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Hello, hello!

WORKOUTS

So far this week, I have gone to the gym before work both Monday and today. With the sub-25 degree temperatures outside, I consider this a major victory! Staying in my warm bed is all too tempting…

On Monday I did a quick 3.25 mile run on a treadmill and jammed out to Taylor Swift’s 1989 cd. That definitely got me going at 5:30 am! This morning I made my way to BodyPump for the first time in a couple of weeks {moving totally messed with my schedule!} and can already feel the soreness setting in. Man, I love that class!

While I know a detailed recap of my workouts would be super-scintillating {or not so much}, I’m going to focus on the fun weekend I just came off of!

WEEKEND SHENANIGANS

This weekend Paul and I took a mini-road trip to Knoxville, TN! Paul is a big-time University of Tennessee fan {he attended UT for 3 years} and has been talking about the magical atmosphere of Neyland Stadium since we met. We finally had the opportunity to go to a home Vol football game together, thanks to my incredibly generous neighbors. Although I’m not a huge college football fan, I was excited to go to experience this renowned stadium! {Fifth largest in the country holding 102,455 fans}

I wanted to take in everything possible, starting with the players walking in.

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We found an unoccupied spot and people-watched in a living sea of orange for the players to make their grand entrance. I found it humorous seeing them all in suits. For some reason, it made me laugh imagining them actually playing in their dress clothes!

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Despite the cold weather, it really was a gorgeous sunny day!

Next on the agenda was wait for the band to march through. We people-watched some more {seriously one of my favorite activities} until we heard the tell-tale sounds of a band!

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After the talented band did their thing and blasted out some “Rocky Top,” we walked back to the car to grab the blankets we packed! It was a good use of 45 minutes as we made it back with perfect timing to grab some Petro’s to eat and find our seats before kickoff.

Chilly night calls for a puffy jacket!

Chilly night calls for a puffy jacket!

As most of you probably know, Tennessee completely dominated the University of Kentucky and we had fun cheering during the victorious game!

Neyland Stadium panaromaHere is a panoramic picture I took with my iPhone. Perfect fall evening!

UT cheerThe entire game I was fascinated by the cheerleaders. Paul and I were trying to figure out the whole time if they were actually in college or not. I swear they looked like they are 15 years old. What do you think? Other people around us mentioned this as well, so I know it’s just not me feeling old! Maybe it was the freshman team? The dance team looked like they were in college though. So strange.

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That was the game! We celebrated at Outback later that night with a drink and Blooming Onion… such party animals ;)

On Sunday we made the rainy drive back to Georgia. Paul promised me we could stop at an outlet mall quickly and we did! I only went into Loft Outlet because that’s my favorite. I got some amazing deals… go check it out if there’s one near you! I got a $39.99 blouse for $4.88! Wow!

Now you’re all caught up!

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Weekends are for Relaxing?

Following the trend of just about every other weekend in my life lately, this past one was crazy busy! Wouldn’t expect anything less from me, would you?

HALLOWEEN FRIDAY

Halloween was pretty uneventful for Paul and I. For the past several years I’ve wanted an occasion to have an awesome costume… and that has yet to happen. There’s always next year?

What I did do was dress up Daphne and Teddy and take them on a little doggy trick-or-treat walk! {I was totally tempted to ring doorbells with them… but I refrained.}

Teddy the spider and Daphne the ladybug

Teddy the spider and Daphne the ladybug

Perfect occasion for glowing eyes

Perfect occasion for glowing eyes

We then got back to my house and to no trick-or-treaters. My neighborhood is the lamest. I was also rather disgusted by the few groups that we did see. The majority of kids were either in golf carts, cars, or truck-pulled wagons. What happened to walking from door to door?!? No wonder obesity is at an all time high in the USA…

SATURDAY

My Saturday started the same way they have since August… run in Atlanta! We knocked out 11 miles on the coldest day of fall thus far. The wind was brutal, but I was thrilled that we finally had a brisk fall morning! Love it!

