Tuesday, February 21, 2017

blogging the bach 21.still don't know

who's watching-celsey, shawn, alicia, amanda, megan

the show starts with a "rose ceremony". this season has not followed the typical season norms.

raven has the first hometown. she wants to show nick the dirty south. i'm all about southern hospitality and southern charm and all of those things, but i don't know about the dirty south. their date and meeting the family was fine, but i wasn't wowed by it.

rachel's hometown is next. we don't even see the point of watching her date since we know he doesn't pick her in the end. every conversation center around their racial differences. it's 2017. is that the biggest issue?

nick goes to miami and corrine takes him shopping.our jaws dropped multiple times especially at the $3000 bill. corrine tells nick she loves him. they go meet the family including raquel. they see corrine is "happier than she has ever been". corrine seems pretty happy to be winning at this.

vanessa is last.she takes nick to meet her students. vanessa is my fave and this date seems like the most real life. her family is a little skeptical. everyone is afraid she's going to get hurt. her dad finally gives his blessing, but he was very hesitant. her day date was the best, but her family was a little rough. vanessa starts questioning things, and we all wonder if she's ever seen the show. this is how this works.

enough with the to be continued...

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

weekend happs

I had a great weekend filled with fun with friends and a good amount of down time. 
Tiffany, Sage, and I went to dinner at Rodizio Grill on Friday night. The food was delicious and we had the best time laughing and talking. Nights like that are just good for the soul. 
I've really been trying to increase the intensity of my workouts lately including taking more pure barre classes. I started the morning with a good long run with the generation gap ladies before taking a killer pure barre class. I ran into Mandi at the studio, and we happened to be twinning-my fave. 

I was so exhausted after running and class plus all the other workouts and classes that I spent most of the rest of the day relaxing. It was nice to have the time to do that. 
My post college roommates got together for dinner at Michelle's Sunday evening. We have grown by husbands and a whole lot of kids, but when we're together it's like nothing has changed. The evening was full of kids running wild, food, toys, laughter, and memories. It's been far too long since we've been together, and we had the best time. 

I'm off work today for Presidents' Day and have a long list of things I need to accomplish before Monday night tradish tonight. 

How was your weekend? Any exciting happs?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

unblogged bloggable-girls trip to st. louis

after ashley had hudson in the summer, chelsea and i knew we wanted to go visit. between other trips and kids starting school and other things, we only had limited dates to choose from/ at first chelsea was only going to bring kenzie, but she ended up bringing kenzie and karlee.
we had a fun few days meeting baby hudson and visiting the fam. zach came down from wisconsin, and my parents came up from cape for part of the time.
we took the kids to the children's museum

we went to the zoo-the St. Louis zoo is one of the best

Zach played with the kids
we did crude masks

Karlee really wanted to swim, but it was definitely too cold. 
We had a really fun trip. I hope we can do it again soon. 
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

blogging the bach 21.who even knows

who's watching: celsey, amanda, megan, shawn (who usually has the best commentary)

the show starts and i literally have no clue where they are. i am also pretty lost on who is who. i am the most out of the loop than i have been any other season. apparently there are only 6 people left. does that mean this season is getting close to over?

we're all sitting around looking at our brackets. at this point it looks like shawn is going to be the winner this season. 

the girls are super excited to leave st. thomas and go to bimini. has anyone even heard of that place? i never have, but it is beautiful. 

nick has a one on one with vanessa. vanessa tells nick she is in love and he responds with the longest explanation about why he's not saying he loves her. we all know he can't really say it so what was his point with all of that?

the group date is awkward per usual. i'm a little afraid one of the girls is going to get eaten by a shark. kristina is apparently afraid of the same thing or something else. whatever it is, it works for her. she gets a little extra attention from nick. raven talks to nick. we're too busy chatting and miss it. corinne eats her feelings and then gets some time with nick. she feels 100 times better after talking to nick. raven gets the rose.

danielle gets the explore the town date. that's never a very good sign. as the date goes on, it definitely is not a good sign.
"he looks like he's in the middle of a science class"--megan
he sends her home, and no one is surprised.

corrine tries to turn on the sex charm and nick makes the smartest, most surprising decision of his whole bachelor time. he sends her back to be with the girls. 

rachel gets the other local date. it definitely seems like nick is going to her hometown.

nick comes to talk to kristina and there is a collective gasp. nick tells her she's going home, and she resists. there are tears, and it's definitely awkward.

once again the show ends without the rose ceremony. that's not our favorite. we discussed binge watching next season rather than watching each week. we just want to know what happens.

megan had some great one liners most of which had nothing to do with the show. we did a fair amount of laughing while watching-again not much to do with the show, this season has been more about our monday night crew than about the actual show.

are you watching this season? what are your thoughts?

