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Springing Forward & a Look Ahead

Weekend things.
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Relaxation, beautiful weather, car washes, house stuff, hunting for man cave chairs, workouts, church with cool drums, and family time.

Being temporarily off Facebook has been a good change thus far, but there are definitely things we’ve missed. By God’s divine intervention, we ran into our former life group leaders and learned in just a matter of a couple days, one of our friends fell deathly ill and is in ICU in a coma.  We were in complete shock. After church we went and visited him and his wife and were able to pray together.

Oh friends, just days before he was living his life just like you and me. Things can change in an instant. Please keep this family in your prayers.

It was a bit of an unexpected weekend with sobering perspective. Let’s try to enjoy the Monday in front of us, thanking God for his many blessings.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead:

Springing to Spring (a look at my eats)
Thursday Things
And more

Check in tomorrow my dears. 

Looking to Jesus When We Feel Forgotten

A couple of years ago, I participated in an online fitness gift exchange.

I was fortunate enough to be paired with a beautiful Cali girl. From the moment we “met” I was intrigued with her SoCal life.

With passion for fitness, travel, friends, and fun, she was always doing something interesting.

From the moment we engaged, I knew God brought us together for a reason.

My friend has an inspiring story of overcoming health challenges in her 20s and eventually living a regular 30 something’s life.

Unfortunately, though, over a year ago she suffered a serious relapse and has battled severe sickness ever since.

There are good days, and there are bad days.

Lots of doctors appointments.

False hope.

Good news.

Bad news.

“Let’s try this.”

“Let’s try that.”

At first, it was all about praying, and encouraging, and positivity.

I threw all the verses in the world at her about overcoming, faith, and hope.

We prayed, we encouraged, we hoped, and we waited.

Days turned to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years.

It’s been a painful process.

This girl, this “stranger” I don’t even really know is so often on my heart.

We text throughout the week, and I pray for her every time she comes to my heart, which is often these days.

She’s so beautiful, young, and good hearted. Why is she going through all of this!?

Trust me, I know the Sunday school answers. I’ve used them a million times, even with her.

I don’t discount them. I believe them. Though in very different circumstances, I have also lived them.

Yet, I often struggle to know what to offer or say when we text. I feel hopeless to offer hope some days, even though I know God is present. Even though I know God never promised life would always be easy.

A couple of weeks ago, in a midst of frustration over the situation, I told God I don’t even know what to say to her anymore.

She feels hopeless and her faith is shaking. I hate knowing these things. I hate knowing she feels abandoned by God, and I feel like all my answers don’t offer much comfort.

I didn’t sense any answer or guidance from God during this prayer, so I just asked for help.

As I continued in Isaiah, I read chapter 49 earlier this week about Israel’s captivity. 

They felt abandoned and forgotten.

But look what God says. The imagery is so beautiful.


God could not and would not ever forget his people. They could be abandoned by even the mother who bore them, but God would never forsake them.

It’s not His nature. He has called us by name, and we belong to Him if He is our Savior.

Isaiah 50 reminds us of Jesus. God, who became man, is able to completely empathize with us.

He feels our hurts and is able to comfort the weary.


A lightbulb seemed to go off. I will never be able to offer the comfort or hope my friend needs.

I could throw all the encouragement in the world her way, and while that might brighten a day a little, it’s not going to make her whole. It won’t heal her heart.

I need to be pointing people to Jesus, the ultimate encourager.

I realize it’s a no brainer, but for so long I thought that’s what I was doing.

The truth is, I was trying with my own might. Trying in my own power to offer godly encouragement.

I can’t heal a heart that feels forsaken, but Jesus can. It’s only through sharing truth and allowing His spirit to work, that true healing can begin.

I’m done striving for something I will never be able to attain in my own power. I will rest in Him and allow Him to use me however he desires to point others back to Him.

Praying for my friend, and praying for you.

If you feel lost it abandoned, know that surely you are not.

Thursday Things, 5 March 15

Sooo last weekend Will and I spent 3.5 hours at AT&T and they still didn’t get everything right.

