Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Getting Fit and Kooking With Kristian

Happy Wednesday y'all! Can you believe today is the last day of February?
It's crazy how fast February flew by.

For today's Workout Wednesday, I want to share with you an oldie but a goodie.
I created this workout back in July of 2015, and decided I wanted to go ahead 
and make a video to go along with it.

I know sometimes when you read a workout, the names of exercises don't always make
it easy to understand how to actually perform the exercise. This solves that problem!
Now you have a video demonstration to go along with the workout graphic! Yay!

I also posted a video making a healthier alternative to traditional dips that you find
in the grocery store.

I hope you enjoy both of these new videos!

Have a great Wednesday and I will see you back here on Friday.

Side note:  Tomorrow is March 1 and will mark the 1 year anniversary of the 
terrible, terrible day last year that I lost my sweet, precious Rusty. I will be
remembering him and holding on to Roo a little tighter tomorrow.

Rusty :

January 21, 2005 - March 1, 2017

Roo came into my life on March 10, 2017 all the way from Polk City Florida.

I still miss my sweet Rusty, but I sure do love little Roo. I am so thankful that
Hubby made that long, long drive to get Roo and bring him into my life.

See you on Friday!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Yay For Miss S!

Hello all!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

Miss S went to an Auburn baseball game and overcame her fear of mascots!
Up until this point, she has had absolutely NOTHING to do with ANY mascot, EVER.

But here she is having her picture made with Auburn's adorable mascot, Aubie.

Yay Miss S!

I guess this means my girl is growing up...sigh.

She has also done an excellent job finding a church in Auburn that she loves.
Hubby and I went to Auburn to go to church with her yesterday and it was

I have never been to a church that had standing room only attendance.

We are talking 600-650 people all leaning in to hear a message from God.

One word....


You can visit the church's website here, or click here to listen to the latest sermons

To know that your child is excited to go to church is a great feeling!

The pastor's wife also has a blog and I look forward to checking it out. I haven't
had the chance to dive into it yet, but I will share here in case you have a few
minutes and want to take a quick look. (and also so I won't forget that I was
planning to check it out, ha ha)

Well, those were the high points from our weekend.

I have two healthy recipes in mind that I want to share with you this week,
so I will be working on getting those together for you. In my mind, my plan
is to share in written form here on the blog, and in video form over on my
YouTube channel. As always, I will keep you updated here and on facebook.

Have an awesome day, and I will see you on Wednesday!

linking up here today:

Friday, February 23, 2018

It's Fri-yay!

I am so thrilled today is Friday! 

My plans for the day include three main things:

1.  staying HOME

2.  getting rid of this headache

3.  conquering laundry mountain

Thanks to the large amounts of rain and 70 - 80 degree temperatures we have been 
having lately, our area is being taken over by pollen. Everything is blooming,
and my allergies were totally unprepared for this. If I had known this was coming,
I could have gotten back on my allergy medicines and been prepared for the attack.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a head start on things, so I have been hit with a nice
sized sinus headache. 

I'm going to try a couple of videos to see if I can get a little natural relief.

(I don't have a migraine, but the video did look like it would help any type of headache.
I'd say it's worth a try!)

I also have plenty of laundry to put away. Luckily most everything is washed, but
there is plenty to put away.

Those are my plans for the day. Nothing too exciting, but I am good with it. I
am looking forward to my stay home day. Stay home days are good for my soul!

Miss S isn't coming home this weekend, but she did invite us to come to Auburn
to go to church with her. I am excited that she invited us, and even more
excited that we get to go! I am so happy she has a church that she loves, and
that she wants to share with us.

I am trying to get back to vlogging again. Having the trouble this week with
getting videos to upload kind of broke my momentum, but I plan to be back
on YouTube again very soon. 

Have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you on Monday!

If you are prone to allergies, go ahead and start on your meds. I must warn you,
the pollen is coming!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday Rambles

Goodness! I don't know about y'all but this Wednesday just popped up out of nowhere.

