Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday favorites

Favorite Tank

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Favorite Beauty & the Beast

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How adorable would these be for a Bride to wear at her wedding?

Favorite Words


Favorite Tattoo

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Favorite Graduation Idea


Isn't this a cool idea for a graduate heading to college.
Live off those vending machines for awhile if you have to :)

Favorite Book Item

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Favorite Clever Idea

Magnetic Kid Cups - no more using 50 cups a day for drinks of water.:
Perfect for kids who always want a drink of water
or to keep as a reminder to drink more water myself!

Favorite Funnies

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.... when Ricky & I argue about something & I find out I'm right

... how my house basically looks every week by Friday

... when I'm feeling the pressure to get pictured edited quickly

... when I get aggravated at life & take it out on Ricky

.... me at work every day

... me at 4:00 for a long holiday weekend!!!!!

Happy Friday Y'all!!!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cheap polish, a baby Superman & I'm officially 'old' .... {Thankful Thursday 73}

This week I am Thankful For:
(The number go with my One Thousand Gifts Journal... in other words, ignore them)

439 / Meter filled up.  I still meet The Hubs every Wednesday for lunch so its an adventure downtown where meter parking is a usual thing. I was so happy to get out of my car & pull out my change purse when I saw the meter was full for the amount of time I needed for lunch!  Fun surprise!  (I actually put in some more change when I left for the next person too)

I need to make one of these for a parking meter :)

441 / Making it through with the dizzies.  This vertigo has been challenging lately. It's hard enough some days to get through doing ordinary stuff, like moving my head up & down from a computer to looking at a paper on my desk.  So working out has been even more challenging when you do up & down motions like burpees or laying on your back for chest flies.  But I'm making it through.

442 / Cheap finger nail polish.  I can't help it, every time I have to run into Walgreens, I have to buy some of the Sinful Color nail polish. I mean, for $1.99 how do you not try out something new & fun? I've bought a few that the color is horrible, but I dont feel like I'm loosing anything for that price. Heck, my Starbucks drinks are more than double that.  I've also found some GREAT colors that I love. & honestly, with a good top coat, this cheap polish lasts as long as some of my more expensive ones.

443 / 100 Calorie Pistachio snacks.  I love a good 100 calorie snack & especially when nuts are involved.  I think it makes it seem like there's more there than there really is because of all the time to crack shells.  But I love having these handy for a snack if I need one.

444 / Made it to gas station! I was nervous driving home Friday when I got stuck in traffic & about 10 miles earlier, my gas light had come on. I'm pretty good at watching my gas but this one just snuck up on me & of course, I get stuck in traffic that doesn't move... while its storming!  I was panicked that I was going to just break down right in the middle of all these cars.  But I made it. Whew! I'll not let my tank get under 1/4 tank again.  My heart can't handle it.

447 / Photo Session reschedule.  I had 2 photo sessions planned for Saturday & it would have stressed me to the max.  & then it rained all Saturday morning. Luckily, my first session told me she could reschedule for Sunday. It made my day so much easier & the weather worked out even better for her on Sunday.  I love flexible people.

449 / The Count of Monte Crisco.  I watched it twice Saturday.  I forgot how much I love this movie.  It's so good - watch it if you never have seen it.  I need to read the book & see how that goes since books are usually better than the movie.  Ricky asked me who was in it - I told him, Jesus & Superman. It's true.  That's the dude that played Jesus in The Passion & that young kiddo in the back?  That's Henry Cavill, the latest Superman, when he's basically a baby.

450 / 50th Anniversary / It was such a wonderful event that I got to capture.  The cutest thing - I asked both the Bride & Groom individually what their favorite memory of their wedding was.  Do you know they BOTH told me it was a memory about their honeymoon.  One was about the traveling to it & the other was laughing because he said they were both so sunburned, they couldn't even touch each other. How funny is that!  ... but I loved that their favorite memory of their wedding day wasn't actually anything to do with the wedding - it was about the 2 of them starting life together.  That's what the focus should be on. People get so wrapped up in the actual wedding.  Take note brides - who cares if it rains or your hair is a mess or the flowers aren't like you wanted.  Its about being a husband & wife.

451 / Kids with a heart for God.  Sunday was the last day for the 8th graders to be in the middle school ministry program, so they led the service.  A few of them got up & gave a thought & some scripture.  It was so inspiring.  Truly.  I love seeing the next generation with a heart for God & not afraid to proclaim it loudly!

453 / Phone call from Grand #1.  Isaac is apparently already at the age where he digs phones & making phones calls & chatting.  The funniest part of him was trying to explain to me that he was calling from their home phone.  & then went on to explain that it was still wireless but it was connected to his home.  Kids today live in a world where it is totally normal & expected to have phones with you wherever you go.  I really am grandmother status.

