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Happy Labor Day!

Hopefully you’re off today enjoying an extended weekend like I am.

For that reason, today’s post is short and straight to the point.

A few highlights and a look at what’s ahead.

Something terrible happened Friday.


Considering I’ve talked about these puppies three times on the blog in the last two weeks, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.

I brought a couple to my mom and Layla Friday afternoon and enjoyed special time with some of my favorite ladies!

At least someone likes my cooking

Saturday kicked off football! We headed to Norman and enjoyed Ted’s for lunch amidst a crowd of fellow fans.

The first game was hot as usual, but thankfully it was an evening game and (kind of) became more bearable.

OU LA Tech 30 Aug 14

So many freshman played throughout the game, and they looked so good! Hopefully good things to come all season!

We left early, which was nice. Instead of getting home at midnight, we beat the rush got home earlier.

Yesterday went just as quickly as Saturday. Gym, church, and lunch, followed by When the Game Stands Tall that afternoon (good movie!).

The couch we bought waaaay back in March was finally delivered to the store this week so they dropped it off last night. Yay!

And now another week begins.

I hoped today would be about relaxation, but sadly there’s lots of work to do! Yard work, washing the car, and a few more boring adult chores.

The fun of being a grown up. smile

I think we are also going to grill out with my parents later today so that’s nice, at least.

Hey, it’s nice to already be one day into the week, though, and get to spend it with my favorite people. 

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week!

-Tuesday Things
-My current leg work
-Things I’m loving
-A call to prayer (and an mini introduction)

Alright that’s it for now! Happy Monday. I’m off to de-poop the yard.

Such a glamorous life I lead. 

Thursday Things, 14 August 2014

I love my new car.

Checking out the new ride

I feel so incredibly blessed to get to drive it.

I’m sorry to drone on and on about the car, but guys, up until last week I was driving a 1998 model.

A 1998 model that came off the lot on 1997.

That means it is actually 17 years old. Please let me have this one today.

Football starts in two weeks. How is this possible!?
No really- how is it already here?

I had big plans if getting some huge things crossed off my to do list before the season started.

Yeah… Some got done, some didn’t. Looks like it will have to wait until January now.

Like many of you, I’m saddened by the death if Robin Williams.

Robin Williams

He was a smiling force of energy in so very movies I enjoyed over the years. P and I shared a few texts this week reminiscing of sleepovers spent watching his movies, and it warmed my heart.

Oh friends, if you are in the depths of despair, don’t give up.

Don’t give up, and don’t believe the lie. You are valuable and life is worth living.

You have a Savior who loves you and wants a relationship with you, and people around you who care.

In much lighter news, my tan is an absolute wreck this week.

I know I say I’m resigned to being okay with the terribleness that sometimes results, but yeah… This is bad.

Bad tan

How did we miss half my leg!?

We got a storm shelter this week.

I know what you might be thinking- “How do you live in Oklahoma and not already have one, crazy woman!?”

I know.

You’d be surprised to know most of us here don’t have them! Many new constructions these days are installing them, so that’s good. However lots and lots don’t, and I’m thankful we do now!

Sooo I think I love The Andy Griffith Show

Yep. I’m a total granny and bore now, but it’s true.

Remember how we started watching out box set (yes- we own the box sets) a few weeks ago because it’s one of Will’s favorite shows and I didn’t really get why he liked it so much?

I totally get it. I love the way they spoke to each other, and Andy’s charm, and the silly predicaments they got into. It’s kind of a nice break from the stuff we typically see these days.

Do it.

My Ipsy should be here this week
I’ve been trying not to look ahead and see what came in the bags.

Here’s to hoping I don’t snoop.

Alright my dears, that’s it today. Any things you care to share?

Christmastime Memories (in very random order)

Hi friends!

Christmas Eve, one of my favorite days.

I took off, and am so glad I did. There’s lots to do! We’re having Christmas with my family today, and I’m looking forward to it.

Since I know today is usually a pretty busy day for everyone, I thought it might be fun just to highlight some of the favorite Christmas memories over the years.

I have been blessed to have a lot of good Christmas memories, so here are just some random ones that came to mind, in absolutely no order.

