I’m just really excited for Christmas

CHRISTMAS IS IN 11 DAYS AND OMG I AM SO EXCITED.

One day I will get back to writing good content + about running, but until then enjoy all of these Christmas trees that I loved while shopping around town the other day (plus the last one which is my tree at home!)

Do you have all your shopping done?

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Thankful

So I know I’m late on posting this but holy moly I am thankful so many things in my crazy, wonderful life.

I don’t have to run, I get to run.
I choose to work three jobs because I love them all and I want to provide for my family.
I get to live in my hometown surrounded by family, lifelong friends and new friends.
I got to travel with my husband and my dog to see our family in Tennessee.

Look at how cute Murphy is!!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

I ran on the treadmill yesterday and did a Beachbody 21 Day Fix workout today. Here’s the getting back on track!

An early Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Most of western Kentucky moved trick-or-treating to last night since the weather was awful for today (cold, lots and lots of rain). So Ryan and I (with a little help from Murphy) handed out candy last night!

For everyone out and about tonight – be safe and have fun! Eat some candy for me 😉

July Pinspiration — running and good food

Welcome to July — isn’t that crazy?! July is randomly one of my favorites months and I love celebrating Independence Day, the last few lazy weeks of summer (before my side job as an adjunct professor starts back up) and all the fresh fruits and veggies from our friend’s garden + farmers market.

I also am in the minority when I say I LOVE to run in the heat. I swear I am faster in the summer. While there is not a local Independence Day race in my hometown, I am planning on rocking my red, white and blue tomorrow on my run!

This month I am pinning all the patriotic things, running gear and easy summer recipes.

What are y’all pinning?! If you aren’t already, follow along on Pinterest here!

Looking for the perfect #4thOfJulyRunningGear?! #TeamSparkle has you covered! From #Patriotic runs to #4thOfJuly race costumes, Sparkle Athletic has the running essentials for you! Fourth of July Running CostumeFourth of July running

Make this summer-perfect berry cheesecake without turning on your oven. #ItMustBeThePhilly
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These red, white and blue healthy pops would be perfect for July 4th weekend or really anytime this summer.  They are easy (just five ingredients) and can be made in your blender and then poured into popsicle molds.  Of course they are dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.  I also kept them naturally sweetened and refined-sugar free plus they are full of plant-based protein and fruit.  Both kids and adults love this creamy, sweet and nutritious treat. #4thofJuly #IndependenceDay2017

Running gifts for your Valentine

Runners are usually pretty easy to buy for — some new gear, an entry to a race or even a massage makes us happy. But for Valentine’s Day, I decided to compile a list of some unique, fun and simple gift ideas.

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• Sparkle Athletic running skirt. I want this in so many colors, but red or pink would be perfect for any Valentine-themed races.
• Chocolate-covered strawberries, because duh, who doesn’t want those?!
• A gift card to get a massage. You can even buy two and make it a date night!
Running fleece wide neck sweatshirt.
• Running jewelry.
Run all the miles, eat all the doughnuts shirt. A great gift for food lovers!
• Also from Sarah Marie Design Studio, heart breaker hill tee.
• Red or pink compression socks.
• A gift card to get a pedicure. I’ve talked about this before, but runner’s need to care for their feet. Our toenails can take a beating during all those long runs.

While gifts are great, just remember to love on your loved ones. Chances are, one-on-one time is best gift you can give them 🙂

Christmas 2017

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a great Christmas weekend with friends and family and lots of good food. It was a busy weekend for us, but one filled with lots of love.

Ryan’s parents came to town late Thursday, so while we worked on Friday – they shopped. Friday night included steaks at Texas Roadhouse.

Since Ryan had to work for a little bit on Saturday, it gave me some time to do some last minute cleaning and shopping. Once everyone was together we went to the theater and saw Jumanji. (Ryan’s parents had never seen the original, which was crazy to me!)

Trying to get a family picture with Murphy is not the easiest thing to do. 

Christmas Eve is when the fun really started. We had everyone under one roof (my parents and brother + Ryan’s parents) and the first of many homecooked Christmas meals.

Ryan’s dad also got us Bean Boozled. It was hilarious and disgusting.

On Christmas, Ryan and I woke up and eased into our morning. His grandparents and uncle came up from Tennessee for the day, so they met us for presents before heading to my parent’s house where we were hosting Christmas lunch.

We had a great spread (which I forgot to take a picture of) and spent hours telling stories and chatting about life.

All in all, it was a great Christmas. I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life.

How was your Christmas?!

Did you host or travel? This was our first married Christmas not traveling and it was SO nice.

What was your favorite gift? Ryan got me a super cute necklace that I can’t wait to wear every day.

Merry, Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Kentucky!

Thank you for your readership, kind words, and kindness over the last year. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you all! It means a lot.

I hope you are able to spend time with those you love most today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun holiday weekend recap 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS!