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The Birthday Weekend & Look Ahead

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Friday selfie

It's got spinach, so it's healthy, right?

Time for a birthday party

Time for a birthday party

Weekend things

Weekend things

Snuggle bug

Backseat driver

Weekly blood pressure checks for Heart Month (yeah, yeah, it’s high. What do they expect when you take it at work!?), Birthday party fun, lunch out with my sweetie, workouts, house stuff, food prep, an excellent message at church, dinner with my parents, movie marathon with Will (The Karate Kid 1 and 2 😊), and a little indulging.

A wonderful weekend of fun.

Check in this week for

-Tuesday Things
-The Workout Pants Debate
-February Ipsy
And more!

We’re getting snow today in the metro, but nothing to write home about. So much for my snow day! smile

Here’s to a good week and blessings. Check in tomorrow!

The God of When

I kind of feel like my Friday posts have been a bit of a downer lately.

Are you sensing this, too?

I certainly don’t mean for them to be. I want them to offer hope and encouragement. 

Yet, I kind of wonder if my current storm is inadvertently raining on your guys’ sunshine-y parade.

Nobody wants a Debbie Downer at their party, am I right!?

I’m going to be honest, Will and I are in the midst of a storm.

No, not Will and I as a couple.

Praise God, by His grace we are more in love than ever.

Other things.

Things I want to share and simultaneously don’t want to share.

Do you have these challenges too?

I’m sure we all have at one time or another.

I’m reading in Isaiah, and have found such deep and intimate hope over the last few weeks.

God knew I’d need it.

The passages are geared toward the nation of Israel, but they’re still so very applicable to all of us.

Not only that, but God’s new covenant in the New Testament confirms time and time again the tender love and mercies I’ve been reading in Isaiah.

Last week it was Isaiah 40:31, a verse I’ve read a million times. Only, last week I saw it with fresh eyes.
Verses

This week it was Isaiah 43:2-4.

I find this passage comforting.

Notice verse two doesn’t say “If” your go through deep waters, or if you go through rivers of difficulty, or if you walk through the fire of opposition.

Verses

It says, “When”.

When these things happen-

When you’re in over your head and don’t know which way is up,

When nothing makes sense,

When your heart feels awful and you’re suffocating on the inside,

When things don’t go the way you anticipated…

When.

Not if.

When these things happen, He is with us.

When these things happen, we will not drown.

When these things happen, the flames will not consume us.

Because these things will happen.

We must remember, however, that God works for the good of those who love Him.

He looks to strengthen those whose hearts are loyal to Him.

He is with us in the midst of adversity and will never leave nor forsake us.

He is not the God of “if,” because he is the God that knows and holds all in his hands, and holds us so very tightly, too.

He is the God of when. Ever there and able to see us through every single step of the way.

Do you trust Him to see you through?

I am learning a new lesson on trust and faith, and I pray when the storms of adversity rise against you, the Lord works in your heart and guides you along the way.

Thanks for checking in and letting me be open today. I hope to share more in the coming weeks, but until then, we will pray, wait, and trust. ❀️

Valentine’s Day Weekend & Look Ahead

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Valentine's cake from my parents

Cool greens for lunch!

Cool greens for lunch!

A walk in the park

A walk in the park

Playmates

Weekend things

Early birthday present

This weekend didn’t exactly go as planned, which was disappointing, however it was still a wonderful weekend. I continue to see God’s hands over Will and I, and am so thankful for the blessings in our lives.

While a few plans were supposed to go differently, the weekend was lovely in its own unanticipated right. Long talks, a trip to the park, an unexpected trip to Norman, time with my family, London Bridges with Layla, an early birthday present, church, and rest.

We are blessed.

Check in this week for:

-Things I’m loving
- My go-to YouTube workout channels
-Thursday Things
and more!

Off to tackle a busy Monday and a grueling week ahead. Thanks for checking in!

Thursday Things, 12 Feb 15

The Aerogarden is doing fantastically.

Mint is a late bloomer

Except the blasted mint.

To say it’s a late bloomer would be an understatement.

It’s pretty much the herb I wanted most, too.

Figures as much.

Last weekend I thought I might just up and die right there at the gym for all the patrons to see.

