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Un-30s

Summer June (and July) Update

Hello Dearies!

Let’s catch up!

How have you been?

Are your kids on summer break?

Are you taking any vacations?

Fill me in on everything.

As for things here, it’s been busy in the B-Love household!

Here’s a quick look at random and (not so) noteworthy things:

Home Improvement
Since we’re not in the throes of football season, we have a little time on our hands during the spring and summer weekends.

We decided to undertake some of the many projects we’d been putting off, pacing ourselves over the spring and summer months to get lots accomplished without burning ourselves out on the first project and never accomplishing anything.

Because we’re totally prone to procrastinate.

Well, mostly Will. Never me. (Haha)

We’ve redone our closet, done major yard work, and restarted our Aerogardens. We’ve got some more projects lined up this summer so here’s to keeping the momentum!

Hello there baby kale!

Oh and the Aerogarden? I’m growing kale and it’s the best decision I’ve made with this thing! I use greens everyday for my morning smoothie and it’s thrilling (yes, thrilling) to get to pluck my own leaves from my own garden.

Oh and since we’re still talking home stuff we had another snake sighting.

My house is officially for sale

Pretty sure we’re officially selling the house now. πŸ˜‚

Softball is in Full Swing!
Well, actually, it’s kind of winding down.

Spring ball was lots of fun for Will. I didn’t go to several games because many started at 9:30.

As a complete granny, 9:30 is past my week night curfew.

I’m sure you don’t understand.

Summer ball is around the corner, and I know Will is playing. He’s cute because he’s pretending to be somewhat on the fence about playing- but we both know he totally is.

Funny story.

Will plays coed softball and they’re always short girls. You have to have a certain amount of girls present in order to play.

One week they were short, as usual. They were desperate and it was a few minutes before the game.

I felt them staring me down, contemplating how they could legally physically drag me through the dirt and lay me in the outfield as their token final required girl.

I felt my body begin to tense as they approached.

Oh- and as a side note, incase you’re wondering why I dreaded the thought of playing?

It’s because I don’t play.

I’m a wilty flower.

No concept of sports.

Do I need to remind you I HATE BEING HOT?

Also, I have complete hands like pans.

You’d find me ducking to avoid the ball rather than diving to catch one.

I’m that girl.

Picking flowers in the outfield.

Afraid to get dirty.

No concept of batting or catching.

Please, for the love of God, don’t make me play!

Anyway, they approached me and another girl beside me I knew with the dreaded request.

A daughter of one of the players was sitting with us. A big tomboy and softball fanatic herself. She looked at them and said, “ She’s not going to play! She’s too pretty to play!”

I’m pretty positive that was not a complement, but she was right- I was NOT going to play.

I do, however, go and show my support. That counts for something, right?

Curly-Q
34 years into life I decided to master the curling iron.

I used one occasionally “back in the day,” but for the last 13 years or so only used a straightener to curl my hair.

Yes, I realize it sounds counter intuitive.

Anyway I did tons of research and ended up with a regular old gold Hot Tools one inch barrel curling iron.

It’s fantastic, and super affordable. Plus my stylist said it was a good choice. So yeah! Mid-30s and curling my hair with an actual device made to do just that. Go figure!

Wherein I rave about grocery store food
I went to Boston last month for work. Aside from one night, all my dinners came from the Wegmans deli.

Yep, the local grocery store.

If you have a Wegmans, you get it. If you don’t, you probably just think I’m weird.

All About That BOD
Are any of you guys Beachbody On Demand subscribers?

I signed up for the free 14 day trial to participate in Shaun-T with my blogger friend/Beachbody Coach, Erin.

It was so much stinkin’ fun! Well...fun if you enjoy being miserable and sweating your butt off during workouts, that is. Haha

I still have my gym membership but workout still home so much these days and could easily see myself buying a year subscription to it.

It’s got something for everyone and content is always updated which is good too. Definitely a win!

Other randomness
*We took an impromptu trip to Tulsa this month just to eat lunch at this delicious Mexican restaurant we enjoy.

We’re old fogies, so to up and decide at 10:00 on a Saturday that we’d go up there was spontaneous and fun. Haha

*We finished Fraiser for the second time and are back to The Andy Griffith Show.

Yes, real life. Black and white and all. We mostly only watch one a night as a “filler” with all our shows on break.

What I love most about watching Andy is that Will grew up watching them and knows so many of them. It’s so cute and reminds me what an oak tree he is.

*Amazon Prime music had pretty much been the best thing that’s happened to me.

In terms of music, that is.

I have the unpaid Spotify version which is nice, but I love Amazon because you can skip as many songs as you want- and no adds. The only downer is their selection is more limited than Spotify.  But.No.Adds.And.Unlimited.Skips

*Mason jar salads have changed my life. I realize I’m about four years late to the party but…
Wherein I become obsessed with food in mason jars
Known to occasionally use Pinterest

Good old Jimmy continues to kick my tail, & other related things

Guys, it’s JUNE and I just now reached chapter 5 in my study of James.

This book…

When I first felt the tug to choose it as my 2017 study, I honestly didn’t think there’d be much new to glean.

You know, since I’m so perfect. Ha!

I’ve allowed myself days upon days to sit in some of these passages, digging deep and really meditating on just how much I needed to read the words before me.

I’ve been so convicted over how I approach my life, how I speak, how I see others, and more.

If you want to be humbled in virtually every major aspect of your personal and social life, study James. I say it jokingly, but also seriously.

Wherein I started this in June and now it’s July. Ha!

Other randomness to catch you up:

So I started typing this last month and am already behind. 😊 Layla turns (or turned depending on when I get this up!) 5 on the 5th, so I’m pretty much dead she’s already a kindergartner.

Fireworks with my favorite gal

Layla turns 5

And- P is prego again! 😍😍😍 Real life.  Another girl too. Watch our world!

I took off a few days for the 4th and while I worked, it was still nice just to be home. We also made another quick trip to Tulsa to eat dinner at a place we enjoy. Crazy kids!