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Monday, February 13, 2017

26.2...big cottonwood take 3

after a few less than stellar race performances i decided to take a break from marathon running for a while-until i got a little faster. even though i continued to run every saturday with generation gap, i was not in good running shape. after taking a year off and spending a lot of time and effort working on getting in better shape, i signed up to do the big cottonwood marathon again. i wanted to do better than i did the first time which meant i needed to train harder and smarter.

i did several long runs down the canyon. i did both of my 20 mile runs down the canyon to prepare my body for the very steep downhill. i also spent a lot of time training my mind. by marathon number 11 you would think my mind would already be prepared. i knew exactly what i was getting myself into. in the past i have let my mind take over and not always in the best way.

i went into this race determined to do well. i knew i was prepared. it was a beautiful day. i had a couple of friends coming to meet me along the way. i was all set for a great race.

i met sharon at the buses and we waited at the start together. we ran the first several miles together before getting separated. i talked to several people along the way and really enjoyed the beautiful day in the canyon. i kept my thoughts extremely positive and thought how grateful i was to have a strong healthy body to be able to do this,

mandi met me at the bottom of the canyon at mile 17. i was ahead of schedule and feeling great. she ran the hardest part of the course with me. by the time i saw her i was definitely ready for someone to talk to and encourage me. she pushed me to do a little better than i thought i was capable of while allowing me to do things my way. we ran the out and back loop on wasatch, and i was so grateful for her help and support.

andrea met me at the end of that loop and ran with me the rest of the way. i was still doing pretty well although by the end it was definitely harder. she talked me through it, and i was also grateful for her help and support. 

i was so happy to see the finish line. i felt better than i ever have and did so much better than last time. it's hard taking any time off, but with a lot of hard work, determination, and a major attitude shift i took 25 minutes off my previous time. i was so proud of myself and so grateful for the support i had a long the way. i often end a race unsure if i will ever do another one, but this was exactly what i needed to remind me why i do this.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

blogging the bach 21.something

i am so not into this season. i have no idea what's going on. i have probably seen a total of less than 5 hours the whole season.

i was running late to monday night tradish. i texted my friends that i was running late. a little while later (at 7:12) i sent another text saying i was on my way and they could start watching. almost 2 hours later we were still chatting and debating if we were actually going to watch.

we finally started, but i only saw about 20 minutes. so far corrine still seems to be getting a lot of attention. per usual there is a lot of drama. they leave and go to st. thomas, and that's the most exciting part of the show.

so...who has a recap for me because i obviously have no idea what's going on???

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Monday, February 6, 2017

one little word-february

i started out the year really strong. i was making good progress with all of my goals, and i felt really good about things. my good friend, ana, passed away in the middle of the month, and i took a last minute trip to dallas to attend her funeral services. it pretty much put the brakes on my goals for a couple of weeks.part of choosing the word embrace for the year is really learning to love whatever comes my way in life including a last minute very difficult but amazing at the same time trip. i've been back in town for a week, and i finally feel like i am getting back to normal.
via she's just smitten
YEARLY GOALS
*nightly gratitude journal-✔
*do something that scares me/pushes me out of my comfort zone-✔-i posted my one year with csatt before and after pictures on facebook and snapchat.
*attend temple 12 times-✔ brenna and i went to the draper temple
*monthly journal-had to do a big catch up last night
*csatt goals-i did the best i could with travel.

JANUARY GOALS
*record all spending-i did really well until dallas
*schedule 1 free night each week-
*clean out all clothes and shoes-i barely got started on this. i'm moving this goal to february
FT FOUR / FT TWO
i also did the flat tummy tea cleanse in january. it is a 4 week cleanse with a morning and evening tea. you drink the morning tea every single day and the evening on an alternating schedule. i have never been a big tea drinker for i was a little nervous. i actually really like the taste. i also don't tend to retain a lot of water so i didn't necessarily notice huge improvement although overall i really liked it. i like it a lot better than many other cleanses that require drinking and eating odd things or restricting yourself.

FEBRUARY GOALS
*bed by 10pm
*clean out closets
*catch up on blog
*kiss my brave workouts/APF weekly goals/lemon water and acv

how is your year going so far? did you choose a word for the year? link up your posts below.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

January empties

Last month I emptied a lot of hair products, and this month it was more makeup. 
Biofreeze-I like this fine, but I prefer DoTerra deep blue which I'm also out of. 
Bath and Body Works foaming hand soap
Bath and Body Works lotion 
Bath and Body Works body cream
NYX butter gloss-San Paulo-I love this color!
Lorac gloss
Intuition razor-I use several of these every month. 
Benefit dew the hoola-one of the best makeup discoveries ever. 
Crude detox mask-current favorite mask
Clinique foundation chubby stick
Bobbi Brown color corrector-very thick, good coverage but tends to crease
Clinique mascara x2
Mary Kay lash love mascara

Most of these products are things I use, empty, and replace regularly. 


