Weekend shenanigans 

This weekend was the perfect mix of relaxation and social events.

Friday night was takeout and movies — my favorite way to start the weekend! Since getting married, I much prefer to stay in with Ryan and Murphy rather than go out to the bars.

Sticking with my routine, Saturday was for my long run. Still reminding myself to put in the work and trust the process. 

My brother and I finished up some yard work in preparation for our Adult Easter Party. I love a freshly mowed yard – I just don’t love all the work that comes with it. 

I stuffed roughly 100 eggs with candy and other goodies on Saturday afternoon. Who says just because you’re grown up that you can’t have fun?!

Our egg hunt on Sunday was intense and even though I ran Sunday morning, I’m pretty sure I got more of a workout sprinting across the yard trying to beat people to eggs. 

Our Adult Easter Party involved two egg hunts, egg roulette (some were hard boiled, some were raw. videos were hilarious), an egg toss and a ton of good food and drinks. 

After a full day of helping us look for eggs, trying to eat everything in sight and running around the yard like crazy, Murphy was wore out.

Now it’s back to work. I feel recharged and ready to tackle anything that comes at me after such a fun weekend.

What did you do this weekend?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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Whether you’re celebrating with your girls, significant other or not at all, I hope you all have a great day!

If you’re still in need of some quick, easy and inexpensive date ideas check out this post.

Ryan and I celebrated on Saturday with a simple date night a movie. I love spending quality time with him and I am so thankful for our marriage.

Love is Beautiful. Styled Hearts by Shay Cochrane.

In spirit of Valentine’s Day and all things love, Oiselle has been spreading #runlove all across social media. Go check it out.

Other than Ryan, Murphy, my family and friends, running is my next love. It’s given so much (and been heartbreaking at times) but I can’t live without it.

So today, go celebrate love! Whether it’s for you, someone else or something that brings you joy — go celebrate love and what makes you happy.

New Years Weekend

Hi! I can’t believe we’re already three days into 2017. 

Today was a struggle to get out of bed and get ready for work — but I made it!

But let’s recap New Years weekend.

For lunch on Saturday I went to Cheddar’s with my best friend. We’ve been bffs for more than 10 years now (we met the summer before our freshman year of high school) and I still love our lunch dates. Also, her drink huge. We ended up splitting it and even then we couldn’t finish the entire thing.

Saturday night I forgot to take any pictures (a sign of a great time!) but we had some friends over and ended up playing cards and board games until 3 a.m. So thankful I got to sleep in Sunday morning.

On Sunday, Ryan and I hit up the mall to look for records for our new record player that we got for Christmas. I totally felt like Peyton Sawyer flipping through all that vinyl. 

Ryan and I were both off on Monday, so we watched two RedBox movies (Central Intelligence and Free State of Jones), went to town for a bit and basically did whatever we wanted to. Yay for lazy days off from work.

We went to PetSmart just to see if they had any good deals and ended up snagging this super cute shirt for Murphy.

He was obviously thrilled.

I hope everyone has a wonderful return to work and routines today!

Christmas weekend recap

Welcome back to the work week! I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

Ryan and I did lots of traveling in a short amount of time, but it was totally worth it to get some quality time with family and friends. 

This weekend I ate ALL THE SWEETS. Low quality picture, high quality sweets. The peanut butter fudge and the cookies with m&m’s and marshmallows were my favorite. 

Christmas Eve with Ryan’s parents and grandparents! ❤️

Murphy loved the new fuzzy blanket my parents got us. I love it when he is calm and snuggly. 
Now it’s back to work! Thankful for a short work week.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Isn’t Christmas Eve one of the most magical nights of the year? I love it.

This year, Ryan and I are spending our weekend in Tennessee with his family and I am so excited. It’s always good to spend time with loved ones that you don’t get to see nearly enough.

Just in case you need a reminder of what Christmas is all about

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Stay safe!

Friday Favorites v. 29

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! We are so close to Christmas I basically taste it.

No really, everyone has been bringing in all kinds of sweets this week and I’ve had enough Christmas candy and fudge to last me six months. I am in desperate need of a run, but after work Ryan and I are headed down south for the holiday.

Before we leave, let’s chat favorites.