I signed up to be on our neighborhood welcome committee which I think will be a good thing, right?

So yeah- a huge, giant, slightly random and boring update.

It was necessary.

More to come- I promise.

Until then, I’m off to figure out how I can legitimately make s’mores fit into macros the rest of summer…
Binge smore-ing

Thirty-Four

Hello friends!

Today I’m 34.

Officially “mid-30s.” (Face palm)

Side note- can you believe I started this blog when I was 21!? Who chronicles anything that long these days? I feel like my posts should be encyclopedia-ed in a library or something.

Anyway, in years past, thought I’d share some deep thoughts (ha) as I head into this new year.

1.I’ve been very blessed to have my grandparents in my life as long as I have/did

I lost one of my grandparents last month and realize how truly blessed I’ve been to have three of the four alive up to that point.

I was able to see my grandma just a couple weeks before she passed, for which I’m thankful.

“>Grandma πŸ’—
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Will and I also made a road trip to Iowa last fall to see my Gran. I'm so thankful for that time and those memories!

πŸ’— Gran

I’m also very close to Will’s grandparents, and treasure them as my own.

To be 34 and have 4 special grandparents in my life (my grandpa, gran, and Will’s grandma & grandpa) sure is special, and I’m very thankful.

2. Will is genuinely surprised by my OU fanaticism.

A few years ago, when OU was struggling, Will opted to sell our last two home game tickets.

That’s blasphemy, y’all.

You don’t just sell your tickets because your team stinks!

Will was completely shocked by how strongly I felt about going.

See, Will is what I consider a “real and educated” fan. He loved them in the 90s just as much as he does now, guys.

If you know OU football in the 90s, you know that means a lot.  He knows seemingly everything about OU football, and I love it.

Anyway, he also listens to a radio during the game so he can hear the play-by-play.

Since he listens to the radio, he never realized how colorful my commentary is for the poor souls that sit behind and in front of us.

Nothing inappropriate, of course, but I’m rather talkative and lively.

Confession: I even sometimes annoy myself.

All this time he had no idea. Haha

The people around us, however? Yeah, they knew.

So yeah, while I’ve always been an OU fan (I say that loosely), I mostly married into the crazy.

However, my love for OU football has honestly become all my own over the last several years. It makes it that much more fun!

OU-ISU!

3. I’m harder on myself than I realize.

I never give myself enough credit. I’m always convinced of the worst. Quite a pessimist at times, which is strange because I generally try to think positively!

I honestly need to cut myself some slack sometimes. Take a deep breath. Not be so darn tightly wound.

For some silly reason I feel like I work for the Counter Terror Unit (that’s for all my old Jack Bauer 24 fans out there 😊) where I can’t take a single day off without the nation going into a tailspin.

It’s ridiculous, really.

One of the things about coming back to this job was that I knew I was going to have to be better about not driving myself crazy. Not putting too much on myself or worrying about everything.

I’ve done better, but I’m still not there. I’d like 34 to be the year when I do better and let go of some of those things. To pray more and just let go of so much of what I can’t control.

In fact, things are crazy at work right now. The old me wouldn’t have taken today off. The 34 year old me took it off anyway even though I’ll be checking email all day. I’d say I’m off to a good decent start!

4. Two Words: Mascara Primer
I’m not kidding. I discovered the fantasticness of daily mascara primer at 33 and I will never.go.back.

What’s a mascara primer? It’s basically a bra for your lashes.

Real life.

I honestly thought it was an unnecessary splurge, but guys- it’s kind of a must, especially if you’re like me and never leave enough time in your morning to apply eyeshadow.

Not all primers are equal.

I’m a Mary Kay girl through and through, but honestly you can’t beat the LancΓ΄me CILS mascara primer.

Line your eyes, curl your lashes, prime them, & add mascara. Trust me here. Game changer.

5.I actually think I’m pretty good at what I do
Coming back to my old job kind of fit like a glove.

I know what I’m doing, and I’m comfortable doing it. In fact, I was blessed to even get a promotion after being there less than a year.

Remember #3? I’m often too hard on myself and I need to remember I’m doing a good job and it’s ok to take a breath every now and then. I need to pray more, worry less. Trusting God with my job.

As crazy as it may seem, I distinctly remember praying for my future job when I was a teenager. I had no idea what I was going to do (Um, and I still don’t) but I remember praying for the job I’d have one day.

Guys, He is so faithful.  I honestly had no idea how 15 years later He would so richly answer my teenager prayers.

I could tell you it’s all because of my awesome smarts (um- it’s not) or communication skills (again no) or my “can do” attitude (nope, nope, and nope), but it unequivocally is none of those things.

It’s completely God’s faithfulness and provision, equipping me and helping me each and every step of the way.

6. In follow-up to #4
Since I already talked about my must have primer, I might as well share some more of my favorites for with my favorite 30 something gals.

Smashbox Primer Oil
I got this as a sample in my Ipsy several months ago and kind of forgot about it until this year.

Oh.My.Stars.

For my dry skinned girls, this is the bees knees.

My skin is super dry and makes me look way older than 34. My eye lines and forehead lines get so dry, and translucent powder atop my foundation just magnified the problem.

This primer is aces to help give extra moisture for these areas and hydrate all day with a beautiful but subtle glow.

I’m not going to lie, it’s expensive, and was a birthday gift to myself this year (plus a tube of mascara primer 😊). I bought it for my “free” Sephora birthday gift.

For me, it’s a luxe item, but I think it will last forever.

Knock-off Beauty Blenders
I usually tend to these things are sort of unnecessary, however a lot of the cheap ones work really well and give a beautiful, air brush flawless coverage. I got a Mint Pear blender in my Ipsy and really like it because it has a more contoured side for eyes and nose, but a larger side for the rest of the fact.

Mary Kay Repair Eye Cream & Night Treatment

I’m Mary Kay through and through when it comes to skincare. As a consultant,my loyalty lies with all their products, especially their skincare.

Their new line for “mature” skin is out of this world.

I don’t use all the products in that line just yet, but I have incorporated a couple of them into my daily routine and THEY WORK.

