Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thankful Thursday {Link up #58}

This week I am Thankful For:
(The numbers correspond to my Gratitude Journal on reaching Ten-Thousand Gifts ... in other words, just ignore them) ;)

106 / Compliment about my hair color at a gas station.  The guy could have been my grandpa & told me in his 'younger days' he was a red head himself.  He just made my day on how cute he was.

107 / Texts from my former Merge Kiddos.  I have gotten some messages lately from kids asking advice, wanting to plan some get togethers, checking in on Ricky & I.  Those kids have my heart. It's such a blessing to hear from them & know they can always come to us for some Godly advise.

111 / Saved $118.00 at Kohl's on leggings!  BAM!  I got all 4 pairs of leggings for $24 & some change.  One regular pair is like $39.00...

115 / The Christmas tree FINALLY came down & is tucked away.  It's funny because on the same day Ricky took it down, on my Timehop, it showed the past 2 years, he took the tree down the same weekend.  So the beginning of February must be our 'go-to' date on taking the tree down.  (PS. I'm not going to push it - we still have our Santa/Jesus Christmas picture still hanging... we'll see how long that one takes)

 // Starbucks to kick off a weekend.  I love stopping on Friday & getting a drink - it really is like a mini celebration to let me know I made it through a week at work... &  SURVIVED!


116 / Hearing a friend preach a great sermon.

118 / BRONCOS WON SUPER BOWL!!!!! ... I typically don't care about anything sports related, but I'll always cheer on the Denver Broncos for my friends.  So happy they won.

119 / Had enough snacks at work to get me through lunch when we all of a sudden, out of no where, had a snow blizzard.

122 / Our furnace lasted through the night when it was down to 14 degrees. It all of a sudden started making the most awful noise & Ricky said its getting ready to go out.  ... during the worst cold snap we've had in awhile.  But we got through that night. I'll be thankful for that.

123 / My precious blog buddy Cathy recently found out she has Breast Cancer .... but so thankful that she just found out this week that it hasn't spread!  Thank you Lord!  (Visit her & send her some well wishes if you can!!)

Also, if you want to stop by & give some support to my other blog buddy Kathy - she recently found out she has advanced stage ovarian cancer.

Y'all know how important blog friends are to you. When they get bad news, it hurts everyone that has grown to know & care about them... we all need support where we can get it!  Love you ladies!!!

125 / Our work rule that if schools are canceled, we get an automatic snow day. It just makes work so much easier to come to when you can wear a sweatshirt, jeans & warm boots.

126 / Valentines card from my parents.

// I also am Thankful to be a Spotlight today in a Blog Hop ... so if this is your first time visiting, then Hey'ya!  Love meeting new blog friends & seeing all that there is to say from interesting people out in this big ole world.

So what have you been Blessed with this week?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

30 Disney Questions

Underland to Wonderland: The 30 Disney Q's (in 5 minutes) Tag!!:

So my buddy from Underland to Wonderland did this 5 minute tag awhile back & you know when I hear Disney, I gotta jump on this...

& I'm GONNA try my hardest not to pick Beauty & the Beast for EVERY answer. Y'all ALREADY know where this heart lies... but I'm going to try & be fair & share the love on this one.

So let's jump into it...

1.  Favorite Character
I just ADORE Lumiere.  He's a little romantic fella who loves loves, loves his friends ... & concerned for ladies who are hungry.  That's my kinda guy!

2.  Favorite Princess
OK, Belle isn't technically a Princess till the end, so I'll go with Rapunzel.... she knits.

3.  Favorite Heroine
.. & here's where I'll pick Belle because she saves her Beast, not afraid of him, falls in loves & THEN becomes a Princess... YEAH!  That's my girl!

4.  Favorite Prince
I know I'm not starting off good here trying not to pick all Beauty & the Beast stuff - but come on.
Adam / the Beast is the best!  He finally learned to love ;)

5.  Favorite Hero
Mulan... because hello!  Girlfriend saved you all!

6.  Favorite Animal
Shadow from Homeward Bound ... Oh gosh - he made me want to get a Golden Retriever!

7.  Favorite Sidekick
How adorable is she!! I cant wait for her own movie

8.  Favorite Villian
I really do think he's the most likeable Villian... If that's really a thing

9.  Favorite Original Character (Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, etc)
Minnie... because GIRL POWER!

