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The Goods & Bads of Travelling: DC Edition

The Good:

I was supposed to get in at noon.

And I did!

Not only that, but my luggage was waiting for me.

Um- talk about a super travel day all around.

The Bad:

I had to get up at 3:45 in the morning to catch my first flight, and I took a tiny “detour” out of the airport.

Typical.

On a positive note, there is a beautiful park right outside Reagan Airport!

The Good:

I’m staying close to the office.

The Bad:

I had no idea where I’m staying (seriously, how many times do I have to tell you I’m bad with directions).

I had to google directions to my office.

Turns out it’s only 0.2 miles from the hotel.

And I still had to use the navigator to get me there.

HELP ME.

The Good:

I realized I wouldn’t know where I was staying, so I pre-printed directions.

Smarty!

The Bad:

Apparently I cannot read anything related to directions. (See above)

The Good: 

I found a super delicious looking place for dinner called Sweet Greens.

The Bad:

Turns out, it wasn’t as close as I had hoped, so after being in the car in traffic for half an hour, I settled on Subway. Eh…

The Good:

The weather is beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. I am also surrounded by gorgeous changing trees, all majestic in orange, red, and brown.

The Bad:

I didn’t take any pictures of this majesty.

Fail.

The Good:
My sister was so so sweet and Facetimed with me and emailed me tons this week. It made me feel so loved!

The Bad:
My internet connection was shotty so I had a hard time staying connected at times. Regardless, though, I was still so happy to talk to her and Layla, and I even got to talk to my mom too!

Seriously- how beautiful are these girls!?

Love

The Good:

I got to have dinner with my real life blog friend Theresa!

We went to Seasons 52 and it was incredible! Their autumn vegetarian meal was delicious.

Seasons 52!

And they have super cute dessert “shooters,” which of course we had to try. We both got the pumpkin pie. Yum!

Seasons 52!

It was so nice to see her. The last time we met face to face was for our real life blogger friend Sarah’s baby shower, and before that was for Theresa’s wedding!

Bts

The Better:

I got to go to her house last night and have dinner with her and her family!

I am pre-posting before I go over there, so I can’t tell you how great it was, haha, so I will have to add that to another post later this week. smile

The Best:

I am headed home today! I am so happy and so ready to be home to see my sweet Willy and my little baby faces

Weekend Recap: The One With The Pumpkins

Here we go again, another work week ahead of us.

Does it ever get easier?

I’m thinking no.

Such the optimist, here.

I’m on the road this week which made me dread Monday all the more. Up before 4am to catch the first flight out of OKC.

And I know I’ve probably said it a hundred times, but seriously- you can’t get a direct flight anywhere out of OKC.

Which is highly disappointing! I wanted to take a late night flight back home later this week, but unfortunately there is no such thing and I have to stay an extra night.

Anyway, enough complaining. That’s unallowable on Monday.

At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Let’s take a step back to happier times:

The weekend!

It was nice, but passed way too quickly.

(as usual!)

My Friday started so wonderfully.

P and I met for lunch!

She was so thoughtful and brought me a green tea latte.

Best sister ever

How sweet, right!? I was touched by her kindness.

In just 30 short minutes we managed to have such great conversation, covering a spectrum of issues. It was so nice, and I was so thankful for it!

We can talk about everything, and not hold back. I love our honesty and our ability to share and I am so happy I have her here in OKC!

The weekend kicked off with a visit from the in-laws. They were off for Fall Break and wanted to drive to OKC to have dinner with us, which was nice.

I am really blessed to have an amazing extended family.

We had dinner, but unfortunately were not able to chat long because Will had a really early Saturday morning to prepare for. Nonetheless, it was a nice evening.

Saturday was busy!

I got up ridiculously early to see Will off, and then went to the gym to obliterate legs.

It was completely ridiculous, and I am having a hard time walking this morning!

I did a circuit, as usual, incorporating lots of cardio moves in between sets, and was dripping by the time I was done.

Excellent workout!

I wanted to clean my house because it is in major need, but sometimes there are more important things in life.