Their night cream is ridiculous. It has retinol and a host of moisturizing goodness to improve texture, lines, age spots, and damage.

It is pure fantasticness AND cheaper than the currently popular Rodan & Fields.

Their eye cream is equally potent. Sadly, due to the fact I treated my skin like crap in my teens (hello tanning beds!) plus genetics, there’s not a lot of hope for me here to some degree, but I’m thankful for the options I have that help!

7. I’ll never enjoy hot weather

Ever.

I hate hot weather.

I wither like a wilty flower.

I melt like a sno-cone in Phoenix.

I turn into a puddle of humid-y sweat and become quite the grouch!

It’s awful y’all.

It’s already been near 90 this year and everyone’s all,” It’s gorgeous outside!”

No. No it’s not.

A couple of us have been taking a quick break to walk a mile during the work day. It’s been so wonderful!

We sit hours on end each day, and many doctors claim desk jobs can be just as dangerous as smoking!

It’s been good to stretch our legs, get moving, and reduce stress, even if it’s just a few minutes.

The problem is...summer is approaching.

I’m not into sweating in work clothes (um or ever aside from the gym)…

But, I’ve come to crave my daily walk and can honestly attest to the benefits!

So I might have to see about going earlier.

This heat thing isn’t something I learned over the year, but it’s definitely been reaffirmed.

If it hasn’t changed now, it never will.

So if you invite me for a summer BBQ, let’s pretty please eat inside. Or at midnight.

(And as an aside, turns out I shared this exact same thing on my 32nd birthday. πŸ˜‚ See? Some things never change)

Drinks are my jam.

Over the last year, I’ve become quite the drinker.

Hot flavored teas, cold flavored teas, coffee with a smidge of creamer…

All the caffeine-y drinks.

Don’t worry, I realize these can become a calorie trap. It’s all about moderation, and I find a sweet drink treat can help fend cravings in the afternoon.

My current favorite? Celestial Seasonings peach tea with a shot of Coffeemate Italian Sweet Cream. At 30 calories it keeps me from donuts that abound in the break room!

9. Keep it Short & Sweaty

My workouts completely changed in my 30s, especially last year. While I enjoy longer workouts on the weekend, I’ve really begun to emphasize short and sweaty workouts.

I choose not to make time for long sessions during the work week but have not at all seen my weight go up.  In fact, I’ve read lots of reputable articles that attest to the value of short, quality workouts.

I limit them to 30-35 minutes and move pretty much the entire time.

My favorite right now? Les Mills GRIT Strength. Look it up on YouTube and take a “class” at home.

It’s awful in the best way possible.

10. By and large, I’m done with today’s Christian literature

Since entering my 30s, my heart has shifted regarding Bible study.

There was a time in which I relied heavily on today’s Christian authors to help me understand the Bible. However, a lot of books being published by “Christian” authors today are misguided at best, and heresy at worst. Quite frankly, it’s alarming.

The Lord has certainly raised up pillars of the faith who speak Truth. Their words, books, etc. can certainly be edifying to the church, but they are no comparison to the Bible itself.

It’s in knowing the Word of God for myself I am able to test the spirits, to know the Truth for myself. Not because some famous Christian author told me their interpretation of the Truth, but rather because I read it and study it myself.

I am burdened for the increasing biblical illiteracy within the church, and especially in my generation. We must get back to Truth. Testing “Christian” books against Scripture. Knowing the Bible ourselves. Not solely relying on others to spoon feed us. I desire meat, not milk, as scripture says.

33 brought an entire year devoted to the Gospel John & his epistles.

It revolutionized my Bible study. 

When I started, I wondered how I could ever study such a seemingly small piece of the Bible for a whole entire year. However, as December approached I began to wonder if I’d even be able to finish!

While I certainly relied on several resources during that year to compliment my study, the Bible was the main star. I realize that’s how it should be, after all, it’s Bible study, but that hasn’t always been the case.

Anyway, 33 was a huge year for me spiritually. I’m trusting 34 to be the same.

So yeah! “Deep thoughts” from a 34 year old blonde. Ha!

Switching gears, I also want to take a moment to acknowledge today. Good Friday.

It feels odd celebrating today when I generally find myself more somber and contemplative on this day.

When I consider Jesus was my age (well, my age yesterday) when He died, it adds an entirely new layer for me.

I consider His life as I consider my new year, but today I also consider His death. His sacrifice. His cross. The atonement and only acceptable payment for my wretchedness.

As I consider the magnitude of today, the depth of Good Friday, I am reminded that all I have to offer is my life. To dedicate each and every day of 34 to the glory of Him who gave me new life. And on that note? Here’s to 34.

(Almost) 34

“Lucky “ #13

Today Will and I celebrate our 13th anniversary.

Will & Brittny in the reception line

We were babyfaced kids the day we married. I was a month shy of 21, and he was 23.

We’d both never been on our own.

We hadn’t a clue how to do anything!

All-in-all, it was wonderful.

We were shiny-faced kids navigating this huge, serious thing called life with enthusiasm. Untainted by the world and invincible.

Will & Brittny-Feb 2003

Many say the first year is the hardest, but it was so fun for us!

Brittny&#x27;s 20th birthday with Will-2003

On our own for the very first time, and figuring it out together.

Then at some point reality sets in.

You grow up.

You aren’t kids anymore.

Life happens.

You have grown up problems and responsibilities.

You stay the same.

You change.

You endure a lifetime of ups and downs.

Some days you feel like that shiny faced kid.

Other days you feel ancient.

Some days you laugh until cry,

Other days the weight of reality feels too heavy to bear.

Let’s face it, “adult-ing” is hard. 

Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, you quickly realize you don’t!

OU OSU

I’m incredibly blessed I have Will to walk alongside me through the ups and downs.

WB ready for a sooner victory! OU takes Tennessee

I can’t believe I get to be married to him and journey this crazy life together.

Future Sooner anchors

It honestly feels too good to be true.

I remember being a young teen, writing letters to my future husband, praying for him and hoping the Lord would answer my prayers.

