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Thursday Things, 2 April 2015

Peachy Keen
My mom visited my grandparents last week and brought home the most out of this world homemade peach preserves.

I’m dead over this stuff.

I got a small little glass jar, and then a big mason jar. The little glass jar is completely empty. With the exception of a tablespoon my dad had, I killed the entire jar on my own.

I suppose I should have just taken a picture of a spoon in the jar for my Tuesday post?

Since we’re telling secrets about junk food...

I had french fries for lunch Monday.

Real life.

And yes, I did take a picture for posterity. You’ll see it next Tuesday.

We took a quick trip to El Reno, Oklahoma. El Reno is famous for their onion burgers and has been highlighted on national TV.

I didn’t have any healthy options (none at all). Sometimes I’ll forgo eating until later, but I was famished and desperate times call for desperate measures.

We cleaned the office

I shared pictures of our empty office on Monday, but what you did not see was the before state.

It was awful.

With lots of hard work and lots and lots of shredding (so much shredding!), the office is actually serving its full purpose.
Office overhaul

It needs some decorations, but I’m not too worried about that right now. I’m just thankful it’s not covered in stacks of paper and junk!

Oh the treasures we found…

I am so incredibly pumped for Easter weekend!

For lots of reasons.

First, I’ve never worked anywhere that had Good Friday off, so tomorrow will be a special treat.

Two, I have lots of things planned.

Normally that would stress me out a little, but I’m pacing myself and am going to try my best not to freak out if the house isn’t perfect or if the laundry doesn’t get done.

Three, I’m excited about multiple family and friends outings.

Will’s family on Friday, a special friend on Saturday, and brunch with my family Sunday. Wee!

Four, Easter brunch. I pretty much need to plan my entire macro and caloric needs around this meal. You’d die over the stuff we’re making.

Oh, and Easter candy.

It’s pretty much the best candy EVER. 

White Reece’s eggs? Dead.

Cadbury chocolate? Dead.

The Cadbury crunchy chocolate eggs? Dead.

Starburst jelly beans? Dead.

Pretty much all the Easter candy.

Five, early Easter service.

We usually go on Saturday to free up space for big Sunday crowds and I’m looking forward to it.

So yeah, yay Easter weekend!

The Break-up

I broke up with my phone and social media over Lent and it was the best.decision.ever.

There were a few important things I missed, like details about our friend in the hospital, but God intervened without Facebook (gasp 😊) and we found out anyway.

It was such a nice break and quieted my mind. 

April Fools

Did you prank anyone?

I’m old and boring and did not fool anyone this year.

My favorite one was when P took a pregnancy test for me when she was pregnant with Layla so I could fool Will.

Good times.

April Showers

We had our first bout of bad weather last week and thankfully came through unscathed.

I totally wish we could fast forward from March to June and skip storm season. I hate it!

Thankfully we have a storm shelter I intend to overuse.

Will, God love him, is the guy standing outside watching everything roll in at a distance. I pretty much have to force him in there with me.

Crazy.

Let’s end on a happy note

Check out Rocky.
Dad's little helper. That face! 😂

That face.😂

He looks so happy, right?

Will did some major dirt work in our yard a few weeks ago and snapped this picture of Rocky helping.

I love that dog.

That’s it for now! Check in tomorrow for Good Friday. 

Thursday Things, 19 March 2015

Getting Fresh
I cannot even express to you how much I enjoy the Aerogarden.

Plant progress
As geeky as it sounds, I think I’m going to devote an entire post to it soon.

Oddly enough, Will likes it as much as I do.

He doesn’t enjoy the fresh herbs as much, but he really enjoys watching it grow and harvesting it.

My little herb farmer, adorable.

Anyway, we love it so much we bought a second one this weekend so Will can grow his own jalepenos.

Real life.

So basically we will never need to use lights in the kitchen or living room area ever again. Ha!

Bracketology

It’s that time again.

Did you do your bracket?

Mine is all done and ready for another thrashing.

I wish I could tell you I was the one killing it, but let’s be real here, I think we both know who’s actually killing it.

