C-Town, Girlfriends, Wedding, Garage Parties and Harley Time- The Full Weekend Recap

Monday is tough in and of itself.

A Monday after a full weekend of excitement is just cruel and unusual punishment.

 I want to go back!  

Take Me Back!

Friday

Kicked off my Friday afternoon right with this darling little chick.

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I allowed myself only one though as I had to be in Burlington Junction, Missouri for an evening wedding rehearsal for a former student of mine.

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I have to say that it is a really cool experience to see these kids grow up, become adults, marry and start families.

After rehearsal I met up with my two besties in my hometown.  Love getting to spend time with these two chicks.  We thoroughly enjoyed each others company, as you can see.

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Just kidding.  This was a SnapChat 101 Lesson.

We hung out until around the 11:30pm hour and then went our separate ways.   No worries, I stayed at my mom’s house.  No driving back to the city for this chick!

Saturday

Thanks to my super awesome internal alarm clock, I was up and moving around 6am.  Apparently my mind doesn’t care that my body was now going on only 17 hours total since Wednesday night.  Rude.

I laced up the ol sneakers and took off for a little under 4 miler.  It was good to see the streets of Clarinda again in the early morning hours.

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After the run, I took over moms kitchen and made some Clif Bars.   If you haven’t tried the Clif recipe yet, you are missing out.  Find it here.

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Isn’t her kitchen so cute?   Very “This Old Home”.

She works magic outdoors too:

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Mikos wanted to say hi:

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Next up?  Wedding!

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Such a beautiful, loving, down to earth couple they are.   Thanks for letting me be a part of it, Jess and Alan!

Saturday night I met up with my hubby for some yummy J Bruner’s action.   And then closed out the night in our friends’ garage.   Some of the best nights are the low-key easy ones.   Jade and Kayla are definitely two of the best friends we could ask for.

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I mean, just LOOK at the way Clint is gazing at Jade.  It’s true love, folks.

And, a group selfie to close out the night.   Two of our other friends were having their 40th birthday party over in Iowa City that weekend, and since we were all stuck in Clarinda for various reasons, we wanted to send our love and support.

We are just that thoughtful.

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Sunday

Thanks again to a killer internal alarm clock and the inability to fall back asleep for no more than 10 minute increments, I hit the road back to Homaha.

But first, a pit stop at my girl Sara’s.  I just love these two.

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Once back in Omaha, my chrome baby and I set out on a solo 150 mile ride through the Nebraska terrain.

And it was the best kind of date to close out the weekend.

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PS- Have you entered the Scooter’s Giveaway yet?   Odds of winning are incredibly in your favor.  You’ve got a little over 24 hours left to enter.  Go!

CHEERS!

#TeamScooters Contest & Giveaway

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Did you know that in 1998 the very FIRST Scooter’s drive-thru coffee house opened in Bellevue, NE?    Did you also know that in just 16 very short years Scooter’s has expanded into 7 different states and over 100 stores?  Pretty impressive, don’t ya think?

My favorite treat is hands-down the Blended Caramelicious.  Um… they use Ice Cream in those babies.   Yes, please!  Scooter’s is an occasional treat for me.  I have a feeling I’d visit more if I knew WHAT or HOW to order.

So, I figure YOU, my lovely readers, can help me with that.

I’ve got a two-part contest coming at you below.  Each part leads to different prizes, so follow along my friends.

And please do as your teachers always told you

Read the Instructions

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Part One

Scooter’s Coffee is doing a really exciting Instagram Contest for the College World Series.

The Grand Prize? 

Championship Tickets to the CWS OR a free year of Scooter’s Coffee

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Instructions:

  1. Follow @scooterscoffee on Instagram
  2. Go to Scooter’s and buy a cup o’ joe.  Take a pic with your Scooter’s cup that evokes any sort of baseball feeling.  Need ideas?   Draw a baseball on your cup.  Take a pic of your cup at a baseball stadium.   Balance your cup on a baseball.  Be creative.  The possibilities are endless
  3. Tag the photo with #TeamScooters
  4. Make sure your Instagram account is public and not private.  We can’t see your contest pictures otherwise.  Sad face.

 

Part Two

Scooter’s gave me a few sweet prizes to give away to not one – but TWO of my readers.

Prize Pack 1:  $15 Scooter’s Gift Card and a box of Scooter’s K-Cups (NEW coming Monday. You’ll be one of the first to taste-test)

Prize Pack 2: $15 Scooter’s Gift Card and Scooter’s Koozie and mug

 

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Instructions:

  1. Comment on this blog post below with your favorite Scooter’s summer drink
  2. Tag me in your Instagram contest photo OR leave me the link in the comment field below so that I can track it down.

 

Deadlines and winner details?

The two prize pack giveaway from Harleys & Heels will close Tuesday, June 17th at 11:59pm.  Winner chosen at random and announced Wednesday morning!
The Instagram Contest hosted by the CWS and Scooter’s for CWS Championship Tickets closes 6/16.  Winner will be announced middle of next week.

 

Cheers and Good Luck!

 

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Scooter’s.  Opinions are all my own.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Simple, Healthy, Packed with Nutrient Rich Veggies.

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Ingredients:

3-4 green bell peppers, cut into chunks and softened slightly by placing in boiling water for 5 minutes

1lb. Lean Ground Beef, browned and drained

1 cup prepared Quinoa

1/2 can Corn

1 can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can green chilis

1 can diced tomatoes

Sliced mushrooms

1 jar of spaghetti sauce

 

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Throw all ingredients together and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

 

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Serve with cheese on top if you so wish.

 

This would be Clint’s.  Large pile o cheese.