Through I’m incredibly underserving, the Lord heard my prayers and blessed me far beyond my dreams. I definitely got the better end of the deal.

OU-TCU, too close for comfort. Get will quick Baker. We need you!

We are so deeply intertwined and not only spouses, but best friends.

I was over the moon for him 13 years ago, and I still am today.

Only now it’s deeper, more powerful, and wrapped in a lifetime of real life, not happily-ever-after fairytales.

It hasn’t been perfect. Not even close. I thank God every day for His grace.

This is a typical Family picture. Will, God love him, hates taking pictures, so I had to share what I usually get when someone tries to snap a pic of us. 😊 Merry Christmas! πŸ’—πŸŽ„

So here’s to lucky number 13, on March 13th no less!  Certainly no luck involved here. Rather God’s provision, mercy, and blessing.

Celebrating Jesus❀ Merry Christmas!

Cheers 13.

Will & Brittny laughing at the alter

Welcome to February (wherein I mostly tell you I’m old)

Hello friends!

We survived the doldrums of January!

You may think I’m crazy, but aside from the longer days, which I love, I prefer winter to summer.

I mean, either way I’m working.

When I was young, summer meant no school, going on vacation, and fun!

Now it’s just hot, steamy, sweaty, and miserable. And the grass has to be mowed a million times.

Which is more annoying for Will than me, but still…

Anyway- summer is basically the long, hot stretch that gets us to football season.

Hopefully I’m making you more optimistic for February. 😊

How did I get off on this tangent? Let’s get back on track.

It’s February!

Are you stocking up on chalky candy hearts and Barbie valentines?

Gosh those days were fun/awful.

Spending time with my girlfriends and reading way too much into the valentines we got from boys.

You know, because a super hero valentine that said nothing but “Have a Super Valentine” signed by said boy totally meant we were going to get married.

Sigh.

I sure am glad those days are over! I’m not even sure Will and I got cards for each other the last few years. It’s just not our thing.

Awful chalky conversation hearts? Totally my thing.

Kind of.

Except not really.

I guess I like the conversation part more than the taste, you know?

They’re so darn cute!

We did, however, decide to buy delicious giant boxes of Godiva “for each other.” We braved the mall last weekend and bought ourselves a generous gift.

Will thinks we can just eat one each day and savor it most of the month.

I think he’s crazy.

Anyway, let’s talk life stuff.

Like how my poor husband almost fell apart last month.

He hurt his back in high school, and from time to time will have issues, but nothing major.

Last month, I kid you not, he sneezed an epic sneeze.

The sneeze of all sneezes.

A violent one that nearly shook the house.

And it literally brought him to his knees. The darnedest thing!

Then he couldn’t get up.

Yep, the guy threw out his back.

With a sneeze.

Real life.

He took recovery super seriously, lots of nights lying on the floor and on a heating pad.

Guys, we’re getting old.

Like actually old.

My wrinkles are for real, and Will hobbled around for a good three weeks.

Old.

And I’m pretty sure this year I enter “mid-30s” and Will enters “late-30s.”

HOW IS THIS HAPPENING ALREADY?!?

If we ever did have kids, we’d have to hire teenagers to play and chase them around. We’d be too fragile.

So yeah. Happy 2017!

Speaking of oldness, one thing that hasn’t gotten stagnant are my workouts.

I took a recovery week in January, which was long overdue and wonderful.

I’m always recharged and refocused coming off a recovery week.

This year I’m working on increasing my workouts. I workout four days a week, and I’d like to increase to five days or find ways to sneak in extra workouts during the week.

Did I tell you a few of us at work are walking a mile every day? It’s wonderful! I can’t even tell you how good it’s been for me mentally and physically.

Most of us who have a desk job know we’re supposed to get up and walk around once an hour of so. The reality is, however, that it never happens.

Having accountability just to take a few minutes each day to get up and walk has been great!

Until summer for the aforementioned reasons.

Maybe we can go earlier?

Walk inside? Hmm…

Anyway, it’s been such a great bonus exercise.

Not only that, but up until Will hurt his back, he and I were walking every night before dinner. It was so so SO nice.

I’d leave work on time and just take my computer home if I had more to do that night, and I’d quickly change and we’d go before it got dark.

We’d talk about our days and everything in between. It’s a lovely time.

With the days staying a little lighter, it will be easier to do now. It was a bummer having Will hurt. I missed our walks, but things are on the up and we’ll be back to it this week (I think!).

As for actual “real” workouts (I consider the walking bonus ones), I’ve stayed fairly consistent.

One major downer is that I haven’t made it to the gym near as often as I wanted to over the holidays and football season.

Don’t be fooled, I was still working out and doing quality workouts, but I was doing far less heavier weight lifting. I missed it!

With football season over, and schedules more normalized, I’ll be hitting the actual gym twice a week to lift. My other workouts will be done at home and will be circuit training or HIIT with lighter weights.

I’d like to add in a third home workout, so hopefully I can phase that in this month!

Sooo let’s transition into fuel for workouts...

In complete transparency, I’ve loosened the reigns on my diet over the last several months.

And just been glorious.

I’m living life, y’all, and it’s a good thing.

Im not kidding, several years ago I was extreme about eating. I would venture to say it was unhealthy and made everyone around me miserable.

I never, absolutely ever, allowed myself treats no matter the circumstance.

For me personally, I determined that was a really unhealthy way to live. I just ended up binging on junk when I reached my willpower breaking point, and the cycle would start all over again. Great plan! Haha

I’ve found I do heaps better when I just live my life.

I eat healthy and and am mindful of my food and macros, but I also give myself room for indulgences and “flex” calories throughout the week.

I’m not training for a bodybuilding competition, so I shouldn’t be eating like it. Not only that, but I needed more calories, so that’s been good too.

Yay for food and yay for well-planned treats!

Where am I going with this? Basically, not much had changed with my diet in terms of healthy eating, but I’ve become less rigid (read: LESS CRAZY) on indulgences.

The best part of all? Nothing has changed with my overall appearance either. Yay for quality eating.