Post-run Starbucks

Post-run Starbucks

After our run, Jade and I found ourselves sipping on warm drinks at Starbucks. I’m sure it didn’t do much in the way of post-run nourishment, but it sure tasted great! Not to mention it felt wonderful warming our cold selves up.

Once I got home and showered off, Paul and I drove over to our top choice apartment complex to turn in some paperwork and take measurements. We even got a cute Halloween-themed goody bag on our way out!

Sugar... the way to my heart

Sugar… the way to my heart

On top of all the excitement, it was cool enough to wear boots without feeling ridiculous. It’s the little things!

I adore my Frye boots and lace boot socks

I adore my Frye boots and lace boot socks

The rest of the day was filled with couch shopping! We drove all around town looking for a “screaming-deal” {as my dad would say} on a couch. Nothing caught our attention, but at least we now know where not to look! I never knew finding a couch would be so difficult.

SUNDAY

We started the day with walking the dogs. Nothing shocking there!

Teddy walk

Teddy is showing off her tummy because she was fixed last week. It’s healing well and she’s completely back to normal! That girl loves her walks :)

On Sunday, we had a lot more shopping on the agenda! After our couch bust from the day before, I wasn’t feeling particularly enthusiastic on the couch front. The options for an embarrassingly low price point seem to be quite limited. We will find something though!

Sunday was a success as far as finding other odds and ends we need for our apartment! Here’s a little peek at our purchases:

Apartment shopping

Above you will see: Brita pitcher, tumbler cups, comforter set, throw pillows, wall art, utensil tray, ceramic knife, bamboo cutting board, Thanksgiving kitchen towel {had to}, shower caddy, shower curtain, curtain rings, a matchlight, a set of six steak knives and holding block, and two items that hopped into our cart… peppermint hot chocolate and salted caramel hazelnut spread. Not sure how those got in there…

These items came from Steinmart, Tuesday Morning, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Target. We went a couple other places, but didn’t find anything we needed! We still have a long way to go, but we’ve made some progress!

Today we also had some good news… we were officially approved for the apartment! We may have little to no large furniture, but we are moving out of our parents’ houses and that is good enough for me. About time!

Hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed that extra hour of sleep!

What Dreams Are Made Of

Hello party people!

This weekend I was all over the place in the best way! Hang on tight because you’ll be exhausted even reading about this fun-packed weekend.

Birthday dinner. Apartment hunting {!!!}. Wedding #1. Atlanta 10 Miler race. More apartment hunting. Wedding #2. 

FRIDAY NIGHT

Immediately following work on Friday, I drove up to help celebrate Paul’s moms birthday in Snellville. Ribs and cake were eaten and a great time was had by all! {I foolishly did not take any pictures… so unlike me} It’s been far too long since I have seen them and I’m thankful I was able to come up for the evening. Happy birthday, Chris!

SATURDAY

On Saturday afternoon, Paul and I started searching for our first apartment together. Imsoexcited. We had been doing tons of online research and decided it was finally time to hit the pavement and go see some of our top choices in person. It didn’t take long to decide on a couple factors that were important to us and we narrowed down our list further. It was tedious to travel around and visit different complexes, but exhilarating all the same! I am beyond ready to move out of my parents house and am thrilled it is finally happening. {That’s not to knock my parents, but I feel old and pathetic living at home}

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Does anyone remember my two New Year’s Resolutions I made in January? No? They were to not buy any body wash and use up my massive stockpile {still holding true to that one} and to move out. Cheers to a successful 2014 to me!

Following our whirlwind tour around town, we got ready for the wedding between my dear friend Meagan and her new husband, Cooper. They had a sweet wedding held at a charming venue out in the country.

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Sharing a smile with the bride and groom :)

Sharing a smile with the bride and groom :)

Doesn’t Meagan look beautiful? Such a stunning bride she made!

We sadly had to leave the wedding early, which is something I prefer not to do. The reason was because I had to wake up before 5 AM the morning to get ready for a race! Busy busy busy!

