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Happy September beauties!

I thought it was a good time to check in with an update.

What’s been going on? What have you been up to? Share! Share!

The last month was busy, but good.

Let’s start with the MOHs stuff
I got my stitches out a few days after my last post.

Stitches out! Happy girl

I continue to heal. My nose is super red and will be for a few more months probably, but I’m thankful it’s all done and behind me.

MOHs recovery continues

Moral of the story? Wear sunscreen!

Chances are, lots of damage is already done from our younger years, and it’s all the more reason to take care of ourselves now!

I already see a couple more spots I’m going to have checked at my next appointment. 😳🙏🏻
Now for some fun and exciting stuff
P and her beau set a date and are getting hitched in November.

They went from planning a stressful and large soirée to a much quieter, simpler wedding. I love they went this route and will be honored to be among the small group of people they entrust with this sacred moment.

As a side note, how is my sister old enough to be married!?

I’m sure I’ll share all sorts of beautiful pictures, stories, and such in the coming months.

Oh and PS- Layla started preschool last week! I can’t believe she’s already old enough to be going to preschool! Not gonna lie, I got misty eyed.

She gets cuter everyday

Now onto the important stuff
All things college football.

Last Wednesday kicked off football season. It’s like an official holiday in our house.

We flipped back and forth between games soaking up every tackle, touchdown, and catch.

Our beloved Sooners took the field Saturday, and as usual, I nearly melted into a giant puddle from the intense heat.

We had a fairly mild August, but just my luck, temps went back to normal as football season started.

WHY DO YOU HATE ME!?

Nonetheless I’m excited about a new year and fresh start. I’m not picking us to take it all, or probably even win the big 12, but I think we’ll be much improved a serious contender.

My boot camp & a bible study

Guys, God has blessed me so much with this boot camp bible study thing. I can’t even take it!

I started out with just one person attending- ME.

Just a couple weeks later I was up to two, then three, with two more committed for our next session.

Considering we meet Saturday at the crack of dawn, I’m encouraged.

I gave it totally to God when I started in July and continue to let Him do whatever he desires.

Our workouts have been fantastic, the Christian playlists I’ve put together are ridiculous (in the best way possible), and our conversation has been blessed.

God is good! I sure wish you gals could join us.

A stroll down memory lane

For some strange reason, Will and I decided to stick in an old Frasier box set in while I was at home after surgery.

Here we are a month later and are already nearly halfway done with season 2.

I’m pretty sure it’s Will’s favorite show. It got us through lots of homesick nights in Kuwait.

It’s been fun and I felt I ought to remember it on her blog.
Other random things I feel you should know

We visited Will’s parents last weekend along with my BIL and SIL. It was fun. We went bowling and I broke my average 35ish range.

Serious stuff here, ya’ll.
Proof.

(I’m BB- still the lowest score but far better than my usual)

As for other things, I did a mini balyage treatment on my hair last week. I wanted to go back to my natural color thinking it was going to be a fairly dark blonde.

Turns out I was completely wrong!

I’ve highlighted half my head for years and never really paid attention to the underneath color. It always looked dark to me because the highlights were always so light.
Blonde blonde and back to my roots

Anyway, turns out I’m naturally way blonder than I thought (an 8 on a scale of 10), which explains a lot.

Such as why, upon realizing we were out of dish tablets, I put a tablespoon of ivory dish soap in the dishwasher, hit start, and let it run the entire cycle.

Let’s just say there were bubbles everywhere.

Everywhere.

Or why I threw Lucy’s much needed medication in the trash not realizing there were still several days worth of medicine still in the packet.

Resulting in a dumpster dive situation.

Genius.

Things like that.

All.the.time.

So yeah, turns out I’m not blonder than I pay to be. I’m actually really that blonde. Ha!

Important Blog Stuff I Need to Unpack
On a more serious note, I’m kind of unsure what to do with this space, guys.

It’s old, dated, clunky and I have no idea how to fix any of it on my own.

Not only that, but I kind of feel like this space is slightly schizophrenic.

It’s worked well for a decade, housing all my silly stories and experiences as a 20 something newlywed. However, now I’m not so sure.

I feel the few of you who still visit should be able to count on some sort of structured content each day, which I feel I’ve done a great job of keeping up with over the last few years.

However I can’t help but feeling the Lord moving me in a different direction, which is one of the reasons I’ve been posting less frequently.

I feel there’s so much pressure for everyone to have some sort of online presence, or following, or persona.

I completely see the value of online media and have so enjoyed keeping up with my friends that way.

However in this current season of life I’m prompted to pull back more. To take the focus off myself and to put it on Jesus.

I’m struggling to find balance between posting what I had for lunch and sharing why I feel the Church needs to refocus our affections on our one true Love.

I’m struggling because this blog was created by me, for me, and doesn’t feel like it belongs to Him.