Like spending time with my favorite mother-daughter duo.

Um yeah- totally beats scouring the house and cleaning my fans. smile

We went downtown to the Myriad Gardens and took Layla to their pumpkin patch.

It was chilly, but ended up being sunny and beautiful. Definitely a good day to visit.

It was really cute, but mostly geared toward kids a little older. Layla much preferred to be held and wasn’t too excited about all the fun that abounded around her. I’m thinking maybe next year is her year instead haha

The pumpkin patch!
The pumpkin patch!
The pumpkin patch!
The pumpkin patch!  Cute scarecrow
The girls at the pumpkin patch!


After going through the pumpkin patch, we walked to Starbucks and chatted while Layla napped.

Nap

It was a really nice morning!

Will got home soon thereafter, so I did a little cooking for the game!

It was nice to sit on the couch and watch the game from home for a change. I love game days, but we have been either at Norman or on the road with the Sooners for much of the season, so it was a nice break. We snacked and cheered the Sooners to victory.

Afterward, P and I went to church!

As always, I was blessed by the sermon. I am so excited P went with me, and I pray the Lord leads her to exactly where she is supposed to be.

Afterward, I watched some of the Florida State/Clemson game, and then called it a night!

Will and I slept in yesterday, and it was so nice. He has been working ridiculous hours, and it felt good not to be a slave to the alarm clock. I got up at 8:30, feeling very rested!

I did a ton of work in the kitchen, prepping food for the week for Will since I’ll be gone (with a sweet treat coming tomorrow!), and even did some travel food prep for me, too!

I worked chest, triceps, and shoulders at the gym for a bit, and then came home to start packing.

Boo.

I REALLY did not want to travel this week. I really don’t like being away from home, so as much as I don’t like to wish days away, I am wishing this week away as fast as possible!

The bright spot, however, is that I will get to see my real life blog friend Theresa!

I spent the rest of the day getting posts ready for the week and hanging out with Will.

Another long week ahead of us, but thankfully I have fun planned.

Here’s a look at what I’ll be sharing this week:

-The easiest dessert you will ever make
-On the road workouts
-Goods and Bads: The DC Edition
-IF: Don’t miss it

Check in tomorrow!

the one where I went to church with P (and didn’t clean the fans) & look ahead

Hello friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Has fall weather arrived for you yet?

This was the first weekend that was quintessentially fall.

And it was lovely!

I failed and took hardly any pictures of the weekend festivities.

So when you read this?

Pretend there are tons more visuals. smile

Friday night was low key, as they usually are when Will works Saturday mornings.

We had Subway for dinner and caught up on our shows.

Subs

We are so far behind on all of them, so we needed to clear a few off our DVR so they’re ready for more!

Saturday was pretty typical. Will went to work for part of the morning, while I headed to the gym.

I did my usual leg circuit and had the gym all to myself. It was so nice!

After, I cleaned the house.

With all this nice weather, there was no need to run the ceiling fan in the living room, so I turned it off.

Only to realize the thick layer of dust on the blades.

And I had already cleaned.

So the fan went back on.

Hey, it’s going to be in the 80s this week. I’ll clean the fans next time.

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I did a couple more things around the house, and then Will got home!

Before we knew it, it was time to get ready and head out to the game.

My boss (I am so blessed to have a great one!) gave me a Chili’s gift card last week, so we ended up using that before the game.

I got a black bean burger (ditched half the bun) with broccoli, and enjoyed Will’s company.

Then, it was time to head to Norman!

The Sooners hosted TCU Saturday night, and it sure proved to be a bit of a nail biter at times!

We stayed the whole time, and were thankful for a victory.

Definitely a fun game.

OU-TCU

Yesterday was a good day too, but went way too fast.

Since we got home late, we slept until 8:45. It was so nice!

I got ready quickly, and accompanied P to church!

She is trying to find a church home, and so I am going to visit a few with her until she decides which is best for her and Layla.

It was really nice getting to go to church with her.

We had a good chat as we headed there, so that was nice too.

