Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

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What We're Eating This Week

I've discovered these babies... & am loving them!
I'm all about a quick breakfast in the freezer when I am running late & these are fantastic.


& this has been my go-to lunch lately - especially with the nice weather so I can sit outside...
the quinoa salad (except I change out the kale for spinach) & tomato soup. Its just the BEST lunch!




What I'm Reminiscing About
CNN News

Did you see the latest news about diet soft drinks & how they can be tied to higher risks of dementia & strokes? ... I used to drink the daylights out of Diet Coke... I think back at it now & it freaks me out. I havent had a Diet Soft drink (any soft drink really) in about 4 or 5 years now. I am so thankful I gave those up... & dont even miss them now. They make me a little sick thinking about them actually.
I know its scary what sugar can do to a body - its even scarier to me what artificial junk can do as well.

What I'm Loving

Old Navy
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FINALLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!
I found some white jeans I like. 
You cant even imagine the hunt I've been on - for YEARS - to find some good white jeans.
With the help of Beautifully Candid who turned me onto these babies, I was nervous about ordering another pair of jeans feeling like I was going to have to return them.
But I fell in love with these. They are a little long, which surprises me because most jeans are too short for me - but being summer, they are perfect to roll up for an ankle look.
Let's just say, I'm ordering another pair to stock up!

Side Note - I just looked back at my order & I had ordered TALL - that makes sense now.


What We've Been Up to

Trying to keep our little blind boy happy & safe.



What I'm Dreading

I had a sketchy mammogram come back last year & had to go back - that 2nd one came back ok - but I had to schedule for another one 6 months later... which is next week.
I'm dreading all of those nerves again...
If you want to lift up a prayer for me, I'd LOVE that...
thanks!!!


What I'm Working On


Still working on my lettering & trying to add in some artist pieces to it...
I've had fun trying out new skills - trying out new pens, paper.
I just want ALL the pens & markers now.
Its not like my pen obsession wasn't bad enough before... oops.


What I'm Excited About

Getting my new treadmill delivered!!!
I CANT WAIT to play on it!!!


What I'm Watching/Reading
I mentioned Monday how I binged Trial & Error & the show The Imposters - totally love both of them.

Right now, I'm  into some oldies but goodies...

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Survivor just keeps getting better & better!  This season has been amazing to watch.  I never tire of watching human interaction & how its never easy to know what people are going to do - especially for a million dollars. 

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Scandal has really picked up its game this season.  Did anyone watch last week?
& FREAK OUT LIKE I DID? Didn't see that death scene coming.



What I'm Listening To

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Yep... I finished listening to the podcast everyone else has been listening to.
Not sure what to think.  It was just sad, & crazy & bizarre.  
& I'm not sure what the whole point of it was in the end... but it did hold my attention & I was anxious to hear every following podcast.  
Just shows how different people are in our own world.  The stories no one knows.
What did you think about it if you listened to it? I'm dying to hear others thoughts on it.


What I'm Wearing

 LulaRoe Alaina Mason

A bunch of LulaRoe!
My middle step daughter is selling the leggings now to raise money for a surrogate in her infertility journey so I'm all about supporting that as well as getting some adorable leggings.  She's been on top of letting me know when she gets in some leggings with roses on them.  I mean, as a Belle myself, I need all the rose things I can get.

Click the picture to visit her LulaRoe FB Page if you are looking for some leggings & want to support a good cause.



What I'm Doing This Weekend

Hopefully surviving 13.1 miles!!!! Fingers crossed!!

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What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month

Memorial Weekend....
The kick off to some long weekends & time off work.



Be sure to come by Mix & Match Mama to join in   

Monday, April 24, 2017

The weekend that lazy slammed into my back....

I just want to know what happened to Spring?

Seriously... I sat in my house freezing, with the heat turned back on.  This isnt funny Mother Nature.

This weekend was one that originally started out one way & ended up a totally different direction.