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Enjoy!

Monday Motivation – Patience

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Quote Credit: Fit2Fat2Fit

 

I share a private Facebook page with a group of incredibly inspiring women.   We come from all different walks of life and we each have our own unique and very different goals that we are striving to reach.

But, the one thing we share is the drive to be the best ME we can possibly be.

We share stories, swap recipes, give virtual Hi-Fives, offer encouragement, help soothe the “I ate that entire cake” regrets, challenge each other with exercise circuits and provide support to each other – no matter what.   Some are incredibly active in the group.  Others are fly’s on the wall.   In whatever capacity they are participating, they are benefiting.   We all are.

I posted the above picture first thing this morning with the following words:

I hate the scale this morning. Hate it so much I took out the measuring tape. Nothing gained, nothing lost. Holding steady.

Frustrating? Yes.

Do I want to throw in the towel? Yes.

Do I want lypo? Yes (lol).

Lifestyle changes are hard. Balancing it all is harder. Starting off the day negative only leads to more negativity.

I’m reminding myself I’m athletic. That’s never a word I would have used 5 years ago to describe myself. I can kill an insanity routine followed by a weight session.

I may have fat. But I’M not fat.

Tell yourself something positive today.

And note: things are changing within you whether you see them or not.

 

I was very frustrated this morning, but I refused to allow those frustrations dictate my day.   Negativity breeds negativity.  Body shaming is something we all struggle with and the one thing we have got to get control of as strong, independent women.

In true fashion, a few of the ladies chimed in with words of encouragement and similar feelings.

One thing they have all said so far is:  I needed to hear that.

Find something you like about yourself and say it out loud.  Give yourself a pat on the back.

Change takes patience, time and focus.

Like the picture says:   things are happening behind the scenes.

Trust the process, give yourself a Hi-Five and keep on moving.

 

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The Blogettes, E-Money, Mud Wars and Beer

I don’t know about any of you, but I keep looking at my clock wishing it was bedtime already.   Man I need some serious zzz’s.   Why not take a nap, you ask?

Because, I don’t do naps.

Lame, I know, but they just make me feel worse, so I fight the sleep in true toddler fashion until my actual bed time.

So, how about a recap?

 

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Friday:  Our friends Cyndi and John came to town.   First stop- dinner at Quaker Steak and Lube.

 

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And a giant Lube Tube of ice cold Bud Light.  Clint always wants to get one of these babies when it is just the two of us out to dinner.   Eh… I’d be a hot mess trying to get all that down.   FINALLY someone to help fulfill that dream of his.

Weekends with these two are never dull.

Case in point:

 

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Oh man, I don’t know who the owner is of this little gem, but it keeps finding its way back into our lives.  Exactly one year ago, this same picture happened with this same exact car.   Seriously.    It’s like destiny for these boys.  What are the odds that we’d see this car on the weekend they were in town?

Thank you to the owner of this masterpiece.   You made their day.

Again.

After the car hugging, we made our way into the MAC  to see Eddie Money and Rick Springfield.

 

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Thanks to the connections made with the Omaha Bloggers group (specifically Katie!) I received tickets for me AND to giveaway.   You can find the Concert Recap here.

There were several of us Blogettes (<—- yep, John.  I’m using it) at the concert, so we all got together for a photo opp between sets!

 

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Left to Right you’ve got:

Erin from Girl Gone VeggieAngel from Positively AngelLisa from Midwest Mammas and Sweeties FreebiesLeslie from Mom on the RocksYours TrulyLisa from The Walking TouristsMegan from Smile Like You Mean It

It was so great to meet a few more Omaha Bloggers.   This makes 10 that I’ve met so far.  The other gals I met this night and one other, Jess, I ran into at a YMCA event.

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SaturdayWarrior Dash, Nebraska!

This is the second year Clint and I have run the Warrior.   The 2013 Dash was actually the last time J and C were in town.

The Pre-Dash Walk.   Isn’t Clint’s outfit just precious?

Oh, that man of mine….

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I was able to meet up with my YMCA family prior to the race start as well!   Such a GREAT group of peeps.  LOVE them all.

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And look who else I found?!?!

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JEN!  I was so excited to see that chick.  She is a freaking machine.   Jen and I met at a former place we occasionally called work and we’ve managed to keep in touch.   We really need to meet up more though.  We have sucked at that.

When are we going to schedule an actual happy hour, Jen?  As in, a real one.  Not a “let’s just talk abut it” one.

By the way, Jen owns a little piece of the blog-o-sphere too, so y’all should give her a shout at Red Lipstick and Sneakers.

Ok, back to the Dash.

The obstacles were awesome this year!  I conquered my fear of heights multiple times thanks to obstacles titled Deadman’s Drop:

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and the Cargo Climb:

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In addition to the climbing, we did a lot of crawling, sliding and swimming.   The last obstacle course required all of those components:

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No control on that slide.  Hella fast.   The water (shit water, mind you) at the bottom was FREEZING and thanks to no control on the slide, there was no way to bypass going all the way under.   Shock to the ol system, my friends.

What a freaking blast.

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Team Y also living it up:

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Thanks, Carrie.  I swiped a few pics. 🙂

I’m so ready for the next one!  Any of you in?

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Saturday night we headed downtown to the Old Market.  Dinner at Old Chicago and a little bar hopping.   Surprisingly, we were all well behaved last night.

Shocking.  I know.

Sunday: besides a trip to the gym for a quick lifting session, our day can pretty much be summed up from this pic:

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Cheers to another great weekend!   Now, if Monday-Friday will just hurry on by, I’ve got another good weekend ahead!

🙂