun new bars and goos at Track Shack on Friday and this Honey Stinger Bar made the cut.

It was chocolately, peanut-ty, and tasted like a straight up Snickers bar. A candy bar in the middle of the afternoon? What could be better?

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I know. I know. There’s a reason why this bar taste is so delicious.

I believe the 17 grams of sugar is a good place to start.

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Le sigh.

Still, it was a nice treat and really did give me a nice boost of energy before hot yoga this evening. I would purchase another one in a heart beat for a special treat, but I wouldn’t eat one every day. I suppose the ‘grass bars’ are more suitable for that. Oh well.

Hot Yoga was a necessity tonight. My IT bands felt extremely tight for some reason today. I could especially feel it going up and down stairs. I need to invest in a good foam roller, but yoga was a great a stretching substitute.

Yoga isn’t just about stretching – yoga is about friends! After tweeting back and forth with Raya for months it was nice to accidentally bump into her at Orlando Power Yoga tonight. It’s a small Orlando after all.

Post-Yoga dinner was what I like to call “Fall in a Bowl”

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or a Peanut Butter Pumpkin Smoothie. Which ever name works best for you. πŸ˜‰

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In the blender:

  • Ice
  • Pumpkin
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Almond Milk
  • Peanut Flour
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Honey
  • Pumpkin Spice

On top:

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Have you noticed I have a sweet tooth? Because I do and I am not ashamed! πŸ™‚

Photo Fun!

Remember that amazing fountain photo Derek and I took before dinner in Ft. Lauderdale the other week?

It’s a great photo, but it needed some work. Luckily, the very talented Macey had e-mailed me and offered to give the photo a quick once over.

The results were amazing! She sent me two options, but I can’t decide which one to blow up.

What do you think? Should I choose….

Option #1:

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or Option #2:

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1 Evan Thomas September 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm

1! 1! It’s like a Disney Romance πŸ™‚

2 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm

#2 πŸ™‚
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3 Anne @ a daily slice September 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Love them. The bars and the photo.

I was deeply disturbed to discover that orange juice had as much sugar as it does. Sad day πŸ™

4 Kristy @ KristyRuns September 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I love #2!!!

Fall in bowl looks ah-ma-zing. I can’t wait to try this!!! πŸ™‚ Genius!

Glad to hear the Honey Stinger bars are good. I’ve seen them around, but haven’t tried it yet. They also make energy gels for running that I hear are tasty!
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5 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

oh my gosh, I love them both!! I think I am partial to the color and the highlighting of number 2 though. Both are beautiful!
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6 Alyssa September 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm

option 2! I love the colors πŸ™‚

7 alison September 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Yum, your smoothie looks really tasty.
I vote for picture #2. Normally I love black and white photos, but the color in the second picture is just beautiful.
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8 Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life September 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Option 1!!!!!! I’m a huge fan of B & W pics
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9 Sara September 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

#2 looks amazing! What a great photo!

10 Lily's Health Pad September 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Option 2!

11 Liz @ LBBakes September 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Ooo I like both. I’m bad at decisions. The first looks “classic” while the second looks “real”… ya know?
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12 Nicole September 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I like photo #1, it’s very classic!

13 Megan @ a very meg gril September 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I love number 1.. I think you should put it in a red frame! πŸ™‚

14 Lindsay September 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I like No. 1! It looks more dramatic and romantic, I think.

15 Ellie September 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Option 2 I love the colors
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16 Allison @ thesundayflog September 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

#2 #2 #2!!!!!!!!! so beautiful!!!!
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17 Anne September 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I love option #2! There’s something about the colors that bring out the fountain and the ground you two are standing on…

18 Heather September 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm

one, very old romantic looking if that even makes sense!

I have a HUGE sweet tooth, I understand about wanting your bars tot aste like candy!
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19 Holly S. September 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm

mmm delicious looking smoothie!

I’m a fan of the colored one (#2)–B&W is classic but can look a bit cliche!

Also–did she fix the arm?? You can’t even tell!!

20 Elizabeth R. September 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Option #2! I love the subtle colors!

21 Elizabeth R. September 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Option #2! I love the subtle colors!

22 Emily September 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Option 2 for sure!!!!

23 Dione September 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Option #2!!!! It looks like there is a spot light shining directly on the two of you. LOVE IT!

24 Pam September 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Love #2!!!

(Also, does anyone else have problems with pictures loading? Since the switch to the new website it seems to be hit or miss with all of the pictures loading, and even refreshing my page doesn’t bring them up sometimes…)

25 Nicole September 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Pam I have trouble too with pictures loading, it’s really annoying because I don’t enjoy reading as much when I have to keep waiting for minutes sometimes, for it to load.

26 Mandy September 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm

OPTION 2!!

It’s so pretty and really spotlights on the both of you.

27 Katy September 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Definately #2. Black and white is sooooo last century πŸ˜›
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28 Kiran September 27, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Option # 2 πŸ™‚

29 Emily [Emilyeatsclean] September 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Photo #2 for sure!!! I just had some Honey Stinger chews during a long run about a week or so ago…..they are delish!! I need to find these bars too!
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30 Lindsey @ SoundEats September 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm

1!!!! Classic, dramatic, romantic, beautiful. Timeless. Plus, I feel like sometimes different editing techniques for photos can be “fad”-ish. (I feel like in the past few years, there was a trend for super saturated, bright, highly contrasted photos, then it went to the more antiqued and muted look, etc.) I like the look of the 2nd photo, but if it were me, I’d invest in the first one as a blown up option. πŸ™‚
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31 Courtney September 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Option 2!! So cute! My favorite healthy bar is Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick because it takes like a Girl Scout Thin Mint!! Yumm….

32 Manon September 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

#2!! And that bowl looks AMAZING!

33 Geneviève September 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Option 1 for sure!! It is so classy!! I personally think the “spot of colour thing” (I am clearly not a photographer… lol) is just a phase (wow, just read Lindsey’s comment before mine and I swear I am not copying it!).
Which ever one you chose however, it is a BEAUTIFUL picture! Great idea to get it blown up!

34 Claire September 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I like #2. It’s like you’re in a spotlight, everything focused on you!

35 Taysa September 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm

#1!

36 Hannah September 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm

#2 for sure!!!

37 ida September 27, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I like 2!!

38 Caroline September 27, 2010 at 11:19 pm

#2!

39 Sally Kate September 27, 2010 at 11:20 pm

oh honey stinger bars are the best!! the big protein ones are a little intense (pushing 500 cals a bar!!) but now they have smaller protein bars that are around 200 calories. the gels are amazing b/c they are natural- what other gel could you mix into your tea to get an extra boost before a race when you have a nervous tummy?? its because its just honey. honey stinger is actually based out of the town i live in now so go buy them now!! πŸ™‚ the chews are yummy too (i usually go with them on a long run, half a bag though- a full one upsets my tummy). they are actually the gel brand that is used at the marathon in my town (steamboat springs, co) -and im partial to the second photo!!

40 Natalie September 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I have tried the Honey Stinger bars and they are really good! You should try the gummy chews too…the pomegranate ones are awesome. That photo is amazing…I especially like the second one!

41 Cat September 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm

You know, the actual prints might not be all that expensive. A local place in SF does it for like $8. So maybe you could do both? Okay, maybe that’s a little silly, but then you’d really know which one you’d like!
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42 Maria September 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I vote for option 2
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43 Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen September 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Definitely #2! You guys are so cute together πŸ™‚ And the smoothie looks great, I might need to try that out soon!

44 Jess @ LifeBeginsat21 September 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Option 2 fo sho!
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45 Manda September 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

2 2 2!!!!! Modern and beautiful!!

46 Keri September 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Definitely #2 – the color just adds a bit of drama!

I’m not sure if you already decided what to do with the picture, but if you are interested in going all-out, I would recommend sending it in to http://www.canvasondemand.com – they take your pictures and make them into canvases (framed or not). I just recently ordered a canvas of a picture I’d taken of a lighthouse for my bf’s birthday – and was super impressed with the results. The prices aren’t too bad for something that nice, either!
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47 marsha September 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm

#2!! I love it! The color in the middle makes it pop more. And like someone else asked, did she change your left arm?

48 shayla September 27, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Option #2 for sure!! Absolutely stunning…I love it!