The service was a blessing, and it is evident the church is growing and seeking God in all they do.  In fact, they began a sister church that is now on its own and supporting itself. P decided she wanted to try that one too, so I will visit there with her soon.

Afterward, we headed home, but not before I got to see this little one.

LuHow cute is she!?!

By the time I got home, it was well after 1:00, and I still had tons to do!

For that reason, I felt rushed and behind all day.

And still didn’t get through my weekend chore list.

Boo.

I hate starting the week that way!

I managed to get all the laundry done, and food prep for the week, which are the biggest.

So why am I complaining! smile

The rest of Sunday night was spent getting posts ready for the week and watching shows with Will.

And now? It’s Monday.

Sadness.

The good news is that we have fun stuff planned to help get us through!

Here’s what the B-Love Family is having for dinner this week:

-As previously mentioned, I’m totally trying this roasted vegetable penne (minus the gouda for me). I think it is going to be delicious!

-We are also having this salsa chicken (but with black beans instead of chicken for me)

-And Will requested one of his favorite casseroles his mom makes, so I’m making that for him (and I will have leftover penne)!

It’s OU-Texas week, so my workouts will be a little different than usual.

Usually, I prefer to lift at the end of the week, when I have more time at the gym, and I like my cardio sessions earlier in the week when I don’t feel like getting up early!

However, this week will be a little different:

-Monday: Back, biceps, shoulders & 10 minutes high intensity cardio
-Tuesday: Legs
-Thursday: Chest, triceps, shoulders & 10 minutes high intensity cardio

And then? Then I hope to squeeze at least one cardio session in over the weekend.

I’d love two cardio sessions, but I want to be realistic.

Here’s a look at what we’ll be talking about this week:

-An Introduction to Fair Food

-An Outdoor, At-Home Workout

-More Than a Cinderella Story

-OU-Texas Weekend begins

And hopefully more!

Check in this week, friends! Thanks for reading, and I’m sending prayers all of our ways today that we shine bright in all we do.

More to come…

the one where i procrastinated a lot, and a look ahead!

Hello lovelies!

I hope you all had a great weekend full of good memories that will keep you positive on the start to another long work week.

This is the end of the government fiscal year, so it’s crazy in my office right now.

I’m already ready for Friday!

For that reason- let’s reminisce a little. smile

My weekend was really nice.

OU was on a bye this week, which was sort of a nice break for a weekend.

It allowed me to clean the house and do absolutely NONE of the things I had on my list of things to do when the bye week came.

Oops! smile

Friday night was uneventful because Will had to work Saturday morning. Just hung out and watched some TV.

Saturday I got up early and saw Will off.

I went to the gym and did a leg circuit.

I love circuit training! I was soaked by the time I was done.

Afterward, I cleaned my house thoroughly.

Well… except not.

It’s getting cooler and we no longer need the fans on all the time.

When I turned them off, I noticed a layer of dust around the blade edges.

But by then I was already done cleaning.

So I turned the fans back on.

We’ll do that next weekend.

(Maybe I should have saved this secret for one of my confession posts? smile )

Afterward, I did something pretty cool.

But I’m not going to share it today.

Remember how I said I have had something on my heart?
Well, I took the bull by the horns.

More to come on that later, though.

Afterward, Will was home and we took a little nap, and by then it was nearly 4!

The girls in my life group decided to go out to dinner Saturday night. I looked forward to it all week!

So here’s the second confession of this post, ever since we got back from Kuwait… oh you know FIVE years ago, we haven’t really connected with a solid group of friends.

(Because I had my sister, and um, what else do you need? Haha)

Sure we have work friends we like a lot, and friends that do not live nearby we often talk to, but in terms of a solid group that live nearby and share our love of Christ and are there to build us up? We didn’t have that.

And I used to think that was okay. However, our pastor has been preaching on friendship lately, and it’s been blowing me away.

Not only that, but the last couple months of being connected in a life group has totally opened our eyes on all the blessings we were missing!

I am so thankful for this group of ladies.

Life group girls!

God is so good!

We went to Mama Rojas on Lake Hefner. It was so beautiful!