10.  Favorite Love Song
I'm so obsessed with song.

A runner up - the song from Pochantas - it was never really played in the movie - but I have always loved this song

11.  Favorite Song

"Won't Say I'm in Love" from Hercules ... I LOVE this song!  I've got a remix version too that I love running to.

12.  Favorite Villian Song

13.  Least Favorite Song
"Mine Mine Mine" from Pocahontas

14.  Favorite Kiss
Belle & Beast {Adam}
I know... but I have to pick this... I mean, its MAGICAL!!!

15.  The First Disney movie you Saw
Snow White.
I can remember going & seeing it in the theater with my mom, aunt & cousins.  I'm not THAT old, but they re-released it in the theaters in the 70's.  I still can remember being scared of Snow running through the woods.

16.  Favorite classic

17.  Song that always gets stuck in your head
You can't help it living in today's world... but "Let it Go" from Frozen

18.  Favorite Pixar Film
Probably a tie between all the Toy Story movies (so smart & love all the throw backs on toys) & The Incredibles.  I love a good Super Hero movie!

19.  Lease Favorite Pixar Film
Brave .... I just didn't feel it for some reason.

20.  Favorite Sequel
Toy Story 2 ... though I CANT WAIT for The Incredible's 2

21.  Overrated Movie
Inside Out
... I thought it was meh...

22.  Underrated Movie
Ratatouille.  I really do like this movie but I don't think many people have even seen it.

23.  Move that Makes you Laugh
Emperor's New Groove!  Its is HILARIOUS!  David Spade is perfect in it.

24.  Movie that Makes you Cry
Those first 10  minutes of the movie... oh geez...

25.  The Saddest Scene

I literally won't even watch this because every time I see it - I bawl like a baby

26.  Saddest Death
Mufasa.  I can't deal.

27.  Favorite Quote
Y'all already know

28.  Favorite Theme Park
Disney World.  Always the classic.  I never go there & don't feel like a kid again.  How can you not when you step onto Main Street USA?

29.  Favorite Theme Attraction
Haunted Mansion.  I can remember being little with my parents in there & when they have you in that first room & its like you're trapped & the pictures move... I was so freaked out!! I love going back & seeing other kids in that room experience it with WIDE EYES.

30.  Favorite Theme Park Show
Fantasmic at Epcot Center. I don't even know if they still do that. But when I saw it on our last trip in 2000, I literally cried because it was so amazingly spectacular!

OK... feel free to grab & play along. I mean, who doesn't love to know more about other's & their love of Disney!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

You are so worth it!!!

I am a Bob Harper fan.  & I'm loving that he has taken over as the host of The Biggest Loser this year.  I loved Allison, but its great seeing Bob take on the bigger role of talking to the contestants in a more of a 'mentor' this year.

If you watched it a few weeks ago, he actually had a sit down with everyone & they were talking about why they felt like they had these addictions to food & eating & not taking care of their bodies.

They all had excuses.
They all had reasons.

Past hurts.  Rejection.  Trauma as a child.  Loss.

Using food as a form of punishment seemed to be key.  Or using it as a way of making people stay away from them.  A way of making a shield around them to make people keep their distance.

Food & overeating & obesity can run so much deeper then some people can even imagine.
Especially if you've never dealt with the issue.

But one lady was talking about her story & she made the comment about how she didn't deserve to be happy or to find love.

Bob stopped her right there & said, 'That voice you hear in your mind is a demon.  What he is telling you is a LIE.  Stop listening to that voice!"

First thing I thought when Bob said that was PREACH!!!!!

He went on to say how we have to believe in ourselves because no one else can or will do the work except for you.  & when you listen to the voices inside of your head telling you that you're not worth it, or you can't do something, or why bother trying... you just give in so easily.

I think that's so powerful when it comes to making healthy choices.

Whether that be losing weight.
Giving up smoking or drinking.
Adapting healthier decisions.

What it all comes down to is knowing in your mind, body & soul that

Every good decision.  You are worth it.
Only you can change that mind set to make better decisions for yourself.

So today, remind yourself that if you hear anything within your mind telling you "why bother"... tell that voice where to go... & make a healthier decision in one area of your life today!  Prove to yourself you are MORE then worth it!


Onto my quick recap of Week 4 of my Half Marathon Training

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Monday - Run 2.87 miles
Tuesday - Upper Fix
Wednesday - Run 2.64 miles
Thursday - Total Body Fix
Saturday - Run 5.20 miles
Sunday - Yoga with Adrienne

Getting in all my work outs...