I remember Christmas when I was like 6 or 7 my mom had someone in her hometown make me my very own Barbie dream house.

It was HUGE and amazing. It had real carpet (like real as in the kind you have in your house) on the floors, super cool stairs, wallpaper and everything. It was impressive. It’s like the guy took his own house and just small scaled it.

Um, I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to dig a picture out so you guys can see this place.

I want to live inside it.

I also remember one special Christmas when my parents took me and P to Disney World as our present that year.

It was such a fun trip and I have such wonderful memories from being there…aside from the fact that I was totally sick most of the time and instead of looking for rides on the Magic Kingdom guide maps we sought out bathrooms.

I remember a lot of late night fun times over the Christmas break in general just watching some of my favorite 80s movies like Uncle Buck, Adventures in Babysitting, Blues Brothers (and tons more)… lots of good times over the years. In fact, I think I need to revive this tradition.

I remember being pretty young and my dad being in the field one year around Christmastime (he was in the army) and my mom and I singing Christmas carols around beautiful candlelight. Funny what you remember when you’re young! But that was a good memory, too.

Then there were the multiple trips to Colorado and Iowa to spend Christmases with family over the years. Lots of funny memories with my cousins. It’s been decades since we’ve had the entire family together for Christmases like that, since everyone has their own families now, but as a kid those trips were so fun.

Christmases before cellphones. Did they even exist? wink I remember getting the coolest phone ever to go in my room so I could chat with my friends in peace. It lit up with these super cool neon lights.

Those were the days. Remember when we discovered three way and we could call another friend so we could all talk at the same time?


While we were in Kuwait, we came home two out of the three Christmases.

If you ever read my blog back then, you know I lived for that time. My heart ached for that vacation, and it was always so special! Will and I did a lot of fun things over those Christmas vacations.

From going to a Vikings game to see Adrian Peterson, shopping at the Mall of America a couple times, eating ridiculous amounts of Perkins muffins, going to Arizona for the Fiesta bowl, to lots of good relaxing days at home with his family. We always had a wonderful time. 

happy sooner couple- pre-loss

I remember our first married Christmas, totally poor. smile

I was still in school that year, and I had a part time job at the university transcripts office (baller).

I remember coming home one Friday, opening the door, and seeing the most majestic tree in our living room! It was such a wonderful surprise, and such a good memory. It was so thoughtful of Will to surprise me with a Christmas tree that year, which is yet another reason why I’m glad we dragged the dang thing out.

2004 first married Christmas

Our first Christmas as a couple was just as special. We were only dating for about a month, but it was already serious by then if you can believe it. Did I ever tell you guys what he did for Christmas that year?

It breaks my heart every time I think about it.

For Christmas that year he told his family that he wanted nothing but money so he could buy me a necklace he wanted me to have.


What a sacrificial gift, and one of the reasons I Iove him so very much.  I definitely got far better than I deserved.

And incase you’re wondering, I still wear the necklace all the time.

OU-ND pre game

Here’s a pic of our first Christmas together and the first time I met Will’s extended family. We are such babies!

Aw, those cute kids look so young and in love and dumb. ha ha

The Christmas before Will and I got married, my parents wanted to take one last “family” trip before I got hitched, so we went on a cruise to Cozumel.

It was such a good time, and I can’t believe it was 11 years ago. It makes me feel so old!

Check out my super cool hair that I got done while in Mexico.

2003 Cozumel cruise and questionable hair decisions in Mexico

Please NEVER let me do that again.

Just a few years ago Will and I spent Christmas day in the Frozen Tundra to cheer on the Packers.

We went to a game back in 2005 and froze our fannies!

at the game

We definitely came prepared on the next trip.

Go Pack Go

In addition to Christmas Day in Green Bay, we also spent some time in Minneapolis Christmas shopping at the Mall of America.

I remember the one Christmas we celebrated in Kuwait.

It was a little depressing since we were in a country that didn’t celebrate the holiday, but we still made the most of it. In fact, the Sultan Center (comparable to Walmart) had lots of Christmas decorations.