Dinner on the lake

I got the veggie fajitas and enjoyed good company. We laughed a lot!

I got home and watched the last of the Texas-K State game with Will, and then it was bedtime!

Yesterday was church, the gym, and then a fun day out with my sister!

We went to Café do Brasil for a late brunch. We had heard good things about it, plus they have a good vegetarian menu.

The food was yummy! I wish I would have taken a picture of it to share.

Fail.

But I did get a picture of the creepy mural in the bathroom.

Why do I feel like he’s watching you “go?”

This is a mural in he bathroom. Why do I feel like he's watching people pee?

Afterward, we took a walk around Midtown and ended up at Coffee Slingers. I got a peppermint tea, and P got coffee.

Coffee slingers

We sat and chatted and enjoyed the break.

We walked back, headed home, and wow it was nearly 4!

Where did my day go!? I still had to prep food, do laundry, edit a video…

Yeah, not my best afternoon.

And no, it all didn’t get done.

Eh, it happens… at least that’s what I’m telling myself so I stop being neurotic.

Here’s a look at what we will be chatting about this week:

-We wrap up our protein series high as a kite

-Another at-home football inspired workout drill to wrap up our September series!

-A sweet (and surprising!) treat

-How to travel healthy

-and (hopefully!) insights into why we can’t be perfect

So check in this week. I look forward to our chats!

the one with the sunburn & look ahead

Hi friends!

Another work week to tackle, but I have some fun stuff planned so at least I can look forward to sharing that!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

It’s beginning to feel more and more like fall, right? And it officially begins Sunday!

We had a nice weekend, and (as usual) I was sad to see it end.

We started easing into the weekend with a Thursday night birthday celebration for my dad’s birthday!

Cupcakes for dads birthday

I am so glad I get to have my parents so close, I am very blessed.

Friday was a full workday. Busy from the time I got there, all the way until I left.

I was ready for the weekend to start.

Friday night P, Layla, and I had a wild night at Walmart.

It got crazy, ya’ll!

Only not really. smile

Will had a going away party for work, so the girls and I went grocery shopping.

Here’s what’s for dinner Monday-Thursday:

-Tamale Pies (We were supposed to have these last week, but didn’t. They are so good!)
-Fried Rice (Chicken for Will and Chik’n for me. smile )
-Black Bean Enchiladas

I love that we just do 2-3 dinners throughout the week and do leftovers. It makes life much easier.

Afterward, I spent a little time at their place and then went home to see Will!

We caught up on a couple shows, and then called it a night.

Game Day came early Saturday morning.

It was an 11:00 kickoff, so we were on the road early!

The weather wasn’t too bad, in fact the morning was beautiful! As the game started and we got to halftime, however, it got pretty hot.

And I started to feel myself burning.

It was a mess.

I put on expired sunscreen, but did not but enough on my arms and legs.

And did not bring any to reapply.

Stupid mistake for someone as pale as I am.

I knew it was bad when Will, who wore no sunscreen (genius) had enough and said we needed to go

And with good reason.

We were sporting OU colors!

And not in a good way.

Burned Ou-Tulsa

Yow.  Ou-Tulsa

Ouch.

It was a quiet evening. We just passed aloe back and forth and watched TV.

And tried not to move.

Sunday was a little better.

Will did much of the above, sitting on the couch, applying aloe, and watching football.

I, however, had a good day out with P!

My parents watched Layla while we went downtown and had brunch at Kitchen 324!

It was so nice. The weather was perfect in the morning, so we enjoyed sitting outside while awaiting our table.

Waiting for brunch

Downtown

I got the fruit salad as well as a side of the quinoa.

Kitchen 234 fruit

P got the green eggs and ham, which looked pretty but are not pictured.

We enjoyed a nice meal and chat, and then headed home to prep for the week ahead.

Sunday girls day!

The girls After brunch!

The rest of the afternoon was spent prepping breakfasts and lunches, laundry, and trying to get ahead for the week. I even watched some football with Will.