SUNDAY

Right on time, my alarm went off early in the morning. I got ready and we started our drive to Atlanta. When we were down the road about 7 minutes I realized that I forgot my race number. Big problem!!! Luckily, we had enough time to turn around so I could run in and retrieve my missing number. Phew!

Also, big shout out to Paul for waking up early and coming to the race to cheer me on! He’s the best.

Shortly before the race began, I met up with my friends Coty and Jade so we could run together. I still say some of the best friends a girl can have are running friends! Fundamentally, you will have a drive that most people simply do not possess. {Some people may call it a craziness…} Not to mention lots of time to just chat while you are training! Love it.

We started the race knowing all too well that it is probably the hilliest course we have run to date. It was a pretty intimidating course! With that in mind, we set a loose goal of “finishing under 1:45 would be nice. But really I just don’t want to die and stay strong.”

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I am proud to announce that we finished in 1:44. For 10 miles, that is a 10:21 pace, which I consider a win for how insanely hilly the course was! For those of you familiar with Atlanta, it included the infamous “Cardiac Hill” in it’s entirety.

10 miler medals

We also received our Triple Peach medals at this race! To be a “Triple Peacher” you must complete the Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta 10 Miler, and Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving day in the same year. Coty and I both earned this honor last year as well as this year! Double Triple Peachers! You get the magnetic piece to complete the medal on Thanksgiving after you complete the half!

ATC Recovery KitEach runner was also gifted these awesome “Fitful Recovery” snack boxes courtesy of the Atlanta Track Club! I couldn’t eat right after the run, but a little while later I started snacking on the goodness!

Following a long shower, brunch at Cracker Barrel {where I inhaled my food}, and some more apartment hunting, we headed back out to Paul’s house to get ready for our second wedding of the weekend!

This wedding was between Paul’s friend Omar and his now-bride Jennifer. Their nighttime wedding gave a whole new meaning to the word elegant. I was completely blown away by this classy wedding!

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Candy bar

At this wedding, the bride and groom recited handwritten vows to each other. Every guest had teared up, including myself. The love between these two was so apparent.

They also had a candy bar… totally up my alley!! I thought it was so appropriate considering it was held the weekend before Halloween. {Don’t mind my awkward right arm trying to keep hold of my clutch slipping out from under my grip} I think even without the picture, you would know that I absolutely took part in that!

WEEKEND OVER.

And that was my weekend! A crazy beautiful mess and perfect example of what dreams are made of. Love, passion, and the journey in between.

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Is This “Real Life?”

Well, hello there!

As you may have noticed, I’ve been MIA now for quite some time.

I started my new job three weeks ago and am loving it! It is definitely taking some adjusting though getting my life into a new routine. Here are some of the changes:

  • Working 8-5:30 leaves little time to do much else (obvious, I know)
  • I’m having to wake up around 4:30-5 am to do my running and BodyPump in the morning. I could exercise after work, but I know myself… and I know that after work all I want to do is eat dinner and walk Teddy. So the chances of me working out at that time are pretty slim. Since I highly value exercise, I make time for it before I head out for work with all the other crazies!
  • Less time with my pets. This one makes me sad because I don’t ever want my beloved animals to feel like I don’t love them… that couldn’t be further from the truth!
  • Less time with Paul. We now both have full time jobs, which is AWESOME! But we have found out that we need to actually schedule time to see each other or it won’t happen.
  • I find myself being too exhausted to blog when I do have some minimal free time. Which is a shame because it’s something that I enjoy. I have all of these posts that I want to write {Garth Brooks concert recap, an oatmeal pumpkin spice cookie recipe that I came up with, a “pupdate”, our trip to the fair, etc} and I have yet to even download the pictures….
  • Simple errands take some major planning. Things like going to the grocery store and bank that used to be easy are now a huge hassle. There is only one hour a week that my bank is open and I am not working. So if I need to go, that’s my only chance for the week!

There’s a little glimpse into how my life has changed this fall. Different is not necessarily a bad thing and once I make these changes a habit, it’ll be all good :) In the meantime, I will try my best to write some more on here! I value each and every one of my readers {thank you!} and haven’t forgotten about you!