I’ll have to share one of my favorite old recipes I recently revamped soon.

Oh and if you’re curious about that whole philosophy, Metabolic Effect has some fantastic articles on hormones and keeping HEC (hunger, energy, and cravings) in check.

Welcome to the present

Back in 2013, after a wonderful night celebrating my sister’s 23rd birthday, I was sleepy and not paying attention when I fed the Bigs. My phone fell out of my pocket. Rocky chomped on it. It was ruined. Enter new phone.

Four years in technology feels like an eternity, so it was time to upgrade.

I feel like such a granny learning all the new stuff (read above paragraphs about my oldness). I got the new iPhone 7 and can’t wait to try the new camera! I’m waiting for my case to come in before I start using it.

After feeding my previous phone to Rocky, a case before use felt mandatory. Ha!

James Things

In my previous post, I mentioned my 2017 study on James.

Guys, it is killing me.

It took me the entire month to get through the first chapter.

The last couple of years have included their fair share of trials. Having lived it, and am still walking through it, I know in my heart these are trials the Lord has placed before us.

I have not lost heart, though I’ve certainly had my moments. I know what the Word says and that He is absolutely going to give us the wisdom to take the next step. We’re still fuzzy on it, but some things are finally starting to take shape. I pray these coming days and weeks continue to bring wisdom in upcoming decisions. We would welcome your prayers!

Other Random Things
I’ve entered the world of using retinol products.

(As if you hadn’t already gleaned from the above: I.AM.OLD)

Nothing strong, just a night creme that has some in it.

Why didn’t I make this transition earlier!?

Probably because I was afraid my face would peel off. Apparently that’s possible, but in stronger doses.

Reminder- look into stronger doses.

Our beloved Colts didn’t do so great this season, which was disappointing. I’m hoping with their GM change things are ok the up.

I was rooting for the Packers until they lost, now I don’t really have a dog in the fight.

So I’m Falcons all the way.

But mostly I’m rooting for the Super Bowl food.

Obviously.

Are you an Amazon Prime user? I recently entered the Prime world because I got a discount to join. Tell me all the reasons I should love it!

Ok, I think that’s enough for now. I hope you had a wonderful first month of 2017! Check in again soon. ❀

2016 Year in Review

Time to do another year in review! As cliche as it sounds, time sure does fly!

All-in-all, it’s been a good year full of changes, blessings, and lessons.

No need to unpack it all here, let’s take a look!

January
Started off with a New Year’s Day lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and a Sooners loss in the playoffs.

Had a few play dates with Layla

Flossin&#x27;

🐟

Found out my company would be having a mass layoff due to the drop in oil.

February
Watched the Super Bowl

Made an impromptu trip to Ponca City to eat at Perkins. Breakfast, pie, and muffins to go.

Restarted our herb garden!
Round three (and two)

March
Walked the dogs a bunch

Trying to teach an old dog new tricks

Visited an RV show with Will’s parents

RV Show!

Celebrated 12 years of marriage

Survived the company layoffs. Completely thankful but wrecked by the whole process.

Took a trip to Colorado with my parents and Layla, and visited my grandparents. ❀️

Chilly walks! Road tripping to Colorado, Spring Break 2016

Did terribly on my bracket (as usual)

Bracketology 2016. Pink is bad. Thus far I have more pink...

Visited Will’s grandparents and admired their creeping flock

Grandma Norine&#x27;s flowers

April
Took lots of walks

Out and about at the park!

Interviewed for a new job, and it ended up with a conversation with my previous boss about possibly returning to my old company.

Turned 33, ate lots of cake

Birthday cake round 2 πŸ“πŸ‹

33

Birthday cake things

Went to the Red and White game

Spring game 2016

Attended a baby shower for one of my dearest friends

My sweet dear friend. πŸ’—Laura Leigh&#x27;s shower

May
Took Layla to the park

Park days and the library too!

Saw Nick Vijiucic speak at church

Life without limbs speaker Nick Vujicic speaking on hope and faith

Left my “dream” company after much prayer

Farewell πŸ’—

and went back to my previous job and picked up right where I left off (how sweet were they!?) and now work close to home and for the best boss ever.

A welcome back surprise! Feels good to be so warmly welcomed!

Made another trip to Perkins. More breakfast, pie, and muffins to go.

Walked the dogs a bunch

(Unsuccessfully) trying to get a selfie with all of us in it!

June
Went to a wedding in Tulsa and saw Will’s cousin get hitched

Reception things

Drove across state the next day to celebrate Will’s grandpa’s 90th birthday
WA turns 90 πŸ’—πŸ°

Took a ton of family photos at the birthday party. The theme for pics was red, white, and blue but apparently based on the below it was only blue. Haha

πŸ’— grandpa&#x27;s birthday

Had dinner with Marisa and family!

Went to Fairfax for work

July
Watched fireworks with my family (and the Bigs)
fireworks! πŸ’₯πŸŽ†

Celebrated Layla’s 4th birthday

Layla turns 4!!

Top Golf work/family outing

Top golf

Attended the Hillsong concert

Celebrated a joint birthday for Will and his dad
Birthday! 🍰

Went to Tulsa to see Jim Gaffigan

August
Bought and enjoyed a bushel of delicious peaches

Porter peaches. Also known as the only thing I&#x27;ll be eating this week.

Got to meet my sweet friend’s precious baby boy
I got to cuddle the cutest baby boy in al of Oklahoma. He loved me equally. 15 minutes after this picture was taken he spit up all over me. πŸ˜‚

September
Kicked off football season in Houston!!! (And lost)

OU-Houston; Before the loss, before I got beer spilled on my twice by foul-mouth Houston fans, before Will nearly lost his religion on said fans...before all that? Smiles of anticipation for a win πŸ˜‚

Had dinner with friends

Lots of football (and enjoyed the new stadium renovation!)
OU-ULM home opener, 10 Sep 16

Pre game activities, OU-Ohio state

October
Coffee with a former coworker and friend

OU-Texas weekend!

OU Texas 2016!