I made another batch of poppers for Will, and even tried my hand at a vegan version with nutritional yeast! Mine are at the end.

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And that was about it!

So now that we’re here to Monday, let’s take a look at this week’s posts!

-Our protein powder journey continues
-Another at-home football inspired workout
-Thursday Night Football: a sweet treat!
-Confessions
-Bringing my best

And more!

So check in this week. I look forward to our chats!

Thursday Night Football: Greek Inspired Pizza

So vegan confession fun fact!

There are a few non-vegan things I still crave from time to time.

Actually, scratch that.

I won’t even categorize it as a vegan craving.

Even if I wasn’t a vegan, there are a lot of plain old regular junk food items I would crave from time to time. I’m human after all.

Pizza is one of them.

Because, um, it’s freaking out of this world.

Obviously.

I treated myself to completely non-vegan pizza a few months ago (it was veggie, but still covered in cheese), and I’d love to tell you it was terrible and it made me never want to eat pizza again.

Except, that’s not true at all.

Remember the above?

Pizza is out of this world.

Unworldly.

Of course I’m going to like it.

Anyway, “traditional” pizza is an indulgence I don’t treat myself to very often, and thoroughly enjoy when I do.

And tonight is Thursday night football.

So yeah, I’m thinking pizza is in order.

Only tonight? I want to share with you what my typical Thursday Night Football pizza indulgence looks like.

Because it’s definitely still a treat, but way WAY healthier than the gobby oily “goodness” of regular pizza.

I like to buy the full of gluten (haha) duo pack whole wheat crusts. Not exactly the picture of health, but let’s be honest. It’s a work night, and there’s no way I’m making pizza dough. 

Wheat crusts it is.

This allows Will and I to make our own pizzas that last Thursday night and beyond. Win for everyone, especially me since I don’t have to cook the next night!

So ready to see what all goes on my crust?

Check it out here!

August Birchbox & Ipsy Review!

Hello friends!

I am so excited to share this month’s Ipsy with you.

I’m also excited, because I have a special guest with me!

P is going to share her August Birchbox review with us today, too!

No more dilly dallying (yes, I said it. I know you just had a flashback of your grandparents saying it. What can I say, I’m old.), let’s get started!

So here’s a quick recap of what I got, as well as the cost:

Mini Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black - $7 ($17 for fullsize)

Full size Noya Lip Balm in Cherry - $3.99

Mica Beauty Bronze Powder- $14.95

Michael Todd Pumpkin Rich Facial Mask sample- $10 (full size is 3.4 oz and $34)

Pacifica BB Cream- $6 (full size is 1 oz and $16)

You can also take a look at my April, May, June, and July reviews.

Hoped you liked seeing a take at both subscription boxes. Especially if you are on the fence about joining one.

Check out our September Birchbox-Ipsy review next month!

Until then, more to come…

Weekend Recap & Look Ahead

Hello friends!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Mine has been great, and has me even more excited for the weekends ahead.

But I suppose I should not get ahead of myself!

Friday afternoon started with such a treat.

P and I met for lunch!

We were able to find the perfect spot that’s close to halfway from both our offices, and not only that, but the spot is beautiful!
The park!

The park!

Lunch at The park!

The park!

We brown bagged it and sat on a park bench and chatted. I can’t wait to go again soon, especially as the leaves start to change.

Girls lunch

The rest of the afternoon went quick after having such a nice pick-me-up.

We tried another life group last night, so that was fun. I liked this group and was blessed by the Bible study and fellowship. It was definitely a good night.

As soon as Will and I got in the car we decided to talk about the two we visited so we could determine which way we were leaning.

So as not to influence the other person, we counted to three and said the group we were leaning toward.

And as luck would have it (ha), they were not the same.

Of course!

So prayers God leads us to the right one.

Saturday was such a nice day.

Will worked in the morning, so I hit the gym early and got five pounds closer to my leg press goal, so that was exciting!

I did a circuit and was totally soaked by the time I was finished.

Glamorous.

I will share it soon so you can be soaked too! Ha

Afterward, I did a little light cleaning around the house, got ready, and went to see my two favorite girls!