455 / Massive Edit session. Sunday night, I was on FIY-AH!   I got 85 pictures edited in just 2 hours time.  I love when editing goes fast.

456 / Beauty & the Beast Mania!!!!! / So yes, the trailer of the movie came out Monday (I'M DYYYYYIIINNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG) - but what I loved more than anything is all the people who sent it to me, or messaged me or emailed me or got in contact with me somehow someway to let me know it was out.  People that know my obsession love of the story - y'all get me.  It makes me so happy when people see anything Beauty & the Beast & think of me immediately. #IAmBelle

457 / Our Grand #2 has graduated from kindergarten.  Yahoo!  Onto Elementary school for him!  Someone just said earlier this week that little caps & gowns are the cutest thing - I wholeheartedly agree

460 / Target $5 tee sale.  With none of my clothes fitting me anymore, I am in DESPERATE need for tees.  I went online & ordered a few to get some things I can wear for the summer without looking like I'm wearing a tent.  It's so nice to go online too so you don't have to deal with the hassle of hunting for your size & all the folding & unfolding.  Click & at my door step in 2 days.

So what good things have been happening in your life this week?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

What We're Eating This Week

We tried the veggie Pizza from Papa Murphy's for the first time.
mmm... wasn't too impressed.
It just had too much cheese & we got the original crust & it was so doughy.
Maybe if we tried the thin crust & asked for half the cheese?
But Ricky is the type of person, he doesn't like something once from a place, its off the list for a LONNNGGGGGG time to try again.
Bye Papa Murphy's

What I'm Reminiscing About

Running.  I miss it.
I never thought I'd miss it like I do - but I really do.
I dont have the time to get in my Hammer & Chisel workouts AND a run.
Who has the time for 2 - 45 minute work outs in a day?
I wish I had that kind of life & time.
I guess I miss the training of the half marathon
 - the time dedicated to both running & strength training.
I'll be back to it though.
I know its good to give my knee some time to rest while building up muscles.

What I'm Loving

More Daylight Hours!!!
I honestly swear I am like Supergirl - I NEED SUNSHINE to charge up
... I was reminded of that when we went through a week of rain & dreary & gloomy grey skies overtook the area.  I felt like I couldn't function.
But loving it stays light outside until well past 8 &
I can see my hand in front of my face when I leave for work.

What We've Been Up To

Yep - took this straight out of Groundhog Day because we're doing the same ole same ole
... sleep, work, home, sleep, work, home...

What I'm Dreading
I know I need to get back to the dentist.
I'm still having so many issues that it brings tears to my eyes at least once a day.
For the pain & also  for the idea of what its going to cost & what could lie ahead.
It's all pretty much one anxiety attack wrapped up in my mouth.

I just keep trying to delay as long as possible since my insurance is tapped out & everything will have to be totally out of pocket.  I'm like, we're half way through the year - I've already dealt with this pain from November - so I'm  half way there, right?
... sigh...
I hate dental issues.

What I'm Working On

I'm going to try a new project for June.
Carry my good DSLR camera with me - every day of the month & capture one picture a day.
I know a lot of people do the 365 thing, but I need to start slow - so I'm going to try one month & do a post a week with the pictures I do - maybe on certain day? - a week of pictures - 7 pictures.

I want to get inspired by my camera again.
I'm looking forward to this little personal project.
... now to come up with a name for it...

What I'm Excited About

I can't tell you how many times I've watched this
& get EXCITED - like GIDDY EXCITED - every time!!!!!
The music alone gets me.

What I'm Watching/Reading

This is my first time reading Sophie Kinsella but I keep hearing about her & found a load of her books on my library's sites so I'm jumping in & giving it a try.

What I'm Listening To

I'm always on the hunt for new podcasts & I have stumbled across this one lately.
This is the a podcast that looks at documentaries & goes behind the scenes of the stories - like how its made, or the people who made it or why they made it.
I am such a documentary fan so I'm all about this.

What I'm Wearing

My latest Gwynnie Bee Dresses for the month.
Warm weather makes me just want to live in easy breezy dresses with sandals.

What I'm Doing This Weekend

A long weekend - YAHHOOO!!!!
Poor Ricky has to work on Saturday... & I have an engagement session
but after we get through that, we can enjoy family.
Our Nashville gang is heading up for the weekend.

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month

The Color Run!!!
I always hate getting messy, but its actually really fun when friends do it with you & I have a buddy that is going to do her first 5k with this race. I am so looking forward to just having a good time with her.  We're not out for anything but that.... & to come away looking colorful.

