Tuesday, July 18, 2017

blogging the bach 13.hometowns

after last week, i am finally getting into this season. i am kind of excited for hometowns and to see how the rest of the season plays out.
who's watching-celsey, alicia, amanda, megan

hometown #1-Eric in Baltimore
-basketball, kissing, brother/friend, more kissing
-meet the fam-"that's a lot of women"--amanda
i'm just not sure i see it with them

hometown #2-Bryan in Miami
-dominos at domino park, calle ocho-food, dancing, family talk
-meet the fam-tears from mom
-bryan tells rachel he's in love with her

hometown #3-Peter in Madison
-meet the friends-they all love each other
"he has a matching gap so they're kind of cute"--celsey
-rachel is afraid peter might not be ready to propose. i am afraid of the same thing.

hometown #4 Dean in Aspen
-picnic in the middle of a field-Dean tells Rachel about his family
-poor Dean is so nervous and admits to burying every emotion he has
-rachel likes the energy of the home
-Dean talks to his dad while Rachel talks to his sister-lots of emotion
-working out years of intense emotion on national tv is probably not the best idea
-Dean and Rachel are falling in love with each other

back in Dallas
-Rachel chats with Chris Harrison-where has that man been all season?
-Bryan, Eric (we all thought he was going home), Peter all get roses
-we all predict Dean might be the next bachelor

next week per usual looks intense

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

All the pictures

**This post is sponsored by chatbooks. All opinions are my own.

Remember the days of scrapbooks??? Does anyone still scrapbook anymore? I kind of miss those days, but there is no way I could ever catch up on ALLLLLL the years that have passed since I stopped. I shouldn't say I stopped completely. I stopped cutting out pictures and paper and shapes and designs and stickers and all of the things, but I still like to document my life. 

One of the biggest reasons I started a blog is to document my life. I have good intentions to print it out, but you know what they say about good intentions and the road to hell being paved with them. I have made my share of digital scrapbooks, but the BEST THING EVER is chatbooks
There are many different print options including limited editions covers as well as subscriptions. I have mine set to print my instagram posts, but you can also print from albums on your phone or many other options.

Chatbooks currently has a collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. The covers are seriously so cute, and I am obsessed with them all. 
It's your lucky day (well tomorrow is actually the lucky day). It's the chatbooks summer sale. Use code GROW for discounts on your purchase. What are you waiting for? Do it now. I promise you won't regret it.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

summer running

**this is a sponsored guest post
i run year round. there are pros and cons to different seasons. i love summer. i even love running in the summer, but it is really hot. last saturday was so warm. by the time i finished i literally could not take one more step. summer running is awesome..if you are careful.
Safety Tips for Runners during the Summer
By Alek S.
Many people view the summertime as an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and be active. However, just as the longer days and lack of wet elements open up the outdoors to us, the summer sun can be just as dangerous as black ice on a winter day. This is especially true for runners.
This summer has been especially hot in the west. And running yourself ragged in 100 degree weather is a quick way towards nausea and exhaustion. Don’t stop running just because the sun tells you to, though. Here are some safety tips to remember when running during the summertime!

Always stick with your pre/post workout routine
Just as with any season, it’s important to have a routine that you adhere to both before and after your run. On top of taking nutritional steps before and after you run, this involves stretching and getting your heart rate up before actually engaging in the bulk of your activity, and then bringing your heart rate down gradually after your run. This keeps you nimble and helps your body feel more balanced, which helps protect you from the heat. Just jumping right into an intense run in the summer sun is horribly unhealthy, and is likely to prevent you from further running down the line.

Stay hydrated
One of the most important things to remember with any exercise at any time is to stay hydrated. This is doubly as important in the summer heat, when dehydration and exhaustion can have incredibly dangerous effects, and even lead to fainting. Staying hydrated means more than just drinking water. It also means maintaining the right level of electrolytes and potassium to keep your energy level up. These minerals help you hydrate quicker. This can be accomplished through either supplements or classic sports drinks. Be sure to bring these things with you on your run, so that you can refuel wherever you’re at, instead of trying to hydrate just before and after.
Know how to train properly
Some people just run because they love to run and they need an activity for fitness. However, a great deal of runners are also working towards a larger goal, such as a marathon. For these runners, it is important to stick to a training routine with little deviation. However, when it comes to the summer heat, you still need to adjust your training to the fact that temperatures are rising. Failing to train properly greatly increases the risks of injury or health problems that emerge from dehydration. Here is a list of great training tips for runners that are training for a marathon.