I have no idea why I keep coming back year after year, but I do.

Hopefully I chose wisely this year!

Another Anniversary

Tuesday marked my one year work anniversary.

In some ways it feels like yesterday, but in others it feels like and eternity.

I’m thankful to work for such a wonderful company. It is a fantastic place, and I’m blessed.

On to year two!

Pancaked

Guys, I’m craving cake batter pancakes like crazy!

Like Crazy!

Have you ever made them?

Please tell me you have.

If you haven’t, it means I will be obligated to make them and post them on my blog so you can share in this deliciousness.

What a conflict.

Anyway, this craving has lingered for months, but I haven’t scratched the itch.

Scratched the itch.

Let’s not say that again.

Especially in reference to food.

For some silly reason, if I’m going to do a big fat “cheat meal,” cake batter pancakes doesnt seem awful enough.

Trust me, I realize that’s ridiculous, but for some reason pizza, nachos, or multiple donut holes seem more indulgent.

I make no sense.

Anyway, I’m afraid I’m going to have to scratch that itch (sorry) very soon.

City Color Lip Stain

I got this glossy stain in last month’s Ipsy and am kind of going crazy over it.

It goes on like a creamy gloss and eventually dries into a nice, matte stain. The color is beautiful and lasts
for hours.

For my Bible History/End Times Buffs

Prepare to have your mind blown. 
It’s an hour long, but an easy listen during your commute or on a walk.

(Oh- and you don’t have to watch it as a video. You can press play, put your phone in “sleep mode” and turn it on and it will play like a podcast)

You may not agree with everything, and he’s certainly not dogmatic about his position (merely offering deep food for thought based on his studies), but I found it very interesting.

The RV Show

As Will’s parents inch closer to retirement, they’re interested in buying an RV and exploring the good old U S of A!

They’ve been looking for awhile now, and came up to visit and go to the OKC show last weekend.

Some of those things can be very impressive and cost as much as a house!

RV-ing

Will and I had lots of fun looking and exploring all the different options.

Maybe one day when Will and I are older, we’ll explore the nation like that too! 👴👵

I think a part of Will died yesterday.

My sweet Will.

I’ve told you a million times but I’ll tell you again- he’s kountry through and through. 
So when texted yesterday morning and told him Lecrae is coming to town this spring, he never responded back.

I think he’s politely saying no, but we both know I’ll be dragging him along with me unless I can find someone else who will graciously step in. smile

That’s all for today! Check in tomorrow. 

Things I’m Loving Lately

Chick-Fil-A Iced Coffee

Oh.my.goodness.

Officially dead now.

If you have an extra 150 calories for a treat and aren’t afraid of a little dairy, leave wherever you are, and go buy a medium Chick-Fil-A iced coffee NOW!!

Will and I went there for breakfast last weekend (they have good oatmeal for a fast food joint!) and they were giving these away for free.

Dead.

So yeah. Super smart marketing tactic on their part, because I’ll definitely be coming back for more.

Mary Kay Translucent Powder
I’ve used lots of MK powders over the years, but bought their translucent powder for the first time ever last month (yes, even after being a consultant for a decade).

For years, I’ve worn their mineral powder, but recently switched to their liquid foundation. Their translucent powder does such a good job of keeping everything intact the whole day.

No creasing, no melting.

I’m All Yours- Crystal Nicole & The Eternal Jam Machine

I am all about this song right now. It’s got a good beat for cardio, but also a little hip hop for when I’m in the weight room.

Things

Suave Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo

Suave

I’ve been using Suave dry shampoo for years. The store was out of Suave Keratin, so I went with the Moroccan kind instead.

It seems to work just like the other type, but smells lovely! The other kind does, too, but this was a nice change of pace and seems to have a stronger scent.

Scorpion
I mentioned this in last week’s Thursday Things, but I also have to mention it as a new recent “like.”

During our snow days last weekend, we binge watched over half the season!

Snacks ala Kindergarten

For real.