OU Texas 2016!

A workout with a dear old friend
Worked our jaws more than our legs but it was well worth it πŸ’—

More pup walking

Pups out and about!

Welcomed new neighbors (said goodbye to my parents who moved 😩)

November
A trip to Iowa for the OU-ISU game

Iowa State!
OU-ISU!

A weekend with my dear Gran and time with family

🍁❀️ finally fall colors, Iowa 2016

Dinner with the family πŸ’—

πŸ’— Gran

Voted- and yes, there’s a toilet in the background. As dirty as the election got, it felt appropriate.

After the way this election went, it felt appropriate to take my "I voted" selfie with a toilet in the background

More football

Thanksgiving with Will’s family

Thanksgiving 2016

Enjoyed a Perkins muffin when Will had to make a quick trip to Ponca City
The way to my heart

December
My work Christmas party!

Christmas party 2016

A rainy and super fun win at Bedlam

Bedlam 2016!!

Made Christmas crafts

Christmas crafting

Celebrated Christmas with family
Celebrating Jesus❀ Merry Christmas!
Christmas Round 2

It’s been a year of ups and downs and God’s blessing and provision. I’m so thankful for all He’s doing. I’m praying 2017 brings more of Him in our lives and wisdom in all we do.

Thanks for sticking around here. May you and yours enjoy this last day of the year and soak up lots of good memories.

Check in soon for more! Until then, Happy New Year!

33: Introverts Unite! (Quietly. In our own houses.)

I’m 33 today.

So am I technically still early 30s or have I officially moved into the dreaded “mid-30s?”

Don’t answer that.

As in years past, I wanted to take a moment today to share deep and meaningful (πŸ˜‰) life lessons I learned on the road from 32 to 33.

In all honesty, and as silly as it sounds, I really think I “grew up” and got to know myself better this past year.

It’s been a year of reflecting and trusting the Lord. Tossing away much of the useless nonsense that consumed my life for far too long.

It wasn’t an easy year, but it’s certainly been worth it. πŸ’—

1. I think that maybe (??) I’ve become more of an introvert in my old age.

True story.

Growing up as an army brat that moved tons, I never had a problem making friends and being heavily involved in heaps of activities. I loved people, and I loved doing “stuff.”

Still, I’ve was always been fairly quiet and timid (unless I’m among my trusted “tribe"). I’ve noticed over the last couple of years that my preference is for more intimate, less chaotic engagements.

I still love people, and I still (occasionally) love doing “big” stuff...but in smaller doses, and with my favorite people rather than the whole farm. 😊

So yeah, kind of a big revelation I discovered this past year. Ha!

2. Triscuits are the jam.

Yes.

Go buy a box of the cracked black pepper & olive oil, or the dill ones.

Once you buy them you’ve pretty much surrendered to the fact that they have to be in your kitchen cabinet ALWAYS.

3. Social media is overrated.

I know this isn’t the consensus, especially for people my age and younger, but seriously- for me, it’s true.

I enjoy taking huge breaks from the rat race that is social media (see #1 above).

I often use Lent as an opportunity to disconnect, and find my usage continues to say very minimal afterward.

It makes me more present and aware of the moment.

Of actual life in the flesh.

Of all the little moments before my eyes I often miss when I’m buried in my phone.

No lie- I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up from my phone and can’t remember the last 10 minutes of real life around me.

Yes, I completely agree there’s a time and place. There are so many people dear to me that I can connect with through social media when I normally wouldn’t see them except major holidays.

I also see the value in social media (um, after all this is a blog post), but I also see so much more value in investing in the life right in front of me.

All about balance.

4. Silence is golden.

(See #1 and #3)

I find I often busy myself with noise.

The radio is always on.

The TV is always on.

I’m on my phone.

I’m constantly distracted.

I can’t focus and hear the voice of God.

When I finally intentionally quiet myself and step away from the craziness of life, it feels wrong sometimes.

Because I feel as though something should be done. That I need to be acting or moving or doing.

It feels unnatural because we’re constantly faced with stimulation.

Yet, when I force myself to declutter my mind and sit in the stillness of God’s word and actually listen, I find Him. I hear His Truth and desires.

It takes focus, but He promises He rewards those who earnestly and diligently seek Him. And it’s worth it.

5. Marie Callender’s Cherry Crunch Pie will make you hate yourself.

Seriously.

Don’t do it.

It’s so dang good, and you’re going to loathe loving it so much.

6. I enjoy at-home workouts as much as gym ones.

I suppose I always have, however given the choice, I’d always given the edge to the gym.

I love the versatility of at-home workouts in the privacy of my own living room.

Who cares if I’m sweating like a pig and don’t smell like roses!?

Boz and Lucy sure don’t mind. Haha

7. Things don’t go as planned.

Obvs.

But seriously, I’ve been extremely blessed my entire life and had been shielded from a lot of heartache.

The Lord has been doing lots of pruning on my heart in this season of trials, and it hasn’t always been easy or enjoyable.

Nonetheless, I can look back on this last year and consider all my plans and see how the Lord has steered our life in such a different direction (see Proverbs 16:9).

Not as I planned, yet I can still see His hand in it all and have peace.

8. Clean your shower every week.

Seriously. I know you probably hate it as much as I do, but DO IT already.

As we both know, the longer we wait, the worse it gets.

Need motivation?

Mix one cup of vinegar and one tablespoon of blue Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle and soak your shower with it.

Let it sit a few hours and then wipe.

Game changer.

You’re welcome.

9. Truth matters.

Unpopular, but true.

We want to live in this huge gray area so as not to offend anyone, but the fact of the matter is- you’re always going to offend someone. I firmly believe there’s a way to hold the line without being a jerk, which is what the media seems to portray anytime one “side” disagrees with another.

Truth counts, so own it and stand firm in your convictions and dialogue in love, don’t yell and flail in hate.

10. I’ve become a full-blown carnivore again.

Real life.

Well… Sort of.

I still aim for more of a veggie friendly diet, but I’ve also been adding chicken and fish to my diet 1-2 times a week.

