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Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas friends!

Hopefully you’re elbow deep in Christmas pancakes while simultaneously putting batteries in all your kid’s toys.

That’s the life.

I worked out today.

I then had a healthy green monster for breakfast… followed by two of my mom’s Christmas cookies.

The breakfast of champions.

Her cookies are killing me.

Every single one of them are delicious.

Delicious!

Every.single.one.

I love that she still makes us a big variety and plates it up all thoughtfully.

Moms are pretty much the best.

And so are their cookies.

Oh, and while we’re on family, Christmas week texts with mine are a hoot

I'm no wrapper

I’m an awful wrapper. Always have been.

We did Christmas with them yesterday.

I also plan on relishing yesterday’s Christmas Eve leftovers when we get home tonight.

Pretty much everything was healthy, so that’s a win...except the dessert part.

Today we’re off to celebrate Christmas with Will’s family.

Every year we do a Christmas brunch and exchange gifts.

There’s an outing later this afternoon, but Will and I have to work tomorrow and decided to pass this year.

Oh yeah, did you see that sentence above?

I’ll be holding down the fort tomorrow. 

Wee!

Anyone else?

I realize working the day after Christmas is a serious drag, but I’m wearing my big girl pants tomorrow and am going to relish each and every painful minute.

I’m probably lying.

Also, my husband is a big stinker.

Very early this month we both agreed we were NOT buying gifts for ourselves this year.

Period.

Later this month it was all like, “We’re not doing gifts this year, right? Because I’m not doing anything, so you better not be either.”

“Agreed. No gifts.”

Only, the conversation was more annoying because I double and quadruple checked with Will.

“Seriously, no gifts right?”

“Really- we’re not getting presents, right?”

And so on and so forth.

Anyway, that guy up and bought me a little something and it touched my heart.

We’re really big time trying to save money right now because of all these recent changes (which will be revealed very soon), so it was a big deal that we absolutely not buy anything for ourselves.

Yet Will spent his fantasy football earnings to buy me the fanciest herb garden EVER, complete with LED lights and all.

It's about to get herby

It’s funny, I’ve tried to have one on my own many, many times but they’ve always died.

And it really bummed me out. I really want to channel my inner Nigella with fresh herbs from my house.

He knew that. smile

It’s never a gift I would have ever have thought to ask for, but sometimes Will, who pays better attention than I realize sometimes, knows me better than I know myself some days.

It was a kind surprise, and a sweet sacrifice.

No pressure on keeping everything alive now.

You know, since I’ve had such good luck…

Let’s think positively, though. It’s Christmas!

Today, this beautiful Christmas Day in which I’m not working, I’m going to soak up the rich love of Christ and celebrate Him.

He is my savior. The innocent baby who came to earth and made a way for me to know him. 

Happy birthday, Jesus. Today I rejoice in you. ❤️

More to come soon. Until then, Merry Christmas friends!

What all are you up to today?

Blog Roundup!

Hey guys!

Time to be transparent.

With the long weekend away and a crazy week at work I knew I wouldn’t have time to put together a meaningful post today.

Oh, and obviously I’m using the term meaningful loosely. My Tuesday posts are rarely ever deep and meaningful. smile

The good news is that I’ve rounded up some recent favorite reads from all over the web and am sharing with you in hopes you’ll find them useful too!

Like this post with 9 practical ways to study the bible.

Or these skinny garlic Parmesan fries. Perfect football fare.

These homemade Quest bars. Dead.

Seven beauty uses for vinegar. I already do some and may try some more now, too!

Lessons on loving and losing a pet.

This lentil quinoa chopped salad. Definitely making soon.

The stress cure. 

Cauliflower pizza crust. It tastes better than it sounds, promise.

Beth Moore life catchup (and a devo at the end I thoroughly enjoyed)

Mint chocolate blender ice cream. Yes.

Four tips for getting every last drop from the bottle. You’ll want to read this one.

The difference between toning and building muscle
So yeah, lots of quality information before your very eyes. smile

I’m still catching up on laundry from the weekend and seriously need to get groceries. I know my dear husband would love to use this week as an excuse to Monopoly it up at McDonalds, but I can’t let him clog his arteries every single day this week, you know?

Anyway, that’s all for today. Check in tomorrow for a workout playlist that will keep you upbeat long after your gym session.

posted in Blogging bullet permalink bullet 10.14.2014

Blog Talk (and a Laundry Soap Recipe)

Soooo, I’ve been thinking about the blog lately.

Let’s discuss.

Working full time and staying busy with other activities sometimes makes it hard to come up with lots of fun content.

At the same time, I love this little space and want to continue daily posts during the week.