I don’t know what’s going on, but if I’m wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Celery with (natural) peanut butter and rasins-also known as “ants on a log” to kids… And apparently adults who are kids at heart,

Peanut butter and jelly (hey it’s on healthy, grainy wheat bread, so it’s a little grown up, right?),

And chocolate (almond) milk

So yeah. More like kid snacks meet a grown up’s need to make them somewhat heathieir. Haha

iPhone 6+

During last weekend’s forever long AT&T outing (amidst our snow storm), we changed our phone plan, and Will got a new phone.

I’m not into having a mini computer as my phone (haha), but they’re definitely cool. I love the gold ones!

Quiet

I have completely disconnected from all social media, including blogs (except my own smile ) and intend to keep it that way until the first weekend in April.

I’m trying to declutter my mind right now, and I’m praying its fruitful.

I thought I might go crazy, but it’s actually been nice. So much easier to be intentional and present.

That’s it for today, dearies. Anything you’re loving? 

posted in All About Me,Nothingness bullet permalink bullet 3.03.2015

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?”

😂

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?

Thursday Things, 4 Feb 15

***
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. 

Things You Should Probably Know About Me

Things you should probably know about me

I really really really love cozy, fuzzy, warm socks.

Granny

The uglier the better.

Wills grandma gives all the granddaughters a pair every Christmas in our stockings.

At first I thought it was funny. “I’ll never use those,” I thought.

Then I tried them.

Game changer.

Like a vacation for your tootsies.

I mention my love for granny socks a lot on the blog, but if you didn’t know, now you do.

I currently have about fifteen various Nigella Lawson cooking shows that span about 13 years time.

I pretty much never make anything she cooks, but I find watching her cook soothes me, and I simply love every single episode.

Will used to expect me to delete each episode after I watched it, but now he knows they forever remain on the DVR.

End of story.

While we’re talking women and TV, Will and I almost always catch and watch the last five minutes of Wheel of Fortune.

99% of the time I comment on Vanna’s gorgeous dress for the evening.

i haven’t worn a formal in years but I want to get gussied up every time I watch that darn show.
Do you think she gets to keep the dresses? I’m guessing no, but if she does, I’d love to see that closet!

I get way too excited about things most people care little about. 

Like peanut butter and jelly toast, evenings, flossing, rain (without storms), Extra gum, mega huge drinking cups, and heavy blankets.

Real life.

I was born in the 80s, but I wish I could have lived in the 80s.

As in, been old enough to really appreciate the amazingness of the decades that was the 80s.

Totally born in the wrong decade.

Will indulges my obsession by watching 80s movies with me. I can’t prove it, but I secretly think he loves them as much as I do.

Well...maybe.

Tell me something I should know about you!

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?

Little Happy Things

Since we’re in the frigid doldrums of January, I thought we ought to find a little joy in the small things that have brought me joy.

I realize it’s only Tuesday, but here are some random highlights from the week (thus far):

Heated seats.

Seriously. I call them my “seater” (seat heater haha)

My good old ‘98 Honda is rough and tough and has a fantastic heater, but let’s face it, you can’t ever beat heated seats.

Homemade frozen yogurt.

It sounds way more complicated than it is. Trust me, it’s nothing fancy, but still quite a nice treat.

Short Weeks
In going to be paying for it all week, but taking off Monday was such a highlight.

Will and I didn’t do much, but it was nice to be together. We watched movies, played with the Bigs, and relaxed.

Extra Workouts

I never make it to the gym during the work week, and never workout Monday.

This week I got to do both!

An extra day for house stuff.

Yes, I realize it sounds awful and boring, but it is true. Knowing I had an extra day to get stuff done sure was nice.

Not having to get ready yesterday

Real life.

It’s the small things, really.

King of Queens reruns on Nick at Nite

That show will forever remind me of binge watching it in Kuwait and will ways have a special place in my heart.

Ipsy!!

It came in last week and I plan on sharing the goods next week.

Crushing food prep
I always plan ahead.

However, it’s been months since I’ve prepared and prepackaged my food for the entire week.

It has made my work week evenings so.much.better.

One less big thing I have to mess with when I get home at night.