Monday, January 23, 2017

ways to serve

we all know I love summer- a lot! winter isn't my favorite, but I decided to embrace it this year. I live in Utah where we have winter for months and months. since I have no plans of moving anytime soon, I finally decided to stop being mad and just accept it. things have gone a little better for me this winter. making the decision to be ok with it was huge, but there are other things to make winter a little better-like serving others.
 
Great Ways to Serve Others in Winter
Maurine A.

During the winter season, many people look for opportunities to serve others and to give back. In many places, the cold and snow make it hard to get out or to do service outside. But even still there are many ways that you can serve loved ones and neighbors—both indoors and outdoors. Here are some creative ways to do meaningful service during the winter months.
Put together winter care kits.
Winter is a time of great need for many. Try putting together small winter care kits for giving out to people you pass who are asking for help. Here are a few things you might consider including in your kits:
  • Hat, scarf, and gloves
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Blanket
  • Soup and snacks
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion (travel size)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (travel size)
  • Soap and shampoo (travel size)
  • Deodorant (travel size)
  • Laundry detergent (travel size)
  • Baby wipes
Donate your gently used winter clothing.
On a similar note, many people are in need of warm coats and winter accessories at this time of the year. Try going through your closet and picking out some gently used winter clothing that you can donate to a local shelter. If you’re adept at knitting, make some hats and scarves for those in need. You might even ask your friends and neighbors to do the same and then organize a major delivery to your local shelter.
Help others battle the snow.
With the snow comes a great many service opportunities for friends, family members, and neighbors. Shovel someone’s front walk and driveway when several inches of snow hit. Brush snow and scrape ice off of a neighbor’s car before they have to leave for work in the morning. Be prepared to help someone jump their car after their battery has died in the cold. If you can afford it and are feeling extra generous, purchase snow tires for someone in need and leave the receipt on their windshield so that they can go pick them up.
Offer to help put away holiday decorations.
Now that the holidays have passed, many people are intimidated at the prospect of having to put away their holiday decorations. Some—especially the elderly—may even be apprehensive about accomplishing such a task. Look for those around you who many need help putting away holiday decorations, and offer to help them take down Christmas lights, stow away ornaments, organize the attic, etc.
Help someone declutter.
On a similar note, you may have friends or neighbors who would love to clean out their homes and give things away (to a local thrift store or shelter, perhaps?), but can’t because of physical limitations. Offer to help someone declutter their home, get organized, and give things away to others who could use them. This is an especially great service idea for the wintertime because it’s all indoors.
Host a service party.
The winter season is a great time to throw a party and bring people together. Instead of centering your party around some form of entertainment, why not invite people over to participate in some form of service with you, as this article suggests? Buy fleece and make fleece blankets together for a shelter. Write letters to military servicemen. Put together hygiene kits. Do something that makes a difference in your community and that will help engage several people in service at once.
Join an organization.
Many service oriented organizations are particularly busy during the winter months. Food banks, for example, usually have a need for increased staff when the weather gets colder. Soup kitchens serve more food during the winter months than during other seasons. Nursing homes gladly welcome visitors to perform music, help with activities or parties, or just socialize with residents. And refugee programs are always looking for people who can help local refugees feel more comfortable in a new place. So even if you feel you are lacking creativity on how you can serve others during the winter season, know that there are many organizations out there that can use your help!
Serve your loved ones.
As this article mentions, one of the best ways we can express gratitude is to serve those who have helped us in times of need. Don’t forget your friends, family members, and neighbors as you look for service opportunities during the wintertime. Set aside some time to do something extra special for them—something that will help them personally. Clean the house while they’re at work, make dinner during the week, get their car cleaned, write them a letter, make a bed, leave a note on their pillow, etc. It’s the little acts of service that sometimes go the furthest.
Service is very different depending on where you live. There might be a large underserved population where you are. You might be surrounded by family members. There might be lots of opportunities to do physical service in the winter, such as shoveling snow. Wherever you are, no matter your circumstances, one thing is always true: service is needed everywhere. There will always be opportunities regardless of what form they take. The most important thing is that we seize those opportunities, especially during the coldest time of year. You are guaranteed to receive as much as you give. That’s the great thing about service. And who knows? You might end up with a clean car and a love note on your pillow tonight too.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

snail mail

this will age me, but who remembers the days before social media? and smart phones? what about the days before email? when i first moved away from home to go to college, there was none of that stuff. ok, we did have email, but people did not communicate through email. i called my friends and family on a landline, and we wrote letters-that we sent in the mail. maybe it's the nostalgia in me, but i still love handwritten notes especially in the mail.


everything is electronic now which is convenient and great, but sometimes it is nice to send a thank you note or invitation or letter in the mail. basic invite has the perfect options for sending things in the mail. everything is perfectly customizable and easy to use.