Soooo it got me thinking.

I want to have good content and don’t want to feel rushed or pressured to come up with things just to make sure space is filled on a given day.

I started thinking about things I liked best about some of my favorite blogs, and it really came down to their transparency. Their openness to share a glimpse of their life.

Right now, I share recaps on Mondays, often something food related Tuesdays, workout stuff on Wednesdays, things I’m loving or random fun stuff on Thursdays, and then something scripture based on Fridays.

I like this content structure, but feel like it needs a little...tweaking.

Here’s where the blogging pros whip out a survey for you to complete on things you’d like to see, but let’s be real here, I’m not going to make all seven of you do that.

I would, however, totally welcome thoughts on what aspects make up your favorite blogs, as well as some things you would like to see more/less of.

Let her fly!

Leave a comment in the share the love section in this post, and I will be so very thankful for your input as I start to consider some changes.

In fact, the rest of this week I will be gently reminding you, so you’ve been warned. smile

Oh- and let’s not addressed the ancient feel of the blog just yet.

It was made in 2006 (!!!) and definitely needs to be revamped, but unfortunately that’s just not on the docket right now. Definitely down the road though.

Thank you in advance. I know you won’t let me down (insert guilt trip here <----- ).

As a token of my appreciation, I wanted to share the laundry soap recipe below and tell you to DO.IT.

Seriously, it was the easiest 10 minutes ever, and this stuff should last until I'm 83.

Here's what you need (and most stores place these thinks altogether so it's easily accessible):
-2 cups, Borax
-2 cups, Washing soda
-2 bars Fels-Naptha
-Downy Unstoppables as desired (optional but highly recommended!)

Laundry makin'!

Here’s what you do:
-Grate the bar soap into small pieces.

Can we talk about this?

Everyone I talked to said this was so.incredibly.difficult.

It’s not.

Get your cheese grater, and get to it. You’ll be done in five minutes.

-Mix all ingredients together & store.

Use 2-3 tablespoons per load depending on size.

Boom. That’s it. That easy. This recipe should make close to 100 loads.

So there you have it.

Blog stuff,

laundry soap,

what more do you need?

I’m sending my next load to your house. Just saying. 

posted in Blogging,The House bullet permalink bullet 8.12.2014

Lots of Links (and other things)

Well my dears, the Thunder have another game tonight.

They broke our hearts Sunday. To lead the entire time and then lose in the final seconds?

Ouch.

I need them to win tonight.

And the series.

And the whole thing.

But enough basketball talk.

I planned to share an actual recipe with you today, but yeaaah...about that…

Instead, though, I have another treat to share! Links you’re sure to love. From recipes, to fit tips, and lots in between.

Like these delicious homemade Popsicles. I like the idea of making my own fruity treats but kind of wonder if I ever will. Have you ever done it, and how did they turn out?

I’m dying over this homemade vegan almond butter ice cream. I’m positive Will wouldn’t even know it’s dairy free.

Have you tried PB2 yet?

This stuff.

It’s pretty spectacular. PB2 is all natural peanut butter in powdered form, with the oils removed. It’s a fraction of the calories and fat and fantastic in smoothies and baking.

These flourless PB2 brownies look delicious. The savings from using PB2 over regular peanut butter is crazy.

I’ve mentioned my girl crush on Kandee Johnson before. I totally heart that girl. I love this post about why she won’t have plastic surgery and why she’s embraced how she looks.

Back to another ice cream recipe. But really, is there such a thing as sharing too many ice cream recipes? Plus this one fits nicely into your macros.

These tips for not going crazy at your next “cheat meal.”

This post that contemplates sound doctrine. I love this lady’s heart.

Turn.off.your.phone. This was a good one. So beautiful, so poetic.

These instant tips to de-bloat your belly.

How would you live the next 30 days of your life if you knew God was about to change everything?

So those are just a few things that caught my eye the last few weeks, and it wanted to share.

As for other things, I got to have lunch with some former coworkers yesterday, and it was such a treat! I love those girls.

Work is busy, and I’m finally finding my way.

Will and I are going to hang a ton of pics in his room this coming weekend.

Say a prayer for us y’all.  If anything causes us to argue it’s my terrible directions and anytime we embark on hanging something in our house.

Don’t worry, we will talk all about it next week. smile

Until then, click on some of these links, and check in tomorrow for our work it out Wednesday!

Happy Birthday B-Love Blog

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My blog turned nine in February.

Nine.

Did they even have the internet nine years ago!? wink

I am so thankful for each any every one of you that reads and lurks on my blog.

I really am.