Have a great night!

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Weekend Happenings

This weekend I did a lot and not much all at the same time. Not sure how that happens, but it totally did!

After my long run on Saturday morning, I spent most of my time hanging out with my dogs because I’m cool like that. {Who needs people? ;)} Paul and I also attended our friends’ Couple Shower for their upcoming wedding, which was a lot of fun.

MEAGAN & COOPER’S COUPLE SHOWER

A late afternoon full of hors d’oeuvres on a lakefront was the shower setting. Everything was super cute. The hostesses spared no detail! From the delicious food and country chic decorations down to the cake and gift time, all aspects were planned!

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I really like the idea of a Couple Shower as opposed to a Bridal Shower. It’s not fair to the groom when the bride gets to open all of their joint gifts! As you are about to enter upon a union, it seems only fitting that the first celebration should be about the couple as a whole, not just each member separately. I’m glad this is becoming a popular “thing” to do!

I am so looking forward to their wedding day in a little over a month! Love is in the air!

 

NEW JOB CELEBRATION DINNER

On Sunday night, Paul had planned to take me out to celebrate my new job! {I still get giddy thinking about it! SO EXCITED} I had chosen a delicious Italian restaurant that my mom and I enjoy, Mama Lucia’s. Paul and I had been there together for one of our “Sunday Brunchdays” but he had never been for dinner. After going to Italy this past May, I still say Mama Lucia’s has better food than Italy! Their Chicken Pesto pasta dish is to die for. Yum.

When we arrived for dinner, Paul told me that he had secretly invited Meagan and Cooper to join us! I couldn’t believe it! I adore surprises and was happy our friends could join us!

We ate until we were stuffed and mostly talked about our puppies… shocking! Not. They’re just such a huge source of entertainment! Actually, for the Couple Shower, I also included a gift basket for Milo {he was one of the puppies from our litter} because he is part of their family. Can’t forget him!

Best friends

 

Between Cooper, Meagan, Paul, and I, we all have gotten our first full-time jobs in the past 4 months. It’s an exciting time in our lives’, that much I know!

TEDDY BEAR

Now, about those dogs. This weekend Teddy ruled the roost. We went on a walk, played, and even folded laundry together. Well… kind of!

Teddy and her teddy bear

Teddy and her teddy bear

Princess of the pillows

Princess of the pillows

I love this pretty girl!

I love this pretty girl!

"Mommy, why are you taking my bed away piece by piece? It is warm and smells so clean!"

“Mommy, why are you taking my bed away piece by piece? It is warm and smells so clean!”

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Best. Morning. Ever.

Hi friends!

This morning began as most, with a canine wake-up call in the form of barking. Crazy dogs.

I woke up half an hour before I planned, and since I am incapable 90% of the time of falling back asleep once I am up, I decided to roll with it.

5 MILE RUN

My decision to makeup the 5 mile run I missed yesterday happened last night. I have the hardest time working out in the afternoon or evening and just swapped rest/run days. Morning is my go-time! The reason I didn’t get around to running yesterday was because I had to wait up for the AC repair guy. He was here from 9:30-12:00 magically making our air work again {hallalujah}.

Anyway, I left the house at 7:00 and it was still nearly pitch-black outside. That really bothers me. If I were in charge of creating the universe {which I clearly am NOT} it would be bright and sunny everywhere in the world at 6:00 am. All year round…

Can you see me now, cars?

Can you see me now, cars?

As you can see, I was sporting my awesome glow running bracelet that my mom gave me as a Christmas stocking stuffer! It’s never smart to be invisible to cars! I only had to have it lit up for the first 20 minutes, then it started to slowly get lighter out.

I ran a total of 5.35 miles. The first 4 were an easy pace {for me around 10:45} and the 5th mile was race pace {9:30}.

garmin watchThe reason my min/mile average is so slow is because I walked the 0.35 miles back to my house rather slowly when I finished. I wanted to keep my watch on to get an accurate calorie count though.