Don’t run midday
During the summer, the best time to run is right before the sun comes up and right after the sun goes down. Early morning or evening runs help you get your running in at a moderate temperature, while the sun isn’t bearing down on you and pushing you to heat exhaustion. Much of running during the summertime involves a game of avoiding the sun. This means you have to arrange your schedule so that you can run around these times. Sure, you could try to fit in a good run on your lunch break, but it might be difficult to go back to a work day after a physically exhausting run in 90 degree heat.

Avoid unhealthy foods and drinks
If you are regularly running during the summer, you need to avoid foods that are going to bog you down or are a waste of energy. One of the most obvious examples of this is soda pop, which is high in sugar and can make you feel drowsy after minimal physical activity. However, eating heavy foods also gets in the way of safe running, and drinking alcohol regularly while engaging in a strenuous running routine increases the risks of heart problems. You should be trying to eat healthier anyways, if you are regularly running, but it is even more important to do so in the summertime.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Let Freedom Ring

I love the 4th of July! I love fireworks and patriotic songs and BBQs and celebration, and most of all I LOVE AMERICA! This year I was lucky enough to celebrate twice.
On Saturday, Tiffany, Sage, Michelle, and I had a pre 4th celebration. We spent the afternoon at the pool before going to Provo for Stadium of Fire. We left early enough to find decent parking and have dinner before it started. Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, and Brian Reagan performed. The fireworks were amazing, and we had the best time. 
Tiffany won a round trip ticket for 2 to California so we are all planning to go and split the trip.

I started out the day of the 4th with a killer pure barre class with Brittany. It was the best way to start the day. The rest of the day was pretty laid back.
Celsey invited me to spend the evening with her family at the last minute. We had a BBQ and did fireworks in the street. Their house is set up a little bit so we were able to see a lot of the valley. It was such a fun evening and the perfect celebration.
I really do love America! Although it has been many years, spending several months living outside the country taught me what it really means to be proud to be an American. I am thankful every day for the freedoms I have and for the many men and women that sacrifice daily to make that a reality.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

blogging the bach-13.who even knows

monday night tradish has been a little off track the past few weeks. if i'm being honest, that's not even the reason i have no idea what is going on with this show. i just am not into this season. confession #2-i read the spoilers. i had to. ok i didn't have to, but i kind of felt like i had to. it seemed like the only way to have any sort of clue what is going on. i will not be posting any spoilers here, and i will blog as though i don't know what's happening. don't believe it..check out most every other season. for several seasons, i ended up finding out one way or the other (usually social media and sometimes friends). i won't ruin for you. i promise.
we forgot the show wouldn't auto record because celsey moved. we walked in at the end of rachel's date with bryan. we are still pretty lost as to what's going on. are hometowns next week? i'm a little sad we didn't see more of that date.

next up is dean. i have heard his name a bit, but i have no idea who he is. i'm pretty religious. i love church just as much as anyone, but i don't really want to go to church on a date. rachel asks dean to talk about his feelings and he asks about her favorite dinosaur. dean is fun, but he might be headed for paradise rather than hometowns. dean finally opens up and gets a rose. i still think he is headed for paradise.

peter has the next date. the helicopter comes out. i haven't watched enough to know how many helicopters we have seen this season. they have more real conversation than we've seen so far. rachel is scared and doesn't know what to do which basically means she will go to his hometown.

the group date card comes. the word difficult doesn't sound very good. they're on a boat in coats. that doesn't seem that fun to me. rachel says goodbye to matt and there are tears-mostly from rachel. we spent all of the group date trying to figure out when will got sent home. turns out it was last week.

the previews kind of confuse me. it looks like all 4 guys are still there until the end which we all know isn't true. this is the first time all season that i actually have half a clue what's going on. i'm a little excited for the rest of the season.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Beauty Time Tuesday-June empties and more