I originally had 2 photo sessions scheduled but when the forecast turned on me, they got rescheduled & I ended up being a slug... & that's not a good thing. I was supposed to run 5 miles for my last long run. I'm telling y'all - I just couldnt make myself. Especially when it was cold out... & my treadmill has been threatening to throw me off of it (truth)... but we'll get to that in a second... but spoiler - I totally skipped my long run. for the 2nd weekend in a row..... BUTTTTT for the record, I'm going to try & get in my long run today since the sun is supposed to be out for the day & warm temps are creeping back up.

Anyways - Friday was the usual... grocery shopping, Penn Station with the hubs (this is really becoming our Friday tradition) & a bunch of lazy happening into the night.  Mainly because the hubs had to work on Saturday morning so he was in bed extra early, & when he's in bed, I dont want to bother him so I basically just keep the lights down in the house & do my old lady activity of knitting.  It's quite.

I ended up catching up on Trial & Error.  Anyone else watch that?  It reminded me so much of Park & Rec or The Office. I laughed so hard at it. & it looks like its going to come back... probably minus John Lithgow... but the rest of the cast is just as funny.

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Speaking me of trying to be quiet when the hubs is trying to sleep - I was laughing so hard at this, it woke him up & he yelled, "Are you laughing or crying?"... it does kinda sound the same.

Saturday, as usual, when Ricky works, I'm up before the crack of dawn.  He gets up at his usual 4:00am so when he came in & woke me up at 6:30am & asked if I wanted to trim the dogs nails, I thought I was going to loose my every freaking mind.  6:30AM PEOPLE... asking me to work on the dog?? ... he sees nothing wrong with that at all. 6:30am is MID-MORNING to him.  Give me strength Lord.

Needless to say, when he left for work, I was bright eyes & couldnt go back to bed.  SIGHHHHH....

So I do what I like to do on my Saturday mornings... Bible Journal. & this time, I got to play around with these new babies ....watercolor gel crayons


I did a little IG Story on how I created this page too if you're ever interested in my bible journaling....

I loved how the color turned out.


& as usual, when the hubs is gone, I was able to get some cleaning done.  Got a few loads of laundry done... & then he called me & told me to head down the hill - we were going to look for a new treadmill.  YEHHAWWWW....

I had talked about joining a gym since my treadmill was on the fritz & Ricky reminded me how far away we live from the gym & its not really that convenient ... especially on days that I dont want to run outside anyways - cold days, snowy days, rainy days.  He's got a point. I do like being able to get on the treadmill any time of the day in my basement & not give two thoughts about it.

& I get that I just talked about not wanting to run anymore... but I still love a treadmill for walking & getting in my 10,000 daily steps.

So I rode down just to look at what my options were....

ended up going into the Family Christian bookstore where they are on their last week of being open. I'm so dang sad about this.  But came out with a few more goodies with everything being 70% off now.

Then Ricky got off work & met me & off we went looking for a new Milly.



We went to a few places & then I feel like I hit the jackpot!!!! I found one that was on clearance - half off & has everything I was wanting & plus some.  I am so excited about getting it.

Say Hello to my new friend

After deciding on that (it was like picking out a new car... geez...) I had to calm my nerves down - which means going to a craft store.  I came out with a few skeins of yarn & some lettering tools.

Ricky picked up some Chuys & I met him at home....& that's when the lazy really hit.

I debated doing something active... I mean, I just bought a new treadmill - active should be in my blood.  SHOULD is the optional word there.  Nope - instead, I ended up taking a shower & spending my whole night getting caught up & binging The Imposters. LOVING IT! I got through most of it... still have a few episodes to go...

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Our whole area was all excited about Thunder over Louisville - the biggest firework show in the US... me?  I just was happy to be under the covers, warm with my spoiled dog who just wanted to be held for hours on end.... that's the life.

He literally laid in my arms for 2 hours #spoiled

Sunday, poor Ricky woke up just not feeling good. He had a horrible head ache & he's having issues with his hernia again. He's in some serious pain... my poor guy... I'm afraid it could be his appendix too... he's just miserable, so he just stayed home while I went to church.

