Friday Favorites v.57

Happy Friday! Before I get into all of the fun things I liked from this week, I want to say something serious.

I have had two friends lose their husband/fiancee this week and they were both 24. Y’all. Hug your loved ones tight. Always say I love you. Make sure you give love every day. Things could change in an instant. My heart breaks for these two young women who thought they had forever with their guys. I cannot imagine the pain they are going through. If you don’t know Jesus, I encourage you to start a relationship with Christ. I know this earth is not my home. I’ve loved my people hard this week. I want to remember the little things. I want to my tribe to know they were loved. I want to take in love from my family and friends. I want to be present. Likes on Instagram and name brand clothes don’t matter. Loving each other matters. 

Okay! I know that was a lot, but I really felt the need to get that off my chest.

Now lets talk favorites.

1. While this was slated as a Fourth of July pie, it could definitely be served all summer long. & I 100% agree with Julie — I love pie, all kinds of pie.

2. While I didn’t attend any actual fireworks celebrations on Tuesday, we saw lots of fireworks driving home from St. Louis. We actually crossed into Kentucky right as Owensboro’s firework show started, so we got to see a lot of the show while driving through downtown. So fun!

3. These KIND breakfast bars are my new favorite on-the-go breakfast. All natural ingredients and only 230 calories. Super filling for a fast breakfast or easy afternoon snack.
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4. I’ve been running better! Isn’t it strange how we can have bad weeks of runs and workouts and then suddenly it’s like a switch flipped and all of sudden we are superstars?! That’s literally how I felt this week. Thanks to trust treadmill to sticking with me during all these hot afternoon runs in the garage. Here’s to hoping I make it through the summer and to a fall half marathon.

5. Five on-the-go snacks when you need immediate fuel.

6. Round two of my rock climbing adventures was a success! Ryan joined me and my dad this time around and it was so much. Also, I’m not as sore today as I was last Friday, so that’s a win in my book.
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7. Our Fourth of July trip to STL was definitely a favorite this week! So much fun and I can’t wait to go back in September.

8. Murph giving me the side-eye. Someone was not happy posing for pictures.
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Fourth of July recap

So today is basically like a second Monday, right?! It is for me anyways. It was a struggle to get out of bed this morning, but I only have today and tomorrow morning to work before I am off to another rock climbing adventure!

But first let me recap my Fourth of July holiday.

On Sunday, Ryan and I randomly decided to roadtrip to St. Louis for the day on Tuesday and celebrate Independence Day by watching baseball! We rounded up two other friends (one who already lives in STL) and made a day of food, fireworks and baseball!

*Also before the game we grabbed some beers and watched the Nathan’s HotDog Eating Contest. It was so gross and I couldn’t even watch the entire thing without wanting to get sick.



While it was super hot and humid during the game, we still had a blast. They had lots of fun extra things in between innings to celebrate the holiday, so there was never a dull moment!


Even though the Cardinals lost, it was still a fun way to celebrate the holiday and spend our day off from work. After the game, we walked around the city a little bit before driving home. We stopped at a Red Robin on the way and ate some delicious burgers (that I forgot to snap a picture of because I was starving).


Now it’s back to work! I have a full schedule today, so I am already looking forward to my 3 mile run when I get off work. I’ll be offline tomorrow, but check back on Friday for my weekly Friday Favorites post.

Murph workout

Since it is Memorial Day, I thought I would post a workout that is fitting for the occasion.

MURPH WORKOUT
1 mile run
100 pull ups
200 push ups
300 squats
1 mile run

If you’re on Instagram, check out posts by Chris Pratt and John Krasinski, they both explain the back story very well.

But for those of you who don’t know about the Murph workout, read below.

