Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites

 Favorite Drink Recipe

Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Latte. You'll never need Starbucks again!

Clean Eating Pumpkin Latte
Link Right HERE

Favorite Yarn Craft

DIY Crochet Slipper Patterns {7 Free Designs}
I am so in love with these slippers - especially the grey Boat Shoes & those orange slippers with the 'strap' across them.  I may have to give these a try.
Link for patterns are right HERE

Favorite Recipe
Quinoa & White Bean Burgers


Doesn't that looks amazing?!?!?
I'd do it without the corn (yuck) but I'd probably add mushrooms!
Link right HERE

Favorite Reminder


Favorite Beauty & The Beast

21 Invaluable Life Lessons We Learned From Disney Movies

Favorite LaughVideo

 I still can't believe there IS such a thing as a website for married people to have affairs.... what is wrong with people anymore??? ...
but this video is a good little laugh about it for all the husbands that were good boys!

Favorite Funnies

Lml Megan!


Funny Pictures Of The Day – 55 Pics

oh my

... when my husband tells me I should be happy about my job even when I remind him I haven't had a raise in 8 years
... when the hubs cleans his dishes after dinner
... every night as soon as I get into bed for the night
... when I heard that WICKED was coming back to town in November & I asked the hubs if he wants to go

... me at 4:00... STAY OUT OF THE WAY!


Happy Friday Y'All!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thankful Thursday {Link up #34}

Thankful Thursday

"Even though we can't have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don't get what we deserve"  ~Unknown

This week I am thankful for:

... VENTI iced coffees on wedding days!!!  Nectar of energy heaven!

... Chasity & her calming self on frantic wedding days.  I laughed when about 2 hours in, I already had to ask her where my shoes were - to which I got the response, "You already lost your shoes?"... what can I say? I'm a country girl at heart. I kick off my shoes whenever I can.  Even at weddings. ... but she knew exactly where my shoes were at.

... a calm bride.  Some brides really get freaked out about little details on their wedding day.  & I always say a bride's attitude sets the tone of a wedding day... & I just can't be thankful enough for a calm bride who just rolled with the flow...

... a wonderful family at the wedding.  Both sides, bride & groom & the whole bridal party was just fantastic.  Kindness wins every time!

... Fun wedding receptions. I love when people just have fun. They don't care about whether they 'look funny' - they are just there to celebrate.  Chasity & I laughed so hard at all the people at our last wedding reception.  & by laugh, I don't mean at them, but with them. These people were just ready to celebrate & I love that so much.  Fun people are the BEST!!!

This is the father of the groom
... who was so quiet the ENTIRE day of the wedding...
making this moment even greater for us!

... GORGEOUS weather for the wedding day this past Saturday.  Couldn't have been better.  Even during the actual wedding, the sky had the lightest cloud cover making the sun not beat down on everyone.  The timing of it all, the humidity disappearing in August, it just couldn't have been ordered up any better.

... I'll take that a step further & be thankful for the weather ALL WEEK LONG!  It's been so amazingly perfect.  Cool days, even cooler nights. I heard its going to be in the 90's again soon & now I'm just bummed.  But I know Fall will be here soon enough.

... After missing my hubby all day on Saturday, I loved getting to spend time with him on Sunday getting coffee, having lunch & then going out to celebrate our friends Sunday evening.  He makes me happy.

... was able to get out at lunch & get in a few extra steps of walking in the gorgeous fresh air.

... my parents.  They have been such a good place of support & advice through everything going on with our church.  I appreciate their thoughts, wisdom & laughter in tough times.

... finally got to try the local coffee shop next to my work.  I pass it every day & found out that its like an award winning coffee place! Who knew?  Inside is VERY much the local vibe of a coffee shop - I may have to spend some of my lunches in there reading out... looking cool #hipster

... back roads. I live where there is one main highway in & out of town.  When an accident happen, or construction, its a nightmare getting home, getting to work, so while I hate the curvy, hilly path, its nice to have ways to weasel around when I have to.

... hair appointment days. I love having someone wash my hair, brush it & straighten it. I never understand how they magically can get my hair that straight.  Plus, I just love my hair dresser anyways.

... the end of the month at work. Doing bookkeeping, most of the bills come in at the first of the month & all the analytical mumbo-jumbo has to be done towards the beginning of the month for the previous month (blah blah blah is probably what a lot of you just heard).... but what that means, the last week of the month is usually slower then any other time & I love it.  A good catch up time for me.