We drove to where Will’s parents live in hopes of getting it done faster. (Ahahaha)

What made it even better (ha) was that we didn’t realize everything that was wrong until after we drove the 1.5 hours home and Will’s mom received a cancellation on the iPad mini she got with her phone upgrade. I also got an email confirmation my iPad had shipped… But it’s tied to Will’s dad’s number. Wee!

Will’s mom is so sweet and gentle, and even she was miffed by the whole experience.

Please tell me you have bad phone stories a too? It seems like everyone I know has some ridiculous headache of a story.

Longest. Day. Ever.

And it keeps going until all this junk is sorted out.

On a positive (??) note, Will’s phone had serious sound issues but we were able to take it back and get a new one this week without a headache.

Want to know what made the whole AT&T outing even more awesome?

It was during a snowstorm.

Aaaand my sister was on vacation during the most miserable week of the year.

I’m sending her pics like this

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

And she’s sending ones back like this

Paradise. All pics sent amidst an OKC snow storm

Paradise. All pics sent amidst an OKC snow storm

Way to rub it in there, P.

Oh and did I tell you about my Fit Bit?

Now we'll get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs 😂

My company is so wonderful. For participating in various healthy challenges, they gave employees Fit Bits!

Now we get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs. 😂

Hopefully the realization of how much I sit all day presented in cold, hard, facts will help me get moving more while at work.

With a the snow lately, I had to post this pic for our TBT.

Brittny FLint-9 yrs old playing in the snow in Vilseck,Germany

My technicolor coat. haha

Will and I rediscovered the fact that we can make our own super delicious popcorn at home.

Not the kind from a bag. I mean using kernels and popping it on the stove.

We went through a whole phase back in Kuwait and had it a lot.

We’ve been back almost seven years and hadn’t had it once until last week.

How does that even happen? Being so nutso over things, only to have them completely fall off the map for years.


Anyway. Popcorn. On the stove. Hello 1958!

Early Anniversary Festivities

Through a string of events, it looks like Will and I might be celebrating number 11 apart. :(

I’m off next Friday, and I was so very excited about having the entire day together, as well as the whole weekend, too.

Now, however, it looks like I might be out of town. Not only that, but Will’s parents are also scheduled to spend the night that same weekend, so regardless of whether I’m home or not, we’ll have visitors over the weekend.

To be safe, I think we might we celebrate a week early. The highlight will probably be spending all day Saturday morning cleaning for Will’s parents. Haha

But for real, I can’t believe we’re old enough to been married for 11 years!

That’s it for now, sweets. Anything you care to share?

posted in News,Willy bullet permalink bullet 3.05.2015

WIOW: Cardio-Resistance Elliptical Workout

I cycle through various types of preferred cardio.

Lately, it’s been the elliptical.

I can’t just do the elliptical, though.

I bore too easily.

Instead, I have to keep engaged.

That means a cardio/resistance mix!

Not only is your heart pumping and giving you a great cardio session, but you’re also able to reach upper body exhaustion by incorporating weights.

Get some five pounders and keep them at the base of the elliptical (where you might set your keys or phone) where they’re easy accessible.

Turn on some seriously heart pumping music. Trance is perfect for these workouts. Right now I’m loving Mr. Sam’s Opus album.  An oldie but a goodie.

Weekend things

Oh, and I should mention, this workout is best on ellipticals where the arms are stationary. I’ve done it on both, but the moving arms get in the way.

I set the timer for 30 minutes, and then get ready for some real work!

Oh and when I note “rest” below, that doesn’t mean rest from the whole workout. smile

It means resting from the resistance work and only doing the elliptical.

No way we’d get off that easy!

For extra work, simply hold onto the weights during the rest periods, and don’t put them down. I love doing this.

Don’t forget to squeeze each contraction!


Give it a go, my friends and watch the elliptical time pass faster than usual.

That’s it for today! Check in tomorrow! 

posted in Health & Fitness bullet permalink bullet 3.04.2015

Things I’m Loving Lately

Chick-Fil-A Iced Coffee

Officially dead now.

