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Tuesday Things, 2 Dec 14

My office got a new coffee machine a couple weeks ago and it is killing me.

Seriously.

It’s affecting my life.

I love coffee but rarely drink it (yeah, yeah I realize it makes no sense).

Now that they have this new machine with the most delicious vanilla flavored coffee ever, I’m up to multiple cups a day and it’s killing me, ya’ll.

I had the worst time trying to get to sleep last week, and staying asleep was just as hard.  I knew it was the coffee but I just.couldnt.stop.

So yeah, I rationed down to one cup, first thing in the morning. One and done. No matter how wonderfully vanilla-y it is.

HELP ME.

Yesterday was the first day my macros were finally where they needed to be since Thanksgiving.

I did fairly well navigating through the long weekend, but I spent my fair share of time carb crashing after the large meals.

It feels good to be back to normal eating and feeling more like myself.

Kind of.

I mean, who doesn’t love a plate full of your favorite carbohydrates?

We had a house full of dessert and delicious leftovers.

We finished the last of it Sunday. Now there’s nothing.

Nothing.

No pie. No potatoes.

It’s like complete food drug detox over here ya’ll, and I’m kind of going through withdrawals.

Ugh.

Pass the protein and healthy greens.

Parenthood
Joel and Julia.

It’s about time they reconciled so my life can go back to normal.

I still have so many unanswered questions. Mainly, WHY ARE THEY CANCELING THE SHOW!?

The game changer
Guys.

My culinary horizons have expanded.

Have you ever “hard boiled” your eggs in the oven?

If you have a Pinterest (I don’t), you’ve probably seen this trick a million times.

Someone told me what a difference it made for easier peeling, and they weren’t kidding!

I’ve always battled peeling problems. Pieces of egg completely ripped off when I’ve tried to peel. What a waste!

Just plop your eggs in a muffin tin, and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

Plunge the eggs in an ice bath and let them sit a few minutes before peeling.

Easiest removal ever.

No more Neilsen

Remember how annoyed I was when Will agreed to do the Neilsen rating stuff for a week?
Turns out, it wasn’t too bad.

Um, maybe even a little enjoyable?

(What’s wrong with me!?)

Now it seems strange not having to write down what we’re watching every single time the TV is on.

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That’s it today! Any randomness you care to share? 

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m posting early in hopes you won’t be in pecan pie coma yet.

Which brings up an important question- do you even like pecan pie?

Much like pumpkin, I find the topic highly divisive at the Thanksgiving table.

I don’t understand how anyone could hate either, but then again I pretty much love anything placed in a buttery crust and baked.

Oh, and can we also talk about how one properly slices a pie?

I realize I’m a self-proclaimed health nut, but I must confess, Thanksgiving pies must always be sliced into six, not eight pieces.

Unless of course you are creating a little dessert sampler plate, in which case it should be cut into 12 pieces.

Yes.

6. Or 12.

I realize how preposterous 6 may sound, but that’s just how it’s gotta be.

Regardless of whether you love or detest pecan (or pumpkin) pie, or cut your pie in 8 pieces instead of six, I will not judge.

On the same note, please be so kind not to judge me as I reach for my second helping of cranberry sauce or mashed potatoes.

It’s probably going to happen.

Today we head to the boonies to celebrate Thanksgiving Round One with Will’s family.

Which means, for about six years straight, I’ve missed the Thanksgiving Day parade. I used to always watch it growing up.

Are you an avid watcher? Am I missing out? Should I DVR it?

Actually, don’t tell me to DVR it. I wouldn’t watch it. Something about taping a live holiday event and then watching it afterward just seems a little sad.

Moving on.

You’ll be proud (or annoyed?) to learn I worked out at the gym this morning, despite the fact it feels a little like a complete and utter waste in some ways. smile

I still feel quite accomplished, and even gave myself a pat on the back.

Literally.

I’m pretty sure Will rolled his eyes.

He was even more annoyed when I kind of sort of ran late and had to accomplish my makeup, crooked eyeliner and all, in the car.

Real life.

So now we’re all settled, all done up, and headed to grandma’s house, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli salad, crooked eyeliner and all.

Anyway, tomorrow’s festivities will be more low key. We outsourced our Thanksgiving meal and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

Until then, I am going to bask in the love of my family.

And pie.

Definitely pie too.

On a serious note, I want to take a moment to thank you.

There are millions of blogs out there. Ones that are far more modern than this outdated archaic design I’ve had since 2008, and ones that are probably more entertaining.

Yet you come here and read my words everyday.

I appreciate it.