The three of us had breakfast at The Red Cup, a fun little hipster spot in OKC. Not only that, but they’re very vegetarian friendly!

We found a little corner to set up shop, and P sipped coffee while I had one of their green teas.

She and Layla shared granola (which looked so good!), and I had cinnamon oatmeal with soy milk.

Breakfast

We sat, ate, chatted, and had a nice time. We also decided we need to make breakfast a more frequent affair, especially as Will’s fantasy football fun starts up again and I become a football widow (I can’t believe it’s already that time!).

Bug

My favorite tiny one

Afterward, we hung out a little longer. Here’s a short clip from our fun at the house. Um, how freaking adorable is my niece?

After that, Will was home!

He mowed the lawn while I did some stuff around the house, and then holed up in the living room and had a relaxing evening. We watched the MMA fight on TV and didn’t do a whole lot!

Today was church, and I have to tell you how hugely blessed I have been from this series on Elijah.

If you have a few hours throughout the week, be it in your car, getting ready in the morning, or at the gym- check this series out.
You can even download a podcast too.

There are three series out of four on there now. Definitely check it out, you won’t be sorry.

Chest, triceps, and shoulder work is done, food prep is underway, and now it’s on to the pile of laundry waiting for me. smile

Here’s a peek at what I’ll be sharing this week:

-Mary Kay Monday continues! This week is all about softer, smoother skin
-Why those sit-ups aren’t working
-Ipsy-Birchbox Review

and more.

Check in tomorrow. I look forward to our chats!

Thursday Amaze(balls)ment

It’s been a crazy week, and I feel as though I’ve been going full speed ahead without a moment to catch my breath.

Which is funny, especially when you read tomorrow’s post.

(Spoiler alert: It is about me getting a speeding ticket!)

Um, I’ve been trying to slow down yet it seems like this week has been against me and is all about going full bore, full steam ahead!

Here are a few random bits of fun I want to share with you today!

Mainly because Thursdays are usually my “free posting” day, where I don’t really structure it and just do whatever I want.

And usually don’t write until the day of, either.

Brilliant!

smile

Hey, perhaps I do my best work under pressure?

Probably not.

Anyway-

1. The last few weeks Will and I have been trying to connect with a Life Group

A Life Group is basically like a Sunday school but much more relaxed. They meet at various times and usually at people’s houses.

We’ve been going to Life Church for a long time now but haven’t really taken that next step, though we’ve needed to.

We tried our first one last week, and can I tell you something funny?

It sort of felt like a blind date.

I put on better perfume than normal, and Will wore cologne.

I wore my favorite makeup colors, and we both freshened up before we left…

Wasn’t I just talking about inner beauty last week?
Sheesh.

But seriously- it was like we were trying out a new couple friend to see if we would be compatible.

Perhaps you’ve done something similar?

Probably not.

Because that’s just crazy talk.

But it’s true. We totally put on the ritz.

Anyway, the group was so nice and welcoming.

We are trying another one tomorrow, and can I be honest? I’m not thrilled about going to a group that meets on Fridays. However, I’m going in with an open mind!

But seriously. The Fridays thing.

Does that mean they’re older and don’t care about a nice Friday night out anymore?

Closer to our age, which means perhaps we should not care about a nice Friday out anymore?

Or maybe they’re like way younger?

Kids are invited so maybe these are the young 20 something’s that have kids and find Friday nights work great so they can get out of the house for an hour without having to frantically search Care.com for a legitimate babysitter.

And not the 53 year old that smelled like kitty litter and wore that creepy cat sweater like the one they had last week.

Hmm, it’s a toss up. All I know is- I’m way too old to try to be young and cool again.

I’m an old soul.

Correction.

I’m just old.

Case in point: It’s 90 degrees out and I’m huddled up in my office wearing a sweater.

And 2. I just can’t get on this whole “amazeballs” wagon.

Is this a real thing now? Like the new awesome? Why can’t I grasp this expression in all its “cool” glory?

I just can’t…

Gosh I’m old.