We also had Christmas eve at the Terrace Grill, which was one of our favorite places to eat. It was decorated so beautifully, and it helped to really make that Christmas special even though we were so far from our usual traditions. Plus, my parents did not go back to the states that year either, which made it even better.


Then there’s so many of the usual traditions, like looking over your new loot and assembling your toys that morning, eating tons of Christmas goodies, candelight services, and baking Jesus a birthday cake.

You get the drift.

This Christmas will be like so many others.

We will spend Christmas eve day with my family, opening gifts and having a late lunch. Christmas day will be spent travelling to Will’s grandparent’s house for brunch with the whole family.

Unfortunately, we have to work the following day but let’s not think about that.

I’m looking forward to these days.

Now that I’ve inundated you with some of my good Christmas memories, what are some of yours? Ready? Go!

The Extra Long One Where I Danced The Night Away & Look Ahead

My weekend continues today!

The gift that keeps on giving.

Will gets Christmas Eve and Day off (I only get Christmas Day), so we opted to take some vacation and wrap the holiday around a weekend.

Such a good decision.

I rarely take vacation these days, and it feels so good to have some time off.

Guys, I had such a splendid weekend!

I don’t even know where to begin.

My work day was pretty quiet, which was so nice. Afterward I made a trip to the grocery store alongside heaps of other Oklahomans.

An ice storm threatened to snap power lines and kill everyone’s holiday plans- so off to the store the world went.

Hey, I was just going to the store like I usually do. I did not want to get caught up in all the chaos, but I didn’t have much of a choice!

Friday night was busy with stuff around the house, getting stuff ready for Christmas with the families, laundry, and making dinner. We caught up on some of our shows and called it an early night. By the time we went to bed, the rain was steady, so we knew we would wake to ice!

As anticipated, we woke early to ice covered everything!



I skipped the gym and did a Max Interval Insanity workout at home to play it safe. I did some stuff around the house, and then Will and I ventured out to do a little last minute shopping. We had one gift card to get before we were all done.

Thankfully, although everything around us with enclosed in ice (like Will’s truck), the roads were clear.

We got the gift card and enjoyed lunch at On the Border. We went home, and before long it was time to get ready for our Life Group Christmas party!

I have been looking forward to getting together all week, and it didn’t disappoint.

It was a casual party, but we all still sort of glammed it up more than normal. I wore a ridiculous amount of makeup and had so much fun getting ready. I suppose I could experiment with different colors and layers every day, but I don’t, so things like Christmas parties are all the more fun.

Lots of eye shadow. smile


Before the party, we invited another couple from the group out for coffee.

Way too long of a story to get into in a weekend recap. However, to sum it up we thought Will might be taking the group over as the leader but after some time and prayer we both felt like the original leaders should keep ownership and that perhaps down the road God might be calling us to start our own.

Anyway, we met for coffee to share our hearts and thoughts and it ended up being a great conversation and I think we all left feeling encouraged.

Then it was off to the party!

Everyone brought delicious goodies to share. I made this fruit salsa with stevia instead of sugar. So very a good. In fact, I’m going to bring it to our Christmas brunch with Will’s family too!

After snacking, we played a lively game of Dirty Santa.

Will was so sweet and stole the gift I brought because he knew I wanted it. We ended up doing pretty well for ourselves. We went home with Godiva chocolate and then my gift, which was a pretty pink Essie nail polish, my favorite pink fuzzy socks, a pumice, and my super wonderful homemade foot/body scrub.

We had a great time, and enjoyed good company. after the party, a group of us went dancing to celebrate one of our girl’s 40th birthday!

Oh my goodness friends, we had such a wonderful time!

We went to a place that’s known for having a little older crowd, and it was the best decision ever. No half naked young girls or greasy guys, just a mature crowd of people that wanted to enjoy a nice night out.

After party

(sorry for the terrible blur, but it’s the only pic we took together Saturday!)

After party

Ah guys it was such a blast! We danced our hearts out. Will was such a good sport. He didn’t dance (most of the guys that went didn’t), but he hung out and let us girls dance the night away. Before I knew it, he told me it was 1:00! I could tell he was ready to go (um, it was 1:00! We are usually asleep by 9 haha), so we called it a night, as did most everyone else.