Some of you since 2005, and I love that. I’ve grown up so much since those early posts as a young newlywed. I like to think, by God’s grace (and patience) I’ve gotten far better since then. I hope you’ve become better too.

I hope you’ll continue on this journey with me.

Thank you for reading.

Thank you for being for me.

Thank you for being kind.

Sorry for the scattery post today, but I wanted to say hello.

Happy Thanksgiving from The B-Love Family. ❤️

Thursday Things, 6 Nov 14

Let’s talk about how I spilled 64 ounces of water in bed last weekend.

Real life.

I almost inserted the word “accidentally” into that sentence, but seriously- isn’t that a given!?

Thank goodness it was water. But for real- half a gallon dumped all over your bed?

No good.

Let’s also talk about my current jam.

Big Daddy Weave’s Overwhelmed.

My “jams” are almost always upbeat, workout type music, but this one.

Oh this one.

So good and totally jam worthy.

In fact, there are times when I’m in the car and it comes on and I darn near feel like I need to pull over so I can fully worship every time I hear it!

Probably not a good idea to close my eyes and lift up a hand (or two) when you’re driving, you know? smile

Anyone else slightly bummed about driving home in the dark this week?

So sad. I love this time of year. It’s my favorite. However, it sure is sad going to work in the dark and going home in the dark!

You can thank me for the wonderful TV programming you’re about to enjoy.

Soooo a couple weeks ago we got a letter in the mail from Nielsen ratings.

You did too?

Of course you did.

Only, instead of ignoring their call like most everyone in America does, Will said we needed to take their survey when they contacted us to give feedback.

Ughhh really!?

I specifically remember doing this (which sheer excitement and joy) as a child. I told Will, “I’m pretty sure I had to keep a journal and write down all the stuff I watched for the week.”

He was all, “Are you sure? I think you just answer some questions on the phone.”

So yeah. I was right. When they called this week they sure did ask questions over the phone.

Questions to confirm out address so they could send out the three journals we now have to complete (one for every TV in the house).

Thanks Will.

Oh- they did send us $2.

Wee!

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That’s it for today. Any randomness you care to share?

Thursday Things 23 Oct 14

1. I’m pretty sure I’m incredibly annoying at football games.

Last year I determined it was highly probable I was annoying.

This year I determined it is most definitely true.

I’m most definitely annoying at football games.

Although rarely overly boisterous, I often interject commentary and thoughts on the plays, flags, players, and well, anything else.

It’s annoying. I want to tell myself to shut up.

In fact, 99% of the time, I’m talking out loud to myself, as my dear die-hard football fan husband not only watches the game alongside me, but also listens to it on the radio (yeah I know- it makes no sense to me either).

I’m much more conscious of my commentary, and am trying to dial it down a bit. However, I make no promises.

So to those in the rows behind and ahead of me: please ignore and forgive me. What can I say, I love college football.

2. I want to live inside pumpkin spice lattes.

I know.

So typical.

The minute the clock hits October we’re all about lattes and scarves and everything harvest-y.

But seriously.

There’s a reason.

It’s because all those things are lovely.

So please let me guzzle my pumpkin flavored everything in peace. Click here for a delicious cleaned up version of our beloved latte.

You’re welcome.

3. Can we please freak out over the fact that next week is November!?

I feel like much of my recent adult life has been a whirlwind, especially after Layla was born.

But seriously.

Where the heck did October go!?

I relish these fall months and I can’t believe how quickly they are slipping through my fingers.

4. Peanuts in your coke
Soooo apparently this is a thing.

An actual thing.

Like a whole craze I missed.

Please please tell me you have no idea what this means.

Because seriously- it’s NOT a thing. At least in my book.

Long story short, my sweet country boy Will informed me putting peanuts in your coke (regular old coke NOT diet) was a thing “back in the day.”

So I called my parents and sure enough, it was a thing.

So tonight I am going to be schooled on the art of “countrified” soft drinks.

Truth.

5. I do NOT hate puppies and babies
Oy.

So about a month and a half ago, I scheduled a meeting with our friends from the north.

The meeting was set for Tuesday, the 14th. They accepted, made no comment about it, and we were good to go.

Except....

Do you know what last Monday was in Canada?

Thanksgiving.

Thanks-flipping-giving.

I had these guys travel to Oklahoma on their Thanksgiving holiday.

What a selfish American jerk!

I obviously had no idea (because Duh! Everyone knows Thanksgiving is in November) and completely forgot theirs was in October.

Aaaand Canadians are so nice that of course they didn’t even say something.

So yeah. I hate sunshine and flowers. Except not. I’m sure those guys may say otherwise though!