1. Molly Huddle’s 5 Tips for Running a Great 10K.

2. Saw this on Facebook and it really resonated with me. Yay for marriage!

3. 10 Immunity Boosting Foods for Cold and Flu Season.

4. This blog post by Emily at Em For Marvelous is wonderful. I’m always trying to be more intentional about how I live my life and even more so at Christmas. Jesus truly is the “reason for the season” and I want that to reflect in my home, in my heart and with the people I love.

5. I really want to see the Sing Movie. Anyone else? It looks hilarious and adorable.

6. Ticket to Ride. Earlier this week we went to a friend’s house for a Christmas party and ended playing several board games.  

7. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but since it’s two days before Christmas, I’ll bring it up one more time. Penatonix Christmas album is the bomb. Go take a listen.

8. Selfies with Murphy are my fave. Even if he looks angry in them most of the time.

Does anyone else pictures with their dogs? Or is that just me?

Have a great holiday everyone! Stay safe.

A very cold weekend

Happy Monday, everyone! It is freeeezing here, but I am still excited to tackle this week. We are officially less than a week until Christmas! Ah! So exciting.

Before I get into Monday, lets recap the weekend.

Friday — We have a “for free” table at work that people use to get rid of stuff from around their house or stuff they get in PR packets   Basically everything is fair game and if no one wants it after a week, it goes in the trash.

I snagged the most adorable Christmas plates, bowls and mugs last week and I so excited to use them!

Also, I really really want to re-paint our kitchen. Why does remodeling/home improvement have to be so expensive?!

A snagged a charcoal face mask at CVS for $1, so I had a mini spa night Friday. Also, this turtleneck is so comfy and flowy I never want to take it off. I stayed in it all night even after wearing it to work on Friday.

Saturday — I spent the whole day at my parent’s house helping my mom with my dad who just had some minor surgery on Friday. Ryan worked all day and that night we just laid around the house and watched movies and ate pizza. Murphy destroyed another toy. Nothing new.


Sunday — We went to a Christmas party in Evansville that two of friends were hosting. We also did our usual grocery shopping trip and watched lots of football.

Hope you all have a great week! I’m going to try and get some workouts in this week, but my schedule is jam packed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day this week. The holidays are great, but require a lot of work (at the newspaper and getting ready for family). Happy Monday!

Friday Favorites v. 28

Only one more full work week before Christmas! I am so excited to get through the next seven days and then relax and spend time with my family.

Before I start day dreaming of the weekend, let’s stick our normal Friday schedule around here and talk about some Friday Favorites!

1. Writing fun stories at my job. Earlier this week I got to interview a young man who locked himself in a dog kennel to raise money for the animal shelter. He broadcasted the whole thing on Facebook Live and I popped up to say before I did my interview with him. 

2. This rendition of Jolene by Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus and Penatonix is awesome. They performed it on The Voice a few weeks ago and it’s definitely worth checking out.

3. MY TREADMILL IS PUT TOGETHER. So happy. Will report back next week with a full review.

4. For all my dog lovers out there, here is a fun Buzzfeed quiz for you!
What matching holiday sweaters should you and your dog get?


5. If you’re still looking for Christmas gifts for the runner in your life, check out my gift guide for runners for all kinds of ideas!

6. Check out this story from Runners World. It’s a oldie, but a goodie.
“Bret, Unbroken
His brain and body shattered in a horrible accident as a young boy, Bret Dunlap thought just being able to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and survive on his own added up to a good enough life. Then he discovered running.”

7. I know I’m late to the game but I just discovered FitSnap. I’ve always seen other people’s cute instagram pics with the running stats and wanted to do the same! 

8. Murphy has to be a close as possible to either me or Ryan at all times. Sometimes cute, sometimes super annoying. 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week.


While I had a pretty boring weekend overall, there is one thing that happened that’s worth sharing.


Friday night after my work Christmas party, Ryan and I stopped by my parent’s house to pick up Murphy and for me to get big Christmas gift from Ryan.

I had some sneaking suspicions that it might be a treadmill and I WAS RIGHT. I am so happy that I can now run whenever I want (in the morning, at night, two a days!)

Here is the model I have:

We plan on getting it set up later this week. I’ll be sure to pop back in a couple weeks with a full review. I’m hoping all is well. Happy Monday, guys!