I actually felt really good & strong on my 5.20 run too. I went out a little panicked because I forgot water & hate not having water for anything over a 5k - but with it being a nice day, I didn't get too dehydrated.  I thought if I got dizzy or nauseated, I'd call Ricky to drive me down some water - but knew the UK game was on... so if I were to pass out, I'd just have to pass out.  I ain't interrupting him with that!

I had 2 mental games playing with me this week though.

1. Dental issues. My jaw & face are still killing me.  I have an appointment in 2 weeks to go back & I can get more answer then, but I know its just all going to lead to more appointments, more work, MORE MONEY. Sigh.

This is actually what I've looked like at the end of every workout

Not to mention, the pain is just sitting on my nerves making me just really short-tempered at everything. I'm glad for the workouts to work off some of that stress, but moving & pumping the blood makes the pain worse.  Talk about a double edged sword.  I just keep trying to hang in there & remind myself this won't last forever.  it won't - right?

& the other mental game?

2.  I gained a freaking pound this week.  I know - I KNOW - 1 lb isn't much of anything - but my scale after hitting 35 lbs has just coming to a screeching halt.  & for some reason, when I start running, it makes my appetite increase so I have to really keep myself in check.

 I'm nervous now for my weigh in on Wednesday. If its up anything else, or I haven't at least lost that 1 lb, I'm going to punch something.  ... oh, who am I kidding. No punching. I'll just cry.

So we're heading into week 5 where I was hoping more runs outside would take place... but the temps this week will be in the 20's. I know I SHOULD run outside... we'll see.  I did just buy some lined leggings & I found a running coat I have & I do hate the treadmill for anything over 3 miles.  We'll see how life goes this week.

I'll just keep PRESSING ON!!!!

Monday, February 08, 2016

The weekend that I saved a dog... to the wrong address....

Can the rest of winter be sunny & in the 50's?

Apparently not, because our forecast is back down in the 30's & even the 20's... with snow...

This is just all a crazy mind game to me at this point.

But I did soak it all up this weekend.  Take it in while you can, right?

Saturday, I woke up with one thing on my mind - who won Celebrity Big Brother. I was so addicted to this show that was happening in England.  People in England take their Big Brother SERIOUSLY!!!! Like CRAZY seriously.  Like its on every night for an hour & then there is an 'after show' special that digs in deeper with panels to discuss what happened in the house for the past 24 hours.  & I like the Celebrity editions because its only a month long.  But I'm totally invested in it...

& the finale was Friday afternoon in England so it was posted up on YouTube Saturday morning...

So I was waiting for my Bible Journaling pages that I painted to dry while I finished watching who was crowned the winner...

Saturday am:
I have to be super careful
... I have one Belle mug that holds my coffee - another Belle mug that I use as water for my paint brushes...
I have picked up the paint mug MANY times & almost drank it without thinking!

That's how you start out a weekend.

The morning zoomed by & I had to head down to one of our little local coffee stores to meet up with a friend to just chat.  She is actually one of my past bride's momma's & we just sort of stayed connected through the years & I just think she is wonderful.  So glad for technology that has allowed us to stay connected.  Loved even more that we made the effort to stay connected as face to face conversation people.

I felt like we just got there chatting away & looked down & seen how much time had gone by...

& how many times Ricky called to see when I was heading home...


that's what happens when I get to talking. :)

Ricky needed me to bring home some food before the UK game so while I waited, I had a $13.00 coupon on top of a $15.00 coupon for Kohl's so I ran in to just grab some new running tights.  I ended up coming out with 4 new pairs for a bargain.  Thanks hubby for making me have to wait for the food to get ordered.

I got home & we had a little lunch & then I had to take advantage of the day to do my long run outside.  It was quite the adventure, let me tell you.

I'm used to dogs running & chasing me - but this time, I heard a noise & turned around & saw a dog had pulled up his chain & was running after me pulling this long chain.  Here's where I realize how old I am & my eyes are horrible - I couldn't see his dog tag.  Nothing but a blur.  So I had the idea of taking a picture with my phone & then zooming in on the picture - except I couldn't get the dog to sit still long enough to take a clear picture.  I did make out the first part of the numbers & all these houses are close in that area so I took the dog back to the these houses & I thought I had the right one... so I took the chain & tied it up to an area where he'd be safe....

& I continued on... to have other dogs chasing me... & of course, my normal horses that I see every time...