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

I can't believe we're at the last Wednesday of the month.
But we are...
So its time to link up with the ladies at What's up Wednesday to catch up
What we're eating this week...
 I am an utter failure on this this past week. 
Ricky & I have both been running in every direction - usually the opposite direction - with hospital visits & wedding rehearsals & running & grass cutting
... its been a lot of take out, warm up, grab what you can kinda meals

I can not tell you how much this applies to my life lately
What I'm reminiscing about...
  We found out yesterday that our neighbors dog had to be put down.  He had been struggling to breath for the past few months due to something with his larynx.  Something that happens to this breed (isn't that weird)... but goodness, how we loved this dog.  He was part of our little gang too... we are going to miss  him so much

Ernie is on the right...
the 3 of them are together again on that Rainbow Bridge :(

What I'm loving...
  The taste of fall!!!
Our temps have been in the 70's & low 80's!... with no humidity.
Why cant it stay like this year round?
What we've been up to...
... the easier question would be, what HAVEN'T we been up to lately?...
What I'm dreading...
the sun setting earlier.
I can already see the difference driving into work - I need my head lights & the sky only lightens up half way through my drive... & when it starts getting dark at night, I seriously get depressed. Not looking forward to it one bit.

... what I yell at the sunlight....
What I'm working on...
 I'm on editing overload now with my last wedding & photo sessions coming up the next 2 weekends. I usually don't schedule things for 2 weekends after weddings, but look at me adding more into my life.... sigh.....
my beautiful bride
What I'm excited about...
  Labor Day!!
Give me that day off work please!
.. & thank you!

What I'm watching/reading...
I had DVR'ed the Astronaut Wives Clubs & had a marathon of it the past few days & got through all the episodes. I so loved it & am sad that it is only a one season thing.
I loved the stories, the fashion, the ladies. To think it's a different time that really isn't that long ago - blows my mind.
What I'm listening to...
  Cant get enough of Steven Curtis Chapman's new song!!!!

What I'm wearing... 
I'm all about comfy dresses with flip flops/sandals for the office


What I'm doing this weekend...
 Oh gosh... ready for this?
We have a 7AM appointment to get the dogs groom. Thanks for making that appointment Mr. Hubs.  That means we have to get up at 6am... great.
& then from there, my weekend is booked.  I have all sorts of stops to make during the day, a concert Saturday night at church... a photo session on Sunday... add in the editing I need to do & yeah, I have a house I haven't cleaned in forever & a pile of laundry that is basically my height of 5'8...
yep.. .kinda just like my calendar looks
... breath... calm down...
I'll catch up on rest when I die - right?
What I'm looking forward to next month...
Enough Said!
... but I will still wear flip flops till the snow starts...
What else is new...
 I become a Beachbody Coach this past month!
Excited about it ... especially since I've used the products for about 3 years anyways.

What's your favorite back to school tradition?
  With no kids, for me, the tradition is to leave my house 5 minutes earlier to get a jump on the school bus coming down my road that makes about 15 stops in a 2 mile span. Fun tradition.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

An Award.. for me? :)

So I was nominated by the adorable Liz over at Sundays with Sophia for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


Thanks so much Liz!  I so appreciate it!!!

I love blogging & the people I have met doing it through the years, so I'm  happy to get a shout out for this... & to pass it on...

So here's the rules if you haven't came across this yet:

How this works is you give a shout out to the girls that nominated you (Thanks again Liz!), answer some questions, then nominate 5-10 other bloggers to do the same, make up your own questions to give to them...make sure you include the logo in your blog!

So let's get this party started!!!

1. Movies & dinner reservations OR Netflix & take out?

I like both but I will usually pick Netflix & take out.  I mean, I can't wear ripped up sweats & wrap up in a blanket in the movies. Or I could, but I'd get looks. & the pause button for bathroom breaks? Yeah baby!... plus, it seems like I'm never home, so the idea that I could relax in my house is mind blowing.

2.  What is your staple accessory, the one that's always there no matter what outfit you're wearing?

I always wear my cross necklace my husband got me years ago.  Its white gold with diamonds in it.  I rarely ever take it off & when I do, I feel lost, like something is missing.

3.  How did you & your spouse/significant other meet?

Oh gosh - I did a blog post on this because we crossed each other's paths my whole life.  But we 'officially' met at the skating rink - as adults - when I got a part time job there & he was best friends with the owner, & also helped out on the weekends.  I'll never forget the moment I finally got to know this man's name after all the years of crossing his path.

4.  How did you design your blog?  Using a theme or did you create it yourself?

I actually had someone design my blog a few years back but I kept having trouble with it.  It would just sort of disappear for some reason like a system was down - so I ended up just taking the cover & designing it myself.  I am on the hunt though for a new style & design.