Can you believe I did that!?

I feel like I should send them a cornucopia as like a peace offering or something. Thoughts?

50 things I did on my day off

Here’s an ever so thrilling look at my day off last Friday. smile

1. Got up early
2. Debated whether or not I wanted to run.
3. Decided I didn’t want to run
4. Ran anyway.
5. Cried.
6. Got home, made a shake. Girls, I make a mean shake.
7. Realized my license expires this month.
8. Thought about how much I really didn’t want to get a new license.
9. Decided I really didn’t have a choice.
10. Contemplated how ready I needed to get in order to get a picture taken.
11. Decided to get semi-ready.
12. Realized that was ridiculous. I’m getting a license picture! Decided to actually get ready.
13. Decided all license pictures look bad no matter how ready one gets, decided to go halfway.
14. Got my new license. The picture turned out fair. Surprisingly, I look way darker than I really am. I’ll take it.
15. Went to Zam Zams for lunch with P!
16. Missed Kuwait. That place always makes me nostalgic.
17. Mulled over the menu. Too many choices.
18. Settled on the veggie platter. They use “veggie platter” very loosely.
19. Enjoyed P’s company. Talked tons.
20. Ate almost my entire “veggie” platter. Gosh I love hummus and baba ghanoush (Told you they used the word veggie loosely).
21. Said goodbye and headed to the grocery store.
22. Tried to find a decent parking space
23. Gave up and parked in the back.
24. Got a cart.
25. It proceeded to lock up and squeal like nails on a chalkboard.
26. Got another cart. It didn’t squeak as bad… I’m destined to get every bad cart.
27. Contemplated breakfast foods.
28. Settled on oats, as usual. I’m so old boring. One day I’m going to get totally wild snd come home with some bold and exciting. Like Grapenuts. (HELP ME)
29. Finished up, paid, and even saved a couple dollars in coupons. Woo hoo!
30. Unloaded groceries, made a special dessert for Will.
31. Cried because it smelled so good.
32. “Evened out the frosting” by eating it.
33. Went and saw my mom and Layla.
34. Played barbies
35. Talked about all that was going on (with my mom mostly… A little with Layla too. smile )
36. Initiated some deep and meaningful artwork from the Olivia coloring book.
37. Got slightly annoyed that Layla kept taking all the colors I wanted and wouldn’t let me finish my masterpiece.
38. Realized how ridiculous I was being.
39. Decided to give myself a pass. I mean, how often do I get to color!?
40. Went home, spent some time reading Isaiah and in prayer.
41. Woo hoo! Will came home. Greeted Will.
42. Scolded the dogs for being way to loud and rambunctious for his arrival. But seriously- dog greetings are the best.
43. Drove to the Honda shop to pick up our beloved oldie Honda.
44. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Awesome.
45. Made a giant plate of roasted vegetables for dinner. Was in heaven. Will, not so much.
46. Served Will his dessert.
47. Evened out the piece a little by eating some off the edge. You know, to help make it look prettier.
48. Had a rice cake. Totally the same as Will’s dessert. Except not at all the same as Will’s dessert.
49. Watched a show on the couch with Will and the pups.
50. Washed my face, flossed, brushed my teeth, took my vitamins and called it a night. I needed my rest for the OU-TCU road trip Saturday!

Whew. So you now know all the exciting events of my most recent day off. smile What are you up to today?

Check in tomorrow for Ezra chapter four! 

Tuesday Things, 7 October 2014

Guys, there’s a fly in our house that I can’t catch, and it’s driving me batty.

It's a proverbial cat and mouse game, only with me as the unlucky seeker and the fly as the annoyingly speedy hider.

It consumed the better portion of my first half hour after getting home yesterday, and I still came up empty handed.

Perhaps the spider will take care of him for me? Shudder.

Well girls, Will put me to work last week.

My husband put me to work (and a Teddy photobomb)

Our beloved Teddy, while adorable and rambunctious, is also a digger.

So, we’ve been spending time over the last couple weeks leveling the back yard.

It’s been a blast.

Except not.

I will say I’ve gotten quite an upper body workout with all the shoveling!

I’ve also been brushing up on my art skills
I was shocked Layla stayed put long enough to for me to work on this masterpiece.

I don't want to brag, but I crush coloring.

I don't want to brag, but I crush coloring.

I entitled it “Olivia paints a masterpiece.” smile

She kept taking every color I had in my hand, obviously because she was jealous of my superior coloring skills. I powered through and didn’t let her bring me down.

I wasn’t able to finish, but I’ll be back. You can count on that.