I completed a good resistance workout, and then decided to quickly hit the elliptical.

I usually like to gradually increase the crossramp and really work to keep my heart rate up.

About 20 minutes in, I was dripping in sweat, and I was working double time.

Turns out I was increasing the resistance instead of the crossramp. Ha

Speaking of workouts, last weekend Will and I went to the park to enjoy the warmer weather.

Long talks at the park (and a secret selfie I took of the mister 😊)

We sat and talked and watched the kids playing.

Will looked over at me and asked, “Remember when we were kids and running was actually something we did for fun?”

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Totally killed me.

I remember the days when I was a kid and would run just because it was something fun.

While I have my moments, I can pretty much say I no longer consider running “something fun to do.”

Soo what are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

Do you love it? Hate it? Do tell.

Will and I aren’t huge celebrators, but we do acknowledge the day.

We don’t get crazy with gifts, either. Although, my sneaky husband did decide to buy me the rest of our bedding accessories for the new bedspread we bought last year. It wasn’t cheap and I was very touched by his thoughtfulness!

He also surprised me with the first season of The Americans. Anyone watch this?

My parents love it, and since it’s set in the 80s, I kind of figured I would too.

So yeah.

We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but apparently Will forgot.

As for going out on Valentine’s Day, don’t enjoy crowds or waiting forever at places in our old age, so we will cozy up on the couch Saturday night and let you guys have a night on the town without old fogeys cramping your style. smile

It only seemed right that today’s TBT pic be Valentine’s Day related.

Brittny-Valentines day OU cake-2005

This was our first married Valentine’s Day in 2005.

Look at that baby face!

I bought Will a cute Valentine cake as well as some red OU oakleys.

Which, surprisingly, he didn’t like because they fit weird (according to him).

Yes, I still remember.

And yes, it’s really me in that picture.

Remember that one time we all got crazy and dyed our hair RED!?!

Yeah…

In this week’s “Food Lately” post, I failed to mention the amount of peanut butter and jelly toast I’ve been eating.

It’s out of control, y’all.

That’s it for now.  I sure hope you’ll check in tomorrow.

Anything you care to share?

WIOW: February At-Home Resistance Work

Another Wednesday, another workout.

Last week I shared some of my favorite at-home cardio workouts.

Today is all about my February at-home resistance workouts.

I’m going to be honest, they vary.

A lot.

However, what I’m sharing today is pretty standard in terms of what I often do.

I try to hit all major muscle groups and work to exhaustion when I can.

I haven’t invested in much at-home resistance equipment yet, so I have to create my own.

How do I do that?

Lots of tempo mapping. I make the weight much heavier than it feels by slowing the reps down and squeezing every single muscle I’m working throughout the entire movement.

It works better than you might realize.

My point here is- you may not have all the dumbbells you need or want to have a great at-home gym, but you can still do plenty of exercises to create a functional workout.

You can also increase the resistance by creating it with your own body and how you control the weight.

Remember that!

Just shoving a weight up and down quickly is all momentum. When you squeeze your muscles and really move more mindfully, you can help increase difficulty.

Oh aaaand I also like workouts that incorporate cardio and resistance together. Today’s workout is resistance training only, but if you’d like to see a combination I do at home, I’d love to share it!

Now it’s time to share what I’m doing with my dumbbells on the days I workout at home. smile

Like I said, I don’t have heavy weights, so my reps are usually pretty high for at-home workouts.

Depending on time, I complete 2-3 sets of this entire list back to back.

20-30 reps for legs
15-20 reps for everything else

Ready?

Go!

Resistance

Family Time, Candy Runs, Long Talks, & a Look Ahead

Mint is a late bloomer

Love baptism service

Ruby duby

Weekend things

Saturday night candy run

Saturday night candy run

Resting pups

Resting pups

Basil- lime deliciousness

Long talks at the park (and a secret selfie I took of the mister 😊)

Beautiful weekend weather, dinner with my parents, workouts and chores, baptism service (my favorite) with my parents, followed by a quick family stop by my sister’s, late night candy run, a nice and long talk at the park about big things, and plenty of time with the dogs.

It was a wonderful weekend.

Check in this week for

-Food Lately
-At-Home Resistance
-Thursday Things
And more!