I left church to go to my women's bible study group. It was the last one in this study we are doing & not everyone could make it so we ended up having it at Q'doba so we could eat lunch together.

I was so giddy excited though when I walked in & saw a familiar face... one of the girls in our bible study group used to be in my youth class - Jordan.... (is this telling anything how old I am and/or how long I've been in youth ministry?)... but Jordan brought in another one of my old youth girls - they are like best friends & I ADORE both of these girls.  I especially LOVE seeing them together.  Their friendship is so special. They just make me so happy ... together? They make me EVEN HAPPIER.  I was expecting to see Jordan. I wasn't expecting to see Carly's face... so when I saw her across the restaurant, I ran across the place & grabbed her & hugged her so hard & didnt want to let go.  It made my day totally.  Such a fun surprise!!!

I was so glad she stayed with us during our study discussion too... I told her she's now a member & she's gotta come back.  It's in the rules ;) haha...I really am hoping I see more of her in our group.  We're such a diverse group of ladies - I know she would fit right in.

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It made me laugh so hard though when I was talking about the group of 7th grade girls I have now & Jordan & Carly where saying that they wanted to go meet these girls & tell them what it's like to be a "Rebecca OG"... haha... part of the original group of girls I've had.  I gotta tell you, it made my heart just smile knowing I have kept connection with so many of my girls through the years.  They are all so special to me... truly... 100%

I left our group & had intentions to go to Target but get this... I hurt my back getting ready for church earlier in the morning.

DID I JUST NOT TALK ABOUT JINXING MYSELF?  Yep... I just said last week I cant believe my knee / back / arm hasn't hurt during this training. Let me tell you - my knee popped Saturday night & feels off, my Bicep Tendon has been aching so much, I couldnt knit Saturday night  & yeahhhhh - I put on my jeans Sunday before church & turned & twisted my back. I was in such dire pain after our group, I had to just come home & lay down...

after picking up a Starbucks... of course...



But I KNEW I was going to jinx myself. Why did I even say anything?  I'm hoping its a quick muscle spasm thing.... geez....

So the weekend ended just as it began... on my couch... full of dogs laying all over me... I guess I can't complain.


How was your weekend?

Is it still warm where you are or you still riding a weather roller coaster?

Did you go to Thunder over Louisville - or even hear of it?

Do you watch The Imposters or Trial & Error?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

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Favorite Food

Jamaican Jerk Spiced Grilled Eggplant!! A plant-based alternative to chicken and SO delicious! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #jerk #eggplant #minimalistbaker
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Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant!!!!
I am so in love with all the amazing vegetarian recipes out lately.


Favorite Info

Louisville City Guide

I always see the coolest things in other's hometowns & I always feel like our town doesnt have cool stuff.  So I loved this little reminder of all the neat things around Louisville.
Check it out if you live in the area... or if you're going to be visiting for Derby, here's your info you need.  Just CLICK the picture above to get to all the info.


Favorite Home Hack

diy pallet front deck:

OK -I've seen all you can do with pallets
but this may be one of my favorites!!!


Favorite Beauty & the Beast
(kinda)

Hermione and Belle - Lost in a Book by Apolar:

I love this so much....
The best of both worlds for Emma Watson - Belle with Hermoine.
All the YES!


Favorite Doodles

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I am all about finding easy doodles to add personality to my hand lettering.
This is the kind of easy thing that's up my ally.
Add to any letter you're writing - any notebook - fancy things up a little.


Favorite Running Outfit

Princess Belle running costume. RunDisney 2015 :):
This girl is my hero


Favorite Peencha

Ooo gotta love the elderly:

Oh mercy... her sweet face




Favorite Funnies

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... me every time we have to leave & the hubs is running late... (like EVERY Sunday!!!)