Sometimes it doesn’t feel right posting here anymore.

So I’ve been sitting quietly.

I’ve toyed with the idea of starting fresh and creating an entirely new space, but it feels daunting.

I’ve thought about paying for a makeover of the current space, but I’m not sold on that either for the above reasons.

So yeah, I have no idea what direction this little site is going.

I find it important to chronicle some of our goings on, as I’ve valued being able to capture memories over the years, but I’m not sure this space is the right space to cover heavy topics on my heart right now.

You’ve got my Wednesday workout right next to a post on eschatology. It seems a little incongruent.

Am I making sense?

It took me over 30 years but I finally get that this life is so much more and so much better when it’s surrendered to Christ.

That’s how our life should be, but somewhere between the garden of Eden and today we decided we could do things better on our own.

I don’t want to do things on my own anymore.

And He’s taking me up on the offer of my surrendered heart.

It’s glorious, but sometimes it hurts a little too.

But it’s worth it.

I want to share so much of it with you, but right now I’m taking a step back to see what exactly that looks like.

I had no intention of pouring this all before you, but since I’m on a roll I thought I better share.

I’m not breaking up with my blog, but I do think there will be some changes.

Perhaps I start a separate site with more frequent devotional type posts while still maintaining this old dinosaur for capturing updates and life stuff.

We shall see.

Until then, look for update type posts like this one (minus the whole giant book I wrote about the blog 😃) and devotional type posts.

So yeah. I think that’s my update.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you had a good extended weekend!

Thursday Things, 9 April 2015

Last Saturday I got to meet Marisa in person!

>Proof we met in real life. <img src=">

When I found out she was going to be in Oklahoma I jumped at the chance to meet (because when is anyone ever in Oklahoma that doesn’t already live here!?).

We’ve been friends since The Nest days, so it was exciting to actually meet after all these years.

We had breakfast at Chick-Fil-A and talked for hours. It’s funny how natural conversation can come even from only knowing someone online. It was like we were old friends catching up, and I suppose that’s what we are!

Around the Corner
My big 32nd is right around the corner.

When did I get so old and grownup!?

Will’s parents came up to celebrate early and left me with a big, fat strawberry cake with vanilla frosting.

Early birthday cake

It’s made with fresh strawberries and diet sprite instead of oil and eggs (at my request. I’m the only person crazy enough to want that for their birthday cake) so it’s healthy, right?

I’ll be hanging out with Will and my parents this weekend, so more celebration to follow.

And by celebration, I mean unhealthy food. Ha!

In honor of 32...
I think we need a TBT pic today.

This one comes courtesy of my sweet 16.

Brittny checking out the food for her sweet 16 party

Remember the days when we used to go to tanning beds religiously and not worry about skin cancer?

Good times (except not).

My parents threw me a surprise party. Such a kind act. Maybe I’ll tell you that story one day.

There’s always a story.

Couch-less Potatoes
Sooo, we bought a couple couches last year to replace the hand me downs my parents graciously gave us when we moved back from Kuwait.

Actually, we kept the love seat, but got rid of the couch.

It was kind of a sad day. Will and I spent a lot of quality (haha) time watching tv and napping on that couch, even before we got married!

I was a little sad to see it go.

The Littles were sad too. We don’t let them get on the leather furniture, but they had free reign on the old couches, so they were sad to see them gone, too!

So yeah. Kind of the end of an era.

Road Tripping
With all these trips with Will’s parents to check out RVs, I’m kind of read to be old enough to retire and explore the good old U S of A too!

More RV fun with the inlaws

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to fast forward life. However, I now totally get the appeal of buying a pull behind and seeing the nation.

Totally down for that in 2035.

Spring Cleaning
The office is done!

Now onto our bedroom closet.

It’s long overdue.

That’s our project for a few hours this weekend.

The fun of being an adult.

Fanning the Flames

I almost lost my mind last weekend at the gym.

I was the only one in the cardio section. I didn’t plan on washing my hair that day, so I didn’t want to completely sweat buckets.

As such, I turned on the fan and hopped on the elliptical.

Unspoken gym etiquette, at least at my gym, is that most people ask those already in the cardio room if they’d be agreeable to the fan being turned off.

Never just turning it off.

Ten minutes into my workout, a kid came into the room, turned off the fan, and started running on the treadmill right in front of me.

I almost lost my mind.

I usually don’t get bothered by that sort of thing… But I did that day!

“Do you want to blow dry all the sweat out of my hair since you decided to turn the fan off!?!!” I wanted to scream. ask kindly.

He was watching SpongeBob Squarepants, which only made me madder.

Which made me workout harder.

Which made me sweat all the more.

Which defeated the purpose of trying not to sweat too much.

Frustrating.

And yes, I did end up washing my hair.
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That’s it for today, sweets! Check in tomorrow!

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

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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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