Such, such a great night. I am so thankful for our group! For anyone that says Christians don’t have fun or know how to have a good time- come hang with us and we will prove you wrong.

By the time we got home, and I wiped off all the layers of makeup and got ready for bed, it was nearly 2:00! Surprisingly, we didn’t sleep as late as I thought. I got up a little before 9 and started the day.

Our church has a million Christmas services this week, so we opted to go to one tonight instead of yesterday. Definitely check out the times, I would love for you to attend our online service!

After my workout, today was all about football. Will was in his fantasy championship, so I was a good wife and plopped on the couch most of the day to cheer “him” on as his guys played throughout the day.

I did manage to do some laundry, dishes, and cooking amidst all the football so it wasn’t entirely unproductive. smile

Will has a couple guys playing tonight, so we won’t know if he won until later tonight, but it’s not looking pretty. My fingers are crossed, the extra money would be a welcomed gift this Christmas!

Today we’re headed to the movies, church, and dinner and Christmas lights with my family. I’m looking forward to it.

No need to share meals this week, we planned a few, but most of the week will be centered around family gatherings and leftovers.

I plan to have an amazing week of workouts. Since I’m off a couple days, that allows me to hit the gym when I would otherwise workout at home (since my home workouts are usually good for days when I’m short on time). I’m excited about a ridiculous leg day since I missed my usual Saturday routine.

Here’s a quick look at posts this week. Since it’s Christmas, I’m keeping with the theme. Hey, it only comes once a year so we have to soak it up, yes?

-Christmas memories
-Celebrating a Savior (and an ultra-fast workout)
-Thursday things
-Friday Favorites
-Christmas recap

Check-in this week, friends! 

The Hustle-y Bustle-y One & Look Ahead


I’m actually pretty pumped to get this week underway, and I hope you are too. Christmas is next week, and I’m taking a few days vacation. YAY!

Plus we have a Christmas party to look forward to, outings with friends and family, and hopefully some good news on another front.

YAY for Monday!

Yes, I just said it, but don’t worry I won’t make it a habit.

This weekend was busy and went fast. Full of lots of Christmas prep.

Where should we even start?

Let’s start with the fact that P is now a homeowner!


So exciting! She signed the papers this week and is getting settled into her new house. I am so excited for her!

In fact, a portion of Saturday was spent with her move, but we will get to that soon enough.

Now that the big news is out of the way, let’s get started with a nice, orderly, chronological recap of the weekend. smile

My Friday afternoon started nicely. I met up with a former coworker for lunch!

She works downtown now, so that’s where we had lunch. I don’t spend much time in the heart of downtown OKC on week days, and it was fun to get down there!

There is a whole underground world beneath the buildings that link to each other with shops and restaurants. I met her at her company, and we went downstairs and underground several blocks and came up only to get to our restaurant. Crazy!

It is too cool. It’s a like a whole fun secret…that everyone knows about. Haha

All the Christmas decorations were up, so that was fun to look at too.


After work Friday, I picked up the babies from the groomer!

just groomed babies

They were so fluffy and soft before, but it was time to de-hair.  They have sweaters on now, but I took this picture before we put them on.

Afterward, Will and I had a hot date at Sam’s Club.

It’s true.

Regardless of what’s on our list, we always end up with like five more things.

We watched a couple shows, and called it an early night!

Saturday morning started before 5am, so Will could get some work done before moving day!

I hit the gym, got around for the day, and then went grocery shopping for the week ahead.

After that, Will came home and we headed over to my parent’s house to help load up P’s stuff.

We filled two trucks with furniture and headed to the house.

Will and my dad did most of the heavy lifting, thankfully.

Professionals at work

You definitely don’t want me mounting your television.

Trust me.

And I love this Christmas tree!

Cindy Lou who tree. Love

I totally want to get one for myself next year. At least that way we’d know at least one tree would go up! Haha

After that, Will and I came home and took a short nap, which was lovely.

Oh- and while I’m telling you all about my exciting Saturday afternoon nap, can we please take a quick break to tell you that I got such a beautiful and thoughtful surprise from my real life blog friend Theresa!?