If you have an extra 150 calories for a treat and aren’t afraid of a little dairy, leave wherever you are, and go buy a medium Chick-Fil-A iced coffee NOW!!

Will and I went there for breakfast last weekend (they have good oatmeal for a fast food joint!) and they were giving these away for free.


So yeah. Super smart marketing tactic on their part, because I’ll definitely be coming back for more.

Mary Kay Translucent Powder
I’ve used lots of MK powders over the years, but bought their translucent powder for the first time ever last month (yes, even after being a consultant for a decade).

For years, I’ve worn their mineral powder, but recently switched to their liquid foundation. Their translucent powder does such a good job of keeping everything intact the whole day.

No creasing, no melting.

I’m All Yours- Crystal Nicole & The Eternal Jam Machine

I am all about this song right now. It’s got a good beat for cardio, but also a little hip hop for when I’m in the weight room.


Suave Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo


I’ve been using Suave dry shampoo for years. The store was out of Suave Keratin, so I went with the Moroccan kind instead.

It seems to work just like the other type, but smells lovely! The other kind does, too, but this was a nice change of pace and seems to have a stronger scent.

I mentioned this in last week’s Thursday Things, but I also have to mention it as a new recent “like.”

During our snow days last weekend, we binge watched over half the season!

Snacks ala Kindergarten

For real.

I don’t know what’s going on, but if I’m wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Celery with (natural) peanut butter and rasins-also known as “ants on a log” to kids… And apparently adults who are kids at heart,

Peanut butter and jelly (hey it’s on healthy, grainy wheat bread, so it’s a little grown up, right?),

And chocolate (almond) milk

So yeah. More like kid snacks meet a grown up’s need to make them somewhat heathieir. Haha

iPhone 6+

During last weekend’s forever long AT&T outing (amidst our snow storm), we changed our phone plan, and Will got a new phone.

I’m not into having a mini computer as my phone (haha), but they’re definitely cool. I love the gold ones!


I have completely disconnected from all social media, including blogs (except my own smile ) and intend to keep it that way until the first weekend in April.

I’m trying to declutter my mind right now, and I’m praying its fruitful.

I thought I might go crazy, but it’s actually been nice. So much easier to be intentional and present.

That’s it for today, dearies. Anything you’re loving? 

posted in All About Me,Nothingness bullet permalink bullet 3.03.2015

The One With the Snowy Road Trip & Look Ahead

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

Now we'll get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs 😂

Officially dead now.

That's my girl


She loves my pup pups

She loves my pup pups

She loves aunt Brittny's tea

An impromptu (and stupid!) trip to Will’s parents’ town to change our phone plans in the midst of a snowstorm (we sat there 3.5 hours and they still didn’t get it all right...), snuggles on the couch watching movies, church online, chores, pizza and play dates with my sweet niece (and time with my parents too!).

It was a very nice weekend. After the crazy snowy road trip, the rest was spent safely at home.

Check in this week for

Things I’m loving
My new favorite elliptical workout
Thursday Things
And more!

Wax On, Wax Off

Okay before we get going today, you absolutely have to watch this clip before you keep reading.

(We assume this user got proper permission to share this scene...)

Moving on-

This past weekend Will and had a mini 80s movie marathon, watching a couple of the Karate Kid trilogy movies.

Yes, I said trilogy.

Hey, I realize it’s not the Godfather or Star Wars, but there were three Karate Kids. Trilogy just sounded right.

We’re going with it.

Anyway, when I watched the above clip, my heart leaped (Leapt? Leaped? Help!) within me.

Leading up to that scene, Mr. Miyagi had poor Ralph doing nothing more than household chores.

Chores that were heavily labor intensive and took hours!

Wax the cars ("Wax on, wax off"),

Sand the deck,

Paint the fence,

Paint the house…

We’re talking major tasks!

I’m sure as Ralph slaved away, he wondered why he was stuck doing these awful chores when all he wanted to do was learn karate!

I’m sure we all would have.

I bet he sure was surprised when he realized how all those “chores” taught him major and fundamental aspects of the sport he longed to master.