From FloElite – “Michael Murphy was a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in action in Afghanistan. While conducting operations in the mountains of Afghanistan, his team was discovered by enemy forces and ended up outnumbered in a firefight in the extreme and mountainous terrain. As he and his teammates all suffered major injuries, including mortal wounds for most of the team, Lieutenant Murphy fought his way out of cover and into open ground to transmit his team’s location and call for support. Lieutenant Murphy purposefully left cover and relative safety for open ground to call for help and in the process was mortally wounded but continued to engage the enemy until he was finally killed.

Of Lieutenant Murphy’s team, there was only one survivor, Marcus Luttrell. Luttrell’s story, and the story of that operation, is told in the book Lone Survivor and the movie with the same name.”

From FloElite –
What’s the point of doing Murph on Memorial Day?

Unlike other CrossFit workouts, completing Murph isn’t about crushing your time or competing or even finishing the workout as written. Murph exists as a reminder of the actions and sacrifices of men and women like Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy. Murph is an opportunity for those of us who are still around to celebrate Memorial Day to experience a whole bunch of discomfort and intensity as a tribute to men and women like Lieutenant Murphy.

Three day weekends are my favorite

Happy Memorial Day to you all. I hope you all take a moment out of your day today to remember everyone who has fought for our great country and the freedoms that come with living here.
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This weekend I tried to be outside as much as possible. Since I work in an office setting and don’t get outside much, I love getting to soak up as much sunshine as possible on the weekends.

We kicked off the long with weekend by playing 100 games of fetch with Murphy.
The best picture I have taken in my entire life. Murphy is such a goofball and he LOVES his red ball.

Ryan had to work during the day, so I spent Saturday morning catching up on laundry (and hanging it out to dry on our clothesline – perks of country living) and getting in a run and a garage arms and abs workout.

For supper on Saturday we went to my parent’s house and grilled out all kinds of meat and veggies and then topped it all off some a delicious frozen chocolate cream pie. The best way to end the day.

My momma always has the best garden + flowers. I definitely get a green thumb from her.



Today Murphy and I have already tackled a two mile run at the park and the groomer so he could get his teeth brushed and nails trimmed. My plans for the rest of the day include mowing the yard, meal prepping and finishing up some future blog posts.

Have a great Monday, friends!

Birthday weekend 

I’m officially 25! I can now rent a car by myself and my car insurance went down. Yay adulthood.

My birthday weekend started off with a potluck at work on Friday. Also cookie cake. Which is a birthday necessity. 

Saturday morning we hit the road for our weekend getaway in STL. Thankfully Ryan and I like the same music and love listening to comedy, so our roadtrip was filled with lots of karaoke and tears from laughing so hard.

STL has become one of my favorite cities and I love getting to go to several baseball games throughout the year. We’ve done all the touristy things before, but I loved that our hotel was right by the arch. It made my morning coffee that much better!

Sunday we got so burnt from being in the sun all day, but it was so worth it to see the Cardinals beat the Giants. It was the perfect way to spend my day turning 25.

Now it’s back to the real world this week. The good news is, after five days of work, I get a three day weekend! Happy Monday, friends! Let’s make it a good week.

Mother’s Day Weekend

Our weekend started off nice and quiet and by the end of it, we were super busy! But it was a great weekend with family and I wouldn’t trade our time with them for anything in the world.

On Friday nights, Ryan and I prefer to stay at home with each other (and Murphy!). It’s our time to be with each other, unwind and hangout in our pjs. We ate tacos and watched a few episodes of The Office, before calling it a night and heading to bed.
Saturday while Ryan was at work, I was busy cleaning the house, buying grocers, taking Murph for lots of walks since it was gorgeous outside and finding time to get a run in myself.

Once Ryan got off work, we headed down to Tennessee to spend some time with his family for Mother’s Day weekend. We had lots of great food and a good time just lounging around the house enjoying each other’s company.

After a whirlwind visit we headed back home yesterday afternoon just in time to make a pizza for supper and get everything ready for another work week.

I hope you all got to shower your mom’s grandma’s and all the other women in your life with lots of love this weekend. I know I did and I am so thankful for all of the positive women role models in my life. 

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