If anyone has any recommends for a great blog designer, give me a heads up.

5.  What is your favorite outfit to wear?

usually running shorts, a tech shirt & my running shoes.
It means I've got time for myself & I'm about ready to kick some butt.

I keep it classy like that

6.  What's the reason behind your blog name?

I've been blogging for something like 8 years now... WHAT?
But when I started, I actually blogged with the intent of just blogging about my knitting.  I only stumbled onto blogs because I looked up knitting patterns & found out that people wrote about their knitting adventures.  Who knew the world of blogging was so vast & huge.  ... but I named my blog based on the idea that I would be a knitting blog.  But it still held my faith in the name as well based off of the scripture Psalm 139:13 ... it's sort of gotten off the original track, but I like the direction its taken of just documenting life ...& I still like the name.

7.  What kind of wallet do you carry?

This is a big topic for me. I am so picky when it comes to wallets. They have to have just the right amount of spaces for cards, they have to have a zipper for change, & now, I prefer for it to have a hand strap so I can take it out of my purse & just carry my wallet alone if I am busy or don't want to deal with a bag on my shoulder.  Right now, I don't even know what kind of wallet mine is or where I got it - its about 15 years old... & starting to fall apart.  I've got my eye on this Kate Spade wallet though for my next round.

8.  Who's the newest blogger friend you've made?

I have so many blogging friends I've followed for years & loved getting to know better.  But one of my newest is Karen from Running Over the Hill ... another runner who is kicking age in the butt.  She is all sorts of adorable & energy & beauty wrapped up in one.  I've loved getting to know more about her.

9.  What's your guilty pleasure clothes store?

I have a hard time finding things to fit me just right but Old Navy seems to do it the best so I'll go with that.  Plus, they have running clothes :)

10.  If you had to change your blog name, what would you change it to?

I'm not sure.  I'd like to incorporate maybe all areas of my life - running, photography, my love for God, family, dogs, books - not sure what name I'd come up... I think my original one will have to do :)


OK... time to pass on the baton of blog fun!

My nominees are:

Mattie at Northwest Native
Kristen at See You in a Porridge
Heather at My Little Happily Ever After
Stacy at I Carried a Watermelon
Cathy at Tales of the TCKK Family
Nathalie at AuburnChick's Adventures

... & anyone that wants to join in, just let me know you did it so I can see your answers :)

My questions are:

1.  Android or iPhone user?
2.  Whose your celebrity best friend?  The person you KNOW you'd be best friends with if you knew them personally?
3.  What's your favorite workout?
4.  How did you get the name for your blog?
5.  If you could meet one blogger, who would it be?
6.  Are you more a Halloween person or a Christmas person?
7.  Do you have any pets?  Give me names, pics & details! Furbabies need attention too
8.  What do you think of Donald Trump running for President?
9.  What's your favorite Blog Link up you participate in?
10.  What's your favorite Disney princess/character?   (you don't get extra bonus points if you say Belle... we already know I AM Belle, so no playing favorites) ;)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Favorites

 Favorite Halloween Decoration

Sorry - Halloween is my favorite holiday
& I love all things Fall & pumpkins so I'll probably start posting favorites for the season.  Believe me - I'll hold off on Christmas stuff. Lord, have mercy.

Halloween DIY Painted Mason Jars Tutorial  -
I'd keep that center lid off though & put candy in them
... or flower sticking out....
 Favorite Craft Idea

DIY Polka Dot Shoes by the Idea Room

Link right HERE
I love polka dots & this is a good way to make these shoes yourself using a pencil eraser. 
It'd be fun to mix the colors - like yellow polka dots on the grey shoes!

Favorite Video

I so applaud Kathie Lee for taking such a heart breaking moment & putting Jesus & the hope of the gospel out there. 
What a tribute!

Favorite Beauty & the Beast

Haha Beauty and the Beast

Yep... Ricky says this on a weekly basis

Favorite Wish List Item

Stay Positive Women Tee

Yep... I need.

Favorite Reminder that we need to laugh more

laugh more

 ... & also favorite reminder of why I love kids!

 Favorite Animal Love

This Is A Brilliant Idea

Favorite Funnies

I really might do this!!

... how I feel about runners who are really fast & leave me in the dust
... when the hubs can't find his keys & I find them in the place they should be
...when someone tells me why its better to eat meat
... every start of the work week

... when the clock hits 4pm today!!

hell yeah

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!