Look at these beauties.

Thoughtful gift from Theresa

A gorgeous dried fruit box.

Gorgeous and delicious.

I’d like to tell you I’ve been pacing myself on these 17 servings of assorted dried deliciousness.

But I would be lying.

See that top half?

It’s gone.

As is part of the middle.

And Will hasn’t had any.

I disgust myself.

I was touched by the thoughtfulness and just let it happen.

Alright, let’s get back to that nap.

After we got up, we had to do some Christmas gift shopping of our own!

Alongside everyone in OKC.

Merry merry!

We are now officially (almost) done with Christmas shopping with the exception of a few gift cards.

Thankfully. It was a complete zoo everywhere we went, so there’s no way I want to brave anymore stores this week!

By the time we got home, it was well after 7. I was famished! I made dinner and then got started on a super fun homemade craft!


Excuse the mess, I was in the zone.

I made homemade body and foot scrubs for a couple of the gifts I’m giving.

And I’m so excited about them!

In fact, I’m going to make a jar for myself with the leftovers.

Body scrub!

I made a peppermint foot scrub and a vanilla face/body scrub.

I had some extra vanilla scrub in my bowl when I was done, so I used it on my face and oh my stars!

So great.

And tastes pretty good too. smile

I can’t wait to give these away!

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

Sunday should be classified as The Day I Ate Like Utter Crap.


Like only 15% of my diet was protein, the rest was divided amongst fat (and not the healthy kind) and carbs.

I blame these suckers.


They may be empty now, but I filled them with brownies and caramel sauce.


And then this happened with an extra one we aren’t giving away.



Plus I ate a ton more dried fruit…and more brownies…

My stomach felt like junk most of the day.

Is this real life? Am I a five year old in a thirty year old’s body?

Anyway- it happened.

And it was delicious.

Until I felt sick, of course.

Then? Not so much.

Church was a blessing too. It was the grand opening of the Moore, Oklahoma Life Church campus, which is pretty darn exciting, especially considering all that community has been through this year.

I worked my upper body today and did a stint of cardio too, but since I had already eaten like crap, my workout was similar. Bad food fuels bad workouts!

Before I knew it, it was nearly 3 in the afternoon. How does that happen!? I went over to see my sister, who is still staying with my parents a couple more days while she continues to transfer stuff over to the new place, and we tanned!

Oh yes we did.

We haven’t done it in months. Mainly because we are lazy it was getting cooler outside.

It’s crazy how much better we both feel with a good fake spray tan. Why we stopped for months on end, I have no idea.

The rest of the afternoon was spent in the kitchen, prepping, cooking, and cleaning- and I still didn’t finish!

Go figure.

This week is gearing up to be as busy as the last, but I suppose that’s common this time of year.

Here’s a look at the menu this week:

-Burgers on the Foreman (veggie for me, beef for Will) with broccoli
-Chicken Fried Rice
-Dinner Out

Here’s a look at my workouts:

-Monday off
-Tuesday Insanity Plyo
-Wednesday- Back, Biceps, Shoulders,Abs
-Thursday Off
-Friday- Cardio
-Saturday Legs & Abs
-Sunday, Chest, Triceps, Shoulders, Abs

Aaannnd- as for posts this week?

-Homemade Potato Soup (and you can’t tell it’s vegan)
-Quickie Christmas Workout
-December Ipsy Review!
-Waiting on the baby

Check in tomorrow for more fun!

Okay your turn- what did you do this weekend?

Happy Monday!

The Long Recap & Look Ahead

Hey, it’s the last week of October!?

How did that even happen?

This month was crazy for me. I realize many of you might travel a lot, but for the most part these days I stay put.

However, October had me in Indiana, Texas, and Washington D.C. all in one month. And that feels like a whirlwind, even if some of those trips were full of fun.

This month has been such a blur. Oftentimes looking ahead instead of enjoying the moment at hand. Living to Thursday night as we looked forward to having Friday off for OU-Texas weekend. Surviving the week after and getting readjusted to having no breaks in sight until Thanksgiving. Looking ahead and dreading my trip to DC, and praying the days away so I could rush home.