When I watched this scene, I was reminded of our Savior.

We can’t see the future and only get one piece at a time in the masterpiece puzzle of our life.

God sees the big picture, and he knows our hearts.


So many times I’ve been “sanding the floor” or “painting the fence” wondering why oh why, only to see everything come together at the end.

Through these times, I’ve become better. I’ve grown stronger, wiser, and deeper in faith and trust.

Think about God telling Gideon to get rid of most of his army, God telling Joshua and the Israelites to walk around the walls of Jericho once a day for six days, or shepherd boy David being anointed as king years before he ever took the throne.

Think about what they must have thought.

Yet, through their obedience look what God was ultimately able to accomplish.

Same with us.

If we were simply up and able to do “karate,” (continuing with our movie theme here haha), there’s so many lessons we would have missed, and so many things we needed to learn but didn’t.

Those moments in the trenches give us opportunity to grow stronger in faith and trust. We may not know it until it all comes together, just as we see here.

I tend to think he does this to show His power and lovingly remind us just where all those mad karate skills came from (Yeah, yeah, enough with the movie references).

It all comes from Him and Him alone.

We are his vessels, and can be used in mighty ways if we are obedient.

He works for our good, and in obedient faith we believe He will accomplish the things we have not yet seen because of His true goodness.


Sometimes we don’t see it all come together until later, but if we are faithful with little, He will give us much more.

That’s it for today my, little black belts. wink

Check in Monday for more fun! 

posted in Destination Beautiful bullet permalink bullet 2.27.2015

Thursday Things, 26 Feb 15

I’m kind of going mildly crazy over Qdoba’s gumbo.

I love it with brown rice and veggies. So good for fast-ish food.

Sooo in the very near future we need to discuss my weird daily rituals for getting around each morning.

Today, however, we’ll just discuss the fact that Will often knows me better than I know myself.

He got me an early birthday present a couple weeks ago:

Early birthday present
The Eden Pure Bathroom Heater

This thing.


Will’s parents bought us our first Eden Pure space heater when we first moved back to the US.

We were used to much milder winters back then, and the Eden Pure was fantastic when the frigid air hit.

We ended up buying two more for the rest of our house.

This little thing, though, not only heats but also cools!

Which is perfect for me.

Like a space heater, but a space cooler...except both.

I pretty much always have a fan on when I get ready, even in the dead of winter.

I love the versatility of this thing and the fact that it’s like having an actual AC in the bathroom instead of just a fan.

I feel quite spoiled. Does my husband know me or what!?

Today’s TBT comes courtesy of a slide show I put together for P’s birthday.

Check out these gems.

Brittny FLint-14 yrs; Carissa-7 yrs playing on the trampoline

Brittny & Carissa at hockey game in OKC

Britt & Carissa-polka dots anyone

We’ve been stung

We recorded the new series Scorpion when it first aired, but never watched it until this week.

We’re pretty into it. Anyone else watching?

It’s no substitute for Parenthood, obviously, but at least it’s something new to try. 

I can’t wait until the cancel it and break my heart just like they do with every other show EVER.


Will is a truck guy.

Always had been, always will be.

In fact, I realized just how badly he wanted to marry me way back in 2003 when he sold his beautiful GMC so he could free up money for our condo.

Last year we decided 2015 was the year to sell the truck, but it hit Will harder than I thought it would, which makes me feel sad!

Sure the truck was old and paint was starting to oxidize, but he took care of that thing like it was brand new. He’s a truck guy, after all.

We’ve been without it a week, and poor Will is already having withdrawals. We won’t be without one forever, but I know however long will probably feel too long!

Snow day morning

Remember last week’s whining about wanting a snow day?

Well, we got snow this week. Enough for a snow morning. We got to go on two hours late, but no work from home snow day.

I did, however, get 9 hours of sleep. Fantastic!

A hot date

I think Will and I are going to take Layla on a date this weekend.

For the whole frozen yogurt experience.

You know, the place where you build you own?

Anyway, history shows Layla will build her own and eat half.


Maybe less.

