Friday Faves | April 3rd, 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve done a little Friday Fave Feature.

So, why not throw one out!?

1. Annie’s Organic Chocolate Chip Bunnies

If you aren’t careful the whole box will be gone in a second.



2. Eyelash fill day. 

Jessica at Living Beautifully is a rock star.   I have to throw out a public apology to her today, though.  MAN, I was so fidgety.  Who knew laying down for an hour today would have been so difficult?


Maybe it was because I had just left the gym and today was legs day.  Who knows…



3. Kid Rock’s new album, First Kiss.

It’s different then his earlier Rock N Roll days.   He has gone a little more country and a little more laid back.  It’s taking me a bit to get used to the new vibe, but I dig it.

I just dig him, really.   I’ve seen him in concert a few times and he definitely puts on a helluva show!



4. Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum.

Obsessed with this gum.  I may or may not have purchased HyVee’s entire stock.  🙂

The bubbles I can get out of this gum are LEGIT!

…And everyone that follows me on Snapchat knows it, too.




5. Spring time

Twice this week I have sat outside to eat dinner or enjoy a post workout shake.   Aww, spring.  I sure do love you.



6. Gym Rat Tendencies

I am at the gym.  All the time.   I often feel like I live there, whether it is the Y, the IWCC gym or Blue Moon Fitness.  But you know what?  I wouldn’t change it for a second.  I love my part time life. 🙂


And another of my stupid Snapchat faces.   Aren’t you wishing you followed me?  I mean, seriously….



Cheers to a wonderful Easter weekend, friends. ❤

Ridiculously Awesome Friday


This morning started much like any other day.  Up early, ready to get my workout done and a FB post ready to go up for my private challenge group.  I started off by hitting the hotel gym, which ended up being an 8×8 box with a treadmill and an elliptical, so I took it to the outdoors.   24 degrees and a few miles was a great wake-up call.

Once back in my room I started working on my post for my challengers when I felt the urge to take it in a new direction.   Instead of just focusing on our physical health and wellness, I decided to expand it to our overall wellness and challenge them to pay it forward.  I didn’t tell them how or what to do, but to just find a way to make someone else’s day a little better.  Anytime you can bring a smile to someone’s day results in a win-win situation.  I actually even shared the idea, along with the above photo, on both my personal and blog FB pages as well.

Little did I know how ridiculously amazing my Friday would become.

My meetings wrapped up around 11am so I took the extra free time and traveled to Jordan Creek Mall for a little me time.   One of my first stops ended up being Starbucks with the idea to pay it forward by purchasing coffee for the person standing behind me.   While in line I noticed the gal immediately behind me had a gift card so I decided to hold off on purchasing hers and instead picked up a $5 card to pass on to someone else.  While waiting for my order several other folks got in line, but no one that I seemed drawn to.  It was only when I was walking out that a mother pushing a stroller with her little baby caught my eye.  Her stroller actually got nudged in my way a bit as I was making my way out of the store and she immediately apologized.  I stopped and asked if she was heading into Starbucks, to which she answered yes.  I then told her I wanted to pay it forward to someone that day and that I was choosing her.  She looked at me in astonishment and said “Really? Oh, thank you.”.

Her smile and that moment totally made my day.

I passed the card over, told her to enjoy her coffee and turned to go on my way.


Thanks Starbucks for helping me pass on a smile.

After I left Starbucks, I made my way over to Express to browse and of course found a portfolio dress and a couple pairs of earrings right off the bat. (Express never fails me)

The dress alone was tagged at $88.   All of my items should have added up to $140ish after taxes.

Want to know what I paid?


The dress was on clearance (no tags indicating that) as was one of the pairs of earrings.  Didn’t have any idea until at the register.   Seriously.  Did that just happen?   I also had just returned a pair of running shoes for a different pair and saved $90 on those.  This day was turning out to be pretty darn spectacular if you ask me!



I called my day a success and headed back towards Homaha.   A good 2 hours of loud music, open road and sunny skies.  It was perfect.

Once home I was greeted with this cute fella and a backyard ready for cement.  I love the formation he chose to do.  Sometimes he has a pretty cool vision that I don’t understand until laid out in front of me.  I dig it!



Then the mail came!  GUESS WHAT GOT DELIVERED?!


My soon to be new saddlebags!  Hell yes!!   Now for it to warm up a bit so Clint can get these suckers painted. 🙂


Also in the mail….this.


Hands down the greatest, most heartfelt gift I’ve received in a while.   Of course from my bestie, Kayla.  She knew how nervous I was and how much self-doubt I was pumping myself full of before my audition. (<– link)  But, she, in return, pumped me full of positive chats and encouragement.   That phone call to Kayla the night I auditioned was hands down the most exciting phone call to make.   She shared that excitement right along with me.  Very cool moment.  This gift is absolutely perfect.  Thank you, Kayla.  Thank you. ❤

Again… I had no idea just how freaking awesome this Friday was going to be.