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even though it's only january, graduation is right around the corner. evites are nice for small gatherings and sometimes even bigger things, but for something as big of a deal as graduation, it is nice to send announcements and invitations to those grad parties in the mail. they have great options for graduation, but they have everything you need for other special occasions too such as baby and bridal shower, first birthday parties, and so much more.

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this post was sponsored by basic invite. all opinions are my own

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

blogging the bach 21.3

we all got together last week for monday night tradish, but we didn't really watch. the tv was on, but i honestly did not watch one single second. i had good intentions to try and catch up a little, but it never happened.

who's watching-celsey, amanda, alicia, megan

this week starts with nick informing the girls of his past with liz who is now gone. the girls seem fine and they move on with the cocktail party. we see more black boxes in the first 5 minutes than we saw all summer on paradise.

who gets a rose-corrine(but she's missing), astrid, taylor, christina, danielle, rachel, vanessa, raven, jaimi, dominique, sarah, alexis, brittany, justine, josephine

group date with the backstreet boys. we're all freaking out wishing we were on this date. danielle gets a little one on one time on stage in front of the whole audience with all the girls watching from the side. she has more time at night and gets the group date rose. she's in my top 4 at least for now.

vanessa gets the one on one. they do zero gravity, have a lot of fun, and then vanessa gets sick. it's sad that she gets sick, but this is the most real thing we've seen so far. i like this side of nick. vanessa gets the rose and nick gets emotional/

the track and field group date starts. everyone including astrid wonders why she didn't wear a better bra. it doesn't seem to matter and she gets the extra hot tub time. dominique freaks out and and nick sends her home.

nick cancels the cocktail party and has a pool party instead. the girls start getting upset about corrine and several tattle tail. vanessa calls out nick, and he is caught completely off guard. the show ends. do they not know we all hate a cliffhanger ending?!? 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

wear it Wednesday..BootayBag

I LOVE shopping for most everything, but there are a few things that just aren't my favorite to shop for. Does anyone really enjoy shopping for things like jeans and swimsuits? Underwear is right up there in that list. It clearly is not, but it feels like a waste of money. I would rather buy shoes.


BootayBag is here to solve all our underwear shopping woes. Subscription services are becoming increasingly popular. They are so convenient and affordable. BootayBag is very simple. For $12/month you get 2 pair of underwear shipped to your house. You choose the style, they pick the pairs, and they come in the mail once a month. It's easy, affordable, and you never have to leave the house. As a bonus if you post on social media with the hashtag #undermatters BootayBag will donate money to the melanoma foundation. Your underwear shopping is done, and you're donating to a good cause. It's a win-win!

**i received a complementary month from BootayBag in exchange for this post. all opinions are my own. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

weekend happs

i haven't been feeling 100% for the past couple of weeks. i keep thinking i am getting sick, but i don't think i am. the air quality is actually pretty bad here so i am blaming that. this weekend was pretty low key and perfect.

i finished work a little early on friday. i made some chicken noodle soup, and brenna and i took it over to mandi. we ate soup, hung out in mandi's room, looked at old scrapbooks, and laughed so hard. besides mandi being sick, it was one of my favorite nights.
 
i woke up saturday to run. between the 4 degrees and the bad inversion air, i decided that wasn't a great idea. i got a little more much needed sleep before working out at the gym and taking a pure barre class. we always end up talking forever after class. we talked so long we ended up going to brunch. protein house in draper is my new fave. the food is all clean and fresh. the place itself is light and bright and i love everything about it.
 
i came home and did some cleaning and things around the house. i didn't make any plans for the evening and ended up with an even more low key evening than the night before. i shoveled snow, made tomato soup for sunday, painted my nails, finally showered at 10pm, and never got ready for the day.

sunday was celsey and shawn's baby remington's baby blessing. shawn gave the sweetest blessing. while sitting in church i get a text from brandon.

 
we finished everything for the luncheon and all the family came over. i love knowing so many people in their families and visiting with them. i am so lucky to have people that include me as part of their families since my own is so far away.

 
i came home to finish my usual sunday tasks-laundry, washing makeup brushes, and a little meal prep. one of my goals this month is to get back to going to bed earlier especially on sundays. i was in bed by 10:00 and ready to start a new week.
how was your weekend? any exciting happs?
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