BODYPUMP

Following my run, I took a quick shower, changed my clothes, and ate a little breakfast.

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For my post-run, pre-BodyPump breakfast, I had two scrambled eggs with Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese along with a biscuit leftover from last night, and a glass of vanilla almond milk {that was mostly gone by the time I took this picture. ha!} Some protein+ carbs= perfect.

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My second workout outfit was my favorite Reebok shorts, Nike 5.0 shoes, and Kiava top {the back is really neat!} I had to shower and change because I was completely drenched from my run. Yay 99% humidity.

I completed the BodyPump workout on the stage as a shadow. It was a tough class! My legs were definitely done for!

I felt super accomplished after both training cardiovascular-ly as well as strength this morning!

THE PHONE CALL I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR

Following an errand after the gym, I noticed that I had a missed call and message. I am notorious about forgetting to turn my ringer back on after going to the gym. Whoops!

The phone call was from a company I interviewed with last week for a full-time position. She was calling to tell me they were offering me the job!

I accepted without hesitation and am absolutely over-the-moon happy! I haven’t talked about it much, but I have been applying to a ridiculous amount of jobs the past few months. It’s such a difficult process {especially when you are applying with no experience in the field you wish to work}. I am so thrilled that I will be working full-time soon! Finally! I am beyond ready!!

 

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  • Anyone else have a hard time finding a job when you don’t have experience?
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BodyPump Video

Long time, no talk!

I’ve been horrible lately. I apologize about that. It’s been pretty crazy around here lately {as usual…}

SQUATS, LUNGES, AND CHEST PRESSES: OH MY!

This past weekend I hit a pretty big milestone, I taped my BodyPump video to be reviewed by Les Mills. This was on Sunday evening, so I pretty much spent all of last week stressing myself out and practicing a million times {hence lack of blogging}. As you might imagine, my body was super tired come Sunday night.

The reason for recording a video of me teaching an entire BodyPump release is for the company to make sure that I am practicing good technique, using proper coaching cues, and am motivating! It’s a nerve-racking process for us, but I completely understand why it is necessary.

I felt so.much.relief after I finished teaching for my video! Naturally, Paul and I had to go out and celebrate with dinner!

INHALE ALL THE FOOD

We decided to go to Taco Mac for dinner. If you aren’t from around here, it’s a restaurant/bar with a ridiculous amount of TVs that they always have on sports games. The food is casual and it’s just a fun atmosphere.

So happy it's over!

So happy it’s over! {Don’t mind my deformed thumb}

I am supposed to watch my video to make sure I want to send it in… but watching yourself on tape is {to me} a severe form of torture. I couldn’t take it. I only made it through 12 minutes of 60. I think that has to do with us being our own worst critic. So I’m just going to send it in and hope for the best!

Anyway, back to dinner. I scarfed down some buffalo chicken tenders and sweet potato fries for my entree.

Get in my belly!

Get in my belly!

I also told Paul we must order dessert. I was all about celebrating that night! We got the S’mores brownie.

Taco Mac s'mores brownie

 

We were both actually a little disappointed with this dessert. Although it looks awesome, it just needed a little somethin’ somethin’ extra. I think a scoop of ice cream would have added some more dimension. {That marshmallow around the edge was only around the edge… not all the way through. Bummer!}

We sat out an intense storm while eating. Afterwards, the sky looked really neat.

Sky after storm

OTHER WEEKEND HAPPENINGS

Besides preparing for my video this weekend, I also ran 8 {hilly} miles on Saturday morning, had Sunday brunch with Paul, and took copious amounts of pictures of Teddy as per usual.

Sunday Brunchday

Sunday Brunchday

I love that face

I love that face

Spoiled-rotten

Spoiled-rotten

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  • Anyone else hit a milestone this weekend?
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Hope you’re having a great day!

 

Pupdate {4 months}

In honor of “National Dog Day” yesterday as well as the puppies 4 month mark earlier this week, I thought I would do another pupdate!