So, moving on with the day, Clint and I decided on taco’s for dinner, so a quick trip to the grocery store turned out to be an entertaining one.  You guys… I might seriously start a new feature on the blog showcasing the conversations I have when I wear my Insanity Instructor jacket.

Yep… you remember the first conversation, right?  (Find it here).  Well, tonight’s story led to a fun conversation with a fella named Shawn.   Shawn stopped me in the popcorn aisle with the line:

“Excuse me, but, I just have to say that you are absolutely striking.”

I graciously thanked him, shook his hand and thus began the Q&A session of what Insanity is, how I became an instructor, where I teach, etc.  And then this question happened…

Are you single?


<Cue awkward moment for poor Shawn>

 No, my friend I am not.

He then congratulated the lucky fella (who was at home) and told me to have a wonderful evening.

Likewise, my new friend.  

And kuddos to you for having the guts to ask.

This jacket.   It really does bring out some fabulous conversations.  .



The Friday just keeps getting better because as I was making dinner my mom and step-dad walk in the door!  SURPRISE!  They had a few minutes to kill before attending the Omaha Symphony, so they just decided to swing by and say hello. I love visitors! 🙂




You can’t tell Clint’s been playing in the mud all day at all!


And then it was time for a delicious dinner, chats with my hubby and now sweet sweet bed.



Who knew my Friday would actually turn into a ridiculously amazing day?  I mean, I knew it was going to be a good one.  Most days are what you make of them, right?   But this day.  THIS FRIDAY, just turned into a straight up spectacular one.


Friday Fun Run

Today I got in a 6 mile run.  It wasn’t planned.  It was getting late.   I had alllllll sorts of reasons why I could have avoided it.

I had, after-all, spent the day on the couch.  Did some online shopping, did some research work, read a lot, wrote a little, watched the IA/NE game…

Late afternoon I just decided I needed to get up and move.  So, I picked 6 miles as my goal and went for it.



It was a gorgeous 50 degree afternoon.  A very nice change of pace since it has been bitter cold and windy for days!


I was running strong until mile 5ish.

And then my pace plummeted.  And NOT for the reasons you think.   Tired, worn out…. nope!

Lack of attention. 

I started texting people about riding the Harley’s tomorrow and another friend about some tips for running in the winter.   Man, my attention span is whack sometimes.




Following my run I made a quick trip to Target for a few items and had all intentions of getting my second Christmas tree up and decorated once back home.

You know what happened?

I locked myself OUT of my Jeep.   Seriously.

If anyone can find a way to lock themselves out of a NEW Jeep with NEW technology in a key fob, it WOULD be me.  I am the master of stupid stuff like this.

I think what happened was when I was throwing my items (including my purse) in the backseat, my lock button got tripped, so when I shut the door and went to the front door it was locked.  And the red security button was glowing brightly.   The little magic unlock button on the outside wouldn’t even work.  They key fob was inside, so apparently it though I was inside as well and was NOT going to let an outsider in.


Luckily my friend Claire moved in to a new town home not far from my home (she actually moved today!), so she came to my rescue….


…but not until after I sat on the curb for a bit looking like a creepy car stealing bastard.


Eh.  What can ya do but laugh?

Cheers to a super weekend, y’all!




Gonna Party Like It’s My Birthday

Fist Bump


Fist Bump, y’all!  

Today’s my Birthday!


Clearly, I knew what was up even back then.



Thirty Four

Three Four

I don’t care how you say it or how you write it.  I freaking LOVE the thirties.   Life is good here.

Life.  Is.  Good.

Birthday’s have always been a big deal.   Ya, sure… it might be a little self absorbed, conceited and maybe a little self-loving of me to post about my own Birthday…

But hey!

It’s My Birthday.  I love Birthday’s.

And, if you gave me a crown – I’d probably wear it.



My life began on August 29th, 1980.



How gorgeous is my mom?  I mean come on!  She just gave birth!



And my dad.

Thanks, mom and dad!   Happy Birthday to you, too!   Today marks a pretty significant day in your lives as well. 🙂


I always remember my birthday’s being a pretty big display.




And I loved all of it, of course.




I was spoiled rotten.




But, loved by many.




I found quite a few Birthday pics from my childhood and teens and oh my.

The teenage years?  Oy.  The hair.  The clothing.  The glasses.

Ya, I’ll be saving those for a more significant milestone.  Like 40.   Or 50.  Or maybe never.

Until then, I am going to say:

CHEERS to 34!




Can’t wait to see what it has in store.