Plus I pretty much can’t turn down grilled Chick-Fil-A nuggets.

They pretty much sent me to the edge, and it didn’t take much more to jump thereafter. Ha!

Brittny Flint-3 years old with weird chicken

11. Deep condition your hair.

And if it’s super dry like mine, do it every time you wash it. I used to think deep treatments were once a month type things until I started doing them twice a week.

Game changer. I’ll never go back now!

12. I have friends who genuinely care.

Y’all, I am so thankful for my inner circle of friends. I have been uplifted so many times this year by their love and encouragement.

13. This life isn’t mine to live.

This is the biggest lesson.

It’s something I’ve known as a Christian in theory, but have finally begun to behold.

I’m so done with trying to live my “best life now” with no consideration for standing before Jesus one day.

I want to be selfless and give more. Care more. See people more. Act more. Love more. Stand more.

Not for me or some meaningless cause, but for Jesus and Truth. Even when it’s unpopular.

I’m so done wasting my life and want 33 (and beyond) to be one of surrender and awe.

To see what God can do if I’d simply get out of the way.

So yeah.

Streams of consciousness from my heart to yours.

Here’s to 33. πŸ’—

33

An Open Letter From My Future Self to My Current Self

Dear Brittny,

I’m writing this letter as a much older version of who you are today.

I have to use my imagination a bit and ask for wisdom because, let’s face it, you’re a bit of a mess sometimes. I had to weed through all your quirkiness to imagine you a good 20 years from now.

Here’s to hoping I’m spot on.

Heck, I’ll consider it good if I’m even half right with this future version of Brittny. Ha!

Joking aside, do you remember the sermon you listened to last week?

It was about time and just how fleeting it is.

Verse

I can attest, as I’m in my 50s now, just how quickly it passes.

Birthdays, Christmases, life and death. The days, weeks, and months melded together and before I knew it, I woke up and was 52 years old.

My face is wrinkled and my hands are spotted from the sun. I even bought a pair of old lady pants last week. Lord help us!

I tell you all this because, I’m 52, Brittny.

You’re 52.

I look at you today and sure wish you would ease up on yourself.

You stress far too much about things that don’t matter.

You know better, but you do it anyway.

Verse

You’re anxious over the silliest things and let them squish you into a big stress ball.

I wish you wouldn’t.

You work too hard at things that will not matter, and not enough at the things that will matter.

Yes, work is important, but as I’m 52 and seen a few things that you haven’t, I assure you that agreement you’re working can wait until tomorrow.

Take a vacation day.

Put down your phone.

Stop worrying.

Stop Facebooking.

Breathe.

Be present.

Love your husband.

Be less of a Martha and more of a Mary.

They’re both important in their own right, I know, but you worry far more over things of such little value in the grand scheme of life.

Sit at Jesus’s feet.

Let a little dust collect on the baseboards every now and then if it means more time serving Jesus and your family.

Those are things that count.

Sleep more and worry less.

You’re not too busy for friends like you think you are.

They’re worth it. Invest time in them, you won’t regret it.

Keep praying that God will give you the desires of your heart.

I know you’re at a desk job pushing paper thinking it will never amount to anything, but keep praying and keep trusting.

The days go so fast, Brittny. So very very fast.

Stop putting your head down and powering through just to make it to the end of the work day.

Look up, look around, enjoy the day I’ve given you. It’s the only day you get.

July 31, 2015 is the only July 31, 2015 you’ll ever ever have.

Remember that and live like it.

Verse

Put God first and don’t worry about the rest. People will say you’re extreme. Love them and take it as a compliment.

Don’t be afraid to sing loudly, eat cake without feeling guilty, and tell Will daily how much you care- even when he gets annoyed by your gushiness. smile

Give more money to the causes you want, and don’t be afraid to say yes or no to opportunities.

(You’ll know when to say yes, and when to say no, trust me- and trust God foremost)

I don’t want you to have any more regrets about things you wish you could do or things you should have done.

Do them.

Know God and surrender to Him daily.

Love others without fear or expecting anything in return.

Lighten up, Brittny!

That’s the biggest advice I want to give you today. Lighten up.

Your life is but a breath.

Remember how short it is, and go easy on yourself.

It’s such a gift and goes so quickly.

I sure hope this letter touches your heart today. Please take it seriously and read these words from time to time.

Trust me, the older version of yourself knows you’ll need the reminder.

There’s so much more advice I could offer (like stop wearing that ugly green shirt you like so much!), but I think this is more than enough.

Chin up, sweet girl. You turn out just fine.

Verse

Love,

A much older, more lightened up, version of yourself πŸ’—

I’d love to hear what advice your older self would give our current self in the Share the Love comment section below. I’m sure I could use that advice too smile

Thursday Things, 14 May 2015

Going crazy
So my site is completely crashing anytime I try to link a webpage to my post.

It’s inconvenient, and makes me want to scream.

I have no idea what’s causing it, and I apologize in advance for the big fat full link I’m about to post below. Ha!

Nacho Average Nachos

Yep. I’m over 30, and I really did just say that.

I made Will How Sweet’s carnita nachos last weekend.

(Not) health food.

Actually, I ate them too, sans meat (and bought cantina style tortilla chips instead of making my own).

They are ridiculous in the best way possible.

Total game day food.

Not healthy.

Not even close.

If you’re looking for an at-home treat meal, make it. You can thank me later.

(Here’s the full link http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/05/crispy-carnitas-oven-nachos-with-homemade-tortilla-chips/)

Aveeno Protect & Hydrate

It’s time to think about more comprehensive sun protection, and Aveeno’s Protect & Hydrate fits the bill.

I received a sample from Crowdtap and couldn’t wait to try it.

I don’t know about you, but during the summer, the less goo and stickiness, the better. I love that this stuff is a two in one and not only provides SPF, but ample moisture too.

Lunch Bunch

Girls, I’m so excited! I’m having lunch with two of my most favorite former coworker ladies tomorrow.  I haven’t seen one in a couple years (though we’ve kept in touch via email).