I’m so mature. 

I didn’t get a data usage warning this month!
You can usually set your clocks to the text message I get alerting me of my data usage. 

I’m pretty pumped this month because I didn’t get one!

I’ve really been trying to limit my time online. I’m tired of wasting time on nonsense that isn’t edifying myself or others.

I decided I want to be more intentional with how I peruse and post on social media. If I can’t honor God or encourage others, I’m not going to waste time with it.

Anyway, I was pretty excited not to get a data alert. Praying I will be wise with my time online this month, too.

It’s Monopoly time at McDonald’s again
Which means Will is killing me.

I don’t know what it is, but he gets sucked in every.single.year.

He’ll find any reason for me not to cook dinner so he can get fast food for himself (I just warm up frozen veggies and call it good). He’s already got a fat stack of codes (laid throughout the house) and it just started!

We also drove a little further on the way home from the game last weekend so we could go to McDonald’s instead of the other options a few miles earlier.

I even obliged his obsession by ordering something with peel offs. 

I’m dying guys.

Alright, that’s my randomness for the day. Anything you care to share?

The Art of Face Shaving

There’s really no eloquent way to discuss today’s topic, so I’m not even going to try.

Today we’re talking peach fuzz and how we don’t have to live with it. 

Face shaving.

For women.

Not lying.

Before you click off, hear me out!

I’m sure we all know women who wax, thread, or Nair parts of their face. This is the same concept, but in my opinion a little better.

Let me be clear-

You’re not grabbing your hubby’s razor and lathering up with Gillette shaving cream.

And absolutely no finishing the job with a splash of Old Spice. 

I promise.

There are actually special (and inexpensive!) facial razors on the market for this very purpose.

In fact, you might be surprised just how many ladies, famous and non famous alike, sport smoothly shaved faces without you even knowing!

Here are some of the reasons snipping that upper lip hair is beneficial (I’m killing myself over here 😂)

1. Exfoliation

Doing so removes dead skin helps with better cell turnover and overall younger looking skin.

2. Better product penetration

I personally feel like I get quicker absorption with a smoother face. When you spend good money on anti aging products, that’s a plus!

3. Smoother, more flawless looking foundation

This is a big one.

Foundation glides on so much better and really helps produce a beautiful glow on a smooth face. I also find highlighters reflect so much better on a smooth face, too.

Other things to know:

1. You need the right tool.
You’re obviously not taking a Venus razor to your face! Beauty supply shops sell razors specifically for the face area. I got 3 for $5.

2. You’re not going to come home with a 5 o’clock shadow.

I repeat! You’re not going to come home with a 5 o’clock shadow.

When you use the correct tool, your hair grows back completely the same way it was before- fine teeny little baby hairs. Scouts honor.

3. Where & how
For best results, do it in front of a window for natural sunlight with a clean, makeup free face.

Now you little more about why it’s great, but don’t take my word for it! Try it out for yourself!

I made a three minute video that covers the basics of all you need to know to buzz your fuzz (haha).

Sort of goofy, but hopefully a little informative.

Check in tomorrow for Ezra chapter three! I can’t wait to talk about this chapter. <3

Things I’m Loving Thursday, 11 Sept 14

This shirt

Things I'm loving Thursday

Hilarious.

These healthy bowl recipes

The weekend forecast

Things I'm loving Thursday
Hello beautiful fall weather! The temperature for the OU game will be fantastic!

Surprise calls
Layla had been savvy with the iPhone since she was a baby. Now, however, she also knows how to get into P’s contacts and make calls based on the pictures stored next to the name.

I was quite surprised when Layla called me Monday. We had a deep conversation about blankies and stuffed ducks.

Real life.

Messengers by Lecrae featuring For King & Country

Things I'm loving Thursday

This throwback pic

I wish I could say this was the only time I had my eyes closed right when they took the pic

I wish I could tell you the days of getting the shot with my eyes accidentally closed were over, but, yeah…

Suave Moroccan Oil Conditioner

Things I'm loving Thursday

Im a fan of most Suave products, and this stuff is no different. I was shocked with just how soft this conditioner left my hair. A little dab will do ya, so keep that in mind!

Alrighty lovelies, that’s it for me! Anything you’re loving this week?

Tuesday Things, 9 Sept 14

-I’m pretty pumped about this Saturday’s game.

We have a home and home scheduled with Tennessee, and they’ll be here this week to take on the Sooners. Should be a fun one!

Speaking of, I think know technology has made Will’s fantasy football football obsession worse.

Way worse.

When we first got together you’d have to go to your desktop computer and put in your lineup.