Either way, there’s a large portion of deliciousness, complete with incredibly unhealthy toppings- all the ones I want but never pick.

I think you know where I’m going with this, ya’ll…

Alright, that’s all for now. Anything you care to share?

WIOW: Fancy Pants

Today we’re talking workout pants.



And the hotly debated topic (well… hotly debated in some circles, that is) regarding whether or not they’re appropriate in public.

I realize this isn’t exactly a workout post. However, considering we’re specifically talking workout pants, I figured today was the perfect place for this post. smile

Let me start off by saying- at this point in time, I haven’t made a it decision regarding the matter.

So I’m going in completely neutral.

Yet, I feel like there’s some harsh criticisms on both sides.

When a Christian blogger, wife, and mother, recently posted about her personal decision to no longer wear these types of pants in public, she received a firestorm of both praise and scoffs.

I can’t be sure, but I doubt she realized just how viral the post would go.

Yet, it brings up an interesting thought- should others dictate what we do or don’t wear?

I can honestly say, I see both perspectives, but I haven’t really made a decision on the issue.

Let’s take a look at just a couple points from both sides.

Let’s face it, yoga/workout pants make everyone’s body look great.

Especially the black ones.

They smooth dimples and sagging, and hug everything nicely.

Things just stay put.

They’re sleek and flattering.

They make our bad days better, and our good days great.

When I’m feeling pudgy from overindulging and find myself muffin topping over a pair of jeans, putting on a trusty pair of body hugging, slimming workout pants makes me feel better.

They’re confidence boosters. Feeling good is, good.

They’re functional...and comfortable.

And that’s the understatement of the year.

You’re not going to your kids soccer game and immediately to crossfit for box jumps in jeans.

You’re doing it in workout pants.

We’re hitting the gym and going to the grocery store.

We’re running a few errands, followed by yoga.

We’re living our lives, and we’re not going home to change clothes between acts.

Then there’s the comfortability factor.

They’re great.

They’re easy to move and do things in. Heck, I sleep in them the night before my workouts to give me one less excuse not to get up.

Oh yeah-

Here’s where I tell you I live in these things for a huge portion of the weekend.

You may think I’ve made up my mind, but the recent debate has actually got me thinking.

So those are just a couple pros, but anyone who has worn workout pants knows there are many more.

Similarly, though, there’s plenty of cons too. Let’s just look at two.

Sometimes they’re...well worn.

If you buy good gear, you can wear it for years.

Sometimes, though, all that wear causes sheerness, tears, and holes in inappropriate places.

And you may not even realize it until you’re in Walmart and your husband tells you that you’ve got a sizable hole in the upper rear section of your pants.

Not that it’s ever happened or anything…

Hey, it was Walmart on payday weekend. I belonged.

My point is, sometimes we slap those trusted puppies on without much thought.

Getting up while it’s still dark and running in sheer, well-worn workout pants is quite different than being out and about at high noon.

It may be high noon, but there could be a full moon if you’re not careful!

Just like with any piece of clothing, we gotta make sure everything tact.

If not, it could be rather embarrassing. Especially for girls who go commando…

Moving along-

I think there’s increased scrutiny about sheer, well-worn body hugging workout pants because…

They’re sheer,


Body hugging

Workout pants.

I get it.

Probably shouldn’t be wearing them to the yearly neighborhood picnic.

It’s all out there.

That’s the argument, anyway.

The slimming, body-hugging pants we love so much also don’t leave much for the imagination- especially when worn incorrectly.

And fashion offenders have ruined it for the rest of us.

It’s always that way, isn’t it?

Some critics argue wearing workout pants out and about is completely inappropriate. It makes it hard for men not to look and, er, admire God’s creation.

In Christian circles especially, there’s ongoing discussion regarding modesty, lust, and the fine line. (Good read!)

Is it wrong for women to wear them? Is she the culprit of a man’s inability to control his thoughts?

That’s another school of thought with lots of contention.

Final Thoughts

Yes, I love and wear workout pants.

I think they’re fantastic.

I wear them to workout, and I wear them to run errands.