2. Enough about that. Let’s talk about this week’s big accomplishment instead.

Dealing with Ritz crackers.

I typically can’t keep them in my house.

Um, I’ve known this since the beginning of time.

But lately, I’ve been totally mature around them- for Will’s sake (he’s the one that eats them). He went through an entire box without me mauling a single roll.

And then I bought another box two weeks ago.

And this time?

Not as lucky.

I can’t be sure, but I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten an entire roll throughout the last 2 weeks- which, by the way, should be praised and applauded.

Take a look- two full rows remain, and most of the third.

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Two weeks later!

Thank you very much!

Now that?

That is amazeballs, assuming I was into that word, or course.

Because everyone knows the second you open up a roll they’re inevitably going to be eaten in a single setting.

Oh- and speaking of- did you know Ritz sells mini boxes now!?

Genius!

They’re the same amount of crackers as in a normal size box, but they break up the rolls into 8 instead of 4.

Much better if you’re going to indulge a bit.

3. Boot camps have sort of stalled out this week because of rain.

I typically take 2 days off a week, so I took Monday and Tuesday since it was a downpour, and worked out at the house Wednesday and Thursday.

My dad hit the gym, and Will?

Sweet Will slept.

God love him.

I have a new workout for you guys that I hope to post soon! It was rough and definitely worth sharing!

4.I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get super pumped for fall.

Can you believe we’re already halfway through August!?

Just typing that sends glee throughout my entire being. I am so excited for football season and all my favorite things. I am so so excited about this fall and winter.

Plus Layla will be so much more fun this year. She was still fairly young and boring last Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This year should be so much more fun.

Hmm… I wonder if I can talk P into dressing her up as Dorothy and making Boz Toto?

Again- perfect example of something that would be considered “amazeballs...”

But I just can’t get there.

5. Speaking of fall, can I also tell you how excited I am to have Fall Primetime TV back in my life?

I like to think Will and I aren’t huge TV watchers, but we definitely do have several shows we like to DVR. However during the summer we sort of sputter out and fall into a TV watching rut.

I cannot even tell you how many reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond we’ve watched on TV land.

Oh my, we’re old.

That? Is not amaze… Well- you know.

Let’s not tell our new couple friends Life Group we’re this boring, yes?

More to come!

We Made You a Treat

I have a treat for you guys today!

An adventure of homemade goodness courtesy of me and P!

Now that P’s a big working girl, she’s finding the importance of snacking during the day to stay alert. She bought some Lara Bars last week and thought she could probably make her own cheaper.

Which proved to be true!

They turned out pretty darn good and so I wanted to share our recipe and our fun!

This video cracks me up.

Did you notice how sleepy Layla was in the first half? P had to put her down for a nap while I food processed. I hope she will make an appearance in our next video and will be more awake!


So here’s a recap!

We made two batches, one with peanuts and one with cashews.

Here’s what we used for the B&P Peanut Bars smile:
-1 Cup, Dates
-1 1/2 Cups, Peanuts
-1 tsp, Vanilla

And Here’s what we used for the B&P Cashew Bars:
-1 Cups, Dates
-1 1/2 Cups, Cashews
-1 tsp, Coconut Extract

That’s it!

Here’s what we did:

It’s really hard, guys- so pay attention.

1.  Dump everything in your food processor and mix together until everything forms a sticky “paste.”
2. Press into a small pan (we used an 8x8) and freeze or refrigerate to firm before slicing.
3. Wrap the bars in foil! Yay!

Each batch made between 8-10 bars (depending on the pan we used).

You may want to double the recipe.

Because they do not last very long.

So I have a fun idea, and hopefully you will think it is too.

Some of you have watched P grow up on this blog. Heck- she was in middle school when I started this thing, and now she’s through high school, a move to Dubai, a move to Chicago, finishing her undergrad, and with a one year old!

Crazy!

I’m thinking it would be fun to do a Q&A session with me and P in a week or two on the blog. What do you think?

Post any questions you have for her, me, or us in the comments below, or email me at blove at theblovelife.com, and we will answer them this month!

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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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