Then you’d watch the games broadcasted on the main networks.

And you’d only check your scores every so often. After all, you’d have to be near your desktop computer.

Now not only does he have Sunday Ticket and every app and mobile device known to man, but he can watch on his phone.

I’m dead.

I was lucky enough to get to sample Skintimate’s Mandarin Burst shave gel.
Confession- when it comes to shaving, I am usually a soap and water gal.

Don’t judge, I already know.

Sample

Anyway, I gotta say I loved getting to try this stuff out. It smells amazing and yes, as we already know, Skintimate is far better than plain old soap and water. Lesson learned.

Oh my goodness sake.

Have you seen this video of the tarantula dog that’s gone viral?

I don’t know if it’s the fact that I have dogs or that I hate spiders, but oh my goodness guys I was cackling when I watched this video. Tears were streaming down my face, and I couldn’t catch my breath.

It’s not that funny, but I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Okay guys, do you know about the Walmart Savings Catcher?

Do it.

That’s pretty much the only place I buy groceries and I’ve used it three times and already have almost $3 accumulated on a gift card.

I realize that’s peanuts, but considering I did absolutely nothing for it and shop there all the time, I figure I might as well make some money if they’re going to do the work. Win.

Speaking of gift cards, we had a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory that was set to expire last night so we placed a to-go order to use it up.

Seriously- why is that place so great?

Or so terrible?

I suppose they’re one in the same.

I got one if their lightened up salads and skipped getting dessert.

I was so proud of myself.

Only, when I went to pick it up they took a little longer than anticipated. I was super nice about it and chatted the staff up and when I got to leave they threw in an extra piece for being so nice.

I was so proud I had the willpower not to order cheesecake. Aaaand then they took a long time and I was super nice about it and they threw in an extra piece for my kindness. Dead.

Dead.

I ate the gut bombs and am going to let Will eat my non vegan cheesecake...though I might eat the chocolatey bits?

So dead.

Since we’re talking food, the Oklahoma State Fair starts this weekend.

One of the newly debuted foods is fried gummy bears.

I’m not sure I’m down? I mean, fried anything is good I suppose. However, given the choice, if I’m going to cheat on my macros, just shut up and give me a fried Snickers. smile

Check in tomorrow to talk about why we need to change up our routine

Thursday Things, 21 August 2014

***
Alright sweets, we are nearly weekend bound. Let’s finish strong!

Let’s talk about how this week is most certainly not my best in terms of eating healthy.

Not.at.all.

It involved this 5,000 calorie cupcake.

I'm dead.

Plus Will had two softball games Monday, one at 6:30 and one at 9:30, also known as past my bedtime.

What do you do when you have a two hour gap between games?

You eat French fries and fried pickles.

Real life.

And then I felt like a big heavy greasy bomb was in my stomach and I kind of wanted to slip into carb coma and pass out until morning.

So I did.

It was raining for Will’s second game so I stayed in the truck and fell asleep.

Supportive wife.

I also got to spent some quality time talking to a dear friend this week.

Oh girls, I am so refreshed by our conversation! We are not extremely close, however we have a common bond and love for God that has allowed us to strengthen, encourage, and pray for one another. 

Winning.

I’m kind of pumped about the weekend.

It involves a trip to a nearby fair with a little two year old girl. I’ve never been more excited to sweat my butt off in 100 degree heat and pet smelly blue ribbon goats in my life.

Here she is last year. Where does the time go!?

The fair!

Speaking of time passing, Lucy turned 8 this week and Boz turns 8 this weekend.

I fully acknowledge they’re not real kids, but I seriously can’t believe how quickly our time has gone with these old pups.

In hindsight, I feel a little guilty about getting them during our 45 day vacation home from Kuwait back in 2006 (but there was really no other time unless we waited until we moved home).

What were we thinking!? Staying with my in-laws with unruly puppies biting, tinkling, and flopping about!?

the babies

I also cringe about how we tormented our neighbors with their yapping during the nearly 2 years they lived with us in Kuwait.

Bad neighbors. Bad dog parents.

It’s probably a good thing we didn’t have real kids back then. We were totally clueless.

Soooo I’m 100% positive I’m not preggo, but guys, I’m having some seriously strange and insatiable cravings lately.

Like some weird stuff. Last night for dinner Will had leftovers and I had a giant bowl of broccoli and then proceeded to squeeze tablespoon upon tablespoon of mustard over it.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!?

Don’t google that stuff either or it will pretty much make you worry about everything.

Okay, that’s it for now friends. Check in tomorrow! 

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