Oh and hey! I posted a funny video of Will with my sister’s puppy, Ruby. Can you see it? If not, check it out in my Flickr feed

Have a wonderful day, and I hope you’ll check in this week! 

Thursday Things, 4 Feb 15

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Our minds do funny things sometimes.

Well, mine does anyway.

For example, the other day I told Will my, “hungry was tummy.”

Two things-

1. Yes, I really did say that.

And

2. Yes, I really did say that.

Posh Paper

Please tell me you remember when pink toilet paper used to be a thing?

I’m not making this up, guys.

It was a real thing, I promise!

Will had no idea they used to manufacture such beautifulness (well… If you consider TP beautiful).

Out of curiosity last week, I looked to see if anyone still makes it.

You can pick up 32 rolls for a meager $50. Ha!

That seems just a bit too exorbitant for something like toilet paper.

There goes my hope of having pink toilet paper in all the bathrooms.

I’m sure Will is quite relieved I’m over this… For now.

Why does NBC hate me!?

Parenthood is officially over.

I was sad to see it go. I feel like there are no shows about real life on prime time TV these days. They’re all cop shows, crime investigation shows, medical shows, and “reality” TV.

I liked Parenthood because I felt like I knew the cast. They were real, regular people living a life I could relate to, to some degree.

So yeah. No more.

I was thankful for how the show ended. They did a good job of flashing forward a couple years so I (haha, yes, me and only me) could see how they turned out.

Gosh I’m really sad sometimes. But hey- if you watched the show, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

The Economics of Fun

For some really strange reason, Will had sort of gotten into Love It or List It on the HGTV channel.

It’s funny.

He watched it with me a few times over break, but now he’s taping shows for us to watch when there’s nothing else on.

I think it has to do with the fact that he’s always shocked how much houses in urban Canada cost.

Seriously- like $1M for 2,000 square feet sometimes.

I secretly think it makes him thankful we live in quiet Oklahoma and have a ridiculously terrific cost of living.

Best Super Bowl Recipe Roundup!!

That wasn’t.

I thought it would be a great idea to do a recipe roundup this week in preparation for the Super Bowl… Which happened last week.

Oops. So yeah, no recipe roundup.

Today’s TBT pic comes in celebration of all the Girl Scout Cookie posts I’ve seen EVERYWHERE.

Brittny Flint-8 yrs old at Girl Scout Camp

Seriously, as a kid who had a parent that helped me out too, you guys should totally get free cookies.

Anyway, here’s a picture of me at Girl Scout camp in Germany way back on the day.

I have stains all over my shirt.

I’m assuming they’re leftover thin mint smears. Even 20 years later, this still happens.

For real. 

The One With the Super Bowl & Look Ahead

Laundry soaping

Laundry soaping

French braid

New Bubba mug

Super bowl inspired service

Untitled

The pup (and a hula hoop)

Super Bowl goodies

Super Bowl goodies

Super bowl food

With my favorite kid

House cleaning, laundry soap making, dinner with Will’s parents, workouts, football themed church service, long talks, playing with a puppy and the girls, sweet treats, and the Super Bowl with my family.

A wonderful weekend.

Check in this week for

-Things you should probably know about me
-WIOW
-Thursday Things
And more!

Thursday Things 29 January 2015

Tools for Blondes
Sooo a few years ago I shared a post about my crazy and incessant need to check and make sure I unplugged my straightener about a million times each morning.

Real life.

My mom knows me.

She got me the WeMo switch for Christmas.

This puppy can shut off power to the outlet from a phone app just incase I forgot to turn the straighter off.

Complete and total game changer.

I’m not sure who was more grateful, me or Will. smile

Chaps-tick Hate Turned Chap-stick Love

Remember this NYX chapstick in my December Ipsy I didn’t really like because (even though it tasted delicious) it made me look white and pasty like I had concealer on my lips?

Ipsy

Um hello!

Why didn’t we realize the wonderfulness this stuff could offer!?

It really does wash me out and look like a concealer over my lips BUT it works as a great sort of neutralizing primer to the pink in my lips so the lip color I choose is its true color when I put it on.

So smart!