Wow! I used up a lot of products in June. No wonder I kept feeling like I had to buy more stuff.
Matrix sleek conditioner-love the conditioner especially since my hair has been more damaged lately. 
Bath and Body Works foaming hand soap-love
Bath and Body Works body cream x2-love
Clinique toner-love. I tried another brand recently and really love Clinique. I've used it for years and plan to keep using for more years.
Nail polish remover-I love the purple.
Good night sleep tight lavender pillow spray-I don't really love lavender generally, but I LOVE this pillow spray. It is cool and calming, and I need to buy more.
Cinema secrets brush cleaner-LOVE for the everyday cleaning of my makeup brushes
Living proof dry volume blast-like
Colgate optic white toothpaste-Love but I'm a little bit allergic to Colgate so i can't use very often
Elizabeth James nirvana black and white-LOVE LOVE LOVE this perfume especially together
Intuition razor-love on repeat
Perversion mascara-LOVE-need to buy more
They're real eyelash primer-not my favorite-won't buy again 
Mary Kay lash love lengthening mascara-Love for finishing mascara and bottom lashes
Clinique high impact mascara-love
I received a sample of clix it to try. My skin is really not that bad at all, but just like everyone, I do have the occasional breakout. It is really easy to use. You click the pen and a little bit of product comes out-just enough to cover blemishes. It is white but easily covers with makeup.
I also received L'Oreal revitalift from Influenster for testing purposes. I participated in the 14 day #revitaliftchallenge. I really like the moisturizer a lot. It feels really good on my skin and smells good. It is hard for me to know how well it works with wrinkles because I have Botox for that. I don't think my before and after so show much, but I would definitely buy it again.

**This post contains products I received free for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

One little word-July

june is the month that really feels like summer. the weather is warm. the pool is open. the nights are perfect. june might be my favorite month of the year. although there are a lot of months i could say that about, i really loved june this year, and like every other month, i can't believe it's over.
via she's just smitten

my overall goal and theme for the year is EMBRACE even though my monthly goals don't always match that theme.

*nightly gratitude journal-better-i switched to using my commit 30 planner and it's working well
*do something that scares me/pushes me out of my comfort zone ✔
*attend temple 12 times-my temple experience for june was outside the temple. i need to make sure to make it in for ordinances this month
*monthly journal-caught up on a trip from last year. i still need to write about june
*csatt goals-✔

*no purchased soda with meals during the week unless it is a combo or the only one of the day-i did pretty well. i specifically remember 2 times not sticking to the rule, but overall i was happy with it
*handlettering 3-4x/week-started the month strong and fell back toward the end
*pure barre 10 in 15 challenge (10 classes in 15 days)-i almost made it. i went to a high fitness class with mandi one saturday instead of pure barre which meant i didn't get all 10 classes in. the high fitness thing was really fun, and it was great to spend time with mandi. it was totally worth not meeting that goal.
*blog catch up-i am so close. i am off work this week and i will be caught up by the time i go back to work.the end.

i really loved my june goals a lot. i am basically sticking with the same things
*continue June soda rules
*handlettering 2-3x/week
*eat prepped food
*blog catch up-see above-i need some sort of consequence if i don't do it. it is completely ridiculous.

the year is half over-sad face but also happy because it's been a good year. how are your goals going?

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Monday, June 26, 2017

foodie Friday-Instant Pot Lemon Dill Chicken and Veggies

This meal can definitely be filed in the category of sounds and tastes good, but doesn't really look that great. So, I didn't take pictures of the meal.
I've been a serious food rut lately. I can't seem to think of what to cook, and nothing really sounds good. The instant pot is my saving grace. The best part is you can basically dump everything in the pot and voila you have dinner.

If you are the cook that needs exact measurements, this "recipe" might be a little hard for you. I am bad about measuring, and literally just dump everything in. These measurements are by no means exact. A little more or a little less would be just fine.

Boneless skinless chicken breasts-I went against my better judgement and used frozen chicken because that's all that was available at the store. It worked out ok, but I still prefer fresh chicken. I used 5 frozen chicken breasts for this recipe.
Juice one large lemon
2-3 TBSP dried dill 
1-2 TBSP dried red onion
1-2 TBSP garlic powder
1 chicken bouillon 
1-2 c water
Cook on poultry setting in instant pot
Remove chicken and set aside
Keep liquid from cooking chicken
Quinoa-I dumped in what I had left in a bag which was probably a little more than a cup.
One yellow pepper and one red pepper (or any others)-chopped
1 small box of mushrooms
1 white onion
Repeat spices
Add lemon rind
Cook on manual for 8 minutes
Quick release steam
Add chicken back into pot
Set on manual for 0 minutes to let it simmer together. Voila dinner is done 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wear it Wednesday-basic white t shirt

One of my favorite things to wear in the summer is a basic white v neck t shirt especially after a hot day at the pool. Cuff your jeans. Throw on a hat and some sandals and you're good to go. 