... every time I try to take a picture on a windy day




... when I have to go back to work after lunch on a pretty day




... when Harvey Dent doesnt let me love him after a tough day at work



... me at 4:00pm today



Happy Weekend Y'all!!!!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stillness, strollers & a Savior ....{Thankful Thursday #121}

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This week I am Thankful For:
{The numbers go with my One Thousand Gifts / just ignore}

267 / Blue Apron meals
I usually have one dinner that I give the side eye too or just cant invest the amount of time it takes to make one of these dishes - but this past week, I ended up making all three of the dishes - & we loved all 3.  I LOVE when that happens. Makes that cost of the delivery not seem so bad.

Spinach Mozzarella Pizza... This was AMAZING!!!

268 / Mighty Nest
I just love Mighty Nest... Its a subscription place that you pay $10.00 a month & you get a eco-friendly SOMETHING in the mail.  I've gotten steel straws - I've got reusable wraps & this month were these beautiful cloth dish clothes.  If you've never used it, I do recommend it.  I have 2 free trials where you can try it for a month & see if you like it.  Let me know if you are interested, I'll share with you.

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 269 / Taxes done!
Nothing like waiting to the last minute. We always say the Lord giveth & the Lord taketh away.... we get a refund but property taxes are now due.  The circle of tax life.

273 / Ice cream time with my MSM girls.
This isn't usually the same batch of girls that does the hangouts.  We switched up the nights & ended up with another group of our girls & it was so great getting to know these sweet faced girls better.



275 / Photo Session went beautifully.
We had to change the time on this session & it worked out so beautifully with the sunshine & the wind... we had just finished when the winds kicked up for the day.  It would have been a real problem if we waited even an hour later to do pictures.  I just loved getting to spend time with this beautiful girl too.

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276/Time to sit still.
I was going to meet my friend at the coffee shop at a certain time & she text me to tell me she was running late & she would hurry. I told her to take her time.  I had run over to Walgreens behind the coffee shop & picked up some markers & paper & came back & got a chai tea & it was just the nicest time to sit & be still for a bit.  I'm always on the go go go & go ... it was just so nice to sit & be creative & play & just relax. She apologized when she got there & I told her it was the best medicine for my soul to have those few minutes of time to myself..... needless to say, that time with her far out passed the time alone... so it was the best of both worlds.



278 / Outside seating.
I think I could sit outside for any dinner we go out to.  Ricky HATES eating outside. He always says that God made air conditioning for a reason.  I think God made fresh air for a reason.  The debate continues on between us.  So I had to laugh when Ricky put in for "inside seating" but the lady heard him wrong & thought he said "outside seating"... HIGH FIVE GOD on that one! That one was for me.


279 / EASTER!!!!!!
I love Easter.Everything about it.  PRAISE THE LORD - HE IS RISEN!!!!
Loved the whole day of Easter - being at church, worshiping, being with family afterwards.  Just a wonderful day.

I even practice lettering during church services... I love my bible notebook & all the lessons I write down

281 / Starbucks open on Easter.
Yes - I am happy for that. Everything else was closed on Easter Sunday so I was giddy excited when we drove by & saw it was packed. I felt bad for the workers actually - but man, glad to have my iced coffee.

284 / Bruno walks
This stroller is definitely getting its use.  My little man cant see diddly squat, but he loves the motion of it & all the sniffing he can do sitting up like a regal king.


285 / My friends son.
I just wanted to cry happy tears of joy when I got a text from a precious friend that her son, whom she has been praying for for YEARS, accepted Jesus into his life on Easter Sunday.  I know how much she has been praying over him for this & that her momma's heart was just filled to the brim with excitement.  Praise the Lord... He is faithful!


286 / Team Wood
I have been after my niece for the longest time to get me her tennis schedule... & FINALLY got it.  I love watching her play & her progress... & love that she's got her own fan club going on.



287 / Dogwood Tree.
I love our dogwood tree in our back yard.. & loved that it bloomed right on Easter weekend.  So appropriate... so perfect.  I love the story of the Dogwood tree & the pedals & what they represent.  Have you ever heard of that story?  If you haven't - let me know - I'd love to share it with you!!!


What good things have happened in your world this week?