And here we are. The end of the month.


Slow down.

Didn’t I post about that recently?

I feel I need to back up past the weekend a little to commemorate a wonderful night with my friend Theresa.

After work Wednesday night I drove to suburbia to visit Theresa and her family

The route was very scenic, and I didn’t even get lost!

I got there and was greeted by Theresa and got the grand tour of their beautiful house.  Soon after, Theresa’s husband arrived with little Kayla in tow!

I see pictures and hear stories about Kayla, but it was so nice to finally get to meet her and see her cuteness in real life! Since she was in her element there wasn’t any stranger danger, so we had a good time!

As Todd got Kayla ready for bed, Theresa and I continued chatting and started dinner together.

Can I tell you how nice it was just to be at home? I felt so comfortable and, well, at home.

I don’t like being away from home much these days, and even just a couple nights away leave me homesick. However, this trip wasn’t really like that since I had such good company!

After dinner, we chatted some more about anything and everything, from work, to kids, to faith.

I was so thankful for that evening!

A great evening at home with Terry.

We’ll just glaze over Thursday’s trip home since it was a loooong one. Plus I think I bought a little cold back home with me. Blah.

We’ll glaze over Friday too. Again, long day.

Friday night was low key, as usual these days. We got Subway for dinner and watched a show or two before calling it a night.

Seriously, Will’s hours are such a drag.

On Saturday, we got up super early, and Will went to work while I slowly worked out. Since I wasn’t feeling my best, I took it easy on myself and didn’t in a very good workout.

In fact, I barely broke a sweat!

I figured it was better than nothing, and that I also needed to take it easy on myself since I wasn’t feeling the greatest.

Afterward, I did some light cleaning! I even managed to do the fans too. smile


Bye bye dust!

Will got home, we got ready for the day, and then headed to Norman to cheer on the Sooners!

It was drizzly the whole way there.

As you can see- Will loved the weather. smile

Thrilled About the rain delay <img src=">

When we got into the stadium, we learned there was an hour rain delay.


We coped by sharing an overpriced box of peanut M&Ms.

Rain delay

(Will opening up our loot)

Hey, sometimes it has to happen.

Plus I hear they cure colds?

The game started as anticipated, and for awhile it had me pretty nervous! Thankfully, the Sooners pulled off the upset and brought home a victory!

And it was so much fun, even in the rain.

Here we are trying to look bummed about the rain, but we’re not disguising our smiles very well. smile

Trying to look bummed about the rain (but can't hide smiles)

One my favorite all-time Sooner memories was back in 2008 when Tech was ranked #1 and came to OU and we beat them! The game day environment was pretty much unparalleled to any other game I had been to. It was pandemonium, and so so much fun.

In fact- on every third down the started playing Jump Around, and I kid you not, nearly every person in that stadium got crazy, even the old blue-haired ladies!

One of the best games ever.

Anyway, while Saturday wasn’t exactly like that, but it still was fun!


After the early morning, we pretty much went to sleep as soon as we got home!

But not before I did a little food prep. I made quinoa with cranberries and slivered almonds and roasted sweet potato for lunch this week.



Sunday was a church online day. I definitely like going so much better, but that did not happen! I still wasn’t feeling the greatest, so I skipped the gym altogether. Hopefully the rest does me good.

We got up late, and I got a start on laundry and some cooking for the week. I showered, barely got ready, and headed over to see my girls!

We went to this super cute tiny coffee shop for a small treat! I got an iced tea latte with soy. The weather was absolutely beautiful yesterday, so we drove to a nearby park and walked around and enjoyed the day!


I hung out with them a bit longer after getting home, and then I went back to my house to do some more stuff for the week ahead.

And here we are, Monday all over again.

Here’s what on the menu for us this week:

-Stir Fry w/marinated chicken for Will & Gardein chicken for me

-Black beans & Tacos w/shredded beef for Will & Gardein shredded beefless tips for me

Here’s my workout plan:

I’m still not feeling my best, so I’m going to hold off on any high intensity cardio. Instead, I plan on doing the following:

-Tuesday: Chest, Triceps, & Shoulders & 15 minutes light cardio
-Wednesday: 45 minutes elliptical
-Friday: Back, Biceps, & Shoulders, & 15 minutes light cardio
-Leg Circuit

And here’s a look at what I’ll be posting about this week!
-Healthy Pumpkin Protein Bars
-What the heck are supersets?
-October Ipsy Review!
-And more!