I had a Workout Wednesday video filmed for you but when I upgraded my phone
last Friday, only part of the video survived the upgrade. I would rather not post 1/2 a
workout video for you, ha! 

I spent two hours on the phone with Apple Support last night trying to figure out
why I am suddenly having issues uploading videos to YouTube, and have another
call back session scheduled for later today. Technology is a finicky thing! 

Other than that, I am also fighting allergy/cold issues. All this warm weather and
rain has lots of things blooming and my allergies are up in arms over it!

(It's going to be in the low 80's for the next 3 days! Craziness!)

Also, I am taking down Valentine decor today, but am unsure of what will
replace it. It seems a little early for Spring decor, but too late for Winter decor.
Since Easter is April 1, I don't want to decorate for that this early. Hmmm...
what to do, what to do?

If I can get a workout filmed today, (and get it to upload) I will update here this evening. 
Otherwise, I will see you all back here on Friday!

Oh my! I better go! The doggies are currently shredding brown leaves 
all over my ivory shag rug!  Now I can add vacuuming to my list of
"to do's!"

Thanks for reading my Wednesday rambles! See you Friday! :)

Monday, February 19, 2018

A Birthday And A Search For A Bucket!

This past weekend, we wrapped up the celebration of my Valentine birthday.

(In case you missed it, I also talked about my birthday celebration in this post.)

Miss S came home on Friday afternoon, and we had dinner together as a family.
She had requested salmon, asparagus and new potatoes for dinner.

After dinner, she headed to Starbucks to meet with her friends who were also home
from college for the weekend.

On Saturday, my parents came back to town to celebrate with us.

Miss S needed new running shoes so that is what she asked for as her Valentine
gift. We went to Fleet Feet to have her fitted to insure we would be buying
the correct shoes for her foot.

She had three shoes to choose from, Saucony, New Balance, and Hoka. After trying all of
them, she chose Hoka as the clear cut winner.

My dad decided to get fitted and bought a pair of Hoka's too! He walks 5 miles
a day and at lightning speed, so I hope he will enjoy his new shoes.

After shopping and lunch, we headed back to our house to celebrate with cupcakes,
gluten free, of course!

No day of fun is complete without a picture! I love this one, even though the
puppies aren't looking at the camera, ha!

 I have also been on the hunt for these....

I saw these on an instagram post last Monday, and have since searched three
different Walmart stores looking for them.

I wish someone would get on the ball and get these shipped to some stores in
Alabama. Aren't they just the cutest?! I want one, Walmart!

(I can't find them online either, but I am going to keep looking both in store
and online. I will let you know when I get my hands on one.)

I have a video of our weekend edited and all ready to go, but for the life of me, 
I can't get it to upload to YouTube. I've tried unsuccessfully about 8 times. 
If/when I can finally get it to upload, I will update here and on Facebook 
to let you know it is ready to watch.

Tuesday Update: 

Yay! Here is the video!

Have an awesome day and I will see you again on Wednesday!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Favorites!

This week has been one of my favorites because it was not only Valentine's Day, 
it was also my birthday week! I'm also super excited that we aren't done celebrating 
just yet. Miss S is coming home from college today, so we will celebrate more 
this weekend. Getting to spend time with my girl is always a treasured gift.

It's also a great week when beautiful flowers and sweet surprise gifts from friends far 
away are delivered to your door!

We also reached 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel! That was another absolutely
fabulous surprise!

Hubby brought home a delicious looking chocolate / caramel covered apple and 
we also made chocolate covered strawberries at home this week in honor of
Valentine's Day. Obviously they were another favorite from the week, ha ha!

Y U M !

Here is a video from my YouTube channel that shows more about the fun we
had this week celebrating. I would love for you to watch and subscribe to
my channel if you haven't already! :)

(If you are already a subscriber, thank you so much!)

It was definitely a fabulous week of favorites!

Thanks for visiting today and I will see you on Monday!

Have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pics, Workouts, Valentines and Birthdays!

Happy LOVE day to all my sweet readers! 