What Else is New

I totally can't wait for these 2 movies to come out in the next 2 weeks

& I really can't believe we haven't seen Captain America yet.
We've been too busy.  I've got to schedule in a day where we just live at the movie theater.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fast Food lunches for a 21 Day Fix vegetarian on the go


So I get a lot of questions about the 21 Day Fix - the plan that gives you colored containers & limits to how many containers of each one you can have a day & one of the questions that always comes up is "Can you eat out?" ... of course you can.

& for me, being a vegetarian, you'd think it would limit my options even more. Nope.

& first, I do want to say that life is busy & I get its not always easy to bring your lunch, but of course, you are going to have healthier options & more control over your calories if you brown bag it.  But for those days where you forget your lunch, or want to just get out of the office for fresh air (me, every day) then if you are watching your food or following a meal plan using the 21 Day Fix containers, you are not left out to dry.

Here's some of the places that you will find me eating lunch at... & I know a lot of you know these already, but sometimes its just good to have a list in front of you. I know for me, I keep a list of options in front of me at work so I can decide ahead of the game where I'm going to eat for the day / week.  Planning ahead is a huge part in healthy decisions!


I am so happy that McDonalds has changed where you can get breakfast all day long. For me, I am snagging up on Egg McMuffin's all day long - I just ask for it without the Canadian Bacon.  & the egg is great protein which keeps me pretty full for a good long while.

Burger King

Thank you Burger King for offering a Veggie Burger.  I know some people don't really care for a veggie burger - I think they are delicious.  Probably an acquired taste. I know the Hubs didn't care for them at first, but now, he eats them happily.  Again, good protein, you get some veggies on this. I do ask for it without mayo though & some times I'll even take the top of the bun off & just eat the bottom piece of bread.  Save calories any where you can, right?  & yes, that is the same veggie burger by Morning Star you can find in your freezer section at the grocery. I'll actually buy some of those & take to work & leave in the freezer.

Taco Bell

Minus the meat please
Well of course I go to Taco Bell for a Taco... & did you know, you can sub out the meat for refried beans?  & its delicious!  Bean Tacos for the win every time! Side note - the soft tacos are higher in calories with that doughy shell. Stick with the hard shells.

They also have a Fresco Menu that they don't advertise as much but it a healthier option where they take some of the cheese off & add in lots of a pico de gallo sort of mix.
 I'll get their Bean Burrito as well as another option.

Jimmy Johns

Confession - I would eat Jimmy John's sandwiches every day if I didn't have any problem with weight.  That bread. Oh my word. Amazingly delicious.  But carbs hate me.  So I go with the #6 Veggie Unwich without Mayo.  I do keep the avocado because I'm not afraid of healthy fats. No siree. Give me all the avocado.

& if you have great restraint, the Thinny Chips are the best chips ever in my opinion - but of course, potato chips are never great for you so if you can eat half the bag, then go for it.  Take a buddy & share.


You know you can get a Salad there without the shell... & load that baby up with the fajita veggie toppings. Oh yes you can.  I actually use salsa as the dressing too which is fabulous & perfect for the mexican salad taste.  Add in some black beans & a little bit of rice if you want & viola - a healthy lunch!


Well, DUH on this one, right?  Subway is probably my most frequent visited lunch places, as you can imagine.  & thank goodness they started the reward points because I've earned so far like 6 full free meals - drinks, chips, sandwich - the full thing. I keep my Subway card cranking.
But of course, there is a veggie sub, but my favorite is again, another veggie patty - but I actually like it on Flatbread -& they now have wheat flatbread which is super yummy.  Load up those veggies.
I've even gotten a salad with the veggie patty added on there for some 'meat' to the salad.
& I stick with mustard or honey mustard for a dressing.

It is funny because I can't tell you how many times I have ordered the veggie patty & someone either in front of me or behind me turns & asks, "What is that?" ... its not something you see every day.

I'm still needing to try their egg sandwiches for lunch since it looks like they have taken the route of McDonalds & serve breakfast sandwiches all day long.

& Subway now also carries a Tomato soup that is only 140 calories for a cup. It's really good & I was downing that when it was cold all winter long.

TIP:  I usually like to keep carrot sticks with me every day to take to work - it works as a great side to the veggie sandwiches - sort of a cop-out french fry.

So see, you can eat out for lunch with a healthy life style.
... & if anyone is doing the 21 Day fix or the container system & wants to know the breakdown of any of these, feel free to ask me about a certain one - I'll be happy to talk to you about it.

Day 12-17 / 56


*Push ups are getting stronger

* I rubbed my arm for an itch & actually felt a muscle! I made Ricky come confirm

* Actually am thinking of ordering a chin up bar assist.  Using a chin up bar is something I NEVER thought I would ever use. 

* I miss running... but man, my knee has been aching lately

* I freaked out at a weight gain this week, but love my Chiseled Knitter partner talked me off the ledge & reminded me of my own post I did last week that you sometimes have to gain to loose.

Pressing On to another week!!!