49 Katie September 27, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Option 2 just has “something” about it!

50 Midwestern Magnolia September 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Number two is sensational! Looks like a poster.
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51 Laura September 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I feel I should probably be embarrassed that I *do* eat a candy bar most days. Not even a candy bar masquerading as a “health” bar, either. I’ll excuse myself by saying that my healthy eating philosophy is more about ensuring that I’m eating all of the nutritious stuff as *well* as the fun stuff, not about eliminating anything. I figure my body is getting the greens too, so it can just cope with a bit of sugar. Or a lot of sugar. Ahem.

Definitely the first one! There’s something so timeless and romantic about black and white shots. It looks like a movie still.

52 Summer September 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I love number 2 if not just for the red shoes shining through!

53 Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook September 27, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I would use #1 in a scrapbook or photo album and put the colored one in a picture frame and put it on your work desk.
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54 Alison September 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm

#2!! the colors look great, and so does that pumpkin smoothie dinner!

55 Tori September 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm

#1

It’s timeless and beautiful πŸ™‚
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56 Whitney Guin September 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm

#2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

57 Susan @ Mom Swim Bike Run September 27, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I vote for option 2 but don’t think you can go wrong choosing either!
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58 Danielle C. September 27, 2010 at 11:56 pm

#2 the color makes it look so dramatic!!! I love this pic. πŸ™‚

You aren’t the only one with grumpy IT band, mine was complaining at me today too (just started to up my mileage again for marathon training). Nothing a good bout with the foam roller couldn’t fix. πŸ™‚

59 Sana September 28, 2010 at 12:03 am

OMG I am in loveee with you and Derek!!!!! Def #2!
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60 emilyr September 28, 2010 at 12:10 am

number 2!!! I love it πŸ™‚ Wish my bf and I had a nice one like this!

61 Raya @ Raya Runs September 28, 2010 at 12:16 am

YAY!!! It was so great to finally meet you also!! We’ll definitely have to do dinner sometime, even though it won’t be Magical. Haha πŸ™‚

P.S. Photo #2!!
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62 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 28, 2010 at 12:18 am

#2 =]
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63 Catherine September 28, 2010 at 12:24 am

Option 2!!!!!
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64 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair September 28, 2010 at 12:29 am

Definitely #2! The light is amazing!

65 Stefanie @thenewhealthy September 28, 2010 at 12:50 am

I would go with option #2. But it may also depend on where you plan to put it? Either way, they’re both amazing!
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66 Kim September 28, 2010 at 2:50 am

Both pics look great! Usually I am all over the black and white ones, but there is something about the color one that jumps right out! Go for the one with the color!!

67 Marika September 28, 2010 at 3:48 am

I prefer #2 as well!
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68 rachael September 28, 2010 at 6:17 am

I love the drama of option 2!

69 Matt September 28, 2010 at 6:28 am

I am going to be the odd man out and say I like number 1. The black and white looks great.
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70 Lauren September 28, 2010 at 6:56 am

Haha, I think as I get older, my sweet tooth becomes so much worse! Maybe this is just part of womanhood. πŸ™‚
I like the bars that taste like candy bars too. Oh and Kashi Pumpkin Pie Bars. Now those just taste like dessert. πŸ™‚

When is Derek’s 1/2 marathon???
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71 Meghann September 28, 2010 at 8:25 am

It’s Saturday! eekk!!!

72 Liz September 28, 2010 at 6:59 am

#2 for sure!
My foam roller is a cheap-o from Target but it still works wonders.

73 Julie Grice September 28, 2010 at 7:07 am

Option #2 for sure!
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74 Christie September 28, 2010 at 7:12 am

The second one! It really spotlights you guys and the black and white still leaves the romantic vintage look. I’ve never posted before but have read your blog for a really long time. You inspire me. I used to be a couch potato. I have now lost 45 lbs and will be running my first 5K in October. Thank you for for all that you have unknowingly done for me. Okay, enough mushiness. Back to lurking…. πŸ™‚

75 Meghann September 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

Way to go Christie! Good luck at your first 5k!

76 Sarah D. September 28, 2010 at 7:28 am

#2-Such a fantastic shot!

77 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

You should do both and place them next to each other on the wall. I really like when people have the two same photos of different effects.