Target t, Joe's jeans, north face hat
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Weekend happs

Summer is my favorite! I love the warm weather and the pool and the summer carnivals/festivals. I love everything about summer-even the heat.

This weekend was the perfect summer weekend! I have quite a bit of use it or lose it vacation time at work so I am trying to take a little time off here and there. I took half day off on Friday to spend some time at the pool with Tiffany. It was hot and sunny and perfect.
After the pool we went to dinner and Fort Herriman days. We were probably the oldest people there. It was fun to walk around and enjoy the summer night.
Saturday started with an early morning run down emigration canyon through downtown to liberty park. The canyon is still so green and absolutely beautiful. It was probably the hottest run we have had so far and good prep for running the rest of the summer.
After running I hurried to pure barre to take the Pure Barre gives back benefit class to benefit a local family that recently lost their mother and youngest son. Class was so hard and so good.

Brittany and I met Tiffany at the pool for a few more hours of sun. We were all pretty toasty and completely wiped out after a few fun hours.

Sunday was the usual church, meal prep, laundry, makeup brush cleaning, etc.

How was your weekend? Any exciting happs?

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Blogging the bach 13.4 or 5 or something

We had one last Monday night tradish at Celsey and Shawn's last night. We had the bach playing, but we weren't exactly watching it. We were packing and organizing all night long to help them with their move. I spent most of the night in the pantry so I definitely missed almost all of the show. 

I did get quite a few group messages from friends including 
Wanting to make out with Dean because he looks like he would be a good kisser:)
Thinking Rachel would be our friend
Enjoying group dates

Basically I am as lost as I have been all season. I don't know if it's the season or what, but we're having a hard time getting into this season.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Weekend happs

The weekends seem to go by so fast. Really all the time seems to go by so fast. I have been working a lot lately so i took Friday afternoon off to go to the pool with Tiffany. The weather was perfect. We got some good sun and had a good time relaxing by the pool.

I didn't have any plans Friday night so I decided to be responsible and get some grocery shopping and cleaning done. It was good to be productive since I knew I wouldn't have much time to get things done on Saturday.

I woke up extra early on Saturday morning to try to get a few extra miles of running in before everyone else came. It always seems to take a little while to get going so we didn't get as many as I hoped. I counted down to my next marathon last night, and it's definitely time for me to get serious.

We all hustled to finish running so we could make it to ReNae's dad's funeral. ReNae spoke and did a really nice job. The service was beautiful, but I am kind of done with funerals for a while.
Tiffany and I spent a little more time at the pool in the afternoon before heading up to help Laurann cater a wedding. It was a fun night and luckily not too crazy.

Sunday was the usual church, laundry, meal prep, get ready for the week.

How was your weekend? Any exciting happs?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Girls Camp 2017

I went to 4 years of church girls camp as a teenager and never looked back. I never went as a youth leader, and I have always hoped I wouldn't have to go back as an adult leader. A few years ago I had to go back but only for dinner and evening activities-not bad at all. 

I'll be honest, when I got asked to help out this summer I was apprehensive. Taking the whole week off of work right now wasn't very feasible so I went up for the day on Wednesday. Going for 1 day (and no nights) was perfect. I did a craft with the girls and helped them with some of their fun activities (zip line and archery), made sure they stayed hydrated and cleaned up their trash, had fun with them, and left to come to my own house to shower and sleep in my own bed. One day is definitely the way to go:)

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

wear it wednesday-spring to summer stripes

The weather this week has been all over the place. A few days ago it was hot and sunny and then cold and rainy and even snowy in the mountains. I guess it's not technically summer yet so a few transitional wardrobe pieces are a must. This denim jacket from old navy is a staple in my wardrobe and on total repeat lately. 

Dress and jacket old navy. Shoes-Birkenstock 
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