You can see in the background of the bottom picture, the dog I tied up...

I got home & looked at the picture of the dog tag once I had my glasses on.  (The dog was still tied up in the place I left him when I was running home)... but I saw the address & OOPSIE - I was wrong about 4 houses down. haha... I told Ricky what happened & we went back down to check on the dog & take him to the correct home, but found the owners had gotten him already. Whew!

Dog rescuing is a hard stressful job. let me tell you.

But I got my 5 miles in... & no, I didn't cheat - I stopped the watch while I was taking the dog back to the house.  Legit 5 miles done.

These are one of my new pairs of leggings too!  Thanks Kohls!

The rest of Saturday night was like Super Hero overload while Ricky & I got caught up on some Supergirl shows, some Arrow, some Flash & Legends of Tomorrow.... we are living in a Super Hero lovers dream world!

Sunday, we ended up going to hear our friend preach.  He just has a knack for making messages so 'real'... a perfect Super Bowl Sunday message.

He made all sorts of analogies about how football games are like life but one point he made was so eye opening to me.  He was talking about how we need to keep our eye on the ball - Jesus... if you look away, you can let it drop... but the end zone, that's where we ultimately want to go... eternity. Heaven.  & what if you don't have the ball?  If you make it in the end zone without a ball in a real game, no points.  The same idea applies... you have to have Jesus to get to that end zone... it was just so powerful the way he did it.

I love a good analogy.

Ricky & I headed out to do a Target run. I haven't been to Target in 2 weeks on my hunt to save money, thanks to my huge dental bill.... & then we ran over to to Q'doba for lunch.  That was a dud.   $22.00 for much of nothing & it wasn't even that great.  Boo!

What was good?  We went over to Starbucks & I have been wanting to try a Flat White for so long- I always hear people talk about them so finally went for it.  It wasn't exactly what I expected, but I really liked it.

Please note my nails are even blue & orange...
I am the least football knowledgeable person ever, but I do love a good fashion support

We headed home so we could take care of some things around the house - laundry, bills, cleaning - grown up stuff.

& then time to settle in for the Super Bowl!!!!

Except I didn't actually watch the Super Bowl....

I wanted to - but it has been proven time & time again that I'm a sports jinx.  Want a team to win?  Let me watch it & it will be guaranteed that it won't happen.  When the Bronco's were in the Super Bowl 2 years ago, I watched.  Anyone remember that shambles of a game?  Yeah - blame me.  I typically don't care who wins any game but my friends are big Bronco's fans so I wanted them to win so I did what a true friend should do.  I turned it over as soon as the coin toss was over...

Downton Abby kept me company.

I did flip back & forth just to keep an eye on the score... & SO HAPPY THEY WON!!!!

Y'all can thank me for this year now that I didn't watch.

So another weekend in the books...

Anything exciting happen in your weekend?

Did you watch the Super Bowl?

Are you a jinx at anything?

Friday, February 05, 2016

Friday Favorites

Favorite Mug

A positive mug.:

Favorite Food Ideas

10 Healthy Brown - Rice Bowl Ideas
All under 5 ingredients!!!

Favorite Photo Prop Idea

Isn't that a cute idea
Just get some yarn or string & cut out hearts &
let them hang from the umbrella.
It would be super cute for a Couple's Picture too for Valentine's Day!

Favorite Beauty & the Beast


Favorite Bracelet

Silver Love Coffee Charm 925 Sterling Silver. A cup of hot coffee can warm you up .:

... & if I took all the money I've spent at Starbucks,
I could afford this :)

Favorite Bag
I'd never have anything that would fit in it, but I love it anyways!
kate spade//:

Favorite Craft Organizing

How to Make a Giant Peg Board at #gingersnapcrafts #craft #storage_thumb[1]:

So many great ideas!!
Craft Storage for Small Areas  LINK

Favorite Funnies

The fish that lived // funny pictures - funny photos - funny images - funny pics - funny quotes - #lol #humor #funnypictures:

This is sooooooooo true!!!!!!!!! Lol:

So true:


.... me every time they report Donald Trump still has a chance of being President.

... the hubs when I come home from Starbucks & don't pick up a cafe mocha for him

... how I basically watched all of Grease Live

... when I'm standing in front of the Cadbury Egg display at the grocery story
& I want to buy them all.

.... me at 4:00pm today

Happy Friday Y'all!!!