Straight up Truth

Oh friends I am so blessed by some of the Christian podcasts I subscribe to.

Whether I’m cleaning house, doing cardio, or driving home, they minister to me so very much and I’m so blessed.

Alright dearies, let’s end on that.

I’m paying for being off yesterday and loaded down with bunches of work today. Here’s to hoping these highlights keep me perky.

What’s putting a pep in your step this week?

posted in All About Me,Nothingness bullet permalink bullet 1.20.2015

Tuesday Things, 13 Jan 15

Okay so I gotta know.
How do you approach house cleaning?

When we first moved back, I cleaned a room each day of the week, to spread out the pain.

A few years ago I started doing it all over the course of a weekend morning.

Let’s be real, cleaning house is never exhilarating, but I can’t decide what’s the best method.

I’m thinking of giving this a shot.

Squeaky clean

Thoughts?

Things you should never, ever order from fast food restaurants. 

Um, I had a coupon for a free McCafe smoothie (yeah, yeah I know, go ahead and judge) last month and totally used it.

Insert nervous laughter…

Let’s talk about this picture, and my nine year old self.

Brittny FLint-9 yrs old-dancing at the disco in Germany

What the heck is going on?

What is happening here?

The thing about being more awesome. 

Two words: Ponte pants.

I’m sure you guys have known about these, oh for like the last five years, but these gems have only recently made their way into my life.

They’re like pants and leggings in one.

Real life.

So smooth and fitting and flattering.

If you’re on the fence about buying them, just do it.

You can thank me later.

Why homemade food never tastes like restaurant food. 
Will and I often debate this very topic, and I found the information interesting.

Unfortunately for Will, I’m not going to be more heavy handed on the salt and oil. smile

Ice Queen

Once in a blue moon I take my temperature, just for grins.

You can put money on the fact that I’ll always, always be below 98.6 degrees.

A couple weeks ago at the doctor I measured in at 96.2.

96.2!

I asked about it, and our body operates optimally at 98.6, but it’s not uncommon to be off a degree or two sometimes.

Good to know.

Um, should I have told her “sometimes” for me is all the time?

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

Thursday Things, 18 Dec 14

Hey there sweets!

I can’t believe Christmas is a week away!

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!?

I say the same thing every year, but seriously- how is it already here!?!

Moving along…

As a result of our sickness, Will got pink eye this week.
Wee!!

Nothing like spreading germs and the flu Christmas cheer like a night at the CVS minute clinic.

As an aside, CVS is brilliant. They stick those dang things at the very back of the store so you have to pass everything along the way.

Then they make you wait for your appointment and prescription.

And as if that wasn’t enough, they seat you next to the Ghiradelli chocolate stand.

Dead.dead.dead.

Naturally we came home with a Ped Egg, new shampoo, gummy bears, and vitamins.

Awesome.

Layla has a new thing these days.
Whereby she enjoys FaceTiming me and my parents in the wee hours of the morning.

Real life.

In the morning when my sister gets ready, Layla has learned how to place phone calls based on the picture in P’s phone book.

It makes me laugh every time I get a call at 6:00 in the morning. It actually makes my day that she thinks of me so early. smile

Please tell me you caught the I Love Lucy Christmas special last week?

Man I love that Lucy. I apologize for the annoying reuse of the show’s title, but seriously. I.love.Lucy.

Using a scalding flat iron never felt so right.

Stop what you’re doing and buy this mousse.

Mousse

I acknowledge the plethora of wonderful hair care products on the market, but I must also confess I’m pretty frugal with many things, especially hair products.

I’ve tried the Chi and Big Sexy heat protectors (more on one of these next week!) and think they’re great. However, I’m kind of super excited about this Treseme mouse because it is not only effective at heat protection, but also provides good volume!

Win.

How to annoy me...and my husband.

Soooo I’m still under the weather.

Real life.

In fact, my cough had gotten worse this week. Yay!

That means the last two nights have been spent on the couch.

I love couching it. Except not.

That’s all for today, dears. Any randomness you care to share?

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