Check in tomorrow!

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.


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


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


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.


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!
-Bringing my best

And more!

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

Another Hot Weekend & Look Ahead

Hello pretty princesses!

I hope you had a lovely weekend! What did you do?

Mine was nice, hot temperatures and all.

My Friday work lunch was so great because I got to meet up with an old friend/coworker!

I love this girl so much, and although we talk pretty frequently, I have not seen her in real life since last November.

Pathetic, right!?

She has 3 kiddos ranging from early elementary to college, so she is busy, plus we live so far away from each other, so emails and texts seem to work best. However, another coworker and I agreed we just need to make time to do things like this, so we did and I am so glad!

We went to Kaiser’s Bistro. I had the black bean burger and green beans (thankfully they don’t serve with bacon anymore).

Selfie before lunch with the girls.


After work, I went to the store and picked up groceries for the week.

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

-Veggie Burgers & Brats w/grilled squash

-Penne Pasta w/homemade red sauce and Meatless Balls

The meatless balls come courtesy of Gardein. Incase you are wondering, Will does not eat them, but since I do I make them for myself! So so good.

-Tamale Pies

So good. I will have to share the recipe with you! Perfect football fare.

Some of the above will make leftovers, hence why there are only three days of meals.

Friday was a pretty quiet evening. I got up super early that morning to work out, so I called it a night equally early.

Saturday morning Will worked for a few hours, so I hit the gym and did a leg circuit.

My workout was pretty amazing, but for different reasons than you may think. I plan to share what made it so special later this week, so stay tuned.

I also changed up what I did and am paying for it today. I am sore!

I got home and did a little light cleaning, which made me very happy. It gets hard to keep up with housework during football season, so I was thankful for the opportunity to get some done. Then Will was home! We took a quick nap since we got up so early, got ready, and then it was time for game day activities to commence!

We were pretty unadventurous this week and just did On The Border for lunch. It’s a good compromise for us, and I like it better than Will’s favored Ted’s because they have vegetable fajitas.

I get the veggie fajitas and ditch the tortillas, and enjoy them very much.

It was hot again yesterday. Really hot.

We got there about an hour early, and thankfully we were in the shade so it wasn’t unbearable.

It’s always the getting to the stadium part that’s the worst.

The walking to the stadium, walking to our seats, going to the bathroom where there’s no moving air.

Once we get to our spot, I’m good. It’s just getting to our spot!

The striped the stadium, which always looks cool.

Stripe the stadium  OU-West VA

Stripe the stadium  OU-West VA

The game was brutal.

Even though we won, I feel like we sort of lost. The defense played so strong, but our offense was very disappointing. The boys have lots to figure out before next week, and even more before the Notre Dame game later this month!

The game got over late, so after showering I went straight to bed!

Yesterday morning we slept in a little and opted to do church online since we got in so late. I really hate doing that, but it is frequent affair when OU has night games.

Will mowed the lawn, and I went to the gym to work chest, triceps, and shoulders. I also did a quick stint on the elliptical, which is a rare occurrence for me.

Given the choice, I will always pass on the ellipitcal or treadmill when I can do something quick and dirty (and more fun) like this, this, or this.

Yesterday also started Will’s Sundays of life in front of the television.

Fantasy football and NFL Sunday Ticket.

A lethal combination.

Lucky for me, I have a plan in place!

I showered and started getting around and my blow dryer died on me.


This has not been our best month. Between a $1200 truck AC replacement, vet bills, and a few other unexpected expenses, I’m pretty much ready to put this string of bad surprises behind us. The blow dryer was just another thing to add on that darn list! Thankfully they are far cheaper than new truck ACs!

So I’m sporting wavy hair bunched up in a clip.

Blow dryer broken :(


That did not stop me from getting out and about!