78 Maureen September 28, 2010 at 7:50 am

I like them both, but I think I’d go with #2!!

79 Miranda September 28, 2010 at 7:54 am

#2!!!

80 Lauren September 28, 2010 at 8:11 am

I think you and Derek get lost in #1. Go with #2… you guys are glowing!
Have you had the Zone Fudge Graham bar? Talk about better than a candy bar… At one phase in my life I convinced myself those were healthy meal replacements. Oy vey…

81 Beth September 28, 2010 at 8:14 am

What a darling photo! They are both great, love the color in the photot. I would blow up the one that matches the decor that you have depending on what room you want to put it in etc. And definitely make whichever one you don’t use larger as well and frame, maybe a 8″ x 11″.

How fun!
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82 Anne P September 28, 2010 at 8:15 am

Option 2 pho sho πŸ™‚ What a great picture!!

83 Tina September 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

I like option 2. It’s more original looking. πŸ™‚

84 Sarah R September 28, 2010 at 8:22 am

I like number 2. More contrast!

85 Carolyn @ lovinlosing September 28, 2010 at 8:33 am

#1…BTW, thank for the Awake tea with Pumpkin Spice recommendation. Love it!
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86 Lauren @ Team Giles September 28, 2010 at 8:48 am

LOVE both, get both. How can you resist? They’re both gorgeous. πŸ™‚ get one smaller and get the other in a 8×10 or something. So Fancy!
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87 Lacey @ Lake Life September 28, 2010 at 9:02 am

Option 2!!! Such a gorgeous photos!
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88 Lacey @ Lake Life September 28, 2010 at 9:03 am

Oops, not enough coffee yet, I meant #1!

#1

LOVE the black & white.
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89 samantha September 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

#2 definitley my fav!

90 Stephanie September 28, 2010 at 9:28 am

#2! but they are both gorgeous!!
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91 Sarah September 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

I definitely like the second one. Beautiful!
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92 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 28, 2010 at 9:42 am

Option #2 – the colors are so pretty!
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93 Sana September 28, 2010 at 9:51 am

I like cliff bars πŸ™‚ They taste like cookies πŸ™‚
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94 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 28, 2010 at 9:52 am

Option 1
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95 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 28, 2010 at 9:52 am

No no no. I mean, option 2.

I don’t know why I wrote 1
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96 Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries September 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

Totally DESPISE “grass bars”. I shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste to eat well!! That’s why I love Larabars.

97 Jill September 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

Option 1!
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98 Paige @ Two Runners And A Brown Dog September 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

I vote for #2!
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99 Colleen September 28, 2010 at 10:32 am

Option #2. It really makes both of you pop, and stand out. And the picture is about you two after all!

100 Marg September 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

#2 for sure!

With the black and white you’re getting lost with the background. In the color one you’re more the focus.

101 Kim September 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

I would go with the black and white on a wrapped canvas.

102 Jodie September 28, 2010 at 11:07 am

Derek just need to pop the question to you already!! option #2 is beautiful…..love your blog BTW…I’ve been a “lurker” for a long time…not in a creepy though!!

103 Jocelyn September 28, 2010 at 11:18 am

I like the black and white one! It looks like it is from an old movie…
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104 Rachael September 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

Whoa momma, you’ve got some sexy legs on you!! Option #2!
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105 Clare @ Fitting It All In September 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

As much as I love black and white, I’d go with the color! It highlights YOU TWO more!
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106 Katherine September 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I really love both of them so it’s hard to choose, but I would go with #1 only for the fact that if you change your decor colors at some point then #1 will match no matter what.

It is a gorgeous picture! πŸ™‚
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107 Samantha September 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I actually love number 1!

108 Lisa September 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Honey Stinger partnered with Lance Armstrong too. Cool!
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109 Sarah @ Going on Goals September 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Option #2
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110 Rachel Wilkerson September 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I like Option #2!!
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111 BroccoliHut September 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

What a great picture! I vote for the black & white.
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112 Erin September 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

Totally Option #1…the black and white photos make it a classic shot!! Love your blog by the way…

113 shelly@campinggirlchronicals October 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Black and white always makes pics look more romantic.

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