In fact, I even said a prayer for you guys today. I am just overjoyed by your presence here, whether I know you personally, you occasionally comment, or just read in passing.

I so wish we could all meet up for an afternoon over protein shakes (or coffee haha) and just talk and get to know one another.

I realize that’s a lofty endeavor, so instead I just want to take today’s post to tell you I’m grateful for this little blog and my own space.

When I first started this blog over on The Nest waaay back in 2005, I interacted with such a diverse and beautiful group of ladies from all over! It was nice back then, because I had a lot of time available and could read and comment on lots and lots of blogs.  Those early years on the nest bring good memories of women, who would under any other circumstances be total strangers, encouraging and building one another up.

We were all newlyweds and this whole marriage stuff was something we were all navigating together. We shared in lots of laughs, tears, and the gamut of emotions in between. As we got older, had kids, some had breakups, and some moved, our tight knit circle sort of softened as they do sometimes. However, I have so enjoyed reading blogs from those of you who still post, and always will!

I suppose that’s one of the reasons I still like posting so much. It captures so much life that can get easily forgotten over the years.

This blog saw my first anniversary, and will be here for my tenth.

It’s survived a trip overseas for three years, and another one home.

It’s been through dogs, houses, babies, jobs, growing pains, master’s degrees, and even a long blog hiatus, but it’s always been here.

So I offer you all virtual birthday cupcakes (strawberry ones with pretty pink vanilla frosting, of course) and celebrate this one with you. Thanks for being there. Here’s to another nine.

More to come. <3

It’s Sunday!

Heading home today. Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. I look forward to sharing mine with you soon! So so ready to be home and see my Will and doggies.
Just had to check in and say hello and I look forward to our chats this coming week!

posted in Blogging bullet permalink bullet 12.01.2013

All fixed!

If you stopped by my blog this morning and the pics were nonexistent, you were probably all, “How am I going to figure out how to make this EASIEST RECIPE EVER without all the helpful pictures!?”

Yeah- I figured you were probably saying that. smile

That’s what happens when your blog is a dinosaur and doesn’t run on the newest and coolest platform.

Um, or even one remotely new-ish. haha

The good news is that the links are fixed and I have no idea what happened.

Check out the update here.

And make these darn things. They’re delicious.

posted in Blogging bullet permalink bullet 11.19.2013

Starting Your Day Right.

Hi all!

I’m coming off of OU-Texas weekend and behind on getting posts ready for the week thought it would be fun to take a little walk down memory lane today to highlight some random (but entertaining!) posts over the eight year life of this blog (!!!).

So even though this isn’t a “real” post, it sort of is, because chances are you haven’t read these.

So really, you’re getting like 10 posts for the price of one.

What a steal!

So even though it’s Monday, and your boss is probably forwarding you heaps more work on your already full plate, take a step back and realize- “Hey, I’m busy, but I’m no Jack Bauer.”

You’ve got this.

Or thank your lucky stars you don’t work with The Great and Powerful Oz

(or do you??).

Or perhaps you indulged over the weekend?

Don’t feel bad, we all do.

In fact- here’s a hilarious story about Will and I actually getting into a fight over cheese sticks.

Yes, it’s true.

Or maybe you’re really bored at work and aren’t sure what to do?

You’re in luck!

There was a brief period of my early working life when I too had to hold my eyelids open so as not to fall asleep.

On those days?

I did this.

How about why, to this very day, I am tempted to throw away food in the work fridge that’s been there for ages.

Travelling for work soon?

Don’t be a flake, prepare for the worst!

Let’s move away from work for a bit.

Let’s talk football in honor of tonight’s game.

Remember when I almost swallowed a fly in front of Drew Brees?

Hot.

Ooh! Or let’s talk about how much out of this world fun The Dollar Tree is!!

(HELP ME!)

Or we could discuss how I let curtains sit at the dry cleaners for a year and had to sneak them into our house so Will (who swore up and down we didn’t have them- despite my arguing) wouldn’t find out.

Let’s not forget my obsessive compulsive tendencies ,

Or how, at 29, I flooded my dishwasher with bubbles

Yeah, good times. Lots of quality posts here. smile

Let’s take a look at what we will be talking about this week:

-My OU-Texas weekend recap
-Core work
-How to make your eyes pop in an easy step
-and more!

Check in this week for fun, and have a great day!

posted in Blogging,Funny Ha-Has bullet permalink bullet 10.14.2013

Weekend Recap And Week Ahead Preview (And P Goes to Work!)

Hello lovelies!

Why do I always feel like I start my Sunday posts with, “It’s Sunday! I can’t believe the weekend is over!”?

Probably because, I always do.