P and I made a quick trip to Starbucks. I got a smoothie and she got tea. Afterward, we headed to Petsmart to get dog food.

I live a glamorous life. smile

Here’s Layla watching the fish.


Then, it was on to Target to get some things for the week.

We love Target!

We love Target!

Before I knew it, it was 5 and time to start preparing for the long week ahead. Where did the day go!?

And back to work again. Luckily I have fun stuff planned. Take a look!

-Our protein knowledge continues to grow
-Another football inspired at-home workout
-Thursday Night Football Fare: B&P make another treat
-Welcoming you to my sanctuary
-Random Ramblings

And more.

Stay tuned and “happy Monday!”

Labor Day Weekend Recap & Look Ahead

Hello there sweets!

Can we please take a minute to express our excitement for a long holiday weekend!?


So, so nice.

And needed!

I sure hope you guys are having a great one. What are you doing?

Ours has been nice!

Friday night we went to a BBQ, which was enjoyable and thankfully in the shade. I’m pretty sure I would have sweat to death if not!

I brought a fruit salad, which we all enjoyed very much. We had a good time and good fellowship with others.


I’m pretty sure you guys have a good idea what occupied my Saturday. smile


Ah, seriously, friends- Best.time.of.the.year.ever.

Before the day got started, though, I hit the gym for a ridiculously early (4:15!) workout.

Apparently my body thought it was a week day.

I got a good workout in and started my day off right.

Afterward, I spent most of Saturday morning with my sister and Layla prepping for this week’s video fun! I can’t wait to share it with you guys.

Here’s a sneak peek:


After that, Will and I headed out for our game day fun!

We started off the first game of the season with a late lunch at Ted’s, a game day tradition.

I got the guacamole salad and ended up splurging on one tortilla.

This was the first year in a couple years that we decided to sell our Sooner Tailgate passes. I was so thankful for it!

The Sooner Tailgate is a pregame event where some season ticket owners have access to about 30 restaurant vendors.

You go and basically get all you want a couple hours before the game. It ends up being an all day thing by the time you get there, eat, and wait around for the game to start. Plus we never eat all that much, so we figured we might as well sell them.

Plus it is always SO FREAKING HOT for the first few games.

And I rain from my head.

I’m pretty sure people think I’m going to pass out at any moment.

Yeah, not fun.

I’m sweaty, and grumpy, and it’s just not fun for either of us.

For the sake of my sweatiness (and sanity), we opted out of the tailgate.

It was so nice getting to the game only an hour before kickoff- compared to 3 hours like we had to with the tailgate.

It was a nice, cool 103 when we got there.



The game was lots of fun, and it was nice getting to see Trevor Knight’s debut.


Since it was a night game, we got home way late!

I told Will I was not going to set an alarm for the morning, which is uncommon for me.

Get this- we slept until 10:00!! I never ever sleep that late.

I hated missing out on the morning to get things done, but I was not going to dwell on it, especially since I had Monday to get things done too.

We ended up watching church online because of the late morning. The rest of the day was extremely lazy.

I did laundry, prepped meals, and worked out. I always hate going to the gym late on the weekends- it is so busy!

I’m terrible at sharing equipment.

The inner three year old comes out in me.

I was low on protein, and we were out of vitamins, so Will made a quick trip to Sam’s for me which was nice too!

Only… he game home with unapproved items.

Will hates me

That boy… what am I going to do with him!? I can’t send him anywhere. smile

They are for his lunches, and I am shockingly good at staying out of them, but still- really!? Did we really need the 30 pack of candy bars AND skittles!?


Sunday night was pretty low key, fitting for such a quiet day.

Today has been nice!

I usually take a rest day on Mondays, but since we were off, and I slept a little more than normal, I did the 500 workout I shared last week.

Today we are cooking out at my parent’s house and just having a relaxing day.

Nothing too exciting, but just nice to be off and hanging with my favorites.

Here’s a look at what is ahead this week!

-Whey Cool: An introduction into protein powder, and why you should be taking it

-A football inspired workout

-Thursday Night Football: B&P kick off the season with a treat!

-Plus more!

Check in this week! I look forward to our chats!

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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!

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