But as a Christian trying to guard my own heart and live a life that honors God, I also see the argument that there’s a time and place for the gym.

Honestly, I don’t know what I think.

I have a slew of super cute tanks with built in bras I used to workout out in all.the.time.

A couple of years ago I stopped wearing them to the gym.

Between the tight pants and the skin tight bra top tank, it just felt like too much...or perhaps I should say too little. Especially when it’s cold…

I’m already one of the only girls that lifts when I’m at the gym, and I didn’t want to draw even more attention to myself, so I stopped.

I made the decision.  Not because of others shaming or being hurtful, but because of considering all the factors of my personal and specific situation.

Now I wear my “uniform.” Workout pants and about five shirts I rotate.

I find I’m more confident and not worried about being cold, if everything is secure, or if people are staring.

I feel better, and I feel it was the right thing to do based on my personal conviction.

Perhaps that’s where we ought to start. I like the post I linked above because it mentions leaving room for the Holy Spirit in the discussion.

I haven’t prayed about it, and maybe that’s a good start.


What a long post!

Hopefully I’ve given us things to think about.

Now it’s your turn. I would love to hear your thoughts on the issue.

Comment below in the “share the love” section and let me know what you think.

Thursday Things tomorrow!

posted in Health & Fitness bullet permalink bullet 2.25.2015

February 2015 Ipsy Review

February Ipsy was all about love, and pink, and red, and all good things!

Even the bag was Valentine-y in color.

I know I sound like a broken record- but I really enjoy this subscription, and rarely get any duds.

This month was no different. Let’s look inside!

Let’s talk eyelash curlers.

Do you use them religiously?

Are you the type that detests them?

Did you even know you could curl your eyelashes?

I’m definitely somewhere in between having no concept of an eyelash curler and using them daily.

I’m pretty much a once a week kind of girl.

Should I be using them more?

Eh don’t answer that. Even though I probably should, I probably won’t.

I usually only use them when my hair is up and I want to open up my eyes and look less tired. Ha!

Anyway, this Emite Makeup curler looks like a premium curler.


Pretty in red, and smooth to use.

Considering I’ve been using the same one since high school (for real. Don’t judge), um, I’d say it’s time to upgrade.

Hey, I told you I don’t use them much. Haha

I also got this Mitchell & Peach Fine Radiance face oil.


I really like this stuff. My first experience with this brand was with their hand cream, and I wasn’t a big fan.

This facial oil, however, is a different story.

It’s fantastic and smells lovely. 

I’m no stranger to oil on my face. I’m a big believer in them, and smear coconut oil on my face nightly.

This oil is fairly light and isn’t greasy at all. It absorbs quickly and left my skin very soft.

Definitely a good one.

Check out this Pretty Modelco blush in Cosmopolitan 01.


I think the color is very pretty and subtle. While I haven’t tried it just yet, I look forward to.

I already like the color, so here’s hoping it stays put all day and covers nicely.

I am pretty excited about this Eva Nye Up All Night Volumizing Spray


It not only adds volume, but also provides heat protection.

It smells absolutely wonderful. Very romantic and earthy.

I’ve used it twice, and it left my hair super soft and added a good amount of volume. I’m going to enjoy using this sample.

Finally, my favorite product this month.

The City Color creamy lip stain in Flirtini


I have, literally, over 30 open lip glosses and sticks.

It’s ridiculous.

They’re my kryptonite.

Anyway, I wasn’t going to open this one.

But I’m weak.

It goes on like a matte gloss but then eventually dries and leaves a nice, matte color behind.

It definitely has more staying power than lipstick or regular gloss, but I don’t think I’d rank it all that high on the “stain” category. Nonetheless, I really like this gloss/stain.

So Ipsy sends yet another winner. A 100% keeper, and three full size products!

The full size lip stain is $5, the eyelash curler is $14, and the blush is $22. That’s three times the price of the subscription and doesn’t even take into account the two samples.


So there you have it. If you’re interested in subscribing, let me know. I’d love to refer you!

Check in tomorrow!

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