Sawyer, Daphne, and Teddy are now four months old! The time has absolutely flown by! At their last vet appointment two weeks ago, they weighed in at 40, 36, and 35 pounds respectively. They’re probably 5 pounds each heavier now. It’s crazy to think that just a short time ago I could fit all 10 puppies in my lap. Those days are long gone!

Currently, they have started losing their baby teeth! I have yet to find one {and frankly, I probably never will} since there are so many animals in my house. I wish I would find a lost baby tooth though, I’d totally be the person to save it forever ;)

SAWYER

Hello, mister Sawyer

Hello, mister Sawyer

Sawyer is a handsome boy! He absolutely takes after his daddy, Bentley. Both of them get so excited when they see you that they can hardly contain themselves. I always laugh at Bentley when he does “The Bentley Thing” and now Sawyer has adopted that goofy personality! He definitely loves to play!

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He’s the most difficult for me to take pictures of because he doesn’t like sitting still for long {especially when he realizes that I don’t have a treat for him!}

Son and father

Son and father

DAPHNE

Sweet Daphne

Sweet Daphne

Little Daphne is a doll. She is sweet as can be and has the cutest face! Don’t let that fool you though, this girl is quite the adventurer! She was the first to need a professional bath because she ran into a muddy lake near our house and was filthy. Not to mention she contracted 100 “seed ticks” {you read that right. 100.} that I had to remove. She’s lucky she is so cute! Daphne has also discovered that the patio table provides an awesome vantage point over her fellow doodles. I went to put something inside one day, and in the 30 seconds I was gone she managed to find her way onto the table! Crazy girl.

I love adventures!

I love adventures!

Daphne is quite photogenic! It’s nearly impossible to take a bad picture of her.

TEDDY

Last but not least, my precious Teddy bear. She’s pretty much my first child. It shows too. She follows me around everywhere and is always laying at my feet… even if I’m doing something quick like brushing my teeth! She doesn’t want to miss a second of bonding time with her “human mommy.”

F2 goldendoodle 4 months

Her red coat color is gorgeous. People stop me to ask about her frequently. {They usually think she is an Irish Setter. Nope!} Her eyes are a unique color, somewhere in the spectrum between green/brown/red. Hard to describe! They almost match her coat.

Teddy is a super fast runner and always looking to play. She will run circles around the others until they finally oblige and join her. Because she is so active, she crashes hard also…

Sleepy baby

Sleepy baby

Look at the teeth I've lost!

Look at the teeth I’ve lost!

All three of them play so well together. They’re lucky to have playmates around all the time!

The girls

The girls

That’s about it for now! Plus, here is a picture of our “big doodles” from earlier when Lola returned from the groomer’s.

Reunion

Reunion

I believe Ellie and Bentley were whispering sweet nothings into her ears about how much they missed her the past few hours! Sadly, Lola’s fur had to be shaved off :( Furless doodles make me sad. It will grow back though!

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  • Is your dog adventurous {like Daphne}?
  • Is your dog like velcro to you {like Teddy}?
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Keith Urban “Raise Em Up” Tour

What a weekend!

This weekend was go-go-go nonstop! Anyone else?

A summary of my weekend events looks a little somthin’ like this:

Babysit. Water ski. Tube. Pontoon ride all day. Arbonne skincare party. Run 6 miles. Errands. KEITH URBAN CONCERT.

Best babysitter ever ;)

Best babysitter ever ;)

Skiing into the morning

Skiing into the morning

Kristi Paul Lake

Faster!

KEITH URBAN CONCERT

Happy Valentine’s Day to me!!! Back on February 14, one of my gifts was an “IOU” to go to a Keith Urban concert. Paul knew I really wanted to go, but it was so far in advance, tickets had yet to go on sale. Once they went on sale in April, we scooped up a pair and then just waited for August 24! Although I had to wait over six months, it was so worth it!!!

Before the show, Paul and I ate at a new-to-us BBQ restaurant in Alpharetta. It is called Smokejack Southern Grill and was fabulous. I’m eager to go back again and bring my dad, who is quite the BBQ aficionado {he is from Missouri, after all} We were so impressed by our delicious meals!