And yippee! It's also my birthday!

Miss S and I had so much fun taking these pictures a couple of weeks ago, and I'm
pretty happy with how they turned out. She looks fantastic in any and every picture
she takes, but I am somewhat of a wild card. I'm always thrilled when I manage
to get one when I'm not blinking, ha ha!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.

Also, here is your Workout Wednesday video. Give it a try before you crack open
that yummy box of chocolates that you got (or will get) from your Valentine.

I hope you all have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

( free printable found here )

I'll be back on Friday to share all my favorite things from the week,
AND from my birthday!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekends, Meals, and Moves

Happy Monday everyone!

Well, just like that another weekend has come and gone. We were without
Miss S this weekend,  but somehow we managed to push through. We are 
completely thrilled that she will be here with us this coming weekend though!

Let's take a quick look at our weekend...

                                   Hubby came home from work on Friday bearing goodies!

Y'all! This little bundt cake was out of this world delicious. I would never have
dreamed that a vanilla cake could be this melt in your mouth amazing.

On Friday night, the 2018 Winter Olympics began in South Korea.

(image source)

We watched on and off all weekend long. Hubby is currently wrapped up in
Longmire on Netflix, so he would alternate between the two.

In an effort to get myself organized for the week, let's quickly talk about meals
and moves for the week. 


Birthday dinner

My goal is to do a 10-15 minute bike ride (on my indoor spin bike) each day
before starting each video.




New video coming on Wednesday!



Today, your challenge is to complete ONE task that you have been putting off.
You know what that task is. Maybe it is working out, maybe it is cleaning out 
a closet, or a junk drawer. Maybe it is a work related task that you have been
avoiding.  Maybe it is running an errand that you have been dreading. Whatever
it is, I challenge (us) to get the ball rolling on it.

Have a great (and productive) day, and I will see you on Wednesday!

Friday, February 9, 2018

{All The Awesome Things} Friday Favorites!

Hello again y'all!

I'm so happy you are here today. To make up for my rainy, gloomy, funky
mood on Wednesday, I am going to share with you a super duper sized
Friday Favorites today.

I'm going to share all the fabulous favorites with you today! 

Grab a blanket, get cozy, and let's get started!

Speaking of getting cozy, I am loving the cozy, yet festive vibe of my Valentine
mantel. The pops of red and pink, along with the abundance of white twinkle
lights is absolutely lovely in my book. 

And this little heart pillow from TJ Maxx makes me smile each time I see it.

Finally having my nail polish neatly organized is one of my favorite things as well.
It feels so good to clear the clutter!

If you would live to see a video on how I organized from start to finish, you can watch here,
or simply click below.

I am also loving my new planner. It is the bullet journal style and is giving me so much
more freedom to plan as I want/need to.

This is the planner I started January with. It is absolutely beautiful, and I love it,
but with limited space and rigid set-up, I found myself only accomplishing the
"musts" in my day, like appointments, work, etc.

The open space of the bullet journal, while a little intimidating at first, is perfect for
being able to plan out the things I want to do to accomplish my goals. I think it is
going to be a big help to me as I dive deeper into using it.

Hubby's favorite sweet treat lately are these...

I know it seems a little crazy to be loving popsicles in the middle of winter, but he sure is!

I also posted a grocery and household items haul from Walmart if you are interested
in seeing other favorites I picked up this week. You can watch here, or click below.

My favorite song for the week is this one...

If you are not a country music fan, you may want to skip right over this one, but I
am absolutely loving it. This song makes me want to dance and sing along. I have
had it on repeat all week long!

Listen here if you dare, lol, or watch below.

Of all my favorite things this week though, I have one that surpasses them all.

While Miss S was home last weekend, we took some pictures. I will share them
all next week, but this one makes my heart so happy...

I love this girl, and I love this picture! 

I'm so happy she will be home next weekend to help celebrate my Valentine Birthday!
Yay! Yay! Yay!

I hope you all have a fan-tab-u-lous weekend! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

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