Brain Training

If there was any question whether I was old, rest assured-

I’m old.

I’m only 31 and have downloaded the Elevate app to keep my mind fresh and engaged.

You know, because little word games are supposed to do that or something?

I figure it’s not hurting. Plus it’s kind of fun to take a few minutes out to play.

Real life.

THE BEST ROAD TRIP EVER

That wasn’t.

Sooo after the Garth Brooks concert we went to a couple weeks ago, Will and I had the brilliant plan to drive up to Ponca City and have a super early breakfast at Perkins (usually about a 3.5 hour trip for us).

Yes, Perkins.

If you read my blog way back in the Kuwait days, you may remember Perkins found a special place in our hearts during our trips back to the US.

We would fly to Minneapolis, shop at the Mall of America a couple days, and eat breakfast at Perkins.

Total tradition.

We went back to Minneapolis in 2011 for old times sake (as well as a game in Green Bay!) and literally ate Perkins for 2 of our 3 daily meals the entire trip.

Heavenly.

Now, if you live near one and don’t understand why we are so crazy for them, I get it.

There’s plenty of regional places people go batty for I just don’t understand, but it’s their “thing” and a special favorite place for them, so that’s what I get.

Annnnyway, long story short, we were so pumped to road trip up there after the concert.

As we were heading up to Tulsa for the concert, Will mentioned he thought we may have to wait an hour or two after getting to Perkins before they opened.

See, they’re open until 10 on weekdays, but 24 hour on weekends.

To us, that meant they’d open at midnight Friday.

“Let’s call and make sure,” Will said.

So I called and…

They don’t open until 6am on Fridays

LIES!!!!!!!

So yeah, they’re kind of 24 hours on the weekend...if opening at 6 counts. smile

I was pretty bummed. I really wanted a huge mammoth muffin for midnight breakfast.

That’s all for today. Anything you care to share?

Thursday Things, 22 Jan 15

Let’s talk about things you’re not supposed to put down the disposal.

And how I pretty much put all.the.things. down there before actually researching, “Oh hey! You’re actually not supposed to put celery stalks, lemon peels, and egg shells down there!”

Who knew!?
I didn’t.

Let’s not tell Will.

I spent almost eleven years telling him, why yes you DO put citrus rinds in the disposal. It keeps things fresh and smelling good. Duh!

Continuing to embrace my inner granny

I’ve told you a million times, I am a complete and total grandma.

It used to but me, but now I just embrace the old.

Enter Carhartt socks.

One of the best stocking stuffers I received. Those things are so super duper cozy and warm and completely and utterly fantastical.

Fantastical!

For real.

If you buy them you’ll think, “Aw, these are the coziest socks and perfect to stay home in!”

I agree...sort of.

I say slap those puppies on and wear them always.

Just at home… That’s ludicrous!

My AeroGarden is causing me a teeny bit of craziness

We’re supposed to be in “high growth mode” right now, but yeah… We’re not.

Not even close.

That stinkin’ mint, one of the very herbs that prompted Will to get me this AeroGarden thing, is teasing me.

It should have sprouted two weeks ago but just now finally peeked through.

Killing me.

I think it’s because Will keeps it like a refrigerator in here maybe?

I did get to use some dill and like two springs of chives this week. Haha yes, two whole baby springs of chive.

I’m such a green thumb.

Cowboy Up

Today’s TBT comes courtesy of my husband.

Cowboy up

Who the heck is this guy!?

Sooo remember last week when we talked about Will bring Kountry?

(Yes with a K)

Proof.

Real life.

I wanted to share this pic last week and had funny stuff written up about it, but thought it might offend Will so I didn’t share.

When I told him he laughed and was totally fine with it.

Go figure.

I must say I wish I would have looked as cool during my weird stages as Will did with his.

That sultry and serious face. Killing me!

Deflate Gate

The Colts lost to the Patriots Sunday in an ugly, ugly game.

And then, then the deflated ball story broke.

The Colts lost ugly regardless, but that was just icing on the cake.

Incase you’re wondering, we’re going to cheer for the Seahawks…

Knead for Seed

I’ve been carb coma this week.

Gluten free lovers, look away.

The bread is so darn good and seedy and filling and wonderful.

End of story. 

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