Keith Urban is one of my favorite artists and he always puts on one heck of a great show! I’ve seen him twice before and this concert was on par with his others! AMAZING, as always!

The opening acts for the concert were Brett Eldredge and Jarrod Neimann. Both put on a good show! The crowd went wild when Jarrod Neimann played his current hit “Drink To That All Night!”

Getting ready for Keith Urban!

Getting ready for Keith Urban!

Keith Urban took the stage and I was so excited! I knew this would be such a fun evening!

One of the highlights of the show for me was when Keith was reading out some of the homemade posters he saw people holding. One was a poster held by a little boy saying “My first concert!” Wouldn’t you know that once he saw that, he called up the boy and his family onto the stage with him! The boy was 9 years old and I guarantee you that Keith Urban just made his life! He even took a selfie with the family facing backwards, to show the audience in the background. I thought that was so neat! It definitely goes to show what a great person he is. A lot of artists are far too arrogant for kind, spur-of-the-moment acts like that.

Another highlight was when Keith introduced the song “We Were Us,” a duet he recorded with Miranda Lambert. He was explaining that since both of his opening acts were male, he didn’t have anyone to sing it with. I thought for sure he was going to have a surprise female guest appear {I was thinking Atlanta-native, Jennifer Nettles of the former duo Sugarland}. Instead, he informed us that each city that hosts a concert was in charge of finding an amateur female singer to sing Miranda’s part. For the Georgia show, the winner was a radio intern named Carly Burruss. She killed it! Everyone was so impressed by her talent {myself included}!

Carly Burruss Keith Urban

Carly singing “We Were Us”

I love when you go to concerts and know every single song. I definitely sang the entire time and couldn’t get enough!

Keith Urban concert

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Raise Em Up!

Raise Em Up!

All in all, it was an unforgettable night that I’ll be thinking about for years to come!

THANKS FOR THE PHENOMENAL SHOW, KEITH URBAN!!!

Southwest-Inspired Breakfast Sandwich

Hi there, friends!

Today I’ve got a quick, simple, and nutritious breakfast to share with you!

MORNING HAPPENINGS

But first, let’s recap the morning! Dogs woke me up {as always} and I took them all out… only to find that the weather was ideal! It was 59 degrees {In Georgia. In August. Whaaaaat?!?} and low-levels of humidity {for us}. I knew I had to get out there as soon as possible to enjoy before it warmed up! Enjoy I did. My mood is so greatly affected by the weather. Kind of pathetic, but it is what it is. Needless to say, I’m in quite the excellent mood this afternoon :)

Following my run this morning, I was feeling a good breakfast. And not just an English Muffin with peanut butter… I’m getting sick of that for the moment. I decided to change it up a little by making an egg sandwich. Here is the recipe for what I made:

Southwest Egg Sandwich

SOUTHWEST-INSPIRED EGG SANDWICH

  • 1 English Muffin, toasted {I used whole wheat}
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice of cheese, your choice {I used Colby Jack}
  • 2 slices roasted deli turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. salsa
  • *Avocado slices {optional}
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The directions on how to make this pretty much go without saying, but I want to show how I cook the egg to keep it from falling apart.

Turkey and egg

As soon as the egg hits the pan, I use a spatula to prevent spreading. This way it all cooks in one lump and is fits perfectly on your muffin/bagel/bread. I flip it once to ensure all of the egg is completely cooked. Or, you can do this or this as well. For me, I like less steps and my method works just fine!

Once the turkey and egg are cooked, I add the slice of cheese over the egg to melt. Then you just have to assemble your sandwich!

Egg Sandwich faceout

I wanted to add avocado slices to my sandwich, only to find out the the one avocado I had left had gone bad. Bummer! Those little guys are so temperamental! Reminded me of this:

After eating my delicious sandwich, I felt satisfied. Got in some quality protein, fiber, carbs, and dairy. {Avocado would add some healthy fats as well} Breakfast win!

Have a fantastic Thursday! The puppies have a vet appointment this afternoon… BIG day for us!