I would say I’ll try to work on my creativity, but the truth is, every Sunday I think to myself, “It’s Sunday! I can’t believe the weekend is over!”

So yeah… maybe I should do some self helping and work on that…

Lucky for me, I’m posting early, so I still have lots of the day left.

Anyway, I hope you are having a fantabulous weekend!

And crazy- did you know fantabulous is a real word?

I totally thought it was a “fake” word. I am notorious for adding a “y,” “ing” or “ous” to the end of anything to make up my own variations of words.

And yes, I’m 30.

Awesome.

So, I just typed it and the red spell check error of death didn’t come up, so we should totally overuse this word now since it’s legit!

Anyway, back to the weekend part of this post. I hope you had a greatfantabulous one.

Mine has been nice. Friday was uneventful. A thrilling trip to Sam’s, and that was about it!

A quiet Friday was fine, because Saturday was full. We ended up driving to see Will’s grandparents (and a lot of other family) for the day. We typically have a family reunion every July, but this year it was cancelled. Instead, our “branch” of the family tree got together and cooked out and spent the afternoon together.

Can I tell you how much I love both sides of my family?

My MIL called to make sure I wouldn’t starve, and even picked me up black bean burgers.

We have a lot of July birthdays, so we ended up celebrating them all together, so that was nice too.

Not only that, but Will’s grandma gave me the prettiest apron! Her mother (Will’s great grandma) left behind lots of fabric, so Will’s grandma made aprons for all the ladies in the family based upon fabric that seemed to reflect each of us. It was so thoughtful! Mine is white with pretty red and pick flowers on it, complete with pretty lace around the edges. Very girly.

I look forward to doing some clean cooking in it.

Special apron Will's grandma made me

We ate, shot paintballs-

And even Will’s grandpa got in on the fun!

Shooting paintballs with grandpa

We got home sort of late, so Sunday morning we watched Life Church at the movies online instead of going. Definitely check the series out! I posted a list of times below you can catch it.

The rest of today will be full of chores and more chores. Boo.

And then there’s my beautiful sister.

She starts her big first job tomorrow!

Ugh, when I think back to my first job, there were a lot of growing pains! Plus I documented it all on this blog, which makes me cringe when I go back and read about my immaturity, but at the same time, makes me thankful for some of the life lessons I learned along the way- and also makes me thankful I got out from under such a crappy work environment.

What about you guys and your first jobs?

I remember the helpful insight you offered way back when P first started college and felt sort of lost and alone those first few days on campus, and I thought I would throw out the same request for helpful hints and advice as she nervously begins this next big phase in her life.

Any tips she should consider?

I gave her funny ones, like no stripper heels or blowing giant bubbles with pink Bubble Yum (obviously grape, however, is totally acceptable haha), but I also gave her some practical advice she hadn’t thought of, like what to do at lunchtime her first day and all those silly insecurity things you fail to think about but panic about your first few days.

Anyway- I’m sure any thoughts or stories on your own first job would be appreciated.

Now let’s take a look at what is on the agenda this week:

-The Nice Girl Campaign continues
-Cleaned up Vegan Twinkies. Yes, after Tuesday’s post, this is happening.
-Workout hydration
-Ipsy Review
And More!

Check in this week!

And here’s a list of of upcoming At The Movie times (all in CST)! Check it out! All you have to do is go here and click on “Watch Live” at at the top of the right corner of the screen at the designated time you choose below.

Sunday!
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:30 PM
8:00 PM
10:00 PM

Monday!
7:00 AM
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
2:00 PM
4:30 PM
6:30 PM
8:00 PM
9:30 PM

Tuesday!
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
2:30 PM
4:00 PM
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
8:30 PM
10:00 PM
11:30 PM

Wednesday!
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
2:00 PM
6:30 PM
8:00 PM
9:30 PM

Weekly Preview

Hi Friends!

I hope you had a great weekend.

Mine was pretty uneventful with the exception of a matinee with Will followed by lunch at Qdoba. We saw Man of Steel today and I thought it was good!

Like every other week, mine is winding down and I am beginning to focus on the long work week ahead.

I have lots of fun lined up for us this week and I hope you check in. Here’s a look ahead:

-Why tofu isn’t for cleaning your counters
-Why you might want to hide the scale
-How to survive a desk job
-Things I’m loving

and more.

Check in and I look forward to talking to you!

posted in Blogging bullet permalink bullet 6.23.2013

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics healthy eating (mostly!), peanut butter, and all things health related. Buckle up and get ready for my constant embarrassing moments, health and fitness tips,and my effort to rely on Christ while living life in the real world. Follow me on Feedly! Sign up for monthly emails at blove@theblovelife.com!


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