Im already trying to figure out how to keep our chat to just an hour so I can get back to work in time.

I can’t wait to see them, and I can’t even take it. Eeep!

TBT

Today’s TBT comes courtesy of the Poconos!

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That’s where we took our honeymoon and stayed in a totally fun newlywed suite. Good times!

Download This Song NOW

Song

Hillsong Touch the Sky

It’s my totally jam right now. Watch out if you’re in the car with me.

For real.

Download it. You won’t regret it. So so so good.

Wherein I turned 55 overnight
Soooo, I bought my first pair of old lady pants last week.

True story.

They’re pull on straight leg dress pants with a “flattering waistband for a slimmer look.”

In my defense, they had excellent reviews- and not just from grannies, either.

I bought them, stressed over them, tried them on, stared, took them off, stared at them on the bed…

Then I asked for honest opinions. My mom and sister said I was crazy. That they looked great and not granny-ish at all.

Will didn’t understand how dress slacks could have no zipper.

He was perplexed. He said the zipper thing like ten times.

Anyway, I decided to keep them. Just call me me-maw.

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

Thursday Things, 7 May 2015

Last weekend Will found a snake in our driveway.

It’s not the first time this has happened. However, it was the first time something other than a garter snake was in our yard!

Yikes!🐍
That was no garter snake. It bowed up to Will and wouldn’t back down.

Real life.

Because we always go in pairs.
I walked in on someone using the restroom last week.

I’m not sure who was more embarrassed/annoyed- me or her.

In my defense, the door was marked “green” for empty and was not “red” for occupied, so it was open season.

Still… It’s a little awkward having to see that person in the finance review meeting after our tango in the bathroom. 😐

In too deep

Remember the garage sale I mentioned a few weeks ago?

I was right. Totally right. We’re a complete mess.

I have a feeling weeks later we’re going to realize there’s tons of stuff we should have sold but didn’t because we were too busy scrambling to get everything else together in preparation for the event.

Do you know how much work garage sales are?

Of course you do.

Whatever happened to putting everything in the lawn? Now you have to rent tables and get permits and all sorts of other red tape.

Say a prayer we score some serious cold hard cash.

Or at least get rid of Will’s DVD collection.

Street Outlaws
Soooo, I pretty much have a “celebrity” citing (?) every week.

I say “celebrity” citing with a question mark, because I’m not entirely sure people on a network reality show count?

It does, right? It totally does. They’re on national TV and have had multiple seasons.

Why would I even question it. Who do I think I am!?

Anyway, the Street Outlaws and I workout at the same gym, and apparently have for years.

On my Fridays off, they’re always there. My mom and dad are big fans of the show and always text me when they have a citing.

I’d never really watched it until recently, so I had no idea who was who.

So yeah. Fun fact.

If you’re a fan of the show I could probably score you an autograph between their bench press sets.

Things I need to learn

How to sew.

I needed very minor repairs on three pairs of work pants. However, since I can pretty much only sew a button (real life), I figured I better leave stitching a small hole to the professionals.

Turns out I would have been better on my own.

It was supposed to just take a week.

I went two weeks ago and she needed more time because of the prom rush.

I went the week after, and she had forgotten about me… And couldn’t find my clothes!

Insert the part where I completely internally freaked out in my mind while faking calm and order.

She said they were probably at her house, and she would call to confirm.

She never called.

She was closed over the weekend and thankfully called earlier this week and said she had my clothes.

Turns out they were done three weeks ago but every time she looked for the three items she never found them...because there were two black items and they looked like only one.

Sheesh.

Anyway, crisis averted. Sanity (mostly) intact.

Kindred hearts
I don’t have time in today’s post to tell you my story about kindred spirits and the Anne Shirleys in my life (perhaps I’ll explain one day).

However, I am compelled to share how incredibly blessed I am to have a friend with such a beautiful heart of God, obedient and tender to the Holy Spirit. So much so, that she has this unique ability to text me throughout the week when I need it most. I’m so blessed by those rare friendships, and even more blessed by Jesus and the fact that He loves me enough to show it in such beautiful people who share and love His word. Not to mention the beautiful quiet moments I get alone with Him, too!

This week’s TBT comes courtesy of Mother’s Day.

Brittny Flint-2 years old & Mom

I’m not a mom, and am not sure if I ever will be, but there are lots of moms I love, including this one...mine!

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

Have a wonderful day!

Tech at the Turn of the Century: Deep Talks

It’s Tuesday and I’ve got nothing.

Typically when people have nothing to say...they don’t say anything.

It only seems wise and appropriate.

I, however, decide to scramble together a thoughtful (thoughtful? Ha! Who are we kidding?) post simply because

I HAVE TO POST ON TUESDAY.

Which is hilarious.

I crack myself up.

You know, pretty much 99% of my posts back I’m the early days were based on absolutely nothing. I’d sit in front of the computer with nothing to say and manage to cover newlywed antics we all could relate to.

And side note, do any of us sit in front of the computer to post anymore? I sit in front of a computer all.day.long. at work, but all my blog and “fun” stuff is done on my phone or iPad.

Hence all the weird autocorrects or typos I never catch until after I publish.

Sorry about that.

Want to know something that makes me feel super old?

When Will and I were first married (and dirt poor), we didn’t have our own computer.

I was still in school, so I had to do all my homework and papers at my parent’s house or the school library.

Do people even go to the library to use the computers anymore?

I have no idea.

Since we’re talking tech stuff and feeling old, I also remember the first text message I ever got in my life.

Yes, there was a time when texts didn’t exist, kids.

I was sitting in class and Will sent me one. I don’t even remember what it said. All I can remember was staring at the screen- the black Nokia screen that everyone had back in 2003-thinking “What in the what is this?! It’s like an email message on my phone… From my fiancΓ©!” πŸ˜‚

Dying.

So yeah, who says I don’t have anything meaningful to share today?! We just discussed technology at the turn of the century.

Brilliant.

Do you guys like these random-y posts? I often have. I idea what to share on Tuesdays, and if you have any ideas, I’m all ears! smile

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